Wednesday

That One Off Eccentric Purchase


I was a total tomboy growing up. I loved rugby, trains and building stuff. I didn't "waste time" with dolls and frills; I wanted to create Playmobil and Lego cities across the entire ground floor of the house (much to my poor parents' feet's despair). I know you have to be careful when describing boys' and girls' hobbies these days but in a nutshell what I mean is: I was the girl asked to "sit out" of ballet for knocking others over with my clumsy footwork, and the last thing anyone would think I'd wear would be this...

outfit links = jumper sold out similar here from same brand / skirt (comes up small) / bag / shoes are old but these are the updated ones from same brand

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Sunday

And Other Stories Poppy Maxi Dress

This week is going to be a bit crazy and I'm not sure how to deal with it. Two words; Black Friday. I don't want to be one of those bloggers who constantly bombards their followers with the "best deals" - but at the same time my god are there some good ones. So, I've done a little tab (you'll be able to see it on the top left of my blog below the illustration - or by clicking the "menu" tab if you're on a mobile) rather than a post and am updating it daily with offers and my picks. Influencers get emails about them in advance, so we might as well share!

outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett


When it comes to these pictures do not fear I have not totally lost my sense and bought another Gucci Soho. I was shooting with Claire and her bag went way better with this outfit than mine did. I ummed and ahhed between my colour (the honey, here) and this one - in the end the fact I wanted it for a summer wedding was the only reason I steered away from the black

I actually don't have a black bag I always go for a colour... Maybe next year. Saying that, they keep going up in price. When I first wanted one they were £565, I remember it vigilantly as I kept thinking about buying one. A year later I paid £715 and now they're £805. It's the same as the loafers which (don't tell anyone I know) I just splurged on - thats what happens when you a fantastically sh*t day and are stuck at home alone with your credit card. I digress...
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Slightly Less Silly Christmas Jumpers

I absolutely love Christmas, absolutely love it. I love everything about it; the decorations, the build up, the present buying, the family seeing, the food... But the frugal side of me hates Christmas jumpers. Hate them. I don't like anything that doesn't seem like a worthy investment; ask my friends how often I quibble a bill (it can be useful but I am certain they'd tell you they've wanted to smack me over the head a few times). Having worked so hard to build a staple, constantly-useful wardrobe it seems to go against all I believe in spend money on something you only wear for that one day in the office. Then I found this...

outfit links = jumper, Gap (similar here if sold out) / jeans, Weekday / belt, Gucci (bought second hand from Vestiaire Collective / scarf, Weekday / bag, Gucci / sunglasses, Hugo Boss / boots, Toms

This jumper is basically an extension of my own, usual style. It's striped and it's the same fit as I'd usually buy - the only difference is the stripes are multicoloured and not blue and white! In fact, when Gap asked me to help them with an Instagram campaign promoting it as a Christmas jumper I was really surprised/thrilled that it counted as one. Surely this is the best possible scenario? 


Any way, it got me thinking - there must be more like this? Which is handy as my one seems to have sold out (though keeps coming back into store, check this link regularly and there is a very slightly different one here - just has a metallic neck).
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Saturday

Backless Ganni Knit

I saw this jumper at the beginning of the season and knew I had to make it mine. Is it practical? Hell no. Do I really need it? Nah. Will I love, care and treasure it for the rest of time? Absolutely. And so, the Ganni knit of dreams and I were united...

outfit links = jumper / jeans / bag / earrings / shoes 

I was a bit worried as the small had sold out so I got the medium. It's actually a perfect fit; it's supposed to be big and comfy. The wool is so, so soft and the bow at the back is quite a firm fabric so it holds firmly throughout the day. In short as much as it's an investment, I think it's a really good buy. Chunky knits are a thing at the moment, but they've never really not been in my wardrobe. They're warm and they hide the amount of pudding you eat. What more could you want?

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Monday

Starting Your Own Business; The Things Nobody Tells You

2017 seems to be the year of "following your dreams." Everyone seems to be taking risks and making changes; particularly when it comes to work. As a "small business owner" I get asked a lot about how and why I started doing things on my own so I thought I'd put a post together with things I've learnt in the last 2 years - half to help you guys, half to remind myself. There are so, so many factors to consider (if you're a blogger considering full time you might find this article useful) Enjoy...

outfit links = stripe top / trousers / shoes (available in 3 colours) / sunglasses / bag

Are You Cut Out For Self Employment?

