DATE NIGHT ESSENTIALS.

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P R E T T Y   I N   P U R P L E

As someone who's now become very much deep-rooted (and happily so) into a very barely-there makeup routine, date night is the perfect excuse to spend a little more time on my appearance. Part of the reason for this post is that I just wanted an opportunity to talk about some gorgeous new date-night-appropriate items I've picked up lately, so I hope you enjoy ;)

KOREAN SKINCARE // SPF 50 IN A FACIAL OIL???

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A N O T H E R   K B E A U T Y   I N N O V A T I O N

I've been wanting to talk about this product for several weeks now. Because combining my love for sunscreen and facial oils into one product sounds so up mio strasse!



RETINOL 101 //
A LAYMEN'S GUIDE + MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS.

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W I N D   B A C K   T H E   Y E A R S

Those of us somewhat into skincare have all heard of 'retinols' I'm sure. But are we all sure of exactly what they are and how they work? It was only a year or two ago that they became something I thought I ought to be including in my routine, but really, with all the terminology and definitions being banded about, and information tending to be confusing, I'm not ashamed to admit I was pretty clueless myself! In an effort to 'get educated', I've since researched, read up, spoken to dermatologists and experts, and most importantly have tried a large handful of retinol products myself, in my search for youthful skin.

So today, I'm sharing my Layman's-term guide to retinols, including some of my favourite products. There's really so much to say on the topic, but I've tried to round up what I think I would like to know, so I hope you enjoy!




WHERE TO EAT IN CROATIA // 5 MUST-VISIT RESTAURANTS.

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Where shall we eat today?

Wherever we travel, food is among the very first of my thoughts. I just can't help myself. Croatia, like most places in my eyes to be fair, is very much hit or miss when it comes to food. There's amazing seafood to be had, and beautiful, home-style Mediterranean fare, albeit very much mixed in with lacklustre taverns and eateries catering to the mass of tourists that descend come summertime.

Plenty of the former though, which is wonderful news for any fellow foodie! So if you're planning a visit, let me share some of my favourite spots with you :)

PEA, FENNEL + LEMON SALAD.

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S I M P L E   +   F R E S H

"Had salad for dinner! Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered in tomato. And cheese. Ok, so I had a pizza."

I must say that when it comes to salads, I generally end up defeating the point of trying to eat more healthily by loading on carbs and dousing it in dressing - so much so that it's really more of an ordinary meal with a few pieces of lettuce..

I've never really seen the appeal of a load of raw veg and little else - that, a meal does not make for me. And I'm not even saying that today's recipe would suffice as a standalone dinner for me, because frankly, it's unlikely. It is, however, a bowl that I would eat on it's own, perhaps for lunch, as the star of the occasion rather than being outed as the side dish (although this would undoubtedly make a fabulous accompaniment for some fish or chicken).

Even though simple, it's far from boring.

LAVENDER + BRODERIE.

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F I E L D S   O F   L I L A C

It's another outfit post today!

How do we feel about these btw? I sometimes think I'm just so outside the cookie-cutter 'fashion blogger' stereotype, and that my wardrobe is full of the same items (17x bretons and jeans haha!) that no one will want to see what I'm wearing!

We're house-sitting at the mo. For a work colleague, in fact no, he's the MD, out in the deepest depths of Oxfordshire (and may I say that it's beautiful here). And it's rained incessantly for the past 10 or so days. I'm currently sat, laptop aptly in lap, looking wistfully out of the window, wondering are we really in August? Where is my late, Indian summer? Fortunately, it was much brighter and warmer a couple of weeks ago, when I was able to give this gorgeous Broderie skirt it's first outing.

CROATIA // 21 THINGS THE GUIDES DON'T TELL YOU.

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T H E   F I N E R   D E T A I L S

F and I did, what we thought was, a fair amount of research for our Croatian travels. I, of course, scoured through travel and lifestyle blogs (often with a cup of herbal tea and plenty of biscuits on hand), he, the Guardian travel guides and Reddit etc, and we even picked up a Lonely Planet guide. But alas, there were still plenty of little details that I really wish we'd known in advance! Some, pretty significant, others very much tongue-in-cheek, but all the kind of information that none of the articles we read mentioned! So if you're planning a trip anytime soon, then I hope you find this alternative guide somewhat helpful!

(And I thought I'd throw some snaps from our day trip to Plitvice National Park in for this post, so if nothing else, enjoy the colour of the water!)

THE END OF JULY EDIT.

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T H E   R O U N D U P

July has been a month of travel, growing and rose gold nails for me.

I've already mentioned in this month's 10 Things how wonderful our trip to Croatia was, and that's obviously taken up a large chunk of this month's posts! Back in dreary England (and hasn't it been dreary? It's rained just about everyday for the last 10 days and we're still in July..), we're house-sitting at the moment, which is terribly exciting, essentially taking over someone else's house for a fortnight. They have a little cat too, who's a little sweetheart with a naughty streak - she's already managed to get into a pack of tortilla wraps and nibble her way around a bunch. Undeterred by rain, I've been personally enjoying how lush and bountiful the land seems at the mo - we've had carrots and beets and peas from the garden, and the flowers are a gorgeous view each morning.

Anyway, in case you missed them, here are July's posts:


L I F E S T Y L E   +   S T Y L E


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10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #4.

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S I M P L E   J O Y S

I love writing these posts, and incidentally reading ones like them on other blogs. We've done quite a bit to be happy about this month - big adventures (hint, Croatia) as well as tiny moments. Here are 10 things that've made me happy recently, and I'd love to hear yours!

SUMMER ESSENTIALS.

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T O P   T O   T O E   F A V O U R I T E S

It's become somewhat of a tradition here on BTB to do a big, collective roundup of favourites when summer rolls around - and of course a chance for me to indulge in a little flatlay-ing. I've got a bunch of what I consider to be summer essentials to satiate your beauty and lifestyle cravings today so I hope you enjoy!




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