I'm always scouring the internet as soon as I see a slight change in Weather. It's sunny outside, I'll be searching for that floral tea dress. Overcast? The perfect leather jacket to keep the chill at bay. The same can be said pre-holiday because lets face it, it's not a holiday without a splurge on the old wardrobe! This year I've got dates in the dairy for a couple of mini breaks here and there but as I'm yet to decide on destinations I've been slowly stocking up on my Summer Wardrobe in the meantime.

My first pit stop is always ASOS - I just love to browse the "New In" page at the 200+ new items landed that day. ASOS have always been a favourite of mine, mainly down to the wide breathd of product offerings aswell as thier next day delivery service and free returns.

There are three favourites I've added to my Summer collection recently so I thought I'd show you what they are and how I'm styling them this season.

First up the gingham skirt. Gingham as been massive for quiet some time now and I just haven't jumped on the bandwagon until recently. I'm not one for wearing a massive amount of colour so you wouldn't catch me in a full on yellow skirt but this one is such a gorgeous mustard colour and combined with the white check it's totally up my street. (The wrap style and asymmetric hem is a total leg lengthener!) A basic white tee makes this outfit super relaxed, adding a straw bag and pair of black sandals gives a proper beach vibe and pulls the whole look together.

The white blouse. This blouse is going to be one of those versatile pieces. I can see myself wearing it with a pair of light washed straight cut jeans, a frayed hemmed mini skirt and also worn with a pair of high waisted denim shorts. I'm not sure what I love more; the peasant cut, the sheer material, or the mix of feminine lace? As the weather has been very unpredictable lately a pair of straight cut jeans is the more appropriate attire considering we're dipping in and out of pure sunshine and overcast afternoons. A pair of gold woven mules and bamboo hoop earrings really help to bring out the gold detailing in the eyelets of the blouse.

And finally, the linen sundress. This is defiantly my favourite piece I've styled so far, I can't wait for the weather to pick up so I can wear this dress and show it off to it's full potential. First of all, the cut. The cut is very cami-like which I am loving at the moment! The front cuts into a V neck at the front, leaving the back very straight across - another favourite of mine. The best part of this dress is the tie back, it really pulls your waist in and shows off the smallest part. I've worn this dress with a pair of tan sandals but I can also see this worn with a pair of vans and denim jacket!
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This post was made in collaboration with ASOS.

Lisbon seems to be increasingly popular in recently years and this is couldn't be more true in 2017, so when the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade and Monarch airlines invited me to explore the Capital of Portugal I couldn't resist visiting the city break hot spot.

When I think Portugal I immediately think The Algarve (post on that coming soon!) It's pretty naive of me to think Portugal is just beautiful beaches, how wrong was I? Lisbon is a gorgeous city, from it's beautifully coloured tiles to it's narrow cobbled streets you'll be snapping away for hours - believe me there is so much to see!

Lisbon perfectly reflects the Portguese culture whilst embracing modern and maintaining it's unique traditions. One of my favourite traditions were the Custard Tarts. Head to Confeitaria Nacional which is the oldest and traditional confectionery cafe in Lisbon - Think crunchy pastry and a soft and warm custard centre making for the best custard tart ( The perfect afternoon pick me!)

We spent a large amount of time strolling through the cobbled back streets to get to the scenic hilltop views which were amazing. I really recommend walking around the City as you're more likely to stumble across a hidden court yard, a picturesque cafe or a cute little market. However if you're strapped for time and you want to see a large amount of City by day then I;d highly suggest the Metro.  I loved watching (and hearing) the old fashioned trams lurching and screeching around the narrow streets of the capital.

 The Tivoli Avenide Liberdade is set in the heart of Lisbon in the lively Avenia da Liberdade - the most prestigious avenue in town. 

The Tivoli is housed in a beautiful 1930's building with elegant decoration - the interior perfectly matches the neighbouring environment. Gorgeous marble floors frame the breath taking glass lobby as the scent of fresh flowers hit you as soon as you step out of the glassed revolving doors welcoming you into a glamorous and sophisticated space.