It baffles me how few people actually think to ask themselves, "Can I work for myself, by myself?" Be mature enough to remove the dream from the reality. Strip your idea bare and make sure there is a viable business in there. Understand that behind every, single #startuplife Instagram image of the perfectly frothed coffee and perfectly handwritten to do list there is an employer pulling their hair out over a VAT bill/supplier issue/staffing problem (possibly all in one go).


outfit links = stripe top / trousers / shoes (available in 3 colours) / sunglasses / bag
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Wednesday

And Other Stories Rose Jumper

Social media is a funny old beast; sometimes it feels like your best friend and other it feels like it's totally forgotten about you and isn't returning your calls. This week it felt pretty good. It was my birthday, and I got lots of lovely message from people I really know, and people I really don't. It made me realise that these days the meaning of "community" doesn't mean your local area, it's the people who choose to be in your world, from wherever they are location wise. Scrolling through the comments I realised how many of my now close friends I met through social media too - and just as I was doing it, someone came up to me in a cafe and told me my content about this year's election really helped them out. Winner.


When I started blogging there was no Instagram, Pinterest or Snapchat. Twitter was the platform to be on, thats why you'll see a lot of influencers who have been doing it for longer tend to have bigger followings on there than those who started in the last two years. If I'd known how pictorial the world of social media was going to become I doubt I'd have ever started it; the internet felt pretty anonymous in 2011.


outfit links = rose jacquard jumper / red shoes / jeans / brown satchel / earrings
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Tuesday

All The Threes, Thirty Three

So today is my birthday, I'm turning 33 at 11.43am. Just in time for lunch, a philosophy I have stuck to for my entire life. 32 was my best year yet and I'm seriously excited for the next chapter. 

outfit links = dress, Net A Porter (similar for less here) / bag, APC / shoes, Finery / cardigan, Jigsaw 

To mark the occasion I put on my favourite dress and hit the streets of Shoreditch to twirl around like a loony in it. It's a Zimmermann again; my favourite brand ever. Yes their dresses are expensive but ever so often I think it good to purchase something completely irrational (and it was this or a puppy, which is a bad idea right now). I've included some more purse friendly options further down the post - but I fully recommend going the whole hog, here. They even have a few colour options, below (as do the shoes).


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Friday

Golden Season


Ever so often you buy something complete different to your usual style, and within seconds of wearing it, it feels as if you've never been without it. I spied this jacket in Topshop in a quick visit between meetings. It was one of those cr*ppy days where nothing was going right, so I decided to treat myself. They didn't appear online for ages so I've held back in telling you about it. It's finally available here, but it seems to be selling out super fast so if you want it I'd be quick about it.


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Thursday

How To Spend A Weekend in Marrakech, Part One


Followers of my Instagram will be fully aware that I've just returned from a trip to Morocco. We booked a last minute week-long deal to Agadir with a simple agenda of sun and sand. However, I couldn't not go to Marrakech if I was in the country - Gus had never been before and I was desperate to show him the city. It's one of my favourite places in the world. So we hopped on the coach (£7, comfy and wifi) and arrived for a two night break.


Now, I've stayed in Marrakech 4 times. I've done the enormous American hotel thing, I've done the compounds on the outskirts thing - but I'd never done the riad thing. When a friend recommended La Sultana I knew it was the one for us. Smack in the middle of Kasbah (part of the old city), the 28 roomed hotel is made up of five former private homes dating back as far as the 12th century. I expected to love it, but I didn't expect to be completely blown away... So much so I've had to split this post into two parts as I've taken over 1400 photos...
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Friday

Club Petanque Sweater

Oh HOLA Sundays! It feels like you've been a long time in coming! Here's me doing what I do best; sitting on steps on Sundays whilst waiting for a free space at the pub up the road, looking ever so slightly lost and wearing my comfiest clothes. I thought I'd share my weekend habits that I've found brilliant in getting me back up and running for Monday mornings...


One thing is very important on Sundays; no work. Absolutely none. Admittedly in the winter this gets harder if you're a blogger because the shorter days in winter take away the chance to shoot photography before or after work, but as much as you possibly can give yourself a break. Yes, that includes Instagramming - if you really have to there is an app that will actually post (rather than schedule) posts for you called Onlypult. Probably handy for anyone working on a brand too, as ironically Sundays are the best days for engagement.

On that, I used to be one of those people who thought receiving and sending late night emails was a sign of someone's commitment to the cause. However, I recently went to a seminar where this lady explained she wouldn't ever do business with someone who did that, as it means either means they have taken on too much and don't know how too delegate, or that they are just simply disorganised. So, I've stopped doing it. You won't hear from me on weekends now, unless my life depends on it.

