Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:19:38 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:19:38 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56178 When I think Windsor, I think the Queen, the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony that goes with the royal family, a quintessentially English town with cobbled streets, as well as cream teas, OK, maybe that last one is always on my mind. So, with that in mind, you need a suitable hotel to immerse yourself in...

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When I think Windsor, I think the Queen, the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony that goes with the royal family, a quintessentially English town with cobbled streets, as well as cream teas, OK, maybe that last one is always on my mind. So, with that in mind, you need a suitable hotel to immerse yourself in the beauty of this town on the River Thames, just west of London, and I found a beauty in the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, part of Accor Hotels

This hotel is literally a 2-minute walk away from Windsor Castle and opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s Windsor Guildhall, plus I thought the Georgian building was one of the most beautiful buildings on Windsor’s high street. It has a mix of old-worldly charm with a modern vibe, the decor, especially in the communal areas is impressive, the walls are literally filled with old canvas paintings, while the furniture is modern with a contemporary colour palette. Plus, I do appreciate a hotel that has flowers everywhere, and they were so beautifully arranged. 

One of the big draws for Windsor is the pomp and ceremony, the best being the daily Changing of the Guard, you can watch near the castle itself, or stay in the warmth and dry by viewing it from the hotel’s bar area as it overlooks the street perfectly. I should take my own advice really as I got absolutely soaked, thank god that I had a late checkout and was able to change as my summer dress was practically see-through after the crazy downpour. 

As well as being conveniently located, the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery is one of the few in the town that also has parking, which comes in handy if you are traveling here by car. Coming by train, the station is literally at the bottom of the hill. Coming in via Heathrow, there’s a bus that stops right outside the hotel. Seriously, you can’t get more convenient than that for a night away.

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I can’t really fault this hotel, the service was incredible, the staff were all so lovely and helpful, and happy, so many hotels I visit where the staff are miserable and it always brings me down. It was so refreshing, the atmosphere at the Castle Hotel is so relaxing and unpretentious, and I wish I could have stayed longer than one night. My room was superb, I loved my fruit welcome tray, as well as the fact it had the biggest bed ever, which was so comfortable, and the fact that The White Company toiletries were stocked in the bathroom. 

Breakfast was a highlight, they offer a great offering to your room if that’s what you prefer, but I would suggest going down as they have everything from a full English to ordering omelettes, cereal, fruit and yoghurts, toast and pastries with the added bonus of tiny Nutella packets, and there’s even Actimel, as well as a selection of fruit juices. I basically had to have a bit of everything, and I would be surprised if you couldn’t find anything on the hot or cold buffets or on the hot order menu to start your day right. 

If I had to say one negative, I feel I need to balance out all my gushing, it has to be that some of the hotel rooms don’t really have a great view, mine was of a brick wall, my friend overlooked the car park, but at least she also had a little balcony. But hey, that’s such a tiny thing, but if it is something you really require ask them to see what’s available. But really, how much time will you spend in your room when you have Windsor to explore. 

If you like to eat at the hotel you are in luck as the Castle Hotel has the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which offers a traditional British menu. I would love to say that I tried, sadly, we go to the hotel so late that we didn’t actually have dinner there. But I’ve heard such great things and overheard one of the guests saying how yummy her meal was.

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Things to see and do in Windsor

This was my first time in Windsor, I know crazy right considering how close it is to London, and it is so beautiful. There’s a lot to see and do, from going round Windsor Castle to taking a walk down to see the hundreds of swans on the River Thames, to taking a boat cruise, or why not explore the 4000 acres of Great Park via a horse-drawn carriage. 

There’s also the Queen’s Walkway, a symbolic 6.373 km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days reign of the Queen and links 63 of Windsor’s attractions and views. You can spot this walkway around the town with the round gold plaques on the floor. 

A highlight though for me, had to be the changing of the guard, every day at 10.45am the guards march down Windsor high street to Windsor Castle. The march through the town lasts about 10 minutes, want to see the actual changing of the guard you need to watch from inside the castle and that takes around 30 minutes. 

Done Windsor, the lovely town of Eton is nearby, where Eton College the English boys’ independent boarding school is, the buildings are very much like scenes you see in Cambridge and Oxford. 

Have you been to explore Windsor?

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**I was a guest of Accor Hotels, but as always, all views and opinions are my own, I really did love my stay in Windsor otherwise I wouldn’t have shared it**

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Rose Gold Love Affair http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/rose-gold-love-affair/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/rose-gold-love-affair/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:04:21 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56146 There’s something so pretty about rose gold jewellery that just makes me smile. I know for some, there’s a worry that rose gold won’t work well on their skin tone, for me, I think the pink-hued precious metal works so well with almost all, I love that it brings out the subtle blush tones of the...

