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From Summer To Autumn | Switching Up My Routine.

It’s Autumn time!! Autumn is my favourite season hands down. A) Because it is my birthday season (I’m an October baby so it is officially my birthday month) and B) Pumpkin spiced lattes are back and I am continue embracing the #basic life in caffeinated style and C) Because I love updating my health and beauty routine to suit to colder weather. I thought I would share with you guys today some of the changes autumn brings to my routine. So, let’s get started. 

Skin Care

I tend to use autumn as a transition season to help to rejuvenate and repair your skin from any summer damage and get it ready for the brutalities of a British winter. Everything has to serious up its game when it gets to autumn as moisture becomes to new buzz word. Now it is getting colder and I am becoming more and more reliant on the central heating, a more intensive moisturiser in necessary. I tend to ditch the lighter creams and go for heavier moisturising creams and gels that reinvigorate my skin and body and give it a little extra hydration.

  1. Whereas the Dove Summer Revived Gradual Tan was getting me through the summer months just fine now it is more about the Aveeno, which I cannot recommend enough. I also tend to get slight eczema during the colder months on my chest and elbows (nothing too serious) but this moisturiser clears it right up and keeps it to an absolute minimum.
  2. I also tend to switch up my lip care to something a little more moisturising. As you might remember, during summer I was LOVING the Carmex Pineapple and Mint lip balm (it even featured in my holidays essentials post). Now, however, my lips are needing a thicker balm that does not make me mourn my summer holidays. Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm is perfect for this. It is so so nourishing and super thick so continues to provide moisture ALL day. The thickness might not be for everyone but I cannot think of a better lip balm to take me from summer into autumn – it’s fantastic.
  3. Moisture might be the buzz word but it is important not to forget to exfoliate during the autumn months. My go-to is always FRÉ Skincare ‘Purify Me’. It keeps my skin clean, smooth and helps to get rid of dead cells and impurities without making my skin feel dry or tight at all. It’s a dream of an exfoliate and I would seriously recommend it. If you fancy getting your hands on some remember to use my code JJ, which will give you 15% off at the checkout.

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Hair 

Moisture is also the buzzword when it comes to hair. I have pretty dry hair anyway so my hair care regime doesn’t change dramatically BUT I have some bits and bobs I would recommend and one pretty big change.

  1. The Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length) is AMAZING! Not only does it help speed up hair growth, which I love during the autumn and winter months, it also leaves your hair feeling super moisturised and silky smooth. I definitely will be using this product a lot more regularly over the next few months.
  2. The biggest change when it comes to my hair is that autumn means it is time to bring back the gold. I am a natural blonde but like to change up the tones to match the seasons. Over summer I had a super light highlight ran through it. Autumn will see more honey shades to match my wardrobe and make up changes. By winter we will probably see the return of a silver undertone but, for now at least, I’m going to be a golden girl

Make Up

I hate to say it but I am no longer the tanned goddess I was last season. Now I resemble a sheet of paper and that sadly means that my make up all needs switching up to suit. My autumn make up looks tend to be a lot deeper and more intense. Whereas summer saw pastels and pretty shimmers, autumn is about browns, burgundy and a popping highlight.

  1. The biggest change in my make up from summer to autumn is my lipstick colour choices. Whereas summer sees me rocking a soft pink, bright orange or more natural/nude shades, autumn is all about deeper and darker lip colours. My absolute go-to’s are both MAC. First up is Dark Side, which is the most stunning deep burgundy ever that goes so well with browns and oranges. I also absolutely love Dubonnet, which is described as a deepened claret. It is the perfect deep red and goes with pretty much every single make up look.
  2. I am sad to say that after months of light powders and a bit of bronzer, the liquid foundations are back. Even though I am looking for a bit more coverage from my foundation I still don’t want my skin to feel clogged up and full of make up. My favourite for creating a beautifully dewy, natural finish is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. If I am looking for something with a little more coverage, the MAC studio sculpt foundation is my go-to (although I am currently in the market for a new one so suggestions are welcome). 
  3.  In terms of eye shadow, my bright oranges and yellows have had to go back in the drawer until next year. It does mean, however, that my NUE Eyeshadow Palette from Laritzy  has really come into it’s own. I have spoken about this palette before for it’s stunning browns and deeper shades and they are absolutely perfect for the autumn months. My Smashbox Full Exposure palette is also a favourite for the autumn/winter months and is great for creating day looks as well as looks for your work Christmas party.

