Thursday, 14 April 2016

Coachella thrills, Valley frolics

We have waited an entire year and Coachella has arrived once again. 
It's time to get our pins showing and tan glowing to slay in the Valley.
Coachella presents some of the best style the Summer has to offer, so of course your packing needs to be on point. Follow these rules and darlings you will be the talk of the Colarado desert. 
TO PACK
SPAGHETTI STRAPS cali pro
DAISY DUKES bikinis on top
LACE UP PINS tantalising trend
CHOKER ME UP inner rock chick

BOOTING ME OUT festival frenzy
PALAZZO PLEASURES cover the bottom, kill it on the top
CROPPED CROCHET you wouldn't want to be cropped out
SHEER SEXY because its valley frolicking
FLIRTING FEDORAS oversized, overly pleasing

BUCKLE ME UP one of the only times vintage is a go to
HIGH WAISTED HINTING if you've got it flaunt it (you've got it)
MAXI MEASURES an easy show stopper
SATCHEL SLIPPING ta ta to your favourite Prada and Givenchy for now
WAYS TO SLAY
GO HARD OR GO HOME hair extensions, hair colour
TIME TO GET SHADY go wild with your shades
PIERCE ME PLEASE fake that nose piercing for a weekend

BRAIDS FOR DAYS no reason necessary
HOT ON THE LIP brights only
FIGHT THE FRINGE never overly cliche 

HEAD IN THE GAME only hats on point
SPRAY YOUR NAILS switch up your mani
PRINT ME PLEASE because boring is boring

EMOJI OUTRAGE Real time pins, Moschino all around
FRILLS OR THRILLS? I'll let you decide
Coachella is here for two weekends running.
Sure the music great but we all know what's just a good. 
We are talking our favourite fashionistas and Ivy Park all over.
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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

10 Ways to kill seasonal blues

When the weather is a drag, your schedule is hectic and everything around you feels a little crazy you know you're in need of a little relief. Whilst we all lust after Summer and the festive period, March and April feel a little more understated. Here is a way of fixing just that.

Book a holiday
With April showers looming and of course the classic British weather I know the very one thing that tops my list of ways to kill seasonal blues is by booking a holiday. We are talking destination beach. This means purchasing an array of brand new swimwear, getting bikini body ready and a constant countdown until its time to sun it up somewhere deliciously tropical. 

Prepare your Summer wardrobe
Summer ensembles are everywhere right now and many leave it too late to purchase them. Of course those lacy cover up shorts you had your eye on are sold out in every size when you come to shop your Summer wardrobe in June. Now is the time to begin and by starting early and continuing until we are in the height of Summer you can guarantee your wardrobe will be extensive and excellent.

Sign up to a new class
For me I would love to join something completely out of the ordinary like a hula hooping or roller blading class. Now i'm not talking your typical sports classes that you will find yourself bored of within weeks of attending. If you loved them that much you would have signed up way before now.

Create your motivation playlist
Maybe you need a killer playlist for when your work out, or if you're like me one for when you are driving. Update your playlist with some power plays and some of the hottest chart songs. You know that feeling you get when one of your favourite songs comes on? Multiply it.  

Set an alarm
Do not waste your day away. Set an alarm for 8am every morning (if possible) or even earlier. Spend a little extra time preparing yourself for the day ahead and most off all make yourself motivated from the moment you wake. This isn't going to happen if you are staying in bed until lunchtime.

Visit somewhere spontaneous
Go trampolining, climb a mountain, visit a castle. Do something unexpected. Do something that will get you excited. 

A new movie a week
At the moment I absolutely love going to the cinema to catch up on the latest flicks. All movies are completely topical, provide you with excellent knowledge (you are always in the know when it comes to the latest chick flick)  and require minimal effort for those days when your free time is taken up with tiredness and exhaustion.  

Once a week indulge
No matter how caught up in work you are always take time out at least once a week to do what you would like to do. Whether this is partying, dinner or straight out chilling you will never find yourself in regret.

Take up a new hobby
Read a book. Paint a picture. Garden.
Do anything that will make passing the time away delightful. Never waste your time.

Purchase something you would never purchase
This is perhaps the one that I am best at. Whilst materialistic goods are by no way the way to make things better they certainly help. We are not talking expense however something spontaneous. Maybe it was those pair of vibrant sky high stilettos, or that matchy matchy co-ord ensemble. Shop. 


We all need a little Spring fever.
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Monday, 21 March 2016

For the love of Charlotte

 
 
Lipstick shades Bitch Perfect, Lost Cherry & Velvet Underground 
  
Eyeshadow Quad in Dolce Vita 
 
Blusher in Love Glow
On The Charlotte appeal...
Whether its the sassy lipstick names or the divine gold packaging, there is something that about Charlotte Tilbury that makes you instantly fall in love. Well there is more than meets the eye.

On the range of products...
Charlotte Tilbury products are all about luxury. Iconically British, this brand has attracted beauty lovers across the globe and has the world at its feet. From the perfect nude lip to an exquisite shimmering eye, Charlotte knows before even you know.

On the price...
Whilst considered a high end brand spending money on Charlotte Tilbury products feels more rewarding than others. Perhaps its the fresh creative vision that she brings to the table or perhaps the endless array of products that you find yourself needing in every shade. Regardless if you are going to put your money where your mouth is at least let it be Bitch Perfect.

On the feel good factor... 
Whether sweet and sophisticated or daring and dramatic there is room within this one brand for all your alter egos and personalities. The thought placed into each and every product cannot go unnoticed and I am yet to come across one 'average' piece. They are all flawless.

On new creations...
When have you ever been able to purchase lip blotting paper in the shade you are wearing? Or had a blusher that not only can be used with ease but focuses on all your best parts? Or maybe its the magic cream that has been a life changer? It's in the name of Charlotte.

