Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
The SOFTEST, most whisp-y cotton-candy textured blue skies and dwindling HYDRANGEAS on early evening escapades on those two wheels of mine. Which incidentally are also a soft PISTACHIO green. Along with my dearly beloved Cambridge Satchel. I think i almost adore HYDRANGEAS a little more now there are all starting to dry and their colours beginning to soften into wonderfully delicate lilacs, vintage violets and soft pinks.
myself us to the softest little CHECKERED throw for our bedroom recently. I can't begin to tell you quite how HAPPY that colour combination makes me. I have been enjoying feeling it's weight on the tips of my toes as it sits folded on the very end of the bed as i fall asleep, or wearing it WRAPPED around my shoulders as i dust rose-y pink blusher on my cheeks in an attempt to ready myself for the day ahead. If i could wear it ALWAYS then i think i would.
I also dug out this pretty tunic SMOCK from donkeys years ago and have been enjoying wearing it with my SOFTEST black,ripped slim jeans and favourite ROSE-pink cardigan slung around my shoulders. It goes perfectly with hair that isn't brushed and has the prettiest floral crown buried in amongst its' tangles, don't you think…?! And if i squint my eyes enough its aaalmost the same colours as that pretty little blanket concoction…
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What's you COLOUR combination of choice lately..? Are you happiest curled up pastels like me or do you have a penchant for the richer colours?!? I'd love to know!
Friday, 22 August 2014
The brightest most blue sky i have seen in such a long while and the racing cotton wool clouds through our skylight first thing this morning; Leaves dropping from the trees in a much-colder-than-anticipated breeze; The last of the beautiful hydrangeas curling up and turning pretty hues of all kinds of lilac and lime green; Seagulls trying their hardest to fly against the wind on this mornings bike ride. The way that makes them look like they are tied to a long, long pieces of string; The hugest red admiral butterfly on our duvet upon returning home from my jobs. As she (i like to think she was a she, she was too beautiful not to be) was sat on the pillow i sat and talked to her for a good few minutes, hoping (most stupidly) that it might coax her out of the skylight. She responded much better to a little tickle, but i said goodbye anyway.
Seagulls always seagulls first thing in the morning. Tip tapping on top of our roof and shouting at each other; The Mr's alarm and knowing that i don't have to get up - i love that feeling because every morning i am always up before him; A new brown and white spaniel puppy's sweet little bark as i drove past him in the park this morning. So sweet and when i stopped to say hello he was all happy and full of kisses and a little wagging tail; The washing machine swish and swoosh throughout the morning, afternoon and evening as i attempted to wash everything known to man in 24 hours. I am now subsequently left with a 'hanging gardens of Babylon' style home as various items of laundry hang from every conceivable orifice; Elbow. That's right, still. I have this thing where once i find an album i love i listen to it over and over until i know it every each which way and can no longer bear to have it in my ears any longer. Then it comes back to me a few months later and i love it all over if not more.
Raspberries with everything. Alongside pancakes with an unhealthy spread of crunchy peanut butter, or dotted around my mid-afternoon day-off-shaped treat of a double chocolate chip cookie as big as my head or smashed into natural yoghurt with a drizzle of honey before bed; Chicken thighs cooked slowly in red wine and served with colcannon and tender-stem brocoli…the autumnal suppers are being eased in; Endless cups of tea whilst tip tapping away at some work in our office with the skylight as wide as it will go and a big huge and whopping soft checked blanket around my shoulders.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Friday, 8 August 2014
I have been trying my best to SLOW down lately. When work is so very busy i find it so hard to just sit still and slow down my pace when i am at home. I fidget, i half read things, half watch things and don't listen properly. I also bump into things a lot. Switching off from everything (almost) electrical - not counting netflix, British Bake Off etc - in the evenings has really helped. But my day off yesterday hit me hard. I really had to struggle to get up and felt like i could have slept for an eternity. Copious cups of tea, a little victoria sponge and lots of cuddles have helped though. I think my body is more than ready to slow down for a few days.
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Aren't the evenings getting darker?! My after tea-shaped bike rides have me CHASING the sun all the way home and getting there just as it sinks behind the last of the day. I have also been notching the shower temperature up a little and a little bit enjoying a slouchy fine knit slung around my pyjamas in the evenings. I have also been trying to make the most of getting out and about in the GREEN before whizz and bang, it just blows all away. The very last of the wildflowers are lingering and my favourite wild hydrangea in the park is looking very sorry for itself!
I have been snatching all of the SUNSHINE that the days have given. Days that end like the above are worth savouring for as long as possible. I never get bored of watching the sun breaking through the trees and feel as if i could sit and watch it forever. Sometimes i do.
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In other much more MUNDANE and less interesting, 'catch up' shaped news:
* i tried coconut milk for the first time this week. Oh my. I think it could be my favourite yet. I'm wondering if it would work as well in porridge…?
* The Mr accidentally cut off most of his beard this week in an electric shaving-shaped emergency. I miss it already. A man with a beard is pretty high up on my list. I can't express my sadness too much though as he is as equally distraught as me. I am hoping that it will grow back quickly!
* After having seen hardly any wasps this summer we are having some what of a wasp infestation in our little somewhere. I have had to artfully (read: glass and envelope/harshly wafted tea towel/a stern word or ten) remove four in the last 48 hours.
* We watched the first episode of The Great British Bake Off on Wednesday evening and i am already counting down the days until the next one. In fact, i even watched it again over breakfast yesterday morning.
* I read the new Simple Things magazine cover to cover on Wednesday evening whilst lay on the sofa with the Mr and a big cup of chai tea. It's been so long since i did that. Praise be to leaving that phone of mine in the other room and long may it continue!
