Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.   Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.

Life has been hectic this week. It appears to be one of those weeks which has really whizzed by, however I don't really seem to have achieved much. Other than mastering tray-bakes (a revelation), booking cinema tickets and pondering on all of the items I should be adding onto my current blank to-do list.

I planned to detox the dreaded wardrobe two weekends ago and I am struggling to get motivated to start. I know once I start and re-organise I will enjoy both the process and finished result, however right now it fills me with dread and honestly it's not even that un-organised. I colour code and co-ordinate for the record! I dream of the day it's stocked with baskets filled with accessories which complement each and every outfit. It's certainly a work in progress. As is the get trim goal.

In 8 weeks time we will be in LA, I cannot quite comprehend. I mean this is beyond special. And it's really happening to me! We're picking up a car from LAX, staying at a variety of different hotels along the way and driving up the coast to San Francisco. My inner travel buddy is screaming with excitement! I feel unprepared, like I have a tonne of preparation to do and my brain is buzzing.from all the preparation. Hey, I've started by ordering the packing cubes, surely I am somewhat on my way to #thegeorgieweeklydoesprepratherslowlybutwillgetthereintheend.

Blimey how long did it take for you to make out the hashtag? So annoying, right?!

No more waffle, here are 5 lifestyle favourites I fell in love with in January.

1. Tray Bakes

The no-nonsense, use-up-all-of-the-vegetables in your fridge option for a quick Monday, mid-week or Friday feast. Even the most mediocre of chefs can rustle this up. Nutritious, less food waste and hardly any washing up.

Our tray bake has consisted of broccoli, courgettes, red peppers, red chili, garlic, onions, chili flakes, s and p and a few left over chipolatas on the top.

Chop the veg, place the meat on the top (should you choose), drizzle olive oil all over and season. Roast for 40 minutes. Enjoy. Ten minutes of chopping and ten minutes of dealing with dirty dishes. Have a bath or catch up with your latest box-set while your meal does its thing. Thank me later. It's delicious.

2. Simple Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

Skincare is not something I scrimp on. If it's new and promises to turn back the clock 10 years leaving a glowing, fresh and clear complexion, then I'm first in line and certainly on board. The latest face mask to really wow me is Simple's Detox & Brighten Clay Mask. Cruelty-free, their new skincare addition really works a treat.

Very similar to usual clear masks, this somehow packs a punch more than anything I have used before (and I have used a tonne of masks in a past beauty blogger life). If you have dry/dehydrated skin like me and need a quick pep me up, this is a product I urge you to try. As well as leaving skin fresh, clear and glowing, somehow after just one use, this improves texture from good to fabulous! Ultra smooth, glowing skin. A product packed with goodness for under £5, so for that reason, a must-try for any skin junkie's skincare cupboard.


     Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.   Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.


3. Aesop Post Poo Drops

As affordable and good value for money Simple's face mask is, Aesop's Post-Poo Drops is expensive. A citrus peel and floral scented oil which you drop into the toilet after doing the business. No need to go into details, however this really works to leave unwanted odours banished from my cream brick tiled bathroom. Expensive at £20 (100ml) but totally worth it for a sweet smelling place of relaxation.


4. Fat Face Ava Zip Thru Hoody

As I write this at 10.35 on 26th (yes, sorry guys I am posting very late today) I am snuggled up in a Fat Face teal coloured hoody. A new purchase from December, this is very warm and super soft, perfect for weekend blog writing and smart enough for a pub lunch after walking in the Norfolk countryside. Reasonably priced at £39.50, the Ava Hoody is made from recycled bottles blended with sustainable cotton. I don't think I will be taking this off until it warms up. Literally a hug in a hoody!

5. Plane & Sanded

If you're in the market for a new shelf and are after a chic yet rustic style then check out Plane & Sanded's Instagram account. Run by husband and wife team Matt and Amy their reclaimed, handmade scaffold board shelves are the country dream. We fitted ours in our utility room, yet to be filled with plants and trinkets, once this corner of life is sorted I will post an update on Instagram.

Have you discovered anything recently which is a must do/have? Books to buy, the most cracking falafel recipe, a new face serum or place to visit?  Please do let me know. Drop a comment below or message me.

See you soon! :) 
January 25, 2020

5 Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.

Sandringham
Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.   Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.

Life has been hectic this week. It appears to be one of those weeks which has really whizzed by, however I don't really seem to have achieved much. Other than mastering tray-bakes (a revelation), booking cinema tickets and pondering on all of the items I should be adding onto my current blank to-do list.

I planned to detox the dreaded wardrobe two weekends ago and I am struggling to get motivated to start. I know once I start and re-organise I will enjoy both the process and finished result, however right now it fills me with dread and honestly it's not even that un-organised. I colour code and co-ordinate for the record! I dream of the day it's stocked with baskets filled with accessories which complement each and every outfit. It's certainly a work in progress. As is the get trim goal.

In 8 weeks time we will be in LA, I cannot quite comprehend. I mean this is beyond special. And it's really happening to me! We're picking up a car from LAX, staying at a variety of different hotels along the way and driving up the coast to San Francisco. My inner travel buddy is screaming with excitement! I feel unprepared, like I have a tonne of preparation to do and my brain is buzzing.from all the preparation. Hey, I've started by ordering the packing cubes, surely I am somewhat on my way to #thegeorgieweeklydoesprepratherslowlybutwillgetthereintheend.

Blimey how long did it take for you to make out the hashtag? So annoying, right?!

No more waffle, here are 5 lifestyle favourites I fell in love with in January.

1. Tray Bakes

The no-nonsense, use-up-all-of-the-vegetables in your fridge option for a quick Monday, mid-week or Friday feast. Even the most mediocre of chefs can rustle this up. Nutritious, less food waste and hardly any washing up.

Our tray bake has consisted of broccoli, courgettes, red peppers, red chili, garlic, onions, chili flakes, s and p and a few left over chipolatas on the top.

Chop the veg, place the meat on the top (should you choose), drizzle olive oil all over and season. Roast for 40 minutes. Enjoy. Ten minutes of chopping and ten minutes of dealing with dirty dishes. Have a bath or catch up with your latest box-set while your meal does its thing. Thank me later. It's delicious.

2. Simple Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

Skincare is not something I scrimp on. If it's new and promises to turn back the clock 10 years leaving a glowing, fresh and clear complexion, then I'm first in line and certainly on board. The latest face mask to really wow me is Simple's Detox & Brighten Clay Mask. Cruelty-free, their new skincare addition really works a treat.

Very similar to usual clear masks, this somehow packs a punch more than anything I have used before (and I have used a tonne of masks in a past beauty blogger life). If you have dry/dehydrated skin like me and need a quick pep me up, this is a product I urge you to try. As well as leaving skin fresh, clear and glowing, somehow after just one use, this improves texture from good to fabulous! Ultra smooth, glowing skin. A product packed with goodness for under £5, so for that reason, a must-try for any skin junkie's skincare cupboard.


     Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.   Four Lifestyle Favourites From January You Should Try.


3. Aesop Post Poo Drops

As affordable and good value for money Simple's face mask is, Aesop's Post-Poo Drops is expensive. A citrus peel and floral scented oil which you drop into the toilet after doing the business. No need to go into details, however this really works to leave unwanted odours banished from my cream brick tiled bathroom. Expensive at £20 (100ml) but totally worth it for a sweet smelling place of relaxation.


4. Fat Face Ava Zip Thru Hoody

As I write this at 10.35 on 26th (yes, sorry guys I am posting very late today) I am snuggled up in a Fat Face teal coloured hoody. A new purchase from December, this is very warm and super soft, perfect for weekend blog writing and smart enough for a pub lunch after walking in the Norfolk countryside. Reasonably priced at £39.50, the Ava Hoody is made from recycled bottles blended with sustainable cotton. I don't think I will be taking this off until it warms up. Literally a hug in a hoody!

5. Plane & Sanded

If you're in the market for a new shelf and are after a chic yet rustic style then check out Plane & Sanded's Instagram account. Run by husband and wife team Matt and Amy their reclaimed, handmade scaffold board shelves are the country dream. We fitted ours in our utility room, yet to be filled with plants and trinkets, once this corner of life is sorted I will post an update on Instagram.

Have you discovered anything recently which is a must do/have? Books to buy, the most cracking falafel recipe, a new face serum or place to visit?  Please do let me know. Drop a comment below or message me.

See you soon! :) 
I first considered hiring someone to help me with photos when I was blogging at Bean's Beauty Blog, just to take some cracking profile shots instead of balancing a camera on a timer on a tin of beans or trying to get a great selfie. I really wanted some pro shots. 

At the time I really wasn't sure in which direction my blog was heading, both content wise and also myself. Along with this, I had a bit of a style crisis. 

The photos I had done were great, however on reflection and 18 months later they were not the REAL me. The pictures were too styled. I was wearing items of clothing which I now cringe at. I bought a Polaroid slogan tee for the shoot, which was an array of bright colours, when white tees, stripes and jeans are my basics. There was even a feature of double denim and a wrap dress which showed off patchy tanned legs. I hardly ever tan!

I'm a country girl at heart and the pictures were taken in a city. Give me a bobble hat, lip balm and chunky scarf sitting on a damp log in the woods or messing around on a Norfolk beach and this is the place I'm at home at.

All this talk got me thinking, what would I now consider when hiring a photographer? The lovely Lucy Dack has helped get me started with this blog and I am hoping if this venture is a success then we will work together again in the future. Without further ado here are my top tips when hiring.
   
