THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

A few months back I booked Aslan, Reggie and I into cute little log cabin get away in the Cotswolds. The other day while I was playing around on my computer I stumbled upon these gorgeous photos. I totally forgot about these pictures and I’m SO glad I rediscovered them because they brought back so many nice memories and gave me all the warm, fuzzy feels. Ahh.

Before booking the trip I knew I wanted to go somewhere with totally ~ zen vibes ~ and when I found ‘Log House Holidays’ while scrolling through Insta I knew I’d found just the place. You might have noticed that I travel quite a bit and since Aslan and I had already planned to spend our Christmas holidays road tripping around the USA, I decided the only way I could prepare myself for a week of map reading and car napping was to schedule a few days of utter relaxation before we set off on our adventure. I’m SO glad I did.

As the name would suggest we stayed in the cuuuuuutest little log cabin right by this huge, swan-filled lake. Since we live in the heart of London I’m always really grateful to get the chance to explore the more tranquil side of the UK. I really appreciated those few days of escapism. There was literally nothing around us but trees, open water and tweeting birds and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy the silence made my soul!

Since Aslan and I were about to spend 3 whole weeks alone with each other (lol) I decided to invite Amelia to spend a few days with us at the cabin for some serious girl time. We basically just spent our days sleeping in really late, eating a ton of delicious food (Amelia made her infamous ‘healthy’ pancakes which were actually really good) and chit chatting. Amelia brought her dog Duke along to the cabin with her so it was super nice to take the doggies out for some fresh air and explore the space a little more. P.S. How hilarious does Reggie look next to teeny tiny Duke?!

You guys know I’m such a bath person, so it’s probably no surprise to you that the hot tub outside our cabin was the cherry on top for me on this trip. I literally can’t think of anything more relaxing than watching the sun go down over the freezing lake from the comfort and warmth of that tub. Oh what I would do to be back there right now! I also got to hang around in my comfiest clothes, no makeup and catch up on my reading!

IN MY SUITCASE:

  • Rupi Kaur 'The Sun & Her Flowers'

    Beautiful poetry fills my soul!

  • Super Cool Rainbow Sweater!

    Snuggliest thing EVER

  • Beautiful Swimsuit!

    Love these colours

  • Rainbow Joggers

    I wish I could live in these babies

  • Cozy Candle

    Obsessed with this one lately!

I hope you guys enjoyed getting a little glimpse into our relaxing winter break. I know we’ve only just got back to normality after the holidays but this cold, dark January is giving me the urge to hibernate away in a log cabin until Spring rolls around! Where is your favourite place to escape to when you need a break? I’m always on the hunt for utlimate relaxation destinations so if you have any recommendations definitely make sure you leave me a comment down below! Check out the Log House Holidays site if you need some zen in your life! We stayed in the KENO lodge by the way and if you check out their site they have loads if different options.

MY WINTER ESCAPE ESSENTIALS:

  • Cozy Sorel Boots

    I'm a loyal Sorel girl!

  • Soft Gloves

    I like these fingerless ones

  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

    Pucker up!

  • Simple Beanie Hat

    Are you a hat person?

  • Lancôme Génifique Mask

    Serious pamper time!

DISCOVERING ARGAN OIL WITH GARNIER

Last week my lovely Garnier family whisked me away on an incredible trip to Agadir, Morocco to discover the origins of their magical argan oil. I’ve only ever been to Marrakech in Morocco so I was really looking forward to exploring a different area of the country. What makes Agadir so special is that it’s one of only two areas in the world where argan trees are found to grow naturally! This particular area of Morocco provides the argan trees with the specific climate and soil conditions that they require to grow and thrive. Garnier brought me along on the trip to celebrate the release of their brand new Argan Richness collection which is part of the (amazing) Ultimate Blends range. I was so excited to get a glimpse into the process that goes into producing the products and meet the people that make it all happen!

If like me you’re a fan of the Garnier Ultimate Blends range (seriously my favourite affordable haircare collection!) then you will know just how nourishing the formula of the shampoo and conditioner really is. The Honey Treasures shampoo and conditioner have been my go-to at bath time for a while now, but since trying the Argan Richness range I *think* I’ve just found my new favourites!

The Argan Richness range is specifically formulated for very dry, unruly hair and I’m really grateful to have this stuff sitting proudly in my bathroom. Ever since I started dying my hair blonde it’s felt SO dry and I find myself constantly hunting for the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo to bring my tresses back to life! Argan is an amazing remedy for dry or damaged hair because it’s super rich in antioxidants and FULL of vitamin E. Within the Argan Richness collection is a nutritious creamy shampoo, a detangling conditioner and my fave…a deep nourishing hair mask! Alongside this trio there’s also a no-rinse protective styling balm (watch my vlog if you wanna see how I used this!) which helps to give the hair a velvety soft touch and makes it easier to manage. I used this foursome throughout my time in Morocco and I really noticed a positive difference in the way my hair looked and felt.

Garnier’s argan oil is processed by six women’s cooperatives. This basically means that Garnier employ roughly 600 women and give them fair wages which enables them to support their families. This is great because there really aren’t many opportunities for women to get jobs in this particular area of Morocco. Among the six cooperatives is the Women Agricultural Coopérative Toudarte in Douar Aksmour, Agadir, who we went to visit on the second day of our trip. Women working in the argan oil cooperatives are guaranteed equitable wages, which improve their own lives as well as the lives of their families and communities. The cooperatives provide the women with better working conditions and greater independence. Not only that but it is mandatory for the women of the cooperative to take part in two hours literacy lessons per day and gives them greater access to healthcare; both of which enable them to take more control over their future.

It took us around two hours to reach the village of Aksmour from our hotel and the drive was incredible! We drove along the most beautiful stretch of coastline before winding our way up into the mountains and along to the cooperative in the argan forest. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the women of the Coopérative Toudarte who greeted us with a beautiful song and dance! I actually felt really emotional when the women started singing! They were so excited to see us and proud to show us what they do. Super special.

After our welcome we were treated to a glass of delicious Moroccan mint tea (seriously that stuff is INCREDIBLE) and some delicious sweet treats like coconut macaroons and buttery biscuits. We sat down and listened to a short speech by Fatima Ihihi who is the President of the Toudarte Coopérative and a native of the Akhsmou village. Fatima shared her story with us and it was so inspiring to hear her passion and enthusiasm for the cooperative. She told us about how she had always dreamed of setting up a women’s cooperative to produce argan oil but faced difficulties due to the resistance of the local population. After years of perseverance, Fatima succeeded in assembling a small group of women and together they worked to set up the Coopérative Toudarte. Now, the cooperative is one of the biggest and most successful suppliers of argan oil in the region. It was amazing to hear Fatima’s story first hand!

