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What I Wore In The Maldives

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

What I Wore In The Maldives
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Admittedly, I don't have photos of everything I wore on holiday, it was very much a relax zone and I mostly wore old favourites from the summer before as opposed to buying lots of new things for the sake of ten days. Plus, it's incredibly hard to buy summer pieces in the core of winter! Of course I did get a few new things here and there but mostly old favourites got another chance to shine. By the way, if you haven't already watched my latest video (it went live last night) then do pop over to my YouTube channel and have a watch, it's a roundup of all my holiday outfits! Watch my Maldives Outfit Diary here.

One of my most worn new in pieces was this gorgeous satin skirt from ASOS, I picked it up in the sale and it's styled very differently on their website which just goes to show how versatile a piece like this can be. For the Maldives, I paired it with a crochet top from Primark which is a real oldie but it comes out every holiday!

Crochet bralet - Primark
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One of the new pieces I did get my hands on was this gorgeous pom pom dress from Pitusa via Beach Cafe, the back is just incredible, there are no other ways to describe it. I loved showing off my tan in this dress, it's loose fitting so really comfortable and has that wow factor from the back.

Pom pom dress - (c/o) Pitusa via Beach Cafe

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I couldn't resist dressing up at least a few times too; I picked up this floral mini dress for the evenings as when you're near the beach it always gets a little cooler in the nighttime. I wore this on one of our first nights in the Maldives for a sunset cruise followed by dinner and it was absolutely perfect albeit a little too short as most mini dresses usually are on me. This dress from Pretty Little Thing reminded me so much of the Reformation dresses and although I don't have one myself to compare the two I think looks-wise, this dress bares a strong resemblance.

Dress - Pretty Little Thing
Studded sandals - (c/o) Missguided
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On a more casual day, when mother nature decided to make an appearance if you know what I mean I just wanted to feel comfortable during the day. I took these loose khaki shorts, which sat unworn in my wardrobe from the summer before, as a just-in-case option and boy am I glad I did. I completely fell in love with them, they're a loose fit and didn't feel restricting at all, I made sure to tighten the belt so I still felt feminine whilst wearing them but it was just as easy to loosen the belt if I wanted to feel more at ease (or even just to make some more room for lunch). Paired with a white vest top which was a staple of mine throughout last summer, such an incredible Primark piece believe it or not! These are no longer in store, although they could be back this summer - I'm hoping they will be - in the meantime, I've found an identical version on ASOS which I will be buying for the summer if Primark doesn't restock these.

Sunglasses - Topshop
Cami - Primark (ASOS version)
Khaki shorts - (c/o) Daisy Street
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The final outfit I have to share is probably my favourite actually. I had this white lace playsuit sitting in my wardrobe for so long, it was in a pile to either give away or go to charity because it's simply far too short. Obviously, it didn't magically grow overnight and I haven't shrunk (at least not as far as I know) but on holiday nothing ever feels as inappropriate as it does in London. This playsuit is stunning, if you're shorter than I am (I'm around 5"11) then I would 100% recommend it because look at it, it's just gorgeous! I was a little worried about the lace top but I wore a nude Wonderbra underneath and could barely see any of it. For these photos I have on gorgeous gold heels from Dune but I didn't wear these out, a little too much leg I think and it's hard enough walking in stiletto heels on pavements let alone on sandy paths, it's safe to say I didn't even try.

Playsuit - (c/o) In The Style
Gold heels - (c/o) Dune

The Maldives From My iPhone

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Maldives From My iPhone
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Brace yourselves for a seriously photo-heavy post. I'm going to go ahead and just let you know in advance that my posts from the Maldives are going to be huge! But before I get started on the most magical trip ever, I wanted to apologise for my mini hiatus. I mentioned in my previous post that I would be taking a week away from blogging but somehow, that week turned into two weeks and it's all just been a bit of a whirlwind. It's partly down to a delay with my new blog design; I was working on it with a designer during my holiday and it's ended up being much slower than I had anticipated which in turn made me not want to post anything new until the big reveal. What do you think of the design?! Please let me know! The amazing Julie from Munich Paris Design listened to all my requests to make this design my own and I hope you find it easy to navigate.

I have so many photos to share with you that I just had no idea where to start! Strangely, I feel like a blogging-novice all over again because it feels as though I've been away from my little old blog for so long. I can confirm: it feels good to be back.

