Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shopping for Bargains on Fashion Lane

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

What Emma Did - 7th February 2016

This week I have been:
 Starting Fridays at work
 Reading Terry Pratchett's A Slip of the Keyboard
 Finding a new place to get my eyebrows fixed up
 Going to the RSL for our regular Thursday roast
 Watching (and loving) Grease Live
 Booking tickets for a valentines lunch at Spinnakers 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Immodesty Blaize Edit for The Pretty Dress Company

Recently I have been reading Immodesty Blaize's second book Ambition and wondering what Britain's favourite showgirl is up to these days. It seems my question has been answered as Immodesty has just launched a range of beautiful dresses with The Pretty Dress Company.
Entitled The Immodesty Blaize Edit the collection consists of 12 stunning dresses inspired by some of Immodesty's idols such as Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner in Barefoot Contessa, Maria Callas, and Maria Felix and wiggle dresses inspired by the ‘bombshell walk’ of icons like Monroe and Mansfield. Immodesty describes the collection as ones that will

'take you from daytime, to cocktail, to red carpet. From hourglass, boned, pencil dresses and classic black basics, to luxurious soft, velvet wiggle dresses, sparkling micro-sequins, prom and swing silhouettes – and of course – one of my favourite motifs, plenty of roses. The embroidered rose prom with its inbuilt petticoats and sheer overlay is a stand out piece, also the floor-length Fatale dress with its hourglass fishtail shape for timeless bombshell glamour'

I personally could not agree more. The gorgeous silhouettes in this collection will flatter women of any shape and size. Personally I have my eye on the beautiful Fatale Embroidered Prom dress but unfortunately at £315 its a little out of my price range.

As for Miss Blaize herself it seems she has another book in the pipeline (non fiction this time) and a burlesque opera in the works. I wait for those with baited breath!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What Emma Did - 30th January 2016

This week I have been:
Booking my flights for the Sydney trip
♥ Taking delivery of my Modcloth Stylish Surprise items (which I will blog about soon)
♥ Going to the RSL for a roast
♥ Waking up to the Hubby rushing into the bedroom informing me that our tumble dryer was on fire. Being the hero that he is he managed to put out the fire and luckily the only clothes we lost were his work uniforms so its all replaceable!
Trying to cool off with a swim at Serpentine beach
♥ Watching Eagle Eye, My little Chickadee, Shadow of the Vampire and season 5 of Community
♥ Reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Friday, January 29, 2016

Modcloth's Stylish Surprise 2016

A month or so ago Modcloth offered a Stylish Surprise sale so I snapped up 5 pairs of shoes at $10 each and 5 dresses at $20 each. I have to say that I have not been as successful in this order as I have previous Stylish Surprise orders but there are still items I would wear.

For shoes I received:
Down and Desert-y Flats - I probably would not have picked these out for myself but they will be good for knocking about in. They retail at $29.99 so not to bad a buy.
Lucky Penny Bootie in Pebble - These will be great for the winter so I will put them away until then. They're leather and retail for $139.99 so a steal at $10

Abroad Boots - These remind me of riding boots. I have some great outfits in mind using these as long as the weather gets cold enough here this winter. They retail at $159.99 so another steal for $10.

So Wrapped Up Sandals - I love the cut out on the these sandals but I'm not a fan of the wrap lace style so I think I will cut them down to just an ankle tie but they will definitely be worn this summer. They normally retail at $24.99 so $10 isn't bad.

These boots from Rocketdog are soo not me however they are just the kind of thing the Purple Fairy likes and she has a serious boot obsession so they will be going to her. I cannot find them on Modcloth but they seem good quality so $10 is a very good price.

In dresses I got:
Always in Style dress - I can see this simple jersey dress will be getting a lot of wear from me. It is so easy to dress up or down and accessorize in a number of different ways. This dress originally sold for $49.99 so the $20 I paid for it isn't bad.

Chantilly Dream Dress - When I pulled this dress out of the box I wasn't very impressed however it looks a lot better on. It needs a belt though. This dress normally retails at $64.99 so for just $20 I'm pretty happy.

This is another one that I took out of the box and didn't like. I'm not really one for this beigey coffee colour. However when I tried it on I really liked it!

Start with Sophistication Dress in Black - This dress is lovely but sadly too small for me. I think it would have been a little on the short side compared to what I like to wear anyway so I' going to give this one away. This one originally retailed at $54.99 so I got a good deal on it.

