I rarely touch on topics beyond my safe four on here (safe being fashion and poor posing, food, travel and beauty- with music occasionally thrown in too)- but lately it's becoming harder and harder to resist penning something together despite there seemingly not being a platform that always feels 'adequate' for this kind of thing. But it is. The question 'is there a place on this for here' feels slightly ridiculous; of course there is. Hey! You can like shoes, face masks and still take an interest in world events (which probably sounds a big 'Legally Blonde' right about now, but you catch my drift).

Once upon a time people relied on the next day newspapers to see world news- but now things are rapidly more fast paced. I seem to be able to see stories before they've fully developed sitting in the bath, when rumours are rife, 0.08 second videos that conclude the current situation and naturally RT's are fuelled with panic. It's scary. It really is. It feels bigger than me, bigger than all of us- and knowing what to do, how to behave and how to trigger change seems nigh on impossible. It's overwhelming looking at a Twitter timeline to endless posts about the tragedies occurring in the world (not as overwhelming as the people suffering them, naturally)- and knowing how to help, and even pondering what to say feels so trivial in the great scheme of things- because let's face it, a lot of the time, there are bigger fish to fry than how to spend your 140 characters.

And that's just it- you can't comment on everything, and really- I'm starting to realise that that is fine. I spend a lot of time offline discussing things with friends and family, and just because someone hasn't used a hashtag online doesn't mean it's not concerning them. I spent nearly an hour an dinner last week talking about some of the huge things going on across the pond (which I know doesn't make me ~Miss World~ but hear me out), which as you can probably observe, isn't a frequented Twitter topic of mine- but like everything on the internet, it's never a full picture. You can't feel guilt for not covering every world event and you can't feel shamed for covering too many. So what if you suddenly 'sound like a political expert'- you're acknowledging and taking an interest and that's more than enough. When a recent global situation arose I'd tweeted minutes before exclaiming 'LOVE ACTUALLY IS ON TV'- which, y'know, in hindsight isn't quite as important- but kept it on my feed as I'm sure those little silly Twitter sparks and brain farts are worth it- we all need a little light in difficult times (*quote probably taken from Pinterest*).

So what am I getting at here? Honestly, I'm not sure. I needed more than 140 characters, and I wanted to say that, in short, I care. I really do. I'm not sure what we can do, but I think being kinder to one another, learning tolerance and understanding of these things, speaking up and listening to one another are little (big) steps- if people start becoming too scared to point out when something is wrong we have an issue. The world is, and can be a big scary place and if it's the little steps that add to a bigger picture then I'm willing to try.

I've also popped together a a couple of interesting pieces I've read lately, charities and various sites you can visit to help make things a little more digestible too and know how you can get involved...

Dunya talking human rights and charity work | Emma Gannon talking to June Udorie | Amnesty International | Help Refugees (which has lots of ways you can get involved, too)!


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The World and The 'Net

(Sunglasses: Wildfox, Dress: Claudie Pierlot (this one is definitely a little cheaper and has such a pretty back too), Shoes: Next (similar here), Bag: Michael Kors (similar here)

You know when you spot an item, and months later are still thinking about it? That's how I try to do most of my shopping. I wait, and wait (especially if the item is a little bit more of a costly purchase) and if I'm still as infatuated as when I first spotted it (especially with discount on top) then I know it was worth it. That's how I came across this little number- after spotting it months ago and then seeing it on sale whilst in Manchester recently, I knew it was ~meant to be~ (especially considering how much I've worn it since having it too)! Plus the lady also had me promising me it'd look great with a little white shirt underneath too... Ahem.

Anyway! These snaps were taken a little after Joe and I got back from our little break to Ibiza (can you tell by my holiday inspired outfit?)- and I finally feel like I'm back into the grove of things. It's funny how taking a few days away from work throws you off guard sometimes (especially if you try and schedule as far in advance as I do), but I feel like I'm back on top with content ideas- and of course am always thrilled to hear about what you'd like to see more/less of on here too, so please do let me know!



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Baby Blue & Bows

...introducing Scent Of A Dream...

Its' been a couple of years since I first fell head over heels for a certain Vintage Vamp make up collection (which I promise had nothing to do with the rose gold and rich maroon packaging)- and ever since I've been positively in love with Charlotte Tilbury. There aren't many brands who have such a direct and personal connection to the product, but Charlotte's passion with every element to the product, design, aesthetic and message are positively infectious- she's a force to be reckoned with, that's for sure.

So, when I heard about the launch of her debut fragrance, Scent Of A Dream- you can only imagine the excitement around it (to give you an idea; let's just say it's been the Frank Ocean album 2 beauty equivalent)- and I can safely assure you it's unlike anything else I've ever owned (I told you Charlotte something else)...



Recognising scent is directly linked to emotion and memory, Charlotte's fragrance plays on the law of attraction using a ‘floral chypre perfume harmony that Charlotte calls ‘fleurotic™ frequency’; fuelled by layers of notes (the joy, fleurotic and psychoactive notes) to create something truly special. After mixing her own secret scents for years (yup, this is how involved Charlotte is with everything)- Scent Of A Dream is the product of endless tinkering, discovery and ingredient matching- to create a scent that is layered with everything from light fruit notes, floral notes (including tuberose and jasmine) and deep sexy notes (from fire tree)- which gives the scent a grown up sexiness paired with something light and fresh too.

On top of that, it would be rude for me not to mention the stunning campaign that sits alongside this launch. Although, I can't retell the story of this scent as beautifully as I first heard it, if you watch the video (starring long term friend and collaborator Kate Moss)- you'll get a pretty accurate idea of a genuine story of one of this perfume's initial wears- which I think is pretty special indeed- I told you Charlotte was magic.



