Slumber Party

Where is your favourite place in the whole world? Paris, New York, the club strip in Ibiza, the South West coast of England? Mine is none of them. In fact my favourite place in the whole wide world is my bed.

Wrapped up in layers of crisp white cotton, furry throws and deep sunken pillows to dream the night away, there's nothing more safe and comforting than listening to the soothing sound of silence.

Whether alone to starfish across the divan or snuggled up to a partner, settling into the world of slumber is a daily luxury. So when i was sent a package from Princesse Tam Tam, I was more than obliged to test out their latest sleepwear range. In their collection of silks, cashmere knits and sexy underwear, the silk crepe playsuit caught my fancy.

August's Beauty Must Haves

Summer is sadly almost over so whether you're jetting off for a last minute Bank holiday break in Ibiza or just landing with major post holiday blues these latest beauty must have products will see you through the season ahead.

Summer Swimwear Guide

Turning the page on every magazine, searching for Summer's perfect bikini has given me far too many options but all rejected when the bottoms are too baggy or the top is for a larger bust. With holiday season already in full swing, finding the perfect poolside outfit has proved difficult. Therefore, I decided to take matters into my own hands and my year of working for a swimwear brand to offer my tips for the ultimate travel wardrobe.

Let's start with with the petite frame....
One body shape that is displayed across the glossy titles portraying models posing in swimwear that has been stitched to their bodies to give the perception of the perfect fit. Don't be fooled by the slim shape and find swimwear easy to buy. Issues arise almost immediately whether its the bottoms that resemble a full nappy when exiting the pool or the top that makes the term sideboob an understatement. Forget all these with Vix's faultless bikini designed for those with non existent curves and plenty of paisley prints to turn heads on the beach.

If like me you struggle still with the saggy bottom, dare to bare with Eberjey's Coco bottom from their bleached blues collection which creates the illusion of a smaller, pert bottom with the small amount of material. Petite but not body confident? Go for Melissa Odabash's Cover Up which is the perfect transitional travel essential which will take you from the sand to the cocktail bar.

The average size of a British woman is a 14-16 so why should it be so difficult to find swimwear for those attractive curves.  What every woman can get wrong when swimwear shopping is the style of the bikini for their shape. For the plus sized individual, a style with thick straps and cut high on the leg is the perfect go to piece and these styles are my favourite from this season.

Having recently discovered Prism London, I love the defined shapes of their swimwear like this stylish denim number with high waist shorts for those who want to cover stretch marks, wobbly bits or just body conscious. I couldn't not do a swimwear guide and not feature Mara Hoffman whose printed one pieces are lust-worthy. This geometric print has a slimming effect and will you become the centre of attention round the pool. Once those sun rays begin to fade, let Melissa Odabash's strapless dress do the talking while the ties under the bust create a stunning silhouette for post beach glamour.

Those size 10 bottoms fit perfect but the top won't even cover one boob. Sound familiar? The age old problem of having a larger than the average size chest and having to buy separates. although when they don't have the correct sizes in each separate, bikini shopping can become a stressful operation. Through my swimwear experience, these brands have it right on point and their styles look amazing on whilst supporting and enhancing those incredible curves.
My favourite Brazilian beachwear brand ever is vix. From their stunning prints to their sexy shapes, these bikinis have a global following and are the best to flaunt what your mumma gave you.  If these sexy options are too risqué go for Thapelo one piece, cut high on the leg to elongate those pins and cut low on the neck to show off those bosoms. Produced in the ultimate slimming shade, this one piece is perfect for beach chic. Add Eres' emerald green halter dress if you want to hide the top heavy figure and go for a sophist acted evening look.

One woman who has become an icon for those poolside curves is none other than sports Illustrated turned Vogue cover girl, Kate Upton whose shape has us green with envy. Her careful choices of beachwear to enhance what she's already got but staying sophisticated rather than slutty is no easy mean feat. Stick to halter straps or sweetheart necklines if you decide to go strapless. This one piece by heidi klein is a great option and black is the go to colour for accessorising with gold accents for a luxe look.

Don't shy away from the bikini though, heidi klein has got that covered too, gold accents included with this illusion print two piece. Think straps which are adjustable both top and bottom for personalised coverage is a great idea and I adore this striped digital print. It offers the perfect excuse to splurge on this missoni kaftan with fringing from the waist down and vertical woven prints handmade in Italy. A touch of luxury for when all that sunbathing gets too tiring.

So whether you're packing for a coastal trip to Capri or or testing the the Michelin star dining in Monte Carlo, pop open the bubbly and don't be ashamed to gorge into a greasy burger this holiday season.

If your body shape has been missed out comment below and i will find the best bikini for you


Get The London Luxe: Millie Mackintosh

Since Millie arrived on our screens and every man in SW1's love interest in Made In Chelsea, her style has evolved to iconic status with simple, everyday pieces updated with a few luxe accessories.
As Millie is currently on Masterchef cooking up some healthy treats, I thought I would do an outfit post on how to achieve her look.

Mille is regularly seen in Parisian inspired outfits, whether it's head to toe in The Kooples or the classic breton stripe, she loves adding her own twist. Millie has been seen out and about town in this French connection dress and even included it in her amazing style diary.

For the classic Millie look pair with a Catarzi fedora to protect those wavy golden locks and shield prying eyes with Taylor Morris sunglasses co-founded by MIC alumni Hugo Taylor.
It wouldn't be a Millie look without packing all the essentials into a quintessentially British accessory like Aspinal of London's Marylebone Mini.
To emulate Millie's flawless face add millie's Belgravia lashes and apply Cocoa Brown tan for the ultimate Summer in SW1 look.
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Gold Mine

Just like a magpie, I love collecting shiny things and jewellers have not disappointed this season. From Monica Vinader to Fiorelli catch everyone's eye with this season's most covetable pieces.

Nothing adds a pop of colour to an outfit like Monica Vinader's bracelets. I love a turquoise accent on accessories and this piece showcases ultimate luxe. If that isn't fulfilling your blue hues enough why not go for Lucy Hutchings London inspired art deco earrings with pearls added for a glamorous touch. Her contrast between hard and soft create a seamless aesthetic so wear with a plain shift dress for a sophisticated opulence.

Like to keep things plain and simple? I've recently discovered Fiorelli's Jewellery collection with this rose gold Chakra necklace number. The delicacy and intricacy of the piece with it's snowflake design is a perfect accompaniment to highlighting a tanned décolletage.

Elizabeth & James from Mary-Kate & Ashley have translated their iconic style into an minimalistic masterpiece in the form of the Windrose Ring. Style with delicate rings or for a more bold look stack with an Astley Clarke ring or three. The possibilities are endless and certainly not easy to pick without lusting over all of them. However, this grey one caught my attention and provides a simplistic luxe touch to my jewellery collection.

Looking for outfit inspiration to wear with these stunning pieces. Take Sienna Miller's sartorial statement at the Astley Clarke party with Kelly Eastwood, both looking chic in their Summer shifts.

A Weekend in Barcelona

Join me for a weekend away from the stormy weather London has received and take a trip to Barcelona. Excited? Me too.

With a cup of hot tea and a trench to brace the last of those stormy showers it was time to board a flight to Barcelona. With only a few days away, I needed some much deserved sunshine and relaxation. Look no further than Hotel America. Set within the centre of Barcelona and no distance to the main hustle and bustle of the city, it's ideal for a city break. Just look at the views...

The most exciting thing about travelling to the Mediterranean is the breath of yummy food that is conjured up from tasty tapas to fresh Spanish seafood. Once landed and checked into the hotel it was the perfect excuse to fill our stomachs with Barcelona's culinary delights.

We sat down outside just in time before the siesta at Costa Gallega restaurant on the Passeig De Gracia for a light lunch. In Spain this means a large squid salad with tonnes of oil, a bottle of cava and a bloody mary. If you're wondering what to go for on the many menus in Spain stick to the seafood as it's mainly fresh with plenty of salt and crunchy sides to compliment the salty soft textures. Filled up for the afternoon, it was time to explore something new that i hadn't seen before back in England.....

Some things never change. 

So it was time to hop on the Metro, a much smellier and confusing version of the Tube and do some proper tourist sightseeing. First stop the Sagrada Familia.

The infamous Gaudi masterpiece stood tall over the city and was truly spectacular. Feeling fit? Why not climb to the top for some stunning views. However with very little time on our hands and getting impatient for our next Spanish dish it was time to head up into the hills for more of Barcelona. Not before snapping this little man being carried by his owner.

Or dreaming of living in a castle like this one day.

