Mini Beauchamp travel bag by Knomo London *
Last year I made some travel resolutions, only they weren’t really resolutions. You see I’m not really into that. However I do like to set myself little goals and challenges throughout the year. Not only does it keep me motivated, but it gives me more of a purpose when I have something to work towards. In recent years, my main goal has been to travel as much as possible.
In 2016 I ticked off:
- Tokyo, Japan
- Osaka, Japan
- Kyoto, Japan
- Pembrokeshire, Wales
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Naples, Italy
- Sorrento, Italy
- Barcelona, Spain
- Paris, France
It was pretty damn awesome, and I loved every minute of it.
I’ve got the travel bag…I mean bug!
Let’s get a little practical for a minute. Travelling, especially when you only have cabin baggage, is not easy. I’ve been trying to hone my suitcase packing skills in recent years. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I don’t do too bad. Of course having a trusty travel bag that you can take on your holiday is super important too. I like backpacks because I can easily shove all of my stuff for the day inside (read: camera, snacks & phone).
However I’ve always gone towards large backpacks. These can be difficult when the airline you’re flying with only allows one cabin bag. So this year I’m swapping my big backpack, for something a bit lighter – the Mini Beauchamp by Knomo London. It has a ton of pockets, which means I can fit a whole bunch of stuff inside. It’s also small enough that no one is really going to make a fuss about you bringing it on the plane with your case. Not that I’m suggesting people ignore this rule, but a tiny backpack never did anyone any harm, right? And if you are caught out, you can always pop it inside your perfectly packed case.
2017 Travel Resolutions
So what’s in store for 2017? Well I already have plans to visit:
Phew, that’s a lot. Anyone would think I’ve got the travel bug.
Keep an eye out on my travel tag for more!
It’s the end of 2016, and I think we’ve all had pretty much enough this year. Still, some great things have come out of it too. And I prefer to look back on the good stuff, rather than the bad. So it’s time for my annual style evolution post. Or as I’m so aptly naming it – the year of living stylishly.
2016 Style Evolution
I’ve always wished for a time where I could feel stylish from day-to-day. Not for anyone else, but for myself. I love to play with fashion, and when I look good, I feel good. This year I’ve made a real effort to only purchase quality items. This means saving up for items I’ve coveted or simply found (luckily). On my recent trip to Copenhagen I bought a few staple pieces, and I’ve worn them at least once a week since I got back.
It’s safe to say, my wardrobe is now full of items I can easily turn into a smart-casual look. After all, you never know when you’re going to meet a friend for ‘a drink’ and end up at an after party with Richard Ayoade (this actually happened).
The Year of Living Stylishly
In last year’s style evolution post, I said my goal was to be happier in my style. I think I’ve done pretty well, and I really do feel it. My style has become slightly more refined – if I do say so myself. Black and stripes have been prevalent, oh and I lost my favourite Blake Ldn beanie. Obviously it’s been a year of fashion ups and downs.
To be serious for a minute though, it has actually been a tough year for me. Even so, I’m not letting it get me down. Fashion is a great escape for me, and I hope I can continue to enjoy it all the way through 2017.
Check out this year’s style posts here.
Sweater Dress: Gestuz* | Biker Jacket: Zara | Trainers: Adidas
Just like a new haircut, a new dress can make you feel like a different person. But what happens when you get both at the same time? Maybe you gain a new persona? Or for the slightly more sound of mind, a tad more confidence. Let’s be honest, it’s a little bit of both for me. A fresh haircut makes me look at my style and wardrobe in a different light. And a new dress makes me feel a little bit fancy. But sometimes even these don’t help, and I just feel like I’m in a little bit of rut. This usually happens at the beginning of a new season. Because no matter how many bloody articles on “let your style transition effortlessly from season x to x” you read, it’s just not that easy!
Minimalist Winter Style – Is Less Really More?
As Winter hits, the idea of layering item upon item becomes incredibly alluring. Getting dressed every morning becomes a game of “which item will stop me from freezing to death?” – not a lie. With this said, I don’t actually know how to layer very well. I tend to have a few key pieces that work well together, and I stick to those. But then I get lazy and I don’t do my washing, and I’m back at square one.
You know I’m all about that minimalist lifestyle, so this can be a big problem for me. So I love it when an item comes along and solves all those issues for me. This season, it’s a sweater dress that looks like a jumper, layered over a turtleneck and a pleated skirt. Cosy fabric? Check. Stylish? Check. Minimal effort? Check. (Winter makes me lazy, ok?)
Check out my previous style posts, including more minimalist winter style here.
The Fashion Addict’s Christmas Gift Guide
It’s that time of the year again when we all start worrying what we should buy our loved ones. To help things go a bit more smoothly this year, I have put together a few gift guides. Each Christmas gift guide has been carefully curated by yours truly, to showcase the perfect gift guide for a fashion addict. I’ve looked high and low, and put together some of my favourite pieces right now. Each guide has an emphasis on quality and affordability, with a unique take. So grab a coffee, relax, and let me do all the hard work for you.
Christmas Gift Guide, for the fashion addict
Well there you have it, my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide, for the fashion addict in your life. Whilst choosing the featured items, I kept several things in mind: affordability, quality, and accessibility. For me, all of these things are important. But of course we all want to get something a little bit special for our friends and family. That’s why I chose a selection of items that can be found on the high street, in department stores, and online. Fashion itself is very subjective, so it can be difficult to purchase clothing or accessories for someone else. However I’m trusting that you know your loved ones pretty well. And after all, there will always be pieces that transcend styles and trends. They’re the ones that can fit into pretty much any wardrobe. For me it’s a unique take on a sweater dress, minimalist jewellery, a quality watch to match a faux leather jacket, a make-up bag, and a handbag to throw everything into.
