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Ciao, bella!

So here’s a little story…

When I was 2 I used to live in Italy. It always comes up as my ‘fun fact’ when I have to introduce myself to a big group of people that I don’t know.

At the time I was completely fluent in Italian, I used to pop down to Mario’s at the end of the road and pick up a loaf of schiacciata (salty bread) to devour back at our villa.

Now, however, despite studying GCSE italian as part of my degree, I am useless.

My boyfriend always laughs at me as I tried to impress him when we first met by telling him I could speak Italian. I got myself in a v sticky situation though when we ended up on holiday in the Cinque Terre two months later and he said ‘go on then, you order the food’.

All I could say was ‘ciao’. LOL

So when I saw this BEAUT top on Anthropologie‘s website, it felt only right to pair it with a pair of vintage tartan trousers and pose outside of a pizza shop. Unfortunately no pizza was ordered (this wasn’t cause I’m in Italy lol, I just don’t think I’ve quite got to that stage in my blogging career where I can pull off posing with a pizza slice like Isabella Thorsden).

Anthropologie are absolutely bossing it at the moment. Look at those beautiful Tretorn platform trainers too (anything to give me a bit more height)!

I hope you like the photos below, ciao bella!


Outfit details

Anthropologie Sol Angeles t-shirt £58*

Anthropologie Tretorn trainers £88*

Urban Outfitters urban renewal trousers £46

*features press samples, see disclaimer


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A Parisienne Tights Subscription: Gambettes Box



So here’s a little story about why I love Twitter. My sister asked for some patterned tights for Christmas, but not being quite up on the hosiery market, I had no idea where to look. When I tweeted asking for advice, the absolute babe that is Georgia replied and said I should check out Gambettes Box*, a subscription service that delivers 2 pairs of tights through your letterbox every month. So I signed up, ordered a box, and the minute the tights came to my flat, I fell in love.


What is a Gambettes Box? 


Designed in Paris, Gambettes Box delivers two pairs of beautiful tights every month. And I’m not talking cheap, snag-on-the-first-day tights.  These are beautifully made with a unique design, and the most Parisienne packaging you’ve ever seen. When I received my first box, I wanted to pull my new tights on, grab a café au lait and skip gaily down the Champs Elysées (instead I pulled them over my sausage legs and took photos round the corner from my flat, making sure the local Greggs was not in shot).


What do you get in a Gambettes Box?


The joy of a Gambettes Box is that you don’t quite know what you’re going to get every month! The tights are a complete surprise, but from the two boxes I’ve received so far, they’re always elegant and stylish. The packaging is absolutely beautiful too, complete with French quotes, and postcards of models styling the tights. They make great presents for your gal pals’ birthdays and they’re an absolute bargain at only £13.90 per box (I even have a cheeky discount code below too!).


Where can I buy a Gambettes Box? 


Gambettes Box is a subscription service, so you get a box monthly but if you just want to buy 1 box, you can! You sign up to the subscription and then cancel the service when you’ve collected enough beautiful tights to last you a lifetime! If you don’t cancel the subscription you’ll still be delivered a box a month, but it’s pretty much a rolling contract. And the brilliant thing is guys, that because I’ve teamed up with Gambettes Box, you can get £2 off your first order! All you have to do is use the code:


Click here to order your first box: https://www.gambettesbox.com/#ae165  


I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful patterned legs! (not in a weird way…)

Emma x

*Features press sample, see disclaimer



Outfit Details

Olive Clothing khaki wool mini skirt £48

Gambettes Box patterned tights £13.90 (for two pairs)

Hollister black turtle neck (similar)

Accessorize black wool beret £12

Primark black loafers (similar)


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Exercise and Mental Health

I’m not a big exercise person. I don’t LOVE the gym, I don’t get a rush from doing a HIIT workout and the last thing I want to do is sign up to a bloomin’ marathon.