What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer   What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

1. Meet Initially To Discuss Your Vision

The first photographer I used we met in Cambridge. We had a ten minute coffee in Costa and from the start I feel we didn't really share the same ideas and that we didn't really connect as people. The photos were great, however this was a big deal to me as this was the first time I seeked pro shots and for some reason I couldn't relax. She was way too cool and edgy for me, and the pictures produced didn't really reflect the real Georgie. It's worth meeting your photographer in person first (or at least by Face Time) to see if you are compatible to ensure you capture the images you want.

2. Feel Comfortable With Your Photographer

When I met with Lucy we clicked straight away and she just got me. As well as photos and styling ideas, we chatted all things social media, Pinterest ideas and IG Stories (ongoing - and I will be coming to you via vid very soon). We share the same vibe. If I dumped a tonne of products with her to style and take photos of, she'd do a cracking job.  If you are happy with the person on the other side of the camera, you will end up taking photos which reflect the real you.

3. Ask For Revisions

If you receive a batch of photos through to choose from, if there are any you love but there is a clothes label in the way ask for them to be edited out. A proficient and confident photographer will be happy to do this for you.

4. Find A Suitable Setting

If you're a city girl, then city streets, landmarks and upmarket restaurants may be on your radar. For someone like me (country bumpkin who loves visiting the city), then I'm best suited to a natural kind of setting or local coffee shop/bistro. Chilled.

5. Agree The Cost Up Front

Either agree the cost for a set of photos or per photo. Check that this includes any editing. Does the cost include travel, fuel or any expenses? Make sure you know what you will be paying from the start and that there are no hidden costs. Once paid ask for an invoice to file away with all your paperwork; especially if the photos are for blogging reasons. Keep track on what you are spending and if it's worth the cost to your blog.

6. Find Someone Local

It is easier to find someone who works locally to you. An experienced photographer should be able to share a range of places to shoot, plus you will also be able to share your input.  If you're thinking along the same lines then you may even reach common ground. Hopefully if you find someone who doesn't live far from you, then it will be easier to schedule into both diaries. Plus you'll be saving money on paying travel expenses.

7. Be You

Relax and enjoy it. If the setting's right and you find the right person to capture your images, then you'll end up with a batch of photos you can be proud of and to use as content on your blog.

8. Don't Be Afraid To Ask For What You Want

If you do require product shots as well as profile shots, then ask. If your chosen photographer is not quite getting your vision then tell them and show them what you do like. Before I met with Lucy I shared ideas from other websites and the types of photos I would like for this site. I am hoping now when I take some of my own shots, they will flow with the aesthetic and the end result will be cohesive and seamless.

Ask for a range of lifestyle shots, which could be used for more than one subject matter. This leaves you open to writing a tonne more content and to stop that dreaded blogger's block.

What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer   What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

Have you hired a photographer to help provide inspiration or shots for your blog? Or is this something you are looking into? Have you worked with someone who you haven't really clicked with or someone who really got the vibe you were going for? Has this post helped? Please do leave a comment below, I would love to get your input on this subject.

Back next week, see you next Sunday!

Camera Used: Iphone 11 Pro (unedited photos)
January 19, 2020

What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer.

Lucy Dack's Studio
I first considered hiring someone to help me with photos when I was blogging at Bean's Beauty Blog, just to take some cracking profile shots instead of balancing a camera on a timer on a tin of beans or trying to get a great selfie. I really wanted some pro shots. 

At the time I really wasn't sure in which direction my blog was heading, both content wise and also myself. Along with this, I had a bit of a style crisis. 

The photos I had done were great, however on reflection and 18 months later they were not the REAL me. The pictures were too styled. I was wearing items of clothing which I now cringe at. I bought a Polaroid slogan tee for the shoot, which was an array of bright colours, when white tees, stripes and jeans are my basics. There was even a feature of double denim and a wrap dress which showed off patchy tanned legs. I hardly ever tan!

I'm a country girl at heart and the pictures were taken in a city. Give me a bobble hat, lip balm and chunky scarf sitting on a damp log in the woods or messing around on a Norfolk beach and this is the place I'm at home at.

All this talk got me thinking, what would I now consider when hiring a photographer? The lovely Lucy Dack has helped get me started with this blog and I am hoping if this venture is a success then we will work together again in the future. Without further ado here are my top tips when hiring.
   
What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer   What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

1. Meet Initially To Discuss Your Vision

The first photographer I used we met in Cambridge. We had a ten minute coffee in Costa and from the start I feel we didn't really share the same ideas and that we didn't really connect as people. The photos were great, however this was a big deal to me as this was the first time I seeked pro shots and for some reason I couldn't relax. She was way too cool and edgy for me, and the pictures produced didn't really reflect the real Georgie. It's worth meeting your photographer in person first (or at least by Face Time) to see if you are compatible to ensure you capture the images you want.

2. Feel Comfortable With Your Photographer

When I met with Lucy we clicked straight away and she just got me. As well as photos and styling ideas, we chatted all things social media, Pinterest ideas and IG Stories (ongoing - and I will be coming to you via vid very soon). We share the same vibe. If I dumped a tonne of products with her to style and take photos of, she'd do a cracking job.  If you are happy with the person on the other side of the camera, you will end up taking photos which reflect the real you.

3. Ask For Revisions

If you receive a batch of photos through to choose from, if there are any you love but there is a clothes label in the way ask for them to be edited out. A proficient and confident photographer will be happy to do this for you.

4. Find A Suitable Setting

If you're a city girl, then city streets, landmarks and upmarket restaurants may be on your radar. For someone like me (country bumpkin who loves visiting the city), then I'm best suited to a natural kind of setting or local coffee shop/bistro. Chilled.

5. Agree The Cost Up Front

Either agree the cost for a set of photos or per photo. Check that this includes any editing. Does the cost include travel, fuel or any expenses? Make sure you know what you will be paying from the start and that there are no hidden costs. Once paid ask for an invoice to file away with all your paperwork; especially if the photos are for blogging reasons. Keep track on what you are spending and if it's worth the cost to your blog.

6. Find Someone Local

It is easier to find someone who works locally to you. An experienced photographer should be able to share a range of places to shoot, plus you will also be able to share your input.  If you're thinking along the same lines then you may even reach common ground. Hopefully if you find someone who doesn't live far from you, then it will be easier to schedule into both diaries. Plus you'll be saving money on paying travel expenses.

7. Be You

Relax and enjoy it. If the setting's right and you find the right person to capture your images, then you'll end up with a batch of photos you can be proud of and to use as content on your blog.

8. Don't Be Afraid To Ask For What You Want

If you do require product shots as well as profile shots, then ask. If your chosen photographer is not quite getting your vision then tell them and show them what you do like. Before I met with Lucy I shared ideas from other websites and the types of photos I would like for this site. I am hoping now when I take some of my own shots, they will flow with the aesthetic and the end result will be cohesive and seamless.

Ask for a range of lifestyle shots, which could be used for more than one subject matter. This leaves you open to writing a tonne more content and to stop that dreaded blogger's block.

What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer   What To Consider When Hiring a Photographer

Have you hired a photographer to help provide inspiration or shots for your blog? Or is this something you are looking into? Have you worked with someone who you haven't really clicked with or someone who really got the vibe you were going for? Has this post helped? Please do leave a comment below, I would love to get your input on this subject.

Back next week, see you next Sunday!

Camera Used: Iphone 11 Pro (unedited photos)
It seems only a moment ago we were counting down with Ben Big to the New Year and decade. It was nearly two weeks ago and already I feel like I am off to a slow start. I have a shiny new diary and for the past however many days have vowed to make a written plan and update all of those unmissable and important dates. The pages still stare back at me blankly and although I have a desire to achieve things this year, my heart seems keen but my head is yet to catch up.

This blog post isn't a woeful story, instead I am here to inject some positivity into both yours and the start of my own New Year and tell my head 'c'mon there, let's get back on track' and that 'you CAN do this'.

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

I am looking forward to what the new decade brings and the journey it takes me on. However when you too have the January blues here are my top tips to really drag you out of that funk.

1. Reset Your Mindset

I am the first person to admit that sometimes I feel sorry for myself and I really do not understand where these feelings come from. I do now and then get down in the dumps and often have to have a word with myself to snap myself out of it. I literally talk to myself and look completely bonkers along with it. Perusing the isles of the supermarket (among other places) selecting my fresh lemons, I'm having a chat with the inner me. It goes something like this:

'What you being so silly for. Pick those lemons. C'mon put them in the trolley. The sooner you finish this shop, the sooner you can go home. And then when you get home you can make that lovely cold glass of water with refreshing, juicy lemon slices and read your book and cuddle the cat and look forward to the pasta you are craving tonight. For goodness sake, cheer up, you're lucky'.

You get the drift, give yourself a pep talk and in turn:

2. Become Your Best Friend

As the very wise Ru Paul quotes, 'if you can't love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else'. At the end of the day you can only count on yourself completely. It's inevitable not all partners, family and friends are going to be around for your entire journey. However this is a time to believe in yourself, your gut feeling and tell yourself I am bloody awesome and I can do this. Instead of the negative version of yourself, make a list of all of the positive sides to your character and when ever a hint of self doubt creeps in focus on one of the positives. 

Open up the notes section on your phone and compile a list of all your great, amazing traits. C'mon I urge you, do it now. Right now! When you're feeling a bit of a negative Nancy, open your notes and tell yourself I am an amazing human being! Anyone would be lucky to have you as a pal. Yourself included.

3. Make A Pros & Cons List

Feeling like you need to make changes this year but do not know where to start. Make a list of all the positive aspects of your life and and the things you're not so keen on. Relationships/life issues you wish to change. I am quite sure the positive list will far outweigh the negative. Take one of the items you wish to focus on and hit the ground running. Small chunks at a time and once you feel like you can tick one off the issues off your list, take another small piece of the pie to work on. As you achieve these bite-sized pieces and small goals you will feel amazing and inspired to work on more. Don't beat yourself up if you have to try more than once, you will get there!

