For whatever reason we can find ourselves in need of motivation or guidance. During a rough patch in my life a friend sent me a book as a gift. I remember looking at it and thinking ‘what a dull looking book, why did she think I would like this’. The gift turned out to be a blessing because I would never have considered buying it, when the information inside was life changing. The book is called A Peaceful Warriors Guide To Daily Life and despite the unappealing cover I quickly got into it and couldn’t put it down. It opened my mind to the power of energy, being mindful and transformative thinking. The wisdom made total sense to me and I knew I would never think in the same way again. I’ve done some digging and put together a list of 5 books that could change your life. If a book that has changed your life in some way please leave a comment or contact me on twitter or instagram.
1 No Ordinary Moments. A Peaceful Warriors Guide To Daily Life by Dan Millman
2 A New Earth by Ekhart Tolle
3 The Power Of You by Rav Berg
4 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
5 What They Teach You At Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton
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When it comes to my skin each season brings a new list of requirements therefor I’ve added new skincare products to my routine. Winter for me means dry and sensitive skin but as Spring approaches the thirst quenching products begin to feel a bit heavy. Now the central heating is off – hoorah – I’ve put together a couple of products that cleanse and moisturise in a lighter way. Ultra Facial Cleanser* and Rosa Arctica* make a good combination for normal skin types showing the first signs of ageing. As the cleanser is of the traditional foaming variety I find a pea sized amount sufficient to thoroughly cleanse my face when mixed with luke warm water. The small amount leaves my skin perfect clean but not stripped – considering the tube is 150ml it will easily last until the end of summer. I initially intended to use Rosa Arctica as a night cream but I find it leaves no trace of shine on my skin making it a great daytime option. This is a rich cream that targets fine lines and wrinkles, as with the cleanser a small amount of this goes a long way. My current spf can leave my face looking shiny if I mix it with the wrong cream, in this case my skin is left hydrated and slightly matte which is perfect. As always I recommend you try any products before you buy to ensure they work for you. If you have any questions I’d love to hear from you so leave a comment or reach my on twitter or instagram. Kiehl’s products can be found internationally in larger department stores or online.
Last week I went to Augsburg and paid a visit to Green Glam where I spent an afternoon chatting with Nina who owns the store with her husband. If you’re a fan of natural and organic beauty or grooming then I recommend you pay a visit to the store in Germany, you’ll be pushed to find a place quite like it anywhere. Last year I wrote a post on the store so it was nice to visit in person and put together an edit of my top 5 ‘green’ products for Spring. In case you’re wondering if that’s a pool in the picture the answer is yes, well kind of. The store opens up into the most beautiful private courtyard. Like I said, you’ll be pushed to find anywhere quite like Green Glam.
I’ve been wanting to wear this bomber jacket for the last few weeks. The weather took a turn to crazy and it became super cold and began snowing. This went on and off for about 10 days. It’s warmed up a bit but the wind is still cold which is the perfect weather for my new jacket. I’ve paired it with dark grey jeans and black sneakers for an easy, urban style.
In collaboration with JACK & JONES. Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.
Murdock London first became known to me when they opened a barber shop in the menswear department of Liberty. Since then they have several more shops dotted around London’s hot spots with a line of grooming products to boot. These guys were on the scene way before beards became a thing and the whole dandy, gentleman style took root. Murdock was founded in 2006 at which point there was a big gap in the market for a grooming destination geared toward the modern and style-conscious man. There were prestigious places such as Geo F Trumper in St James which looks incredible but is not somewhere I’d feel comfortable going, unless perhaps my last name was Rothschild. On the other end there were the high street barber’s which didn’t offer much of an experience.
I was sent a sample of the Avalon Shower Bodycare Set which includes a shower gel and body lotion. I think the overall concept of Murdock is spot on which carries through to the products. I’ve seen companies roll out products in the same way and it hasn’t always been a success. There’s an art to product development and just because someone has a great gym, salon or restaurant doesn’t mean they can create an equally successful line of products. In this case I’m on board and I’m going to tell you why.
The first thing I looked at was the formula. It’s easy to have a manufacturer create a basic shower gel and body lotion, for me basic isn’t good enough unless it costs less. I was pleased to see that care has gone into this formula. For the surfactant (foaming agent) they didn’t go with the standard Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Instead they’ve used ammonium lauryl sulfate which is a mild, coconut based version. The fourth ingredient in the shower gel is Aloe Barbadensis Extract (aloe vera juice) which is a generous amount for the price, that I doubt you would find in some other, more expensive brands. At 500ml the size is excellent, who wants a 200ml shower gel when you use it every day?! It would be perfect if they offered a refill service in store to save on recycling. Lastly the Avalon citrus fragrance is incredible as it reminds me of Acqua di Parma Colonia which is super luxurious. Containing Gingseng and Argan Oil to nourish the skin, the body lotion is perfectly lightweight leaving lasting notes of the fragrance. After using the products and being so impressed I went onto the website to see what else they offer. Unsurprisingly they have a great looking selection of colognes. In addition to the haircare, shaving and grooming products they have men’s tote bags, socks and a beautiful wash bag. It’s not often that I say this but so far it’s a 10/10 and I will definitely be heading in for a haircut soon.