FEELING STUCK + 5 TIPS TO ESCAPE A LIFE RUT.

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Feeling stuck or trapped can be one of the worst in the world.

Whether it's feeling like you're knee-deep in a routine that you don't know how to change, wondering if your hard work will ever pay off, or that your destiny is inescapable - that things are out of your control, it's hard to know how to break the cycle and get yourself onto a newer, better path.

I've definitely been feeling like this, especially lately, so today I'm sharing five tips to help us escape the life rut.

HEALTHY SKIN WITH CAUDALIE VINE ACTIV.

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Since dramatically whittling my collection, it takes even more than usual for skincare to impress me enough to 'make it onto the team'.

WEEKEND IN NUMBERS.

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3 // attempts Jasper took at squeezing past me to get into the car footwell. Just to sit in it.

10 // beautifully scented roses, that after a solid week are still looking luscious.

8 // harvests of berries from the garden! The strawberry and raspberry plants have gone rampant and taken over this year and I can't say I'm not pleased.

3700 // the number of followers on Instagram I just seem perpetually stuck at these days weeks :| They're driving me a little loopy with their shadowbanning etc, that I'm giving up caring. Temporarily at least ;)

12+ // minutes deciding which Anthropologie earrings to purchase. That shop is a minefield for my bank balance.

5 // calls between F and I this morning because he's in Cardiff and we're soppy old souls like that.

6:50 // the time our flight leaves for Croatia. I know I'll be dreading waking up at the crack of dawn that morning!

38 // the number of tabs I currently have open, predominantly blog posts on Croatia, subsidiary collection of ASOS and Hobbs..

8249 // current count on my Camera Roll, which I think ought to spark an iPhone clearout.

3 // pairs of 'necessary' summer footwear sent to F via iPhone for purchasing consideration.

66 // percentage of said footwear he liked enough to consent to purchasing. One of the pairs bore embroidered fruit which he said was a 'no no' ha.

100 // percentage of aforementioned footwear purchased regardless ;)


How did your weekend go? I hope it was a lovely one!




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8 FAVOURITES FOR GLOWING SUMMER SKIN.

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Summer beauty is all about the skin. I love pared back makeup when the weather warms up, in fact no makeup at all, bar perhaps a tinted moisturiser and a generous application of lip balm. There are all manner of ways to achieve glowing summer skin, and today I'm sharing eight of my favourites.




7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR INSTAGRAM AESTHETIC + HOW I CURATE AND EDIT MY FEED.

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I'm asked many a time about my Instagram.

How do I go about curating my feed, what's my process, and how do I edit my photos? In all honesty, my approach is pared back and simple, and I stick to the same few filters and editing tools that I've used for the past year or so. Having a cohesive and attractive feed is possibly the biggest thing that draws me to a new Instagram account so today I'm sharing seven of my favourite tips for a strong Instagram aesthetic.

12 TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS TO PACK THIS SUMMER.

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Even with the recent showers in the UK, I'm in a summery mood lately - as you can probably tell from the spate of sun-loving posts lately. I actually quite enjoy the rain when it's warm and you can smell the earth and grass. I recently spoke about my summer wardrobe essentials, what skincare minis to take on holiday with you, and a bumper SPF edit, so today I thought I'd add to the growing collection with my travel beauty and makeup essentials.




9 MUST-HAVE SUMMER WARDROBE ESSENTIALS.

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I'm feeling really inspired about holiday clothing at the moment. And I've found that, whilst mentally packing, I very easily gravitate towards certain styles and colours, or items that I consider my must-have, travel essentials, so I thought I'd share them with you today, hope you enjoy!

THE SPF EDIT // 15 SUNSCREENS FOR
EVERY SKIN TYPE + BUDGET.

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Ask any beauty expert for their one tip that all women can adhere to to improve their skin, and 9 times out of 10 you'll hear SPF. Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in my routine year round, but especially in summer. Gone are the days where we had to put up with heavy, sticky creams that turned our faces white, so today I'm sharing the SPF innovations that are available these days, including a more expensive, and more affordable option - so there's no excuse not to be protected!

