Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Summer competition

I hope you are having a great summer.

I am amazed just how fast it is going and what I have managed to cram in so far...a long weekend in Center Parcs, the climbing wall with the kids in Reading, a swimming course and playing continuous badminton in the garden!!!

So, I thought if your holidays are as busy as mine then it would be nice to give away a lovely treat from me to you.

Check this out.....

Your chance to win this beautiful make up bag from Bare Escentuals. All you have to do is pop me over your contact details to info@lisatalbot.co.uk

Bare Escentuals is one of my most favourite make up brands, the next step for you is to pop into one of their beautiful boutiques and fill it with product goodies.
This great make up bag was given to me by Bare Escentuals for my clients as a thank you for loving their brand
Go on enter what have you got to lose.


lots of love

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Summer florals from H & M

I popped into H & M the other day to pick up some t.shirts for a workshop I am holding. I was met with their new collections. I am really loving the florals, arn't they great?

This one comes up on the small size so you may need to go up a size. Great for elongating the body as the print runs downwards and sits central to the garment.

And this one came up on the big size so I would recommend you take a smaller size into the changing room to try.

These t.shirts are simple if just added to white linens, denim jeans or shorts, coloured jeans, block coloured skirts, or if your feeling brave add them to print leggings and striped or floral shorts for a more dramatic look

lots of love

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The active holiday look

Well, I have been so lucky to have just spent 4 days with my lovely family at Longleat, Center Parcs.
For those of you who know Center Parcs it is not a relaxing holiday but it is if you know what I mean!
For a very active family we love the cycling and swimming ( and there's loads of it! ) together with additional activities we tried this year which were Laser Quest, the aerial tree treking ( the zip wire not being my favourite ), treasure trails and so much more.

But, what to wear for this holiday does somewhat play on the mind, it's all about comfort so I thought I would show you what I wore.
I took 3 pairs of jeans and 6 t.shirts, converse trainers and my Top shop pumps and of course bra and knickers!

I'm wearing my high waisted Leigh jeans from Top Shop together with a floral t.shirt from the
H & M new collection and pumps from Top Shop also.

For this outfit I am wearing my 7 For all Mankind skinny jeans which are again high waisted and so comfortable and my H & M Breton style long sleeve t.shirt. I finished this outfit off with my navy converse trainers.

And to prove I really did go away I thought I'd show you my mini fully loaded. Boy, did she look cool. I'll tell you the story of how we lost the keys to unlock my daughter Maisie's bike another day!!!!

Enjoy the sunshine

lots of love

Friday, 6 July 2012

Benidorm tops the fashion stakes

The wonderful people at Very.co.uk have conducted a survey of 1,000 British women aged 18 to 35 and found out some amazing results of the value of us Brits suitcases.

New research out today by online fashion retailer Very.co.uk could change our perceptions of the Benidorm stereotype.

With the exception of the Cote D’Azur (and super-glam sun-kissed destinations such as St Tropez, Cannes and Nice), Benidorm tops the list of the ‘fashion suitcase spend’ resort league table – as young British women heading there this summer are planning to take a whopping £664 worth of clothes, heels, swimwear and accessories with them.

The research revealed the average suitcase value for Europe-bound Brits to be £580. The value per resort is as follows;

1/. Cote D’Azur - £691                                      2/. Benidorm - £664 

3/. Tenerife - £655                                            4/. Bodrum - £654

5/. Rhodes - £645                                             6/. Gran Canaria - £617

7/. Ibiza - £603                                                  8/. Fuengerola - £602

9/. Alicante - £558                                           10/. Algarve - £542

And then there’s the specifics regarding what’s actually being packed. The blueprint for the average case contains:  

4 x daytime dresses                                         3 x casual footwear (e.g. sandals / wedges)        
3 x evening dresses                                         2 x pairs of heels

5 x daytime tops                                              3 x pieces of swim / beach wear

4 x evening tops

In terms of where the most expensive suitcases are travelling from, it’s perhaps no surprise that jet-setters from the capital lead the way (£639), but delving a little deeper, a comprehensive destination analysis throws up some interesting revelations. 

