A British Favourite: Joules

joules copyWhen the months start to get cooler, I like to think of cosy nights indoors, log fires and roast dinners. While I don’t have a log fire (could be a fire risk in my building) and I can’t cook (just ask the boyf), a cosy night in is just my cup of tea. It’s also about this time that Britain collectively starts to complain about the cold (if it’s hot, it’s too hot, if it’s cold, it’s too cold), which is a quality I secretly love about this country. Another of my favourite British qualities is “quintessential British” dressing; something which Joules does rather well.

I had a little look around their website and picked out some essentials I wouldn’t mind adding to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe…

Two jumpers instantly caught my eye: the staple dark red jumper and the yellow floral Intarsia jumper, both of which add a wonderful pop of colour to a dreary day. I also couldn’t resist taking a sneaky peak at the tweed collection, where the Holker Tweed jacket came up top trumps for me.

What do you have your eye on for Autumn?

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Hello Autumn

Grey T-shirt – ASOS
Black Biker Jacket – Warehouse*
Floral & Lace pencil skirt – ASOS

Let’s just say this summer has been a rocky one. It started out with gorgeous sunshine (hello new-found alfresco lunches) but ended with windy, rainy days spent indoors on the sofa. While I wish the sunny days had lasted slightly longer (although, us British folk are used to the cold), autumn has to be my favourite season. It’s time to stock up on jackets, scarves and lots of layers because here it comes!

The other week I went to Budapest, which was the perfect opportunity to create a capsule wardrobe for that awkward in-between time. My favourite piece I packed was my new Warehouse faux-leather jacket; lightweight, great for layering, and perfect for those cooler evenings. I can see myself wearing this up until winter, throwing on a thick scarf when the temperature starts to drop.

On a side note, Budapest is amazing! We had a fantastic holiday and really recommend it :)

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The Skincare Series: Brightening Serums

Brightening Serums

Brightening Serums

While it may be spring in the UK, the weather can be hit and miss. One day wonderful sunshine, the next torrential downpours… Not only does it mean I have no idea what I should be wearing (coat or just a t-shirt?!), but it means my skin’s still looking a tad pastey too. While a bronzer will add a lovely glow, I still like to treat the source of the problem, and a good serum can do this in a jiffy (or, overnight).

While the Clarins HydraQuench Intenive Serum Bi-Phase is primarily for keeping the skin hydrated, this is key for brighter looking skin too. I have oily skin, but even the oiliest of skin needs to keep hydrated throughout the year, especially when the weather and temperature keeps changing so much. One or two pump of this once a week and my skin is looking radiant!

Nars are more well known for their oh-so-pretty makeup line, but I have a couple of their skincare products, and boy are they dreamy! The packaging is wonderfully minimal, but what’s inside is a treat too… the Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate does what it says on the tin; it really does add a nice glow to sallow looking skin.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum is a relatively new addition to my skincare collection; its prime reason is to give a healthy looking glow to the skin… And that it does! I prefer the Nars option over this one, but it still gives a good glow when I need it.

Last but not least, Wild about Beauty’s Rose Water Illuminating Serum is perfect for a morning boost. If I wake up in the morning and feel like I should have used an overnight mask but didn’t, then this beauty is a life saver. It sinks into the skin quickly and seamlessly, and it smells absolutely gorgeous too!

Have you tried any of these serums?

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Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne Review

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Once I had the Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Candle, I had been well and truly bitten by the JM bug. So when my birthday rolled around I knew what would be at the top of my list… A Jo Malone Fragrance! I’d sampled quite a few of the scents in the search for the one, so my nose was tingling when I got to Blue Agava & Cacao. But, boy is this the fragrance for me!

Like all the Jo Malone fragrances, Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne is very unique, but the reason I love this one so much is the mix of musk and zesty limes. The description online also lists grapefruit, cinnamon and sea salt in the ingredients, and I think it’s the sea salt which mixes everything together so, so well. Blue Agava & Cacao is perfect for a romantic meal or a special occasion… So far I’ve spritzed this for my birthday meal, a wedding and a romantic meal with the boyfriend. Also, a little goes a long way – 1 or 2 spritzs and you’re ready to roll.

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