Beach Beauty Edit: Face

Life, Uncategorized

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!


Jacket Magic

Life, Uncategorized

I came across this little beauty on a rainy Sunday and now I’m dreaming of backpacking through Morocco. It takes me back to searching for travel treasures in the depths of far-away markets on hot afternoons.

Free People Meadow Magic

Free People Meadow Magic

Free People Meadow Magic Jacket, £248. Wear with sand on your toes, plaits in your hair, and these beauties…

Meadow Magic

Meadow Magic

Clockwise from top left. Toast linen/cotton Hamman towel, £26. Free People Royale Flat, £168. Oxydo 53 sunglasses, Levis 501 Shorts, £45.

My Ultimate Bucket List

Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Sunday travel-dreaming…

Here is a post that I wrote for the London Event Organizer Blog.


my travel bucket list

my travel bucket list

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. I try and remind myself this when it feels like I am too busy to barely eat lunch. Work, especially in a fast paced career like events, can feel like it absorbs every ounce of your energy and time. When the sun is shining outside, and friends are posting pictures on social media of exotic adventures, a lack of adventure on our own lives becomes even more prominent. It is not only travelling to foreign lands that I want to do before I leave this earth, but there are many emotions, feelings, and milestones that I want to achieve before I am too old and weary to do so. I asked around the office as to what everyone else would put on their bucket list if they were to write one, and the conversation spiralled. Not only did it inspire my colleagues to think about what they want to experience in their one special adventure on earth, but it inspired them to compile their own bucket lists. This led me to creating the ‘Ultimate’ bucket list which will hopefully inspire you to create your own and to get out there and do something this summer that you can tick off your list.

Go have an adventure!

  1. Go on a Safari – or watch The Lion King to curb your safari dreams
  2. Get all your loved ones together – because life is too short
  3. Buy a property overseas – Invest in a holiday destination
  4. Visit the 7 wonders of the world – One for the die-hard traveller. Feel free to make your own list!
  5. Do a bungee jump – because adrenaline is the spice of life
  6. Quit your job and go backpacking – because it’s never too late
  7. Get a puppy – preferably once the travelling boxes have been ticked!
  8. Go wine tasting at a vineyard – if you’re going to become a pro at anything, make it WINE
  9. Climb a mountain – Or watch ‘Everest’ in September and try not to feel inspired
  10. Host the party of your dreams – whether it is a wedding, mini festival, or just an awesome party!
  11. Go to a festival – the BEST thing about the British summer time – make a daisy chain, put on your wellies, and dance the summer away
  12. Go on a yoga retreat – find your zen
  13. Learn to Scuba Dive – and swim amongst the fishes
  14. Work abroad for a year – Paris, New York, Dubai, Australia… make your pick!
  15. Go whale watching – or swim with Whale Sharks (for the really adventurous!)
  16. Travel the UK – see more of what is on offer on your doorstep
  17. Buy your first property – skimp, save, and invest in your future
  18. Run a marathon – be at your physical best and see what your body can do with persistence
  19. Sleep in a castle – what your princess dreams are made from
  20. See the Northern lights –Joanna Lumley’s documentary inspired us to feel humble under the best lighting show the world has to offer

    Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

  21. Go to one of the poles – wrap up warm and meet the polar bears
  22. Travel route 66 – in a convertible!
  23. Learn to surf in Hawaii – because if all else fails you can drink ten Mai Tais afterwards!
  24. Volunteer! – Help a cause worthwhile
  25. Visit the amazon – because it’s AMAZING
  26. Eat sushi in Japan – or learn to make it if you want to really impress
  27. Visit every continent – what an achievement!
  28. Go on a hot air balloon ride – breathe deeply, close your eyes, and let go!
  29. Adopt a child – or an animal, and protect and love someone little who needs it
  30. Go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon – get married if you dare!
  31. Further your education – learn something new, and study something you love
  32. See a live blues band in New Orleans – and let your cool side prevail
  33. Learn to ski – make the most of the winter
  34. Befriend a stranger – there are too many lonely people in the world. Make a difference!
  35. Dance the night away in Berlin – because we were born to dance
  36. Go on the London Eye – if you haven’t, do it!
  37. Plant a tree – and leave a lasting mark on the Earth
  38. Have dinner at the Ritz, London – the most decadent place on your doorstep
  39. Visit the spot where your favourite author wrote one of their novels – get into their mind
  40. Go camping – pack some marshmallows and watch out for the bears!
  41. Visit the Mayan pyramids – because they’re older than the Egyptians

    Mayan Pyramid

    Mayan Pyramid

  42. Learn to meditate – and calm your mind
  43. Have a romantic weekend in Paris and put a love lock on the Pont des Arts bridge – because love is life
  44. Surprise someone you love – fly across the world, throw them a party, take them on an adventure with you!
  45. Learn a new language – Mandarin, anyone?
  46. Go skinny-dipping – you are never too old to bare all under the moon and stars!
  47. Pursue your dream – write that novel, play guitar with a band, change career
  48. Go on a tour of Hollywood and visit the sunset boulevard –pretend to be famous for a while
  49. Conquer your biggest fear – scared of flying? Time to travel the world!
  50. Create a coffee table memory book – with all the photos you are about to take!
Travel journal

Travel journal

Some of these things may take you ten years to tick off, some you might not do until you retire, there are a few London ideas on this bucket list however which you can definitely tick off this summer. And if you aren’t the travelling type then why not make your own UK based bucket list?

Feel free to add, edit, update, and make your own bucket list, and more importantly: get out there and start DOING.


Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Hi readers,

As you may have noticed ‘The Rattle’ blog has changed. It’s actually  more of an upgrade to be honest – and now welcome to my new and improved, shiny and sparkling blog.

Collections, artifacts, snippets and stories; the things I’ve seen and collected, and every day’s journey. Whilst I mull over where to adventure to next, I hope you will share this with me, think up your own adventure, and be inspired to try something new every day.

So welcome to my collection, my treasure trove, my writing, my readings. Join in on the conversation!

Travel Trove