An Ode to Chunky Black Boots

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There are many key moments in my life when a pair of chunky black boots have been my footwear of choice. They’ve seen me through more birthdays than I care to count, graduating high school, taking my first steps inside University (and, a few years later, taking my last steps inside University), nights of endless dancing, concerts, and a funeral. And yes, I’m aware that suddenly sounded like a film title (don’t worry, Hugh Grant won’t be making a sudden appearance).

So, I guess what I’m saying is, we go back a long way, black boots and I. They feel familiar and seem to go with virtually everything I own (not an easy task considering my wardrobe choices!).

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I love how a pair of boots can instantly transform a floral dress and make you feel like a badass – like the kind of princess that rescues herself. And with the right pair of rolled up jeans and a sweater, you’ve got yourself an easy-breezy Sunday ensemble.

Last month, I was invited by the team at Next to visit their uber-glam Shoe Lounge and discover their new season collection to see if I could find my perfect shoes. While I enjoyed discovering their bright sneakers and colour pop pointed flats, these black chunky Chelsea ankle boots immediately won me over.

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With thick soles and androgynous brogue detailing, these boots were sure made for walking (and standing, and dancing…) and before I knew it, they were on my feet!

I think they look great with coloured tights (which is just as well, because it’s not going to be warm enough for bare legs anytime soon!), and I’m looking forward to dressing them up (and down!) even more over the coming months.

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Shoe trends come and go but, if you ask me, chunky black boots are for life! I didn’t exactly fall in love with a new style at Next but I DID rediscover my favourite style of footwear – which is just as good, wouldn’t you say?

Do you have a footwear staple that you go back to again and again? What is your top pick from the new Next collection?

Love,

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With thanks to the lovely team at Next 

Getting Road Trip Ready: Bikinis with Boohoo

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This year, I’m going on my biggest adventure yet – a road trip across America with Gary and our two best friends – and I just can’t WAIT! It’s only two months before we set off (*squeals*) and it’s definitely about time I started preparing for this heck of a holiday.

First things first! Between beaches, hotel pools and um, a hot tub in the mountains (yeah, really!), one thing is certain: I’m going to need a swimsuit! I’d just started browsing some new season swimwear when, with impeccable timing, the team at Boohoo got in touch asking me to take a look at their latest drop of bikinis and suits for an evening of spa treats with them. Who could say no to that?

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Picking out a bikini from Boohoo was easier said than done! With a ton of bright colours and playful patterns to choose from, there’s really something to suit everyone in the new collection and I was spoilt for choice. I am a huge fan of retro high-waisted bottoms, so my first choice was this adorable Ava watermelon print bikini. As much as I loved it the fun pattern (dressing like a bowl of fruit is a recurring theme in my summer wardrobe…) , the fit wasn’t quite right so I swapped it out for another high-waisted option.

As well as having ready-to-go sets, Boohoo also have a selection of mix and match swimwear – perfect if you fancy coming up with your own combinations to suit your style. I picked out their Corfu moulded triangle bikini top and the matching high-waisted briefs and got ready for a night at Village Hotel Club Glasgow with some other blogging babes!

I’d never actually visited a Village Hotel before, so the hotel geek in me was really looking forward to it! I loved the cool, contemporary decor at reception, and the spa area was very relaxing. As well as enjoying a dip in the (heated!) indoor pool, and a blether in the jacuzzi, we also spent some time in the spa lounge.

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After being treated so some tasty nibbles and drinks, the beauty therapists from the Village Spa led us through an interactive skincare workshop. After scrubbing and rubbing my face with gorgeous-smelling ESPA products, my skin was glowing and felt super hydrated. DIY facials might just become a regular thing for this gal – watch this space…

Escaping to this girly get-together for a few hours was the perfect cure for the cold weather blues! This event was part of the Boohoo ‘Treat Yourself’ Spa Tour and, if you fancy treating yourself too, here are some handy discount codes: for an exclusive 10% discount off treatments or food and drink at Village Hotels, use voucher BOOHOO10 – and for 20% off everything at Boohoo use voucher BOOHOOXVILLAGESPA20 – hooray!

With a cute and very colourful bikini to start off my suitcase, I’m starting to feel the holiday excitement! Have you started looking at any swimsuits this year? If you could dress like a piece of fruit, which would you choose?

Here’s to poolside posing and hot tub gossip sessions…

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Swimwear by Boohoo | Skincare Workshop by Village Spa | Pool by Village Gym | Food by Village Hotel

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection

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Bonjour! Last week I was transported to the glamorous bygone days of the French Riviera… and I didn’t even need my passport (or a time machine!). Instead, I headed through to Edinburgh for a very special visit to The Cambridge Satchel Company’s store at Grassmarket to get to know their new Spring line a little better.

Inspired by vintage travel postcards, pastel-hued French sunsets, and the need to carry all of your precious essentials around in style, The Cambridge Satchel Company’s dreamy new collection left me completely smitten and with major wanderlust! Ooh la la!

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I couldn’t help but snap some photos while I was visiting and chatting all things bag-shaped with the lovely team at the store – so I thought I would share a few of them today, along with some details on what you can expect from the new range.

Here are 5 very good reasons to fall in love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection…

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New colours: taking their cue from traditional villas, the sea and chic vintage French fashion, the colour palette for Spring includes brand new hues in Terracotta (my favourite from the collection, almost verging on peach and gorgeously girly), French grey (a soft, blue-grey that will go with EVERYTHING!), Clay (an off-white that has the power to smarten up even the most distressed denim) and Amber (warm, rich and will only look cooler as it gets worn).

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Floating along on clouds: ahh, the cloud bags! My absolute favourites from the collection (and pretty much my favourite design that The Cambridge Satchel Company have ever released). These adorable, scalloped-edged satchels are included in the new colours and are the perfect size for a day of sightseeing.

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New textures: as well as four new shades, the Spring bags also come in some brand new materials. From soft grain to luxurious Saffiano leather, the structured design that the brand is known for is given some extra je nais se quoi thanks to these additional touches of texture.

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Poppy’s back… and she’s had a makeover: The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Poppy bags are a design loved by many (Lady Gaga often rocks the dusky rose colourway!) thanks to striking the perfect balance between pretty and practical. The retro push-lock closure and doctor’s bag style make this bag seem as though it’s leapt from an episode of Mad Men. So, Poppy is back for Spring because she really didn’t want to miss out on a trip to the Riviera; in new colours and Saffiano leather options.

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This time it’s personal: actually, that’s not strictly true – personalisation at The Cambridge Satchel Company is not a new concept as the brand have been offering this service for a long time. However, there are some new monogram colours and symbols to choose from to help make your new season bag your very own! I love watching the process and I decided to adorn my terracotta backpack with silver initials (mine, of course!) to match the hardware. I just can’t wait to take it on my next adventure…

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The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Edinburgh store is filled with beautiful bags and is a must visit on your next day in Edinburgh. Let me know if you pop in – and which bag(s) you’ve fallen in love with!

Here’s to travelling in style…

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With thanks to The Cambridge Satchel Company