The Swan Hotel

One very picturesque pub!

Cotswolds – 2017

The Swan Hotel Bibury

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Thai temple

I miss the heat and the magic of Thailand.

Thailand – 2014

Thai temple

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Christmas 2017 – Beauty Gift Guide

Last post in the Christmas 2017 – Gift Guides series! After the interior and travel gift guides, today is the beauty gift guide. This will help you find a gift for anyone who likes a nice pampering session!

I selected the products based on my experience using some, reviews – and some of these are actually on my letter to Santa!

Christmas 2017 beauty gift guide

1. Jade Facial Roller

So this is a gift I want for myself actually! I heard great things about jade rollers and the benefits of facial massages. This will make anyone feel like in a spa when applying their regular face cream.

2. Glossier Balm Dotcom

A multiple purpose balm great to hydrate lips or any dry skin patch. It is cheap and you can choose from six different scents: regular, coconut, birthday cake, rose, mint and cherry.

3. Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes Kit

I love the Real Techniques makeup brushes, in particular the foundation ones. This kit will give you all the essential brushes you need for a flawless look.

4. Oliver Bonas Velvet Makeup Bag

Stylish and practical this Oliver Bonas makeup bag is big and can fit skincare and make up easily when travelling. They also have a smaller version in navy blue if you have less to pack!

5. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps

A big favourite among the beauty and skincare community,  Kiehl’s Crème de Corps will make any beauty aficionado happy and their skin super soft!

6. The Ordinary Regimen

Who hasn’t heard of The Ordinary already? The hype is real and justified! Cheap skincare products that work. So why not asking Santa for the products they recommend as part of their regimens?

7. Lush Merry Christmas Gift Box

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, so nothing like a warm bath to relax and warm up at the end of the day! Those Lush bath bombs will transform your tub into a spa like experience!

8. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Now this is a real treat! Aesop hand wash cost north of £20 which is A LOT for a hand wash, BUT it smells absolutely divine, it is very gentle on the skin and makes the chore of washing your hands feels like a beauty treatment.

9. L’Occitane Delicious Almond Collection

L’Occitane is very famous in France for its products ‘Made in Provence’. It is all about the Almond shower oil in this gift pack! Super gentle on the skin, very hydrating, and it will make you feel like you are in the South of France.

10. Byredo Super Cedar Fragrance

This would make a very very very special gift. I have actually asked my husband if that could be my only Christmas gift this year. I have been looking for a new Fragrance for a while and Byredo Super Cedar is the one! It’s fresh, woody and perfect for the winter months. If you find this fragrance a little too masculine Bal d’Afrique is another great option!

Looking forward to Christmas day already!

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The Anchor Inn

Most common sentence used in the UK: “Let’s go to the pub!”

Sidmouth – 2017

The Anchor Inn in Sidmouth

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Grey and green

Green land sandwiched between the grey road and the grey sky.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014


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Christmas 2017 – Gift guide for Interior Design fans

It is the season of giving and of gift guides!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for inspiration on other blogs and Youtube to find THE most thoughtful gift for my dearest ones (no pressure!). Following my gift guide for travelers, today I put together a gift guide for people like me who are obsessed love interior design.

I like anything design related, and nothing makes me more happy than receiving a book or a new decorative item for my house. Note that the selection below is to my contemporary/mid-century modern taste, I even actually own a few of the items listed and love them very much!

Christmas 2017 Interior gift guide

1. Juniqe Wall Art

I love Juniqe website, it has so many prints on offer you can spend hours just scrolling through them like you would wander in a museum. The great things with Juniqe is that it makes wall art very affordable too! All you have to do is to choose the print, the size and the (optional) frame. I have my eyes on this print ‘Waves’ by Elisabeth Fredriksson, maybe a little Christmas treat to myself!

2. Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill

A great book for both home owners and tenants! If you know someone moving soon or in the process of decorating their home, make sure to get them this book as a Christmas gift or a house-warming present! I have even more options of interior design books here if you are a bit of a bookworm.

3. Oliver Bonas Velvet Hot Water Bottle

I am ALWAYS cold! So much so that my husband call me ‘the lizard’ as I only warm up in the sun or by the heater. That is why I would love to have this velvet water bottle from Oliver Bonas, it is functional AND stylish!

4. House Doctor Tube Vase

All interior design aficionados love to get a little designer piece every now and then. These vases by House Doctor are very pretty and not too expensive, I have both the blue and pink version on display in my living-room and they make the perfect pair!

