Shades of Pink

I don’t think about it all year around and then spring arrives and I see it all over and reminds me that even though I never wear it and think I don’t really like pink, I actually do. I love pink. Who doesn’t like pink!?! So this was reiterated again when this last week I spent quite a bit of time with a client who really loves pink. She’s one of those true pink fans, you know the ones that need to be told that they don’t need another pink tee, and their response is “but it’s not the same” 💕💗 I mean it in the best way possible. She loves every shade of pink. I want to thank her for reminding me how gorgeous pink is and how some shades really do compliment my skin tone! If you think you cannot wear pink, think again. Everyone can wear pink you just need to pick the right tone for your skin, so whether it’s rose, blush, fuscia, cerise, salmon, coral, magenta (the list goes on) there’s one out there for you.

Last year I spotted a gorgeous dress, I loved it for the style and not the colour (so I thought) then I tried it on and fell in love with the pale rose colour. However I did not make the purchase, I couldn’t think of an occasion that I was going to use it for so very sensibly put it back (doesn’t sound like me at all) and I kind of regret it! I have picked out some pretty pink items that I love and hopefully you do too.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 09.31.16Sincerely Jules Shop

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 11.13.22Chair Loaf

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Bag Bottega Veneta at Matches

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Linen Tee J.Crew

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Cushions Villa de Luxe Boutique at Etsy

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Gemstone Bangle & other stories

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Pink Jeans Topshop

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 13.06.28Aviator Ray Bans Selfridges

If you follow me on Instagram on my new account @nikkicarloni_stylist you may have seen the pic of me in my coral pink jeans yesterday 😉

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And if you are still not convinced go out and buy yourself some pink flowers and see how much you love it!

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Have a good week x

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Beach Basics – Less is More

Every year when we go away on holiday, I always, always overpack! And whenever the next trip arises, I seem to forget how much of my suitcase went unused the last time we went away.  I find especially on beach holidays, this is always the case! This time my husband said to me, we are taking 1 suitcase (between 3 of us)!!!! 20kg’s!!!!! My response: are you crazy… and started rattling off everything I needed to pack for Oliver, but I was actually panicking more about what I could pack for myself.  Then I remembered how little we actually use when we go to the beach, cozzies, and not much else is actually needed. I am also now pregnant again so hardly anything fits me, that was another saver as I literally had to pack what I could get into (not much). I have compiled a few holiday essentials for the average girl out there planning a chilled beach holiday with no dressing up.. 😉

You don’t need more than 3 sunblocks, one for the entire family, one for the face, this Clarins one we love as it’s non oily and works really well.  I like a spray for my body rather than cream, its easier and quicker to apply. When it comes to make-up, as with everything else, less is more.  All you need is a tinted moisturiser and a good lip balm.  Forget the mascara, blusher, hair spray etc, it all slides off in the heat anyway and sea water does wonders to give you those bouncy beach curls. Do ensure to condition everyday to protect the hair.

Slide3Family Ultrasun Sunblock // Clarins Anti-wrinkle sunblock for face // Shiseido Sun Protection // Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream SPF15 // Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser

2 or 3 bikinis/costumes is ample. Make sure you can mix and match the tops and bottoms and it will feel like you are wearing a different one everyday. I always take more bottoms and maybe two tops but make sure the bottoms can go with all the tops. Get a mix and match of your favourite tones going.

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Lowrider Bottoms in a range of colours J.Crew //  Assorted Bikini Tops and Bottoms J.Crew // Yellow Bikini briefs J.Crew // Black Bikini Topshop // Gingham Raspberry Bikini Topshop // Peonie Floral Bandeau Topshop

Dress or playsuit cover ups are easy to pack and it means you are packing one item rather than tops and bottoms. Easy to throw on too when going from beach to restaurant.

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Triangle Cut out Sundress Topshop // Washed Lime Twist Front Tunic Topshop //  Playsuit Asos

Shoes, Hats, Accessories etc. Use your beach bag/basket as your hand luggage, as they are nice and big you can chuck a lot in there.  Wear your clumpiest shoes for the journey (my feet also get cold on aeroplanes so I always like to wear closed shoes). Wear all your accessories and your hat 😉 These sarong’s are the best, they are so useful, can be used to lie on at the beach, dry yourself with them, use it as a scarf/pashmina or just as a sarong. I have gazillions of them in different colours but really you just need one.

Denim shorts are just like jeans for summer. They are an investment! You will wear them year after year. Find a good pair that suit your figure. They come in so many different lengths and styles and like jeans can be dressed up or down, worn with heels or flats and never crease or show the dirt.

Slide5Sunglasses Ray Ban Asos // Espadrilles Asos // Flip Flops Havaianas at Selfridges // Straw floppy hat Asos // Sarong Bohemian Beach Company //  Grey Basket Bag Notonthehighstreet // Denim Shorts Current Elliot at Selfridges

Hope you have something wonderful planned for your summer

xx

 

Handbag essentials

I think I would feel like I’m doing myself no favours what so ever if I left the house without all these bad boys in my handbag for a day at work. Those hot days in the city can be brutal especially when traipsing in and out of the tube stations, you find yourself arriving at work feeling less than fresh.  Not only do you feel like you have run to work in your clothes and you could do with a second shower by 9am but your hair also looks like you haven’t washed it for 5 days. The sunglasses are there to help with that glare bright and early and save your eyes from the harsh UV rays.  These mirrored sunnies of course also look super hot! The Oribe dry texturising spray will put the volume back into your locks and ensure it is smelling fresh and clean again.  A spritz of your favourite scent is a MUST for feeling confident when chatting to your work colleagues and for after work social events. Help revive your skin with a healthy looking glow with my favourite bronzer which gives you the perfect amount of colour no matter what your skin tone, this Chanel bronzer is the best I have come across.  I find at the end of the day there is nothing better than stepping out the office and swapping your killer heels or closed shoes for a pair of comfortable flip flops to walk home in, having the feet free will instantaneously cool down your whole body.  And the scarf…if the unpredictable weather hits then turn to a neutral toned scarf, it is the perfect accessory to wrap around any outfit.  Especially for after work drinks. Scarves are also investment pieces and I believe buying a few good quality timeless print scarves can be used for decades to come (also a great gift).

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Mirrored Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses at Selfridges // Scarf by Dianora Salviati at Matches // Chanel Healthy Glow powder at Selfridges // Tam Dao by Diptyque at SpaceNK // Oribe Dry Texturising Spray // A funky pair of Havaianas //

xxx