Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:33:29 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 23493038 Disney x Cath Kidston – Mickey Mouse http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/12/disney-x-cath-kidston-mickey-mouse/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/12/disney-x-cath-kidston-mickey-mouse/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:33:29 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57239 You guys know how I love a little Disney magic, so when I heard that Cath Kidston were teaming up with two of my favourite characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, to say I was excited was a bit of an understatement. I showed you guys a sneak peek of the collection in August and...

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You guys know how I love a little Disney magic, so when I heard that Cath Kidston were teaming up with two of my favourite characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, to say I was excited was a bit of an understatement. I showed you guys a sneak peek of the collection in August and by the looks of this posts views you guys are also looking forward to buying this collection. Well, the time has come the Disney x Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse collection is now on sale, both online and in selected stores across the UK and overseas, but trust me it is going quick, with some items already sold out online. 

I have to be honest, before I saw the collaboration, I would never have paired Cath Kidston with Disney, but this collection really works, I love how they’ve married the best of both brands, placing Mickey Mouse within its gorgeous London print is so genius, and overall I just love how it has captured the fun feel of the characters, while still keeping it very modern and fresh. I kind of want it all!!!

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There really is something for everyone in this great collaboration, be quick though as it is selling out fast. To help you decide on what pieces to buy I’ve linked my favourites, from the Minnie jumper I’m wearing to the fun Mickey Mouse pouch, as well as my other must-have fashion items, home pieces, stationery and the adorable kidswear. 

So, to the gorgeous fashion pieces, I’m especially loving this Minnie Spot Jacquard Jumper, super cute, so soft and looks amazing with skirts and jeans, to the adorable red cardigan with Mickey Mouse on one pocket and Minnie on the other, seriously too cute, and the fun selection of accessories, this Mickey Mouse pouch for £18 is a must-have purchase.

The kids will also love this collection as the girl’s fashion and bags are so spot on, you might just get a little jealous that they don’t come in adult sizes!!!

For Christmas gifts and stocking fillers I can imagine the stationery and home pieces being very popular, I couldn’t resist the Mickey in London notepad and pen, and you can’t ever go wrong with a Cath Kidston mug as a gift, there are Mickey and Minnie Mouse mugs that look like they’ve sold out online, but you might still be able to pick one up in store. 

Which Mickey Mouse and Minnie pieces do you want?

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My Style: Cath Kidston –  Minnie Spot Jacquard Jumper (c/o) // Cath Kidston – Mickey Mouse pouch // Coast – Pink Skirt (c/o) // Boden – Spot Heels (c/o) // Olivia Burton – Rose Gold Watch (c/o) // 

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My Statement Winter Coat From Boden http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/statement-winter-coat/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/statement-winter-coat/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:09:09 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57220 Autumn might not have stuck around very long this year, but with the weather getting colder it can only mean one thing, I’m once again on the hunt for the perfect statement winter coat. I’m not really one for a black coat, mainly because I wear so much black, and I always find a fun,...

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Autumn might not have stuck around very long this year, but with the weather getting colder it can only mean one thing, I’m once again on the hunt for the perfect statement winter coat. I’m not really one for a black coat, mainly because I wear so much black, and I always find a fun, bright coat makes the gloomy, freezing conditions much more bearable. This year, I’ve lucked out, as I have found the brightest winter coat from Boden that really evokes a sense of childhood and whimsy, a delightful yellow duffle, which also has a fun faux fur trim hood. Have you ever seen such a beautiful coat before?

So, this statement winter coat might not be for everyone, this yellow is a little bright, but I just find that there is something so special about a duffle coat. Not only does it make me feel like a kid again, if I had a pinafore dress I would have totally been twinning with a seven-year-old, but there’s something so cosy about them. Maybe, it is the buttons, maybe, it is the faux fur trim, or the oversized pockets, whatever it is I am in love.

Boden always seems to be a great place to pick a statement winter coat, the quality is amazing, and this duffle coat comes in four colours, so if you are after something a little tamer, you could opt for the red, blue or even cream, all are perfect, especially for a weekend walk in the countryside. 

