July Goals

03 July 2018


July has snuck up on me all too fast. After the whirlwind that was June I am finally starting to find my feet again. I wanted to start blogging again last week but after the stress of the wedding, travelling to Paris, and then a manic start back to work it just wasn't happening. It's so nice to come home and have no more stressful wedding planning related thoughts popping into your head just as your falling asleep, it's bliss. We are currently waiting on our wedding photos now and I cannot wait to see them. It was such a magical day. As July is here I want to make the most of these summer months as this weather is glorious! 

1. Picnic in the park

I really want to have a picnic in our local park, we do this often but this time I want to go all out and have a proper spread rather than a tub of pasta salad in a lunchbox. I'm looking for a gorgeous basket and a nice blanket and utensils, then I plan making a really nice selection of food for everyone. So I need to start looking.

2. Cook

My bank account practically screams at me as I am that person with a full fridge but still goes out 4+ times a week to eat. It's painful when I add it up and I am just plain lazy. I bought a new veggie cook book and have actually bookmarked more than half of it so I cannot wait to start baking. This may have been brought on by watching the backlog of GBBO on Netflix as I've never watched it before!

3. Update Summer Wardrobe

I feel like I do this every season, but as soon as the wind changes I complain that I have nothing to wear. I really need to get my bum into gear and get some quality summer wear so I have nothing to complain about next summer! 

4.  Plan some trips away

I really want to go camping and have yet to visit a beach yet! I can't wait to grab a hoody and some cider and sit around a campfire with friends in the summer. One of the best feelings! I need to find a local beach or plan a weekend trip to Abersoch or Aberdyfi in Wales as I grew up going to these beaches and they are stunning!

5. Explore IGTV 

I know theres lots of love/hate going on with IGTV with professional bloggers but their opinions don't really matter to be as this isn't my career. I would love to start a youtube channel but haven't got the equipment so the aspect of IGTV really appeals to me, I really need to build up the courage/motivation to have a go.


So there's a few things I need to sort out this month, what are your plans this month?



BRB Getting hitched

11 June 2018


So my wedding week has commenced! I tie the knot to my French boy on Saturday in a private ceremony in Edinburgh, and I couldn't be more excited. I don't know where the last year has gone but my wedding planning went by in a whirl! I'm taking two weeks away from the blog to focus on the festivities and traveling to our "mini moon" destination Paris next week! I can't wait to marry my best friend x

Thoughts On Wedding Beauty

09 June 2018



With nine days to go I still need to get my wedding beauty prep going. I have saved multiple pictures of what I want my wedding makeup to look like. They’re all very natural, neutral tones that also bro g out my eye colour according to my mua. I was deposed to be going to Charlotte tilbury to have a wedding package but that didn’t work out in the end so I’ve bought a load of CT and have asked my mua to basically use my fave product so it’s a win win. 

Leading up to the wedding I’ve been having my hair lightened. My hair is a medium brown with auburny red tints throughout and I feel like it’s just too dark for my skin, often making me look washed out so I’ve opted to go for a chocolate brown and blonde balayage effect. I’m on my last treatment at a gorgeous Olaplex salon in Chester and can’t wait to get the final look I’ve been after. 

I am booked in this weekend for natural looking eyelash extensions and a facial which is risky but I completely bloody forgot to book any earlier. I really want some longer, natural looking lashes as I’ve never had them before and it’s my wedding day so I want to feel and look like a bloody queen. 

Next up is a spray tan. I’ve never had one before and I’m absolutely bloody dreading it but I am gliding to be a  bronze goddess on my wedding day if it’s the last thing I do, I will not be pasty! 

Then three days before I tie the know I’m getting my nails and toes done. I daren’t have them done any sooner as I’m useless and they automatically ping off and smudge straight away with me. 

The day before I want to have one last chop at the hairdressers to make sure I’ve got my hair at the length I want and also a little blow dry to make me fancy, then the stylist can do her thing the next day. 

