Motherhood

Summer Issabella | 17.12.2016

Summer Issabella, 6 years old. Sassy, bossy, demanding. A real little lady in the making. Doesn’t stop talking, ever. Wakes up full of ideas and plans, always on the go. Loves arts and crafts in a big way. Spells mummy ‘momey’ and I can’t correct her because the ‘I love momey’ notes she always makes melt my heart a little more each time. Lover of excitement, “What shall we do momey where shall we go?” Lover of anything sweet. Lover of bedtime stories. Won’t leave any stone unturned in her quest for truth, knowledge and discovery. “Momey, I’m worried for Chinese children as Santa may not understand their letters, Spanish and French children too, what if they don’t get any presents?” She has since been reassured that Santa is in fact multilingual and every boy and girl all over the world will get presents. 

Charming, confident and chatty; she loves to talk and is super proud of every little achievement. Flourishes under praise and loves her kindness to her sister to be acknowledged (kindness to her sister is something that we’ve had to work on!) Still learning to swim as she kinda freaks out sometimes, we’re taking it slow. She’s extremely caring and understanding. She likes to break the rules. She also likes to sulk in her room and suck her thumb with angry eyes if something doesn’t go her way. She needs to talk out her frustrations and have lots of reassurance.

Summer Issabella, born one summer night during the biggest of storms. 

“And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.”

♡ 

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Skincare

The Bomb Bath 

It’s been a while since I’ve bought Lush bath bombs, so I took a trip with the dollbabies as they love it in there and the Lush girls are always so friendly taking the time to show the girls different jellies and potions they can touch and smell. Everything in Lush is beyond amazing, I was eyeing up their chocolate chip face mask and making mental notes for future purchases. 

After much deliberation, the dollbabies settled for the pink flamingo because well, it’s a flamingo. It contains rosewood and ylang ylang and is actually a bubble bar and you can get up to seven uses out of it. The girls had lots of fun running it under the water and the bath instantly turned to a dreamy pastel pink without even using too much of it. 


I picked Butterball which is for softened skin. Such a simple one compared to all the fancy colours but sometimes simplicity is a good thing. It’s cocoa butter and vanilla which are two of my favourites, and it has a gorgeous rich scent and leaves your skin feeling silky and soft. 

Pink is for comfort and reassurance and has neroli and vanilla in it. And it’s so pretty too. 


I also tried something new this time which is this gorgeous smelling bath oil which looked like a little gourmet white chocolate floating around the bath. It made my skin feel super soft but I had to swish it around a bit or it just stayed in one place and didn’t dissolve as much. 

Now the seasons are gradually changing and the colder nights will soon be here, I plan to keep bath bombs stocked up for the coming months when long, hot candlelit baths are essential and we all need to spend a little more time to ourselves. Such a perfect way to indulge and have a pamper. 

Have a beautiful weekend xo 

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Make up

Mini Make Up Haul | Product Review 

I’m loving NYX right now, as is the rest of the world, and quite rightly so. There’s something about the statement, matte colours + great affordability that’s captured my heart. Plus I’ve kind of gone off MAC after finding out that NYX is a cruelty free brand and doesn’t test on animals, while MAC- global, multi million pound, world recognised company, still tests on animals. I just think that MAC are so influential and such front runners in the make up industry, they really could’ve set the precedence for brands going forth and made such a huge difference. So my plan is to find cruelty free alternatives to all of my MAC staples (as well as other animal testing brands), which I intend to blog about along the way. So far with NYX I’ve tried their Vinyl Liquid Liner, highlight and contour Wonder stick and their Liquid Suede Cream lipsticks, all which I’ve been impressed with. I’d love to get my hands on the Lip Lingerie collection but its currently only available in downtown Toronto at their flagship Eaton centre store and I don’t get down there much. However, I’m pretty sure you can order online so that’s something I’m planning to do. As for the UK, I believe it’s available in Boots. 

I’ve always been the type of person that likes my classic products. I would turn my nose up at drugstore brands in favour of fancier, more expensive brands and stick to the same lip stick colour and what was tried and tested for me. But now I’m trying to experiment a little more and introduce some variety into my life. Buying drug store brands is such a fun and easy way to try new products and expand your collection without breaking the bank.

The products I wanted to share are two gorgeous NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick colours. The first one is called Tea + Cookies and is a lovely rosy colour. 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, LSCL 09 Tea & Cookies 

What I like about it is that you’re adding a strong blush colour but still remaining quite neutral. I’d say it’s a shade that would look great on most people, the colour is very current and it’s one of their more neutral, everyday ones. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately and have had lots of compliments on it. Plus it’s called Tea & Cookies so what’s not to like. 

The second shade is such a cool colour. I’ve always been about my nudes, and spent a lot of my teenage years mixing my lipsticks with concealer to try and create the matte nude look I so longed for (this was in the heather shimmer days, forgive me) but I always knew what I liked even back then.

