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Friday, 6 January 2017

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSTRIA.

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw


After spending a busy few days in Salzburg city centre, we embarked on a 1 hour train journey in to the mountains. 

I can’t quite explain the feeling that bubbles inside me when I think about my time in Austria, it’s a country that’s captured my heart in a way no other place ever has.

We’d got sightseeing out of our systems, and having already had a sunshine holiday this year, we were both really keen to just spend some time together in the peace and quiet. 

And it doesn’t get more idyllic than Grossarl. 

I don’t want to waffle on in this blog post about exactly what we did or what you should do - this place is so simplistic in it’s beauty that I think the pictures will tell a better story than I ever could.

But one thing you do need to know, is where to stay. The Grossarler Hof hotel is absolute perfection. From the incredible service, to the best food I’ve ever eaten and the cosy, crazily impressive interior to the stunning view, you couldn’t want for anything more. It’s without doubt, the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been.
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS: AUSRTIA. Travel blogger reveiw


Sometimes it takes removing yourself from the noise to see just how beautiful this world really is.


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Sunday, 18 December 2016

THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME THIS CHRISTMAS.


THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS



This post is in collaboration with Birchbox

Christmas is without doubt my favourite holiday. It’s the only time of year that gathers absolutely everyone I love in one place – the one time that everyone will make an effort and the one time where nothing is more important.

It’s also the busiest time of the year for me, in every aspect. If I’m not careful I find myself in a downward spiral of utter chaos – and being overwhelmed at the best time of the year isn’t what any of us want, is it?

I woke up this morning feeling engulfed in said chaos. A sudden rush of panic flowed through me - I still have so much work to do, Christmas bits to collect, people to see and what feels like zero time to do it all in.

And mid breakdown, I decided to stop.

Instead of going in to full-blown panic mode I made a list for myself, prioritising everything and trying to work out ways that I could save myself some time. And then I thought, why don’t I share some of those tips with you guys, too? Because if it helps me, perhaps it could help you. A problem shared is a problem halved after all, right?

1. CREATE A CHECKLIST. It sounds simple, but it’s easily forgotten when you’re feeling stressed out. I’ve sat down and made myself two lists: 1. Who do I have to buy for / what do they want? 2. What else do I need? Crackers, wrapping paper, labels etc. You can always add to the lists when something new pops into your head and there’s nothing more satisfying than ticking something off once you’ve done it!

2. BUYING PRESENTS. I think above anything else, buying for the ones you love can weirdly be one of the most stressful elements of Christmas time. Visiting the shops under pressure can be detrimental to the process and even online shopping can occasionally be overwhelming. One gift that I’ve found to totally relieve the stress of ‘getting it right’, that covers multiple ladies in my life and saves heaps of time, is The Christmas Birchbox. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Birchbox provide a service of monthly deliveries, consisting of 5 personalised beauty products, so customers can learn and discover some of the top beauty products on the market. Birchbox can be gifted as a 3 (£30), 6 (£60) or 12 month subscription (£100). So those special people in your life will still be receiving a treat through the door, even after Christmas. It’s such a thoughtful present, but requires minimal effort on all fronts, I mean it even comes in it’s own pretty box so there’s no need to even wrap it up! Winning.
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

3. LABEL STUFF. I don’t know about you, but I find myself always rushing the final touches. This year I’ve decided to label the hell out of everything. If I’ve only got half an hour spare, I’m going to wrap my presents in their paper, stick a label on them so I don’t forget who they’re for and come back to add ribbons and bows later. And this might be a total curve ball, but labelling serving dishes will save a heap of time on Christmas day. Everyone knows how stressful preparing the Dinner can be, and so knowing exactly what veg is going where will help you stay calm when the Brussels are boiling over ;-)
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS
THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

Applying these three things to my CCL (Christmas Chaotic Lifestyle) means that I can actually take some time out to enjoy what’s going on at Christmas time. From waltzing around Christmas fairs to taking in the beautiful lights of London.

Instead of being swallowed up by the fear, I’ve realised it doesn’t need to be quite as manic as I imagined. We don’t all have endless hours in the day to prepare, but there are definitely things we can do to help alleviate the stress and enjoy ourselves that little bit more.

