blow Ltd. Covent Garden

I’ve always wished I had that entrepreneurial mind that would allow me to conjure up the most exciting businesses or ideas and make a living from it. However, my creative toolset will only extend so far to that of an idea only. One of those ideas was the hope that there would be a place where you could get ready from head to toe in one place close to the venue of an event or a Friday night haunt. Luckily for us women out there, someone made that idea a reality. Welcome to the world of Blow Ltd.

A manicure, pedicure, blow dry and makeup all mastered in Covent Garden under the watchful experts of the Blow salon. Being so excited around this concept I had to try it so was over the moon when the Communications Store popped an invite in my inbox. 

As I live South West, dressing up for a night on the tiles located in central is no easy task. Scrupulous amounts of hairspray are sprayed on my hair to keep the style in check for the ultimate frizz attacker of the underground to attempt. Naturally once the travel and the cold and the blustery winds arrive my hair resembles the work of a scarecrow upon entering a bar. Not a good look.
Once I had travelled the wintery commute to Covent Garden, I was greeted with warm welcomes from the Blow team and a glass of breakfast orange to refresh those morning blues.

Then it was on downstairs to get down to business…. (cheeky)

Unlike most salons or blow dry bars, this place is well equipped for your party ready needs. Once sat down and suited up, I was given my own ipad to browse the latest blow try trends and pick one to experience. 

As an admirer of the Victoria’s secret models beauty, I had to try the big blow dry. Next thing I know I’m placed in the chair and shampooed, conditioned and massaged with hair goodness before having two pairs of hands work their way through my tresses.  

15 minutes later and bouncy, tumbling curls coif around my face perfectly and my blow dry is complete. 

I have had few blow dry’s in the past including at the favoured Hershesons but this one was one of the best after a salon cut and blow dry. I loved the concept and if I was dining out at one of Covent Gardens finest, Blow would be my first port of call. 

The negative: I hate to say this but regrettably the blow dry did not last all day, only a few hours infact but I would stress I have fine hair and rarely does any style last most of the day. On the other hand I would recommend it to anyone who is travelling to London and wants to look gorgeous on their day excursion in the capital or looking to be pampered before an evening out.

If like me and you are far from Covent Garden, I would recommend the following beauty bars for the perfect NYE prep.
East London: UR Cheeky near Liverpool streets offers cocktails and full beauty pampering. The perfect alternative for freezing legs standing in the queue for a club, head down and get salon treatments with a good gossip around your favourites.

North London: My favourite North London gem Angel has just acquired the Blow Bar with cost cutting prices for a Cali style blowout. 

South London: Who could be bothered to travel all the way up North to Blow Bar when one has just landed within the heart of Wandsworth. 

West London: the Gina Conway salon on Westbourne grove may not do nails but it certainly knows a good head massage. Smell the different oils and relax within the organic surroundings downstairs, away from the chatty salon area. I also hear they are great for wax treatments.

Newcastle: Everytime I visit my northern home, I cant help but stop by and look luxurious with a cut and blow dry from the Y Salon team. If the Geordie blowdry is too much volume, go for the classic waves for a luxe look.

Special thanks to Jessica and Emily at TCS and to the wonderful Blow Ltd team for transforming my mane. To book an appointment head over here.

Christmas Comforts at OnePiece

It's unusual that I'm writing this post not in my Onesie. It's become my staple wardrobe essential and keeps me toasty during the wintry period.
My love affair started with the cosy number after attending the One Piece launch at the Roof Gardens last month. You can read more about it here.
Onesies aren't just for kids, dress up your partner or your grandma in these bad boys, they certainly won't receive a Christmas gift like it.

Oh and did i forget to mention they do onesies for dogs....

As an early Christmas gift I'm giving you a meaty 20% off at OnePiece to gift family, friends and yourself to your hearts content. Don't say i don't do anything nice
Just use the code 31THEHORSEFERRYGIRL at the checkout.

So you can get a Onesie designed and worn by this lot...

Hurry as this offer ends on 1st December. Why are you still here? Head over to OnePiece now! Don't forget to tag yourself in your Onesie so I can pick the best ones to put on The HG Facebook page


One Piece at The Roof Gardens

It's not everyday that I get an invite to spend an evening at The Roof Gardens, Kensington and I've certainly never been invited to spend the evening there whilst in a Onesie.

