Shopping the Black Friday Sales

by jamie-lee on November 28, 2015, no comments

acne studios black friday sales 2015

It’s Thanksgiving weekend for those living in the US (happy holidays!), and so chances are that your inbox has been absolutely flooded with alerts about the weekend sales. I’m not usually one to shop solely because of a sale, but I couldn’t help to check out the discount offers that were to be had for the next few days.

I haven’t bought anything – yet – as I’m still weighing up my options; a fancy new pair of shoes from Shoescribe or a nice cosy knit sweater from J. Crew to hang on to for next winter. So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve rounded up some the sales from some of my favourite spots to shop online to share with you all.

Anthropologie [code: SHOPTOIT] - There is 25% off everything, and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I’ve been eying up a few pairs of shoes (there are some great flats for the summer time), and also some of their cute and festive Christmas decorations.

Cult BeautyCult Beauty are running a spend and save where you can save up to 25% off your order using one of the following codes: £10 off £60 – MERRY10, £20 off £100 – MERRY20, £45 off £200 – MERRY45, £75 off £300 – MERRY75. I’ll definitely be using this opportunity to stock up on the Emma Hardie Mooring Cleansing Balm and Pixi’s Glow Tonic.

J.Crew [code: HOLIDAY] - This is absolutely one of my guilty pleasures; I tend to wait until one of their sales to pick up a piece or two that I’ve had my eye on. For the holidays they are offering 30% off – sitewide – in addition to an extra 40% off sale. It’s a pretty good excuse to pick up some of their delicious cashmere, if you ask me.

Larsson & Jennings [code: LJ15] – I’ve been on the lookout for a classic watch and Larsson & Jennings’ sleek and minimal offerings are right up there on the list; with a 15% discount, it’s going to be pretty hard to resist.

Madewell [code: Calmdown] – I recently learnt that Madewell have started shipping to Australia, which means I no longer have to guess and pray that I’m shopping the right size. There’s 25% off your entire purchase, so it’s as good a time as any to stock up on some basics. I particularly like their heeled leather sandals and their cotton slim fit trousers.

Shoescribe [code: CYBER15] – Shoescribe really is the stuff of dreams; it’s my go-to when I’m looking to scout out a fancy new pair of shoes (rational thinking is always pretty quick to kick in though!). With an extra 25% off all shoes, it’s a good opportunity to pick up that statement heel you’ve been eying up, or save a little on an investment pair; currently on my wishlist? A pair of scalloped leather ballet flats from Chloe. It doesn’t get more classic, or chic, than that.

Shopbop [code: GOBIG15] - Shopbop are running one of their famous spend and save’s; you know the drill, spend $250+ and save 15%, spend $500+ and save 20%, or spend $1,000+ and save 25%. With Christmas less than a month away, it’s a great opportunity to pick up some beautiful homewares for loved ones, or a nice new dress for yourself.

If you’re looking for a place to start, I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces from the sales (and from my wishlist) down below.

The five blushes on my Summer radar…

by jamie-lee on November 26, 2015, no comments

spring summer blushes review swatches

Over the last couple of months, chances are, if I’m wearing blush, it’s been one of these five beauties, which have got me covered across everything from a natural flush to a peachy glow across my cheeks.

I tend to shy away from anything with even a hint of glitter when it comes to blush (NARS Deep Throat is Admittedly, my standard go-to quite often ends up being the blush from Aerin, as it’s so easy to throw on when you’re on the go. But, with summer literally round the corner, I’ve been enjoying wearing a swipe of something with a bit of pop, and nothing screams golden glow and summer sunsets at the beach like a subtle hint of neon.

spring summer blushes review swatches

From l to r: Aerin Multicolor for lips and cheeks in 01 Natural, Milani rose powder blush in 01 Romantic Rose, Clinique Cheek Pop in 12 Pink Pop, NARS blush in Gina, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

So in no particular order, these are the blushes I am loving… right now.

Aerin Multicolor for lips and cheeks; cream products are often touted as being more difficult to work with than powder, but that definitely hasn’t been my experience with this blush from Aerin. Plus, I love the fact hat it doubles as a lipstick making it the perfect compact for on the go. I have this in the shade 01 Natural, which is a medium brown toned dusky nude shade that comes off as very natural in appearance once on the cheeks.

Milani Rose Powder Blush; I’ll admit it, I bought this one purely for the packaging – the rose pressed into the product looked too pretty to pass up. I have this in a couple of different shades, but my favourite is by far 01 Romantic Rose; a true dusty rose. This comes off slightly pinker on the cheeks than the Aerin blush I mentioned above.