Finishing off my winter walk look are my trusty Emu Australia ‘Ellin’ boots, not only are they lined with Australian Merino wool, which keeps your feet toasty warm, but they also feature a waterproof polished calf leather outer. So, they are kind of like chic wellies, which will work heading into town as much as out in the countryside, and I can’t get over how comfortable they are. Seriously dreamy and will be a firm favourite for me this winter.

What statement winter coat have you got your eye on?

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My Statement Winter Coat: Boden – Amanda Duffle in Saffron // Saltspin – Jeans (c/o) // Emu Australia – Ellin Waterproof Ankle Boot (c/o) // H&M – Jumper // Glasses Direct – Specs (c/o) // 

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Bumper Packed Black Friday Guide http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/bumper-packed-black-friday-guide/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/bumper-packed-black-friday-guide/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:08:41 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57198 One day to go until Black Friday, are you ready? Don’t worry I have you covered, I’ve scoured through all my favourite shops and put together the ultimate guide to the best discounts on the internet, as well as few of my favourite picks. Whether you are shopping for yourself, grabbing some early Christmas presents,...

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One day to go until Black Friday, are you ready? Don’t worry I have you covered, I’ve scoured through all my favourite shops and put together the ultimate guide to the best discounts on the internet, as well as few of my favourite picks. Whether you are shopping for yourself, grabbing some early Christmas presents, looking for some cute interiors to transform your home ahead of the festive season, or just want to snap up everything in your autumn/winter wish list I have the discount information you need. 

For me, this Black Friday I’m on the hunt for the perfect camel coloured coat, how hard can that be? Apparently, really hard. I might also need a pair of embroidered boots and a good leather jacket. I’m calling them essentials!!!

Top tip before hitting the Black Friday sales: Have an idea of what you are after before opening the web browser. I like to have a list of the items I’m after, I then also have a secret Pinterest board with inspiration, designer looks that I’m looking to recreate or actually products, so I can search and see if they’ve been discounted.

FASHION

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Glamorous – 40% off entire site with code: BF40

Boohoo – Up to 50% off – no code needed

ASOS – UK & Worldwide excluding the US  – 20% off with code: GOGOGO // US – 30% off with code: THANKFUL30 

Missguided – up tp 50% off with code: GoGoGo

Hush – 25% off 25 Styles until midnight on November 28

Topshop – 50% off selected lines from November 24-28

All Saints – 30% off with code: CYBER

Jaeger – 25% off with code: GRAZIA25 until November 28

Boden – 30% off with code: F6P8

La Redoute – 40% off site wide with the code: BLACKFRIDAY

River Island – up to 50% off selected stock

New Look – up to 50% off selected stock

Urban Outfitters – up to 50% off on selected stock

FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES 

Ego Shoes – 30% off with code: OMG30

Public Desire – 30% off with code: CYBER30 – for the UK, US and Canada

Office – 20% off with code: WONDER

Dune – up to 30% off 

Kurt Geiger – 20% off everything

Accessorize – 25% off winter warmers, kids clothing // 30% off bags 

Monica Vinader – 30% off after signing up

Converse – 30% off entire site on Cyber Monday with code: CM30

DEPARTMENT STORES

Selfridges – 20% off Christmas shopping with code: SELFCCE // 10% off Beauty, Fragrances, Watches, Wines and Toys with code: SELFCCE

Marks and Spencer – are have a ‘Gifting Weekend’ with up to 50% off selected lines across – Beauty, Lingerie, Sleepwear, Home, Toys and Books

House of Fraser – up to 50% off worldwide

DESIGNER

Temperley – 25% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Avenue 32 – 30% off site excluding sale and pre-spring 17

YOOX – 20% off worldwide

Shopbop – 25% off with code: GOBIG16

Luisa Via Roma – additional 20% off with code: BFRE20

Matches – up to 50% off main site stock and sale

Style.com – 20% off with code: STYLE20

FITNESS

Fashercise – 25% off everything until Monday **where you can get that cute ‘Life is too short for celery’ jumper

Nike – extra 30% off sale with code: XMAS16

HOME

La Redoute – 40% off site wide with the code: BLACKFRIDAY

West Elm – up to 30% off with code: SAVENOW

The White Company – 20% off almost everything with code: AP380

MEN

Mr Porter – 30% off selected styles

BEAUTY

Look Fantastic – 18% off with code: RUSH

Feel Unique – daily Cyber Week deals for UK and Europe

The Body Shop – 40% off with code: 19805

Aveda – 15% off first order with code: WELCOME15

What will you be buying this Black Friday? 

