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This is three posts in one week now, nobody breath I am on a roll! It's Spring, Summer is on it's way (maybe I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself there but even if slowly but surely, it IS on it's way!!) So let's talk perfumes, your favourite fragrances, maybe you're a little bit of a perfume hoarder and you have different scents that you pull out for each season, I sort of wish I could be this kind of person but I am way too Monica from Friends practical & organised and won't usually buy a new perfume unless I've completely run out of the previous one as I don't like to spend loads of money on a fragrance and then have it pushed aside and forgotten about, I like to let my perfumes have their moment to shine. I've mentioned over here before my love for Liz Earle's lovely collection of perfumes, I think it's safe to say that I am just a little bit Liz obsessed, and I've also currently got about 3 of Charlotte Tilbury's new perfume samples on the go, you know from when you spend way too much and they send you some freebie samples after you've spent a certain amount, yeah, me. & let me tell you, it smells delicious and allllll kinds of Spring/Summer in a bottle.

So in the spirit of me almost running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20, I thought I would do a little post, make some more little graphics and get a little creative. This time featuring some of the perfumes I've currently got my eye on that I think are a perfect fit and scent for this upcoming season. Obviously I won't be purchasing all of them, I'm not quite Kim Kardashian lost her diamond earring in the ocean but it's ok because we can just buy another one, quite yet. (Or any time soon for that matter..) But a girl CAN dream. Even if I would be spending all of my money on saving the elephants and donkey's of the world, I would like to smell nice whilst I do that!

Bella Freud 1970 Eau de Parfum

As you can tell from the graphic above, there is most definitely more than just one Bella Freud perfume I have on my wish list at the moment, but the first one I ever discovered & caught my eye is 1970. I mean of course the bottles are extremely Instagrammable, but the main reason for these scents being at the top of my fragrance wish list would have to be down to everything that they represent and the story behind their creation, the whole vintage ora. Rose de Mai and Saffron are perfect scents for Summer and I'm not even going to try and deny the fact that I need to have this Bella Freud Black Wool Je T'aime Jane Jumper in my wardrobe before the colder months roll around.


Clive Christian No 1 Floriental Feminine & Clive Christian C Eau de Parfum

Clive Christian is a brand of fragrances that I only just discovered recently, but I was instantly intrigued/hooked and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't partly due to the super fancy lids of these bottles, it's a freakin' golden crown. Their fancy fancy bottles contain some of my most favourite scents, including Frankincense, Pink Pepper, Neroli, Jasmine & Orange Blossom, Damask Rose & Saffron and of course Sandalwood. Along with these perfumes looking pretty snazzy and I imagine smelling so too, (I have some samples on the way so I will update this!) They are on the a little bit more luxurious, higher priced scale of perfumes so for me anyway I feel like they're a little bit more special than just an ordinary perfume, the kind of perfume that you buy once for that special someone as a gift, whatever the time of year, maybe your mum for her birthday, or a loved one, I do think these perfumes would make an amazing Christmas gift, but we're not quite there yet, although I'm sure it will swing around fast enough! They also have a pretty nifty selection of men's fragrances too, each perfume has a double, so a masculine and a feminine version, because we've got to look out for the dad's and the boyfriends too. Or if you're a lady who prefers more masculine scents and vice versa then knock yourself out there too, it's a free country. I adore the look of all of these perfumes, but the two mentioned in this post are the two that stood out to me the most not just packaging wise, I'm mostly drawn towards refreshing, floral and woody scents and these are the two fragrances that had me really intrigued.

Neom Energy Burst 100% Natural Eau de Parfum

I've been a fan of Neom now for about 2 years I think, and an avid one at that! Even more so when I realised their candles and some of their other products are sold in my local John Lewis and anyone else who knows who I'm talking about when I say Neom will know that they are the ONE when it comes to candles, I'm pretty sure I've asked for a Neom candle every year for my birthday/Christmas since I discovered them. Yes, I'm a blogger and a candle fanatic #cliche. But I literally had no idea they stocked so much more than just candles and I love love love them because all of their products are super natural/cruelty free which is what I'm all about, and they're all round beautiful let's be honest. Very recently they released a perfume into their Energy Burst range and I must get my hands on it, 50% because Neom never disappoint with their scents and 50% because the bottle has a rose lid people. I love that they have a different range to suit each mood and the fact that this perfume is specifically designed to uplift and energise your mood, I'm always down for that. With grapefruit, sparkling lemon and rosemary, I know this perfume will smell like Summer in a bottle.
Let me know, what are some of your favourite perfume scents for the Summer months?

x







- This post is kindly sponsored by Clive Christian Fragrances, but all thoughts & graphics are my own. Photo's of the perfumes are credit to the brands mentioned. - 

Summer Fragrance Finds.

This is three posts in one week now, nobody breath I am on a roll! It's Spring, Summer is on it's way (maybe I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself there but even if slowly but surely, it IS on it's way!!) So let's talk perfumes, your favourite fragrances, maybe you're a little bit of a perfume hoarder and you have different scents that you pull out for each season, I sort of wish I could be this kind of person but I am way too Monica from Friends practical & organised and won't usually buy a new perfume unless I've completely run out of the previous one as I don't like to spend loads of money on a fragrance and then have it pushed aside and forgotten about, I like to let my perfumes have their moment to shine. I've mentioned over here before my love for Liz Earle's lovely collection of perfumes, I think it's safe to say that I am just a little bit Liz obsessed, and I've also currently got about 3 of Charlotte Tilbury's new perfume samples on the go, you know from when you spend way too much and they send you some freebie samples after you've spent a certain amount, yeah, me. & let me tell you, it smells delicious and allllll kinds of Spring/Summer in a bottle.

So in the spirit of me almost running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20, I thought I would do a little post, make some more little graphics and get a little creative. This time featuring some of the perfumes I've currently got my eye on that I think are a perfect fit and scent for this upcoming season. Obviously I won't be purchasing all of them, I'm not quite Kim Kardashian lost her diamond earring in the ocean but it's ok because we can just buy another one, quite yet. (Or any time soon for that matter..) But a girl CAN dream. Even if I would be spending all of my money on saving the elephants and donkey's of the world, I would like to smell nice whilst I do that!

