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Christmas at Bicester Village

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Last week I spent a gloriously festive afternoon shopping at one of my favourite outlet spots just outside of London, Bicester Village. I was invited down by the team to experience the spirit of Christmas shopping there and  have chance to share my tips with you on how to get the most out of your day down at the outlet. Big thanks goes to the Bicester Village team for having me – I do hope you enjoy my mini guide to this sweet little village of designer joy (and that you stagger home with arms packed full of gorgeous goodies!)

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Farfetch

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A few weeks ago I joined Farfetch on a mini adventure out of London. We hopped on a VIP bus from Victoria early in the morning, heading west where our mansion awaited. Our day Spent with the Farfetch team was centered around their #theone campaign – all encouraging people to hunt high and low for that one special item they’re looking for.
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I joined the Farfetch team along with a group of bloggers to photograph the little excursion. The house was absolutely amazing! In the heart of the stunning Surrey countryside on a beautiful day… it was such a treat to get out of the city for a while. Upon our arrival at the blogger mansion we were met with a delicious array of breakfast treats, a pair of sparkly Farfetch slippers and of course, a fresh cup of coffee. When everyone began to dig in, I got snapping away as the fashionistas sat down to get to know each other and open their special “#theone” gifts. One part that I love so much about what I do is having the chance to constantly meet new lovely faces and get to know everyone’s story – why they became a blogger, what got them there, where they hope to go with their work.
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The afternoon was spent in a relaxing mansion-life bliss. I snapped a mini fashion shoot for each blogger with their gifts, enjoyed a lavish lunch and even had chance to indulge in a mani-pedi and massage. Now if only that was the way you could spend every Wednesday… Big thanks to the Farfetch team for having me and involving me in their fabulous activities both as a blogger and a photographer! Can’t wait for more adventures on their way very soon…

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Autumn in London

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Today I wanted to share some of my favourite bits and bobs during this beautiful autumn season in London. I always feel like during beautiful seasons such as spring and autumn, you’re running after the colours before they fade away… So if you want to get some stunning fall photos, get out walking this weekend! I was recently strolling around Angel and St John’s Wood – both of which have the most a-mazing colours… et snapping and treat yourself to a cosy coffee afterwards!

Pumpkin picking at Crockford Bridge Farm // Autumn shopping at Bicester Village // Favourite autumn beauty accessories from Lily England // Morning strolls at the Old  Brompton Cemetery // Cake stops at Peggy Porschen // Red leaf spotting in Kynance Mews // Cosy coffee mornings at Dalloway terrace

For more tips on things to do in London, check out my tips on London like a local!

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Jewel Street

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It’s the time of year when the leaves turn beautiful fiery shades and your evenings start to get that little bit more cosy. As I begin to pull out my woolly scarves my mind turns to how I can add a little golden touch to my winter looks. With some help from the fabulous people at Jewel Street, I’ve made my own little edit of jewellery I think will brighten up your autumn accessories.

My personal go-metal for jewellery has to be gold. I used to be a silver girl but one summer in Greece I discovered the elegance of gold jewellery and have never gone back. Rose gold is a huge trend at the moment and the perfect halfway shade between gold and silver, as another suggestion of your jewellery options. Regardless of what metal you prefer, bold accessories are the style accents that will be noticeable under your dark, wintry layers, adding a hint of festive glamour with Christmas not far away.

When Jewel Street approached me to create a mini-edit of some of their pieces, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. What I love about their website is how they give independent jewellery designers a platform to show and sell their creations, as well as giving us, the customers, exciting and unique jewellery inspiration to choose from. Browsing through their site I was spoilt for choice with so many amazing designs at various price points. They even create their own online edits of their collections so you can find jewellery which perfectly matches your style aesthetic.

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For my edit, I decided to go for an eclectic array of pieces which could be worn on a variety of occasions. The first piece I selected was a stunning pair of Alexandra Alberta Malachite green and gold earrings you can see in the first photo above. I decided to pair these with a lace green dress, the perfect combination for upcoming festivities in the run up to Christmas. I love the elegance of them, how they can be worn with a cosy camel jumper but dressed up with a LBD.

My second choice was a ring and earring combo by Sarah Ho – their ornate design would look fabulous paired with a black or red roll-neck jumper, skinny jeans and over the knee boots: the perfect evening winter look when you’re sipping on some delicious mulled wine…

Next on the list would be the 18ct gold feather pendant by Dower & Hall. I love feather-shaped jewellery and just adored how delicate this particular piece was. Throw this on over any of your winter woolies and automatically dress up your everyday outfit. And once spring arrives, this is a gorgeous necklace to add your summer wardrobe when the warmer temperatures return!

Finally, I always love a pair of gold hoops that I can throw on as I’m running out of the house. I loved this pair by H.Azeem with a touch of blue glitter, perfect for the festive season. I never say no to a little glam and this is just enough to add some sparkle to your frosty days.

I hope my edit gave you a little inspo for your accessories this season. Never underestimate the power of stunning jewellery – amazing pieces can truly transform your look. If you’re ever having a wardrobe crisis, opt for a simple look but go all out on accessories… you’ll feel more than fabulous!

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Sweet Inn – Paris

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Travel for some people means switching off, for some it means indulgence and for others it simply means discovery. Each trip and destination encourages you to take a different path but for me personally, when I’m visiting a new city my status is usually: discovery. I love finding ways to explore the place I’m in through the eyes of a local, from new restaurants to finding the best local hotspots. The cherry on the top, however, is when I have the chance to discover a new city from the comfort of local accommodation – staying where the locals live, living like the locals do – and the Sweet Inn gives you the opportunity to do just that.

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Myself and bloggers Nathan and Belle & Bunty headed to Paris a few weeks ago with our discovery hats on. We wanted to seek out the less obvious spots of the city, such as the pastel street of Rue Cremieux and the quirky district of Le Marais. I came across the Sweet Inn concept and knew we had to try it out. With the idea of bringing a bit of London love to Paris we teamed up with the guys at the Sweet Inn and planned our stay.
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Arriving in Paris, we had a short journey from Gare du Nord to our pad in Le Marais. It was located in the exact spot I had hope – I was told Le Marais was the Parisian version of London’s Shoreditch – young, quirky and a foodie’s paradise! Set just a stone’s throw from streets of fabulous restaurants and bars, the three bedroom apartment was exactly what we were hoping for. As most of us know, Paris is famous for its teeny-tiny abodes, but this wasn’t the case in our Sweet Inn abode. We each had a spacious double bedroom and a huge living room-kitchen area, perfect for nights in with cheese and wine. The apartment was full of character but beautifully modern at the same time. And since it was located in a building with local residents, each time we went back it felt like we were stepping into our very own Parisian pad.
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What I like about the Sweet Inn concept, which sets itself apart from other accommodation experiences I’ve had, is how it brings hotel service and quality to a local level. You have the chance to rent an apartment and live like a city-goer would, but with the option of added-on comforts you would find in a hotel . If you’d like your apartment cleaning, new bed sheets, a transfer to the airport or your laundry doing – they’re all available at your fingertips, thanks to the dedicated Sweet Inn team ready to help in your city. They even have a centrally located office where you can use the internet for free, drop off your luggage before you travel and top up on refreshments. What more can you ask for?
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If you, too, love experiencing cities like a local, definitely check out the Sweet Inn – you won’t be disappointed! At present they have apartments in Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Barcelona and Lisbon, but are continuing to expand. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to get to know a new side of Paris so a big thanks goes to the Sweet Inn team in Paris for having us!
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