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Friday, 26 May 2017

Things To Do This May Bank Holiday Weekend

Strawberry Split Over Glass of ChampagneAnother list?  Yeah babe, but trust me it's with good reason!  The bank holiday weekend is about to kick in and it looks as though it's set to be a gorgeously warm one.  Needless to say, there are tons of things going on across the UK over the next few days, though many of which require booking ahead.  So, if you're a bit of a last-minute merchant and wondering how to make the most of this sunny bank holiday weekend at short notice, read on for some inspiration...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

5 Ways To Dress 'Loud' When You're Feeling Quiet

Blue and white pretty gingham bowSometimes, we feel quiet.  It's natural.  It can be because we're feeling under the weather, hit the gym (or the drinks) too hard the night before, feeling anxious, have things on our mind - the list goes on and on.  But the question is, how to dress 'loud' when you're feeling unnaturally quiet?  I spent last week shaking off that feeling and as a result, came up with a few ideas...

Friday, 19 May 2017

Statement Shirt: The Frillier, The Better?

Cropped Navy Blue Smart ChinosI've mentioned before my tendency to overdress, rather than underdress, right?  Well, this means needing to constantly put together handfuls of outfits each season that sit somewhere in the middle of the scale; ones that suit various occasions without looking totally out of place.  Now the warmer weather is here, my go-to is short-sleeve, or completely sleeveless shirts.  The frillier and fancier, the better!  Don't you just love this flamboyant statement trend?!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Luxurious Ways To Style Chocolate Strawberries (& Gold Leaf)

Luxurious Chocolate Dipped Strawberries BlogThe only thing I love more than eating food, is decorating it.  Better yet, creating something beautiful (and sparkly!) that transforms the ordinary into something much, much more special.  I've wanted to experiment with chocolate strawberries for a little while, and having recently picked up a few sheets of gold leaf, now seemed like the perfect moment!  One thing is for sure, there's no reason to leave it at simply dipping the strawberries in chocolate.  If you're looking to create a platter of eye-catching treats, there are tons of ways to quickly embellish chocolate strawberries - minimal effort, maximum impact!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

NARS Spring Beauty Giveaway (Open Worldwide!)

NARS Worldwide Beauty Blog Giveaway 2017Spring has sprung and both fashion and nature are surrounding us with the prettiest of pinks at every turn.  But what else takes a prettier and more gentle approach come this season?  Makeup!  To celebrate the change in the weather, as well as to thank you all for your continued support of my blog, I've put together a little giveaway.  There will be two winners, each receiving one of the following: NARS Hot Wired Lip Laquer (hot pink) and NARS Baby Girl Single Eyeshadow (light pink).  The winner to respond to their congratulatory email first will be able to choose their prize.  Enter via the Rafflecopter (pick and choose your methods of entry) below for your chance to win!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Riviera Or Regatta?

Ralph Lauren Striped Poplin ShirtdressI've been on a mission lately to find the perfect shirtdress.  Considering I've set myself this challenge many times before, I was completely surprised to actually... find it!  There's something gorgeously preppy and American about a crisp white shirt dress, and even better if it's striped.  I found this beauty online at Ralph Lauren, and noticed they describe it as a Riviera-inspired dress. Personally, I can't shake the idea of it being well-suited to a regatta - and so I've been flip-flopping between the two ideas ever since!    
Ralph Lauren Blue and White Striped Poplin Dress
Halcyon Days White Enamel Bangle
Riviera Regatta Blog Summer Styling

Belt - Ralph Lauren

Bangle - Halcyon Days | Shoes - Lost Ink

Lost Ink Black Elastic Stiletto Heels
Ralph Lauren Black and Silver Circle Loop Belt
Regatta and Riviera Summer Blogger Styling
I'll admit, I'm wearing tights.  It's not quite warm enough to brave bare legs, though it's always a good time to bring out the stiletto heels!  I had completely forgotten about these Lost Ink heels since buying them earlier in the year.  One thing is for sure, they're the most comfortable heels I've worn in a long time, thanks to the elastic straps keeping the feet in place.  Speaking of things forgotten, I discovered this Ralph Lauren belt in a box of belts I thought I'd lost - such a nice surprise!  The logo-embellished loop adds a stylish touch to the look, and one I can see myself always pairing with this dress from now on!
Ralph Lauren Blue White Stripe Shirt Dress
Navy Blue Valentino Lock Stud Medium Bag
So, which keyword does this look bring to the forefront of your mind - Riviera or Regatta?  Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

