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Flying Wild organic lip balm

I love a good lip balm.  I own dozens but all have quite the knack of disappearing at the exact moment I need them.  Either that or I just abandon them at home when I go out into the world and really need a little help in the lip hydration department.  Owning all these lip… 

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Lippy Girl vegan lipstick review

Lippy Girl Schmoopy

Lippy Girl* is the first vegan brand of lipstick that I’ve tried (and actually the first natural lipstick I ever tried) so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Turns out, quite like the lipstick I knew before. I tried the shade Schmoopy, a pretty soft pink which is a beautiful spring like colour, perfect… 

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The Calm Down Toolkit from Chuckling Goat

Chuckling Goat

This has to be one of the best smelling packages that has arrived for me and look, oh so spring like and pretttyyyyy.  I’m a big fan of the effect Chuckling Goat products have on my skin and I love the story behind how the company got started (you can read my interview with founder Shann here)…. 

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The Secrets of Chuckling Goat: an interview with Shann Jones

Chuckling Goat

I have to admit that when I first started testing out (and really enjoying) Chuckling Goat products, I had absolutely no idea about how interesting the brand’s story would be.  I generally love learning about natural beauty brands because the people who create smaller batches of hand made products usually have an interesting tale to… 

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Chuckling Goat Soothing range review

Chuckling Goat review

As a general rule, most shower gels or soaps strip my skin and leave it dry, regardless of how much I moisturise afterwards, so soap and I have a somewhat…strained relationship.  However, I have found a cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin and has actually helped the condition of it.  I don’t have problem skin (anymore…)… 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! This picture pretty much sums up what I like about Valentine’s…romance, schmomance, bring on the prosecco & strawberries.

Valentine’s gift ideas

Valentine gift ideas

Whilst I don’t go in for Valentine’s Day in a big way at all (and avoid going out at all costs), I do like the quirky little gifts that pop up.  Here’s some of my favourites (he’s my lobster!). Tickle my fancy socks Flower initial letter lights Mini message in a bottle Raspberry and mint… 

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Angela Langford Bloom and Glow face oil

Angela Langford

I had the pleasure of meeting Angela Langford a couple of months ago at The Glow Getter Gathering and really liked both her and her approach to skin care.  First of all, Angela is a talented chef (she even made the final of Masterchef…) and takes great care to understand each of the ingredients she uses… 

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#FitFoodBMF Recipe Book

How are your New Years resolutions going?  As much as I don’t really have New Years resolutions, I usually spend January trying to counteract mince pies and prosecco (sigh) and cramming in as much veg as humanly possible.  If you’re anything like me, then that initial motivation (or maybe creativity?) may be starting to wane as… 

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Inika mineral foundation review

Inika Unity

I love mineral foundation – I love the natural looking, light to medium coverage, but sometimes I need to build it up to respond to bad skin days.  I had been looking for a green swap for my Bare Escentuals mineral foundation which had been a favourite for a long time.  Enter, Inika mineral foundation…. 

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Balanced Beauty Bristol

If you’re in Bristol and are looking for some post Christmas relaxation and pampering, then I have just the woman for you. If you’ve never met Sasha from Balanced Beauty Bristol, then you should absolutely go and see her.  I’d met Sasha at a couple of events and loved her genuine and enthusiastic approach to natural… 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Well helllloooo, 2016! I know that absolutely everyone is going on about how fast 2015 went, but it really did fly by. Just like last year, I’m not planning to make any new years resolutions (because I am useless at completing them), but I do like to have a few general aims. Last year I… 

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The best hot chocolate ever

The best hot chocolate

I’ve made a remarkable discovery.  Turns out, you don’t need to shell out for fancy hot chocolate mixtures or rely on instant powders to make the best hot chocolate quickly.  All you need is chocolate and milk. Did everyone know this but me?! I warmed two mugs worth of full fat milk in a pan,… 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone.  I’m off to eat my weight in Quality Street and to do my bit to keep the prosecco industry going. I hope you have a fantastic few days. 🙂

Christmas pavlova wreath

Christmas pavlova wreath

Pavlova is one of my fiance’s all time favourite desserts and I have to admit that I’m quite fond if it too (not to mention the wonder that is Eton Mess).  It’s the kind of dessert where once you start thinking about it, nothing else will do. To try and crow bar this summery dessert into… 

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Homemade gingerbread body scrub

Homemade gingerbread scrub

I’ve long been a fan of making my own body scrubs.  They’re so easy to whip up from the things I normally have in the kitchen and whilst I’ll occasionally (and very happily) use a body scrub I’ve bought, I usually prefer to save my money and just make it myself.  So as it’s Christmas,… 

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Happy Monday: Christmas edition!

