10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #2

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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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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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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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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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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!

MOTHERING SUNDAY, THE GIFT GUIDE.

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We're just over a week away!

TEA IN THE SURREY HILLS.

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If there's one thing I like, it's tea. Sit me in a comfy, high-backed armchair in front of a silver tower of petit fours and fresh pots of tea on hand and I'll happily while away the hours, whatever the weather. Which is incidentally, exactly what happened the other Tuesday.


BLOG PROPS & PHOTOGRAPHY STYLING TIPS.

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For part two of this series, and given the number of questions I receive about what I use, I'm dedicating this post to blog props. I've already a post from several months ago about prop ideas, which you might want to refer back to if you so wish, and for today's post I'm going to be sharing some 'propping' tips and tricks, more about the how and why I use items, and a little DIY so you can hopefully achieve the photos you so desire! This is a long one lovelies so grab a snack and a blanket and I hope you find it helpful!

10 WAYS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE.

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I thought that as we've now hit March, it would be an apt time for this post. As cliche as it definitely sounds, I do always think of Spring as an opportunity for new beginnings, I mean, it's hard not to when you take a look around and see new life forming among every step. I also love to indulge in the tradition of the 'Spring Clean' - but it doesn't have to stop at giving your house a thorough dusting down, or treating your kitchen cupboards to a clearout. It can be immensely satisfying to adopt some spring cleaning to the rest of your life, so keep reading for another dip into wellbeing and happiness!

LAZY SUNDAY-ING, WINDSOR.

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I think this is about the first 'me out and about/outfit' style posts I've ever done on my blog? But documenting my everyday life to look back on is something I'd like to do more of so hopefully you enjoy!

These styles of posts are a bit alien to me if honest! I'm so much more comfortable behind the camera, clearly because I'm horrible at posing! And F is only taking his first baby steps into photography, the poor soul. I do find myself giggling internally in adoration to see him fumbling about with my camera, and saying he needs to take another shot because the last had the tree more in focus than me.. Anyway..

WHERE TO BUY KOREAN BEAUTY, SKINCARE AND COSMETICS V3.0

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Yup, it's time again to rehash the previous list. I'm asked all the time where I buy my Korean beauty products from, and it's been a good year and a half since V2.0! So today I'm sharing some of my favourites places and a little writeup on each - my thoughts and experiences, some hot products, pricing, what shipping's like to the UK and the like. Let's jump in!

SPRING FAVOURITES.

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I haven't done one of my massive, signature layouts for a considerable while now - in fact I think it was a good 6 or 7 months ago since my last seasonal favourites post, and now that we're finally heading into Spring, I thought it timely to pull together a big roundup of some of my current favourites. I hope you enjoy!

THE BARELY THERE BEAUTY QUESTIONNAIRE.

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There's something a little new today - I'm putting in a request for your help!

WHAT I LEARNT AFTER A YEAR OF TRYING TO STOP HAIR LOSS.

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Any longer term reader of my blog will know the daily hair struggle I've been dealing with for the last god only knows how long, ever since my diagnosis of Telogen Effluvium - or hair loss due to stress. I've been trying out every last method, trick, and aid, from the popular to the wive's tale in search of what really works and I think after an entire year of testing, it's finally apt for me to share with you all what I've learnt, what worked for me and what just didn't. So keep reading to hear more and I hope that if you're suffering too, that you might find this post helpful. 

MY BEDTIME BEAUTY RITUAL.

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In the spirit of wellness and whatnot for 2017, I've been turning the somewhat simple task of 'going to bed' into an elaborate routine with as much pampering and quiet luxuries as possible. It's all about the little things after all right? I've seen and read, and most importantly really enjoyed, a number of 'Bedside Beauty' posts from other bloggers so today I thought I'd share some of my favourite bedtime possessions, from what I sleep in, to my evening skincare rotation, to the beauty picks I enjoy most. I hope you enjoy!

15 WAYS TO BRING HAPPINESS INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

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Happiness and positivity doesn't always come naturally. Sometimes you have to work for it and it can be really challenging - I'm certainly guilty on occasion of curling up into a grumpy ball of ill-temper and wishing I was somewhere else (that place predominantly being sunnier than Berkshire currently is). I've been making an effort to embrace slow living in 2017 (you can have a look at my digital detoxing here for example if you fancy it!) because it's the small, simple pleasures that matter most day to day. I've got 15 ways to bring those small but special joys into your everyday life to share with you today, all of which bar the first, are free, so hope you enjoy!

8 FAVOURITES TO MAKE YOU GLOW.

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I had a spurt over winter of coveting a matte finish to my skin and started baking my face and all sorts (I don't know what came over me!), but as of now I'm a firm redevotee of the glow. I've got a handful of my favourite glow-givers to share today, and I wanted to include a variety of products, from facial oils to SPF's to makeup, that hopefully aren't too obvious (I've got nothing against you Becca/Bobbi/Ms Tilbury etc!), and each promising (and incidentally deliver on giving) exquisitely radiant skin.

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY FERMENTED SKINCARE & KBEAUTY WONDER-BRAND WHAMISA.

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First of all - Happy Valentine's gals and guys! Whether you're loved up (with significant other or significant furry friend), having a night in of pampering or ignoring the day altogether, have the most wonderful time. I'll probably be elbow deep in meringue and cream as you read this, making F my to-die-for cherry & mascarpone pavlova for a V-day sweet treat :). But onto today's post - if you haven't any prior experience with Whamisa, or fermented skincare, let me tell you from the get go that today's review is going to be something you'll be wanting to read.

