My Weekday Evening

Getting home in the weekday after being out at work for the day always feels so good. I have a couple of hours to do what I want, it's my 'me time'. I believe it's so important to start the day off well but it's also important to unwind and reflect on the day that is close to ending. My bedroom is one of my favourite places, it's where I feel most relaxed and it's where I spend the last few hours awake each day. Some days feel extra long if I have chores or errands to do after work but I still make sure I get a chance to chill out and get ready for another day. I thought I would share a few things that I do on my weekday evenings, maybe you will get some new ideas for your evening routine.  

What do you wear to bed?
A pair of cute pyjamas, almost every night I'm wearing bottoms or a top that has a bunny, Eeyore, birds or flowers. Something cotton soft and loose is what I feel most comfortable in.

Time you go to sleep?
It varies, mostly between 10.30 to 11.30. Lately as the evenings are lighter I'm up a little later and I have been trying to do more and get outside in the evenings. I like to get a good few hours of sleep every night, I'm always aiming for 8 hours a night.

Beauty regime and products?
I'm a shower in the evening kind of girl, it feels so good getting into bed all fresh and clean after a long day. The evenings are when I spend a little extra time on my skincare routine. I start by cleansing my face, most evenings I use the Superfacialist cleansing oil and the Hydraluron serum to hydrate my dry skin. Some nights I put on a mask, I like the Aesop parsley seed mask when my skin is feeling oily and needs a good cleanse or the Origins drink up 10 minute mask, an all rounder to clear my skin and hydrate. And I always use the Nuxe lip balm.

What do you eat in the evenings?
Most evenings I make dinner at home, usually something quick and simple. Baked potatoes, pasta salads, veggies and sweet potato fries are my go-to things to make. I also like to make enough for lunch the next day, saves time and I'm less likely to waste food.

What position do you sleep in?
Ever since I was a baby I have always been more comfortable sleeping on my front and occasionally my side. I like two pillows but typically end up sleeping with one and I'm the little spoon.

How do you spend your last hour awake?
It's not the best for you but I often watch something like YouTube videos or a series I'm liking. Made in Chelsea is one of my favourites, I can't wait until the next season starts. Sometimes I also like to read a book, blogs or a magazine. I like to do something easy going until my eyes get tired and I turn everything off or put it away and fall asleep.


A break away in Portugal

Last week my sister and I went to Portugal for a few days, a well needed break for us both. Summer hasn't quite arrived in England yet so it felt so good to get some sun and warmth.

We had a relaxed few days by the beach and the pool. Unfortunately for both of us we got a little burnt on the first day but we didn't let that ruin our time away. Cocktails were on the menu every day, they taste so much better when you're in the sun or on warm evenings. Out there they are a lot stronger than at home, two cocktails got me a little bit tipsy one night.

One day we went on a boat trip along the Algarve coast, explored some caves and a private beach that you can only get to by boat. Then had a walk around Vilamoura marina. We treated ourselves to ice cream, crepes and pastel de natas during our break away, they were delicious.

Spending a whole day on the beach on a Monday beats any other Monday, I read my book, soaked up the sun and had another cocktail. The sea was not exactly my friend on the last day, it was very windy and the waves were strong and as I tried to edge myself in to meet my sister, a big wave came and completely knocked me to the ground. I literally went straight to horizontal in a second, not my finest moment.

I do miss waking up every morning and looking out of our balcony and seeing the pool, palm trees and the sea. I'm now even more excited for the rest of the trips I have planned for the rest of the year.

I'll see you again Portugal.


Travelling Light Packing Tips

In a few days I will be will be on holiday in Portugal, getting a break away from work and life in England. The older I get the more I realise how good it is for you to go away and travel as much as you can. If I could, I would go away all the time, I love going to new places and exploring. In the last few months I have been on a few trips around England and have become a lover of weekend trips away from home and it feels so good to be heading to a warmer country with sunshine every day.

I've learnt more every time about how to travel light, I know I need to be organised about what I will use and wear instead of bringing absolutely everything and how to maximise my space. I'm only taking hand luggage for a 5 night holiday so I used all of the packing skills I have to make sure I have everything I need, a few 'good to have' bits and all within the cabin baggage allowance.

