Beauty, Betsy Loves, Culture, Fashion

Not another Xmas gift guide

Well, I guess that’s exactly what this is, but hopefully it’ll also be quite helpful! Buying presents for multiple people can be really tough, and more than a little bewildering, so while I might not be able to help you with the men in your life, I might be able to shed some light for the women.

The Red Lipstick

First of all, does the woman (wife/girlfriend/daughter/sister/mother) in your life wear red lipstick? Yes? Then, you’re sorted. Buy her Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, £25. Chanel is a great gift, the packaging is insanely glamorous, the colour is flattering on everyone, and the formula is silky but also strongly pigmented.


The Cashmere Beanie

Does your lady wear hats? Not a fedora, but beanies? Then go for COS’ cashmere beanie; a steal at £29. Everyone loves cashmere and it’s ridiculously soft. The colour ranges are lovely, and it’s at least half the price of most other cashmere beanies.


The Expert Tool Kit (no; not that kind!)

Does she enjoy make-up? I mean actively enjoy, as opposed to just wearing it. Then hop on to Space NK’s website, and get a pair of Shu Uemura’s eyelash curlers for £20. These are the best in the business, and will give a lovely curl to lashes.


The Luxury Make-Up

Another option is to dive into Charlotte Tilbury’s new make-up range. This selection is utterly glamorous and totally lust-worthy. Her Filmstars On The Go (£42) palettes look divine, and are pretty easy to choose from. If you’re scared about picking the wrong colours, jump over to her eye crayons where you can buy individual ones according to eye colour (£19) or buy a selection pack for £75.


The Silver Bangle

Does she wear jewellery? And is that jewellery delicate? Then look no further than Links of London’s karabiner bangle. Yes, it’s a bit more pricey for £140, but it is stunning.


The Designer Candle

Is she house proud? Does she lust over elegant interiors? Then go for a decadent scented candle from Jo Malone (£40). Far from being a naff present, scented candles are great, and Jo Malone is pretty high up there. Diptyque candles are super duper pricey, but these look amazing and save you some pennies. Every fragrance they do is delicious, but ask one of the lovely saleswomen to guide you between fruity and floral if you need.


The Coffee Table Book

Does photography rock her boat? Or perhaps Kate Moss? Or fashion? Easy peasy – Kate: The Kate Moss Book (£32.50).


The Beauty Must Have

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (£26). Until you’ve tried it, you don’t know why you’d need it, once you have, you don’t know how you lived without it. Trust me.


The Glam Watch

Large faced watches are all the rage at the moment, and Olivia Burton does some of the best for a really good price. My personal favourite is the large white face with black leather strap (£75).


Hope some of this helps! And if it does nothing else, it means I might be getting a cracking stocking from my nearest and dearest this year. Hint hint.

Betsy Loves, Culture, Fashion, Food, Travel

London, baby

Like the wonderful mummy she is, Momma P treated me to a jaunt to London. I capitalised (see what I did there?…) and popped down a few days early and managed to fit in seeing some of my very favourite people (shout out to Ashley and Jack; Katie, Hannah, Rach and Kimmelman; Jack and Wes; and finally Pidg), as well as cramming in some shopping (silk shirts from Uniqlo, anyone?), lots of walking (more than 20 miles in 3 days. No exaggeration!), and lots of yummy food.

Once Momma P arrived 48 hours later, we geeked out and ‘did’ the new Ancient Egypt, mummy exhibition at the British Museum – fascinating, really well curated and presented – a definite thumbs up from us; followed immediately by the Wedding Dress exhibition at the V&A – also brilliantly curated with the highlight for me being Kate Moss’ incredible Galliano gown.

Then, with two pairs of very very tired feet, we caught the train back to York. Here’s until next time!


