NYC TravelSupermarket

Travel supermarket are challenging myself and 9 other blogger's to pack a hand-luggage-only case (remain calm) for a city break away.
My destination was New York City, somewhere we’ve actually been saving for in the hope to visit this year… but probably next.
Packing only hand luggage is something I’ve become quite adapt to after years of "long distant relationship" travel. What does strike fear in me … it’s NYC, What am I going to do with all the clothes I buy?!

I’m slightly obsessed with denim at the moment, but who isn’t right? Giving it a retro Americana vibe - for my trip to NYC of course. I have picked 4 key denim pieces that can be reworked in lots of different ways just by swapping your accessories around.

Tips for Packing light
  • Wear your jacket travelling, this is most likely going to take up the most room, so let's just leave that out to save space for the goodies.
  • Make up – only bring your favourite items, you don’t need all those different shades of foundation really? Small items like liptick will let you dress up a more casual look for the evening.
  • Backpacks are perfect because they usually can fold down if you need them to put them in your case or they can be stuffed full of extra bits that you can’t fit in. They’re also perfect for a day out shopping when you need a little hands free.

NYC citybreakstyle

Flares are huge this season and you can’t go wrong with a staple pair of jeans for a weekend away. Dressed up or down, I could also wear them with my T-shirt and converse. Here I've went all out 70's with platform shoes and a crazy clutch.

Tips for packing light

  • I think the key to packing is mix and match … if you can't wear that top at least two other ways then it can’t come. Like this simple off the shoulder top. White goes with everything and if the mood takes me I can wear it with my skirt or dungarees. 

  • Socks/pants/accessories all go into shoes, hats or any small spaces at the end!

NYC citybreakstyle
  • You are allowed a pair of shoes that go with EVERYTHING and because I think I will be doing a lot of sight seeing I think trainers are going to be the one. Then I pack one pair of sassy heels for the evenings.
  • Hats are a lot more robust than you would think. As an avid wearer of a big floppy hats you will find they can be set in last and bounce back into shape once worn.

NYC TravelSupermarketThis dress is perfect because it’s one of those items that can give you lots of different looks. For instance you could unbutton it and have it as a jacket for over your jeans and top – Hello double denim! Also what's a trip to America without a fries bag?!
  • Clutch bags are the best choice for maximising luggage space, simply pop each bag inside the other. You can bring as many as you like as long as they all fit into the biggest.
  • Any space that remains should be for the basics, a white tee, perhaps a big scarf that could double as a jacket for the evenings or even some lightweight shorts or trousers.

NYC citybreakstyle
  • Neck scarves/jewellery/clutch bags/lipstick are all things that can change up the look of an outfit, even if you had it on the day before. 
  • Lastly. Don't forget your underwear! (been there) BUT it does give you a good excuse to go shopping! :)

I hope you like my outfits of choice for NYC and some helpful tips on packing light! Be sure to check out all the other bloggers via #CityBreakStyle. 



Topshop dungerees


Joules top


Topshop hat

Easter seems like a distant memory but only last week we were frolicking with a four-day weekend and it was amazing. After work on Thursday we packed our bags and headed to central London for a night at Citizen M, Bankside. Probably the most fun I’ve had at a hotel in a while, everything is at your fingertips with the room ipad, Simon literally had to peal me away from my very on bedroom disco to head for food.
We dined around the corner at Hixter Bankside, which I highly recommend. Anywhere that serves a Yorkshire pudding as a started has my vote. Great atmosphere, cocktails and a chicken that could've fed a family of four. Yum!

Back to the hotel and the lobby/living rooms are just what you need after a long day - shelves are filled with amazing books and boardgames and plenty of corners and sofas to relax in.

On Friday we took a wonder around the Southbank and made a quick visit to the Tate Modern before heading home. We found the most amazing little street walking to Waterloo, so of course I stopped for a snap. Wearing my fave Topshop dungarees, after talking myself out of the AC x AG version, I think these are a close second. 
Like I needed another Breton tee … yes! This one is from Joules and is slightly thicker than any other I own, any excuse eh?

