LFW-Jasper Conran SS18

See all of our favourite looks from the SS18 Jasper Conran London Fashion Week show and watch the full finale below.

LFW-Styled by Lines

“Launched in Spring 2014, Ellie Lines is a British luxury dress label which focuses on 100% silk in Ellie’s exclusive prints and is manufactured in London where she is based.

Working for many years as a fashion stylist with various international publications, designers and people within the film and music industry, Ellie Lines nurtured her love of beautiful pieces and used this as the inspiration behind her collections. Inspired by the jet-set era of the 60’s and 70’s encapsulated by the photography of Slim Aarons in his book Poolside, Ellie has created dresses that are luxurious, stylish and above all fun, each piece designed with a friend in mind, capturing their spirit and personality to create stunning dresses that real people will enjoy.

Gracing an array of glossy magazine covers and charted by Grazia as ‘Label To Watch’, the brand has a loyal following from the likes of Style Queens Claudia Schiffer, Fearne Cotton, Emilia Fox, Melissa Hemsley, Sarah-Jane Mee and Holly Willoughby to name a few. 

The latest collection see’s the introduction of separates to the brand. Continuing to design with friends in mind, they are true classics that you can always rely upon to take you from the office to the party. Pulling together her knowledge of how a really great pieces work with themes from the past, Ellie has created a timeless collection that will always be your friend. 

Natalie wears the Carly Fantasy Dress to attend London Fashion Week

Natalie wears the Carly Fantasy Dress to attend London Fashion Week

To view more of Ellies collection or to book a private appointment at the London showroom please visit http://www.ellielines.co.uk

10 of the best Beef Stews!

Good Housekeeping's 10 best Beef Stew recipes for cosy autumn nights

The temperatures are dropping as fast as the leaves are falling so what better way to warm our cockles than with Good Housekeeping's 10 best beef stew recipes. Packed full of chunky vegetables and all important protein these glorious dishes will prove to be the perfect healthy, hearty meals for all of the family.

Beef and Ale Stew with Dumplings

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Tender chunks of beef with cheesy dumplings...you can't go wrong with this hearty stew recipe.

Ingredients

    •    50 g (2oz) plain flour

    •    1.2kg (2lb 11oz) chuck, stewing or casserole beef steak,    trimmed and cut into 5cm (2in) chunks

    •    4 tbsp olive oil

    •    2 large onions, sliced

    •    300 ml (10 fl oz (½ pint)) beef stock

    •    500 ml (17 fl 0z) ale

    •    1 bay leaf

    •    4 sprigs fresh thyme

    •    200 g (7oz) button mushrooms, halved if large.    

    •    2 large carrots, cut into 5cm (2in) chunks

FOR THE DUMPLINGS

Ingredients

    •    100 g (3 ½oz) plain flour

    •    1 tsp baking powder

    •    50 g 1 butter

    •    1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish

    •    1 tsp fresh thyme, leaves picked

    •    50 g 1 extra mature Cheddar cheese, grated

Method

  1. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and season. Toss a third of the beef in flour to coat, shaking off excess. Heat 1tbsp oil in a large casserole over medium heat. Fry meat until browned all over. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining meat using 1tbsp oil each time. Add 75ml (3fl oz) water to pan, scraping up brown bits.
  2. Reduce the heat. Add remaining oil and onions to pan. Cover and cook for 15min until soft, adding a splash of stock if dry.
  3. Return beef to pan with stock, ale and herbs. Bring to boil. Turn down heat, partially cover and simmer for 2-3hr until tender.
  4. Add the mushrooms and carrots; simmer for 30min.
  5. Meanwhile, make dumplings. Heat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Mix all ingredients, apart from cheese, in a bowl with plenty of seasoning, or pulse in a food processor until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Addcheese and mix in to form larger flakes, then sprinkle over 1–2tbsp water to bring the dough together. Roll into 6 balls and dot around stew leaving a 2cm (¾in) gap between them. Put into oven uncovered and cook for 20min until dumplings are puffed and golden. Sprinkle over extra parsley, if you like, and serve.

