Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:29:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 Inside The ITS Creative Archive http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/inside-the-its-creative-archive/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/inside-the-its-creative-archive/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:19:10 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56391 If I told you that for the past 15 years a town in Northern Italy had been hosting some of the world’s most promising fashion designers, would you believe me? No, neither would I, until I discovered the International Talent Support contest that takes place annually in Trieste, a gorgeous harbour town on the Italian...

Continue Reading...

The post Inside The ITS Creative Archive appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

its-creative-archive-11

If I told you that for the past 15 years a town in Northern Italy had been hosting some of the world’s most promising fashion designers, would you believe me? No, neither would I, until I discovered the International Talent Support contest that takes place annually in Trieste, a gorgeous harbour town on the Italian and Slovenian border. You may have seen on my Instagram feed the incredible sunsets, delicious gelato and of course the amazing fashion talent, but I want to share more than just 140 characters about my weekend of inspiration, creativity, and the talent I was introduced to as it makes me so happy to work in fashion.

I’m going to share more about this year’s competition next week *deadlines permitting*, including some of my favourite designers, but today I thought I would take you around the jam-packed ITS Creative Archive, which is housing some 16,000 portfolios, 220 outfits, 180 accessories and jewellery pieces, as well as 700 digital photography projects, from more than 80 countries, from the competition’s finalists and winners, which includes some familiar names such as Mark Fast, Haizhen Wang, Aitor Throup, and Michael van der Ham.

ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design

its-creative-archive-17

ITS Creative Archive – Chiaki Moronaga, 2012 event

There were so many standout pieces in the ITS Creative Archive, I really could have sat for hours flicking through past portfolios, the creativity that went into their ideas was so inspiring, they weren’t just full of sketches, but poems, fabric swatches, materials they wanted to use, basically everything that inspire their collections. For me, Japanese rising star Chiaki Moronaga really stood out, just look at this exquisite gown, you can definitely see that she’s inspired by John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, there’s a charm, a romantic vibe, as well as the drama, and I bet this was stunning hitting the catwalk. 

ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design

its-creative-archive-20its-creative-archive-6

I was so overwhelmed by the talent, snapping all the beautiful pieces, I didn’t write down every designer that I loved, I know, I’m the worst journalist ever, but when you have a short amount of time you just do what you can, and I felt the video and images would portray the talent better. But what I will do is go through the ITS website and see if I can spot the designers and add them in. 

Are you inspired by the talent in the ITS Creative Archive?its-creative-archive-5

ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design

its-creative-archive-34its-creative-archive-14

ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design

its-creative-archive-27

ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design ITS Creative Archive, ITS, International Talent Support, ITS Platform, Archive, Emerging Talent, Chiaki Moronaga, Trieste, Italy, Fashion Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion, Fashion Design

its-creative-archive-12its-creative-archive-39

**I was a guest of YKK, who looked after me for my first visit to Trieste**

The post Inside The ITS Creative Archive appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/inside-the-its-creative-archive/feed/ 0
Does Cinema Really Need 4DX? http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/does-cinema-need-4dx/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/does-cinema-need-4dx/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:31:32 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56424 This weekend I saw the new Star Trek movie, yep, I’m a Trekkie, not a recent convert, a forever Trekkie as my friend calls it as I love the TV shows as well as the recent movies. But, I left my husband in charge of buying the tickets and he somehow, selected 4DX, even though...

Continue Reading...

The post Does Cinema Really Need 4DX? appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Star Trek Beyond Kirk

This weekend I saw the new Star Trek movie, yep, I’m a Trekkie, not a recent convert, a forever Trekkie as my friend calls it as I love the TV shows as well as the recent movies. But, I left my husband in charge of buying the tickets and he somehow, selected 4DX, even though he is standing by the fact he only bought 3D tickets. Are you asking yourself what’s 4DX? Well, you are not alone, so was I. 

At first glance, there’s a bigger screen, think Imax, the seats are more plush and bigger, they have that rollercoaster feel to them with a step up to get in the seat, and the sound system seems boosted to the max. But, what they don’t tell you is, this isn’t a relaxing movie-going experience, the seats vibrate, kick you even in the back, move, jerk, and generally throw you around, think whiplash. That’s all while you’re being hit with bursts of air, squirts of water, and some rather questionable smells. This is one over-the-top cinematic experience. 

I’m a lover of films, the characters, the storytelling, the cinematic creation, those incredible how-do-they-do-that special effects, the soundtracks, and the emotional journey a great movie can take you on. So, I have to ask, why would we also need to be on a rollercoaster ride, while watching a film?

4dx-cinema-1

For me, 4DX totally distracted me, from the first jolt in motion with the starship Enterprise to the crazy fight scene where I felt like I was getting kicked in the kidneys, to the randomly placed air squirts behind my head to the water sprays. 

