The Travel Edit: Tuscany


Now that we have Christmas out of the way and the cold weather is more frightful than festive, we all may start looking for somewhere a little warmer.

We are all looking for escapism, relaxation and all in all a little R&R after the holidays. And where better to look than the breathtaking hills of Tuscany?

From great food to even better scenery, I couldn't imagine spending my well-earned relaxation period anywhere else. 

And because of this, Tuscany makes for the ideal holiday villa location. It's the dream of living in the countryside, in a picture perfect location with friendly villages and beautiful weather that makes it ideal for residing in your holiday abode. 



When it comes to thinking about Tuscan homes I think of beautifully rustic brickwork and stunning scenery from every window, and the properties from Agenzia Immobiliare Lancisi are no different to that. They excel in beautiful locations that capture the nature of the Tuscan dream.

The picture above shows exactly what you can expect from Agenzia Immobiliare Lancisi as they specialize in country houses and prestigious properties in one of the most characteristic places in Italy.

They have approximately 14-16 properties, located between Tuscany and Umbria, some with special landscape situations, some with pool or vineyards or land, others characterized by the historical value of the estate or artistic and historical details, such as paintings or valuable ceilings, marble work of minor artists etc - which in my opinion makes for the ideal holiday home.

I genuinely believe that Tuscany is the perfect location for anyone to visit in 2017. And who knows, you may fall so in love with the place that it could become your second home - and when you do, visit Agenzia Immobiliare Lancisi to make your dreams come true!

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The Christmas Edit: Cheeky Gifts Under £10



LAST CALL FOR CHRISTMAS! So you are on your last tenner and you have one last gift to get, but as always it's for the person who has everything - or maybe you have gotten everything for your loved one and looking for a little gift.

Whatever you are looking for I have rounded up the best gifts under ten whole British pounds. Yup. A sweet crisp tenner.

In which will be my last Christmas gift edit, we have fancy chocolates, sweet candles, and even some designer sale items.

So here's to the cheeky little gifts, that let's be honest...are the best ones.

Merry Christmas my loves

Mollie

x


The Christmas Edit: Stocking Stuffers Under £30




I love a good stocking stuffer (eaaasy now...). As much as I take so much joy in wrapping presents, there is something about seeing the delight on someone's face when they open up their stocking.

Amongst the usual chocolate oranges and mini beauty products, I love sneaking in a little show stopper to really delight my loved ones.

So if you are looking for a super stocking stuffer or if you are still trying to nail your Secret Santa present, take a look at my edit of the best gifts under £30.

As always, click the arrow on the right to browse my edit!

And as a little extra, if you are looking for retailers to find the perfect gifts, here are my favourite places to find a real gem!

Fashion Picks - ASOS, Marks & Spencer & Next

Tech Picks - House of Fraser, John Lewis & Amazon

Beauty Picks - Space NK, DebenhamsCult Beauty

All round unique gifts - Not on the High Street, Etsy & Liberty

'WOW! You shouldn't have' gifts - Net-a-Porter, The Outnet & Selfridges



The Gifting Edit: Luxury Buys Under £500




We all want to give our loved ones a showstopper of a gift. May it be a future heirloom or a stylish new handbag, I'm sure we can all cherish the look on the recipients face when they unwrap a good'un.

I am no different, but sometimes I like to treat myself...okay maybe more than just "sometimes". I have a wishlist as long as my arm with an array of designer bags and cozy coats to even luxe beauty and skincare products.

But I do have a semi-realistic price range. As much as I would love to blow £1000s on a new Givenchy Antigonia bag when I feel like it, I just can't justify it - nor afford it! Therefore I love to indulge in little luxuries that all add up to give the impression that I really have my sh*t together! I mean, accessories make an outfit right?

Plus...who doesn't love a little snip of designer now and then?!

With that in mind, this edit is for all of you who love the little luxuries to treat your friends and family or even your lucky self. May it be a splurge of the moment item or one to save for, each product on my wishlist will guarantee a very, very happy smile!

And with that, I think it's about time I treated myself...it is Christmas after all!




The Christmas Edit: Last Minute Gift Ideas




ATTENTION! There's one week to go before the big day! And as much as we can plan there are always some last second gifts that really can make an impact.

So if you are doing a last minute dash or if you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, I have a one stop shop right here for a little inspiration and for you to find the perfect gift for your perfect person...or pet!

Just click the arrows on the right to see even more perfect presents for your loved ones, and you might even find something for yourself...


For The Fashion Lover


For The Pampered Princess



For The Fitness Fanatic



For The Tech Savvy



For The Home Obsessive



For Your Special Guy



For The Kiddies



For Your Furry Friends




I hope you guys have the best festive season and be sure to come back here fresh in the new year for new content, new videos and even brand new edits!

From all of us at The Wednesday Edit

MERRY CHRISTMASSSS!!! 

Much love 

xxx

The Skincare Edit: Glowy Winter Skin


As much as I just love winter, I hate what it does to my skin. I normally have combination skin with the odd spot here and there. But in the winter my skin develops a scaly texture and is ever so unbearably dry - but somehow still oily!

I have never been one for skincare. In fact, the sheer swipe of a makeup wipe and the occasional dab of Clinique's moisturizer and I was done. (I can actually hear my hero Caroline Hirons recoil in horror at the thought of a makeup wipe - sorry love!) However, now I'm in my twenties I really took a strong stance in the skincare department. I started researching what my oily skin needed and with the help of Mrs. Hirons's blog above, I managed to understand the needs of my skin and the products to do just that.



The first thing I upgraded to was a cleansing balm. Now I know there are a few on the market, but I can make a strong case for this one from Omorovicza. Charcoal is a product that I love using on my skin thanks to its spot clearing properties and blackhead fighting nature, which if you are an oily gal like me, is a common problem. This really helps to cleanse my skin after using my Superfacialist by Una Brenan Oil to take off my makeup, so it is going straight onto cleansed skin to get the full potential.

Following from that another item I opted to include every other day into my routine was the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. I use these around three times a week to remove dead skin, keep spots at bay and help my skin to glow. And apparently, Kendall Jenner uses them too.


I also upgraded my moisturizer from Omorovicza, opting for a rich but light texture with an illuminating finish to beat winter dullness. This does all of the above without clogging my pores, which really is a godsend.

When it comes to masks, I still love a clay mask. In particular the new clay masks from L'oreal (below). But with so much clay to draw out impurities, I need something to put back the moisture in my skin. Enter Liz Earle's night concentrate. It's light enough to again not clog my pores but provides enough moisture to repair my skin overnight.

I know winter can be daunting to skin. With the mulled wine flowing and the late nights can take a toll on our skin. So keeping the glow requires a semi-easy skincare routine and I know I sound like your granny here but, a lot of water consumption. Trust me, it will save the hangover too.

For links to the products mentioned and other glowy products see below to help you achieve the perfect winter glow just in time for the big day!

Merry Glo-mas!




The Festive Edit: Bobbi Brown's Christmas Collection


Festive cheer is most certainly loud enough for us all to hear right now! With brands promoting their glitter-laden Christmas collections left, right and center, it was a refreshing taste to see that Bobbi Brown this year stuck with what they do best; classy, elegant and oh so chic.

This year's collection is centered around all of our festive (or in my case, year round) favorites, wine, and chocolate. With rich and deep shades and just the right amount of shimmer - not all of us embrace the 'glitter ball' trend - it has firmly made its way into my Christmas beauty bag for this year.


The first and easily the highlight of the collection is the two palettes aptly named 'wine' and 'chocolate'. One cool toned and the other slightly warmer and more shimmery, they both have something magical about them. Normally I wouldn't mix warm and cool tones together, but these make it so foolproof to achieve a party-perfect look.


To complete the look there's a brightening blush that doubles up as a soft bronzer and a light highlight for an easy all in one to slip into your party clutch. It creates a soft focus glow that is perfect for festive photography!

And lastly they have two polishes on offer and you guessed it, one is a dark brown 'Chocolate' and the other is a deep berry 'Wine'. Both have the same creamy long lasting formula that is consistent with Bobbi's nail lacquers.

There is also a few other bits down below for you guys to check out plus some other festive inspired pieces I'm loving right now. This collection has something for every luxe woman this Christmas. And if you aren't sold but that, the packaging is leather & heavy gold embossed. They sold me with that alone.

All this wine and chocolate talk have given me all kinds of cravings...thank god for selection boxes!

The Fashion Edit: 1 Blazer 3 Ways


I love a good blazer me. I have a Max Mara number that I bought a few years ago and it is the best investment I've ever made. A blazer goes with just about any outfit from day to night and casual lunches, heck it can go with your jammies if you want it too!

I have three looks here, each varying in style and where they would be appropriate, which you can just throw on a blazer for an updated classy edge.

The first look is perfect for an evening out and the addition of a blazer adds a 'badass' edge to a classy jumpsuit.

The second is a perfect look from desk to dinner. A lace cami adds an element sexiness with the leather trousers adding the right amount of biker chic. Throw on some leather booties and a studded backpack and you have owned this look.

The last look is my personal daily uniform. Jeans and blazers go hand in hand with each other. A grey marl t-shirt and jeans give you the cool girl factor that screams off-duty model, throw on a blazer and you are hitting all the right style points. Add some sparkle from fun trainers and luxe earrings and you can be fit for brunch with the girls - just save us a mimosa okay?!

As I said above, blazers can be super versatile when approached in the right way. It just takes a little know-how and the right base to take any outfit for okay to SLAY!

Leave a comment down below of your favourite blazers and be sure to watch out for my next installment of 1 item 3 ways right here on The Wednesday Edit.



The Christmas Edit: Gift Guide for Her 2016




I don't want to scare you guys, but Christmas is now 4 weeks away. I know. I need a wine too!

I love gifting at Christmas, and while this maybe the works of my own lustings, I have created a gift guide to help you all treat your loved ones or even yourself for Christmas this year.

Without further ado, let's do this! Wine in hand and credit cards at the ready, I wish you all luck!

I'll start off with make-up, which we have a few options. If budget isn't a problem I'd aim right for the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita collection priced at £165. With an eye quad, lipstick & gloss, mascara, liner and a blusher, this kit comes in a handy make-up bag and serves as the ultimate present this year for a beauty lover!

