Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.  I can’t function properly without it. I have quite an active, demanding job and not eating just makes me grumpy and tired.

Anyone that follows my Instagram knows I’m obsessed with eggs, and a poached egg is my usual food of choice first thing after sticking my contact lenses in.

However, recently I’ve been branching out.  When I say ‘branching’ I mean mixing a load of stuff in a bowl overnight.  It’s often hard to have a dairy free breakfast.  I’m trying really hard at the moment to eat to heal my skin and to try and prevent my skin from flaring up as I’ve recently stopped using steroid cream.

Dairy is the devil to me.

I do love a good porridge though and a few weeks ago my friend bought some Bircher Museli and it looked SOOOO good I nearly strayed off my dairy-free path and then I realised I should just make my own dairy free version!

*HISTORY ALERT* Bircher Muesli was introduced by Swiss Physician Maximilian ircher-Benner (and with a name like that you are DESTINED for great things) in the 1900’s.  Originally soaked overnight with lemon and water and then eaten the next day with fresh yoghurt.

There are a bazillion ways to make overnight oats or Bircher Muesli, some with naughty things like cream and sugar added, others that practically come out the bowl wearing a halo because they ooze so much healthy goodness.

There’s loads of recipes but I’ve fine-tuned mine (without added sugar or fruit juice – I add apples and raisins which makes it sweet enough I think) and the only really naughty part is the dairy free Yoghurt, which you could always leave out or substitute.

I wish I could wake up like Maximillian did eating my oats surrounded by a gorgeous view of the Swiss Alps, breathing in fresh air and skipping around the mountains.  However I usually have to scoff mine on the way to work or looking out of the window in rainy England.

All the things you’ll need for this: (makes enough for 4-6 depending how hungry you are…) 

  • 150g oats (I use Nairns Gluten free)
  • 1-2 apples cored and grated (I use Sainsburys SO Organic ‘cos they’re lush)
  • 420ml Oat milk (you can use Coconut or Almond milk)
  • Generous handfuls of raisins, pomegranate, and blueberries
  • 4 tbls Alpro Coconut Yoghurt (dairy free- you could use any)
  • 1 banana (half mashed and half sliced for the toppings)
  • To top mine off I use Milled Linseed with sunflower and Pumpkin (Aldi)

It’s the easiest thing to make and you can add anything you want- swap fruit for nuts (as long as you’re not allergic to them!) you could add different flavours such as Nutmeg, or even add different seeds, or dried fruit.  The possibilities are endless.

A yummy healthy breakfast that you can take with you on the go!

First up you’ll need to prepare your oats the night before.  You could probably do it a few hours before you eat them but I think the longer the better to really soak everything up.

Mix the oats and milk into a bowl and pour the oat milk over the top.  I’ve done this with coconut milk before which is yum but as I’m using coconut yoghurt this would be coconut overload and this isn’t breakfast at Club Tropicana!

I always add in all my fruit at this point.  The raisins make it sweet and I think taste so much better once they’ve been soaking overnight.

Give it all a right good old stir, cover and leave over night.

The next morning- remove the oats from the fridge and wash your apples…

Grate your apples (remove core but I leave the skin on because it tastes good and looks pretty- obviously give them a good old scrub first).

Add your sliced banana and yogurt (leaving a few slices spare to decorate the top) mix it all together with a spoonful of Linseed and then serve!

Voilà- you’re done!  Best breakfast ever- super quick too!

I fucking love breakfast!  I bought these super cute jars from Sainsburys, think they’re less than £2 each. Happy munching…

J xx

I LOVE Halloween.  I love all the cute stuff in the shops and all the crazy outfits.  I’m no makeup artist but I’m always up for getting dressed up and doing some crazy-ass makeup on my face.

Last year I dressed up as a skeleton and even painted the horse I was riding!

I have to be super careful when painting my face- when you have sensitive skin the last thing you want to do is take your makeup off only to find your face still looks like a Halloween mask!  Always test products before you use them.  There are a few brands of face paint I can’t use but I did buy some white face paint from Snazaroo and it’s easy to take off and doesn’t irritate my skin.

Here’s my Halloween wish list (all links at the bottom of this post):

Last year for Halloween showjumping I dressed up as a Skeleton and even painted my horse too!

And here’s a close up:

This year I bought the cute Wool hat with ears from H&M (see wishlist) so I wanted to some sort of Cat makeup. As last years was Black and White I decided to go all colourful- but added fangs and  White Out contact lenses to make it less cute and more creepy!

