Whilst helping to exhibit at the Top Drawer trade show earlier this month with Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos, I discovered a brand that I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this year! As the air becomes colder and the days become shorter, last years winter coats and heavy knits have begun to replace the playsuits and floaty dresses that have remained at the front of our wardrobes over the last few months. I’m sure I’m not alone in admitting that I have already started to scan the high streets and shopping websites in preparation for the colder seasons and there has been one thing in particular that seems to be a massive trend this year…
Faux fur already seems to be absolutely everywhere you look and I for one am ready for its embrace! Whether you’re after a cute cropped shrug, an eye catching scarf or a coat to keep you warm on those winter walks, Helen Moore has a massive range of designs that are all absolutely gorgeous.
This family owned and run company was started in 1982 and now exports to countries such as Japan, the US and Australia as well as stocking in multiple boutiques across the UK. Helen Moore stands for British quality and British manufacturing and operates their entire business in a small village situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor. Founders Helen and Stan are both art graduates and specialise in Fine Art and Fashion and Textiles. Their creativity is evident in many of the colourful items that they produce such as the vixen scarf and pom pom keyring pictured below.
Helen Moore is proud to admit that many of their design ideas come from both customers and staff. These ideas are then worked on and developed until they become a new product to add to the growing collection of garments and accessories that the company now offers! As production gets under way, every component of the faux fur item is cut by hand so to achieve accuracy and perfection every time. A piece by Helen Moore can vary anywhere from £25 for a pair of wrist warmers to £175 for a gilet (pictured top right of this article).
You can expect to see me wrapping up in some cosy Helen Moore designs this winter and if you are just as in love with their products as I am, head over to the website helenmoore.com to start your Christmas wish list early!
Currently working at an independent boutique on the South Coast of England means that I am constantly surrounded by fashion and learning about new designers every day. There is one designer in particular that has become a favourite of mine due to the gorgeous prints and materials that she chooses to use:
Rebecca Rhoades is an independent London based fashion designer who has a passion for creating beautiful and unique garments for women of all ages. Rebecca’s designs have been featured in The Daily Mail and often appear at red carpet events due to her loyal following of fashionistas and celebrity clients (such as Lucy Meck and Billie Faiers).
Whether its because of the colourful choice of print, thigh high split or the sexy backless cut, a Rebecca Rhoades design will always stand out at whatever event you choose to wear it to. I love her choice of silky material for this summer’s range of maxi dresses, playsuits and halter tops and am extremely excited about the autumn/winter range that has recently been released!
Many of Rebecca’s garments can be worn in a multitude of ways making them versatile and easy to wear. With items typically ranging from £150-£200, this is occasion wear that will be sure to make you feel gorgeously glamorous so if you’ve got something special coming up, why not visit their website or Pushka Fashion on Facebook for a browse of her newest collections?!
When it comes to skincare, a trip to Lush is all that is needed to revitalise your complexion and restore balance to any problem areas. On my last few visits to Lush there has been one product in particular that I just cant resist and has been highly recommended by both staff in-store and customers through online reviews:
Mask of Magnaminty is made up of natural ingredients that cleans, calms and clears skin; perfect for those of us suffering from breakouts! Every ingredient packed into this little pot provides a different benefit, from the cooling and invigorating peppermint oil to the exfoliating ground aduki beans that help to lift away dead skin and unclog pores. One of my favourite ingredients included in Magnaminty is honey as this is a natural antiseptic that is perfect if you have any active blemishes and also has moisturizing qualities. The mistake that a lot of people make when recovering from a breakout is attempting to dry out the skin but once the wound has closed it is important to keep it moisturised in order to promote healing and prevent scarring and further breakouts caused by overproduction of oil.
Once applied, keep the refreshingly minty solution on for 5-10 minutes. For best results make sure to repeat this process once or twice a week to keep your complexion glowing and those pesky breakouts at bay! Judging by the almost-empty pot pictured above, I’ll be heading to my local Lush store very soon and I would highly recommend you to do the same!