Date Night Dynamite

1. Olympia Le Tan Kiss Kiss clutch £677.50 at The Outnet here
2. Christopher Kane love heart macramé lace dress £2845.00 at Harvey Nichols here
3. Noir Jewellery earrings £48.19 at The Outnet here
4. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Euphoric Strobe £34.00 here
5. Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Colour in Stolen Cherry £38.00 here
6. Bionda Castana for LK Bennett heels - launching on 11th February here
7. Aurelia thread through heart pendant £12.00 here
8. Noir jewellery interlocking ring £27.50 here
Pucker up ladies – Valentine's is just around the corner!

So whether you've got yourself some dreamboat boyfriend, whisking you off to some glamorous getaway, or you're a single pringle ready and raring for a good old night out, make sure you dress to thrill.

Christopher Kane's beautiful macramé lace dress has totally stolen my heart and I would do anything to make it mine. Partnered with a lovey-dovey Olympia Le Tan clutch and Bionda Castana's flirty scalloped shoes from their upcoming collab with LK Bennett, it's totally 'The One'.

Beauty-wise, it's all about replicating that candelit glow with a little help from Tom Ford and Hourglass. Contour below the cheekbone with Tom Ford's cult Shade and Illuminate palette, add a little peachy-toned blush and finish with a light dusting of Hourglass' Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder along the high points of your face to capture the light (and, you know, everyone's hearts).

Finish off your look of love with the new Patent Finish Lip Colour from Tom Ford. The innovative, formula combines the staying power of a stain with a tempting high-shine finish. In the most ravishing red, Stolen Cherry is ideal for date night.

Kisses all round!


Valentine's Gifts for Borderline Hipster Boyfriends

1. Murdock Luxury Full Service £120 here
2. Ray Ban sunglasses £115 here
3. Nikka Pure Malt Black Japanese Whisky £53 here
4. Uniform Wares watch £680 here
5. Sloane Stationery Notebook £39 here
6. Byredo Mister Marvelous Cologne £185 here
7. Fantastic Man: Men of Great Style and Substance book £29.95 here
8. Mac & Wild Auld Pal bottled cocktail £29.95 here

Buying for boys is never easy. Particularly buying for boys on Valentine's Day. They have it so easy, don't they? They just need to look on your Pinterest 'Wishlist' board and they're sorted. Boys are not so simple, particularly not super picky hipster boys. 

I've come to the conclusion, having attended a fair few blogger events in my youth (ah – the golden days), that most young, fashion girls have fittingly handsome, beared, borderline hipster boyfriends. Usually on hand to hold the camera when she needs her #ootd or whatever the kids call it these days.

While I am currently sans-boyfriend, and am rather more excited at the prospect of deep fried Mars bar pancakes at chic Scottish (words which usually don't go together) eatery Mac & Wild, I feel like I understand this thoroughly modern breed of man.

So, if you've not yet settled on something for your special someone, I've picked out a few options.


The Best Food in Shoreditch: Oklava

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Make no mistakes – I love Kate Moss. However, Kate once said something a bit silly: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Oh Kate... It seems my darling Mossy had not yet tried a Turkish pide by Selin Kiazim at her glorious new Shoreditch outpost, Oklava, which I can 100% confirm tastes miles better than it feels to be skinny.

Granted it's not the most detox-friendly plate for kicking off 2016 but who actually cares? Life is too short to subsist solely on buddha bowls and green goddess this-that-and-the-other. It's all about the 80/20 rule – and Oklava is one place to check out when you're in the mood for some mouthwatering good food.


The Cult Beauty Products That Actually Live Up to The Hype

1. NARS Audacious mascara £21.00 here
2. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat pencil £16.00 here
3. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser limited edition pink pepper and mint £20.75 here
4. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation £50.00 here
5. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Apricot Shimmer £18.00 here
6. YSL Touché Eclat Kiss & Love limited edition £21.25 here
Anya Hindmarch makeup pouch, £225.00 at Selfridges (how gorgeous!)

Working in the fashion media, surrounded by magazines, websites, bloggers and Instagram hype, it's hard to know who to trust when it comes to beauty products.

Product reviews are often paid-for, sponsored, or part of a broader brand agreement and it seems honesty is no longer the best, nor the most profitable, policy for bloggers and editors.

