I am so pleased to finally tell you about my partnership with the incredible, empowering brand that is Avon. I did a little sneak peak into my shoot on Instagram at the end of last year. It was the most incredible day, the first time I have ever shot professionally at a location house like that before. The full team – hair makeup, photographer, videographer, stylists, production, art directors. I was so SO nervous, my stomach was in knots, I have been blogging for a few years now and new opportunities arise all the time that I have to pinch myself for, and working with such an empowering brand like Avon was just a dream, a real ‘pinch me’ moment. As for nerves – I shouldn’t have been. It was so much fun and such an incredible team. Of course what else would you expect from a brand thats championed women since 1886!!!! Thats a pretty incredible heritage isn’t it?
For those that have followed my blog since the beginning you’ll know how much I love Avon, their Red 2000 lip has graced many a picture since I started my Instagram and resulted in a good few hundred DM’s asking where its from. So when they told me they’re launching a fashion range I was all ears. Think stylish, simple, on trend pieces you can dress up or down, that are perfect for all shapes, sizes and ages. And very importantly – affordable.
So without further ado… here are my hero pieces from the collection.
The COVETED ripped jeans £30.
The COVETED Allana longline necklace £12
The COVETED Allana drop earrings £8
The COVETED jacket £39.95
The COVETED blouse £20
Just a quick note on the prices so you’re not caught out – they are all correct as I post but they’re on a launch offer so will go back to their regular prices soon. Shop the whole collection with the link here – avon.uk.com
Thank you so much for reading…
This post was created in collaboration with Avon but all opinions and images are my own.
Ever since I laid eyes on that &OtherStories silky pink kaftan I have become obsessed with embroidery. The delicate art of decorating clothing with colourful designs of flowers, birds and beasts. I am like a magpie to it in the shops, I have to head straight to it and stroke it like I have a crazed embroidery fetish. I tried to hold the obsession in as I’m normally much more minimalist. Black, white, denim, gold and maybe a smudge of red. But the embroidery love is too much I have to embrace it… this Spring Summer I am welcoming the rainbow in with these beautiful embroidered artworks.
I’ve rounded up my edit of the highstreet pieces here – everything from jeans (surprised myself with this one) to lingerie, bikinis and stunning dresses.
Get your inspiration below and then enjoy the shopping…
The bag that’s taking over Instagram right now – a small humble string bucket bag. With a less than humble price tag. At £310 or more this little beauty requires investment. There’s no doubt (in my mind) its gorgeous, the detail, the quality, the concept. But when your money is otherwise engaged… thank goodness for the Great British Highstreet. And helloooo there Mango.
I saw this online and of course the likeness made me flirt with ‘add to bag’ button… I was unsure for a few days… not really being a fan of such ‘inspired by’ designs. But then I caved. And when it arrived I knew I had made the right decision. Its a beauty. Vivienne instantly declared it hers. I have since reclaimed it and removed the plastic food.
It may only be February and I don’t want to send the Summer rush shivers up your spine but don’t forget – the good buys are gone long before Summer arrives. If you like it – buy it and start a little Spring Summer collection box ready to start wearing when the warmer weather arrives.
Meanwhile I’ll be taking this beauty out tomorrow. My mother always did tell me – if you always save for best (or Summer in this case) you’ll never wear it Ashley.
Ok this Girl Crush Tuesday it is all about the woman that pushed me to get the fringe chop. True I don’t wear it down all the time, (its hard work styling it and my hair has a touch of the monica-abroad about it most of the time) BUT I just love the look when I do make the effort. And if there is anyone in the world that rocks a fringe better than this girl – please point me in their direction.
I warn you that if you are on the edge and considering a fringe this might be your push… be prepared. And if you’re not in the market for a fringe – hope you can just enjoy soaking up the inspiration.
Introducing the uber stylish Julia Stegner.
Remember the Chloe campaign with the two girls walking around Paris all seventies boho chic? That was Julia back in 2015. In fact I am pretty sure she’s been in more than one of the Chloe campaigns. She is a Chloe girl through and through. Yes she is a model so of course she’s going to be genetically blessed (I had to remind myself of this when I read we were the same age – eeeeek!) but its the casual way she wears her beauty. I love the natural wave of her hair, the grown out fringe, casual mum-style, splattering of freckles and the no-makeup makeup look. She is well and truly in my locker of style inspo.
The sun had its hat on today in London – cannot tell you how happy that made me. And also meant I got to wear my new sunnies, super slim cat-eye sunglasses. I bought some last Summer from Zara in black and wore them constantly, even my trusty Celine glasses felt a bit left out. I just loved how they were a bit different. And as SS18 drips into stores there are plenty more highstreet versions now available… so I treated myself to a tortoise shell pair and I love them.
Think old hollywood glamour with a cool cali twist. You can go big with the jewellery and they still work – add a hat and it balances the look perfectly. Your plethora of inspo below and saving the best for last – my little edit of perfect cat-eye sunglasses at the end… from budget to designer…