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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

21 Jun

GirlSeeksShoe here.

The weather here in London is crazy. It’s supposed to be summer, and yet we are sporadically getting thunderstorms and the sort of showers generally attributed to April, interspersed with misleading patches of cerulean sky.

Basically, it won’t stop pouring down with rain.

And, as every stylish girl-about-town (or girl-without-car) knows, rainy days call for some serious preventative measures. But that raincoat doesn’t have to ruin your look, and those wellies don’t need to clash with your skirt. Here are my favourite picks for surviving summer storms; my pocketful of sunshine (WARNING; if you click that link, you will have that song stuck in your head for at least 24 hours):

A classy Radley umbrella. I have to say that these are brilliant quality, and mine hasn’t broken in two years (*touch wood*).

A Lulu Guinness Rose Print Umbrella will add some colour to your day, and is bang on trend this season.

The only full length brolly I won was a freebie, but is gorgeous in the summer rain. If you spot an umbrella with soft muted colours, you’re on the right track for an elegant look.

A lovely pink mac from Red Herring at Debenhams is my personal pick for a summer cover-up.

Tulip Print TrenchSmudged Spot Printed Trench

Two gorgeous trenches from Topshop

If you’re going to wear wellies, you may as well make a splash (sorry, I couldn’t help it…):

DAZZLE Fluorescent Pink Wellies

Topshop

OFFICE NUTTY KNEE WELLY PEACH FLRL RBROFFICE NUTTY KNEE WELLY DITSY RUBBER

Both from Office

Land’s End

The thing about rain is that sometimes we welcome it and sometimes we just have to live through it. In summer we feel like we are entitled to good weather, and rain is something to sigh about. But it doesn’t have to be that way, so here are some songs about rain (real and metaphorical) to lift your mood:

A bit of girl power…

A happy Gene Kelly.

I wish…

Every cloud has a silver lining.

This song = my youth

I wish this song = my youth!

Oh, it’s raining again.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Lush Lovin’

3 May

GirlSeeksShoe here.

Well, I love summer, but there is one thing that gets me pouting every time I think of sunny days and rising temperatures… I can’t have hot baths! Technically I could, but I just can’t reconcile myself with wasting that much water on a hot day when I don’t even need to warm up. And it’s a shame because baths are just so comforting and warm and they smell so good. Oh yeah, didn’t I mention the Lush Bath Ballistics that make baths awesome?

Well I am now.

Lush is my favouritest-shop-ever-in-the-whole-wide-world* and everything they make is just super-mega-foxy-awesome-hot**.

Ever since I was little I have gone on an annual pilgrimage (of sorts) to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street with my family every Christmas; first for Santa’s Grotto and then just because it became tradition. When I hit double-digits, I noticed this nice-smelling shop on Old Bond Street, and I walked in blindly oblivious to the fact that it would Change My Life.

For some reason, for several years I thought that my Lush was the only Lush in the world. It’s not. They’re everywhere, even in America. And that’s fine. It means that there is one closer to home (the Windsor shop), one by my university of choice (Cornwall), and even one next to my cousins abroad so they can send me sweet-smelling Lushious (see what I did there? Get it?) presents (Baltimore, USA). Yet, whenever I inhale the gorgeous smorgasbord of odours from Lush, I get that happy Christmas feeling.

And it feels really good.

So, not using Lush in the summer is a big ask for me. Thank BeingOfHigherPower I don’t have to then. Here are some Lush products that can even be used in the summer:

Obviously, showers are the stars of summer, and Lush has some fabulous shower products.

GrassOhmigoodness I have always wished for something that bottles my favourite smell… freshly cut grass. Eek! Here it is; in a lovely shower gel. Grass;  £4.55 – 100g

The Olive Branch You have to shake this one to mix in the lovely layers; but boy is it worth it. A very liquid shower gel that smells absolutely divine. I wasn’t expecting it to smell this good and make my skin super soft! The Olive Branch: £4.10 – 100g

(Also, give Happy Hippy Shower Gel a try for an energizing mood-lifter.)