To read more of this article please visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/food/as-rated-by-the-ghi/10-beef-stew-and-casserole-recipe-ideas

Boohoo Premium

Gotta go big or go home? Start your look the luxe way with boohoo Premium. A limited edition collection that has your going out game down, there's only one rule: more is more. Think embellished everything, oversized tassels and a killer fit. They're the statement makers your wardrobe's been waiting for.

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Presenting a capsule of contemporary fashion focused statement separates including bandage dresses, luxurious outerwear and detailed jumpsuits.Influenced by the 80's and 90's era, exaggerated sleeves, hardware, tassles and corset detailing add a luxe feel, while vintage glamour style ensembles make for for stand-out party look.
 

Feminine and flirty, the modern collection oozes confidence showcasing hero pieces such as the hot pink bandage floor length frill dress adorned with gold studding and the oversize transaparent mesh bomber with bronze beading throughout paired with the classic 80’s style mini skirt. The debut collection consists of optic whites, blush pink, gold and rose gold palette with doses of black, red and corn flower blue perfect for long summer nights and party holiday destinations.

From dramatic daywear to dynamic occasion dresses, it caters for your premium wardrobe in lace, faux leather and extreme embellishment. Available in sizes 8-14, the collection will have seasonal drops throughout the year, perfect for the edgy, cool boohoo girl with a difference.

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Neom Holiday Heroes

The summer is officially here and that means one thing....Holidays!!!!! It also means there's a certain amount of stress when it comes to packing. With highly priced luggage allowances, carry on plastic bags and 100ml liquid rules, deciding on the essentials can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you're anything like me and you want to take all of your favourite products. Well fear not help is at hands from the lovely folks at Neom.

Neom Organics have created two travel collections to enhance your wellbeing journey. The Holiday Heroes Kit and Wellbeing Discovery Kit both include powerful therapeutic minis packed full of the purest possible essential oils, to keep your skin feeling nourished and hydrated, whilst providing true wellbeing benefits; to relieve stress, aid sleep, boost your energy and lift your mood. 

Holiday Heroes

Travel calm from take-off to touch down with the new Holiday Heroes Kit, comprising of six holiday essentials. Create calm and banish any pre-flight nerves with the Nourish, Breathe and Calm Hand Balm and spritz the Energy Burst On The Go Mist on touch down to instantly re-energise. Prep your skin and mind for a relaxing day in the sun with the Great Day Body Scrub and keep skin glowing with the Great Day Bath and Shower Wash. The Great Day Lotion will help to nourish skin, whilst the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist helps you drift into a deep night’s sleep, wherever your travels take you.

Holiday Heroes £45
Holiday Heroes contains: 10ml Nourish, Breath & Calm Hand Balm, 5ml Energy Burst On The Go Mist, 50g Great Day Body Scrub, 50ml Great Day Bath and Shower Wash and Lotion and a 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist. 
 
 

Wellbeing Discovery Kit

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The Wellbeing Discovery Kit is a curated collection of Neom’s 5 best sellers to start you on your wellbeing journey. Begin your day with the Great Day Body Scrub to lift your mood, whilst nourishing the skin. On the go, practice some quick mindful breathing techniques and boost positivity with the Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm. The Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion will help provide stress relief after a busy day and the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist will prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Wellbeing Discover Kit £36
Wellbeing Discovery Kit contains: 50ml Great Day Body Scrub, 10ml Nourish Breathe and Energise Hand Balm, 50ml Real Luxury Body and Hand Wash and Lotion, 5ml Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist
I absolutely love these kits!!, I'm a huge fan of Neom anyway and so these handy kits mean I can take my favourite wellbeing products on holiday with me. I love using the On The Go mist on long haul flights to settle me before take off and then again when we land to energise. My personal holiday hero though is the Real Luxury body & hand wash from the wellbeing kit. Packed with aloe vera, my skin feels super soft after using in the shower and the fragrance leaves me feeling uplifted and ready to start the day!" 
Available at www.neomorganics.com /Leeds, Wimbledon and Kings Road stores. 

Frosé Cocktails from Echo Falls

With the sun finally shining in the UK and long, balmy evenings on the horizon, Echo Falls has created the coolest drink of the season to quench the thirst of Brits this summer. Introducing Echo Falls range of Frosé Cocktails!

