Friday, February 27, 2015
I've got summer on the brain. All of a sudden the nights are getting lighter and I'm waking up to sunshine instead of street lamps. It's not just me though. Healthy eating and fitspo pics have started flooding my instagram feed. Bikinis are starting to appear back in stores and the 'Holiday Shop' has started making its way back into the categories of my favourite online stores. I'm sick of layering and wrapping up. I'm ready for days spent lying in the sand with a good book. And feeling the sunshine on my skin. So really it's not surprising that in the last few weeks, as my wanderlust hit a high point, I decided it was time to start making summer plans. But with the warmer months still seeming years away, I wanted a little early season. Cue the headache of finding somewhere warm where the weather is reliable early in the year.
Turns out your options are fairly limited. Unless you're looking at Caribbean cruises or heading south of the equator, there's not a lot of places you can venture with guaranteed sunshine in April. And then I stumbled on Cape Verde, a lush cluster of islands just off the coast of Africa. With crystal clear, turquoise water and white sandy beaches, Boa Vista seemed like the perfect little paradise to spend a week in the sun. So I'm starting my summer wardrobe planning a little early. I want simple, pieces like little crochet tops that I can throw over a bikini and some little denim shorts. Straw fedoras, thick black birks and huge sunnies at the ready. Simple leather bags that I can throw over my shoulder, full of books and sun cream, when I'm heading to beach. Bumble and bumble styling spray that I can spritz into my salty, sun-bleached hair before heading out for an evening meal.
I'm a big fan of holidays where figuring out what to wear isn't a hassle. So the outfits I'm planning are low maintenance. I'm already making pinterest boards and planning my holiday reading list... any recommendations?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Saturday, February 07, 2015
The other week I got an exciting email from the people at Estee Lauder asking how I'd like to try out a range of their Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble and Ojon products. I've not tried Smashbox or Ojon, but what I was really excited about was the Bumble and Bumble goodies! I've been a fan of their thickening hair spray for a long time now and it's done wonders for my fine hair, so honestly I was excited about trying out any new products. The fact that they included these two little beauties from their Invisible Oil range was just a bonus! Invisible Oil contains 6 featherlight oils to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect your hair. They're also sulphate free, meaning that they're much more nourishing for your locks. Right now, I'm a little more paranoid than usual about the products I use on my hair, so having something that protects and looks after, as well as cleansing, is really important to me. A lot of people don't think twice about using sulphates but they can actually be pretty tough on your head, stripping your hair of both its colour and essential oils. Kinda scary when you're shampooing your hair every other day, right?
Sunday, February 01, 2015
jacket: Barbour, cardigan: Mango (similar here), skirt: Topshop, boots: Kurt Geiger, bag: Mulberry