Monday, 27 July 2015

The Righteous Butter | There's One Sold Every 20 Seconds!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

The Righteous Butter was the first Soap & Glory product I ever used. It was either that or The Breakfast Scrub (now called Smoothie Star) but I feel like The Righteous Butter has always been in my life! I take it for granted and I’d be lost if they ever discontinued it! Thankfully, it is one of Soap & Glory’s best selling, award-winning products so I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be around for quite some time!

There has been lots of little things that I've taken as a good sign as to why I feel like I’m working at the right brand at the moment! Receiving a personalised tub of The Righteous Butter the day after my interview at Soap & Glory was one of the signs! And another one was that a couple of my photos was used at an important presentation last week. I don’t think that it was done on purpose or if they knew it was my images, but it made me smile when I unexpectedly saw my content being used in the blogger segment of the presentation! It just made me feel like I was totally in the right place.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Anyway - back to The Righteous Butter! There is one tub sold every 20 seconds which is pretty darn impressive! At the moment, I’ve got the big tub back at home in the north, it's a special tub because it's personalised but I’ve bought a mini travel size tub with me to London! The two key ingredients in this body butter are shea butter and aloe vera - both of which are used for it’s extremely moisturising and soothing properties which is what makes The Righteous Butter PERFECT for really dry skin! 

The texture is a rich, luxurious, creamy lotion which is what I like in a body butter. I dislike the thick, stiff consistency that feels like lard but The Righteous Butter is easy to smooth on to skin and it absorbs really well. It’s best used after a shower or bath when your skin is still damp. It makes your skin feel so lovely and smooth.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

The fragrance is hard to pinpoint and I think it’s because it’s not immediately apparent from the packaging as to what the scent is but I can definitely pick up a fresh, floral note. For me, this is THE signature scent of Soap & Glory.

There’s an offer on at Boots (online and instore) where you get a full size 300ml tub of The Righteous Butter for FREE when you spend £10 or more on Soap & Glory Indulgent Bathing products! Freebie alert! Go and check it out before the offer ends!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Photo Diary: Colourful London

coloured houses at earls court in London

Life in London has been very colourful so far and it’s only when I look back at the photos I’ve taken that I realise how truly lovely it is. I’ve been rushing around like mad this past fortnight that I don’t really remember the minutes, the hours, the days as and when it's happening - I wake up at 6:30am, I’m out the door by half 7, and it takes me an hour to commute to work. At the end of the day, it’s the same but reversed and I don’t get home until around 7pm. 

I shower, I eat, and then I pass out in bed until I fall asleep which I guess is totally normal but I've gone from having the flexibility of being self-employed for the past six years to this... it takes some getting used to! But thankfully, I am fairly good at self-motivation and I've jumped out of bed (most mornings) excited to go to work! But without the photos I've taken, I would have totally forgotten what I've seen and done throughout the day so thankfully, I have these to look back on so looking at these refresh my memory on what I've actually been up to! Scroll down for a lot of COLOURFUL pics!

the experimenter lush bath bomb

Last weekend, I went to Oxford Street and visited the new (ish) LUSH store. In the past year or two, I’ve really got in to LUSH and I’m always checking the site for new arrivals but there has been very little update since Easter! 

lush bath bombs at their oxford street store

The Oxford Street LUSH store is amazing, it’s spread over three floors and there are lots of exclusives such as flamingo bubble bars, colourful nuggets of bath oil and my favourite, The Comforter Shower Gel. 

lush the comforter shower gel
shower gels at lush
lush bath oils
lush bath oils

I didn’t actually buy anything because at the time, our bathroom wasn't ready and I couldn't use the bath tub, but secondly, because I’d spent a lot that week - mainly the deposit for the flat, agency fees, and boring things like light bulbs, hangers, mirrors, cleaning stuff and grocery - so, as you can imagine, I'm on a bit of a spending ban but when I get paid, I’m going to be all over LUSH like a rash!

the tiger store in london

I was recently introduced to Tiger by Jemma from Floral Etiquette blog and just like LUSH, Tiger is such a fun store to visit! It's quite a random mix of stuff, but f you love quirky little knick-knacks that are extremely reasonably priced, then do pop in to the Tiger Store! It reminds me of the cute things you can buy from IKEA!

leto cafe soho london

Since my sudden move to the city, I’ve been incredibly lazy with cooking. Back in the north, I cook a lot and I don’t eat ready meals. I also don’t snack or eat chocolate that often and I’m generally really careful with what I eat! However, the past fortnight has been a completely different story! I feel like I’ve been thrusted back in to a ‘student lifestyle’ but I’m older now, I should know better! All I’ve eaten are ready-meals, snacks and chocolate! And plenty of cake... oh the tempting, irresistible cakes! I haven't stopped eating! I'm currently typing this up whilst eating a huge bag of popcorn!

leto cafe london cakes
Hummingbird cakes london

I think it’s because I’m walking a lot more, I’m running around and using more energy that my body craves food all the time. I’ve actually got a big bag of chocolate and crisps underneath my desk at work which is really bad!! I definitely need to start eating clean again and have a complete detox. I’ve suffered for it this weekend and I must start eating better from this week onwards. I’e just been so tired to cook but that’s absolutely no excuse as I can rustle up a healthy salad within 5 minutes! 

picadilly circus
the ham yard hotel
novelty flamingo straws for party

This week ended with a lovely Summer Party, a work function held at the BEAUTIFUL Ham Yard Hotel. I know that A LOT of blogger events are held there and now I know why. It’s a really amazing hotel with a lot of character!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who read and left comments on my blogpost last week. I was surprised to get so many comments and as I was still feeling a bit homesick at the time, it really did cheer me up, so thank you! x

How has your week been, guys?