And last but not least, me and my girly members of the wedding party are thinking of booking in to the Balmoral on the morning of the big day to squeeze in some massages to unwind before getting ready. 

Is there anything I’m forgetting? 




A Paris To Do List

06 June 2018



In two weeks I will be on my "Mini Moon" to Paris! I am so excited, we'll only be spending a few days but I will be married to my best friend and in his home country where I can hear him speak fluently all day long! Dreamy. I have been to Paris a few times and I've always done lots of the very touristy stuff so I can't wait to just use this time to relax, forget the stress of wedding planning and enjoy a mini break together with Mathieu as we haven't had a holiday in so long. So this time we're trying to avoid the touristy bits and just wander and enjoy ourselves but as I like making lists there still a few things I want to tick off whilst I'm there. 

The Moulin Rouge

I know I said no touristy stuff but this is what Mathieu really wants to do whilst we're there. He tried explaining it to me saying "it's the same as going to the theatres in Covent Garden, you have to do it" but I don't really need convincing!

Dinner at the Joules Verne

Okay this is another tourist spot but it's actually on my bucket list to eat on the Eiffel Tower so I hope I can tick this off whilst i'm there! Trés romantic. 

Picnic by the Seine

Le sigh. As we're planning on mooching about and just exploring the city I suggested that we have a picnic next to the river. I'm talking baguettes, strawberries, cheese, wine, and of course he's french so he's not saying no.

Sephora

Does this really need explaining? I mentioned that I wanted to visit this to Mathieu and he said no as we're on our "Honeymoon" but I will squeeze in half an hour if it's the last thing I bloody do!

Shopping 

I love shopping in Paris. It truly has some beautiful shops and boutiques, I can't wait to mooch around with Mathieu. I always like a quick wander down the Champs-Élysées and then another quick trip into the Galeries Lafayette. I don't stay too long there but like Harrods in London, I always take time to visit. I, of course, love the Pharmacies over there and can't wait to raid them, Mat thinks I'm mental and will never understand why I insist visiting them all. 

Visit Versailles

I know this is another tourist spot but I hope we can squeeze this in! The Palace of Versaille is so so magical and I would love to visit it again as my last trip was so short. Hopefully it will be a hot Parisian Summer like last time I visited and we can picnic on the grounds. 

Is there anything else I should add?

June To Do List




This month is a hectic one for me! Unless you haven’t noticed around here I haven’t stopped blabbing about my wedding which is happening in 15 days! Mental. So as a bride to be this month I have quite a few thinks to be ticking off. 

Get married

Obviously I’m adding this on! I cannot wait to be tying the knot with my Frenchman. These six years have gone so fast and now we finally get to say I do! I’m not gonna lie but I do have some wedding jitters but they are definitely ones of excitement.

Get ready for Paris

After we get married we are spending a few days in Paris for a mini moon. We’re hoping to have a proper honey moon next year so for now we’re just having a little one. I need to get it all sorted as we’re flying from Chester to Edinburgh to get married then from Edinburgh to Paris then back to Chester so want it to go as smoothly as possible. 

Sort out wedding make up/ treatments 

So as we’re tying the knot in Edinburgh next on my todo list is to start booking in to get my nails done for the big day and also my hair (I’m thinking of having it a bit shorter for the wedding day). We’re also thinking of booking ourselves into the Balmoral on the morning of the wedding for some spa time and definitely having some massages to unwind before getting ready. 

Packing for the wedding

I told you this to do list was all wedding based! I basically need to take everything for the wedding g to my friends to put in their van as they’re transporting all our bits and are driving it to Scotland for us.  Absolute babes. This means they’re taking our decorations for the ceremony such as lanterns, chair decorations, guestbooks and photo booth props, and our favours. They will also be taking our chairs for the outdoor ceremony so here’s hoping it’s not going to be a game of Tetris in that van! 

