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Paul Yacomine


28-07-2011 | In : Beauty

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Word Up!


26-07-2011 | In : Fashion, sp's World

We love our fashion blogger friends in the UK and so this month we challenged their blog skills by asking them to describe what bits made their pulses race from the s-p site. We’ve selected our favourite seven; tell us which one you like the most, and we’ll give the winner their chosen accessory.

Name:  Ayden

Blog: Little Blog of Horrors

Accessory: Ray Ban Classic Aviators


Three words to describe accessory: Iconic, timeless, and ultra cool :)

This accessory reminds you of: The 1980′s movie Topgun, where a seriously young (and pretty damn gorgeous) Tom Cruise rocked a pair of Ray Ban Aviators with gold frames and dark lenses. Such a legend!

Best worn with: I wish my funny shaped head suited hats, as I think the rock chick feel of the Aviators would look complete with a straw trilby hat and Hunter wellies at a festival. I think the special thing about these classic glasses is the fact that they really do go with almost anything – adding another level of cool to a casual jeans and t-shirt combo, or to edge up a cute summer dress.

Best worn to: Lazing on the beach, cruising on a road trip, shopping or lunch in the city on a hot summer’s day, or hiding in the back garden on a sun lounger with your iPod and a strawberry and lime cider.

Name:  Ellie

Blog: Pretty Much Penniless 

Accessory: Anya Hindmarch Large Maeve Zip Round Wallet

Three words to describe accessory: Classic, essential, understated.

This accessory reminds you of: My grandma, whose most treasured possession was her french vintage purse made of the softest calf skin. She always joked that having a quality purse made up for the fact it was usually empty.

Best worn with: A suitably gorgeous bag to house it in and with an array of luxury accessories to keep it company.

Best worn to: Preferably somewhere that requires it to be pulled out of your bag regularly, so shopping obviously. I don’t think it would matter if it were Liberty or Lidl!

Name:  Emma

Blog: Is This Real Life? 

Accessory: Berry Prada Retro Style Round Acetate Sunglasses

Three words to describe accessory: Big, beautiful and epic.

This accessory reminds you of: 50’s film stars and the classic sunglasses that Nicole Richie wears.

Best worn with: Big hair, leather fringed jacket and Daisy Dukes!

Best worn to The beach, chilling in the sunshine or just to finish off a beautiful outfit!

Name:  Hattie

Blog: Inside The Mind Of A Discoball

Accessory: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Three words to describe accessory: Classic, versatile, retro.

This accessory reminds you of: 50’s film stars, and modern style icons such as Alexa Chung.

Best worn with: Simple summer staples such as denim, stripes and satchels.

Best worn to: sightseeing in various exotic cities.

Name:  Kirsty

Blog: Fashion Champagne

Accessory: Black Prada Retro Style Round Acetate Sunglasses 

Three words to describe accessory: retro sophisticated fun

This accessory reminds you of: breakfast at tiffanys

Best worn with: Anything – very versatile

Best worn to: lunch with the girls

Name:  Reena

Blog: Fashion Daydreams 

Accessory: Missoni peacock print silk scarf 

Three words to describe accessory: Beautiful, bohemian, blue

This accessory reminds you of: Scuba diving in Egypt, the colours remind me of the deep blue sea.

Best worn with: A simple dress, sunglasses and a tan.

Best worn to: A beach bar somewhere exotic

Name:  Yulia

Blog: Fashion Watching

Accessory: Bric’s Nylon Holdall

Three words to describe accessory: Chic, Timeless, Easy.

This accessory reminds you of: Weekend breaks on a beautiful British beach.

Best worn with: An outfit set to travel. Jeans, T-shirt or blouse all paired with a big cardi or leather jacket for comfort.

Best worn to The car to the airport to the hotel lobby!

voting closes at 11.45pm on August 4th



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Wedding Belle


25-07-2011 | In : sp's World

Our gorgeous Operations Director Ashleigh tied the knot this weekend and it was a real style-passport event. Customer Advisor Tracey McIntosh played Scottish fiddle at the ceremony, and in-house photographer Nicholas Kay captured the day’s events on film. In true style-passport spirit Ashleigh and new husband Billy are about to embark on a three week honeymoon, a road trip across the states.  Needless to say she shopped for her honeymoon wardrobe on the website. Here are a few of the things she bought and of course some shots of her day.

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel cotton tee with neck bow print

Xen-Tan Deluxe Tanning Mitt and Transform Luxe gradual tanner

Local tunic with button neckline in Mexico red

Converse All Star Ox Light in white

Petit Bateau long sleeve Breton top

Ashleigh and Billy’s London wedding

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Sea Views


21-07-2011 | In : sp's World

Corri and Milly Sailing

sp’s Merchandising Director Corri Homan Berry is a huge fan of the remote working lifestyle. Based in Weymouth we asked her to share some of the best bits of this popular south coast town.

