Blanch and I have just come back from a festive weekend away in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Winter is the perfect time to visit this scandi city, full of Christmas markets, bars serving warming mulled wine and streets lined with festival decorations, just be sure to wrap up warm and bring extra thick socks!
Olive and I cannot begin to tell you how obsessed we are with a skincare brand called Tropics at the moment. First introduced to us by a good friend and incidentally a Tropics Skin Care Ambassador (check out her fab Instagram page here) we very quickly became hooked on their amazing skincare products.
We love the fact that all of Tropics skincare and beauty products are always 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. Even better Tropics only use pure ingredients in their products that are free from harmful toxic chemicals and always include a ‘best before’ date ensuring you are always applying the freshest ingredients to your skin.
A couple of weeks back Blanch and I watched Stacey Dolleys BBC documentary Fashions Dirty Secrets and were shocked to see the effects our never ending appetite for cheap clothing has on the environment. Like majority of our friends we enjoy heading to the high street and treating ourselves to a new outfit or following the latest fashion trends on insta and therefore were pretty horrified to find out that the fashion industry is the fourth biggest polluter in the world following closely behind oil and agricultural. In the documentary Stacey explains how our demand for fast fashion means we are producing over a massive 100 billion new garments on a global scale each year which the planet simply cannot sustain.
Last weekend Blanch and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend the day at the Handmade Fair at the lovely Bowood House near Chippenham. We had already been to the handmade fair at Hampton court so was super excited to hear that it was coming to the West Country for the first time this year. For those of you may not have heard about the Handmade Fair before, it is such a great way to spend a weekend packed full of inspiring talks by some of the industry’s experts (we went to an amazing one hosted by Liz Earle more on this later!), various different workshops where you can try your hand at practically any craft technique and huge shopping tents filled to the brim of lovely handmade wears locally sourced in the U.K.With the fair being held in the beautiful gardens of Bowood House and on a glorious sunny day it really was the perfect way to spend a weekend.
As some of you may know Olive and I very excitingly have been asked to be brand reps for one of the loviest and tastiest tea companies in the U.K. We recently received four brand new loose leaf tea flavours to try that make up Bird and Blend Tea Co summer range and as the tea addicts that we are we just couldn’t wait to get sampling!
Start the day on the most famous tram route of Lisbon, the number 28 as it passes through the pretty ramblering streets and up to the castle of st George. Perched high over Lisbon, the castle has amazing views stretching out over the terracotta roof tops and to the sea and beyond. Once an old fort, the castle ruins are a great place to explore either by day or at dusk with a cappuccino in one hand and a pastel de nata in the other
Apologies for the lack of social media activity last week but Olive and I were enjoying some much needed down time by the sea with Theo the cockapoo. I don’t know about you but there is something super calming about the sea and a good old blustery walk on the beach is sometimes just what you need, especially as living in busy London can get a little over whelming at times!
On Saturday I took part in a styling and shooting workshop hosted by one of my favourite independent lifestyle magazines, 91 Magazine. I had such great time listening to the inspirational Caroline Rowland the editor and founder of 91 Magazine and the amazing photographer Jemma Watts who demonstrated the best ways to shoot and edit images for Instagram and bloggers.
These chocolate and coconut date bars are a great sweet yet healthy snack bars, perfect for that 3pm afternoon slump with a large mug of tea. They are naturally sweetened with desiccated coconut, a couple of spoonfuls of honey and are super easy to make only using 5 ingredients. I whipped up a batch after work one Monday evening to stock up for the week ahead and they took me about 15 minutes in total make, so super easy to fit in around the gym and multiple friends episodes!