Thursday, 12 February 2015

Stella & Dot




Stella & Dot is a accessory brand I have heard a lot about over the past few months. It's a brand with an executive team involving former Banana Republic and Kate Spade teams, so that's enough to tell you it's good! At the fabulous #nyLDNmeet, I managed to have a browse of the Stella & Dot pieces that Vix Meldrew brought with her. Stella & Dot is a very unique company in the fact that you can become a stylist and set up trunk shows, to show the jewellery to others, make sales and help style pieces. It's very relaxed in the sense you don't have to hit targets but it can earn you a great income if you want to.

So obviously I ordered a few pieces from the collection at the trunk show at the event. They arrived perfectly packaged and inside was a cute little thank you note from Stella & Dot, such a lovely token that you don't tend to get much of any more. The packaging of the accessories themselves were adorned in beautiful bright patterns that I loved. I adore the care that has gone into every aspect of the product, along with a care guide also.

Trunk shows are where the Stylist can bring along pieces of the collection for people to browse, as well as try on. It's a great idea that you can actually preview pieces on yourself before you buy them. The designs are both simple and extravagant, depending on what you are after. Some of the necklaces are absolutely gorgeous, beautiful statement pieces as well as delicate designs.


Gilded Arrow Bracelet in Silver

Pave Triangle Cuff in Rose Gold


Moraley Flower Stackable Rings


Colourblock Cuff in Blush


Deja-Vu Double-Sided Studs in Silver


Thanks to this and these beautiful pieces I want to share with pretty much everyone I know, I have become a Stella & Dot Stylist! If any of these pieces have caught your eye, or if you would like me to come and host a trunk show, please feel free to contact me on here, or on my e-mail in my 'About Me', as I would love to get you as excited as me by these beautiful pieces!

I also have a website where you can browse and order on as well, which is: http://www.stelladot.co.uk/sites/philippasmith.

What are your favourite pieces you have seen?

Philippa x
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A Single Girls' Thoughts on Valentines Day.

Okay, so I can't help the fact that I look like a potato and need to lose weight, but shoving the fact that I most definitely have no-one to buy me that huge novelty teddy bear or that yummy looking box of Guylian Caramels is not fair. 

Working in retail means that Valentines Day has been launched since the middle of January. As soon as Christmas was out of the way, we were taking away Christmas cards, and throwing out Valentines Day cards. Listening to 'romantic' music when I walk into the shop every day makes me need to go home sick with Valentines vomming.


It's just another way for retailers to make money out of something that is not really worth it. If you have a significant other in your life, you shouldn't be waiting for this day to buy them a 'random' special present. Be more spontaneous. Do it on a day which has no relevance as it will make so much more of an impact!

If I was in a relationship I definitely would not want any of the mushy lovey-dovey stuff. Definitely wouldn't want to be treated to some fancy food in a fancy restaurant and then smothered with gifts. Not down my street at all....end sarcasm!


In all honesty, as much as it would be lovely to have a nice guy to snuggle up to, I like being single. It saves me money! I can spend more time with my girlfriends laughing at failing attempts of guys in the bars trying to 'charm' girls!

This picture however does sum up what I'll probably be doing this year, haha!


What are you getting up to this VDay?

Philippa x

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

MYPROTEIN

Premium quality sport nutrition for every conceivable goal.

At the #nyLDNmeet last Saturday, there were lots of goodies to browse through from loads of different companies, from skincare related to food related, there was something for everyone! 

Right near the end of the event, I bumped into Jenny Watt, the Trading and Marketing Manager for Myprotein. I was super excited because my house mate kind of got me into the whole active healthy lifestyle, and bumping into Jenny meant I could get some tips also.

Being the clumsy person I am, I left my Myprotein goodie bag on the train, but Jenny was kind enough to pop one in the post for me, and I couldn't be more grateful. The thing I knew I was going to miss the most was the recipe book, as it had some mouth-wateringly yummy recipes in there, and after popping onto the website, you can find extra ones on there also!


The ones I am gagging to try out is the Choc Banana Overnight Oats and the BBQ Avocado Fingers (as they also keep for 2-3 days, super healthy lunch boxing, hurrah)! I was meant to try one out today, but I have ran out of time and now have to pop into work for the evening, but when I try those two above I will be sure to share the results and the yum-level of them! :-P Both of those are recipes of the website but these caught my eye in the physical book so keep an eye on my blog for when I try these out!


The other things we got in the goodie bag were 4 sachets to try and the cutest shaker! Now, obviously the first sachet I went to try was the White Chocolate Impact Whey Protein. Now, in the past, I have watched my house mate want to hold her nose drinking other branded protein shake products but OH MY GOD. This taste absolutely amazing! So super yummy, I made mine with milk but you can also make it just with water but I can imagine it is just as tasty. Who knew looking good could be so delicious?! I really want to try the Rhubarb and Custard flavour as it is my ultimate taste combination, haha!


