Styling Swimwear365 in the Spanish Winter Sun

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Can someone please tell me how we're already in November? I'm so not ready for this weather (here's looking at you, storm Brian) and I'm definitely not ready for it being dark at 6pm. Thinking about it, I've always been a bit of a sun-chaser, and so as soon as it hit autumn here in the UK I hopped online and booked myself a flight to Spain to top up on some much needed Vitamin D (because let's be real here..did we really even have a Summer this year?). But with the excitement of the holiday, came the anxiety of what I was going to wear when I was away. Sure, my wardrobe might be overflowing, but my swimwear selection is somewhat limited and - considering that was practically all I planned on wearing the week I was away - I needed to stock up, and stat. I've bought a few bikinis from Swimwear365, and they've always been my go-tos for when I'm going away, but of course the fashion blogger in me wanted a new outfit, every day (even if that outfit consisted ofvery little material). I love seeing what other people wear while

they're sunning themselves, so thought I'd put together a mini lookbook of all the new pieces I wore whilst I was out in Majorca. I'm usually very self-concisous when walking around in bikinis - especially when it's day six of stuffing my face with the all-inclusive snacks, but the pieces I picked are hands-down some of the most flattering swim suits I've worn in a while - and comfy too! My favourite looks had to be the crochet trousers paired with the black bandeau bikini - a look I wore for one of out last nights on the island - and the black bow bikini as it worked with everything in my suitcase - even for day times looks! The other two bikinis were my the best for sun bathing and swimming in because of how supportive they were. I mean, I jumped off a boat into the ocean wearing the white bikini and everything stayed exactly where it was supposed to - if you know what I mean. Now I'm back in the UK, I actually miss swanning around in swimwear all day long - something I never thought I'd say. Holiday, anyone?

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*This post is in collaboration with Swimwear365!*

THE AUTUMN/WINTER WARDROBE WISHLIST

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Recently I've been pretty out of the loop when it comes to what's what in the fashion world - I guess that's what you get when you spend 90% of your time sat in front of a camera filming yourself from the waist up. Of course, just as I was starting to get to grips with my spring / summer wardrobe, BAM, it's autumn again, and it's time for me to dig out all of my old knit wear and knee high boots. I've been lacking serious style inspiration lately, so of course I spent the majority of my weekend trawling the New Season section of Lyst instead of doing, well, anything of any importance, and came out with a wishlist longer than my legs. Here are some of my top picks..

 
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MOM JEANS

Never in a million years did I think I would be advocating Mom jeans, but here we are. Having only worn skinny jeans for the past five years of my life I almost feel guilty having picked up three different pairs of Mom jeans in the past two weeks. That's a whole lot of denim for a girl that cycles through the same two pairs of jeans most days. Worn with flats they look cool and casual, but I prefer to wear them with slinky stilettos for that 'done-but-not-too-done' look.

 
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RING BAGS

AKA the Chloe Nile bag. But let's be real here, I ain't about to drop a few months rent on something my cats will most likely sleep on/in when my back is turned. I've been obsessed with handbags lately, and love how they can just switch up your look completely with very little effort. The ring detail on bags and accessories is a major trend at the moment and with high street giants coming out with tons of their own alternatives it's a super cheap way to make sure your look is up to date.

 
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CHUNKY CARDIGANS

I know I know. Cardigans, for winter? Groundbreaking. But over the past few years I feel like cardigans have gained serious cool points, with just about every brand under the sun doing their own chunky knit variation. They're no longer 'granny chic' - instead, they've become more model off duty with - especially when paired with some of the items in this post. Mix a good chunky knit with some frayed denim and chelsea boots and you'll feel warm, but look cool AF.

 
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CHECKED JACKETS

Again, another not-so-cool-turned-really-cool style staple. I've always loved mixing casual clothes with more structured, uniform pieces, and my latest must-have comes in the form of a check jacket - specifically blazers with a Prince of Wales print. I love the idea of wearing a full pantsuit with high heels and a jacket draped over my shoulders, but if you're looking for something more casual try mixing it in with your every day outfits. These literally go with everything!

 
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BAKER BOY HATS

I wore one of these a few years ago, so the fact that they've come back into fashion is a big yes from me! You'd think these hats would make you look like you're trying to emulate your grandfather or some kind of chimney sweep, but they in fact do quite the opposite and make you look way cooler than you actually are (at least in my case they do). A bit of a staple piece, I find these hats work best with simple, monochromatic looks and messy tresses for that 'just thrown on' vibe.

 
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Engraved with love with Thomas Sabo

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Despite displaying what seems like the majority of my life online, I consider myself to be an incredibly private person, only opening up on rare occasions to a select handful of people in my life. Over the past five years, Ollie has become one of those people, to the point where, admittedly, he probably knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I was never one to keep a diary as a teenager. I tried, but after a few weeks of gossiping about boys to a piece of paper I'd lose interest and - like a lot of my early relationships - give up. Five years in, and that's never happened with Ollie and I. In fact, he's become my most long running 'diary' to date - taking in everything I say (the good and the bad), all of the secrets, all of the over-spill and absorbing every last drop. Hopefully, he feels the same way too.

