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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2019

It's your life. Don't LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY FOR LIVING IT YOUR WAY.


At this time of year my timelines and social feeds are always saturated with the “new year, new me” jargon. I find the motivational Instagram captions and ambitious resolutions nauseating. Almost like we all feel the need to compete with each other. It’s so aggressive that I find myself feeling guilty for not making massive resolutions. Maybe I’m in a nice position that I can say I don’t want to change my life, just improve it. 

This year I’m aiming for progress, not perfection. I’m not making any resolutions as such, I never really do. I realise that I cannot be a new person this time next year so I’m not aiming for perfection with resolutions like “See the world. Go to the gym 3 times a week. Stop spending irrational amounts of money on shoes and save for something more. Drink more water. Reduce the amount of pasta I consume. Stop swearing. Forgive." To hell with all of that. We’re alive and isn’t that enough. The things that really change our life’s and define a year for us are not the things we imagined on the 1st of January so why bother. This year I promise to stumble, to stumble through this life and live - say yes to more and be open to more experiences. 

The one conscious effort I will be making this year is to get the most out of it. I mean that in the sense that I don’t feel the need to waste time. I will be making a conscious effort to surround myself with radiators in 2019 and not drains. It’s a theory I read about recently. Some people emit warmth and positivity, these are the radiators. The drains on the other hand, are the people that leave you feeling depleted. We can all think of the people in our lives who are the radiators and in 2019 those are the relationships I’m focusing on. And just as I expect it of others in 2019 I strive to be a radiator to all those around me. I want to be someone who is fun to be around, who makes others feel good about themselves and makes the effort.

This year do it your way - make resolutions if they work for you or don't. I hope 2019 gives you butterflies in your stomach and brings you closer to wherever you want to be in life.

 Cheers to a beautiful New Year.

K x

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Friday, 28 December 2018

Stella McCartney Bryce Camel Coat Look4Less

This coat is a piece that Stella McCartney brings back almost every A/W. For me it encapsulates everything I would want in my dream staple camel coat. Effortlessly chic, this coat could be worn open as well as closed and would heighten any outfit.


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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Under the Radar Brands that I'm Obsessed With


Sézane


The jumpers from Sézane are style focused like Zara but made of incredible fabrics like the White Company -  the dream combination in my opinion. Sézane's collections are inspired by that effortlessly chic Parisian woman so many of us wish to emulate. Their simple tailored coats will have everyone asking you where it's from. While Sézane definitely isn't Zara cheap, it's also not ridiculously expensive . At €280 on average for a wool coat I would consider it to be the higher end of premium high-street.


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Monday, 15 October 2018

Ganni Jumper Look4Less

Ganni is one of those brands that I feel like has been in the background for a long time and is only now getting its time in the spotlight. A few years ago I remember picking up a jumper in a department store in the US and imagining  it would be the 60$ kinda price point. Alas it was Ganni and I got the shock of my life, t'was a lovely sweater though. The sweater below in particular has been fundamental in making Ganni the brand it is today. I feel like every notable fashion blogger account on instagram has featured it. As flattering and cosy as this jumper appears to me even I have my limits. I also believe that if I'm spending big money on knitwear it needs to be cashmere.


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Monday, 27 August 2018

Boston Total Experience Tour with Grayline

When I discussed this trip with friends and family everyone told me I would feel very at home in Boston. And we certainly did. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the European influence can be seen everywhere. It would be hard to find a city is the USA with as much history. Home to Harvard, the first University in the US as well as being the location Samuel Adams chose to give speeches advocating independence from Great Britain. With all this history, it would be crazy not to take a city tour!



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Friday, 17 August 2018

Washington DC: Monuments by Night Tour with Urban Adventures


There’s something about experiencing Washington D.C. after sunset. The moonlight makes it feel almost like you have been transported back in time. Washington D.C. is a city I have always associated with one of my favourite films, National Treasure. Because of this association a vital part of visiting D.C. for me was seeing and experiencing the iconic monuments and landmarks. We visited Washington D.C. in July too so a night tour is ideal to take advantage of cool evenings. 


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Friday, 10 August 2018

The Grand Canyon West - A Once in a Lifetime Trip with Big Horn Wild West Tours



It’s great to escape the craziness of Las Vegas for a day and experience some culture. It would be simply crazy to travel from as far as Europe and not visit the Grand Canyon. Now the logistics of it, the Grand Canyon is quite a distance from Las Vegas and certainly deserves a full day trip.
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Thursday, 2 August 2018

San Francisco City Guide


San Francisco was the first stop on our American Adventure. And surprisingly it felt quite European to me, almost like a Californian Lisbon. One important thing to remember is that every neighbourhood in San Francisco is completely different and has a contrasting vibe – from cute Victorian houses in Haight Ashbury to the colourful Castro.


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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Union Square Hideaway - The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco


My best friend, Heather and I had the pleasure of being guests at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel during our time in San Francisco.  The Clift Royal is a contemporary luxury hotel with roomy quirky guestrooms and suites. This landmark hotel has the wow factor when you enter the reception and then again when you open the door to your room.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

San Francisco Extranomical Tours


With such a short amount of time in San Francisco we were determined to see the most we could. I always find the best way to do this is to take a tour. It takes the stress out of the process – you don’t have to worry about navigating the local public transport system and finding sites etc. Extranomical Tours are the go to company for tours in San Francisco. They run every kind of tour imaginable from Yosemite Day tours, Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine tours and City Tours. We chose to take a city tour in order to maximise our time in the city. 



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