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At Home...

Saturday, 24 June 2017

As much as I value catching up with friends, visiting new restaurants or just getting out and about exploring London, I just love spending quality time at home. I'm very lucky to have such a lovely spacious yet cosy home that I can always rely on to escape the city buzz to relax and wind-down after a long day.

I absolutely love interiors and decorating spaces to maximise their potential and have been meaning to share some shots of my bedroom for a while now!

Photography by Rosie Kernohan

Top | Topshop
Jeans | Topshop
Shoes | Sandro
Necklace | Topshop
Watch | Larsson and Jennings

It took a while for the look and feel of my room to really fall into place. Despite the fact it's furnished and I already had a lot of my own things before moving in, it took a bit of trial and error to make the space really work for me. Plus I'd never previously had space to have a sitting/reading area in my bedroom before so the chair was a hand-me-down from my Grandma = what a bonus!

You really can make any space in your home instantly fresher with the simple addition of some plants. My parents bought me the rubber plant when I moved in, and I picked up a giant cactus at Columbia Road Flower Market for only £15! The majority of my cushions come from H&M Home, mostly because they are SO reasonably priced, meaning you can easily switch things up when you fancy a change.

I do try to avoid clutter wherever possible but I personally favour busier, more interesting spaces than minimal almost clinical spaces - that's just not me! My mantle piece holds a selection of books, plants, picture frames, candles and things I've gathered from my travels such as my crockery from Amalfi and candle sticks and plant pots I found in antique shops in Clifton and London.

Find a list of more places I love to shop for interiors below:

The Hambledon, Winchester

Loads of these shops are now on sale so now's a great chance to pick up some new pieces! Shop my interior sale edit below:

I hope you liked this post as much as I enjoyed creating it, shooting inside is a bit different for me!

Natalie x

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Clifton Nurseries

Sunday, 11 June 2017

These pictures were shot in one of my favourite London escapes, Clifton Nurseries. Moments from Warwick Avenue and a stones throw from the beautiful canals of Little Venice, this beautiful garden retreat is nestled between a block of Georgian townhouses - keep it your little secret.

Photography by Rosie Kernohan

Shirt | Topshop
Skirt | Topshop
Shoes | Mango
Bag | Mango
Sunglasses | H&M

There's nothing quite like a trip to a garden centre in the middle of London to give you that countryside injection (I find myself craving this too often, having grown up in the country just outside of Bristol). Although it's small, the selection of plants are amazing and have me longing for a beautiful garden of my own. The greenhouse has an incredible offering of cacti and hanging plants so you can add to your bedroom/living room indoor garden like me!

I love to meet friends in their café, The Quince Tree for coffee and brunch - the poached eggs and avo with hummus on rye is delish - and then take a long, lazy stroll along the canal.

There's something effortless about a khaki military shirt paired with a long silky skirt; casual dressing at it's best. Both are Topshop, and I guiltily made the purchase after spotting them in Oxford Circus (and subsequently found myself attempting to 'un-see' which didn't work!) Both pieces are so incredibly wearable so the cost per wear is going fantastically!

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Warwick Avenue

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Photography by Rosie Kernohan

Dress | H&M
Bag | Italian market
Shoes | Mango
Sunglasses | H&M

A little something short and sweet... I admit I'm a little tired, but I really couldn't wait another second to share these lovely photos from my shoot with Rosie! Life has been a little crazy and fitting shoots into a pretty full schedule has certainly been a challenge. 

I met up with Rosie last weekend at Clifton Nurseries in Warwick Avenue/Little Venice to shoot and grab some brunch (as always) as Rosie had never been before. It's definitely one of my top 10 London spots, and somewhere I like to escape to when I'm in need of pretty scenery and some fresh air (although the pollen gave me awful hay fever for the rest of the day!) They have a lovely café inside called the Quince Tree serving lots of lovely things. But more on Clifton in my next post...

