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Prague Wedding Guest: Outfit Of The Day

July 26, 2017

Wedding season is in full swing and so I thought I would share with you what I wore to our friends’ wedding in Prague.

Our friends Vanja and Rob got married at the beautiful Pachtuv Palace in Prague and it was the most romantic wedding that I have ever seen. There was an abundance of blooms, trailing ivy and eucalyptus framing the Palace as the string quartet played. Vanja’s dress was a fishtail of layered organza. She took my breath away. Nick has been best friends with Rob since school and was a groomsman. Our wedding (which takes place in a month) will be the last stop of their honeymoon, so it was a really special day for us.

Both of the newlyweds are absolutely fabulous which made their wedding the perfect opportunity to wear a bright prom dress and gold shoes! My dress is the Embroidered Salon Dress from ASOS , which is perfect for dancing and twirling in. My shoes are the Rio by Maguba. I have always wanted a pair of gold clogs, I actually bought these for my honeymoon but couldn’t resist wearing them for the wedding.

Suggested Post: Botanical Gardens Berlin

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BIRTHDAY OUTFIT OF THE DAY WITH BELL SLEEVES

May 28, 2017

Well hello there and happy Sunday! Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I feel particularly joyful because around the time of my last birthday I was recovering from my heart operation and things were a bit more somber. So ‘cheers’ to that being behind me, I am incredibly thankful for everything this year has brought me.

I spent the day getting spoiled by my lovely friend Kate (AKA Sole Satisfaction) eating tiramisu and soaking up the sunshine before heading out for more spoiling with my love.

I woke up the best way possible on my birthday. With Nick singing happy birthday, handing me gifts and cards from loved ones. We opened them and had breakfast in bed whilst listening to the new Paramore album and video-calling my Mum. She told me stories of me and my sisters when we were kids and we laughed about old times. This is a pretty significant birthday as it’s my last one as a Miss so we were feeling quite reflective. It feels crazy after so much planning that the wedding will actually be here really soon, it’s such a magical and exciting time.

Kate and I took these pictures on the afternoon of my birthday. We’d just had brunch at Lykke one of our favourite sunny spots and Kate had surprised me with balloons along with all sorts of thoughtful gifts. We took a stroll in the sunshine down towards Urban Spree where these photos were taken, stopping to look in the little independent boutiques along the way. The street art in this area of Berlin is incredible, if you haven’t been yet it’s a must see. And when the weather is nice there are some amazing beer gardens to kick back and relax in- which we obviously did with a glass of bubbles in hand.

If you’ve been to Berlin, if you’ve witnessed its nightlife and its fashion scene, you’ll have noticed a lot of the colour black. And this bell sleeved dress from ASOS is anything but black. But I absolutely love it and felt super comfortable. If you can’t wear every colour under the sun with bell sleeves on your birthday, when can you? The sunglasses were a charity shop purchase about four years ago and I’ve had soooo much wear out of them. My clogs are from office and were a gift from my Mum – thanks Mum! (she has a pair to match).

I had such a good day and am so glad that I was able to get some happy snaps of my outfit to share here. It’s been too long and I really enjoyed taking them. Speak soon!

Photo Credit: The ever talented Sole Satisfaction

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Pretty Poinsettia Christmas Dress OOTD

November 20, 2016

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What says Christmas better than a poinsettia print dress with glittery boots and a red lip? Say hello to my new Xmas party look, all that’s missing is a sprinkle of snow and a red bow to complete the festivities.

I am so excited about heading home for Xmas this year, so much so that I emailed out our home-tour itinerary months ago. With a big family like mine you need to get organised way in advance, and I’m delighted to say that the organising paid off, as we will get to see almost everyone this year!

One thing that I am particularly excited about is introducing my Mum and sisters to my wedding dress! That’s right, I think I found the one…

Wearing: Pretty Poinsettia Rose Dress by Emily and Fin, Ted and Muffy Knee Boots (mine have a glittery heel) and CRU London Charlotte Bag

Suggested Post: OOTD In Prague’s Old Town

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MY FAVOURITE OOTD POSTS

September 15, 2016

I recently had to search through my back catalog of blogs. It was a lovely trip down memory lane and I enjoyed reminiscing about each post, what I was doing at the time and how things have changed since then. Being able to look back in this way is a wonderful perk of having a blog.

Here are some of my favourite OOTD posts since the inception of LedByLucy and the reasons why.

LedByLucy-Chester-England (14)Chester: Stopping To Smell The Roses This post and pictures remind me of deciding to make a huge leap of faith and move from the UK to Germany. It was a really exciting but also uncertain time as we didn’t know what to expect. Our lives changed a lot after this.LedByLucy-Poppy-ASOS-image6Poppy Print Outfit Of The Day Taken outside of Hotspur Press in Manchester, a pretty grubby industrial building which is steeped in history and charming in it’s own way. And yeah, I like the dress!

New #OOTD post set in #Ibiza featuring @topshop retro swimwear. Link to blog in bio. Ibiza In A Clamb Shell Holiday vibes!LedByLucy-Berlin-FashionTwinsies! OOTD With My Sister I pass this spot regularly and this image of my sister and I laughing together pops up in my mind every time. I actually have this picture framed in my spare room. We both live so far away from each other now that moments like this together are very precious.LedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-BloggerNhow Berlin Review: A Sunny Lunch Date This is Berlin at its finest, with the sun shining! The Spree (the river in the background) is a landmark in Berlin that I love. If and when we ever decide to move away from Berlin, I know I will look back on photos like this and think of the good times.LedByLucy-January-Treats-image5LedByLucy-January-Treats-image6French Connection and Faux Fur The first post using my “proper” camera. Up until this point I had been admiring other people’s blogs and occasionally creating my own posts using an i-phone. It was a pricey purchase but totally worth it, it makes the blog in my opinion. LedByLucy-Blog-Engagement-Dress-White-Bocci-BerlinEngagement Party Dress: Wearing White Wearing White Both the twinkling lights at Bocci and the fact that I am wearing my engagement party dress make this a favourite post. Maybe one day when I’m older and we have children they might ask about our engagement and I can show them these pictures.

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YELLOW DRESS OUTFIT OF THE DAY

August 11, 2016

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This outfit has pretty much been my uniform this summer. I’ve never had a yellow dress before but my best friend and bridesmaid to-be picked it out for me and I’ve hardly had it off since. I really love it, especially because I have a slight tan, it seems to go really well with that. I get a new pair of these chunky sandals in a different colour every summer because they are so comfortable and match everything, and the bag has been with me everyday too.

Do you have a go-to outfit for summer?

Wearing: Yellow Dress from Aspire Style, CRU London Willow Weekender and New Look Chunky Heels

Suggested Post: Poppy Print Outfit Of The Day

Photo Credit: The wonderful Kate from Sole Satisfaction

 

 

Fashion & Beauty, Travel & Places

WHAT’S IN MY HAND LUGGAGE

August 5, 2016

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I have been flying so much recently which is really exciting because I love heading to new places, but with that can come delayed flights, lost luggage and lots of waiting around. To make it as enjoyable as possible I like to have a few little luxuries on hand. Here’s what I have been taking with me recently:

Handbag: The Willow Weekender by CRU London, I’ve had it for a few years now and honestly love it. It matches almost everything and it’s easy to throw over your shoulder as you rush to the check-in.

Travel Wallet: This is the perfect little travel buddy, it has a pocket for everything and makes you feel so organised! I chose this Disaster Designs floral oil-painting number from Aspire Style.

Headphones: My boyfriend bought me these wireless, noise cancelling headphones for my birthday and the sound is unreal. I love listening to the Giri Cafe and Big at the KU! The Original Balearic Beat playlist whilst travelling.

Tangle Teaser and Spiral Bobbles: Erm, why did no-one tell me about these sooner? I was pretty certain that they were a fad, but don’t knock it till you try it. For long hair both of these items are a must! The bobbles stop you getting kinks when you just want to trow your hair up and the Tangle Teaser brushes without snagging.

Hand-Cream and Lip Balm: Flying makes my skin dry out so I like to keep a hand-cream and lipbalm close. This is citrus and lavender by Heyland and Whittle, it smells divine. My lipbalm is EOS, I have them in every colour and I’m obsessed with how they feel when applying (pauses typing to re-apply).

Herbal Tea: I take a stash of my favourite teas with me wherever I go as a little home comfort. These are liquorice and peppermint by Pukka.

Sunglasses and Lipstick: Prepare for landing! I’m currently wearing vintage style shades from Aspire Style and Clinique lipstick.

I am seriously lacking in a good book to devour on my journeys, so if you have have any recommendations then please let me know. I read The Gold Finch recently and adored that.

Suggested Post:Holiday Packing Checklist

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BOTANICAL GARDENS BERLIN

April 6, 2016

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My Grandma always used to take us to the botanical gardens for days out there when we were little. I have such fond memories of escaping the cold into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. With these treasured memories in mind, I decided to visit Botanischer Garten Berlin, which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world.

