Monday, 31 August 2015

Beautiful Bakewell.


On our way home from Branston, we stopped off at the beautiful Bakewell. We'd been meaning to visit for a while but never got around to going, so this was the perfect opportunity to stretch our legs and have an explore. We were really lucky weather-wise and the rain held off long enough for us to have a good look around the town. There are so many quirky shops and windy streets to nosey around, we were in our element. I even managed to find a cafe that sold gluten and dairy free cakes, the lemon slice was the most delicious thing ever. Mr A had a traditional Bakewell pudding, a little different to the Bakewell tarts we are used to! 

We finished off our little trip down by the river. The water was so clear, I was dying to get in for a paddle! We strolled along the riverbank taking in the gorgeous scenery and trying to escape being chased by geese...I'm not their biggest fan. The town and surroundings are just idyllic, we will certainly be visiting again!

Have you ever been to Bakewell?

Katie xx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Holiday Beauty Prep.


A week today I'm heading to sunny Spain, Madrid to be exact. I can't tell you how excited I am for so real sunshine, but as I've not been away this summer I've maybe left my legs to do their own thing. I HATE shaving my legs, it's easily my least favourite beauty chore so when Veet* offered an alternative, I couldn't resit trying out waxing.

 I used my Body Shop scrub in Peach the day before using the waxing kit. I have pretty dry skin and knew using a scrub and waxing kit the same day would be awful for my little legs. I'm a big wimp so I had to brace myself to use the Veet Wax Roll on Kit, the kit takes around 20 minutes to heat up so I managed to talk myself into it during the heating time. The kit is so easy to use, you roll on the wax, apply the strip and pull - voila. Okay, I don't have the biggest pain threshold and I do have hairy legs so the first few strips weren't that pleasant. However, the more I did the easier it got. You get some little wipes in the pack to help remove any excess stickiness, which are really useful for your hands!

After I finished my waxing, I applied my Lavera Coconut and Vanilla body lotion, which I actually got form Germany. I love the scent, it reminds me of ice cream and makes me smell all Summery. I always find that when I buy a product form holiday, it always reminds me of happy memories from my jollies.

Finally I had to ensure my feet looked just as pretty as my hair-free legs. I've been loving the P2 Volume Gloss gel-like nail polish (again from Germany). The formula is incredible and so long lasting, this polish cost me around 99p - these are an absolute steal. If you're in Europe and stumble across P2 as a brand, I recommend you buy as much as possible. 

I can't wait for Madrid to discover some Spanish beauty brands. I'm obsessed with supermarkets and beauty stores that are native to a particular country. Roll on Spanish beauty products.

Katie xx

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Lock House.




I will be honest, I've always been a little snobby about staying in a BnB. I trust hotels and know exactly what I'm getting but for years my hubby has been trying to persuade me to try something else. I can officially say I've been converted. This is the second time we've booked through Air BnB and I'm totally on board with it now. Mr A has left me to it and I've chosen the BnB I like and then contacted the owner, which is surprisingly nice. I like being able to speak to the owner before hand and know exactly who's house I'm staying in.

That brings me to this incredible BnB in Branston (yep, where they make the pickle!). We wanted a night's stay away before going back to work and settled on exploring the Peak District. I chose the gorgeous Lock House, which is situated right on the canal. It really couldn't have been more idyllic, we had an incredible stay. We managed to find food on foot too, which was lovely to spend some time outside. We walked two miles to the canal marina and had a delicious meal - yes, that is is GF and DF pizza..yum. The best part? It's £68 a night.

This isn't a sponsored post, I just wanted to share our wonderful stay and my new favourite app. Next Air BnB stop is Madrid!

Katie xx