Sunday, November 29, 2015

Starting with the Shoes

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DUNE red suede lace-up shoes (get 20% off errrthang until midnight Mon 30th) | ASOS distressed jeans | H&M jacket | ASPINAL OF LONDON Marlebone mini | RAY BAN sunglasses

Photos by the incredible Amber Rose

Bonjour! Today's post is to celebrate Dune's 'Start With The Shoes' campaign which - you guessed it - is based around the idea of choosing your outfit based around your shoes. I normally pick one thing to base my outfit around when I'm getting ready anyway, otherwise it's far too overwhelming for my pea-brain, but this is possibly the first time I've based it around the shoes. I have to say, it works. Especially when the shoes are as badass as this. As you may have noticed, I'm generally not that big on dressing up; when it comes to a night-out I'd much rather be jumping about in trousers and heels than a tight dress, so even though the shoes are all sassy and wonderful I decided to pair them with quite a casual daytime look. Controversial, I know. They surprised me with how comfy they were, me and Amber were trotting around London, on and off tubes and everything, and my feet were in their element. And if my feet are in their element, I'm in my element. Them's the rules.

You can find these puppies here and in grey here and black here. Whilst we're at it, here's a selection of some of my favourites on site just now and, as you may have noticed above, there's currently 20% off right up until midnight tomorrow. Please send my sincerest apologies to your bank card.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

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So, as you may remember from this post, me and my wee Mam met in London last month for a girly couple of days. As you also may remember (possibly because it mentally scarred you), we chose to focus on eating as many afternoon teas as possible without vomiting, one of which being The Sanderson Hotel's Mad Hatter's afternoon tea. I'm not going to lie, they already had me at the name.
  Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea reviewSanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 4 ... And then they had me at the menu. Beautiful, isn't it? Ordering from a dusty old book makes me feel like I'm in Harry Potter so I was in my element. Two points to Gryffindor.

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We started with the teas, of which there was a ruddy lovely selection. This selection comes to you in individual little glass bottles - very Alice in Wonderland - and if needed you can find out a little more information about each from the playing cards provided. I tried 4 of the lot (yeah, my bladder had a field day) and can confirm they were all delicious.
  Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 6In fact, we went to town and got a glass of bubbles too... when in Rome and all that.

Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 14 Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 12 Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 10 Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 11 When it arrived my mouth sat in a perfect 'O' for a good five seconds before I realised I was starting to put other diners off their food. Visually, it's the best afternoon tea ever to grace my life; the Brad Pitt of the fine dining world. The Sanderson have really have gone to town on the theme; from little pocket-watch macarons, to playing card bourbons, to chocolate caterpillars, to the classic 'drink me' mini smoothies. There's even a little treat hidden in the grass at the top of the tier, but I'll say no more. Keep it a surprise and all that.
  Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 7Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 9 Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 8 The sandwiches were - important announcement klaxon - the best I've ever had in a gluten free afternoon tea. There was a crab eclair, a cream cheese sandwich, a caviar scotch egg, and, my personal favourite, a crispy little Croque Monsieur. However, if you're not gluten free, then lucky you because you'll get one of the little green badboys.

Sanderson Mad Hatters Gluten Free afternoon tea review 15 Finishing it all off were two little pots filled with mango sorbet and chocolate crumble. There's something so deliciously naughty about eating from a plant pot, my 10 year old self was in her element. And that was that! A truly lovely afternoon. If you're thinking of treating someone special, maybe for Christmas - cough, me, cough - then it's definitely one to keep in mind!


Friday, November 27, 2015

ASOS Black Friday Wishlist

As always, click on your favourites to be taken straight through (you'll need to turn ad-blocker off... sarrree). And - more importantly - get 20% off  ERRRTHANG at ASOS with the code 'CYBER' / 'BLESSED' for 30% off in U.S

It wouldn't be Black Friday without a wishlist post now, would it? I can't handle the madness of the shops so instead I've spent my morning pulling together what, in my humble, shopaholic opinion, I consider to be the best of ASOS right now. You might notice it's a little more.. sparkly than normal; it seems that Christmas fever has well and truly hit. If you've got a Crimbo party or night out coming up then it's the perfect time to snap yourself a sassy bargain. And if you don't - cough, me - you can always buy yourself a dress to console yourself. Win win. The blue tassel dress is absolute top of my wishlist, I seriously think it's one of the most wonderful dresses I've seen all year. I also love the little Missguided lace number - looks so much more expensive than it is, dunnit? - as well as the Boohoo sequin dress. On a more casual note, I ruddy love the leather trousers, the lace-up wedges and the velvet shift dress. Someone help me.

