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Five Things: In with the new

19 February 2018

Hello you. 

Let's gloss over the fact I've been an absolute stranger ok - as I'm back in the game with a fresh five things that I felt the need to share on the internet. You ready?

1. Spending the weekend in Bath... in a bath

And that's exactly what I did. Taking full advantage of my work perks (amen sister!) Matthew and I headed off to Bath for a long weekend of exploring, eating, house hunting and general galavanting about like we were on a film set. Oh let us not forget the massive marble bath tub that Instagrammed the shit out of and bathed in 5675878 times. Should you be in need of a 'girl' weekend, Bath has amazing spas and array of shops. Plus it's insta gold.  

2. Pilates - but kinda wanting pie and lattes

It's equally impressive and disgusting at just how many get-out-of-gym excuses I can muster - especially now that my work hours are more flexible and I can actually go to a class before 11pm. Exaggeration but still.
With a groan (and no excuses left) I hauled my ass to pilates last Thursday eve to ease myself back in. Not only did my knees crack loudly and I marvelled at my entire body shaking like an earthquake when really I was only stretching (hmm) - I am pleased to confirm there has been a discovery of my inner core, however deeply buried.
Although I am now in intense pain every time I sneeze, laugh or bend over to take the Haagen Diaz out of the freezer.

3. Two for your reading list

In a bid to not fall back asleep on my morning commute, I recently flew through two books that you need to add to your reading list.

First up is The Power by Naomi Alderman, a page turner that I finished within a week, the blurb screams girl crap - when really it's thought provoking and incredibly well written. I can't tell you the number of women I've seen on the tube engrossed in it's pages.

Next up is the spy thriller I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I'm a bit late to the party on this one but it's been topping the best seller charts for years. I found it a little to slow to start but persevered to find myself hooked. So much so, I put my phone on airplane mode as not to be interrupted. Yep.

4. Stuck on repeat

This year so far I have become a total repeat outfit offender. Mainly because: firstly I've had to drop a ridiculous amount on dental fees* and secondly, there's absolutely zilch that's caught my eye. Mainly the first reason tho. But y'know what? It's forced to me to actually wear the gazillion jumpers I 'invested in' and get my pay per wear. And also cause the dental fees and those pricey af bricks in my future invisible house.

5. WYNTK: Beauty banks

What you need to know: Sali Hugh's beauty banks. Did you know the UK suffers from hygiene poverty meaning many girls miss school when they are on their period because they simply can't afford tampons or pads? It's shocking.

Cleanliness is a right, not a privilege says beauty journo (and all around legend) Sali Hughes, who this week announced her genius idea for people like you and I to donate to 'beauty banks'. From the mini toiletries we sneakily stash away from hotel stays to simply popping an extra pack of tampons our weekly shop - you can donate to the beauty banks by following the steps here.

Lusting after:

This overpriced burst of colour that my wardrobe needs - but not the dry cleaning only bill. Urgh.

*£900 - a genetic gum problem just to clarify, incase you think I'm a rotter.


3 December 2017
As we tiptoe into December, 'tis the season for finding for the perfect gifts. As well as you know spending time with family, getting merry and all that festive fun. But I absolutely searching out the perfect present for my friends and fam - you might have already guessed that! - and let's be honest there's nothing better than receiving a gift that has been hand-picked just for you.

That being said I have once again compiled my ultimate annual gift guide for your perusal. Whether for your gal pals, sisters, mothers - or yourself - here is my collection of the most oh so tempting must-have beauty finds, interior treasures and coveted wardrobe wants.

So without further ado, go forth and browse... 

Set of three note books - Kate Spade  Flamingo socks - Topshop  Pink scarf - Topshop  Tap dat card holder - Skinny Dip  Cult classics set - Fresh  Pink embellished heels - Topshop   Shazam lipstick - Topshop  36 hours in Europe book - The New York Times  Pink air force ones - Nike  Apron - Kate Spade  Pink notebook - Quill  Pink cashmere hat and glove set - Topshop  Pencil set - Liberty  Leather envelope clutch -  & Other Stories  Initial notebook - Kate Spade  Blah blah blah notebook - Symthson  Tweezers - Selfridges  Compact mirror - Kate Spade  Lip trio - Fresh

Silver bag - Topshop  Daily notes - Kikki K  Gazelles - Adidas  Paperweight - Monsoon  Yass notebook - Paperchase  Santa baby socks - Topshop  Lip masterclass - Charlotte Tilbury  Amsterdam print - Rifle Paper Co  Pink sunglasses - & Other Stories   Constellation pendent - Accessorize  Ballet slippers - John Lewis  Striped scarf - & Other Stories  Pale pink glitter set - Deborah Lippmann  Sheepskin cushion - Oliver Bonas  Thermal mug - Kate Spade  Make your own neon sign - Urban Outfitters  Festive beauty box - Burberry 

