My sequin-loving self couldn’t put together a whole host of Valentine’s looks without including a liberal dose of razzle dazzle in the form of this shimmering TFNC dress. In case you couldn’t tell by my over-eagerness to supply you with Valentine’s outfit inspiration (see #1 and #2 here), it’s a great excuse to dress up, and sequins are my number 1 go-to!
I know Valentine’s Day gets a bad rep, and a lot of it is justified. It is over-commodified and exclusive, makes you feel rubbish if you’re single and puts you under pressure if you’re in a relationship. But as a child who spent hours devouring fairytales and later rom-coms, I can’t help but get into the swing of it.
My second Valentine’s look (see #1 here for single ladies and long-termers alike) is intended to solve the question of what to wear when you’ve just started seeing someone. You’ve been on a few dates, but you haven’t quite put a label on it. He’s maybe met your friends, but not your parents. You’re just not quite official yet.
If you follow me on Instagram or snapchat (which you should, I’ve reminded you enough times!) you’ll have noticed that I recently hopped on a plane to Amsterdam for a mid-week getaway with a girlfriend for a much-needed break to escape the January slump. I’d never been to Amsterdam before, which considering how close it is (45 minutes by plane!!) and how beautiful, needed to be remedied as soon as possible. Although the trip was brief, we packed in plenty of sightseeing (although the memory of the sexmuseum has drowned out most others, it was pretty hilariously scarring), dining, and wandering up and down the famous canals. I thought I’d put together a guide featuring a few of the things we ate and did, should you visit!
I got a little too excited when Flight Centre asked me what my dream destination for 2016 is. Vietnam! Australia! South Korea! That cool island in the Maldives with the glow-in-the-dark fish! There’s nothing more indulgent than fantasising about holidays during dreary January when there’s only about 5 hours of light and an 80% chance it’s drizzling. My travel bucket list is so huge I have an app on my phone to keep track. It’s currently 27 countries long, and growing.
Though I’ve got the travel bug, big time, there’s one area in particular that has captured my imagination: Central America and the Caribbean Sea. Beautiful weather, gorgeous oceans, and so much vibrant heritage and culture – it’s almost the opposite of London, but maybe that’s the appeal.