THE END OF MAY EDIT.

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It's truly bonkers in my mind that this is my third monthly edit! May has really whizzed by, and I find myself almost half way into the year already.


5 TRAVEL SKINCARE KITS TO PACK THIS SUMMER.

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P I N T   S I Z E D   S K I N C A R E

I wish I could take my whole beauty cabinet away with me sometimes. I succumb to overpacking, and that includes beauty products. This is where teeny curated kits of pint-sized offerings come in incredibly handy -skincare minis are invaluable when you're off on your travel. I'm currently planning what to take with me for our trip next month so thought I would share 5 of my favourite travel skincare kits with you today. Hope you enjoy!

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #3

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I can't believe we're almost done with May! I've spent an unwelcome proportion of it feeling unwell, especially with headaches, which certainly hasn't been making me happy, but here are 10 things that have :)

BEETROOT + GOAT'S CHEESE TART.

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R U B Y   B E E T S ,   S E A S O N A L   E A T S

This recipe essentially came about because I wanted to show off the gorgeously dainty thyme flowers that have sprouted in our garden. I did toy with the idea of a lemon and thyme cake but many of my recent recipes have been sweet (not that I'm complaining obviously!) and I've been really coveting goats cheese, with it's lemony tang, especially with beetroot. Hope you enjoy!

LIFE LATELY, GUILDFORD CASTLE.

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S P R I N G T I M E   F O L L I E S

So this post is a little culmination of imperfections, which I'm in fact quite enjoying. So often are we faced with photograph after photograph portraying a happy, luxurious or otherwise perfect life and it's all too easy to treat these tiny, curated snippets as the whole story and feel inferior. So enjoy the cloudy weather, and the imperfect poses - although I'm sad I'm unable to share all of the tulips in their fine glory - Guildford Castle's perfectly manicured gardens are strewn with bed after bed of them were you to venture in March or April ;)




MY 'GOLDILOCKS' SKINCARE ROUTINE
+ HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN CAPSULE COLLECTION.

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N O T   T O O   M U C H ,   N O T   T O O   L I T T L E ,   J U S T   R I G H T

If you're unconfident when it comes to skincare, the prospect of trying to sift out the good from the bad, the wheat from the chaff, what you need and what you don't, can seem really overwhelming! Or of course if you've gone completely the other way and don't know what to cut from your extensive collection ;)

I've had several questions about my own skincare, creating a skincare collection and what I consider to be my must-have products, so today I thought I'd do a big bumper skincare post, and share my thoughts with you. I forewarn you, this is a lengthy lazy Sunday read so grab a bacon sandwich and I'll meet you back here in 10 - hope you enjoy!

A DATE WITH DISNEY & MAC.

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M A K E U P   +   M U S I C A L S

Last weekend, I was invited to what turned out to be a really beautiful day in London, c/o Disney and MAC Cosmetics, and I'd just love to share it with you! (And for the beauty obsessed, hold on until the end to see what's in the goody bag we received ;)


3 DELICIOUS + HEALTHY AVOCADO TOAST IDEAS.

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A V O   A - G O - G O

I'm obsessing over avocado at the moment. I've been eating them everyday for breakfast or brunch. Today's post is simple - I'm sharing my three favourite topping combos for avocado (I'm using some homemade tomato bread because that's just what I've fancied lately, but rye, sourdough, crackers, oatcakes, whatever carrier, it's completely your call), so lets get stuck in and I hope you enjoy!

KNOWING YOUR SELF WORTH + 4 WAYS TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT.

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A   H A P P Y   H E A R T   +   A   H A P P Y   M I N D

Even the best of us are susceptible to moments of self-doubt, especially when it comes to our image.
There's a tendency to attribute self worth to how you look, and I'm especially guilty of this. So today I want to share my thoughts on showing yourself a little more self-love, and feeling more confident in yourself, regardless of appearance.

