New Year, New Job. Next month I start a new job having been at my previous company for just over 10 years. It's an exciting time and something I'm really looking forward to.
It's also made me reassess a few things and realise that the one of the rooms in my house is wasted as a bedroom. For 360 days a year, it's currently not used at all and I've realised that's ridiculous so I'm turning it into a home office.
If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I have developed somewhat of an obsession with make-up & beauty (exhibit A: look at all those make-up brushes) so a dressing table has become a must when it came to choosing a dressing table, I struggled to find one I liked, that was narrow enough and not too pricey.
It's December 1st on Friday so Advent & the run up to Christmas officially starts! I wanted the tree to be up for the beginning of it all and it's easier to do it at the weekend, so I put White Christmas on the TV and got to it.
I'm one of those people who loves Christmas but not as much as my Mum! I love the build up the most - decorating the house, buying the presents and deciding on which wrapping paper to use this year.
I really see my Christmas tree and decorations as an extension of my style and want to make sure it complements the all-year-round decor in the house. I change it up every few years and literally start again, although there are always some sentimental pieces that remain.
I'm also annoyingly organised when it comes to buying presents and if I see the perfect gift for someone in June, I buy it anyway and keep it in my present drawer until Christmas arrives!
I really enjoy cooking when I have time and love nothing more than having pretty crockery to serve it on. Whether it's just a a plate on my lap in front of the TV (only honesty here!) or a full blown lunch or supper served at the dining table for family & friends, having a nice selection of crockery to chose from is something I have spent years building.
If you saw my Instagram post on Mental Health Awareness Day, you will know that things have been a little hard for me recently. Deciding to be brave and share my own challenges was a scary prospect but I'm so glad I did; the support has been great and it led me to think about what things really affect how I'm feeling and what I can do to help when I'm feeling low. Over the years, I have seen how much my environment impacts my mood, so now seems a good time to change things up and add some mood boosting pieces to my home.
I want my guests to feel as comfortable in my home as they do in their own. I made a point of sleeping in my main guest bedroom so I could see what it was like for guests. And I must say, I would love to come and stay at my house!
I LOVE COLOUR. It has the power to brighten any day & I especially love this pink chair! When I bought my house last year I treated myself to some lovely new furniture. But it started an addiction; an addiction to Loaf. My name is Charlotte, and I am a Loaf addict.
Next up in My Beauty Edit series, my blusher edit. I'm comparing cream, powder & liquid blushers, pinks and peaches, mattes and shimmers. The whole shebang!
Blusher is the one of the best ways to lift your face and definitely helps make you look less tired. We can all do with that sometimes! A gentle flush brings youthful prettiness to all skin tones and types.
In the second in the series, this week, it's my concealer edit. Is it worth spending money on concealer or can you get away with a more purse friendly option?
The most critical thing with make-up, and concealer in particular, is skincare preparation. I always make a special effort to prep the under eye area with a hydrating eye cream which refreshes the skin, plumps away fine lines and creates a smooth canvas for concealer. But which concealer to buy?
I promised a more in depth look into certain product categories, and up first is my favourite product, mascara. I couldn't live without it and if I could only have one make-up product, this would be it.
But is it worth investing in expensive ones? How much do you spend on mascara? I have to admit to be a bit of a mascara snob so spend a fair bit on my mascara. But is it worth the investment, I'm going to find out!
I've made no secret of just how much of a beauty addict I am. If I showed you quite how large my collection of make-up is I'm not sure you would believe it. If I bothered to do some maths and added quite how much money I have spent on it all, I think I'd be horrified. I'm not going to do that.
But, there are a few products that I could not live without and I wear most days.
At this time of year, I don't know about you, but my skin is definitely feeling it. Let's face it, by mid-December we have all had a long year - work, life, fun, maybe a glass of wine or two & now the cold weather, can play havoc with our skin. I've been taking some extra time to really look after my skin recently and that includes Double Cleansing. But what is it all about?
If you're as much of a beauty addict as me, you might have already seen lots of reviews about Glossier but I thought why not add mine to the mix too. If Glossier is new to you, you're in for a treat.
Glowy, dewy skin is Glossier's thing which is right up my street. I love a fresh, dewy, no-make-up-make-up look. I received my products last week and have been trying them out over the last few days so this is just a little bit more than a first impression review.
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When I heard that the first ever Bobbi Brown Pro Studio was opening in Soho, I was very excited. How lucky that Bobbi Brown picked the UK for this! Having recently rediscovered the brand through Hannah Martin on YouTube. She recently did a video featuring the new Crushed Lip Colour that changed my view on lipstick.
