Thursday, 19 November 2015

The 'it' bag

I've always been a lover of staple pieces. There is something incredibly satisfying with throwing an outfit together and knowing that it all ties in together with that one piece that makes the outfit.

That for me will always be the bag.

I'm a lover of shoes, I'm a lover of a decent pair of sunglasses, but a bag is a timeless piece that will always be needed within an outfit. I have been missing having a clutch to throw into my collection of 'staple' pieces, and this YSL beauty has taken the top spot.


The black and gold detailing is one of my favourites, as gold is probably my favourite coloured hardware, and the black is just the colour that goes with everything. I was considering going for the red, but I knew that the black would get so much more use than a bright red clutch.

Clutches for me have always been one of those items that are more for 'going out with', whether it be a girls night out, or a date night to a resturant, but I'm incredibly excited to try and style this little beauty with more of my casual outfits. Far too many times have i been subject to the 'big bag syndrome'.. where girls (including myself!) choose a bag so big that it fits more than enough items in, so is then filled up with useless items.

Farfetch have an unbelievable amount of amazing bags online that I couldn't really decide quickly which would be the one for me. My top 5 of the YSL bags are below, and I think it's safe to say that their huge range online definitely made the task difficult!


Not with this bag! Perfect for carrying the staples around, this gorgeous bag will house just my phone, wallet and maybe a cheeky red lipstick or two!

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

'Anything but Grey or black' A/W Wishlist ft Farfetch.

Autumn and winter is painted as one of Britains most loved seasons. Many countries around the world with warmer climates crave that we get to experience every season each year, including the winter chill, which brings not only an occasional (but well loved) snowy Christmas but also fashions most loved trend: Layers.
Every year that the season rolls around I am met with a muted palette. Black and grey is not so easy to wear during the warmer summer and spring months, so it makes sense that as soon as the leaves start to fall, so do the colours from our clothes. Not for me.. not this season!

Kenzo 'Tiger' Watch / Emilio Pucci Hat / Proenza Schouler 'Ps1' Satchel / Mykita 'Bowery' Sunglasses / Saint Laurent 'Wyatt' Chelsea Boot / MSGM Coat

I’ve curated some of my favourite pieces from Farfetch to get my colour inspiration pumped this season with particular nods from my favourites.. Burgundy, Brown and Camel.
Burgundy is usually a trend I emulate every season, however something new I am yet to try out is leopard print, and these bad boy Chelsea boots literally make my mouth water. The kenzo gold watch is one of the essential pieces I feel every girl needs in their wardrobe, not only because gold is a staple for the season (warmer colours over muted colours like silver!) but because it fits perfectly with the theme (animal print shoes.. animal watch.. you catch my drift)
I’m a sucker for a fedora in any season, but it’s way way way more acceptable in the colder months due to it actually being well.. cold. This Emilio Pucci hat is a perfect ‘staple’ piece for the season, and if the burgundy doesn’t really do it for you in terms of headwear, there are so many different colours of fedoras on Farfetch that you really are quite spoilt for choice.

Do you guys have the same ‘anti-grey-and-black’ feeling that I have or are you pro muted palettes?
Let me know and which piece is your favourite from my moodboard?

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Shop Spotlight : Levi's ​Lot 700 Series #ad

This months shop spotlight is focusing on the new Levi's Lot 700 Series, which has recently been launched and I am lucky enough to have had a little sneak on what they have to offer!

A classic brand that started in 1897, Levi's has always been my go to brand. Whether its the shoot last year I shot for the revel collection to the classic cut off shorts that I wear religiously in summer, I am always excited when Levi's launches anything.

The new Lot 700 jeans are based on the concept of of 'firsts'. During my travels I have had all kinds of firsts. From my first time travelling to one of the furthest places in the world [New Zealand], to doing a skydive for the first time.. the ideas that a perfect pair of jeans can mirror that feeling of firsts that everyone gets. Levis have challenged 4 different female muscisians by doing a 'first' of a lifetime trip : something I am doing right now!

They are currently running a competition where one Levi's customer will win their own trip of a lifetime to San Francisco! All you need to do to enter is take a picture of yourself in a pair of the Lot 700 series doing something for the first time, tagging @Levis_UK and with the hashtag #LadiesInLevis

Entry Dates: 16th September 2015 – 31st October 2015

You can check out the T&C's and more information here!

Also have a little look at the video which shows more of what the new collection is all about and let me know which style is your favourite!!

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Top things to do in New Zealand ft Topdeck! - Skydive, Bungee, Kayaking, Zorbing & White Water Rafting.

A few weeks ago, I set off on a journey with Topdeck to explore New Zealand for 17 days on their kiwi experience. For the longest time I wanted to explore that part of the world, I mean, it's the furthest place you can go to from England!

