September '17 Playlist

30 September 2017

I love a good playlist, doesn't everyone? I going to kick start this post with an Autumn playlist! No I don't know what makes this playlist Autumnal but I can't stop listening to these songs right now and I know they're not the kinda tunes that you would crank up at a beach party so yeah, some of them do want to make me cosy up to a fire with hot chocolate and a good book!

 Let me know some of your favourites!


Helping Handcreams

28 September 2017

Can we talk about hand cream?

I am only just converting. Where have I been? Why am I always late to these things? I used to hate the thought of hand creams. I saw them as inconvenient, messy, and time consuming. I was always under the impression that only older ladies would carry around hand creams and I used to bung them into a charity bag as soon as I got one in a birthday present. Maybe it's because I was a  tomboy and I used to bite my nails so I had no use for them but also I have tried some that left a bad smell or I would smother my hands in a cream then have to write and then my hands would just slide down the pen. Not fun. But after reading a number of my favourite blogs, I noticed that they were featuring their favourite creams, the best smelling ones, pretty ones, and even kept them in pots beside their beds to put on before sleep. Well. After reading these posts a couple of years ago, I was determined to go out and make my own little bedside pot! Yes I know, this is groundbreaking stuff but it's one of the reasons I started a blog and read these blogs as I feel like they show little insights to people's worlds and how they do things differently. 
So I went on a little mission to find myself a hand cream that smelt nice, actually did what it says on the tin and didn't leave my hands greasy and sticky.  I remember settling on some from super drug and boots that did the job but didn't wow me and over the years I've found a few that really do it for me.

So this is my go to. I love this stuff. I love that it's light and non sticky/greasy and leaves my hands silky smooth afterwards. If I use this everyday and my cuticles get noticeably more hydrated and neater throughout the day. Also, the best part? I smell like a Almond Croissant after using it and if that's not a selling point I don't know what is. I recommend this all the time when someone complains about their hands and I have repurchased three times. I always repurchase the small size as it just gets tossed into my bag but they do have a larger size which may have to make its way onto my wish list.

Okay. This stuff is my one true love. I found this in covent garden, as I walked past the Aesop shop they had a hand cream dispenser outside the door and I tried a pump and walked on. And then I stopped because it smelled amazing. I literally turned around and walked straight in and bought it. Touché Aesop, Touché. I keep this on my desk and I use the tiniest dabs as I really don't want it to run out. It smells so fresh and citrusy as it contains Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf, and Cedar Atlas (I have no idea what that is but it sounds fancy) and the scent is just so uplifting and the perfect pick me up when I get bored and unmotivated at my desk.

So I was gifted this by a work colleague. As I have mentioned in my about me, I work with children and I am continuously washing my hands. I feel like Nurses and Doctors will relate but when I mean continuously I mean continuously. If I have just washed my hands and turn around guaranteed I will pick something up or touch something that shouldn't be slimy. So long story short my hands can get very dry very quick and even chapped during the winter months as my workplace is an outdoor learning nursery. My work colleague gave me this pot as she didn't like the smell of it. Again it is almond scented and has more of a natural' milky smell to it unlike the sweet Amande by Loccitane. At first when I tried it I thought it was going to be too greasy as its very thick but I've learnt to keep this as my bedside table favourite. It does go on thick like a butter but seamlessly melts into the skin and I wake in the morning and my hands, again, smell of almond croissant and they feel so smooth. It's a great hand butter for chapped hands!

Have you got any hand heroes to recommend?


A Little Lip Saviour

23 September 2017

I know what you're thinking. Does this Nuxe Lip balm warrant its own post? Especially after the pot version was a blogger fave all those years ago? Probably not. But I wanted to do a post talking about lips and lip care. Does anyone else suffer from dry lips? My lips are always suffering from something, so I have to carry some form of Lip care on me. Now, I know that the Baume de rose By Terry and the Balmdotcom by Glossier are blogger faves right now but as I'm on a strict wedding budget I cannot be spending £40 on lip balm, 1. Because it's £40 for a lip balm!! And 2. Mathieu would kill me! But however I would love to test them out and once Glossier finally graces the UK shores I feel like I may test the waters a bit. 

