Winter Warmers With Charnos Hosiery

31 December 2017

Winter. My favourite season for many reasons such as, Christmas, Cosy nights by the fire and Carbs. It's also the time of year when temperatures dip below zero and if you're lucky snow starts to fall.

Fortunately for me, Charnos Hosiery sent me some of their tights and socks to keep me warm. Not only do they keep me warm and toasty, they also do a good job at making me look good. My love for luxury hosiery stems back to working in the lingerie and nightwear department at Harrods in the summer of '16. So I was super happy when Charnos Hosiery said they would like to work with me.

If you didn't know, Charnos Hosiery offers women of all ages leg wear solutions to suit everyday needs. From classic sheers and trusty opaques, to wearable high fashion alternatives and party tights, nets and sheers, Charnos has the answer to take any of you from office to party in truly sophisticated standout style. The brand has been seen and praised in Look magazine, Cosmopolitan and on ITV. The Charnos customer is classy, confident and realises her legs' potential. A.K.A you and me!

I was sent 2 pairs of Bamboo socks (pictured above is the oatmeal version) Firstly, lets talk about how perfect this pattern is for the festive period - could it be any cuter? I've never worn Bamboo socks before but now I am hooked. Bamboo socks are so super soft and have many natural qualities such as, a round and smooth surface meaning they are very gentle against skin. Bamboo is 2-3 degrees cooler in warm weather and also very warm in cold weather, perfect for those British Winters. And to top it off, Bamboo is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton keeping feet fresh and dry.

Onto my favourite item, the Mini Spot Opaque Tight - these classic tights are perfect for a cold winters day and teamed with an all black outfit, they are the perfect statement piece. Available in Black, Grey & Plum, they are 90% Cotton, 8% Elastane, 2% Polypropylene and in my opinion, 100% comfortable.

If you want fashionable comfort for your legs/feet, click the following links to find a Charnos Hosiery stockist: 1) Online 2) Retail

There is also a great blog on the Charnos site if you want to know anything and everything about hosiery.


NB: This post was a collaboration with Charnos Hosiery. However all opinions are honest and my own.

Toulouse, France

The Pink City

12 December 2017

Two travel posts in a row can only mean one thing. It's 0 degrees and I'm suffering from an extreme case of wanderlust. 

No trip to France would be complete if I didn't write a blog post on it. By write, I mean post all my pictures.

We stayed in the Le Grand Balcon hotel. The design and location of the hotel is absolutely incredible. Great hotel with small but chic rooms. Any room where your greeted with a Nespresso machine, complimentary champagne and a selection of mini macaroons gets my vote. The hotel is located just off of Place du Capitole - the main square with tons of shopping (including Sephora and Zara very dangerous), markets, cafes and restaurants. There is also a Metro stop very close to the hotel.

Cons - It rained when I visited!

Pros of Toulouse - Stunning Architecture (best sights include the Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse and Pont Neuf), Lots to do, Cheap Flights (Thanks Ryanair), Easy Transportation system, Friendly people, Amazing food.

And thanks to Ryanair, you can get there for just £10. #Thankmelater 

Bermuda on a budget

27 November 2017

Bermuda is known for the Americas Cup, luxury and generally being the place where people live life to its fullest. Also a place in the world where you can end up spending a lot of 'dolla' in a short amount of time.

I'm no money saving expert but here are a few of my tips for doing Bermuda on a budget;

1) Don't fly direct. Bermuda airport only has 5 flights per day and if you're flying from the UK and want direct flights then your only choice is British Airways, where a flight will put you back around £800-£900. Or perhaps take the scenic route by flying to the US and then catching one of the three flights per day from the US to Bermuda.

Pros - A 16 hour stopover means a good amount of sightseeing can get done in NYC if you deem the hassle of going through US security and baggage worth it.
Cons - A 16 hour stopover.

When I was booking my flight I would've preferably gone for the stop over but because I was flying on half term week (a definite thing to avoid if you want to do Bermuda on a budget) and the timing of British Airways having a flight sale (a definite thing to take advantage of if you want to do Bermuda on a budget) - flying with a stopover was actually more by around £70.


2) Hotels  - Hotels are relatively scarce resource in Bermuda - with less resorts than similar islands. Less hotels means these are often strategically priced to get the most amount of cash as possible (basic supply and demand). And if they're not ridiculously expensive - they're all full. So Guesthouses/B&Bs and AirBnB are your best friends if you're looking to go to Bermuda.