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Mococo-Rose-Gold-Jewellery-13There’s something so pretty about rose gold jewellery that just makes me smile. I know for some, there’s a worry that rose gold won’t work well on their skin tone, for me, I think the pink-hued precious metal works so well with almost all, I love that it brings out the subtle blush tones of the skin. It also looks great when paired with silver or gold pieces, which means you can pick up an investment piece and it will still work with your other favourites. 

So when Mococo got in touch and asked me to pick some pieces out I was instantly drawn to their impressive rose gold selection, as well as the incredible brands they have, they have everything from Olivia Burton watches to Thomas Sabo, the gorgeous Daisy London jewellery with the Chakra details, and Swarovski. I’m not going to lie it was hard picking out pieces, but I just knew that I wanted to create a feminine story, and a rose gold glow is perfect for that.

So what is it about rose gold that I love, I think it has to be its understated elegance, it doesn’t have the bling-effect of say white or yellow gold, but for me, that’s what makes it more special, and more suited to my personality and style. I also think because there isn’t as many rose gold pieces out there, I know there are certainly more now than a few years ago, it has a vintage feel about, and so makes it a little different from the norm, and these three pieces I’m wearing are just so divine.

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My Rose Gold Style: Olivia Burton – Big Dial Rose & Rose Gold Watch // Daisy London Rose Gold Long Solar Plexus Chakra Necklace // Thomas Sabo Rose Gold Glam & Soul Heart With Infinity Bracelet // **all c/o Mococo**

Mococo-Rose-Gold-Jewellery-10I’ve been crushing over Olivia Burton’s watches forever, I have a watch obsession and these timepieces are fun, stylish and affordable, this beauty is £80 and it is just so perfect. They have two sizes of dial faces, this one is the larger one, which I just love, and I’ve been wearing it non-stop since it arrived and I love pairing it with silver and rose gold bracelets, they seem to enhance each others glow. 

I do love an arm party stack, so, of course, I needed a beauty of a rose gold bracelet to pair with this fab watch, and I couldn’t help but go for this one by Thomas Sabo. I’ve been a fan of their charms for years, but this bracelet surprised me as it is so delicate, in silver, it would look a little plain, gold a little too bling, but in rose gold, it has the right balance. I love how the heart is teamed with a crystal infinity symbol. I’m also thinking that I’m going to see if this can be engraved to make more personalised to me, that heart is just asking for my wedding date engraved on it. 

My final piece, possibly my favourite, has to be this Daisy London chakra necklace, I went for the Solar Plexus Chakra representing vitality, direction and self-esteem, thought it was kind of fitting as I’ve been feeling a little unsure about myself and the general direction of work lately, so here’s hoping this little beauty helps. I also love that it is has a slightly long chain, I love layering up necklaces and this perfect for that. Daisy London also does beauty bracelets as well and I think I’m going to need to add a few to my collection soon, so beautiful. 

Do you love wearing rose gold jewellery? What do you think of my Mococo picks?

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June Beauty Favourites http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/june-beauty-favourites/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/june-beauty-favourites/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:06:08 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56133 I thought it was about time I shared my current beauty products that I’m loving and the June Beauty Favourites is a good one, we have an incredible blow dry treatment, which I’m obsessed with, the ultimate deep pore cleaning tool, my go-to nail colours for the summer, a cute detangler, a highlight to give...

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I thought it was about time I shared my current beauty products that I’m loving and the June Beauty Favourites is a good one, we have an incredible blow dry treatment, which I’m obsessed with, the ultimate deep pore cleaning tool, my go-to nail colours for the summer, a cute detangler, a highlight to give you a subtle bronzed glow, as well as the best set of affordable make-up brushes out there. Basically, these are those beauty bits that I adore and use regularly, and hopefully, you will discover something new to try. 

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June Beauty Favourites: Hair

I have long hair, it can sometimes be a little unruly, take ages to dry, and it doesn’t take a lot for it to seem lacklustre and unhealthy, so I’m always on the look out for products and brushes that help my hair look healthier and stronger. 

First up, is the Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Primer Cream, this hair product is a dream, it’s innovative formula works to strengthen and shield your hair from breakage, while also cutting down the drying time, providing heat protection up to 230°C, as well as helping you to keep your blow dry lasting longer. 

Anything that can protect my hair without weighing it down gets my vote, plus one that works well with thick hair gets a double thumbs up, and this beauty is great at achieving a silky-smooth finish. I also found that after I had my mermaid hair colour, **if you haven’t seen it head over to my Youtube channel, which between you and me I have big plans for this summer**, it was a little dry and this treatment seemed to help with that, or maybe it was just that it was shielding the heat, either way, it made my hair look better. 

