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Saturday, 30 December 2017

3 Life Lessons Learnt This Year

Peacock Feather Vase Interior Design
Phew!  Another year polished off.  I'm ending this year with a lovely sense of calm, as well as excitement for the year ahead.  I'll admit, I'm sitting firmly in the camp of people who love the fresh slate and new beginning that the New Year brings with it.  I know, I know, it's just a date on the calendar.  But it's also an opportunity to reflect and move forwards with a newfound sense of, I don't know... I want to say rejuvenation?  As much as I love the festive season, preparing to take down the decorations and freshening up your environment can be such a cathartic move.  It provides the perfect reason to turn a fresh eye to your social circle, habits, fitness journey and goals. The New Year is a free pass to a mental shift in a more positive direction - and what could be better than that?!  So the question is, what has 2017 taught me?

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The Unconventional NYE Outfit | Tuxedo Styling

NYE All Black Dramatic Styling Tuxedo Maxi Skirt
It's that time again!  Time for glitter eyeshadow, the clinking sounds of champagne glasses and of course, never forgetting the holographic cone hats (which I'm confident won't be making any Insta appearances anytime soon).  When it comes to styling, NYE is one of my fave annual events; both to browse and shop.  At this point, I've got my eye on enough embellished party dresses to fill an entire wardrobe, and yet I keep coming back to an unconventional alternative.  The jacket-and-skirt combo.  Maxi skirt, in particular.  Tuxedo jacket, essential.  There's something both moody and romantic about the combination.  Oh, and black.  All black.  Because if you're going to welcome in a New Year and consequently bid adieu to the past year (and uh, its death), it's got to be done with a flair for the dramatic, right?!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Ralph Lauren Womens Reindeer Christmas JumperChristmas is here!  December truly is the most magical month of them all - but the true crème de la crème comes with the next trio of special days before a week of total relaxation.  For the next week or so, nothing much is expected from anyone; we're all too busy lounging around in our Christmas jumpers and pyjama trousers, watching film after film (hello Harry Potter movie marathons) and eating ridiculous amounts of roast potatoes, turkey sandwiches and chocolate.  So, in true festive spirit, wherever you're based and whoever you're spending these special days with - here's wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas!  

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Cologne Christmas Markets: The Ultimate Guide!

Heimat Der Heinzel Ice Skating Christmas Market CologneAnother year, another chilly few days in December spent in the beautiful city of Cologne with my family!  At some point, it became a tradition and one I'm very keen not to break.  As far as Christmas markets go, Germany delivers the goods.  Cologne now has a very, very special place in my heart thanks to the various Christmas markets I've seen grow and develop over recent years, as well as the memories made there.  The lights, the smells, the stalls.  The decorations, the attractions, the photo-opportunities.  The list goes on and on!  So, you have a couple of days to spend in the popular city, you're surrounded by spectacular gothic architecture and you want to immerse yourself in the famous Christmas markets you've read so much about.  But where to start?  Keeping in mind these are my personal recommendations; I've put together a guide of my favourite Christmas markets to explore in Cologne.  I've also added a few other ideas of how best to spend your time there next winter, along with some luxurious accommodation suggestions.  Enjoy!

Monday, 18 December 2017

A Love Letter To Luxe Layers

fashion blog how to layer in winter and still look chicSo here's the thing, I get cold.  Really cold and I mean really cold.  One thing's for sure, I'm not alone in this.  Despite just how ridiculously finger-numbingly, teeth-chatteringly cold I can get, for years I'd insist on wearing what I wanted, when I wanted because, y'know, fashion.  Now?  Different story.  With outerwear becoming the new focal point of styling as soon as the temperature drops, there's no reason to turn blue while out on a morning walk.  Fab.  With a pretty hefty 'saved' folder on Instagram and a lot of general browsing for inspiration, this winter I've taken my love for luxe layers to a whole new level.  Chunky knitted accessories and textured jackets have been my go-tos lately.  Once worn separately, now layered, layered and layered some more.  Oh, and never forgetting to throw in flashes of metallic accessories and popping highlight on top.  How about you?

Friday, 15 December 2017

Are You (Actually) Enjoying The Festive Season?