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Finery Polka Dot Skirt

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm more than a little bit happy about this skirt. I saw in months ago at a press day and I knew I had to have it. I shot this look a few weeks ago with Claire, and I'm still wearing it constantly. Midi skirt aren't always my friend as I always end feeling like it highlights my tummy, and to be honest I have the same thing with pleated skirts (you know when you get that ridge at the top of your mum, and the pleats seem wider - yeah that) but there is something about this one, and Finery's ability to tailor to perfection that means I can wear shapes I'd usually disregard.

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

It's swishy, it's kind of the right mix of super girly and boy like (navy and white doesn't scream princess) and also its office acceptable. I know this for certain because I wore it last week to a very big meeting with a shirt and some heels and the very important lady I met asked me where it was fro. Which is the unsung code for "you wore the right thing, and you fit in here." Or so I hope.


outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

This whole outfit makes me happy, every last bit. My bag hasn't had that much of an outing recently because the pesky Soho replaced it - but wearing it for shoots like this remind me how much I love it - and how glad I am purchased it. The colour is sold out in pretty much every place now, but I found a link to it below. Oh, and I totally love the blue colour because it goes with everything.
product links = bag / polka dot skirt / white shirt / stripe shirt / sunglasses / sneakers
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Thursday

My Weird Weather Uniform

Anyone else feeling beyond tired and wee bit apathetic to dressing yourself? Seriously, if I could like in my comfies right now I would be. I feel very sorry for my neighbours who have had to witness my outfit concoctions for dog walking. What can I say it's been, creative? Any way for days where I was been forced to leave the security of my sofa and scented candles I've pretty much always looked something like this...

outfit links = blazer / jeans / shoes / bag / tee

I'm not exactly reinventing the wheel when I say I live in blazers, tees and flats, but I've recently found a few new pieces I thought I'd share. Plus, lots of you have been asking from my Instagram whether I think new places like Weekday are worth so I thought I'd do a proper little piece on it. Here we go...
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Sunday

Coat Weather With Hobbs

Autumn is well and truly here! Yes, we might be having a fluke weekend of twenty-odd degrees but make no mistake; it's time to pack away the shorts and get the woolly stuff out. A few months ago I met up with the Hobbs London team. It was a scorching hot day and I remember thinking the idea of shooting a winter coat edit was the last thing I could imagine doing! But here we are in October already, and here I am showing you my favourite pieces from Hobbs AW17, in my local area, Hampstead - where Hobbs was first established. 

outfit links = coat / jeans / boots 

Coats are pretty much the most important thing in an autumn or winter wardrobe. When I was younger I'd just buy one cheaply on the high street and wouldn't think to check anything other than the price. These days it's the opposite; like a woman possessed I look for the label immediately and if it's not a decent wool I won't buy it. Which is how (and why) Hobbs coats came into my life - I bought a navy pea coat from them 6 years ago that still looks as good today as it did the day I bought it.
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Monday

The Perfect Autumn Maxi Dress

outfit links = dress / shoes / sunglasses / bag / blue stone ring / open oval ring / choker

I like autumn. No, I love autumn. Trouble is I never really know how to dress. With the British weather being pretty much impossible you never know whether or not to wear a jumper, a coat, snow boots... The list goes on. I'm finding it's taking me about a quarter of an hour longer than normal to get ready and often once I've had a coffee I'll look down at myself and think "what the hell am I wearing?" as my early-morning-zombie outfit decision just don't make any sense...

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Thursday

And Other Stories Velvet Pants

Last year I really regretted not buying a pair of amazing pyjama style printed trousers. I just didn't have the balls to leave the house in them even though I pined over them for weeks(and pinned them to death on Pinterest, obviously). The pair in particular flew off the shelves, bought by those more confident than me, and by the time I'd gathered the guts they'd sold out. This year I was not making the same mistake.

outfit links = blazer / trousers / bag / tee / sunglasses / shoes (on sale)

This pair appeared on And Other Stories' newsletter and I just thought "I'm going in." I eagerly awaited their arrival and paraded around the flat like a mad woman when I tried them on. I really expected the boyfriend to hate them as they're what I would call "man repeller" but he actually loves them and wants me to get a matching jacket (there isn't one sadly, but there is a silk shirt I'm considering here).
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Tuesday

Cashmere Coziness with The White Company

I'm not sure about you but September seems to have gone in a second. It's October next week! Work has been crazy and I'm not sure if it's me but the shorter days seem to put even more pressure to get more done during the days. For us bloggers, gone are the days of lazed evening shoots, at least until next year!

cashmere sweater (best ever, it's the one you've been asking about on Instagram) / cashmere joggers / grey throw

