Up until recently, it was all about the streamlined elegance of Adidas' Stan Smith but, skip to 2018 the chunky trainers trend is sweeping through the fashion pack. It all started with Balenciaga's Triple S - a big hit for the brand and one of the most popular luxury sneakers of the last year. Throughout the 80's and 90's, this style of trainer was worn exclusively by dads (cue the 'ugly' dad trainer name) and, as such, became the epitome of uncool. They now offer a fresh new change from the popular minimalism that prevailed before. Because they look rather different from the slim, elegant styles we're used to wearing, the opinions on the chunky trainer might be a little divisive.
The moment you announce that you're pregnant, everyone from your mother, grandmother, aunts, and friends (sometimes even strangers on the bus) seem very eager to share totally unasked for advice and horror labor stories with you. 'Should you really be eating that/drinking that/be careful with that/make sure you don't do that' - I could write a book about it, no doubt! But there are actually are a few tips that expectant mothers really do need to hear - and chances are they were left out in the 'becoming a mummy' manual. Pregnancy is hard - and it's ok not to love it. Don't get me wrong, being pregnant is the most beautiful experience imaginable - you're creating a mini version of you and your partner. Isn't that incredible? But it's ok not to love everything that comes along with growing your baby for nine months - constant bathroom breaks, terrible leg cramps, sore breasts etc.
With the festive season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to buy something significant for that special person in your life. I think Astley Clarke's jewellery is hard to beat when it comes to their extensive selection of products, across all prices and finishes. However, for something that is more purse-friendly I love Asos and & Other Stories for beautiful, trend-led pieces that will last more than just one season. This post was inspired by the recent launch of Astley Clarke's Icon Nova collection - which I had the pleasure to wear during this shoot. The new 14kt rose gold jewellery collection is incredibly elegant and precious (as you'd expect) and inspired by astral explosions frozen in time.
Dark mornings and cold nights are upon us - whether we like it or not, so it's time to start planning our Fall wardrobe. Now, before you go on a shopping frenzy, I suggest going through your existing wardrobe and sell (or even better donate to a charity) anything that doesn't fit you any longer or that hasn't been worn in the past year. I, personally give a lot away or sell them on Depop. Then go online and see what styles and trends are in this season. I prefer to invest in classic, timeless pieces that will save me time and money in the long run - like a well-fitted coat, a pair of boots or a dress that I could wear for various occasions.
Who says you need to travel far for the perfect weekend getaway? We have been blessed with an incredible weather, so what better excuse to pack your bags and get yourself and your family away for a UK mini-break. Whether you're looking to spend the weekend basking in the sun, or you want to head to a serene countryside location, Sopwell House is the perfect place for you. This 4-star hotel has everything you need for a luxury spa break that won't break the bank. There is an indoor pool, steam room and sauna, not to mention an impressive selection of spa treatments available too. When you're done with the pampering, the hotel restaurant and brasserie offer up a host of delicious dishes, or for those after a tipple, there's the conservatory bar and the cocktail lounge.