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Funkin Cocktails | Cocktails Made Easy

funkin cocktails

I’m getting thirsty looking back at these photos, I am now craving an ice chilled mojito cocktail! When Funkin Cocktails asked if I’d like to try a selection of their drinks, I jumped at the chance! You see, I’m not good at making cocktails. I do tend to experiment and make it up as I go along, and more often than not, the end result is a questionable brown coloured liquid that tastes like an out-of-date cough medicine. Pretty gross. But I do LOVE a good cocktail especially when I’m on a night out despite how expensive they are! But what’s better is a ready made cocktail that you can drink at home, at BBQ’s, festivals, girls night in, or parties!

ready made cocktails

Funkin Cocktails are ready made non-alcoholic mixers and all you need to do is add your choice of alcohol. They taste absolutely delicious on it’s own though, so if you’re tee-total, Funkin Cocktail Mixers are suitable for you too! I’ve been drinking them without alcohol in a tall glass with a load of ice! The flavours I’ve been trying are strawberry daiquiri, mojito, strawberry woo woo, cosmopolitan, margarita, pina colada and…. a brazilian. 

funkin cocktails ready made mixers

The best thing about Funkin Cocktails Mixers is that they’re made with 100% natural so it’s free from preservatives, colourings and flavourings. My favourite is strawberry daiquiri, mojito and pina colada which I blogged about here. The pina colada one tastes like Yakult which I love! Funkin Cocktails are so ideal for fun summer occasions, and because they’re so delicious and easy to make, it’s bound to be a hit with everyone! Not only can you make tasty cocktails, you can also make yummy ice lollies out of the mixers too!

Funkin Cocktails also sell a range of purees and cocktail syrups so if you’re a bit of an pro at making drinks (or if you like to experiment), then do check out the flavours because there are some unusual ones such as Earl Grey, Agave Nectar, Pickle Juice, Rhubarb, Sugar Cane, and Ginger. 

funkin cocktails ready made mixers

You can purchase Funkin Cocktails products at Waitrose, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges - or directly from Funkin Cocktails website! Prices start from £2.99. Keep your eyes peeled for them! I highly recommend the Pina Colada!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What To Wear With Hunter Boots | Summer Edition

What To Wear With Hunter Boots

I’ve been enjoying my new surroundings of the bright lights, big city but I will always be a country girl at heart forever and ever! I love the chilled-out pace of the countryside (it’s not slow, it’s chilled!), clean, fresh air and the beauty of open space consisting of high hills, green grass and big, leafy trees. There’s something quite overwhelming and eery about the peacefulness, but it’s also inspiring and quaint. You really can’t beat the English countryside, it’s special and I’ll never take it for granted.

I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and we used to do a lot of really fun things during the Summer such as bike rides, long walks, driving miles to see where we’d end up, and of course PICNICS! Oh, so many picnics! You haven’t experienced a proper British Summer until you’ve not been for a picnic in the countryside! My mum makes the best picnic baskets and I think I’ve picked up a few tricks from her but I still tend to overpack the basket with far too much food while she gets it right every time!

What To Wear With Hunter Boots

It has actually been years since I had a proper picnic though. The past few times I’ve packed a lunch for a trip to the countryside, we would just eat it in the car if we weren’t able to find a picnic table but that’s totally not the same, right?! A proper as is laying a blanket on the ground, under a big tree, and using a basket instead of a cool box - although a cool box is an absolute genius invention! To be at one with nature and to enjoy the fresh air, a picnic is definitely the best way to spend your hours in rural England.

Having that scenic backdrop in mind, I have put together a Summer outfit that is suitable for most fun, outdoorsy activity! And as always, you have to be prepared for the rain even during Summer… Well, it is England, after all! The items I’ve picked out isn’t a case of style, but more about comfort and a way to work around items you’re not necessarily used to wearing such as a raincoat and wellington boots. I did an outfit post a while back on how I style Hunter Wellies in the Winter and I even did a short Outfit Of The Day video for it too so I thought it'd be nice to update it for Summer.

What To Wear With Hunter Boots

This polkadot top is cropped and slightly loose-fitting with flattering V-shaped neckline. Comfortable and stylish, you can’t go wrong with polkadots!

The yellow raincoat is an item of clothing I would never had considered a year ago but I’ve seen a few people wear one and they look quite cute! If you’re looking for a yellow raincoat, Topshop has one instore at the moment - and for once, the price is quite reasonable!

What make-up would you go for when you’re wearing a bright yellow raincoat? I’d probably just keep it plain and minimal with this number 34 from the Rimmel Summer shades, a baby pink lipstick.

This shade is called Whitehall and it's from from Nails In The New White collection. There are 4 shades in this collection and I love every single one of them!

It is far too hot to wear jeans so my next go-to bottoms are a pair of denim shorts! These are high waisted which would go nicely with the cropped shirt if you don’t want to show your midriff. 

When I got my Hunter Boots, I thought I’d only wear them for when it snows but they’ve been so handy for walking the dog in the park and woods. I’m getting more out of my Hunters during the Summer than I did in Autumn and Winter! It’s probably because I go out more during the Summer! Obviously the Hunter Wellies are great for when it’s wet and boggy, but it’s actually quite ideal for when you go walking in areas where the grass is long - I hate the tickling sensation, I always think it’s something crawling up my leg!

A rucksack would be ideal so that you can put your raincoat and picnic blanket in there (and of course some extra snacks for the picnic!!!)

Keeping it low-key on the accessories front but a bargain pair of sunnies are a must-have for an activity where you’ll be spending the day outdoors. This pair of sunglasses are from ASOS and they are a dead ringer for the RayBan Clubmasters!

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