Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Travel Diaries: Venice


{Dress (River Island): sold out | Hat (ASOS): here | Bag (River Island) : sold out}

{St Mark's Square}

Things to do

There are obviously an abundance of things to do and see in Venice however we unfortunately just had one day (or 6 hours).  We booked a catamaran crossing from Pula, Croatia and docked at St Basilio port in Venice.  We were told that we could get a water taxi to St Mark's Square, however we declined in favour of walking the streets (with the help of Google Maps) to find our way.  I recommend doing this to see the real Venice and the quaint little shops on the way selling handbags and (fake) Murano Glass items.   Part of our little walking journey also included walking along the waterways and bridges of Venice which was what I'd really been looking forward to seeing.
After taking a leisurely walk and lots of pictures we arrived at St Mark's square which is where the Basilica can be found.  The buildings around the square are opulent and impressive, however if you're looking for food or drink I would definitely head back further out - for a lovely meal at a fraction of the cost.  To give you an idea, to sit down with an ice cream sundae outside the Basilica will cost you no less than 19 Euros. No joke.

A gondola ride is a must when visiting Venice and is an amazing way to appreciate how beautiful and unique the city is.  We paid 100 Euros for a private one, however there are options to split one with other tourists.


The Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge are definitely another must see in Venice.  Hire a water taxi to view this amazing 'street' - most of it cannot be accessed by walking and is definitely easier (and better) to appreciate from a boat.

Places to eat

Being in Venice for such a short amount of time, we only had one meal during our time there.  In the narrow streets leading to St Mark's square (about a 5-10 minute stroll out) you can get a great Italian pizza, pasta or salad for around 10 Euros each.  As advised, avoid St Mark's square if you want to avoid the extortionate prices, however if you're okay with paying a little more and want some history/culture - visit the Cafe Florian.  This - the oldest cafe in Venice, was opened in 1720 under a different name and was/is a favourite haunt of many celebrities including Andy Warhol and George Clooney.

 {St Mark's Basilica}

{Taking a water taxi down the Grand Canal}
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Baby Blogs : Gender Reveal!

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Today's post is very exciting because i'm doing a gender reveal! So of course I am as impatient as they come and had to find out what the baby was going to be (although it was also so I could decorate the room accordingly!)... 
we're having a girl!

I was completely convinced I was having a boy so was shocked to find out it was a girl but we're thrilled to be having a little girl join us in December!

You can watch the video below for an update on how I've been feeling at 18 weeks pregnant here:


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Buy My Wardrobe: Kate Spade Alessa Handbag


Anyone who knows me, knows about my love affair with the Kate Spade brand.  The dreamy dresses, cute handbags (I have 4 and counting..) and not to mention the stationery.  So it definitely hasn't been an easy decision to sell my beloved Kate Spade Alessa handbag, however with pregnant lady nesting mode in full effect, a clear-out has been inevitable.

Despite my love for this bag, it has literally not been used more than twice and despite the above picture making the bag look blue, it's actually a gorgeous mint green shade - a feature that literally caught my eye across the Las Vegas store 2 years ago.

So it's with a heavy heart that I look to part ways with this beauty.  Original carrier bag and Kate Spade dust bag included, it's in immaculate condition with no signs of wear or marks.

Interested? You can buy it from Vestiare Collective website here:

Alessa Handbag 
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Little White Dress

{Dress - here & similar here | Bag (on sale!) - here | Shoes - Primark}

It's not often I wear white, and especially not a white dress but something about this fabric just appealed to me.  The ornate embroidered detail paired with it's empire line shape (perfect for comfort and bump skimming purposes), I knew I just had to have it.  The bag gave the outfit a western feel without making it overly themed and I can't wait to wear it with other summer outfits this season.







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Friday, 16 June 2017

Coffee Talk: Pregnancy Weight Gain


Whether you like a frapp, a latte, a decaf (hello pregnant me) or any other kind of coffee - grab it now dears as I'm starting a new series on the blog today called: Coffee Talk.  The series will include things that are going on in my life, my experiences and things I think need to be talked about.  So for the first instalment I'll be focusing on something that may be just a little controversial - 'Pregnancy Weight Gain'.  