Ballerina pumps - M&S  Paperweight - Monsoon  Love - West Elm   Nail varnish - Tom Ford  Pink notebook - Kate Spade  Luggage tag - Topshop  Heart print - Oliver Bonas  Star choker necklace - Accessorize  Pink jewellery box - Oliver Bonas  Pink cashmere blend jumper - Topshop  Pink cashmere blend joggers - Topshop  Champagne truffles - Charbonnel et Walker  Travel case - Oliver Bonas  Lunch bag - Kate Spade  Keyboard cover - Urban Outfitters  Touche Eclat - YSL  Gold bottle opener - Kikki K ∙ Wake up candle - Kikki K  Hammered cuff - & Other Stories  Pink velvet make up bag - Oliver Bonas  Hers coaster - John Lewis 

Memo board - Made  Grey dressing gown - Topshop  Highlighter set - Becca  Lipstick vault - Mac  Cashmere mix socks - Next  Jewellery stand - MADE  Eyelash curlers - Charlotte Tilbury  Copper mirror - Oliver Bonas  Pineapple ice bucket - M&S  Mini moon stud - Astley Clarke  Star & teardrop hair clips - Oliver Bonas  Rose gold bag - Topshop  Face mask - Charlotte Tilbury  Lip 'n prep - Fresh  Jumper - Joules  Copper clock - M&S  Highlighter - Topshop  Marble pots - Made

Cracker - Marc Jacobs ∙ Velvet heels - Topshop  Pocket selection - Hotel Chocolat  Star necklace - Astley Clarke  The Power - Naomi Alderman  Lipstick pin - Whistles  Lips mug - H&M ∙ Leather croc tote - Whistles  Gold set - Marc Jacobs  Card holder - YSL  Candle collection - Jo Malone  Leather purse - & Other Stories  Moon star necklace - Hush  Cracker - Jo Malone  Glasses case - John Lewis  Pink stacking ring - Monica Vinader  H box - Hotel Chocolat  Red glitter set - Deborah Lippmann

Face spray cracker - Caudalie  Mini lipsticks - Charlotte Tilbury  Shot glasses - M&S  Liquid lipstick set - Stila  Mini brush set - Charlotte Tilbury  iPhone Cable - Oliver Bonas  Star bangle - Hush  Purse - Mulberry  Fiji bracelet - Monica Vinader  Wine Cashmere blend jumper - Topshop  Pineapple vase - Oliver Bonas  Wine cashmere blended joggers - Topshop  Golden rose set - Tom Ford  Copper wine rack - Oliver Bonas  Small Darley satchel oxblood - Mulberry  Glow highlighter - Topshop  Copper tape - Quill  Lipstick collection - Bobbi Brown  Cracker - Fresh

Luna ring - Monica Vinader ∙ Alphabet stickers - Oliver Bonas  Mirror - M&S  Decanter - John Lewis  Star keyring - Oliver Bonas  Mini tracker - Tile  Recipe stand - Oliver Bonas  Pouch - Katie Loxton  Gold speck mug - Anthropologie  Pineapple - Oliver Bonas  Brass and marble desk pot - Oliver Bonas  Small Darley satchel gold - Mulberry  Instella bracelet - Missoma  Monogram mug - Anthropologie  Opal hoop earrings - Accessorize  Gold vase - Oliver Bonas  Gold air force ones - Nike

Navy lace bra - & Other Stories   Navy lace knickers - & Other Stories  Jumper - J Crew  Eye mask - Oliver Bonas  Mini kit - OUAI  Star bracelet - Missoma   Navy velvet make up bag - Oliver Bonas  Geometric hoop earrings - & Other Stories  Wrap pj body - Topshop  Leather gold pouch -  Kikki K  Star & moon hair clip - Oliver Bonas  Ombre water bottle - Swell  Monogram pouch - Accessorize  Necklace - Missoma  Velvet hair clip - Oliver Bonas  Pom pom slippers - John Lewis 

Tortoise shell sunglasses - Topshop  Gold pen set - Kate Spade  Leopard print scarf - Oliver Bonas  Cashmere hat - Warehouse ∙ Monogram glass - Anthropologie  Tortoise shell sunglasses - & Other Stories  Two tone scarf - & Other Stories  Nude purse - Whistles  Memo wrack - Paper Chase  Leopard print umbrella - Topshop  Riva stacking ring - Monica Vinader  Fur stole - Topshop  Instant eye palette - Charlotte Tilbury  Sheepskin slippers - Topshop  Leopard print clutch - Whistles  Gift coin - Liberty  Wire gold hoops -  & Other Stories  Small nude Darley - Mulberry  Rollerball fragrance - Tom Ford  Sheepskin booties - Topshop ∙ Leopard print belt - Topshop  Cashmere tan gloves - Warehouse 

