7.31.2015

SUMMER VIBES


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7.20.2015

HOLIDAY FEVER WITH MATALAN

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I don't know about you, but I'm really ready for a break. It happens every year. I think it's a great idea to plan my summer holiday at the end of the season, then get major FOMO when everyone takes theres much earlier.

I guess I still have mine to look forwards to - whenever and wherever we decide to go!

But it doesn't stop my wishing.

So, for now, I'm left with my usual summer antics. Drinks and dinner in the garden, sipping Pimms in the Beer Gardens, days lounging under an umbrella and of course, being lakeside. Granted, it's much more of a Billy thing than a Grace thing, but I've come to love it.

I never switch off. Ever. So being forced to when there's hardly any signal, no wifi and a whole lot of peace and quite, is actually quite refreshing - for a little while at least.

To truly get myself in the mood, I choose a few pieces from the Matalan Holiday Shop. Thanks to the glorious summer we've been having so far, I haven't had all that chance to sport my selections, until now. But I'm still impressed with them all the same.

Here's to a long British summer and to the day that I finally get to pack these goodies and jet off into the European sun!

Have you had your holiday yet? I'd love to know if you're opting for a late summer jaunt too? Where are you planning on seeing this year?

KAFTAN | Matalan
BIKINI | Matalan
BEACH FLIPFLOPS | Primark
SUNGLASSES | Celine
NAILS | Gels by London Grace

7.14.2015

LIFESTYLE LATELY

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Well, what a lovely month it's been since my last catchup. I will admit, it's also been a busy one - which I'm sure my lack of usual momentum on the posting front really confirms. Work has been an absolute delight and I've had to channel a lot more energy into that, but I know you'll forgive me because, well, don't we all!

But, because my writing (work wise) takes on much more of a health and beauty front, particularly with skincare and nutrition, I've had a lot of fun with new products and keeping up the health kick over the past few weeks. I have to start with the Oskia Skin Smoothing Massage Candle purely because of what it is, it smells beautiful and I know it'll be a skin saviour when I do pour it on!

You'll spot a few gorgeous Time Bomb beauties that I've been testing out as well as a few Lee Stafford treats (that hair mask smells insane!). I've also been trialling some lovely bits from the Talika range (see facemask below clad face as evidence!) and I've got a few rave reviews to write about the brow, lash and under eye products too!

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Chloe Love Story has been my fave scent of the summer so far, but I may also have a few others up my sleeve for some work on that topic! I also love Lush Cosmetics and regularly use their masks, without fail. Likewise, Liz Earle is never that far from my face - well, not her, her Cleanse & Polish. It's my ultimate all time favourite cleanser, so why not shout about it!?

With it being summer, I'm always picking up a tanning bottle or two. For the last 8 years (!!), it's been the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, I've always gone back to it - but with all the hype around the In Shower Tan, I've been giving that one a go too and it's scented, quick and easy to use!

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Health wise, it's been pretty much the same as ever - but when you've found something that works, why change it. I'm still obsessed with lemon water and love the effects of drinking it daily, so make sure you try that one. I also found this little snippet from a page in Porter magazine very inspiring, so that's more of a motivational, mental health kinda thing!

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I feel like I'm opening up a little more about my work in this post, but because I'm starting to combine my freelance writing stuff with blogging a bit more, it only feels natural (and it has kinda taken over everything else recently, so it's hard not). So I read a lot. And I mean a lot. Print mags, papers, online mags and blog - you name it, I read it. I feel that it keeps me on top of things and also helps with finding inspiration for new topics.

And would you look at that salad? Not to mention the juice! But while we're on the topic of juice, I have to mention Roots & Bulbs. I fell in love with them this year and almost cried when I found out they're available at the Daniel Galvin salon! I popped along last month for a blow dry and the lovely Cheryl even popped in a few layers for me so that my longing for bouncier, bigger hair could happen!

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While I was there, chatting away and even finding all about their famous Detox from Daniel himself, I enjoyed The Bee - Almond Milk, Banana, Bee Pollen, Honey, Dates, Cinnamon, Sesame Seeds. Urgh, I now reeeally want another!

Whilst in London and after having my hair done, I caught up with my lovely friend Jess. Not only is she a complete beauty guru, but she's also a fantastic PR! In Covent Garden, we drank Mojito's and ate Guacamole (that we're both obsessed with) at Cantina Laredo before heading over to HomeSlice for the main event of a Salami, Rocket & Parmesan 20" pizza and prosecco!

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It was incredible and you know pizza is my favourite. But I have to say, after the guac and chips, I struggled and I let the team down (Jessie did us proud though and finished her half). But now I, as I'm sure are you, wish I took the rest of mine to go - why, oh, why did I not just man up!

Then, we were both lucky enough to stay at The Hospital Club, also Covent Garden. The gorgeous creative members space now has bedrooms and we stayed in Number 2. The room was beautiful and such a treat, with a stylish finish and the perfect complementary creative art. The bathroom was also insane - and we all know we judge a hotel on this alone, Jess had a lovely long soak and we both wandered around in our robes, soaking up the REN (dying!) products!

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I do love a well stocked refreshment area, but the breakfast was a clear winner. If breakfast choices are a huge one for you, The Bedrooms should be at the top of your list for places to stay. We. Were. Spoilt. I went for toast with jam and greek yoghurt with fruit and Jess has poached eggs and avocado on toast. It really was one of the best breakfasts I've ever had - and the best part, they'll even bring it to you!

So that's mainly what my last month has been all about! Have you stayed at The Hospital Rooms yet or indulged over at HomeSlice? I'd love to know if you're a fan of the same beauty bites as me this month or are now tempted to try them!

7.05.2015

SUMMER LINES

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Ah summer, you're finally upon us. But do you know a little secret, I'm not all that thrilled that you're hear. Please don't take it the wrong way, I love the warmth, the longer days and all the summer fun, but there is just one thing that you make a little difficult for me...

Dressing!

Yes, you make it a little tough. There's something about trying to put together your favourite pieces in the warmer months that makes that one thing stick out far too much - those dreaded summer lines.

Summer, nobody wants to style up their favourite dresses only to find that their underwear just isn't cutting it. Either the colours just aren't blending well or there are lines everywhere. Ah, it's tough to be a girl.

But summer, can I tell you another little secret? The summer M&S lines are making it that little bit easier to make it happen. Have you spotted these beauties yet? We've got lace and satin to style up the girls night out looks and the t-shirt bras and no VPL thongs for lighter daytime layers.

After all, who says just because it's summer that we can't treat ourselves to some new lingerie loves!


6.26.2015

BRODERIE BEAUTIFUL

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There's just something about summer, that makes the ideal of a classic broderie dress just way too irresistible. Wouldn't you agree?

Perhaps it's a country girl thing, but when I think of summer, I instantly think a little white dress made up on the most perfect broderie anglaise. It's just pure heaven. Thankfully for me (and now you guys too) the latest Topshop Unique collection couldn't have read my mind any better if it tried!

Isn't she a beaut? (and no, I really don't mean me!)

I had that kind of killer shopping instinct when I laid my eyes on this one, it was a summer fashion revelation. Now, my only need is for more - is that allowed?

I'm thinking I need something a little more midi and maybe even maxi to go with it... or I may just end up living in this beautiful creation until the leaves begin to fall!

BALLET FLATS | Topshop
SUNGLASSES | Celine