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Sunday, March 31, 2013

There is no part of this outfit that I don't need (car excluded). 

We all need a mid length fur vest with a bear-like hood.

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I'm most definitely considering this piercing.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

If these pictures won't plunge you into an irrevocable depression you aren't Cara Delevigne live in the UK when everywhere else seems to be basking in sunshine (except you Siberia) then I don't know what will.

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A past outfit of the day

Dress: Zara
Feathered clutch: Givenchy

That's it.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I adore my first Cruciani bracelet. I could have left with them all but where would be the fun in that?

I am planning another raid in the next few days.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

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Serious RHW hair envy. It may be hers, it may not be hers but I still want it.

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Miranda Kerr looking absolutely delightful in a suede dress that would make Lauren Hutton weak at the knees a terribly impractical Lanvin clutch which has caused my credit cards to literally quiver in terror.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I've had some news this weekend which really shook me to the core. As much as I love keeping this blog light hearted and discussing bags, shoes and fur coats du jour it's important not to lose sight of what's really important. 

Your family and friends are all we have in this life and no material possession will ever replace that or fill in a void.

Remember to keep your loved ones close and remind them day by day how important they are to you and your life.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

I love coloured fur. It may not be particularly classic or to everyones taste but I definitely have the itch.

Ashley Olsen wore a fur that made me green with envy (no pun intended). While some may say she looks like Oscar from Sesame Street, I say she looks like a breath of fresh air in a sea of sedated outerwear.

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Wasn't sure about these.
Now I am.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

All you really need is a wide brimmed hat (and a body like a bean pole).

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This printed Givenchy maxi dress is a kaleidoscope of perfection. The geometric print intertwined with lashings of paisley is rather inspired (don't even get me started on the slashed sleeves). 

My biggest issue with this dress is that it was recently seen on my nemesis Kim K (who no doubt only bought it because it was Givenchy which Kanye West champions) who had been dipped in a bathtub filled with Mac Face & Body Foundation.

Tsk tsk.

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True Romance.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

There's nothing about Charlotte Olympia's array of clutch bags for summer that I don't love. 

La vie really is belle with one of these puppies under your arm.

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I have reluctantly just returned from my yearly pilgrimage to Bangkok. I have stayed at the Mandarin Oriental for fifteen years although my mother and grandparents championed the hotel long before I was born.
My first post about this trip is all about food however, I must confess, however that I'm not a foodie at all. In America I happily survive on a daily trip to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and a healthy portion of Chinese chicken salad that usually  sees me through the day.
The Mandarin, unlike most hotels, has a hearty spa menu which offers an array of delicious dishes which are exciting to order (unlike the crudités and skinless chicken found on most other menus). 

My favourite fruit comes from Thailand and is virtually impossible to find anywhere else (if anyone in the UK knows where I can find these golden delights please do let me know). I start the morning with a plate of jack fruit and continue to snack on them throughout the day. This is followed by a steaming pot of delicate green tea and fresh carrot juice.

Another rudely healthy breakfast option is an egg white omelette with chives and mushrooms with a touch of perfectly steamed asparagus.

For lunch my absolute favourite dish (I cannot stress this enough) is the pomelo salad washed down with a young coconut. This contains shredded coconut, prawns, chicken strips, a light dash of chill oil and a plentiful helping of tangy but sweet pomelo. I had my last one yesterday and am salivating at the memory of my treasured lunch time treat. My long time friend, Geoffrey, who runs the pool also makes delicious smoothies which contain no sugar or ice-cream (let him surprise you with his daily blend of fruits so fresh you'll feel like you've just made a trip to Dylan's Candy Bar - with no need to panic about fat or fillings).

For dinner I had steamed vegetables with soy and sesame dressing with tofu. It may sound bland, dull and unappealing but like everything at the Oriental, it was delicious, refreshing and intoxicating. Another tried and tested option from the Spa Menu is the broiled Thai sea bass served over a bed of lettuce leaves.

Dining at the Mandarin can be as healthy or adventurous as you choose. We dined at the new Italian restaurant, Ciao, which is located on the large marble terrace overlooking the bustling Chao Phraya River. It has a young, sexy vibe and is laden with comfortable sofas where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar food. The food was out of this world, and coming from someone who gets more excited over an Earl Grey tea latte than a reservation at the Fat Duck, this is saying something. The food was light and fresh but intricate, complex and spectacular. I went as far as copying down the menu to show my wedding planner.

