Holy grail product: Weleda Skin Food

Sunday, December 30, 2018


Funnily enough, in my last 'Holy Grail' post, I mentioned that I was using Skin Food but it was too moisturising and I needed something lighter. Flash forward ten months and I'm practically bathing in Skin Food once again. 

My skin is generally on the dry side but in the spring/summer I don't need or want something as intense as Skin Food (I use Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Emulsion in the summer), whereas in the winter I need three layers of the stuff on my face just to function.


Every autumn/winter I fall back in deep, deep love with Weleda's Skin Food. It is truly a miracle product. I don't use it as a full face moisturiser (it is too heavy and thick), I just use it on dry patches, mostly around my chin and jaw where I get spots and flakiness. Once my spots have dried out and start to heal, Skin Food keeps the scabs moisturised so they don't crack (a grim image, but don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about) and makes sure the skin around them stays hydrated.

This product saves my skin on a daily basis. I couldn't live without the stuff. Anyone who suffers from dry skin on the face or body needs to use this. It just works. It is such a rich formula. Anyone with dry spots or acne (wouldn't recommend for oily skin) needs to be slathering this on either as a mask or a night cream because your skin will drink it up and love you forever.

I don't personally use this under make-up in the day (you can, just go in with a light hand and it'll be fine); instead I use it more like a face mask by putting a thick coat on any dry areas and letting it sit. I don't rub it in. A few hours later (or the next morning) my spots aren't dry or red. 

Skin Food also makes for a luxurious foot mask in the summer.


Weleda recently released more Skin Food products which I'm drying to try. I can't wait to get my hands on the lip balm and light moisturiser

You can buy two sizes of the original Skin Food - 30ml or 75ml. Both will last you a lifetime. In my opinion, this product is so thick and rich you won't need a lot to get decent coverage. The website says to 'apply generously' but it's up to you how much you want to use. Suppose it depends on how dry your skin is.

Weleda is a cruelty free brand and do sell vegan products (note that not everything is vegan, do check the ingredients). You can read into every one of their ingredients here and learn about their ethics, commitments and environmental sustainability here

Like the last post, this is not a #spon, I just bloody love this product and brand and want everyone to know about it.

Goodbye, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Photo by Cristian Escobar on Unsplash

Just a few more days left before 2018 is over and we welcome in the new year. 

I love fresh starts. January makes me want to reorganise my whole life, declutter the entire house, invest in a new skincare routine, write a to-do list as long as my arm etc. Not that I end up doing any of that stuff, but still. The idea's there.

It's hard to get anything done in between Christmas and the New Year because it's such a strange week of nothingness. Everyone loses track of time and the dark days all merge into one. At the moment I'm suffering through cold #2 of the year so my days are being spent in bed dosed up on cold and flu tablets until further notice. I am looking forward to the new year, however. I'm going to try my absolute hardest to stay awake until midnight this year (I fall asleep most of the time and the fireworks wake me up like the sad grandma I am).

I am looking forward to continuing with my coursework in January. I have two assignments due around the middle of the month; they're not the most fun or interesting assignments unfortunately, but once they're submitted I get to move onto the next module that looks a 100x cooler.


This month I started reading Queen Unseen by Peter Hince. It's fantastic so far. I love that it's been written by someone who was actually there with the band in the thick of it all, through the mid-70s to late-80s. He also has some amazing stories about Freddie.


Also been trying out the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals that I bought from Escentual some time during the Black Friday madness. I got two bottles for the price of one (Escentual have 1/3 off Nuxe in January, they always do really great deals so keep an eye out). I'm not sure what I was expecting from a cleansing 'milk' but I assumed you used it with water like a normal face wash but actually it's more like a creamy micellar water you use with a cotton pad.

I can't use this to take all my make-up off, but I like to use it after my foam face wash to clean up any leftovers and put the moisture back into my skin. It's also refreshing to use in a morning if you don't want to (or can't be bothered to, lol me) wash your face again. This is very gentle on my skin which I need when my skin is being a red, spotty, blotchy nightmare. I love the smell of rose, it reminds me of soap my great grandma used to use or those fancy fragranced drawer liners.

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

I had a lovely Christmas spent with family and I received (and gifted) some wonderful presents. Currently trying to decide what to spend my gift cards on but I'm finding it hard to commit to anything. Plus, online shopping is rubbish and I hate not being able to feel clothes and give them a tug and a stretch. Much prefer braving a shopping centre to find and examine the items in person rather than waiting a lifetime for things to be delivered in the post then waiting another lifetime to return them if they're not right. I have no patience, clearly.

I was gifted some delicious Burt's Bees lip balms that I have not stopped piling on my lips since Christmas day. I got a gorgeous tinted one (the shade Hibiscus) that is now my favourite nude lip ever. It is one of those 'your lips but better' colours, and gives such a nourishing gloss. My lips are thankful for the moisture.

Was also gifted a book on Queen and even though I was there when my mum bought it, it was so long ago I'd completely forgot. It made for a very nice surprise. There's nothing I love more in this world than old pictures of Queen from the 70s and this book is just full of them. There's so many I've never seen before and I'm well and truly obsessed.

Hope everyone has a great New Year's. If you want to keep up to date with any of my fantastic, clever and ever-so interesting thoughts and ramblings you can follow me on Twitter.

Merry Christmas one and all

Monday, December 24, 2018


Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas. Today I'm visiting grandparents then coming home to continue lounging in my pyjamas and eating festive things.

I hope to have lots more content due in the New Year - December was a quiet one due to coursework, working, bad lighting for photographs, and being a bit skint from buying Christmas gifts. I really want to get back into writing more personal 'everyday life' posts because I miss those. I'd also love to work with some brands in 2019.

I'm grateful for all the views I've received on my blog this year, all the thoughtful comments, and the general niceness of the blogging community both here and on Twitter. Means a lot to this small town gal. I'm chuffed to bits that people even read my words.

There may be a blog post or two go up between now and the New Year but it all depends on how lazy I feel after Christmas. I'm not promising anything.

Hope 2019 brings you all joy and love and success.

A Georgian home in Winchester

Saturday, December 22, 2018

If you can't tell already, I love Georgian homes. They exude elegance and character. This one is no different - the Georgian-style features like the friezes, skirtings, tall ceilings and sash windows give this property such a classic look but then the bold wallpaper and colour choices give the place real personality. 

I especially love that Oval Room Blue on the walls in the master bedroom and that fantastic black and white wallpaper in the dressing room. Oh, and that pink kitchen with the brass pendant lights? Um, yes please. I'm moving in tomorrow.


Photographs © Mel Yates.

These photos were first featured in the July 2017 issue of Homes & Gardens.

Handmade festive floral wreath

Friday, December 21, 2018


On Monday evening, my friend and I made some lovely festive floral wreaths. She picked up a ton of gorgeous faux flower stems from The Range along with an embroidery hoop, gold wire, bells, and wooden tree decorations to decorate with. 

Inspired by minimalist, Scandi-inspired wreaths and wall hangings we'd seen on Pinterest and Instagram, we spent some time trying to craft our own. They turned out beautifully, if I may toot my own horn. I went for a similar shape to this wreath from The Makers Society (but swapped all the greenery for lavender), and my friend went for something like this with a more asymmetric, greenery-heavy design.


I added tiny green flower thingies (technical term) because I wanted a touch of bright green to balance out all the lavender. I also added pinecones wrapped in gold wire (please ignore my terrible wire handiwork, I know it's bad) and a glitter hanging decoration in the middle to add a little festive somethin' somethin'.

Would love to try foraging for twigs and greenery in the spring and create something colourful and dramatic to hang in the kitchen.

Got to have a least one jingly bell.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you've made any wreaths yourself this year. It's a lot of fun, I think I may have discovered a new hobby. Hope my parents are looking forward to the house being covered in embroidery hoop wreaths throughout 2019!

Lovely quotes / 20

Monday, December 17, 2018

Photo by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash

“The sea is nothing but a library of all the tears in history.”
— Lemony Snicket

“Her lucidity was the raw brightness of the moonlight itself;”
— Clarice Lispector, The Chandelier

“Misty mornings, angelic smiles and pink cheeks,”
— Sylvia Plath

“I’d rather be happy and odd than miserable and ordinary.”
— Michelle Magorian

Photo by Simon Matzinger on Unsplash

“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”
— Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise: A Play

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
— John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.”
— Brooke Hampton

“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”
— Jeffrey McDaniel

A wintry stroll around Clumber Park

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Small delights – a clear winter sunset through the natural iron grillwork of black trees, a street lamp shining through ice-encased branches, blue sky glittering, and sun on ice-crusted snow. Loveliness, loveliness.
— Sylvia Plath

My ma and I decided to spend this morning in the icy, foggy, wintry dream that is Clumber Park in December.


