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Friday, 26 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


It is an absolutely beautiful day today, even hotter than it was yesterday -which honestly I didn't think was possible. It's a wonderful start to the weekend, the clear blue sky, smell of BBQ, and the fact the it's a bank holiday Monday hopefully means this weekend will be a good one. We have a few fun things planned for the next few days, and I think tonight we're going to kick it off with a little BBQ for dinner -it would be a shame not to make the most of this weather. And if not, if we don't have time, I think we'll at least have dinner outside. 

1. Something that never fails to make me happy, if the kindness of people after terrible tragedies happen. I won't go into it too much, but just want to say how truly lovely it is to see so many people come together, to help each other, to give support and to show love and care in these times. It's so true that you always see the best of people, after you see the worst. All my love to everyone in Manchester, and to all of those affected. 

2. An afternoon shopping with my mum and grandma. We only went out for my mum to pick up a couple of things for her holiday. However...came back with what I think is a whole new summer wardrobe. 

3. Making my very first water colour cake, I was over the moon with how it turned it. 

4. Grabbing a beautiful Free People top in the sale, almost half price! 

5. Raspberry lemonade over ice so it's nice and cold. I'm definitely going to try and make my own this year when we go berry picking!

6. Double Raspberry Magnums! They are a perfect sunny afternoon treat. 

7. Watching Planet Earth late at night with Paul, when it's far to hot to get to sleep...even though all the windows are open!

8. Sookie relaxing in the sun, eating her ice-cream to cool down. Dog friendly...don't worry! 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Little Life Update...


I realised last week that I had some pretty big news to update you on, but due to a whole bunch of different things, it's completely slipped my mind lately. Towards the end of last year, I told you how we were due to get married this October coming, how we were going to New York to do it, and how we were beyond excited. Well...that is sadly no longer happening. Don't worry! There's nothing wrong, and Paul and I are still very much in love. So, as sad as it was to make the decision to no longer go this year, it was the right one.

A few things in life had changed, and as you can't predict these events in life you just have to deal with it all as it comes. One of the biggest changes was the exchange rate. It meant that things were going to get much more expensive that we had originally planned for. And while we could have still manged, life wouldn't have been much fun in the mean time. Not doing as much to not waste money, just in case.

So, we have postponed...not cancelled, until next October. While that felt like forever away at the time, how long is a year these days, really? I mean, we're already about to step into June. It did feel like such a sad thing to do at the time, and as if it was never going to happen, but it was the right decision. It didn't take very long to realise that, in fact. So that's why there haven't been any wedding related posts up here. But there definitely will be as we start to kick off the planning again, later this year. I want to document all that I can, so I hope you'll enjoy coming along with us.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Flamingo Favourites

Flamingos are a trend that over the last few years, have grown and grown on me. I thought they were cute and fun at the beginning, but now...I've fallen in love with them. They make the most perfect summer party decorations, look ridiculously sweet on drink wear -I want both the mug and glass above. And are actually a fun, colourful way to update your home for summer.

Seeing as I've been completely hooked in by these funny pink birds, I thought I'd put together a list of some of my favourite flamingo bits out there on the internet right now. Because if nothing else, along with pineapples and palm leaves, they remind us all that summer will eventually come!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

Paul's been off work most of this week, and has been feeling really quite rubbish. Although I'd rather he be 100% better, I have selfishly enjoyed having him at's normally just me, tapping away at my laptop -talking to myself or the dog. So because of that, and the fact that it's rained...a lot, we haven't really done that much. I hoping this weekend is a little more eventful. We might be having Paul's gran up for afternoon tea or lunch, which will be nice, I have (another!) cake to make for a friend of my mums. And, we might see my brother and his girlfriend because it's been a while. Have a wonderful weekend!

1. Re-watching all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, after all, the new one will be out soon and we cannot wait! I'd forgotten just how much I love them

2. Our Pineapple Yankee candle...have I mentioned this to you before? It's such a wonderful, happy, summer scent. I'm really enjoying it at the moment.

3. Making brownies, again, that's two weekends in a row now. But it was either that or let two little eggs go to really I had no choice.

4. Picking up a fresh bag of coffee beans to make sure we are fully stocked for the weekend mornings.

5. The sheer excitement in my mums voice over her new washing machine.

6. Picking out some new pretty new flowers for our garden.

7. My gran has given me her old terrarium that's been packed away in her attic for years. I can't wait to fill it and have it on display, it's a shape I haven't yet come across while looking at new ones.

8. The realisation that in June, we will have been in this house for 3 years!! What on earth!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Out of 'The Ordinary'


Over the last year the hype around brand The Ordinary has reached a level that some brands can only dream of. It's everywhere, and you can't talk to anyone about skincare without them raving about it. After seeing it on Asos one day, I decided that I had to give it a try too seeing as the price point is so tempting. I picked up four things from the range, I've been using them now for around 6 weeks so I wanted to share my thoughts on them. The brand is very focused on ingredients and how they all work, and I can't pretend to fully understand the science behind it all, so I'm just going to stick to my thoughts and experiences from using each one


Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 - This is one of my favourites from the four things I've tried (joint first with Advanced Retinoid 2%). It states that it can be used in the AM and PM, but I've been mostly using it in the morning before my moisturiser. My skin can often be dehydrated, and to find something at this price point that does what some expensive serums do, is quite amazing! I take four drops in my palm, rub my hands together and then press over my face. I do this before moisturising, and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, also looking much healthier. I've also found that make up applies much better since I've been using this magical stuff!


