Thursday, November 20, 2014

Travel Outfits with American Tourister

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As you might have noticed, I tend to travel quite a bit through my blog, so when ASOS popped up with an opportunity to put together a post with American Tourister I thought it'd be perfect to tie in with a post on what I like to wear when I'm on the go. I'm off to London again next week on a press trip so - behold - my travelling outfit. You might be looking at the coat are thinking, 'Are. You. Mad.'? but as I'm just there overnight I only have hand luggage and it's bloody freezing outside right now. So, long story short, I always wear the warmest coat I can when I'm travelling within the UK at this time of year so that I don't get caught short at the other end; I have the circulation of an OAP and it does not bode well for me to be layerless. I fell in love on the spot when I spotted this coat as it looked so 60s-esque and unusual and - huzzah - WARM. Rob's not a huge fan of it, in fact when I turned up wearing it I was met with a, 'oh for God's sake Amy, you look like a bird of paradise'. Hmm. Sadly it's now on low stock (seems I'm not the only one who thinks it's fabulous) so I've linked some similar ones below!

Now, back to my travel outfit. I always wear jeans and a loose top/blouse for comfort - I really want to stress the importance of 'loose' as my phobia of flying means that plane journeys normally involve a lot of hyperventilating and, consequently, sweat. Unless I'm feeling particularly wild I'll usually opt for flat shoes for comfort too (plus I heard they're better for your circulation whilst flying and I am ALL about the safety). Last but not least is the case; pretty important. This one's obviously not hand luggage sized (I know I'm short but even I can't make a small case look that big) but it's perfect for trips when you do have hold luggage. Me and Rob took it to Paris the other weekend and it was an absolute dream, it's super lightweight and it also bends, meaning it doesn't get too damaged when it gets thrown about a bit at the airport. Plus the colour means that, glasses or no glasses, you can spot it a mile off coming down the conveyor belt.


Now, here's the fun part (finally, I know), ASOS and American Tourister have teamed up to giveaway both one of the beautiful cases (which come in lime, pink, purple and navy) and a whopping £100 in ASOS vouchers, perfect for Christmas coming up yes? Check out how you can win big here!

In other news, I popped up a new video last night on 5 problems only short people will understand. It's worth checking out if only for the comments below it - I asked everyone to share their short problems/experiences and there's some absolute crackers in there.


Christmas Party Picks

If you might follow me on any form of social media then you'll probably have realised by now that I'm very, VERY excited about Christmas. I know it's a bit premature, and I know that I'm supposed to be an adult but I just can't help it. Sadly, being a blogger, I don't really get an official Christmas work night out (party for one anyone?) but I know that, depending on how keen you are, they tend to start from around now and run right through December so it seemed like the perfect time for me to put together my top party picks for the season. As always, just click on the photo to be taken straight to the item!


Generally I'm more of a top and trouser girl on a night out, but during the festive period I always gravitate towards dresses (normally very, very sparkly ones - what a cliché I am) and this year I'm swaying towards this beautiful blue Alice McCall dress, which I honestly think might be one of the best dresses I've ever laid eyes on.


Here are my favourite skirt, top trouser and playsuit picks for those of you who aren't big dress fans. I genuinely can't decide which is more perfect - the Alice McCall pink two-piece or the Topshop ruffle playsuit (which would look INCREDIBLE with the Kurt Geiger star print platforms).


If you live in the UK then what you wear over your party outfit often ends up being the most important part thanks to the lovely sub-arctic temperatures we get. For this reason I prefer a good fur coat like this white polar bear-esque ASOS one but you can't go wrong with a blazer or kimono either (I think the kimono's actually classed as nightwear but it's too pretty not to wear out).


Shoes are probably my favourite thing to buy for Christmas nights out, I don't know why but you really can't beat a good party pair. I actually just bought the ASOS red velvet platforms last week after admiring them on Megan but I think I'm going to make a sneaky purchase of the Topshop gemstone pony platforms (don't tell Santa I've got a shopping problem or he'll put me on the naughty list) because the lower heel height and just general beauty of them very much appeal to me.


