Friday, 21 February 2020

Visiting Marrakech - A Short Guide


Hello angels, welcome to another travel post. I wanted to write an in depth recap of my trip to Marrakech, as really there's just so much to say, even for only a three day trip. The truth is, I had my reservations about visiting, based on various warnings and horror stories that really put me on edge; and whilst I believe the warnings are totally valid and indeed important, with the right research and safety precautions, you can have a truly magical experience in a truly unique city. 
I have travelled to many places around the world, and Marrakech was one of the first places in a long, long time, where I truly felt like a fish out of water. The world seems so small nowadays, culture can be so merged. But this place was so different for me, completely out of my comfort zone, scary yet exciting. 




Where you stay in Marrakech will have a huge part to play in your trip. We were so incredible lucky to be staying in the Fairmont Royal Palm hotel. It honestly couldn't have been more perfect. A stunning, tranquil sanctuary, completely removed from the madness and hustle and bustle of the city, yet only a short twenty minute ride away. It is one of the most peaceful places I've ever stayed in, which is amazing as it's the opposite of what one would expect from Marrakech. Our suite was just incredible, three huge rooms and a vast patio area with a break taking view of the famous Atlas Mountains. We spent the first day roaming the beautiful green grounds of the hotel and relaxing by the pool. In the afternoon we were booked into the fabulous spa for a traditional Moroccon 'Hamam'- which is basically a very luxurious and indulgent... bath! It's how I would imagine royalty bathes, however for Moroccan and Middle Eastern people, it is a ritual that is part of weekly, even sometimes daily life. We lay in a steaming hot room and were washed, scrubbed, and exfoliated. We had a face and body mask applied, rinsed off and finally massaged in body oil. It was so relaxing- I was only slightly sad that I'd spent 9 hours in a spray tan the day before only to have it all scrubbed off, but my body has never felt so soft so I couldn't complain! We finished the evening in the hotel's traditional Moroccan restaurant, a delicious tagine followed by a selection of Moroccan pastries, accompanied by a live performance of two traditional musicians. It was such a wonderful, relaxing day and the perfect way to get us in the Marrakech spirit! 
To me, it was also important to stay in a hotel like the Fairmont, which was removed and independent from some of the Moroccan culture. In many other hotels and riads in the city, unmarried couples are not permitted to sleep in the same room, and your body should be mostly covered, so no bikini sunbathing by the pool. In a city that can feel sometimes intimidating and daunting, the Fairmont was the perfect safe haven. Whilst in the city centre it's a good idea for personal comfort and safety to cover up most of your body, at the Fairmont you are free to wear what you choose, so my new Zimmerman dress and shorts didn't go to waste! All the staff in the hotel were incredibly sweet, and honestly it was so beautiful in fact that I had to force myself to actually leave the hotel and see some of Marrakech!



On our second day, the concierge organised the hotel car to take us an hour deep into the 
Agafay Desert, to a luxury camp to relax, have lunch and... ride camels! I wanted to make this very clear, I was very sceptical of the interaction with the camels, as I am so aware of the cruelty that can be involved in such activities involving animals, all across the world but especially in Marrakech where there are little laws protecting animal welfare. I was reassured by my research, which I would like to share with you now, so you can make an informed decision.
 I looked up whether camel riding is ethical or not, and according to different animal welfare organisations the answer is not black and white, it is based on circumstances. There is no categorical evidence that the mere act of riding is damaging to a cameI- it is the conditions they are kept in and how they are handled that affects their welfare. If an animal has been brought out of it’s natural habitat (for example, if you see camel rides being offered in the town centre/medina) than that of course is a red flag, similarly if the camel is being ridden continuously tourist after tourist on a gruelling schedule, also carrying more than one person or indeed, a particularly heavy person, these would also be red flags, and of course how you can visibly see they are being physically treated by their handlers. The place we travelled to was a secluded camp in the middle of the Agafay desert; the camels natural home. The hotel reassured me that as a hotel group that has been a trailblazer in the industry of sustainability and conservation of the environment and ecosystem, the company offering the camel rides had been carefully chosen among many similar companies in the area as an excursion because of the ethical way the animals are kept and cared for, to be kept in line with the hotels pledge for long term environmental care. This made me feel okay about going, and I was even more reassured when we arrived. The camp (Inara Camp) was pretty much deserted, we didn't see another soul except staff the entire morning we were there, so I know the camels were not spending the whole day carrying people back to back. The staff were all Berbers and Sahrawis- these are names of ethnic groups of people who are born in and native to the desert. Camels are a huge part of their history and culture, and therefore are considered precious and treated with care and respect.
Another element to the discussion, is that there is a high population of camels in countries like Morocco, and without the income from this trade, the camels would have to be abandoned, unfed and uncared for. There are next to no wild Dromedary camels in Morocco. It is actually a form of conservation and supports the local nomadic communities in a time where climate change is limiting their crop productivity.
So whilst I do not believe that riding camels is inherently cruel, I strongly urge you to take the time to think about the circumstances of the animal before you climb on top of it, and do not take part in activities that show any red flags of cruelty. 
We had the most magical morning riding the camels through the Agafay desert, I will never forget it!


