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At Home with Babylonstoren

Friday, 3 August 2018

Is there anything better than putting your feet up on the sofa after a long day and pouring yourself a chilled glass of rosΓ©? Babylonstoren's Mourvedre RosΓ© has recently launched in the UK and it's a beautiful combination of raspberries, rose petals and strawberries. I'm hooked.

*This post is in collaboration with Babylonstoren

Photography by Rosie Kernohan

Whether it's catching up friends after work, a picnic in the park or accompanying an al fresco dinner in the garden, who doesn't enjoy a glass (or two!) of rosΓ©? There's just something wonderful about discovering the perfect bottle, and Babylonstoren seems to have come up with the perfect solution.

Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa. Boasting contemporary luxurious accommodation, two award-winning restaurants and a beautiful garden divided into 15 sections; comprising of fruit, vegetables, bees for pollinating, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens and more. With sustainable produce at the forefront of it's ethos, 300 varieties of the plants in Babylonstoren's garden are edible or have medicinal value, with everything from blood oranges to mushrooms supplying the farms two restaurants; Babel and the Greenhouse.

Produced on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in South Africa, as well as pockets in the Franschhoek Valley in Western Cape, Babylonstoren's Mourdevre RosΓ© is an elegant dry wine of a pretty salmon pink colour, with hints of raspberries and rose petals tasted upon every sip. And don't get me started on the bottle; with its elegant minimal design, I'll be recycling it as a candle holder for my dining table in the evenings! It's also quick and easy to order, with free UK shipping at the moment.

Now, time to stock up for the rest of summer (and perhaps book my flight to South Africa!)

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The Summer Edit | Wishlist

Friday, 1 June 2018

It feels like forever since I sat down and wrote a blog post. I miss it very much.
I've found a quiet moment and wanted to seize this opportunity and enjoy what I love doing most; browsing and creating a wish list.

This summer, I'm focusing on British festivals and enjoying London in the sunshine. I went to Spain at the start of June but currently have nothing in the pipeline for the rest of summer. Perhaps Croatia, Portugal or Greece in September.

From linen tailoring to beaded bags, here's a little selection of items I've got my beady eyes on at the moment. The perfect festival dress; the forever bikini; the new it bag; the stand-out sunnies; the list goes on...

Shop my wishlist here.

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My Year in Instagram

Saturday, 3 March 2018

So it's Saturday 3rd March 2018, I'm sat on my sofa under about 15 blankets waiting for the plumber to come and fix my boiler and wondering where the past few months have gone. Maybe they've gone particularly fast due to the fact I started a new job at the end of October and have been channeling my energy into a new role or perhaps the days start to slither away as you get older?!

I really wanted to write a short summary post of 2017 like last year's 2016 review here, but sadly never got around to it. Instead, I bring you my year in Instagram highlights (35 of them to be exact). Seeing as my life is pretty up to date over on InstagramI thought it would be fun to pick out my highlights from 2017 from my feed (where you can be sure to keep an eye on what I'm up to!) and simply embed them into this post. Enjoy!

1. I started the year off to a good start by hitting the slopes in January with my family in Val d'Isere.

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2. I was invited back to my University to do a careers talk at their annual Alumni Event.

3. Went to my fourth or fifth, or was it sixth? London Fashion Week.

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4. I saved up for a Realisation Par dress.

5. I discovered Clifton Nurseries which definitely fed my love of plants.

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6. I kind of got a little bit obsessed with interiors.

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7. And more interiors.

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8. And then Song of Style reposted my picture... I died and went to Instagram heaven.

9. I discovered the best view in all of London. The very top of the hill in Greenwich Park.

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10. Enjoyed some downtime with my dogs as spring arrived in Somerset.

11. I did a shoot for Kurt Geiger with the wonderful Michaela.

12. I went on holiday to the Amalfi Coast.

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13. And discovered Amalfi was the ultimate Instagrammer's paradise so I Instagrammed the hell out of it.

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14. I did one of my favourite shoots with Rosie in Little Venice.

15. Spent a few long weekends in Devon.

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16. I started collaborating with Sabo Skirt.

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17. I did a cute new home shoot for the blog.

18. I started spending a lot of my free time in Notting Hill. Maybe I should take the hint and move there?

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19. I moved flat and bought some furniture.

