THE PERFECT DENIM JACKET, TWO WAYS.

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Whilst we've had some gloriously hot days in the UK lately, there's always the need for a coverup of some sort when the weather is this changeable.

I haven't worn a denim jacket since childhood. I think I had one with little embroidered patches all over the back, that possibly came with a matching set of dungarees or a little denim pinafore, back in the days when mum would dress me in United Colors of Benetton and Gap Kids.

Funny how things often come full circle isn't it?

Although I'm not going to burn your retinas today with the colourful striped tights and double denim of my youth, I am going to rave about the perfect denim jacket I recently picked up (30% off!), and show you two very different ways to wear it. I'll see you after the jump break!

5 FAVOURITE ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE RIGHT NOW #1

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I wanted to start a new style series here on BTB, partly because a) I've been really enjoying doing more fashion orientated posts more recently and b) the recurring structure of a series keeps me motivated as a writer.

The title has potential for change but the premise is that I just want to share five star items that I'm currently loving from my wardrobe right now, it's as simple as that!

I'll see you after the jump break for l'édition numéro un!

WISTERIA HYSTERIA, GREY'S COURT.

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Visiting National Trust gardens (or ones to that effect) is one of F and I's favourite pastimes, and I had a couple of scenes I wanted to tick off my list this year.

Grey's Court, Oxfordshire, is a gorgeous little country house, set amongst rolling hills, with pretty walled gardens, and is thankfully really close to us! I've been several times before but I really wanted to visit this year when a) the cherry blossom and b) the 130+ year old wisteria were in full bloom.

HOW TO GET A LIVED-IN SUMMER GLOW, SANS MAKEUP.

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I've seen countless articles and tutorials on acquiring that ever coveted glowy skin look, but nigh on all achieve it with the hefty use of highlighter, bronzer and luminisers - completely fair game but I'd ideally like my skin to emit it's own glow without the use of makeup.

And I often get questions on how I go about it, so today, I want to share exactly that!

How to achieve a lived in, natural, subtle summer glow, for face and body, without an item of makeup in sight.

Meet me after the jump break and I'll share all my secrets ;)

GLAZED RHUBARB + CUSTARD TART.

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We've had rhubarb growing in the garden for as long as I can remember, so other than a tasty stick of blushing pink sourness, it's a bit of a fond memory for me.

I was so happy to see that our plant had sprouted some rosy stalks this year, and immediately set about creating something delicious to show them off!

This glazed rhubarb and custard tart is an all round winner. I've been handing out little portions to neighbours, friends and family and they've all been coming back for more!

I'll meet you after the jumpbreak for the recipe :)

STYLE ME BLUE.

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I feel like all the new additions to my wardrobe lately are an aria to blue.

Deep, rich navy, cornflower and pastel, blue and white, blue with a hint of sunshine yellow, it's all fair game!

You know, the reason you may not have seen much blue clothing from me over the last couple of years, is because a) I was a tad shy of being on the other side of the camera and b) because blue had no place in my Instagram theme at the time - how ridiculous does that sound now?! Trying to swap out my favourite blue-wash jeans in order to appease my self-set colour story rules.. ;)

But blue is well and truly welcome again, and I've so many fabulous finds I'd love to share with you today!

(I think the exact print I'm wearing above is sold out online unfortunately because it's desperately comfortable and breezy, but there are a couple of different prints/patterns here!)



1. Stripe Button-down Cami (so inexpensive)
3. Navy Broderie Bib Top (UK | US) // A cheaper alternative // An even cheaper alternative!
4. Ditsy Floral Wrap Dress (UK | US)
5. Embellished Raffia Slides (UK | US)
7. Ruffle Swimsuit (comes in a bikini set too, and a couple of other colours)
8. Striped Pineapple Tee (perfect summery feels!)
10. High Rise, Straight Leg, Raw Hem jeans (tick, tick and tick!) Love this lighter wash too.
11. Navy, Polka-dot Bardot (comes in a few colours and designs)
13. Tassle Earrings (these mini beaded ones are gorgeous too)
14. Blue Suede Shoes! (UKUS)



What's your favourite blue number at the moment? Hope you're all having a great midweek!


xx


MY HEAT-FREE HAIRCARE ROUTINE FOR FINE, DELICATE + THINNING HAIR.

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Let me tell you about my hair.

Ever since being hit hard with Telogen Effluvium several years ago, it's gone from being thick, glossy and easy to style to being fine and incessantly frizzy. 

I've spent a good while trying and testing products and methods that are both gentle on it and keep it manageable, and I feel like I've finally narrowed it down to a routine I'm happy with. My routine is now gentle, minimising the damage and breakage that I'm seemingly so susceptible to, and gives volume, body, bounce and a soft wave that holds all day. It's particularly great for fine or thinning hair that could do with a boost.

And best of all, it's heatfree and really easy

Stick with me and I'll show you how I go about transforming a frizzy, knotted, thinning mane to (comparatively) beautiful tresses, and the select few products that make the grade. See you after the jump break!

OOTD // SPRINGTIME CITY CHIC.

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It's been absolutely beautiful in the Home Counties over the last few days, perfectly timed with the Bank Holiday weekend so that each and every one of us can enjoy a little summer-like sunshine with a chilled drink on hand.

Mine's anything gingery at the minute, I'm obsessed with it lately!

I've been making an attempt to clear out my wardrobe a little and found this navy, silk dress lurking in a crumpled pile somewhere near the bottom. With it's flouncy hem and little mother of pearl buttons, it's a classic beauty, and a quick steam later, it was ready to wear!


6 WAYS TO EMBRACE NATURE FOR WELLBEING.

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I think we can all agree that there's something really fulfilling and uplifting about being surrounded by the great outdoors. Maybe it's the fresh air, feeling happily small and inconsequential when you're somewhere remote, or getting you away from yet another phone/PC screen, Mother Nature has a way of soothing our weary, digitalised souls.

And a growing number of studies are confirming that, putting forward evidence that a connection with nature makes us both healthier and happier people.

I think incorporating more nature into my life has been my favourite part of my wellness journey. I feel more creative, inspired, restful and refreshed when I do. And there's much more that you can do than simply go for a walk on your lunch break!

Here are 6 ways to incorporate nature into your life - !'ll see you after the jump break!


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