Sundays in Sussex: Antiques, Boutiques and Local Coffee in Lewes | Lifestyle

Last weekend, I spent my lazy Sunday wandering around the sleepy Sussex town of Lewes, a beautiful parish known for its castle, famous bonfire night celebrations and proximity to Brighton. If you’ve never been to Lewes, you might not know that it’s also a treasure trove of antique shops, independent boutiques and cafes. You’ll find Mint Velvet, Crew Clothing, New Look and Boots in Lewes, but you’re otherwise shopping local, and that’s one of my favourite things about spending time here. Local business is thriving in Lewes, and you can shop for handmade jewellery and clothing, browse galleries with the work of local artists, and also sample local ale from Harveys Brewery. Here’s some of my favourite stops along the high street.

Doorway in Lewes

The Good Times Homestore in Lewes

The Good Times Homestore, Lewes

After admiring all of the beautiful doorways along the narrow streets of Lewes, I headed in to my favourite store in town: The Good Times Homestore. A furniture, homeware and gift shop, this independent boutique houses some beautiful items that you’d struggle to track down on the high street. It’s an interior design dream and, I have to admit, I’ll be buying many of my gifts here in the future.

Closet & Botts homeware store Lewes

Colourful soaps from Closet & Botts in Lewes

Closet & Botts, Lewes

For some serious interior design inspiration, head to Closet & Botts on the main high street in Lewes. Housing an impressive array of contemporary and vintage pieces, this homeware store will have you redesigning your interiors in an instant. I really liked how these soaps were laid out at the back of the store and, at £3.95 each, they make a lovely gift.

Interior design store entrance

No1 interior store Lewes

No. 1 Lewes, Lewes

You’ll struggle to wander past one of Lewes’s most famous antique stores, No. 1 Lewes. This store is so beautifully decorated, and the antique furniture and homeware has been tastefully sourcred. Wander around the home-style store and you’ll find iron baths, wirework window boxes and large French mirrors.

Coffee and cakes at the Flint Owl Bakery in Lewes

Homemade bread at the Flint Owl Bakery in Lewes

The Flint Owl Bakery, Lewes

In need of that all-important coffee break, my mum and I headed to The Flint Owl Bakery on the High Street (close to The Good Times Homestore). Serving healthy food options, delicious cakes and fresh coffee, it’s the perfect lunchtime pit-stop. I also love the idea of buying fresh bread here – how wonderful does that selection look?

Garden in Lewes

Harveys Brewery in Lewes

Harveys Brewery, Lewes

Although I didn’t visit Harveys Brewery on this occasion, I had to share a photo of the beautiful Brewery shop. Harveys is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex, and the entire complex is much bigger than you might imagine. It’s currently undergoing redevelopment, but it still looks as beautiful as ever. Stop here to sample Sussex’s finest cask ales, or pick up some gifts for those hard-to-buy-for uncles at Christmas.

From Victoria boutique Lewes

From Victoria, Lewes

Opposite the famous Flea Market in Lewes, you’ll find the Needlemakers – an iconic historic craft centre and coffee shop in the heart of the town. No visit to Lewes is complete without visiting this beautiful building at the top of the high street, and one of my favourite, newly-discovered pop-up stores is From Victoria. A local ceramicist, Victoria Turner, sells her beautiful ceramics here, along with potted plants, candles, hand creams and other local gifts. Her ceramics are very reasonably priced, too, and they make for perfect gifts. I picked up two small potted plants for my bedroom and I love them.

If you’re local to Sussex and you’re looking for something to do on your next ‘lazy Sunday’, head to Lewes for all of the style inspiration you need. Let me know of any other hidden gems around the Sussex, Hampshire and Greater London area too – I’d love to check them out.












Meet the AW17 Trend Your Wardrobe Can’t Ignore | Fashion & Style

Forget fuchsia, there’s a new ‘it’ colour on the block this season and it’s promising to add a whole new dimension to your autumn/winter wardrobe. Unlike the romantic pastels and pretty pinks of 2017’s spring/summer palette, the cooler months of the year have called for a statement shade that’s sure to turn up the heat: beautiful, bold fiery red.

