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Winter Skin in a Nut Shell

Monday, 21 December 2015



Chapped lips, Dry skin and a Puffy Nose. Are all the symptoms that winter has hit. Despite the mild weather in the UK this year I am still struggling with the winter conditions skin wise so here are a few handy products I have found have been saviours in keeping my skin clear and hydrated.

1. Chance by CHANEL

This is a vanilla base with notes of white musk. Perfect for those crisp winter mornings.

2. Rose Beauty Balm by Neals Yard

This is my absolute favourite product of the season. Warm a small amount up in your palms and sleep in it the next morning you are guaranteed baby soft skin. Perfect! Please don't let the oil formula but you off, it honestly is a gift from the gods!


3. Rose Facial Wash by Neals Yard

A gentle cleanse which is great for everyday use. Gently foams and leaves skin clean and clear!




Boiled or Fried





"How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with a kiss . . . boiled or fried I'm satisfied"

I am what you might call an egg connoisseur , most mornings I start my day with them be it poached,scrambled or boiled. However, once in a blue moon I will indulge in  the fried version and to be honest there isn't a better hangover cure than a friend egg dipped in tomato sauce.

This weekend we indulged in the classic English Breakfast of treacle bacon, fried Clarence Court eggs topped on freshly sliced sourdough.  It was the perfect start to a relaxing weekend.

North Norfolk Walk & The Wiveton Bell









We are spending Christmas week up on the North Norfolk coast and have been blessed with some amazing weather. We walked along the coastal paths through Blakeney to Wiveton where we had the most amazing sunday roast. 
The Wiveton Bell 






Start your Weekend Right

Saturday, 19 December 2015





Going out for breakfast has to be the ultimate treat. For me it beats going out for dinner or lunch hands down.

This weekend we ventured out into Norwich not only to do our last minute Christmas shopping dash but to visit the gorgeous Cafe 33 ( or know as no. 33). Famously popular with bloggers and bloggers Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman, Helen Anderson and the Lean Machines to name a few.

Located down a side street in the city centre it has to be the best kept secret on Norwich's eating scene .

It's always super busy and that's no surprise with its fast healthy delicious food options and friendly laid back atmosphere. Be sure to queue even before it opens ! But it is so worth it! 

I always go for some sort of egg combination and Tom loved the eggs benedict. Sipping on fresh green tea and rich Americanos it's the perfect wake up call!

Be sure to visit Cafe 33 if your ever in Norwich ! 

Christmas Shortbread Trees

Friday, 18 December 2015







It's the most wonderful time of the year . . .  Yes I am joining in the Festive blog vibes late but hey better late than never. I have been so busy with my new interiors business this year I have barely had a second to myself ( check it out here ; www.violetolivia.com) . I am also just going through a house move to a bigger place which is exciting but all these things have drained my finances so this year I am busy making handmade gifts. 
The gorgeous shortbread christmas tree cookies are perfect for those foodie lovers !

Here's how to make them.

Ingredients

125 grams of unsalted butter
55 grams of caster sugar
180 grams of plain flour

Method

Heat Oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5

1. Cream the butter and sugar together using either a wooden spoon or an electric whisk.
2. Next add the flour to form a paste ( which eventually turns intos ball of dough) get your hands involved!
3. Roll out the dough to roughly 1cm/1.5 cm thick to form and cut out your shapes.
4. Bake in over for 10 -15 mins
5. Cool on a wire rack
6. Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy!

Happy Christmas! 



Falling in Love with Lagos, Portugal

Thursday, 9 July 2015









Hello! Yes I am still alive, I know I haven't updated my blog for a while as I have been finishing off my final year at university, holidaying and working in London. So what I'm trying to say is I have been pretty bloody busy ! But here I am sat at my kitchen table ready to continue with my blogging journey.
So, my first post back is a few photos from my recent trip to Lagos in Portugal. It's a beautiful unspoilt fishing town in the south of Portugal. It only takes 2 and half hours on a plane to beautiful sunshine, friendly people and great food ... sheer bliss.
We stayed at the Yellow Meia Praia Hotel which was half board and we enjoyed exploring in the day, the beaches are beautiful and we were a little before high season so we practically had them to ourselves.




Brighton A Bright Town

Sunday, 12 April 2015




















What I wore 

Cocktails 

Top - TOPSHOP
Skirt - H&M
Mac - GAP

Bagelman

Top - COS
Jeans - ZARA
Shoes - New Balance