48 HOURS IN PARIS

Coat: Jigsaw / Trainers: TOMS / Dress: Mr Larkin / Sunglasses: RayBan

 

Long ago are the days of carefree backpacking around Australia (almost four years to be exact), but since my first taste of independent travel, it's all I've wanted to do since. There's nothing quite like the adventure of exploring new destinations. 
2017 has certainly been a travel-heavy year, ticking off Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen (again) and even Manchester, now a favorite UK city of mine. 

So when TOMS invited me to explore Paris for two days, being the Paris virgin I am (or was, should I say), I jumped at the chance. With the French capital only a 2-hour train from London, something which astounded both Jordan and me (when you live in Norfolk a 2-hour + train journey to any major city in the UK is the norm), I don't know why I hadn't been sooner! Maybe its proximity and ease to travel to had made me put this architecturally pleasing beaut on the back burner. 

Before departing, we called upon the usual suspects for recommendations (Oliver Hooson, Mat Buckets, Liv Purvis)  but kept our time relatively unstructured. After an arduous final week at work, I was ready to use Paris as a celebratory break before commencing my first week of self-employment. 

If you think this is going to be a travel guide, then think again. Call this, Paris unplanned.  

Food & Coffee

Telescope / 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 - An inconspicuous coffee shop tucked away in the 1st Arrindosment, with decor as sparse as the menu Telescope focus firmly on the coffee in your cup (The banana bread deserves a shout out also). I'm no connoisseur, but this was a damn good cup of coffee. An ideal rest stop pre or post-Louvre. 

Rose Bakery / 46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 - These guys know their way round baked goods, if you've had a taste of the too-good-to-be-true carrot cake in Dover Street Market then you'll appreciate the hype. With an unsufferable sweet tooth like mine, RB was high on the list to try, and regardless of mixed reviews online the brunch menu did not disappoint.  

Other places visited: Passager, Frenchie To Go, Fragments

 

Visit 

French Trotters / 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 -  A carefully created lifestyle store, FT's heart lies with quality products built to last. Clothing is still at the forefront and including brands such as Acne, Our Legacy, Veja, Filippa K, astutely merchandised alongside their own line [French Trotters] consisting of simple pieces, highlighting beautiful materials and cuts. All of which are entirely crafted in France. 

Aesop / 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 -  Renowned for their unique store interiors, this location did not disappoint. Each Aesop store is designed with the surroundings in mind. Inspired by Parisian parquetry the Saint Honore store is covered, ceiling to floor, in Victorian Ash sourced from Australia, with of course a touch of greenery. I think I just found my new no.1 Aesop store (Lambs Conduit currently competing with Marylebone for second place). 

Galerie Patrick Sequin / 5 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 -  Behind a deceptive black facade in the 11th arrondissement, hides repository of midcentury furniture design open for public viewing. So deceptive in fact, Jordan and I couldn't work out how to enter the building & were the convinced space was shut. (FYI, ring the bell and thou shall pass) The converted workshop now houses some of Frances most esteemed designs, including pieces from Jean Prouve and Le Corbusier. Shoot me for saying it; this gallery was 'interior goals.' 

 

 

Other places visited: Palais De Tokyo, Merci, Colette, Lemaire

Dress: Mr Larkin / Trainers: TOMS / Earrings: Young Frankk

 
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Blazer: Oak & Fort / Trainers: TOMS / Sweater: Blake LDN / Trousers: COS / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 

STAY

COQ / 15 Rue Edouard Manet, 75013 - Located in the 13th arrindosment, Doris and Dicky's COQ hotel  (an acronym for Community of Quality) was an entirely peaceful and beautifully designed hotel to retire to after a day racking up the step count. Rich navy walls are complemented by splashes of mustard yellow and gold hardware. The rainforest was 10/10; the best hotel shower experienced to date. 

The Hoxton / 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 - The effortlessly hip new addition to The Hoxton group, still with all the home comforts of its London siblings (breakfast bags at the ready) but with a Parisian twist. The indoor-outdoor bar & lobby are a sympathetic backdrop for the two 300-year-old spiral staircases, the plethora of velvet armchairs and a living foliage wall. 