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, let's hope this nice weathers here to stay:)

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New year - a New Take 10 and we promise we'll get better at posting more often! Pinky promise.
New to the clan and pretty darn exciting is Megan and Anoushka. I'm sure you'll agree a sassy pair who I can't wait to see what way they style upcoming projects.

Timberland is the name of the game this month, and I will admit I was slightly apprehensive! I've never been a timbs lady, but was super surprised at all the amazing styles they had. I went for these cute pale grey boat shoes, perfect for warmer days or inappropriate april showers.

Luckily I teamed them with this perfect Mac from forever 21, I always find a great statement jacket there like my suede aviator number from winter! Not to mention, this perfect statement purse to give the #OOTD a bit of pop, my new Choupette bag from MyBag. Possibility the most amazing clutch i've ever owned :)

Let's hope this rain clears up for the weekend!
Happy Easter everyone!

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Jumper and backpack - Boden. Jeans - Topshop. Shoes - Clarks. Watch - Olivia Burton

The sun may be shinning but it’s still pretty darn cold out there, any excuse to add to my ever-growing polo neck collection but just warm enough to ditch the coat. This Boden jumper you may remember from this post, having worn it so many times I feel like I can justify getting the same one in black. Trust me, it’s a winner.

Giving head to toe black a go, with Topshop Joni jeans and a pair of Clarks originals. A web exclusive; these desert boots have been given a fresh new seasonal look with a higher and tighter ankle. I was unsure a first but they’ve really grown on me…what do you think? Adding some colour with the amazing silver backpack from Boden and this super cute tan watch from Olivia Burton.

Simple for Sunday. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.



Birch Box and Habitat
It wasn’t going to be long before two of my favourtie things (other than my #OOTD) came together on Love Cloth - Beauty and interiors.
I have done many a post on my monthly treats from Birchbox. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, basically you receive five personalised beauty samples every month and when you find one you love you can buy a full-size version on the Birchbox website. Simples.
This Month they’ve teamed up with Habitat for a ‘DO TRY THIS AT HOME’ partnership. Motivating us to refresh things at home. 

“Your house is your temple, so why not make it - and yourself - look fabulous.’

Now is the time for a spring clean, whether it’s your beauty regime or even just clearing out your wardrobe… I’m doing both.


One of my main aims for spring is to finally declutter and get my flat in order, starting with some pretty storage from Habitat. I don’t think I’ve ever got so much love on instagram before but I do love my new set up with this Yeoman console table and trunks.
What better way to make your new storage feel welcome, than to fill it with some new treats?
I have been running low on lots of beauty favourties this month, as well as wanting to try something new.

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Ren Beauty
First up, the base. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt is that it's all about the base.
I’ve been testing the REN Rosa Centifolia cleanser, which has been great for my dry skin. I’m a big fan of balm-turned-cleansing milks and this has left my skin soft and glowing.

For something new, I wanted to try HealGel. With a description that reads "Diminish dark circles, puffiness and fine lines in one with this advanced eye formula from HealGel." You can count me in!

Philip Kingsley
This is my 3rd tub of the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. My hair has become very broken during winter; this literally brings back that nice hairdresser bounce and shine. Highly recommend!
For something new I thought that if the above product is so great I need to try more, like the Moisture Balancing Conditioner which I use daily to add moisture to those pesky dry ends.

Benefit make up
Spring calls for some glow back into my make up routine and with that I’m going back to an old favourtie Benefit High Beam. I love to drop a few bits into my foundation for high impact dewy look.
To make sure all stays in place I’m using Laura Mercier Foundation primer. The perfect antidote to stop all that hard work sliding off your face during the day.
Or if you want to really declutter your makeup bag, I’m trying Stila stay all day 10 in 1!  A primer, moisturiser, anti-ageing serum and sheer foundation all-in-one, it great when you want give you skin an off day.

I hope you enjoyed tonights post. Let me know if you'd like to see more beauty, interiors or both?

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