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Tilly-Jayne Kidman, Cambridge based style & travel blogger. By day I do all things digital marketing and by night I write this blog as well as contributing to other publications. You can also find a few tips and posts on veganism among my usual style & travel features!


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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Vegan Chocolate Taste Test

Hi guys! I won't post a blog every time I upload a video but this is my first piece of vegan related YouTube content which I've been wanting to film for AGES! So I wanted to share it with you on here, I hope you enjoy. Please do let me know any other vegan videos you'd like to see. Q&A, further taste tests, weekly shops - you name it!




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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

10 Gorgeous Homeware Buys From FindDesign

The older I get the more I'm tempted to splurge my extra cash on a damn good looking chair as opposed to that designer bag I've been lusting over. Ugh I feel old! Over the past year to two I've definitely developed a thing about chairs, endless scrolling of Pinterest has got my yearning for a little velvet number just like the one I spied on FindDesign. This place is chair heaven! 

If you're new to FindDesign then let me give you a little intro, launched at the beginning of 2017 FindDesign is an interior haven founded by Sarena Shetty. With a focus on design-led products, Sarena wanted to curate the very best of interiors in one handy place on the web, and that's when FindDesign was born. Built on a passion for home and design, you can find quirky accessories, berber style rugs, statement chairs and the very best of storage solutions. Sarena basically does the hard work so we don't have to!

Here are my top 10 picks from the site...

All products can be found via FindDesign

Okay so I have to talk about THAT blue chair first, I have no navy blue in my house but I'm just so drawn to it, I feel like it could be worth creating a space around it that fits in just so I can own it. Too far? The tall-back chair is another favourite of mine, sophisticated and a real focus piece of furniture. I can just imagine it in my lounge with a standout cushion, perched next to an extra tall cactus or banana plant - very chic! 

Generally I tend to prefer to keep my interiors minimal with a few quirks, for example a patterned rug or interesting lighting. The iconic grey bell pendant light is 100% up my street, I love Scandinavian style interior design and this ticks all the boxes. I think the simple pieces can be the most effective and of course, stylish. I think it's safe to say the long-lived marble trend isn't going anywhere, and the clock is such a statement piece. I think I can hear my kitchen crying out for it!

A project that I've tasked myself with for the summer is doing up my bedroom, I'm going to get rid of my built in wardrobes in favour of a cleaner, simpler layout. The chest of drawers is just what I've been looking for, aka the perfect destination for all of the junk I want to hide from my clean, minimalist home. Come on, we all have a 'Monica cupboard' don't we? I love the contemporary vibe and I was quite impressed with the price too. 

What's your favourite piece from my top 10? Do you find you veer toward homeware the older you get? I'd love to hear your thoughts! 


*post in collaboration with FindDesign but all thoughts my own!
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

What To Pack In Your Carry On For A Long Distance Flight

Ah flying, as much as I love to travel I'm actually not a great flyer. I much prefer my feet to be firmly on the ground but hey if I want to explore the world then it's something I have to get over. I actually remember once reading an interview (with whom I can't remember) but they said the way to get their flying fear was to listen to a Britney Spears song on takeoff and landing because they know they're not destined to die listening to Britney. Cute, morbid story huh? I always think of that when I'm preparing for takeoff and it makes me chuckle and slightly removes my mind from the fact I'm heading 30,000 feet up in the air. 

Which takes me on to packing - what the hell do you pack for a long haul flight? My next flight will be a juicy 11 hours to San Fransisco which yes I'm slightly dreading although when I last flew with Virgin to Florida they had a pretty decent selection of films which wasted around 5-6 hours. However I'm not the best at sitting still, I get ancy, I want to stretch my legs and I soon become incredibly bored! Which is why it's vital I pack a little entertainment with me... 

