Saturday, 4 July 2015

PUGFEST

Beautiful Frankie Pug
 Baby AJ, Frankie's little Brother! He shares an Instagram account with Frankie!
 Handsome Boux Pug - how cool is his harness!? Here's his Instagram link!
 Flossie Pug, the sassiest diva Pug I know! Check out her Instagram.
 Another shot of Frankie
 Handsome Mr. Milo Pug, one of Tilly's first friends <3
Sophia Pug with Flossie & her brother Milo in the background. Milo & Sophia have their own Instagram account too!
 "Dad, you're embarrassing me in front of my friends!!!"
Tired Totoro Pug

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that Tilly Pug has a better social life than me, so it's no surprise that we attended another Pug Party for her to see all her little pals! Pugfest was held in Birmingham & it was by far the biggest Pug event we have been too, I actually felt overwhelmed! I reckon there was at least 1000 Pugs there, it was heaven & we managed to meet some of our Instagram friends plus see all the familiar faces, both Human & squishy Pug ones! Having a Pug has given us the opportunity to meet so many like-minded, crazy Pug people & honestly it's the best! We've made some friends for life & so has Tilly, it's the nicest thing ever. 

The was a Superhero theme to the event so we had a custom Totoro harness made for Tilly, not your typical Superhero but Totoro is a hero in my eyes & we call Tilly Totoro all the time so it just made sense! We had her harness made by a lovely lady who runs Poochu, the harnesses she sells are beautiful & she will make a harness exactly how you want it. I noticed a burger print harness on her Instagram page the other day, amazing! We also had a Totoro onesie for Tilly to wear but it was way too hot for that unfortunately. 
I didn't take anywhere near the amount of photos I was hoping to get, I was too busy soaking up the atmosphere & living in the moment - something I don't do enough, I'm always distracted by my phone, scrolling through social media etc. We love taking our Tilly Pug to these events, it's such a fun way to socialise her & it's amazing seeing all the Pugs in their element! 

L x

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Interior Updates

When we got the keys to our house I believed we would be able to walk into the house & transform it into the home we had been dreaming of within a matter of days. Oh how wrong was I!? We've been in the house for 5 weeks & still haven't even managed to order a sofa, yep our bed is were we spend most of time, sitting watching hours of Netflix, eating popcorn, chilling out. 
See, before we moved I never added work, household chores, visiting family, looking after a pug or our budget into the equation, I just assumed things would get done & the place would be perfect pretty quickly. Don't get me wrong, we have got a fair few things done in the short space of time we've lived here, such as re-paint the main bedroom & gloss all the woodwork, strip the wallpaper off the chimney breasts in both the living & dining rooms and we've made a start on painting the bathroom too. It just takes a whole lot longer than I allowed myself to expect. Next week we are getting the damp issues resolved downstairs, it's gonna be messy & involve one wall to be re-plastered & another to have all it's paint sanded off... seriously what did I get myself into!? After thats complete though we can go ahead with getting the rooms done to our taste so it's all exciting stuff really! 
I'm 100% set on white walls & a grey sofa to go with our original wooden floorboards & we have ordered white wood venetian blinds. I did want shutters, but our windows are HUGE & the quotes we got were just insane so I settled on venetian blinds instead. The house is Victorian, meaning it's full of character, super high ceilings & original features which I am obsessed with so I want to keep the decor simple & fresh to ensure that the character doesn't get disguised. 

The Kitchen is the one room I'm 98% happy with, the units are white gloss with black worktops & white subway tiles on the walls. We just need to get a new radiator & it *could* do with a lick of paint at some stage in the future but for now it's a nice place to cook & thats the main thing! We've managed to make the most of how the previous owners left it by adding all the little accessories I collected over the past year & I'm really pleased with how it's come together. 

Upstairs wise our main focus is on our bedroom, we are currently sleeping in the back bedroom until we have the blinds fitted. Luckily it didn't need any work doing apart from cosmetic things like painting & we are going to pull up the carpet because it's worn out & crinkles when you walk on it which irritates me. So we have created a bit of work for ourselves by planning to remove the carpet as the floorboards are going to need sanding down & varnishing at the very least, but it will be worth it! The other two bedrooms are in decent condition too, again they just need a fresh coat of paint but theres no rush to get that done just yet. One room is going to be Dom's man cave to hide away all his geek junk & computer stuff & then the other is going to be my haven... a room for all my beauty products to live, along with a space to blog & be creative. 

We haven't even made a start on the courtyard, the list is literally endless with things I want to do but I am loving every minute of being in our very own place & can't wait to see it all come together over time! Do you like these kind of posts? Let me know if you do & I'll continue to keep you all updated!

L x 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer Beauty Essentials

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Now Summer has finally made an appearance, (even if it was only for two days) it got me thinking about the products I reach for when the climate is a lot warmer than usual! Here are my Summer Beauty Essentials & I'll be sharing my Summer Makeup Picks real soon if you're interested...

I've banged on enough about the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion recently but I'll quickly say I feel like this is a definite beauty essential for pale skinned gals like myself, it builds up to a glowing, natural looking tan in just a couple of days. I was afraid of fake tan (yes, really), the idea of turning myself Orange was a pretty scary thought so a gradual tanning lotion really appealed to me!

