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Life: Monthly Summary March

March 29, 2015

  • The first part of March was crazy busy with work. It's all calmed down now and I've had my usual post-campaign illness! 
  • Chris, my brother Olly and his girlfriend Georgina paid a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market. We went around lunch time so it was hugely busy but such a lovely market. Georgina and I picked up the beautiful roses pictured above.
  • Also visiting The Geffrye which is a Museum of the Home. You walk through eleven period rooms from 1630 to today. We finished with a lovely lunch (tea and scones for me!) in the cafe there which is lovely.
  • Missing my parents who are currently enjoying a Caribbean cruise - so jeal!
  • A trip to the pub in Greenwich yesterday with friends resulted in spontaneously booking a long weekend to Center Parcs in June.
  • Lots of planning for my friend Lizzie's hen do in Brighton next month.

  • My brother's girlfriend Georgina has just started a new blog - Rent or Chanel. If you like Chanel and designer bags then you will love it, but she's also posting about lifestyle stuff such as her recent trip to Disneyland Paris with my brother. I may be biased but it's definitely worth checking out!
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - I'd heard lots about this book and so was looking forward to reading it. I haven't read a book in ages so was keen to get engrossed into another world. Really enjoyed this - always love a thriller, crime, who dunnit type novel.

  • This genius 7 minute clip of Tom Hanks and James Cordon acting out every Tom Hanks film.
  • Grey's Anatomy - I have been catching up with all of series 10 and series 11 and am enjoying it so much. Love Amelia Shepherd!

Daisy x

Fashion: eBay finds (1) - Bags

March 25, 2015

Some of my favourite blog posts are talking about great eBay finds so thought I'd get in on the action and share some of mine. Today it's all about designer inspired bags. I have bought quite a few designer style bags through eBay as they are always such a bargain and I've always found them to be really good quality.

Daisy x

Life: A few tips for instant happiness

March 19, 2015

1) Put your favourite music on super loud and sing your heart out. I love putting Les Mis soundtrack on and singing at the top of my lungs (and they aren't even happy songs!). Throw your arms around, pretend you're on stage, just really go for it.

2) Along the same lines...keep that music on and have a good old dance around the room. It's amazing how much happier you will feel.

3) Look through old photos. If I'm ever feeling a bit 'meh' I will go through all of my facebook photos and it never fails to cheer me up and want to make loads of plans with people.

4) Fill a bath full of hot water, drop in a Lush bath bomb, apply a face mask and have a good old fashioned relax in the tub.

5) Go for a walk, or run. Always helps if the sun is shining but even if not, fresh air does a world of good.

6) Stay in bed all morning. Wake up whenever you like, make a cup of tea and drink it in bed with a book or a pile of magazines.

7) Speak to people. See friends and family. Skype or Facetime a close friend or family member. I live a couple of hours away from my family and so speak to them when I walk home from work - it's something I always look forward to. 

8) Get organising and sorting. This may be something that only works for me (bit of a Monica when it comes to organisation) but I love getting down and dirty with sorting out a room, or my wardrobe, or my get the gist.

9) Buy some flowers. They never fail to brighten a room.

10) Plan something to look forward to. A holiday, a city break, one night in a hotel (even if it's in the same town as you live in!), a day out, even a shopping trip. 

Please share what you do to make yourself happy - you can never have enough tips!

Daisy x

Beauty: Weleda Skin Food Saviour

March 17, 2015

I love a product that comes with a good history. Weleda's Skin Food is one of those products. It is one of Weleda's oldest products and has been around since 1926- it must be doing something right! Weleda's new Skin Food Saviour Kit* includes the infamous Skin Food and also comes with a flannel.

Weleda Skin Food is a nourishing and hydrating treatment which can be used in many different ways. Describing itself as a 'replenishing skin repair cream for dry patches of skin and for added protection' it is made with organic sunflower seed oil, and lots of lovely extracts including chamomile and rosemary. These ingredients make it a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre skin. It can be used on dry skin all over the body and the saviour kit encourages using it as a face treatment. 

The face treatment using skin food has five simple steps:

1 - Thoroughly cleanse skin
2 - Warm skin with the hot flannel to open pores (a great tip that I'll be using when applying any mask)
3 - Apply a thin layer of Skin Food - it's quite thick so you need to be careful not to drown your skin!
4 - Leave on for 10 minutes whilst relaxing in the bath
5 - Gently remove any excess product with the flannel

I have used this and although it felt a bit strange to use such a thick cream product as a mask (it reminds me of E45 cream) it left my skin so super smooth and really quite clear and radiant. My skin was playing up at the time with my rosacea, and this didn't agitate it at all.

Weleda's Skin Food Saviour Kit costs £9.95 and can be bought from

Daisy x

Life: 10 Things I Miss about University

March 15, 2015

The three VKs weren't all mine - promise! And check out Chris looking super serious.

1) Waking up for a 9am lecture, going to said lecture and coming straight back home for a nap.

2) Mixing blue WKD with a reef to make a 'delicious' cocktail.

