Seeing as the sun has been shining a little more of late, I created this little fashion post of summer dresses you can snap up now for under £100. H&M are nailing it with dresses at the moment, as are Zara. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect shirt midi dress, I’m loving the first one in the edit, stripes and florals… what more can a girl want.

Happy shopping!

I’ve always loved skincare for as long as I can remember, I am a self-confessed skincare addict. My bathroom cabinet is full of little pots and potions all promising to give me younger more radiant looking skin.

I’ve dabbled on and off with La Mer products, probably for the last 10 years or so. When looking after my skin and signs of ageing became a real focus, I was very kindly treated to some La Mer Moisturising Cream one birthday. I cannot tell you how excited I was to open that little green box and see the pot of cream and little silver spatula. I used it sparingly in the evenings but found the cream formula was just a little too rich for my skin to use during the daytime. After chatting with a lovely La Mer lady, she recommended a different formula, The Moisturising Soft Cream which was more of a suit to my skin type but still the same Miracle Broth. Now I don’t know about you, but my budget certainly doesn’t stretch to purchasing La Mer products very often, but they do normally end up on a birthday or Christmas list.

La Mer The Cleansing Foam

This cleansing foam is gentle on the skin and creates a very luxurious lather. I use this in the mornings for a quick refresh, as I tend to have a lengthier cleansing routine in the evening to remove make up etc. You only need a tiny amount so a little goes a long way.

La Mer The Eye Concentrate

I’ve switched between The Eye Concentrate and The Eye Balm a few times and I can’t decide which one I prefer. The Eye Concentrate helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, lines and wrinkles, which pretty much describes everything I need in a product.

The formula isn’t too rich and sinks into the skin beautifully. I only need the tiniest amount of product and use the small silver tool to apply which feels instantly refreshing. I have quite sensitive eyes and have suffered in the past with eye creams, but so far so good with this one.

La Mer The Radiant Serum

La Mer describes this as a lightweight serum to illuminate the appearance of skin as it smooths, plumps and refines the look of skin tone. There’s no denying it has a hefty price tag so I didn’t use it everyday, but after using it for a month or so, I’m certain my skin did feel a little brighter.

La Mer – The Moisturising Soft Cream

This is such a beautiful moisturiser, the formula is just perfect for my skin (which is combination if you’re interested). It contains a concentration of La Mer’s Miracle Broth which promises to deliver youthful radiance. It certainly does feel luxurious when using it and this will definitely continue to be amongst my favourite moisturisers. When using my skin feels comforted and hydrated all day, and my make-up seems to sit better when applying after using this.

Have you tried La Mer? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any other must have products I should try from them?

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

£220
La Mer Eye Balm Intense

£155
La Mer Regenerating Serum

£260
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

£155
La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£70

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest

For me a spa day is the perfect way to have a little bit of ‘me’ time, a period of time to revitalise my body and mind. I don’t often get the chance of a day to myself, but if the planets align and I manage to sort out childcare then a spa day is certainly is where you’ll find me.

Last week I visited the Aqua Sana Spa at Longleat Forest, I’ve been here a few times before and it really is the best way to make you feel like you’ve had a little holiday even though I’m only 45 minutes from home.

I didn’t take a great deal of photos as there is a perfect reminder when you walk in to leave your mobile behind, after all you are there to relax and get away from the world for a few hours.

Aqua Sana is set within Center Parcs, in a beautiful forest location in Wiltshire. With more than 16 different spa experiences from around the globe including a Turkish Hammam, Balinese Multi Steam Bath and my favourite, the Indian Blossom Steam Room.

I chose a Top to Toe Relax day which included refreshments on arrival, Lunch in the Mediterranean Cafe/Bar and a whole 2 hours of Elemis treatments. At £175 (£199 if you visit at the weekend) it is a little more on the expensive side, but I was far too easily swayed by the promise of 2 hours treatment time!

I started the day in the cafe, as every day should, enjoying a coffee and a pastry followed by a relaxing hour or so sampling what the spa had to offer. I wandered around the different experience rooms, letting the different aromas transform me to a faraway place.

My particular favourites were the steam rooms and the meditation room in which you lie down on a heated lounger, taking in the warmth and sounds, perfect for preparing your muscles for a massage. Mid morning is when I got to enjoy my treatments.

Elemis Facial Treatment

First off, I have to say my therapist was lovely, and so knowledgeable. My treatments included a deep tissue massage, which involved a fairly deep massage, kneading and pressure points. My back was desperately in need of this. This was followed with a luxury Elemis facial, specialising in any skin problems I had chatted through with the therapist beforehand.

Afterwards I was shown through to a relaxation area where I could enjoy a little lie down whilst enjoying the beautiful view of the towering Redwood trees, I could have stayed there for hours.

Then came lunchtime. The spa like zen feel certainly continues throughout the experience and into the Vitale Cafe Bar. I chose to enjoy a fragrant chargrilled halloumi and fire roasted tomato dish, alongside a chargrilled broccoli and cauliflower salad.

If I hadn’t have been driving I would have certainly enjoyed a glass or two of something sparkling, but on this occasion I opted for the apple and mint smash.

Vitale Cafe Bar Aqua Sana

After lunch I returned to the spa to relax and read my book and enjoy more of the experiences on offer, I might’ve fallen asleep for far too long while on a water bed (the sign of a very relaxing day!).

I am planning to return sometime with the girls to try out The Hideaway, a private spa suite situated within the spa, the ultimate chill out area perfect for a birthday celebration or a special occasion.

I hope this post has given you a little insight to the Aqua Sana Spa if you haven’t yet visited, let me know if you have a favourite spa I should try.

 

 

1. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Liguria £66 2. Garmin Vivosmart 3 Fitness Activity Tracker £129.99 3. Desenio Golden Horizon Poster £15.95 4. Montezuma’s Chocolate Giant Button Jar £22.99

5. everdure by heston blumenthal CUBE Portable BBQ £149 6. Amazon Echo Spot £119.99 7. Clinique For Men Daily Age Repair Skin Kit £30.15 8. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle Holdall £85

 

9. Warner Edwards HoneyBee Gin £32 10. Emma Bridgewater Daddy Mug £19.95 11. Tom Dixon London Candle £55 12. Molton Brown Vetiver & Grapefruit Set £45

 

 

Flats are where its at for me these days. Pre-kids you’d find my wardrobe full of high heels, I used to wear them for everything, work, popping out for milk… now however, heels don’t really cut it when you’re running around on school runs most days.

I own a fair few pairs of flats (shoes not properties), they’re so easy to chuck on with most outfits. I usually prefer to spend a fair bit of budget when it comes to shoes, unless it’s something high fashion that I’ll only be wearing for a couple of months. But there are some amazing low cost flats out there at the moment, especially from supermarkets of all places, so here’s a few of my favourites that aren’t going to break the bank. The nude brogues have already  made their way into my wardrobe.

 

 

1. Tu at Sainsburys Yellow Pointed Slip on Loafers £16

2. Next Pewter Penny Loafers £26

3. Matalan Laser Cut Slipper Loafers £10

4. H&M Floral Slip on Loafers £17.99

5. Tu at Sainsburys Nude Laser Cut Brogues £18

6. Tu at Sainsburys Orange Tassel Slipper Cut Shoes £18