BAKED APPLES // WITH CINNAMON + DATE NECTAR.

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Well hello apple season.

And hello to my excuse for making oodles of sweet, sticky and otherwise unctuous apple-y desserts!

I said I'd let you know what I ended up doing with these apples we picked (up at the farm shop ;) in this recent OOTD, and whilst it was hard to choose a worthy recipe, I plumped for some beautifully juicy, sticky stuffed apples, baked to bursting point and oozing with syrupy, honeyed juices.

With only a handful of ingredients, they're the perfect, fruity treat to whip up for the winter months.

AUTUMNAL DRESSING AS A SIZE 14 (AND UP).

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I did a summer version of this post a few months ago and it had a really great reception (in fact some of you even emailed me to comment/have a chat about it which was so lovely), so here is the A/W edition.

Again, I'll start with the proviso that whatever size or shape you are, you can dress precisely how you wish. But for me, some items/brands/stores/styles just don't seem to be cut well for my body or aren't comfortable, and others just really are. So I'm going to share the positive today, and let you know where I get my favourite pieces to accommodate a less than flat stomach, quality layering items that'll last you through the years and some of my personal tips for styling a body that isn't shaped like (or as toned as!) a mannequin this autumn/winter.

12 SKIN HEROES FOR COLD WEATHER.

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It's always a bit of a process, swapping out your skincare routine every change in season, in favour of something a little more fitting for the weather, but a process no less enjoyable in my eyes.

Personally, my skin seems to vary a lot with the seasons, and with it, the products I like to use.

I'm feeling in a bit of a chatty mood, so if you care to hear/see me ramble a bit about skincare then read on!

THE MUST-HAVE PRINT I'LL BE WEARING ALL SEASON.

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Oh look, another tweed jacket!

I've been wearing them seemingly non-stop lately (like this post, and another here), but with good reason because they're just the perfect piece for this inbetween-y weather we've had lately (although saying that, it's pretty bleak and brisk outside as I write this, and I've just been out in a coat and scarf!).

A BIRTHDAY TRIP TO PARIS - PART TWO.

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E I F F E L   I N   L O V E

Sort of Part Three really as I've already shared what I wore on my birthday over in this recent post.. But nevertheless! Read on for the next installment in our Parisian trip :)



THE PERFECT DRESS FOR AUTUMN
(+ WHAT I WORE FOR MY BIRTHDAY IN PARIS).

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I'm going to spoil things for you by telling you from the outset that I love this dress.

It's always a happy moment when you come across a number that fits you like a glove, is cut and styled perfectly for your body, and you can't wait to get out and wear it (and in a blogger's case, share all the photographs of you wearing it!) This polka-dot creation, is exactly that sort of dress. And I chose to wear it on my birthday in the fair city of Paris :)

(You can see part one of our journey here if you haven't already!).




A BIRTHDAY TRIP TO PARIS - PART ONE.

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I'm the luckiest girl in the world because just as I was finishing up the last content from our Provencal adventure and feeling extra forlorn about it all coming to an end, F whisked me off to Paris for my birthday!




ALPHA H SKINCARE.

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I'm sure most of you will have already heard of Alpha H - their Liquid Gold is something of a cult product with it's promise to rejuvenate even the most tired and problematic of skins.

I'm very much pleased to be partnering with Cult Beauty (the luxury beauty treasure trove) today to bring you a few products from their October Brand of the Month that you may not have tried.



TWO AUTUMNAL PIECES EVERY CLASSIC DRESSER NEEDS.

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I like to think of myself as a classic dresser.

Of course I'm swayed/inspired by new and incoming pieces each season (although there will never be a moment for oversized trainers or Gucci belts, sorry!), but ultimately, I live in a rotation of bretons, jeans and ballet flats..

No shame though! ;)

Today, I want to share two pieces, that I think every classic dresser needs this autumn. Hope you enjoy :)


CURRENT LUXURY HAIRCARE FAVOURITES #2

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It's been a while since I spoke about hair, and there have been quite a few additions I've made to my collection, as well as some old favourites that you might have seen before (don't worry Oribe I'll always love you).

