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{Yes, all of the above pictures were taken without a photographer, just me, a tripod and a camera}

At least once a day I'll be asked about my pictures and who's taking them, specifically when I'm travelling, and my response is always met with a sincere look of surprise. You see I take all of my own pictures on the go. It's just me and my tripod. I have a photographer that helps me about once a month in London with various campaign images (and I'm lucky that he's one of my best friends), but the rest of the images you see are all mine...taken with one trusted camera, two lenses, a travel size tripod and the help of a few iPhone app editing suites. Every bathtub shot you see, every Lowcountry bike ride, every outfit in situ on a balcony, it's all just me. And since I find myself answering this question daily, I thought it was about time I explained how I do it. I haven't been keeping it a national secret, I just haven't had the time to sit down and properly explain it all. But now I'm making the time, because I think what I'm about to share might just blow your mind a bit and give you the confidence to perhaps try it yourself. I think all too often people think there's this massive support group with creating content and more often than not, it's just the content creator and their craft left to their own devices. In reality, I prefer it that way. I feel I can be a lot more free with my photography when it's just me, myself and I. Ask anyone that's ever worked with me and they'll tell you I'm an entirely different picture when there is an actual human being working behind the camera. When it's just me and the tripod, you get the real me, no inhibitions, just solid entertainment. So, without further ado, let's get into it.


Let me give you the edited version of what you're about to dive into, because I need to start with the kit I'm using, in order to explain the technology behind how it all works. Here's the scenario - I'm taking a bathtub picture. Proof:


So, for this picture, I attached the camera to the tripod and set up the shot from across the room, I got my frame aligned just perfectly and setup the camera settings exactly how I thought I wanted them to be. After switching on the wifi in the camera, I then crawled into said bath, with my iPhone in tow. From there, and thanks to the amazing app with the camera, I could see the image on my phone's screen. I made a few tweaks to the programming (screenshots for reference below when we get into this), setup the focus and pressed go! I went back and looked at what had been taken, made sure I had a shot I could use, before I crawled out of the bath, and job done. From there, I downloaded the images I was going to edit, ran them through two or three photo editing apps on my iPhone and finally chose the image you see above. Sound all too easy? I swear I'm not leaving anything out. The technology is there. All you need is the creative vision. So, ready to learn?

Let's kick off with what you're going to need to make this happen...

The Camera
This is the most important part of this entire post, because no camera, that I've been able to find, can do what the Olympus Pen can do, and you'll see why as we move forward. For now, just know that this is the best money you will spend if you are looking to take self portraits moving forward. The technology here is so advanced and so incredibly useful that I haven't had my head turned once by any other camera. Full disclosure: I worked with Olympus years ago, but have not in years and I still buy new Pens as they come out. I could not live without this camera and recommend it to all. 


The Portrait Lens

While most people will find that the kit lens included, a 14-42mm, is just fine for your day to day photography, some of you may want to get more advanced with your portraits. My lens of choice for portraits (and food) is the 25mm lens. Now, this is an investment. Lenses of this nature are not cheap and if you know any photographers, you'll know they often say their lenses are more expensive than the camera themselves. 


This one, if you treat it nicely, will be in your life forever and is worth every penny you'll ever spend on it. The results are flawless portraits that are magazine level quality. I adore the portraits I take with my 25mm - more so of other people than myself, but I'll always love taking pictures of other people! Here's one of the self portraits I took with it recently, using all the tips I'm about to share:


The Tripod:
The Manfrotto tripod has been my weapon of choice for years now. I can't tell you how I tripped onto this brand, but this little three legged piece of trouble has never let me down, not even once. It's lightweight, fits into any travel bag and has seen more parts of the globe with me than anyone else over the years. Find a tripod that works for you. It doesn't have to be this one, but it's been good to me, so I feel confident in recommending it. 


So that's your equipment done and dusted.You ready for the real magic?

For the rest of this tutorial you'll need to have the following on you: a smart phone and a creative mind. That's it. That's all that's missing here.

