Nature’s Free Fruit – Four Reasons Why I Love Blackberries

Hey Sweeties,

We have been so fortunate this year in the UK, particularly in the south-east (I can’t speak for everywhere else) that we have enjoyed a super early, super bumper crop of blackberries. As spring turns into summer, I start noticing the hedges of bramble bushes begin to flower and then form into reddy-pink fruit; as soon as the blackberries ripen you can be sure I’m clearing space in my freezer, grabbing tubs and heading on out to strip all the local bushes. What’s even better this year, is that I managed to grow my own blackberry bush in my garden and train it up the back fence, and it has been such a pleasure watching blackberries form and ripen, before picking.

4 Reasons why I love Blackberries

 Picking blackberries

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My Four Seasons of 2016 Highlights & Acceptance of Change

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2016 has been a funny old year hasn’t it? We’ve lost a lot of people, some I’ve been truly sad about (Alan Rickman, Caroline Aherne, Victoria Wood, Carrie Fisher…); we voted to leave the EU which, while a lot of people are very angry about it, I’m a glass half full kinda’ gal and we have to look forward otherwise we just stay angry and stew over something that we simply can’t predict what will happen. Trump got elected to be the President of the United States and while Hilary Clinton definitely wasn’t a much better option (don’t kid yourselves just because she would have been the first female President), we have that to watch unfold over the next 12 months. In a recent Twitter chat, we were asked to describe 2016 in one word and for me, that word was ‘change’.

Also for me, the year always begins in spring because it’s my favourite time of year -we’re over winter and nature comes back to life bringing change and new things. The evenings get lighter, the weather warmer and we just feel motivated to do things.

Spring: 

Wedding Blues

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Why So Anti? The Confessions of a Grumpy Almost Thirty Year-Old

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You know the more something is hyped up, the more some people retreat back from it? This is me. Lately I have come to realise that I have gotten used to being so anti things, I have almost actually prevented myself from enjoying anything, isn’t that crazy? But it’s true, it’s an historic trait in me, and I hate myself a little bit for it because it’s just so unnecessary. So today my Sweeties, in a bid to be better and less anti like, I am confessing my most recent sins in hope of forgiveness. Here goes:

Autumn –I frickin’ love autumn, I think everyone in the UK does; I love the changing colours of the trees; dry, crisp leaves on the floor; and the opportunity to wrap up warm; but from about mid-august it felt like everyone (by everyone I mean mostly bloggers -sorry guys, but you know it’s true!), suddenly got bored of the heat and the sun and it was time to start dreaming about chunky knits, boots, berry lips and such like which quite frankly, pissed me off. I love summer, I love the sun, I love the long days that end late into the evening; for my general upbeatness, I need days like this, so I just cannot understand why everyone gets so caught up in the romanticism of autumn and wishes summer away. Autumn is a beautiful season, sure, but let’s just calm down okay and enjoy the moment we’re in.

Action: As we’re now in autumn, let’s go for it! Cue all the autumness!

Halloween

Halloween

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Autumn Haul feat. ASOS, TK MAXX, New Look & Primark

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Never one to be rushed into being excited for a season before it is here, now summer has well and truly past, I now welcome everything the colder months bring (except the darkness, I love long summer days). While my work wardobe needs a bit more of an update to adequately cope with aumtumn/winter, in my weekend wardobe I haven’t needed a lot to refresh it slightly. I doubt I am done buying any more, but for now I love my most recent autumn picks, here they are –

Autumn Haul

ASOS Oversized long woven scarf in pink leopard: I love scarves, I can never have too many although like my attitude to other items in my wardrobe, I try to fill gaps rather than purchase items too similar to something else I already own. If you remember last winter, I rarely left the house without my gorgeous River Island animal print scarf (see it here), however unfortunately, when my beautiful bunny Lola suddenly died back in April, I had to use the scarf to take her home in and understandably, while I have washed it since, it brings unhappy memories for me now. I have never owned a big oversized scarf so when I saw this one on ASOS, I just had to have it!

Boohoo cable rib knit jumper (purchased via ASOS): What’s autumn without a good cream cable knit jumper? I love this one from Boohoo, I like how it is longer at the back and the cable knit pattern is just at the front.