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

4. Buy Yourself A Glossy Magazine 

If healthy living is your bag, treat yourself to the newest paper edition of Women's Health (or something similar). Packed with motivational pieces, recipe ideas, beauty and wellness. It's certain to give you a boost. Devour each page and enjoy with your favourite cuppa. Sounding like an old Granny, I am rather enjoying a cup of malty, milky Ovaltine at the moment (I just need blanket over my knees). Feel motivated by the articles and then pass your copy onto a loved one. 

Planning on a detox of your wardrobe this January and being more mindful when it comes to investing in clothing and accessories, then pick up a copy of Vogue/Net A Porter. Expensive and luxurious items which your normal Joanna can't afford, however tonnes of inspiration and ideas on mixing tones, fabrics, textures and colours within your wardrobe. 

You may already have something in your wardrobe similar which you could pair with a much needed new pair of jeans. In your accessories box you may already have a scarf which looks like it could be from this season. Dust off items, wear everything (just not all together) and embrace what you already have. Inspo, inspo, inspo!

5. Organise!

Tony and I sorted out a tonne of paperwork yesterday on a dismal Saturday afternoon. Emptying my personal folder of banking, wage slips and travel documents, I had 2 pieces of paper to shred (not a hoarder). Tony, on the other hand had documents from 2006! We had a real paper cleanse. It felt sooo good! 

Having less possessions, using stuff up and having a clean and tidy house really works. I know the old saying is well, predictable, but tidy house, tidy mind. Well, it just works! 

This year expect more musings about a tonne of empties and not that many hauls. I have a stash of new skincare to use up, however I am much more into using what I already have and only buying new products when I actually need them.

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

6. Do Your Bit

The current crisis in Australia is heart-breaking. The loss of animals, homes and life; I just can't comprehend. From the other side of the world, it feels like we're pretty helpless, however we can do something. Next time you think of going for coffee and spending a tenner, why not have coffee at home and donate a tenner to one of the endless charities which really need your help? 

As I write, I have donated to the Koala Crisis. I hope it goes to helping somehow. My niece who is a nurse in Oz, also adopted a koala for us for Christmas, Leo Lion. Australia my heart is with you.

Plastics. Enough said. Tony and I recycle, recycle, recycle and take great pleasure in filling up the recycling bags each week. But just where does the plastic end up. I am trying this year to make more conscious decisions when buying products. Shampoo and Conditioner bottles are hefty and the thought of these not being recycled, saddens me to think they could end up in the ocean. Lush do a range of shampoo bars, so this is the next thing to try on my list. Washing make-up brushes?  Instead of baby shampoo, a bar of soap will do, nothing to recycle!

Writing this post, was cathartic and for my own sanity. I'm certainly no life-coach but am pleased I now have a direction in which to follow this year and beat these blues. I have even surprised myself with the advice I have been able to give. Which has already left me feeling in a good state of mind to start this Sunday morning!

Of course, we are all inundated with self-care at the beginning of a New Year and know the drill; take a bath (daily), have a massage (guilty), cut our chocolate (working on it), up your veg intake (trying valiantly), move more (inevitable - partial to a dog walk), up you water consumption (out of a re-usable planet friendly bottle - tick) - the list goes on. 

I hope my take on it, helps somewhat.  If you did find any aspect of my musings helpful in anyway at all, then please do share, let me know or leave a comment below. I would be so very grateful! I hope you are not suffering with the blues and if so I hope you can take one piece from this post and it will plant a massive smile on your face!

2020, we're here for you and we can do this! Until next Sunday, where I will be sharing my tips for hiring a photographer, stay tuned...
January 12, 2020

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

Home
It seems only a moment ago we were counting down with Ben Big to the New Year and decade. It was nearly two weeks ago and already I feel like I am off to a slow start. I have a shiny new diary and for the past however many days have vowed to make a written plan and update all of those unmissable and important dates. The pages still stare back at me blankly and although I have a desire to achieve things this year, my heart seems keen but my head is yet to catch up.

This blog post isn't a woeful story, instead I am here to inject some positivity into both yours and the start of my own New Year and tell my head 'c'mon there, let's get back on track' and that 'you CAN do this'.

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

I am looking forward to what the new decade brings and the journey it takes me on. However when you too have the January blues here are my top tips to really drag you out of that funk.

1. Reset Your Mindset

I am the first person to admit that sometimes I feel sorry for myself and I really do not understand where these feelings come from. I do now and then get down in the dumps and often have to have a word with myself to snap myself out of it. I literally talk to myself and look completely bonkers along with it. Perusing the isles of the supermarket (among other places) selecting my fresh lemons, I'm having a chat with the inner me. It goes something like this:

'What you being so silly for. Pick those lemons. C'mon put them in the trolley. The sooner you finish this shop, the sooner you can go home. And then when you get home you can make that lovely cold glass of water with refreshing, juicy lemon slices and read your book and cuddle the cat and look forward to the pasta you are craving tonight. For goodness sake, cheer up, you're lucky'.

You get the drift, give yourself a pep talk and in turn:

2. Become Your Best Friend

As the very wise Ru Paul quotes, 'if you can't love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else'. At the end of the day you can only count on yourself completely. It's inevitable not all partners, family and friends are going to be around for your entire journey. However this is a time to believe in yourself, your gut feeling and tell yourself I am bloody awesome and I can do this. Instead of the negative version of yourself, make a list of all of the positive sides to your character and when ever a hint of self doubt creeps in focus on one of the positives. 

Open up the notes section on your phone and compile a list of all your great, amazing traits. C'mon I urge you, do it now. Right now! When you're feeling a bit of a negative Nancy, open your notes and tell yourself I am an amazing human being! Anyone would be lucky to have you as a pal. Yourself included.

3. Make A Pros & Cons List

Feeling like you need to make changes this year but do not know where to start. Make a list of all the positive aspects of your life and and the things you're not so keen on. Relationships/life issues you wish to change. I am quite sure the positive list will far outweigh the negative. Take one of the items you wish to focus on and hit the ground running. Small chunks at a time and once you feel like you can tick one off the issues off your list, take another small piece of the pie to work on. As you achieve these bite-sized pieces and small goals you will feel amazing and inspired to work on more. Don't beat yourself up if you have to try more than once, you will get there!

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

4. Buy Yourself A Glossy Magazine 

If healthy living is your bag, treat yourself to the newest paper edition of Women's Health (or something similar). Packed with motivational pieces, recipe ideas, beauty and wellness. It's certain to give you a boost. Devour each page and enjoy with your favourite cuppa. Sounding like an old Granny, I am rather enjoying a cup of malty, milky Ovaltine at the moment (I just need blanket over my knees). Feel motivated by the articles and then pass your copy onto a loved one. 

Planning on a detox of your wardrobe this January and being more mindful when it comes to investing in clothing and accessories, then pick up a copy of Vogue/Net A Porter. Expensive and luxurious items which your normal Joanna can't afford, however tonnes of inspiration and ideas on mixing tones, fabrics, textures and colours within your wardrobe. 

You may already have something in your wardrobe similar which you could pair with a much needed new pair of jeans. In your accessories box you may already have a scarf which looks like it could be from this season. Dust off items, wear everything (just not all together) and embrace what you already have. Inspo, inspo, inspo!

5. Organise!

Tony and I sorted out a tonne of paperwork yesterday on a dismal Saturday afternoon. Emptying my personal folder of banking, wage slips and travel documents, I had 2 pieces of paper to shred (not a hoarder). Tony, on the other hand had documents from 2006! We had a real paper cleanse. It felt sooo good! 

Having less possessions, using stuff up and having a clean and tidy house really works. I know the old saying is well, predictable, but tidy house, tidy mind. Well, it just works! 

This year expect more musings about a tonne of empties and not that many hauls. I have a stash of new skincare to use up, however I am much more into using what I already have and only buying new products when I actually need them.

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues.

6. Do Your Bit

The current crisis in Australia is heart-breaking. The loss of animals, homes and life; I just can't comprehend. From the other side of the world, it feels like we're pretty helpless, however we can do something. Next time you think of going for coffee and spending a tenner, why not have coffee at home and donate a tenner to one of the endless charities which really need your help? 

As I write, I have donated to the Koala Crisis. I hope it goes to helping somehow. My niece who is a nurse in Oz, also adopted a koala for us for Christmas, Leo Lion. Australia my heart is with you.

Plastics. Enough said. Tony and I recycle, recycle, recycle and take great pleasure in filling up the recycling bags each week. But just where does the plastic end up. I am trying this year to make more conscious decisions when buying products. Shampoo and Conditioner bottles are hefty and the thought of these not being recycled, saddens me to think they could end up in the ocean. Lush do a range of shampoo bars, so this is the next thing to try on my list. Washing make-up brushes?  Instead of baby shampoo, a bar of soap will do, nothing to recycle!

Writing this post, was cathartic and for my own sanity. I'm certainly no life-coach but am pleased I now have a direction in which to follow this year and beat these blues. I have even surprised myself with the advice I have been able to give. Which has already left me feeling in a good state of mind to start this Sunday morning!

Of course, we are all inundated with self-care at the beginning of a New Year and know the drill; take a bath (daily), have a massage (guilty), cut our chocolate (working on it), up your veg intake (trying valiantly), move more (inevitable - partial to a dog walk), up you water consumption (out of a re-usable planet friendly bottle - tick) - the list goes on. 

I hope my take on it, helps somewhat.  If you did find any aspect of my musings helpful in anyway at all, then please do share, let me know or leave a comment below. I would be so very grateful! I hope you are not suffering with the blues and if so I hope you can take one piece from this post and it will plant a massive smile on your face!