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It’s goodbye for now Silent Disco… 

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Fashion

Definitely the most notable change in autumn is my fashion. Living in the UK means that autumn gets very cold so the shorts and cute summer dresses go to the back of the wardrobe for another year and we say hello to some new fashion staples.

  1. Hallelujah, jumpers are back! I love a jumper. The bigger the better. Last year I did a huge jumper shop and got loads from Primark. They’re super affordable and will last me through this autumn as well. I would also recommend hitting up Primark for coats. They’re usually very similar to ones you might find in River Island or TopShop but are a fraction of the price.
  2. It’s time to say goodbye to the sunshine yellows, baby pinks and bright (and by bright I mean covered in flamingos and pineapples…) and hello to burnt oranges, burgundy and deep reds. Just as with makeup, my wardrobe becomes a lot deeper in the autumn months. I still like my longer dresses but tend to pair them up with cute little chelsea boots and wooly tights rather than flip flops. When it comes to shoes, Zara have an excellent selection (as always). Here are some of my favourites.

Snake Skin/Leopard Print High Heel Ankle Boots – £99.99

Red Leather Stiletto Ankle Boots – £89.99

Burgundy High Heel Knee High Boots – £119

All a little pricey (they’ve had to go onto the wish list) but Zara shoes are great quality and last for years so definitely worth the investment if you can afford them.

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Okay, so maybe baby pink still features a little… I just can’t help myself. 

Exercise

Autumn might be my favourite season but the switch from summer to autumn is a bit of a disaster my training programme. Okay, that’s unfair on autumn, but it certainly does mean there is a huge dip in my motivation. When you get up for work and it’s dark and then you come home from work and, surprise surprise, it is once again dark, the last thing I fancy doing is a gym session. This means that my exercise programme sees a bit of a switch up in order to maintain motivation throughout the colder months.

  1. My training moves from outdoor agility and functional training to more gym based, indoor training. This isn’t a problem as long as I ensure to keep up cardiovascular training whilst I’m there (I’ll also probably be walking around less so I also need to make up for that). 
  2. I train a lot smarter in the colder seasons. This means that I make my workouts shorter and focus them more on compound movements.That way I’m not inside for every single daylight hour but I can go in and get an effective session done quickly.
  3. Gym buddies are saving graces when you’re lacking in motivation so I tend to go to a lot more classes and group sessions during the colder months. Pop into your local gym and see what they’ve got available OR look into local walking groups or Zumba classes – these always keep me motivated and it is also a great way to make friends (it’s nearly secret santa time, right?)

So there you have it, some of the changes I will be making to my routine over the next couple of weeks. Are you guys excited for Autumn? What are some of the biggest changes to your routine that the new season brings? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. 

Jamie x 

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Traveller Diaries | Crete Edit.

Hey guys and gals and happy Friday! This week has been pretty chaos what with graduation and getting ready for the big move and so I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect on my time in Crete. I wanted to share with you what I got up to and some top tips I picked up whilst over there. Now I’m going to be a fully functioning adult with a job and everything, I hope that I’ll be travelling a lot more and so the beautiful island of Crete is the first of a new series: The Traveller Diaries. So, let’s get started shall we?

Key Facts

Name: Makry Gialos, a small town on the south-eat coast of the island of Crete.

Population: Just over 4000.

Time Difference: +2 hours BST

Currency: Euros

Price: £-££

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 Accommodation

We stayed in a lovely villa called Athena Villa, a name we soon learnt was foreign to the locals! It was lovely and quiet, had a pool and 3 decent size bedrooms. The villa itself was very affordable, however, there was a slight catch in that it was a good hours walk away from any signs of life. Luckily taxis were pretty reliable (not to mention to drivers are super friendly – shoutout to my main man George) but they were certainly not cheap, starting at about €8 to get into the village.

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If I was to go again I would still choose to stay a little further out – the picturesque views and the luxury of a private pool made it worth while. However, when sorting out your spending money, do keep in mine that you will have to pay for taxis if you decide to do this.

If you fancy something a little closer to the action then there is plenty to choose from! The harbour and village have loads of hotels and apartments that were relatively quiet during our time there. If you don’t mind sharing a pool, I would recommend checking out Villa Village. The staff are lovely and they host Greek party nights and quiz nights that are full of locals. It’s also right in the centre of both the village and the harbour so it is perfect if you’re wanting to explore the area and not have to be relying on taxis.