With all the pressures of work at the moment I'm trying to use my free time better and really take the time to indulge myself with a few little additions. When The White Company approached me about working together again on a cashmere story, it fitted so neatly with where I'm "at" right now that I jumped at the chance. I thought I'd show you a few things I'm doing at the moment to help me establish some calm. Cashmere for me is just such a joy; it's naff to say but wearing it does make life better. With that in mind, heres an insight into our Sunday mornings...
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Friday

Going Dotty

Well, somehow we're halfway into September. I knew it was going to be a testing month as so much was in the diary, but I didn't really take into account how much it would tire me out. Writing this post (and finding the momentum to) will take me much, much longer than usual. 

outfit links (click to shop) = dress / trainers / bag

Claire shot these pictures of me whilst we were on our trip to Soho Farmhouse last week with Mint Velvet. I'd never stayed there before, having only gone up for the day. I had huge guilt leaving the office for 48 hours, but I decided I had to take the opportunity to have some "me" time which was exactly what Mint Velvet had geared the trip around. Think feasts for dinners, log fires, tea making session and yoga. Not to mention their new Hygge range which is filled with everything you want for the colder months ahead.

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Tuesday

My Version Of Girly

outfit links = dress also in raspberry here / velvet shoes version with a heel here / necklace

I took advantage of a sunny afternoon and put on my new dress from And Other Stories last week. The weather doesn't really know what it's doing at the moment so I am stocking up on pieces that'll carry me over to autumn. Dresses like this can be worn with a white shirt underneath (or I'm on the hunt for a forest green roll neck if anyone knows of one) when it gets cooler so I really didn't mind spending on it - find it here.

dress / in raspberry here / velvet shoes / version with a heel here / necklace

I love the little tie up details as it allows me to get the fit just right; I often fit strangely in dresses as I have a bigger bust than you'd expect from my waist size, and I'm short which only adds to the problems. Also I feel it's important to let you know it has pockets, because thats a life essential feature of any decent garment these days.
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Monday

Wilderness with San Pellegrino

You guys already know that I'm a tad obsessed with festivals. In particular; UK based festivals with lots of food and friends. When San Pellegrino asked me if I'd like to come along with them (they were the sparkling water sponsors) it didn't take much persuading.


For those who haven't been to Wilderness before, here are a few things to bear in mind. First up; it's full of people of a certain, type. The whole weekend is an avid display of the Overheard At Waitrose twitter feed (see here). The people four tents down from us brought their own pizza oven, and 95% of attendees were beautifully bronzed from trips to their holidays involving boats in France and Croatia.

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Saturday

Weekday Denim

As a blogger I really try to be true to myself and my audience and pair with brands I love. Sometimes when a new retailer comes along it's hard to make that call. So when Weekday asked me to let my followers know they had a new store on Regent Street in London, I thought I'd ask around. I hadn't heard of them before... Silly old me.


You see, when I asked my sister she stopped dead in the street and said, "They do the best denim known to man." Another friend who's choice of jeans I'd admired for years announced hers always come from there and she buys them in bulk whenever she goes home to Stockholm. As you can imagine I was curious. I googled the brand a bit and found they were already stocked on ASOS and I'd actually bought a jumper from them last year, that remains a faithful "throw on" when the sun goes down in summertime.

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Barnsley House


Followers of my Instagram will know we spent a lovely couple of days in the Cotswolds at Barnsley House. We stayed at The Painswick last year, so we already knew about the Calcot Collection (there are five or six properties across the country of similar style) and we'd had a brilliant time - so were expecting lots from our mini break. We arrived to perfect sunshine and after a game of croquet (could it be in any more English?) and an Aperol Spirtz we decided we'd take a walk around the grounds - with me in my fancy-pants new dress.

links to products = dress / dress in navy / bag / shoes 

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Monday

Floral Fancies


Just when the weather looks set for autumn and I start to post more "wintery" things, we have an absolute cracker of a long weekend! Seriously, I've just come back from a day on Hampstead Heath reading magazines, listening to podcasts and conjuring up projections for tonight's Game of Thrones (Little Finger's time must be up and I reckon a Cersei/Jaime split, no?). 


One "look" (I hate that word, but hey it works) you can't ignore is the whole red/white floral thing. I first caught on to it with this steal of a Boohoo shirt - my first item from the label - a few months ago and was staggered at the comments I got. Everyone loves it (which is good as ASOS have restocked it here). So when Finery (don't know Finery? Get to know Finery - and quickly - here) released their take on the trend, it was an immediate purchase.

