If you are anything like me, I get so so excited when a personalised, beautiful invitation drops through my letterbox to one of my beloved friends or family members weddings? Whether you have been invited to an autumnal affair, summer stylish or winter wonderland wedding it can be so difficult however to navigate the fine line between being church chic and that innate fear of upstaging the bride.
I had my own magical wedding day in October 2021 and as the UK was still recovering from the COVID pandemic, we decided to keep it an extremely small party with just our parents and my brother in attendance. We decided to get married in October as I love the change of colours of the trees, the autumn hues were a lovely backdrop to my beautiful tea dress and I decided to spice up my understated dress with a faux fur stole and black lace stiletto heels. It was a truly perfect day.
When it comes to being a guest at a loved ones wedding however, what is your usual go to outfit? Are you a fan of a simple colour block fitted pencil or a floaty boho flowery dress or do you prefer a geometric wide leg jumpsuit or a classic tuxedo like Carrie in the sex and the city movie?
I personally usually err on the side of a simple dress or jumpsuit and then make a statement with chunky earrings, jewellery and a killer pair of heels or wedges to add my unique touch. This is a great way of navigating wedding season without having to buy a brand new outfit for each one. Find a well made, simple canvas and change it up with your accessories dependent on the weather and wedding style.
Regardless of what your go to ensemble is, the number one aim of wedding season is to celebrate all things LOVE and just remember how beautiful and special it is that you were asked to be a part of someone’s most intimate and emotional day of their lives 😊
If you are in the Southern Hemisphere like myself then you also will be experiencing the winter weather synonymous with the Christmas period approaching. What better way to warm your hearts (and toes) than by going to the cinema to watch the newest release of the incredible house of Gucci?
As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I had to watch it. Gucci has always been one of those powerhouse brands which I admired as a young child – the infamous GG’s emblazoned on handbags, belts and shoes to name a few.
Like so many people I’m sure however, I was completely unaware that Maurizio Gucci was assassinated on the steps of his Milan office by someone I did not expect! (No spoilers don’t worry!)
The movie originally is set in the 1970s through to the 90s and straight away the chic Italian style of the main characters are apparent. I love the bold colour blocking and head scarves worn by Lady Gaga. It reminds me of that bygone era of women driving in open top convertibles ensuring their hair stayed picture perfect under a scarf.
Her wedding dress was utterly breathtaking too with beautiful vintage lace and a timeless high/ low design. The long sleeves kept it elegant and appropriate for a church venue.
I felt completely saddened about the circumstances of Maurizio’s death especially as he did not initially want to take over his family legacy. Patrizia really helped him to make the decision as she wanted their family name to move with the times and bring the fashion house back into the forefront of people’s minds and wardrobes.
The best decision to help turn the Gucci name into what we know and love today was Tom Ford taking on the role of creative director. His first catwalk collection under the Gucci guise caused shock and admiration to rumble through the audience but he truly infused some je ne sais quoi into the brand.
All the Gucci family wanted was to keep the label within their family as many houses try to do but it is a lot easier said than done. Versace managed to do this with Donatella stepping into the hot seat but unfortunately for that family also it was plagued with an assassination of Gianni Versace.
The movie truly did not disappoint though and I hope if you do get to watch it, it will prompt you to go and research the true story as I did directly afterwards. Even amongst the death and destruction, there is a true beauty to Patrizia and Maurizio’s love story.
To my lovely fashion loving followers, have you seen the Netflix documentary about the extraordinary woman who edited Italian Vogue? If not, watch it NOW! For this months edition we are doing a deep dive into all things Vogue.
During this strange period of COVID and how it relates to fashion, one person who I have admired who has always pushed the boundaries between current news and fashion is Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani who reported controversial topics until her heartbreaking death in 2016.
Can you my dear readers think back to a headline that really struck a chord with you either emotionally, politically or spiritually? One situation recently where I remember feeling a sense of overwhelming emotion was when we went for our first COVID -19 vaccine. I remember walking into the vaccination centre feeling like this is something hopefully the rest of the world is going to experience and we are all working towards a common goal on the planet of eradicating the virus from our generation and generations to come hopefully for good.
One article from Italian Vogue which really resonated with me is the article that this amazing woman published about the oil spill in Mexico – Deepwater Horizon. Franca did a heartfelt piece on how the oil spill affected marine life and biodiversity with models posing with oil covering their bodies and it really struck a chord with me. My day job is working in the Oil and Gas industry and seeing those images made me think long band hard about the impact I myself am having on the world.I genuinely feel like renewable energy is the way forward in 2021 and it’s something I would like to explore deeper in my career but I love how she just pushed those controversial topics into a different ether and tested those boundaries.
