What's in my work bag?!

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I've lost count of the amount of times I've been asked "what the hell do you carry in your bag?!" 

I love big, oversized bags. The bigger the better! I'd rather carry around my entire life in it than have to prioritise and worry about whether it will all fit. Plus, the bigger the bag, the smaller you look, right? I can't remember where I read that one! 

With that being said, I decided to film a video to show exactly what I keep inside my bag for a regular day at work. Staying organised is key, as you never know where the day will take you. In order to always be prepared, each evening I organise my bag depending on what I have planned the following day, with some essentials thrown in too "just incase"!

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Taking Fringing to the Office

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70's boho-chic is one of the hottest trends for Spring/Summer 2015. In fact, 70's boho is the it trend for 2015. This makes me tres happy, and I could have screamed with excitement when suede, boho embroidery, flared trousers and tassels dominated the catwalks back in September. 

If there's one item you need in order to get ahead of the trend and rock this look, it's a fringed bag! 

Who says fringing is just for festivals? You don't have to be a Coachella regular to pull off this look. Pick one up and incorporate it into your personal style! I like to pair my beauty above (from Atterley Road) with cigarette trousers, a silk blouse and long gilet for a stylish office look. 

I've rounded up 9 of my favourite fringed bags that will see you into the Spring in style...



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Weekly Workwear Picks

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This week's workwear picks represent my working wardrobe perfectly! If an item comes in several colours, I will always choose black, no matter how much it already dominates my wardrobe! I cannot get enough of monochrome at the moment, which is why this week, I decided to pick out the black and white items I'm obsessed with at the moment. 

My tip for dressing up an all-black outfit is to accessorise with a statement necklace or scarf, and I always find I can never go wrong with some dark cobalt blue heels (not worn over tights).

I hope you all have a fabulous week! Stay focused and extra sparkly x

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What would you do if you wasn't afraid?

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I read an interview in a magazine a few years ago featuring a creative director of a top fashion house. The woman in question came across strong minded and confident, and when asked how she deals with multiple responsibilities and tough situations, her answer was "I regularly ask myself 'what would I do if I wasn't afraid?'" She went on to say that asking herself this question eliminated the initial fear and made her realise that it's nobody but herself holding her back.

This has stuck with me ever since, and if I'm ever feeling anxious about a situation or a decision I need to make, I take a moment to remind myself that fear is simply an obstacle standing in the way of progress. The best way to conquer it is not to sit around and think about it, but to go out there and get busy. 

So, next time you feel fear forcing you to back down or say no, ask yourself this, what would you do if you wasn't afraid?


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My 9-5 foundations

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The main thing I look for in a foundation is the ability to make my skin look just as flawless in the evening as it did when I first applied it at 7 in the morning. 

This is quite a big task for a foundation, especially when I'm facing multiple different environments in one day including harsh winds and a heated office. 

I've battled with finding the perfect foundation for a very long time. I suffer from extremely dry skin which is a nightmare for me in the winter. On the other hand, I also tend to get an oily T-zone after a couple of hours, so as you can imagine, I've had great difficulty finding a foundation to suit.

Last Summer, I finally found my dream foundation when YSL released Fusion Ink. It glides onto my skin like silk without sticking to any dry areas like many have in the past, and it lasts all day! Before I discovered Fusion Ink, I would have to touch up with powder to combat the shine every couple of hours which would leave my face looking caked in make up by the end of the day - not a good look!! But now, I don't feel the need to touch up at all, and not having to worry about shine makes such a difference on a busy day! It was advertised as being able to last up to 24 hours, and although I can't say I've worn it for 24 hours, for me it lasts from 7am until the end of the day, which in my eyes is possibly the greatest achievement in the world!

The second favourite and only other foundation I currently trust to stay put all day is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. Like the fusion ink, it glides on my skin and doesn't show up any dry areas. I rarely feel the need to touch up with powder, maybe once in the afternoon but that's it. By the end of the day, my make up still looks smooth and in place. Win!

I feel I must mention a few products that contribute to the flawless, stay put look I have during the day:
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow - I feel the "glow" section of this palette sets my make up beautifully.
Beauty Blender - I use this setting sponge to dab my foundation and concealer into place. It sets foundation perfectly and I don't know how I ever lived without it!!!

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#ARWOMAN Interview

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I blogged about Atterley Road's #ARWOMAN campaign a couple of weeks ago, because it's something I feel passionate about and fully support. For those of you who are thinking #AR-WHAT?, the #ARWOMAN campaign was created by the fashion retailer Atterley Road to get women openly empowering one another and to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women. 


I wanted to keep you updated, and share with you an interview that Atterley Road conducted with Tasha Back. Tasha is a cinematographer who has made a name for herself in a very male dominated industry. It's extremely inspiring to see how Tasha worked her way up from the bottom, to make it as a Director in an industry where only 3% of cinematographers are women. Reading the interview, her determination and her passion shines through.

You can read the interview by clicking here. Let me know what you think!

If you want to get involved with the campaign, simply upload a photo onto Instagram of the woman who inspires you the most, with the hashtag #ARWOMAN, and help spread the word! 
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Weekly Workwear Picks

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This is a new series of posts I'm introducing to my blog. Each week, I'm going to scour the internet in search of my favourite workwear pieces. From high street to designer, there will be a mix to suit any budget. 