The vital stats:

Price – 30mL £49, 50mL £68, 100mL £96 - available at CharlotteTilbury.com and Charlotte Tilbury Covent Garden Beauty Boudoir


Post in collaboration with Charlotte Tilbury


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The Charlotte Tilbury Scent

(Dress: C/O Tularosa via Revolve, Shoes: Next (old but similar here & here), Bag: Michael Kors)

The one thing there was a gap in my wardrobe for this summer was the perfect little white dress. I have a sturdy pile of denim shorts, enough white slogan t shirts to sink a battleship and enough sunglasses to cater myself if I was starring in Bugs Life- but the summer dress section was a little sparse- and sometimes getting dressed in the morning needed the easy assurance of a throw on piece as well as a sugary cup of Earl Grey. But cue this Tularosa number of dreams (clearly I have a thing with stars at the moment...)


It's the kind of dress I could throw on with my favourite tired Keds, a denim jacket and a bed head lathered in dry shampoo and feel effortless- which gets a big old thumbs up in this lazy gals books. On top of that, it's printed smock style means it's the perfect day-to-night number (just add shiny shoes as above)- and you're ready for a birthday feast (let's just say I wore this for a three course meal and you'd be hard pressed to see the food baby too... A winner all round, clearly).



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Summer & Stars


(without an avocado in sight...)

I'll be straight here- I'm a sweet over savoury kind of gal in the mornings. Although I'm often tempted by a perfectly poached egg or a fancy smashing of a ripe and ready avocado, nothing quite has me at hello like the stickiness of syrupy pancakes or the crunch of a nutty granola (was that sentence Nigella enough, or)? Anyway! After playing around a little in the kitchen and finally putting to good use some of my favourite recipe books, I thought I'd share a handful of my favourite summer breakfast recipes (because you're worth it)!

Izy Hossack's 10 Minute Granola:

Izy from the beautiful blog Top with Cinnamon (who I interviewed here), is by far one of my favourite cooks, writers and foodie women. Not only has she a magical eye for flavours and sweet combinations, but all of her recipes are achievable, delicious and easy to follow. So, after a couple of unsuccessful homemade granola attempts, I discovered this bad boy from her- and although I did throw in a couple of my own additions (the charm is that many of her recipes are easily customisable)- and this was a serious 10/10.

You will need:
- 190g rolled oats
- 35g roughly chopped almonds
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
- 3 tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup
- (I also added in chopped hazelnuts and cinnamon, and know mixed seeds would be delicious too)!

1. Dry toast the oats and almonds (along with any other additions) in a frying pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes- stirring frequently to stop any burning!

2. Make a hole in the middle and add the coconut oil and honey (what I opted for)- continue to stir for a further 5 minutes until everything is well coated.

3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool- this will store for 2 weeks (and is delicious served with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit).

My French Toasted Banana Bread:

If ever there was a way of doing a 'treat' breakfast, I'm pretty sure this would be it. This fuses two of my favourite things in life (French toast and banana bread)- and served with Greek yoghurt and some syrup (I used date syrup for this which was great)- makes for a seriously indulgent (and in my mind, half healthy, lol) breakfast! I also have a traditional French toast recipe here, if you're not feeling the 'nanas!

You will need:
- Banana bread recipe here (ingredient list in description)
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp milk
- Knob of butter
- Banana/Syrup/Yoghurt to serve

1. Adding your egg into your milk mixture whisk everything until combined. Soak a slice of your banana bread into the mixture for a couple of minutes, making sure everything is well coated!

2. Pop your knob of butter into a frying pan, and heat on a medium heat until melted. Add in your slice of banana bread, and cook each side for a couple of minutes, or until golden brown- flipping half way through to do each side!

3. Once browned, serve with your choice of yoghurt, syrup, banana or even...bacon...Enjoy!


(Mason Jar from Sass and Belle)

The Good Life Berry Good Smoothie:

This is definitely the most 'healthy' of the bunch (and definitely packs in the most of your 5 a day)- and if I'm being honest, it's one of the few smoothies that I really love. The Good Life Eatery cook book packs some seriously delicious smoothie recipes, and this Berry Good one was a good place to start and one I really wanted to share- again, like Izy's this is totally customisable and you could add in protein/different berries too!

You will need:
- 50g blueberries
- 50g blackberries
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 ice cubes
- 250ml almond milk
- Sprinkling granola to serve

1. Throw all of your ingredients into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes (or until everything is combined) and serve! Sprinkle a little granola on top and enjoy- super simple!

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Three Summer Breakfast Ideas

(Sunglasses: C/O Wildfox, Jumper: Topshop, Skirt: & Other Stories, Boots: Camilla Elphick (similar here), Bag: Anya Hindmarch)

It's taken me about three months to final start mastering a way of summer dressing that in short, doesn't scare the pants off of me (a big deal, I know). I'm probably in the camp that only associates summer dressing with white dresses, cotton shirts and denim shorts- which, if your pins are as pasty as mine, can be a little intimidating. But lo and behold, the statement skirt! Something I've not worn in a particularly long time- but after spotting this insane number from & Other Stories which fulfilled all of my sixties space-age Bowie dreams, I practically ran into their Regent Street store (after missing out online)- and I can say we are truly getting along a storm.


I paired it with some simple silver accessories (to bring out the skirt accents and help with some added height) along some navy touches- and finally found something seasonal that fits in with my year-round wardrobe too- huzzah! Plus, I'm pretty sure these sunglasses will be staying perfectly put for the rest of the summer months, so you'll have to get used to a little more bug-eyed action in these parts because I am in lurrrrrve. Now to perfect my road crossing strut (trust me, after these shots were taken, I'm a green-cross-code PRO- Tufty Club I'm coming for you...)



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Seeing Stars

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