I know what you're thinking.  You're growing a LIFE. Why worry about weight gain whilst you're pregnant. It's crazy! Give yourself a break.


This is exactly how I felt when people I'd met in the past who were pregnant would complain they were 'FAT' or compare themselves to a baby elephant.  So imagine my surprise when I actually became pregnant myself and realised how hard it was to come to terms with.  I'm now 14 weeks pregnant and it's safe to say I've POPPED! 
Now, don't get me wrong.  I am so thankful that we're having a baby and I hope every day that things will progress well and I'll have a healthy pregnancy (which of course at the end of the day is literally the only thing that matters).  That said, my weight gain recently is definitely something I'm having to come to terms with and deal with.  The frustration of your clothes (and underwear - hello boobs) no longer fitting you, the way you look in pictures, the general 'ick' feeling of being larger than you're used to is hard, and it happens FAST.  

I think generally with normal (non-pregnancy) weight gain it's definitely a slower process and if you feel yourself putting on a few extra pounds, you can easily do some exercise or check your diet to keep it under control.  When it comes to pregnancy weight gain, you can do very little about it.  Of course a little exercise is deemed healthy during pregnancy however over-doing it (if it's something you're body is not used to) can be dangerous.  Same with diet, instead of restricting calories you need to be making sure you're giving your baby the nutrition it needs for the best possible start in life.

On reflection, I guess this is the first challenge/sacrifice you'll go through as a mother and although it seems completely vain and superficial, you're certainly allowed to feel some loss of control.  You're only human after all. 

For all the mums/mums to be out there: How did you feel about pregnancy weight gain?
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Monday, 12 June 2017

What's inside? June Glossybox


I've always been a fan of subscription boxes.  Aside from the fact it feels like you're getting a present from the postman every month, you get to try out a plethora of products and find those you didn't even know you needed.  

My eagerness to break into this month's products means that there is one missing from the above photo, so I'll start there.

Everyone's seen those crazy videos by now of people covering their faces and bodies with Charcoal masks and seemingly unable to peel them off because they were so painful? Ok so this was not that bad however it did loosen blackheads especially around my nose which are usually the most stubborn. Well worth a try.
£4.95 for 3 applications -Buy it HERE 

Being a self confessed skincare avoider (something I'm trying to overcome), anything with the words 'reduces the appearance of under-eye circles' and 'minimising puffiness' and I'm sold.  Having tried the notoriously expensive skincare by 111SKIN before, I know I'm in for a treat with this one.  
Buy it HERE

I've talked about my love for Sleek makeup in the past.  I find the quality for the price a steal and love the shade range they produce.  On top of the great quality of Sleek products, this lip crayon contains a lip-tingling ingredient that encourages blood to the surface of the lips, therefore making them appear more plump. 
Buy it HERE

I haven't had the greatest experience with leave-in conditioners, so I'm excited to see if this works. It's ingredients contain Shea Butter & Argan Oil, which I'm sure my split ends will thank me for.
Buy it HERE

This product intrigues me.  The thought of a hair oil in a spray form, leads me to question if product distribution will be easy to control.  It claims to reduce breakage by up to 50% without leaving hair oily.  
Buy it HERE

6. Manna Kadar Cosmetics - Sheer Glo
After swatching this on my hand,  knew this would be a firm favourite.  However, I was a little disappointed to discover that this product doesn't seem to be available online currently, but here's hoping they figure that out before I run out.  This dewy glow enhancing product can be worn alone or mixed with foundation.
Buy it ?



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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Baby Blogs: I'm Pregnant! 12 weeks


Welcome to the first instalment of a new series I'm calling: Baby Blogs! Expect to see lots of updates,  things I've purchased for when the baby comes and of course some maternity fashion! 

We are beyond happy to be expecting a little one and I'm looking forward to everything that's to come - including the many challenges!

I have a little update video of my experiences during the first trimester (which I can't believe is already over!) You can watch here:




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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Subscriber Giveaway!

