Your Biggest Asset: Investments To Make In Yourself

"Your poker privileges have been revoked" It flashed on my iPhone. I was sat at an online poker table playing for cash. All was going well. I'd multiplied my buy-in by five on my last hand while shopping in the supermarket but now I couldn't continue. The feelings I had in that moment are largely a mixture of anger, annoyance and fear of missing out. Then I remember. Like many impulsive habits, gambling can be addictive. Importantly I recognise that it's just a game and I pop my phone back into my bag. Turns out there was a problem verifying my age as my driving licence refers to my maiden name (I digress...).
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Three Trends To Invest In At The Outnet

It's easy to get carried away in the sales. It's only when you return home, open those pearly gates (your closet doors) and realise damn it, you've nothing to go with those insane new culottes. That's why although sales are super tempting, shopping smartly can get you discounted designer pieces all year round. Not a whiff of hassle or regret.
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A Step In The Bright Direction With Joules

(*Sponsored*)  You'd be forgiven for thinking Joules was the reserve of the country living, welly wearing customer. Aside from a wealth of pretty printed shoes, boots and wellies (like these gorgeous polka dot ones) Joules is renowned for their cute gilets and versatile jumpers. But it doesn't end there. Today, Joules is so much more than that. I've shopped at Joules for years, their style evolution has been incredible. I shop there not just for breaks to The Cotswolds or trips to Cornwall but also for my weekend wear and city living essentials.
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High End & High Street: The Weekend Edit

At the weekend, I love wearing a decent pair of jeans with some comfy trainers and a cross body. Come evening, I don't mind sticking on some heels and getting a bit more glammed up. Now that I freelance and work from home, my weekday wardrobe almost became my weekend wardrobe. But like most ladies,  I'm never sure what to wear. It's also annoying when your partner is ready to leave and hurrying you up.
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Should You Be Cruising Through Life?

Coasting through life is not something I do easily. In fact, I'm forever having a plan, goals and a calendar to abide by. This year? I found out I'm pregnant, planned a wedding, got married, learned to drive and passed my test. Right now? We're renovating our home (moving our kitchen to an entirely different room, creating a baby room and some repairs) which can be stressful. "Are you sure the gas will be blocked off correctly?" I find myself worryingly ask my builder. We're also preparing for our first child alongside blogging on here and LittleInTheCity.com. But whilst one could say it's the most important time to be preparing and planning, is it wrong that all I want to do is chill out and cruise for a bit?
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80 Piece Pom Pom Edit: Fun, Summer Trend

I've recently invested in a few pom pom pieces to adorn practically any outfit this Summer. No longer the reserve of 8 year olds at Sunday birthday parties, the pom pom trend has quickly made a come back on runways and High Street shops alike. I'm loving the pop of colour and the fact that I can now pretty much customise anything in my wardrobe to give it a little Summer update. Some really cool pom poms in all different colours and sizes can be bought easily at Hobbycraft or your local haberdashery. Just stick and go!
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Are You Letting Your Belongings & Wardrobe Own You?

When your clothes start piling up, it's worth considering a typical addicts behaviour to determine whether or not your items are owning you. I used to think I was in control of my wardrobe but like hundreds of women, it occasionally gets a bit too much and I need a clear out. So am I addicted to keeping things? It led me to some thinking. Am I at peace just so long as I have something rather than possessing something I absolutely adore? Are the things I buy things that I can look at and enjoy everyday? Am I telling myself that I can stop (if I want to) but like a typical addict, don't?
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My Answers To The ‘Ask Me Anything’ Emails

Over countless glasses of wine (pre-pregnancy obviously) and cups of coffee with PR's, fellow bloggers and clients conversation often touches upon the subject of blog post content. The ideas, the topics but more importantly, at what point do you stop sharing? Well I've always been a pretty open book. During my Uni days I'd tell anyone who would listen about my relationship woes or my course problems. I'd celebrate every success no matter how small with people. I'd say I've always been pretty approachable. So when it comes to moving to London, working for magazines and writing a blog, I've always been keen to offer my advice and experience. Probably a little too much sometimes.
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What It’s Really Like Being Your Own Boss After GQ

Choosing to end my career, a career that I'd moved from South Wales to London for, didn't come easy. My blog was around a year old when I left GQ and it was such a daunting thing to do. I've been in employment since I was 13 years old and spent a good eight years getting to where I did at Condé Nast so the prospect of being my own boss came with both its perks and concerns. What if the blog nose dived? Would I miss that salary? Would I get lonely? But what if it went really well? If it grew and started doubling traffic every month? I'd saved in advance so that I'd be able to survive for three months without a salary but aside from that and filling my diary and scheduling content, there was little else I could do to prepare. Overall, with the anticipation and freedom to no longer consider the blog a side project but a full time job came plenty of optimism. But of course, ask anyone who is self employed and they'll probably all tell you the same. The story doesn't end there.
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24 Pairs Of Sunglasses To Kick Start Summer

A staple in any Summer capsule collection, a good pair of sunglasses are an investment I make each year. Aside from the style factor, they are of course practical and a necessity in the sunshine so I don't mind spending that extra penny on a good pair that will last all season (and beyond). There are so many styles around (just check out Net A Porter!) from 60's to oval, from round to aviator.
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Payday Treats From The Hub Of Sophisticated Fashion

(*Sponsored*) Donning my comfiest flats and most casual dress I always feel ready and set to hit some stores and treat myself. Especially when I'm at Bicester Village. Famed for its selection of high end designer stores and discounted prices, a trip around payday is usually in my diary. As a blogger and general fashion lover, the pursuit of exceptional street style involves looking for some awesome designer pieces without the hefty price tag.
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What Happened When I Tried To Move To NYC

A.K.A the 'concrete jungle where dreams are made of'. Well that was quite literally the case for me. The first time I visited New York was one Christmas a few years ago. It had been six months in the planning; Christmas Day at Maddison Square Garden to watch Bulls v Knicks, dinner at The Four Seasons and various other restaurants plus VIP tickets for NYE at Jay Z's club. Lil Wayne had just been let out of prison and was at Times Square - it was all very exciting (ha!). It wasn't the glitz and glamour that drew me to my decision to try to move there though but the atmosphere, the people and the culture. It was then I decided, I had to move to New York alone and get a job.
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How To Spend A Day Alone In London

Aside from all the shops, bars and salons I know London like the back of my hand. It's a great place to spend a day alone. My favourite place at the moment? Connaught Village. Aside from the beautiful salons and restaurants, the pre owned designer shoes and bags are absolutely worth a visit. From Chanel bags like this to previously owned designer shoes, they're worth the short walk from Oxford Circus. The prices are great.
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