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When a pile of Sudocrem samples landed on my desk, I was pretty unsure of what to do with them. I briefly contemplated passing them on to my friend for her baby’s nappy (diaper) rashes, as to me (and I’m sure to many) that seemed to be the only feasible use for the cream. I tried it out as a hand cream, as the handy tube was great for chucking in my bag on a Saturday afternoon on my way to the shopping centre. However, I actually thought that it was a watered-down ‘hand cream version’ of Sudocrem and much to my surprise found myself covered in thick white cream on the bus and smelling a bit like talcum powder and baby changing facilities. However, by the end of my 10minute bus journey, my hands were the softest that they had been in a long time. I gave one of the tubes to my friend the next day and she agreed.
So, what next? Cut to a few weeks later and I am in the office complaining about a recent hormonal break out on my chin. I can’t cover it, it’s been around for weeks now and cannot possibly be stress-related as I am pretty calm these days compared to a few months ago. It even stubbornly stuck around during my 14 day cleanse, which throughly annoyed me. My colleague, Kelli, turns to me and just casually say,s in her soft northern Ireland lilt, ‘You should use Sudocrem. Works like a charm for me.’
Interesting. So I found the tube in the bottom of my bag and lathered it on my chin and left it to sink in. After 30mins, I saw a marked improvement. At the very least, the redness had gone down. I then spent the weekend piling it on, going to bed looking like a clown (much to the amusement/total horror of my boyfriend) and applying a thin layer to my chin in the morning with my day cream before make up. A week later and my chin is almost clear. It’s not a quick fix but it does do exactly what it says on the tin. It’s an old favourite. And Kelli was right – it does work like a charm. She uses it for sunburn as well as other skin irritations. It works great as a replacement moisturiser. And on one sleep-deprived day I even piled it under my eyes as a kind of concealer as it does leave your skin a bit whiter as it sinks in (I don’t think this is expert-recommended however). In short, it has become a stalwart of my cosmetics case.
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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you might be aware of a little obsession that I have with Michael Kors accessories. Ever since my surprise rose gold watch from my mum for Christmas, I have been coveting the entire collection. It’s the one email that I never fail to open, as I love all of their lifestyle shoots. I’m sold every time.
Currently on my most coveted list are this bag:
and these brown shoes… (Definitely should have bought them in the US last week, when I had the chance!)
What are you currently obsessed with?
Last week in Austin, Texas, we were lucky enough to have our hotel positioned right next to the Austin Food Park. It is a small collection of trailers selling a variety of tasty treats but most of us opted for A Touch of Fire, (because it was open…) which has a great Thai fusion menu. I tried the spicy thai chicken tacos and wasn’t disappointed. They had more of a kick than I was expecting though, so be warned if you don’t like chillies! My friend’s little brother also tried root beer shaved ice from the shaved ice truck. I didn’t try it (not my style at all) but he seemed to really enjoy it.
For more info on the Austin Food Park, you can check out their website here.
I love a casual evening that involves no trains, Tubes or buses or getting caught in the rain. One where you decide where to go at 9pm, call and book and are sitting with a glass of wine by 9.30pm. That’s the beauty of London – all of the little neighbourhood places. West Hampstead is one of my favourites. On Saturday night, we did just that. We wandered down to The Wet Fish Cafe on West End Lane (NW6). The restaurant is one of the nicest places in the area, renowned for its happy brunches and beautiful candlelit dinners. The food is healthy and sumptious. I had spice-rubbed seabass with broccoli and roasted squash. I felt somewhat angelic until this dessert and cheeseboard came out (it’s enough for two – be warned!). But how can you resist a pistachio and star anise creme brulee AND a homemade cookie using Francesca’s Uncle’s recipe?! FYI: You can’t – don’t try.
The Wet Fish Cafe & Brasserie
242 West End Lane
020 7443 9222
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When you’re on your way to a weekend wedding in Texas, haven’t packed yet and have a dinner to get to, what the heck to do with your hair is pretty much the last thing on your mind. So when I was invited to try out the Schwarzkopf BC Fibre Force treatment at Lisa Shepherd London, I jumped at the chance. After work last Wednesday, I happily jogged out of work and over to Goodge Street to get the full star treatment including a fabulous massage chair whilst the product was on my hair (I swear I was about 5 seconds from falling asleep when she came to rinse it off). I’m kind of a sucker for hair products, if you promise to make my curls manageable, I’ll pretty much follow you to the ends of the Earth! BC Fibre Force did not disappoint. I went in a frizzy mess and came out with a glossy, shiny, tamed mane ready for dinner and my weekend away. Instant results always make me smile. I’m sold.
And it’s not just the salon touch that works well. I also took the products with me on my trip and have been using them ever since and my hair is in much better condition than it was a couple of weeks ago. Now I know that I don’t have to chop it all off to keep it healthy. It’s brilliant!
Here’s a bit more info for you all:
The range is suitable for all hair types making it the perfect health care regime for your hair. The BC Fibre Force range includes:
BC Fibre Force Cleanser Shampoo, 200ml, £11.55 – The BC Fibre Force Shampoo cleanses the hair gently and deeply conditions even the finest of hair without weighing it down.
