3 MORE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR WINTER.

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Winter always brings the perpetual problems of shorter daylight hours and less sun to utilise, which can make blogging photography a tad tricky.

Last year's tips for brighter Winter photography was so popular and received such lovely feedback, that I wanted to supplement it today with just a few more tips, including an update on my photography style, and a handy little gadget that's entered my life! Hope you enjoy :)

7 WAYS TO UNWIND THIS WINTER.

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As the year comes to a close, it's not at all uncommon to feel the 'afterburn' of whatever else onerous, tedious or trying you've had going on in your life. And what with the lack of sunshine to brighten your frame of mind, your winter mood can quickly snowball (ho hum ;) from almost jovial, to having a severe case of the winter blues.

If, like me, you feel like your mood suffers with the failing light, then I hope my seven ways to unwind help you feel a little more like yourself this winter :)

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017.

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Hello December!

To mark the first of the festive month, I'm here today with my*bumper* Christmas Gift Guide 2017!

Last year's post took me such a long time, but I had the most lovely comments and feedback on it - so thank you! This year's has taken me even longer, but I wanted to try and get a great mix of less-common picks, some luxury, a lot affordable, for him, for her, for the foodie, for the slow-liver, for yourself? ;)

(I tried to include a mixture of price points in each category, but, as with last year, I've added a Stocking Fillers section towards the end for some smaller items :)

I really hope you find an idea that you've been hunting for!

LUXURY BEAUTY WORTHY OF YOUR CASH.

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It's been over a year since I last indulged in enabling some pricey purchases ;)

But in all seriousness, it can be utterly frustrating to feel as if you're wasting your hard-earned dollar on a high-ticket item that just doesn't deliver, so I'm here to help you with those struggles today, by sharing a handful products that I wholeheartedly believe are worth every penny.

(I still stand by my original list of worthy splurges btw, in case you're feeling extra flush!)

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #8
+ BLACK FRIDAY SALES 2017.

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one. // Bath. I recently took a trip to possibly my very favourite city in the country for some R&R. We had a lot of 'no-camera' time which was profoundly refreshing, but, I managed to sneak it out with me for a little while of lifestyle and OOTD shots ;)

two. // How spectacular beech trees are looking right now. Everyday their leaves become more rich and umber in colour. I love that as Autumn comes to an end, and other trees have been through their tonal metamorphosis, the beech give us a florid finale late into November.

three. // Getting into our evening routine of turning on the lamps, lighting candles and snuggling down to watch Masterchef: The Pros.

four. // Gill Meller's 'Gather' - such a gorgeous book.

five. // Hot chocolate and gluwein season. I had my first hot choc of this year the other day using F's 100% Ghanaian or Ecuadorian chocolate, which is completely unpalatable to eat, but delicious in my gingerbread hot chocolate.

six. // PR. I have had some really lovely PR parcels and conversations this month, so I'd like to just take a moment to say thank you to all of the lovely companies and contacts I've had interactions with, and for the wonderful items you've been kind enough to let me try!

seven. // Really impressive new beauty. Whether it's new to the market, or just new to you, does anyone just love finding new skincare and makeup that just really impresses beyond expectation? Rhetorical question I'm sure ;) The Blossom Jeju line that I'm now using everyday, the La Mer foundation that has just wowed me, and the Leighton Denny nails that are the cornerstone to my berry-toned, Autumn makeup. When you get to try and compare so much, standouts like these are all the merrier :)

eight. // Ginger tea. Fresh ginger always, dash of honey, biggest mug you can find - can't get enough of the stuff.

nine. // Bloggers. A new Insta account I'm following: @rachelaurynblog - such gorgeous, lifestyle and slow-living snaps.

ten. // Cyber Week shopping! I'm really making an effort not to go wild, but there are, nevertheless, a few deals that I just won't be able to deny myself.. In case you were in need of enabling, here are a handful that speak to me ;)





20% off 'almost everything'
Code: AS313

A N T H R O P O L O G I E   U K

20% off everything
Code: ITSYOURS


B O O H O O   U K

30% off everything
Code: GOGOGO



Up to 70% off sale items



Up to 75% off sale
Up to 30% non-sale
Code: MORE17



At least 20% off Black Friday items
25% 'Shades of Black'



Up to 50% off Black Friday items

H O B B S

20% off everything
Code: OHMYDOG20




30% + free delivery
Code: N6D5


N E T   A   P O R T E R

Up to 50% off sale





Up to 40% off designer clearance



Up to 40% off designer clearance



Up to 50% off some items


C U L T   B E A U T Y

15% off over £20
Code: 15BLACK

20% off over £200
Code: 20BLACK



Special, one-day deals

B E A U T Y B A Y

30% off everything


If any other deals catch my eye, I'll update here! In the meantime, let me know what has been making you happy lately? Have a wonderful week ahead!



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8 KOREAN SKINCARE ITEMS I ABSOLUTELY ADORE RIGHT NOW.

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The perks, and simultaneously problems, with writing a blog, is that on a permanent basis, there's too much to try.

And Korean skincare is a case in point.

I've always had a love for the stuff (with my heritage, how could I not?), but it can very easily make it's way towards the back of the cabinet when other, new and shiny beauty items come along.

But in a way that's nice. It's like a little resurgence every time you re-find old favourites, or a new product truly impresses.

And the latter is exactly what I'm sharing with you today. If you follow my Instagram, then you're already a bit ahead of the game as I've given some of these delights a mention over there - so, without further waffling, let me welcome you to tuck into a little tasting menu of my current, very favourite, Korean skincare goodies.

FALL IN FIFTEEN // AUTUMNAL BERRY MAKEUP.

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A   ' B E R R Y '   A U T U M N A L   L O O K

I've always found berry tones a little difficult.

And whilst my recent Autumn Beauty Favourites contained a fair few peachy-pink tones (arguably inspired by the fact I'd recently picked up TF's Zoe lipstick and couldn't put it down), I've finally found a matching berry nail-lip combo that is spurring some autumnal, and dare I say festive, spirit within me!

I'm frequently asked about the skin and eye products I use too, so today, I'm sharing my quick and easy, 15 minute, autumnal berry makeup, using some of my current favourites - hope you enjoy!

A WEEKEND IN BATH.

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A   L E A F Y   J A U N T   W E S T

With it's honey-coloured Georgian architecture and speckling of independents, Bath is one of my favourite places, in fact quite possibly my all time favourite place, in our fair land.

F and I recently took a trip, for a couple of days of rest and recuperation.

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO BETTER YOUR MOOD.

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P R A C T I S E   H A P P Y

Sometimes, life's everyday struggles can leave you feeling low, lacklustre, and frankly, depressed - I know it can me - and the emotional effects can be ever so hardgoing on your wellbeing.

I've been trying to make a better effort to consciously embrace activities that improve my mood, rather than hoping I'll just feel better with time, and I'd love to share some ideas with you today - hope you enjoy!

CURRENT LUXURY HAIRCARE FAVOURITES.

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S I L K Y   H A I R   D R E A M S

My hair's been through a lot over the last couple of years.

Due to my (ongoing..) dealings with Telogen Effluvium, I had around 18 months of 'heat free', and shunned the use of just about every hair product in my bathroom cabinet, in the hope that my hair would become more stable.

Now, I'm introducing the occasional hair tool, and I cherry pick the products in my routine. I've been enjoying trying more luxury haircare to give me the three cornerstones of all of my hair wishes; condition, volume and shine, so let me share some of my current favourites with you!

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