Life Lately: Sorrento, A New Job and the Great North Run

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Well it's certainly been more than a few weeks since I updated this little blog space. Time has literally flown by - its safe to say it's been a busy summer! I thought I'd gather together a few pictures (OK quite a lot) that I've taken over past few months for a good old catch up - grab a brew, it's probably going to be a long one! 

So at the end of July it was my 24th birthday - officially mid twenties! My work took me out for lunch at burger and lobster and obviously nearly everyone went for the lobster. The pic above is of me and my work BFF Megan who has sadly left the UK recently and moved back to Australia - lucky thing! 

That week was a short once as I'd booked Thursday and Friday off to have a visit back home in Lancashire. I ate so much food that weekend including an AMAZING 9 course meal at Aumbry. It was my second time there and the food was just as amazing as ever. I'd totally recommend it if you're ever in or around Manchester. 

 Tom (my younger brother) making some home made pizzas in our pizza oven back home. 

I rounded off the weekend with a nice long walk with Joe around the countryside where I live. I really miss all the greenery now I live in London. 

The weekend after we headed up North again, this time to Newcastle to see Joe's family. His Uncle and Aunt own a boat we ended up taking it out on the River Tyne for a cruise! 

View from under the millenium bridge.

The Great North Run sign reminding me that it's not long to go! 

The weekend after was a reletively relaxed one, I did some packing for the holiday and had my brohter Tom down for the weekend. We didn't do much, but we did venture out to Brick Lane for some salt beef bagel deliciousness. 

That week was also my last week at the company I was with. About a month ago I got offered a job working in Beauty PR. I start tomorrow and could not be more excited. It's not that I didn't love my current job working in health and beauty branding, but PR is something I've always wanted to get in to. As such, I got some lovely presents from work on my last day and this amazing card: 

Apparently I use the phrase 'fucking hate' far too much - oops! I do like to go on a rant and the surrounding words are all things I've ranted and raved about during my time at DewGibbons + Partners. As you'll probably be able to tell, I'm very opinionated on certain topics!  It's such a funny and thoughtful card and had me laughing for ages. 

Finally, on to Sorrento. Thankfully, we didn't actually stay in Sorrento (far too touristy and expensive for my liking) and ended up in a villa we found through Air B&B in a gorgeous hillside town on Sant'Agata. Our villa was incredible with an amazing private pool and beautiful balcony view. 

View from my bed each morning! 

I'm surprised I didn't turn into a gelato by the end of the holiday - I ate so many! 

The delight of Sorrento. Sexy pasta! 

Pompei. Joe and my Mum & Dad enjoyed it, but I thought there would be a bit more context. Nothing was signposted, there were no history boards about which I felt let it down massively. 

Wine tasting near Vesuvius made up for it. I'm not a massive wine drinker at all, but the experience was fun and Joe and my Dad loved it, especially walking round their acres of vineyards.  

I don't look massivley happy on this as we'd just climbed to the top of Vesuvius on the hottest day of August. The views made up for it though!   

A boat trip to Capri was the highlight of the holiday. We boarded a little ship about 9:30 and spent the whole day cruising around Capri with lots of opportunities to swim in the sea. 

The 'Arch of Love'. Apparently if you kiss underneath it then you'll be together forever...

The emerald grotto. Absolutely amazing - it was like something out of Narnia! 

View from the top of Capri. 

Water babies. 

Finally, a blurry iPhone picture taken on my last night of the sunset.

I was thinking of putting together a tips for going to Sorrento post if anyone is interested? I did a lot of research beforehand and picked up a lot of tips whilst there. 

Phew! That was a long post, well done if you got this far! Normal blogging will resume shortly I'm hoping, I just need to get settled into my new job and get the Great North Run over with! 

What have you lot been up to recently? 

Keeping Straightened Hair Straight

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

There was a time during my teens that polka straight hair was so in. Hair had to be straightened to within an inch of its life and kinks were a big no-no. Even now, I think this looks fantastic on some people, but on me, it just looks a little harsh. I like to curl mine under slightly at the edges. Even so, I like to keep the lengths of my hair straight so I thought I'd round up a couple of products that I use to keep my hair straightened hair straight.

Invisibobble - £3.75 for three - // HERE
It's so frustrating wanting to tie your hair up, but not wanting the bobble to leave a huge kink/bobble mark. That's where the Invisibobble is quite possibly one of the best inventions for freshly straightened hair. It works by leaving differing amounts of pressure around the base of your ponytail. All I can tell you is that they work. However, like normal bobbles and hair grips I ALWAYS seem to lose them! I don't know if it's just me, but I always seem to be buying a never ending supply of hair bobbles and pins...

TreSemme 7 Day Smooth - £6.99 - // HERE
I've mentioned the TreSemme 7 Day Straight before (click here), but I had to include it in this round up as I've found it massively helps with frizziness and helps to keep my hair looking polished when I use it properly. It's a heat activated treatment so you apply to the lengths of your hair. The heat from straightening then ensures your hair will stay super smooth for days. 

Moroccan Oil Large Barrel Brush - £16.15 - // HERE
I used to roughly blow dry my hair all over, but I've found that using a large barrel brush when blow drying massively helps to tame my hair before I straighten it. The Moroccan Oil Large Barrel Brush is HUGE which is perfect for my thick, coarse hair as it can pick up quite a chunk of it in one go. 

What products do you use to keep your hair straight?

A Moisture Jelly?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Am I the only one that thinks that this is a bit of a weird name for a moisturiser? I can't help but snigger, it sounds very inappropriate to me, but then again, I do have the humour of a 14 year old. I do think my immaturity is justified in some way though. I typed 'moisture jelly' into the Boots website and guess what the second result was...? (I'll leave you to have a little search yourself). Anyway, name asides I have to say that so far I'm very impressed with the latest product from Indeed Labs.

I really, really like Indeed Labs. What they've done is very clever. They've essentially cut the clutter and seem to consistently deliver great, innovative products that actually work. It's no different with their latest launch, a moisture jelly (yes, I'm still grinning), that provides skin with a hit of hydration in a light gel-like format. So far things I like about it are:
  • It sinks easily into the skin and leaves a non-greasy finish. Oily skinned girls can rejoice as it means you can now get your moisture boost without loading your skin up with plant oils.
  • It has less than 20 ingredients. This tells me that what's in there is the bare essentials which I really like. 
  • The dispensing mechanism is fantastic. It's so hygienic, you simply press down the top of the jar and dispenses the exact amount of product you need per application.
  • My skin feels more hydrated after 4 days use, some pesky dry patches I had have totally disappeared. 
  • There's no tackiness once it's soaked into the skin. Skin feels very comfortable and moisturised, but isn't sticky in the slightest. 
  • It works really well with its predecessor, Hydraluron Serum, as you'd expect it to. 
The only thing I don't like about it is the price. I think when it's on offer (like it is at the moment - here) it's a very good price, but full price, I think it's just a little pricey so my advice would be to grab it whilst Indeed Labs is on offer (which my Indeed Labs stalker tendencies tell me is about every three months or so). Other than that, I'm really impressed with the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly and can see it's going to be a summer staple of mine.

*PR Sample