The world has evolved so much, fashion has become pretty much on the back burner whilst the human race globally survive this pandemic but also where there is a will, there is a way! Now face masks have become a fashion statement have you noticed? What’s your mask of choice? It can literally be Gucci, Prada or H&M as long as it matches your outfit. Have you found your style of choice?
One thing I really hope will return even with all of the restrictions of the UK leaving the EU is being able to still afford sustainable fashion. One amazing talenof this is my mother handed down to me a Burberry trench coat which she wore in her 20s which I still wear each year in my mid 30s. The leather cuffs are worn and the shoulders are shabby but I still love wearing it as to me what is vintage is wearing a trench coat that my mum used to wear at my age. Have any of you got a family heirloom which has been passed down to you? Do you frequent vintage shops for classic finds or raid your own parents wardrobes?
What I loved about Franca Sozzani and something that I believe will be her lasting legacy was that she blurred the boundaries between fashion and real life journalism from the war in Afghanistan to celebs going to rehab or having plastic surgery – no subject was off limits and I loved that about Franca. She did not shy away from controversial topics and for that amongst many things you will always be remembered Franca ❤️ May your memory live on always and forever ❤️.
Good afternoon to you my warmer temperatures lovers,
First off, where have the last few months gone? Even though we have been in a near enough year long lockdown in the UK, the months have just flown by. I hope that you and your families are all safe and well wherever in the world you may be.
A lot has changed for me personally in the last few months. I am proud to say I am now a home owner (eek whoever would have of thought it) so it has been a whirlwind so far of renovations, paint getting into places that it shouldn’t and also some time to just enjoy being still and quiet in the garden.
Have any of you found during the pandemic you really struggled with feeling cooped up and not being able to be outside? We spent the whole of winter in a rented house without a garden and I can safely say now I cannot get enough of having a patch of turf to call my own!
I hope that in your own countries restrictions are also starting lift slightly? I cannot tell you how happy I was yesterday to be able to go and have my nails done. It isn’t even just the fact they look nice, it’s just so amazing to feel pampered and relaxed for that hour. I am not a huge make up person (mainly because I do not even know where to start with all of the blushers and eyeshadows) but I do like to have my eyebrows shaped and my hands and toes to be manicured. What is your pamper treat of choice?
I know for a lot of men at the moment the one thing they cannot wait to have is a haircut. There is only so much slicking back or wearing a cap a man can do, am I right? I have giggled so much seeing all the memes of home hair cuts going completely wrong. I am sure we all have thought I can use a pair of scissors how hard can it be, much to our dismay when it goes catastrophically wrong 😊
Have any of you managed to go out for a meal or for a drink in a pub beer garden yet also? I have managed to book a Sunday dinner this weekend in a pub garden and on the reservation it said to bring warm clothing as heaters are limited! I think we will be happy to go out in a beanie hat and scarf, as long as we can have food that we haven’t had to cook ourselves at the moment. Haha.
Whatever it is that you are most looking forward to about life getting back to some sense of normality, still remember to stay safe, look after each other and most importantly dress to impress at every occasion from now onwards.
As is much of the world right now, the UK is in our second lockdown of the year. When I saw the news of this announcement from our prime minister, I like many people felt a familiar sense of doom and found myself saying “oh no, not again!” This negative outlook did not last long however as I decided in that moment that I am going to do this lock down differently. Hopefully with these top 5 tips, it may help you see the light at the end of the tunnel also. This months post is all things POSITIVE 😊
1) Be at one with nature.
During the first few months of this year, we actually moved home from the bustling hub of London to the rural countryside of the Dales. I have always been a outdoorsy person, preferring long walks or bike rides in the forest to busy, loud bars at the weekend and I literally feel in my element having so much green space on my doorstep. Even if you live in a busy city, really try to make the concerted effort to take an hour at lunch to go for a walk in a local park or if you are fortunate to have a back garden, go out and tend to your veggie patch or walk a friends dog around the block. I cannot stress enough how being in the fresh air does absolute wonders for your well-being.
2) Make an effort with your appearance.
If like me, your working from home attire has been comfy loungewear and a messy up do for the last six months, you will be amazed at how much better you will feel blow drying your hair or putting on a little mascara. I make a concerted effort on the weekend to put on a nice outfit or make myself feel good by having a pamper session at home because self love is incredibly important, even more so in these difficult times.
