Off The Beaten Track

24 May 2015

Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern

Sometimes I get excited by the most ordinary things.  Take the architecture in Jamaica for instance, there's a real contrast between the colourful, hand-painted shacks and grand Georgian buildings but I seem to be fascinated by both equally.  I'm always snapping my outfits by some of London's most interesting houses, so I thought I should do the same in Spanish Town and show you the bits of the country that aren't often seen (check out my last vlog for even more insight).  Even though it used to be the capital, it's no longer a tourist destination and there's a lot of work to be done in terms of restoring the Historic District around Emancipation Square. The centre of town can be quite chaotic at times and it really makes you think about the differing cultures.  We may not understand it (the amount of times I saw people risking their lives to sell bananas in the road) but somehow it just works.  Luckily where my grandparents live is a little calmer, with charming houses suited to the climate and their intricate gates.  I always love coming back here!

pretty flowers in Jamaica
Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern
Jamaica street sign
Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern
pretty flowers in Jamaica
Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern
grand houses in Jamaica
Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern

Dress, Sliders, Sunglasses - c/o Boden

This Boden dress I chose for my holiday project was perfect for my trip away, light, slightly 1940s in cut and in a colour scheme that complemented all of the foliage.  Does anyone else channel a slightly different persona when they go on holiday?  I'm either delightfully retro or festival-goer-on-the-loose!

pretty flowers in Jamaica
Spanish Town Hall Jamaica
St Jago Heights Spanish Town
Boden Seatown Shirtdress Orange Fern

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My First Facial & A Giveaway!

20 May 2015

Antonia Burrell Forest Dew skin conditioner review

I've never been one to worry about ageing.  When your my Mum comes to school for parents' evening and someone asks if she's in the 6th form, you kind of hope that you'll have genetics on your side.  Still, I'm always curious about keeping myself tip-top and figuring out exactly what my skin needs.  I can use pretty much any product without having a break-out but then I'm never really sure what the best thing to use is.  Natural products have been treating me well so far, but it's always nice to have a well-informed second opinion.  Step forward Antonia Burrell, a skincare expert who's been in the industry for over 23 years.  A few weeks ago I popped to her Notting Hill clinic for a bespoke facial and realised that although I have good quality skin, it's actually rather dehydrated.  This means that the dreaded lines can form more easily.  The cost of £120 for an hour may seem scary at first, but when you think about the amount we spend on our hair and numerous other products, it all makes sense really to look after the largest organ we have.

antonia burrell facial review notting hill
antonia burrell facial review
pastel houses in notting hill


Unlike most magazines, I'm not going to guilt trip you and tell you what your skin needs to be like.  If you're happy with your lot then that's fine, but if you want to know how to get the best out of it then it may be worth trying something like this every so often.  According to Antonia, age 25 is really the time to start sorting everything out.   She created a 100% natural range of results driven products, so that people actually want to continue looking after their skin after seeing the benefits.  I've been using the Forest Dew Skin Conditioner for just over six weeks and even before I went on holiday, I did start feeling a lot more radiant.  I was also relieved to hear that I didn't have to buy a completely new range, instead just adding a few drops of the conditioner before my moisturiser twice a day.  It's great to finally have some concrete advice!

Antonia Burrell Forest Dew skin conditioner review

I'm pleased to say that I have arranged for one of you to have a facial at Antonia's Notting Hill clinic!  The experience is completely bespoke, so whether you have problem skin, acne or any other issues, she can tackle any immediate issues and advise what's best.  You'll need to be able to get down to London at some point over the next year, so just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!


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Beach Break

17 May 2015

how to style a floral playsuit

Since our beach days in Blighty tend to be a little disappointing, I took full advantage of a short stay in Montego Bay in the St James parish of Jamaica.  It's very rare that I stick to a resort that caters for your every whim but I must admit it was nice to not have to worry about what to eat or where to go.  Usually I pride myself on having the most authentic experience possible whenever I travel, I try to eat as much local food as possible and throw myself into every situation.  It's easier for me in JA since I have family who understand the ropes (the driving needs to be seen to be believed) and can just about understand the expressive Patois, which most people speak.  I'm almost as happy exploring the unfamiliar supermarket isles just as much as I am doing the typical sightseeing.  Maybe it's because I'm renting now, I'm obsessed with filling my food cupboards!

Montego Bay Beach Jamaica
Montego Bay Beach Jamaica
My Jamaican Beach Holiday
Reiss Laurelli printed playsuit
Montego Bay Beach Jamaica
Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Harvard T-Bar Shoes in White
Summer holiday outfit ideas

Necklace - Me & Zena
Sunglasses - ASOS

When you think of the perfect holiday piece, a playsuit like this springs to mind.  This Reiss number was spotted at the press day back in dreary November and little did I know that I''d get to be documenting it in such a wonderful location just over six months later.  The Caribbean sun just makes everything so much more vibrant in comparison to grey London, it's almost as if I'd had a Wizard Of Oz technicolour moment as soon as I arrived.  Now I'm back, it's hard to comprehend that these were my surroundings just over a week ago, luckily I have all these pictures and even a vlog to jog my memory!
Montego Bay Beach Jamaica


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