15 July 2018

The Ultimate Summer Staple

If there’s one thing every girl needs in her summer wardrobe, it’s a white cotton broderie sundress...
I have quite a few versions of this timeless classic, from mini to maxi, but my new favourite is this beautiful midi length from Zara. Actually, it’s from the Kid’s section at Zara and was a total lucky find. It’s age 13-14 but I think that’s quite accurately a size 8. And it was... 13. English. pounds.
The best £12.99 I’ve ever spent no less!

I’m completely obsessed with it and I’ve already worn it loads - from picnics in the park to having a pint at the pub. My favourite way to style it is with a pair of sandals, a wicker basket and a straw sun hat - for a traditional English look. But I also enjoy wearing it with a pair of Adidas gazelles and throwing on a biker jacket for a cooler vibe.

It has the prettiest frill detailing, I’ve been compared to a ghost but I totally think it’s more angelic than anything!

It’s currently still available on the Zara website, here.


6 July 2018

Top 10 Summer Beauty Staples

1. Johnson's Holiday Skin body lotion
2. John Frieda Beach Blonde shampoo
3. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Flirt
4. Tom Ford Portofino perfume
5. Sleek Blush by 3 California
6. Garnier Micellar Water
7. Lush Scrubee
8. Charles Worthington Sunshine UV Protection spray
9. Toni & Guy Sea Salt spray
10. Essie Fiji nail polish

1 July 2018

Barcelona Diary

Last month I visited Barcelona for Primavera Festival, and fell in love with the city. I went with a group of friends and it was one of the best holidays of my life - sunshine, music, mates... what else could you ask for?!
I've jotted down a few notes of what I got up to, along with some snaps from my disposable camera - but if there's anything else you'd like to know, please do pop me a message :-)

Upon arrival into Barcelona, we got the Metro to our apartment (I would not advise this - it was complicated and took far too long, a taxi is roughly €20 into the centre and gives you more time to explore the city).
We stayed at the TYCHE Apartment, which was my first Airbnb experience. It was a Wes Anderson inspired dream - with pastel colour schemes and mid-century furnishings. I would highly recommend staying here if you're visiting Barcelona with a group of friends.
After settling in we took the Metro to the Gothic Quarter for an evening stroll, a few jugs of Sangria and a delicious tapas.
I've created an Instagram Stories Highlight if you'd like to see more of what I got up to.

On Wednesday morning we visited La Sagrada Familia for a spot of sightseeing and then headed over to the festival site to collect our wristbands. 
We did travel by Metro for most of the trip which is one thing I would advise against, if possible. I think the best way to see a new city is by foot - I can't say I saw much of the beautiful city and it was difficult to get my bearings with travelling underground most of the time. But I suppose it definitely gives me a reason to go back for a city break.

Day 1 of the festival. We headed down to the beach where the Aperol stage/bar was conveniently located, and spent the early evening watching the sea, listening to the Four Tet DJ set and sipping Aperol Spritz. It was soon tea time and the food on offer there is absolutely glorious, there was so much vegetarian/vegan choice that I couldn't make up my mind! Although I was a regular at the Paella stall and also the vegan pizza stand was definitely worth the queue. 
Evening sets included Warpaint, Bjork, and Nick Cave. We were all pretty shattered so we had an early night (1AM)... because it's so hot the bands are usually on from late evening to gone midnight, with some DJs playing until 6! So it took a little adjusting to.

Our mornings usually now start with the girls going out to get fresh bread, coffee and pastries, for us all to have breakfast together at the table - I think this was my favourite part about going on holiday with a group of friends, it was especially nice to enjoy some time in the apartment as it was such a lovely environment.
Today was especially hot, so we spent a couple of hours down in the port where there was shade and a nice breeze. Father John Misty kicked things off at sunset, followed by The National, Thundercat (who my friends converted me to at the festival and I would highly recommend a listen), and Haim performed a spectacular headline slot... I absolutely need a pair of silver flares in my life now.

