turning 29 in paris

On the Pont de la Concorde, Paris

for my birthday my fella totally spoilt me by treating me to 4 days in the city of light. ahhh paris! films, books, the internet – all are guilty of giving us expectations of places we’ve never been but paris is one of those rare places that really is everything you hope it will be. this was actually my 3rd visit but until last weekend i’d only ever hopped on the eurostar & back on the same day so it was wonderful getting to know the world’s most beautiful city that bit better. as they say, paris is always a good idea.

we spent my actual birthday exploring most of central paris, including having a late breakfast at angelina (their hot chocolate is world-famous for a reason & oh my that millefeuille…) & enjoying the views from the eiffel tower. we rounded off a perfect day with cocktails & the most amazing burgers at bespoke, complete with a huge fountain candle. don’t let anyone tell you the service in paris sucks.

i would move here in a moment if my french extended to any level beyond basic. je t’aime, paris! je vais revenir.

becky

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hiking in durmitor national park (& tales of stolen charcuterie)

Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro

it’s here – the final montenegro post! i know, i can hardly believe it either. i realise i’ve milked this holiday blog-wise so to wrap up here are some snaps of not 1 but 3 locations: ostrog monastery, zablijak & podgorica. actually, only kind-of podgorica as it was desperately ugly & un-photogenic but hey, it had an airport with flights to london.

more impressive were the monastery & zablijak’s durmitor national park, where we spent 2 days hiking, lizard-spotting & picnicking on meats & cheeses stolen from the hotel’s buffet breakfast (don’t feel bad for them, it was a really terrible hotel). next up – paris!

becky

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some new beauty buys

Beauty products | Konjac sponge, Denevit toothpaste, Moroccanoil hair brush, Real Techniques make up brushes

i’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to beauty. besides my beloved denevit (the best teeth-whitening toothpaste), i’ve always bought whatever was on offer when it was needed. recently though i’ve been splurging on some ‘proper’ products. i’m currently in paris celebrating my 29th birthday (how did that happen?) & it’s time to start looking after – & treating! – myself.

with overly-sensitive skin one thing i can’t justify the expense of is a clarisonic but at under 8 quid the konjac sponge was worth a go. while my skin still isn’t 100% blemish-free i could literally feel how much cleaner it was from the first use. after some trial & error, i use this in the evening every 2 days & i’ll be buying another when it needs replacing in a couple of months.

as autumn approaches i’ve had my annual cutting-back-in of my fringe (no doubt i’ll grow it out just in time to have it cut back in next september) & having had a huge declutter this year i was in need of a new round brush. you know i love moroccanoil & their ceramic barrel brush was (rightly) highly-rated so home it came.

generally when people rave about something i wait to see if the dust settles rather than rushing out to buy, as was the case with the much talked-about real techniques core collection kit & stippling brush. i have to say, while i love the concealer, contour & stippling brushes, i find the foundation brush too small (though i am getting used to it). what have you been buying lately? any recommendations to share?