July Wishlist

I know I say it every month but HOW is it July already?! This year is running away with me. So much that I forgot to share my June Wishlist with you. Oops! I’d like to say it’s because my social calendar has been jam packed but that would be a massive lie. So this month, with summer in full swing I thought I’d share more of what I have bought and will be buying in the lead up to my holiday which is now less than two months away. Still feels like a lifetime away however.

Starting with beauty I have decided to invest in a couple of hair masks that came highly recommended to me. I have been bleaching my hair since I was about 16 and it’s finally taking its toll. Breakage is rife and I now have unwanted layers YAY. The two treatments are ‘Olaplex 3’ and the ‘Kerastase resistance masque force Architecte’.

I am not expert on this subject so please don’t quote me but I have read that ‘It’s a system that rebuilds the damaged bonds in your hair that are broken during the chemical process. If you’ve been highlighting your hair for years, Olaplex allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of your hair.’ Kim Kardashian swears by it and if it’s good enough for her it’s good enough for me.

The Kerastase mask again strengthens and fortifies hair to reduce breakage, so I thought that these two masks combined should work wonders. Lets pray! Perhaps i’ll do a mini follow up blog on how I get on with these products.

Onto the next. I decided to keep my summer wardrobe fairly neutral this year so in order to add a pop of colour I plan to invest in a quality red lipstick. On trying several different brands I settled for Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ in ‘Le Rouge’. It’s long lasting and the pigment is amazing. With an SPF 15 moisturising formula it protects your lips and keeps them looking nourished. It’s fairly expensive at £28 but for the quality I can justify it.

Finally, on the subject of beauty I will without a doubt be buying the Bobbi Brown highlighting powder in ‘Bronze Glow’. Oh my goodness!! This product creates such an amazing glow perfect for this sunny weather we’ve been blessed with. It’s high impact light reflective powder catches the light and makes the your cheek bones pop! I’ve been trying to wear less face make up now that I have caught the sun a little and am embracing my freckles this year, so this highlighter with a little concealer, pot rouge and smokey eye mascara should be all I need (I hope).

Okay so onto fashion. I’ve really annoyingly shrunk my Breton stripe T shirt dress in the wash. It was such a good staple to throw on at this time of year. I’d literally wear it to work, round the pool, out to lunch you name it. Anyway i’m on a mission to replace it. The one I shrunk was cheap and cheerful from H&M (possibly why it shrunk), but since I got so much use of it I’m willing to spend a little more money on one. At the moment I have my eye on this dress from Joules. With AW18 fashion slowly creeping into shops i’m secretly hoping it’ll drop into the sale.


On the theme of Summer dresses this is another beauty that I’ve been lusting over. I am seriously lacking in the summer dress department which became evident when I discovered I had NOTHING to wear for work. I think this style is perfect for the time of year too. It’s pretty embroidery makes it particularly attractive and the light weight smock style makes it appealing for the hotter days. You also can’t beat a loose dress for your holiday where you’re inevitably going to be stuffing your face ha!

Last but not least, tan sandals! Just when I thought I didn’t need anymore sandals I came across these bad boys. Once again I think they’d make a great summer staple and would go so well with my neutral summer wardrobe. I find this style so easy to throw on and also really comfortable (providing the leather is soft).

So there it is. I’m back on track and at the beginning of the month too! I’ll be sure to update you with my August wish list in the next few weeks and perhaps by then i’ll be starting to consider my A/W wardrobe.

Enjoy and as always, HAPPY SUNDAY!

H x

My Travel Essentials

Welcome back you lovely lot!

It’s been a rather lazy month but I have been planning a few new posts so it’s taken me a bit of time to gather some (hopefully) interesting and useful content and decide which one I should prioritise. Besides blog planning i’ve had two weddings one of which was my best friends. BEST. DAY. EVER! We got some gorgeous pictures and just made the best memories.

 

I also attended the hunters and heels instameet which was just the most gorgeous day. Once again, it was so special meeting and catching up with such lovely like minded people and the day was jam packed with amazing activities including a Bobbi Brown make up tutorial, flower crown making, LOTS of food, LOTS of drink and the gift bag.. well!!

 

So, now my little life update is out of the way, on with the important stuff.

With it being holiday season I thought I’d share some of my travel essentials that you will find in my hand luggage every time I go away. I like to gather some bits that’ll get me through a long journey but that will also keep me from looking insanely tired and leave me feeling pampered. It may just be me but I find that long journeys really take its toll on my skin especially when there is air con involved. My skin gets SO dry when exposed to all that dry air. These two products are an absolute must have for me as they keep my skin and lips looking nourished, hydrated and glowing for long periods of time. If you’re also travelling somewhere hot where you’ll be spending your time sunbathing these products are also heaven after a day in the sun.

I also have to share this find with you which i’ll definitely be taking away with me this year. I’ve heard so much about these collagen eye masks but can’t justify spending so much on just one pair. Anyway, I found these on eBay and took a bit of a risk with them. I am so happy I did! I store them in the fridge and they feel SO soothing when you apply them. They really wake up my under eyes and I can certainly see a difference when I remove them. What I will say is that I tried one on the back of my hand before I put them on my face to ensure I didn’t react to them. Fortunately all was well and I personally think they are a big win!

A blooming good book and/or magazine is next on my list. In one of my previous posts I shared three of my favourite books with you which can be found here (Dreaming of Summer). Pictured below are some more of my favourite books. I must admit I haven’t read ‘Everything I know about love’ by Dolly Alderton just yet. I’m hoping to save it for my holiday but I have seen it recommended EVERYWHERE. I’m a big fan of the ‘High Low Podcast’ presented by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes so i’m positive I’ll love this book.

This conveniently leads me onto the next item which is Headphones to listen to The High Low of course. It is BRILLIANT. Dolly and Pandora talk about current affairs whether that be trivial or important and I always come away feeling a little more educated and rather empowered. Another brilliant podcast is ‘My Dad wrote a Porno’ presented by the son of the author who wrote said porno. This had me in absolute hysterics. I stupidly started listening to this at work which i think royally effed off my colleagues after bursting out laughing every two minutes. If you need a pick me up this is a brilliant go to.

A holiday fragrance is an important one for me. This is dependent on the time of year and location but the main reason for choosing a particular fragrance means that it will then hold that specific memory every time I wear it. In the summer I like something quite light and fresh. This year I’m torn between two of my favourites which are ‘Eau Rose’ by Diptyque and ‘English Pear and Freesia’ by Jo Malone. They are both quite floral but last really well considering they are light. Decisions decisions!

Now of course theres the slightly more essential things like your passport, phone, money and charger, but why not accessorise these very important but rather boring bits. You will see in last months wishlist I shared an Aspinal of London passport cover and luggage label which might I add are still on my wishlist ha! These make such gorgeous gift ideas and add a touch of luxury to your luggage. Then of course you will need a travel pouch to carry the above in. Below is the very pretty bag from Elizabeth scarlet which I will link for you. I am SO excited to use mine. So there they are. My travel essentials! Have you got any others? Please do share I could be missing a trick. Have a fab Sunday!

See you next week!

H x