Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s the last day of February so Spring really is upon us now, which means (hopefully) lots more sunshine. To welcome the new season I’m running a fabulous giveaway for a pair of Winkwood sunglasses.

Winkwood is a Melbourne brand that designs beautiful and unusual shades. The sunglasses are made using a number of different materials that are resistant to standard wear and tear, maintain colours for longer, and they float in water. They are very light and so comfortable to wear. All of the lenses are tested to reflect or filter out 99% of UVA and UVB light. They also come in a beautiful wooden case. It was so difficult to choose a design to review because they are all so striking, but eventually I opted for Autumn Tale.

In a sea of big designer name sunglasses it’s both refreshing and gratifying to wear something no-one else is.

I’m rarely without a pair of sunglasses because my eyes are very sensitive to bright light, and over the years I’ve built up a nice little collection. As well as the classic styles I also love unusual eyewear, but often that means compromising on comfort. Not so with these Winkwood shades; they are the most comfortable pair I own. I took them on holiday to the UAE last week and I almost forgot I was wearing them they are so light! Dubai looked even more splendid viewed through these mirrored lenses. In a sea of big designer name sunglasses it’s both refreshing and gratifying to wear something no-one else is.

Even though it wasn’t really the weather for short sleeves I wanted to wear this dress because it goes so well with the sunglasses.

We took these photos before I went on holiday and it was very cold…you can probably tell from the goose bumps on my arms! Even though it wasn’t really the weather for short sleeves I wanted to wear this dress because it goes so well with the sunglasses. I’ve had it years but have only worn it once. I don’t usually wear above the knee skirts or dresses without tights so it probably wasn’t the most sensible purchase but the print hooked me. Finally, I got around to buying tights in colours other than black and brown (why did it it take me so long?) so I can finally get some wear out it.

I chose a pair of navy ankle boots for a leg-lengthening effect and an orange bag to pick up on the orange in the dress. A pink bag would work equally well…maybe I’ll try that next time!

So if you fancy a new pair of shades you really must enter this Winkwood sunglasses giveaway! Don’t worry if you don’t win because you can bag a 30% discount with the code STYLESPLASH.
Good luck, happy shopping…and of course don’t forget to link up your outfit posts 🙂

Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

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winkwood Autumn Tale sunglasses

Winkwood Sunglasses bolongaro-trevor-dress

Dress: Bolongaro Trevor (old – this one is a similar style and this silk dress is a more muted option) | bag: old (similar) | boots: M&S | sunglasses: c/o Winkwood

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Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

At this time of year the weather can be quite unpredictable so I’m styling a Winser wrap dress for Winter and Summer, just to cover all bases! I bought this dress just before I went to Madrid last year and have worn it several times. I have a few wrap dresses, but this one is the best by miles. The design is superb because it is generously cut, ensuring it doesn’t flap about and expose parts you don’t want exposed (unless you stand on a bridge in high winds, but more on that later!).

Major brownie points for those deep pockets…I may have mentioned before how much I love dresses and skirts with pockets!

This dress hugs in all the right places, nipping in at waist and skimming over the hips…it is also amazingly comfortable due to the stretch jersey fabric. The way the stripes are arranged in different directions creates a very flattering effect. The belt is extraordinarily long, which makes it easy to fasten securely, but also left me wondering what to do with it. I tried tying it at the front, at the back, in a bow…but in the end I think it looks best double knotted at the front. Major brownie points for those deep pockets…I may have mentioned before how much I love dresses and skirts with pockets! 😉

Although I bought the dress at the end of Summer I knew I’d be able to wear it all year round with some simple layering. A plain black boat neck top works well underneath, as does a thin roll neck sweater like I’m wearing here. Opaque tights and boots complete the Winter layering, with the prerequisite pop of colour thanks to the burgundy messenger bag.

All of a sudden the sky turned grey and the wind picked up…leading to an embarrassing moment on the bridge when my dress blew up…

If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you’ll see how I originally styled the dress when I first bought it. I wore it for work on a warm Autumn day teamed with gold espadrilles and a bright red bag. I’d been enjoying my lunch break with my husband in the glorious sunshine, and we decided to take some photos before going back to the office. All of a sudden the sky turned grey and the wind picked up…leading to an embarrassing moment on the bridge when my dress blew up…just as some people were walking by! We moved to the other side of the bridge, hastily snapped a couple more photos and then called it a day. A few minutes later the heavens opened and we made it back inside in the nick of time. The things us bloggers (and long-suffering photographers) do for outfit photos!