Partnering with one of London’s leading expert Mixologists, Clotilde Lataille, Echo Falls’ three delicious, blended Frosé cocktail recipes are perfect for those looking for a tipple to enjoy in the summer heat.

Created using the Echo Falls White Zinfandel, the ideal rosé for your blended summer cocktail with flavours of strawberries and peachy aromas, the three distinct cocktails are packed with bursts of flavour including refreshing lychee, sweet strawberries and zingy lemon.

So whether you’re looking to impress at your next garden BBQ or you simply want to try the go-to drink of the summer, Echo Falls has got you covered with its White Zinfandel and innovative cocktail creations.

 

Lively Lychee

75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel

50ml Lychee Juice

2.5ml or 1/2 tsp orange water

50ml Honey water (1 part honey for 1 part water or 25ml/2 tsp of honey)

25ml Monin sugar syrup 

10 ice cubes, blended for 15 to 20seconds

Garnish with an edible flower / dry rose petals


Berry Fun

75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel

4 Strawberries

4 raspberries

50ml of cold Jasmine Tea or Infuse some jasmine tea for 4mins in 

boiling water then let it cool down in the fridge

75ml of Monin Sugar Syrup

10 ice cubes, blended for 15 - 20 seconds

Garnish with a Strawberry 


 Lemon Scream

75ml Echo Falls White Zinfandel

1 small scoop of lemon Ice cream

50ml Coriander syrup or add 2tsp of ground coriander into a 

bottle of Monin sugar syrup

10 ice cubes, blended for 15 - 20 seconds

Garnish with a lemon wheel

Echo Falls White Zinfandel is priced at RRP £6 and available at supermarkets and off licences nationwide

10 Best Low Carb 'On The Go' Snacks.

We've all heard that a high protein, low carb diet is the best for slimming down for the summer, but with so many carbalicious snacks, sandwiches and even salads (I'm thinking the mayonnaise laden pasta versions) filling the shelves at your nearest boots, tesco express and sainsburys local etc it can make eating healthily on the run particularly difficult. However the lovely lot at LIVESTRONG have compiled a list of the 10 best low carb on the go snacks to keep you satisfied without caving in to the crisps.

Sweet and savory while still keeping the carb count down? Yes, it’s possible. Cottage cheese is a nutritious, low-carb staple. Three quarters of a cup with four thinly sliced strawberries supply 15 percent of your daily calcium needs and almost half of your vitamin C requirements. You can vary the flavors by swapping out the strawberries for blueberries or raspberries, and also try seasoning with cinnamon or adding vanilla extract for extra sweetness. CARBS: 10 grams.

Prefer to make your munchies from scratch? Good idea: You’ll know exactly what you’re eating -- no added sugars, preservatives or other crazy ingredients you can’t pronounce. Sharon Richter, a New York-based registered dietitian from HealthiNation, recommends turkey roll-ups as a simple snack you can prepare ahead of time and then stash in your bag for later. To make them her way, take a slice of turkey and wrap it around a pickle slice along with a very thin slice of avocado and tomato. The lean protein and monounsaturated fat combo will keep you feeling full longer -- and less tempted by the office vending machine. CARBS: 9 grams (for three roll-ups).

Lifeway’s BioKefir isn’t quite a smoothie, but that’s the best way to describe this dairy drink that looks, tastes and smells like one. Made of kefir, which is similar to yogurt but a richer source of live and active probiotics (the healthy bacteria that can boost the immune system and aid digestion), these 3.5-ounce shots have as much protein as a whole medium egg. Two flavors worth having on hand at home or work are BioKefir Blackberry, which contains 30 percent of your daily calcium needs, and BioKefir Pomegranate Blueberry, which meets 100 percent of your vitamin C needs. (lifewaykefir.com) CARBS: 10 grams.

A childhood favorite is new again. For a quick, high-protein energy boost, try the totally portable ants on a log. Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and satiating protein. The key is to use natural peanut butter made with just peanuts (and salt, if desired) -- avoid butters with any added oils or sugar. Celery gives you a satisfying crunch, and the raisins add a touch of sweetness. CARBS: 10 grams (for two logs).