With love,

Gabrielle x


Friday, 5 May 2017

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock x Debenhams Beauty

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock 50mlI'd literally just finished the last bottle of my winter signature-scent, when Debenhams reminded me we're now halfway through Spring - it's time to look for a new fragrance!  Thanks to Debenhams, I've tried - and fallen head over heels in love with - YSL's new release, Black Opium Floral Shock c/o.  The scent description includes black coffee shaken with bold citrus notes and a 'cool mysterious note' of white musk.  It's undeniably sexy, and the perfect twist on a feminine fragrance - ideal for those of us who want to embrace Spring without compromising our love for edgy, powerful scents.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Date Night x Garden Party

Garden Party Date Outfit StylingThe shift to outdoor events is finally happening as we move into the new month (anyone else feel as though April was a case of 'blink and you miss it'?).  With this shift comes picnics, weddings and outdoor parties - or a mixture of the three!  As I've said many times before, I prefer to overdress than underdress, and so consider this glam look best suited to evening garden parties, dates and possibly weddings.  Though if, like me, you're in a lifelong relationship with stiletto heels, cross your fingers for a patio!

Friday, 28 April 2017

24 Hours In Waddesdon: The Five Arrows Hotel & Waddesdon Manor

Rothschild Waddesdon Manor BuckinghamshireIt's been a week since I set off for Waddesdon ready to spend some time in the area, and I've finally got around to leafing through the photos!  The village is set within the Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, the ideal setting for a brief and tranquil escape.  The main attraction is Waddesdon Manor, a country house originally built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1870s to 'display his collections and entertain the fashionable world'.  We all know I love historic houses and have now visited far too many to count, but even so, I can say with certainty Waddesdon Manor is hands down the most impressive of the bunch.  It takes your breath away.  So, you've travelled miles and miles to see the manor - where to stay?

Monday, 24 April 2017

National Stationery Week: 5 Reasons To Write A Book

Nest UK Stationery Design Blog CollaborationBuy those notebooks, decorate your planner, write that story - it's National Stationery Week!  For all the stationery enthusiasts (waves furiously), this week is an exciting one and not just because social feeds are packed full with gold rulers and fountain pens for the next seven days.  Personally, my appreciation of stationery is mainly aesthetic; by this I mean there's no stopping me when it comes to feather-embellished ballpoints and marble-printed books.  However the true beauty is seen in how well they function. And it seems contemporary design store are of the same stationery-loving mindset, having sent over some dreamy pieces featuring brands such as Hay and Tom Dixon (scroll down for more details!).  To celebrate National Stationery Week, I've shared a handful of reasons as to why you should consider writing a book.  I've written a few books now in my spare time, along with dozens of short stories.  Will they ever be read by others?  Possibly not.  But have I enjoyed writing them?  Hell yeah!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Gingham Obsession

Vero Moda Mini Gingham DressPhew!  I think I'm only just coming out of the chocolate-blur that inevitably occurs over the Easter weekend.  I'm still working my way through a butterscotch chocolate egg (it's like heaven - in egg form) and reminiscing the slow-pace that comes with Bank Holiday weekends.  But I'll stop looking backwards now, especially with such gorgeous days ahead, filled with bright colours and warm evenings!  Speaking of bright colours, I've continued my love for gingham with this pretty little mini dress, pairing it with black and gold accessories to avoid looking as though I'm on my way to the beach.  Roll on warmer days...

Friday, 14 April 2017

The citizenM Tower of London Hotel & St. Katharine Docks

citizenM Tower of London Travel Blog ReviewHappy Easter Weekend!  If you follow along with my Insta-Stories, you'll know that earlier this week I was invited to stay the night at the citizenM Tower of London Hotel.  Having heard good things about the fabulous views from the place, I was really looking forward to checking out the contemporary hotel.  My first impression?  Considering the hotel only opened its doors last summer, it does a brilliant job at making you feel right at home...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

10 Dreamy Things To Do This Spring/Summer

Things to do in England in good weather spring/summerToday has been ridiculously lovely; I went on a road trip to explore the most beautiful gardens in the most beautiful weather.  On my way home (stopping for ice cream), I started wondering about all of the things that suddenly become possible, or at least more attractive, come Spring/Summer.  Needless to say, there are hundreds of options, but for now I've put together 10 dreamy suggestions!  Oh and do let me know in the comment section below what events/activities you associate with these gorgeous warmer months of the year...

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Double Denim (The Subtle Way)

Double Denim Styling a Pencil Skirt
I have a habit of becoming super-enthusiastic with the arrival of each new season, but I really can't contain myself with this one. Spring has sprung, and I couldn't be happier!  There's only so many cold and rainy days I can take in a row, before they stunt productivity and see me dreaming of beaches.  Speaking of which, at some point in the far future I can definitely see myself moving somewhere with a much warmer climate all year-round.  Anyway, with the seasonal-wardrobe changeover complete and the prospect of bare legs being justifiable after many months undercover, I've shown some love for double denim styling - the subtle way!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Blue Skies Over Granville, France

Granville Port in Normandy, FranceAs I mentioned earlier this month in my Mont Saint-Michel travel diary, I'd also made the most of my time in Normandy by checking out some other areas.  Keeping in mind I was only in France for a few nights, most of the time was spent exploring local cafés on foot.  Although, I did take along my camera to Granville, a seaside resort of Mont Saint-Michel Bay at the end of the Côte de Havres and with a population of under 15,000.  The weather was on its absolute best behaviour, meaning clear blue skies and a beautiful warm, springtime temperature...