For an easy stocking filler, I'd suggest anything from Marc Jacobs beauty. This year they really stepped up the game with their launch and have been a coveted item on all our lists this year.

And finally for fragrance, there was only one for me and that was the launch of the new Alexander McQueen fragrance. It deserves this spot hands down for being my favorite designer and for launching a perfume that isn't offensive to my sensitive nose!

Notable mentions: Urban Decay Ultimate Basics & Esteé Lauder Sultry Nudes.

For 'the big gift' there are a few that will easily elevate your cool status.

For clothing, I feel that Barbour really stepped it up with their outerwear line. Myself at least is crying out for a new winter coat that I can look effortlessly cool when walking the dog and when wrapping up on colder days out. The coat below features a fluffy hood that exudes style points effortlessly.

As featured below there is a YSL card holder, which to me is the most coveted gift this season. Small enough to be a shocker of a stocking stuffer but packs a serious punch in the gift giving stakes. An alternative to that could be a multifunctional pouch from one of my favorite brands, Aspinal of London.

Two scarves that I thought were great are also featured below. My first pick is obviously going to be an Alexander McQueen silk scarf. It's been on my list since I was around 14 and has remained a classic since then - which I don't want to say that's nearly 10 years! Another is a cashmink scarf from Linea @ House of Fraser which will be a hit on the chilly boxing day outings (Mum look away now...).

Ugg slippers again have been a mega hit this year so these ar included giving your loved one just that little hint of luxury that they may not have gifted themselves.

For handbags, I have two that really stood out to me this year. My personal favorite is the Michael Kors Elyse bag in taupe, which to me was a complete surprise. I am not an MK fan by far but when browsing the pages of Net-a-Porter a month ago I fell in love with it and it secured its position on my Gift Guide. For a less pricey option, a favorite brand of my mothers (which mum, seriously click off now!) is Modalu. I think they have really good designs at the moment and are a firm favorite in our household.

Moving on to the sparkles now and my pick this year is a Monica Vinader Fiji Bracelet, £165. This for me established itself as a classic item of jewelry this year due to its classic style but playful vibe.

Another two quick mentions are practically any charm from Links of London. If you find something that relates to your loved one then they are the perfect sentiment for any season. And lastly, Ted Baker have some really pretty stocking filler pieces that will put a smile on their new owner!

Lastly, we have the gifts for the girl who has everything. The first in this is any candle from Jo Malone. We all know that you can't go wrong with this. I still have the one from my boyfriend from last Christmas, so they make a great gift!

Water bottles this year have also been a trend - weird I know. But it makes sense. We are becoming a more environmentally conscious and health fanatic culture, so why not give a stylish gift like a BKR bottle or a S'Well bottle to someone you know appreciates these values? One being glass & silicone and the other titanium, they are built to last a lifetime and look cute to boot!

And finally, we have the techy gifts. iPhone cables in pretty colours have always been a hot stocking stuffer, and now they are even more popular! Also, tracking tiles have also been possible - which may or may not be a subtle hint for the girl who is always losing her keys!

And finally, when it comes to stationary, Kate Spade makes the most Instagram-worthy notebooks and diaries, which will put her in good organizational stead for the new year!

And with that, we have a gift guide! Lengthy I know, but I hope it inspires you to find the perfect gift for the special lady in your life.

And if any of my family are reading - guess who's been a very good girl this year ;)

Merry gifting!



The Food Edit: DREAM WITH MAGNUM


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Magnum are iconic when it comes to luxury treats. Constantly creating tantalising flavours while constantly reinventing the classics makes sure that the are at the height of British confectionary.

Some of us (myself included) couldn't make it down to London to visit their #PleasureStore -  a creation hub for ice cream enthusiasts to create their dream Magnum.

Now Magnum has created a campaign to show us how to create our #DreamMagnum at home.

My #DreamMagnum would be a caramel Magnum with drizzled chocolate, salted caramel and a flurry of crushed meringues and other lovely things - and maybe an extra drizzle of caramel!



First I melted my chocolate and drizzled it on my Magnum,

Then I added my toppings, followed by and extra drizzle.

And it is really that simple to create my #DreamMagnum - and it was delicious. I mean someone had to eat it...it was melting of course!



Why don't you visit the Dream Magnum page and show us how you create your #DreamMagnum using the hashtags;

#DreamMagnum & #Magnum

And be sure to follow them on Instagram & Twitter at;

@magnum & @magnumuk

And with that, I have some indulgence to catch up on!

Molls
xx




The Beauty Edit: 7 Things You NEED For the Party Season


The party season is looming upon us! Before we know it we will be at the office party watching our (normally rather quiet) managers dancing on tables and cringing the next morning.

However, there is one thing that goes hand-in-hand with the party season, and that my friends is makeup-on-the-go.

In my party edit, I have compiled a smorgasbord of handy dandies to get you through the surprise drinks after work and the 'OMG makeup meltdowns' before parties. It's okay girl, I got you.

First off you will need a mini brush set (preferably with dual ended brushes) in a cute case for last minute touch ups. Bobbi Brown make some of the best on the market and are fantastic value for money. Plus, you will gain points from your work wifey when you look like you totally have the situation under control.