So this week marked a huge milestone in terms of my Youtube channel; Lisa Jane.  We reached 5,000 subscribers and I couldn't be happier! Youtube is something I've been doing for 2 and a half years and has been a consistent hobby from day one.  If you haven't subscribed yet I share fashion, makeup, beauty and lifestyle videos and you can be a part of it here.

To celebrate 5,000 I've decided to giveaway a Spectrum Collections brush set, the iconic Mermaid Dreams Glam Clam.  For details on how to enter, watch the video here:


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Monday, 3 April 2017

Travel Diaries: Florida


Where I stayed

The B Resort & Spa

We stayed at The B Resort & Spa in the Lake Buena Vista Area.  The hotel itself had an amazing contemporary feel with quirky touches, and is within walking distance of Downtown Disney.  The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the Disney parks (the hotel is located within the Walt Disney World Resort) which departs several times throughout the day and evening.

We stayed in a pool facing room with a balcony (highly recommended) and the leisure area with an adequately equipped gym (yes I used it!) was great.  The hotel also had your typical American 'Tony Roma' style restaurant just off the lobby which served breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The restaurant also had a fully equipped bar with stylish seating.


Things to do

I'm going to try and keep this section to a minimum, as Florida has an almost unlimited number of things to do - as you made have heard! 

Obviously the Disney Parks and Universal were our main port of call (I'll definitely get to that in a minute!) however we also frequented the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores where we had some amazing (like unbelievable) deals on luggage, watches, clothing and (of course) handbags! Hello Kate Spade shop...

The Parks




When it comes to theme parks, you're obviously spoilt for choice in Florida.  If you're new to it all you absolutely have to try them all of course! My favourites are Epcot (I think I'm on my own there!), Universal and Disney's Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror has now gone - boo! but the Aerosmith roller coaster is a MUST!)

Downtown Disney


Downtown Disney is also always a spot worth a visit.  The area is filled with shops and bars and is perfect for an evening dinner and walk. There's so much to see! Expect crowds though as it does get really busy - it might be worth pre-booking those dinner reservations to avoid queueing.

Where we ate

Aside from the theme park food there were a couple of places we ate I though deserve a mention. 

Johnny's Hideaway

As a group of 13, Johnny's had no problem accomodating us for dinner without a booking.  The food is priced in the middle-range (i.e. not super expensive but definitely a bit more than your average meal out).  The food itself was faultless and service was great also.  Overall a great place to eat! I would definitely recommend it and will be going back next time I'm in Florida.  

Fulton's Crab House

Fulton's Crab House (pictured above) was a New Orleans style boat restaurant (now called Paddlefish) serves {as the name would suggest} seafood and American style fayre, with vegetarian options also available.  It's a great novelty style restaurant with great food in a fantastic location.



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Monday, 30 January 2017

The Outnet: My Current Wishlist


After deciding to cull the majority of my wardrobe in favour of a more slim-line, thought out collection {more on that coming soon} I've been on the hunt for quality, classic pieces.  The Outnet is one of my favourite designer resources at a reasonable price. 

While considering what it is I need for my wardrobe, I thought I'd share what I currently have on my wishlist in this post. Details below:

Rebecca Minkoff Avery Shoulder Bag I've been stalking Rebecca Minkoff bags for a good few years, but I've never found one I liked enough to actually purchase.  The colour of this one is perfect and I can see it becoming a staple for spring looks.

Helmut Lang Cotton Voile Blouse I'm partial to a high neck blouse and this collarless number is literally the blouse of my dreams. I can't wait to wear this as a simple outfit with some jeans and statement heels.

Alexander Wang Low Rise Straight Leg Jeans Black jeans are something I absolutely live in and having a pair {maybe 2} in my wardrobe is a total no-brainer.  These Alexander Wang ones are definitely next on my denim purchase list.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cotton Twill Trench Coat I feel like a trench coat is the ultimate classic piece and this neutral one is the perfect transitional item for Spring/Summer.



