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Briony // A Girl, A Style  Lifestyle Blogger + Digital Strategist (former Political Advisor) 🇬🇧 London + Cambridge (by way of Australia) 👉🏻 Twitter / Pinterest / FB: agirlastyle

On repeat all summer long. Sharing all my favourite summer beauty products + why you need an SPF ‘wardrobe’ over on the blog this week (link in bio) 🌞 What are your summer essentials?

The cure for grey days: always remember to make your own sunshine (or at the very least buy yourself a big bunch of flowers) 🌞

Summer thunderstorms outside but it smells like a tropical paradise in here 🌦 What’s your favourite smell of summer? Mine is orange blossom everything, coconut sunscreen lotion, and juicy ripe peaches fresh from the market 🍑

Perks of adulthood: you’re allowed to to eat macarons in lieu of dinner if you want to 😜

Spotted in Paris... On dressing like the leading lady of your own life + some of my favourite spots in Paris over on the blog today (all outfit details on the post or via 👉🏻

The best way I know to escape the heat: visit a gallery and spend an hour surrounded by the masters.
Had the loveliest date with my girl @thewriting at the @royalacademyarts Summer Exhibition (followed by cocktails at Claridges).

Happy Saturday! What are you all up to this weekend? My cousin is coming to stay and tonight we’re going to the annual Fellow’s summer ball at King’s College. It’s always the most decadent Gatsby-worthy party that involves a five-course feast in the Great Hall (which is basically the real-life Hogwarts), lawn games (last year I played mini golf with a Nobel laureate), a jazz band in the garden, a dance party in the library, and fireworks at midnight. It’s one of the few nights of the year I’ll party until the small hours (because apparently I am now old + can only handle precisely one glass of champagne) and I look forward to it all season. Cannot wait! P.S. there’s a shiny new weekend post over on the blog today (link in bio)

Happiest when exploring a new corner of the world 🌎 Sharing my trip to #Lisbon + my guide to what to see, do, eat, and shop in the Portuguese capital over on the blog today (link in bio)

Things I inherited from my Mother: a love for roses, far-flung adventures, basket bags, and floral midi dresses (and a horrendously bad back, but we’ll ignore that one). This look + the story of how I’ve accidentally turned into my Mother over on the blog (link in bio). What did you inherit from your parents?

Weekend wardrobe (made for bike rides + picnics + hunting for the best gelato in town)
What are you all up to this weekend? 🍦

Self-appointed Queen of Summer. Sharing 15 ways to have your best summer yet over on the blog (link in bio). What’s on your summer ‘to do’ list? 🌞

A postcard from my former life as a political advisor (this photo was taken 2 years ago in Brussels - just a few days before the #Brexit referendum, when we were all so optimistic about the world we lived in - Cameron was PM and Obama was President - and how the vote would go). On the one hand, I battle pretty much daily with the knowledge that I’ve turned my back on two university degrees and a career I worked *so hard* to achieve (and then worked in for 15 years) - knowing that walking away meant it would be really challenging to ever go back (in politics, so much is dependent on the knowledge you amass of legislation, current affairs, and who’s who - as well as becoming enough of an insider to know exactly how and when to win a battle - that by default you’re irrelevant almost the moment you’re away from that sphere). But mostly, it’s such a place of chaos, frustration, and negativity at the moment that I’m thankful that isn’t my daily routine right now. The reason I went into politics in the first place (because I care, very deeply) is also the reason I burned out (when you care that deeply, it can become impossibly difficult when all around is madness and there is seemingly no hope at the end of the political cycle). So while I will continue to feel a bit sad that I’m not in the thick of things, rolling up my sleeves to help, and guilty that I’m not using my skills in that way, reading the news on days like today acts as a reminder of how much lighter and easier my days are now - when I’m able to dip in and out of current affairs just because I want to know what’s going on, and not because it’s literally my job.
So here’s some free advice (that it took me a really long time to figure out): your self worth is not determined by how ‘important’ you in the workplace are or how demanding or stressful your job is.

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