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Monday, 16 October 2017

THE TEDDY BEAR EDIT



HOW could I not dedicate a whole post to the trend that is taking the world by storm right now? (Slightly dramatic - but also true).

I am starting to realise lately that I maybe have a thing for jackets. I have wanted to get my mitts on a teddy bear coat for so long now but just haven't found one that leapt out at me. Well...this one certainly bloody did. Probably because it's bright orange to be fair. I think I can actually say that I don't own any other items this colour, which is always good to act as a breaker of the constant black that is in my wardrobe.



Do you know what my favourite thing about this coat is? Besides the fact that it is a walking blanket and literally the cosiest thing that I own. The pockets. Now, we all know the feeling of joy when you find pockets in an item of clothing that you didn't know where there. To the point that you exclaim "IT HAS POCKETS" as if it is a really rare thing and you're actually going to store things in them. Chances are we won't. But THESE pockets are seriously deep. The one thing (or two) that I will be storing in them is my hands! My gosh it is so cosy and snug in there.


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So, now that I have finally taken the plunge and joined the teddy bear crew (sounds good huh?) I really don't think this will be my last purchase! Nothing quite says winter like a cream teddy bear coat does!


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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

AUTUMN TRANSITION: FIVE STEPS



The question of the day - how do you nail the transition from Summer to Winter in one clean sweep? I ask this as over the past couple of weeks I feel like I have been cheated by the English weather. Or maybe the perception of it. It got me thinking...do we have some form of subconscious plan for transitioning? One minute I was frolicking about in the sunshine and now it goes dark at like...6:30pm. I want me and my wardrobe to feel prepared for winter so I am planning in advance! I thought I would share some of my top tips for items that could see you through this awkward transitional phase!


1. A COSY FAUX FUR

As you can proooooobably tell from this post - I am all fur a good (get it?) faux fur jacket. Seriously though, not only can you pretty much throw it on over everything (I say that a lot - maybe I just don't care what I throw together hahaha) but they are also super handy for day to night transitions too! For me - the bigger the coat the better. I'm talking definite honey monster. But yeah - dresses, jeans, shirts, t-shirts...its lightweight but keeps you warm. Double win!






2. A JUMPER DRESS

So yeah I have been wearing a lot of these at the moment too. Why? Autumn transitioning! I find these super comfy and pairing them with tights is just the perfect combo at the moment - not too hot, not too cold. I am partial to a little knitted number, but I am finding Jersey or other alternatives work just as well. This way you can also judge what kind of jacket you need - raincoat? Maybe a biker jacket? Oh go on - throw a fur in there! Effortless.







3. CHUNKY ANKLE BOOTS

Okay so this is an absolute STAPLE. Now I could probably argue this all year round...but autumn/winter especially! Most importantly, you can now get the most insanely cool styles and colours and maybe a little bit less important - they are super practical. The little bit of heel makes you feel more glammed up but you can still walk without breaking your neck. Also how unpredictable the weather is going to become you just never know when you will get caught in the rain/torrential downpour. So this autumn I am going to be playing it safe with these bad boys! Who's with me?







4. A GOOD OLD HAT

Now I always have and always will be a lover of the hat. Any shape or form. Not only are there some seriously cool hats making a comeback right now (your classic baker boy and beret style) but the old classics can't be forgotten...the fedora! Perfect for dressing those casual outfits up a little. Plus, you will be laughing when you're caught in the rain and your hair is tucked neatly under it! Thank me later.







5. A BIG BAG

Gone are the days you can just waltz outside with just your clutch. No no no. The benefits of having a big bag this Autumn will be ridiculous. You will 100% need to keep an umbrella on you at all times (unless maybe you have your trusty hat on - refer to point 4). What about a brush for when you have been faced with gale force winds? Makeup to reapply after the torrential rain has splatted your face or your eyes have watered from walking in the wind? Probably a scarf as you don't want to look too wrapped up and overly keen for winter - you can throw this on later in the day when you're too cold to care. These bags would preferably have a strap so that your hands can stay firmly in your pockets keeping them toasty!






