Tropic Skincare

 

I had intended to post this on Friday evening but I was too lazy to type and then the sun was out in full force on Saturday, which meant it was pushed back to today, Sunday. So, here I am, sitting in bed (even though it’s after midday, ahem) with a cup of tea and a quiet determination to actually write a blog post – no mean feat when your creative energies are at an all time low. I know I’ve banged on about it before but I’m feeling like a bit of slacker these days when it comes to this space but I’m hopeful my blogging will soon be reignited properly … I just think I need to take things slowly.

 

I’ve read posts before about bloggers hitting a creative wall – and in my case, it is often stunted further by the amount of uh-mazing food and lifestyle blogs that are springing up left, right and centre complete with professional-looking images and all perfectly curated for your perusal. Then again, this space was never about that. It was never about perfection, instead striving for honesty and a glimpse into my far from perfect world. Whilst I always want it to be a pleasant place to visit, I never sugar-coat where I’m at or how I’m feeling … integrity is everything to me. Anyway, you can see that my thoughts are currently quite scattered so let’s move onto the subject at hand – Tropic Skincare.

 

Full disclosure – I was kindly sent these items by Chelsea at Tropic Skincare who asked would I be interested in checking out their range. Rather fortuitously I had just squeezed the last drop out of my Argan Oil so was definitely in the market for a new face oil – cue, the Organic Elixir Oil of my dreams. I’d heard good things about this oil (and indeed the range) before and I’m pleased to say it matches the online hype. I’ve been slathering it liberally over my face and neck, twice a day now for well over a week and it is simply glorious … if you have dry skin like me, you will be wowed.

 

 

Even if I hadn’t been gifted the oil, I suspect I would’ve coughed up the £30 anyway because I’m always happy to invest in a quality moisturiser, particularly when it’s as natural as this one – I won’t bore you with the ingredients list but suffice to say, it’s impressively simple. It absorbs quickly into the skin and is the perfect base for applying make-up … I often have dry patches that are worsened by make-up application but I’ve seen a massive improvement even in the short space of time I’ve been using the oil. Equally, it’s rich enough to be used at night, which means you don’t have to buy a separate product thus saving ‘dem pennies … great news for those of us who are on a meagre budget but still want great skin.

 

The concealer and brush have also been welcome additions to my routine. I would recommend the concealer for a daytime look, as it’s quite light, giving a nice natural coverage. The (cruelty free) make-up brush has become a bit of staple too now that I’ve swapped my ‘Winter’ blush for a more summery bronzer … the slanted style is terrific for highlighting cheekbones and is super soft – I doubt anyone would know it’s ‘vegan’.

 

For me though, it really is all about the elixir – I honestly can’t get enough of it. Nothing more to say other than ‘two thumbs up!’

 

 

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Vegfest Bristol Ticket Giveaway

 

Happy Friday Folks! Here’s hoping you have a great weekend in store – it’s our last here in Falmouth before we head south to Mousehole so we’re in big move excitement mode. To add to the cheerful disposition I’m currently in, the delightful peeps over at Vegfest Bristol are offering two lucky PeaSoup readers (and their chosen friend) the chance to attend this years biggest veggie event. Should you win, you’ll be attending either the Friday or Saturday evening shenanigans on the 23rd and 24th May, which will include performances from Boney M, Abba Gold and Goldblade… fun! The competition deadline is April 30th and winners will be announced in the 1st week of May.

 

And even if you don’t get your hands on these particular tickets, the daytime admission is priced at a ridiculously reasonable 3 quid with kids under 16 able to go in for FREE. There’ll be stalls, caterers, cookery demos and talks, as well as an arts and crafts tent, comedy hour and the all important all-day bar… five of ’em in fact, not that I’m counting, ahem. As far as I’m concerned there’s no better way to start your summer festivities.

 

To enter please leave a comment below this post outlining which day you’d like to attend. I will then put the names in a hat and pull two at random – all videoed for you pleasure of course. Good luck y’all!