Another thing I need to think about is packing for the whole trip. We fly to Edinburgh on the Thursday, have the wedding on the Saturday, then fly to Paris on the Monday! I seriously need to think out my packing situation! 

So they’re a few of my important goals for this month! Here hoping I achieve them all! 

Sixteen Days



I can’t believe that I am finally getting married in sixteen days. To my French man, my better half, my best friend. It’s a surreal feeling in all honesty, that I’m going to be with him for the rest of our lives, but I am so looking forward to it, the next step, our big adventure. There’s so many things I can’t wait for us to do together, all the holidays and experiences were going to have and all the stories we’re going to make, it  honestly has me so excited to walk down that aisle. I love him to bits even though sometimes it’s not always sunbeams and rainbows, he will never forgive me for that one time I got so mad at him, I threw an onion at his head but it makes me howl when we talk about it now and how crazy he can make me. 

I can’t wait for all the next steps to come, to buy a home with you, to make our nest and eventually have our own little ones to run us ragged. I never saw myself having this life but you’re living proof of how you change me for the better. 

Je’taime fort 

The Last Of My Wedding Planning

27 May 2018

As I write this it's twenty days til the big day! I am still gobsmacked at how fast this wedding has come around. Everything has come around well and it's all smooth sailing, here's hoping it'll stay that way until the day arrives! I have the tiniest odds and ends now to get ready and here's whats on my list. 

1. Organise wedding decorations

My friends are taking all my bits up to Edinburgh for me in their comapny van because they are gems! They'll be taking all the decorations and will also be setting everything up on the day. I now need to arrange a meet up and need to pack all our stuff into the van.

2. Pick up the wedding documents

The day before we get married we need to pick up our wedding registrar. This is probably the most stressful thing as is we don't have that we obviously are not legally married. Must remember to pick up!

3. Payments

I need to go through my planner and triple check that I have paid all my vendors and that I have also told them the drill such as where my photographer, mua all need to go.

4. Emergency Pouch 

Even though I've been wearing in my wedding shoes I have a feeling that they are gonna hurt on the day so I want one of those cute little pouches full of plasters, hair ties, headache tablets all ready for the day in my clutch. 

5. Get a lash lift 

I'm getting my lashes done in three days just to make sure they're all done for the big day. I've made an appointment and I'm just crossing off the days until I get beautiful curled lashes.

6. Vows

As Mathieu and I are writing our own vows, I need to make sure that I've got mine all ready to go along with some tissues for the big day. I think I'm all ready to go but I need to get them written down ready to whip out

7. Book a massage

And relax! My bridal party and I are planning on having some massages on the morning of the wedding to chill us all out which I am v excited about as we're hoping to get this done in the Balmoral then back to our apartment with some fizz and the mua.

And breathe!

Holiday Prep

26 May 2018

 Sadly I will be back home from my Barcelona Hen Do trip when this goes live (sob),  hopefully tanned and hopefully sober. I wanted to keep the spirit of holiday vibes alive on here whilst I can as I don't know when my next trip will be so here's my Holiday Prep plan (if you're a Virgo you'll understand that these plans are fun!).

Before I go on holiday to a new place I always research it via Pinterest. It's such a helpful, visual aid of the place you're visiting and is great for finding secret gems in the area. This is where lists come in handy but as I'm on my Hen Do in Barcelona I'm not making the itinerary so this time I'm passing on that (secretly it bums me out that I'm not organising every day!). 

After I've researched the place and have an idea of what I want to do, I make a start on packing and making a packing check list, yes, I am that person. I make a start on clothes, shoes, and then tackle the make up and skincare pouches which I find the hardest as I need to narrow the liquids down into the tiniest bag, I only ever take a carry on on small trips.

After planning and packing, a couple of days before I leave I start on prepping my body for the warmer weather. This always starts with exfoliating and tanning, always following through with this post on how I prep for bare skin. Recently I have been loving this Utan and tone trio which I have been trialling since the start of Spring. I have loved the result of these three together and would highly recommend. 

