Dry Skin Saviours for Winter

Dry skin products for winterIt’s no secret that dry skin and winter are not the best of friends. If you’ve read some of my previous beauty posts, you’ll know that I’ve been blessed with very dry skin all year-round, which is a pain in the neck, especially at this time of year when the cold weather makes it even worse.

Fortunately I have built up an arsenal of dry skin saviours over the years, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite products for those of you who are looking for a dose of hydration this winter.

The Shampoo: Roots by Lush

Newsflash! If you suffer from dry skin on your face, chances are your scalp can get a little dry too. I used to be very self-conscious about the dry skin around my hairline but this gloopy pot of joy (technically known as a scalp treatment) has turned my haircare routine on it’s head, no pun intended… I think it’s designed to boost fine hair but used once a fortnight in rotation with my normal shampoo, the combination of peppermint, nettle and honey leaves my hair squeaky clean, super-soft and free of pesky dryness.

The Cleanser: Melting Cleansing Balm c/o Merumaya

Using the wrong cleanser can dry out skin and leave it feeling tight and uncomfortable, regardless of your skin type. That’s why I prefer using cleansing oils and balms, like this one from Merumaya. I hate to state the obvious, but this balm really does do what it says on the tin, or in this case, tube. It melts into the skin and, combined with a trusty muslin cloth and some hot water, it feels luxurious and not at all drying.

The Mask: Drink Up Intensive overnight mask by Origins

The fruity smell of this face mask is almost reason enough to buy it, beyond how great it feels on the skin. Unlike regular face masks, this one is designed to stay on the skin overnight, making it incredibly rich. I’ve had a few Origins mini facials and this product always makes an appearance thanks to its thirst-quenching properties. It feels so nourishing and now I have my own tube, I like to use it once every couple of weeks.

The Moisturiser: Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil by Pai

Ok, so technically this is a face oil as opposed to a cream-based moisturiser, but us dry skinned folks need all the help we can get and an oil is a great alternative or addition to a moisturising routine. I purchased this particular product after spotting a review by Gh0stparties earlier this year and I’m so pleased I did as a couple of drops of this in the morning soothes and hydrates my skin.

The All-Rounder: Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden

A cult beauty product, this balm is fantastic for dry-skin niggles, from chapped lips to dry patches on elbows and hands. Yes, the smell and bright apricot colour are a little odd (as is the fact that this was originally designed for use on Elizabeth Arden’s thoroughbred horses) but the benefits far outweigh this. If you suffer from dry skin but also like to exercise outdoors in winter then a smidgen of balm on your cheeks and lips can also protect them from the elements – ideal if you’re like me and partake in an (occasional) early morning run.

What skincare products do you swear by at this time of year?

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My Bristol Bucket List

Ship-Shape graffiti in SouthvilleKnowing that (in our dreams at least) a move to San Francisco could be on the cards, Mr Ship-Shape and I have been trying to pack in as many exciting Bristol-based things as possible this year.

Despite the fact we’ve both lived in Bristol for a whopping ten years, there were still lots of activities that had remained unchecked on our Bristol Bucket List. As a result, the last 11 months have been about saying ‘yes’ to as many opportunities as possible, from blogger events to a spontaneous trip to the SS Great Britain. Here are a few of my favourites…

Cycling the Bristol to Bath cycle pathThe Bristol to Bath cycle path

I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to road cycling but I love the Bristol to Bath bike path, where many summer weekend afternoons have been spent cycling and eating cake. Although rides have been 10, 15, even 20 miles long, I’d never managed to make it to Bath and back in one go until this autumn. My friend Hannah and I, looking very snazzy in our sporty outfits, above, managed the 37 mile round trip in four hours, stopping for a healthy salad at Jamie’s Deli in Bath’s Milsom Place.

Matilda the Bristol FerryA trip on a Bristol Ferry

The one mode of Bristol transport I hadn’t tried until a couple of months ago, these yellow and blue boats are an iconic, if everyday, part of the Harbourside. I’d always fancied taking a ride on one so one sunny Sunday afternoon Mr Ship-Shape and I hopped aboard for a tranquil cruise around the harbour, stopping at…

Flags on the SS Great Britain The SS Great Britain

So much of Bristol’s history is centred around water, so it felt criminal that I’d lived here for a decade and not been to visit this impressive ship, which is a major tourist attraction for the city. This spontaneous outing was timed perfectly as it was so late in the afternoon that there were hardly any other visitors around. I loved seeing the ship and the differences in living conditions between classes – it’s hard to imagine that passengers travelled in this relatively small ship for weeks at a time to reach their destination.

Lunch at The Runcible SpoonLunch at The Runcible Spoon

This teeny-tiny restaurant on Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft, has been on the list since it opened a couple of years ago but previous attempts to visit had been thwarted until our lunch on Friday. The menu is small but perfectly formed and you can choose from main course ‘big spoons’ or appertiser-sized ‘little spoons’. We went for the latter and had a selection of smaller dishes including beetroot-soaked sea bass, dill gnocchi and grilled vegetables with hummus. Delicious!

Bristol 10k finisher medalRunning the Bristol 10k

Bristol’s annual 10k and half-marathon races are always great fun and both of us entered this year’s 10k in May. Running alongside thousands of other people under the Clifton Suspension Bridge is quite exhilarating and I managed to run it in just over 58 minutes – a new PB for me!

