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Ethical Luxe: Trust Fund Beauty

1.9.14

Trust Fund Beauty makes doing your manicure an enjoyable experience with class, style, and sass. The eco-friendly indie brand wants “to bring out the inner rich bitch in everyone, no matter what your financial situation is.” So, naturally coming up with a fun and clever theme, such as abundant luxury living was a match made in heaven.

I recently tried their nail varnish in the Just Talk to My Lawyer” colour, which is a glistening deep burgundy hue, and from the Heiress collection. I’m sure every lady has their own favourite colour that they usually buy, and this is pretty close to mine. Although, I generally gravitate to pink variations, deep plums, or natural/nude colours for my nails.

“We are a lifestyle in a bottle.”
Ethics and Smart Concepts:
From the transparency in their approach to listing full ingredients to being a cruelty-free company, there’s a lot to appreciate about the Trust Fund Philosophy. My favourite are the titles of each colour and style, giving every bottle a character of their own.

Some examples are; I Wore It Better, Old Money, Hamptons Hookup, Champagne Problems, and Kiss, Kiss Darling, to name a few. There are also collections called, Prenup, Scandal, and Entitled, so there’s a collection for every type of affluent style that you’re after. Take a look at a few more styles below.
            
What I Loved:
The nail varnish itself is very comparable with most quality brands, but I think it’s similar to my Essie, and OPI bottles.

Initially, I did my manicure without using the “101 manicure essentials,” including a base/top coat. I must have been a bit anxious to give it a try. But, obviously, it worked far better when I used a base coat and a top coat. So, I would definitely recommend using both, as it will alleviate problems with chipping.

I really liked this colour and I used two coats on top, which lasted over a week+, so far. You can completely get away with using only one coat as well. If you’re an indecisive fashionista, don’t worry, Trust Fund Beauty offers mini-trios! In the three-pack samplers, you can choose from a variety of colour options to try-out.
Have you tried Trust Fund Beauty? What colour would you choose?

The goods: Nail Varnish in “Just Talk to My Lawyer”-Courtesy of Trust Fund Beauty. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Seasoned Versatility // V.C. Accessories

27.8.14

For every season, you can always bet that in my wardrobe accessories will likely be present, especially adaptable styles.

Here’s an exclusive look at several accessories to be fixated on from V.C. Accessories. And, if you’re into handmade pieces that might speak to your unconventional, yet fashionable soul, then prepare yourself to be inspired.

Designer, Volkan Celik of the Berlin-based accessories brand, V.C. Accessories (V.C.) creates handcrafted accessories with an edgy aesthetic. From fashion-forward designs to small pieces with a daintier appeal, there’s a little something for everyone."As every piece is handcrafted and made with love, I feel a personal connection to my customers."
 -Volkan

V.C. Accessories is a brand that’s all about contemporary individuality—quality goods that make statements in a wear; yet it doesn’t lose its observable nod to a vintage era. The influence of the roaring twenties being evident in the V.C. line works as a solid designing foundation. The result is a range of modern classics, all with a memorable twist. Celik has taken a traditional menswear accessory (the bow tie) and uses it as strong influence within his collection. The concept has also successfully resulted in producing a range of unisex bow tie styles.

There are leather bow tie necklaces constructed with metal hardware clasps, (a personal favourite) which makes it more appealing than just wearing an ordinary bow tie.

Take a look at each piece, they have a character of their own, and I can attest that every item is of high quality and designed with excellence.

But, if wearing a bow tie isn’t your fashion forte, then you may want to lean toward V.C.’s other stylish offerings. The line includes embellished collars, cummerbunds, and scarves with artful trimming details.

Here are some of my favourites below:
(Above) 1- Fokko, 2- Bow tie braided N°7, 3- Mouth Cummerbund N°9, 4- Fringed collar N°6, 5- Double-sided Scarf N°14|1
What do you think of V.C. Accessories? Which pieces are your favourites?

The goods: Double-sided Scarf N°14|1 in silk/cotton, and Leather Bow tie necklace N°1-Courtesy of V.C. Accessories. All opinions expressed are my own. 

To shop the collection visit www.vc-accessories.de.


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Spotlight Series: The Biscuiteers

22.8.14

When it comes to hosting, details are what make the experience enjoyable. Of course, when there’s an afternoon teatime, it’s no exception.

