Monday, 14 April 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year (if you live in DC)

It really is the most wonderful time to be in DC. The sun is shining, temps are consistently hitting 20-25C and the cherry blossom is in full bloom. After a ridiculously long, cold winter (and extremely harsh by DC standards, so i'm told) the cherry blossom was set to reach full bloom (70% of trees) around 11th April. And when they finally, what a sight. Like walking through a cotton candy wonderland...and when the petals fall it feels like a real life disco ball, shimmering specs of pink light all around.

The cherry blossom that surrounds the tidal basin is one of DC's most iconic sights. It's de rigour to jump on-board a pedalo (although the 1 1/2 hours queuing time was far from ideal) and the Jefferson Memorial and the Monument popping up in background only enhance that picture perfect snapshot. The 3,000 trees were a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912. In fact 2,000 trees were delivered in 1910 but they were diseased and died off so a new batch had to be sent! And now each year 1.5 million amateur photographers tourists descend on the city, hoping to catch a glimpse of the trees in bloom and to wonder round the city we now call home. And I feel very lucky indeed.

p.s. yes, I cut all my hair off. these aren't the best shots but we got up early to snap the blossom and extra zzzzs trumped over clean hair, as always. thank goodness for bastiste. x

The breakdown
Top: H&M
Skirt: made by me
Shoes: Old Dorothy Perkins
Sunnies: M&S
Bike Pannier: via Cycle Chic

Monday, 24 March 2014

Going au naturel

Despite the occasional glimpse of Spring and temps in the high teens here in DC we keep getting yanked back into winter with below freezing days and dumps of snow. I can't believe we're forecast another dump for tomorrow. SOMEONE MAKE IT STOP. PLEASE!

The weather has played havoc with my skin. And despite slapping on my "extra-moisturising" face cream, and exfoliating religiously my skin is still just blah. My chin keeps breaking out and generally i'm a little blotchy and red all over. Fun times. So I started exploring some natural remedies online. Surely it couldn't hurt to find solace in the kitchen cupboard? And I found my winning ingredient; turmeric.

Why turmeric?
The benefits of turmeric go on and on, but a few of it's super powers for skin include:
- Antibacterial
- Anti aging
- Exfoliant
- Helps to even out skin tone
- Keeps acne at bay

Need I go on? Ok, well it's also great if you suffer from insomnia. Mix 1/2 a teaspoon with a little cinnamon, a pinch of ground spice and a cup of milk, heat in the microwave and enjoy a restful night, zzzzzz.

What to do
Adapted from this recipe (btw this blog has a whole heap of natural remedies so be sure to check her out if you have a sec) this is all you need for a little weekly skin pick-me-up:

1 tablespoon flour (I used rice flour)
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon tumeric
A squeeze of honey

Mix it all together to form a paste then slap a thin layer all over your face. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off.

I used a spoon to smooth it on to prevent staining my hands - don't be worried about the tumeric staining your face, you'll be fine with a thin layer and a thorough wash :-)

My favourite part...cracking the mask when it's dry. Best to do this over a sink to catch any fallen bits. The glamorous side of beauty, eh?

After just one application my skin was noticeably more even in tone. And by the second week my breakouts had stopped. SCORE! Needless to say i'm now doing this treatment once a week.

And the best part? It's pretty much free. Or at the very least you'll need to invest in a jar of turmeric that'll last you for months. Muy bien indeed.

Happy Monday x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

"Why are you dressed like a 1950s housewife?"

...was how the Bot greeted me on his return from work yesterday. The fact that i'd been ironing his shirts, cleaning the flat and getting dinner ready only added to the overall effect. "Err 'cos it's comfy," was my response.

Life has been gently plodding along, catching up with new friends over brunch and dinner. I finally got round to buying myself a bike (I left my Pashley in the UK) so we've been exploring Rock Creek Park and i'm now zipping around town with tremendous speed. I fear we only have a couple of months before the summer humidity hits and it'll be air-conditioned taxis all around.

Happy hump day. x

The breakdown
Skirt: Primark
Shirt: H&M
Shoes: Primark
Cardigan clip: vintage via my grandmother

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

I got this feelin' on the summer day when you were gone

During my usual Saturday morning surf session in bed I stumbled on The Old Lucketts Store out in Leesburg, about an hour's drive from DC. A haven of vintage furniture, lighting, home ware, garden necessities and general bric-a-brac, some in need of restoration, others good to go. This three story 1910 house is perfect for a little mooch around and was it not for the fact that we live in a small one-bedroom flat with a tiny balcony I would definitely have scooped up a few "projects" - anyone else find it hard to resist old shutters? 

Once a month the store also opens The Design House in another of the houses on this plot. Every room has been thoughtfully put together and it's a great place to get some interior design ideas. The best part? Everything is for sale, even the wallpaper. 

And in other snowed. Again. And it's freezing. Enough now, ok?

Song: Icona Pop - I love it

Friday, 21 February 2014

Somebody said you got a new friend...

Urgh. I've been in a serious style and face rut the past month. So bored of wearing jeans + snow boots. And my face has ever so kindly erupted all over my chin. There has been no reason to ever leave the confines of my apartment. Melodramatic? Moi? These are serious #firstworldproblems issues people. I've watched all three seasons of Girls and have convinced myself that I should totally be in the show. And that I can pass for 24. I LOVE THAT SHOW (and yesterday a girl, probably around 15, said my, this, outfit was cool. Oh yeah I still got it!). We've also dived into new series, True Detective. A fantastic whodunit mystery starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Swoon indeed. Thank goodness for HBO catch-up.

I'm glad to report that there has been a little glimpse of spring the past few days. The temps have risen above -1 and I remembered that a) the outside world is a pretty nice place, b) I have a few dresses lurking at the back of my wardrobe and c) fresh air does wonders for your skin. Who knew.

Give it a couple of months and i'll be complaining it's too hot. Because that's what us Brits do best, right? Moan about the weather. I'm sure you're glad i've not become all American on y'all. x

The Breakdown
Dress: H&M
Jumper: ASOS
Boots: M&S
Glasses: Karen Millen
Watch: Olivia Burton