However Norway's coolest export OnePiece did just that and let me relax around the tranquil gardens to celebrate the launch of their Autumn/Winter Collection.
Of course something that sounds too good to be true nearly always is which came in the form of my evening attire not arriving in time (thanks UPS)
But nothing was going to stop me from turning an invitation to the coolest party in town away so i dressed up and headed to see what all the fuss was about. Boy do they know how to throw a party!!

Apologies about the lack of picture quality but when your having a good time sometimes the blogging goes out of the window. Once at the top floor there wasn't an area of the terrace that hadn't been given the One Piece treatment.

Guests were mingling with other guests in their favourite OnePiece Onesie, while dancers entertained, busting their moves to the insane beats.
Drink in hand, I headed outside for some fresh air only to be confronted by fake snow and flashes of light bulbs.

Well a party is the perfect place to get a great shot and shooting the new OnePiece campaign against a live party really sums up the brand's cool, young feel. I too could have joined in being a part of OnePiece getting snapped in their photobooth but feeling shy I left it for the other hundred guests including Sadie Frost to give it a go.

Sadly I couldn't stay for the whole evening as work had to be done but when this package came on my doorstep it lifted my spirits straight up. I always wondered why they called the company I know why. I never want to take it off!
It's far too comfortable and will probably be worn on those long days at uni. Well whatever makes you comfortable right? No wonder it's been so popular with the likes of 1D boys, Tom Daley and Ellie Goulding wear them all the time.

Tom Daley jumps in his GB OnePiece

Massive thanks to the OnePiece and Vivid Fashion group team and especially Guy and Natasha for throwing a great party. I repeat this OnePiece is never coming off! Shop the latest collection of OnePiece's here or head to their ultra hip store in cool Shoreditch at BoxPark.


Boots Beauty Lock In

As the air begins to cool and the sun sets earlier, our beauty bags get revamped for the winter season. Powders are replaced by hydrating creams and tinted moisturiser is binned for sheer foundation. One thing that we never replace is our make-up look. Seasons roll by with the same eyeliner, same blush, same nude lips, same everything.
I am guilty of this more than anyone.
My Burberry nude lip colour, nars blush and brown liner on the waterline have never varied from the beginning of wearing makeup. Only for special occasions or a period of recreating Emma Watson's smokey eye on the Burberry campaign have I added a flick to my liquid liner.
So when Boots invited me to their Give it A Go event in East London, I couldn't help but eagerly see what the experts could do.

Once arrived, I was whisked away to a make-up chair to be left in the hands of celebrity make up artist Jose Bass. Brushes, compacts and some daringly bold lipsticks were laid out on the table for Jose to experiment for the perfect Autumn beauty look.

Jose, who has been entrusted with making the faces of Abbey Clancy, Roasario Dawson and Mischa Barton look red carpet ready, chose to work the claret lip trend and change my nude palette for a stronger look.
See how i got on, and recreate the look with these videos courtesy of Boots and Healthista TV

I have to be honest and say I really loved the claret lip and surprisingly looked good against my pale skin. After Jose worked his magic on my eyes with a feline flick on a smokey eye as perfected on his client, Strictly's Abbey Clancy. As incredible as Abbey looks with the feline flick, it didn't suit to my face as it does on hers. Jose did an incredible job and probably with more contouring and a a darker shadow, it would look glamorous for an evening look, but with a bold lip and porcelain skin it didn't seem to work.
Don't let that stop you from trying the look as it's a great shape and easy to achieve.

Across the UK Boots Give it a Go events are being held with half price offers on No. 7 and Seventeen makeup. So it's the prime opportunity to head down to beauty heaven and fill up those make-up bags with some gorgeous goodies to try.

Healthista caught up with Jose Bass while he worked the claret lip on me and shows you how to perfect the trend for this season.

A massive thanks to Sinead and Fiona for such a great evening and letting me stock up on some beauty treats. Also massive thanks to Jose Bass for recreating the autumn trends and giving great expert advice on how to perfect the look.

If you're not near a boots or in the UK check out my tips for this Winter's hottest beauty look.