I was lucky enough to get to do some awesome things, in particular, I got to do my first ever bungee jump and sky dive! I had so many people asking which companies I went with and what my experiences were like, so I decided to do a quick little post explaining the two awesome things, and if you should or shouldn't go for it!

Should I Sky Dive/Bungee Jump in New Zealand or Australia?

Bungee Jumping:
It's pretty much down to everyones own preference, and if you are like me and are travelling to both of those countries, you have an option of so so many different places. The most popular and well known places to do a bungee jump I would say are the ones in Queenstown, or the Nevis. I'm not 100% sure of the options in Australia but I know that the Bungee was all started commercially in New Zealand and is probably the most well known place of the most incredible views and safety.. so for me I had to do it in NZ! Topdeck provide so many different excursions and activities that you can do on top of the trip itself, so we had a few different options. I decided to do my bungee jump in Queenstown and I absolutely loved it!


Skydiving in Australia that most people will know of is at a place called Mission Beach. I decided to pick New Zealand as for me, I wanted something that wasn't a beach view. I also wanted to really get my adventure and outdoor activity stuff done in New Zealand, so for me it was always going to be done here. I originally wanted to get it done in Queenstown, however due to the weather (I was there in winter!) it was cancelled twice. Little lovely known fact about New Zealand.. the weather is the second most unpredictable weather location in the world. Yeah, so pack a jumper and umbrella in your bag no matter what! I chose to do mine in Nelson in the end and the view was absolutely spectacular. It was a pretty quiet day when we did it and we had a quick 20-30 minute window of good weather so I ended up jumping out on my own! Usually theres a few of you packed into a plane, but it was just me, my skydive buddy and a camera woman. It was literally the best thing I have ever done in my life, and I absolutely recommend paying the extra bit of money for the video and photos, I constantly show other travellers them all the time and it's something I can have forever!


White water Rafting in Rotorua.
Whilst on the Topdeck trip, you really do make an awesome group of friends and we all decided we wanted to go white water rafting. Roturua white water rafting has the highest waterfall you can go down commercially in the whole of NZ and as there was a group of us we thought 'hey, why not!?'
I'm not a massive fan of water, it was really really cold and to be honest, we capsized. The guy told me about 1 in every 50 groups will capsize and that you know.. it's not all that common. We had awesome luck cause thats exactly what we did! It was pretty scary and a massive shock, but it wasn't dangerous or anything. The photos we got were absolutely hilarious and if you guys drop by Rotorua, a definite to do with a bunch of mates is this - we had an awesome time!


Zorbing or Ozo-ing in Rotorua.
Zorb and ozo are two different things from what I have gathered. Many people will have heard of zorbing as being placed in those big plastic balls and running around or being pushed down a hill. Ozo is something a little different, and for me, 100000x better. Myself and my really good friend on the trip Kerry decided on a pretty dreadful and dreary rainy day, to pop ourselves in a massive ball full of warm water together and be pushed down a zig zag track. I'm not kidding when I say this was the funniest thing in the whole entire world and my go pro footage is nothing but silence from me because I was laughing so hard I couldn't even breathe.


Kayaking in bay of islands.
One of the cheapest and coolest activities we did on the trip was hire kayaks on go around the bay of islands. It was really really cheap, and we headed out to explore as the guy who rented them to us told us that there were Orcas swimming fairly close in. It was such a wonderful experience to see these animals so close up and a memory I will cherish forever. Kayaking is one of my favourite things to do whilst away and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand is really an awesome destination to do it in!


All of the activities and excursions I chose were through Topdeck except for the kayaking. They simply send around a sheet on your bus where you pop your name down saying the price and which activity you do and they book it all for you! I really really LOVED this aspect ofTopdeckopdeck as it took the trouble out of trying to do it all yourself and they always pick the best and most legit companies to go through as well!

Would you guys ever doing any of these activities and if you have, where did you do them? I'd LOVE to hear you stories!!

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

What to pack for backpacking - Electricals.. Camera, Laptop & Accessories

Having a lot of electronics whilst backpacking is an absolute nightmare. More often than not, most people will definitely tell you to bring as little as possible, and unless its an iphone or maybe even a cheapo tablet, electronics are not worth bringing. I teamed up with Topdeck on my amazing trip to New Zealand, and part of what they wanted me to fill you guys in on was what to bring.. and this part is the electrical stuff! Topdeck had so many crazy activities I took part in such as bungee jumping, skydiving, zorbing and white water rafting so for me, capturing it and uploading it was a pretty vital part of travelling!

The Bag: F stop, the perfect bag for holding camera kit!

For myself, being able to capture my trip was not only necessary for work and content purposes, but I really really wanted to be able to have some beautiful shots that I could look at and really really remember just how beautiful it was. I haven't got a super hefty kit with me, I think my whole smaller bag is around 7kg including the laptop, however on top of having a 12kg backpack on my back.. it is a pretty big ask for me to carry both.. but I definitely think it is worth it!

