These are a few of my favourite things #80

I don’t like to start these posts on a negative, but seriously, almost the entire last two weeks have seriously tested my minerals. It’s just been one of those where every day there’s been some sort of irritant/breakdown/something’s gone wrong, and I’ll be glad to see the back of it.

As a result of this, this post is not only a week late, but it’s also filled with things from the previous two weeks, which were a world away from the bullshit of late, so now my initial whinge is over, let’s focus on the positives, shall we. Phew, I feel better already!

* It’s now the following Monday, it got to Friday and still wasn’t up so I thought I’d wait until my usual beginning of the week to post. I shan’t bore you with the details, just know that I am sorry I’m so late, again.

My name’s Rosie and I can’t live without caffeine

I’ve known for quite a while that I am a full on caffeine addict. My daily triple shot coffee became a *thing* last year when I was getting up early to commute to Croydon. It was my dependency on this that gave me THE most horrific caffeine withdrawal during my 4 day juice cleanse (more details in my upcoming review).  My biggest dilemma after putting myself through this cold turkey was whether or not to go back to it, but I tried to picture a world without tea or coffee, forever and it was just too bleak. I’ve tried with herbal teas, really I have, but they just don’t hit the spot at all. So back to caffeine junkie life I go.

I owe you a lot of reviews…

Cooking hasn’t featured that much in the past few weeks, I had the very best intentions about homemade packed lunches and eating out less, but… oh well.

I owe you a lot of reviews, a shitload in fact, and they are coming. In the last few weeks I’ve eaten at Wahaca, Solera Tapas, Turkish Villa, Itsu, Sundbirds Deli and Street Diner (lots) and my experiences have ranged from ok to great… I PROMISE to tell you all about them soon.

Can we all take a moment to appreciate the bottom picture?  That my friends is a chocolate bar tiffin made by the lovely Becky from Honeycomb cakes. You can find her every Friday selling her filthy goodies at Street Diner, but if you want a slice of that chocolate extravaganza you need to get there early doors as it sells out super quick each week, unsurprisingly.

Foodies Festival 2016

You all know by now that I am a fully paid up fan of the annual Foodies Festival on Hove Lawn. It’s a 3 day bonanza of all things tasty, with live music, various VIP seating areas and most importantly – ALL of the food and booze.  I went all three days of the bank holiday, and as usual, got totally rat arsed and made a fairly substantial dent in the line up of totally excellent food.

I’m already looking forward to next year, and thanks, as ever, to the organisers for my press passes – it gets better every year! The Foodies Festival tours the UK during spring/summer so check out their website to see if they’re coming to a city near you.

Brighton being a babe

Overlooking the hoards of people who make it virtually impossible to get from one place to the next (especially that dickhead riding a segway on the actual beachfront), this is one of my favourite times of the year in Brighton. Every weekend sees a new festival, pop up and of course the month long presence of the Spiegl tent, not to mention longer days, better weather and the smell of bbq everywhere. There’s nowhere else I would rather live, truly.

The best £300 I’ve spent

I can’t remember if I ever talked about this at the time, but last year I changed something about myself that I’d hated for as long as vanity has been a feature in my life.  I had tetracycline staining on my teeth from my Mum taking antibiotics when pregnant, and no amount of bleaching or abrasive toothpastes would shift it. My NHS dentist had been very unhelpful, until guess what, he started offering private treatments and all of a sudden was full  of suggestions about how to make them better…

Cynicism aside, the dental bonding treatment that he recommended, and carried out on me a month later has honestly changed the way I feel about smiling.  It’s essentially an overlay for the tooth using resin which is then light-cured. I thought long and hard about veneers, but I was not up for having my teeth shaved, so this seemed like a great alternative. A year on and they’re still holding strong, they are very slightly discoloured due to me eating and drinking all of the things that I shouldn’t and one has chipped a bit, but on the whole, for £300, I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Treat yourself

Unless you’re totally new to this blog you’ll know that I am a massive believer in treating myself. It can be as simple as having a nice bath, a weekly pamper session on Sunday or buying yourself flowers, all of which i do on the reg’s because, well it’s nice to be nice to yourself.

The bottom picture was a fairly extravagant treat to myself, but absolutely worth every penny of the £85 it cost. Once upon a time before I even knew what blogging was, I used to share an office with a beauty product obsessive (hiiiiii Wendy, if you’re reading this) who introduced me to the world of beauty blogs, including Lily Pebbles and Vivianna does makeup, who I still religiously read, to this day. They have both become mega successful, so much so that Cult beauty asked them to put together a box containing their favourite products from the site, and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine. I would have done a whole blog post about my love for this, but I know most of you are just here for the food, soooo a short rundown of each product is:

  • The Wetbrush – like a Tangle Teezer but I prefer it as it has a handle, AMAZING for long and tangly hair like mine, also great for kids, apparently.
  • Stila stay all day liner – I’ve used nothing else for years, and yes, it does last a whole 24 hours.
  • Pixi hydrating mist – haven’t used it yet but will report back, I love the rest of the range, a lot.
  • Jade roller – good for lymphatic drainage (ew) but I use it for rollering in serum and massaging my temples and jaw when I have a migraine.
  • Luna oil – oh my daaaays, I did not want to love this, it’s about £80 for the full size bottle (this is a luxury sample), but it’s incredible, truly magical. I wonder if they sell it in duty free…
  • Becca backlighting primer – I will definitely be repurchasing – dewy, glowy and gives your skin a dreamy sheen even if you’re starved of sleep and losing the will to live – buy it.
  • Oskia renaissance cleansing gel – it’s a liquid balm cleanser that turns to oil when you massage it into your skin, the jury is still out on this one – I like it, but I’m not blown away, so far.

Now after all that, you’re probably going to hate me, as I think it’s no longer on sale… however, all of these products are on the cult beauty website individually.. so go on, treat yourself.

KAPOW!

Meet Kapow – I can truly say that a French bulldog in a polo shirt with little sailboats on, is the very best thing I have ever encountered on any of my journeys to work, ever. Strong name too.

This photo is accompanied by a slightly worrying internet footprint fact too: Within an hour of me posting this on my blog’s Facebook page a friend of the owner had seen it, shared it with him, and then the owner commented on my pic… the ‘net is a lot smaller than you think. Stay safe, kids.

 

Just because it made me LOL in a week when very little else did…

What have been your favourites over the last few weeks? Post in the comments below telling me lovely things please, or head on over to my social media (links below) and give me a like, that always puts a smile on my (miserable) face x

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1 Comment

  1. Liz
    June 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Hey Rosie,
    I love your blog! The caramel brownies look amazing – I want to bite in one right now 🙂
    I also enjoy foodie markets a lot! I'm going to one at sabbiabeachcondos.com/location/pompano-beach-florida/ on Saturday with my family! We all enjoy being outside going from one stand to the other and we love trying everything! With a view at the sea it is even better! I'm sure you would enjoy it! 🙂
    Have a nice weekend yourself!
    Liz

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