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Two picnic's down this year so far, another 500 to go. I'm a girl of simple pleasures, I wouldn't get on a rollercoaster if my life depended on it, partly because I went on one at Disney Land Paris when I was 6 and decided that was the end of my life. I have big dreams of wanting to travel here and there, but mostly I would just like to live peacefully in a little house, in a quiet town, somewhere sunny preferably, with a library/book collection as big as the house itself and as many adopted cats and dogs I can fit into said house with me. If there is one thing I look forward to the most whenever Summer rolls around, it's being able to take little strolls whenever you like as it doesn't get dark or any chillier until 8-9 at night and there's something so still and peaceful about evening strolls, it's just you, the birds, the tree's and the sun going down, with a slight breeze in the air. I'm lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by a lot of greenery, fields and back roads lined with tree's that in the Spring/Summer sprout Blossoms all over the place, not forgetting the copious amount of blackberry's that overgrow the bushes down the side of my house! So late afternoon on Saturday me and my younger sister decided to take a picnic basket and go for a little walk (who was willing enough to help me take these pictures, such a little trooper) photographer in the making? We set up camp in the corner of one of the fields in front of some floral bushes, with just the right amount of shade and sunshine for a picnic.



I have and always will be a lover of coffee, even if I've tried to balance it out with my love for green tea, I wouldn't say I'm Lorelai Gilmore 200 cups a day obsessed, but if I could live in a house made of coffee, then I probably would. Coffee cake, coffee flavoured chocolate, just everything coffee orientated is in the words of Joey from Friends whilst eating Rachel's cottage pie/trifle concoction, it's GOOD. So when Lyons Coffee offered to send me one of their new boxes of coffee in tea bags (yes, you read that correctly, coffee in a tea bag), I was over here like yaaaasssss what are you waiting for, send them my way!! (With a please, thank you and smiley face on the end.)

So in our picnic basket along with my much loved Asos sunnies, a good book & a few cupcakes my other sister had previously baked up that day, I decided to test the convenience and taste of these deliciously smelling coffee bags, so I took along with me my trusty silver thermal flask filled with some boiling water and my favourite mug. My step mum has also taken a few of these to work with her this week as she's not really a fan of instant coffee and was really intrigued by the fact it's freshly ground coffee, with the convenience of being in a tea bag and I'm pretty sure she had everyone in the staff room onto her. 


Coffee in a tea bag? I hear you ask, it's 100% freshly ground coffee in a bag, none of that instant granulated, smells like coffee but tastes like lies kind of stuff. Their coffee's come in 4 different volumes, No. 2 Light & Smooth (which is my personal favourite), No. 3 Rich & Full Bodied, No. 4 Dark & Intense and a selection of decaffeinated coffee bags too for my coffee loving friends who in the words of Estée Lalonde, prefer a little bit of Leonardo Decafrio. You simply unwrap the coffee bag from it's foil wrapped packaging, place the coffee bag into your mug of choice, pour over freshly boiled water and give it a stir, take in that unmistakable 100% fresh ground coffee aroma and brew for 3-4 minutes. Remove your coffee bag and enjoy, just like ordering a freshly made coffee from your favourite coffee shop, but without the mess of the beans, because they're already ground for you!

Their idea is that you can enjoy the coffee "Anytime, Anywhere", for example; up a mountain, in the gym, in my case a picnic, on the tube, cycling or simply just in the office! So instead of popping along to your favourite coffee shop and paying about £8 for a fresh coffee (especially if you live in London or a big city), before work in the morning, because we all know that coffee fix is n e e d e d before any work beginning is even remotely thought about! You already have the fresh coffee with you, just add your boiling water from your flask and WA-LA, or keep cups are also really handy if you prefer to pre-make your coffee instead of making it on the go. My office is at my desk in my bedroom so I've been enjoying these little guys from the comfort of my own work situation, on little walks and of course just whilst chilling in my favourite space, getting into a good book. Another reason to get on board with Lyons Coffee is that they're a part of Project Waterfall, they make a donation to Project Waterfall every time you purchase a box of Lyons' Coffee bags. Since 2011 Project Waterfall has committed to providing a sustainable source of safe water and sanitation for coffee growing communities around the globe, which is a life-changing project. So you're drinking your coffee and doing the planet a favour, and let's be honest this planet we like to call home needs all the favours from us it can get!


Can we also just talk for a second about this wonderful, beautiful, amazing, screams Summer, Asos One Shoulder Ruffle Detail Sundress! I mentioned on my Twitter that I absolutely needed to get my hands on it and once it arrived I put in on straight away and thanked the sundress gods that it was finally MINE. I won't be taking this baby off until the very last day of sunshine and it will definitely be coming along to France with me in August, complete with my Betsy & Floss Formentera Pom Pom Basket Bag, which is soon to get it's own moment of limelight over on the blog, but for a quick sneak peak I have pictured it on my Instagram here

I hope you're all having a wonderful Thursday so far, I've been finding it a little tricky this week to grab any motivation after Monday's heartbreaking events. But I've been hugging my younger sisters a little tighter than usual and trying to stay positive, I found a quote by Amelia Earhart which I shared on my Instagram and I'll share it here too, "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." Remember to love each other.

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Coffee & Stripes In The Park.


Two picnic's down this year so far, another 500 to go. I'm a girl of simple pleasures, I wouldn't get on a rollercoaster if my life depended on it, partly because I went on one at Disney Land Paris when I was 6 and decided that was the end of my life. I have big dreams of wanting to travel here and there, but mostly I would just like to live peacefully in a little house, in a quiet town, somewhere sunny preferably, with a library/book collection as big as the house itself and as many adopted cats and dogs I can fit into said house with me. If there is one thing I look forward to the most whenever Summer rolls around, it's being able to take little strolls whenever you like as it doesn't get dark or any chillier until 8-9 at night and there's something so still and peaceful about evening strolls, it's just you, the birds, the tree's and the sun going down, with a slight breeze in the air. I'm lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by a lot of greenery, fields and back roads lined with tree's that in the Spring/Summer sprout Blossoms all over the place, not forgetting the copious amount of blackberry's that overgrow the bushes down the side of my house! So late afternoon on Saturday me and my younger sister decided to take a picnic basket and go for a little walk (who was willing enough to help me take these pictures, such a little trooper) photographer in the making? We set up camp in the corner of one of the fields in front of some floral bushes, with just the right amount of shade and sunshine for a picnic.



I have and always will be a lover of coffee, even if I've tried to balance it out with my love for green tea, I wouldn't say I'm Lorelai Gilmore 200 cups a day obsessed, but if I could live in a house made of coffee, then I probably would. Coffee cake, coffee flavoured chocolate, just everything coffee orientated is in the words of Joey from Friends whilst eating Rachel's cottage pie/trifle concoction, it's GOOD. So when Lyons Coffee offered to send me one of their new boxes of coffee in tea bags (yes, you read that correctly, coffee in a tea bag), I was over here like yaaaasssss what are you waiting for, send them my way!! (With a please, thank you and smiley face on the end.)