Countryside Fashion UK Blogger PhotoshootWith so many tasks, events, gatherings and alerts coming from all directions, it can be pretty easy to forget what this time of year is all about, right?  We're all so busy getting our decorations 'up in time', ticking gifts off our shopping lists and rushing from one get-together to the next, that at times, I'm pretty sure we're all falling into the trap of forgetting to relax.  After all, 'tis the season to be jolly, and 'tis not the season to give yourself a stress rash and constant tension headache.  Last year, I packed so much in that by the time January came around, I could barely remember half of the things I'd done the month beforehand.  This year?  A different story.  I'm just as happy to explore Christmas markets in Germany and attend festive parties, as I am putting on my softest loungewear for a night of ultra-romantic Christmas films and hot chocolate.  Four nights in a row.  So, with just 11 sleeps until Christmas Day, now is the time to ask yourself - are you actually enjoying your festive season?   

Monday, 11 December 2017

How To Create Your Own Winter Wonderland!

Amara Snow Pine Votive Holder Lifestyle BloggerOkay, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how exciting Europe's sudden influx of snow has been?!  Just when you thought December couldn't scream 'Christmas' any louder, snowflakes start falling on your shoulders!  No complaints here.  With all things festive on the mind, I've started wondering how we can bring snow into this chilly season whenever we feel like it.  You can't predict the weather, but you can predict when you'll next create your own Winter Wonderland!  Make the hot drinks, gather all the fur blankets you can find, invite over friends or family, and prepare to enjoy a private winter wonderland snow scene all of your very own making...

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide For Her | Main Gifts, Small Gifts, Stocking Fillers!

Women's Christmas Gift Guide 2017 UK BloggerThere are plenty of Christmas gift guides floating around right now - and with good reason!  Gift giving can be so much fun, but even more so when you're 100% certain the recipient is going to love their present!  Looking for inspiration?  I've cherry-picked some luxe treats in three different price categories, depending on your budget.  Whether you're wondering what to get someone as a main gift, smaller gift, or stocking filler; I've got you covered...

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Add To Basket: Black Patent Boots

Fashion blogger layering military coat in winter
Patent leather, vinyl, metallic - all that shiny, shiny good stuff!  It's back and (I'm very much hoping) it's here to stay.  The days are darker, layers upon layers are hidden underneath each other and we go through stages of feeling that little bit less 'sparkly'.  But there's a remedy!  Fierce high-shine clothing and accessories can feel like a ray of sunshine on a (literal) dark day.  My current obsession?  Patent leather boots.  They instantly transform an outfit and are totally on a level with the inner confidence that comes from wearing red lipstick...

Monday, 4 December 2017

Chantelle Lingerie Mini-Lookbook | Festive Party Dress Solutions

Chantelle Lingerie Champs Elysees Sapphire December has arrived and along with it, comes more food, festive songs, fairy lights and general cheeriness than we can ask for!  Also included in the list of many things that make this time of year so special, is the events.  The parties, get-togethers and other reasons to pick up the most embellished special occasion dresses you can find.  This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be shopping - both as gifts for others, and for your own wardrobe!  So, with festive party dresses on the mind, how can we ensure we do that 'ridiculously perfect, drop dead gorgeous' dress justice?  Besides a killer red lip, stilettos on your feet and an hour spent styling hair... lingerie!  I've teamed up with French lingerie company, Chantelle Lingerie (a longstanding go-to and fave of mine when it comes to luxurious underwear!) to showcase three gorgeous designs that will work perfectly underneath festive party looks for a flawless fit this Christmas.  Because hey, it's what's underneath that counts...

Friday, 1 December 2017

Extra Chunky Knit Jumpers | Winter Wardrobe Hero

Autumn Winter Styling Khaki Hat Fashion BloggerHappy December!  Oh wow did the temperature drop all of a sudden!  I'm getting increasingly excited about heading over to Germany next week for the Christmas markets.  Although, this past week has reminded me of just how cold 2°C feels against your skin when the wind blows!  So, it's time to discuss all things cosy jumper related - we're talking thick, chunky knits that allow you to wear three layers underneath.  No problem.  The kind that trap the heat around your neck, cuffs and waist.  And the kind that look fabulous, but feel even better...