2020, we're here for you and we can do this! Until next Sunday, where I will be sharing my tips for hiring a photographer, stay tuned...
Well Happy New Year to you all!  Hello 2020!

Who else can believe it's another brand new year, let alone a new decade?! Of course, I'm sure most of you have already heard the following mantra somewhere, 'New Year, New Me'! Sorry I'm not here at 9am this morning, I got a little distracted from The Voice last night and a pile of washing! 

This year I am going to work on a improved version of myself, so I cannot fail and beat myself up about it months down the line. I'm not going to have saved £3000 within 6 months, nor am I going to slim down to a svelte size 12 by September. I read somewhere (rather wise) to set small goals and then when you've achieved them to set more. That's the plan this year. 2020 I am glad you are here and have a really good feeling about you!

Armed with a new notebook(s) and shiny diary I cannot wait to start on my action plan. As always (like most), I have over-indulged at Christmas and by the start of 2021 I want to feel in a happier place with less clutter/possessions and with an indication on where my next journey in life will take me. 

Here's what I am working on this year:

Looking Forward to 2020

1. Trim Up
I'm currently a size 18/20 and struggle with my weight. I like all food. Not just the healthy or sugary food groups, I love chomping on broccoli as I much as I do on donuts and Cadbury's. Today is the day for the weekly food shop after Christmas. It's time to change habits and fill the trolley with alternatives and to try new things. We don't seem to have any Christmas goodies hanging around the kitchen anymore, so now is the time to stock up and eat balanced and healthily. I cannot say I will cut chocolate out of my diet altogether, instead I'm hoping to eat Dairy Milk now and then as opposed to daily. I had a health scare at the end of the Summer and it was due to inflammation in the body (the doctors think this was caused by a virus). I had blurred vision for weeks and couldn't see properly. It was scary, horrendous and thought-provoking. I literally thought my eyes were never going to recover. Things have improved and I'm lucky the hospital looked after me so well. It gave me the wake-up call I needed to look after myself as much as possible. Not just applying luxury, lovely skincare to my face and body, but to really nourish and look after the inside too. As my journey continues I will let you know how it goes. Wellness, here we come!

2. Devise a REAL Savings Plan
I often have good intentions when it comes to money. Realistically I just need to spend less. I have a small balance on my credit card which I am going to work at paying off first and then I am going to reduce the credit limit so I have a card in case of emergencies. I don't feel the need to freeze my card in a block of ice a la Isla Fisher in Confessions Of A Shopaholic, however I want to reduce my spending and to have built up my savings by the end of the year. In the meantime I plan to research this properly and hunt out podcasts for inspiration and nifty ideas.

3. Shop Less.
There are a few things I would like to add to my wardrobe and odds and sods I would like for the home. Keep an eye on Pinterest as I am compiling a wish list for future purchases. Gone are the days where I would head to town and see what bargains I can pick up in Primark, enjoy a calorie filled Starbucks and come home £60 lighter.  Not so much into fast fashion now, I would rather buy pieces which will last longer and reflect me. I'm a real Joules/White Stuff/Fat Face kind of girl. Jeans, cosy knits, stripes, scarfs and bobble hats all the way.

Looking Forward to 2020

4. Read More.
If you caught up with my last post, you will know I have set myself a challenge to read 20 books in 2020. I would love to exceed this, however I have to start somewhere. All books I read will feature on my IG Stories. I am currently reading Ruth Jones' Never Greener. 92 pages in and it feels like a chick lit book with an edge. I will give my full review once I have finished up! You literally cannot beat a comfy bed, clean sheets, your favourite mug of tea and a real page turner. I plan to expand my vocabulary and read a range of fiction and non-fiction this year.

5. Spend More Time With Family.
Mum and Dad, my brother and his wife all live on the same street on the farm. They only live around 30 minutes away but when we all seem to lead such busy lives, time just seems to fly. I see Mum and Dad at least twice a month but am hoping to see them more this year. Even if it's dropping in for an impromptu cuppa and a dog walk. Springer Spaniels are life!

6. Not To Worry About Insignificant Things.
Getting stuck behind a Sunday driver when you're rushing to work on a Thursday. Spilling tomato sauce on your freshly laundered best white top. You get the drift. Small things which are neither here nor there and are not important in the slightest. Why get worked up by something so insignificant or which can be easily sorted?!

7. Treat My Blog As A Hobby
It's not a business venture. I love writing, am interested in photography and want to document life. When I wrote at Bean's Beauty Blog (a name which haunts me - quite frankly), I put far too much pressure on myself! I plan to be productive and stick to my schedule, however it's for me (and you) and it's fun!

Looking Forward to 2020  Looking Forward to 2020

I used to think if I set resolutions on day 1 of January and if I had eaten chocolate on day 2 then I had broken my resolution, gave up almost immediately and felt like a right failure. Now I see a New Year more as a work-in-progress. 2020 really does feel to me, as though this will be the year to turn things around and eliminate toxic people and things from life.

I cannot wait to get started!

When (let's be positive George - not if) I start to see progress/changes I will let you in on any tips I which I have found work for me.

Have you set yourself any challenges this year? Are you a stickler for resolutions or are they something you strive for all year?
January 05, 2020

Looking Forward To 2020.

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Well Happy New Year to you all!  Hello 2020!

Who else can believe it's another brand new year, let alone a new decade?! Of course, I'm sure most of you have already heard the following mantra somewhere, 'New Year, New Me'! Sorry I'm not here at 9am this morning, I got a little distracted from The Voice last night and a pile of washing! 

This year I am going to work on a improved version of myself, so I cannot fail and beat myself up about it months down the line. I'm not going to have saved £3000 within 6 months, nor am I going to slim down to a svelte size 12 by September. I read somewhere (rather wise) to set small goals and then when you've achieved them to set more. That's the plan this year. 2020 I am glad you are here and have a really good feeling about you!

Armed with a new notebook(s) and shiny diary I cannot wait to start on my action plan. As always (like most), I have over-indulged at Christmas and by the start of 2021 I want to feel in a happier place with less clutter/possessions and with an indication on where my next journey in life will take me. 

Here's what I am working on this year:

Looking Forward to 2020

1. Trim Up
I'm currently a size 18/20 and struggle with my weight. I like all food. Not just the healthy or sugary food groups, I love chomping on broccoli as I much as I do on donuts and Cadbury's. Today is the day for the weekly food shop after Christmas. It's time to change habits and fill the trolley with alternatives and to try new things. We don't seem to have any Christmas goodies hanging around the kitchen anymore, so now is the time to stock up and eat balanced and healthily. I cannot say I will cut chocolate out of my diet altogether, instead I'm hoping to eat Dairy Milk now and then as opposed to daily. I had a health scare at the end of the Summer and it was due to inflammation in the body (the doctors think this was caused by a virus). I had blurred vision for weeks and couldn't see properly. It was scary, horrendous and thought-provoking. I literally thought my eyes were never going to recover. Things have improved and I'm lucky the hospital looked after me so well. It gave me the wake-up call I needed to look after myself as much as possible. Not just applying luxury, lovely skincare to my face and body, but to really nourish and look after the inside too. As my journey continues I will let you know how it goes. Wellness, here we come!

2. Devise a REAL Savings Plan
I often have good intentions when it comes to money. Realistically I just need to spend less. I have a small balance on my credit card which I am going to work at paying off first and then I am going to reduce the credit limit so I have a card in case of emergencies. I don't feel the need to freeze my card in a block of ice a la Isla Fisher in Confessions Of A Shopaholic, however I want to reduce my spending and to have built up my savings by the end of the year. In the meantime I plan to research this properly and hunt out podcasts for inspiration and nifty ideas.

3. Shop Less.
There are a few things I would like to add to my wardrobe and odds and sods I would like for the home. Keep an eye on Pinterest as I am compiling a wish list for future purchases. Gone are the days where I would head to town and see what bargains I can pick up in Primark, enjoy a calorie filled Starbucks and come home £60 lighter.  Not so much into fast fashion now, I would rather buy pieces which will last longer and reflect me. I'm a real Joules/White Stuff/Fat Face kind of girl. Jeans, cosy knits, stripes, scarfs and bobble hats all the way.

Looking Forward to 2020

4. Read More.
If you caught up with my last post, you will know I have set myself a challenge to read 20 books in 2020. I would love to exceed this, however I have to start somewhere. All books I read will feature on my IG Stories. I am currently reading Ruth Jones' Never Greener. 92 pages in and it feels like a chick lit book with an edge. I will give my full review once I have finished up! You literally cannot beat a comfy bed, clean sheets, your favourite mug of tea and a real page turner. I plan to expand my vocabulary and read a range of fiction and non-fiction this year.

5. Spend More Time With Family.
Mum and Dad, my brother and his wife all live on the same street on the farm. They only live around 30 minutes away but when we all seem to lead such busy lives, time just seems to fly. I see Mum and Dad at least twice a month but am hoping to see them more this year. Even if it's dropping in for an impromptu cuppa and a dog walk. Springer Spaniels are life!

6. Not To Worry About Insignificant Things.
Getting stuck behind a Sunday driver when you're rushing to work on a Thursday. Spilling tomato sauce on your freshly laundered best white top. You get the drift. Small things which are neither here nor there and are not important in the slightest. Why get worked up by something so insignificant or which can be easily sorted?!

7. Treat My Blog As A Hobby
It's not a business venture. I love writing, am interested in photography and want to document life. When I wrote at Bean's Beauty Blog (a name which haunts me - quite frankly), I put far too much pressure on myself! I plan to be productive and stick to my schedule, however it's for me (and you) and it's fun!

Looking Forward to 2020  Looking Forward to 2020

I used to think if I set resolutions on day 1 of January and if I had eaten chocolate on day 2 then I had broken my resolution, gave up almost immediately and felt like a right failure. Now I see a New Year more as a work-in-progress. 2020 really does feel to me, as though this will be the year to turn things around and eliminate toxic people and things from life.