Forget the portion police! With Sabra’s Classic Hummus Singles, it’s OK to clean out the container in one sitting (something that’s been known to happen when somebody cracks open the family-size version too). This two-ounce pack is just the right amount to satisfy a savory craving and keep you full until your next meal, especially when you use it as a dip for peppers or celery. (sabra.com) CARBS: 9 grams.

To read the complete article please visit LIVESTRONG.

Modern Copper - Maison Du Monde

Maison Du Monde present their take on The Copper trend with their beautiful range Modern Copper. A touch of wood, a little marble, a lot of copper and a multitude of motifs: this trend has something for everyone! Reinventing Scandinavian style, this collection in powdery colours with elaborate finishes will fit in with either a vintage or modern chic interior.

Featuring copper wiring, art deco flamingos and a hint of pink, this stunning collection is perfect for transitioning your home from winter to spring. And with geometric shapes and cheeky slogan prints these contemporary accessories will fit into the children rooms as well as the kitchen and living areas.

Combining its pastel palette with vintage copper, this versatile collection sits beautifully in a contemporary setting or alternatively more traditional interiors.

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We've picked our favourite pieces available for you to shop now, including this fabulous copper flamingo and porcelain pineapple.

The Vegan Protein Boost Your Breakfast Porridge Is Missing

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and choosing the right one can not only boost your metabolism and brain power but also give you that extra energy boost you need to see you through to lunchtime and prevent you from reaching for those naughty 11am treats. With the majority of nutritionists agreeing that protein is the way forward for staving off hunger pangs, Sheela Prakash at thekitckn.com has the perfect recipe for adding an extra serving of this superfood group to your usual morning porridge and whats more its gluten free!.

"If you're looking for a way to make that morning bowl of oatmeal have even more staying power, you may have already tried to fancy it up. Maybe you've cooked it in milk or topped it with a fried egg, but there's still another way to boost the protein content of your breakfast cereal and it starts by swapping out those oats all together.

Why You Should Be Eating Quinoa Flakes for Breakfast

Quinoa flakes are a solid swap-in for oats or other more common hot breakfast cereals. Made from quinoa seeds that have simply been rolled out flat, they are a great plant-based source of protein and they're naturally gluten-free. While oats contain protein too — and in fact, they contain a similar amount — the protein in quinoa flakes is extra valuable because it's a complete protein. That means it contains all the essential amino acids the body can't make on its own and needs for energy and more. The protein in oats is incomplete, so it contains only some of these essential amino acids.

Since the flakes are so small, they also cook incredibly fast. In fact, stovetop instructions for preparing the flakes as a breakfast cereal requires just 90 seconds of cooking time! Their texture is similar to instant oats because of their size. Try a half-and-half mix with your favorite oatmeal or go for a full whole bowl. Either way, you'll get a hearty, cozy bowl of breakfast porridge that will keep you satisfied.

From there you can top them just like your favorite oatmeal. So if the aforementioned fried egg sounds tantalizing, by all means, add it in! But since you're already getting a generous dose of complete protein, you can keep this vegan with the addition of almond milk, dried fruit, and a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar."

To read more articles like this please visit www.thekitchn.com

YSL Beauté Spring 2017-The Street and I collection

INTRODUCING SPRING 2017

THE STREET AND I COLLECTION

 

 NEW BABY DOLL KISS & BLUSH DUO STICK- £26.00

Inspired by the Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip and Cheek, a new member of the family takes centre stage. Two colours, playful and enigmatic, to be used singly or blurred together, in a compact balm that glides easily over lips, or cheeks or both. A smooth matte finish to bring lips and cheeks to life. Quick and easy, BABY DOLL KISS & BLUSH DUO STICK can be applied in almost limitless ways, whether you’re after a playful pop of colour, or intense drama and a statement look. 

 

FACE PALETTE COLLECTOR – I HAVE A BLUSH ON YOU £42.50

A colourful crush of orange embossed with the edgiest “brick wall” effect, the perfect blush for a young, fun complexion. Sweep it on in bold strokes, layer up the intensity; be subtle or sensual, the choice is yours.

COUTURE PALETTE COLLECTOR – KEEP AN EYE ON ME £42.50

Audacious and different, a combination of colours encapsulating the shades of the street. A shimmering pale pink to bring light under the brow; a hard city grey for lining or creating a smoky eye; a flash of orange, a duo of pinks to brighten up the evening cityscape.