Up You Gets These are like Bath Bombs but you put them in your shower and they actually WAKE you up! It’s fabulous; like coffee without the caffeine. Up You Gets Emotibomb: £1.99

SandstoneThis soap has sand in it! You know what that means right? It means it will exfoliate you ready for a skin-baring summer. Whoop! Sandstone: £2.89 – 100g

Lush Lime SmoothieMy favourite summer drink is an iced lime daiquiri, and limes always put me in that by-the-pool mood. This Lime Shower smoothie (you don’t drink it though) from the Retro range is perfect for capturing that in the run-up to the holidays. Lime Shower Smoothie £9.10

Rub Rub Rub I actually nicked this one from my brother’s stocking. Shhh! It was totally worth the bad karma, because it is the best exfoliator I have ever used. Ever. Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub: £7.35

Everything at Lush is 100% natural, so you’ll be doing your body and the environment a favour. This is actually why I have tron myself away from my trusty Vaseline and converted to Lush’s lip balms. They don’t disappoint. After trying about a gazillion, my fave is Honey Trap.

Honey Trap It tastes like honey. Basically. Although it does cost £4.99, I swear it lasts aeons (or at least a year). This is my current favourite, but I have just noticed some new lip scrubs I have to check out…

For anyone who isn’t as ideologically opposed to summer baths as I am, definitely pick up a Bath Ballistic.

The ComforterOr a Bubble Bar like The Comforter (£3.99).

And, to top it all off, the Charity Pot is moisturizer that works like no other on your dry spots at the same time as helping the world. Feel that good karma guys. I picked up a trial size one (as big as a lip balm) and it costs less than the big one without causing you to miss out on its magic properties. Seriously a little of that stuff goes a long way!

N.B. Just A Brit’s Beauty Blog also just started a fabulous series about Lush products. It’s like heaven everytime I read it. So check it out here. Or, click the link in my sidebar. Which is actually more effort, but each to their own.

In the words of Coco Chanel; “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Lush is definitely both.

GirlSeeksShoe xoxo

*Ahem, tied with Liberty of London of course.

**Darren-points to anyone who got this AVPM reference. If you didn’t; GET THEE TO YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk 

Once Upon A Dream

30 Apr

GirlSeeksShoe here,

I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that I love Disney movies. They appeal to that part of me that still wants to be a princess and sing in tune. As a little girl in awe of that secret world of grown-up clothes, I adored watching the Disney Princesses in all their finery. So, when I saw Dior’s Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection, I was enchanted.

Each dress brought to mind a moment I used to escape into as a child. Even in light of the scandal surrounding Galliano, the fairy-tale cannot be removed from these gloriously gorgeous dresses. So here is a bit of memory interwoven with these very current dresses. After all, glamour is the new black.

Cinderella’s Transformation (“Cinderella”):

Mulan’s Kick-Ass Girl-Power Moment (“Mulan”):

Christian Dior Spring 2011 CoutureChristian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Tiana dressed as a Princess, and then becoming a real Frog Princess (“The Princess and The Frog”):

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Aurora getting her Kiss (“Sleeping Beauty”):

Christian Dior Spring 2011 CoutureChristian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Pocahontas saving John Smith’s life (“Pocahontas”):

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Ariel’s bitter-sweet moment of becoming human permanently (“The Little Mermaid”):

 

Snow White whistling while she works (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”):

…and my absolute favourite Princess, from my favourite movie, wearing my favourite dress; Belle, going to dinner and slowly falling in love with the Beast (“The Beauty and The Beast”):

The yellow dress above also happens to be favourite from this collection. *sigh*

Of course, one princess wore the dress of her dreams yesterday; the new Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely breath-taking ,as did her bridesmaid Pippa Middleton. Wearing Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, she championed British fashion and looked like she had stepped out of a fairy-tale:

 

Her evening dress was also a Sarah Burton creation, and was equally stunning:

But her going-away dress reminds us that she is a normal girl going on holiday, princess or not; the blue dress and espadrilles looking light and summery this morning. Which is quite nice really.

The duke and duchess at Buckingham Palace, Saturday morning
 
There are some life-lessons that Disney movies taught me as a child:

Hard-work and determination will get you where you need to go.

Tidy your room.

And, in the words of Thumper (“Bambi”); “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Criticisers of anybody’s wedding (Royal or not) would do well to remember that one.

 Dior also had some very villainous dresses in that collection though, calling to mind the wicked stepmothers and dalmatian-hating glamazons that gave me nightmares as a child.

Cruella De Vil (“101 Dalmatians”):

The Stepmother/Lady Tremaine (“Cinderella”) and The Wicked Queen (“Snow White”):

Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”):

Definitely representative of the obstacles each Princess had to face, there is something intriguing about these villainous ladies, and, about the couture dresses Dior created.

I shall leave you with the words of brave little Sara Crewe (Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess”); “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo