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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...
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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...
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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?!
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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!
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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!
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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

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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.
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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!
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