H&M / Dorothy Perkins / Gap / New Look / Gap

I've really rekindled my love for the summer dress recently. It's been uncharacteristically hot and humid here in the North of England; the comfort and ease of an airy dress, paired with simple sandals and a light cotton cardigan is a total delight. I'm going for a sort of "off duty ballerina" look - Kristina very kindly commented so on my recent Instagram shot

I've been surprised at how good the high-street offerings are this year - there's lots of my favourite blue hues to choose from. I purchased the Gap maxi dress (above) last month and (after a bit of a sizing fiasco) it's come to be one of my favourite garments. I really wanted to buy this striped jersey number from Boden, but unfortunately I missed out. I'll be on the hunt for something similar for the rest of the summer... 

Have you seen Sofia Coppola absolutely killing it at this year's Cannes Film Festival? Honestly, she's always perfect, but this particular Cannes capsule wardrobe is a total work of art. I adore the devotion to a simple blue and back colour palette, and the way she looks so completely effortless at all times. The navy maxi t-shirt dress with jewels and sandals? Exquisite.

I've always wanted to go to Cannes, but I kinda want to go as Sofia Coppola, do you know what I mean? 
This past week I've been feeling lousy. My skin is blotchy and dull, my hair is lifeless and dry, I feel slow and sluggish and bloated. Life seems to demand zest from us one moment and serenity the next, and we must flit between the two with grace and ease; it can be exhausting. I'm someone who finds this constant transition difficult (anxieties are hard to leave where they belong), but there are little things which ease stress and make life easier. I made the above list after a particularly tiring day. How comforting it is to know that often the only thing standing between me and calm is a bunch of flowers or a soft boiled egg! 

Please do share any 'pick me ups' of your own, I'd be delighted to hear :-)
#FenwickBeautyWeek, Monday 12 May - Saturday 17 May

Oh Fenwick, you really know how to make a girl feel special! Beauty treats in celebration of #BeautyWeek - there really is no better way to spend a day off than watching endless beauty tutorials on YouTube and digging through a bag of new products... 

First and foremost, can we please talk about how AMAZING the EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lipbalm is!? I just adore it. I don't wear coloured make-up so balms are my lip-weapon of choice and I'm constantly on the lookout for new ones to try. I favour a natural product with a fresh, tasty scent and this one fits the bill completely. It's 95% organic, 100% natural, petroleum free, and packed with lovely ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil. This pink one I have is the raspberry and pomegranate version and tastes delicious, I can't stop applying it and then licking it back off! I can't not mention the spectacular packaging - a smooth, ergonomic pebble-like design which twists open to reveal an 'egg' of balm. A wonderful product all round. 

I really enjoyed reading this post on A Cup of Jo last week, and - as a result - was delighted to find a can of Rituals foaming gel and a tube of Kiehl's exfoliating body scrub in my Fenwick goodie bag. I'm not usually a big user of body scrubs and lotions, but they feature in Jo's 'smooth legs for summer' tips and I really want to give them a try.

Other products in my bag were Dior Addict 'Flash' mascara (launching 28 May), Viktor & Rolf 'Bon Bon' perfume, Clarins essential oils bath tonic and Molton Brown orange and bergamot hand lotion. I can't wait to try them!

If you're planning to be in Newcastle this week make sure you head into Fenwick to take advantage of a whole host of offers and events in the Beauty Hall. New product launches (from the likes of Clarins, Bare Minerals, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Dior, Dermatilogia and Shu Uemura) and fragrance sampling will be accompanied by luxury free gifts with purchases, live beauty demonstrations, and make-up and skincare masterclasses by industry professionals:
  • Thursday 15 May: Lancome national make-up artist Marc Sinclair 
  • Friday 16 May: Sisley national make-up artist Paulina Siembor
  • Friday 16 May: Laura Mercier national make-up artist Chris Howells
  • Saturday 17 May: Dior regional make-up artist Martin Aitken 
Products available from the Fenwick Beauty Hall on the ground floor. Follow Fenwick Newcastle on Twitter and Instagram, and like on Facebook, for more information.