Bobby Pins, bobby pins & more bobby pins!! Don't think I really need to explain this, but just incase you're wondering why I consider them a Summer essential? Wispy, annoying strands of hair & a thick fringe don't go well together in high temperatures, all I wanna do is clip back those sections of my hair & be assured that they're not gonna budge. Continually having to flick hair away from my face is a sure way to cause me a meltdown when it's ridiculously hot, hair stuck to face is not a good look.

I don't know about you but thick, sticky body butters just don't appeal to me in warm weather which is why I've been coating myself in body oils to ensure I'm locking plenty of moisture into my skin. I either use Johnson's Baby Oil (cheap & cheerful!) or I've been loving The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil, it illuminates the skin beautifully and the exotic Mango scent is refreshingly sweet.

It goes without saying really, but suncream is an absolute necessity whilst Mr Sunshine is playing out. Nobody wants sun damaged skin, being burnt is possibly the worst thing in the world & I have been caught out far too many times. Carrying a mini sized bottle of Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection* has is not only a Summer Essential but it has also become my latest handbag essential, now I'm prepared at all times hopefully I won't be burning any time soon!

Body Scrubs are incorporated into my shower routine throughout every season but I find that I exfoliate on a more regular basis during Summer. When it comes to scrubs, I rarely use anything other than a Soap & Glory one. I've currently got Sugar Crush on the go as the Citrus scent is Summery but all of them work well at prepping my skin for shaving & ensuring they are ready to be on show to the world if I'm brave enough!

My most-loved perfume for Summer has got to be Marc Jacobs Honey. I have both the full sized version & the tiny handbag edition photographed above & I'm pretty sure I'll always have this fragrance in my collection. It basically smells like Summer to me, it's a light fruity scent with Honey being the base note, it's a warm, energizing perfume but not at all overpowering.

Summer = Sandals. And wearing sandals means your feet need to be in a nice condition. I admit that I neglect my tootsies for the most part, but as soon as the Sun arrives I whip out Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream & slather my feet in the stuff! I usually leave it to soak in overnight so that the skin has chance to soften whilst I sleep, meaning I can slip on a pair of sandals the next morning & not have to worry about my feet being covered in flaky, dry skin. Nice. 

Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is actually something I use ALL of the time. In fact, I'm really obsessed with this product! I have a really gross habit which involves picking the skin around my nails when I'm nervous/anxious or even when I'm bored & honestly this has been a bit of a life saver. Dramatic, I know but the state of my nails really got me down & since I've been using this it's changed the appearance completely. I no longer suffer with hard, dry skin which in turn stops me from picking away (grim) & even helps me to apply nail polish neatly due to the lack of Cuticle build up. Also, this smells like Sherbet Lemons which is a m a z i n g! 

I decanted some Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic into a spray bottle & I'm now convinced that it was one of the best decision I've made recently! I normally use this everyday after cleansing & love the refreshing, cooling effect it has on my skin so I thought, why not use this as a spray when the heat becomes unbearable as a quick fix.

Nuxe Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion* is such a luxurious feeling after-sun lotion. It is so soothing on burnt skin (yep, I did manage to 'catch' the sun on Tuesday & ended up with red raw shins, thighs & pink looking arms) it provides plenty of much-needed hydration which aids repair & prolongs your tan. Even my Sister has given her seal of approval!

What are your Summer Beauty Essentials?

L x

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mojito Mocktails

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Whilst we've all been melting thanks to the #UKHeatwave I have had a serious craving for icy, refreshing drinks so to curb that feeling I mixed up a Mojito Mocktail! It's super simple & takes a couple of minutes to prepare, so anyone can have a go! I had a glass chilling in the fridge for Dom when he got home from work & I'll be sure to serve this when we get round to having our housewarming too!
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(Please excuse the state of the walls, we are in the middle of decorating!)
Ingredients
1/2 cup of Mint Leaves
Juice of half a Lemon
3 tbsps Sugar 
Ice Cubes
Lemonade

Method
First things first, prepare a sugar syrup. To do this simply pour 1/2 cup of water into a pan, followed by 3 tablespoons of Sugar and heat on a low flame. The Sugar will dissolve after a couple of minutes, once dissolved allow to simmer for about 30 seconds before leaving the syrup to cool to room temperature.

Next up, grab some serving glasses, I chose Mason Jars because, well why not! Add in 7-8 Mint Leaves, followed by 1 tablespoon of Sugar Syrup & around 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice. I literally just squeezed lemon juice onto a spoon over my glass, meaning I was pretty generous with it but you can add as much or as little as you want really! 

Then comes the fun part, get a muddler or you could use the end of a wooden rolling pin & crush the mint leaves. This helps to release the true flavours & helps give the drink that refreshing tang! 

Add in a couple of ice cubes & then top up your glass with Lemonade, I used Sprite because I prefer the taste but whatever lemonade is fine! Or you can use soda water if you like. 

Finally, pop in a straw, decorate with a slice of lemon & mint leaves if you want & enjoy your Virgin Mojito!

This recipe makes about 6 glasses, it's easy to switch up if you require more or less.
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Let me know if you try this recipe!

L x

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