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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Are Trench Coats Back On Trend?

Classic Beige Trench Coat Spring 2018
Yes!  Although, were they ever actually off trend?  You know what, who cares?!  We won't get weighed down with the details. Ultimately, trench coats are here to stay and have been since circa, uh, 411 BC (or something).  They're timeless, chic and go a long way in helping you look as though you mean business.  In short, a trench coat is an investment piece for your wardrobe - especially considering at least once a year, we're told they're back 'on trend'.  No complaints here!  Although, when they're discussed, it's very rarely with a focus on the traditional, timeless trench coat that will actually serve you for years to come, and instead delivered with a focus on 'trending' trench coats.  I mean; asymmetrical hemlines, quirky fringing embellishment and wild colour combos.  All of which are gorgeous, but will you still love them next year, the year after or the year after that?  Hmm...

Monday, 26 February 2018

Mii Cosmetics | Nude Ambition & Classic Favourites (Full Look!)

Mii Cosmetics Beauty Blog Full Look Review
Oh!  Surprise, surprise.  I'm still in love with Mii Cosmetics.  For those unfamiliar with my longterm obsession with the British brand, Mii Cosmetics specialise in makeup that flatters your face, rather than hides it.  They're all about natural beauty, flattering shades and making the most of your features.  So, if that ticks all of the right boxes for you, you'll love this news... their new collection launches in just three days from now!  Nude Ambition launches officially on March 1st and features a Double Delight Concealer & Serum, Illusionist Translucent Powder and Double Delight Blush & Bronze.  Along with these gorgeous new additions to their range, I've put together a full look using all Mii Cosmetics products.  Some of my classic favourites are included, along with a few new introductions from the brand's extensive range...

Friday, 23 February 2018

Queens Hotel Cheltenham | What I Look For In A Hotel

Queens Hotel Cheltenham Luxury Hotel Review
How on Earth has it been over two weeks since I shared my Instagram Guide to Cheltenham?!  I've hit publish on a fair few new posts since then, however the intensity of my love for the town hasn't dwindled.  Not at all.  Not even a little bit.  I stayed at Queens Hotel Cheltenham for my staycation in Cheltenham due to its fabulous reputation, clean refurbished interior design and prime location (my room literally overlooked the Imperial Gardens!).  The stay was perfect from beginning to end; starting with an upgrade and ending with a late checkout.  So, my time there sparked a thought - what do I look for when booking a hotel?  More to the point, what exactly makes a stay special enough to want to eagerly share it here for you to read?!  

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fenn Wright Manson | Tweed For Spring & Discount Code!

Navy Blue Tweed Skirt Suit Spring
Finally, finally we're starting to creep a little closer towards Spring.  I can't even begin to explain how much I'm looking forward to the masses of colourful blooms appearing left, right and centre.  The brighter, sunnier (and pretty, pretty please warmer!) days. And of course, not forgetting the seasonal wardrobe changeover that comes with kissing goodbye to freezing cold temperatures and dressing in more layers than a Russian nesting doll.  But before we dive into ruffled mini dresses and cropped t-shirts, it's time to look at transitional styling.  The bridge between Winter and Spring in particular has become one of my favourite times on the calendar with regard to styling.  This is largely thanks to the options - you can mix and match to your heart's content!  With this in mind, I'm adoring casual skirt suits right now.  Although my rules are fairly relaxed, one thing is essential: it either has to be covered in a striking check print (look coming soon), or tweed.  Ooh.  Fenn Wright Manson have added the first Clueless-esque skirt suit to my Spring wardrobe and now I'm hooked.  I mean,  Cher Horowitz raised the bar pretty high, but I'm cool with living in her shadow...

Use the code Gabrielle20 for 20% discount at Fenn Wright Manson
(ends March 18th 2018)


Friday, 16 February 2018

M&S Flowers | Mother's Day Floral Display Tips

Using M&S Flowers in a Table Setting
Before we launch into my Mother's Day garden party setting.... Last week, I had the total pleasure of heading to The Ivy Chelsea Garden with Marks & Spencer, for a Mother's Day Flowers Masterclass (check out some of their expert tips!). It was a fabulous evening consisting of advice from M&S flower expert Simon Richards and award-winning blogger Rona Wheeldon, as they talked us through three different floral arrangements.  A sweet, compact narcissi arrangement was on the cards first, followed by the most beautiful bouquet of roses and finally, ending with a wild flower arrangement (check out last week's office setup and you'll understand why the latter became my fave!).  Better yet, we were encouraged to bring along our mums and so I had the pleasure of learning all about this season's floral trends with my mum by my side!  So, a couple of champagne flutes later, it was time to devote all of my attention to the creme brûlée doughnuts (I know, yum!), pack up our floral arrangements and head home, or rather... just around the corner.  Because the beauty of going anywhere with your mum, is that your dad insists on picking her up and so by default, you get secondhand princess treatment.  Bliss.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Why Do We Celebrate Special Occasions?

Bridal Dress Plunging Neckline Tulle
Is there anything more exciting than counting down to a special occasion?!  While shooting for Bridal Indulgence last week, I started thinking about why so many of us love to commemorate some of life's most special moments, such as weddings.  Personally, I've never held back from sharing with you just how much I love to throw myself into special occasions, including seasonal changes, events and national holidays. Anything and everything.  I can appreciate many simply don't get the hype.  But here's the thing: if we don't celebrate special occasions, what separates one day from the next?  Sure, you don't want to wish your life away, but as we've all heard at some point:

''Don't look back, you're not going that way.''

... and so why not start looking forward?

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dressing Down Evening Shoes | Winter Casualwear

How to Style Evening Shoes for Daytime
So, last night I saw Kinky Boots at the theatre and oh my gosh, it was hands down my favourite musical of all time!  Okay fine, maybe it's tied with Phantom of the Opera.  Who knows, I keep changing my mind.  Anyway, I loved the strong message of acceptance running throughout the musical, and perhaps even as much as I adored the constant focus on heels.  More to the point, high heels.  Ahem, to quote Kinky Boots' Sex Is In The Heel, ''Jack it up 'cause I'm no flat tire, mack it up six inches higher.''  Those words spoke to me on a spiritual level.  I'm kidding (kind of).  So much has my love for stilettos grown, that I adore wearing them whenever possible during daylight hours.  Why keep your most gorgeous heels for when the sun has set?  They need to be on show!  With the resurgence of interest in Manolo Blahnik embellished pumps, of late they can be seen styled with jeans and jumpers, dresses, jumpsuits and more. Why?  Because they're too gorgeous to be hiding away in their shoe boxes, waiting for that 'special occasion'.  It's time to peel back the tissue paper, head out in daylight hours and strut, strut, strut...  

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Instagram Guide To Cheltenham | Picture-Perfect Areas

Cheltenham Grand Regency Buildings in Sunshine
If you've been following along via Instagram, you'll know I travelled to Cheltenham last week for a mini staycation!  Having only ever visited once before, I knew I was in for an absolute treat.  I mean, I'm pretty sure I froze to death at one point, but the risk of hypothermia aside, the trip was everything I'd hoped for.  The hours were filled with stunning grand regency architecture, delicious food, shopping and hundreds of picture-perfect moments that scream 'Instagram me!'.  With that in mind, I've put together a little Instagram guide pointing you in the right direction, should you find yourself in the area anytime soon...
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