After I'm all tanned, next comes nails and toes. I usually like to get my nails done at my nearest Nailista salon and prefer to do an at home pedi, first soaking my feet, then smothering them in lotion and going to town with pretty summery colours. I also like to book myself in for a haircut before I go away, because new hair always makes me feel 10x better so having it for ya hols makes you feel even more fancy.

What do you do for your holiday prep?

A Barcelona To Do List

25 May 2018


I'll already be in Barcelona on my Hen Do by the time this post goes live, hopefully sipping a margarita in the hot sun. That's my weekend goals anyway! Even though I have no idiea of an actual itinerary for the trip, the girls have only given away that it's Barcelona but when I have time there are a few things that I want to tick off.

Visit La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

I have been told that sight seeing is strictly off my Hen Do plans but I still want some photos of these famous touristy places, after if there's no photo did it even happen? I love taking a good old selfie at a landmark to look back on and add to travel albums. The Sagrada Familia I'll skip the inside just for a photo but I am putting my foot down and definitely going for a walk in the beautiful Park Güell.

Drink Sangria and Eat Tapas

Okay, aside from the landmarks, sun and general holiday feels, the best part of the holiday is the food and drinks. I'm a firm believer in the holiday beverage as soon as you get to the airport, the holiday starts there after all. I cannot wait to have sangria on the beach and eat all the tapas! Nibbly food is the best and I can't wait to share it with girls, exchanging stories and talking about the wedding.

Wander Pretty Streets

I love wandering around a new place, especially when it's a brand new country. I've never visited Spain before and I can't wait to wander the streets, drinking in the scenery and the smells in the hot balmy air. Hopefully I can stumble upon some good streets for shopping too! 

Visit A Beach 

This is a no brainer but I definitely need to dip my toes in the sea and get sandy feet! You can't not visit a beach when you're in Spain, it's a crime.

Have Brunch

I can't wait to be all fancy and try out at least one of Barcelona's trendy brunch spots. I hear good things about Flax and Kale and would go there just for the photos tbh, we all love a good 'gram. But all in all we're trying to keep it 'classy' on this Do so I'm sure we'll end up going at least once, hopefully if we're not too hungover...

Try A Roof Top Bar 

I love a good roof top bar. When the evening's hot and all you want is a cocktail, roof top bars are the answer. I have been pinning so many cool places to try and have made a point that we are definitely visiting some.

Have A Pool Day 

Last but not least I feel like we will be needing a chilled out pool day at least once whilst we're there. Pool days are made for hangovers and by the units that my friends will be consuming on this trip, I'm hoping that they'll be game for a few hours rest in the sun.

Have you been to Barcelona? 

A Holiday Haul

19 May 2018


I love a good holiday shop, admittedly one of the best parts of going abroad.  As I'm off to Barcelona in I made a packing list the other day and went out in search of warm weather goodies and some bits and bobs that you need for ya holidays. 

First off I noted that I needed some nice footwear for going out in the evening that wasn't sandals or heels. I can barely walk in heels as it is but to have to endure heels in the heat, no thanks. I didn't want to opt for sandals either as I wanted something dressier than what I would wear in the day to explore the place so whilst on the search I came across these pointed bow flats that are slip on, comfy and dressy, ticking all the boxes and to top it off they were £4 from Primark. 

Next up I finally gave in and grabbed the Urban Decay Naked Heat Petite palette. I had no interest in the original size but when I saw Anna rave about the paetite I don't know why but I was instantly sold. I have never worn orange on my lids before but lets just say that now it's all I wear. The colours are perfect for a warm, sunny holiday and the size is brilliant to just slip into your toiletries bag.

I have heard all the ravings of the Hair brand Ouai and I'm still waiting paitiently for them to start selling in Space.Nk. How do I put in a request lol? I want to try quite a few bits but when I was passing Selfridges I opted for the Ouai Wave Spray. It's basically a salt spray but hands down the best I've ever used. It smells amazing and gives my hair the perfect natural curl. I purchased the ravel size purposely to add to my toiletry bag and think this is going to be a well used product when in Barcelona!

