Monday, 20 February 2017

Up in my space

I found my love of home decor through none other than Instagram and Pinterest. Sure, the fashion game is strong but that doesn't mean it's all about what you are wearing head to toe. Your home is a place you can make your own. My bedroom is a mixture of blush, cream and white tones. I'm all about simplicity and would call myself the opposite of a hoarder. You will find my desk area, also my blogging workspace, with an array of my go to make up products and always a copy of the latest Elle. You never know when you might go to reach for any of these things, particularly my laptop as I work better in the evening. 
I am obsessed with my white high gloss draws. One thing that is my to live by rule is only keep on display what you are actually going to use. Whether this is make up, perfume, clothes or anything in between. If you don't need it why do you have it? A great deal of my things are kept in storage until the change in season. 
Over the years I have built myself a collection of fashion reference books. I switch these around often for when i'm seeking a little inspiration. Whilst many can end up being ridiculously expensive I know these are something that will remain with me for years to come.
My interiors are mostly from Laura Ashley and Next and I would never stray. Their designs are fail proof, elegant and ultimately glamorous. If I could ever suggest one thing it would be invest in mirrored wardrobes, they are life changing and compliment the light when the sun is shining ... just not at 4.30am when I need to do my make up. 
The top of my wardrobe is filled with shoes. If they have boxes that is where they live. Shoes are something I really do struggle to part with. On the left hand side I keep my off duty pieces and my right is all about work and outwear. In the middle I keep my favourite pieces covered to make sure they look every inch of show stopping as they were when I first received them. My Summer wardrobe is currently stored away until it at least hits 25 degrees ... i'm just kidding 15 will have to do. I often empty my wardrobe of old pieces and whilst I could sell many of them I prefer to place them in charity to bags so they can contribute towards a more meaningful cause. 
As i'm always on the go I keep the shoes and handbags I am frequently using at the time by my door. This means that as I finish work and quickly need to change I can do so at ease. 
Whilst my desk draw should be filled with all important things it isn't. I keep my planner, blogging diary and array of sunglasses stored in here. It may look simple and a little random but these are probably some of my favourite things. Guilty. 

Where do you seek your favourite home decor inspirations?
Be sure to let me know.  

A few of my favourite places to shop home decor
Laura Ashley 

Marks and Spencers


The White Company

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Fashion Week Low down

Whats a Tuesday morning without Chanel? An army without Olivier? Paris without Giambattista dreams? AW17 is here and it's going to be one to remember. Riccardo Tisci presents his last Givenchy collection, Yeezy steps up his game and as for NYC? It's currently knee deep in snow. We love dramatics when it comes to fashion week, lets count on Jeremy Scott to shake things up.

Thursday 9th February          Friday 10th February             Saturday 11th February
Nicholas K                                Calvin Klein                              Lacoste
Desigual                                    Kate Spade                                Jill Stuart
Tadashi Shoji                            Tanya Taylor                             Tibi
Noon by Noor                           Cushnie et Ochs                        Banana Republic
Adam Selman                           Pamella Rolland                        Christian Siriano
Thakoon                                   Jason Wu                                    Mac Duggal
Michael Costello                      Jeremy Scott
Rag & Bone

Sunday 12th February          Monday 13th February           Tuesday 14th February
Victoria Beckham                   The Row                                     Tory Burch
Vivienne Hu                            Carolina Herrera                         Badgley Mischka
Prabal Gurung                         Zimmerman                                Naeem Khan
Altuzarra                                 Lela Rose                                    Adrienne Landau
                                                Proenza Schouler                        Alice + Olivia
                                                Zadig and Voltaire                       Dennis Basso
                                                3.1 Philip Lim                             Gabriela Hearst
                                                Mara Hoffman                             Coach
                                                Oscar de la Renta                        Carmen Marc Valvo
                                                Zac Posen                                    Brandon Maxwell
                                                Zan Toi                                        Reem Acra
                                                Philipp Plein                                Monique Lhuiller
                                                                                                    Narciso Rodriguez
                                                                                                    The Blonds

Wednesday 15th February  Thursday 16th February
Kimora Lee Simmons             Marc Jacobs
Brooks Brothers
Derek Lma
Anna Sui
Tom Browne
Ralph Lauren
Yeezy Season 5

