ADDING TO MY SUMMER WARDROBE

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With the summer sales already in full swing, now is the perfect time to pick up some new pieces to add to your summer wardrobe.

With a holiday booked  for the end of September, I have been on the look out for some items to take with me which will not only look good whilst I’m away, but will also stand the test of time.

This year I have tried to focus more on what I have been buying. Rather then spend money on seasonal clothes and styles, the goal is to have a wardrobe of staple pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks; whether for day or night. So, instead of trying to keep up with current trends, I have been looking at more timeless pieces that never go out of style. I don’t think I have done too bad so far – you’ll have to let me know what you think about my most recent purchases in the comments!

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Valentino Camo Slide.  I had been wanting these for a while so when I saw a 25% off code at END, I finally bought them. I know you might be thinking even when discounted, they are still quite an extravagant purchase, however I know I will get loads of wear out of them and can see myself loving these well after the ‘sliders’ trend is over. I went for the black and grey camouflage printed pair as they will go with almost anything – I love how subtle the camo print is!

All Saints Half Sleeve Shirt. I would describe my style as casual at the best of times. I feel much more comfortable in a pair of jean and a t-shirt over a shirt and trousers any  day! Truth be told I don’t actually own that many shirts, especially ‘summer’ ones so when I saw this half-sleeve shirt in the All Saints sale I knew it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. It’s perfect for those summer evenings where you still want to make a bit of effort, but keep cool at the same time. I really like the ecru, neutral colour which I think will look good with a pair of black cropped chinos or smart shorts.

ASOS Cropped Smart Trousers. I decided to buy a new pair of cropped trousers as mine are looking a bit old (and tight!) now. I don’t know what it is about ASOS sizing but I constantly have to order two sizes of everything to make sure they fit. I kept the size bigger than I would usually go for, so would definitely take it into consideration if you’re thinking about buying a pair. As for the fit, they’re skinny but feel quite relaxed. They also show just the right amount of ankle and will sit nicely above my footwear of choice. I’m thinking about pairing these with a crisp white shirt and my Common Projects for a simple smart casual look.

Converse x Comme des Garçons Play All Star High. Like the Valentino slides I have had my eyes on these for sometime but they were always out of stock! Luckily, I had signed up for restock alerts on Dover Street Market months ago so when I got an email notification about them being back in stock I immediately bought both the high and low pairs –  undecided about which one I would keep. Turns out I liked both pairs, so I have ended up keeping them both – one to wear and one to keep for best. I haven’t worn the high tops yet so I’m going to save these to take away with me.

It’s still a while before I go away and I have my eyes on a few other tings, but for the time being I’m happy with my purchases and can’t wait to start putting them together. What do you think about my latest pick ups? What’s your go to outfit this summer?

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Summer Skincare Saviors

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As the weather gets warmer it’s time to start introducing some SPF into your grooming routine. The suns rays can not only cause short term damage to our skin, but prolonged exposure to the sun can cause lasting damage too.

Whether you are heading to the pool or to town, applying sunscreen to your body and face when heading out to the sun is a must. Recent innovations in sun protection has meant that sunscreen is not what it used to be. There are so many lightweight, non-greasy formulas on the market these days, you won’t even feel like you are wearing it.

For me, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF30 is my go to. The Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF has all the benefits of the original Ultra Facial Moisturizer but with added sun protection. The similar formula allows you to make the transition between the two without worrying about upsetting your skins balance too much – I’ve found in the past that certain sunscreens cause my skin to break out.

After being in the sun, your skin can feel super dehydrated. For an instant boost of moisture the Cactus Flower & “Tibetan Ginseng” Hydrating Mist, also from Kiehl’s instantly breaths new life into your skin, providing essential moisture with every spray. I recently took this away with me to Barcelona and found myself reaching for it whenever my skin started to feel dry or tight. The blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary helps to soothe the skin whilst protecting it from environmental conditions.

I also took the Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 and Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel with me on my most recent trip. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so sunny, so I’m glad I had the reviving gel with me after the first day left me slightly red. Needless to say the factor 50 came in handy the rest of the trip. If you want to know anymore about these Aesop products I reviewed them separately here last summer.

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Finally, If being out in the sun isn’t for you, you could opt for the Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel to give you that sun kissed look. I usually apply a small amount to my daily moisturiser if I’m going out for that healthy glow. The good news is, it washes off so you can experiment with how much or how little you want to use.

What are your summer essentials?

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Hand Heroes

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The constant change in temperature can play havoc with our skin. If you are anything like me and suffer with dry skin, one thing that always feels dry first are our hands. As I spend a lot of my day exposed to the elements, the cold weather and wind and rain can leave my skin and in particular, my hands feeling dry and rough. In fact, if I don’t look after my hands, they get so dry to the point that my skin cracks and bleeds, which is not fun. Luckily, over the years I’ve come to learn which products work best for me.

When it comes to hand creams I look for three things; It has to do the job, be super hydrating and absorb quickly – I really don’t like any type of skincare product that just sits there or feels greasy or tacky.

I always make sure I have the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream from Grown Alchemist on hand during the colder days. Not only does it do everything I need it too, it also smells amazing. I’m currently working my way through a 300ml bottle which I keep on my desk,  but it’s also available in the Amenity Kit which I featured many moons ago here, if you do fancy giving some of the other Grown Alchemist products a try.