Shop the Charlotte Tilbury collection at 

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Parisian pleasures

 
 
Paris balconies
Walking the streets of Pariee are like no other. Every corner you turn you are faced with endless rows of apartment blocks that you only ever imagined in your wildest dreams. Ever found yourself longing for the landscape of Champs de Mars appearing in the views from your window?
Breakfast by the Eiffel Tower and Dinner by Notre Dame
As we have already seen Paris presents itself with the finest settings. Whether you are dining with your friends or going a date this city falls nothing short of magical. Of course when you are in France you have to try the finest cuisine. I only wish I could do this everyday.
Shakespeare and Company
Perhaps you are browsing the endless shelves of this amazing bookstore or attending one of their poetry readings, regardless I know you will fall in love. If you are searching character, history and classics a visit to here will fulfil all your desires. 
 
French magazines
We all know Paris is the fashion capital so seeing the likes of Gigi fronting Vogue Paris on every news stand comes as a welcome sight. Of course I had to purchase some of my favourites. 
 

Laduree

So everyone knows about Macarons from Laudree but have you ever tried them? Whilst I know there are stores in London and New York there is something about going to the flagship stores in their home city that is extra special. I can confirm that one, these Macarons are incredible and two, emergency Macron runs are certainly a thing.  




Can Paris provide the pleasure you seek?
Of course.


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Monday, 7 March 2016

Notre Dame


Found in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris is one of the worlds most famous catherderals. At 800 years old this magnificent cathedral was built over the course of 200 years and its extraordinary structure has to be seen to be believed.


Whilst the French gothic culture is shown in its architecture, most significantly from the outside, inside the finest stain glass windows and artwork allow the history and faith of this creation to continue in existence. The famous bells still ring today.

 
I knew little about Notre Dame before visiting except what I had seen in Disney movies. It is surrounded by the River Seine, cobbled streets and an endless array of pigeons. If you are truly seeking history when visiting Paris, Notre Dame is its finest piece. Whilst combining history, culture and art it is also another piece of iconic France that makes the city a dream.
With love from Paris, 

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Midnight in Paris

   
   

The City of lights ...

If you didn't already think Paris was magical enough exploring the streets at night takes extraordinary to a whole new level.

Paris, for me, was about perspective- changing the way I saw the world. Despite being zero degrees and the height of Winter nothing else mattered. The city captures you and if the designer boutiques, landmarks or Laudree macarons just weren't enough its time explore the bright lights.

The city of love, the city of light, and really the city of everything. Whilst these were claims that I could once only imagine to be true, Pairee for me came at the most important time of my life.

You will fall for this city.
Bonne nuit my darlings,

With love from Paris 
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10 Reasons why you should visit the Louvre

If you ever find yourself in Paris there is one place that you must go, Musée du Louvre. 
Here are ten reasons why, 
1. The Louvre is a landmark in itself. I can already guarantee it has made an appearance on your instagram feed at some point. It's iconic entrance, a pyramid made entirely of glass, was completed in 1989 and is by far its most identifiable feature.
2. The Louvre is one of the worlds largest museums with over 15,000 visitors a day. On the right bank of the Seine it, to this day, remains one of the worlds most visited museums. There must be something about it right?
3. The actual Louvre is incredible in size. The pyramid itself is only the entrance, the building surrounding it, known as the Grand Palace, extends itself to the rest of the museum. Inside is no different, finding myself in one of the many wings was proof of this. After looking out the window at one point I realised I was across the road from where I first thought I was.
4. One of the most famous greek sculptures to exist can be found in the Louvre. The Venus de Milo, said to depict Aphrodite, the greek goddess of love and beauty,  remains on permanent display. How many of your acquaintances can say they have ever come face to face with this incredible piece of history in their lifetime?
5. The pieces found in the Louvre are endless. From Egyptians, to Greeks to Romans (to name a few), the time periods this one museum covers are beyond belief. Even for someone like myself, who favours one time period of study to the other, I desired to explore them all. 
     
6. This famous building really was a palace. It was originally built as a fortress by Phillip II (12c.) and it wasn't until 1682 that Louis XIV relocated his official housing to the Palace of Versailles located just outside of Paris. The Louvre after this was used to display the royal collection and then officially became a museum during the French Revolution as decided by the National Assembly. 
7. The Louvre is home to Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world. Most iconic about this painting is the facial expression, a frown or a smile? No one knows for sure. Whilst it attracted little attention in its early days it wasn't until it was stolen in 1911 that it really rose to prominence. After being retrieved two years later it has since received extensive security (including bulletproof glass). The painting itself is described as a 'priceless' but many have estimated its value is beyond $700 million. Did I mention when I visited it had five staff/security members guarding it?
8. The many many paintings are impeccable and well preserved. It is extraordinary to see pieces of such importance perfectly positioned and in almost perfect condition. The inside of the Louvre is like nothing you have ever seen before. From glorious ceiling paintings, to gold sculptures this museum falls nothing short of grand and certainly compliments the history that it displays. 
9. It is the perfect place to people watch. The Louvre attracts visitors from around the globe incorporating the past, present and many different cultures all within one location. Whether you are walking around the museums grounds or dining at Café Marly there is just something about the Louvre that screams perfection. It really is one of Paris' the worlds finest.
10. Carrousel Du Louvre. Unexpectedly I was greeted with not only an Apple shop, alongside a department store containing an array of my favourite designers, but even a Starbucks. If museums aren't your thing i'm sure the thought of shopping will make your visit all the more pleasurable. 
If you ever find yourself in Pariee please visit the Louvre.
It is worth flying to France simply to visit this glorious museum.
Find out everything you need to know before you visit here:

With love from Paris,
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