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Autumn Staple – Leopard Print Boots http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/autumn-staple-leopard-print-boots/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/autumn-staple-leopard-print-boots/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:02:17 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57038 If you had to go with just one autumn staple what would it be? In recent years, I might have said leather jacket or a chunky longline cardigan, this season I’ve fallen hard for a pair of leopard print boots, which you might not believe me when I tell you, but they were £12 and...

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If you had to go with just one autumn staple what would it be? In recent years, I might have said leather jacket or a chunky longline cardigan, this season I’ve fallen hard for a pair of leopard print boots, which you might not believe me when I tell you, but they were £12 and from Primark, and I love them.

I bought these beauties as a test run, I wasn’t sure if leopard print was for me, I’m always pinning gorgeous animal spotty coats, but I thought I would ease my way in gentle with these boots after I spotted them in the Tottenham Court Road Primark between meetings. I’m not a regular shopper in Primark as much as I used to be and the only shoes I’d ever bought were those cheap pumps for the summer or slippers, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from these, but am I glad I snapped them up, as at £12 they really were a steal as I wear them all the time. 

What I like about leopard print, especially during these autumnal months when the leaves are turning, is that it is such a warm addition to my very-black wardrobe, and I like the rock-n-roll edge it adds to a look, including this simple jeans and blazer look that I wore during London Fashion Week. I know what you are thinking – you are still sharing fashion week content – I know, I totally forgot about this post, as I convinced myself as I shared on Instagram I had blogged it, I was kindly reminded by someone on Twitter that they hadn’t seen the full look, so here it is. 

As well as the leopard print boots, everyone went a little crazy for this gorgeous Aspinal of London ‘Lottie’ bag, she is a beauty. I would love to say she was mine, but sadly not, I borrowed her during fashion week from The Apartment, but it has convinced me that I need a taupe colour handbag in my wardrobe as this one is so cute. This bag is also on the affordable luxury side, coming it at under £500, so might be worth investing if you love it so much. 

Are you a fan of leopard print? Have you opted for the ankle boots or gone for it with a coat? 

**Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @FashionistaBarbie as I generally share more of my daily looks over there, as well as my general day-to-day antics!!!**

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My Style: Primark – Leopard Print Boots & Top // Next – Jeans (c/o) // Topshop – Socks // IKKS – Blazer (c/0) // Aspinal of London – The Small Lottie Bag om Soft Taupe Pebble (loan from The Apartment) // 

As my leopard print beauties are Primark I’ve scoured my favourite retailers for beautiful alternatives: 

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Introducing Fabled By Marie Claire http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/introducing-fabled-by-marie-claire/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/introducing-fabled-by-marie-claire/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:17:30 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57156 When it comes to beauty emporiums do you instantly think Sephora? Well, there’s a new kid in town and you are going to love it, Fabled by Marie Claire. Yep, the magazine has put its creative magic behind a new beauty brand with the help of Ocado, you know the guys behind Waitrose deliveries, which...

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When it comes to beauty emporiums do you instantly think Sephora? Well, there’s a new kid in town and you are going to love it, Fabled by Marie Claire. Yep, the magazine has put its creative magic behind a new beauty brand with the help of Ocado, you know the guys behind Waitrose deliveries, which does mean one-hour delivery slots. I know right, you can now buy brands including Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Nars and Perricone MD with ease to fit around your busy schedule. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, they’ve even got the prettiest looking beauty emporium on Tottenham Court Road in London. 

