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Monday, 30 June 2014


Hello.

My name is Louise Joy and I'm a self confessed scaredy-cat when it comes to boys and feelings, especially when the two are involved. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels like this sometimes, but right now I really do feel like the only one who feels like this.

The weekend before last I was out with some friends, doing the 'need to pee' jig on the spot whilst waiting for a portaloo to be free (we were at a music festival) and I glanced around, saw a boy and nearly had a heart attack, for recently I've been interested in this boy and he may or may not know. You see, I didn't actually tell him directly (god no, that kind of honesty is reserved for drunken 3am confessions and five or so Sambuca shots in a row, unfortunately I am unable to find that 'balance' and I'll either ignore a guy completely or go overboard when drunk until he thinks I'm a psycho. Only once did I find a necessary balance, back on one cold Christmas Eve and that turned out to be the first, last and only time I ever ended up being hungover on Christmas day. Never again. But I did nail it pretty much the night before, yknow, in the spirit of Christmas and all...) but the mere idea of him maybe knowing nonetheless? That freaks me the F*CK out.

I don't know at what point we (or maybe just me) decided that it was never a good thing for someone to know you're interested in them, but it just isn't. All of a sudden my fun day out turned into a fun day out spent getting drunk and avoiding him, because god forbid I should actually have to act normal around him in the knowledge that he could know that I maybe find him a little bit attractive.

In my mind, once that seal is broken, once a guy knows, I assume that he then thinks I'm a complete and utter freak and spends his time laughing with his friends telling them that I'm a psycho who wants his babies. WHICH SIMPLY ISN'T TRUE. I don't know why I am so scared of a guy knowing that I find him attractive because, really, what's so bad and psycho about that? Just because I find someone attractive that doesn't even mean I want to do them or date them or any of that palavar. It just means they have a nice face (and usually in my case, some nice hair and/or skinny fit jeans too.) If someone found me attractive - even if I didn't feel the same way - I'd be bloody chuffed.

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Maybe I should take a leaf out of Shia LaBeouf's book and walk around with a paper bag on my face, only replaced with the words 'I DO NOT LIKE YOU ANYMORE. I WAS DRUNK/EMOTIONAL/JOKING (delete as appropriate)'
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WHY IS IT SO SCARY? Why do I assume that if a guy knows and I bump into him, he's going to laugh in my face and be all like 'hahaha you like me, you suck!'. Really? Do boys really do that?? Do they talk to their friends, all nonchalantly cradling a glass of wine in their hand and smug look on their face saying things like 'Oh her? No, she's just obsessed with me. She wants the D and every letter after that, and I'm PRETTY sure she follows me around like a lost puppy...'? I don't know any boy that drinks wine, but this is the image that appears in my head and it makes me want to zip my mouth up and never even SMILE at a member of the opposite sex again in case this really does happen behind closed doors.

I mean, in all honesty, I suppose the worst that could happen is that he'll probably avoid me for a bit because he doesn't feel the same way and doesn't want to give off the wrong impression...and the best case scenearo would be that he does feel the same way, in which case, I suppose it's kind of worth the risk. But it's just too darn bloody scary, so instead I ignore them unless they speak to me first and assume that they are mind readers and if they haven't made a move yet then they're clearly not interested. Hey, I didn't say my logic is sound...

And I know what you're all thinking. I must have manned up at some point when it comes to past relationships? Nope. Just nope. I met my first boyfriend in the men's toilet of a pub, a local haunt for all underage drinkers at the time, and if I remember rightly, we were introduced by a friend because neither of us had been kissed in 48 hours. And I met my last ex on a night out, bumped into him when waiting for the taxi and proudly (aka drunkenly) asked for his number. At NO point whatsoever in either of these relationships did I make any advance on them or admit to any feelings without being sure that they felt the same way, which is an ideal way to avoid any embarrassment.

But...god forbid...what if these guys are just as nervous or scared as us?!

So tell me, how the bloody well in hell does anyone ever break this cycle and find this magical balance that only awesome people seem to possess? Does this balance even EXIST? Or are said people liars and actually just as lost as us mere mortals, not willing to admit that half their game took place via Tinder after having a few too many?