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment while taking outfit photos? Be a good sport and share your funny stories in the comments…and don’t forget to link up!

Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

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Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and SummerStyling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Dress: Winser London | roll neck sweater: TKMaxx (similar) | bag: Paul Costelloe (similar) | boots: Pied a Terre (similar)

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Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Dress: Winser London | gold espadrilles: Clarks similar | red bag: Mila Blu (similar) | necklace: Daisy London (similar) | sunglasses : Emilio Pucci (similar)

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Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer silk maxi dress

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I posted an outfit from a holiday in Barbados where I extolled the virtues of the maxi dress. Well as I make last minute preparations to fly off to sunnier climes once more I thought I’d share some photos of the other maxi dresses that have become the mainstay of my holiday wardrobe.

I love the mix of prints in this dress and the pretty ruffles on the bust…and it co-ordinates perfectly with the stunning sunset.

Most of my dresses I picked up for a song, either on eBay, in sales or charity shops. This silk one-shoulder dress is from Marks and Spencer but I bought it on eBay for about £10. It was brand new with the tags on. Because I have so many clothes from M&S I can buy without trying on, confident that they will fit. I love the mix of prints in this dress and the pretty ruffles on the bust…and it co-ordinates perfectly with the stunning sunset. Most of my outfit photos were taken either at sunset or after dark because the sun sets quite early in Barbados (around 6pm) and getting the little one out of the pool before then wasn’t easy!

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer silk maxi dress

sunset at Surfside, Holetown, Barbados

Almond BEach resort, Speightstown sunset

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Barbados Holiday Wardrobe dickins-and-jones-maxi-dress

This dress is from Dickins and Jones, bought from House of Fraser in the sale at the end of Summer. It was reduced to just over £8! Even though it was only available in a small I had to chance it for that price (knowing I could return it if it didn’t fit) but to my delight it did fit! It’s very low cut so I needed to put a safety in it to spare my blushes, but the deep V means I can wear a big necklace.

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Barbados Holiday WardrobeMarks and Spencer silk-maxi-dress

Another M&S silk dress that I bought on eBay, again for less than £10. It’s a little small on the bust – the black part of the dress isn’t quite deep enough – but otherwise it fits fine. It’s lovely and cool, plus the straps are detachable so you could wear it as a strapless dress too.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe black-and-white-striped-dress

I’ve had this black and white dress for years and it’s been on quite a few holidays. It’s not the easiest dress to get into (getting my shoulders through the waistband is a bit of a tussle) but I love the design. I bought it from Asos, but with being so old it’s no longer available – this one is the closest match I could find.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress

I love the colours in this dress and how the sleeves look like wings when I spread my arms!

Now this dress really was a bargain; I found it on a clearance rail in Marks and Spencer (a long time ago) for the grand sum of £5! I didn’t have to think twice about snapping it up. I take it on every beach holiday because it’s cool and airy, doesn’t crease and feels fantastic on thanks to it being super stretchy. I love the colours in this dress and how the sleeves look like wings when I spread my arms! It has a built in top underneath the flowing sleeves so my sides are covered. I wore this dress on the last night of our holiday when we went to the Speightstown Sizzler – a little food and music festival where our friend Beveny was cooking traditional Bajan fishcakes. They were absolutely delicious and I want to go back for more!

Do you have a tried and tested formula for beach holiday packing? I’d love to hear how you prefer to dress on vacation 🙂

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress Speightstown Sizzler

 

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Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat

With Spring fast approaching and buds emerging it seems fitting to wear my green coat and a flower brooch. I found this Laura Ashley coat in a charity shop for less than £10…what a bargain! The colour really caught my eye, and apart from needing a dry clean it was in perfect condition. It’s fairly close on the colour chart to Greenery –  Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 – described as “the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature”. Strictly speaking, Greenery is more of a zesty yellow-green than this coat, but the sentiments are the same. Blending in with nature in shades of green and brown certainly seemed to be appreciated by the wildlife. We’d only taken a few photos when a little robin came to join in the fun 🙂

I tend not to wear brown very often, favouring black and navy instead as a base colour.

