#1 LOVE ISLAND
August is here! Almost. Can you believe it? I really feel like July has flown by. There’s been a lot going on and I’ve found myself heading to London quite a bit (I’ve worked out what seat it’s best to get on the late night train home so that no one sits next to me and I can have a pre-bed nap), so I’m pretty cream crackered. As always to go with my monthly favourites video – scroll down the bottom for that – I’ve detailed my five personal highlights from the month, although I’ve just realised that there’s one thing missing from the list, as we finally booked our honeymoon!
Mark and I will be heading to New Zealand over Christmas and New Year and we’re both so bloomin’ excited. Thank you so much for all your recommendations you’ve sent over, they’ve been so helpful. I’m also getting a little bit giddy about it because for it I’ll be taking off the whole month of December. That means four, probably five actually weeks off from here, which is something that I’ve never done in my seven years of blogging. No instagram scrolling, no Buzzfeed quizzes, no watching the number one trending video on YouTube and thinking ‘WHY?‘.
So that it’s a real break I won’t be pre-scheudling anything to go up (because I know I’ll find myself checking it *slaps wrist*), just jumping straight back into things when I’m back in January, hopefully feeling refreshed from a proper digital detox. You’ll all be knee deep in Vlogmas videos and Boxing Day Sales posts anyway. I’m sure you all understand on that one because you’re all absolute babes; we only get one chance to properly honeymoon so I’m taking full advantage of it. In the meantime though, here’s what else has been tickling my pickle…
Birthday Bash. On the 1st July I arrived back in the U.K from our visit to New York (see the vlog here!) and crawled into bed at about midday. Five hours later I woke up feeling like I was ready for world domination, had a shower and set off to a friend’s birthday that consisted of pizza (YES!) and drinks. The party ended at 3am and quite honestly I could have stayed out later (my body clock was still stuck on 10pm NYC time). I also went to a gin festival which resulted Mark, my mates and I trying to drink gin shots off the floor without using our hands. I feel I am having a ‘SHIT I’m an adult and might get up the duff in the next couple of years so must get all this out my system‘ moment and I’m kinda loving it.
The End of ‘At Home With…’. This month saw the final episode of ‘At Home With…‘ go live and it was a bittersweet moment. Sad because it was over, but so beyond chuffed with the amazing feedback and general response from you lot. It went so much better than I’d ever even imagined and I really loved getting my teeth into content creation that was so different to my everyday blogging/video making cycle. I must admit that it’s been nice to claw back a bit of time back in my schedule – hey, I’m writing this post two days before it goes live, which was unheard of last month! – but work on season two has already commenced…
A Trip To Provence. There’s been quite a lot of toing and froing this month with travel, but one of the best visits I’ve had was to Provence with the guys from the L’Occitane team to go back to the brand’s roots. I was lucky enough to go along with Lily and Niomi and we got to meet the Founder, Olivier (such a cool man who was mega into climate change and sustainability – DUDE), visit the lavender fields and have a treatment at the spa which was lush, but I panicked afterwards because I thought that I’d left my pants behind in the therapist’s room. Have a watch of Lily’s vlog here, for a snapshot of the trip. The food! The smell! The view!
Coppafeel PEOPLE. Last week Lily and I found ourselves in a studio in central London dressed up in balaclavas that look like nipples and clutching our boobs for a photographer. Out of context it sounds bizarre, but it was all for a good cause though because Lily and I are now proud to be spreading the word of Coppafeel by joining their Digital Boob Team! If you haven’t heard of Coppafeel before then I highly recommend you hear their story and read up about their Founder, Kris, over on their website. The main aim though is to encourage gals (and guys!) to cop a feel of their boobs often and know what differences and changes to look out for (watch a video on that here). We’ll be doing lots more stuff with them in the coming months – watch this space!
Meeting The Glossier Team. Earlier this week I got to have dinner with Glossier. Yep, the Glossier team and Emily Weiss. I know, pinch me. I posted a vlog if you fancy re-living the whole thing with me, but unsurprisingly it was awesome. You know, I’m actually at the point where I’m already on my second (and even third!) bottle of some of their skincare products – yes I’m looking at you Milky Jelly Cleanser and Super Bounce. Emily was a complete babe – funny, friendly and super passionate about her brand – I’m practically running around in a circle chasing my tail with excitement that the brand is heading to U.K shores in only two months time. TWO MONTHS? I’d better get saving now…
Photos by Lauren Shipley