Wednesday, 28 February 2018

MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

I absolutely love the morning time, I like to rise early and take my time to get ready for the day. I always find the time to have breakfast, a mug of coffee and collect my thoughts before work. I also make sure I have enough time to carry out my daily skincare regime.

Over winter I find my skin needs just as my time and care as in the summer, it needs hydrating, scrubbing and nourishing. Sometimes it can feel like a chore but making time to take care of yourself is something I personally don't think you will ever regret and it's been one area of my life that I have really tried to focus more energy on. It's so easy to neglect your self-care routine but I am a strong believer in starting your day right and for me that includes breakfast and my morning skincare routine.



Here is my fuss-free morning skincare routine

Step One 

Once I week I like to give my face a good old scrub! I only do this once a week because it's not good to scrub too much and I personally find once a week works for me and my skin. I don't bother using a specific face scrub because I have found that my Living Sea Therapy Body Polish works not only on my body but also my face. 
I start by dampening my face and then apply the scrub all over. I also like to make sure if give my lips a little scrub too. Over the cold winter months, I find my lips can become quite dry and chapped and this really helps remove any dead skin and dry areas.  

Step Two 

Now I am scrubbed I like to apply my homemade toner. Yes, I said homemade because I am super cool like that and like to make my own skincare products. I love using homemade products just as much as do pre-made ones and I always try to find the balance between the two. My homemade skin toner consists of: 

2tbsp Witch Hazel
3tbsp Fresh Water
2tbsp Rose Water
1tbsp Citrus Oil 

This is just a rough guide, I like to add different oils and waters into the mix depending on my mood at the time but I find that the combination of the Witch Hazel and Rose Water balance my skin out perfectly. I love adding this to a spritzer bottle so I can have it with me when I am on the go. I find it acts as a great hydration booster, which is needed with all the central heating I seem to be sounded by at the moment. I simply spritz it on or apply it topically to my face and let it dry. 

Step Three

The last two steps in this routing are my favourite because it's all about hydrating my skin! Just like the skin toner, I make my own face oil, and again I don't really follow a recipe I simply add a mix of oils that I know work well together and that suit my skin type. Essential oils are pretty powerful tools so be sure to do your research and if unsure about the products you should be using consult an aromatherapist. My favourite oil combination to use is:

Jojoba Oil
Rose Oil
Neroli Oil 
Avocado Oil 

I add all of these ingredients into a bottle ensuring the Jojoba Oil is the carrier (meaning there is more of this than any other) I shake it well to ensure they are all mixed together. I find this great to use morning, night and even in the day, especially after a surf. 

Last Step

My final step to hydration is applying Living Sea Therapy Body Butter to my face and neck. Now, this may seem a little strange to some to apply body butter to my face but honestly, it's been a complete game changer in my skincare regime. I have been using the Living Sea Therapy products since teaming up with them in November last year and have loved every single product I have used. Their products all contain Cornish Sea Salt and Cornish Seaweed which not only awakens my senses every time I use them but they also contain a wide variety of healing properties - read more HERE. 



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Sunday, 25 February 2018

FEDE SURFBAGS REVIEW

I'd been following Fede Surfbags for a while now and on my last couple surf trips to Portugal and Fuerteventura, I got to test out two Fede's products, a Sling Bag and a Short Boardbag.

When they arrived I was so excited to see how Fede had put them together. I love anything that's been handmade, especially a surf related product. The designs are simple, fuss-free but with excellent attention to detail. The board bag had a cute little button pocket, perfect for anyone like me who loses their surf wax all the time. The detailing doesn't stop there, the fabric is hand painted, meaning each bag has its own unique story, like your very own piece of artwork. The fabrics are soft to touch, they feel hard wearing and high quality, not like the usual mass produced board bags, these bags have character.

I had never used a Sling Bag before and in all honesty, I wasn't sure how I would like it at first but after using it on a number of occasions with my shorter boards and longer boards I can say that I think I am a Sling Bag convert! For anyone who struggles to carry their surfboard to the beach, you NEED to get yourself a Sling Bag. They are a complete game changer! Not only can they make carrying your surfboard easier but there is also room to strap your wetsuit or towel or sarong, whatever you want to take to the beach.

All in all, I loved the bags and think the brand has a great concept, we should all try and buy from more independent retailers and especially those who make wonderful handmade items. Here are some images that Megan Hemsworth captured on our recent content creation trip to Fuerteventura - To shop the brand just click HERE. 














