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Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas! | Luxe Tartan & Tulle

Women's Red Tartan Plaid Blazer
So, this will be kept short and sweet.  Because let's face it, we're all too busy watching festive films and churning through the tubs of chocolate (Roses or Celebrations?) to focus for longer than a couple of minutes.  I've dipped away from my Christmas celebrations for one moment to wish you a very, VERY Merry Christmas.  Wherever you are and whoever you're spending it with, I hope you're having a fabulous time.  And if not?  Well, there's a brand spanking new year just around the corner, calling your name!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

'Tis The Season To Shine! | Swarovski via Eyewearbrands

Swarovski Tortoiseshell SK 0137 52F Sunglasses
Okay, so I think we've established by now my undying love for all things that sparkle, shine and glisten.  But did you know this love is never more intense than when accessories are involved?!  Although we may not always be able to justify passing trends that paste embellishments across our chests, and sequins up our legs, when it comes to accessories it's a completely different ball game.  Why? Because they're classics.  They're the purchases we more often than not describe as 'investment pieces'.  Along with shoes, sunglasses are my babies.  They're one of my favourite ways to instantly update an outfit, and inject a vibe to whatever look I'm going for.  My latest crush?  These heavily-embellished Swarovski sunglasses via Eyewearbrands.  Oh and another fabulous thing about accessories? They're ideal for gifting.  Hint hint to your partner...   

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Luxurious Gold Christmas Table Setting | Amara Living

Luxury Gold Christmas Table Setting Lifestyle Blogger
I've always adored styling table settings and never more so than when it involves Christmas!  The recurring theme?  Gold accents. However, for this year i've styled a luxurious table setting for Christmas with gold as the focus, rather than simply an accent colour.  At this point, I'm pretty much feeling like a kid kin a sweet shop, because oh my gosh all of the gold.  Gold baubles.  Gold placemats.  Gold candles.  Swoon.  If you're currently in the process of planning a table setting for this festive season and plan on wowing your guests, but can't quite decide on which route to take.  Take the shiny, glittering, golden route.  Trust me.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Top 10 Christmas Walks | London & South East

Fashion Blog Luxe Countryside Style
Something about this time of year sees us all sliding on oversized knitted jumpers and heading outdoors.  Whether it's to walk off your last dozen mince pies, or you're in need of some fresh air after days of breathing in cinnamon-scented candles, crisp winter walks are a part of the festive season.  Boxing Day is renowned for seeing us head out in groups and into the great outdoors, and a show of hands please for who's wandered through an illuminated trail this Christmas?!  With this in mind, I've put together a list of ten of the most fabulous Christmas walks to enjoy this season, all located in the London & South East areas.  Find your gloves, step into your boots and... enjoy!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide | Small Presents & Stocking Fillers

Beauty Small Presents Christmas Gift Guide
Yay!  It's finally time to start thinking about gift giving!  I know, I know.  I probably should have been thinking about doing my Christmas shopping a month ago... and yet here we are.  The good news?  I'm here for all of you who are in the same boat.  For those of you with a list of people to buy for and literally no idea where to start.  The better news?  This gift guide is beauty themed and therefore all the more sparkly, twinkly and all-round special!  I've partnered with a handful of fabulous beauty brands to bring you a carefully curated list of some of the very best stocking fillers and small beauty gifts available right now.  Enjoy!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Why Your Wardrobe Needs Tweed | Winter Styling

Zara Tweed Black and White Mini Dress
Trust me your wardrobe needs tweed.  Better yet, it wants tweed - because it knows how good it'll make you look!  I've discussed the material a fair bit here on A Glass Of Ice over the past year or so, and so I won't pretend this is a new discovery because it totally isn't.  I mean, I pretty came out of the womb preaching about how chic tweed can look and how it will instantly add a touch of elegance to your outfit. But let's dive a little deeper and think about how we can introduce the luxurious material into our winter wardrobes...

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath | Worldwide Giveaway!

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath Giveaway
'tis the season to eat plenty of chocolate!  So, consider me your personal festive elf because I've teamed up with Hotel Chocolat to offer one lucky reader of A Glass Of Ice the chance to win The Wreath Box, their delicious selection featuring forty chocolates, two Grand Snowflakes and one Festive Wreath.  If you considered it to be the most indulgent chocolate set this Christmas, you'd be right.  The even better news is that this giveaway is only worldwide, because i'm not one to dangle chocolate underneath people's noses and then take it away!  Scroll down to enter...  

