UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | VILLA LENA

The second (and final) stop of the week was the wonderfully unique Villa Lena. An incredible place that has well and truly left its mark on me, I can’t wait to go back with whoever’s willing to come along. Whether you’re a group of friends, with family, or a couple looking for a chilled time in Tuscany – Villa Lena has you coveredThe longer I spent there, the more I realised how therapeutic being in the rural countryside really is. It’s safe to say that I was very sad to leave, but I’ve definitely left with a new enthusiasm for the simple life… 

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN | BORGO PIGNANO

I was lucky enough to spend all of last week in Tuscany, some much needed catch up time with my mum, and a chance to tick another Italian destination off my bucket list. I got to partner with I-escape, which for transparency, means that we received a discount for both of the amazing hotels that we stayed at. It’s definitely the best perk of the job, I love travelling and meeting new people, and it’s something I want to continue doing for as long as I’m able to. Tuscany has been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years, so getting to have a last summer fling there was a dream come true…

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CASUAL NINETIES

At this time of year, I find myself reaching for those simple outfits that feel like an oversized hug. High waist denim, slouchy t-shirts, and the biggest jacket I can find to throw on top. It’s the transitional phase that still has most of us figuring out what we want our wardrobe to look like for the season ahead. So far, lots of cord, snake print, and brown tones all seem to be the theme when I glance at mine. Having shorter hair definitely makes me more adventurous with my outfits, and I’m finding that I have way more fun playing with different shapes and colours…

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OUT OF SORTS

Anyone else find themselves starting to feel a bit strange around this time of year? I always forget just how much the change in season can affect me physically, and just how important it is to keep on top of any negative feelings. For instance, the end of summer means ever decreasing daylight, less time spent outdoors, and sometimes even less socialising too. It can feel like quite a tough adjustment for the soul, and this can have a knock on affect when it comes to feeling energised and productive…

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MY RELATIONSHIP WITH OVERSIZED

I’ve gravitated towards oversized pieces for as long as I can remember. They are loose fitting, comfortable, and hey, probably fit my boyfriend too. I’ve never met an oversized shirt that I didn’t like, and there’s something very romantic about an oversized blazer thrown over a little dressIt’s that juxtaposition of looks that I refer to time and time again, and one that often creates the balance in an outfit that feels like home. Over the years, I’ve utilised oversized pieces for many different reasons – sometimes because of a favourite film character I’ve become obsessed with, and other times because of the relationship I have with my body…

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

Around this time every year I start to feel a little funny about the industry that I’ve found myself contributing to – fashion month comes around, and always seems to encourage the same feelings of inadequacy. Just a disclaimer, this won’t be one of those posts slagging of fashion week and those that choose to attend, but I thought it might be interesting to explore the way I feel, as I’m sure I won’t be alone. There’s something about fashion week that feels very elite and vacuous from the outside, but at the same time, I adore seeing glimpses of my favourite designers via the likes of Instagram stories. It’s this love/hate relationship with the fashion industry that always leaves me with the same internal conflict – why am I not making more effort to go to fashion week?…

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TWO DAYS IN ZURICH | A PHOTO DIARY

A couple of weeks ago, I got to fly to Zurich with fly Swiss – it was such an amazing couple of days, and I definitely don’t feel like I got to see enough of the city. There’s so much to explore, so a few days meant that we only just scratched the surface of what beautiful Zurich has to offer. I didn’t realise just how much there was to see in terms of art and culture. There’s so many different museums, and an array of wonderful architecture – the city really feels like it has this split personality too. We stayed in the old town which was full of quirky little stores and buzzing side streets, but beyond the old town, there was this really industrial side to the city that felt very spaced out and modern…

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A GINGHAM SUNDRESS FOR AUTUMN

September and October happen to be two of my favourite months to dress for – the weather generally starts getting a bit cooler, and it starts to become acceptable to add a cardigan to every ensemble. However, it can be quite an overwhelming time of year in terms of newness, it feels impossible to avoid the endless sea of knitwear and ankle boots when scrolling on InstagramIt can be hard to figure out what you want your staples for the season ahead to be, and when to part with your hard earned dollar…

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THE POWER OF MAKE UP

I shot these images for a recent collaboration with Rimmel London (a dream come true), and really loved how they turned out. It’s amazing how different a rusty red elevator can look once camera flash and a slick of lipstick is applied. Anyway, I couldn’t bare to see them go to waste on Instagram and get lost in the feed forever – I wanted to pop them on my blog so that I could look back and remember how they made me feel…

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DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS

Having an online presence in two thousand and eighteen carries a lot of weight on it’s digital shoulders – whatever you choose to put out into the world, the internet will always demand more of you. Creating for the internet is tough, and you can bet your bottom dollar that there are people out there just waiting for you to slip up. That tends to be the way that the world works – you can be the juiciest peach of them all, and there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches. My Twitter feed is a place that often has me dwelling over my generations digital footprint. Will we all look back and cringe at how self involved we were? Are the Kardashians to blame for all of our social media woes?

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