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Thursday, 15 February 2018

SURFING COLORS FUERTEVENTURA


Last month Megan Hemsworth and I visited the beautiful island of Fuerteventura for a week of surfing and content creation. We had one week to shoot for a variety of brands and to explore as much of northern Fuerteventura as possible. 

Our trip began with a relativity short flight from Bristol to Fuerteventura. We flew with Easy Jet and had no problem at all. The flight was nice and mellow and long enough to enjoy a little siesta. Upon arriving at the airport we grabbed our car and headed North. It had been a few years since I'd been on the island and had forgotten how quick it took to get from the airport to Corralejo, around 30 minutes in fact. The built-in SAT NAV in the car did take us around a few back roads and kept wanting us to turn down one-way streets meaning it took us longer than expected to find our accommodation but as soon as we found a parking space we went on foot to find our accommodation Surfing Colors.  

I am a bit of a funny one and never like arriving at places in the dark, I struggle to get my bearings and it takes me awhile to adjust to it all but luckily we had a warm welcome on arrival which soon put me at ease. With a few people hanging around the pool bar I could tell this place would have a lovely atmosphere, nice and chilled just the way I like it. 

After a swift change, we were back down and off on the hunt for some food. Surfing Colours is in the prime spot, not too close to the centre that you hear all the noise but close enough that you can walk there with ease. We came across a little square and grabbed a pizza. It felt so lovely to be back on the island again and I couldn't wait for a week of exploring. 

Every day started the same, we woke up, got showered and dress, packed up the millions of things we needed to take with us then headed down for the breakfast buffet - which by the way was AMAZING! Anyone who knows me or has been following me for a while knows how much I love food and I very much live to eat. I wake up and think about food and basically plan my days around what I am going to eat. So much to my satisfaction, the buffet was amazing kept me fueled up all morning. 

After eating as much breakfast as we possibly could we then loaded up the car and set off in search of shoot locations and waves.  We were out most of the day, making the most of every opportunity to shoot. With some many breathtaking beaches and lagoons to explore we would end up stopping off at around 3 or 4 places each day. 

Everyday similar to the next but we didn't get bored nor did it feel like work. Yes, we may have had a lot of product to shoot but this was fine when you enjoy your job it doesn't feel like your working. 

On our last full day, we made time to relax by the pool at Surfing Colors, we had a leisurely breakfast and I practised some Yoga by the pool. After that, we settled down with our books and soaked up the last of the winter sun before heading home. I remember thinking to myself that even if I had come here without a car would I have been happy relaxing here all day and the answer is I really would. The atmosphere was so relaxing, I found myself drifting off to sleep every now and again and with the warm sun on my skin, I couldn't have felt more content. 

I would highly recommend staying at Surfing Colors and funnily enough, I went on someone else's recommendation to get in contact with Surfing Colors about booking a stay. Whether you're travelling alone, with family, friends or as a couple you will feel perfectly at home here. I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of ages and backgrounds of the guests. From families with young children to older couples on a relaxing poolside holiday, it wasn't all surfers and surf camp goers, which I loved because sometimes it's nice not to chat about surfing.  Check them out HERE

I am a big fan of Fuerteventura, I love the climate, the food, the waves and in many parts, it's still very untouched. Yes, there may be a fair few tourist bars and destinations but that's what you expect from a Canary Island but if you're after a holiday which had a little bit of everything then I think this could be your place. 

Planning on heading out to Fuerteventura? Then check out my must-see places!

Favourite Wave

Los Lobos - Hands down my favourite right-hander in Europe. Check the chart and if it looks half decent grab a boat and head over, you won't be disappointed. The reef doesn't feel as intimidating as the Northern track in Fuerteventura but all the same, I wouldn't say it was beginner friendly. Make sure you pack water and food because where you surf there is nothing but dust and rocks for miles! Also, some boats offer low rates for surfers which is a bonus! Another added bonus of staying at Surfing Colors - you can walk to the harbour, it's so close!

Favourite Beach

Cotillo Lagoons - Simply stunning in every way. White sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and lovely stone covers for you to settle down in. The perfect place to snooze after surfing all morning. 

Favourite Places to Eat 

Cotillo - An amazing Tapas restaurant near the harbour, they have no indoor seating but I cannot remember its name. The portions are huge and the food is delicious. Try the fried Goats Cheese, Paella and Canary Potatoes. 

Corralejo Avenida Restaurante - an amazing local restaurant which is unbelievable close to Surfing Colors. Great fish, meat, local cuisine very reasonably priced with a cosy feel to the place. 




























