AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #5 | LONDON + THE V&A


Following on from my Oliver Bonas haul I have the corresponding day out post from my trip to London. I popped up with my auntie to sort out my visa for Austria and as we were there we decided to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. We're quite a pair really and go together all the time but it had been a while as we've both been so busy with our own lives so this was a treat following a stressful visa application (any of you applied for a visa before? Never again). I love the V&A, the building itself is so impressive and the atmosphere is great, always busy. We debated going to see the Pleasure and Pain exhibition sponsored by Clarks as I get free tickets being a Clarks employee but in the end we spent our time looking around the permanent exhibitions as it's something we don't always have time to enjoy. 




I love London, I see why people count it as one of the most interesting cities in the world. Every time I go I experience something new. One day I'll live there even if it's only for a year just to know the hustle and bustle and be a part of it. Plus to have a career in Textiles in England, London seems to be the place to be. Moving on- thought I'd let you know I wont be posting for about two weeks as I'm going traveling round Morocco! I leave tomorrow morning and fly to Marrakesh where we will spend a few days before making our way north. We fly home from Tangier and have a day stop in Madrid which is a nice little plus to end the holiday on and of course I will be blogging about the lot of it so you have something to look forward to when I get back! Hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend!

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OLIVER BONAS HAUL



Recently I had to pop up to London to sort my visa out for Austria... this turned out to be a lot more difficult than I imagined but it's all sorted now. And incase that makes no sense to you (which it might not as I'm not even sure I've mentioned it on the blog yet) I'm moving to Salzburg at the end of Septemeber for an Erasmus exchange!! Very exciting, I can't wait to leave and I've been using it as a perfect excuse to revamp my winter wardrobe as it gets hella cold there. I'll probably blog about that soon too but I don't want to depress people still hoping for a little more summer here in the UK. But anyway, back to this haul... as I was in London with my auntie (who is such a bad influence when it comes to spending money!) a little shopping couldn't be helped and in Victoria station we found an Oliver Bonas completely by chance. So of course with the confirmation in my mind that it was meant to be I ended up taking these two bits home. Unfortunately I can't remember how much they were and in fact my Auntie ended up getting them for my birthday so I don't have a receipt to check. But aren't they both beautiful, I love the colours and the patterns and I can completely see these in my own house one day brightening up a white wall, wooden floored room... sigh.. I 100% understand the Oliver Bonas hype now! Everything in there was perfect and I bet living near one can become a massive money pit!


AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #4 | ST. IVES



Continuing on from my last 'an English day out' post I have another Cornwall one for you, this time in St. Ives where my family, friend Agi and I went on my birthday! It is a really beautiful town on the north coast of Cornwall famous for the beach and a favourite for surfers though there weren't any out the day we visited. But the reason I chose St.Ives to visit on my birthday is because there is a Tate Gallery there which I've never been to but really wanted to. Its tiny in comparison to the ones in London but worth a visit as the exhibitions they put on are always good (so I've heard from classmates and lecturers) and can confirm from my one visit. After the Tate we went to the nearby beach called Carbis Bay which you can see in the second picture. It was really beautiful and we went for a quick swim there before shooting home to start dinner as we were all starving. We had planned and bought for a BBQ but, of course being England, it started to rain so everything ended up being grilled in the oven. But that made no difference to it being a lovely day!

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #3 | ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT & KYNANCE COVE


As some of you will already know, I go to university in Falmouth but up until recently I haven't had the chance to explore the area as first year of uni is.. busy (aka I was way too poor to do anything slightly further afield). Recently my family came and stayed for a week and together we visited lots of beautiful places nearby that I didn't realise even existed like St. Michael's Mount and Kynance Cove. And maybe this is just me but looking back at these pictures I wouldn't recognise them as rainy England, infact being there felt like being abroad it was so pretty. Cornwall in general is an amazing place if you like beaches and countryside so I definitley now get holidaying in the country.



We went to St. Micheal's Mount in the morning but unfortunately the main house was closed so we only walked around the outside but still it was pretty impressive especially with the tide out. When the tide comes in the mount is only accessible by boat and people do actually live on it which seems pretty crazy to me! Way too isolated for my liking and can you imagine being on that tiny island in a storm?! But each to their own! And after some lunch (of course belly comes first) we went to Kynance Cove which really is breathtaking. The sun wasn't shining when we were there so you don't really get the full effect from my pictures so if you're interested in seeing a beautiful tropical looking English beach google then place!