After Fatima’s speech we headed out to see the argan trees for ourselves. The trees grow argan fruits which are kinda squidgy like a date or a prune. When ripe (usually around July/August time) the fruit falls from the tree and is left to dry on the ground for around four months before being manually collected. Once the pulp has dried it is removed to reveal the argan nuts. To avoid any waste, leftover fruit is given to the animals in the village to eat.

The next step to create the argan oil is to crack the nut by hand. This is a time consuming and labor intensive process and I was absolutely in awe of how fast (yet meticulous) these women were at this part! There’s a real knack to cracking the nut and you have to hit it in *just* the right spot in order to get a nice, clean break on the shell. I actually got the chance to have a go at cracking the nut myself and it was SO hard (watch the vlog if you wanna see me fail lol)!! It can take up to a day for the women to extract a basket full of argan nuts which blows my mind because it took me about 10 minutes to crack just one! Each nut contains two kernels which are collected into baskets ready for the next step.

After collecting, the kernels are sorted by hand. The best kernels (which are determined by their colour and shape) are selected to produce the highest quality oil. The kernels are mechanically pressed into a liquid which is left to rest and filtered. The result of this whole process is argan oil ready to be blended into the Garnier products! It was SO cool to see this process and to know that it would eventually end up in a bottle of Ultimate Blends!

What’s also great about this whole process is that none of the argan fruit goes to waste. Garnier also use the cracked kernels in many of their other beauty products (not just the Ultimate Blends range!); the kernels are crushed and used in scrubs because they make the perfect natural exfoliators! Scrub a dub dub.

I had such an amazing day at the Coopérative Toudarte and I can’t even begin to explain how special it felt to not only see the work that goes into making the argan oil, but to meet the women who make it happen too! These women are so proud and happy to be a part of this cooperative and I’m really grateful that I got to spend a day in their shoes. This opportunity has changed a lot of women’s lives and it’s amazing to see.

Alongside our visit to the Coopérative Toudarte, we also had the chance to enjoy some moments of pure relaxation back at our beautiful Riad (a traditional moroccan house/hotel). I think everyone who lives in the UK will agree with me when I say that cold, wet January’s are THE WORST so it was amazing to get the chance to spend a couple of days soaking up some much needed sunshine.

  • Brown Leather Jacket

    A great staple piece!

  • Vince Mules

    Matchy matchy

  • Levis Grey Jeans

    My most worn pair!

  • Classic Brown Belt

    I couldn't live without mine

  • Comfy Grey Tee

    This is my go to right now

  • Basket Bag

    Essential for Summer!

  • Oversized Sunnies

    These are cute

  • Garnier Sensitive Advanced SPF

    Protect protect protect!

  • Clear Invisibobbles

    I swear by these for pony tail days!

  • Daisy London Chakra Bracelet

    I wear mine every single day!

I was also super happy to have my bae Alex by my side for this trip! She is the coolest chick EVER and I’m always super excited to travel with her. Thanks Garnier for reuniting us in Morocco, it was awesome!

On our last morning Garnier organised for us to visit the traditional Moroccan Hammam which was pure bliss. A Hammam is basically a treatment where someone bathes you and scrubs you and kinda massages you at the same time. Essentially it was just what I needed before the long flight home back to London! We were also treated to a blow dry in the hotel using the beautiful Argan Richness range which left me feeling super swish!

  • Weekday Textured Bikini Top

    Love this bikini!

  • Weekday Textured High Waist Bikini Bottom

    So comfortable!

  • Round Basket Bag

    I'm in love with this

  • Oversized Sunnies

    These are cute

  • Ouai Wave Spray

    Beachy vibes

  • Ouai Texturising Spray

    I'm in love

  • Gorgeous Red Dress

    Affordable show stopper!

  • Comfy Strappy Sandals

    The perfect height for me!

  • Simple Black Jumpsuit

    Love how this ties in at the waist

  • Basket Bag

    Essential for Summer!

Big thank you to my wonderful Garnier family for bringing me along on this trip and giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the amazing women at the Coopérative Toudarte. It’s so great to see how these women sustainably source the natural ingredients that go into Garnier products. I vlogged the whole trip so make sure you watch the video below if you want to see what I got up to while we were out there! The Argan Richness range is available from Boots here.

  • Garnier Argan Richness Control Cream

    Makes hair super manageable

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Shampoo

    Scrub a dub dub

  • Cute Basket Bag

    Pop your hair goodies in here!

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Conditioner

    Silky soft hair here I come!

  • Garnier Argan Richness Hair Mask

    My FAVE!!

ASLAN'S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY IN FINLAND!

If you follow me on Insta you probably will have seen quuiiittee a few snowy stories from me over the past week and that’s because Aslan and I just got back from a once in a lifetime trip to Nellim, Finland, for Aslan’s birthday! Aslan and I have been together for over 8 years now (omg!) and I felt like I’d never done anything *really* extra special for his birthday, so this year I made it my mission to blow him away and surprise him with an adventure he’d never forget!

I booked this trip MONTHS ago and am super proud of myself for keeping the whole thing secret until just a few days before we were due to leave. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the absolute worst at keeping secrets so I was literally about to burst every time he asked me where we were going!

Although I ended up having to reveal our final destination, what Aslan didn’t know was that I’d actually organised for 4 of our friends to secretly meet us at the airport and come along on the trip with us! We made it through security and headed off to get some breakfast to find our friends sitting at a table in the restaurant! I’ve literally never seen Aslan look so surprised! He was beaming from ear to ear! I managed to vlog the whole thing so definitely make sure you check out our Finland video if you want to see the secret be unveiled! (*Warning* get ready for A LOT of nervous laughing from me!)

We stayed at this place in Finland called ‘Nellim’ which is kind of like a resort with a hotel and tons of log cabins. I booked Aslan and I the most incredible cabin which was like something out of a Christmas movie! We even had our own private sauna IN our cabin! Bliss! While we were there temperatures dipped lower than -20 so you better believe I was in that sauna every morning and night lol!

Prior to our trip I spent hours planning all the different excursions for us to take part in and I’m SO glad I did because we got to live out some bucket-list-experiences that I’ll remember forever. One of my favourite activities was a husky safari (!!!) which meant that we got to meet the most beautiful huskies and husky puppies. We were in ACTUAL heaven.

