Spring Layering 101 

Hello darlings, 

It’s finally starting to warm up here in Blighty, just about, so I’m looking forward to shifting to my spring wardrobe which for me, is all about light, bright layers. I think that spring is one of the hardest times of the year to dress for, with the weather being so changeable, so I’ve put together a few outfits to answer that need. I have to say Zara has pulled out all of the stops for this S/S range, it’s pretty spectacular…

   Dress | Cardigan | Jacket | Shoes (all Zara)

  Jumper | Blouse | Skirt | Handbag (all Zara)

 Tank Top | Coat | Trousers | Cardigan (all Zara)

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Valentine’s Day Date Looks

Hello darlings,

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I thought I’d put together a few date looks just in case you were in search of a little inspiration…

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Dress | Lipstick | Clutch | Heels

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Top | Skirt | Clutch | Necklace | Heels

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Dress | Clutch | Bracelet | Heels

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Dress | Earrings | Clutch | Heels

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6 Ways to be More Mindful

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This is perhaps a different post to my norm but it is about something I feel really passionate about so I hope you enjoy.

Being mindful and mindfulness in general seems to be very of the moment but actually practicing it is perhaps a different story. We live a lot of the time on autopilot so much so that sometimes it can get to 9 o’clock, we can be at work or school and have no clue how we got there. Mindfulness is all about taking the time to step back and notice what is going on around and inside of us. It helps me a lot. When my chronic pain increases in intensity, for example during a back spasm, it allows me to get a little space between what is going on in my thoughts, body and all around me, but generally I also believe that it helps me appreciate the beauty of day to day life. Here are my tips to everyday mindfulness…

1. When in the shower, stop for a second, close your eyes and feel the drops of trickle down your body.

2. When you eat your dinner, or perhaps a mouthful of that well deserved chocolate, savour it- think about the taste, texture even temperature.

3. When apply your makeup notice how applying the cool foundation feels with your fingers, the softness of your blusher brush, how the lipstick feels sliding onto your lips etc

4. On your route to work/school look up at the sky, feel the sun- or more likely in good old Blighty, the wind- on your face, take time as it were to smell the roses (metaphorically or in reality if at all possible)

5. At your desk, take three deep breaths, then try and notice five things you can hear, see and touch and five body sensations you are experiencing- I find this one the perfect way to de stress.

6. Take a moment to stretch in a quite space, taking note on how it makes your body feel, where is the tension in your body which you can focus on and breathe into

These aren’t meant to last a long time, 30 seconds can sometimes be all it takes. Of course if you want to spend a bit longer doing it, by all means do so!

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Tis the season: Gift Guide

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go”

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Cath Kidston Travel Wash Bag (John Lewis)
Watch (Swatch)
DKNY Purse (Harrods)
Jumper (M&S)
Enamel Necklace (Accessorize)
Jimmy Choo: Icons Book (Amazon)
Floris Limes Eau de Toilette (John Lewis)
Joules Scarf (John Lewis)
Pearl Earrings (Tiffany)
Christmas Mug (Cath Kidston)
The Hepburn Bag (Aspinal)
Diptyque Violette Scented Candle (Selfridges)
Green Notebook (Moleskine)
Rose Gold Pen (Paperchase)
Jewellery Stackers (John Lewis)
Jenny Packham Salonniere Pampering Bodycare Collection (Boots)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick (Boots)
Suede Gloves (John Lewis)
How to be Parisian: Wherever you are Book (Amazon)
Rose Print Satin Playsuit (M&S)

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‘Tis the season: Christmas Jumpers

Hello darlings,

As the time for festive dressing is just around the corner I’ve put together some of my favourite jumpers that’ll put anyone in the christmas spirit…

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Robin Jumper (Boohoo)
Red Christmas Tree Jumper (ASOS)
Grey Christmas Tree Jumper (ASOS)
Holly Jumper (New Look)
Mistletoe Jumper (M&S)
Bell Jumper (Topshop)

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Fashion Sums: Winter Edition

Every year as soon as there’s a chill in the air, the battle starts to find the perfect coat and winter accessories combination. To ease the process I’ve put together a few looks, hats off to Zara for providing my favourite coats of the season…

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The Fur: Coat from Zara | Scarf from H&M | Hat from Topshop

The Statement Colour: Coat from Zara | Scarf from Zara | Hat from H&M

The Cape: Cape from Zara | Scarf from Zara | Hat from ASOS

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Winter Whites

Although white is synonymous with these more chilly months it seems that as soon as I start to wrap up that little bit warmer, white escapes my wardrobe. I always think that white looks so fresh, simple and of course angelic. So I’ve picked out my favourite white pieces out at the moment to inject some much need seasonality into my wardrobe…

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Symthson Large Tote
Mango via John Lewis Pencil Skirt
Jacques Vert via John Lewis Long Coat
ASOS Winter White Opaque Tights
Marc by Marc Jacobs White Watch via ASOS
Rib Topshop Jumper

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Top 5: Blanket Ponchos

Frankly this season’s must have, the blanket poncho, makes me a very happy bunny! They are so cosy and yet chic at the same time; for me this is absolute perfection. I have not stopped wearing mine since I bought it. So I’ve put together my top five favourites…

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New Look Navy/Red Check | New Look Cream Chevron | La crème de la crème Burberry | ASOS Reversible Camel | Marks & Spencer Black/White Check

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