Archive for the ‘To give back’ Category

The desire of wanting to own something beautiful and finally having it is bliss. Nowadays there is a growing appreciation for something of substance created using the best of craftsmanship, quality and design.

On the other hand this kind of product can be threatened by underhand, exploitive websites and back street sellers of fake copies of the real deal. How can you feel fulfilled owning something that you know is not real and perhaps has caused more harm than good in its creation.

Stop Fake Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin is a brand on a zero tolerance mission against websites selling ‘Cheap Louboutins’. The brand has implemented a special programme against these rogue retailers who bear the brands logo on their products.

Do not want to mess with Mr Louboutin you rogue sellers!

Check out the website to find out more: Stopfakechristianlouboutins.com Spread the word to help this just cause.

Keep on Fuelling!

Fuella x

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The  super-cool folk at London College of Fashion have been styling our nation since 1906. Now that’s sartorial credentials with longevity to envy!

I am loving this clever T-Shirt for wearing under blazers and tucked into tapered trousers. Get yours from the LCF Students Union at the Colleges new Holborn site.

Limited Edition T-Shirt £10

Fuella x

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I am sure you will agree that changing ones cleanser can be a bit of a trauma. I do not have sensitive skin but also do not have the kind of skin you can slap just anything on. Having frequented many beauty hall counter in my time, I could present you with a executive level Powerpoint presentation of most top skin brands. Many of which promise the earth and skin as soft as a babies behind. And for some time, I believed them.

Which Cleanser?

Liz Earle was recommended to me with hushed tones by a friend who worked at Space NK. Their words were ‘Cleanse and Polish is the one, trust me’. This person worked at Space NK and was recommending another brand, well of course I was going to trust!

Liz Earle flagship store, Duke of York Sq, London

I wandered into the  shiny, mint green and wooden friendliness of the Liz Earle store in Duke of York Square near Sloane Street. I was greeted, given a demonstration and before I knew it, out the door clutching the cutest little bag containing the Cleanse and Polish kit (£13) complete with two muslin cloths. I also had a helping of healthy sized product samples without even asking. Try that elsewhere!

Liz Earle Website

The Cleanse and Polish is a delight to use and made with natural extracts of  camomile, rosemary and eucalyptus. You pump out a small amount of cream, massage it around your face (and eyes!) then wipe it off using the muslin cloth in warm water. Highly regarded by Beauty Editors in the know, I now agree as my skin has literally never felt so good.

I love the philosophy and people behind the brand. Working with the benefits of plant extracts the products are naturally good for the skin. They even employ the help of local community growers on the plant front.

Created by Liz Earle and her friend Kim Buckland in 1995. Liz has a background as a Beauty Editor and has written over 30 books on the subject. She is also an expert in botanical ingredients, natural health and well-being. Kim’s expertise on the manufacturing, retail and packaging side makes the partnership complete.

If you do anything when you are next in the Sloane area of London, take a tip from me and visit Liz Earle. Trust me your skin will thank you!

Fuella xx

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Christmas. No matter how far ahead you are with finding the perfect gifts, buying and wrapping them- somewhere between the first week of December and the 23rd you lose about two weeks because ‘stuff’ gets in the way and it all descends into panic.

No matter how I try to avoid this scenario – I am always one of those beings who look like I am eternally running for a bus during Christmas week. This year amongst the hosts of delicious scented candles, spotify subscriptions and handmade chocolates I felt the need to buy gifts that would give something back… It is lovely to make someone smile as they unwrap something perfect, but imagine if that gift could also make other people happy as well.

The lead up to the festive season has been strangely unfussy. Even the media, advertising and press seemed to scale back with tired looking stretches of tinsel, absurd and ruthlessly unstylish Christmas hats. I decorated at home but left it very minimal way as that is how it feels this time round.

Christmas but in a truer, purer sense of the word. Even a floret or two of snow has made a guest appearance in old London town. It feels like Christmas- Old Style.

 Below are a few ideas that mean and give something that is good.

 The Guardians Christmas Charity appeal is dedicated to helping children in Teso, Uganda realise their dreams and helping them study towards a brighter future. http://www.guardian.co.uk/christmasappeal2009

 At Oxfam.org.uk  you can by a family a goat couple for £50. This will help a family in Malawi farm their own area of land and produce milk.

The Raising Malawi charity in collaboration with gifted jewellery artisan Aurora Lopez Mejia, have created a custom jewellery line of bronze, gold and silver tablet shaped Ingot pendants on a necklace of natural rope.

All proceeds of sales will go directly to supporting the work of helping a country devastated by AIDS/HIV. $36 – $1200. http://www.auroralopezmejia.com/Ingot-Pendants.html

Twinkle twinkle towards 2010

xx Fuella.

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I died and went to heaven after visiting Anthropologie at 158 Regent Street today. It is full of everything lovely and is the perfect place for pottering around in, something that is not often done in London’s West End!

Histoires de Parfum £115.23 at AnthropologieI have to say that a bottle of Histoires de Parfum 1804 whiled its way from the store on on to my dresser at home. Made by perfumers D.S & Durga this scent has a very Parisian base with clean musk, white jasmine, vanilla blended with pineapple and peach notes. Clever, unique, old style and perfect for crisp autumn days.

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