Monday, 1 September 2014

The Best Bath of My Life with The Bathory

When better to post about the best bath of my life than at the end of transfer deadline day? The Man is transfixed by an ever updating twitter feed and the utterly banal natter of Sky Sports so I am transporting myself back in time to yesterday evening's bath.

I rarely treat myself to a bath but when I do, I do it right; candles, book, face mask, the whole shebang. So when Georgia from The Bathory got in touch to see if I'd like to review one of their bath soaks, of course I said yes!

The Bathory allows you to be an alchemist of bath time. You can customise your very own bath soak to include exactly what you want, dream. You begin by choosing from one of three salt mixes; Bask, Soothe or Detox, depending on what your body needs. You then select three oils to add to the mix which will fill your bathroom with the most delicious scents! Your unique bath soak is blended right here in the UK and will arrive on your doorstep 48 hours later. Then it's over to you, get naked and relax in the best bath of your life.

I opted for a soothing salt blend as that's generally what I need after a long week at work, this pure Epsom salts blend is packed with minerals as well as oatmeal, honey and buttermilk to soothe your skin. I added the most calming scents I could with chamomile, ylang ylang and lavender, when it arrived I couldn't wait until bath time!

It's really easy to use, just run a bath as deep as you can, then add the full glass jar if you want the best bath of your life, half of it to get all of the benefits of the oils or a quarter for a lovely, fragrant bath. I decided to use half of it just so I could treat myself to two baths, but even when it's all used up, you're still left with a beautiful, violet glass jar which I will definitely be using elsewhere in the house after I have the second best bath of my life.

At £18 it is an expensive bath but it's worth every penny, especially if you take full advantage and take an hour or two out of your day to soak. These would make absolutely lovely Christmas presents too, you can even purchase gift cards for your loved ones to invent their own!

For more info and to invent your own bath soak, visit The Bathory website.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday DIY: Watercolour Mug

I love a lazy Sunday. For me, they're all about getting up early to potter around the house, getting round to those things that I've not had time to do in the week (taking blog photos and catching up with blog reading are essential!) and trying out new recipes or indulging in a little DIY.

I spotted a DIY for watercolour mugs on Poppytalk inspired by watercolour manicures which I had been meaning to try out for weeks, it seemed perfect for a Sunday DIY! It's so easy to do and you can transform a plain mug into something beautiful, it is a little tricky to get right at first but after some practice, you can make some amazing effects!

I changed the technique slightly, just to make my first attempt fool proof, so I thought I'd take you through the steps so you can make your very own watercolour mug. 

What you'll need

  • Plain, white mug (or mugs if you want to make a set)
  •  Nail polish (any kind will work)
  • A disposable tray or old bowl
  • Kitchen roll
  • Nail Varnish remover 
  • Skewer
You'll probably have most of these at home, nothing special is needed! It may take you a couple of attempts to get the technique right but the beauty of it is that you can just use nail varnish remover to clean up.

Start by filling your tray with warm (not too hot) water, then add a drop of your chosen nail polish to the water. Brighter or richer colours tend to work better as they stand out better. I opted for a pigment rich polish from No 7, but any polish should work!

I wanted to create a dipped effect with mine but you can place the watercolour effect wherever you like on the mug. For the dipped effect, all you have to do is place the mug in the water making sure to get good coverage from the film of nail varnish. For the purple mug, I dipped and carefully brought the mug out, turning it to make sure all of the ripples could be seen. For the pink mug, I dipped in and took it straight out to get a double layered effect. This could look really good with a range of bright polishes on a set of mugs!

Pat the excess water off the mug with kitchen towel then leave it to dry for at least two hours. Tidy up any areas that you're not happy with using the nail varnish remover. You can dip again to get even more layers if you fancy too!

This is a really simple DIY using things you probably have around the house, they're great for presents or just injecting a bit of colour into old mugs you have at home! To see the original DIY post, click here.

Enjoy making yours, tweet me a picture if you try it out, I'd love to see!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dressing for Autumn

Quilted sweatshirt from Monki, Tartan skirt from Next, Backpack c/o boohoo, Ankle boots from H&M

As much as I love the sun, I'm actually looking forward to the onset of Autumn. There's something about layering up to head outside that is just a bit comforting, and any excuse to wear a jumper is alright by me.

The Man and I headed out last weekend for a wander around Salford Quays, it was somewhere between warm and chilly so I decided it was time to crack out the tartan skirt! I love this skirt but it's that bit too big for my waist so it has to be worn with a jumper rather than my usual tucked in tee, I didn't realise quite how 'school girl' I looked with the backpack until we were half way there, rookie mistake. I paired it with one of my favourite sweatshirts from Monki that The Man's parents' got me for Christmas last year (hi Elaine if you're reading this!), it's my go to jumper at the moment as it's cropped so it's not completely wintery. 

Apparently we're due a heatwave but to be honest, I'm ready to dig out the woolly tights and leather skirts. Plus, it's an excuse to 'invest' in a whole new wardrobe. Roll on Autumn!


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