The Animals Vacation - illustrated by Shel and Jan Haber Another set of amazing vintage illustrations today, this time with a vacation theme! Don't you just love everything about that illustration by Shel and Jan Haber, totally makes sense for a penguin, rabbit, bear, monkey and panda to be holidaying together doesn't it? That travel bag too!
The Happy Lion's Vacation - illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
The happy lion decided to travel by hot air balloon it seems, I would love to have a copy of this book, I wonder what happened that made them land in the sea?
Traveling can be pretty pricey so maybe it seems the best mode of transport. On the subject of costs of holidays this guide from Deal Checker provides some useful tips on how to save those pennies when planning a trip, whether you are traveling in the UK or abroad. What's great about this guide is it's been put together by a number of blogging experts in the field of travel. I'll always go to a blog for a insight into a place before a travel brochure so I love that they have included so many 'real experiences' well worth a read.
Many beauty tips that apply to a night
out also apply to the rest of the time. Looking after your skin will
stand you in good stead twenty-four hours a day, as will getting
plenty of exercise. These five tips will really help you to look good
for those occasions when you get to spend time out with your friends
or partner and you just want to relax and know you look good.
Start at the top!
One of the first things someone may
notice about you is your hair. It can be seen before somebody is
close enough to see your face and can make a lasting impression, so
it's important that it's well looked-after. However, when you want to
enjoy yourself, you shouldn't choose a style that is awkward to
maintain and it's probably not a good time to experiment. Choosing a
style you've had before, which you know will suit you and will be
relatively low maintenance, will give you confidence and help you to
Dare to bare!
more attractive than healthy-looking tanned skin, but that's
impossible to achieve in our climate. You can fake it, though. You
can use St. Tropez’s fake tan to give you a sun-kissed glow,
without the inconvenience or risks of sunbathing or sunbed use and
will show off your clothes and make-up to their best advantage.
Choose make-up carefully. Consider what
clothes you'll be wearing so you don't use clashing colours. Also,
bear in mind where you'll be going; if you'll be indoors in a dimmer
light, you will need something a little bolder than if you'll be
outside in the evening light. Either accentuate your eyes or your
mouth, but not both; you don't want to look as though you dropped in
on your way to your job at the circus. Try to avoid make-up that will
need constant touching up as it's a nuisance for you and can waste a
lot of time.
Show off your assets!
Picking an outfit for a night out can
be tricky, but a couple of simple rules should help. Be clear about
what you're likely to be doing - there's no sense in wearing a tight
skirt and super-high heels if you'll be walking a lot - and get an
honest opinion from a friend. It's difficult to judge what your best
physical attributes are, but a friend or a sister can help you work
that out and then you can make informed choices. If you have a great
waist, pinch it in with a belt; if your legs are amazing, show them
off in a mini and if your bust is your best asset, don't be afraid to
wear a revealing neckline.
Add the finishing touches
You don't want to ruin your beautiful
look with horrible nails, but if your job ruins them or if they're
bitten down to the quick, consider getting some false ones for the
evening. If you have them professionally applied, they can last for
weeks, which is long enough to get out of the habit of biting them.
Even if you don't want to go to that expense, there are many home
nail kits that will last for a few days and will put the icing on the
The most important thing to try for
when you're going out is a look that will give you confidence. If
you're happy that you've made your best effort, you'll be able to let
your hair down and have a well-deserved fabulous evening.
I love this 'behind the lines' project by illustrator Alessandra Olanow, I've followed the series for a while and as well as loving the illustrations I always discover new products along the way too!
When it comes to make up I pretty much stick with what I know, liquid eyeliner, bit of mascara and blush and done. However lately I've been getting into watching some beauty Youtuve videos and learning quite a lot, I even bought myself an eyebrow pencil! It's funny how bigger brows are having a comeback, when I was a teenager is was all about them being as thin as possible!
The other thing I've been investing time in is a good moisturiser and cleanser, I was told once (by my mum I think!) that cold water is the best toner so no need to spend a huge amount of money on that. I also got my eyebrows threaded for the first time the other day (ouch!) I was really surprised how much it hurts so I'm also looking into laser hair removal for those caterpillars ;) a friend has laser treatment for her legs and says she wished she had done it years ago, would you try it?
I found some of these articles on hair removal here quite interesting actually as well as some great tips on Manuka honey for acne treatment (that stuff works wonders for so much!). I've also recently started oil pulling and I'm really impressed with how clean it is making my mouth feel.
If there is one thing I love, love, love it's coffee. Oh my gosh there is not one day that goes by when I don't have one. As a parent there are not many times I get to indulge and so coffee is my go-to treat and pick-me-up.
My favourite time of day to drink coffee is just after the nursery drop off, I might sit in a cafe and people watch whilst sipping slowly or grab a takeaway latte from my local cafe on the way back to work-from-home.
I've spoken with my boyfriend for a good while how a coffee machine would most certainly save us a great deal of money, gone would be my cafe priced indulgences and instead I could enjoy the same quality treat in the comfort of our own home, maybe drunk with the paper on a Sunday morning? (Oh wait no that's a luxury pre-motherhood surely?).
Caffe Cagliari are an Italian family run company that have been making good coffee for over 100 years. You can learn all about their history and coffee making methods on their site but what I found great to know was that their capsules were Nespresso compatible. This means I have even more reason to convince the boyfriend of our need for a good home coffee machine!