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Monday, 1 September 2014

Beauty: My August Favourites

I've tried quite a lot of new products over August, and while it was fun doing so, only a few products really turned my head. Instead, when I returned from my holiday, I found myself appreciating some products more than ever. Sometimes you only appreciate something once it's gone.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Travel: My Summer Reads

I don't often get the time to finish many books through the year but I always make time to do so when I am on holiday. There is something very relaxing about getting into a book and nothing helps me to switch off from my stresses and strains like reading does.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Food: Week Day Chicken Traybake with Roasted Vegetables

Summer definitely feels like it's on the way out here and I'm already craving the comfort food of the colder months. I've overindulged quite a bit over the summer and am now trying to get back into the five-a-day fruit  and veg habit. On week days I want meals that don't take too long to prepare which is why my Chicken Traybake with Roasted Vegetables works so well.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Beauty: Travel Skincare (or how I prevent an attack of Plane Face)

My skin reacts really badly to travel. Give me a few hours on a plane and my face starts misbehaving - leave on the makeup and I'm really going to suffer for it. On my most recent trip,  my journey was 13 hours long so I decided to experiment.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Food: Lobster, Lobster, Lobster in New England

I embarked on our New England trip determined to eat as much lobster as I could. Can you tell that I love lobster? Here are a few of my favourites:

Shuckers, Woods Hole, MA
I've been eating whole lobster since I was little, so donned my bib and brandished my pliers like a pro. Lobster and potato salad on the same plate - I thought I'd died and gone to heaven! Errrr, foodie heaven.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Travel: Summer in New England

I am just back from three weeks in New England and I thought I'd put pen to paper before the memory fades. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and the proximity of nature and city reminded me of places like Vancouver and Cape Town, only different. The light was brighter than I've ever experienced before and I can understand why so many artists choose to make their home here.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Beauty: US Haul - Sephora, Ulta, CVS

I've just returned from a few weeks holidaying in the US and I picked up a few things while I was away. I very quickly realised that there were some very obvious gaps in the travel minis I had taken with me, so a little bit of beauty shopping was necessary.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Travel: My airbnb tips

Since the littlies have arrived we've not used hotels at all, always hiring villas or short-stay apartments instead. I started using airbnb last summer on the recommendation of a friend. 

On the whole, the experience has been very positive. In Paris we managed to find an apartment a street away from the friends we were visiting and less than 10 minutes away from the closest metro stop. The cost was also much more affordable than the hotels in the vicinity. It felt really good to be living in someone's home rather than in an impersonal holiday rental.

Since then we've used airbnb a few more times and have learned a few things:

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Food: Quiche Lorraine with Rachel Khoo

Tonight was another muggy night and I again didn't feel like cooking. Definitely time to whip out one of those minimum effort, maximum flavour recipes and I decided on Quiche Lorraine. I've tried many Quiche Lorraine recipes but Rachel Khoo's version from her book "The Little Paris Kitchen" is my favourite. This time I opted for puff pastry which made the tart very light. I also used creme fraiche instead of double cream, as I prefer the less cloying feel. The tart was delicious, the egg had souffled before I removed it from the oven so the quiche tasted almost mousse-like.


I served this with a light rocket salad with avocado, green olives and baby plum tomatoes, drizzled with a pesto, balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. Bon appetit!



Clementine.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Beauty: My Travel Beauty Bag - the winners

I usually save all of the product minis that I accumulate during the year for my summer holidays. This year, I'd managed to accumulate quite a few from Birchbox and Space NK, putting them through their paces over a two week period. There a few products that worked really well in the heat and I'll definitely take them away with me with me on my next holiday.