Monday, 14 October 2019

New York in Three Days

It’s been a while, but I’m back with regular articles! I've missed not posting on here, so I am going to put a lot more time and energy into posting regularly on here moving forward! I thought I'd start with a trip I took last month.

I ventured to New York with Japanese Beauty brand Decorté. They are a brand I hadn’t heard too much about before the trip, as they are only just breaking into the western market. It’s common knowledge that Japanese skincare has renowned status, not to mention the techniques and steps to achieving that glow meant learning new ways to achieve them. The purpose of the trip was to introduce me to the new range, AQ Meliority. I'm a big fan of beauty products that are a true testament to scientific research, and this new range is designed to awaken the skin's ability to self-regenerate and recapture youth. Unique ingredients sourced include Benifuki Extract (a rare green tea), Murasaki-Cha Extract (a purple tea high in polyphenols), and Shirakaba Water which protect skin and prevent ageing. The day started being dressed in a traditional Yukata, followed by a presentation surrounding the new range. Then the fun part, the facial! I have a NYC highlight on my Instagram featuring the full process, so if you’re interested in learning more it’s all explained over there with videos live from the facial. My skin was glowing for days after, and I have started to introduce the Intensive Revitalizing Emulsion followed by the Repair Lotion into my night time regime every night. It’s been 3 weeks and my skin feels supple and looks glowing. It’s currently stocked in Harrods in the UK. its no surprise Decorté is the best selling beauty brand in Japan. 

Decorté kindly accommodated me at The Wythe in Williamsburg. I’ve wanted to stay at this hotel for some time! The decor is industrial, with nice big warehouse style windows, concrete floors and modern service. It’s also conveniently a short walk from the L train which takes you into Lower Manhattan in 5 minutes. I love this area, and used to make the trip here to one of my favourite vintage stores when I lived in NYC over ten years ago. It’s called Beacon’s Closet. It’s easy to spend a few hours in this converted warehouse. I picked up an on trend longline leather jacket and Levi’s jeans both for under $50! 

I wanted to make the most of my time in the city, so I booked an extra night in Manhattan staying at The Moxy Chelsea. It was a nice change to Brooklyn; equally as nice, and I paid a little more for a city view. It’s only around $30 more than a standard room, so I definitely recommend it! The sunset over the concrete jungle was one of the best I have witnessed. And because of that, I’ll definitely rebook for next year. 

I loved being back in New York, and even though it’d been ten years since living there it felt exactly the same, and I still knew the subway! It was also nice to catch up with old friends. 

As I ventured to NYC on my own, I took my tripod to capture all the content you see in this post. Out of all the cities I take my self-portraits, New York is one of my favourites (this is my second trip to the city taking self-portraits) and it’s so nice to convey how I view the city through images. I really enjoyed these three days, the new brand I got to meet with, and the creativity I felt. Before heading to New York, I was thinking about attending New York Fashion Week next February and this trip confirmed that. Only next time, I’m sure it will be freezing cold with a lot of layers! 

And before I forget, where to eat! Two Hands is an Australian cafe on Mott Street, and the breakfast doesn’t disappoint! Prepare to wait though! For dinner close to Moxy, I went to Rosa Mexicana for a friends birthday which is about a 15 minute walk down sixth avenue. Let me know if you have any other questions about New York, my Instagram messages are always open!


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Weekend Habitat: Raes on Wategos Byron Bay

Step inside the perfectly curated Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay. There are a number of properties in the world that are on my bucket list to experience and photograph. Raes is one of them. This boutique hotel has seven individually designed rooms, each with their own individuality encapsulating the Byron Bay charm. A short walk to the beach, the sunset is one of the most breathtaking I've experienced. Every detail is carefully thought about. From the background music, amenities, and staff that make sure your comfort and experience is of upmost priority. The Aesop travel size toiletries are an added bonus.

Photography: Helen-Jayne Driscoll
Raes website:


Monday, 22 April 2019


There’s a bit of a theme going on over on my Instagram other than tonal (Surprise surprise!). It’s a mix between a safari trip and what your granddad might wear angling. Oversized jackets, multiple pockets, and aesthetically pleasing on the eye. So if you’re new to utility or already on board, here are some ways to style this SS19 trend. 

The cargo jacket 

It’s versatile for spring. Pair with straight leg jeans, or for warmer days bike/city shorts

Boiler Suit 
As seen on the runways of Stella McCartney and Zimmerman, it’s the new LBD for a night out. Pair with strappy heels and a clutch bag. For daytime, this style looks great with slides or sneakers. Personally, I think the more oversized the better. Make sure the waist is cinched in. 

Tailored Utility 
You know I love a head to toe tailored look. Try pairing a multi pocket jacket with matching tones on the bottom. Style with a pleat front trouser and belting the jacket. 

The Pocket Belt 
The Fendi Pocket Belt Bag really paved the way for the utility bag this season. Dependant on if you have £1k to drop and a designer personal shopper on speed dial! There a many alternatives, and this style looks awesome around the waist as well as cross body


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Weekend Habitat: The Artist Residence London

For this months Weekend Habitat, I had the pleasure of staying and photographing The Artist Residence in London. I’m a big fan of old meets new when it comes to interiors and the Grand Suite did not disappoint. Parquet flooring, marble vanity, and a cast iron bath are just some of the features that give that wow factor. A pied-à-terre with close proximity to the hustle and bustle. Located in Pimlico, it’s a short walk to Victoria train and bus station. 

The Artist Residence has several properties around the UK and this is the first I have experienced to date. It definitely won’t be the last and I am excited for the Bristol opening this June which is only 40 minutes from my home. The concept is unique. Each property focuses on art work in the rooms and communal areas, and the theme of wood and cast iron run throughout. It’s also nice that a touch of the outside neighbourhood personalises each property so after a day of exploring, you can venture back to your room and soak up the local culture that touch more. Each room is individually designed and all have something different to offer. 

See more from The Artist Residence HERE
Photography: Yours truly

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