BC Fibre Force Fortifier Conditioner, 150ml, £12.75 – The BC Fibre Force Conditioner restores the hairs’ inner architecture, rebalancing moisture levels and sealing the cuticle for a glossy finish.
BC Fibre Force Fortifier Spray Conditioner, 150ml, £12.75 – The BC Fibre Force Spray Conditioner detangles very damaged and eroded hair and restores keratin bonds. The inner structure of the hair is improved and the surface of the hair is sealed to lock in moisture and create shine.
BC Fibre Force Treatment, 150ml, £14.45 – The BC Fibre Force Fortifying Treatment reforms keratin bonds in the hair, restoring from the inside out. It penetrates deep into the architecture of the hair and regenerates the inner hair structure.
BC Fibre Force Micro Infusion – This salon-exclusive treatment reconstructs deeply damaged and eroded hair immediately by filling the gaps in the cell-membrane complex with highest concentration of 10,000 ppm (parts per million) keratin elixir. The hair becomes more elastic and feels healthy and full of body.
BC Fibre Force from Schwarzkopf Professional is available from Schwarzkopf salons. For your nearest salon call 01296 314000.
For more information visit www.schwarzkopf-professional.co.uk.
I wasn’t impressed by my boyfriend’s last minute photography skills… although my hair looks pretty good!
Thanks to Jason at Lisa Shepherd London for his time and advice!
I’ve been doing this workout for the past week and it’s making me feel really good. It’s enough to get your heart pumping but focuses a lot on the Pilates technique to strengthen your body and core. I hope you all enjoy it too. Why not try it and let me know what you think?
What’s your current favourite way to work out?
I just got back from a long weekend in Texas for my friends’ wedding. Austin was pretty cool. Texans are super friendly. It was great to lie out by the pool, check out the food trucks, go to a honky tonk bar and be in San Antonio for Cinco de Mayo. I was with a fantastic group of people, who really made the trip worthwhile. I have a lot of photos on the way, so this is just a quick ‘Hey y’all!’ whilst I get over jet lag and get back into work mode.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! xx
*This is a guest post*
UK city breaks are a perfect way to spend a weekend, but it’s hard to know which city is for you if you’ve never visited before. We’re often afraid to venture to new places in case they aren’t what we expected, and we worry we’ll end up feeling like we’ve wasted our precious weekend time. If you’re interested in visiting up and coming, stylish cities, look no further than our list of the top 4 stylish cities in the UK for a great weekend break.
An up and coming city to watch, Bristol has all the style and culture of London with less of the hustle and bustle. Bristol is a melting pot of culture with a strong community feel, unique street art and a vibrant music scene. Soak up the culture of Bristol with a visit to M Shed, an exciting and innovative new flagship museum for Bristol with gallery space and a packed events schedule. Take in the distinctive architecture with a walk through stylish Clifton village to the Clifton suspension bridge, the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront in one of the many lively harbourside bars.
If you’re looking to visit a beautiful as well as stylish city for your UK break, York is the place to go. Absorb yourself in the history of York with walks around the beautiful Rowntree Park or Goddard’s Garden and visits the breathtaking buildings such as York Minster cathedral and the city’s many stately homes. If you fancy a flutter, take a trip to York racecourse or visit York dungeon for an insight into England’s grim and bloody past. York has a great selection of shops too, so before your day out you can put yourself together a stylish race day outfit.
Venture up north to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, for an unforgettable weekend. In August this vibrant, stylish city is home to the famous Edinburgh Festival, which comprises individual festivals of art, film, books, jazz and politics. If you’re looking for an action packed UK break, Edinburgh is the perfect city for you as one of its most popular experiences is a climb to the top of Arthur’s seat, the tallest of Edinburgh’s seven hills and part of an extinct volcano. If you’re less interested in hiking and more interested in drinking, visit the Scotch Whiskey Experience to become a Scotch connoisseur.
If you’re looking for all of the romance of Venice but in a stylish UK city break, then look no further than Cambridge. The famous university town boasts beautiful scenery and stunning architecture which can be viewed leisurely by taking a punting tour along the river. King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during a 45-minute chauffeured punt tour. Grab your picnic hamper and glass of Pimms, then sit back and enjoy the ride!
It’s Friday morning. The alarm goes off and I roll over in bed. Or attempt to at least. I go to bend my legs to get out up. Oh, wait – I CAN’T. Then I remember that he said it would be like this…
On Wednesday evening, I had my first personal training session with Dean Callis. Despite being somewhat anxious before the first session, it actually wasn’t that bad. I hadn’t done cardio for a while, as I tend to work out in my living room with not a huge amount of room to run around, so heading out to the park on a warm and sunny London day was pleasant, albeit a bit of a shock to the system.
We started out with a bit of a warm-up, involving running (not my fave), but slowly built in various basic moves like squats, boxing and burpees to work the whole body. I love this kind of workout, but I was definitely pushed harder than I would have worked had I been by myself. That’s the beauty of 1-on-1: there’s nowhere to hide. I felt awake and energised afterwards, even though I hadn’t actually stopped all day. I actually can’t wait for the next session. I’m a working out outdoors convert.