The day had finally arrived, we'd been waiting 5 years to see them and the anticipation was high.
But before the festivities, there was much to see - including Car Seat Headrests, Jane Birkin (a life goal completed), Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Ariel Pink and Lorde. 
Arctic Monkeys' performance that night was something that will truly stay with me forever, each time I've seen them live Alex has brought a new energy on stage and this time was completely different. They played the older, indie bangers, and of course we all went mental. But their new record, I think, is a more mature and chilled out direction. We all had a good old sing along and made memories that will last a life time.

The festival came to an end with Beach House, a pure dream to experience and a perfect way to say goodbye to Primavera 2018.

So on the way home the night before, I was pick-pocketed and spent most of the night crying and panicking. Sunday afternoon was spent traipsing around the city in the pouring rain trying to find a police station which was open, and then the next couple of hours waiting to file a report.

However, that evening was truly special and will always stay with me - everyone was feeling a bit down, no energy, and soaking wet... We stumbled across a tiny hidden away tapas bar in the Gothic Quarter, lured in by fairy lights and an acoustic guitar. We ate, drank a lot of mojitos and it was one of those evenings that your tummy actually hurts from laughing so much. I think I was particularly in the moment because for the first time since my teens, I was out enjoying myself without my phone, my distractions, no need to stop for posed photos or check to see what everyone else is doing. And I didn't once feel the loss of my phone either.

On the way back to the apartment we decided to walk along the beach, and before we knew it we were all swimming in the sea! (This is not sensible and would advise against it).

I had the most amazing time in Barcelona, and I'm 100% a Glastonbury goer - my favourite place on earth, but I have definitely found a new experience that I hope will carry on for years to come.

Primavera, see you in 2019.


17 June 2018

Hello Sunshine!

In the last couple of weeks, it truly felt like summer had arrived in the U.K. The sun was shining, and hay fever levels continued to soar. I went on holiday to Barcelona this month and at times the weather back home rivalled the glorious Spanish sunshine.

What I enjoyed most about the mini heatwave was that I was able to wear my holiday clothes when I returned, instead of packing them away in my suitcase until the next time I ventured abroad.

One outfit I particularly enjoyed wearing both on holiday and at home was from Very's new collection, and in particular their essential sunshine accessories!
I've been packing all of my essentials (and more!) into this cute Hello Sunshine beach bag, which features a beautiful printed scarf wrapped around the handles - such a pretty detail and co-ordinates with the cheerful embroidered lettering on the front of the bag. I love how much I can fit into the basket, without compromising on style; sun cream, sunglasses, beach towel, book, jacket (because it's still Britain, ha!).
The Rayne Asymmetric sandals have been an absolute staple in my summer wardrobe, I wore them almost constantly around Barcelona and during Primavera festival and they were so comfortable! They're also super versatile - I've been wearing them with dresses, culottes, and shorts. (I also have them in brown, which you may have seen on my Instagram).
I'm a big fan of this vintage patterned Tie Front blouse - a classic holiday piece. It's bright and beautiful with flourishes of summers blooms, and slightly cropped for a super cute summer look when tied above high-waisted flared jeans.
But on this occasion, I've worn it tucked in to my High Waisted Ripped Denim Shorts - the ultimate summer staple. I think they're super flattering and emphasizes a subtle tan, giving you that sun-kissed glow. I really love white denim this season, a slight risk for someone that loves ice-cream...

What I'm wearing:

*Post sponsored by Very

9 June 2018

The Monthly Playlist : May

May was an excellent month for music. Not only were we blessed with the brand new Arctic Monkeys album, but I also went to a music festival in Barcelona; Primavera.
It was my first festival abroad and I'm totally converted... no mud, no rain, and a comfy bed at the end of the night. I will be posting a full diary from my trip soon if you'd like to see more of what I got up to there.
I spent most of the run-up listening to old favourites from bands that were playing: Haim, Warpaint and Rolling Blackouts, to name a few. And the best part about going to a festival with a group of mates was that I discovered some brand new artists that I'd never heard of before!

Here's what I had on repeat last month: