LUST LIST: HIGH STREET BAGS

You might have noticed by now that I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to beautiful bags. Handbags always have been (and probably always will be) the one thing that I find almost impossible to resist. The thing that I love about bags is that they can completely MAKE your look. Pair a beautiful red leather cross body with a monochrome outfit and it becomes instantly lifted and transformed. With the warmer weather fast approaching, I’ve been scouring the internet searching for some beautiful accessories to add to my spring wardrobe, and for this blog post I thought I’d share some of the high street handbags that have been tugging on my heart strings. Although it’s nice to treat myself to something more luxurious every once in a while, I’m still a sucker for a good quality, affordable bag. Here’s a few of my faves that I’ve been eyeing up recently.

When it comes to high street accessories, I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Mango. A few months back, I’d never really have thought to head to their site or step into one of their stores, but lately they’ve been releasing so many beautiful pieces that I’ve found myself stalking their website almost every evening! The thing that I love about Mango is that they have the perfect mix of versatile, timeless accessories and show-stopping statement pieces. Zara and Topshop are also my ride or dies when it comes to handbags; they’re always so on trend and every visit to one of their stores gives me heart eyes. What are your favourite stores to visit when you’re on the hunt for affordable accessories? Are there any places that I should check out on my search for the perfect handbag? Let me know in the comments! Make sure you check below for the links to all the bags that I’ve mentioned in this post!

MOST WORN THIS MONTH

Something about the upcoming change in seasons seems to have sparked some new ideas for me when it comes to my wardrobe. With the sun getting ready to make its big debut here in London I’ve felt a fresh wave of fashion inspiration overcome me. Spring is such a beautiful time of year and I get so excited to see all the new clothes and accessories hitting the stores. Over the past few weeks I’ve acquired some new bits and pieces that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with so I thought I’d share those with you guys in this blog post.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I’ve worn this sweater quite a bit since I became its proud owner. I love love LOVE this sweater, it’s made of cashmere so obviously its super soft and snuggly. It’s a really cosy jumper but it’s also nice and light weight so it’ll be great to wear as we transition into the spring here in London. I’m a sucker for anything rainbow, so it was a given that this baby was coming home with me. Spread the love people.
Ok guys, I’m in actual LOVE with this beauty. I’d go as far as to say that this bag by Cult Gaia it’s one of my favourites in my collection. Aslan and I recently took a trip to the beautiful city of Lisbon and this baby didn’t leave my side. It’s not the most practical bag that I own, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful. Don’t ask me why but whenever I use it I just want to fill it with flowers or fresh fruit from the market. Isn’t it just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!? I can already tell that this bag is going to be a staple piece in my summer wardrobe. I’m DYING for this one too.
I’m a sucker for a pair of summer sliders and when I saw these babies by Vince whilst stalking Net-A-Porter one night I just had to bite the bullet and add them to my basket. These sliders are made from the most beautiful, textured leather and they’re so soft on my feet that it hardly feels like I’ve even got any shoes on at all. As with the bamboo bag, I wore these sandals to death during our trip to Lisbon. I love pairing these with my frayed M.I.H jeans, that’s a combo I’ll be wearing over and over again.
It’s no secret that I’m a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal, so when I stumble upon a pair of jeans that make my heart skip a beat, I just had to have them. I’m quite fussy about the fit of my jeans and the fact that I’m short means that it’s hard for me to find a pair with the right length. These high rise jeans from M.I.H are PERFECTION. They’re the ideal length for me, meaning that I don’t have to roll them up or trim 10cm from the bottom! Let’s also take a second to talk about how cool those frayed hems are, I love wearing these with my favourite black heeled boots, the distressed look just adds an edge that I adore!
You may have noticed by now that I have a slight obsession with all-things Mansur Gavriel, so when I saw this bag whilst browsing the web for some Lisbon outfit inspo I just had to snap it up! The thing I love about these bucket bags is that they’re small and compact but you can actually fit a lot of stuff in there, they’re deceptively roomy. I also love that it has an adjustable strap so you can chop and change the length depending on what feels right. I don’t tend to wear a lot of brown accessories, but something about that gorgeous tan colour caught my eye. Again, this is a piece that’s going to look great with my summer wardrobe.
This pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X sneakers have been my go-to shoe ever since I got them. What’s amazing about these sneakers is that they’ve been specifically designed for a woman’s foot. They have a brand new adaptive arch which means that the material hugs your foot and adds extra support, if you’re into running then these are the shoes for you. Honestly guys, these are the comfiest shoes I own and I urge you to give these a go and try them for yourselves.