Monday, 27 March 2017

Mii Cosmetics Spring Collection & Other Faves

Beauty Blog Favourites Spring 2017Each and every time Mii Cosmetics bring out a new collection, I spend the next month or so raving about how much I love their products.  So many of their releases over the past year have become staple pieces in my day-to-day makeup routines!  This month, the brand has revealed their Spring collection, Cherish Mii.  The collection consists of Beautifying Brow Wands, two new Passionate Lip Lover shades and a gorgeous new Couture Eye Colour Compact.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Meeting Styling: Feminine & Powerful

Regardless of how you spend your time and the role(s) you fill, at some point or another meetings will crop up.  And nine times out of ten, they're the kind that leave you wondering how smart is too smart, and how casual is too casual.  Cue the concept of a casual yet powerful outfit, and one that still enables you to express your femininity.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint Michel Travel Blogger ReviewThere are some places I've liked visiting , and some I've loved visiting - the difference being whether or not the location leaves a lasting impression.  Sure, while in Normandy last week I'd travelled to Mont Saint-Michel expecting to enjoy my time there, though I absolutely wasn't expecting to still be thinking about the island one week later.  It's safe to say it's now one of my favourite French destinations!  So, what makes Mont Saint-Michel so special?  And how does it manage to make such an impact on an overcast day during mid-season?

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Art Of A Slow Weekend

For the past few days, I've been exploring Mont St Michel and its surrounding areas; pretty much walking and eating my way through France.  It's been beyond incredible and I'm still adjusting to the fact I'm not currently surrounded by five different languages while eating a crêpe au sirop d'érable!  Anyway, I let out a massive sigh this morning when I remembered I'd cancelled this weekend's plans - assuming I'd be too tired.  Honestly?  I'm not at all tired, but I'm still not re-making those plans.  Instead, I'm learning to appreciate the occasional 'slow weekend'.  You know, the relaxing kind that involves a ton of candles, and 100% prepares you for the week ahead.  But the question is, what separates a slow weekend from a dull one?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

From Day To Night x Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger Blog Collaboration 2017I can't remember when I first wore a peplum, but whenever it was, it was a great decision.  And now, my love for the style has reached a new high, resulting in double-peplum styling.  Is that enough?  Probably not.  But before I consider options to bring in a third peplum (oops), I've been looking at ways of styling one of my old favourites.  This white shirt was skating on thin ice, close to being throw out of my wardrobe - until a faux leather peplum crop caught my eye.  Combine the double-peplum with a love for athleisure, and a rather gorgeous new tote by Kurt Geiger, and you've got a look that moves comfortably from day to night...
Womens Edgy White Shirt Styling
Kurt Geiger Violet Horizontal Black Tote
Astley Clarke Four Leaf Clover Biography Pin

Shirt - Ralph Lauren  |  Top - Zara Faux Leather Strappy Top  |  Leggings - Kyodan

Pin - Astley Clarke Four Leaf Clover  |  Scarf - Jaeger

Kurt Geiger Black Leather Tote
Monochrome and Minimal Athleisure Styling
Nude and Black Minimal Nail Art
UK Fashion and Personal Style BloggerI love combining the ordinary with the slightly unexpected.  In this case, a plain white shirt with a peplum and layered with another faux leather peplum, sports leggings featuring mesh lattice detailing, and a nude manicure broken up with black dots.  But the true 'hero piece' of this look has to be the Violet Horizontal Tote by Kurt Geiger.  The soft leather comprises light pebbling and oversized design, and the relaxed style is so appealing - I can't be the only one who feels as though they have one million and one things to carry?!  I can see the tote becoming a favourite of mine when travelling thanks to its generous size, though for now I'm marvelling at how easily it can be taken from day-to-night on a more regular basis.  Along with carrying everything ready for the evening - from a change of shoes and mongolian fur scarf to extra jewellery and perfume -  it looks ridiculously stylish.  Seriously, can we talk about this perfect raw-cut leather?!
Kurt Geiger Violet Horizontal Tote Blog Collaboration
Jaeger Black Mongolian Fur Scarf
Hold up your hand if you love pins!  Funnily enough, I wasn't a huge fan of pins until this year.  Recently, I did a massive 180 and fell in love with the beauties after discovering the Biography Pin range at Astley Clarke.  At first glance, a teeny-tiny Four Leaf Clover stole my heart, although after seeing the brand's images of entire pockets covered with pins, I doubt my obsession will end here. Anyway, to avoid being the only tiny-gold-pin-fanatic I know, I've listed a few other gorgeous Astley Clarke designs below for you to check out!