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire | Equestrian Centre Experience

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Horse Riding
Needless to say, I've seen horses.  Plenty of them.  But can you believe I've never actually touched, let alone ridden a horse before?! Having heard mention of the illustrious Equestrian Centre while last at the hotel (as well as driving past it for the fabulous Bride To Tea event last month), I was thrilled to have been given an insight into the Equestrian Centre at the end of last week, as well as the opportunity to take a gentle ride through the Dogmersfield Park Estate underneath the winter sun.  Riding boots on, hat in place and back protector secured, it was time to start exploring...

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Why We Need To Embrace Glamour!

How to style silk for daytime casual wear
Let's face it, glamour has taken on a whole other meaning now and has done so for the past decade.  However, if we take it at face value it literally means 'an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing'.  Nothing to be misconstrued there, right? Wrong.  Because over time we seem to be turning our backs on this word, which is a massive shame imo because it pretty much sums up what we all love so much.  The enchantment, the magic, the 'magpie effect' (simply put: attracted to shiny things).  So, with the festive season upon us and sparkles making an entrance left, right and centre, it's time to preach a little about the beauty of being glamorous!  The true meaning of the word, that is...

Monday, 26 November 2018

Ston Easton Park Hotel | Luxurious Countryside Weekend Break

Ston Eaton Park South East Hotel Room
Life has been pretty great recently, particularly due to a fair bit of travelling (and with plenty more around the corner - keep your eyes peeled over on my Instagram via @aglassofice!).  To celebrate the start of this exciting time of year, I booked an overnight stay at Ston Easton Park Hotel about a month ago to relax, unwind and soak up the picturesque surroundings.  The spectacular South East room was my home for the evening and came complete with countryside views, an abundance of cushions and plenty of space.  Located just outside of Bath, the countryside hotel is a luxurious, pet-friendly hotel with a (well deserved) award-winning fine dining restaurant and 36 acres of grounds.  After parking up and being greeted at the front door by the resident Cocker Spaniel, it was time to relax...

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Dermalogica | Mid-Twenties Skincare Regime

UK Beauty Blogger Dermalogica Skincare Regime Review
So, about a month ago, Dermalogica selected some of their products best suited to my skin type (and concerns).  These perfectly-packaged products then made their way over to me and I've been using them on the daily since.  The question is, how have they been performing?  The very first thing to mention is my absolute trust in Dermalogica.  Having experienced acne on-and-off while growing up, I've always been wary of how often I switch up my skincare regime and just which products I'm experimenting with.  And yet... I've never had any concerns with trying anything and everything by Dermalogica, which speaks volumes, no?  Anyway, speaking as a woman in her mid-twenties, I'm looking to maintain my skin's bounce, improve the glow and keep away those pesky breakouts.  If you can relate and are nodding with me in agreement right now, read on...

Monday, 19 November 2018

How To Stand Out At A Festive Party! | Ted Baker Jewellery

Lipsy Exaggerated Ruffle Bardot Black Maxi Dress
You could mistake these photos for having been taken in the height of summer, because hello bare shoulders.  But that's the thing about the festive season and all of the celebrations that come with it; for some reason they make us (feel) invincible.  No need for coats, goodbye comfortable footwear and hello goosebumps.  Because if you can't dress OTT at this time of year, when can you?  And besides, there's a reason we cherrypicked that drop dead gorgeous floor-sweeping gown, or embellished mini... to show it off!  I've brainstormed a few ways in which we can add a little flamboyance to our festive party looks this season and so if you're looking to steal the show and do so wearing six inch stilettos and glitter on your eyelids, read on...