Several outdoor escalators and a steep incline later, we arrived at Parc Guell. A must visit for anyone who visits Barcelona and well worth the calorie busting journey to get there. Just look at the views.

The Parc is free to walk around but to see the exhibitions and the famous architecture draws large crowds so be sure to get there early. With our sightseeing over for the day, we were craving a poolside afternoon. So we slipped into our bikinis and got in the hot tub to rest tired tootsies. 

I went for an itsy bitsy teenie weenie blue polka dot bikini from Princesse Tam Tam's new Summer collection and fell in love with it. Just as much as I fell for the rooftop pool.

With a pool and a bubbling hot tub and cocktails on the go it was bliss. but there was one thing missing. Food!

Ah there it is. Courtesy of Can Costa, moments from the sandy beaches of the city, they conjured up fresh grilled hake with crispy salad and yes you've guessed it, more oil. Although very tasty, I much preferred their anchovies and crispy squid which they couldn't have fried any more perfectly. 
Filled up with plenty of seafood it was time to explore the beach's nightlife with an evening at Shoko. So we put our best dresses on and danced the night away.

With sore heads and feet the next morning there was only one thing for it. More food. We came across this cute little place called Cup & Cake. My favourite find of the whole trip.
Filled with pastries and a mix of locals and tourists refuelling over pancakes and bloody mary's it was a slice of heaven in a quiet corner of the city.
I started off with a chai tea latte.

Followed by the yummiest brunch i have ever tasted, eggs benedict on waffles

Feeling heavenly and satisfied it was time to do one more round of exploring before home time. And what's a post without an outfit 

Top and skirt: H&M, Necklace: Zara, Sunglasses: Ray Ban and flip flops: Haviana

With plenty more exploring to do there were plenty more photo opportunities like this one...

Ooo Barcelona you cheeky devil

So long Barcelona until next time.

A Birthday Blog Post

Since university has ended, leaving me to venture off into the world of PR and social media, blogging has finally become part of my life again. But before climbing up the career ladder there was one small thing to celebrate such as............ my 21st.

Since moving the London, all my friends and family have conveniently dispersed across the country which meant a road trip was in order. We scooted up North watching the city scape turn into rolling countryside. With music blaring and an open road we soon arrived to the fresh air of Northumberland.

Unpacked and mouths salivated from the last episode of Masterchef, we got some well needed zzzz before our first stop of the birthday extravaganza. The beach of course.

If you ever get a chance to go up North pay a visit to it's coastline which boasts miles of stunning sand dunes and lapping waves. Unusually a hot day for May, we dropped our beach towel on Seaton Sluice beach and braved the freezing North Sea water for a dip.

Running swiftly back to warmer territories was no easy feat when numbness takes over.

Towel dried and sand free it was time to head back when the real party could begin which meant a swig of the hard stuff......

Maybe I'm not ready to be 21 just yet. Drinks flowing an food ready it was time to get unwrapping to see if I'd been a good girl all year. And boy must I have been an Angel.

Finished off with a slab of cake it was time to get some zzzz and room in my stomach for more food. This time we ventured further 'oop' North to dine at The North's best pub grub, The Northumberland Arms.

Hidden within the depths of the valley of Felton the restaurant and hotel had prepped for the ultimate Sunday roast feast. I went for the braised local lamb with a mint and redcurrant jus which melted into the mouth alongside the crunchy roasts and Yorkshire Pudding.

With barely any room left I couldn't resist the Northumberland Arms' Sticky Toffee Pudding presented as a masterpiece on a plate. Oozing with the sweet toffee sauce it went down a treat and certainly the best looking dessert on the menu.

Fully stuffed and slumped in the car it was time to drive off into the sunset and head South back to London. Of course I couldn't leave without this lady giving me a Northern send off.

Until next time


Work Style Diary at Somerset House

If you've been following my blog you will have realised, I have a new job working in the world of PR. The fun side of a new job, is that you have the perfect excuse to buy a whole new wardrobe and as my new career is fashion related I couldn't get my wardrobe without using Wilde Rooms.

Somerset House provided the perfect backdrop for What I Wilde Roomed and a great pit stop for afternoon tea at the Fernandez & Wells.

 I decided to go for French Connection's leather trousers, Topshop lace cami and add a pop of colour with Zara clutch and heels with Asos's blanket cardigan to wrap up on those chilly commutes to and from work.

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