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I don't know about you, but I will certainly be ready when autumn arrives. Without having any other reason aside from my general aversion to humidity, my enthusiasm for fall's arrival typically starts with the thought of donning leather layers. When the climate is hot and humid let's face it, it doesn't make sense to wear infinite layers for no good reason.

Nowadays, I typically choose comfort first (especially the older that I become). Don't get me wrong, there is a balance. Of course, fashion and function always fall in line right after each other, however when it's sensationally hot or unbearably cold I'd rather be comfortable first. Do you continuously choose style first before function and comfort?

Whichever way your stylish little hearts may go, I have something for everyone — from the daring fashionista to the casual traveller. I've partnered with Lyst again to share a pre-autumn wish list, and some of my favourites from their site. I used the site to curate a wish list of accessories (as seen in these style boards) for multiple occasions: off duty styles, at the office, weekend casual, and versatile pieces. These styles can easily transition for day and night looks without having to renounce your smart garb.
Above: 1-Dune Red Deedee Gusset Tote Bag, 2-Oasis Beige Asis Stella Shopper, 3-Leghilà Blue Work Bag, 4-Liu Jo black & crossbody bag, 5-Dune Grey Quilted Micro Bag, 6 Circus by Sam Edelman Kinley Crossbody, 7-Liu Jo 'coleottero' Bag, 8-ASOS Metallic Quilted Cross Body Bag.


Autumn fashion has already ushered in my social timelines at flashing speeds, and all I can think of is how much I am in need of a new pair of boots. I don't typically purchase a grand fashion supply every season, instead I have been doing a big selective purchase twice a year for certain shoe styles, namely boots.

Over the weekend as I donated some boots, relinquishing a couple styles (due to unforgiving soles), I was instantly motivated by a number of styles found on Lyst. Whatever pieces I end up buying, they'll surely have to live up to the years of wear and quality of the older styles that I've had to let go. After the purging session ended I only kept a handful of styles that I absolutely loved (not including the vintage boot collection, obviously).

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Above: 1-Truffle Collection "Luan" Tortoiseshell ankle boots, 2-Cole Haan "Antonia" Small Crossbody, 3-Gordana Dimitrijević Metallic Ankle Boots, 4-Michael Antonio Laurent Bootie, 5-White Stuff-Blue "Dreaming Away" Tassel Scarf, 6-Bait Footwear Blue "Showcase Your Strut" Bootie, 7-Aldo-Red Valllucci, 8-River Island-Khaki Flap Pocket Backpack, 9-KG by Kurt Geiger Ankle Boots.

Which are your favourites here? What are you most excited to wear for autumn? 


View more autumn accessories on Lyst. Lyst is a London based digital tech brand. *This post is brought to you by Lyst.com, a Fashion Tales sponsor. All content and opinions are honestly expressed. 

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Body Beauty With Perlier

Perlier has been in the bath and beauty business for over eighty years with a team dedicated in continuous research for their products. With laboratories in both Milan and Turin, the Italian brand uses scientifically formulated products from active ingredients from medicinal plants.

I have used only a couple products in the past, but was recently asked to try out their Golden Almond line of bath and body products. The newly launched Golden Almond collection is made with the Sicilian Avola almond.

Active ingredients: Golden almond oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) of omega-3, minerals, and vitamin E. Fruit extracts, cacao seed butter oil, shea butter (Butyrosepermum Parkll Butter) for conditioning, and Stearyl alcohol (a naturally fatty alcohol from stearic acid, vegetable fatty acids, or coconut oil) to soothe and soften, and work as an emulsifying agent. (View full ingredient lists here)

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1. Nourishing Body Balm-Oil: This is probably my favourite item in the collection, mostly because of the silky texture that it leaves my skin feeling. You will definitely feel like luxury with the balm-oil. Given the name, one might think it would be oily, but it isn't. In fact, it's a hydrating body lotion that has a thick whipping cream-like consistency. A little goes a long way.

Its claims are that it melts into the skin. It does just that, and rubs in easily when blending into the skin. To protect the look of elasticity, and youth. The result is a better-looking, smoother, hydrated and firmer skin – younger feeling and looking skin that has a glow. I can speak on all of these claims except firming. I didn't notice so much firming, but everything else was spot on. I loved the balm-oil.