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Tuesday

How To Spend A Weekend In Paris


I spent last weekend in Paris for my Dad's 60th birthday. When we asked him what he most wanted to do to celebrate the occasion, spending time in the French capital with the family was the immediate answer. Paris is special for us all; we've spent a lot of time here together and some very poignant family moments have taken place there. From infamous tantrums storming across the Tuileries (me) to inhaling a creme brûlée in one (sister) it's all happened here. As we know the place pretty well, our weekend was full of visiting favourite haunts and discovering a few new places away from the obvious places. I wasn't planning on doing a post but when so many asked for tips and tricks via Instagram I thought I may as well. Pop the kettle on and have a read.


outfit links = jacket / jeans / trainers / tee and similar here / bag and similar here / sunglasses
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Thursday

Back To Work

shirt, ASOS (similar here and here) / trousers, Jigsaw (similar in navy here) / shoes, Chloe / bag, Zara

I've been trying to make a bit of an effort to "dress up" for work. It's easy when you work from home to live in jeans and Converses, but now things have progressed a bit (yay) and I'm in the City most of the time I felt really out of place and a bit scrappy. It's been the reverse of the challenge I had when  started the blog - when I worked in town and had no idea what to wear outside of the office... Lots of you on my Instagram have been asking for workwear advice, so I'm going to try and make time for some snaps during the week so I can share what I've found. 

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Friday

My Happy Outfit

links to outfit = jumpsuit, old (similar top and trousers) / shoes / bag / rings

Sometimes fashion just doesn't really matter and you should just wear the things that make you happy. For me, that's this jumpsuit. I bought this last year and I knew it was love the minute I saw it for real. It represents everything I love about fashion; it was pretty cheap (from ASOS), it's easy to wear, it's slightly oversize but comes in at the waist and it's got bright coloured embroidery detail. On top of that, it created my nickname "Andy Pandy" to kick off - a nickname I am more than happy to own as I love a fun jumpsuit.

links to outfit = jumpsuit, old (similar top and trousers) / shoes / bag / rings

I always take it on holidays with me as it's a brilliant "I don't know what to wear" outfit. These photos were taken in Rome on our first day. We took them at the top of the road of our hotel on Via Giulia in the Navona district. It was baking hot and we were hot, bothered and thirsty. 
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Finding The Perfect City Break Outfit

Believe it or not, I struggle with holiday style. I know that probably sounds a bit daft what with being a so-called fashion influencer, but this was very much by accident (my blog was anonymous for two and a half years for a reason) and I didn't ever expect to me putting my own style, on me, online when I started out. I've been feeling a bit like I haven't defined my own style for a while now, and when summer came along it only heightened the feeling.

links to outfit items: t shirt / skirt / sunglasses / bag / espadrilles / hoop earrings

It took a seriously long (and messy) haul through my own wardrobe. I got rid of a lot; either to local charity shops or via Katie who sells on influencers' clothes through her Instagram here. It wasn't until this outfit, whilst in Rome, that I felt I got my mo-jo back. I know it probably sounds a bit arrogant but this "look" defines everything I enjoy about wearing clothes. The tee shirt fits (more on that later, it was found in the least expected place), the skirt is stripey and cheap, the shoes are colourful and comfortable, the sunglasses fit my face, the jewellery is subtle - and the bag is expensive and I'm bl**dy proud I own it. So here's a little more about everything...
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Thursday

Mango Red Dress

Can we just have a moment for Mango, please? I've bought so much from there this summer which is a total first for me. Before, I really thought everything was for Spanish skinnies and the idea of trying on their trousers filled me with dread. Equally, their tops and dresses were just a bit... cheap. Even though the Oxford Street store was bang in the middle of everywhere else I'd nip into, I'd never go there. Now, that's all changed...

links to products = red dress (if it sells out, v similar here) / shoes (in sale) / bag / leather jacket (just seen) / sunglasses

When I was in Rome the other week I was happily going through my emails when I spotted one from the brand titled "Boho Revival" (here is the edit if you're interested). I quickly bought the lot. The lot. Longer term followers will know I'm a bit obsessed with anything embroidered and boho, so these trousers were first in my basket (going to wear them solidly at Wilderness). Shortly behind it was this. The red dress... It used to be the "Special K" look but roll forward a few years into the times of social media and everyone is after the "emoji perfect" dress (and I've found it).
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Kiki McDonough's Jemima Collection


Here I am in my happy place. There is literally nowhere in the world I prefer to wander than Rome. Followers of my Instagram will know that last week we spent a few days in the Italian capital doing just that. Having spent the majority of my childhood holidays in Italy, and a road trip last year I was absolutely bursting get back. So, when British jeweller Kiki McDonough showed me her new Roman inspired Jemima Collection and asked me to share it with you all, I instantly saw it as an opportunity to get on a plane...

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