Thursday, 15 November 2018

5 UK Eco-Friendly Brands | Christmas Gift Guide

Arya Candles Eco Friendly Brand
Oh yes, the time has come to mention... the festive season!  I can no longer contain my excitement; I've just come home from a 'turning on the lights' event, the festive tunes are playing on a loop and, uh, is that a golden tree I spy in this shoot?  Christmas gifting is one of the first things that occur to me when getting into the spirit of the season, and so following on from my Luxury Christmas Gift Guide (which can also be found via the bar at the very top of my blog), I've searched high and low for five fabulous brands to consider gifting this Christmas, with an ethical and eco-friendly theme in mind to gather some good karma in time for the New Year ahead!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire | Bride To Tea Event

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Bridal Bride To Be Event
My Sundays usually consist of lounging around and eating my bodyweight in food, and so (with pleasure) I broke with tradition this past weekend by heading into the countryside to the utterly beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire for a special bride to be afternoon tea event.  Am I a bride to be?  Uh, no.  However, I'm an advocate of all things romantic, whimsical and delicate.  And so just what better way to immerse myself in all of the above, than to walk through a path of striking blossom trees and lanterns to a sea of soft, feminine hues?!  Imagine this: towering golden cakes, bridal gowns sweeping up and down the catwalk, live acoustic guitar and more scones than humanly possible to consume...

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Five 'Power Dressing' Tips | The Feminine Way

Aquascutum Womens vintage Check Blazer
Okay, so let's get one thing straight: all women are feminine.  But only some of us are attracted to a fashion, an aesthetic, that is also feminine.  That's not right, and that's not wrong.   Admittedly, 'power dressing' is a strange term, and yet it truly does perfectly describe the goal at hand: to dress up in a way that says, 'I'm here, I'm confident and my intentions are powerful.'  So, with all that said, if you also feel as though you can't concentrate unless you're wearing heels, read on for a few tips on how to power dress while still staying true to your personal, feminine style!  Warning: don't read on if you don't have access to any kind of store right now, you will want to whip out your card details...

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Charlotte Tilbury | Stars In Your Eyes Palette

Beauty Blogger Collaboration with Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics
Ooh, so a few weeks ago this absolute dream of a palette arrived on my doorstep.  Twelve shades, four looks.  The ultimate palette for transforming your appearance from morning to night.  I've mentioned once or twice here on A Glass Of Ice that I haven't experimented very much with eyeshadows.  My usual go-to routine for both daytime and the evening goes as follows: conceal dark circles, apply white liner to my lower lash line, draw feline flicks and then go to town with the mascara.  The problem with this is that when looking at my eyes, there's no real way of distinguishing between a morning meeting and a special night out.  And that's where this dreamy new Limited Edition release by Charlotte Tilbury comes into play in the form of the NEW Stars In Your Eyes Palette...

Friday, 2 November 2018

When Does Obsession Become A Good Thing? | Bulgari Via Eyewearbrands

Zara Brown Beige Teddybear Coat
As a general rule, the word 'obsession' tends to have a pretty negative connotation.  It's seen as excessive and all-consuming.  But it's also obsession that has led to some of the greatest stories, careers and relationships in the world, right?  I've been thinking lately about how some of the best and most exciting aspects of my life so far have come from borderline obsession and well, I'm pretty curious to learn about how others feel on the topic now.  Ooh, let's discuss...

''An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.'' 


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Neal & Wolf | Luxury Haircare At Home!

Neal & Wolf Blog Collaboration 2018
Okay, so I don't have a child and I don't even have a pet.  But what I do have is a long mane of hair that demands constant attention.  So in a way it's like having a bit of both; like owning a small pony.  Kind of.  Along with the natural bristle brushes, silk pillow slips, lotions and potions, oils and more, an incredibly important step is how you wash your hair.  The order of products used, whether you flip your head forwards or not, whether or not you blow dry your hair or leave it to dry naturally... and of course, what shampoo and conditioner you use.  The importance of the latter has led me to experiment with multiple brands and with varying benefits.  My current love?  Neal & Wolf Blonde Shampoo; a purple brightening shampoo that offers long-lasting colour protection for blondes, while simultaneously safely neutralising brassy tones (yes please!) and ensuring luxuriously healthy, brighter hair.  Attention blondes!  Pair with Neal & Wolf Blonde Conditioner for the ultimate hair duo...

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Bandits Faux Fur | The Chic Way To Beat Winter

Mango Snakeskin Gold Chain Circle Bag
Winter?!  I know, I know, we've only just wrapped our heads around Autumn.  But considering next week marks the start of a new month, and one that screams of fireworks, drinks by the fire, chilly evenings and plenty of cosy layers, it seems apt to figure out now how to combat the dropping temperatures while still looking chic.  My advice?  Textures.  Textures, textures and more textures.  With this in mind, I've fallen head over heels in love with faux fur coats; with Bandits London showing me how this doesn't necessarily have to mean 'plain'.  Quite the opposite, in fact...