I did gush a little about the opening on Twitter over the summer, I know, it took me a while to give the online shop a go, but it was well worth the wait. I have to be honest, I’m don’t normally buy beauty products online, I’m always worried about getting the right shade, whether it would get to me in one piece, which is why I tend to like to buy things in person. But actually, with the brands that Fabled has on its online shop you generally know most of them anyway, which makes it handy for reordering, plus its great editorial highlights products that you didn’t even know you would want. 

The website is easy to navigate, everything is broken down into categories – so you have skincare, make-up, hand and nails, bath and body, haircare, fragrance, wellness, men’s and then there’s the Marie Claire edit where the editor’s share their favourite pieces, as well as tips and tricks. I have, to be honest I love how slick this website is, combines e-commerce and editorial really well, plus the brands on offer are amazing. 

But what really sold Fabled to me had to be the delivery options, I love next day delivery, but I love next day with one-hour slots even more. I spend so much time missing deliveries that this was so refreshing. It totally made me wonder why more brands don’t offer this as it makes such a difference. I know Asos give you an hour-slot the day off, but with Fabled you get to choose the hour that’s most convenient to you, seven days a week. Oh, and if you spend over £15 it is also free, or just £3.90 if you spend less. Does this make anyone else scream hallelujah? 

Fancy trying out Fabled by Marie Claire? Well, I have a cheeky little discount code, valid until December 7, 2016.

Get 15% off on your first order with code: VOU039332420 – shop here: www.fabled.com 

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Urban Decay Naked 3, £38.50

My second purchase was this incredible Urban Decay nudey eyeshadow palette. I love a neutral smoky eye, it is generally my go-to look under my glasses, and I love that the Naked 3 has gorgeous shimmering, glittery as well as matte colours, and the rose gold case and double ended brush doesn’t hurt. 

What I love most is that these neutrals are more on the pinky side and work well with the taupe colours, rather than my go-to brown, there’s a softness about them, and I just adore the velvety texture, great for blending and even better at staying put. For me, this has options perfect for the day, day-to-night, or full on party mode, I love a palette that can do everything as it makes it easier for me to take it travelling. 

I have lots of favourites, ‘Limit’ is great to use on the crease, while the pinky satin feel of ‘Burnout’ offers a daily fix, and ‘Strange’ acts as a great under brow highlighter. The other fav shades that I use a lot are  ‘Nooner’, which is great even on its own, ‘Liar’, another great deep brown that works for day and evening looks, ‘Factory’, which I love to use to do a little under eye smudge, and ‘Mugshot’, a metallic taupe that is quite like ‘Liar’ one sweep and you are away. For a night out I also love ‘Trick’ with its pinky-copper shimmer, and ‘Blackheart’ makes for a great eyeliner, especially if you are packing light. 

I love this palette so much that it is making me wonder whether I need the other two. Do you love the Urban Decay Naked palettes? 

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**I was gifted a voucher to use on Fabled by Marie Claire, but as always the products I chose I did so out of love, and my review is honest, I seriously wouldn’t gush unless I loved it**

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How To Style A Pleated Midi Skirt http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/how-to-style-a-pleated-midi-skirt/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/how-to-style-a-pleated-midi-skirt/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:27:32 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57026 One key trend this season has to be the pleated midi skirt, whether you fancy it in velvet, metallic, jewel tones, or semi-sheer there are so many choices, and it is such a great versatile piece that you can wear it so many ways this winter. I’m a big fan of the pleated midi skirt,...

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One key trend this season has to be the pleated midi skirt, whether you fancy it in velvet, metallic, jewel tones, or semi-sheer there are so many choices, and it is such a great versatile piece that you can wear it so many ways this winter. I’m a big fan of the pleated midi skirt, I love wearing it with trainers during the day, dressing it up in strappy heels for a night out, or adding a little edge with a cool pair of ankle boots. 

During London Fashion Week, I wore the most gorgeous metallic pleated midi skirt from Next, I instantly fell in love with the pewter colour, it just shimmered so beautifully when it moved and the length is perfect. I also have a thing with subtle metallics, especially for day looks. I decided to keep the grey tone running throughout the look, which is why I paired it with this adorable swan embroidered jumper, also from Next, this beauty is under £30 and is super soft and cute. 

