LA Adventures: BEAUTY HAUL... and some other stuff

16 Oct 2014


It's been about a month since now since I got back from LA, and it's taken me this long to sit down and do a mini haul post on what I bought whilst in La-La land. I didn't do much shopping on this trip, but I did manage to go to Sephora which was at the top of my 'Shops to go to' list.

If you're sitting comfortably, I'll do a quick run down of the things I bought... ready?

LA Confidential

17 Sep 2014


Actually, it's not really confidential as I'm about to share with you all the things that I saw, places I went, and food that I ate during my recent trip to Los Angeles.

Here is my LA diary - http://bit.ly/Jesso_In_LA

Travel Packing - My Ideal Wash Bag from Cath Kidston

6 Sep 2014

New toiletries bag alert!
Ok. I'm excited as I have travel plans on the horizon - I am going to LA for the first time! Even though I hate packing my clothes and shoes etc, I actually like packing my toiletries so I am always on the look out for the perfect toiletries bag / wash bag / whatever you want to call it.

My criteria:
- Can't be too big or bulky
- Must fit EVERYTHING I need. Eliminate need for extra bags/pouches etc. (excluding carry on toiletries pouch)
-Must fit everything NEATLY
- Looks nice

Obsessed with Roommate

22 Aug 2014

Image via: Roommate SBS
Don't worry the title of this post isn't as crepy as it sounds. I haven't gone all Single White Female on you, nor am I talking about the creepy Leighton Meester / Minka Kelly movie - The Room Mate. I am refering to the  South Korean reality TV show currently on SBS - Roommate.

In a nutshell, Roommate is 11 Korean celebrities  - comedians, singers, 'idols', models, actors, actresses, sports personalitlies - ranging in age and fame, all brought together to live in a house filled with lots of cameras to watch their every move. Sound familiar?

Worth it's Weight in Alpha H - Liquid Gold

20 Aug 2014


Growing up, the age old adage of 'Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize' was drummed into me by my mum. I however, did  not understand the 'tone' part and so pretty much skipped that step until my mid '20s. That was until I discovered Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic on good old QVC. It's a lovely floral concoction of natural goodness that feels nice and refreshing when spritzed on to the skin, and I still use it. Thankfully it is now more widely available across the UK and can even be ordered internationally from her website. 

Anyway, I digress...

Since my first foray into toners was a success for my skin, I've been more intrigued by them - especially exfoliating toners. Now that I'm in my '30s, I' suppose I'm trying to make up for the years and years of skin 'toning' that I missed out on. 

An exoliating toner is exactly what is sounds like it is - a liquid solution that exfoliates the skin without using beads, grains, scrubby things etc. Instead, it uses acids. Now before you run for the hills at the thought of putting acid on your face. Let me tell you that it's not as scary or as harsh as you think it sounds. 

Make & Do: Handprinted Stationery

13 Aug 2014

Work in Progress. Image made using - Studio
Making something takes me to my happy place.
People often talk about the rush of endorphins they get from doing things that make them happy, well making stuff does that for me. After a day of writing at the computer, sometimes all I need to do is get out my pens, watercolours, and a notebook and just doodle.

However, there are days when I want to actually make something tangible. I am by no means a professional arts & crafter, and a lot of what I do is trial and error, and often looks like a 6-year old made it (no offence 6 year olds) but it is the process of 'making' that I find most pleasing.

About a month ago now, I decided I wanted to make some stationery so that I could write some letters, you know - taking communication back to the old-school. So, I got out my tools and did just that...

SEINFELD - Funny then, Still funny now

9 Aug 2014

Image via: Parade.condenast.com

"Say Vandelay!"

This quote screamed by George as he runs across the room with trousers around his ankles before tripping and falling has got to be one of my all time favourite Seinfeld moments. 

In the last couple of months, Edward and I have watched all of Seinfeld again, and I must say it's as funny now as it was then. In fact, I think I found it funnier this time round. 

The antics and coffee shop conversations of these four New York friends who seem to be irritated by the world around them, and at times with each other, just entertain me. 

Seoul Adventures Part 2 - Food

3 Aug 2014

Korean pancakes and salads
When visiting a new place, food is just as important as seeing the sights. Well, I think so anyway. It doesn't have to be a fancy, 'trendy', or expensive. It just has to be yum. Here's Part 2 of my Seoul Adventures - the selection of food I ate whilst in Seoul.  *Warning*  may cause hunger.

Where I Stayed in Seoul

2 Aug 2014

Hotel ShinShin Robes and Towels
A couple of weeks ago I got take my first trip to Seoul. Edward (The Husband) had to go for a conference and I got to tag along. So whilst he was busy going to meetings, I got to explore.

However, let's start at the beginning and the basics of the trip - Where we stayed and How we got there.

Who I flew with: Korean Air
I used Skycanner to find a matching flight so that I could fly with Edward. I think I've mentioned my feelings on Korean Air before when we flew to New York. What's not to love about an airline that has seats that actually fit normal sized human beings so you don't have to tuck your knees into your nostrils. Again, Korean Air got 2 thumbs up from me.

Now for the hotels...

Seoul Adventures Part 1 - Shopping

1 Aug 2014

Mirror Selfie in Seoul
Greetings from Seoul!
Ok, technically I've been back from Seoul for a week now, but I just wanted to share some of my Seoul adventures with you.

If you want to know about the travel aspect of the trip: who we flew with and where we stayed etc. you're in luck. You can read all about it on my travel blog where I've done a whole post on - Where I Stayed  - Seoul.

If you want to read about shopping and food in Seoul, then get comfy. First up - SHOPPING...