Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Monday, 7 June 2021
We're off to Cornwall and Devon this Summer and I am very happy to go exploring in the UK again. I've been lusting after a beach day for some time and it'll be so nice to get away and see another area of the country. I've currently got Tintagel Castle and Clovelly village on my to-visit list, but I am always happy to have more recommendations.
Aside from going on holiday, I also want to explore more locally especially at the weekends when we can take day trips and visit stately homes. The gardens are always so beautiful to walk around and take photographs, but in general I feel like there's lots of places in the UK that I've been meaning to visit for a couple of years now, but never have got around to it.
Go Fruit Picking
Last year, I kept my eye out for local fruit picking places, but had no success as everywhere was booked up. I have been yearning to go strawberry picking for a couple of years now, so that I have an excuse to bake a delicious tart or use them to top a Victoria sponge cake. Nothing quite says Summer like having the sweet, red juice dripping down your hands whilst listening to a hum of bees in the sunshine.
Visit A Few Flower Fields
I've been learning about seasonal flowers for the past couple of years as I love to see different blooms sprout up throughout the Summer. Roses, rhododendrons and hydrangeas are my three favourites, but I also love appreciating the fields of poppies that make their appearance in June. It's hard to find a good place to visit them through as many don't allow footpaths running through, but this year I'm determined to find a place.
Last year, we took a trip to the local lavender fields to have a picnic for a date night. It was one best evenings, so I'm definitely going to try to go back this Summer. It was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours, digging into a delicious picnic and watching the sun begin to set. The lavender fields also have wildflowers and sunflowers, although they don't usually come out in full bloom until the end of August, so I must not forget to go back!
More BBQ's and Picnics
We've already made a good start with this, but I'd love to have even more picnics and maybe even host a BBQ for friends and family. It's the perfect excuse to finally sort out our garden, adding a few hanging baskets, getting the rattan furniture we want and maybe even hanging some fairy lights around for the ultimate evening ambience.
Here are some more ideas:
- Go to an outdoor cinema.
- Make ice cream from scratch.
- Visit a farmer's market.
- Read five books.
- Watch the sunset or sunrise.
- Go camping.
What's on your Summer to-do list?
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Celebrate Each Season
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There's nothing better in the warmer months than a sunny day and a light breeze to inspire me to immerse myself in a book for an afternoon. I've been on a quest to read more and I know many people are in the same boat, so I thought I'd share four of my recent reads and review them a little so you know what to expect.
The Cosy Read
The Thursday Murder Club was a book I picked up on a whim, if I'm honest purely because it had a pretty hardback cover - what can I say. This fast paced book in based in a retirement village where a group of elderly friends set out on a quest to solve a murder. It's fast paced and has short chapters which means you'll get through this book in no time. It's equally charming and funny, whilst taking a spin on the classic murder mystery. It's unlike many thriller books, in that it never began to feeling like it was being dragged out, plus the comedy throughout lifts the mood of the entire book making it a great fit for a Sunday afternoon read. There's a second book to come which I'm absolutely delighted about and will no doubt pick up.
One With Witches
I love a YA fantasy book as much as the next person, so after being recommended Serpent & Dove many times, I finally decided to pick it up. I love when a whole new world is created in the pages of a book especially if it involves witches and magic, so this book definitely delivered. The only downfall to this book was that I struggled initially to get a grasp of the characters and storyline, but as it moved on, I almost wished it delved a little bit further into them. The main characters, Lou and Reid, have a great connection, but overall I did find each turn in the story a little predictable. Despite all of this, I would be tempted to read the next two instalments of the series as despite Serpent & Dove not taking the top spot in my YA fantasy category, it's still a solid choice.
The Classic Thriller
Looking through Goodreads, I have always had my eye on The Hunting Party, but when it came down to doing a book order I decided to opt for The Guest List, written by the same author. It promised a classic whodunit which will have you on the edge of your seat. It tells of a story of Jules, an successful online magazine owner and her husband-to-be Will, who is a famous TV star (a Bear Grylls type). Initially the chapters, which flick forward and back in time, does get a little confusing, but that wasn't the only issue. I found the characters to all be rather unlikeable especially Will and his friends, so if you enjoy rooting for a character, then this probably won't be for you. That being said, I did find myself turning each page, wanting to find out what happened next and I was pleasantly surprised by all the twists and turns. Unfortunately in the end I felt like the last 50 pages were rather rushed and the ending fell flat. I was left wanting more explanation and longer chapters, but the book wrapped up a little too quickly.
