Warner Staycation: Not just for the oldies.

Staycation

About an hour and a half down the road from Norfolk lies Thoresby Hall & Spa. The historic pile looks like Downton Abbey and is full of beautiful architecture and antiques. Add in an amazing spa, a courtyard with bespoke boutiques including my fave jewellers and I’m a happy camper.

Thoresby hall

WarnersDon’t be put off by the fact the hotel is run by Warners. Yes the average customer might be 60 years old but this means it’s quiet, no unwanted attention for women travelling alone or with friends and the spa attracts ladies who lunch, so you’ll be in good company. Plus no children, not even in the grounds (where I found this little fellow)!

Pond at Thoresby HotelBook your stay online here.

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April Wish List

April wish-list

Dannijo necklace, The Outnet, £297.49. Nail Varnish, Butter London, £12. Printed Kaftan, Zara, £35.99. Clutch bag, J.Crew, £150. Riko Heels, Sophie Webster, £595. Ipad sleeve, Liberty London, £95.

Turns out you can have too much of a good thing. If another email promoting this season’s must-have pastel trend pops into my inbox I think I’m going to scream! Two months of sugary sweet pastels is quite enough, if you haven’t bought a pink pastel coat yet, just except the moment is over and start looking ahead to summer. This April my wish-list is full of vibrant shades and fierce fashion…. enjoy!

March by Numbers

Congham Hall

I’m not really a numbers gal, I don’t count calories or know the exact price of every item in my shopping basket. Some people are obsessed with facts and figures; sensible when applied to financial matters but far to easy to get caught up with calculations and miss the point. For March I’m breaking down the numbers and laying out the facts and figures, so here goes….

– 2 spa visits (one to Congham Hall at the start of the month and a speedy manicure at Thoresby Hall World Spa).

– 129 new followers on Twitter, I won’t mention the unfollows.

– 4 trusty notebooks on the go, you can never have enough notebooks- check out Liberty’s  stationery section.

Zara

– 1 new pair of Zara sandals in the hope of some much-needed Spring sunshine.

– 3 new pairs of jeans- thank you GAP for reintroducing denim into my life.

– 1 new job started, check out my first article for Scarlett London.

Spa Ritual Nail Polish

– 3 Nail polish shades I fell in love with from Spa Rituals– Bismuth, Emerald City and It’s Raining Men.

How did your March stack up?

Paris Rocks

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week sets the Parisian capital alight this week…

– RiRi steals the limelight with her daring choice of outfit, we had french maid at Dior, intrepid explorer at Balmain, androgynous at Lanvin and barely there at all, to the Balmain after party. Metro.

– Garance Doré launches her very first stationery collection with Rifle yesterday at Colette. Beautiful illustrations and lots of social media. Fashionista.com.

Garance Doré

– Raf Simons steps up his campaign to re-work the classic Dior look with a sports luxe twist. Sharp tailoring and double-breasted suits sat alongside lace-up details, brilliant brights and quilting. Inspired cuts and innovative shapes showcased Raf’s ingenuity (perfect statement dresses for the first lady). The most innovative pieces combined 1940’s nipped waist dresses with splits revealing contrasting coloured, slinky dresses with the addition of crystal appliqué. Vogue.

– Relax…. messy bed hair is officially chic, as seen at several Paris shows. Can’t find the hair brush this weekend, just don’t bother! Huffington Post.

– Paris can always be relied upon to provide a huge hit of fairytale fashion… heavenly. Vogue.

Best spots to blog.

Blogging

Down at the bottom of the garden, among the birds and the bees, that’s where you’ll find me.

Scribbling down ideas and to-do lists in my trusty notebook, tapping away like a mad woman on my smart phone. It’s one of the few places I can find total piece of mind. Working from home has major benefits (working in your pyjamas, no awkward office politics) but the fact is you are at home. All the drama of family life, swirls around the house, most distracting. Yes I have an office, which comes in handy for ‘official’ business but my best ideas- the lightning bolts of inspiration, tends to strike when I’m relaxed and disconnected from the rest of the world.

