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Fur coats

There are some great selection of fur costs this season. Here are a selection available online and from the High Street;

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(Faux fur coat, £89 – M&Co)

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(Colour block faux fur, £85 – Warehouse)

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(Faux fur coat, £40 – F&F at Tesco)

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(Leopard Print faux fur jacket, £65 – Next)

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(Grey faux fur jacket, £60 – Next)

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(Natural Look belt coat, £85 – Lipsy)

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(Ombré faux Mongolian fur coat, £80 – TopShop)

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(Chocolate cut faux fur coat, £75 – BHS)

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(Cream swirl faux fur coat, £69 – BHS)

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(Myleene Klass faux fur coat, £110 – Littlewoods)

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(Taupe midi faux fur coat, £64 – Wallis)

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(Love Label faux fur coat, £72 – Littlewoods)

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Last year I blogged about choosing my winter coat and I realised I left it late in the year. But the weather was kinder to us last year. So this year, I’m already keeping my eyes out for this Year’s coat.

I love this coat from Burberry and I’m quite keen on the military look.

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(Burberry, £1,795.00)

I think a smart military coat brings glamour to cold winter days.

If you’re looking for a high street alternative then Marks and Spencer do a similar one here.

There are so many great choices of coats out there. I will be doing a little guide on all the different styles from the high street. Do let me know if you see any great ones out there.

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It’s Winter and all the signs of it are well and truly here! I am very particular with my skincare and having tried many moisturisers, I only use one particular day moisturiser. So when I tried Moa, The Green Balm, I wasn’t sure whether I would get on with it. However, from the first moment of trying it, I fell in love with it. Yes, in total and utter love. I rubbed a tiny amount between my fingers and applied to my skin. I have slightly dry skin, so this was a welcome to my thirsty skin. I tried this on a day when I didn’t need to go out, and my skin felt amazing soft and nourished for the whole day. I even got comments about how good my skin was looking – without make-up. It also left a lovely sheen finish to my skin.

Moa The Green Balm. £9.99. http://www.thegreenbalm.com

I have been using this for a few weeks now and I really cannot praise it enough. I look forward to coming home at the end of a long day, taking my make up off and nourishing my skin with Moa. For days I wear heavy eye make-up, this will even turn into an oil to take off the most stubborn of eye make-up. I also tend to keep a tiny amount in a pot and use it on my lips to avoid chapped lips.

One thing I would say is to not use it before applying make-up, as I found my foundation just sat on it and my make-up came off easily throughout the day. Although when I did apply make-up on top of Moa, at the end of the day, it didn’t even look like I was wearing make-up. But my skin still looked great. A bonus anyway!

I don’t usually leave the house without make up, but for days I don’t have much on, I will just use Moa and go out. I love the sheen it leaves and the feelng that you’re really looking after your skin.

The Moa is 100% natural and contains organic herbs. It’s free from all the bad stuff like chemicals, preservatives, alcohols etc. My sister has sensitive skin and is very particular about what she uses on her skin. She tried Moa after seeing it on my skin and when knowing it was 100% natural, she tried it. I have to keep her away from my pot, as she has fallen in love with it. The beauty of this product is that you only need a small amount to see it work.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter know how prone I am to a sore throat, well believe it or not, this helps it. Gargling with spoonful of this in hot water should see you right. It’s like a total miracle in a pot! I sure will order more of this when I run out.

Moa, the Green Balm is priced £9.99 and available from www.thegreenbalm.com as well as all good health food stores.

(N.B. This product was sent to me for review. However, I will only review products that I believe in. This product is on my blog because I am a fan of it.)

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We all know it’s pretty tough to get up in the mornings during the autumn and winter months. Even when we have got out of bed, it takes a while, or copious shots of espresso to actually wake up. It’s dark when our alarms go off in the morning, dark when we leave work and if we’re working in the office all day, it’s easy to miss daylight all together. No wonder many suffer from SAD (seasonal affect disorder).

