Winter Skincare | Hands

Hands are so important and I think one of the most missed parts of the body when it comes to taking care of them. We are all told that it’s important to moisturise your face, so you look younger for longer. But hands are neglected and they are one of the places I think ages us the most.

As we head into winter our hands are taking the toll. Here are my favourite hand care products to keep your hands looking youthful and moisturised in Autumn and Winter. Don’t forget to wear your gloves too.

Cath Kidston – A mini trio of floral scented hand creams. Each sent transports you to a stately home somewhere. A scented hand cream instead of perfume? people complimented me on my perfume and i’ve had to tell them it’s actually my hand cream. They are perfect handbag emergency hand creams.

Cath Kidston

Geranium is my favourite scent.

I’ve the worst nails so I use Burt’s Bees cuticle cream to protect my nails as much as possible from breaking. I massage my nails with this lemon butter after using hand cream and feel very protected. I don’t feel like i’ll be getting and ripped cuticles or sore skin. Also smells amazing and comes in gift sets all the time.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees almond Milk and Beeswax hand cream is a very thick and sticky cream that needs a little working into the skin, but sinks in and moisturises deeply. It’s a very traditional smell, you smell the almonds and the honey and that’s it.

Something a little fancier for your paws is the Elemis British Botanicals hand and nail butter. Just listen to the list of ingredients. Wild flax, sweet orange, lavender, oats, patchouli, rosemary, burdock, geranium, thyme, camomile. That’s not even the whole list. It’s a beautiful concoction of scents and is such a light butter that it could be used all over the body.

Elemis

The heavy lifting hand cream comes from Elizabeth Arden.

This will sooth your winter skin ailments and leave you feeling like you’ve shed your skin and am fresh and clean. A thick gloopy cream from the Eight Hour collection, that you have to really work into the skin and leaves your hands sticky for ages. Which makes you stop what you are doing and really massage your skin. A little me time while taking care of your hands.

Elizabeth Arden

What are your must have hand care staples during Autumn and Winter?

Steal Your Boyfriend

Boyfriend Jacket

The oversized jacket you stole from your boyfriends wardrobe in the 80’s. Total 80’s power dressing for the back to school season. Styled with some honeydew culottes for a colour pop.

 

I wore

oversized jacket – LOTD

Culottes – LOTD

black top – Topshop

Shoes – New Look

Earrings – Primark

Thank you LOTD, who kindly let me pick from their collection of beautiful pieces, items to wear and style here, for you guys.  Ofcourse as alway all opinions are my own. Do go check LOTD out.

Monty’s Lounge | Burger

Monty’s Lounge is a quite burger spot in the heart of Bournemouth. I’ve heard about Monty’s for the better part of 2 years and finally decided to go. We arrived at golden hour and were pretty much the only customers saver one table next to us.

You can find Monty’s in a few places around Bournemouth: Pokesdown, and Bournemouth Centre.

Website here : Monty’s Lounge

The decor was relaxed, beachy, hipster and artsy all at the same time. A real mish-mash of styles, but it kinda worked. The hand painted Bournemouth scenes on the pages on the walls were a highlight for me.

 

To the burger.

We each got the cowboy, he got an extra patty and we got the same sides. The sweet potato fries with added bacon and maple syrup.

The Cowboy was a tantalising taste, it was a mix of zing and flavour. The classic crunch of crisp lettuce cut through the sauce and balanced the flavours perfectly. But it didn’t really taste like a cowboy burger. I was expecting something deep down and dirty, I got a very good burger that has a miss leading name. I loved the addition of bacon to the side, but would have liked the maple on the side to drizzle it myself. What can I say, I like to play with my food.

I enjoyed the service and the food and will be going again. I think the raging cajan is next.

What I look like waiting for a burger. Grumpy that I don’t have food and excited to eat a burger.

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Wedding Guest – Culotte Jumpsuit

I spent the weekend in St Albans for my cousins wedding.

My cousin studied fashion at university so I knew her wedding would be beautiful, and it really exceeded my expectations. I wanted to wear something beautiful too, but couldn’t find anything until the last minute. This next culotte jumpsuit is everything I wanted from a wedding guest outfit. Fitted around the waist, loose in the leg to really show of curves.

Accessorised with a few heavy pieces to keep the balance. A woollen trench coat to balance the nude heels and a black Stella McCartney clutch.