In collaboration with the Biscuiteers, I wanted to put the spotlight on the exemplary British brand that merges two things that Fashion Tales adores—travelling and fashion, obviously! For the afternoon tea, I chose to use the “Vintage Traveller” biscuit tin, which if you’re a fan of the novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, you will appreciate the inspiration, which was Phileas Fogg. The tin is filled with intricately designed biscuits in the form of a compass, passport, aeroplanes, hot air balloons, and a vintage suitcase.
 
The “Fashionista” biscuit tin was also a personal favourite, and I used them to dazzle our tablescape setting. This tin is perfect for the fashion enthusiast and would clearly be an edible “statement” accessory. There’s clutch bags, earrings, and embellished dresses.

But, the biscuits are not only unique, they are simply sweet handcrafted treats that are artful and delicious. Each one is remarkably produced in just about every type of theme and shape imaginable: from festival season to Royal Ascot-inspired biscuits. The Biscuiteers is certainly not your everyday type of biscuit bakery. And, being a biscuit enthusiast myself, I do appreciate the range of clever themes and playful styles that will suit any occasion.

If you want something other than biscuits, they also make cakes, chocolates, and macaroons, all of which can be personalised.
Flourishing Extras to Love:
Husband and wife team, Harriet Hastings and Stevie Congdon, established the Biscuiteers in 2007. Their brilliant concept of creating stylish biscuits that are all handmade and delivered with topnotch service is what set the brand apart from the lot of many. And, the proof is certainly in the (sugary) pudding, so-to-speak!

“We wanted the biscuits to be beautiful and witty. We called them ‘collections’ because we knew we wanted to launch them seasonally like fashion collections and to keep refreshing and developing the range,” Hastings said.

The now, well-known brand has partnered and worked closely with award-winning companies and fashion brands, including Burberry, Swatch, Net-a-Porter, and Selfridges, amongst others.

Almost, exactly two years ago, the Biscuiteers expanded the company and opened their very first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Café in Notting Hill. They even offer icing classes for those willing to go onward with the task of learning how to frost a biscuit.

Come join the visual tea party in high-fashion. I hope you’ve come with an appetite! Just sit back and indulge in this tablescape voyage, all provided with an imperial front-row seat. But, don’t fret, we’ll skip the tea sandwiches, and keep them stowed, so that you can have tasty seconds for the ultimate biscuit-dunking experience.
Have you bought or tasted a Biscuiteers original? What do you think of the afternoon tablescape?

The goods: Vintage Travelling Tin, and Fashionista Tin-Provided by The Biscuiteers. All opinions expressed are my own. Tablecloth-Vintage, Sheffield china, and all other accessories/food-Fashion Tales. 

*Fancy attending their icing classes? Click here. For more information or to shop these charming treats visit www.biscuiteers.com
 (Above) Other inspired biscuit tins. 
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Cobalt and Floral Occasions

20.8.14

Typically, when I see many of my day-to-night outfits they are in solid colours, or with layers, and even in the form of a Little Black Dress. But, this time, I wanted to mix things up. I needed a complete outfit that would be appropriate for a presentation as well as cocktail hour and late-night dinner plans.

Versatility and extreme comfort was going to be essential in the style decision, because it was a day that I could not be hindered by heaps of things to carry or assemble (style-wise).
I thought this print was perfect—it has a bold and electric cobalt colouring, yet also a silhouette flattering enough to work for the office and a night on the town. Adding a blazer to this dress also gave me the option for daytime, because I am often cold inside the workspace, hence my scarf obsession. However, not one scarf was required for this ensemble.

Fortunately, this was a dress that needn’t many accessories; therefore, all I added was earrings to complete this look. When you have a long day scheduled ahead, do you have favourite styles that are easy to transform to night? 
What do you think of my day-to-night look?

Special thanks to everyone for your lovely responses on my last post, I ended up using both the chocolates and mini-grooming tools inside the moustache boxes.

*Lastly, I am in the process of shifting several things around, both professionally and personally, including getting caught up with blogs, etc. But, I do have a few special things to share with you very soon. Do bear with me, check out Bloglovin’ and Instagram (see below). I will make my way to reading your lovely spaces soon. 
The goods: Floral printed dress, and Insect drop earrings-c/o Oasap, Heels-Seychelles.

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