Now I'm going to write this for amateur photographers, like we're all newbies here. There's no need to know anything about photography at all, really. Although, it's always good to have a working knowledge and I cannot encourage you enough to take a class locally or learn as much as you can from books or youtube tutorials. Every bit of knowledge will help to make your end result even more fantastic.

So, back to the bathtub picture. I'm assuming I don't need to tell you how to set up a camera on a tripod, so let's skip ahead. Once you have your creative target acquired and an idea for how you'd like to step into shot, turn on the wifi on your camera. Witness:

When you turn on your camera, a wifi button will appear in the upper left hand side of the camera. So far, so easy.

You'll get a prompt that says it's connecting with a password option and a QR code (I've blacked mine out for security reasons). You will only need to set this up once. 

Now, grab your iPhone and head to your settings to connect to the camera Wifi. Hopefully I don't have to tell you where to do this, but just in case you're at a loss:

Make sure you've downloaded the Olympus Image Share app on your iPhone before you attempt the next step. Note: it doesn't magically appear when you connect to the camera. You need to download this from the app store. 

So, the app is on your phone, you've connected to the camera wifi and it's time for you to get that magical photo. So click onto the beautiful blue icon for the Olympus Image Share and off we go. This is what will pop up:

From there you will be given a few options. For the purpose of this post, we are going to concentrate on the remote control. Tap on Remote Control....

From here, you see what your camera sees, on your phone. Wherever the camera is pointed, that's what will be reflected! Your phone screen will look like this:

Now, when this screen pops up, you have a few options. In the top right hand corner, you will see that you can choose which setting you'd like your camera to operate in. You can switch between an auto setting or an aperture priority, shutter speed priority or other. In the bottom centre, you can then control things like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These are all things you can change according to your skill level with photography. To make this easy, let's leave things on auto and focus more on how you are going to use this camera to take pictures of yourself.

So, in the bottom right hand corner of the screen on your phone, you'll see a rectangular box. Tap on this box to setup your self timer. This is where things get interesting!

When you tap on the icon that looks like a timer, and then tap on the cog to the right, in the same box, this screen will make an appearance:

This is the power play right here, folks. This is where you can tell your camera how to shoot you. For me, I set my camera to take ten frames, with two seconds pause between each frame so I can change poses. If you're confused, here's the simple translation. After I've adjusted my settings, put myself into frame with the camera, liked what I've seen with phone in hand, I press a button and my camera takes shots of me in ten different poses so I have a variety of pictures to choose from for my final pictures - instead of just one! 

When you've selected how many frames you wish to take and how many seconds pause to wait between each frame, tap the screen to show the camera where to focus, then tap the camera button and you will have three seconds to put your phone down, in a pocket or behind a hat (I often do this or put it in a bag). Then it's time to pose like the beautiful supermodel that you are. You will hear the camera shutter close and you can easily count how far along you are, or you can leave the phone in a place where you can see it and check the frames, between takes, to see how things are looking so you can change up your approach to the picture. It's completely up to you. This is what the screen looks like while it's shooting:

I have been doing this for so long that I usually get the shot I want without 2-3 tries. That means about 30 pictures. Here's a look at the last portrait series that I have in full from when I was home last week. You can see there are just subtle changes between each frame, but it's enough to give me choice on what I might want to share. 

Simply download the pictures from your camera onto your smart phone and then it's time to edit them. You can also email or post to social straight from the app. Thought I'd throw in a little Boomer moment for you here to showcase your options:


Now, hopefully that was helpful. There are a lot of cameras out there that have wifi capabilities with smartphones, but none that I've found that have this setup where you can take self portraits, see them as they are being taken and adjust accordingly. It's a pretty unique setup and a very desirable selling point for those of us in a world where we have to share self portraits quite regularly. Although, saying that, I acted as family photographer for my entire six person fam last week and took some amazing shots of us all together, all on tripod with this app doing all the hard work. So, this is a useful too for absolutely anyone! 