I cannot wait to get started!

When (let's be positive George - not if) I start to see progress/changes I will let you in on any tips I which I have found work for me.

Have you set yourself any challenges this year? Are you a stickler for resolutions or are they something you strive for all year?
Reading Challenge 2020

First things first, let's take care of a little housekeeping. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and managed to spend quality time scoffing down Christmas pudding and smoked salmon with family and friends. We are now fast approaching a new decade (just in case you have been in hibernation for the past few months) and I am quite sure soon enough we will hear the mantra, 'New Year/New Decade, New Me!' 

Now, I am one of those annoying people who relish a New Year. A fresh new diary, all those blank pages to fill, with high expectations that this will be the best one ever! The last few years seem to have come and gone in a flash and 2020 is now nearly upon us. 

As January rolls round, we seem to put added pressure on ourselves to be almost perfect. I'm going to do things slightly differently this year. Yes, I need to trim up and get fitter (this is always a challenge and something this year is high on the agenda), but I have set myself a reading challenge. To read at least 20 books, I will be leaving short reviews on IG Stories.

I have a pile of books to get through (quite possibly more than 20), both fiction and non-fiction. In 2019, I would have quite possibly been able to count the number of books I have read on one hand. Always the same excuse - I do not have enough time. Well the challenge is on #20for20. 

Here are the first books to dust off:

Reading Challenge 2020

The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Stacey Hall's beautifully illustrated cover sold this book to me immediately. The earthy tones of leaves, foxes and gold embossing convinced me I was not going to leave the shop without adding this to my basket. Based in 1612 with an air of mystery and witchcraft, the pages of this book promise a 'spell-binding' treat and I for one cannot wait to get stuck in!

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by  Hiro Arikawa
A book based on a special travelling cat. Based on the blurb I am expecting a light-hearted, refreshing read. This has been on my book shelf for nearly 2 years, it's about time it's dusted off and will be one of the first books I start in 2020. Anything cat related, I am there. You know the saying crazy-cat lady? The finger's pointing right at me!

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyle
Described as 'bold, funny and epic', The Heart's Invisible Furies is a recommendation from The Anna Edit. At over 700 pages long, this is one beefy book. Anna loved it and Kate La Vie's copy fell apart on the beach, as it was read with such love. When we head to California in March, I am pretty confident this will be accompanying me on the flight. I may take a shorter novel as well, just in case I'm not drawn in! I'm keen to see if it's worth both the read and the hype!.

Reading Challenge 2020      Reading Challenge 2020

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
A perceptive, sharp and witty read from a 2020's Bridget Jones. This sounds like it'd be right up my street. The heroine smart, honest and one of us. Hard to know if it's great as I am making it sound, but I will be sure to let you know.

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
Sounds dreamy, frothy and refreshing but do not be fooled by the title. Described as 'addictive, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking'. 'A tale of brutality and betrayal'. The Ice Cream Girls feels like a real mystery to me. I cannot wait to discover the ins and outs of this murderous thriller. 

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
A story of three women. Sexy and maybe what 50 Shades wished to be. Yes, I read them all and even the follow up from Christian Grey's perspective - totally corny with the kind of lines you could make up on a rainy Saturday afternoon from your kitchen table! Three Women has the kind of rave reviews which makes you want to read each woman's story. I'm expecting this read to be electric and a must have for any book shelf. 

My Friend Anna by Rachel De-Loache Williams
The true story of charming Anna Delvey. The fake heiress of  New York City. Sucking those around her into believing her 'fake' socialite, lavish lifestyle. Maybe this will be my back-up book when we hit Heathrow in March. Is Anna Delvey really as conniving as we are lead to believe?

Reading Challenge 2020

The first 7 on my list. Please do bare in mind, that I do work long hours, am obsessed with Netflix and house cleaning so it may take a little time. I will however work my way through all of these novels within the first few months of next year. I cannot wait to let you all know which I think are worth checking out or if there are any duds on my shelf. 

After writing this on Saturday morning, I am off to watch Little Women this afternoon. Tomorrow (Sunday 29th) Mum and I are catching the train to London to see Mary Poppins on the stage. I feel so cultured, all this talk of books and shows! 

If I need to visit my local Waterstones or dial up Amazon, with any books you would recommend, then please do let me know in the comments below! Back next week when we will have already counted down the New Year to midnight, so all that's left for me to say is have a great one and I will be back with a bang next week!
December 29, 2019

Reading Challenge 2020.

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Reading Challenge 2020

First things first, let's take care of a little housekeeping. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and managed to spend quality time scoffing down Christmas pudding and smoked salmon with family and friends. We are now fast approaching a new decade (just in case you have been in hibernation for the past few months) and I am quite sure soon enough we will hear the mantra, 'New Year/New Decade, New Me!' 

Now, I am one of those annoying people who relish a New Year. A fresh new diary, all those blank pages to fill, with high expectations that this will be the best one ever! The last few years seem to have come and gone in a flash and 2020 is now nearly upon us. 

As January rolls round, we seem to put added pressure on ourselves to be almost perfect. I'm going to do things slightly differently this year. Yes, I need to trim up and get fitter (this is always a challenge and something this year is high on the agenda), but I have set myself a reading challenge. To read at least 20 books, I will be leaving short reviews on IG Stories.

I have a pile of books to get through (quite possibly more than 20), both fiction and non-fiction. In 2019, I would have quite possibly been able to count the number of books I have read on one hand. Always the same excuse - I do not have enough time. Well the challenge is on #20for20. 

Here are the first books to dust off:

Reading Challenge 2020

The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Stacey Hall's beautifully illustrated cover sold this book to me immediately. The earthy tones of leaves, foxes and gold embossing convinced me I was not going to leave the shop without adding this to my basket. Based in 1612 with an air of mystery and witchcraft, the pages of this book promise a 'spell-binding' treat and I for one cannot wait to get stuck in!

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by  Hiro Arikawa
A book based on a special travelling cat. Based on the blurb I am expecting a light-hearted, refreshing read. This has been on my book shelf for nearly 2 years, it's about time it's dusted off and will be one of the first books I start in 2020. Anything cat related, I am there. You know the saying crazy-cat lady? The finger's pointing right at me!

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyle
Described as 'bold, funny and epic', The Heart's Invisible Furies is a recommendation from The Anna Edit. At over 700 pages long, this is one beefy book. Anna loved it and Kate La Vie's copy fell apart on the beach, as it was read with such love. When we head to California in March, I am pretty confident this will be accompanying me on the flight. I may take a shorter novel as well, just in case I'm not drawn in! I'm keen to see if it's worth both the read and the hype!.

Reading Challenge 2020      Reading Challenge 2020

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
A perceptive, sharp and witty read from a 2020's Bridget Jones. This sounds like it'd be right up my street. The heroine smart, honest and one of us. Hard to know if it's great as I am making it sound, but I will be sure to let you know.

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
Sounds dreamy, frothy and refreshing but do not be fooled by the title. Described as 'addictive, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking'. 'A tale of brutality and betrayal'. The Ice Cream Girls feels like a real mystery to me. I cannot wait to discover the ins and outs of this murderous thriller. 

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
A story of three women. Sexy and maybe what 50 Shades wished to be. Yes, I read them all and even the follow up from Christian Grey's perspective - totally corny with the kind of lines you could make up on a rainy Saturday afternoon from your kitchen table! Three Women has the kind of rave reviews which makes you want to read each woman's story. I'm expecting this read to be electric and a must have for any book shelf. 

My Friend Anna by Rachel De-Loache Williams
The true story of charming Anna Delvey. The fake heiress of  New York City. Sucking those around her into believing her 'fake' socialite, lavish lifestyle. Maybe this will be my back-up book when we hit Heathrow in March. Is Anna Delvey really as conniving as we are lead to believe?

Reading Challenge 2020

The first 7 on my list. Please do bare in mind, that I do work long hours, am obsessed with Netflix and house cleaning so it may take a little time. I will however work my way through all of these novels within the first few months of next year. I cannot wait to let you all know which I think are worth checking out or if there are any duds on my shelf. 

After writing this on Saturday morning, I am off to watch Little Women this afternoon. Tomorrow (Sunday 29th) Mum and I are catching the train to London to see Mary Poppins on the stage. I feel so cultured, all this talk of books and shows! 

If I need to visit my local Waterstones or dial up Amazon, with any books you would recommend, then please do let me know in the comments below! Back next week when we will have already counted down the New Year to midnight, so all that's left for me to say is have a great one and I will be back with a bang next week!
2019 Skincare Favourites

Apologies to the weekly readers out there, I'm never late and here I am missing a week already! 

What with Christmas, drinking my weight in mulled wine, eating too many turkey roasts in the local pub and generally being merry, my page has been a little neglected. Life, Christmas just gets in the way sometimes! We're hoping to go on a pre-Christmas walk today and blow the cobwebs away, that and heading to Boots to pick up a body scrub. That's another subject in need of some desperate attention! Oh and a cinema trip tomorrow to see Cats! As a crazy cat myself, I cannot wait to watch the madness. I may even sneak my furry friend in with me, now I am kidding! Imagine if you could take your cat to the cinema day!

Anyway you're quite possibly here to catch up on my 2019 skincare favourites. Enough waffling, let's do this!

Skin-Type: Dry/sensitive.

Cleansers

For a budget, no nonsense micellar water I have been impressed by Garnier's Organic Cornflower (£5.99 for 400ml) version. Personally, I do not find this removes eye-makeup very easily (I favour lightweight makeup most days and often do not even use mascara), however to remove base make-up or foundation, this works a treat. The lightly floral scent is a welcome treat at the end of the day and a quick sweep across your face removes all products from the skin. This leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and refreshed ready for a good night's sleep, with no residue. On a side note, for eye makeup, I find Garnier's Oil Infused Micellar Water works a treat, it gets rid of everything!