If you're in Bangkok I highly recommend going to the Mandarin Oriental for a bite; whether it be the breakfast buffet, Ciao or the fabulous China House restaurant by the entrance (the lacquered duck it TDF). For those of you lucky or smart enough to stay there, the room service menu will ensure that you find no need in exploring the outside restaurants.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

This Balenciaga is top of my list for summer.

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Every girl needs this Giambattista Valli beaded mint green coat.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Previous outfit of the night
Charlotte's Web clutch: Charlotte Olympia x Olympia le Tan
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana
Nails: Russian Roulette by Essie

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The Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet blows the overused Love bracelet out of the water. Quirky, memorable and far more eccentric it really does hit the nail on the head (no pun intended).

For more information visit the Cartier website here.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

I love seeing outfit of the day posts however I feel that the details always get neglected. Here I focused solely on the accessories (which in my opinion can completely change a look). My outfit was rather simple; a nude ASOS dress from years ago and a vintage torn up Lee denim jacket.

Red bracelet: Fred
Two jewelled bracelets: Purchased in India
Watch: Rolex Daytona
Pinky ring: Vintage Cartier
Freshwater pearl, diamond and gold ring: Vintage Gump's, San Francisco (a gift from my grandfather to grandmother)
Nail polish: Essie's Baby Breath

Alhambra bracelet: Van Cleef
Small friendship bracelet: A gift from Mexico (thank you SM!)
Large friendship bracelet: A gift from the Maldives (thank you AB!)

Shoes: Isabel Marant
Nail polish: Essie Russian Roulette

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Erin Wasson makes me feel slightly better about not brushing my hair for the past week.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

I recently hit 50,000 views and as a huge thank you from me to you I have a special treat in store. Jenna Zoe one of my oldest friends who previously did a fabulous post on nutrition here has agreed to do regular guest posts on SLSStyle.

In this interview Jenna is tackling tricks, tips and remedies that can ease you through the colder months. 

1. What products do you use to keep your skin looking good in winter?
I swear by a brand called Live Native since I came across them about a year ago. They are a raw organic skincare brand that make simple, natural products that are really gentle on my skin. My skin always used to play up and I used to feel like I was playing product roulette, constantly looking for something better. Live Native has given me my best skin since I was 16, so I've stuck to it. I use their oil-based cleanser and serums, which hydrate my skin so much I don't feel like I need moisturiser every day.

Visit Live Native here.

2. Do you change your diet and exercise routine in winter?
In the winter I try to stick to the same eating principles that I do for the rest of the year, but that being said we find ourselves craving heartier foods in winter and I'm not immune to that either. The key to dealing with cravings is to listen out for what they're actually telling us - in this case they're trying to tell us to eat slightly more, since we burn more calories in colder weather. The key to eating in winter is to really amp up your consumption of good quality carbohydrates, namely fruits and vegetables. When you are getting enough healthy carbs, you will see your cravings for 'quick carbs' like sweets and calorie-sense foods like cheese and fats, diminish.
Thats not to say you cant give in to these cravings though; My strategy for winter is to feast on fruits and smoothies all morning, have a big salad for lunch, healthy snack in the afternoon, and then I give myself a little leighway at dinner time. The timing of our treats is very important - having these kinds of foods last really makes a difference because that way, they don't block other foods from being digested.
Eat the simpler, healthier foods first, and I promise you will see a difference in weight management, cravings and energy levels. And it's likely your stomach will be flatter too!

Jenna's mango & cilantro smoothie

3. What's your favourite hot drink to keep you feeling warm?
I am the wrong person to be answering this question because I drink iced tea even in the middle of winter! To keep warm I eat lots of warming spices and chillies to my food; at the moment I'm loving a big sprinkle of curry powder on top of my salads, which is delicious. Having said that I also love a Venti Mint Blend tea from Starbucks; it's impossible to make a mint tea this good from home, because they use 3 different kinds of mint in there, as well as some tarragon.