So let's start with the carry on bag, if I'm heading on a city break it will of course be a small cabin sized suitcase however if I've checked my mahuussive suitcase into hold then I'll usually take a backpack. I've been upgraded with the kind folk at Eastpak who have provided me with this gorgeous weekender bag for my trip to the US. It's the perfect carry on, giving me enough space for my essentials but also leaving necessary room for which I will use when I cram around 25 magnets and other ridiculous souvenirs I'm sure to pick up on the way.




Alongside the essentials such as my passport (duh) and phone, I try to cram in a magazine or two. I tend to lean towards travel magazines such as Suitcase to inspire my future travels and get me excited for wherever it is I may be heading! If I fly Virgin then I'll also scoop up a couple of the freebies they sometimes have on offer at the gates, last time I bagged Conde Naste Traveller as well as a few fashion magazines which kept me occupied for a good couple of hours. 

As well as a magazine or two I always pack a book for a long haul flight, usually a Jack Reacher novel or something similar. It's a shame but I don't get all that much time to read in day to day life so I always fit in a lot of reading when I'm going away, especially if it's a beach style trip! 

I can highly recommend the Jack Reacher series for anyone who likes books with plenty of action and suspense, I just have to try and block the awful Tom Cruise film adaption out of my mind...

What to pack long haul flight carry on

If my flight is especially long, I'm taking eight hours plus then I'll usually pack a few skincare essentials, I'll be taking my Emma Hardie travel set with me next month! Also just in case of any delays I feel better if I have a flannel, face wash and moisturiser. I absolutely hate what flying does to my skin, it always looks dreadful and completely drys out so usually half way into it I take what little make up I have on off and give my skin a little pick-me-up. Staying on the line of toiletries I'll also pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, for exactly the same reason. If I come off a night flight I like to freshen up before I head off.

what to pack in your hand luggage

I always ensure I pack a few snacks, being vegan you just never know what you may (or may not!) get. Thankfully the few vegan in-flight meals I've had to date have been ok but just in case I'll pack some nuts and a couple of Trek bars.

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Aside from the occasional waves of boredom there is a part of flying I do enjoy, and that's having the time to sit and gather my thoughts. Life tends to be so busy and full on for me that it's rare I have time to simply do nothing. I always pack a pen and notebook so that I can jot down any ideas and inspiration that come to me whilst on my journey. Whether it's life goals, future blog posts or just random thoughts, it's a rare and welcome time where my mind isn't distracted by Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Asos...

What are your carry-on essentials? Do they look similar to mine or do you tend to keep it more minimal? I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you've posted a similar blog then please do leave a link. 


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Must Have Summer Buys

HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US - FINALLY


It's not long until I jet off on my first sunshine break of the year. I cannot WAIT to feel that Californian sunshine on my skin and it's also a fabulous excuse to treat myself to a few new summer buys. I've been feeling massively uninspired by clothing for the past few months. I totally lost my love for endlessly browsing Zara and checking Asos new in every single morning. I thought this was it, my love affair with garments over.

Pah, false alarm. I'm back to feeling more inspired than ever and my style has even taken a small turn and welcoming a few florals and more colourful pieces. CRAZY I know. So with that in mind I've rounded up some of my favourite pieces right now!

DRESSES

Make like the cool gals of Insta and shop some of these cute Realisation Par-esque style pieces. I'm also SO into gingham right now, and that Millie Macintosh midi ticks all the boxes.



TOPS

I'm loving floaty, flirty tops with ruffles and flouncy flute sleeves. Will a statement sleeve ever get boring? I don't think so...



JUMPSUITS

I just love a jumpsuit especially if I'm heading away on a city break, they're so easy to throw on et voila, outfit finito!



SWIM

This year I'm loving swimsuits, I usually stick to a bikini but I think I'll be mixing it up with a bit of both...




ACCESSORIES


Give me ALL the straw hats and bags, also glad to see slides are sticking around seems as I have about 30 pair, oops.




I'm going to have no trouble packing my suitcase this summer...

What's on your summer wishlist? 
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