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Monday, September 25, 2017

It's an exciting yet daunting prospect when trying to dress up a stark white room in a new home - how do you make it your own? How do you inject colour? How do you make it smell of cinnamon enough to feel cosy and autumnal all the time? Priorities I assure you.

My last room was a lilac grey which now I think of it, made the room feel homey a lot quicker than white, because you have that neutral colour there already, so although white is glorious in the morning, it's needed a serious injection of life to make me feel settled in better.

I already had a few prints from the previous place to get me started, but there's always just cause for a few extra homewares and purchases to spruce up a room right? That's what I'm telling my bank account anyway...

Something I'd had my eye on for a while was one of these lovely felt ball garlands from Nordic in Kent on Etsy; I believe I was searching for *cough* Christmas garlands *cough* when the shop came up recommended and I absolutely loved all the pre-made and customisable options. I loved that there were more grown up colours alongside natural muted tones and bold brights, and it did make picking my garland a bit difficult, however Heli who runs the store was great at offering advice (and patience) even creating some colour combinations she thought I'd like and it was so so helpful.

In the end I opted for a mix of turquoise, denim blue, white, and pink, all shades that are already present in my room for an extra pop. Because I don't ave any long surfaces, Heli was able to create two 1m garlands for me so I could spread them out and it really filled in a lot of the blank spaces and created a gorgeous homey touch.

As an extra plus, I have a 15% discount code (not spon just sharing) to use on the Etsy store until the end of the year, so if you need some colourful balls in your life, use the code IGOFFERNIK and get some colour on your walls!

Another Etsy buy were these vegan candles from Lindsay Lucas Candles, again found when searching for seasonal scents that would satisfy my picky tastes. I'm not a huge fan of overly sugary sweet scents or anything fruity, so I went in a bit blind with my selection and relied on the reviews and ingredients to make a choice.

I opted for Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pie, both very similar in ingredients with Gingerbread having more soft vanilla undertones and Pumpkin that kick of sugar. I'll admit on first sniff, I wasn't keen on Pumpkin Pie as it was very baked (imagine Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie) however after burning it I've found it not to be too overpowering but it does linger, so maybe don't burn it after a big meal or you might end up feeling it say hello again.

Gingerbread is gorgeous however, I love the warming notes and how it's subtle enough to scent a room but not overpower it (can you tell I've spent a fair bit of time in the aisles of Homesense smelling candles?) and it's really got me all settled into Autumn and cosiness and hot chocolates and can I start watching The Holiday yet and eat roast dinners every night?

One last item are some multi-coloured fairy lights from Matalan, an absolute bargain at £10 and they change colour from blue to green to yellow to pink, which you don't get a lot of nowadays unless you've got some 90s lights gathering dust in the attic. It feels very Stranger Things when all the lights are off bar these, but they're really fun and again have added some much needed fun and colour into my room - just watch out for Demogorgons and the like.

Other items I've moved across include a few vases from LSA and Amara Living, my White Company winter candle, and of course my prints from Posterlounge which have made my space just that bit easier to settle into, but there is a nice little online basket filled with some new posters and prints I think I might just have to purchase - spaces to fill and all ;)


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Another quarter of the year has passed which means a new issue of Blogosphere has gone to print, and it's been a pleasure again to work with the fab team at the magazine on several photography features.

Issue 14 is a beast of a magazine, featuring all the winners from the first Blogosphere Blog Awards including Claire and Laura from Twins That Travel, who I got to photograph for their winner's interview - they're both such lovely ladies and it was fun getting them to laugh at tales of their travels for the photo!

Another feature I worked on was Charlotte Jonsie's interview, which is probably one of my favourites as I got to sit in on the full recording and her insight and perspective on life is so incredible; she has an amazing positivity and ethic to her daily life, and she's also one awesome model - I need to practise her methods of studying people who look similar to me and my style and emulate their sass and cool!

Finally wrapping up this issue is my first editing job for the photography section, selecting some of my favourite photographers (all female, all totally kickass) who are killing it at their careers right now - Michaela, Rosie, Sophie, and Ella - and have produced some amazing content over the last few months let alone the last year.

It's always great to work with the Blogosphere team, and with a publication that supports the industry, so if you haven't picked up a copy yet, get down to your local WHSmith or subscribe here - p.s. I'm also part of the Photography panel at the Blogosphere Christmas Festival which is super exciting, so make sure to grab a ticket and come listen to me chat with some other amazing industry photographers.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

After a few weeks of moving boxes and making rooms look cosy again, I'm finally back to (some) normality of writing posts and getting through all the products and things I've been wanting to share recently! Thanks for sticking around whilst I've been adjusting to a new sunny nook to work in, and to kick things off again I've got some fab new skincare to share with you...

Now we all know myself and everyone and their mum loves a bit of Oskia - their Renaissance Cleansing Gel is probably one the most raved about products of the last two years, if you didn't already know (and if not, where have you been?) - so when I heard the whispers of new products launching, with the focus on anti-pollution, I was sold.

