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Monday, 22 August 2016

LAYERING IN SUMMER.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.


Layering clothes is my favourite part of the Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I've always found summer styling pretty difficult as simply wearing a top and shorts doesn't particularly excite me - but thanks to Miss Patina, I've discovered something pretty darn exciting. 

With a sheer dress or top you can add a whole other element to your outfit - I like to think of it as the smarter, more sophisticated, bikini beach throw over. 

Some of us love a good crop top, the ones that show off just a hint of our midriffs; but sometimes it's just not appropriate to have your tummy out, or perhaps you're not feeling overly comfortable that day - this is where a sheer item comes in handy. You can simply throw it on over any two piece and away you go. 

I've seen it done a lot with mesh and body-con, but it's really refreshing to see it in a more girly, delicately feminine style. I'm head over heels for the polka-dot detailing to the body and the tear-drop pearls on the sleeves with this one - and the way it clashes with the print of the two piece underneath, but makes it pop at the same time. 
How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.


What do you think? Is this something you could work in to your summer staples, too?

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Photography by the amazing Alexandra Cameron
 

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

HEAVY.

A blog post on being an overly hormonal woman in her twenties.
 As the end of the first week, of each month, draws to a close, I feel the heaviness approaching. It’s a weird time to be a woman - when a period is due. I find myself feeling every emotion possible and no-one can reason with me that ‘it’s just that time of the month, it’ll pass’. 

The way I feel, it’s still real, isn’t it? 

That’s what I’ve been sat here thinking for the past few hours. That these feelings brewing, bubbling, erupting, they’re not totally made up. Are they? 

This month, right now in-fact, I’m feeling alone. More isolated than I’ve felt in years, when oddly I’m surrounded by more people than ever. I feel like I couldn’t possibly be loved, that everyone has a secret task to catch me out, trip me up, make me look a fool - nobody likes me and I couldn’t feel less important. 

It’s about the only time I’m ever close to being called a bit ‘crazy’ - because my hormones are wreaking havoc and ‘it’s just not me’.

When actually, I think it is. 

I’ve started to take note of these heightened emotions, digest them and take stock of what they might really mean. I know that being a little more sensitive just goes hand in hand with that time, but since coming off the contraceptive pill earlier this year after ten years of taking it, I feel like I’m seeing myself more clearly. 

I’m learning that when this time comes around, I need to take break. Perhaps it is coincidental that everything is going wrong at once, but perhaps I shouldn't let it. If I know I find it difficult to cope in those few weeks, well then maybe I should just do less. Give myself time and not overcomplicate something I already find tricky to manage. That’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of knowing.

I'm scheduling work so that those weeks are freed up. I'm not putting too much in the diary. I’m writing down the particular emotions that stand out to me and seeing how they relate back to when I’m feeling more ‘normal’, if they’re as poignant or if I’m simply sprinkling them with extra sadness when my mind lets me.

The older I get, the more I realise it’s unhealthy to bury bad feelings. To pretend everything is okay when it isn’t. I don’t want to feel afraid to be sad, or question things that don’t seem right just because it might upset the apple cart or distort a happier view people may have of me or my life. 

Sometimes I struggle to make sense of my life -  and sometimes I think it's important to pay a little more attention to where our mind lets us wander when that dreaded time is looming. 

No-one wants to feel sad, or alone, or worthless. But perhaps if we take note of why we're feeling the way we are, we might just learn something about ourselves.

A blog post on being an overly hormonal woman in her twenties.

A blog post on being an overly hormonal woman in her twenties.




Photography by the wonderful Alexandra Cameron

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Friday, 29 July 2016

LET'S BE FRANK.

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Summer is here and for once in the UK it actually feels like a staycation might not be such a bad thing. So if you’re jetting off to the chillax in the Maldives, or simply rocking it out in your parents caravan this summer, today’s blog post will have you covered.

Have your passports at the ready...we've got a oneway ticket to babe town.

The first half of 2016 has seen me jet setting all over the world, from Paris to Lanzarote, Croatia to Greece and Amsterdam to right now: home - and whilst its been an absolute blast, my skin has definitely seen the brunt of long working hours, dehydrating flights and the odd patch of pretty nasty sunburn. And when it comes to looking after your skin in the sun or when you’re on the go, there’s a lot more than just SPF to think about.

And so today, I want to talk about Exfoliation.

Somewhat a dirty word when it comes to the beauty world, but I’m here to set the record straight on exactly why we should be doing it and who we should be doing it with.

Who? 
Frank BodyTheir scrubs are 100% natural and are made from…wait for it…Coffee.

But why?

