1. Easy on the Eyes: we celebrate Lisa Potter-Dixon's new book with Benefit

    Last week myself and our lovely gifts buyer, Lesa were invited to the Easy on the Eyes book event. Lisa Potter-Dixon is the head make-up and trend artist at Benefit Cosmetics and will be releasing her debut book this Autumn. We went along to see the book and meet the make-up extraordinaire behind it.

    Taking place in the Carnaby Street Benefit store, we were greeted with champagne and goody-bags (a great start to any event!) And got the chance to chat to Lisa about her exciting new book.

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    Starting with the basics, Easy on the Eyes tells you how to prep and prime your face, before moving onto the eyes and brows. What I really love about this book is how attainable the looks are; with a range of ages and skin tones and a mix of models and non-models, Easy on the Eyes makes you feel inspired rather than daunted.

    The book is split into looks, from the classic flicked liner, to the sultry smoky eye. You can then choose from three different styles depending on how much time you've got: 5, 15 or 30 minutes. Incredibly useful if you're in a rush, or want to go for all-out glamour on a Friday night. What's even better is that Lisa promises the 5 minute looks do actually take five minutes!

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    After browsing the book, Lisa and the Benefit team gave us a little brow masterclass (FYI always use  a pencil to map out your eyebrow shape!) With a quick wax and tint, our brows were looking on point!

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    Love the sound of this book as much as us? Well stay tuned, because Easy on the Eyes will be available in Joy stores and online from mid-September. Plus, you've still got chance to enter our fab Benefit competition! Simply fill in your details and you could win a hamper worth £250!

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  2. From Alicante, with Love

    Our postcard has just arrived from Alicante, Spain, where our studio stylist Louise has been sunning herself for the past week. Louise spent her time in Jávea - a beautiful coastal town away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Scroll through the images to see her top picks for this beautiful town, where rocky headlands meet beach-side shack bars and quiet harbours. Jávea is the perfect mix of old-world Spain and modern energy.

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    Evenings were spent drinking wine and walking along to the Jávea port to watch the fishermen bring in their boats.

     

     

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    Traditional Spanish architecture juxtaposes against the glorious blue sky.

     

     

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    Surrounding apartments brighten up their shuttered windows with greenery.

     

     

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    Local shops selling handmade gifts and home-made ice-cream.

     

     

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    Cafe Indigo - the best place to drink and eat whilst reading a book. Perfect for people-watching and soaking up the beautiful views of Jávea's coastline.

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  3. How to do Wimbledon: Game, Set and Match

    Wimbledon: a quintessentially British tradition. Love it or hate it, tennis is everywhere this Summer. Whether you're a die-hard Murray fan, or you just want an excuse to drink an unholy amount of Pimms in the sun, why not embrace it this year? Read on for our little 'how to' guide...

     

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     1: Valley of the Dolls White Rocks Dress   2: Louche Sierra Mirrored Wayfarer Sunglasses   3: Louche Kenya Straw Clutch Bag   4: Louche Bird Chain Necklace    5: Louche Pearl Twist Bangle

    If you’re lucky enough to be front row at this year’s tournament, then pull on your best Wimbledon whites, get yourself a glass of Pimms and relax. You may not be too confident with the match results, but you can be absolutely certain that you’ll look fabulous. Our Valley of the Dolls White Rocks dress is the perfect choice if you want to dress to impress. Just add a clutch and some delicate gold jewellery and you’re good to go!

     

     

    Out and About

     

    1: Louche Hereford Metallic Cross-Body Bag   2: Louche Megan Gingham Dress   3: Pop-up Wine Glasses   4: Louche Porter Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

    Who says you need to be in Wimbledon to enjoy the tennis? There are enough bars, pubs and big-screens around for you to try a new one each day! All you need is this cute gingham dress for a nod to sports-chic, and our pop-up wine glass to keep you… hydrated. No queues, no fuss, just tennis in the sun!

     

     

    Keep Calm and Queue

     

    1: Aztec Woven Strap Necklace   2: Louche Kristin Top   3: Oola Polkadot Umbrella   4: Pineapple Tote   5: Ichi Lavina Pleated Skirt 

    Fancy a piece of the action? Brave the queues at Wimbledon and nab yourself a ticket to the tennis. Our Lavina pleated skirt will help you look the part and can be teamed with a pair of white plimsolls for a comfortable, sporty finish. Our pineapple tote is also a practical must-have: perfect for stashing your umbrella (very important) and hip-flask (equally as important). Good luck!

     

    Shop our Wimbledon Whites collection here

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