The sweatshirt dress is a must for Spring! As the weather FINALLY begins to break into dress weather, a sweatshirt dress is a great transitional piece before the pretty Summer dresses take reign. Statement red is a non-stop trend for me; I always have one or two statement red pieces lined up, whether it be Summer or Winter. This New Look sweatshirt dress is an absolute winner. The American High-School Varsity theme is a VIBE, a look that I’ve always loved. While we are still adjusting coming out of lockdown the comfort of a sweatshirt dress is a great way of getting out of sweatpants and back into the world. Paired with white Zara high-top trainers you cannot go wrong.
VALENTINES & GALENTINES GIFTING
This year more than ever we need to spread the love! While we cannot spend time with those we love the most, this Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day gifts can make all the difference. I’ve put together my favourite gifts from luxury to high-street. You can also find a treasure trove of personalised options on small business run websites such as ‘Not On The High Street’ and Etsy. Roses are a must for 14th Feb; perhaps you could get in touch with your local florist to support the small businesses around who may be struggling, if this service is not available for you see below for a list of online florists. You cannot go wrong with the classics; perfume, flowers, chocolates and jewellery, however niche gifts are thoughtful too…anything from a heart painted plate to a sensual torso candle. All of these items are available online. Love is in the air!
See below for a list of online businesses that offer flower deliveries:
Bloom & Wild
CHELSEA PEERS ZEBRA PRINT PYJAMAS
I was gifted these Chelsea Peers pjs for Christmas and oh my…I could live in them! They’re beyond chic and totally appropriate for going out in, right?! The zebra print is unique and playful, monochrome is my go-to. I’m quite picky with pjs as I cannot stand when they pull or feel tight; no-one wants to wake up in the middle of the night to your PJ bottoms half twisted and crazily uncomfortable. Although I love the idea of silk pyjamas, I don’t like the lack of movement; this pair is 95% Polyester & 5% Elastane. The material has a wonderful stretch and feels luxuriously silky smooth. The pyjama designs are genius; extremely tasteful. The Chelsea Peers brand was created due to a gap in the market for luxury lounge/sleepwear – ‘The loungewear you can do nothing in, but also wear to host a party. Alas, Chelsea Peers was born!’. While we are still currently in a lockdown in the UK, treat yourself to a pair – it’s essential!
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HELLO 2021! MARTHA BROOK PERSONALISED DIARY
Happy New Year beautiful people! Thank you to each and every precious person that has supported my blog this past year, it means the world. Christmas & New Years provided a much needed feeling of escapism and warmth that was lacking from reality. Unfortunately, with things not looking up it feels merely impossible to think positively. Nevertheless we must keep calm and carry on (pardon the cliche)!
Unprecedented is a word we all heard repeatedly in 2020; no other word can better describe the circumstances. As I evaluated my 2020 I realised I had multiple major achievements, however I was still left feeling flat. Going back through videos and pictures from the start of 2020, especially my trip to New York just feels like another lifetime.
Although the start to 2021 hasn’t been the fresh page in a diary we all craved, we must push to save our sanity. Immerse yourself in everything you love. I find enjoyment in aesthetic visuals; Pinterest, Instagram, films and magazines are my haven. If you enjoy reading, select a new book and engross yourself in a dream world.
Getting a new diary is a highlight to the start of the year. I adore the excitement of what entries I will write in every day on the fresh pages. Although you may think in 2020 you didn’t do much, trust me when written down theres a whole lot more than you may initially think.
This year my Momma gifted me a slate grey Martha Brook London Diary with gold foil. It came in a stunning presentation box, which was a lovely touch. The soft-back design of the diary makes it easy to open fully and has plenty of sections to write notes and keep up-to-date. The diary starts with a ‘Year Planner’ section, followed by a monthly calendar style, day-to-day note space, specific ‘notes’ pages and an ‘achievements, reflections, goals and key dates’ section. I adore the personalisation on the front cover.
