Style // Beauty // Happiness

THE LUXURY ADVENT CALENDAR

The countdown to Christmas has never been so indulgent with Jo Malone London's luxury advent calendar. Each morning, open the doors of Jo Malone's Georgian town house to reveal a spoiling surprise. The calendar is filled with little luxuries - refined colognes and rich & nourishing body creams - perfect for creating your own seasonal signature scent this Christmas. 

RRP £250

New season umbrellas!

Now that the rainy weather is here, it's time to invest in a new, stylish umbrella! Here's my top picks to keep you dry this winter.

£18, Beyondretro.com

9 things that made me happy this week


1. Sitting by the fire
One of my favourite things about coming home in the winter is sitting by the fire that my daddy lights when it's cold outside. There's nothing more comforting and homely than a warm lit fire. 

2. Christmas hot chocolate
You know it's Christmas when the coffee shops are selling their special festive flavoured drinks! My favourite was the Orange hot chocolate at Costa. Also a winner is the honey & almond hot chocolate from Starbucks!

3. Travelling first class
For the first time ever I sat first class on my train journey home. Plush leather seats and free snacks - was a very nice, relaxing treat!

4. Petit Bateau t-shirt
I was delighted when I received this adorable Petit Bateau t-shirt from FLAX PR. It's fits perfectly and is just so cute. Definitely a little pick-me-up on a rainy day! Take a look at their range here

5. Mayfair
Ah, my favourite place in London. I was on my lunch break and after purchasing a new Chanel fragrance, I came across a cute cafe called Drunch. I had a delicious detox smoothie and was delighted by the friendly staff and beautiful decor. Take a look at their website.

6. Fenton's Ice Cream
THE yummiest ice cream I have ever had - even better than Ben & Jerry's! I treated myself to the cookies & cream flavour and it was amazing!! For those of you that don't know Fenton's, take a look at their website.

7. Rainbows
My Auntie looking down on me & my family :)

8. #MontyThePenguin
Of course the Christmas John Lewis advert! It brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it. And the window display in their Oxford Street store is so cute. 

9. New friends
I met a new friend this week who I got on with so well and had such a laugh with. Making new friends is a great feeling! 


What made you happy this week?

Review: Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion

Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion*
Truly the most gorgeous perfume I have come across in a long time. I've managed to stay faithful to my Chanel fragrance for a while now but after discovering this.. I'm afraid Chanel and I are taking a break. Black XS Potion has a gorgeous mix of scents - grapefruit, violet, sandalwood, amber, hellebore rose and baccara rose! With the rock 'n' roll packaging and daring name, the Black XS woman is targeted at the rebellious Princess - sensual and mysterious. 

One thing I hate about perfume is when it's not even noticed by others around you. When someone comments on how nice you smell, you know you've got a good 'un! And that's exactly what I got from Black XS Potion. Lots of compliments and not to mention, a long lasting mood-boosting scent! Highly recommended.


Want it? Go get it..
Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion Men's 100ml EDT - £48.50
Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion Women's 50ml EDT - £39.00
Available nationwide in all good stockists

From day to night..

 Last weekend I met up with my lovely new Photographer, Hannah Driscoll, for our first shoot together at the beautiful Kensington Gardens in Chelsea, London. Take a look at our shoot where I demonstrate how to completely revamp your outfit, taking it from day to night, with just 3 simple changes and no fuss!







TO NIGHT - With a simple change of shoes, bag & coat, no one will notice you're actually wearing the same outfit!









LOOK ONE
Blouse, Topshop | Coat, Covent Garden | Trousers, New Look | Boots, DKNY | Necklace, Warehouse | Bag, Jimmy Choo.

LOOK TWO
Waistcoat, Steve Madden | Heels, Matalan - available here | Clutch, Matalan - available here | Ring, Pandora - available here.

LOCATION
Kensington Gardens, Chelsea, London

PHOTOGRAPHY BY
Hannah Driscoll
© Gemma Carey

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