We spent the rest of the day shooting content in the hotel, in the gorgeous spots pictured above. The pink room is the ladies changing room in the golf club, and had the interior design of my absolute dreams! And the second photo is from the spa, which is honestly one of my favourite hotel spas in terms of design I've ever seen. The ceiling was so high and everything was white and airy, it was just so glamorous and calming at the same time. It was JJ's first time "properly" shooting my content, and we got probably some of my favourite photos I've ever shot; a combination of stunning surroundings and backdrops, and the love and willing of a sweet, wonderful boyfriend behind the camera. And maybe an ever so slightly bossy subject. 
In the evening, we took a car to the New Town of Marrakech, and had dinner in an amazing restaurant called Palias Jad Mahal. The food was incredible, and at eleven pm the show started; belly dancers, traditional Moroccan dancers, and a singing/music extravaganza with everyone on their feet dancing. I haven't had that much fun in a restaurant, well ever!


The next day, it was time to venture into the Old Town/Medina. I had received a LOT of warnings, some from friends and mainly from followers, and I was expecting to have a really uncomfortable time, but I wanted to see and experience it anyway. But honestly, I had a really good time! It was absolutely crazy, that's the only word to describe it! Think of Aladdin in 'One Jump Ahead'. It was just like that. And I later found out that Guy Ritchie based that number in his remake on the Marrakech souks! I was warned that I may receive a lot of male harassment, especially for being Western and a blonde. But not a single thing was said that I didn't like. Yes, the men were much more vocal than we would consider appropriate in the UK, but they were actually just being cheeky in a pleasant way, it wasn't scary or intimidating at all. I do think it had a lot to do with the fact I was with my boyfriend, and also I was dressed extremely conservatively. I have heard horror stories from girls who dressed as "usual" in shorts and short dresses, and they had a completely different experience. So although it does feel frustrating (I had serious conflicting thoughts on how I felt about adhering to dressing standards that ONLY apply to women), and it isn't the law like in other Middle Eastern countries, I decided in the end that I really wanted to visit and so to make the experience as safe and comfortable for me as possible, it made sense to cover up my body. And I actually really loved my outfit! 
We spent the day wandering and exploring the Souks, which really have to be experienced first hand to understand! It is completely overwhelming, from the sheer abundance of goods for sale to the number of people (and motorbikes!) bustling through these tiny, narrow alleys. There is the usual terrible selection of fake designer goods (and crocs), but also hundreds of beautiful shops selling traditional Moroccan goods, from tea sets to herbs and spices, and their signature Argan Oil. It can be intimidating, as the moment you make any eye contact with something for sale, the vendor pretty much pounces on you, but as long as you are comfortable to give a polite but firm "no thank you", you get used to it really quickly and it's perfectly fine. The only incident I had that I didn't like, happened in the main square where a woman paid me a compliment, and when I thanked her she forcefully grabbed my hand and went to start applying henna to my hand. Luckily I had already read about this advance so I very quickly snatched my hand back! But be aware that just because you didn't ask for it, doesn't mean you don't have to pay. I strongly feel that if you do a lot of reading and prepare yourself, you will be absolutely fine and have no problems. I had read that haggling and negotiating is essential when shopping in the Souks, and just before we left I felt a bit sad that we hadn't had the bartering experience, so we popped into a little shop and haggled over the price of a silver... no, a silver PLATED (as was revealed mid barter!) tea set, that we got down from 900 Dirum to 300! And it really was a hysterical and dramatic scene! We were probably still ripped off but hey, we walked away with a pretty little tea set and a brilliant story we can laugh about forever. Twenty five pounds well spent I'd say. 


