It's around this time of year I jump on board the 'ALL the embellishment' train, because y'know, Autumn. Having spent the past month eyeing up blogger-styled velvet suits and streams of military-style braiding (anyone else swooning over Tommy Hilfiger's latest?), last night provided the perfect opportunity to continue the fixation at the ultra-modern W London Hotel. Introducing luxury Dutch label, Daivor...
Friday, 30 September 2016
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Summer clothes have been stored away, and I'm now in the process of gleefully reuniting with my chunky jumpers and cashmere cardigans. Yay! I'll admit, when the temperature drops I find myself wishing it was acceptable to step outdoors in furry microwaveable slippers (please tell me this isn't just a Brit thing?), however a few recently added 'hero pieces' to my wardrobe are preventing me from inflicting such a cruel sight upon the world. Right now, I'm all about this denim midi skirt designed by Donna Ida for Jaeger, the perfect foundation for a ton of different looks this season...
Saturday, 24 September 2016
I doubt it'll come as a surprise when I say I've found yet another reason to swoon over everything nail related. Now that a new season is underway, Jessica Nails have released Into The Wild c/o, a new collection featuring six gorgeous shades - each one more Autumnal than the last! One thing is for sure, the bottle names do a good job of drawing you in; mysterious and sexy, with a hint of danger...
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
I'll be honest with you, I'm one of those people who throw themselves head first into every season. The very beginning of this month saw me stock up on multi-wick candles and save DIY Halloween posts to my favourites, and so you can pretty much guess my stance on Christmas. You did notice I visited Käthe Wohlfahrt's Christmas shop while in Bruges, right? So, to go hand-in-hand with the A/W collections causing a stir right now, I'm grouping the two seasons together and beginning preparations. Personally speaking, this means continuing my obscene collection of candles, becoming reacquainted with open fires after long, chilly walks and most excitingly of all, starting to build on that Autumn-Winter wardrobe!
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Continuing on from Part One of my Lake District adventures, each day continued to massively differ from the next. Just as I had remembered from my last stay in the area (many years ago), the weather can be bright one day and deliver torrential rain the next. I'll admit to having a serious soft spot for bad weather, I don't mean sprinklings of rain and cloud, but rather the kind of massive downpours that have you looking for cover and clouds that quickly descend over your surroundings! Having said that, after a couple of days of beautifully eerie weather, a break of sunshine provided the perfect opportunity to walk to Rydal Mount, the former home of poet William Wordsworth.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
As much as I understand (and love) the appeal of capturing and sharing moments there-and-then, there's something quite refreshing about occasionally keeping moments entirely to yourself - at least for a little while. Perhaps it's because of this I inadvertently found myself not mentioning visiting the Lake District until I'd returned home. I'll admit, it's strange - ahem, for a blogger! The last time I visited the Lake District was in my early teens, and so my memories mostly consist of impossible yet thrilling hikes, slate mines and finding out my waterproof jacket wasn't quite as waterproof as I'd have liked. So jumping to the start of this month, I found myself on a mission to (quietly) reconnect once more with the mountainous region, sheep and all...
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Whenever I find myself in an apron, I'm usually in the middle of making something sweet. However, I'm by no means a magician in the kitchen. It's because of this I've been in an endless cycle of baking some of the easier sweet treats everyone enjoys such as cookies and sponge cakes, and turning my back on the harder (and undeniably more exciting) recipes. Something I've been dying to try my hand at for months now is macarons, though scared myself off the idea after watching videos online cursing 'pre-separated egg whites' and 'inaccurate almond ratios'. That's where this perfectly curated gluten-free Macaron Making Kit c/o by Mon Dessert comes into play, including pretty much everything you need to reach a delicious outcome. Oh, and did I mention the kit includes gold dust?
Thursday, 8 September 2016
I've been fairly quiet of late thanks to an impossibly relaxing week or so spent in the Lake District; long walks followed by hearty meals and vice versa. However, once again I've returned home to an abundance of sunshine and yet another gentle reminder that summer is still holding on. I mentioned last month that I'd most likely be flip-flopping between clinging onto summer and embracing the upcoming Autumn and well, I suppose this post is evidence of exactly that! And so, as a final farewell to bare arms and sun-kissed skin (yeah, I'm practically translucent come winter), I've popped on this gorgeous floral printed dress from JOY The Store to walk through some of this season's most beautiful heather.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
We've arrived at the second (and final) part of my Bruges travel diary, and I'm already itching to re-pack my bags and return to the historic city! I miss the colourful buildings and clip-clopping sound of horses navigating through the streets, though at least I have a ton of photos to swipe through whenever the place pops into mind. Speaking of which, Part One ended on the afternoon of my birthday, so let's pick things up from there...