The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities and adulating. On a positive note, my spousal visa finally pulled through and so our tickets to London have finally been booked. Going to be experiencing my first ever UK winter. If you have any tips, please do send them my way – particularly how to dress for cold weather, I’m truly shocking at it. Before I get carried away with winter, spring’s on the rise here in Cape Town and with it a new Witchery collection, Marseilles, inspired by effortless French fashion.
The silhouettes are long and languid in the new collection, often wrapped and folded with exaggerated proportions and boasting a colour palette after my own heart – natural and parchment with accented spice notes. Yes please!
A favourite of mine from the collection is the long sleeve, polka dot midi dress. The perfect piece to layer and play around all year long.
In true French style every piece from this new collection is versatile and effortless. Finished work and have last minute drinks with friends? Not a problem, just throw on your trench, add a red lip and you ready to go.
Witchery silk blouse
Zara oversized trousers
Goya shearling and leather sandals
By Cara Lee face drop earrings
Witchery oversized mohair knit
Witchery silk slip skirt
Me & B tortise shell earrings
Vintage basket bag
Witchery black polka dot midi dress
Witchery black turtleneck
Mango waist belt
Public Desire thigh high boots
Witchery felt fedora
So I’ve just returned from the most magical two week vacation/road trip around Portugal. Everything was pretty last minute as I had to leave the UK for visa purposes but will fill you in on that a little later.
We started off in Lisbon then rented a car and drove down to the Algarve (my new favourite coastline) for cave adventures, surfing and sun tanning. After that we heading back up to Porto for a few days then back to Lisbon.
Traveling is a huge part of my life with all the shoots that happen abroad and keeping my skincare routine in check plays a huge role in my life.
We partnered with Darphin (one of my favourite French skincare brands) and Preen.Me VIP Program to try out some of their top products. I always test beauty products for a good two weeks before sharing the results with you guys as I am a firm believer in authenticity and quality and in true French style these Darphin products are an absolute win across are frontiers.
Darphin have also offered all my readers a 15% discount off any Darphin products till 30 September 2017 when you use the code liveparisian at checkout.
Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood
I’m a big fan of thick cleansing balms for washing away the days impurities and any stubborn make-up from shoots whilst leaving my skin nourished. The addition of rosewood and sage helped to purify and soften my skin after spending the day in the sun running around sight seeing or lazying on the beach. It also contains vitamins E & C which are for great anti-aging. (We can never start too soon with the anti-aging oils!)
Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum
It’s important that a serum not only hydrates but also prevents future water loss. Two squirts of this serum into your palms followed by a gentle tapping motion across your skin will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It also creates a protective barrier on your skin to ensure that it stays radiant throughout the day.
Hydraskin Light Gel Cream
I feel like this skincare range was made just for my summer vacations around Europe! Everything about it is nourishes and hydrating. I suffer from particularly dry skin so it’s great to be able to come in from a day of sun to a range of products that will help restore my skin’s moisture balance.
This Darphin moisturiser is incredibly light and non-oily and continues kiwi extracts which are rich in oligo-elements and vitamin C. As mentioned above vitamin C is an anti-aging property. Why? It has the ability to flight free radicals while revitalising the epidermis. (The outer layer of skin cells.)
Chamomile Aromatic Care
My favourite product from the range. Those who know me know I’m a huge fan of facial oils. Most people fear away from them thinking it’ll make their skin more oily, quite the opposite actually.
The subtle cocktail of chamomile, sandalwood, sage and lavender essential oils has a balancing (and calming) effect of the skin. Particularly irritated by relieving redness and blotchiness. Um, goodbye sunburn.
Revitalising Oil for Face, Body & Hair
The perfect 3-in-1 travel companion. A instantly nourishing, revitalising and glowing oil for your face, body and hair. It continues 9 plant oils, (argan, tamanu, jojoba, evening primrose, rose hip, sweet almond, sunflowers, apricot kernel and raspberry) 4 essential oils (rosewood, lavender, geranium and ylang yang) and 2 aromatic oils! (vanilla and jasmine)
Add a little to your hair after you’ve washed it to help strengthen your hair and reduce breakage.
It’s luxury in a bottle that’s small enough to fit into your carry on bag and join you on your summer adventures. This one’s definitely joining me in Croatia next week.
Last year Witchery’s First Edition debut collection was a celebrated success. This season Witchery launches their second First Edition collection, a capsule collection that embraces the return of the sixties and seventies with luxury fabrications and considered detail.
With a mixture of chunky outerwear and revealing pieces the collection taps into Europe’s retro revival. Think longline coats, new-length pencil skirts, reworked turtlenecks and the luxe fur bomber.
Don’t be overwhelmed with the oversize-ness of the collection. By adding a waist belt or a tight pencil skirt, as I’ve done so with my looks, I accentuate my curves and embrace my womanly figure. It’s all about creating a balance with the designs and silhouettes.
See part II tomorrow on My Life in Pink…
See my full edit and shop this look on the Witchery blog here.
Photo’s by Justin Polkey
A Timeless Watch // Nuxe Body Oil // Red Christian Dior Lipstick // Camel Trench // Book ‘How to Be Parisian’ // Coffee // Croissants // Striped Tee’s & Skinny Jeans // Chanel Beige Nail Vanish // Birkin Bag // Macaroons // Bangs //