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I'm not one to try loads of different makeup products, but these are the products that I've been using over the past couple of months!



 CC Cream- Loreal Glam Nude
Having never tried a CC Cream before, when I picked this up I didn't know what to expect. But I was amazed at the results of this from the first time I used it. It's the PERFECT summer base, it's so extremely light that you can't even feel it on. It blends like a dream and if you pop on some concealer and powder it's the perfect summer 'face' makeup. I have lots of hyper pigmentation and scars left over from acne, and whilst this doesn't cover them it certainly evens out my skin and gives me a healthy glow. I'd certainly feel comfortable going out with just this on - makeup wise of course.. 
This is definitely light to medium coverage but if you're after a super light summer base, that is quick and easy to apply this bad boy is for you. 

Foundation- Loreal True Match 
I've mentioned this foundation before, but I picked it up at boots in a mad rush so when my favourite foundation was out of stock. But safe to say I love this. It's got a great coverage and it's definitely buildable. What I've been doing at the moment, when I want more of a flawless base. For example if I'm going out-out. I'll apply a light layer of my CC Cream, then a light covering of this foundation, buffing it in with my favourite real techniques makeup brush. To add a little more coverage, before going in with concealer and then powder.

Concealer- Loreal True Match
After loving the foundation so much I thought I'd try the concealer to go with it. I think that the product is great, and it applies really easy. However this is a little to yellow for my skin tone and it's quite pricey for how little you get in the tube. I would re-purchase this, but only if my favourite concealer ( Rimmel- Match Perfection) is out of stock. 

Since trying this lip liner, I've pretty much used it every day. So it's safe to say it's been a summer favourite of mine! This is easily the creamiest, easiest to apply lip liner I've tried. I love it so much that I'm picking another one up this week. The only downside to this is that there's not as much product as there would be in a pencil liner. 

I've had this bronzer for a couple of summers now, but I've fallen back in love with it over the past couple of weeks. It's a lovely shade to pop on with a big fluffy brush to add that summer glow to your cheeks. A must have for holiday.

Would a summer makeup favourites post be complete without a glowy highlighter? I think not. A little of this product goes a long way. So a light dusting on your fan brush is plenty for your cheeks and under your brows. It's a bargain too!

Cream Eyeshadow- Rosie for Autograph
This was a birthday present a year or so ago, and it's perfect for an easy summer look. This is 100% coming with me to Corfu in a couple of weeks! Pop this on, and a lick of mascara and you're set to go!


What are your summer makeup favourites?

With Love; Em x

Did you catch my latest post? 'Something Blue'

Summer Makeup Favourites

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

I'm not one to try loads of different makeup products, but these are the products that I've been using over the past couple of months!



 CC Cream- Loreal Glam Nude
Having never tried a CC Cream before, when I picked this up I didn't know what to expect. But I was amazed at the results of this from the first time I used it. It's the PERFECT summer base, it's so extremely light that you can't even feel it on. It blends like a dream and if you pop on some concealer and powder it's the perfect summer 'face' makeup. I have lots of hyper pigmentation and scars left over from acne, and whilst this doesn't cover them it certainly evens out my skin and gives me a healthy glow. I'd certainly feel comfortable going out with just this on - makeup wise of course.. 
This is definitely light to medium coverage but if you're after a super light summer base, that is quick and easy to apply this bad boy is for you. 

Foundation- Loreal True Match 
I've mentioned this foundation before, but I picked it up at boots in a mad rush so when my favourite foundation was out of stock. But safe to say I love this. It's got a great coverage and it's definitely buildable. What I've been doing at the moment, when I want more of a flawless base. For example if I'm going out-out. I'll apply a light layer of my CC Cream, then a light covering of this foundation, buffing it in with my favourite real techniques makeup brush. To add a little more coverage, before going in with concealer and then powder.

Concealer- Loreal True Match
After loving the foundation so much I thought I'd try the concealer to go with it. I think that the product is great, and it applies really easy. However this is a little to yellow for my skin tone and it's quite pricey for how little you get in the tube. I would re-purchase this, but only if my favourite concealer ( Rimmel- Match Perfection) is out of stock. 