Images by Megan Hemsworth

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

QUICK & EASY BREAKFASTS

This year I am going to listen to my followers and write blog posts that have been requested. Recently it's come to my attention that some of you want to know what sort of food I eat in a day, so to start off the What I Eat In A Day blogs I thought there is no better place to begin than with Breakfast.

My breakfasts very much depend on how much time I have in the morning. If I am rushing out the door to the office, I will either prepare my breakfasts, have something quick or that I can eat at my desk or where ever I may be heading off to.



B R E A K F A S T 

Let's start with my absolutely no time, I am a whirlwind and usually running out of the door kinda breakfasts.

S M O O T H I E S

It's a fail-safe breakfast on the go and I very much chuck whatever I have in my freezer, fridge or fruit bowl into the blender and hope for the best. I do have some absolute favourite flavour combinations that I tend to go back to because one I love the taste and two they always fill me up.


Option 1: P R O T E I N  B E R R I E S

1 Banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
1tsp MyProtein Organic Maca Powder
1tsp MyProtein Organic Maqui Berry Powder 
1/2 Scoop of Vegan MyProtein Blend Chocolate Smooth Flavour
1 Cup of Plant-based Yoghurt - I love any Coconut ones
1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk











Option 2: B E R R Y  O A T S

1 Cup of Mixed Frozen Berries
1/2 Cup of Organic Spinach
1 Banana
1/2 Cup of MyProtein Rolled Oats
1 Heaped Teaspoon of MyProtein Organic Maca Powder 
1/2 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Dairy Free Milk - I love Coconut based ones


Option 3: O V E R  N I G H T  O A T S

2 Large Scoops of MyProtein Rolled Oats 
Handfull of Blueberries
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1tsp of MyProtein Organic Coconut Sugar 
1tsp MyProtein Organic Maca Powder

- Prepare this just before you go to sleep, cover and leave in the fridge. When you wake in the morning get it out of the fridge and topped with a chopped banana. If you're really stuck for time, put it all in a container that you can take away with you.

- Also if you don't fancy this cold and have more time to spare, try heating it up on the hob and try adding a drizzle of MyProtein Organic Agave Syrup.


Option 4: G R A N O L A  B O W L

Yoghurt of your choice - I always love a Vegan yoghurt
Homemade Granola (which has been pre-made) See Recipe Below
1/2 Sliced Mango
Handful of Blueberries
Drizzle with MyProtein Organic Agave Syrup 



H O M E M A D E  G R A N O L A 

I N G E D I E N T S 

Flax
Pumpkin
Brown Linseed
Golden Linseed
Whole Nuts - roughly chopped:
Hazel Nuts
Spices:
Ginger
Nutmeg
Cinnamon 
1tbsp Olive Oil 


M E T H O D

With this recipe, you don’t really need to measure the ingredients, just chuck it all in a mixing bowl and give it a good stir. Making sure the granola is well mixed and completely coated in all the delicious spices. 

Once the mix is complete, it’s time to spread the mixture out onto a baking tray. We ended up using two trays for this mix because we made so much. Gently roast the granola on a low heat between 80 - 100 degrees should be sufficient for about 10-15 minutes. Regular checking the mixture and tossing it so every last oat and nut turns into a beautiful autumnal golden brown. Regular checking and roasting on a low heat for longer will avoid burning. 

As soon as the granola is completely golden (not burnt) remove from the oven and leave to cool. 

Once cooled chuck it in a glass jar and you’re done! 

It’s a great snack by itself, so why not chuck some in a pot to snack on whilst at work. 






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Thursday, 1 February 2018

VALENTINES INSPIRED COCKTAIL



With Valentine's day just around the corner, I wanted to share my latest Aluna Coconut cocktail creation. Inspired by the wonderful colours of this season of love and romance with a wonderful coconut twist. 

I haven't named this cocktail so feel free to give it your own personal touch. 


To make this Valentines inspired cocktail you will need:


Cranberry Juice

Indian Tonic Water

Ice 

Lime 

Edible Rose Glitter (optional)




1. Start by pouring a 50ml shot of Aluna Coconut Rum into your cocktail shaker




2. Add Ice cubes to your martini glass. Chilling the glass will add to the freshness of this cocktail.




3. Add a shot of cranberry juice - trying not to spill it eveywhere like I did!




4. Free pour the tonic water, don't over do it. You want to keep the Aluna kick in the cocktail.




5. Add some ice to your shaker and shake away.




6. Squeeze a slice of fresh lime into your martini glass




7. Get pouring














8. If you want to make it extra special, try adding a little edible rose gold glitter and give it a little stir.






If you do give this cocktail a go, I hope you and your loved ones enjoy it!


All images taken by - Megan Hemsworth 

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