When a head teacher of a school in Darlington asked parents to stop doing the school run in their PJs, she really didn’t know what she was dealing with. Had she taken a look at the SS16 catwalks, she would’ve known that pyjamas are not a sign of letting yourself go or setting a bad example.

They are, in fact, a glamorous new season wardrobe staple, and I’d go as far as to say that some of this season’s pyjamas would make said mums look overdressed for the occasion.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her M&S range

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models her M&S range

Let’s be clear – we’re not talking fleece-lined checked numbers or pink hooded onesies (and no, I don’t rock any of these looks, even behind closed doors!).

Pyjamas this season come in silk, lace and leopard print, with some designer styles sporting a luxurious price tag worthy of evening attire rather then night wear. 

So why is it now acceptable to have your silkies on show? Well, we can blame a resurgence of the whole underwear-as-outerwear trend in the ’90s, epitomised by Madonna in the now-iconic Jean Paul Gaultier coned-bra bodysuit and Courtney Love pairing her nightdresses with oversized cardis and ripped tights.

Kate Moss wearing Olivia van Halle pyjamas, pictured by Sadie Frost in Turkey (Sadielizafrost)

Kate Moss wearing Olivia van Halle pyjamas, pictured by Sadie Frost in Turkey (Sadielizafrost)

There’s also the small matter of Kate Moss being escorted from the infamous Easyjet flight in a pair of monochrome striped Olivia van Halle pyjamas. And if Mossy says it’s okay to wear your PJs when partying/travelling/getting up to general mischief, then that’s good enough for me. 

The spring/summer 2016 catwalks were awash with nightwear references, from Alexander Wang’s silky pyjama tops to Celine’s plunging lace-trimmed chemises, so it was only a matter of time before affordable alternatives appeared on the high street.

Personally, I’m obsessed with the Rosie for Autograph range from M&S and will quite happily wear a silk slip and matching kimono on a night out if I can get away with it. But there are plenty of alternatives if you don’t fancy going for an all-out boudoir look. Pyjama-style blouses at Topshop and River Island give just enough of a nod to the trend. Matching slippers and eyemask optional.

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As a bit of a colour geek I always look forward to seeing the shades that Pantone decides are most worthy of our attention each season.

While my wardrobe may be consistently black, with a bit of white, grey and red thrown in, it’s nice to know which colours are going to prominent enough for me to consider changing it up a bit.

Spring 2016’s hottest shades, as decided by Pantone, are Rose Quartz and Serenity. 

In non-colour-geek-speak this translates as baby/powder/pale/pastel pink and blue.

I’m not known for my love of pastels, they don’t generally do anything other than make me look ill, but there are exceptions.

I find that blush, when it errs on the nude rather than sickly pink side, works wonders for making me look tanned.

Lilac and mint are absolute no gos, but pale denim blue doesn’t look too offensive on me.

The key to pastels for me is looking super tanned and blonde, but I’m sure the more pale and interesting out there won’t have any issues with this season’s pantones. 

From my moodboard you can see I’m loving the rose quartz options out there slightly more than the serenity pieces, but I have to say that the blue Isabel Marant shirt keeps catching my eye.

Favourites on my pantone wish list are most definitely the Chanel pearl earrings and the rose quartz Burberry Kensington crochet trench coat.

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I’ve managed to escape being tagged in those Facebook posts currently clogging up newsfeeds; you know the ones – ‘thanks for the nominations, here’s 7 random facts about me’.

Some people are completely missing the point of course, with random facts turning into obvious lists of things we already know because YOU POST ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK ALL THE TIME. The best ones usually go something like… 1. I love my family 2. My dog too he is amaaaazing 3. I have the best boyfriend in the world ever… yawn.

But some of them are actually worth a like and I’ve laughed to myself while reading things I never knew about my best friends or Facebook acquaintances.

So here’s my ‘7 Random Beauty Facts’, in no particular order…

1. I have an irrational fear of eyelash curlers.

Straight up, the contraptions terrify me. I have tried to put them near my lashes but always end up convinced that I’m going to accidentally pull them out and have bald eyelids. Forever.

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2. I don’t know what my natural hair colour is

I’ve dyed my hair since I was 14 and that is genuinely the last time I can safely say I saw my natural hair colour. I think it was a chestnutty brown shade, but since I’ve spent over half my life with dyed locks it’s very difficult to recall.

I started off on Wella Colour Mousse, dying every towel in the house a lovely shade of red, before discovering bleach and deciding that I was going to be blonde like my childhood idol Madonna after all.


3. I’m a blonderexic

My mane’s definitely been through the colour wars with me and my obsession with being blonder than blonde. I do believe it’s a diagnosable illness, when your hair’s whiter than snow and somehow all you can see is yellow brass.

It all came to a head the time I decided my hair wasn’t blonde enough and bought some peroxide and bleach toner for a few home improvement sessions… that ended with the left side of my hair deciding to fall off before I abused it anymore. It took about five years to bounce back. Painful.