The 9th floor houses the Sky Bar which boasts stunning panoramic views of the city's skyline. We started every evening watching the late afternoon colours cast on the horizon listening to the resident DJ laid back on plush white leather sofas - I could of spent my whole evenings here, as do most of the locals. 

In hotter months you have access to the outdoor swimming pool set in a lush tropical tranquil garden. Equally if you'd rather swap the pool for a beach, you're only looking at a 30 minute journey to your nearest stretch of sand.

Calling all seafood lovers - The Cervejaria Liberdade boasts some of the best fish and seafood dishes sourced straight from the Portuguese coastline. Equally if Mediterranean cuisine is more up your street then head to the AVANI to experience fine dining a the Olivier Avenida Restaurant.

Thank you to Monarch Airlines and The Tivoli Avenida Liberdade for an incredible trip to Lisbon.

What I wore

Striped Dress - Zara (similar here)
Straw Bag - Work Shop Living (similar here)
Sunglasses - Celine
Dagger Necklace - Missoma
Horn Necklace - Missoma
Bamboo Earrings - ASOS
White Tee - ASOS
Stripe Trousers - Oysho
Trainers - Superga
White Shirt - Paper London
Black Trousers - Topshop

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates year round flights to Lisbon from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, from £42 one way (£75 return) For further information or to book Monarch flights and  Monarch Holidays visit www.monarch.co.uk

Nightly rates at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade start from 195 euros for a Superior double room on a B&B basis

 Living in Brighton has it's perks, we're situated by the sea so I get to spend my Summer weekends baking in the glorious sunshine.. when the sun shines that is. And being only an hour on the train into London makes Brighton the perfect commuters hot spot! I commute into the Capital two days a week spending the other five working from the comfort of my own home - I see London as a treat, and a chance to brunch with my favourite brands.

Last week I had the pleasure of staying in The Wellesley, a beautifully restored 1920's Townhouse hotel situated over looking one of my favourite places in London, Hyde Park Corner. It was the perfect opportunity to properly indulge, enjoy an amazing three course meal and relax not thinking about the train journey I'd usually have to endure the same day.

 Being greeted with a One Bedroom Suite after a long day of back to back meetings is exactly what I needed. Taking in as much as possible before I couldn't possibly drag myself away from the King bed(room). As soon as I check into any Hotel the first thing I do is kick off my shoes, find the bathrobe and slip into a pair of slippers! 

Each room is beautifully decorated with contemporary touches and elegant artwork dressed the walls. I couldn't get to grips with the amount of space I had to play with over the next 24 hours, I really didn't feel as though I was staying in a Hotel. Well, up until our butler knocked to introduce himeself, My favourite room? Need you even ask? The marbled en suite. I actually had a look online at the Hotel before staying and I squealed in utter delight at the corchia marbled bathroom. (Sad I know.. but I had photo opportunities in mind.)

 The generous bathroom boasted an assortment of luxurious. Aswell as the bath, shower and double vanity the bathroom also included a wall mounted TV, perfectly placed in front of the tub where I lathered myself up in the complimentary Herm├Ęs Eau d’Orange Verte toiletries and remained until dinner.

 My boyfriend on the other hand wasn't taken a back by the marbled ensuite like I was, his interest's lied in the Sky Sports channel and the Courtersy Rolls Royce drop off service. I'm no car fanatic (or sports fan for that matter) but I was a little giddy inside knowing we could shun a black cab for a luxorious ride that evening! 

We dinned in the intimate Oval restuarant that evening. The atmosphere was just amazing. We sat between courses taking in the atmosphere, listening to the live music being sung from the Jazz lounge whilst sipping on fine wines tucking into the most beautifully plated Italian dishes I've ever tasted.

Thank you to The Wellesley for making my stay in London incredible.


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