My weekly workwear picks will be up every Monday at 9am. 

This week, I've chosen my 6 favourites that will look fabulous in anyone's working wardrobe. How adorable are those flats?!

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Office to Cocktails

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When buying work clothes, one of the questions I ask myself is "can I incorporate this into an evening outfit too?" 

This isn't the most important factor of buying work wear, but if I can get two outfits out of one item then in my eyes, I'm winning! My job is very social, and I'm regularly rushing out to an event or for drinks as soon as I've finished work, so the transition needs to be quick and effortless.

I've discovered two items this week that I can wear during the day for work, and with a couple of adjustments can be dressed up for the evening too, so I wanted to share them with you. 

Both items are from the Millie Mackintosh collection. I was very kindly asked to pick a couple of items from her collection, and straight away I fell in love with two pieces that I immediately saw myself wearing both in and out of work. The first is a gorgeous wool-blended skirt with a cute fluted hem at the bottom, which I have teamed with tights and a long sleeved silk blouse for the day, and quickly swapped the blouse and ditched the tights for the evening. 

The second is a long tailored waistcoat with gorgeous embellishment on the collar, making it perfect for an evening look over an LBD and thrown over trousers or a skirt during the day. 

View the entire Millie Mackintosh range by visiting her website here

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Rodial Skincare

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My skin has never been happier. Not only do I finally have a proper skincare routine that I perform every morning and evening, I have introduced some additional products from Rodial that have firmly made their way into my bathroom cabinet and my skin has not stopped thanking me since!

I received the following items from Rodial, and over the last couple of weeks I have used them regularly in order to be able to give a good, honest review. The deadly honest truth is, my skin has never been clearer and more healthy looking. 

1. Super-Food Cleanser 
Every evening after taking my make up off, I apply this to my face and massage into my skin before washing off with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water (a cloth is also included in the box, handy!). I love using a muslin cloth to wipe away cleanser because I feel I can reach more places that sometimes simply splashing water misses. It can also act as an exfoliator too. It contains a powerful combination of Rose Hip Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Rose Wax and Cocoa butter that work together to leave skin feeling extra nourished and hydrated. What I love about this product is that it can be doubled up as a mask, and I use it for this purpose every few days and my skin is left feeling moisturised and clean. The tub is huge too, so it's going to last me a good few months which I am very happy about!



2. Super Acids X-Treme Hangover  Mask
I obviously waited until I was in the right state of mind to use this product. An extremely hungover state of mind that is! After a night out last Friday, I awoke on Saturday and as well as a slight headache, my skin was feeling dehydrated, dry and tight. Typical hangover symptoms! I reached for this hangover mask and slathered it all over my face and left it on for about 15 minutes before washing off with warm water. My skin was instantly refreshed, and practically glowing! I followed the mask with the Super Food day cream. 

3. Super-Food Day Cream
This day cream has not left my side since I received it! As you're aware by now, (I go on about it enough!) I have dry skin at the best of times, but in the Winter I really do struggle with it. I have tried pretty much all the creams on the market, except for this one! It has truly rescued my skin this winter! It contains a super-food complex of Rose Hip Oil (I actually occasionally use this on it's own), Goji Berry, Wheat Germ Oil and Pomegrate Extract. No wonder my skin is left feeling soft, smooth and glowing. It also reduces redness, which I noticed immediately along with the fact that also doesn't make my skin look shiny. At the weekend in fact, after cleansing and moisturising my face, I felt confident enough to run to the shops without applying any make up!

4. Dragon's Blood Eye Masks 
This was the product I was most intrigued about! Rightly so too, it's not often you see a beauty product called Dragon's Blood! These eye pads are a god send after a late night resulting in puffy, tired eyes (never a good look!). The dragon's blood extract gets to work hydrating the eye area and repairing skin cells. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to instantly plump the skin, and Arnica extract to reduce the look of under eye puffness and dark circles. Hallelujah!



The Rodial range was born in 1999 by Maria Hatzistefanis. Her desire was to create a range that offered natural alternatives to injectables & plastic surgery procedures. The products within the Rodial range include both scientific, specialist ingredients together with natural based ingredients to create the ultimate in skincare. 

You can browse the full range on their website here, and you can also find them on twitter here
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New Year, New Work Wardrobe

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A lot of new year resolutions evolve around work. Perhaps you want a fresh start in a new job or you simply want to work towards a certain goal. The best place to start is with a new work wardrobe to accomplish these resolutions whilst looking both professional and stylish!

Even if resolutions aren't necessarily your thing, it's always nice to update your wardrobe now and again and throw away the pieces that you've worn to death, replacing them with new items to see you through the year. 

I am a firm believer that looking the part at work encourages confidence and in turn will help you to start the year off positively.

I tend to always use January as the month to completely organise my work wardrobe, not only because it's totally cliché to get organised after Christmas, but because I can pick up the majority of new items in the January sales! 

I've put together my favourite pieces to help you revamp your wardrobe and kick start the new year in style!


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