When the trip came to an end, I didn't expect to feel as sad to leave as I did. I felt so, so relaxed and at home in our Fairmont suite, everyone we spoke to were just the sweetest people, and I felt like there was just so much more to explore and discover. But it really was the perfect first time, and hopefully we will go back again. I hope my post was helpful if you are considering/planning a trip to Marrakech, feel free to leave me any questions in the comments below!

Love,
Freds x 

This post is a paid partnership with Fairmont Hotels.

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Friday, 29 November 2019

BLACK FRIDAY 2019

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

My Day At The Savoy



Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, that I love London so?


It's quite a magical thing to experience your home city from a different perspective. I've stayed in many London hotels, but only for one night at a time and usually in conjunction with a work obligation, never just on my own time. And if I could have chosen any hotel in London to while away the day at my leisure, it would've been The Savoy. Such an iconic landmark hotel of the city, and, after my visit, if I could recommend to any big smoke visitor where to stay, to absorb a classically London experience- it would be here. 
I'm not sure there is a more perfect location for a home away from home in the city. Located on The Strand, and almost on the River, minutes in both directions to either the beautiful and famous Covent Garden, and further up along to Soho, the theatre district and of course Regent Street, or the other direction to the Thames and the Southbank. You couldn't be more in the middle of everything fabulous that the city has to offer. From the moment you pull up to the front, and are greeted by the exceptionally mannered gentlemen in top hats on the door, it completely sets the tone for your time there. I was so impressed by the sweet welcome and farewell each time passing through the doors, and after following the hotel on social media for a time, I was delighted to see the recognisable face of Tony, the head doorman for the past 30 years at The Savoy! He, and the other gentlemen, made me feel like a princess each time I walked through the doors. I knew as soon as I arrived it would be as wonderful as I imagined it to be!
I was very lucky to be given one of the Edwardian style signature suites- no less than the Mel Brooks suite, named after the man himself after he spent months in London with his play Young Frankenstein, and had a permanent residency in the hotel. Scattered tastefully with Mel Brooks/Young Frankenstein memorabilia- I would love to see the Katherine Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin suites! Maybe next time ;) My room had both a huge beautiful living area as well as bedroom, with a marble bathroom and fabulous view of the Thames. I felt like I was in a dream! I could have stayed in the room and not left at all, especially as, in true London style, the rain was relentless the entire time! 



I began my day of course the way every day would begin in our dream world- with a luxurious breakfast in bed. After three rounds of ordering breakfast, I can confirm that the Savoy Style Pancakes, with blueberries, roasted hazelnuts, banana mousse and maple syrup, was probably the yummiest breakfast I've ever had. Or if you are not as partial as me to that much sugar in the morning, and you want a more traditional English experience, The Savoy Breakfast, JJ's choice, was a pretty good option too. And I'd recommend ordering a couple of almond croissants on the side because... 

well why not.  




       After breakfast it was time to step out and brave the rain, with the help of the Savoy umbrella kindly handed to me at the door as I had forgotten mine, and take a stroll round the cobbles of Covent Garden. It really is one of the best places in the world. There is a curated selection of shops, enough to cover all bases but not as intense an experience as Oxford Street! As well as that the dining options are fabulous, and of course the free on street entertainment from London's buskers which is always a treat! I always make a stop at Ladurée for a box of macarons, my favourite way to indulge myself! 
After an hour or so in the cold rain, and full up from pancakes and sweet pistachio treats, we headed back to the hotel to spend the rest of the morning relaxing. We checked out the spa and had a little dip in the pool, before taking a lovely hot bubble bath and face mask (me, not JJ!) and making the most of the incredible suite. It felt like a little piece of heaven.



I guess I'll never know, the reason why you love me as you do...