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Staycation | An Advocate Of Slow Living

Norfolk Mead Hotel Chanterelle RoomSpend some time here and you'll no doubt pick up on how I'm an advocate of slow living.  By this, I'm talking about a slower and more relaxed pace; live slowly, move slowly, react slowly.  I've never truly bought into the hype of fast paced living, especially when you can get just as much done (if not more) by not rushing at 1.2 million mph.  With this in mind, staycations have quickly become my best friend.  Don't get me wrong, I adore travelling abroad (with Germany next on the agenda to return to the spectacular Christmas markets!), but this year in particular I've learned to appreciate the simple staycation.  And by doing so, I've been taught an incredible lesson in slowing down both mentally and physically - out of want, but also necessity, due to a couple of frustrating health concerns.  So, now that we're nearing the end of the year, I figured it could be fun to look back over some of this year's British staycations covered on A Glass Of Ice, as well as add a new one to the list before 2017 comes to a close!  Enjoy!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Passionata Lingerie Giveaway | The Perfect Christmas Gift!

Many gold layered necklaces fashion bloggerDespite the mass of unusual gift options around right now, when it comes to gift giving at Christmas, there are still a few notorious, standout options that are guaranteed to go down well.  Really, really well.  A few of the most-loved present ideas 'for her' include delicious boxes of chocolate truffles, gift-wrapped bottles of perfume, dreamy cosmetics - and of course, lingerie!  I've teamed up with Passionata to give one lucky reader of A Glass Of Ice the chance to win the Passionata Lulu Bralette Set in this gorgeously festive shade of red.  Whether it's a gift for you or from you, the coveted lace set could be heading in your pretty little direction sometime very, very soon...

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

4 Unusual Ways To Prepare For December

Foraging for Foliage at Christmas UK BloggerUntil now, I've been (kind of) holding back from mentioning the festive season in every single post, share, message and caption, but the pressure's getting too much.  I'm going to burst - and there'll be candy canes flying everywhere.  The remedy?  Discuss how best to prepare for December!  There are some obvious ways to get ready for the last month of the year: browse gift guides and start your Christmas shopping, plan festive party outfits, write Christmas cards, choose your decorations (quick question: do you prefer real or artificial trees?!) and tons more.  But how about the lesser known ways to prepare for December?  Read on, get out your novelty festive pens and start taking notes...

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Is Hygge Still A 'Thing'?

Hygge Outdoors Cosy Sheepskin SceneIn one word, YES!  So, I very much doubt the word 'Hygge' (remember? it's the Danish idea of 'cosiness') was even in our vocabulary before last Autumn.  You know, the time when the cosy concept boomed and had us all embracing chunky knits, mugs of hot chocolate and fluffy throws.  It even helped me justify my candle obsession - which, believe me when I say, is a very tricky thing to do (can't help it, I'm addicted to bergamot, amber and cinnamon scents).  It's talked about less often now, but perhaps that's because we've all successfully incorporated the Hygge lifestyle into our daily routines?  Even now, it feels like a movement that allows us to enjoy time to relax and just... be cosy!  It definitely seems as though people are more open about their downtime and sense of enjoyment when it comes to general cosiness now, at least in the online world!  Anyway, while recently spending the night in Norwich, I took the opportunity to wrap up warm, take up position on my hotel room's balcony and with a warm drink in hand, do nothing!

Oh Hygge, how I love you...

Saturday, 18 November 2017

In Praise Of The Plain Wool Coat

Zara tweed dress with pleated hem
So, you're walking along and spot a floral tapestry jacket in a shop window.  It's designed with a gorgeous print, gold thread, cropped fit and... will let you freeze to death.  Then there's the drop dead gorgeous, brightly coloured coats that we 'invest' in and then dread wearing too often in fear of outfit-repeating.  Guilty.  With this in mind, it's so great to see so many trends now working in our wardrobes' favour; teddy bear coats that actually keep you warm, shearling biker jackets that bring all the style while withstanding winter weather, and even faux furs in more neutral/wearable shades.  But what about wool coats?  They're everywhere, but tend not to catch our eye while shopping. You know the type; longer length, wool mix, no fuss, no frills.  And yet after purchasing, we end up wearing. every. damn. day.  Now that's an investment piece...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Luxurious Secret Santa Gift Guide | John Lewis

Luxury Secret Santa Gift Ideas in the UKI've waited months and months and months for this, but the wait is finally over - we can talk about Christmas!!  Between decorations appearing in shop windows and the return of the Christmas movie and music channels, I'm more than ready to dive headfirst into the festive season.  Advanced warning: it's only going to get more intense.  To kickstart the most wonderful time of year (sorry), I've been listening to more Mariah Carey than my ears can handle (quick question: Oh Santa! or All I Want For Christmas Is You?), planning party outfits and... playing Secret Santa with John Lewis!  Alongside the gorgeous gifts picked for me by Sleek-Chic, I've put together a luxurious edit of Secret Santa gift suggestions, all of which are available to shop at John Lewis this festive season - enjoy!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Teddy Bear Coats | Cool To Be Cosy?

