Sunday, 13 April 2014

PARISI: THE NEW BRITISH FINE LUXURY JEWELLERY BRAND

Hello my loves. I am back with today's last post introducing you to this new British fine luxury jewellery brand Parisi. Jane Mooney is the force behind this fabulous jewellery line. All pieces are made in the UK using a variety of techniques, crafted with 18ct gold and hallmarked. So here are my favourite pieces from the Elements Collection.



This bold muted natural rose cut sapphire is elegant with an impact.



Three white rose cut diamonds sparkle within their yellow gold handmade setting. Fabulous to wear everyday and can be worn with the stones pointing up or down for variation.



With a rose cut translucent white diamond and a rose gold holding this will look beautiful on the hands of many.



For a simpler version of the Satellite Diamond Trilogy Ring shown above this is the perfect alternative. To be worn on the pinkie or in the modern on trend style of the midi ring.



To be worn together or separately.

Teraph Ring:

With silver rose cut diamond sparkles set in beautiful unplated white gold. Each stone is one of a kind so unique to you.

Eon Ring:

Again set in a white gold holding a beautiful faceted diamond slice displaying a micrcosm of tiny inclusions.

Each piece is an investment as they are truly timeless and very well crafted. A bespoke service is also available. Be sure to check out the Parisi Luxury Jewellery website and let me know your favourite pieces with reasons why in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx


NOTD: STARGAZER 172 NAIL POLISH

Hello again my sweets. The sun is shining and I am sure most of you are happy at the thought of the spring/summer season opening up to us. I am always a fan of embracing the lighter and brighter palettes that come along at this time of year, but there are days when I still feel the need to turn to the dark side. Here in this NOTD post you will see what I mean.



I am really into textures at the moment and although I purchased this nail polish some time ago I never actually got round to using it. It looks nothing like I expected at all. It is much more of a murky black which has hints of brown mixed with silver glitters. I did have to paint 3 layers to get this level of cover, but I think the results are worth it. This Gothic shade is still very wearable. I like to think of it as the night sky on my nails. StarGazer appear to have discontinued this nail polish, but I did find it on another website for a bargain price of currently £1.37 linked above!

Are you like me any will wear any shade at any time of year? Let me know your favourite nail polishes from StarGazer in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx



FLORENCE & FRED CLOTHING @ TESCO HAUL

Hey there gorgeous readers. How has your weekend been so far? I spent some time with my Mum on Friday and had a pretty lazy Saturday including an afternoon nap which is so unlike me. Today I am back on form and ready to blog. Recently I won a competition on Twitter. Florence & Fred Clothing @ Tesco were promoting their A/W 14 FASHION SHOW giving tweeters the chance to win an online voucher of £50 to spend. So what did I buy?







I am desperately in need of a new bag as the inside zip of mine is broken and the outer material is starting to wear. I chose this as I love the triple compartment style of it. Great for me as I can never seem to reach for what I need instantly and end up emptying half the contents out of my bag to find what I want. This will I'm sure be a great organisational fashion item for me. It can be held in the crook of the arm, over my shoulder or across my body due to the detachable and adjustable strap. It's a medium sized bag with a lovely texture of leather-look diamond graining, piped trims and gold hardware features. One of the two shorter straps stays upright always. Two outer compartments are zipped while the centre compartment has a magnetic popper. The centre section can be made wider also as there are poppers at either end which can be opened to allow for more space. In the centre there is also a space for a mobile phone and an inner zipped compartment. Four studs on each corner are at the bottom to resist wear underneath. This is a great everyday bag that I know I will get my use out of.




Again I chose this because I knew I would get a lot of wear out of it. This simple black short sleeved piece with a boxy cut and slash neckline is a great length and has a lovely textured finish.

With £20 still left I decided to get some plain tees for my boyfriend. They were just £4.00 each. You can find them in this link!

The delivery was very speedy with about a 36 hour turnaround. I had my items delivered to a local click and collect store so there was no delivery charge too. Everything was packaged perfectly with the t-shirts on hangers as well.

