Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Is there anything better than getting home to a brand new copy of Vogue waiting for you? After a long day at work and only the duvet calling my name, I think not.
I'm one of those people who manages to forget to buy magazines every month so I always make sure I have a subscription to my two favourite titles Vogue and Women's Health (thank you Mother for that one!), it feels like a little present every month!
I subscribed to Vogue through Magazines.co.uk (click here for details) and it is such a good deal, it's only £29.90 for a whole year, that's £2.49 an issue! As cheesy as it sounds, it would make an absolutely perfect Christmas gift as it keeps on giving all year round.
Find out more about the different subscriptions available (there are a lot!) here and why not treat yourself to a monthly dose of fashion?
Saturday, 3 October 2015
After a day spent blowing away the cobwebs (and admiring some beautiful ones) myself and Joe are settling down to a well deserved night in, usually that means watching a film and working our way through the best part of a bottle of wine (or all of it...), but while we were wandering through the fells we decided to experiment with cocktails and treat ourselves to a slab of steak.
Joe is suffering from a cold so he's plumped for a gin version of a hot toddy tonight, but I've decided to recreate a cocktail I had in Hawksmoor last month, a delicious blend of Aperol (my holiday fave), vermouth, elderflower cordial (my all time fave) and white wine. It's a year round twist on the classic Aperol Spritz and is perfect for autumn. It's also the ideal shade for Halloween cocktails, just replace the orange peel with a creepy sweet!
Because it's so dreamy, I thought I'd share the recipe with you, because if I can make, you definitely can!
- A shot of Vermouth
- A teaspoon of Picon Bier (or orange bitters)
- A glug of Elderflower Cordial
- A splash of Sauvignon Blanc
- A top up of Aperol
- A Lemon (for garnish)
- Ice cubes
- Combine the Vermouth, Picon Bier or bitters and elderflower cordial in a glass. Preferably choose one that you'd expect Don Draper to drink from, it's all about the cut glass.
- Add a splash of Sauvignon Blanc and top up with Aperol, think 1 part wine and 2 parts Aperol.
- Add a slice of lemon peel (or Halloween treats if you feel so inclined) and serve over ice.
Friday, 2 October 2015
Make-up is one of life's great treats. It brightens our skin when we're feeling under the weather, gets us noticed in a crowd and helps us feel our very best. But there are times when a full face of make-up isn't going to get you ahead. Here are three situations where you might want to consider the natural look.
For job interviews it's always important to look sharp and dress the part. But you want to be judged on your career skills, not on how well you can blend your blusher. Too much make-up can look like you're trying too hard, and may distract your prospective employees from the great experience on your C.V. To feel truly confident and look your best, choose a toned down version of your normal make-up routine. That means Amy Winehouse eyeliner flicks and Gwen Stefani red lips are out - unless, of course, you're applying for a job in beauty or show business. A little bit of blush is fine as long as it looks natural, and sheer lipsticks in natural shades can work wonders. A light dusting of powder can help to keep nervous faces looking their best. Good luck!
Have you ever spotted someone at your local gym who looks completely out of place, but you haven't been able to figure out why? They probably forgot to remove that morning's full face of make-up. There's a reason why nobody wears make-up to the gym, and it's an icky one. When you sweat, your skin releases toxins that have built up and if your skin is covered by a layer of foundation, that sweat is going to sink back into your pores and cause unsightly spots later on. Instead, you should be removing all the dirt and make-up from your face before your workout, giving your skin a chance to breathe. Don't leave it on out of vanity or laziness or you'll sabotage your efforts to look fabulous and healthy!
Picture the scene. You're accompanying with friends at a football match and you happen to look in your compact mirror at half-time only to discover you have a very visible tide mark on your chin and it's been there all day. Or worse, your make-up has settled into every crease and you now look like a more fashionable version of your granny. Not ideal. That's why when it comes to day-time sports events it's much better to opt for natural foundation options like tinted moisturiser. The exception, of course, is if you're at a Serie A match surrounded by gorgeous Italian football fans. Then, you can allow yourself a little extra sparkle. Before you go, brush up on your Serie A betting with bet365 so you can impress your fellow fans. If you need a tip, when I looked, Juventus are leading the way with the bookies to win the league!
Thanks to Idhren for the guest post! I'm going to be crazy busy at work over the next few months so if you're interested in guest posting on my blog, just drop me an email on email@example.com
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