Spook Yourself Silly
I've recently been on a mission to read more classics, I want to delve into the world of Jane Austen's Emma and spook myself silly with Frankenstein, but I knew that I needed to ease myself in gently. Dracul, is no classic, but instead it's a prequel to Dracula, a very well loved book for many. It's written by his great grand-nephew, Dacre Stocker using Bram Stocker's own notes and it had me hooked from the get go. It's not fast paced like many of the books I read, but I didn't mind at all as I enjoyed engrossing myself in every word and page. It's dark and spooky, allowing your imagination to run wild!
What boos have you read recently?
Thursday, 6 May 2021
I feel like I've stripped back my skincare and makeup routine a lot over the past year, focusing on the products that my skin needs. As we transitioned into Spring from Winter, I had trouble keeping on top of my changing skin as it tends to break out a little, become more sensitive (thanks hay fever!) and still be a little on the dry side. I have been using a handful of skincare products to keep my skin feeling great and I wanted to share them with you today.
I run the Garnier Reusable Micro Fibre Pad* doused with a micellar water over my eye makeup to remove most of it and give it a quick rinse underneath the tap once I'm done. After that, I'm ready to do my first cleans. I opt for the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* which melts away the makeup once you start massaging it in. It's great if you enjoy a cleansing balm, but you don't like dipping your hand into the tub, but it still isn't as messy as a cleansing oil - the Oskia cleanser is the best of both.
The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is one of my favourite cleansers ever and for Christmas I was kindly gifted their huge bottle version as present - to say I was delighted is an understatement. I use it as a second cleanse to make sure that all my makeup is off and the gentle formula leaves my skin feeling soft and soothed.
Typology is a brand I have been meaning to try for some time, their simple yet aesthetically pleasing packaging definitely drew me in. I wasn't too sure how I'd get along with the Regenerating Facial Scrub* as my skin can be rather temperamental to physical exfoliators. This formula goes from a gel to a milky consistency when mixed with water and although it took a little while to get used to, it has over time made my skin feel softer and smoother.
A face oil for me is essential in Winter, but when Spring rolls around it is tempting to ditch it. I like to turn my face oil routine into a massage, using my Jade Roller to de-puff. The Herbivore Emerald Oil* is my go-to as despite taking a little while to full absurd into the skin, it always make my complexion look more radiant and glowing.
For moisturiser, I have rediscovered an old favourite, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream which is a tub that is often fought over in our house. It feels so gentle on the skin and is lightweight in formula meaning it sinks in and feels comfortable at night and under makeup. This doesn't mean it lacks moisture though as my skin never fails to feel nourished after use.
Underneath my makeup, the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum* has been a god send these past couple of months. Like it suggests from it's name, it has a consistency like water which makes it lightweight, yet it still has great moisturising properties that works well at making my makeup look and sit better on my skin. Even when I'm not wearing foundation, I'll put this on as although it has no shimmer to it, it somehow transforms my skin from being lacklustre to glowing.
What products are part of your Spring skincare routine at the moment?
Thursday, 22 April 2021
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Everyone make way for the dreamiest bag of all - the Olli Ella Mushroom Bag. Originally made for children, but thanks to the 'cottagecore' trend, it has now made it into a lot of peoples Spring and Summer wardrobes. I spotted it last year and told myself that I didn't need it, but roll on twelve months and thanks for A Clothes Horse for enabling me, I finally decided to treat myself!