Answers on a post card please. And don't suggest Sambuca, because I'm already well and truly aware that this does NOT work...

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

I still have a few lipsticks to review and today I'm reviewing the one I've probably gotten the most use out of. 

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This supposedly coral shade isn't so coral - more so pink with a coral twinge - but I love it nonetheless. It's a beautiful and bold bright colour perfect for the summer and not too in your face. It's subtle shade has made it perfect for work and on a day to day basis. This lipstick was my best friend on Saturday when I spent the day relaxing with some friends in the sun and watching bands at a local music festival.

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The only thing I don't like about this shade is the glitter undertones as I feel it makes the colour less sophisticated, however there isn't too much so it's still acceptable to wear during the day as opposed to just at night for example. I won't go into detail about the lipstick itself, as I covered how long lasting it was and all those details in this post about another shade of lipstick from the same collection. However, I did really like this colour and wore it a lot since. It's not in your face and isn't a show stopping shade, but it's a perfect girly colour for summer.

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I'd suggest that this is the type of shade that would suit anyone, regardless of their skin type, tone or colour! What do you think? Do you think this is a shade that's too subtle or would you happily wear this type of colour to work for example? Let me know!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

So today I have something a little different to offer you, and it's a kind of post I've been wanting to do since I first started the blog. Although I love all my blog content, at first I wanted to try and offer something a bit different or a bit of everything, such as advice, recipes, money saving tips, features on more 'serious' issues and interviews too. 

Therefore I thought it would be a great idea to bag myself an interview with Mwaka Grace, a model and an old friend of mine who I've known since high school. We went on to study the same course at college and I have fond memories of the college days and all the fun we had. We still meet for lunch when we can (when she's not jetting off to luxurious locations for shoots anyway!) and I'm immensely blown away at how successful she has become, especially since we don't have many positive things to offer from our town!

Mwaka has just won the two titles of Miss Popularity Bedfordshire and First Runner up and is preparing for both the semi-final and Final night next year. I caught up with her to ask her a bit about what life is like for her being a model, and I also grilled her about her thoughts on bloggers!

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1. So you've just won the title of Miss Popularity Bedfordshire and First Runner up, meaning you'll go onto the Finals - congratulations! Can you tell me about the process involved in it all - from the moment you entered to the moment you took part in the final competition?
I started by sending in some photos and filling in an application form online for the competition, and then got an email inviting me to attend an interview which was followed by a call from the organizer. The first stage was more like an audition, where as a group they explained what was required of us and what the competition involved. The second part was when we individually had photos taken. A week later I got a text telling me that I had gone through and was in the competition, then I also got an email with information of what was going to happen next.

Before the final night we had to attend boot camp training, a photo shoot with the Luton rugby club and rehearsals too.

2. What was it like the moment you were told you'd won? What was the first thing that went through your head?
The first time I heard my name and number called was for the Miss Popularity and that was great, but I must admit as soon as I got off the stage with the sash and crown I felt my disappointment as the main goal was to win the actual title. When it came to the announcements for the top three winners and my name was called as first runner up, I couldn't believe it! I froze and the girls backstage hugged me while yelling 'that's you - go! you won!' - it me a few seconds to actually get myself on stage. As the reining Miss England took off the miss popularity crown and sash to replace it with First Runner up title and sash I felt excited and very overwhelmed as this meant that I will be going to the Miss England Finals.

3. What did all your friends and family say when they found out?
My family were extremely happy for me and all felt a sense of pride. My friends were just happy for me because they knew how much this meant to me and the opportunities this could bring for my modelling career.

4. What made you want to get into modelling and how did you get involved?
I first started modelling for fashion students at college, it came natural to me and I enjoyed it. I moved into London for University and started to get more involved by building my portfolio and going to agencies and castings.

5. Do you have any advice for people who want to go into modelling?
Anytime you get invited or approached by a scout always take someone with you to meetings and make sure they are at official place at official office hours. Don't part with any money for any reason at all and never sign anything until you are absolutely sure it is right for you.

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6. How proud do you feel winning and finally representing or bringing some positivity from Luton (which is known for so much negativity) having lived there?





