New year, new skincare

Happy New Year all! I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions, but, as I’ll be reaching the big 3-0 this year (eek!), I think making more of an effort with skincare might be one of mine for 2017.

I’ve never been ultra fussy when it comes to choosing skincare products – usually my only criteria is that they have to be natural, or at least contain some natural ingredients, and free from parabens and other nasties. So I was intrigued to find out more about a new-to-me brand called iS Clinical, a cosmeceutical skincare line that uses pharmaceutical-grade botanical ingredients, at a blogger event held at Bristol’s S-Thetics Clinic in Queen Square at the end of last year. Continue reading “New year, new skincare”

A Fairytale Fit at Ted & Muffy in Bath

When much-loved brands get a makeover it’s not always for the better, but this isn’t so for shoe boutique Ted & Muffy. Duo was known for its excellent fit and beautiful quality – just check out my post from their blogger event last year to see what I mean – and while I’m sure many will be sad to see it go, its latest incarnation as Ted & Muffy is an exciting one. Ted & Muffy is Duo’s cool, stylish sister – like Duo, it offers a vast range of calf and width fittings (and size 35s for my little feet, hurrah!), but there are edgier styles as well as the classics Duo was known for which makes for a more interesting collection, with flashes of cherry red, cobalt blue, metallics and animal print. Continue reading “A Fairytale Fit at Ted & Muffy in Bath”

A #HillarysCrafternoon

Now I’m certainly no stranger to upcycling old clothes, but I haven’t really ventured into repurposing furniture or homewares much, mostly because I spend most of my free time at my sewing machine. So I couldn’t turn down an invite to a crafternoon run by Hillarys Blinds and Joe Blogs, in which a bunch of crafty bloggers were set a challenge to upcycle pretty wooden shutters using Annie Sloan chalk paint. Throw Kilner jars (and coffee and yummy sandwiches!) into the mix and that’s pretty much my idea of a perfect afternoon. Continue reading “A #HillarysCrafternoon”

Farm Life

I grew up in Somerset and I have to admit that I never truly appreciated its picturesque countryside when I lived there. I often bemoaned the lack of things to do (i.e. shops), and complained no end whenever it was suggested we go on a Sunday afternoon walk. Continue reading “Farm Life”

February’s Instagram Round-Up

February on Instagram

1. One of the blogger clichés – cocktails served in jars. 2. My winnings from the Shoeaholics #Shoefie competition. 3. A delicious and easy-to-make chicken tagine using this recipe. 4. Modelling the jewellery I made at the Blackheart Creatives workshop. 5. Doing the typical blogger thing of taking photos of my breakfast. 6. Amazing pancakes at the Cosy Club. 7. Lovely colourful flowers (not for Valentine’s Day, though). 8. Lip-smacking scallops served in the shell with garlic butter at the Lido… 9. …followed by some of the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever eaten – the Lido’s homemade salted butter caramel ice cream. Drool.

Well that month went rather quickly, didn’t it? It feels like only yesterday I was doing my January Instagram round-up, and here I am again. Continue reading “February’s Instagram Round-Up”