Since trying this lip liner, I've pretty much used it every day. So it's safe to say it's been a summer favourite of mine! This is easily the creamiest, easiest to apply lip liner I've tried. I love it so much that I'm picking another one up this week. The only downside to this is that there's not as much product as there would be in a pencil liner. 

I've had this bronzer for a couple of summers now, but I've fallen back in love with it over the past couple of weeks. It's a lovely shade to pop on with a big fluffy brush to add that summer glow to your cheeks. A must have for holiday.

Would a summer makeup favourites post be complete without a glowy highlighter? I think not. A little of this product goes a long way. So a light dusting on your fan brush is plenty for your cheeks and under your brows. It's a bargain too!

Cream Eyeshadow- Rosie for Autograph
This was a birthday present a year or so ago, and it's perfect for an easy summer look. This is 100% coming with me to Corfu in a couple of weeks! Pop this on, and a lick of mascara and you're set to go!


What are your summer makeup favourites?

With Love; Em x

Did you catch my latest post? 'Something Blue'

I'm sure that many of you know that for my placement year I interned at Charlotte Mills, if you're not familiar then I'll introduce you... Charlotte Mills is a bridal shoe brand based in the UK. Charlotte's signature is an original silver sixpence thats fitted into the left shoe. A silver sixpence is a symbol of good luck and prosperity on your wedding day.


All Charlotte Mills Bridal Shoes have the traditional rhyme: 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.' embossed into the soles, it's a lovely feature that's unique to the brand. All aspects of this rhyme are covered in your Charlotte Mills shoe box:
Your Something Old is the Silver Sixpence
Your Something New is the Shoe
Your Something Borrowed is an envelope inside the shoebox that you send back to Charlotte Mills HQ with photographs of your wedding in.
Your Something Blue is the detail on the Instock and the shoebox itself
And 'A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe' completes the rhyme.


Since working at the local bridal boutique every Saturday when I was 16, I've become fascinated with this industry. Whilst working at Charlotte Mills my love for this industry has grown. I think that most girls love how romantic the bridal industry is and most of us have that secret wedding board on pinterest.. (mine's not so secret: see here). So I'd love to talk to you all a little bit more about all things bridal. When I return to University in September I plan on specialising in bridal wear for my final collection, so I'd really like to integrate it more into tasselsandtoiles. 

But for now, I've started a little bridal/wedding inspiration Instagram- 'Blush and Bumble'. So if you fancy seeing some beautiful pictures pop up on your feed every once in a while then I'd love for you to follow me..



This post isn't sponsored, I just wanted to share some photos of these beautiful shoes with you. 

With Love; Em x

Something Blue

Friday, 14 July 2017

I'm sure that many of you know that for my placement year I interned at Charlotte Mills, if you're not familiar then I'll introduce you... Charlotte Mills is a bridal shoe brand based in the UK. Charlotte's signature is an original silver sixpence thats fitted into the left shoe. A silver sixpence is a symbol of good luck and prosperity on your wedding day.


All Charlotte Mills Bridal Shoes have the traditional rhyme: 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.' embossed into the soles, it's a lovely feature that's unique to the brand. All aspects of this rhyme are covered in your Charlotte Mills shoe box:
Your Something Old is the Silver Sixpence
Your Something New is the Shoe
Your Something Borrowed is an envelope inside the shoebox that you send back to Charlotte Mills HQ with photographs of your wedding in.
Your Something Blue is the detail on the Instock and the shoebox itself
And 'A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe' completes the rhyme.


Since working at the local bridal boutique every Saturday when I was 16, I've become fascinated with this industry. Whilst working at Charlotte Mills my love for this industry has grown. I think that most girls love how romantic the bridal industry is and most of us have that secret wedding board on pinterest.. (mine's not so secret: see here). So I'd love to talk to you all a little bit more about all things bridal. When I return to University in September I plan on specialising in bridal wear for my final collection, so I'd really like to integrate it more into tasselsandtoiles. 

But for now, I've started a little bridal/wedding inspiration Instagram- 'Blush and Bumble'. So if you fancy seeing some beautiful pictures pop up on your feed every once in a while then I'd love for you to follow me..



This post isn't sponsored, I just wanted to share some photos of these beautiful shoes with you. 

With Love; Em x
May 31st marked the end of my placement year, which means I have the summer to enjoy before I'm off back to start my final year at University in September, so here are a few thoughts I'm having about retuning to University in September.