It’s also easy to use, just pump twice to dispense a 50p sized amount, rub hands together and then apply evenly throughout towel dried lengths and ends, and then crank up the hairdryer and straighteners, whichever heat tools you use. 

Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Primer Cream (c/o) // Tangle Teezer Lemon Sherbert Salon Elite (c/o) //

As well as being a fan of hair treatments I seem to be on a constant search for great brushes, latest on the hunt is the Tangle Teezer, I’ve been looking for a great detangling hairbrush for a while and the Salon Elite one is incredible. Of course, the lemon sherbert colour is fun, I also have a pug travel version that is so cute, but what I love about this is the brush fits great in the palm of your hand, and it doesn’t pull or tear the hair. Also, you can use this beauty on wet and dry hair, for me, it brushes through quickly on wet hair, which I love, but it also leaves dry hair looking shiny.

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I know I keep sharing brushes, it is because I’m trying to find the ultimate set, and I have, to be honest, I think these affordable brushes from Revlon might be my pick. There are 8 available **I seem to only have 7 in the picture**, including brushes for powder, foundation, and brows, with the most expensive being £12.99, which is a bargain when you see these brushes up close, they are beautifully designed, I love the diamond grip handle, as well as the quality of the bristles. I really feel that these brushes look and perform better than their prices reflect.

My favourites are the Blusher Brush, I love the ultra-soft, natural bristles, it really is great for subtle colour, while the Powder Brush is great for even coverage, and I’m obsessed with the Double Ended Smokey Eye Brush, which is less than £8, use the slanted brush for eyeliner and the dome-shaped brush for smudging and diffusing colour.

Revlon Smokey Eye Brush Duo, £7.99 (c/o) // Revlon Lip Retractable Brush, £6.99 (c/o) // Revlon Lash & Brow Groomer, £7.99 (c/o) // Revlon Powder Brush, £12.99 (c/o) // Revlon Contour Brush, £10.99 (c/o) // Revlon Blush Brush, £10.99 (c/o) // Revlon Blending Brush, £11.99 (c/o) // Revlon Foundation Brush, £9.99 (c/o) //

One of my other June beauty favourites has to be Revlon’s Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow, I love this product, it is great for adding a lovely fresh glow without being too bronzed, which I don’t like. These shimmer shades really are more natural, more sunkissed than tanned. I love it of course on my face, but I’ve also been dusting over my shoulders when wearing off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. 

Can’t have favourites without new nail colours, and these two shades from Essie are on rotation at the moment. The uber-bright pink is from the new gel couture collection and is called The It Factor. I love this shade, you can’t go wrong with bright pink for summer, but I also love that the varnish offers “gel-like” wear without the hassle of curing and soak-off removal, plus you don’t need to put a base coat on as it’s in the colour, so you great long-lasting nails in just two coats. The other shade is kind of like my blog theme colours and is called Turquoise & Caicos, seriously dreamy and every time I wear I want to be on the beach!!!

Revlon’s Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow, £9.99 // Essie Gel Couture – The It Factor, £9.99 (c/o) // Essie Turquoise & Caicos, £7.99 (c/o) //

FYI the make-up bag is from New Look but I couldn’t seem to find it online – but isn’t it just so cute. 

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This little beauty is high up on my June beauty favourites list – the Braun Face is being billed as the first 2-in-1 facial device, delivering pore-deep cleansing, so radiant, beautiful skin, as well as facial epilation. I have, to be honest, I haven’t brought myself to use the epilator on my face, you may have read last year’s epilator virgin post last year, and even though I swear by epilation for my legs, I’m a little scared to use on my face – it says you can use it on your eyebrows, upper lip and chin. 

Braun Face 810 – Facial Epilator and Cleansing Brush, £69.99 (c/o) //

What I have been using it for is as a cleansing brush as I love the deep clean, which apparently is six times more efficient than manual cleansing. As I have sensitive skin I don’t use every day, but rather once a week, and I use the extra sensitive brush. I love how the brush oscillates to sweep away make-up, it’s like having a spa treatment, and I love how clean and refreshed my skin looks and feels after using. I also love that this little gadget can also be used in the shower, which is perfect if you use every day, and even when I dropped mine in the bath it still worked perfectly. 

I generally use mine more on the oily parts of my skin, and I apply the product to my skin rather than the brush as I just find it works better. As well as the face I use on my neck and décolleté. Another tip is to keep a note of when you put on new brushes as they recommend changing them every three months for hygiene reasons. 

What are your current favourite beauty products?

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The Perfect Sundress http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/perfect-sundress/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/perfect-sundress/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:31:59 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56107 Are you bored of off-the-shoulder looks yet? I hope not, as I may be a little obsessed. This is my latest purchase, a gorgeous sundress from Asos that was less than £40, and yes, it came with that incredible rope tie, which yes, does look like a curtain tie, and that might be why I’m...

