Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My top films and books

Going to the cinema, watching a film at home or getting lost in a book are some of my favourite things to do. I don’t read as much as I would like to, but when I have some time during holidays or while I am travelling I just love to zone into the story and out of the outside world. As far as films go, it’s not only watching them that I enjoy. I’ve listened to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s radio programme on BBC 5 Live for a decade and I find Mark’s rants hilarious. I’ve been sat on buses or trains a few times listening to them and trying to contain the laughter for fear of looking crazy. If you have never come across the podcast, go listen to it! You’ll find this new language and you’ll say things like wittertainment, wassup, wassup, wassuppppp or hello to Jason Isaacs. Yeah, if you don’t listen to them you will be looking at your screen blankly, which is why you have to go listen to them!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

My favourite hair and body care products

Writing a blog is a funny thing. You sit and ramble on about things you like, and sometimes you wonder if anyone is finding it interesting or if you're just being very self indulgent. I hope this month of all time favourites has been somewhat interesting so far. We are more than half way through and there are only two more posts to go. It's actually gone pretty quickly! I hope you are enjoying it. For me, it has served the purpose to get me back into the swing of writing and I have even scheduled posts well in advance. I feel like a self pat on the back is in order.

This instalment is all about body and hair care, and it was the easiest list to come up with. It seems I don't change products once I find things I like in this department. Here is my list of trusty favourites:

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My most loved food

Food is one of my passions, whether it is to eat it or prepare it. Ironically though, I've never been much of a baker despite my sweet tooth. I feel much more comfortable rustling up a savoury dish, as it tends to require less precision.

Continuing with this month's theme, here are some of my favourite foods, including the recipe to a dish that I have made so many times I can cook it with my eyes closed.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

All time skincare favourites

I don't normally go around telling people how much I love beauty products, but in the rare occasion that I might, what I really mean is that I love good skincare, because I believe that you should look after yourself, not to look great, but to be as healthy as possible. After all, isn't skin our largest organ? Why should it be vain to want to take good care of it?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My favourite blogs and YouTube channels

I've been reading blogs and watching YouTube videos for over 5 years, and whilst some of what I read and watch can change quite a lot, there are a few that have been pretty consistent.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

All time make up favourites

Happy Easter! Hope you're having a lovely day, whatever you are doing. When you read this I hope to be enjoying beach walks with my family, reading and re-charging the batteries for a week, topping up my Vitamin D levels with some warm sun.

Today is time to talk about my all time make up favourites, which was unsurprisingly easy. Whilst a few years ago I used to buy much more make up, as times goes by I am becoming more minimalistic in my approach to everything, and make up has been no exception. The beauty of being in your thirties is that you have worked out what suits you and what doesn't (well, mostly), so aside from the odd exception here and there, I've got my basics down to a t, and here they are in all their glory:

Thursday, 2 April 2015

My favourite spots at home

I've mentioned many times that I moved home at the beginning of 2014. I used to live in a beautiful one bedroom cottage in a town near Oxford. Making the decision to sell it was hard, because it was such a lovely house, full of history and character. It had been an outbuilding at the bottom of the garden of a much bigger house in the street behind, then a functioning upholstery workshop until the 90s, when someone decided to turn it into a home. It was small but perfectly formed, and full of nooks and crannies, wooden beams on the ceiling and a gorgeous stone wall in the living room. The building was so stunning that you just had to respect that and be quite simple with furniture.

However, I needed to move to gain some quality of life, be closer to work and friends and return to the hustle of a city, albeit a small one. Oxford is one of the most expensive cities in the UK, and I simply couldn't afford a lovely house with lots of character on my own, so there was a compromise on that front, but I managed to find somewhere with quite a lot of space that was a blank canvas. I have had to inject some character into it through using colour and texture to make my living room bright and cozy or the bedrooms restful. Although still a work in progress, it is my little haven, my home, where I return to in the evening, close the door to the world and relax.

Today I'm going to share with you the bits that I really love about it.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My first creative block and the all time favourite series

I'm only a mere three months into blogging and already I have experienced a creative block.When I decided to start this project I had absolutely no idea how much time goes into making it happen! Writing is actually the simplest part of it. I have a long list of post ideas and a pretty good schedule, so in theory it should be fairly easy, right? Well, not quite! Sometimes I look at the list and the post I once thought was a great idea now looks a bit dull or shallow. Once I have set on the idea of what I am going to write about, photography is what takes me the longest. I'm beginning to get the hang of it for beauty posts by using whatever patterned surface I find in my home and dragging it by a window to use natural light. That in itself has been quite a challenge during the winter, and I end up doing marathon photo taking sessions at weekends, but now that the clocks have changed I should have plenty more time.
Skimlinks Test