I'm trying to lose a bit of weight at the moment, and since nobody on this planet could ever pay me enough money to join a gym or do yoga (can't even touch my toes), I have decided that brisk walking in nature will do the trick instead.


I love nothing more in the winter months than seeing rays of early morning sunlight streaming through trees and mist. Oh, and stepping on frozen puddles. Ah, and hearing the sound of frosty leaves and grass crunching under your boots. Actually, there's quite a lot I love about nature in winter.


Clumber is beyond beautiful in every season, but winter is my favourite.

Scandi-inspired Christmas tree decorations

Monday, December 03, 2018

On our Christmas tree we have a lot wood, felt, bells, glass, pinecones, and pops of bright festive red inspired by my love for Scandinavian decor (you can see our tree from last year here, though it has changed a bit since). The rustic, cosy cabin look makes our home feels so warm and inviting. Perfect to come home to when you've been out in the cold all day.

Here are some of my favourite Scandi-inspired Christmas tree decorations I've found on the web this Christmas season.


Decorate your home with these wonderfully tactile woodland themed ceramic decorations - the best winter treasures we could find. We are deeply in love with these covetable objets d'art, which will look irresistible on your tree when you group all three together. They might not turn into mighty oaks, but they will certainly make your home look fabulous."


Give a ringing endorsement to this delicate set of three bell decorations, designed to adorn your Christmas tree with their simple charm. Made from pure brass, their muted hue chimes beautifully with their natural rope thread, lending a refined and restrained aesthetic to your tree or mantle. And since this is Christmas, who can refuse a little magic? As you brush past your tree, listen carefully for the light ringing – a sure sign that Father Christmas is on his way."


Lovely felt hangable decorations available in cute Penguins, festive Reindeer and cuddly Polar bears with a delicate hanging loop. Perfect for putting on the Christmas tree to create a cosy Scandinavian vibe this festive season."


This stunning brass star tree stopper is the icing on the cake when it comes to Christmas decorations and the perfect addition to your tree this Christmas."


A contemporary design with a rustic edge, these Eshe wire baubles are handcrafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques for your family home. Pop on the tree alongside our other artisan christmas decorations for a really special tree this season."


Update your Christmas tree in an instant with this set of two Polar Bear Scene tree decorations from Gisela Graham. Featuring a sweet Polar Bear holding a glittery snowflake amongst a snowy scene, these decorations have been encased in a delicate glass orb and hang from a rustic thread. A perfect way to add woodland charm to your seasonal decorating."


“Designed exclusively for Balsam Hill™, our pinecone picks add subtle winter sparkle to your Christmas d├ęcor. The pinecones are lightly dusted with glitter to bring extra sheen to your tree, wreath, or garland, while bendable stems allow for effortless decorating."


“This set of six gorgeous hanging-star decorations makes any tree look magical. Made from high-quality ceramic, they’ve been electroplated and carefully hand-painted by our expert craftspeople to create a gorgeous antiqued-silver look. We love how the brushstroke marks are a charming reminder of their handmade nature and create a lovely texture, too."


“A gorgeous, laser cut tree decoration, perfect for adding a bit of Scandi and minimalistic decor to your tree this Christmas!"


“These clips are a traditional European decoration and can be used either on the branches of a Christmas tree, on the edge of a surface such as a mantelpiece or along a cut branch."

A Georgian house in London's East End

Sunday, December 02, 2018

This house is a dream - moody lighting, period details, muted colours on the walls, exposed floorboards, cosy nooks, antique furniture... I love it all. Pedro da Costa Felgueiras has absolutely nailed this beautiful period property. There's a real sense of warmth, cosiness and relaxation about the place.

See more images of the house here, and learn more about Pedro and his studio here.


Photographs © Michael Sinclair.

These photos were first featured in the January 2018 issue of House & Garden.

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