Something that I did learn from my peers, was the importance of looking after your skin, body and insides no matter how old you are. Whilst I'm not a massive gym-goer, I'm an advocate of living a well balanced life, and hitting the big 3-0 in a few months, this is definitely a mentality I'll to be taking forward.
It literally takes no energy other than a little research to get your skincare game into check. I have a few boxes to be ticked when it comes to what goes on my face, and ultimately it's down to texture and finish. My skin falls into the normal - oily category and moving into this time of the year it's definitely more oily/ shiny than normal, but can still feel a little dry, especially after a night of heavy makeup and powerful makeup removers before going to bed.
June and July is prime British Pea season, and therefore the perfect opportunity to give to give this small bright green sphere the limelight it deserves. For most of the year, the pea takes a back seat and sits as an accompaniment to your fish and chips and frozen ready meal dinners.
The humble pea might be small, but it’s delicious, fresh and grown right here in Lincolnshire. This simple recipe for this vibrant soup can be moderated to suit all tastes. I like to dress mine up with crispy cured speck from Norcino’s in Louth and a drizzle of rapeseed oil, but it’s just as delicious on its own with a drizzle of fresh cream or dollop of crème fraiche.
This month Glossy Box offers its subscribers 5 full sized beauty products to play with. Minus the blusher, but that's only because I'm more of a bronze & highlight girl, this has to be my favourite monthly subscription box to date.
For anyone looking to subscribe to a beauty box, my advice it to do some research prior to tapping in those card details and clicking the confirm button. Whilst I rave monthly about this pink box, it might not be for you and there's plenty of other options out there. The best way to get to the bottom of which box is for you, is to search on instagram using #GlossyBoxUK (add other box name to #) or to search for the brand on Facebook and see what the box brands subscribers are saying each month!
We stayed in the St Georges quarter, a stone throw away and bedroom window view from the famous Moulin Rouge. Pose outside for a quick snap, but the main street full of sex shops can be avoided in a hop skip and a step towards the Sacré-Cœur. With streets full of quaint french buildings and cobbled streets, you’ll find boutiques for everything, including those all expected Parisian vintage shops. The streets are full of authentic restaurants, and of course that all essential Irish Bar! Whether you’re the healthy Brit abroad, juice shops are on most corners, or you're looking for a weekend escape with your head in several glasses of french wine, this quarter of paris has streets full of those essential non-tourist jaunts for watching the world go by whilst sipping on your favourite tipple.
I decided to take the plunge and strip out sugars and bad fats for a small period, just to help reset all of my functionality buttons. I won't go into too much detail in this post, but I wanted to share this amazing recipe for a super boosted green smoothie, which is my new get up and go cocktail. It might look pretty rank to those who don't follow any health or food bloggers, and hurl at the sight of anything that's this green, but please trust me, it tastes bloody delicious! In fact, it tastes like a McDonalds Banana Milkshake, but only contains 230 calories and will boost up your energy levels to get through the morning.
Whether city breaks or hot beaches are you thing, here's a quick-fire list of just some of the spots perfect for last minute bookings and flights in June. June is the perfect time to cut your flight time short and head to more local destinations, enjoying the mid 20's heat and pre-summer holiday rush...
A marble and gold bar cart-worthy bottle of gin has just launched itself in a handful of farm-shops, bars and restaurants. Pin Gin is Lincolnshire's very first and only handcrafted distilled gin in the whole of the county. For those that don't know, Lincolnshire is pretty much the county the world forgot and headed straight to Yorkshire for all of the fabulous things it's tourism board and historical city has to offer. For those passing through, Lincolnshire is mostly fields with pops of towns and small villages dotted around the North, East, South and West of the County.
I vowed that 2017 would be the year which I start to take my skincare routine a little more seriously, as the road to 30 is less than a year away, and it's a well known fact that skin doesn't get any younger.
After taking a break from spending copious amounts of money on makeup and skincare when I lived in London a few years ago, in January I decided to take the plunge and commit to a beauty box or two. I was fed up of my non-adventours beauty shelves looking bare and running out of shampoo and conditioner mid-shower...
Rhubarb is pretty much available all year round here in the UK, thanks to growers producing forced rhubarb which is more well known for coming from Yorkshire. The rhubarb is grown in dark pots, which helps to create a warmer and rhubarb-grow-friendly climate.