3) Living with all of your best girl friends - getting ready to go out was the most fun. Music on loud, all trying on each others clothes and chatting constantly.

4) Pasta for lunch, pasta for dinner and pasta for second dinner.

5) £10 all you can drink nights/80p a drink nights/90p a drink nights. Not responsible, not clever but had to be done.

6) Taking 400 photos on a night out and going through them all the next day deciding which should go on Facebook.

7) A taxi trip back from Morrisons after basically buying stir fry, jacket potatoes and pasta sauce.

8) Pre-drinks! All going to someone's house or flat to play many a drinking game. Fuzzy duck, anyone?

9) Sitting round the kitchen table, just chatting about anything and everything for hours.

10) Trips into town to go to Primark, and Primark only.

Daisy x

Beauty: 6 Great Face Masks

March 12, 2015

I am a huge fan of a face mask. I could never have too many of them and they are a product that I use at least once a week when I have a pamper session - usually I apply it in the bath as the warmth from the bath helps get the mask working. Here are 6 of my current favourites.

1. Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - I absolutely adore using this mask. It's a thermal mask so you apply a thin layer and feel it warming on your skin. You allow it to cool for 5 minutes and then rinse, or wipe off with a flannel. It is a clay mask and the warming effect helps to open up the pores so that the charcoal and clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. £10.50 from Boots.

2. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask - Another clay mask and this is a really popular offering from Liz Earle. It's aimed at oily/combination skin and helps to draw out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm. This is a proper clay mask - thick and quite tricky to wash off (the mask comes with a special sponge) but it leaves skin super soft and smooth. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.

3. Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask* - this mask from Claudia Louch is packed full of the good stuff - grape seed oil, avocado oil, aloe, shea butter, vitamin E to name but a few ingredients! This is a cross between a clay mask and a more moisturising one - it aims to shrink pores and leave skin baby-soft. It is free from harsh chemicals and 94% natural so a great one for sensitive skin. It's just a bit on the pricy side! £52.50 from the Claudia Louch website.

4. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask - Origins are known for their intensive overnight mask which I am yet to try, but this is another great offering from the brand. It's formulated for dry skin and is basically a great big dose of moisture. Algae extracts deliver hydration while Apricot Kernel Oil acts like a 'fountain of youth'. This has been a must-have mask for over winter. £23 from Boots.

5. Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask* - this mask is brilliant for a quick-fix. It's quick, effective and does exactly what is claims to do! Simply apply a layer for between 30 seconds-2 minutes and then remove. It includes natural active ingredients such as aloe vera which give your skin a natural radiance. It isn't suitable for sensitive skin and mine does flare up occasionally, so I only use this every so often for a little boost. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.

6. Skin Chemists Rapid Facial* - This is the most expensive mask of the lot and very pricy it is indeed at over £100 (eek!). It is fantastic though - the glycolic acid in the formulation works by breaking down substances that bond dead skin cells trapped underneath the top layer of skin. These dead skins can then be rinsed away which leaves skin looking super clear and radiant. £117 from Skin Chemists.

Daisy x

Life: Columbia Road Flower Market

March 10, 2015

On Sunday we decided to take a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market - a place I'd heard lots about and had been wanting to go to for ages. 

It's situated close to Hoxton station and really is a marvel. We made a slight error in that we arrived at 12.45 when it was absolutely packed - it was quite a challenge getting from one end to the other and we did get a bit squished, so I would definitely recommend going as early as possible. The market is open from 8am to 3pm. 

Despite the hordes of people, it was great to see all of the beautiful flowers- and beautiful they were. From cherry blossom to orange trees to the most special kinds of roses. As it was later in the day we got two bunches of roses for £10 and there were plenty of great deals to be found. I am very pleased with these pink and orange roses which are sitting happily above our fireplace.

We also paid a visit to the nearby Geffrye Museum which is a a Museum of the Home. As you walk through the museum, you pass through living rooms from the 17th century to modern day, seeing how they change through the years. We also enjoyed a late lunch in their cafe which is really lovely and worth a visit.

You can find out more about the Columbia Road Flower Market here and the Geffrye Museum here.

PS. How much do I want that gorgeous Pomeranian?!

Daisy x

Recipe: Banana and Nutella Smoothie

March 07, 2015

Today, Chris has gone out on a long bike ride and so with him being as healthy as possible, I decided to be as unhealthy as possible and indulge myself in something very appropriate for a lazy Saturday.

I'm all for a goodness-filled smoothie or juice, but you just can't beat a chocolate treat and this really fits the bill. A creamy, smooth banana and nutella smoothie with a big dollop of whipped cream. Get in my belly!

This is extremely easy to make. All you need to make a serving for one is:
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of nutella
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or normal milk, whatever floats your boat)
  • Ice cubes (we didn't have any so left this out, but if you want a chilled drink you will want to add ice)
Simply put all of the ingredients into your blender and whizz it up. Pour into a glass, add some squirty cream and enjoy!

Daisy x