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Downsizing our beauty bag

With lots of travelling tends to comes lots of packing and if you're anything like us, overpacking is a constant issue. The last thing you want is an overcrowded bag, bursting at the seams with a huge unnecessary make up bag.  
We're off to Valencia today so we've had to think wisely about what essentials to pack. The one blessing we've had this time round is our new 'Nude by Nature three minute glow kits'. They have been our life saviours. (Especially post Fashion week!) The three minute glow kit pretty much sums itself up in the title. Three products applied in three minutes which gives you an instant glow and beauty. We don't tend to wear much makeup as we like to keep our look as natural as possible but even more importantly we don't have the time to spend hours applying it so this simple glow kit has been perfect for achieving that look quickly, whilst keeping our luggage under control as well!
The glow kit contains the sheer glow BB cream which is great for evening out your skin tone and giving you a natural, luminous finish. It also comes with an amazingly soft blending brush.The thing we love most about the BB cream, is that it is super light weight and gives you a non-greasy finish. So no need for extra powder on top, girls! 
It also contains all natural ingredients (bonus!) such as the Vitamin C- rich Australian Kakadu Plum, Quandong, Desert Lime, Aloe Vera and Desert date oil.  All packed with active anti-ageing qualities, so no more wrinkles coming our way anytime soon.
The Kit also comes with a perfecting concealer and the 'Allure' defining mascara. Basically all the makeup we need in simply three products. Winning.
One thing we won't be worrying about in Valencia is having to carry a full stash of makeup with us so we can enjoy the city and culture and all it has to offer.

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Mauritius - A Christmas Getaway

The festive season though traditionally associated with present giving, family time, warm fires and an excuse to eat & drink your whole body weight in yorkshire puddings & alcohol was this year our excuse to break tradition and exchange it for a Christmas chilling in the sun and sea far away from the madding crowd! 

So after our incredible week in the Maldives we ventured south of Mauritius to a place called Bel Ombre and stayed at the ‘Outrigger Mauritius 5* Beach Resort’ one of the most exquisite beachfront resorts with glorious indian ocean views situated amongst a cool tropical garden.

We stayed here for 11 days and when we say we chilled we literally C-H-I-L-L-E-D! So much so that we didn’t even leave our resort, that’s how much we loved it! Hehe  

Our apartment backed onto the beach so we woke up early most mornings made a cup of coffee and chilled on the green for a good hour soaking in the delightful views. The weather definitely didn't let us down! Most days we had beautiful blue skies with temperatures of around 28 degrees.

Whilst staying in the resort, we got involved in a number of different activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, Tennis and Ping Pong. We also took a trip in a glass bottom boat to explore the vast amounts of oddly shaped coral inhabiting the sea, which sadly is being destroyed due to water pollution & careless tourism! Note: Don't tread on coral guys, it's precious and one of the most valuable and diverse ecosystems on the planet. 

Taking full advantage of our 'chilled' holiday we had a fully relaxing pamper day at the Navasana Spa with a full body massage, then a dip in a -10 plunge pool and steam room. 

Christmas day was spent at the Plantation Club, a private lounge for guest club members only, we arrived for a 7 course brunch which served up a variety of different food from fresh oysters, sushi, salmon, beef wellington, and a selection of pastries and cakes for dessert, oh and not to forget a variety of different champagnes and wine to get us in the festive spirit! What a delicious feast, so delicious I couldn't move from my seat for a good half hour until I built up the energy to attempt a few lengths in the pool to help aid the digestion.

Another incredible holiday and one that we definitely won't forget anytime soon, I'm sure next time we will explore the Island a little more but for any of you who are interested in going to Mauritius, The Outrigger resort provided a 5* experience leaving us feeling rejuvenated and ready for our next adventure to Marrakech to see in the New Year! 

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A festive exploration with Origins

It's no secret that Loanne and I both love a good old adventure so when skincare brand Origins invited us to explore 600 acres of wild animal reserve at Port Lympne with an overnight stay in our very own luxury tree houses we couldn't help but get a tad excited! 

