Valentine’s Day – The Final Countdown

Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day, whatever you may be celebrating, there are just a few days to go before you need that perfect gift for your loved one.

This is my final gift guide for Valentine’s 2018, with failsafe products that will earn you plenty of brownie points from your loved one. There is not a cute teddy, bunch of flowers or sickly looking chocolates anywhere in this guide.

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ThatchFace Beard Oil

I love a product with a good story behind it, and ThatchFace beard oil certainly fits that bill. Set up in 2017 by Ben and Leanne Cleaver, the Thatchface beard oil uses a range of different oils and scents to create beard oils that are non synthetic and leave the beard feeling conditioned and moisturised. My husband Pete loves the Got Wood fragrance that  draws on the scents of cedarwood, sandalwood, pine needle and a hint of lime to give a warm and masculine scent. The scent is not overpowering, but is fresh and pleasant, and the dropper style bottle means that you do not use more than you need, meaning it lasts for ages.

10% of the profit from the ThatchFace range goes to men’s cancer charities following Ben’s own fight with testicular cancer. If you buy this as a gift, either for Valentine’s Day, or just for a loved one to try, you can give this in the knowledge that it is also doing some good in the fight against Cancer.

Got Wood Beard Oil £11.99 Click to visit ThatchFace

Romantic Handbags from Chi Chi London

Let’s be honest, buying clothes for a loved one is a minefield, especially if you are not sure of their size. Buy too small and you could disappoint, buy too big and you may just hit a raw nerve. A solution could be a beautiful handbag like these from Chi Chi London. One size fits all, and they have such a romantic look, they are sure to delight any fashion lover.

See the full range here.

Chi Chi Cooper Bag
Was: £38.00Now: £30.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Pia Bag
Was: £35.00Now: £20.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Shiloh Bag
£32.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Say It With Flowers

Flowers are the most traditional, popular, and, let’s be honest, the most cliched gift to give on Valentine’s Day. But, this year, Selfridges are thinking outside the box when it comes to flowers, with flower fragrances and prints that allow you to give a bloom without a petal or sneeze in sight. You can say it with flowers in a way that will last long after you’ve put the real thing in the bin.


HAPPY SOCKS Floral-print slim-fit stretch-cotton trunks
£20.00 Click to visit Selfridges


PAUL SMITH Floral silk tie
£90.00 Click to visit Selfridges


FLORIS Rose and oud room fragrance 100ml
£25.00 Click to visit Selfridges


BOTTEGA
Bottega Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut Rosé glass pack 750ml
£36.99
Click to visit Selfridges

 

 

A Dark Fairytale at Chi Chi London

Chi Chi London is always a great place to find fairytale dresses. Beautiful pastel colours, full 1950s style skirts, acres of lace and tulle, Chi Chi has dresses that you only dream of. But this season, it is turning to the dark side of the fairy story, just in time for Halloween. These are dresses and looks that are gothic, glamorous and dramatic.

Chi Chi Melanie Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Marlene Dress
£73.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi describes the Dark Fairytale collection as bringing

‘…new edge to the classic Chi Chi look via daring cuts, darker shades and edgy accessories…’

All the usual Chi Chi elements of elegance and femininity are still there, the full skirts, the lace and ribbons, but these dresses have a more dangerous edge, you can imagine them being worn by the bad girl from the Fairy Story, they are more Wicked Queen (definitely channeling Angelina as Maleficent) than Snow White, and all the better for it.

Chi Chi Rana Dress
£68.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Cassie Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Not all the dresses are black. The Leticia dress is in mink and brings to mind the dishevelled Kinder Whore looks of Courtney Love, Amanda De Cadenet and Babes in Toyland in the early 1990s. Just add a plastic tiara and you are ready to go.

Chi Chi Letitia Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

The collection also shows that Bardot styles show no sign of going away, as with the design of the exquisite Octavia and Maryam dresses. The Maryam, in particular, is so on trend for Autumn 2017 as it is in this season’s red shade, and will serve you well at parties right into the festive season, especially when teamed with the Chi Chi Manda heels.

Chi Chi Octavia Dress
£75.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maryam Dress
£80.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Manda Heels
£34.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

To view all the Chi Chi London Dark Fairytale Collection, click here.

Friday Fashion – Pretty in Pink with Chi Chi London

A friend once set me a challenge, post a song to Facebook that I loved, beginning with the Letter P. There were a few contenders, including a lot of songs by Pulp and Parklife by Blur, but in the end I opted for a song that is not only a total classic, but is also the soundtrack to one of my fave 80s chick flicks.

Pretty in Pink is the ultimate 80s chick flick, starring the brilliant Molly Ringwald as Andie, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who attracts the attention of the lovely Andrew McCarthy as Blane (those 80s movie names). The film culminates in the prom scene, where Andie wears a pink dress – hence the title. But the dress is so god damm awful, you can’t help but wish that Andie had chosen a real ‘pretty in pink’ design from Chi Chi London!

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Chi Chi London has been gaining a steady reputation as a place to go for a standout prom dress, the designs are beautiful and have a touch of vintage about them, but they come in a range of lengths to suit everyone, which means they can also be worn for weddings, race days and summer garden parties too.

The current collection is frothy and fabulous, and has a real emphasis on Molly Ringwald style pink shades. As a fan of pink (I don’t think you can ever have enough of it quite frankly), this collection makes me want to sing – it is just so soft and pretty. And if are a lover of pink, you are in good company, with Florence Welch, Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Blake Lively all wearing the girliest (is that a word???)  of hues recently.

CHI CHI STACIA DRESS £54.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI STACIA DRESS £54.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI SERENITY DRESS £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI SERENITY DRESS £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI DULCE DRESS £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI DULCE DRESS £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Also available in a curve version – click here to see it.

CHI CHI AMYA DRESS £59.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI ADELE DRESS 64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI ADELE DRESS 64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI KALI DRESS £67.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

CHI CHI KALI DRESS £67.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London