Sunday, 23 December 2018

Festive Cocktail Recipes for Entertaining

Out of office on. Four favourite words this time of year right? I am usually so organised with gifts and my wrapping, but this year it’s been a little different! I left it until the weekend before. I’ve been getting my head stuck into work, decking out my apartment before Christmas, and obviously filling my fridge before the Christmas festivities start. After all, I will be heading back to the Australian sun in January so it’s the perfect time to get friends and family over to enjoy some much needed quality time for my favourite time of the year.

I feel most peoples head are a pickle in December, and by pickle I mean rushing around not planning the small details as you hoped. So this is where I step in. After all, Tis the season to be jolly, so I’ve listed my four favourite cocktails below for the holiday season. Thank you Samsung for always making hosting so much easier. 

Winter Sidecar 
50ml Grand Marnier 
15ml Clementine Juice 
30ml Martini Bianco 
Ground Cinnamon 
Cinnamon Sticks for garnish

Method: Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with clementine juice. Sprinkle cinnamon powder onto a small plate and dip the rim of the glass into the powder. Shake all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain. 

Christmas Noel 
40ml Grand Marnier 
30ml Creme Brûlée Liquor (I picked up mine from Marks and Spencer) 
30ml almond milk 
15ml double cream 
1 tsp peeled pistachios

Method: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and strain over a stemmed cocktail glass. Grate pistachios as a garnish. 

Kir Royale 
1 tbsp Creme De Cassis 
2 Fresh blackberries

Method: Pour the Creme De Cassis into a champagne flute. Top with chilled Champagne and garnish with the blackberries.

Cranberry Spice Mocktail 
50ml sparkling water 
50ml cranberry juice 
4 dashes of bitters 
75ml apple cider 
10 cranberries 
orange wedge

Method: Muddle cranberries and orange wedge in the cranberry juice, and then pour the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon. Garnish with cranberries and orange peel and serve on ice. 

So get your fridge stocked, the festive playlist on, and your finest threads on to entertain at home. Have a wonderful Christmas and New year! 

Photography and Creative Direction by yours truly 
Collaboration in partnership with Samsung Home Appliances


Friday, 7 December 2018

Black Dresses For Party Season

I’m sure most of you are thinking “I can’t believe another year has flown by”. It’s the same story every year “so done with this year, bring on 2019, I’m going to be a better version of myself when the clock strikes midnight” and all that jazz. But how about ending the year getting your finest threads on, slapping on that lippy and making the most of the final weeks of 2018. A New Year shouldn’t be the reason to think more positively and achieve more of your goals, why not start now? I think this is why I truly struggle making New Years resolutions. 

Whether you’re off out on your office Christmas party, date night with your loved one (even that lucky Tinder guy), or tearing up the dance floor on New Years Eve, there are plenty of dresses for you. I must say, I am actually digging sparkle this year if paired with a knit or blazer. But a simple black dress with a bit of detailing is definitely more me, and in line with my motto of only purchasing items I will wear time and time again. 

I’ve put together this small edit to help you find that cute new dress. Now, is it just me who still doesn’t have their Christmas tree up??

Shop my look:

The Greta Mini Dress: L'Academie via Revolve
Knotted Satin Bag: Mango
Shoes: Zara, similar here and here

Photographed at The Artist Residence, London


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Neutral Staples - My Farfetch Black Friday Wishlist

These next couple of weeks I am on a shopping ban until Black Friday! But I must say, Farfetch has some dreamy pieces I already have my eyes on. It seems silly to purchase before the ‘land of internet goes into fashion meltdown’ and to be honest I would rather fill my online basket which I will be checking out on the 23rd November. Also known as ‘not shopping on a whim’ and actually purchasing items you really want, or have been on your wish list for some time. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you would know how important it is for me to have a small, yet curated staple wardrobe which consists of key pieces I will rewear over and over throughout the season.

So lets start with the blazer…. 
Best ways to wear? Office to evening festive drinks, styled over a basic tee, oversized with a midi dress or my way of wearing this season would be with a silk midi. (See styling tips from my previous post here)

The White Accessories…..

The best thing about this seasons on trend white shoes and bags is they will look amazing with your tan come summer, so these pieces aren’t just for autumn! I recently invested in a BOYY bag, and it’s literally feeling the love from all you guys on Instagram. Looks great contrasting an all black look. If you’re feeling a little more brave, opt for chunky white trainers or slouchy knee high boots/western style boots.

Denim that will suck in all those mince pies….
I get it, it’s so hard finding the right jeans because there’s just so much choice. Keep it simple and flattering with a high waisted straight leg and don’t stray from washed blue or true black. This style looks great with a pair of chunky trainers and even better for a night out styled with scrappy black heels.

Neutral Knitwear….
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. A good collection of knitwear will not date. I have had some jumpers for three winters and take care of them washing them with special wool detergent. Opt for neutral colours which you can style with your straight leg jeans and over slip dresses.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Chunky Knitwear & Silk

Finally, an autumn styling option which will take you day to night....the cosy jumper and silk midi skirt combo. As mentioned in my last post, I am so excited for colder days this year because it’s been four years since experiencing a proper British autumn/winter. I’ve been on the hunt for the most luxe looking slip skirts and dresses to style with chunky jumpers to put together this edit. This combo is great for daytime with chunky trainers and your favourite sunglasses. For night, just add a low strappy heel and smaller handbag. Opt for an on trend silk bag or a clasp detail clutch with a statement strap. 

For colder days throw on a blazer, trench, or double breasted wool coat for the ultimate layered look. 

Happy styling!


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