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Archive for September, 2012

Insta-Food : September

Roasted butternut squash soup with added smoked chilli flakes for extra kick, with garlic ciabatta // Natural yoghurt, blackberries, raspberries and (homemade) killer granola // Sushi // Smoked bacon, asparagus & poached eggs with tonnes of cracked black pepper – sometimes simple is best // Pork & apple sausages with smashed baby potatoes with garlic, rosemary and lemon // Take out // Chilli prawns with garlic flatbread // Fruit snack // My latest addiction, Crunchy Nut Clusters // Smashed potatoes with garlic, rosemary and lemon with roasted shallots and tomatoes // Baked potato with crème fraîche mushrooms // Starting to find my love for autumn with apple and cinnamon muffins

When I’ve got my stressy pants on, one of the first things to go out the window is my regular eating.  Time for home cooking seems to evade me, and grabbing on the go starts to take it’s tole.  However this month, I’ve started to take the reigns again and get my regular eating habits back, which in turn has helped rid those little over jean bulges that had started to creep in.

I’m soon(ish) to move (again), and I hope to get some ‘how to’ recipes up for some of my favourite foods (expect simple, no fuss, full of flavour food that won’t use up every pot in your kitchen).  I currently have the world’s smallest kitchen (seriously, I put the chopping board down on the worktop, and I loose my worktop altogether) and whilst I’ve thought about it, my knickers would soon become twisted with frustration again trying to cook AND get some awesome photo’s in zero space.

So, in the mean time, with my focus on starting to love my arch enemy winter, it’s going to be all about finding some warming autumn recipes.

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September Beauty Favourites (and not so favourites!)

September, what a complete mixed bag of highs and lows in the beauty sphere!  I’ve finally gotten around to trying most of the Soap & Glory products I’ve been bought, as well as one that’s been tucked at the back of the beauty/toiletries/make up cupboard since I bought it (at least) six months ago.  Tut tut me.


Ojon Shine and Protect Shampoo & Conditioner – 6/10: After reading Lily’s review about the Dry Recovery version, I was super excited to try this.  And well, it was ok, I guess.  It smells kinda nice, cleans my hair nicely, but that’s all I’ve got.  It’s ‘nice’.  And for a top end priced shampoo and conditioner, I want to climb Kilimanjaro, shinning locks swishing, yelling “well look at me and my bouncing, shining, luscious brunette waves – I bet you wish you had this shampoo and conditioner set! ha”  But I don’t, I just say it’s pretty nice.  It does what I expect of pretty much any high street shampoo.  I’ll happily use it up, but my hard earned £££ will be entering someone else’s hands next time.

Grab it!

Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter9/10:  This was originally going to hit my ‘Ditch it’ category.  I don’t choose ‘favourite’ body bits when I’m moisturising, when I moisturise, it goes top neck to toe, and everywhere in between.  And with this product, a lot goes a little way!  It kinda sunk in a bit too quick for me, and it has the usual Soap & Glory smell, which was just a bit strong for an all over dousing and got up my nose for the rest of the night.  If you’re a huge fan of the smell I’m sure you’ll love it, but I’m a creature with a delicate nose, and my delicate nose wasn’t feeling it!  However, it redeemed itself in two ways.  Firstly, my skin did actually feel lovely and smooth the next morning.  Secondly, whilst it just got a bit annoying applying it all over when it sunk in so quick, as a hand cream I LOVE this!  It’s been demoted from an all over body butter for me, and is being well and truly kept as a hand cream on my desk, and I’ll probably buy another for the bedside table!  None of that horrid greasy hand cream business here, 60 seconds and it’s sunk straight in and I can fiddle around with my hair again to my heart’s content without filling it full of cream that has no right to be there.  It’s a keeper.

The Aromatherapy Co’s Peppermint, Tea Tree and Lavender Foot Balm10/10:  In advance, I’m sorry.  But I’m also gutted too, and I’ll be using this sparingly.  THIS I bought in TK Maxx around 6 months ago, and has only just been tested!  THIS I come to find I love.  THIS can only damn well now be bought in New Zealand & Australia (and some select places in Asia).  So if you’re in that neck of the woods, oh so lucky!  (And you know, if you want to hook me up with some more…)  Put your hand up if you take super regular care of your feet too, and don’t leave them to get a bit dry/rough/unloved at times… I don’t see many hands.  This is like an easy little miracle in a tube, all whilst giving you that awesome tingly refreshing feeling as only tea tree and peppermint can.  Super thick, you spread the balm on and leave.  After a few minutes, my feet are miraculously soft, and feel like I’ve covered them in some sort of liquid talc.  You know how your face feels when you put a make up primer on, that super delicate, my face has never felt so soft kind of way?  Yeah, well that, on your feet!  My next trip to NZ, I’ll be testing the luggage weight limit stock piling on these!

Ditch it!

Soap & Glory’s The Scrub of your Life & Flake Away1/10:  Now, when I want to exfoliate, I want to exfoliate.  I haven’t found an exfoliator yet that you actually use in the shower to work, and this hasn’t either.  Nowhere near enough scrub to actually exfoliate your skin.  Yes, both did leave my skin feeling smoother, however that wasn’t down to the ‘scrub’, it was down to the slight residue it leaves on your skin.  I’d be fine with that, if I didn’t actually want to exfoliate and give my skin a good kick up the derrière into life again.  If you want some gritty bits swishing around your skin, give it a go, if you want to exfoliate, put your money somewhere else.