I bought my fangs for 15p form Wilkos  (what an absolute bargain, although I do have a massive mouth and they were a bit small… and I bought my contacts from Foureyez,  I wear contact lenses anyway (think this is the downside to being a photographer, all of the snappers I know have terrible vision- must be all that squinting) but if you don’t normally wear them test them out first so your eyes get used to them.  They felt like bricks in my eye the first time I wore them).

So here’s the links to my two tutorials:

Simple cat makeup:

Skeleton face makeup:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL YOU GORGEOUS PEOPLE, 

J xx

 

Wishlist:

Bouncing figures, £3.50, John Lewis

http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-halloween-bouncing-figures/p1963801#media-overlay_show

Wool hat with ears, £14.00, H&M

http://www.hm.com/gb/search/#!/products?q=hat%20ears

Mermaid vest, £17.99, Blue Banana

https://www.bluebanana.com/product.php/1019493/0/cosmic-mermaid-super-skinny-vest-

Terracotta Pumpkin, £5, Wilkos

http://www.wilko.com/halloween-partyware/wilko-large-terracotta-pumpkin/invt/0334938

Facelace eye sticker, £8.50, Facelace

http://face-lace.com/shop

Cat Jelly coin purse, £6, ASOS

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-cat-jelly-coin-purse/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5681774&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=cat+coin+purse&SearchRedirect=true

Bat bow tie, £3.99, H&M

http://www.hm.com/gb/product/32438?article=32438-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

Pumpkin candle holder, £2, Hobbycraft

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/pumpkin-candle-holder/607964-1000

Hades Orion heels, £130, Blue Banana

https://www.bluebanana.com/product.php/1011587/22/hades-orion-stiletto-shoes–black-

Belt buckle, £3, Blue Banana

https://www.bluebanana.com/product.php/1004795/0/blue-banana-sugar-skull-belt-buckle–black-

Ghost hair clips, £2, Primark

…well it is in my eyes. I’ve never been a pink girl, ever. I remember having a massive brat strop at Disney land when Mum and Dad bought me and my sister a hat each and my sister got the yellow one and I had to have the pink one. Ugh. This was only last year too. (Jokes- I was actually about 9)

When I read earlier this year that Red was going to be EVERYWHERE this season I was super excited.  It is my absolute FAVOURITE colour. I want Red err’thang and it’s also a tad Christmassy to wear Red in winter . Of course I’m a Forest fan too, so it HAS to be Red!

Here’s my little red wishlist (Yes, Disney made the edit- standard)- click on the links below the photo to shop xx

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Red faux fur key ring, £3, Dorothy Perkins

Red Hunter wellies, £67.96, Country attire

Cherry Pop dress by Sister Jane, £65, Topshop

Red shaker hat, £25, River Island

Red deer cushion, £7, George Home

Yumi Hedgehog print jumper,
£45, HOF

Deep Red square toe boots, £27.99, Newlook

Pleated skirt,
£14.99, H&M

L’oreal Colour Riche Collection Privée Red Lipstick Blake, £6.99,
Superdrug

Red tassle chain bag, £15.00, New Look

Minnie mouse teapot, £20,
Disney Store

I’ve already raved about Weleda in a previous Blog post (when I took their body wash with me on my Turkish holibob) and as I love their products so much I wanted to give their new Almond range a right old test.  I’ve been using this range since June.  I think it’s impossible to give a good review on something unless you’ve been using it for a while.  My skin’s health goes in circles and it’s all well and good using something when I’m bordering Disney Princess skin but when I look like the scaly evil old witch then this is when a product either fails miserably or makes it into my bathroom as a permanent fixture.

Weleda has been around since 1921.  I haven’t though and I’m fairly new to this brand.  I hadn’t really heard much about
Weleda before;  apart from the fact Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts are fans of their ‘Skin Food’ moisturiser.  If it’s good enough for VB, it’s good enough for me. I always think it’s interesting when companies bring out a range specifically for sensitive skin. I remembering trying a Simple face wash once designed for us sensitive types.  The results were horrific (think Halloween mask without actually wearing one).

Just because something is billed as being ‘dermatologically tested’ or for ‘sensitive skin’ doesn’t mean to say it actually won’t irritate you.  There are so many different ingredients in products that can cause irritation or react to your skin and I normally try and stick to anything with essential oils or natural ingredients. Basically anything which doesn’t have a best
before date of the next century, and something along the organic lines.