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MY FAVOURITE FACE MASKS


This post has been promised for such a long time now so massive apologies for that if you were looking out for it! I'm sure you all understand/relate to how life tends to get's in the way of blogging sometimes (hence all the life posts lately.. got to have something to write about). I'll address whats been going on with me in another post as it's quite exciting and will definitely effect the content on here. But anyway, back to facemasks! These are all geared towards combination/oily skin prone to breakouts (aka my skin type... sigh) so are clay based and unfortunately not majorly moisturising so people with dry skin wont find this post very relevant. I'll explain what I like about each one separately.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
I picked this up on iherb, tempted by the amazing reviews- people saying it was a miracle mask for acne and blackheads and that it had changed their lives and as it is only £3.85 nothing could stop me. It comes in powder form which I find quite annoying because it's just faff to have to mix it but the plus side is you have the choice between mixing with water or apple cider vinegar which change how the mask feels and works. I use water because its accessible but it does make the powder harder to mix and you end up with a lumpy texture, with the vinegar it goes a bit more moussey. The mask drys very tight and because of that your face does feel like it's pulsating which is pretty weird but you get used to it. It also feels quite itchy while it's drying. You can 100% see a difference when you take it off, your clear skin looks brighter (which is the main reason I like it) and spots do dry up.

Superfacialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask
The thing that drew me to this mask was the ingredients list, it contains salicyic acid which is basically and acid exfoliant so I thought it would be interesting to see if the two together make a bigger difference than a mask without any in. The consistency is your usual creamy clay mask texture which then drys sucking out impurities. The mask is really cool and refreshing when you put it on and I do find it stings slightly on more delicate areas of skin and on spots which I doesn't bother me massively as my skin isn't very sensitive. Once removed my skin is left feeling very fresh and quite pink. I find this mask brings everything to the surface of the skin much more quickly than my other masks which in the long run is a good thing. 

Origins Clear Improvement
This is by far the most expensive mask and the one I tend to use least but I do still love it which is why I decided to include it in my favourites. I use this mask when my skin isn't looking that bad but could use as pep as I find it quite light and not drying at all. It's great for making pores look small but not so great at drying out spots (for that I'd use the next one). I also find my skin is a lot less oily the days after I've used it which is great. The mask is cooling and refreshing when you put it on and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight which I love. 

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
Lastly this mask is another iherb purchase which I was sucked into buying because of the amazing reviews and inexpensive price of £2.51. I love the smell of this mask which makes love using it even more. For acne prone skin this is a godsend. Some days I will use this all over my skin as it removes blackheads amazingly, reduces the appearance of pores, leaves my skin less oily in the days after using it and drys up spots. However because it is so good at the latter I also use this a lot as a sort of spot treatment, so only on areas that need major help. I will apply one layer, let it dry and wash it off and then repeat to help massively reduce size and redness.

AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #2 | HASTINGS BEER FESTIVAL


This post is pretty late as the beer festival was at least a month ago but better late than never and as it quite perfectly fits in with the 'English day out' posts I'm starting I don't really mind. Now I'm not really sure if beer festivals are more of a German thing, I'm thinking of Oktoberfest (does anyone know?) put drinking local brew in the park in the afternoon felt pretty English to me.. not to mention being surrounded by Union Jack bunting. The weather was lovely and mild and the atmosphere was calm and happy, everyone just chilling watching the sun go down. Later on in the evenings some local bands played on the stage in the tent and overall it was really fun. I went to Reading Festival a few years ago and it was certainly nothing like how cute and quaint this one is. Does anyone else have a local beer festival that they enjoy going to? 

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #1 | HEVER CASTLE




I wish I could constantly write about travel adventures and amazing holidays I've been on but unfortunately neither student finance or my pay cheques are that generous... so I'll settle for a little English day out instead which hopefully those of you from outside of the UK will enjoy reading about! Today I went to Hever Castle, previously the home of Anne Boleyn but more recently restored by the Astor family. It is quite beautiful as you can see and the weather was amazing, my feet got a little sun burnt... struggles of being so pale. We ate lunch in the moat restaurant where I had the most delicious flapjack, I'd go back just to get another though of course it was all really impressive. I used to go there a lot as a child and vaguely remember playing in the water maze so it was nice to go back. As it's the summer holidays I'm sure there will be a few more of these posts coming up so I hope you liked! 

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