8.11.2015

SHE & CHIC


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8.06.2015

BEAUTY OBSESSED

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I've been a little quite lately, haven't I? I am very sorry and it's not something I've done on purpose, but life really has taken over and Dorothy & Olive seems to have been given a bit of a backseat.

With working running at 100mph and not looking like it will be slowing down anytime soon (yay), outfit posts are just too hard for Billy and I to get shot! But, I am going to do my best to get back into the swing of things as soon as I can.

But, I wanted to share something a little bit different with you today. You see, I'm just a little bit beauty obsessed recently. I say recently, but it's something that I've loved for most of my life. I'm excellent at pampering and while I may not be a pro makeup artist or high-profile hair stylist, I still like to do my best with what I can do.

I guess the ante-upping in the beauty department has been largely connecting with my work. I write freelance and over the last 12 months especially, my passion for health, fitness & skincare has really taken over. I found that I enjoyed this kind of work more and now the majority of what I do is health and beauty related.

Fun, huh!

I still do love fashion and my endless enjoyment of collecting clothes and accessories won't be stopping anytime soon, I'm still religiously reading blogs for inspiration and see fashion as an art - but for now, my passion work wise is completely with the beauty industry (my work load and client list speaks for itself).

Anyway, back to it... I wanted to do this post to really give you a better insight into what I've been up to and also to share some current products I'm testing with you all. These are probably the ones I've been loving the most over recent weeks and I want to do a bit of a write up of them, but feel free to take a look at the little list I've linked below.

I have a bit of an obsession with oils, so there are quite a few on my list - so I do hope you love them too. I've also upgraded my beauty tools with Tweezerman and am loving the Sisley Lip Twists & Vichy Idealia BB Cream combo for days when I'm not really leaving the house but still want to feel a little more than bare-faced!

Have you been trying anything new lately? Have we been trying anything the same? I'd love to know if you've been inspired to take a look at any of these treats!

8.03.2015

WEEKEND WITH TINYTWISST PART 2

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Following on from my last post covering all the bits we got up to on the first day of our girly weekend, the Saturday, I can now take you through the rest of Sunday!

After leaving Kensington, we made our way over to Putney for a spot of early morning pampering. What would a girly weekend be with out a beauty treatment or two? And considering we were visiting London Grace, we were very excited indeed.

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London Grace is the most amazing concept - I fell in love with it as soon as I came across them on Twitter. Not only are they a nail bar, but they're a coffee shop too! A oh-so-cool coffee shop that also served bubbles (for you) and beers (for your chap, if he happens to be tagging along). The perfect combination, right?

Laura and I were treated to gel manicures with a whole host of colours to choose from. Me being me, I went for classic red and Laura opted for a gorgeous dark charcoal. The whole experience was faultless and the girls were great. 

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Look how beautiful the space is! I also love that they have their own selection of nail goodies and polishes. I picked up a few nail files for us both as souvenirs (and kinda because they have my name of them) and I also have my eye on that Grace cornflower blue - isn't it cute!?

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As you can probably tell, we were in heaven. It's just such a gorgeous venue and the idea is genius. So if you're based in London and are on the lookout for the perfect nail bar to become your new regular, London Grace is the one for you!

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With our newly nice nails, we skipped over to our new hotel for the night. We knew we were a bit early for the room to be ready, but we made our way over anyway just to drop our bags off before hitting the shops and refuelling on Hummingbird cupcakes. And this is what we walked into...

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It really does make an impression, doesn't it? We knew we were in for a second slice of heaven, right in the middle of The City.

The Apex Temple Court Hotel is found on Fleet Street and really is something. After shopping till we dropped (quite literally), we headed up for the 5th floor and look what we saw!

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The room really takes modern luxury to perfection. The space was perfect and we had our own little balcony. The lounging area was just what we both needed - we dived into our robes with tea and coffee to have an hour to ourselves before thinking about dinner. 

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I must say, I usually quite enjoy getting ready (both in the morning and for evenings out), but this time, it was tough. Oxford Street had really taken it out of me. When that lovely British torrential rain started to fall, Laura felt pretty much the same. 

So, instead of sticking to our plans of tucking into a gluten-free Sunday Lunch (inclusive of multiple 10+ minute walks to the tube station - in the rain), we made the amazing decision to dine in! 

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I tend to have dinner at hotel's if I'm enjoying a spa weekend, but usually I do prefer to head to a restaurant and experience the city a little. Not tonight. We were more than happy to see what the hotel had to offer. 

Starting with the bar...

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After a few simple mixers, we found our way into the restaurant. I really have to be honest here and tell you, that when I was editing the images and placing them all in order, all I could think about what this pork. Just. Look. At. It. (Unless you're a veggie, then I am very sorry)!

The dining experience was in-credible. All I could think about was really good cooking. I just wanted something amazing. As soon as I saw the pork, I knew I was in luck. I got so excited that even Laura had to go with the pork too! Apex were great and made hers completely gluten free - what dolls!

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After stuffing ourselves with incredible food, including puddings (that I rudely tucked into before pausing to photograph it - whoops) we took ourselves back to the room for a little more pampering. 

