Alice in Wonderland: Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress

Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Sassoon Salons Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Reiss 1971

Reiss 1971 Edina Ronay Zara Fashion

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Sassoon Salons Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouchI spent some time in London this week for a Psychology training course. Along with skills building, being back in the city was a great opportunity to explore a different sort of therapy – the retail variety.  I checked back in with all my favourite London shops and popped into the Barrett Street Reiss, the flagship store for a brand who feature heavily on this blog. Reiss recently relaunched their 1971 collection, their more youthful diffusion line – sexy, modern and iconic.  I own a few 1971 styles from several years back; a biker jacket, some black jeans and heels. I like 1971 for their shoes and accessories which always feel a little more design-led than the mainline collection, yet in the current re-vamp of 1971 Reiss have impressed me with their dresses (which in the past always felt too similar to the Reiss brand itself to have a distinct feel…) and ‘sports couture ‘ capsule collection.

This Hestia dress has an Alice in Wonderland feel about it with its mint coloured base and floral lace overlay.  The sleeves offer some very pretty detail and I adore how the frills of the skirt fall downwards and out from the waist. My other top picks from the collection are below:

Gilda printed jersey dress: bodycon shape with graphic print

Luciana day dress: fit and flare style in blue, white and blush pink floral print

Culver drop waist dress: retro style sleeveless dress with dropped waist and ruffle hem skirt

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

I’m wearing: Reiss 1971 Hestia dress; Zara sandal. Carrying bag by Edina Ronay.  Hair by Sassoon Salon South Molton St.

Summer Hair (Sassoon Salon Series)

Summer hair trends style advice styleonthecouchA trip to London is never the same without visiting the lovely Sassoon Salon, who I’ve been collaborating with this year to bring you a series of posts about hair styling and conditioning.  A couple of weeks ago when I was back in the city I sought some advice from the team at Sassoon about summer hair.  ’Summer hair’ makes me think about a soft, carefree look for the beach or a low maintenance style for a summer evening.  Whilst the lovely Lidia at Sassoon’s South Molton Street salon worked some soft waves into my hair for an evening out during my trip, I spoke again to Sassoon UK Creative Director Bruce Masefield about how to achieve super healthy hair for Spring Summer 2013.

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“The key to sexy beach hair is great condition,” Bruce explained. Intense sunshine, sand and salt water can take its toll, making hair dry and brittle.” Bruce recommends using a deep-conditioning treatment such as Sassoon Professional Intense Restore to keep hair looking healthy and glossy.

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“If you plan to spend a full day in the sun, apply an intensive hair mask before setting off to the beach. Comb into a high, sleek ponytail, or twist hair into a classic, chic bun,” he continued. “The mask will seal in moisture, while the style will complement an effortless beach look.”


Soft beachy textures, seen at Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum and Diane von Furstenberg SS13 shows is a low maintenance, on-trend style that works perfectly at the pool, then the bar. To achieve this look, wet hair and divide into four sections. Braid loosely, and then leave the hair to dry naturally. Once dry, gently run fingers through the hair for soft, sexy waves.  Finish with one of my favourite products around, a little Diamond Polish to smooth frizz and flyways, then lightly mist with Motion Hold for a flexible hold.

Summer hairPost-Holiday Replenishment

To replenish hair following a holiday spent out in the sun; indulge in an injection of moisture. Bruce recommended that I use a weekly treatment, such as the Intense Restore mentioned above, to ensure hair returns to optimum condition.

Quick Expert Tips from Sassoon:

  • Allow hair to dry naturally, instead of rubbing it dry with a towel. Air-drying hair will prevent breakage and cuticle damage, which maintains softness and combats frizz.
  • Add texture for a messed-up look by twisting individual sections as hair dries.
  • After every dip, rinse out salt water and chlorine with fresh water, and then reapply a sun protection spray. Rinsing the hair will limit impurities from penetrating the hair cuticle and protect the hair’s moisture.
  • Following a beach or pool day, apply a leave- in conditioner, such as Sassoon Professional Halo Hydrate. It will make it easier to comb out the hair, and prevent unnecessary breakage.
  • Sea water can lead to split ends so plan to visit the salon for a trim just before jet-setting away. A haircut will keep the ends healthy and super shiny.

If you would like to find out more about Sassoon Salon, to purchase products or get further personalised tips, click HEREto find a local salon.

Images: via Pinterest.

London Photo Diary: StyleOnTheCouch Travels

London Photo Collage StyleOnTheCouch in London May 2013

Royal Horseguards Hotel Guoman Hotels London StyleOnTheCouch

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Liberty London StyleOnTheCouch

London Travels StyleOnTheCouchI have, Blog Reader, just returned home from a lovely weekend in London.  I stayed at The Royal Horseguards Hotel on the river Thames –  perfectly positioned for hopping here there and everywhere in the city which is why I’d recommend it if you are ever in need of a fabulous place to stay.  London was my home for over ten years but as with all cities so much changes…. here I’ve put together some of my top travel tips based on the things I did this weekend. Check them out if you are nearby!

Wahacha South Bank – Mexican restaurant complete with tequila bar at the back. Eat (and drink) here at your peril.

Selfridges department store – this place will remain my London shopping mecca forever.  My favourite parts of the store: the shoe galleries and their denim hall. (I’ll be writing a post soon about my hunt for the perfect pair of denim skinnies so check back if you are interested in reading!)

& Other Stories – a new addition to London’s South Molton Street, & Other Stories is the new premium high-street brand from the H&M group.  It’s more youthful than COS, H&M’s other counterpart, yet with pretty similar prices.  What I was particularly impressed with was their lingerie collection (like my blogger friend Anna said I would, Anna you were so right!) and their accessories range.

The Dean Street Townhouse - one of my favourite places for brunch, lunch, dinner and everything in between.  The English breakfast here is really tasty and the perfect fuel for shopping.

Sassoon Salon – A trip to London isn’t the same without a visit to Sassoon to get my hair back into shape.  This visit I talked to the salon about summer hair; conditioning tips and hair styles that I’m looking forward to bringing you soon.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, Blog Reader!  This week I am posting another of my little black dress (with a twist) series and want to introduce you to a new collection I adore… until then, StyleOnTheCouch xo