28 Mar 2014

Beauty: Pretty Much Perfect

Benefit limited edition 'From Lee Lee with Love' tin - £29.50 - ASOS
Succulent Lip Twin in Pink Peony - £12 - Pixi
Ciaté 'Dragonfly Collection' nail polish in Empress - £9 - ASOS
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - £10.75 - Liz Earle
Jade Facial Roller - £28 - Cult Beauty
Paul & Joe Face Powder - £25 - ASOS

Lily Says: It's always a bonus when a beauty product not only works well but also looks good displayed on a dressing table. With that in mind, I present this little collection of beauty treats! The limited edition Lee Lee tin from Benefit is not only beautiful in its own right, it also comes with two of my favourite Benefit products - They're Real mascara (amazing stuff!) and The Porefessional primer, plus a hand-bag friendly perfume! I picked products from Pixi and Paul & Joe because not only are they high quality, they also come in pretty packaging, as does nail varnish from Ciaté which is always tied with a little black bow. The Liz Earle Eyebright I had to include because it is a dressing table essential for me - a few drops on some cotton wool wiped over the eyes is so refreshing and also removes any stubborn traces of eye makeup after a cleanse. The cooling jade roller from Ying Yu Rollers is a bit of a cult item. I've yet to try one but from what I hear they work wonders at massaging the facial muscles, reducing puffiness and keeping your skin looking young and fresh. That's got to be worth a try hasn't it?! What are your dressing table essentials?

27 Mar 2014

Home: Inject a sense of Springtime

Set of 3 large paper pom poms - £6.95 - Dot Com Gift Shop
Ying bone china tea cup and saucer - £10 - Habitat
Vintage TV style pink alarm clock - £8.95 - Dot Com Gift Shop
Set of two bird egg cups - £14 - Oliver Bonas
Recipe organiser storage tin - £15 - M&S
Set of 2 ceramic cup and saucer - £19.50 - M&S

25 Mar 2014

Jewellery: Les Belle et les Bête

French jewellery brand Les Néréides has re-issued 'Les Belle et les Bête' - a classic from its Stories collection, allowing jewellery lovers the chance to re-discover this perfect. petite, hand-enameled circus of animals, acrobats, lion-tamers, birds and animals. I've included a few picks from the collection here of which I think the big top and dancing horse earring set are my favourite item. What's yours? 

21 Mar 2014

Accessories: Brighton Belles

Terrace Drive Abbett 'Brighton Pier' clutch - Kate Spade - £245
Miss Penny's patent coin purse (in pink or green) - Kate Spade - £40
Welcome to Brighton canvas shopper - £130 - Kate Spade
Leather 'hip flask' across-body bag - ASOS - £45
Pastel houses printed wash bag - Ted Baker - £22
Camera 'Grand Tour' wicker bag - Kate Spade - £180 (approx)
Camera across-body bag - Accessorize - £25

Lily Says: Continuing the seaside staples theme of my last post, this collection evokes those balmy summer days spent on the beach in my favourite British seaside resort - Brighton! I'm so pleased to see that New Yorker Kate Spade has peppered her collection with references to this famous seaside city - well, it's always nice to see your local area getting some love isn't it! I've also included some irresistible offerings from Ted Baker whose pastel houses print wash bag puts me in mind of the sugar-coloured terraced houses in Brighton; ASOS - that little teal bag would be perfect for summertime adventures; and Accessorize whose camera-shaped bag is the perfect highstreet alternative to Kate Spade's similar but more pricey number! As it happens I am off to Brighton this weekend - fingers crossed for sunshine!

20 Mar 2014

Accessories: Sweet Shop Chic

Ice Cream patent clutch - £285 - Kate Spade
Humbug cosmetics bag - £65 - Lulu Guinness
Metro gold-plated stripe strap watch - £195 - Kate Spade
Magenta Chloe clutch - £275 - Lulu Guinness
Sweetie shaped Fairground studs - £40 - Kate Spade
Magenta medium Katie clutch - £245 - Lulu Guinness
Perspex Brighton Rock clutch - £225 - Lulu Guinness
Magenta and white stripe leather pouch - £125 - Lulu Guinness

Lily Says: It's the first day of Spring today, the sun is shining and the weekend is but a whisper away - so what better than this collection of Sweet Shop Chic goodies to get us in the mood for the new season? Lulu Guinness and Kate Spade have some brilliant collections out at the moment which take inspiration from seaside staples such as sticks of rock, pick and mix sweets, ice cream parlors and more. I particularly like the Lulu Guinness Brighton Rock clutch! Imagine having that tucked under your arm this summer paired with a simple little outfit? Perfect and sure to be a talking point! 

19 Mar 2014

The Arts: Inside No.9

I'd just like to show some appreciation for Inside No.9 (DVD out now) - a unique anthology series that finished on BBC2 just last week. Written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville) and directed by David Kerr (Fresh Meat, That Mitchell and Webb Look), each episode of the series inhabited its own world, with deliciously dark, devilishly funny stories unfolding each week often - but not always - with a twist that left you thinking about the programme long after its 30 minute run time was up. (I think the episode that played on my mind the most was Tom & Gerry.)
I was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of part of the series back in December with Shearsmith, Pemberton, Kerr and producer Adam Tandy in attendance and available to answer questions after stand-out episodes A Quiet Night In and The Harrowing had been shown. You can view the Q&A session online here thanks to the BFI. 
Other than the fantastic writing and character acting, something else I've appreciated about Inside No.9 is the series of specially commissioned posters that accompanied each episode of the series - how many TV series can boast such a collection? My favourite has to be the one for The Harrowing, created by Graham Humphreys who also created the famous Evil Dead poster. I've placed all the Inside No.9 promo posters below for your viewing pleasure (if you can identify the individual artists, please leave a comment and let me know). Roll on Series Two! MISCHIEF!

I know this post may seem a little out of place on this blog, but ultimately Lily in the Labyrinth is an outlet for my creative inspirations and there are few bigger than Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson - collectively known as the League of Gentlemen. Together and individually, their output has been a big influence on my creative writing over the past 14 years; I appreciate their tendency towards dark, awkward comedy and willingness to push their audience. Also, you can't beat a good bit of British, character acting!
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