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Are you bored of off-the-shoulder looks yet? I hope not, as I may be a little obsessed. This is my latest purchase, a gorgeous sundress from Asos that was less than £40, and yes, it came with that incredible rope tie, which yes, does look like a curtain tie, and that might be why I’m so in love. Perfect is a strong word, but stick with me, this sundress has everything you would look for. First off, it’s lightweight, perfect for the summer, it is also made from cotton, plus it’s a loose fit so perfect if our British summer actually heats up. 

I’m also loving the length, I’m so done with short hemlines, this knee-length look makes it a great casual sundress, and then you have the stripey design, come on who doesn’t love stripes, especially shirt stripes. Then on top of all that you get that incredible detachable rope tie, which I might have been wearing a lot since I bought it as it goes with so many looks. 

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As I wore this on a running errands kind of day, I paired it with my new Keds, these are the classic Triumph style, and I think they really work well with this sundress, plus comfort and sundress really does go hand-in-hand doesn’t it. I find if you style up a dress like this too much it loses its charm, which is probably why I just added my trusty Cambridge Satchel Company push lock bag, it really is a favourite of mine, plus I love the contrast of the mint green against the blue and white stripes. 

Would you wear this fabulous sundress?

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6 Amazing Graduate Fashion Week Designers http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/6-graduate-fashion-week-designers/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/6-graduate-fashion-week-designers/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:45:23 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56054 Graduate Fashion Week has produced a number of stars over its 25 years, from Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, the very first Gold Award winner to Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Julien MacDonald, Christopher Raeburn, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, and Sophie Hulme, and this year GFW showcased a very strong line-up, so I thought I would share the...

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Graduate Fashion Week has produced a number of stars over its 25 years, from Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, the very first Gold Award winner to Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Julien MacDonald, Christopher Raeburn, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, and Sophie Hulme, and this year GFW showcased a very strong line-up, so I thought I would share the womenswear designers that really stood out for me at the gala show earlier this month. We have Minnie Mouse ears, innovative monochrome tailoring, sports-luxe, duvet dresses, trompe-l’oeil and uber-bright from six very talented women.

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Graduate Fashion Week: Chloe Jackson, Nottingham Trent

This was my favourite collection by a mile, Chloe Jackson really captured my attention with her edgy Minnie Mouse style, as well as her technical print ability. I was totally obsessed with not only the Minnie mouse-eared baseball hats, which FYI I so need, but also the oversized silhouettes, they were just so playful, as well as the different textures, that clear plastic and vinyl fabrics really added another dimension to the designs, and really showed off the fabulous prints. Everything about this made me smile, the styling was spot on, did you see the bands around the shoes, and the geeky glasses? I really hope someone snaps up this collection as I need the hat, bag, and skirt. 

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Graduate Fashion Week: Hazel Symons, De Montfort University

It must be so hard to judge at Graduate Fashion Week the standard is always strong but De Montfort graduate Hazel Symons totally deserved her Christopher Bailey Gold Award win for her inventive, monochrome tailored pieces, which were screwed together rather than sewn. If her collection didn’t make an impact, her portfolio certainly would have done, I love her IKEA-esque illustrated instructions, showing how to put the designs together as each one comes flatpacked. Not only did this collection stand out it was innovative and different, while still being commercial – for me, the kilt was the highlight. 

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Graduate Fashion Week: Abby Johnson, Bath Spa University

One of most commercial collections had to be Abby Johnson’s, and when I say commercial I don’t say that in a bad way, I actually think more fashion graduates need to think about who and where they are going to sell their designs. This sporty-cool collection was just perfection, I could see some of the embellished pieces hitting the shops right now, especially the bedazzled jeans. I also love that she made sporty feminine with the sheer lace trousers, and blouse. For me the highlight was definitely the jeans, love them, and the grey cropped ‘Johnson’ jumper. This girl knows good branding – did you see the trainers? Love it, and want to wear it all. 

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Graduate Fashion Week: Ramlah Wraich, UCA Epsom

Ramlah Wraich’s collection was probably one of the most Instagrammed collections as it really made an impact on the catwalk, it was more than just clothes, she brought drama and a story, as at the end all her models sat together like one giant colourful beanbag. Inspired by Argentine sculptor Marta Minujin’s work, her candy-striped designs were part clothing-part interiors, with the duvet coat looking good enough to fall asleep in. I also loved how her padded designs created extreme proportions that changed the shape of the models, with padding added around the hips and waist. 

