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Moving from Blogger to WordPress

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I have finally seen the light and am making the move to WordPress from Blogger. Please bear with me while I make the move and I look forward to seeing you on the other side!

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How to… fake tan (Part II)

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I seem to have become something of a fake tan addict this summer. After a promising April in the UK when I managed to develop a pretty convincing base to my summer tan and topping up sessions in Ibiza in May and Valencia in June, a disappointing July and August in Britain has left me pale and pasty. So I have found myself faking it.

Sunny Valencia
Further to my previous How to… fake tan post and various other fake tan related posts, this post responds to the questions I’ve been asked and the knowledge I’ve acquired. These are my 10 top tips for tanning – the fake way:
  1. Use a mitt or gloves. I haven’t personally used gloves as I tried a mitt first and love the results. I get mine from Boots – they’ve been on offer most of the summer and I only just realised but apparently they can be put in the washing machine on a cold wash – mine’s going in with my next delicates wash. Beats trying to hand wash it!
  2. Use a gradual tan if you’re scared of the proper thing or have had a bad experience in the past.
  3. Instant tans are a great quick fix if you want to wear a dress but your pins are pasty.
  4. Mousse fake tans are generally lighter and less greasy than lotions.
  5. Remember to fake tan your feet – I try to go all the way to the edges so that any line is almost on the bottom of my foot and therefore covered by any footwear.
  6. Remember also to tan the backs of your hands. Often forgotten as they are inside a mitt or gloves. Don’t overdo it but a little tan left of the mitt is often enough.
  7. Don’t wash the mitt straight away as you’ll wash the tan off your hands and leave it patchy!
  8. Whilst most people recommend putting fake tan on at night I find it annoying having to wander around letting it dry, so instead I tan in the morning and let it dry before dressing as I dry my hair and put my make-up on – that’s usually enough time. Just wear a darker colour and nothing too tight. Saves getting tan all over your bed sheets too.
  9. Either fake tan your face or use a bronzer – otherwise you’ll look sun kissed and ill at the same time!
  10. Finally, do not put any shoes and socks on until the tan is completely “fixed” – and don’t exercise or shower for a good 6-8 hours. Believe me, I speak from experience.

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What are your top tips for fake tanning? Did I forget something?
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BARGAIN OF THE DAY: Asos Ames Suede Ankle Boots

Unfortunately, not in my size. My bank balance can breathe easy again!
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Mani of the Week: Chanel 531 Peridot

Yes the brand new nail colour for Autumn Winter from Chanel

When I found out it was that time of year again – when Chanel release their latest seasonal limited edition colours – I was beyond excited. What made it better was that I now live in London, and work right next to Westfield where Boots has a lovely Chanel counter. Plus, my manager is also I huge Chanel nail polish fan!!! Therefore Friday morning at 9:45am we took ourselves off to Boots. I went with the intention of buying two of the three and one for my sister. Instead, I ended up getting all three for myself – I just couldn’t resist!
This is definitely my favourite at first glance and therefore got priority. I think it is the perfect autumn colour for nails. Just like the season, the colour changes in different lights. It looks very gold but below you can see a hint of the green it becomes in some lights.
Come back next week to see which of the three I have gone for next:
“S-S Sis” x
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Monday Morning Pic-Me-Up: Postcards from the seaside

As summer days in the UK seem numbered, I’m dreaming of being back on the beach in Sardinia: see here for more wonderful holiday snaps
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This Week I Bought …

Welcome to my first post for Sugar and Spice. ‘This week I bought…’ is my fortnightly feature for Shopgirl. I hope you enjoy it. I snatched a couple of great bargains in Accessorize the other day. I was just passing through Fulham Broadway station on my way to view a flat when the 70% off signs caught my eye.

I am a firm believer in a bag for every season (or every day…if you have the patience to keep moving things around).

I spotted this and had to have it. I love the autumnal colours. It’s a great little size and the catch is pretty sturdy, so for roaming around the London markets it is ideal for preventing pickpockets.

