Weekly Witterings – Valentines Special

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To Witter: to chatter or babble pointlessly or at unnecessary length. n. pointless chat; chatter.

It’s February, and I am currently wearing shorts. Not with 100 denier tights and a thick coat – just shorts and a t-shirt. That’s the joy of Florida for you; it’s pretty much sunny all the time. I am all set up with my writing desk and a room to call my own which is kind of a room-come-conservatory, meaning I get to enjoy that glorious sunshine all day long and  overdose on vitamin D whilst writing. I’ve managed to complete 5 chapters of my novel (hurrah!) which I’ve been celebrating by drinking several G + T’s as soon as the clock strikes 5pm each day (that’s 10pm in London so quite conservative if you ask me). I’ve also been working on some great travel posts which I will be putting up over the next few weeks and am excited to share.

So, I have decided to start doing a weekly roundup post in order to spread the love and keep you updated with my adventures. This is a way of sharing my inspiration, music, books, and thoughts that have been a part of my week in addition to my blog posts. Think of it as a coffee and a quick natter with an old pal. I’m intending on posting these round-ups on Wednesdays – as no one likes a Monday, and Fridays are for adventuring (and drinking), so slap bang in the middle of the week sounds good, plus it might even get you revved up for a weekend adventure of your own. As tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought today would be a great day to start my ‘Weekly Witterings’, so here is the first addition – Valentine’s Style.

So I hope you enjoy, and would love to hear your comments! My first ever Weekly Witterings. Enjoy!

Website of the Week

My sister Charlotte got married last year, and her wedding has just been featured on the Rock My Wedding blog. Have a read of the article here, and immerse yourself in dreamy wedding day love.

 

Song of the Week

One of my favourite artists James Blake has finally dropped a new song, and i am in love! Listen here.

Book of the Week

Not so much of a romantic read, but this week I am glued to Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. Its sure got the sex, and the drugs and rock and roll to go along with it. Buy it for it’s cult following. Finish it for its audacity.

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Shopping of the Week

I have been extra creative this Valentines and have had made a present and a card using old maps and travel as the theme. These hand painted maps by Milk N Sugar Art are a gorgeous gift for Valentine’s or for an anniversary, available on Etsy. A great reminder of where you met or a special place in your hearts!

I also love these.

And these.

Working Out this Week

In true Valentines style, this week I’ve been literally punching my boyfriend. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion, he has been training me to punch him, and by him I mean the pads that he holds up for me. Yup, I’m learning how to kick-box. I have my own little ex-US army trainer to hand (whilst I take water breaks he does upside down press-ups in a handstand, and that kind of annoying thing) so there aren’t many excuses to get out of exercising. Because I actually enjoy smacking him, I’m getting quite good! Plus my gloves are pink so it keeps me interested. For all you ‘active’ couples out there, I very much recommend giving it a try. Get yourself some pads, and some gloves, and get punching. It’s a great work-out; is quite a healthy thing to do in a relationship where you can get your frustrations out by literally fighting one another; and I also feel a lot stronger and able to defend myself if a real-life situation were to occur. Need any more convincing?

Film of the Week

Yesterday the Notebook happened to be on TV, so yes I watched it, and yes I weeped a little. It’s certainly a good Valentine movie, but my loved-up movie of the week is True Romance. Its got guns, its got violence, but its also got a damn sweet love story running throughout, and it has heaps of eye candy via both Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette’s sheer gorgeousness. In case you missed it, the pair got together in December and did a live read… find out more here.

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Beauty Product of the Week

One of the most exciting things I discovered since being in the states is that they sell awesome make-up at TARGET. I stocked up on some essentials from Pixi, and am loving trying them out. The ultimate girly brand, with pretty pastel packaging and hardworking products that work wonders. Pixi has suddenly got a huge following in London, available at Liberty and at their store on Carnaby Street. I am crazy about their Glow Tonic, which is now a bedside essential. For a beautiful doe-eyed Valentine’s look, try their Brown or Blue Eye Intensify Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo, and make your eyes POP. Watch the tutorial here.

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My Bedtime Essentials

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Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo

Food of the Week

Valentines Day is just yet another excuse to eat cake. (As was the Superbowl last weekend, and the weekend before that as it was a weekend, etc.) I have a new favourite obsession of searching for beautiful sweet treats on Instagram, and even feel inspired to try and bake my own (someday, I’m currently too busy eating cake). This hobby actually burns calories, what with all the double tapping, so this is by far the healthiest way to gorge. I did find the extra cute owl cupcakes below for our Valentine’s treats. Check out my favorite food porn pages here and here.