I'm sure like me, the mornings are a time when you want to get ready as quickly as possible and there's not time for a complicated skincare routine and generally faffing around! But, we all know how important our skin is so finding a balance between doing the right thing and just getting it done as quickly as possible can be a challenge.
My make-up collection is pretty sizeable but I just don't have the time or patience to do anything long & complicated day to day. So, I have a few products that I use to do my everyday makeup, which takes no more than 5-10 mins, and thought I would share my current go to products with you.
I SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF MAKE-UP BRUSHES and don't they look pretty in these gorgeous Oliver Bonas Plant pots. I'm going to share with you my absolute favourites; why they are in my collection and just what makes them something that I can't live without...
New year, new health kick!! Now I know that's a little bit of a cliché, but I'm pretty sure most of you will have made some kind of commitment to exercise more, eat healthier or drink less. Perhaps you're even doing 'Dry January"? How's it going?
When it comes to cooking, Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients is literally the only thing I am reaching for at the moment and I'm sharing some of my favourite recipes from it with you.
The leaves are starting to fall from the trees, the days are getting shorter and it's most definitely getting colder. Autumn is here. Although, it's very warm & sunny today, so I'm still hoping for an Indian summer. As it's the last Sunday of the month, it's Favourites time.
Here we go with everything I have been loving in September....
I can't believe my blog has been going for 2 months - time flies when you're having fun!
This week I thought I would do a monthly favourites sharing everything I have been loving in August. I plan to do a monthly favourites the last Sunday of every month so keep your eyes peeled for the next one
FLOWERS make me smile. I just love them and always want them in my home. I have tried & tested lots of different ways of buying flowers, from supermarket to florists, to the new school flower subscription services. At the end of the day, it's a luxury to have flowers in your home, week in week out so its's important to find the best option for you.
After a very hectic week at work, on Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to a VIP Private View at Box Galleries, Chelsea, to launch a Solo Show for Haut de Gamme aka Alexander Hall. It was lovely to indulge in a couple of glasses of bubbles whilst admiring the striking & modern artwork.
Bamford Haybarn in the Cotswolds is a centre of wellbeing, that nurtures the mind, body and spirit, based around a heartfelt connection with nature.
The Haybarn Spa offers a number of wellness programmes, yoga, pilates, facials and massages. The day spa is located on Daylesford Farm which I wrote a post about a few weeks ago and now it's time for the spa review.
Founded by Anna Jones & Debbie Wosskow OBE , The AllBright is the first space of its kind in the UK for women to create, connect and collaborate. The beautiful 5-storey Georgian Townhouse is an oasis in the heart of the capital for working women. The club will be a space for women to thrive. So, what made me want to join?
I'm sure you have heard of Daylesford Organic Farm but I had completely underestimated the scale of it. I was blown away by it and think you will be too.
Situated in the heart of The Cotswolds, near Kingham, Daylesford has undertaken a significant expansion plan, and now offers a farm shop, home & garden ware, fashion, a restaurant, a cafe, cottages, flower arranging courses and even a cookery school. Did I mention, there's also a spa?
Before starting a new job, I decided to treat myself to a bit of a staycation and go to Bath, Bristol & The Cotswolds. It's been really fun deciding where to go and I've also been able to tie it in with visiting friends who now live out of London.
First stop is The Pig near Bath, a mellow country house perfectly situated near Bath and Bristol, where I was greeted by a swan in the car park!
The start of the Festivities meant a Father/Daughter supper back home in Dorset. Rick Stein in Sandbanks opened in November 2015 at an iconic spot on the Sandbanks peninsula so it seemed a fitting location for supper tonight. My Brother's 21st birthday was at the very same spot, albeit under a different name, so it always brings back family memories. Dad told me the the first time he went to a Rick Stein's was in 1985 at the original Padstow restaurant so he knows a thing or two.
When I moved to Barnes last year, I quickly learnt that Annie's was somewhat of a local institution. I've enjoyed exploring the local establishments, Barnes is very lucky as there are lots to choose from. Coffee shops, pubs & restaurants are plentiful but there are a few that I rate higher than others. There are so many great places to visit in SW London, I'm going to share some of my favourites with you. First up, is Annie's.
We all lead such busy lives sometimes it can all feel a little overwhelming. When I get to that point and know I need a bit or R&R, the Four Seasons in Hook is always my first choice.
This time, I opted for a Retore Day Retreat which includes 2 hours of spa treatments, full use of the spa facilities, two course light lunch in Cafe Sante and you even leave with a nice spa gift at the end of the day.
PETERSHAM NURSERIES is a little hidden gem, with so many beautiful displays, amazing food & beautiful flowers that are just crying out to be photographed! I went a bit mad with my camera but I hope you agree it was worth it!