Re-create Ohne Titel's runway beauty look this fall with the claret lip using these must have products.
-Boot's No. 7 lip range is on par with the lip colours at Chanel or Tom Ford and luxuriously lie on the lips for a sexy bold look. Other great lip brands to go for include Dior and Yves Saint Laurent
- As Jose Bass advises, use a lip pencil over the base of the lip then apply with a brush, the claret colour.
- For a finishing touch, I love Dior's Addict range which feature the most kissable colours for dull, dry lips.
- Banish those cracked mouths with a toothbrush and a gentle scrub and brush carefully for soft, kiss worthy lips

For more tips from the experts visit their autumn trends lookbook 

So go on girls, pucker up this season with some truly gorgeous lips.


Juicy Couture Noir Launch Party

This post has been a long time coming after being busy with internships, work but more importantly falling in love with this fragrance.

Juicy's Night Is For Noir event in central London was as glamorous as the brand and couldn't be a Juicy party without pink and some funky beats. Resident DJ and stylish socialite Becky Tong was on hand to provide music for the evening whilst everyone mingled with the fashion industry and Juicy's brand ambassadors sipping on the specially made cocktails.

Once we had experienced the pink mojitios and floral displays we headed to the next room which featured the likes of Zoe Hardman, Sarah Jane Crawford and Amber Le Bon dancing the night away.

Once we spotted the photobooth is was time to get snapping.
It's fair to say my planning outfit wise for the event was embarrassingly last minute but decided on these printed shorts from asos and my go to smart top from Dorothy Perkins which is seasons old but similar here.

After abusing the photobooth and the bar, it was time to stop admiring the pink peonies and head home with the sweet scent of Juicy's fragrance.
The wonderful PR team couldn't let us leave without a bottle of the stuff and a Juicy t-shirt asa reminder of the evenings proceedings.

Massive thanks to the lovely team at Juicy Couture and Home House, who were great hospitality

Juicy Couture's Noir fragrance is available now.

Inspired? Shop the Night is For Noir Edit.

From Left: Topshop Jumper//All Saints Trousers//Kate Spade bag//Juicy Couture fragrance//Saint Laurent Boots//Marlene Birger Blazer//Bijoux Bazaar Necklace
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Ultimate Summer Guide: Health

In the final part of my ultimate summer guide series, I thought it fitting to give it an Olympic theme. Today marks the 1st anniversary of London 2012.
British flags on every nook & cranny of the capital were being waved, people smiling on the tube and never once during late summer did anyone lose the Olympic spirit.

The world watched as Team GB marched up the medals table and tears were shed watching athletes stand on the podium to watching them crumble in front of the world's media.
Watching every day and night from big screens in London, to sitting in the back office at work seeing Tom Daley squeeze into the final was amazing to be part of.
One sport that stuck with me since the Olympics was the track cycling team who had all of us including royalty on the edge of their seats whilst a Mexican wave flowed through the arena. Seeing the heartbreak, the success and the jubilation was all part of the drama that played out in the velodrome a year ago so when I was invited to interview Team GB Jessica Varnish, I was ready with the Boris bike to scoot down to The Dukes Hotel in Mayfair to talk everything health.

Good luck Jess at your future competitions and hope to see you next year in Glasgow to take Gold

Happy Anniversary London 2012

Ulitmate Summer Guide: Hair

The heatwave is beginning to fade, but those hair nightmares have only just begun. Humid temperatures and sweaty tube journeys have made any type of hair scream for an appointment at the salon. Ends feel like they're never going to stop splitting and colour fades as quickly as a space to sunbathe in the park. 
So when I got the chance to interview Charles Worthington's hair stylist I couldn't wait to fire all my hair problems at him. 

After some great advice I tried & tested summer hair products and here are my favourites.

To find exclusive tips and tricks on the war against hair humidity visit Boots Camp here

Ultimate Summer Guide: Beauty

For the 2nd part of my Ultimate Summer Guide, I spoke to celebrity make up artist Daniel Sandler who offered his advice for the perfect beauty looks this summer. The humid weather and soaring temperatures not only in the tropics but the sweltering capital means the half hour spent in the morning fine tuning the Nars palettes are wasted after spending five minutes on the underground. Recently i attended Boots' #BootsCamp event where i was lucky enough to meet Daniel and put together summer's hottest make up bag.

