Feeling Autumnal


nationaltrust-4Autumn and the run up to Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love summer but nothing makes me happier than the leaves changing, chilly mornings and the blinding sun Autumn can bring. It means Halloween, Bon Fire Night and Christmas are all just around the corner and we get festive lattes, big socks and hot water bottles back in our lives!


For me, Autumn the best time of year for exploring. You still get the occasional beautiful day but without the blistering heat of summer, meaning you’re free to wander without breaking too much of a sweat.


Last weekend we went to Tyntesfield – a big old Victorian gothic revival house just on the outskirts of Bristol. Once belonging to the Gibbs family – new money & politics – the National Trust bought it in 2001. I love National Trust properties and obviously being a History Grad I’m a little biased but there’s just something so magical about stepping back in time and viewing the world through the eyes of someone who lived hundreds of years ago. Tyntesfield is certainly no exception – a little smaller than some National Trust properties I’ve been too but full of beauty and character – and probably the most impressive ensuite I’ve ever seen.



Naturally I stopped off during our hike around the grounds to take some outfit photos in the oh so beautiful surroundings. I’m quite proud of his outfit, the dress and white top were bought for £2 each in a local charity shop! The dress is Next and the top M&S.


I’ve recently been rediscovering the joys of second hand, I feel like we throw far too much away when there are far too many people who go without. A few months ago Tara & I went to a fashion salvage event at a local warehouse run by Bristol Textile Recyclers – a company that sorts through peoples unwanted clothes and either sells them, sends them off the developing countries or recycles them. The fashion industry is responsible for so much of our waste and I think as fashion lovers we have a responsibility to ethically dispose of our unwanted items.



This day was also finally the day I got to use my much loved picnic basket (another charity shop find)! I was so excited about using it that I forgot to take pictures with it open in all it;s glory – packed full with sandwiches, iced tea and cupcakes. Never the less, the day was made entirely more perfect because of this most favourite British pastime. My only regret? That we didn’t stay for the game of croquet!
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Treating my feet with ClearZal*


Moving house is, as everyone tells me, one of the most stressful things you can do, right up there with planning a wedding and having a baby – basically, proper grown up stuff that I’m sure I’m not old enough to be handling.


Now we’re in and very-nearly-almost settled and unpacked I’ve decided to try and look after myself a little more. During the move my healthy diet, beauty regime and sleep quality all took a bashing while wallpaper stripping and packing took priority (as well as working full time, yeah I can buy a house with no holiday time left I said, it’ll be fine I said…).


First on my list is to get my feet feeling a little more loved. I don’t know about you but when my feet are looking a little worse for wear, I feel a little worse for wear. Y’know that feeling of a fresh pedi when you have a little spring in your step? That’s what I need right now!


Cue Clearzal(!) who were kind enough to send me some of their best selling products to review. Clearzal is one of the U.K.’s leading Footcare brands, with a focus on quality and effectiveness. Specifically developed for the care of your feet, legs and nails, the Clearzal range contains pharmaceutical grade ingredients and is used by Podiatrists and Foot Health Professionals all over the world!



Tea Tree Foot Soak

‘Refreshes and softend the skin. A theraputic foot soak using a blend of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Eucalyptus’

This is the kind of thing you want to use after a long week on a Friday evening. It claims to clean and revitalise tired, aching feet and eliminate germs. All while not dehydrating the skin. I really like this and was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed it made me, the blend of tea tree, peppermint & eucalyptus made me feel like I was at a spa somewhere, not surrounded by unpacked boxes. Because I wear tights a lot I find it difficult to keep my feet fresh, I’ve used this once a week for the last few weeks and I’ve really noticed a difference.



Foot Food

‘For silky smooth, hydrated, conditioned feet and legs. Enriched with Aloe, Rosemary, Lavender & Thyme.’

Probably my favourite product, Clearzal’s Foot Food is rich in Urea and Aloe Vera that together prevent moisture loss by retaining the skin’s natural hydration. I get very dry and rough skin on my feet and this stuff works wonders! Again I love the smell too, the rosemary and lavender are very relaxing, perfect just before bedtime. Use a couple of times a week, apply before bed to give it chance to work!



Exfoliating Scrub

‘All natural pumice with an aloe vera base. Conditions feet and legs with essential oils and vitamins.’

I’ve been using this in the shower, once or twice a week and it’s been really helping to keep my rough skin at bay! Not only does it make my feet feel squeaky clean, it also makes them feel super soft after use. Most scrubs make my skin feel tingly and dry after use but this one manages to do it all. No doubt because of it’s aloe vera, soy oil, jojoba oil and vitamins A, D & E!



Antimicrobial Foot Cleanser

‘Ideal for use at home, fitness centres, spas and community shower areas. Refreshes, cleans and deodorises. Soothes itching and skin irritation.’

I think this is the product I have been most impressed with – in terms of the difference it’s made! As I mentioned keeping my feet fresh can be challenging, wearing tights a lot for work and walking during the commute. I’ve been using this again, a couple times a week and oh my, what a difference! I’m no longer afraid to slip my shoes off under the desk (TMI? sorry not sorry!) This stuff contains a whole host of goodness to fight fungus and bacteria (99.9% of it in fact)


Overall I’ve been super super impressed by Clearzal products, they just work. Have you every tried any of their products? You can get them from their site here



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Pinspiration | Outdoor Spaces


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So it’s happened! I bought a house! We’re all moved in and slowly working our way through the mountain of boxes. This weekend everything’s started to look a little more like home. The kitchen is all unpacked and organised, my bed room is 99% done and the new sofa is arriving on Tuesday! I promise I’ll tell you all about the move and the buying process another time (I’m thinking of doing a ‘how to buy a house’ series) but right now I want to talk gardens.


One of the most important things we were looking for when viewing houses was the garden, or if it had one. Having lived in a flat for the last two years I can’t even tell you how much I missed having a garden. An outdoor space you could just go in in your pyjamas with a cup or tea or something y’know? The house we ended up buying has the sweetest little garden, all mature shrubs and roses, a pond and a shed. I’ve never really been one to take an interest in gardening but it’s funny how as soon as you own one, what shade to paint the shed and when to prune the roses becomes is suddenly of utmost importance.



Me and Carys have been dreaming up all the things we’d like to do. A dusky blue shed, a chiminea, and a patio set are at the top of our list. Closely followed by a herb garden, outdoor lanterns and a pergola. I’ve been super impressed with the range of outdoor and garden stuff from ASDA. Mum bought her patio set from there years ago and it’s still going strong even though she never puts it away (I’ve seen it covered in 3 feet of snow!). We recently got this beautiful miami patio set a long with this Chiminea – I can’t wait for chilly October evenings sat outside with the fire going.


Anyway, I thought I’d share my Outdoor Pinterest board with you so you can take a peak inside my mind. I’ll be sure to update you on how we get on designing the garden!



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