Anyhow, my all time favourite lip balm, Rieve de Miel by Nuxe, always does the job. Sometimes I do miss the pot and the thickness of the product but I've opted for the stick due to Hygiene matters.  Lip balm is the main thing I use to look after my lips especially when they're dry. At this time during the beginning of Autumn I always find my lips starting to get dry and wind chapped. Another product that I use on my Sunday spa evenings (I hope I'm not the only one who does this?) I will use the lip scrubs by LUSH. These are also my saviours! I love the feel of exfoliating my lips and I feel like these are the real deal. I have always been a fan of the Mint Julep flavour but I have now been converted to Popcorn (yes, my inner child likes to come out when it comes to beauty products).

What's your lip saviour?


Autumn Goals

21 September 2017

I LOVE SEPTEMBER. It's one of my favourite months. I used to love it mainly because it's my birthday month but as I get older I realise that I'm liking getting older less and less. But however, I do love Autumn. Aside from the Christmas season, Autumn just does it for me. I am one of those people that revels in putting away summer dresses for the year in exchange of woollen knits and chunky scarves and knee high boots. I'm already getting excited thinking about it. It's quite ironic actually as I am one of those people who are always cold even to the state where everyone at work takes the mick out of me as I'll be sat in the sun still in a jumper whereas everyone else is sporting shorts and flip flops! So it confuses everyone when I do a happy dance celebrating the end of Summer. So now that all the shops are bringing in Autumn/Winter wear I feel like it is officially time to set some Autumnal goals.

1. Wear some Autumnal colours

Okay, I am one of those people who wear a lot of black and grey. I can't help it. It's just my thing. But as I was walking around New Look the other day, I absolutely loved the new Autumn range. I have selected a few.. ahem twenty-five... clothing items and they are sat waiting in my basket on New Look. So as I could actually see myself wearing those items, I want to make it my goal to wear some colour this season.

2. Try a dress or two

So my other goal involves clothing too... I don't wear dresses or skirts as I have a fuller figure and  have never felt that confident wearing them. But as I mentioned above, I have seen some gorgeous Autumn gems in New Look, ASOS, and on Boohoo. I want to change my usual cold weather look from jeans and ankle boots to some nice dresses/skirts with some knee high boots. I know. This is groundbreaking Autumn fashion right here but as I have never really worn skirts before, I am willing to break out of my comfort zone a little. Babysteps people, babysteps.

3. Make an Autumnal hot drink

When I told Mat this he just laughed and asked what the hell I meant, but surely everyone has a go-to hot drink on a cold, dark evenings, right? I can't be  alone on this! So I want to make a luxury hot chocolate, or chai tea, or even have a go at hot apple cider.

4. Go blackberry, apple, or pumpkin picking

So I know that pumpkin picking is an American tradition... at least I think it is... Same goes for apple picking but I've seen people on my facebook heading out for the day with their kids to pick up pumpkins. I'm sure that wasn't a thing over here when I was a kid... Or has my whole life been a lie and I was just missing out? Let me know people of the United Kingdom! Anyway I'd love to do that! Also, blackberry picking, this is what I did all the time as a kid, which moves me onto my next goal...

5. Make a soup/pie

With said pickings from above I'd love to make an apple and blackberry pie or a pumpkin soup. Look at me turning into Martha Stewart! As a kid I always made a blackberry pie as we had a load of bushes outside my house and I would make a pie for my dad and every year he would eat it and it would just be the berries as I would slowly eat the crumble/crust before giving it to him... So I'd love to give that a go now that I'm not living with my mum who basically made the pie for me... Time to be a big girl and make ma'self a pie!

6. Go on a walk

You know when the weather starts to go crisp and chilly? I really want to wrap up warm in a scarf, new winter coat, and chuck some wellies on and go for a wander around Chester. We have some lovely parks here, and also a some fields by the river Dee which would be so nice to take a walk around and get some wear out of my winter wear!

Do any of you have any Autumnal goals or traditions?

The Big 25

19 September 2017


I turned 25 this week. What I can't my head around as I grow older is that no one ever told me that time would be so fleeting. I was brought up on morals and was continuously told old wives tales, and that I had to do well in school, I was told I needed to have manners and that life's not fair. But no one ever told me that the days will fly by as you get older. It's strange how life felt like it was literally dragging through my high school years and then Boom, after my eighteenth I feel like its not slowed down since! I honestly feel like I was eighteen a couple of years ago when actually it was eight whole years ago! Where has that time gone!? 

When I was fifteen, I thought that I would be married and would have had kids by now, why didn't anyone tell me that no one has their shit together at that age? It would have saved me from having a few minor melt downs these past couple of months. All I can say is thank god for social media and Memes for showing me that it is normal to not have your shit together in your twenties and that I'm not alone when it comes to Adulting (thanks mum for still coming to the dentist with me). 