So in our picnic basket along with my much loved Asos sunnies, a good book & a few cupcakes my other sister had previously baked up that day, I decided to test the convenience and taste of these deliciously smelling coffee bags, so I took along with me my trusty silver thermal flask filled with some boiling water and my favourite mug. My step mum has also taken a few of these to work with her this week as she's not really a fan of instant coffee and was really intrigued by the fact it's freshly ground coffee, with the convenience of being in a tea bag and I'm pretty sure she had everyone in the staff room onto her. 


Coffee in a tea bag? I hear you ask, it's 100% freshly ground coffee in a bag, none of that instant granulated, smells like coffee but tastes like lies kind of stuff. Their coffee's come in 4 different volumes, No. 2 Light & Smooth (which is my personal favourite), No. 3 Rich & Full Bodied, No. 4 Dark & Intense and a selection of decaffeinated coffee bags too for my coffee loving friends who in the words of Estée Lalonde, prefer a little bit of Leonardo Decafrio. You simply unwrap the coffee bag from it's foil wrapped packaging, place the coffee bag into your mug of choice, pour over freshly boiled water and give it a stir, take in that unmistakable 100% fresh ground coffee aroma and brew for 3-4 minutes. Remove your coffee bag and enjoy, just like ordering a freshly made coffee from your favourite coffee shop, but without the mess of the beans, because they're already ground for you!

Their idea is that you can enjoy the coffee "Anytime, Anywhere", for example; up a mountain, in the gym, in my case a picnic, on the tube, cycling or simply just in the office! So instead of popping along to your favourite coffee shop and paying about £8 for a fresh coffee (especially if you live in London or a big city), before work in the morning, because we all know that coffee fix is n e e d e d before any work beginning is even remotely thought about! You already have the fresh coffee with you, just add your boiling water from your flask and WA-LA, or keep cups are also really handy if you prefer to pre-make your coffee instead of making it on the go. My office is at my desk in my bedroom so I've been enjoying these little guys from the comfort of my own work situation, on little walks and of course just whilst chilling in my favourite space, getting into a good book. Another reason to get on board with Lyons Coffee is that they're a part of Project Waterfall, they make a donation to Project Waterfall every time you purchase a box of Lyons' Coffee bags. Since 2011 Project Waterfall has committed to providing a sustainable source of safe water and sanitation for coffee growing communities around the globe, which is a life-changing project. So you're drinking your coffee and doing the planet a favour, and let's be honest this planet we like to call home needs all the favours from us it can get!


Can we also just talk for a second about this wonderful, beautiful, amazing, screams Summer, Asos One Shoulder Ruffle Detail Sundress! I mentioned on my Twitter that I absolutely needed to get my hands on it and once it arrived I put in on straight away and thanked the sundress gods that it was finally MINE. I won't be taking this baby off until the very last day of sunshine and it will definitely be coming along to France with me in August, complete with my Betsy & Floss Formentera Pom Pom Basket Bag, which is soon to get it's own moment of limelight over on the blog, but for a quick sneak peak I have pictured it on my Instagram here

I hope you're all having a wonderful Thursday so far, I've been finding it a little tricky this week to grab any motivation after Monday's heartbreaking events. But I've been hugging my younger sisters a little tighter than usual and trying to stay positive, I found a quote by Amelia Earhart which I shared on my Instagram and I'll share it here too, "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." Remember to love each other.

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I did a post very similar to this back in March, my Spring Wishlist and since we're now edging closer and closer to Summer, or is it Summer already? I never know when the specific days are for the new season starting and let's be honest UK's weather is pretty confusing at the best of times. But there have been a couple of much warmer days recently, so I thought I would do a little updated Summer wishlist. The list of things I'm coveting right now is embarrassingly long so I have only picked out a few of my most sought after!


6. L'occitane Gifts For Her

L'Occitane will never not be one of my favourite brands, it's no secret that I'm a sucker for pretty packaging but really, what's not to love about literally everything they have to offer? But I was particularly intrigued recently with their gift sets, of course there's always going to be an important birthday coming up of a loved one or a best friend, gift sets are always flying off the shelves at Christmas time, BUT also, you never need an excuse to treat yourself! Some of L'Occitane's scents in the gift sets are limited edition too so that makes it extra special for gift giving. Not just perfumes, which whisk you away to the South of France, bath & body products, home fragrances and candles, we all love a good candle, especially if it's going to make me feel like I'm relaxing on a lounger somewhere in sunny France. Their Basket Of Delights gift set comes in the cutest basket (if the title didn't already give that away!) So if the treats inside aren't enough to please you, you have a pretty as a peach basket which makes a really cute piece of decor, win win.


5. Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller

I first heard about these Yu Ling facial rollers maybe a year ago now, whenever it was that they first started causing such up raw within the beauty community! From the likes of Estée Lalonde, and obviously if it's good enough for her then it's good enough for me. I was intrigued but still thought what? What could a rolling marble/stone on a stick possible do for my face? But the stone is made from pure Jade, which has immense healing properties, which I'm all about! I also really like the idea they've provided of storing it in the fridge so the stone is cold, which you can then use on your temples to ease headaches & hangovers, (for the copious amounts of cocktails we'll all be drinking in our gardens this Summer). Plus does anyone remember when you were in school and you got really hot so you'd roll your cold water bottle over your face? I feel like this would be a similar satisfaction to that, and for those of us who are a little sun burn prone and tend to look a little puffy! It's designed to aid blood flow, which eliminates puffiness, tones facial muscles and plumps out wrinkles. Continuous use over time can also benefit people with problem skin around the chin/jawline caused by toxin build-up. I just really like the idea of something completely natural doing wonders for my skin.


4. L'art de la Simplictité: How To Live More With Less

Obviously (I say obviously for all of my fellow book worms out there), with a new season/month comes a new book (or 5). I'm going to be travelling to France in August, if you haven't seen me mention it about 5,000 times already! & apart from snapping pictures left, right & centre, I'm most likely also going to be doing a fair amount of lounging by the pool so I must pick myself up a new book before then. L'art de la Simplicté: How To Live More With Less is currently at the top of my reading wish list, and not just because of the awfully pretty, look really good on your dressing table and also for Instagram front cover! I feel like this book is going along the same lines of the very popular Hygge that's been doing the circles in the blogosphere, but a just as brilliant and good for the heart and soul kind of read, I'm all about that simple happy life! "Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity."