This has got to be the most boring holiday haul item but I just really wanted this cute Venus Travel Razor. Perfect for chucking in your toiletry bag for any missed patches on your legs when you are arrive at your destination which is what I'm great at doing. So I'll be pool/beach ready with this compact cutie!

I finally bought some new sunnies! I have always been a Rayban Aviator girl aside from the odd purchase of black Wayfair styles. A few years ago I swore off buying anymore sunglasses that cost £20+ because I just break or lose them. I'm not joking when I tell you these are my 7th pair of replacement Aviators. But I thought I'd treat myself to a new pair for my hols as it's my hen do and soon to be Honey Moon coming up.

What the first thing you purchase when going on holiday? 




My Holiday Packing Tips

17 May 2018


I love packing. You know those people who leave packing to the last minute and pack a few hours before they go away? Yeah I am not that person. I am the person that packs three weeks in advance and raids Boots looking like someone with a mini toiletry fetish, I wish I was kidding. I make a checklist in my bullet journal and go to town with it, and since buying packing cubes, my packing game is down and the virgo in me is going wild. Here are a few things that keep me organised and sane during packing for a holiday.

First of all, as I mentioned above, I make a packing list in my Bullet Journal listing all the essentials I'm going to need. I then review my itinerary, yes I make these too, and go over what I'll be needing for the trip, such as, as I'm packing for my hen do in Barcelona I'm going to need some warm weather clothes, comfy shoes and some dressier items for going out and also beach/pool wear. 

After reviewing what I need I pull out all the clothes I want to take and start packing/rolling them into my packing cubes. I assess some outfit ideas and see what goes with what and make a note of some extra pieces I want to pick up, usually a new bag or sandals. I also try to cut down on the amount of bags and shoes I bring. I'm pretty good when it comes to not overpacking clothes but  packing accessories I don't need or end up wearing is my jam. Now I tend to pack a fancier bag for going out a day bag and a back pack that I use for hand luggage that can be doubled as a beach bag. I also tend to pack a pair of flip flops, some day to night sandals and comfy shoes such as my vans or converse and I'm good to go. 

I then make a list of all the toiletries I'll want to take and if needs be decant them then add them to a clear ziplock bag. I only ever travel with hand luggage to stop myself from overpacking and you obviously need to have all  your liquids on hand so I pack them straight away into my bag ready to whip them in and out at customs for a stress free transaction. 

Next up I always think about the most important part. The Airport outfit. Possibly the most thought out outfit of the trip amiright? It's only a short flight to Barcelona from Manchester but ya still need to be comfy. I'm opting for flip flops a tee and leggings with a scarf and a jacket. Hopefully its warm when we leave and hot when we arrive. I hate when you dress ready for your warm destination but then it rains when you board the plane. 

After a series of unfortunate events on previous trips I now print out every travel document I need religiously. I used to be that cocky nob who downloaded their passes onto wallet or passbook at the time, and tried to effortlessly pass everyone else by at passport control or check in until one day on my way to Greece I realised that my phone updated in the night and lost all my boarding passes and I had to pay a £190 boarding fee. Or there was the time that I had all my hotel info on my phone ready to check in when I got to Portugal and then my bag with phone, purse I.D was stolen so I couldn't even stay at my hotel. I am now an organised little lady and print off every document going and put  spares in my suitcase! 

In flight entertainment is what I do best! I am never bored and can always find a way to entertain myself. I put it down to being an only child and always keeping myself busy and also put it down to nine hour car trips from South Wales to the Scottish Islands for holidays as a kid. I used to bundle everything I could into the car to keep me going. Now I'm still the same. I take my iPad as I can do everything on it such as write blog posts, download books, watch Netflix, and listen to Spotify. I also like to hoard magazines at the airport shops and sometimes will buy a book from Waterstones as a holiday treat. Anyone else do that? 