I am very proud to represent Luton and Bedfordshire, to be able to highlight the good that comes from Luton is an honor. The aim of the competition is called 'Beauty with a Cause'. To be able to show the rest of England that Luton/Bedfordshire has a lot to offer is great.

7. Can you tell me anything about behind the scenes of the whole event - do you have any funny or embarrassing stories or tricks of the trade to reveal?
The girls can be a little bit evil, the best thing to do is try to make friends with everyone - even the girls that seem mean. You have to remember not to be intimidated by anyone. You'll find that they all have insecurities about something. Behind the scenes of the show is extremely chaotic, you have very little time to to change into the next outfit. There were a couple of breakdowns that I saw where these girls just could not take the pressure and stress, they were in tears but sadly you can't stop to help you have to get ready and get out there.

8. What are your thoughts on the size of ladies who appeared in the competition - were there any larger ladies involved? What do you think about the use of photoshopping in glossy magazines and the use of always thin models on the catwalk - are these issues similar in the beauty pageants you take part in or do you find they're more laid back and anyone is welcome no matter what size.
To be completely honest size is a massive issue. In beauty pageants like Miss Bedfordshire the winners will go on to compete for the Miss England Title, which will Lead to Miss World. To compete at that level with Girls from all over the world you have to be in top shape physically your body, your skin, hair, nails and everything.

Being a pageant model and being a high fashion model are very different. As a first time pageant model I found it easier as they are more lenient when it comes to weight as long you are lean/fit and healthy that’s okay.

In high fashion you cannot be bigger than size six, designers make the clothes you will model and you have alter your body to fit the clothes, they are not fitted to whatever your body type is. That is why there is a lot of dieting involved, which even I have had to do but you have to be careful not to take it to extremes.

In the modelling industry that is how the fashion world works you have to be thin it is an unspoken/unwritten rule. You don’t fit the clothes, you don’t book the job, simple.

9. Lets talk about bloggers! Do you follow any fashion blogs? What do you think about bloggers becoming more prominent in the fashion industry - do you think it's a good thing that designers are choosing to branch out and expand with the upcoming rise of bloggers or do you think it should be left to the professionals?
I do not religiously follow one blogger in particular but I do look through blogs for fashion inspiration and how to put together the newest trends. I believe its an amazing thing how designers are choosing bloggers as a way to showcase their work. It adds a more personal and achievable quality to fashion which I think makes people more interested in it. I am all for bloggers displaying fashion although on the downside it sometimes becomes more about the blogger than the fashion and can be bias.

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12. As a model yourself have you - or would you ever - work with a blogger?
As a model I would definitely work with a blogger from the most outrageous to the more conservative because I'm open minded and I think fashion is not something that should be confined into one specific thing, it should be free and expressive.

13. A lot of bloggers take a very amateur approach to modeling clothes - often we just take photos of ourselves in our rooms against a plain wall and using a timed camera. Do you think this works just as well as the real thing? Do you have any tips on doing it yourself?
I think that the amateur approach is fine but to take it to another level, these bloggers can use a friend to take the photos for them this way they have a clear image/details or ask a friend to model for them this way they can be more creative with where photos are taken, angle and what's in the pic.

14. What's next for you then?
The next step is to prepare for the semi-final this year as well as the Final night which will be held next year. I will keep modelling, going for castings and building my portfolio.

15. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just that I thank God for my family and friends for all their support!

I'd like to give a huge thanks to Mwaka for chatting with me! It was definitely a lot of fun trying to get into her head and hear her thoughts on bloggers - we don't often hear what models think of bloggers, so I found this interesting! Did you enjoy the interview? Would you like to see a similar feature blogged about again in future? Let me know!

*All images are taken from Mwaka's social networking pages and still have their source details printed on the photos.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Last week, I posted about a collection of L'Oreal Paris lipsticks I picked up (which was a total bargain btw), and reviewed the first of five lipsticks in this haul. Tonight I'm reviewing the second shade!


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I won't go into too much detail about the lipstick, as I went into detail with the last review, although admittedly this was from a different 'collection' I suppose. This lipstick, unlike the first one, is actually an exclusive lipstick chosen by one of six L'Oreal Paris spokespersons. This one is designed by Liya Kebede and is a gorgeous chocolate brown shade - certainly something a bit different!


