Camping Beauty Bag

During my little camping trip a couple of weeks ago, I discovered packing for camping might even be more of a brain-buster than the hand-luggage challenge that we all know a little too well. When you're sleeping in a tent, the last thing you want is a ton of beauty products cramping up the place. I found the best thing to rectify the problem: be one with nature and minimalise your beauty bag, and these are the products that got me through the week.

Origins Vitazing SPF15 moisturiser is an absolute must-have in any summer beauty kit. I've had this for a while but never used it much. I found it wasn't very moisturising when I used it under a foundation, which made it kind of useless. However, I have found it gives a beautiful, glowy finish when I use it over my usual moisturiser. Perfect for complimenting a tan when you want some super light coverage. I've actually swapped out my usual foundation in place of this since I returned from my camping trip. Second up, the YSL Touche Eclat concealer. I think pretty much everyone has this little magic wand in their daily makeup bag by now, and I made sure I took mine for under eyes and blemishes. It's super creamy, blends so well and - most importantly - hides everything. Thirdly: eye makeup. Even Queen Bey has been quoted that she never leaves the house without mascara on, so let's not get ahead of ourselves on this one. The Shu Uemura eyelash curler and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara are pretty impressive products on their own, so I combine them for a fully-awake, Ive-not-been-sleeping-in-a-tent look.

I really feel like I had the perfect travel makeup bag with me and I'm looking forward to utilising it again next week when I head off to Greece for a week (YES!). Maybe I'll add a few lightweight additions, though. x

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Happy Camper

Last week I survived my very first camping trip. A few friends warned me camping probably wasn't for me, what with it's distinct lack of internet, electricity and hair-drying facilities. But it turns out I was really very happy to roam around in my bright orange welly boots, mismatched tracksuit and a head torch strapped to my forehead...but the less said about that, the better. We stayed in the cutest little woodland campsite complete with tyre swings and log cabins selling all manner of camping essentials (amazing how many packs of peanut m&ms you can get through in just a few days). The campsite is just outside the seaside town of Swanage, which is such a pretty and fun little town full of colour and activity.

Waking up in a clean, natural environment is so refreshing, and being disconnected from Twitter for a few days was probably good for me, but the best part of the trip: camping food. Camping food just happens to be the ultimate combination of all my favourite foods of all time; I consumed more red wine, cheese and roasted marshmallows than is probably advisable in such a short space of time. No regrets. FYI: the best marshmallows are completely burnt and crispy on the outside, and totally soft and gooey on the inside (chocolate biscuits optional, but advisable). We discovered the best ice cream parlour ever. If you find yourself in the Swanage area, make sure you visit Fortes Gelateria. They offer the best flavours: Key Lime Pie, Salted Pecan and Caramel, Raspberry and Marshmallow (featuring actual marshmallows), and Oreo and White Chocolate to name just a few.

I think it's safe to say I'm a camping convert. See you next year, Dorset! x

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The State of Dreaming

Vest: Topshop | Shorts: eBay | Trainers: Reebok | Necklace: H&M

The hot weather this past month really caught me by surprise. A wardrobe full of thick jeans, ankle boots and jumpers doesn't do well in 25 degree London, so last month I picked up a few summer bits in the Topshop and Zara sales. This sheer vest top is a lovely, airy piece in an off-white shade. I paired it with a pair of faux leather running shorts and my Reebok Classics for a casual sporty look. I don't know whether it's my newly established exercise routine (part of my quest for a more organised life), but I've really been enjoying sports luxe pieces this summer. Yay for comfy trainers rather than heeled ankle boots!

I wore this into town today to run some errands and pick up some last minute bits for my holiday. Tomorrow I'm going on my very first camping trip with actual tents and sleeping bags and everything. It's no understatement to say I am a complete camping novice - I've never even been to a festival. Four nights in Dorset with no internet, no makeup and limited electricity. Some people have warned me I'll hate it, but I'm excited to find my inner happy camper. I'm going with family - there will be eight of us including my two nieces and I'm particularly excited to roast some marshmallows on a camp fire, as long as it stays dry for long enough! What are your best camping memories? x

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I'm Not Dead

Wow, has it really been almost five months since I last posted on here? I won't bore you with every insignificant detail, but the last few months have absolutely flown by in a busy flurry of full-time internships, part-time work and a half-arsed social life - throw a broken laptop into the mix and that's a recipe for one unproductive blog. But do not fear (as if you would); I am definitely going to make an effort to get back on form with this from here on out, for reals. I recently started a new job in London, which ultimately means my interning days are over. As much as I enjoyed interning - the excitement of starting somewhere new, the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people - it does have some obvious drawbacks. The inconsistency and too-ing and fro-ing of a year's worth of internships leaves you in a rather unorganised - not to mention financially bereaved - condition. I really hate being unorganised (and poor).

So now, sitting at my desk (previously clothing-storage-table) having settled in to my brand new, totally consistent grown-ups job, I am so ready to infuse some organisation back into my life. I always feel more organised when I blog regularly, so let's start with that. x

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We Are Alive

Dress : River Island | Jumper : F&F | Shoes : New Look | Necklace : Topshop | Socks : Primark

This jumper is the latest - and most loved - edition to my wardrobe. I spotted it during a last minute Mother's Day rush to Tesco for wrapping supplies with my friend. She definitely wasn't as excited about it as I was. Unfortunately it hasn't photographed very well in these photos; it's actually very sheer and shiny looking - see here for a better example. It's a little more quirky and unconventional than what I'd usually expect from Tesco, which is why I didn't mind paying a little more than I usually would for Tesco clothing...or at least I didn't mind enough to stop me buying it. I just keep telling myself that if it were from Topshop, it would probably have been twice as expensive (and I still would have bought it). I wore this on Mother's Day with a River Island dress and my caged sandals from New Look, which I've enjoyed pairing with just about every colour of socks possible (these ones have doughnuts on). So that turned out to be some expensive wrapping paper.

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