Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Wednesday morning and  I'm so pleased to announce the winner of the Nourish competition in association with Kyle Books. 

Mel Chesneau of Armoire Pegs and Casserole blog will be getting the book as soon as it can get through the mountains of Santa post making it's way around the world. It's a wonderful book and perfect for the new year.

It's also with a little sadness that I'm saying cheerio for now from Simple Style Notebook. For very personal reasons I am having to take an extended break from the blog. It has been a very difficult decision to come to as I so enjoy the blogging community and meeting new creative people to interview for the blog, but unfortunately it is time to focus on other projects and the next chapter in my life. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, the blog will be staying online for now so I'd love to hear what you're up to over the holidays and you can still follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks for all your support, much love Amy. x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Statement Party Dresses

Wednesday morning and I hope you're having a great week. 

Today a little style inspiration for the party season. I always say a great dress is the simplest way to look  stylish and these are all styles I'd have in my wardrobe. I'm covering most occasions here, from the more casual evening out in this little Boden number, to a glamourous affair in the Audrey style Julette dress by Ted Baker at the bottom. Hopefully something for everyone on every budget. I always love a striking vintage find, but finding a great vintage dress that fits, is a bit like looking for that proverbial needle. My tip is to keep a brilliant dress in your wardrobe so you don't have any last minute panic buys for a party or special invitation. 

Do you have a favourite dress? And don't forget there's still time to enter the competition for the Nourish book. You've got until next Wednesday.

Beaufort dress, Boden | SHOP NOW |

Midnight Rambler dress, Free People | SHOP NOW |

Midi length leopard dress, & Other Stories | SHOP NOW |

J Crew Collection | SHOP NOW |

1. Sequin panel pleat dress, Top Shop | SHOP NOW |
2. Earrings, House of Fraser | SHOP NOW |
3, Sequin detail clutch, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW |
4. Black heels, ASOS | SHOP NOW |

1. Julette bow dress, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW |
2. Clutch bag, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW |
3. Tear drop hoop earrings, Azuni | SHOP NOW |
4. Metallic heels, LK Bennett | SHOP NOW |

Monday, 8 December 2014

Book Review and competition: Nourish by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson

Monday morning and I hope you're having a great day already. It's feeling very wintery here, but with the sunshine making a welcome appearance I don't really mind the cold. It does however mean I'm wearing 50 layers where usually a couple will suffice, and snacking endlessly. How do you manage with the cold? 

Today a visual treat with a wonderful book that is definitely on my christmas list. Nourish is by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson and is one of those gorgeous looking books I love to have on my bookshelves. Not only does it look great but, true to it's message, it's packed with useful info too about achieving a balanced, healthy lifestyle when you're super busy [well that applies to most of us then]. I loved that the message really resonated with me about caring for yourself from the inside out - they cover nutrition, exercise [inc. yoga of course!], health and beauty, as well as mindfulness and meditation.  

The photography is just beautiful [by David Loftus - he's the one who snaps all Jamie Olivers books], and the message is simple, they even acknowledge all the reasons and excuses we give ourselves to stop moving forward in life and spell out how to overcome those obstacles. It's a great read and a perfect christmas present.

Why wait until Christmas! I'm so excited to be giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Simply add a comment below with your name saying what you do to keep a healthy balanced life and share your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter with the #nourish and adding @kyle_books. The competition will close on the 17th of December 10am GMT with the winner announced later that day on my Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

Good luck and get commenting!

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