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However, I did find that this wasn't as long lasting and was a little greasy. It took a good few coats to get the colour to build up, but even then I found it had a far too shiny/greasy look. The colour alone was really pretty and different, but I didn't think it suited me specifically. I think it probably is a shade I'd wear again when feeling particularly brave and I do feel it will suit certain skin types, just not mine specifically.

The lipstick itself looks like a much richer chocolate shade, but when applied it's more of a soft nude brown, one that would surely compliment the right eye makeup!

Moving on, overall I did find the lipstick to be a standard and pretty lipstick, but not one that was quite for me. The packaging was really cute however and definitely looked exclusive. I loved the idea that the shade was a little different, even purple and real dark gothic red shades are becoming more and more popular, but brown shades isn't something I see often. I'll definitely be keeping this and using it for when I feel confident enough, but as a day to day shade I don't think it's ideal!

What do you think about this colour? Let me know!


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Monday, 16 June 2014

There is just one problem I have with my new job, and unfortunately it's a big one. Apart from that, everyone is fine. I get plenty of hours, lots of opportunities to pick up overtime and a day or two off during the week to catch up on sleep/Orange is the New Black/stuff my face. It's only half an hour away by bus and everyone in store is so friendly and welcoming. Except....except...EVERYTHING IS SO DAMN PRETTY AND STYLISH AND I WANT IT ALL.
 
It is absolutely killing me being faced with so many pretty clothes on a regular basis and it's so tough not buying it all. I've always liked H&M clothes but I was never a huge shopper there, but now that I work with the clothes all the time I find so many beautiful hidden gems. I also get to see how different looks are put together and really cool ways to style things (because lets face it, I'm terrible at styling myself but even the best of us bloggers have to get our inspiration somewhere).
 
I love that there's different ranges in store too but that you can also head down to stock up on your very basics and still be faced with a fair range of items, so that that plain white top you really need doesn't necessarily have to be a standard white top that everyone has.
 
Anyway, there's a hell of a lot that I want right now, but for the meantime here is a little wish list of things I want the most and will no doubt be purchasing with my first paycheck..
 

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1. Jersey vest top, £3.99 | 2. Jumpsuit, £12.99 | 3. Multistrand necklace £7.99 | 4. Sandles with laces £24.99 | 5. Twill shorts £14.99
 
H&M have some really lovely stuff in at the moment; modern but classy work wear and lots of bold and bright items ideal for music festivals. However, I've really been eyeing up the above products.
 
I love the jersey vest top which is a really thin and loose fit top yet still bang on trend at the same time. It's the perfect thing to pair with skinny jeans when having a lazy day and will still look stylish. The jumpsuit is probably my favourite item at all. It's basic and light weight but it's so cute! I think it'll look great with a little belt and lots of gold accessories (perhaps the statement gold necklace?). I also think it's perfect for some gigs this summer. The shorts are another wardrobe staple, simply because I don't really have any stylish shorts. A lot of mine are just simple denim shorts, so again I think these will be a great way to look more made up when just lazing in the sun this summer. The shoes and necklace speak for themselves really, don't they? They're just really pretty!
 
I can't wait to revamp my wardrobe once I get paid and without a doubt that playsuit is first on my list...
 
What do you think? Are you a fan of H&M for their basics? Or do you prefer to shop elsewhere, like Primark for example, for even cheaper items? Let me know!
 
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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A while back, I picked up a bunch of brand new & never used L'Oreal lipsticks from a bootsale. I think I purchased 5 for £5, which if you ask me is a great deal, especially as some colours and collections I picked up are actually still on sale now so still very current and on trend.


I enjoy experimenting with different lipsticks and I'm without a doubt a person who can buy ten red lipsticks for each lipsticks individual shade, even if to someone else they all look the same! As I'm quite fair skinned, I actually enjoy nothing more then wearing a bold, bright colour during hot summer days or when it comes to evening activities such as going to gigs, I love trying the darkest and most gothic shade of purple or red I can find.

