Monday, 31 January 2011

Yay or nay? I'm not sure....

The colouring of these ads is very vibrant and I don't know why but can't really decide if glasses suit Kate or not and in the sunglasses shot I don't think really looks like her. Overall I'm not really bowled over by these ads as I do think that the bright colours makes it look a bit cheap, not really a fan of the strap-line either...I do however like the glasses in the last ad below...what do you make of them? (the ads and the glasses!)

Thursday, 27 January 2011


Just before Christmas my friend told me about Rejuvacote, a nail polish that is meant to strengthen and help your nails grow. Sure, there are many polishes that claim to do the same thing already on the market, but when I saw her nails I was really impressed with them so thought would give it a go myself. My mum also really suffers from weak nails so thought she would be a good person to sample it on.

It doesn't come cheap, I paid £12 for this polish, other online stockists do charge less but they normally have a minimum spend which can be anything from £20 - £35, so in the end I paid more for it just so I didn't end up spending money on other products that I didn't really need or want.

Have to say, this stuff is pretty good! The suggested method is that you apply a coat a day for a week, then remove it and by then your nails should feel stronger and then you can just apply it as a base coat from then on to maintain the nail strength.

You can apply a colour over the top and then keep putting Rejuvacote on over the top, or just keep them clear if you wish. After the third day I did start to notice a difference. My mum however, did have a few more problems. It appeared that the polish did chip away at the top for the first couple of days, but she did persevere and by the end of the week her nails did feel much stronger and 'less bendy.' 

I have found that applying this polish as a top coat also really helps to prevent colour chipping. I have had it on with two different colours underneath to check it wasn't a fluke and both have lasted over a week without any major chipping.

So, if you aren't too scared of the idea of paying over a tenner for a nail polish I would give this a try and the bottle is quite big so should last you a decent period of time. Let me know if you've already heard of this and have tried it - did you have the same success? 

You can order Rejuvacote from the following stockists:

The Nail company - £6.99, but this site has a minimum spend.

Amazon - £7.49, but you will have to pay for delivery.

Salon Skin Care - £11.95, this is where I ordered from.

My nails, 6 days in... no chips!

Monday, 17 January 2011


On Saturday I had the (not so) bright idea of going into Abercrombie to get my sister her birthday present. Now I've been in the store before, think I went in to have a look round when it first opened just to see what it was like, which was completely pointless as was exactly the same as all the stores in the US!

However, I was in the area and I know my sister likes their stuff so thought I'd have a look round. Good Lord, if I'd have known what a circus that place has turned into I would not have bothered.

I was prepared for the overly loud music and ridiculously dim lightening, however I was not prepared for the random dancing employees and the poor service.

I managed to find the item I wanted quite quickly which is a miracle in itself, however, the size I wanted was not in my reach, so I asked one of the million sales assistants to help me. On my 'excuse me' request the girl turned round and just replied 'yes' in a 'how dare you interrupt my conversation' type manner. However, her colleague who got the right size down for me was much more pleasant, shame they're not all like that.

Now, the fun begins when you go to pay... no joke, I was queuing for 40 MINUTES TO PAY!! I went upstairs to join the queue only to be told that the queue actually went back into another room and snaked all the way round... at first I thought OK sure, but they should be quite quick and so shouldn't be here too long. Oh how wrong.

Not only was it boiling, the loud music was really starting to grate me and the annoying dancing people were driving me round the bend. The reason I waited this long was because it was a gift and once I'd found the item I really did think my sister would love it and so was adamant to stay, but I don't understand how people usually put up with it!

Tell me, if you're an abercrombie fan... how do you put up with such poor service and annoying staff? Would you not just rather order it online? Which I would've done if I'd thought about it earlier and had the time to do so.

Now you'd think with such a huge store with a high footfall, especially on a Saturday they would have at least 10 tills lined up with urgent staff working as quickly as possible. Oh no, when I finally made it into the 'till room' I was welcomed to 4 tills! Only 4?! Madness, but there were about 15 staff behind the tills all just slowing down the process rather than speed it up. I kept seeing members of staff walking around with walkie talkies and head pieces, but who knows what they were actually doing as the staff seem to be running around like headless chickens! As my dad would say... all the gear and no idea!

When I got to the front and saw a till clear, I walked over to the counter, where the family in front of me had paid and moved to the side whilst they waited for their items to be bagged. I happily handed over my item, only to hear the cashier guy say, 'wait a minute.' - Are you joking me? There is a queue going back through about 5 different rooms, you can start my transaction as one of your colleagues is putting the previous customers items in a bag for them - you are standing there doing sod all! But no, I had to wait for the bag to be packed so he could just hand it over to them - why the bag packer person couldn't do that is beyond me!

I finally parted with my cash and got the hell out of there. Not only was the whole experience awful, the half naked guy at the entrance wasn't even hot! - Step up your game Abercrombie! I know you obviously don't need to care about customer service as you still seem to get customers coming through the door, but what with all the recent negative press they've just had you'd think they'd try and make a bit of an effort.

I really want to hear your opinions on this one, as I know I sound a bit like an old fart moaning about the music etc and I'm sure loads of people will be thinking why didn't I just leave the store and not give them my money but I really wanted to see how long it would take and I got to the point when I'd been there long enough I thought I may as well sit it out!

Are any of you out there put off by the thought of loud music, dark lightening and ridiculous queues? Do you not care because you love the products so much? Be great to hear your opinions, any US readers out there, what is it like over there? As I know the UK store is a bit more manic as it's the only one outside the US, but do you find any of the store's characteristics annoying? Be good to hear from you... in the mean time, from now on the next time I want anything from there I will most certainly be getting it online... wonder what that service is like!?

Thursday, 13 January 2011


Have you guys seen the new trophy designed by fashion legend and British icon; Vivienne Westwood? I think it looks a lot better. Much more eye catching and draping the flag over the statue empahsises the Britishness! 

Vivienne has always been a great inspiration to me and a designer that I am consistently in love with. I can always imagine myself wearing her designs and in a dream world would wear a V.Westwood suit to work everyday!

Westwood also has very strong links to the music industry, both personal and professional making this collaboration a sensible and successful one!

But the proof is in the pudding as they say, below is the new design... what do you think??

Monday, 10 January 2011


You may remember way back in September I went to the Veja Launch event held at the Darkroom in Holborn... this was the launch of their bag collection which were beautifully designed and produced. The event was a great success and Darkroom is a really beautiful boutique that I recommend anyone to go to. Well, since then the Veja brand has gone from strength to strength and I now I have the delight in showing their new range of laptop cases and wallets.

The ethos behind Veja is sustainability and eco-friendly. As I discussed in my previous post on Veja... those two elements usually mean that the products are unattractive, stiff and generally not that nice to wear / use. However, Veja have managed to ensure that ec-friendly equals beauty.

The leather that they use for their products is so soft you can't help but stroke the items! And all is produced in Brazil and they use vegetable and plant extracts to die their materials. You can read more about their production in my previous post.

For now, I'll let you marvel at their latest collection. They laptop cases are currently stocked at Ideologoy whilst the wallets can be found at Darkroom. The cases are retailing at £70 and the wallets between £50 and £65. Both very reasonable prices for the quality you get!

Let me know what you think, or if you went to the original launch event, would be great to hear from you and share your thoughts on the products! I am also heading to their showroom next week where I will be able to get up close and personal with the new products so keep checking back to see my own photos of the products and a write up of the showroom itself!

One of the available wallets in 'rock.'

The laptop case which comes in 5 different colours.

One of the original bags from their first collection.

All images courtesy of Veja. 
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