I wore

Jumpsuit – Next

Bag – Stella McCartney

Coat – Marks & Spencer

Shoes – New Look

Necklace – Kate Spade

This was truly one of the most magical days of the year and am so happy to have been able to celebrate such happiness and love in my family, welcome Tom x

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The Addams Family Musical | Opening Night

When you’re an Addams *click click*

I am a theatre fanatic, for years my grandma would take me to a show for my birthday of Christmas. I’ve seen so many adaptations, musicals and plays and have loved them each individually. Some have left me with questions and others have left tears in my eyes.

On the 18th July Poppy and I headed to The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to sit and be sung to by Wednesday, Puglsey, Gomez, Morticia and the whole Addams family. We ran in a storm to The Mayflower foyer and up in the lift to out seat in the circle. We were middle of the stage with a perfect view. There was a storm in the Addams family so it felt real.

The Addams Family musical will leave you wanting to raid your Halloween costume box for outfit inspo right away. I need to wear my ‘witch please’ earrings right now.

(Poppy and I after the show)

The plot was exactly what you want from a musical. Strange girl meets normal boy and their families meet over dinner. Family dynamics are tested and hilarity ensues. It’s like you or I meeting your boyfriends family but amped up 100%.

In alot of musicals I’ve seen have filler songs. Songs added to the score to fill space, that don’t add to the story. But the Addams family wasn’t like that, I really felt every song had a purpose and a place in the story. Questions were explained in song. Festers solo song was very beautiful and unexpected. The ensemble cast were hilarious and I think on stage nearly 100% of the time. I’m a fashion student though and though so looked at each characters costume in detail thoughtout the performance. I love costumes because they say who the character is even before they start to speak. (SPOILER: the moon’s costume is incredible)

I love watching It’s Way Past My Bedtime which is Carrie Hope fletchers youtube channel, if you didn’t know already she plays Wednesday. She’s truly and amazing singer and watching her belt live is amazing, the whole theatre was silent just in awe of her. I can’t sing like her so can’t give any critique but let me tell you, she’s amazing. Her Wednesday costume was so intricate and that corset. How can she sing in a corset?

When ever I go to the theatre I always get a program, and i tuck it safely into my little box of souvenir brochures. It’s the perfect keepsake. I thought I’d share with you my favourite page. Just look at Lurch!!! Look at him. One of the characters, who got the most laughs and after the final bow, came out of character and gave a little something something to the applauding audience.

 

Go see The Addams Family musical if you can. It’s at The Mayflower until the 29th then it goes to Cardiff. It’s totally worth it. website here 

Have you seen The Addams Family yet?

 

Statement Jacket and Flatforms

Blogger friends are truly great, they understand that you want cute photos taken of you infront of colourful walls. They know the angles to shoot you and how to make you look confident for your blog. Poppy is one of these friends, we met at university and got on like a house of fire and have taken photos for each others blogs before. We spent a good hour getting the right shots of our outfits. She’s really talented and the best because I love the photos.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I love a good jacket. My mum actually got me this jacket from a charity shop, about 10 years ago (I know right this jacket is old).

I love bright and bold jackets and should be wearing this jacket more. The clashing colours next to my silk scarf shirt just makes the whole look so bold and statement. The faintest blues in the jacket are picked up with my Lulu Guinness bag, which is my pride and joy. Did I mention that it has fish on it?

Ofcourse I added bat earrings to the look, I love a bit of whimsy in an outfit. I was inspired by  Wednesday’s costume in The Addams Family musical which was why we were in Southampton. We went to see the show on opening night at The Mayflower. If you’ve not seen it yet, please do it’s great ( there will be a review on the blog soon)

 

I wore

jacket – Vintage

jeans – Primark

bag – lulu Guinness

top – DIY

shoes – Evans

earrings – Claire’s

 

Introduction to Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard Remedies

I’ve been focusing in on creating a skincare routine and have compiled a few pieces. My last post about L’Occitane was the first step and the second is Neal’s.

I was on my way to Frome when mum said there was a Neal’s Yard factory store on our route so we stopped into the store and bought a whole bunch of stuff.

We tried the infused tea and lemonade then perused the shelves for goodies.