Before I touch on makeup - skincare and fragrance are equally this important. Now I'm not going to lecture you on the subject of taking care of your skin (I'll leave that to your grandmother) I will share a few things that make it all a little easier.

A good fragrance is super important this time of year. And while everyone else is throwing away the floral scents in hope of dark amber & musk for winter, you'll find me sticking to the lighter & less offensive smells. Why may you ask? Well if you are anything like me the mere whiff of patchouli/musk/amber makes me super nauseous, and if you sit next to me with something like that on then I will more than likely have to move to save your shoes from throw up.

So when you are in a room filled with people wearing a mishmash of certain 'musky' winter scents, it all leaves me feeling a little light headed and sprinting out the door - and that's without a drink!

Therefore I like to stick to something clean, elegant and less offensive that won't put up a fight against the likes of 'FlowerBomb', 'Black Orchid' or my least personal favorite, the dreaded 'Angel'.

Skincare is also as important this time of year. Facial oils are something that has taken the beauty world by a storm this year and it is easy to see why. With a blend of oils to keep skin nourished, it starts paying itself after all they late nights, the cold air, the constant application & removal of makeup - facial oils are worth their weight in gold. Throw in a thick hand cream and you will be fighting the winter chill with no effort required.

When it comes to ready to go makeup, think compacts. A handy little cube with as much of your face makeup packed into it as possible. Again companies like Bobbi Brown and Nars do this so well. Look for a compact with at least two different functions, eg, eyeshadow & lipstick or blushes & bronzers, they will save a heap of space in your makeup bag.

Also if you are squeezing in individual products, aim for thin compact packaging. Marc Jacobs are experts in sleek & streamlined cases here, and they are perfect for one the go applications.

And lastly, if you are like me and are a part of the GHD religion, then here's a trick I learned from a former work colleague (yes Hannah, all eyes on you!). Keep a pair of straighteners in your drawer at work. Sounds super crazy to be taking up valuable drawer real estate but hear me out here. Think, it's a rainy morning, you've been blown about nine ways to Sunday and your hair is less that flawless as it was when you left the house. Keeping a little mirror, a brush and your GHD's at your desk eliminates the post-commute frizz and keeps you feeling a little more put together than why you first came in - it only takes a few minutes to sort out your hair and everyone will be wondering how they never thought of it before.

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The Fashion Edit: Laid-back Luxe


Autumn is well and truly here, and it is the season of mixed seasons. One second the sun is splitting the trees, and the next we are bundled up in our winter woolies, clutching a steaming cup of coffee.

Which in all seasons are fun, but they are hard to dress for. I personally like layering up different textures to keep things interesting - as we can all get lost in big scarves & thick sweaters!

The Laid-back Luxe Edit

The first item in my edit is a woolen coat. I think these are essential for the colder months. Easy to layer and even easier to snuggle up in, a big-ass blanket coat is what you will find me in this season!

Harris Warf London Wool Felt Coat - £335

For layering under I love sticking to the shirt/jeans combo. You can easily layer a warm cami under a shirt for even more warmth. And jeans are a no-brainer. I like sticking to black jeans in winter as they go great with leather booties and a great base colour.

J.Crew Cotton Chambray Shirt - £80
J Brand Amelia Jeans - £190

When it comes to footwear I like keeping it casual with a smart pair of Gazelles. A staple in any fashion girls wardrobe, they are super easy to throw on and if in a neutral colour, will go with everything.

Adidas Originals - £80

And lastly, for accessories, I like to keep it simple but with a luxe edge. Gucci is killing it with their revamped bags and this one is no different. Keep it black and keep it small for a chic look.

Gucci GG Marmont Camera bag - £585

A scarf is an essential for trans-seasonal dressing. I love Alexander McQueen for these so it was a given it would be featured in my edit. Keep it black to match your bag, but keep it light to avoid bulk. A sparse but non-offensive pattern will create texture and interest - but won't look garish to avoid looking cheap.

Alexander McQueen Printed Silk-Chiffon Scarf - £245

And finally, we have jewelry. I like to keep it classy. Let one item be a pop of 'classy' colour to draw attention, and keep earrings to a minimum. A simple hoop is a classic edge on an outfit to keep it current and elegant - we may be wearing trainers, but we are still ladies here!

Pascale Monvoisin 9-karat Rose gold ring - £505
Carolina Bucci Rose Gold Hoop Earrings - £725

And that is how you can wrap up warm while still looking cool...



The Beauty Edit - 7 Things to Buy This Week


Pink is a theme I have been seeing a lot recently. Glowing skins and perfect flushes were all over the A/W '16 catwalks.

It can be really hard to find products that give you the perfect preened look, without looking like a cartoon character, hence why I have collated a smorgasbord of the best of the best to help you achieve  the latest looks, fuss free!

1) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - This has been on every blogger's radar since May. And you can see why! From the super Instagram-able packaging to the buttery highlighting powders encased inside. This is one for the Christmas lists.

2) Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer - Again, Hourglass killed it again with the glowy bases. This primer promises to blur the face to a primed and flawless perfection. And it does just that. It's a primer that will work for all skin types, tones & textures.