Bella Freud 1970 Eau de Parfum

As you can tell from the graphic above, there is most definitely more than just one Bella Freud perfume I have on my wish list at the moment, but the first one I ever discovered & caught my eye is 1970. I mean of course the bottles are extremely Instagrammable, but the main reason for these scents being at the top of my fragrance wish list would have to be down to everything that they represent and the story behind their creation, the whole vintage ora. Rose de Mai and Saffron are perfect scents for Summer and I'm not even going to try and deny the fact that I need to have this Bella Freud Black Wool Je T'aime Jane Jumper in my wardrobe before the colder months roll around.


Clive Christian No 1 Floriental Feminine & Clive Christian C Eau de Parfum

Clive Christian is a brand of fragrances that I only just discovered recently, but I was instantly intrigued/hooked and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't partly due to the super fancy lids of these bottles, it's a freakin' golden crown. Their fancy fancy bottles contain some of my most favourite scents, including Frankincense, Pink Pepper, Neroli, Jasmine & Orange Blossom, Damask Rose & Saffron and of course Sandalwood. Along with these perfumes looking pretty snazzy and I imagine smelling so too, (I have some samples on the way so I will update this!) They are on the a little bit more luxurious, higher priced scale of perfumes so for me anyway I feel like they're a little bit more special than just an ordinary perfume, the kind of perfume that you buy once for that special someone as a gift, whatever the time of year, maybe your mum for her birthday, or a loved one, I do think these perfumes would make an amazing Christmas gift, but we're not quite there yet, although I'm sure it will swing around fast enough! They also have a pretty nifty selection of men's fragrances too, each perfume has a double, so a masculine and a feminine version, because we've got to look out for the dad's and the boyfriends too. Or if you're a lady who prefers more masculine scents and vice versa then knock yourself out there too, it's a free country. I adore the look of all of these perfumes, but the two mentioned in this post are the two that stood out to me the most not just packaging wise, I'm mostly drawn towards refreshing, floral and woody scents and these are the two fragrances that had me really intrigued.

Neom Energy Burst 100% Natural Eau de Parfum

I've been a fan of Neom now for about 2 years I think, and an avid one at that! Even more so when I realised their candles and some of their other products are sold in my local John Lewis and anyone else who knows who I'm talking about when I say Neom will know that they are the ONE when it comes to candles, I'm pretty sure I've asked for a Neom candle every year for my birthday/Christmas since I discovered them. Yes, I'm a blogger and a candle fanatic #cliche. But I literally had no idea they stocked so much more than just candles and I love love love them because all of their products are super natural/cruelty free which is what I'm all about, and they're all round beautiful let's be honest. Very recently they released a perfume into their Energy Burst range and I must get my hands on it, 50% because Neom never disappoint with their scents and 50% because the bottle has a rose lid people. I love that they have a different range to suit each mood and the fact that this perfume is specifically designed to uplift and energise your mood, I'm always down for that. With grapefruit, sparkling lemon and rosemary, I know this perfume will smell like Summer in a bottle.
Let me know, what are some of your favourite perfume scents for the Summer months?

x







- This post is kindly sponsored by Clive Christian Fragrances, but all thoughts & graphics are my own. Photo's of the perfumes are credit to the brands mentioned. - 
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As you may or may not have seen, I mentioned on my Twitter a little while ago that I'm going to be taking a trip to France (Bordeaux) for a week in August, this will be my first proper holiday or time spent in another country since 2012, 2012!!! I was still in my second from last year at school & it was an all inclusive family park kind of holiday to Tenerife, which as lovely as it still was (without the blistering sunburn me and my sister both stupidly obtained). I'm BEYOND excited to be visiting a place that's a lot less touristy, we'll be staying in our own villa with our own pool, but I'm most excited to hopefully get out and snap some pictures of beautiful France and of course, get a couple of outfit posts in there too because I feel like Bordeaux might make for a few much prettier backdrops than the village of little old Market Deeping! (Hence why you don't see those that often from me..)
When my dad first told me he decided to shout up from the bottom of the stairs at me whilst I was in the bath trying to get my relax on and probably shaving my legs (I take that back, there's nothing relaxing about shaving your legs), I couldn't even hear what he was saying at first, all I heard were the words "Gemma, something something something, FRANCE". But ever since I've been in the loop on the news, like any other blogger or fashion obsessed human ever, I immediately thought to myself, YES, an excuse for new clothes!! & my favourite kind, Spring/Summer clothing, my brain has been filled with lot's of long, flowing dresses, midi skirts, ruffles, florals, bardot tops and lot's and lot's of pink. Over the past few weeks I've been trawling the inter webs (queue my full to the brim Asos wish list) for some inspiration and have come across some absolutely beautiful pieces, so in the spirit of holidaying and the warmer weather nearing, and my bank account about to kill me in my sleep. I decided I would create a few little mood boards/collages and get a bit creative. All links to the images are included in the post so you can also check them out and I can feel better and not be the only one lusting over allllllll of the pretty clothing. P.S Whilst I will be purchasing the very first dress pictured in this post, take note that there are a few higher end more pricey items covered here, but this is merely meant for a little bit of inspiration and even though some of us may not be able to afford it (at least not with one pay check), it doesn't mean we can't just snoop and adore everything on the Chloé website anyway, am I right or am I RIGHT?

Enjoy!



























- All graphics made by me, but credit is to the company's/brands mentioned for the photo's inside the graphics. -

Spring Inspired Pieces Worth Lusting Over.


As you may or may not have seen, I mentioned on my Twitter a little while ago that I'm going to be taking a trip to France (Bordeaux) for a week in August, this will be my first proper holiday or time spent in another country since 2012, 2012!!! I was still in my second from last year at school & it was an all inclusive family park kind of holiday to Tenerife, which as lovely as it still was (without the blistering sunburn me and my sister both stupidly obtained). I'm BEYOND excited to be visiting a place that's a lot less touristy, we'll be staying in our own villa with our own pool, but I'm most excited to hopefully get out and snap some pictures of beautiful France and of course, get a couple of outfit posts in there too because I feel like Bordeaux might make for a few much prettier backdrops than the village of little old Market Deeping! (Hence why you don't see those that often from me..)
When my dad first told me he decided to shout up from the bottom of the stairs at me whilst I was in the bath trying to get my relax on and probably shaving my legs (I take that back, there's nothing relaxing about shaving your legs), I couldn't even hear what he was saying at first, all I heard were the words "Gemma, something something something, FRANCE". But ever since I've been in the loop on the news, like any other blogger or fashion obsessed human ever, I immediately thought to myself, YES, an excuse for new clothes!! & my favourite kind, Spring/Summer clothing, my brain has been filled with lot's of long, flowing dresses, midi skirts, ruffles, florals, bardot tops and lot's and lot's of pink. Over the past few weeks I've been trawling the inter webs (queue my full to the brim Asos wish list) for some inspiration and have come across some absolutely beautiful pieces, so in the spirit of holidaying and the warmer weather nearing, and my bank account about to kill me in my sleep. I decided I would create a few little mood boards/collages and get a bit creative. All links to the images are included in the post so you can also check them out and I can feel better and not be the only one lusting over allllllll of the pretty clothing. P.S Whilst I will be purchasing the very first dress pictured in this post, take note that there are a few higher end more pricey items covered here, but this is merely meant for a little bit of inspiration and even though some of us may not be able to afford it (at least not with one pay check), it doesn't mean we can't just snoop and adore everything on the Chloé website anyway, am I right or am I RIGHT?

