Golden hour.

Topshop hat and skirt
Dior sunglasses
New Look top
Office shoes
Pandora ring

So I may not have spent the weekend at Coachella, but this outfit - minus the shoes - is definitely something I would have worn if I had been attending! I'm loving gypsy-style tops at the moment, and seeing as I'm still unsure about wearing bell bottoms (there's only so many fashion trends you can get away with in my sleepy little town) I thought I'd opt for the safer option of bell sleeves instead. My holy-grail faux leather skirt has decided to suddenly attain a huge crease right across the middle, of which I'm struggling to remove, so I'm on the hunt for another that I'll love as equally - it'll be a struggle trust me! 

My cousin actually took these pictures on easter sunday - what a little pro - and I can't get enough of the whole golden hour vibe, summer is finally on its way (although as I look out of the window now summer couldn't seem further away) I've just booked my second trip abroad for the season, which I couldn't be more excited about; our first truly relaxing holiday in four years! Blogging may be a tad sporadic over the next couple of months due to my upcoming A2 exams, so thank you if you stick around and continue to comment, like etc. - once I leave college all my effort is being poured into this little corner of the internet and I can't wait to share some of the things I have planned. In the meanwhile, follow me on instagram for daily updates, here, if you'd like!

My handbag essentials.

Constantly switching between college, work and leisure means that my handbags are forever in rotation, however I've narrowed the contents down to my everyday must-haves, all of which go wherever I go! As for the essentials, I always have a spare camera battery and remote control in there,  as well as a pair of Urbanears and of course my iPhone in its beautiful Iconemesis case! Along with house keys, bank and loyalty cards and my work lanyard, two biro pens at all times are necessary as they're always running out of ink. The only diary I use is the one on my phone, however I do keep a little Emma Bridgewater notepad with me for any spontaneous ideas, and the latest issue of Glamour in all its tote-sized goodness often comes along for the ride. I've been trying to sort out my diet recently (getting 'summer ready' and all that) and I've found that buying healthy snacks and drinks prior to leaving the house stops me from reaching for a starbucks/greggs/M&S cake when I'm out and about. The lovely folks over at Propercorn recently sent me over a huge box of popcorn as I couldn't attend London Fashion Week (and by huge, I mean massive - click here and prepare to be envious!) and at under 100 calories per packet for most of their flavours, and some pretty interesting flavours at that, I've been loving snacking on them to avoid being naughty. 

Beauty wise, besides cotton buds, hand sanitiser, plasters, hair grips and tissues - I'm the gal people come to for emergency supplies - one of my three tubes of Instant Anti-age concealer by Maybelline and the current Max Factor mascara on trial are perfect for perking up my face after a shift if I'm going elsewhere. Anything with vanilla brûlée on it by The Body Shop, as well as the summer scent 'My Burberry' (although I despise the thought of getting the bottle dirty!) both get thrown in for spritzing on the go, and I have a few sunglasses options from Zero UV as well as my beloved Dior pair for when I'm feeling extra swanky. If you follow me on instagram you'll no doubt have noticed that I'm channelling the Kylie Jenner lip colour at the moment, so my handbag is never without Soar liner and Velvet Teddy lipstick from MAC. Besides that you might find the odd Pandora ring or Essie top coat, and not much else (she says as her bag is fit to burst) but in all seriousness though I think I have every situation covered! 

Gold iPhone 5S 16GB
Apple Charger Cable
Canon RC-6 remote control and spare 700D battery
Iconemesis Cat Sims Feathers Case*
Urbanears Plattan ADV Mulberry Headphones
Primark purse
Christian Dior Sauvage Sunglasses
Zero UV Marbleized Half Cut Frame Sunglasses
Emma Bridgewater Sampler Notebook
BIC biro pens
Little Miracles Organic Energy Drinks (Black Tea and Peach)
Propercorn Gourmet Popcorn (Sweet Coconut and Vanilla)*
Disney Frozen Pocket Tissues
The Body Shop Mango Hand Cleanse Gel
My Burberry Eau De Parfum
The Body Shop Vanilla Brûlée Body and Room Spray
The Body Shop Vanilla Brûlée Hand Cream
Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat
Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Concealer in Light
MAC Lip Liner in Soar
MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss in Sesso
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler in Baublelicious
Pandora Princess Tiara ring
Gemporia White Topaz and Sterling Silver Ring*
Glamour Magazine Subscription*

What are the contents of your handbag like?

Art i Sa cafe and creperie, Barcelona.

One thing that I'll hunt for, no matter where in the world I am, is smoothies and crepes, and my favourite place in Barcelona to find both - as well as gelato, afternoon tea and other endless treats - is Art i Sa. Translating to 'Art and health' in Catalan, which is exactly what it provides for tourists and locals alike, this little quirky cafe is perfectly situated at the entrance of Placa Reial (where we've stayed two years in a row now) and considering the prices they could potentially charge due to the prime location, Art i Sa is truly good value. All their fresh produce is organic (including the ice-cream!) with baked goods being produced in-house daily, and all crockery where possible deriving from local artists. Whilst staying in the city I'm not ashamed to admit that we came here almost every single night for a midnight snack (their nutella and banana crepes are ridiculously addictive). There's just something about sitting on a little wooden stool lit by lightbulbs in jam jars, eating fab food with wonderful people, watching both spanish residents and visitors from around the world conversing and making memories over cake and coffee, and seeing the busy Barcelona streets outside whizz by, all in the space of a few minutes... the kind of place that makes you love life.