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

How To Look Stylish On A Budget | Cold Weather Edition

Steve Madden Black Leather Ankle Boots
Okay so (mostly) everyone has a budget when it comes to fashion, and however much the budget can vary, there are still some essentials we all keep in mind - and that's where the magic lies.  Those few, classic pieces that renew and spruce up a wardrobe. Allocate your budget wisely and shop in the right places, and you can look as though you've got your sh*t together on a daily basis.  Oh, a girl can dream!  With these colder months in mind, there are a few must-haves for your wardrobe and must-dos for your beauty regime to ensure you look as stylish as possible, regardless of your budget...

Monday, 22 October 2018

5 Things To Plan Before October Ends!

Vintage Midi Skirt Fashion Blog Styling
It's okay, you can admit it, things feel a little bit strange at this time of year.  Summer is far in the past, but the season of celebrations doesn't begin for another week (hey Halloween).  Fear not though, lovebugs, for I have a solution... time to start planning.  Admittedly, it doesn't sound too thrilling, but it's a Monday and everyone knows this day was practically made for planning, scheduling and generally keeping your head down, so let's get stuck in!  Essentially, we're sitting in no man's land this week, making it the perfect time to start planning future events and perhaps even finalise a couple of long talked about ideas with friends and loved ones.  Because before you know it, blink and it'll be Christmas. Blink again and it'll be Spring.  So the question is, what is there to plan?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

3 Ways To Become More Resilient

Heritage Trend Fashion Blog Jumpsuit
Phew!  Ever have one of those days that totally knocks you off your feet?  They suck, for sure.  But looking on the bright side, they do give us the opportunity to see just how far we've come with regard to resilience.  How quickly do we pick ourselves up afterwards and bounce back?  Yesterday was one of these 'burnout' days for me and it got me thinking about just how important it is to be resilient. The good news is that resilience is one of those fabulous personal skills that you can actually teach yourself; it's a learnt behaviour.  It doesn't require you to be sharp and aggressive, it just asks you be emotionally tough.  So, let's get stuck in!  

''The ability to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.''


Monday, 15 October 2018

Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea For Two | Prezzybox

Prezzybox Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea for Two Experience
This time of year tends to feel a bit hectic.  Although, never so hectic that you can't find time somewhere along the line to enjoy an afternoon tea, surely?! Admittedly, I'll reschedule pretty much anything and everything to make way for a few finger sandwiches, but who can blame me with so many fabulous afternoon tea options around now!  This month, I was sent by Prezzybox to one of Patisserie Valerie's beautiful locations to enjoy an afternoon tea, just one of their many Afternoon Tea experiences; a list which also features a vineyard tour and tasting complete with afternoon tea, as well as champagne afternoon tea for two at Marco Pierre White. For now though, it's all eyes on Patisserie Valerie and their warm scones, smoked salmon sandwiches and super generous gift box of cakes to take home with you afterwards...

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Animal Print | She Who Dares Wins

Fashion Blog Balcony Photoshoot
.. and she who doesn't dare also wins because we're all about inclusivity here.  Wink wink.  Anyone remember last month's guide featuring 10 Ways to Wear Leopard Print This Autumn?  Well, this was one of them!  Some of us have been opting for subtle ways of introducing animal prints into our wardrobes, and the rest of us are craving attention and dressing head-to-toe in a print (sorry). Needless to say, it'd a loud look - but part of me feels as though that's exactly what the trend deserves.  Animal print gives us a way of being bold while still covering up and keeping warm; the perfect blend.  So, I've searched high and low and put together an edit of the very best animal print dresses available right now.  Enjoy, my lovely leopardesses!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Bombay Sapphire Distillery | Laverstoke Mill

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Blog Review
If you're a longterm reader of A Glass Of Ice, you'll know I'm not much of a drinker besides to mark special occasions and general moments of celebration.  However, I'll make the exception for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.  Nestled in Hampshire within Laverstoke Mill, the distillery showcases the 'care, skill and artistry' behind the world-famous brand of Bombay Sapphire Gin.  But before we get into the history of the brand (and believe me, it's pretty fascinating), I'll come clean about just why I made the journey there to sample their Tour and Tasting day experience.  The glasshouses.  I know, I know... but the obsession is still very much there and it's grown stronger than ever before thanks to seeing this elegant twin structure first hand.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Worldwide Giveaway | Hotel Chocolat Halloween Hamper!

