Workwear Picks

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Although I'm currently in St Lucia and am trying my hardest not to think about going back to work anytime soon, I still wanted to share with you some of my favourite workwear picks this week!

Now and again, a pop of colour makes its way into my wardrobe, much to the shock of everyone at work who can't believe I'm wearing something other than black or grey! This week, I have fallen in love with the bright orange shirt featured above, and can imagine myself wearing this tucked into a black or navy high waisted skirt, and nude heels. The colour is absolutely perfect for Summer and can also be worn at the weekend over jeans. Win win! 

I promise I will try my best to bring the sunshine home with me! 

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Arriving in St Lucia

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We have arrived in paradise! Well, we actually arrived last Monday, but it's taken me until today to drag myself from my sun lounger and open my laptop to share with you our adventures so far. It's a tough life!!

It was our first ever time flying first class, and as you can see from my video below, we were rather excited about the beds! I have never felt so relaxed on a flight before in my life. It certainly made the nine hours in the air a lot more comfortable. 

When we arrived at Rendezvous hotel, we were immediately shown to our gorgeous room. At first, we wanted to upgrade to an ocean view room but were advised to check out the garden rooms before making the decision. In the end, we decided to stay in the garden room as they had recently been refurbished, were a lot more spacious and within a minutes walk to the pool and beach. What more could you want?! Oh wait, a giant bath tub at the end of your room...check! You can see how excited I was about this from the photo below! 

Since Monday, we haven't even left the resort. I know, I know, we have flown so far not the see some of the island, but we have come away to completely relax and unwind and the hotel has absolutely everything we need that we haven't even thought about leaving! Sun, food, cocktails, water sports and a gorgeous beach with white sand. Everything we want from a holiday! 

I hope you enjoy my video below. I'll be putting together another video showing the rest of our trip, so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here to make sure you stay updated!

I'll leave you with a few snaps from our first couple of days at the resort. See you soon!

(all photos taken on my Olympus PEN E-PL7 with the 17mm lens)



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My Photography Kit for Travelling

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As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my resolutions this year was to up my photography game. And so far, I feel my photos have improved dramatically since the beginning of the year (if I do say so myself!), but there is also room for a lot of improvement, and I’m working on it! I’ve attended photography workshops, invested in a new camera, various lenses and accessories.

I’m off to St Lucia in a few weeks, and I thought what better time to practice all the tips I’ve learnt so far with my new gadgets, in the hope of taking some gorgeous snaps for my blog and Instagram along the way.

Before I jet off, I wanted to share with you the gear I will be taking with me. 

I've also rounded all the bits up to show you them up close in a video at the bottom of this page and over on my YouTube channel, so click here to check that out and don't forget to subscribe!

First things first, the cameras.

My go-to camera is the Olympus PEN EPL-7. I have been using this camera since the beginning of the year and I genuinely can’t believe it’s taken me this long to invest. I wish I had done it sooner!

It’s obvious why it’s known as the bloggers camera, due to the little details that just make our lives a lot easier! The flip out screen enables us to shoot that perfect selfie or flat lay quickly and effortlessly. The lenses are also detachable, which means you can build up a collection of different lenses to suit every occasion.




My second camera is the Canon S120. This is my vlogging camera and for a compact camera, (and it really is small) it’s brilliant! The footage is clear, smooth and pretty much everything you’d want in a vlogging camera. Casey Neistat (king of vlogging) actually even went as far as saying in one of his videos it’s the “almost perfect camera”.

Lenses

The PEN comes with a kit lens which is perfectly fine, but personally I very rarely use this one. I have two additional lenses that I alternate between.

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The Olympus 45mm lens is perfect for portrait and outfit shots. It has a low 1.8 f stop which enables the subject to be crisp and clear whilst creating a lovely blurry background at the same time. The only downside to this lens is that it’s a zoom lens, therefore you need to be quite far away from the subject for it to be in frame. This isn’t a problem when taking outfit shots outside as space isn’t an issue, but at an event or in a restaurant it’s not very practical to have to stand back to get the shot. 