The tartness of the rhubarb is paired perfectly with sweetness of the strawberries, which are just starting to come into season. All combined with a crumbly sweet pastry and lashings of homemade custard, this hearty dessert will take you back to summers of the past.
I caved into the Birchbox trend a few months ago back in January in a bid to fill my bathroom shelf with some new and exciting beauty products. I'd managed to mess up my details for the first month so unfortunately didn't receive it. With Birchbox you can sign up for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a year, with the bigger your subscription, the bigger the saving! I've subscribed for 6 months just to see what all of the fuss is about and to get a feel for the different products you receive each month.
These super cute animal and egg shaped biscuits are the perfect treat for Easter weekend. Made with the most simple of shortbread recipes and decorated with crushed mini eggs, sprinkles and melted chocolate, they're perfect to make with even the messiest of bakers!
Our flights threw our first few hours in Italy into limbo, and our first afternoon was a bit of a blur spent mostly catching up on the days sleep that we'd lost. The following morning, we open then balcony doors, and we're in Tuscan paradise, nothing but the rolling green hills of Italy and the villa used as Maximus's home in Ridley Scott's Gladiator in the far distance. The prospect of spending 4 days doing nothing more than relaxing in our soft robes, provided by Adler, slippers and swimwear is pretty welcoming...
Self named, but completely deserved, Clean Beauty Co have titled their new Babe Balm as their Hero product. This orange pot of vegan-friendly kokum butter, monoi, squalene, hibiscus, calendula and Brazilian pequi oil is designed to fix a multitude of sins. From dry elbows and ankles through to sun-damaged lips and dehydrated cuticles, Baby Balm is your one pot wonder skin emergency fixer, which also doubles up as a makeup remover and all over body moisturiser!
These delicious pastel, sweet, cream-filled fingers are perfect for any summer picnic or party. Lavender can be slightly overpowering, but when used in the right quantities and combined with sweet cream, it's beautifully light and florally. It grows in abundance in our garden and regularly features in cocktails and recipes throughout summer.
May has to be one of the best months to visit Peru, the rain season has ended but the land is still green and lush, with main holiday-goers not arriving until June and July. Tackling the Inca Trail is the best way to see the Lost City of the Incas, but make sure you plan ahead and book your trail as permits are needed a month in advance! Tours and Hikes cover 26 miles over 4 days. Leave your tent and sleeping bag for an hour or two's hike up Machu Picchu in the darkness for an unforgettable misty sunrise...
My love affair for native Swede, Ben Gotham began 5 years ago when my friend Dan had clasped my hand and dragged me over to the Byredo counter in Liberty. I remember this moment quite distinctly as it's one of only two time's that I've fallen in love at first sight (or in this case, first whiff)...
Some might say that breakfast is the most important part of the day. Here's a recipe I created for BigFish Brand using their Organic Salmon Filets which combines delicious hollandaise sauce, crunchy asparagus, crumbly toasted sourdough and runny poached eggs...
I have vague memories of a family holiday to the island before I’d even hit 10, we’d stayed in an all-inclusive, and I remember very little than being grumpy over sunburn and being forced into a children’s club that was 5 years below my age. 20 or so years later, I find myself laid on a bed somewhere in Sant Jose drinking champagne under the sun with friends celebrating their consecutive 30th’s after a night in Space. From club hopping and parties on the beach, through to hunting for jewels in Ibiza Old Town and yoga retreats dotted in the hills, this Island with a name for itself has to be hands down my favourite.
This dessert is nothing short of centrepiece worth when it comes to dinner parties. Meringue done well, is one of the simplest dessert basis to create, with nothing needed other than sugar and egg whites! If you've a lover of any thing dark and chocolatey, then give this recipe a shot. If you're not a chocolate or cherry fan, play around with the cream and toppings to create your flavour heaven. For a summer alternative, try pistachio's, elderflower and raspberries...
There’s nothing more deflating than heading back to work after the build up to a jam packed festive season and long Christmas break, so this month, we’re visiting the top places to beat the New Year blues. Whether you’re looking for a weekend European break, a week on a hot beach, a mountain to skii down or a swanky New York shopping spree we’ve got it covered thanks to Secret Escapes.