Tuesday, 23 September 2014

MEXICO PHOTO DIARY | WEEK 1


So, I got home from the holiday of a life time about a week ago exactly now, and looking back at all these pictures just makes me miss it more than ever. This is just a little photo diary I put together from our first week, and a second week version will follow. I visited Cancun, Mexico for two weeks with two of my best friends, the three amigos indeed. The whole trip was jam packed with fun, activities and plenty of experiences that I will never forget. We stayed at the Temptation Spa Resort, right on the corner from the main strip of Cancun, which was perfect since the water there is a lot more calm than it is around the corner, perfect for taking a little, relaxing dip in the Caribbean ocean. We had read reviews on Trip advisor before we left, and we were a little anxious about staying there due to the adult nature of the hotel, and a couple of "swinger" rumours knocking around. However, we arrived and it was everything we had hoped for and more. The staff were friendly, the fellow holiday-makers were friendly and the place was gorgeous. 

Within the first week we had explored all the hotel had to offer (five restaurants, three pools and a plenty of water sports on the beach) We did zip lining, cave swimming and buggy driving in the jungle at Xplor, We swam with the dolphins at Wet n Wild (Which I wouldn't recommend, they completely rip you off with photo prices and we've found out afterwards that you get a much better deal over at Dolphin Discovery over at Isla Mujeres) and my absolute highlight of the holiday, swimming with whale sharks in the middle of the ocean!! I do have a few photo's from that day, but since I didn't take them, I didn't feel comfortable putting them on here, but take my word for it, it was incredible. After we took a dive with the sharks, our tour took us to the little island opposite Cancun (Isla Mujeres) and we ate nachos in the sea. The first week went unbelievably fast, and we were into our second week before we had a chance to take everything in...

 Chanel x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

#nextLFWmodel Competition Entry


Celebrating London Fashion Week this week, high street giant, Next, are currently running their own competition for bloggers within their blogger network. The challenge? Put together a next outfit for your favourite model! pretty simple, and the prize? A city break to the capital and £200 to spend on next clothes. Why wouldn't you want to enter? If you're not apart of their network yet, it's pretty simple to get registered, and you have until 29th September to submit.

This is my entry, obviously I chose my absolute style icon of the moment, Suki Waterhouse, whose style is very vintage inspired, whilst also staying esquisitly trendy. The dress has a bit of a mod look to it with the shape, sleeveless-ness, and the roll neck makes it feel very 60s. I teamed it with this snake skin satchel. Satchels in general are such a go-to when trying to style a vintage-inspired look. I chose the flat shoes, as Suki often plays down a lot of her more day-to-day outfits, so I imagined these would fit her personal style to a T, and of course, the coat. The camel colour matches so well with everything, and over sized coats are very in right now, being a Burberry fave, Suki is no stranger to a coat.

(i must admit, this outfit is pretty similar to that I would spend my £200 on should I ever dream of winning this fab competition)

If you do decide to enter this competition, be sure to share your entries in the comments below, I'd love to see everyones. Good luck everyone!

Chanel x


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

END OF DAZE | OOTD

Fluffy Jumper (river island - similar)
metallic skirt ( H&M )
Headband (Asos)
Vans (Schuh)

As the summer is coming to an end, we are being slapped in the face with cold winds harder and harder every day. However, I can't seem to part with the ways of summer fashion, including bare legs, no matter how pasty they may be (actually, at the time of this posting I'll be sunning them up on Cancun beach but..) What better way to come to terms with winter, than easing into knitwear. I do adore most quintessentially wintery things, not least big, fluffy jumpers. This is something I've had since last winter, and it will definitely be making a regular appearance in my 14/15 winter wardrobe, such a great buy!
I also picked up this metallic skirt last month in h&m, it's great for jazzing up casual outfits, which is ideal for me, since I've become pretty lazy lately, all I want to do is dress casually. 

How are you coming to terms with the colder weather here in the UK? 

Chanel


Saturday, 30 August 2014

BEN DE LISI X RYVITA

Ben De Lisi x Ryvita special editon tin*

Food related posts aren't my usual forte, but when I was contacted by Ryvita to take part in their upcoming relaunch, I couldn't possibly say no. I am such a huge fan of Ryvita, they've been my go to snack for years now, and with more and more products coming out by the brand, they're more versatile than ever.

I have been lucky enough to be sent this special edition tin to keep my Ryvita's in, designed by world famous designer, Ben De Lisi. The tin it's self is so colourful and bright, it stands out as a statement piece in any kitchen, plus it keeps your Ryvita tasting fresh. I absolutely adore the design on the tin, so abstract and colourful. If you fancy a tin for yourself, you can pick one up for £7.49 at Ryvita.co.uk from September. 

Along with the tin, I was kindly sent a packet of Pumkin seed & oats and Fruit crunch crispbread. I am all over the Fruit Crunch with Nutella and Raspberries all over them, I've demolished the whole pack sent to me (whoops) and will definitely be rushing out to pick up more to pop in my tin. 

What are you thoughts on the new tin? Do you have any favourite recipes to go with Ryvita? let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x



Monday, 25 August 2014

PACKING FOR MEXICO | HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS



I know our summer is on it way out (at a very high speed also) but I'm going on my summer holidays this week, and I'd thought I'd compile a few of my essential items I take away with me.