Now, just before we go, let's talk editing apps. I use two.

First up is Snapseed. This I use above all else. I think it's one of the best editing apps out there. It's completely free and it's easy to learn. You just need to play with it. I edit almost of all of my portraits in here with lighting and colour tools. 

The second app I use is Lightroom. This is not free. In fact, this is rather expensive, but I use it enough to warrant the cost. This is used not only to store my travel photos, but also to edit them in bulk. It's a wonderful tool for presets, applying the same edit to multiple pictures and communicating between phone and laptop computer. This is a more advanced tool and not at all needed. I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to this stuff, and used to work in design, so I prefer this tool, but that's just me.

So those are my editing apps. 

For those of you that are on social media and working as professionals, I also recommend using a planning app for your photos. I use one called Planoly and have done for a while now. It just allows me to keep a plan in action for what I'm going to post. While 65% of what I post isn't planned, there are things that need to be posted at certain times, whether they are sponsored, announcing a special something or just plain scheduled to coincide with something as cheesy as national pancake day (why can't that be everyday?). 


I think that's just about everything. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a DM over on Instagram and let me know how I can help! Discovering this whole setup really has changed the game for me and I'm hoping it might for you as well. The freedom of being your own photographer, especially for self portraits, is somewhat addictive. So, proceed with caution. But, I can't wait to see what you bring forward to the world as a result!
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Written in partnership with Marks & Spencer
Above: Skirt, Shirt

I'm not sure if you've officially recognised this, but I feel like it will come of no surprise for you to hear that separates in fashion are having a serious moment! Whereas I have always preferred the ease of throwing on a dress and going, I've found myself oddly attracted to this new trend and my closet most definitely reflects it. In theory, it's not all that different from the concept of a dress. Separates are designed to work together. So, an easy outfit is simply throwing the two together and running out the door, providing the same "pulled together" look as a dress. However, the glory of separates is this. The two pieces can be used to create dozens of different looks when styled apart. 


So, the hunt begins for separates that will work for you and your body shape. For me, the past few seasons have showcased Marks & Spencer as an excellent source for separates shopping. This week I featured one of my favourite from the bunch (seen above). And I can guarantee you'll be seeing more of both pieces in the future (I'll be sure to do a roundup of ways to wear). For now, I wanted to share with you a few of the other separates pieces that I have purchased, while they are still available in all sizes. All of the items featured below come up to a size 22, are light and airy for the summer heat and give a sort of elegant relaxation to any look. I cannot recommend everything below enough. Marks & Spencer are killing it with the separates game. It's definitely worth a look in and quick try on. Who knows... you might just fall in love!












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A new Sunday Shopping feature and this week I'm focusing on the high street. So that means everything you see here is on the "affordable" side of shopping. No need to eat PB&J for a week to purchase anything on this page. The solid favourite is the discovery of Valentino slide rip-offs for £6. Plus, there are more dresses than you can shake a stick at... or something like that. Enjoy and happy weekend! 


























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Written in partnership with Celebrity Cruises.

Many will be scratching their heads looking at these pictures and wondering why their image of a cruise ship is so different from what's being presented here. Never fear. You more than likely haven't been wrong about what you may have "thought" cruising looked like. But, this is the dawning of a new day in cruise ships. No longer are we in an era where you are travelling in what is, more or less, a caravan at sea. In this day and age, cruise ships are moving luxury resorts, complete with walk in closets and full bathroom suites that give many of London's five star hotels a run for their money. The newest ship to sail the seven seas is Celebrity Edge, from Celebrity Cruises, and is has shaken up everything we all thought we knew about cruising. You may remember in December of last year I travelled to Miami to sail aboard the Celebrity Edge for its launch and naming ceremony. At the time, I was blown away by the quality of rooms and my tour of the ship (you can read about it here). It was a short cruise, but I was able to see just about everything. My only missing experience? Well, I didn't have quite as much time as I would have liked in exploring the suites. Fast forward six months and I'm back on board and guess what? I'm been invited back to live the Suite Life aboard Celebrity Edge. For the UK launch of the ship, from Southampton, I was asked to sail while resting my head in a Celebrity Edge Royal Suite.  This is the tale of my journey...


