H&M beauty palette…

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I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay’s Nude beauty palettes for quite some time. The range of colours they offer in one shiny metallic box is enticing, practical and of course, beauty enhancing. Judging by their enormous success, I share the opinion of many.

But, I recently snapped up a new beauty rival. Check out this gorgeous mini-palette from H&M beauty.

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It’s the ‘Smoky Essentials’ selection – we’re talking nine, nude-esque, smokin’ and coordinated shades.

It’s part of the Swedish brand’s fabulous new beauty collection that includes a complete skincare, bodycare, hair styling and make-up range. Like its incredible clothes range, it’s inspired by seasonal trends and colours. That means we can match our make-up to all of our new fashionista purchases YO!

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I’m excited.

I have a long-term love affair with H&M. It started from a very young age when my stylish aunty used to send me fabulous birthday fashion from London town.

I then went on to work for the company in much later years, where I had some of the best fashion, care-free and fun years of my life. It also helped to spark my PR career which, I will always be thankful for. And, mustn’t forget the Scandi-love it’s brought into my life, be that via friendships or sheer style inspiration.

It goes without saying then, that it’s a brand that will always remain close to my oh-so-stylish heart.

If you need some Scandi-beauty in your life… get on it with H&M beauty.

Prices are great too. This palette is only £9.99 ….and it fits in your make-up bag!

#LOVE

Nadine XO

Any other new beauty recommendations? What do you think of this new, ambitious range from H&M?

A wardrobe revive…

The time has come to reign-in my sports luxe look. Mat leave is officially over and I’m well and truly #backtowork. And, aside from the heart-tug of leaving Little Miss M’s side, it feels good to be back. It’s also great to be getting dressed for the office…Nadine Style, of course.

About a month before I was due back, I started thinking about sorting my wardrobe. I opened the doors and then closed them again. It felt like a huge task and part of me just wanted to start over.

But then something – or rather, someone – amazing happened. My friend Debra Hogan – Personal Stylist and founder of One Velvet Morning offered to give me a wardrobe makeover. ‘I’ll help you clear-out, revive and refresh’, she promised.

Well, how could one fashionista possibly refuse the help of another?! So, we booked three diary dates.

1. Assess. First up, the wardrobe assessment. Debra rocked-up to my boudoir looking like she meant business (she also looked gorgeously awesome). Her macbook was fired up and ready to go…in no time.

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‘So, tell me what you want to get out of this session?’ Wow, part of me felt like I should be lying down on the sofa ready to reveal all. This, I thought, could be like, the best back to work therapy ever….

It didn’t take me long to figure it out. I explained that I was happy with my personal style so we didn’t need to mix things up there (obvs). But, my wardrobe definitely needed sorting. What was driving me mad was the amount of clothes I have that I hardly ever wear.

Apparently this is the most common wardrobe issue for women…and I was assured we’d turn this around.

We then chatted more about things like my clothes shopping patterns, likes and dislikes, body shape (and insecurities) etc. to give Debra a clear picture of what was required for session two.

2. The makeover. Debra arrived (looking amazing once again) and wasted no time getting to work. She went through my wardrobe to see exactly what I had and questioned me on each piece. We then worked on reorganising my clothes so that I would think about my outfits more readily and, importantly mix things up. Before I knew it we were uncovering lots of wee gems that I’d forgotten about and getting seriously excited about wearing them again. We made separate piles of ‘keeps’, ‘lose for good’ and ‘reinvents’. The latter were the items we agreed could be revitalised with a little help from either my own fine hands or Debra’s tailor Barbara, including these crazy 80s style culottes to bring them up to date.

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Other fab finds were this coat to re-rock the 70s trend, a bo-ho leather bag and an ol’ favourite Marc Jacobs skirt (which now looks amazing btw with frilly socks and boots).

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We also made a list of my ‘wants’ for shopping to update my looks. This included a new leather jacket, denim flares, statement shoes, new tops that weren’t navy or black (my wardrobe is bustin’ with these) and a new bag.

3. Shopping. Finally we had session three when Debra and I went shopping. This was great too. Debra had booked the styling room in House of Fraser and had picked out lots for me to try on.

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We then hit-up my favourite shops and more. I got the most amazing leather jacket from Kakao by K, fab Zara flares (which are off to Babs to be taking up slightly) and these shoes along with some much-needed basic tops.

