Face Forward with Clinique

Monday, 6 July 2015

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Facing forward (and getting into a travelling routine)...

It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve been able to hop on a plane more than once every twelve months, but being able to see more of the world, be it for 24 hours, or a few days- is something I’ve become pretty infatuated with- even if flying still isn’t my forte and the result of travel does take it’s toll on my skin a little. So, to tie in with Clinique’s new Face Forward campaign, and a focus of setting goals- mine being to tick off a small, but exciting, list of travel destinations) and facing forward with confidence (with great skin to boot)- I’ve been turning to their 3 step cleanse to help banish the tired look that usually comes as an involuntary travel add on, and in complete honesty- have been pretty impressed with the results too.

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With the 3-step built from a gentle foaming soap cleanser (suited to your skin complaints, with my primary concern being dryness), clarifying lotion and finally, their infamous Dramatically Different moisturiser- it’s ensured that my skin is not only hydrated and bright during even the most jet lagged mornings, but clear and the perfect base for make up too- not bad for something so straightforward, right? Anyway- time to get making goals…

…As some of you may have read on my '25 before 25' post, one of my goals was to travel a little more. This year I've been lucky enough to travel a fair bit in the name of work (which makes me feel like the luckiest lady indeed), and also manage to squeeze in a holiday to the Big Apple too- which definitely flew by all too quickly. However, saying that, every time I visit somewhere new it certainly motivates me to be able to do it all again- I mean, there are few feelings as satisfying as the letting the grand old holiday countdown begin, right? My goal, and motivation behind the campaign, is to visit more of Europe, Greece in particular! There’s something about the beautiful architecture, quaint white washed cubist villages, perched atop of stooping hills and the contrast of rich blue seas...Dreamy!

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I’m determined to see (and snap) it all in person, create exciting travel guides and maybe even give some kind of retreat a go too- there’s nothing like facing forward when the result is something relaxing, and rewarding- surely? By saving my pennies (no unnecessary taxi rides, shopping or naughty online orders), trying to be savvy whilst browsing trips online (I've heard clearing cookies helps knock air-fare's down)- I hope to hopefully make this a reality sooner rather than later, and give myself something lovely to look forward to in the next year! I’ll be making sure to keep you updated with my travel goals and skin routine as I go- best get saving and booking!

CClinique invites you to make a promise to the future. Share the pledge you’re making to yourself via Twitter @Clinique_UK and Instagram @cliniqueuk. Take part in the #faceforward campaign to motivate yourself and inspire others! Post sponsored by Clinique, but all opinions obviously are my own


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Out Of Office

Sunday, 5 July 2015

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(Dress: Reformation, Hat: Reformation, Shoes: ASOS)

One of the perks of staying at a hotel in the Lower East Side (ignoring the fact there's tonnes of amazing bars, independent retailers, awesome places to eat and the fact it's a stones throw away from Brooklyn)- was probably being sat opposite to one of the most famous deli's in the city. Pastrami on my door-step? Why, thank you. Although I haven't seen 'When Harry Met Sally' (this little hideout makes a famous appearance), Katz was one of the places massively recommended to me for our visit- so being so close was pretty cool (plus, made for a pretty cool photo backdrop, amirite)? We snapped these photos just before we jetted back off to the UK, and fortunately left the grey skies behind- hoorah for British Summer!

Now, in my opinion, most New York trips wouldn't be complete without a visit to Reformation, haven of all things sustainable, environmentally friendly and bloody gorgeous at that too (all of their pieces are made in an eco-friendly L.A factory, with fair labour and designs created from deadstock and vintage fabrics and a huge focus on everything keeping the environment happy). After spotting their pieces on the likes of a certain Ms. Chung and Swifty- it's safe to say I became a fully fledged convert, saving my pennies for pieces as and when I could. Although a little pricier, knowing the pieces are made with such a lot of care (as well as being timeless, wear again-and-again items) I found it very difficult to leave their New York store empty handed- and picked up this gorgeous backless number (perfect for running around town in, biker and all)- and this hat, which is now a front-running favourite in my growing collection- I mean, can you blame a girl?

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Lady Liberty

Saturday, 4 July 2015

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(T-Shirt: Brandy Melville, Shorts: American Apparel, Shoes: Keds, Bag: Mulberry, Lipstick: Mac 'Lady Danger', Sunglasses: Taylor Morris)

If there's one place in the world you can probably get away with a t-shirt as touristy as this one, it's on a ferry to Liberty Island (hot dogs and all). After spotting it in Brandy Melville I knew I had to snap it up for some serious tourist points on our trip, and it made for the perfect pledge to the states (if only Joe had let me buy this to go with it too)! Having never visited the Statue of Liberty before (the last time I had a chance, I was too frightened to hop on the boat across), we decided to brave the choppy seas (read: ten minute gently boat ride) across from Manhattan in order to absorb some history with a certain Ms. Liberty.

Fortunately, we were blessed with beautiful blue skies after a pretty grey start to the morning, so although we forgot our Factor 30- it certainly made for a warm welcome (pun totally intended), and made the queuing for photos all the more worth it and the view over Manhattan even more beautiful (I know, it was a hard feat)! As completely cheesy as it sounds, it felt truly special to be so close to such an iconic part of the cities history and such a special landmark (it was hard to not include about 30 different pictures of the statue from all angles), but I felt very glad that we managed to squeeze this in- after all, what's a city visit without playing tourist?! Plus, with this post going out on the 4th of July- it's pretty suitably timed too- Happy Independence Day!

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Don't forget to check out my New York blog here too!


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A visit to Coney Island...

Thursday, 2 July 2015

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(Dress: C/O The Jetset Diaries via ASOS (similar here and here), Sunglasses:C/O ASOS, Sandals: C/O ASOS, Bag: C/O River Island via ASOS, Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel)

Following on from my last post- the second part of our second day (what a mouthful)- was spent paying a little visit to New York's very own seaside superstar, Coney Island. A combination of all things twee, kitsch and wonderfully traditional about the seaside- Coney Island felt like a combination of Margate's Dreamland in it's prime and everything wonderfully bright and brilliant about Brighton too. Think hot dogs, ghost trains, sandy promenades and lots of candy floss and popcorn! Typically, being the Brit's that we are- we managed to bring the grey rainy weather to the coast with us too- but it certainly made us all the more determined to keep a smile on our faces- it wasn't that chilly after all- plus, meant we pretty much had the park to ourselves (and could've whizzed straight to the front of queues too, cheeky)!

After circuiting the park, and concluding it was a little too windy for a seaside stroll (you can probably tell from my mop, that the wind truly did me no favours)- Joe and I paid one more visit to the rides, discovering a certain Zoltar from one of my favourite films, Big! Although I can't be sure it was the exact one, I was careful in my attempts to not turn into Tom Hanks- and instead headed to the subway for a little shelter from the rain, and a trip back to the city before an evening of delicious dinner and catching one of our favourite bands, Wolf Alice- you're a good 'un New York!

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Visiting Brooklyn

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: River Island, Shoes: Office, Bag: Forever 21, Bracelets: Astrid & Miyu)

After arriving into New York on Wednesday morning, strolling around Soho in the late afternoon sunshine, doing a bit of shopping (Madewell happened, and oh please will they come to the U.K) and then retreating to the hotel with a big old takeaway pizza (read: my idea of total heaven)- Joe and I set off relatively bright and early (oh hiya, jet lag) for a day in Brooklyn- an area we'd only briefly visited during our last visit, but loved nonetheless!

With a plan of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and an afternoon on Coney Island on the agenda, we sadly weren't blessed with the blue skies of the previous day- but the cooler temperature (and, ahem, cool drizzle) meant it was suitably refreshing for a day on our feet. After trekking across the bridge (and stopping for numerous tourist photos), Joe and I headed across to Dumbo, after putting it near the top of our 'to visit' list whilst across the river. After getting distracted by a stationary shop fuelled by Pinterest goodness and Rifle Paper Co. (which will of course be in a guide coming up), we snapped some pictures (with this River Island dress equating to 'inbetweeny weather dress of dreams, and these Office bad boys being so damn comfy) before hot footing our way to the subway and making tracks to Coney Island (to be continued in my next post, dun dun duuuun)...

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P.S I've also got a blog of the whole trip on my Youtube channel, so if you can't wait for each post, head on over there!



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