Archive | September, 2012


28 Sep

People who know me know that one of the things I most avidly support is the abolition of vivisection (animal testing to you and I) in the cosmetics industry. I refuse to buy products from companies known to do such things and actively encourage others to do the same. A few years ago the EU tried to make it illegal for companies to test new ingredients and products for cosmetic purposes on animals. That was until L’Oreal, one of Europe’s biggest companies decided to counter it. Now it appears it’s in jeopardy.

The thing that made me stop using such items was that I came across a video on a pretty hardcore anti animal cruelty website (I can’t remember which one as it was a while ago now) that showed the entire process of animal testing. It made me want to be sick. 

Lush recently campaigned in their Regent Street store by using an actress in the window having the tests done to herself. She was evidently in a lot of pain, and onlookers were shocked by it. Many wrote to Lush to complain, said it was cruel to put someone through that torture. She didn’t suffer half of what the animals get. That also made me want to be sick. 

So many people (my old self included) joke about it; say things like ‘I’m sure the monkey enjoys having a makeover’ and ‘Oh well so long as I look good.’ To these things I say:

1) The testing is mostly internal. Its feeding them, injecting them, forcing it on to their young. Most animals subjected to these sorts of testing have a short life span and such an awful quality of life.
2) What about your pets? Would you willingly have them cut open and force fed chemicals just so you could have a new lipstick? (Below is a photo of just some of the species that are currently tested on in the UK, 3 out of 4 of which are domestic breeds)


What makes me so mad about this whole thing, is that there are obvious alternatives to it. Huge companies such as The Body Shop and Lush don’t do it. Superdrug, one of the biggest cosmetic chains in Britain doesn’t do it and still offer FANTASTIC products at great prices. Up until recently, Estee Lauder (MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown to name a few) were pretty good for it too. Until that is, they decided to launch their products in China.

In China, it is ILLEGAL to launch any product to market without first testing it on animals. Its absurd.

I once read that 90% of products that are tested on animals and are okay, then prove to be unsuitable for humans. So what is the point?

I hope that reading this rant about the slaughtering of animals for cosmetics makes you take a look at the websites below and that all the readers will help the cause by not buying products from these grotesque corporations.


COVETED ITEM: 25092012

25 Sep

When I was flicking through the footage from the Milan shows from the weekend I automatically fell in love with Emilio Pucci’s offering. In particular this kimono style cover up…



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And then I thought that I’ve seen something similar before; et voila…


The River Island winter version is something I almost fought with my sister over in the shop (the picture reeeeealllly doesn’t do it justice) and at £40 is probably a significant amount cheaper than Pucci’s version!




23 Sep


I think I’m a teeeeny tiny bit obsessed with this skirt! It’s just so flattering!

(Tshirt – H&M, Skirt – River Island, Belt – H&M, Bracelet – H&M)


22 Sep

Whilst Donatella herself may receive a fair amount of criticism about her own personal style, her uncanny ability to turn even the most plain woman into a sexy bombshell just by slipping on one of her dresses is one that draws no criticism from the fashion pack. 

Her MFW SS13 show was no different. Not only fully of exotic prints reminiscent of the sort of scenes you see in movies and brochures, it had a sex appeal that no show so far this month has had; it was sexy and it knew it. My favourite looks from the show were these: 





What do you think of the Versace collection? What’s your favourite MFW show so far?

Burberry Prorsum SS13

19 Sep

When anybody asks me who my favourite designers are, Burberry always features. In my opinion, Christopher Bailey has single-handedly changed what it is to be a British designer on a huge scale. He’s transformed it into the 98th most valuable brand in the world (according to Business Weekly) and into a brand capable of creating £3501.3 million in revenue for 2011. With models and celebrities alike front their campaigns, when LFW comes around, Burberry is the headliner. So no pressure then…

Bailey delivered yet again with a show that was full of both gorgeous (and wearable) coats and feminine designs. My favourites from the show (which were incredibly hard to choose!) are below. 


Firstly, there was this coat. With the shine that automatically adds glamour to any piece, the structured shoulders and the perfect neutral colouring, this coat is one of few things on the LFW catwalks that will give almost anyone the perfect silhouette. Gorgeous.


Secondly, there was this ensemble. Colours I would never usually put together but that actually work amazingly together! Again, the outfit creates the perfect silhouette whilst also giving the wearer a big old burst of berry coloured goodness.


Thirdly, this leafy green dress that wouldn’t look at all out of place in the wardrobe of Samantha Cameron or Kate Middleton. A demure affair, it adds that kind of edge to a sophisticated outfit through the gorgeous (and very flattering on most skin tones) green colour and the lace detailing.


And finally, what is quite possibly my favourite piece so far of the entire season. Its everything I long for in an outfit; colour without being too colourful, a great shape (through the peplum/pencil combo) and tons of glamour. It’s divine and could I afford it, I’d be buying this and wearing it all day every day until Bailey sends out the next beautiful thing come February. 

What was your favourite LFW moment? 


COVETED ITEM: 17/09/2012

17 Sep

COVETED ITEM: 17/09/2012

This week I’m coveting this Paul Smith masterpiece! Its casual but yet professional, summery but yet covered up and is the ideal spring-summer ensemble. With the weather in London staying so nice (for now!), it’s still fair to lust after summery pieces!

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16 Sep


Okay, so as you may or may not know I worked at the Corrie Nielsen show on Friday (if not, see previous post :D). When working at a show, you’re expected to wear all black, but obviously this being a FASHION show, you’re supposed to look good doing so.

Wearing all black has never been an issue for me considering around 75% of my wardrobe is of that colour. I decided to go with this Topshop flippy jersey dress because it’s comfortable and casual enough to not look too dressed up, but dressy enough to wear to a work event! I wore it with simple black ballet flats for comfort, black opaque tights and accessorised it with a gold chain bracelet and black snakeskin (fake, obviously!) belt to jazz it up a bit!

(Dress – Topshop, Shoes, Belt & Bangle – All H&M)