I'd used another brand's anti-pollution products before, however after talking with Klaudia who works at Oskia (and is also a mega babe) she told me that to keep products affordable, a lot of companies lower the concentration of anti-pollution properties, therefore allowing pollutants to penetrate easily and protect your pores more than average, just not enough to fully call themselves anti.

Oskia's new CityLife range has been several years in the making and now that it's finally here, it's going to change the way your skincare works and how your face feels every day. If you live in a city or are commuting every day, chances are your skin has absorbed pollution on a daily basis (don't tell me you haven't blown your nose after a day on the tube and said 'eww' at all the black crap coming out) but did you know us countryside folk are getting a lot of pollution too? From carpets to computer screens, pollution is seeping into our skin wherever we go and it's important to build a barrier to keep our skin fresh and clean and protect for as long as possible.

There are 4 new products which all work across your routine to help protect, de-stress, and boost your skin again pollution, and after a few weeks of testing them out I'm pleased to say I've had some fab results!

Going in application order, we have the CityLife Cleansing Concentrate*, a gentle foaming cleanser which has a unique texture that feels deeply nourishing yet cleansing. It aims to balance the pH in your skin whilst removing dirt, makeup, and pollutants whilst detoxifying the pores and leaving skin soft with lavender, eucalyptus, and Vitamin B5. If you're oily or have acne, then you'll be pleased to hear that Oskai have yet again incorporated MSM into the cleanser, helping to detoxify and reduce inflammation in the cells (I'm currently taking additional MSM supplements and my skin has been so soft and clear since!).

I like to use this when I've gone into a city or polluted area (aka, left the house) as a second cleanse, so it's not currently a nightly staple, but it has given significant improvement to the tone and texture of my skin after each outing, and made me feel fresh and new compared to previous occasions, which would make it a staple for any city dweller imo!

Next up is the CityLife Facial Mist* which I've loved using day and night - it smells really herbal yet refreshing and it's taking a lot of restraint to not spray it all day every day. It's hydrating, refreshing, and prevents absorption from free-radicals and pollutions indoors and outdoors all day long. The spray is really light and absorbs well without leaving a film, and is packed with vitamins to keeps your skin happy and cared for all day long - even if you used this twice a day from the whole range, you'd see a big improvement in your skin.

As I said before, a lot of anti-pollution products are a lower concentration to save on cost, but this little bottle goes a long long way and is one of the most intensive anti-pollution products you can find on the market; CityLife Booster* does what it says on the bottle, it boosts your skin and provides a whole new level of protection against everything from free radicals to the actual o-zone, it's one tough working concentrate.

The booster helps fight inflammation, hyper-pigmentation, loss of elasticity, dark spots, and reduced cellular renewal, and although pricey is makes a massive difference to the skin with only two drops a day. I mix this into my serum mostly once a day but twice if I'm out and about, but you can add up to three drops max into foundation, moisturiser, or oil to work into the skin and provide a higher level of protection. As I said, it's the most expensive product in the range but if you're using one drop a day, it will really last forever.

Finally we have the CityLife I-Zone Lip and Eye Balm* which at first I wasn't too hyped about, but after moving house I found my under-eyes to be quite dry and puffy, and the balm did just the trick in smoothing everything out again. Again protecting from pollution, the balm contain retinol to reduce lines and sun damage, avocado oil to protect the delicate skin areas, and vitamin E to boost antioxidants where applied. It's a thick consistency which when warmed up melts into a lovely oily balm (like the Renaissance cleanser) and is great left on overnight to sink in and do it's thing, which by morning means smooth bright eyes!

If you couldn't tell already, I'm a huge fan of the CityLife launch and it's great to see some new products added to Oskia's lineup, especially ones that protect all day long and make a huge difference to anti-pollution. Now I'm off to spray some more mist on my pores because who knows how much computer screen dust I've absorbed since starting this post...


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Because why not ey? Let the world know how in control and amazing you are, every day! (I am now taking rhyming bookings for anyone asking.)

After a dip in the sunrise bath that morning, we hurried back to the hotel and I grabbed Kelly to take a few final photos of a tee I'd been dying to wear - 1) because I love People Tree and the slogan, and 2) because I was literally dying in any clothes during that heatwave so I need to whip that tee off and on again pronto.

Like the last t-shirt I blogged about, this tee is made from 100% organic sustainable cotton that supports farmers and production companies, and is another ASOS exclusive print that I couldn't not but in my basket; 'Don't Underestimate The Power Of A Woman' is one heck of a statement, and really does all the talking you need when wearing it day-to-day.

I love the fun colours, the fun print, and I find the message makes you think positively when catching a glimpse in the mirror or when walking down the street.

I've had many compliments off fellow women, and if the slogan and softness of this tee doesn't inspire you to buy it ASAP I don't know what will!

Again I'm hugely into sustainable shopping and fashion at the moment, and this tee is another fab addition to my wardrobe that I know I'll wear all year (even if it's hidden under my jumpers come depths of winter). In fact, I picked up a rather funky pair of wide-legs recently from People Tree that might need to make an appearance on the blog soon....

Now it's bye-bye sunshine and hello autumn!


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