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.)

15.06.2018- Beauty Buys: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Friday, 15 June 2018

As I touched on in my post from the start of last week, recently I’ve been switching up my skincare for summer, in an attempt to keep things as fresh faced as possible. As well as adding a few new favourites to my daily essentials, I’ve also been getting into the habit of treating my skin to face masks more regularly- a commitment which is really paying off. A few weeks back, on a something spur-of-the-moment lunchtime visit to The Body Shop, I picked up another addition to my arsenal which I’ve had an eye on for a good while now:

This Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is a product which I’ve read lots of good things about, and after using it for a little while I can confidently report that it more than lives up to the hype. With green tea leaves and tea tree, it draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil, which makes it perfect for targeting those pesky visible pores, as well as tackling breakouts. As well as that, it’s wonderfully practical too- fast drying  (ideal if you're limited on time) and fantastic for using more than once during the week.

Have you been testing any new beauty buys? 

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