Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

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Pictured: Kate Spade heels // Charlotte Olympia ‘kitty’ flats // Porcelain dish // earrings // West Elm gold wishbone // Kiehl’s lip balm.

These days, I’m a firm believer in investing in gorgeous wardrobe classics that I’ll (hopefully) wear and love for years and years vs filling my closet as many cheap sartorial thrills as I can manage.  While experience tells me that the designer version is usually a better investment when it comes to the staples in my wardrobe (the shoes, bags, dresses and accessories I reach for most days), I hate spending too much on one piece and so always try to shop during store promotions and sales wherever possible.

My favourite is always the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and twice a year when the sale rolls around, I re-stock my closet with those very wardrobe classics (the perfect crystal earrings that I wear year after year, another silk Equipment shirt that I reach for almost every day for work, my favourite sunglasses), as well as a few fun new treasures that I probably wouldn’t buy at full price and some essential pieces to take me through the new season.

For those of us in the UK, it’s the best time to buy US brands because the discount more than makes up for the import duties so it’s the cheapest you’ll ever find those current season pieces. For everyone else, it’s the only time some of these items ever go on sale (I’m talking about my darling Charlotte Olympia kitty flats and those wonderful Bella Freud sweaters that you’ll wear season after season) and is so much better than waiting for the end-of-season sales (when only the unwanted pieces remain).

Use code ‘INTHEFAM’ here to get 25% off just about everything site-wide (the sale is on until from today until Thursday night, so be quick!).

And because I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve recently picked up from the site or will be adding to my basket today: a few old favourites, some new classics and a few fun little extras. Happy shopping!

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Love, Miss B xx

 

Beauty Sleep: 5 Rules For Waking Up Prettier

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Like most of the working population, I’m sleep deprived most of the time (these days, a weekend sleep-in is my ultimate luxury). Although I wage a daily battle with my snooze button each morning, most nights I’m working through my to-do list into the small hours vs getting an early night. But while I’m guilty of sacrificing a little sleep in favour of productivity, I’d rather not have my tiredness written all over my face each day and so ensure I put my skincare routine to work to minimise the signs of my sleep deprivation. Read on for my bedtime beauty rules and favourite products…

A Girl, A Style _ Clarins Multi-ActiveA Girl, A Style _ Aerin Lauder Rose OilOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy five rules for maximising your bedtime beauty:

1// Cleanse properly. The first step to ensure you wake up looking less haggard is to remove every last trace of makeup. I’m a tiny bit OCD and cleanse three times; first I remove my eye makeup with Bioderma micellar water on a cotton pad, then an oil cleanser to melt away makeup and sunscreen, followed by a gentle gel cleanser.

2 // Treat + repair. Because cell turnover is at its highest when asleep, bedtime if your skin’s cue to repair and recover. Give it a boost and add a treatment serum before your face cream. I alternate between an exfoliating serum (to combat dullness), a multi-vitamin treatment (when skin is unbalanced or playing-up), and an anti-oxidant serum (to compensate for bad habits and city-dwelling). Put a stop to any blemishes with a spot treatment (this Kiehl’s version is ultra-effective).

3 // Moisturise. Hydration = happy skin. No matter what skin-type you have, a double dose of moisture is key to waking up pretty. I alternate between a good face cream and a hydrating face oil (or both if things are serious). Drinking a big glass of water before bed and another as soon as you wake up will help too, and don’t forget to slather on a rich lip balm and hand cream.

4 // Glow. My skin is naturally the colour of snow (so very un-Australian of me), but a lack of sleep seems to leave me with even less colour. If winter or tiredness have left you equally pale, a little tan will do wonders and make you look more well-rested than you really are. I alternate between Palmer’s gradual tanning moisturiser and James Read’s overnight tan; both are un-tinted so while you’ll wake up with a sun-kissed glow, your white sheets will not.

5 // Calm. It doesn’t do anything for my skin, but This Works ‘Deep Sleep’ range is like a beauty chill-pill at bedtime. I spray the lavender mist on my pillows each night (and use the the bath soak if there’s time for that) and, perhaps by association, fall asleep almost the moment I smell it.

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Pictured: Olivia von Halle pyjamas (also available in cotton + a less-expensive style here) // Kate Spade sleep mask (sold out, but similar style here) // The White Company bedding // mirrored bedside table // table lamp // Diptyque candle // Jonathan Adler jewellery dish // Lulu Frost earrings // crystal earrings (vintage, but very similar style here) // books: ‘How to Have a Good Day‘ and ‘Talk Like TED‘ // Chanel ‘Beige Rose’ nail polish.
Beauty: Aerin Rose Oil c/- // Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair // Clarins Multi-Active night moisturiser c/- // This Works pillow mist // Aerin rose lip balm // Aesop hand cream // James Read Overnight Tan c/- // Aerin Ikat Jasmine perfume. 

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I’d love to know your favourite night-time products and tips for the best beauty sleep (please do share in the comments below).