Navy Blue Long Teddy Bear CoatFor those of us who love curling up at home on the sofa, surrounded by candles and wearing a mass of cashmere and fleece (socks included), trends that promote cosiness are an absolute treat.  I'm prepared to go above and beyond when it comes to footwear, a love of stiletto heels and fierce designs means my pain threshold is pretty high now on that front, y'know?  But when it comes to clothes there's no compromising.  When it's freezing cold and windy, being comfortable is everything.  Hello teddy bear coats that feel as though you're being wrapped into one big, cosy hug...

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Scandinavian Prints By Desenio | Luxe For Less!

Display of Desenio Scandinavian Art Prints on WallAnyone else obsessed with home office decor?  From the stationery to the storage solutions and from the artwork to other embellishments - obsessed.  I love seeing how people approach putting a personal touch to their workplace, in particular how gorgeous the space can become without it encroaching on where you're doing actual work - which is where Desenio comes in!  You'll no doubt have heard of the Swedish brand over this past year, since they've become a massive fave of those with a soft spot for Scandinavian design (waves furiously).  I can't believe how much their art prints have transformed my desk area, and better yet - I've got a 25% discount code to share with you, scroll down for more details!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Tweed Jackets | The Old-School Chic

Styling Tweed Jacket Fashion BlogSafe to say tweed still had a pretty bad rep up until recently, but it was totally unwarranted.  Even with Chanel suits pinging to mind as soon as the word 'chic' is mentioned, the material still seemed to throw us back with negative connotations.  But then tweed jackets and mini skirts appeared everywhere (with definite Clueless vibes) - and I fell in love.  Seriously.  I'm now 100% converted to tweed jackets and nagging everyone to give one a go, because there's just something feminine and powerful about them.  Plus, they seem to work well with every occasion.  Meeting a friend?  Throw one over a knitted midi dress. Scheduled a meeting?  No problem, pair with a pussybow shirt and jeans.  Getting ready for a date?  Drape over your shoulders, the focus is on the tight-fitting velvet underneath.  Heading to the gym?  Fine, maybe not every occasion...

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Hosiery With Sass | Happy Halloween!

Open field fashion blog photoshootHappy Halloween witcheeees!  Hope you're all having a fabulous time celebrating!  I absolutely love any reason to celebrate and make the most out of an occasion, and so Halloween provides the perfect excuse to eat a ton of themed food and watch more horror films than my brain can handle.  But have I come up with a costume this year?  Uh, no.  However, I did unintentionally create a bit of a spooky open-field shoot - that counts, right?

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Romantic Victoriana Blouses | The Edit

Monsoon Charlotte Rose White Lace Top There are few things as heart-flutteringly beautiful as a Victoriana blouse.  They stand out and catch your eye, without pushing themselves in your face.  They look just as good layered underneath a thick woollen coat or pinafore dress, as they do worn alone.  And let's never forget how adorably romantic they are!  Going by the feedback on previous looks, it seems we all share the same opinion - timeless pieces are the absolute best.  It's because of this, Victoriana blouses have stuck around for so long, and have now become a favourite of mine.  How about you?

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

6 Of The Best Glasshouses To Visit In The UK

Travel Blog List of the Best Glasshouses in the UKOh hey, would you look at that!  I've managed to find a way to get glasshouses back on A Glass Of Ice.  Surprise, surprise.  At what point do we consider this an obsession?  If, like me, you find yourself drawn to the clean lines and bright light of glasshouses, then you're in luck!  I've delved into my glasshouse-memory (it's a thing), as well as those still on my glasshouse-wishlist (it's definitely a thing), to put together a list of 6 of the best glasshouses in the UK.  So, jot down the addresses, get your cameras ready and start exploring...