5. Oliver Bonas Terrarium

You know someone who likes interior design and has green fingers, then this terrarium is for them! I have it in my living-room and it is home to a tall succulent. Plus the black version is on sale at the moment so hurry!

6. West Elm Marble Coasters

Coasters are like Marmite some people love them some people hate them. I used to not really care for coasters, that is until I saw those at West Elm. Marble and geometrical? I was sold!

7. Zara Home Geometric Vase

I absolutely love geometrical interior items! I talked about my quest for an hexagonal mirror before and I a few geometric items in my kitchen. This vase from Zara Home is therefore right up my street and the white colour means it will fit in most interiors.

8. Alessi Pet Jar

This jar is where practicality meets design! A great way to store your four legged friend’s treats, and you can use your pet as an excuse to get it!

9. Habitat Honeycomb Wine Rack

I actually am getting my sister this Habitat wine rack for Christmas! It is practical, compact and in the colour of the moment – brass. Perfect for anyone living in a small space.

10. Diptyque Candles

Diptyque candles are a real treat and my go-to gift for house warming. They are beautiful to look at, smell divine and can be recycled into the most exquisite make-up brush holders or plant pots. I may do a post on which scents are my favourite, but whenever in doubt Figuier and Baies are safe bets.

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Blockley church

Is it weird to think that a cemetery looks pretty romantic?

Blockley (Cotswolds) – 2017

Blockley church

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Norfolk architecture

Pebble dash taken to a whole new level!

Blakeney (Norfolk) – 2016

House in Blakeney

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Christmas 2017 – Gift guide for Travelers

You are a wanderluster still wondering what to put on your letter to Santa? Someone close to you caught the travelling bug and cannot stay still? This gift guide is for you!

I know it is still a little early to talk about Christmas but I personally like to plan what I am going to buy for my close ones for Christmas ahead of December, just to spread the cost a bit and not be completely bankrupt by December 25th.

Christmas 2017 Travel gift guide

 1. Wallpaper* City Guides

These pocket-size travel guides will help you discover the world’s main cities. The content focus on architecture and design so these city guides are great gifts for both travellers and interior design addicts. The other great thing with the Wallpaper City Guides is that they are very reasonably priced!

2. Sass & Belle Vintage World Map Passport Holder

Cute little passport holder which will remind you why you are boarding this plane while protecting the most important document you need. Again, a cheap gift so perfect as a Secret Santa gift or a stocking filler.

3. Miu Color Glass Water Bottle

A useful gift that can be both used while travelling or at work. The Miu glass water bottle is also eco-friendly, easy to wash AND cheap!

4. Freetoo Portable Luggage Scale

Not the most charming or romantic gift, but the Freetoo portable luggage scale is a very useful gift for all travelers. With this, people will always have the peace of mind of knowing that their luggage is not too heavy; bye bye airlines additional fees!

5. Scratch Map Poster

A great way to track the places you have been to and decorate your home! I myself have this exact scratch map in my guest bathroom!

6. Oliver Bonas Travel Laundry Bags

First, these Oliver Bonas travel bags are ridiculously pretty, second, they will be super useful to keep anyone’s luggage organised and well… clean!

7. HumanCharger

Now most of you may see this and be ‘what is that?’, don’t worry I was too! The HumanCharger is a little device which will boost your well-being. It provides the light-sensitive regions of the brain with direct bright light. It can be used to increase energy levels, and reduce the effects of jet lag. Perfect for all the frequent flyers and world-travelers!

8. Longchamp Nylon Pliage Bag

This is by far the most useful bag I own. I mentioned it in a previous post on my favourite travel bags, the Longchamp pliage bag is great to travel, go to the gym and more. It is also a fantastic space-saver as it can easily fold and fit and any luggage when you don’t need it!

 9. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones

Reasonably priced and great quality, these Bose headphones will soon become any traveler best friend. The only downside is that these are not wireless, but to be honest, I personally don’t mind and I know a lot of people don’t either.

10. Personalised Leather Travel Wallet With Phone Charger

Who doesn’t like a personalised gift? This elegant leather travel wallet not only can be personalised with your initials but it also contain a portable charger giving about 2 charges to an iPhone. Perfect to travel in style! My personal favourite is the emerald green.

Here you go! 10 gifts for travelers which hopefully will help you buy the wanderlusters in your life thoughtful and useful gifts for their next adventure!

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Durdle door

Into the mist.

Jurassic Coast – 2017

Durdle Door

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