31.07.2015- Beauty Buys: OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

Friday, 31 July 2015

I don't know about you, but for me the warmer summer weather tends to be synonymous with a bit of a haircare headache. Regular readers will know that my barnet's unruly at the best of times, but factor in a combination of humidity and an even more unpredictable than usual array of temperatures, and suffice it to say that I'm left with a frizz-fest which wouldn't look out of place in the music video of an 80s power ballad (Total Eclipse of the Heart, obviously!) So, with that in mind, lately I've been test-driving some new shampoo and conditioner combinations, and have happily happened upon a real hassle-free haircare hero:

I fell in love with Argan Oil after my trip to Morocco last February, and since running out of my stash I've been eagerly looking out for some affordable alternatives. In the midst of a Boots browse a few weeks ago, I picked up this OGX Argan Oil conditioner, which is designed to instantly restore dry and damaged hair (as well as locks which, like mine, are in need of a good trim!) Infused with ingredients including avocado and coconut oils, this has definitely improved the overall condition of my hair, as well as helping to keep any humidity-induced frizz well and truly under control.  Definitely a summer essential which I'll be repurchasing!

Have you tried any new beauty products recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

29.07.2015- Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the National Portrait Gallery for a very special view of their latest headline exhibition- Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. As one of the most photographed subjects in history, Hepburn's status as an enduring style inspiration is undisputed, and her appearances on screen remain some of the chicest ever committed to celluloid. This major retrospective is the first exhibition of its kind to be put together in association with Hepburn's sons, and as such features a selection of never-before-seen images from their family archive. As always with National Portrait Gallery installations, it's been beautifully curated, occupying an intimate, considered space which acts as the perfect canvas for a deeply personal look at the life of one of the world's most instantly recognisable stars:

Tracing Hepburn's astronomical rise to stardom through the viewfinder of photographers such as Erwin Blumenfeld, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson,  we are left in no doubt as to how in demand she was as a subject- whether as ingenue on the cusp of huge Hollywood success or, later, as a fully fledged star with true leading lady credentials which saw her star in some of the most successful motion pictures of the period. As well as stills from feature films including Sabrina, Funny Face, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany's, the exhibition also includes a whole host of editorial shoots, from publications including Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair- all of which served to cement Hepburn's status as style icon, and which continue to inspire today. Alongside these sit a selection of candid, behind-the-scenes images, which evoke a real sense of the spirit behind the stardom, and indeed the exhibition as a whole evidences that it is the enduring charisma of the Hepburn persona which is the true essence of Audrey's legend and legacy.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon runs at the National Portrait Gallery until 18th October 2015.

Have you visited any interesting exhibitions recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

27.07.2015- Summer Style: Making a Statement

Monday, 27 July 2015

For me, the arrival of summer provides a fantastic opportunity to inject a few more splashes of colour than usual into my wardrobe, as well as experiment with styling some old favourites in lots of different ways. As I touched on in my last post, the changeable weather of late (hello soggy weekend!) has meant that I've only tentatively been embracing the transition into my summer staples, and more recently I've found myself reaching for some favourite statement accessories to pep up some multi-purpose pieces which tend themselves perfectly to rainy days. In fact, one recent purchase has been a really savvy spend, and is something which I've become more or less surgically attached to over the last few weeks:

I'd had my beady eye on this necklace from Accessorize for a little while, and on a whim one day I decided to pop in and pick it up- so you can only imagine how quickly I made my way to the till when I spied that it had been reduced to half price in their sale! Not only are the bold colours ideal for instantly adding a bit of boost to some of my favourite basics, but it's a really versatile addition to my jewellery collection too. So far I've been teaming it with staple shirts for a little bit of embellishment around the collar, and I've already earmarked a fair few dresses in my wardrobe which I think it would work really well with too. Just goes to show that you don't have to break the bank to come up with plenty of new looks, eh?!

Have you picked up any statement accessories recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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