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Trends AW17 | Battle Of The Boots: Designer Vs. High Street

Silver Lace Up Isidro Boots Aldo ShoesAs soon as Autumn starts, my focus shifts to footwear - boots, in particular.  So, now that the season is well underway and winter is creeping up on us, it's the perfect opportunity to pay some attention to the current footwear trends, as well as how much we're wiling to invest this time around.  Whether we splurge or save usually depends on how much wear and tear we reckon the boots will get, right?  Are they durable?  How often will you wear them?  How soon will this trend pass?  I've narrowed it down to five standout footwear trends this A/W that are appearing on both ends of the scale: designer and high street.  The question is, which gets your vote?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Art Of A Gentle Morning | Bonsoir Of London

Bonsoir of London Blue Paisley GownSomething I adore about this time of year, is how everyone's attention turns to comfort.  It's all about how best to keep warm, stay cosy and achieve a general sense of wellbeing.  I'll be the first to admit I get ahead of myself with the seasons, which lately has resulted in curling up on the sofa watching Christmas films (oops), surrounded by candles.  But the question is, how can we embrace this season? Using the weekend as an example - it both starts and ends at home.  Things tend to quieten down on the social front between now and the festive season, providing the perfect excuse to indulge in a very, very gentle weekend...

Monday, 16 October 2017

Things To Do In Cambridge | Luxurious Stay At The Tamburlaine Hotel

Cambridge Romantic The River CamHaving never visited Cambridge before, I was really looking forward to checking out the city for the first time!  With a couple of days to play with, a stay at The Tamburlaine Hotel was on the cards - a hotel high on my travel wishlist, having seen it described as the most 'Instagrammable' hotel in the area - as well as plenty of architecture (and food!) to take in.  I had prepared myself for plenty of idyllic spots and cosy corners, but I hadn't anticipated the sense of sanctuary and luxury that comes with a cold-weather visit to the university city...

Friday, 13 October 2017

5 Reasons To Join A Gym | Seafolly At Cocobay

Seafolly Mandala Printed Black Long LeggingsAlright, so I'm still obsessed with working out.  Nothing new there!  However, after having recently convinced a friend to join a gym and then hearing about how much she's loving it, I'm feeling a little more pushy than usual (sorry).  With the gym at The Tamburlaine Hotel setting the scene, accompanied by one of my all-time favourite activewear looks via Cocobay, I've put together a few reasons as to why joining a gym might just be the best thing you can do for yourself this year...

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge | Architectural Focus

Mosaic Tile Flooring at The Fitzwilliam MuseumThis week has been far less exciting than last week, which isn't all that surprising considering I started the month of October in Cambridge!  With a couple of days set aside for exploring, plans were set to ensure I soaked up the most architectural beauty as possible. Mission accomplished.  Considering Cambridge is very much a university city, you can anticipate a ton of college buildings, alongside various famous chapels.  Just ten minutes in the area will give you an idea of what it would be like to live there.  Honestly?  It's not somewhere I'd want to live, but that's not to say it doesn't make for a fabulous city break - particularly with so much beauty around every corner!  Speaking of which, The Fitzwilliam Museum was one of my favourite finds...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Importance Of Discovering Your Aesthetic | Ft. The Tamburlaine Garden Room

The Tamburlaine Garden Room CambridgeRewind a few years ago and I literally had no idea where I most liked to be.  By this, I'm talking about environments, interior design and general aesthetic.  Somewhere along the line, I became interested with glasshouses and to cut a long story short, I'm now obsessed with them.  And now, anything that resembles influences of that fresh, clean and minimal vibe ticks all the right boxes for me!  Even better if they're closely followed by luxurious, classic and historic settings (the two can co-exist, promise!).  The thing is, before I knew it I found those same influences applying to my fashion, interior design, experiences and even preferred hotels when travelling.  So, that's pretty much what led me to The Tamburlaine Hotel in Cambridge earlier this week.  But the question is, why is discovering your individual aesthetic so important?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Parisian Chic | Why You Should Wear A Beret This Season

Double Breasted Camel Waistcoat Dress WomenWell, the title of this post says it all really!  A turn of phrase that pops up time and time again in fashion is Parisian Chic - that elusive, highly coveted vibe we're all wanting to emit through our outfits.  Sadly, it's much harder to achieve than a young Brigitte Bardot would have us believe.  Dammit.  Although, this season it's just that little bit more attainable thanks to a surge of interest in berets.  Any colour, any style.  Unlike Baker Boy hats that demand a dark shade and utilitarian feel, berets aren't asking for much.  They just want to look super chic!  Oh, and to also hide your bad hair days...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Reset Your Fitness Goals | 3 Months To Go!