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Graduate Fashion Week: Quivvei Jiang of UCA Epsom

There’s always one slightly left-field collection that makes an impact and that had to be Quivvei Jiang’s surreal collection of trompe-l’oeil 20s flappers pieces. Quivvei won the M&S Womenswear Award with director of womenswear for the brand, Jo Jenkins saying that her collection demonstrated “real ‘outside of the box’ thinking”. I am seriously fascinated by this optical illusion collection, the technical skill of the pattern cutting and attention to detail is insane.

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Graduate Fashion Week: Holly Borg, De Montfort University

Couldn’t end a best off without a seriously uber-bright collection. Holly Borg brought the colour to the catwalk with her collection inspired by the idea of embracing chaos. I loved the energy of this collection, it really made a statement with those strong masculine silhouettes that just look like they’ve been scribbled all over in feminine colours. It’s also technically strong as each piece is entirely printed using her scribbles. I’m obsessed with the oversized pink jacket.

Which Graduate Fashion Week collection stood out for you?

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Huawei P9 Captures The Lake District http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/huawei-p9-captures-lake-district/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/huawei-p9-captures-lake-district/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:12:22 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55929 When you’re researching your new mobile, what do you look for? Battery length, software, built-in apps, memory, the appearance, camera quality? All of the above maybe, well for me, those things are all important, but high on any features has to be a great camera, I take a lot of pictures, which is probably why...

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When you’re researching your new mobile, what do you look for? Battery length, software, built-in apps, memory, the appearance, camera quality? All of the above maybe, well for me, those things are all important, but high on any features has to be a great camera, I take a lot of pictures, which is probably why my past few smartphones have been Samsung. Well, there’s a new player – the Huawei P9 and they have partnered with German camera manufacturer Leica to create a dual camera. 

For some, this will be probably the first time you’ve heard of Huawei, they aren’t as well known here in the UK, but they are huge in China, and this Huawei P9 might be a game changer for them as the 12MP dual shooter really takes exceptional photographs, which I’ve tried to demonstrate with my Lake District backdrop. My current mobile is the Samsung S6 Edge and I took snaps side-by-side with the Huawei P9 and it really couldn’t rival the colour quality as well as the distance it could capture.

It might seem a weird way of reviewing a phone, capturing the Lake District, but I wanted to show it’s biggest feature and selling point, which I definitely think is the camera, and you have to agree these shots could have come from a DSLR quite easily, the quality of the colours and its ability to capture great distances clearly in bright sunlight was impressive. Helped by the fact that both of the phone’s cameras feature 12 million pixel sensors, accompanied by f/2.2 maximum aperture lenses. The dual camera has been designed with the intention of capturing more light, and therefore better images, due to the two sensors, one RGB and one monochrome.

I was using the camera on the pro mode, meaning I could basically capture my images in manual mode, much like a DSLR, you can adapt the brightness, the ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, autofocus type, metering and white balance, plus you can also shoot in the raw DNG format, which gives you flexibility when editing shots in Photoshop. Changing all the settings can be a little fiddly, just like your DSLR, until you get used to it. But I also like that there’s a feature to quickly reset all of the settings, so you can easily start over. 

In addition, there are also a number of auto features that were quite handy including a mode to recreate the look of using a DSLR with a large sensor, as you can create shallow depth of field effects, I experimented with this, but I didn’t like the results as much as the manual shots. You can also take panoramic and monochrome shots, use the ‘Hybrid Focus’ to capture photos with speed, depth and clarity, plus there is a wide choice of video modes, including slow-mode, and light painting, which I wish I was able to try, but you need a city full of cars to try it out really, rather than a tranquil Lake District setting. 

The Huawei P9 also caters for the selfie generation with its 8-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as its built-in beauty mode that smooths out your skin within selfie shots, which I generally turn down to zero as it is quite scary how much you can change, including the size of your eyes. It’s a step too far for me. 

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So it can’t be all good, or can it, sadly not, I found that even though the operating system was Android it is so different to my Samsung, I found it a little slow and frustrating, and at times, I felt that the touchscreen responsiveness could have been better. I’m also not a fan of the fingerprint scanner to open the phone, I missed the bottom button on the Samsung, which basically allows you to do everything, including bringing up the camera without opening the phone, I couldn’t find that feature on the Huawei P9. I also didn’t master the knuckle gesture to capture a screenshot by knocking on the screen with my knuckle. 

I was also a little disappointed that it didn’t have fast charging, I’ve become so spoilt with it using Samsung, plus the charger was different, which meant while away I couldn’t share with my husband and I didn’t remember to take mine, which wasn’t helped by the average battery life. I suppose I was taking a lot of photographs and videos, but it didn’t seem to perform as well as I had hoped, however, it does have a phone manager for accessing power management and file cleanups, which can help optimise apps and help battery life. 

