#CometoKerala: Arrival at Kovalam Beach

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So here I am in India! I am still having a difficult time believing that I'm actually here. I have to pause for a couple of seconds before exiting my hotel room to be greeted by the wonderful December warmth. When I arrived at Heathrow to check in for my flight, I was originally turned away from the Etihad check-in counter as I did not have an ETA (a newly introduced system to ease the Visa on Arrival process which I'll cover in more detail in a later blog post), but after a few calls to India and a chat with the manager I was able to confirm that as this ETA procedure was only introduced on the 5 December, it would not be fully enforced until the 27 December which meant HOORAY; I was able to set off for Trivandrum. Upon arrival, I realised I probably should have applied for the ETA as the Visa process took so incredibly. One thing I've learnt from this is to always keep an eye out for changes in the immigration policies of the country your visiting.

After meeting with the organisers of the #CometoKerala competition, the other winners and I took a stroll from our hotel (Turtle on the Beach) down to Kovalam beach which was streaming with families and groups of people as it was a Saturday. If you are in this area and are bit of a morning eager beaver, head on down early in the morning to see the fishermen pull in large fishing nets! I was too busy catching up on sleep to do this when I arrived at 6am but I have been told that it is quite the spectacle!


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HOME SWEET HOME

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I went home to Luxembourg for the first time in two months last weekend and boy was I so over the moon that I couldn't help but goof off a little more than usual when Christine was taking photos of me in Luxembourg City. Here I'm wearing a dress that I bought in Primark for around 13 GBP which I thought was absolutely amazing. It has pockets too! There is a similar printed dress from ASOS here, but unfortunately it doesn't have pockets which would definitely come in handy for keeping your phone tucked away or storing sneaky snacks.

I of course had to slip on my go-to winter footwear: heeled Chelsea boots. I bought mine for 60 GBP in H&M last AW but you can get some from F&F here for only 25 GBP. I am also wearing my new Daniel Wellington watch which I think looks a lot more classier than the usual Casio digital watch.

Bag - Coach
Dress - Primark
Watch - Daniel Wellington
Coat - Choies
Boots - H&M

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OUTFIT INSPIRATION

I have always been a great fan of monochrome looks with a pop of colour or patterns here and there like this inspiration collage above. After having been to Delft with my parents earlier this year in May, I fell in love with the notable blue and white ceramics. It is so pretty and this clutch kinda gives a Moroccan twist on that blue/white colour combination. I may have to step out of my comfort zone with this lip colour but I think it compliments the other colours so well!

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DIVINE INK - TEMPORARY TATTOOS

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Last week, I went to a couple of press days around London with the lovely Kate who had styled our Paul's Boutique project. One of the things we discovered was Divine Ink, a brand selling ephemeral tattoos of multitude designs. One of my favourites is definitely the animal print cuffs as well as the small diamond shaped gold and green cuffs. Temporary tattoos seem to be making a comeback - what do you guys think of them? I think these are so perfect for a beach holiday when you don't want to be dragging along jewellery onto the sands but still want add that extra little something, like the way Millie Mackintosh has styled them up here. You can find a gold and silver set here on Urban Outfitters and for only 15 GBP these certainly make for an affordable Christmas gift.

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