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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Lanzarote | H10 Rubicon Palace, Playa Blanca & Arrecife!

Lanzarote Playa Blanca Palm Trees
If you're following me over on Instagram (via @aglassofice), you'll notice I've been completely obsessed with Lanzarote over the last couple of weeks since ending last year on the island!  The 'winter sun' trip with my partner was planned fairly last minute, and by last minute I mean about a full month in advance.  I just love making lists and plans and that usually takes advanced planning, you know?! As it so happens, being a little more spontaneous and not scheduling every second of the day turned out to be the very best thing. With a few days to play with, we set about finding the perfect balance between exploring the island, and soaking up the slow pace the warm location had to offer.  From relaxing in the spa to darting across the island on the back of a scooter...

Friday, 25 January 2019

Mii Cosmetics | Velvet Radiance Face Base

Mii Cosmetics Velvet Radiance Face Base
Does anyone else find they experiment more with makeup during the warmer months of the year?  I'm definitely guilty of this, which makes discovering this incredible new release by Mii Cosmetics aaaall the more exciting mid-winter.  Introducing the shiny new... Velvet Radiance Face Base!  Available in sixteen shades, the face base matches a wide range of skin tones, meaning you can kiss goodbye to that nearly-but-not-quite colour match.  So the question is, after putting it to the test and wearing it over these past few weeks, how has the Velvet Radiance Face Base performed?

Monday, 21 January 2019

5 Ways To Take Control Of 2019!

Flared Snakeskin Print Trosuers
Oof!  In every direction we look, we're being told of how today is Blue Monday; the most depressing day of the year.  Work?  Weather? Failed resolutions?  There's one million and one reasons as to why today has been dubbed Blue Monday... but let's not dwell on that. Instead, let's focus on how best we can push ourselves through these rainy ol' days to sunnier times ahead!  First and foremost, if you're anything like me and prefer the warmer months of the year, it's best to see these winter months as preparation for what's to come ahead.  Put in the hard work now, and play later...

Monday, 14 January 2019

3 Skirts To Add To Your Wardrobe This Winter

Zara Camel Wool Knitted Midi Skirt
Winter can be pretty difficult when it comes to combining style with budget.  It's the time of year when heavy duty items require more fabric and therefore often tend to cost more.  Much more.  Far in the distance are the floral mini dresses that cost no more than breakfast, and the camisoles are priced similarly to a coffee.  Ugh.  It's because of this I adore classic pieces during winter more than any other time of year!  The kind of item that proves impossible to put a price on.  Is it high-street?  Is it high-end?  Who knows!  With this in mind, I've been adding a few more classic pieces to my wardrobe lately, with unusually textured skirts coming out on top as the most exciting to track down.  Ooh...

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire | Clay Pigeon Shooting

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Clay Pigeon Shooting Review
So, towards the end of last year I mentioned how I'm super keen to continue trying different things.  And I mean, different things. Having tried (and adored) horse riding at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire last month, I was thrilled to return this morning with an invitation to try clay pigeon shooting.  Growing up in the countryside, this is a sport I've heard plenty about - and yet had never tried for myself.  Excited would be an understatement!  So, after being taken out deeper into the Dogmersfield estate via Land Rover, ear defenders were positioned over my pom-pom hat (yep, definitely not a pro yet) and protective glasses were handed over.  Let the fun begin!

Monday, 7 January 2019

M&S Flowers | New Year, New Blooms

Romantic Gold and Pink Table Setting
After discussing How To Realise Your Dreams over the weekend, I've loved reading your comments and hearing about why you also adore this time of year.  The fresh start, the clean slate and the promise of more exciting things to come!  And it's usually around this time of year we start to turn our eye to our surroundings and the environment we live in.  Cleaning, sprucing and decorating.  Anyone else been hitting up the homeware aisles?  Alongside the candles flickering away and the diffusers we've placed on our freshly-dusted shelves, it's also the perfect time to flock to the M&S blooms and bring them indoors to the favourite corners of our homes.  Beautiful to see, beautiful to smell and even more beautiful to get creative with...

Saturday, 5 January 2019

How To Realise Your Dreams | Happy New Year!

Zara Metallic Bronze  Midi Skirt
This used to be my least favourite time of year due to the low temperatures and bare walls after all of the fairy lights have been taken down after Christmas.  However, this changed when I opened my eyes to the opportunities January presents!  I know, I know, we can start working on our goals at any time of year.  But regardless of your viewpoint on resolutions and goals, there's no denying the first month of the year tends to set a fire underneath us that stirs us all into action.  Motivational quotes are coming at us from left, right and centre.  Don't ignore them.  It's time to buckle down, work hard and start realising your dreams in 2019!  We'll be on this journey together...    

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Cologne Christmas Markets | The Chic Girl's Guide

Cologne Germany Christmas Ferris Wheel
It's 2019!  A brand new year, a fresh start and perfect excuse to book a ton of travel for the year ahead!  My advice?  Start with the end of the year.  It tends to be at the back of our minds until Autumn, by which time the costs have doubled.  Eek!  Needless to say, my first and foremost suggestion will always be Cologne Christmas markets in Germany.  If you're a longterm reader of A Glass Of Ice, you'll know I've returned to these Christmas markets every year for the past decade with family and it's an annual tradition I really hope will never come to an end.  So, with my undying love for the festive location in mind, let's get stuck into my 'Chic Girls' Guide' to spending Christmas in Cologne, Germany!

Psst! This is the second location in my Chic Girl Guide travel series, following on from King's Cross London.
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