September may have been the best weather we’ve had all year but all the Autumn/Winter press shows I’ve been attending in the last few weeks are actually making me quite excited for the change of season.
Of course, one of the occupational hazards of shopping/writing about fashion and beauty for a living is that I now have a wish list the length of my arm. So, since sharing is caring, here are my Autumn/Winter must-haves! (P.S. The list was so long that I’ve split my wish list into two parts.)
Nothing gets me in the mood for winter more than my favourite Christmas candle, ‘Winter’ by The White Company. You only need to light it for a short time and you’re home will be smelling amazing all day. These candles also make great Christmas presents but are almost impossible to get in the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas (trust me!) so don’t leave it to the last minute to snap them up.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Blythswood Hotel (by the even more beautiful PR girls for Debenhams in Scotland, Eve and Laura) for a dinner to celebrate the launch of the ‘oh-my-god-I-need-every-damn-piece’ Savannah Miller Nine Collection for Debenhams.
As always, the food in The Blythswood was delicious and I simply could NOT resist the lemon tart for desert – my absolute favourite sweet treat!
I have never bought a single item or even really been a particularly big fan of any designer/high street collaboration before but I can honestly say that I absolutely LOVE this collection. Savannah was there for the launch and seemed really lovely and looks even more beautiful in real life.
The collection feels really authentic and I can actually picture Savannah wearing the collection. The quality AND the prices (hallelujah!) are amazing so I’ll definitely be adding the sequin mini skirt to my wardrobe but I also want the sweater too. And probably another few pieces too. (Don’t judge)
The perfect grey marl sweater with embellished sleeves. Dreamy! Don’t let anyone tell you there is such a thing as, “too many sequins’…
*UPDATE* – I actually bought the sequin skirt yesterday (from the Debenhams Glasgow store) and it is every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be and it may be making its debut this weekend for my birthday. I also picked up these jeans, again from the Nine range and they are my new favourite jeans. I got the dark grey shade but I would have also bought the dark blue ones if they had had my size in store too. The fit is perfect and I love the double zip pocket detail. They are slightly higher waisted than I normally go for but I love them. A bargain at £45.
I also attended a lovely Lancome Masterclass in Frasers, Glasgow at their #BeautyConfidential event last week. Our wonderful Lancome expert and make-up artist, Marc Sinclair gave us a demonstration of some of the fabulous new products on offer this season.
I’ve since been using the new Lancome Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Beauty Sleep Perfector and it is just gorgeous. It has a beautiful silky soft gel finish and your skin feels amazing when you wake up in the morning.
Lancome Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector, £60 (House of Fraser)
Our lovely makeover expert Marc was also reinforcing how important it is to look after your skin and that one of the best things you can do is to clean your face daily with a Clarisonic facial cleanser. I hear ya Marc – preaching to the converted!
Anyone who knows me (and the odd stranger who doesn’t know me but that I happen to meet at the Clarisonic counter in Debenhams) will know how much I nag them about purchasing a Clarisonic. It isn’t cheap but I’ve had mine for almost two years (and raved all about it here) so it has worked out at roughly 27p per use so far – AND you save a fortune on facials!
I’m thinking of upgrading my Clarisonic from a Mia2 to a Smart Profile. It looks the BIZ!
The next item on my wish list is also kind of a biggie. But I fully blame Lydia Elise Millen. If you haven’t come across Lydia’s blog or any of her social media accounts; 1. Where have you been?? 2. Go and have a look at her website! I don’t follow lots and lots of bloggers but the ones I do follow, I totally fangirl over.
Anyway, I digress. Lydia uses the Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera for lots of the photographs on her blog and keeps going on about how amazing it is.
Her images are always so beautifully shot. She also has great style and happens to be drop-dead-gorgeous too with a killer body which always helps produce amazing photographs.
The camera itself is also a thing a beauty and I just love the retro feel to it. Obviously, as a blogger, great images really help and as good as the camera is on my iPhone 6, you can just never get the same quality of image.
It also has a flip down screen for the all-important selfies.
It is definitely an investment at nearly £500 for the camera and pancake zoom kit although you can buy it with cheaper lens for around £400 (here).
It has built-in Wifi meaning that I can upload photographs to social media which is a really important feature for me.
Luckily, not only is it my birthday next week but Lydia has a 25% discount code on her website. That’s such a huge saving a high cost product, especially as I had already been researching this camera anyway. You’ll see the link to the discount code on the home page of her website, www.lydiaelisemillen.com.
I guess you could say I’m all about the ‘investment’ product these days. Which probably that means I’m getting old…
I’ve got some more items on my wish list so I’ll share Part II later on this week.