Here are my top picks from my summer beauty bag

For more tips and tricks head to Boots Camp for gorgeous summer beauty.

Ultimate Summer Guide: Skin

Summer has certainly pushed rainy days out of the way and finally taken an overdue centre stage. The sun sizzles over London and I love relaxing with a 99 and a picnic blanket, soaking up the rays.
However, prepping for the season and maintaining the glamorous beach look isn't easy. 
So as the temperatures soar, I thought it would be a good idea to create the 'Ultimate Summer Guide' with tips and interviews from top experts and my personal favourite beauty products. 
Where else better to start than the part of the body that will be most exposed on our hot getaways: the skin.
Winter has dried it out, the invisible sun has left us looking like we've walked out of our coffins and those legs haven't seen the light of day since the opaque tights ripped on the way to work. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet St Tropez's skin expert Jules Heptonstall and get the secrets just for you to great looking skin this summer. Check it out below.

Here are my favourite products for the skin to show off an amazing bikini body

As Jules stated in his interview a good scrub is essential. I love Rituals new Good luck scrub with thick exfoliating beads in sweet orange scent to rid of any dry areas and help reduce cellulite. It's a product I've become obsessed with and love to smooth the skin off with Laura Mercier's body souffle which as anyone who knows me, it's used everyday with a summer appropriate coconut smell. After laying in the sun for hours and realising I'm no darker than i was trekking through the snow in the winter, it's time to apply Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 week tan which assures me of a healthy glow for several days. For evening get togethers, I apply another layer for a deeper golden look and make sure I've applied a thin layer of St Tropez's gradual face tan to achieve the level of tan I want. Nars' Sheer Glow Foundation on the t-zone gets me ready for those hot summer days and nights and leaves my skin looking dewy and fresh.

Massive thanks to Jules, St Tropez and Red Consultancy for giving great advice and letting me share with everyone.
If your skin is quenching more advice head to Boots Camp for tips and tricks for summer skin.
What are your summer skincare tips. Leave a comment below....


Atelier-To-Go Trunk Show

Walk down Oxford Street at any time on a Saturday and see how many seconds you can walk down the street without flustering or being overwhelmed by the amount of people playing slalom through the huge crowds.
A typical response would be shop online but with thousands of e-commerce sites propping up everywhere, it's just as annoying scouring page after page of thousands of products and still find nothing. Asos, Shopbop and My-Wardrobe have left their personality in 2010 and gone for product after brand after product.

Net-A-Porter are the only ones that seem to get it right but their price points don't go down well with the majority of peoples bank accounts.
Recently my opinion of online shopping was changed when a friend introduced me to new e-commerce site Atelier-To-Go.
Think of it as a smaller Net-A-Porter but with a curated collection of products that could rival Liberty's buying team. If a sleek, modern design and a wide range of brands wasn't enough, experts are on hand  to transform any woman from dull and boring to chic and sophisticated style queen.
Experts aren't the typical online advisers like the intern sitting behind the desk but are in the form of Fashion Editors, Elle's infamous Stacey Duguid (a.k.a I am Mademoiselle) as well as various fashion writers and advice from the Atelier team.

So when I received an invite in my inbox to shop at their Atelier trunk show I couldn't wait to pop down, meet the team but more importantly look at their curated collection of brands.
Held in the luxurious Mayfair Hotel, i was taken to the biggest suite I've ever seen, handed a glass of champagne and guided round each collection.

By far my favourite collection was Paper London...Pastel colours, structured coats, cocktail dresses and chic jackets, it epitomised style icons such as Olivia Palermo and Victoria Beckham to a T.
The Atelier team including Sasha and Jacqueline were on hand to offer advice and help with sizing.

Although i didn't purchase anything (purely to protect my bank account from becoming extinct) there were dozens of pieces that were screaming for a place in my wardrobe.

Thank you to the lovely Atelier team and The Mayfair Hotel for welcoming me warmly again to their luxurious suites. Shop the latest pieces to arrive on the site here.