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #17

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Outfit details

Cable knit jumper (past season, this season's here), Printed pleated skirt



one. // Our trip to Provence! You can catch up with the whole journey here if you've somehow missed me mentioning it on BTB ;) We had the most gorgeous time and I'm already dying to go back. So many happy memories made :)

two. // Autumnal style. I've been really enjoying my wardrobe at the moment, and sharing style posts like this one and this one to spread the autumn cheer.

three. // Hot steamy baths. Water as hot as I dare, my Aromatherapy Associates oils set (in a which-shall-I-pick-today kind of fashion), Coco&Eve masque on my hair (can I just say this masque is divine and really softens and detangles my delicate hair, A+), candles, and something to watch on the Ipad. And if I'm feeling extra indulgent, some happily unhealthy snackery. Because there's nothing more indulgent than eating a four-course meal of snacks in a bath.

four. // Autumnal, sunkissed walks around Virginia Water (and the number of dogs people walk there).

five. // Homegrown squash, thyme and chilli soup. With big hunks of bread.

six. // Homemade raspberry vinegar, chutneys, jams and plum-y things. Delicious. I'm sure I could fill all 10 things with foodstuffs..

seven. // F being an absolute sweetheart and looking after me when I was poorly.

eight. // Everything burgundy.

nine. // Dahlias. Aren't they just gorgeous? The garden is full of them and it's delightful to have such a show of force and colour so late in the year. I'm desperate to get something like Jowey Winnie, Snoho Doris or Gerrie Hoek (great names, and even greater colours).

ten. // Watching old episodes of TV series. Friends, Frasier, Would I Lie To You. Nostalgia + David Mitchell, a wonderful combo.


Do let me know what's been making you happy as of late :)


xx

SO I'M INTO PLEATED SKIRTS..

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Ah what can I say..

I never thought I'd be a pleated skirt kind of person (in my mind there didn't seem to be a middle ground between 'primary school' and metallic-'I'm-not-cool-enough-for-this'-fashion-blogger) but lo and behold, I've managed to somehow build up quite a collection now?

I'm feeling thoroughly enthusiastic about autumnal style at the minute. I've had a big rehash of my own personal wardrobe to celebrate the new season and I just can't help but feel ready for autumn after my last, indulgently 'all things autumn' style post ("autumn autumn autumn").

And one piece that has muscled it's way into my style circle? The pleated skirt.


AUTUMN BEAUTY 2018.

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It's that time of year again!

Whereas during summer I want nothing on my face, I whip my hair into a perpetual bun because it's too hot and generally eschew lengthy skincare routines with a firm hand, thanks to cooler temperatures and dry skin, if there's any season to indulge in a little extra pampering and preening, it's autumn.

Feel free to have a little peek at last year's post if you're so inclined, as there are plenty of products I still use/love - and most importantly are still available!

But without further waffling, here are some of this year's autumnal beauty favourites :)


THE LITTLE NAVY DAY DRESS.

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Autumn seems to be well and truly upon us, hurrah!

I'm indulging myself and going all-out autumnal today - tights, tweed, ripe apples, russet foliage! And in the midst of it all, the perfect little daywear number to show off. And just something to mention - this one has pockets ;)

ANSOUIS + MENERBES, PROVENCE.

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Even though I've dipped into autumnal content (with a bit of an autumn wardrobe rehash, and I'm actually really excited about sharing all the upcoming autumnal posts I have planned!), I've one last hurrah from Provence. And I think I've saved the best for last :)

Gordes often gets all the recognition and coverage of being (west) Provence's most beautiful village - we went, and it is very beautiful (as was everywhere we visited frankly - Provence is stunning) but I wanted to share a couple of spots that F and I fell in love with, that don't get quite as much press.

MY AUTUMN WARDROBE.