3. Illesteva Boca Cream Marble Sunglasses

Ok so I'm going to France, I want to look a little fancy, but I also want to protect my eyes from the rays and of course disguise those under eye circles if I've been doing a little too much wine tasting the day/night before (I am SO excited to visit a real vineyard!!) & as much as I love love my circle frame 60's style Asos sunnies, I came to realise that maybe it's time that I invest in my first pair of high end eye ball frames. Low and behold, the most beautiful pair of cream MARBLE Sunglasses from Illesteva, did I mention that they're marble? Will the French be able to tell that I'm a blogger just from that? But what I also love about them is that contrast to the big wonderful marble cat eye frames, they have much slimmer gold arms, I love this partly because I have the tiniest ears humanly possible for a 20 year old & chunky sunglasses frames just don't tend to sit right on me and of course there is the fact that the gold mixed with cream marble is a dream come true.


2. For Love & Lemons Luciana Ruffle Blouse

I made a pact with myself long ago that if I ever come into some money big time, apart from purchasing my dad that Porsche I promised him when I was 10 years old and saving all of the elephants of the world, that I am going to buy For Love & Lemons, yes the WHOLE lot. There's nothing wrong with being optimistic? I knew they stocked the most beautiful lingerie I'd ever laid my eyes upon, but I got so engrossed in that I didn't even get as far as realising that their clothes are just as beautiful (just as pricey too, but I've had a pretty turbulent 5 years months, so I'm down for treating myself). Anything pretty, flowy, floral and is made from delicate materials has my vote straight away and that's pretty much every item of FL&L clothing ever. Everything about this blouse needs to be inside my wardrobe asap, the ruffle trim is beautiful and you can wear it either normally, off the shoulder or just off one shoulder & I'm all about that off the shoulder action. The flared sleeves, tie waist and I love that's it's slightly cropped so it'll likely fit my tiny, largely out of proportion body. The way the colours and flowers/leaves flow together in the pattern is some serious eye candy.


1. Faithfull Majorca Maxi Dress

Last year I started working for a clothing shop and as much as towards the end I grew to despise it and knew I needed out of working in retail, one thing it did give me was the confidence and realisation that hey, I look and feel good in a dress. The company I worked for stocked mostly and some of the prettiest dresses both casual and tailored I'd ever seen and working there I was required to wear their clothes (I still miss that 75% discount *cries*). Before then I would only admire dresses, my figure wasn't something that I felt I wanted to showcase, more hide away in the comfort of my jeans & jumpers, which I do still loooove, but I realised dressing like this every day wasn't exactly doing me any favours or making me feel good about myself. Life is too short to just admire the pretty dresses, buy them and wear them, twirl around in them and be as happy as you would have been trying on a princess dress when you were 5, did I bother about how I looked in a dress when I was 5? No, I'm pretty sure I was just satisfied looking and feeling like Cinderella. So with Summer comes the admiring and purchasing of a few new dresses, this Faithfull dress is so relaxed and airy, perfect for a hot summers day, yet still so pretty with the off the shoulder slightly ruffled short sleeves & the tie waist makes it super flattering, I'm also big on tiny button down maxi dresses at the moment for all of the vintage vibes. Also, stripes, nude stripes, a blessing.


Happy Monday folks, let me know what you're currently lusting after and also, what's your favourite thing about Summer?

x







Summer Wishlist.



I did a post very similar to this back in March, my Spring Wishlist and since we're now edging closer and closer to Summer, or is it Summer already? I never know when the specific days are for the new season starting and let's be honest UK's weather is pretty confusing at the best of times. But there have been a couple of much warmer days recently, so I thought I would do a little updated Summer wishlist. The list of things I'm coveting right now is embarrassingly long so I have only picked out a few of my most sought after!


6. L'occitane Gifts For Her

L'Occitane will never not be one of my favourite brands, it's no secret that I'm a sucker for pretty packaging but really, what's not to love about literally everything they have to offer? But I was particularly intrigued recently with their gift sets, of course there's always going to be an important birthday coming up of a loved one or a best friend, gift sets are always flying off the shelves at Christmas time, BUT also, you never need an excuse to treat yourself! Some of L'Occitane's scents in the gift sets are limited edition too so that makes it extra special for gift giving. Not just perfumes, which whisk you away to the South of France, bath & body products, home fragrances and candles, we all love a good candle, especially if it's going to make me feel like I'm relaxing on a lounger somewhere in sunny France. Their Basket Of Delights gift set comes in the cutest basket (if the title didn't already give that away!) So if the treats inside aren't enough to please you, you have a pretty as a peach basket which makes a really cute piece of decor, win win.


5. Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller

I first heard about these Yu Ling facial rollers maybe a year ago now, whenever it was that they first started causing such up raw within the beauty community! From the likes of Estée Lalonde, and obviously if it's good enough for her then it's good enough for me. I was intrigued but still thought what? What could a rolling marble/stone on a stick possible do for my face? But the stone is made from pure Jade, which has immense healing properties, which I'm all about! I also really like the idea they've provided of storing it in the fridge so the stone is cold, which you can then use on your temples to ease headaches & hangovers, (for the copious amounts of cocktails we'll all be drinking in our gardens this Summer). Plus does anyone remember when you were in school and you got really hot so you'd roll your cold water bottle over your face? I feel like this would be a similar satisfaction to that, and for those of us who are a little sun burn prone and tend to look a little puffy! It's designed to aid blood flow, which eliminates puffiness, tones facial muscles and plumps out wrinkles. Continuous use over time can also benefit people with problem skin around the chin/jawline caused by toxin build-up. I just really like the idea of something completely natural doing wonders for my skin.


4. L'art de la Simplictité: How To Live More With Less

Obviously (I say obviously for all of my fellow book worms out there), with a new season/month comes a new book (or 5). I'm going to be travelling to France in August, if you haven't seen me mention it about 5,000 times already! & apart from snapping pictures left, right & centre, I'm most likely also going to be doing a fair amount of lounging by the pool so I must pick myself up a new book before then. L'art de la Simplicté: How To Live More With Less is currently at the top of my reading wish list, and not just because of the awfully pretty, look really good on your dressing table and also for Instagram front cover! I feel like this book is going along the same lines of the very popular Hygge that's been doing the circles in the blogosphere, but a just as brilliant and good for the heart and soul kind of read, I'm all about that simple happy life! "Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity."


3. Illesteva Boca Cream Marble Sunglasses

Ok so I'm going to France, I want to look a little fancy, but I also want to protect my eyes from the rays and of course disguise those under eye circles if I've been doing a little too much wine tasting the day/night before (I am SO excited to visit a real vineyard!!) & as much as I love love my circle frame 60's style Asos sunnies, I came to realise that maybe it's time that I invest in my first pair of high end eye ball frames. Low and behold, the most beautiful pair of cream MARBLE Sunglasses from Illesteva, did I mention that they're marble? Will the French be able to tell that I'm a blogger just from that? But what I also love about them is that contrast to the big wonderful marble cat eye frames, they have much slimmer gold arms, I love this partly because I have the tiniest ears humanly possible for a 20 year old & chunky sunglasses frames just don't tend to sit right on me and of course there is the fact that the gold mixed with cream marble is a dream come true.


