I'm off on holiday at the end of the week, at last! I've been gradually buying my Summer pieces since the Winter months and I've created quiet the collection. What I tend to struggle with the most with packing for a long weekend is cramming everything into a carry on-it sounds impossible (especially talking from a serial over-packer) but trust me, it can be done.

I've partnered with Banana Republic to show you my favourite pieces from their new collection, why I'm taking them away with me on my long weekend and most importantly how I'm wearing them. 

I think the most important trick to packing is to pack things that are interchangeable. For example a crisp white shirt linen which can be worn tucked into a pair of linen trousers, worn open over a swimsuit or tied up at the waist and worn with a floral maxi. 

That being said these Banana Republic polka dot trousers will be great for a day to night scenario. They're a really cool straight leg and slightly cropped on the bottom which is key for me when shopping for trousers. They're really light and machine washable-bonus! Day time I'll be keeping it simple with a crisp white tee (A staple in any suitcase) and a pair of simple white trainers. Come evening, I'll be pairing the trousers with a strappy cami and a heeled sandal

The trick with interchangeable outfits is to pack your staples and make sure you're getting at least 2/3 outfits out of each, that way you'll master the carry on!

What I'm Wearing

White Tee - Banana Republic
Polka Dot Trousers - Banana Republic
White Trainers - (Similar)
Stone Trench Coat - (Similar)

This post was made in collaboration with Banana Republic

There is no denying that jewellery is my downfall. Why? Because it's super easy to take a piece of jewellery, add it to your look and instantly it gives the outfit a new look! Thomas Sabo have just launched a new range of charms to add to the  Generation Charm Club collection and what I love most about this collection is that it's super easy to add and take away pieces for different occasions to enhance every look.

Each piece is super easy to design, you start off with your necklace (the gold necklaces are my favourite) and add on your charms!Don't just stop at necklaces, there's also a range of gold bracelets too-I also added this gorgeous star fish bracelet to my ensemble.

For my look I wanted to add in something that was more personal to me, so I had to go for the Capricorn zodiac charm being a December baby and the disc charm which you can personalise with engravings.

If you're feeling a pop of colour then I'd recommend having a nose at the tropical range featuring some beautiful coloured zirconia jewels, perfect for injecting some colour and jazzing up those holiday outfits.

What I'm Wearing

This post was made in collaboration with Thomas Sabo.

As our days become longer and the weather becomes warmer it's around this time of year I start to downsize my winter wardrobe and prepare for Summer. Away go my Winter coats in favour of those lighter Summer jacket options. I'm talking denim or linen for those long afternoons spent in the sun, only ever needed as the evening grows slightly chillier-those are the best days (and they're much easier and chicer to carry around if needed.)

Below I've listed four of my favourite lighter in collaboration with House of Fraser to give you inspiration for those sunny Summer afternoons.

It's no secret I'm a fan on linen, in particular a neutral wash! I picked up this OUI linen blazer from House of Fraser last week and It's already my favourite jacket. Would you just look at that button detailing? This Ralph Lauren linen jacket is also incredible.

It's not just linen I'm interested in. I'm also a great fan of blazers-who isn't? A blazer is the perfect piece to layer on top of those casual outfits to smarten your look up bit. A blazer is great thrown on top of an evening dress, worn with a t-shirt or jeans or simple as part of a cool two piece suit. This Whistles navy double breasted blazer is on the top of my list.

I love a denim jacket, I see them as the perfect piece to take away on holiday worn on top of that gorgeous maxi dress to keep the chill at bay in the evenings. I love the oversized look of this white contrast stitch jacket or this long sleeve cropped jacket worn with a pair of high waisted cut offs? Yes please.

My last lighter option is a khaki jacket, I love them worn with a stripe breton tee or worn simply with a crisp white tee, your favourite wash jeans and a pair of trainers-this embroidered utility jacket is the perfect addition for that basic yet simple outfit.

What I'm Wearing

This post was made in collaboration with House of Fraser.

If you've been following my renovation journey on Instagram then you'll be familiar with our bedroom-the next room checked off of our list. We gave the room a well needed lick of paint, cleaned up the carpets and furnished the room from head to toe. There was just one large bare wall staring back at me upon completion and I knew it just had to be a gallery wall. 