As I entered through the gates and explored the vast grounds at Botanischer Garten my imagination began to run wild. Picturing the types of people that walked through these glasshouses and grounds when it was first built back in 1679.

We visited over the spring bank holiday weekend but I would love to return again in Summer to see the grounds in full bloom.

Wearing: Zara Tweed Dress With Layered Skirt/French Connection Saddle Bag/Black Ballet Pumps

Suggested Post: OOTD In Prague’s Old Town

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY PREP: ASKINOLOGY

April 3, 2016

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ledbylucy-Askinology-reviewI was booked into Askinology months ago then swiftly forgot all about it. When the appointment popped up on my calendar two days before my engagement party, I was beyond grateful to my past self for the timing. I love those moments, it was exactly what I needed.

I dodged my way through stressful London rush-hour crowds to get to my appointment. Askinology is tucked away in the beautiful, Victorian Leadenhall Market and as soon as you step though the door you get that wonderful ‘ahh’ feeling that spas give you.

Once in the treatment chair I began confessing my skin care routine, slip ups and triumphs. After listening carefully my beauty therapist Melody suggested that I have the ‘Plump Up The Volume’ treatment to quench my skin’s thirst with hyaluronic acid and ‘OMG Break Out’ to combat breakouts. My skin was massaged and buttered with delicious smelling ointments leaving me feeling totally dreamy.

Finally it was suggested that I try the ‘Phantom Facial’, an LED mask that bathes the face and neck in low level light of 3 wave lengths to stimulate new collagen, calm redness and inflammation and treat acne. And, quite frankly makes you look like a Storm Trooper (see below).

LedByLucy- askinology-phantom-facialLedByLucy-Askinology-LononOnce all of my treatments were over I was given the option to help myself at the beauty bar and fix my face ready for the day ahead of me, which is stocked with mineral make-up so as not to undo any of the good work that my skin had just been privvy to.

I was ready to head back into Central London again, only this time feeling a little more serene and relaxed.

Suggested Post: A Little Zen At Vabali Spa Berlin

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY DRESS: WEARING WHITE

March 22, 2016

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I knew that I wanted to wear white. Newlywed brides are constantly telling me that the big day is over in a flash. So I figured I wanted to make the most of my opportunity to wear white. I searched far and wide to find the right dress before deciding upon this one. I wanted something unusual in design that would be perfect for dancing in, and this ticked all of the boxes.

As I was heading out of the house I grabbed a pair of gold balerina pumps just in case my feet hurt from dancing later in the evening, and I’m so glad I did. They certainly came in handy.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts on the party, I’ll be sharing details on the party location and decorations soon.

Wearing: Love Triangle High Neck Midi Dress

Location: Bocci 79 Showroom, if you are in Berlin you must visit. It is a totally beautiful showroom filled with contemporary light designs. This wasn’t the venue for our party, but it was perfect for capturing these shots of my dress. As you would expect at Bocci, the lighting is perfect

Suggested Post: Wedding Season = Sister Season

Photo Credit: With special thanks to the talented  Berliner Post for taking these photographs

 

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A LITTLE ZEN AT VABALI SPA BERLIN

March 9, 2016
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Berlin’s complex history,  squat dwelling punks, tasty Currywurst, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. But this is a city full of surprises.
vabali spa is one of those unexpected gems in this vast city. After arriving at Hauptbahnhof (Berlin’s biggest train station) and crossing a busy, beeping main road, navigating through schools and bustling apartments I wondered if we had taken a wrong turn, after all this is not a very tranquil area.
But from the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre.
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vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool (which is steaming hot at winter),a freezing plunge pool (I couldn’t do it but Nick tells me it was refreshing) and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.
My favourite things were the yoga classes and  of course the treatments. I had a deep tissue massage and Nick chose the sports massage. But my all time favourite thing, which I cannot stop thinking about, is the heated water beds. They are situated in the relaxation rooms, or napping areas as I liked to call them. I had sooo many full on naps that day!
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Here are a few tips if you decide to visit:
  • Take your own towel and dressing gown. They have them there, in fact they have hundreds of them – all completely identical. It’s really difficult to know which is yours when there are fifty hung up on a peg and I ended up with someone else’s which was soaking wet. Argh! Not what you want when you’ve just emerged naked from the heated pool into the cold fresh air.
  • Yes I said naked! vabali spa, like many German spas, is textile free. I must admit I was cringing on the way there imagining it. But once your there it feels totally natural.
  • Take water with you. It’s really important to stay hydrated when you are experiencing the extreme temperatures of the saunas and ice baths. You can pick up a bottle from the bar but it’s pricey.
  •   Go early to avoid crowds and maximise relaxation. We went at the weekend and I imagine it would be even more dreamy mid week when most are at work.
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As I write this I’m already planning my return! Let me know if you head over there.
Lucy xox
Suggested Post: Yoga And Reiki: Floating On A Dream Cloud
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A 50s DATE AT THE DINER