It's already semi-viral on Tik Tok, so I thought I'd give it it's own blog post too! It's pretty much what it looks like, a small mushroom bag where the lid comes off so you place your possessions inside and view them from the tiny windows and (working!) door on the front. Although not huge in size, it's still sizeable enough to fit in all the essentials. I personally will be saving this for picnics and special occasions, but I'm sure it'll be featured non-stop on my Instagram over the next six months. Olli Ella doesn't stop at mushrooms, they have a broad range of adorable bags that I've linked below:
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Friday, 9 April 2021
A Statement Wall
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
The Blossoming Blooms
I feel like Spring is waiting for us because aside from the snowdrops and daffodils, there aren't as many cherry blossom trees in full bloom where I live as there has been in previous years. One of my favourite thing about Spring is waiting for the flowers to come out and watching the season change. You've got Bluebells in April and Wisteria in May, on top of Magnolias and Rhododendrons making an appearance throughout too. I can't wait until the fields are a plush green and humming with the sound of tractors.
No More Layers
I'm quite a seasonal person, I love to see the positives and joy in every season that arrives. Autumn being my favourite, the jumpers and layers are welcomed with open arms, but by the time March arrives, I'm very ready to get them off and packed away again. Over the next few months, I shift my wardrobe the most, switching out the rust tones for pastels, long sleeves for short, the thought of leaving the house without a jacket is an absolute delight - although a little optimistic some would say.
Seeing Family and Friends
It's been an interesting (to say the least!) twelve months and not seeing my friends and family since before Christmas has been super hard. I am very excited to hopefully make the most of the sunny weather to have picnics and BBQ's outside hopefully full of smiles and laughs.
Visiting New Places
I think the past year has thought me to really appreciate the places on my doorstep and although I'm very much looking forward to exploring the UK again, I'm just hoping that Spring allows me to explore further in my county and beyond. I've created a list of places to visit including country gardens, cute villages and castles fit for a princess - watch this space!
What are you looking forward to this Spring?
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
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Over the last 12 months, I have spent more time in my house than I ever have and therefore I feel like I've put more time, money and effort into making it a space that I enjoy to look at. Etsy is also a website that I have really fallen in love recently, but with such an array of shops and pieces to find, it can be a little overwhelming, but I have put together a list of my top picks.
I have been eyeing up the Lemon Printed Glass from John Lewis, but then I found this Peach and Cactus Glass Mugs and now I'm tempted by them. I think they'd look lovely on a Summer's day with ice cold water and chopped up fruit. Also to go in the kitchen I spotted these Linen Tea Towels and I've been looking for some good quality tea towels which very simple to look at and watch my kitchen aesthetic.
I feel like tassel garlands are typically found in nurseries, but I don't think that should stop you from adding them to your own either. I think they add a little colour and texture to an area like on top of your bed or around a mirror. This Neutral Earth Toned Garland looks like such a gorgeous pick!
For more decorations, I have been eyeing up some new prints to scatter around the house. This Vintage Vegetables Illustration would look great in my kitchen. whilst this Celestial Boho Print would go very well with my bedroom theme.
In my living room, I've been feeling like I need to add some new pieces as it's been a while. I want to add this cosy looking Tufted Cream Pouffe which not only looks great, but is practical too. On the walls, I think this Embroidered Mesh Hanging Decor would fill a space in my print wall that I have up in my living room. If that doesn't suit that area nicely, I feel like this Macrame Hanging Shelf would look amazing with a plant on!
Coming away from Spring home decor, I also stumbled across some cute hair accessories for the upcoming months. The first one being the Daisy Hair Clip Set which would look so cute in dutch braids to keep my hair away from my face and the Strawberry Dream Bandana gives me all the cottage core vibes.
Have you found any great Etsy finds recently?
Monday, 8 March 2021
Spring finally feels like it's just around the corner and as I've been getting excited for the sunny days and longer evenings for some time now, I feel like I've built up quite the wardrobe wishlist. Over the next couple of seasons I'm looking at mostly floaty dresses, embroidered details and generally cute outfits to see me through and today I am sharing with you some of my favourite finds.
I'm obsessed with looking at & Other Stories pieces because all of their dresses look absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer. This Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress is absolutely dreamy - I feel like it's something a modern day Cinderella would wear. This Ruffled Cotton Midi Dress is also high up on my list as well as this Frilled Embroidered Dress which I think would both fit well with a straw hat and sunflower field.