There are more types of powders in the range than I thought as well. You've got the standard Impact Whey Protein which is great for your protein intake as well as pre or post-workout. The 20g of protein per serving helps to grow and maintain muscle mass. 

There is also a Impact Diet Protein, which also contains a high level of protein, but is added with the Instant Oats, which contains low GI carbs. This insures sustained energy releases and blood cholesterol levels are maintained. It can be used as a meal replacement or as a post-workout drink and mainly for if you are taking part in physical exercise and want to cut out unnecessary calories or fat in the diet. It helps reduce body fat levels but maintain the muscle mass to keep your body in shape! 

There are also shakes that can give you extra vitamins from super foods that are great if you don't get all your fruit and veg in everyday, and there are so many more than you can browse online, with different sections from what you desire from it, whether it's weight-loss, weight-gain or just to increase protein intake, there's something for everyone.


I've just realised how LONG this post is but I could talk about it all day! The other section on the website that I love is The Zone, where you can find recipes and fitness inspiration written by teams at Myprotein but also by actual customers, which I love. They've got all the 30 Day Challenges on there, as well as a 7 Day Workout for at home, which I will definitely be taking part in! I'd highly recommend it if you want to get into shape but not have to fork out for a gym membership!


Have you ever tried Myprotein? I'm already in love after one shake!

Philippa x



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Thursday, 5 February 2015

January Favourites




Welcome! I’m so so sorry I haven’t posted in forever! I’ve been the busiest little bee in the entire world! Now I’m just going to jump right in and post my first ever favourites! I’m super excited to write this post, and I’m sure I’m a little late but I wanted to tell you all about my favourite things from the month of January!


NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

Now I feel this has been blogged and blogged about, which is why I didn’t want to write a review when I got it, plus all the reviews I have read seem to say the same thing about it, the fact that it is brilliant!

This was my first NARS product purchase and it has definitely convinced me to buy more. The pigmentation on these cheek products is excellent, in the fact that it doesn’t come out too heavy, but doesn’t come out too light. It was brilliant value for money, with it retailing at £45 and general NARS cheek products ranging from about £22-£28 you get an absolute steal.

I did get this before Christmas but I have not stopped using it since I’ve got it! The Laguna bronzer is a product I had been lusting after for a very long time, and for good reason as it is the perfect shade. I think my favourite blush of the palette has to be Final Cut. The limited-edition coral blush is absolutely lovely on the skin and I know I will definitely be using it in moderation so I (hopefully) never run out. I have to say I haven’t really used Miss Liberty, the highlight shade due to the level of glitter. I did use in on New Years’ Eve and it did look great but it is definitely an evening wear, rather than during the day.


MAC Lipstick in Yash & Lip Pencil in Nice ‘N Spicy


This is now my go-to lip combination. I must say I got these nearer the end of January but have not worn a different look ever since! I am usually a pink or red lip colour picker but I popped into the Mac department in my local House of Fraser, I picked out the Nice ‘N Spicy Lip Pencil first, and a lovely Mac lady came along and picked out Yash to go with it and I never ever thought this nude would work on my lips.

I naturally have quite dark lips, and I thought it would look awful to mute them out with a nude, and I was surprised Yash actually covered them. It’s a lustre finish to it comes out really smoothly and covered my lips brilliantly.  

I use the lip pencil to outline my lips a little over the natural line and pop the lipstick over the top and it did last longer on my lips than I thought it would. I wore this combination to the #nyLDNmeet blogger meet-up and only had to top it up twice on the whole day!


Killer Queen by Katy Perry


Now as you may or may not know, Katy Perry is my QUEEN! I love her style, personality and if I could swap who I was for the day, it would definitely be her. I bought this HUGE 100ml bottle in Duty-Free for an absolute bargain (I can’t remember exactly how much but I think it was around the £20-30 mark). The scent of this perfume is beautiful, definitely smells a lot more like a high-end perfume, rather than a celebrity one. I usually find celebrity perfumes to be either sickly sweet, really spicy or just scented like a vanilla candle.


Mac In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara


This is my new go-to mascara, as you can see by my lash before and after picture, it completely reinvents them! The carbon black pigment makes them extra black and thick. It gives just the right amount of length as well as volume without the clump. I have always had a great experience with MAC mascara, as I previously owned the False Lashes and Extended Play which are both also brilliant mascaras and they all completely top any other mascara I have used. I would highly recommend MAC mascaras to anyone, whether you are looking for length or volume, there is something in there.


Trollbeads

So after buying my mum some beautiful Pandora beads over the past few months, I decided to dig out my Trollbeads bracelet. It's a very similar concept, and they were both founded in Copenhagen (Trollbeads was started in 1976, Pandora founded in 1982), however all of the beads of Trollbeads are completely handmade, which makes every bead unique. 

I am so glad I dug out the bracelet as I forgot how sweet it was. I bought a new bead this month, which is the starfish, and have ticked off all the beads in brochure I want to purchase, or be gifted as they make perfect birthday or Christmas presents!

I'd love to read your January Favourites, link yours below!

Philippa x
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