Luxe List December - Part 3* | Style

Welcome to the last in the series of this months Luxe list. Over the last few weeks I've been searching the latest luxe gadgets and gizmos available on new online European store Quick Mobile Shop's website to bring you my top ten for this month, with this post showcasing my top 4 for December!


Luxe List December - Part 2* | Style

I'm back once again with (a new European tech store) to give this weeks rank 7 to 5 of my tech luxe list!


Another planet with Born Pretty Store* | Beauty & Style

This Sunday I planned on doing a beauty and style combo for this post of how I'd wear Born Pretty Store's (BPS) latest glitter galaxy decals with the latest on the mystical fashion market. But instead it's just more of another quick fire style post.


Luxe List December - Part 1* | Style

As a tech, style and luxe lover I'm always fond of the latest gadgetry and accessories to style up my tech life in-line with the latest lifestyle trends. So with this day and age people being more and more tech obsessed, and their lives being slowly more and more connected (plus with Christmas right around the corner), I've decided to team up with a new European tech store to give you the latest and greatest tech gadgets on my luxe list each month so you too can style up your or your families favourite gadgets! Every week I'll be giving you a selection of my top 10 working my way up to my number 1 fave!


But is it the most wonderful time of the year? | Life

Ahh Christmas. A time where over indulgence, mass expenditure, frightening January credit card bills, stupidly drunk strangers and crazy amounts of television fill most lives across the globe... oh and just a little festive cheer.


Balibart Pop-up Store* | Writing

Today's blog post comes from my writing contributions as art editor for Vulture Hound Magazine

 With a passion for featuring all of arts latest illustrators cultivating the next generation of visual creators, Balibart is a strong passionate art platform as well as an online shop bringing affordable art to the Masses.


'Empty Lot' at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall - Part I* | Writing

Today's blog post comes from my writing contributions as art editor for Vulture Hound Magazine

Tate Modern's Turbine Hall Series (or formally known as the Unilever Series) is home to modern arts most prized installations, and it's latest series 'Empty Lot' is no exception.


France's answer to Banksy* | Writing

Today's blog post comes from the writing I've been doing as art editor over at Vulture Hound Magazine

Building a collection of stencils and illustrative passion for the past 10 years and referred to as France's answer to Banksy.


Show your support with* | Style

Ahh the humble bra. Lacey, sequinned, long-line, strappy, patterned, cut away - The list of choice for this humble (and for most) daily worn item is endless. So really It's a shame that we sometimes spend a significant chunk of money on our underwear and then never get to flaunt it unless to loved ones.. until now.


How not to be a 'Fashionista' | Style & Life

I already started mentioning this before in my last blog post about LFW, but I really hate being told what to wear and how to wear things, not that anyone goes around wagging their finger and scribbling on their clipboard at me - but I mean from the fashion critics each season. I choose items every season that I like and ditch the rest that I hate or the ones that will never suit me. I really only buy items when I think they're original pieces, I will get a lot of wear from them or that they will stand the test of time and near enough 9 times out of 10 I always get compliments on things that are that little bit different or extra special, regardless of if it's 'so 2014'.

Throughout my life I've had some very different senses of dress, which I'm not afraid to admit branched from surfer chick chic to a more 'emo' embrace, but from this information you can hardly say I wasn't into the trend of the time.
I suppose in many ways I was probably trying to just gather my bearings on what my personal sense of style is and like every fashion season you always see after a long enough time that the same loop of trends have come back round having been reinvented again and again. No those statement butterfly backed earrings are NOT new, neither are jeggings, and those multi-coloured metallics? Please.

Although I love to be in fashion and 'down with the kids', this is where I feel many young women, grown women and super fashionistas alike slip-up, literally leaping into each and every trend with abandon, never making something truly their own and beating themselves up when their body-shape doesn't suit that bodycon dress, or why their face doesn't look great under those Alexa Chung endorsed cat-eye sunnies.

Fast forward to my style in 2015 and I'd definitely say it's more of a mix of new and old with anything from charity shop to Net a porter being mashed together, a fashion phenomenon their calling high/low dressing (one that was spoken about in this weeks Stylist). This style of dressing is very versatile and original, and the kind where I get many compliments from (many coming from my grey poncho and scarf combo pictured which I love).

What I'm getting at here is that the most comfortable I've ever been in my own wardrobe is now - where I finally feel happy wearing every item in there, and choosing which one to dress in is now the only challenge.


