UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Why It's Time To Let Yourself Shine!

Black Embellished Floor Length Dress
Let's face it, opportunities to dress up in full-length embellished dresses are pretty few and far between.  Which means we tend to go all out when the occasion arises, right?  Above all else, this means the need to find the most perfect, flattering dress for our shape that leaves no room for regret once photos start emerging the next day.  We've all heard of the quote ''don't let anyone dull your sparkle'' and truer words have never been spoken when its comes to dressing for special occasions.  They're a chance to release all of your inner-child's fantasies of ball gowns and everything else Cinderella related.  Nope, I won't be letting you blend into the shadows.  It's time to shine and it always has been.   

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Colonnade Hotel, London | Prezzybox

Little Venice London Luxury Hotel The Colonnade
If you were wondering whether it's possible to fancy a hotel, I can confirm that yes, it is possible.  A couple of weeks ago I was sent to The Colonnade Hotel by Prezzybox, a luxurious hotel located in Little Venice, London.  Speaking as someone with a special place in their heart for flamboyant decor, gold trimmings and quintessential English charm, The Colonnade Hotel was the perfect place to spend a couple of days.  The heatwave was still in full swing, I'd cleared my schedule in advance and I was more than a little ready to wind down and soak up the mass of beauty...  

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Are We Too Boujee For This?

Playing Table Tennis on UK Beach
Besides the obvious promotional and social functions of Twitter, I'm there for the laughs.  But last month I saw (and shared, obvs) a tweet that simultaneously made me laugh and wonder, just a little bit.  The kind of tweet that leaves you staring at your phone for a minute while you decide whether it's been a slap to the face or not...

After some umming and ahhing, I came to the conclusion it was just really, really funny, because I think I've been doing an alright job at separating those boujee tendencies of creating the perfect, curated moments, from having fun and incurring whatever not-so-Instagrammable states they may leave you in.  But it gets you thinking, right
Beach Huts on UK Summer Beach
Fashion Blog Photoshoot on Beach
Coco Bay Seafolly Black Romper Beachwear
For those of you wondering what the hell I'm going on about, 'boujee' is an abbreviation of 'bourgeois' and is a critical term used to describe people, things and places that are high-class.  It's the idea you're actively separating yourself from the more down-to-earth aspects of life in favour of being inauthentic and gentrified.  Eek, pretty heavy stuff.  But here's the thing, it's actually pretty easy to flick a switch and turn your back on wandering into that territory.  I mean, I love pampering treatments and indulgent shopping trips as much as the next person, but sometimes it can be so refreshing to dive headfirst into carefree activities without so much as a thought.

So, lately I've been challenging myself to just enjoy things without getting so caught up with whether or not it'll ruin my makeup or leave me sweating, limbs flailing in all directions.  On this occasion?  It was table tennis.  One hour of unadulterated fun, resulting in sore hands, burnt shoulders and a very sweaty back.  And you know what?  It was ridiculously fun.
Gold Chain Women's Bamboo Belt
UK British Beach Huts in South England
British Beach Table Tennis Photoshoot
Coco Bay Seafolly Black Romper Playsuit

Swimsuit - Seafolly Castaway Swimsuit c/o Coco Bay

Playsuit - Seafolly Ruffled Playsuit c/o Coco Bay

Sunglasses - Dolce & Gabbana

Shoes - Aerin

British Beach Huts South Coast
Eyewearbrands Dolce & Gabbana Black Sunglasses
UK South Coast Beach Table Tennis
Moral of the story?  Let your hair down.  You're young enough to be able to use some kind of tech to read this, so you're young enough to loosen your grip a little, let your guard down and enjoy some of those things that have become automatic no's over time.  Enjoy them. These kind of moments need your undivided attention; like taking advantage of playing table tennis with broken bats to an audience of strangers under the scorching sun, with the smell of a nearby BBQ, and sound of summer dance tunes.  Perfect.
UK South Beach Table Tennis
Coco Bay Seafolly Black Ruffled Playsuit
UK South Beach Table Tennis Photoshoot
It's always so interesting hearing your thoughts on topics like this; where do you think you stand on the scale of being too 'boujee' to let your hair down and have fun?  Let me know in the comments below.  Oh, and needless to say, these photos were taken before I started to resemble Niagara Falls.  The point is, you can have both!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Coco Bay Swimwear | My Summer Wishes For You!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Coco Bay for working with me on this post!