For a double cleanse and one of my favourite skincare products of the year, Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser (£28 for 250ml) really hits the spot.  Perfect for a second cleanse, Kiehl's cleanser is  a no rinse formula. The almost cream like texture is refreshing on the skin. This product removes any last traces of dirt and makeup to leave skin feeling soft, hydrated and super squeaky clean. If you're looking for a new cleanser and you have sensitive skin, this is one product I truly back!

Toners

Over the past 12 months, I have tried a range of different toners, many leaving no impression. Late in the year I came across Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Toner (£34 for 100ml). Gentle on the skin, this is a bottle of magic rose petals! The toner is refreshing on the skin to leave skin feeling soft, hydrated and glowing. I love using this product in my ever-changing skincare routine and it's perfect to remove any lasts traces of cleanser. The only gripe I have is when you reach the last of the product it is literally impossible to shake out of the bottle due to the rose petals getting in the way! That being said I have already had a re-stock and will continue to love this.


2019 Skincare Favourites

Face Mists

Face Mists seem to be one of the products I buy on a regular basis. I am always trying new ones and quite often fall in love with the latest to join my skincare cupboard. 2019 was the year I re-discovered an old favourite and found myself falling in love with two new mists; from Herbivore and Josh Rosebrook.

Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary's Mist (£50 for 100ml) featured within In The Frow's Jet Set Kit. It's refreshing, rose scented and hydrates and perks up the complexion perfectly. The limited edition bottle is lovely and the price extortionate. A real luxury, boujee product. Still a great face mist, however I have discovered two I prefer even more. 

Herbivore's Rose Hibiscus Mist (£28 for 120ml) is dreamy. The pretty packaging looks great on your bathroom shelf and the actual product inside is just as lovely. The all-natural beauty brand were a massive hit in 2019 and quite rightly so. The base is made up of coconut water, there are no nasty chemicals and the rose scent is subtle yet wonderful. It's refreshing on the skin, leaves skin feeling hydrated, smooth and soft and peps up a tired complexion. This is a real hit in my book and a staple in my collection.

Another staple product in my routine is Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator (£35 for 120ml). Now on my 2nd bottle of this, the Rosebrook line is another all-natural, largely organic brand. If I am in a serious rush and my skin needs something effective to tone, hydrate and soothe, I douse myself in this. Infused with vitamin goodness, H.A. is a hydrator, toner and moisturiser all in one. Perfect for those crappy skincare days where you need something a little more hardworking, A true gem, which leaves ok skin feeling fabulous! My top pick of the bunch!

2019 Skincare Favourites

2019 Skincare Favourites

Masks & Spot Treatment

For Detox: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay (£39.95 for 60g)     

When skin is congested and in need of a proper detox Sand and Sky's Pink Clay Purifying Face Mask is the one. So when I have over-indulged this Christmas with too many mince pies, Christmas pud and brandy butter, this is the pink pot I will be reaching for. The mask comes with its own brush, which is of course, uber sanitary. Slapping the mixture on your face feels cool and refreshing. Once the formula has dried and you resemble a pink, yet ghostly figure it's time to wash off.  If you try/have tried this mask you will know exactly what I mean. 

My skin feels very dry after using this, yet soft and clean. Nothing a heavy hitting moisturiser can't fix. Quite simply, this will clear all of the crap from your skin. Perfect for over-indulgence at Christmas.


For HydrationKiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask (£36 for 100ml)

Kiehl's have come up trumps once again. Not only is it trendy to still show off your avo on toast on Instagram, it's also trendy to slap it on your face. If you have read my very first posts, you will be aware that I now have a defunct beauty blog. I wish I could share the photos with you. Dodgy selfies, taken in low light and on an angle to capture the fresh avocado from the fridge slapped on my face. Why, oh why?  

For a much more convenient way Kiehl's have also shared their love of avocado and packed it into a hydrating mask. Granted, this is also very much like slapping guacamole on your face, hoping it doesn't slide off, but it works, it really works. The creamy formula is hydrating, soothing and leaves skin glowing and soft. 

For the days when you wish for a boost to your dry/dehydrated skin, this works wonders. And there's no knife or chopping board required, genius!

For Blemishes: Votary Blemish Rescue Oil (£35 for 15ml)

Expensive, yet so, so good. Votary's Oil is a real Godsend. Luckily I do not suffer from blemishes and it's a rare occurrence when one pops up. For the days when I want to zap that zit to oblivion I reach for this. Natural and packed with Tamanu and Salicylic, Votary's Oil is the best spot treatment out there! 

A few drops applied to the palm pushed into cleansed skin really clear up any affected areas. Acting extremely quickly, this oil heals the skin without causing anymore irritation. A powerful little pot, which lasts ages and is a real star to have in your skincare kit. I have tried many products to diminish pesky blighters and this is by far the best I have ever used. Worth every penny!


Special Mention: Lanolips Everywhere Multi Cream (£10.99 for 85ml)

Lanolips' EMC is a wonder product perfect for transforming the thirstiest of skin. Non-scented, colourless and hydrating, this can be used on eyelids, lips, dry elbows, knees, feet, ears, face. In fact everywhere! Even that dry patch on your bum!  Packed with nut oils and lanolin, I find this much more effective used on dry lips than their tailor made lip balms. It's wonderful and packs a really punch into saying goodbye to problem areas. Another great product to keep in your stash. I have even bought a tube to add to Tony's stocking come 24th December, as I hear it's great for psoriasis. 


So there you have it, my top skincare recommendations from 2019.  

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any I need to try in the New Year? And just what are you looking forward to trying in 2020?  Have a very Happy Christmas and I'll see you soon!

December 22, 2019

2019 Skincare Favourites.

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2019 Skincare Favourites

Apologies to the weekly readers out there, I'm never late and here I am missing a week already! 

What with Christmas, drinking my weight in mulled wine, eating too many turkey roasts in the local pub and generally being merry, my page has been a little neglected. Life, Christmas just gets in the way sometimes! We're hoping to go on a pre-Christmas walk today and blow the cobwebs away, that and heading to Boots to pick up a body scrub. That's another subject in need of some desperate attention! Oh and a cinema trip tomorrow to see Cats! As a crazy cat myself, I cannot wait to watch the madness. I may even sneak my furry friend in with me, now I am kidding! Imagine if you could take your cat to the cinema day!

Anyway you're quite possibly here to catch up on my 2019 skincare favourites. Enough waffling, let's do this!

Skin-Type: Dry/sensitive.

Cleansers

For a budget, no nonsense micellar water I have been impressed by Garnier's Organic Cornflower (£5.99 for 400ml) version. Personally, I do not find this removes eye-makeup very easily (I favour lightweight makeup most days and often do not even use mascara), however to remove base make-up or foundation, this works a treat. The lightly floral scent is a welcome treat at the end of the day and a quick sweep across your face removes all products from the skin. This leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and refreshed ready for a good night's sleep, with no residue. On a side note, for eye makeup, I find Garnier's Oil Infused Micellar Water works a treat, it gets rid of everything!

For a double cleanse and one of my favourite skincare products of the year, Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser (£28 for 250ml) really hits the spot.  Perfect for a second cleanse, Kiehl's cleanser is  a no rinse formula. The almost cream like texture is refreshing on the skin. This product removes any last traces of dirt and makeup to leave skin feeling soft, hydrated and super squeaky clean. If you're looking for a new cleanser and you have sensitive skin, this is one product I truly back!

Toners

Over the past 12 months, I have tried a range of different toners, many leaving no impression. Late in the year I came across Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Toner (£34 for 100ml). Gentle on the skin, this is a bottle of magic rose petals! The toner is refreshing on the skin to leave skin feeling soft, hydrated and glowing. I love using this product in my ever-changing skincare routine and it's perfect to remove any lasts traces of cleanser. The only gripe I have is when you reach the last of the product it is literally impossible to shake out of the bottle due to the rose petals getting in the way! That being said I have already had a re-stock and will continue to love this.


2019 Skincare Favourites

Face Mists

Face Mists seem to be one of the products I buy on a regular basis. I am always trying new ones and quite often fall in love with the latest to join my skincare cupboard. 2019 was the year I re-discovered an old favourite and found myself falling in love with two new mists; from Herbivore and Josh Rosebrook.

Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary's Mist (£50 for 100ml) featured within In The Frow's Jet Set Kit. It's refreshing, rose scented and hydrates and perks up the complexion perfectly. The limited edition bottle is lovely and the price extortionate. A real luxury, boujee product. Still a great face mist, however I have discovered two I prefer even more. 

Herbivore's Rose Hibiscus Mist (£28 for 120ml) is dreamy. The pretty packaging looks great on your bathroom shelf and the actual product inside is just as lovely. The all-natural beauty brand were a massive hit in 2019 and quite rightly so. The base is made up of coconut water, there are no nasty chemicals and the rose scent is subtle yet wonderful. It's refreshing on the skin, leaves skin feeling hydrated, smooth and soft and peps up a tired complexion. This is a real hit in my book and a staple in my collection.

Another staple product in my routine is Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator (£35 for 120ml). Now on my 2nd bottle of this, the Rosebrook line is another all-natural, largely organic brand. If I am in a serious rush and my skin needs something effective to tone, hydrate and soothe, I douse myself in this. Infused with vitamin goodness, H.A. is a hydrator, toner and moisturiser all in one. Perfect for those crappy skincare days where you need something a little more hardworking, A true gem, which leaves ok skin feeling fabulous! My top pick of the bunch!