2. Super Nourishing Hand & Nail Butter: Claims: "A first-time true natural tonic that helps to deeply nourish and hydrate while making hands look instantly smoother and brighter."

In my opinion, this would best suit someone with very dry skin. This is a nice formula, but slightly oilier than the balm-oil. I could see this working well for winter time or when your skin is extremely in need of some restoration.

3. Bath & Shower Cream: The first time that I used this was in the shower. Then, I used it for a bath and decided that I liked it better for a bath since it's fragrant. Having it used in a larger amount of water worked best. It lathers really well and comes out in a semi-milky formula.

The claims: A rich cream that naturally and gently cleanses skin, and caresses the body. To moisturise, give vitality to the skin and provide a velvety feeling after using. In my opinion, I felt that it was just as any other shower cream, yet simply with a scent.
 
Overall Scent: The aroma for the products in this collection is fragrant, but the mildest of scented item would be in the shower cream. It's a perfumed elegant smell that is potent but very pleasant as it wears. It doesn't smell like your typical almond products (in that it doesn't smell like traditional almond at all) and you needn't wear any perfume, in addition to using both the shower cream and balm-oil together.

The Golden Almond bodycare collection is lovely trio, full of slightly floral notes with a rich creaminess to each product. Top notes are of bergamont, almond blossom, and tangerine enveloped in a Karo Karounde Base (an African flowering shrub) that includes tonka bean, and cashmeran to give it a powdery, woody and velvety musk odour.

Favourite(s): Although, these products are not anything that I'd typically buy for myself because it's quite fragrant, I was pleasantly surprised by them because it did not irritate my sensitive skin like many perfumed products. If I had to choose one product, then it would be the balm-oil. It's lavish and goes on very smooth as the hand cream, but in a less oily way. I used the balm-oil after my shower and it made my skin feel luxurious. It was also good in deeply hydrating and nourishing my skin.

Have you tried any of Perlier's products? 

The goods: Golden Almond Bath & Shower Cream, Golden Almond Nourishing Body Balm-Oil, and Golden Almond Super Nourishing Hand & Nail Butter-Courtesy of Perlier. Last image (above) via here. All opinions are my own and honestly expressed. 


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3 Books For Three Types of Foodies

I've been reading a lot of books this year, which includes several storytelling style recipe books. But, here's a curated list of cooking favourites. This is a continuation from my 2016 Foodie Books list that I've put together for fellow gastronomes, and more! Let me know if you're read any of these.
1. The Experimental Foodie:
Buy: Cook Korean! by Robin Ha
Cook Korean! blends comics and cuisine together like a marriage destined for greatness. You will love this book if you like Asian food, comics, or if you're interested in learning about Korean cuisine whether you're a novice or a frequent digester of Korean food. It's the perfect book to choose dishes to make for Sunday dinner, which was usually a deluge of food selections at our house when I was growing up.

The book is made up of playful and easy-to-read recipes, such as Bean Sprout Salad, Korean Burgers, and the Seaweed Rice Roll, amongst others. As a whole, this cookery book is part innovative charm, part food-driven storytelling, and the rest is a visual feast for the (artsy) eyes. The only con was that for some recipes you really need to re-read them more than usual, as it's easy to get caught up in the comic-style layout (in a good way) that you might skip part of the details if you aren't careful. But, again, I really liked it overall.
Favourite Bits: Being a kimchi lover, and growing up eating loads of fermented foods in general, I absolutely enjoyed the variety of kimchi recipes that Ha shares. Judging by the suggested "key ingredients" list it looks like my refrigerator was already seventy-five percent "Korean."  Next on the menu is to try the Kimchi Buchimagae (pancakes). I also enjoyed the regional breakdown of certain foods. You'll refine your cooking skills in Korean cuisine simply with this book, or at least come close to mastering it.

2. The Hosting Foodie:
Buy: Food With Friends by Leela Cyd
No newbie to entertaining myself, I found this book fun to read. The book is very "pretty" in a nutshell. And, with such a pretty styled book in front of me, I found myself nodding along with most recipes. It was either because they were familiar to me personally, or because it reminded me of foods that I'd seen my mum prepare for clients and catering events as a child.

