With mere hours between a week in Slovenia and a month and a half in the US, I needed to turn my European carry-on into a cross-America suitcase that would work from the desert heat of Vegas to the November chill of the Midwest; parties, hikes, a wedding, et al.

It became very clear to me very quickly how little I had to work with in my closet, so I headed to the high street with nothing but my phone to let Android Pay save the day using Mastercard in my e-wallet.

Being a woman with relentless digital intrigue and little time to spare, Android Pay is heaven sent. You simply log your Mastercard details into the app and hold your phone over a contactless payment reader to pay. No physical cards, no spending limits (like contactless cards), no faff. If you’re making a larger payment like I did, you simply use your fingerprint or passcode to add an extra layer of security to the transaction. It’s safe and secure which put my mind at ease.

As the old saying goes, “if it’s not on a vlog, it didn’t happen” so I decided to bring you along for the ride and – after such a successful trip – even treated you to a little designer clothes and beauty haul at the end!

Enjoy the video and feel free to ask me any questions if you need help!

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My closest friends would be tasked to find a more Lela London-appropriate brunch than that of burlesque, burgers, and bubbles. When the event for a burlesque class with Miss Polly Rae at The Hippodrome (home to some of my favourite food in London) came in, I could hardly refuse…

The afternoon was a perfect opportunity to not only get my wiggle on, but test drive a few new pieces from TJC’s shiny new Bird collection. I got my hands on them just before my trip to Athens and didn’t take them off the entire time. Because confidence-invoking talismans for solo female travel rarely come so beautiful (you’ll see more of that in my upcoming blogs and vlogs!).

This is the type of afternoon I’d happily repeat every day if I could (with obvious considerations for my waistline and liver).

What I Wore:
This necklace and these earrings from TJC’s Bird Collection
Lace-up grey dress (similar here)
Studio Pink Blocked heels from Rocket Dog

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M&S‘ brand new Start With campaign is a thing of genius; instead of letting their chosen style influencers pick out their favourite items from their new collection, they have sent each influencer a secret box with a secret item to ‘start with’ as they style three different looks.

Phase One has just launched with some vlogging beauties (check those familiar faces, above!) but I am pleased to report I have been given the green light to preview you on Phase Two – featuring me!

If Percy Pigs and a monogrammed candle weren’t enough, my ‘Start With’ box also contained their new super chic high-necked striped shift dress with side slits; an intimidating (long dresses on five-foot-tall women can be a nightmare!) but beautiful and modern piece to style.

For Outfit One, I thought I’d go completely out of my high-heeled, mini-dressed comfort zone and pair the dress with a pair of Sam Edelman Rosie lace-up flats.

See the rest of my looks, below!

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Did you know French Connection have a sister company? (Neither did I!)

One insignificant day, I got in a bit of a panic about my lack of ‘appropriate’ business attire and non-lack of mammaries, resulting in a stumble upon Great Plains’ beautiful selection of dresses. For a woman who spends as much time on planes as she does caffeinating with company reps, it’s comforting to be able to rely on a few solid dresses that require nothing more than a bag and some heels to be work-ready.

What I Wore:
Icarus shift dress, Felicity saddle bag, and leather sandals
(All from Great Plains)

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It has been quite some time since since I owned a bag that complimented both style and workload. This crazy little job of mine means I have to carry around a DSLR, laptop, phone and chargers (plus all the ‘normal’ bits!) every day and be ready to hop on a flight at a moment’s notice.

I found Kipling‘s ‘Superwork’ and the rest was sartorial history.

At the same time of the aforementioned discovery, Kipling launched their gratitude-led #WeMakeHappy campaign and I couldn’t help but treat one of my favourite lady pals to a City Pack for her upcoming round the world trip. In exchange for photos we can swoon over when we’re old and crazy, obviously.

Having the bag over my arm now feels like much more than long-awaited practicality. It feels like friendship.

What I Wore:
Tie-front denim playsuit from ASOS
White Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Trainers from Nika
The Superwork – in Plum Metal – from Kipling
(On Charlie: The Hot Red Perfo City Pack S KP from Kipling)

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