Christmas is only round the corner! So I thought I would do a little helping hand and create a little HER gift guide, from stocking fillers to main presents. These are a few of my favourite things…
Weekly new in pieces edit at & Other Stories.
I have curated an edit of & Other Stories ‘new in’, which I adored. Perfect for this time of year and styled in a various of ways. Of course with the party season coming very swiftly, I have picked out a variety of garments which will be a truly worth investing in, as they are timeless. Pieces that can be styled for many occasions and from winter to the summer season.
Sequin Dress: ‘Sequins give me life, when I am feeling flat’ Trinny Woodall. A sequin dress is a perfect key statement piece to have in your wardrobe for the party season. Not only am I planning for Christmas but this will work well in Spring and Autumn styling. The dress definitely speaks for itself, so no need to question how to accessorise. This dress can also be paired with a gorgeous black or a pop coloured turtle neck, some gorgeous tights or knee high boots.
Black Puff Sleeve Black Dress The perfect little black dress, with statement characteristics of the puff sleeves and an elegant yet subtle metallic jacquard pattern. I adore this dress, so elegant and yet a classic. I could imagine pairing it with a pair of statement coloured heels but as well as some boots, and tights.
Polka Dot Dress – This dress is so versatile for any time of the year. When it comes to investing into these pieces which are higher end prices of the high street fashion, it has to be worth its while. With & Other Stories, of course the quality it prestige, and an item that would last in your wardrobe for a very long time.
Navy Diamante Tassel Jumper This has to be my most favourite piece out of the edit. The jumper most definitely speaks for itself. So luxurious, cosy and chic!
How I would style this would be with a pair of straight jean trousers, or a silk midi skirt.
Cream Pearl Bottom Cardigan This scream Christmas for me, this perfect angelic jumper. With being party season, of course why not style with a pair of sequin trousers or glitter trousers below!
Black Glitter Flared Trousers The comfiest trousers for the party season. Perfect to lightening up a casual outfit, yet not too statement. What I love about these are they are so chic but so easy and comfy.
Coat – This very Parisian coat is a must for this winter. A Tailored long coat with an allover houndstooth wide check pattern. Featuring an elegant back belt, cuff belt loops and a classic, straight silhouette.
Hope you enjoyed and see you next week!
When it comes to purchasing items, I try and create a collective edit which can be styled in a numerous of ways, especially ways I can wear on a regular basis to get much use out of the items. So I am back and getting into the swing of blogging again with an Autumn/Winter seasonal styling edit – ‘Styling a Blazer’. I always find this time of year so tricky to dress for so I think it is always best to wear layers for this indecisive weather.
The Blazer I am styling is from Princess Polly, but I believe the ways I have styled the blazer is applicable for different coloured/patterned blazers as well as jackets. I love the prints and colour of the blazer I am styling, a dark navy with pinstripe white and red checkered pattern. At this time of year, I feel bit lost and end up just wearing black, so adding a navy into the mix really lifts the outfit.
Lots of Love
Hello from Spain! In Spain our essentials are water, peaches, olive oil crisps and gin! I am not even kidding haha.
For this Gin Thursday, I thought I would share a simple summer twist on your classic G&T. One of my favourite and affordable Gin brands is Beefeater London, which has quite a refreshing subtle taste of liquorice and lemon peel.
I call this one Peach & Sour, I hope you enjoy!Continue reading “Gin Thursday 02 | Peach & Sour”
Here we are again! I’ve been so excited to start getting into the ‘Gin Thursday’ routine, as I was supposed to start three weeks ago, but classic mills…she forgot didn’t she! Anyway very proud of myself today, as I am currently in Spain, everyone is slowly arriving for the big weekend, and I wanted to get this ‘Gin Thursday’ posted! Enough rambling…
As I said, I am currently in Spain and we are staying in a Villa, so I thought I would do a simple one today. It’s a quick at home/on holiday recipe, we are talking WATERMELOOOON! Continue reading “Gin Thursday 01 |Watermelon Thirst”
I know it’s been a while but I will get more into what’s happened since I last posted over on another blog post which will be coming soon about finishing University, University life, how I dealt with juggling everything and still having a life, the different platforms I work on and finally the process I’ve been through with cancer. Hopefully this will be helpful to people who are going into University or finishing or just to share some positivity and inspiration to you guys.
Any way, so a couple of weeks ago, I surprised my boyfriend, Laurie with a trip to Berlin for his 22nd birthday! Both of us have never been and we were super excited! During this trip I started experimenting with creating Youtube videos/vlogging as its something I would love to get into, as it looks so much fun and I love watching other peoples videos as well. So please bare with the quality and skill for now, it’s something I need to practice, but super excited as now I have done a little Video for Berlin, I am getting the hang of it and planning for when I go to Spain.