Once on the plane I set my area up making it comfy and ready to go whilst getting ready to order a bit of fizz and put a mask on. Yes, I do a skincare routine on a small flight haha but budget lines are gross so I try to make them feel luxurious as possible. I don't wear make up on the plane and then just give my face a cleanse and add a moisturising mask or serum and let it sink in, then add sunglasses when it's time to leave.

I mentioned above that I make an itinerary of the trips I go on. I don't make military style lists with times and such, they're more of a mini guide I keep on my phone and in my Bullet Journal with places to visit or eat at and also their addresses so when we're out and about we can see if we're nearby or see what's in the area you're in.

What are your Holiday packing tips?

Summer Wear Inspiration

13 May 2018

Summer is fast approaching and I am in desperate need of warmer weather clothes. I have so many clothes on my saved items and wish lists on different sites and need to make a start buying them all! I love a good summer dress so I'll definitely be stocking up on some pretty pieces. I can't wait for the pretty prints, sunglasses, and sandals to become my daily staples. Sometimes I do find it harder to shop for in the warmer months as my body shape betrays me and I can't always wear the nice summery things on offer such as I don't feel confident wearing Bardot tops due to my huge boobs and I'm not the biggest fan of showing off my legs so don't always opt for shorts. I really only get my legs out out on holiday! But still here are a few of the things that I'm after for the start of Summer.

Stripes are my thing at the moment. I've only ever worn stripes in the form of a striped bretton top but I'm loving the assortment of striped blazers, co-ords and striped trousers that are on offer in nearly every shop I go into. In particular this striped pair from New Look have caught my eye and can't wait to pick them up and try them on. I'd love to style them with a black or white crop tee, sandals, and cat eye sunglasses. Also from New Look I just purchased this black wrap front culotte jumpsuit. I am in love with it. The material is so lightweight for the warmer weather and the wrap front is so flattering on my bigger bust. Definitely a hit. 

I don't always get on with playsuits, they are very hit and miss with me but I am loving this cute little number from Topshop, perfect for wandering around hot cobbled streets when I go to Barcelona or visits to the beach. I love the ashy colours and the frills are too cute. Speaking of frills this sweet little top also from Topshop is hitting all the buttons for me. Paired with these perfect mom jeans, some sandals, and a straw bag, think this my be my summer uniform. 

I am 100% a blazer lover, whether it's a night out, a casual day or -1 I will be wearing a blazer. I just love them. For me they definitely add that pinch of sophistication and style that I just can't bring to my everyday self haha. As soon as I add one to my outfit I feel they just pull it all together. I love adding them to an all black outfit on a night out to make me feel more chic or paired with jeans and sandals in the summer is my usual go to. I have a few differently colours but I am loving this white number from Zara and want it to add to my collection, I adore the little white tie details on the sleeves. Also I have just picked up this straw bag for my hen do next week! It's such a lovely peice and the perfect size. I love the tassel detail and the wooden handle, I love that it can be held or you can have the cross body strap!

On to accessories I have been loving this cat eye trend! I have always loved these glasses and will use any excuse to whip them out! This pair from Zara are perfect and are only £15.99 and make you feel chic as hell. I also love these from Zara too, reminiscent of the cult Rayban rounded frames but also with a £15.99 price tag. I would love the Rayban ones but after spending about £500 on Rayban glassesin my lifetime I have finally resorted to cheap glasses as I break or loose them within a year. 


What's on your summer wish list?

Hen Do Ideas

12 May 2018


In ten days my besties and I are flying to Barcelona for my Hen Do. I am so bloody excited! We have rented a gorgeous AirBnB apartment right in the centre and I can't wait to spend some time with my nearest and dearest with some sun and sangria. We are going for four days and will cramming all sort into the little time we have. The first day we're going for lunch and exploring and the night time is for a little party in the apartment accompanied with a night out in Barcelona. The rest of the week will be left for the beach and more exploring. I can't wait until the day comes where I can plan one of these for my besties and even though I'm not supposed to be planning my own Hen Do here are some sweet ideas that I would love to throw some day for my girls.

