My Winter Wardrobe..Dresses

I present to you all, the dresses I have selected for my Winter Wardrobe 13/14.  My favourites include the Erdem Laudia embroidered silk dress (no.31) and the Temperley London Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown (no.33).  I am dying over these amazing dresses!

1.GIVENCHY Black wool sweater dress with gold bars £752.50

1.GIVENCHY
Black wool sweater dress with gold bars
£752.50

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Wool-felt dress £681

2. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Wool-felt dress
£681

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS Odette brushed wool-blend dress £914.37

3.JONATHAN SAUNDERS
Odette brushed wool-blend dress
£914.37

4.VALENTINO Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress £1,483.12

4.VALENTINO
Tulle-paneled wool and silk-blend dress
£1,483.12

5.RICHARD NICOLL Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress £503.13

5.RICHARD NICOLL
Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress
£503.13

6. DONNA KARAN Gathered jersey dress £1,395.63

6. DONNA KARAN
Gathered jersey dress
£1,395.63

7. CHLOÉ Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress £982

7. CHLOÉ
Wool, silk and cashmere-blend sweater dress
£982

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Dégradé wool and mohair dress £640

8. MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Dégradé wool and mohair dress
£640

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress £831.25

9. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Flo stretch-sateen jersey dress
£831.25

10. ALICE + OLIVIA Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress £469

10. ALICE + OLIVIA
Joi leather-trimmed wool maxi dress
£469

11. ROLAND MOURET Bilbao crepe-jersey dress £708.75

11. ROLAND MOURET
Bilbao crepe-jersey dress
£708.75

12. THAKOON Ribbed-knit wool dress £468.12

12. THAKOON
Ribbed-knit wool dress
£468.12

13. DONNA KARAN Wool-blend dress £1,120

13. DONNA KARAN
Wool-blend dress
£1,120

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY Fluted stretch-cady dress £616.88

14. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Fluted stretch-cady dress
£616.88

15. MICHAEL KORS Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress £565

15. MICHAEL KORS
Cashmere and merino wool-blend sweater dress
£565

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Atlantic printed sateen dress £1,548.75

16. PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Atlantic printed sateen dress
£1,548.75

17. LANVIN Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress £3,676

17. LANVIN
Floral-appliquéd faille tunic dress
£3,676

18. DOLCE & GABBANA Ruched lace and tulle dress £3,134.25

18. DOLCE & GABBANA
Ruched lace and tulle dress
£3,134.25

19. J.CREW Mia cotton-macramé dress £301.88

19. J.CREW
Mia cotton-macramé dress
£301.88

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown £756.87

20. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Sequined tulle and silk-crepe peplum gown
£756.87

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA Embellished silk dress £564.38

21. NOTTE BY MARCHESA
Embellished silk dress
£564.38

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress £765.63

22. STELLA MCCARTNEY
Lace-paneled stretch-jersey dress
£765.63

23. BIYAN Iris embellished tulle gown £1,373.75

23. BIYAN
Iris embellished tulle gown
£1,373.75

24. BIYAN Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown £1,347.50

24. BIYAN
Isobel embellished tulle and satin gown
£1,347.50

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress £1,548.75

25. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Faux pearl-embellished knitted dress
£1,548.75

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress £881

26. ROKSANDA ILINCIC
Izumi color-block wool-crepe dress
£881

27. JIL SANDER Plaid mohair-blend dress £1,050

27. JIL SANDER
Plaid mohair-blend dress
£1,050

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD Darcy printed silk-organza dress £962.50

28. EMILIA WICKSTEAD
Darcy printed silk-organza dress
£962.50

29. EMILIO PUCCI Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress £1,420

29. EMILIO PUCCI
Bead-embellished stretch-wool crepe mini dress
£1,420

30. JASON WU Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress £2,765

30. JASON WU
Pleated wool-blend and chiffon peplum dress
£2,765

31. ERDEM Laudia embroidered silk dress £4,611.25

31. ERDEM
Laudia embroidered silk dress
£4,611.25

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM Merino wool-blend and felt dress £778

32. VICTORIA,VICTORIA BECKHAM
Merino wool-blend and felt dress
£778

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown £2,244.38

33. TEMPERLEY LONDON
Angeli embellished silk-chiffon and tulle gown
£2,244.38

34. JAY AHR Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress £879.38

34. JAY AHR
Wool-blend jersey and jacquard dress
£879.38

All of the dresses shown are available from www.net-a-porter.com

Yours,

The Countess x

Bring your home to life with flowers

I have always thought of flowers as natures ornaments. They decorate any space in a way like no other, often overshadowing even the most expensive Ming Vase or Oil Painting. I have had fresh flowers in my home all of my life as my Mother insisted that they always be present no matter the cost;Flowers to both of us are absolutely non negotiable! Fresh flowers can be rather expensive, however you can also buy cheaply and as long as you display them correctly they will still have the desired impact. My Mother always said that fresh flowers bring angels and I think she is right. Flowers bring such harmony and peace to a home that I do believe they have some sort of magical power! Now that Spring is finally upon us there is no better time to introduce floral displays into your home. With the days getting longer your home will be filled with daylight and Sunshine, which always adds to the beauty of a floral display. If you haven’t already, get out and buy some flowers to brighten your home, whether you do so on a budget from the local garage or expensively from a high end Florist, your home is about to bloom!

flower 1

flower 2

flower 3

flower 4

Yours,

The Countess x

Loving Louis

When I was seven years old my Granny came to visit our family home for two weeks at Christmas. She arrived with her Maid, her Dog Cavendish and lots of luggage. However this was no ordinary luggage, this was Louis Vuitton luggage! I remember one piece was a large trunk that I was fascinated with, and it has been since then that my love affair with Louis Vuitton began. It does not really concern me that there are a lot of counterfeit imitations, I know the Louis Vuitton that I am carrying is genuine, hand crafted and a symbol of sentimental value. I cannot describe the feeling of purchasing your first Louis. Those who have done so will know what I mean. Holding it in your arms like a new born baby, not quite believing it’s yours is something that happens to the best of us. Louis Vuitton will always be in my heart and it will always be my first choice for luggage and luxury travel wear. 

