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20.10.2017- London Loves: The Covent Garden Hotel

Friday, 20 October 2017

As I touched on in my post from last week, about a fortnight or so ago my mum and I treated ourselves to a little bit of a staycation, booking an overnight stay in the Covent Garden Hotel after a trip to the theatre and in celebration of her birthday. It's really rare that we get the time or opportunity to indulge in something so luxurious, but this special occasion demanded something equally special in terms of an experience- meaning that we didn't have to dash for the train home and could make the most of being tourists in our own city for a couple of days too. After doing some serious TripAdvisor research, I settled on the Covent Garden Hotel- just a stone's throw away from the theatre and perfect for some peace and tranquility in the midst of central London: 
 

Pretty spectacular right?! After checking in, we were whisked up to our room- which had been upgraded, making it even more of a treat! Instantly impressive from the moment we set foot through the door, the suite felt more spacious than the whole of our downstairs at home! Complete with a wonderfully comfortable bed, and a quiet view over Seven Dials, the space was absolutely perfect- calming and comfortable as well as coming complete with all of the essentials you could need for an overnight stay. The bathroom was another phenomenon altogether- a swimming pool sized bath which came complete with a television, and a power shower which acted as the most powerful alarm clock you could wish for! I was a huge fan of the Rik Rak toiletries too, especially the shampoo and conditioner which left my hair looking the healthiest it has in a really long time. Suffice it to say that both of us were very sad to bid farewell to the hotel at the end of our stay- but I don't doubt that we'll be back before too long. 

Where are your favourite London boltholes? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

18.10.2017- What I Wore Today #318

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Whilst we're sliding towards winter quite speedily, over the last couple of weeks I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been making the most of the late autumn sunshine and slightly milder temperatures. It's always lovely to be able to give some summer favourites one final hurrah before packing them away for the next six months or so, and luckily an outing a few weeks ago offered a great chance to get another wear out of one of my favourite purchases of the year:

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Blouse- Sister Jane (via ASOS)
Jeans- BDG (via Urban Outfitters) 
Shoes- Vans (c/o Spartoo) 
Bag- & Other Stories  

I picked up this blouse from Sister Jane at the start of the summer, and it's become a real favourite. Whilst it's a bit more over the top than some of the usual staples which populate my wardrobe, it's one of those wonderful pieces which always puts a smile on my face and which I always feel really happy wearing too. Whilst the floral embroidery lends itself more obviously to spring and summer styling, I'm really looking forward to seeing how it'll work for the (whisper it!) festive season too. Here I wore it with some weekend basics in the shape of these jeans from Urban Outfitters, my & Other Stories Bag and Vans, which I'm relieved to report have now been successfully broken in! 

How have you been styling your transitional wardrobe? 

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.10.2017- Beauty Buys: L'Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

Monday, 16 October 2017

As regular readers well know, when it comes to everyday beauty essentials, it's very rare that I switch up my old favourites for something new. There's something about the ease and routine of picking up the same products most mornings which seems oddly comforting, especially when it's dark and gloomy outside and the last thing you want to do is be parted from your duvet. Having said that, a few weeks ago the opportunity arose to road test a new everyday staple in the shape of L'Oréal's Paradise mascara:


With mascara perhaps more than anything else I tend to be a creature of habit, especially as I'm always reluctant to find myself confronted by an unwieldy wand when I'm sitting in front of the mirror in a bleary eyed state of a morning. I've been repurchasing the same products for a good few years now, never really thinking that much about changing my routine, but when an old favourite ran out a little while ago, I took the plunge and snapped up a recent release from L'Oréal. After using it for the last couple of weeks, I'm well and truly converted. It's really easy to apply, and with some serious lengthening and separating power, it's also great for making more of a statement for everyday eyes. I've noticed that it's really long wearing too, so needless to say I'm a convert! 

Have you tried any new beauty buys recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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