Sunday, 26 June 2016

Saltburn Farmers Market Photo Diary.

Earlier in the month I visited a farmers market which I really enjoyed so thought I would include some photos from my day to show you what it was like. It was based in Saltburn and the stalls were packed with delicious homemade desserts, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, plants, art work and much more. The sellers were very friendly, chatting to you and giving you samples of things. The atmosphere was lovely. I came away with a hot chocolate dipping spoon and some unusual shortbread. Later I visited a charity shop close to where the market was, I had a wander round and noticed they had a vintage section which was really cool. They had some interesting vintage hats and fashion scarfs. I took some documentary shots of the food stalls at the farmers market and other bits and bobs, hope you enjoy browsing them!

Do you like food/farmers markets? 
What are your favourite kind of places to visit in your free time? :-) xxx

Saturday, 11 June 2016

June Primark Shopping Haul

Hello! Today I’m back with a Primark haul, and as I don’t go in there too much I was really excited to see what was in stores. I picked up some really nice bargains in the sale department, as I’m a bit of a bargain hunter. I’ve started shopping unseasonably as I find by doing this you can get things cheaper. I did find I was a little too earlier for all the brightly coloured summer clothes although my favourite season to shop in has always been Autumn. This beautiful khaki green suede effect jacket jumped out at me, it looks much more than the price I paid and thought it’s the kind of thing I can wear all year round if the weather is mild. Another jacket that caught my eye was this denim linen blend waterfall style. It’s kind of in between a coat and a blazer, I think this would work well as a summer jacket because of its weight and it was reduced greatly as I think it was old stock.

I’m lovin’ the tribal print trend at the moment, I saw a few items in store that fitted this theme including a neon bag although passed it up as the chain looked too flimsy. I did come out with two tribal items though, firstly this tassel fringed top in monochrome, and I sized up for a loose flowy fit. Secondly a tribal print dress, also monochrome and I imagine could be styled with neon accessories. Each clothing item I bought was in the sale, yay! I think the pieces are very versatile, perfect for that capsule wardrobe effect. Out of those clothing items my favourite is the faux suede jacket, I can’t wait to start wearing it.

I got really excited in the accessories/homeware department too. I stocked up on hair bobbles, they always go astray in my bedroom! The simple elastics were an essential but I spotted some fur ones which were too cute to pass up. Also the monochrome hair band looks lovely on, I’m hoping it will motivate me to wear my hair down more often and try out new styles. I adore this paisley cinema style cup I picked up, a really cool way to store water in when having a chilled day at home. And lastly I stocked up on some slipper footsies and neon cosy socks, another at home essential.

Have you popped into Primark lately? What kind of things caught your eye? What was your favourite item from my haul? :-) xxx

What I Bought & Prices.

Khaki green suede effect jacket £20 £10
Denim look linen effect jacket £17 £7
Aztec monochrome print dress £13 £5
Aztec tassel tee £8 £3
Paisley pattern cinema style drinking cup £3.00
Blue slippers £2.50
Neon pattern cosy socks £2.00
Grey faux fur scrunchie £2.00
Double pom pom faux fur bobble £1.50
Cream faux fur pom pom elastic £1.50
Monochrome hair band £2.50
50pk hair elastics £1.00 (x 2)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

May Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Favourites

Welcome to another month and welcome to my monthly favourites of May. This is a collective much-loved bunch of items from books, to sportswear, a homeware bit and lots of beauty must haves etc. The first item I will begin with is these Sketchers pink and black trainers. My Mum actually passed them down to me as she got a new pair and luckily we have the same shoe size. I’ve been wearing them on a weekly basis to a yoga class for a good while now. They are so comfy and I love the pink detailing. On note of bright colours I’ve been accessorizing my outfits with this neon lime green pom pom trimmed scarf, I picked it up in the sale a few years back for an amazing £2.00, bargain or what?! It fits the current pom pom trend which I’m loving this season.

I’ve been drawn to Weleda products this month, including their sea buckthorn body wash and almond soothing facial cream. Both are really beautiful beauty must haves. The shower body wash is so moisturising and creamy with a lovely fresh scent. The facial cream is perfect for my sensitive skin so I devoured the sample sized product. I rekindled my love for the Nivea original lip balm, it made my lips so soft and I used it up completely. Last of the beauty bits include two Rituals products, the carpe diem shampoo and the rice scrub both in the organic rice milk & cherry blossom scent. It’s been a while since I’ve found beauty products this amazing and will be doing a review on my blog about the gift set including four miniatures.

I went to a homeware accessories craft day and decorated a wooden heart with butterflies and flowers on the front. The lilac colour scheme is perfect for my room, it’s been hanging on my door and I love it! Onto books I really wanted to share with you one of my most favourite baking books called Easy Peasy Sweetie Pie by Mary Contini, although its aimed at children and I’ve had it for years and the recipes are really lovely and the format of the book is easy to read. It’s perfect for beginners, and I always go back to it! There’s been quite a lot of hype around the Paul Arden books, they are little typography based self-help books, I read all three in the series and really recommend you check them out. I’ve been really getting into The Hills as I have the boxset, it’s my guilty pleasure and so far I’m on season four. I love the idea of reality shows, and the way this one is based in Hollywood.  I got round to watching If I Stay, it was really cool I won’t give too much away but it’s definitely worth a watch! Last but not least the CD that I’ve been listening to is The 1975, not the sort of music I would normally get into but love the bands vibe and upbeat hits.