Every designer from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy and Fendi sent their models down the runway in head-to-toe red ensembles at Fashion Week, and the high street has taken note. While patent leather coats à la Christopher Kane might not be the ready-to-wear piece you’re after, there’s certainly an entry point for everybody this season.

A colour that’s sure to elevate any look, try incorporating a bold red trouser in to your workwear wardrobe, or opt for an oversized knit when you’re rocking a more casual style. If bright red is too bold for the office, update your eveningwear with a red skirt, dress or jumpsuit; it’s the perfect antidote to your usual evening go-to, the LBD.

(from l-r, top-bottom): Coast Ruffle Skirt, £79; Topshop Box Pleat Bardot Top, £32; Topshop Frill Hem Blazer Dress, £59; Mango Ring Detail Dress, £49.99; Zara Chino Trousers, £29.99; Zara Crossover Coat, £119; River Island Ring Tie Culottes, £40; Warehouse Crepe Frill Jumpsuit, £49; SilkFred Collarless Jacket, £35.

For more reserved ladies in red, statement accessories make for an easy entry point into this colourful new-season trend. Signature bags, shoes and winter accessories will update your look, while the classic colour won’t overwhelm a pared-back look. Here’s my favourites…

(from l-r, top-bottom): River Island Slingback Kitten Heel Shoes, £36; Mango Chain Leather Bag, £49.99; Topshop Hot Toddy Pointed Boots, £59; Topshop Ring Tie Obi Belt, £20; Mango Zip Leather Gloves, £19.99; Michael Kors Mercer Large Leather Tote, £315.

Statement Trousers: 9 of the Best Spring/Summer Staples | Fashion & Style

Statement trousers make my high street hit-list every season; versatile, wearable and sophisticated, they can work their way through a sartorial checklist in seconds. This spring/summer season, we’ve seen fresh takes on traditional trouser shapes deployed into our favourite stores: frilled hem cigarette pants, oversized striped culottes and lace-up black trousers are just a few of this season’s signature styles.

An office-friendly wardrobe addition, a pair of striped black culottes offer an alternative to dated pinstripe suits, whilst trousers sporting sulty frill and lace details promise to reinvigorate your eveningwear selection. As a self-professed statement trouser addict, I’ve curated my personal collection of favourite new in trousers from the high street: 9 of the best spring/summer staples.

(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Pearl Studded Trousers, £29.99; Boohoo Wide Leg Side Panel Trousers, £15; River Island Frill Hem Cropped Trousers, £38; River Island Cream Tropical Print Trousers, £40; Warehouse Leaf Jacquard Culottes, £45; Topshop Lace Insert Culottes, £49; Topshop Mixed Blossom Cropped Trousers, £39; Mango Striped Cotton Trousers, £35.99; Mango Striped Culottes, £19.99.

My favourite new-season trouser style is, without question, frilled hem cigarette pants; I’ve seen options in River Island, New Look, Asos, Topshop and Zara, and they’re proving to be wildly popular. I’ve opted for a business-friendly pair in black, but I’m also considering investing in River Island’s gorgeous red pair. Which of these styles is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!


Embroidered Bags: Get the Gucci ‘Sylvie’ Look for Less | Fashion & Style

Embroidery catapulted back on to the catwalk a few seasons ago and it’s not looking to leave anytime soon; spotted again at the recent autumn/winter ’17 shows, embroidery has made a serious sartorial statement of late. One of the designer brands pioneering this trend is Gucci, and they’ve adorned versions of their Sylvie and Dionysus bags with beautiful embroidered embellishments. Oversized florals are juxtaposed against the boxy construction of the leather and the militant Parisian detail, whilst the beautiful blooms sport shades of succulent orange, lemon and fuchsia.

Whilst I love to lust over these beautiful Gucci creations, I can’t realistically afford to spend £2,350 for the medium-sized top-handle bag. Also, if I was going to consider investing in a designer bag, I’d likely consider choosing a more classic bag; investing in a piece which is more likely to transcend the seasons will help you to ensure a resell price at a later date. With my smaller budget in mind, I’ve been scouring the high street looking for dupes for the Sylvie bag – unsurprisingly, high street brands have snapped up this trend and you’ll find embroidered bags, shoes (I’m looking at you, M&S) and clothes in every store you visit. Here’s some of the best Gucci-inspired bags on the high street.