While it might be famed for its boutiques, bars and yachts – and known as the Mediterranean playground for countless reality TV stars – Marbella has an average suitcase value of just £532, meaning it fails to even crack the top 10: and is only two places above the traditional British seaside resort of Blackpool (£507). 

However, ‘Marbs’ does lead the way when it comes to a number of specific summer essentials: namely fake tan (16 per cent of young women heading there will take it with it them – more than any other resort), ‘beach bods’ and tablet technology.

Of all the pre-holiday diets, arguably the most trumpeted in 2012 has been ‘No carbs before Marbs’ – and it seems there’s more than a ring of truth to this. A third of women (32%) jetting out to the high-end location will purchase at least one clothes item ‘a dress size down’ as an incentive to get a ‘bikini bod’ for their holiday – compared to an average of 23% across all other resorts.

Finally, it seems Marbella-bound belles can forget about the latest must have sunglasses or ‘beach jewellery’… because the ultimate style accessory to be seen with there this summer is a tablet PC. Surprising to say the least, over a third of women (36 per cent) will be packing their mobile shopping and gossip gadgets to keep up to speed with Facebook, and an eye on celebrity websites, from their sun loungers. 

Rounding off the key findings, the research threw up a number of interesting insights as regards to the fashion behaviour of British women on their holidays. They will spend an average of 42 minutes getting ready to go out in the evening and one in ten women (11 per cent) admit to four or more outfit changes in the course of a single day.

Julie Donnelly, Head of Womenswear Very.co.uk said, “British women take great pride in what they wear and a summer holiday represents the perfect chance to showcase a hot summer wardrobe. Whether they’re heading to the coast or the Med, it seems our girls are committed in packing to impress.”

For me, this survey just proves that us brits really do care about how we look wherever we are. Very.co.uk have an amazing sale at the moment so get yourself over to the website and bag some lovely pieces for your hols.

lots of love

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Gorgeous feet but dry!!

So, the weather lady has just told me to prepare for rain this weekend, if you are anything like me this throws my feet into turmoil, do I wear open toed, flat etc. I have dug out a few styles which will be perfect for you this weekend, worn either with jeans, trousers, skirts or dresses.

I love this espadrille trainer from ASOS Vanity and at £37.00 even better. This shoe will look great with a pair of bootcut jeans and a soft gold metallic knit.

Loving this strap on the ankle shoe from Bertie at £85.00, I can imagine this worn with a linen skirt or even a pair of tailored shorts.

Let's keep with the animal print trend with this great little pump from Dune at £65.00.  I just love how although the shoe is simple the print alllows your outfit to come alive

The Brogue has been seen by all the A listers this season and this one from French Conenction at £45 will be perfect for your summer wardrobe. As the colour is base neutral it will go with everything in your wardrobe.

I have to admit these are my guilty pleasure, I just adore these desert boots from Steve Madden at £70. These boots will really give your outfit the WOW, turn your lemon skinny jeans into a statement. Why not pop a cotton blazer into the mix to complement the look

Lots of love

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Kiss the rain goodbye

Ok, hands up if your fed up of the rain. A lady told me yesterday that she hasn't yet packed her winter clothes away and I have to say I haven't either.
Does the rain throw your wardrobe into turmoil, the weather at this moment is hard to judge as it is warm yet raining so what do you wear?

I have selected a few great macs that will keep you dry but not make you too hot.

This lovely mac is from Reiss, simple and stunning. Perfect for the Hour glass and Pear body shape as it accentuates the waist. A little tip, if you want to create the waist but not have bulk on the tummy pull the belt and tie at the back.

It is always great to have a mac in a colour it will really brighten up your day, this one from Hobbs is perfect for these dreary days. It's in the sale so even better!!

Why not embrace the Parka trend this season, it will also be seen next season so a great investment buy. This one from H & M for £29.99 is perfect.

Well, I'm off to do a sun dance in the hope it may peep out today and grant us with warmth.

lots of love
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