 

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Pineapple Head


 
Guys, it’s no secret I have a thing for glasses… prescription and sun. It’s actually kind of a problem (one that my Husband tolerates thankfully) and often means I turn a bit magpie-like whenever I spy a new style – I honestly think I have a sixth sense when it comes to spectacles, it’s kind of impressive. Living in Cornwall seems to have exasperated this unfortunate affliction because people wear glasses here all year round – fine by me! When it comes to shape, I often switch it up and don’t affiliate myself with one particular era – in fact my own collection contains the big-ass 80’s sunnies I’m sporting in these pics, as well as the typical hipsterish roundies that take their lead from those 60’s Beatnik babes we all adore so much. As far as brands go though I do have a penchant for the wonderful Warby Parker (and I know I’m not the only one!), so when I spied their latest ‘Spectrum’ collection my magpie tendencies went into overload – they’re like a better version of the vintage ones I already have, especially with the gradient lenses…. er, love! From the painfully pretty ‘Hall’ Cherry Blossom style to (my personal fav) the ‘Minnie’ in Eucalyptus (obvs!) – ack, but I also love the super cute ‘Downing’ frames too, what’s a girl to do? No, seriously, I need help on this one, which pair would you opt for?
 

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what i’m wearing… original breton top & handmade necklace/wild pony vintage… sunglasses/vintage… pineapple/the supermarket

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Anchors Aweigh!

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The past two weekends have been all about getting out and about, exploring the surrounding area and taking in the incredible scenery that we are, so far, not all that familiar with. Having been somewhat cooped up since we arrived here in Falmouth, this is our way of getting back to what we love (walking) as well as introducing us to parts of Cornwall we have never before seen. It really is a case of small steps (we’re taking the coastline section by section) but it’s definitely doing the job in getting our heads and bodies in gear for what will hopefully be a sun-filled summer of seaside fun… and today was just a glimpse of what will hopefully be in store.

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Of course, Cornish weather can be pretty unpredictable (I’m sure the phrase ‘four seasons in one day’ was coined in specific reference to the place) so we try to always prepare for the worst with our outdoor attire… wellies are not optional, they are a must! I have to admit though, I’ve been bored with my current raincoat for quite sometime and even though the fabulous licorice red was what drew me to it in the first place, it’s not the most practical of colours for matching with my wardrobe and it seems to be dying a slow death in terms of proofing me from the Cornish elements.

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Last week was the absolute final straw and having arrived home drenched to the bone (the red jacket also happens to be lacking in length) I decided I needed to invest in a new waterproof coat. I knew exactly where I would find such an item so it was straight to Seasalt to make my much needed purchase. Whilst I did find a couple that were pretty much perfect, unfortunately the toggles were made of leather so they weren’t an option for me (insert sad face here) but the lovely sales assistant suggested we try the sale shop instead… ‘Sale shop did you say? You are talking my language girl!’

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We didn’t have much time to get there so immediately bolted to the store before it shut at 4.30, arriving about 10 minutes before it closed… it truly was a smash and grab shopping spree but oh so worth it because I not only walked away with an awesome black organic cotton raincoat (with the most adorable anchor print lining) but I also managed to bag a pair of blue-black wellies I’ve had my eye on for an age. I love a good bargain (heck, who doesn’t?) so the Seasalt sale shop was like a little piece of heaven. In fact, my poor Husband had to remind me several times to remain focused, as I was getting distracted with all the amazing dresses, trousers, shoes and pretty blouses…  I’ve a funny feeling I’m going to do some serious damage the next time I’m in there. Anchors (and credit cards) aweigh!

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what i wore… jacket and wellies/seasalt clothing… pink top/tartan and headscarf/vintage… vegan satchel/nica… gloves/beyond retro 

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Finding My Feet

DAILY DO’S AND DON’TS

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My routine is everything. I am seriously a creature of habit if ever there was one and right now I’m settling into my current daily do’s and don’ts, which may or may not portray me as being the dullest person on the planet but before you judge just remember that this is a routine in progress and I have yet to smooth out the finer details of my day. Ahem.

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I DO get up first and make Hubby and I breakfast.

I DON’T get showered and dressed before I complete at least one major task.

I DO make lunch everyday for 1pm.

I DON’T (or at least try not to) miss Gilmore Girls in the afternoon.

I DO make sure to fill my day with stuff that makes me happy, including cooking, writing and yes, even tidying.

