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The ‘summer body’ preparations are well underway and having been back at the gym for only 2 months I’m way behind schedule. The thought of being poolside leaves me feeling vulnerable. But, considering I haven’t booked flights to Ibiza, Miami or in fact anywhere and combine that with the washout we’re having here in Germany I can take a deep breath and calm the hell down. For now the preparations continue, with the following….

1 JAMES READ Sleep Mask Tan Face*. Go to bed pale and wake up golden is my kinda tan and the clear gel won’t streak the bed clothes. The first time using this I looked at my face wondering if I looked yellow when in fact it had been so long since I’d had a tan, real or fake, that I’d forgotten what I looked like with a golden glow. I call this the classy tan as you can build it up slowly over a few nights. This way you won’t walk into work one morning looking like anĀ umpa lumpa.

2 BUTTER ELEXIR Hair & Body Oil*. Regular readers will know that I love a natural oil. This one is packed with skin boosting essential oils, it smells like a spa and leaves my skin glistening but not greasy.

3 KIEHLS Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50*. Thanks to my tan in a can I’m all set but I won’t step out in the midday sun without full protection. During the summer this sunscreen works a treat when used as a face moisturiser. TIP. Don’t forget to add a pea size amount to the back of each hand before leaving the house, apply whatever is left to the top of your ears. Available worldwide.

4 WILLEMS EYEWEAR B-ZERO Dartmoor*. These stylish gold shades reflect the light without being full on mirror, which I like, and the quality of the lenses is outstanding. Expect to see me wearing these on my instagram soon.

5 H&M T-Shirt & Shorts. With the new season I’m mixing up my colour palette of the usual grey’s and blue’s. Adding warmer hue’s lifts the tone and injects some summer spirit.

*Press Samples

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A bloggers best friend is…. I mean, a bloggers best friends are their photographer and a good pair of sunglasses. I just discovered a website selling tote bags that display the phrase ‘big sunglasses hide all sins’ which I have to agree with except this season I prefer them small and mostly round ; )

I enjoy photography and mostly shoot the still life shot’s for this blog myself I’m also prone to the odd nature shot for my instagram page. For the fashion posts a good photographer is a must but on this occasion Christian Roman was busy on another project and I had to take the portrait for this post by myself. An afternoon in my garden running between the front and the back of a camera made me appreciate the speed and direction that working with a pro brings.

My latest collab is with German brand Willems Eyewear. I received three models of their special edition ‘B-Zero’ collection. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I opened the box and saw the three beauties staring up at me. Here I am wearing Newquay which evokes fond childhood memories of summers spent running around (often naked) on the beaches of Cornwall. My sister lives in Cornwall, not far from surfers paradise, Newquey. I’ve been meaning to plan another visit and I think I will except this time I’ll be clothed and sporting my favourite new sunglasses.