18.03.2019- A Facial at Luminis Beauty, Reigate

Monday, 18 March 2019

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited along to my local Luminis Beauty salon to indulge in a little spot of rest and relaxation- the perfect way to round off my recent holiday and try and recalibrate as much as possible before heading back to work. It's only in the last year or so that I've really embraced heading to a salon every few months for a treatment (usually either a facial or a deep tissue massage), but have become a real convert in quite a short space of time. I think that there's a lot to be said for taking (and indeed making) the time to look after yourself properly- an hour every once in a while to completely switch off from the outside world and relax. My trip last Tuesday represented my first visit to a Luminis salon, and I was well and truly converted by the end of the experience:

After a consultation with the the therapist who would be doing my treatment (the wonderful Rehana), and having spoken through my skincare concerns, we settled on the Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance Facial. Designed to restore and revive skin, the treatment uses micro-circulatory massage and a two-step amino active mask to boost moisture levels and elasticity- just what I needed after a weekend of flying and being blasted by every different iteration of weather which Ireland could possibly throw at me! The whole experience was lovely from start to finish- from the moment I arrived at the salon, right through to recommendations for products to take home and try at the end (I picked up the Superfood Berry Boost Mask). My skin has definitely reaped the rewards too- so much so that I'm sure I'll be heading back for another treatment soon- especially as the salon is a real relaxation haven just a few minutes away from home! A huge thank you to Luminis for inviting me along. 

*This was a gifted experience. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest.

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

15.03.2019- What I Wore Today #364

Friday, 15 March 2019

As I touched on in my last style shaped post, by the time the week is winding down, I can usually be found in various different combinations of jeans and jumpers. With the weather proving so changeable at the moment, I’ve had to put the brakes on fully embracing any sort of spring style, and have instead reverted to combining some of my winter essentials with some fresh favourites. Again, it will probably come as no surprise that most of my go-to pieces at the moment are more or less various different iterations of blue- but as a practical alternative to darker hues, I’m all for it:

Jumper- Mango 
Jeans- Whistles 
Coat- c/o Very 
Shoes- Adidas (c/o Spartoo) 
Bag- & Other Stories 

This jumper from Mango is a piece which I snapped up towards the end of last year, and it’s served me really well over the last couple of months. Not only is it really cosy, but the vivid colour makes it the perfect piece for contrasting with lots of other day-to-day essentials too. These Whistles jeans are a comparatively new discovery, picked up during their recent 20% off promotion (and after I featured them in a recent wishlist!) Although it look me a little while to figure out the right fit, I’m really pleased that I persisted as I think these will make a brilliant everyday essential to head into spring and summer with. The slightly wider fit is also perfect for embracing a more casual feel, so these are ideal weekend wear too!

Have you picked up any new favourites recently? 

(Image credit: Jessie Anand, please do not reproduce without permission.)

13.03.2019- Travel Talk: Visiting the Wild Atlantic Way

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to escape across to Ireland for a lovely (and very welcome!) three day break, staying at a beautiful house in Carraroe- a very remote but gorgeous spot along the Wild Atlantic Way. It was my first time exploring this awe-inspiring part of the world, and needless to say it well and truly lived up to the wild description- with every sort of weather imaginable bathing us in regular bouts of rain, sleet, hail, wind and sunshine, as well as the occasional thunder and lightning storms too! Exploring the coastal route, the rugged landscape of Connemara and the irresistible charm of Galway, it was impossible not to fall in love with this unique corner of Ireland: 

As well as hallmark dry stone walls and rolling green fields, Carraroe is also home to a truly stunning coral beach- a real natural wonder if ever there was one- and one which we braved some seriously strong winds to explore! Oughterard, in Connemara is another gem, and the drive to get there stands out as one of the most breathtaking I’ve experienced- complete with cows and sheep on the road, as well as a stop at Aughnanure Castle. Galway is a picture-perfect destination too, and one which is home to some one-of-a-kind shops and truly incredible foodie experiences (more on that soon!) Most special of all, too, was being able to share all of these experiences with some truly glorious company- and I’m so keen to return and explore more of this amazing part of the world soon. 

Have you visited anywhere new recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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