After a long day at work, there is no better feeling then a stroll over rolling hills and taking in nothing but gorgeous views and fresh air. Naturally I was jumping and leaping around with no cares in the world and acting like a total goofball, all in favour of showing off the movement of my snazzy number from MissGuided. This little swing vest is officially my new favourite top. Slightly narrowed racer back at the top with a flowing extreme swing fit which is oh so comfortable and perfect for any occasion. Cannot wait to dress it up with a pair of sequin shorts and some strappy sandals. I'm off to buy it in ever colour and I advise y'all to do the same (click here). One day down and already looking forward to the weekend.
Say hello to my new favourite fashion app. Think Instagram meets shopping, Snapette offers a news feed full of snaps of the latest fashions all tagged with prices and locations of where to pick them up from. Seriously what more could you need?
A cheeky snap of a 'new-in' shirt from your favourite store can be uploaded with a whole load of fun filters and shared with fellow fashionista's on the app. Or if you prefer to look rather than capture then simple browse though the most popular snaps taken in some of the top fashion cities across the world. One of the absolute perks and my favourite part of Snapette is being able to browse the nearby stores whilst sitting in a cafe or even laying in bed, just from the comfort of your smart phone. No more traipsing through the stores to find that perfect item, you can now scroll through the different categories in the app to find the exact item your looking for and locate it in a nearby store. Is this for real, you ask? Yes! I dare you not to fall in love as I have as soon as you download it (click here to download). I am totally hooked!
This fashion app match made in heaven has lead me to become the newest member of the Snapette team. Hello dream role! Currently based in London but soon to be based in New York in a matter of months. I seriously cannot wait to return to my favourite city. So for all you fellow fashion addicts, head over to the app store to download the Number 1 fashion app for FREE so we can keep up to date with each others finds. Or sign up online at https://www.snapette.com to browse, comment and love some amazing finds all over the world. Happy snapping people!
Why is it that time flies when you're having fun? The last four years spent at University have whooshed by with the blink of an eye. The fact that I am a graduate now beguiles me, not only because it means I might have to actually grow up but that fact that I no longer have student discount?! Like seriously. My shopping bills are now going to become even more extortionate. But really, that's beside the point. These past four years have been the most incredible experience of my life. Meeting such wonderful friends and having the chance to work in two of the World's fashion capitals, I really couldn't have asked for more.
So finally the big day came round. Graduation.
With work, travels and a million other things going on, I put off getting a graduation dress, well, till the day before, and after traipsing though shop after shop, deciding adamantly that I was no longer going to the ceremony, and buying far too many 'maybe' options, I finally popped into my go-to-store, Zara, to pick up this little beaut in the sale.
Being one in a family of six its rare that I get to have my parents all to myself. But with my sisters off on holiday and my brother grafting away, I took the opportunity to have a bit of 'me time' to celebrate my graduation with just my parentals.
Heading up to Leeds University bright and early, we made it just in time to our reservation at Angelica on the tippy-top floor of Leeds' new addition the Trinity. Boasting a delicious cocktail list and a delightful menu full of light bites (I wanted it all), couldn't help but have a cheeky glass pre-ceremony. Well after all... how often will a day like this come around?!
Raspberry & lychee champagne cocktail, don't mind if I do.
My bootiful mama looked gorgeous in her Karen Millen digital floral print dress and Michael Kors sandals, whilst I was in head to toe Zara, including my jewel necklace and strappy stiletto's.
Mama opted for the salmon tartare complete with yuzu, chives, chilli oil - whilst I went for the Tuna with sesame, spring onion, lime and nori.Daddy's cheeseburger was good but not great. Looks pretty damn good in the in the photos though no?
And they even had mama's favourite, mushroom vol au vent.
Of course I went for the prawns. Grilled jumbo king prawns. Garlicky seafoody chilliy perfection.
Next stop. Back up to university for the last time ever, to totter into the Great Hall with all my fellow fashion graduates.
Certificates in hand, and smiles on faces. Photo time!
Perfectly coordinating dresses without a formal dress code. Great minds think alike.
With hat's not allowed to be worn in the ceremony, I of course had to have the cliche, graduate stereotype photo of my hat being thrown into the air in jubilation. For some reason, whether the combination of champagne and 30 degree heat had gone to my head or the 5 inch heels but I could not catch my mortarboard. Poor daddy had to take a million and one shots before I finally caught the hat and could actually upload a worthy video to Vine. But didn't he do a good job in the end?
A wonderful day and an unforgettable four years. I don't want to get all mushy *bleugh* but I just have to say a massive thank you to all my gorgeous friends and family for the most wonderful experience. In the infamous words of Gordo (from Lizzie McGuire)...
As you may already know if you follow me on instagram ( @georgiabenj ), I have spent a dreamy week soaking up the sun in the glorious Cote D'Azur. The South of France is just the perfect getaway destination boasting gorgeous cities including Monaco, St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes and Nice. Staying in Nice gave us the perfect base to explore the wonderful region. Nice's old town full of quaint coloured buildings and archaic 20's architecture, oh and amazing food. How I didn't return to London a heffalump still surprises me.
Voyaging over to Cannes, my oh my did we see some big ol' boats. Actually calling these boats would be rather insulting. Yacht and sail boats extraordinaire with names including 'Told U So' and 'About Time' - frankly they were all pretty damn impressive. Hopping on a boat of our own and heading over to the cutest little Île Sainte-Marguerite about half a mile off the coast was utter perfection. This little island that previously housed a huge fort, managed to astonish us all with it's jaw dropping views of the French Rivera and the raw natural beauty of the island was just such an inspiration.
Monaco however was a whole different story. Bentley's, Rolls Royces and Ferrarri's raced around the F1 track through the ornate city, with nothing but sunshine and marble showing off the city in it's truly magnificent state. When in Monaco, visit the Monaco Casino... Isn't that what they say? Sadly the cards were not in my favour and after playing blackjack next to a serious contender who continued to whip out 500€ note after 500€ note, I decided to throw in the towel on becoming a world famous poker player and head to the bar to drown my losses in cocktails. Life bar on the Boulevard Louis II was the perfect destination as we lay on the couches which covered the terrace stretching out into the Rivera sea. After observing a fellow sun worshipper run to the end of the jetty and elegantly dive into the sea, I of course, had to
attempt the same. Much to my avail - and to the girls' amusement - I could not get out of the sea. Whether it was the fact that there was a boat blocking the ladder or my lack of upper body strength to get myself into the boat, there was no way I was coming ashore unaided - the poor bar man had to run to my aid sadly none of these photos are blog worthy.
A wonderful week spent with some absolutely amazing girlies. It's safe to say that the Cote D'Azur is one of my favourite holiday destination and I sure cannot wait to return to soak up some of that glorious French sun. Enjoy the sunshine lovelies!