Wednesday, 23 May 2012

What's in My (Paris) Handbag?

I snapped this quick picture as I threw all my stuff out onto the hotel bed while changing handbags. Some recent essentials:

Black H&M tassel clutch bag

Topshop floral wallet

RETROSUPERFUTURE 'basic' frame sunglasses in haviana

Prescriptives Flawless Skin Concealerlevel 1, warm. My last one. Can anyone suggest an amazing new concealer please before I run out?! 


MAC 'Hot 'n' Saucy' Tendertone

Burberry Lip Cover in 'Tulip Pink'

Chanel mirror compact

Prestige Eyeliner

Monday, 21 May 2012

At Last... My Love Has Come Along

Nearly one year on from this post enthusing about them, I am finally in possession of the Russell & Bromley 'Laura' sandals! They were a surprise birthday gift from J (as if the Paris trip wasn't good enough!). I'm so thrilled to finally have them... Now I just need the narrow, tanned, Italian feet to set them off! Cheeky R&B have priced them £10 more than last year! And they were already expensive for sandals.

On a related note, how cool is it to finally have access to a decent selection of Essie polishes in the UK via Boots and Superdrug?! It's probably my favourite nail brand. Superdrug have a 3 for 2 offer online and I think probably in store too... Time to go polish shopping.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

29th Birthday in Paris

Recently I went to Paris and was met by my man at the Gare du Nord. He cycled from Cheltenham. I got the Eurostar. He raised money for charity and succeeded in achieving a personal goal. I sipped sav in standard premiere class and could not have been happier. The next day was my birthday and J had booked a secret hotel for our stay!

The hotel turned out to be the beautiful Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in the Latin Quarter. It's a small boutique hotel filled with artwork and the smell of amazing incense-type candles. We had a room overlooking the Rue de la Grande Chaumière. As J booked via Mr and Mrs Smith we had an extra treat of champagne and macaroons in our room on arrival.

We spent the next two days wandering around Paris and enjoying the city. Here are some photos. Thank you J for my wonderful birthday!

From the basics of National Rail... 

To the luxuries of standard premiere... 
To Paris and delicious champagne and macaroons.
The view looked good to me. 

A walk in The Jardin du Luxembourg.

Happy in the sun (but it wasn't very warm!)

Paris is a city of architectural treats. 

The Jardin du Luxembourg.

Patisseries on every corner. 

Fresh Orange juice with breakfast. 

J's breakfast at La Rotonde on Montparnasse.

Colourful arrows at Louis Vuitton.

Love-locks on the Pont des Arts bridge. 

Photo opp outside the Louvre. 

'Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss' by Canova. 

The main woman. A lot smaller than I expected.

A walk by The Seine. 

A bottle of wine in the sun always goes down well.

Guerlain on the Champs Elysées in the rain. 

MAC Watch Me Simmer Lipstick

I've been wanting to get my mitts on this lipstick for ages as it promises to be similar to Vegas Volt but with a bit more pink in it. Perfect for that Betty Draper look I love. It's an 'amplified' lipstick, part of the Shop MAC collection, and is still available online. Today is the first time I've worn it and it's really pretty, bright but not too bright to be wearable. I've teamed it with a little double denim outfit. Is that allowed? I've decided it's cool. Since my skin has been clear I'm loving bright lips! I need to tell you the products I have to thank for that too...