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Archive for September, 2010

Trilogy opens store on Kensington Church Street

Trilogy Kensington Church Street

Trilogy, 22 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP  

Specialising in premium denim, Trilogy is the place to shop for brands such as Genetic Denim, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Paige, Dylan George etc… Although you can purchase online via their website  www.trilogystores.co.uk, I always think that when it comes to jeans, it’s best to try them on in store. Usually, I’d go to Selfridges when looking for a new pair of jeans, but now that Trilogy have opened a new store on Kensington Church Street (they also have stores in Chelsea & Marylebone), it’s now a lot more convenient being local to me.

J Brand’s 210 Oslo

I love sites where fashionistas display their love of experimenting with different looks. I did a google search on high-waisted  J Brand jeans (via that I was lucky enough to pickup a pair of J Brand’s Bardot jeans via ebay at a fraction of the price, and it’s new with tags!). However, I came across a post on a website called lookbook.nu, where a woman posted a picture of herself in a pair of J Brand’s 210 Oslo jeans (see below). The difference between the Bardot and Oslo, is that the Oslo has a shorter inseam ~ 29ins – so it tucks into boots very well, where as the Bardot with it’s pencil leg  is best paired with stilettos.

I seem to have a bit of a love affair going on with high-waisted jeans. I wore my River Island Gold pair the other day, and friends commented on how long my pins looked!

J Brand 210 Oslo (image from lookbook.nu)

http://lookbook.nu/look/631967-shade-your-eyes

Best Pink Makeup for Asian Skintones

Contrary to a lot of makeup artists recommending darker berry shades for Asian skintones, you can actually wear pink (which in my opinion is a lot more subtle) but it’s hard-work finding those pigmented products, and below are my tried-and-tested pick of the best:

Pink Blush:

Bobbi Brown  is a well-known/respected celebrity makeup artist with her own international brand, catering for all skin-tones. Up until sixth months ago, I had been using MAC’s pink swoon blusher, and although it’s a fantastic product, its down-fall is that it’s sheertone, which means that you have to swipe a couple of times for it to show on darker skins. I’d heard of BB in many magazines and via makeup alley (brilliant website where normal people give reviews), and their own website www.bobbibrown.co.uk has a link where you can chat to a makeup artist (MUA). The MUA gave me great advice and recommended the Pale Pink Blush (09), which I purchased together with the BB Blusher Brush. On arrival, the blush looked bright in the compact, and because it’s highly pigmented, all that is required is one/two swipes giving a matte finish, and you have a very pretty doll look that lasts all day (no need to re-touch).

Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush 09, £16.50

Lipstick:

In my previous post, I reviewed my new favourite pink lipstick which is Clarin’s Rouge Prodige in Paradise Pink (102). Pink Lipsticks that are opaque and show on pigmented lips without it being too blue-toned can be notoriously difficult. When I came across this new product, I was impressed, the pink was a medium opaque colour with shine and good lasting power, beautiful gold packaging and a subtle fruity scent/taste. Yes, at £16, quite pricey, but I’ve tried all the major brands and this is by far the best yet!

Clarins Rouge Prodige Paradise Pink (102), £16

Nail Polish:

I’ve re-kindled my love for Chanel’s 217 Splendeur nail polish. I bought this a longtime ago, and when I got fed up of buying cheaper brands (Boots 17 & models own) that were streaky and had poor finish, I grabbed my Chanel.  We may dream of being able to afford Chanel clothing, but at least their makeup is affordable. No matter what the brand name is, what makes you re-purchase is the whole package. My experience of Chanel polishes are that they are perfect to work with, one coat of Splendeur and my nails are opaque and most imporantly streak-free. The colour is a vibrant raspberry pink (think hot pink but without the blue-tones). One word, gorgeous! If you’re looking for a good medium pink then Lancome’s 309 is excellent. I’ve yet to come across a good pale pink that isn’t streaky. I just wish Chanel would expand on their range of colours.

Chanel 217 Splendeur, £16.50

Other good product recommendations that aren’t pink, are MAC’s Select SPF15 Foundation creates great medium coverage available in a number of shades, and Clinque’s High Definition mascara.

Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick – Paradise Pink 102

Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick

Clarins Rouge Prodige Paradise Pink, 102

I was on the search for a pink creamy lipstick, and read about Clarins new Rouge Prodige Lipstick range. On my way into work, I took a detour into the HIgh St Kensington Boots store, and chatted to the beauty consultant and having already researched the colours online, asked for Paradise Pink, 102. I had to wait until I got into work to try on my lips, but to my surprise the colour was a lovely opaque pink with shine with 1/2 swipes (unusual as I have quite pigmented lips, as I’m of Asian ethnicity). I also loved the fruity scent/taste which was subtle but lovely. This is my first Clarins purchase, very pleased with the product and I will continue to purchase this colour (I would give this a 4 out of 5, as it’s quite pricey at £16, but the gold packaging is very slick!).

Bluebird Restaurant & Bar, Kings Road

Bluebird Restaurant & Bar| 350 Kings Road | London | SW3 5UU | Tel. 020 7559 1000 

Website: www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

My friend & I originally planned just to catch up in a nice venue which was local to us. I sometimes venture down the Kings Road to browse in my nearest Cath Kidston store, and the Bluebird cafe/restaurant/bar is just a short stroll before this. My friend had been here before and recommended the Bluebird, and I do enjoy trying new places which are local.

You first walk through the forecourt which has a number of tables, which is their cafe section – here you can have breakfast & lunch during the day and then dinner & drinks in the evening. I noticed that everyone looked particularly smart, both the men & women.

As we met after work and it was getting a little chilly, we decided to head up to the first floor. Immediately you are taken by the chic interior design with lots of reds & white, we sat around the bar, and as I don’t drink they made me an amazing non-alcoholic cocktail. Neither of us had eaten, but we hadn’t booked a table, we were however lucky enough to get a table as it was early on in the week. Whilst my friend was eating oysters and seabass, I was particularly unsophisticated and ordered a hamburger which came with chips – simple but tasty 🙂

I have to say the two people that served us were soo nice, attentive when needed but also left us to it. Dress code: everyone looked smart, which is what you’d expect for somewhere on the fashionable Kings Road. I did however dress smart/casual, teaming my high-waisted skinny jeans with a blouse and pretty bow heels.

If you want an alternative place to meet with friends but which is more sophisticated than the local pub, then I’d suggest this. Also, it would make a lovely venue for first dates or couples. I’d definitely go here again.

Classic Shirts & Pants for Fall – Thomas Pink, Hobbs NW3 & Citizens

Nothing’s sexier than a classic shirt and tight-fitting pair of black pants. Normally, I wear skirts & dresses with tights, but recently I met up with a friend of mine after work, she was wearing a pair of high-waisted black knitted pants, a white blouse and heels – an elegant look, so it inspired me to search for similar pieces…

I’ve not stepped into Thomas Pink before, but I’ve heard that they make quality shirts, and browsing through their website was happy to note that they cater for smaller sizes UK 4 & 6, as normally most shirts are too big on me – I may need to visit their store in Westfield shopping complex. Their three shirts below look perfect:

Esme Shirt, £125 by Thomas Pink - more for evening wear, with a Victorian look.

Eli Shirt, £99 by Thomas Pink - low-neckline + frills = girly

Pink Slim Fit Shirt, £89 by Thomas Pink - pink adds a feminine touch to workwear

Now for pants, I think skinny fit looks great for elongating legs, accentuating the bum, and can be worn with sky-high heels or paired with ankle/knee-length boots when Winter comes…

Lucile Knit Pant, $139 by Citizens of Humanity. Purchase from shopbop.com.

Riding Trousers, £110 by Hobbs NW3.

Kylie’s Aphrodite

I decided that I needed to add some new tunes to my collection, so just downloaded a couple of tracks from Kylie’s new album.

Yes, it’s probably slightly embarrassing to admitting to liking Kylie, but her songs are very catchy, uplifting and make you want to dance. My two favourites are Put Your Hands Up & Get Outta My Way.

I still think Kylie looks hot – she’s one of two women (other being Claudia Schiffer) that I find very attractive 😉