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… not forgetting that little something that could be best described as ‘work’, of course, although seeing as I still find it difficult to think of writing as work it can remain in the ‘stuff I do during the day’ category.

SPONTANEOUS? MOI?

I realise this makes me sound awfully boring and even more than a wee bit anal (do other people gleefully divide their days in such a way?) but I honestly cannot help it. Since childhood I have taken pride in keeping every aspect of my life organised, and sad as it may seem it keeps me sane – I’m not saying I don’t like a little spontaneity none and again but even that requires some prior thought if I’m to fully enjoy it. I need to know the plan.

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Take the other day for example. We had already organised a long lunch when Hubby decided to take the entire afternoon off just so we could spend a bit of time exploring our new town. Not exactly planned but not precisely unplanned either – my kind of spontaneous activity. It wasn’t what you might call a wild day out but we had a blast finding bits for our costume tonight (‘cited!), having lunch in our favourite veggie cafe and visiting every charity shop in sight… and believe me when I tell you there are A LOT of charity shops to visit in Falmouth. It was an off the cuff afternoon that was made all the better by its sorta spontaneous nature.

COASTAL STYLE

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It was such a beautifully crisp day I decided to forgo any kind of jacket and instead use my faithful (and rather large) blue scarf as a buffer against the chill. The skirt was a(nother) charity shop find and due to fact I have still to unpack any of my winter clothes, this was one of the only clean cardi’s to hand. My new coastal style is slowly emerging but I’m still clinging desperately to my city ways too. For now, this is a happy compromise but who knows what I’ll be dressing like this time next year – bermudas and flip flops could very well be in my future.

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WHAT I’M WEARING… SKIRT, TOP & SATCHEL/VINTAGE… CARDI & BERET/H&M… ‘VERY VERY OLD!’ BOOTS/OFFICE… OWL PRINT BAG/TESCO

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Instagram Moments

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HERE COMES HALLOWEEN

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Halloween is nearly upon us and I feel totally unprepared – yet again. Every year I swear I’m going to savour the run-up to this awesome holiday and every year it seems to crop up before I’ve had a chance to even think about costumes, carving or candy – arrrgghhh! The day will not go unmarked, however, and we will be getting gussied up and heading over to watch a batch of spooky shorts at a studio near our house on the night… film and fancy dress? Now, that’s my kind of party!

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BIRTHDAY CAKE BAKING

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In lieu of any new pictures I thought I’d offer up a little instagram collage, which is definitely overdue. Clearly I’m still totally obsessed with this uh-mazing picture app and spend way too much time on it than is healthy or normal. As you can see my faithful Halloween scarecrow is making his yearly outings and is sitting pride of place on my kitchen windowsill, and I’ve been getting my hands dirty with some birthday cake baking (Hubbie turned 34!) and unnecessary but delicious crumble assemblage. I feel like I’ve embraced Autumn eating a bit too much already – eek.

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REMEMBER TO SMILE!!!

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Things are looking up here and I’m sending positive weekend vibes to everyone who takes the time to read this little blog ‘o mine. Smiles all round.

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There’s No Place Like Home

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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You’ve probably noticed there’s usually not much heel action going on in this blog. There are several reasons for this and not least because they ain’t exactly the most practical of shoe – whether you’re traipsing around a large city like London or hiking through the wilds of Cornwall. Not normally associated with comfort I’ve spent a lifetime sticking to flats, wedges and mid-heels in the fear that those uber-high kind might leave me crippled within an hour of wearing them. To confound the issue further I’ve always had a wee bit of a complex about my rather short legs and not so dainty ankles, which I’d always believed to be somewhat highlighted (and not in a good way) by a stiletto style shoe. But, it’s nothing that can’t be solved with a midi-skirt and coloured tights combo, right?

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With all that said, I’m never not willing to give things a go, so when I was offered these ‘there’s no place like home’ Dorothy-tastic patent wonders I just couldn’t resist. Not only are the most glorious shade of red, they also happen to be 100% vegan friendly! That’s right, these patent beauties are NOT LEATHER… can you Adam and Eve it?