Are there any other West Country must-dos that I should squeeze in before I go?

PS. This summer Gina wrote a very extensive bucket list for Bristol (no. 32 and 57 are the perfect combo for a great night out) so if you’re look for more Bristol-based inspiration, go check it out!

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A Boot Called Anton…

OOTD in Castle ParkThere has been an awful lot of waffle from me about San Francisco recently so I figured it was time to go back to basics with a long overdue outfit post, and it’s a good ‘un!

I was recently invited (along with a bunch of blogger beauties) to an event at DUO in Bath. For the uninitiated, DUO specialise in boots, and their beautiful space in Bath’s Milsom Street is more fitting room-cum-boduir than shoe shop. The event was in aid of discovering what Boot Tribe we all fitted into, the tribes being ankle boot, knee high and over the knee.

I knew straight away that I belonged to Team Ankle Boot (if it’s good enough for Alexa…) and fell in love with a black leather pair with gold clasp details called Anton. Anton has proved incredibly popular with the ladies but luckily the team managed to hunt down the last pair in the shop for me to try on. After the event (at which Emily and I went to town on the miniature carrot cakes and salmon blinis) DUO kindly sent a pair of Anton boots to me, and I couldn’t wait to shoot them in the setting of Bristol’s Castle Park.

DUO Anton boots

I’ve finally started embracing autumn but I still refuse to wear tights unless absolutely necessary, so I paired my boots with my favourite midi skirt and a check shirt from Zara and a slick of MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick.

I had such a great eventing in Bath so thank you to DUO for having me! If you want to read more about the event check out posts from Hayley, Laura and Gina. So now it’s over to you – what’s your boot tribe?

P.S. I’ve been working with the talented Charlene Lim on a few photo shoots and this is the first one. Charlene is Bristol-based and super lovely, so go say hello to her on Twitter and Facebook!

Blue and white check shirt – Zara / Powder blue midi skirt – Topshop / Black ‘Anton’ ankle boots – c/o DUO / Satchel – c/o Dr Martens

Zara shirt and DUO bootsAutumn in Castle ParkChecked shirt and heidi braidsAutumnal berries in Castle ParkDUO Anton ankle bootsZara shirt and Topshop skirt

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Things I’m Looking Forward to in San Francisco

San Francisco pancakesIn the last few weeks lists have ruled my life. Lists of the pros and cons of moving, lists of the books I want to buy at the airport, lists of clothes that need storing/packing/selling… Lists make me happy in a very Rory Gilmore kind of way.

I’m currently down South visiting family and friends for the last time before we go. It’s been rather emotional, characterised by a few tears, several roast dinners and lots of slices of homemade cake. To ease the flux of emotions I’ve been making a list of some of the things I’m looking forward to about our move to San Francisco…

Blueberry pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast
Morning runs along the Embarcadero
Weekend adventures to LA, Yosemite Park and Lake Tahoe
Thrift shopping in the Mission District
Swapping one iconic bridge for another
American peanut butter
Shopping trips to Sephora
Browsing Pinterest and Apartment Therapy for tips to make our (inevitably) small flat look good
Listing to this song while browsing the Goodwill on Haight Street
Buying avocados by the bagful
A new adventure

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The Little Things #6

The Little ThingsThings have changed a lot around here since I wrote the last TLT post, the biggest being that we found out that we’re moving to America! Preparations are in full swing and this weekend our friends helped us celebrate with a leaving party last night and a huge roast dinner this afternoon, so I’m feeling pretty tried right now. Here are a few more big and small things that have made me happy recently…

Blogging about: Saying goodbye to 10 years of living in Bristol and hello to a new adventure.
Listening to: Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes – perfect rainy day music, even more so now that the clocks have changed and all I wanted to do is hibernate on my sofa.
Counting: All the clothes I’ve managed to get rid of so far, which is over 100, for clothes swaps, charity shops, recycling and selling.
Selling: Vintage clothes on eBay and I’ve recently hopped on the Depop bandwagon – I hate to get rid of clothes but I can’t take them all with me to America! You can find me here.
Making: Brownies and cupcakes for our red, white and blue themed leaving party, which took place last night.
Reading: I recently finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which was wonderful. I’ve had to purge my rather extensive magazine collection to prepare for the move, so I’ve also been rereading some of my favourite copies of ELLE and Marie Claire before tossing them into the recycling bin *sob*.
Wearing: Layers as the weather is so changeable at the moment, though on sunnier days I have taken to wearing this pretty Whistles skirt.
Doing: Lots of packing and sorting. I’m a natural hoarder so I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed getting rid of all the clutter in our house.
Eating: Out almost every night this week and some of Bristol’s best indie restaurants, including Korean café Sky Kong Kong near the Bearpit and Asian bar & grill Sticks ‘n’ Broth on Baldwin Street, not to mention having an epic breakfast at the Francis in Bath.
Enjoying: Cycling to Bath and back with my lovely friend Hannah, clocking up 37 miles in four hours. I also spent a lovely evening at DUO in Bath with some of my favourite bloggers  – more on that soon!
Looking forward to: Making the most of our last few weeks in Bristol and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.

What little things have you been enjoying recently?

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