CK One Shock for her5/10:  It actually pains me to do this.  I love LOVE LOVE this smell.  For daytime, I’m all about the sweet girlyness, to which this is bursting.  AND I like the simple, chic, modern bottle (I think I have a theme running).  So where’s it all going wrong??  It’s got zero staying power.  When I spray it, I adore it, and so does anyone else who’s wafting passed me at the precise second I spray.  But after that second has passed, that’s it!  No more lovely, sweet, girly smell!  Sniff myself as hard as I might, I can’t smell it!  And I’ve never received a single compliment whilst wearing it (even when getting a big squidge from BF – and he’s not afraid of a compliment in the good smell department).  Woe is me and my CK One Shock.  If this came in an eau de parfum I’d give it another chance, but if I buy a damn good smell, I want to smell damn good.

Have you tried any of these?  What did you think?

September’s most AWESOME blogs…

September’s been all about finding myself some sort of routine again.  I’ve been all out of sorts of late, and I’ve felt it physically and mentally.  So the gym schedule has been penned in my diary, no more snaking on the go and making REAL food again, taking down time of absolute nothingness, and remembering to do ONE THING AT A TIME!  Yeah I can multitask, name a woman who can’t, but juggling 38 balls all at once gets somewhat a little stressful.  I see you nodding in agreement.

So, it’s time to start holiday saving, making some of the recipes I’ve been pinning like a crazed pinning machine, and updating and warming up that wardrobe of mine.

  1. I REALLY want to start making some video diaries.  I love watching other people’s, I must get over my fear on learning how to edit them.
  2. Sophie Dahl is just beautiful…
  3. I need to find out if this granola is as killer as it states, after making my first batch, I can confirm it certainly is!
  4. I absolutely adore the little love stories on this blog.
  5. Leather, studs and lace, what’s not to love?!
  6. I never thought I’d say it, but I want a black panther tshirt.
  7. Love black and white, love simplicity, love beautiful handwriting.
  8. Must. Be. More. Brave. With. My. Lip. Colour.
  9. This totally inspired me to get more crafty.
  10. I soooooooooooo hope these brownies taste as jaw dropping good as they look!!
  11. As if I didn’t already want a holiday badly enough… So, so jealous.

How’s your September treated you?

Sneak Peak : Oversized ASOS studded clutch

Oversized studded clutch/ASOS

Getting all winter ready, I decided I needed to order my first snood.  Which I’m now totally in love with, and am now of the complete bewilderment why I’ve only ever entertained the idea of scarves before, all that flapping around material – not any more!  But anyway, I digress.  Whilst navigating my way around ASOS, it’s difficult impossible not to get a little way too sidetracked, which I MIGHT just have done, again.

I’m both feet, hook line and sinker into the studded trend right now, and I’m a sucker for an awesome clutch anyway, so I had no hope when my eyes laid my eyes across this.  AND it’s currently in the sale.  AND it’s going to unknowingly teach me the hard lesson of not carrying my entire life in my handbag.  (I’m not the only one who does that, right??)

Where’s the nearest oversized tee anonymous?

I’ve got an addiction.  It crept up on me.  I wasn’t planning it, no one told me.  It just sprung itself on me, and I unknowingly embraced it.  I walk through a shop, just browsing away, as you do, then BAM!  It hits the corner of my eye, my neck turns sharply with ninja like  reflexes.  THAT oversized tee has caught my eye, must. walk. over. and. have. it. now.  I know, it’s a strange one huh?  But I can’t help it, it’s not my fault, they’re just so comfy and easy to wear.

I’d link you up to the H&M site, but they frustratingly never seem to have on line what I see in store (and vice versa).  It seems to be H&M month this month, and H&M metallic month at that.

So with skinny jeans on, and one super oversized metallic gold tee, it can only mean one thing, cocktails-o’clock with a good girly catch up.

Silver linen, meet neon…

Silver linen blazer/H&M – Neon vest/H&M – Grey skinny jeans/H&M

Whoops.  I can’t even remember what I was aiming to buy when I popped into H&M, but it wasn’t any of these.  I just kind of walked from one end of the store to the other, and these just gravitated towards me, flinging themselves over my arms.  It happens.  Really.

REN : Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel : Beauty Review

I’m in LA.  I’m standing in a glass front beach house with THE most divine view of the ocean.  It’s a crisp summer’s day, the sun is shinning, but there’s a refreshing bite to the air from the sea breeze.  I’m stood in the oversized white bathroom, preparing myself for the glorious day  ahead.  I splash my face with water, instantly waking any sleepy vibes, with delicacy.  A freshly laundered white cotton towel dabs my face and unveils wakened skin…

…Ok, I’m not in LA, I’m not in an oversized bathroom overlooking the sea, with the smell of a beautiful spring day, but I feel like I am.  When my eyes are closed, the water splashing my face removing this cleanser, I’m there, right there.  This is one of the most refreshing, delicate, spring smelling, refreshing cleansers I’ve used.  Strange, considering I’m not a fan of rose smelling products (I don’t need to smell like someone’s nan), but this is different.  You can tell it’s rose, but in a much fresher, modern way.  And you know if you use a product for sensitive skin, and it has that super light, super delicate refreshing smell?  Well this has that.

It’s a beautiful cleanser to wake up to in the mornings (even when you’re just daydreaming you’re in LA), firm 9.5/10 from me.

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel – £17