1. Watching the glittering lights of the NYC skyline from my hotel
2. Exploring a deserted downtown NYC on Thanksgiving: No cars! No people!travel-3
3. Seeing Central Park in autumn for the first time felt majestic – it was so
4. Wearing a jumper with axes on it instantly makes people refer to you as a lumberjack!travel-5
5. Walking The High Line can be fun (and lead to gorgeous photographs!) even when it’s snowing and FREEZING
6. The best time to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is at golden hour – wow!travel-7
7. This street in Brooklyn charmed me something silly – it’s quintessential #makeyousmilestyle, isn’t it?travel-8
8. Shopping at the Brooklyn Flea for the first time was an exciting
9. I’ve always been keen to see NYC dressed up for Christmas, so I couldn’t resist a snap of this tree stand on the sidewalk. Just needed snow and twinkling fairy lights to complete the scene! Oh, and mulled wine,
10. Oh deer! Arriving back into London from Los Angeles in December leads to serious sunshine withdrawal!travel-11
11. A red door with a green wreath? The best way to decorate for Christmas!travel-12
12. Cold, crisp and clear days make for the best days to buy a Christmas
13. I think I need to move to California because there’s so.much.colour!travel-14
14. How gorgeous is this cactus?
15. SoCal has given me a renewed love for
16. Blue skies and 28 degree temperatures in December are a total novelty (or anytime of year!) for this Brit
17. This setting made me want to sing: “my head is a jungle, jungle”.travel-18
18. I loved the linear stripes and colour on this wall in West
19. I made a new doggy pal while in LA and it turns out he has the *best* taste in books…!travel-20

20. Homemade mince pies make for a well spent festive Sunday.

One of the main reasons I love colour is its ability to instantly create a mood in a space. While I love crisp, clean and calm white and blue spaces, I also love a deep, dark and moody scheme. In fact, I painted the bedroom in one of my old London apartment’s black – it was dramatic, cocooning and cosy; I loved it! As the weather has been so cold this week, I sought out some dark colour palette inspiration from the new Betta Living bedrooms. The result? Three fab ideas for embracing dark colours in your bedroom this winter – let’s dive in!betta-living-bedrooms-2
The first scheme, Gentle Greys, shows how stepping over to the dark side can pay serious style dividends. Here, a soothing blue-grey colour wraps around the entire bedroom space, creating a cosy and cocooning feel. Shades of blue and grey are then referenced from the base palette in the dressing of the bed, while dark wood wardrobes and a tufted bed enhance the indulgent feel of the scheme.betta-living-bedrooms-3
Glorious Graphite is a refined and sleek approach to dark decor. Softer than an all-black scheme, the graphite touches throughout the space create a striking yet soft look. Perfect for modern city apartments and city slickers, this scheme is a contemporary take on dark bedroom decor.betta-living-bedrooms-4

I’ve called the final scheme Metallic Moments because metallic touches are perfect for layering into a darker palette; they bring a gentle air of opulence and warmth to the scheme. When it comes to metallics, a little goes a long way – a silver lamp base or copper vase filled with fresh blooms on the bedside table will set off the darker base palette set by the furniture and walls. Which of these three dark palettes is your favourite?

// Photography by Betta Living | Posted in collaboration with Betta Living; all views my own

When I get stuck on what to gift someone for Christmas I think about the person’s work, hobbies and personal style. Lots of my pals either travel non-stop for work, or love to travel for pleasure, so I decided to pull together a gift guide on the theme. I love how personalisation of products has become such a big part of gift-led companies, and recently discovered some brilliantly bright customisable designs on Zazzle. zazzle-gifting-ideas

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I scoured the site to find my favourite pieces for travel-loving friends and have to admit I’m tempted to order a phew for myself. (Hands up who shops for themselves as well during the holiday season? Guilty as charged!) In fact, I think one should always give a gift they would be happy to receive. No surprise, then, when I write that I’d sure be happy with the gorgeous abstract painted cushion because it reminds me of the gorgeous blue waters of our destination wedding in the Spanish Balearic Islands. My graphic, stripe-loving eye is drawn to the bon voyage luggage tag, too. Also, isn’t the Swedish-inspired Dala horse dinner plate such a treat? I love it! Which of these pieces would you love to gift (and receive!)?

* // Top photograph by Will Taylor