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STILETTO CONVERT

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Admiring shoes is one thing but their wearability will always be paramount in my eyes so the test-drive was crucial before I confirmed that they are not only the prettiest heels I may ever have owned but also the most comfortable. Thankfully they fitted like a glove (not an easy task given my ridiculous size 3 feet) and were also perfectly padded in all the right places – best insoles ever! And, after choosing to wear them on a girls night out, I can happily say they were everything I’d hoped they would be – no need to click my heels, I was happy to strut about in my very grown up Mary Janes all the way home (or at least to the car park)… flats begone, I might just be a stiletto convert.

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The outfit in question was the best mix and match I could muster, so forgive me for repeating my wardrobe choices. I’m fully aware you’ve seen all these items before, which is not great form for a fashion blog but hey, I’m working with what I’ve got. The good news is this might be the last week I have to live practically out of a suitcase because (drumroll purlease!) our carpet gets laid tomorrow (hurrah, hurray, callooh, callay) meaning I can finally properly unpack my things. I’ve literally been rocking the same small selection of clothes since August and it’s killing me – never thought I’d miss my wardrobe so much but I’m sorry to report I might just be beholden to that thing called style.

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The tights are a new purchase that I found in TKMaxx in Truro (the main shopping town here in Cornwall) and I adore them. So much so, they’re my tight of choice for the wedding I’ll be attending this weekend. The shoes will, of course, be making an appearance too – in fact, I actually cannot wait to show them off to my friends. Isn’t it funny the effect a little red patent can have on you – a sure fire way to brighten up your day I reckon. I don’t know about you but i”m officially sold.

what i’m wearing… blouse & skirt/vintage… sweater/gapred ‘Hellen’ high heels c/o eco vegan shoes and blue DKNY tights/TKMaxx

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Gone Fishin’

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Okay, so technically I didn’t actually go fishing (that would be totes weird) but what I did do was venture down to a little spot not too far from were we are staying to catch yet another breathtaking sunset… hence the varying light in the photos. Of course, the fact I happened to be wearing my new shoe obsession, SunJellies, wasn’t entirely unintentional. This was my attempt to reflect their origins and give a little nod to the French fisherman who created them in 1946… which kinda ties in with my land girl meets fifties pin-up gettup. As ever, my outfits are a bit of a retro mash up – I just love mixing up dem eras!

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In my opinion these little jelly wonders are the perfect vegan shoe. Comfortable, cool and chemical free, they are delightfully kitsch in all the right ways and are already on their way to replacing my go-to flats – and they didn’t even need breaking in! I could on and on about how super they are but because I know they’ll be featured again on the blog I’ll leave some of my unbounding enthusiasm for later. Until then, I’ll be busy pairing them up with skirts, dresses, shorts ‘n’ socks, and making the most of this crazy good but unexpected weather. Did someone say Indian summer?

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Our lives are still a little bit on hold at the moment although we’ve been assured we will finally be getting the keys to our flat this week… it’s a ‘believe it when I see it’ kinda thing at this stage. Apparently getting your hands on a cream carpet is quite difficult in these parts – or at least, according to the carpet fitter who has ordered a very specific one for our bedroom. I can only guess it’s some very special flooring indeed – lucky us, eh? In case you can’t tell, this is my attempt at being sarcastic. Seriously unimpressed.

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Until then, I’ve been mostly busying myself with writing (did I mention I have two pieces in the current issue of Hunger?) although we did take a two day break to attend the Encounters short film festival in Bristol. You may or may not remember me talking about our own short films in the past but yeah, we’re both big time film buffs and are planning a feature, which probably sounds ridiculously ambitious and if I’m being honest I would tend to agree. What can I say, we love a good challenge.

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what i’m wearing… shirt, scarf & trousers/vintage… cardi/urban outfitters… jelly shoes c/o sunjellies… anchor earrings/st.michael’s mount gift shop… owl print tote/tesco

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Personal Style & Charity Shop Finds

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‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life’  Bill Cunningham

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Ever a man of wise words and even better photos, good old Bill has hit the nail on the proverbial head with this one. Personal style is something which I find to be endlessly fascinating – it’s the reason I scour magazines, blogs and the street for any nugget of inspiration, as well as a tiny glimpse into the person who dons whichever outfit I am currently coveting.