Mum bought a bag full of hand cream and I of course got face stuff because I want to stay looking 23 for as long as possible. I picked the Orange Flower Facial oil, a Be Lovely Bath and Shower Gel, an Orange Flower Facial Wash  and a few other bits.

I really love the vibe of Neal’s, the lady behind the counter really talked with passion about the products and answered my questions and I learnt a little too. Apparently Neal’s use blue bottles to preserve to products the blue deflects the sun so Neal’s don’t have to add preservatives into their products.

I’m really sold on Neal’s and can’t wait to have glowing skin.

Have you guys tried Neal’s? What’s your favourite product? what should I get next?

I wore

Pink Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Primark

Denim Jacket – Baum und Pferdgarten

Shoes – Next

Bag – Vintage

 

Amelia xxx

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L’Occitane Bournemouth

L’Occitane has come to Bournemouth.

L’Occitane En Provence

I am more then excited about it! I’ve read and seen a lot about L’Occitane but never had anything myself. I popped in the other day and came away with a couple things.

 

I loved the whole atmosphere of the bight orange/yellow store and wanted to get my hands on everything. I knew I wanted a new moisturiser to combat my oil prone skin in the summer.

Helped by the beautiful assistant who was more then helpful making sure there were no rose extracts in anything I liked and to guide me to making the right decision. I was given the option of Pivoine Sublime and something else, but I was drawn to PS from the off.

Pivoine Sublime – Perfecting Cream

For all skin types, made with peonies from the Drôme region of France. It smells amazing. It helps correct skin texture and colour, and hydrates my skin to no end. it’s quite a thick cream but sinks beautifully into the skin making it feel light and fresh. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers so, I’m in love.

I was so bold over by Pivoine Sublime that I got the Pivoine Flora shower gel! What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good smell.

I can’t wait to use the shower gel and feel like a true flower power girl. I was also given a few cheeky samples to try out which i am excited for.

I’m so excited to try some higher end skin care, and get into a more accomplished skin care routine.

What have you bought in L’Occitane? have you been to the Bournemouth Store?

 Amelia

 

 

 

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Turquoise Dress in the Sun

I’ve kept this dress for a couple of years because it’s so breezy and easy to wear in the sun. Since Britain had decided that it is having summer this year I’ve dressed in another leg baring dress. Which for me is a huge step away from my normal hard dressing style.

The wind catches the handkerchief hem which keeps me cooler and it’s a gorgeous 70’s/80’s turquoise pattern too. yes, i have styled this dress with my gold loafers because they are gorgeous and will cry when they finally fall apart.

Because the dress is a couple years old I’ve looked for some great alternatives that I will put down in the ‘I wore’ section. x

I am so glad the sun had finally decided to stay and am loving being a little beach baby. Who else is loving then sun?

 

I wore

Dress – Apricot (here, here, here)

Sun glasses – Primark

shoes – Next

Love Amelia xx

Floral Congratulations

My love for flowers came from my mum. Ever since I can remember she has had flowers in our house. decorating our coffee table, kitchen and fireplace with colourful blooms. We’ve both spent years giving and receiving flowers as gifts for our loved ones. They are personal and unique and have a lot of meaning.

I have an occasion to give the gift of flowers in my family because I’m going to be an aunty again. Im going to have a niece which makes me so overwhelmend with excitement, I’m so happy my family is growing. The lovely people at Prestige Flowers (voted #1 for next day flower delivery and Review Florist UK Editor’s Choice) kindly sent me one of the New Baby flower bouquets and a few little extras to give to my nieces’ mum.

They look so so beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them. Unfortunately the daises did suffer a little in transit but all the other flowers look beautiful so you don’t really notice. In the bouquet you get bouvardia, peach roses, spray roses, stallion chrysamthemums, carnations and germinis and a little pink elephant. All very girlie and pink and perfect for a congratulations present. Also a little care note which tells you everything you need to know about looking after your flowers and how to preserve their longevity. Which for me is super handy because I’m more of a go with the flow kinda girl when it comes to my flower care.

When you order, you get the option of add ons which I of course got. A cute little grey penguin plushy a vase, a free box of chocolates and a little personalised note.

To find the bouquet go here. or you know copy and paste ( https://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk/new-baby-flowers?top_nav )

I wore

blouse (similar here and here )

jeans – Primark

Amelia XO.

p.s. bouquet was a gift from Prestige Flowers, I views are my own.