Next up is the Aesop Resurrection Aromitique Hand Balm which I have just repurchased. Much like the one from Grown Alchemist, the formula is nice and thick and absorbs fast into the skin leaving your hands smooth and hydrated. The handy tube means that its something you can keep on your office drawer or in the car for when you need it.

The Resurrection hand care range from Aesop also features a Hand Wash and a sanitising Rinse-Free Hand Wash which is great for on the go in the classic Mediterranean scent. I honestly don’t think there is a Aesop product that I don’t like.

So there you have it. What are your favourite products for looking after your hands?

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Hand Luggage Only

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When going away on a city break, travelling with just hand luggage can save time and money. Not only does having no hold luggage help keep your costs to a minimum, there’s no need to check in baggage or wait for it on the other side either, taking out some of the stress which is associated with travelling.

I’m heading to Paris this week for a couple of days and have hand luggage only so thought I would share with you the essentials that are coming along for the ride.

With carry on luggage its important to be organised. Before you start to pack you should know your restrictions, have a list of what you will need during your stay and be prepared to be ruthless. As I’m only there for a couple of days Im planning on taking the minimum.

When it comes to clothes it’s hard to decide what to take and what to leave behind. With the risk of over packing I’m going to try and pack a capsule wardrobe – things that can be co-ordinated to produce numerous outfits. I’ve being waiting for the right time to break out both my new A.P.C ‘Oh L’amour’ shirt and Common Projects so Paris seems like the perfect opportunity to wear them. The Common Projects are great for that smart-casual look. With the heavier items such as coats and jackets, I will be travelling in them to save space. The pockets can also be used to store items such as your documents and devices in so that they are on hand and don’t take up any extra space or weight in your case either.

With toiletries it’s important to stick to the 100ml rule whilst travelling or risk these being disposed of at security. All toilettires should fit in one plastic pouch so its important to take only what you need. There a number of good quality travel kits out there, the ones from Aēsop are always my go to’s, but you can also pick a few bits up in the airport should you not want to pack anything.

Other things I don’t travel without are my Mulberry passport holder wallet. This has multiple pockets and a zipped back to keep all my documents and tickets safe and finally a good guide book.  Flying can provide a good time to plan your trip and what you want to get out of it and these Cereal Guides are a great source of inspiration.

I don’t have massive plans for my short trip yet but I’m quite excited to just take to as it comes.

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Do you have any recommendations for Paris?

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5 to Try this Season

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When the temperature starts to drop outside we need to take extra care of our skin to prevent the elements drying it out. Winter can cause havoc with our skin; cold conditions can strip skin of its natural moisture causing redness and irritation if we don’t take the steps prior to winter proof our skin.

To keep you complexion bright and clear its important to have a skincare routine in place,  morning and at night.

I’m always on the look out for new products to try and introduce into my routine. Whether they are new releases on the market or products that have been recommended, I’m a bit of a skincare junkie so will give most things a go. Below I have rounded up some of the products I have been recently trying this winter so far.

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First up is the new Black Pepper & Bergamot Shower Gel* by MEN-Ü. The combination of spicy black pepper & fresh bergamot citrus is ideal for this time of year. The scent is warm and comforting yet invigorating and fresh, it really wakes you up in a good way on a cold morning. The ultra concentrated formula means a little goes a long way, creating a rich lather in the process. What’s better is this Shower Gel comes free as part as the MEN-Ü styling gift sets – perfect for gifting this Christmas. lab_5JP1_180.png

Next up is the Maximum Matte Renewal Lotion by Lab Series. Whilst I wouldn’t say my skin is oily, this moisturiser for oily-prone skin is my new favourite product. This dual action lotion not only mattifies your skins appearance with it’s ILLUMATTE™ technology, the Molecular Age-Less Complex™ formula reduces the visible appearance of signs of ageing, leaving your skin with an all round glow.

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Aesop has always been a favourite of mine. Over the years I have tried so many of their products. I accidentally purchased this Rejuvanate Intensive Body Balm instead of my normal Rind Concentrate Body Balm so thought I would give it a try insteadDuring the winter months I suffer with dry skin, especially on my upper arms so its important for me to find a body lotion that works and this seems to be so far so good.  I probably wouldn’t switch from my go-to, but its good to switch it up sometimes.age_defender_eye_repair_15ml_2

The Age Defender Eye Repair is just one product in Kiehl’s new Age Defender line. Enriched with Rye Seed Extract to help strengthen skin, the Eye Repair is designed to help visibly correct aging skin around the eye and crow’s feet area and reduce the appearance of dark circles for a smoother, more youthful look. I’ve never used a eye cream religiously before so I will be interested to see how this one goes on and see if I notice visible results.

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Finally, the last product I have been using lately is the Gravity Mud Firming Treatment mask by GLAMGLOW. I had seen this product sometime ago  and was intrigued by it, so when I was in Dubai airport duty-free and spotted it, I couldn’t help myself!  The peel off mask transforms from a bright white to a chrome as it dries and leaves you with bright (slightly red), firm skin.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What are you currently loving?

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