Worldwide Halloween Giveaway 2018
Boo!  Huh, it's as expected.  No reaction.  But I do have another trick up my sleeve that's bound to get you excited... a Hotel Chocolat halloween hamper giveaway!  Brimming with spooky treats in milk, caramel and white chocolate form, The Little Monster Halloween Hamper is the ultimate indulgence - trust me, you'll understand where I'm coming from once you've tasted the molten caramel oozy eyes.  Anyway, now that October is underway and we're all looking towards the colder months and all of the exciting celebrations that come with this time of year, it's time to get spoooooky!  To help you do just that, I've teamed up with Hotel Chocolat to offer one lucky reader of A Glass Of Ice the chance to win their very own version of this hamper, ready to tuck into over Halloween!  Mmm...

Friday, 28 September 2018

10 Ways To Wear Leopard Print This Autumn

Animal Leopard Print Midi Skirt
Yes, still.  There truly is no end to the love I feel for leopard print this season - and going by the responses to recent animal print outfits here on the blog, I'm assuming you're also a hardcore fan?!  The beauty of this trend is that instead of just one style/fit of clothing, it's all about a print.  Which means we have endless opportunities to play around with outfits until we develop headaches just from looking at leopard print.  The options are limitless, although that doesn't mean we can't put tother a basic framework of ideas, ready for flinging on before a leafy walk in the park, or marshmallow-toasting session with loved ones this Autumn...

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

A Life Without Limits | Karen Millen

Karen Millen Silver Jewellery Collection 2018
How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something at the last minute because it 'just wasn't you'?  Or laughed at the way in which someone has described you because you just can't see yourself that way?  Funnily enough, it really did take something as simple as a beautiful set of silver jewellery from Karen Millen for me to start asking these questions.  You see, for years I've been a strictly gold-jewellery kind of girl, rarely straying into the realm of silver jewellery.  And then I wear silver jewellery.  And I like it.  In fact, I love it. Which makes me wonder: just how many things are we missing out on in life by staying firmly in one lane?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

How To Wear The Heritage Trend | John Smedley

Sezincote House Fashion Blog Photoshoot
A buzz of excitement tends to circulate around this time of year, thanks to the introduction of new trends and the possibility of new styling options now that we can swap over to our cold-weather wardrobes.  Ooh, yes please!  Above all else, something that's caught my eye for Autumn is Heritage Style; a tried and tested trend that tends to come back each time more powerful.  Classic prints and materials built to stand the test of time, and look chic while doing so.  Corduroy, checks, tweeds and heritage fabrics.  The colour palette tends to be neutral and this year, seemingly with a focus on warmer tones.  And you know what?  That suits me just fine, because lately I've developed a newfound appreciation for warm tones; such as caramel, brown, camel and gold.  So, what better time of year to explore a new colour palette than Autumn, and when a trend so eagerly welcomes the shades?!  Time to get familiar with the Heritage trend...

Monday, 17 September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury | The Ultimate Skin-Perfecting Duo!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Ah yes, a season change!  Beautiful in every single way... except on the skin.  My skin is not on its best behaviour right now and so as a result I've been doing a fair bit of damage control (think along the lines of: more sleep, less sugar and more water).  However, for those moments when I'm just really missing flawless summer skin, I've been playing around with some makeup options to save the day.  Then, along comes a dreamy package from Charlotte Tilbury, angels sing, confetti starts falling from the sky and I'm able to emerge outdoors again without flinching.  Say hello to two of Charlotte Tilbury's latest releases: Magic Away Liquid Concealer and Charlotte's Genius Magic Powder.  The ultimate skin-perfecting duo...

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Autumn Wardrobe | 5 Quick Updates!