These days the fear of having short, frizzy hair is enough to steer me away from any extra lightening activities but for moments of weakness I have silver shampoo and fake tan on standby, always guaranteed to make me feel extra blonde!

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4. Uneven eyeliner = bad day

It’s the one thing I can rely on in the morning, the barometer of how my day is going to turn out. If it’s fifties pin-up perfection then I know it’s been worth getting outta bed. If it looks like I’ve drawn it in my sleep, I should probably just jump back under the duvet and forget it. True story.

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5. I don’t straighten my hair (anymore)

This is the one that most people can’t believe but it was a self-imposed ban that has helped my hair get back to straight health after the incidents outlined in fact 3. My hair was never in need of being ironed daily to start with. But, like many girls in 2002, I was sold the GHD dream of poker straight shiny locks and developed a completely unnecessary ten year habit.

The problem with straightening your hair every day is that your hair actually becomes addicted to the heat, only sitting properly when you’ve run those ceramic plates through every last strand. It develops a frizz that is only tamed by heat pressing down the split ends, caused by the straighteners in the first place.

Unless your hair is naturally wavy, curly or coarse, steer clear of these things. It took me two years of only ever straightening my hair at the weekend or on special occasions to finally break free.

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6. I have a love affair with Double Wear

The best-selling Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has been a staple in my makeup bag since I was 19. As a student this wasn’t a cheap purchase but it was worth parting with the student loan. Once I realised I could get flawless skin and it lasted 6 months compared to 6 weeks of the cheaper foundations I was using, I was sold. For life, it would seem.

These days I tend to wear Fresco when my skin is paler and Sand Beige when I’m tanned, but the formula has always remained one that works with my skin no matter the shade. I would actually be heartbroken if this was ever discontinued! The rest of the Double Wear range is pretty good too, the concealer and eyeliner are now also staples in my beauty bag.

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7. It took me 28 years to wear red lipstick

Properly anyway. I had tried it on many occasions, but when I looked at myself in the mirrorI felt like a wee girl who had played with her mum’s makeup bag. Not some blonde bombshell with sex appeal, as was promised by many a red lipstick advert.

It may have been bad hair, overly-smoky eyes or just the wrong shade, but for years I smeared the red lippie off my face just about as fast as I had put it on. That all changed when I tried Topshop’s Rio Rio (don’t think I’ve mentioned that shade before??) and at last I had found my fit.

These days I own a multitude of red lipsticks but that was the first one I had the courage to wear all night and actually felt amazing when people not only compliment but asked what I was wearing. Result!

They say there’s a red lipstick for everyone and now I really do believe it.

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I have a slight addiction to the Topshop makeup range that means I can’t shop online or instore without picking up a little something from the now extensive range.

More often than not it’s a new nail varnish shade but, inspired by some cosmetic looks I’d seen at London Fashion Week, I decided to try the new gloss ink range.

I fancied a change from my usual bright red satin matte lipstick (Topshop Rio Rio) and classic pink creme (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) so I decided to look for a deep berry shade.

I’ve always found berry shades tricky. Too light and you’re verging on frosted ’80s heather that instantly yellowfies teeth. Too dark and you’ve crossed over to the dark side with almost black lips that scare boys. Where is that berry inbetweener?

So after what seemed like a million swatch tests, I decided on the new Gloss Ink in Cruel, a deep berry shade with a hint of pink.

Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel

I’m a sucker for names so that was a factor – I imagined that Sarah Michelle Gellar would sport something similar in her Cruel Intentions days (15 years ago!!), most probably while she was hatching some elaborate plot to wreak havoc amongst her friends.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions

Other inspiration on colour choice comes from more ’90s screen icons, all with a dark side:


Nancy (Fairuza Balk) in The Craft

Brenda (Shannen Doherty) in Beverly Hills 90210

Abby (Monica Keena) in Dawson’s Creek

Rayanne (AJ Langer) in My So Called Life

The best thing about the gloss ink is that it goes on as high shine gloss colour and fades into a long-lasting stain. When I say long-lasting I mean hours – my first application lasted through two cups of tea and a bottle of water. By lunchtime I was amazed that I still had any colour on my lips never mind one with impact. 
It also manages to be non-drying on your lips, which is quite an achievement given how long it stays put. For £8, this is truly value for money in a chic black matte tube.
Definitely a new makeup bag staple and I’ll be stocking up on more colours for spring.


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London Fashion Weekend takes place straight after London Fashion Week at Somerset House and what a setting it is for an event. Overlooking the Thames, it was a perfectly sunny day when I attended and the building looked magnificent in the winter sun.

Somerset House makes the perfect venue for London Fashion Weekend

We arrived quite late on into Friday morning’s session which meant no queues by the time we turned up but a general lack of common sense by the event staff meant we missed the start of the Elle beauty presentation we were looking forward to.