Monday, 6 August 2018

Brugge, Belgium | 6 Reasons To Visit The City

Ice cream truck in the sunshine
Okay, so I think we're all aware now of just how crazy in love I am with Brugge.  It's a city filled with history and character; somewhere that leaves you pining for more come time to checkout of your hotel, and a place that doesn't allow you to walk for more than ten metres without calling for a photo opportunity.  Having now been one of my favourite European city break destinations for over six years, I figured it was time to put together a little guide to just why it's such a special place, and why you need to book a trip before the end of this year.  ASAP.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Trend Alert! | How To Style Leopard Print This Summer

Fashion Blogger UK Beach Hut Photoshoot
Grrr!  Now here's a trend we can all get on board with, right?  We've been watching it creep into the Insta-sphere and over the past month it's been sliding onto the rails of pretty much every single high street shop and inundating all online luxury retailers.  No complaints here.  I'm a sucker for animal prints and never more so than when leopard print is involved.  Out of all of the prints and patterns to style, it's the most neutral thanks to the caramel and black colour combination - if we're keeping things traditional.  Know what that means?  It's easy to introduce into your wardrobe, no matter the season!  It's sexy, sassy and exudes confidence; it allows no time for being meek and mild.  So, from crop tops to flowing midi skirts, and from denim skirts to jumpsuits, I've put together an edit of the best leopard print around right now for you to add to your summer season wardrobe - browse, shop and enjoy!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

King's Cross London | The Chic Girl's Guide

What to do Around St Pancras International Station
Okay, so admittedly the title of this post is a little tongue-in-cheek, but I have a theory.  If you're reading my blog, you're most likely also an advocate of looking out for the beauty in life, right?  And that involves soaking up all of the little luxuries and feel-good, elegant adventures along the way.  Well, in my book that makes you chic.  So, if you're curious about the King's Cross/Euston areas of London, but want to experience them in the most Instagrammable way possible, you've come to the right place. Welcome to the ultimate guide of how to spend 24 hours in (and around) King's Cross in the most laid-back kitty-cat way possible; featuring plenty of champagne, neon signs and dramatic floral installations...

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Coco Bay Swimwear | My Summer Wishes For You!

Coco Bay Seafolly Castaway White Stripe Swimsuit
We spend the entire length of the colder months of the year daydreaming about sun kissed skin and days spent on terraces eating scoops of ice cream, and then before you know it, it's Autumn.  Oops.  But not this time!  Nope.  I've been grabbing this season by the horns and making sure to enjoy every single second of the sunshine and warmth.  Having never been a huge fan of overly crowded beaches, I was super excited to discover Studland Bay on the Isle of Purbeck.  It comes complete with sand dunes upon sand dunes, each offering privacy and seclusion.  Do you know what that means?  Beach day!  Or should I say, sand dune day?  With my new favourite bandeau swimsuit from Seafolly slipped on and embroidered sun hat in hand, it was time to soak up those rays.  Needless to say, I wish plenty of sunshine for you this season.  But what else?

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Desenio Art Prints | 5 Ways To Revamp Your Work Space

Desenio Art Prints Blogger Collaboration
Werk, werk, werk.  It's all so much better when you're surrounded by pretty things, right?  We're knee deep in the summer season right now and as much as we all want to be working outside soaking up those rays, sometimes you just can't compete with the wasps that won't leave you and your lemonade alone, y'know?  No?  Just me?  So, we turn to our indoor work space and immediately realise it doesn't look anything like our Pinterest boards of gorgeous home offices filled with metallic stationery.  But don't worry, I've got you.  While rejuvenating my own desk, I've come up with a few other ways in which we can all revamp our work areas, regardless of how much space you have to play with.  Oh, and a cheeky Desenio discount code can also be found nestled in this post.  Enjoy!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Instagram Debate | Comparison Vs Inspiration