(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Embroidered Oval City Bag, £29.99; Accessorize Rose Bee Across Body Bag, £27; Zara Chain Detail Crossbody Bag, £79.99; V by Very Embroidered Stud Detail Winged Tote, £32; Mango Embroidered Studded Backpack, £39.99; New Look Pale Blue Floral Bag, £15.99.

As well as these beautiful embroidered floral bags, I’ve seen so many Gucci-inspired bags on the high street. Whether they’re championing the Dionysus-style buckle or the Parisian stripe straps, it definitely appears that this is the brand captivating the high street stores at the moment. I think I’ll definitely be investing in one of these bags soon – have you seen one on the high street which you think deserves to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!


Get SS17-ready with these 3 new-season trends | Fashion & Style

As the high street sets its sights on spring, you’ll begin to notice the influx of catwalk-inspired pieces hitting your favourite retail destinations: blouson sleeves, laced-up knits, pyjama-style silky separates and oversized shirts. Dramatic cuts and over-the-top shapes are mixed in with light layers; tulle and silk skirts and dresses are offset with see-through tees and structured shirts.

With feminine florals in light fabrics, power-play co-ords or dynamic pieces in ruffles, feathers and tulle to choose from, there’s something for everyone this seaon. But with so much choice, I’ve narrowed down the spring/summer offering to my favourite three trends. Here’s how I’m updating my wardrobe for the new season. Images courtesy of Marie Claire.

Marie Claire Bralettes SS17


I was so excited last September when designers took the underwear as outerwear trend to a new level, and I absolutely love the dramatic layering that our favourite fashion houses channelled. Bralettes are the perfect feminine antidote to an otherwise brash outfit: layered over structured shirts with skirts or trousers makes for a fresh take on your traditional 9-5 staples. My favourite bralette is this sequin crop top from Zara, which I’d layer over a white shirt with suit pants and sliders.

Marie Claire Statement Sleeves


I’m a huge fan of officewear, and I’ll definitely be updating my working wardrobe with shirts, sweaters, blazers and jackets which sport some seriously statement sleeves. From oversized, blouson sleeves to embellished styles with embroidery and dramatic cuts, there’s a new-season style you’ll sure to love. I’m going to opt for this poplin frill shirt from Topshop, and I’ll pair it with jeans, boots and a chunky knit.

Marie Claire Think Pink SS17


If Givenchy and Chanel are doing it, you can be sure your favourite high street retailer will be too: pink is everywhere this season, and it’s not going anywhere fast. Opt for a slick showcase of the statement shade on a shirt or jacket, or clash the colour by mixing and matches various shades in one ensemble. I love these velvet court shoes from River Island.

I’m really impressed with Topshop’s new-season collection this time around, as I haven’t been particularly besotted with their range for a while now. Zara continues to champion fashion-forward style on the high street and other Inditex brands (Mango, Massimo Dutti) also lead the way. If you’re on a budget, definitely head to New Look – their buying team has put a lot into their new spring/summer offering and I think the store has seriously upped its game on recent years.









New In: Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette | Beauty

As a self-professed make-up addict, it’s of little surprise to most people who know me that I’ve invested in a new eyeshadow palette. With a collection of palettes which includes options from Tarte, Too Faced and Urban Decay, you’d be safe in saying that I didn’t need a new one. With that being said, most of my previously-purchased palettes mimic each other with their soft taupe, warm brown and natural shimmer shades; I’m a sucker for a honey-brown smoky eye. So, you can see why I needed to expand my coveted collection to include an array of shades that I wouldn’t usually opt for. Enter stage right: the Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette.

Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette

The Smoky Nights palette from Estée Lauder features 14 highly-pigmented eyeshadows, which include seven shimmers, and seven pearly-matte finish shadows.

Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette

The palette features an intriguing composition of beautiful, bright jewel tones, bold and seductive navy and purple and a selection of lighter, highlighting shades. This palette promises to deliver a multitude of different make-up looks, from olive green smoky eyes, to pretty pink and brown neutrals, extravagant brights and delicate, natural shimmers. With such a diverse selection of colours, you can definitely experiment with different looks, making sure to juxtapose usually opposing colour combinations.

Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette Colours

The palette comes with a guide to achieving different make-up looks, and their suggestions include combining the beautiful purple, lilac and violet shades for a delicate, on-trend vibe; the pink, brown and shimmery shades for an everyday, nautral smoky eye; the rich navy, sky blue and lilac shades – a beautiful combination for blondes; and the olive green, grey and light pink shades for an earthy look which would look divine on olive-to-medium-coloured skin tones.

Estée Lauder Smoky Nights Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

The beautiful jewel-toned eyeshadows are intensely pigmented and pick up beautiful colour. They characterized by their silky feel and pearly finish, and the colours wears really well on the skin. An eyeshadow primer or make-up setting spray will help to ensure these bright colours don’t smudge though.

The palette retails for £44 and you can purchase it from Harrods or Debenhams, as well as from other department stores. For £44, you’re receiving 14 eyeshadows, with each eyeshadow working out at just over £3 each. Whilst the price initially seems steep (although not dissimilar to the price of other beauty brands’ palettes), £3 for an eyeshadow is an absolute steal. When you consider that just one eyeshadow from Estée Lauder retails for £20, the overall price is quite enticing – especially if you like the colours.

All in all, I’m really excited to play around with this eyeshadow palette more, and I definitely want to incorporate more colour in to my make-up looks. I’ve almost never worn blue or purple eyeshadow before, most notably because my colouring suits warmer colours, but I’m going to push myself out of my beauty comfort zone and go for a dark blue smoky eye on my next evening out with the girls. Watch this space.

As always, let me know your thoughts by commenting below and, if there’s an eyeshadow palette that you just can’t live without, then I’d love to hear about it.






Beauty Must-Haves: My Estée Lauder Essentials | Hair & Beauty

It’s no secret that I’m an Estée Lauder devotee; I’ve definitely worked my way through a questionable amount of Double Wear foundation. With a rich history that dates back to the 1940s, the Estée Lauder brand is a leading (and, at one time, pioneering) voice in cosmetics which I absolutely adore, and trust, for exactly that reason.

Recently I needed to repurchase my holy grail foundation, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, which retails for £31 at Boots (linked). As often is the case, the brand had a gift with purchase offer on orders of two items or more, where one had to be either skincare or foundation. Instead of opting for another cosmetics item, which would be my usual choice, I decided to treat myself to the Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Anti-Oxidant Creme at £42 (also linked). In return, I bagged a selection of travel-sized samples and one full-sized lipstick in a small make-up bag.

Whilst on a little bit of a beauty splurge, I also treated myself to a brand new perfume whilst passing through duty-free at the airport in Vancouver. After lusting over the Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum for what felt like forever, I picked up a 50ml bottle. The scent is absolutely perfect; I couldn’t love the perfume more. It’s my signature scent now and I’ll definitely repurchase it when I run out (for reference, I’m already half-way through the bottle – although this is after quite a few months of daily use).

Estee Lauder Favourites

Estee Lauder Double Wear DayWear

Estée Lauder DayWear Creme

Estée Lauder Free Gift

Estée Lauder Lipstick in Melon Shimmer

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum 50ml

I honestly couldn’t rate the Estée Lauder skincare, make-up and perfume products more if I tried – they’re all absolutely beautiful products which have had years and years of research and development put in to their creation. Earlier, I said that Double Wear is my favourite foundation, and that’s because it’s one of the only foundations which lasts on my skin all day and leaves it feeling cared for and covered. I love it. The DayWear Creme moisturiser is an absolute essential for me and, for the perfume, Modern Muse, I urge you to go into your local drugstore or pharmacy to test the scent out for yourself.

Are you an Estée Lauder fan? Which products do you use? I’m interested in trying one of the brand’s serums but they’re quite expensive, so please let me know in the comments below if you use one, and which your favourite is!