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Moving In With My Bestie
In August I'll be moving into my new little house with my best friend Katie. I'm so excited to get all out bits and bobs in the house and make it look insta-worthy. After living on my own in my little studio flat it will be so lovely to be reunited with my girl and have our own little house. 

Getting Back Into Designing
Although my heart lies with marketing and PR. I'm really excited to get back into designing, and start sketching and researching for design briefs again! I love seeing initial ideas go through into researching, designs then into final garments. 

Seeing Everything Come Together For My Final Collection
If you're a fashion design student, you'll know that everything is all about your final collection. Everything is built around getting everything perfect for the graduate fashion show. I know how rewarding it will be seeing my final collection on the catwalk, and such a lovely end to my final year.  

Graduation!
As much as I've loved my placement year and I enjoy my university course, I'm really excited to just get finished and graduate and start living life in the 'real' world. Especially as a lot of my friends that decided not to do a placement year have just graduated. 

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Overall I'm really excited to get back to uni, and get back into my old routine. I can't wait to get stuck in to my final year. I'll keep you all updated through out my final year. Sorry posts have been a little sparse over the past year but keep your eyes peeled for newness coming soon!

With Love; Em x

p.s this beaut dress was only £3 from Primark!

Thoughts On Returning To Uni After A Year Out

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

May 31st marked the end of my placement year, which means I have the summer to enjoy before I'm off back to start my final year at University in September, so here are a few thoughts I'm having about retuning to University in September.

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Moving In With My Bestie
In August I'll be moving into my new little house with my best friend Katie. I'm so excited to get all out bits and bobs in the house and make it look insta-worthy. After living on my own in my little studio flat it will be so lovely to be reunited with my girl and have our own little house. 

Getting Back Into Designing
Although my heart lies with marketing and PR. I'm really excited to get back into designing, and start sketching and researching for design briefs again! I love seeing initial ideas go through into researching, designs then into final garments. 

Seeing Everything Come Together For My Final Collection
If you're a fashion design student, you'll know that everything is all about your final collection. Everything is built around getting everything perfect for the graduate fashion show. I know how rewarding it will be seeing my final collection on the catwalk, and such a lovely end to my final year.  

Graduation!
As much as I've loved my placement year and I enjoy my university course, I'm really excited to just get finished and graduate and start living life in the 'real' world. Especially as a lot of my friends that decided not to do a placement year have just graduated. 

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Overall I'm really excited to get back to uni, and get back into my old routine. I can't wait to get stuck in to my final year. I'll keep you all updated through out my final year. Sorry posts have been a little sparse over the past year but keep your eyes peeled for newness coming soon!

With Love; Em x

p.s this beaut dress was only £3 from Primark!
In April 2017, my Mum, my Nana and I went to venice to celebrate my birthday and we had a the best time. I wrote a blog post about all the things we got up to, and what I’d recommend doing if you were to travel to venice. But for todays post, I thought i’d talk you through some tips and tricks if you’re planning on visiting Venice. 

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1. Use The Vaporetto
The vaporetto is the water bus. It’s basically the tube but in boat form rather than underground. It’s pricey but it’s definitely worth it if you want to get around venice quickly, and see certain sights. However I’d only recommend using it for 1 or 2 days not the whole trip because venice is best seen on foot. But it’s necessary if you’re wanting to visit the venetian islands of murano and burn.

2. Drink Prosecco
It’s delicious for one, and it’s so cheap. Prosecco was originally from venice so it’s fitting that it should be your drink of choice for your trip. Buy a bottle to keep in your hotel room- we bought a bottle for a little over €2!!!! from a co-op.

3. Walk 
The best way to see venice is on foot, it’s true what they all say. We saw more of venice on our last two days then the whole of the trip because we just set off in one direction and started walking. It was perfect. 

4. Budget And Then Add Some
Venice is not cheap, it’s no surprise. We thought we took plenty of money but we ended up getting out about €200 extra, each! So we probably had about €400/500 for the trip. We were there 5 days. Breakfast was included at our hotel and we only had 1 ‘posh’ meal a day. The thing that cost the most was the transport. So make sure you take extra if you’re planning on using the vaporetto, water taxi’s and don’t forget about airport transfers! 