3) Victoria Beckham X Esteé Lauder Highlighter - When Queen VB collaborated with beauty queens Esteé Lauder, the whole beauty world stood to attention, waited with baited breath and counted down the days until we could get our perfectly painted paws on it. And it was better than all of our expectations. This perfect flushed highlighter gives the warmest, pearl glow that complements the touch of bronzer that we are loading onto our faces in denial of our summer tan fading.

4) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW - Yes. I bought this because of Kim K herself. But hear me out on this one. I struggle to find a perfect pinky/nude for my skin tone. As someone who is a shade lighter than Kim Kardashian, I jumped on this as soon as it launched. I honestly thought I would have another case of the 'foundation lips' with this one, but it was perfect. If you like a perfect neutral toned pink, this one is for you.

5) Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude - A slight carry on from the above lipstick, but this lip liner is the perfect base for a nude lip. It's a far cry from the 90's brown lips trend, but you didn't want to remember them anyway did you?

6) Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - A perfect base for the perfect glowy skin starts with Sheer Glow. A cult foundation for a reason, you will find it in every makeup artist's kit!

7) Anya Hindmarch Cosmetics Case - With every new product comes a cute case to store it, right? This has been on my radar for a while. Storing the right amount of your day-to-day products, this ensures you never carry too much! Plus the wipe down fabric is great for grubby fingers. Not that you have any!

Now do I look like a runway model yet?


Welcome to the THE WEDNESDAY EDIT


Change is great in my opinion. Here at HQ we were feeling inspired to change, create even better content and become the media powerhouse that we have always dreamed of.

I started my site (which you will all know), The Vogue Chronicles, six years ago in my bedroom. SIX. I've loved and laughed my way through those years with a sense of melancholy and blissfully unaware of any negative vibes.

However, something changed that. Our name. The Vogue Chronicles. It was being tarnished by a publication of a similar name and nature, forcing all our hard work in the bin and into losing our company.

I cried. And I couldn't stop crying. Everything I had worked for to build my company was gone. The Vogue Chronicles was more than a 'silly online blog', it was my lifestyle, my hub and my place on the internet that I had created with like-minded people in mind to share content and inspire others.

Contrary to the words I was hastily barked at in light of this information, The Vogue Chronicles were not bootleggers on a famous publication's fame. We were not copycats. We were a strong, independent, and mature company who believed in the beautiful things in life. Not to make money. Not to find fame. And not to bring anyone else down.

But most of all, we can see that change is, in fact, good.

In light of that, this is all I have to say as a rebuttal on the matter;

"You can fear the rise of the bloggers, you can even try and tear us down. But bloggers are what is keeping media alive. You may say that "street style is killing high fashion", but I say fuck that, get over it. We are here now and we here to stay. Listen to your audience and embrace the change."

The change gives you the chance to reinvent yourself, your life and how you want to be portrayed.

So I say this. We are all Wednesday's. And this my friends, this is your edit.

I know that you are all supportive. I know that none of you will tear me down. I hope that this can inspire you all to always stand up for what you believe in, your rights and how you want to be perceived.

I have created The Wednesday Edit with you all in mind. I am embracing the change. With a new name comes new content and a new schedule, but we will have the same feeling as you all know and love from us.

So we will have to bid The Vogue Chronicles adieu for now. It was a great run and I am terribly fond of the name that brought me into this world. But alas we have now to say goodbye, but we will come back fighting even stronger.

Well, where does that leave us? With a snazzy new name and better content. However, I hear you cry for 'TVC'. Well, we are keeping that. You will still have your fashion, beauty and lifestyle roundups. You'll still hear about what I am loving and where I think is great for a city break. It's the same ol' layout just with a few more bells and whistles!

I would now love to introduce you to 'The Wednesday's Edits"

The Life Edit - Every 2nd Friday
The Monthly Edit - Every last Saturday

We also have new social media links;



All I can say to you all who have followed me for all these years is thank you. Thank you so much for building me up and commenting, liking and generally just being the best people that I have ever known. You are all fantastic and I am well and truly sorry for what has happened. I tried to fight against it, but I decided to embrace the change. I hope you all can to and welcome home to your patch of the internet, The Wednesday Edit.

Here's to the next adventure! 

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart

Molls 

TVC STYLE: LITTLE LUXURIES W/ ASTRID & MIYU



If any of you are like me and were a major lover of Sex and the City, you would know that initial jewelry became a major trend during and after the series had ended.

I was no different when it came to the hysteria. In fact, I welcomed it with open arms.

I have an oddly spelled name. Mollie. You may have seen "Molly" or the likes of "Millie" or even the similar sounding "Holly" on the personalized scale, but never Mollie.

(Cue violin music..)

Which is why I never had a pen with my name on it as a kid. Or a pencil case or a badge or anything. Sure they had all the exotic spellings of "Megan, Meghan Meagan's" and "Amy, Ami & Amie's" but Mollie was just never to be found.

So when I saw the infamous Carrie bloomin' Bradshaw stepping out with a big ol' 'C' on a chain - I prayed for a solid week for it to be a trend.

And luckily it did.

So in comes the beautiful British brand, Astrid & Miyu. They focus on elegant, understated jewelry pieces, with a fashion cool-girl edge.