From the start, travelling aboard Celebrity Edge as a Suite Class guest is full of perks. When I arrive, I'm taken to a special area for pre-boarding treats and I am only in situ for five minutes before we are told our class of travel is able to board the ship. I feel like I'm flying first class on an airline, only there's no turning left instead of right. We're all headed in the same general direction, which in itself is nice. While I may be in suite class, Celebrity is a cruise line that likes to make all their guests feel special, so all the perks of travelling "suite" are subtle in the beginning, but definitely worth mentioning.  I quickly make my way to my suite, feeling a little too excited at the idea of having such a luxurious space all to myself for this trip. Seems rather indulgent, but I'm ready to lap it up.

I walk into my room and the first thing that springs to mind, I say out loud. "Kelly Hoppen, you absolute goddess. You've only gone and created the dream space." Yes, all the suites aboard Celebrity Edge are designed by our London favourite, interiors guru Kelly Hoppen. The Royal Suite aboard Celebrity Edge is an education in using monochrome for sophisticated interiors. Even the tiles in the foyer are inviting and begging for a shoefie to share on Instagram. As I walk into the main room, I'm overcome by the size of the living area. A full kitchen table awaits, sitting across a mini kitchen area and full bar. Beyond that there is a sofa that sits opposite a massive television that I'm pretty sure I won't get a chance to turn on for the duration of my cruise. I'll be too busy looking in front of me, sitting on the balcony in front of the sofa, that has two rocking chairs and a full view, floor to ceiling, of the ocean out in front of me. I note the bottle of champagne chilling on the coffee table and the finger foods that have been laid out for my arrival and begin to move into the bedroom and bathroom area. As I step into the bedroom, the doorbell to my suite rings.

My butler, William, has come to introduce himself. He wants to check that the room is to my satisfaction and he has a card to give me with his private number so that he can be reached if I need anything at all during my stay. William will be a godsend, but more on that later. William exits after the introduction and I'm left to continue my personal tour of the Royal Suite.

Back to the bedroom I go, where I do what I always do first on any cruise ship. I swing open the doors to the balcony. This is a double balcony room, with spaces, featuring unobstructed views of the ocean, in both the living room and bedroom. The joy of sleeping with an ocean breeze blowing in over the bed makes for the best night's sleep you'll ever have. Trust me on this one. So, I'm basically already counting down the hours until I can crawl into that oversized bed and listen to the ocean waves crashing against the ship. 

I notice a remote on the bedside table, across from the vanity of dreams, but I can't seem to spot a TV anywhere. I make a mental note to ask William about that later. 

Into the bathroom I go, where a bathtub of a monstrous size is waiting. I don't think I've ever seen a bath so big on any cruise ship, ever. It is the main feature in the space, until you turn around and notice that the double sink, which must be at least six feet in length, has retractable screens that open to showcase a view of the ocean. You can brush your teeth in the morning and watch as the ship sails into new destinations. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Around the corner I walk, to discover the walk in shower that is hidden behind the bath, but is every bit as large and impressive. You could get lost in this bathroom late at night on your first night on board. It's huge!

The toilet is in a separate compartment and across from it I discover the walk in closet. It was there eagerly awaiting my arrival and unpacking. I'm only on board three days, but the closet gets an impressive look at a sizeable chunk of my wardrobe. I felt the need to overpack and be prepared for any occasion while on board. And of course you're encouraged to pack as much as your heart desires. So, I went for it.

After unpacking, enjoying one glass of champagne as I go, and reading over my itinerary on my balcony, it all begins to set in that I only have 48 hours to explore the life as a suite class member. I have a lot to get through, so down goes the champagne, back on go the shoes and I'm out the door.