5. Share a Gondola 
It would be practically criminal to not have a gondola ride whilst in venice. But they’re between €80/€100 depending on what time of day you go. If there’s only 2 of you, and you don’t mind sharing then it’s worth asking the people behind you in the queue if they fancy hopping in the same gondola? They’re plenty big enough for about 6 people and that would half the cost! Unless you’re wanting it to be super romantic then it’s definitely worth it, you could save €40!

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Have you ever been to Venice? I’d love to know! 
With Love; 
Em x

5 Top Tips For Visiting Venice

Sunday, 11 June 2017

In April 2017, my Mum, my Nana and I went to venice to celebrate my birthday and we had a the best time. I wrote a blog post about all the things we got up to, and what I’d recommend doing if you were to travel to venice. But for todays post, I thought i’d talk you through some tips and tricks if you’re planning on visiting Venice. 

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1. Use The Vaporetto
The vaporetto is the water bus. It’s basically the tube but in boat form rather than underground. It’s pricey but it’s definitely worth it if you want to get around venice quickly, and see certain sights. However I’d only recommend using it for 1 or 2 days not the whole trip because venice is best seen on foot. But it’s necessary if you’re wanting to visit the venetian islands of murano and burn.

2. Drink Prosecco
It’s delicious for one, and it’s so cheap. Prosecco was originally from venice so it’s fitting that it should be your drink of choice for your trip. Buy a bottle to keep in your hotel room- we bought a bottle for a little over €2!!!! from a co-op.

3. Walk 
The best way to see venice is on foot, it’s true what they all say. We saw more of venice on our last two days then the whole of the trip because we just set off in one direction and started walking. It was perfect. 

4. Budget And Then Add Some
Venice is not cheap, it’s no surprise. We thought we took plenty of money but we ended up getting out about €200 extra, each! So we probably had about €400/500 for the trip. We were there 5 days. Breakfast was included at our hotel and we only had 1 ‘posh’ meal a day. The thing that cost the most was the transport. So make sure you take extra if you’re planning on using the vaporetto, water taxi’s and don’t forget about airport transfers! 

5. Share a Gondola 
It would be practically criminal to not have a gondola ride whilst in venice. But they’re between €80/€100 depending on what time of day you go. If there’s only 2 of you, and you don’t mind sharing then it’s worth asking the people behind you in the queue if they fancy hopping in the same gondola? They’re plenty big enough for about 6 people and that would half the cost! Unless you’re wanting it to be super romantic then it’s definitely worth it, you could save €40!

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Have you ever been to Venice? I’d love to know! 
With Love; 
Em x

May 31st marks the last day of my placement at Charlotte Mills, and therefore my last day of my placement year. I wanted to write a post about what I've learnt through-out this year, in the hopes that it might help some of you decide whether or not to undertake a placement year or if you're currently interning, hopefully inspire you to get the most out of your internships.




1. Going The Extra Mile Goes A Long Way
Whether it's doing a task before you've been asked to do it, or tidying up the office before you leave. All these little things that you do, will show your employer that you're keen to be working there. They show that you're not just putting in the minimal amount of effort and you don't mind doing the little jobs that need doing but no-body wants to do.

2. Be Honest And Upfront About Everything
I'm very lucky to have worked in such a wonderful environment for the majority of my placement year, at Charlotte Mills there are usually 3 of us in the office, and it's such a lovely working environment and I honestly feel like we're friends and not just colleges. Which makes it easier to say when I'm not feeling my best. For example, if I've got a migraine I know that I'm not going to do my best work, so if it's an appropriate time and they can manage without me I'll ask if I can have the day off, and come back when I'll feel better and much more productive. Being honest with your employers doesn't always have to be about your health, if your employer asks your opinion on something, then give your honest opinion! Just like when charlotte is showing us designs, we'll say what we think about that design and if there's anything we'd change. They wouldn't be asking if they didn't want your honest opinion.

