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Monday, 20 October 2014

Beauty: Skincare for the Colder Months

My skin always goes a bit crazy as the seasons change and I inevitably need to switch up my beauty routine to keep it happy. It seems that my greasy patches have gone greasier and my dry patches, well you guessed it, drier. To counteract this I've been giving a new day cream, night cream and serum a go, and have been very happy with the results.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Food: Cider Chicken

There is something about the cooler weather and the nights drawing in that makes me turn to my collection of Nigel Slater recipe books. His recipes always taste good and he seems to create the type of comfort food that I really want to eat. My latest cookery success was a Cider Chicken recipe from Eat: The little book of fast food.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Life: New Puppy and Haul

I've been pretty busy over the past few days as we've welcomed our new puppy into the household. We'd been deliberating over getting a pet for ages and after browsing the pets4homes site one too many times, we made a few calls and went to see some puppies. Fatal flaw because as it turns out, I was smitten as soon as a puppy crept over and fell asleep in my arms.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Beauty: Fine Hair Styling Essentials

My quest for thick, glossy hair is an ongoing saga and I've tried so many thickening products, only to be disappointed. My hair is very fine and also naturally straight so it needs a lot of help in the volumising department.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Food: Pasta with Blue Cheese and Mushroom Sauce

The way to my heart is definitely through my stomach. What can I say? I'm greedy? Pasta with Blue Cheese and Mushroom Sauce was the first meal my lovely husband cooked for me many moons ago and it's a meal we return to every year as the weather turns cooler.




Ingredients:

1/2 large onion, very finely sliced
25g butter
250g chestnut mushrooms
100ml vermouth (or any dry white wine)
250ml double cream
100g Gorgonzola (or Stilton), chopped roughly
500g fusilli (or penne)
basil leaves, handful

Method:
1. Melt the butter and fry the onion for 10 mins until translucent.
2. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 10 minutes.
3. Add the wine and reduce for 5 minutes at high heat.
4. Turn down the heat and add the double cream and blue cheese.
5. Cook for 10 minutes at low heat, until thick and creamy.
6. Cook pasta separately.
7. Serve up and garnish with basil leaves.
8. Enjoy with a glass of wine (and for me, take a trip down memory lane).

Clementine.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Travel: Take Me Back to Cuba

I've often planned trips purely on a whim, and Cuba was one such trip. We flew into Havana where we stayed in a casa particular (B&B), and were met with fading grandeur. This gave us a bit of an insight into the lives of the local people but we really wished that we could speak Spanish so that we could really pry into what living in Cuba was really like.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Beauty: My Favourite Makeup Brushes

It's took me a long time to realise that I needed good makeup brushes to achieve a good (decent in my hands) makeup application. I still rely on fingers as much as possible, and thanks to the array of eyeshadow, eye pencil and cheek sticks available, this is becoming easier, but I still turn to my makeup brushes when I want to make more of an effort. These are my favourites:

Friday, 3 October 2014

Food: White Chocolate Rice Crispie Cakes

The littlies enjoy a snack in the afternoons and while these aren't the healthiest I like that they are gluten-free. Everything in moderation, I say! The only problem is stopping myself from munching my way through these before they get to them! Great for a kids party too.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Travel: Beautiful Scotland

I am so lucky to call Scotland home. I arrived over a decade ago as a graduate student and immediately felt as I belonged.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Beauty: My favourite Caudalie Products

The brand of the year for me is definitely Caudalie. Every product that I've tried has been so good and I can definitely see a difference in the condition of my skin. I normally switch up products when I run out but have actually repurchased a few Caudalie products in recent months. These are my favourites: