21 May 2019

Shrimps X Warehouse

The Shrimps X Warehouse collection is a capsule summer holiday wardrobe of dreams.
The high street retailer has teamed up with one of my fave designer labels to create an utterly beautiful collection, which is relatively purse-friendly, and right in time for my holiday to Bali next week.
The first half of the collection launched late last month - where I picked up the sea print maxi dress and gingham espadrilles.
As soon as I saw this quirky print I imagined how gorgeous it would be to wear this on the beach at sunset (holiday outfit planning well under way).
Then the second half launched last week where I snapped up the lime green gingham bikini and daisy bucket hat I've had my heart set on.
The collection was restocked last week so there's still chance to get hold of your favourite pieces if they sold out the first time around. I've deffo got my eye on a few pieces that I just can't justify right now (I'm already on 8 bikinis & counting...)

My Shrimps X Warehouse pieces:

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5 May 2019

My Experience with Barre Balance

Since January, my Sunday mornings have been spent at Barre class. Which incorporates ballet, pilates and yoga to deliver a strong body and balanced mind. And in just 4 months I have noticed such a positive impact both physically and mentally.

The classes are held by Natalie, founder and instructor of Barre Balance, who is quite frankly, a ray of bloomin' sunshine. It takes a lot for me to jump out of bed on a Sunday morning, but Natalie is always happy and ready to go. Her energy radiates throughout the class and boosts your mood as soon as you walk through the door.
Balance
The morning classes refresh any stress I've been carrying with me that week, help to set me up for the rest of the day and reset ready for the week ahead. We start by setting the intentions for the class - then after the barre and pilates workout we practise yoga and meditation - we reflect upon our intentions and think about something we are truly grateful for, and carry that throughout the rest of the day.

Strength
Barre is essentially a total body workout that efficiently sculpts a strong, lean, dancer's body. The technique blends ballet-barre inspired movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. However bad it burns or how much my legs tremble, we always leave the studio feeling happy, fit, and balanced.

Self Love
Possibly the most surprisingly pleasant result from Barre Balance is the community of wonderful, lovely and welcoming girls Natalie has created. As someone who has suffered with social anxiety since I was a child, I get really nervous starting new experiences with new people, and find it difficult to be open and communicate. But seeing happy and welcoming familiar faces each Sunday morning has eased my worries. We are all friends, regularly go for coffee/brunch after class and keep updated with each other via social media in between classes. We support each other, celebrate our accomplishments and most importantly appreciate the time we allow ourselves to love our bodies.

Barre class is the best thing I have ever done for myself, my body, and my mind. If you're interested in joining you can find out more info: here.


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28 April 2019

Holiday Essentials [Part 1]

In one month I'm going on holiday to Bali - a place I've wanted to visit for years, and therefore I've had a long time to plan my ideal holiday wardrobe.

30° sunshine and hot sandy beaches calls for a suitcase packed with sundresses, sandals and straw beach bags.

With a little help from the new Spring Summer '19 collection from Very, I've been able to curate one of
my dream holiday looks.

The first is this outfit that I think would be as lovely on the beach as it would be strolling around the beautiful temples 
and forest sanctuaries.

The navy blue Mango sundress looks effortlessly chic with tousled beachy waves (and has pockets for all of the shells
& treasures that you find!). Teamed with a pair of black Birkenstock sandals, which are THE comfiest sandals ever!
And a straw beach bag from Mango, which is big enough for all of of your beach essentials - this is what I imagine
myself wearing when I think about my holiday :-) 

What I'm wearing:

*Post in paid partnership with Very
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25 April 2019

The Monthly Playlist: April


It's back! April's playlist is a bit of an eclectic one - I've rediscovered some old favourites, found a new obsession with Patsy Cline (her 'Sentimentally Yours' album was pretty much my soundtrack for a solid week), and this month celebrated Record Store Day, which was a very successful mission to Probe Records at 4am to get my hands on a selection of limited edition vinyl, including the Record Store Day Ambassadors' Mighty Boosh: The Complete Radio Series.


1. Billie Eilish : idontwannabeyouanymore
2. Patsy Cline : Heartaches
3. Cage The Elephant : Social Cues
4. Gerry Cinnamon : Sometimes
5. David Bowie : Sorrow
6. Jeff Buckley : Last Goodbye
7. Tyler, The Creator : She
8. The Last Shadow Puppets : The Meeting Place
9. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band : Shifting Sands
10. Arctic Monkeys : Star Treatment
11. A$AP Rocky : Black Tux, White Collar
12. Joan Baez : Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
13. Neil Young : My My, Hey Hey
14. Angel Olsen : Unfucktheworld
15. Gerry Cinnamon : Kampfire Vampire
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28 March 2019

The Levi's Ex -Boyfriend Jacket: Two Ways

Spring is officially here and it's finally warm enough to wear one of my favourite statement pieces: the Levi's denim jacket. Ever the versatile jacket, it looks good with any outfit. Here are two of my fave ways to wear it...

L O O K  O N E : d o u b l e  d e n i m

This look is perfect for a casual Saturday spent wandering around the city and looks great paired with a navy blue jumper, white jeans, ankle boots and tan bucket bag. The jacket the perfect size that you can pop a chunky knit under for chillier days too.

L O O K  T W O : t e a  d r e s s


I'm such a fan of a floral tea dress and denim jacket, infact it's probably one of my signature outfits. But until it's warm enough to wear with a pair of plimsolls, it still looks good with tights and a pair of chunky boots. The dress in particular is from Calvin Klein and I'm super excited to carry it through to summer.

*Post in paid partnership with very.co.uk
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24 March 2019

The Denim Boiler Suit

This is an item I've seen spring up on Instagram heavily over the past month, I was particularly inspired by how unbelievably cool Charlotte Jacklin and Alex Stedman looked in theirs and immediately ran to ASOS to purchase one.

I'm a sucker for the comfort and versatility that dungarees bring, and especially enjoy the toddler like aesthetic, but thought that a boiler suit was just one step too far and wouldn't suit my feminine style of tea dresses, ruffle neck blouses and floral prints.

Au contraire! Although I do dress very femininely, I always like to add a masculine, tomboyeque vibe to an outfit - whether it's a biker jacket, a pair of Dr Martens or an oversized Levi's jacket. I just had to reverse this way of dressing to find my own way of styling the boiler suit.

I wore a turtle neck underneath (classic), a pair of striped socks (which I didn't realise would be quite so visible but enjoyed how they turned out anyway), and my Adidas Stan Smiths.

I was shooting with boygirl agency which began in the Northern Flower shop in the NQ, Manchester. I loved how the pop of pink tulips brighten up the outfit and as if by magic, the most adorable little dog walked past and we immediately asked if we could borrow her for a few snaps. Her pink lead matched the flowers perfectly and I adore how the photos turned out!

I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing this a lot in the coming months, and have even considered a white denim boiler suit for summer - but I fear chocolate ice cream + white + one very clumsy lady = disaster.


ASOS boilersuit: here
Photos: BOYGIRL
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26 February 2019

Early Signs of Spring


After an alarmingly warm and sunny week in February, we’ve all seen the early signs that spring is just around the corner… daffodils are blooming in the park, tulips are in full swing in every florist’s window, and I’ve successfully avoided the Easter Egg aisle in my corner shop for the past four weeks.

And although the weather is in stark contrast to this time last year (let’s not forget the beast from the east), it is a welcome surprise after a particularly long and cold winter.


With a little help from Very’s Spring collection – I’ve found a couple of statement pieces to carry me through the seasonal transition and add a fresh start to my current wardrobe of dark chunky knits and black Chelsea boots.

Firstly, let’s talk about this Mango dream of a jumper. Slight turtle neck, cable knit and the prettiest petal pink – all of my favourite things one would expect to find in the perfect spring knit. It’s also slightly cropped at the front too, so it tucks nicely into a pair of high-waist jeans.

And if you’re wanting to brave the cropped jeans but aren’t ready for bare ankles in February – these statement ankle boots (also from Mango) are the ideal solution and adds a pop of spring tones to your outfit too!

I think the combination of a chunky knit tucked into cropped kick-flares paired with a statement boot is very Parisian-chic and a look I’m hoping to channel more in the season ahead.