3) Stay in contact with your family and friends
Just because we are unable to see our loved ones at the moment, still let them know they are in your thoughts by having a once a week video call or just sending each other silly memes throughout the day. Many people are alone at the moment and even though they have family members close by, it can still be incredibly lonely so sometimes just a 5 minute catch up can really make someone’s day. Anyway, who doesn’t love a good belly laugh when they can!
4) Take regular breaks from your home office.
I am incredibly fortunate at the moment to be able to do my day job from home 100% of the time which I am more than grateful for. One thing that I’ve really noticed though is are you also getting so many more emails and teams calls now? Can you relate?
I went through a bit of a hard time about 6 months into lockdown where I felt like I didn’t have much of a work/ life balance because even though we are at home it can be easy to forget that we still need to take a lunch break or to make a cup of tea. Things which are usually part of your working day can sometimes take the back seat which is why it’s imperative to still get up from your desk at least once every hour to stretch your legs or have a glass of water. It is not sustainable to be “on” all the time, be kind to yourself!
5) Time to look within
Although 2020 has not panned out the way many of us would have ever imagined so far this year, one of the real positives I have found during this time is we have never had more of an opportunity to be at home with our families more than now. Usually we are caught up in the daily rat race of commuting to work, perhaps school runs or extra curricular activities or taking part in sports or working out in the gym, when that has been taken away though, what are we left with? Ourselves and a whole lot of reflection time. Are you using this time wisely if you are being honest with yourself? Are you unhappy in your current role or career path? Unhappy with your level of health or fitness? Or perhaps just stuck in a rut? I can tell you for me personally, I have really struggled to write this blog during this time because it can feel inauthentic to be talking about fashion, lifestyle or holiday destinations when there is so much devastation worldwide right now. But I have come to realise upon reflection that I feel creatively at ease as soon as pen hits the paper every time I sit down to write an entry. THIS is my happy place. Have you found yours?
Firstly, I sincerely apologise for my lack of posts in the last six months, I know – can you believe it’s been six months already – we are already into Autumn of 2020.
I just felt what with all of the devastation the pandemic has caused (and still causing sadly), it was insensitive to be writing about Fashion or lifestyle when let’s face it, if you are like me you’ve lived in shorts, t shirts and a messy bun whilst working from home all summer anyway.
But, I can assure you I have not forgotten about my lovely readers and I have genuinely missed bringing you all thought provoking content each month. I sincerely hope you and your families are keeping safe and well in these troubling times.
For this months post though I wanted to open up the floor to you. What has been the biggest challenges for you during these last few months? Has it been not being able to visit elderly grandparents or relatives, parents or siblings? Has it been getting all the way to the supermarket, only to realise you left your face covering at home? Overuse of hand sanitiser or face coverings leaving your faces and hands bruised and chapped? Has it been the daily pandemic update on the news causing you worry or stress? Or was it, trying to think of creative ways to entertain your children whilst we were all forced to stay at home? Perhaps it was all of the above?
I can completely understand why there has been a huge spike in individuals suffering with their mental health or feeling worried about how to keep their loved ones safe? But in all of this, one really positive side I have seen is how some of the best side of humanity has also been shown. The sheer scale of people donating home made face shields, the amount of money raised by everyday people in support and the clap for the NHS on a Thursday evening was an incredible, albeit small part of the display.
Have you thought about what little things you can do to make yourself feel good in these times though? We have recently moved into a new home in the rural countryside and for me, my simple pleasures have been going for a jog around the country lanes or at the weekend putting on a little mascara or a pair of jeans just to make it feel a little different from every other day!
Your health inside and out depends on these daily little acts of kindness to YOU! Giving yourself that pamper night – painting your nails or relaxing in a hot, Himalayan salt bath, calling your best friend to have a catch up about normal things or even having a great, big belly laugh at a silly movie curled up under a blanket with some popcorn. Try it, you will be amazed at how you feel 😊
It has always amazed me how a certain scent, item of clothing or hair style (Kenzo flower, a multi coloured corduroy miss sixty skirt and who can forget the “Rachel hairstyle for me) can bring back thoughts of your younger years in an instant. For this months post, I wanted to delve into the world of nostalgia; and in my case the 90s and 00s and how style has evolved over the decades.
