If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a photo I posted around Christmas time of a photoshopped snap of me and Matt in Budapest. So these are the ventures of an amazing Christmas present.
The weather was absolutely freezing but bearable, apparently not as cold as it usual as their open air ice rink wasn’t open due to ‘warmer weather conditions’. I cannot begin to express how stunning the Hungarian wines are! They remain relatively undiscovered aside from the desert wine Tokaji. Try Doblo in the old jewish district, with its open brick walls and cave- like feel this place has a real wine cellar vibe about it. There are over 100 carefully selected wines to choose from which is incredibly overwhelming at first. The staff truly know their stuff and share their knowledge to make sure you get a cracking wine to suit your taste, and trust me I’m fussy about Chardonnay!
We pretty much walked everywhere and I think this is a must in any city to truly take it all in. We visited the Széchenyi Thermal Baths and got royally screwed over as we must have looked completely lost and ended up paying a fortune for something totally unnecessary so bare that in mind if you visit! Just read signs and ignore help. Despite that, they are amazing. We went on a Saturday and the place was heaving with locals spending their weekend soaking and relaxing. ( Topshop bikini )
You can catch a breathtaking view of the Parliament from the Royal Palace – Castle Hill. It’s well worth the walk (not that we walked it! We were in a massive rush to get up there before sunset.) The views were spine-tingling. This picturesque area is located in the heart of medieval Budapest defined by cobblestone streets, lovely squares and narrow alleys.
Szent István Bazilika – Make sure you take the stairs to the top, all 364 of them! You may feel a little queazy once you reach the top but its fab, you get to see the structure of the big dome from the inside, it really is worth it. This has to be my favourite church visited so far.
Photos by Matt Dreyer
Lusting after this awesome Zara jacket. My wardrobe is urgently in need of this in it’s life. So perfectly simple the cut is, with its sheepskin-like lining that adds fine detail to the overall appearance.
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I was scrolling through my phone the other day and came across these photos from a day trip to Brighton, Freddie’s first trip to the seaside! I know it may be a pretty mental statement to make as I know it’s not the Bahamas however, sometimes nothing quite beats the good old English seaside. We had such a chilled day mooching through the lanes, relaxing on the beach and had a late lunch at Food For Friends which is Brighton’s original vegetarian restaurant.
(Topshop crop & earrings, Zara shorts, Asos men’s jacket, Office sandals, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, Vintage bag.)
I’m a huge Caudalie fan. The products have such an incredibly luxurious feel to them, but more importantly they consistently deliver amazing results. With a slightly higher price tag than your standard boots bargains they are never the less well worth it! Caudalie cosmetics use vine and grape extracts from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy. You will never find any parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, genetically modified organisms, paraffin, Synthetic artificial colorings, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates or animal-derived raw materials in Caudalie cosmetics – no nasties just pure and simple natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients. There are three main ingredients: Grape-seed polyphenols, known as the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world; resveratrol, from grapevine stalks, the anti-ageing revolution and viniferine from grapevine sap, the most effective natural molecule against dark spots.
I first started using Caudalie a year ago, with the Beauty Elixir.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
The only word that perfectly describes what this product delivers is ‘radiance’. Glass bottles always win me over and this fine spray of essential oils is such a great product for setting makeup for a less ‘done’ look, refreshing skin throughout the day and as a toner. It’s particularly great in the morning to wake you up as it has a slight menthol tinge that really perks you up!
Caudalie Cleansing Water
There’s nothing better than the feeling of taking your makeup off after a long day! I use this micellar everyday. You can use this morning and evening, but I usually just use dove soap bar in the shower in the mornings. I love the scent of the micellar water plus the fact that it doesn’t leave me all red eyed and sore after using it on stubborn eye makeup! Really great product if you have sensitive skin.
Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum
The firming serum is advertised as an anti gravity treatment. My main concern when I was looking for the right serum for my skin was finding a product that would help treat a frown line that if not dealt with pronto could become a permanent very obvious fixture on my face! This product is probably more suited to someone who is mature and finding that the collagen and elastin production has slowed down significantly and they want something that’s going to help re-contour the face ‘the anti gravity treatment’. I’m definitely not in the ‘mature’ category. However, since using the serum morning and evening I have noticed a real improvement in the evenness and texture of my skin and, in particular, treatment of my frown line. Vinexpert Serum appears to have smoothed out any early signs of furrows or fine lines! The product absorbs quickly, has a beautiful calming fragrance with a lightweight feel and smooth texture. I only hope I can afford to keep using it long term!
Avéne Hydrance Optimale UV Rich SPF 20
This is my perfect day cream. Branded for dry to very dry skin, considering this, and the SPF that can sometimes make a cream feel heavier, the texture is smooth and easy to apply. This is because it is based on meiboserin which limits the evaporation of the Avéne Thermal Spring Water from the skin and Lipomusin which increases coverage across the skin. You also have antioxidant protection with this product – Antioxidants can reduce the signs of aging, calm imflamed skin, and protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals which can damage skin cells. I use this on top of the caudalie serum every morning. SPF is such a key element that should be taken into consideration with any day cream. If you truly want to take care of your skin and prevent premature aging you must choose a day cream that has at least an SPF of 20, anything above is a bonus!
Réve De Miel Ultra-comfortable Face Cream Night
The wonder worker and repair expert, skincares most covetable item is the glorious night cream! While we sleep it is a well known fact that this is the time when our skin repairs itself and the metabolic activity of the skin cells are at their highest. Dry skin types in paticular need additional lipids. This rich, creamy texture replenishes lipids during the night. It feels quite heavy on application however it does sink into the skin eventually. In the morning I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin since using this; It looks plump, smooth and feels so soft! Honey helps to repair, argan oil, barley and shea butter soothe and precious plant oil, safflower ceramides and sunflower oil replenish lipids. If that’s not enough to win you over then the scent certainly will, incredibly natural.
When applying serum always remember this is not a face cream. Serums need to be pressed gently into the skin before using your day or night cream on top.
Don’t waste any product. Give your hands a treat, rub excess product into your hands.
As the weather changes so does our skin. Moisturizers can be layered to suit your skin’s needs.
For a very natural day look use a foundation brush to apply your moisturizer. Using the same brush apply foundation over the top for an ultra dewy effect.
In summer keep Caudalie Elixir in the fridge for a real refreshing pick me up.
Apply night cream roughly half an hour before going to bed to prevent cream being transferred onto the pillowcase.
A small amount of product goes a long way with the night cream
Our trip to Rome which was back in April! I will one day become an expert at keeping up to date with blogging. After Amsterdam me and my sister Soph flew straight to Rome for a week of eating gelato, drinking fine wine and exploring the city. It is by far one of the most mouth gawping places to visit; with churches and old architecture everywhere its like walking around an open air museum. After visiting the Colosseum it made me immediately want to watch the film Gladiator! One place that is a must to visit for its breathtaking views and slightly less touristy area to escape the hectic streets is the Gianicolo (Janiculum Hill). We had such an amazing time together I’d love to return, despite the whole week we spent in Rome there’s just so much to absorb.
Em behind the lens, captured these gorgeous shots as we mooched about in the fields. It’s my favourite time of year when the country fields are suddenly blanketed with such vibrant stunning colour. All I want to do is prance about and listen to the birds sing with not a care in the world. This is one of my favourite shoots so far. The print and colour of this kimono is gorgeous. It will definitely be worn to death throughout summer and holidays!
Photos by Emily Brown