I wanted to start with the snaps from my phone which often get neglected on my blog because I try to share high quality content with you but whilst I was away I rarely picked up my camera believe it or not (apart from on the final few days where I had a major panic because I had taken so few snaps!) Having said this, my phone was never too far away so I decided to share the snaps from my iPhone - let's call them the unseen photos that usually don't make the cut.
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Cami - Primark // Midi skirt - Missguided // Strappy heels - (c/o) Public Desire // Dress - Topshop
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Although there's no flow for these photos, they're all mixed up - just some of my favourites, the above are all from our incredible pool villa in Kandolhu island. A huge room all to ourselves which I fell in love with. My mum was very unimpressed with my bikini snaps on Instagram (happens every summer!) so I tried to refrain from posting so many but I still posted quite a lot more than anticipated. Can you blame me? When you're on holiday, practically living in a bikini, it becomes hard not to. I never really know how to feel when it comes to bikini pictures, I personally think they're harmless but there are some weird people on the internet so you can never be too careful these days. I'd really love to know your thoughts on the matter - I was contemplating writing a blog post about it but that would mean sharing even more bikini photos, which I'm certain my mum would disapprove of, so I decided against it for the meantime...

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The rest of the place was pretty magical too, it seemed completely natural to be stranded on an island in the middle of the Indian ocean. For the duration of our stay at Kandolhu we didn't see a single car, road, nor pavement for that matter! And whilst I can't imagine you'd expect to see these things on an island it's very surreal when you come to think of it, especially being so used to it all in the hustle and bustle of London city. In the island it felt as though we were in amidst a jungle, there was so much beautiful greenery surrounding us and crystal clear waters filled with so many incredible fish, turtles, sharks - all of which we were lucky enough to spot ourselves - and so much more we didn't see.

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Crochet crop top - Primark // Wrap skirt - ASOS
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If you read my last post then you'll know that I went away with my auntie and uncle who stayed in an incredible ocean pool villa, you know, the ones Instagram is completely inundated with. It was as beautiful as I could ever imagine. Equipped with an outdoor bathroom where you could bathe whilst looking out onto the ocean, an infinity pool which seemed to lead to the very depths of the ocean and the sea right at your feet (quite literally) we spent so many evenings taking it all in. I seriously miss it! It was quite memorable. One of my favourite experiences was the sunset in the evenings...
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Bandeau top - New Look // Shorts - ASOS (similar)

Every day we were blessed with a sunset more incredible than the one before, we spent many evenings watching the sun go down from different parts of the island. The most incredible being on the night of the full moon but more about that in another post, for now I'll leave you with one of the many photos from that night.
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Incredible, right?

Chasing The (Winter) Sun

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Chasing The (Winter) Sun
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I'm in the Maldives!

After a total of over 14 hours travelling, we've made it to the Maldives! I'll be spending, what will probably be, the best 10 days of my life here with my auntie and uncle (who are amazing and whisked me away on this incredible trip) and my boyfriend!

What better time to sit back, unwind, and have a much needed break. After my 12 Days of Christmas; 12 Days of videos series on YouTube I'm pretty knackered to be honest. The Christmas and New Year period is such a hectic one anyway so giving myself the task of uploading a new video daily during that time was hard work. It was definitely tough (I have no idea how people manage vlogmas) but I'm so glad I did it. Despite feeling a little disappointed with numbers, it was incredible that some of you reached out to me with words of support and it just genuinely means the world and I feel like I now know some of you which is just so nice.

You won't be seeing much from me around here for the next week as I'm taking a little break from blogging whilst I'm on holiday; but you know the drill, you can follow me along on my Maldivian adventure on my other social media channels including my Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter pages.

P.S. When I come back there may or may not be a whole new blog design! Exciting!

Finding The Right Pair of Flat Boots

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Finding The Right Pair of Flat Boots
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You know me and my love for ankle boots but I often choose heeled boots over flat boots. I'm a size 7 which is somewhat big for a girl I guess and I always think flat boots make my feet look like clown feet. I really wanted to find a good pair of flat boots to wear throughout the winter and these from Kurt Geiger have done me well so far.

These boots have been the pair of shoes I reach for the most recently, especially in Portugal! I don't typically invest in a lot of clothing, I think it's because I have so many different pieces in my wardrobe already that I would hate to spend a lot of money on something that I will end up falling out of love with; but when it comes to shoes, I've really started to appreciate the pricier picks in my shoedrobe. My daily outfits have been super casual recently, that's what the festive period seems to do to me - I get a little lazy! I picked out my cosiest knit from La Redoute, mom jeans from ASOS (duh!) and one of my favourite coats from New Look!

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Coat - New Look
Cable knit roll neck - (c/o) La Redoute
Mom jeans - ASOS
Ankle boots - (c/o) Kurt Geiger
Bag - (c/o) Marc b.
[Photos taken by Faith]

What I'm Proud to Have Achieved In 2016

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

What I'm Proud to Have Achieved In 2016
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Happy New Year! I know that over the next couple of weeks there will be a huge influx of New Year posts: resolutions, goals and so much more. I always like to set myself some goals when the New Year comes around, however, this year I wanted to make a small change, and rather than talk about what I want to achieve over the next twelve months, I actually want to take the time to think about some of the things I'm proud to have achieved in 2016.

