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November 2013



Inspire me



I feel that my life changed slightly this week.

I watched the documentary The Crash Reel on Saturday night and then watched it on Sunday night and again on Monday day. SO moved and inspired and humbled by this film I had to write about it over HERE.

Ps. Don’t watch the trailer butΒ DO watch the film…trust me. It’ll surprise the hell out of you.

Posted in Inspire me, Snow Nix holiday



April 2013



Snow Nix holiday ~ Skiing/Snowboarding

ski4{matty, bestie from africa & me}

Having skied my entire life I thought I would try snowboarding. I WAS NOT a natural and let’s just say I didn’t get on with it as well as I’d hoped! After day 4 and simultaneously landing on my face, ass & left arm 35 times in a row I thought it might be easier ~ for all involved ~ that I revert back to skies.

Here be our snowy adventures whilst clad in the best possible gear for me to rise to the occasion:








Note the extreme face change once I was back on skies!

See here and here for the biblical sartorial journey I made to get to the slopes. I hope you’ve all had a good Easter and are getting yourselves ready for the warmer weather…peep toes shoes, sleeveless tops and NO TIGHTS!!!!!!!!!! YEAH! BRING IT ON!

{All photos taken by Simon Carr}

Posted in Outfit city, Rise to the occasion, Snow Nix holiday, Snowchic



March 2013



Snow Nix holiday ~ Packing & Per~chasing


This #tbt picture is me back in 2010. Slim, successful, happy and wearing Nigel Mansell’s cast offs.

I was actually wearing a Β£10 Ebay onesie that my friend Tessa had lent me. I took it half as a joke and half as a ‘Yeah, I can rock an all in one on the slopes’Β  The joomp I’m wearing underneath is this D.I.M.D.I piece, my gloves were hand me down’s from Sister With Massive laugh’s and were approximately 20 years old & my scarf was…well just my everyday scarf. The only thing that was passable for a skiing holiday was my goggles that Bro Dude had just given me for Christmas {I’d asked for them}

Armed with my essentials list {see here} and a severe case of camel toe I decided it was time to invest in some new ski gear. I’d been cobbling & borrowing for too long and although it’s an expensive sport to own clothing in, if you feel like you’re going to get your monies worth then do it.

SALE TIME! Bro Dude suggested Snow and Rock & it didn’t disappoint. I found a new jacket, trousers, fleece & two pairs of ski socks. CHUFFED! I so should rename this holiday Chuffed Nix hols.


{burton jacket, colombia pants, snow & rock fleece, maggie white cotton headband, gifted topshop wool black headband, gifted anon goggles}

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While my thermal situation is outta this world {check it} I still popped to Uniqlo for another pair of long johns and a new long sleeved top which were both so good. As our instructor/host/driver & friend Simon {Bestie From Africa‘s brother} told us. You can’t wear cotton. You sweat it, it doesn’t dry, you cool down, you freeze, you’re dead. It’s as simple as that. I have also told you similar such death avoidances when it comes to wool here.


{first three vests m&s, last one ms. selfridge}

My apres~ski/travel coat situ needed some work. Although I do own a shit load of coats I don’t own a lot of warm casual coats that I could wear with jeans and trainers. As much as I would have loved it there wasn’t going to be a vintage dress with a heeled boot going on in the Pyrenees. I had to think outside of the box. I had an idea. A stolen idea but still an idea. Being a new coat wasn’t an option so I had to think layers. I’d seen a friend wearing a Uniqlo Ultra light down parka underneath her wool coat and knew that that thin layer was like whale fat ~ warm and vital. I hopped over to my favourite American Apparel nabbed myself a peach hoody, which I have the same intentions for that as I did with this one, bought an orange {come on it’s me!} parka and ON TOP OF THOSE added my faithful, no branded, stolen, Tim hates enormous beige fleece. I was as snug as a bug in a rug.


Only thing left to do was get myself up a mountain…To be continued….

Posted in Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Inspiration, PANTS!, Rise to the occasion, Snow Nix holiday, Snowchic



March 2013



Snow Nix holiday ~ Research


Oh I am chuffed!

Last time I went on a skiing holiday it was on Katsy’s honeymoon in France ~ no joke ~ in January 2010. I hadn’t been for 4 years prior to that and the ‘equipment’ I took to ski in was a mismatch of old, new, borrowed, shit. Having skied all my childhood I hit University and the resort trips to white playgrounds became few & far between. It’s darn expensive to go and throw yourself down a mountain for a week but when an opportunity arises like free accomadation/rental hire/snowboarding classes I grab that opportunity with both man hands and try to match my mani/pedi.

My NYE 2010 honeymoon gatecrashing holiday saw me pack all the wrong things for extreme temperatures and dangerous sports so when I returned with thrush & frostbite I immediately wrote a list of clothes and apparel I should take the nextΒ time I would head to the slopes. Fast forward to February 2013 and boy was I chuffed that I am an anal list making ocdc {ref. Girls} freakoid.

Just look at my list! Isn’t it precise?

I had forgotten most of these essentials and so was very glad I had bothered to write down how many of some items I needed, brands that I had discovered post holiday and especially my top right hand corner section which is what to wear in the evenings. After a day on the slopes you often end up bruised, battered, twisted and in my case ~ after trying snowboarding {or no boarding as it will be forever be known to me from now on} ~ with half body paralysis ~ trying to squeeze into skinny jeans and a fitted tee is a big fat no snow.

My advice? Come on you know you want it.

After each trip, weekend away, holiday in the sun/on the slopes/trekking through a jungle/camping in the Cotswolds write a few notes and make a little list of things you took that were useful, things you wish you’d packed, things to get for next time. It’ll make your planning for the next adventure all the more easy.

To be continued….

Check out my last process of packing for a Holiday Hiatus in Spain….a little transportation to sunny times is never a bad thing in this never ending winter.

Posted in Inspiration, Rise to the occasion, Snow Nix holiday, Tricks of the trade, Wardrobe work



January 2013




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