Bags are also fun to buy around this time of year because the shops bring out so many beautiful ones. I really do love all of these, but that Topshop coin bag is calling my name. Although the Whistles fur one could also double up as a pillow on the taxi ride home...

I hope you all liked this post, let me know which are your favourite festive picks! I'm also putting together a couple of Christmas gift guides (I've gone C-word mad) so they'll be up in the next couple of weeks... all hail SANTAAAA.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

GANT Rugger in Glasgow

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Me and Rob had a quick trip to Glasgow at the start of the week to see Jamie T, so I thought it'd be the perfect time to take my new Gant Rugger wool coat for a whirl as Glasgow's normally icy cold at this time of year. Turns out it was actually pretty mild (honestly, global warming, what are you doing to me) but I'm still so glad I got to wear it. It's no secret I love a bit of tailoring when it comes to clothing and it's even less of a secret that I enjoy a masculine edge, so when the two come together it's like Christmas has come early. It's so incredibly cosy and the double collar effect complete with collar overlay leaves you snug all the way up to your chin. 

I'm off to Edinburgh with Malzee this weekend with Kate, Emma and Kavita (this post is scheduled so I might actually be there by the time this is live - what lark!) for a couple of days of girly fun, so you can keep up to date with what we're getting up to over on my Instagram if you so fancy!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our Paris Photo Diary

Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 6 Well, as promised, here's my photo diary of our time in Paris with TravelSupermarket! I think I covered pretty much everything in my video (find it here if you missed it!) but I really love putting together travel posts so that I can go into more depth for you guys. Plus they'll be fun to look back on when I'm old and grey. It's quite a long 'un so maybe grab a cup of tea (or a red bull) before you settle down to it.Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 37 Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 24 Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 25 We stayed in Hotel de Banville, which is situated on the most perfect little street and - bonus - is in walking distance of the Champs-Elysees. The longest metro ride we had to take to reach any of the places we were going (apart from the airport of course) was about twenty five minutes. Our room was bright, spacious and airy as well as being beautifully decorated, as you can see in the photos above, and also came complete with a little balcony that had the most perfect views.
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Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 3 We dined at Restaurant L'Encrier on the first night and ate like absolute kings. It's quite a small little restaurant, but has this amazing Parisian feel to it and the food... Oh my god. I'll let the pictures do the talking, but if you do go there then make sure and try their home-made profiteroles (bottom right) no matter how full you think you are - promise you won't regret it.
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We then stopped off at a little pizzeria for lunch which was EXACTLY what I needed. It was 24 degrees that day (in November, I know, what's going on) so we got to eat outside and people watch over our pizzas which was lovely.
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Our next two challenges involved wandering around Marche Aux Puces and going to a bar to choose the strongest cocktail on the menu, so here's a few quick snaps from those! Marche aux Puces is one of the biggest flea markets in Europe - I think some say it's the very biggest - and is well worth a visit if you're in Paris; it's filled to the brim with authentic vintage clothing and jewellery (fun fact: a lot of the shops actually loan their pieces out to film sets) and every kind of home-ware imaginable. It's far from cheap though, so make sure and save some pennies if you plan to head along! The last snap of the trio is from one of the little stalls set up along the Seine - Rob had to physically restrain me from clearing out the postcards. I don't actually know what's wrong with me.Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 10 Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 11 Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 13 Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 29
Thankfully we had a little bit of spare time between our cocktail challenge finishing and dinner starting, so we headed towards the Seine and managed to get there just as the sun was setting. We had a good browse of the stalls, admired the beautiful view and then waited for the sun to fully set so we could watch the Eiffel Tower lights show from the edge of the bridge.
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Olive pate with crusty bread and snails for starters. It was my first time trying snails and I was pleasantly surprised, they just tasted like very (very) garlic-y meat. Not bad at aaall.
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Three of the many varieties of frogs legs they have available. Again it was my first time trying them and, again, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not very good when it comes to eating food straight off the bone (what am I, a caveman?) but it was cooked to perfection and the meat just slid straight off. They're not the most appealing thing to look at, but they taste just like chicken!
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Dessert was a particularly high point of the meal - we both went for the trio of desserts so we could get a good tasting session in, and they even let us choose which specific puddings we'd included. The sweet crispy bread was the overall winner in my eyes, but really they all were delicious and the edible flowers were the poifect touch.
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We ate at Roger la Grenouille on the Saturday evening, which was one of the highlights of the trip for me. The staff really looked after us and were so accommodating, bringing us many a little taster in between courses. The food was honestly just incredible; it's up there with one of the best meals I've ever had. My starter of chorizo, chanterelle mushrooms and spinach in a balsamic glaze - which I didn't photograph because, well, I ate it too quickly - would have won first prize in Masterchef hands down. I can't fault any part of our evening there, so really, really couldn't recommend it more if you're in Paris. Obviously their speciality is frogs legs (they had something like 10 different variations on the menu that night), but if they're not to your liking then there's a whole other variety of delicious dishes waiting for you. Paris with TravelSupermarket photo diary 5
A quick snap in the street just outside out hotel. Honestly, what a sauve little bastard he is.
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Wandering through all the colourful flower stalls on the street that leads up to the cemetery
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Our first and only challenge on the Sunday involved heading along to the Pere Lachaise cemetery, which I'd pop down as another must-do. It's not somewhere I'd have gone of my own accord, although I don't know why, so I'm really happy it was included in one of the challenges. It's one of the biggest in Europe and is such a peaceful place to walk through. as well as being truly breathtaking in some parts. Again, we were really lucky with the weather this day which made all the difference! The last snap there is of Jim Morisson's grave which is littered with tributes to him; there's everything from stickers to plastic syringes there. I implore you all to adorn my grave with bits of coloured chewing gum when I die please.
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And that's us come to the end of the trip, sadly! It was such an amazing, whirlwind experience and was one of the most fun campaigns I've had the pleasure of being involved in, so I really hope you guys liked this post (and the video!). If you fancy booking a similar trip for yourself you can find a whole range of city breaks over on the TravelSupermarket website.