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Of course, fashion is often very far removed from that thing we called style and possibly even further removed again from how each of us chooses to present ourselves on a daily basis. I know for me it is an ever evolving thing that has elements of my teenage tastes whilst always reaching for the person I want to be… and that’s what makes it so exciting.

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To wake up in the morning and not put thought into what I’m wearing would almost feel like a crime. That’s not to say I get it right every time and even the outfit posts I present here on the blog are often not entirely indicative of my normal day to day style but it’s all a process in my eyes, so I’m not afraid to make mistakes or look back and think, ‘hmmm, not so keen on that one now, would probably wear that skirt/blouse/hat differently’. But hey, perfection is pretty much unattainable when you offer it up for public critique (particularly in the blogging world) so it makes no odds if one ensemble goes down like a lead balloon whilst another (usually the one I like least) gets a unanimous thumbs up.

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In the grand scheme of things, fashion may seem futile but everybody, whether they like it or not, has personal style – i’m always reminded of that ‘You think this has nothing to do with you’ scene in The Devil Wears Prada when anyone claims they’re not interested in clothes or ‘fashion’… it tickles me to think that people really believe they are making these choices freely without any influence or coercion from the fashionable powers that be. Not so, I’m ‘fraid and I certainly can’t boast to being entirely original either.

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Of course, I’ve always had a penchant for retro and vintage but that’s not to say I want to walk out my door looking like a fifties housewife or sixties siren everyday and nor do I derive to be too hipster, too twee or too ‘fashion’ – I simply want to look and feel like myself. Some days are definitely more retro derived than others and I would say there’s always a smattering of vintage (or at least vintage inspired pieces) amongst my daily wears. Practicality often comes into it too and this is only becoming prevalent since my move to the sticks. Currently it’s all about casual attire but that may change once we become townies again (secretly hoping) and everyday brings with it a new country bound challenge.

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When we had a brief jaunt into our nearest town the other day the first places I made a beeline for were the charity shops – Penzance has some great ones – and spent several hours trawling the rails and trying things on before settling on this vintage nude St.Michael’s polo neck and a sweet black and white striped number that will definitely come in handy – a girl can never have too many Breton’s, am I right? I could’ve bought way more than I came away with but I’ve learnt the art of being uber selective, which is another personal style note; pare down, pare down, pare down. That is my new mantra and I’m sticking to it. At least until I get the sudden urge to go all beehive and mini-skirts on you.

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what i’m wearing… vintage polo/scope… jacket/primark… trews/h&m… ankle socks/tabio… shoes/charity shop

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Twelve Days and Counting

That’s right folks, the countdown has officially begun to our departure to Cornwall (this is getting real, yo!). Our new life is almost within our grasp but even still it feels like an age away… two work weeks, one weekend and we’ll be hitting the road and leaving our London life behind, and it can’t come soon enough.

In preparation for our future Cornish existence we’ve bought ourselves a little car and have been making good use of it already – not having to lug shopping home from the supermarket has been a total luxury, let me tell you. Whilst we would never have kept a vehicle in London (there’s just no point), Cornwall is so sprawling it’s difficult to exist without one. Of course, it gives us somewhat of a heavier carbon footprint but we’ll try our best to balance it out by other lifestyle choices more in keeping with our ethics.

We can’t deny we love a good rove in the car and yesterday decided to take Roger (yes, we have given the hunk of metal a rather dubious name) to the woods… Petts Wood to be exact, which is a lovely spot in South East London. Although we had thought of making a day of it and heading to Brighton, we decided to stay more local because of an engagement party in the evening.

Another glorious summer’s day meant we strolled and meandered for maybe a wee bit too long leaving us late for the party – oops. I decided to wrap my hair up in a turban style thingy using a scarf I purchased in India a number of years back. The eighties bat wing top is another old buy that I rarely, if ever, wear – sometimes I like to hang onto things just in case I get the urge to shake it up a bit. I’m a sucker for comfort so I mostly choose outfits now based on their practicality factor although I often fear it may be a slippery slope to track pants and tees… not really but you never know!

what i’m wearing… pink 80’s top/vintage… 70’s sunglasses and polka dot midi-skirt/charity shop… headscarf/India… sandals/dorothy perkins

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