3) Excursions - Doing stuff around Bermuda is relatively cheap. During my trip I managed to get a number of trips and still had 'dolla' left to buy a cocktail or two five. One of my favourite and most memorable things I did whilst on my Bermuda trip was climbing the Gibbs lighthouse and having this amazing view.

And not surprisingly, this was one of the cheapest excursions, costing less than $5. Boat Trips & Cave Tours were also relatively priced too. And then you have a selection of beaches to choose from, all free of course.

4) I don't think food was that badly priced given the portions and quality. If you like American food then most of the restaurants in Bermuda will be right up your street. A meal can be around $30-50, which if you're on holiday and want a break from having to struggle in the kitchen - I don't think it's that bad.

5) Finally, the people. The people aren't gonna help you travel to Bermuda on a budget but they will certainly make your trip to Bermuda a great one.


Pink on Pink

26 October 2017

Every blogger loves a pink wall so when I saw one walking around the streets of Bermuda - I made good use of it.

Outfit details Top - Primark
Skirt - Topshop
Glasses - A Market in Camden (edgy). Even though I brought several pairs of glasses on this vacation and even though I'm holding some in this picture - I still appear to be squinting.
Bag - eBay


Introducing the Tulle Dress

6 September 2017

A couple of months ago I teamed up Rosegal to bring you a wishlist. Now its the turn of Zaful and together we're bringing you another wishlist for this seasons must have - the Tulle Dress.

You'll probably recognise a Tulle Dress from what you seen in prom pictures but they also make the perfect Summer to Autumn transition dress. As Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, they also are perfect if you're attending a wedding, christening or any other special occasion in the upcoming weeks.

My Top Tulle Dress Picks:

1) Layered Tulle Cocktail Dress - £26.56

Because I love black this is my absolute favourite. It's the perfect gothic dress that can be dressed up for a night out or worn with trainers for a day time look. Lets not forget about the beautiful hook-and-eye closures at the back collar.

Click here to shop!
2) See Thru Tulle Embroidered Maxi Dress - £15.69
I love the detail on this one, and the fact that it is a bit risqué. It also offers something a bit longer if that's what you're looking for. 

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3) Lace Tulle Flare Sleeve Dress - £18.11

I should really stop this all black trend (especially when pretty dresses are concerned) but this one is beautiful and the detail around the shoulder is to die for. 

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4) Embroidered See-Through Lace Dress - £31.67

This one is a bit more structured and again has gorgeous embroidery details on it. If you have a December wedding to attend, this is certainly one to consider with a bold coloured bag - you're good to go!

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5) Long Sleeve Floral Tulle Dress With Tank Top - £17.30

Finally something that isn't black. The long sleeves make it perfect for the transition to Autumn. The perfect combo would be this dress, a fedora and a pair of chunky boots. 

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If you fancy any of the items on my wishlist or selected items on the Zaful website use my code 'ZFEN' for a discount.


NB: This post was a collaboration with Zaful. However all opinions are honest and my own.

East meets West: Skincare with KiraKira Studios

3 September 2017

If you've read my blog before you'll know I'm a sucker for a good skincare routine. I'm always looking for the best products on the market and it's safe to say Japanese women are known for having the most radiant, glowing and youthful skin. So when skincare and beauty brand, KiraKira Studios got in contact with me I couldn't wait to try out their debut product, AHA which as the bottle says contains 3 kinds of AHA(Alpha-hydroxy Acids) formulated in Japan for Western skincare.

Other facial washes have nothing on this product. The everyday remover or wash simply does the job of just removing make-up whereas AHA hydrates and brightens the skins complexion, stimulates collagen production, promotes cell turnover and increases natural barrier lipids in the skin’s outer layers to help prevent skin’s natural oils and water escaping.

As KiraKira Studios is PETA approved there are no harmful ingredients in the product, so it does the perfect job of removing makeup, oil and dirt without causing irritation to the skin. Within two days of using the product, I noticed my skin became so much softer. 

I usually use it at the start of my skincare routine, massage it into my face in it then use micellar water and cotton wool. When pumped out the product is clear and free from all chemically smells. So if you're like me and don't like putting overly creamy products on your face then this one is for you. At first I was filled with doubt as from the past I've known that clear products don't necessarily get all the makeup off my face BUT with AHA every bit of makeup was removed and my skin felt SO hydrated.

What I liked most about the product was the collection of Alpha-hydroxy Acids used in it. They're all traditionally derived from plants and fermented milk. As these are best known for their benefits to the skin, the AHA cleansing lotion uses the optimal amount of AHAs. The mixture of Citric, Glycolic and Stearic acids work to improve the texture of skin and lightening dark spots, treat fine lines, acne, blackheads and oiliness and reduces skin’s water surface tension.