After a relaxing couple of hours, and maybe just maybe a little nap (it was an early morning!), we headed downstairs for afternoon tea in the Thames Foyer.  Another dreamy moment, as the light slowly dimmed through the glass dome as the sun went down, and the pianist delicately played 'The Wonder Of You', a song that inexplicably makes me tear up every time, especially played so beautifully. It might sound cheesy, but there are moments in life where, in just that moment, every thing is perfect. And you couldn't possibly change a thing to make it better. That doesn't happen every  day so I was overwhelmed for a minute. But the rosé champagne and scones brought me back! If you have a sweet tooth, and we've clearly established I do and may actually have a problem in this post, I would go for the Traditional Afternoon Tea as there are more sweet treats than the High Tea! I had my 'modern Marie Antoinette' moment (if you know, you know), piled my fruit scones with cream THEN jam, and got a little dizzy from the champagne- apparently macarons aren't the best way to line your stomach?!

       


I had a few emails to write and photos to edit, so we spent a little more time in the room- very grateful for the complimentary wifi! By the evening I was somehow peckish again, so we headed out to one of JJ and I's favourite restaurants, Din Tai Fung, just a few minutes walk away in Covent Garden, and enjoyed some dumplings, rice and noodles! Finally something not containing sugar, and luckily there was no time for the custard desert dumplings as we had a show to catch! The Savoy hotel is actually connected to the fabulous and historic Savoy theatre, which is such a delight with it's authentic 1920's decor and intimate setting. Although the theatre is playing 9-5 the musical which I had seen quite recently, so instead we went to see The Lion King and The Lyceum- a five minute walk from the hotel- as JJ had never seen it and I hadn't been since a child. It really is just as good twenty years from it's premiere, an absolute classic! After the show, we returned to the hotel and stopped for a few drinks in the sensational Beaufort Bar. An absolute must visit if you are a cocktail connoisseur, or if like me, drinking in itself doesn't hold that much appeal, so the experience needs to be exciting. The bar itself is dark, dramatic and stylish, taking you back into a bygone era of opulent glamour, with a menu that reads as a history book of performance magic. I started with 'The Allure' and finished with 'Frozen Petal', while JJ enjoyed 'Look Into My Eyes' and 'The Mentalist' (named after Derren Brown!). Accompanied again by live music, it really was magical! 


I almost had a lump in my throat when it was time to say goodbye- I truly had the most wonderful stay and I would give anything to relive it! I want to say such a big thank you to The Savoy for hosting me and showing me the best London has to offer. I found my home, not too far away, from home! 

Love,
Freds x 

This post is a paid partnership with Fairmont Hotels.
https://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A dream shopping trip to Palm Springs


Could there really be anything better than combing my two favourite things... sunshine and shopping? Oh, and sugary snacks of course, my third favourite thing, which are available in abundance in America. I'll take any excuse to hop on a plane to one of my favourite places in the world- LA- but I hardly had to be asked twice to experience the world of Simon shopping outlets in Los Angeles and Palm Springs! The following post is a recap of my wonderful press trip with Simon Shopping Destinations.

The first place we visited was The Outlets at Orange, just outside LA in Orange County (and a short drive away from Disneyland if you wanted to do the dream trip!). I really loved it here as I love an outdoor shopping experience especially in the beautiful LA weather, there were loads of dining options, and a really good mix of high end stores and high street brands. Including bath and body works where I of course stocked up on the obligatory candles and shower gels! The existing discounts were brilliant and most stores had further special offers so you really felt like you were getting the best deals. I bought an absolutely beautiful blue two-piece from BCBGMaxAzria, which I wore several times on the trip as I knew as soon as I got home to the rain, it would be put away for the Winter! We finished off the day as every good day should be finished off... at Cinnabon.

The BCBG outfit from Orange, & Tory Burch shoes, and Kate Spade bracelet from Ontario Mills

The next day, we travelled slightly further to Ontario Mills, which is a mix of outlet stores and ordinary mall shops. This was by far the biggest, we checked our health app at the end of the day and we had literally walked miles! And you know I always shop in heels so I definitely got my workout for the week; whoever says shopping isn't exercise is wrong, because believe me it absolutely is, especially when carrying lots of bags which I certainly was! The highlights of this mall was definitely the Tory Burch and Kate Spade outlet stores, which were fabulous. I picked up the most gorgeous pair of shoes from Tory Burch (which a few days later I found at the Tory Burch store on Rodeo Drive in a SLIGHTLY different, and less cute, colour), and a dress from Kate Spade that I had been considering buying last year when it was new season- so you can imagine how delighted I was to find it at 60% off! Josie and I bought matching Kate Spade bracelets to remind us of the trip. I also stocked up on some Sephora facemasks, and took advantage of the insane savings at Michael Kors and bought my little sister's birthday and Christmas present! She doesn't read my blog, don't worry hehe. 

