Wildfire Women, Brighton

Wildfire Women

On the 9th & 10th September, the Synergy Center in Brighton will throw open it's doors to Wildfire Women. It will play host to performances from over 15 women (and 1 man) who work in a variety of industries, including TV & Film, and music. There will also be talks from brilliant business owners, life coaches, indie publishers, and many more. 

Wildfire women is more than a conference or festival - its a movement; a community of bold souls who know there's more to life and who are on the path to finding and following their true calling.

You can purchase tickets here, and to find out a little more about Wildfire Women, take a look at their website

The Weekly Edit: Autumn ready

Zara statement earrings

In the last month or so I have developed an unhealthy addiction to 'statement earrings'. Every week I spot another pair that I absolutely “must own" yet, I seem to be running out of space for storing all these beauties. 

The inner magpie in me should reign it in, but these pink statement earrings from Zara are my newest discovery. For a start, they're a total bargain, seem to go with everything, and will give my Winter wardrobe that splash of colour I need in my life. So what if my husband thinks they look like something Pat Butcher would wear - these babies need to be mine. 

This week, it seems like the UK has well and truly given up on summer. As I write this from under a blanket with a jumper I've had to pull out of storage to keep warm in, I've decided to give in and finally allow myself to start getting excited about the new season. This River Island chunky knit cardigan is top of my list - I'd throw it over the Zara moon print midi dress for a cosy but stylish look. As for the & other stories shaggy pink knit - well that's screaming to be paired with high waisted jeans, the Whistles silk pyjama shirt and these sparkly pink flats from M&S.

Come on then Autumn, I'm ready for you.

On The Go Beauty

beauty travel
With the Summer holiday season well under way, chances are you might be jetting off and having to pack a bag. I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert when it comes to the overnight bag and what beauty products travel well, so here are a few of my favourites to take on the go, and a few tips thrown in for good measure. 

I love a good multi-tasking product. Who doesn't? When you're travelling with limited space, or you have a hand-luggage only situation, then doubling up is very important. Lipsticks that can be used as blushers are brilliant for example. Eyeshadow palettes are great, and even better if you have matte shades that match your brows, as these can then work instead of taking your normal brow product. For base products, I tend to use a product that will keep my skin hydrated as well as covering those pesky blemishes and under-eye bags. Travel-sized beauty products are somewhat of an obsession of mine. For example, when I found the IT Cosmetics your skin but better colour correcting cream in travel size, I let out a little squeal of joy right in the middle of Sephora!

I'm not sure if this is a great tip or not, but I'll go with it anyways. I try to avoid taking some of my make up brushes with me, as I find they can sometimes be a bit awkward to pack. I tend to keep my ones I use for my base at home, and use my fingertips instead. 

A few things to remember when it comes to packing your beauty products;

Try to avoid packing glass - these are a lot heavier and will use up more of your luggage weight allowance. 
Use up sachets and samples.
Put tape around anything with a lid that comes off easily.
Decant your favourite products into small tubes and spray bottles.
Use sturdy travel pots that won't crack.

There you have it. My tips on packing light in the beauty department. Have I missed anything? Do you have a really good tip worth sharing? I'd love to hear them. 

The Weekly Edit: July Pay Day

Pay Day wish list

I guess we're halfway through Summer now, which means I can totally start thinking about my Autumn wardrobe, right? To be honest most of my wardrobes are full of transitional pieces, with only a few items taken out at the end of Summer and put away until next year. 

The items above are pieces I've had my eye on for a while - the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is my go-to cleanser at the moment, and I'm running out so I need to stock up on it, stat! These Topshop floral trousers are perfect for that transitional part of the Summer, and I can totally see me rocking these in Autumn with a lightweight knit and ankle boots. 

Having a capsule wardrobe has been on my mind a lot recently - I like the idea of having a streamlined wardrobe with simple, but nice pieces to wear, and I've decided that I need to purchase a few investment pieces ready for me to start this capsule wardrobe thang (any excuse to shop, am I right?) I think every woman should own a leather jacket - it's the ultimate wardrobe item, and going for a simple design is the perfect 'investment'. This Whistles leather jacket is right up my street, and I'm definitely going to think about making a purchase very soon. 

Comfort is key for me, and although I already own these Nike Mayfly trainers, I don't have them in this colour. Believe me when I say - you need these in your life! They are the most comfortable item of footwear I have, and I'm going to be overly dramatic here and say they will change your feet's life. For real. 

I am OBSESSED with earrings right now, and I'm currently toying with the idea of having a second hole pierced in each ear. These Oliver Bonas earrings are the dream, and I may* have already purchased these the day after I saw them online

*may = I totally did! 

Kurt Geiger Lobster Flats

Kurt Geiger Lobster Flats
Every season you find that there are a few key items from the high street that just appear all over Instagram. There's that Zara coat, those lace-up flats and the gingham off-shoulder top from Topshop to name a few. 

Instagram is the place for style inspiration. I'm always looking at the accounts I follow and lusting over the latest OOTD, and as it's pretty much in real-time you're bound to double-tap that item you've seen on someone's account and be able to walk in to the shop it's from and purchase straight away. 
Kurt Geiger Lobster Flats
This happened with these beauties above. The KG Kurt Geiger lobster backless flats named "Otter" were love at first sight. A little 'out there' for me, but as soon as I saw them, I had to hunt them down on Kurt Geiger's website. Less than 24-hours later, I had them on my feet - if that's not 'fast-fashion' then I don't know what is. 

Six Storeys Soho, London

London Blending Masterclass
London has so many bars, and it can be a little overwhelming to choose a place to go out. I have a few favourites, but I’m always on the lookout for new places to try. 

Six storeys is based in Soho, London. The bar is spread across a six-floor townhouse overlooking Soho Square (hence the name) it’s full of character; with a lobby bar, parlour, lounge, decantery, study and loft all are beautifully decorated. There’s even an old school drinking den, with a huge bed to chill out on whilst drinking cocktails. 
London Blending Masterclass
The thing about Six Storeys that stands out the most, is that all their alcohol is blended on site. You won’t find any alcohol brands behind the bar - instead huge kilner jars housing very interesting flavoured gins, vodkas, rums and scotches adorn the shelves, making the place feel a little more mysterious than other bars in the area. Cocktails that they offer on an intriguing menu full of weird and wonderful flavours  include; Quince and blue cheese gin and tonic, strawberry and basil vodka Martini and peanut butter rum Old Fashioned.
London Blending Masterclass
I was lucky enough to win a competition they were holding on social media, to come and hang out at the venue and take part in a private cocktail masterclass with Patrick, their ‘chief booze engineer’.

We had a great time tasting a few of their blended concoctions, and even helped patrick create some new flavours ready for the staff to serve up to guests in a couple of months time. We got to make our own hot buttered rum, as well as blending our own gin and vodka to take home and try out. 
London Blending Masterclass
London Blending Masterclass
London Blending Masterclass
London Blending Masterclass
London Blending Masterclass
Although they don’t offer private blending masterclasses, they do offer one for 6-20 guests at around £30 per person. They're open six days a week, and also do food. Head down there for some serious crazy flavoured cocktails. 

Six Storeys, 11 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QE