SPRING SCENTS

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As far as perfume goes, I don't tend to pick up a new one each month, or to match the seasons, as I am not made of money. Besides, I don't really know who does. Looking at my perfume collection and my daily habits however, I think I do tend to spray my lighter and fresher scents in the spring and summer months, while I go for something a little more musky and deeper in the colder seasons. Here are a few of my favourite scents at this time of year:
Library of Fragrance, New Baby
I was looking for this number for ages! I found that it was hard to track down, as they don't tend to sell this with their other ranges in stores, so you do have to have a good look if you're wanting to find it on the High Street or try to find it online. Whatever the effort you go to, it is definitely worth it. Library of Fragrance have said that they were asked to make this scent for years and when they finally did, it sells out all the time.
The name of this one is a little odd, as new borns can smell all fresh and powdery but I am not sure this is something I would want to smell like... it does seem a bit strange but if you forget about the name, it does have a simple, subtle smell that isn't overpowering. It is soft and perfect for an everyday scent. I do like how this is a little different to my usual perfumes as it is a little powdery almost like palma violets, so I think would be perfect on a nice spring day.
Marc Jacobs, Daisy Dream
Everyone should have seen this pretty much everywhere last year and if not, then where have you been hiding?! I am a huge fan of this perfume, it is my go-to scent. I think it is perfect for a day to night transition, as it has long lasting, floral scents with a hint of a fruity smell that is light but does not fade away within a few hours. I find this does cary well, you do only need to apply a little amount and this can leave you smelling like a Daisy Dream.
I also love the bottle for this one, as it is one that you want to keep out on your dressing table and not place into a draw until you want to use it. Like the other Marc Jacobs' perfumes you can really tell that thought has gone into each scent and every note has been thought about.

Dolce and Gabbana, Dolce
This choice is a little different from the previous two, I think this one from Dolce and Gabbana has a little more of a musk scent. It still does have the fresh spring notes of flowers so it's perfect for the spring season but with the musk it has a deeper note to it also, so I do tend to use this one at night time rather than asa day scent.
I like how this is a little deeper scent wise, but it doesn't really last longer than a few hours, so if you did want this to last long into the night, you would need to re-apply it. This is sort of a shame, as with the stronger scents I would have thought this should have lasted a lot longer than it actually does.
What are your go-to Spring scents? Do you match up your perfume with the seasons? 
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What To Pack For Italy?

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I always look for these type of guides when I am visiting a new place as I never know what to pack. I am always worried about packing the wrong things or not packing something I may need. Well.. if you have the same worries and you are traveling to Italy then this guide is just for you.

Comfy shoes or walking boots are a MUST as there are plenty of steps, steep inclines and walking to cram in, especially if you are wanting to see the sights. You need to make sure you have some shoes packed that you are able to walk far in, rather than ending up sitting down and popping blisters.


I would recommend a rucksack or other type of bag that you can put on your shoulders and keep your arms free. I always reach for my backpack when I am going exploring or looking around somewhere, I find this allows me to have my camera or bottle of water to hand and means that I do not have to keep looking inside my bag or asking someone to carry something every few minutes.

Suncream! It goes without saying but even if you do go in September time, when I went last year, it is still sunny and you can burn so do make sure you are wearing the right factor and one that contains UV protection to protect you from any harmful rays.

A hat is required to keep the sun out of your face and out of your eyes. When I spend too long in the sun without a hat or without shade I get a headache, so I need to reach for my hat before I have to have a lie down or turn into a miserable monster for the rest of the day. A hat is also handy if you don't want tan lines on your face from your sunglasses, a hat can still keep the sun out of your eyes.

Make sure to take a camera. In Italy there are plenty of places to see and take a few snaps, so make sure you can take photos for you look back on and take it in all over again. If your camera doesn't have much charge, pack a spare battery or your charger, as there is nothing worse than your camera loosing charge mid-way into a trip and not having a spare. Imagine the disappointment when you get to Postaino to take some perfect pics and your camera is flat!


Shorts or comfy trousers make your time more comfortable. As there is plenty to see and do make sure that you are comfortable by wearing shorts or loose trousers, as there is plenty of walking to do to get to the sights of Pomepii and Mout Vesuvius, you don't want want to be unfortable and try to re-arrange yourself every ten minutes.

I think this is a handy guide not just for Italy but for any kind of exploring holiday where it has nice weather and plenty to see and do.
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TOPSHOP STYLIST

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a Topshop Stylist session. I didn't even know Topshop did Stylist appointments, so I was super keen to pop along to hear more about what they had to offer. It was also a good time to pick up a few hints and tips for the new season ahead.

Topshop Sylists, also know as a Personal Shopper, are a complmentary service that can be provided to you if you are looking for something special for a Wedding or just looking for those perfect jeans that you know are out there but you still haven't been able to track down!

They will talk you through outfits and help you put together a new look for the occasion. We meet Kirby, a Personal Shopper at the Topshop store in Medowhall, who talked us through the sessions that you could book and mentioned that she would rather send someone away with one product that they looked good and felt comfortable in, rather than a trolly full of items that didn't suit their body type. The person who brought one perfect product would come back again... and the honesty that comes with this service is something I appreciated. After all... I am sure we have all been in a store where the sales assistant has tried to be really pushy, selling you an outfit that you soon regretted once you tried it on again at home.





Kirby also talked us through her favourites from Topshop's new season range, many of which contained florals, flared arms and a few jumpsuits. All of which would be perfect for a wedding day look which you could dress up for the night time and maybe dress down a little for a day time look. I am a little gutted that I don't have a wedding to go to this year for an excuse to buy one of theses outfits.




The Meadowhall store is not currently listed on the Topshop website as having a Personal Shopper so if you did want an appointment, just pop in and talk to one of the guys/gals who can book one for you.

Have you had a personal stylist session before? What did you think?
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