We arrived on Thursday morning to a delectable spread of healthy treats & detox smoothies in the main mansion house. By midday a small group of us were taken around the reserve where we saw a number of wild animals from Rhinos, Zebras, Giraffes and Lions roaming freely in over 600 acres of Kent countryside. It was bizarre that these wild animals were residing here yet I had no doubt that these animals were treated with love and respect as our tour guide spoke with such passion and affirmation towards them.

When the safari trip came to an end we had a delicious, healthy and nutritious lunch followed by an afternoon of relaxation in our gorgeous luxury tree houses. Upon arrival we were presented with a luxury hamper full of yummy treats and a welcome note from Origins and products dotted around the treehouse to ensure our stay was as relaxing & tranquil as possible.

Loanne and I then decided to unleash our inner explorer that little more and drive around the reserve in our own personal golf buggy's. Typical that we got lost on route the primate trail and ended up going around in circles countless times (Oops!). When the rain started to fall we dashed back to our tree houses and made hot chocolate and watched the sun set over Port Lympne. Words can't describe how lovely it was.

As the night approached we ended with a gorgeous vegetarian dinner hosted by Origins who presented their exciting Christmas ad. To top off a lovely meal we ended with festive fireside drinks and toasted marshmallows on a lovely open wood fire whilst listening to Christmas tunes and sipping on mulled wine. The whole experience was truly magical & festive and somewhere we'd definitely like to return (maybe next time with a guy as it's super romantic! ) We truly unleashed our inner explorer at Port Lympne and became lost in the wondrous world of Origins Christmas collection 2016!

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A Magique Experience!

We're always amazed at how fast London Fashion Week goes, with so much preparation & nervous anticipation the week can flash before your eyes without a second to stop, breath and digest it all, and that's exactly how it felt for Loanne and I. 

It was a week of running between show to show, outfit changes, DJ'ing, exciting presentations, networking and rushing around like headless chickens. Headless chickens aside, it was an epic few days and a certain few things that admittedly kept us going such as our stop over at L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët.

For those who are not yet familiar with it, L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët is an immersive lifestyle experience curated by prestigious champagne brand, Perrier-Jouët Located at 147 Wardour street, right in the hub of the city, (ideal!) The brand has created an immersive experience surrounding a new vision of nature and an unexpected contrast in the urban city of London. Sounds almost magical right?

Well we went to check it out on Thursday and loved it so much we came back to the space three times during LFW. On entering, there’s an awesome installation which includes a vertical system of 3-D printed elements suspended from the ceiling on a network of brass tubes which grow down from the ceiling, like branches of a tree. Suspended on these are the champagne glasses, which you can take off and serve champagne at your disposal! Fancy, hey?

Downstairs is where the magic happens. It’s the worlds first bio-responsive garden, an installation which mimics the movements of the visitors, complete with a hidden eden cellar. Really cool yet slightly trippy. Loanne and I spent a good fifteen minutes in here before our DJ gig, prancing around like whimsical witches and feeling like we were in Alice in Wonderland. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who fancies trying something new, fun, magical and immersive.

It was all topped off when we went for dinner with the Perrier-Jouët team on Monday, to learn more about the history of the champagnes and sample their exquisite menu, which was selected primarily to compliment the taste of three different champagnes.

For those of you who love art instillations and a obligatory glass of luxurious champagne, the space is open to the public from the 23rd-25th so make sure you check it out, it's nothing short of magique!!!

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This month we're liking...

TACOOLA

There's nothing better than having brand, new bikinis for when the summer arrives, especially ones that compliment the figure! This month we've had our eye on Tacoola bikinis, an Australian brand who's range is nothing short of sexy, super comfy and figure flattering. None of those 'saggy bikini pants' malarky. These are sure to make your peach look perky! Check out their bikinis here.

 

STORETS
We're all loving the 'off the shoulder' vibe this summer and there's no brand that does it better than Storets cute, chic little tops, perfect for the sunny weather!

HOME DECO
When you're buying a new place, the most exciting part about it is doing it up! Me and Jord are finally making our big move into London town so doing up our new place and making sure its all kitted out nicely is top of our priorities! We've created some mood boards and collated some images to help us inspire the design our new apartment. Think Pastel colours, Modern, Scandi and Minimalist.