2. For Love & Lemons Luciana Ruffle Blouse

I made a pact with myself long ago that if I ever come into some money big time, apart from purchasing my dad that Porsche I promised him when I was 10 years old and saving all of the elephants of the world, that I am going to buy For Love & Lemons, yes the WHOLE lot. There's nothing wrong with being optimistic? I knew they stocked the most beautiful lingerie I'd ever laid my eyes upon, but I got so engrossed in that I didn't even get as far as realising that their clothes are just as beautiful (just as pricey too, but I've had a pretty turbulent 5 years months, so I'm down for treating myself). Anything pretty, flowy, floral and is made from delicate materials has my vote straight away and that's pretty much every item of FL&L clothing ever. Everything about this blouse needs to be inside my wardrobe asap, the ruffle trim is beautiful and you can wear it either normally, off the shoulder or just off one shoulder & I'm all about that off the shoulder action. The flared sleeves, tie waist and I love that's it's slightly cropped so it'll likely fit my tiny, largely out of proportion body. The way the colours and flowers/leaves flow together in the pattern is some serious eye candy.


1. Faithfull Majorca Maxi Dress

Last year I started working for a clothing shop and as much as towards the end I grew to despise it and knew I needed out of working in retail, one thing it did give me was the confidence and realisation that hey, I look and feel good in a dress. The company I worked for stocked mostly and some of the prettiest dresses both casual and tailored I'd ever seen and working there I was required to wear their clothes (I still miss that 75% discount *cries*). Before then I would only admire dresses, my figure wasn't something that I felt I wanted to showcase, more hide away in the comfort of my jeans & jumpers, which I do still loooove, but I realised dressing like this every day wasn't exactly doing me any favours or making me feel good about myself. Life is too short to just admire the pretty dresses, buy them and wear them, twirl around in them and be as happy as you would have been trying on a princess dress when you were 5, did I bother about how I looked in a dress when I was 5? No, I'm pretty sure I was just satisfied looking and feeling like Cinderella. So with Summer comes the admiring and purchasing of a few new dresses, this Faithfull dress is so relaxed and airy, perfect for a hot summers day, yet still so pretty with the off the shoulder slightly ruffled short sleeves & the tie waist makes it super flattering, I'm also big on tiny button down maxi dresses at the moment for all of the vintage vibes. Also, stripes, nude stripes, a blessing.


Happy Monday folks, let me know what you're currently lusting after and also, what's your favourite thing about Summer?

x







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Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

Ok it's time to get serious here, real talk, pyjamas. Loungewear, comfies, trackies, the literal contents of my wardrobe, whatever you wish to call them, let's not deny ourselves the truth that even if like myself you relish in the world of pretty dresses, you know that as soon as you walk through that front door, the dress is coming off and the loungewear is going on and not coming off until you have to leave the house again. Which in my case can be anywhere from 3-4 days 2 weeks, there's no shame here people. It used to be a rolling joke in my household "oh look, Gemma's in her dressing gown again" but now if I'm caught wearing actual clothes or dare I say it j e a n s, it's more of a shocker. I just like to think of myself as a very chilled out little being and as my nan would say, comfort is important.

I was recently sent some lovely lovely pieces from Jockey, which are linked just below! A pair of navy, or more fancily described as "dark iris" lounge pants, these are the s o f t e s t material I've ever owned in an item of clothing, they have the cutest buttons at the top and are you ready, POCKETS. Anything with pockets has my vote, how else am I supposed to sneak multiple snacks from downstairs up to my bedroom where the never-ending Netflix party is at? These lounge pants also come in black, red and a light grey which all look equally as appealing. But the very best part about these bottoms which I didn't actually notice until I was about to take them off to get into the shower (TMI? Too late), they have an elasticated band around the ankle which you can adjust and then tie if they're too long, which allllll of my bottoms always are being 5ft nothing, but the elasticated band is hidden so you're still looking stylishly comfy and not dragging the bottoms of your lounge pants across the floor, which I like to think is always a good thing. 

Secondly a pair of light grey lounge shorts, sharing the same ssooofftttt material, selection of colours and super comfy, cute buttons and also a checked drawstring to tie at the waist which I'm loving.

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax




So since all of us here are obviously big fans of loungewear and equally lounging around, everyone has their own ways they like to enjoy relaxing, you know when you just get those days where you wake up in the morning and consciously decide you know what, I'm going to do nothing today but I still want to do a few things that make me feel all good and nice and chilled. I like to call this productive lounging. Maybe you work part time & you have a couple of days off work, or maybe you've had a long day at work and you just neeeeed to get your chill on, or it's a Sunday, which is of course the designated chill out day of all days.

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

2. Get Some Tea In You

I used to be such a big fan of a good hefty hot chocolate, with whipped cream on top, the whole lot, go big or go home. But I tend to go for slightly less heart attack enduring beverages these days, green tea really is a love it or hate it kind of drink I feel, I know some people who have said to me they absolutely can't stand it and most of the time I know people are drinking it for the benefits that it comes with, I too starting drinking it as it makes my stomach feel a lot more relaxed because being bloated all the time is not fun. The whole bloated thing has calmed down a lot since I started eating mostly plant based/cut out meat, but I honestly just love any kind of tea that gives you that warm comforting feeling without the caffeine, Chamomile Tea with honey is luscioussss. I personally look forward to each day sitting down with a mug of green tea to either read a book or work on doing a little bit writing for a blog post or replying to your lovey comments!

3. Tunes & Instrumentals

I know not all of us are going to own an instrument, I didn't until December 2016 when my parents very kindly got me an acoustic/electric guitar for Christmas, I've wanted to learn to play for years as my dad used to play the guitar when I was little and I just love everything about how the acoustic guitar sounds. I'm definitely not quite there yet but I also just find it so fascinating how people are able to make incredible music just with the movement of their fingers along with strings and of course some incredible talent. Seeing Ed Sheeran play Bloodstream live on the TV (I wish it was live in person) is still one of my favourite performances. 

Sometimes I just find it nice when I'm getting all chilled out to grab my guitar and play a few tunes, even if it's just playing around with the strings and figuring out which sounds best etc. it's a very relaxing instrument to play. As opposed to actually playing an instrument, obviously getting some Spotify playlists or in my case some records spinning is a big yes, you won't walk into my room and find me without music playing, especially if I'm writing. I heard a song on 13 Reasons Why (no, I'm still not ready to talk about it), called The Night We Met by a band named Lord Huron from the scene where Hannah & Clay meet eyes from across the room at the school dance (no, I'm still not over it), and ever since I've been completely and utterly mesmerised by not only this song but this whole band in general, their music is truly beautiful. Another thing I like to listen to, to get all relaxed and in the zone of chill and I think I take after my dad here, but I really really love to just listen to piano music/instrumentals, another amazing instrument that I'd love to learn to play one day.

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

4. Book Worms Rule

Recently I realised that I've been completely neglecting my love for reading, or just books in general, I used to always only read when I had the time, which was mostly only a little bit before bed or in the Summer maybe I'd sit in the garden and read a bit. But I love love love to read, I always have done and I think like a lot of other bloggers, that's what has stemmed my loved for blog reading and eventually writing too. So I've decided that instead of waiting until I have the time, to set aside some time each day to read my favourite book or whatever book I may be reading at the time. Currently I've got my nose in The Beautiful & Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, if you've seen the Great Gatsby, which most of us have and you loved it, then this book is for you. A few of my favourites which I've read recently would have to be Garance Doré Love, Style, LifeHow To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are and John Green Looking For Alaska. So put on your favourite loungewear and get out your favourite book and forget everything else. I sometimes just like to flick through some homeware catalogues/magazines I've stocked up on for a little inspiration.

5. Get A Friend, A Sister Or A Mother & Get Your Pamper On

I've mentioned before that my favourite day of the week to fit in a little pampering is a Sunday, so my two favourite things go hand in hand. I always like to do the usual cleanse, exfoliate, but once a week I love to do a steam facial (which is literally just your face over a bowl of boiling water/steam), a nice face mask & then of course tone and moisturise, the steam facial and face mask just help to make my face feel really clean, draw out any impurities from throughout the week especially if I've been wearing make-up and then my skin is clean and ready for the week ahead. & what's even more fun than doing face masks, doing face masks with your friends or sisters, I have 2 and they're both to me! Having a good gossip/catch up and eating popcorn. I also don't feel right on a Sunday if I'm not jumping into a hot bubble bath, I say jumping, because it sounds slightly more graceful than the actual description of me balancing my way into the bath one leg at a time like a starfish, then hopping about and gradually lowering myself into the water as it's most likely way too hot. Obviously, I don't bath with my sisters, although I'm sure there are some pictures somewhere from many many years ago. I know this ties in with TV, but after you're all pampered up, most nights me and my youngest sister like to make ourselves a little duvet & pillow fort in our comfiest PJ's and watch a movie, which is the best feeling after a warm bath.

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

I've linked down below a little collection of my favourite loungewear pieces I could find from here & there, mostly pink of course and a variation of your comfiest jersey picks, to something a little fancier/satin. I know some of my favourite nightwear has come from Asos over the past couple of years! 

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

Don't forget to check out Jockey for all of your loungewear needs, happy Wednesday!

What do you like to do to get your chill on?

x




5 Ways To Chill Out In Your Favourite Loungewear.


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Ok it's time to get serious here, real talk, pyjamas. Loungewear, comfies, trackies, the literal contents of my wardrobe, whatever you wish to call them, let's not deny ourselves the truth that even if like myself you relish in the world of pretty dresses, you know that as soon as you walk through that front door, the dress is coming off and the loungewear is going on and not coming off until you have to leave the house again. Which in my case can be anywhere from 3-4 days 2 weeks, there's no shame here people. It used to be a rolling joke in my household "oh look, Gemma's in her dressing gown again" but now if I'm caught wearing actual clothes or dare I say it j e a n s, it's more of a shocker. I just like to think of myself as a very chilled out little being and as my nan would say, comfort is important.

I was recently sent some lovely lovely pieces from Jockey, which are linked just below! A pair of navy, or more fancily described as "dark iris" lounge pants, these are the s o f t e s t material I've ever owned in an item of clothing, they have the cutest buttons at the top and are you ready, POCKETS. Anything with pockets has my vote, how else am I supposed to sneak multiple snacks from downstairs up to my bedroom where the never-ending Netflix party is at? These lounge pants also come in black, red and a light grey which all look equally as appealing. But the very best part about these bottoms which I didn't actually notice until I was about to take them off to get into the shower (TMI? Too late), they have an elasticated band around the ankle which you can adjust and then tie if they're too long, which allllll of my bottoms always are being 5ft nothing, but the elasticated band is hidden so you're still looking stylishly comfy and not dragging the bottoms of your lounge pants across the floor, which I like to think is always a good thing. 

Secondly a pair of light grey lounge shorts, sharing the same ssooofftttt material, selection of colours and super comfy, cute buttons and also a checked drawstring to tie at the waist which I'm loving.

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So since all of us here are obviously big fans of loungewear and equally lounging around, everyone has their own ways they like to enjoy relaxing, you know when you just get those days where you wake up in the morning and consciously decide you know what, I'm going to do nothing today but I still want to do a few things that make me feel all good and nice and chilled. I like to call this productive lounging. Maybe you work part time & you have a couple of days off work, or maybe you've had a long day at work and you just neeeeed to get your chill on, or it's a Sunday, which is of course the designated chill out day of all days.

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2. Get Some Tea In You

I used to be such a big fan of a good hefty hot chocolate, with whipped cream on top, the whole lot, go big or go home. But I tend to go for slightly less heart attack enduring beverages these days, green tea really is a love it or hate it kind of drink I feel, I know some people who have said to me they absolutely can't stand it and most of the time I know people are drinking it for the benefits that it comes with, I too starting drinking it as it makes my stomach feel a lot more relaxed because being bloated all the time is not fun. The whole bloated thing has calmed down a lot since I started eating mostly plant based/cut out meat, but I honestly just love any kind of tea that gives you that warm comforting feeling without the caffeine, Chamomile Tea with honey is luscioussss. I personally look forward to each day sitting down with a mug of green tea to either read a book or work on doing a little bit writing for a blog post or replying to your lovey comments!

3. Tunes & Instrumentals

I know not all of us are going to own an instrument, I didn't until December 2016 when my parents very kindly got me an acoustic/electric guitar for Christmas, I've wanted to learn to play for years as my dad used to play the guitar when I was little and I just love everything about how the acoustic guitar sounds. I'm definitely not quite there yet but I also just find it so fascinating how people are able to make incredible music just with the movement of their fingers along with strings and of course some incredible talent. Seeing Ed Sheeran play Bloodstream live on the TV (I wish it was live in person) is still one of my favourite performances. 

