Getting floral with Shopical.co.uk

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 shopical.co.uk, I no longer have that problem.

The team at Shopical.co.uk 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 shopical.co.uk.


#shopshareandsaveonline

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with Shopical.co.uk. 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).















































Mx
Manchester, UK

Maya's thoughts on Maya's Light Collection.

13 June 2017

You know you've made it in life when you have a jewellery collection named after you. Well, unfortunately I don't have one named after me, we just happen to share the same name. And it so happens that the 'Maya's Light Collection' from ChloBo has some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery I've ever seen (and coming from a girl who is very picky with jewellery, that's a compliment). The Maya's Light Collection is inspired by a collection of travels and experiences within the Peruvian Jungle and a story of spiritual awareness and new beginnings. I love the fact that this range empowers women, as the Maya's light woman has a gentle soul, strong heart, is grounded, feminine and appreciates simple truths.



The lovely stack pictured above is called The Serenity Set of 5 Stack and retails at £390 on Lance James. Whilst only the best quality mixes of 925 Sterling Silver and rose gold are used to create the stack, the addition of moonstone to bring about hope and intuition is what transforms the stack from just a pretty, well fitting bracelet to a meaningful, pretty, well fitting bracelet. I also love the fact that each of the different charms on the stack all have their own separate meaning.





The Serenity Stack features 5 bracelets all with different meanings:

Mandala Tassel Charm - The tassel distracts all evil and negativity.

Triple Open Heart Charm - Heart = Love

Lotus Charm - The Lotus flower represents purity, hidden beauty and truth.

Star in Star Charm - The well known 'wish upon a star' line resonates with this charm as the star is known to help bring wishes to life.

Mandala Disc Charm - The Mandala is a symbol of harmony, completeness and unity.

More information can be found by clicking this link....










Outfit ideas. 

The rose gold colour of the bracelet is great for accessory matching in an outfit. What do you team gold with?...Gold!!

I paired my gorgeous stack with a on trend gingham/frill skirt, a simple grey top and the 'Balmain-esque' blazer featured in my previous O.O.T.D and to finish it off, a chunky black belt with gold detail. Perfect for summer!






All items are available to browse and buy on the brand new website of Essex jewellers Lance James and the code MAYAP10 can be applied for 10% off your next purchase (Don't say I'm not good to you).

Mx

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


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