Being unequivocally unplugged, as it turns out, isn’t quite so helpful when it comes to finding inspiration. Just checking a fact or doing a quick, preliminary search is practically second nature now. Being able to fact check and write at the same time speeds up the whole creative process and stops me wandering off subject. A great article is a combination of fresh ideas and reliable research. With a portable device I can separate myself from the rest of humanity but still have infinite resources at my disposal. So if you need me, now you know where to look.

Where do you do your best blogging from? Tell Curry’s about your blogging habits to win one of two Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets. Good Luck. x

V Day, Me Day.

Valentines Day GiftsTurn V Day into Me Day.

Valentines Day isn’t just for loved up couples, spend the day lavishing a whole lot of love on yourself….. go on, you deserve it. Being single doesn’t mean Valentines Day has to be a wash out because you’re a one woman show. Check out my gift guide above, any of which would make this girl very happy.

1. Kiss, kiss. Pucker up with a Charlotte Olympia, pink and red pouch.

2. Shine on with this sparkly, art-deco flower necklace from Jaeger.

3. Snuggle up on the couch wearing Swiss-dot pyjamas designed by former British Vogue assistant Raphaëllla Riboud. Stylish and cosy.

4. Valentines isn’t all about grand gestures and fancy gifts, sometimes a cute and quirky gift is just perfect. The Margaret Annie mouse pin cushion from Liberty London is utterly adorable.

5. Sometimes a girl needs a little bling… My Flash Trash have it covered with the Skinny Dip encrusted phone cover.

Happy Valentines Day all. xx

Team #AccessAllASOS

ASOS

Great news my lovely readers…. it’s official, I’m an ASOS Insider.

So what does this mean for you? Well it means regular behind-the-scenes ASOS updates, a first look at the latest ASOS campaigns and a rustle through the forthcoming collections. I’ll be attending the ASOS #AccessAll events and snooping around ASOS HQ, so expect lashings of gossip, competitions and collaborations. ASOS is one of my favourite online stores, the one I visit when I want something specific- I always find what I’m looking for at ASOS. #TeamASOS.

Haute Couture Illustrated Note Cards

Christian Lacroix Stationery

Time to send those post-Christmas thank you notes.

A stylish present deserves a suitably stylish thank you card in return. Decorated with beautiful inky illustrations by Christian Lacroix and individually cut, I wouldn’t mind receiving the whole set as a gift myself. Emails may be more efficient and environmentally friendly but I still stand firm- I don’t think you can beat a hand written note. Available at www.liberty.co.uk.

Sunday News Review

Monica Vinader

We’ve been shopping up a storm with some major pre-Christmas sales taking place this week. Put your purse away and check out what else has been happening in the last 7 days.

The girl with the best gift guides has to be Coco’s Tea Party. Christmas inspiration. Coco’s Tea Party.

Karlie Kloss explains how social media helped her nab the latest Coach campaign. Fashionista.com

Create your own personalised stack of Monica Vinader rings…. here’s my creation. Monica Vinader.

Five Five Fabulous makes DIY pop-up Christmas cards…. just follow the instructions. Five Five Fabulous.

If you haven’t had time to check-out Blogosphere Magazine with LLG on the cover, check it out now. LLG.

Tis the season to Win, Win, Win…

Lulu Guinness

At this time of year I’m consumed with finding the perfect gifts for all my loved ones. Meticulous planning with a smidgen of good luck and my Christmas shopping is almost complete. Time for the fun bit…. the wrapping! As a self confessed stationery freak, I adores all the bows, ribbon and glitter involved in gift wrapping. With all that hard work I think a little treat is in order and there’s some seriously amazing competitions online right now. Here’s my five favourite.

Lulu Guinness has 12 days of gifts, give-aways and discounts. Lulu’s 12 Days of Christmas.

Win a £1500 beauty hamper with House of Fraser. House of Fraser.

Win a Mini Hatchback just like mine. Handbag.com

Countdown to Christmas with Jaeger… 12 days of gifts and goodies. Jaeger.

Win a Spa break with ELLE and Highland Spring, what better way to start the new year? ELLE.

Good luck! x