Cocobay Seafolly Activewear ReviewTomorrow marks the beginning of October; one of the cosiest months of the year thanks to those feel-good Autumnal vibes.  It's also the month we begin retreating indoors to escape the lowering temperature.  Hey, no judgement here - I'm already grumbling at those freezing cold sprints from the car into the gym!  But with just three months to go until 2018, it's worth taking a peek at the fitness goals you set yourself for this year.  Close to achieving them?  Personally, I feel as though this is one of the best months of the year to kick things up a notch.  With so many events and celebrations being just around the corner (as well as a new year!), there's plenty of reason to reset your fitness goals, kick yourself into action and end the year on a high!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

5 Creative Tips | Travel Blog Photography

Travel Blog Photography Tips Princess Balcony EuropeI've lost count of how many travel blogs I've now bookmarked, having been in some way inspired by the adventures they share!  There's a definite recurring theme - it's less about the number of pixels, and more about the perspective from which they're seeing a place. Personally, when I share travel diaries, I like to focus on detail; the finishing touches that are so often overlooked when travelling, but that happen to catch my eye (read: Hotel Dukes' Palace, 48 Hours In Bath and In The Surrey Hills).  So, having received a fair few requests to share my travel blog photography tips over this past year, I'm leaving the technical side to the pros, and focussing on what I know best - the creative!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dark Denim | The Nautical Way

GAP Pink Chunky Knit Oversized JumperIt's easy to fall into the trap of thinking nautical influences only apply to warm weather fashion, and sure, I'll hold my hands up to bringing out all the breton in summer.  But why stop there?!  Lately, I've been thinking about how best to bring the vibe into the colder months as well - because let's be real, it goes far beyond being a trend.  It's a solid, season-after-season option to keep in your fall rotation, like the timeless camel coat and other Autumn wardrobe heroes!  The question is, how to opt in while still keeping it subtle?  My vote goes to themed dark denim.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hotel Chocolat Halloween Hamper Giveaway (Open Worldwide!)

Hotel Chocolat Halloween Hamper Worldwide GiveawayWaaait, Halloween?!  I know, I know.  You're suddenly being hit from all directions with talk of crunchy golden leaves, ghoulish things and.. advent calendars.  Sure, it's a strange time of year - but a fabulous one if you choose to embrace it!  To celebrate this exciting season, I've teamed up with Hotel Chocolat to offer one lucky reader of A Glass Of Ice the chance to win a horrifically tasty Halloween Hamper packed full with devilishly delicious treats!  Share with others, or devour it yourself - this giveaway is open worldwide; simply scroll down to enter...

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Classic Camel Coat: Timeless Investment Piece

Max Mara MM Prism Black and Tortoise SunglassesFinally, the temperature has dropped enough for us to start pulling out coats from our wardrobes!  Although, despite the mass we've no doubt already collected, does anyone else find themselves literally resembling the heart-eyes emoji as they browse jackets and coats online?!  My first investment coat this season is a classic, minimal-aesthetic camel coat.  It's like the vanilla ice cream of the coat world - it can do no wrong, everybody loves it!  I'm a huge fan of classic designs, as not only can you mix them with trending pieces (here today, gone today - and sometimes that's okay!), but it also means you're solving a wardrobe dilemma for years to come.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Portchester Castle: Portsmouth's Hidden Gem

UK Travel Blogger Visit to Portchester CastleI say 'hidden' gem, but Portchester Castle is pretty difficult to conceal!  Located at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour, the medieval castle is built within a former Roman fort.  I've only ever visited Portsmouth a handful of times and so I'll be the first to admit I had absolutely no idea Portsmouth was harbouring (excuse the pun) such a special place!  Honestly?  Castle ruins can be just as special as those packed full with furniture; at the very least, it paves the way for you to use your imagination.  With barely anyone around and an afternoon of non-stop sunshine, it was time to explore...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Exploring Cliveden In Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Stretch Twill Utility Dress Navy BlueThe only thing better than a beautiful outfit, is a beautiful setting.  Or is it the other way around? Hmm, can we have both?!  Speaking of which, I've loved hearing over recent months about how many of you recognise some of the historic places and cities featured on A Glass Of Ice.  So, having been sent the most perfect utility dress from Ralph Lauren, I wondered what place could possibly get on a level with the brand's classic beauty?  Having wanted to explore the luxury hotel Cliveden for a while now, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about ...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