This gingham dress recently slipped itself into my wardrobe. H&M do surprise me sometimes - the quality of this cotton-blend dress is incredible and definitely feels more designer than high street. I picked up the basket bag in the Amalfi Coast last month - how cuteeeeeee?! I'm so glad I didn't fork out £££ on one beforehand as I found this little one in a local supermarket. I'm still not sure if it was even for sale, but the lady kindly sold it to me anyway! I'm so happy summer is on its way and cannot wait to enjoy my first London summer!

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The Coffee Store

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Photography by Michaela Tornaritis

Shirt | New Look (c/o)
Trousers | New Look (c/o)
Mules | New Look (c/o)
Bag | Chloé
Sunglasses | Céline Marta

There's nothing quite like a relaxed-fit, wide-leg tailored trouser; and nothing shouts summer dressing quite like it. This pair from New Look have been made in a slinky crease-resistant twill, perfect for rolling up inside your suitcase (I did this myself this morning, packing for Amalfi) and look just as great with an oversized deconstructed bardot shirt as they do with a skinny crop top and platform heels come evening. Now let's talk about the mules! My current favourite type of shoe due to their versatility - this pair come in a lovely satin khaki shade which adds a nice hint of colour to a lighter look.

Now please excuse me for the short post, I've got a plane to catch!

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Soho Sneakin'

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

When Kurt Geiger asked me if I'd like to style-up a pair of their SS17 trainers, I felt up for the challenge. Trainers and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship, but recently I’ve found myself incorporating sleeker, rubber-soled flat-form styles into my daily wardrobe.

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Photography by Michaela Tornaritis

Jacket | H&M
Jeans | Acne (similar)
Tee | Ganni (similar)
Trainers | Kurt Geiger (c/o)
Bag | Chloé
Sunglasses | Céline Marta

Previously, Converse and Stan Smiths were as close as I’d ever got to lace-ups and it took quite a bit of self-convincing for me to believe trainers suited my personal style. Now, they make up 50% of my weekly wardrobe... There’s just something about a platform trainer, it’s like wearing a heel in the day, but without the discomfort. I’m not short, but at around 5’5”, a little bit of extra height can work wonders! The Ladbrook from Kurt Geiger simply transforms the casual essence of a trainer into a sleek and polished shoe. With a smooth stone-coloured front and a subtle hint of snakeskin, I knew that they’d instantly become the next ‘it’ shoe in my wardrobe!

This is also my first shoot with the incredible photographer Michaela - I just love how these shots turned out. I’m also pretty besotted with pairing white on white. In hindsight, walking around Soho in white denim and pale shoes was a little bit silly, and thank goodness I avoided spilling the Ivy Soho Brasserie’s hollandaise sauce over my outfit in the afternoon! These Acne white jeans have become one of my favourite wardrobe staples and I believe that everyone should own a pair. I’ve linked some alternatives above - these are almost identical.

White on white however would be much more fitting for the Amalfi Coast - lucky that I'm heading there this weekend! I’m packing lots of white, summery gingham, frilly tops and denim and I'm flying out on Saturday for 10 days of Italian BLISS. I’ve never been to Southern Italy before and I’ve heard great, great things. If you have any Amalfi recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!

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Mustard Yellow

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Jacket | Mango
Trousers | Zara
Tee | Mango
Boots | Office
Sunglasses | Céline Marta

Hey again, I'm back with something very spring-like and it comes in the form of this beautiful yellow jacket from Mango. With the weather constantly up and down, warm one minute and freezing the next, this transitional piece seems to fit the bill perfectly for this time of year; made from 100% cotton, it's lovely and breathable for sunnier days, combined with it's mustard hue makes it perfect for now.

If you'd have asked me when I was little, yellow was always my favourite colour. I blame our time apart on my yellow bedroom walls - of course I was going to grow out of it! It's such a happy colour and I'm so glad to be reunited with you, yellow.

Happy Easter!

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