Here is the lowdown on what I have with me..

The Compact Camera / The Perfect Vlogging Companion

Canon g7x

This is hands down the best compact camera I have ever used! This camera is what a lot of the youtubers use for their blogging nowadays and I can see why, it's incredible video quality is awesome. But the actual camera quality ia actually surprisingly amazing and all my friends IU've made on the trip have commented just how shocked they are that a small camera like this can produce such beautiful images.

Flip out camera screen, perfect for selfies with friends, perfect for vlogging! / Unbelivable picture quality / So many different settings, Aperture, F stop, Exposure.. you name it! Can all be done on this nifty little bit of kit

It's slightly bulkier than a standard compact / It's not crazy cheap, so you'll be wary about dropping it etc, not always great when travelling, sometimes it's easier to have a camera you don't mind dropping!

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The Perfect Accessory

Joby Gorilla Pod

This is a wonderful little accesory which is not only compact to fit into any kind of bag or pocket, but I've used it countless times. Perfect for long exposures where your camera needs to be at an angle and incredibly still, or even just taking a group picture with your friends! I used it to stick into thesand a few times too.. it's just a great thing to have and it's incredibly affordable!


THE Camera for those 'unreal' shots

Fujifilm XE-2
Lenses / Fuji 35mm 1.4 , Samyang Fisheye 2.8

One of my photographer friends bought this nifty little thing and I had no idea at just how powerful such a small camera can have, to the point I think I'm actually going to get rid of my SLR canon in favour of this beauty. The quality is astounding! It's not the smallest thing in the world but my goodness, it's worth lugging around the extra weight!

Pros: Takes amazing pictures and is much cheaper than an SLR / Will attract less attention whilst travelling as it doesn't look expensive and isn't a canon or nikon / The lenses are also compact and the whole kit fits really well into my little backpacking set up

Cons: It's still a pretty expensive camera to take with you whilst backpacking, especially if you end up in hostels without lockers! / It isnt really really light, by bag always is pretty heavy when I take my full kit and because it's expensive you get wary of taking it places such as the beach, a boat etc


The one everyone has


I decided to get a go pro for the pure reason that I knew I would be doing stuff that really would need a go pro. Such as Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Bungee Jumping.. things that go pro's are the only camera that will really be able to capture the moment! I have a few accessories with my such as a head strap, chest strap and hand strap.. just incase! I got the hero 3 as there was a really good deal on ebay but I'm no expert as to the differences between them all, have a little look at what you want from your go pro and go from there!

Pros: Underwater camera and video / Can attach on different mounts for different shots - perfect for adventure activities / the most compact thing ever / Actually great quality and the fisheye gets so so much in!

Cons: Expensive and small = easy to lose, easy to have it be stolen! / Kind of annoying to charge constantly along with my million other electronics! / Only worth getting if you really want to use features like underwater features, otherwise just use a normal camera


The one thats pretty much unncessary

Polaroid Mini 8

A polaroid is pretty much one of those things you can go without wilst backpacking, but I really REALLY wanted to have polaroids to stick on my wall. It's not too crazy to shove into my bag but it's yeah.. annoying. Maybe buy one of these instead!


The one you NEED if you have an iphone
.. seriously.

izzi iphone 5 case
4 in 1 lenses.. 2 x Telephoto lense / Macro lense / Fish eye lense / Wide Angle Lense

Theres so much I need to say about how amazing this case is and every single person who looks at my phone and I explain what it does literally thinks it's the best thing that ever happened. Perfect for traveling, especially if you prefer just to snap away on your iphone! The quality is amazing and the fish eye is literaly what I use every single time for getting the best little iphone snaps whilst on my travels!


The CHEAP laptop


This is my old laptop that I bought off ebay for about £200 last year whilst travelling. Iknew I wanted a light camera and something that I wouldn't mind if it broke whilst I'm away. This is it. A cheapo little laptop that is really annoying as I now have a macbook and windows is just annoying and it's not as light as I would like it to be. But it doesn't the job and if it did break at least I wouldn't be aying goodbye to £1,000!


The internet companion

Three Mobile Dongle

Three do this wonderful thing called 'Home Abroad' where you can use your phone, like internet, calls text, just like you are england for free in lots of different countries. The best thing I ever did was switch to three, and as my mobile internet has been working in NZ and Aus, so has this little dongle! Perfect for blogging on the go, it works amazingly by connecting to the internet just like my phone does and it is around £10 a month? Perfect for blogger travellers! I would also recommend getting an actual 3 mobile phone contract, which does the exact same thing. The amount of people who were shoc ked that I was able to use my phone like I was at home in AUS and NZ is crazy - so many people don't actually know the perks of switching to three and it's also available in loads of popular locations like France & Spain!

Do you guys have any other electronic bits that you think are vital to backpacking?!

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