Clinique Cheek Pop; I’d heard a lot about these blushes after they launched, so I took the plunge with a Nordstrom order a few months back and grabbed this in the shade 12 Pink Pop. As a very bright and almost neon-hued pink, this certainly isn’t a shade I would normally reach for. The product comes off quite sheer upon application, so it adds more of a subtle flush to the cheeks rather than an obnoxiously neon strip (there’s definitely a thing as too much blush.

NARS Powder Blush; going into your local Mecca (kind of like Australia and New Zealand’s answer to Sephora) is always going to be dangerous, but even more so when you’re getting your make up done there. During my last make up application, the MUA applied this blush in Gina to my cheeks and I was absolutely smitten. It’s a bright sherbet orange and just screams summer in a pan.

Milani Baked Blush; after hearing Kathleen Lights wax lyrical about how good this blush was, I snapped it up in the shade Luminoso, which true to her word, adds a gorgeous J-Lo glow to the cheeks. I’m looking forward to reaching for this a lot more once I’ve gotten a little bit of a tan.

And there may be a sixth to add into the mix – I’m pretty certain Becca can do no wrong.

What blushes are you going to be reaching for this summer? x


by jamie-lee on November 23, 2015, one comment

grazia shop lulu guinness clutch juniper rose dress
grazia shop lulu guinness clutch juniper rose dress
grazia shop lulu guinness clutch juniper rose dress
grazia shop lulu guinness clutch juniper rose dress

Juniper Rose printed dress*, Everlane trench coat, Isabel Marant heels, Lulu Guinness Chloe box clutch*

If there’s one thing that I tend to shy away from, it’s a wardrobe filled with colourful brights and a mish mash of prints; a quick glimpse of my wardrobe is evidence enough of that. But, after three years of ridding my closet of almost all whimsy, I’ve been looking to experiment a little and throw in the odd splash of colour – starting with this vibrant printed dress from Juniper Rose.

I love the profound effect something so colourful can have on your mood, and this is definitely one of those pieces that I’ll be reaching for when I need a bit of a lift. I’m looking forward to pairing this with a sleek black blazer for the office, or with a slouchy cardigan and ankle boots for those lazy weekends at home – once the weather cools down of course!

Perhaps the other thing that makes me a little giddy – and not in the same way that a burst of colour will – is this sweet glossy box clutch from Lulu Guinness. I’ve had my eye on her lips clutch for what feels like forever – the gorgeous dusky blush is currently the frontrunner in my hunt for a clutch for our wedding in October next year, and this really bridges the gap for now… It’s such a sleek and sophisticated option for those evenings out, and the lipstick detail on the clasp adds a perfect dollop of quirkiness.

It’s fair to say that both new additions are perhaps borne from one of my more recent guilty pleasures; browsing the offerings on Grazia Shop (!!), which not only stocks some of my favourite brands (think Isabel Marant, Lover, IRO et. al), but also a great range of UK-based designers which are a little difficult to get your hands on in our little corner of the world.

I’ve been reigning in the new additions lately (saving for a wedding, a honeymoon, and a trip to Europe don’t exactly leave much room for frivolous spending), and I think I’ve finally found that sweet spot of having that additional bit of colour in my wardrobe, without sacrificing on quality or fit – two really important considerations when purchasing anything new. And while I’m all for the subtleties of a mixture of carefully selected basics, sometimes true beauty lies in letting a piece speak for itself.

My handbag collection

by jamie-lee on November 21, 2015, 3 comments

I’ve had a few requests for this one, so I figured it was about time that I gave you all a peek into my handbag collection.

I’m the type to mull over a bag purchase for a good six months or more (my PS11 took two years before I finally cinched the deal!), so there are a few bags in the above video which have been hanging around for a good three years or more. Given I’m probably known to spend a pretty penny on most things – and bags are no exception – I thought it was worth sharing a few details about my first designer purchase: the Proenza Schouler PS11.

This literally was a purchase two years in the making. Spending upwards of $500 on anything is enough to make most people cringe (which would explain why I tend to look away when making most expensive purchases…), so after spending a good year wanting for this bag, I tried to find an alternative; and I mean any alternative. I think it’s fair to say that the heart wants what the heart wants, so another year later, I dragged one of my best friends (and bridesmaids) with me to countless department stores in the US in hunt of this bag, only to pick it up online from La Garconne after finally ceding defeat. And more than four years later, it’s still one of my most loved, and most cherished purchases – one I have absolutely no regrets over. It’s definitely had it’s fair share of knocks and drops (!!), and even though it’s a little worse for wear, it has retained its shape and structure, and the leather doesn’t have a single scratch to it.

What’s your approach to your handbag collection? Are you patient and reserved? Or do you shop on impulse? x