July 2015 archive

June and July Favourites

This edition of my “favourites” is a super sized special!
As I have been busy fighting with the dark forces of filing paperwork I have not had time to put up 2 posts, however that doesn’t mean that I have not been enjoying things! So here are my favourites for June and July…
Teisseire Gourmet Drops – Vanilla
I love vanilla flavoured coffee. I have a friend who lives in California who years ago introduced me to the coffee mate vanilla creamer which doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else and I was obsessed! Occasionally as a treat in a coffee shop I will order a vanilla latte but upon a stroll down the coffee aisle of my local Waitrose I spotted this little gem. It is the same packaging as those new pocket sized squashes and great to chuck in my bag to vanilla up my coffee wherever I am! A couple of squirts and a stir and my coffee is deliciously vanillary. Its not that cheap, this cost £2.79 but if you are a fan of flavoured coffee give it ago.
I am obsessed with this at the moment. I have tried a few different coconut waters and this one is my current favourite. I have made my way through at least 3 of the big cartons in the past week alone. I cannot stop, it is just too good. Another Innocent winner! Plus, it’s brilliant for a hangover. Win!
Warburtons Cat Shapes Sandwich
I like cats. I like bread. I led out an audible squeak when I found these in Waitrose and embarrassed myself.
Sunbites Pitta Bakes – Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary flavour
I am a fan of the Sunbites original “crisps” but I thought I would give these a go. They are amazing! They are like toasted crunchy pieces of pita covered in a deliciously savoury flavouring. The onion and rosemary are my favourite flavour. They do the same flavour in the crackers but there is something about the texture of these that I really like. Super crunchy and loaded with flavour. Yum.
The girls at work had been raving about this for months and I was a little slow on the uptake. It is based on the memoir of a woman who found herself in prison. The series is great. It is funny, heart warming, dramatic. It is great to see such a fantastic cast of characters all with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. While the introduction to the show is focused around Piper (in the orange) it does not solely focus on her storyline, each episode will look at another of the inmates in more detail and you do feel like you care about (or loathe) each of them. It is just great. There are now 3 series available on Netflix and it is definitely worth a watch.
I mean.. do I need to explain why I love these…? Just look at them! Added bonus – got them in the Office sale for £30.
I have been eager to try this for ages and so when I got the opportunity I jumped. It is not cheap at £18 a bottle but I really have noticed a difference since I have been using it. I feel like my skin is clearer and smoother. I notice when I have missed a couple days. It smells delicious too so that is always a plus. I am happy to have it included in my skin routine and I am excited when it comes to using it.
I got this wee tester eye cream in my Clinique shop a while ago and I have really been enjoying it! It feels so smooth and hydrating when it is on. I know eye cream is one of those things you should use, and have never really got into the habit of using one as they can often feel quite heavy and greasy. The full size one is expensive (why are all the things I love expensive?!) but the trial pot seems to be going quite far so I think it might be an investment that will last a while. I find myself picking it up each evening and putting it on, which is usually a good sign!
This product seems to be everywhere, and so when I received the trial ages ago in a Birchbox I was excited to try it out. It took me a while to start using it regularly but I love it. I perhaps would go as far as to say it is better than the Emma Hardie cleansing balm! It is certainly more affordable at £14 rather than £38! I have enjoyed getting into more of a skin care regime before bed and this has been used on a regular basis. I have already cracked open my full sized one. My skin feels lovely and refreshed after using it. It clears off any signs of make up with ease. Just lovely stuff.
Growing up by the seaside when sea salt sprays appeared I was at a bit of a loss as to why on earth I would use one. However having more recently embraced my wavy locks I understand it. I received a trial sized version (god bless you again Birchbox) and thought I would give it a go. This particular one smells lovely. You apply a couple of sprays and a scrunch and it helps to define waves and help them to stay in during the day. At £17 a bottle this is expensive, and I am not sure I love it enough to purchase the full sized version, especially with so many different brands on the market. I am interested in trying out some other more affordable ones. However well done Parlor on getting me using something I had totally dismissed.
Phew. Lots of things, thank you again for bearing with me while summer steals my time.
What have you been enjoying for the past couple months? I am always excited to try new things and any suggestions are always warmly welcomed. Please leave a comment below!

