Keukenhof, Holland’s famous tulip gardens, were already at the top of my must-visit list when planning our recent trip to Amsterdam – then I was sent this beyond adorable watering can bag from Kate Spade and of course I just had to do a photoshoot with it there! I knew it might turn out to be a little girly and kitsch, which is not my usual style, but it was all about having fun and celebrating the joyfulness of spring. I literally had a spring in my step dancing through the gardens in this flowy white shirtdress number (and of course posing for the obligatory flower-watering shots with the bag, had to be done!). I 100% recommend the gorgeous Keukenhof Gardens to any of you paying a visit to Amsterdam. It’s super easy to get to from the centre of town – just a short train ride to the airport and then a bus direct to the gardens – and oh-so-lovely for a slow day of wandering amid the colours of spring. But you will have to wait another year I’m afraid, as because of the lifecycle of tulips the park only opens during March-May. We just made it for the last day it was open this year!
Lots more Amsterdam pics coming your way soon, my dears! Hope you all have a lovely lovely week x
We all know it girls. As the weather gets warmer it can only mean one thing: it’s time for those winter peepers, those lovely legs that have been hiding beneath layers of denim, leather, tights and socks, to emerge from hibernation and say hello to the world! Ok, so it might not be quite so dramatic, but it’s definitely something most of us think about as we move into summer. I have to admit I’m super lazy when it comes to haircare of any sort. I get my hair cut once a year, colour it myself, and only remember to shave my legs minutes before I’m meant to be on my way out. So when Braun got in touch about trying their new epilator, the Silk-épil 9, I didn’t think I was the right girl for the job. But having used it, it now makes perfect sense that someone like me is exactly the type of person that should be using their epilator! It makes hair removal quick and easy, and unlike shaving lasts for up to four weeks. Perfect!
If you haven’t used an epilator before, don’t worry – until yesterday, I was the same! The main worry I had was whether it would have the same smooth result as shaving. I’ve had my legs waxed once before, years ago, and the issue then was that not all the hairs were removed. I thought it would be the same with the epilator. Braun reassured me that their new Silk-épil 9 can remove hairs four times shorter than waxing, and after trying it out yesterday my pins are definitely super smooth, just like shaving! Another great thing about the epilator is that it can be used in the shower and tub since it is water resistant, so there’s no absolutely no awkward squatting on the bathroom floor involved! All in all, it was a far quicker and easy experience than I anticipated. And the best thing is – I can now go back to being my lazy self for another four weeks so embrace your smooth-skin confidence this summer with the new Braun Silk-épil 9 and let your legs #BreakFree!
Hope you are all having a lovely week my dears! To make up for being a bit quiet on the blog the last few months while I was in my writing cave, we have lots of new posts coming up for you. Check back tomorrow for a special shoot we did in Amsterdam that you might have spotted me teasing over on Instagram … Happy Friday sweethearts! x
An off-shoulder jumper dress and over-the-knee boots is my new go-to combination after discovering this little pairing last weekend. These are my first pair of over-the-knees, and I have to say I’m a convert! Not only are they great for keeping your pins warm in this unpredictable spring weather, but there’s something just so chic and sexy about them too. I also took the jump and invested in a duster trench. All my coats are packed away in storage until the winter (perhaps a premature move on my part, blame wishful thinking!) and a duster is the perfect breezy coverup as we wait for the temperatures to rise.
A bit like the weather, it’s been one of those months full of both highs and lows. We’re still waiting on moving into our new flat because part of our chain fell through, so that means we’re back with the parents for now, living out of boxes. Frustrating! But there’s nothing to be done, so I’m trying to embrace this new lifestyle – and be thankful we’re lucky enough to have somewhere to stay in the meantime. On the flip side, a high came at the end of April when I finished the first draft of my new book! There’s still a long way to go, of course, and this is only the start of what will certainly be a long, long process. But it feels great to take some time off and let my mind breathe after all those months of intense writing. I can’t wait to share more about this book with you all. As always, it feels like a little piece of my heart lives within these words.
Hope you have a wonderful week dearhearts! This weekend we’re off to Amsterdam with a couple of friends, and we have a fun shoot with one of my favourite brands planned whilst we’re over there (hint – it has something to do with tulips). I’m so excited! Amsterdam has long been on my travel wishlist. If you’ve been, do let me know any recommendations for things to see/eat/do in the comments below maybe I’ll re-watch The Fault in Our Stars for inspiration … though kissing in the middle of the Anne Frank museum is perhaps not quite as appropriate in non-movie life! x
… In both the literal and metaphorical sense. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been deep in first draft territory working on my new book. It’s my favourite part of the writing process – there’s something magical about seeing this world that up until now has only been in your head evolving on the page, lacing a blank white screen with lines of words. But it’s also the most intense part of writing for me, because I have to stay in that headspace for months to get it done, and so blogging – and life in general – has had to take a back seat. But the last few weeks I’ve been slowly emerging from that writing haze as I approach the end of the book. The last words are so close now I can almost taste them! And I’ve popped the champagne (*cough* who am I kidding – chocolate) in the fridge to get cooling for when I’m done.
And speaking of washed out in the physical sense, I’m always drawn to pastels and faded tones during transitional seasons. It’s not quite yet warm enough to be going sans-jumper, but I do love the pairing of a knit, jeans and heels so I can’t complain! Wearing in my new American Eagle jeans to get that authentic loose American fit but keeping it structured with my perfect new boots from Forever 21. Hope you like the outfit sweethearts and I’ll be sure to get posting more once writing calms down a bit. Kisses! x
Denim is always there: a staple, a wardrobe must-have, something we all have a lot of in our closets. And yet, like things that are always there for us – hot water, the stars and the moon, our better half – it’s easy to take for granted. Denim doesn’t just have to be a background piece, a foundation for more interesting items. It can be the star of the show too! That’s what Forever 21′s latest campaign #allaboutdenim is for – to celebrate our simple wardrobe hero. To give you some inspiration on how to up your denim ante, I teamed up with my blogger bestie Toni from Fashitects for an editorial shoot with three different denim looks. If you know Toni’s blog (and you should, it’s gorgeous) he’s rarely out of a suit, so styling denim looks with him was a chance for us to both get him into more casual attire as well as demonstrate that denim can be smart too.
Hope you like the editorial beauties! Our photographer was the super-talented Bon, who was so much fun to shoot with even though we only had an hour to get the shots done and were practically running around half-dressed on one of the coldest days of the year, brr! If we’ve inspired you to get creative with your denim, be sure to check out Forever 21 for the pieces we’re wearing in the shoot and much more denim goodness. And head on over to Fashitects for more photos from the shoot! x