DESSIN DU REGARD ARTY DUO £20.00

One pencil, two colours, and one genius applicator to sharpen your line, smudge and blend where needed.  Apply each limited edition shade by itself, or with its partner; create a strong opaque mono-colour, or go for a harmony of pink teamed with bold coal grey.

DESSIN DU REGARD – N°8 BLANC ARTY £20.00

A whiter shade of pale: white is the makeup artist’s secret weapon, a way to guarantee a wide-open eyed effect that’s daring, luminous and ultra-graphic.Ready for spring, the Dessin du Regard N°8, Blanc Arty, is the perfect tool for self-expressionists everywhere.

 GLOSS VOLUPTÉ £22.00

A slick of gloss, in two attention-grabbing shades, to add extra dimension to your look.Voluptuous, sensual, in iconic fuchsia and orange. Statement colours for an eye-catching look.

ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE £22.00

Four new spring shades inspired by bright, graphic, city colours, join the ever-renown Rouge Volupté Shine collection. Make a colour statement by mixing up the shades, one on each lip, or enjoy the potent pops of colour singly.

LA LAQUE COUTURE: THE LIMITED EDITIONS £19.00

The contrasting colours of the city come to life as a limited edition accessory: an orange inspired by street art; and an urban take on asphalt grey.

LA LAQUE COUTURE – N°80 BLANC ARTY £19.00

Perfect illuminating coverage, with a shiny finish, the white lacquer is surprisingly refreshing and offers a new take on spring nails.  Apply as one coat for an ultra-fresh look, or add two layers for extra sophistication. You can also apply it as a base coat, under your colour, to enhance the brilliance and strengthen the shade.

Prices from £19.00 - £42.50 Available nationwide now.

www.yslbeauty.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topshop-New Season

This January, Topshop takes a fresh approach to the new season with four palette-cleansing essentials. From the structural shirt to the hi-gloss jean, the iconic brand has revived the classics for an elevated look that’s less about trends, and more about versatile staples to mix and match. Here, Topshop Creative Director and Vogue stylist, Kate Phelan, introduces the key pieces to invest in now.

The Structural Shirt

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“There’s lots of emphasis on sleeves – sleeve detailing, sleeve volume – you’ll start to see that everywhere. The gingham-oversized shirts really stand out.”

The Transitional Coat

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“A classic lightweight coat is essential. It is the best investment you could ever make. And this season? The ultra-classic trench looks right again.”

The New Sportswear

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“Sportwear has evolved into something much softer, embracing pastel palettes and feminine details”

The Standout Jeans

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"Stronger, tougher looks are key, with a focus on fabrications like
vinyl and plastic. Pieces like the hi-gloss jeans have a strong
graphic element."

Red Lips-The Colour of Spring 2017

Make like the beautiful Lily Collins and add a touch of drama to even the most princessy of looks with a statement red lip!

Lily Collins at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Lily Collins at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

For centuries red lips have epitomised female beauty eventually becoming a make up bag staple in the 1940's and 50's thanks to screen sirens, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth and 2017 looks set to be another year where we celebrate this make up classic. As seen on the likes of insta girls Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin and the current crop of leading female talent including the stunningly beautiful Jenna Coleman, we've picked our favourite red lipsticks to keep you ahead of the game this spring/summer! Whether you're polished to perfection or working a relaxed look the red lip will keep you bang on trend this season. 

Clockwise from top left: Lancome £19, YSL £26, Maybelline £4.60, Mac Caitlyn Jenner £16.50, Nyx £5.65, Estée Lauder£25.50

Lets get Physical - Activewear for under £35

New Year, New You? Well if part of your lifestyle overhaul is stepping up your game in the fitness stakes we've got you covered with our pick of the best activewear available online and in store for under £35!

Clockwise from top left: Nike Trainers £32, John Lewis Support Bra £30,  Weareall Workout Leggings £8, Reebok Gym Bag £22, Green Lamb Hoodie £30, Boohoo Trainer £15, Adidas Sports Bra £14, Bonds Capri Leggings £35, Boohoo Sports Bra £12, River Island Joggers £15, HM Trainers £20, Puma Backpack £20, New Look Reflective jacket £27.99.

 

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