Sometimes I just find it nice when I'm getting all chilled out to grab my guitar and play a few tunes, even if it's just playing around with the strings and figuring out which sounds best etc. it's a very relaxing instrument to play. As opposed to actually playing an instrument, obviously getting some Spotify playlists or in my case some records spinning is a big yes, you won't walk into my room and find me without music playing, especially if I'm writing. I heard a song on 13 Reasons Why (no, I'm still not ready to talk about it), called The Night We Met by a band named Lord Huron from the scene where Hannah & Clay meet eyes from across the room at the school dance (no, I'm still not over it), and ever since I've been completely and utterly mesmerised by not only this song but this whole band in general, their music is truly beautiful. Another thing I like to listen to, to get all relaxed and in the zone of chill and I think I take after my dad here, but I really really love to just listen to piano music/instrumentals, another amazing instrument that I'd love to learn to play one day.

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4. Book Worms Rule

Recently I realised that I've been completely neglecting my love for reading, or just books in general, I used to always only read when I had the time, which was mostly only a little bit before bed or in the Summer maybe I'd sit in the garden and read a bit. But I love love love to read, I always have done and I think like a lot of other bloggers, that's what has stemmed my loved for blog reading and eventually writing too. So I've decided that instead of waiting until I have the time, to set aside some time each day to read my favourite book or whatever book I may be reading at the time. Currently I've got my nose in The Beautiful & Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, if you've seen the Great Gatsby, which most of us have and you loved it, then this book is for you. A few of my favourites which I've read recently would have to be Garance Doré Love, Style, LifeHow To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are and John Green Looking For Alaska. So put on your favourite loungewear and get out your favourite book and forget everything else. I sometimes just like to flick through some homeware catalogues/magazines I've stocked up on for a little inspiration.

5. Get A Friend, A Sister Or A Mother & Get Your Pamper On

I've mentioned before that my favourite day of the week to fit in a little pampering is a Sunday, so my two favourite things go hand in hand. I always like to do the usual cleanse, exfoliate, but once a week I love to do a steam facial (which is literally just your face over a bowl of boiling water/steam), a nice face mask & then of course tone and moisturise, the steam facial and face mask just help to make my face feel really clean, draw out any impurities from throughout the week especially if I've been wearing make-up and then my skin is clean and ready for the week ahead. & what's even more fun than doing face masks, doing face masks with your friends or sisters, I have 2 and they're both to me! Having a good gossip/catch up and eating popcorn. I also don't feel right on a Sunday if I'm not jumping into a hot bubble bath, I say jumping, because it sounds slightly more graceful than the actual description of me balancing my way into the bath one leg at a time like a starfish, then hopping about and gradually lowering myself into the water as it's most likely way too hot. Obviously, I don't bath with my sisters, although I'm sure there are some pictures somewhere from many many years ago. I know this ties in with TV, but after you're all pampered up, most nights me and my youngest sister like to make ourselves a little duvet & pillow fort in our comfiest PJ's and watch a movie, which is the best feeling after a warm bath.

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

I've linked down below a little collection of my favourite loungewear pieces I could find from here & there, mostly pink of course and a variation of your comfiest jersey picks, to something a little fancier/satin. I know some of my favourite nightwear has come from Asos over the past couple of years! 

Jockey, Loungewear, Pyjamas, Ways To Relax

Don't forget to check out Jockey for all of your loungewear needs, happy Wednesday!

What do you like to do to get your chill on?

x




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Seraphine Botanicals, Seraphine Botanicals Eyeshadow Palette, Eyeshadow Palette, Pretty Make Up, Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free Beauty Products, Vegan, Vegan Beauty Products, Beauty Blogger

I'm not going to go into too much about the array of discussion that is cruelty free beauty products, or just products in general! As I'm now thinking that maybe I'd quite like to save that for a whole separate post entirely. I have spoken very briefly about my decision to go cruelty free, but probably almost 2 years ago now and that was before my big blogging break. I've never spoken about it in depth as I never want to come across as preachy, but there can be a difference between sounding preachy and just simply talking about something you're passionate about! & this blog is of course the place for that, to talk about things I'm passionate about. 

I mentioned on my Instagram that I was recently sent across some absolutely lovely pieces from Seraphine Botanicals, which I've been trying out (from the second I ripped the box open), including this beautiful eyeshadow palette filled with pretty much every single shade I could ever wish for! & that roughly 2 years ago I decided to take the plunge into only using/purchasing and promoting cruelty free products, after stumbling across some information, being a big lover of the animals all my life I thought to myself that I couldn't stomach wearing this or that lipstick or using this or that products knowing that an animal had suffered so I could use it. Guess what? My love for make-up & skincare etc is exactly the same because there are still SO many companies, both well known/high end and small who happen to love the animals too and the cruelty free industry is ever growing. I'm also a big believer that the more natural the product the better and that's exactly what Seraphine Botanicals are all about, whilst still keeping their products high quality and pretty as a peach. 

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I've only pictured here just a few of my most favourite products they sent over to/am most excited to talk about, but they near enough sent me close to their whole collection which I'm very very grateful for so I'll talk about those a little bit too!

Chia & Camellia Eyeshadow Palette

I should mention that when I received this lovely little box of goodies on my doorstep, I had no idea what was going to be inside of it, they completely surprised me! & I had no idea this palette was going to be so pretty. I'm so excited to add this to my make-up collection as I've been pondering after a new eyeshadow palette for quite some time and this one just so happened to be filled with the perfect shades. You know when you buy a new palette and there's maybe about 2 or 3 shades in it that you know you'll never use but you love it so you take the plunge and buy it anyway, and then you get those other palette's where as soon as you see it, you have a hallelujah moment and just know you absolutely need it in your life, this palette is that! & I've even got my step mum thinking she would quite like to treat herself to one of her own already, girl yas. The packaging is a lovely gold and has a luxurious feel to it, printed with the prettiest white rose on the lid. It includes 5 matte shades and 4 shimmer shades, each one beautiful in it's own right! The shades are hugely pigmented, easy to blend and all round just gorgeous to look at, both inside the palette and on the lids! All of the products I'm mentioning in this post are super natural too, Vegan, GMO Free & Cruelty Free. This palette is formulated with Kaolin clay, to help with long lasting blend-ability and Chia & Camellia seed oils (hence the name) to give you soft, smooth, pigmented payoff.

Coconut Lipgloss Trio

Next up I received their Coconut Lipgloss Trio, I cannot stress enough how much I love these. I tend to shy away from lipglosses, especially in the winter as I'm sure we can all understand the terror that is your hair blowing in the wind and getting stuck to your lips, added with the fact that I have ridiculously long hair (I'm in need of a trim, I'm pretty sure my hairdresser probably thinks I've either left the county or died). These are amazing, they're SO so smooth, I even got my little sister testing them out and she has a thing about really hating the feeling of any lip products on her lips (just wait until she gets older and I turn her into a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick fanatic like the rest of the population..), they don't have that heavy, sticky, gloopy feeling that most lipglosses have to them where you're lips are constantly tacky whilst you're talking and feel like you've smeared melted candy onto your lips. NO, these are dreamy, dreamy like Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy. They go on so smoothly & they're so light it feels like there's next to nothing on your lips, but the colour pay off and the quality of the gloss is pretty fricken great with a capital G. Also, they smell like coconuts, what more could you really want?