4. Since its winter we all like to indulge a little in some sweet treats, what are your favourites?
I'm a dark chocolate girl through and through. I have my dark chocolate fix almost every day, so that I don't feel deprived. I'm also partial to my Peanut Butter Cups which are my favourite item we sell - I stick a tub of them in the freezer and have one after dinner. In terms of treats, I tell clients that there isn't anything you should 'never' eat - if you really love to eat something you can absolutely still eat it from time to time.

5. What do you do to avoid piling on weight when it's cold?
I make sure never to undereat, because that's when our bodies send us straight to the cheesecake! Our bodies are very wise, and they will always try to make up for not getting enough nutrients by bingeing or overrating heavy foods later on. It's crazy to me that some people think we can trick our bodies out of enough nutrition by having a coffee for breakfast, skipping dinner or trying gimmicky diets like the 5:2 diet - our body knows better!

6. Any quick and easy go-to recipes you like to eat when it's chilly inside?
On the night when I'm staying home, a very quick but healthy comfort food is to chop a bunch of veggies like courgette, mushrooms, fennel and aubergine and grill them in the oven. This takes all of 5 minutes, then I place them in a big bowl and cover them in a good quality pasta sauce. It looks like a dog's dinner, but it's delicious! Another option is to roast some sweet potatoes and butternut squash and either stuff them with hummus or almond butter, or serve with a big salad with avocado.
I love to make a homemade lentil soup which is very comforting and hearty (see Jenna's recipe here).

7. Any hair care tips for when your hair has been fried from central heating and the blistering cold?
Once in a while when my hair is really dry, I'll massage coconut oil into my whole hair before bed and keep it in overnight. But every night without fail, once I've moisturised some serum or cream into my face and my hands are still oily, I finger-comb the ends of my hair with the rest of the product. It really helps!

8. What are your views on alcohol? What to drink and what to avoid?
I'm going to sound quite controversial here. Most health and fitness experts advise us to choose vodka over wine when trying to maintain our figures. I say the total opposite - even though its low in calories, we must remember vodka is hard liquor and therefore very tough on our liver, and super ageing. Whats the point in being slim at the cost of looking 10 years older than you are, right? It's fine to have in moderation if you really love the taste of it, just don't consider it a 'free food' that you can go to town on. I prefer red wine, beer or champagne because they are relatively gentler on the body. Alcohol is fine in moderation, as long as you have a good grasp on your consumption; a lot of us think we drink a lot less than we actually do.

9. What do you do to warn off getting bugs which go around during winter?
As much as there are certain foods that can help our immune system strong, I believe what really helps keep us strong is minimising foods that place a heavy burden on the body, like mucus-forming dairy, inflammatory sugar and hard-to-digest processed foods. When our bodies are busy trying to digest and dispose of these foods, it can't conserve its energy for keeping us strong at the same time.

When I'm really trying to give myself a boost, I eat as clean as possible, up my intake of raw foods and add garlic, onions, and coconut oil to everything - they are antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial.

I also strongly advise caution to people who take zinc supplements for immunity in winter - zinc and iron compete with each other for absorption, so taking too much of one can reduce our levels of the other.

10. If you do get sick what remedies do you have?
If I come down with a cold or infection, I make a huge thermos or teapot full of hot water, 2 or 3 teaspoons of good quality honey and lots of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a great alkaliser and also helps kill germs and bacteria. The honey is also really antibacterial. If things are really bad, I kick things up a notch and add a capful of brandy or whisky - but only if I need to get better asap! It's an old fashioned trick, but it works.

For further reading please check out Jenna's website here.

I'm planning on roping Jenna into doing a series on getting ready for the perfect bikini body this summer! 
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Try as I might, I never tire of denim on denim (on denim on denim).

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Look to Christopher Kane for all your party dress needs next winter. They're sassy yet demure and fashion forward. Certainly not something you will find splashed over Celeb Boutique or worn on the TOWIE Christmas Special.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

I used to buy shoes week in and week out. Sometimes I forget how lovely it is to actually go into a store, pick up a pair of shoes and put together mental outfits. 

I couldn't say no, I really couldn't and I figured that although my feet would be twitching in pain, my overdraft would cause my rather forceful banker to send me stern emails I simply couldn't picture any of my future ensembles without them.

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