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On My Blog...


Collaborating with new brands
Every year there are new brands I want to work with and 2016 was no exception. Whether it was me getting in touch with PR's or PR's getting in touch with me, this year I tried really hard to get in contact with more people in the industry. As blogging is such a new concept it can be quite hard to know the etiquette when it comes to communicating. There are still so many other brands I would like to work with in the future but so far, I couldn't be prouder of my collaborations to date.

Working on sponsored content
I feel like sponsored content is always such a tricky subject to delve into, there are a variety of mixed emotions and opinions about sponsored content - some people are all for it and others hate the idea of it (although I don't get why!) Nonetheless, I'm proud of the sponsored content I have worked on over the past year. As it's my final year of uni I have really been considering my options of work in the big wide world and more often than not I find myself striving towards making my blog my full time job. It's a scary prospect (even scarier now that I've actually shared it for the first time with you!) but it's something I would be so proud to achieve, so here's to big dreams!

On YouTube...


Subscribers
YouTube is one of those platforms I love but really struggle with. As much as I love creating content and coming up with new ideas I just don't have the time, money, or equipment to do everything I would like to do. Nonetheless, I do believe hard work pays off so I really wanted to work hard on my channel producing videos I was proud of and hopefully you enjoy watching too! YouTube is definitely different to the world of blogging, there are far more mean people on there and it can be quite difficult to keep going with lack of support but I've kept trying and am uploading videos at least once a week. Something that has kept me going is seeing new people subscribe to my channel daily, albeit a small milestone in comparison to major YouTube stars, I'm still pretty proud of what I have achieved and amazed that 2,821 people are subscribed to my channel.

12 Days of Christmas; 12 Days of Videos
I wanted to do something special on YouTube over the winter months, vlogmas is amazing and I love how so many of my favourite vloggers take part but I knew it wasn't for me. I was thinking about what I could do instead and decided to make the most of my Christmas holiday, and lack of deadlines, to share 12 new videos during the 12 days of Christmas (running from Dec 25 - Jan 5) My last few videos will be going up over the next few days and I'm really proud to have come up with this idea and persevered - it was much harder than I expected and probably not as rewarding as I thought it would be but I'm pleased I didn't give up.

On Instagram...


Reaching 21k
A small milestone for some, and for others a huge one. For me it was a pretty big deal to reach 20k this year, I know we all say it isn't about numbers but none of us can deny that it feels nice to reach milestones like this one, however big or small they may be. It makes me feel good about what I'm producing and what I have achieved this year.

In My Personal Life...


Completing my year abroad
I haven't really spoken too much about my year abroad, I didn't enjoy it and had no idea how to go about it. I think I was so excited and adamant to make it a great year for me but when it didn't end up happening I felt somewhat deflated and unsure about everything. It was one of those things that I just wanted to get over and done with. I'm proud I soldiered on and finished the year but I definitely wouldn't want to do anything like it again... ever!

4 years with my boyfriend
I'm not sure if this is one to be proud of, nor is it an achievement (although if you knew my boyfriend and how annoying he is I'm sure you would be more than proud!) I don't really talk about my personal life often - I'm not typically an over-sharer - but you know, sometimes it's nice to mention. Andre and I have pretty much been in a long-distance relationship for the past 3 years and a bit (practically our whole relationship) we made it through me moving out of London for university for the first two years of our relationship, then I moved to France for my year abroad, and now I'm at my final year of university out of London once more. We've been going out for just over 4 years which seems like forever now and as much as he annoys me I'm happy. It's just one of those things that when you take the time to step back, think, and put everything into perspective - it all seems pretty incredible.

Here's to another year, and to more achievements!

What did you achieve in 2016?

A Casual Approach To The Velvet Suit

Thursday, 29 December 2016

A Casual Approach To The Velvet Suit
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Velvet suits have been so popular recently! I don't know if it's just one of those thing that us bloggers are currently obsessed with or whether it's one of those seriously on trend pieces that everyone will be wearing over the next couple of months; either way, I'm into it. I picked out this velvet suit from New Look which has just been my go-to shop this year, I've been so impressed with their range of clothes this year - they've seriously upped their game! I wanted to do something a little different with my suit, and rather than go for a super dressed up look I opted for my winter favourite: a roll neck, this one is from good old Primark! To complete the look, and make it New Year ready, I simply couldn't resist these gorgeous sparkly boots but can you blame me?

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Roll neck - Primark
[Photos taken by Maria]