I giggled, yelped a little, and even felt a little sick, and none of those reactions or emotions were based on the film. For me, the two didn’t work. I couldn’t stick with the momentum of a great blockbuster, or even take a sip of my drink without the fear of spilling it all down myself. One thing I’m grateful for is skipping the nachos that could have been a disaster waiting to happen. 

Is it really necessary for us to be part of the film to enjoy it? When did watching a film need to be in motion, rather than through connection with the story and characters? Everyone is saying this is the future of cinema, oh my if that’s the case then I suppose I might need to create my own cinema at home and wait a little longer to see my favourite characters. 

But the whole 4DX experience did make me wonder what would make a better cinema experience. I’m thinking that cinemas need to opt for luxury, bigger seats, comfortable armrests, more leg room, maybe a foot rest, and why not stagger the seats a little you so don’t have to try and see through a very tall person, which always seems to happen to me. I’d also pay more for no kid screenings, the kid next to us got up about three times and dropped his popcorn, seriously distracting. I want relaxation.

I want to feel like I’m part of the movie by being fully immersed in the scene, not because I feel a little motion sickness!!!

Have you experienced 4DX yet at the cinema? Also, what did you think of the new Star Trek movie? Anyone else got a crush on Chris Pine?

Star Trek Beyond Star Trek Beyond Spock

[Star Trek Pics – Paramount]

The post Does Cinema Really Need 4DX? appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/does-cinema-need-4dx/feed/ 0
Adore Jewellery, Everyday Luxury http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/adore-jewelry-everyday-luxury/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/adore-jewelry-everyday-luxury/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:53:26 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56359 I feel that the statement, ‘you can never have too many’ shoes, bags or pairs of jeans should also apply to jewellery. There’s something about adding a touch of sparkle to an outfit that can instantly transform a look and even your mood. For me, I have lots of beautiful statement pieces, expensive pieces that...

Continue Reading...

The post Adore Jewellery, Everyday Luxury appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Adore-Jewellery-Gold-17

I feel that the statement, ‘you can never have too many’ shoes, bags or pairs of jeans should also apply to jewellery. There’s something about adding a touch of sparkle to an outfit that can instantly transform a look and even your mood. For me, I have lots of beautiful statement pieces, expensive pieces that come out on special occasions, even vintage family heirlooms that sadly spend most of their time in the safe, but when it comes to luxury everyday pieces it is harder to come by, beautiful luxury jewels that are affordable.

There seems to be this feeling that everyday jewellery means cheap, throwaway, and not luxurious, that’s where Adore, Swarovski Group’s new jewellery brand comes in with its timeless and contemporary collection that will add a chic, yet sophisticated look to any outfit. 

What I like about Adore is that it isn’t just about stackable bracelets, cute rings, earrings, and necklaces, there’s a cohesion about the collection, jewellery pieces have been designed to be worn separately or layered together, dependant on your mood, look or occasion, with all pieces having an elegance about them. I have, to be honest, I’m a little obsessed.

Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie

Introducing Adore from the Swarosvki Group

There is, of course, the sparkles, it wouldn’t be Swarovski without those crystals, but there is a modern, timeless luxury about the pieces, from geometric shapes to delicate pendants, beading details, and contemporary crystals. What is most surprising about this new jewellery brand is the price, Adore pieces range from £25 to £150, my favourite geometric pieces, the bangle is just £69 and the necklace £57, and they are such great quality. If these beauties weren’t samples on loan I can tell you I would be wearing them everyday, they really do go with all looks, from jeans and a tee to a cocktail dress. 

Which pieces are shouting out to you? I would love to know what you think about Adore jewellery, and also what how you would style them up. 

Are you excited to add Adore jewellery pieces to your collections?

Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie

Adore-Jewellery-Gold-28Adore-Jewellery-Gold-14

Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie Adore Jewellery, Adore Jewelry , jewellery, adore, swarosvki, adore, necklace, ring, bracelet, fashionista barbie

Adore-Jewellery-Gold-33Adore-Jewellery-Gold-30Adore-Jewellery-Gold-27Adore-Jewellery-Gold-11

The post Adore Jewellery, Everyday Luxury appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/adore-jewelry-everyday-luxury/feed/ 0
Keds x Malhia Kent http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/keds-x-malhia-kent/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/keds-x-malhia-kent/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:05:48 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56334 I love it when I get a great response to an Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat **search for me FashionNBarbie** post, it makes me smile, and also makes me get my act together to share more information about it. Well, this weekend you guys all followed my adventures in Trieste, I was there for the emerging...

Continue Reading...

The post Keds x Malhia Kent appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Trieste-Keds-Casual-2

I love it when I get a great response to an Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat **search for me FashionNBarbie** post, it makes me smile, and also makes me get my act together to share more information about it. Well, this weekend you guys all followed my adventures in Trieste, I was there for the emerging designer ITS Contest, and even though you guys loved all the talent spotting, you seemed to focus more on my incredible new Keds. I don’t blame you, they are pretty special, I think I may be in love. Have you ever lusted after a Chanel bouclé two-piece? Well, these Keds are made in collaboration with high-fashion French textile mill Malhia Kent, who used to supply fabrics for Chanel. 

Malhia Kent is known in fashion circles for being one of the very best textiles mills in the world, especially when it comes to high-quality jacquard and tweed fabrics, you know the ones that Chanel uses a lot. Apparently, it is also has one of the only looms that is able to process feathers, glitter, ribbons and raffia into its textiles, which is why these beauties have gorgeous silver glittery threads running through them.  

Trieste-Keds-Casual-8

Keds x Malhia Kent

The collection doesn’t hit stores until August, I know I am super lucky, the guys at Keds sent them to me and couldn’t resist taking them to Italy with me, who could blame me they are just so chic. I actually got so many compliments from the international crowd that had gathered for the ITS Contest and a lovely French journalist told me all about the French mill, she had a tour and it sounded fabulous.

These were made for Keds as part of the brand’s 100th-anniversary celebrations and they’ve got the French textile brand to revamp its Champion, Triple Deckers and slip-ons with blends of cauliflower blue, hot pink, coral and yellow, tonal patchwork and basket-inspired weaves. Trust me you are going to want them all, each style is so pretty, and I love how they work so well with the signature Keds styles. For me, they are even better than the Liberty print collection, which was also so, so pretty. 

Also, if the incredible fabric wasn’t enough to make you swoon, the fact that they are so comfortable will. I wore these for the first time wandering around the Italian city of Trieste, they didn’t rub, didn’t hurt, they just made me smile. I always tend to pack a pair of Keds with me when I travel, they really are so light, perfect for carry-on luggage, they are comfortable to walk in all day, plus they look super cute with jeans or a dress. 

I have lots more content from Trieste, my hotel was fabulous and I loved the city, just give me a chance to edit the photos and videos, plus I’ve got some incredible emerging designers for you to check out. 

Do you love these Keds x Malhia Kent trainers as much as me?

**FYI, when I find out the exact launch date and prices, I will share all**

Trieste-Keds-Casual-6

My Style: Keds x Malhia Kent Champions (c/o) // Asos Lisbon Skinny Mid Rise Jeans In Honey Light Wash With Stepped Raw Hem **which FYI are only £8 in the sale – down from £28** // Cambridge Satchel Bag Push Lock Medium (c/o) // American Eagle Outfitters White Tee (c/o) // Lensway Sunglasses // Olivia Burton Watch via Mococo (c/o) // 

Keds,Keds x Malhia Kent, Malhia Kent, Keds Champions, Fashionista Barbie, Trieste, Italy, Asos, Cambridge Satchel Company, Style Post, Style Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashionista Barbie Keds,Keds x Malhia Kent, Malhia Kent, Keds Champions, Fashionista Barbie, Trieste, Italy, Asos, Cambridge Satchel Company, Style Post, Style Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashionista Barbie

Trieste-Keds-Casual-3

Keds,Keds x Malhia Kent, Malhia Kent, Keds Champions, Fashionista Barbie, Trieste, Italy, Asos, Cambridge Satchel Company, Style Post, Style Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashionista Barbie Keds,Keds x Malhia Kent, Malhia Kent, Keds Champions, Fashionista Barbie, Trieste, Italy, Asos, Cambridge Satchel Company, Style Post, Style Blogger, Top UK Fashion Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Fashionista Barbie

Trieste-Keds-Casual-7

The post Keds x Malhia Kent appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/keds-x-malhia-kent/feed/ 0
90s Fashion Nostalgia http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/90s-fashion-nostalgia/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/90s-fashion-nostalgia/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:03:15 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56299 When it comes to fashion have you noticed that history tends to repeat itself? Now, it seems is the time of the 90s to have a revamp, and as I kind of actually remember living through this era the first time I thought I would inject a little nostalgia into this week’s style post. I...

Continue Reading...

The post 90s Fashion Nostalgia appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

90s-fashion-bomber-jacket-7

When it comes to fashion have you noticed that history tends to repeat itself? Now, it seems is the time of the 90s to have a revamp, and as I kind of actually remember living through this era the first time I thought I would inject a little nostalgia into this week’s style post. I remember the 80s, but I was a child, my decisions on my clothes weren’t really my own, in the 90s I was a teen, I had a love of combat mini skirts, crop tops, scrunchies, the bigger the better, denim, denim, and a bit more denim, bomber jackets, shimmer make-up, as well as high-top trainers, do you remember Kangaroos, with the cool pocket?

Yeah, it was a confusing mish-mash of tastes, I’m just so grateful that my teenage years were before social media and the over-sharing vibe we have now. I feel like I could have fun with my fashion, which granted didn’t always look cool, but hey, I didn’t have trolls telling me I looked crap. Oh, how I miss those simple days!!!

With 90s fashion taking hold of the high street I thought I would do a modern take of 90s nostalgia, basically, a look I loved wearing as a teen and showing how I would wear now. There were a few options, I was going to do a grungy slip dress, over a white tee, with a flannel shirt tied around my waist teamed with Docs, oh how I miss My So-Called Life, too young to know what that TV show is, look it up, it was amazing and where my crush for Jared Leto began. Then I was thinking go tomboy style like Winona Ryder back in the 90s, seriously this girl was my style hero, however, as I couldn’t find my Docs, I decided to dress around this cool bomber jacket I picked up in the Zara sale, a bargain at £12.99 and I’m totally obsessed with its ‘Don’t Grow Up’ slogan on the back.

90s-fashion-bomber-jacket-16

90s, 90s trend, how to wear 90s fashion, bomber jacket, zara, fashionista Barbie, american eagle outfitters, emu australia, adore jewellery, playground, fun, fashion, style blogger, top UK fashion blogger, fashion blogger, fashion 90s, 90s trend, how to wear 90s fashion, bomber jacket, zara, fashionista Barbie, american eagle outfitters, emu australia, adore jewellery, playground, fun, fashion, style blogger, top UK fashion blogger, fashion blogger, fashion

Working the 90s trend

In the 90s, my jeans would have been bleached bombed, did you ever do that where you flicked bleach at your jeans to create pretty patterns, which sometimes also destroyed patches of your bedroom that you had to cover with a chair? No, just me, well, I decided that instead of bleach marks, crazy rips were needed, and these American Eagle Outfitter jeans are perfect. I love the fit, the higher waist is great to team with crop tops, so not to show off too much skin, especially needed now I no longer have that 90s teenage body, and I love this lacy top, it really has that perfect necklace for this trend, high and slightly halter in design, and I’m obsessed with the scalloped hemline, I actually think I had this top when I was 14!!! 

Instead of high-top trainers, I really don’t think I’m cool enough for those anymore, I went for these cute, super lightweight Emu Australia suede boots **which are currently in the sale**. Not only is the perforated design divine, they are so comfortable, these are those shoes you want to travel in. I also think they really work with this look, but can’t wait to team them with cut-off denim shorts or even white jeans for a great summer look. 

Finishing off my look are these cool pieces from new jewellery label Adore, part of the Swarovski group, which is basically putting beautiful, everyday pieces back in the spotlight. I have a blog coming up soon sharing more of their gorgeous pieces, but I couldn’t resist wearing these delicate necklaces, layered together and this fun statement ring. 

Which pieces from the 90s are you happy are back?

90s-fashion-bomber-jacket-1890s-fashion-bomber-jacket-11

My 90s Style: Zara – Don’t Grow Up Bomber Jacket // American Eagle Outfitters – Cafe Jeggings (c/o) // American Eagle Outfitters – White Lace Crop Top (c/o) // Emu Australia – Lorne Suede Boots (c/o) // Cosmopolitan Glasses (c/o) // Adore Jewellery – 4 Point Star Necklace, Geometric Shapes Necklace and Beaded Crossing Ring (loan) // 

90s-fashion-bomber-jacket-31

90s, 90s trend, how to wear 90s fashion, bomber jacket, zara, fashionista Barbie, american eagle outfitters, emu australia, adore jewellery, playground, fun, fashion, style blogger, top UK fashion blogger, fashion blogger, fashion 90s, 90s trend, how to wear 90s fashion, bomber jacket, zara, fashionista Barbie, american eagle outfitters, emu australia, adore jewellery, playground, fun, fashion, style blogger, top UK fashion blogger, fashion blogger, fashion

90s-fashion-bomber-jacket-2690s-fashion-bomber-jacket-3390s-fashion-bomber-jacket-2990s-fashion-bomber-jacket-1490s-fashion-bomber-jacket-1090s-fashion-bomber-jacket-27

The post 90s Fashion Nostalgia appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/90s-fashion-nostalgia/feed/ 0
How Do You Measure Success? http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/how-do-you-measure-success/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/how-do-you-measure-success/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:36:36 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56279 So I have a different type of blog post for you today, how do you measure success? Seriously, I want to know. I’ve been blogging nearly seven years and I’ve been evaluating not just Fashionista Barbie, but my career and life in general. I was thinking to achieve my goals equals success, to me success is...

Continue Reading...

The post How Do You Measure Success? appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Success, Fashionista Barbie, Fashion Blogger, Top Fashion Blogger, Top UK Blogger, Blogger, Blog Success

So I have a different type of blog post for you today, how do you measure success? Seriously, I want to know. I’ve been blogging nearly seven years and I’ve been evaluating not just Fashionista Barbie, but my career and life in general. I was thinking to achieve my goals equals success, to me success is measured so differently for different people, careers, etc, that really you only have yourself to measure up against. But yesterday I was speaking with someone, who might I add I had never met me before, who probably hadn’t even looked at my blog, and didn’t know me as a person, and they seemed to downplay what I felt were achievements because my social stats were “quite low” and it got me thinking is success in blogging now all linked to how many Instagram followers I have?

Apparently, someone who has been blogging “as long as me” should have more than 5,000 Instagram followers, which yeah is probably true, but does that really mean I’m not successful? For me, I look at people’s success as notching up achievements, creating something beautiful or innovative, you know the content that makes your smile, discuss and admire. While hitting 5,000 followers on the photo-sharing platform is a target, I wouldn’t note it as a success, it doesn’t seem big enough. If I had hit one million fans now that’s a little different.

Is social media reach really the definition of success?

For me, my blogging success is less linked to stats and follower numbers and more about my ability to create great content, being happy and enjoying my work. But am I say that as I’m underachieving in this blogging game, as my stats aren’t as good as others in my field? Yep, I said game, as I was told I needed to play the “game” better, I didn’t realise that blogging was like Monopoly **first game that came to mind**, which might I add I started as I love to write and take photographs, but apparently it is. I really do wish people would send me a memo!!!

So my outfit might be totally inappropriate for a puppy walk but oh so pretty – love this @asos dress.

A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

This person then stated that “success” in blogging is about perception, apparently I don’t publicise enough free gifts, I don’t go on enough press trips to beautiful places, I haven’t been nominated in any blogging awards, and I don’t do enough sponsored content, plus, my social media numbers, other than my Pinterest **hey over 330k fans helping me succeed** aren’t high enough. This person suggested that I buy, buy, buy followers, I think I’ll pass thanks mate – for me, I love that all my followers are real, you guys found me, added me and engage with me, yep, I might not have as many as other bloggers but hey they started under the 5k mark as well, I just like to see myself as a slow burner and I have quality followers over quantity. 

Measuring my own success

I am concerned that this blog post is a little rambly, I know and I said I wanted to blog because I like writing and then I use a word like ‘rambly’, but, I wanted to see how you guys measure your own success in blogging, are you worried about your stats, your social media numbers, and whether you’ve been excluded from a press trip?

For the most part, I see blogging as so much fun,  I’ve met incredible people that I now call friends, I’ve been whisked to countries I would never dream of visiting, and I’ve had so many opportunities come my way after someone found my little corner of the internet. I’m seriously grateful. But, there’s a side of it, which might I add can be a little toxic if you let it, the jealous, the fear of missing out, and those moments when you comparing yourself to others. It happens to us all, yep, even me, probably more than it should. I seem to go through waves. Sometimes I get in my own head and worry about why I wasn’t chosen, stressing about rejecting campaigns for exposure and then seeing other bloggers doing well out of it, and wondering why people aren’t flocking to add me on Instagram.

I think that’s only human, but you have to push through those times to start making your own success. I think that’s been my problem, plus I think, the fact this blog, no matter how much I love it, isn’t my only focus, I actually do a lot of other freelance work that I don’t scream and shout about. It’s weird I see those projects as career and Fashionista Barbie as fun, maybe if I looked like I do my freelance work I would achieve the success I’m hoping for. 

That also leads to further questions, what ‘success’ am I after? I can clearly say it’s not fame,  fortune or more free gifts, yeah the last two would be nice, but I think it is about having credibility, gaining people’s respect, and being recognised for creating great content. I also think to achieve this success I’m after, I need to start believing in myself and my writing more, which is something I’m working on, but this year my confidence really has taken a hit, maybe there is a seven-year itch in blogging as well. 

I kind of feel like I’ve just used you guys as therapy, but I would love to know your thoughts on my ramblings, do you think about how people view your success? Plus, how do you measure your own?

The post How Do You Measure Success? appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/how-do-you-measure-success/feed/ 2
Travel Essentials To Help You Sleep http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/travel-essentials-sleep/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/travel-essentials-sleep/#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:10:18 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56262 I love to travel, but it seems my body hates to sleep when I do, so recently I’ve been looking into products that can help me relax before I go bed and to help me snooze. Top of my travel essentials to help me sleep has to be Holistic Silk, if you haven’t heard of this...

Continue Reading...

The post Travel Essentials To Help You Sleep appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

travel essentials, sleep aids, lavender eye mask, travel aids, eye mask, slippers, holistic silk, jurlique, this works, candle, jo malone, travel, Fashionista Barbie, Travel Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, Hotel, Travel Tips

I love to travel, but it seems my body hates to sleep when I do, so recently I’ve been looking into products that can help me relax before I go bed and to help me snooze. Top of my travel essentials to help me sleep has to be Holistic Silk, if you haven’t heard of this incredible brand, check them out – their mantra is Relax, Restore, Rejuvenate, and I can totally vouch for their eye masks and massaging slippers, I seriously can’t travel without them. Then I also need the punch of my This Works rollerball, the home feeling of a candle flickering in the corner, and a spritz of my favourite Jurlique refreshing mist. 