When it’s freshly roasted and in its ground form coffee is a wonderful way to naturally exfoliate. It contains the same pH levels as our skin, which means it wont dry it out or leave it greasy. And lastly, its jam-packed with antioxidants so that it can join forces with your other skincare faves to buff away the badness and set your skin on the path to greatness.

Their limited edition travel pouch offers you four of their best scrubs in mini sizes, perfect for those of us that are on the go (or if you're wanting to try them out for the first time and aren't sure which one you'd like) - and weighing in at 50g each and with a resealable pouch, you can even whack these in your hand luggage too, no fuss.

So what’s inside this envelope of coffee goodness?

1x ORIGINAL: Where it all began, it wouldn’t be right to not include this bad boy. With roasted and ground coffee beans, a touch of brown sugar to buff away dead skin cells, coarse sea salt to cleanse your skin, cold-pressed sweet almond oil to leave it moisturised and orange essence to add a sweetness to the scent it’s literally divine.

1x PEPPERMINT: Freshen up and soothe tired muscles with robusta and green coffee beans, peppermint oil, sooting aloe vera, olive oil and native mint extract. Combined they’ll awaken your senses and leave you feeling refreshed, clean and ready for action.

1x CACAO: This one is antioxidant rich, with organic cacao extract to fight those nasty free radicals from doing any damage, cold-pressed almond oil to moisturise and soothing macadamia oil, brown sugar and sea salt that work as a natural antiseptic to cleanse your skin.

1x COCONUT: Sweet as a nut the coconut and grapeseed oils work to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst the Jojoba beads and coconut flakes will help to soften. You'll be good enough to eat.
Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

They're all the perfect holiday beauty staple - giving your skin the rejuvenation and care it deserves. There's no limit to how often you can use Frank (pah) either, just as much as your skin needs him, he'll be there - but to get the most from the products you want to follow a routine a little like this:

Scrub your body thoroughly, in circular motions - the idea is that you stimulate your blood flow - especially on more worrisome areas like cellulite or stretch marks; then let it dry before massaging your skin and scrubbing it off your body. The natural oil left over will give your skin the most even, sun-kissed glow you ever did see. 

It's literally been the perfect companion since I've returned from my travels and I can't wait to pack a pouch in my suitcase to take with me to my next stop: Portugal!

From someone who was once unsure about the benefits of exfoliating, I can tell you Frank has me converted. I know this product has been 'hyped' to the max, but trust me you don't want to let this one pass you by. The scent is absolutely sensational (even my boyfriend says so) and it not only gets rid of dead skin cells, it reveals a whole new, shiny body underneath. My skin has never been in such good condition and it's all down to one guy...thanks Frank!

Get your hands on the limited edition travel pouch here before they're gone!
Frank Body - Original Coffee Scrub review

This post is in collaboration with Frank Body, but all views are my own and BOY is this stuff good. 


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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

TICKLED PINK.

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams



One of my best friends. She wrote a book.

You might know her, in fact I'm sure you do. I've written, tweeted and instagrammed about her endless times. She's really special to me, is Laura Jane Williams.
Last week, we celebrated her book launch. She wrote an actual book, you know, that goes in real life book stores. She poured her heart in to her manuscript - a memoir on sex, second chances and figuring out who the hell she is. She let the world see her. And I couldn't be more proud.

She invited me to stay with her, during book week (that's what we called it, because it simply couldn't be just book day). And that, filled my heart with a kind of joy I can't quite describe. I love this woman - quite an inappropriate amount, and to know that she wanted me to be by her side throughout such a huge experience meant an awful lot.

We attended the book launch party, and she released her book of work to all the hungry, supportive, caring eyes who have followed this journey with her and we all cried and laughed and listened attentively and it was, amazing. I always knew how special she was, but everyone else seeing that too, the world seeing that, god it's really wonderful.

The evening after was the official day of the book release. Laura had decided quiet was needed after the whirlwind of a day just gone. We ate good food and tidied the house and replied to our emails and then we sat. We opened a bottle of fizz because: OHMYGOD YOU HAVE A BOOK AND WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING.

We took a sip, after toasting to Laura's achievements and both looked each other square in the eye.

This drink, tasted like heaven. Basically my mouth burst with all the insanely tasty fruity flavours.

I want to let you in on a little secret.

I rarely drink alcohol.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

I guess there are a number of factors when it comes down to why exactly - but the main thing? I can never find alcohol I like the taste of. When I was younger and drank for drinking's sake, I'd be the one in the corner holding her nose, hoping no-one would notice whilst she gulped a few mouthfuls down in the hope she'd fit in.

