Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: March 2012

30 March 2012

Luxury Lust List

Philippe Audibert Crystal Embellished Bracelet - Mulberry Alexa Bag - Alexander McQueen Leopard & Scull Scarf - Tom Ford Tortoise Shell Sunglasses - Mulberry Tillie Bag

I love a spot of online window shopping. There's nothing better than casting budgets and restrictions aside and indulging in some leisurely fantasy browsing. I seem to have an insatiable desire for designer goods so I'm constantly adding to my ever growing wish list, with these lovely items taking the top spot as my current favourite picks.

I already own quite a few shoulder bags so it's about time I branched out and tried something else, and what could be better than the iconic Mulberry Alexa? I love the textured leather of this one and the cream shade paired with rose gold hardware is perfectly to my taste. I wouldn't stop there, as the Mulberry Tillie is just as lovely, and probably more practical for someone like me who lugs around their whole life in their bag! An Alexander McQueen scarf is almost a prerequisite for any blogger, but rather than the ubiquitous monochrome scull scarf, I'm more drawn to this chic leopard print silk scarf and it would look gorgeous paired with the gold Philippe Audibert bracelet. I've also desperately been coveting some Tom Ford sunglasses for what seems a lifetime, and as I have a bit of a penchant for tortoiseshell, these are ideal.

These items may just be a mere fantasy for now, but my Mulberry Bayswater and Mulberry Continental Wallet started off as daydreams too, so perhaps one day I'll also be the proud owner of these lovely things. Which luxury items are you lusting after?

29 March 2012

Orelia Jasmine Bracelet

Whilst browsing the flagship Topshop store during our weekend in London, I spotted the Orelia stand. Filled with delicate jewellery, I was captivated and stood rooted to the spot for the next half hour, marvelling over the beautiful detail in the designs. Eventually, I settled on the Jasmine bracelet above. I adore the pairing of white and gold together, and I love the ever so dainty gold chain and tiny star charm, so as soon as I saw it I knew it would be a piece I treasured. There's something so whimsical and charming about it. I have my eye on quite a few other pieces from the collection so I may be treating myself to some more gorgeous jewellery soon!

The Orelia Jasmine Bracelet is priced at £10 and is available to buy from Orelia or Topshop

27 March 2012

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick

When this lipstick from the new L'Occitane Pivoine Limited Edition Collection dropped through my letterbox, it was love at first sight. I absolutely adore everything about this lipstick. The pastel pink textured cardboard packaging (which has been imprinted with the peony flower which the collection is based upon) is divine - and it's home to the most beautiful soft pink lipstick I have ever come across. The shade is 02 - aptly named Pivoine Delicate - so if you're drawn to gentle ballerina pinks, you may just love this one as much as me. 

Having not tried L'Occitane cosmetics before (I'll be honest - I wasn't aware they had a makeup range) I didn't know what to expect in terms of quality, but I was highly impressed with the formula of this lipstick. Soft, creamy, moisturising, good pigmentation - it has it all. It leaves a slightly dewy finish to the lips which I love and it's fairly long lasting. For me, this lipstick is perfection and I can't get enough of it! I had no idea L'Occitane created lipsticks but after falling in love with this one I'll certainly be taking a peek at others on offer. Their lipsticks are on the pricey side but I'll happily pay that amount for such an incredible product.

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick is priced at £12.50 and will be available to buy from  L'OccitaneDebenhams and John Lewis from April

26 March 2012

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Although I've been wearing my engagement ring for almost three years now, I still can't help give it an admiring glance each day. There's nothing quite like catching a glimpse of diamonds sparkling in the light to brighten your morning! I often get asked about my rings - by readers, friends... even strangers! Many of you have read our engagement story but I've not really touched upon the tale behind my engagement ring. Matt was searching for something specific in the lead up to his proposal, but wasn't finding it, so he designed my ring with the aid of an independent jeweller to create the perfect ring. The three diamonds represent past, present and future and I love the classic design set in a platinum band. Knowing Matt designed it himself makes it all the more special! Jewellery is such a personal gift it makes sense to be able to pick and choose the specifics of the design, rather than buy something mass produced. I'd absolutely love a delicate and dainty diamond necklace to add to my jewellery collection, and who knows, perhaps my not-so-subtle hints have been taken on board as a potential gift idea for our five year anniversary later this year! What would your ultimate diamond accessory be?

22 March 2012

Ted Baker Laptop Case

I first spotted this laptop case whilst browsing House of Fraser. Everything about it appealed to me – the glossy patent fabric in a soft nude pink shade, the girly bow which adorned the top of the case, the ‘Ted Baker’ logo in rose gold hardware. Even the silky butterfly print fabric which lines the case is divine. However, with a price tag of £60 and having only just received one as a gift for Christmas, I had to reluctantly put it down and move on. So I was bowled over when I attended the Handpicked Media Suite during London Fashion Week and lo and behold, what was peeking out of the goody bag but the very same Ted Baker laptop case I’d been coveting just the week earlier! It really is lovely and it's great to see brands producing ladylike accessories for various gadgets and gizmos. I’m often travelling so this is perfect for safely tucking away my precious MacBook. What do you think? Which gorgeous laptop cases have caught your eye? 