Weleda products fit this bill perfectly.  Many of their products are grown sustainably in their gardens in Derbyshire, just as I was. Well I wasn’t grown in a garden but the other bit is the same…  They are tested and graded to the highest international system of certification (NATURE)- which recognises the authenticity of natural and organic products. 100% natural, synthetic free, and great ethics?  Sounds right up my street!

They also have the cutest Instagram account too, which makes me want to skip through a spring meadow- although I’d probably get hay fever and have an asthma attack if I did so I’ll just stick to looking at their pretty pictures.

First up as I was such a fan of the Sea Buckthorn body wash I gave the Almond body wash a go.  I normally only use scent-free products in the shower, and when my skin is really sore I use moisturiser prescribed from the doctors as shower cream.  However since last month I’m trying to stop using all prescribed shizzle, unless things get really bad.

This shower cream is lovely, not too strong a scent either and although it’s not as creamy as the Sea Buckthorn it feels really luxurious and my skin didn’t feel tight afterwards.  I normally moisturise straight after I’ve showered when my skin is still slightly damp.  I’ve swapped using the Almond Body lotion in this way and use it just as an extra now as I prefer my moisturisers to be a bit thicker.  I often find with lotions they feel a bit watery, but then again you don’t always want to be slathering your skin with lard either! The Almond body lotion is really soothing, non-greasy, and easy to soak in.  I’m definitely going to give their ‘Skin Food’ a try now.

As you can see from the photo I’ve been using the hand cream, in fact so much so I’m on my second tube.  It’s really nourishing without being sticky or gloopy and I’m really weird about scented hand creams but this smells really good and not at all overpowering.  I’m not a massive fan of the Almond smell normally but this is a long way off from the Marzipan fragrance I can’t stand.  It all just smells a bit more, well, natural!

Since using the Almond range it’s made me want to try more Weleda products and I’ll definitely be sticking to using their body wash.  I’ve also purchased their Calendula shampoo and body wash which smells DIVINE.  All their products are really god value too.  I bought a new Almond sensitive body wash in August and it’s still going, £7.95 from http://www.weleda.co.uk/.  For someone with hyper-sensitive skin I’m so excited I’ve found a brand that actually smells good and doesn’t leave my skin dry or itchy.  Brucey Bonus!

It’s not very often I find a range that suits my skin so this has been an excellent find and I always love discovering different brands and products.  There’s so much out there and finding something that doesn’t leave my skin feeling like it’s been dipped in Acid is a rarity!  Reasonable prices AND good products?  Winner winner chicken dinner!

Have a great day,

J xx

*I wasn’t paid or sponsored for this post- I just love their products!

As if it’s October?! I do love a bit of autumn though, especially when the sun is shining like it has been recently in the UK. There’s also a tonne of stuff to look forwards to in October- including a trip to Glasgow with the Bear, beer festivals, vintage fairs and the odd spot of show jumping.

September brought me rashes, Eczema on my face, and skin so sensitive I’d brush past someone wearing wool and immediately have arm that looked like orange peel.  It also brought the Burghley horse trials and that means one thing- shopping!

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This is an INSANE jump is the Cottesmore Leap, taken on my trusty iphone.

I grew up in the countryside and do love a good tweed-fest and Burghley horse trials is always a fabulous event.  Set in the beautiful grounds of Burghley House in Stamford, alongside watching the competitors you can buy anything from a Chesterfield dog bed to a handmade necklace. Even if you’re not horsey there’s so much on offer.  So despite the fact my skin has been horrific this month it’s not all been doom and gloom.  Here’s what I’ve been loving and buying in September:

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First up is my candle. I absolutely LOVE tea so this was perfect for me.  I’ve also recently been obsessed with decorating and changing my room and I’ve painted one of the walls slate grey so this candle fitted right in!  I kinda don’t want to light it but it smells sooooo gooooood.