Friday 17th February           Saturday 18th February         Sunday 19th February
Fyodor Golan                          Jasper Conran                            Margaret Howell
Eudon Choi                             Julien Macdonald                      Anya Hindmarch
Bora Aksu                               Markus Lupfer                           Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Daks                                        J W Anderson                            Roland Mouret
Ashley Williams                     Emilia Wickstead                       Peter Pilotto
Paul Costelloe                         Simone Rocha                           Topshop Unique
Preen                                       House of Holland                       Mulberry
Central St Martins                  Gareth Pugh                               MM6 Maison Margiela
Charlotte Simone                    Versus Versace                           David Koma
                                                                                                   Temperley London
                                                                                                   Mary Katrantzou
                                                                                                   Charlotte Olympia

Monday 20th February     Tuesday 21st February
Antonio Berardi                   Emilio de le Morena
Roksanda                             Amanda Wakeley
Sophia Webster
Aspinal of London
Christopher Kane

Wednesday 22nd February  Thursday 23rd February    Friday 24th February
Gucci                                      Max Mara                               Diesel Black Gold
Cristiano Burani                     Fendi                                       Emporio Armani
Alberta Ferretti                       Emilio Pucci                           Sportmax
No21                                       Les Copains                            Etro
Fausto Puglisi                         Prada                                       Giamba
                                                Moschino                                Tods

Saturday 25th February     Sunday 26th February          Monday 27th February
Bottega Veneta                      Marni                                       Giorgio Armani
Blumarine                             Trussardi                               
Missoni                                 Stella Jean
Ermanno Scervino                MSGM
Jil Sander                              Salvatore Ferragmo
Elizabetta Franchi

Tuesday 28th February    Wednesday 1st March          Thursday 2nd March 
Saint Laurent                      Maison Margiela                     Chloe
                                            Lanvin                                     Ann Demeuleester
                                            Dries Van Noten                      Paco Rabanne
                                            Rochas                                     Balmain
                                            Kenzo                                      Alexis Mabille
                                                                                             Rick Owens
                                                                                             Isabel Marant

Friday 3rd March            Saturday 4th March              Sunday 5th March
Loewe                                Haider Ackermann                  Balenciaga
Issey Miyake                      Mugler                                    Celine
Dior                                    Acne                                        Valentino
Andrew GN                        Elie Saab                                 John Galliano
Yohji Yamamoto                Vivienne Westwood                Givenchy
                                           Commes Des Garcons         
                                           Nina Ricci 
                                           Sonia Rykiel

Monday 6th March         Tuesday 7th March
Stella McCartney              Chanel
Sacai                                  Miu Miu 
Giambattista Valli             Louis Vuitton 
Hermes                              Paul and Joe

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Every day make up essentials | SHOP

When it's time to rise and grind spending hours on your make up look is the last thing you want to do. Get your go to look, and your go to products perfected and this is a life hack that will last you forever.
It may take time to find your favourites but it is time and money well spent, here are mine:

Brushes: Urban Decay eyeshadow brush (as part of the Naked2 Palette) SHOP
Zoeva eyeshadow blender brush SHOP similar
Dior blusher brush no.16 SHOP
Zoeva cream/cheek blusher brush SHOP similar
Zoeva buffer brush SHOP similar
Real Techniques powder brush SHOP 
Complexion: My kit co. play palette SHOP
Dior Star foundation *22 SHOP
Bourjois healthy mix concealer *01 SHOP
Rimmel Stay matte powder *transparent SHOP
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blusher SHOP
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated trio SHOP
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 2 palette SHOP
MAC burgundy x9 palette SHOP
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary lashes mascara SHOP
Urban Decay eyeshadow primer SHOP
Rimmel waterproof exaggerate eyeliner SHOP
Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Kim KW hot lips SHOP

What are your go to products darlings? 
Be sure to let me know!  
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The thing about girl power

Girl Power.
A term that has been used since the 1990s, most commonly defined within the realms of, 'female empowerment and independence'.

The reason why girl power continues to exist two and a half decades later is because it needs to. It goes without saying that girl power wasn't created in the 1990s but that's when the term entered our unparalleled society.

Now at 23 I first recall girl power associated with the Spice Girls, one of the greatest girl bands of all time. One where being yourself was central to it's values and lay at the core of it's foundations. Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh ... this was less about fulfilling the names they had given themselves and more about how they could coexist amongst each other, freely and enjoyably. After all they lived to, 'Spice up your life'.

Female empowerment is about embracing yourself and your role in society. Not those that are assigned to you but those of your own choice. Being powerful comes from you not how your social status or position in society defines you.