SO there are my five tips for tackling the autumn/winter transition. Good luck and god speed!

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Monday, 9 October 2017

MY GO-TO THIS SEASON




So - my last post was my Santorini travel guide, where every shot was taken against clear blue skies and the stillest ocean (and I was sporting a pretttttttttyyyy solid tan). Now, somehow, it is the 9th October and I couldn't be any further away from those things if I tried. You know what though? Autumn/winter is probably my favourite time of year. I love the feeling of darker nights and getting cosy indoors with candles and generally just being merry. Plus - I happen to be a December baby...okay yeah that's probably it.


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It doesn't take long in the UK does it - the transition from summer to winter? I am completely taking it in my stride though as I am gearing my wardrobe up for alllllllll of the chunky knits and yep, you guessed it...aviator jackets!

This boohoo jacket is actually relatively old, so I am not gonna sit here and say this is a new obsession of mine, as it is completely not. But seriously, how many different variations are there out there now? It's literally blowing my mind and I have a list of approx 5 more that I already know I need (/want).


I actually surprised myself with this one, as generally I screw myself over (mainly financially) by only wearing items a couple of times, it's a real thing. These aviator jackets though (plural, as I have been wearing a couple lately - which you can see over on my Instagram) are my current go-to, and I don't see that changing much at all this season.



So first things first, let's talk versatility. 

Roller neck dress - check. Jeans and a nice top - check. Heels? Boots? Trainers? Check check check. Going out for some drinks with the girls? Sure - let me just grab my aviator. Walking the dog? I know just the jacket for that occasion. 

I also love the fact that the variety of these jackets available this season include a multitude of colours, just to make our wardrobes that little bit more flexible (and quirky, too!). So I already have my eye on a green...which is a must-have this season, surely?!


Numero two on my "I love aviator jackets" list...warmth. I mean you can't really go wrong with a little oversizing on a chilly day, can you? But the fact that this extra bit of fabric is lined with fleece, well, snug just isn't the word! Who doesn't want to feel like they are walking about with a sleeping bag wrapped around them? No-one! Well...maybe someone.

So, let's talk business. Price. Now we all love to get a bargain yada yada yada but seriously, you can get these jackets at the most ridiculously great prices considering how much wear you can get out of them! Which almost isn't helping with my obsession. is it an okay excuse to use that my sister works in aviation? Keep it in the family and all that, right?


Stay tuned here and over on my Instagram for more snaps of me sporting my aviator jackets avec the slowly fading Santorini tan. Also if you have any recommendations of any cool colour-ways - I am always keen to mix things up a little bit from the usual black. Hit me up!

You can shop this full outfit by signing up to LIKEtoKNOW.it and checking out my profile here. Plus I have added a couple of aviators into my wishlist which can be found at the bottom of my blog homepage! Enjoy!

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Dress: Loavies
Jacket: Boohoo
Bag: Zara
Necklace: Topshop

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

TRAVEL GUIDE | SANTORINI


Hey! Or should I say, Χαίρετε! (Totally didn't Google that...)

So if you have ended up at The Ivory Tower via my Instagram page (thank you first of all for following my journey!) you will have seen the ever so tiny amount of Santorini spam over the past couple of weeks (by tiny I mean horrendously large amount). 
Not. Even. Sorry.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

I'M TALKING BODY CONFIDENCE WITH BOOHOO


So I really do not want to type the next few words...Summer is nearly over. I say nearly as I am planning to cling onto every last moment of it, tighter than I am clinging onto the inflatable swan in this post, and that was pretty tight as it was moments away from blowing across onto the next greek island.


