[Beauty] My Autumn Beauty Buys

I only recently realised how different my summer beauty regime is to when it's a bit colder the other day when I found myself frantically scrambling around for face creams et al that I hadn't used since the early months of the year. So, in celebration of my new autumn handbag (thank you very much for Rosie, L.K.Bennett) I had a clear out from my old bag and worked out what things I actually do need to carry around with me every, single day.

Here are a few things I've picked up that are proving absolutely essential at the moment:
  • I did that embarrassing thing Ross from Friends does at hotels and when staying at Babington House completely fleeced the room of everything vaguely packable. Notably, the Cowshed Cleanser and Toner.  When these run out I might cry - they are perfect size for keeping in your bag for the gym and are the only thing I can find that get my industrial mascara off...
  • ... The industrial mascara in question is called They're Real from Benefit. I am a mascara fiend. If I wear nothing else, mascara is always, always on.  I have very long lashes and often get marks under my eyebrows where my lashes have touched my skin when I've just applied it. But this stuff is hardcore, seriously impressed.  I went swimming with it on and it didn't move. Impressed.
  • My nails get super dry and gross in winter. When OPI gave me this cuticle gel oil I didn't really think I'd use it. But, having seen the difference it makes it's now become the first thing I do the minute I sit down on the bus/tube/train. It keeps my cuticles all neat for an extra 10 days before I need to crawl into a salon looking guilty for them to sort out my occasional nail biting issue...
  • One unexpected brand I love to promote is Superdry's EyeMarker. I was given one of these two years ago at a press day and have since bought two more as they're just so good (and I lost the others). It's just the most idiot proof eyeliner on the planet. And I'm an idiot so it works well.

  • The first of two vital skin make up bits: No Concealer Concealer by Perricone MD. It's just brilliant - and lasts forever as you need one drop for your whole face.
  • My nail polish for autumn is most definitely Victoria from Nails Inc. It's just warm and lovely and doesn't chip instantly. Poifeck
  • My concealer never, ever changes. It's called Boiing from Benefit and I buy one every year. It's perfect for under the eyes, sudden mammoth-mountain spots and day to day blemishes.  It's reduced on ASOS (it's never reduced, wahey!) at the moment - so buy it (I am shade medium, and most people I know seem to be too)
  • On the subject of under eyes, Guinot's eye gel is a genuine life saver. I've been using if for a few months now, and essentially it's what you use to hide the fact you went to bed at 3am
  • Last but by no means least, my new-in J Crew perfume. Mine is in a little bottle which is super as I carry it around with me and I can take it on holidays. It's called Arquiste and  it's scent is just so nice - I appreciate thats a vague description but essentially it seems of luxury and is a great every day wear...
Ooh and as lots of people on Instagram are asking me, my phone cover is from Whistles - it's currently available to buy now and I really, really love it. At least I do until the Stella McCartney shark case goes live on Net A Porter. That will be a very happy day indeed....


[Outfit] Mid Month Monochrome

As promised, here is a little outfit post wearing the Jimmy Choos I picked out for my trip to The Berkeley with them for #tea4choo (read the post 'ere). I went shopping last week with my friend Holly who has just got a fancy new job and so wanted to look equally fancy in her new office. I swore blind I wasn't going to buy anything, but when I got into Whistles I just couldn't resist this lace shirt. I'd gotten as far as the door to leave, when I spotted an assistant wearing it.  Within 30 seconds, it was mine (I also bought Ben a navy t shirt, which if you have a spare £25, and a boyfriend, I would suggest strongly you buy one).

The skirt is part of my attempt to "boomph" up my work wear wardrobe (I'm doing an exciting project at the moment on the subject, which I annoyingly can't tell you anymore about...).  Having worked from home for a summer now, I have suddenly been faced with the realisation of having to go to an office (exciting, I love my new work space) and also going to fairly corporate/serious meetings. It's very easy to forget that wearing jeans on a Wednesday is a bit of a novelty!  The skirt is fab, and a really nice halfway house. I've been wearing it with serious shirts, but also with things like my (topshop) denim shirt when I just need to look like I've made a bit of an effort.

The leather jacket... Ahhhhhh. My new baby. It's so soft you could almost slip off it when sitting on it.  Which you really shouldn't do, it deserves it's own seat. It's quite literally my dream come true.  I'd been mucking around trawling over Pinterest (the fruits of my labour can be found here) for the perfect one, and then just bit the bullet and got this Reiss one. BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE, EVER.  It's perfect, I just can't tell you. In fact I'll stop. Just save up a bit and buy one. The. End.

And of course, the shoes.  I spied these at the Choo Townhouse event over Fashion Week and instantly clocked them. So when I was invited to select a pair to wear for tea these were a no brainer. They come in black and maroon, and my only decision (having worn them solidly for a day and my feet feeling like I'd been in slippers) is which colour to buy. Thoughts? Decisions, decisions.


Afternoon tea at The Berkeley with Jimmy Choo

Just a quick little post from me today as I've been so, so busy - suddenly panicked and realised I hadn't blogged - which is so annoying as I've been doing some really cool stuff recently (note to self: must do better)... Any way; ever so often being a blogger is ace, Wednesday was one of those days. Myself and some of my blogger friends (Anneli, Emma, Briony, Shini, Monica and Kit, to be precise) were all treated an afternoon of everything I love; cake, champagne, and more cake.

And I don't just mean any cake, I mean tea at the lovely Berkeley hotel in London, shaped as shoes and handbags - plate after plate for hours on end. You can see my gobsmacked face in the above picture. I was in my element (even more so once the champagne kicked in).

The Berkeley's Pret A Portea has been running for some time, but their ingenious collaboration with Jimmy Choo continues until the 27th of October.  The atmosphere was really, really chilled - I expected it to feel a lot more pretentious as their website strictly says no vests, sportswear or ripped jeans (i.e: quite a bit of my wardrobe) - but it's got the balance entirely right. It felt special, and like you should make an effort - but not stifling, and was very relaxed.

I wore some lovely Jimmy Choo heels for the occasion, my new (best purchase ever) grey jumper from ASOS which I now want in every single damn colour (outfit post to follow, we stayed chatting for so long that it was dark and rainy by the time we left) and my failsafe black AG skinny jeans.

If you've got a friend or family member's birthday coming up, or just fancy treating yourself - please do so here. It's so easy to forget when you live in London quite how great your city is and how much it has to offer. This experience was a fantastic reminder!

Thank you to Jimmy Choo and The Berkeley for being amazing hosts!