3. Networking
The main reason that you'll be undertaking a placement year or internship is because you'll want to get a better insight into the industry you're hoping to work in. So attending industry events will be a massive perk of interning. Whether it's helping behind the scenes with the planning and preparation of these events or whether you get to attend and represent the brand you're working for, it's all amazing experience.
I was lucky enough to be the showroom intern in Paris whilst working for Temperley over summer last year, and since interning at Charlotte Mills I've been lucky enough to help organise events for customers, attend bridal shows, help with all the prep for our bridal press day. As well as helping with everything for LFW and even attending LFW to assist Charlotte on the stand. All of these experiences have helped me learn so much, and get a better insight of what it's like to work in the world of bridal. And through Charlotte Mills I'm hopefully going to be interning at You&Your Wedding at some point over summer, so that would be fantastic.

4.  Be Prepared
Another thing I've learnt during my placement year is that you can never be too prepared. Whether thats doing a trial run of how to get to work the day before you start, or staying late to catch up with work if you know you've got a busy week, next week. All of these little things will make you seem so much more professional. Top Tip: Make sure you always have notebook and pen, phone charger and snacks in your bag. Especially on long days, whether it's at an event or on a photoshoot. 

5. How Much I'm Capable Of
Whats surprised me the most about this placement year is how much I'm actually capable of. Moving into my own little flat, commuting to work every day, Interning part time and working in retail part time, and trying to keep putting content up on tasselsandtoiles (I did this more successfully in some months more than others), finding time to see my friends and maintaining a great relationship with my boyfriend. I think I deserve a pat on the back. For some people this may be the norm, working 2 jobs and having a social life. But for someone that gets overwhelmed very easily I'm actually quite proud of myself for managing it all. 


This year, more than any other, has been huge in terms of personal growth. I don't want this post to get really deep, but I feel like I've grown so much in confidence. I know how to deal with stress a lot better, ask anyone I've come on leaps and bounds since Christmas. I have a better idea of what I want to do when I graduate and I'm really happy with how things are at the moment. I guess I just want to say that I'm actually really proud of myself for holding it together this year. I'm so immensely happy that I decided to do a placement year, and that it turned out the way that it has. I've worked my butt off and it's all been worth it.. I'm really excited to say that I've actually been offered a permanent job at Charlotte Mills, which I'll be continuing over summer and throughout my final year at University.

I hope this post has been helpful, or at least interesting for some of you. If you have any questions at all on interning or taking a placement year, then I'd be happy to help! Either drop a comment below or tweet me @EmjaneMac

With Love; 
Em x 





What I've learnt in my Placement Year

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 31st marks the last day of my placement at Charlotte Mills, and therefore my last day of my placement year. I wanted to write a post about what I've learnt through-out this year, in the hopes that it might help some of you decide whether or not to undertake a placement year or if you're currently interning, hopefully inspire you to get the most out of your internships.




1. Going The Extra Mile Goes A Long Way
Whether it's doing a task before you've been asked to do it, or tidying up the office before you leave. All these little things that you do, will show your employer that you're keen to be working there. They show that you're not just putting in the minimal amount of effort and you don't mind doing the little jobs that need doing but no-body wants to do.

2. Be Honest And Upfront About Everything
I'm very lucky to have worked in such a wonderful environment for the majority of my placement year, at Charlotte Mills there are usually 3 of us in the office, and it's such a lovely working environment and I honestly feel like we're friends and not just colleges. Which makes it easier to say when I'm not feeling my best. For example, if I've got a migraine I know that I'm not going to do my best work, so if it's an appropriate time and they can manage without me I'll ask if I can have the day off, and come back when I'll feel better and much more productive. Being honest with your employers doesn't always have to be about your health, if your employer asks your opinion on something, then give your honest opinion! Just like when charlotte is showing us designs, we'll say what we think about that design and if there's anything we'd change. They wouldn't be asking if they didn't want your honest opinion.

3. Networking
The main reason that you'll be undertaking a placement year or internship is because you'll want to get a better insight into the industry you're hoping to work in. So attending industry events will be a massive perk of interning. Whether it's helping behind the scenes with the planning and preparation of these events or whether you get to attend and represent the brand you're working for, it's all amazing experience.
I was lucky enough to be the showroom intern in Paris whilst working for Temperley over summer last year, and since interning at Charlotte Mills I've been lucky enough to help organise events for customers, attend bridal shows, help with all the prep for our bridal press day. As well as helping with everything for LFW and even attending LFW to assist Charlotte on the stand. All of these experiences have helped me learn so much, and get a better insight of what it's like to work in the world of bridal. And through Charlotte Mills I'm hopefully going to be interning at You&Your Wedding at some point over summer, so that would be fantastic.