Overall, I loved the camera, the picture quality is amazing, and the design, I liked the sizeable screen and thin design, was comfortable to use, especially when taking pictures, and lightweight. However, my husband felt it was a little too big, but I like big phones, I still miss my Samsung Note!!

If the Huawei had the same Android system as the Samsung’s or HTC’s then I would say grab this phone, you won’t regret it, but I think you will find it frustrating to start with moving from another Android phone to this, and it will seem very alien moving from an iPhone, but if you stick with it you’ll get used to it. I have to be honest, for the camera, I’m tempted to move. 

Are you tempted by the Huawei P9?

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Wearing Zara In A Field Of Poppies http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/wearing-zara-poppies-field/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/wearing-zara-poppies-field/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:13:00 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56004 When you see red poppies do you think remembrance? I do, there’s something about the impact of this carpet of red making a statement in the South Cambridgeshire landscape that just made me stop, think, admire and remember. However, this field here is a mistake, it should be blue linseed, instead, the poppies took over, and...

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When you see red poppies do you think remembrance? I do, there’s something about the impact of this carpet of red making a statement in the South Cambridgeshire landscape that just made me stop, think, admire and remember. However, this field here is a mistake, it should be blue linseed, instead, the poppies took over, and now it is a beautiful mishap, where bloggers and every passer-by goes to pose. Don’t you wish that all mistakes looked this pretty? Next time I make an error I’m hoping that instead of horrible consequences I get sent a bouquet of flowers, I’m not fussy about what kind of flowers, just something pretty. 

I actually stumbled across this field while driving, it really does make an impact miles away, this field of red poppies looks striking next to fields of green, and I was so happy that I was able to snap some pictures of this blue look that I wore to brunch while my Mum was down to visit. Actually, my Mum bought me this fabulous top from Zara, I adore the colour, this blue looks great against the red, but what I love the most is the sleeves, if I’m not wearing off-the-shoulder styles, the sleeves have to be frilled and floaty. Added bonus, this top is the sale for less than £20.

I love it paired with jeans, there’s something about adding a structured, tailored top with a feminine edge with a casual pair of skinny jeans, especially when they are lighter in colour, it makes the top perfect for a weekend brunch. But it will also look great paired with a pair of tailored trousers, a cool leather skirt, or even underneath a slip dress, those sleeves just want to be shown off. 

The rest of the look is just blue, blue and a little bit more blue, which to be honest I think would have looked cool against a field of blue linseed, but I wonder whether that cute blue crop would have had me pulling over and dodging traffic to get over to the field? Probably not. 

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I love these skinny jeans, they are Ida by Donna Ida, I just love that they are high-waisted, perfect for this slightly shorter boxy Zara top, and they are a great length, so look great when paired with Keds, which are my go-to summer trainer as they are so lightweight and easy to wear. They go with everything, especially when you get them in navy blue, plus they are super comfortable with their cushioned insole. 

Finishing up my look is this cute denim clutch that I made at the Accessorize press day, everything is personalised about the look, I chose the patches and the badges and I love it, and I think I will keep adding badges to it, I’m currently looking for a great D badge. Is anyone else obsessed with badges and patches? I really just can’t get enough. I’m looking for a perfect denim jacket at the moment to make my own personalised beauty. I just can’t get a great fit, they are either too short, too long, too big or too tight, or not the right shade. So difficult, but I’m on a mission now so I’m sure I will find one. Tweet me @FashionNBarbie if you’ve bought a great one recently for me to check out. 

Are you a fan of how I styled this Zara top? Do you love the poppies backdrop?

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Isn’t my Mum so cute – love it when she comes to stay!

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Friday Favourites: Festival Edit http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/friday-favourites-festival-edit/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/friday-favourites-festival-edit/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:46:11 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55982 It’s that time of year that everyone’s talking festivals, so whether you are doing some last minute shopping for Glastonbury next week, or heading to Latitude in July, V Festival in August, or closing the season at Bestival in September on the Isle of Wight, I have some great fashion picks. Not heading to a festival,...

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It’s that time of year that everyone’s talking festivals, so whether you are doing some last minute shopping for Glastonbury next week, or heading to Latitude in July, V Festival in August, or closing the season at Bestival in September on the Isle of Wight, I have some great fashion picks. Not heading to a festival, don’t worry, these also work as great summer buys, I already have my eye on that Topshop badged denim backpack!!!

There’s a little of everything, from the trusty Hunter wellies, always a must for any muddy festival, must-have denim shorts, jewellery to brighten up any outfit, and of course a plastic mac, which let’s be fair with our weather lately will probably be needed. I just have to say when searching for my Friday Favourite pieces Topshop was winning by a mile, this basically could have been the Topshop Festival Edit, so many cute styles, so if you only have time to run into one shop before heading out to a festival this season Toppers is the one to go to.