MY BAFTA WEEKEND

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the BAFTA’s with Lancôme and I felt like a princess the entire time! It’s not often that I get to glam up and spend hours getting ready, which is why it was so fun for me! BAFTA weekend consists of lots of activities leading up to a pre-party on Saturday night at Kensington Palace (no biggie) and then the actual BAFTA ceremony is on Sunday evening. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post if you’d like to see exactly what I got up to!

Buy this sequin top! Here’s the skirt to match!

Here’s what I wore to the pre-party…lots and lots of sequins! I wanted to wear something fun and a little more interesting than my usual outfits (jeans and t-shirts everyday). I absolutely love sequins and to be completely covered in them was so much fun. I got so many compliments on this outfit and I felt fantastic!

I also amped up my makeup with a dark smokey eye and loads of loads of mascara! I was in complete awe when the makeup artist used the Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara on me. It was genuinely better than false lashes…if you like big lashes you need this in your life! I also decided to rock a bold red lip because I wanted to try out the new ~matte~ Juicy Shakers which will be launching next month! I was so impressed by how long lasting it was. Even after an evening of talking, laughing and having dinner it stayed put! More on those later though…

Also, how stunning is that wall of roses?

Buy this red dress here.

For the red carpet evening I decided to wear a red floor length gown. I was slightly panicked because the day before this event I still hadn’t figured out what to wear but luckily my ASOS order came through! As soon as I put it on I felt comfortable and confident in it. I was also really lucky that the length was perfect because I’m quite short and long dresses usually drag on the floor. I wore my favourite black heels and the black Chloe Drew bag, which held my camera, makeup and anything else I thought I’d need. I’m not a huge fan of clutch bags so I thought this would be perfect to use for more glam events like this one, but I can also use it in my regular life.

I decided to go quite natural on the makeup with the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation, which is matte but also has a glow to it to create a flawless base. A bit of bronzer, eyebrows and loads of mascara and that was pretty much it! Oh and I also wore the Lancôme Shine Lover Lipstick in the shade 218! Such a classic shade.

Huge thank you to my Lancôme family for bringing me along and allowing me to have such a fantastic experience. It was truly unforgettable!

GYM BAG INSPO 2017

I’m not one for cliche’s, but every time that the month of January rolls around there’s something about being able to wipe the slate clean and relish a fresh start that gets me excited to make positive changes in my life. You all know that I’ve been on my #PERSONALBEST journey for a number of months now and I’m really proud of how much my health and fitness has improved since I began my mission.

My primary goal for 2017 is to have a complete overhaul of my health and fitness and get serious about making this a long term commitment! Going to the gym is a little more exciting to me than it used to be and sometimes I actually LOOK FORWARD to trying new classes! (Who’d have thought!?) However, I’m only human and sometimes the thought of putting on my yoga pants and heading out the door into the cold London air fills me with nothing but dread. When the dread overcomes me, I find that putting on my favourite workout gear and most badass sneakers is enough motivation to get me back in the zone and ready to kick some butt!

I was on a mission to get a new gym bag, so I thought I’d share with you some that caught my eye during my search. Packing your water bottle and change of clothes into a bag that you adore might be a small and simple pleasure but let me tell you, it really makes a difference to my motivation! Let me know if you feel the same way and if you’ve got your eyes on any of these beautiful gym bags! I’d love to know which ones you’re loving. I went for number 08 if you’re curious!