Aslan and I had the chance to take it in turns and drive the husky sled which was one of my favourite experiences from the trip. Before setting off we spent some time talking to the guy who takes care of the dogs and he told us that the huskies LOVE to run. I was a little bit sceptical about the whole thing before taking part but it was clear to see that the huskies were super excited to get going and pull the sled. I was amazed at their sheer power and strength and loved seeing them work together as a pack. It was actually quite emotional to see the bond that they have with each other! It did make me miss our little Reg man back at home though.

The huskies took us over the most incredible frozen lake and I can’t even begin to try and describe how beautiful the scenery was (I think the vlog kinda does it justice though!) While we were out on the lake the temperature dropped to -35 and my eyelashes froze almost IMMEDIATELY! It was the strangest sensation ever but it definitely made me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. The whole experience was like something out of a dream for me.

On Aslan’s actual birthday we went on a 4 hour snow shoe trek which was really enjoyable. I kinda had it in my mind that the snow shoe trek would be one of my least favourite activities but it was actually one of the things that I enjoyed the most. We spent the day wandering through the forest and stopped to make some grilled cheese sandwiches on an open fire. I think all of us would agree that we felt so content being out in nature like that!

In the evening our group gathered around the fire and drank hot berry juice. The guys from the Nellim team even bought out a huge chocolate cake for Aslan and we all sung ‘happy birthday’! That was definitely one of my favourite moments from the trip. It’s the little things, right?

We all had the most incredible time out in Finland and I’m so happy I bit the bullet and booked something a little different to celebrate Aslan’s birthday. I feel like I ticked A LOT of things off my bucket list during this trip and I think Aslan and our friends feel the same way too.

This wasn’t a sponsored trip or post in any way but we managed to get some really stunning photos and I was excited to tell you guys all about it! If Finland is somewhere on your travel list I would definitely urge you to book a trip as soon as you can. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life and I would recommend it to anyone! Just make sure you wrap up warm! We vlogged our whole trip so definitely make sure you watch the video down below if you want to see all of the exciting things we got up to. P.s I put together a little collage of my must-have winter essentials! Check it out down below!

Big thanks to my friend Charlie for letting me use his photos in this post! Follow him here.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME CAMBODIA TRIP WITH FRESH

It feels like a lifetime since I got back from Cambodia with Fresh, but it was actually just two weeks ago! It took around 15 hours to get to Siem Reap, but it was totally worth the trek. When I stepped out of the airport I was immediately hit with the heat and humidity and as a summer baby I fully embraced it. A super retro taxi picked us up and brought us to the hotel which I was super excited about, but little did I know that was just the beginning of what this trip had in store for me!

After the awesome taxi journey I was beyond thrilled to say hello to my home for the week! I stayed at Raffles which actually had one of the oldest elevators in all of Cambodia! Make sure you check out my vlog below to see this awesome lift! I had way too much fun going up and down the hotel.

  • Basket Bag

    For the essentials

  • Cropped White Tee

    Staple piece

  • Citizens of Humanity Trousers

    Comfortable and cool

  • ASOS Straw Hat

    Beach babe vibes

  • Super Cool Rope Sandals

    By Nomadic State of Mind

The reason Fresh brought me to Cambodia was to learn more about the lotus flower which is a key ingredient in their lotus range. Before visiting cambodia I knew basically nothing about this stunning flower, but I was so impressed by how many uses it has. We took a boat cruise through the lotus lake (where they grow) and got to get up close and personal to these flowers in their natural habitat.

  • Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Look' Beauty Glow Palette

    Everything you need in one!

  • By Terry Baume De Rose

    Juicy lips

  • Paloma Wool 'Silvana' Dress

    SO versatile and timeless

  • *Maison Louis Marie ‘No 4 Bois De Balincourt’

    Lasts all day!

  • Classic Cross Body Bag

    asos

  • &OtherStories T-Shirt Dress

    The comfiest thing everrrr

  • Marais Lavender Sandals

    Obsessed with this colour

  • Round Basket Bag

    I'm in love with this

  • Celine Sunglasses

    Don't look at me

  • Essie Red Nail Polish

    Classic red

Besides learning lots and lots about the power of lotus we had some free time to explore Cambodia on our own. We decided to go to the market and stock up on woven basket bags! A girl can never have too many 😉

On our last day in Cambodia we got the opportunity to see some historical sights including Angkor Wat, the Jungle Temple (where a lot of Tomb Raider was filmed). We woke up around 4:30 in the morning to watch the sunset over these beautiful temples and it was an experience I will never forget.

  • &OtherStories Maxi Dress

    Ultra glam

  • ASOS Multi Chain Necklace

    Layer up!

  • Basket Bag

    As you can tell I'm obsessed lol

  • Fringed Leather Sandals

    Major 70's vibes

  • Lancôme Lipstick 'Lacewood'

    Love love love this shade

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask Seaweed Radiance Facial
The big new launch from fresh is a very welcome addition to their already popular Lotus range and something I was super excited about because it’s a mask! I am always banging on about how much I love Fresh Face Masks (they are THE BEST), so of course I wanted to be one of the first to try their new offering. So the cool thing about this mask is that it’s a 5 minute facial. It aims to combat tired skin and overstressed skin (can I get an amen?).  I found it to be incredibly moisturising, but I was most impressed by how effectively it exfoliates the skin. It’s backed with seaweed, red algae and lotus seeds that gently buff the skin to leave with you with a super smooth canvas.

HOW TO USE:
Apply the mask to the skin and let it sit for around 5 minutes. Add some warm water and gently use your fingertips and rub softly in a circular motion. Rinse it well and voila! You can use it 2-3 times per week and I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite morning masks because makeup looks sooo amazing after you use this mask!

Available soon…
Learn more about the Fresh Lotus range here.

  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion

    Get that glow

  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream

    Super nourishing!

  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask

    My new fave mask by Fresh!

  • Fresh Lotus Eye Gel

    So so so refreshing

  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

    All my dreams come true

EXPLORING SANTORINI

Last weekend Aslan and I found ourselves waking up in ACTUAL paradise on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. Despite travelling often, neither Aslan or I had ever visited Santorini so when the lovely team from Discover Greece got in touch and asked if we’d like to spend a weekend exploring some of what the island had to offer we jumped at the chance! Although we’re away from home a lot, its rare that we get the chance to really sit back and relax on a trip like this, so we were both super excited to make the most of a couple of days soaking up that Santorini sun in such an idyllic setting.

