An Event News And Reviews A Fashion And Beauty Edit


A bits and pieces post today. Some fashion and news that I’m dying to tell you about! I discovered a fabulous fashion brand at an event and a really good beauty quick fix I think you will like.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, so I’m sorry my posts are a bit delayed. One of the grandchildren has been unwell and I’ve been giving as much help as possible like us nans do!


The Pure Collection Event



The Pure collection was a real surprise to me. I thought the Pure Collection brand was all about cashmere sweaters and cardigans! So when I attended the event I was like wow! I fell in love with a lot of items including this Red dress that I tried on. Also available in Baby Blue.

Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb took the photo for me. And that dress has been calling me ever since! I might have to buy. There were so many items there that I fell in love with and I recommend you have a look.


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A bonus when attending events is bumping into blogger friends




It was lovely having a catch up with Catherine. It was another lovely sunny day and I wore the shirt dress from last weeks post. The bag and shoes worked perfectly with that red dress.




I really liked this dress too. Showcased in Pure’s window it was easier to share this than a dress on a hanger. You can find the Pure Collection here There’s a 50% off code at the moment too.

Wish list


The straw bag season is well and truly underway and I found the one below handy to wear with any dark summer colours. I’m saving my pennies for the gorgeous silk printed shirt!


1. Beige Cross Over Midi Dress
Bell Sleeves, Tortoise shell buttons, this seasons colour trend makes this the perfect dress
2. Black Straw Effect Woven Handbag
Straw effect - Circle woven grab handles - Optional leather-look shoulder strap - Popper fastening
3. Pearl Hoop Earrings
Combined design. Wired. Pearl-effect details. Metallic clip fastening.
4. Peonix Multi Floral Print Blouse
The Phoenix blouse in a striking floral print features long sleeves, button cuff detailing and a collarless silhouette. It works perfectly with workwear or off-duty denim,






Trying to save time and taking a quick photo in the garden didn’t work out as planned



Someone thinks I’ve just gone out there to play. Trust me, it would have been quicker to just go out and take a photo! I wanted to share these bargain trousers that I found in H&M I found my regular size tight and the next size up may be too roomy? But a good basic pair of daytime casual trousers they are. Available in lots of colours too.



The garden has exploded and everything is in bud. After spending time in Essex you really see the difference rather than waking up daily. One minute there was nothing and on returning home the garden was like a jungle!

Sharing the love for this top

I’ve been getting my price per wear out of this top from Reiss. Superb quality and it works with anything I pair it with. I like the unusual neckline and just enough coverage on the arms.



Supporting my favourite charity



I was gifted this cute T-shirt from the famed designer of swim and beachwear Melissa Odabash. The daffodil as you may well know is the emblem for Marie Curie and I like that this one is Pink. This has been designed for the great daffodil appeal.

It will look great worn with swimwear too. It’s quite long in the body. It’s good to support this important charity and if you would like to purchase a T-shirt (£15.00) you can find it here. They have some lovely items on the Marie Curie site at the moment too.


Beauty Finds




After hearing from many bloggers about how good Vita Liberata Body Blur was I just had to give it a try. Ladies, this is the easiest, fastest way of getting good colour on your legs before you head outdoors wearing a skirt or dress and not worrying about those milky white legs that don’t often see the light of day.





You can see above the colour difference. Sorry about the blurred photo (mirror selfie) Just a tiny pea size of this cream will tan the bottom half of your leg. I rub in with my hands and buff with a mitt after. It really is amazing stuff and I just wished it didn’t wash off!

I will be sharing a film of me applying this self-tan in a couple of days on my Instagram if you’d like to have a look at how good this is. I’m actually wearing it on the first photo of this post. My legs were super white! You can find the Vita Liberata range at Boots.





Last year I had a photo shoot at the V&A for an Exhibition about women reinventing themselves after 50. Mine obviously being blogging. I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to see it and what all the other women have done since hitting their fifties.



Information is available on Facebook if you would like to go to London for the day and have a browse.


On Film



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  1. July 1, 2019 / 11:32 pm

    I love that red dress, too! Absolutely PERFECT!!

  2. June 13, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    I need to check out this body blur! I love that pleated skirt on you!


  3. jodie filogomo
    June 4, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    It’s the best to meet up with other women like that Laurie!! It makes me want to jump over there and join you guys!!

  4. June 1, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    How fun to bump into Katherine at the event! Love the pieces your showcasing in this post. As for the leg blur, wow! I need to try that.

  5. June 1, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    I love the red dress Laurie, it looks great on you! I have a little tube of Vita Liberata Body Blur that I haven’t tried yet…time to give it a go I think! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  6. May 31, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Thanks for linking Laurie. How great to spend time with Catherine. We’ll have to meet up again soon x

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Oh. I’m up for that Anna xx

  7. May 29, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    The red dress really suits your colouring Laurie. I do hope you can treat yourself. How lovely to meet up with Catherine too – am only a teeny, weeny bit envious x

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:49 am

      Thanks Anna. It’s always lovely to meet bloggers and chat. When are you coming to London next?

  8. May 29, 2019 / 11:12 am

    Hope all is okay with your grandchild.
    You look fabulous in that red dress. I will have to check this brand out, I’m not familiar with it. Also loved the straw bag – always brings an element of summer to an outfit.