I love the print on this dress but found the top a bit baggy and boxy. I'm sure I can do something with it though.

So all in all not a bad haul. Not my best but there are definately some items I will wear. Will I do the next Stylish Surprise sale? Of course! I dream of the day I open my order and see a Miss L Fire or Swedish Hasbeens box peaking out or a print I recognise from Tatyana or Bernie Dexter. Hey a girl can dream cant she?! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Another Lush Christmas Order

It seems Lush are extending their Boxing Day sale this year as they are selling off some of the old designs of items on the website as well as listing a few more Christmas gift boxes at half price. When I saw these items on the sale page I could not resist so I made an order. I thought I would give you a little review of the products I ordered.

I ordered:
♥ The Summer Garden gift which contains Respect your Elders soap, Rose Jam Shower Gel, and Love and Light handcream
♥ The Heebie Jeebie bat which contains the Nightwing shower jelly and the Lord of Misrule shower gel
♥ The Home for Christmas gift which contains Rose Jam Shower Gel, Porridge Soap and Dream Cream 
♥ Blue skies and fluffy white clouds bubble bar
♥ A French kiss bubble bar
♥ Creamy Candy bubble bar
♥ Pop in the bath bubble bar
♥ Sunnyside bubble bar
♥ Green bubble roon
♥ Rose jam bubble roon

The lovely people at Lush also threw in free samples of: Roots hair treatment and Mask of Magnanimity face mask (which I did not try as I think it will be too strong for my sensitive skin!) and Lemony Flutter which is a favourite of mine!

A few of the items, the rose jam shower gels, rose jam bubbleroon and the creamy candy bubbleroon I sold on eBay as the scent was just too sweet for me so I can't really review those.

OK so now for my reviews:

Respect your Elders Soap - This one actually grew on me over time. When I first smelt it out of the package I wasn't sure I liked it but once I'd lathered it up I loved it. With a gorgeous Elderberry scent this one is a new fav!
Nightwing Shower Jelly - While I'm not a huge fan of the shower jelly concept (way to hard to wash with without dropping a million times!) I loved the lime pastile scent of this one and found it very moisturising.

Lord of Misrule Shower Scream - Lord of Misrule is an absolute favourite of mine scent wise but I found the shower cream just a little too thin and runny and found it separated a bit when left to stand.  I wish they'd bring out a shower gel but I love the scent so much that I will persevere until they do.

Porridge Soap - I love the exfoliating element of this soap but the scent is just not for me

Love and Light hand cream  and Dream cream - To my nose this creams smelt very similar. Both had a very strong geranium scent which does not appeal to me. I prefer my moisturiser a bit thicker like my favourite Lemony Flutter.

French Kiss bubble bar - This has become a new favourite of mine. The gorgeous lavender scent is perfect for a bedtime bath.

Blue Skies and Fluffy white clouds bubble bar - The scent of this bubble bar is actually quite masculine. It reminds me of an aftershave my dad used to wear. (I think it might be Aramis) I loved the blue water and the soft white bubble that did look like a blue sky with fluffy white clouds!

Pop in the bath bubble bar - This bubble bar is pleasant enough but failed to make much of an impression on me. It has a subtle fresh scent and is moisturising to the skin.

Sunny Side bubble bar - This is also a new favourite. The gorgeous citrus scent is great to wake you up in the morning.

Green bubbleroon - I loved the fresh grassy scent of the roon but when it hit the water the bubble smelt to much like washing up liquid to be enjoyable. Perhaps the new version is different!

Roots hair treatment - I know their are Lushies that rave about Roots but it just wasn't for me. I found it too thick to spread properly onto my scalp and once it was on the tingle from the 3 types of mint was just a bit too intense. The scent was off-putting to me as it reminded me of headlice treatment!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What Emma Did - 24th Jan 2016

This week I have been:
♥ Planning a trip down to Sydney at the end of Feb for a girly weekend and to attend Mardi Gras Scented Cinema showing of Mamma Mia with Lush 
♥ Taking delivery of a Lush UK order I placed just after new year (which I will review soon)
♥ Placing another Lush order to pick up some bits from their Valentines collection (OK its becoming a bit of an obsession!)
♥ Worrying about the hubby who had a car crash this week. Thankfully he's not hurt!
♥ Going for a trip to Crystal Castle with Aloma, Emma and their children
♥ Watching movies including Atonement, Made in Dagenham, Mammia Mia and Robin and Marian