Enjoy!



























- All graphics made by me, but credit is to the company's/brands mentioned for the photo's inside the graphics. -
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This is a pretty hefty post of all the skincare items I'm using currently, a couple of new additions and a good few staples that I will never not love and still deserve a mention and whilst skincare is something that I prioritise with morning & evening everyday, I do always enjoy a much needed pamper day at the end of every week, so to go with the very obvious Sunday theme of this blog, the Sunday skincare cupboard, the products that I'm most definitely reaching for on a Sunday evening after a nice warm bubble bath, to freshen up my skin for the new week ahead.

It's been a little tricky lately to keep up with posting new content, as much as I really want to and it's disheartening me because I always have so many idea's spinning around in the creative part of my brain that just constantly wants to keep on creating, photographing and writing, but I am kind of sort of well, a little bit broke! I promise I'm not lazy and lacking in idea's, I'm just poor my friends. In the last few months this blog has brought me a little bit of money and anything I do earn I put straight back into being able to create new content here and there and the job hunt is still continuing *struggles*. Although it's not all bad, and with this next note I would just like to stress how important it is to remember to check the junk sections of your e-mail inboxes! Luckily I wasn't too late responding, but on the 5th April I was invited to join a beauty blogger programme, which puts me as part of a community & I'll be sent new products to trial every 3 months, which I'm really excited about and it means, new content! So watch out for some hopefully worth talking about beauty products which should be with me very soon :-)


Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Rose & Lavender

This is pretty much exactly the same as the original Cleanse & Polish, does the same job (very lovely of course) but for the exact same price and pretty packaging it smells absolutely b e a u t i f u l!! Roses & lavender and all of that great stuff, so you're even ready for Spring when you're washing your face in the morning. I was a little worried at first as I have quite sensitive skin and don't really like using heavily scented or perfumed products especially on my face, but as this is Liz Earle all of the ingredients are mostly natural/naturally derived and I've now used this tube up completely and it still did wonders for my skin, nothing beats the Liz Earle. & I just had to pick this up as I love the little new additions or limited additions that Liz does every now and again, I'm a sucker for pretty packaging.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask

The only other product by Pixi I've ever used before is the very popular Glow Tonic and like pretty much the rest of the population, or at least the vast majority of the beauty community! I absolutely fell in love with it, so I'm really not sure why it's taken me so long to pick up another Pixi product, I like to mix it up and try so many different/new products and brands sometimes even the best ones can get a little forgotten or missed! But I was in dire need of a new face mask after running out of my beloved Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, I knew I had to get my hands on the new Glow Mud Mask by Pixi immediately! First of all, I won't lie that I'm drawn to the pretty pastel green packaging and all of the other pretty details.. But that's not what we're here to talk about.. Although maybe later, because packaging is important? RIGHT? I LOVE a good mud mask and feeling like you're really breaking down all of the bad stuff in your pores for every second that you have it on, the kind of mask where you put it on and you can feel it working. I fell in love with this mask from the very first time I applied it, but last Sunday whilst I was finishing doing a spot of Spring cleaning and waiting for my bed sheets to tumble dry so I could make my bed, I must have sort of accidentally on purpose left the mask on for at least an hour as opposed to the instructed 15 minutes and when I washed it off in the shower my skin felt so SMOOTH, I was stood in the shower at about half 9 on a Sunday evening stroking my face like yaaassssss. This is a truly wonderful mask and little skin pick me up, and definitely leaves my skin lovely and glowing. Filled with Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Mineral-Rich Mud which combine to create the ultimate deep pore cleansing & skin energising mask. "Great for congested, dull and tired skin."


Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream

I purchased this moisturiser after I saw it recommended in one of my favourite bloggers posts and had a little "her skin always looks a-m-azing, if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me" moment to myself. I was in need of a new moisturiser and after reaching the end of the moisturisers to try section on my skincare wish list - I know that sounds totally way too Monica from Friends style organised but for real you should see the bookmarks on my phone, I wanted to try something new so behold, this lovely little Korres creation. I mean I haven't pictured it here but even the box it came in is beautiful! I love love Korres, I've tried their lip balms and I'm pretty sure every single one of their scented body washes, but when I came across this Wild Rose skincare range I knew I had to exchange my money's for at least one product in the collection. Maybe it's the fact that this product originates from Athens, so I can close my eyes and pretend I'm in Greece when I'm applying it, or maybe it's the to die for rose scent, but either way it's true love and you have to trust me because the only other being I've ever been able to say that about is my cat and we all know how much that little ball of fur means to me. I can't explain how good this smells, almost like that strawberries and cream smell, but with fresh roses in your garden instead.. If that makes sense? This I suppose is a combination of sort of half way between thick-medium consistency and I do love a good thick moisturiser that I can feel is actually helping my skin out as I am part of the dryer skin clan, everywhere, 365 days a year, so I need that moisture! But what I also love about this is that it seemed to sink in straight away, so no thick/heavy oily residue being left on your skin. It makes my skin feel like silk & all in all, why would you not want your face to smell like roses? There's no nasties in it as it's suitable for vegetarians/vegans & is free from the silicones and parabens, to be precise, 84.6% natural content. Wild Rose oil is also rich in Vitamin C so 10/10 would recommend. 