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I have such fond memories of where my foray into the fashion world began. I always loved pouring over fashion magazines and influences for me as a teenager were from Top of the Pops on a Friday night and the annual Oscars ceremony from Hollywood where I looked on in wonder at the cutting edge creations which adorned the movie stars.
Although I admired the body con style of dresses that girls from my school would wear when we were old enough to go out, with my swimmers shoulders and tomboy, athletic build that look was not for me. As soon as I saw Kate Moss however, I knew that I had found my muse. With her understated hair, bare faced beauty and bohemian style I was hooked. I was the only one out of my group of friends who would wear an ankle grazing skirt, plain vest and flip flops to a club and some of the looks from the glamorous girls in the bars were to be desired but I have always been comfortable in the fact that I know what suits my body and confidence comes from being unequivocally YOU.
Growing up I remember the excitement of going to the Brand Centre which was a huge clothing store near to where I live at the weekend. With every designer from high street to high end there really was something for anyone there and I would be so excited if I managed to bag a steal in the bargain corner! Haha. From Evisu denim bomber jackets to Maharishi embroidered cargo trousers I loved the versatility of teaming these incredible one off pieces with a simple top and accessories or over a evening dress and heels – the key was mixing and matching.
As I’ve got older, my style is a lot more paired back now as my 9 to 5 is in the Corporate world. Weekdays are filled with fitted dresses, suit jackets and court shoes, although I still love the thrill of purchasing classic, timeless pieces which will stand the test of the relentless fashion cycle – you seriously cannot beat a well made, elegant overcoat or a silky soft pair of leather boots. Although the cost may be slightly higher than the high street, I still have a leather jacket which I’ve had since my 16th birthday which comes out every year – believe me the cost per wear is incredible.
Sometimes in these cold winter months when we feel like we are habitual night creatures going to and coming home from work in the dark, sometimes seeing a certain brand on someone you walk past in the street or seeing a pop of colour in a colleagues umbrella can transport you to those heady days of school holidays and planning an outfit for your prom and you just cannot help but smile.
Besides, who doesn’t like to feel young every once in a while hey! Pull out those retro Moschino trousers, pair them with an oversized knit and you are winter 2019 ready.
Good day to you my olive loving, fetalicious globetrotters,
I hope you all had an amazing summer and made lots of holiday memories. We not so long ago got back from the amazing island of Santorini and I certainly left with a heavy heart as I had the most amazing time. With the white washed, blue domed buildings, quiet sandy beaches and unbelievable local produce, for this months post I thought I would deep dive into this incredible place.
For this years summer vacation we had a handful of locations in mind but as soon as we saw the pictures and read the reviews we were sold on this magical gem in Greece. As soon as we had made our reservation the excited countdown began. After lots of research about the best places to stay we decided on Perissa, which with the black sandy beach on the doorstep of our incredible accommodation, Petri Suites we were over the moon as soon as walked into our room. With the white cave exposed walls, huge double sinks and fluffy robes and matching slippers it instantly felt like home. Also who doesn’t love an egg chair?
Our days were filled with swimming in the ocean and lunches over looking the crystal clear waters. One of our favourite spots was a restaurant called La plage noire. The squid and calamari were the freshest we could imagine and their crab and mango salad is a must try.
We even managed to head out on a fishing trip off the coast. The morning started off with a short sail to pick up the nets from the previous night to see what had been snapped up and we then headed to a secluded cove where we could go snorkelling, try our own hand at fishing and to just seal the deal whatever was caught was barbecued on the boat and we had it for lunch. Could you possibly get any fresher I hear you say?
Our nights were filled with visiting the many quaint towns which were easily accessible as we managed to hire a car for a week during our stay which is definitely a good idea should you visit. Every town has its own unique style however the sunsets never failed to disappoint no matter what location we watched them in. From Oia to Thira to cosy courtyard al fresco dining in Megalochori, the feta, cherry tomatoes, olives and my favourite – watermelon were mouth watering wherever we went.
The local wines were incredible too, each time we usually asked the restaurant staff to recommend a local vineyards wine to try and if you are a bit of a grape lover than the bottles from Sigallas Estate and Venetesanos were our particular top choices. We even partook in a wine tasting experience at the latter which was a first for me and it definitely did not disappoint. The pairings of crab croquettes with a soft white wine and rich dark meat with a bold red were a shock to the senses.