So that was a hint, I made a Youtube video of Berlin which I would love for you guys to check out and give some support, that would really mean a lot, so please (Click Here) and have a look… then come back!
To support the Youtube video I thought I would write a post of what we got up to in Berlin and places to check out!
Happy New Year’s Eve Lovelies, what a year it has been! I’ve got a feeling I’m gonna have a bit more luck than this year. Although with everything going on, it has been such an amazing year and I have been bless with the adventures I have been on and got to share with my closest friends and family! I was ever so lucky to go to Paris with Chanel, to Greece spontaneously last minute instead of Marrakech, Spain & Portugal with a lot of my family and friends, Festivals, LFW and all the amazing 21st in between! It has been such a wonderful year with a few hiccups along the journey!
So I wanted to talk about what I am thinking of my new year resolutions and how I am hoping to approach them. I think with new year resolutions it is like a ‘diet’, you can’t go cold turkey straight away and expect to not cave…you will! one step at a time is key, you can’t just jump into anything…if you can, you go gurrrllll!Continue reading “New Year Resolutions”
I love love love giving people an idea of what to get for loved ones for birthdays and Christmas, I love getting so creative and making people so surprised and happy.
So with this in mind heres a little gift guide, mainly for your ladies in your life but however for somethings you can DO together if you want to make memories instead, and this can be for anyone! so hope this helps xxxContinue reading “Little Christmas Gift Guide”
I thought I would share why and how I decided to become a blogger and a little about me. I started initially getting into blogging a few years ago when I started University, I am studying Textiles BA (Hons). I have always been passionate about designing, this is evident of my art education so far and I wanted a space to express my thoughts and creations. I think blogging came naturally to me as I wanted a place to express my thoughts, I guess blogging to me, gave me a writing sanctuary where I could write and write without any grade being slapped all over it. I find it is also somewhere where I could write what I wanted in a more informal and personal way.
Hello everyone, so I have finally completed my final week of Radiotherapy and other than celebrating, I thought I would share the story of my short run-in with cancer and how its best to have a positive mind about it throughout.
So grab a coffee or tea… It’s a long one…
You may have wondered why I wasn’t at University and instead why I’ve been wondering around South Kensington for the last five weeks. This was because I was diagnosed with cancer and then being treated with Radiotherapy at The Royal Marsden Hospital.
I was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in September 2017, which turns out to have been causing me pain for a number of years now, yet I never knew what it was. So maybe around five years ago, my right leg, behind the knee became very sore and unable to function properly. In an attempt to ease the pain and solve the problem we went to several chiropractors and doctors, and unfortunately all were unable to get to the bottom of what was the problem. This year we were transferred to the Royal Marsden Hospital, who are known for specialising in cancer and specifically sarcomas of this particular area of the body…When I saw they specialised in cancer, my heart sank and I knew what was going to be the outcome. Sadly they diagnosed me with Synovial Sarcoma and for five weeks I have been having Radiotherapy five times a week to shrink the tumour.
When I found out I had cancer the first couple of weeks were very hard to handle, my positivity was gone…I couldn’t think, I didn’t even want to speak to anyone… In my head, I assumed the worst and I didn’t know how to process this. Hearing the big ‘C’ word is so scary. So when I discovered I had cancer, we didn’t know what stage it was at, and if it had spread and I think waiting for that answer to come was the reason I was so hopeless…I was waiting for the unknown. Fortunately for my self, My stage with cancer was ‘Low-grade’, meaning that luckily for me the cancer was slowly growing, was less aggressive and less likely to spread! After hearing this amazing news, I was back! I wish I could say from the very first day of the diagnosis I was positive and lived life to the fullest, but I didn’t and that is okay. I don’t think anyone around me knew how to deal with it either. I had so much going on at this point I didn’t know where to start. I was just about to go into my final year at University studying Textiles BA (Hons), which will be the hardest year in education and they suggested to defer my year. I was devastated to hear that as it wasn’t in my plans to take an extra year to complete my degree and I didn’t want to miss a year because of only five weeks! I stood my ground and proved I could do it. I wanted to have focus and I planned my University work meticulously. I am so grateful I was accepted to stay on this year as it kept my mind occupied on something else rather than thinking about my treatment all day and textiles or art in general is so important to me.
So What Is Synovial Sarcoma?
Content from – Sarcoma Cancer
Synovial Sarcoma develops in cells around joints and tendons. Synovial Sarcoma can occur anywhere throughout the body but often near the knee. Synovial sarcoma is most commonly associated with young adults.
