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Holidaying late on in the year seems to be getting more and more popular judging by how many friends and fellow bloggers are away right now (jealous!) so I thought I'd put together a little packing guide to those who are lucky enough to be getting some winter sun. As the temperatures in October and November are generally a little cooler, even in the warmer countries, I'd be packing a mixture of swimwear and statement accessories, with lots of denim, oversized shirts and detailed cover ups.
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For day time I'd wear a pack a trusty converse, with a simple loose fit tee or cami and comfy sweater skirt thrown over a statement bikini set, or for days spent lazing by the pool I'd pick a glamorous one piece paired with a chic embroidered maxi cover up in simple black. The one I've chosen above is perfect for taking from day to night with the addition of a black slip dress underneath and a pair of bold coloured heels. For more relaxed evenings, I'd swap the dress for a classic pair of denim cut off shorts and a loose fit pyjama style blouse for a chilled out look.

Other essentials that would find their way in to my suitcase would be must-haves such as a boldly printed beach towel, statement sunnies, a bright beach bag with matching clutch for evening, a kindle for some poolside reading, a travel guide book to help me explore the area and the all important sun cream, because even in lower temperatures my pale skin manages to burn!

I'd love to be jetting off somewhere this side of Christmas, to somewhere with the perfect balance of good weather, lovely beaches and lots of culture. A place that's been top of my list for a while now has to be Sicily, what with all of it's beautiful buildings and temples, and not forgetting the craters of Mount Etna. Then of course there's the stunning beaches for a spot of sunbathing and bustling little towns for a dose of culture and exploring the local shops. I've been eyeing up places to stay and have found a great site called WishSicily that has some lovely villas in Sicily that would be perfect for a sunny escape.

I'm counting down the months now until our next break (and probably the last one before we get married!) in April and will definitely be following my own advice for the pieces I'll be packing as the weather will be a little on the cooler side, but I already can't wait! Then maybe Sicily could be on the cards for a honeymoon destination? We shall wait and see!

Have you got any Winter breaks booked? What countries are on your travel bucket list?

C x

Written in conjunction with MJ


I'm always on the hunt for a new toothpaste as I have pretty sensitive teeth and gums, so there's a lot of versions out there that just don't agree with me. I'm also really particular about the brush I use, usually opting for a trusty electric one, but this can sometimes be too harsh on my gums and cause them to bleed a little, which isn't good! Corsodyl kindly sent over their new Corsodyl Daily Toothbrush for me to try out, which has super soft bristles designed to be kind to sensitive gums, and those prone to bleeding. 

I've been trying this out for a couple of weeks now and at first I wasn't so sure - having such soft bristles, I was sceptical that it would do a good job of cleaning my teeth, but I'm fully converted! I was also kindly sent a sample of the Corsodyl Ultra Fresh Toothpaste, which let me tell you, is not for the faint hearted! When it says Ultra Fresh, it really does mean it! This is a toothpaste that packs a punch and leaves your mouth feeling ridiculously squeaky cleaned. Paired with the toothbrush, and followed by a Corsodyl Mouthwash makes for a perfect routine, day and night, to get rid of plaque and clean your teeth in a gentle way.

The toothbrush and toothpaste have made their way in to my travel wash bag since I spend a lot of time on the road for work. I'd definitely recommend giving these a whirl if you've ever had issues with sensitive teeth or bleeding gums!

Have you tried the Corsodyl Daily Toothbrush? What products would you recommend for healthy teeth and gums?

C x


One of my favourite things about this time of year is being able to wear boots all over again. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pair of sandals or pumps, but Autumn fashion has to be my favourite. These thigh high boots have been on my radar for a few weeks now and I'm so glad I picked them up (part birthday present so I don't need to feel too guilty for spending money when we're supposed to be saving for the wedding!). I love the grey colour of these, and the fact that they go up to the thighs so can be worn with dresses without showing too much skin, making them appropriate for the daytime as well as dressing them up for the evening.

Denim Jacket - Vintage
Sweatshirt Dress - H&M
Thigh High Boots - Jeff Bains

I teamed the boots with a comfy sweater dress in a pale grey shade, and threw on my vintage men's denim jacket to keep things relaxed and casual. I'm now eyeing up a gorgeous chunky roll neck jumper dress from Missguided to pair the boots with for a super cosy look, so watch this space!