I had a pretty good idea of what Santorini would look like (thanks to loads of pictures popping up on social media) but as soon as we woke up that first morning and opened up the curtains in our room I was amazed at just how beautiful the island really is! I didn’t realise this but the Santorini that we know today was formed when an enormous volcano erupted on the island, causing the earth to form the infamous rugged landscape and iconic cliffs. Santorini is EXACTLY how it looks in the pictures (even better actually!) it’s a vision of beautiful white washed buildings, vast skies and blue water as far as the eye can see. I’m pretty sure Aslan probably got fed up of hearing me say ‘wow’ every time we reached a view point but I have to say, Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I’ve EVER been and I’m already dying to go back.

Before I tell you a little bit about what kind of activities we got up to on the island, I need to take a minute to mention how stunning our hotel was! While in Greece we stayed at the beautiful ‘Iconic Santorini’ which is a boutique cave hotel in the heart of the picturesque village, Imerovigli. As the name suggests, the hotel is literally carved from the volcanic wall of a cave so every one of the rooms is super cosy and unique. Aslan and I have been lucky enough to stay in quite a few beautiful hotels over the years, but I think we would both agree that neither of us have felt quite so relaxed and content as we did at the Iconic Santorini. Every morning we would wake up and head out to the balcony for breakfast and swoon over the view of the island while we munched on fresh fruit and pastries. I literally can’t even begin to express how breath taking the view from the hotel was so I guess you’ll just have to watch the video and see it for yourself! I swear if I had to describe heaven, Santorini would be it. Everyone who worked at the hotel was so warm and friendly,  we really did feel at home!

MY OUTFIT:

  • RIXO LONDON DRESS

    One of my favourites!

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings

    Make a statement

  • Cult Gaia 'Gaias Ark' Bamboo Bag

  • Maria Tash Hoop Earring

    Love this colour

  • Nude Heels

    Classic shape!

Despite the fact that we arrived in Santorini in October the weather was absolutely PERFECT. We were blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the entirety of our stay in Greece and the temperature was ‘just right’ – not too hot, but still waaaaaay warmer than it was back in the UK. Since the weather was so great we decided to spend our first morning on a 2-4 hour hike to the village of Oia. Hikes aren’t usually something I’d choose to do on a relaxing break such as this, but since the view from literally every where on the island is absolutely breath taking,I decided that it wouldn’t be so bad to explore the cliffs by foot. Not gonna lie, the hike turned out to be a lot more intense than either of us expected (especially in the beating sun!) but as soon as we reached Oia we decided that it was totally worth it. Oia is a busy town jam packed with cute little boutiques and ocean-view restaurants and according to Aslan’s research (lol) it’s apparently well known for its spectacular sunset views. This place is totally bliss!

MY HIKING OUTFIT:

  • Celine Sunglasses

    Don't look at me

  • Lululemon Workout Top

    Comfy and cool

  • Shock Absorber Sports Bra

    The BEST sports bra you will ever wear

  • Urban Outfitters Cap

    Hat person

  • New Balance Trainers

    My new fave shoes

Our second day in Santorini was definitely my favourite. I’m not the biggest fan of boats (any OG viewers remember that video from the Nordic Vlogs? *shudders*) We actually spent Sunday cruising around the island on a catamaran which was actually INCREDIBLE! Having spend the previous day high up on the cliff tops it was really cool to be able to get down to sea level and see the island from a totally different perspective. At a few points during the cruise the boat stopped and we were able to cool off and dive into the sea. I don’t remember a time Aslan and I had the chance to swim in the open water like this so it was absolutely blissful to be able to jump in and feel the sun on our faces. I hate to keep saying the word ‘paradise’ but I feel like at this moment we really did experience something close to it. If you fancy cruising around Santorini check out the website > here <

On our last day we spent the morning on a ‘food tour’ at a place called Nomikos Estate which meant that we got to try loads of local and traditional food from the island. Aslan and I are both big foodies so we were super excited to try some of Santorini’s delicacies and get a real taste of the island itself. Most of you will know by now that I don’t drink alcohol but I actually tried a small glass of sweet wine and OH MY GOD it was absolutely incredible! Santorini is also famed for its sun dried cherry tomatoes and capers and I can confirm that I’ve never tasted anything quite like them! YUM!! We got loads of stuff to take home with us and it goes without saying it has all been eaten up by now! Another food related place to mention was our delicious dinner at Mr E Unfortunately it was too dark to photograph, but take a look at the vlog to see what we ordered!

WHAT I WORE:

  • French Connection Dress

    Love the embroidery

  • Pink Gucci Shoulder Bag

    I'm in actual love with this

  • LANCÔME MATTE SHAKER 'ENERGY PEACH'

    I adore this colour

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Gilded Fan Earrings

    Make a statement

  • JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES

    I'm in love

Although both of us were so excited to get home to our beautiful boy Reggie, we were also super sad to leave Santorini behind. I honestly have never been to a place quite as stunning as this. The island itself is absolutely beautiful and surrounded by the most breathtaking views that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Before we’d even left the island we were already talking about planning our next trip. I can’t remember the last time I felt quite as relaxed and calm as I did in Santorini and I can’t wait to go back. Thank you so much to Discover Greece for whisking us away for a weekend that we’ll NEVER forget! A big thanks to the wonderful team at Iconic Santorini for making our stay so wonderful and another huge thank you to Aegean airlines who brought us from London to paradise and back again. We really can’t recommend Santorini enough so if you’re dying to go then definitely make sure you book that trip right away, you won’t regret it!

30 HOURS IN NYC WITH LANCÔME

A couple of weeks back I hopped on a plane with my Lancôme family for a whistle stop trip to one of my favourite cities in the world…New York!! Lancôme invited me along to NYC to interview the incredible Lupita Nyong’o (I was SERIOUSLY star struck!) and get the low down on her beauty secrets. Alongside the interview I also had the chance to attend a fancy shmancy Lancôme event with my lovely friend Allana who made my trip feel extra special! We literally spent no more than 30 hours in New York so needless to say that I was pretty exhausted by the time I landed back on UK soil, but I really did have the best time and made some memories that I’ll treasure forever! I actually vlogged the whole trip so defo watch the video if you haven’t already, I’ll be sure to link everything at the bottom of the post. Until then I thought I’d talk you through my NYC outfits and give you a little behind the scenes sneak peek into my super quick trip!