Here’s some of the things that have made me happy in the last few weeks… Have a wonderful Christmas week! 🙂

Christmas cocktails: Mapletini

What better time for a dessert-like cocktail than Christmas eh?! This christmas cocktail is sweet, but the milk base makes it remarkably light compared to creamier cocktails (or swigging Baileys, although I’m all for that too to be honest).  If drinking milk doesn’t agree with you, the flavours of coconut or almond milk would work… 

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Mallow and White review

Mallow and White review

First up, I love Mallow and White’s packaging; popcorn and petals.  Secondly, the products live up to the promise of the packaging, so I’m more than happy to share just how much I love Mallow and White. The first thing that impressed me about Joanna from Mallow and White was her simple philosophy when it… 

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Nokia Lumia 735 review #lumiavoicestrial

Nokia Lumia 735 review

I have to say, the whole bright orange thing grew on me.  When Microsoft contacted me and asked if I’d like to test out the Nokia Lumia 735 for a couple of weeks, I wasn’t quite expecting neon orange.  I don’t have that much orange stuff.  Turns out I like the orange though.  Now, onto a… 

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Happy Monday

Have a good week! 🙂

30 day yoga challenge

Look at me, doing yoga on that big rock, over looking that big lake. Just kidding.  I’ve never seen that rock before and I most certainly don’t make a habit of wobbling on one foot on big dangerous looking edges.  But I really wish I did. I have tried and tried and tried to master yoga,… 

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Healthy key lime pie

Healthy key lime pie

Halfway through this recipe, I was convinced I hated it.  The mixtures had a weird texture and the flavour was distinctly meh.  I didn’t think it was destined to get finished, let alone for me to write an actual blog post about it.  But then…it went in the freezer.  I don’t know what when on in… 

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Book review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London

I love this book.  I’ll just put the summary of this review out there early in case you’re tight on time today.  You are welcome. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is a fun, interesting read following a policeman in London who gets a promotion to become a trainee wizard.  It all starts when Peter (our… 

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The White Company Seychelles candle

The White Company Seychelles candle

I need to tell you something.  I am a stalker.  I’ve stalked The White Company Seychelles candle for years.  I can’t go past a White Company without getting twitchy if I don’t go in to have a little smell of it.  I feel better for sharing this. Happily, I have very lovely friends who bought… 

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday!  Here are some of the things that have made me happy lately. Have a good week. 🙂

Gin Basil Smash

Gin basil smash

Happy bank holiday weekend!  To celebrate (I use that term loosely) the end of summer weekend and to take advantage of the extra day off, what better time to make yourself a lil’ cocktail.  This gin basil smash is very easy to make and we managed to whip it up on the spot with ingredients… 

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rms beauty: lip2cheek review

rms beauty

When I first starting switching to green beauty products, I was slightly concerned about whether the quality of make up would drop.  rms was one of the first brands I felt comfortable trying, mostly because it gets sooooo much blogger love, whether they’re into green beauty or not, I felt I could trust them.  Plus, look… 

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Easy salted chocolate fudge

Easy salted chocolate fudge

I found the recipe for extremely easy fudge about a year ago, fell in love, then… promptly lost it again.  But look, I recreated it! I’m not being dramatic when I say it is very quick and easy to make, much easier than traditional fudge.  Plus, it’s made from simple ingredients.  You just blend together coconut… 

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Through a lens: Devon

Ilfracombe

I have to confess that this post is a little overdue.  We didn’t really know what to expect when we went to Ilfracombe in Devon for a couple of days earlier in the summer, but turns out it’s a really lush little seaside town.  We hadn’t planned anything but basically stumbled across stuff we liked for a… 

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Zoya nail polish review

Zoya nail varnish

Look at that colour!  It’s like summer in bottle.  This shade is Ali and despite looking like a glossy, hot pink in the bottle, it goes on the nails like a neon matte pink.  Very different to what I expected, but I rolled with it and ended up really liking it. Zoya was named after one of… 

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Tata Harper Daily Essentials review

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

I am so late to the Tata Harper party. Just in case you are too, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  If you’ve already been spending quality time with the party cake and don’t need any introduction to the Tata Harper brand, you can skip this bit and get back to the prosecco. Tata Harper were… 

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There’s not enough time in the day

Not enough time in the day

Do you ever get the feeling that there’s not enough time in the day? Of course you do.  Everybody does.  Everybody who has access to the internet, gets sucked into it’s pointy, endless, wonderfulness and ends up staring at gifs for hours (I totally don’t do that), generally experiences a time crush at one point or… 

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Happy Monday: my birthday edition

Happy Monday! These are some of the things that have made me happy lately. Disclaimer:  this post is almost entirely me cheering myself up on a Monday by reliving my birthday celebrations which, on reflection, appears to have been a week long happy circle of booze, cakes and my favourite people. Absolutely worth clocking up an… 

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Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap review

Castile soap

That is a lot of writing on one bottle.  That’s a trademark of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap and makes it easy to pick out on the overcrowded shelves, but after a little read of all that writing, I realised that there was something a little unusual about Dr Bronner and his Moral ABC’s All-One-God-Faith soap…. 

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday – enjoy your week! 🙂

Life through a lens: Scotland

For our summer holiday this year, we decided that sunshine and relaxing on beaches is overrated (just joking, that’s never overrated) but that we wanted to drive around and camp in Scotland instead.  In classic ‘we’re on holiday’ style, we got over excited and attempted to see as much as humanly possible, which in beautiful… 

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Superhuman Games

Superhuman Games

You may have noticed that I’ve been a tiny bit absent lately, but I promise it was for a very good reason.  In November last year, I bit the bullet and agreed to take part in the Superhuman Games.  The Superhuman games are designed for strong, athletic and competitive people to get together and have… 

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Green People Quinoa and Artichoke haircare review

Green People Quinoa and artichoke haircare review

If there is one thing I love, it’s quinoa.  I eat it almost every day, there’s usually a box of it in the fridge ready at all times and making it into banana breakfast bars blew my mind. I never thought to wash my hair with it, but all my quinoa related dreams came true… 

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Happy Monday

Green People natural deodorant

Green People

As part of my move to more natural products, I strongly suspected there would be one significant challenge.  Deodorant.  I’ve had my daily dose of deodorant since the need for them hit as a teen, perfectly happy with the fact I didn’t smell, until I  learnt a bit more about just what those chemicals do…. 

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New Yorker

Whisky and lemons

This time last year, I was having a whale of a time in New York.  Sigh. It was also the time that my boyfriend became my actual fiance (yey!).  We haven’t actually got as far as committing to an actual wedding venue yet (how are you meant to pick?!), but last April was a VERY exciting time…. 

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Hemsley and Hemsley review

Hemsley and Hemsley

You may have noticed that there are two women that I refer to a lot.  They first popped up on Saturday morning cooking programmes and captured my heart by turning a courgette into a swirly bowl of wonder.  Then I started reading about them here, there and everywhere.  Then I read their book, The Art of… 

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Happy Monday

The fair arrived

Jane Iredale Circle Delete review

Jane Iredale Circle Delete

I am plagued by dark circles.  Dark circles of the purple/blue, almost translucent skin under my eyes type.  The type that make me look shattered despite having 10 hours of sleep and I’m well aware that it is a distinctly ageing trait.  Me and my under eye circles have been at war for years.  A… 

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Does blogging make me happier?

Happiness

Have you ever seen Happy? The documentary travels around the world exploring what people thinks makes them happy and trying to answer what actually leads to happiness. Part of the documentary is about how common it is to chase extrinsic goals like money, image and status for happiness. Whilst having enough money to meet your basic needs… 

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Happy Monday

Body butter

 

My favourite almond snacks

Healthy afternoon snacks

Almonds are one of my favourite foods (alongside coconut oil, cheese, chocolate, steak, nectarines…).  I didn’t actually realise quite how much I loved them, until I went to write a post about my favourite snacks and found myself explaining why they all contained almonds.  So hell, here we have that post, now transformed into my… 

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Coconut oil uses for skin

Coconut oil uses for skin

I’ve been raving about the benefits of coconut oil since I discovered it a year ago.  I know that coconut oil is the cool kid of the health and beauty world at the moment, but I’m not going to let the hype get between me and a good thing / ALL THE COCONUTS.  I use… 

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Happy Monday

Lush Eau Roma Water review

Lush Eau Roma Water

As much as I dislike fighting twelve year olds to get past the bath bombs, I have to say that I do enjoy a spot of Lush skin care (and yes, I’m not denying that I too, am partial to the excitement of a Lush bath.  It’s so FIZZY!!!).  I’m now on my second bottle… 

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Rosehip oil benefits

benefits of rosehip oil

No one needs to sell rosehip oil benefits to me, this is possibly my all time favourite product.  This is one of those those random products that I still remember where and why I bought it, despite it being years ago.  All it took was Miranda Kerr saying that she uses a few drops of this… 

