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.
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