I always have the best intentions to get my monthly favourites all done and dusted at the end of the month. This month alluded me.  Photography commissions for Sovereign brands and Lancome have kept me occupied the past couple of weeks, and I needed to prioritise. It was time to take this post out of my drafts folder, make amendments and press publish.  These are my highlights of March.

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clara

Penhaligons Clara

Continuing on with the Penhaligon’s Portraits story sees Clandestine Clara, mistress to Lord George. I have enjoyed this fragrance family as it feeds into our need for an experience,  helping us to understand the fragrance on another level. A spicy and woody, complement to the Lord George scent, Clara is a gourmand that is equally sweet,  smoky, and velvety.

Top Notes

Rhum Vanilla

Heart Notes

Cinnamon Musk

Base Notes

Ambery Patchouli


Big little lies

Netflix is cool and all (I really love you) but I have burned though all my favourites, three times over.  I needed a new series to watch, and only came Sky with big little lies. The mega cast including Reese Wetherspoon, Shailene Wood, Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz, was enough to lead me to set a reminder for its launch.  The show does not disappoint.

The way the dark comedic story develops, and how the scenes are revealed are undeniably sexy. Big little lies is set in the supposed tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California. The three protagonists who are all mothers– Madeline, Celeste and Jane – navigate conflicts, secrets and betrayals in their own relationships; as well as the minefield, that is the school playground. Big little lies is a more glossier, provocative, modern desperate housewives, if you needed a comparison.

Nip & Fab

Nip and Fab release makeup

Hands up who gets excited when they find their perfect shade of foundation! Nip & Fab have ventured into makeup, and they are not messing around, making sure to do it right. They have released a series of colour correctors, concealers, lipsticks, palettes and foundations that cater from pale right though to dark skin for us brown beauties.  I have dark skin but it can still be hard to find that right shade of brown.  Nip & fab have you covered with the light or dark mixer if you need to take their darkest shade down or up a notch.

Shop the selection

Taste Inc.

taste inc

Seriously ask Kirsty about how much I love chicken, she knows.  My family always poke fun at me, and ask so what are you cooking with chicken today? When the chance arose to try the new chargrilled chicken breast fillets from Taste Inc. it was a no brainer. This really isn’t sponsored, I  could eat these chicken fillets all day, individually packed, already cooked and seasoned, store in the fridge.  I have used them for super speedy stir fry, an impromptu picnic with the kids, and as a snack.

Drink Better Coffee

coffeegator pour over kettle

CoffeeGator are encouraging us to drink better coffee. Put those ground coffee granules to work and hop aboard the pour over movement.  Their precision kettle provides the ideal  pour over you need, which is a smooth and precise water flow.  The ‘gooseneck’ spout design, and temperature gauge allows for better coffee every time, for when you have the time.

Oh K!

oh k lip balms

Oh K!, the Korean inspired beauty brand have launched an exclusive range of must-have beauty treats and accessories in Boots.  Oh K! is utterly cute and quirky, and me and my daughters each have our own moisturising lip balms. The adorably sweet characters available in cotton candy, jasmine, white peach and cherry blossom flavours, can’t help but make you say, awwwwww!! Even when you get past their cutesiness, the lip balms do work, and you get to also look cute applying it.

oh k lip balms

First Class Faves

Benefit first class faves exclusive to world duty free

My wanderlust is setting in and I am starting to make  plans on how to get the next tattoo on my passport. The one thing I do know, is that beauty essentials from World duty  free will have me covered.  The Benefit first class faves travel set exclusive to WDF Includes six travel size mini  lust worthy bestsellers.

  • Chachatint mango-tinted lip & cheek stain travel size mini
  • POREfessional PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Dandelion dew soft baby-pink radiance for cheeks
  • Dandelion baby-pink brightening face powder
  • Roller lash super-curling & lifting mascara
  • Total moisture facial cream hydra-concentrated facial cream.
Tongue in chic

tongue in chic book review

Last but certainly not least, is newly released book by Illustrator Angelica Hicks, Tongue in chic. So witty, and almost a series of insider  jokes, as the fashion related visual puns, will be hilarious to the ones who understand its origin.  The talented Illustrator  has collaborated with Vogue, Net-a-Porter and Yoox. and really was only a matter of time, that she would immortalise her depictions in one great book. I am very visual, so I appreciate that it gets right to the crux of illustrations. The pages are not watered down with paragraphs of how images came about, and so forth. This is just a really fun, chic book that will make you smile.  Chris Martini anyone? Get the book, it’s much cleverer in there.