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Things to do in Bristol: the secret bars

Bristol’s secret, ‘wander past them everyday and never know they’re there’ bars are pretty much the worst kept secret around, but people seem to get very over excited about a bar that makes you do a little work to earn your mojito.  If, like me, you have a soft spot for a good cocktail and… 

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Oscar worthy movie snacks

Spiced chickpeas

In honour of The Oscars coming up this weekend and my endless love of food and films (or TV – I’m no snob), I decided to make some Oscar worthy snacks.  I’ve managed to miss most of the Oscar worthy films in the last year, so I probably won’t have a blind clue what’s going on when I find… 

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The benefits of knitting

Knitting

There are plenty of benefits of knitting. I’ve knitted for quite a while, but for a long time I never actually knitted stuff.  I knitted a scarf once, but largely I’d just knit squares, then undo it all and start again.  I just like to sit about knitting, it relaxes me. I’ve seen quite a few articles… 

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Red Velvet beetroot cake

Red velvet beetroot cake

Happy Valentines Day!  Since the start of this year, I’ve been on a bit of a sugar reduction mission and have been trying out lots of new recipes from my Christmas cookbooks, one of which is I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson.  When I was reading it, I noticed these Red Velvet cupcakes and thought… 

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Valentine’s Day picks

Valentine's Day picks

My Valentine’s Day plans never really change and usually they revolve around food and films (two of my favourite things).  If you’re in the gift giving mood, I’ve rounded up some of the things that would make nice pressies.  I’m not saying they have to be for anyone other than you, quite frankly that mug would… 

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Happy Monday

Valentines nails

Hemsley and Hemsley sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

In the past few weeks, I have become completely besotted with Hemsley and Hemsley’s cookbook. If you haven’t found them yet, Hemsley and Hemsley are sisters who are passionate about nutritious, unprocessed, whole food so I can happily eat their recipes without any guilt.  Not a day goes by at the moment when I don’t make… 

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Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil review

Body shop cleansing oil

Earlier this year, I revamped my skin care routine and started double cleansing whenever I wear SPF or make up (so every day then…).  This little beauty was one of my discoveries.  I use this cleansing oil as a first cleanse, I just use one pump on clean hands and massage it all over my… 

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Happy Monday!

blue shoes

2 minute confidence building trick

Confidence builder

A few months ago, I watched a TED Talk all about posture.  The speaker was social psychologist Amy Cuddy who talked about confidence building and the impact that your body language can have on you.  Nothing new there.  But a few months later, I’ve still been thinking about it and noticing how true it is for me… 

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Jo Malone cologne review

Jo Malone perfume

Jo Malone is such a popular kid on the internet, you can’t read a beauty blog without a very enticing review of one of her perfumes.  So, like some kind of water torture chipping away at me, I’ve slowly become gripped by the idea of getting my hands on some.  They are pretty darn pricey… 

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How to wake up early

Breakfast

OK, I’ve changed my mind slightly on the resolutions front.  Only slightly though. Getting into a routine of getting up early everyday is something I’ve flirted with for a while.  Last year I got into a routine of getting up every day at 6am and in the process I had to teach myself how to wake… 

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Paperbeauty is one!

paperbeauty is one!

I am chuffed to say that paperbeauty is officially one year old today.  It’s been a year of learning a lot of new things, swearing at my laptop (a lot) when I couldn’t work things out and then feeling like an actual genius when I finally did.  I’ve made a lot of cocktails, photographed my… 

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Happy new year!

Happy New Year

Well hello there 2015, nice to see you. I’m not going in for lots of new years resolutions this year, mostly because Christmas flew past so fast that I haven’t actually thought about it that much (there, I said it).  That and I’m a bit rubbish at keeping resolutions if I have lots of them.  So… 

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Happy Monday

Frost

New Years Eve ideas: black raspberry and ginger fizz

New years eve ideas

After getting so excited about Christmas, I always need New Years Eve ideas.  I usually manage to plan for everything christmassy, but not so much for my New Year plans.  This cocktail is very easy to make, is light, fruity and easy to drink.  It’s also not too strong so it’s a nice drink to… 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Cream cheese mince pies

Cream cheese mince pies

Mince pies seem to divide people, but I am firmly in the camp of absolutely loving them (for one month of the year).  I’m not normally that fussy when it comes to mince pies, but I found a cream cheese version at a Christmas market last week that was pretty bloody impressive.  The cream cheese… 

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Happy Monday – it’s Christmas!

