Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!


Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)


Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!


Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.


Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!


Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!


Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!


Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!


Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Almost Wordless Weekend: Happy Mothering Sunday!

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Happy Mother’s Day to you if you’re a mom, step-mom or grandmother, may you have the peaceful Sunday of champions!


 
Huge thank you to my mom for being a great role model & inspiration throughout my life -xxx-

Candy Coloured Pantone Picks for 2016!

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Ok, so I’m a little late on the Pantone bandwagon this year, but it’s come to my attention not one, but two colours are going to be around in a big way this year.   
 
Rose Quartz is the perfect pale pink hue you may associate with a summer wedding or newly decorated girls’ bedroom.  I can’t think of a better partner for Rose Quartz than Serenity, a calming, mid-tone lavender blue.  When paired together, the hues remind me of the pastel sunrises and sunsets you can never wait to post on Instagram.  If you follow me (@vickyhbartlett), you’ll know I’m partial to the occasional dreamy morning or evening shot!  

  Taken one morning in October 2015

For the first time in the history of Pantone hues, it seems the focus is not on one crisp, bold colour that sharpens the atmosphere, but it’s shifted more towards modern watercolours.

  
Serenity & Rose Quartz integrated into sharp catwalk tailoring relax the look whilst pops of red and cobalt blue ensure it doesn’t look too wishy-washy.  

Both colours have been around a while and I have a feeling these must-haves will sell-out like hot cakes!

  
 
6. Valentino Medium Lock Leather Bag in Serenity (MyTheresa.com)

7. Modern Vest in Serenity (NastyGal.com)

8. Chloe Drew Mini Leather Rose Quartz Bag (MyTheresa.com)

9. Rose Quartz Nail Polish, Christian Louboutin (Nordstrom.com)

10. Marni Rose Quartz Crepe Mini Dress (Net-a-Porter.com)

This year’s Pantone Picks for me include some holy grail accessories and beauty favourites! Many designers and high street brands’ pieces of style candy proving popular.  This is a trend that will appeal to all ages. 

   
 Birkin bag by Hermes, a celebrity favourite on many a woman’s wishlist!

Still can’t decide on pink or blue, inspiration, the other VB and her baby blue Birkin!  

   

 
Zoya have the perfect mani and pedi picks to take your nails into SS16 with DOT, the ultimate Rose Quartz Pink (above) and JO, the dreamiest lavender blue shade.  Can’t wait to try out these two!  

   
 
Marc Jacobs has put the two colours to good use for bottles of OH LOLA! and DAISY DREAM, both of which will put a spring in your step if you’re on the hunt for a new spring/summer fragrance.

  


 Essence The Gel Nail Polishes in Sweet As Candy and Blue Bubble Di Blue are the perfect pastel partners for the Rose Quartz / Serenity beauty trend.(www.essence.eu)
  
So are Avon Nailwear Pro+ colours Lagoon and Pastel Pink!

  
  
 High Street brands and designers alike have cottoned onto the two trendiest cotton candy colours of the moment!

  

Essie Lapiz of Luxury & Pink Diamond are  also a match for Pantone 2016!  Homeware accessories and appliances in these hues will add a chic pop of colour to any room. 

   

  

Rose Quartz and Serenity join 8 other top Pantone colours for 2016 set to be bang on trend!