MORE BIKINI'S THAN I'D EVER NEED
I always, ALWAYS take more clothes than I need, and double the amount of swimwear I could possibly wear in a fortnight. Most of my bikinis are from Topshop (because they're always so adorable, and always fit perfectly) but I have accumulated a couple from H&M, Urban Outfitters and even TU @ Sainsburys. 

MORE CAMERA'S THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH
As an absolute photo freak, I couldn't decide whether to go with just my phone camera, take my Canon 700D or just my instax mini. I've actually packed all of those, plus three disposables. This has a lot to do with me thinking on Annie Leibovitz when I'm travelling, but mainly because I'm so bloody indecisive.

MORE FOOTWEAR THAN AN OCTOPUS WOULD NEED
Sliders are absolutely my footwear of choice this summer, so easy and comfy. I think I have about five pairs, plus plenty of sandals for the nighttime. 

HAIR CARE
My hair suffers from dryness at home, so it's essential I take the most nourishing shampoos and conditioners I can get my hands on. I've never tried Argan Oil shampoo before, but the name says it all. The Mark Hill Holiday Hair collection did me well last summer, so I've stocked up on that also.

HEADBANDS
Whilst we're on the subject of the head, headbands are an absolutely necessity to me. my scalp burns so easily, but with hats being a little awkward to pack, bigger headbands with a large width are so ideal.

PLENTY OF SUNCREAM
Of course, if you're could only take one item away with you, it should always be suncream. I found some really good deals on suncreams this year, both at Lloyds pharmacies and superdrug. So i'm all stocked up on skin care for the big ol' mexican sun. 

What are your holiday essentials that you absolutely must take with you? Let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x



Thursday, 21 August 2014

IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE | OOTD


Kimono (topshop)
Cropped Shirt (Missguided)
Trousers (ASOS)
Fluffy Bag (River Island)
Shoes (topshop)
Hat (River Island/asos - similar, kind of (not really))



So very sorry about being back to taking my outfit posts inside, this is due to a mix of bad weather and my go-to photographer is on holiday and it's waaaay easier to do it myself inside (even if the quality of these images are well, crap)  I've spoilt myself last payday, and as a holiday to mexico is fast approaching, it's something I'm almost regretting, however, look how great all these things look!! 
I've wanted a feather bag for so so long, and everytime (EV.ER.Y.TIME) I see one I like, I never have the money to buy and then it's sold out by the time I have. So, I indulged on this coral babe. It looks very perfect, but it's even smaller than it looks :(
I've been wearing this kimono loads lately, probably because it's so versatile, but mostly because I feel like an Olsen twin wearing it. I've had to talk myself out of taking it on holiday with me, sob. 
I also nabbed this hat in the Asos sale for £13, It fits my childishly small head just fine, it truly is the hat of dreams.

Chanel x


Thursday, 14 August 2014

BIRMINGHAM | MY FAVOURITE SPOTS




Welcome to Birmingham, a city that has been my home for twenty three years. It's England's second city, and it's not hard to see why. The city itself is so diverse and multi-cultural, with plenty to do for all walks of life. 
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Jade at BANK fashion to write a post all about my home town of Brum, I couldn't possibly fit everything that B town has to offer in one post, so I've whittled it down to my favourite spots for shopping, eating and boozing in the city centre. 

Shopping
Of course, there's only one place you need to visit to find all your favourite high street shops under one roof, the Bullring. My absolute favourite place to shop, not only because of the vast array of shops, but because it's all inside the same building, perfect for the typically British days of rain. 
If you're into more vintage shopping, then I'd recommend you head past the bullring, and straight for Digbeth, where you'll find COW and the Custard Factory, home of Birmingham creative corner, which holds a variety of small vintage stores, so you can thrift to your hearts content. 

Eating
Being in the city, you'll find plenty of different places to eat. The Bullring even offers plenty of restaurants whilst you shop 'till you drop, including my favourite burger place of the moment, Five Guys. If you fancy something a bit more.. fancy, there's plenty of choice dotted around the town also. If you're into your jerk chicken and reggae music, I'd definitely check out Turtle Bay (located on John Bright street) the food is delicious, and their cocktails are gorgeous(2 for 1 during most the day also!) For the best south american cuisine, theres Bodega on Bennett's hill (who also do killer cocktails might I add) or if you can't quite decide, you'll find plenty of selection at the Mailbox, home to a variety of bars and restaurants right next to the canal. 


Drinking
Now, as I'm reaching the grand ol' age of 24, I'm definitely more of a bar and cocktail girl than a nightclub and 1.50 Jagerbomb rascal that I used to be, but when I do fancy a big night on the town I'll most likely head to Birmingham's favourite indie dive, snobs. However, if you're not big on your rock n roll, and love nothing more than cheesy pop songs mixed with the latest chart hits, I'd direct you straight to Broadstreet, home of Reflex, Popworld and Walkabout. 
If you're like me, and all you want is a night of cocktails and less chaos, there's plenty of bars around also. My favourite place to hit before heading to a club, is Island bar (Suffolk Street) as you can image by the name, the bar is themed around an tropical island, and even it's own Tiki Bar upstairs. If you're into something more on the chilled out side, one of my particular favourites is a quirky little pub called Jekyll and Hyde, located in a small corner of the cities edge, on Steelhouse Lane. Other favourite cocktail joints include; Lost & Found, Pennyblacks in the Mailbox and as previously mentioned, Turtle Bay.


Have you been to Birmingham before? Are there any favourite spots which I haven't mentioned here that you'd recommend? let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x