Catch you on the flipside!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Getting cosy with Hush

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Hush is a brand I only recently discovered, and a brand that left me wondering, 'WHY on EARTH have you only just come into my life you beautiful, beautiful thing?!'. They specialise in the kind of simple, minimalistic pieces that I'm always championing and the quality's just incredible. Last Winter when it was absolutely freezing - thank you again, Scotland - I promised myself that, this year, I'd invest in a cashmere scarf to keep myself cosy, so it's an utter joy (for me and my neck) to finally own one. They've also just launched their own line of home fragrances which, I've heard through the grapevine, are very, very good, so please do check their site out if it's one that's not already on your radar! I have a feeling a lot of you are going to develop a particular soft spot for this two-tone fur jacket...

Another new addition to my life, as you may have noticed in my last few posts, is this b-e-a-utiful Michael Kors watch, which The Watch Hut kindly sent my way. I had to get six (yes, six) links removed, which the guy at the watch repair shop thought was absolutely hilarious; childlike wrists are for life people, not just for... childhood. I do own quite a vast array of watches, but this one's squeezed its way in as one of my new favourites thanks to it's lovely chunkiness and multi-dial face.

Right, I'm off to retreat under my duvet with a little bit of Gossip Girl and a whole lot of ice-cream. I don't know if I mentioned on here, or if I managed to confine my moaning to Twitter, but I've been so incredibly ill this week with what I was beginning to suspect was Ebola. Turns out it's just regular old flu, how disappointing. However, I'm finally on the mend but have a couple of very exciting trips coming up in the next few weeks that I'd rather not die before, so rest it is.