Before the interview with Lupita, I spent the day dashing around the city with my lovely Lancôme family on the hunt for some seriously delicious food (my fave thing to do lol!) I knew we were going to be doing a TON of walking so I made sure to pack my super comfortable silky soft tailored trousers from Mango and paired them with a simple slouchy tee. I’m loving the statement accessories lately so I decided to wear my gorgeous studded brogues by Churches with a pair of badass mesh socks from Darner. To tie everything together I threw on my staple Burberry trench which kept me nice and cozy in the chilly NYC air. We literally hopped from restaurant to restaurant and ended up in ‘Dough’ which is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE donut shops (the dulce de leche donut is the bomb!) Before I knew it it was time to get down to business for my interview with Lupita. I have literally NEVER been so nervous to meet someone! Make sure you watch the vlog to see how it all went, Lupita is every bit as amazing as I thought she would be!

I definitely feel at my comfiest and most ‘me’ in a casual pair of trousers and a comfy tee, but I actually really enjoyed wearing my evening outfit. You might have heard me obsessing over the brand ‘Paloma Wool’ recently so of course I just had to wear something from their new collection for the night. I decided to throw on the Paloma Wool ‘Filipa’ top which is actually a really beautiful forest green colour and you kinda wrap it around your body and tie it up how you like. This top is actually really cropped so it’s not the kind of cut I’d usually opt for, but paired with my high waisted leather skirt I ended up feeling really comfortable. For accessories I kept things simple with a pair of my favourite Nicholas Kirkwood stilettos (unfortunately these are old season but I did find > these < Topshop heels which are kinda similar and look just as badass!) along with my trusty Celine Trio bag. I didn’t intentionally set out to match the background (lol!!) but I’m kinda secretly happy that my outfit ended up blending in with that gorgeous wall of roses!

You all know I like to keep things simple when it comes to my makeup and lately I’ve been loving keeping things extra minimal. The Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Wear Foundation is my go-to base product whenever I’m attending an event because it’s incredibly long wearing and always gives a super beautiful finish. I recently picked up the Teint Idol Foundation in stick form which ended up being the perfect product to bring along to NYC  because it’s just so easy to throw into my luggage and makes the process of touching up my makeup throughout the night a billion times easier to do. Lately I’ve been all about the lashes so of course I reached for my trusty Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara which gives them tons of volume and then tied the whole look together by tidying up my brows with the It Cosmetics ‘Brow Power Pencil’ in the shade ‘Universal Taupe’. I feel like my outfit was quite sultry with the cropped low neck top, sassy leather skirt and badass stilettos, so keeping things simple and fresh with my makeup felt like the right thing to do.

Big thank you to my Lancôme family for bringing me along on this trip! I’ve made a ton of amazing memories with Lancôme and I’m so grateful to have had so many incredible opportunities during this journey, I’m excited to see where the next few months takes us. Interviewing Lupita was definitely a career highlight for me and one that I’ll never forget! Definitely make sure you watch the vlog from my trip if you haven’t already. Just be warned…there’s a serious amount of food porn going on in this video lol! Hope you guys enjoyed getting a behind the scenes view of my whistle stop trip to NYC!

  • Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Foundation Stick

    A dream come true

  • Benefit 'Hoola Lite' Bronzer

    Contour that pizza away

  • IT COSMETICS BROW POWER 'UNIVERSAL TAUPE'

    Perfect universal colour

  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

    Super duper volumising

  • By Terry Baume De Rose

    I literally use this every single day

EMPORIO ARMANI FRAGRANCE LAUNCH IN MILAN (SPONSORED)

Back at the beginning of June, Aslan and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days exploring the beautiful city of Milan with Emporio Armani. We were whisked off to Italy to celebrate the launch of the new Emporio Armani his & her fragrance collection which actually launches TODAY! We were literally only in Milan for about 36 hours, but we’ve both agreed that we’d love to go back and really experience what Milan has to offer. We had a lot of fun exploring some of the city though and it was soooo lovely to get the chance to soak up a few days of glorious Italian sunshine and learn a little more about the story behind the beautiful Together Stronger fragrances! (Not to mention get my fix of delicious gelato!)

We stayed at the Armani Hotel which was absolutely INSANE! If you’ve watched the vlog from our trip you’ll know that our room was suuuper duper beautiful and had theeeee most incredible bathroom I’ve ever seen! We had a couple of hours to ourselves to recuperate from our day of travelling before we got all glammed up to head out to the fragrance launch event.

Our last day in Milan was SO much fun! We only had until 4pm in the afternoon to explore the city so we definitely didn’t have enough time to explore all of the wonderful things that Milan has to offer, but we tried our best to fit as much into those few hours as we possibly could! Our first stop was the iconic ‘Duomo’ which was even more beautiful than we could have imagined. We managed to make it to the very top of the Duomo and were rewarded with an absolutely stunning panoramic view of the city. While we were admiring the view we had the chance to learn a bit more about the new Emporio Armani fragrances. The perfect Italian setting to do so, right?

The fragrances are all about luuuuurve (heehee) and the idea behind them is that the two scents come together to form a story of unconditional love and strength. There is a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ version of the Together Stronger fragrances so both Aslan and I were excited to try them out. The Men’s fragrance is called ‘Stronger With You’ and it has a super sexy spicy scent to it which I absolutely LOVE (Aslan loves it too!) The fragrance has top notes of cardamom, pink pepper and violet leaves (this is what gives it the spicy kick!) with a subtle undertone of smoky vanilla and sugar coated chestnut. Sounds good enough to eat right? I love it when Aslan wears a spicy scent and this one is really gorgeous.

The ‘hers’ fragrance, ‘Because It’s You’, is much lighter and fresher than ‘Stronger With You’ thanks to its notes of ripe raspberry and neroli. I’m not usually into such light fragrances, but I think that the reason I love this one so much is because the undertones of vanilla and musk help to give it a deeper, more woody feel. We ended up falling in love with each of the scents and how they smelt on each other’s skin so we’ll definitely be using these! I’m also known to wear of Aslan’s fragrances from time to time and since I feel like the ‘Stronger With You’ perfume is more of my kinda thing you can bet I’ll be stealing a spritz or two from time to time….(don’t tell him!)

The idea behind the fragrances is that they come together to form an equal strength; one light and feminine with its elegant, sparkling scent, and one gorgeously masculine thanks to its sensual, spicy and smoky scent. They compliment each other and work together stronger. I love the whole idea behind this campaign and these beautiful fragrances!