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Weather

We’ve been having lovely weather in England this summer (shocking, I know!) so I was already stocked up on sun cream, which was lucky as Crete reached temperatures of 30+ degrees! The weather was lovely for the most part but I can’t ignore the horrendous wind and mild earthquake we had there.

For a large part of the holiday, it was windy during the day. When I say windy I mean struggling to walk without being blown over windy. We did also have an earthquake. To be fair I thought was just the result of my having one too many cocktails. However, those sober enough to actually experience it were a little shook up. The locals, of course, were totally fine but it was a bit different for us Brits.

Don’t let the wind out you off, it was lovely when it calmed down, but just be aware that during this time of year they do get some pretty bad winds.

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Food and Drink

The food and drink was fantastic – some of the best food I have had abroad, on par with Lagos last year (and super affordable). We quickly learnt that eating out is a hell of a lot cheaper than eating in, as the supermarkets are very pricey. However for seafood and local meats, cheeses and fruit, it’s very cheap (sometimes even free). I would highly recommend starting with a Greek salad (the feta is incredible!) and giving Moussaka a go – it’s a Greek speciality of lamb mince, aubergine and cheese and it’s so delicious! The seafood is also fab – Hari’s Tavern was particularly good for this, as were many of the restaurants on the harbour.

In terms of drinks, you will probably be given a fair few free shots of Raki. I can confirm that it is vile! However, the cocktails are very good. The sunset cafe on the harbour has a huge selection and they’re all fab (I’m partial to a Pina Colada and a San Francisco) and Olympia, which is just a short walk away, have some amazing cocktails. I’d recommend the White Star (vodka, baileys and vanilla ice cream – delicious). If you don’t venture to the harbour but rather chill in the village, the Fisherman’s Bar does a great one called Mutilated Mackerel that tastes like a naughty chocolate milkshake.

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Entertainment

It might seem like this little island is for chilling and not a lot else but I can assure you that it definitely is not. As mentioned above, Villa Village (attached to the Fisherman’s bar) hosted a Greek night with live music and traditional Greek food. It was such a fantastic evening packed full of locals and us tourists alike. I enjoyed a couple of cocktails, a lot of Greek salad and a lesson in Greek dancing. I’m not sure how regularly these are hosted but if you get the chance to go I would seriously recommend it – for €15 per person it’s an absolute steal!

If you like your water sports you’re also in luck as the island has loads you can get up to. We tried our hand at jet skiing courtesy of George’s Water Sports located in the centre of the beach, which was loads of fun (although a little expensive at €25 for 10 minutes!). We also went out kayaking with Cretan Trails , which was without a doubt my favourite part of the holiday. It’s a 5 hour trip where you visit 5 different beaches with the kindest tour guide called Tony. You get lunch (with olives from his grandmothers garden of course) and an endless supply of fresh fruit and water. It was such a fantastic experience that I would whole heartedly recommend. At €60 per person, for everything that was included, it’s a super affordable day trip. I absolutely loved it!

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I really enjoyed my time in Crete. I’m usually more of a city holiday girl but I was pleasantly surprised with how much was going on there that kept me busy. I took €320 worth of spending money, which was definitely not enough for the 10 days we were there! In hindsight I probably could have done with €400+, which would make it a very expensive holiday. As mentioned, the villa was reasonable but the flights were steep so it worked out at £700 for 10 days with transfers both ways from the airport. Adding spending money on top of that, it came to £1000. This is definitely more than I would have liked to have spent but I think you could get it a lot cheaper with a bit more forward planning (we were very very last minute) and so clever date choices. I’d recommend Makry Gialos to people looking for a relaxing holiday  with a chance to get to know the locals and explore the quaint town and beautiful beaches. I think it’s he perfect place for families and those looking for a quieter holiday whilst still being able to try new things and experience a new culture to the fullest.

So that’s that! I hope you enjoyed the first ever Traveller Diaries. Stayed tuned as in the next few months Dublin will be making an appearance and possibly another European city a little closer to the new year. Where have you guys been on your summer holidays? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time.

Jamie x 

 

 

 

Beat The Heat | How To Train Safely In The Summer.

