Fake It Baby!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

by Adele

I love the feeling of having a sunkissed natural glow, but have to admit that most of it's out of a bottle! I do have a base tan having been lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in the Maldives, but being fair skinned I burn all too easily, so prefer to look sunkissed rather than lobster red (lol!) by faking it - it's far safer!!

Here are my top tips & products I use to achieve a natural sunkissed tan...

1. Exfoliate before application to remove any dead skin. This ensures a more even finish. Can easily be done in the shower. I use...

  1. Boots Loofah Mitt £4.69
  2. Soap & Glory - The Scrub of Your Life £6.64
2. Moisturise paying particular attention to drier areas ie elbows, knees & ankles. I use...

 3. Apply Fake Tan following instructions carefully. Allow to dry before wearing loose clothing while tan develops. It's a good idea to wear latex gloves or use a mitt to avoid staining on the hands. Once you have finished applying everywhere, remove gloves & carefully apply to the back of the hands. I prefer a spray as I have found this achieves a really even finish with no streaks & is quick to apply, however you do have to cover the floor with old towels!

The key to a natural looking tan is not to apply products too heavily or too often. I apply once a week & re-apply when required.
Once you find a product you're happy with, stick to it! I use...

  1. St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray £20.43
  2. St Tropez Tan Application Mitt £3.57
  3. St Tropez Disposable Latex Gloves £3.06
4. Sunkissed - for a night out I like to add a touch of shimmer. To do this it is better to apply fake tan the day before. Once I have showered I like to mix some moisturiser with a small amount of instant tan shimmer (again wearing the latex gloves). Mixing with the moisturiser reduces the depth of colour as this is only required as a finishing touch! I use...

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Sun Make-Up - Medium Shimmer £5.99

Et Volia! You'll have a perfect sunkissed tan. I'd love to hear what you think...

Mellow Yellow

Monday, 30 May 2011

by Adele

source Bri Emery

I'm loving all things yellow at the moment & fancy injecting some yellow pieces into my home (having already got enough in my wardrobe!!). My conservatory is the room I want to target most as yellow accessories will sit pretty with all the other bright colours I've got in there. These are some of my favourite ideas. I love the wall hanging & the dog cushion!....which one's do you like?

  1. Ikea Yellow Candle Holder £10.20
  2. Matthew Williamson Yellow Ball Vase £12
  3. Ben De Lisi "Noah" Cushion £25
  4. Habitat Pineapple Tealight Holder £7
  5. Wallartsuk "Ho Hoi" Yellow fabric wallhanging £149.50
  6. Habitat Yellow Rubber Photoframe £3
  7. Graham & Green Porcelain Tealight Holder £8
  8. John Lewis Yellow Glossy Ball Candle £3


Friday, 27 May 2011

by Adele

It seems like forever that stripes have been around! Love them or hate them, (I love them!!) they're here to stay for the time being. Worn well they flatter, complement & are a great way of adding colour to your outfit this summer. Here are the newest pieces out on the High Street to tempt you...I'm lovin' the FC stripe shorts!


Thursday, 26 May 2011

by Adele

This week's Random photo's are all a little quirky, which kind of epitomises my weekly Thursday feature! I love all the products by Weegreenspot & think one would look great in my conservatory- if you want to see more designs click on the link below the photo.
The ice pops -I love the colours (very Spring Summer 2011!!) & looking at the photo just made me want one!!!!

The Me & You Show Sign photographed by Marc Horowitz

Green Tea with Lychen by Weegreenspot

Ice Pops photgraphed by Stephanie Congdon Barnes

Easy Chicken, Chorizo & Prawn Paella

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

by Adele

If like me you love Paella, but aren't keen on shellfish such as Mussels, then try this recipe.
The beauty of this dish is that it's made in one pan, so totally easy, tastes divine & looks colourful!  Top tip - don't forget to squeeze fresh lemon juice over the Paella before eating, it really adds to the flavour.
An ideal dish to try on friends served with crusty bread & a side salad. Let me know if you love...

Addict Le Vernis

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

by Adele

Anyone who knows me, also knows my addiction to Chanel nail varnishes. I've been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of Chanel's new colour Mimosa (launched in stores 20th May), & Chanel hasn't disappointed - I love it!!! The colour is so fresh & ideally complements all the bright clothes around at the moment. I wore it with my Topshop Orange Asymmetric silk top on Saturday night - see what you think...

Chanel's Le Vernis in Mimosa

Worn with Topshop Asymmetric Bell Sleeve Top £38

Worn on the toes with Topshop Orange Suede Wedge Sandals £40

In anticipation of Mimosa's arrival I had a long overdue clearout of my nail varnish drawer!! Here's a selection of my favourite shades I'm still in love with...


Monday, 23 May 2011

by Adele

Festival season is well & truly underway & it's so important to look cool without looking as if you've made the effort. Novelty tee's have been spotted this season on A-list festival goers. The rules are the more retro, faded & worn-in the better. There's plenty on the high street to choose from with Topshop having the best selection. So what's stopping you? Add an element of "festival cool" to your wardrobe! Here are my favourite picks... 

Colour Klash...

Friday, 20 May 2011

by Adele

I'm loving all the bright coloured clothes at the moment - wearing them is so much fun & there are no rules when it comes to mixing & matching. If you haven't yet got your coloured denim (and why not??) new into Topshop this week are their latest offering of coloured Baxter jeans (my favourite fit!). Inject some interest into your outfit with prints, which are so on trend. Here are some of my favourite pieces on the high street, so take the plunge & brighten up your wardrobe...


  1. River Island Pink One Shoulder Tunic £34.99
  2. Topshop Yellow Tiered Tee £18
  3. All Saints Aztec Vest £150
  4. Kookai Tropical Print Bustier £45
  5. River Island Printed Playsuit £34.99
  6. Topshop Bright Pink Sheer Maxi Skirt £50
  7. Oasis Yellow Printed Skirt £45
  8. Topshop Peach Baxter Jeans £40
  9. River Island Black Floral Print Palazzo Trousers £24.99
  10. River Island Purple Peg Leg Trouser £29.99


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