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The three items I haven't pictured here but still really want to talk about are the Guava Butter Creamy Lip & Cheek StainLuminade Water Base Skin IlluminatorLiquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner and the Carrot & Rose Hydrating Cream. I may add these into a separate post as some point! The Guava Butter Creamy Lip & Cheek stain is the loveliest shade of medium to dark pink, but on the lips really is that nice little bit of your lips but better kind of shade, perfect for when you're feeling like having a little bit more of an Au Naturallll day and you just want the slightest bit of colour on your lips. It also smells like a bowl of fruit! I love that it's a duo too so you can use it either on your lips or your cheeks, I don't tend to use non-powder blushers etc on my cheeks as I find them to be a little too heavy, but since this is all natural ingredients I may give it a go! 

The Luminade Water Base Skin Illuminator, I'm really regretting not picturing! But when I first squeezed the tube after opening the box to test a little out on the back of my hand, there was that teeny bit of clear liquid/water that came out first that you sometimes get with new liquid products and I naively thought that was the whole tube and not very exciting, but when I went to use it properly I realised that what was really inside the tube was this beautiful golden/bronze shimmery liquid highlighter! I mean I should have known really considering the name has Illuminator in it, but I hadn't long woken up! So this I would 10/10 recommend, my sister (who is an avid "borrower" of all my make-up, which is printed onto the younger sister pamphlet as soon as they're born if you didn't already know *sigh*) is a big lover of this already, I mean, who doesn't want glowing cheeks, or just a glowing face in general? This is perfect for the Summer too as it does have a bronze tone to it, super prettyyyyy. It's made with cold pressed Evening Primrose Oil, that's added to give you a youthful glow to your complexion. You pretty much dot this wherever you would a normal highlighter and WAH-LAH, fairy.

The Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner was such a god-send as I was really in need of a new liquid eyeliner but you know, poor people problems. I've been quite enjoying the more natural look lately of just a little bit of shadow on my lids, but I can't neglect a cat eye flick forever. This is really really GOOD, I'm a big fan of and will always gravitate more towards liquid liner pens, this one has a rubberfelx nib and it's the perfect size too to be able to get that perfect precision feline flick!

Last in this list of mystery not pictured but still getting lots of love products is the Carrot & Rose Hydrating cream, you can use this either on your face or body and since I've recently ran out of my beloved Rituals body moisturiser, I've been using this on my bod! I really like it, it's made up of completely natural ingredients so it dries really quickly which I'm a fan of, maybe some people enjoy a really heavy body moisturiser but I can't stand the feeling of being too greasy and feeling like the moisturiser is just sitting on my skin. This moisturiser isn't hugely hydrating, but I do have exceptionally dry skin so that could just be me! It smells delicious, like rose petals and fruit. I'm very intrigued to try out some other pieces from their skin care range as I'm all about those naturallll ingredients.

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Watermelon Sea Salt Mist

One of my favourite things ever to spritz into my hair is some sea salt spray, whether I'm just leaving it to dry but I want more just stepped out the ocean instead of frizz central, or if I've just curled my hair, giving it a spritz of sea salt spray can just help to give it a little bit of texture and drop the curls into more of a beachy waves look. This smells absolutely luscious, my whole head smells like watermelons, it's like perfume for your hair and the perfect Summer scent too. It gives my hair just that needed little bit of texture/wave and it makes me smell great so, obviously it's getting front viewing on my shelf.

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Orange & Cream Lip Polish

I was so excited about this little tub! I've seen things like this in Lush before and always meant to get my hands on one, there's nothing worse than dry horrid lips especially when you really want to wear your favourite lipstick! & there's no better/more satisfying feeling than having perfectly smooth lips so I welcomed this lip scrub into my collection of must have products with very widely open arms. It came in the cutest little box, I've forgotten to mention that all of the cardboard packaging for these products is seriously impressive, they've really gone all out on the detail and even the boxes are printed with soy ink, 10/10 for natural points. Again like everything else it smells absolutely delightful, in fact I think this might be my favourite scented product out of the lot, I can't explain it but it just smells like fresh orange juice, a hint of pineapple and holidays. It contains a golden sugar based formula that gently works to buff dead skin cells aways, whilst rich Avocado & Apricot Oils work to repair chapped lips. Also infused with Mango butter to help infuse lasting moisture.

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As usual all of the products mentioned are linked down below underneath the "Shop The Post", I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday.. Maybe if we all cross our fingers the sun will come out? Maybe? And Britain will decide to be a little less well, Britain :-)

Which product do you like the sound of the most?

x

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Seraphine Botanicals.


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I'm not going to go into too much about the array of discussion that is cruelty free beauty products, or just products in general! As I'm now thinking that maybe I'd quite like to save that for a whole separate post entirely. I have spoken very briefly about my decision to go cruelty free, but probably almost 2 years ago now and that was before my big blogging break. I've never spoken about it in depth as I never want to come across as preachy, but there can be a difference between sounding preachy and just simply talking about something you're passionate about! & this blog is of course the place for that, to talk about things I'm passionate about. 

I mentioned on my Instagram that I was recently sent across some absolutely lovely pieces from Seraphine Botanicals, which I've been trying out (from the second I ripped the box open), including this beautiful eyeshadow palette filled with pretty much every single shade I could ever wish for! & that roughly 2 years ago I decided to take the plunge into only using/purchasing and promoting cruelty free products, after stumbling across some information, being a big lover of the animals all my life I thought to myself that I couldn't stomach wearing this or that lipstick or using this or that products knowing that an animal had suffered so I could use it. Guess what? My love for make-up & skincare etc is exactly the same because there are still SO many companies, both well known/high end and small who happen to love the animals too and the cruelty free industry is ever growing. I'm also a big believer that the more natural the product the better and that's exactly what Seraphine Botanicals are all about, whilst still keeping their products high quality and pretty as a peach. 

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I've only pictured here just a few of my most favourite products they sent over to/am most excited to talk about, but they near enough sent me close to their whole collection which I'm very very grateful for so I'll talk about those a little bit too!