Reading my London Evening Standard on the tube last week, I was surprised to find that (according to Trip Advisor) I live in the “fourth best up and coming travel destination in the World”!

While an 8 hour commute isn’t everyone’s cup of SWT bad coffee, for me, doing a job I love, working with amazing people and getting to keep my sea view makes the journey worth it – although admittedly, not one you can manage on a daily basis.

Weymouth, the Punch and Judy, Kiss me quick hat, seaside town of my youth is undergoing a transformation and as with all change there is excitement, apprehension and a lot of moaning!

Seagulls at Weymouth harbour

It started with the “Hugh effect”.  After River Cottage exposed our strange nettle-eating West Country ways and extolled the virtues of locally caught fish and homebrew cider, we started noticing the changes – crab shacks became world renowned restaurants, tacky pubs became wine bars and the odd famous person was seen around town!  All was very nice until we got the bill & found out we now had to book three weeks in advance.  Fortunately, the Blue Fish Café still serves great Moules et Frites on a Wednesday and I can still get a bacon sarnie with free Olympic sea views at the wonderful Sandsfoot Castle tea cabin!

Now, about the sailing…..  my husband is a keen racer, who is at his happiest when battling the elements. You need a good set of “oillies” i.e. waterproofs and boots but if you’re lucky the dolphins will join the race too.  My daughter prefers to actually be in the water, swimming off the boat.  I love catching a good sea breeze on a hot sunny day. The salt air, lashings of suntan lotion, Pimms and Duran Duran’s Rio playing on the waterproof stereo!

When we got the Olympics, our friends in London and Sydney talked of huge house price increases, town rejuvenation, more jobs and even if we weren’t into sailing,, we could always rent the house out for a fortune during 2012 and go round the world!  Then the council started digging holes in every main road, ripping out roundabouts and introducing ridiculous “traffic calming measures” that have bought the town to a standstill.  It’s been terrible for local business and I have a new respect for the town’s bus drivers, but the outrage people feel about the road planning and lack of consideration to small businesses appears to have united the people of the town. At the Royal Oak, we paused our bank holiday celebrations to help the Japanese Olympic sailing team unhook their boat trailer and drag it by hand around the traffic calming measures!

I can’t deny it, I love to watch the buff young men of the French team training in the garden of the hotel next door.  It is my greatest hope that the Olympic Sailing will increase the profile of the town, bring jobs and a much needed bumper season for the town.  A few Gold’s for Britain would be nice too!

The brightly painted houses reflect into the water below

Where to Stay;

No 10 on the Quay – there’s always a warm welcome with homemade cake at Pat and John’s Boutique 5* B&B, you get a suite of rooms, including Jacuzzi bath and private patio.

Where to lunch;

Time for Tea – “Croque Monsieur”, Eggs Benedict, Cream Tea or Local Portland crab, tiny, authentic French owned tea room serving wonderful home-made food with a lovely atmosphere.

What to do;

Sail (with a yacht charter or dinghy), Windsurf, Paddle, explore, chill out, enjoy the views – in particular the spectacular views from Portland over the Chesil, Fishing, Diving.

How to Get there;

By Train!  From London, get on at Waterloo with a selection of newspapers and three hours later you’ll hear the sound of the seagulls and breath the sea air!

Summer in Weymouth

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Golden Rules


19-07-2011 | In : Beauty

Lady Gaga is allegedly hooked on the Xen-Tan range


We love our new self tanning goodies from Xen-Tan and to ensure you love them just as much here are one to ten bits of know-how on how to fake it like a professional.

  1. Make sure you shave or wax where needed no less than twenty-four hours before.
  2. Make sure the area of skin you are going to self- tan is free from any make-up, moisturiser, deodorant or anything else that might act as a barrier. You can use a little oil free moisturiser on dry areas like knees and ankles at this point but nothing else.
  3. Using a tanning mitt is usually best although it is a personal preference. They tend to give a smoother application and of course protect your hands from the product itself.
  4. When self -tanning feet avoid telltale cut off lines by making sure you extend application between your toes and right around your toenails.
  5. To maintain an even looking tan over the next few days following application, pat rather than rub your skin dry after showering or bathing.
  6. Avoid hot baths these will make self -tan wear off far faster.
  7. Legs can often take a darker shade of tan than face. It’s fine to use different depth of shade products specific to each area depending on the desired end result.
  8. Use small circular movements whether applying with a mitt or your fingers for the most even application.
  9. Leave your hands until last and wash them thoroughly with a bar of soap first as they have often picked up oils.
  10. By using Xen-Tan Body Scrub you can keep the fade of your tan even over the next ten days.From fake tan to body scrub, exfoliating mitts to scent secure moisturiser click here to see the full range at style-passport

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The Huffington Post


18-07-2011 | In : sp's World

Our esteemed beauty director, Emma Bannister,  has made the front page of  The Huffington Post with an article on bare-faced Rebekah Brooks. To read Rebekah Brooks Comes Clean click here.

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