Be sure to check out the F&F A/W 14 Fashion Show here! There are lots of inspiring outfits for both men and women. I personally love the underwear as outerwear worn with great tailored pieces.

Are you a fan of Florence & Fred @ Tesco? Do you shop there regularly for your fashion items? Let me know your favourites after browsing this link in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx



Sunday, 6 April 2014

FACE, HAIR & BODY REVIEWS: DERMALOGICA, SOAP & GLORY AND IMPULSE

Hello again for my last post of today. I have three products in this review post for you so I will crack on and tell you about them.



I was sent a great package of products from the Dermalogica Clear Start line by a PR company around Xmas time. This is the first one that I have used up. You can use this product on your face and body to clear dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. So for those of you looking to reduce any breakouts that you may already have and lessen the chance of future breakouts this may be worth a try. I don't have trouble with a lot of blemishes, but I did enjoy using this product. The scent is very clean and fresh, not medicated at all. The gel formula foams up nicely leaving thoroughly fresh and refreshed skin.


This was part of a Xmas gift set. Designed for use on all hair types this no build up formula is meant to gloss, smooth, moisturise, repair and strengthen your hair. This product was a winner for me. The scent is that of the classic Soap & Glory. Very fruity and soft all in one. So what did it do for my hair? I did the two wash process that I do every time I wash my hair to ensure all products are removed. Even after the first wash my hair feels so much thicker in the shower. The scent is amazing and the pink liquid formula works wonders in expanding my hair strands. I would definitely pick this up in the future after using up my other products. Such great value for a 250ml tube.


I picked this up in the 99p Store, but they currently have this on the Superdrug website for 99p which I have linked above. With notes of freesias, muguet and amber this fragrance is gorgeous. It's a very fresh and beautiful floral scent which I would definitely pick up again.

So what have been your favourite face washes, shampoos and body sprays at the moment? Let me know with reasons why in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx




MASCARA REVIEWS: A.K.A COSMETICS & GIVENCHY

Hi there cherubs. I am back with another post today including a couple of mascara reviews. 



I was first introduced to the A.K.A Cosmetics brand at their launch back in May 2012, Link! They have lots of gorgeous products which make-up lovers should check out for sure. This brown mascara was gifted to me at the event. I don't wear brown mascara too often, but you can see how it looks on in this FOTD post. On the lashes it is very natural in appearance and separates well. The bristle brush head is the usual mascara shape that tapers towards the tip. I forgot that I had this until recently. I have been using a brown mascara for my eyebrows which had just ran out so I thought that I would give this a go. It worked perfectly and the fact that it had dried out a little meant that it worked even better holding my brows in place. The writing on the packaging has worn off quite a bit though.


I received this mascara in my May 2013 GLOSSYBOX. This mascara made promises of curl, length, volume and care. It actually gave a nicely shaped curve and volume to the lashes with added length. I wouldn't say that there was any change to the condition of my lashes, but they are in a healthy condition anyway. This mascara had a deep black pigment and was very buildable to give a fuller effect. It did smudge under my eyes on the lower lashes, but I think that most mascaras do that I have been trying lately. I didn't really get much clumping with this mascara until it started drying out towards the end of use. The three bobble head bristle brush design is quite unusual and I wonder if this had something to do with the mascara not clumping together.

I am trying out another mascara at the moment and so I will update you of my thoughts on that soon.

What are your favourite mascaras and why? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx

GIVEAWAY: BLING BEANIE FROM SWEETZ BOUTIQUE

Hey there beauties. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. In today's post you have the chance to win this 'Bling Beanie' from up and coming fashion brand Sweetz Boutique which I met at the recent Bloggers Love #BLFW event here!



This limited edition 100% soft touch acrylic double layer knitted beanie has been transformed into a jewelled headpiece so that you can easily pull off ultra-glam laid back style with just this one item. The hat is black and so will go with lots of basics in your wardrobe. No one will notice any bad hair days when this jewelled garment draws them into your eyes.