You see, despite sharing my all with him without a second thought, it's almost ironic that he may never know my feelings about us, and the five years we've spent together. Love is one of those things that even I struggle to put into words. Then again, true love rarely even needs an explaination. I've never been one for public displays of affection, but five years is a long time to spend with one single human, and so to celebrate our five years together I decided have our date engraved onto the Thomas Sabo 'Little Secret' bracelet - so that there's always a part of him with me. Cheesy, maybe? But hey, it'll be our little secret.

   
Thomas Sabo's personalisation service is

complementary and available both online and in-store,
where you can have it done while you wait.

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ABOUT THE JEWELRY
 

The Little Secrets bracelets are a style of friendship bracelets that depict the wishes of the wearer. Available in a variety of different colours, the bracelets can also be engraved to include your own little secret message.

Both the bracelets and women's gold necklaces are a part of the Karma Beads collection and feature the Karma Wheel as a symbol of what goes around, comes around. The chains can be personalised with various beads and charms to suit your own style.

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This post is in collaboration with Thomas Sabo

My top picks from the Very.co.uk Beauty Event

 

Very is a website that I've visited way more times than my bank balance deems acceptable.Whenever I'm on the look out for new products (or I'm just looking for an opportunity to procrastinate, ahem) I often find myself scrolling through their beauty section for inspiration. Every year, Very hold two Beauty Events focussing on various offers and product launches, and so to celebrate the Very Autumn/Winter Beauty Event I've teamed up with Very to give you the low-down on some of their latest and greatest beauty and skincare products.

 
 

 

 

MURAD RETINOL YOUTH RENEWAL SERUM

The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is something I've been trying out over the past few weeks and - so far - I really love how it makes my skin look and feel. Murad products have always been a part of my every day skincare routine, so I had high expectations before trying this out. I've been using this every other night before my usual night cream and I've noticed my skin actually looks a lot smoother and glowing - something I always tend to struggle with when it comes to my skin. I've seen some pretty crazy before and after pictures with this stuff, so I'm excited to see what it can do!

 

 
 

 

BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation used to be my absolute favourite back in the day, but as my makeup collection grew it slowly got pushed to the back of my foundation drawer (yes I have a foundation drawer, yes I have a problem). As soon as I started buffing the foundation into my skin I remembered exactly why I loved it so much.  It's a medium coverage, blendable, dewy base that - as the name would suggest - gives you a really natural healthy glow whilst covering all of your imperfections. I don't even feel the need to wear concealer when I'm wearing this day to day! 

 
 

 

 

RIMMEL WONDER'FULLY REAL MASCARA

When it comes to mascaras I tend to set my standards quite high. I want a plastic wand (because they're my favourite) I want volume, I want length and I want a good curl. If the formula's extra black, that's a plus too. Since the Rimmel Wonder'fully Real Mascara is quite affordable, I wasn't expecting amazing things, but as soon as I tried it I knew it was going to become one of my new holy grail items. In just one swipe, my lashes were thick, long and with just the right amount of clump. I used the colour Extreme Black, but it also comes a few other shades as well!

 
 

 

 

ELIZABETH ARDEN PLUSH UP LIPSTICK

As someone that practically lives in super matte liquid lipsticks. a moisturising product like Elizabeth Arden's Plush Up Lipstick in Cherry Up is a welcomed break for me and my parched lips. The glossy, fuss-free formula means you can just swipe it over your lips without any liner or prep, so it's perfect for an easy every day makeup look. I love wearing bright pinks, oranges and reds during the summer months as I feel they really lift my skin when I'm wearing minimal makeup. This is definitely going in my carry on on my next trip away.

 

*This post is in collaboration with Very*

Staying on schedule with Swatch SKIN

"Time stops for no one and - on good days - neither do I"
 

 

 

 

SHOP THE SWATCH SKINMESH

 
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Time stops for no one, and - on good days - neither do I. Being a content creator I make sure I never leave the house without two key pieces of tech - my camera (for snapping Insta-worthy things on the go) and a watch on my wrist to keep me on time for meetings and events. I never know what each day might bring, whether I'm doing my thing in front of the camera, editing on the go or squeezing in a quick workout in between appointments, so I need something that acts a second skin to make sure I stick to my schedule - whatever that might be.

Enter the new Swatch SKIN watches - the latest addition to Swatch's ever-growing collection - that are designed to slot perfectly into your every day life thanks to their lightweight and minimalistic design. Inspired by movement and consisting of eleven

different designs from pastel silicone straps to stainless steel bracelets, the Swatch SKIN collection is suited to both men and women no matter what their style. I've always loved watches that look somewhat masculine - kind of as if I just slipped it off my boyfriend's wrist without him realising - so I opted for the SKIN Mesh style which literally goes with every look I create. Whenever I'm working the last thing I want is for my outfit and accessories to get in the way of what I'm doing. For me, freedom is everything with my job. I love being able to work on the go, whether I'm tapping away on my laptop in a local coffee shop or replying to emails as I hop on a flight to London. So when it comes to what I'm wearing I want everything to be practical and comfortable, but still super stylish as well. It'd be even better if it kept me on time for everything, but hey, we can't expect this thing to work miracles can we!?

This post is in collaboration with Swatch.