MY PHOTOGRAPHY KIT & SETUP.

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It's undeniable that I'm a closet photography geek, and I'm often asked about the equipment I use to take my blog photos. I've done a couple of photography posts in the past, which you can find here and here should you so wish, and I'll be turning this into a series to address the many aspects blog photography covers, but today I'm talking gadgetry - from my setup, to my favourite camera accessories, to the little must-have accessories that makes taking my photos so very much easier.

CHERRY & MASCARPONE PAVLOVA.

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I always like to make a sweet treat for Valentine's Day. Meringue is definitely one of my weaknesses - and I finally feel like I've got the recipe down. I don't usually have problems with picking off little morsels of food whilst I'm shooting posts for my blog but when meringue or pavlova enters the fray, it's an entirely different story - especially when there happened to be a few too many cherries today, steeping patiently in their deliciously sticky juices.. Now look at me, I'm positively gurgling because of it all. Let's just jump into the recipe!

VALENTINE'S DAY.

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Valentine's day is a bit of a funny one - you either love it, or love to hate it.

THE BEAUTY SPENDING BAN
& 8 TIPS TO CURB YOUR SPENDING.

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Something I'm hoping to achieve in 2017 is buying fewer beauty products. I had a bit of a eureka moment last year when I moved house and had to find a new home for my collection, and I was pretty stunned at being confronted with not only how much I own, but what proportion of it inevitably gets forgotten about. So for 2017, I'm making a grave effort to spend less on beauty, and get my skincare and makeup collections down to a more manageable, minimalist size, so keep reading for my 8 top tips - and by all means join me in my spending-less programme!

5 MUST HAVE APPS FOR THE BUSY BLOGGER.

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I think one of the biggest surprises to me after a little while of blogging, was realising just how much time is involved. It's no longer just about writing posts and taking pictures, there's a whole other world of social media and planning, and anything to make things easier is more than welcome. In steps my iPhone - I wouldn't be without the thing! Whether to keep me ahead of my to-do lists, or stay in touch with my readers, today I'm sharing a bunch of apps that I use daily, and that I think no blogger should be without.

ON THE BAB, COVENT GARDEN.

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With all the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden's streets, you'd walk past this place without a second glance if you weren't looking for it.

6 TIPS FOR SILKY HAIR WITH ZERO HEAT.

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If you've been with me since the start of 2016, you'll know about the Hair Journey that I've departed on. It's now been over a year and, thanks to my specialised team of hair 'wonder products', my hair is smoother and shinier than ever. Grab yourself a snack and some slippers (it's a long one) and keep reading for my top tips and favourite products for smooth and shiny hair with zero heat.

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS.

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There are products I reach for on a daily basis, and these are the ones I'm probably most asked about - the tried and true, that have the perfect formula, finish and shade selection for everyday wear.

7 ANTI-AGING ELIXIRS YOU NEED TO TRY ASAP.

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I'm all for youth-preservation. And now that I'm in my twenties, I've been gearing my focus to skincare that's going to maintain my youth for as long as possible! Today I'm sharing some of my very favourite anti-aging products with you - everything from retinols to peptides, masks to cleansers, these are the products that form the cornerstones of my skincare routines - so read on for my picks!

7 WAYS TO BEAT YOUR WINTER WOES.

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Not everyone enjoys January. Whether you're feeling bloated from Christmas festivities, depressed at your depleted bank balance, feeling like you're already failing at your new year resolutions, or dreading those early morning starts for work, January can leave you feeling not quite as motivated as you'd hoped. Combine that with the lack of light and cold weather and it's no wonder it can all have anything from a mild to severe effect on our mood. If I'm not careful, I can fall foul of S.A.D or the winter blues, and if the change in seasons has left you feeling down in the dumps too, my tips could soon help you on your way to feeling a little brighter.

FRESH FACED IN FIVE MINUTES.

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Every girl needs a 5-minute look in their arsenal when time is 'of the essence' (read - you drastically overslept and the chap is coming to get you asap!). This has been my go-to selection of products I instinctively reach for when I need to look polished, preened and put together, and it looks like I've spent a lot longer on my makeup than a mere 5 minutes.

MORNING ROUTINE FOR A BETTER DAY.

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I like routines. And mornings are the perfect time to create a short ritual that can determine how the rest of your day goes and improve your life. I'm loving the spout of wellness posts I've been sharing recently, so here are some things I've been trying my utmost to stick to this year - I'm already seeing positive effects!

PESTLE & MORTAR SUPERSTAR RETINOL OIL.

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Whilst I'm well aware that I am more than fashionably late to this party, I've had a bunch of requests to review the Superstar Retinol Oil from Pestle & Mortar - and I actually thought it'd be useful to compare it to Sunday Riley's Luna - of which I am a long-time lover. So if you're interested in hearing my thoughts on the latest retinol oil on the block, keep on reading!

HOW & WHY TO START A DIGITAL DETOX

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I've been thinking about my reliance on electronic devices for a while now. I read somewhere that the average person checks their phone 200 times a day, or every 6 and a half minutes, which when you see it written down like that, is completely ludicrous - I actually bet that my aimless phone browsing is contributing to how unproductive I can be! So combined with that, my talk about self-improvement in my 7 Ways To Start Your Year Right post, and in the spirit of wellness and wellbeing for 2017, I've been thinking about how to divert wasted time away from my phone/iPad/etc to things considerably more meaningful and positive - not to mention how many fewer headaches I'd suffer from.. so keep reading for my thoughts and tips on how to start and maintain a digital detox.
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