Xmas parcels

 

Christmas wreath

Wreath

A couple of years ago I had an actual Christmas wreath making lesson from an actual professional wreath maker (read: florist).  They are really easy to make and sooooo much cheaper than buying, it just takes a teeny bit of gathering and your door will be festive before you know it. First off, gather your equipment.  A… 

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Old Fashioned cocktail

Old fashioned cocktail

Sometimes you just need a stiff drink.  And when the time comes, they don’t get much stiffer than an Old Fashioned cocktail.  Plus, it makes me feel slightly like I’m in Mad Men which is always a winner. Ingredients 3 shots Rye or Bourbon whisky Dash of angostura bitters Sugar cube Slice of orange peel… 

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Happy Monday

The sea!

Aveeno hand cream review

hand cream

We have entered Autumn quite abruptly here.  There I was, bobbing along, thinking ‘Ahhh Autumn is so lovely, look at the leaves, look at the snuggly blankets, look at ALL THE PUMPKINS!!!’, happily forgetting that actually, Autumn can get really damp and cold.  I’m all for Autumn, I do love it, but getting around when… 

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Salad ideas: Kale and quinoa

Feta

Try as I might, I can’t get my head around kale smoothies.  I’ve tried many a kale concoction and I know they’re good for me but that does not make them any easier for me to like.  As kale smoothies are out, I’ve been trying out more ways to include it in my lunches.  When… 

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Happy Monday

Paper boats

Perricone MD Vitamin C Serum

Perricone MD Vitamin C serum

I was very excited when I found this vitamin c serum in TK Maxx.  I then got way too excited when I read that it was reduced from £79.99 down to £29.99, as if I need any more proof that slap a big discount on something and I feel like a winner.  £30 is still… 

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Easy Halloween Decorations

Easy Halloween decorations

Halloween has crept up on me this year and my instagram feed is making me feel all left out.  I love a bit of Halloween, but I don’t really want to spend a fortune on decorations which I then have to find somewhere to store all year.  After a little bit of Pinterest inspiration I… 

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Grow Gorgeous Hair Serum

Grow Gorgeous hair serum

I get a bit overexcited about anything that might help my fine hair get a bit more oomph (have a read of my review of cleansing conditioner if you need any convincing) and I also have a deep love of hair serums. My original favourite has always been Phyto’s Phytopolleine botanical scalp treatment which helps support… 

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Amaretti, plum and blackberry crumble

It’s officially autumn and in autumn, we bake crumbles. It’s (almost) the law. So, to kick off crumble season, I tried creating my very own version of Nigella’s plum and amaretti crumble… Nigellissima is one of my favourite cookbooks and I’d certainly recommend it. I enjoyed this recipe, the amaretti biscuits in the crumble mix… 

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Happy Monday

Flowers

Happy Monday! 🙂

Banana Blueberry Yoghurt pops

Banana Blueberry Yoghurt pops

Rumour has it we’re about to have one final throw of summer, so bring on one final batch of ice creams.  The sunshine has taken me by surprise though so I had to work with whatever we had in our kitchen and I’ve actually been pretty impressed with them.  They’re very simple, really quick and… 

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Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner

Grow Gorgeous

Smart girls don’t strip. Amen, Grow Gorgeous, I’m going to give not stripping a go (my hair that is). I’ve been giving reverse washing a whirl ever since I read that Victoria’s Secret models use it to get their hair so swishy. I did like it, but my hair still got greasy ever so quickly… 

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Link love

Apparently every great project should start with booze…? Read this if you’ll be eating abroad.  You don’t want to go offending anyone. I needed to read this to encourage me now the rain is back. 10 habits of emotionally strong women. The unsung benefits of being a creative.

DIY blackboard

Masking tape

Step one Gather your stuff!  You’ll need a mirror, blackboard paint, masking tape, paint brushes (one big one and one little one) and some chalk for later.  Blackboard paint is really easy to find, ours was from B&Q and cost £6.98. Step two As you don’t want to get  paint all over that lovely frame, protect… 

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Effaclar duo [+] review

Effaclar Duo [+]

I’ve written about it before, but Effaclar Duo has long been my pore unclogging, shine controlling, blemish battling little pal. I’ve tried my fair share of products which are designed to control oily, blemish prone skin and the vast majority have pretty much taken the top layer of my skin off, in a bid to… 

