Christmas flowers from Appleyard London

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have noticed that I recently received some rather beautiful cream roses. 

Appleyard London got in touch to ask I'd like to receive one of their Christmas bouquets and share a special discount code with you all. Read on........

I was going to tell you all about these last week, but then I thought a week nearer to Christmas might be better as I'm sure many of you are now at the stage of organising your gift list with military like precision.

 Then it occurred to me that today is Black Friday. A phenomenon that has swept the country by storm and some people right off their feet. Literally in some cases.........

Fortunately Appleyard London are on hand to bring a box of prettiness straight to your door with their supertastic flower delivery service

Given the choice of a bouquet from their Christmas flowers range I chose the one with roses, berries and gold eucalyptus. How pretty is it?

 I *absolutely* love roses - not because I'm romantic, but because when they die they dry out and go papery and they still look beautiful. 

When they get to the papery stage, they are great for crafts such as delicate hair pieces, adding to home-made soaps, tear the petals off and you have the most beautiful confetti or decorations to scatter on tables etc- or even just leave them sitting in a vase.

 I can guarantee you that in 6 months time I will still have these in the house in some form. 

Someone tell me I'm not the only person who keeps dead flowers?..........

But how do they arrive? I wondered this at first myself. From the first click through to the website I was thinking 'ooooooooooo' it really does feel like a luxury brand, the flower arrangements are utterly stunning and I was and still am quite wowed. 

I'm already picking my next bouquet....

They arrive in a sturdy but branded cardboard box which acts as a gift box and also keeps the flowers safe. 

Inside the box the flowers are well protected with bubble wrap which is placed to protect the flowers without loosing any wow factor when you open the box. The stems are snugly held in a small plastic pot which keeps them watered too.  

The bouquet I chose is £39.99 but I have a discount code for you which would take this down to just under £24.......... how.amazing.is.that?!

There's a gorgeous range of Christmas flowers in a variety of colours and the good news is you get a whopping 40% discount with the code BLOG40 

Unlike today's 'here for a day' discount , Appleyard London want to help you share the love without breaking the bank for more than one day - so at the moment there is no end date for this discount code so go forth and enjoy it!

Give flowers as a gift for Christmas, as a thank you for that crimbo lunch or just to say MWAH to someone. Or how about this for an idea? Get yourself some flowers as a way to just be nice to yourself! 

I used to treat myself to flowers a lot, put when you have to cut back on things, it's those little 'me' buys such as flowers, that sometimes have to go. However do you know what? I'm sure I appreciate them so much more now than I used to. I'll be treating myself to another one of these Christmas bouquets for the holidays. I just need to choose which one.....

****Remember to enter the code BLOG40  to get an amazing 40% discount! ****
Just so you know this discount does not apply to flowers by post

By the way, someone remember to ask me about these roses in 6 months time! They will either still be in the house somewhere or will have been used for something creative.....

written in collaboration with Appleyard London
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Dr. Hauschka - Lipstick review

Lipstick, I adore it and I have far more than I probably need. I tend to buy them from all price ranges, there are good budget ones out there but when it comes to a really good red if you can spend a bit more it's usually worth it.

I do have a few firm favourites but am always open to new suggestions so when BigGreenSmile got in touch to ask if I'd like to try a lipstick and that they are specialists in natural,organic and environmentally friendly brands I was intrigued. 

Now I've seen the Dr. Hauschka body care products in shops before, but I had no idea that there was a makeup range too which claims that it 

 'achieves results using cosmetics that are kind and gentle and care for your skin.
While the skin is nourished and protected, rich colours from natural mineral pigments and petal waxes blend effortlessly with your skin tone'

So this is what I've been trying out - and I mean really trying it out. I've been wearing this quite a bit for several weeks - at £20 it falls in to the luxury buy bracket for me, so I want exceptional value for money and I expect it to be very very good. At that price range it's also in the same price bracket as some of the other biggies in the makeup world. 
I chose the shade warm red which turned out to be a shade I'm really enjoying wearing both day and night. 

I've teamed it up with winged eyeliner and a very simple beige eyeshadow for a simple evening look.
The best way I can think to describe the shade is that it's like a dark brick red. 

What the website says about this brand
Dr. Hauschka products have been created out of a deep anthroposophical understanding of nature and the Human Being, and a system developed by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman in the 1920's. This anthroposophical system underlies modern medicine with a classification of life processes that occur in the body, soul and spirit.
Dr. Hauschka is part of WALA, founded in 1935. The company has a 100% commitment to quality, with no shareholders to compromise that commitment. Dr. Hauschka's ethical trading style has been part of its ethos for over 70 years and it now employs over 600 people and supports  thousands of hectars of environmentally responsible farmland that provides the high quality raw ingredients for its products.

I had no idea this brand had been around for so long. It smells incredible like very light aromatherapy oils but there's no taste that I can notice. It glides on really well. I hate it when lipsticks are chalky and dry. In terms of it's finish it's a little shinier than a typical semi matt but is certainly not glossy. 