Favourite Bits: This book is for the foodie who wants to entertain or loves to cook dishes that are meant to be shared. Get this book if you want to learn new global recipes that are likely inspired by some of your friend's favourites back home. I am particularly fond of Cyd's homemade Cotija, Apricot, & Rosemary Crisps (crostini), and Socca Cakes with Labneh and Fennel recipe. Give me a beautifully dressed crostino (and anything with rosemary) any day!

3. The Allergy Concerned Foodie:
Buy: Pure Delicious by Heather Christo
Fortunately, I only have two major food allergies with one moderate allergy, and neither of them involve tree nuts or shellfish. Thank goodness, because I have a fervent love of almonds and cashews way too much! To be honest, I was satisfied with reading many of the recipes in this book and have cooked several so far. If you're used to a lot of flavour, then you will likely need salt and pepper added to some recipes. However, I feel that goes without saying.

Food Allergies? No problem. Here's an entire cookery book dedicated to serving a buffet of tasty concoctions for pretty much every dietary restriction. One-hundred fifty allergen-free recipes, to be exact and without you having to sacrifice those much needed proteins.

This is essentially a modernised version of comfort foods for people with food allergies. It's a wonderful addition to my cookery collection since we have several friends who are gluten-intolerant and vegan. I usually make a couple of extra dishes at our brunches and dinners when certain people with food restrictions are in attendance.

Favourite Bits: Versatility. There's options for carnivores, veggie-lovers, and vegan-friendly foodies. Every recipe also is free from cane sugar, which I appreciated.

What type of foodie are you? Do you know a foodie who needs any of these books?
The goods: I was given early copies of these books via the publisher for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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A Trio of Favourites

I took a week off to travel a bit to visit family and friends last week, and enjoyed every moment. Between a satisfying brunch feast, and our family party, I was consumed by the minute in the best possible way. That's what life is for right? Living! Now that I am back I wanted to quickly share with you three things that I've been loving currently. 

1. Walking, Instead of Running!
Due to my hurt left ankle, me pounding the pavement is somewhat non-existent. It's also the same ankle that I badly injured in my youth when I used to go snowboarding at ungodly speeds just about every weekend. It's an old injury, but lately it's been irritating me. Fortunately, I decided to use some herbal remedies from my nan and it has been doing a lot better.  

I decided to buy some new cushy trainers for walking whilst on my journey. I will be running again in the future no doubt, however at the moment, I am quite alright with speed walking comfortably since I am still getting an effective workout … it just takes me longer until my ankle completely heals. At the moment, I am also loving jersey dresses, and solid jumpsuits. It's a new day, because I am pretty much living in flats, trainers, and sandals so it works for my present situation. Thankfully, I can work remotely for most days. 


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I recently had the pleasure of tasting the most incredible Aussie-made treats that are perfect with a cuppa, your hot cocoa, or espresso. Kookas Natural is founded by the lovely and incredibly friendly, Johanna based in Australia. 

These little circular indulgent nobs of joy are packed with all-natural flavour and culinary wonder—the cookies are full of fibre, antioxidants, and nutrients that enhances health (skin, hair and energy). After eating these biscuits it made me want to buy them in bulk, especially for the office! 

I had the goji-choc (goji berries and organic raw cacao nibs), and the paleo-friendly orange (zest) with hazelnut. 
I cannot tell you which is my favourite, as it changed by the hour, or rather the type of tea that I was having. I will say that the orange hazelnut entirely left an impression in the last bite that I took. 

*Oh, and did I mention that these cookies are also free from dairy, egg and refined sugar? She also carries options that are entirely paleo-friendly, nut-free, and for those that are gluten-intolerant. 



I was recently contacted by Caseapp (Deutschland) to try two items. I decided on creating an abstract pastel Smartphone case as well as a ready-made cityscape laptop skin. The Swedish brand offers a plethora of designs for various Smartphones, including iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, and laptops (both PC and Mac). After I ordered my laptop skin, it arrived wrong and damaged but their customer service team were right on it and sent me a new one straight away (soon to be revealed).  

Have you used Caseapp before? If you have in the past, what did you end up getting? If you'd like to order your own mobile case or laptop skin visit caseapp.de, and grab the promo code: "FASHIONTALES20" for twenty-percent off your order. They ship worldwide!

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