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The review: July

July review

1. Making too much ice cream (all in the name of experimentation) 2. Balancing a constant guilt at not going out enough with a constant urge to schlop about watching Mad Men. 3. My favourite sandals. 4.  Seducing Ingrid Bergman. I’m halfway through and it’s quite a light and fluffy read.  The author can over do… 

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Through a lens: Bristol

Hovis

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch gel-creme review

Sunscreen

Oily skin and sunscreen. The struggle is real. I used a lot of heavy duty anti acne products when I was a teenager which made me worry what my skin would look like by the time I was 60. This sparked my love/hate relationship with SPF. SPF is great stuff, but fraught with challenges for those who are also… 

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Cherry and feta quinoa

Cherry feta quinoa

I used to love cheese and jam sandwiches (come on, who doesn’t love a bit of cheddar and strawberry!?).  Sadly, I don’t have them that much anymore, so I think this salad is probably my subconscious telling me to have more cheese and jam moments.  This is very quick to make and is made up… 

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Happy Monday

Hydrangea

Enjoy your week! 🙂

Easy ice cream recipe

Coffee ice cream

An actual easy ice cream recipe this time, not whizzed up frozen banana (that definitely wins the award for easy).  A few weeks ago, I said in my summer bucket list that I wanted to make coffee ice cream.  I wrote that because I’d been eyeing up a Nigella recipe for no churn ice cream for ages.  I can’t… 

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Bumble and bumble Surf range review

Bumble and bumble surf set

I have flat, excessively straight hair that stubbornly refuses to hold a curl unless I threaten it with a lot (A LOT) of heat. Naturally that means I have an ongoing obsession with any hair product that gives me the hard sell about texture and volume (more on that on a later post!).  I also… 

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Etsy finds

Etsy finds

Etsy is like a smörgåsbord of excitement for me, everywhere you look there are beautiful, interesting things that you just don’t bump into that often.  Like a spirograph coaster!! 1. Spirograph coasters  2. Druzy ring 3. Bicycle print 4. Druzy stuf earrings 5. Chevron light switch 6. Patterned appetizer plates 7. Marble phone case

The review: June

June review

1. Supporting England in the World Cup!  For all of two matches. 2. Sunday morning walks round our favourite area when it’s sunny. 3. Spending plenty of time in the park to absorb the sunshine. 4.  Ticking off the first thing on my summer bucket list and going camping.  I reckon tea tastes better in a… 

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Link love

Linklove 3

I can’t get enough of tiny people living in food. The thoughts group exercise induces (I can relate to this). I’m all for DIY beauty – fancy an at home anti cellulite thigh wrap? This made me laugh for slightly longer that it should have. If I was allowed to paint the walls in our… 

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Prawn noodle salad

Prawn noodle salad

This salad has evolved since I first tried it.  It changes slightly each time I make it, depending what I have in the kitchen.  I might use different noodles or beansprouts instead of cucumber, but the dressing never changes and that is the magical, peanutty best bit.  Unless you don’t like peanuts, in which case… 

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Summer nail favourites

Summer nail faves

I’ve rounded up my favourite nail shades for the summer.  Be aware, some serious hand contortion went into avoiding having rogue fingers waving around in the back of the pictures.  I apologise if any got through. Morgan Taylor: Fire cracker.  I’ve been looking for a good red for a while.  Most of my red polishes were too… 

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Summer bucket list

Summer bucket list

I love summer but it usually passes me by.  When we get a heatwave, it’s generally moved on  to even sunnier climes before I’ve found where I helpfully ‘stored’ my flip flops the year before.  This year, I want to get myself in gear and plan to do some things that should make me feel… 

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Banana ice(no)cream

Banana ice cream

Feels a bit scandalous passing this off as an actual recipe, but I wanted to share this.  I bought a Nutribullet about a month ago in a bid to get more greens into our diet. Let’s just say, we aren’t naturally skilled at making tasty green juices and I have said ‘just hold your nose… 

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Brazil! World Cup snacks

World cup snacks

I might not be the biggest football fan in the world, but when there’s any big sporting event I like to get involved.  And by involved, I mean I like to have snacks.  In honour of the World Cup kicking off this week, I’ve put together my list of Brazilian inspired food and drink.  Go… 

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Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB cream

Dr Jart

I love a good BB cream. The beauty balm hype has been going strong since Garnier introduced the first version to eager UK shoppers in 2011 and a whole array of major brands have been releasing their own version ever since.  BB cream was invented in the 1960’s to protect women’s post surgery skin, so… 

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Link love

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41 beauty hacks – every little helps. Small talk like a pro.  I need these tips – why don’t they teach this in school?! These fine examples of beards confuse (and amuse) me. Orange is the New Black is back!  This cast iron, scientifically proven list tells you what your favourite character says about you…. 