I look back and sometimes I can't get over how ready I was to leave my home and have a house on my own, that my family drove me crazy and I couldn't wait to be a sassy, independent lady. Oh my god what I would do now to be at my mums eating her out of house and home and for her to wash my socks. 

Any how, enough reminiscing and some thoughts on turning a quarter of a century old and some goals:

1. Get married

I guess I am actually doing something right when it comes to adulting as I got engaged last December! Oh wedding planning is not cool, and I am definitely stressing out! Roll on June 16th 2018!

2.  Mortgage plans

Save at least half of my deposit before my twenty-sixth birthday. I genuinely don't know how I would do this if I was single! Thoughts of having my own garden, and leaving the devil  pigeon in Chester are keeping me going. 

3. Learn to drive

Yaasss.... I need to sort this out... I am ashamed to say aloud the number of instructors, lessons, and theory tests I've had and taken but I just never get around to doing it. I live in the centre of a city and get a ten minute train to work so I'm not too hard on myself.

4. Make some long term plans

Oh my that is a scary thought. A thought, now that I'm twenty-five I guess I should be considering. Career goals, life goals etc. For me it's mainly a living situation. In my first post I mentioned my boyfriend, (It still feels weird and pretentious to say Fiancé) was french. Mathieu has lived in the UK for 5 years now and whenever he goes home to Provence theres a part time of me that wonders if he'll come back haha. He comes home and will pine for the french food he's missing out on and the customs that make it home. He wants to go home soon and once we are married I guessI will have to maybe factor that in at some point. I would actually move to France tomorrow if I had the money but the only thing that's stopping me is work. I'm terrified I won't be able to find it. Someone please come and yell at me and tell me life's to short to worry about that stuff!?

5. Français

Yes. I need to start speaking Mathieu's language. I would love to be fluent in french, it would be trés cool to go to Paris and hold a conversation in french but the reason I need to do it? I need to learn it before I have kids otherwise I can see Mathieu and them ganging up on me and having their own french club which I just can't handle.

What were your thoughts when you felt the need to start Adulting? 


Autumnal Wishlist

16 September 2017

I adore everything about Autumn. I also mentioned that I want to get out of my comfort zone a little this season. And by doing that I want to experiment by wearing some seasonal colours, I'm thinking Burgundies, Mustard yellows, Burnt oranges, khaki colours. That's Autumnal colouring right? So in this little wish list I have selected some pretty dresses from New Look that I can't wait to purchase. Also how gorgeous is that Topshop Embroidered skirt? I would love to try that out! I am also eyeing up these Asos knee high boots. They're very Stuart Weitzman-esque but with a bangin' £39.99 price tag instead! Definitely will be grabbing that bargain. I've added a few hats into this wish list. Another thing I want to introduce to my wardrobe this season. I know you're probably thinking wut? But I never wear hats, not even bobble hats or beanies. So this year I'm gonna change that but trying some out. I really want to pair that embroidered skirt with a nice rounded floppy hat. And last but not least I always add some Autumnal candles to my wishin'. I love the PF. Candle co. They smell divine and I'm kicking myself that I ordered the small version of their Campfire scent. It smells amazing and gives a subtle but smokey (in a good way) scent to my living room at night. I am definitely going to repurchasing this in the large version!

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What's on your wishlist this season?


An Introduction to & Myself

14 September 2017

Well here I am. A new blog and a fresh start. 

My name is Nicôle and this little space here, is my new online adventure. I believe that every person should have their own particular outlet to be creative and here I am making mine this little blog.  

I am a twenty-something living in the heart of the city of Chester. I teach children by day and in my spare time I am always looking for things that inspire me in life whether it be a good coffee, pretty interiors, an afternoon walk, or a weekend away. This little outlet is here for me to share and keep me sane after being asked the same question 400 times a day by the kids I teach. A glass or two of wine helps too!

I have had a few previous blogs before and over the years I have felt myself outgrowing them or coming to the realisation that I am moulding myself around others on social media and was slowly losing myself along the way. I hope to grow with this blog, even use it to inspire others maybe. 

I chose the blog name Trouvaille as my partner, or my now Feyoncé, Mathieu, who is a french chef, mentioned it one day when I was explaining something to him. He then of course had to explain to me what Trouvaille meant & I thought it was the prettiest thing and sounded great too which was a bonus. Ever since he told me the meaning it has stuck with me and I find myself saying it when I find inspiring or beautiful things in my day to day.

I hope you will stay tuned with this little space and thank you for stopping by!


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