Hey guys and happy Friday. I say ‘happy’ Friday but sadly today marks my last day in Crete before heading back to sunny Yorkshire. To celebrate (and commemorate) my last day in the heat I thought I would share some of my top tips for beating to heat whilst training. Summer time is great when it comes to feeling motivated and getting yourself out and moving. However, it does not come without its risks. Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure you’re staying safe and getting the most from your summer outdoor workouts. 

The Dangers

Living in the UK I very rarely get the chance to train outside. Usually I am lucky if I miss the rain walking from the carpark into the gym! However, outdoor workouts are really effective and can be super beneficial so I have certainly been making the most of the lovely warm weather here in Crete. Unfortunately, though, it does not take Sherlock Holmes to realise that the summer heat (even the British summer time) and humidity are not always the best pairing for your workout.

Although hotter temperatures can help you warm up faster, which can prevent injuries, it is vital to consider the health risks that come with training outside. If you’re anything like me, chances are you get pretty sweaty at the best of times, but obviously you’re going to sweat even more in hotter temperatures. Sweating is not a bad thing, as mentioned in my previous post on sweat and skin care, but when it gets too hot blood rushes away from your muscles and to the skin to help cool it (hence you’re likely to go red!). This means that there is less blood in your muscles, consequently leading to a lowering of your blood pressure, which can then result in your feeling dizzy, light headed and nauseous. In really extreme cases this can put you at risk of heat stroke and even potentially seizures and heart rhythm problems – makes the pros of warming up faster seem a little less impressive, right?

As we have seen, exercising in hot weather (whether inside or outside) can put a lot of extra stress on your body and can result in serious illness if the proper precautions are not taken. This doesn’t mean to say that as soon as it gets warm you should just burn your gym pass on the BBQ and whip out the strawberries on cream, oh no! (even though I seriously recommend the latter at some point) You will be pleased to know that there are some top tips you can practise to ensure that your workout is safe in the summer months.

Tips to ‘Beat the Heat’

Stay Hydrated

This might seem obvious but speaking from experience, staying hydrated can be easy to overlook. The average individual has a sweating rate of 1 litre per hour when they’re training in hot environments (I dread to think what my sweating rate must be), which is a hell of a lot of water to lose and not replenish. Dehydration from excess sweating can lead to increases plasma tonicity and decreases blood volume. Put simply, these can reduce heat loss which results in an elevated core temperature levels during exercise-heat stress – definitely not what you want!

To avoid this, before you start training make sure you have drank a fair bit of water and ensure that you carry at bottle of water with you at all times. Make sure you’re taking a drink at least every 15 minutes, whether you feel as if you need it or not. By the time you’re feeling thirsty you are already dehydrated so you want to avoid getting to that stage. If I was working with a client who did not have a bottle of water or who was feeling very thirsty I would probably stop the training session!

You should also ensure that you are you replenishing your electrolytes, which will be lost during exercise. Sweating can result in salt depletion, which is a contributing factor to heat exhaustion. Most of us will rehydrate but will forget the replace the salt that we have lost through excess sweating. Make sure you are replacing lost electrolytes with fluids or salty snacks such as olives, salted nuts or sunflower seeds.

 

Wear The Right Clothes 

Something that is easy to neglect, your workout outfit can have a huge impact on your summer training programme. If possible you want to ensure you’re wearing breathable, light and light-coloured clothing. If you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, you might even want to get yourself a hat as well! If in doubt, look for words like ‘breathable’, ‘moisture-wicking’, and ‘mesh’ on the label as these are more likely to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. I would also recommend avoiding grey because, well… we all know grey and sweat are not best buddies.

It is also worth keeping in mind chafing and heat rash. You might be tempted to grab a pair of shorts, however, I tend to find that little shorts can lead to some painful inner thigh chafing. If you have ever experienced this you will know it is definitely something you want to avoid. You can pick up anti-chafing creams and powder deodorants that are meant to help but I have yet to find anything I have found works for me. It’s not just the inner thighs we need to be thinking about – the under arms, rib cage and nipples can suffer as well. You might want to pick up a thin, seamless tank style sports bra if you’re going to be doing longer runs in hot weather.

Protect Your Skin

I know, I know, suncream is gross and probably the last thing you want to put on before you work out but it is so so important. Make sure you’re slathering on the factor 50 before you head out and train and don’t miss any important areas! Research has shown that most of us will forget to protect the lower leg and therefore this is one of the most common places that women develop skin cancer. Other commonly missed areas can include the ears, scalp and the back of your neck and legs so make sure you’re protected.

