Getaway to SenSpa at Careys Manor, Hampshire

This time last weekend I was settling in at SenSpa, Careys Manor down in Hampshire with James. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to stay, eat and spa here. This place boasts beautiful, tranquil surrounds that are perfect for a quick UK getaway…and yes, I’m only 29, but, we all need a little break from time to time right?

We arrived at Careys Manor hotel which is very traditionally British both in it’s setting and décor. Open log fires roared in every lounge area, which might I add, had some pretty lust worthy sofas…the kind you sit on, and can’t get back up from, no matter what your age.
Our room was really traditional too and had the most amazing roof top terrace. Had it not been raining we’d have spent more time out there. It was so beautiful and we were surrounded by forest.

Lunch was in the Thai restaurant, Zen Garden and it was absolutely beautiful. James’ favourite food is Thai and he gave it a pretty good mouthful by mouthful review.  Our treatments were up next and this was the part I had literally been counting down to. The spa itself is by far, the most beautiful, peaceful space I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Super modern; think, lighting to suit your mood, scents to calm or invigorate you and more pools than I knew what to do with, so naturally, we went into them all.

I had a Remedial Thai massage. Now, I’ve got a longstanding neck injury and for some reason (ahem, stress, I’m looking at you) it had been particularly bad over the couple of weeks leading up to this trip. I’ve got to tell you how incredible this treatment was. Yes, it was painful, yes, it was tough and I felt sore afterwards…but 48 hours later and I was literally 100% better. I’ve had a lot of massages over the years and I’m nearly always disappointed- this was the best massage I have ever had. There I said it.

James had an anti-aging facial. His first ever one…with his 32nd birthday looming, he thought it wise. His reports were also pretty amazing. He said he was really relaxed and his skin has never felt so good. I must admit, he did look a little bit glowy afterwards…but then maybe I’m just biased.
We both then had the opportunity to try a brand new treatment together: Alphasphere Deluxe. This is designed to be a deep relaxation treatment, which incorporates sound therapy, colour therapy and aromatherapy. Once we’d stopped giggling, because it really is a unique experience, we both soon drifted off into a pretty relaxed state that we didn’t really expect!
We were then whisked off to the French restaurant, Le Blaireau on site for a three course meal, and it was absolutely beautiful. I had mussels and steak but skipped dessert because I was about to burst…but James went all in for us both.

If you’d like to find out more about the treatments or the hotel, head to the website for more details. Oh! And if you take public transport to get there, you’ll get 10% off your stay.

Thank you so much for reading.

Putting my back into it with House of Sunny

By now, you guys know my vices when it comes to fashion; minimal, Scandinavian goodness with just enough detail to make me fall in love with it. Enter House of Sunny. House of Sunny are a London born brand that I have loved and supported ever since they hit 'go', and it's been incredible to watch them grow and develop into one of the most directional, affordable brands on the high street.

I've been lucky enough to work with them yet again, to show off some of their AW16 collection. Layers are key, you know this, you've been outside and felt the cold nipping at your fingers…So when I had the chance to style up this open back El top in white I thought about all the things I could wear underneath CC. the cashmere roll neck. To show you how wonderful it is though, I wore it on its own here. But the versatility is right there people!

House of Sunny are stocked on ASOS and in Topshop Oxford Circus so you can shop online or in store if you fancy a good try on. I'd say the sizing is bang on for this top.

I styled it with my Paige denim cropped kick flares and some trusty Old School Vans.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and I hope I've inspired you to check out House of Sunny if you haven't already! 
Oh and PS, their Instagram is incredible…. @houseofsunny 

Thank you so much for reading, it means the world.

Fashion Week at The Apartment, London

Fashion month can be a little bit grueling. There's a constant string of shows and presentations that would typically run every 30 minutes, and be located all over London, I know, impossible. In and amongst the chaos though, is the opportunity to see some incredible designers, meet with friends you've made along the way and come home feeling full of inspiration (and sore feet…).

I've been lucky enough to be invited along to a little ol' sanctuary that goes by the name of The Apārtment during fashion week in London, founded by someone who is nothing short of super woman, Abi Omole. The concept behind The Apārtment is to offer a place where influencers and brands connect, in the most relaxed (and beautiful) setting. I'm talking hair, beauty, fashion and interior heaven… This year, The Apārtment teamed up with DFS to bring along some of the most incredible sofa's and chair's for us to lounge around on this fashion week- it's hard work, you know? DFS have got some kind of wonderful design team on their side at the moment, I'd have had one of each of the fabric sofa's straight into my front room given half the chance. As I looked around The Apārtment, these super design-y 3 seater and 4 seater sofa's were in fact, full with influencers catching up and having a good little slump.

I always really love dropping in at The Apārtment over fashion week, there's no pressure to stay or to go. I always feel welcome to talk to the brands, to friends, and to eat! They always have the best selection of lunches….and sweet treats. It's the perfect way to spend down time over the city's most hectic week in fashion.

