7 Things for the Weekend

Kate Spade eye mask (similar style here) // Next maribou slippers // The White Company bedlinen

My husband (still feels so weird saying that!) has a meeting in Oxford today, so I’m tagging along so that we can make a weekend of it. I’ve been many times before, but it’s one of my favourite cities and I’m excited to be having a mini escape for a couple of days. I’m looking forward to exploring all the colleges, visiting the museums, and sitting in tiny coffee shops with a book.

1 // Meet a friend for a gallery date. I always try to get to an exhibition at least once a month (we’re so lucky that all the public museums are free in the UK, meaning can pop in as often as you like), but I’ve really been binging on London’s culture the past few weeks. In the last fornight alone I’ve visited the Royal Academy for the Summer Exhibition (on until the 20th August), the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition (until the 24th September) and the Sir John Soanes Museum (an incredible cornucopia of treasures).

2 // Buy yourself a new dress. My diary seems to be jam-packed until the end of summer, with barely a day off until October. I ordered this dress (it might be the cutest thing I’ve bought all year) to take me everywhere from picnics and games of croquet in the park to garden parties and dinner with friends. I’ll wear it on its own with sunglasses and sandals for now, and a leather jacket and these white trainers for autumn.

3 // Treat yourself to a new perfume. I really had no need (!) for a new scent, but when I visited the Jo Malone boutique to choose my wedding fragrance, they had this candle burning. I hadn’t smelled it before but it was so gorgeous that I recently went back to buy the perfume version. I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past week and have already been asked what I’m wearing at least once a day. It is fresh and delicious and unlike anything else I already owned.

4 // Celebrate your friends. My trans-Atlantic soul sister Nicolette and her friend Gabi launched her own plus-size clothing brand, Premme, last week and I could not be any more proud (and I made sure she knew it)! I wish I could order everything, but especially this kick-ass ‘Feminist AF’ denim jacket.

5 // Plot a winter getaway. We’re currently trying to figure out where to go on honeymoon (an African safari is currently in first place), but know we definitely want to go somewhere warm in January to escape the worst month of winter and have something to still look forward to. I can’t resist a whimsical globe, and have been spinning this one on my desk every day fantasising about all the places I want to visit.

6 // Upgrade your excess baggage. Whenever travelling or taking the train to London, I always seem to need a tote bag big enough to hold my laptop, water, book, camera, and all the other stuff I seem to need to carry around with me. I got this one at the start of summer thinking it would be great for weekends and vacations, but it’s actually so perfect for carting all my stuff around in (it’s SO sturdy and strong) that I’ve been using it practically every day. Bonus points for the French slogan and making me feel like I’ve just popped back from a week in Provence.

7 // Have a lazy Sunday morning, guilt-free. Pick up the weekend papers, brew some coffee, put on some jazz, and make your favourite brunch. Heaven!

However you’re spending it, have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Beauty Sleep: 5 Rules For Waking Up Prettier

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Like most of the working population, I’m sleep deprived most of the time (these days, a weekend sleep-in is my ultimate luxury). Although I wage a daily battle with my snooze button each morning, most nights I’m working through my to-do list into the small hours vs getting an early night. But while I’m guilty of sacrificing a little sleep in favour of productivity, I’d rather not have my tiredness written all over my face each day and so ensure I put my skincare routine to work to minimise the signs of my sleep deprivation. Read on for my bedtime beauty rules and favourite products…

A Girl, A Style _ Clarins Multi-ActiveA Girl, A Style _ Aerin Lauder Rose OilOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy five rules for maximising your bedtime beauty:

1// Cleanse properly. The first step to ensure you wake up looking less haggard is to remove every last trace of makeup. I’m a tiny bit OCD and cleanse three times; first I remove my eye makeup with Bioderma micellar water on a cotton pad, then an oil cleanser to melt away makeup and sunscreen, followed by a gentle gel cleanser.

2 // Treat + repair. Because cell turnover is at its highest when asleep, bedtime if your skin’s cue to repair and recover. Give it a boost and add a treatment serum before your face cream. I alternate between an exfoliating serum (to combat dullness), a multi-vitamin treatment (when skin is unbalanced or playing-up), and an anti-oxidant serum (to compensate for bad habits and city-dwelling). Put a stop to any blemishes with a spot treatment (this Kiehl’s version is ultra-effective).

3 // Moisturise. Hydration = happy skin. No matter what skin-type you have, a double dose of moisture is key to waking up pretty. I alternate between a good face cream and a hydrating face oil (or both if things are serious). Drinking a big glass of water before bed and another as soon as you wake up will help too, and don’t forget to slather on a rich lip balm and hand cream.

4 // Glow. My skin is naturally the colour of snow (so very un-Australian of me), but a lack of sleep seems to leave me with even less colour. If winter or tiredness have left you equally pale, a little tan will do wonders and make you look more well-rested than you really are. I alternate between Palmer’s gradual tanning moisturiser and James Read’s overnight tan; both are un-tinted so while you’ll wake up with a sun-kissed glow, your white sheets will not.

5 // Calm. It doesn’t do anything for my skin, but This Works ‘Deep Sleep’ range is like a beauty chill-pill at bedtime. I spray the lavender mist on my pillows each night (and use the the bath soak if there’s time for that) and, perhaps by association, fall asleep almost the moment I smell it.

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Pictured: Olivia von Halle pyjamas (also available in cotton + a less-expensive style here) // Kate Spade sleep mask (sold out, but similar style here) // The White Company bedding // mirrored bedside table // table lamp // Diptyque candle // Jonathan Adler jewellery dish // Lulu Frost earrings // crystal earrings (vintage, but very similar style here) // books: ‘How to Have a Good Day‘ and ‘Talk Like TED‘ // Chanel ‘Beige Rose’ nail polish.
Beauty: Aerin Rose Oil c/- // Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair // Clarins Multi-Active night moisturiser c/- // This Works pillow mist // Aerin rose lip balm // Aesop hand cream // James Read Overnight Tan c/- // Aerin Ikat Jasmine perfume. 

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I’d love to know your favourite night-time products and tips for the best beauty sleep (please do share in the comments below).

Love, Miss B xx