2019 Skincare Favourites

2019 Skincare Favourites

Masks & Spot Treatment

For Detox: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay (£39.95 for 60g)     

When skin is congested and in need of a proper detox Sand and Sky's Pink Clay Purifying Face Mask is the one. So when I have over-indulged this Christmas with too many mince pies, Christmas pud and brandy butter, this is the pink pot I will be reaching for. The mask comes with its own brush, which is of course, uber sanitary. Slapping the mixture on your face feels cool and refreshing. Once the formula has dried and you resemble a pink, yet ghostly figure it's time to wash off.  If you try/have tried this mask you will know exactly what I mean. 

My skin feels very dry after using this, yet soft and clean. Nothing a heavy hitting moisturiser can't fix. Quite simply, this will clear all of the crap from your skin. Perfect for over-indulgence at Christmas.


For HydrationKiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask (£36 for 100ml)

Kiehl's have come up trumps once again. Not only is it trendy to still show off your avo on toast on Instagram, it's also trendy to slap it on your face. If you have read my very first posts, you will be aware that I now have a defunct beauty blog. I wish I could share the photos with you. Dodgy selfies, taken in low light and on an angle to capture the fresh avocado from the fridge slapped on my face. Why, oh why?  

For a much more convenient way Kiehl's have also shared their love of avocado and packed it into a hydrating mask. Granted, this is also very much like slapping guacamole on your face, hoping it doesn't slide off, but it works, it really works. The creamy formula is hydrating, soothing and leaves skin glowing and soft. 

For the days when you wish for a boost to your dry/dehydrated skin, this works wonders. And there's no knife or chopping board required, genius!

For Blemishes: Votary Blemish Rescue Oil (£35 for 15ml)

Expensive, yet so, so good. Votary's Oil is a real Godsend. Luckily I do not suffer from blemishes and it's a rare occurrence when one pops up. For the days when I want to zap that zit to oblivion I reach for this. Natural and packed with Tamanu and Salicylic, Votary's Oil is the best spot treatment out there! 

A few drops applied to the palm pushed into cleansed skin really clear up any affected areas. Acting extremely quickly, this oil heals the skin without causing anymore irritation. A powerful little pot, which lasts ages and is a real star to have in your skincare kit. I have tried many products to diminish pesky blighters and this is by far the best I have ever used. Worth every penny!


Special Mention: Lanolips Everywhere Multi Cream (£10.99 for 85ml)

Lanolips' EMC is a wonder product perfect for transforming the thirstiest of skin. Non-scented, colourless and hydrating, this can be used on eyelids, lips, dry elbows, knees, feet, ears, face. In fact everywhere! Even that dry patch on your bum!  Packed with nut oils and lanolin, I find this much more effective used on dry lips than their tailor made lip balms. It's wonderful and packs a really punch into saying goodbye to problem areas. Another great product to keep in your stash. I have even bought a tube to add to Tony's stocking come 24th December, as I hear it's great for psoriasis. 


So there you have it, my top skincare recommendations from 2019.  

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any I need to try in the New Year? And just what are you looking forward to trying in 2020?  Have a very Happy Christmas and I'll see you soon!

My trip to California 2020

As a wannabe globe trotter, my desire to see new places grows. I'm happy in a pair of jeans and t-shirt and at a point in time loved designer brands and logos. I still love a few luxury pieces in life, whether it's a cashmere pair of socks, boujee bath oil or a tan leather bag.  

Although now-a-days I'd rather spend money on plane tickets and fancy food. So 2020 was the year I decided we'd head off to see new places. 

For Tony's birthday in January I had booked a surprise trip to Venice through Thomas Cook. When TC collapsed, I felt a hint of sadness as once upon a time I'd worked at their Head Office in Peterborough.  Booking trips around the world for excited travellers and being inspired by the newest hotels in the nicest of places. The defunct brand meant that I was one of the thousands of people who has had to claim money back.  

Luckily I'd only spent around £400 on a 3 night stay to Italy and not thousands on a cruise around the Caribbean. As I write this, I have been fortunate enough to have been refunded for both the flights and hotel, meaning the funds can now go towards something else, like California! 

Venice we will come and see you another time, maybe even in California! At least we can head to Venice Beach or to the canals!

I have wanted to explore parts of California for as long as I can remember, San Francisco being top of my list. I cannot wait to visit Alcatraz and take a tram with a view over the iconic bay.  

What better way to get a snapshot of Cali, than to pick up a car from LAX and drive along the Pacific Coast Highway all the way up to San Francisco. Our road trip is all booked and paid for. And I am a little excited!

My trip to California 2020, California 2020


Our Itinerary: March 2020
Pick up car from LAX and onto:

The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood (for 3 nights)
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara (1)
Sea Crest Oceanfront Hotel, Pismo Beach (1)
Hilton Garden Inn, Monterrey (2)
Pines Resort At Bass Lake, Yosemite (1)

Drop car off at San Francisco and then spend our time at:
Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco (4)

I booked our trip through TUI. I highly recommend heading to store if you are looking into doing the same. They have on-hand specialists at the end of the phone to help you book your perfect trip. The route is planned out on Google Maps, so you can see the exact route you have planned. 

The advisors recommend how long you will need to spend in each spot depending on what you wish to do. Who knew LA was 400 miles away from San Fran. Everything on Google looks in close proximity to each other. We all know The States is massive, but just 1cm on the map can mean over an hours travelling. Plan carefully!

My trip to California 2020

I have butterflies in my tummy just thinking of this trip and am quite sure the night before we travel I will not sleep one bit. Much like an excited kid waiting for Christmas morning and a sack from Santa. 

As you may know Brigita and I went to Barcelona this March and absolutely loved it, you can read more about this here (just in case you missed it).  We are also planning a trip somewhere next year,  Lisbon seems to be on the cards, so expect content from Lisbon and also a tonne of content from Cali!

Have you been to California? Do you have any recommendations of places to eat or something out of the ordinary which we must do/see? Please do drop a comment below I would love to hear from you!

Currently unsure of what post will be coming next Sunday, however be there or be square. 9am sharp!

December 08, 2019

California 2020.

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My trip to California 2020

As a wannabe globe trotter, my desire to see new places grows. I'm happy in a pair of jeans and t-shirt and at a point in time loved designer brands and logos. I still love a few luxury pieces in life, whether it's a cashmere pair of socks, boujee bath oil or a tan leather bag.  

Although now-a-days I'd rather spend money on plane tickets and fancy food. So 2020 was the year I decided we'd head off to see new places. 

For Tony's birthday in January I had booked a surprise trip to Venice through Thomas Cook. When TC collapsed, I felt a hint of sadness as once upon a time I'd worked at their Head Office in Peterborough.  Booking trips around the world for excited travellers and being inspired by the newest hotels in the nicest of places. The defunct brand meant that I was one of the thousands of people who has had to claim money back.  

Luckily I'd only spent around £400 on a 3 night stay to Italy and not thousands on a cruise around the Caribbean. As I write this, I have been fortunate enough to have been refunded for both the flights and hotel, meaning the funds can now go towards something else, like California! 

Venice we will come and see you another time, maybe even in California! At least we can head to Venice Beach or to the canals!

I have wanted to explore parts of California for as long as I can remember, San Francisco being top of my list. I cannot wait to visit Alcatraz and take a tram with a view over the iconic bay.  

What better way to get a snapshot of Cali, than to pick up a car from LAX and drive along the Pacific Coast Highway all the way up to San Francisco. Our road trip is all booked and paid for. And I am a little excited!

My trip to California 2020, California 2020


Our Itinerary: March 2020
Pick up car from LAX and onto:

The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood (for 3 nights)
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara (1)
Sea Crest Oceanfront Hotel, Pismo Beach (1)
Hilton Garden Inn, Monterrey (2)
Pines Resort At Bass Lake, Yosemite (1)

Drop car off at San Francisco and then spend our time at:
Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco (4)

I booked our trip through TUI. I highly recommend heading to store if you are looking into doing the same. They have on-hand specialists at the end of the phone to help you book your perfect trip. The route is planned out on Google Maps, so you can see the exact route you have planned. 

The advisors recommend how long you will need to spend in each spot depending on what you wish to do. Who knew LA was 400 miles away from San Fran. Everything on Google looks in close proximity to each other. We all know The States is massive, but just 1cm on the map can mean over an hours travelling. Plan carefully!

My trip to California 2020

I have butterflies in my tummy just thinking of this trip and am quite sure the night before we travel I will not sleep one bit. Much like an excited kid waiting for Christmas morning and a sack from Santa. 

As you may know Brigita and I went to Barcelona this March and absolutely loved it, you can read more about this here (just in case you missed it).  We are also planning a trip somewhere next year,  Lisbon seems to be on the cards, so expect content from Lisbon and also a tonne of content from Cali!

Have you been to California? Do you have any recommendations of places to eat or something out of the ordinary which we must do/see? Please do drop a comment below I would love to hear from you!

Currently unsure of what post will be coming next Sunday, however be there or be square. 9am sharp!

Luxury Beauty Empties


Like many bloggers, I have a tonne of stuff to get through. Random teas I have been sent, brightly coloured lipsticks (not my vibe) and then there's the products I have bought, loved and cannot wait to tell you all about. I have been trying to get every last drop out of the products mentioned today. I am skincare mad and a Jo Malone junkie and am desperately trying to use things up before spending more. And yes, that includes the random tea. The lipsticks will just to have to be passed onto someone less country-fied and more girl-about-town.  

In no particular order, let's get cracking...


Sharp and citrusy, yet berry-like, this is the most perfect scent for Autumn and Winter. It's fresh yet fruity and a waft of this really transports me to a day in the country. 

