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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 Nest.co.uk 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!
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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!
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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

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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!
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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.
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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!
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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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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Denim Dungarees x Brighton Pier

Fashion blogger styling denim dungarees
While in Brighton the weekend before last, I took the opportunity to whip out one of my favourite purchases of the year so far - denim dungarees!  With a newfound love for pieces designed by Donna Ida for Jaeger since styling a midi skirt for Autumn and swapping skinny jeans for flares, I picked up these gorgeous dungarees last month after spotting them in the sale.  I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing them appear time and time again on A Glass Of Ice, though for now they can be found on Brighton Pier, basking in the sun...
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekend Break In Brighton

Brighton Harbour Hotel White BuildingHaving only ever made fleeting visits to the seaside town (and not for many years), last weekend I was very excited to hit the road and stay the night in a room with a sea view.  Even though there's plenty to do in Brighton on a short break, it really brought the goods when it came to relaxation.  By the end of my stay, I could physically feel my pace slowing and shoulders lowering.  Bliss. So, you've got 24 hours to play with - how do you spend your time in Brighton?
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Morning Run Overlooking Brighton Beach

Ivy Park UK Fitness Blog
Rewind to last weekend when I was spending a couple of days in the beautiful seaside town of Brighton, and I could be found running alongside the seafront with a hazy view of Brighton Pier in the distance.  Needless to say, these photos were taken before I'd ran my way into a sweaty mess!  Knowing it was going to be an unusually sunny winter's day, I headed out early in the morning to avoid the crowds (which believe me were insane) and watched the town spring into action: beach hut stalls opening, yogi practising a Sun Salutation, builders beginning work and tourists eventually heading onto the pebble-filled beach.  Dressed in head-to-toe new activewear from JDSports, I got to see Brighton at its very best.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making Of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Scale Model Hogwarts CastleHave you ever admired somewhere without it actually dawning on you that you could visit there yourself?  That's been my situation with the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London; forever lusting after that famous scale model of Hogwarts Castle and yet never making the time to visit.  Anyway, after having watched all seven films in 48 hours in December with my brother, we decided to book tickets to immerse ourselves in all things Harry Potter by setting off for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London! Enter the Wizarding World...
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Dressing Up Athleisure: Gold Pleats & Fishnets

Black fishnet ankle socks
As you can tell from the occasional white spotting across these images - it's been snowing!  I feel as though I've been waiting forever for the white fluffy stuff, and ironically it finally started falling while  I was wearing a cropped sweater.  So I guess the moral of the story is... to be careful what you wish for!  Anyway, I've mentioned before I have a pretty extensive collection of activewear, and so needless to say I've been adoring the athleisure hype.  Some say it's dying a grim death, others are hugging their trainers.  Me?  I'll forever be on board, so long as I'm able to dress it up every now and again.  Cue my current fave stilettos and a gold pleated skirt...
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Fabienne Egger Floristry Class At Morton's Club London

Event at Morton's Private Member Club in LondonRegardless of the topic, I've noticed I tend to sneak some form of nature into each blog post in one way or another.  So, you can imagine my delight at spending yesterday afternoon knee deep in flowers!  Better yet, knee deep in flowers at the Morton's Club in London's Mayfair and in a beautifully bright, fresh space.  Early in the afternoon, I made my way in the sunshine to the private member's club, where the media were to be introduced to both Fabienne Egger and her new venue for Floristry Classes.  With a schedule of creating a luxurious table centre design, followed by the chance to create a picture-perfect flower frame, I put my apron on and prepared to get stuck in...
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

24 Hours In Stratford-upon-Avon

Old fashioned black telephoneIf you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I ended last month with a visit to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Although it's one of England's most popular areas for tourism, I'd never visited before, and so to spend some time soaking up the atmosphere and checking out some of the most popular sites was a brilliant way to see through the end of January (my least favourite month).  I'm an advocate of going off the beaten track, though where the quaint town of Stratford-upon-Avon is concerned, I'd suggest the popular sites are popular for a reason...
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Friday, 3 February 2017

Bringing Spring To Your Winter Wardrobe

UK fashion blog glasshouse photoshootWith so many beautiful Spring pieces starting to hit stores, it can be a challenge to weigh up wearing them now and freezing to death, or packing them away and hoping you still like them come April.  However, transitional styling has a great reputation for a good reason - you can get stuck into upcoming season styles without sacrificing warmth.  You're basically playing with two wardrobes at once!
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Valentine's Day: Embellishing The Scene

Valentine's Day Pretty Drink PresentationWith Valentine's Day fast approaching, I've been thinking about ways to celebrate the occasion.  More to the point, I've been thinking about ways to celebrate the occasion regardless of your relationship status!  Whether February 14th is spent with a partner, on your own, or with a group of friends, if you're planning a night in, something that's guaranteed to go down well is an array of sweet treats!  So, you've baked the main attraction and now you're looking to embellish the scene - what do you reach for?
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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Dermalogica #MyFaceMyStory: Face Mapping Skin Analysis

UK blog review flatlay of Dermalogica productsA couple of weeks ago, I had a Face Mapping Skin Analysis with Dermalogica.  The skin analysis provided an insight into the 'past and present' of my skin and a few days later I received a targeted skincare regime based on the results to ensure a brighter (literally) future for my skin.  It's been a fascinating process, both learning more about my skin (probably the only time I'll be okay about receiving a list of my skin's flaws!) and becoming acquainted with my new Dermalogica skincare regime.  So, after a week or two, what do I think?
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant blog review

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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel c/o - One word, clean.  It feels as though I'm truly taking care of my skin when I use this (soap-free) gel cleanser.  This was recommended by Dermalogica through my Face Mapping experience to give my chin the best chance to fight hormonal breakouts.  So far, so good!

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant c/o - Hands down my favourite of the bunch, and I'd even go so far as to say one of my all-time favourite beauty discoveries (and not just because the powder-to-foam process is strangely satisfying).  Having read countless positive reviews, I was super excited to find it was recommended for me in a bid to reduce congestion across my face.  It's been a case of too much moisturiser and not enough exfoliating.  From the very first use my skin has been softer - and YES I've been making everyone stroke my face to show off the results.  Goodbye bumps either side of the nose!

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Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque c/o - Hmm, although my skin isn't super sensitive, it's also nowhere near tough enough to deal with this product.  Sadly, this wasn't a good fit for my skin and left my forehead and chin feeling uncomfortable.  I would definitely suggest trying a sample of this product to test it out on your skin before purchasing  

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Dermalogica Total Eye Care spf15 c/o - The most interesting discovery through my Face Mapping Skin Analysis, was finding out my eyes were dehydrated which had resulted in dark circles and unnecessary fine lines.  Since using Dermalogica's Total Eye Care, the skin underneath my eyes has undoubtedly become more comfortable and fine lines have reduced significantly.  There's been a small improvement with regard to dark circles, though combined with increasing my water intake, I'm hoping a clearer result will perhaps reveal itself in a few weeks from now.  I really, really wish I had known about this product before now - it's done so much for my eyes in such little time!

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Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

If you try one - Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

If you skip one - Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Dermalogica Total Eye CreamLong story short, I'm smitten!  The Daily Microfoliant feels like a miracle product and I'm relieved to finally have an eye cream in my skincare regime that performs so well.  Let me know in the comments below whether you're familiar with this brand, and if so, do you have a favourite product?

With love,

Gabrielle x

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