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

I'll keep this short & sweet as I'm pretty sure I've spoken about this toner and featured it in posts at least 4 or 5 times in the past, but I came back to it again recently as I only have a very small selection of toners that I actually love enough to repurchase time and time again. There are other one's that I love, but I always seem to come back to this toner. Maybe it's my undying love for all things Liz Earle, but there's just something about this toner! It's so refreshing and alway's seems to last me absolutely donkeys years, even when it seems like it's about to run out, it keeps on going. It's just especially nice to swipe over your face in the morning after cleansing & splashing your face with cool water, I feel like it really helps to wake me and my skin up and never fails to leave my skin looking radiant and glowing. Again this also smells really lovely, like cucumbers and roses. All of the nice little ingredients that keep your skin smooth and healthy such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile, it's really gentle and will forever stay a big favourite of mine.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I truly believe that amongst all of the lovely natural & good for your skin ingredients that's inside this cleanser, there's also a little bit of magic. If my skin is ever going through a little rough patch, this is guaranteed to pick it back up again and works wonders for getting redness to go down/makes the healing process if you happen to a have a breakout a lot faster. This cleanser, apart from cleaning my skin wonderfully of course, holds amazing calming properties for the skin and always leaves it feeling so smooth, which is also with a little help from the trusty muslin cloth that comes with it, I don't feel right washing my face or using a cleanser without a muslin cloth now, I must be stocked up enough on Liz Earle cloths for the rest of my life! I think this will always be my favourite cleanser.


Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil

I've featured this little bottle of goodness once before on the blog but it didn't really get a proper moment for the spotlight as it was part of a January Favourites post so everything was a little bit here & there, but even so I feel that it needs another mention because it works wonders. Pai is my most favourite skincare brand down from Liz Earle, another all natural and good for the skin brand with products that will quickly become staples in your skincare cupboard. I use Rosehip before bed after my cleanser, toner and before my moisturiser as a sort of evening serum & night oil, but I have also used this in the morning underneath my moisturiser before applying make-up if I'm having an extra dry skin day and it sits really well. I wasn't really sure about the scent of this at first & I've seen other people say the same, I can't really put my finger specifically on what the scent actually is but after a while you sort of grow to love it. I always feel like I'm giving my skin a little treatment before bed when I apply this to my face and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels smooth, looks brighter and just all round healthy, I also feel like it helps to bring down and heal any imperfections just in the nick of time. I've read that's it's also really good to just rub a little bit over any stretch marks or scars and I think all of us have experienced at least one of those things, I have a few stretch marks that I know I would like to see fade away so I'll have to test that one out!


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

There aren't many things other than my step mum's roast dinner that makes me happier on a Sunday than a good face scrub before a mask, I don't really have a preference when it comes to face scrubs. I know some people don't enjoy the really scrubby ones and there are a lot of opinions that super abrasive scrubs can actually be quite bad for your skin, but if my skin feels clean and fresh and as if all of those dead skin cells have been well and truly scrubbed away & my skin doesn't get irritated in the process then I'm not fussed. But this exfoliator does so happen to be one of the more gentler one's, I really really like it because whilst it is gentle, it's sort of an in-between due to the creamy consistency and then the little scrubby beads which really aren't too abrasive at all, but after just a little while of scrubbing once washed off with warm water my skin is instantly smoother.


Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

The second little bottle of facial oil in this post is the serum I like to use with my morning skincare routine, it's a very light & fast sinking in oil which is why I think it makes the perfect daytime serum. I think they've recently done up the packaging for this product which I'm really happy about because for some reason the pipette is incredibly stiff & I just can't use it so I have to borrow the pipette from my Pai oil! This is a 100% natural oil, which I'm pretty sure is the same for all of Balance Me's products which is obviously a big thumbs up emoji from me. It's targeted at people with dehydrated/dry skin but because it's so light I don't see why it wouldn't be suitable for people with normal to combination skin also! It's just a great little skin helper and preps your face in the morning for everything else, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and a lot like the Pai oil, radiates from within and definitely helps to rehydrate my dry dry dry Sahara desert skin. Fortified with Amazonian-Buriti Nut, Camellia and Rosehip oils (there's quite a rose theme going on in this post..) the radiance-reviving blend helps to soften the appearance of fine lines, scarring and discolouration, so all of that GOOD stuff.


I'm so happy to hopefully be getting back into more beauty oriented posts as I know I've been branching out a little bit which is what I wanted to do, but I do still very much enjoy talking about all things make-up & skincare! I know this post is a little lengthy but I had a lot of fun snapping these pictures the other day and couldn't not share the majority of them! Happy Sunday loves.

What's your favourite skincare product of the moment?

x


The Sunday Skincare Cupboard.


This is a pretty hefty post of all the skincare items I'm using currently, a couple of new additions and a good few staples that I will never not love and still deserve a mention and whilst skincare is something that I prioritise with morning & evening everyday, I do always enjoy a much needed pamper day at the end of every week, so to go with the very obvious Sunday theme of this blog, the Sunday skincare cupboard, the products that I'm most definitely reaching for on a Sunday evening after a nice warm bubble bath, to freshen up my skin for the new week ahead.

It's been a little tricky lately to keep up with posting new content, as much as I really want to and it's disheartening me because I always have so many idea's spinning around in the creative part of my brain that just constantly wants to keep on creating, photographing and writing, but I am kind of sort of well, a little bit broke! I promise I'm not lazy and lacking in idea's, I'm just poor my friends. In the last few months this blog has brought me a little bit of money and anything I do earn I put straight back into being able to create new content here and there and the job hunt is still continuing *struggles*. Although it's not all bad, and with this next note I would just like to stress how important it is to remember to check the junk sections of your e-mail inboxes! Luckily I wasn't too late responding, but on the 5th April I was invited to join a beauty blogger programme, which puts me as part of a community & I'll be sent new products to trial every 3 months, which I'm really excited about and it means, new content! So watch out for some hopefully worth talking about beauty products which should be with me very soon :-)


Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Rose & Lavender

This is pretty much exactly the same as the original Cleanse & Polish, does the same job (very lovely of course) but for the exact same price and pretty packaging it smells absolutely b e a u t i f u l!! Roses & lavender and all of that great stuff, so you're even ready for Spring when you're washing your face in the morning. I was a little worried at first as I have quite sensitive skin and don't really like using heavily scented or perfumed products especially on my face, but as this is Liz Earle all of the ingredients are mostly natural/naturally derived and I've now used this tube up completely and it still did wonders for my skin, nothing beats the Liz Earle. & I just had to pick this up as I love the little new additions or limited additions that Liz does every now and again, I'm a sucker for pretty packaging.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask

The only other product by Pixi I've ever used before is the very popular Glow Tonic and like pretty much the rest of the population, or at least the vast majority of the beauty community! I absolutely fell in love with it, so I'm really not sure why it's taken me so long to pick up another Pixi product, I like to mix it up and try so many different/new products and brands sometimes even the best ones can get a little forgotten or missed! But I was in dire need of a new face mask after running out of my beloved Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, I knew I had to get my hands on the new Glow Mud Mask by Pixi immediately! First of all, I won't lie that I'm drawn to the pretty pastel green packaging and all of the other pretty details.. But that's not what we're here to talk about.. Although maybe later, because packaging is important? RIGHT? I LOVE a good mud mask and feeling like you're really breaking down all of the bad stuff in your pores for every second that you have it on, the kind of mask where you put it on and you can feel it working. I fell in love with this mask from the very first time I applied it, but last Sunday whilst I was finishing doing a spot of Spring cleaning and waiting for my bed sheets to tumble dry so I could make my bed, I must have sort of accidentally on purpose left the mask on for at least an hour as opposed to the instructed 15 minutes and when I washed it off in the shower my skin felt so SMOOTH, I was stood in the shower at about half 9 on a Sunday evening stroking my face like yaaassssss. This is a truly wonderful mask and little skin pick me up, and definitely leaves my skin lovely and glowing. Filled with Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Mineral-Rich Mud which combine to create the ultimate deep pore cleansing & skin energising mask. "Great for congested, dull and tired skin."


Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream

I purchased this moisturiser after I saw it recommended in one of my favourite bloggers posts and had a little "her skin always looks a-m-azing, if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me" moment to myself. I was in need of a new moisturiser and after reaching the end of the moisturisers to try section on my skincare wish list - I know that sounds totally way too Monica from Friends style organised but for real you should see the bookmarks on my phone, I wanted to try something new so behold, this lovely little Korres creation. I mean I haven't pictured it here but even the box it came in is beautiful! I love love Korres, I've tried their lip balms and I'm pretty sure every single one of their scented body washes, but when I came across this Wild Rose skincare range I knew I had to exchange my money's for at least one product in the collection. Maybe it's the fact that this product originates from Athens, so I can close my eyes and pretend I'm in Greece when I'm applying it, or maybe it's the to die for rose scent, but either way it's true love and you have to trust me because the only other being I've ever been able to say that about is my cat and we all know how much that little ball of fur means to me. I can't explain how good this smells, almost like that strawberries and cream smell, but with fresh roses in your garden instead.. If that makes sense? This I suppose is a combination of sort of half way between thick-medium consistency and I do love a good thick moisturiser that I can feel is actually helping my skin out as I am part of the dryer skin clan, everywhere, 365 days a year, so I need that moisture! But what I also love about this is that it seemed to sink in straight away, so no thick/heavy oily residue being left on your skin. It makes my skin feel like silk & all in all, why would you not want your face to smell like roses? There's no nasties in it as it's suitable for vegetarians/vegans & is free from the silicones and parabens, to be precise, 84.6% natural content. Wild Rose oil is also rich in Vitamin C so 10/10 would recommend. 


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

I'll keep this short & sweet as I'm pretty sure I've spoken about this toner and featured it in posts at least 4 or 5 times in the past, but I came back to it again recently as I only have a very small selection of toners that I actually love enough to repurchase time and time again. There are other one's that I love, but I always seem to come back to this toner. Maybe it's my undying love for all things Liz Earle, but there's just something about this toner! It's so refreshing and alway's seems to last me absolutely donkeys years, even when it seems like it's about to run out, it keeps on going. It's just especially nice to swipe over your face in the morning after cleansing & splashing your face with cool water, I feel like it really helps to wake me and my skin up and never fails to leave my skin looking radiant and glowing. Again this also smells really lovely, like cucumbers and roses. All of the nice little ingredients that keep your skin smooth and healthy such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile, it's really gentle and will forever stay a big favourite of mine.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I truly believe that amongst all of the lovely natural & good for your skin ingredients that's inside this cleanser, there's also a little bit of magic. If my skin is ever going through a little rough patch, this is guaranteed to pick it back up again and works wonders for getting redness to go down/makes the healing process if you happen to a have a breakout a lot faster. This cleanser, apart from cleaning my skin wonderfully of course, holds amazing calming properties for the skin and always leaves it feeling so smooth, which is also with a little help from the trusty muslin cloth that comes with it, I don't feel right washing my face or using a cleanser without a muslin cloth now, I must be stocked up enough on Liz Earle cloths for the rest of my life! I think this will always be my favourite cleanser.


Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil

I've featured this little bottle of goodness once before on the blog but it didn't really get a proper moment for the spotlight as it was part of a January Favourites post so everything was a little bit here & there, but even so I feel that it needs another mention because it works wonders. Pai is my most favourite skincare brand down from Liz Earle, another all natural and good for the skin brand with products that will quickly become staples in your skincare cupboard. I use Rosehip before bed after my cleanser, toner and before my moisturiser as a sort of evening serum & night oil, but I have also used this in the morning underneath my moisturiser before applying make-up if I'm having an extra dry skin day and it sits really well. I wasn't really sure about the scent of this at first & I've seen other people say the same, I can't really put my finger specifically on what the scent actually is but after a while you sort of grow to love it. I always feel like I'm giving my skin a little treatment before bed when I apply this to my face and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels smooth, looks brighter and just all round healthy, I also feel like it helps to bring down and heal any imperfections just in the nick of time. I've read that's it's also really good to just rub a little bit over any stretch marks or scars and I think all of us have experienced at least one of those things, I have a few stretch marks that I know I would like to see fade away so I'll have to test that one out!


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

There aren't many things other than my step mum's roast dinner that makes me happier on a Sunday than a good face scrub before a mask, I don't really have a preference when it comes to face scrubs. I know some people don't enjoy the really scrubby ones and there are a lot of opinions that super abrasive scrubs can actually be quite bad for your skin, but if my skin feels clean and fresh and as if all of those dead skin cells have been well and truly scrubbed away & my skin doesn't get irritated in the process then I'm not fussed. But this exfoliator does so happen to be one of the more gentler one's, I really really like it because whilst it is gentle, it's sort of an in-between due to the creamy consistency and then the little scrubby beads which really aren't too abrasive at all, but after just a little while of scrubbing once washed off with warm water my skin is instantly smoother.


Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

The second little bottle of facial oil in this post is the serum I like to use with my morning skincare routine, it's a very light & fast sinking in oil which is why I think it makes the perfect daytime serum. I think they've recently done up the packaging for this product which I'm really happy about because for some reason the pipette is incredibly stiff & I just can't use it so I have to borrow the pipette from my Pai oil! This is a 100% natural oil, which I'm pretty sure is the same for all of Balance Me's products which is obviously a big thumbs up emoji from me. It's targeted at people with dehydrated/dry skin but because it's so light I don't see why it wouldn't be suitable for people with normal to combination skin also! It's just a great little skin helper and preps your face in the morning for everything else, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and a lot like the Pai oil, radiates from within and definitely helps to rehydrate my dry dry dry Sahara desert skin. Fortified with Amazonian-Buriti Nut, Camellia and Rosehip oils (there's quite a rose theme going on in this post..) the radiance-reviving blend helps to soften the appearance of fine lines, scarring and discolouration, so all of that GOOD stuff.


I'm so happy to hopefully be getting back into more beauty oriented posts as I know I've been branching out a little bit which is what I wanted to do, but I do still very much enjoy talking about all things make-up & skincare! I know this post is a little lengthy but I had a lot of fun snapping these pictures the other day and couldn't not share the majority of them! Happy Sunday loves.

What's your favourite skincare product of the moment?

x


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Rekorderlig Cider

For a long time I've always considered myself very much a lover of Autumn/Winter, of course I will always love Autumn, it's the season of colourful tree's, Halloween, pumpkin pie and October, my Birthday month! But the older I get for some reason I find myself becoming more in love with Spring & Summer every time they roll around, definitely more so Spring because as much as I do love the sunshine, Summer in full swing for us British can get a little muggy, which is why I'm even more excited to be spending a week this August in lovely France, more specifically Bordeaux. 

So Spring, maybe it's my recent love affair with pretty, breezy dresses, having worked for a clothes shop last year that mostly sold the most lovely dresses, the flowers everywhere you look (which of course makes even better for blog photo's!), the lambs, the long walks and the sun going down a lot later, picnic's & family BBQ's, I'm officially appointing Spring my favourite season.

Rekorderlig Cider

Last weekend myself and the rest of my family minus one (my other sister has a new boyfriend & they're young and in love so obviously he trumps all of our family outings) decided to take a little picnic to Burghley House, which is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live but for some reason I haven't visited since a primary school trip and had completely forgotten how beautiful it is both inside and outside in the gardens. I got some serious interior inso from the inside of Burghley, even the sofa's in the 1800's were art! 

Whilst sitting down to this little picnic it got me thinking about what Spring means to me and the reasons why I love it so much, that transition from cold as ice cubes air, cuddle up on the sofa with the fire on & your 3 cats and eat all the food for 4 months straight (in my case anyway..), into blossom tree's taking over the world and everybody's Instagram, BBQ's with friends/family and lot's of bottles of refreshing Rekorderlig Cider in flavours that just scream Spring, the warm Sun that shines down and hits your shoulders, but still brings along that little breeze of fresh air that's just enough to keep you cool. Spring has a sense of newness, a fresh start in the air. Some people hoard things & struggle with throwing out old clothes but I've always been addicted to switching things up, I constantly look like I have no clothes in my wardrobe because 9 times out of 10 they get given to charity a few months down the line when I realise they're not me anymore. I love change and the new, and every year that's exactly what Spring brings for me. Along with a new sense of adventure, this year I vowed to myself that I'm going to set out on way more outings, near and far, as my heart has always told me I have to travel here and there, but sometimes I forget that there is still a lot I have left to discover of my own country/surroundings, little hide aways & coffee shops, parks, wooded area's, waterfalls even and in the case of last weekend, a little trip to Burghley House.

Rekorderlig Cider

Other than my love for spending time with my family, the wonderful weather and sense of adventure, another thing that inspired my idea for a picnic was that I read about Walpurgis, which is the last day of April, known as Walpurgis Eve, a celebration in Sweden of the start of Spring. Swedes host bonfires and public gatherings across the country and the following day, a public holiday to celebrate the beginning of Spring, now that's something I could get into. This Spring/Summer I would really love to have more outings like this, especially when it starts to get a lot warmer, I feel I'll be having a lot more picnic's this year at Burghley, especially when the deer decide they'd like to show themselves.

Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider

This month I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work alongside Rekorderlig Cider & since me/my family have always been big fans of this drink, I'm pretty sure it's around and about every Summer for our BBQ's and family gatherings, I thought it might be a nice idea to also mention just a few ways you can enjoy these mouth-watering beverages this Spring. Rekorderlig Cider offers multiples flavours, in this post I'm enjoying Spiced Plum, Wild Berries & Mango-Raspberry. (Not all to myself or all in one sitting, of course!)

SPICED PLUM

The first little rearrangement I've created is for the lovely flavour that is Spiced Plum, you can enjoy this drink either hot or cold, which would be perfect for in the winter for a mulled wine kind of effect, but since we're in Spring and heading for Summer, I of course enjoyed this drink with a few ice cubes, but would also work great with crushed ice (I'm just not that fancy or well enough pre-prepared) and a slice of Orange to garnish. This is deliciously sweet and the after taste kind of reminds me a little of Haribo's!

MANGO-RASPBERRY

Next up and my personal favourite is Mango-Raspberry, I'm obsessed with Mango's, I used to always get a big bag of sliced Mango from M&S on my lunch break when I worked in a shopping centre, so anything that even remotely has the flavour of Mango in it is right up my street! Everyone very much enjoyed this flavour at the picnic, it's so refreshing and really is the perfect Spring/Summer beverage. Served over ice, with a squeeze of fresh lemon & a wedge of lemon to garnish.

WILD BERRIES

Lastly, but by no means least wild berries flavour. (The base flavour for all of these cider's is pear) blended with wild berries & you can definitely taste the pear, it's sooooo delicious! Anything that is mixed with or is mixed berries flavour is perfect for Spring. I like to enjoy this drink over ice cubes, with a layer of seasonal berries.

I really enjoyed creating this post (& of course the delicious cider courtesy of Rekorderlig!) Have you ever tried Rekorderlig Cider and if so, what's your favourite flavour? Also, I would love to know what is special for you about Spring, what does Spring mean to you?