4.  Be Prepared
Another thing I've learnt during my placement year is that you can never be too prepared. Whether thats doing a trial run of how to get to work the day before you start, or staying late to catch up with work if you know you've got a busy week, next week. All of these little things will make you seem so much more professional. Top Tip: Make sure you always have notebook and pen, phone charger and snacks in your bag. Especially on long days, whether it's at an event or on a photoshoot. 

5. How Much I'm Capable Of
Whats surprised me the most about this placement year is how much I'm actually capable of. Moving into my own little flat, commuting to work every day, Interning part time and working in retail part time, and trying to keep putting content up on tasselsandtoiles (I did this more successfully in some months more than others), finding time to see my friends and maintaining a great relationship with my boyfriend. I think I deserve a pat on the back. For some people this may be the norm, working 2 jobs and having a social life. But for someone that gets overwhelmed very easily I'm actually quite proud of myself for managing it all. 


This year, more than any other, has been huge in terms of personal growth. I don't want this post to get really deep, but I feel like I've grown so much in confidence. I know how to deal with stress a lot better, ask anyone I've come on leaps and bounds since Christmas. I have a better idea of what I want to do when I graduate and I'm really happy with how things are at the moment. I guess I just want to say that I'm actually really proud of myself for holding it together this year. I'm so immensely happy that I decided to do a placement year, and that it turned out the way that it has. I've worked my butt off and it's all been worth it.. I'm really excited to say that I've actually been offered a permanent job at Charlotte Mills, which I'll be continuing over summer and throughout my final year at University.

I hope this post has been helpful, or at least interesting for some of you. If you have any questions at all on interning or taking a placement year, then I'd be happy to help! Either drop a comment below or tweet me @EmjaneMac

With Love; 
Em x 





When my mum asked me what I wanted to do for my 21st birthday present, I thought it would be a lovely idea for me, my mum and my nana to go away. Have a girly trip and create some memories, so thats what we did! We had the best time. It was my first trip to Venice, and to be honest I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be similar to amsterdam in the sense of the canals etc. But in central Venice there were no roads at all, no cars. Just quaint little streets and little bridges everywhere. It was completely breathtaking and indescribable, I'm desperate to go back, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone. So here are 5 things that you must do whilst in Venice!


Murano
If you're not familiar, then Murano Glass is the world renowned glass thats handmade in Venice, on the island of Murano to be precise. It's about 30 minutes away from central venice via vaporetto (Water Bus) and it's 100% worth the trip. Just like central Venice, Murano has it's own grand canal, although it's much much smaller than the one in Central Venice. Wander in and out of the boutiques selling anything and everything made out of murano glass and pick up a sovernier of your trip. They do actually do a factory tour where you can see the glass being made if you fancy having a look at that. But we were perfectly happy just wandering in and out of the shops all morning.



Burano
Burano is another island in Venice. It's further afield than Murano, but still worth a visit. Burano is full of brightly coloured houses and it's so picturesque it's amazing. Wander round the streets of Burano soaking in all the beautiful sights. Burano is smaller than Murano, so there's a little less to do. We spent the morning in Murano and the afternoon in Burano, it was the perfect amount of time in each place, and it meant we only had to buy a 24 hour vapouretto ticket.


Walk
Everyone that you'll meet in Venice will say 'Venice is best seen on foot ' and oh boy are they true. We used the vapouretto the first two days of our stay, to go further afield. Especially because my Nana is 75, and although she's pretty fit for her age, we didn't want to over-do it by walking miles and miles on the first few days. But on the Saturday that we were there, we didn't really have a plan of what to do. So we just set off walking, we followed signs for rialto bridge (venice is brilliantly sign posted) and we walked from our hotel to rialto bridge. We came across beautiful bridges, shops and churches and we saw more of venice that morning than we did in our first two days.
Sometimes using public transport is necessary, for example if you were going over to visit the islands, but if you're staying in and around central Venice, walk. It's so worth it.


Gondola Ride
It would be criminal to go to Venice and not go on a Gondola. They're a little pricey- €80 for 40 minutes in the day, and €100 for 40 minutes at sunset/evening. But honestly, totally worth it. It's amazing to see venice from a Gondola, and so romantic. It was 100% the best experience ever.



Have A Drink On The Grand Canal
Venice is so beautiful, that you need to soak up every ounce of the atmosphere whilst you're there. Find a restaurant/bar with outside seating on the grand canal and sit outside and have a drink or two.  We spent sunday afternoon enjoying peach bellinis in the sunshine watching the boats going along the grand canal and it was beautiful.


I just wanted to say, a massive thank you for this truly wonderful 21st Birthday Present from my mum. It was so lovely to enjoy some time the three of us, soaking up the venetian culture and sunshine.

Have you been to Venice? Or are you thinking of visiting? I'd love to know..

With Love; Em x

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5 Things You Must Do In Venice

Friday, 19 May 2017

When my mum asked me what I wanted to do for my 21st birthday present, I thought it would be a lovely idea for me, my mum and my nana to go away. Have a girly trip and create some memories, so thats what we did! We had the best time. It was my first trip to Venice, and to be honest I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be similar to amsterdam in the sense of the canals etc. But in central Venice there were no roads at all, no cars. Just quaint little streets and little bridges everywhere. It was completely breathtaking and indescribable, I'm desperate to go back, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone. So here are 5 things that you must do whilst in Venice!


Murano
If you're not familiar, then Murano Glass is the world renowned glass thats handmade in Venice, on the island of Murano to be precise. It's about 30 minutes away from central venice via vaporetto (Water Bus) and it's 100% worth the trip. Just like central Venice, Murano has it's own grand canal, although it's much much smaller than the one in Central Venice. Wander in and out of the boutiques selling anything and everything made out of murano glass and pick up a sovernier of your trip. They do actually do a factory tour where you can see the glass being made if you fancy having a look at that. But we were perfectly happy just wandering in and out of the shops all morning.



Burano
Burano is another island in Venice. It's further afield than Murano, but still worth a visit. Burano is full of brightly coloured houses and it's so picturesque it's amazing. Wander round the streets of Burano soaking in all the beautiful sights. Burano is smaller than Murano, so there's a little less to do. We spent the morning in Murano and the afternoon in Burano, it was the perfect amount of time in each place, and it meant we only had to buy a 24 hour vapouretto ticket.


Walk
Everyone that you'll meet in Venice will say 'Venice is best seen on foot ' and oh boy are they true. We used the vapouretto the first two days of our stay, to go further afield. Especially because my Nana is 75, and although she's pretty fit for her age, we didn't want to over-do it by walking miles and miles on the first few days. But on the Saturday that we were there, we didn't really have a plan of what to do. So we just set off walking, we followed signs for rialto bridge (venice is brilliantly sign posted) and we walked from our hotel to rialto bridge. We came across beautiful bridges, shops and churches and we saw more of venice that morning than we did in our first two days.
Sometimes using public transport is necessary, for example if you were going over to visit the islands, but if you're staying in and around central Venice, walk. It's so worth it.


Gondola Ride
It would be criminal to go to Venice and not go on a Gondola. They're a little pricey- €80 for 40 minutes in the day, and €100 for 40 minutes at sunset/evening. But honestly, totally worth it. It's amazing to see venice from a Gondola, and so romantic. It was 100% the best experience ever.



Have A Drink On The Grand Canal
Venice is so beautiful, that you need to soak up every ounce of the atmosphere whilst you're there. Find a restaurant/bar with outside seating on the grand canal and sit outside and have a drink or two.  We spent sunday afternoon enjoying peach bellinis in the sunshine watching the boats going along the grand canal and it was beautiful.


I just wanted to say, a massive thank you for this truly wonderful 21st Birthday Present from my mum. It was so lovely to enjoy some time the three of us, soaking up the venetian culture and sunshine.

Have you been to Venice? Or are you thinking of visiting? I'd love to know..

