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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!

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.

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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.    
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Fashion Blogger tips on how to look like a Bond Girl
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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!
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Dress - Oasis

Heels - Lost Ink

Sunglasses - Marc Jacobs


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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?!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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