Closet Detox! Following Into Mind’s Cheat Sheet


I’m an aspiring minimalist. I long to own less so that my closet and home are clutter-free, but somehow no matter how much I get rid of I always find ways to replace it. And then when I try to detox my home, I have 101 excuses as to why I absolutely must keep whatever I’m looking at…

  • That book? I haven’t read it yet and I’ll get around to reading that one day!
  • One day I will have a reason for wearing a formal black dress – it’ll be the day after I get rid of it!
  • I’ve never worn that necklace, but it was a gift so I absolutely must keep it!

So when I saw Into-Mind had a Closet Detox Cheat Sheet, I printed it out, taped it to the wall, and promised myself I’d follow it and go through my closet and drawers in hopes of becoming clutter free. Continue reading

Review: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Pearl

joan_collins_lip_gloss_review_2Maybe I’m not the most up-to-date on these things, but I had no idea that Joan Collins had a beauty range until the team at Urban Retreat gifted me the Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Pearl from her eponymous range. But I am oh so glad they did!  Continue reading

Celebrating Feathers’ 40th Birthday

Outside Feathers in Knightsbridge at the Feathers 40 years partyOne of my favourite things about living in London is that you get to meet all sorts of people and there’s never a shortage of options to keep you entertained. So along those lines – that’s pretty much how I found myself on the guest list along with a friend for Feathers’ 40th Birthday Party on Thursday night! Continue reading

Review: Neal’s Yard White Tea Facial Mist

This blog post is part of a series of my personal skin care journey. If you’ve got oily, temperamental, breakout prone skin you may want to read on – and let me know your best skin care tips in the comments! x


It feels like ages ago now, but I’m still working my way through the recommendations I received from Caroline Hirons way back when! And my latest beauty buy from her list of suggestions was the Neal’s Yard White Tea Facial Mist.   Continue reading

DIY: Coloured Pencil Picture Frame

pencil_picture_frame_11We’re on a bit of a DIY kick at home, and this latest project was inspired by a frame that Jeff and I saw in a shop when he joked: We could totally make it ourselves. And being in a cheeky mood, I decided to hold him to it – after all, we have a bunch of pictures (and post cards!) that need frames.

Which is why we recently spent an entire afternoon sawing pencils into bits and then sharpening the tips…  Continue reading

Review: Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid foundation

laura_mercier_urban_retreat_15To celebrate the launch of Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid foundation, Urban Retreat hosted an event for a handful of bloggers – and I was lucky enough to attend with my blogging buddy Mitra. At the event, Laura Mercier’s Global Makeup Artist Trevor O’Keefe offered mini makeovers whilst sharing expert tips and new season trends.

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DIY: Personalised Scrabble Board Wall Art

Personalised Scrabble Wall Art Planning
Way back when we were getting ready for the wedding, Jeff and I had discussed making a personlised wedding centrepiece using a Scrabble game set. We started some of the preliminary works on it – including how it would look and detailing what we’d need to make it – but with only 4 full months to plan our wedding and a very limited budget, that didn’t quite pan out. However, nearly a year on from the original idea and we’ve finally had the time to follow through.

If you want to make one, too, it’s really easy – and shouldn’t cost more than about £50 and 1 hour of time!  Continue reading