Because Christmas may be a time for giving, but it’s also a time for us, too :-)

THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

THREE TIPS TO SAVE TIME & MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS

Photography by Derek Bremner

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

Today's blog post is a little impromptu. An off the cuff emotional splurge, if you will. 

A few weeks back I booked in to have some photos taken with the insanely talented Catherine Harbour. I'm signed with MiLK Model Management, (to their digital influencer division, may I add) and whilst I'm not a model, my lovely manager, Lucy, assured me it'd be worth having some new shots taken; just to show a slightly different side to Wonderful You (or whatever)). 

And I'm SO chuffed with how they came out - but that's not really why I'm writing this post. 

This is a post for all the bloggers out there who want to step in to themselves. Actually scrap that, this is for all the WOMEN out there who want to step in to themselves. 

I've been blogging for a year as a full-time job, and within that time I've been bloody lucky to have some incredible opportunities, from TV campaigns to being a brand ambassador - they're experiences I couldn't have dreamed for myself. But they're not opportunities that I find easy to grab on to. 

Because SPOILER ALERT: I'm not a model. 

Or particularly confident, for that matter.

The thing is, I don't know the exact measurements of my body and I don't really know my best angles and I'm not 5'11. I'm confident enough to take a selfie, sure; or have my friend take my blog photos, but asides from that? I have no idea what I'm doing. And a lot of the time, the opportunities that arise, well, they're throwing us in to model territory, and for me, that's petrifying. 
NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

I was awake until the early hours of the morning on the day of the shoot with Cat - these photos aren't even for anything, they're just for me, and yet I couldn't sleep for worrying. 

I was booked in with two other models and all I could think was 'Cat is going to think I'm a knob and that I don't know what I'm doing' - and that made me anxious because, well, if that's what she'd thought, she'd have been right. 

But then, receiving these photos today and from the words of people I love most, I had a realisation, that actually it doesn't *matter* that I'm not 5'11! Or that my bone structure isn't perfection or that I don't really know what makes my body look 'good'. 

Because these opportunities, that come through this little blog, they're not because I'm model material. They're actually in-spite of that. They're because I'm me. I'm not what a brand have asked me to be, I'm not playing a part. 

And these photos, these experiences, they've helped me realise that it's okay to step in to the opportunities that are presented to me, I'm not less worthy of them just because I haven't trained to be a model. I needn't compare myself if I find myself rubbing shoulders with the most glorious women I've ever seen, because, because we're all bringing something different aren't we? 

And I think that's okay. 

I think that's really bloody great, actually.

It's just remebering that, isn't it? 
NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.
Photography: Catherine Harbour
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

THE DENIM JACKET.

STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket


I feel like I blinked and this year came to an end. Sat here at my laptop realising its only a matter of weeks until Christmas is bloody overwhelming - But I’m still holding on to Autumn with every fibre of my being…and every thread of my wardrobe for that matter. 

Denim Jackets - I lived in mine last year, somehow managed to lose it and only got around to replacing it this summer - needless to say it’s been permanently on my back ever since. We’re in late November and mostly, it’s really, really cold; but there are still days I’m venturing out without the need for a coat and it’s made me realise just how versatile the denim jacket really is. 
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket

And today I’d quite like to talk about the vintage Levi’s jackets in particular. Getting your hands on one of these means a whole bunch of things.

1.) You’re getting your hands on an absolute bargain. They cost half the price of a brand new one and there’s so many more styles to choose from.

2.) It’s easier to layer. With a slightly oversized look it means you can drag your love affair with a warmer weather wardrobe in to the cooler months. The billowing arms and baggy body allow for tops, jumpers and thermals galore - pretty perfect when the weather doesn’t know if it wants to laugh or cry.

3.) They suit everyone. It’s not that piece of clothing that will only suit this shape or that height, it’s the most flexible item to add to your wardrobe and requires minimal effort or thought to style. 
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket
STYLE BLOGGER: How to wear a vintage levi's denim jacket

So, how are you wearing the denim jacket this season? Are you clinging on for a little longer like me?

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Photography by Derek Bremner 

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