Later on Aslan and I headed off in search of some lunch and found ourselves in the incredible ‘Bar Luce’ restaurant. Bar Luce was designed by WES ANDERSON HIMSELF so of course stepping into the cafe is like walking into the set of a Wes Anderson film. Whenever I’m in Italy I make it my absolute mission to get (at least) one gelato and let me tell you, the gelato that I had in Bar Luce was one of the best! I’ve never had a chocolate ice cream that tasted so…chocolatey!? Anyway, it was incredible and rounded off the trip perfectly!

Although 36 hours is definitely not enough time to explore such a beautiful city, Aslan and I definitely got a taste of what Milan is all about and we can’t wait to go back and explore some more. We’ve both agreed that we need to make it our mission to visit again some time soon. Thanks so much to the amazing team at Armani for bringing us along and inviting us to celebrate the launch of the new Emporio Armani fragrances. The fragrances launch TODAY on the 19th of July so click here to get your own Emporio Armani Stronger with You or Because it’s You fragrances. Make sure you go and catch up on our vlog to see what else we got up to on our whistle stop tour of Milan! *Warning* you will have serious gelato envy…

SHOP THE POST!

  • EMPORIO ARMANI 'STRONGER WITH YOU' FRAGRANCE

    Fragrance for him

  • EMPORIO ARMANI 'BECAUSE IT'S YOU' FRAGRANCE

    Fragrance for her

  • Jeepers Peepers Yellow Sunglasses

    I can't stop wearing these

  • Céline Trio Bag

    I love this classic red

  • SHORT SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT

    Staple piece

EXPLORING SHANGHAI WITH LANCÔME

A couple of weeks ago I hopped on a plane with my Lancôme family for a whistle stop trip to beautiful Shanghai! Lancôme asked me to go along to check out their incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was curated in celebration of their brand new Lancôme store which is opening in Shanghai. I was joined by the lovely Victoria from In The Frow as well as tons of other beautiful bloggers from around the world. Until this trip I’d actually never visited China before, and since it was one of the countries that I’ve been dying to visit since FOREVER I was so excited to join the team and spend a few days exploring some of what it had to offer.

We arrived into Shanghai airport on Tuesday evening and I had a few hours to recover from my 12 hour flight (yes, 12 hours!!) before we headed off first thing Wednesday morning to get our first taste of the country’s culture. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel doors Victoria and I were whisked off in one of the super cool Lancôme sidecars (make sure you watch the vlog to see me getting way too excited whizzing around Shanghai) for a quick tour of the city before being dropped off at our first destination – Yong Foo Elite.

HERE'S MY OUTFIT!

  • Re-Worked 'Hanes' Tee

    I could wear this every single day

  • Mango Sequin Sandals

    Some glitz in my life

  • CROCHET MIDI DRESS

    Cool and comfy

  • DITA CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

    The ultimate cat eye sunnies

  • Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

    Super duper roomy!

As soon as I stepped out of the sidecar I just COULD NOT believe my eyes! Yong Foo Elite is housed in the most incredible 1930’s villa and is surrounded by one of the most gorgeous gardens I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side, but even with the rumbling clouds and drizzle the garden was truly magical. The house was surrounded by giant magnolia trees and streams filled with lily pads. I’m such a plant lady so of course the garden had me all heart eyed.

Lancôme had so many activities planned for us to try which meant that I actually got to try Tai Chi! If you follow me on Insta stories you would have seen me trying my hardest to nail the moves and keep up with the instructor while looking as ‘zen’ as I possibly could. Tai Chi is actually waaaay harder than it looks but I actually really enjoyed it! I also got to keep the outfit (score!!) so you can bet I’m going to be lounging around the house looking like a Tai Chi pro very soon…

After exploring the gardens we were whisked off to a secret location within the grounds. We arrived in this teeny tiny room where the Lancôme team unveiled the incredible Lancôme Advanced Génefique Sensitive and told us all about what makes this serum is so magical. It feels super special, from the moment you open your bottle the whole experience is incredibly dramatic. To activate your serum you basically twist the cap which releases this beautiful blue liquid into the bottle. You then shake it up and voila! Once activated, you should use your serum everyday on a cleansed face as the first step of your skincare routine. It feels incredibly luxurious to apply and is great for sensitive skin, troubled skin and skin that just needs a bit of a boost! It was such an experience to witness how the serum works it’s magic, you have to try this stuff. Oh and once you activate the serum you have to use it up within 2 months as the ingredients are fresh and active!

That evening we got the chance to take a peek around the incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was organised by the Lancôme team. You guys know that even before I started working with the brand, I’ve always been such a Lancôme fan, so it was amazing to wander around the exhibition and see all of my favourite products in such a beautiful setting. Luckily for us we were allowed a sneak preview of the space before the event started, but later on that night we got all glammed up and returned to join in on the party. Make sure you watch the vlog to see what we got up to!

We spent our last day in the city exploring some of Shanghai’s best tourist destinations. Our first day was so busy that it was nice to take things a bit slower and really get an idea of what Shanghai is all about. We started our day at the top of the Shanghai tower which was absolutely INSANE!! I’ll insert a photo of the view down below but unfortunately it was so cloudy that we couldn’t really see much through the windows. Hopefully you get the gist though! On a sunny day I bet the view is breath taking.

After leaving the Shanghai tower we headed to the place that I was most excited for – the Yu Garden. Call me crazy but gardens are one of my favourite places to explore when I’m in another country, I just love to see how the plants and trees differ from what we have here in the UK and back home in Canada – it’s fascinating to me! The Yu Garden was absolutely beautiful and definitely fulfilled all my fantasies about traditional Chinese gardens! The whole place felt so atmospheric and it was such an incredible experience to be walking through an area which has so much history behind it. If you’re visiting Shanghai definitely make sure you make time in your schedule to visit the Yu Garden.

THIS IS WHAT I WORE!

  • HUNTER YELLOW UMBRELLA

    Cuuuute!

  • FLORAL WRAP DRESS

    Into the dress & tee look lately

  • BASIC WHITE TEE

    The perfect staple piece

  • JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES

    I'm in love

  • CULT GAIA GAIAS ARK BAG

    Love this Mother of Pearl style

Although we were only in Shanghai for a matter of days, I had the most incredible time and it’s definitely one of my favourite memories from this year so far. Thanks so much to my Lancôme family for putting so much hard work into organising not only the trip, but the Declaring Happiness exhibition. Don’t forget to catch up on my vlog from the trip if you haven’t already, I had an absolute blast!

