Blogtober day 3

You may have seen my recent post about my fat freezing treatment at Devonshire House, if not, you can have a read here. Whilst there, I also had a medical facial with Julia. In the past I’ve always just had standard facials at spas, salons, etc so I was curious as to what this involved.

The treatment started off with an in-depth consultation of my skin. We discussed eating and drinking habits, my current skincare routine and then fully analysed my skin. I learnt a lot about my skin during this. In the past, I’d always loved my freckles appearing during the summer months but Julia explained that actually, freckles aren’t a good thing. Instead, they’re a sign of damaged skin from too much sun exposure.

Onto the facial…Every facial that Julia does is tailored to the individual’s skin. As mine is sensitive Julia was really mindful of this and used products that would not flare up my skin. I normally come up in spots or a rash after a facial so I was delighted when I left with glowing skin.

After cleansing, gently exfoliating and toning my skin. I had the LED light mask on my face. Julia explained that there is a number of different light types suitable for each skin type. My skin was most suitable for red LED light so I laid there relaxed with this mask over my face. I didn’t know what to expect that this would feel like but it was just a gentle warmth and very nearly sent me asleep.

After my facial with Julia I have vowed to get my skincare routine in check and start properly looking after my skin rather than ignoring it. What skincare tips do you have?

Devonshire House is kindly offering my readers 20% off all treatments. All that you have to do is let them know I recommended you…enjoy!

*I was invited to enjoy this complimentary treatment in exchange for a review

We’ve now been in our house for nearly four months and I’ve loved every minute of it…almost. When we bought our house we didn’t know what to expect, I’d always lived at home with my parents so had never had to worry about mortgages, bills or even maintaining the house. We also didn’t realise how much renovating a house would cost or how much time it would take.

Before we moved in I’d spent hours scrolling Pinterest looking for inspiration for the kitchen, dining room, bedroom…basically every room! However, when it came to actually making the decisions my creative juices had run dry. I love interiors and I’ve always loved the idea of decorating my own home exactly how I wanted it however, this was easier said than done.

Because we are in a maisonette we are limited on space which means that we aren’t able to extend. However, just from home much work we’ve put into this property alone and the time it’s taken us I know that when we move into a bigger home in the future, we will need help. This is when companies like Urbanist Architecture come in. The London Architects home renovation company specialises in everything from planning and designing a home renovation through to interior design and planning permission.

Although in our home at the moment extend our kitchen, we do plan on renovating it to give it a modern, fresh feel. Urbanist Architecture also specialises in maximising space in a kitchen which means that we will be left to do the fun parts like picking paint and accessories!

*This post is sponsored by Urbanist Architecture

 

 

 

This month, I’ve decided to take part in the blogger challenge, Blogtober. I feel like I am finally back into the swing of blogging and I’m feeling super motivated. So, now is a better time than any to take part.

With this motivation for blogging, has also come a motivation to get things done. This is why, for my first Blogtober post, I’m sharing my October goals.

My theory is that if I share these goals on my blog and across social media I will feel more determined to complete them. I will check in at the end of the month to provide an update on how I’ve got on.

1 – Take part in, and complete, Blogtober

2 – Improve my photography for the blog

3 – Reach 1,000 Twitter followers

4 – Reach 500 Instagram followers

5 – Lose seven pounds with Weight Watchers and get back on track

6 – Go to the gym at least twice a week

7 – Start my Christmas shopping

8 – Get the dining room ready for Christmas dinner parties and stop being indecisive on colour schemes!

9 – Catch up with at least two old friends

10 – Film more vlogs

What are your goals for October? Let me know in the comments.

Blogtober

 

I love love love Italian food, probably because I rely on carbs to get me through the day…oops! Recently, I visited Olio On The Green in Writtle, Essex for a friend’s 21st birthday. I’d never been before but I’d heard good things.

When we arrived we started with bread, of course. It was perfect to soak up the tequila shots we’d had to start with (it was a celebration after all) and it tasted amazing too. I always find that bread is very hit or miss and because I’m such a bread lover. It has to be fluffy but crispy too to tick my boxes and Olio’s bread was b-e-a-utiful.

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more adventurous with my food and what I order. So, instead of going for spaghetti bolognese that I always go for I went for Pollo Alla Milanese – Chicken breast in bread crumbs served with spaghetti Pomodoro.

I expected this dish to come out with small bits of chicken already sliced. However, it was a full chicken breast which was huge! The dish was amazing and so filling. The portion was huge and I couldn’t finish it all as I’d already been eyeing up the dessert menu so needed to save room. There was so many different flavours in the dish and they all worked perfectly. It was one of those dishes that you find yourself craving weeks later.

For dessert, I had chocolate profiteroles. The profiteroles were unlike the normal profiteroles and instead of being covered with a dark chocolate, they were coated in chocolate mousse, and lots of it! The profiteroles were larger than usual and filled with a delicious cream. The mousse was a pleasant surprise as I didn’t think I’d like it but I was proved wrong. My only small change would be that there was a little too much mousse however this wasn’t a problem as I scooped some off.

Overall, the meal at Olio On The Green was amazing all round and I can’t recommend it enough.

What is your favourite Italian dish?

Olio