How are you all this morning? I’m pretty happy as the sun is shining and Charlie is back from his holidays! I was woken up at 4.30am with a big squeeze (ow, my sunburn) and can’t wait to hear all about his adventures on his first holiday! And seeing as the sun’s out: is anyone else obsessed with off the shoulder tops and dresses at the moment? They’re so pretty and feminine and – now I’ve got a good strapless bra sorted (very important), I’ve started to seek out a few different styles to see me through the summer. Have you heard of Lyst? It’s a shopping website, but with a clever difference. The more you use it, the more it learns about you and your shopping habits, so you start to see only the things you’ll love!
If you love hush as much as I do, you’ll be delighted to know that they’ve just announced an exciting 20% off flash pre-sale on their summer stock. This is quite rare so if you’ve had your eye on anything for a while, it’s time to log on and grab it now! The flash pre-sale at hush only lasts until midnight on June 30th, so don’t delay!
I like my face. No, I genuinely do. I look in the mirror and I still quite like myself, even though, post 40, selfies take a bit more ingenuity (and a good filter) before I’m quite happy with them. I work from home, but I still like to be groomed (I actually think there’s nothing more ageing than a face with no make up) and I always make sure my eyebrows are neat (more of this later). One of the things that does slightly annoy me, though, is that my upper eyelids aren’t as smooth any more, and I’ve started to avoid eyeshadow as it seems to accentuate the crinkly skin. I’ve moved on to just using eyeliner near my upper lash line, but this mini annoyance has sent me on a hunt for the best eye cream for crinkly upper eyelids, and I think I may just have found it.
So in the spirit of my positive life plan, I thought I’d have a few words about the dreaded b-word, and why we ALL should be wearing one if we want to. I’m no expert, but here’s my 40-something guide to feeling fab in a bikini, and why I won’t be rolling out the swimming costumes any time soon!
I’ve just spent a gorgeous week on board P & O Cruises’ beautiful ship, Britannia with my friend Erica. We spent the week discovering all the dining options on board, as well as exploring bits of France and Spain and doing some baking with Eric Lanlard too – I know! Anyhoo, more of that later – for now, I wanted to tell you about a fantastic conversation we had one night in The Glass House over a couple of drinkies. We started off just chatting about life, the future, family, etc as you do, and a bit of a plan started to form. We split our thoughts into topics and added the rule that everything had to be positive – no beating ourselves up – and this positive life plan was born. I’m excited to share it with you!
Despite the fact that I was clearing hailstones off my car windscreen yesterday, spring has most definitely sprung, and with one trip under my belt and another couple coming up, I was forced to confront the possibly-less-well-covered-in-clothes me recently. This is a scary time, after months wrapped in jeans, jumpers, hats and scarves this disrobing business isn’t easy. I find that a bit of a pamper update can work wonders. Here are my top tips:
It’s finally here! I’m so excited to share the brand new hush beachwear collection with you. I’ve been having a good old virtual rummage around and there are so many amazing new pieces I don’t really know where to start. There are some delicious brights, including gorgeous hot corals, fluros and bright turquoise, plus some seriously lovely neutrals and lots and lots of lovely denim too! Here are my top picks:
If you read the title and those chunky clog-like shoes appeared in your mind, well, they did mine too, so when Crocs asked if I’d like to have a look at their spring range I was a bit hesitant. I think the original Crocs are a bit like marmite – you either love them or you hate them. We have a couple of pairs by the back door as they’re great for slipping on for gardening, or taking the dog out, but I could never really see myself wearing them out. It turns out, though that they have some really cute new spring shoes that are perfect for the warmer weather and holidays too.
When you’re packing for holidays, you don’t want to lug your entire beauty routine with you in your case. One: it takes up loads of room and two: it’s a holiday! Time for a pared down, simple beauty routine that gives you more time to have fun. This weekend I’m heading to Walt Disney World Resort Florida with my birthday boy, Charlie, who is 18 tomorrow (I KNOW!) so I thought I’d share my thoughts on beauty essentials for the parks: just enough to keep you looking glowy and gorgeous ready for those selfies with Minnie Mouse (oh, you bet I’ll be stalking her, she’s my fave!).
Last year, Boden released a limited, special edition collection called Boden ICONS. The capsule collection of cool British premium items was snapped up quickly, so I was delighted to see it back again this year. I’d seen little snippets online but the full collection is utterly breathtaking. If you want one of the pieces, flex that credit card and get over to Boden’s website stat. These pieces won’t last long. Read more
Isn’t it just gorgeous to see some glimpses of sunshine? While you’re out basking in the rays in between those April showers, though, remember that the sun is the single biggest skin ager, so I’ve teamed up with @ultrasunUK and @hushhomewear to provide one lucky follower with the most stylish start to summer with a fantastic giveaway worth £275, featuring everything you can possibly need to protect your skin and look gorgeous too.
The more I fly, the more I think that the secret to the best in-flight kit is to carry as little as possible. Sure, you can pack a huge backpack with loads of stuff, but when you get on the plane, you can bet any money that once you’ve stuffed it in the overhead locker and taken your seat, you won’t bother getting it all back down and unpacking it.
I’ve had SUCH a busy week. Oh, I’m absolutely not moaning – who else gets to spend their days chatting on the radio and talking to wonderful, interesting people about the job that they love? I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, especially as it’s my birthday tomorrow and the Easter long weekend! And all this lovely stuff has put me in the mood for a bit of shopping. I’m loving all the hush spring brights AND they’ve got 10% off (enter EASTER16 at the checkout) and a free bar of delicious hush chocolate if you order (over £30) over the Easter weekend. What’s not to love? Here are my picks of their most beautiful must-haves to brighten your spring wardrobe:
So this is a completely selfish roundup – basically consisting of everything I’d quite like the boys to buy me. I’m not sure if they ever read the blog, though, which could be an issue. Ah well, just in case… Boots have got some really lovely things for Mother’s Day, including these stylish Orla Kiely gift sets. Also check out their Mother’s Day offer of the day, with different offers all week.
The White Company also have some elegant gift ideas. I especially love their signature lime and bay scented candle:
Marks and Spencer have such amazing beauty ranges. If your mama is partial to the odd beauty treat, I highly recommend La Maison de Senteurs, which are such pretty presents (above), also I’d love the Emma Hardie face starter kit please – I’m addicted to the Moringa Balm and this looks perfect for travel!
Hello March! Sadly, it’s not looking exactly spring-like from my kitchen window at the moment, in fact it’s blowing a hooly and very grey. Still, that means an excuse for a snuggle on the sofa with my furry babies (my real ones are a bit old for that stuff), sipping tea and browsing the new hush SS16 brochure which has recently plopped onto my doormat It’s a collection of contrasts: chic monochromes and beautiful brights, the softest cashmere, clean lines, blush pinks, leather and sequins. I love it all.
My skin has been SO dry recently. My poor hands are red and chapped and my face is dry, flaky and uncomfortable. Two wet, cold and windy dog walks a day, added to a couple of long haul flights and a bit of sun in the Bahamas and my skin is all over the place. In desperation, I went to my local John Lewis and had a consultation at the Clinique counter, and I was really impressed with the results. The more I’ve asked people, the more I’ve discovered an awful lot of love for the 3-step system. I bought a trial pack and decided to give it a go.
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- Celebrating Mother’s Day with John Lewis March 14, 2017