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Overall, it was such a great experience. Utterly therapeutic and lots of fun. A good clear out is, as they say, good for the soul. It also really helped me get back in the zone for work. Debra is the ultimate style pro too – completely ruthless when she needs to be and inspiring and creative when bringing out the best in you and your wardrobe.

Oh, and one of the best organising tricks from this lovely lady was what she did with my scarves – check it out. #GreatIdea.

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Thanks Debra – you’re awesome x

If you’re in need of a wardrobe revive, some styling advice or even some wellbeing support then I’d highly recommend giving Debra a shout. The wardrobe makeover and styling sessions also make a great gift. I loved it and keep feeling stylishly inspired.

You can connect with Debra on facebook and twitter too.

Have you got a wardrobe full of clothes you forget to wear? I’d love to hear about it.

Design by K…

My absolute favourite Edinburgh boutique is Kakao by K on fabulous Thistle Street. And, I love it for two reasons.

  1. One of my very good friends, Karina owns it and shopping / hanging out there is as lovely as she is (okay, I’m a bit bias but go see for yourself)
  2. It’s got Scand-chic all wrapped up

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Karina – a Denmark lass – has been bringing a taste of Scandinavia to the city for well over six years now. Her impeccable taste has gained her a loyal following and the brands she stocks like Soaked in Luxury, Gestuz and Y.A.S have gone from strength to strength.

For me, it’s perfect for adding statement pieces to my wardrobe as it offers designers that are not-so-easy-to-find in the UK. And the prices are more within my range (not cheap but not crazy top designer ££s).

The gorgeous accessories and jewellery Kakao stocks – including her own Design by K range – are also incredible. I have a drawer full of fabulous chunky, sparkly and elegant necklaces. And, a unique scarf to go with all of my outfits.

So, it was very exciting to be invited along to the launch of Karina’s latest Design by K collection: Scandiburgh.

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Inspired by her Scandinavian heritage and her Edinburgh lifestyle, the new jewellery range offers a unique mix of gold and silver designs. Each piece being a symbol of Karina’s life in some way.

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Like the beading on a pair of hoop earrings that were inspired by the black bead design that surrounds the Melville monument in St Andrew’s Square. Or the stag’s head necklace that was created thanks to the view from her boutique’s window (Howie’s 21st Century Kilts …and his stag head are across the road). While the clean lines of all of the jewellery’s design puts her Scandinavian stamp on them.

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This necklace was one of my fave pieces, which I purchased on the night. I love the clean design with the pale blue stone. The stone is a reference to the appreciation of a pure blue sky in Edinburgh, especially as we often have rain. It’s also a nod to the the current 70s trend and a great match for the many-new tan colours I have introduced to my s/s wardrobe.

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I’d highly recommend checking out the range – you can view her ranges online too at kakao.co.uk . Don’t worry either if a piece you want is sold out. Karina offers bespoke designs as part of her Design by K brand so she’ll happily make you another.

What’s your favourite jewellery to wear? Are you strictly silver or gold or, do you mix it up?

Kakao by K will also be taking Scandi-chic to Aberdeen this weekend with a pop-up shop in Amicus Apple. Danish knitwear designer Stinne Gorell will be there too.

If you’re in the area it’s a fab opportunity to combine lunch with a spot of shopping and you’ll definitely snap-up some unique items. The shop will be open 12-5pm.

Big bandana love…

It’s good news that bandanas are back. Well, I got a bit excited and bought a red one and a blue one from Zarabandanas

I was supposed to take one back but couldn’t make my mind up which colour I’d wear most. So, now I have two. I’m also looking to make it three as (thankfully) the trend is rolling on into a/w so…I clearly need a black one too.

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I might even need a baby bandana for Little Miss M…

What’s your thoughts on bandanas? Do or don’t?

Any baby bandanas you can link me to?

Summer sandals…

These are my first pair of s/s 2015 summer sandals. And, I’m loving them.

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They’re Palmaira sandals – the perfect flats for me in every way. Mainly because I’m shy of showing too much toe and they pretty much cover them all up. They are also like, the softest and comfiest leather.

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Let’s face it, if you’re opting for flats there has to be comfort benefits.

I discovered them in Miss Vogue when I was busy trying to encourage my niece to read it (she wasn’t interested much to my dismay…but she did love the shoes). And I ordered them the very next day. They come in an amazing array of colours and have a neat strap that fits so snugly on your heel.