Autumn Haul

Autumn Haul

Autumn Haul

Autumn Haul

David & Young Bobble Hat (purchased at TK MAXX): I don’t always suit beanie style hats but I really love the style of bobble hats and I couldn’t resist this one.

ASOS Velvet Cat Cross Body Bag: I don’t usually purchase clothing or accessories that I deem to be too distinctive to one particular shop, or too popular because God forbid I have that moment whereby I walk past someone, or rock up to work wearing the same thing as someone else. That being said, when I saw this little velvet cat bag on Zoella’s recent autumn lookbook, I couldn’t resist. It’s just that bit too small to fit my current purse into, but it is otherwise a lovely sized bag and ideal when you’re not needing to carry around a lot.

Autumn Haul

Autumn Haul

New Look Animal Print Skirt: I had my eye on this skirt for ages before finally purchasing it when it had 25% off a couple of weeks ago. You guys know how much I love animal print clothing and accessories (here) and this is another fun piece to add to my collection and so easy to wear both casually, and in the work place.

Autumn Haul

D&Y Cape (Purchased at TK MAXX): I love capes and wraps, I think they add a real point of interest to an outfit and I love this one I recently purchased. For me, they are ideal to wear when it’s cold enough to need layers, but you might not need the thickness of a big heavy coat.

Primark Long Sleeved Khaki Green Dress: These types of dresses are becoming such a work staple at the moment as they are so easy to wear paired with tights and either flats or boots. This one from Primark I love, but the fabric is very figure hugging so while it’s very comfortable to wear, I will always wear it with a big scarf or chunky knit cardigan to take the attention away from my front. I am not fat by any means but not everyone likes their womanly curves to be quite on show -you get me?

Autumn Haul

ASOS Totes Furry Rabbit Boot Slippers: I’ve been in need of a new pair of slippers for months and being a rabbit fan, I just love this pair of slipper boots from ASOS. While I argue they look more like lambs than bunnies (although the back of the slipper has little white bunny tail), they are still very cute and VERY comfortable!

Primark Rabbit patterned Pajama bottoms: I love Primark for pajamas, who doesn’t?! I of course had to pick up this pair of bunny patterned ones on a recent visit!

What are you autumn essentials?

Until next time x

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Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Day and Night Cream Review

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I have been so eager to tell you about these two creams I have recently discovered from Dr Organic, so I am excited for today’s post.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil day and night cream

A few months ago in a recent shop in Holland & Barrett, I got given a selection of samples of the day and night creams from Dr Organic. Seeing that the formula of the creams included coconut oil, I knew I not only had to give them a try, but expectations were already high for whether I would like them or not… and I wasn’t disappointed so I have since purchased the full sized products.

Following a few months of regularly receiving beauty boxes, I have a small collection of facial oils that I love using, but only do so during my evening routine so that the oil has time to really absorb into my skin and work its magic. I find using facial oils in the morning, unless it’s a weekend and I’m not piling on makeup soon after, not the most beneficial to my skin… or more accurately, the base of my makeup. That being said, now we’re into the autumn and soon winter months, my skin needs all the hydration it can get and so oil based skincare products are now something I can better incorporate.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil day and night cream

Both Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Day and Night creams are free from: Parabens, SLS, Synthetic colours, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Glycols, DEA, BHT, Isothiazolinones, mineral oil, and silicones.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil day and night cream

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil day and night cream

The Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Day & Night creams are fabulous, and they don’t break the bank, in fact far from it. The creams are a rich, creamy formula (the night cream being slightly thicker in consistency), and my skin feels instantly better moisturised following application and the coconut oil ingredient is really identifiable. While I fell in love with the night cream first, saving the day cream for weekends, I’ve actually found I can use the day cream during the week because it’s fast absorbing, and I don’t feel it makes my makeup slip off during the day; it just leaves a beautiful hydrated base.

I think users similar to me who like using facial oils, but maybe don’t like the feeling of your skin being overpowered with oil, will absolutely adore these creams from Dr Organic. For me it’s the perfect balance between a good thick moisturising cream, and a good facial oil; the two elements work very harmoniously together creating that perfect combination in one (or two) easy product(s).

Retailing for £8.99 (I picked up the second tub half price in a special deal), the Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Day & Night creams are very affordable, and of a decent high quality which I heartily recommend.

How does your skincare change in autumn and winter months?

Until next time x

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