So being able to pick these up for so cheap was definitely a bargain! A couple are quite similar to each other in colour, but other then that I think I chose a pretty varied collection, from a nude to a bold red and even brown (which I did NOT suit at all, but hey, at least I gave it a go!). I was going to review them all in one post but as I got a bit snap happy and enjoyed trying out new ways to photograph them (I'm still learning in the whole 'taking photos of yourself wearing makeup' department), I decided to stick to one lipstick per post, which will mean more content for me as well.


The first lipstick, Color Riche Made For Me Intense, in shade 376 Cassis Passion, is probably one of my favourites out of the whole lot. It's a deep red shade with pink undertones, meaning in certain lights it looks more like a deep fuchsia pink. As you can see in the images below, the more up close, the more pink it looks. However, it's a lovely shade that has the right undertones to not wash me out too much, and I think the way it leans a little towards a deep pink shade gives it a bit of a fun twist, meaning it's more suitable for a night out than what a full on red would be. It's not too dark either, but I do think it's a little bold and a lot of people would probably shy away from such a bold and deep colour.

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I found it to be long-lasting and even after using makeup remover and a face wipe, there were still tinges of red on my lips which I liked. However, it did mean I had to be especially careful applying it as even the slightest smudge was very obvious against my pale skin. The combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E is supposed to stop your lips drying out, and I have to admit, although I didn't see much difference as my lips are never particularly dry anyway, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought with the added Omega-3 oils it would be greasy or watery to apply but it wasn't like this at all. It helped my lips look shiny, whilst also being long lasting too. I thought the colour ended up looking quite crisp too and gave the perfect finish without any additional products such as lipgloss etc.
 
I thought the packaging was spot on too. Gold can sometimes look tacky, but the gold case actually looked very glamorous and luxurious I found. I also loved the L'Oreal Paris 'print' (I don't know what else to call it...) on the actual lipstick, er, stick. Again, this made the lipstick stand out as more luxurious then their other ranges.
 
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I seem to have a million red lipsticks but I think this one is ideal for those seemingly never ending summer days - y'know the ones where you start off having a pub lunch with your friends on a hot day and somehow this turns into a night out. With it's fuchsia undertones, this shade is the perfect transition from day to night plans without being too full on.

What do you think? Is this a colour you would consider pulling off? Let me know and check back in a few days for my review of the second lipstick I bought...

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Monday, 9 June 2014

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Recently the lovely Laura from The Bathory dropped me an email and asked me if I'd be interested in trying out a personalised bath soak. Being a self confessed bath addict, of course I said yes. Anyone who knows me will insist how much I love my baths and how I love lighting some candles and using luxurious products to ensure I am relaxed as possible.

I was really impressed with the whole idea of making a bath soak personalized. We're usually faced with so many different bath and shower products, each offering a wide range of ingredients and benefits so it's definitely easy to feel overwhelmed and not quite know what's right for you.

I've been feeling pretty stressed lately and like I've had no time to myself, not being able to relax much even when I have as I've had so much to do. So I was eager to find a soak that would hopefully help me with my problem. I had a lot of fun choosing what I wanted my bath soak to include and found the whole process was really interesting too. I chose Epsom bath salts for a detox and then the real fun came with deciding what oils to pick. You can see a full list of oils, or choose based on how you want to feel, such as 'I want to feel confident/sexy/revived' etc. The site displays a list of oils that can help towards each emotion, each oil described as 'the exotic one' or 'the calming one'. Furthermore, you can click on each individual oil to find out more about it, as well as what other oils it goes well with, what it smells like and how it makes you feel.

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How fun! I picked lavender, rosemary and ylang ylang, which would work together to make me feel confident, relaxed and inspired/focused. I didn't realize until afterwards but each oil was suggested to go well with each other which was great.

My detox bath salt arrived in no time and there was no surprise that I loved the beautiful but simple packaging. It was cute and stated on the paper bag exactly what was in the soak - perfect for if you've forgotten! The jar itself is very pretty and I even received a little card alongside it to remind me to recycle it, or other ways that I could reuse it - how sweet!

