Friday, 30 May 2014

WHAT.IS.ESSENTIAL?

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Whoever came up with the idea of travel 'essentials'? I find it odd- mostly because we all know 
the essentials (suncream, face wash, deodorant), and yet I am still lost over what to actually 
pack, alongside the essentials. Which is precisely where I'm at now. Sitting on my bedroom 
floor surrounded by what I might pack. And this is no normal packing, I'm doing 3 months 
in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali.

And then at the end of it... I'm moving to Sydney!

So I'm trying to pack for the rest of my life, essentially. Which means there are about 329 
'essential' things to pack, but I only have room for maybe a sixth of them. 

In the midst of my #firstworldproblem crisis, I thought I'd share 3 things which I am most 
definitely going to pack. In fact, they're already in my suitcase, tucked up and ready to go.


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Monday, 26 May 2014

GOING.IN.CIRCLES.

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In a surprisingly sunny Moscow from our trip a month ago, we spent a lot of time soaking it up 
in Gorsky Park which is a wonderful park in the center just by the Moskva river. It's also home 
to GARAGE art gallery, which I visited years ago, and which I was dying to visit again having
 since become a huge fan of it's magazine equivalent.

We visited the current exhibition, but not before taking time to walk through the amazing 
installation in the park and try (yet another) Russian ice cream.

Friday, 23 May 2014

IMMORTELLE.

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I'm looking forward to giving the new L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening products a go - 
in particular the Targeted Corrector, which acts quite a lot like Touche Eclat (nothing wrong 
with that though) and the Eye Care & Mask duo, which has a clever cooling, metallic 
applicator. And of course the essence, which I have no doubt will be great.

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INSIDE.BALCONY.

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A few more photos from my trip to Edinburgh, inside the wonderful Botanical Gardens. I said 
it before- but it really was (photo) heaven on earth for me- all those white bars, green plants, 
space and glass roofs.

I've had a bit of a whirlwind day today, as one of my favourite websites Into The Gloss, has 
featured me as their first reader Top Shelf. Have a look here.


Monday, 19 May 2014

SUNDAZE.

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Trying to find something vaguely acceptable to wear outside the house in this heat. My most
elegant option was this white jumpsuit- which although quite silky doesn't crease easily (I even
wore in on a train with no air con and it was fine). To make it more 'me' I added my new Nike
slides which I had bought as my 'holiday shoes' this year, but just keep on sliding them on now
the sun is out.






Friday, 16 May 2014

PLANE.NECESSITIES.

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When packing for a holiday or work trip, I always find the hardest part to pack my beauty 
regime. Clothes are easy- I mainly wear black and white so most things match and it's never 
a hard decision to pick what. With beauty- I'm all over the place.

So (when I had finally made a decision) I thought I'd tell you the products I find best to take 
for various holidays in a couple blogsposts, along with what to take on the plane itself- which is 
what we're looking at today.

I'm not the biggest fan of flying so the most important thing for me is my Aveda stress fix 
concentrate which is an ointment you rub into your wrist- I do this just before take off. 
(Other comforts to keep my calm are cashmere socks, a big blanket/scarf and an eye mask).

I'm normally meeting someone the other end of my flight, so I want to look good/ acceptable 
when I land. It's always a great idea to take a mist to keep your face hydrated, along with an 
oil that put life back into your skin. I take REN's Omega 3 serum oil, and Elemis Pro Radiance 
Flash Balm to add a glow. Packing a punchy lipstick is good too- as it'll give your face an 
awake, healthy look. I'm currently loving my Tom Ford lipstick in Sweet Spot.

Other than my face- my hair always ends up all over the place, so Klorane's mini dry shampoo 
is perfect for having in my bag- and I can tame any flyaway with the face oil I packed.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

RHODODENDRON.

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T by Wang sweater, Acne jeans, Hobbs boots

Visiting Edinburgh for the first time, and accidentally-on-purpose ending up in the Botanical 
Gardens, full of oversized plants in white glasshouses was like my own personal kind of 
wonderland.

I also couldn't believe the size of this amazing Rhododendron tree, and quite happily stood for 
photos in front of it. It's called Rhododendron Fulvum Fulvum if anyone is wondering.


Friday, 9 May 2014

KREMLIN.KUDOS.

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Visiting Moscow this year was different to usual, due to the situation over there with Ukraine at
the moment. I was slightly apprehensive (even though I've been more than ten times before) as
you can imagine, but there was no need. I forgot how much of an island Moscow can be
compared to the rest of Russia. Much like the Kremlin, it seems to be housed within a protected
wall.

We brought the sunny weather with us- as you can see -and we lucky enough to be walking around
 in t-shirts for most of the week. There's a common misconception that Russia is always covered
 in snow but in fact it gets very warm in the summer, and we hit the jackpot timing wise getting
the first round of heat and sun.

Even though I've been to Moscow just a few times before (my father lives there) I'd never
actually been into the Kremlin. So we put on our best Slav expressions and walked in (it's free
 if your Russian and very expensive if you're a tourist). Big, white cathedrals with golden
 roofs, extensive detail- big open white spaces. I was in heaven.

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

FLOWERHEAD.

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With the bank holiday sun came a yearning for faraway lands, an exotic beach perhaps...

In the meantime, I'll be spritzing myself with FLOWERHEAD from Byredo. I got to meet
founder Ben Gorman to talk about it for the new issue of Notion Magazine, and I can't wait
for it to be out this week (someone very happy is on the front cover).

The Byredo scent was inspired by an Indian wedding flooded with colourful, powerful
smelling flowers, and it's my way of looking forward to my trip to Asia this summer,
whilst painting my nails in this shimmering sand colour from Tom Ford.

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P.S. I've also now done a video on this Byredo scent and a couple other summer favourites.
You can see it here.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

KIDS.IN.GLASS.HOUSES.

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It's been a while. Sorry about that. For various reasons I had to stop the blog, but it's back to 
normal posting now!

These photos are from my trip to Edinburgh a month ago. It was my first time in Scotland (unless 
you count that time we accidentally drove over the border during a road trip to Northumberland)
and alongside eating well, drinking well and walking about 100 miles during the course of a 
long weekend, we also stumbled across the Botanical Gardens, where I found my own special 
heaven on earth: a big glass house filled with big, leafy, green plants. 


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