Fashion Blogger Large Bouquet of Pink Peonies
Oof, we've all been there.  Happily scrolling through the explore page of Instagram admiring dreamy tulle dresses and extravagant strawberry cakes and then something, something makes you think 'oh'.  Maybe it's an oh I'd rather be there in Venice licking a gelato. Or perhaps an oh picking blooms from a field of flowers seems way more appealing than doing my emails right now.  But I'm curious, at what point did it become a case of comparisons and cause for alarm?  I've been fascinated by this topic for a very, veeeeery long time. Let me know if I'm in the minority, but I still find Instagram to be a massive source of daydream material.  It's ooh and ahh inducing, in a 'I know that photo took ages to setup, but it's still beautiful' kind of way.  You know?  Let's discuss...

Monday, 2 July 2018

Currently Coveting | July Edition

Fashion Feminine Romantic Summer Moodboard
Pretty tulle, intricate lace, whimsical shapes and everything romantic.  Summer screams for all things feminine, in every shape and form. I've taken that literally and dived headfirst into a pool of pink and blush tones, but interpret the season's gentleness however you like! So, for this month's Currently Coveting edition, I've kept it simple: we're keeping it feminine and we're resembling a pack of marshmallows; sugary sweet...

Friday, 29 June 2018

5 Accessories You Need To Buy This Summer!

Fashion Blogger Styling Visor for Summer 2018
We've heard it said one thousand times before, accessories make an outfit.  This is even more true during the warmer months of the year, when clothing becomes minimal and a fair amount of skin is on show (oOOooh).  It's the season of gold jewellery, bronzed skin and striking, textured accessories.  So, considering it's Friday and we all know we'll be online shopping at some point over the next couple of days, I've put together a little list of five of the best accessories to consider investing in this season.  They're eye-catching, trending and totally season appropriate.  Enjoy!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Hotel Chocolat Summer Giveaway | The Everything Luxe Deluxe Chocolate Box (Open Worldwide!)

Worldwide Hotel Chocolat Summer Giveaway 2018
We tend to associate chocolate more with the colder months of the year, right?  But whhhyyyyy?  I don't care if it's so hot outside that my phone melts in my hand and the world sets on fire, I will be eating chocolate.  Work your way through Hotel Chocolat The Everything Luxe Deluxe Chocolate Box and I can guarantee you'll feel the same.  Which brings me to my next point; some good news!  Hotel Chocolat are very kindly giving away an Everything Luxe Deluxe Chocolate Box to one lucky reader of A Glass Of Ice.  Perfect for consuming in the summer house on a hot day, with a glass of lemonade within arm's reach.  Scroll down to enter...

Friday, 22 June 2018

Charlotte Tilbury | Summer Glow Essentials

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Blog Photography
Pinch me.  Seriously, pinch me.  I'm (ecstatically) drowning in a pool of Charlotte Tilbury treats and couldn't be happier about it.  What a way to die.  As far as covetable beauty brands go, this UK brand slides in comfortably somewhere at the top, even seeing Charlotte Tilbury awarded with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year.  I have to admit, after putting this kindly gifted and beautifully presented box of goodies to the test, I'm not at all surprised!  I don't think I've ever been so impressed by so many products at once.  So, without further ado, let's run through the treats that landed on my doorstep.  How do I rate them?  And even more importantly, how well do they complement pale skin? (look, I'm trying to get a tan okay...)   

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Seafolly Swimwear At Coco Bay | How To Look Chic At The Beach!

Seafolly Love Bird Wrap Front Booster Bikini
A beach day is looming on the calendar.  You've got an old swimsuit in your drawer from last year you haven't dared yet try on in case it cuts you in half, you can't remember the last time you had a pedicure and this is 100% not going to be one of those 'chill by the water and eat sausage rolls' kind of beach trips.  For whatever reason, you want to look good - you want to look chic.  Relax, I've got you! Keeping in mind comfort is key and less is (definitely) more, it's much easier than you'd think to put together a stylish look for a day on the beach.  Notepads and pens at the ready...    