ALSO FEATURED IN THE POST:

  • MORPHO & LUNA PYJAMA SET

    I wish I could wear these 24/7

  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick

    I love the formula of these lipsticks

  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum

    You need to try this

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid

    A light and silky fluid

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Crème Riche

    A rich firming day cream

LISBON CITY GUIDE

It feels like forever ago that we touched down in Lisbon, but I’m finally getting around to making a little city guide! I can’t recommend this city enough and I’m dying to go back to Portugal to see the other beautiful sights. We went on a short 3 day city break but managed to squeeze a lot of activities (and food) in. Even though we were always on the go, we still felt incredibly relaxed and that’s what city breaks are all about!

As soon as we got closer to the city centre I couldn’t take my eyes away from looking out the window! There is just so much to see in Lisbon from the tiny cobblestone streets to the brightly coloured buildings. I was also quite mesmerised by the tram system in Lisbon although Aslan made us walk up every.single.hill. Bring some comfortable shoes because the uphill walking is no joke. My thighs were BURNING the entire time!

SWEETS

HERE'S WHAT I WORE:

  • The Sleeper Pink Linen Robe

  • Rufier 'Happy' Gold Chain Charm Bracelet

  • Byredo 'Unnamed' Eau De Parfum

  • Monica Vinader Diamond Hoop Ring

  • Le Cruset Stoneware Espresso Mug

Custard Tarts
Of course a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without eating as many ‘Pastel de Nata’ (custard tarts) as possible! We hit the jackpot by going to the best place (in our opinion) first and nothing else seemed to compare! Manteigaria just happened to be close to our air bnb and lets just say it was one of our most frequented places. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the gooey custard and crunchy pastry. Top it off with a bit of sugar and cinnamon and it’s like a little bite of heaven! The most famous place to get one of these delicious desserts is called Pasteis de Belém, which is much more authentic feeling. I would say it’s definitely worth visiting, but Manteigaria is still my favourite! If you’re after a variety of pastries then I highly recommend Pastelaria Alcoa which was a great place to stop and get a coffee and a pastry (or 3).

Landeau
Chocolate lovers pay attention! We were repeatedly told that we couldn’t leave Lisbon without trying the world’s best chocolate cake at Landeau (located inside LX Factory)! I did wonder how good it could be but after one choclately bite I was also convinced that it was some of the best tasting chocolate cake I have ever had! I wish I had photographic evidence but we ate it so quickly we didn’t even think of taking a photo. That’s when you know something is gooooood.

LUNCH & DINNER

Nicolau Lisboa
If you’re looking for a quick lunch break definitely check out Nicolau Lisboa. It was great to be able to sit outside and they had a variety of healthy and slightly unhealthy stuff. I tried their soup of the day and it was delicious!

O Prego da Peixaria
O Prego da Peixaria
was a great place to eat if you’re after a traditional Portugese sandwich with a modern spin on it. We went here for dinner one evening and it was really tasty!

Pistola y Corazon
I can safely say that I had the best Mexican food of my life at Pistola y Corazon in Lisbon, which I know doesn’t seem to make much sense but it’s true. Every single thing we ordered was interesting and delicious. If we discovered it on the first night I can guarantee we would have been back for every dinner that followed. It was a cool atmosphere with all different types of people and age groups which made it feel really comfortable. I’d go back to Lisbon JUST to eat here! Big love to Charlotte for the recommendation!

SIGHTS

Santa Justa Lift
We happened to walk past the Santa Justa Lift which is a gigantic elevator in Lisbon and a major tourist attraction. There was a huge queue to enter so we didn’t get a chance to go up it, but honestly it was pretty cool just to look at it from street view.

Belém Tower
Before heading to the Monastery we went to the Belém Tower. I didn’t realise this at the time but it’s actually a UNESCO heritage site so it’s definitely worth checking out if you have the time.

Jerónimos Monastery 
We really enjoyed walking around the monastery and although it was pretty busy it still felt calm inside the walls. The stone carvings were very impressive and I’d highly recommend it!

WHAT I WORE:

  • Rag & Bone Vintage Striped Tee

  • Mango Belted Trousers

  • Céline Trio Bag

    I love this classic red

  • Céline 'Erin' Sunglasses

  • Stan Smith Sneakers

WHAT ASLAN WORE:

  • Reigning Champ Cotton Sweatshirt

  • Nudie Jeans 'Lean Dean' Slim Fit Jeans

  • Ray Ban Round-Frame Sunglasses

  • New Balance M1400CSP Sneakers

  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Technically not in Lisbon, but I just had to mention our day trip to Sintra. It’s about an hour outside of the city and completely worth the trek!

Quinta da Regaleira

My favourite part of the trip by far was when we visited Quinta da Regaleira. There is definitely some magic in the air because this place doesn’t feel quite like anywhere else I’ve ever been. It almost feels like a set in a fairy tale and it was just such a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. If you want a place to clear your mind, feel free and get a sense of that childlike wonder back in your life then you need to go to this place.

Besides having absolutely stunning plants and flowers it had waterfalls and a really cool pond that you could walk across. Beware! Three people fell into the pond within ten minutes of each other!  It’s a peculiar, inspiring and in a spectacular adventure! One of my favourite places I’ve ever been. Definitely worth the 45-ish minute trip to Sintra!

MY OUTFIT:

  • Mango Decorative Bows Trench

  • M.I.H Frayed Hem High Rise Jeans

  • Crap Eyewear 'Joy Bridage' Sunglasses

  • Gaia's Ark Bag

  • Vince Textured Leather Slides

Praia da Ursa
After our magical visit to Quinta da Regeleira we took a drive to Praia da Ursa which is essentially a ‘secret’ cove. It’s a bit of a tricky place to access but if you’re up to the challenge the view will certainly pay you back. Apparently clothing is optional on this beach and it’s a favourite among nudists because it’s so secluded. Even I caught a bit of the nudist bug and flashed Aslan because there was literally NO ONE around! Aslan was shocked to say the least because I’m normally such a prude but you only live once right!?

Pena Palace
Since we had a bit more time left in Sintra we decided to go to Pena Palace which is a pretty hyped tourist attraction. I’m not sure if we were just tired or what, but this place just didn’t do it for me! It was also a really cold and foggy afternoon so we didn’t get much of a view. Lots of people seem to love it though so don’t take our word for it! It’s a famous castle with multi-coloured paint and a very strange interior design.