I hope you've all had a lovely Easter and consumed plenty of food/chocolate!

x



- This post is kindly sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider, but all thoughts/photography is my own. -

What Spring Means To Me.

Rekorderlig Cider

For a long time I've always considered myself very much a lover of Autumn/Winter, of course I will always love Autumn, it's the season of colourful tree's, Halloween, pumpkin pie and October, my Birthday month! But the older I get for some reason I find myself becoming more in love with Spring & Summer every time they roll around, definitely more so Spring because as much as I do love the sunshine, Summer in full swing for us British can get a little muggy, which is why I'm even more excited to be spending a week this August in lovely France, more specifically Bordeaux. 

So Spring, maybe it's my recent love affair with pretty, breezy dresses, having worked for a clothes shop last year that mostly sold the most lovely dresses, the flowers everywhere you look (which of course makes even better for blog photo's!), the lambs, the long walks and the sun going down a lot later, picnic's & family BBQ's, I'm officially appointing Spring my favourite season.

Rekorderlig Cider

Last weekend myself and the rest of my family minus one (my other sister has a new boyfriend & they're young and in love so obviously he trumps all of our family outings) decided to take a little picnic to Burghley House, which is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live but for some reason I haven't visited since a primary school trip and had completely forgotten how beautiful it is both inside and outside in the gardens. I got some serious interior inso from the inside of Burghley, even the sofa's in the 1800's were art! 

Whilst sitting down to this little picnic it got me thinking about what Spring means to me and the reasons why I love it so much, that transition from cold as ice cubes air, cuddle up on the sofa with the fire on & your 3 cats and eat all the food for 4 months straight (in my case anyway..), into blossom tree's taking over the world and everybody's Instagram, BBQ's with friends/family and lot's of bottles of refreshing Rekorderlig Cider in flavours that just scream Spring, the warm Sun that shines down and hits your shoulders, but still brings along that little breeze of fresh air that's just enough to keep you cool. Spring has a sense of newness, a fresh start in the air. Some people hoard things & struggle with throwing out old clothes but I've always been addicted to switching things up, I constantly look like I have no clothes in my wardrobe because 9 times out of 10 they get given to charity a few months down the line when I realise they're not me anymore. I love change and the new, and every year that's exactly what Spring brings for me. Along with a new sense of adventure, this year I vowed to myself that I'm going to set out on way more outings, near and far, as my heart has always told me I have to travel here and there, but sometimes I forget that there is still a lot I have left to discover of my own country/surroundings, little hide aways & coffee shops, parks, wooded area's, waterfalls even and in the case of last weekend, a little trip to Burghley House.

Rekorderlig Cider

Other than my love for spending time with my family, the wonderful weather and sense of adventure, another thing that inspired my idea for a picnic was that I read about Walpurgis, which is the last day of April, known as Walpurgis Eve, a celebration in Sweden of the start of Spring. Swedes host bonfires and public gatherings across the country and the following day, a public holiday to celebrate the beginning of Spring, now that's something I could get into. This Spring/Summer I would really love to have more outings like this, especially when it starts to get a lot warmer, I feel I'll be having a lot more picnic's this year at Burghley, especially when the deer decide they'd like to show themselves.

Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider
Rekorderlig Cider

This month I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work alongside Rekorderlig Cider & since me/my family have always been big fans of this drink, I'm pretty sure it's around and about every Summer for our BBQ's and family gatherings, I thought it might be a nice idea to also mention just a few ways you can enjoy these mouth-watering beverages this Spring. Rekorderlig Cider offers multiples flavours, in this post I'm enjoying Spiced Plum, Wild Berries & Mango-Raspberry. (Not all to myself or all in one sitting, of course!)

SPICED PLUM

The first little rearrangement I've created is for the lovely flavour that is Spiced Plum, you can enjoy this drink either hot or cold, which would be perfect for in the winter for a mulled wine kind of effect, but since we're in Spring and heading for Summer, I of course enjoyed this drink with a few ice cubes, but would also work great with crushed ice (I'm just not that fancy or well enough pre-prepared) and a slice of Orange to garnish. This is deliciously sweet and the after taste kind of reminds me a little of Haribo's!

MANGO-RASPBERRY

Next up and my personal favourite is Mango-Raspberry, I'm obsessed with Mango's, I used to always get a big bag of sliced Mango from M&S on my lunch break when I worked in a shopping centre, so anything that even remotely has the flavour of Mango in it is right up my street! Everyone very much enjoyed this flavour at the picnic, it's so refreshing and really is the perfect Spring/Summer beverage. Served over ice, with a squeeze of fresh lemon & a wedge of lemon to garnish.

WILD BERRIES

Lastly, but by no means least wild berries flavour. (The base flavour for all of these cider's is pear) blended with wild berries & you can definitely taste the pear, it's sooooo delicious! Anything that is mixed with or is mixed berries flavour is perfect for Spring. I like to enjoy this drink over ice cubes, with a layer of seasonal berries.

I really enjoyed creating this post (& of course the delicious cider courtesy of Rekorderlig!) Have you ever tried Rekorderlig Cider and if so, what's your favourite flavour? Also, I would love to know what is special for you about Spring, what does Spring mean to you?

I hope you've all had a lovely Easter and consumed plenty of food/chocolate!

x



- This post is kindly sponsored by Rekorderlig Cider, but all thoughts/photography is my own. -
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It's been a little while since there's been a new post over on this space, I promised myself I'd never leave it this long between posts again (as long as we don't leave it as long as 9 months, like last year) but, as I'm sure a lot of you will agree and understand, sometimes life just gets in the way and there is a lot more that goes into blogging than just clicking that bright orange publish button! 

I have a pretty exciting collaboration with a brand that should be coming to the blog either towards the end of this week or the beginning of next and I'm super excited to shoot the photo's for this one as I have some really lovely idea's! & of course it's always an amazing feeling to be recognised by a brand for all of the hard work and passion that you do put in.