Fashion Blog Monochrome and Minimal Styling
UK Minimal Fashion and Style Blogger
This tote has actually solved a dilemma for me, as I planned to get through a (huge) backlog of magazines while travelling to France next week, and had no idea how I was going to transport them - problem solved!  Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this outfit - do you prefer the look by day, or the subtle changes that take it to night?

With love,

Gabrielle x


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

6 Ways To Prepare For Spring

Pretty Pink Spring Flatlay  Today, it was warm enough to go outside without a jacket.  I know, finally!  Let's just ignore for a moment that I was uh, still needing to wear boots and a cashmere cardigan.  Anyway, now seems like a pretty good time to start thinking about ways to welcome the new season, and to prepare for all it brings.  There are thousands of ways to prepare for Spring, six of which I've listed below as a sort of mini-brainstorm ready for the brighter months ahead.  Read on, and let me know your ways/ideas for gearing up for Spring - here's to brighter mornings!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Magic Of Cardigan Coats

Fashion blog dressing up a cardigan coatSnow?!  Yeah, I shot this look a few weeks ago and realised I should probably share it now, considering how quickly the seasons are changing over!  It seemed to start shifting almost immediately as the month of March kicked in, and I'm hugely grateful because I think the constant dreary weather wasn't doing my mood any favours.  Anyway, while in a kind of 'go big or go home' mood, instead of dressing down an outfit to allow one statement piece to stand out, I tried mixing them together - a celebration of loud pieces, I guess!  Speaking of which, I've developed a whole new love for cardigan coats (totally the unsung hero of our wardrobes), and never more so than when they contribute to a bold look without taking any of the 'magic' away.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Worldwide Giveaway: Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg

One of the first (and best) signs of Easter being just around the corner, is undoubtedly the appearance of Hotel Chocolat's Easter range, right?!  I may or may not have already worked my way through two of their Caramel Egg Sandwiches and an Egg On My Face slab.  Anyway, if you answered 'yes!' to my last question, then you'll be pleased to hear I've teamed up with Hotel Chocolat to give one lucky reader the chance to win their very own lip-smackingly delicious Rocky Road to Caramel egg!  The Extra Thick egg comprises half caramel chocolate and half 40% milk chocolate with cookies and puffed rice, and filled with seven delicious Hotel Chocolat recipes (inc. Caramel Cheesecake and Billionaire's Shortbread).  Weighing 500g, it's the perfect Easter indulgence.  Good luck!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Transitional Styling: Tuxedo Jacket

Fashion Blogger Styling Black Tuxedo JacketGrowing up, I remember teasing my mum about the sheer volume of jackets and coats she'd amassed.  Well, the jokes on me because I can barely breathe these days underneath my pile of jackets!  No complaints here though, and especially not when it comes to the dilemma of transitional styling.  I'm trying to think ahead right now for the sake of March, by finding ways to bridge the gap between Winter and Summer styling.  My favourite realisation so far?  Tuxedo Jackets are (still) pretty amazing.
Fulton Lulu Guinness Stickers Umbrella
Long Blonde Hair Looking Out Over Cityscape
Styling a Black French Connection Tuxedo Jacket

Tuxedo Jacket - French Connection

T-shirt - Minimum 

Shoes -  & Other Stories

Umbrella - Lulu Guinness Superslim 2 Stickers c/o Fulton Umbrellas
Styling a Black Tuxedo Jacket Playful Twist
Donna Ida for Jaeger Black Denim Jeans
UK Fashion and Personal Style Blogger 2017
Handmade Velvet Embellished Black ChokerI have a big fat issue with dressing separately for day and night, and by this I mean I love bringing elements of 'night dressing' into daytime.  Needless to say, tuxedo jackets totally play into this.  Add a pair of statement earrings and heels, but then tone it down with a casual printed/graphic tee and you've successfully blurred the line!  The umbrella seen in this post is another head-turning accessory that playfully refreshes a tuxedo jacket and I love it.  Designed by Lulu Guinness for Fulton, it features a lightweight frame and recognisable Lulu Guinness branding - which I matched with a DIY velvet choker (anyone else addicted to making chokers?!).
Fulton Lulu Guinness Black Stickers Umbrella
Daniel Wellington Classic Black Reading Watch
Fulton Lulu Guinness Superslim 2 Stickers UmbrellaI'm sure the next couple of months will see me bounce around from sheepskin coats to lightweight jackets and from chunky knits to cropped tees.  When the weather can't make up its mind, nor can our wardrobes, right?!  Anyway, hope you all have a lovely week ahead - and I look forward to reading your thoughts on tuxedo jackets!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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