Hello November! Parkas & October Recap

Happy November!

Have you ever noticed how different coats and jackets make you feel? Some making you feel instantly chic ready to take on the world? Others playful, some uncomfortable feeling not like you or others nothing special, just doing their job, keeping you warm or safe?

I’ve lived Spain for about 14 years and while I’ve acclimatised I still can’t get used to October being around 20-24C. My body’s asking where are layers and winter coats. Then just like when there’s no warning for the heat, almost like someone switched the heat on in June, November with no transition period the cold starts. Chilly here’s around 14-17C during the day, hitting 7-11C evenings and early hours. That’s chilly now for this girl how now feel the cold like locals. And this girl’s in her new parka that makes her feel cheeky and playful. Continue reading “Hello November! Parkas & October Recap”

Hello October

Happy Autumn Fall! Happy October!

The first of October is a very special day around here. It’s Diesel birthday!

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15 years old! How did that happen?! We celebrated with hoomin Mama coming home early, hugs, new toy and saying how much of a good boy and a cutie he is all day. It was his first birthday without his big bruv and he’s doing okay being the only cat. In addition to his hyperthyroidism, he has some tummy issues and is now on the same steroids AJ was. And just like AJ on those steroids he’s peeing more and kicking litter everywhere afterwards. Bad mama forgot cat nip on his birthday. Well I didn’t, I got him a cat nip ball I’d thought he’d go crazy over. He wasn’t too fussed, however almost daily he has a swipe at it. Tom boy’s still got it. He’s still jumping up high, having mad five minutes even if they’re not as often as a few years ago. I’m convinced he thinks he’s 18 in cat years.

The theme around here this year’s been Continue reading “Hello October”

Beauty Finds: Cruelty Free, Reef Friendly, Tried and Tested European Body Sunscreens

I spent all summer long testing out sunscreens. It was hard. Daily beach trips for about an hour, testing out their waterproofness in the sea, running outside and if that doesn’t make me a good candidate for testing them, I burn within an hour. Making me perhaps one of the best candidates 😉

There are 2 types of sunscreen. Chemical where the skin absorbs the chemicals that stop your skin burning and physical or mineral sunscreens which reflect the sun rays. Physical sunscreens are considered to be more reef friendly as they’re less likely to contain toxic ingredients that kill reefs and marine life. Reef’s are vital part in our ecosystems. They protect coastlines from damaging effects from waves, storms, floods, provide habitat and shelter for marine life, assist in carbon and nitrogen fixing, provide nitrogen and other nutrients for marine food chained amongst others. I dip in the sea almost daily during the summer, I didn’t want to be part of the reef killing sunscreens anymore. Physical sunscreens are typically made from Continue reading “Beauty Finds: Cruelty Free, Reef Friendly, Tried and Tested European Body Sunscreens”

Weekend Friday Favourites

Happy September!

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I hope you’re having a great weekend! A short and sweet Weekend Friday Favourite as this girl really should be in the land of zzzzz for she has a long day tomorrow. Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye recently. 

Mr D

Just because. I think he’s looking forward to when it’s gets cooler. His hoomin mama isn’t. He’s not too well at the moment which is why he’s looking little thin. He’s eating and has a vets trip this week. 

Trust GTX 200 Laptop Fan

My old laptop fan couldn’t match the heat this summer overheating Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Summer Hair Care

If you’re like me, love the beach and sea, lucky to live along the coast, have fine hair and visit the beach almost every day during the summer, your hair might not love the salt water as much as you. Over the course of summer, salt water, sweat, sunscreen, humidity can damage my hair. When it’s fine hair, damage is emphasised 3 fold.

This summer, I think I may have the damage under control. Previous years I left coconut oil in overnight after being in the sea. My hair didn’t respond well. I’ve found after rinsing salt water out in the shower, it needs some sort of moisture locked back in. I’m sure my hairdresser will have their say next time I go in, however I’m finding the following’s working out okay keeping my hair healthy this summer: 

The Right Shampoo and Conditioner

More so the right conditioner. For a few years I’ve been using hairdresser recommended conditioner. While it’s natural, cruelty free, this year I decided to look for another. One reason price, the other it contained silicones which aren’t kind with Continue reading “Summer Hair Care”