So to win this cool fashion item all you have to do is let me know in the comments below why you think you deserve to win this 'BLING BEANIE' and what you love about Sweetz Boutique's designs. Please also let me know how you follow my blog. All follow options are in the right hand sidebar :)

Good luck to all those who enter! The closing date for this competition will be 5pm on Thursday 17th April. I will be announcing the winner shortly after so please keep an eye out for that on my Twitter page @vickyayles



Love to you all



Vicky xx

Saturday, 29 March 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: MONOCHROME #OOTD

Hi there lovelies. I am back today with another fashion post for you. I met the brand Valour & Valkyrie recently at the Bloggers Love London Fashion Week Party event. They very kindly sent me an item from their collection which I have featured in today's outfit post.

















This Valour & Valkyrie sheer tee is just beautiful. The lace and sequin detailing around the shoulders and decolletage along with the pin tucks down the front and the sheerness of the fabric make this piece ladylike with the modern twist of an exposed zip. This is laid back glamour at it's best.

My earrings were gifted to me by Nadia herself at the #BLFW Summer Garden Chic event on Monday. They have the signature Nadia Minkoff stamp.

My oversized boyfriend jacket was a real bargain from Karma Clothing at the time and has now been reduced to just £9.99. I did buy the black one too which is less oversized than this one. I got them both in a size 10.

My love for Primark is still alive. I was not brave enough to wear this tee without a layer underneath. I chose a tube top so that no bra straps would interfere with of the detail of the tee. The boots I love as they seem to go with everything. The trousers and clutch I have had for quite some time, but still love.

I hope you like this outfit post. It's my first one using my new camera, but I think the pictures turned out okay. Any outfit photo tips send my way ;)



Love to you all



Vicky xx

BLOGGERS LOVE FASHION WEEK SUMMER GARDEN CHIC #BLFW

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well on this glorious Saturday. On Monday evening I attended The Penthouse London for the Bloggers Love Fashion Week Summer Garden Chic event. There were so many fantastic brands to meet and purchase from at a discounted price. There was also a swishing area from Swap In The City UK. Four brands from the event were in the first fashion show and the brand Reiss had their own fashion show to conclude the evening. As the evening's dress code was 'Summer Garden Chic' I donned some floral wear including a floral headband which you can see on my Instagram.



For ladies in need of a larger cup size, but the desire for beautifully sexy underwear you need to check out this brand. I was very much drawn to the Fifi (shown above) and Liliana styles.






Blogger Melanie Grunshaw has put together a fabulous collection of fashion items that are very pretty indeed with some simpler pieces in addition. A very appealing brand to most girls and definitely fashion bloggers. All items can be worn casually in the daytime and with a few accessories take you into the night.








With a selection of jewellery designers Apache Rose London create stunning statement jewellery with a tribal vibe. There are so many pieces I fell in love with instantly.




The essence of Taro Collection is vintage glam along with more edgy pieces, including gems and lots of chain detailing. Just one piece from this collection would turn a simple t-shirt and jeans into a styled up look.





Guirado design was founded by the daughter of Spanish abstract artist Juan Antonio Guirado (1932-2010). It's beautiful to see that Guirado's art has been transformed into not only wearable art, but also prints and bespoke wallpapers. The quality and vibrancy of these pieces are amazing. I love the skull designs, but each and every item is eye catching.





I previously met Major London 05 at the Bloggers Love Up & Coming Brands event last year and featured some wish list pieces on my blog earlier this year, link! This is a very cool clothing brand with easy to wear items a plenty. The prints and vibrant colours are really fun and perfect for the change of seasons.



SWEETZBOUTIQUE.COM

If bling is your thing then Sweetz Boutique is right up your street. Beanies are an essential part of my wardrobe. These broach designs give them a more interesting style.



With a collection of urban statement and vintage glam jewellery there are pieces to suit every fashionistas wardrobe.