I suppose I shook all that off when I grew up, but the stigma attached kind of stuck with me. I just didn't find myself leaning towards having a drink because I'd always associated it with bad tasting concoctions.

But then there are special occasions, the times where all your friends raise a glass in celebration to something, someone - to Laura, and it's in those moments I want to toast with them. Not because I feel I should, it'd just be nice - to be at the book launch party and not just be sipping my sparkling water in a champagne flute.

So with that being said, I can honestly say I've never taken a sip of alcohol that hasn't made my shoulders shudder and my eyes squint - until this night.

I won't leave you in suspense any longer, I'm sure you;re dying to know what it is ;-)

This is the new Spritz Peach and Nectarine from Gallo Family Vineyards.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

This fruity drink bursting with flavour could've been honeysuckle, literally the perfect drink to celebrate such a special time especially with its gentle fizz. We all have a tendency to stick our noses up at obvious advertorials - but actually, I couldn't be happier to have found something so perfect for my lifestyle and to be able to share it with you too.

It really was the perfect week. Seeing someone achieve their dreams. Seeing that hard work and determination and drive pays off, ten-fold. Realising that with a pinch of self-belief a recipe for dreams to come true can be created. And that we could both celebrate over a glass of subtle fizz put the cherry on top for me.

I read Laura's book in a matter of hours. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say, if you've ever had your heartbroken, you'll relate. It's a good one (and you can get it here, if you'd like).

How amazing it is, to be your friend Laura, to see this amazing journey unfold. You've awoken a fire in my belly to keep striving for the things I want in life that no goal is too far to reach, no obstacle too high. And I love you, I do.

Here's to your next chapter.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

Hello amazing life adventures, Hello Gallo.

This post is sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards.

When it's time for wine, say Hello to Gallo.#HelloSpritz #HelloGallo

There are three delicious flavours in the range:

New Spritz Peach & Nectarine
Spritz Raspberry & Lime
Spritz Pineapple & Passionfruit

If you want to try the new Gallo Spritz, check out their store locator. You can shop the range and find your favourite variant here

Photography by Jack Williams (Laura's wonderful Brother!)

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Monday, 25 July 2016

AIDA SHOREDITCH EDITORIAL.

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger



London. I’m asked on a weekly basis if I live there and my response is always the same: It’s a place I like to visit, but love to leave. The hustle and bustle, constant rush and unnecessary rudeness of strangers always leaves me rather flustered and longing for the comfort of the countryside. But there’s one place that never fails to makes me feel at home when I’m there: AIDA, Shoreditch. 

AIDA is a fashion store like no other. Their family run business’ main aim is to offer a different shopping experience to their customers - bringing creatives together in a place that makes you feel inspired. They provide incredible fashion for men and women from European, independent brands but their uniqueness doesn’t stop there. The store itself is home to a coffee shop, a makeup parlour and not only does it stock amazing fashion pieces but it also sells homeware and regular charity and cinema nights are held in store, too. Basically, it’s like they realised all my dreams when it comes to shopping and made them all come true under one tiny London roof. 

It goes without saying then, that when they suggested we shoot together I basically pee’d my pants with excitement. There’s pretty much nothing as lovely as a brand you love appreciating what you do, too. 

We collaborated together on this shoot with two amazing creatives; Firstly their freelance (and amazing) stylist, Rowan - this lady, not only is she the bees knees when it comes to fashion but she’s also the loveliest human and knew exactly what items to pick out for me when it came to this shoot. And secondly the incredible talent, Stew Bryden was the photographer. I always feel a little uneasy when it comes to having my photo taken by people I don’t know, but he was so laid back and kind that I sort of forgot we were even ‘working’. We spent the afternoon as a three, wandering around the streets of Shoreditch snapping away. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a shoot as much as I did this one.

I’m so happy with how the images came out - I love how each outfit carefully demonstrates a part of my personality and my love for different styles equally, and that it goes to show that we don’t have to pigeon-hole ourselves in to one specific fashion cocoon - there is so much to explore when it comes to personal style and AIDA offer that opportunity to experiment with your look. 

We also worked on a Style Edit for their site - where I’ve picked out my favourite items from each section of the website for you to browse and shop at your leisure (as well as the pieces I’m wearing in these looks, too). I really hope you’ll take the time to have a look and definitely stop by the store if you’re ever in their neck of the woods. I can put my hand on my heart and say you’ll fall head over heels. They steal my heart a little more every time I visit, too.

Thank you AIDA, for being everything that is right with the fashion world.


Styling by Rowan Swale
Photography by Stew Bryden
Blog Post on AIDA site.


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