Time it Right

Something that is easy for us British to forget is timing. You know that phrase ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’? Well, it’s true – we are not sensible with our heat exposure. If the locals are inside, you should be as well and if you’re not the very less you can do is avoid training. You should try and avoid exercising between 10-3 as this is likely to be the hottest part of the day.

You might want a lay in on your holidays, but sadly the best time for training is generally early in the morning. If this isn’t possible, why not mix up the type of training you’re doing. Instead of going for a run in the midday heat, why not take a dip in the pool? Your body will thank you for it.

Listen to Your Body

It’s all well and good giving you all these tips but it is important to remember that sometimes you should just not bother. Even if you practise all of these tips, you might still be at risk of overheating so make sure you are listening to your body and if you feel any symptoms of overheating stop immediately. Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you quickly so try and train with a friend and make sure someone knows where you are at all times. Don’t mean to sound all morbid, but safety first guys! 

Sometimes you are simply better off staying indoors and there are lots of factors to take into account including humidity, the type of training and your experience training in hotter and more humid climates. If you’re really unsure, I would say it is safer to stay inside. If you are really desperate to train, you could also use a heat index, which will take into account both heat and humidity. Whatever you decide, make sure your body is safe and protected. Enjoy the weather and take care of yourself. 

Jamie x 

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Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK236240/

https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/8-tips-for-exercising-in-summer-heat

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/a19920682/too-hot-to-train/

https://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/10-must-know-tips-exercising-hot-weather

10 books to put on your summer reading list.

Hey guys and happy Friday. I am currently sunning myself up in Crete enjoying my first summer of freedom from academia. This can only mean one thing… I can finally start reading for fun again! Doing a degree in history has meant that over the past 3 years I have read a lot but, as gripping as The Communist Manifesto is, I have had very little time to read for enjoyment. As a kid reading was one of my favourite things and I could easily get through 2 books a week. Over the past 3 years, however, I am lucky if I have been able to get through 2 books a month – if that! Terrible, I know. Anyway, I have made it my mission this summer to get back into reading so I thought I would share with you guys 10 books that have made it onto my summer reading list and should definitely be on yours as well. 

10 Books to put on your Summer Reading List 

1. ‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Alderton
If you read last weeks blog post you’ll know that I have had this book on my reading list for some time. A memoir from The Sunday Times’ former dating columnist, ‘Everything I Know About Love’ covers Alderton’s experiences of relationships – the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s meant to be a super inspirational read that tells a story of self love and confidence.
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2.‘Lullaby’ by Leïla Slimani

This book was recommended in Cosmopolitan’s Best Summer Reads for 2018 and sounds like it is going to be right up my street. It tells the story of Myriam and Paul who find Louise to au pair their two young children in their chic apartment. The relationship takes a turn for the worse and jealously, resentment and suspicion starts to emerge. I’m thinking murder, affairs and other juicy stuff that will make for a great read.

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3. ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

I’ll be honest, this is not necessarily a book I would normally go for but I have seen so many bloggers sing its praises that I thought it would be rude not to give it a shot. It tells the story of the life of Eleanor Oliphant. It’s won a lot of awards and is apparently soon going to be on the big screens under direction of Reece Witherspoon so it definitely earns a spot on the list.

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4. ‘Me Before You’ by JoJo Moyes  

I know, I know, this is not a new book but I have heard this is a fantastic read and Moyes has recently brought out a third instalment to the series, which also looks fantastic. My Mum isn’t a huge reader but she read this and adored it so it must be good. I don’t usually like watching the film before I read the book but I adored this film and really want to give this book a go. Don’t worry, I’ll have the tissues ready!

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5.‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King
I absolutely love Stephen King as a writer and definitely want to give this new one a go (although it might not make for good bedtime reading). This book follows the story of a man defending his innocence against evidence that he has assaulted and murdered a young boy. Apparently the book is full of nods to current events and the ever growing conversation surrounding abuse, consent and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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6. ‘The Woman in the Window’ by A. J. Finn

This book is giving me some serious ‘A Girl on the Train’ vibes and I loved that book! Following the life of Anna Fox who hasn’t left her house in 10 months and watches the world go by from the window of her New York town house (house envy, right?). When the Russell’s move in next door, she begins assessing and observing them, and one evening witnesses something no one was suppose to see… Sounds good doesn’t it?