My 5 Travel Essentials To Help Me Sleep

Holistic Silk Lavender Eye Mask

First thing, I pack is my Holistic Silk lavender eye mask (c/o), I can’t stress how good this is. I’m obsessed with how pretty they are, the colours are divine and the silk is so luxurious you actually look forward to wearing it. An eye mask for me is a travel essentials purchase for anyone who finds it hard to drop off in a hotel room, you know the one where the curtains don’t meet in the middle, the smoke alarm light is flashing and the TV standby light glares in the dark. I find it so frustrating and these beauties block out all those distractions, while the subtle lavender scent calms me.

Unlike other eye masks you’ve probably used in the past, you know those cheap ones you get free on planes, the Holistic Silk ones are lined in a super smooth cotton velvet so it feels great against your skin. Plus, the super size design is so comfortable, it rests on your cheekbones and forehead rather than sitting on your eyes. I hate eye masks that are restrictive, as they can make falling asleep even harder. Trust me, you will feel more refreshed after a night sleeping in this eye mask.

travel essentials, sleep aids, lavender eye mask, travel aids, eye mask, slippers, holistic silk, jurlique, this works, candle, jo malone, travel, Fashionista Barbie, Travel Blogger, Fashion Blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, Hotel, Travel Tips

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

With my sensitive skin, I’m always on the look out for great calming products, which I always find is needed more when I travel, this Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is perfect for giving my skin a burst of hydration. These refreshing sprays are just so lovely on the skin, I also like that they have travel sizes so can be taken on with your hand luggage, and the botanical ingredients really do brighten, soothe, protect and purify my skin. I find that sometimes when I have been on a long flight that my skin is itchy and sore to the touch and this product is the only thing that calms my skin and soothes it so I can sleep well. 

This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less

I’m a big fan of the entire This Works sleep range, at home I have the pillow spray, the shower gel and the candle, addict much, but the one product that I have to add to my travel essentials list has to be the Deep Sleep Stress Less, which I find calms me down and helps me sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I would take all if I could, but sometimes space is limited, so this is my go-to travel essential sleep item. 

I also love that this is a multi-purpose aromatherapy blend, it helps you sleep well, but it can also be used at anytime to de-stress, so if you are scared of flying or stressed out because the traffic is crazy, just literally roll the oil onto your wrist and calmly breathe in the relaxing scent.  

Holistic Silk Massaging Slippers

I used to just hope that the hotel had slippers so I could wear them around my room but after trying these Holistic Silk massaging slippers (c/o) at a recent event I can’t believe I’ve travelled without them. As soon as I get the chance to relax in my hotel room I change into these beauties as they have magnetic insoles which massage your feet, which aids pain relief and improves circulation, I find they really help tired legs after a lot of walking sightseeing. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know how magnets in the slippers help, I just know that they do. 

As well as wearing in my hotel room, I also wear on the plane, they are super lightweight that they can easily be placed in your hand luggage, and I’ve even worn them when I’ve been to a yoga class.  

A Candle

This one might seem a strange addition to a travel essentials list but I love making my hotel room a relaxing place and lighting a candle just seems to work for me. I normally carry one of my travel candles, I actually forgot it recently, but thankfully the lovely Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery left me one in my room as a gift and it was so lovely. If your hotel isn’t as nice I would suggest taking one of these:

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Travel Candles, you get four travel sized candles that have chamomile and jasmine essential oil. 

Diptyque Roses Mini Candle Travel Edition, this beauty will literally have your hotel room smelling of roses, I love it so much. 

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle, this refreshing scent has that ability to uplift me if I burn it while getting ready for a night out, or help me wind down if I light it before I go to sleep. 

What are your travel essentials to help you sleep?


Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel BloggerWindsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard, Fashionista Barbie,travel essentials

The post Travel Essentials To Help You Sleep appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/travel-essentials-sleep/feed/ 0
My Stripy Boden Dress http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/stripy-boden-dress/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/stripy-boden-dress/#respond Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:55:14 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56234 I have a lot of love for stripy tops, I probably have the same style top in about 10 different sized stripes and colours, and one of my favourite places to pick up good stripes is Boden, so when I saw this Blackberry Dress in green and white stripes I couldn’t resist it. The drapey fit,...

Continue Reading...

The post My Stripy Boden Dress appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Boden-Dress-Windsor-24

I have a lot of love for stripy tops, I probably have the same style top in about 10 different sized stripes and colours, and one of my favourite places to pick up good stripes is Boden, so when I saw this Blackberry Dress in green and white stripes I couldn’t resist it. The drapey fit, the gathering at the waist and the knee-grazing length really makes this the perfect casual summer dress and made for one comfortable look while exploring Windsor

I’m such a fan of relaxed fit dresses in the summer, who wants to be in a skin-tight look when it is hot, and this beauty from Boden with its soft cotton blended jersey was so lovely and easy to wear. Basically, this stripy dress works so well on its own, but I thought as I was sightseeing I wanted to go hands-free to take pictures so I paired it with my Saddle Belt Bag from Next, which seriously is the cutest bumbag I’ve ever worn. It would look great for a festival look, as well as worn with denim shorts.