Have you tried the thigh high boots trend yet? How would you style them?

C x


With all of the students starting their terms at university round about now, it got me thinking about my time as a student and all the things I would do over and over again if I could... and all the things I wouldn't! I drive past my university building almost every day on my way to work, and always have a slight pang of longing to be back in the studio working on my fashion styling degree. I went in to uni blind, as I'd always thought up until the time came to make a decision about whether I'd go or not, that I would take a year out of education after college to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and work to get some money behind me so I could fund some of it myself, but when the time came I decided to dive right in and take a chance, and you know what? Aside from staring longingly out of my car window every once in a while at the place I spent three years of my life, I haven't really looked back since.

Here's fifteen things that I wish someone had told me before I went to university, that would have made things a whole lot easier at the time!

1. DON'T TAKE ALL THE MONEY IF YOU DON'T NEED IT! With both of my parents retired, I was entitled to the whole amount of loan and grant money, and stupidly, I took it. I didn't need to as I had a steady part time job, and admittedly a lot of my loan money went on things that weren't even related to my studies. Which leads me on to...

2. USE YOUR MONEY WISELY. Whilst there's obviously going to be a chunk of money spent on socialising and having a good time, I wish I hadn't blown the rest of it on other things. I always found that I'd run out of funds towards the end of a term when a big brief was due in, cue tonnes of expensive printing and materials I had to copper up to afford. 

3. DON'T STRESS TOO MUCH ABOUT FIRST YEAR. The results apparently don't count towards your final grade, so don't beat yourself too much if your results aren't what you wanted, and give yourself some time to let your hair down a little!

4. STAYING AT HOME CAN GIVE YOU FOMO. I chose to live at home for uni instead of halls as it was just a short bus ride away. Yes it saved a shed load of money, but looking back I realise how much I missed out on. Nights out, house parties and a whole load more - I wish I'd made the effort to get more involved.

5. ALL NIGHTERS SUCK. I can remember a fair few occasions where I spent the entire night finishing off an essay or a sketch book - the most vivid one I did entirely with a vintage typewriter. My fingers blistered so bad I had to ask Dan to do the last few pages! Seriously though, just get it done and you'll sleep easy.

6. DON'T PUT THE WORK OFF UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. I'd known my dissertation was due for weeks, but I kept putting it off time and time again until I ended up having to rush the second half to get it finished in time. Needless to say I didn't get the grade I hoped I would. Writing a bit little and often would have made a huge difference.

7. YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY ALL THE BOOKS. I spent a fortune at the start of each year stocking up on fashion styling books and expensive magazines, which, needless to say, I barely even looked at. I still have most of them all now and five years down the line I still haven't really opened them, but hey, they look great on my bookcase. You win some, you lose some. For those you really do need, Amazon is your friend.

8. HARVARD REFERENCING IS THE DEVIL. Why oh why did we need to do this? Just when you think you've finished a 10,000 word essay you realise you have to credit every little thing you looked at. Trust me, if you're at uni, learn how to do this fast as you will need to do it with every. single. damn. essay. (then quickly forget it when you graduate because you will never need to ever do it again. Like algebra. Why?)

9. YOUR TUTOR HAS AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR A REASON. Use it! I was one of those people who would keep quiet if I didn't understand and wait until someone else asked the question. If you're not the kind of person to speak up and ask, then email your tutor for guidance. They're there to help.

10. IT'S FINE TO HAVE A WOBBLE. I lost it a few times because I was so overwhelmed with the workload, but now that I have a 'grown up' job I've realised that actually, the workload was pretty manageable back then. Have a cry, suck it up and crack on with it. You've got this.

11. DON'T BE AFRAID TO HAVE YOUR SAY. On a few occasions in some of my classes I didn't agree with some things, didn't understand why we were doing some things a certain way, or wasn't completely happy with the grade I'd been given. Remember you are paying for your degree, so if you have an issue, raise it! (in the best way possible...)

12. TRY NOT TO DOZE OFF IN LECTURES.... no matter how tempting. Design History had to be the most underwhelming module of them all, and the lectures were at the most stupid time on a Friday morning (Thursday was student night in Preston) so you can imagine just how painful. I didn't listen to any of these, when in actual fact I probably should have.