It's safe to say AHA has a permanent position in my skincare routine. If you want to purchase it and try out 'best facial cleanser on the market'(which I highly agree with), head over to where it retails at £19.99. Also, each purchase you make with KiraKira Studio goes towards helping animals find rescue and refuge from cruelty.


NB: This post was a collaboration with KiraKira Studios. However all opinions are honest and my own.


10 July 2017

To celebrate Chelsea Flower Show's '500 Years of Covent Garden', Covent Garden is full of shops and restaurants boosting floral displays exclusive to the area. Not only are they pretty to look at but also the perfect photo spot for Instagram.

Outfit details
1) My Trench Coat is from a market stall in Hangzhou, China but you can find a similar one from Morgan at House of Fraser & from Forever 21.

2) My White Dress is from Jack Wills but I bought it about two years ago, however the Edenfield Broderie Dress (currently on sale) from Jack Wills is very similar.

3) Let's talk about these Gucci dupes from Primark. When a pair of shoes look like they're straight of the catwalk and are only £6, you can't really say no.



Getting floral with

21 June 2017

Summer is here! I can finally say that without hesitation as the near 30 degree heat over the weekend proved summer has officially arrived in the U.K. Every summer I always find myself saying 'I don't have anything to wear' as I look into my all black wardrobe. But this year with the help of, I no longer have that problem.

The team at believe that online shopping should be simple, fun and an activity that should be shared with your friends and family. The site stocks a mix of local and international cutting-edge ‘fast fashion’ and branded clearance goods using localised mobile and web experiences.

So, I was sent the Black Floral Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress. And words cannot describe how much I love this dress. The first thing that caught my attention were the amazing tie details on each of the shoulders, I really like the attention this brings to the shoulders as well as looking extremely cute. And then when I opened it up and tried it on, it was the deep v-neckline that made me fall in love. I struggle to find a v-neck that is deep enough to show off my bust yet also not too deep so it cheapens the rest of the outfit and this dress does such a great job at sitting in-between. Finally, the white floral pattern with the black background is perfect for someone who always ends up wearing a lot of black - this dress was the perfect summer transition dress.

Other favourites of mine include the Navy Floral Midi Dress and the Blue Stripe Bardot Playsuit.

And if the clothes weren't already good value, shopical are pioneers in social shopping which means you can get your purchases at even cheaper price! So behold...Social Shopping! By simply sharing your purchases with friends and family to Facebook using the unique link on the shopical site you can save further on the already discounted items. So for example the Black Floral Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress is usually £23 but by sharing it on social media it goes down to £18.

Until the end of July, I have my own discount code 'MAYA20' which can be used on all purchases from



NB: This post was a collaboration with However all opinions are honest and my own.
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona photo diary and my top tips!!!

19 June 2017

My 5 top tips for exploring Barcelona:

1) Park Güell. 
You cannot go to Barcelona without visiting one of the major works of art by Gaudi. The official website of the park advises you to book your ticket online to avoid the crowds. BUT if you get to the park before 8:30am or after 8:30pm you can save the 7 euros and explore the park for free at your own risk.
2) The metro is your friend. 
Unlike some european cities, Barcelona has a pretty good public transport system with most metros stopping off at all the major tourist destinations leaving you within a short walk of whatever you're trying to find. The only downside is that some parts/lines of the metro close at midnight and as the city has banned Uber, it can make it difficult to get home or just give you another excuse to have another jug of Sangria. 

3) The shopping.
Of course you're going to head to Passeig de Gràcia, THE place to shop and with the country being the birthplace of Zara expect to spend a lot for less. Everyone knows the likes of Zara and Pull & Bear etc. are much cheaper in Spain than in England. The giant Spanish fashion brand sells clothes in its native country 39% cheaper than here, so wait until you get there if you’re planning on buying something.

4) Don't fall into the category of being a 'guiri'. 
A.K.A tourists who spend their time walking up and down Las Ramblas drinking (overpriced) watered down sangria and eating dodgy paella. Las Ramblas is a great tourists spot but do not, I REPEAT do not spend any money on that street. Take it from someone who got ripped off, your best bets include the hidden corners of the Born and the Gothic Quarter. 

5) Misc.
a) MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) is the place to go for all things 'cool'. From watching the skaters to the “calle Joaquin Costa” where you can see some street art. b) Hunt for bargains at the Mercat dels Encants (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only).


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