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7. ‘The Mars Room’ by Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner has a very impressive resume, been nominated for the National Book Award Twice (keep in mind she has garnered this after only publishing two books – pretty good right?). 2 nominations can’t be wrong so I have decided that ‘The Mars Room’ deserves a spot in my top 10. The book tells the story of a mother serving two life sentences for the murder of her stalker, which sounds like a pretty good read to me!

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8. ‘The Vogue Factor’ by Kirstie Clements

I have actually read this book already, however, I had to mention it because I really think it deserves a spot on your summer reading list! Ex-Editor of Vogue Australia writes about her experience in the world of high fashion and magazine journalism. It is super honest, witty and inspiring, raising a lot of issues with the industry and well as the incredible opportunities that come with it. I would seriously recommend giving it a go.

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9. ‘The Perfect Stranger’ by Megan Miranda

Another mystery book, ‘The Perfect Stranger’ tells to story of old friends Leah and Emmy who move to Pennsylvania for a fresh start. When a women with a freakish resemblance to Leah is assault and Emmy disappears, Leah joins forces with Detective Kyle Donovan (potential or a bit of romance?) to investigate Emmy’s life.

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10. ‘Emma in the Night’ by Wendy Walker

Just in case it hasn’t been made obvious so far, I like a good mystery book. ‘Emma in the Night’ tells the story of two sisters who goes missing. One returns, one does not until 3 years later. Her story is meant to be pretty shocking and full of drama. I’m intrigued…

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So there you go, 10 books that are on my summer reading list and I think you need on yours. Let me know your recommendations and what you think of these if you give any of them a go. If you want some more suggestions I would recommend visiting some of these links – they have loads of fab suggestions whatever you fancy!

‘Best New Books for Summer 2018’ – Cosmopolitan

’20 Smart Books You Will Want to Read at the Beach’ – Esquire

’25 Best Books For Summer 2018′ – Good Housekeeping

’10 Best New Novels for 2018′ – The Independent 

Happy reading guys and gals. 

Jamie x 

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My Holiday Essentials.

Happy Friday guys and gals! As you read this post I am likely to be last minute panic packing ready for my holiday next week. Myself and my lovely in laws (and Conor, of course) will very shortly be sunning ourselves up in a private villa in Crete. I thought I would share with you guys some of my holiday essentials in the hope that this post will prevent me from leaving anything sitting on my bedside table. So without further ado, here are the things that will definitely be making it into my summer holiday suitcase (fingers crossed…) 

Hand Luggage

So Crete is not too far away but that does not mean that my hand luggage does not have to be thought through. Apart from the obvious travel documents, there are some bits and bobs that I simply cannot be separated with (even if I am 7.5 miles up in the air). 

Carmex Pineapple and Mint (£2.79 from Superdrug)

I cannot possibly be without a lip balm and this is my new summer favourite! When it comes to lip balms nothing quite compares with Carmex – I have been using it for years. They have recently come out with a load of new flavours and I was gifted the pineapple and mint in my Cosmopolitan Self Made goodie bag. Since then I have gone through another 2 tubes of these and I love it. It’s the best flavour and super light and summery. It’s a little thinner in consistency to other Carmex products so it is perfect for warmer weather and it is super moisturising and SPF 15. This will definitely be in my hand luggage.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Face Powder (£9.99 from Boots) 

This is not the first time this powder has been mentioned on my blog. You might remember it featured a few months back in my post on skin care and my go to products when it came to helping with breakouts and I still love this product! It is such a fresh, light powder that really helps even out my skin tone. Since getting it it has not left my bag and I often use it to touch up my make up throughout the day. It comes with a little mirror and an applicator so you literally just need the compact and you’re good to go.

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‘Everything I know about Love’ by Dolly Alderton (£6.49 from Amazon) 

There are so many books that I want to read this summer but this one has really caught my eye and I think will make for great plane entertainment, not to mention chilling by the side of the pool! Recommended by Cosmopolitan, ‘Everything I know about love’ is a memoir from Dolly Alderton who is a former dating columnist for The Sunday Times. Alderton covers her life of relationships – the good, the bad and the ugly. It looks like a fab read with a really inspiring message about self love and being confident in your own skin – always an important message.

