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Monday, 30 April 2018

48 Hours In Torquay | South Coast Staycation

Torquay Area UK Travel Blogger Review
Just how long has it been since I shared a travel dairy here?!  Wait no, don't answer that.  As I mentioned recently, last month I found myself in Torquay for a few days, having long wanted to explore the South-West area.  I was last in Devon many years ago, when I was a child; tiddly-tot Gabs with a little blonde bob.  As a result, I associate the general area with lovely memories of jelly sandals, Babbacombe's model village and of course, plenty of ice cream.  But I've only ever dipped my toe into Torquay's dreamy blue waters and so this Springtime staycation served as the perfect opportunity to see what I've been missing out on.  Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon and is referred to by many as 'The English Riviera', thanks to the marina, other beautiful settings, extensive list of things to do in the area - plus, a general European vibe that you can't quite put your finger on!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Subtle Ways Of Bringing Florals Into A Spring Wardrobe

Miss Selfridge Black and Gold Blazer Fashion Blog
Oh you know we're all familiar with The Devil Wears Prada here, right?  And so I won't bore you with how florals are obviously nothing, ahem, 'groundbreaking' for Spring.  But I am going to go on about the themed print just a little.  Okay, more than a little, because I've fallen down the rabbit hole of floral accessories and have absolutely no intention of clambering my way out anytime soon. As much as I love busy floral printed dresses during the warmer months of year (and trust me, you'll be seeing plenty of them here on A Glass Of Ice - as requested!), I'm also loving more subtle ways of bringing the print into Springtime wardrobes.  Needless to say, I've stumbled across floral stilettos while down the floral-accessory themed rabbit hole, but what else?

Monday, 23 April 2018

Spring Styling | How To Get Creative With Your Wardrobe

Styling Gingham Check Trousers For Spring
Let's face it, here in the UK over the past week we were spoilt rotten with the weather!  Sunshine, warmth and smiles all round.  And then it disappeared.  But hey, nothing stays the same forever, right?  Thankfully, it will no doubt return soon and see us all strip down once more to bask in the sun, but for the time being... we need to get creative.  Creative with the ways we embrace the season, creative with lifting our moods on cloudier days and above all else, creative with our wardrobes!  I've got so much love for transitional styling, because it allows us to mix seasonal pieces and get away with more unusual combinations.  Frilly dresses paired with biker boots, roll neck jumpers layered underneath linen pinafore dresses and my personal favourite, denim jackets paired with printed trousers and sandals.
Nordgreen Infinity Pink Rose Gold Watch
How To Style Pink Denim Jacket For Spring
Zara Black and Gold Minaudière 2018

Jacket - Red Herring   |   Shirt - Ralph Lauren  |   Trousers - Zara

Sandals - Kurt Geiger   |   Sunglasses - Aldo

Bag - Zara (under £30!)

How to Style 2018 Minaudière Trend
Nordgreen pink and rose gold infinity watch blog review
Ah, denim jackets.  The saviours of Springtime wardrobes.  I never thought I'd be one to wear such a bold shade of pink, but the colour has absolutely grown on me over these past few weeks.  It's a major colour this season and sure, it's pretty easy to find right now as well.  Most collections can be found with at least a handful of pieces washed in the colour!  Like I mentioned earlier, a fave go-to of mine right now is pairing denim jackets with patterned trousers.  The trick is to pick one of them to be in a bright colour.  Bright jacket vs. dark printed trousers.  Colourful printed trousers vs. plain jacket.  You get the gist.  Another fabulous way of crossing over seasonal styling is to pair ruffled, ethereal dresses with biker boots or trainers, and fierce accessories.  The contrast can be pure magic.  Speaking of accessories, I've pretty much fallen in love with the minaudière trend; elaborate, flamboyant, luxurious and chic.  What's not to like?!
How To get Creative With Your Spring Wardrobe
Another accessory I'm attached to right now is this Infinity Watch from Nordgreen, a new Scandinavian brand championing minimal design and pure functionality.  I chose a blush strap to help it become a versatile piece in my spring/summer wardrobe.  For once a brand has included many holes in the strap to accommodate varying wrist sizes - so definitely a brand to look at if you're also struggling to find well-fitting watches!  Plus, the icing on this blush-and-rose-gold cake is the inter-changeable strap design.  I also have a black leather strap ready and waiting for when I want to switch things up again.  Perfect!

So, remember I enjoyed afternoon tea with Pandora Jewellery last month at The Ritz?  Well, the bracelet shown in this post is the gorgeous gift that was nestled inside the secret gift bag!  The Moments Silver Sliding Bracelet has been paired with the Promise of Spring Charm.  A gorgeous duo that you'll no doubt see plenty more of within outfits here on the blog this season!  If you like the style but fancy doing a little more browsing first, be sure to take a peek at their other silver bracelets.
Nordgreen Infinity Pink Rose Gold Watch Fashion Blog Review
Fashion Blog Trends 2018 Spring Styling
This really is a lovely time of year and even more so when it comes to our wardrobes.  Of course I'm excited for summer (hello to the other summer babies reading this!), but these temperamental months can be a fun opportunity to get creative with our wardrobes in the meantime.  I can't wait to read your thoughts on this look; are you a fan of patterned trousers?  How do you feel about pink denim - love, or hate?  Let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Spring Edit | The BEST Cut Out Dresses

With love,

Gabrielle x


Saturday, 21 April 2018

9 Sumptuous Afternoon Teas | Traditional British Locations

The Imperial Torquay Luxury Afternoon Tea
Phew!  Would you take a look at that afternoon tea?!  I'm proud to say this was demolished in under fifteen minutes - but photographed for probably twice as long beforehand!  Last month I found myself in Torquay for a few days, staying at The Imperial Torquay.  While there, I seized the opportunity to indulge in an afternoon tea downstairs overlooking the harbour.  Blazing hot sunshine streaming through the windows, large helpings of condiments and glorious interior design to set the mood.  It was undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite afternoon teas... which got me thinking; what other fabulous, traditional afternoon teas can be found right now across the country?  Notepads at the ready, it's time to hunt down the tastiest scones in the UK!  The rules are loose, but sumptuous interior deign is a must...