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Watermelon lemonade

Watermelon lemonade

I’m a simple creature, so I prefer to think of seasons in months, i.e. June, July and August are summer, September, October, November are autumn, you get the drift.  All this mid month change of seasons malarky doesn’t really work for me, so for me (and a lot of people), 1st June is the unofficial… 

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The review: May

May review

1. Candle of the month is Bath and Body Works Oceanside, a clean, fresh scent which is lovely for summer. 2. I nursed a spring cold this month, which led me to discover my own version of a hot toddy.  Admittedly I created this because I was feeling sorry for myself and had run out… 

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Control your inner madwoman

The Chimp Paradox

Ok, so the title might be a bold statement, but I’ve been hearing a lot about a mind management theory which is helping high profile people control and maximize their performance. Dr Steve Peters has worked with people like Team GB’s cycling team, Ronnie O’Sullivan and (most importantly) Liverpool FC and whilst he’s not likely… 

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Roasted red pepper, lentil and herb salad

Lentil salad

I eat quite a bit of salad for lunch but sometimes salad options get a bit boring (or I get a bit lazy). At the weekend, my boyfriend whipped up this little dish and my love for it has grown progressively through the week. We originally had this with some grilled lamb, then the rest… 

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Link love

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She’s hilarious, beautiful and stood up to her BAFTA twitter bullies in the best way (radiotimes.com). This artist transforms her tiny studio into each of her creations and they actually are enchanting. I don’t use that word lightly but I couldn’t stop staring at them (boredpanda.com). The five year twitter joke (huffingtonpost.com). The girls guide to make… 

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Seche Vite

Seche vite

I’m easily bored.  Put nail varnish on me and three days later, I want a change.  This little (well loved) bottle of top coat makes it so much easier to switch polish every time the whim takes you.  I heard lots about Seche Vite before eventually buying it and it’s a hugely hyped product, but… 

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Road trip essentials

Road trip essentials

One: Spill proof travel mug. These travel mugs are virtually spill proof, just push a little button every time you take a sip. Two: Driving can get messy.  Little resealable packs of baby wipes keep well in the car and multi task at cleaning up after food or taking off your make up off.  Yes, I take… 

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I don’t speak French…

Language

This week, I had a conversation with one of my friends who comes from Poland, speaks perfect English and was telling me about how they take a French lesson a week, just for fun. This makes me feel fairly ashamed to admit that the only language I can speak is English. It’s not a new… 

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What to pack: carry on bag

Hand luggage

I love flying.  I love the suspense in the airport, the excitement on the plane, that it almost always leads to an adventure (unless you’re on the way home, even then I still enjoy the trip).  I even get excited about the food.   As you might know from my last post on our trip to… 

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New York

My boyfriend and I just got back from a week in New York.  It’s safe to say that we absolutely love it there, but it was a ‘punch you in the face’ steep learning curve when we arrived.  We were complete tourists and spent the week tearing around seeing as many of the major sights… 

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The review: April

May review

1. Celebrations! 2. Taking advantage of the long weekends for afternoon walks with friends. 3. A delayed (but very amazing!) trip to New York.  I’m in love. 4. The Easter egg hunt planning got serious.  There were monster clues, chocolate carrots in the veg patch and egg baskets up trees.  Ladders were needed. 5. Finally… 

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Spring wish list

spring wish list

1. The most comfortable spring flats 2.  This moisturiser smells exactly like spring should smell 3. Perfect coral bag for spring sightseeing 4. Bewjewelled statement necklace 5. Secret polkadot glasses 6. Polka dot blouse for the office 7.  I’ve been lusting after a pair of sandals like these for a while. 8. Bright finger and toe nails 9. Bright skinny jeans… 

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Link love

Link love

Which side of your brain is more dominant? We’ve all been there.  If you’ve sent a message to the wrong person, read this.  You’ll feel better. This makes me want to get a laser.  And a dog. The amazing places in the UK have just made it to my summer bucket list. Life advice from… 

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Busy breakfasts

Weekday breakfast ideas

Or more specifically, this should say breakfasts for busy mornings.  I can easily run out of time to make (and eat!) a proper breakfast in the morning and no one needs telling that this is bad way to start the day.  I know some people can’t face food first thing, but I am not one… 

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Glitter

Despite moving into our flat a year ago, we still have a distinct lack of anything on the walls.  My normal oracle (pinterest) had loads of ideas, including a lot of simple glittery wall art.  Here’s my version. Supplies Canvas PVA glue (I don’t think the kind is too important, just the kind you used… 

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The review: March

  1. Spring!  The first spring flowers came out, the clocks moved forward and we have light evenings. It is amazing how much of a difference it makes leaving work in daylight.  I love this change. 2.  I had plenty of time in March to listen to podcasts whilst driving about.  My favourite is Welcome… 

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Liebster award!