H&M is another brand I have been absolutely loving. I'm coveting a lot of their pieces, but recently picked up this Puff Sleeve Dress which is honestly so dreamy if you're looking for a comfortable, yet cute dress. If you enjoy more prairie style dresses then this Satin Cream Dress may be the one for you, although I'm personally waiting for this Broderie Anglaise Dress comes back in stock soon. To finish the look, I picked up this Straw Hat with a gorgeous long ribbon - you can tie it around your neck and drape it around your face for a very 'cottage core' look.
Monday, 1 March 2021
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It feels like it's been a while since I checked in and even longer since I consistently blogged, but with everything going on, I haven't been motivated to update my blog in some time. I definitely feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I thought what better way of getting back into blogging than with a classic March to-do list post, where I share what are my goals for the next month.
Start Spring Content
If there was a buzzword for Summer 2020 it would have been 'Cottagecore' and I absolutely fell in love. It incorporated everything I love about the warmer months and I finally found a style I coveted. If you do enjoy that sort of content and you already follow me on my other social media channels, then you'll be happy to hear that this is going to be a great influence in my upcoming Spring content that has actually already started to slowly start!
Hunt Down Some Spring Flowers
March wouldn't be the same without my annual mission of finding cherry blossom trees. I've already spotted a couple, but I can't wait until they are fully in bloom! Although we're a far way of wisteria and bluebells, it didn't hurt anybody to have a look anyway - especially towards the end of the month.
Get Some New Houseplants
I started my pursuit to being a green fingered goddess last year and started to fill my house with plants, which to my surprise, was a success. Over the Winter, some of those plants look like they've seen better days and many have sadly gone to houseplant heaven, but I'm determined to give them another shot. I'm currently eyeing up some houseplants shops on Etsy including Verdant Houseplants and Stupid Egg Interiors.
My last monthly to-do list was back in December, which says a lot about my blogging routine as of late. Although I'm regularly uploading on my Tik Tok and Instagram, my blog has taken a back seat as I've struggled to find the motivation. I want to rectify this and start upping my weekly blog posts again, so that I can share with you my beauty favourites and wardrobe finds.
Find New Beauty Products
Following on from my quest to blog more this March, I also want to try out some new beauty releases. It's been a while since I treated myself to anything new and I'm slowly running out on some of my favourites, so now feels like the perfect time. I'm thinking of opting for the Versed Cleansing Balm which has been on my wishlist for some time, but I'm also tempted to try out the Fresh Strawberry Face Wash as my skin is in dire need of some extra TLC and it also tends to react well to their products. If it's makeup I'll end up treating myself to, I think the Dior Forever Cushion Powder is dreamy - the packaging is absolutely divine!
What's on your March to-do list?
Monday, 15 February 2021
When the Essie parcel arrived, my eyes immediately wandered to the shade Final Stretch* which I would describe as a peachy nude. It's got a similar formula to the original Essie nail vanishes, but it does look a little more 'finished' almost looking like a gel nail vanish in appearance. It lasted a considerable amount of time on my nails despite doing gardening and baking, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
At the moment, the shade Essie Take 10* probably doesn't suit my skin tone very well as I can look washed out, but I was so surprised with how opaque this shade went with two coats. If you enjoy a classic pink shade then this would be the perfect shade for you.
If you want a slightly darker shade then Punch It Up* may be for you. It's still got that vibrant pink hue to it, but it has a gold running shimmer through it which makes it great if you're opting for a statement nail look. I personally think this is still a little too bright for me, but the gel type finish it super pretty (and looks a lot more expensive than it is!).
Out of the four nail vanish shades that got sent to me, it's the shade Berry Best* that disappointed me. In the bottle it looks like it could be a sister of Essie's Angora Cardi* and I was thrilled by the prospect, but unfortunately it just didn't deliver. It's a beautiful colour, but it just doesn't go opaque enough for me, but if you're still tempted, it'll be handy to know that the glossier looking finish means you can get away with no top coat if you'd like.
I love an at-home manicure just as much as the next person, but if I'm honest I often skip the cuticle care and just go straight for a nail vanish and hand cream. When the Essie Apricot Nail and Cuticle Oil* arrived, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I find that it's a nice step to add to your routine especially if you suffer with dehydrated nails.