Advanced Retinoid 2% - As mentioned, this is my joint favourite with the Hyaluronic Acid. I honestly love the combination of these two products! This one I use at night, after cleansing and before any other products I'm using. It's a lovely thin milky texture, and it absorbs very easily into the skin I'm used to similar products so I use this almost every night, but if you have very sensitive skin you could use it every other. I've had no side effects, no brakes outs, and I haven't had any problems with dryness, although I've heard some people have. I've noticed my skin looks brighter and feels so lovely and soft when I wake up. I think using this in the evening and the Hyaluronic Acid in the morning is the perfect combination for me. And remember, when using retinol or retinoid products, you must always use SPF during the day to protect your skin when it's even more susceptible to sun damage.


Natural Moisturizing  Factors +HA - This is a funny one for me. The product it's self is good. It's a light cream, that absorbs well into the skin, and it does so quite quickly. It leaves your skin feeling moisturised, as it claims to. The reason I'm unsure about it isn't due to the product, it's simply that I don't reach for it. At all. I find that the Hyaluronic Acid gives me all the hydration I need, so I never feel the need to use this on top of, or as well as. If you are someone who occasionally suffers from dryness and needs a little extra surface hydration then this would be a great one for you. But as I've fallen for the first product mentioned and it's a firm favourite in my routine, it makes this product unnecessary.


Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% - Now, from all that I've tried, this is definitely my least favourite product. And it's not one I would repurchase. The Ordinary say it can be used in the morning or at night, but honestly, I think this is an evening only product. There is a stinging sensation, which is explained before using -and that's fine, it passes after a while. But the texture of this product is just not something I can get along with! It's very grainy, and for me, the grains seem to stay around even 20-30 minutes after applying. The product doesn't seem to sink into the sink properly, meaning it's not great for layering make up on top of. While vitatim C is fantastic for the skin, and while I think my skin looked brighter and smoother after using it, I just can't get past the texture. It's not something I can use in the morning and it's not a feeling I want on my skin as I go to sleep. So sadly, this ones a no.


My overall opinion, is that these products more than deserve the hype they've been getting online! They are giving you results you would expect from high end beauty brands but for a very affordable, remarkable price point. Unlike so many products you try and test that show you little to no change in your skin, you do see results from this range. And can I just take a moment to mention the packaging! I love it! I think it looks very premium, very high end with it's sleek simple white branding. And the little glass bottles have had pride of place on my dressing table.

If you still haven't tried anything from The Ordinary then I would 100% recommend giving it a go, you can find it here on Asos.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


I have spent this afternoon clearing rubbish out of our bedroom. You know, things like old receipts, paperwork that's piled up, old products that really need to go. I didn't actually plan on doing it, I was just giving the room a quick dust, then suddenly it was three hours later, and I had a bag of paper for the recycling. But it's only a good thing, a tidy house is a tidy mind after all. This weekend should be lots of fun. Not only do Paul and I have some fun things planned, it's Eurovision tomorrow!! Every year my friend and I watch it together, and this year is exciting because it'll be the first one in his house. I'm going to make some treats tomorrow morning for us to have while we watch, I think brownies and blondies are the way to go.

1. Having freshly made cold coffee in the fridge, for the perfect iced lattes on what have been gloriously sunny afternoons.

2. So much beautiful sunshine!

3. Our garden is full of pretty blossoms. Pink on the apple tree and white on the cherry tree...they would brighten any ones day.

4. Finding note books I forgot I had while on my bedroom cleaning spree.

5. Paul trying to teach Sookie new tricks, it's honestly one of the cutest things I've ever seen. He's determined to get her to lay down!

6. Eating fish and chips while sitting by the water. Followed, by bright blue Cookie Monster Ice cream. I'm loving these long sunny evenings.

7. Speaking of sunny evenings, Paul and I have been out walking so much more and it feels fantastic.

8. Homemade curry on a Friday night is kind of becoming a regular thing...I'm definitely not complaining.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

See You Soon, London

{beautiful image from H. Nichols Illustration}

Yes! We're off to London.

At the end of June Paul and I will be heading down to London, and to say I'm looking forward to it is an understatement. The trip is for my birthday, and we plan to do as much exploring as we possibly can the three days we have there. Also, something that has me giggling with excitement every time I think about it, is that we will be visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Just in case I've never mentioned this to you - I'm sure I have, I LOVE Harry Potter! It's on almost weekly in this house, so to get to go on the tour is a huge highlight of the trip!

One thing that does make me a little anxious, is the Tube. I need to look into it some more before we go, but honestly it confuses me to no end. I have no idea how you lovely London lot do it so easily.

If you're no stranger to London and have any recommendations of thing we must do while we are there I would love to hear them. There is nothing better than local knowledge for the best places to eat, or the best things to do. So any help would be much appreciated!

Here are few thing I'm already looking forward to:

Harry Potter Studio Tour: Obviously, as I just mentioned how much I love it. Paul's brother visited last year with his girlfriend and they had nothing but amazing things to say about it. Plus! There is a new area now, so even more to look forward to.

Borough Market: All the time scrolling through Instagram and seeing picture of picture of this place, and mainly "those doughnuts" has left me desperate to try them. I will definitely be hunting them out the first chance I get! I have also been told that they are far better than I can even I have high hopes.

Beautiful Streets: There is little Paul and I enjoy more when visiting new places, even places close to home, than spending time just wandering around. Getting to see parts of a town or city that you would miss out on if you were speeding from place to place on public transport. While we can't walk everywhere, I'm looking forward to seeing as much as possible.

Tourist Attractions: As this will be our first time in London, it would be silly not to try and see things like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye and so many others. Within reason of course -we only have a few days.

Afternoon Tea: There are so many options for afternoon tea in London that I am overwhelmed with choice. So needless to say, we don't yet know where to go -but we will be going somewhere. Suggestions?

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