February 21, 2016

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2- LedByLucy-HouseOfFoxy- Route66dinerWhat do you wear for a date at 50s, American style diner Route 66? A 1950s dress of course! This polka-dot dress by The House of Foxy couldn’t have been more perfect. ‘The Lucy Dress’ sits neatly on the cusp of the 50s and 60s and was inspired by a Sears catalogue dress from 1963. It has a full pleated skirt which is perfect for dancing to the jukebox in. It’s also named after me which is an added bonus!

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Photo Credit: The photographs of me in this post were taken by The Berliner Post, an amazing photographer who has recently been chosen as one of Instagram’s official suggested users.

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SNOWY OOTD

February 11, 2016

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Brr, just looking at these pictures is making me chilly. It has been so cold here, I mean like freezing cold temperatures of -11°C. Most days all I’ve wanted to wear is a huge snugly parka and my fleece lined leggings. As Nick and I recently got engaged (ahhh, I’ll tell you all about that soon!!!) we’ve had some lovely things planned in and so I’ve had to really up my snowy attire game!ledbylucy-berlin-snow-ootd

LedByLucy-Berlin- Snow.Wearing: My skirt is from Emily & Fin and has sold out now but the new collection is looking beautiful, Yellow Wool Coat from Mango & Green Clutch Bag (similar)

Suggested Post: OOTD In Prague’s Old Town

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NATURAL PARTY MAKE-UP

February 7, 2016

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For me a party look has pretty much always meant bright lipstick (red or pink) with black winged eyeliner. But recently I have been enjoying experimenting with new looks, and playing with natural shades and warm, earthy tones. For this natural party make-up look I used brands and products that not only created a natural look but also care for Mother Nature too with environmentally friendly brand values.

Here is what I used for this look:

Grooving Gold Eye-shadow Pallet, Colour Crush Festive Lipstick, Bold Felt Liner, Colour Rush Nail Sequins by Body Shop and Mineral Foundation Powder by Inka

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SHOES FOR THE PARTY SEASON

December 14, 2015

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The slew of Christmas and New Year’s parties you’ll have to attend this season will likely require you to do a little shopping. And of course, in addition to adding a few dresses and accessories to your wardrobe, you’re going to need a few new pairs of shoes for your collection. Here is a little guide to shoe buying over the festive season…

First, invest in a new pair of heels. Even if you’re not a fan of high heels, formal holiday parities deem them a season necessity. She Knows created a list of the top 10 heel styles that are expected to be the most popular this season. Among the collection is a stunning pair of peep-toe pumps, a pair of “shooties” (part boot, part shoe), and some classic Mary Janes. Not surprisingly, red was a popular color, but other hues and patterns, such as blue suede, leopard print, and glittery metallics presented equally attractive options. Thankfully, most pairs on the list are pretty budget friendly, so a second pair isn’t out of the question!

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Secondly, you should find a pair of ballet flats because all of that dancing can take its toll on your toes. Festive colors like red and green make them perfect for the holidays, and they’re versatile enough to complete dozens of outfits during the season and long after it ends. Pair them with dresses, pants, or skirts, and they’ll always look great. Better still, they’re easy to fold up into a average-sized purse and pull out anytime you’ve had enough of your uncomfortable heels. Check out the compilation of flats from Vogue to see some of the season’s most popular styles.

Finally, find yourself a pair of over-the-knee boots. They might be a little out of place during a family dinner, but they’ll make an amazing addition to a hot New Year’s Eve outfit, or during a night out revisiting with old friends from school. If you take a look at the different designer shoe offerings on Lyst, you can how most of the top names in the industry are sticking to either brown suede, or different black fabrics. Brown might have been a good choice a few months ago, as it’s a popular color for Autumn. However, at this point in the season, you’ll probably get a lot more use out of a solid black pair.

After shopping for others all season, you deserve a few goodies for yourself. Plus, finding a few amazing party shoes is a surefire way to put yourself in the holiday spirit.

Happy shopping!