MY FAVOURITE THINGS
So this month I have been lucky enough to trial the new PURE Spa skincare collection, and I have been absolutely loving it. The full routine has left me with bright, clear and seriously smooth skin, and I have been thoroughly enjoying having a full spa experience at home. Check out my glowing(!) review here.
With the weather being as hot and humid as it has been, I’ve had no choice but to keep my makeup look pretty low-key most days. A light layer of CC cream, a dusting of powder and a slick of mascara have been the most I’ve dared to brave the humid Tube with, but I’ve fallen back in love with the L’Oreal Exclusive Pinks lipstick in Blake’s Pink to amp up my every day look. This is a bright, blue-toned rose pink that’s perfect for freshening up your look, plus the formula is super moisturising and stays put. The perfect summer shade!
So this month was my birthday (25, eek!) and with my birthday money, I decided to get myself a little treat. I had my heart set on a pair of Adidas Stan Smith trainers, and then the day before my birthday, I spied that they had released them in a rose gold shade. Sold! They are just too cool.
ITEM OF CLOTHING
This month, I found the most perfect summer dress, and it has swiftly become my new favourite item! This striped cotton summer dress is such a pretty shade, and the shape is incredibly flattering. Plus, I adore the oversized ruffle collar – so French, so cute!
In the same vein, La Redoute has definitely been my favourite shopping discovery this month. I’d written it off as a store for yummy mummies and their offspring, but after seeing a few cool pieces on other blogs, I decided to take a look online, and landed right in the middle of the sale. I found the gorgeous striped summer dress I mentioned, plus a chic gingham shirt and the perfect relaxed Breton top. I adore French style and I think I might have found the best place to source it!
So I love guilty-pleasure TV, and last week saw the return of a perennial favourite, Don’t Tell The Bride. It’s back on Sky 1 and so far, I am loving it!
I have absolutely rinsed my Spotify Sunday Morning playlist this month; it’s perfect for lazy, hot afternoons and relaxed weekend mornings. I might be biased, but I highly recommend it!
FOOD & DRINK
So my birthday was basically an extravaganza of food and drink from start to finish, so there’s a lot of ground to cover here… From a champagne breakfast, to afternoon tea at Sketch (more on that below), to dinner and drinks at the Hawksmoor and the London Cocktail Club, I definitely had an indulgent day and got to enjoy all of my favourite treats!
So yes, my big birthday treat was a surprise afternoon tea at Sketch, somewhere I’ve been longing to go for a couple of years. I, like most of us, was enchanted by the pink and copper glamour of the famed Gallery room and longed to try it out for myself, so it was a fabulous surprise when we arrived on the restaurant’s doorstep on my birthday. We went for the classic afternoon tea in the plush pink velvet surroundings of the Gallery, and it was perfection from start to finish. Delicious sandwiches, sumptuous scones and the most indulgent selection of cakes and desserts, plus an endless supply of tea and the most attentive service I have ever experienced. I enjoyed every second (even my bathroom break – those loos are something else!) and didn’t want to leave; a sure-fire sign of the ultimate treat in my eyes!