Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Tonight I have been reborn, and the fire in my soul has been reignited.

I didn't know how much I needed this night until the moment my flame haired queen bounces on stage and softly sings the first lines of What the water gave me. My eye's welled up and my throat does that thing where it tightens up and you can feel the lump right at the back, and you just know, that at any given moment you could burst. Sometimes you don't even know you need saving until it's happened.

I start to wonder if I'm at all being over dramatic, is this my because I got my period this morning, or something to do with the two pints of cider I just necked in the space of 25 minutes. Then I turn to my left, and see another girl, whom you might not have guessed was a Flo fan at first glances,  subtly wiping teardrops from her face. It's not just me or my hormones, Florence Welch is a magical princess and a force of nature.

..and it's hard to dance with the devil on your back. We're three songs in, and she's already hit me with 'Shake it Out', arguably the greatest FATM song, imo. Because isn't that just what we all need to do on a saturday night after a really long and hard week working for the man, we all just need to shake it out, let go of our worries, regrets and forget all the negativity that surrounds our day to day lives. That's why I love live music so much, for two hours or so, you're completely taken away from all that and nothing else matters but the music.
And just like that, the tears are back in my eyes, and I can't even howl along anymore because I will break.

As we are introduced to Rabbit Heart, Florence actively encourages us all to embrace one another, and demands that we all get as high as we can by climbing on one anthers shoulders, an activity I am very familiar with as a 5'1 woman who's attended many a Glastonbury. However, I am slightly disheartened by the lack of support my boyfriend and two mates offer me to achieve Florence's requests, and I stay at 5'1 eye level through out the song. Although, I am nothing but pleased for the ladies and gents who have persuaded their friends, dates and potential strangers into balancing their bodies above their necks.

Inbetween belting out other worldly notes, Florence softly speaks to us, her audience. How does someone with such a sweet and gentle voice, sing with such a power. We're almost half way through at this point, "I wrote this song when I was falling in love with everyone and everything, and tonight I want to give it to all of you". Don't say things like that Florence, because I will cry. I'm not emotionally stable to handle all this love right now, I'm like a teenage girl at a One Direction concert.

As Flo and her equally lovely machine pelt through an array of songs new and old (cosmic love, mother, and spectrum) I down yet another pint of cider and black, as I become more and more intoxicated, my fellow audience members become more intoxicated by her songs. There's not a person around who isn't screaming along to SAY MY NAAAAAME, AS EVERY COLOUR ILLUMINATES, and then it hits me, we've been stood here well over an hour, there aren't many songs we haven't heard, this is it. This is end. Just like that, those instantly recognisable first chords of Dog Days begins, and I know exactly what's coming, Florence will take off an item of clothing, probably her top, and insist we do the same, a ritual that is symbolic of us letting go of our cares and worries. A topic that Florence has touched on plenty of times tonight, and I really, truly do feel free. I keep my clothes on throughout but it doesn't stop me and others around me jumping, dancing and shouting along to the final song. The dog days really feel like they're over at this point.

For weeks I have just been existing. The inevitable cycle of eat, sleep, work, repeat. It's not a bad thing, If we want to live well in this society, we all have to endure it some way. But it wasn't until now, that I realised how little I had felt alive recently. Truly alive. It sounds ridiculous when people claim that music saved their life, but when it grasps you so unexpectedly like this, how could it's power ever be denied.
I feel reborn tonight, and Florence gave me everything. I came out of the arena feeling alive again, and full of spirit I haven't felt in a very long time. Sometimes we all just need that something that gives us life again, and that's exactly what I got from Florence and the Machine tonight.

Chanel x

Thursday, 23 July 2015



The magic that new hair possesses is truly undeniable. The ultimate pick me up when you're a little miserable is, just sometimes, a little change to your appearance. 

After a week of seeing instagrams full of festivals and holidays away, catching up with old friends who have new, fabulous lives abroad and even getting a little envious of the kids with six weeks off school, I couldn't help but feel a little bit fed up and bored with my current situation. I am in no way, shape or form trying to say that hair dye fixes everything, and that our outer shells are all that matter, but you know, sometimes, a lil TLC goes a long way.

So Thursday, my day off, I reached for a bottle of Bleach London hair dye, that had been gathering dust on my bathroom shelf for a few weeks and thought "fuck it", lets go a bit peachy. 
The bottle tells you that should apply it to your hair for 15 minutes before washing it off, I left it for 45. My hair isn't the brightest it's ever been, its currently an outgrown, dirty blonde kinda shade.. so I wasn't expecting the best results.
It's actually more pink than it is peach, which was somewhat disappointing. It also already looks washed out. I've used plenty of different "wild" dyes before, and this is the least vibrant I've seen. But, that could be down to the state of my hair anyway.. I don't expect it to last much longer than a wash or two either way. 

Chanel x

Monday, 8 June 2015


Ciao, I recently visited the city of Florence during a trip to Italy, and I completely fell in love with the place, so much so, I thought I 'd put together a little 'to-do' post. These are all the things I loved the most about the visit, and I want to make sure everyone else that visits the glorious city doesn't miss out on.


Peharps it's me getting older, but sometimes theres nothing I love more than a stroll around some historical gardens, not that I'm into history or anything, I just find the atmosphere so relaxing. Even if the sound of some old gardens and statues doesn't sound appealing to you, the walk up to the very top is worth the view alone. The gardens look over the entire city, you'll be thanking yourself for the trek up the hills afterwards, I promise. 


