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Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts

06 January, 2017

L'Occitane En Provence

L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane En Provence

A new year, a brand new me. That's what Bridge would say. As the Christmas trees are taken down and the Bounty is the only chocolate left on offer in the tin of Celebrations, I always begin to feel as though I need a little rest, to recuperate and to begin, as Bridge would say, my quest to get a brand new me. Or, just a less hungover, reduced sugar version of 2016 me! In my quest to revamp myself a little I got onto the L'Occitane website and filled my basket ready to moisturise, bathe and well, wash my hair on a more regular occasion than I did the festival season just gone. I wanted to start with a lip product because, with this cold weather, my lips are pretty much falling off at the moment. For this reason the Vanilla Lip Balm (1) would be an absolute star this January. Next up, I thought about moisturiser, L'Occitane have a customer favourites page so I headed on over and was drawn to the Shea Butter Face Cream (2), because as well as Shea Butter being my favourite fragrance when it comes to skin care, this product is also for those with normal to combination skin.

Other products I have virtually added to my shopping basket include the Travel Essentials (3) because one of my resolutions for 2017 is to travel a little more. Whether that be for a week, a long weekend or a night away. As well as picking up this Travel Essentials bag, I have also been sitting on the sofa, under 7 blankets with a hot chocolate and too many marshmallows watching Rick Stein's Long Weekend - that constitutes as productive research to ensure I meet my resolutions, right? My last few picks from the L'Occitane En Provence website include a hydrating face mask (4), a repairing shampoo (5) and a candle (6) - because cozy nights in don't have to end just because Christmas is over.

So, with all this I think I'm all ready. 2017, bring it on.

This post has been sponsored by L'Occitane but thoughts on the lovely products and desperate need to rest, recuperate and moisturise all my own. 
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11 December, 2016

Blogger Christmas Wishlist

Blogger Wishlist

T'is that time of year again. My favourite kind where all the good intentions to start buying presents (and making mental wishlist to give out to lovely family members who may wish to buy me a present!) but by the time December comes round it's a last minute rush to the shops - every year. Since I have enough clothes and charity shops have kept my wardrobe stocked throughout the year I thought I would put together a little wish-list of items I think would help my little corner of the inter-web grow. 

First up, it's the Best Travel Camera Panasonic. As it's a little more expensive than the average Christmas present - it is possibly one I would have to put my Christmas pennies towards. I love my Canon but sometimes it's a little bulky when travelling. Especially when I'm trying my absolute hardest to travel a little light - or I am out 'n' about as I was visiting Winter Wonderland earlier this week. It would be a luxury to throw (or, gently place) this camera in my small shoulder bag and head off. I'm hoping to do London charity shop guides and travel posts (as I did with this Sri Lanka Photo Diary ) on my blog going into 2017 so this compact but powerful camera would be bloomin' perfect. 

Other items I think could assist my blog (and other blogs) going into 2017 are a good ol' sturdy tripod and remote for those days when blog pictures are a necessity but there is no-one around to assist, a GorillaPod (a tripod for your phone which can be wrapped around fences/trees to help with a little Insta photo taking when out) and a Insta-worthy organiser to keep on top of when I need to snap/write/schedule blog posts. 

Have you got any blogger essentials I could add to my Christmas wish-list? 

Blogger Wishlist
Blogger Wishlist
Blogger Wishlist
Blogger Wishlist
Blogger Wishlist
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20 September, 2016

Traid


A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Or something along those lines. Last Sunday after a good bit of brunch, my friends and I took a detour back to the station via Traid in Shepherds Bush. Traid is one of my absolute favourite second hand shops. With 11 around London from East (Dalston)  to West (Shepherds Bush), if you're in the capital there is sure to be one not too many tube stops away.

Traid are working to stop clothes from being thrown away. By supplying a network of charity clothes banks, home collections and charity shops it's so easy to donate those unwanted items. By hand sorting donations in Landan town and selecting quality stock for their shops, it's no wonder I would have quite happily purchased most of the Shepherd's Bush shop. Not to worry though, my rent will be made this month as I managed to limit myself to a few purchases. The funds raised by Traid go towards improving conditions and working practices in the textile industry. If you are London based you can find your nearest Traid shop here.