Tips for travelling light 

The bag
It's simple really, if you can't have a heavy bag as some airlines have a weight limit, use a lightweight bag. My bag is not the most stylish but it's does not weigh much, it has wheels, doubles as a back pack, pockets, several handles and is a soft material so you can squeeze it into small places. It's very practical, is within the size restriction of most airlines and easy for me to carry. 

Roll don't fold
One of the most useful tips I've discovered is rolling my clothes, you can fit a lot more in your bag that way and I find that it keeps them from being creased. I also put my heavier items at the bottom like shoes and jeans. And the things I will need at the airport or first thing when I get to my destination at the top. 

Collect free samples 
I love travel minis, they are so cute and great because they're all under 100ml and can take them in my hand luggage. Whenever I find samples inside a magazine or after buying lots of beauty products in one go I collect them all and put them in a draw ready for when I go on holiday. I've done exactly that and I've picked the few samples I think I'll use or want to try. 

Make lists
I do it for everything. Making lists is my way of staying organised and a place to put everything I need to remember into one place. A few weeks ago I made a master list of everything I need and then when I start packing I know what I need and it's a matter of choosing which tops and shoes I want. Staying as organised as you can will save you rushing and forgetting anything essential. 

Be realistic & don't overpack
We've all done it, taken more than we need because of the fear of thinking you'll need this or that. In the end if you only have what you've got, you will make do and the world won't end. You don't need 6 bikinis for a 4 day holiday. If you're staying with family or your hotel has a laundry service you can get things cleaned. Split what you're bringing with the people you're travelling with, you don't all need to bring a tube of toothpaste each. Try to think about exactly what you will wear each day and if you can mix and match your clothes. Wearing the clothes that take up the most room like jackets while travelling will give you more space in your bag.

If you're going away this summer, I hope you've found these tips useful and I'd love to know yours. Travel safe and have fun this summer. 


Through My Eyes At The Weekend

I know I'm not alone in thinking that the weekends can sometimes (always) go too quick, even the long weekends, it's never quite enough. On the weekends I try to find the balance of getting stuff done, resting and enjoying myself. Then there are some that are so joyful and make me feel full with life. One of my goals for 2016 was to document my life more, I haven't been completely awful at it but it's a work in progress. Sometimes I don't think the moment is significant enough and others I forget all about it because I'm busy living the moment. One of the great things about phones these days is the camera quality isn't too bad, you always have it with you and in a matter of seconds you have frozen that moment. Last bank holiday weekend I remembered to take a few moments to capture what I saw, now I can share them and look back those memories. Modern technology is a great gift, I try not to take it for granted, we're so lucky to do all of this so instantly.

On this weekend, my love and I spent a few days together. He's from Yorkshire so we're in a long distance relationship at the moment, I might talk about this some more another day. When we're together we like to go out to new places, or at least new for one of us and explore where the other half lives. One of the best places to eat near me is the Waffle House in St Albans, we went there for breakfast, they have great sweet and savoury waffles. I had a fruit and nut waffle with banana, cinnamon sugar and a lot of maple syrup, the best way to start a Saturday morning. We then went on a little trip to Ikea and had a look at all the things we want for our future home. Later we baked a pistachio cake, it was pretty good but not quite amazing, we'll keep trying until we perfect it.

Sunday, we went for a wander around London, mostly the Covent Garden area. I always love walking around there, passing the shops and restaurants, there is always something to see there. We stopped for a quick coffee and a slice of cappuccino cake (I love coffee) and headed back out to the streets and made our way to the river, right near Embankment. It was the perfect spot to see a few of the key landmarks like the London Eye, the Shard, the Gherkin and Big Ben. We sat on a bench for a little while, watching people walk by and boats float past. Sometimes it feels like time stands still in those moments. In the evening we went to my local pub restaurant, it is so good for comforting food. It's those simple things like going out for dinner with my favourite people that I truly love.

I cherish weekends like this, they are always my favourite and full of goodness. I want more like these. And I will. Everyone should have days like these with the people they care most about. It's the moments you will remember most.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.