So this shade for me is like taking my trusty nude and deepening it several notches so it’s got a warm spicy brown look. I absolutely love it and the matte finish really sets the look. They’re long lasting too, maybe not Kylie lipkit long lasting but pretty impressive. After a few hours at work I do tend to put a bit of lip balm on and re do as the matte effect can feel quite drying but that’s only to be expected. 
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, LSCL 07 Sandstorm 

I really adore the whole Suede line and plan on trying all the colours in the range. I love some of the vibrant reds and the really deep tones, and they’re such an amazing price, you can’t really go wrong. 


I’m also experimenting with drug store mascaras. I’ve always used Benefit starting with Bad Gal Lash, They’re Not Real and Rollerlash but I seem to get through mascaras quite quickly and it was annoying to have to keep forking out $30 every time. So I’ve been trying some different lower cost mascaras and some are really good and for the half the price ( I’ll do a blog about some of my faves soon). This Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara cost me $11 and for someone who wakes up with eyes that are non existential, this is a bloody good buy. In fact I think this may have made it into the staples section of my life, and that’s saying something. And the packaging is matte black and blush, enough said. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

The last product I want to share is this  gorgeous rose gold eyeshadow from one of my favourite shops The Bodyshop, another fabulous cruelty free brand. Don’t overlook Bodyshop for makeup, they do some pretty decent stuff. I wanted to get a shimmery beige eyeshadow as that’s what seems to suit me most but my eyes kept being drawn to this gorgeous shade. I’m always wary of any pink/ red hues in eyeshadow in case I look like I’ve just been rubbing my eyes but this is quite soft and subtle, and very complimentary to the lip colours I bought. It’s kind of a rose gold colour which is very on trend right now. It has the warm rose colour with a hint of a gold shimmer, something that works so amazingly together. The eyeshadow from Bodyshop cost $11 and there were some really nice shades to choose from. 

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow, Shade: 315 Mon Cherry 


Anyway hope you enjoyed this mini make up haul, have a beautiful day! xo 

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Our World

Part 1 | Changing Seasons

The summer is just so, so beautiful. Nothing quite like waking up to that sunshine every day, stepping outside without the amour of winter coats, hats and scarves. Everything comes alive with days at the lake, park, evening walks, dining al fresco, picnics. There’s something so vibrant about those long hot summer days and nights that feel like they’ll last forever. The hot summer months in Canada are something I truly appreciate so much after the same old lame summer temps in England (no offence Blighty). You know them ones with the torrential rain which lets accept would come anytime you plan a BBQ and that’s despite all those brave faces clutching their paper plates under the leaky canopy, “Looks like it’s stopping soon” “I can see the sun breaking through.” No. No it doesn’t, and no you can’t. So anyhow, if all of this is true about summer being the best and all that, then why is it the prospect of Fall so bloody exciting? I know I’m not the only one who secretly craves the bonfires, oversized sweaters, golden leaves and cosy nights with yummy smelling candles burning and warming food cooking. It’s such a magical time of year. Autumn was always the most beautiful season in England; wrapping up for chilly walks, wellies on and of course gun powder, treason and plot- which sadly isn’t a thing here in Canada being that there’s no Houses of Parliament that nearly got blown up sometime in the 16th century . But there’s also something so breathtaking and you might say kinda spiritual about witnessing Autumn in a different country. The season of harvest, where the earth retracts and we retreat, gathering energy for the months ahead. Canada is just made for Fall, the sky takes on a different colour, all yellows and orange. This huge land with its vast lakes and the migrating geese flying overhead in perfect triangles. There are golden leaves and pine cones scattered everywhere and don’t even get me started on the North American Halloween thing where there are pumpkins on every porch, fully decked out houses with brain eating zombies dressed as American footballers having a picnic (I did actually witness this scene as described), witches hanging everywhere. It’s just that once summer is over and you slowly come to terms with the loss of warmth and sunshine, and then the beautiful earthy tones of autumn have subsided, you know that here in Canada, the winter will be staying for a very long time. So despite all my autumn lusting, for now I’m happy to make the most of the sunshine a little while longer. 


Autumn, the years last, loveliest smile. 🍂

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Skincare

Product review | The Body Shop Tea Tree Range

I wanted to share with you a quick review for a couple of my favourite summer skincare products. Despite being in my thirties, my skin is still oily and, sadly at times, problematic. I’ve always understood the natural benefits of tea tree after studying beauty therapy and aromatherapy and I wholeheartedly endorse it, particularly for oily/ breakout skin. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic with immune system boosting and healing properties. 
The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleansing Facial Wash is gentle and seriously refreshing. It’s one of those cleansers that really does the trick. It breaks through the make up, oil and grime and leaves your skin feeling brand new, without drying it out. I use it every day, and a couple times a week I gently apply it with an exfoliating face cloth. I’ve also used the tea tree scrub which is fantastic as well. 

