Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yogi on the gogi...







I'm absolutely in love with this amazing tea! Yogi Tea is available in a range of blends - all made with delicious Ayurvedic spices which taste amazing and put a spring in your step! Take a peek at their website here to see what it's all about! My favourite is the Detox blend (which is sweet and spicy, like a big bear hug for your throat) closely followed by liquorish and mint and of course the 'bed time' tea you see here! Best of all, each teabag has a little message of wisdom, straight from the Yogi himself - you feel like you're being looked after with each and every cup.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

S.O.S (Save Our Skin!)


We've just come out of another cold snap but I didn't mind it one bit! When I looked out of the window in the mornings the grass, bushes and trees were all covered with a pretty white frost. There is nothing I like more than going for a brisk walk in the crisp, cold air before returning home, cranking up the central heating and getting into my pyjamas! My skin however, does not thank me for this ill treatment and would have shed like a snake by now were it not for a few brilliant products that I've come to rely on!

Here are my top five moisturising products that I just can't live without during the coldest, darkest months of the year...



I am a big fan of facial oils - my belief is that because skin produces oil, skin understands oil and is able to absorb and process it much better than creams which just sit on the surface and clog the pores. Suti's Rejuvenate Face Oil is packed with luscious ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil and Frankensence and smells absolutely heavenly! Something that smells this lovely and natural must be good for you! I use this rich facial oil morning and night and I can practically hear my skin cells thanking me. It keeps my face soft and moisturised and gives my skin a healthy glow!



No other lip balm works quite as well for me as this classic product. It has the teeny tiniest amount of colour and leaves my lips soft and also shiny which is handy as I absolutely can't stand lipgloss (first my hair gets stuck to my lips, then I brush it away and it smears across my cheek, then I wipe it all of). I would love to hear your suggestions for a natural alternative to this though? Especially something with the same sort of comforting rose scent.


3. Organic Coconut Oil

Over the last few years I've been slowly but surely moving away from cosmetics which contain artificial ingredients like parfume and colour and gravitating towards more natural alternatives. I just can't imagine slathering myself from head to foot in a body lotion packed full of chemicals anymore and these days reach for a jar of organic coconut oil instead! I buy mine from Whole Foods - you'll find it in the same isle as all the other cooking oils but don't let the fact that it says 'perfect for frying and baking' on the jar put you off! It's also perfect for moisturising your skin! If you don't mind paying double the money for the same product, you'll also find coconut oil in the beauty section, nicely re-branded as a skin product. Coconut oil is nice because it's solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point making it easy to store and use. For something a bit more luxurious and special I absolutely love Balm Balm Rose Geranium face balm - the smell is so uplifting and it's 100% organic!




I use this to take my make up off at the end of the day. I soak a cotton wool pad in warm water and squeeze a little blob of oil onto it before working into my eye socket. After a few seconds my eye make up just sort of melts off my face and onto the cotton wool. Sometimes I have another go with a fresh bit of cotton wool and oil - I like the oily film it leaves, keeps my eyelids silky soft!



If there is a better hand cream on the planet I'm yet to find it! This melts into my skin instantly healing any dry or sore spots and leaves a slightly waxy residue behind to keep them protected! It doesn't feel particularly fancy though so I also keep a bottle of Cowshed Cowslip Soothing Hand Cream on my desk which gives a lighter moisturisation and the delicious scent of lemon balm reminds me that Summer will soon be on it's way once more.

Well there we have it! I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of 'Chloe's Top Beauty Tips' - if you have any product recomendations for me let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A hand carved breadboard...



My Stepdad Roger is a carpenter and for Christmas this year he made me the most beautiful breadboard - complete with a 'C' for Chloe! It's now pride of place in my kitchen along with my Sabatier bread knife. I think having beautiful every day objects is so important - it means your day is filled with little luxuries, even if you're only making sandwiches.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snowy day...


















I'm feeling a little bit under the weather with a horrid sore throat! Here are a few photos I've been meaning to share from a couple of weekends ago - Declan & Hannah came to stay and we took a walk in the snow to visit the church where Ciaran and I are getting married in April. Doesn't it look pretty?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

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Oh hello weekend! I am so ready for a couple of days off. Saturday mornings are my favourite part of the week! I'm going to prop myself up in bed tomorrow morning with a cup of coffee and catch up on my favourite blogs and maybe make smoked salmon and poached eggs for breakfast. Then we're zooming down to Brighton to visit my wonderful Godmother and breath big lungfuls of fresh sea air.

Hope you have a bright and breezy one whatever you're doing!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cutting the Christmas cake

Seeing as snow is falling outside my window at this very moment and the temperature today reached a chilly - 2 degrees, I'm sure you'll indulge me by letting me post a few pictures of my finished Christmas Cake! This bad boy has been keeping us going through this long, dark month and we've still got about half of it to go!






Monday, January 21, 2013

At The Weekend...

Here's a few Instagrams from the last couple of weekends! We've been snowing it up and the trees in the garden are still dripping with frost! I hope you're staying cozy wherever you are.



Sometimes you just want a normal biscuit.



Time for a hair cut!


I love our little street lamp - reminds me of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.



On Saturday Declan & Hannah came round and bought the biggest, most succulent piece of beef with them from Greensmith's Supermarket near their sweet flat in Waterloo!


We went to visit our old neighbours Graham & Sarah who used to live downstairs from us in Clapham Junction. They've now moved to a lovely little house just down the road and round the corner from us and they've got a wood burning stove!


The snow is all powdery - it clings to every last leaf and looks magical!

 

On the way back from the pub on Saturday we had an enormous snowball fight - I think the girls were the winners, you should have seen the other guys.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Friday!

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The weather forecast  predicts snow snow snow for our little corner of England this weekend! If you're in a snowy part of the country will you get out in it or stay at home cosy by the fire instead? I'm looking forward to doing a bit of both!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chloë Bakes: Her wedding cake!


Our Christmas cake is still going strong! I often find that there is such an abundance of delicious treats in the cupboard over Christmas that I take it for granted a little bit and it's only now, when things are becoming more scarce that I can fully appreciate it in all it's moist, booze soaked glory. 

Now I'm gearing up for my biggest baking challenge yet - baking our wedding cake! I'll be blogging every step of the way so keep your eyes peeled for my 'Chloë Bakes' posts popping up over the coming weeks!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY Chocolate Bark with roasted almonds and rose petals


Here's a quick and easy DIY which didn't quite get itself together in time to be posted in the run up to Christmas! Now that all our January detoxes have gone out of the window (what? just mine?) we can  indulge in some fun and tasty, pimped out chocolate. This would be nice served at the end of a meal along side some coffee or you could make some for a friend to brighten up a cold January day!

 









Let's go!

Step 1: Fill a small saucepan about 1/3 full with water. Rest a bowl on the top but make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Break the choc into small pieces and place it in the bowl. Bring the pan of water up to a simmering point slowly. Give the chocolate a gentle stir with a wooden spoon every now and then as it melts.

Step 2: Roast some almonds (or other tasty nuts of your choosing) in the oven until golden and fragrant. Once your choc has melted, pour into a mixing bowl and add the nuts. I also added some golden raisins to this batch.

Step 3: Give it all a good stir then spread out the mixture like a cow pat onto some baking parchment.

Step 4: Sprinkle with colourful edible rose petals (I get mine from Neal's Yard Remedies) or other fancy topping of your choice.

Step 5: Leave in a cool place to set then break up into pieces and pop in a little cellophane bag!