2. The Olympus 17mm lens is my ultimate favourite and it’s the one that’s attached to my camera the majority of the time. The very low 1.8 f stop (the lower the f stop, the blurrier the background) creates the dreamiest of backgrounds, and it isn’t a zoom lens so you can shoot up close without needing to step back to get everything in frame.


Tripod

I have two tripods. The first one is a Velbron tripod which I’ve had for a few years now and it does the trick! The only downside is that it’s bulky and heavy, so not very practical for travelling.

My second tripod is one I bought recently called the Joby Gorillapod Hybrid and frankly, it’s kicked my little Velbron’s butt! It’s lightweight and small so I can take it with me wherever I go. The main advantage to this tripod is that it can attach to pretty much anything, meaning wherever you are, you can find somewhere to wrap it around and get the perfect shot. 



Memory Card

I have two memory cards for each of my cameras, so I don’t have to scramble around trying to switch them over each time. I use the Sandisk Extreme 32GB card for each, which holds a huuuge amount of footage and photos so you never have to worry about having to quickly delete footage to make room!



And that's it! These are all the bits I'm taking with me on holiday next week to hopefully take some incredible photos for my blog and Instagram and shoot some footage for my YouTube channel.



Please don't forget to follow me on Insta and subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay updated! 
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Workwear Picks

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It's back to work after a gorgeous three day weekend! I feel refreshed and ready for whatever this week throws at me! 

My workwear wishlist grew significantly after my recent shopping trip this weekend, and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. 

I simply cannot stop thinking about those grey and black mid heel sandals. Surely that's a sign I have to buy them right?! They're very Chanel inspired but for a teenie tiny fraction of the price. 

The black pleated trousers are also at the top of my wishlist at the moment, due to the high waist and flattering cut. 

I popped into Aspinal of London, my ultimate favourite brand for bags, to plan my next purchase to add to my collection. I came across the orange and gold trunk bag (above), and I could immediately imagine myself carrying it around for both work and the weekend too. Obsessed. I have a thing about bright orange at the moment too and it'll match my new Timex watch perfectly. 

Wishing you a fabulous four day week xxx

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Bank Holiday Weekend

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What a gorgeous weekend! For the first time in a very long time, the weather timed itself perfectly for those of us enjoying a long weekend. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, whatever you got up to. On Friday, my boyfriend and I went out for some dinner locally at a seafood restaurant in Leigh on Sea, to finally toast my promotion at work! We've both had such an incredible April work-wise, it felt rude not to celebrate! 

On Saturday, it was my best friend Ellise's birthday which she also shares with her daughter Willow who turned one! An adorable teddy bear's picnic style birthday party was held during the day, and I felt like such a big kid taking full advantage of the strawberry milkshakes (in between prosecco of course) and multiple portions of jelly and ice cream! 

Willow is also my god daughter which made it even more special for me to spend the day with her. It was such a lovely day!

We woke up to beautiful sunshine on Sunday, so L and I drove to a lovely pub in Hullbridge and took Koda along with us too (our lovely husky pictured below who was lapping up the attention all afternoon!) 

On Monday, we ventured out for some breakfast in the morning, and did a bit of shopping before getting cosy on the sofa and watching films for the rest of the day. The perfect end to a perfect weekend! 

I'm so sad it's over. Why can't it be a bank holiday every weekend?! On the plus side, it's a four day week woo hoo! Have a gooden xx

(all photos taken on my Olympus PEN with the 17mm lens)




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The Perfect Summer Work Shoes

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I was on the search the other day for a pair of shoes to see me through Summer in the office.  These little beauties were delivered and I am completely in love!

I'll be wearing these to death. With a wrap style skater dress, a midi skirt or a pair of cigarette trousers. With tights or without. They're simply perfect and I'm tempted to order 10 more of them! Does anyone else get this urge when they find something they love? Or just me?! haha. 

The block heel adds comfort for busy days on my feet, and the height will easily take me from the desk to drinks without needing to change. 

