Thursday, 6 October 2016

Autumn Beach Trips

I grew up in Essex, and some times it pains me that the rest of the country and even some parts of the world have such a skewed impression of this beautiful county. There is a lot of class and beauty here and people don't always see that, it's not all fake tans and skimpy dresses. If you take the time to look you'll discover idyllic scenes of perfection like these stunning pastel beach huts that line the shore in Mersea Island.

Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge

Sunday was the most perfect clear Autumn day, and getting down to the beach nice and early meant we pretty much had it all to ourselves and could enjoy the utter tranquillity and perfection of the morning as the sun started breaking through, glittering on the incoming tide. It was honestly so amazing I felt like I didn't want to leave, I could have relished the moment for an eternity.

West mersea beach huts, essex

Discussions quickly turned to why don't we buy a beach hut!? I want a lilac one, ooooh or the pretty blue one, but that green one is so cute......

Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge

There was a lovely crispness to the air, but it was still warm enough to be walking around in just this cute jumper dress from Miss Selfridge, I love the detail on the neckline and it's made from such soft material and hangs so well. I find it so flattering for my figure, and feel confident in it.

Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, pastel beach hut
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, mersea island
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge

I still love my black biker boots as much as the day I bought them in August, they have just enough heel without me being uncomfortable, so I can run around in these all day. The tiny black crystals on the straps add a little bit of interest without being over the top. I have always loved combining girly dresses with more grungy boots, it suits my style, feminine but wild at heart.

Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge
Michelle Louise Love, black jumper dress, Miss Selfridge
Michelle Louise Love
Michelle Louise Love

All the crisp sea air made us feel quite hungry, I'd spotted a lovely little cafe called 'two sugars' on the hillside with a lovely little wooden veranda that overlooked the beach and thought it was the perfect spot for some breakfast.

two sugars cafe west mersea

Nothing fancy, good honest beans on toast but boy, look at that view!

two sugars cafe west mersea, essex
two sugars cafe west mersea, essex

After breakfast we strolled along the beach a little more because I was really not ready to head home, maybe it's because I grew up by the sea that I feel very at peace close to the water.


west mersea, essex, beach
mersea island beach, essex

We found a little bench tucked away on the corner of the sand and took a seat for a minute, we were even joined by a little cricket, not to mention the annoying wasp that tried to stick its nose in and break the peace!

I enjoy exploring Essex and heading to new places as well rediscovering places I went as a child like Mersea where I spent so many summers playing on the beach and playing golf at the since shut pitch and putt.
There is so much more to Essex than Brentwood and Towie, I really hope this inspires you to explore this beautiful county.

West Mersea beach
West Mersea beach


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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The New Lush Products You Need In Your Life

Lush Christmas 2016


We all know that Halloween and Christmas seem to creep up on you, one minute it's summer and then bam! The weather has turned, you're reaching for your jumpers and thinking about buying pumpkins. So after hours on Saturday night I was invited along to be shown all the new goodies Lush have brought out for Halloween and Christmas, there was the return of some old favourites but also some brand new treats to enjoy.

We were welcomed in by the friendly Lush staff and offered a glass of sparkling elder flower, which just happens to be my favourite drink. Then before they could even say hello we were all busy snapping pictures of the new products we had spotted.

shoot for the stars, lush, bath bomb


We got to smell our way through lots of bath bombs, bubble bars and soaps and see some of them in action as well.

lush christmas 2016

From the halloween collection I really loved the fireside soap, it's got a beautiful warm burning scent that is so comforting and reminiscent of childhood bonfire nights.

Autumn leaf, lush
Lush christmas 2016
Lush bath bombs

Lush have got some great new products this year to keep everyone happy, there's perfect little bits that will please the kids (and some adults) like Santasaurus a cute little dino on a stick to more grown up fragrances like Ruby red slippers which is just the epitome of Christmas full of warm spicy scents.

Ruby red slippers
Lush halloween
Lush Christmas 2016

How cute are these little gifts? Perfect for children with their fun packaging.

Lush Christmas 2016
Lush Christmas 2016

Have you been to check out the new Lush products yet? I think they are well worth it.

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