An event ‘helper’ told us we couldn’t enter via what I know as the main entrance (the one that faces the Thames) and so we were directed to walk round the building to the other side so we could collect our pre-booked tickets. Why there was an issue entering via this door I have no clue. It seemed to me like it was closest to the ticket collection area but maybe that’s just me…

The silver spaceship-esque trailers you can see in my photo above were where we collected the tickets, with some difficulty. Bearing in mind that no one else was around, we walked up to one of the windows and were told that window was for ‘silver and gold tickets only. The bronze window was the one beside him. In the same cabin. Where his friend was stood. So we had to make the ridiculous side shuffle to the left and wait for his friend opening said window…

There may be a need for that level of ‘organisation’ (or more like segregation) if there was a hint of a queue but really, there was no need for the robotic response we got from the event staff.

Anyway, enough complaining about the rules and regs, once we were finally inside the event it was fashion overload.

The Vodafone Lounge at London Fashion Weekend

The Vodafone Lounge appeared to be where all the action was happening so we headed inside and fought our way (really, we did) to the front of the queue to see the Elle magazine beauty presentation. ELLE’s beauty director Sophie Beresiner and fashion TV presenter Antonia O’Brien talked us through the must-have makeup and hair looks for SS14, even the ones we’re never likely to attempt – I’ll only ever be rocking the wet-look, slicked back hair trend for five minutes after my morning shower, thanks.

ELLE’s beauty director Sophie Beresiner explains why the sidesweep is a hot hair trend for SS14

Inspired by our beauty masterclass we headed back into the main part of the Vodafone Lounge where Maybelline had set up a stall packed full of SS14 colours. My only disappointment was that other cosmetics brands hadn’t done the same – it was all very nice and looked appealing but there was no real incentive to buy the products on offer, no free samples and no makeovers on offer. Yes I’m living up to my blogger/blagger tag here but you do expect to get something for your entry fee (and a bit more than the cheap Julien Macdonald-designed tote we got).

The Maybelline stall had stacks of lipsticks in SS14 shades

In truth the Vodafone Lounge was way too small for the amount of designer stalls setup inside and it was an endless stream of people bumping into us so we ventured into the main building to see what was on offer there.

I got most excited by the Prosecco bar but swiftly disappointed when there wasn’t even one free drink to be had. As great as it was to have a nosey at all the designer goods on offer (with some brands claiming to have discounts on the items) nothing caught my eye. Lots of designers were showing off their wares – Lulu Guinness, Radley, Muubaa, Amanda Wakeley, French Sole, Kat Maconie – but the price tags were still mighty high for an exclusive shopping event.

My look for London Fashion Weekend – Topshop Selma sunglasses// Topshop lipstick in Rio Rio// Warehouse Leopard Print Dress

I’ll be back in September but I don’t think I can say it will be for the shopping – the best part of the event was the Elle beauty presentation as that’s the sort of thing that makes you remember why you love the fashion industry and all its glamour.  And it will be silver or gold tickets next time – our bronze tickets got us an empty tote bag and no admittance to any of the designer/trend shows, which I think would’ve made the day all the more exciting.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience but organisers take note – more access to exclusive shows, more samples included for our ticket price and a bit more common sense would make it an event to remember for the right reasons.

For more information visit http://www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk 

Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.


As the ’90s fashion moment continues I’ve become slightly obsessed with Antwerp. The Belgian city may have arrived on the fashion map via the ’80s designer collective known as ‘The Antwerp Six’, but its cutting edge minimalism is very much a look I associate with the early ’90s.

The Antwerp Fashion Academy graduates – Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Ann Demeulemeester and later Martin Margiela – placed themselves in the style spotlight when they hired a van and crossed the channel to show in London.

The avant garde nature of the their collections changed the fashion landscape and although individually the designers’ styles varied, collectively they made their mark with directional, futuristic and theatrical styles that challenged the notion of what fashion was at the time.
And here was me thinking that Belgium’s most famous export was Hercule Poirot – no mon ami!
Topshop, always on the ball with a trend, have seized this fashion moment with the aptly-named ‘90s Antwerp collection, featuring plenty of luxe minimal pieces that capture the look perfectly.
Also launching this week in the UK is Belgian label Essentiel Antwerp. The simple styling of the brand is an extension of their history, which they sum up in one line –  what started out as a basic T-shirt collection in 1999 grew into a colorful Ready-to-Wear collection for men and women. ‘Nuff said.

Essentiel Antwerp is available to buy in the UK from Fenwick, Anthropologie, Harvey Nichols, Asos, Zalando and Atterley Road.

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My current penchant for statement jewellery has led to an obsession with the new Sarah Angold for Freedom at Topshop collection.

The diffusion range from the east London-based designer features trademark sculptural pieces in her distinctive art deco meets ’60s-style science fiction fashion.

Colourful acrylic jewellery at high street prices is always a winner but some of these styles err on the pricey side (£65) so worth working out which is your favourite and investing wisely.

Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.