Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Darling Buds of May


Ahh May, one of the best times of the year; it's peony season! Peonies are hands down my favourite flowers, they are beautiful blooms that start as tight, little buds that explode into pillows of petals. I've been picking a bunch up every time I've spotted some to take full advantage of it, which now means there's three bunches of flowers in our house... My latest bunch are these deep pink peonies waiting to burst open, I picked them up for just £1.50 in Tesco, such a steal!

In light of my love for peonies, I thought I'd share a few other things that I'm loving about the month of May.  
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

5 Tips for Cleaning Make-up Brushes


Cleaning make up brushes is one of the most boring tasks and it's one that I always reserve for Sundays alongside tackling the pile of washing, hoovering and other equally glamorous chores. Anything that could make the task a little easier is a dream, so I thought I'd put together a few tips to make it just a little bit easier.

Keeping your make up brushes clean is vital for healthy skin, make up brushes are full of dirt, oil and bacteria that will increase the likelihood of breakouts and spots. Plus, make up brushes can be expensive so the better you look after them, the longer they'll last!
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Flowers and Waves


As much as I would love to embrace colour as the summer months roll in, I'm still a head to toe black kind of girl at heart. Whatever the weather, black is still my go to colour so if I can add a little splash of summer with a floral print, it makes me look a bit less like Noel Fielding in The IT Crowd.
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Mind and Body


Getting back into exercise after a holiday is a nightmare, all I want to do is have wine with lunch and eat all of the cheese. This time I planned in an active weekend to avoid this (although Eurovision did call for a little wine and cheese of course) and make sure I got straight back into the swing of things.

I had a Saturday of weight training and fast yoga with Lighter Life Fast at The Trafford Centre planned, unfortunately the weight training had to take a back seat as we had to rush to a house viewing which had just come to the market in an attempt to get in first. I picked up Rebecca and we headed to the Trafford Centre, after a quick stop at Selfridges to have a nosey in the home section (I want everything) we went to where the yoga was taking place. It happened to be in the middle of the Trafford Centre... In a fake garden... In front of everyone...
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Avocado and Beetroot Roses with Pea, Feta and Mint Smash Recipe


I have a borderline obsession with avocados, I would happily eat them from every meal and am always on the lookout for new recipes to try. Before we went on holiday I stocked up on healthy cookbooks including The Naked Diet to make sure I came back from a week of indulgence to healthy inspiration.

I adapted one of the recipes so I could try out the (now utterly cliche) avocado rose and it is my new favourite breakfast so I thought I'd share the recipe with you. The avocado and beetroot can just be sliced (I had time while I was waiting for the freezer to defrost, oh the glamorous life I lead) but if you fancy trying an avocado rose, which is actually much easier than it looks, there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube and Instagram. It's a fancy but completely unnecessary skill, perfect for showing off to brunch guests though! 

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