When thinking about cancer, sadly I have had friends and family around me, who have also suffered from cancer and I never of thought I would be in the same position.
One of my closest, dearest childhood friends, Elspeth Dale, was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year, and that shocked me the most. I couldn’t understand why someone my age, in their 20’s had cancer….one of my best friends…I couldn’t digest it! On her journey, I noticed a change in her step, she became so much stronger and confident with herself and had no care what anyone else thought! She was so amazing and inspiring, and she helped me out so much and brought heaps of positivity with her wherver she went and made me belive that I can do it too!
What follows are the stories of two strong women:
“To be honest, when I was diagnosed I couldn’t actually get my head around what I was hearing. I sort of didn’t feel anything to begin with, I cried but I didn’t really feel sad until it finally sunk in later on. I was actually a lot more worried about telling my mum that I was for myself! My first thought was “I’m going to die” and then “my hair is going to fall out and I’m going to be ugly”. But going bald made me take myself a lot less seriously – I used to think having really long hair was the most important thing ever but it’s not – your hair doesn’t make you, and everyone will love you regardless of being bald. Honestly, in the end I found it quite funny that I was bald – it was like my party trick. The way I dealt with cancer was by staying positive – I knew I had to just go through whatever it took to make myself better and it would all be over in a few months, then I would have the rest of my life ahead of me. I’m not going to lie and say that it was easy to stay positive – recovering from chemo was the hardest and most unpleasant thing I ever had to do. But once the drugs wore off each time it just made me appreciate feeling normal. The most amazing thing was the response from my friends, family and boyfriend. I had never felt so very loved and supported before and I found out how much I mean to the people around me which was honestly an amazing experience. Going through cancer made me see life in a much more positive way and appreciate every little bit of normality life throws at me.” – Elspeth Dale.
“On 30th June 2015 I was diagnosed with Peritoneal Cancer – a form of Ovarian Cancer. Within three weeks I had major surgery and six weeks later the Chemotherapy began. My Oncologist told me that before the second session of chemo I would lose my hair! My worst nightmare but I had a wig and scarves…. My chemo sessions were every three weeks and lasted for seven hours. Initially, a few days after chemo I would be very poorly for three or four days and then feel better until the next session. As the sessions continued I felt more and more unwell and it wasn’t until some three months after chemo ended that I started to feel like myself again! I still have traces of cancer around my liver and bowel and take tablets daily to keep the cells at bay and have CT Scans every three months just to make sure! I have been tested for the BRACA gene and thankfully it was clear.
It is now October 2017, I have my hair back and am attending a workshop for Ovarian Cancer in Brighton next month which I am really looking forward to…” – Linda Levett, My Nanny.
Since starting my treatment, I have definitely had my ups and downs, as anyone would. Being exhasuted was not only a massive side effect from radio therapy, but I was travelling to and from London everyday during the week and going straight back home to try and fit in my everyday normal life. I put so much pressure on my self. I was juggling radiotherapy, University work, commissioned work, fitness, socializing and rebuilding my blog again…what was I thinking!? And yes, it was very hard, but not impossible. I have had a lot of moments where I felt trapped, I wanted to get on with life, I wanted to get back to Uni.
I am writing this in Tanya’s cafe, round the corner from the Hospital, Looking back at everything from these five weeks and for the last couple of days I have stopped and relaxed. I am so proud of my self for being so determined with doing everything, but I have accepted that it is good to stop and take time for yourself.
So for my treatment I am firstly having Radiotherapy for five weeks, this treatment uses high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells. It is used either before or after surgery. When used before surgery it aims to reduce the size of the tumour so it can be operated on and removed. Radiotherapy is also very effective when given after surgery. This is particularly so for intermediate and high-grade tumours and when the margins are quite close. In this case, the aim is to kill off any local cancer cells which remain in the area of the tumour. After this treatment, I will being recovering for up to six weeks so that in December I have an operation to remove the tumour and fingers crossed, my journey will be finished!
What We Can All Do To Help!
There are so many amazing opportunities for all of us to get involved with from charities, fundraising events, raising money, making yourself aware of how to find cancer or even supporting a loved one.
Even though you may not physically be affected, you will be by one of your loved ones.
L E T S A L L H E L P!
I Just want to say a massive thankyou to my Mum, Dad and Laurie for being so supportive and catching me when I fall. As well as thankyou to all my friends and family for being with me every step of the way, I don’t think I could have done it with out you!
Thankyou to the Royal Marsden and Teenage Cancer Trust for being incredible and so attentive!
Please lets all become more aware,
Take care of yourself and each other,
Don’t take anything for granted
Lots of Love