One of the things I love most about living in the Home Counties, is that there are so many areas to walk.
Woodland, heath, lakes, and all of them quite private most of the time, rather than feeling overcrowded like a lot of London - I always remember reading somewhere that Surrey had the most cars per household, and trees per sq. km - although it's such a distant memory that I fear I may have dreamt it?!
Now that we're into February, it's getting ever so slightly warmer and brighter than it felt a couple of months ago, and I've taken that as a green light to switch up my skincare a little, and attend to it's everchanging needs as we head into Spring.
Even though I'm constantly trying and rotating products, there are a fair few gems that have caught my eye enough to become a regular part of my routine - some new, others just new to me - all favourites. So let's have chinwag and catch up with some of my current skincare favourites :)
As we've already spoken about Valentine's gift ideas here (many items of which have since made it only my own wishlist..) I'm tackling outfits today!
I'm feeling in a bit of a casual mood (says the girl who lives in a casual uniform of bretons, jeans and loafers/slippers - although I did wear chinos today so I've clearly really pushed the boat out!) and a bit fed up of seeing Valentine's outfits consisting of fanciful evening dresses and ostentatious designer clutches/stillettos, so I've designed myself a bit of a personal challenge with my own outfit this year.. and welcome you to do the same!
I've been enjoying getting out in front of the camera to show you little snippets of 'life behind the photographer' - including sharing more of my wardrobe.
With the days potentially brightening up, but it still often being bitterly cold, Jan/Feb is an odd period for fashion and knowing what to wear. Perhaps less so for me though because I live in a constant rotation of the same kinds of pieces, or what I'm calling my style staples - so read on for my current essential pieces of 'closetry!'
It's the first 10 Things of 2018, and I consequently had a moment of reflection, looking back at at the things that have been making me happy, from over eight months ago. It doesn't feel like I've been documenting this little 'happiness journal' for as many months, but I'm really enjoying keeping a little record here on BTB, and I really hope you're enjoying reading it.
Here are 10 more things that've been making me happy recently :)
one. // Celine. Other than to a few insta besties, this is the first mention of how I was utterly spoilt this Christmas, with a shiny, new Celine bag... I feel like the cat who's got the cream! My Celine Box Bag (I feel like she needs a name) is my pride and joy of the moment - I've never been one to splash out on 'proper designer' bags so I'm currently researching how to preserve it's beauty and keep it in good condition! Any tips welcome ;)
two. // Opportunities. I've had a couple of really exciting emails, that are in initial stages and I therefore unfortunately cannot yet discuss, that just sent my heart all a flutter when I read them! After quite a tough 2017, I'm hoping this year will deal me a better set of cards, and I'm looking forward to see what riches it has to offer.
three. // Songs. I've been listening to two feel-good songs lately - ILYSB Stripped (which I've already mentioned here) and The Weekend (only the Funk Wav remix). I'm usually quite an old soul when it comes to music, and have never liked anything that Calvin Harris has ever been involved in but I could easily listen and sing along with Sza in this one!
four. // Keeome. I picked out these sheet masks c/o Feelunique and using them has been an absolute pleasure. I didn't include sheet masks in my favourite face masks post this weekend just gone in fear of the post length getting out of hand but I really enjoy using them for hydration - of which this particular mask has oodles. I shared my experience in my Instagram stories recently, slathering my hands in all of the excess essence ;)
five. // Instagram. I've had so much love for my feed recently, and it's been utterly heartwarming. I love receiving your terribly sweet comments, messages and emails so let me take the opportunity to say thank you, for being one of the things that has made me happy - it means more than I'll ever likely be able to let on :)
six. // Asian cuisine. I've generally been incredibly lazy when it comes to a lot of asian foods (not so much Korean but Thai/Japanese/Chinese) - opting to eat out than to try and persevere with perfecting my own recipes. But alas that is currently in the process of change! We recently had braised pork belly with the creamiest of potatoes that suck up all the cooking juices, and siu mai dumplings - to die for.
seven. // Walks on the heath. We've taken Jasper out onto the heath lately, as it's slightly less muddy and the puddles no longer come up to your knees.. It's such a gorgeous spot for low-level lighting - we took this shot up there on my iPhone and it barely needed editing.
eight. // Skin. I suppose related to the Keeome sheet masks, but I'm typing this with my vanity mirror behind my laptop and it's reminded me - I'm so pleased with where my skin is at the moment! I'm sure it'll be irritatingly short-lived but it's looking clear and glowy, and I've been skipping wearing foundation, or really any concealer either, lately. A trivial matter but a little source of happiness!
nine. // Planning get-togethers! I do find as I get older, that it's easier to lose touch with people, and because of busy lifestyles and 'things cropping up', the periods between meeting can become longer and longer..
ten. // Bloggers. I've come across so many beautiful Instagram accounts lately, it's difficult not to try and mention them all, so I'll just pick two - @cynthialions and @ohuprettythings, if you're not already following, then hup two, on the double!
Let me know what's been making you happy lately, and hope you're having the most wonderful of days :)
Face masks are one of my favourite elements of skincare, and whilst I've always opted for the easy, less messy option of a leave-on or sheet mask, I've more recently taken quite a fancy to the somewhat more traditional wash-off variety - of which I now have many favourites!
I'm asked, almost on a constant basis, which skincare products I use and love, and I'm not sure I've previously dedicated a post to face masks, so here we are today! Let me share with you some of my favourites, and just why I dote on them quite like I do ;)
The condition of my skin changes at the drop of a hat, whether due to the weather, hormones, 'that time of the month', or for no discernable reason whatsoever, and so my little collection of face masks have different purposes. I, generally, am looking for one of three outcomes when using facial masks - hydration, exfoliation/glow or skin clarifying, and have my favourites for each scenario.