Thursday, 29 September 2016

The New York To-Do List

Surprise! I'm soon embarking on my first New York trip and I am so excited to be there and be able to share parts of the holiday with you. I thought by putting together a to-do list for the course of the week it would help any of you planning a holiday to the Big Apple or if you simply want to google image parts of this concrete jungle and it's iconic points of interest (guilty). This is going to include the classic landmarks, shopping hotspots, activities, and places I've seen instagrammed so many times I'll be kicking myself if I miss a visit ;) Here's what we've got in mind for our trip so far! Suggestions welcome!

P. O. I

  1. Statue of Liberty 
  2. Top of the Rock
  3. Empire State Building
  4. The High Line
  5. Brooklyn Bridge Park
  6. Central Park
  7. Grand Central Terminal
  8. Ground Zero 
  9. The One World Trade Centre & Observatory
  10. Times Square 
  11. NY Public Library


  1. See a Broadway Show (we're thinking the Lion King)
  2. Walk along Brooklyn Bridge
  3. Helicopter Ride (maybe, I'll let you know if we go for it!)
  4. Wander Chelsea Market
  5. Picnic on Sheep's Meadow
  6. Taking a yellow cab (can I get any more touristy?)
  7. Bike rental in Central Park
  8. Explore Chinatown

SHOPPING (totally not my domain..)

  1. Reformation
  2. Madewell
  3. Free People
  4. Aritzia
  5. Sephora
  6. Explore Soho
  7. Vintage/thrifting in Brooklyn
  8. Barneys/Saks/Bergdorfs (just one but you get the idea)
  9. Macy's or Bloomingdales (they've been in so many films it'd be rude not to)
  10. Cloak and Dagger (found this boutique via's handy shop line-up)
  11. Anthropologie


  1. MoMA
  2. Guggenheim (the sold gold toilet can't go amiss) 
  3. Museum of Natural History
  4. The MET
Have you visited NY? What would you recommend?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Coming at you today with another picture of my face (sorry) to show you the look I've been wearing for a good 6 months. Universal, failsafe and quick, this bronze toned look sits in that partly polished, partly undone category (which I'm all about) and can be done in a speedy 10 minutes. Here goes...

  1. Skin - Liz Earle Reflective Concealer under eyes and on blemishes. The coverage isn't the fullest with this but even when layered it looks exactly like skin and blends seamlessly, so is perfect if you only need something light and fresh looking. Rather than powdering, I'll take a Blotting Sheet to my T-zone to keep skin as breathable as possible and will take the packet in my bag for on the go.
  2. Brows - Maybelline Permanent Taupe Colour Tattoo & Essence Brow This Way. Besides brushing them upwards more recently, you can see the exact routine for my eyebrows here :)
  3. Cheeks - NARS Laguna Bronzer in cheek hollows, on temples, and top of forehead to add a bit of shape and a boost of colour. If I'm not already a beetroot after the morning shower, I'll pop a bit of the Hourglass Dim Infusion Blush on top of where the bronzer goes. 
  4. Eyes - Dusted the lid with bronzer (as above), darkened lash-line with a rich matte brown shadow, and coated lashes with Liz Earle's Brown Mascara. This mascara is definitely build-able, but leans more on the natural side so is a great daily option. Some days I'll add a pale shimmer on my bottom lash-line if I'm feeling I want a little something extra. 
  5. Lips - Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balm. This can change, but most often I'll stick to a balm like this amazing chocolatey tasting one.
There you have it! This can take me anything from 10 mins to half an hour (depending on how late I am) but I find putting on makeup quite therapeutic so I'll quite often drag out the process;) 

Do you have any everyday staples? What's your go-to look? 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Say Hello to Soludos

What happens when you don't buy shoes in about a year, then find yourself scrolling through Lucy Williams' holiday snaps? You want to emulate all of her shoes... After browsing ASOS for some end of summer footwear, Soludos espradrilles immediately drew me in; slip on, classic and incredibly practical from spring through to autumn. I'm a huge fan of the embroidery trend right now and you know I also adore animals, so this navy and white detailed pair seemed ideal. At nearly half price, the reduced cost makes them a great option for an entry pair of espadrilles without compromising on quality.

The versatility was also a great selling point as I can see these working just as well with skirts and dresses to jeans and a t-shirt once the weather begins to cool. If the stitching isn't your thing, Soludos other styles are just as appealing yet functional, with a range of cute designs (I love the donut pair) as well as wrap-around beachy flats and wedges. As far as straw shoes go, this is one stylish and timeless brand that I know I'm gonna be going back to in the coming summers.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Bedroom Snippets

As you may know from this post, I LOVE interiors. The trouble is that I'm better at visualising and imagining beautifully orchestrated spaces than I am at making it a reality in my own bedroom. To give you a hint of the style I like, think Urban Outfitters/Free People home crossed with Scandinavian clean lines and eclectic New York studio. I also adore Kate La Vie's decorative style, with my jaw practically dropping at her apartment tour video. Whilst I still have a to-do list of tasks and pieces to buy for my own room, I hope you can enjoy these close-ups of what the cave currently looks like. Watch this space for some more updates once I've got it decorated juuust right.

Tapestry - Urban Outfitters
Giant Angle-poise Lamp - for exact model, red no longer available (similar here and here)
Los Angeles Print - Julia Gash @ John Lewis
Blue Side Table - IKEA (similar here)
Black and White Mirror - Urban Outfitters, ancient (diy version here)
Floral Cushion - IKEA (similar here)
Green Chevron Throw - National Trust
Pink Planter and Mini Faux Shrub - IKEA (similar pot here)

Where do you get your interior inspiration from? Any favourite homeware buys?

Friday, 16 September 2016

New Additions: Liz Earle and Levi's

I've not shopped in such a long while that I hadn't realised A) some of my makeup was drying out/crusty/empty and B) my wardrobe was seriously lacking in the denim department. My mom jeans being too big (they're now officially lounge clothes because if I wore them out I'm almost certain I'd flash someone) and my ripped Topshop Leigh's wearing incredibly thin (practically tissue paper) I thought some new purchases were in order...

The style I was aiming for was in between skinny and straight legged in a classic blue jean wash, and preferably a raw hem at the ankle for a more relaxed vibe. Nothing too picky? Wrong...

Finding these jeans was not an easy feat, jeans shopping is the worst kind of shopping, right? (ok bra shopping is a close second) My legs must've squeezed into every pair of jeans on the market from high street to higher end, all to no avail. A quick denim epiphany later, and I'd realised the one place I hadn't ventured into was perhaps the most iconic of denim suppliers, Levi's!

I immediately gravitated towards the 'Wedgie' fit (high waist, skinny up top and straight in the calf, AND with a raw hem!). Heads up, your true size will feel snug to begin with, but the shop assistant assured me that they will stretch slightly. After doing some squats in the changing room I already felt the jeans give and I can see these fitting like a glove after a few wears. They're the perfect cut for an effortless street style/ model off duty look and I can see myself keeping these babies for years to come.

Moving on to makeup now, and trusty Liz Earle came through with exactly what I'd ran out of but in all cruelty-free versions. I picked up the Lash Definition Mascara in brown and the Light Reflecting Concealer in 01 Fair. Both are soon to be featured in an upcoming everyday makeup look so keep an eye out for that to see the products in action and reviews :)

What have you been buying recently? Any denim recommendations?