Keep an eye out for more Christmas Git Guides, coming soon!
Top: Mads Nørgaard | Dress: New Look* | Chelsea Boots: ASOS | Open Ring: Jessie Harris
This minimalist style thing has been going on for quite a while now, right? I’ve actually managed to stick to a style I love for a couple of years now. That’s pretty impressive for me. My wardrobe used to be a garish sight to behold: predominantly black clothing, varying styles that didn’t match, and a bunch of unloved clothes I never wore. Now you’ll find complimentary colours and curated items that each get their fair share of love. It’s beautiful. Well, in my eyes anyway. But I get a lot of people asking me how I’d class my personal style, and when I reply they’re confused by the concept of minimalist style.
What is Minimalist Style?
For me, minimalist style is unpretentious. It’s basic, but not boring. It’s modest. It says a lot, without really saying much at all.
That’s not to say I don’t appreciate styles which are any less minimalist than my own. In fact I think you can see from my personal style evolution that I love a bit of eccentricity and pattern clashing. It just so happens that I’m at a stage where my personal style fits my lifestyle goals, personal beliefs, and outlook. I don’t feel anywhere near as stressed as I used to when having to put an outfit together. Actually I barely worry now (except for maybe big events) about what people will think of my clothes. For those that have grown up – like myself – sporting various styles and shapes of clothing, you’ll understand. It’s not easy to feel stylish, casual yet smart and confident in your style. Maybe that’s why this particular “phase” of my personal style has stuck around for so long. Which is all well and good really, because it feels right.
Check out my previous style posts here.
Top: Mads Nørgaard | Trousers: New Look | Sneakers: Converse
Danish style. What does that mean to you? For me it conjures up images of tailored clothes, layers, and white sneakers. Washed down with fresh sea air and delectable pastries. All of which – you’ll be pleased to know – I managed to make the most of whilst travelling in Copenhagen last week. Pastries and gorgeous landscapes aside, I was beyond giddy to finally be in the capital of my style-inspiration. I reckon 99% of my Tumblr and Pinterest combined are made up of Danish brands (homeware & clothing). Danish style is the ultimate for me.
Doing it Danish Style
As well as being the land of clean, minimalist style, Denmark has a few other tricks up it’s sleeve. The country is jam packed full of designers you’ve probably heard of/seen, but never realised were Danish. Wood Wood, Samsøe & Samsøe, and Baum und Pferdgarten to name a few. Yep, Danish designers have a pretty strong hold on the fashion industry, and they’re not letting go anytime soon. I just knew my trip to Copenhagen was going to be heavily influenced by my love of fashion, and these brands.
The Mads Nørgaard store was always going to be on my to-do list, whilst travelling to Copenhagen. I’ve been a fan of the brand ever since I discovered it earlier this year. It’s simplistic style appealed to my minimalist palette almost straight away. The Nørgaard store in Copenhagen is also the home of Nørgaard Paa Strøget #101, the award winning rib t-shirt with long sleeves. The t-shirt – which is made in Denmark – comes in a variety of colors and most importantly, in signature stripes. So it’s no surprise that this little number I’m sporting fell into my hands and onto the register…alongside 3 others.
Check out my previous style posts here.
Guess Connect Smartwatch *
I love technology. Whenever something new and innovative comes out I’m the first one to jump on the bandwagon. As geeky as it may sound, wearable tech has found it’s way into our everyday lives. The smart watch is no longer something you’d only see in a James Bond movie. It’s a reality. In fact it’s so common now that it’s become a part of people’s personal style. The future is here!
The Guess Connect Smartwatch: Review
As much as I love smart watches I have never actually invested in one. Why? Well I already carry a ton of tech products on me, and I like to switch my watches depending on my outfit. There wasn’t much choice either, and I like to have my pick of the best tech out there. So when I was recently sent the Guess Connect smartwatch I was eager to try it out, and see what the fuss was all about.
This smart watch is the perfect combination of old and new, with a 41mm analog face. You can find it in 4 colours, one of which is a striking blue and rose gold. Personally the black and gold combo was right up my style alley. It’s definitely something I’d look for in a regular watch. That said, the watch itself is quite chunky for my taste. But this is a general problem for me with my oddly tiny hands and wrists. However my friends told me that as chunky as it was, it didn’t look out of place, which was a relief to hear.
Tech-wise, this has all the basics you’d expect from a smart watch: connected via bluetooth, call and voice command, the ability to receive notifications, camera and music control, as well as other features. I tested the watch out and it synced up with my phone easily; I was receiving notifications in no time. I personally like the scrolling text and email feature. It allows me to preview my messages before checking them on my phone later. Not to mention the weather, music and camera functions, which are great. You can’t download apps onto the watch, but then this smartwatch isn’t about that.
As an introduction to the world of smart watches, this is perfect for any style driven person. At £250 it may seem expensive, but if you’re after a smart watch then this one certainly won’t break the bank. Plus it does pretty much everything you’d expect a fashion forward smart watch to do. It’s interesting that Guess have been one of the first designers to jump on the smart watch bandwagon. And I don’t think they’ve done too bad a job. Think along the lines of style-meets-tech, that’s when you’ll start to understand what the Guess Connect smartwatch is all about.
You can buy the Guess Connect smart watch at Debenhams.