Hi Everyone! I hope you’ve all had the best summer, I’m just back from my yearly family holiday in Portugal and although I’m sad it’s over, I am very excited to get stuck into work and for autumn! I’m really one of those people that gets excited for cliche things like Cosy Evenings, Hot chocolates and Christmas way too early in the year.

I’m starting to write this blog post before I have even got all my photos together and the truth is I’m a little nervous as a month is a long time and I wore a lot. Admittedly some outfits were repeated/won’t be worth showing but August is by far my favourite month to dress for and this will be a long post. I’m always away in August and I think since I have not much else to do I love to plan and style my outfits, plus I’ve usually got a few new pieces to wear which is always exciting!

To get this post started I’ll start with my most worn item, a black playsuit from Primark which definitely cost me under £10 and which I just love! It’s lightweight and stretchy but the tassels and the Bardot style make it fun. Honestly, if I had to wear just one items last month this would have been it! Primark is excellent for easy to wear holiday items.

Also, these sliders will feature heavily in this post, as they were undoubtedly my favourite item of footwear and I even wore them today in London. They’re only £25 from M&S, super comfortable and easy to wear, they also come in a whole range of colours but I think the red was perfect for adding a pop of colour to so many of my outfits. I think they release these (or something similar) every year and I’ll be back next year for some more!

(Sunglasses- Primark and Necklace here)

This lemon dress (currently on sale and only£13!)  which is from Boohoo was quite popular on my Instagram and I received lots of DM’s about it. Lemons had a real moment last year but this summer I still really liked them and this dress is super cute. It’s short but the ruffled hem keeps it still looking flattering even if you have larger thighs like I do. I teamed it with my eBay Bamboo bag which I’ve been wearing for months and my new Carvela Nude Sandals which are from Shoeaholics, which is a great place to look for affordable branded shoes.

This gingham and red combo was one of my favourite outfits and I’ve worn it since I’ve been back too. The dress is from TOBI which is website I’d never shopped from but they have some really beautiful pieces including the white dress below which looks particularly great with a tan. The red lipstick in the photo above is MAC Ruby Woo which has become such a favourite and this red bag is a real new love of mine and is also from Carvela via Shoeaholics. The bag is no longer available in the red but the wine and black colours are really perfect for Autumn and under £45!

If you’re after some wow swimwear that won’t break the bank then Debenhams is the place to look, this Positano themed swimsuit is unlike any I’ve ever seen and is from the MW by Matthew Williamson Collections, the print is beautiful but it’s also a really flattering shape. My most worn cover up is this one also from Debenhams, also from the MW By Matthew Williamson collection, so of course it’s a beautiful print. I think both look quite high end without a high end price tag.

Whilst were talking about swimwear I should probably tell you about my most worn sun care products. I used Clarins Milk Lotion, Bioderma Photoderm Bronz and Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Sunscreen on my body. On my face I used Lancôme Soleil Bronzer SPF30 Protective Cream both by itself and under makeup. Towards the end of my holiday I started to use BaliBody on top of suncream to help deepen my tan.

I took some really beautiful bits of Quiz clothing on holiday and it’s a brand I’ll definitely be order from soon, especially from the dress section on the website. This floral dress is perfect as although its quite short it’s still a flattering shape and I got lots of wear out of. I can’t resist a co-ord so I had to pick up this dotty combo, the trousers are a little sheer (I think it’s on purpose) but the top is one of my favourite crop top, even for bigger busts!

Bikinis are hard to find but I think you should really try to find one you feel great in, for me this year it was this one from Freya. Red is my favourite colour to wear as I think it suits my skin tone most but the white pipping helped bring out my tan. The bottom are neither too big or too small and the top offered the support I want without being too covered or looking like a top for bigger busts. I actually saw someone else wearing this bikini (luckily not on the same day as me) and she had a much bigger bust than me and it looked great on her! If you’re struggling to find a bikini you feel good in and really recommend you give this one a go!

I picked this matching top and shorts a little last minute and I’m so glad I did! It was inexpensive from H&M and another of my favourite pieces, the shorts in particular are very comfortable, a great length but look great.

The shoes on the right turned out to be one of my most useful this holiday, they’re another pair from Shoeaholic but these are Michael Kors, they’re slightly dressier than most my other sandals and the slight heel means they’re both comfortable and flattering!

I picked a few things from Oasis (which is one of my favourite places to shop at the moment) before going away. My most worn was undoubtedly this leopard wrap dress, I love a wrap dress and I love leopard print so this dress is great. I wore it lots on holiday but also lots here in London both before and after going away, the pattern and length mean it’s a great one to team with a jacket when it’s starting to get a little cooler and can be dressed up and down.

I also love this more fun, more casual dress (above right)- I love the colours and the tassels, I teamed it with super cute OASIS espadrilles too!

One of my more dressed-up outfit was this scarf print pencil skirt and asymmetrical top, both from OASIS. I really love this skirt and get lots of compliments whenever I wear it, it’s under £50, a really statement piece and can be styled very easily. I went for this red asymmetrical top to make it a little more dressy but it would look just as nice with a white tee.

I had the pleasure of being a god mother this summer and wanted a really nice but summery dress. The mother had asked us to wear yellow and I actually had some issues finding a yellow dress but this one is really my sort of dress. I love a lace dress and this length is really lovely too, I have since wore it to a wedding in London where I got some lovely compliments and although I love the yellow it does come in other colours if you’re looking for something for the next few months.

This little nude bag is again from Carvela via Shoeaholics and currently under £50, it’s timeless and I think I’ll be wearing it for years to come!

These nude heels are from Public Desire, I loved them and wore them for a few years. Sadly about 30 minutes after taking this photo my heel got stuck in a drain cover and I’m sure you can see where this is going…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted this dress before I went away but I really enjoyed wearing this Shein kaftan style dress. Although long sleeves it was too warm as it’t quite loose and I think the embroidery is really very beautiful!

Which outfit was your favourite? Would you like a monthly round up every month?


I’ve heard the weather in the UK is less sunny but I’m still hoping there’s a few extra days of sunshine once I get back to London and since some of you may still have some sunny holiday planned I thought I would share my holiday glow secret with you.

So, I love a tan; whether real or fake and I find that it makes a huge difference in my outfit choices too. With a bit of a tan I’m more confident and willing to show more skin and since it’s pretty hot here, showing a little skin is a must. I have been spending a few days relaxing on a sun lounger but find a little bit of gradual tan can make a huge difference and I’ve been using the Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer for the last few days.

At first I was a little nervous, I haven’t used much gradual tan since I was a teen but I am glad to report that it’s totally different, no strong smell, the tan itself is a beautiful olive shade and it applies incredible evenly even with minimal effort. It’s super hydrating as it has one of the highest levels of glycerin found on the high street which helps skin look super healthy but also minimises streaks. The Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer combines dermatological expertise with a spa-like experience making sure it delivers intensive skincare with its Cell-Moisturisers technology.

And the scent is really nice! I’ve actually walked into a room and been asked what has made me smell so good- it’s a delicious citrus, floral, fruity scent- again perfect for summer!

I also love the shimmer although I was initially a little unsure, it’s actually perfect, especially in the evening or in photos. I usually bring a shimmer oil with me for photos as I find the shimmer really makes legs look healthier and more even toned but as this also has the gradual tan it’s the perfect product.

I’ve been applying mine in the evening, just before I take my photos in perfect early evening sunset and I’ll be packing it on every sunny holiday from now on.

Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Shimmer comes in medium to dark and the recommended retail price is £7.69.

What are you favourite products for enhancing you holiday glow?





Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.

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I love being from London but most of the family I have in the UK are also from London which means I rarely get the luxury of escaping to the country for the weekend but last month we did just that.

We drove down to Axminster on Friday evening and checked into our lodge at the Hawkchurch Resort & Spa. The drive was actually not too bad from London and the lodge was really nice! Neither Michael or I had ever stayed in a lodge but it was really beautiful and the perfect place to spend the weekend. We had a large kitchen/living room/dinning room area, a nice bedroom with a huge bed, two bathrooms and even a hot tub!

We arrived pretty late on in the day as Michael had work until a little later and we made the rooky mistake of thinking we could get dinner at 9.30PM as you can in London but luckily there was a Tesco not too far and we had a quick make-shift dinner.

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The following morning I discovered that the internet is currently not as good as I’d hoped (something that they’re working on) but it was actually the perfect excuse to switch off. We played board-games which Hawkchurch Lodge kindly provides, went on walks by the sea, cooked and chilled in the Hot Tub.

Sunday afternoon we headed out for lunch and I must admit we failed at this a little, we really wanted to visit The Tytherleigh Arms but didn’t realise we needed to pre-book but I will definitely check it out next time we’re in the area.
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We then drove back on Monday morning and were back in London after two hours, feeling far more relaxed and having really enjoyed some country air!

I was surprised by how much I feel in love with Hawkchruch Resort & Spa, it was the perfect way to spend a weekend in England and I’m already planning to book and go back. They’re part of Darwin Escapes and there are lodges up and down the country so I may actually check out one of the other locations but I can’t recommend Hawkchurch Resort & Spa enough.

I’m always hunting new places, not too far from London to explore over the weekend.

Would love to hear your recommendations in the comments!

madeira a little obsessed travel ALO

I always joke that I am the least travelled person ever (it’s not really a joke), I am 24 years of age and I have never left Europe. It’s never really bothered me, we use to go to Portugal for the month of August every year (and still do), visit family in France regularly and I’d been to Spain as were a 30min drive from the border in Portugal (plus it’s one of our nearest beaches). In the last two years I’ve also managed to add Beligum to the list as I’ve been there twice for work but that’s it. I’ve been to four countries in my 24 years, five if we include England.

I’ve decided it’s probably time I start traveling a little bit more, I feel if I want to travel I should probably do it now before I attempt to buy a house (who know when that will- have you seen London house prices?!) or even start thinking about having kids (this won’t be too soon either). This doesn’t mean I will be booking a 5 week backpacking trip across Asia and I can’t even promise I’ll make it out of Europe this year but I feel that with Europe City breaks being so cheap I really have no excuse! (well Mike’s a teacher and half term prices are cray!)

I have so far booked Berlin and Amsterdam for this month plus Rome at the start of April. There will be no change in my regular month in Portugal although I have seen that we can get from our house (in Portugal) to Madrid in a four hour drive so I am considering squeezing that in too.

I’ll be taking you all with me on my holidays through my blog, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat (alittleobsessed) and Twitter so make sure you follow me. I have lots of post ideas from city guides to how to book an inexpensive holiday and any luxury hotels I may stay at, which I really hope you will all enjoy. I’m also working on a few London guides for any of you looking to come to London.

In the comments I would really love recommendations on countries I should visit and what I should do in Berlin, Amsterdam and Rome. I’d also love to hear about your favourite holiday and also what you have coming up. Let me know what sort of posts you would like too, I’m really looking forward to sharing a different part of my life on here.

PS. I went through my holiday photos from last year to find the images for this post and I miss my tan and the sun so much I could cry.

Please hurry back summer.