And I finally have my Carrie Bradshaw items!


I'm totally in love with these little 'M & M's' (you know I was waiting to say it...). They are so beautiful and understated that I can wear them every day, yet they have such a high fashion edge that the will fit with any outfit.

The both retail at £39 each and also have a matching earring set and a cuff (pictured top above) in three colours, gold, silver & rose gold and in all initials from a-z.

I'm really quickly becoming a massive fan of Astrid & Miyu, as their designs are just so different to anything else on the market right now.

They even do zodiac signs & other personalised items that would surely make the perfect gift. Not to scare you or anything folks but Christmas is now less than 100 days away.

Check them out and see what perfect gifts & gems you uncover!


Molls
xx




TVC STYLE: Fashion Week Edition



Fashion week is well and truly underway and if you are anything like me, you will already be shopping the latest from the likes of Net-a-Porter.

And that is exactly what I have done. I have yet again made a dent in my credit card whilst I shop the latest trends straight off the catwalk. In my last post, I talked about how playing up different textures is key to nailing A/W styling - with that in mind, I found a few pieces that really emulate this...

Look 1: Suede & Silk

Givenchy Velvet Bomber Jacket - £2,690
KÉJI Chanel Silk Skirt - £490
Michael Kors Turtleneck - £465
Prada Tassel Sandals - £755
Aerin Beauty Lipstick in Cabana - £26

Look 2: Blush & Blazers

Balmain Velvet Blazer - £650
Vince Satin Camisole - £200
Chinti & Parker Cropped Wide Leg Pants - £250
Thierry Lassy Sunglasses - £340
Balenciaga Classic City Tote - £1195

I love the key elements in these looks due to the play up of different textures and keeping in the same colour tones. For the rarest time ever, we are finally seeing straight off the runway trends that are perfectly and easily replicated on the streets.

That being said if you are skeptical or not as confident, sticking to a neutral/monochromatic colour palette will make the trend easier to perfect. Let the textures talk and leave the clashing prints on the runway.

With that in mind, I have already seen this being emulated via the high street, so watch out for big trends hitting your shopping malls. Which is great in itself that they are already having a high turnaround. I am predicting big things for this A/W.

Happy shopping!

(Ps. If someone could confiscate my credit card then that would be great! Thanks in advance!)



Molls
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TVC STYLE: 5 Things I Learned From London Fashion Week


Fashion week is the time when you see stressed out journalists (like myself) running around in heels with her Macbook in one had and a extra strong Americano in the other, fretting about if they have enough coverage for the shows, blogs, and social media posts to last them the duration of the week.

And we love it. We even do it twice a year because we love it so much!

And this year was no exception. LFW, you were boss.

Let's get cracking then...

1) Maximalism

We waved 'later pal' to the 90's minimalism trends and embraced the full on 'more is more' with brightly patterned prints, layered items and block heels that will turn heads. Its certainly not for the fashion shy amongst us, this was for the brave. And I salute you.

For the more 'street savvy' shoppers, this look can be achieved by simply layering more pieces on to each other. Think floral dresses over jumpers, heavy coats over detailed pretty dresses etc. The key look here is layering. And its easy to do now the Autumn is coming in thick and fast.

2) Ready-To-Wear

After the shows we had designers like Burberry, Tom Ford and Michael Kors making their key pieces available right after the show. This ensued panic buying let me tell you!

We didn't have to wait for it to hit the stores it was there right at our faces. I predict this will follow through to the high street with their version of Fashion Month's hit soon to be in stores no later than the end of the month.

3) Check Mate - Ruffle My Feathers - Velvet Noir

Plaid, check, tartan, you name it was all over LFW. A key trend for the Scottish and Lumberjacks amongst us was certainly the inspiration.

Ruffles also 'plaid' a huge part too, with it being a key element in the layering trend to create texture and peak interest in the colder months.

Also a hit was dark vampy velvet. Something I wasn't so keen on, but again it was playing up the texture and drama element that will be a firm favourite with the high street favourites, Topshop, Misguided and River Island.

4) High Necklines & Sparkles

A trend that never tires come A/W is a good ol' turtleneck. And they are increasing in popularity. The key trend with this was to pair a chunky high neck with a flowing bottom half. Think Disney princess in winter. We saw a lot of high chunky knits with elegant skirts - which again created texture in abundance.

Sparkles have their place this time of year. However this time we were focusing on refined elegance when it comes to the bling. No harsh, brassy sequins - we were focusing on fairy dust and magic.

5) Fresh Faces & A Bold Lip

Nothing new here. We saw full on textured hair, with barely there makeup and either a coral or berry matte lip. Its an A/W staple.

If there were something on the eyes it would be a wash of grey shadow with little to no definition.

You can rock this at home by investing in a good texturising hairspray to big-up straight locks or a ponytail, and creating a flawless makeup base by using an illuminating primer to ensure a 'lit from within' glow.

Verdict

All-in-all I was incredibly impressed by this year. We had some stand out moments from Julien Macdonald and Alexander McQueen which I am sure will go down in fashion history. We had a lot of accessible items and easily emulated trends from the designer and high street scale that proved that the fashion houses are finally listening to us when it comes to our style.

