GENTLE SKINCARE + WHY I'M PRIORITISING IT.

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G E N T L E ,   N U R T U R I N G ,   R E S T O R A T I V E

I've been out in the glorious sunshine today (a rare few rays amidst the rain and cloud we've had lately in Surrey), and even though I tried to slather my face in sunscreen, the tops of my cheeks are feeling just a little bit warm.. It's pretty apt, therefore, that this post should go up today, as I wanted to sit down and have a big 'skin chat' with you, specifically on my ethos of skincare that's gentle on the skin, and how 'sensitive skincare' shouldn't just be reserved for the reactive, or the particularly troublesome.

I've had several requests to share my current routine and product rotations too, so I've tried to be indepth and share with you some products that I'm using and loving right now. Hope you enjoy!

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #6

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G O O D B Y E   S U M M E R

I have procrastinated all day today (the day before this goes up). I ran a few errands and made lunch and the like, but the goal was to get an upcoming post done and edited, and it just became one of those days where things don't happen. The kind where writers block kicks in, your mind is elsewhere and all the distractions want your attention at once - please tell me I am not alone in this?!

I did however, manage to put together the finishing touches for today's 10 Things post so I hope you enjoy today's edition of positivity. As always, do let me know what's been making you happy recently as I love to share in this good-mood inducement :)

FIG + HONEYCOMB PORRIDGE //
AUTUMNAL BREAKFASTS.

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S T I C K Y   F I G S   +   R U N N Y   H O N E Y

We ventured out for a sushi dinner yesterday and it was the first time this year I wished my khaki coverup was more of a snuggly, sheepskin parka - it was really nippy!

Part of me is by no means disappointed though. Despite it's pitfalls, like the inevitability of me picking up some kind of bug, and the fact that I look forward to each new season as the last comes to an end, Autumn is my favourite. I find that my tastes in food really start to change too, away from fresh salads, and towards comforting and restorative - in fact, salads and raw veg become the last thing I want ;)

Today's non-recipe is something I've been craving most mornings - it's just the very perfect combination of toppings to adorn an otherwise, plain and ordinary bowl of oats.

P.S if you'd like to take a preliminary guess at how many times I say 'sticky' in this post. I'll tell you at the end ;)

TIME-SAVING BEAUTY TIPS.

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S H A V E   O F F   T H E   H O U R S

I think it's apt that I'm currently sitting here, writing this, on the floor, surrounded by shelf upon shelf, drawer upon drawer of beauty products and gizmos..

I was having a think about the unnecessary length of our beauty routines, and ways in which I could shave off some time, to put towards some arguably more meaningful or productive activities. I'm sharing a few ideas today, so I hope you enjoy!

WEEKEND IN NUMBERS #2.

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H O A R D I N G   >   C L E A R O U T S   +   G E E K I N G   O U T

12 // consecutive days of Vegetarianism... before I gave into fennel cured meats for our homemade pizza.. I'm a total failure aren't I ;) but just too tasty to pass up on!

9 // toners donated or thrown out in an effort to consolidate my oversized skincare collection.

11 // toners nonetheless remain..

4 // wellbeing publications bought in the last week - my new favourite thing!

2 // the mere number of eclairs left at Maitre Choux when I popped in last thing the other day. (Yes I had both).

9420 // current Camera Roll count. The 'clearout' from my last Weekend In Numbers post clearly didn't go so well..

10+ // minutes of constant, unbridled laughter over a silly voice F and I did - oh to be childlike.

2.5+ // hours listening to John Mayer on repeat - what a talented man.

7 // the level of geekiness, out of 10, appropriated by watching X-com 2 expansion streams with F.

8 // the level of surprise, out of 10, to find myself enjoying it so much.

9.5 - 9.75 // the level of F's surprise out of 10, that I enjoy it so much!

17 // striped Breton tops now in my wardrobe after my little Joules haul the other day - I'm a woman out of control!


How has your week been so far? I hope it's been a good one!



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5 WAYS TO FEEL RE-INSPIRED + RE-ENERGISED THIS SEPTEMBER.

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N E W   Y E A R   S E P T E M B E R ,   N E W   S T A R T

Is there such thing as the 9 month slump? September always feels like a bit of a crossroads for me - or more, a natural divide in the year. All the good intentions from the start of the New Year have all but ebbed away now, but something about the change of seasons and 'Back To School' time, makes September an opportunity to pick things back up, or change direction.

I did a similar post last year that seemed to go down well (you can check it out here), so I'm back today with five more tips to rebooting your September, and how to feel more energised and inspired by embracing change. Hope you enjoy!

HORTICULTURE FOR WELLNESS
+ 3 REASONS WHY GARDENING HAS
BETTERED MY MOOD.

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G R E E N E R Y   +   C A L M

Being the cynic I am, I never imagined that gardening could have such a positive effect on my wellbeing - despite there being countless articles on the topic.. It's now one of my favourite hobbies I've taken up in recent memory, and it's something I'm quickly becoming quite passionate about!

I've taken quite a holistic approach with my own personal struggles, and gardening, cultivating, tending and growing has become a little space of solace for me - and it can be for you too! There are plenty of studies to show the positive impact it has on depression, stress and anxiety - sadly ailments that too many of us suffer from these days, but it's hope-inducing to know that something so seemingly simple can give so much comfort and alleviate symptoms.

Today, I'm sharing a little of my personal experience, as well as 5 tips to help you cultivate wellbeing. I hope you enjoy!

TICKLED PINK // BLUSH FAVOURITES.

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Y O U ' R E   M A K I N G   M E   B L U S H

You wouldn't think it to look at my collection now but I never used to wear blush. At all. Nor any cheek product for that matter. However I feel that now I've started, my face looks different without it, and I finally understand what people mean when they say they feel their skin is sallow or lacklustre pre a little livening up with blush. I've amassed a small collection of favourites now (we're going to omit palettes today too), so if you care to take a delve ;)

LEMON, THYME + COURGETTE CAKE.

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A U T U M N A L   A B U N D A N C E

We've had so much from the garden this year, which is, by the way, fast becoming my favourite hobby, and if you've ever grown courgettes, then you know of the inevitable glutton of produce towards the end of the season.

I've never made a cake including courgette before, although eaten several and always thought they tasted lovely. After fritters, Korean breakfasts, and throwing a bit of courgette in whatever I've been cooking lately, I thought it was about time I tested out this courgette-cake-trend for myself.

When it comes to an experimental cake recipe, I always find lemon to be the perfect partner. Lemon and lavender, lemon and coconut, I've even enjoyed lemon, pear, fennel and ginger. This cake isn't quite that unique, but it's really delicious, has a lovely, moist crumb, and most importantly, uses up my spare courgettes! With it's adornment of creamy, mascarpone buttercream, a syrupy soaking and bittersweet candied lemons, this one is the perfect daytime nibble of the season.

CURRENT BEAUTY FAVOURITES FOR FRESH SKIN.

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N E W   I N   B E A U T Y

If you're a fellow blogger, do let me know - do you ever have days where writing a blog post is like trying to get blood from a stone? I feel like the words are just not making themselves apparent today, and my sentences are winding and repetitive. So essentially, please can we ignore my off-writing today?! Back on topic, I'm always interested to hear what people are loving lately, and why. I've got a handful of relatively new beauty favourites, so let me share them with you :)

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