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MUSIC
Summer is always the best time for great summer tunes and especially as we've got a few DJ gigs coming up, discovering new music is always key!
There's a few new artists we've discovered who we love and whose track we can't stop playing.
WHTKD (pronounced white kid) is one of them. A German producer and DJ. His deep house retakes on commercial tracks are sure to get the crowd going at any party! He's been on the scene since 2014 and most famous for his track "Say To Me", but check him out on Soundcloud and if he hasn't got you feeling like you want to party in less than 2 minutes, then maybe we've got it wrong! 
The track we can't stop listening to right now is  Kakau - Live In The Moment  perfect for a chilled evening with friends sipping on cocktails and watching the sun go down! This is a must - hear!








 

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Our Top 4 Summer Hangouts In London

I think we've all been feeling pretty let down by the British weather this year, but let's be honest, we know how temperamental it can be, and after all it would't be a British summer without a brolly in one hand and an ice-cream in the other. Well on a brighter note, we have high hopes for August and September and have collated a few of our fave London hot spots that you'll no doubt be finding us at this Summer (weather permitting of course!)

Pergola on the Roof

Pergola on the Roof certainly sits at the top of our list this year, it's West London's new rooftop dining experience, that is situated 170 ft. high under a canopy of beautiful flowers, that resembles the Mediterranean. It's a really chilled vibe and the food options are divine, think Patty & Bun, Lecoq and BBQ food galore. The drinks are relatively cheap, which is why we glugged down a few G&T's whilst soaking in the beautiful surroundings. This really is a great venue for friends as well as singletons who want to meet people. Those who are a little shy to approach people (which is the norm nowadays as we all hide behind our mobile phones.. Guilty!) Apps like Badoo allow you to see people nearby and connect through the app, so if you're single living in London and want to meet someone, head to Pergola, download Badoo and off you go! Pergola is only open until 29th August 2016 so make sure you experience it while it lasts! 

Lyric Hammersmith

 The Lyric Hammersmith is a modern theatre that boasts a delicious bar and exotic rooftop. We were lucky enough to be DJ'ing there this weekend for Planet Manna (a yoga-themed, fitness festival/ event) which by the way was amazing! The vibe is chilled and there are bean bags spotted around the venue which you can chill out on, have a glass of vino and take in the surroundings. The rooftop is covered by greenery which transcends you to an oasis deep within the amazon rainforest. (Okay a bit too much, but the venue is super cool!) Perfect for a chilled afternoon with good amigos!

Evans & Peel detective agency Speakeasy

Ever wanted to be a detective? Or immersed into a world of secret spies? Bored of your local hangout and mundane cocktail order? Then you have to try one of our new favourite bars. Evans and Peel! Tucked away in the streets of Earls court, this place is like no bar you've ever been too. You become immersed in to this world of spies, secrets and detectives and if you're us, even more immersed in to their delicious choice of cocktails! My personal favourite is the Margarita Lechera a soft, lightly spiced version of everyone's favourite classic BUT you also should try the First Date cocktail. A sweet and spicy take on a classic daquiri. Delish.

Up for a fun and different night? This is the place for you, and us for that matter! 

 Bussey Building Rooftop Cinema

There’s nothing more romantic than watching a great movie beneath the stars on a warm summers evening. And we just happen to know the perfect place!
The rooftop film club at the Bussey building is located in the heart of Peckham Rye. It has stunning panoramic views of London's skyline and screens a selection of classics and new releases.
This is no doubt the perfect place for a first date, beautiful setting, romantic and fun and if you're feeling slightly nervous (which we all feel on a first date, come'on!), you can take the edge off by sipping on one of the renowned spirit mixers at the Rooftop bar. They serve delicious cocktails and liqueur desserts which is sure to ease you in to conversation.
An absolutely great way to spend a warm summers evening. Even if you're short of some company,  Badoo will allow you to connect with likeminded people, and what a great first date an open air cinema would be...I'm sure it wouldn't be just the film you'd be watching. Hehe.