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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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!

Mix It Up Midweek: One Shouldered Wonders

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MSGM x Saint Laurent x Chloe

One shoulder dresses remain top of the trend charts and go with absolutely any type of shoe or bag.  Vertiginous platforms are proving pouplar in 2017, so is combining an unlikely mix of hues and patterns!

Keeping it classic in monochrome with Carolina Herra dress, YSL black platforms and a Miu Miu red quilted chain bag.


Go back to the future in this Saint Laurent sequin beauty, Giuseppe Zanotti metallic strappies.  Add a pop of fuchsia with some bright Lanvin arm candy! 


Take this Preen number to the candy shop with pastel hues, like these Prada Block heels and some sweet shop inspired Lanvin stripes!


Nail the look of seaside serenity, this electric blue Christian Siriano could work for summer days or nights.   Keep the look sleek and modern with accessories in a lighter shade or black and white.  Fendi quilted bag and Michael Kors block colour, instant beach to bar combo!


Little Black Dress…? It’s your blank canvas, and you are the artist of your look.  Metallic accessories, a print bag or shoes, or hi vis will make this Saint Laurent mini pop.

MSGM x Charlotte Olympia x Chanel 


Self Portrait x Miu Miu x Valentino 


Marc Jacobs x Furla 



National Lipstick Day!

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I didn’t know there was a national day for all things lippy until this morning, and if you’re after that new shade you’ve wanted to try or want to stock up on your favourites, what better day to do so than National Lipstick Day!


Right now I’m a fan of Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks from Soap & Glory.  Generally I’m into all things S&G but I have always loved their cosmetics line, especially their lipsticks and glosses.


I love the pinks and nudes in their lipstick collection, the metallic tubes, too, are out of this world.  The ultimate nude for me has to be the matte 5th Avenude, I also like Rosy Chic which is a matte pink shade. Super Nude and Barely Pinking are two others I also love.  Soap & Glory have provided a range of finishes for ther lipsticks too, mattes, satins and shines make-up the variety available at most large Boots stores.  I’d say the price range is a little more expensive than the average high street lippy but not high-end priced as they retail for £9.  I’m really tempted to try some of the other pinks.  Soap & Glory sure know a good pink!


Be sure to share your favourites on Twitter & Instagram & tag #NationalLipstickDay 💄

To get your pink fix, why not check out the amazing Soap & Glory website, where you can see their whole lipstick collection!

http://www.soapandglory.com/

Hand Painted Pink Grenade!

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Mothering Sunday will be in full swing this time next week. If you’re yet to source the perfect gift for your mom, step-mom or grandma, what better way to show your appreciation than a special edition bottle of one of the world’s best floral fragrances…   

From 3 to 9 March at Selfridges you can get a rather special bottle of Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. What makes it special is that you can have the bottle hand painted in store at no extra cost. A bottle of Flowerbomb is a beautiful, thoughtful stand alone gift that lasts longer than any bouquet, and extra meaningful and thoughtful if this eclectic secret garden like perfume is one of your loved ones’ favourites. A unique personal touch like this limited edition hand painted bottle just makes Mother’s Day that extra special. If you’re after one of these one of a kind bottles, I suggest phoning your nearest Selfridges ahead to avoid disappointment, as the hand painting service may only be at certain times in the day. You can see a list of stores, contact details, etc on their website: http://www.selfridges.com  

 
I’m not usually one for floral perfumes that are too “girly,” but with it’s notes of bergamot, tea, jasmine, freesia and orchid, this has to be one of my favourite floral fragrances as its a grown-up, opulent take on floral, that’s still got that breezy, feminine wink to it. For me it evokes memories of when Charlie was a pup because that’s around the time I was first wearing this scent.   The phenomenally stunning grenade shaped bottle does it for me every time too!
  

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!

  
 

December/January Fashion & Beauty Favourites!

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Hello again!  Feels like it’s been an age since I last posted an update but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or my other YouTube channel, Very Vicky, you’ll know I have a new bundle of joy keeping me on my toes!  Perry joined the family over the Christmas period and he’s proving to be a rather playful little boy, into everything and a lively little brother to Charlie.  He’s 13 weeks today and a tri-colour mini Jack Rusell.

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I’ve never owned a Jack Russell before and only looked after two for a friend, Perry’s energy knows no bounds and it’s the ultimate JRT trait, according to trusty Dogs 101!

I had a rather peaceful but busy Christmas making sure the puppy didn’t get into anything he shouldn’t like Christmas chocolates, etc but it was a rather memorable one too.

Today I got round to filming a long awaited favourites video for December and January which includes some goodies I got for Christmas plus make up and nail products from brands I love such as Orly and Models Own.  I also discovered the KIKO Cosmetics store that’s just opened at the Merry Hill Centre and I am so happy to finally be trying this terrific Italian brand.  There were KIKO stores across Europe and a recent opening in Birmingham too, but the store at the Merry Hill Centre has all the best of KIKO under one roof!  If you’re yet to try this brand, you’re in for a treat!

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Here’s today’s favourites video!

That just leaves me to say my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues past and present of David Bowie. I was shocked to hear the news of his passing this morning at age 69.  What a sad loss to the music industry.  Bowie’s music, stage presence and general style will remain a huge inspiration for many bands, artists and all his fans worldwide and I’m sure his legacy will live on.  Sleep well, Starman x

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