Falling fast lipstick - Topshop  / Cook book - Shake Shack   Pencil set - Kate Spade  Vinyl - Guardians of the Galaxy  Personalised diary - Papier  Banana leaf wall decoration - Selfridges  Mugs - Kate Spade  Water bottle - Fabled  2018 calendar - Rifle Paper Co  Hello you make up bag - M&S  Wunderlust journal - Rifle Paper Co  Yellow pom pom hat - Topshop  Beauty besties - Fresh  Travel laundry bags - Oliver Bonas  Perfume collection - Jo Malone  Botanical cards - Rifle Paper Co  Record player - Crosley  Mittens - Jigsaw  Lemon enamel pin - Rifle Paper Co  G&T lip balm - M&S  Medium stacking ring - Monica Vinader  Prism water bottle - Swell  5 Ingredients - Jamie Oliver ∙ Brights varnish set - Deborah Lippmann 

Molten hoop earrings - Missoma  Glow duo - Bobbi Brown  Magazine rack - Oliver Bonas   Make up bag - Charlotte Tilbury  Earphone holder tan - Monsoon  Leather coral pouch - Kikki K  Cheers - West Elm  Monogram pouch - Accessorize  Stripe glitter socks - Topshop ∙ Little Black Book - Ottegha Uwagba  Take my hand print - Oliver Bonas  Lipstick - Tom Ford  Hot water bottle - Oliver Bonas  Agenda - Rifle Paper Co  Moon ring - Missoma  Mini glow tonic - Pixi  Sunglasses pin - Rifle Paper Co  Haircare set - Bumble & Bumble  Seagrass basket - Oliver Bonas  Initial keyring - Warehouse  Heart keyring - Kikki K   Ambient lighting palette - Hourglass

Star & teardrop hair clips - Oliver Bonas  Hello - West Elm  Standing gold planter - West Elm  Cashmere bed socks - John Lewis  Gold water bottle - Swell  Moon and star studs - Missoma  Cactus pin - Whistles  Feather bookmark - & Other Stories  Pineapple - Oliver Bonas  After morning kit - OUAI ∙ Half moon planter - Urban Outfitters ∙ Grid wine rack - Oliver Bonas ∙ Footstool - West Elm  Instella drop necklace - Missoma ∙ Mirror - H&M  Gold letter necklace - J Crew  Green and marble jewellery box - Oliver Bonas

Star necklace - & Other Stories  Glossy hoop earrings - & Other Stories  Nail liner - DIOR  Initial pendent necklace - Missoma  Tote bag - Whistles  Book ends - Oliver Bonas  Mascara set - Dior  Coin purse - Mulberry  Let's go home keyring - John Lewis  Make up kit - Victoria Beckham  Shoot for the stars candle - Kikki K  Dipping set - Hotel Chocolat  More less shot glass - Kate Spade  ∙ Beauty box - Victoria Beckham  Lipstick case - Bobbi Brown  Measuring cups - Anthroplogie  Stud boots - Topshop  Eyeshadow - Victoria Beckham  Star bag - Stella McCartney

Silver belt - Warehouse  Varnish bauble - Essie  Leather baby blue pouch - Kikki K  Cashmere hoody - Topshop  Earphone holder silver - Monsoon  Goals journal - Kikki K  Earphone holder navy - Monsoon  Socks - Oliver Bonas  Address book - Kikki K   Satin pjs - Topshop  Monogrammed clutch - Warehouse  Gift coin - Liberty  Neptune water bottle - Swell  Instagram city book - Oliver Bonas  Tote bag - Oliver Bonas  Lips and lashes scarf - Oliver Bonas 

Chocolate hamper - Hotel Chocolat  Cashmere slippers - H&M  Beauty kit - Net-A-Porter  Cashmere pj bottoms - M&S  Bralet - Calvin Klein  Striped dressing gown - Topshop  Bag of tricks pouch - Katie Loxton  Star trainers - Next   Merino wool headband - & Other Stories  ∙ Cashmere scarf - Warehouse ∙ Pom pom DIY kit - John Lewis  Moon phases print - Oliver Bonas  Pearl t-shirt - Warehouse ∙ Chain bag - Topshop

What's topping your Christmas list this year?

Stay tuned for later this week where I will share my top independent businesses to #shopsmall from this Christmas.
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