13. MAKE THE MOST OF THAT DISCOUNT. Oh how I wish I still had an NUS card. You don't just get given all those discounts for nothing. Make the most of them so that you can't moan like me when you're twenty seven and can't afford those Topshop shoes.

14. WEAR SOMETHING WITH BUTTONS AT YOUR GRADUATION. I didn't and spent the day being choked by my graduation gown. A dress or shirt with buttons means there is something to hook your gown on to, and zero choking.

15. STAY IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS YOU MAKE. Over time that awful thing has happened where the people I met at uni have all drifted apart to do their own thing. It's something that's bound to happen, especially when you're all from different parts of the country, but I wish I'd made more of an effort to keep in touch with the people I was closest with. The friends you make at uni could be the best ones you meet in your life, particularly those off your course as they share the same interests! Keep in touch with the people who made your time there the best!

One thing I would say is that university was hands down the best three years of my life so far. The course I chose and the people I met made it such fun and I would do it all again if I was given the chance. However, It's not always easy to come back to uni, especially if you have job or family commitments . That's why more and more online universities like NC IUL offer online courses that give students the freedom to learn at their own convenience, something I'm actually looking in to doing to broaden my skills in my current job role!

I wouldn't be in the job I am now if it wasn't for my time at uni, so I have so much to thank my time there for!

What would you tell your former self about uni? Are you starting your studies this year?
C x

Written in collaboration with MJ


Whilst on the quest for new pieces to add to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe I spied this gorgeous Lost Ink jumper on the Very website and fell in love straight away. That love was solidified when I spotted my ultimate girl crush Megan Ellaby rocking the pale pink version and I knew I just had to have it! It's been one of my best purchases so far as I've already worn it to death! I've paired it with skinny jeans and skirts, but my favourite combo so far is this one, paired with my denim wide leg culottes for a little bit of a seventies vibe.

Jumper - Lost Ink (here)
Denim Culottes - H&M (here)
Pointed Shoes - ASOS (here)
Over Shoulder Bag - Primark

I'm also obsessed with the pointed shoes from ASOS - I've worn them so much for work as they're the perfect step up from sandals whilst the weather is warmer, and even though they're open at the back, the closed toe means they're suitable on rainy days too. I love the mock croc design and the oversized buckle, and they look great paired with dresses as well as jeans.

What have you been wearing to transition in to Autumn? 

C x


Now that we've fully engrossed ourselves in to the world of wedding planning, I thought I'd share a few posts with you along the way in the run up to our big day in 2018. One of the first things on our mind (after the venue and catering of course) is the wedding stationery. I'm actually going to be designing our own as I love getting creative on good old Photoshop and In Design, but that doesn't stop me from swooning over the beautiful designs that are already out there. I want to keep ours a secret until they're sent out next year, so for now, here's some of my favourite sets that I've spotted so far, that may even give you some inspiration if your big day is looming too!
1 - Polka Dot Copper Foil by Skinny Malink
2 - In The Groove CD Vinyl by Vanilla Retro
3 - Delicate Floral by Skinny Malink
4 - Banana Leaf by Paper Grace

5 - Winter Bespoke Illustrated Map by Paper & Inc
6 - Laura by e.Y.i
7 - Pastel Kisses by Anon Design
8 - Penguin Classic Books by Feel Good Invites 

9 - Tropical Floral by Skinny Malink
10 - Library Ticket by e.Y.i
11 - Botanical Rustic Kraft by Norma & Dorothy
12 - Woodland Fern by Geri Loves Emi

13 - Confetti Swirl by Feel Good Invites
14 - Floral Affair by Paper Grace
15 - Modern Geometric by Kitty McCall at Geri Loves Emi 
16 - Classic Foil by Annie Nettle

17 - Lunar Moon by Nina Thomas
18 - Roses & Peonies by Gemma Milly
19 - Botanical by Geri Loves Emi
20 - Kate by Project Pretty

21 - Kraft Stamp by Pear Paper Co.
22 - Festival by Geri Loves Emi
23 - Georgia by Project Pretty
24 - Pink Boarding Pass by Rodo Creative

25 - Secret Garden by Pear Paper Co.
26 - Rachel Modern Deco by e.Y.i
27 - Harlow by Emma Jo
28 - Vintage London by Paper Grace

Which design is your favourite? Are you planning your wedding too?

C x

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