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1. Plum Fur Collared Coat // 2. Tailored Camel Coat (comes in other colours too) // 3. Classic Tan Loafers




I suppose we've been lucky enough to have a bit of an elongated summer this year. Just as the heatwave was coming to an end, we jetted off to the south of France and by the time we came back, autumn was already upon us! Which I have to say, is delightful. Summer to autumn is probably the biggest wardrobe rehash for me - away with all the broderie and floaty dresses and hello burgundy *heart eyes*.

I've had such fun this year collating my autumnal wardrobe. I used to be so utterly conscious of what I was wearing and how it looked on my body that autumnwear was easy for me - entirely black ha. Now that I'm more open to wearing colour (and loving it), autumn fashion is even more of a delight.

Today, I've put together a little compilation of autumnal wardrobe inspiration - some pieces already in my collection, others very much on my wishlist/in my shopping basket! I hope you find something you love too xx

GORDES + ROUSSILLON, PROVENCE.

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I really enjoyed our time in Gordes and Roussillon. After the hustle and bustle of the markets of Aix, and our rainy encounter with Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, it was just such a relaxed time of slowly ambling around and exploring..





PROVENCE BEAUTY.

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A few of you asked about my makeup during our Provence trip and rather handily, it was a post I was planning on sharing regardless ;)




MOUSTIERS-SAINTE-MARIE, PROVENCE.

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Our trip to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence I've ever seen, comes with a bit of a backstory..




L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE, PROVENCE.

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We were staying really nearby to L'Isle sur la Sorgue so it was (relatively) easy to leave the retreat of our (entirely cosy and comfortable) bed and head down to the market that takes over the centre of town, just as it was starting to unfold.




LA BASTIDE DE MARIE + LE PRIEURE, PROVENCE.

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I've two special hotels to share with you today, and worry not, this post is more than just showing you some rooms ;)




AIX-EN-PROVENCE MARKET.

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The markets of Provence are somewhat of a coveted affair.

And the ones at Aix are at the top of the market tree.




ARLES, PROVENCE.

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I'm *so* excited to be sharing this year's Provence holiday with you!

I've been getting snap happy down in the south of France - here's part one of our voyage :)

5 FAVOURITE ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE RIGHT NOW #3

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S I M P L E   K N I T S


I'm really enjoying classic knits at the minute. A simple wrap or navy trim, the kind of timeless piece you'll wear for years.

I've seen the Tory Burch Kendra around a lot at the moment but it's a pretty pricey number! Marks do some great options if you're after more affordable cashmere and I love Gerard Darel or Winser knits - quintessential classics.



C L A S S I C   L O A F E R S


I am in love with these classic, tan loafers (when am I ever not in love with loafers? I own so many pairs yet still buy more.. the Madewell Elinor's are next on my list I think, although I'm contemplating venturing into a blue velvet pair..).

They go with everything. I've been wearing mine with jeans and one of my many breton tees, or lately with a tote bag and pleated skirt.


Speaking of which..

T H E   P L E A T E D   S K I R T


I didn't think I'd be a pleated skirt person but lo and behold.. I've quite a few now ;)

This pink maxi has a beautiful amount of swish and sway and just the right amount of sheen for a piece quite so inexpensive. It's a definite bargain at under £25 and you can use my code 'barelytherebeauty13' for 13% off this skirt and the rest of your order for the next few days (I'm not benefiting from it, just for you guys!)


R O S E   G O L D   A C C E S S O R I E S


I was recently sent this beautiful, rose gold watch, which I've been enjoying wearing even though I'm not historically been a big watch wearer..

Nor have I historically been a big jewellery wearer but perhaps I'm a changed woman! Rose gold accessories are nothing new but they've taken a recent boost in my affections, I'm building up quite a little collection now.


J U M P E R S   W I T H   D E T A I L S


Whilst I am the queen of plain clothing and neutral palettes, it's nice even for me every now and then to indulge in a little print, colour and detail.

Seeing as we're heading into autumn now, fine gauge jumpers are the perfect layering piece. I love this textured, pink one (the one in the photo above), made a little more interesting by a tomato-hued stripe around the edges, and this gorgeous bee-embellished number (a bit of a dupe for a Gucci equivalent).