I can't not mention the incredible photographers that make The Apārtment their home over this time too, do you know how easy they make it to capture your outfits day to day? Ridiculous. 
Images in this post taken by the wonderful Kris, Derek and street style photographers from Comb.

This post was written in collaboration with DFS, but all views are my own.

Thank you so much for reading and if you're in the process of redesigning your home….honestly look at the sofa selection over on DFS, I'm sold.


Statement Sleeves for a special breakfast with Auree Jewellery

Last week I went along to one of the most beautiful breakfasts, for the most wonderful cause. The poaching and slaughtering of elephants in Kenya is very, very real and not many people know about the devastation that takes place. This wonderful collaboration was hosted by Kelly of The London Chatter and Auree jewellery and guess what…100% of the profit from every piece of jewellery sold goes straight to For Rangers, in conduction with Tusk, who are the ones on the ground in Kenya doing everything they can to protect these incredible creatures.
No messing about.

The breakfast was hosted in the very beautifully designed Bronte on The Strand. Our table places were decorated with some serious blooms and we dined on my staple breakfast of avocado and eggs. I was sat with some incredible people at this breakfast, and I feel so lucky to have been invited. We were very kindly given a personalised bracelet and one to stack with it and I literally put it on there and then and haven’t taken it off since. You can see why….

The bracelets are available to buy now and they start at as little as £50 so whether you’re a little magpie yourself or want to treat someone, these are the pieces for you. You can shop the full collection here.

A bunch of us popped outside to take some photos after, so I wanted to share my look with you because, well, I love it.

The sleeves on this jumper can’t be reckoned with and for £30 in H&M, can you blame me? I just wish it came in 354930 other colours! Don’t get me started on the shoes either- they are by far my fave pair. So comfortable and for me, a super investment piece too.

You can shop my full look below:

Photos by the wonderful Vikki from Style& Minimalism

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful week


The perfect Levi's in Paris

Last month I had the opportunity to head to Paris with The Apartment for the Premiere Classe trade show, to try my hand a a bit of buying! Hyperthetical buying, but buying all the same. There's a full post coming on the trip next week but for now I really wanted to share my favourite look from the trip. I dressed myself, don't you know.

As part of the trip, we were invited to Kiliwatch, Paris. An incredible haven for vintage clothing. The part that got me excited; LEVI's. We got to choose a pieced to take away and customise…now I'm NOT creative and I think I've found the most perfect fitting jeans in the world here so I was scared to go at them with some scissors. So here we are, uncustomised.

We (quite obviously) visited the Effiel Tower, because, when in Paris….
Kris, of, AKA wondrous photographer super woman, and all around babe, came with us to capture our outing. Look at what she can do with a camera, man, I mean, I struggle to believe that's me.

If you'd like to shop my look, then feel free below. This is one of my go-to outfits at the moment:

Levi's (best to try them on!)
Keepsake the label top
La Redoute leather biker now 50% off
Jessica Buurman bag
Han Kjobenhaven Sunglasses
Missoma large horn necklace

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you loved it!

A perfect morning with TEMPUR

For those of you that don't already know about TEMPUR, then whether you've bought your first bed since moving out of your parents or not, you need to know this. TEMPUR aspire to inspire the best night's sleep. One of the cooler things about TEMPUR is that they're the only mattress company to be certified by NASA, yes you heard me, the people in charge of SPACE.

I was lucky enough to be invited along to an event in collaboration with TEMPUR to design my perfect morning. After a pretty bad nights sleep…(I don't have a TEMPUR mattress, yet) it couldn't have been more welcome. We started the morning with the most gorgeous yoga class, and I honestly didn't realise just how badly I needed it. I'm usually a great sleeper, largely due to my little bedtime routine, but I had been out at a music event and got home too late to do it and I was still pretty excited from the event (it was Bastille and I adore them…). Once we were all stretched out and feeling fresh, we headed over to the breakfast station, which was brimming with granola, yoghurt and fruit. I got stuck in, and grabbed a fruit tea too. We basically had a really lovely breakfast in bed situation so we could test out the incredible mattresses, and if I'm being honest, I didn't want to leave!

It only seems fair that I share my sleepy tips with you at this point:

-Camomile tea, 2-3 cups a day and one 30 minutes before bedtime
-Phone OFF 1 hour before you drop off to sleep (even putting your phone on night time mode doesn't count!)
-Read something! Or invest in an adult colouring book, super soothing
-Face mask the life out of your face
-I keep a notepad at the side of my bed, and if I'm struggling to drop off or if I wake up worried about something, I'll scribble it down and close it off until morning

I hope you've enjoyed this little lifestyle post. It's important to always get the most out of your time to rest and sleep so I hope if you aren't the best sleeper, you'll try some of my tips. Feel free to tweet me with any questions you might have @lindseydholland. This post is in collaboration with TEMPUR but all thoughts are my own! Check out their website for more information on their Hybrid mattresses.

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