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My Valentine’s Cakes

Adventure of the Week

We went to the Homosassa Spring Wildlife Park this week and it was really fun. If you are a nature lover, Florida is the place for you, with manatees, flamingos, eagles, alligators, bears, and even a hippo calling Homosassa their home. Plus there was some interesting looking people about, too!

 

Style of the Week

Perfect for my Miami road trip, this lovely bikini by Monday Swimwear is on my wish list. The shape is super flattering, and as soon as I have a tan to go with my new ‘kick-boxing’ body, I will be certainly getting my hands on one of these. For all you Instagram lovers, check out their page  (Note – it is not for the faint hearted –  do not look whilst eating cake – too many gorgeous bodies in tiny swimsuits).

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Happy Valentines!

Tomorrow morning my American and I are heading off on a road-trip; first stop Orlando and then on to Miami and the Florida Keys: him at the wheel, me doing my best to take photos as we drive and sing along to the radio as loud as I can. A Valentine’s road trip is just what we need to have some time to ourselves, and to explore Florida a little bit more so I can’t wait. (If he finds out I’m referring to it as a ‘Valentine’s Road Trip’ he might call the whole thing off so best he doesn’t read this until afterwards).

Wishing you all a beautiful, loved-up, kick-ass Valentines weekend. Whether you be sipping cocktails with your best pal or punching your other half, I hope you have your own  adventure!

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That’s me and my Valentine in the local paper this week taking a selfie at a local music festival.

Love, Emily  x

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Rainy day hair mask

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Today was the most rainy, grey day… Not the kind of bank holiday you want to venture outdoors! We spent the most of the day indoors, snuggled up watching movies, and organizing the house after the holiday. I used the time indoors to do my favourite DIY beauty treat for post sun, sea or chlorine hair. The past week wasn’t so much sun and sand, but my hair certainly had its fair share of sun and chlorine from the spa pools in Baden-Baden, and really was in need of some hydration. I’ve posted about this mask before, but wanted to give you the how-to again and a few photos for you to see the results! It’s truly amazing, so give it a try!

Here’s my how to guide!

Step one – start with 2 tablespoons of full-fat mayonnaise

Step two – add 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Step three – add 2 egg yolks

Step four – Mix it all together really well, until you have a smooth texture.

And that’s it!

I then (with the help of my boyfriend) massaged it through the lengths and ends of my hair, and then put a shower cap on over the top. I always keep these from hotel rooms when they have them as they come in so handy! I left it on for about an hour and then rinsed with cold water (Always use cold water or you’ll cook the egg!).

My hair feels so great after this mask, and my boyfriend can’t keep running his hands though it! The colour looks brighter and more vibrant too.

Give it a try! x

Beach Beauty Edit: Face

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The beach is a place where we can be free: Free-spirited, stress-free, and make-up free! If you are a beauty junkie who can’t go bare-faced, or simply want to look extra gorgeous on your beach vacation, look no further. I have rounded up my favourite beach-beauty products which won’t budge with sweat and sea-salt, and won’t melt in the heat of the sun. From gorgeous creamy blushes and surfer girl shimmers, to waterproof concealer to cover any flaws. This is your beach make-up, sorted!

Beach make-up edit

Beach make-up edit

Left to right, from top left:

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara, £21.

Nars illuminator in Orgasm, £23.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Moisturiser Tan Booster SPF 15, £27.90.

NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer, £5.50.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Tone Perfecting Booster, £58.

Bourjois Aqua Blush 12hr, £8.99.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm, £16.

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Eyeshadow Stick in Fresh Water Pearl, £19.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, £15.

Beach beauty

Beach beauty

Smile, Look Gorgeous, and Enjoy the beach!

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Beach beauty edit: body

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Life in a bikini: What a dream. But for many of us stripping off isn’t that simple. Winter dryness, pale skin, and wobbly bits can taint this should-be blissful notion of letting all our worries slip away and heading for the beach. Instead of spending hours fretting, prepping and preening, the right products can minimize this and work wonders on all of our body hang-ups. These prep, beach-time, and post-sun basics will help you achieve a beautiful body and leave you much more time to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.

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beach body

Here is my edit of the best beach-body products, just in time for your summer vacation.

Beach Body Essentials

Beach Body Essentials

Left to right, from top left. 

Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, £37.

Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming Tinted Body Spray, £30.

Molton Brown Pampering Body Polisher, £34.

Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolade, £20. 

Nars Body Glow Oil, £44.

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Dry Body Mist in Medium, £11.69.

Mio Skincare Natural Body Brush, £15.

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, £27.50.

Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Mist Wetskin Applicator Sublime Tan, £13.95

Worry less. Smile More. Life’s a beach!

Pop back soon for my beach beauty edit: face and find out my recommended make-up and skincare products for the sea, sun and sand!