I need to be at my best first thing in the morning and often I may get a client call me before I have even left for work. I cannot afford for it to take me until mid-morning to feel awake. I am generally a morning person and as soon as I am out of my bed, I am awake and chirpy. But this changes slightly come the end of October when the clocks have gone back. When October comes, I bring out this little bad boy;

It’s a light box that gives the impression of daylight. This particular one is by Lumie. During autumn and winter, I have this by my bedside. When my alarm goes off, it usually takes me a while to get out of bed. Within minutes of opening my eyes, I turn on the light box whilst checking my emails and Twitter – which usually takes about 15 minutes. During these 15 minute, I get what feels like daylight in the form of a light box. All this without getting out of bed or drawing back the curtains (no doubts it’s pretty miserable if I were to draw back the curtains).

I don’t believe I suffer from SAD, however, I do believe this little light box sees me through the darker days. I usually have it in the background whilst having my breakfast and getting ready for work. I would occasionally take it to work with me, if I am still finding it hard to wake up and I’d leave it in the background, so it catches my eye but isn’t constantly in front of me.

I see a lot of moaning and just general miserableness on my Twitter feed when I read through it in the morning. I really believe this could help a lot of people and it’s a handy travel size too. If you travel a lot, it’s great for jetlag too. I have had mine for a couple of years and I rely on it wholeheartedly.

Let me know if you’ve tried it. Also, let me know what gets you through the morning.

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll have known all about my search for a winter coat. You may also know that I am very fussy and I’ll know when I see the right coat. I love my collection of coats and still have a coat I bought in 2008 and despite wearing it for most winters since; it’s still in pristine condition.

A few weeks ago I went shopping with my mother for our winter wardrobes. I love going shopping with my mum, mainly because it’s a great ego boost when she asks me for my thoughts on clothes. Oh, how times have changed. I tried not to try and go shopping for a coat – I didn’t need the pressure, but if I saw one I’d buy it. I don’t mind spending money on the perfect coat as it will see me through. I tend to go for classic designs that won’t necessarily be dated.

I love going into Zara and half of my work wardrobe is from there. When I went in to the store with my mother, I saw a coat. Sorry, not a coat but THE coat. It was perfect. I didn’t think I’d be buying my winter coat from Zara.

I have currently lost my camera so have not been able to upload a picture of it. So I have taken the image from their website. It is the one below, however, it looks MUCH better on. I had to take a second look at the picture to see it was the right one.

However, when trying it on, I realised they didn’t have it in my size. I tried on a size smaller that just fit and gave the idea of what the right size one would look like. I liked it that much that I contemplated buying it in that size smaller. It did fit but just meant I wouldn’t be able to try wear much underneath it – so pretty pointless really. When I see something I like, I am rather impatient and do want it there and then. At the time, I did have a looked online and Zara didn’t have it available. I started having mini palpitations as it meant it was popular and I’d never find it in my size.

Two weeks ago I went to an event and on the way back to the office, I made a detour to Zara to check if they had the coat in my size. They didn’t. But this time they had a size bigger. It obviously fit but it looked a little too big when fastened. I was sensible and decided not to buy it.

Upon leaving, I got the days they get deliveries and made sure I’d ring on the afternoon of the delivery. I did that twice with no luck. Then last week I rang, not expecting much and they had my size. I almost squealed. Ok, I did squeal but I was home and no one heard! However, I couldn’t get into Zara that day, and had to get it authorised by the manager to see if they could save it until the end of the following day. I got my sister to pick it up for me as she works nearby.

When I got it, it fitted so perfectly. It was warm and lovely. I was happy. The beauty of it is that it is not just a coat for work; I could wear it casually with jeans.

I have been desperate for it to get cold, or at least cold enough to wear it. So on Sunday, I wore it to nip across the road to the shops in it. Then last night I had an evening meeting, as it was dark early, I thought I would get the coat out. It managed to get quite a few comments and this pleased me immensely – although I didn’t let it show, just made out I was cold!

Having declared my love for the coat, I am still on the look-out for another coat. So if you do see any great ones, please send my way!

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