Anatomy Of The Dress: TFNC Bandeau Dress

It's been a while since I've done a dress post but when I saw this beauty on Asos, I fell in love with it.  As it's my birthday coming up soon, I've bit the bullet and ordered it but bandeau dresses don't always flatter me and more or less flatten me. So it will be interesting to see how it looks when the package arrives at my door.
However, I love the vibrancy of the dress and the way it fits, cinching in at the waist and flaring out at the hip.

Perfect for a glamorous evening of cocktails or dancing the night away at your favourite hotspot, you will be certain to stand out from the crowd in this Jessica Rabbit inspired number.

You can purchase this dress at Asos and students receive a lovely 10% off


Scent From Heaven

After a long day whiling away at work or university, nothing is more relaxing than coming home to a roaring fire, crackling to calm the senses.
If like me the fireplace isn't nearby, these little scents from heaven do themselves justice from the sweet smells of childhood the the muskiness of a deep forest.
Escape from everything and treat yourself to my top 5 fragrant treats.

1. Laura Mercier Vanille Perfume £41.50// if you're too far from an ice cream van look no further than this fragrance from Laura Mercier with a spritz just waiting to be kissed off

2. Next Reed Diffuser £20//Fashion comes in the form of a scent with Next's Milan collection and this diffuser will give any room an extra chic touch.

3. Diptyque Candle £40// My favourite scented candle in the higher price point range and it certainly doesn't disappoint  it travels with me everywhere wrapped carefully as I have yet to find a nice smelling travel candle.

4. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Souffle £43.50// A beauty favourite of mine which gets slapped on almost everyday and always receives great comments especially when lathered on in the morning.

5. Pop Up Paris Candle £23//Discovered recently, this candle shines bright like a diamond quite literally with 1 in every 50 containing a real diamond. A perfect combo for anyone who likes a sweet scent and sharp cut diamonds.

If you have any other great scents out there, let me know and i'll give them a go


Sweet Treats From Ted Baker

With a Spring in their step,Ted Baker certainly know how to work pastel shades with their sugary Sweet Shop collection. Candy bar coloured tablet cases and purses adorn the stores and floral accessories dominate the collection.

1. Tablet Case £39

2. Balloon dog necklace £49

3. Washbag £29

4. Small purse £65

5. Short Sleeve shirt £89

6. Iphone 5 case £29

You can shop the collection here by visiting their Sweet Shoppe

#BootsGiveItAGo Event

One the alarm goes off for uni or work, the daily routine of  hair and makeup is pretty standard with every woman. For me, it's trying to fix my hair into some manageable easy style under 10 minutes whilst my makeup is more of an autopilot situation; light base, strong brows, nude eyes and lips and Nars blusher. However, after attending Boots' Give It a Go Event last week that all changed.

On the 22nd March, beauty haven Boots will be launching their latest idea nationwide to keep us women looking gorgeous with a brand new look. The Boots Give It A Go event will see make up artists try products from your favourite brands on you that you would never normally choose. For example if your staple lip is nothing brighter than a nude shade, the Boots team will find you a bright red to surprise the office the next day.
Stores from all corners of the country will be involved so there's no need to book a ticket to London. Boots top brands will be involved from Bumble & Bumble, No. 7, Umberto Giannini and 17 with stylists on hand to advise how to achieve the new look in simple steps.

During the event, I attended with fellow bloggers SW Fashion and Pink Flamingo Kisses where we were all pampered and laden with bags of goodies to take home and test. Myself and Nicole (Pink Flamingo Kisses) tried out the half moon nails and were shown how to do them at home which will sure be a competitor for Manicure Monday.

SW Fashion left us to it and visited the hair room to get it styled and walked out with a fresh new haircut.

After trying different makeup looks from bold lips to colourful eye liners, we were able to share our new looks with everyone in the interactive photobooth.

The event overall was one of the best organised press days I've attended with the team complimenting everyone on their new looks and advising what products would go with our skintone, hair colour and how confident we were to pull it off.

Find Your Nearest Boots For The Event
A massive thanks to everyone at Red Consultancy and the Boots team for making it such an exciting and unique event. Look out for beauty reviews of the products coming soon.
For more information visit Boots Website where the event will kick off this Friday 22nd March
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