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1. Glamorous – Playsuit With Festival Embroidery, £35 // 2. Topshop – Badged Denim Backpack, £40 // 3. Boohoo – Carolina Floral Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, £20 // 4. Liquor & Poker – Dungarees With Deep South Embroidery, £40 // 5. Boohoo – Lucy Lemonade Bralet, £10 // 6. Topshop – Sequin Plastic Mac, £49 // 7. Topshop – Embroidered Peplum Sun Top, £29 // 8. Topshop – Funfair Knotted Sandals, £42 // 9. Missguided – High Waisted Distressed Hem Denim Shorts, £18 // 10. Hunter – Women’s Original Short Colour Haze Wellington Boots, £110 // 11. Glamorous – Festival Disc & Tassel Headband, £16.50 //

This is what I would call a festival capsule edit, meaning you can go away with fewer things, of at least kid yourself you don’t need to pack as much, as I’ve picked pieces that can be worn together in different ways. First up, denim, always a safe option for a festival, especially denim shorts, I love the vintage wash of these from Missguided, as well as the price, at £18 they are a steal and flattering too as they are high-waisted, which will work great with the Boohoo bralet top if it’s a scorcher. If not, the Topshop embroidered peplum will be a cool look, especially when paired with the knotted sandals.

Both of the tops will also work under those dungarees, especially the bralet, and if the weather takes a turn for the wet and muddy, throw on your cool sequin plastic mac and Hunter wellies, I love these ombre blue ones. Not one for denim, this Glamorous playsuit is a cute option, or want a more feminine boho look try this floral off-the-shoulder maxi, will look great paired with a chunky pair of boots. 

Final two pieces, everyone needs a bag, this patched denim rucksack is perfect, and if you want to dress up any of the looks try this tassel headband

What’s on your festival shopping list?

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All About Brows http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/brows-benefit/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/brows-benefit/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:52:52 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55967 You can’t think brows without thinking Benefit, they really have cornered the market, and if you think that they already had a lot of products for your brows, think again, as they are set to release even more, in total there will be 36 products, created to suit all skin tones and brow type. From...

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You can’t think brows without thinking Benefit, they really have cornered the market, and if you think that they already had a lot of products for your brows, think again, as they are set to release even more, in total there will be 36 products, created to suit all skin tones and brow type. From those brows behaving badly, to those that needing a little TLC whether they are dull, thin or uneven, and those brows that just want to make a statement.

For me, brows is a whole new thing, I only discovered the wonders of eyebrow waxing and tinting this year thanks to the Benefit brow bar. I don’t know want held me back in the past, maybe I was scared of having my eyebrows all waxed off, but having my brows shaped really has made a difference, I actually want to have my fringe cut a little shorter now. I don’t know why but tamed brows really are a confidence builder.

My brows can be a little unruly, well a little less than they used to be thanks to my Benefit brow time appointments, so the main products I use to fill, sculpt and set my brows are:

Benefit Ka-Brow, £18.50 – comes in 6 shades*

This little cutie is an all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel that fills, sculpts and defines my brows, basically, it fills in the gaps and builds on my colour tint. I use this to create more dramatic brows, and it’s so easy to do, as it has a built-in hard-angled brush. Quick tip – outline the bottom first and then blend the rest with short strokes. For a natural look just stroke on a tiny amount, which is generally what I do for an everyday look. FYI, I’m using shade 4 – medium.

Benefit 3D-Browtones, £18.50 – comes in 2 shades*

This is one of those hero products, the Benefit girls at Brow Time were going crazy for it, as it highlights your brows, softens the look of darker brows and enhances lighter brows with depth and dimension. Simply just brush over your brows to enhance your natural colour with a subtle highlight. I love how easy it is to use, the mini-comb tip is the perfect shape and size for defining. 

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, £18.50 – comes in 6 shades 

So, you might not need this after using the two products above, but if you need a little extra brow-filling this is the product for you, and it isn’t scary like some brow pencils can be, this one has a “goof-proof” tip, which basically means its pointed wide tip is fool proof. If I can use it right, anyone can. 

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There’s also two other Benefit products I use on my brows the first being Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit, £24.50, comes in 6 shades*,  it’s a great pocket-size eyebrow kit for taming and shaping. It has an eyebrow powder and wax, mini slant tweezers and applicators, everything you need to sculpt, shape and fill.  Plus the Gimme Brow, £18.50, comes in three shades*, this is a great product for just keeping thinks simple, a quick wave of this volumising fibre gel and you’re done. I just didn’t include these in the picture as I don’t have the shiny new packaging and they looked crappy next to these beauties.