My first port of call is dinner in the suite class restaurant, Luminae. There were quite a few celebs on board, sadly that I'm not allowed to mention, and they seemed to all be there, sipping gorgeous looking cocktails and enjoying one another's company. I was seated with other press on the night and enjoyed a wonderful three course meal, with wine pairing, as the ship left Southampton and began its journey out and about in the Channel. The meal started with burrata and freshly sliced tomatoes and basil - heaven on a plate. From there it was onto Filet Mignon followed by grilled pears. I left wondering if I should have packed clothes that were larger in size. Eating like this for three days may keep me from wriggling into a few dresses.

After dinner I went for one drink in Eden, a bar that feels more like Neverland than a space aboard a ship. As I stood, mojito in hand, at the bar, people in costume wandered around guests, before a show started for the masses. That was my queue to sneak off and indulge in my favourite part of sailing - the wonderful sleep. I know that may sound terrible. But, if you've never slept on a cruise ship before, there's no way I can describe this for you. I can only say it's like being in a cradle again and having someone gently rock you to sleep. If you sleep with the door open, the smell of the salt air mixed with crashing waves and a gentle breeze, make this a sleep that's deeper than anything I've ever known. So yes, I'm the sad early-nighter on cruise ships. Celebrity Edge is no exception.

However, before going to bed, I make sure to order room service for the next morning. While on board, I was filming a video (which you will see later) and it meant an early start for the next day. So, I was wanting my caffeine and food fix before leaving the room. My butler delivers the food and offers to set the table for me while I continue getting ready. I leave him to it and rush off to get dressed. When I return, he has laid a beautiful display on the balcony. I had told him I like eating out in the fresh air. Naturally he's kept the plates covered so that no seagulls can make off with my fresh pastries! The food is as delicious as if I was eating in the restaurants itself. It's piping hot and makes for the perfect start to the day ahead. 

This is my only full day on the ship, and a great deal of it is spent filming with a crew. This part I love. We explore every corner of this beautiful creation and I'm instantly reminded of just how massive a space this ship occupies. The number of bars, restaurants and public spaces is so grand, I can't imagine being able to enjoy every space as it was intended, even if I was sailing for a full 14 days. Trying to squeeze it into two is nearly impossible, but it's always fun to try. I'm amazed that this is my second time on Celebrity Edge and I'm still finding new spaces. 

For lunch, I head back to the room to file a few pieces online and William suggests ordering some room service while I'm working. He is trouble for my dress size! "The burger," he declares, "is amazing." I then remember I haven't asked about where the TV is in the bedroom. With one flick of a button, a TV comes down from the ceiling and I gasp, which I think surprises even William. The TV was in the ceiling all this time?! So, William leaves, I grab a quick shower and decide to take a disco nap before the food arrives, all the while with the TV on in the background. Twenty five minutes later, I'm awake, I have a movie on and the food has arrived. My butler was right. The burger is noteworthy and hot. Sorry if I keep mentioning the temperature of the food, but it is so hard to get room service right in even a hotel that's on dry land. Doing the same aboard a ship with thousands of people seems impossible. But, they make it happen every single time.

After my lunch, movie and "snooze with a view" break, I head back out to explore the ship. I spend a little time in a swing chair with a book, I visit the spa, I get a bit of sun on the deck of the retreat and I decide that my next time on this ship has to be for a proper cruise. Two days simply isn't enough. It's enough to get a taste of just how good a vacation this is, but it's not the full experience. The real joy in cruising is discovered in opening your curtains every morning to a new vista. It's found in meeting new people on board that you arrange to meet for drinks in the club or at the famed martini bar. It's having a full day in the sun, being absolutely exhausted from doing nothing at all and collapsing in the most comfortable bed of your life, for a sleep that will change everything. But this, this was my taster of the Suite Life aboard Celebrity Edge, and I'm afraid it's ruined me for life. How can I ever go back to any other way of travelling aboard a Celebrity Cruise?

