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It is no secret whatsoever that I am a total beauty junkie, and with a two month blogging hiatus behind me, I have a rather large stash of new beauty treats patiently waiting for their 5 mins of fame on these here pages.

First up – my continuing obsession with oil (which you can read about here, here, here, here & here. Yup. Obsessed.) And my newest obsession is L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil.

L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil

I’m a big fan of oil based cleansers, and I know some people feel nervous about washing their face with oil (it seems counter to what you’re trying to achieve) but  I have greasy/combination skin and I will always choose oil over any other formula. In fact, *humblebrag alert* I would credit my years and years of using oil based cleansers for the fact that my skin looks noticeably  younger than it really is!

So, how does L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil measure up? Well, it completely removed my new almost-favourite mascara (more on that soon) which is practically impossible to remove. It removed my new favourite all-day red lipstick (more on that soon as well) which had stayed put through cocktails, nibbles and  three courses of dinner. And it left my skin soft, clean and hydrated.

Not too shabby. Sound too good to be true? Well, if you’re adverse to mineral oils in your beauty products, then yes. it is. But it wouldn’t be half the product it is without them, they’re what removes all that super-stay make up without the need for parabens and other skin-drying soapy nasties.

I’ve read some reviews where people have bemoaned the fragrance, but it’s so low key and just a clean/soap/ever so slightly fruity smell, that I really don’t think it’s a big deal.

So, a couple of pumps, massage into dry skin, rinse off with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water and Bob’s your fresh-faced clean as a whistle uncle! It definitely gets a thumbs up from me, and at £7.99 a bottle, it’s a darn sight cheaper than any of my previous oil obsessions.


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I know, I know, over 2 months without a single post. I’m The World’s Worst Blogger™.

What can I say? I’ve been beyond busy. There’s been family drama, work drama, travelling for work, travelling for pleasure and all manner of distractions, both good and bad.

BUT, I’m back now! And the the list of posts didn’t stop growing while I was away, so be prepared for a tidal wave of new beauty recommendations, some fabulous food and fashion discoveries and all manner of other pretty things.

In the meantime, a few things I’ve been loving lately…

Loveling Lately

{Paris // Lips // Necklace // Clutch // Shoes }

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Wether channeling her inner Lana de Ray, throwing on a cheesecloth dress and dancing barefoot in a meadow, or walking down the aisle towards her beloved, there’s something so enchanting about a girl with flowers in her hair…

Flower Head dresses

{images: Free People // Vogue China // Aleksandra Zaborowska // Anthropologie // Darren McDonald }

So how about paying an homage to spring? You never know, it might help coax it along!

Flower Child

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OK, confession time. I’m not proud to admit this, but in the interests of full disclosure, I’m gonna lay all my lacy cards on the table – I once ‘darned’ a bra. It wasn’t an expensive bra (M&S of course), it wasn’t particularly beautiful (a plain, black lace) and it possessed no magical qualities (no ‘invisibility cloak’ style lingerie in this house). So why did I take to it with my needle and thread like it was the last bra in the world? Because I LOVED it. I loved how comfortable it was, I loved the shape it gave me, I loved how it was smooth enough to go undetected, but lacy enough to be pretty, and, most tellingly, I loved how it made me feel. I just couldn’t let it go.

Lingerie is pretty powerful suff people, in fact some of it is so powerful it should only be used by trained professionals. It can reduce grown men to gibbering wrecks, make a sex-kitten from the mousiest of subjects, and turn heads with the way it makes you walk…

Girl next door Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - the girl


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Bridal Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The Bride


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Seductive black lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The WOman


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Coloured Lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove



Lingerie - Bold Lace


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{ image sources: the girl  // the bride  //  the woman  //  bold lace }



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Sunday Sundae - Outfitted 3rd march

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Ever thought of running away and joining the circus?

The ultimate in ‘wakeup makeup‘ – it gets my vote!

Who made the Pantone chip?

Looking forward to reading this book on my next  trip.

Toast – hitting the nail on the bed-linen-head every time

More monochrome love.

In love with Anthrpologie’s Neroli silk blouse.

A very eloquent piece which helps explain why I get cross about people who get cross on the internet. (The same applies to people who mindlessly copy and paste Facebook statuses about privacy settings, car park muggings and Instagram trying to sell pictures of your children. Educate and then retaliate. Don’t be mindless. Rant over.)


On the Red carpet at the 2013 Oscars
The new monochrome trend
Statement necklaces at non-statement prices
Perfectly polished pastels at your fingertips

KT x

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It just so happens that the pictures I’ve been feverishly pinning of late…


…go rather well with the Nars Nail polishes I’ve been greedily eyeing up…

Fanciful Fingertips


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It may have been around for a while, but this is one trend that shows no sign of going anywhere soon. Much to my delight!! Statement necklaces are an easy win, you can wear them with pretty much ANYTHING, they can turn the mundane into the marvellous!! And best of all, there are some pretty fantastic ones to be had for less than you might think…

Coquette Covets Statement Necklaces


01 – Accessorize // 02 – Mango // 03 – ASOS // 04 – New Look // 05 – Next // 06 – J.Crew // 07 – Mango // 08 – Dorothy Perkins

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Black & white monochrome trend Coquette & Dove 26

It started as a “micro-trend” on the catwalks last September, and has developed into a fully fledged love affair with black and white. And it’s easy to see why, the combination can be fun and flirty, androgynously sexy, retro-chic or oh-so-ladylike. The possibilities are endless…

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{images: Catherine Servel for Harper’s Bazaar UK // Nikolay Biryukov for Collezioni Uomo // Oui Lookbook via FGR }


Fancy getting in on the action? We’re at your disposal…


Black and White

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Zara Monochrome


Above – Zara’s Monochrome Army of clones!

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It’s not a red carpet round up, I lost the will after my computer crashed twice and made my day hell, instead, the moments that made me smile…

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Amy Adams & Jennifer Garner were my red carpet favourites in Oscar de La Renta and Gucci respectively.

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The biggest winner of the night has to be Jennifer Lawrence, who wore Dior beautifully, fell, and then got right back up again, with such grace and good humour…

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…who charmed the word, and the world’s press, by being so damn down to earth…

…and who had a total fan moment when she met Jack Nicholson…

If twitter is anything to go by, the world’s female population has a new girl crush, me included.

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This look is right up my street. Big, textured hair, flawless skin, metallics – it’s a very modern 70s look and I’d wear it everyday if I had half an excuse!


Get the Look


Prep clean, dry hair with L’Oreal Professionnel tec ni art Pli, and set on Babyliss Nano Titanium Hot Sticks. While the hair is cooling, rub a little of Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion into the roots (much easier to do this while the roots are neatly exposed!). Once your hair has cooled, remove the hot sticks and gently pull out the curls with your fingers, pushing back up the hair to create volume.

Use NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland to create soft, golden eyelids, and line with Guerlain’s Liquid Eyeliner.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in 09 and MAC Cremesheen Glass in Floating Lotus complete the look.

{ image of Yana Shmaylova by Zhang Jingna }

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