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

How To Be A Glow Getter This Spring!

Compton Acres Pink Italianate Villa
Ah, the joys of Spring!  Would it be tragic to say I've kind of been holding out for this season for over a month now?  When Winter drags on for too long, you can end up feeling as though you've stagnated and simply because there isn't enough change happening within nature.  Well, be gone tights and thermal base layers - the blooms have arrived!  Progress is definitely something that goes hand in hand with this season, it's a time of fresh starts and new beginnings.  A chance to set your focus on a new path and move into these warmer months with a sense of satisfaction.  Ooooh.  Feels good, right?!  Go-getting and releasing that inner glow...

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Greenway Estate | Agatha Christie's Holiday Home

Greenway Estate Agatha Christie's holiday home blog review
For as long as I can remember, I've been a huge (read: intense) fan of Agatha Christie's work.  In particular, her creations of Miss Marple and Poirot.  In fact, alongside the books I've also developed an obsession with the ITV adaptations of these two series over the past decade.  I have my favourite books/episodes, my favourite characters and of course, my favourite lines.  To be honest, I compare each and every murder mystery story with her work.  The question I ask myself most often?  But is it as good as Agatha Christie's work?  So, now you understand how utterly mesmerised I am with the British writer's work, you can imagine my sheer joy upon visiting her holiday home near Galmpton in Devon, England...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Spring Wedding Guest | Embellished Dresses

Wedding Guest Spring Styling Outfit
It's wedding season!  And we all know what that means: time to start tracking down those gorgeous frilly frocks!  Alongside being a part of someone's very special day, weddings also provide the perfect opportunity to wear something a little more flamboyant.  A chance to release our inner magpies and find the most embellished, show-stopping pieces we can find.  Thankfully, current trends are totally working in our favour this season thanks to a resurgence of interest in crystals, glitter and general OTT embellishment.  Personally, for a recent wedding (my cousin's beautiful day), I opted to wear this midi embellished dress (also available as a top) and loved every second of doing so.  So, you've got a wedding to attend this season and you're wanting something spectacularly beautiful to wear? End your search.  Down below, I've put together an edit of the most beautiful, dazzling embellished dresses available right now and separated them into different lengths to suit your preference.  Enjoy!

Monday, 9 April 2018

CBT | The Beginner's Guide

Fashion Blog Parisian Styling Theme
CBT, ever heard of it?  Perhaps, perhaps not.  It stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and still sees many people wielding sticks in a bid to keep the concept faaaar away from them.  But here's the thing, it's not that deep.  Instead, it's just a really, really helpful tool that takes you from spinning yourself in circles over something less than important, to shrugging it off with ease.  I'd go as far as to call it life-changing.  So, I mentioned at the end of last year how I'd be exploring a couple of different routes, including practicing mindfulness and sure, I was skeptical (who isn't?).  Fast forward four months later and it's truly been such an incredible journey.  So incredible in fact, it feels near impossible not to share some basic CBT with you!  I've taken five basic concepts from what I've been learning and shared them with you below - speaking as no expert!  Consider then five steps forwards into a calmer, more serene life.  You never knew, you may just be curious enough to go through an online programme, or perhaps find a practitioner near you!  Trust me, you won't regret it...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Spring Edit | The BEST Cut Out Dresses!

Karen Millen Blue Cut Out Flared Knit Dress
Spring has sprung!  We're shedding the faux fur coats and are now turning our attention towards our (slightly) warmer weather wardrobes.  Lately, I've been fine-tuning my style and passing tons of pieces to charity that I've now fallen out of love with, or that simply don't make me feel gorgeous anymore.  But enough of the doom and gloom, it's all about what's new to our wardrobes, right?! A new discovery of mine has been cut out dresses.  Sure, I've known about them, but for years they were a no-go purely due to the concern of bending the wrong way and revealing a less than flattering silhouette.  But as I've mentioned ten million times before, life is just too short to be worry about that.  So, it's time to don the best cut out styles of the season, show some skin and embrace the strange tan lines!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Should You Share Your Blog With Friends & Family?

How to Style OTK Boots for Spring
Admittedly, this post is directed towards bloggers and bloggers alone.  But hey, for all of you who don't have a blog, you never know when you may get the urge to write one and be asking yourself this very question!  So, a couple of months ago, I came across a thread discussing whether or not to share your blog name with friends and family.  My immediate thought was 'well, why not?' and moved on with my day.  Except, until that point, I'd only shared my blog name with direct family and a couple of friends!  I'd be quick to share it with those who move in and out of life in the blink of an eye, and yet not with the constants who have loved and supported me for years. Strange?  Strange.  You can imagine where I'm going with this.  Since then, I've told friends and family my blog name and have been soaking up their reactions ever since...
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