I was very excited when the lovely Sandy nominated me for a Liebster Award. It’s a nice way to share the support and get to know fellow bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It made my day when Sandy got in touch so I am sharing the love! Firstly, the rules: 1. You must… 

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Work life balance

Keeping balance is something that I’m struggling with at the moment. This post doesn’t just apply to work life balance, but anything in life where something is out of kilter and is having an impact on everything else. For me, that’s because I’m putting a lot of effort into one part of my life, which… 

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The review: February

1.  February uniform.  There has been a distinct lack of frosty weather so this is my uniform for battling the wind and rain that has not left us alone.  I’m so glad I bought this coat from Mango months ago because I think I might actually start making money on the cost-per-wear soon.  Spring –… 

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Banana bread recipe

This is another one from my beloved Nigellissima book and Nigella claims this banana bread is a good breakfast loaf at any point of the week. We all know about Nigella’s take on a normal diet (dougnuts at bedtime anyone?) so I’d take the ‘breakfast staple’ thing with a pinch of salt but it’s still… 

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Homemade body scrub

In January, I try to be at least a little bit thrifty.  It’s not actually that I try that hard, it’s more of a natural urge to hold onto my cash after Christmas.  This meant that despite being in the aisle of Boots, surrounded by all that lovely, pink Soap and Gloriness and having already… 

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Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics cocktails

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I love the winter olympics.  I generally love all things snow related (few things make me as happy as a snow day) and having it on TV every day is a joy to me.  Know what else I love?  Cocktails!  Here’s some of my favourite Olympics themed cocktails to accompany winter sports viewing.   Sochi… 

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Valentines Day

I don’t tend to do anything fancy for Valentines Day, but I hate feeling left out when there’s any sort of event so I always try to make at least a bit of an effort.  Here’s a few bit thats I’ll be enjoying this Valentines (no actual romance required). Drink Cosmos!! Possibly my favourite cocktail of… 

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The review: January

1.  These slipper boots were a sale bargain from Fat Face on a mid Christmas trip to Windermere. 2. Fifty fashion looks that changed the 1950’s is the first of my twelve books in twelve months.  I might be cheating slightly with this little coffee table book but it’s a good read when you’re heavily… 

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Sleep tight

Pillows

  January is a month where I hibernate.  I tend to just hide at home until miserable January is over (I know, I’m a little ray of sunshine at this time of year).  I don’t normally have any problems sleeping, but I do have a few things in my night time routine which help. This… 

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Link love

Link love

These frozen lighthouses are beautiful. ‘Don’t throw a kitten’ and other 1920’s phrases to boost your vocab I try so hard, but whenever I rush my cat eye, it goes wrong. Alexa Chung explains how to do it properly here. Contouring made simple. Goats shout like humans. What’s not to love? These photos of tiny people… 

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Beating the January blues

Returning to work after the Christmas holidays is tough.  Not much can match the excitement of December, but planning a few new office outfits for the New Year can’t hurt.   9 to 5 by paperbeauty 

Everyday drugstore makeup

Drugstore makeup basics  Face Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder Sleek Face Form contour kit Eyes and lips Sleek Au Natural i-Divine eye palette Revlon ColorStay liquid liner Maybelline The Rocket Express Volume mascara Revlon Balm Stain in Honey

Care for skin of the troubled kind

Skincare faves

I had some serious acne problems pretty much from my 12th birthday.  The second my hormones hit, my skin rebelled against me and I’ve learnt a lot about skincare trying to bring it back in line ever since.  Throughout my teenage years, I had cystic acne which took over my face, chest and upper back…. 

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Two thousand and fourteen

HappyNewYear

I’m going to try and keep this quite short and sweet, but I can’t let this week pass without making a few resolutions. I love Christmas and New Year and whilst I stay firmly in the festive spirit until twelfth night and all the mince pies have been eaten, I do slowly start to think… 

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Five favourites (featuring rosehip oil!)

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My first ever blog post is about the thing that made me love reading other peoples blogs in the first place, product reviews. We have an endless array of choices and when I’m choosing what to spend my hard earned cash on, I’d prefer to listen to the results normal people have got over what… 

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