01 TOPSHOP | 02 BALSA | 03  LIME & VINE |04 ADIDAS ORIGINALS | 05 TOPSHOP | 06 ADIDAS | 07 TOPSHOP | 08 ADIDAS X STELLA MCCARTNEY | 09 SHOP BANDO |10 BALSA | 11 TOPSHOP | 12 BALSA

LUCY WILLIAMS X MISSOMA

If you’re not yet familiar with my good friend Lucy Williams I urge you to stop what you’re doing, drop everything and stalk her Instagram right this second. Lucy is not only one of the most genuinely lovely people that I know, she’s also undoubtedly one of the coolest. Her effortlessly timeless sense of style and strong eye for photography are just a few of the reasons why I find myself fangirling over her all too often. Her blog Fashion Me Now is nothing short of stunning; a guaranteed treat for the eyes with every post, Lucy’s site is one that I visit on the daily. As badass chicks go, Lucy is up there at the top of the list. Goals.

If like me you’re a regular stalker of Lucy’s social media, you’ll have already recognised that this girl knows a good piece of jewellery. Luckily for us, this year Lucy and London based jewellery brand Missoma have joined forces to produce arguably one of the most beautiful jewellery collections that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Inspired by natural treasures and Lucy’s love for travelling, this 25 piece collection embodies everything you could ever wish to find in your jewellery box. With the collection including gold, silver and rose gold pieces-there’s something for everyone. As you guys may know I’m a sucker for anything gold, so when Lucy sent me three of these super cool gold necklaces I couldn’t believe my luck. They are b-e-a-uuuutiful!!

The thing that I love the most about these necklaces is that you can mix and match them however you like, I love to layer my jewellery and the different lengths of these chains means that I can stack them up without it looking too messy or too much. At the moment I’ve been loving wearing the Fanged Horn Necklace with the Shark Tooth Necklace, I find that this combo looks great over a turtle neck jumper and adds something special to a more basic outfit. I’ve had my eye on the Mini Fang Bracelet for a while now so I think it’s about time that I added that beauty to my jewellery collection…Aslan are you listening!?

Definitely check out the Lucy Williams x Missoma collaboration if you haven’t already, I guarantee you’ll find yourself falling in love with something from the collection. I think my favourite is still the Mini Fang Necklace. I’d love to know what your favourite pieces are and how you would style them!

To celebrate the launch of my brand new book Bloom: Navigating Life and Style I gathered all of my friends to come hang out at Libreria Bookshop in East London. It was the perfect venue because there were loads of beautiful books around us, it has a great atmosphere and a pretty cool mirrored ceiling. I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area!

Anyway, I’ve been a bit of a recluse for the past year while I wrote Bloom, so it was great to see some of my friends I haven’t had a chance to catch up with for awhile. It has been such an unexplainable feeling to be so supported by my friends and family throughout this process. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for everyone’s support and positive feedback. Much love to anyone who has taken time out of their day to say something wonderful about Bloom.

SO WHAT IS BLOOM ABOUT?

Bloom is about growing into yourself and working out who you are – which can be really hard at times. I've looked back at all of the events, people and things in my life that have influenced and inspired me and have made me who I am today.I'm not a flawless human (nobody is) and I wanted to write something that showed highs as well as lows in my life, and how you can use that rollercoaster to help you form the life you want. I hope that my book will inspire other people to think about their Bloom stories and who they are, to not be so hard on themselves, to celebrate the good and to not be defined or limited by the bad – and to look into the future, take control of their path and make things happen.

Huge thank you to Floom for sending out their lovely flowers to some of my friends. They are the coolest flower company ever (seriously go check out their Instagram).

www.floom.com

Pretty Undies

Considering how much I love underwear, it’s weird that I’ve never spoken about it on my blog before. I think there’s something really nice about treating yourself to some nice underwear/bras because they feel so special. I’m not going to lie and say that my bra and underwear always match, but I am trying! For whatever reason I feel like I can take over the world when I’m wearing a matching set-just me?

I bought these because I noticed my other bras weren’t fitting as well as they used to and when I saw the matching bottoms I was so inspired! Maybe by the time I’m 50 I’ll be one of those awesome ladies who swans around in a silk robe and a matching undies set. #thedream

I especially love the rose bra and underwear set. I opted for the wired rose bra, unwired bra (sold out but similar here) for hanging around the house and some adorable underwear with a sheer bum.