Now, enough talking. Let's talk you on a photo tour of my room, some of the suite perks and a quick trip around the ship! 

For more information on booking a suite on Celebrity Edge, click here
A look at The Royal Suite aboard Celebrity Edge:


 The Suite Class Restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat


The Retreat, Suite Class only deck


 Exploring the rest of the ship (read more and see more images from the launch of Celebrity Edge).


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Before we kick into the full Celebrity Edge Suite experience, I thought I'd kick off first with what I packed. That way, when we're talking about the cruise, we can focus fully on the experience. What to pack for these sort of trips is deserving of a feature on its own anyway as I find the top question I get asked about cruising is "what to pack." I'll start by saying this - the sky's the limit. The great thing about cruising is that you can pack a million and one outfits. There are no limitations on weight for what you can bring on board. You're only limited by your airline (if you're flying to your port of departure) or by how many suitcases you have at your fingertips. 

As far as I've seen, the old wardrobing rules of cruising are just that - old. Of course that doesn't mean I'm going to advocate for tees and jeans for a week. You're on a cruise ship. That means you're going to be visiting exotic and fun locations every day. It means every night you're on board you get to visit a different restaurant and grab a drink in a new and fun place. And yes, for me, that means dressing to my best. So, I too stress over what to pack, but it isn't because of any rule book telling me I have to wear this or that. It's simply down to the fact that I want to look my best. 

I always usually lean a little towards nautical. Naturally, there's a lot of Ralph Lauren involved there. I also tend to embrace bright or white colours. For some reason, cruising for me means you can be loud and proud while on board. You're only ever a skip and a jump away from your cabin so you can be as outlandish as possible with your wardrobing. If there are ever any malfunctions or you feel you've gone too far with your outfit choices, a quick change will only take you as long as it takes to run back to the room. So, there's a certain sartorial freedom here. Also, as you look around the ship you will see all sorts of styles in play. This is a place to be and be seen. 

The bottom line is this. Have fun! Pack things that make you feel fabulous. Check your weather for the week and make sure you are packing appropriately and then plan as the wind blows you. But, be grand. If you're cruising on Celebrity Edge, you're cruising on one of the world's most stylish ships. Why wouldn't you want to put your best foot forward?

Here's a look at some of the outfits I wore while on board over the course of three days. Enjoy! 





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A bit of casual fun today and a throwback to a moment where I have found the exact outfit I wore thirty years ago. Now, I just wish I could find the picture of my nine year old self wearing this denim dress. Of course I wasn't matching it with chic Gucci loafers or a Furla bag. As a nine year old, I'm pretty sure I was accessorising with Keds and an Eastpak backpack. That's just how I rolled. Simple, yet chic. Ha. But, things have to evolve over thirty years, right?

Just goes to show, the classics never go out of style, no matter your age or size. And yes, I was, at some point, a lot smaller. Hard to remember a time I was ever under six feet tall! 

This is, in all honesty, the most comfortable dress. It's stretchy, flattering and will last a lifetime. Get involved, folks. And if you have a daughter, perhaps there's a matching opportunity? You lucky ladies! 

What I'm Wearing:



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I swear to you, I have more dresses hanging in my closet, saved for special occasions, that I ever care to admit to. This one is a perfect example. I bought it thinking, "wouldn't this be lovely for an afternoon in Provence, in the heat." Then, I saw it hanging there, pulled it out and repurposed it in my mind as the perfect brunch attire. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and this dress will have been saved for something that never did happen. So out it came, into rotation.

Now, it definitely could have used a good steam and a better bra pairing, but I'm letting it all hang out here for you as that's just how the morning went. I threw it on, not really thinking about much else and leapt out the front door, happy as a clam to have it on at all. This is such a beautiful dress. I just need to figure out a few important points in wearing for its next outing. For now, I just wanted to share, as it's too beautiful not to make you aware of it ASAP! Hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day! 

