Skullcandy Venue Headphones*


Working for myself has a whole lot of perks. There’s no commute, I’m my own boss, and I get to choose who I work with, but one of my favourites has to be the fact that I get to travel to see my clients. Since they’re scattered from north of Inverness to Oxfordshire, it’s fair to say I get around, and one of my must-haves when I travel is a great pair of headphones.


If I’m working away, whether I’m in a coffee shop, hotel room, or even in my office at home, I like to wear headphones. There’s something about being ‘plugged in’ which really focuses me on whatever I’m doing, and lessens my tendency to scroll on Instagram or get otherwise distracted. So, when Skullcandy sent over their Venue headphones, it’s fair to say, my working process got a bit of an upgrade! Packaged in a beautiful case, which is perfect for travel, the Venue Headphones boast a 24 hour battery, noise cancellation, quick charging features, and crucially, they are wireless, so you can even wear them travelling or working out. Genius!


Inside the travel case, the headphones come complete with a charging cable and even a connection cable, so if you’re somewhere you can’t use bluetooth, you can simply plug in and enjoy. As someone who normally relies on smaller, bud-style headphones, these big ones have been a bit of a life-changer. There are no sore ears, headaches or migraines after using them – just amazing quality sound, even when I’m moving around.


Available in a selection of four shades, the Venue headphones won’t fade into the background. They are big, but they’re adjustable, and they’re super comfortable thanks to the memory foam padding. Even though I have a big head, these never feel pinch or tight. The headphones are also incredibly soft thanks to their padding, to there is no digging-in around the ears.


Unlike other headphones I’ve used, the Skullcandy Venue’s have noise-cancelling technology – perfect for days when I’m working in a coffee shop (which is approximately 4 days a week). At the press of a button, outside hustle is blocked out, and I don’t need to hear any outside distractions.

There is some really clever tech hidden away in the Venue headphones, which makes life so much easier – most of all, the integrated Tile technology, which means you’ll never lose them. As someone who has a tendency to walk away from things (I’ve done this with keys, phones, you name it), being able to track exactly where my headphones are is such a lifesaver. There’s also a monitor mode, which means you can hear what’s going on around you – whether you’re ordering a coffee, or is you’re out on a run, and don’t fancy not hearing cars or people behind you – you can keep track of what’s going on. The headphones are also incredibly quick to charge. Just 10 minutes of charging gives them enough energy for five hours of playback.

Skullcandy Venue Headphones are priced at £149 and they’re available here

Dior So Real Clubmaster Style Sunglasses – From Harvey Nichols*

When it comes to making a statement, but not really making an effort – you can’t really beat a pair of statement sunglasses. Dior have been absolutely killing it recently, and to say it was love, when I caught sight of their new So Real Clubmaster-style  glasses, is something of an understatement. The mix of bold colours, and updated shape make them feel super current, and they look incredible paired with a pair of jeans and simple white shirt.

The simple gold hardware feels chicly understated (a good thing considering the striped lenses), and it means they work well with a majority of my bags and jewellery. Not only that, but these are made  to be work with tan skin on a beach somewhere fabulous. As you can tell, I’m more than a little obsessed with them!


Dior So Real Clubmaster-Style Glasses cost £410 from Harvey Nichols here

Taylor Morris Sunglasses at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh*

When it comes to accessories, I am a bit of a sunglasses hoarder. I’ve got pairs from years ago, when ‘blinged out’ embellished legs were all the range, I’ve got vintage classics I sneaked out of my mother’s and I’ve got classics which I can throw on with any sort of outfit and feel vaguely polished.

So, a few weeks ago, when I was invited to see a whole new line of sunglasses from luxury British brand Taylor Morris launch in-store, and have launch with the brand founders, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Taylor Morris are all about an update on classic shapes – their glasses are unisex, and designed to reflect British Design and Hollywood glamour.

Made in Italy to the highest standards, Taylor Morris glasses mix old school design with modern accents. They’re just releasing a new collection which play with colour and pattern on classic shapes, and they’re such a fun way to add a little something extra to your outfit.

Getting the chance to sit down with brand founders Charlie and Hugo was so much fun. I just love getting to hear the real stories behind brands, and why people are doing what they’re doing. Getting insight into Taylor Morris’ marketing was fascinating, and very generously, everyone at the lunch was gifted a pair of their stunning sunglasses!

I’m planning a whole post on them, because, honestly, I’m a little obsessed. So in the meantime, you can find Taylor Morris at Harvey Nichols exclusively here.

Toni & Guy Halloween Hair Accessories*


Anyone that knows me, knows that this week is pretty my my favourite of the year! For me, I just adore the run-up to Halloween – it’s probably my favourite out of all the holidays, and I’ve been known to be a little OTT in my celebrations. When I lived in Dubai I forked out the equivalent of about £50 for pumpkins to decorate my balcony, and I’ve had more Jack-O-Lantern manicures than you can imagine!  This year, I’m planning a few spooky-themed outfits, so of course, I’ve been on the look out for the best Halloween accessories available!


I’ve fallen absolutely in love with the Black Widow hair clip from Tony & Guy, which might just be the most glamorous Halloween accessory in my arsenal. The big black jewels are super chic, and I love the tiny little crystals. They glint and glisten in the light, and honestly, I’m just obsessed!


I’m also crushing pretty hard on Tony & Guy’s Pretty in Punk ear cuff. If you’re going for a harder, punkier look for the holiday – this is the accessory for you! It couldn’t be easier to wear either – you just kind of hang the suff around the back of your ear, then pin the chains into your ponytail or updo.


The Pretty in Punk Cuff looks super fun on, and it’s such an effortless way to update your look. It’s not too costume-y either, so I think it would look absolutely gorgeous with a super simple outfit and cute ponytail!

Toni & Guy’s Black Widow hair slide is priced at £16 while the Pretty In Punk Ear Cuff is £12.50. They’re both available here.

Bliss Mask-a-Peel*


So it’s more than fair to say that I’ve got something of a fascination with Korean skincare. I’ve been collecting sheet masks for the past year or so and slap one on at least once a week. I’m obviously not the only one – Bliss have just released their take on the rubberising mask (which the currently the mask that’s taking Asian skincare by storm!)

Rather than being packaged in your typical tube or tub, Mask a-‘peel’ comes in the form of three little pots, which look like they should have a yoghurt inside. There is also a branded spatula included, which is crucial in getting your mask assembled!


Mixing up the mask couldn’t be easier. After cleansing my skin, I filled one of the little pots with mineral water  (the pots have a little indentation to show you where to fill it, and you don’t need to use distilled water but it’s a lovely treat) and got stirring. The mask is just a finely milled powder, so once water is added, it’s easy to stir it into a super smooth paste. Once it has turned smooth, it’s time to slap it on. Bliss recommend applying the mask using the spatula, but I found it a touch messy. Fingers are fine – and there is a lot of mask to play with!

Since you’re going to be peeling it off, it’s meant to be layered up, but I had more than enough to apply all over my face, neck and décolletage with some left over. Then, I had twenty minutes to kill while the mask dried. Since it can be a bit goopy and messy, I found it easier to just grab a magazine and hop in the bath. After about 15 minutes, the mask was mostly set, and it was fully dry after 20. Since you apply it thickly, it’s incredibly easy to peel off, and it came off in pretty much a single go! My skin felt soft and smooth, and looked far brighter. I followed up with a good dose of moisturiser and applied my makeup as normal. I felt like I needed less foundation and concealer than normal, and it lasted without touchups all day!

Bliss Mask a-‘Peel’ is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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