That being said, Paris Fashion Week has still to come and I predict a rule book rip up!

MH
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TVC LIFE: Why I'm declaring #SquadGoals dead




Ah #SquadGoals. You served us well in a period of continuous 'It-Girl' feuds.  You asked and answered the most 'important' questions to date such as, 'who was sitting next to who at the VMAS?' and my personal favourite, 'she said what about her on Twitter?!'.

But all in all the #SqaudGoals should have been an non starter. Because in reality, it was a big pretty pile of bullsh*t.

In reality we retorted back to 2006 when Mean Girls was a thing and we all hated Tom Cruise for jumping on Oprah's couch, Britney was showing signs of a meltdown and I started high school.

No one. I repeat, NO ONE wants to go back to 2006.

So why did we suddenly jump for joy when Taylor Swift appeared at every red carpet event with her 20 girl steady 'squad'? We relinquished in the fact that it was the 'year of the woman' and 'woo go Hilary' but in actual fact all we were doing was celebrating glorified b*tches.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry were in a feud. We got it. Twitter will never let us forget it. Taylor created the #SquadGoals as the equivalent to the mean girls table with a 'you can't sit with us' eye-roll and a hair flick. And we let her. We even thought she was empowering.

For the last year due to the #SquadGoals effect (ugh.), Katy Perry hasn't seen the light of day. That chick was in her glory days before that. Headlining the Super Bowl '15, her 'Prism' tour - that girl was rockin' it. Then the squad tore her down.

The #SquadGoals movement was never empowering. All we did was great a glossy girl gang of America's it-girls that spread their mentality across the world, leaving young girls think it was okay to have a #squad to gang up on their high school version of Katy Perry.

We didn't empower women. We made bullying fashionable.

In the year we could possibly have the most powerful women at the forefront of our political stances. The year where we tirelessly campaigned for equal rights and #BlackLivesMatter. And the year where more women than ever won (and even competed) in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, (shoutout to the 40 out of 61 medals won by Team GB's women at the Paralympic games - you rock my ladies!), it should have been our year. But Taylor, Lena and Amy ruined it with the #SquadGoals.

So how can we fix it?

For one we can stop using the forsaken hashtag. Or at least use it in a positive setting. We can stop singling out women for being different. This was the year of people like Winnie Harlow, Misty Copeland, Alessia Cara, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Mhari Black, Simone Biles, Nicola Sturgeon, Michele Obama and so many, many more. These women and the like are the women we should be rooting for. These women do not tear other women down. They do not form #Squads against other women.

These are the women to lead us into a new era. Be a part of that. Be a kind human. Be the change.

MH
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TVC STYLE: Tommy x Gigi



Gigi Hadid is easily one of the most influential models of our time. Popping up on runways all over the world, she has definitely solidified her spot on fashion's radar.

She's clean, elegant and fresh. And she's slaying the game.

Gigi is the girl that a lot of my generation aspire to emulate. With her (incredibly deserved) hype, and her #squadgoals - it was no surprise when the news broke that she was now the new face of Tommy Hilfiger. A brand, like herself, that encompasses the beauty of the 'All-American Girl'.

The collection is everything that you would expect it to be, but with some serious high fashion one-offs. A strong but appropriate sailor-girl vibe is current throughout the entire collection.



It's incredibly emasculating of the 'All-American Girl' style, but with an almost vintage twist. I personally think it is stunning. As a woman myself who's colour palette when it comes to style is a strict mix of blue, black, white and khaki - I fully struggled into putting my credit card down and not running up a high bill.

I designed a look from the collection out of my favourite items that would be most appropriate for me on a daily basis.



My uniform is essentially a pair of ripped jeans, a striped t-shirt and a leather jacket/blazer. So it was incredibly easy for the new collection to fit right into my wardrobe and I feel that it will have the same effect for most people as it is purely re-invented basics with a nautical twist.

I am obsessed with the cute mini-bag in the collection. It just screams 'Labour Day' party appropriate.  And the booties channel my inner 'cool-girl' vibe that I am desperately trying to master.

Gigi, in my opinion, was the best girl for Tommy to invite to create a collection this stunning. Tommy Hilfiger has been a brand that I have worn throughout my life, mainly down to its easy, but stylish yet wearable aesthetic. Gigi has these qualities in abundance and she created a beautiful range.

Another highlight of the campaign was the release of their new fragrance, The Girl. Which Gigi is, of course, the poster girl for the launch.



As a teen, I was obsessed with the 'Tommy Girl' fragrance. I thought it was a nice crisp and clean scent that was miles away from the sugary-sweet perfumes aimed at my age group. I felt incredibly sophisticated.

This has the same vibe - but again more sophisticated. It's the perfect fragrance for not only this time of the year, but for an effortless signature scent.

With that in mind go check out the collection now! Its most certainly perfect for everyone and I am sure that you will all manage to find an item that will easily become your favourite.

The launch of the collection has been somewhat inspiring. A breath of fresh air for modern, millennial women like myself. It lets us live with no limits and be unapologetically individual. Tommy yet again killed it with his new collection - and with that, I have some shopping to do!

Tommy made me do it!

