21.03.2018- Beauty Buys: March Miscellany

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Whilst waiting for this thaw to finish and for spring to kick start in earnest, I’ve been making a to-do list for the start of spring. I’ve posted before about the sense of renewal which comes with the start of a new season, and spring in particular always seems to bring with it a new burst of energy, which usually tends to motivate me enough to finally have a declutter/sort out my wardrobe/file all of my post! As well as that, over recent weeks I’ve been road testing some new beauty discoveries, which have been real boons to my daily routine:

A long overdue repurchase of Glossier’s Moisturising Moon Mask provided me with the perfect opportunity to snap up another of their Generation G lip colours (all about that free delivery!) This colour has been on my radar for a few months now- Jam is a deep berry which is a lovely alternative to my usual go-to red, and the buildable formulation makes it perfect for all occasions, whether you’re after a subtle or statement look. I’ve also been testing out Charlotte Tilbury’s much applauded Flawless Filter, thanks to these perfect little samples which I picked up in store a few weeks back. So far, so good-the colour match is more or less spot on, and it provides a lovely sheer finish without being too heavy, so I’m sure I’ll be snapping up a full-sized product before too long. 

Have you been trialing any new beauty bits recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

19.03.2018- What I Wore Today #329

Monday, 19 March 2018

Never mind the Ides of March, once again it's the snow and ice we've all got to watch out for! I had a funny feeling that we'd not quite seen the last of winter, and this weekend it came back with a bite- even harder to bear when the weather had been so lovely and spring-like! Lulled into a false sense of security as I was, on Saturday I found myself rummaging around in the recesses of my wardrobe to (however reluctantly!) dig out some cold weather appropriate attire: 

Coat- Vintage
Jumper- Red Herring at Debenhams
Jeans- & Other Stories
Hat- Accessorize
Scarf- Accessorize
Shoes- Gap
Bag- & Other Stories

Try as I might to convince myself that it's spring (even this backdrop didn't quite defeat the snowflakes), it seems that, for now at least, Mother Nature has got other ideas! Wrapping up in layer after layer, I tried to keep things a little bit lighter with this floral motif knit from Debenhams, tucked away under a vintage coat which is wonderfully warm. I've been shunning jeans quite a bit of late, but reached for this & Other Stories pair in a bit of a rush as I know they're really easy to style when the weather isn't playing ball. Topping things off, this hat and scarf combination from Accessorize- both of which have been emergency purchases at various stages during the winter, but investments which have earned their keep nevertheless!

How have you been keeping warm?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.03.2018- On the Menu: 40 Maltby Street

Friday, 16 March 2018

I don’t know about you, but by the time the weekend arrives, there are few things I enjoy more than spending Saturday scouting out new foodie favourites. Gone are the mornings of trekking to Oxford Street (these days I can think of nothing worse!), supplanted instead with leisurely wanders and perusing the menus of some new dining discoveries. Last Saturday, before heading to the theatre, Hannah and I made a pit-stop at 40 Maltby Street to sample their small but perfectly balanced selection of dishes: 

With a tiny menu served out of an equally tiny kitchen, 40 Maltby Street is a wonderful option for a leisurely weekend lunch, but somewhere it’s worth arriving at early to avoid the queues which build up as the neighbouring market gets busy. We selected a handful of dishes to share between us- celeriac croquettes which were wonderfully flavoursome, and pork rilettes served with fresh bread baked by St.John- one of the most moreish dishes I think I’ve ever tasted! We also sampled some fresh fish in the shape of monkfish fritters served with seaweed, and oat crusted mackerel- both of which were delicious. With a perfectly relaxed atmosphere and a regularly rotating selection of dishes, 40 Maltby Street is definitely a new favourite, and one which I’m sure I’ll be heading back to soon. 

Have you visited any new restaurants recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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