Café Saudade
After walking around all day in Sintra you’re going to be STARVING! We’d highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Café Saudade. We had a cute table right by the window which was great for people watching! Actually it was more like dog watching because there was a gorgeous Golden Retriever sleeping on the balcony across the street! Anyway, I had a delicious panini and I cannot describe to you how delicious the apple pie was. The waitress said they were somewhat famous for their apple pie and when I took that first bite I was on board. Try it!

SHOPPING

To be honest we didn’t do too much shopping in Lisbon! We were more focused on seeing the sights and eating delicious food, but there were some gems that stood out to us. Lisbon has all of the high street sort of shops so if you wanted to pop into H&M etc. that’s readily available.

SHOP MY LOOK:

  • Acne Studios Leather Jacket

  • Acne Studios Long-Line Cardigan

  • Common Projects Sneakers

  • Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

    Super duper roomy!

  • (Similar) Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans

Luvaria Ulisses 
I had researched some shops in Lisbon before our trip and this was the one place I knew I needed to go. Luvaria Ulisses is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop that specialises in making gloves. It was founded in 1925 and they’ve been making gloves ever since! It was actually really neat because the woman in the store took one look at my hands and knew what size I’d be. She brought out a box with the gloves I chose and expertly fit them to my hand. It was like a second skin and now I know where the phrase “it fits like a glove” came from. I bought two pair that day! It was such a special experience.

A Vida Portuguesa 
This store was recommended to us countless times and I totally see why! They sell a variety of soaps, blankets, sardines of course and much more! This is a great place to go if you want to get some Portugese souvenirs that aren’t magnets/keychains. They also have a huge selection of food which I would have went crazy for if I had more space in my luggage.

LX Factory
LX Factory is quite a unique place filled with restaurants, cafés, galleries and shops.

Under the Cover
Sadly I didn’t get a chance to go to this bookstore while in Lisbon, but I’ve been following them on Instagram for ages! If you’re a bookworm and happen to be in Lisbon check out this store on my behalf!

Pop the Bubble
If you like stationery and other cute things you must check out this store! Adorable phone cases, pens and so much more! You can also shop online via their website. 

All in all we had a fantastic time in Portugal. It’s definitely up there as one of my all-time favourite city breaks and like I said I really want to go back and do some exploring. Please do watch the 3 videos we made from the trip and let us know what you thought!

If you have any recommendations on where to go leave a comment down below!Have you ever been to Lisbon? What places do you recommend?

Big love to Aslan for taking all of these glorious photos. Follow him on Instagram! 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CHANEL

A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be asked by Chanel (yes, THE Chanel), to attend a once in a lifetime trip to Paris with two of my blogger baes, Amelia and Victoria. Chanel invited us along on an adventure to check out their stunning Beauty Boutique and take us on the most amazing tour around Coco Chanel’s apartment (OMG!!) I also had the chance to get my makeup done by one of the Chanel makeup artists (she does Kirsten Stewart’s makeup *fangirls*) who made me look like a totally different human with a daring dark pink look which I adored! (You can check out the finished results here!)

While sitting here writing this post, I’ve realised that I’m actually lost for words when it comes to trying to sum up just how amazing Coco Chanel’s apartment really is. Walking up the beautiful spiral stairs and through the front door into the apartment was one of the most surreal moments of my life! I really tried to imagine her walking through the space and entertaining inside. Every room was the epitome of chic; every corner adorned with the most beautiful and ornate gold accessories. Amelia, Victoria and I were pretty much speechless throughout the entire tour, we were just desperate to try and take as much in as we could and store it in our memory banks for the rest of our lives!

Although I found it hard to contain my excitement throughout the entire tour, arguably my favourite part of the experience was getting to immerse myself into Coco’s office space. What I loved about this room is that it was filled with tonnes of beautiful deep red toned books which reflected an iconic shade of Chanel lipstick that she created. I also discovered that Coco was a fellow Leo which was represented by the beautiful gold lions in almost every room. I’m making it my personal mission to leo-ify my house (what a Leo thing to do!). It was incredible to see such an intimate insight into one of the world’s most notorious designers in history!

As you might have guessed from my collection, Chanel is one of my favourite beauty brands. Personally, nothing makes me feel quite as special as finishing off makeup look with a slick of Chanel lipstick. My favourite shade is ‘Boy’ which is a nude that makes me feel like a million dollars and I’m confident that I’m not the only makeup lover that feels this way. There’s something about the Chanel collection that feels so luxurious, as if it should be saved for special occasions to add to that extra special feeling even more.

I’m a huge fangirl of anything Chanel but lately I’ve been super into the new Rouge Coco Glosses, which we were introduced to on the trip. I’m such a ‘gloss’ kinda girl, but only if they’re non-sticky! I can assure you that these glosses are going to be an all-time favourite for me. They feel like a silky, moisturising balm and they come in the most gorgeous shades. 714 ‘Caresse’ is my ultimate though, it’s a beautiful terracotta nude shade which is right up my street. I’m also a massive fan of the Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs which are a collection of easy-to-apply lip crayons that come in THE most gorgeous selection of shades ever!

Of course I’m a fan of pretty much everything from the Chanel makeup collection and as a self-confessed hoarder of fragrances, the classic Chanel perfumes are some of my most treasured in my stash. The infamous No 5 L’eau is of course one of my go-to’s thanks to its fresh, floral scent which sums up everything I look for in a fragrance. It’s a lot younger than the original and definitely more wearable for me.

You might also have heard me mention the Chanel Blue Serum once or twice and that’s because it has been a permanent fixture in my skincare collection for quite some time. As someone who suffers with dry, sensitive skin, the soothing and hydrating properties of the Blue Serum make this stuff my skin’s saviour. I religiously apply a pea sized amount of this serum to my skin every morning and night after cleansing.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my amazing trip to Paris with Chanel, as well as learning a little more about my favourite Chanel makeup and skincare products. Huge thanks to the wonderful team and Chanel for bringing me along on this adventure and making so many special memories!

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss

  • Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick

    Nothing feels as special as Chanel

  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur

  • Chanel No5

  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte

  • Chanel No22

  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres

  • Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

  • Chanel Blue Serum

  • Chanel Coco Code

HERE’S WHAT I WORE:

  • Ganni Cherry Bomb Tee

  • Ganni Pinstripe Pants

  • Common Projects Sneakers

  • M.I.H Frayed Jeans

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Necklace