Boden-Dress-Windsor-28Boden-Dress-Windsor-11

For tourist days, I normally opt for trainers or Keds, but these Emu Australia Ibis leather sandals really are the perfect summer shoe, so comfortable, I literally walked miles in these, plus they are so cute, I love the crackle metallic detail. If you are heading away for a weekend in the sun and have limited space in your case, these work during the day and in the evening, I do love sandals that work well with so many different looks. I’ve worn these with a maxi black dress, ripped black jeans, as well as denim skirt. 
 
It is always hard to choose a good look that you’re going to be comfortable in, not too hot, not too cold, and especially for me that isn’t just jeans and a t-shirt, my go-to casual look, but this Boden stripy dress is perfection. I’m going to confess now, this beauty is going to be worn a lot over the summer, well as long as the weather gets its act together!!!

Are you a fan of stripy dresses?

Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger

 My Stripy Style: Boden – Blackberry Dress (c/o) // Next – Saddle Belt Bag (c/o) // Emu Australia – Ibis (c/o) // 

Boden-Dress-Windsor-15Boden-Dress-Windsor-21

Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger

Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion BloggerStripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion BloggerStripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger

Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger

Stripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion BloggerStripy, Boden, Stripes, How To Style Stripes, Stripy Dress, Summer Dressing, Next, Belt, Emu Australia, Emu, Windsor, Windsor Castle, Boden Dress, Fashionista Barbie, Top UK Blogger, Style Blogger, Fashion Blogger

The post My Stripy Boden Dress appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/stripy-boden-dress/feed/ 0
Friday Favourites: Wimbledon Whites http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/wimbledon-whites/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/wimbledon-whites/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:43:28 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56210 Hands up who is currently consumed by watching Wimbledon? I’m so guilty, I’m currently watching Del Potro winning, and I can generally say that I’ll be here in front of the TV for next week or so, with a side of strawberries and cream, a jug of Pimm’s, while cheering on my favourite Serena Williams,...

Continue Reading...

The post Friday Favourites: Wimbledon Whites appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

wimbledon, wimbledon whites, white, style inspiration, nike, serena williams

Hands up who is currently consumed by watching Wimbledon? I’m so guilty, I’m currently watching Del Potro winning, and I can generally say that I’ll be here in front of the TV for next week or so, with a side of strawberries and cream, a jug of Pimm’s, while cheering on my favourite Serena Williams, if the rain every lets her play. With that in mind, I thought I would dedicate this week’s Friday Favourites to inspiring Wimbledon Whites, so you can bring tennis off the court for a chic summery look. I have everything from a simple shift dress to a cool on-trend bomber jacket, cropped slim fit trousers, a contemporary take on the tennis skirt, as well as the cutest floaty top, and off course the classic tennis shoe.

Wimbledon Whites

wimbledon, wimbledon whites, white, style inspiration, shopping, fashionista barbie, topshop, river island

1. Missguided – Ponte Wrap Shift Dress, £15 // 2. Zara – Poplin Top, £17.99 // 3. Boohoo – Georgia Badge Print Bomber, £15 // 4. River Island – White Slim Trousers, £30 // 5. Dorothy Perkins – White ‘Picnic’ Wooden Clogs, £35 // 6. Topshop – Pleated Detailed Midi Skirt, £55 // 7. Anya Hindmarch – Tennis Ball Keychain, £495 // 8. Bourjois – La Laque- £4.55 // 9. Public Desire – Sandy Espadrilles, £24.99 // 10. Adidas – Stan Smith, White White Crinkle, £79.99 //

I’m obsessed with pleats and I’m finding a new love of wrap styles, so this Topshop midi skirt combines the both. Don’t over style this look wear with a casual vest and a cool pair of trainers for a sports-luxe vibe. Seriously, I can’t get over how dreamy this skirt is. 

I saw this cute Zara top in store, it seems I can resist a feminine frill, but sadly they didn’t have my size, so I spent a good hour searching for it on Zara’s website, serious why isn’t it easier? But I’m good to you guys and you can just click here to buy, also, did I mention it is only £17.99. Also, don’t think it would look totally great to do a whiter than white look paired with these tailored River Island slim trousers and cool chunky Dorothy Perkins clogs? A look for less than £85. 

You can’t have a Wimbledon inspired shopping list without a shift dress and this beauty from Missguided, which FYI is only £15, is so lovely, I love the wrap detailing, pair this dress with the classic Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes and the fun badge printed bomber from Boohoo and you’ve got a great casual-cool look. 

Finishing off my Wimbledon Whites edit is a cute, fun, but a little expensive tennis ball keyring by Anya Hindmarch, but seriously how cute is this, as well as great white nail varnish, to complete that tennis look. 

Are you embracing Wimbledon Whites while watching the tennis?

[Top Image: Nike/Serena Williams]

The post Friday Favourites: Wimbledon Whites appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/07/wimbledon-whites/feed/ 0
Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:19:38 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56178 When I think Windsor, I think the Queen, the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony that goes with the royal family, a quintessentially English town with cobbled streets, as well as cream teas, OK, maybe that last one is always on my mind. So, with that in mind, you need a suitable hotel to immerse yourself in...