The BB cream also is a-maz-ing. It has the beautifully refreshing scent of tea tree and gives great coverage. I buy 01 for winter and 02 for summer and lately I’ve been applying it over a thin layer of light moisturizer (although you can do it without) and using a Body Shop foundation brush to apply it evenly.

It’s perfect for those days when you don’t want to layer your skin in heavy, pore blocking foundation, I find an application of BB cream and a bit of mascara is enough to make me feel refreshed and ready to face the day. And the fact that the tinted cream is infused with tea tree, leaves you feeling less guilty about putting products on to your skin. I still use foundation over it some days too, as I feel it just creates a good, clean base. 

The cleanser comes in 2 sizes. I bought the bigger 400ml one as it was better value at $20, and the BB creams are $18 each. They also have good promotions some times of buy 2 get one free so they’re definitely worth looking out for. 

I hope you enjoyed my review xo 

   
    
    
   

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Our World

Kendall Sienna, 22.03.2016

2 year old Kendall Sienna, please stay this way forever. I can hardly bear the thought of you changing from this little ball of loveliness that you are. You have animated conversations in toddler language and it’s the most adorable thing ever. You’re starting to say more and more and you understand everything that’s said to you. Your favourite things are Minions, Peppa, animals and Lego. You’re stubborn and have little time for other children, only your adored big sis who you watch and study intently, mirroring every single thing. When I tell you not to do something, the answer is always a resounding, “No!” and when you say “Carry!” it means you want cuddles. You’re a ball of mischief and mess and I try everyday to soak up every little thing about you and cherish each second, because I know just how fast this precious time will pass.
   
    
    
    
 

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Home

Making a house a home | 09.04.2016

I wanted to share with you a few of my tips for making a house a home. I’ve lived in a few different places in recent years and I’ve learned how important it is to turn your space into somewhere that gives you an uplifting vibe and feel good factor. Mine is still a work in progress but I think that’s part of the fun, there’s always new and easy ways to spruce up your place and usher in new energies. The smallest of changes can make a huge difference.

A lick of paint: My all time favourite colour is good old fashioned white. Fresh white walls remain classic while allowing you the perfect base to then accessorize & accentuate. A simple coat of paint is like a clean slate and a fresh new start for any home. 

Accessories: This is quite possibly my favourite shopping genre ever, apart from buying for the dollies of course. There’s such an beautiful selection of home accessories and accents out there. The choices are endless, and practically any shop you go in now you will find gorgeous and inexpensive items for your home that will add a touch of class, a splash of colour or a fresh design element. Frames, candlesticks, Buddha heads, the list is endless. 

Inspiration: Follow inspiring bloggers & home pages on social media and see what key pieces and colour schemes they choose that you could work with in your own way. I also like to watch home improvement and property shows and obviously scrolling through Pinterest is religion. There’s so many beautiful new styles and cool trends to try, whether it be a new ‘in’ colour for the season or a simple trick like framing fancy wall paper in a lovely frame or colour clashing textiles. Exand your design horizons and get your creative juices flowing. 

Candles, candles and more candles: Candles are my essentials. They lift the atmosphere, lighten the mood & up the ambience. My all time favourites are obviously Bath and Body Works as the beautiful packaging and ever-changing array of mouth watering scents are so appealing. Coming home from a hard day at work, dimming the lights and lighting some candles just adds a touch of class and glamour, and is pleasing to my soul. You wouldnt think something so simply could be so space-transforming but sometimes it’s all in the details.

Throws and pillows: Such an easy way to enhance and style your room. Full, cosy fur throws and deep, rich colours for the long winter months. When the spring comes round, I’m naturally drawn to light, pastel colours. My favourites are pastel pink and grey, but black and white is always classic for any season. 

Plants: Plants add such a clean, homely and natural feel to the room, I can’t recommend them enough. Head to your nearest garden centre or IKEA & get some gorgeous greenery in your life, you won’t regret it. I recently purchased some small succulents and put them in white plant pots, so simple and they look fabulous on my coffee table, and the dollies are having lots of fun watering them. 

Details: Take care in the details. Get white washcloths for the bathroom, keep wash cloths and towels the same or coordinating colours and always have fresh bars of soap on display. I like to aim for the hotel feel in the bathroom, no excessive products on display, just clean, white and simple. Good quality or statement tea towels for the kitchen (again I love white!!) Store pasta, cereal, teabags etc in simple glass jars so even the pantry/ cupboards feel chic, minimalist and organised and only have items on display that bring you joy. 

One thing I have learned is to not get carried away. You don’t want endless stuff everywhere- let’s face it, it’s more mess to clean when you have kids that are going to pull it all out everyday. Less is definitely more. 

I hope you enjoyed my design tips, I will definitely be sharing more of my journey of making a house a home xo 
 
    
    
    
    
    
   

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