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I think there is a great curiosity present in today's world concerning how people inhabit their home space. It's why magazines like Architectural Digest and programmes on HGTV are hits. We love seeing how other people fill and decorate their homes. Personalities are revealed in everything from the throw pillows we choose to the colours of our living room walls. While the media does a pretty good job of feeding our voyeuristic pleasures, when was the last time you actually stepped into the home of a complete stranger and were able to sit in their chairs, open their books and more or less take up space in their world, a world completely unlike your own? And what if that owner of the home was one of the most respected art curators in British history? Welcome to Kettle's Yard, one of the UK's best kept secrets in the museum world. This is the home of the Tate Gallery's curator Jim Ede. For fifteen years, he and his wife, filled this space with works of art too numerous to count and too magnificent to ever put a price tag on.

Kettle's Yard was originally conceived with students in mind. Jim Ede's hope was that students would come into the house and sit with art, taking time to truly enjoy the collection he had built up over the years. Pieces that had been accumulated, from friends and work relationships, over the years are dotted throughout and are, at times, difficult to distinguish from everyday objects. As you walk into the room, there is a lemon on a table and a few pebbles in the corner. You are constantly questioning yourself, wondering if you are looking at "art" or simply a lemon left behind by a visitor. And if you're hoping for some direction with labels, you'll be left waiting. Nothing is labelled. Nothing at all. It was just as Jim intended for it to stay. 

The space today is still open and waiting for you to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to sit and "be with the art" just as students were back in the day. Rocking chairs with views of plentiful gardens ache for attention. A library overflowing with catalogues and books is eager for perusal. But, for many, this space will act as the ultimate home inspiration. Collectors will have met their match. This is a collection like none other and certainly showcases a lifetime of passion for the arts. 

In 1966, Kettle's Yard was donated to the University of Cambridge. It has expanded since that time, now also housing a fully functioning gallery for new projects, outside the perfectly maintained house. So, a visit to this museum is not just for exploring times of old. Just as the Edes would have wanted, this is a place to explore a history of art while also being presented with a vision of the new. In short, if you make the journey to Cambridge, this absolutely must be on your itinerary. It is a piece of history not to be missed.

For more information visit Kettle's Yard.  


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Written in partnership with Marks & Spencer 

I feel like I need to apologise now for the way in which you are about to be inundated with summer looks. The big ball of flame in the sky is out and so are my legs and all of my summer wardrobe, which seems to be growing on a daily basis as retailers all over the country finally get their chance in the sun, literally. One I want to shine a light on, immediately, however, is Marks & Spencer. You guys know I've been working with them for years and I feel like every season I say, "this is the best season." Well, I'm gonna throw it out there again. Summer for M&S is everything you've ever dreamt of in dresses. It's surreal. I want them all, but I don't have enough closet space or cash to have every single one. So, I'm sharing a few favourites here and a few you'll be seeing over the next few months, while it's hot. As these dresses tend to sell out quite quickly, I thought I'd give you links first, tell you to buy now and follow up with style tips as we go. So, here are a few pics of this glorious piece in action and some recommendations down below to buy now as well! Happy wearing! 


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Other Marks & Spencer Dresses that need to be on your radar this season:








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This dress would have had me dialling in for the print alone. Palm print in a new colour combination of mustard and blue, what's not to love? But, add in fringe and a perfectly flattering cut and you have my credit card begging for mercy!

For those of you wondering, it does range in size from 4-18 and it is stretchy, so it fits those curves in all the right places. It's just one of those dresses you won't see again. It's a dress that looks a million dollars but won't cost you more than week of lattes. In short, it's a dress that's worth trying on and seeing if it's for you. Otherwise, it will be gone forever and you'll be left thinking... "what if?" For me, this is staying in my closet for the longterm. It can be styled up with fancy heels and styled down with a denim jacket. The possibilities with a good dress are endless and always should be before it ever enters your closet. Remember that!

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