TVC LIVE: Musings of the Week

It's Friday! The day where I collate the best of everything from the past few days. Narrowed down to five of the top places, people and products that have had me going gaga. It's a long'un. Hang on tight! 

1) Number659 Salon - A relaxing, beautiful and state of the art salon, nestled in the heart of Glasgow's West End. Focused of Danish design and a cool, clean interior, its hard not to fall in love with this salon. With a clear motive to take the normal stressed environment out of a traditional salon, they really captive the heart of an upstate New York salon. As you can tell I am pretty in love with this nook and I will be putting up a blog in a few weeks about it. Watch this space.  

2) Dior Star Foundation - This little gem of a foundation is perfect. I have never found a product with so much coverage, but not cakey. It is a 'your skin, but better' foundation. And it is worth its weight in gold. It is also beaut when mixed with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. That has been my perfect combo for the past month. Lasts all day, stays perfect all day too. Golden. 

3) Well since I published my first video this week, it had to be my own. (No shame social media plug...soz) I am throughly proud of how it came out and the response from you guys has been amazing. I would like to thank you all for how nice and supportive you have been about it. If you haven't seen it click here to give it a watch.

4) Serena Williams - DAYUM! That girl is on a roll. Now it is no secret that I am a major tennis fan (Hey you Federer!) and it is no secret that I am probably Serena Williams biggest fan. No exaggeration. But this week my girl crush was skyrocketed to a new height. After news breaking that she is the highest paid female athlete in the world, she also slayed a Vogue cover with some of her iconic photos yet. But she isn't done yet. She hit back at critics for criticising her 'masculine muscular body'. Putting them in their place by quite rightly reminding them that she is the best because her body is the best. And damn that is a sexy woman.

5) Coming next week - I will be doing a full makeup collection & storage video. Which should be up next weekend. If you have any requests for next week then please let me know!

And there you have it, my Friday round up of what I am loving. Be sure to send me a tweet about what you are going crazy for @voguechronicles.

TVC Beauty: It's All About The Texture

Hair. The relationship I have with mine could be described best by a few words; "OMG", "Meh" and "ARGH!".
However, my point is that my hairstyles for the past few years have always seemed to be either masses of my curls or sleek and straight (a la Miss Kate Middleton). So I took a risk this year and strayed away from my usual styles and opted for a more textured beachy wave. I daring. 
Since I am super late to the bandwagon on the whole beach/festival hair vibes, I was hoping that some of you are just joining the party too, therefore I am dedicating this post to you ladies (and guys...if that floats your boat and all, it's 2015 now) who are like me and are either total crap at doing their hair, or just fancying a new style not too far from the norm. Let's get those tresses a tumblin'. (I would have said 'on fleek' but I am still really not sure what that means)

First off I wash my hair using a clarifying shampoo, add in some Fudge Urban Styling Mousse and roughly dry it with my hairdryer. Then when my hair is about 80% dry I take the top part and dry it with my Hershesons Ceramic Ion Brush to build volume at the roots and start giving it some shape. 
Then I take my GHD Eclipse Flat Iron and loosely curl my ends and add some shape to my fringe  area. When I am happy with it I shake out my curls and add a spray of either my Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Protection Hairspray or the Moroccanoil Hairspray to keep the shape and start to build up some texture. 
When am having a 'flat day' (read: uncooperative hair day) I use some of the Batiste XXL Plumping Powder to revivify my roots and give them some 'oomph'. I'm not a major fan of this powder, I usually use the La Biostheique Volume Powder, but it is chronically hard to get a hold of so I was trying out this one. Another favourite is the Tony & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder, that is my 2nd best.
To finish I liberally spray the SHOW Finishing Spray, again not my favourite due to its awful, awful scent. But I love the Orbe Dry Texturising Spray. It is a cult product for a reason. I spray it and scrunch up my curls to make them loose and build texture. 
And thats it! If I am wanting to define my curls a little more I will pump a dab of Moroccanoil and scrunch it through the ends. 
Big beauty waves? I have you sorted homegirl! Yep, I said 'homegirl'.

TVC Video: What's In My Handbag 2015

HORAAAYY! It is finally here! I have finally made my first ever YouTube video and I couldn't be more excited! So I will not rabble on too much and I will give you a little peek at what I keep in my Mulberry Bayswater. 

Fun fact: There is around 500 images in this video. Yikes!

Note: There is no guarantee that upon purchasing products featured in this video that they will dance to Stevie Wonder.



TVC BEAUTY: Jo Malone's Latest Scent Offering

As some of you may know, Jo Malone dominates the luxury perfumes market. With its classic style and signature scents, its no wonder why they are always so highly raved about.
But one thing different about Jo Malone is that they always create a scent every season that is so edgy, it becomes a knockout bestseller. Last year it was the iconic 'Wood, Sage & Sea Salt' and this season I am putting my money one their latest offerings...

