London: Far from the madding Oxford Street crowds: John Lewis Roof Garden

You could discover something new in London every single day. Yesterday I discovered that there is a roof garden on the top floor of John Lewis on Oxford Street.  It’s so peaceful up there far from the madding Oxford Street crowds. The garden has been designed by Tony Woods, RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2013, whose winning design was based on achieving tranquility … Continue reading London: Far from the madding Oxford Street crowds: John Lewis Roof Garden

The Body Shop Haul

Natural Beauty: The Body Shop, Haul & 50% Discount Offer

The Body Shop was the original mainstream “green beauty” brand with inspirational Anita Roddick as the driving force. The first The Body Shop opened in Brighton in 1976 and now there are 2.500 outlets around the world. Dame Anita Roddick,who passed away in 2007, had this to say: “We make our products with love and care. We source some of the finest raw ingredients from … Continue reading Natural Beauty: The Body Shop, Haul & 50% Discount Offer

Shopping in Los Angeles: Sephora, When Will We See You Again in UK?

For anyone who doesn’t know, Sephora is basically the ultimate beauty sweet shop. It stocks all the big beauty brands such as Chanel and Bobbi Brown alongside funky niche ones such as bite, Edward Bess, Ellis Faas. They are also often the first to stock new ranges like the new Marc Jacobs Beauty and exclusive kits not available anywhere else. Most importantly for me, the … Continue reading Shopping in Los Angeles: Sephora, When Will We See You Again in UK?

Definitely Not Ropey: Loving Eleanor Bolton Statement Jewellery

I’m a fan of statement jewellery, necklaces in particular and often wear non-metal pieces. Wood, leather and textiles are favourite materials so when I spotted this gorgeous rope necklace on Emerald Street the drooling commenced. It is by British accessories designer Eleanor Bolton  who produces handmade pieces from her London studio.  While studying at the Royal College of Art, she developed a unique technique using rope … Continue reading Definitely Not Ropey: Loving Eleanor Bolton Statement Jewellery

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World’s Best Department Store, Selfridges Showcases Nigerian Fashion

When I heard about Ndani, a Nigerian fashion pop-up at Selfridges, I was keen to check it out because  A) I practically live in Selfridges  B) I don’t recall ever seeing any African country in the style spotlight to a mainstream audience C) It’s just lovely to see something different. The “tribal” trend is a perennial fashion favourite but very rarely (ever?) is there any … Continue reading World’s Best Department Store, Selfridges Showcases Nigerian Fashion

London Shopping Heaven: Selfridges Beauty Workshop

I hate buying beauty products in department stores. Terrible lighting, being attacked by perfume sprayers and snooty assistants with Drag Queen makeup that either pounce or blank you make it my idea of hell. I tend to buy make-up online, abroad or at Space NK.  Having long and repeatedly lamented the lack of Sephora in the UK. The feeling is entirely one sided as they … Continue reading London Shopping Heaven: Selfridges Beauty Workshop