day spa at home
Spas are a major guilty pleasure of mine. If money was no object I am sure I would never leave them (I spend a lot of time on SpaSeekers pretending to live out said fantasy). Because I have yet to procure a Real Housewives-sized bank account, however, I spend a lot of weekend time trying to school myself on the latest treatments and recreate the spa experience at home. Without these little home spa days, I think the bathtub would be completely neglected.

A few of my latest home spa finds:

David Kirsch Super Juice:
Because every spa seems to offer some form of juice/tea to help you unwind, it is a smart option to invest in David Kirsch’s Super Juice. The packets are infused with green tea and, in effect, replace all of your traditional vitamin pills, delivering all your vitamin, mineral and nutrient needs to enhance digestion, metabolism, fight free radicals, and enhance the health of your bones, skin and eyes.

Oscar de la Renta Scrollwork Robe:
Considering I am in it for at least 10 minutes every day, my robe is the most worn item in my wardrobe. By cost-per-wear thoughts, that completely justifies this plush Oscar de la Renta Plush Velour robe….right?

Ole Henriksen Micro-Mini Peel Kit:
All skin types can use this innovative 3-step skin peel programme from Ole Henriksen. The Micro Mini Peel Kit offers professional grade microdermabrasion that includes an almond polish, lemon strips, and a chamomile comfort mask. The secret behind luminosity, and one you can use multiple times!

Creme de la Mer – The Hydrating Facial:
If you’re wanting a full-on facial, Creme de la Mer’s is one of the most sumptuous around. The kit includes six pure cotton masks which utilize Hydrating Ferments and tourmaline and potent marine extracts to help diminish visible signs of ageing. No other moisture-giving mask could has made my skin feel as supple.

Bliss Wax To The Max Set:
Forget the ridiculous pre-waxed strips and ‘creams’, this waxing kit is spa-strength and includes a bliss poetic waxing at-home hair removal kit as well as a jar of bliss ingrown eliminating pads. Easy to use, super effective, all with no cause for red cheeks!

Percy & Reed Foaming Treatment Mask:
Healthy body, fresh face, waxed in all the right places…how about a final treatment to use in your ‘rinse-off’ shower? This foaming treatment mask by Percy & Reed is a lightweight yet rich conditioning treatment designed to add volume and shine. It only requires 5 minutes once a week, but the results would have anyone believing you get daily blow-dries.

designer sale

The majority of us – post-recession and all – don’t get the opportunity to splash out on designer gear. Even if we wanted to, it provides somewhat of a social issue to throw a £3,000 jacket on the credit card.

This is why I love sales. Always an advocate for high-end designers, sales provide me with a beautiful bridge between budget and luxury talent. One of my absolute favourite things to buy on the high-end (as mentioned in my book) are mix-and-match pieces. The kind of special pieces that provide somewhat “classic” shapes, have a little je ne sais quoi, yet work in a varied selection of outfits. Cost per wear, and all that jazz.

Thankfully, this designer sale season has a lot of things on offer.

My Personal Style Edit (above):

– It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a Burberry trench coat on sale, considering they are the most fabulous and well-constructed trenches in the world. This one is a steal, and almost a perfect replica of Audrey Hepburn’s (or should I say Holly Golightly’s) coat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can find Burberry at farfetch.com

– Bodycon may be something of a trend, but a dress that nips in your every inch will be a favourite for years to come. The colours make a statement, and a dress like this – with so much detail around the bodice – will even work as a top under business layers. I chose the Herve Leger Scuba dress at Shopbop.

– The kind of jewellery that your great-great-great granddaughters will love to inherit? Pieces like this Oscar de la Renta necklace at The Outnet. Day…night…sleep…shower…I don’t think I could take it off!

– As much as I love statement shoes, a lady can’t go wrong with a fantastic black heel. My-Wardrobe have these Pedro Garcia peep-toes online for a complete STEAL!

– Last but not least, Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter. Conversation pieces are the classics that no-one can forget.

