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My Year in Instagrams

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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Coming Together, Part One

Monday, 16 October 2017

After almost a couple of months of settling into the new apartment, it's a great relief to see all of the rooms take shape and finally come together. To begin with a completely unfurnished flat, I knew that patience was going to be key and curating pieces of furniture and decor (more importantly, the right pieces) was never going to happen overnight!

I've teamed up with to show you some of their incredible scandi design. Now, if you're obsessed with browsing interior decoration websites like me then I just know you're going to love Nest. They focus on timeless, quality design that surpasses 'trends'. From a classic Carl Hansen chair to a Tom Dixon pendant, Nest simply focus on the best of the best. The pieces will work in most spaces; from bright, modern apartments to a cosier home with period features. For me, it's all about experimenting and importantly, bringing old and new closer together.

Introducing the Ruban mirrors by HAY and French designer Inga SempΓ©. I love how the trio have completely transformed the space in my bedroom - adding a subtle colour pop into a minimal space. With an oak frame wrapped in a little slither of colourful ribbon, they are designed to be hung in a cluster to create a display unique to you.

I''ll be talking about my living room space in part two so look out for that!

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Postcards from LFW

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Hello hello, long time no speak! Apologies for taking so long to get another post up on here... It's been one of those summers; the kind where you need to step back and focus on other priorities. I moved flat at the end of August, followed by a lovely 10-day trip to Spain and have been doing a bit of juggling with some projects and not to forget my career too. After a manic few months and some big decisions to make, I'm back, and what better way to start than with London Fashion Week...

Blouse | Zara (similar)
Corduroy Trousers | Mango
Sunglasses | Mango
Bag | ChloΓ©
Boots | Mango (similar)

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Trench | Topshop
Jeans | Topshop
Bag | ChloΓ©
Tee | Topshop
Hat | Topshop

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Crazy doesn't even begin to cover what going to London Fashion Week is really like. Some people love it, others hate it but my stance is that it's a relatively short period twice a year where you get to celebrate the industry and have a bit of fun! I don't tend to take things too seriously, especially when it comes to fashion. I always head to The Apartment to hang out and meet new bloggers, it's a chance to network with likeminded people and discover new brands. The shows and presentations are great too - but having only attended for two days this season I only had time for a small handful (which is probably enough for me, I'm not sure I could handle the full five days anymore!) As much as I adore the theatrical presence of the huge shows and designers, I've discovered that it's discovering emerging talent I enjoy the most - Edeline Lee's collection was fantastic, totally wearable and extremely elegant.

Now, onto the outfits. For day one, I chose a head-to-toe seventies inspired look, there's no denying that it's my favourite decade of fashion. After pining after the dusty pink Isabel Marant corduroy trousers, I found a wide leg pair in Mango - my absoloute go-to brand at the moment (for price + quality). I paired them with some of last season's Mango snakeskin heeled boots (to be honest, they were the only pair that stopped the trousers from touching the ground!) and a cotton ruffle blouse from Zara, which I tucked in and then chucked over a faux fur from Whistles (not pictured) to glam it all up a notch.

For day two, I decided to tone it down with some Topshop denim from The Apartment (the cropped wide legs are amazing!), a simple black tee, western chelsea boots and a khaki trench coat. Not to forget the corduroy baker boy hat (how could either looks not incorporate corduroy in some way or another?!)

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