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:52 am

      Thanks, Alison. I must confess I thought Pure Collection was just cashmere items! I didn’t realise they had rebranded, so it was a lovely surprise. The collection is gorgeous xx

  9. May 29, 2019 / 9:52 am

    The red dress would have been perfect for my colouring, before I ditched the dye and have let my hair go grey#bloggerclubuk@_karendennis

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:53 am

      I think red and grey work really well Karen. xx

  10. May 29, 2019 / 5:57 am

    I can see why you love that red dress. It’s so bold and I love it on you! Looks like there are some fun events going on!

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:55 am

      thanks Ruth. I love going to events in London. Come over! xx

  11. May 28, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    I love those neutral pants with beautiful heels. I feel it can go anywhere just be adding bits & pieces.

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 10:56 am

      Hi Rena. Yes. Accessories make all the difference xx

  12. May 28, 2019 / 10:08 pm

    My bank account might take a bit of a battering after reading your post. Some fantastic looks. The red dress is fabulous. #DreamTeam

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 11:34 am

      Hi Sarah! So glad you enjoyed. Don’t get in trouble now! xx

  13. May 28, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    You have some great looks here!

    • laurie
      June 1, 2019 / 11:34 am

      Hi Lauren. Thank you so much. Glad you like them xx

  14. May 26, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    🙂 That red dress ist a must for you! It suits you very well!
    Have a nice evening!
    Claudia 🙂

    • laurie
      May 28, 2019 / 8:09 am

      Hi Claudia. Thanks for stopping by. It’s a must-have dress I think!
      I hope you return xx

  15. May 25, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    That red dress is sublime and I love the one in the window as well! I can never resist a straw bag! xxx

    • laurie
      May 28, 2019 / 8:10 am

      You know summer is here when the straw bags come out right? I need to buy a new one xx

  16. May 25, 2019 / 7:31 am

    Hope everything is Ok Laurie with your grandchild.

    Love your red dress Laurie, looks lovely. I really need to start getting to some blogging events but all the ones I get invited to are in London at night I can not get. Hopefully, we will bump into one another, one day 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

    • laurie
      May 28, 2019 / 8:11 am

      You do get daytime events, Claire. Let me see if we can arrange something? Would be great to meet up. Still ongoing with the grandson unfortunately. I will update soon hopefully xx

      • June 7, 2019 / 11:28 am

        Sounds great Laurie. It would be lovely to eventually meet you 🙂

  17. May 24, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    So sorry to hear about your poorly grandchild. Hope all is ok now .
    See what you mean about the tanning stuff, an amazing quick fix.
    Lovely outfits. Get that red dress!
    Hugs, Mary.

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:39 pm

      It’s ongoing with the Grandson I’m afraid Mary. Hopefully will have some answers soon. The tanning cream is amazing! xx

  18. May 24, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    I love those dresses! I am trying to stay away from the sun so a self tan cream should be something for me to try!

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks, Mireille. I’m not a sun worshiper, so its good to find something this good for a quick fix xx

  19. Gee, maybe I should try tanning. Here I am in Souther California with fish belly white legs. Not a pretty picture. I’ll have to give this a try. I wonder if it is in the States?

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:47 pm

      Hi Sandra
      Apparently, it’s available in Sephora? Or try Vita Liberata . com You can add your country there.I hope this helps Sandra xx

  20. May 24, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    You’re lovely in that red boho dress! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well and you have a great weekend ahead of you 🙂 Fingers crossed your grandchild feels better soon!

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:57 pm

      Thanks, Mica. That dress is very tempting! xx

  21. May 24, 2019 / 8:52 am

    Looking fabulous as ever. I love that red dress on you, you need it in your wardrobe! These instant tanner’s have saved me many times over the years, and I need a new one so thank you for the recommendation. Love these little round ups Laurie, although they make me want to spend haha!

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:58 pm

      Thanks Kerry. Try the Vita Liberata. It’s amazing xx

  22. Nicole of High Latitude Style
    May 24, 2019 / 4:44 am

    Wow, what a difference. And so fast. I’m impressed of thet self-tan. Mine isn’t that fast! Thanks for sharing.

    • laurie
      May 24, 2019 / 11:59 pm

      It’s instant Nicole. That’s the beauty of it xx

  23. May 23, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    Omg! Love the mules, and have just ordered them! Spending my birthday Monday. Thanks for sharing Laurie. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      May 25, 2019 / 12:00 am

      Glad you like them, Jacqui. But there are two pairs here. Which ones did you buy? xx

  24. May 23, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I have quite a lot from Pure Collection – it was my little secret! Nice looks Laurie and the Vita Liberata sounds interesting.

    • laurie
      May 25, 2019 / 12:01 am

      I know you love your cashmere, Gail. Next time you’re in Boots, check the Vita Liberata.It will surprise you xx

  25. May 23, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    All of your looks are beautiful. I love your woven heels with your neutral look. Neutral colors are always on trend.

    • laurie
      May 25, 2019 / 12:03 am

      Hi Lanae. I wear neutrals most of the time! Love them too. Thanks so much for stopping by xx

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