This year I downloaded the 1 second a day app where you shoot a 1 second video each day and end up with a time lapse of the entire year. Hopefully this year I will see a colossal change as the year progresses. I also write a daily diary and photograph entry to a private Instagram for ‘my eyes only’. Not only does this promote keeping busy, you can look back over your digital scrapbook.
One thing I did this year that I have never done before was a letter to my future self. I thought after the most bizarre and shocking year I would make an account of each and every major event. I poured my heart into writing a lengthy account, even shedding the odd tear as I typed. Upon review, I learnt who I cherish in life and how incredibly lucky I am and have been despite everything going on. I’ve scheduled the letter to be emailed to myself in 2030. If you love writing and need some time to reflect, I highly recommend.
I’m sending everyone a virtual hug, keep your chin up!
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2020 truly is the year for updating our casual wardrobe. How seriously cute is this Zara romper?! An absolutely darling design and I tell you what comfort is a strong 10/10. Soft-feel just doesn’t quite cut it; the material is lavish and beyond smooth. The ribbed design adds depth to the romper and the little buttons allow you to button where you feel comfortable. Styled with my Next fluffy charcoal flip flop slippers I was in crucial relax mode.
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GIFTS FOR THE FASHIONISTA
As a fashionista myself I know what a fashion items a fashion lover would want. With a range of gifts from One Hundred Stars and Lulu Guinness, to Gucci and Balenciaga you can be sure to spoil your fashion obsessed friends and family.
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&OTHERSTORIES SEQUIN BLAZER DRESS, £135 | &OTHER STORIES PEARL CLUTCH BAG, £55
GUCCI MARMONT TAN SHOULDER BAG, £970 | GUCCI WOOL SCARF, £315 | GUCCI BROWN LEATHER GLOVES WITH HORSEBIT, £345 | GUCCI CREAM MARMONT BAG, £750
ONE HUNDRED STARS GOWN PARIS MAP, £70 | ONE HUNDRED STARS GOWN SLATE GREY STORK, £70
LOUIS VUITTON CREAM BAG, £2,290 | LOUIS VUITTON MONOGRAM TOILETRY BAG, £760 | LOUIS VUITTON 100ML BEIGE TRAVEL CASE, £415
CHANEL MINI WALLET ON CHAIN £2,980 | CHANEL ARM COIN PURSE, £900
COACH CREAM TABBY SHOULDER BAG, £395 | COACH TAN TABBY SHOULDER BAG, £395
BALENCIAGA BEIGE SPEED SNEAKER, £630
DIOR SQUARE SILK SCARF, £370
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LULU GUINNESS MEDIUM RED LIPS SUITCASE, £165 | LULU GUINNESS RED LIP CLUTCH, £275 | LULU GUINNESS BLACK LIP CARDHOLDER, £35 | LULU GUINNESS IVORY SHELL CLUTCH, £195 | LULU GUINNESS BLACK VELVET PRESENT CLUTCH, £195
BALENCIAGA BLACK CROC BAG, £1,450 | BALENCIAGA BURGANDY CROC BAG, £1,450 | BALENCIAGA BRIGHT RED BAG, £1,350
LOUIS VUITTON BLACK WALLET, £960 | LOUIS VUITTON BLACK RANGER BOOT, £1,150 | LOUIS VUITTON 100ML GREEN TRAVEL CASE, £3,700
CHANEL BLACK LEATHER BOOT, £1,560 | CHANEL PHONE HOLDER WITH CHAIN, £2,010
GUCCI BLACK BOOTS WITH HORSEBIT, £970
GIFTS FOR HOME
I love interior design and I’m especially obsessed with brass right now. I’ve selected a range of homeware; vases, candles, radios, blanket, dried flowers and even a door stop. Your home fixated friends and family will love these picks.
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ANTHROPOLOGIE CITRUS BOTTLE OPENER, £8 | ANTHROPOLOGIE WHITE GEODE COASTER, £14 | ANTHROPOLOGIE MONOGRAM GLASS, £14 | ANTRHOPOLOGIE HARE BOTTLE OPENER, £14 | ANTHROPOLOGIE FACE MUG, £12 | ANTHROPOLOGIE POSITIVITY TRAVEL MUG, £30 | ANTHROPOLOGIE HAND DOOR STOP, £38 | ANTRHOPOLOGIE GOLD MIRROR, £68
ROBERTS RADIO CREAM, £199.99 | THE WHITE COMPANY WILD BERRY HAND TIE, £55 | MARSHALL UXBRIDGESPEAKER, £129.99 | H&M ROOM FRAGRANCE BLACK/LIMONATA VERDE, £19.99
ZARA POLISHED GLASS EFFECT VASE, £19.99 | ZARA THREE-ARM CANDELABRA, £39.99 | ZARA CRACKLED GLOBE, £49.99 | URBAN OUTFITTERS BOOB HOOK, £12 | URBAN OUTFITTERS VOGUE WALL ART, £17
OLIVER BONAS SAGE GLASS STORAGE POT, £16 | OLIVER BONAS GOLD PALM TREE SALAD SERVERS, £32.50 | OLIVER BONAS LUXE VELVET DUCK EGG BLUE BAR STOOL, £295
GIFT GUIDE FOR HOME 2
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ANTHROPOLOGIE STOCKING, £42 | ANTHROPOLOGIE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS, £16 | ANTRHOPOLOGIE DRIED EUCALYPTUS, £24 | ANTHROPOLOGIE MUG, £12 | ANTRHOPOLOGIE FACE-EMROIDERED BASKET, £40
THE WHITE COMPANY WINTER CANDLE, £38 | MARSHALL PORTABLE SPEAKER, £152.99 | ROBERTS RADIO GREY, £199.99
ZARA HAND SOAP, £4.99 | ZARA ENGRAVED GLASS BOX, £25.99 | ZARA YVES SAINT LAURENT CATWALK BOOK, £49.99
URBAN OUTFITTERS SANDALWOOD ROSE CANDLE, £15 | URBAN OUTFITTERS GOOD AT NAPS BLANKET, £100 | OLIVER BONAS MATCH JAR, £12 | OLIVER BONAS DRESSING TABLE MIRROR, £195
Knits are the only clothing items I want to wear right now. Comfort is key! Even though we’re all staying home I still want to look stylish, I’m always on Facetime to someone so looking chic but staying cosy is paramount. Charcoal grey is a favourite of mine, I absolutely love it. The little knit shorts and cropped, turtle neck ribbed jumper is the cutest co-ord going. So flattering and oh so relaxing. Zara have released the cutest chunky cable knit socks. Pictured here, I chose the beige pair they’re so thick and luxurious. Lounging around in these Zara knits is a dream.
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SOCKS – ZARA (SOLD OUT)
‘YOUR NOW IS NOT YOUR FOREVER’ – LOCKDOWN 2.0
So here we are again, in the midst of a national Lockdown. Loneliness, stress and anxiety are key buzzwords to describe the current zeitgeist. It is incredibly important to remember that ‘YOUR NOW IS NOT YOUR FOREVER’!
It is easy to feel frustrated and like your life is on hold, but with nothing in our power we must take the positives from this year. Take 10 minutes to list down and reflect on your achievements and experiences this year and remember what you’re thankful for. See below for my top 7 achievements and experiences this year.
- Visited New York City – a dream of mine since I was a little girl!
- Achieved 82/100 in my Final Year Solo Presentation
- Graduated with a First-Class-Honours in BA Hons Fashion Marketing from Russell Group University of Southampton
- Celebrated my 21st Birthday with my closest friends and family
- I made the Top 10 Best Dressed in the Newmarket July Festival Ladies Day Virtual Style Awards
- Landed a paid modelling job
- An article I’ve written is being published in a magazine
Staying at home has never looked so glam! While I have nowhere to go, but a lot of staying in to do I’ve put together 3 of my stay-at-home looks. The first look features my One Hundred Stars Gown, I’ve always loved the idea of having a delectable gown to sashay around the house in and while I would ordinarily rock this gown as a duster coat, in Lockdown 2.0 I’m parading around in the beautiful item. The second look is my white organza midi skirt and Zara fluffy crop top and cardigan co-ord, a nod to a ballerina off-guard. Finally, the third look is my interpretation from working at home; a man’s white shirt, and an oversized bow tie.
SASHAY AROUND THE HOUSE
WORKING FROM HOME
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ONE HUNDRED STARS – ISIS GREY GOWN
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DECK THE HALLS!
This year while we’re all in lockdown the prospect of decorating for Christmas has never been so exciting. A tasteful Christmas aesthetic gives me such a warm, fuzzy feeling. With items selected from brands Zara Home to Liberty London, I’ve selected my favourite Christmas decorations of 2020. Adorn your house!
ZARA WHITE FEATHER CHRISTMAS GARLAND £29.99
LISA ANGEL PAMPAS GRASS WREATH £79.00
1. ANTRHOPOLOGIE DEIDRA STOCKING £42.00
2. THE WHITE COMPANY FAUX FUR WHITE STOCKING £38.00
3. THE WHITE COMPANY GREY JINGLES STRIPED STOCKING £22.00
1. ZARA CHIMNEY REED DIFFUSER 200ML £25.99
2. ZARA CHIMNEY SCENTED CANDLE 550G £25.99
3. THE WHITE COMPANY WINTER HANGING CANDLE £12.00
1. JOHN LEWIS MINI SNOWY TREES £5.00
2. COX & COX APLINE FIR TREE £145.00
3. THE WHITE COMPANY GREEN & BERRY £65.00
2. JOHN LEWIS RED POP ART LIP DECORATION £5.00
3. LIBERTY LONDON BEE DECORATION £12.95
4. LIBERTY LONDON DATED LIBERTY BONE CHINA 2020 BAUBLE £15.95
5. LIBERTY LONDON PINK LIPS DECORATION £12.95
1. SELFRIDGES GLITTER CAR DECORATION £8.00
2. SELFRIDGES WOODEN NUTCRACKER £8.00
3. SELFRIDGES WOODEN TOY SOLIDER DECORATION £8.00
4. LIBERTY LONDON PHONE BOX £9.95
1. ANTHROPOLOGIE FELT LETTER £8.00
2. ANTHROPOLOGIE DACHSHUND DECORATION £12.00
3. THE WHITE COMPANY FEATHER MINI BAUBLE £3.00
4. SELFRIDGES GINGERBREAD WREATH £10.00
5. SELFRIDGES THE WORKSHOP X BLONDIES KITCHEN MILK & COOKIES £25.00
2. FORTNUM’S MINI HAMPER DECORATION £18.00
1.ZARA GLITTER BEAR DECORATION
2. ZARA SWEETIE GLITTER DECORATION £5.99
3. ZARA SWEETIE GLITTER DECORATION £5.99
4. COX & COX TWO VINTAGE SANTA £7.50
5. LIBERTY LONDON GLASS BEE ORNAMENT £18.95
1. COX & COX FOUR SPACEMAN BAUBLES £25.00
2. JOHN LEWIS POP ART ROCKET £7.00
3. METAL LETTER BOX DECORATIONS £7.99
4. ZARA METAL GINGERBREAD DECORATION £4.99
5. OLIVER BONAS BLUE AND WHITE ROCKET £7.50
1. MERI MERI FLAMINGO CRACKERS £ 21.50
2. MERI MERI ANGEL CRACKERS £21.50
3. ANTHROPOLOGIE NUTCRACKER CRACKERS £10.00
4. SELFRIDGES NANCY & BETTY £45.00
5. SELFRIDGES NUTCRACKER CRACKERS £20.00
1. H&M HOME DEER SALAD SERVERS £9.99
2. JOHN LEWIS PINK PEACOCK £15.00
3. MATALAN MINIMAL WOODEN NUTCRACKER £16.00
4. JOHN LEWIS FURRY WOODEN DEER £15.00
5. THE WHITE COMPANY WISH DECORATION £8.00