They're also a lot less expensive than they look! What more could you want?! Shop them here and thank me later. 
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Workwear Picks

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Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. After a relaxing couple of days off, catching up with friends, eating lots of naughty food (I'm on a health kick this week to make up for it) and completely unwinding, I'm feeling extra motivated this week. 

The best way to get motivated at the beginning of the day (second to a giant mug of coffee), is to put on a good outfit. If you feel confident and comfortable, as well as think positive, I can guarantee you will have a good day. 

The shops are bursting with gorgeous workwear pieces at the moment and my wish list is just getting bigger and bigger by the day. I've rounded up a few of my favourites this week to help inspire. My ultimate favourites being the black pencil skirt and cream blouse. This combo is the definition of classic elegance. A style that will never, ever age. Love love love! 

Have the best week! & remember, positive vibes attract positive things!

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Mix Your Watch with Timex

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Last Thursday, I attended one of the best events I've been invited to since my little blog began. And as you can see from my photo above, I had so much fun!

I was invited by Timex for an exclusive preview of their forthcoming AW16 collection, and was offered a chance to create my own personalised watch! 

It was hosted on the rooftop of the ultra chic Shoreditch House. 


The latest Weekend Fairfield collection allows you to choose which face you want, then you can mix and match with different straps. Perfect for styling with different outfits. Whether it's for work or a festival, a quick change of strap and you're good to go!

I spotted somebody at the event wearing the large silver face customised with the black leather strap, and had to take a photo! Obsessed! 


I brought my friend Jenie along with me, who casually made friends with an astronaut as we wandered around the event admiring all the different watch styles! 


Yummy American style food was passed around. 

Pizzas, mini burgers and hot dogs, popcorn and mac n cheese. Pretty much all my favs!


Music filled the room and cocktails were shaken one after another. 


Now for the most exciting part of the evening. Time to choose our watch! 

I studied the choice of faces, and instantly had my eye on the gold face. I figured I wear gold more than I do silver, so it would go with the majority of my outfits. 

The black face was pretty tempting too though. 


Now for the strap. Leather or fabric? Tan or black? Or a pop of colour?

I am the worst at decisions, but eventually decided on the orange leather. I have always loved the mix of orange and gold together, and it also adds a pop of colour that is always needed in my monochrome outfits! 

Jen also picked the gold face but with the pink, navy and rose gold fabric strap. Very edgy, which completely mimics Jen's style. 


Head over to my Instagram to see my customised watch! I am so in love. 

With our new watches proudly wrapped around our wrists, we grabbed another cocktail just in time for the band to start, and spent the next couple of hours dancing away to the music. 


As the event drew to a close, Jen and I said our goodbyes, grabbed our goodie bags and headed outside. 

The pool looked beautiful lit up in the night sky, and some brave people were taking a tip despite the chilly weather!  


One of the many things I love about my friend Jen, is that no matter where we are in London, she will always know a good restaurant nearby that serves seriously good food. 

Jen led me around the corner towards the Ace Hotel, one of her favourite haunts. Right next door, through a florist, is a restaurant called Hoi Polloi. 

Thankfully they were able to seat us straight away. 


We sipped cosmopolitan cocktails with a twist as we studied the newspaper menus. Everything looked so delicious but I knew straight away what I wanted. The cheeseburger!

After sampling the American canapés at the event, a big juicy cheeseburger was exactly what I was craving, and Jen was thinking the exact same! 


Wanna know how you can tell how good it tasted? Because it was gone before I even had a chance to take a photo. Oops, sorry! Blame the hunger. 

It was cooked beautifully pink (how I believe all burgers should be!), packed full and oozing with melted cheese. Served beside a big pot of dripping chips. 

I will definitely be returning to Hoi Polloi this Summer to try out more dishes on their menu!


Thank you Timex for hosting such a fabulous event, and for our equally fabulous watches. 

Check out part of the new Weekender Fairfield collection on their website here. And I've also found one of my favourites, the gold face with tan strap, available on ASOS here

I can't wait to buy more straps start mixing and matching!
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