The Kate Spade dress I bought at Ontario Mills

Our final destination was the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Palm Springs, and I think they saved us the best until last! Pretty much every designer you could think of, in one place- Chloé', Burberry, Prada, Mulberry- with humongous savings and the sun beaming down. Shopping and tanning at once? Yes please! At this point I had resolved to not do any more shopping, but that kind of went out of the window... I tried on the most incredible gown in Dolce & Gabanna, honestly the most wonderful dress I've ever tried on. Josie and I came to the conclusion it must have been a dress loaned to a celebrity for something such as the Met Gala which is why it was in a concession store. I will always remember that dress but sadly couldn't justify spending such a huge amount of money on a dress that I have nowhere to wear it to! But I made up for it elsewhere, first of all in Prada and MiuMiu where I found the most beautiful princess shoes I've ever seen. It really would have been rude not to, when they were sat there screaming my name like that! Who knows where I will wear them, but it doesn't matter, shoes are art! Then we visited Stuart Weitzman, and I found the most AMAZING grey suede over the knee boots, with the perfect toe, perfect heel and wait for it... a pale pink sole. When I tried them on and they fit like a glove, and when I realised they would be almost a quarter of the full price, I knew I had to have them. They were a steal! And I know I will wear them non stop throughout Autumn and Winter so it totally felt justified. The only problem now was fitting it all inside my suitcase...



On top of our shopping trips, we were also treated to a fabulous tour of the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs with the fantastic Red Jeep Tours. I have honestly never seen such breathtaking views- SERIOUS Pocahontas vibes. Our tour guide Dee was such brilliant company with a rich wealth of knowledge. I was NOT in the right attire for hiking, but I'm desperate to go back with shorts and a paid of trainers with JJ and explore even more. Thank you so much to Visit Palm Springs for the treat! 


I come to LA every year so I will definitely be revisiting next time I am there. I absolutely love a shopping trip, or at least incorporating a shopping day into my trip, and LA/Palm Springs is the perfect destination because there's so much else to do on top. Just make sure you leave lots of space in your suitcase and you'll be fine! I hope you enjoyed the post, let me know if you would like to read more shopping posts! And don't forget to visit Simon Shopping Destinations, all over the US! I can't wait to visit the New York destinations!

Lots of love,
Freds x 
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Sunday, 12 November 2017

PARISIAN CHIC IN LONDON


 I've been holding off posting on my website, but I couldn't resist shooting this outfit and sharing it with you. I do a lot of shopping, we all know this. And I update my wardrobe pretty frequently, far more often than the average girl would- or should! And somehow I still manage to have the "nothing to wear" breakdown! However occasionally, along comes an outfit that I fall in love with, and I find myself reaching for day in day out, and find myself hearing "oh no, not that again!" from those around me. But I can't help it! When I really feel like I perfected an outfit, and I feel confident and comfortable in it, I will wear it until I'm totally bored with it! And probably instagram story it until you're bored with it too... apologies for that. But as always, it's these outfits that make it onto the blog!


First came the trousers. It's usually one statement, exciting piece that inspires an outfit, and the rest always just falls into place. I saw these in River Island whilst on an actual-real-life shopping trip- something that doesn't happen so often in the days of ASOS and next day delivery. Although I thought they were absolutely incredible, I initially walked away from them fearing I wouldn't have the confidence to pull them off. Even though culottes are definitely "in", they are still a teeeeeny little bit out there. But as I continued shopping, I couldn't get them out of my mind, and after I failed to come across anything else that really caught my eye, I decided to go back and take a chance on these pink, chef-ish trousers. When I brought them home, I was met with the oh so familiar "erm what were you thinking Freds" eyes by my mum and boyfriend. But when I tried them on, thrown together with a black high neck and heels, they were like... OH. I get it now. They looked so sexy and sophisticated with black peep toe heels, and the black high neck top brought down the level of 'statement' and made the trousers super wearable. But then one super cold day, I decided to try them with the grey Abercrombie jumper I bought out in LA. And I was like woah. Now THIS looks nice. The grey compliments the stripes in the culottes so nicely, and the relaxed, loose fit makes the whole outfit so Winter cosy, casual chic. The absolute perfect look for Winter in the city! And other than slightly chilly ankles, it's a great outfit for looking stylist but keeping warm too. I'm also looking forward to styling these in Spring, with a cute cami and ankle strap heeled sandals. Cuuuuuute!


