Sunday, 22 July 2018

Is Skincare the new Self-care?

Over the past year, slowly but surely, my skincare routine has almost quadrupled in length and the amount of products I use regularly has doubled. My dressing table is essentially a shelf of a French pharmacy and I am 100% here for it.

I’ve always been into skincare, constantly trying different products and experimenting to see what suits my rather temperamental skin, but recently it has developed into an essential part of my day. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that during this time yoga and meditation have also creeped into my life, skincare has become a vital part of my self-care routine.

Taking the time to regularly indulge in a skincare routine can be as relaxing as a meditation or yoga session. Taking even 10 minutes to focus on yourself and your skincare allows you time to reflect, relax and mentally prepare you for the day ahead or wind down before bed.

We are all so crazy busy in our lives that we rarely get time to ourselves, taking just 10 minutes for a little self care in the form of a skincare routine can really help. You also don’t need to invest in expensive products for this, it’s more the action of taking time that’s important so you’ll get the same results with soap and water as you will with a super fancy cream!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

A Little Pregnancy Survival Guide

There's less than 50 days to go until I have to pop out a human so I'm distracting myself by writing about it rather than actually thinking about it, totally sensible right? I've had some amazing advice from friends and family during my pregnancy so I thought I'd share a few things that I've discovered or have helped me survive through 33 weeks of growing a person, in case they could help you too or if you're just intrigued about the bonkers magical time of pregnancy.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A Little Help

This year we've been lucky enough to have a little extra cleaning help around the house thanks to Fantastic Services after they got in touch to see if we'd like to put them to the test. Potentially the absolute dream collaboration tbh.

I've always been hesitant to get a cleaner in the past even though we're out of the house for 12 hours a day and are trying to have some kind of life around the house renovations and preparing for a baby to arrive... I've always felt like if we had help around the house I've failed at being able to adult if I can't even look after our house. It feels incredibly unnecessary (and bouji af) to have a cleaner but considering everything going on in our lives at the moment, it was the perfect time to try it out.

But in the interest of research (the things I do for you guys!) and the promise of actually having a tidy house on the regular, I've been working with Fantastic Services and it's time to give you an honest review!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Jeans and a Nice Top: Maternity Edition

The elusive outfit: jeans and a nice top. It's pretty hard to find the perfect combination and even more so when you're pregnant AND we're in the middle of a heatwave! I've put together a bit of a style guide for fellow preggos looking for a simple outfit to throw on, feel confident in and be able to dress up or down as it suits you.

Jeans and a top (sometime a nice one, most of the time a plain t-shirt) has been my go to outfit during pregnancy and it has taken quite a lot of research to find some good 'uns! Add trainers or sandals for a relaxed look or block heels and statement earrings for a night out, easy peasy.

Everything featured in this post is pretty affordable too with nothing over £50, I've not wanted to invest too much money in my maternity wardrobe as it's temporary. I'm sure plenty of others will feel the same so I've kept it affordable!


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Tweet Eats: 19 Cafe Bar, Manchester

Manchester is good at a lot of things, brunch is definitely one of them. The city is full of cafes and restaurants with an incredible brunch offering, from the fluffiest pancakes you've ever seen at Evelyn's to the biggest pile of avocado toast at Trof.

A few weeks ago my friend Naomi and I were invited to try out the brunch menu at 19 Cafe Bar. An independent coffee shop on the edge of the Northern Quarter that serves coffee (obv), brunch, lunch, cakes and cocktails, 19 Cafe Bar has all of the goodness on offer.
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