The quality of this little snap is a little off - thanks to the night time lighting - but it captured just what it needed it. With our Apex robes and Lush face masks (we picked up BB Seaweed) in tow, it made for the perfect end to the evening!

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As you can imagine, with such an indulgent and restful evening, we were up bright and early to enjoy the view and head down to breakfast. Again, we were spoiled.

Laura opted for a veggie full-english (which I almost went for too) and I had Eggs Benedict because, well, it's Eggs Benedict! I then naughtily headed over to the continental spread to fill up on pastries, bread and jam before we left - I just couldn't resist!

We were very lucky girls indeed. For the entire weekend really. We both then headed to our stations around mid-morning and (as always) it sucked! Don't you just hate the end of a girly weekend? Even if it was the best!

Don't forget you can find Laura's version of our events over in her vlog on her YouTube channel! I promise you'll love it! Let me know if you've ever visited London Grace or Apex Temple Court or if you definitely want to now - I really wouldn't blame you!

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8.01.2015

WEEKEND WITH TINYTWISST PART 1

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There's nothing better than a girly weekend. Well, maybe except a girly weekend and buying shoes! And this one has to be one of my all time faves. Crazily enough, I hadn't seen one of my very best friends, Laura, this year - so, we planned a girly weekend in London. Yay!

If you don't already follow her (and why ever not?!), Laura is also a YouTuber - so make sure you go and have a snoop at her videos!

Our two-night staycation started on a Saturday, so I made my way over to London from Cheltenham. Unfortunately for me, my life-long travel sickness kicked in on the train. I've only ever experienced it in cars and coaches before, so it was a total shock and not fun, to say the least.

After arriving in Paddington, somehow making my way over to Laura at Liverpool Street and then getting through the dreaded 14 stop journey over to South Kensington, we made it to our absolutely stunning home for the night!

Would you just look at it?

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We stayed at The Kensington Hotel, which is just a short walk from the tube station and one of the prettiest hotels I've ever seen. Honestly, any Kensington fan just has to fall in love with this place. 

After checking in and being shown to our room (we stayed in The Knightsbridge Suite) by the lovely Guest Relations Manager, Steffi, we were in awe. Let me take you on a little tour of our humble(!!) abode...

Starting with our welcome treats!

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The living area is absolutely beautiful and the decor just reminded us both of something out of Gossip Girl. This beautiful wooden cabinet was home to glassware and spirits that Chuck Bass would be proud of!

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The bedroom was equally as impressive. We both loved our little round sofa come snug area - it made the perfect place to rest, chat and refresh. 

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This snap doesn't seem to do the bed much justice. It was HUGE! And so soft. And the comfiest! We really were in heaven. Even more so on discovering we had our very own refreshment cupboard in the wall - that I couldn't get over and dubbed The Bar. I now need one of this in my own home! Oh and having a TV in the mirror was pretty cool too...

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Just when it couldn't get any better, heaven outdid itself. This really is the bathroom of Bloggers' dreams. The marble is to die for, the bath is so luxurious and you really do not want to leave the shower. Ever!

We couldn't resist taking a little bathroom selfie each too!

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After we'd done our tour and settled in, we freshened up ready for tea. Having spent half a day feeling anything other than fine and pretty much looking it to, I had to change. But, our next adventure surely perked me up. 

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As soon as we knew The Kensington were serving Afternoon Tea, we had to book ourselves in. Those that know me or have been following me for a long time, will know I'm partial to an afternoon tea. We came just at the right time, as their Fashion Forward Afternoon Tea was on the menu!

It was the first time Laura was ever able to enjoy and afternoon tea and I'm so pleased that it was with me. Because she has a gluten allergy, it makes enjoying an afternoon tea a little impossible! But, the amazing chefs at the hotel were so accommodating and made her a gluten free option which was barely different to the standard!

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After tea, we were exhausted. Maybe it was the journey or the bubbles, but we had to have a list rest. Because of the morning we'd had, Laura officially banned me from hopping on more tubes for the day, so we decided to stay local to Kensington and explore. 

We headed out in search of something gluten free that we could both enjoy. We came across the lovely little Pierino restaurant, that I've actually been to before with my friend Amanda, and knew we'd found a winner. 

Gorging on pasta (for me) and risotto (for Laura) was serious hard work and we were enjoying our time too much, so forgot to take any snaps. But, after heading back to our suite, we were greeted with this...

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Yes, that's right, we were served camomile tea and had little bits of lavender left on our pillows - it was just what we needed. Sleeping here was seriously good. The linen is scented and just feels so relaxing and (as I'm sure you can imagine), I was way too excited to get my hands of The Bar in the morning. I'm officially the tea and coffee girl for our trip!

Our stay included breakfast, so we made our way down on Sunday morning. We both opted for eggs (poached for me, scrambled for Laura) as our heated choice and had a little nibble from the continental selection too. 

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It then came the time to say goodbye to our little home - we really didn't need to leave. But, with it being a new day, we had a few new things to enjoy...

So, let me leave you with a snap of Laura for the end of Part 1. I'll be back with our second day soon! Have you ever stayed at The Kensington Hotel, enjoyed their Afternoon Tea, or dined at Pierino? If not, you have to do all three!

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