There has never been a more appropriate time for a steaming hot bath – than right now. Finally, after six months, I have my own bathroom back and I couldn’t be happier. To soothe aching muscles and clear my mind is as close to heaven as I can get, s I’ll happily take it, courtesy of a nice long soak in my new tub. Product of choice is 001 BATH SALT by Swedish brand L:A BRUKET. Containing only natural ingredients including unbleached sea salt, marigold, roses and lavender, this ‘kurbad’ leaves me feeling relaxed, soothed and ready for a perfect night’s sleep.
I’m in the process of juicing a large piece of ginger. I will store it in the fridge using a small airtight container, I like to add a couple tablespoons to hot water with some honey. This lot should last a few days – the ginger keeps me warm which is a healthy treat on these cold and misty days. I’d like to introduce you to a new skincare product that unlike my ginger tea works from the outside in. Being that skin is our biggest organ it’s a good idea to slather (or mist) ourselves in densely nutritional products. This is why I love coconut oil so much, whilst it keeps my skin soft and smooth I’m satisfied knowing that it’s delivering multiple nutrients as it quickly makes it’s way from the surface of my skin, to my blood before it finally reaches my internal organs within around 20 minutes. Last week I received a bottle of Face Food Mineral Mist* and I must admit I was briefly uninterested in this product as I find face mists a tad boring – they don’t do a great deal in my opinion. Therefore it’s ironic that I haven’t been able to stop spritzing myself with this stuff. One word obsessed. This my friend is not your run-of-the-mill face mist as it makes a noticeable difference to my skin. My face feels warm and slightly tingly but bear in mind my skin is sensitive so you may not experience this, regardless it fades off after about ten minutes and my skin is left feeling tighter and very, very fresh. Containing purified water with dissolved copper, silver, zinc ions and nothing else this mineral mist offers deep hydration. The spray pump is also very good, producing a generous and fine mist as apposed to some others which just squirt you in the face. I was told it’s best to use on top of a moisuriser allowing it to absorb deeper into the skin. Judging on the performance of this product I’m curious to discover the other products from Graydon as they sound good enough to eat.
For me the lead up to Christmas is the best part, it’s festive, exciting and full of tradition, I love it. Back when I was a child I remember being bored in the afternoon of Christmas day when everyone wanted to sit on the sofa and snooze after a giant turkey lunch. Of course, I now love this opportunity to kick back and get some rest after a busy month of preparations but let’s get back on topic. How to make your home smell like Christmas. This technique is super easy, cost effective and lot’s of fun.
Simply add the following ingredients to a medium pan that’s 3/4 full with tap water.
- 2 large handfuls of fresh cranberries.
- 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks.
- 2 mandarins or satsumas, sliced in half.
- 2 star anise or a tablespoon of cloves.
- 1 vanilla pod.
- 100ml of pomegranate juice or apple cider.
- 1 small branch of pine.
Bring the whole lot to the boil and then take it down to a gentle simmer allowing the aroma to fill your home. Leave for up to 4 hours and remember to top the pan up with fresh water as and when you need to.
If you are planning a mammoth day of Christmas shopping in London then I suspect you will be around Oxford Circus and Bond Street. At 5 o’clock when the knees begin to buckle I recommend hiding out somewhere warm a cozy with a good glass of wine and a tasty snack to avoid rush hour before heading home. Soho is a smart place to head to when it get’s a bit hectic as it’s just 10-15 minute walk from the major shops.
VINOTECA 53-55 Beak Street
Vinoteca has a great selection of fine wines by the glass and there is the option for light sharing plates or full out lunch or dinner. If you arrive early it’s easy to grab a stool at the bar for a casual glass of wine. Located just off Regent Street & Carnaby Street.
Dean Street Townhouse 69-71 Dean Street
Dean Street Townhouse is a lovely hotel with a great restaurant and bar. It get’s super busy at night but if it’s an early evening drink and snack you are after then getting a seat at the bar won’t be a problem. Located just off Oxford Street.
Fernandez & Wells 43 Lexington Street
Fernandez & Wells holds a place close to my heart as I used to rent an apartment a couple of doors down on the same street. Serving incredible sandwiches during the day, this place transforms into a laid back wine bar in the evening. They also serve sharing plates of cold meats and delicious cheeses. Be warned this place does not have a toilet! The staff will point you in the direction of the John Snow pub just a few doors down. Located between Piccadilly Circus and Carnaby Street.
Ham Yard Hotel 1 Ham Yard
Another hotel bar situated in Soho is the Ham Yard Hotel which is located close to Piccadilly Circus and lower Regent Street. This is the newest place on the list and a great option if you are on Bond Street as it’s only a short walk.
This morning I woke up with parched skin, it feels tight, dehydrated and a little sensitive. I have a love/hate relationship with the central heating – it plays havoc with my skin yet keeps me cozy and warm whilst it’s freezing outside. Time for damage control! Today will be spent layering serums, moisturisers and a drop or two of oil. This got my thinking about new products I want to try and Sisley came up on my radar. About 10 years ago I was prone to breakouts, mostly around the forehead and jaw area. At the time I was working in Harvey Nichols and the team at the Sisley counter soon became my best friends. After trying some heavy duty cleansers that left my skin stripped and sensitive I was advised to start a new regime using Sisley products. I started cleansing with the Phyto-Blanc Buff and Wash Facial Gel which I found gentle and refreshing. This was followed by Ecological Compound which is a lovely light moisturiser that soothed and hydrated my skin. Around twice a week I used the Express Flower Gel Mask which again was nice and light plus it really brightened and hydrated. My skin cleared up and for a long time I was a Sisley advocate, recommending it to anyone and everyone. But you know how it is, over time I was lured toward other brands and different products but I still have fond memories of the brand that helped fix my problematic skin. Recently I’ve heard great things about Sisley face masks and the Black Rose Precious Face Oil, these seem to be hero products within the range and are definitely on my 2016 wish-list of new products to try.