(Jacket: H&M, Top: Brandy Melville, Jeans: C/O Joe's Jeans, Shoes: ASOS, Bag: Mehry Mu)

One thing I've never been great at sartorially are embracing the basics. The white t-shirts, perfect fitted jeans and key wardrobe pieces that I'm pretty sure most people have subtly swinging in their wardrobes. I have enough jeans to sink a ship and a whole cupboard dedicated to t shirts (many from my gig-going days whereby I had to always buy merchandise)- but never seem to turn to them when it comes to the days where I don't know what to wear. I'm constantly looking for the exciting, sparkly and stand-out pieces- and often leave the solid wardrobe Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson classics to one side.

But, since spending a bit of time burrowing through my wardrobe- it's the staples I've been turning to day in and day out, and the pieces I generally feel most comfortable in. Now, you probably know I'm partial to a bit of outfit/location coordination, and Patron in Kentish Town provided the perfect spot for this more Birkin inspired look (in my head at least). Pairing some velvet kick flares, a soft cotton top and this bag of total dreams I almost felt I could pass the faux-French look (just without the je ne sais quoi)...





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If you live in or around London (or hey, visit frequently)- I'm sure the collection of Grind cafes and restaurants will probably be as familiar to you as Central line tube delays and rainy city weather forecasts. Dotted across central London in locations from Covent Garden, Soho, Shoreditch and Holborn (some of my favourite locations)- it's hard to miss them, and good to know there's probably always one in close proximity in case you need a caffeine or cake fix (I highly recommend their blueberry and coconut muffin)...

Anyway- one of the latest additions to the pack comes in the royal blue and plush pink toned hues of Clerkenwell Grind (with Exmouth Market also around the corner). With each menu offering something slightly different- the feel at Clerkenwell is certainly more that of a restaurant/bar set up and is reminicesent of my favourite Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch. Although we only swung by for a hot drink to warm up, the menu looked extensive and exciting with plenty of evening options, as well as their signature breakfast dishes, including acai bowls, matcha avocado and banana bread with frozen coconut yoghurt.

With another addition to the unmistakable interior and excellent coffee club, Clerkenwell is sure to become a perfect stop off whilst in this part of town (and look out for the trademark neon sign too)!


2-4 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AA

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I first discovered the beautiful Magic Organic Apothecary whilst snooping in the bathroom of my friend Charlotte. With a ladder shelf filled with ornate bottles, sparkly Catbird candles and jars brimming with goodies it was the illustrated cardboard, coloured glass and pipettes of MOA that caught my attention (with me swiftly howling 'how?! Have I never discovered this before)- trust me, Miss Jacklin is on the pulse.

Having been founded in the U.K and all products produced in England, it was no longer than the train journey home before I started sweeping products into my online basket and placing a next day order in. With my order consisting of their iconic Green Balm, Facial Oil and Green Bath Potion, I was excited to introduce some new wonder products in to my routine, and thought I'd pop together a post of first impressions for anyone that may be interested.



Fortifying Green Bath Potion:
This was the product that I'd heard people wax lyrical about. Peppered with fennel and oozing a heady peppermint herbal scent- this is the perfect remedy for achy joints, a tired head or even a lurking winters cold, and let me tell you- there's nothing more calming than popping a couple of capfuls of this into a hot bath. As well as being de-stressing, it leaves you feeling completely soft and calm- which for a power duo of essential oils ain't bad for a quick soak.

The Green Balm:
Now, this gal is all for a multi purpose balm. Give me something for my lips, dry, red skin and even a quick cleanse and I'm yours- and this balm does it all. Although I've primarily used it as a bedside quick lip fix, I know it'll come in hugely handy for any red-nosed colds i'm struck down with, nursing itchy skin and even bites come the summer- as well as being the perfect first cleanse travel companion.



Aphrodite Facial Oil:
Although this isn't something I've used much since purchasing, the times I have used it I've loved it. I'm yet to properly introduce it into my routine (when you got a good thing going and all that...), but I did notice it being a quick drying, non-irritating oil which goes beautifully under moisturiser- and I'm excited to properly give it a whirl.

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(Jumper: Mother of Pearl, Jeans: ASOS, Boots: Stradivarius, Bag: Strathberry)

I'll be totally honest- I'm not normally one for London Fashion Week. With two days before the big weekend, I've found myself reflecting back to my first ever LFW (five years ago !!!) and thinking about giving this one a shot once again. Being one to very much sit on the sidelines during these busy weeks, it's been interesting seeing how my opinion has changed over the last 5 years- from the excited buzz of the unexpected- to almost feeling slightly overwhelmed about knowing my place in such a bustling industry over five days.

Anyway- this year I'm giving it a go. I'm taking a spin on tailoring a select few things that I like to think are very specific to my blog, the brands I love (and ~align~ with) and hopefully doing something a little different. I know people don't come here to see glossy catwalk shots or reviews of upcoming collections- but I do think it's important to shine a light on some of my favourite elements and exciting talents- with Mother of Pearl being one of them.

Having seen the gorgeous show last year, I fell in love with Amy Powney's eye for fusing sportswear pieces with a feminine edge (we're talking racing stripes with ruffles), a playful eye for print and careful fabric and design- which for me, is what fashion week is all about. The new, the classic and the beautifully exciting discoveries. So here's to this season (or giving it a go anyway)...



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It's been a really long time since I posted a recipe over here, and if I'm being honest- I don't really have any excuses as to why. Perhaps it's because when I bake, it's normally a weekend ritual- one not to be disturbed by the need to set things up and shoot afterwards, or the need to sit down and plan an original recipe from scratch. But- saying that, a couple of weekend ago I gave this Ben's Cookies inspired recipe from Marmalade and Me a go (so sadly can't take any recipe credit here), and couldn't not share it here- plus, it's Valentine's Day- and what says 'I love you' better than gooey cookies? Not a lot...

You will need:
- 200g self raising flour
- 200g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 170g unsalted butter cut into chunks
- 200g dark brown soft sugar
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg & 1 egg yolk
- 100g milk chocolate (I love Dairy Milk)


1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and lightly grease and line two large baking trays.

2. Weigh out your two types of flour into your mixing bowl and add in your pinch of salt.

3. Place your butter in a microwavable bowl and melt and leave to cool.

4. Measure your dark brown, caster sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and combine thoroughly with the butter mixture.

5. Break the eggs into a cup, and once the butter mixture is completely cool combine the two together.



6. Combine the butter and flour mixtures and stir well until everything has combined.

7. You should be able to get about 12 cookies from this mix, so break the dough into palm sized balls and press in your cubes of chocolate (I normally do about 2/3 per cookie)- before flattening slightly and laying out onto your tray.

8. Bake for about 10 minutes in the oven (you still want them to be slightly soft) before leaving to cool and tucking in!

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