(And I'd love to hear what your most coveted item of the moment is!)


xx

DIGITAL DETOXING + LIVING IN THE MOMENT 2018.

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It's been a good while since I last spoke about digital detoxing and my experiences with it, and as I sit here surrounded by clothes, notes and bags of electricals and toiletries, it's quite apt that we revisit it today.

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #16

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one. // Last of the summer peaches. We bought a basket of huge, juicy peaches from a local market and they've been an absolute pleasure to eat. The ripest, we've been guzzling raw and unadorned, juice dribbling down our hands (because they need nothing else), the more firm I've been using for my honey butter peaches and they're so delightfully moreish.

two. // Holiday planning! Looking up the spectacular views and beautiful, bucolic villages is making me really look forward to going (and especially picking restaurants ;). I've making a bit of an attempt to organise my holiday wardrobe too, and an organiser-app like Pureple is so handy to do so. I've been uploading/taking photos of the items I'm thinking of taking, and using the 'Outfit' section to create little collages of the clothes to see what might look good together. Fun and useful in equal measure.

three. // Autumnal fashion. We're going to be having a bit of an extended summer in the south of France, but I've already been buying autumnal pieces and stashing them for when I get back.. Here are a few pieces I'm loving right now!



four. // Simply Nigella. Such a great cookbook, F and I have been thumbing through it in the evenings and trying new recipes - roasted radishes and cornflake-encrusted chicken are a revelation.

five. // It not feeling humid at night, and being able to reinstate my thick cotton sheets and higher tog duvet - delightfully cosy.

six. // Getting a little influx of fashion PR - BTB first started out as a beauty blog but I wanted to expand it's subject matter to incorporate different aspects of my life, fashion being one, so it just feels.. really nice, to have brands recognise that and want to send me clothing. It's a small thing truly, but it's joyful :)

seven. // Confit herb cod (fresh oregano and chive) with homemade aioli and panzanella. And crushed avocado on oatcakes (or ryvita or whatever we have) with chilli flakes and crisy onions.

eight. // Crisp morning walks through the trees. I had to drop dad off for an early hospital appointment the other day and decided to go for a morning walk - it just made me feel so peppy and fresh for the rest of the day. And I bumped into a golden retriever puppy along the way so maybe that's the real reason.. ;)

nine. // My silk eye mask - makes getting to sleep a whole lot easier, and good quality sleep makes me one happy camper.

ten. // @itsmekellieb - a plus size, body positive blogger who I love to watch because she makes me feel I can wear whatever I want, whether it's 'flattering' or not.


xx

HONEY BUTTER PEACHES.

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There is the recipe I prefer for peaches as summer, and their season, come to an end.

I'm sitting here now with a batch (slightly overcooked, so extra unctuous and sticky) and honestly, it is delicious.

Soft, yielding peaches with bronze, tinged edges, steeped in their syrupy, honey and butter puddle.

And rather fortuitously, it requires very few ingredients, and almost no kitchen prowess.




Ingredients: (for two)

2 large, ripe peaches
4 small knobs of butter
2 tsps - 2 tbsps honey, depending on your taste
A pinch of salt
60g greek yoghurt
60g mascarpone
30g flaked almonds (or as much as you like)


Method:

- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius.





- Halve the peaches, removing the stones as you go, and pop cut side up into a roasting dish.



- Adorn each half with a little knob of butter, a drizzle of honey and a few flakes of salt.


- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes if your peaches are very ripe, around 35 if they're a little less ripe (I just check mine with a knife tip or skewer - if it sinks in readily, they're done).

- Whilst the peaches are roasting, mix together the mascarpone and greek yoghurt. You could use either/or but I think a 50-50 split is the perfect balance of astringent tang and smooth, velvety richness.



- Serve two halves per person, and top with the yoghurt-cream mix and flaked almonds. They're excellent as hot as you can bear, so the creamy topping melts gloriously down the sides of the peaches, or equally as delicious at just above room temperature (easier to shovel in greedy mouthfuls).



Peach perfection in my eyes.


xx


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