I tucked the jumper in, I just felt that it worked better, but I’ve also worn this skirt with an oversized jumper over the top, with a pair of biker boots, it made for the perfect weekend look. After an eveningwear style, try teaming with a lacy cami, and a leather jacket. 

Whether you wear with glittery Keds, boots or strappy heels, just remember if your pleated midi skirt shimmers when it moves do a few twirls, trust me it will make you happy. 

How would you style up this pleated midi skirt?

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My Style: Next – Pweter Pleated Midi Skirt (c/o) // Next – Swan Embroidered Jumper (c/o) // Keds – Glitter (c/o) // Sophie Hulme – Bag (c/o Farfetch) // 

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AW16 Trend Alert: Velvet Crush http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/trend-alert-velvet-crush/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/trend-alert-velvet-crush/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:43:42 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57135 If there’s one fabric that is a must-have trend that you have to try for autumn/winter it has to be velvet. Soft, crushed, bright, shocking, and oh so tactile, velvet really is having a moment and I’m a little obsessed. No longer the fabric of dark, romantic, gothic clothes, the likes of Valentino and Roksanda...

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If there’s one fabric that is a must-have trend that you have to try for autumn/winter it has to be velvet. Soft, crushed, bright, shocking, and oh so tactile, velvet really is having a moment and I’m a little obsessed. No longer the fabric of dark, romantic, gothic clothes, the likes of Valentino and Roksanda have made it cool again to wear it during the day, and you might have noticed but the high street has gone wild. You’ll find that this strokable fabric has been used in everything from trousers to thigh-high boots, delicate camis, fun bomber jackets, as well as cute bags. I basically want it all. 

Don’t get me wrong, Velvet is a statement trend, and possible not for everyone, but I’ve picked out pieces that you are going to love to wear, from the coolest boots, I have both the Next embossed black beauties as well as the dreamy blue Ego Shoes, which I adore as they have cool 70s vibes, to all the beautiful jewel tones you are going to want, as well as a sexy luxurious suit. Trust me, whether you just want a touch of velvet, or want to go full-on you are going to fall in love with at least one piece, if not all of them. 

Velvet Crush – My Picks

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Top Image. Next – Velvet Block Heel Boots, £45 // 1. Ego Shoes – Osha Velvet Blue Ankle Boots, £39.99 // 2. Monki – Velvet Bomber Jacket, £30 // 3. Public Desire – Marlo Buckle High Heels in Bordeaux Velvet, £29.99 // 4. ASOS – Cold Shoulder Velvet Pleated Midi Dress, £40 // 5. ASOS – Top with Ruffle in Velvet, £30 // 6. Boden – Velvet Emilia Blazer, £129 and matching Richmond Velvet Trousers, £79.50 // 7. Urban Outfitters – Velvet Mini Backpack, £36 // 8. Boohoo – Velvet Midi Skirt, £22 //

As I said, the boots are already in my wardrobe, and I promise they will make an appearance in up-coming style posts soon, but saying that I also really want these gorgeous jewel-toned block sandals, the colour is divine, and I adore this buckle ankle strap shape, plus, if this bordeaux hue isn’t your thing the Marlo also comes in navy and black. And the fact that they come in at under £30 you might want all three!!!

After making a statement, then this beautifully cut plush velvet suit from Boden is a must, isn’t it beautiful. I have my eye on it in navy, it also comes in dark burgundy and black, I just need to pluck up some coverage to rock it. If like me you’re not sure you could do the coordinated set, why not just opt for the blazer, this elegant single-button will dress up your favourite pair of jeans or even look great over a festive outfit come the party season. I also love that it has a slightly longer shape than most other velvet blazers I’ve seen so you could also wear it with leather leggings.

When it comes to velvet you are always going to get great jewel tones, my favourite has to be this stunning green Asos dress, not only is the colour perfection, it also has two of my other obsessions, pleats and open shoulders, and I like the £40 price tag. This beauty will be perfect for the festive season. 