Chia & Camellia Eyeshadow Palette

I should mention that when I received this lovely little box of goodies on my doorstep, I had no idea what was going to be inside of it, they completely surprised me! & I had no idea this palette was going to be so pretty. I'm so excited to add this to my make-up collection as I've been pondering after a new eyeshadow palette for quite some time and this one just so happened to be filled with the perfect shades. You know when you buy a new palette and there's maybe about 2 or 3 shades in it that you know you'll never use but you love it so you take the plunge and buy it anyway, and then you get those other palette's where as soon as you see it, you have a hallelujah moment and just know you absolutely need it in your life, this palette is that! & I've even got my step mum thinking she would quite like to treat herself to one of her own already, girl yas. The packaging is a lovely gold and has a luxurious feel to it, printed with the prettiest white rose on the lid. It includes 5 matte shades and 4 shimmer shades, each one beautiful in it's own right! The shades are hugely pigmented, easy to blend and all round just gorgeous to look at, both inside the palette and on the lids! All of the products I'm mentioning in this post are super natural too, Vegan, GMO Free & Cruelty Free. This palette is formulated with Kaolin clay, to help with long lasting blend-ability and Chia & Camellia seed oils (hence the name) to give you soft, smooth, pigmented payoff.

Coconut Lipgloss Trio

Next up I received their Coconut Lipgloss Trio, I cannot stress enough how much I love these. I tend to shy away from lipglosses, especially in the winter as I'm sure we can all understand the terror that is your hair blowing in the wind and getting stuck to your lips, added with the fact that I have ridiculously long hair (I'm in need of a trim, I'm pretty sure my hairdresser probably thinks I've either left the county or died). These are amazing, they're SO so smooth, I even got my little sister testing them out and she has a thing about really hating the feeling of any lip products on her lips (just wait until she gets older and I turn her into a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick fanatic like the rest of the population..), they don't have that heavy, sticky, gloopy feeling that most lipglosses have to them where you're lips are constantly tacky whilst you're talking and feel like you've smeared melted candy onto your lips. NO, these are dreamy, dreamy like Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy. They go on so smoothly & they're so light it feels like there's next to nothing on your lips, but the colour pay off and the quality of the gloss is pretty fricken great with a capital G. Also, they smell like coconuts, what more could you really want?

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Seraphine Botanicals, Seraphine Botanicals Eyeshadow Palette, Eyeshadow Palette, Pretty Make Up, Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free Beauty Products, Vegan, Vegan Beauty Products, Beauty Blogger

The three items I haven't pictured here but still really want to talk about are the Guava Butter Creamy Lip & Cheek StainLuminade Water Base Skin IlluminatorLiquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner and the Carrot & Rose Hydrating Cream. I may add these into a separate post as some point! The Guava Butter Creamy Lip & Cheek stain is the loveliest shade of medium to dark pink, but on the lips really is that nice little bit of your lips but better kind of shade, perfect for when you're feeling like having a little bit more of an Au Naturallll day and you just want the slightest bit of colour on your lips. It also smells like a bowl of fruit! I love that it's a duo too so you can use it either on your lips or your cheeks, I don't tend to use non-powder blushers etc on my cheeks as I find them to be a little too heavy, but since this is all natural ingredients I may give it a go! 

The Luminade Water Base Skin Illuminator, I'm really regretting not picturing! But when I first squeezed the tube after opening the box to test a little out on the back of my hand, there was that teeny bit of clear liquid/water that came out first that you sometimes get with new liquid products and I naively thought that was the whole tube and not very exciting, but when I went to use it properly I realised that what was really inside the tube was this beautiful golden/bronze shimmery liquid highlighter! I mean I should have known really considering the name has Illuminator in it, but I hadn't long woken up! So this I would 10/10 recommend, my sister (who is an avid "borrower" of all my make-up, which is printed onto the younger sister pamphlet as soon as they're born if you didn't already know *sigh*) is a big lover of this already, I mean, who doesn't want glowing cheeks, or just a glowing face in general? This is perfect for the Summer too as it does have a bronze tone to it, super prettyyyyy. It's made with cold pressed Evening Primrose Oil, that's added to give you a youthful glow to your complexion. You pretty much dot this wherever you would a normal highlighter and WAH-LAH, fairy.

The Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner was such a god-send as I was really in need of a new liquid eyeliner but you know, poor people problems. I've been quite enjoying the more natural look lately of just a little bit of shadow on my lids, but I can't neglect a cat eye flick forever. This is really really GOOD, I'm a big fan of and will always gravitate more towards liquid liner pens, this one has a rubberfelx nib and it's the perfect size too to be able to get that perfect precision feline flick!

Last in this list of mystery not pictured but still getting lots of love products is the Carrot & Rose Hydrating cream, you can use this either on your face or body and since I've recently ran out of my beloved Rituals body moisturiser, I've been using this on my bod! I really like it, it's made up of completely natural ingredients so it dries really quickly which I'm a fan of, maybe some people enjoy a really heavy body moisturiser but I can't stand the feeling of being too greasy and feeling like the moisturiser is just sitting on my skin. This moisturiser isn't hugely hydrating, but I do have exceptionally dry skin so that could just be me! It smells delicious, like rose petals and fruit. I'm very intrigued to try out some other pieces from their skin care range as I'm all about those naturallll ingredients.

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Watermelon Sea Salt Mist

One of my favourite things ever to spritz into my hair is some sea salt spray, whether I'm just leaving it to dry but I want more just stepped out the ocean instead of frizz central, or if I've just curled my hair, giving it a spritz of sea salt spray can just help to give it a little bit of texture and drop the curls into more of a beachy waves look. This smells absolutely luscious, my whole head smells like watermelons, it's like perfume for your hair and the perfect Summer scent too. It gives my hair just that needed little bit of texture/wave and it makes me smell great so, obviously it's getting front viewing on my shelf.

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Orange & Cream Lip Polish

I was so excited about this little tub! I've seen things like this in Lush before and always meant to get my hands on one, there's nothing worse than dry horrid lips especially when you really want to wear your favourite lipstick! & there's no better/more satisfying feeling than having perfectly smooth lips so I welcomed this lip scrub into my collection of must have products with very widely open arms. It came in the cutest little box, I've forgotten to mention that all of the cardboard packaging for these products is seriously impressive, they've really gone all out on the detail and even the boxes are printed with soy ink, 10/10 for natural points. Again like everything else it smells absolutely delightful, in fact I think this might be my favourite scented product out of the lot, I can't explain it but it just smells like fresh orange juice, a hint of pineapple and holidays. It contains a golden sugar based formula that gently works to buff dead skin cells aways, whilst rich Avocado & Apricot Oils work to repair chapped lips. Also infused with Mango butter to help infuse lasting moisture.

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As usual all of the products mentioned are linked down below underneath the "Shop The Post", I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday.. Maybe if we all cross our fingers the sun will come out? Maybe? And Britain will decide to be a little less well, Britain :-)

Which product do you like the sound of the most?

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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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