Finding those prickly hedgerows and picking the juiciest, ripest blackberries you could find. Rolling out pre-made pastry and cooking the tangiest blackberry pie in the oven. That's much more likely to be my Mum doing this. Served with hot custard. I digress!

Buy Again? 
Abso-bloody-lutely. This is a close number 2, behind my all time favourite Jo Malone scent of Peony and Blush Suede, which I have just repurchased for the 107036 time! No longer a treat, Blush Suede is part of me (saddo)!


Being a beach/country/woods kind of girl, when this perfume was first released, I felt this had been made for me. Tony and I spend alot of days down the Norfolk coast in the Summer, so to have a fragrance made by my favourite, I knew I would love it. Now I'm pretty crap at describing scents, however this is fresh and woody.

Holkham Beach is one of my very favourite places (expect photos in the warmer months). Wood Sage and Sea Salt evokes memories of a windswept walk along the beach. Imagine the wind whipping across the sea, leaving hair with that gritty, salty texture. After a stroll along the beach, it would be time to head back to the car, through the pine woods for a picnic. Just so we didn't get sand in our tuna sandwiches.

Buy Again?

This was my 2nd bottle. I LOVE it! Sticking with cologne, it makes sense to discuss:


A mist of this all over the bod in the Summer is beautiful. Literally summer in a bottle. Although I'm not quite sure if the scent lasts that long. Occasionally I used this as a fancy room spray, a quick spritz is sure to mask any unwanted smells!

Soleil Blanc is a heady mix of sultry summer days with a dash of coconut. Uni-sex, the packaging is as you would expect stylish and luxe. This is the kind of fragrance you'd spray all over after emerging from your White Company sheets, having a steamy hot shower and then layering under your boyfriend's crisp white long shirt.

Buy Again?

No. Soleil Blanc is beautiful, but just a body spray. And so expensive!

Luxury Beauty Empties

Herbivore After Sun

A skin soothing aloe, lavender and witch-hazel mist. After Sun accompanied me on a recent trip to Halkidiki. After long, balmy days in the warm sun, this was a welcome treat. Packed with aloe, it feels cool, almost cold to the touch. The fine mist makes this an easy product to use over the body and those hard to reach places before dressing for supper in the evening. This product is great as it did not leave sticky greasy hands and soaks into the skin quickly.  Already cold, without the need to store in the hotel room fridge alongside the tomatoes and wine from the local shop.

Buy Again?

For the next hot holiday, yes!

Dior's Joy

I love the packaging more than the scent. It's a little too sweet for me and more suitable for the teens into labels.

Buy Again?

Not for me.

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum (Apricot Glow)

I'm lucky to have pretty even, smooth textured skin, however I suffer mainly with redness and pink cheeks (this girl needs no blusher). On a good skin day By Terry's CC Serum is the only thing I have been using lately on my skin. This rose-scented lightweight product melts into the skin beautifully after moisturiser. It provides hydration (which my dry skin loves), colour correction and radiance. Somehow it gives a beautiful veil to the skin, whilst still allowing the skin to look and feel fresh.

Buy Again?
Yes, yes, yes! It's expensive, however the bottle lasts ages and it's the perfect skincare/base hybrid.

Luxury Beauty Emptoes


Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm
£15 for a lip balm? I hear you, really I do. There's something about this buttery balm though, it's really, really good.

Multi-purpose, this can also be used around the eye area, I only discovered this after I had devoured the whole tube so didn't use this way. Lippe Balm is non-greasy, un-scented and super hydrating, this is one product to keep in your car, handbag, bedside table and desk. It's great and the balm appears to last on the lips for ages!

Buy Again?
Of course, a really great lip balm.

Indie Lee Lotion COQ-10

As I age, I have invested more and more into high quality skincare with natural ingredients. I have always been more about the base and great skincare than coloured lids and lips. Yes, a slick of mascara does wonders, however if my base and skin look and feel great then I'm happy.

Indie Lee's Lotion is hydrating, all natural and leaves skin feeling hydrated and looking plump and healthy. £32 for the full size, however you can also trial this toner to see if this is one for you for £10 (which used daily and liberally, lasts a good 7-10 days - perfect for holiday also).

Buy Again?
I love face mists and sprays but yes I would buy again. This is a great toner to have in your arsenal.


A quick round up of the products which I have been saving up for a while. Are any of these skincare products or fragrances amongst your favourites? Is there anything I need to try or a product you have used, which isn't worth the money? Please do drop a comment below.

Next Sunday, I'm talking 2020 travel plans. I am excited to share this post with you and could burst with excitement literally as I type this! Because I am that (you guessed it) excited!!
December 01, 2019

Beauty Empties: The Luxury Edit

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Luxury Beauty Empties


Like many bloggers, I have a tonne of stuff to get through. Random teas I have been sent, brightly coloured lipsticks (not my vibe) and then there's the products I have bought, loved and cannot wait to tell you all about. I have been trying to get every last drop out of the products mentioned today. I am skincare mad and a Jo Malone junkie and am desperately trying to use things up before spending more. And yes, that includes the random tea. The lipsticks will just to have to be passed onto someone less country-fied and more girl-about-town.  

In no particular order, let's get cracking...


Sharp and citrusy, yet berry-like, this is the most perfect scent for Autumn and Winter. It's fresh yet fruity and a waft of this really transports me to a day in the country. 

Finding those prickly hedgerows and picking the juiciest, ripest blackberries you could find. Rolling out pre-made pastry and cooking the tangiest blackberry pie in the oven. That's much more likely to be my Mum doing this. Served with hot custard. I digress!

Buy Again? 
Abso-bloody-lutely. This is a close number 2, behind my all time favourite Jo Malone scent of Peony and Blush Suede, which I have just repurchased for the 107036 time! No longer a treat, Blush Suede is part of me (saddo)!


Being a beach/country/woods kind of girl, when this perfume was first released, I felt this had been made for me. Tony and I spend alot of days down the Norfolk coast in the Summer, so to have a fragrance made by my favourite, I knew I would love it. Now I'm pretty crap at describing scents, however this is fresh and woody.

Holkham Beach is one of my very favourite places (expect photos in the warmer months). Wood Sage and Sea Salt evokes memories of a windswept walk along the beach. Imagine the wind whipping across the sea, leaving hair with that gritty, salty texture. After a stroll along the beach, it would be time to head back to the car, through the pine woods for a picnic. Just so we didn't get sand in our tuna sandwiches.

Buy Again?

This was my 2nd bottle. I LOVE it! Sticking with cologne, it makes sense to discuss:


A mist of this all over the bod in the Summer is beautiful. Literally summer in a bottle. Although I'm not quite sure if the scent lasts that long. Occasionally I used this as a fancy room spray, a quick spritz is sure to mask any unwanted smells!

Soleil Blanc is a heady mix of sultry summer days with a dash of coconut. Uni-sex, the packaging is as you would expect stylish and luxe. This is the kind of fragrance you'd spray all over after emerging from your White Company sheets, having a steamy hot shower and then layering under your boyfriend's crisp white long shirt.

Buy Again?

No. Soleil Blanc is beautiful, but just a body spray. And so expensive!

Luxury Beauty Empties

Herbivore After Sun

A skin soothing aloe, lavender and witch-hazel mist. After Sun accompanied me on a recent trip to Halkidiki. After long, balmy days in the warm sun, this was a welcome treat. Packed with aloe, it feels cool, almost cold to the touch. The fine mist makes this an easy product to use over the body and those hard to reach places before dressing for supper in the evening. This product is great as it did not leave sticky greasy hands and soaks into the skin quickly.  Already cold, without the need to store in the hotel room fridge alongside the tomatoes and wine from the local shop.

Buy Again?

For the next hot holiday, yes!

Dior's Joy

I love the packaging more than the scent. It's a little too sweet for me and more suitable for the teens into labels.

Buy Again?

Not for me.

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum (Apricot Glow)

I'm lucky to have pretty even, smooth textured skin, however I suffer mainly with redness and pink cheeks (this girl needs no blusher). On a good skin day By Terry's CC Serum is the only thing I have been using lately on my skin. This rose-scented lightweight product melts into the skin beautifully after moisturiser. It provides hydration (which my dry skin loves), colour correction and radiance. Somehow it gives a beautiful veil to the skin, whilst still allowing the skin to look and feel fresh.

Buy Again?
Yes, yes, yes! It's expensive, however the bottle lasts ages and it's the perfect skincare/base hybrid.

Luxury Beauty Emptoes


Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm
£15 for a lip balm? I hear you, really I do. There's something about this buttery balm though, it's really, really good.

Multi-purpose, this can also be used around the eye area, I only discovered this after I had devoured the whole tube so didn't use this way. Lippe Balm is non-greasy, un-scented and super hydrating, this is one product to keep in your car, handbag, bedside table and desk. It's great and the balm appears to last on the lips for ages!

Buy Again?
Of course, a really great lip balm.

Indie Lee Lotion COQ-10

As I age, I have invested more and more into high quality skincare with natural ingredients. I have always been more about the base and great skincare than coloured lids and lips. Yes, a slick of mascara does wonders, however if my base and skin look and feel great then I'm happy.

Indie Lee's Lotion is hydrating, all natural and leaves skin feeling hydrated and looking plump and healthy. £32 for the full size, however you can also trial this toner to see if this is one for you for £10 (which used daily and liberally, lasts a good 7-10 days - perfect for holiday also).

Buy Again?
I love face mists and sprays but yes I would buy again. This is a great toner to have in your arsenal.


A quick round up of the products which I have been saving up for a while. Are any of these skincare products or fragrances amongst your favourites? Is there anything I need to try or a product you have used, which isn't worth the money? Please do drop a comment below.

Next Sunday, I'm talking 2020 travel plans. I am excited to share this post with you and could burst with excitement literally as I type this! Because I am that (you guessed it) excited!!

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