(Stay tuned for next weeks post for a full list of my summer reading goals)

 

Fashion

Zara Straw Bag with Rounded Handles (£29.99 from Zara) 

Straw bags have been making an appearance on the high street for a few months now and what better time to get on the trend then when you’re heading off on holiday? I have done a bit of browsing and this Zara Straw Bag is my favourite! It’s not the most affordable on the market but it’s super cute and the perfect size to take you from the beach to the cocktail bars in the evening. I have also been using this at home as well so I will definitely get a lot of use out of it. If you’re looking for something a little bigger or something that you can close, which is a slight downfall of this bag, Zara have loads of different styles so have a browse!

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Mix and Match Tropical/Orange Bikini (from £16 from MissGuided)

I have had a lot of problems trying to find an appropriate bikini to wear on a holiday with the in laws. Love Island has been giving me some serious swimwear envy and MissGuided have provided the goods when it comes to Love Island inspired costumes. Unfortunately finding high-waisted bottoms that are not going to be flashing my arse off to everyone I come into contact with has been a serious challenge. These mix and match sets, however, come in loads of different styles and really cute patterns. I’ve picked up this tropical set and the juicy orange set, which is such a gorgeous colour and is super in style at the moment. They also have a lovely pastel blue, white, red and loads others! I would definitely recommend taking a look.

Fancy getting your hands on one of these Love Island style bikinis (or anything from MissGuided at all) then use this link and you can save yourself £5 if you click referred by a friend!

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Black Maxi Belted Beach Kimono (£20 from Pretty Little Thing)

After seeing Olivia Buckland’s Instagram post of this gorgeous rose gold, sequinned kimono I knew I wanted one. I searched and managed to find her kimono on MissGuided. Slight problem… it’s £200. Sadly I am not an Instagram/reality show sensation and so £200 for a kimono was a little steep. I did, however, find some cheaper alternatives and this one from Pretty Little Thing is about as close as you’re going to get to Olivia’s. It comes in at £30 so it’s a hell of a lot cheaper. I actually ended up picking myself up this one from Pretty Little Thing. Even though it’s not quite what I was looking for, it’s super simply and easy to wear. Plus, at £20 I don’t mind getting it messy on the beach!

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When I’m on holiday I try to wear as little make up as possible, but I still like to get dolled up for nights out and fancy meals.

Sleek MakeUP Face Form in Medium (£9.99 from FeelUnique)

This is my go to contour palette. It comes with a matte contour, which is the perfect shade and super easy to blend. There is also a slightly glittery bronzer that I absolutely love when I have a bit of a tan. It is super natural but easy to build and gives your face a gorgeous glow. I also sometimes use this colour as an eye shadow if I am going for a warm, natural make up look. The middle powder is a highlight, which surprise surprise I also love! It gives you the most beautiful sheen without being glittery and rather than sitting on top of the skin almost blends to become part of it, giving the most naturally gorgeous glow. I use this palette every single day when I am home and I would not be without it on holiday. It is super sleek and so takes up hardly any room in your case and can create a variety of different beautiful looks.

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Banana Boat Kids Ultra Mist Advance Protection, Factor 50 (£6.99 from Chemist Direct)

It wouldn’t be a holiday essentials post without a suncream and this one is my favourite. I am really pale and suffer terribly with heat rash but I also hate suncream. I always wear it, without a doubt, but I cannot stand the feel on my skin. This suncream on the other hand is the more refreshing mist, smells amazing and gives fantastic protection. It is super easy to apply and does not feel sticky or greasy at all (even on my face). It helps to control my heat rash and I have never been burnt using this. The only slight problem is that because it is a spray it does not last for ages so make sure you stock up on a few bottles because you will probably run out.

LUSH American Cream Conditioner (from £5.75 from LUSH)

My hair always needs extra care when I go away. The mixture of heat, sweat and sea water does nothing for keeping my hair smooth and soft and so I always make sure I have a deep conditioner packed. American Cream from LUSH is great! It smells like a delicious strawberry milkshake and has honey water within it, which it super nourishing. I usually use this every other day on holiday and it really helps keep my hair in good condition. If you are looking for a lightweight, less moisturising conditioner than maybe go for Happy Happy Joy Joy over this or if your hair is super damaged, LUSH do a fab hot oil treatment I would recommend giving a go. LUSH have loads of different conditioners so check out their blog on ‘How to choose the perfect hair conditioner’ for your hair type. They can be a little expensive but they’re so worth it!

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So there you have it, some of my holiday essentials that I will be packing and taking to Crete with me! Where are you guys heading off to this year and what bits and bobs will definitely be in your case? 

Jamie x 

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