Another great product you should check out if you have dull, thin brows is the Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer, £21.50, as this clear gel will condition and smooth your brows, as well as helping them look thicker, healthier and fuller. You can also use it as a primer under the other products to enhance and extend the wear of them.

The whole collection comes out on June 24, but if you get in quick today, June 15, before midnight you can buy from Benefit before the national launch. 

Will you be taming your brows with Benefit’s new product range?

*I was gifted these Benefit products, the Goof Proof Brow Pencil I got free with the July issue of Elle UK*

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Ravenstone Manor A Dog Friendly Hotel http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/ravenstone-manor-dog-friendly-hotel/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/ravenstone-manor-dog-friendly-hotel/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:10:10 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55914 One of my biggest concerns about getting a dog was how would we still get away, my husband and I like to travel, we like to just hit the road and check into a hotel and explore a new part of the UK, as well as getting abroad, and apparently there are a whole host...

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One of my biggest concerns about getting a dog was how would we still get away, my husband and I like to travel, we like to just hit the road and check into a hotel and explore a new part of the UK, as well as getting abroad, and apparently there are a whole host of hotels out there that are dog-friendly, who knew, but I’m so pleased that we discovered Ravenstone Manor, as it isn’t just dog-friendly, its dog loving. Husband and wife duo Martin and Ivana were the loveliest, they really dotted on Falcon, he loved it, and it was so nice that we could literally take him anywhere in the hotel, except the kitchen and he wasn’t allowed on the lovely sofas in the living room, but he could go in the restaurant, bar and games room, and could even sit beside us while we relaxed in the lounge area. The dog hospitality didn’t stop there they also organised Falcon his very own pet bed, bowl, towel and treats ready in our room when we checked in.

My husband found the hotel through the Pet Concierge service at PetsPyjamas, they suggested a number of places, at very short notice in the Lake District area and the Ravenstone Manor really appealed because of the charming old manor house, and the fact that it was only 20 rooms, we really do have something about boutique-sized hotels, and I think we made a great choice. As we booked through PetsPjamas they also sent Falcon a box of goodies, which was waiting on arrival, which included a travel bowl, treats, a bone chew toy, poop bags, and a cute little bandana that I can’t wait to get Falcon to show off for you guys. 

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As we booked late there wasn’t a lot of rooms left, on the Saturday night it was a full house, so we were in a standard double, while it was a little on the small side, the view totally made up for it, we looked out across towards Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding hills, simply breathtaking waking up to that view each morning. Overall, we didn’t spend too much time at the hotel, the whole point about being within the Lake District is to get out and walk, explore, and recharge those batteries in beautiful surroundings, there were even some walks straight from the hotel that Falcon loved, including exploring the woods and heading down to the lake, which was only a 30 minute walk and it was so stunning heading across the countryside and Falcon got to see sheep, cows, and horses, and then got to splash in the lake as a treat. Don’t be worried about getting your dog dirty as Ravenstone Manor also has a dog wash station outside with warm water for dirty paws. 

One of the big advantages was that we could take down Falcon to breakfast and dinner, he loved the attention he got from the hosts as well as other guests, and he loved seeing the other dogs. I was so impressed with how he behaved, all the other dogs there were a lot older, calmer and generally slept, Falcon is only 4 months old, and even though he is on the energetic side he didn’t cause any commotion, he was so good, no barking or anything. We dined in both nights we were there, the menu isn’t huge, simple but traditional dishes using locally sourced produce, but very tasty, both my husband and I enjoyed our meals. On the first night, I had fish and chips and the second-night corn fed roast chicken supreme in a wild mushroom sauce, saute potatoes and vegetables, both were excellent. High point of both meals though was the dessert, lemon cheesecake with summer berries, and sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream. 

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The location of the Ravenstone Manor is a big advantage, it is right next to Dodd Woods, which has excellent views over Bassenwaithe Lake and you if you are lucky you can see the ospreys fishing over the lake, its situated in the foothills of Skiddaw, and it’s only a 30-minute walk from the lake. There are lots of options literally straight out of the hotel. Want to do something other than walking, Keswick, which is apparently the most dog-friendly town in the UK is worth a visit. Derwent Water is much more commercial than Bassenwaithe and you can take a cruise around the lake, or hire a rowing boat. As the hotel is located close to the M6 and A66 you can get to lots of different places in the Lake District including one of my favourite spots Aira Force, a waterfall protected by the National Trust, close to Ullswater, another lake that I wish we had time to explore. 

I can’t rave enough about this fabulous hotel, the hospitality was amazing, seriously your dog will love the attention, the food is delicious, the views are amazing, the location is so convenient, and you’ll enjoy relaxing in this 19th-century manor house full of character.  

Does Ravenstone Manor and its dog-friendly approach appeal to you?

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