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GET READY TO OUTSHINE THE FIREWORKS THIS WEEKEND: WHAT TO WEAR ON BONFIRE NIGHT

THE BEST WINTER COATS AND ACCESSORIES TO WEAR THIS WEEKEND AT GUY FAWKES NIGHT

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Hi everyone, it’s time to get your sparklers at the ready and so excited for Bonfire Night this weekend. From woolly hats to snugly scarves I wanted to show you my personal favourites to inspire your winter wardrobe.

Finding the perfect winter coat is just as hard as finding the perfect man so you might as well invest time in finding the right one.  You can never go wrong with statement wears such as a pea coat in a fitted style looks smart and refined.

If you’re wondering what else would look great to finish off the look it’s always great to have options for stylish accessories this season as there are some great selections to choose from designer luxury to the high street.

I almost forgot a great pair of wellies would be ideal in this autumn weather wherever you are this bonfire weekend you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of wellington boots from Hunter. Try teaming a pair of these boots which a statement quilted bomber jacket with fur trim lapels as worn by Fashion Influencer and Model Toby Huntington-Whitley at the Belstaff Men’s show during London Fashion Week. So here’s where you can get your hands on this exclusive must have item this season below from my Edit.

 

 

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THE DUNELM HOME CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2019 | REVIEW

HOME DECOR INSPIRATION TO CELEBRATE THIS FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON

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After all it is the season of giving and about spending time with your loved ones, family and friends which means it’s time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts come Christmas Day. Sometimes I often find  I am leaving my Christmas shopping til the last minute but this year I’m going to start early and be well organised.

Just recently I was invited to attend the Press Day for Dunelm Home Christmas Collection in London to have a preview of their new collection range from home interiors to unique Christmas gift ideas. I also got to try and sample some delicious Christmas Inspired Cocktails and sumptuous Canapé’s during the event too while I had the pleasure of browsing my favourite items to add to my Christmas Wish list.

DID YOU KNOW? 37% of people do their Christmas Shopping in November, while 12% wait until the week before Christmas!

Dunelm Home prides itself as being one of Britain’s most beloved well known brands and it’s the first time I’ve come across this retailer that produces some really fantastic products to furnish your home.

I’m feeling really inspired for Chrismas just by looking at all the wonderful things which surround me because I really love this festive time of year and the thought of dressing up the mantle piece, hanging stockings up and having a Tree and decorations to light up the room. The feeling of being elated inside with joy is how it should be during this special time of year so decorating your home in preparation for the big day can be fun too. I reminisce those days growing up as a child and putting up the tree just me, Mum, siblings and not forgetting the dogs being present would not feel complete.

All the items on display during the press day were fantastic and make ideal presents such as handmade arts and crafts including the Christmas Crackers looked quirky and fun too.

 

 

 

 

 

Top image: Christmas Lantern Decoration This image: Unique selection of Christmas Gifts on display

 

 

 

Even the advent calendars were imaginative in the form of a 3-D model village to food gift sets, board games and more i deas for present choice was a great opportunity to window shop before these items hit the shelves in the store.

With comparison to other Christmas home collections Dunelm did not disappoint as there were lots to choose from to help you decide on gift ideas to spoil your loved ones and make sure you celebrate in style at home this festive season.

 

I had the most wonderful time exploring and taking note of all the things I want to include in my Christmas Wish list so I can start my Christmas Shopping early before the big rush kicks in on the high street. It’s the beginning of October already, so the time is ticking in the countdown to Christmas before we all head off and enjoy our planned festivities for the holidays.

Feeling inspired yet?  Discover the wide range of Decor available to buy today at Dunelm, the UK’s largest homewares and soft furnishing store from accessories, bedding, ornaments, ideas for new home decor to furniture and home collections.

 

 

To find out more about Dunelm Home please visit their website and social media handles below;

https://www.dunelm.com/

IG @dunelmuk @dunelm_insiders

 

 

Disclaimer; Many Thanks to Dunelm Home for inviting me along to their preview of the 2019 Christmas Collection. All opinions expressed will be my own and I would never promote something I otherwise would not choose for myself or use as I want to give my honest feedback on brands I review.

WHAT I WORE: SMART CASUAL WORK WEAR FOR AUTUMN

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A BANK HOLIDAY STAYCATION IN LONDON: MY AFTERNOON EXPLORING FIRMDALE HOTELS

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Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored as there is so much to see and do in London which boast the best bars, restaurants, hotels to fantastic nightlife. Sometimes it’s also good to have time to yourself and reflect like catching up on things like task, hobbies or friends are always great to make you laugh and experience fun things together.