Motivational Monday

Summer sucks when you are working at an English Language School.
Any resident of Brighton will tell you about the number of students that seem to spring up from nowhere in July and then suddenly vanish again in September. I am sure we are the only industry in the world that wishes away the summer! I moan, I complain, and I swear ALOT.
 Summer…well, not so much summer but stress and me really don’t work well together. Probably a stupid thing to say as I am sure if doesn’t work well with most people. I go a bit weird. I leave that positive happy bubbly lass in June and then the snappy, mean, unhinged lass comes out for a few weeks. I am not the me that looks for the happy in her week, but the me that launches a massive strop at any sign of things going slightly off course from how I planned them.
ALAS… I am now at the treading water stage of the summer and now with my head above the waves I feel like myself again. At the end of last week something seemed to just suddenly click and it was ok again. I stopped freaking out over everything and everything seemed a bit more manageable.
So here we are, back at the blog, and I hope to have things back up and consistently running as before! I have neglected you for my blankie and a glass of red and I am sorry.

 

Small disclaimer – we are not out of the danger zone completely yet, not only is work busy but there is some other bits in my life going off at the moment, which I am not going to discuss on this somewhat public forum yet…. but in time my pretties…. in time… but there might be some more stress… but exciting stress. I hope. Ha! 

#findthehappy – Week 10

#findthehappy – Week 10 – Monday 29th June 2015 – Sunday 5th July 2015
Phew what a week! Non-stop go go go at work and outside of work….
Happy #1 – As it was Jezz’s birthday on Sunday 28th June we went out with his parents and brother for a birthday meal on Monday. We went to a great Lebanese restaurant Kambis on Western Road, we go there quite a lot! I had my favourite lamb shawarma. We then went to Jojo’s Gelato across the road for pudding. I had a delicious strawberry and chocolate sauce crepe. Felt thoroughly sick and happy afterwards.
Happy #2 – On Tuesday Jo and I had tickets booked for the special premier showing of Amy at the Duke of York cinema. I have always been a massive fan of Amy Winehouse and was very excited to see the movie. It is fantastic, but so, so sad. I left the cinema with a very heavy heart. It is a great insight into her story, and if you are a fan you should go and see it. Just be prepared to have your heart broken.

Happy #3 – On Wednesday I had made plans to have dinner and wine on the beach with my friend Gemma after work. It has been a real scorcher of a day so we went to Tesco’s and bought a rotisserie chicken, salad and a baguette (and maybe some cake… perhaps….maybe…..) We made chicken sandwiches, drank wine and put the worlds to rights while watching a seagull trying to eat a fish. It was glorious.

Happy #4 – I have previously mentioned my favourite blogger/YouTuber Sprinkle of Glitter (aka Louise Pentland) before. I am a bit of a fangirl and think she is just plain fabulous. She gives young women a very positive message in an otherwise very pressured society. Something that I feel quite strongly about. If you keep up with her internet antics you will know that Thursday saw the release of her new book “Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter“. I have had it on pre-order since it was announced and was far too excited about it’s arrival. It came, its lovely. I am definitely a little (a lot) older than the intended audience but that does not mean I cannot appreciate the messages held within its pages. I could ramble on for ages, but it is lovely, and I am savouring each page like a delicious box of chocolates.

Happy #5 – On Sunday Jezz, Jo, Ed and I all went to the Odeon cinema to watch Jurassic World finally. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s silly, it’s loud,the characters are painfully one dimensional but sometimes you just have to let go and ride it out. It made me nervous, happy and nostalgic. And… well… dinosaurs!! WOOP!