 

Exploring Paris at a slower pace allowed me to recharge, appreciate my surroundings and savor the good company. This trip was made possible by TOMS, a brand dedicated to giving and improving lives of others. Some of you may or may not already know through the One for One mission, every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS donate a pair to a child in need. The shoes are often given alongside, hygiene education, health care or basic necessities. More information on their important work can be found here

Photography by Jordan Bunker & Myself 

This post was in collaboration with TOMS and Doris & Dicky. All words and opinions are my own. 

AN AUTUMN UPDATE WITH DUNE LONDON
 

Trainers: Dune London / Jeans: Weekday / Coat: Nanushka / Sweater: Nanushka

Location: Frosilo, Copenhagen.

 
 

Boots: Dune London / Coat: Jigsaw / Trousers: Oak & Fort / Blouse: Mr Larkin 

Location: STAY, Copenhagen

This still relatively new world of blogging and social media 'influencers' has opened many doors for me, of which I will always be grateful for, one of those doors being the opportunity to travel more. I still and always will take pleasure in documenting my style through here and on Instagram but sometimes travel appeals to me more than the fashion side of my field does, so when the chance to merge the two arises, it's a bonus.

Last week Dune London, kindly reached out inviting me to style some latest offerings from the Autumn Winter collection, falling perfectly in conjunction with Vikki (over at Style & Minimalism) and mines trip to Copenhagen. 
Now we're in Autumn; I naturally chose black footwear and where better place to capture two understated updates on two classic black shoe styles, than the Danish capital. 
Unsurprisingly, my day job requires me to reach for black shoes most days, but black shoes don't have to be boring; they can often be the icing on the cake, an anchor to a monochrome look or a needed contrast against white denim. 
I chose the Padock boot; a more wearable everyday take on the of the moment sock boot, with a manageable heel height for the heel novices out there (me included) and the Elena trainer; a smart nod to running sneakers, synonymous with Copenhagens trainer culture. As a frequent runner, or running junkie should we say? I habitually wear my tired looking sneaks when not out pounding the pavement, whether it be walking to work, returning home from the gym or a stroll into town, so these act as an acceptable and less whiffy (sorry TMI) alternative. 

Alongside its life-enriching qualities, for me travel = new content. I'm certainly one to immerse myself in new cities and always make an effort to experience it first hand rather than through a lens, but I can't pass up the chance to scout new locations, especially when Scandinavian architecture is involved. 

Unfortunately, I didn't capture as much of one of my favourite cities on the big camera, but something tells me I'll be squeezing another trip in before 2017 is up.

DUNE FAVOURITES

This post is in collaboration with Dune. All words and styling are my own. 

Photography by Vikki Pearson

AUTUMN STARTS WITH BASICS

Coat: The White Company / Jumper: The White Company / Jeans: Levi's (similar here) / Shoes: ByFar x Whistles / Watch: Mondaine 

Where has this year gone? We've officially hit seasonal limbo, that awkward in-between stage where neither Summer or Autumn is here nor there and all you're faced with is last Autumn's apathetic looking wardrobe. I know it's monotonous for us Brits to dwell on weather woes, but that's just what we do, so hear me out on this. Every October brands prematurely tempt us with their newest Winter offerings, this year predominantly filled with Prince of Wales checks, super-sized sweaters, and a corduroy comeback. But what if like me, you're not ready to jump head first into Winter trends, and simply looking to throw on something for a normal, nondescript Autumn day. Enter, The White Company, known best for their luxury bedlinen and fragrance they also nail quality basics, ideal pieces for this time of year that transcend time or trends and can pull you out of any style rut without shoving you out of your comfort zone, into the murky waters of fast fashion. 
This wool trench and chunky roll neck sweater (paired with white jeans and loafers as a small nod to the departing warmth) are pretty much the ideal throw-on to keep me going until hats and scarfs are needed. 

 

 

This post is in collaboration with The White Company, all words and adoration for The White Company are my own. 

 

 

 

 
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Unspoilt East Norfolk coastlines like these are exactly why I treasure and appreciate living outside of London. Winterton ( a 30-minute drive from Norwich) is void of arcades, brash shops and there isn't a single candy floss stall in sight. Instead, you're greeted with sand dunes as far as the eye can see, one fish and chip shop and a small cafe that serves up some damn good cakes. I've often felt enormous pressure to make a move to London in order to succeed within this industry, but I know if I relocated to the capital life wouldn't be quite as 'sweet.' Meeting other creatives and bloggers who reside in cities other than London has taught me to appreciate where I am and what it has to offer, such as backdrops like this which lends itself perfectly to this late summer outfit.

Shirt: A.P.C / Skirt: COS / Shoes: Studio Nicholson / Bag: Weekday / Earrings: ThreadStudio / Watch: Rosefield

Photography by Dean Khalil

PRIMARY COLOURS
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Dress: COS / Jacket: Caron Callahan (similar here and here) / Shoes: Converse / Watch: Mondaine 

As British summer time draws to a close (usually signaled by the start of GBBO), it only seems fitting to share one last splash of colour and reflect on what has been a nonstop and memorable summer. This one's been a contrast to the usual festival frolics, lingering aroma's of BBQ, and copious amount of Pimms. Instead, it's been a little less carefree, and a bit more 'adulting,' with the goal of moving into the new house by Autumn set, renovations have been at the forefront of our minds, and any given opportunity has been invested in the new house. At the time, all those Sunday's spent demolishing half a house only to rebuild felt like they would never end, but it's now starting to feel like a distant memory, the hard work is paying off, and the end is nigh!

Between pretending to be Kevin McCloud (or maybe more George Clark?), working full time and the house I've consciously devoted more time creating content for the blog/Instagram and connecting with other creatives. A lot of what the blogging community does is built on relationships and surrounding yourself with like-minded people; summer brought with it several amazing trips to do exactly that. My mind was opened (and pleasantly surprised) on a vegan jaunt to Stockholm with Maria Nila, Sarah, Niomi and Venetia. I discovered new brands and some amazing spaces (props if you clock the George Clark reference) during Oslo Runway, a city to keep your eye on, and Visit Manchester generously invited an ace bunch of creatives to celebrate all things Manchester where I had the pleasure of meeting sartorially gifted Jordan and the talented Mat for the first, and certainly not the last time. 

This tomato red number from COS (no surprise there) has certainly been my wild card purchase of the summer, typically a stranger to a bolder colour I've been curiously drawn to minimal silhouettes in primary colours in a bid to keep my paired down style fresh this summer. Despite Autumn's official start date looming we all know an 'Indian summer' is waiting for us right around the corner so here's to more wear out of this new summer favourite. 

Photography by Jordan Bunker

COUNTDOWN

Watch: Rosefield / Bracelet: Rosefield / Shirt: COS

The notice has been written, signed and handed in; the countdown is on. (T-minus 8 weeks to be exact) Obviously, I'm super excited about this next chapter, but I've started having what I call 'wobbles.' I can only describe them as small but intense spells of second guessing my decision. At least once a week, I think to myself I've made a terrible choice and toy with the idea of revoking that notice and sticking to what I know. There's no denying life's easier with a fixed income, paid holiday and set hours. But then I remind myself, where's the FUN in that?! If I shy away from this opportunity now, due to lack of confidence, then I will forever wonder what if? and probably begrudge myself. 


To get me through, what feels a bit like limbo, it's imperative to keep looking forward, channel my energy into the positives that are to come and begin planning for self-employed life. Investing more time to connect with other creatives and brands face to face is certainly inspiring me and giving me some much-needed drive and ambition.  A small change that's already making a world of difference is switching from digital note taking (God bless Apple) to the act of writing in a physical notebook. Throughout University, I would have been lost without my Moleskine; I'd jot down everything, and anything that came to mind. Unfortunately, this habit disintegrated all too quickly post graduation, partially due to convenience. I thought it would be easier to have all reminders, notes and lists in one place; my phone. Switching to digital, however, has had the opposite effect. 
There is something more satisfying and quite cleansing about writing on paper as opposed to using a phone. Handwritten notes, such as blog post ideas or collaborative proposals allow me to feel more engaged because I'm void of any digital distractions.  

I've started to write down what it is I'm looking forward to about the freelance life. 
- First and foremost is the immeasurable freedom in how I can work and where I can work. 
- More time means more content. Working full time has limited time spent blogging so I can't wait to bring more purpose to my posts and explore new avenues of content creation, notably interiors. 
- Blogging has given me opportunities to meet inspiring fellow creatives, some of whom have helped me take this full time and push my capabilities. With the flexibility and time to travel more, I can't wait to immerse myself in the blogging community, work collaboratively and connect with other like minded people. 

Here's to the next chapter! 

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Photography by Jordan Bunker  

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