There was one place that really stole my heart in Australia, and that was Lake Macquarie. The stunning lake that features unoccupied islands and secret beaches is quite literally a stones throw from my boyfriends home. Less then a two minute walk, I spent most of my time strolling to the lake to admire the vibrant scenery, be it sunrise, sunset or sunshine.
A beauty bag may sound like the least of your worries when you’re preparing for a 24 hour flight, but a little bag of grooming treats will freshen you up, keep your skin hydrated and make sleep and flight stopovers far more bearable. I also found having some sort of pampering routine helped to keep me sane and broke up the duration of my flight. Not only will your skin thank you, but so will your fellow passengers who will appreciate the fact you’re wearing deodorant! Here's what I pack in my carry on every time I fly.
As the fashionable and fabulous descended onto a once unimportant car park on Brewer Street in Soho, I was trying to take in as many London Fashion Week updates as I could, be it on the other side of the world.
Blog contributor and fellow traveller Zoe (@zoeclaireroberts) attended LFW on my behalf, frequently updating my Instagram and twitter to bring my followers, and myself, hot off the press action. The response was hugely positive, especially as she covered Jasper Conrans radiant AW16 collection.
Jasper Conrans presentation of 38 looks was a celebration of autumnal hues and architectural influences, as the catwalk flooded with vibrant, dynamic and classic looks.
In celebration of their 10th consecutive season as the Official Garment Care Supplier of London Fashion Week, LG have been conducting some pretty interesting, and rather eye-opening research about the way we deal with spills and stains on our precious garments. The research is quite surprising, and highlights just how much we value clean and flawless clothes. The research found that a third of people actually called off first dates, nights out or cancelled a job interview because of a food or drink mishap. The research even found that one in five men will pull out of a career changing opportunity due to stains and 17% of women would take the day off work. I'll certainly admit to spilling drinks and food down me (life tip - always bring a long scarf) but 90% of people wouldn't tell someone if they had a mishap. This got me thinking, as a freelance fashion stylist and cake baker I've gathered some real gems of advice when it comes to stain removal and garment care. I'd hate to think a friend would cancel a night out simply because of some spilt foundation, especially when I have a tried and tested way of getting it out! So here are some tips and tricks that have saved me some embarrassment, and certainly extended the life of many of my clothes.
After landing in Australia last week for the second time in three months, it’s safe to say I’ve gained some experience in packing the perfect carry on, as well as frequent flyer miles. It doesn’t get much more long haul then London to Sydney, so making the journey as comfortable as possible is a priority, as is looking like a civilised human being when I’m reunited with my boyfriend at the other end! This simply comes down to a carefully packed, and well-equipped carry on bag. Long haul flights test all that it is to be a glamorous woman who understands the importance of perfectly harmonised jewellery and the power of a thin stiletto. Instead, leggings, dry shampoo and compression socks will be your best friends, and an in-flight beauty regime will make all the difference between you crawling, or strutting off of that plane.
My favourite time of the year lived up to its expectations as always. At the end of Christmas day my family and I curled up on the sofa, bellies full and rounded from a banquet of desserts and our eyes were heavy and sleepy from all the glittering jubilations. We all agreed that it was one of the best Christmases yet and as we passed around a box of chocolates, we smiled and laughed at the days merriment. Family is the reason why Christmas is so magical, and so very treasured.
One of the joyous aspects of present giving is that you can keep a little of the festive magic sparkling all year round, be it a book thats enjoyed mid-year on a sunny beach, or a perfume that shadows the wearer through a year of special moments. My sister and I were thoroughly spoilt this year, and fortunate enough to unwrap so many gifts that will just keep giving. My main present from my mum was money towards flights to Australia, and my boyfriend blew me away earlier in the year by surprising me with my dream camera, the Canon 5D Mark iii. I felt so blessed to be able to capture all the festive charm in perfect detail!