So I suppose this is just a little update of a post, I've been a busy bee applying for jobs, last week I underwent 3 job interviews 3 days in a row and as it turns out, none of them are suitable. I'm keeping my positive rucksack on.. I don't know where that line came from but now I've typed it, it seems very cheesy. Although, it isn't all bad as one of the job interviews I went for last week, the people who interviewed me spent a large amount of time complimenting me on my blog, I was both shocked and humbled, the only professional opinion I've ever had over here are from the likes of my parents and my little sister, who sent me this adorable e-mail the other day. They asked me questions about where I think I'd like to take it, whether I would look into turning it into a business, make it my job, and receiving compliments on my photography is always so heartwarming as that was my main reason for starting this blog, a place to document all of the images from my 'not being able to put down my camera down' episodes, which is everyday. It got me thinking, eventually I think this blog is something I would like to be able to take full time and pour my complete heart, soul and all of my time into. I don't think that any of us should shy away from admitting that if it's what we feel, I know it can be a taboo subject, but since being recognised and getting the chance to work with some pretty lovely companies, why would I not enjoy the idea of working on this blog for a living, when it's something that I love so much and am proud of.


And the last and main reason for sitting down to type this short post is that you may notice I've had a little redesign! Which is another reason for me not posting, I decided I wanted to wait until it was all finished and then get cracking with some brand new content, to go with the brand new look. I know I wasn't/am not and won't be the last blogger to feel like this, but because I just wasn't happy with the way my blog looked, that in time made me way more reluctant to want to post when I'd spend so much time on the writing, photography and editing, only to look at my page and think "meh" and that worried me too because if I'm thinking meh, then what is everyone else thinking when they come to visit? I felt that it was lacking and needed something more, I wasn't entirely sure what that more was but I knew the kind of look that I had in my head so, one spontaneous evening I decided to sit down and layout myself a mock up on photoshop of what I would like this space to look like, and all of the pages and page elements that go with that. I then did some research and decided to get in touch with the wonderful and talented Mina from Underline Designs. I have been through so many templates since starting this blog, each time liking them for a few weeks and then slowly becoming more and more unsatisfied with the look because it's not me and there was always just something missing. As much as I love Pipdig and all of their designs, how helpful they are, £900-£2,000 for a custom blog design was just not on the cards.

I don't remember exactly how I came across Mina, I think it may have been on Twitter, but as soon as I visited her page and saw her template & custom designs I knew that she was the one I wanted to go to for this little project! This may seem dramatic but I'm currently appointing Mina as my official hero, maybe even above Fleetwood Mac. She is a truly wonderful human (even if our only contact was back and forth through e-mails!) I can't thank her enough for the amazing work she has done putting together this space for my blog, I swear when I first saw the preview fireworks where coming out of every angle of me.


So I suppose that's all I have for you on this hopefully sunny Tuesday morning (I'm writing this on the Monday!) Feel free to take a little tour and let me know what your thoughts are on the new & improved Sunday Somewhere, I'm particularly looking forward to filling the Gallery page, which you'll find a link to right at the bottom of my blog, with all of my more spontaneous outing photography pictures that never quite make it into a post.

Happy Tuesday!

x

A New Look.


It's been a little while since there's been a new post over on this space, I promised myself I'd never leave it this long between posts again (as long as we don't leave it as long as 9 months, like last year) but, as I'm sure a lot of you will agree and understand, sometimes life just gets in the way and there is a lot more that goes into blogging than just clicking that bright orange publish button! 

I have a pretty exciting collaboration with a brand that should be coming to the blog either towards the end of this week or the beginning of next and I'm super excited to shoot the photo's for this one as I have some really lovely idea's! & of course it's always an amazing feeling to be recognised by a brand for all of the hard work and passion that you do put in.


So I suppose this is just a little update of a post, I've been a busy bee applying for jobs, last week I underwent 3 job interviews 3 days in a row and as it turns out, none of them are suitable. I'm keeping my positive rucksack on.. I don't know where that line came from but now I've typed it, it seems very cheesy. Although, it isn't all bad as one of the job interviews I went for last week, the people who interviewed me spent a large amount of time complimenting me on my blog, I was both shocked and humbled, the only professional opinion I've ever had over here are from the likes of my parents and my little sister, who sent me this adorable e-mail the other day. They asked me questions about where I think I'd like to take it, whether I would look into turning it into a business, make it my job, and receiving compliments on my photography is always so heartwarming as that was my main reason for starting this blog, a place to document all of the images from my 'not being able to put down my camera down' episodes, which is everyday. It got me thinking, eventually I think this blog is something I would like to be able to take full time and pour my complete heart, soul and all of my time into. I don't think that any of us should shy away from admitting that if it's what we feel, I know it can be a taboo subject, but since being recognised and getting the chance to work with some pretty lovely companies, why would I not enjoy the idea of working on this blog for a living, when it's something that I love so much and am proud of.


And the last and main reason for sitting down to type this short post is that you may notice I've had a little redesign! Which is another reason for me not posting, I decided I wanted to wait until it was all finished and then get cracking with some brand new content, to go with the brand new look. I know I wasn't/am not and won't be the last blogger to feel like this, but because I just wasn't happy with the way my blog looked, that in time made me way more reluctant to want to post when I'd spend so much time on the writing, photography and editing, only to look at my page and think "meh" and that worried me too because if I'm thinking meh, then what is everyone else thinking when they come to visit? I felt that it was lacking and needed something more, I wasn't entirely sure what that more was but I knew the kind of look that I had in my head so, one spontaneous evening I decided to sit down and layout myself a mock up on photoshop of what I would like this space to look like, and all of the pages and page elements that go with that. I then did some research and decided to get in touch with the wonderful and talented Mina from Underline Designs. I have been through so many templates since starting this blog, each time liking them for a few weeks and then slowly becoming more and more unsatisfied with the look because it's not me and there was always just something missing. As much as I love Pipdig and all of their designs, how helpful they are, £900-£2,000 for a custom blog design was just not on the cards.

I don't remember exactly how I came across Mina, I think it may have been on Twitter, but as soon as I visited her page and saw her template & custom designs I knew that she was the one I wanted to go to for this little project! This may seem dramatic but I'm currently appointing Mina as my official hero, maybe even above Fleetwood Mac. She is a truly wonderful human (even if our only contact was back and forth through e-mails!) I can't thank her enough for the amazing work she has done putting together this space for my blog, I swear when I first saw the preview fireworks where coming out of every angle of me.


So I suppose that's all I have for you on this hopefully sunny Tuesday morning (I'm writing this on the Monday!) Feel free to take a little tour and let me know what your thoughts are on the new & improved Sunday Somewhere, I'm particularly looking forward to filling the Gallery page, which you'll find a link to right at the bottom of my blog, with all of my more spontaneous outing photography pictures that never quite make it into a post.

Happy Tuesday!

x
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