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Monday 22 August 2016

Getting to know you

It has been a while since I have given you a life update. Instead of providing you with a low down I have taken my favourite questions from an array of blogger tags and shared my answers.
Everyone likes a little fun on a Monday night right?

1. The soundtrack of your life
B'day- Beyonce
2. A place you were ten years ago
3. The last time you really laughed
Yesterday when I nearly fell into a pond
4. Something you’ve always wanted to try
Sky diving, i’m a lover of heights

5. Word of the day
6. Five minutes with the President, what do you talk about?
‘Do you think Hillary will redecorate?’
7. A career change tomorrow, to what?
The next Tim Peake
8. Favourite time of the year
September fashion week

9. Inspiration
Diane Von Furstenberg
10. Quote to live by
Slay trick or you get eliminated
11. Catch me reading
American Vogue, Kendall is killing it
12. Guilty pleasure

13. Night in or night out
Always night out
14. Social media
15. A cause you’re passionate about
Gender equality
16. Catch me
Online shopping
17. Trendsetter
Victoria Beckham is the ultimate power dresser

18. A trend that needs to die
Patterned leggings.
Correction: leggings.
19. Designer of the moment?
Olivier Rousteing, does anyone else have an overwhelming
desire to join the Balmain Army?
20. Favourite store
Victoria's Secret
21. Outfit dreams
A bikini a day

22. Relocation destination
23. Go to beauty
Revolution peach lights highlighter
24. Live in LA?
Oh please, the Hills has been my favourite thing since 2006
25. Favourite thing about Winter?
Knee high boots and darker than dark lipstick

26. City
Paris, the fashion capital
27. Vacation where? 
Havana, Cuba. The Chanel cruise show made a case for it
28. Hit by lightning?
Beach parties in a tropical storm are never a good idea
(no I wasn't hit) 
29. Favourite book
The Great Gatsby. Speakeasies and scandal

30. A movie you can quote word for word
Princess Diaries 2
31. Your Olympic Sport
Hula hooping
32. Ultimate crush
Jared Leto, even if he has better hair than me
33. A TV show you wish was still on air
Gossip Girl. Life has never been the same without my weekly dose of Chuck Bass
34. Spirit animal
... Blair Waldorf

35. Weakness
The Irish accent 
36. Lover of
37. Hater of
38. Dreamer of

Don't take life to seriously darlings. 
Be sure to email me your answers or comment, I love to hear from you! 
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Saturday 13 August 2016

Head in the clouds

Poolside favourites; a Summer reading list

If you need a little cry... (or a big one)
Me before you 
By JoJo Moyes

'Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. 
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. 
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.' Amazon SHOP

The sequel to Me Before You...
After you
By JoJo Moyes
'Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life.What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions?Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .' Amazon SHOP 

The thrill...
The Girl on the train
By Paula Hawkins

'Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. 
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…' Amazon SHOP

A fan favourite ...
Harry Potter and the Cursed child
By J K Rowling

'It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.' Amazon SHOP

A world away... 
(The sequel to Billy and Me)
Always with Love
By Giovanna Fletcher

'Sophie's got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of. 
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she's totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy's controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there's more than just miles between them. 
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .' Amazon SHOP

A thought provoking tale...   
A life without you
By Katie Marsh

'Can you ever outrun the past?
It's Zoe's wedding day. She's about to marry Jamie, the love of her life. Then a phone call comes out of the blue, with the news that her mum Gina has been arrested. Zoe must make an impossible decision: should she leave her own wedding to help?
Zoe hasn't seen Gina for years, blaming her for the secret that she's been running from ever since she was sixteen. Now, Gina is back in her life, but she's very different to the mum Zoe remembers. Slowly but surely, Gina is losing her memory.
As she struggles to cope with Gina's illness, can Zoe face up to the terrible events of years ago and find her way back to the people she loves?' Amazon SHOP

Fun, feisty, thrilling and outrageous...
The Singles Game
By Laura Weisberger

'Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.
When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.
Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice. Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?' Amazon SHOP

A little scandalous... 
(The 5th book in the Crossfire series)
One with You
By Sylvia Day

'Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. 
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. 
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart.' Amazon SHOP

Beautiful broken things
By Sara Barnard
'I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie - confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne's past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.' Amazon SHOP 

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Thursday 11 August 2016

The things that make you happy

Challenge: Choose FIVE things that make you happy.
Choose FIVE words that you associate with them.
CHOOSE ONE word that describes why they 
bring you happiness.

inspire, influence, encourage, motivate, power

trend, colour, experiment, freedom, blog

dream, love, adventure, learn, create

culture, history, dine, people, music

dare, beach, love, wander, change

Here you are left with you five keys to your happiness. 
If you don't include them in your everyday life you will ultimately
be overwhelmed, drained and lost. Including those five keys aren't always obvious
but take a moment to think where they derive from? However don't overthink it.
You need to learn to live in your everyday life not just your dream world. 
There you will find peace with yourself.
What makes you happy?

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Playsuit: Topshop  

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Life on the Pacific Coast, Mexico

Dress: H&M
Shoes: River Island
Sunglasses: River Island

Life on the Pacific Coast is a little different.
A little more fulfilling and a little more pleasing.

Imagine a Sunday night spent dancing the streets with your neighbours, watching circus acts or wondering around endless markets filled with local handmade goods and specialities. Whilst I have been on many vacations, primarily in Europe, life on the other side of the globe is a contrast.

Maybe it's the forgetting your everyday life and spending your time as you please, or perhaps its exploring the history and culture of a population who are the most welcoming I have ever seen. Mexico mesmerises you.

With every step you take there is someone ready to take your hand and dance with you, someone who is intrigued by your story and someone who is carefree and already enjoying the moment. It's easy to forget that your 11 hour flight is a world away from those who have forever remained in their hometown. 

Puerto Vallarta lies on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. 
This wonderful city brings together town, ocean and the jungle. Whilst the golden beaches of the Banderas Bay may appeal to some, trekking through the jungle and up into the mountains remain just as appealing, I wish I had all the time in the world. If your a city lover like me it's hard to break away but in a town that has kept tightly hold of its iconic culture you'll still walk around the corner to find your favourites such as Starbucks. This place has transgressed into a new era whilst continuing to bring every treasured aspect of the old on its journey.
It's what you would call paradise.

From the cobbled streets, insanely bright colours, dancing and the desire to entertain, to most of all the people. This really is one of the most magical places I had ever visited. Whilst of course many jetsetters are driven to Cancun and Tulum, I am pleased and feel lucky enough that I have had the opportunity to experience Mexico in all it's glory, the real Mexico (as described by local people).

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Tuesday 9 August 2016

A bikini and a beach

Whether you're a one piece darling or a high waisted honey, buying swimwear is high on the priority list of many who are jetting off to tropical destinations. Whilst brands endlessly promote their extensive range of swimwear that does not always mean that they are able to fulfil your search for the bikini of your dreams.

Everyone has a favourite when it comes to swimwear. Whilst many adore one piece swimsuits, retro tankinis or a two piece plunge my favourite will forever remain a classic cup less two piece. 

Here I give you my favourite places to purchase swimwear. Whilst some are more costly you will certainly find some of your favourite high street brands amongst them! Each of these brands have their own vision but one thing is for sure they remain experimental, bright and fun and so should you.
Victoria's Secret 
Thrills, frills ... you name it.
River Island
Perfect for anything embellished, animal print or high waisted.
Neoprene dreams. Taking vibrant into a new dynamic.

A few more of my favourites ...
Affordable and simplistic, also featuring the Kendall & Kylie collection.

Boux Avenue
The majority of bikinis which are cupped provide you with support whilst 
remaining show stopping. Also always holds a fabulous sale.

Everything you will ever need at a high street price.

For if you're feeling a little daring.

My go to for patterns and prints.

Every type of swimwear you could possibly imagine.

Do you have a favourite swimwear brand?
Be sure to let me know! 
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Monday 8 August 2016

5 Reasons you're in of need A vacay

1. You deserve a break
You're a little overworked, have little time to yourself and you're routine has become a little boring.
Well darling imagine doing absolutely nothing whether thats for a few days or for a few weeks.
Regardless of you're job everyone is entitled to some time off and if you can't book a vacay until later on in the year?
Well you'll just have to choose a place that is a little more tropical. 

2. Flaunt your SS16 wardrobe
Can you think of a more perfect opportunity to flaunt this seasons trends and slay whilst doing it?
It's time for some statement making darling.

3. You're in need of that sun kissed glow
A little sun is always healthy. Whether you're a lover of lying on a beach and sipping on cocktails (like me) or playing volleyball, everyone needs a few sun kisses in their life. 

4. It's all about the digital detox
Perhaps messages or emails are taking over your life? Or social media is a little tedious?
Ditch your technology. Sure a few instagrams here and there never go a miss but breaking away from those that are contributing towards the drag that your daily life has turned into? A few days away never did any harm.

5. Tis the season of frolicking
Summer fling? Keep it sweet and also a little sassy darlings.

Dress: Topshop SHOP HERE
Shoes: River Island
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Jetlag kind of blue

Hi my darlings!
If you're up reading at this time on a Sunday night like me i'm guessing you're 
one: procrastinating two: can't sleep

Who knew jet lag was even a real thing? For someone who survives on four hours of sleep a night I thought I would brush it off in an instance but after an 11 hour flight, in which I couldn't sleep, and multiple naps throughout my day I now well and truly understand.

When I arrived in the gorgeous city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico it was afternoon which with a 3am GMT call time and a six hour time difference left me struggling to stay awake. 

Waking up at 5am the next morning left me with an overwhelming desire to do a little exploring. A stroll along a deserted beach would be first thing on anyones mind, right?

If only every AM was as desirable as the Pacific Coast. 

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