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Prezzybox Afternoon Tea Experience | Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

Prezzybox Voucher Ashdown Park Hotel Afternoon Tea Experience
Picture this: you're driving down a remote country lane, dipping in and out of sunshine and heading towards a grand luxury spa hotel ready to enjoy a pre-booked afternoon tea.  Heavenly.  Thanks to Prezzybox, an indulgent afternoon tea at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club was on the cards earlier this week - one venue out of many from their list of luxurious afternoon tea experiences across the UK.  Armed with an enveloped gift experience voucher, all that remained was to hand it over and be guided to my reserved table for two.  Now, we all know how much I adore classic, traditional interiors and so many boxes were ticked on that front at the four-star hotel.  It was a case of 'cake with a view' - and a rather spectacular one, complete with fountain.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Double Gingham | The Perfect Summer Pairing

Styling Double Gingham in Summer
Yesssss!  Summer is here and it's calling for ALL the patterns to be worn outside underneath the sun.  Admittedly, I'm still trying to warm to clashing prints, but in the meantime I can happily jump on board the matchy-matchy express.  Right now?  It's all about gingham.  I can't help but associate the pattern with all things lovely.  It works just as well for beautiful afternoons spent in tranquil gardens as it does summer festivals, candyfloss in hand.  The print is ideal for taking from desk-to-date, as well as being downplayed for shopping stints.  My point is, there are very few occasions that gingham doesn't suit.  But how about double gingham?  Like I said, I'm not quite ready for clashing prints, but I can embrace the same print in clashing colours.  We've spent all winter swooning over double denim, but now it's time for you to shine in double gingham.  Do your thaaaaang, babe.

Monday, 11 June 2018

''Don't Mistake My Kindness For Weakness''

Warehouse Blue Button Through Linen Midi Dress
Have you ever come across that quote before?  It's one of my all-time favourites, particularly because it was one of the last little nuggets of wisdom my grandad had shared before he passed away.  I often catch myself mulling it over, each time nodding more enthusiastically until I've managed to psych myself up to preach it here, there and everywhere.  Come to think of it, that's probably how I've wound up writing about it here on A Glass Of Ice.  Anyway, following on from our last discussion on how being gentle could be your strength (thanks so much for the incredible feedback, by the way; overwhelmingly happy to know so many of you agree!), I'm now wondering just how many people accidentally confuse kindness with weakness.  Eek!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Kew Gardens | Top 5 Attractions to See

Humidity at The Palm House at Kew Gardens
Oh this is going to be looooong because I'm completely, absolutely obsessed with Kew Gardens!  Having only ever visited in winter for their festive events, I was hugely excited to return while in the area recently - during one of the warmer months of the year.  Having booked a midweek stay at Urban Villa (an aparthotel in Kew), the journey to the famous gardens was a brilliantly short one and a journey that ended with glasshouses, botanical plants and views from 59ft above ground level.  Kew Gardens is a paradise for garden lovers and flower fanatics alike.  Simply put, it's paradise.  A quick visit to their website will tell you just how many attractions there are, however a few sights in particular shot to the top of my love-list while on my sunshine-filled visit...


Friday, 1 June 2018

How To Look Like A Bond Girl!

Fashion blogger tips how to look like a Bond Girl
So, I shared this look over on Instagram recently and jokingly referred to Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' needing to be played in the background to accompany the outfit.  Well, it seems we're all on the same wavelength, as some of the comments literally had me laughing out loud.  One, in particular, inspired this blog post.

'' O H   ,   H I   B O N D ' S   G I R L ''

Have I died and gone to heaven?  Let's face it, to resemble the Bond Girls in even a shadow of a way is pretty thrilling.  I'd take 10% of a resemblance.  Wait, no I'd probably even take 6%.  Or less.  It's the ultimate outfit-compliment and something I've been striving for (whether I realised it or not) since watching my first Bond film, Dr. No, as a teenager.  Speaking of which, we all have our fave Bond Girls - which is yours?  My favourites include Elektra King (played by Sophie Marceau) in The World Is Not Enough and Miranda Frost (played by Rosamund Pike) in Die Another Day.    
Pretty Wisteria Covered Place in England
Fashion Blogger tips on how to look like a Bond Girl
Oasis Striped Bodycon Midi Dress
Okay, so obviously there's no official rulebook as to how to look like a Bond Girl, but it's safe to say they do have a few well-known noteworthy attributes that go a long way in helping us to channel 'the look'.  Do they carry apples around with them?  Probably not. However, there are a few indisputable must-haves that feature in their outfits.  Assuming they're not sexily emerging from the water, they're usually seen in figure-hugging dresses and fierce-heeled stilettos.  Next up comes the immaculate nails, bold lips and never a hair out of place (sorry, can't help you there - the British breeze is not my friend).  If you're also a bit of a softie, sunglasses can help a lot in helping you to achieve the look and add a touch of mystery to your outfit.  But - and it's a big 'but' - above all else, it's about confidence.  Do the Bond Girls ever doubt their ability and slip into the shadows in an attempt to conceal themselves?  Hell no.  Keep your head, heels and standards high - remember your worth, babe!
Pretty English Patio Area in Summer
Sexy Striped Bodycon Midi Dress
Fashion Blogger Tips on how to look and dress like a Bond Girl


Dress - Oasis

Heels - Lost Ink

Sunglasses - Marc Jacobs


Wisteria Purple Flower Close Up Shot
Fashion Blogger Bond Girl Inspired Summer Outfit
Pretty Wisteria in British Summertime
Oasis Striped Bodycon Midi Summer Dress
Needless to say, styling an outfit to resemble a Bond Girl is a pretty subjective challenge.  With that in mind, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!  Do you associate any specific attributes with that of a stiletto-wearing Bond Girl?!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Actually, You Can!

With love,

Gabrielle x


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

How To Upgrade Your Morning Routine

Roses Green Silk Gown Bonsoir of London
Swipe the alarm off your bedside table, retrieve the sock that somehow ended up in the middle of your bedroom and stumble downstairs to eat cereal from the box.  No, no and nope.  Not on my watch!  All of this gorgeous weather (besides the latest bout of thunder and lightning) has got me thinking about ways to improve our morning routines.  We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and so surely the first hour or two after waking up must to some extent dictate the general direction of our mood for the day as well, right?  I've lost count of the amount of emails listing 'morning habits of successful people' that have landed in my inbox, most of which include waking up really early, getting your hardest task done first and immediately planning out the day ahead.  But assuming you've already got a pretty good grip on your morning routine as far as motivation and ambition goes, now it's time to look at those pretty little details.  You know, the things that put a smile on your face from the moment you wake up and make you feel hashtag-blessed...

Saturday, 26 May 2018

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 | The Prettiest Features

Water Display Steam Chelsea Flower Show 2018
Warning: if you don't swoon over the sight of masses of brightly-coloured blooms, best turn away now!  So, we've now come to the end of this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show and once again it's been absolutely spectacular.  Breathtakingly beautiful floral displays, innovative exhibits and more colour than you could possibly know what to do with.  Heaven.  I attended earlier in the week this year and thankfully caught the gorgeous weather by doing so; hello summer dress and cold drinks.  Looking back on this year's experience of the show, there were some definite standout features for me.  If you enjoy reading A Glass Of Ice, the chances are these will be somewhat 'standout' features for you too and so, enjoy!  If the overwhelming mass of flowers becomes too much for you, stare at a blank wall for a little while before returning to browse...

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Designer Sunglasses Edit | Cat Eye Glamour

Eyewearbrands Dolce & Gabbana Designer Sunglasses Review
Finally, finally we can talk about sunglasses without sounding overly optimistic.  The sun is shining (well, most of the time) and so it's time to whip out your sunglasses, wonder why you loved them so much the year before and start online shopping for a new pair instead.  Yay!  Aviator, oval, butterfly, circular, cat eye, club master.  Ugh, there are so many styles to choose from it can be tempting to binge-buy them all and be done with it.  Don't do that.  Instead, take a peek at my edit of gorgeously glamorous and oversized cat eye shades and pick the perfect pair to go with your frilly summer minis and plunging neckline maxis this season.  Enjoy!  