Enter the resident newbie, 'Mimosa & Cardamon'. 

A new bohemia awaits. Mists of honeyed, golden mimosa float above the spiciness of freshly crushed cardamom. Creamy tonka and smooth sandalwood woven under powdery heliotrope and Damask rose picked at dawn. Warm, ethereal, mesmerising.

And I think it does just exactly that. It is quite a strong, but not in your face scent, which really transports you to a Bohemian street, wandering along the markets and checking out the foreign architecture of a free spirited town.
Think flower child. But grown up and sexy.

I really didn't expect it to be so enchanting. If I am looking for a scent to get lost in from Jo Malone then I would head for one of their 'Cologne Intense' fragrances. But I was really surprised by the lasting power and intensity of this scent. It gives the intense range a run for its money.

Overall I am throughly impressed with their latest fragrance serving. It has been a while that I have engrossed myself so much in a perfume that I liked so much. As you may know, many fragrances make me very nauseous, so for a scent to be this powerful and not offend my sensitive nose, I will be making it a firm favourite on my dressing table.

I recommend checking this one out fast as I predict it will be a strong seller. It is retailed at £42 for 30ml and £85 for 100ml. And of course, the packaging is always top tier elegance, so you will always feel luxurious. Available now from Jo Malone stores and online. While you are online you can also create your own bohemian tile, to give your electronic devices a flower child vibe. Mines is below and I love how it is so personalised.


*Sponsored post. All views are entirely my own.

TVC LIFE: What's New Wednesday

Happy hump day everyone! This week is dragging in, therefore I am serving up a generous helping of things I am loving this week. 

I am going to get the ball rolling and start on a topic so close to my heart (and my purse strings...); Decor. Most importantly, bedroom decor

Now, if you are anything like me, you tend to get bored of things pretty quickly. Be it nail colour, hairstyles or in this case...bedding. 
Around about this time last year I set out on the hunt for the perfect hotel inspired bedding. Completely missing the mark and ending up with a dove grey floral/stripe theme. As much as it was beautiful, I couldn't help lusting over the images from The White Company, cue falling in love all over again. 
I set about changing my theme. My walls were dove grey, my furniture was white. I had a clean canvas. Enter my beautiful Hugo Boss bedding. A little gem I picked up from TK MAXX (you didn't think I paid full price for it did you? £59.99...a bloody bargain!). Its crisp, clean and oh so luxurious. I was hooked, and so my room re-vamp began. 
I currently have a light similar to the one above on hold from Next, which I will obviously update when delivered. But I can across this little one in Primark of all places last night and I am rather impressed. It works really well with the theme of my room. For only a tenner! 
I also picked up a few bits from The White Company sale just for some pretty things to look at, and I also got some frames from Ikea and Next. Which I printed off some of my favourite pictures in black & white to match my theme. There is nothing I hate more than picture colours ruining the look so putting it in black & white just makes it look so monochrome. 
And that is it! I am really in love with it. I think it has a Manhattan loft vibe which I was trying to go for.

New launch alert! Jo Malone* has released a stunning new fragrance to set us into Autumn. It is 'Mimosa & Cardamon' and it truly smells wonderful. I love that it has a nice crisp smell, but has enough uniqueness to add a funky edge. Its definitely one I will be wearing well through the next coming months. Look out for my blog post all about the newest fragrance coming soon! 

Finally I have my big beauty round up. August is nearly coming to a close and there have been a few things I have been loving and one loathe.
Too Faced Pressed Powder - I struggle to find a powder that doesn't leave me with a white residue and due to this powder being yellow toned, it matches my skin perfectly. Top marks.
Illamasqua Polishes - LOVE. Nice matte finish, dries super fast, and chip resistant for two weeks. Brilliant range of colours to paint your talons with too. Nice one guys!
Victoria's Secret Perfumes - I was so happy to pick these up. As someone who doesn't like scents much, I fell head over heels for these ones. My favourite is Victoria, the bottle is so classy with the purple bow and it just an all round superior scent. 
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray - I popped my 'De-Slick' cherry a few weeks back and I must say, I didn't really like it that much (ooh controversial, I know). But after an hour of wear my makeup started to separate and look patchy on my face. I really didn't enjoy it much. I'll be sticking to my Caudiale Beauty Elixir thank you very much.

And there you have it. A weekly smorgasbord of my loves, loathes and latests. Be sure to check out my first ever (!!!) youtube video here. And check back later for a review of the new fragrance by Jo Malone


*This was sent to me by Jo Malone. All views are entirely my own.