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This week I popped to the Coast Spring/Summer 2015 preview in London. Coast is one of my favourite high street brands, they represent a lot of the things I love about fashion; beautiful fabric and embellishments, classic feminine designs and inspiration from the past.

This collection had all these things and I spotted so many designs I absolutely loved. Coast describe the collection as “relaxed, contemporary and optimistic”. My first impressions of the collection were how fresh and feminine it was, as well as what a beautiful selection of colours and textures were on offer. The collection is also described as “romantic’ and this really shows in the beautiful floral, lace and use of beautiful sequins and beading to adorn the gorgeous garments.

For vintage lovers I picked out lot’s of beautiful 30s style draping as well as full 50’s style skirts and 60s style cuts to the dresses. The accessories, especially the clutch bags would also fit in beautifully with a vintage inspired wardrobe.

If florals and pastel shades aren’t for you, there are also lots of block colours and black and white monochrome prints inspired by the 60s, I was absolutely loving the black and white stripes and bold flashes of pink throughout.

I took so many pictures while I was there, as I literally loved everything and if I could I would share even more pictures on here, however after careful selection here are a few of my highlights…

Coast pastels– Beautiful draping and soft pastel shades – 

Coast 2– Casey lace bomber jacket and Rita skirt – 

Coast 7– Beautiful bold statement jewellery –

Coast 6Lovely pastel shades with lots of lace – 

Coast 5– Artemis waterfall coat, Bliss top, Paloma trousers this ensemble reminded me of 30s leisurewear. –

Coast 4 Piaggi sequin dress – 

Coast 3– Stanza shirt and Silvy skirt – 

Coast 8– Lots of gorgeous black and white with bold stripes. The black maxi dress at the front, was the highlight of the collection for me. So simple, but also a total show-stopper. –

Coast 9– Elegant clasp clutch –

Coast 10– Perfect 60s Mono inspiration –

Coast 11– Black and white with flashes of pink –

Coast 12– Hanneli top and skirt –

Coast 13– Hyper Bloom dress and skirt – 

Coast 14– Bliss top and Hyper Bloom skirt –

Coast 15– Stunning florals and bright corals –

Coast 16– A gorgeous floral print on a textured fabric, I love the retro fit of this one – 

Coast 17– Bright florals and plenty of pops of vibrant colour –

Coast 18– Fabulous over-sized jewellery –

 The Spring/Summer collection will start to appear in store in January 2015, so keep your eyes peeled. If you’d like to get a feel for whats in store now check out my post from the Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection, or visit the Coast website.

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Another month has passed and I have another lovely Birchbox delivery to share with you! Birch box is a monthly subscription box packed with fabulous surprise beauty treats every month, I’ve been subscribed for nearly a year now and have discovered so many fantastic brands and products from it.

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The theme of this months box is Cosy at Home, and is all about pampering yourself while tucked up in your Pyjamas. I never think the theme translates that well into the products, but they are all perfect for this time of year.

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The first product is one of my favourite Birchbox gifts yet. A full size OPI nail polish in the fabulous red shade Coca-Cola Red. This colour is absolutely perfect for me, and goes so well with some of my favourite red lipsticks. I’ve pretty much had it on my nails every day since it arrived. The quality of the product is fantastic it looks perfectly opaque in just one coat although I used two to help it last. It also dries in seconds making it perfect for putting on in a hurry before dashing out of the door. This really is the perfect product for me. The full-sized nail polish costs £11.95.

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The next product is another one I will be using a lot. The Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle leave in conditioner is absolutely fantastic. It smells beautiful and my hair kept it’s lovely fragrance for ages after applying it. It is really light and smoothens the hair without making it heavy. You only need a few spritzes on damp hair to leave it magically soft, detangles and glossy. I’m very tempted to pick up the full-sized version of this which cost £14.

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Also in the box was a little sample size perfume, by English Laundry. I always love their scents and Signature For Her is no exception. I like classic old-fashioned scents and this one is beautifully feminine and musky. The scents also lasted all day so my little sample will last a little while. This is definitely a scent I would like to try again, but at the moment at £60 a bottle it’s a little out of my price range. I will be enjoying it a lot while it lasts though.

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Next up is a Lord and Barry Mini Bronzer in the shade Sunny. I’m pretty loyal to my Sleek bronzer which I use for subtle contouring, but I gave this one a try and really like it. The colour is possibly a little too light for me, however it is perfect for a light dusting to add a little colour, especially when the sun has gone away. I loved the matte finish of this one, I’m not a big fan of super shimmery bronzers. This won’t be a repurchase as I really don’t need it  but I definitely like the product. This product would normally cost £19.