*Post in paid partnership with Very

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23 February 2019

The Monthly Playlist: February


After a slow start to the year and a chilled out playlist last month, February has been the polar opposite and been bursting with new music. This weekend I've been listening to the following on repeat whilst walking around the city with the sun shining, dreaming of summer and sun-filled evenings dancing and drinking overpriced cider with mates.
And new music excites me to think that most of these artists will be performing at plenty of festivals this year!

1. Foals - On The Luna
2. Catfish & The Bottlemen - Longshot
3. Beirut - Landslide
4. White Denim - Shanalala
5. Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall
6. Foals - Exists
7. Yak - Fried 
8. Drenge - Never See the Signs
9. Charlotte Adigery - High Lights
10. James Blake - Don't Miss It

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16 February 2019

FEBRUARY READING LIST

My second monthly reading list of 2019 is quite a long one, and I don't necessarily aim to read them all in the shortest month of the year (as I also have the entire Game of Thrones set to read on my morning commute to work), but this is more so a collection of books and magazines that are next on my to-read pile.


N U M B E R  O N E
i-D Magazine
I bought this magazine solely for the purpose of weeping over the Timothée Chalamet interview by Harry Styles... Which I highly recommend.

N U M B E R  T W O
Sunday Girl Magazine
My favourite independent magazine for "intellectual, creative and ambitious girls" - covering topics from mental health, fashion/style, interviews and mixtapes, it's a breath of fresh air and always gives me creative inspiration.

N U M B E R  T H R E E
LAGOM : The Swedish Art of Balanced Living
Following my previous month's obsession with Hygge - I was curious about this other Scandi lifestyle trend. Lagom is loosely translated to "not too little, not too much, just right." I haven't started reading this yet but I look forward to learning more about work-life balance and I'm hoping to adopt a more environmentally conscious style of living - both aspects of lagom. lifestyle.

N U M B E R  F O U R
Another Planet by Tracey Thorn
I haven't read any of Tracey's books, but after listening to her interview on BBC6 Music I was very interested in reading about her teenage life in the 70s.

N U M B E R  F I V E
Calm The F**ck Down by Sarah Knight
I stumbled across this book on a lunch break visit to Oliver Bonas - I was riddled with stress and having a particularly anxious week. I've heard great reviews of her previous books: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and  Get Your Sh*t Together. I was immediately drawn to the three main questions this book asks:
Do you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about? 
Do you freak out when things don't go to plan? 
Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life?


N U M B E R  S I X
everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton
This has been on my reading list for quite a while following it's recent hype on social media. I'm currently about a quarter of the way through and it really resonates with me and is helping me through life at the moment - thank you Dolly 


Have you read any of the above? If so, what did you think?
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2 February 2019

My Hygge Essentials Kit

I've always enjoyed a cosy Sunday at home and the key elements that contribute to a feeling of comfort and relaxation: a warm blanket, candles, a brew and a stack of books. But it wasn't until I read 'The Little Book of Hygge' last month that I discovered there is so much more to this feeling of cosiness.

In Norwegian, hygge means "well-being." The Danish concept encompasses both physical and emotional wellness, as well as being with people you love in a cosy environment. In the end, hygge doesn't just describe a feeling; it's one of those untranslatable words that expresses much more than one concept.

So hygge is a cosy place where everyone feels safe, comfortable, and surrounded by the people they love. This could be a weekend afternoon in winter snuggled under blankets with your loved one, listening to the rain whilst you're tucked up in bed, or a sunny day with friends at the beach.

Although hygge is generally something that just happens, and not necessarily something that can be forced - I decided to compile a list of items that contribute towards my ultimate feeling of comfort and happiness, or for you to feel inspired by a few special components to create some hyggelight times of your own...


Blanket
Nothing speaks happiness in winter than cosying up on the sofa with a blanket - this one in particular was hand-knit by my mum, which smells like home and contributes to that extra feeling of safety and comfort.

Candles
Candles are Hygge 101. It's all about soft, gentle lighting rather than harsh bright lights. Traditionally the Danes prefer unscented candles - but I'm a sucker for seasonal scents and those that encompass everything I love about winter, e.g, cinnamon & clove, fig & cassis, or amber.

Books
I have been a passionate book-worm since I was little, and after a long week of working at a computer 9-5.30 and then spending the evenings on my phone scrolling Instagram - the benefits of switching off all digital devices for your moments of hygge is invaluable.