What will you be up to this Bank Holiday Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most it before the new season starts and we begin to see Autumn season again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we a see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles to dictate what we wear day to day can be exciting also as our favourite staples get their chance to take centre stage.

Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the Hustle and Bustle of London town just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as you watch the people go by and spontaneously find new places to check out one being unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambience.  After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Haymarket Hotel Bar later in the evening.

 

All Photo's: Jenny Pickets Styling

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggy Pictures upholstered onto the back of the bar chairs and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchasia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say a man’s best friend is also his dog so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I’d definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future if I ever happen to be just passing by in the local area.

RELIVE NINETIES POP CULTURE WITH BRITAINS MOST ICONIC BRANDS THIS SUMMER

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If you grew up in the Nineties like me then I assume you were part of this exciting era when popular culture thrived at it’s very best as Britain’s most celebrated Icons dominated the scene from style, music to our most beloved lifestyle brands that helped shape Britain Cool Britannia.

Any thoughts on what your fondest memories were growing up? Mine were indefinitely sharing my clothes, music CD’s and 90’s memorabilia from Smash Hits magazine to Pepsi with my younger sibling. I admit we did fight over it, but which Brother or Sister does not squabble over things. We all had our favourites growing up.

Looking back it all influenced our individual style and taste even when it comes to pop culture. This summer it’s all about getting together and sharing experiences. Which reminds me the other day when I turned on the television where Walker’s the UK’s favourite crisp brand, and the Spice Girls teamed up in a 90 second ad that premiered yesterday evening on ITV during Britain’s Got Talent’ ad break. What do you make of it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you ever felt the same as I do reminiscing about favourite memories of growing up. It was perfect timing ahead of the Spice Girls Re-union tour – the biggest cultural movement of 2019 in partnership with launching Walkers Best Ever Cheese and Onion Flavour is the ideal way to celebrate don’t you think.

Who doesn’t love the Spice Girls as they will always go down in history as the most beloved successful girl band in the world even to the most obsessed Superfan which the Advert expresses with great humour and revisits 90’s nostalgia. The advert reveals Britain’s most biggest Spice Girl fan Dev that even he has to decide between the Spice Girls over his mouth-watering Walker’s crisp before becoming embroiled in an argument with the Spice Girls Mel B. It seems they are just too tempting to part with and missing out on the chance to win his VIP Ticket.

If you had to choose between The Spice Girls or Walkers Crisp I’ll let you decide that one because iconic brands mean something to us all and that’s why we love them too much! Who would you share your Walker’s with?

 

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONOCHROME AS WORKWEAR IN SUMMER

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One of my favourite ways of dressing on a day to day basis is sometimes opting for a monochrome colour palette which seems to be my first choice as it creates a rather clean and minimal look don’t you think. On a Monday morning on days like today it appears to be a good day with the sunshine out in London town as I make my way to a meeting before lunch time. So, if you’re wondering how should you wear this attire in spring summer without it being too warm it comes down to the choice of fabrics that are light and breathable at the same time.

Fabrics such as linen on jackets seem to be appropriate in this weather as it will be getting rather warm in the next coming months. What I like about classic separates such as light cotton shirts or t-shirts you can team these with a jacket to slightly dress the look up or down depending on where you are going. I like this combination allot as it still looks rather relaxed and comfortable which is how it should feel in spring when its time to hang up your winter wardrobe till next season.

Fitted jeans or trousers can also create nice proportions to elongate or emphasis body shape which I find looks great in appearance and when I take random pictures of myself wearing my outfits. The key is knowing your body shape and making the most of whatever shape and size you are, because everyone is different and deserves to feel great in clothes. As they say black can be slimming, but not only that I have feeling the monochrome trend will be a hit this season with the newly anticipated Beverley Hills 90210 re-boot hits the small screen once again.

Credits: Linen Blazer; H & M Man, Oxford button down Shirt; Polo Ralph Lauren; Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 MEN, Faux Suede Shoes; H&M Man, Sunglasses; Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Photography:  Jenny Eleanor Pickets

Disclaimer; All opinions are my own including the outfit styled by me. This post contains affiliate links via click through purchases on the brands websites which earns me commission at no extra cost to you