Five on Friday

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{Where I spend most of my weekday mornings – working away at the computer while enjoying a takeaway latte and a bowl of granola.This last week I have gone swimming before work twice and I really hope I can keep that up as it has made a real difference to my energy levels. I’m also loving my new boxes from House Doctor as they make it so easy to keep the desk tidy}

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{I snapped a quick picture of the kids at school pick up earlier this week when the weather was still sunny. It is so rare for them to sit still long enough for me to capture all three. If you’re wondering why Clemmie is wearing a rosette, she insisted on putting it on after we read a book about a pony princess.}

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{Casper won the best Beaver Scout of the term award for being well behaved and selling the most programmes for their annual fair. I don’t know who was most proud – him or me!}

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{Despite having two older brothers, Clemmie is very girly. When I painted my toenails with my new blue OPI polish, she insisted I do hers as well!}

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{I bought this cute fashion stamp set at the V&A last Sunday. If you receive a card from me in the near future, expect to see some of these stamped inside.}

My husband has taken the boys out to the theatre tonight (Casper was given the tickets for being the top programme seller at Beavers!) so it’s just Clemmie and I at home. Very quiet for a change! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. X

The Beauty Edit: Just Add Sunshine

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The arrival of summer here in the UK is always sudden and usually unpredictable, even for the poor weathermen. Last weekend we had glorious sunny weather, culminating in the hottest day so far this year on Monday. It is always wonderful when we get these sudden heatwaves, short as they may be, but I have to admit that the prospect of putting my lily white limbs on display didn’t have me jumping up and down with joy. But a quick trip into town and a rifle through the shelves in John Lewis’ refurbished beauty hall (I was very impressed – lots of new brands to try) and I was ready to transform myself, if not exactly into a bronzed goddess, at least a less ghostly version of myself.

Being a low maintenance girl, I’m all for keeping it simple and not over complicating things with too many products. A good exfoliator is essential – I normally use the Soap & Glory one but this Exfoliating Body Wash from Australian Organics worked just as well. When it comes to the self tanner I prefer a mousse as it’s easier to apply and you can see which areas you have already covered. Fake Bake has been my go-to brand for the last few years as it gives a nice subtle glow rather than a “I just spent a week in Barbados” deep bronze. I first bought a St Tropez tan applicator mitt last summer and now consider it a must-have to ensure an even finish, free of streaks and product build-up.

Add in a nice summery nail polish in ‘No Room for the Blues’ by OPI (pictured here with the Start to Finish all-in-one base coat, top coat and strengthener – a great multi-tasker if there ever was one) and I was ready to face the sunshine which lasted all but four days. Oh well, that’s the British summer for you!

The Beauty Edit: OPI + Coca Cola = Happiness in a Bottle

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It might seem like a crazy collaboration at first glance but soft drinks giant Coca Cola has teamed up with OPI to launch a line of nail polishes. The seven shades are inspired by the iconic packaging of some of our most popular carbonated beverages such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Sprite and Fanta.

Nail colour queen Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and executive vice president said: “These two iconic brands truly deliver happiness in a bottle – whether it’s a refreshing, invigorating sip of Coke or a set of fingers and toes perfectly polished with OPI nail lacquer.”

The new line will hit shelves in June, so this summer we could be sporting cheerful Coke red talons while quenching our thirst with ‘the Real Thing’.

This latest link-up follows OPI’s collaboration with singer and fashionista Gwen Stefani on a capsule range of punk inspired colours. From the hot red Over & Over A-Gwen to the charcoal satin 4 in the Morning and the pale gold Love.Angel.Music.Baby (named after Gwen’s fashion label L.A.M.B), the colours epitomise Gwen’s unique style.


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