I say this as I have spent far too much money on hyped-up products promising me Blake Lively-level hotness overnight, only to wake up looking exactly the same, if a little sad to have spent so much on a teeny-tiny pot of nothingness.

There are, however, a handful of beauty bits that I am pleased to say live up to their cult status and are worth trying out for yourself. Behold; the no-nonsense, hard-working beauty heroes that I simply can't do without.


NYE Knockout

1. Whistles Rivington Pouch, £85.00 here
2. River Island 70s chiffon jumpsuit, £60.00 here
3. Jimmy Choo Andie sunglasses, £279.00 here
4. Tom Ford Lips & Boys lipstick in Austin, £27.00 here
5. River Island tassel earrings, £10.00, sold out in black, but available in red here
6. New Look black textured faux fur jacket, £49.00 here
7. Topshop dreamy chain-embellished sandals, £68.00 here

Nobody wants a normcore NYE outfit. Nobody I know, at least. NYE is all about pulling out all the stops, looking flawless and drinking way too much Champagne/Prosecco/Cava/ English sparkling (delete as appropriate). Start as you mean to continue, they say.

This year, the best bet is to take your cue from Studio 54. Jumpsuits slit to the navel, backless lamé halternecks and a hella lot of sequins – whatever your plans, the dress code has to be pure, unadulterated glamour. We're talking Hot Stuff, baby, and River Island's daring, peek-a-boo chiffon jumpsuit is just the ticket.

Go all-out on the styling front with Topshop's too-fabulous-for-words sandals – decked out with chains to shimmer as you shimmy – New Look's fluffy evening jacket and Jimmy Choo's divine Andie sunglasses – trust me, the minute you try them on you'll be smitten.

Finish with a touch of Tom Ford Lips & Boys lipstick. This shade, Austin, is the perfect rose-tinted neutral to offset a sapphire smokey eye, plus it's perfectly proportioned to pop in your Whistles leopard-print clutch.

Now all that's left to do is shake your groove thang.


The loungewear label you need in your life...

1. Glen Coco sweatshirt £72.00 - pre-order here
2. Cream Tarts tee £48.00 here
3. St Tropez tee £48.00 here
4. Brunch sweatshirt £72,00 here

Party season? No thanks. 'Tis the season to be cosy.

Though you may not have a free night in your diary until March, sometimes every girl needs a little downtime with a good old-fashioned chick flick and a bowl of something gloriously carby.

So, rather than giving you another glitzy partywear edit, I thought I'd introduce you to Gem&i – my latest Instagram obsession.

The brainchild of NYC girls Gemma Henry and Lauren Barnett, Gem&i is all about comfy, cool casuals with a twist. Featuring quirky slogans like 'No Crème Brûlée before St Tropez' and 'it's not my fault, I'm on a cleanse', the collection is spot-on for self-confessed basic bitches (personally I've had far too many soy flat whites and avocado brunches to argue otherwise).

Also worthy of note is the 'Four for you Glen Coco' sweater – it's a fabulous alternative to novelty knitwear. Throw it on with matching joggers and your slippers of choice for the ultimate Christmas morning get-up.

Which is your favourite?

Starting at £48.00, the Gem&i collection is available online here. Check them out on Instagram @gemandi_ for a little bit of inspo.


Reasons to ❤️ Winter

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Guys, it's official: winter is here and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. While we could all sit here and bemoan the lack of sunshine and the inability to go bare-legged on a daily basis, resistance is futile. Winter is here, whether you like it or not, and guess what? Christmas is about six weeks away... Gross, isn't it?

So, bid adieu to daydreams of chilled rosé on the No. 32 terrace – now is the time to wrap up and wholeheartedly embrace winter 2015...

IF YOU LOVED: Terrace-hopping

YOU'LL LOVE: The new Below & Hidden clubroom at the B&H Buildings in Clerkenwell

Small but perfectly formed, Below & Hidden is an elegant, intimate alternative to the extravagance usually associated with London nightlife (no Champers'n'sparklers here, sweetie). The man behind the intriguing drinks list is Jim Wrigley, who has curated a menu of creative bottled cocktails inspired by monthly themes and seasonal ingredients. Complete with a DJ and dancefloor, the clubroom will be open until 2am every Friday and Saturday so you can shake off your winter blues with the best of them.
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