Elemis and The Avenue with TBP

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If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I had a lovely day out in London with TBP! In case you’re wondering what TBP is, it’s short for “The Blogger Program” which is an Influencer marketing platform.They enable bloggers worldwide to find, connect, & collaborate with different brands for campaigns. I’ve worked on a few different campaigns with TBP before and as a thank you they invited me to The House of Elemis for a facial! Following the pamper I went as their guest to the Avenue Restaurant in Mayfair for a 3 course lunch. Sounds like bliss doesnt it? Well is was! 😉

My initial appointment was at the House of Elemis. I was very excited about this as I just LOVE their products, and it gave me the chance to explore their line further. I was welcomed with a lovely cup of Rose tea followed be an in depth chat all about my skin. They have  a unique machine which takes a photo of your skin magnified and it has the ability to assess what areas need more help! My warm and friendly therapist Sophie advised me on the Biotech Radiance Renew facial. She went though every step with me and asked me if it sounded okay. Okay was an understatement , it sounded amazing!!

 

 

Sophie then took me to my therapy room. She had me change into a soft robe which was hanging in a little wardrobe. She started the process on my skin which was a wonderful experience. It was VERY soothing indeed, especially the neck and shoulder massage! After my therapist finished removing all the dead skin with a simulator, and using the Biotech ion machine with all the amazing fragrant Elemis products she told me I was finished. My skin felt transformed, SO baby soft. I felt glowing. Sophie left me to change.  When I came upstairs there was a smoothie shot, and a glass of champagne waiting for me. I didn’t drink much of the champagne because I was so hungry. I was looking forward to our next location at Avenue restaurant in Mayfair!

 

The food and the wine, and atmosphere at Avenue was perfect. I will be dreaming about that Sea Bream with bok choy for a while! Thank you so much TBP for such a lovely day out!

 

 

Back to school with Superdry

Superdry red logo dress HERE

 

It’s almost September which means back to school. The phrase “Back to school” never meant anything to me before, until now. I’m a first time mom and I’ve gone through all the different emotions with having a child. I’ve cried, yelled, laughed, loved and hugged like never before. When you feel like you’re getting the hang of this “Mom thing” it all changes again. So here we are starting school, and with a whole new set of feelings. Now my baby is growing up with new challenges and new successes and I am so thankful to be a part of it all.

 

School for me was exciting. Maybe it was because I was always the ‘new girl’. We moved a lot as a family, with my father’s work we had to move. I was never in the same school for more than 2 years. So change was something I became accustomed to and craved. If we were in a house long enough my sister and I would always ask when we were moving again! We loved it! It wasn’t always easy being the ‘new girl’ and it came with a fare bit of bullying, but it made me stronger and built something within me which I could never replace. I now have no fear of new situations, or meeting new people, or starting new things. I say that’s down all down to being the ‘new girl’.

Superdry logo denim jacket HERESuperdry denim jeans HERE

 

Matty is almost 5 and with many years of school in front of him, I wanted to write him a letter which he can look back on when he is older.

 

Superdry mini skirt HERE

For this back to school blog post I collaborated Superdry. A brand which is new to my wardrobe! I’ve always been a sucker for a pop of color and their line this season has just that. What a cool and comfy way to start off the school year! 

xx

Gabrielle

 

 

Photos by Shaun James Cox 

Country life vs City girl

 

Today my parents and I took Matty to a little farm in the countryside not far from where we live. It was so cute for him to see up close chickens, pigs, goats , a tortoise named Victor and all sorts of animals and birds! He loved it, I on the other hand.. well let’s just say I spent most my time taking cover – running from wandering uncaged chickens and huge birds which all seemed to be targeting me. No joke, I did everything to avoid them, and yet they were horrifyingly underfoot with their beady eyes and feathers. I took hold of the stroller and used it as a shield hiding behind it for protection. Matty asked to use the bathroom, a simple request, however as we got close to the WC I saw a MASSIVE peacock in front of the restroom making it impossible to pass, as if it was guarding the door. Drenching from a cold sweat I went on a search for an employee who eventually had to shoo the huge bird away so we could safety use the loo. Matty found it hysterical, I’m not sure if it was the bird or my reaction which amused him more.

Once we made it past the projectile spitting alpacas, the pig enclosure, and the goats, we found ourselves surrounded by pure bliss. No large animals in sight only several connecting quiet lakes covered in Lilly pads and edged with Weeping Willows.We took a long walk around the lakes finishing off at a small playground for Matty. The walk in fresh air made us hungry and we left to search for a country pub. We found a great one and It was love at first sight and the fact that it served the best Nachos I’ve ever had was a big plus!

Back home now and in my Pj’s with a satisfied happy little boy by my side, and this city girl is gradually making room for the country life!

Vintage denim, blazer, and a straw hat

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& Other Stories

Here’s a few of my favorite pieces from each category!

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5: Sunglasses (HERE) 6: Jeans (HERE) 7: Jacket (HERE)