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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


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mii Cosmetics: Supernova AW17 Collection

Mii Cosmetics AW17 Supernova CollectionNew season, new Mii Cosmetics collection!  Since my review of the brand's summer collection, Tropical Daydream, I've been obsessed with the Wide Eyed Liner.  Really, obsessed.  There always seems to be at least one staple in each collection that makes it into my can't-live-without permanent daily routine, and sure enough, it's happened again!  This season's Supernova collection is filled with the brand's flattering approach to beauty; including four long-wearing lip crémes, no-fuss liquid eyeliner and a glitter liner that screams festive parties (oops, too soon?).  So, which products from the Supernova collection have made me see stars?!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Heritage Check: The Ultimate 'Desk-To-Date' Autumn Print

Check Paperbag Waist Grey Women's TrousersAs soon as the colder weather hits, I tend to retreat to a world of block colours.  Bye prints!  However, having seen endless streams of strikingly bold prints hitting shops and runways alike, I've been persuaded to at least dip my toe into the pool of prints this Autumn. If, like me, you go all out with florals/stripes/gingham in summer, and then regress to only monochrome looks from September onwards, now is the time to experiment a little.  Just a tiny bit.  To start with?  Heritage Check.  It's bold and yet subtle if wanted, pretty yet powerful and ideal for wearing from desk-to-date, and day-to-night!
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