A Weekend Away

A weekend away anywhere with your best friends is always going to be a hit. Going to a new city, a favourite place will always bring back memories in years to come if you ever visit that place again. I actually love seeing ladies walking around Chester all dresses up with their mates covered in banners.

Renting A House 

My friend once rented a country house for her Hen do and it looked like an amazing party. They had the whole place to themselves and just had a chilled weekend filed with cocktails and stories. I would love this, with all the party games you can find on Pinterest these days, this would be a blast.

A Spa Weekend

How amazing would a girly weekend away at a Spa be? Getting massages, sipping on prosecco and padding around a hotel in soft slippers and all bundled up in a robes sounds like heaven to me. Especially if it was topped off with good food and a hot tub.

Glamping

My mates and I would definitely opted for this if we didn't go with a holiday. Cute little cabins, BBQs and party food, music and boho styled picnics are what Glamping is all about. I would love to be surrounded by my besties, fizz in hand in a hot tub outside on a warm, balmy night. Because hot tubs just make everything better don't they? 

Shopping And Afternoon Tea 

This is ideal when mums and other family members are involved for a good chilled, low key Hen Do with no willies in sight. You can't go wrong with a shopping trip and sampling cute sandwiches and peitit fours, all topped off with a glass of fizz. I will be opting for this with my mum and grandmothers once I'm back from Barcelona as my fam definitely are Hen Do people. 

I am counting down the days now for my Barcelona Do with my bride tribe and I am so in need of it! 

How would you spend your Hen Do? 


Honeymoon Inspiration

10 May 2018

(Photo of the Palacio De Estoi, Estoi, Faro, Portugal)


As my wedding is drawing closer, 37 days to be exact, Mathieu and I have started to look into our Honeymoon. We're not going straight away due to work and day allowances so we're thinking of saving our pennies and going a year later for our first wedding anniversary where we can go all out a luxury resort. We will be having a "mini moon" after the wedding but as it's for three days we're not counting it. We're looking for something luxurious but also adventurous. We after somewhere far away and definitely has to be hot! So as we've started talking about ideas I thought I'd share them here and get some inspiration flowing.

Bali 

Ahhh I have wanted to visit Bali for so long. It just speaks to me. The greenery, the nature, the food! It's the whole package with adventures to temples, different islands and making our home a treehouse for the week just sounds heavenly! I am loving the idea of a villa with a pond, stepping stones, hearing the birds in the morning! I feel at peace just writing this!

Rio De Janiero and Costa Rica

Okay so this one is coming pretty close to winning in our books! Mathieu really wants to visit Rio and I really want to visit Costa Rica for the Sloth sanctuary, because well Sloths! We are thinking of spending four days in Costa Rica then travelling to Rio to spend the rest of the holiday there. We were thinking of tying this into Rio Carnival times but I know the prices are gonna hit the roof during Carnival season, but Honeymoons are about once in a lifetime trips too I guess.

Japan

I have always wanted to visit Japan. I honestly think that it's one of the most coolest places full of the most random and craziest stuff. I also love the mix of old and new. It would be so fun to have a crazy night out in Tokyo then the next day walk around some peaceful shrines and temples and ultimately have zen goals.  

Santorini

Okay I can get well and truly wanderlust feels over those blue rooftops! How stunning would it be to just wander around the cobbled streets, licking ice cream cones in the heat on a little island with those views! I am sold!

Mexico 

Mexico is also another dream for Mathieu. He loves the culture, I love the food. I would love to visit Tulum and he wants Cabo. Honestly I don't even care as long as I get a villa, margaritas and to eat my weight in veggie burrito and guac. Heaven. 

