Thursday 5 May 2022

Staycation Outfits for a Luxury English Hotel Break

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A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful overnight stay at a stately Victorian mansion turned hotel in Wokingham, Berkshire. During our stay at Easthampstead Park, we indulged in a romantic dinner for two, a couples gym session at their on-site EastPark gym, a delightful afternoon tea and a traditional English breakfast. Scroll down to see my outfits from the weekend and find out where you can shop them for yourself.

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staycation outfits for luxury hotel break

oasis fashion dress

An Elegant Gown for A Romantic Dinner for Two

This stunning organza floral dress in sage green is part of the Oasis x Laura Whitmore collection at Oasis. Its intricate detail and elegant look makes it the ideal dress for a special dining experience. It would also be the perfect wedding guest outfit for a Summer wedding.

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oasis fashion argyle knit jumper

argyle knit jumper

A Cosy Argyle Look For A Traditional English Breakfast

Opting for comfort and practicality at breakfast time, I handpicked a cosy argyle jumper in pastel tones. Partnered with black skinny jeans and comfortable footwear, this outfit was ideal for breakfast and a stroll in the countryside after we'd eaten.

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floral rose dress at easthampstead park

luxury hotel break

A Pretty Floral Dress for A Delightful Afternoon Tea

No matter how much I resist (which isn't much by the way), I can never not sport florals in the warmer seasons. This beautiful dainty floral print made me feel feminine, elegant and full of confidence. A dress like this deserves to be seen and worn with love. 

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Staycation Outfits for a Luxury English Hotel Break

Friday 15 April 2022

Pastel Outfit Favourites for Spring 2022

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pastel blue spring fashion

pastel outfit favourites for spring

Just like that, Spring is back in business and I must admit that it's always a relief to see the lighter days come back in, with the sun shining and blossoms blooming. 

One of my favourite colours to wear during the Spring months is this delicate powder blue tone. I've always been a fan of softer colours and this is no exception. From pastel pinks to baby blues, I've rounded up some of my top high street styles to kick off the season.

Best of Blue

Swipe through to find my top pastel blue picks this month. 
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Pastel Perfection

Swipe through for my favourite pastel picks this month, including pretty pinks and lovely yellow hues.

Pastel Outfit Favourites for Spring 2022

Friday 17 September 2021

How to look confident on camera

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how to look confident on camera
confident on camera

The professionals definitely make it look easy but if you're somebody who hates being on camera and struggles to feel confident, you are not alone! Many people feel uncomfortable being in front of the lens but there are ways to appear more confident on camera even when you're not feeling it.

Being a blogger, I'm generally used to having my photo taken but there have been times when I'm shooting out in public and I feel awkward. The last thing I'd want is for that to translate on film so in order to appear more confident in the photos, I'll follow a few steps to combat the shyness.

Keep a natural gaze

My favourite tip is to imagine you're smiling at a loved one or your celebrity crush instead of down the barrel of a lens. This will (hopefully) make you feel more at ease, and keep your smile feeling more natural rather than forced. Try to avoid fixating your eyes on the lens by keeping your eye movements relaxed. If you need to, take a brief moment to look away or look down before looking back at the camera.

Fix your posture

Fixing my posture and standing tall always makes me feel more confident, whether on camera or just in real life! Keep your core tight, pull your shoulders back and neck tall, but do so without tensing. Tensing will make you look more rigid which is what we're trying to avoid.

If in doubt, smile

It's no secret that your facial expression will be a big part of how you'll translate on camera. Try to relax your facial muscles. Don't be afraid to try a few funny faces if it'll make you feel more at ease and if in doubt, just smile!

Consider your body language

Personally, I like to experiment with poses. I'll create movement by positioning my arms, hands and legs in specific positions. One of my go-to stances is to stand tall with one leg in front of the other, clutching or gently swinging a handbag. If you follow me on Instagram, you may be already familiar with this one!

Dress for the occasion

Wear an outfit that you feel most confident in. Do you see those black heeled boots in the pictures above? Those boots make me feel like I could take on the world. It's important you feel happy in what you're wearing so dress with comfort and confidence in mind.

Stay cool under pressure

When we're the subject of a photographer, it's easy to be extra hard on yourself in that moment. Before the image has even been taken, you may find yourself already thinking "oh, I'll look awful". Don't! Give yourself a chance by remembering it's only a photo - a photo that can be ripped up and deleted if needed. You never know, if you're happy with it, it could be a photo that you cherish for years to come and use to remember a fond memory.

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How to look confident on camera

Monday 17 May 2021

Why the H&M wildflower collection is just what we need right now

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h&m wildflowers

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wildflower meadow dress
h&m wildflower collection dress

 If a clothing collection ever had my name written all over it, it's the H&M wildflower collection. Each piece of this collection is adorned by dainty floral designs inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings. It was born as a result of the uncertain times we're all facing, having been in and out of lockdown multiple times. That feeling of wanting to escape has been common for most. For me, often the only way to do that was to go out for a quiet walk in nature and admire the changing of the seasons. I won't be alone in saying how much nature has helped me carry hope and belief in the beauty of life over the past year. It's even more prominent now than ever before and the wildflower collection truly triumphs that.

The background behind this collection is a beautiful story within itself. The prints were designed and hand painted in house by H&M's print designers Abigail, Holly, Kavita and Florentin. They walked through fields of wildflowers seeking their muse and inspiration then sketched down designs, alive and untamed - just like what they had seen at the meadows. The flowers were hand painted in water colour giving them a soft and subtle look, mimicking that of real delicate petals. 

With sustainability at its heart, the range is made entirely from 100 percent organic cotton and a cotton-linen mix. In a soft colour palette, the clothes are beautifully vintage inspired yet kept in line with contemporary features, such as puffed sleeves and cut out detailing.

For a high street brand to connect with people in this way is refreshing and up-lifting. It feels as though we've got to see the creative process and the people behind the designs.

 The collection launched on April 12 and most pieces sold out within a day. You can still find a few pieces from the wildflower collection online and in store, but here's to hoping they'll be a second drop and extension of this stunning collection coming soon.

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Why the H&M wildflower collection is just what we need right now

Wednesday 5 May 2021

The Best Affordable Dior Dupes

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dior dupe necklace

Dior is without a doubt one of my most adored luxury brands but I can't quite afford the bags of my dreams just yet! With that in mind, I'll often come across pieces that remind me of the extraordinary taste of Dior without being the real deal or having the real deal price tag. Of course, they will not have the same quality level or be manufactured in the same way but they will excite my personal style and provide the tiniest hint of Dior I'm craving for. From jewellery to hats and handbags, scroll down to unveil the best affordable Dior dupes and click the photos to shop them.

Dior handbags: the real deal

Dior handbags: the dupes

Dior jewellery: the real deal

Dior jewellery: the dupes

Dior accessories: the real deal

Dior accessories: the dupes

The Best Affordable Dior Dupes

Saturday 1 May 2021

30 of This Season's Best Luxury Gold Jewellery Pieces

Deia Ear Cuff, Monica Vinader 

My love affair with jewellery started long ago. First hunting through second-hand vintage pieces at car boot sales and then making my own beaded jewellery as a young teen. While I occasionally still dabble in both of those things, my eye for jewellery is usually drawn by minimalist metal pieces and those with a little sparkle. I'm talking about the kind of jewels that you can wear every day in comfort and quiet confidence. Find 30 of this season's best luxury gold jewellery pieces below.

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30 of This Season's Best Luxury Gold Jewellery Pieces

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