Staying power is quite a big thing for me and this has stayed on really well everytime I've worn it and when it has begun to wear off it's worn off really evenly. I tend to wear lipliner with my reds, but gave this a test without but it did bleed a little - I guess that's the oils, but a lipliner worked a treat. 

As a higher priced lipstick this one definitely compares well to the other brands I've tried and I'd recommend this to others. Sometimes lipstick can feel quite drying, but this one feels creamy to wear which is just what I like from a lipstick.

Some tips for working a red lip
Keep lips smooth by using a lip balm/Vaseline on days you're not wearing lipstick. Applying some at night before bed is ideal. (The Burts Bees ones are totally fabulous)

Exfoliate, another way to keep lips flake free is to gently brush them with a flannel, an exfoliating glove or a lip scrub. What ever you use be gentle!

If wearing foundation, apply some over your lips too, this gives a good base for your lipstick. 
If you're not wearing foundation then use a little concealer instead.

Use a lip liner that matches or is close to your lipstick, this helps to prevent the lipstick bleeding, and gives a nice crisp line.

If you're trying a bold colour like red for the first time and it scares you, then use your finger to dab on the colour and build the colour up to where you feel comfortable.

Using a a lip brush will help it last longer but after a few drinks it is actually easier to just just slick it on straight from the tube (just being honest here!)

After application blot the lips with a tissue and reapply, do this once or as many times as you like. This process is layering the colour and helping your pout stay painted for longer.

Finally - when buying a lipstick think about the finish you want, glossy lipstick won't last as long as a matt finish. 

So who are BigGreenSmile? If you're after natural products from makeup and body care to heath care and cleaning products then this is pretty much a one stop shop. There's a huge variety of brands on this site so the choice is vast. Whilst not a vegan myself I know a lot of people who are and there's a massive choice of vegan products on this website including lip balms, soaps, deodorants, perfumes and face and body lotions and potions.

They're also an award winning company having been BigGreenSmile has been selected as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Soil Association Organic Awards. We have been selected as the the winner of the Best Independent Retailer category

Pop over to the website and take a look at the Dr. Hauschka lipsticks or visit the homepage for a browse

*written in collaboration with BigGreensmile*

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A Faux Fur #WinterWarmer with Kaleidoscope

Anyone who has been following my Missy Vintage adventures for a while will know that I'm a huge fan of faux fur so when Kaleidoscope got in touch to to ask me if I would like to try out something from their new winter collection my heart was soon lost to another faux fur coat.... but this time in a shade of aubergine so I can *totally* justify adding another to my winter coat selection because I don't have one in this colour...... fashion purchase logic at it's best...... 

We've been pretty lucky in the UK so far this autumn as it's been ridiculously mild but the days are slowly beginning to nip and the dark nights are well and truly here and whilst I miss the warm days and nights, a good winter coat does mean you'll always have the warmth with you even when there's no sun to be seen. 

Since I started this blog four years ago my style has really evolved. I'm much more adulterous with the eras I choose to take my inspiration from and happily cherry pick style ideas, mixing and matching across the decades and really playing with mixing the old and the new. 

The colder, darker days can really make you want to stay indoors, but the fabulous thing about living in Norwich city centre is it's small enough to walk everywhere I pretty much need to go BUT being cold is not fun and that's why I think owning at least one decent winter coat is a wardrobe essential. Like my vintage faux furs, this Kaleidoscope one has a large collar that's perfect for snuggling down in to and will it be wonderfully glamorous armour against those really cold biting winter winds.
We go for lots of walks around Norwich, sometimes it's a nine miler around a local lake (although not in cowboy boots!) and other times it's a more leisurely stroll along the river and through town (these strolls get even better when it involves Christmas lights and hot chocolate!) I love getting bundled up and not letting the chilly days stop me getting out there and seeing what fabulousness the day/night has to offer. 
All my other faux fur coats are vintage so this Kaleidoscope one is my first 'new' one. This one is incredibly toasty to wear without feeling overly bulky and I've had several people comment on the colour. It's a beautiful shade of aubergine-purple, so it's a super alternative to the more typical blacks and browns and allows you to introduce colour without having to go down the route of bold brights. 

I worked on a photo shoot last year and we put an purple and orange outfit together and it may sound like an odd combination but it looked fantastic, so I'm going to look out for some orange gloves/mittens to go with this purple furry sensation of a coat.

The coat is *very* soft to the touch and fastens up with hooks (which are also pretty much exactly the same in design as my vintage coats) and it is very light to wear. It has two decent sized pockets and it's worth mentioning that at 5'2 I'm below average height so if you're taller the coat will obviously fall higher up your thigh.
This coat retails at £95 but is currently reduced to £85 and is available in sizes 10-22. It's very generously sized, I ordered a 14 with a slight fear that it would still be too small over the chest but actually I could easily have gotten a way with a 12. The vertical lines add a real nod to old style glamour but I'd wear this with all kinds of outfits - including dungarees, converse and a top knot! 

YOUR style is what YOU make it, so go and enjoy it! 

 You can visit the coat on the website here

Visit the Kaleidoscope website, you can follow their #WinterWarmer campaign over on Twitter

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