Lampredotto sounds as appealing as it looks, it's pretty much tripe on a crusty cob. However, this is Florence's most popular street food, and has been around since the 15th Century. I didn't overly enjoy this, but it was no where near as awful as I thought. I would say this is perfect hangover food, so if you've gone a little too hard on the ol' vino one night, grab yourself one of these and try a taste of Florentine history. 


In total this bell tower has 414 steps, and I genuinely wasn't sure if I was going to make it up those without passing out, go the gym Chanel. My unfit state was no match for my stupidity, as I didn't take a bottle of water with me. But, once I had finished gasping and assured myself that I was actually going to come out alive, I forgot all about the narrow staircases, and gawped at the glorious views. I find it hard to believe that there are many landscapes as glorious as this.


One hundred percent my highlight of my trip. I could do this every night for the rest of my life. 
Walk all the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo (or get a cab if you're a cheat) where you will find a full panoramic view over Florence. Just before the sunset you should find plenty of other sunset viewers, some buskers and a stall selling a variety of beverages (I opted for a small prosecco, obvs) 
There are few amazing things in life for free these days, this is one of them. 


Okay, so admiteddly, the only museum we visited over in Florence, was the Gucci museum, and I think in hindsight, it is a big regret that we didn't see as much history as we should have. Florence is home to some of the most famous pieces of art in the world (hello, statue of David) so if you have the time, go check it out.

Chanel x

Monday, 25 May 2015


I am fully embracing the seventies vibes going on in the high street lately, as you can see. I've never had quite so many compliments on a jacket, as I have on this missguided beauty! I sized down for this, and it fits perfectly. Being short, the cropped arms are a dreaaaam. I splurged on the jumper and these boots from ASOS last pay day, and boy, have they served me well. I adore the bright colours of the jumper, it's something my wardrobe has been severely lacking lately, and although we are technically coming into summer now, who are we kidding, it's still fairly chilly in cheery ol' England, so yes.. colours for summer dreams.. knits for reality. 

I have no idea what's going on with blogger lately, but my images just look awful after uploading them, so I apologise for the quality :/
Chanel x
| Jacket (missguided) | Jumper (asos) | Skirt (topshop) | Boots (asos) |

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Ah Florence, lovely little Florence. One beautiful city that I was not all that interested in visiting, until I suggested a trip to Venice to my boyfriend, and he was adamant about paying a visit to Florence whilst we were in the country. So, we came to the agreement, three days in Venice, three days in Florence. Deal. So after our two nights up in Venice, we jumped on the train down to Florence, which was surprisingly a lot more easy than I imagined. 
We arrived tuesday evening, and were instantly hit with the tuscan sunshine, a completely different vibe to Venice, but still very chilled out to how I know cities in England. As we arrived pretty late, most place shops were closing up, we walked past a man shutting his shop up with a glass of red in hand, oh the Italians know exactly how to live.
If you're thinking about a city break in Italy, I would urge you with all my might to go to Florence. It's a very artsy place with a lot of character and energy. We spent our days meandering around the streets, eating ice cream and stalking Tom Hanks (Yes really, he was out there filming the new Da Vinci Code movies with Felicity Jones)
We stayed in a lovely little hotel (Hotel Panorama) which I would also recommend for your visit, reasonable price and a fantastic view from our room and the breakfast area. 

I will be following this post up with "things to do in Florence" very soon.

Chanel x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


Is there a better feeling than finally ticking something off your bucket list, finally seeing a place you've been dreaming of, ever since you can remember? I think the answer is no. I can finally check Venice off my to-do list, and I can honestly say, it was more magical than I ever imagined. It's unreal, so much so, I had to constantly remind myself that this was a genuine place and not some disney amusement ride. 
Venice is perfect if you're into mazes, the little island is built like a labyrinth, with so many narrow alley ways and turns. It was dead easy to get lost. For the two nights we were there, I completely forgot about the existence of cars, how the venetian people get by with just boats still amazes me. Imagine having your ASOS parcels delivered by speed boat every morning. 
The evenings were much more calm than the days. Trying to squeeze past various tour groups down narrow streets gets old pretty quickly, but after about 7pm, they all disappear, and the place is a lot more relaxed and quiet, much more romantic than avoiding accidentally photo-bombing a Chinese families photo. 
I instantly fell in love with Venice, but if you're going, I'd definitely recommend no more than two or three days there, a short city break is more than enough here. I will be following this post up with a few tips for staying in Venice soon 

Chanel x

Sunday, 15 March 2015


Happy Mothers day to all the mammy's out there.
(If your mother is no longer with you, I'm very sorry and my thoughts are with you on this day)

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend time with your mom today, I hope you are spoiling her as best as you can. I will no doubt be waking my mom up with a cuppa and breakfast in bed, then later enjoying a meal out with her, basically treating her so well that she'll have no choice but to forgive me when she see's that I've published so many retro photographs of her.

So, Mom, I'm not sure publicly embarrassing you will win me any brownie points, or make for an appreciated mothers day gift. But because I haven't quite figured out how to express my deeper feelings for the ones I truly love yet (something I've probably inherited from you), I just wanted to put a post together to show how damn stylish you've been  over the years, because, if there's one person that loves to shop more than I do, it's you. Yes, you are living proof that shopping addictions are hereditary, and that shopoholism is in my blood. 

Mother dearest, you are my world. 

your favourite daughter ;)

(and I'm sorry there isn't a picture here thats less than twenty years old.. you still dress good, gurl)