Finally, as I said earlier velvet isn’t just for the evening, I have some great daywear pieces including this gorgeous bargain of a pleated skirt from Boohoo. Just £22, it feels amazing, I also might have already bought this piece as well, and it has a great shape and length. I can imagine this being one of my favourite pieces this winter. A close second will probably be this Asos pink top, the ruffle, another obsession of mine, is just so pretty. I love that you can pair with jeans and it adds a touch of luxury to the look. Also, don’t you think it would look great under this gorgeous black bomber from Monki

Want to just ease your way into this trend? Well, you have to go with this strokable backpack from Urban Outfitters. I love it in the gold hue, but after something a little more traditional it also comes in maroon and black. It is such a cute size. 

As I said, I totally want it all – what’s on your velvet wishlist?

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Tropical Florals and Statement Ego Shoes http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/tropical-florals-statement-ego-shoes/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/tropical-florals-statement-ego-shoes/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:22:05 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57114 A tropical paradise deserves a great floral look, doesn’t it? Well, that’s my thinking, so every sunny holiday I take I hunt down a new floral beauty, and this one from H&M’s conscious collection was perfect, especially as I snagged it in the sale. I also needed the perfect dress to wear with these statement...

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A tropical paradise deserves a great floral look, doesn’t it? Well, that’s my thinking, so every sunny holiday I take I hunt down a new floral beauty, and this one from H&M’s conscious collection was perfect, especially as I snagged it in the sale. I also needed the perfect dress to wear with these statement Ego Shoes, the rose gold heel is incredible and I still can’t believe they are less than £30 **Fyi, I’ve just double checked and they are £15,99 in the sale, snap them up quick**.

Deciding on which shoes to take on a holiday is my biggest stress, I always select way too many that now my husband double checks and is brutal with cutting my pile down. He’s always right, I’m an overpacker, I just can’t help it, I like to travel with my full wardrobe. So this time round I decided to ditch my classic black sandals that work with everything for these nude beauties, I just thought it would work better with the tropical sunshine, and I totally made the right decision. 

What I love about these shoes, other than the fab architectural heels, has to be how comfortable they are, the block heel is just the right height and the ankle straps give the perfect support. I also adore the colour, the nude and rose gold works perfectly together and they really work well with this darker floral dress.

These Ego shoes really were inspired by latest Cambridge Satchel Company bag, my beautiful ‘Poppy’, a modern take on the classic Doctors bag, which is perfect for traveling and sightseeing as it can fit in my camera, money, sunblock, a snack, and even my mobile, essential beauty needs, can’t leave without my lip gloss, and still not feel too full. Plus it is so pretty that it totally works as a great evening bag as well without the shoulder strap. You guys know I love Cambridge Satchel, seriously how can you not, but this latest addition has to be one of my favourites, is it wrong that I’m considering it in every colour and size? I have the large version, but there is also a cute adorable tiny one, as well as a backpack version, both of which I totally think I need!!!

I shot quite a few outfits in Malaysia while I was on holiday, so keep tuned for a swimsuit lookbook, I just have to be brave enough to press publish, as well as a few of my favourite looks. I also have three amazing hotels to share with you that will definitely have you wanted to head to Malaysia on your next trip.

How would you style up these bargain Ego Shoes?

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My Style: H&M floral dress // Ego Shoes Courtney Sandal with Statement Rose Gold Heel in Nude Faux Leather (c/0) // Cambridge Satchel Company ‘Poppy’ bag (c/o) // 

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My Holiday Beauty Essentials http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/holiday-beauty-essentials/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/11/holiday-beauty-essentials/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:39:09 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57090 If you follow me on Instagram, I may have spammed you a little with my fabulous holiday to Malaysia, it was the first time since my honeymoon that I actually took some proper time off and it was very much-needed. Saying that, it does mean that I’m very behind on all my fabulous content for...

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If you follow me on Instagram, I may have spammed you a little with my fabulous holiday to Malaysia, it was the first time since my honeymoon that I actually took some proper time off and it was very much-needed. Saying that, it does mean that I’m very behind on all my fabulous content for you guys, and trust me I have lots planned, starting with my holiday beauty essentials that I used while I was away. 

For me, holiday beauty is about going natural, especially when I travel somewhere hot, I don’t like too much product on my skin, which is where the fabulous Erborian CC Creme comes in, I can’t rave enough about this dreamy product, I like to keep my skin hydrated. I also love a good lip colour, added shimmer, products to protect my skin and hair, as well as a fabulous new fragrance. 

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My Holiday Beauty Essentials

Erborian CC Creme

This Korean/French skincare line is a new find for me this year, I think I need to actually show you all the products I love, as there are so many, but top of my must-have holiday beauty list has to be this CC Creme (c/o), as it really does give a natural beautiful complexion. First off, I love that it is lightweight yet still hydrating, which is needed when you’ve been in the sun, and it’s formula helps to boost radiance of the skin, while also protecting and hydrating. It also has fancy technology built-in that helps camouflage dehydration fine lines and refine the appearance of the skin’s texture, which is great when you are in a hot climate.

My skin is very sensitive and I love that this lightweight formula isn’t too heavy on my skin and that it is non comedogenic so doesn’t block the pores, so also great if you have problem skin like me from time-to-time. I’m also obsessed with how the high defination illuminator adapts to my skin tone, I really can’t express how great it leaves my complexion.  

To summarise, if you want soft and radiant skin, try this beauty of a CC Creme. 

Buy: Erborian CC Creme
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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR

Mulit-purpose beauty products always get my vote when I’m heading off on holiday, because who doesn’t love to free up much-needed room in their case for more shoes!!! If you only take one thing off my essential holiday beauty list make it this golden shimmer version of Nuxe’s dry oil Huile Prodigieuse. This beauty can be used on the face, body, and hair to nourish, soften and illuminate. 

For me, I have the shimmer version perfect for holidays and the classic for home, the shimmer just adds a little something to highlight your tan, and I especially use it on my legs. I also adore the scent, the non-greasy feel, and the fact it quickly absorbs into the skin. 

Buy: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR

Collection Velvet Kiss

Another recent discovery is bargain beauty brand, Collection, and their range of Velvet Kiss matte lip creams (c/o). Not only are they only £2.99 each, serious bargain, so if you lose one at the beach it isn’t going to cost you a fortune to replace. There are six colours in total, I totally lost one, including a gorgeous nude caramel shade, one of my go-tos,  plum, coral, crimson red and a vibrant orange hue. 

What impressed me was the texture is lighter than other matte lip creme products out there, yet the colour stays put, and they didn’t dry my lips. I especially love wearing lipstick on holiday as when the rest of your skin is natural it’s nice to add a pop of colour. 

Collection Speedy Highlighter

As well as the lip creams, I adore this easy-to-use cream highlighter crayon (c/o) that adds a healthy dewy radiance. I’ve never been one for highlighter, but this blendable formula, which you literally swipe and go has me hooked, and it really works to highlight sun-kissed skin. Oh, and did I mention, another bargain, only £3.99.

Buy: Collection Speedy Highlighter

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This primer is my go-to product at home or on holiday, I love that it evens, plumps and brightens instantly with its lightweight formula. This is particular good for the skin after a longhaul flight as it blend of repairing plant oils, hyaluronic acid, argan and starflower oils plus a hit of caffeine helps to erases signs of fatigue, while boosting hydration. I love wearing it alone and under makeup. 

Buy: This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up

Hair Essentials

My first essential is Label.M’s Protein Spray, I love how it protects my hair from heat damage and evens out porosity, which means it helps protect my fading and damage from swimming in the pool and the lying in the sun. Just spray liberally on damp or dry hair and comb through.

My second must-have is Batiste dry shampoo, I actually can’t travel anywhere without this, and I love that they do travel sizes. There’s always that moment when you want to revitalise your hair quickly without water and I love that this adds texture and body as well as get rid of greasy, dull and lifeless hair, all while smelling amazing. 