Maldives

I know the Maldives and the Seychelles are the typical Honeymoon spots but oh man I would love to have a good break on a white, sandy beach and turquoise waters. I would love to do kayaking and definitely snorkelling! If we do go for this I'm definitely requesting a pool, bath or hot tub on a villa deck so I can sit and watch the stars in the Indian Ocean. #Goals. 


Have you been to any of these places? Where would you go for your Honeymoon? 


Bare Skin Prep

06 May 2018


Ahh the sunshine is slowly arriving. In Chester this past week we have had so much sun that everyone is instantly donning shorts, dresses, and short sleeved tops. My scarves and boots have taken a back seat and it was even warm enough for just my leather jacket the other day. Madness I tell you. I love the mood that just a little bit of sunshine brings to everyone it's so up lifting until you have something going on, put on some sandals and realise how pasty you are and then opt for ya vans. No? Just me? 

I don't bare my legs too often but it's that time of year to be prepared just in case. I always like to have a routine in order to make sure my skin has more of a "bronzed goddess" vibe going on rather than the whole lizard skin situation, which my legs most definitely take on during the Winter months. I like to think I have that routine pinned down and thought I'd share to help out all the other reptilian ladies out there! 

First off I exfoliate to scrub off any dead layers of skin to erase any pesky dry patches that are nightmare when it comes to tanning. I love the & Other Stories body scrubs and always pick one up whenever I'm in Manchester, I always have to pick something up when I go in, it's the dreamiest shop. I love the Fig range and also the Punk Bouquet as they are my fave scents but this time I opted for something a little more holiday-esque and picked up the Perle De Coco Body Scrub pictured above and oh my it's stunning. The texture is so soothing and exfoliates every inch of my skin. I use this mainly on my pins to get the best effect as it lathers up with the water and leaves my legs looking smooth and polished whilst being left with that gorgeous holiday coconut smell. Highly recommend this scrub as it's a right steal at £5 and feels like a very high end, luxurious gift you'd pick up in Space.NK. Bonus.

I don't suffer to much with dry skin on my body or face but my legs during the Winter are another story and my knees slowly start to resemble elephant skin. After exfoliating them I slather on the moisturiser daily to get them more human like, sexy I know. I usually double moisturise my legs as it can be tough going. After they have had a good scrub to remove any dead skin I'll slap on and massage a favourite lotion onto my legs to let its sink in. I tend to use any drugstore body lotion that's good for dry skin and smells good that has a low price tag in all honesty. I have a lot of body and tend to stay away from body lotions that are £4+ as I'd rather spend it on stuff for my face, I'm looking at you Kiehls Creme De Corps! At the moment I'm loving the Superdrugs own Vitamin E Shower Moisturiser which is a lotion that you massage into your skin whilst in the shower then rinse off. Smells great and is also great when you're in a rush too. 

Once that's done, before bed I will do it all again and then add a layer of Bepanthem. Now this is a nappy barrier cream and might not be hit for everyone as it's thick, gloopy, and doesn't sink in straight away. But I use it for a good reason, as this stuff is a barrier cream for babies bums and it's so soothing and hydrating which is perfect for your skin after shaving them. I wake in the morning to lovely soft legs, the dream people. It surprisingly leaves them noticeably smooth for a few days which is also a bonus. I also use this as an overnight mask on my lips and my lips look and feel amazing in the morning. It's a multitasking gold mine people, you're welcome. 

After my legs start looking and feeling a little softer and smoother this is when I start to give them a bit of colour. I like to opt for a gradual tan as it looks more natural and the Garnier Summer body gradual tan moisturiser looks so authentic, whenever I wear it people always compliment it and ask where I've been, also it's always on offer so I always have a few bottle lying around the house. I have also been favouring the Utan & Tone Coconut Tanning Water. The spray has worked wonders and looks so beautiful that I haven't been wearing make up as it's left such a lovely colour on my skin. Bonus people! I am loving this range and definitely going to be picking up more from this range! 


Do you have any essentials for prepping bare skin? 

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