What I wore
Black leather boots - Newlook
Black treggings - Forever 21
Polka dot oversized shirt - M&S via Charity shop
Tartan scarf - Boutique
grey and stripe poncho jacket - Minuet via Charity Shop
Handbag - Vintage

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Big announcement | Life

This week I'm not talking about fashion, BMI, carbon footprints or relationships as per usual, I wanted to talk instead about my latest endeavor writing back at Vulture Hound Magazine


How much do I weigh? | Life & Inspiration

Ever since I was young I've always been conscious of my size, with my weight (non-drastically may I add) varying over the course of my life, like every other person on this planet. Sometimes I'd be slim and sometimes overweight, and when I got to my last year of university I decided I wanted to take control and be the size I wanted to be.


The world is your oyster in association with Spottster | Style

Being such an avid ASOS user I've never really been one to use any other app/website to shop with, as I find ASOS provides me with almost all of my shopping needs (other than when I casually go on a quick high street shopping spree on my lunch break because I just fancy it). 

I don't know about you but I also find it terribly inconvenient and tedious having multiple accounts to juggle across many different sites and mediums (yes I know what a first world problem). It just creates a new headache when shopping for deals, and its SO much better when everything is all in one place doing all the leg-work for you.


Too 'Thin' | Life & Thoughts

As you may or may not already know I'm a bit of a health fanatic and (although sometimes difficult) I do try and make it to the gym at least 4 times a week to maintain my personal well being, health and also size. 


LFW - My say | Style & Inspiration

Ahh fashion week. The 'glitz' - The 'glamour' - and The latest in this seasons trends. Or for me it was more The panic - The rush - and The dissemination through this seasons trends and the pieces in collections I'd actually want to wear.

My idea of fashion is not the same as others. The last 7 or so years I've never really swayed in what I wear, if it doesn't suit me it doesn't make it to my wardrobe.. Well.. bar a few naive test runs just to make sure I haven't been missing out on those dropped waists or super short shorts, And trust me when I say every time I've found.. I'm really not missing out.


What a waste | Thoughts & Inspiration

For anyone that knows me you'll know that I like stuff. Lots of stuff. Stuff makes me happy. Period. I'm currently standing at a total of 11 body lotions (why I don't know), 24 perfumes, a stupid 88 nail polishes and 57 magazines (including all 14 issues of 'Love' Magazine and each one is practically a forest on its own) to be precise.

Now I'm never one to get overly passionate about the idea of minimising my personal waste footprint, although oddly my desk at work is pretty minimalist with everything I use for work mainly digital, and a desk of re-usable items all put in their place via oversight from my OCD controlled mind. But overall I'm the kind of person who L-O-V-E-S shopping, every form of chic packaging, keeping tickets for my stub box and just like you I go to the supermarket and buy items that come in a plastic, card or tin container.


The perfect relationship | Thoughts & Style

During a visit to one pretty seaside location and another pretty countryside location, 2 couples met in what was to be the joining in hands and lives to each other. I was blessed to have been one of the few chosen to witness these occasions with both being such intimate events, and also to meet some really lovely people who I would genuinely say I can see become personal friends and not just acquaintances (plus I got to dress up in this very doll-like structured green metallic dress - now who wouldn't be happy).


The REAL me | Thoughts

I'm currently sitting in the car on the B1040 on the way to Nottingham with my other half in one of the many trips we've done across the country in recent weeks, hosting an outrageously annoying cold and harbouring enough tissue to create my own mini forest - sounds pretty glamorous right? I've been sitting here for a couple of hours and it's been the perfect situation to ponder the usual mixture of life events, calendar dates, new friendships, family updates, vlogs and finally my slice of the internet that is Thoughts of a Shell; and something has become quite apparent.

F I E S T A S T Y L I S T A | Outfit

I'm sure a lot of you will have already seen this competition either dotted around Instagram feeds, in Facebook posts or advertised in Londons top free female lifestyle paper 'Stylist', and although this competition is pretty much over I wanted to share with you my last minute outfit entry and also my little trip to Europe's largest man made beach!

F A S H I O N F R E E Z E | Outfit

When I saw recently that my favourite healthy dessert of choice Yoo Moo were running a little fashion competition over on their Instagram, I couldn't resist a little snap and hashtag, especially when this little number was so fitting!


P A C K I N G F O R B A R C E L O N A | Haul

Hi everyone, I've got another haul for you again featuring all the lovely things coming with me on my trip to Barcelona! I filmed this a while ago and have already been and returned from my Spanish trip.. like most people, life got in the way of editing and blogging.


B I R T H D A Y # 2 6 | Haul


L A C E & F L O R A L S | Review*


A Boho Birthday | OOTD

Recently I ventured back to the sleepy suburbs of Essex to celebrate my Grandads' 80th Birthday. As the weather was super sunny, my Grandparents' garden was looking particularly wonderful and obviously I dressed up for the occasion, I couldn't resist snapping my outfit for the blog!

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