Crabtree & Evelyn Vanilla Creme Brûlée Lip Butter

Nowadays I don’t wear much make up on a day to day basis. Just a really good lip balm and off I go.

I’ve wanted to try Crabtree & Evelyn’s Vanilla Creme Brûlée lip butter for quite a while, because in all honestly it is one of my favourite puddings, and it sounded delicious!

The packaging is a gorgeous baby apricot colour, with tiny white flowers polka dotted around the tube. Which is very dinky and much to my taste. It reminds me of something from the 1960s – this makes me especially pleased as I am a bit of a retro chick at heart.

The lip butter itself smells great, feels great and is incredibly moisturising. Unlike some lip butters, it doesn’t dry up your lips after twenty minutes of using it. It’s also great to wear over or under any lipstick.

It’s a truly scrumptious product to have in your handbag. The hardest part is trying not to lick it off your lips!

Pick one up here for £7: http://goo.gl/bkxGAo

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Gap launches the Spring 14 Campaign ‘Lived In’ featuring Birdy, Anna Calvi, RJ Mitte, Theophilus London, Ernest Greene

This week Gap launches the Spring 2014 campaign “Lived-In.”

“Lived-In” is Gap’s global marketing campaign, celebrating an authentic attitude, also captured in the brand’s spring product collection featuring a modern and youthful interpretation of classic, casual styles. It makes me think of the clothing my brother used to wear in the 1990s. Denim jackets, distressed jeans, with worn and faded tartan shirts and of course an electric guitar hanging off his shoulder.

The collection was photographed by David Sims, featuring a cast of emerging and talented young artists including musicians, singers, actors and photographers, including Birdy, Anna Calvi, RJ Mitte, Theophilus London and Ernest Greene.

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Margaret Howell *Autumn Winter 2014* at London Fashion Week

Margaret Howell’s A/W 2014 collection was a chunky knit mix of corduroy, shearling and velvet. The colour scheme was an autumnal mix of green olive, berry and latte. What stood out the most to me was the choice of texture used within the textiles – velvet, leather, wool.

Most definitely one of my favourite collections so far.

It’s not the first time I’ve written about Margaret Howell, and it most definitely won’t be the last.

Olive will most definitely be hot this A/W after seeing it at the Margaret Howell show.

Olive will most definitely be hot this A/W after seeing it at the Margaret Howell show.

Shearling never goes out of fashion.

Shearling never goes out of fashion.

A very classic Margaret Howell look here - oversized cotton shirt.

A very classic Margaret Howell look here – oversized cotton shirt.

Le Petit Zinc – Where not to eat in Paris

Every year my mother, my sister and I take an annual Interior Design trip to Paris. We visit the fair Maison & Objet in which we choose the collections to sell for the next few months. After visiting the design fair it is then routine to dine somewhere delicious and delightful. Quite a few years ago we frequented Le Petit Zinc, it was always a delight – the service and the food, until the service became worse and worse. Rude waiters, slow service. Then we stopped. We instead went to our old faithful friend Le Relais de lEntrecote. I thoroughly recommend visiting Le Relais de l’Entrecote for delicious steaks and chips, and their delicious secret sauce – OH LA LA!

We decided to forgive Le Petit Zinc and give it another shot. It was my mother’s birthday so we wanted it to be an incredibly special occasion. Unfortunately, it was disgusting. The food was rotten – actually mouldy, or served cold. We waited over an hour for a cold fish soup. Which when it was being brought over had a waiters fingers in it…. I can’t actually believe I am writing this. It was the WORST restaurant I have ever been to! THE WORST!

The fish soup that took so long to arrive was cold. It was also filled with flour. It tasted like eating something that was not edible. We all decided it was what wallpaper paste tasted like. Brown wallpaper paste with odd bits of dill and rubbery carrot floating in it. None of us finished it, which is incredibly rare for us Williams girls.

My main fish course was served with a side of over cooked, yellow green beans, an over-cooked greying hard boiled egg, one watery boiled potato and what seemed like a pint of oil.

Over-cooked yellow green beans, an over-cooked greying hard boiled egg, one watery boiled potato and what seemed like a pint of oil

Over-cooked yellow green beans, an over-cooked greying hard boiled egg, one watery boiled potato and what seemed like a pint of oil

Oleaginous beans

Oleaginous beans

My mother ordered a salad. The leaves were brown at the edges and brown where they had been cut. When pointing this out to the waiter (the same one who put his fingers in my soup) he shrugged and said “Yes they are a variety of leaves…”

My mother replied “Yes I can see that. A variety of gone off salad leaves.” The waiter walked off and from then on refuse to serve us at all. No one attended to our table. We sat there requesting service for an hour and a half before deciding it was time to leave this awful restaurant with mouldy food and disgusting service.

The "variety" of rotten salad leaves

The “variety” of rotten salad leaves

Avoid Le Petit Zinc at all costs.

Instead visit the lovely and delicious Le Relais de lEntrecote over the road, where the service is good and so is the food.