#TOMMYNOW #TOMMYXGIGI

MH
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Buzzoole

TVC STYLE: Sparkle with APM Monaco


An accessory finishes off an outfit. It can be a statement or a little touch to create maximum impact. Personally, I prefer the latter.

So when I found a company that houses understated but on trend jewellery, I couldn't help but squeal.

As some of you may know I am somewhat obsessed with stars. I find hope from looking at the sky, so when I was sent the latest collection from APM Monaco, I was over the moon. (pardon the pun!)




The 'meteorites' line features key items to update any outfit. I have been kindly given two items from the range which I love!

The earring and ring (£69 & £53 respectively) are two of the best selling from the range. And it's not hard to see why. Both highly polished and with stones set in a stunning fashion.

I love the idea with the singular earring, pair it with either a pearl or a diamond stud for a chic and edgy look.

I'd love it if you checked out the line and tell me what your favourite piece is in the range!

Follow APM Monaco on Instagram & Twitter for serious fashion envy!


MH
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TVC Girl Talk: How Not To Be A Grown Up


Recently I saw some comments on a website that featured a picture of Beyonce and her beautiful little daughter, Blue Ivy at the VMA's.

And while the general just was the support for Bey creating a wonderful 'princess moment' for her daughter, there were an overwhelming amount of comments about the young girl's appearance. Yes, she is not an ordinary little girl. And yes we can argue that we didn't all get to go to events where we can dress up like a princess in thousands of dollars worth of clothes.

But why should grown women exert their own self-depreciating comments on a young girl? Have some women progressed to feeling that low about themselves that they have to make a CHILD feel bad about her appearance?

No wonder that our daughters are growing up with image anxieties.

I feared that it would get this bad one day. The anonymous of social media is giving self-loathing people the power to project their hurt to make others feel bad - and as a result making the bully feel better.

It's simply not okay. It is not okay to violate a child's feelings as a direct result of your own jealousy. So what if she is Beyonce's daughter? So damn what if she has a closet that can rival Kim K's. She is a little girl - who didn't deserve to hear your opinion.

It's sadly becoming a common theme recently, with Kim Kardashian's daughter constantly bearing the brunt from vilipendency comments. I even remember being in my teens and reading glossy magazines, stumbling across yet another feature on Katie Holmes's daughter wearing heels.

Giving a mother your opinion about her child - regardless of whether you think is right or not - is none of your damn business. You may have gotten to the age of adulthood and a recent graduate from the Univeristy of Life, but your opinion on how another woman should dress her child or dress herself is not welcome.

To be a nation of empowered women, we have to empower women. We have to acknowledge our insecurities and our faults and deal with them like grown ups. Not acting like a kid in a playground and knocking over a friend's ice cream because you don't have one.

So what if you think her skirt is a little short? Who gives a damn if her hair is blue & purple? Oh, you think she's 'just got one of they b*tchy faces' do you? Here's a thought, keep it to yourself. I can guarantee you that that woman is happy in her own skin, hair and clothes - and she doesn't need you to tear her down.

It's time for us to step up and act like women. Real women. We constantly give men sh*t for not acting like 'real' men - but what about us? We owe it to ourselves to empower our own selves and our daughters to be at one with our bodies, minds and to encourage others regardless of our own personal successes.

Embrace the transmogrification. Enlighten the bumptious with uplifting words. And encourage the tedious to emancipate and grow.

We are all fighting our own battles. Each and every one of us has days where we would happily stay under the duvet. We all suck at somethings. But we are all human - and we have to stick together.

And with that all I ask is that you say something inspiring to someone today. We all need motivation, so start the trend and watch it blossom.

MH
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TVC TRAVEL: LONDON



London. The LA of Britain. Somewhere that I was programmed to distain with abundance. But I actually grew to find the beauty in the city that took my breath away.

Now that London Fashion Week is slowly creeping up on our calendars - it's a good time to have your travel guide down and on point.

Let's start shall we?

STAY



I stayed at the Aloft London Excel. Personally I think it was fantastic - it was just outside of the noise an hubbub that I felt nice and calm, but was only a short tube ride to the city centre. 

Park Plaza at Westminster Bridge is a good shout if you are looking for a good all rounder.

If budget blowing is your thing however, it has to be The Ritz. You've heard the stories - and you have to make your own. 

Special shout out goes out to Claridge's. Because it is so iconic. 



SHOP



Selfridges was one of the first places that I hit up in the big smoke. I was cautious not to blow my budget in there all in one go, but its pretty and will kill a few hours. 

Liberty London is the top one for me though. It combines a beautiful vintage exterior, housing the finest new brands. Its one to get lost in.

STROLL



If the shiny stores and the hustle and bustle isn't your thing then taking a stroll through Canary Wharf is the perfect way to people watch and absorb culture. 

Walking round Chelsea and feeling like I am on the set on MIC was also on my to-do, it is impressive and its is as beautiful as they make it look on TV - so it's worth a go. 



There aren't many parts of London that aren't pretty. There are so many opportunities that are on every corner for a photo opportunity. 



The point of this post isn't that I am going to tell you where to go. I'm sharing where I stumbled upon aimlessly on my trip to London. I think that is where the best memories are made. So wander aimlessly. Fall in love with the city and create your own travel guide with an open mind.


MH
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