Friday, 19 September 2014

Croatia part II: Hvar

After kicking off the honeymoon in Split, we left the mainland and headed for a change of pace on the beautiful island of Hvar. The town itself is a pretty maze of steps and streets, best enjoyed early in the morning before the big boats and party-yachters arrive. Luckiy Hvar is surrounded by many even smaller islands, ideal for exploring, sun(shade)bathing, not to mention saltly sea swimming..

 *all photos by me, and still more to come!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blog Relay: Beauty Reviews

Whether or not you're on a budget, you really don't want buyers remorse on un-returnable beauty products, so thank goodness for the world of beauty bloggers. We all have certain blogs we know and trust (those that disclose sponsored products!), and I just wanted to share a few of my favourites. The Sunday Girl was my original starting point, and eventually I discovered a few new favourites you may already know:

An abundance of reviews and beauty news including ones to watch and new launches. Refreshingly honest, The Sunday Girl even shares details of testing periods for each product on her About page.

Suzie seems to have added more lifestyle and fashion posts recently, which I'm loving, but still shares monthly beauty favourites. Her cool clean style is clear in her blog, where you can find great photos and fun videos.

Another big contender, Emma shares her reviews on a goregeous shop-able blog, with full-face photos so you can see the products at work. I love that she tries out a few shades of lippies in lip product reviews - so much better than coming home from Boots with a  multicoloured hand!

Not to ignore the fab lifestyle and fashion posts, but as this magazine-style blog was founded by beauty blogger Kate of ghostparties, it has amazing beauty content. I read Nouvelle for wish-list products and practical advice, and Ghostparties for down-to-earth reviews of the products I'm probably more likely to buy. Kate also shares amazing advice about blogging - always appreciated!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Croatia part I: Split

It's been a full week back to normality, but am still wistfully looking at photos of beautiful Croatia...

Being more Pale and Interesting than Beach Bronzers, we knew we wanted a honeymoon with a bit of variety, rather than 2 weeks hiding in the shade beside a beautiful resort pool, but it was so hard to narrow down Croatia to a few places to visit! We made the decision to raincheck Dubrovnik for a separate future holiday, and started in Split, on the recommendation of the lovely Viv.

It was just as difficult to narrow down the hundreds of photos, as Split was such an unusual combination of ancient and new, walled "city" and port, bursts of colour and washed out stone...

We stayed in an amazing boutique hotel just outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace, Hotel Luxe, The interiors were such a contrast to the rustic city outside, but I loved the open feeling of this hotel, it really made a feature of the surroundings. Our sea facing room was lovely, cool and spacious, and the spa was so relaxing I got a little too used to a jacuzzi and sauna to unwind after a hard days tourist-ing...

Inside the walls of Diocletians Palace was a maze of shops, bars, history and homes, not to mention the tiniest chapel (above). There really is something to gape at around every corner, but outside the walls is well worth exploring too. Take a long uphill walk (we did wish we took bikes!) and you'll get great views of the coastline, then spot a cove for swimming and head downhill again! 

Before leaving for the islands we headed inland with a small tour group to Krka National Park, taking a boat across the still blue lakes to the beautiful waterfalls. We immediately cooled off with a quick swim (the first of my "become a confident swimmer" challenges!), before taking a walk around the protected park in the cool shade of the forest. We finished the day with full body massages in the hotel spa, and packed for the islands... 


Friday, 29 August 2014


After a long break in a new country, I absolutely have the travel bug, but being all out of annual leave and holiday budget, I'm looking for other ways to enjoy that feeling of the exotic. I think that take-me-away feeling can be conjured up in different ways, for some people it's the smell of coconut or summery holiday tunes, but for me it's as simple as colour. Bright and eclectic colour, and anything combined with a deep sea blue, and I'm loving this cool blue and hot pink mix.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hello again..!

Okay apologies for the cheesy line, I'm still feeling a little beachy-relaxed and loved-up from the wedding and honeymoon high!

3 weeks ago He and I made it official in front of wonderful family and friends, complete with a whole array of Irish weather, and followed up with a gorgeous break hopping along some islands in Croatia. While I couldn't quite fit in any blog-posting in the W-Day run-up, there's lots I'd love to share on the subject of weddings and travel that kept me so busy for the last month or two.

Both a danger and a blessing, Pinterest has been so useful for all things bride and beautiful, you can see some of the inspiration I was distracted by right here...

More soon!


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summer Lovin'

Just a little round-up of a few things I'm currently coveting (or seriously considering buying...) to get me in a summer mood. I did a little chuckle when I saw this "Issues" print, wouldn't the Tote Bag be perfect for summer holiday magazine-carrying? RiverIsland are getting their prints and colours just right for a modern twist on Amalfi-coast meets Ibiza summer style - loving this Poppy Print Bralet - would be great with a full circle white skirt and shades, and Topshop has some sugary sweet pieces for underneath, like this Balconette Bra in pink and lemon. I'm putting the finishing touches on the wedding (7weeks!) and while this Sophia Bridal Headband is a little too boho, I still think it's gorgeous! Lastly, we have our first visitor coming to stay in the new flat, and the spare room looks awfully bare - is that a good excuse to invest in one or two bits of art, like this Feather Watercolour Painting


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Beauty: The Rescuers

Lately I've tried to curb my beauty impulse purchases, and instead think about what my skin / hair really needs. Sometimes you need to get back to basics and literally stop covering up the problem (in this case with a lot of concealer...!) 

There are so many Quick Fix facials to choose from, but this one really spoke to me. Congested? Yes, I could almost feel the dusty underground in my pores. The charcoal mask is rich in minerals, thought to really draw out impurities. Ironic to clean out dust with charcoal, but I really do feel a difference, and the charcoal is more skin calming than other products I've tried. It also contains Dragon fruit extracts (read: rich in Vitamin C), so your skin should look fresher and livelier. Even rinsing off with London hard water my skin was soft and moisturised and definitely coming back to life. Bonus points for the ghoulish grey greeting He got while I waited for it to dry. 

Garnier seem to be experimenting with their formula, and packaging, depending on how dry your skin is. I'm currently using the Very Dry Skin formula with  Shae Butter, but their current site has removed the "very". I suppose the "very" is just a bit of an exaggeration. Anyway, I'm not great at using as instructed everyday, it's more of a weekend treat! It's super-thick on the skin, which is great deep down, but makes getting dressed or getting into bed a bit sticky. Next trial will be a lighter-weight moisturiser or body oil.

Another product off the shelves, but still available on Amazon, this was my intro to eye-cream and I really think more brands should do this, at least for sampling. I've since tried gels and creams, and looking for the "one". This allows me to switch between both, with a gel as a quick brightener, and cream for intense treatment after along day of screen-staring.

As an intense leave in conditioner is pretty normal for me (my hair does not like London water), I've been recommended Coconut Oil as an intense treatment. If your hair isn't used to it, this can feel a little greasy, so don't put it on just before you pop out for drinks. Work a tiny amount right through your hair to prevent frizz and give a great shine, and the next day you'll still have silky smooth hair - it really absorbs well.

To be honest though, we all know that a rescue remedy in a bottle isn't the final solution to superficial problems, it's all about diet isn't it? I'm also upping my vitamins and water intake, although my brief fling with juicing ended with a half used jumbo bag of spinach leaves...If only tea could solve all problems!

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