Monday, 17 August 2015

Summer Fete at Firle Place

Last Sunday I waddled my way, with my parents, to a local Summer Fete that was being held all weekend at Firle Place. It was just a gorgeous day that the thought of wasting it inside seemed criminal. So I donned some Ruby Woo lippie  and left the Boy happily waiting for the football to start.

Now, I do love a good old Fete so I snapped away and thought I'd show you what I found amongst the vintage trinkets! 

My palazzo trousers are from Bershka, unfortunately nowhere to be found online, but take a trip to your local store! 

Vintage wall paper *love struck eyes*

I went for a Creamy Caramel, sadly it was so warm that had to finish it off almost straight away...

I don't see drooling over furs in the middle of Summer a strange thing to do...

Beautiful Firle Place is open throughout the Summer season till September for cream teas and general lovely British estate visit, I have already dropped the Birthday treat hint to the boyfriend. 

The best thing I have eaten in a long time! One whole potato with a choice of flavoured salt, ranging from curry to cheese and onion. I went with the recommendation of the owner and had chicken salt. Heavenly tasty and fun to watch being made too!

Day well spent, loved looking through the rails and boxes with a slight annoyance that I couldn't take everything home with me! There literally is something for any member of the family, the proof being that once my Dad spotted all the beautiful, shining, vintage cars we didn't hear anymore grumbles of "I don't understand, its all old junk" and he really started enjoying himself. 

The one thing I would change about the day would be my outfit. I actually do have a number of vintage dresses that would have been perfect for the day, but as you can see, the bump is a little too big. With this in mind, my Mum and I have already agreed to return next year for a visit, of course with an excited discussion on what my, then almost one year old would wear too! 

Take a look at Firle Place here certainly worth a trip and be sure to bring your cameras with you! 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Feel Good Smoothie

I am a huge smoothie fan, so quick and easy to get your five a day in a yummy blend! I've had a number of failures and success with this smoothie lark and my favourite will have to be this little number I'm about to share with you.

What you will need:
1 Banana 
2 Handful of spinach 
5 Strawberries (depending on size)
4 Fresh mint leaves
1 Coconut Actimel 
3 Slices of fresh mango 

You don't have to stick to the recipe religiously, I just found this blend to be my favourite. Simply pile in all the goodies and give them a whiz. I swapped over using milk to the Actimel as in my head it was a healthier choice and the coconut adds to the flavour, so really its a win win smoothie situ going on.... 

I try to use as many fresh ingredients as possible, give any of these a google and you will see they all benefit you in same way, whether its spinach for iron or mango for your skin. I love having this as breakfast, it fills me up of goodness and I feel very energised and awake. It's worked really well weaning me off my coffee addiction a little so if you are after a bit of a caffeine detox then give this a go! 

The blender I use can be found in your local large Tesco, its not hugely expensive and a great little tool to start out with if you are new to all this smoothie craze! Of course for me the dream is to upgrade to the big leagues with a Nutribullet one day, perhaps if I'm good Santa will treat me... 

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Has everyone gone Coco-Nuts?

Now, don't get me wrong... I have been on the coconut oil band wagon since the get go! I was crazy about it and all it's beneficial properties, the fact that you can, literally, use it on everything and anything is a huge bonus in my eyes. I can be known to be a little lazy with beauty products you see... 

Raw Coconut Oil can be applied head to toe with all its tropical goodness nourishing the entire body on the way, inside and out. I can't help but wonder however, if there is a possible chance, you can potentially over do it?  Well, for me, I reckon I was getting too much of a good thing. For example, using this oil on my hair didn't really do it any favours, instead Argan oil works a lot better for me. Cooking with it is a bit of a no for my household too, we are just too fond of olive oil. 

There are some benefits that I absolutely love and have really noticed a difference with, here are my personal favourites.

1. Body Moisturiser. I've noticed, especially after applying fake tan that this really does add moisture and loveliness back into the skin, even after it feeling a little dry from the tan! Love the glow it gives to the skin too for those sun kissed holiday snaps too. 

2. Cuticle Cream. My poor nails are always the first to be attacked when I'm feeing nervous.... not a good look when you think yourself a beauty fan! Nail biting then ends up with hang nails which is never a good look. Coconut oil has really helped nourish my worn out cuticles and making my nails strong and healthy again.  