We look back once more to the women's march that had taken place just over two weeks ago around the world. This wasn't just women fighting for women, this was the world fighting for women. Gender inequality exists in society today, and it's something we are so passionately working on. When women aren't given freedom of their own bodies, when they are paid less than men and when they are continuously degraded the fight must go on. We aren't fighting against men, we are fighting with them.

So what about girl power? The thing about girl power is it continues to exist no matter what happens in the world. The Suffragettes fought for women's right to vote yet today women are still faced with endless issues in many other matters. Whilst it's easy to get caught up in the politics of it all, and the majority of the time incredibly important to engage with politics, we must never forget the feeling girl power brings.
Politics can never undermine that.

From Britain's longest reigning monarch of 65 years, Queen Elizabeth to Hillary Clinton who campaigned endlessly in attempt to become the first female US President, we are surrounded by empowered women. Just because you don't reach the end goal as expected doesn't make you any less powerful, it's about the fight to get there.

Girl power exists as long as we embrace it. Emma Watson fought for women's rights as the UN Women's Goodwill ambassador, Carrie Fisher worked in an all male cast on the set of Star Wars and Diane Von Furstenberg, a divorced Princess, became one of the world's most renown fashion designers.

So whether you are your prancing around singing your favourite Beyonce song, your show stopping in your brand new outfit, your actively campaigning for women's right or you quite simply love being a girl remember you are powerful.

The thing about girl power is no one can take it away from us.
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'I think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it' 
Claire Foy, Golden Globes 2017  

Monday, 6 February 2017

Jump on it babe | Trend setter

A new season is approaching and with fashion week literally a few days away it's time to get your act together darling. We are talking this season's top trends to get you through the next few months before we get a little outrageous in the height of S/S. 

Slogans | Jumpers, jeans, denim and all things in between. I'm confident that you have already seen everyone in the classic Gucci logo tee. Chiara Ferragni is your go to for all things badged and emoji and Dolce & Gabbana are truly experimenting this season. Alternatively you can seek those who reign at Moschino and go extravagantly extra, yet all the more gorgeous. You can pull this off, embrace it babe. 

Gingham | There's no place like home after all. Gingham is everywhere. Who would have thought years later your school uniform would transgress into your wardrobe go to? There is little excuse to deny this pattern as it covers just about any item of clothing. Bring it all back.

Ruffle Hems | ... cannot keep away. Believe it or not ruffles are incredibly flattering when it comes to hemlines so if you're not a layer lover look elsewhere. Don't miss out.

V Cut courts & Scallop flats | Let your feet do the talking.

Crochet trim swimwear | Who doesn't start buying their swimwear in February? After the refresh of Tirangl last year it was only a matter of time before everybody fell in love with this flirtatious trend.

Velvet Bras | Our favourite designers are embracing flimsy, intricate bras this season and so should you. Step away from basics and invest when it comes to this wardrobe piece whether that's pairing with a tailored blazer or an array of our favourite mini skirts and shorts . If you get this right darling, you'll be the show stopper. 

Next stop, it's AW17 RTW.
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Monday, 30 January 2017

The time to scream

Photo credit:  aclu_nationwide Instagram

I could talk about fashion, beauty and travel all day for days but I won't. It is clear to see over the past few months through my posts, my social media and myself that my focus has somewhat realigned. Whilst I have always been passionate and interested in politics and current affairs my voice is no longer an expression of interest but one with a purpose.

Today we live in a world that has taken a step back in time. One where women are fighting for their reproductive rights, one where religion and nationality are deciding factors as to whether you can successfully gain entry into a country and one where a god damn wall is a central talking point.

This is not the world we anticipated but it's the world we got.

Over the past two weeks we have seen a Presidential Inauguration riddled with lies, or as some would call it 'alternative facts'. We have seen women march in solidarity around the world fighting for equality and a voice. But right now we see hundreds of US airports and streets that are filled with protestors welcoming refugees into their country, when it's been made quite clear that their leader do not welcome them.

Whilst many of us wanted Hillary to win the election more than anything and still consistently cling onto the hope she had given us we are instead left with something else.
A new democratically elected US President sits in the oval office. A man himself who has even questioned electoral fraud because he did not obtain the popular vote.

We may not have liked the results, or could I say despised them? However when the results of the US election were announced we knew he was here to stay. Whether you were a US citizen or a global one, despair brought us together. Tighter than ever and in unison a collection of voices prepared for the struggles that lay ahead.

These were not the struggles that anyone had anticipated.

