Author Archives: Madeline

I remember when a holiday on the Amalfi Coast of Italy felt like a completely unrealistic dream for two students looking to holiday on a budget. Our initial research indicated that this glamorous holiday destination is typically reserved for the wealthy, the honeymooners and the retired but those dreamy pastel coloured houses stacked up on the cliff top were too hard to resist, so, we made it work! The Amalfi Coast was actually part 2 of our holiday (we spent 5 days in Rome beforehand) and we took no decision lightly when it came to planning the itinerary. I can definitely confirm that the Amalfi Coast’s towns are as beautiful in real life as they look in pictures but more importantly, you can visit them on a budget and here’s how.

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I’ve officially moved out of my university house in Manchester and I’m back in my home town of London. After taking a break following our final hand-in, which was filled with plenty of well-deserved celebrations, I’m now eagerly awaiting to hear my degree result and make the end official with graduation. Whilst uni is first and foremost an academic endeavour, I think it’s important to look back at the ‘life lessons’ that my three years of studying for a Fashion Marketing degree has taught me…

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Back in January my sister signed up for the Stockholm marathon and six months later, on June 3rd 2017, my family and I were there to cheer her across the finish line. Well, any excuse for a holiday right?!

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I’ll always love flicking through a recipe book’s flawless photography or scrolling through the perfectly poised food that fills my Instagram feed but even more so, I love getting an insight into what people eat on the day-to-day. So, speaking of my favourite foodie topic, here’s what I ate on a day of uni work and gym-going, with something a bit experimental for dinner…

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Idéalia Peeling is the latest release from the Vichy laboratories. This time round they have combined two powerful antioxidant ingredients to create a beautiful active toner, which has helped leave my sensitive skin feeling calm, refreshed and smooth after just two weeks. There’s something about the power of french skincare that I can’t help but favour and this product definitely didn’t disappoint.

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Trend check: leather trousers, gingham, baker boy hats, knotted shoes. You name it and I’ve (subconsciously) put it on this month’s style board.

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As someone who’s always in need of a snack, especially to give me energy when I want to go to the gym straight out of lectures, it pays to be prepared. Without these delicious energy bites tucked away in my bag I rely on shop bought snacks, which can get very expensive and aren’t always filled with our first choice ingredients.

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Reed Diffuser

Having grown up in a house that was always filled with candles, flowers and thought-out details, I find great enjoyment in filling my own space in our university house with similar homely touches. There’s no easier way to bring a lovely fresh scent into a room than with a reed diffuser and this Ö Diffuser from Skandinavisk does the perfect job.

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Breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning, with a catch up of my week. This time I’m talking about getting back to yoga, the Valentine’s Day hype and passing my driving test.

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Make-up bag

The majority of the products that fill my everyday make up bag are on their 5th, 6th, 7th… re-purchase but there’s also a couple of new additions that have made the cut straight onto my essentials list. These are my go-to products for creating an everyday look, although there’s a couple of variations for a day-to-night transition. In other words, all the essentials!

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