Continue Reading...

The post Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>

Accor-Hotels-Windsor-4

When I think Windsor, I think the Queen, the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony that goes with the royal family, a quintessentially English town with cobbled streets, as well as cream teas, OK, maybe that last one is always on my mind. So, with that in mind, you need a suitable hotel to immerse yourself in the beauty of this town on the River Thames, just west of London, and I found a beauty in the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, part of Accor Hotels

This hotel is literally a 2-minute walk away from Windsor Castle and opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s Windsor Guildhall, plus I thought the Georgian building was one of the most beautiful buildings on Windsor’s high street. It has a mix of old-worldly charm with a modern vibe, the decor, especially in the communal areas is impressive, the walls are literally filled with old canvas paintings, while the furniture is modern with a contemporary colour palette. Plus, I do appreciate a hotel that has flowers everywhere, and they were so beautifully arranged. 

One of the big draws for Windsor is the pomp and ceremony, the best being the daily Changing of the Guard, you can watch near the castle itself, or stay in the warmth and dry by viewing it from the hotel’s bar area as it overlooks the street perfectly. I should take my own advice really as I got absolutely soaked, thank god that I had a late checkout and was able to change as my summer dress was practically see-through after the crazy downpour. 

As well as being conveniently located, the Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery is one of the few in the town that also has parking, which comes in handy if you are traveling here by car. Coming by train, the station is literally at the bottom of the hill. Coming in via Heathrow, there’s a bus that stops right outside the hotel. Seriously, you can’t get more convenient than that for a night away.

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard

Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery

I can’t really fault this hotel, the service was incredible, the staff were all so lovely and helpful, and happy, so many hotels I visit where the staff are miserable and it always brings me down. It was so refreshing, the atmosphere at the Castle Hotel is so relaxing and unpretentious, and I wish I could have stayed longer than one night. My room was superb, I loved my fruit welcome tray, as well as the fact it had the biggest bed ever, which was so comfortable, and the fact that The White Company toiletries were stocked in the bathroom. 

Breakfast was a highlight, they offer a great offering to your room if that’s what you prefer, but I would suggest going down as they have everything from a full English to ordering omelettes, cereal, fruit and yoghurts, toast and pastries with the added bonus of tiny Nutella packets, and there’s even Actimel, as well as a selection of fruit juices. I basically had to have a bit of everything, and I would be surprised if you couldn’t find anything on the hot or cold buffets or on the hot order menu to start your day right. 

If I had to say one negative, I feel I need to balance out all my gushing, it has to be that some of the hotel rooms don’t really have a great view, mine was of a brick wall, my friend overlooked the car park, but at least she also had a little balcony. But hey, that’s such a tiny thing, but if it is something you really require ask them to see what’s available. But really, how much time will you spend in your room when you have Windsor to explore. 

If you like to eat at the hotel you are in luck as the Castle Hotel has the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which offers a traditional British menu. I would love to say that I tried, sadly, we go to the hotel so late that we didn’t actually have dinner there. But I’ve heard such great things and overheard one of the guests saying how yummy her meal was.

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel BloggerWindsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger

Things to see and do in Windsor

This was my first time in Windsor, I know crazy right considering how close it is to London, and it is so beautiful. There’s a lot to see and do, from going round Windsor Castle to taking a walk down to see the hundreds of swans on the River Thames, to taking a boat cruise, or why not explore the 4000 acres of Great Park via a horse-drawn carriage. 

There’s also the Queen’s Walkway, a symbolic 6.373 km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days reign of the Queen and links 63 of Windsor’s attractions and views. You can spot this walkway around the town with the round gold plaques on the floor. 

A highlight though for me, had to be the changing of the guard, every day at 10.45am the guards march down Windsor high street to Windsor Castle. The march through the town lasts about 10 minutes, want to see the actual changing of the guard you need to watch from inside the castle and that takes around 30 minutes. 

Done Windsor, the lovely town of Eton is nearby, where Eton College the English boys’ independent boarding school is, the buildings are very much like scenes you see in Cambridge and Oxford. 

Have you been to explore Windsor?

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard, Fashionista Barbie Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard, Fashionista BarbieWindsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard, Fashionista Barbie Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard

Windsor, Accor, Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels, Hotel, Near London, UK, Travel, Staycation, Hotel Review, Where To Stay In Windsor, Windsor Castle, Royal, Travel Blogger, Top UK Travel Blogger, Changing of the Guard, Fashionista Barbie

**I was a guest of Accor Hotels, but as always, all views and opinions are my own, I really did love my stay in Windsor otherwise I wouldn’t have shared it**

The post Castle Hotel Windsor MGallery, Accor Hotels appeared first on Fashionista Barbie.

]]>
http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/06/castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery/feed/ 1