I dug out an old pair of wedge boots with a faux fur trim, thinking they’d keep my feet warm. How wrong I was! It was absolutely freezing and I was seriously regretting not taking some gloves with me. I may have been feeling the joys of Spring but the weather wasn’t. I had to brace myself before taking my coat off. The lace sleeve panels on the forest green top look pretty but they were a bit draughty! I paired the jumper with an old cord skirt from Zara which I haven’t worn for ages. I tend not to wear brown very often, favouring black and navy instead as a base colour. It’s nice to have a change sometimes.

I only have a couple of brown bags but this Sara Berman one is a good option for when I need to carry lots of stuff. It’s quite a heavy bag but plenty big enough to hold my essentials for travelling, including the camera. It can be made smaller by clipping the strap to the lower D rings and folding the top of the bag over. I love multi-functional accessories!

Do you love Greenery? How are you preparing your wardrobe for Spring? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up!

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat Pia flower-brooch

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green jumper

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green coat Pia flower-brooch carnelian-bracelet

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green jumper frog ring

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green jumper Sara Berman Tel Aviv bag

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green jumper Pia carnelian-bracelet frog ring

Shades of Green and Brown Laura Ashley green jumper

Coat and jumper: Laura Ashley | skirt: Zara (old) | brooch and bracelet: Pia | bag: Sara Berman (old)

 

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Vivderma Detox Elixir Serum and Restoring Moisturiser

Keeping my skin happy in Winter is always a challenge. When the weather’s grim I don’t spend much time outdoors, which often results in a dull, sluggish complexion. Luckily, I was sent the skin-saving duo Vivderma Detox Elixir and Restoring Skin Moisturiser just in time.

Our complexion can be negatively affected by hormonal fluctuation, seasonal changes, environmental impact and over-exposure to damaging UV rays. This serum tackles it all.

The Detox Elixir is an ultra-light serum that calms and rebalances skin in crisis. It sinks into the skin effortlessly to boost radiance, minimise the appearance of pores and regulate sebum production. Our complexion can be negatively affected by hormonal fluctuation, seasonal changes, environmental impact and over-exposure to damaging UV rays. This serum tackles it all.

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One of the main ingredients is Sacred Lotus which has calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties. The serum has a milky consistency, not the slightly greasy feeling some serums have, so it’s perfect for using day and night.

I’ve used the whole bottle of Detox Elixir and since it ran out my skin has been noticeably duller and generally lacking radiance.

When gauging the effectiveness of a new product I look not only at improvements while I’m using it, but also for changes after I’ve finished it. I’ve used the whole bottle of Detox Elixir and since it ran out my skin has been noticeably duller and generally lacking radiance. Clearly it’s been having a positive effect. I’ve been using the serum with the Restoring Moisturiser and the two work really well together. Both lasted about six/seven weeks so my skin was hit with the double whammy of both running out at the same time.

The botanical blend soothes, tones, balances and calms, leaving skin nourished and hydrated.

The Restoring Moisturiser is a concentrated blend that delivers powerful anti-oxidant protection, deactivates free radicals and provides all round anti-ageing care. It’s a beautiful rose quartz-coloured gel, fragranced with essential oils of Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Jasmine, Rose and Neroli. The botanical blend soothes, tones, balances and calms, leaving skin nourished and hydrated.

Vivderma Restoring Moisturiser

The Restoring Moisturiser contains Bioretinol and Gladbackto improve microcirculation and help redensify the skin. All Vivderma products contain Dermahealth Biomimetic Skin Complex™ which “mimics the natural biological conditions of healthy skin to ensure optimal absorption”.

My skin was plumper, smoother and more radiant while using these two products.

What surprised me most about both the Detox Elixir and Restoring Moisturiser is the level of hydration they deliver while mattifying the skin. My skin was plumper, smoother and more radiant while using these two products. Dry, flaky patches disappeared, fine lines reduced and my skin tone became more even. All this and no afternoon shiny T-zone. I will definitely be making room in my bathroom cabinet for these on a permanent basis. The Detox Elixir costs £85 and the Restoring Moisturiser £50. Vivderma has a wide range of products to suit all skin types and concerns.

Have you tried anything from Vivderma? What do you use to keep your skin happy during Winter?

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