The low down: April 2018

29th April 2018

This week, I’ve decided to try a little something new. Meet ‘the low down’, which is essentially a mash-up of favourites and a monthly diary. I’m always finding that there are odd little bits I want to talk about but simply don’t warrant a whole blog post. Similarly, I don’t always love enough things for a favourites, so the low down is born from me wanting somewhere to store all that loveliness.

Cornish Escape

Every year, we try to go on a ‘Luna holiday’ and by that, I mean a staycation where we can take our sausage dog Luna. We’ll often go abroad or to a spa and obviously those places don’t tend to be somewhere we can take her so we’ll usually opt for somewhere in the country or by the beach where she can run around freely. This year, we chose Mullion in South Cornwall where we stayed at Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat, a Darwin Escapes lodge. I’ve wanted to visit Cornwall for years and I couldn’t believe how lucky we were with the weather – I’m ashamed to say we got very burnt! Much of our time was spent on long walks, our favourite of which was the six mile coastal walk about The Lizard Peninsula which had simply stunning views of the biggest, bluest sea. We spent a day sunbathing at the beach which is Luna’s favourite place, accompanied by fish and chips and ice cream, naturally! Cornwall has climbed to the very top of my favourite UK places and I started thinking about going back, right from the moment we left.

Book bingeing

Cornwall was a five and a half hour drive which although not so great for Matt who was driving, meant that I got a lot of time to read. I’ve been so busy lately that I don’t often get time to plough through a book as I would like. I probably read about three books in total in April but my favourite was a book called Skin Deep by Liz Nugent. It’s a psychological thriller which starts with the protagonist, Delia Russell, hurriedly leaving her flat after a violent encounter. We then work through Delia’s eventful and often controversial life. Now I need to apologise because Skin Deep isn’t actually released until the 15th of November. I was sent an advanced proof copy to review through NetGalley – a website I would thoroughly recommend joining if you like your books. I’d wholeheartedly recommend Skin Depp although as a warning, it does contain some incredibly dark moments which even left me wincing.

Returning to Gilead

You have no idea how excited I was for season two of Handmaid’s Tale. Matt and I absolutely devoured Season One and don’t think either of us has watched something that has made such an impression on us both for quite a while. The concept is both fascinating and terrifying with an incredible cast. To very briefly give you an idea, the show is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and is set in a dystopian future where fertile women or ‘handmaids’ are forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate the country. That is all I’m going to tell you but so much happens and I seriously recommend watching – just don’t be surprised if you end up binge watching! Season Two has only just begun but I’m loving it so far.

Making changes

I’ve had dark hair for pretty much the majority of my life. I dipped my toe into ombre for a brief period of time, but other than that, I’ve left my hair well alone. I’ve always wanted to go lighter but was too nervous to do anything about it. I think it was mainly the fact that I assumed whatever I did would be high maintenance and my roots would cause me issues. That and I was convinced it would go wrong. But a few weeks ago, I took the plunge and booked myself in for what turned out to be a four-hour appointment at the hairdressers. Huge credit to my hairdresser who was bloody brilliant and put me right at ease. She was so confident in what she was doing that I instantly relaxed and was actually excited to see the results. “What if I don’t like it?” I’d whined to Matt during the days before, but when I finally got see the finished results, I was absolutely thrilled! I went for balayage where the dye is painted on in a way to create a gradual, natural effect and as my roots weren’t dyed, means I won’t need to go back all time. In fact, I probably won’t need to go back for another six months. It’s so nice to be lighter ready for the warmer months and in fact, I’m even tempted to blonder!

Spring has sprung

It’s been a while since I’ve been to any blog events so when I received an email from Queensgate Shopping Centre inviting me to ‘Queensgate Sprung’, a fashion garden event, I couldn’t wait to go. And what a beauty it was! There was a spectacular flower wall which my fellow QBloggers and I took great joy in having photos in front of as well as giant garden swing simply made for boomerangs. The garden combined four different areas, waiting to be explored. Stylists and beauty experts were ready to give advice and makeovers at the Rose Garden while the Herb Garden was the perfect places for kids to get involved with flower pot decorating. The Scented Garden was particularly impressive with huge flowers which, when pressed, would spray a scent to leave you smelling divine, courtesy of The Perfume Shop. Not only was it such a lovely event to celebrate Spring but it was so nice to get together with fellow bloggers like Laura and Lucy.

A huge thank you to the following retailers who kindly contributed towards are lovely goody bag too: Elsa Rose, Style, John Lewis, The Occulist and Boots.

It’s been really lovely to pull this post together and I definitely think it’s something I want to try again, where applicable! I’d love to know your April lowdown – let me know in the comments!