This brand has fashion pieces for everyone from children to adults. Not only does the Cako collection include fantastic prints there are also crystallised and colour changing designs too. There are vests, t-shirts and sweaters with bottoms being added to the Cako line also. The frogs are so me :)




Affordable on trend fashion at your fingertips. A great clothing collection from The City Rack with the addition of footwear, jewellery and accessories to perfect your chosen outfit. At the event there were some fantastic jumpsuits, skorts and other more detailed pieces such as the items shown above. Busola from the brand was so lovely to meet. The City Rack is a brand to watch for sure.



Founder of Maro Mariam Andrawiss blends with ease her international Egyptian and French influences into her jewellery line. Each piece is timeless, elegant and easy to wear using the best sourced material. I love the simplistic nature of this jewellery collection that has at it's base silver, gold and black gold designs.



Uunique London bring to you mobile fashion accessories including luxury leather and high-end Swarovski Elements designs. I prefer the more simple quilted designs of the Fashion Core range, but you may prefer the Elite, Premiere or Millionaire ranges if you like the bling. There are also The Glider cases with a gel grip pad to secure your device while you use your camera function on your phone without removing it from your case completely.



It was fantastic to talk with Nadia at this event. Nadia was very keen to be there getting to know bloggers and potential customers personally rather than through her staff. Some of the pieces within Nadia's collection are very elegant while others have a more playful feel such as the London Eye & Carnival jewellery pieces. My favourite items are The Regent bag with a fantastic colour range and the Large Wallet. Nadia also very kindly gifted me with a pair of earrings that I will be featuring in my next post which will be an outfit of the day.





Rachel creates headwear to bring out your inner drama queen. All pieces are handmade from quality materials by Rachel herself with seasonal collections released twice yearly. For statement headpieces to make any crowd go wow look this way.




The designer behind the brand Eskay W is SK Wong. SK was a total pleasure and so passionate about his designs showing me how they can work for any woman. SK's Verso collection contains designs of reversible pieces such as the items shown above, perfect for work and play. The palette of the Verso collection is very fresh and clean and made from such quality materials including roll-tweed. I love how each piece allows you to change how you wear it whether you simply reverse it completely or roll up the hems and/or sleeves. SK's Autumn/Winter 14/15 collection includes materials that are pleated, wrapped and layered with a muted, yet slightly moodier palette.

Unfortunately while talking with some brands I missed the first fashion show featuring four brands, but I have included all brands that attended in this post.








Reiss portray themselves as a sexy, modern, iconic, design-led brand for both men and women. The collection above shows pieces perfect for spring/summer workwear and cruises alike. 

Other brands at the event included:


Dukes Boots produces luxury handmade leather boots that can be customised to suit your personal style.


A brand dedicated to versatile, playful and timeless styles. The Royal Blue Boat Neck Jersey Dress looked great and very easy to wear on one of the girls there.


I love how Made are using recycled or sustainable raw materials sourced from local independent retailers and turning them into very wearable jewellery pieces. Made also have within their collection bags and accessories.


Majenta Beauty could not attend due to personal reasons, but they are a make-up brand I would love to see more of.


For a lash range to emphasise your peppers check out this brand.


This popular footwear store always has great finds inside.


Want to pimp up those shoes you are now bored of or simply to add a flash of personal style? If the answer is yes then check out ShoeLicks for easy to use, one size fits all, waterproof and ready to wear sole designs.


Loved by celebrities these rollers are designed to flatten while you lay down to ensure a good night's sleep and a great hairstyle in the morning when you wake.

 I also received a goodie bag of treats including a MADARA Balancing Facial Soap, a NANSHY Flat Top Buffer Brush and a REBEL KITCHEN Choco Mylk. 

Well done to Danielle for organising another fabulous Bloggers Love event. I only wish I could have attended days two and three of #BLFW which were themed 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' and 'All Black City Chic'.

Let me know your favourite brands or pieces from this post in the comments below.



Love to you all



Vicky xx
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