The BEST pancakes with maple syrup and streaky bacon at Gail's Kitchen

The BEST pancakes with maple syrup and streaky bacon at Gail’s Kitchen

Blueberry and Elderflower Fizz

Blueberry and Elderflower Fizz

Tasted so much better than it looked - a sort of chocolate ganache on a biscuit base with hazelnuts on the side.

Tasted so much better than it looked – a sort of chocolate ganache on a biscuit base with hazelnuts on the side.

Standard Kings X

Standard Kings X

This amazing old fashioned art supply shop just a stone's throw from the British Museum

This amazing old fashioned art supply shop just a stone’s throw from the British Museum

Aren't the pigments amazing?

Aren’t the pigments amazing?

I love a good window display

I love a good window display

The Wedding Dress exhibition, here we come!

The Wedding Dress exhibition, here we come!

But first, Disobedient Objects exhibition

But first, Disobedient Objects exhibition


Ahahaha. A classic.

Ahahaha. A classic.

A good one for the collection

A good one for the collection




But, of course

But, of course

Now for the dresses...

Now for the dresses…

Gwen Stefani's ombre pink dress, with a very spangly number in front

Gwen Stefani’s ombre pink dress, with a very spangly number in front




Kate Moss' dress by Galliano

Kate Moss’ dress by Galliano

It was my favourite - can you tell.

It was my favourite – can you tell?


I die. So much love for the sparkles.

I die. So much love for the sparkles.

Betsy Loves, Fashion

The Arrival of Mossy


Woohoo! It’s here (and wasn’t that fast?). Beautifully packaged (you’ve got to respect a nice package…).


I’m actually more pleased with it than I thought I’d be. The fabric is has a lovely heavy quality to it, the embroidery looks hand sewn (even though I know a machine had been at work).


It’s the first time I’ve ever owned any of Kate Moss’ collection, and that’s giving me a little frisson (pathetic, right?).

Next for the trying on, but I shall spare you the photographic evidence. My pleasure (I’d put a winking smiley face here if the thought didn’t make me cringe).

Betsy Loves, Fashion

Topshop x Kate Moss

I get it; she’s over-hyped; she probably didn’t design any of the pieces herself; they’re from Topshop so they’re hardly designer, but, still, when I saw Kate Moss was going to release a new collection with Topshop, I was excited. I mean, the woman can dress. Nine times out of ten I like what she’s wearing; millions of women strive to emulate her; and there are thousands, literally, thousands of Pinterest boards devoted to her (I may have one of my own…).

I browsed the whole collection and earmarked the few pieces I thought I’d like. Obviously the prices are inflated but I really really liked the embroidered smock dress (Mr T, my other half, LOATHES it! So much the better, right?).


At £75 I could just about justify it but how was I going to get my hands on it? These collections sell like hot cakes. It is RIDICULOUSLY difficult to get hold of the item you want in the right size. Apparently my local Topshop was opening at 9am this morning (earlier than usual) so that all us fashion-lovers could get our dirty mitts on the clothes in question. However, I am inherently lazy.

So, I turned to the internet, and was feeling suitably smug when, at 7.06am I had popped both the embroidered smock, and a very lovely gold/silver tarnished sequin jacket, in my online basket. I went to pay and BANG! ‘Error’. I’d already put my card details in for God’s sake! I refreshed gingerly… ‘Error’. Ugh. I thought ‘f*** it. I’m not that bothered anyway.’ And then I had a brainwave.

Net-a-porter, a website that I haunt daily but have never yet managed to purchase anything from due to their exorbitant designer prices, was offering a capsule selection of the range. I clicked over to them, and joy of joys, there was my smock (no sequined jacket, but hey ho). I had to pay an extra £5 in postage and packing, but for that I get a ‘signature’ net-a-porter black box (which, if you believe their website blurb, is almost a fashion accessory in itself).

Now I’m just looking forward to getting this smock so I can try it on (much to Mr T’s displeasure), decide I don’t actually like it after all (because I don’t look like Mossy does in the picture) and pay more P&P to send the damned thing back.