Winter Dress 3

The final part of my winter dress series features yet another H&M dress. This is an unusual dress, its high necked, long sleeved and quite long which could make the whole thing quite dowdy. However, the print, the flowy fabric and the ability to wear this dress in three different ways makes it a winner.

First just as it is.

Then with a belt changes the look completely.

And finally with jeans underneath. A modern take on wearing a dress.



Asian Skincare

There are so many new products to try when I go to Malaysia but Hada Labo has always been a favourite and this time I discovered these two products from the exfoliating range – the Mild Peeling Lotion and the Mild Exfoliating Face wash. Both these products contain AHAs and BHAs as the exfoliants which as you probably know are very effective as getting rid of dead skin and other nasties. This leaves your skin brighter, cleaner and helps to rejuvenate the skin’s surface.

Both of these are very mild and can be used everyday. I love these and will be re-stocking whenever I go back!

Next is a new discovery – Bio-Essence. I only decided to try these two “bio-gold waters”. One in Gold and the other Rose Gold. The blurb says they tackle the following –

1. Fine Pores – Tightens unsightly enlarged pores
2. Firm and Supple – Improves skin’s elasticity to prevent sagging
3. Wrinkle defy – Plumps up skin to defy wrinkles and fine lines
4. Sebum balanced – Regulates moisture and sebum balance
5. Energized – Activates skin renewal for a youthful skin
6. Luminous radiance – Restores a naturally glowing complexion

The Rose Gold is also infused with unique Japanese rose extract – Eijitsu, which helps to quench skin with much needed hydration and refine pores.

They are quite viscous and therefore you don’t need to use much. I can definitely feel the hydrating benefits – the rest I will wait and see. BUT I really do like these in the winter, after my exfoliating toner and before my moisturiser to give me added moisture.

The Landing/Study

This is an odd space to write about specifically but I have to say I just love sitting at my desk on the landing so I thought I may as well write about it too! So before it was fairly sparse as you can see but straightaway I knew this was going to be my study! Having only 2 bedrooms means that you have to be a bit clever with where you put things and this landing is huge so lends itself well to being a working space as opposed to dead space!

This is the landing after. The main feature is the wallpaper from the hallway that wraps all the way round. I love that it creates this enclosed space around the desk and really frames the space making it special and not just a landing. I love the skylight above the desk, its a great place to watch the rain or the stars…

The desk was made for the space so stretches the length and depth of the nook and gives me loads of space both on the desk and below. I am planning lots of baskets etc to store things in but for now I am using what I already had.

The office chair is new and from Made. I love the grey fabric and the brass legs. I have added a velvet cushion and a colourful throw to add comfort and interest. The rug under the desk is from Homesense.

On the desk I have lots of things that are either functional or just pretty!

Candles and plants of course, and just other bits and pieces!

In the corner of the landing I have an old step ladder which I am using to display my collection of small plants. The skylight above the desk means that they are doing really well here.

I love the view from either end of the landing.

So thats my landing/study. A great little space for me and my daughter to work, but also just a lovely spot for a bit of contemplation with a coffee or a glass of wine..