Woollen socks
There is nothing hygge about cold feet. I have a whole drawer dedicated to my obsession with chunky knitted socks. My favourite pair were a Christmas gift from my sister - a cashmere pair from The White Company, and although the luxury of them are not what makes them hygge - it's more the thought and love that went behind such a special present.

Acoustic guitar
Whether it's practising myself, listening to friends or a loved one play, or indeed an acoustic Spotify playlist - there's nothing more relaxing than listening to acoustic guitar under a blanket..

Vinyl & a record player
Again, I try to minimise digital/electronic devices when I'm having a cosy evening - but a stack of my favourite vinyl records to play or discuss with friends makes me very happy! Perhaps I'll create a Hygge Playlist of my favourites...

PJs
I'm a huge pyjama enthusiast - my favourite have always been from Cath Kidston, they're soft brushed cotton and have the cutest patterns! Plus I usually only receive them as Christmas presents from my mum, sister, or nanna - so they always make me smile when I put them on.

Lush goodies
My favourite Sunday night routine is a classic Lush pamper night - there is no better feeling than dedicating an entire evening to self care and relaxation. At the heart of any pamper night lies the bubble bath, and this of course is fuelled by Lush. I even love going to the Lush store to hand select my pamper items.

Fairy lights
If candles aren't your thing, warm fairy lights will do just the job! They're also nice to repurpose after Christmas so that your home doesn't feel so bare after the festive season ends.

Slippers
To reiterate my cold feet comment - I have discovered the sheer pleasure of a comfy pair of slippers at the ripe old age of 29.

Treats/chocolate/pastries
A bowl of warm popcorn whilst watching a movie, a coffee + croissant on a Saturday morning, or a homemade stew on a cold winter evening. Comfort food is the ultimate way to add happiness to your cosy routine.

A warm beverage: tea/coffee/hot cocoa
I absolutely love a brew - the contents depending on the time of day. In mornings/afternoons I'm a huge coffee drinker. I do enjoy a Yorkshire Tea and used to drink them by the bucketload, but not so much no I've cut down on dairy - instead I opt for a special blend loose leaf herbal tea, in particular from Leaf (Their Autumn Leaf contains cinnamon, cloves and orange for added winter warmth). And of course we all love a hot chocolate in winter!

What's in your hygge essentials kit?

x
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26 January 2019

The Monthly Playlist : January

I'm kind of sleep-walking my way through this month, so here's a collection of music I've been listening to whilst usually hibernating in a nest I've made on my living room floor - wrap yourself in a blanket, light some candles & grab a brew...

1. Joseph - Sister Winter 
2. The Bird and the Bear - As Soon as Winter Comes
3. Tracey Thorn - Like a Snowman
4. Sufjan Stevens - Size Too Small
5. Beach House - Norway
6. Beirutt - Nantes
7. (Sandy) Alex G - Mis
8. Kings of Convenience - Renegade
9. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
10. The Head and the Heart - Winter Song
11. Iron & Wine - Winter Prayers
12. Ben Howard - Old Pine
13. Lucy Rose - Shiver
14. First Aid Kit - Tender Offerings
15. Bombay Bicycle Club

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17 January 2019

One smock, two ways.

The latest edition to my winter wardrobe is the above navy smock dress from Cos. I originally tried it on in the fitting room with socks and trainers - and even though it's January and far from spring, I immediately knew this was the smock for me.
So when I brought it home I got to thinking that I simply couldn't wait until warmer weather to wear it, and thought about how I could style it during winter.

L O O K  O N E
The first look is definitely inspired by the oversized nautical collar and is how I'd like to think I'd dress if I was a french sailor. Layering is key here - I'm wearing a navy H&M cashmere turtle neck and thick cotton Boden breton, which just peek below the collar and cuffs to add interest. Teamed with a pair of off-white cropped kickflare jeans and white/navy Stan Smiths to complete the nautical colour palette.



L O O K  T W O
This is my babushka doll outfit. All bundled up and ready to brave the cold winter months. Again, layering with the navy turtle neck and breton, but I wanted to wear it as a dress this time. Wearing my winter staple: the Primark super cosy tights, and my new Russell and Bromley faux-fur hiking boots and grey scarf for extra warmth and cosiness. 


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