Having said that, I’d rather be doing a Pilates class, or spend 10 mins in a steam room than sitting at home in a mess of misery and Kit Kat wrappers, watching reruns of The Apprentice.

We all have the odd down day, some of us more than others, and it’s so easy to slump into that all-familiar downward spiral of doom and gloom. When you’re knackered and can’t be bothered with life, the last thing you want to do is put lycra leggings on and go to a circuits class. BELIEVE ME, I know.

But sometimes I ask myself, what is sitting around feeling miserable going to achieve? Is it going to make me happier? No. Is it going to make me feel better about my life? No.

So I FORCE myself (with a bit of added motivation from my mum and boyfriend) to get off my bum, throw on an old t-shirt and do some exercise! Whether it’s a 10 minute walk round the block to get some fresh air, or a proper sesh in the gym (I use the term ‘sesh’ lightly…), I will now nearly always try and do at least 10 mins of exercise when I’m feeling rubbish.

So why exercise? Why not shopping or reading or eating?

One word: ENDORPHINS. I bloody love endorphins, I don’t really know what they are but I know they exist and I know that they’re GOOD. Maybe it’s psychological, maybe it’s not, but I know that I feel better when I’ve got out the house and moved around a bit.

It’s such an easy and simple thing to do, plus you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something that day – something more than reminding yourself of who was ‘fired’ in Series 9, episode 6 (it was Rebecca, in case you were wondering).

In the words of Elle Woods (lol I am always quoting Legally Blonde):


‘Exercise gives you endorphins.

Endorphins make you happy.

Happy people just don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t. ’


Damn right they don’t, Elle.

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Winter layering

This one time in the office a colleague came up to me and said ‘do you know what I like about you, Emma? You’re all about comfort over style.’


But also, 100% true.

Major respect for gals out there wandering round in knee-high boots in sub-zero temperatures, but personally I can’t be bothered. I’m all about cosy knits, long trousers, and polo necks. Anyone else have the never ending nightmare of wearing a wool coat because it’s -5 outside, but as soon as you get on a bus/enter a shopping centre/have a coffee, you get terrible Winter sweats?! I’m telling you, layering is the way forward.

This rust orange jumper from Native Youth is super snug and perfect for shoving over a black turtle neck.

I fell in love with these Topshop heritage trousers, they fit really well so they’re brill for you gals out there with short legs and a big bum (like me). I love how the orange jumper picks up the colour in the trousers – just team them with some classic Topshop loafers and your outfit is absolutely sorted.


Outfit details:

Native Youth rust coloured jumper – £60.00

Topshop Heritage trousers – £39

Topshop black loafers (similar) – £45

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Decadent Copenhagen bag

I recently bought this beautiful new bag from Danish brand, Decadent Copenhagen. It’s 100% leather (synthetic lining) with a beautiful metal clasp and detachable strap. I have been on the lookout for a small, black, leather bag like this for ages and believe me, they’re surprisingly hard to find! It goes across the body and fits in all the essentials: keys, phone. purse, lip balm – what else do you need?!

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Scrunchy lovin’

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I am the keenest of keenos when it comes to scrunchies. All I’ve ever dreamed of is being in the Spice Girls, and having a scrunchy on my wrist permanently helps me believe that one day, it could happen… I’ve teamed up with Scrunchy Queen who kindly sent me some of their gorgeous suede vegan scrunchies!* 

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I’m wearing 3 jumpers, it’s pouring with rain, and it’s pitch black at 5.30pm. My tan has faded, sandals have been shoved in a box under my bed and the bbq is going rusty. But instead of being miserable about how summer is long gone, I’m trying to be positive by embracing the indoors. ‘Hygge’ is a Danish concept (with no real English translation) that seems to mean getting cosy inside as the Winter weather approaches.


Candles in the evening, snuggly scarves, quality time round the fire with friends and family, warm toes, hot baths, brushed-cotton pyjamas, mulled wine, and spiced biscuits. 

Hygge is about having a positive mental attitude about being indoors and finding an appreciation for having a roof over our heads. Being grateful for the smaller things in life, and not becoming obsessed with the consumerist attitude that’s so apparent at this time of year. 

Because of the nature of my job, I spend a lot of time at home. So I have decided this year to thoroughly embrace Hygge. I’ve lit candles every day for the last week (loving the fact it’s saving me money on my electricity bill), I’ve worn slippers everywhere I go, I’ve made pies, brownies, and even mulled some cider. But if you are out all day in the freezing cold (like my sister Ellie in the last picture), hygge will make you desperate to get home, make a hot chocolate and eat biscuits in bed. 

I bloody love hygge, and you should too. 

Picture 1: Topshop socks

Picture 2: Mug and Indulge candle, both Marks and Spencer 

Picture 3: Indulge candle 

Picture 4: Urban Outfitters jumpsuit 

Picture 5: Mug

Picture 6: Topshop socks

Picture 7: Fatface pyjama bottoms

Picture 8: Topshop penguin slipper socks

Picture 9: My sister wearing Zara coat, Uniqlo skirt and Vagabond boots

(from left to right)  

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Right, I’ve got a confession to make: I know absolutely nothing about fashion. Honestly I am absolutely useless at putting outfits together, I don’t know what suits my shape, what colours suit my skin tone and I haven’t got a clue about layering. So there you have it, I am the first ever ‘clueless-about-fashion-fashion-blogger’. I’ve struggled with this problem for most of my life, that is, until recently when I discovered one piece of clothing that would conquer all. The jumpsuit. I bloody love a jumpsuit. No need to worry about what style of jeans goes with what colour t-shirt, or whether I can wear a skirt with a crop top, or is that too much skin? or is a t-shirt and jeans not enough skin?! ARGH. The stress is real. That’s why a jumpsuit is my ideal piece of clothing. Just whack it on and the job’s done. An outfit is created in one. Plus can we talk about the fact that NO BRA IS NEEDED. They’re loose, comfy and they look cool. Here are some of my faves at the moment.

The festival jumpsuit


This is my favourite thing at the moment. Funky and floral with a 70s edge and a lace-up back, this is my dream jumpsuit. I wore it to Field Day festival last weekend and a woman complimented me on it so. You can buy it HERE from Topshop for £49. 

The day jumpsuit


When this jumpsuit arrived through the post, I nearly wet myself with excitement. I couldn’t quite tell what the fabric was like from the website, but it’s a gorgeously soft denim cotton. The fit is perfect, although do double check because American sizing is WEIRD. I bought it from Revolve Clothing for £73.40 (also careful with extra tax they add on!). You can buy it here

The dressy jumpsuit


It was my sister’s 21st birthday recently and I really got it into my head that I wanted to wear a white jumpsuit (we don’t coordinate our outfits, nope, not at all). The problem with white is, you can see every bloody mole and hair follicle through it. Also I have a thing about tacky white fabric. No cheap white jumpsuits in this house thank youuuuu. I got this beauty from Mango for £35.99 and I absolutely love it. It’s such a nice alternative to a lace dress or suchlike because it’s all romantic and pretty AND backless (sorry didn’t think to get a photo). If you think you can handle the lace running up your cleavage and down your thighs then DO IT. You can buy it from Mango here

p.s. if you’re not brave enough to wear it braless, invest in what I call an ‘Alien Bra’. If you wear a lot of backless clothes, it’ll be the best thing you ever buy. Alien Bras can be bought for around a tenner from Amazon. Buy one here

I have about a million more, it was tricky to pick even a few, but if, like me, you are fashion USELESS then invest, a jumpsuit makes life so much easier (apart from when you’re going for a wee lol). 

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So I’ve set up a little clothing business called Realitie Clothing. 