KOREAN SKINCARE DUPES
FOR HIGH END FAVOURITES #3

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I love finding dupes, who doesn't? And fortunately, there are plenty of them to be had among Korean skincare, so today I have another bunch to share with you. This feels like it's becoming a bit of a series here on BTB, and you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 respectively if you're hungry for more ;)

GOOD SKIN SMOOTHIE.

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D R I N K   P R E T T Y 

Good skin starts from the inside out, as I'm sure you'd love to hear yet again! Smoothies can get a bit of a bad rap for being high in sugar but they're still my favourite way to get my glowing-skin-quota - as often as I can be bothered to wash up the blender ;) I've got a magical, summer elixir for you today, packed with ingredients that will have your skin glowing and radiant in no time.

THE END OF APRIL EDIT.

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T H E   R O U N D U P

Goodness me are we doing this again already? Although I rather like having a little casual chat with you! April has flown by but if completely honest, I've no complaints. The last month has shown us a little hint of hot, sunny afternoons and I can't wait now for summer! F and I have quite a bit planned in the next couple of months so I'm really excited - and of course excited to share it all here with you.

Meanwhile, away from dreamyland, I've been really trying to put a focus on feeling better about myself this month - from changing my mindset to be a little more accepting of myself, to making healthier lifestyle choices, like those I mentioned in my Health Kick post. And can we just mention that I'm still on my spending ban, since the start of Feb? And it's getting to the stage of utter desperados because I've recently seen the new Chanel and YSL cushions and I'm just itching to buy them.. Let's see how long I can stave off the temptation - place your bets now!


And in case you missed any of them, here are the rest of the posts published on BTB in April:



LIFESTYLE + STYLE



BEAUTY



BLOGGING



RECIPES


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes



Let me know, how has your month been?? And what plans do you have for May!



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5 TIPS FOR A YOUTHFUL, FRESH LOOK, AND MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS TO ACHIEVE IT.

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Today's post is somewhat in response to events from the other day. To summarise, I was mistaken for a sixteen year old (several years my junior might I add!) whilst out bopping around in Guildford. Now I'm well aware that I don't, but it was nevertheless incredibly ego-boosting ;)

And my said 'admirer', was very keen to learn how I achieved my fresh, youthful look, which thinking about it, is something I'm quite mindful of for my everyday makeup. So, as per the title, I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite tips for looking young, and the products I use to achieve it, including a couple of dupes - I hope you enjoy!




10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #2

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S P R I N G T I M E ,   G R E E N E R Y   +   S L O W   L I V I N G

01. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. // I posted about the recipe for these pancakes earlier in the month and boy, they're so utterly delicious, they've been really brightening my mornings! It really feels like I'm sitting down to dessert - in the best possible way. 

02. Pink Makeup. // I've never been much of a blush and lip person, always favouring skin and eyes over anything else, but I've slowly been incorporating the former, specifically in bright, peppy, pink shades, into my daily makeup and I must say I'm falling a little in love. There have even been occasion where I've really slapped the blush on and completely owned it, which is so unlike me! I've been all over cream and gel formulas as they just have a way of melding perfectly into your skin, so I'll share a few of my current favourites below:



03. Having No Plans. // We've been lucky recently, in the UK, to have days with such beautiful weather so early on in Spring, and it's been an utter treat to bask outside with the sun warming my back, with no plans whatever. I must make more time to have no plans, because it's absolute divinity. We spent time at F's family home the other weekend (it's vast and bounded by wisteria and cherry trees and feels like a little countryside haven) and it was just so lovely - pulling up benches to rest our tootsies, with a fine selection of cheeses to snaffle when peckish, bliss!

04. Spring Flora. // Honestly it's the best mood-lifter to see tulips, azalea and wisteria in full bloom. And waves of clematis tumbling up the walls. So Instagrammable! (Although let's not dwell on that too much as we're in the midst of this idiotic shadowbanning nonsense.. Has anyone else noticed a decrease in engagement? I have no idea what's going on!) We've an azalea in the garden that's literally teeming with vibrant, magenta blossom and it's absolutely gorgeous.