Sunglasses Shop BE3096 Black Gold Frame
It was summer, you were wearing a bikini and wondering how many times you can listen to the same summer tunes before getting tired of them and bam! suddenly it's sort of, kind of Autumn.  Can we all  just agree that this new season has literally appeared out of nowhere?!  It's around about this time of year that we're bombarded with wishlists and wardrobe updates that encourage forking out your savings on an entirely new wardrobe.  But before you remortgage your home, take a peek at my following five suggestions that serve as quick updates to your wardrobe.  Needless to say, accessories are included, because I'm a firm believer that accessories are never so important as they are than in Autumn/Winter, when we're cocooned in layers upon layers of clothes!  Anyway, if I manage to save just one reader from selling a kidney to fund their new Autumn wardrobe, then I consider my work here done...

Friday, 7 September 2018

Slimmeria Retreat | Ilfracombe, Devon

Slimmeria Retreat Devon White Room Loungers
This week I found myself staying a while at the new Slimmeria retreat in Ilfracombe, Devon.  It's the latest addition to their growing collection of retreats, along with Hye House in East Sussex.  You may recognise the name from recent mentions in the press (including appearing on Channel 4 last night!), with a focus on the founder's crack-the-whip methods to help guests achieve their goals.  The luxury slimming, detox, spa and weight loss retreat offers a programme that may be too extreme for some due to its drastic measures, and equally may be ideal for others!  Personally, the time I spent at the retreat was with health, fitness and wellbeing in mind, rather than weight loss.  So, what do I make of the hilltop retreat?  And what were the highlights of the experience?!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Social Media Storm | Content Creating

Luxury Fashion Blogger Sofa Photoshoot
So, to give you a little background, over the past week there's been a huge social media storm over one rather lovely travel blogger's Instagram and whether or not it's promoting a positive and attainable message or not to her followers.  The images are beautiful, perfectly curated and nearly always featuring an excess of beauty; be it in the form of floral bouquets, balloons, chocolate or other sweet treats.  Predictably, the topic has exploded into a discussion of whether or not curated Instagram feeds are healthy for viewers or not, and it's divided the online community into two camps: those who agree and those who disagree.  Personally, I feel it's a case of 'live and let live', but there's so much more to discuss....

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Seasons Will Come & Go...

Black Short Sleeve Crop Top T-Shirt
Ooh, bit of an ambiguous title for a blog post.  But let's take it at face value for now - the seasons will come and go.  It's a comforting thought, right?  There's always a bit of a debate as a season comes to a close: those who are embracing the new season, ahead of time vs. Those who want to squeeze every last drop out of the current season.  There's no right way to 'do' a season, but if I had to choose a camp, it'd be the former.  I can't help but look forward to the months ahead and start to plan and anticipate what could be ahead.  It's exciting, because the opportunities seem endless when a little time separates the here and now from the then.  A lot can change as the seasons transition, y'know?  So, before we all start mourning the loss of summer, let's start getting excited about the season ahead! Autumn, we're ready for you...

Friday, 24 August 2018

Relaxation Month | 5 Subtle Ways To De-Stress Your Life

Luxury Dining Room Interior Lifestyle Blogger
It's my birthday!  You know what that means?  Cake.  Cake, cake and lots more cake.  But it also means I'm turning my attention to how I'd like the next year of my life to play out.  It's a fun process and one that usually helps open my eyes to just how much more life seems to improve with each and every passing year.  See, I told you it was a fun process!  Something I've been putting into practice this year is adding a sense of calm to my life.  We can get so caught up in working and rushing around at a hectic pace, that it's easy to lose track of our wellbeing - something I touched on briefly at the end of last year, when my health wasn't quite so fabulous.  So, with some help from The Grand York Hotel (a hotel super keen on providing comfort and relaxation) and a rather generous pamper hamper, I've been taking the time to both acknowledge August as the official Relaxation Month, as well as think of small, subtle and easy ways to help us all to de-stress over the next year of our lives...

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Hotel Dukes' Palace | The Best Luxury Hotel in Brugge, Belgium

Prinsenhof 8 Hotel Dukes Palace Brugge Address
Surprise, Surprise, I'm going on about Brugge again!  Don't worry, I'm well aware the city has become an obsession of mine, and that includes accommodation.  For the past few years, Hotel Dukes' Palace has become my home away from home in the Belgian city and one that seems to get better and better with each and every visit.  From the private entrance leading to a warm welcome at the desk and box of chocolates in your room, to enjoying a drink on the sprawling patio before checking out - it's perfection.  Take it from someone who spends most of their spare moments planning the next visit to the historic city, this is the place to stay for luxury and comfort when in Brugge...

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!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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

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