So, with the help of Desenio we turned this empty in space into a feature wall!  I often find myself playing around with this space to freshen up this wall every now and then and it gives it a whole new look each time! I've written a couple of words of wisdom below to hopefully give you steps into creating your very own gallery wall.

I've included a discount code at the bottom of this post to give you 25% off posters between 24th-26th April! (Not valid on frames and handpicked.)

To start of I painted these white picture ledges the same colour as the walls. I've gone with picture ledges as I really like changing up the look without having committing to drilling into the walls, although this technique can also work for your typical gallery wall, or a mix of the two! I'm planning on switching to a gallery wall once I'm happy with how everything looks.

To create the perfect gallery wall I start off by choosing the posters and frames I want to display. Once I've placed my order and everything has arrived I start by laying everything out to decide which posters I'm going to use and where they're going to sit. It find it works best to mix your sizes-I've chosen a mixture of 13x18cm, 21x30cm and 30x40cm. You'll also notice I've chosen portrait and landscape which I really like, the mixture of heights is really pleasing to the eye. I've also mixed up the colours of the frames and gone for black, white and oak.

Once I've figured out which posters are going where I take a step back and take it all in. As I've chosen 5 posters and I've got some large gaps I thought it would look amazing to mix in a couple of my favourite black and white magazines. (They're usually kept in a pile on the floor so this is a real space saver-and looks super chic!) I then display these around the frames until I'm happy.

Lastly, to break up the posters and magazines I've added small trinkets, jewellery, candles and beauty products displayed in and around the ledges. There's no art to this, I don't want anything to look symmetrical and "done" I just want it look as if it's just been put there. (Even if it has taken me an hour to display it all!)

And that's it! What do you think?

Shop The Posters

Hide - Size 13x18cm
Frame - Oak Size A5

Vintage Car - Size 21x30cm

Again Tomorrow - Size 21x30cm

Calendar - Size 30x40cm

Eucalyptus Branch - Size 21x30cm

The Code "hannahcrosskey" gives you 25% off posters* between 24th-26th April!
Not valid on frames and handpicked.

This post was made in collaboration with Desenio.

Last week I received an invite to celebrate the arrival of  Summer in form of a garden party with Monsoon at the most gorgeous of venues - Petersham Nurseries. Set within a glass house this venue is incredible! It's full of charm, surrounded by the most stunning florals arrangements and beautifully decorated with antique furnishings. We sipped on the most wonderful raspberry Bellini's and tucked into a gorgeous light lunch finished off with an insight into distilled mocktails with Seedlip.

These photos really don't do the day justice!

Summer Dressing

Last week we got a glorious taste of Summer in the UK and temperatures soared well into the high 20's! This got me super excited for Summer and I thought it was about time to delve into my wardrobe and show you the item's I'm going to be dressing this season.

Linen Staples
If you we're not already aware Linen is big this Season. Think neutrals-creams, whites, greys and blacks. It's such a gorgeous way to wear your tailoring come summer, and it's super light weight! Shop my favourite Monsoon Linen pieces below.

Longer Lengths
I love to wear a dress around this time of year, and my favourite style is a midi or maxi! They're super easy to wear for different occasions, you've just got to be savvy with your footwear and accessories. How gorgeous is the Heide print maxi? I'd wear this with white trainers.

Pretty Embroidery
This is the easiest piece to slip into you're wardrobe. Just pair with denim! This Harlow pleat frill top is my favourite embroiled piece at the moment. It looks super cute with a pair of straight leg jeans or tucked into a denim midi.

The Outfit - I mentioned previously how big linen is this season. So, of course I had to pick up this Cora tie side linen dress for a visit to Petersham Nurseries for the Monsoon tea party. This dress is everything I look for when purchasing a dress. For one, It's got the midi length I love! It's got an amazing button detailing down the middle and the tie sides are adjustable which pulls the dress in in all the right places making it super flattering for any shape. I've worn mine with trainers (mainly down to the uneven ground) but this dress would also look incredible with a pair of espadrille wedges for bow detailed sandals.

What I'm Wearing

Leo et Violette Bucket Bag

This post was made in collaboration with Monsoon.

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