Sunday, 20 May 2018

M&S Flowers | Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Al Fresco Colourful Summer Dining
Gosh, can you believe it's time for the Chelsea Flower Show again?  It comes around so quickly each year!  You won't catch me complaining though, as for the past few years it's become an annual occasion of mine to attend with my mum (hello member day!) and soak up all things floral.  Tuesday 22nd May marks the beginning of the popular show and Saturday 26th May sees it come to a close.  As always, there is so much to see and I'm hugely excited to pop along this week (camera by my side, of course!) and share some of the most spectacular elements here on A Glass Of Ice.  Speaking of which, Marks & Spencer are exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and it's set to be incredible - make sure to swing by their display should you be visiting this year!  But more on that later, for now, it's time to take a peek at Marks & Spencer's new summer flowers and their colourful bouquets inspired by the Chelsea exhibit...

Edit: to avoid confusion, these photos are not of the show - this scene is in my back garden!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Being Gentle Is Your Strength, Babygirl!

ELVI Sweet pea floral print tea dress
The chances are if you're reading (and enjoying) A Glass Of Ice, then you'll most likely have at some point in your life been accused of being gentle.  I say 'accused' because nine times out of ten the word isn't used in the way it was meant to be used; it often wrongfully suggests you're a pushover (wrong!) or takes the place of 'shy' and 'sensitive'.  Ultimately, being gentle means 'having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character' and believe me when I say there is everything good about that!  So, with a little help from ELVI Clothing, a picturesque setting and a few swans, let's dig a little deeper into what it means to be gentle and why it's time you started viewing it as your strength...

Monday, 14 May 2018

Currently Coveting | May Edition

Pretty Wishlist Collage Fashion Blogger PinkPretty things, pretty pretty things.  Call me frivolous, but I reckon the things we surround ourselves with can alter our entire mood and general outlook.  They can alter our days, weeks, months.  It's why we love fashion, interior design, art etc.  It goes without saying, everything in moderation... but can we just take a moment to swoon over a few 'pretty things' for this beautiful season?  So looking at this wishlist, can you tell I've got a thing for blush/nude shades right now?  Combine them with gentle floral prints and you've got yourself a beautifully feminine, romantic wardrobe prepared for these warmer months of the year...

Friday, 11 May 2018

The Minaudière Bag | The Quiet SS18 Trend

Fashion blogger waddesdon manor photoshoot
Oh, how the not-so-humble minaudière bag is stealing the show this season!  And probably the next season, along with the one after that.  And maybe the one after that?  Before we continue, let's just  clarify the exact meaning of the word 'minaudière'.  Simply put (with a little help from wikipedia), it's a fashion accessory that could be considered a jewellery piece, intended to substitute for an evening bag.  The term originates from the 1930s and its invention is attributed to Charles Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels.  If the definition seems a little blurry, just picture the Chloé Nile Minaudière leather bag you've been seeing all over your feed for the past few months. They're small, compact and decorative.
Often referred to now as just 'box bags' but they're so much more than that.  If they make your heart skip a beat, they're probably a minaudière...

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Best Hotel In Torquay | The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Lobby Entrance Torquay
Oof, that's a pretty big statement, right?!  I'll hold my hands up right now and confess to having not actually stayed in every single hotel in Torquay.  However, having poked around and sussed out the competition, I remain confident in my statement - albeit a bold one!  As I mentioned in my recent Torquay travel diary, The Imperial Hotel was the accommodation for my time spent in the seaside resort town this season.  The hotel is currently undergoing a dramatic refurbishment and one that draws a stark difference between what was and what will be.  I experienced this first hand, having stayed in a deluxe room for the first night that was yet to receive the magic touch, and an incredible suite the second night that far more reflected the hotel's new vision.  Alongside a glimpse into the four-star hotel that you see in this post, are snippets of the spacious suite - complete with two bathrooms, dressing room, bedroom and corridor leading to joint living and dining room.  Oh, and not forgetting the two balconies!
Blogger Template Created by pipdig