Prabal Gurung:
prabal gurung aw12
Models came out in 5 shades of blue eyeshadow that seemed a world away from the incredible collection. The show – “Uncursed” – took us through a mass of stunning black looks and led us through blues, golds, and (eventually) whites by means of ostrich feathers and heavy embroidery. Obsessing over oil-spill foil-printed neoprene.
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Chloe Moretz Interview

Chloe Moretz

  • Unlike the rest of us, Chloe Moretz is a 14-year-old girl not only on the cover of Interview magazine’s November 2011 issue, but the interviewee of a Drew Barrymore question session on the inside pages. Hide your green eyes, girlfriend.

    BARRYMORE: Okay, magic wand time. Fantasy clothes by any designer made especially for you right now. Go.
    MORETZ: Oh, no! It’s like a ball gown or something amazingly huge and beautiful. It would probably have to be either, like, Valentino or Oscar de la Renta. And then if it was something beautiful that Audrey Hepburn might wear—you know, just perfect and cute and special—it would probably be either Givenchy or Chanel. And if it was crazy—like, amazingly psychotic—it would have to be Vivienne Westwood.

  • Are you 27 to 50 and simply devastated to be outside of Madonna‘s clothing customer base? Well, forget “Material Girl” – Generation X will soon be presented with “Truth or Dare by Madonna”. As a collaboration with licensing giant Iconix Brand Group; “Truth or Dare” will begin their 2012 launch with fragrance, then follow up with footwear, handbags, and cone bras…- I mean underwear.

  • Most people with an interest in the fashion industry tend to worship the late Lee Alexander McQueen (with all reason). His designs were inspired, technique flawless, and dedication unparalleled – making it all the more interesting that he drew reference points from Joey Tribbiani. In a recent interview, McQueen’s phenomenal ‘new’ creative director, Sarah Burton, recalls “I remember him saying to me, ‘I watched Friends last night, did you see the shirt that Joey was wearing?’ […] but then, he would get a Van Eyck book out, so it was this kind of mad mix. There’s no snobbery to it.”

  • Have a spare £60,000 lying around? Great! The dress worn by Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars in 1954 (Audrey fans will recall that this is when she won her Academy Award for Roman Holiday) is going up for auction! The dress was originally designed to resemble an outfit that costume designer – Edith Head – made for Hepburn’s character in the movie, and Kerry Taylor Auctions (the same auction house which sold Kate Middleton’s infamous fashion show dress) will sell the dress November 29th for an expected £60,000.

  • Last week, (…the man, the machine…) Tom Ford made a personal appearance at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City to promote his new cosmetics line. Reports have come in saying that he managed to reel in $52,000 in sales on that night alone, with “Bitter Bitch” – a chocolate coloured nail polish – being the first item to sell out completely.

  • Congratulations, Oscar de la Renta! The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology have decided to honour the fashion genius with their Artistry of Fashion award.
  • Valerija Sestic

    Valerija Sestic

  • Though the CFDA strongly advised (aka implemented a rule) against the casting of any model under the age of 16 during New York Fashion Week, at least one managed to fly under the radar. It has recently been revealed that 15-year-old Valerija Sestic duped over a dozen designers (including Prabal Gurung, Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta) into believing she was of age.

    Her management, Women Management, had president Dejan Markovic respond: “It is true. She is 15. This is never going to happen again from our company. I take full responsibility.”

  • Model Lara Stone told GQ‘s Will Welch: “It hurts when you’re having a tough day and someone says, ‘She’s so fucking ugly I wouldn’t let my dog near her [….] Yes, they have. And 500 people ‘liked’ it!”

  • As we draw nearer to the launch of Kanye West‘s designer clothing line, rumours have emerged that the rapper has recruited many Central Saint Martins students to work on his collection for Paris Fashion Week. Less than a week left, you guys!

  • Rooney Mara, the actress who will inevitably get mega famous after playing Lisbeth Salander in the US’ December 21st release of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is set to cover Vogue‘s November issue. Sources have confirmed so after Rooney and Anna Wintour sat together at Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.

  • Remember Tyra Banks‘ debut novel, Modelland? It is already rumoured to be bound for Hollywood. Though the book was officially released just this month, the Associated Press claims that Tyra has already been approached by “a successful film producer”.

    “I would love to open up the ‘Modelland’ casting to the world. I’m looking for an Everygirl to possibly play one of the characters in the story.”
    Tyra Banks

    Dibs on Tookie.