Love, Miss B xx

7 Things for the Weekend

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Pictured: Deborah Lippmann nail polish in ‘Blue Orchid‘ // Alex Monroe ring 

Honestly, this week flew by in a complete blur and I didn’t do anything aside from work, so I’m looking forward to the long weekend and having a few days off with my family in London before an even busier week ahead. Next Thursday I’m off to The Hague for work (it will be my first time there and I can’t wait to see the Binnenhof and visit the Girl With a Pearl Earing at the Maurithuis gallery), and then will have a few hours to myself in Amsterdam before my flight home Friday night (I haven’t been since I was small, so all tips and suggestions for things to see and do in Amsterdam or The Hague gratefully received).

1. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s the perfect time to indulge in the traditions of the season; buy a big bunch of spring flowers (I love pink hyacinths and perfumed white narcissi), paint your nails a pretty easter pastel hue, and eat all the chocolate eggs and hot cross buns (Marks & Spencer’s toffee & belgian chocolate chip buns are a revelation) you can manage. And then work it off with a long walk somewhere beautiful.

2. I am a huge fan of London label Self Portrait. I bought two of their dresses last year and they’re both so beautiful and of such great quality (without being wildly expensive) that I just added another two to my wardrobe for spring/summer: this black one (I love midi-length and the ribbon ties), and also the blue version of this white one I bought last summer (it also comes in blush, yellow and mint).

3. It’s going to be raining all long weekend in England, so I’m taking my Aunt and Cousin to see the garden exhibit at the Royal Academy (I tried to go with my friend Grace while she was in town last month, but it was completely booked out), followed by tea at Laduree or Fortnum & Mason afterwards. The French Impressionists are my favourite, so I can’t wait to see all those works by Monet, Renoir and Matisse.

4. After sitting in my cart for months, I finally pulled the trigger and bought these GHD tongs (before I’d just try to curl my hair with my straighteners, but the style would never last all day). It’s completely changed my morning routine and it looks like I’ve had a blow-dry every day (even though I really need to get to the salon).

5. I nearly completely burned myself out when I turned 30 – mostly under the weight of my own expectations for myself – so this article definitely resonated: ‘Why Millennial Women Are Burning Out‘ (can you relate?)

6. I have a weakness for anything monogrammed and which looks like it might belong in a Parisian apartment, so just bought a set of these cute little coasters for our coffee table.

7. I’ve been making a point of reading for half an hour before bed (instead of just coming home late from work, working through an enormous to-do list and then falling into bed exhausted) and it has made such a difference to my stress levels. Whenever I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by my schedule, commitments or just ‘stuff’ in general, I re-read this rather excellent book and it reminds me to take charge of my own happiness. Does the trick every time!

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As always, please do let me know what you’re buying, doing or enjoying this week in the comments below (I always love reading your favourites).  I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Bow and Arrow

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Confession: I despise the concept of fast-fashion. Of course I’ll indulge in fun, inexpensive updates to my wardrobe each season just like everyone else (and I must do an ASOS at least a few times a month), but generally I prefer to see my wardrobe as a collection of treasures which I curate, edit and build upon each season and love for years to come. Like any collector, I have my weaknesses that I’m drawn to again and again; give me a French detail (little black dresses, breton stripes, pearls and chain-strap bags), lucky charms and love talismans (cupid’s arrows, lip motifs, hearts and wishbones), or put a bow on anything (it must be chic, never twee) and I’m powerless to resist.

On this blog, you’re far more likely to see me wearing a mix of a new favourite items teamed with the pieces I’ve owned and loved for years and years rather than a head-to-toe look I’ve just bought that week and might never wear again. That’s not how I dress in my daily life, and it’s not how I like my wardrobe; I don’t believe in consumerism just for the sake of it, and will only buy things if I know I’m going to get mileage out of them. Whilst that probably makes me a bad blogger (I rarely post the latest trends just to drive sales), it does mean that if something appears on here, it’s because I genuinely love and wear that item (and think you might too).

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Take this outfit, for example: I bought this little Marc Jacobs ‘Stam’ bag about 12 years ago (I loved it so much I invested in three versions of the same bag and still bring them out each year, because to me they’re classics), these sunglasses were a gift from my fiancé about 10 years ago (they’re so classic that they’re still Chloe’s bestsellers every season), and I bought these Louboutin heels a few years ago and still love them (even though they’re entirely impractical). Throw in a dress which works as well on weekends as it does at the office (it’s both fun and classic at the same time) and some jewels which feel like vintage treasures, and it’s the perfect formula.

So my point is this: invest a little more in those labels and pieces that make you the happiest (they’re usually the items you are drawn to again and again, regardless of trends), treasure them for years and just add a few fun new things into the mix to keep things fresh each season.

If you embrace the items you can’t help but collect, then your wardrobe will always feel like a curation of treasures.

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A Girl, A Style _ Bow & Arrow 6Wearing: Carven dress (sold out, but similar styles here) // Christian Louboutin heels (old, but similar styles here) // Marc Jacobs bag (old, but available here) // Lulu Frost necklace (old, but similar styles here) // Lulu Frost earrings (similar style here) // Kenneth Jay Lane ring // Chloe sunglasses.
Beauty: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick // Deborah Lippmann nail polish // NARS ‘Impassioned’ blush

Which pieces do you collect time after time? I’d love to hear about your most treasured items and talismans!

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Amber-Rose