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11 May, 2016

Insta-Update #5


Although my struggle with blogging throughout the winter is over (it is light enough for over an hour to allow a little picture snapping), I still thought it was time for another Insta-update. With Instagram being my favourite of the social medias I try to post over on my Instagram most days, although somedays this can be a little tricky as occasionally I am at home all day, sewing alone with just a cactus to talk to. Recently on the ol' feed I have been posting my latest charity shop purchases, sharing a few outfit pictures which haven't been featured on the web-log and waffling about my favourite second-hand shops in London (FYI, a favourite includes TRAID in Shepherds Bush). There has also recently been my first attempt at a selfie for Fashion Revolution Week. Spoiler alert: I'm not a natural selfie taker - they're bloody difficult so they won't become a regular feature so it'll be safe to follow over here
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31 March, 2016

Second Hand Shopping in NYC

After spending a fair amount of time scouting out the best second-hand shops in New York prior to my holiday last month, I thought I would do a little round-up of a few of the thrift and vintage haunts I loved the most. Whilst New York is renowned for pavements being lined with designer, I was far more excited about the scouring the second-hand shops of the East Village - I realise that I'm talking as though I could afford a little designer, I can't! But the thrift/vintage/second-hand shops didn't disappoint. On Saturday, after walking 45 blocks to 579 5th Ave (otherwise known as Monk Vintage), I treated myself to a 70's suede jacket I know I am going to love forever - an investment purchase at it's best. To be worn with a faux fur stole in winter and over a floral dress in summer, I'm sure I'm going to get my pennies worth with this little jacket. So that's enough babbling from me - here's a few of my favourite second-hand shops in NYC.  

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

AuH20 84 East 7th Street

In AuH20 I got the feeling that clothes had been hand picked especially for this beautiful little shop. Owned by Kate Goldwater (Au=Gold, H20=Water, so a bloomin' clever name), AuH20's mission is to make shopping sustainably as 'easy and enjoyable' as shopping elsewhere. Definitely a shop after my own second-hand heart. I walked away from AuH20 empty handed but instantly felt shoppers remorse as I didn't pick up the perfect-for-spring, pink suede skirt and the 90's maroon bomber jacket and, well, everything else in this beautiful, incredibly reasonably priced shop. 

Second Hand Shopping NYC

Buffalo Exchange, 332 East 11th Street (but sooo many other locations - see here

Forever an advocate of vintage, charity and second-hand shopping, I think we need more shops like the Buffalo Exchange in London. With Buffalo Exchange being a Buy-Sell-Trade shop, you can drop of old clothes and either sell or trade for be-youu-tiful second-hand clothes. I visited Buffalo Exchange as a shopper with nothing to sell/trade but I managed to pick up a $15 second-hand stripey dress which I have worn over and over since landing back in Landan Tawnnn. This place is a little less vintage and a little more current high-street trend so if you're not a fan of the 50's to 90's and are happier with newer, more current trends then this is the shop for to spend an hour, ahem, I mean an afternoon in.

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

Beacon's Closet, 10 West 13th Street, Manhatten

I'm a little jealous of Beacon's Closet - I wouldn't mind it as my own wardrobe as this place is full of rails of clothes, shoes are piled on the shelves and accessories line the shop in abundance. Another Buy-Sell-Trade one, Beacon's Closet was another place I hurried off to the changing room with a silver pleated skirt, a shirt with inappropriately gigantic sleeves and a whole lot of delightfulness which can only be picked up in a second-hand stores. 

Second Hand Shopping NYC
Second Hand Shopping NYC

Monk Vintage, 579 5th Avenue


Last, but most certainly not least, Monk Vintage. This is the place I picked up my beloved 70's suede jacket. With a whole load of vintage greatness hidden amongst these filled rails. Time Out have said about Monk Vintage 'dig and ye shall find' which explains why I loved this place. There is nothing more exciting than routing around a treasure chest for seriously enviably items which will be at the forefront of the wardrobe for a hell'uva long time.!
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20 March, 2016

New York through 35mm

New York City
New York City
New York City

There has always been something about disposable cameras I have loved. From the ability to chuck in your pocket/bag without worrying about them breaking to the excitement of when they arrive back in Snappy Snaps and are ready for pick up. In the queue at Boots I spotted a disposable camera, a fun flash if you will, and threw in my basket ready for my trip to New York last month. A few of the pictures returned with fingers over lenses (which you can spot over on Facebook), overexposed and with only half the Statue of Liberty in shot but overall they still provided some laughs, good memories and some non-virtual, actual real life snaps for the ol' holiday album.

I absolutely loved New York and can't wait to return in the future. As we mooched around the second-hand shops I became totally hooked on the idea that we need more Buy-Sell-Trade shops in London (similar to my fave in NYC, Buffalo Exchange). As well as encouraging the purchase of second-hand clothing they also provide sellers the opportunity to take unwanted items in to either trade or sell. Similar to a eBay but without the hassle of postage and packaging for seller and receiving an item that doesn't quite fit/suit you for the buyer! A win-win if you ask me!

Along with the shopping and sightseeing we managed to fit in a lot of amazing food with the help of the Foursquare. Pointing us in the direction of the best pizzas/bagels and Lebanese food I have ever tasted, we definitely did not go hungry! If you're ever in a new city and after some food then this is seriously the app for you. I'm now of to raid the kitchen in the hope that someone has left me a New York style Bare Burger -fingers crossed....!

New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City
New York City
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