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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Birthday in Bruges: Part One

Birthday spent in Bruges BelgiumAs I've mentioned one million and one times now - it was my birthday last week!  I'm wondering at what age I'm supposed to act cooler about blowing out candles on the cake, because it sure as hell wasn't this year.  I still get 100% excited for pretty much any sense of occasion, except this time around I had slightly more of a reason to get excited thanks to a return trip to Bruges! With four or five trips to the Belgian city behind me, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect - though with a slightly different agenda and a different hotel booked, there was everything to look forward to...

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon...

English summertime picnic with flowers sceneYesterday, I remembered one of my all time favourite quotes by Henry James, ''Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.''  Having just returned from the beautiful city of Bruges (with its unusual 34°C temperature), I was fully anticipating a rainy welcome back to the UK.  However, to my surprise England is experiencing one final burst of heat and sunshine before waving goodbye to the season and welcoming the woolly jumpers.  So, armed with a ton of flowers I'd treated myself to that morning and some rather beautiful picnic accessories, it was time to appreciate the outdoors...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Keep A Straight Face

#SGSFaceShape Sunglasses Shop CompetitionIf you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday, I'm heading off to the beautiful city of Bruges tomorrow morning ready to spend a few days hobbling across cobblestones and eating my weight in chocolate-drizzled waffles!  The chance of getting anymore than a couple of hours sleep tonight is minimal, because I'm so excited to be returning to Belgium!  Anyway, speaking of travel, Sunglasses Shop are offering a pretty exciting travel opportunity to anyone in possession of a face.  So, if that includes you (ahem), and you quite like the idea of jetting off to New York, read on and then hop over to Instagram to enter...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Transitional Styling with Lyst

Fashion Blogger Lyst Transitional StylingThe next few weeks will most likely see me flip-flop between the joy of squeezing out the last few drops of summer, and the excitement of Autumn fast approaching.  Well, at least for this rainy weekend, my mind is firmly set on the upcoming season and all that it'll bring!  Though I'm not quite ready to start raving about chunky knit jumpers and meringue ghost tartlets; instead with the help of fashion tech company Lyst, I'm looking at ways of gradually transitioning into Autumn by bridging the gap between cropped camisoles and insulated jackets.  I'm settling for somewhere in the middle, surrounded by unsure-about-the-weather dresses and standout boots...

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Croquet in Chi Chi

Chi Chi Pink Neema DressAh!  I can't keep up!  We're halfway through August and I'm still leafing through my wardrobe wondering which floral midi skirts and sleeveless bodies to pick up next ready for the warm weather.  Pretty soon it'll be a case of digging out the cosier clothing (I'll confess, I'm already wearing fluffy socks while typing this), though until then I'm determined to squeeze every last drop out of the summer season!  As fate would have it, a rather pretty arrival from Chi Chi coincided perfectly with my overwhelming desire to immerse myself in a game of croquet.  Let's play!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

24 Hours in Annecy

France Annecy tourism travel blogger Having not visited the beautiful French alpine town of Annecy for quite a few years, I was super excited to return and see whether it lived up to my memories.  Truth be told, as much as I love to see how some places rapidly develop and modernise, Annecy is one of those very, very special locations I couldn't bear to see change too much.  The cobbled streets and mountain views have an indisputable calming effect on me; so to have embarked on a road trip and spent 24 hours (or so) in the town was an undeniable highlight of my summer!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Time To Be... Skincere

Skincere beauty blog reviewAlthough I've loved having a little more colour in my cheeks lately, my skin has been feeling much drier due to sporadically throwing my skincare regime out the window while exploring France last month.  I know, I know, and I can't even come up with a decent excuse!  Short city breaks are no problem and I still find myself happily lining up my lotions and potions in hotel bathrooms.  However, as soon as I'm aware of the stay's duration entering double digits, the glass pots go flying out of the window (not literally, that would be tragic).  In an attempt to undo the naughtiness, for the past week or so I've been using 100% natural skincare products by Skincere.  So the question is, how have they been performing?

Monday, 8 August 2016

Tropical Takeover

Seafolly tropical one piece blogger styleI've always had a soft spot for bright and playful prints, and never more so than during the summer (for obvious reasons).  So, last month's stay in the South of France presented the perfect opportunity to whip out one of my favourite Seafolly swimsuits! After an embarrassingly long time spent in my wardrobe with the tags still attached, I was finally in a climate warm enough to wear it.  Phew.  The brand's sporty styles have always had a hold on me, so combine a zip-up front with an irresistible tropical print and I'm in heaven.  Anyway, while padding around the pool in neck-to-hip toucans and palm leaves, I wondered about the ways in which vibrant, tropical colours and prints could be introduced poolside a little more subtly...

Friday, 5 August 2016

Elizabeth Arden Promotion at House of Fraser

Elizabeth Arden gift set flatlayOne of the greatest things about shopping for beauty products (that I'm guessing we'll agree on) is the rewards; the points, vouchers and gifts with purchase.  When you already love a brand enough to pick up a few of their items, finding yourself with extra treats to try out at checkout is a bonus!  With this in mind, House of Fraser's current promotion is a pretty exciting one.  Elizabeth Arden fans receive this gorgeous beauty gift set c/o (worth a whopping £137!) when purchasing two or more of their products, with one being skincare.  The promotion ends tomorrow and so if there's already a couple of Elizabeth Arden products sitting pretty on your wishlist, now would be a pretty good time to take a closer look...

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

South of France: Part Three

Triangl Farrah Bikini orange and blueAfter the French flags and ice cream of Part One, and moored boats and calzone of Part Two, Part Three delves into Saint-Tropez's world of pastel coloured buildings and infectious atmosphere!  As my time in the South of France drew to a close, I did my absolute best to shake off any sense of premature deflation over leaving the Côte d'Azur.  Instead, I chose to live in the moment, even if one of those moments consisted of slipping on the villa's infinity pool edge and hurting my elbow quite a bit - oops!

Monday, 1 August 2016

South of France: Part Two

Blog travel diary of the south of franceThe bright and vibrant colours of the French Riviera truly do make a lasting impression, and to the extent of encouraging a three-part South of France travel diary!  So, after yet another couple of days spent flopping around the villa, it was time to rediscover life outside of a bikini.  The beauty of Saint-Raphaël is truly breathtaking and ended up taking a full afternoon and evening to appreciate...
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