8 Culture-Packed Day Trips To Take From London

Fun Historic Day Trips To Take From London 2017
I mentioned at the beginning of this year my plan to cover more places on 'home turf' and so far I've kept to my word!  However it's through doing this, I've noticed a familiar question popping up both in the comment section, as well as my inbox - can these places be reached from London?  So, considering most visitors to the UK at some point find themselves in London, I've put together a brief list of culture and/or fun-packed places easily reached from the capital.  Each one has been tried and tested, enjoyed and reviewed!

Monday, 11 September 2017

6 Autumn Wardrobe Heroes To Invest In ASAP!

Embellished Black Box Clutch HandbagI've said it before and I'll say it again, I love dressing for the cold weather; you can go totally overboard with layering and accessorising!  Although until then, we've got to muddle through those awkward days; you know, the ones that start off freezing cold and then roast you alive by mid-afternoon?  There are a few definite fail-safes that are worth investing in ASAP,  including new jeans (but you already knew that) and other essentials.  Once you've got those basics in place, feel free to go crazy with the embellished berets and jumping on board the faux fur bag trend - if only to make me feel better about my inevitable beret-seeking online shopping sessions, oops...

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Petworth House & Park | September Stroll In The South Downs

Petworth House and Park Travel Blog ReviewWhen Autumn is mentioned, a few go-to phrases come to mind: golden leaves, chunky-knit jumpers, rainy days spent tucked up indoors, hot chocolate, toffee apples and... seasonal walks!  I can appreciate just how lucky we are here in the UK to have so many options available to us when it comes to exploring all that nature has to offer.  Off the top of my head, I can think of dozens of popular trails in the South, and many of which belong to the National Trust.  One of these can be found at Petworth House and Park, a stately mansion nestled in the South Downs (housing a fine art collection).  Along with the house, there are 700 acres to explore on a quiet Autumnal afternoon.  In my opinion, the beauty of the season lies in that you don't need good weather.  In fact, the rain even contributes to the 'cosy factor' - which let's face it, suits England very well...
Petworth House Front Exterior Gates
Petworth House Interior Chapel Church
I think part of the appeal of places such as Petworth House and Park, is the tranquility they offer.  As the temperature drops, you can often find yourself strolling through the grounds of these places without coming across anyone for ages.  It's just you and your thoughts to the sound of the rain bashing down on your umbrella - well, unless you're visiting with someone, and then it's non-stop chatting and stopping for carrot cake (twice!).
UK National Trust Property MoldingsNational Trust Petworth House Travel Blogger Review
National Trust House Grand Historic Fireplace
The Marble Hall can be found near the grand staircase and is beautifully bright, even on the darkest of days.  Am I obsessed with the floor?  Yes.  As you'll most likely be able to tell from this post, it quickly became my favourite room at the mansion!   
National Trust Petworth House Property Blog Review
Casual Riding Boots Jeans and Tee Styling for Autumn
National Trust Property Grounds Folly
I recently joked over on Instagram about aged moldings found in garden follies literally being my aesthetic, and so you can imagine my delight at stumbling across a Rotunda in the property's enclosed grounds!  I was planning on returning asap to check out the 'panoramic views of the South Downs' from the Pleasure Ground.  However, I've just read about how in October and November you can spot herds of deer in the park!  My advice?  Plan a visit to Petworth for the end of Autumn to catch up with friends or family; that way you get the best of what the place has to offer!
National Trust UK Petworth House in Autumn
UK Fashion Blog Black Riding Boots Casual Autumn Styling
Lifestyle Blog Petworth House Review 2017My love for historic houses, long walks and gardens is nothing new on A Glass Of Ice, but I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on that one! Do share your thoughts on this place below; will I find myself bumping into you at Petworth House and Park anytime soon?!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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