3. Teeth Whitening. Grab a scoop from a teaspoon and use it like a mouth wash, try not to swallow it! I found that after using the oil for roughly 3 week left me with a set of pearly whites, healthy feeling gums and fresh breath! 

4. Lip Balm. Pop some on before bed and you'll be left with a smooth pout for the morning!

5. This is one for you chaps out there, this stuff makes your beards super soft and smelling gorgeous too! 

So there you have it, if you've gone coco-NUTS for this marvellous oil, then by all means continue using it as you wish. If however you have found it all a little too much, similar to me, then its a case of trail and error and find out what works best for you. 

You can get a tub all of your own from any large super market or health shop.

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

50 Scents of your Man

There is something about a man's aftershave, its as though it is a gateway for them to express which part of their character they decide to focus on that particular day. Woody and mysterious or fresh and clean. Whether you are passing a chap in the corridor or standing next to him on the tube, if he smells lovely, you can't help but have a quick peak at what the wearer looks like. Of course there are some gentlemen out there that can get it a little wrong sometimes, such as emptying the entire bottle onto themselves in the morning and leaving a trail of heavy, head ache inducing scent behind.... a bit like Pepe Le Pew.

With that in mind, I couldn't help but have a rummage through the boyfriends' collection. He certainly has a favourite choice in fragrance, woody and dark, the type you don't need a lot of to last you the whole day and not be overpowering. It was after having a little sniff of all his sprays that got me thinking about how they all seemed to match, yet have their own characters. Something made me realise that aftershave can be quite a special addition to a man's outfit, or even mood he is in that morning. Something similar to how us girls fancy daring it with a red lip once in a while. So, with this idea in my head I chose my personal favourite four. They all carry similar notes of Tonka Bean, Leather, Patchouli, but seem to have their own story to tell. 

You may not be surprised to spy an Issey Miyake aftershave featuring in the favourite list! I love scents that have the power to take you somewhere which is exactly what this beauty does. Smelling this takes me on holiday, just like the time you are both getting ready for dinner. His skin smelling like aftersun and his hair still a tiny bit damp from his shower, this scent settle itself into the skin and carries itself long into the night. You will find yourself catching hints of it during dinner, drinks, then the night stroll along the beach. This aftershave has the personality that is the relaxed, calming, exotic side of your man that seems to come out once his toes meet the warm sands of a foreign beach. 

Now this guy means business, a heavy, rich scent that leaves a lasting impression. Tom Ford fragrances are not for the faint hearted, they hold a lot of body to them and need to be noticed. This is the sort of scent that I picture the better half in when we hit the town together. It's a very noticeable cologne, noticeable for all the good reasons, so intoxicating you can't decided whether its the fragrance or wine that is making your head spin. In a way you want to brush yourself up against your male companion in a feline fashion just so you can pick up the some of the scent too. Truly a seductive little number that will make you go all gooey eyed when you smell him as you leave the house in your glad rags ready for the night ahead. 

Now this fellow has a little bit of sophistication to him, the sort of smell that reminds you of having rich,dark chocolate melt in your mouth. The name really does hint the nail on the head, there is something about the fragrance that makes you feel it contains, whatever is left, of the last, true gentleman. Classic, and forever in style... perhaps Mr Varvatos has created his world famous Calvin Klein slogan boxers into a fragrance? Something that will stay a classic for years to come. 

Now, I have to restrain myself here as I fear I will get carried away with this final aftershave. How to put it in to words... This latest offering from Valentino is something that great love affairs are written about. Every romantic proclamation, sonnet, wedding vow, maybe even the smoothest chat up line has been poured into this bottle. This fragrance is not over powering, but lasts forever, it is a bit like the character of an entrancing man. Perhaps you catch his eye contact and he gives you a smile, just the right sort of smile that is more likely to make you blush like a school and not be creeped out. 

So every morning whilst I spy on my boyfriend getting ready for work, I always like to see which of his 'characters' he going to go for. The dashing Tom Ford? The iconic John Varvatos? The exotic Issey Miyake? Or perhaps The seductive Valentino? I'll look at him in a dreamy gaze, which will all be shattered as he farts with a chuckle and leaves the house. Well, safe to say, at least strangers will think he smells lovely.... 

All of the above fragrances can be found in your local department store 

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