The President is the President.
The world has accepted this.
This is democracy.

Using executive powers to promote and execute injustice, to bring pain and heartbreak to the lives of the American people are not acts of democracy. They are wrong. A key indication of this is when those who voted you in are against the actions you have taken.

In a time where the world should join America in celebration, a time where voices have been heard and actions were to take place, we are left with a mess. A dangerous mess. This is a world where calling people out on Twitter and playing with power override the thousands of voices that are screaming out in pain. Voices who want to be heard.

Now it is your turn.
Ignorance is far from bliss.
Passion and strive are needed to make the world go around.
Passion and strive are needed to make a difference.
But most of all passion and strive are needed to show solidarity and hope for those who need it.
It's time to let them know.

No one is saying commit yourself to participating in political discussion. However that moment you begin questioning why your Twitter feed is filled with Anti Trump tweets and #MuslimBan, or the newspapers and awards season acceptance speeches are all about peace, hope and a change in the world. Ask yourself, what would you do if that was you? The world is a dangerous place, play your part in making a difference.

America, the world is with you.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

17 things to get you going in 2017

Today is the day that many people face the dreaded return to work after the festive period. Why so dreaded? It's the start of a brand New Year and a whole new list of things to get excited about. Here's a just a few things to get you through the start of those dreary January blues.
1.We have some serious movie releases heading our way this year. From Jackie O, to Beauty and the Beast, Wonderwoman and Star Wars (!!). This is one killer year for the film industry and they come so frequently that there is always something to spice up your month.

2.Awards season starts this Sunday! Yes... this Sunday. All eyes will be peeled on the red carpets of the Golden Globes, BAFTA's, Peoples Choice, SAG and of course the Oscars. Will it be Emma and Ryan who take the lead or Natalie who strikes again? Were still not quite over Leo's win.

3.It is exactly 5 months until it becomes perfectly acceptable to start jetting away on your Summer holiday. That's 149 days, and this is one.

4.Lin Manuel Miranda creates dreams. Can you believe that Hamilton has finally made it across the pond debuting in the Victoria Palace theatre? Whilst we have to wait until November, we all know that wait will be worth it.

5.I'm not sure I could even consider Pretty Little Liars a thing to look forward to. With only half a season left, resuming in April, i'm not ready to give up the outrageous and scandalous adventures of four of our favourite liars, but who is A? That's a question we would all like the answer to... again.

6.Can you believe it's less than a month again until the Superbowl? It forever comes around so quickly. Whether your thinking of the football, the food or Lady Gaga's half time performance, this is one night you won't be able to resist.

7. After a turbulent 2016 we are entering a new era. The era of Trump and Brexit. Whilst this was never many of our desired path we are making history. It's time to play your part and make sure we obtain the best outcome possible. We always flourish when the going gets tough.

8. I may have mentioned movie releases but 50 Shades Darker is in a league of it's own. This is all the scandal we need to get us through the February freeze.

9. Will she or won't she, everyone is waiting to see if the rumours are true. Will Queen B headline Coachella? We can't wait for festival fringe, space buns and outrageous glitter make up.

10. Apple celebrate it's ten year anniversary of the iPhone. Will we see one of the greatest releases in mobile technology to date?

11. Rei Kawakubo will become the first designer, since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, to become the sole subject of this years Met Gala with the theme Commes Des Garcons.

12. With new music in the line up we can only expect to see tour announcements. The likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele and Taylor Swift are all in our radar. Will we expect to see One direction added to that list?

13. It was in January last year that we first saw the emergence of spray on nail polishes, primarily Nails Inc. One year later they are bigger and better than ever. In a rush, no problem? Having a flawless manicure at all costs has just become one of the most accessible things on the market.

14. The rise of the Instagram story was one of the central talking points when it came to social media discussion last year. With shared similarities to snapchat will we to see show and shop fresh off the runway this coming season? We hope.

15. Companies such as Google and Amazon are believed to be trialling 'food by drones'. Yes this does mean grocery shopping straight to your door by drone. Talk about coming a long way.

16. Greenery is Pantone's colour of the year and I couldn't love it anymore. It's time things got a little brighter and more down to earth. Bring on S/S.

17. Pyjamas in the daytime are all the rage. Well almost. Whether you are going sleek and sophisticated with a slip dress, or wearing a silk playsuit with all the frills, being on trend never looked so good, or felt so comfy. Think of it as a wear your pyjamas to work/party day, year.
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