Sunday, 30 April 2017

Postcards from China

How exactly do you describe a first time visit to China? All the way home on the long flight, I thought about this. I knew that when I got back, people would be asking me how it had been.

What would I say? How would I sum it up? The truth is, I’m still not sure.

China defies description from the perspective of one visit – its so vast, so full on apparent contradictions, so complex. Almost any adjective you can think of would describe some part of it – vibrant, tranquil, traditional, cutting-edge. China seems to be all these things and more.


Monday, 24 April 2017

My Essential Pieces for Winter to Spring Trans-seasonal Style

When it comes to putting together outfits, more often than not it’s the weather that throws a spanner in the works.

Increasingly, it feels as if seasons are less important than individual weeks, as the weather ricochets from warm sunshine to torrential downpours through frosty mornings and back again.

Globally, the weather is becoming less predictable, which on the catwalks has led to a huge sales surge for ‘resort’ collections – clothing that can be styled for any type of weather. Magazines seem to be full of articles on ‘transeasonal’ dressing, and this is how I like to build my wardrobe, because in Britain you can never be sure what weather conditions you’ll get from one week to the next.

Wardrobes need to work hard and they need to work smart, otherwise you end up with piles of summer dresses that don’t get worn.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Birchbox x Boden Review | April 2017

After a run of really good boxes over the past few months, I had high hopes for the April Birchbox.

These boxes always seem to go in cycles in terms of how good the contents are, and it has usually happened that there will be a couple that I don’t like, then I’ll decide to cancel my subscription, only to see something unmissable that lures me back in.

So I go back and forth with what I subscribe to. But would the April offering from Birchbox have me celebrating or hating? Take a peek…


Monday, 17 April 2017

Life, Lately | April 2017

Hello my lovelies!

I’m writing to you from a surprisingly sunny and hot China at the moment, which is quite different from my usual surroundings.

Life often seems to race by in a blur at the moment, and its been quite a few months since I last posted anything personal. Since I love reading these sort of posts on other blogs, and getting a little glimpse into other people’s worlds, please drop me a link below if you’ve done anything similar lately.


Monday, 10 April 2017

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

So, I think we’ve safely established that I’m somewhat of a packing geek.

I’m obsessed with the idea of packing light, capsule wardrobe rules for travel, and using fashion maths to avoid baggage fees.

What I like just as much are posts about what travel toiletries and make-up people take with them. I can, and do, go down the Youtube and Bloglovin rabbit holes for hours looking at this kind of content.  

It seemed a wasted opportunity not to put together my own post on what make-up and toiletries I take with me when I travel, so here’s a quick peek at what’s in my bag when I go away:


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

How to Pack Light for an Overnight Business Trip

One of the best ‘adulting’ skills that I’ve learned over the years is how to pack light. And when I say ‘light’, what I really mean is ‘smart’. You can save yourself a whole lot of headaches, not to mention baggage fees, if you manage to master the ‘smart pack’. I wrote previously about how to pack light for a week in Europe, and now I’m going to cover packing for an overnight business conference.

You could be one of those people that like lots of choices, and I am too. But with a smart capsule trip wardrobe, you can get that feeling of having lots of different options -  through being able to combine what you’ve packed in many different ways. I know I value the feeling of travelling without lots of heavy baggage more than I do 12 different shoe options(10 of which I won’t wear anyway…).

The rules vary according to length of stay, destination and purpose of visit, but there are few basic tips that stay the same wherever you’re going:

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