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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Building a Capsule Wardrobe -- Part 1

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Okay so...it's time to be completely honest.  I started this blog back last August with the intention of slimming down my wardrobe and living in a more minimalistic way.  It's safe to say that thus far this definitely hasn't worked for me and I can only blame myself.  I guess there's always the fear that if you cull your clothing items to the point of no return that you'll miss the things you donated/sold/threw out.  So in the spirit of the phrase 'New Year, New Start' I've decided to really bite the bullet and make sure my closet finally lives up to the name of my blog and it's original purpose.

I'll be filming the whole process for my YouTube channel, and will also be documenting each step here on the blog. 

Step 1 of the process has been to gain inspiration.  Even though I knew what a capsule wardrobe was, I had no idea where to start on covering all my bases and all my outfit needs.  First I decided to consider all the things I regularly need to dress for:

Coffee dates with friends
Work meetings (I work for myself so can get away with a fairly casual work wardrobe)
Date nights with my husband/drinks with friends
Day-to-day casual wear

Considering the way my life has changed in recent years I'm unlikely to need clubbing outfits or very glamorous pieces as I just don't require those clothing items in my life anymore.  As life changes it is totally possible for your wardrobe to adapt.

Step 2 is to find your style.  Figure out who's style you really admire and how you'd like your overall look to be.  This could be a celebrity or anyone's style that you admire.  I decided on European style, and by that I mean continental, French, Italian and Spanish inspiration.  There's nothing cleaner and more chic than Euro style and the mainly neutral colour palette is ideal for a capsule wardrobe.

Step 3 is to break it down. After much thought and research I came up with a list of items that I would need for 2 periods of the year.  I chose to group together Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.  Although we don't have much of a summer in the UK I included some flowy dresses and denim cut-offs as a requirement, for the purpose of holidays abroad.

Step 4 is to list what you need.  I decided on the following list of items for Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter based on all the points I've talked about.  The result is a 48 item year-round wardrobe (not including gym wear, bags or shoes) and I can already see how this new way of dressing will not only mean I spend less time choosing an outfit, but it will also mean I spend less money and ultimately have more space.

Here's what I plan on including:

Spring/Summer


3 Maxi/Lightweight dresses
Black denim cut-offs
5 blouses/lightweight tops
3 playsuits
2 bikinis
4 pairs of jeans
3 basic t-shirts
Black lightweight blazer
1 light cardigan
1 pair of lightweight trousers
Neutral trench coat

Autumn/Winter


5 Sweaters
1 White shirt/blouse
2 Coats
4 Pairs of jeans
1 Pair of black trousers
3 Basic long sleeve tees
A black dress
2 Jackets
A denim/chambray shirt
An oversized cardigan
A black blazer
1 dressier blouse


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Sunday, 22 January 2017

A Touch of Leopard Print

{Boots - Topshop, similar here | Coat - Primark | Shirt - similar here | Jeans - Primark | Bag - Michael Kors}

Wearing leopard print in the right way can be tricky.  The risk of overdoing it is high.  As a rule, I always believe that a sure-fire way to something right that you're worried about pulling off, is to do it in a minimal way. 
These boots jumped out at me (not literally) while I was browsing the rails at Selfridges in Birmingham.  They were a welcome price after browsing the designer brands that might as well have been asking for my forearm and first born child in exchange for a t-shirt.  Paired with stepped hem jeans to add some edge (DIY tutorial here), a white oversized shirt (why not steal your husband's/boyfriend's/...Dad's?) and my furry/leather (faux) Primark jacket - it turned out to be the perfect casual-yet-chic Sunday shopping attire.



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Friday, 20 January 2017

Elevated Casual

 {Coat - similar here | Shirt - Forever 21 | Jeans & Sunglasses - Primark | Rose Gold Quilted Slip Ons - Steve Madden}

The older I get, the more I favour a casual look.  Despite this, I still want to elevate my look and the way I do this is with....you've guessed it - accessories.  As soon as I saw these rose gold slip-ons at Macy's i knew they were the perfect mix of casual yet luxe (they are so reflective I couldn't even capture the true colour on camera).   Paired with some rose gold reflective sunnies, together they make an ordinary look something a bit more special.




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