It's okay, I can see you staring. Yes, I'm bringing berets back this Winter! I used to wear a black beret to school every day, and my boyfriend often says how much he loved it and how I should start wearing them again! I always kind of laugh him off, but after watching Gossip Girl (side note; I literally watch Gossip Girl every single day. It's just ON in the background whilst I get on with stuff. It's literally playing now as I write this) and getting serious style envy from Blair and Jenny Humphrey (season 1 of course), I decided that this Winter, berets would be my thing. And my boyfriend actually bought me this gorgeous little pink one for my birthday whilst we were in LA, and it was pretty much the only thing that made coming home to the cold less depressing! You don't really feel like wearing wool hats in 30-40 degree weather! And I am just so in love with how they look. I love bringing a little Parisian chic to London. Plus, you don't have to worry about having flat (or even maybe not the cleanest) hair! Not to mention this is definitely the cutest way of preventing the inevitable headache and pinprick ears that comes from the cold in London. Pretty and practical! My favourite new look for Winter. And how perfectly does the beret match the trousers? In colour, and in fabulous French style.


So I'm sure you're pretty familiar with this beauty by now. Quite easily the most worn item in my wardrobe this entire year, and yet I'm still so enchanted by it, and nowhere near bored (as I'm sure my Instagram followers probably are!). How is it a bag can transcend seasons so seamlessly, and style so easily with so many different looks. I will never not be in love with this bag! I think it's incredibly important if you are spending a lot of money on a luxury purchase, that you don't let it sit in the dustbag, whether that might be because it doesn't go with enough outfits, or you're simply too afraid to use it! And that just couldn't be further from the case with this bag. It's pretty much become an extension of my body! It literally goes with everything I have. It's so convenient and fits a lot more inside than you'd expect (check out my video where I show you everything I fit inside). If anything happened to it, there's no doubt in my mind I would repurchase it. It literally makes any outfit look perfect and more expensive. I feel like it really stands out without being a typical statement bag. It just looks special. If there's one bag you should add to your wish list, I promise you it's this one! Is it too soon for me to look at other colours... probably yes.


 So it's not only the Chloe Drew making an encore on my blog today, it's the boots too. These gorgeous Hudsons first made it onto the Freddy scene almost two years ago! And they are definitely one of my most worn pairs of shoes ever. They are understated but actually totally unique- I haven't come across a pair exactly like this ever since! I'm sure there have been some similar, but I'm a shoe perfectionist, and these are nothing less than perfect. Firstly the heel height is great. You all know I love a heel, for posture, lengthening your legs and just generally giving you a bit more cat in your walk, but high heels aren't really my thing, unless it's an occasion, but not for every day wear. So a cute little 3 inch heel is ideal! Far enough out of kitten heel territory but not a sky scraper either. Secondly, the almond toe shape. I find pointed shoes and boots too mature and severe, but totally rounded toes aren't as feminine. These are perfectly in the middle. And finally, I love how tightly the boots fit round the ankle. It creates a flattering line for your legs, and also a completely polished and neat silhouette. In short? I love the boots. LOVE THE BOOTS. And I would absolutely recommend wearing a heel of some sort with these culottes, or any culottes for that matter. The three quarter length can cut your legs off slightly and be a little unflattering, but heel totally counteracts that!


 I'm going to leave it here with a cute pic of my gorgeous boyfriend doubling up as my stylist and adjusting my beret. Love you JJ <3 Thank you so much if you are reading this, it means you haven't given up on me as a blogger and I'm so glad to have you here. Freddy My Love is getting a makeover very soon and I'm so excited to bring you more fashion and style content, as it really is my true passion and slightly hard to get across on Youtube. Lots and love of love, and you will hear from me soon.

Stay tuned,
Freds
x

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