Available to buy from Ted Baker and House of Fraser

21 March 2012

I Love... Cosmetics

I'm a huge fan of Philosophy bath products. In fact, I currently have 10 bottles sitting in my bathroom in an array of delicious scents. As much as I love them, they're expensive for something which is just going to be washed down the drain so I like to have some cheap and cheerful shower gels on hand so I don't spend a fortune on washing myself. When I was introduced to I Love... I knew I'd found the perfect alternative to Philosophy. A range of bath and shower products which are similarly packaged, with a choice of scrumptious scents, and priced at just £2.05 for 500ml of bath and shower creme, there's no excuse not to stock up on these fabulous products. I was sent two scents to try - Strawberries & Milkshake and Coconut & Cream. Both are bursting with mouth-watering fragrance, lather really well and leave skin soft and moisturised. I'm a big fan! I'm now keen to try the body butters and the Vanilla & Ice Cream set which sounds divine!

I Love... products are priced at £2.05 and are available to buy from Superdrug

19 March 2012

Mulberry Plaster Pink Continental Wallet

After I received a beautiful Mulberry Bayswater as a wedding present from my lovely husband, it seemed only right that I bought an exquisite purse to place inside it. I did have my heart set on a pink Miu Miu purse but when it mysteriously and suddenly stopped being stocked, I took my search elsewhere and the Mulberry Plaster Pink Continental purse caught my eye right away. Classic in design, it's been given a feminine twist with beautiful blush pink leather and rose gold hardware. Matt and I had a trip to London planned so it was the perfect opportunity to take a look at the purse in the Mulberry store and check whether the colour was just as pretty in real life as it was online. I was smitten when I saw it and knew it had to be mine! Not only is it beautiful, it has plenty of space for cards as well as an area for notes and a zipped pocket at the back. It was expensive, but I'd had many reassurances from fellow Mulberry purse owners that years after their purchase they still loved their wallets and it's well worth the investment. Not a day has gone by since I bought it when I haven't given it an admiring gaze. Who knew a purse could bring such pleasure?!

18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing my wonderful mum a fantastic Mother's Day! The most kind, joyful and loving woman I've ever known who lights up any room she's in with her laughter and enthusiasm.

15 March 2012

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick - Poppy Red

I'm a newfound fan of red lipstick since trying Revlon Cherries In The Snow and Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Cranberry. I've discovered I love a bit of bright colour on my lips and Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick has now topped my list of red lippies in terms of colour, formulation and staying power. One of the four new shades in Clarins Colour Breeze Spring Makeup Collection, Poppy Red has everything I was looking for in a red lipstick.

Unlike Clarins Baby Pink lipstick, which was a little gritty to apply and needed a few swipes to show up, Poppy Red is highly pigmented, vibrant and creamy to apply. It leaves a glossy finish thanks to the mango butter and vitamin E and it has enough pink in it to veer away from a wintery lip and still be suitable for spring/summer. The colour really is lovely, and I'm afraid the photo's of this on my lips just don't do it justice. In person the shade is a rich red, which prompted plenty of compliments! Poppy Red is now my go-to lipstick when I want an instant hit of glamour!

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick is price at £17.00 and is available to buy from BootsDebenhams and

12 March 2012

Primark Pink Blazer

I'm a huge fan of blazers and I believe you can never have too many. They're one of those items which you can wear with anything and they instantly transform an outfit. I own blazers in black, navy, nude and taupe in an assortment of styles, but the one colour I was missing was a blush pink, so I was delighted when I spotted this one in Primark. It's the perfect shade of dusky pink and I love the gathered three quarter length sleeves and (faux) pockets which give it some extra detail. A nice lining always pleases me too, and for just £19.99, I couldn't be happier with the latest addition to my blazer collection! 

Have you spotted any lovely blazers lately?

10 March 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

With Mother's Day approaching, it's time to seek out some lovely goodies to treat our mums with. Here are my top three picks of gorgeous gifts which are sure to put a smile on any mum's face...

L'Occitane Petit Romantic Rose Gift Set - £16
This is a fresh, floral gift set containing feminine rose petals in the form of Bath & Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Bonne Mere Soap and Hand Cream.

Available to buy from L'OccitaneDebenhams and John Lewis

Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Hands & Feet Kit - £12.99
This kit contains a collection of rich creams and luxurious butters including two hand cremes, hand salve, foot creme and cuticle cream - everything you need to soften and care for hard-working hands and feet. (Plus a lip balm for good measure!)
    Available to buy from Burt's Bees, Boots and Debenhams

    NEOM Happiness Candle - £37.50
    NEOM's Happiness Candle is a sparkling blend of White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon, combined with natural fresh grass notes to create the awakening of spring. These candles are especially great as they're made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils so they burn without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins or soot.

    Available to buy from Neom and Selfridges

     What will you be treating your mum with this Mother's Day?