Next up are my first ever Stella McCartney sets. The navy bra is so unbelievably comfortable and I opted for a th-th-thong song. I also couldn’t resist the adorable white bra and brief set (available in black).

Summer Style Picks

Cool, calm and collected.

I’m heading to LA next week so I’ve had to ditch the sweaters and jeans (y u so cold London?) and find some warm weather items. You all know by now that my style is casual, fuss-free and occasionally I’ll throw in something out of the ordinary (like those platform sandals!). When I go to LA I want to pack as light as possible and have pieces that I can mix and match really easily. Here are a few standout summer items I’m particularly loving!

Platform Sandals
I wore these the other day and the crowd went wild on my Instagram! These shoes are absolutely fantastic and practically screamed my name-I had to have them! I’ve never been that keen on flatform/platform shoes but I think because these have the espadrille vibe (but in sandal form), it makes them much more wearable for me. They’re surprisingly easy to walk in and make any outfit look COOL! The ones I have are out of stock but you can find similar ones here and a white pair here.

Casual White Blazer
I love blazers so much, but they have to be unstructured for me to wear them in the daytime. I hate looking too dressed up, but a casual blazer can go really well with an everyday summer outfit like denim shorts and a t-shirt. White blazers in the summer are my jam and because the fabric is lightweight…you don’t overheat.

Tassel T-Shirt
I picked up this little gem at H&M (watch the haul video here) and I think it’s so cute! It’s not something I’d normally wear, but I think it’s a great trend piece for summer.

Distressed Denim Shorts
Since it’s too hot to wear jeans I’ll settle for the next best thing…shorts! It’s so hard to find shorts that look good on me but I finally found these ones that are well-fitting but a bit loose in the legs which is flattering on my body. Similar pair here. 

Loose Frilly Shorts
When I’m not living in those denim shorts I thought these cute ones with lace trim would go with basically everything. This style is very in this year which I’m happy about because they’re flowy and comfortable! Similar ones here which I actually like more! 

Sunglasses
A girl can never have too many sunglasses! Love these adorable blue Ray-Bans. AND they’re on sale here!

Date Night Look

50 shades of blue.

I don’t wear heels often, so when I do, it’s either for a special occasion or a fancy date night. This time around Aslan and I headed to the Rihanna X Manolo Blahnik launch to have a little browse before going for dinner. I took this opportunity to finally wear my Acne Blue Suede Court heels, which are possibly the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever worn! Using those as a focal point, I kept the rest of my outfit a similar tone with navy & grey.

I really love wearing culottes because they’re tight in all the right places, but still feel super comfortable to wear on days when you might not be feeling like squeezing into skinny jeans. You know what I’m saying? I didn’t want to be too dressed up though, so I paired them with a loose fitting denim shirt.

On my nails: Splish Splash by Deborah Lippmann.

Fashion Focus - Daisy London Chakra

Diamonds are forever.

A few months ago I did a post about Daisy London’s Throat Chakra Cord Bracelet, which I wear constantly. Daisy London is one of my favourite jewellery companies because they have really unique, yet simple items in all price ranges. Today I’m featuring one of their Diamond Chakra Bracelets which is at the top of their selection.

What I love so much about the chakra bracelets is that you can take your time and find the item that is most meaningful to you. I opted for the Solar Plexus Diamond Chakra bracelet because I was really drawn to the design as well as the meaning behind it.

Daisy London say:
‘The Gold Solar Plexus Diamond Chakra bracelet is designed to serenely balance your Solar Plexus Chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra is emotionally connected with personal power, self-confidence, and the ability to have self-control. Diamonds are a crystal of light; a spiritual stone, a symbol of perfection and illumination.

In yogic traditions, the Chakras are the manifestations of spiritual energies on the physical level, responsible for well-being and a happy, healthy life. Every person is unique and has different Chakras; choose from Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Brow and Crown.’

I absolutely have to rave about their candles as well which are made of soy wax. They burn so beautifully and fill the room with the most gorgeous scent. I went for the Solar Plexus Chakra Candle to match my bracelet, which is a blend of jasmine, bergamot and patchouli. I love burning candles throughout the day as I work and this one is glorious.

What chakra bracelet would you go for?