With Love; Em x

My previous post: Taking A Step Back
You'd probably noticed that things were a little quiet on tassels and toiles since February. Things had got incredibly busy at work, since LFW it's been non-stop. It was my birthday in March so I had the busiest two weeks of my life. Josh took me to Paris as my birthday present and dashing around seeing family and friends. Also at the end of April I went to Venice with my Mum and Nana which was amazing, but  it's taken me longer than I anticipated to get back into the swing of things. So whilst I was busy with 'life' things, I put my blog on the back burner. I tried to stop feeling guilty about posting, and I'm so glad I did. Sometimes you just need a while, with less commitments to concentrate on other things. So here's a couple of reasons why it's important to let life take over, and take a step back for a little while.



I think, that all us bloggers seem to forget that for most of us blogging is just a hobby. There are only the small percentage of bloggers that make enough money off blogging for it to be deemed more than just a hobby. But yet there is so much pressure to be putting new content out regularly and always be improving your photography and constantly updating social media channels. It all gets too much, and if you fall behind, you miss a post or don't post a photo on instagram for a few days, you feel guilty. It's so important to remember that we don't need to put this pressure on ourselves and most of us blog because we love it, we're passionate about it. One of the main reasons that I've never set a formal blogging schedule is because I know how crap I'll feel if when I miss a post. 
I want to continue to enjoy blogging, and if I force myself to post multiple times a week it becomes less enjoyable. I love blogging and I don't want it to become a chore, so if it meant taking a few months away, being less active then so be it. I want to produce content I'm proud of, not just putting up posts for the sake of it. 





Outfit: Top- Zara / Jeans- Topshop / Bag- Zara / Loafers- ASOS / Jacket- Topshop / Sunglasses- Primark

Life isn't perfect, and it's not always consistant. Sometimes periods are busier than others and thats just the way it will be. It's impossible to put 110% effort and energy into every single thing you do, especially when there is more on your plate that normal. So rather than trying to be wonder woman and doing everything, occasionally iy can be necessary to take a step back and re order your priorities so that you don't burn out. Thats what I did, I relieved some of the pressure by not updating my blog as frequently as normal, and it did help. It means that I can post when I want and what I want, without feeling guilty about it. 

Do you have any tips on taking a step back? I'd love to know!

With Love; Em x

Taking A Step Back

Friday, 5 May 2017

You'd probably noticed that things were a little quiet on tassels and toiles since February. Things had got incredibly busy at work, since LFW it's been non-stop. It was my birthday in March so I had the busiest two weeks of my life. Josh took me to Paris as my birthday present and dashing around seeing family and friends. Also at the end of April I went to Venice with my Mum and Nana which was amazing, but  it's taken me longer than I anticipated to get back into the swing of things. So whilst I was busy with 'life' things, I put my blog on the back burner. I tried to stop feeling guilty about posting, and I'm so glad I did. Sometimes you just need a while, with less commitments to concentrate on other things. So here's a couple of reasons why it's important to let life take over, and take a step back for a little while.



I think, that all us bloggers seem to forget that for most of us blogging is just a hobby. There are only the small percentage of bloggers that make enough money off blogging for it to be deemed more than just a hobby. But yet there is so much pressure to be putting new content out regularly and always be improving your photography and constantly updating social media channels. It all gets too much, and if you fall behind, you miss a post or don't post a photo on instagram for a few days, you feel guilty. It's so important to remember that we don't need to put this pressure on ourselves and most of us blog because we love it, we're passionate about it. One of the main reasons that I've never set a formal blogging schedule is because I know how crap I'll feel if when I miss a post. 
I want to continue to enjoy blogging, and if I force myself to post multiple times a week it becomes less enjoyable. I love blogging and I don't want it to become a chore, so if it meant taking a few months away, being less active then so be it. I want to produce content I'm proud of, not just putting up posts for the sake of it. 





Outfit: Top- Zara / Jeans- Topshop / Bag- Zara / Loafers- ASOS / Jacket- Topshop / Sunglasses- Primark

Life isn't perfect, and it's not always consistant. Sometimes periods are busier than others and thats just the way it will be. It's impossible to put 110% effort and energy into every single thing you do, especially when there is more on your plate that normal. So rather than trying to be wonder woman and doing everything, occasionally iy can be necessary to take a step back and re order your priorities so that you don't burn out. Thats what I did, I relieved some of the pressure by not updating my blog as frequently as normal, and it did help. It means that I can post when I want and what I want, without feeling guilty about it. 

Do you have any tips on taking a step back? I'd love to know!

With Love; Em x

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