I couldn’t talk about Santorini if I didn’t go into the unbelievable sunsets they have pretty much every night there. As the sun began to set around 7.15pm, the sky was ablaze with burnt oranges, fiery reds and then the sun would just disappear into the ocean before your very eyes. What I loved about this island is, that no matter where you are, the restaurants and bars all have a perfectly placed terrace or veranda to easily add to your photo album each evening and bathe in its ethereal, romantic glow with your loved one.
I know that a destination has made an impression on me when a smile tugs at the corners of my mouth as soon as I reminisce about it and this is definitely the case with Santorini. It has the perfect mix of places to explore and is the ultimate in relaxing and chilled if you want to unplug and unwind from the stresses of our careers. It also holds a special place in my heart, because this is where I got engaged – such an amazing surprise and obviously I’m ecstatic. Whatever special memories you want to make in your own lives, this island is definitely going to help you make them.
Good afternoon to you my travel loving trendsetters,
This past weekend I returned back from a business trip to attend a training course. Although I have been to Texas once before, this time around I got to see and do a bit more to experience the great hospitality and homeliness in Houston.
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On the first day I arrived in the US, I was taken to my hotel which was the Sorella in the City Centre and the pictures definitely did not disappoint. The rooms were modern, airy and spacious and the pool area was almost magical when it was lit up with twinkly lights after sunset. I spent my evenings meandering the pedestrianised walkways window shopping and deciding what restaurant to try next. (If you are ever in the area, I would really recommend the Smokehouse for their huge selection of barbecued meats and delicious salads)
I had heard that July was a particularly hot month in Texas but the humidity that sends your senses into overdrive the minute you step outside was definitely something to get acclimatised to. As usual, I was faced with the conundrum of what to pack which was both professional, office attire but also light and cool. I settled on fit and flare styles in bright prints with tanned Ralph Lauren sandals or knee length floaty dresses with embellished flats. I am sure those on my course could definitely tell I wasn’t from the US not only from my accent. Haha.
With Houston being a predominately Oil and Gas city, as you can imagine there were designer shops mixed in with your usual high street favourites catering for all bank balances and occasions. Some of the cars which were being valet parked outside my hotel were incredible too – a particular favourite of mine was this postbox red Ferrari.
One of the things which astounded me before and was proven once again on this trip is that southern charm really is infectious. From taxi drivers to restaurant staff, everyone was so friendly and genuinely seemed interested in your day which is so refreshing. With our busy lives working and living in London it can sometimes be a struggle to forget about the stresses of the day and smile 😊
Although my trip was short in duration, it definitely left a lasting memory in my mind. I love travelling – experiencing new walks of life and cultures and I can pretty much guarantee that no matter which city you visit in America, it will be completely different from the last in a good way.
From earlier posts you would know that I LOVE travel. Whether it be practising yoga amongst the rice paddy fields in Bali or relaxing on the beach in Cyprus – I am in my element. For the past few months however, I have stayed a little closer to home and visited some beautiful places within the UK. For this months post I wanted to delve into the garden just beyond our doorsteps.
My parents have been taking me on holiday since I was three years old, my first destination being Portugal. Although I cannot remember that trip specifically, the bug must have stuck because as I’ve got older I have tremendously enjoyed researching new countries to visit – either going with family, friends, as a couple or on my own! I guess, I just never really considered staying in the UK for my summer holiday – boy was I wrong though.
I love this time of year in the UK. When the sun is shining, everything just seems to come alive. The grass looks greener, the flowers in full bloom and it just makes me want to get outside and enjoy nature at its finest.
Growing up as a teenager I loved Kate Moss, as I can imagine many girls my age did at the time. I remember reading an interview she gave where she said that when she wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of London she went to her country home in the Cotswolds, only a few hours away so that was our first short weekend break location. We spent our days filled with long forest hikes, stopping off for quaint country pub lunches and finding local gems to explore for our evening entertainment.
Our next stop was Warwickshire. When we were looking for places to stay the Wroxall lodge and spa was our instant favourite. The mansion has been standing since the 1800s, and I loved how it still had original features like the bell telephone system and the ornate fireplaces in each room. Around every country bend there was another cosy pub which were mostly dog and children friendly. We instantly felt like we were welcome and one of the locals. If you are staying in this area, for a great coffee spot try the Cowshed and for dinner you must secure a reservation at Robbie’s restaurant. On our last night, we had a seven course french taster menu which was simply out of this world and great value for money.
Including a weekend stop over in Bath last year and several trips to the North East under my belt, I can safely say my passport is staying put for the time being as there are still so many exciting areas I would love to explore on our green shores.