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I’d never bought any of their products before but they do such a cute range of soaps and room fragrances (OBVS not for my skin but they’d make great gifts) and their stand at Burghley was adorable!

http://www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk/

Another thing I bought from Burghley was my Joules coast jacket in Antique Gold.  I LOVE yellow clothes and I’ve been after a yellow coat for ages.  It’s not too thick but totally waterproof – perfect for the British Autumn and will definitely brighten up my wardrobe.  I used to work for Joules so I got a bit sick of their stuff but now I love it again and this jacket is perfect, it’s got a lovely jersey lining and I love stripes more than I love yellow so winner winner chicken dinner!

http://www.joules.com/Women/Jackets-Coats/Coast/Womens-Waterproof-Hooded-Jacket/Antique-Gold?id=T_COAST|ANTGOLD

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Other than buying Pimms and lots of tasty treats at Burghley, another item I bought was my Joules Coast jacket in Antique Gold.  I love bright colours and especially Yellow at the mo (My Insta account is kinda going through a yellow theme too at the mo) and this jacket is perfect for the great rainy British Autumn.  It’s lightweight and 100% waterproof with a gorgeous Jersey lining.  If there’s one thing I love as much as bright colours it’s stripes so this ticks ALL the boxes! I used to work for Joules so got a bit sick of their clothes but that was a loooong time ago and I think I’m falling back in love with some of their stuff again now.

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Keeping with the equestrian theme I also bought this gorgeous horsey printed wash bag from a shop in Leicester called Irish.  I must have walked past the window and looked at it a million times so as soon as it appeared in the sale I bagged it for less than £10.  I love the colour and it’s really cute with two pockets for all the random crap I take with me.  In my opinion you can never have too many wash bags and makeup bags- the more bags you have the more products you can
buy.  Simple logic really.

http://www.brakeburn.com/shop/category/7/brakeburn-accessories/1/bestselling-desc

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As I mentioned I’ve become OBSESSED with interiors and changing my bedroom.  After a spur-of-the-moment paint job, several trips to Ikea, hours spent on Pinterest, and a visit to the home department of every shop in Leicestershire my room is starting to come together.  I’ve got a lovely slate grey wall now and loads of accessories to go with it.  I’m all about the grey, white and copper now.

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I’ve never shopped at Primark’s home section but it’s actually really good.  I managed to bag some cute pillow cases and this picture frame above for a mere £2!  Just need to find a beautiful photo to go in it.  I also bought the copper candle for £2 and the copper jug from Asda’s George Home (another firm favourite of mine) which was just £5.  http://direct.asda.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-ASDA-Site/default/Search-Show?q=copper&cgid=10&ccgid=10#http://direct.asda.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-ASDA-Site/default/Search-Show?q=copper&cgid=10&ccgid=10

All I need now is some flowers to fill it.  Massive hint…

I really like the George Home section.  I’ve bought loads of random bits and presents for people from there- although their products are so seasonally stocked if you don’t get something there and then it’s bound to disappear!

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In terms of beauty products I’ve not been splashing out too much this month as my skin has been so rubbish. I did go into Lush though and was rekindled with an old love of mine – their Dream Cream.

I used to use this years ago and actually have no idea why I stopped.  It’s not the thickest of lotions but it’s one of the few things that doesn’t sting and burn my skin when mega sensitive-mode is activated.  It smells really oaty and does what it says on the tin.  I wish it was slightly thicker, for some reason in my head I always think if cream is thicker it’s more effective in moisturising but this is actually ridiculous and I’m sure stems from a life time of thick, greasy prescription gunk. It’s made from Rose water and Camomile blue oil and really calms the skin.  It’s definitely returned as a
stable moisturiser next to my bed.  I normally put it on straight after a shower and I’m using it instead of my moisturiser from the doctors right now.

Anyone that knows me knows I am mahoosively into eyebrows.  I get mine threaded every four weeks at a really cute (and super cheap) salon in West Bridgford.  I’d never been bothered about brows until a couple of years ago and then as soon as I started getting them threaded I had a few compliments and have never turned back. The day I first had them done I randomly bought my Soap & Glory Archery pen and if there was ever one beautiful product I would covet to the world this would be it.  There aren’t enough compliments to tell you how great I think it is.  I always brush them first then use the pen end to define the edges and the pencil to fill in any gaps.  Normally I buy Soap & Glory products when there’s a 3 for 2 offer on so this time I bought 2 Archery pencils (OBVS) and for the first time I thought I’d try their lipstick. I bought the shade Super Nude, I’ve kinda gone off dark red lips at the moment.  Not really sure if they suit me.  I love this shade though, it’s really subtle.  It’s not massively moisturising and I wouldn’t say the colour last ages but it’s lovely pigmentation and I’m definitely a fan now.  But seriously if there’s one eyebrow product to buy then Archery is the one.

So here’s to a happy October everyone, thanks for reading,

J xx