Buy: Label.M Protein Spray

Buy: Batiste Dry Shampoo

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Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced

You can’t go somewhere hot without a great suntan lotion and with my sensitive skin I decided to try out this new sensitive advanced system from Garnier Ambre (c/o), it offers SPF 50 as well protection from UVA, UVB , long-wave UVA and infrared rays. Suntan lotions can generally be heavy, greasy and hard to blend in, this one was dreamy, and I loved how its Vitamin E formula also helped to hydrate my skin, it didn’t feel as dry as when I’ve used other lotions in the past. For everyone with sensitive skin you will love this product as it is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and colourant-free.

 
Michael Bublé By Invitation 
Last item on my holiday beauty list is always a new fragrance, there’s something about a new scent that makes any vacation spot special, and I love it when I then come home and spritz myself and it reminds me of my recent travels. This holiday I took Michael Bublé away with me, OK, I wish, it was sadly just his debut fragrance ‘By Invitation’ (c/o), but it seriously surprised me with how beautiful this scent is. 

Apparently it is what Bublé calls ‘love in a bottle’ and I have to admit I totally fell for this fresh and fruity, floral and oriential-style fragrance. Starting with light top notes of red fruits and bergamot, the scent then adds heart notes of lily of the valley, elegant rose, a wild jasmine and the spicy inflexions of peony. By Invitation then wraps you in a warm base of sandalwood-musks, blended with vanilla praline.

It really made for the perfect holiday fragrance, it is modern yet timeless with a luxurious glamour about it, and that’s not just the gorgeous bottle, which FYI is divine. I can see this fragrance being on many people’s Christmas list. 

Buy: Michael Bublé By Invitation collection includes Eau de Parfum spray, body lotion and shower gel

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What are you holiday beauty essentials?

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Autumn Fun In Cosy Emu Australia Boots http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/10/autumn-fun-in-cosy-boots/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/10/autumn-fun-in-cosy-boots/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:14:31 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=57066 There’s something about autumn, you get to wear cosy jumpers and sheepskin lined boots, while also wearing no coat, plus you get all those beautiful orange and red hues everywhere. This year I hunted down a pumpkin patch, OK, so it wasn’t quite like then ones you see the American’s visiting on Instagram, but it...

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There’s something about autumn, you get to wear cosy jumpers and sheepskin lined boots, while also wearing no coat, plus you get all those beautiful orange and red hues everywhere. This year I hunted down a pumpkin patch, OK, so it wasn’t quite like then ones you see the American’s visiting on Instagram, but it was pretty fun picking out the perfect ones for our little Halloween display, and it was made even better because cutie Ruby-Bleu, my close friend’s daughter came to play. Oh, and totally upstaged my outfit post!!!

You know I’m kind of obsessed with comfort, I do love jeans and a jumper, well, this here is my go-to look for autumn and winter – skinny jeans, an oversized jumper, a little leopard print, and the most comfortable Emu Australia ‘Shoreline’ boots. These boots aren’t just any old boot, nope they are sheepskin lined, which translates as super cosy, they are also waterproof tanned leather, which means you won’t have to worry about them getting ruined in that freak rain shower. Also, I just adore the foldover sheepskin cuff, makes them a little more fun than normal waterproof outdoor boots, oh and did I mention that they leave your feet toasty warm? 

They come in this oak colour, which I adore, as well as a classic black, and I’m not going to lie I kind of want them both. But there is something about this earthy colour that makes them extra perfect for autumn, plus I love this hue paired with a soft pink like this bargain Primark jumper, and a touch of leopard print. 

Stepping away from my look, can we all please just discuss how ridiculously cute Ruby-Bleu is? Isn’t she so fabulous. I think I need to put together some kidswear shoots so we can play dress up!!!

Do you have a cosy pair of boots that make up your go-to autumnal look?

 

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My Style: Emu Australia ‘Shoreline’ Leather Waterproof Boots (c/o) // Next Leopard Print Crossbody Bag (c/o) // Saltspin Skinny Blue Jeans (c/o) // Primark Pink Jumper // 


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