Tuesday 22 September 2015


London Fashion Week is here again, and The Modernist is here to give you the top trends and looks you should be coveting next season. The Topshop Unique show in particular caught our eye on Sunday with easy to wear styles that we can't wait to wear.

Spring Summer '16 looks to be a continuation of Winter's top trends with faux fur a consistent theme throughout the collection. White and blush pink hues are contrasted by Autumnal shades of navy and forest green to give this collection a luxe feel.

Colonial influences and 1920's and 40's shapes and styles give next season an update on the banana leaf and palm prints of last season.

Power dressing and 80's fashion also make an appearance in the collection. Blazers that would be at home on the set of Working Girl bring an androgynous element to the otherwise feminine looks. 

Oriental embroidery and silk fabrics play another key role, but throughout the range the colour palette of rich navy, green and red bring the looks together into one of the most exciting and different Spring collections we've seen for some time.

Look out for more LFW show reviews on The Modernist this week as we take a look at the top trends and designers of the moment!

Sunday 26 July 2015

Thursday 31 July 2014


 photo BeachEssentials1_zpsf959ebb5.jpg As I'm going on holiday to Marbella in a few days I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to blog about my top beach essentials. I've bought a HUGE beach bag this year (link!) as I like to overpack and be prepared for every occasion. However I have managed to narrow down my top 10 favourite items that I would recommend to anyone going on a beach holiday! Here they are...

1. Beauty Bay Lighted Mirror (link)
A portable mirror is a must for me. Even if I'm going to look like a sweaty hot mess I want to know to know about it. This is a great buy at £5 and has a magnified side as well as a normal side. Okay, so the lights aren't essential for the beach, but as a portable makeup mirror, this is a great option. You can just throw it in your clutch on a night out and reapply your lipgloss where ever, even in the back seat of a taxi! 

2. The Body Shop Hand Sanitiser (link)
This is a great option from The Body Shop! It comes in lots of gorgeous scents, such as this one (my personal favourite) the coconut variety. 

3. Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 30 Dry Mist Sun Screen (link)
I always apply my SPF 30 Piz Buin Once-A-Day suncream in the mornings on holiday, but whatever the manufacturer's claims, you should reapply sunscreen throughout the day. I like the Garnie Ambre Solaire SPF 30 Dry Mist. Its so easy to apply and especially useful for the beach as you don't have to wait around for it to dry or worry about sand getting stuck to you!

4. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (link)
A concealer is one of the only items of makeup I wear on a day-to-day basis on holiday- especially when I'm sunbathing. I don't mind going bare-faced but I like to cover my pesky eye bags (although sunglasses are also helpful for this!). 

5. Nars Mutiple in South Beach (link)
A gorgeous bronze coloured cream stick product. This Multiple is perfect to swipe on your cheeks, nose and forehead (anywhere that the sun would catch naturally!) for a gorgeous, healthy glow. You can also use it on your lips and eyes too, a clear winner for me.

6. Clarins Aftersun Moisturiser Self Tanning (link)
Okay so I not it's not technically a beach product but I love it for holidays! This aftersun is so soothing and creaming- and makes your skin feel so soft! It also contains a tiny amount of fake tan which really enhances your natural glow and speeds things up a bit. A must have.

7. La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS STICK SPF50+ 9g (link)
I love the La Roche-Posay SPF50 stick for reapplying to areas I'm more likely to burn. The high SPF is great to use it on my nose, hair-parting and on my feet! 

8. La Roche-Posay ANTHELIOS FACE COMFORT CREAM SPF50+ 50ml (link)
A high SPF is essential for you face. So you might want a tanned visage but you'll be left with pigmentation marks and wrinkles when you're older. I use this every day on holiday and use a face self tan in the evenings to ensure my face matches with my body.

9. Mini Deodorant (link)
This is my favourite deodorant but in miniature form. Beaches get HOT, need I say more?

10. No7 Anti-Ageing Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen SPF 30 (link)
This is a gorgeous product from No7. Its an SPF lip balm with a subtle shimmer, thus eliminating the need for lipgloss or lipstick on the beach (no more hair-lipgloss moments!). It's SPF 30 so will protect your lips whilst nourishing them. 

I hope you enjoyed reading what I'm going to be taking to the beach this year! What are your beach essentials?

Sunday 20 July 2014

The Style Edit No.1

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

Product Rave: Nars Tinted Moisturiser

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Tinted moisturiser is something I've wanted to get into using for a while now. I'm quite lucky that I have clear, blemish-free skin (most of the time!) and started to find that foundation was getting to heavy feeling on my face. Don't get me wrong, I still adore my Laura Mercier Silk Creme but I wanted something for Summer to see if I could get away with a lighter coverage. This is where the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser steps in. I've heard about it before and notice bloggers were using it but before now was sure that any tinted moisturiser would be too shiny and wear badly on my skin- how wrong I was. When I found out that Suzie from Hello October (YouTube & Blog) uses this I knew I had to buy it. Her skin always looks flawless and perfect and I wanted mine to look the same so I headed into a Space N.K and purchased the shade St Moritz. 

This stuff is incredible! The finish is unlike any tinted moisturiser I have tried- satin but glow-y all at once. Plus, I find this to be as long wearing as a foundation- so no awkward patches on your face with it rubbing off. My skin looks radiant (as the name suggests!) and I feel like it can breathe- it also smells pretty good too. At £29, this tinted moisturiser is quite pricey but it's definitely worth it. It's SPF 30 and has a PA+++ broad spectrum of protection so it's great to take on holiday! You get 50ml of product in the tube which is more than with my regular foundations. If you think your current foundation is too heavy but you are scared of tinted moisturisers, go out and buy this- it's so gorgeous on the skin. I thought I would only really be using this on holiday but I can tell that I'm going to be wearing foundation a lot less because of this- and I love it! 

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (£29)- Space N.K (link)

Thursday 3 July 2014

Trés Chic

 photo StripeTrouser2_zps15641d15.jpg  photo 2014-07-02_zps60639842.jpg  photo StripeTrousers_zps62a0f552.jpg  photo 2014-07-021_zpsaff31658.jpgSometimes you just have to sit back and think, 'blogging made me do it'. Today was one of those moments. These trousers are unlike anything I'd ever even consider wearing but would always admire on others. I'd seen them featured on a few blogs (such as 'Tres Monikh'- I love this blog!) but wasn't sure about whether to purchase them for my own wardrobe but I am so pleased that I did. 

These trousers certainly look expensive and chic, but were only £15 from H&M. They are so lightweight and comfortable and look effortless for the Summertime. I paired them with my ZARA mules and a sleeveless black top from Oasis. I love this look and I hope you all do too!

Trousers- H&M (Link) | Top- Oasis | Mules- ZARA | Watch- River Island | Bangles- Forever 21