Tie dye t-shirts have come back into fashion in this ‘new-vintage’ age, but because tie dying is such a time consuming, labour-intensive process, t-shirts are being sold for about RRP £30 which, to me, seems ridiculous. SO I decided to make a load to sell for the bargain price of £10 (plus £3 postage) and they’re doing pretty well!


We’ve got limited designs at the moment as we want to keep things simple, but we make things on demand, so if you’ve got a colour or a particular pattern you’d love to see on a t-shirt then hit us up and we’d be happy to create it for you! 

Here are some of our t-shirts so far. 


Realitie blue and raspberry mottled t-shirt


Realitie blue spiral t-shirt 


Realitie raspberry mottled t-shirt 


Realitie raspberry spiral t-shirt

Every t-shirt is completely unique as you can never, ever get two t-shirts the same with the tie-dying process! We make them on demand, cropped, striped, mottled – you name it, we’ll do it – and you can buy them by either emailing [email protected] OR by getting yourself on Depop (an app which works a bit like eBay!). 


Check out our mood board below of celebrities wearing tie dye for an idea of how to wear it. 


AND as a special promotion if you repost this, you qualify for 20% off your first order. 

Thank you for reading!

Emma x

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Going to a UK festival can be the equivalent of a cheap holiday for a student. There’s no luggage fees, travel insurance worries, or expensive club entry costs. Instead we spend an absolute fortune trying to make ourselves look casual, vintage and hipster, when all we really do is go onto Topshop’s ‘Festival Style Guide’ and buy up everything. Here’s how to do festival style on a shoestring, whilst creating one-off pieces, with a bit of make do and mend thrown in for fun.  

1. The Denim Dress


I bought this denim dress in a charity shop for the bargain price of £2.99 and when I bought it, it was floor length, hemmed and dark blue denim. I decided to revamp it, so all I did was scrunch it into a ball and stick it in a bucket of bleach for a couple of hours (mix a couple of cap-fuls of bleach with a few jug-fuls of water and you’re good to go). After an afternoon of bleaching, this was the result! When it was dry I washed it a few times to get rid of the smell, and cut off the bottom hem. Ta da! –  a casual, festival dress that no one else will own!

2. The Patchwork Skirt


Every fabric shop has books of samples that, if you ask them nicely, they might give to you for free. Somehow I acquired a book of Liberty print samples that my sister made into this beautiful patchwork skirt. All she did was join the sections, elasticate the waist and hem the bottom with a lace trim. If you don’t sew this might be a little bit tricky, but why not learn over the summer? It’s a bit see-through but I love this skirt and I’ve never seen anyone with one like it.

3. The Embroidered Dress


Ok so I’ve sort of cheated, but don’t under-estimate the power of your Mum. My Mum has kept all her clothes that she used to wear in her prime, but, fortunately for me, she’s not going to wear her velvet shirts, dungarees or embroidered dresses anymore so STEAL THEM. They’re genuinely vintage and they’ve cost you absolutely nothing! My mum gave me this beautiful dress that she picked up along her travels. Teamed with a pair of wellies, this will look wafty and bohemian chic.


I’m going to have a massive tie-dyeing session this summer and tie-dye EVERYTHING. I made these two t-shirts last year. All you need is any piece of clothing (make sure it’s 100% cotton or it won’t absorb the dye), some elastic bands, and some Dylon fabric dye (about £3 in Tescos/John Lewis). Tie, scunch or twist your t-shirt, making sure to hold it in place with lots of elastic bands, and shove it in your bucket of dye. Leave it for a few hours, rinse under cold water until it runs clean, hang it out to dry and you’ll be looking edgy as in no time. 

If all else fails (and sometimes it will) then my last piece of advice is: Primark it. I bought these two bags (above) from Primark and they have stood me in good stead through many a festival. They’re not one off pieces, but they’re super cheap and it won’t matter if you lose them! 

So there you have it: bleach, tie-dye, recycle and you’ll be looking Coachella-ready in no time. 

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