Best of the Black Friday deals:

30% off at ALL SAINTS with 'CYBER' | 50% off at BOOHOO automatically applied | 20% off at ANTHROPOLOGIE automatically applied  | 20% off at RIVER ISLAND with 'BFRIDAY15' (between 11-3pm) | 20% off everything at MISSGUIDED with 'CYBER20 | 50% off TOPSHOP selected lines


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Burgundy Strikes Again

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RIVER ISLAND snakeprint skirt & oversized jumper (now in sale) | ASOS over the knee boots | ASPINAL Marylebone mini 
Look at those veins go! I think we all know who's the nurse's favourite when they go to get blood taken,

Here what we have is an unashamedly lazy outfit. Before you have an odd mental image of me lying on the sofa on a Sunday eating chocolate in a PU skirt and knee high boots, what I mean is that it's a go-to combo I throw on when I'm lacking in inspiration. These boots, a skirt and a cosy jumper = fail safe Autumn outfit. I seen to have a penchant for dressing all in one colour as one of late, particularly burgundy, so who knows where that's come from. Let's just go with it.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Malta Photo Diary

Oh Malta, how I miss thee. It's a place that's been on my bucketlist forever, so this year me and Rob finally decided to head there for our summer holiday. It's one of the most unique places I've been, where you can enjoy a wonderful mash-up of city break and relaxing summer holiday all in one. For being such a small place there's so much history, so much to do, and so much to see, but with how good the weather is (27 degrees in September, schwing) you could quite easily spend the whole time reading a book by the pool. We had a nice mix of the two, but to be honest I could have done with another week as we didn't get to explore even half of what I wanted to. I've already done a little sum' sum' on Valletta, so for today's post I've put together a photo diary so that you can get a good feel for the place. Fear not,  I've got a more practical 'where to eat' and 'where to stay' one coming your way very shortly too.

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The architecture is Malta's just beautiful; one of my favourite things to do was just wander round with my head up taking it all in (yeah, my conversation wasn't great that holiday). Also, if you're a bit of a door pervert then a) Don't worry, you're not alone and b) you'll be in your absolute element in Malta. 

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We spent a little afternoon in Mellieha which was just beautiful. It's quite small but is bursting with lovely restaurants, amazing street art, colourful fountains and, again, gorgeous buildings. One to check out if you're near by!

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Look. At. That. WATER. Beautiful, isn't it? The only place I've seen water come close to being this beautiful is Barbados (but more on that soon). It's a shade of blue I thought was reserved only to dreams, and so clear that you can actually see a shipwreck at the bottom if you're flying over. I'm a terrible swimmer - I watched Jaws at too young an age and have a very fruitful imagination is all I'll say on the matter - so it was one of the most pleasant and stress-free swims I've had, being able to see everything and anything going on below me. Now, let's no avoid the elephant in the room... it's frickin busy. So much so that I actually got a bit claustrophobic when we arrived (this paragraph has done nothing to dispel rumours of my being a wimp), so I'd recommend climbing up and right along the rocks where you'll find it's a bit quieter. Just remember to wear your sensible shoes, folks. Oh, and make sure to get a boat back that goes via the caves (second last photo), it's a really lovely way to finish off the afternoon. I don't throw the word breathtaking around easily - aside from when it comes to chocolate - but breathtaking indeed is what it is. One of the only sandy beaches on the island is up this way too, so it's worth keeping that in mind too if you're a beach bunny!

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Oh I should also mention that pretty all the swimwear I'm wearing here is from Simply Beach (including that Melissa Odabash white cover-up of dreams), who are my go-to's every time I go on a wee break. Check 'em out for some beautiful beachy goodness!