I fancied the rose gold but they were sold out when I went to order. So, (good ol’) metallic silver won me over instead. I’m fantasising however, about having a pair in every colour. Next on my list is a pair of the neons – check them out!

Seriously, I’d highly recommend these sandals as a s/s wardrobe must.

What do you think? Would you wear a pair of Palmeira Sandals?

Getting s/s ready…

Apologies for the lack of posts! I’ve had a virus on my laptop, which has been causing me no end of grief…but it’s finally off to get fixed (thank gawd) and I’ve got a temp one (thanks dad).

In the meantime, I’ve been starting to get my wardrobe s/s sorted.  The sun has like, totally been out and I’ve just not felt dressed for it. It’s also (nearly) time for me to get my work head back on so, I’d better be looking the part.

Goodbye sports luxe. Hello again MEstyle.

To get me prepped, I was lucky enough to get a ‘wardrobe makeover’ the other day from one of Edinburgh’s top, personal stylists – Debra Hogan from One Velvet Morning.

It was SO good. And, Debra is one awesome lady!

Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing all the details with you soon in a proper blog post.

But for now it’s all about what trends I need, want, must-have to get me s/s ready. Here are just some of the things I’ve got my fashion-eye on.

Culottes. Yes, they can be a bit strange and it’s all because of that crazy calf length. But I’ve rocked them in the past and will be doing it again. Love these Zara ones for starters.

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White. I need to stop buying everything in black and navy apparently (gulp!). So, white is absolutely on the list. But definitely for work-wear and not for Little Miss M wear. Not sure I’ll go for a full-on fashionista head to toe affair either. But, never say never. Planning to start with some cropped skinny jeans like these. And I want the Kakao by K YAS skirt.

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Navy: Let’s not cool down on this colour completely though. It’s a s/s must and will look great with all things white. That means I can make the most of all the (navy) tops I already have. And purchase a new bag perhaps, like this.

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Suede. I need a dash of the suede trend too. Just don’t spill your drinks on me! Check out this Zara belt and fab shorts (perhaps a bit short for me though). And, I love the Jigsaw jacket.

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Denim: We’ve already talked about the must-have 70s flared jeans (check). I also love the colour and shape of this skirt.

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DD (double denim) is still allowed too. The perfect excuse to throw on your beloved denim shirt with all your hues of blue.

What’s your favourite s/s looks for 2015? What have you purchased? I’d love to hear.

French literary fun…

I’m reading this book just now.

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Well, it’s more of a pick-up-and flick through kind of reading. Enjoying snippets here and there, when it suits. You see, it’s much more a coffee table book. Gorgeous to look at with amazing images and design features throughout.

But it does make for a fun read too.

If I’m being honest, I’ve always harboured a desire to be a little bit French. But, all I’ve had is my name. Thanks to this quirky-read by Caroline de Maigret and her three co-pal-authors however, there’s hope for me yet! It’s full of smart advice, style tips and witty anecdotes that make you smile and feel inspired. There’s also some lovely quotes and useful stuff like recipes, Paris cut-out-and-keeps and erm, drinking games.

Here are some of the awesome tips to get you Parisienne’d up.

  • The Parisenne never gives too much away. When it comes to revealing herself, she follows one golden rule: less is definitely more
  • Short, clean NAILS sometimes worn with polish – but not always.
  • Embrace your inner snob (because let’s face it that’s who you are)
  • The Parisienne already knows what she must think: the opposite of what you think no matter what.
  • Enjoy the face you have today, it’s THE ONE you’ll wish you have 10 years from now.
  • You don’t have to spend a decade’s worth of salary on your wardrobe, or flaunt designer brands the whole time. All you need is one signature item: THE ONE you wear when you need to feel strong
  • If the Parisienne could wear just a Burberry trench and nothing underneath, she would be in heaven.
  • In short, you’re not a slave to the cult of a perfect body – so learn to make the best of what nature gave you.

Of course, it’s all very fashionista tongue-in-cheek. But you can imagine that some people will be haters of its very nature, which could be seen as tres pretentious and obnoxious. But, I’m not going to lie, I love its self-deprecating humour and unapologetic tone. It’s definitely one I’ll keep picking up when I’m in need of cheering up or, some life inspiration. I’d really recommend it. I just wish I’d read it in my twenties!

Merci beaucoup girls. X

Here are some of my favourite design bites in the book too.

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Have you read the book? Would love to hear your thoughts.