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I am definitely one of those people who say "next year is going to be the year I am at my ultimate fittest with no qualms over getting into my bikini"...and I say that every year because I fail to get to that point! I do try and boost my fitness by going for the odd run but it's safe to say that I do love potatoes quite a lot. Potatoes > Running


I am a huge believer in the importance of confidence and being comfortable in your own skin. I think it's safe to say that we all have our own insecurities which maybe not everyone will understand, but hey - they don't have to! 

For me, when it comes to getting into swimwear, I like to make sure the fit is right! I find high legged swimsuits flattering for my own body shape and I am so glad that there are so many different styles out there now! (I say this as though I don't still just opt for the classic black or white...if it ain't broke!). If I am going for a bikini, I typically love a high waisted set as I feel it holds me better. These two swimsuits will now be coming with me on every trip! Totally in love with the retro stripe vibe!


SO, a couple of questions I was faced with when thinking about body confidence over the summer;

1. what's one insecurity you have overcome?

I think it's safe to say that we all have our own insecurities in some shape or form. For me, I have always been a little bit curvy on the old bum and hips side of things. I recognise now that actually thats not a bad thing. Sure, I sometimes have difficulty fitting my ass into jeans - but that's ok!




2. What makes you feel confident?

Wine? Just kidding (abit). This is probably the most obvious answer for a fashion blogger - but my outfit can definitely impact my mood. If I am happy and comfortable with my outfit, I feel like I can take on the world. This doesn't just apply to going out, but even just chilling out. I can be very picky with my clothes but there is no better feeling than throwing something on that you absolutely love.




3. what advice would you give to someone trying to build their self-confidence/is struggling with their body image?

Be comfortable. I think confidence has to start with yourself - rather than other people just telling you that you look great. Once you realise you are who you are, you can be the best version of that. Work on what you want to do, whether thats working out, painting, dyeing your hair green. Once you realise what it is that makes you happy, you will exude confidence.




So there you have it! Just a little insight into my views on body confidence. In a nutshell...life really is too short to be unhappy!


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Saturday, 8 July 2017

THE MAYFAIR | MOET AND CHANDON POP-UP


So I definitely expected to write this post in a flurry of excitement around how AMAZING Adele was when I saw her at Wembley with my mum. I'm sure I would've written that. If I had seen her. Don't worry - this post isn't all negative and actually the weekend turned out to be so so amazing. Stick with me.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

FINISHING TOUCHES | DESENIO


It has been a whole week since I got back from Glastonbury. A week since I traded my blow-up lilo for a bed. A week since I washed with actual water. A week since I managed to get the pink out of my hair. And a week since I stopped drinking vodka for breakfast (you'd hope, anyway).

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

RELAXATION RITUAL | UNWIND WITH ME


So this post is being brought to you from a slightly weary Mel.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

MAXIMISING TIME | DANIEL WELLINGTON


Happy Monday guys! It has been an absolutely GLORIOUS weekend but I am SO tired today. 

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA



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Sunday, 7 May 2017

THREE REASONS TO BUY THE SUMMER DRESS OF DREAMS



It literally feels like forever since I have written a post for you guys - but I'm back!

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

SPRING BY DEBENHAMS


So, I wanna talk about Spring (I know that I have already) but I also wanna talk about a Spring trend that I am currently obsessed with. Embroidery.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

DARE TO FLARE



I think I am half writing this post in a bid to distract myself from the fact that I am currently sat in my living room and not at Coachella (cry) but hey, lets face facts and do this.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

CULT BEAUTY HAUL


Hello lovely humans! As I write this I am currently sat basking in the sunlight that is streaming in through our window. Maybe Spring really has sprung!?

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Monday, 3 April 2017

CONTOURING WITH ICONIC LONDON


Happy Monday you glorious lot! I'm hoping that you all enjoyed your sunshine filled weekends. I spent pretty much the whole of mine dressed as I am in this post - dressing gown clad trying to convince myself that detoxes are seriously fun for a Saturday night. Update on the detox: didn't go so well.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

FUNKIN FRIDAY


"If I didn't care about my blog and putting out the content that I do, it wouldn't bother me".

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