Another Post about London in the Summer…

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Summer is my favourite season. I love the long days, the heat waves, sunbathing at the beach and picnics in the park. Growing up I longed for the days where I could ditch my tights and go bare-legged, shed the cardigans and jackets in favour of vest tops – and eat lots of watermelon and strawberries and food fresh from the BBQ!

But ever since moving to England, it feels like the summer goes far too quickly, what with the not so reliable summer weather – not to mention I no longer live right by a beach!

Which is why, as I write this during the last few days of summer while already wearing a jumper, I find myself dreaming about the warmer days we had this year and some of the little things that stick in my mind about this past summer in London. Continue reading

Reminscing: Bonfires and Summer Nights

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Growing up in New England, nothing quite said Summer is here! like long days at the beach with BBQs and bonfires. As I grew up, those beach days, BBQs and bonfires all became excellent excuses for a party. (And as far as I’m concerned, there’s not much that beats a party with the hot, humid New England summer as a backdrop.)

But since moving to London, every summer I find myself a bit homesick and yearning for those New England summers. You see, it just doesn’t get as hot or humid in the summer here (sometimes it’s a blessing, and sometimes I’m cursing wearing knitwear in July!), and the beach is about an hour away by rail – not the 15 minute drive down the road I got used to in my teens.

So when Jeff and I were invited to a friend’s BBQ (with the promise of a campfire once the sun set), we obviously had to say yes! Continue reading

Review: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick and Stay Blushed

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick and Stay BlushedWhile having a poke about online for some daytime makeup looks and tutorials, I stumbled across this video on Lisa Eldridge’s channel where she’s doing the signature Alexa Chung makeup, inspired by Jane Birkin and a modern cat eye, on Alexa herself. Featured in the video, used right alongside some pretty high-end products, were two cheap and cheerful Rimmel London products that I immediately decided I wanted to learn more about. Continue reading

Beauty extras from Birchbox

birchbox skin care one love balm urban veda coola sunscreenWhen I signed up for Birchbox in July, I was lucky enough to have a promo code for a skincare gift. It’s been a while, but I’ve finally found time to try these bonus beauties. Here’s what I think of the products I received…

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National Burger Day 2014

National Burger Day 2014 - Queueing for burgers by Battersea Power Station

It’s no secret that Jeff and I love eating out and enjoy indulging in good burgers from time to time, so when tickets for the 2nd annual National Burger Day went on sale, we were all over it!

So on 27 August we ate light, headed south to Battersea, queued up and ate as many burgers as we could between us (spoiler: we split all the burgers to eat 5 between us – teamwork!) to make the most of the Mr Hyde National Burger Day event! Continue reading

August Birchbox: Away we go

birchbox august 2014 1With August came my second Birchbox delivery, and I’m absolutely over the moon with what I’ve received! From body wash to hair serum, perfume (and I’m not normally a perfume person!) to eyeshadow – this month’s five surprises have got me smiling…  Continue reading

The Fluffy Shopping Experience

Cornershop - outside

Ever since The Cornershop popped up on 1st August, my Instagram and Twitter feeds have been inundated with snaps of traditional corner shop goods made of nothing but felt and wool. And being the nosey type who also really enjoys art (with a personal preference for installations at that) I made plans to check it out over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Continue reading