05. Avocado. // I think it's fair to say that this series of posts is going to contain a lot of food! My latest obsession is avocado. I say latest, even though I've been fond of the fruit for quite some time, because lately, I've been eating half, or a whole avocado every day! Some nice, crumbly oatcakes, topped with sliced avo, some crumbled, lemon-y goats cheese, chilli and some toasted pumpkin seeds. So moreish, I could eat them by the platter-load!

06. Streamlining Life. // It's taken me long enough to realise that I ought to own fewer possessions.. Although it was really laid out for me when I moved house and had to haul all of my 'humble estate' with me. Especially my skincare. I didn't appreciate just how much I have and just how much I fail to use.. I'll be doing a post in May with some updated skincare talk if you want to keep that one in your diary!

07. Becoming A Horticultural Goddess ;). // I am pretty notorious for killing plants. I sadly haven't taken after my mother who seems to have the Midas touch with flora and fauna, whereas I'm rather hopeless. My peace lily didn't take the move too well, I don't think it appreciated being hauled around, and looked really worse for wear, but I've managed to nurse it back to health with the help of a spray bottle and some timely reminders, and it's an immensely small matter but I'm immensely pleased with myself :)

08. Seeing F After His Business Trip. // This is rather self explanatory :) It's the most lovely feeling to see your familiar face after you've been apart. 

09. Feeling More Energised. // I'm a terrible sleeper, and constantly tired, and recently, I've felt I ought to make a greater effort in changing that. I posted about my 5 Tips For Starting (and sticking to) A Health Kick, one of which was cleaning up my sleep routine. I've been implementing 5 little, self-made rules and I've really started to feel the benefits. I'm feeling more energised during the day and it feels so good.

10. Bloggers. // I haven't had the time to catch up with my favourite blogs this month, but I came across Audrey's blog this month and it's certainly hard not to get caught up in it. Completely on-trend, minimal, de-saturated imagery, it's a beautifully curated piece of the internet.


I'd love to know what's made you happy this month :)


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LOSING INSPIRATION
+ 7 WAYS TO RECLAIM YOUR BLOGGING MOJO.

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Do you ever feel like you're falling out of love with blogging?

7 KOREAN BRANDS
EVERY BEAUTY LOVER MUST TRY.

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T H E   M U S T   H A V E S

I get quite a few emails and messages regarding my take on Korean skincare, what products I'm loving, which I'd recommend, and where to start if you're new to kbeauty. One question in particular that I'm frequently asked, is what brands I really covet, so I wanted to address that with you today. Hope you enjoy!


5 TIPS FOR STARTING (AND STICKING TO) A HEALTH KICK.

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L I F E S T Y L E   C H A N G E S

I, like the most of us, had all but the best intentions for the start of 2017, regarding improving my health. But come all of life's trials, a busy lifestyle and the neccessity to prioritise other, more time-dependent things, my efforts have fallen a little by the wayside.. is this all sounding familiar to you?!

It's now April and my energy levels are constantly floating around 'meh'. I feel sluggish, tired, stressed and overweight, so I'm sharing with you today my tips for starting and sticking to a health kick. We're approaching the most fertile and abundant months for produce and the warmer weather is an instant mood lift, so there feels like no better a time. So keep reading for my thoughts and here's to feeling happier, more energised, and getting back that little bit of joie de vivre.

WEST GREEN HOUSE GARDENS
+ A QUICK WORD ON PERFECTIONISM.

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T H E   F I R S T   S I G N S   O F   S P R I N G

I had another post planned for today but I just have to share with you this gorgeous little garden F and I recently popped along to.

7 KOREAN TIPS FOR ANTI-AGING.

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S E E K I N G   E T E R N A L   Y O U T H

The Korean attitude towards youthfulness and anti-aging is much more 'prevention' than it is 'cure', advocating good skincare and lifestyle practises from a young age to ensure the appearance of younger looking skin for longer. I've learnt many a tip and trick over the years from my Korean family so today, I thought I'd share a few preventative measures with you, that you can start right now. I'm often asked about my favourite specific products so I'll try to include those too for you!



LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES,
WITH ROASTED RHUBARB + STRAWBERRIES.

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SEASONAL, SPRING EATS

I woke up the other morning for a distinct yearning for pancakes, or something I like to call 'the pancake pang'. I've been experimenting with these zesty ricotta pancakes for a while, with their sticky, sharp, rhubarb and strawberry topping, tweaking the recipe exactly to my liking, and I'm finally at the point to share it with you! Hope you enjoy!




ROSE + NUDE // MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL.

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ROSE + NUDES FOR SPRING

Since sharing what's in my Spring makeup bag, I've had a few questions about my 'everyday makeup' and achieving a springlike rosiness against the clock, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to address your questions and share the look that I seem to be forever sporting on my Instagram! The range of makeup I reach for everyday has become increasingly smaller and more specific, but yet I feel I've perfected each separate element to both look nice and take as little time as possible! 

It's a soft, muted look with smudgey charcoal-taupe eyes - just a hint of definition, and a nice flush of rosy pink everywhere else, so let's jump in with the how-to!



THE END OF MARCH EDIT + 10 THINGS.

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T H E   R O U N D U P

When I first started blogging, I always imagined that my little space of the internet would be my outlet, to document, to curate, to collect, to save my memories in a place where I'll always be able to find them. And I think over the years, just due to distraction really, I think I've lost that a little, and it's something I want to bring back. I'm sure you'll have heard me witter on about making changes to my blog etc, I think honestly, this slower-living approach I've adopted in the more recent months has really encouraged me to have a different aspect on life, and make more time for happiness and wellbeing, and I think that attitude is now filtering onto my blog.

So in short, I wanted to introduce a new series here on BTB, 10 Things, with a more casual feel, just a moment every month where we can have a sit and have a natter, to update you with what's going on, share articles I've read and loved, bloggers I'm loving lately, what's on my wishlist, the little moments, just anything that takes my fancy! (And stay tuned until the end for a roundup of all of March's posts - I wanted to post all this in March but had a bit of a hectic time of it!). So if you like the idea, do let me know, and of course if there's anything you'd like to see, I'm all ears :)

CHARLOTTE TILBURY FAVOURITES + TRYING ON THE DRY MASK.

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T H E   D R Y   S H E E T   P H E N O M E N O N

I still vividly remember skipping into Selfridges to swatch the Charlotte Tilbury range when it first launched a few years ago, and thinking 'Goodness me, this is makeup heaven!'. Since then, they're a brand I use, love and admire, and one I'd only dream of working with, which makes this post a really special one for me! I was recently sent several items to try, including their new dry sheet masks, which I'm dying to tell you about, so let's jump in.




SPRING SKINCARE.

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A L L   T H E   G L O W

I receive a lot of emails and questions about my skincare. About Korean skincare, about the products I'm currently using, new favourites, old favourites, all time favourites (!) so today I wanted to throw together a skincare post to try and address some of those questions and just have a bit of a skincare chat with you (and a lengthy one at that!) - I hope you enjoy!




THE BEST OF BRETON.

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S T R I P E S   F O R   D A Y S

I thought my first style post just had to be about one of the items of clothing that is practically uniform for me - and that's a long-sleeved Breton.




BLUEBERRY MUFFINCAKES.

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A   L I G H T ,   F R U I T Y   M O R S E L

I mentioned on my Instagram a little while back that my current status was nose-pressed against the oven door, waiting for my famous blueberry muffincakes to bake. And a few of you suggested I share the recipe - which I'm certainly happy to do because these little morsels are utterly delicious. They're really quick to whip up too so hope you enjoy!

WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG | SPRING 2017 EDIT.

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R O S E   +   N U D E S   F O R   S P R I N G

I do love seeing what products have made it into people's makeup bags. I feel like it's the true test as to whether an item has made the cut or falls short. Today I'm sharing what's in my current rotation, including a few products that I managed to sneakily pick up just before my self imposed beauty spending ban! Naughty. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!
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