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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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?
Dungarees for Days
Flared dungarees...what's not to love?
I’ve been interested in getting a pair of dungarees for awhile now, but it wasn’t until I saw this flared pair that I knew I instantly had to get in line at the check-out. I love that they’re a little bit cropped because it shows some ankle, which is going to look super cute with sandals in the summer.
Tom and Serg Dubai
Craving some greens.
Thanks to so many people recommending Tom&Serge, I was determined to try it out for myself! Luckily, we arrived 40 minutes before it closed so we were just in time to indulge in some healthy and delicious food.
Everything was so fresh, which makes eating healthy food so much more pleasant. Everything was packed full of flavour and as someone who doesn’t particularly love lettuce…I couldn’t get enough of it!
Obviously I couldn’t leave without trying a cronut.
Wearing a playsuit is such a comfortable and easy outfit to throw on, especially during a holiday. I loved the embellishments on this Anna Sui Beach Playsuit and the flared sleeves made me feel alive! I just slipped on some pink sandals to keep it casual as well as my Miu Miu sunglasses which I really couldn’t live without.
Daisy London Jewellery & Candle
peace, love and chakras
The term chakra refers to the seven sections of spiritual powers in the human body. Each of these sections corresponds to nerve centres in the body as well as the spiritual and emotional parts of us. We often hear about people ‘aligning their chakras’ which basically means to keep your mind, body and soul working together to keep balance within you.
Daisy London has created a range of jewellery with the chakras in mind and keep us aware of ourselves. The Gold Throat Chakra Cord Bracelet is not only beautiful, but it is connected with truthful expression, loyalty and organisation.
If you’re looking to fill your space with positive energy definitely check out their range of candles. I have the Throat Chakra Candle to match my bracelet and I can truthfully say its one of the best smelling candles I’ve ever had. It has notes of citrus, neroli, rose, violet musk and amber. It’s a very beautiful scent that is extremely comforting to me.