So if you had to pick your favourite ‘thing’ of the month what would it be? Also which of my favourites were you drawn too? :-) xxx

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Purity Facial Wash Review

Hi there! Today’s post is a review of a natural face wash by the brand Purity. Before purchasing this item I had never actually heard of the brand however on Holland&Barrett you can find a varied selection of products by them at reasonable prices. Purity offer skincare including items such as moisturisers, a cleansing lotion and a face mask etc. All the packaging across the brand is very understated and simple. The ingredients are mostly natural and organic but vary from product to product. It claims to be fragrance free across the brand too which is great for more sensitive skin.

So what were my main thoughts after using this face wash? I was quite impressed, a little went a long way and it was gentle on the skin. It foamed up really nicely and left my skin baby soft and extra clean. I’ve been using this product a while now on and off, my skin seems to like it and I haven’t had any breakouts from it. This particular item has a none-offensive clean soapy scent and I recommend it to others with sensitive skin which my skin is. It was nice to see this item is 98% natural and 70% organic, including ingredients such as almond oil and aloe vera. The facial wash comes in a 150ml bottle with a very modern cap which makes getting the product out really easy and also handy to travel with. Priced at £5.29 so it’s not too bad on the purse strings. Shop the brand here.

Does this product seem appealing to you? Do you have any skincare tips to share? Hope you had a lovely May, wow its whizzed by, see you in June! H xx

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Summer Inspired Pineapple & Lime Beauty/lifestyle Haul.

Hoping that this summer is going to be fabulous weather wise, I incorporated three products into a haul to inspire that summer feeling. I love anything that smells fruity, and the scents included are some of my favourites. I also wanted to switch up what items are in my stash, I’d been running low on shower gel, lip balm and a new herbal tea. I bought these items from Naturisimo and Holland & Barrett. I’ve been getting into natural products, and the quality of these often are amazing. The first item I ordered was the organic and natural Hurraw! lip balm in lime. My blogger friend Emma, over at recommended this brand. I’ve not yet tried the product but I have high hopes and can’t wait to start using it.

Next I bought a Faith In Nature shower gel and bubble bath which is also organic and natural. I have actually started using it, and the pineapple and lime fragrance is gorgeous and such a nice product in general. Lastly I picked up this Charbrew pineapple and vanilla tea, and although I don’t know a lot about this brand for drinks, it really appealed to me. I think this tea range was new but have seen their iced tea selection before. It was a bit of an impulse buy but I’m really curious to what it’s going to be like and the packaging is pretty too!

What scents appeal to you for the summer months? Do you have any recommendations? Hope you are having a nice bank holl weekend so far!! :-) xxx 

Hurraw! Lime Lip Balm £3.99 (BUY HERE)

Holland & Barrett
Faith in Nature Pineapple & Lime Shower Gel & Foam Bath 400ml £5.49 (On sale at the time) (BUY HERE)
Charbrew Pineapple & Vanilla Tea £3.49 (BUY HERE)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Revisit to Star Buds Café for Hot Chocolate and Cake.

Hey all! :-) Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. It’s been a little quiet on my blog this week mainly due to going on holiday and being busy with other things. Today I’m back with a catch up post and to share my latest visit to Star Buds tea room based near Redcar. It’s a quaint little place to stop for a cuppa and homemade cake. My family and I have visited a good few times now and I recommend it if you live nearby. While I was there I had a giant hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream as well as a tiramisu inspired cake.

Both portions were huge, the cake came up a lot smaller on camera but it was a good chunk. I just about managed to munch it all down, it had a lovely sweet flavour and was really moreish. I was impressed with the hot chocolate, and its luxury taste. I will definitely be having the hot chocolate again, perfect for the colder months to warm me up. They offered different sized cups, I found the large a little big just because I had the cake as well. My Mum, Dad and I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the café and we had a quick wander around the garden centre but it was raining so we made a dash for the car.

Do you like hot chocolate too? How’s your weekend been so far, been to any nice cafes? :-) xxx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fashion Colouring Book for Adults

I received this gorgeous colouring book for Christmas last year and have slowly been colouring away at the different fashion illustrations. I’ve noticed in the past year colouring books for adults have become a big thing and especially popular in the blogging community. For those of you who are unsure of what an adult colouring book is, basically it’s where adults can enjoy colouring in often more detailed illustrations for fun. It has been said it can be good for mental health and in my experience this kind of thing is really therapeutic. This particular book has a catwalk theme which I love. The illustrations are of a high quality and are just the kind of thing I would like to colour in. I have been using coloured pencils but I know felt tip thin liners would work equally well. There are different brands of colouring books out there, this one is more budget friendly but the Millie Marotta ones look incredible too. Buy the featured colouring book here or one I recommend by Marotta here.

Have you jumped onto the adult colouring book craze? Did you find this post helpful/interesting? :-) xxx