Fashion Tip for Florals: Only mix them up on a summers day and keep it simple, don’t mix too many. Come autumn avoid this and instead use florals to lift plain or dark outfits.

I also got this pop colour scarf. Perfect for brightening up a weekend ‘slouch’ or travelling outfit:
I was only £5.40 and is massive, so doubles up as a small blanket when the air-con becomes too much on the train or flight!
I love the way it ‘pops’ against the black and brings out my fading tan:
Fashion Tip for ‘POP’ colours: Don’t be afraid to clash!!!
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Lovely links

This week I’ve been reading:
What have you been reading this week? Which blog posts have caught your eye?
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Beauty Review: St Moriz Instant Self Tan Mousse

Last weekend, I wrote about my take on Instant vs Gradual vs Full-on fake tans. This week, I’m reviewing St Moriz’s Instant Self Tan Mousse which brings all three together.

Now, until I tried this mousse, my new favourite tan had been St Tropez’s Wash Off Instant Self Tan Mousse (you can read my review here). Until I tried this mousse. 

St Moriz’s Instant Self Tan Mousse works like St Tropez’s mousse, in that it instantly gives some sun-kissed colour to my legs when I apply it. But, unlike the St Tropez mousse, when it washes off when I shower, it leaves me with a lovely sun-kissed shade rather than the usual bare white colour. Granted, the colour is not perhaps as deep as some might like but being so completely scared by fake tans in general, this is a good things for me. It also allows for a build-up of colour, so you can apply again the next day, or leave it a day or two, depending on the depth of colour you desire. There is also now the St Moriz Instant Self Tan Dark Mousse which the lovely people at St Moriz kindly sent to me when they heard I had been converted. The Dark Mousse gives a deeper colour with just one application.

The brilliant thing about this tan is that you can apply in the morning, wait for it to dry, dress and look sun-kissed instantly. It smells like a lovely and light moisturiser when first applied and smells no different throughout the day.

St Moriz Instant Self Tan Dark Mousse: right leg (on the left!) with tan and left leg (on the right) without

Again, I would highly recommend using a tanning application mitt. For more tips on how to achieve a great self tan, check out my How to… fake tan post.

The lovely people at St Moriz also sent me their self tan lotion and bronzing powder to try out. I haven’t managed to try either yet but will report back soon. Watch this space!

Best of all, the St Moriz Instant Self Tan Mousse is dirt CHEAP! I found mine in my local Savers store for £2.99 and on Amazon for just over £3 for a bottle.

Have you tried St Moriz’s Instant Self Tan Mousse? Which fake tan do you swear by?

If you fancy some fabulous prizes – why not enter my 200 follower and 2 year anniversary blog giveaway – which ends later today?

Please nominate me in the “Established Fashion Blog” category
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Friend Friday #49: dreaming dreams

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Of this week’s Friend Friday topic Katy says:

“I have been overwhelming inspired by two separate blog posts I read in which the blogger quit their day job and has started on the path to self-employment doing what she loves to do. If you haven’t read Sally from Already Pretty’s post on this rush over and do it now. And then to top it all off my younger sister has decided to quit her job and start her own business. So that got me thinking… we all have dreams, goals, aspirations. Putting them down on paper is often the first step to realizing those dreams.”

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1. Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?

I always always wanted to be a political correspondent. I guess I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity now, if it came along. But the dream has now turned into one of doing some freelance jouralism. It is a more attainable dream and one that I would enjoy a whole lot.

2. What draws you to this?

I love to write. It is one of the reasons I took a Masters degree, one of the reasons I’ve been thinking about enrolling for a PhD and one of the reasons I write this blog.

3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?

Well, the original idea, a long looooong time ago. But it has morphed more recently.

4. What’s holding you back from going all in?

Money and a lack of knowing where to really start.

5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?

Start pitching to other blogs and magazines for some experience and to start building my writing portfolio. Any other suggestions anyone?

To see everyone else’s dreams this week, go straight over to ModlyChic. And if you’d like to be involved in the Friend Friday project, you can check out all of the details here.

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