So this weekend just gone I got down to business - I ran a hot bath, poured in a generous amount of the gorgeous smelling salt (it smelt delicious and left my skin with a subtle lavender scent for hours afterwards too) before succumbing to what had to be one of the most relaxing baths of my life. The detox bath soak did exactly that - it made me feel relaxed, sleepy and very indulged. The next morning I did find that I was more focused too, even if that's because for the first time in so long I managed to get a decent night sleep after my revitalising bath.
 
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Of course it's so easy to big up a product you've been sent to review regardless of how you feel but in all honesty, this really made me feel amazing. My skin felt silky smooth afterwards and it did wonders for my mind, helping me relax and fall asleep afterwards so easily. It was really nice to switch off for the evening and forget all about technology or putting The Vampire Diaries on to help me sleep (haha). Instead I climbed into bed afterwards and attempted to read a book, but didn't get past three or so pages...

I absolutely loved how personalized the whole thing was from start to finish, and found even the way the product arrived was a really nice touch too. It's definitely made me think twice about heading to Tesco's and just grabbing whatever bath soak is on cheap at the moment. At £18 it's not cheap, but I find the price is well worth the quality of the product. As a bonus, it's pure and organic and the bottle even suggests amounts to use to help the product last longer, i.e 25% for a quick fix, 50% for the full effect etc. I actually didn't read this properly (typical) before using the product and only used a few handfuls, but found I still reaped great results despite having less than the suggested amount. Next time, I'll be using about half and without a doubt I'll be purchasing again. It's also a great gift idea too, as by personalizing and choosing different oils to suit someone's personality really gives that extra thought rather then just buying any old smellies from Boots or Superdrug!

 
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Thursday, 5 June 2014

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You'd never assume that pink is my favourite colour - and it's not - but for summer, I always tend to revert back to a neon pink nail varnish that I picked up a million bottles of when I was at uni. They were free in the freshers goodie bags and since I worked at the bar hosting the freshers fair, I got to keep a bunch myself. This neon pink shade has been used on my tootsies perhaps since then (as I hate my feet, so using a bright and bold colour on my nails helps me love them more, ha!) and I've been waiting for the weather to brighten up enough to give me confidence to use the colour on my hands.

The weather has been all over the place this week though. So as tempted as I was, I've not gone quite into bold neon colours yet. However, instead this week I chose this lovely shade which was a little more out there than a pastel pink and is terribly feminine but not too in your face. It's a real candy bubblegum colour and I feel it's the perfect transition from pastel nudes to some warmer colours for this summer.

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What do you think? I think it's a tad too feminine for me usually, but with the weather being all over the place at the moment, perhaps it's just right...

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 What do you think? What colour nails are you all digging this week? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A couple of weeks ago I headed down to Ligne Roset City to check out their collaboration with Ong-Oaj Pairam to create a one off installation, combining the two industries of upholstery and fashion.

Having seen images from Ong-Oaj Pairam's collection from London Fashion Show, I was very excited to check out this exclusive collaboration, if even just because it's a bit different. The fashion designer paired up with Ligne Roset City to create a one off recreation of the Togo armchair and pouffe.

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And what a chair it was. Using luxury materials and drawing upon his usual influences from art, design, architecture and even cartoons, Ong-Oaj Pairam managed to create what possibly looked like not only the most comfortable chair I've ever seen, but clearly the most stylish too! Draped in stunning colours that are easy on the eye, the chair also redefined the designers love for the final touches - hence the painstakingly perfect small butterflies adjourning the Togo armchair which only adds value to this beautiful piece.

The event was set in Ligne Roset City and included afternoon tea - aka cocktails in beautiful vintage cups and saucers - and yummy food such as Macaroon's and cucumber sandwiches - delicious! Guests such as myself manage to indulge in this delicious food whilst discovering other stunning products by other top designers.

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Since I missed the collection at London Fashion Week, luckily the whole show was being broadcast on one of the giant televisions, allowing me to swoon over the beautiful and edgy designs that reflected this top designers style.

I found it really interesting to see the two different industries working together to create 'a space where positive expression is determined by colour material and perseverance for innovation' and would love to thank Katch PR for the invite. I had a lovely evening looking around the showroom and mingling, and the yummy cocktails and food were of course a nice bonus too!

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