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One of my favourite things about Birchbox is getting to try new skincare, this month I was treated to a full-sized Dr. Jart V7 Relief Vita Drop, which is basically a lotion which hydrates and moisturises the skin, it’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins to give skin all the help it needs. This is another product I absolutely loved, the lotions melts away when it comes into contact with skin and goes on like a soothing liquid. I loved how cool and fresh it felt on my face and how quickly it absorbed. I was happy with this product and especially happy to get a fuller sized product that will really last me a while. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again as there are plenty of other moisturisers I love but it will definitely be making its way onto my favourites list. This product would normally cost £26.

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The last product is the only thing I don’t think I’ll be needing or using, Drinkwell are vitamins for people who drink apparently. To be honest if you drink so much that you need to take supplements, you maybe have a problem? They recommend taking those every day and extra ones if your out for a heavy night. I like a few gins and some cocktails as much as the next girl but I think this is a bit of a silly product and at £39.99 for the full price product this is only for people who can afford a drinking habit!

All in all I’m so pleased with this months box, the value for money was fantastic and I was really pleased to get two full-sized products.

Try it yourself…

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.

At the beginning of November I set myself a challenge to wear and record a different vintage outfit everyday throughout the month. The aim was to wear some of my collection that I don’t wear very often and to show that vintage can be worn every day.

I shared my first week of outfits a few days ago, and this is what I wore during the second week of November. I hate doing outfit photos indoors, however the weather has been so rubbish that I decided inside was better than nothing. My Cath Kidston cowboy wallpaper in my hall have proved popular on Facebook and Instagram!

November 8November 8th – I wore a vintage 80s skirt which I bought in a charity shop, with a black vest top and cardigan and a very old Primark necklace. This is almost identical to the outfit I wore to Hampton Court a few weeks ago.

November 9November 9th – I wore one of my very favourite dresses. I bought this beautiful 1950s dress at the first Classic Car Boot Sale on the Southbank last year. I did a little beehive in my hair and added a vintage scarf which I picked up at a vintage fill-a-bag sale.

November 10November 10th – I wore a 1950s shirt dress which I bought on eBay with a belt from another vintage dress. I absolutely love the print on this dress, although it’s a little longer than I usually like.

November 11November 11th – I wore a 1960s checked shirt dress which I bought in a charity shop on The Isle of Wight this summer, with a Primark belt and brogues.

November 12November 12th – I wore an original 1950s black polka dot dress, I absolutely love the cute white cuffs and collar on this dress. I picked it up at Assembly Vintage at The East End Thrift Store. I added a belt from a charity shop and glittery black shoes.

November 13November 13th – I wore a 1960s dress, which started falling apart as the day went on, first the darts started coming undone, then the zip broke – good job I was at home all day! The dress is now in my repair pile. I bought it at the vintage poundshop at The East End Thrift Store.

November 14November 14th – I wore an 80s does 50s dress which I bought on eBay and some vintage bakelite bangles. I also did my hair in a vintage set. I don’t usually have time to curl my hair especially as there’s so much of it, but with the help of bendy rollers I achieved this in no time. Future tutorial maybe?

I hope you like my outfits! I’ll trying to post new ones every day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #vintagefrillsnovember although I’m a couple of days behind as I’ve had a crazy week!

Last night Fay and I were treated to a lovely evening at the Ampersand Hotel in Kennsington to celebrate the launch of the new novel by Sylvia Day, Captivated by You. The book is the much antisipated fourth instalment of the hugely popular adult fiction Crossfire series. I will go into a lot more detail when I review the book in the next couple of days.

The event was a sleepover organised by the publishers where several bloggers were given a room in the beautiful hotel for the night with lot’s of lovely treats to get pampered while reading the book. As Fay is a nurse and works very long shifts we didn’t arrive until late in the evening and were back out at the crack of dawn so we didn’t manage to read the whole book but we read as much as we could and we’re absolutely loving it so far.

The room was lovely and filled with lot’s of lovely bath treats as well as bubbly to drink strawberries and chocolate to eat and of course room service. So we had a really great evening reading and relaxing.

Here are a few photos from our evening…

Our lovely room…

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The book and some goodies…

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More reading…

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Having a giggle…

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More Reading…

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And more reading!

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Captivated by You is published by Penguin and was released today.

Buy your copy on Amazon.

My full review and more details on the book will be up really soon!

Looking through the photos on my computer recently, I realised I always seem to take pictures of the beautiful streetlights around London. I thought it would make a nice blog post to put them all together, London really does have some beautiful street lights!

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 These photos were taken at; The Thames path near Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The George Inn, Hampton Court Palace, The Southbank, Westminster Bridge and Bankside. 

Taken on a Nikon D40, D5200, S9500 and iPhone 5