22.06.2018- Beauty Buys: A Summer Selection

Friday, 22 June 2018

As summer progresses and thoughts inevitably turn towards the holiday season, I’m sure that I’m not the only one eager to get my suitcase packed and jet off at the earliest possible moment. Whether you’re counting down to a long haul trip or are segueing towards a short haul holiday, it’s always a relief to get on top of your preparation and packing- and, with that in mind, I’ve been collecting an array of beauty buys built with travel at heart:

Origins’ Ginzing moisturiser is one of those wonder products which is perfect for stashing away in your suitcase or hand luggage, especially if you’ve got a long flight in prospect and want to keep your skin hydrated. It’s a real instant booster and perfect for a quick pep up- as well as smelling fantastic! The Percy and Reed Shine & Fragrance Mist is another hero too, especially at this time of the year when I always tend to find my hair flagging in the heat. It’s another great option for using on-the-go as well, especially if you’re packing in lots of travel and are limited on luggage space. 

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who finds travel quite tiring, so am pleased as punch to have encountered Ren’s Anti-Fatigue Body Wash. With Atlantic kelp and magnesium, it’s a wonderful reviver- and great for keeping stashed away for those achy days! Finally, this Ultrasun SPF lip protection, which I’ve been using religiously over the last week or so- a must-have if you’re holidaying at home or away. 

What summer beauty buys have you been picking up of late? 

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

20.06.2018- Summer Garden Snaps

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

In spite of the perils which come with hayfever season, over the last couple of weeks I’ve really been enjoying getting back out in the garden and spending some time on a few new growing projects. The older I get, the more I’m starting to realise that my spiritual home is actually the garden centre (heaven on earth, am I right?!), and it’s always really rewarding to see things flourishing, especially after the long winter. I always tend to forget just how calming it is to spend time outside too- and any patch of green can be a real oasis of peace and quiet, well worth cultivating to counteract the chaos of Monday to Friday life:  

A new addition to the garden this year comes in the shape of these Delphiniums! Growing them from seed last year was something of a futile effort, so picking up a nursery plant has been an investment well made, especially given that it hasn’t really needed much maintenance apart from a good drink of water every now and then. Even better than that, it’s a real favourite of the bees too, much like the perennial Cornflowers and newly planted pink Veronica which is sitting at home wonderfully in a pot after making it back from the garden centre at the weekend. Other planting projects which I’ve got on the go include some more bee friendly favourites, incorporating a wild seed mix which was free from Burt’s Bees, and some Chives- multipurpose marvels! With more practical growing in mind, I’m also pleased as punch to report that my tomato plant is bearing fruit- honestly I don’t think I’ve been prouder of anything! 

Are you getting green-fingered this summer? 

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

18.06.2018- What I Wore Today #335

Monday, 18 June 2018

Whilst the weather is still a little bit hit and miss (and I'm contending with the most annoying hayfever I think I've ever had!), over recent weeks I've really been enjoying digging out some seasonal favourites and pairing them with some new purchases. Summer, perhaps more than any other season, lends itself perfectly to a slightly more relaxed, casual approach, which is perfect if you're prioritsing comfort and practicality. Recently, I've been keeping my daily combinations pretty simple:

Jacket- Zara
Tee- Bella Freud for War Child
Jeans- Whistles
Shoes- Gap
Bag- Cath Kidston

This jacket from Zara is a piece which I picked up about two years ago now, and it's a real summer favourite- especially as it's so light and easy to wear- perfect for those mornings and evening when there's a bit of a chill in the air. This tee is recent buy, and comes from War Child's latest series of designer collaborations- I love the colourful message in Bella Freud's signature text, and the whole collection is a fantastic way to support the increasingly important work of War Child all around the world. Finally, these Whistles jeans, which I picked up after featuring them in a post a few weeks back- potentially the comfiest denim I've ever owned! 

Which pieces have you been styling for summer?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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