Yours,

The Countess x

Countess’s Cosmetics

Let me share with you my favourite cosmetics that help me to achieve my everyday look. My aim is to look as natural as possible whilst maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion. Now that I am in my thirties, I have focused especially on sourcing products that will help maintain my skins longevity and postpone ageing. Luckily I have good genes and my Mother looks at least ten years younger than her actual age. That being said, I would never dismiss cosmetic procedures or surgery to enhance my youth..when the time comes I will almost certainly go under the knife and have a lift or two! From head to toe, here are the beauty products I adore. 

For my skincare routine, I change the product when it has all been used. I do this because otherwise your skin gets used to the product and it becomes less effective. I also like to use the same range at a time for my skincare so they can work in harmony together. At the moment I am using YSL skincare.

1.Firstly I cleanse my face with YSL forever Youth Liberator Cleansing Foam – £35 for 150ml. This is perfect for cleansing as it makes your skin feel so fresh and supple after use. It really does cleanse perfectly and prepare the face for all the products it is about to endure.

YSL Forever Youth Liberating Cleansing Foam

2. Next I apply my anti ageing product, YSL Forever Youth Liberating Serum – £61. I have to be honest and admit that my skin does feel fantastic since using this product. My skin feels a lot firmer more radiant, as though it is helping to take away the dullness of my complexion.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum.

3. Finally to complete my skin care routine I use YSL Forever Youth liberator Moisturiser- £60. This moisturiser has SPF15 which blocks the sun’s harmful rays. As I have always made an effort to avoid sun exposure, I find this particularly helpful. My skin is naturally dry and this product adds a rich moisture to my skin.YSL Forever Youth Liberator Cream

4. I did used to use a primer on my skin before applying foundation but found there to be no advantage in doing so. The Moisturiser acts as a good base for my foundation and I have been using Chanel Perfection Lumière – £35 for the past two years. I love this foundation as it provides excellent coverage without looking unnatural. It is also really breathable and almost like a second skin. The foundation is perfect for me as it lasts for hours without needing to be touched up.

Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation

5. Next I mix my foundation with YSL Touche Éclat number 1 – £25 to create my own concealer. I did used to buy a concealer but one day I ran out so tried mixing and found it provided better coverage. I then use the Touche Éclat around the eye area to highlight my eyes and to contour the rest of my face. It is an amazing product which has won numerous awards.

YSL TOUCHE ECLAIT 25

6. To set the foundation and to give a matte finish I use Chanel Natural Finish loose powder in 30 Naturel – £27. This powder is extremely light and comes with a powder applicator. It fits into any handbag or purse so is great for touching up on the go. I adore this powder and think it is much more reliable than a primer.

Chanel natural finish loose powder 30 naturel

7. I then apply YSL Cream Blush in Powdery Rose – £29. This cream blush is phenomenal and one of the best products I have ever found. It is deliciously rich and makes the cheekbones look divine. The Powdery Rose colour is gorgeously natural and perfect for any occasion.

ysl cream blush in powdery rose

8. I apply minimal eyeliner on my lower lash line using YSL eye Pencil in Velvet Black – £19. I like this because it is very long lasting and does not smudge. It also has a great applicator tool which helps to create a more polished, neater look.

ysl eye pencil in long lasting black

9. To finish the eyes I use YSL False Lash Effect Mascara in High Density Black – £29.50. Another fantastic product that has won countless awards. It will make the lashes look glamorous yet elegant and really add length and volume.

ysl false lash effect in high density black

10. To finish the face my favourite lipstick for everyday use is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 41 Canotier – £35. This product is absolutely sensational and just gives a beautiful, English rose, natural look. It has a glossy finish which makes the lips look shiny and full. I have received so many compliments about this lipstick!

rouge coco shine 41 canotier

11. I go for a weekly Manicure/ Pedicure but if for some reason I need to use polish,  I use Chanel Le Vernis in 475 Dragon – £18. It is hard to go wrong with this colour and as it is extremely hard wearing there is no need to worry about chipping.

polish 475 dragon

12. Last but not least I use Chanel No.5 body scent. Some people find this scent ‘old fashioned’ but to me it is the most luxurious scent in the World and both my Mother and Granny used it. I use the body lotion after my morning shower which is intensely rich and makes you feel like a million dollars. I then use the perfume all over and finally the hair mist. My hair is shoulder length and after it has been blow dried, I spray a little of the mist in my hair and the amazing fragrance lasts all day. It is perfection!

Chanel No.5

Yours,

The Countess x

Hats the Way

I adore wearing a hat and in my home I have quite a vast collection that has built up over the years. It is said that a Lady will always know when it is appropriate to wear a hat and in the ‘olden days’ ladies wore hats everyday. Here are a selection of my favourite hats that I will be selecting for the Royal Ascot and for Weddings I shall be attending this Summer. Most are by my favourite Milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan who as you will see makes the most exquisite head pieces. Click thumbnail to enlarge image.

Yours,

The Countess x

The Countess shares her Summer Style

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My Mother always taught me the importance of being ladylike and elegant, it was she who gave me a passion for fashion and dressing well. I never once saw my Mother in trousers or jeans, she only ever wore dresses … Continue reading