* I have been sleeping better than ever before and feeling ever so much more productive, bouncy and happy - long may this also continue.
* We had a little jaunt to a Gap outlet at the weekend (i know right GAP OUTLET) it's only taken us about two years and the Mr's jeans to pretty much disintegrate to get us to bloody go. We stocked up on jeans, and i wanted to buy THE WHOLE LOT OF EVERYTHING. Man i love Gap. I hadn't realised quite how much until last weekend. We have already made a pact to return once autumn hits so that we can stock up on jumpers, socks and cosy apparel. I am already excited.
* Evenings spent watching the Good Food channel is pretty much the only reason to have Sky lately. Who doesn't want to watch Rachel Khoo, Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on tap..?!
Consider yourself fully updated you lucky DUCKS. What have you all been UP to then? Any plans for this weekend? I am wishing you all a splendid one! And if you could all cross your fingers and toes for some Scottish sunshine for me too then that would be great thanks.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Monday, 4 August 2014
Friday, 1 August 2014
So i am coming at you with a slightly different kind of a share today. Whilst i am familair with sharing most things about life around Tangle Towers and probably also too many clouds (is there such a thing?) i wanted to try something a little more unfamiliar to myself. It's good to push yourself once in a while no? I am no beauty blogger. and it has never been the kind of blog that i have enjoyed reading. There's nowt wrong with that, it's just not for me. Mostly 'cos i find that a lot of the content is a bit on the same-y side. And i also feel like it's a little bit of a saturated area, in that so so many bloggers receive samples and freebies and alot of reviews aren't as genuine as they could be. My favourite bloggers are ones that mix it up and have a little bit of everything, content-wise. I digress.
Today i want to share three particularly fabulous products with your lovely faces. Simply because i adore them. Not just love, adore. And for someone who isn't really into beauty, make-up et al, well for me its a big deal. I am sharing them because they work. They are products i have used and loved for a fair few weeks now and have re-bought. Furthermore, two of them are a summery variation on products from the same brand i have forever been faithful too. As tentative a step as it is (for me!) to switch up my usual suspects a little, sometimes having real brand loyalty and love never disappoints.
1. Batiste Dry Shampoo - Floral Essences. Now i wont HARP on about the benefits of dry shampoo. But what i will say is that it took me a whole lot longer than it should have (or is normal) for me to make the transition from washing my mop every day, to going a few days in between and really learning to love dry shampoo. For me it wasn't so much the texture of my hair. I soon fell in love with dry shampoos' ability to give my hair texture and fullness, And an extra hour in bed on the days i didn't wash it. What i couldn't get right and what i missed most, was the smell of freshly washed hair. Now i don't think you can ever fully replicate the smell with dry shampoo, not fully. But i soon settled on Batiste's Oriental scent. I haven't diverted from this staple in about…three years? Until recently. I wont lie, i noticed the pretty-printed bottle first. You know, me and my prints! But this floral fragrance is HEAVEN. It's clean, fresh and sweet without being overly sweet or synthetic. And it clings to my hair all day, so i get a sweet little waft of it often and that's what i love. No doubt this will be a summer limited edition but i am happy to go back to my original if it does. I'm content in just a little summer romance...
2. Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. I can't speak of this brand HIGHLY enough. I am a huge whopping Lush fanatic but whilst i swear by their products for removing my makeup and for my evening cleansing routine, i always missed having a simple fuss-free cleanser to wash my face in first thing in the morning when all it has had on are my evening serum and a moisturiser. Especially as i don't always shower in the morning. I have used Good Things Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser for about 2 years now. I can't fault it. It puts just the right amount of moisturiser into my skin without it feeling greasy. And it's just the right side of soapy without it feeling as if it has stripped my skin. I know what you are thinking, why change then? I also use their Miracle Mattifier moisturiser every day and night and it has changed my life. OH and the condition of my skin completely. It keeps my skin hydrated and shine free and feeling soft all at the same time. So it was a decision i made purely as i haven't used a single product of theirs that i haven't liked. The Manuka Honey Creamy cleanser is a dreamboat. I mean why wouldn't it be?! It's rich, creamy and so soothing, especially on those days where the sun has been beaming full force between those cotton-wool clouds. It's rich in a way that fully moisturises but doesn't leave a residue on the skin. I hope this isn't a summer only product 'cos i can imagine it being useful through autumn and winter too. Oh and i completely forgot to tell you that all of their products are free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphates, animal ingredients and mineral oils - read: all of the nasty synthetic things you don't want to be putting into your skin.
3. Boujois Poudre de Riz de Java. I KNOW what a mouthful. This little pot of loveliness caught my eye purely because of it's beautiful packaging. I bought it on a bit of a whim which was a little bit out of character for me. I have used the same makeup and shine control lotion for ages. But i fancied trying something a little bit DIFFERENT. I haven't got the shiniest skin, but it can appear on the oily side if i am fizzing and whizzing about and so i have forever stayed as far away as possible from anything with 'iridescent' 'pearlised' or 'highlighter' in its description. I look like i have been polished with a can of Mr Sheen if not. But not with this little pot of DELIGHT. This is a shine control-come-cheek sparkler pot of wonderful-ness. It takes away that mid-afternoon shine, or keeps it at bay if i remember to dust it on in the morning. It also gives me just enough of a hint of sparkle. This is ideal in the warmer weather we have been having. It makes my freckly cheeks resemble something quite nice!
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If you had to pick your three FAVOURITE products in this warmer weather, what would they be? Have you loved any new products enough to shout about lately?! I'd love you to SHARING! I chose these three products for no other reason than i flipping love them and wanted to tell you about them. If you happen to give any of them a go then i'd also love for you to let me know too.