20. I went to Spain to visit my best friend.

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21. And fell in love with Tarifa.

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22. And Bolonia beach.

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23. And now I just want my tan back.

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24. I started working with New Look.

25. Went to my seventh London Fashion Week (SS18).

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26. Enjoyed daytime cocktails with Georgia.

27. Went camping in the New Forest.

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28. Did my first homeware collaboration with Nest.

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29. Shot some more stuff for New Look and chopped off my hair.

30. The new flat started to feel more like home.

31. Spontaneously went to Paris for the weekend.

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32. And pretended to be Parisian.

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33. Really started to appreciate 'me time'.

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34. Fell in love with Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden.

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35. Spent Christmas at home in Bristol and decided short hair was definitely for me.

So, you may be wondering... What on earth am I up to now?

I'm 23-years-old, reside in South West London and work in marketing; looking after content and campaigns for Covent Garden. Covent Garden has always been one of my favourite places to shop, eat and hang out in London and has always held a very special place in my heart; from watching the ballet when I was little at the Royal Opera House with my Grandma, to dining al fresco with friends in the summer months. There's so much to be excited about; with Tom Ford's first standalone beauty store and Petersham Nurseries opening late last year and The Shop at Bluebird and SUSHISAMBA opening this spring. I feel extremely lucky to have these wonderful places and brands on my doorstep and now I get to be part of it all. It's a very exciting place to be.

So what would you like to see more of on Maisie Ivy? I love writing travel diaries and guides so you can expect lots more of that. I've wanted to write guides to some of my favourite places in the UK such as London, Bristol and Bath and for quite some time now so hopefully I'll get around to writing these. Fashion will forever be a huge part of this blog, and whilst I can't get out and shoot everyday, I can still collate shopping and style edits while I shoot my favourite looks on the weekend.

What I do know for sure is that I love creating content. Writing, fashion, travel and photography are what make this blog my favourite past time. I can't promise a weekly or even monthly post, but what I can promise is that this blog is here to stay - it just needs to work a bit harder to fit around my career. I think I'll always be a 9-5 girl but with Maisie Ivy by my side.

And lastly, there's a chance to delve deeper into one of my favourite topics to read about; careers. I know that everyone loves a good career story so expect that from me very soon!

Natalie x

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New Season Edit

Thursday, 26 October 2017

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My new season shopping list is here. Isn't October the most exciting month to shop? It's definitely mine. Patent boots, chunky rib and fine knits, corduroy, autumnal prints, shearling jackets, occasion dresses, sleek jumpsuits... It's time to play with proportions - try pairing a long floral dress with powerful patent knee-highs or why not pair a full mensy suit in the office with some girly knotted mules?

From occasion dresses to work wardrobe updates, I've got the season covered:


Party season is soon upon us. As retailers begin to flog us their best eveningwear - now is the time to invest in that Christmas party dress before it goes for good! This season, sexy only means two things; if you're going maxi then try a wrap dress style (low V-neck and a hint of leg) and if it's a mini then it's a high-neck. Remember, it's legs or boobs, ladies.


There's a chill in the air - which means it's OK to up your knitwear game and show it off in the office. As I said, proportions are key this season - girly-up a mensy grey suit with some feminine pointed mules and layer bodiced pinafores over thin fine knit turtenecks.

C O A T S & J A C K E T S

The same contenders appear this season, but with a new twist. Double-breasted blazers return in mustard hues, red is the new pink, and faux furs qualities are better than ever before - make sure yours is longline - with a nod to the good ol' seventies.


Oh corduroy, how could I not have given you your own section this season?! Officially the fabric of 2017 - another big nod to the seventies is the return of this 'geography teacher' style favourite. Incorporate this into your look with a blazer or flared trouser - or a dress if you're feeling particularly brave!

S H O E S & B O O T S

There's no one way to do your footwear this season. From chunky boots to kitten heels - there's truly something beautiful for everyone this season. Shop my favourites below:


I'm delighted to see the return of the beret this season (especially as I'm off to Paris at the end of November!) Carry your things in a luxe embellished velvet bucket bag or clutch and invest in dainty, delicate jewellery - how timeless.


Don't forget to update your home with a couple of ceramics or a little splash of mustard too - I'm obsessed with collating (and even creating my own) artwork at the moment as I'm working on building a gallery wall in the living room (strictly no prints allowed!)

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