First and foremost, I would like to apologise to y’all for not being active on my blog recently. *feels guilty* I’ve been so busy with everything that I didn’t have much time to really sit down and put together a nicely written blog post. So, I hope you can forgive me?! I (pinky) promise to post more frequently and keep you guys up to date with all things Mr. Salt and Pepper. Perhaps it’s time for a little revamp?
Anyways… During my stay in New York, I discovered so many new songs that I was dying to share with you lot for weeks. Therefore, I packed the 10th edition of “Spice and Shuffle” playlist series with songs inspired by the Big Apple and our fast-approaching summer 2018! *summer jams are in order*
Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are my artists of the month. Their latest collab, One Kiss, is already topping the charts all over the world and it’s my ultimate guilty pleasure. *not ashamed* I also added new songs from Friendly Fires, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Little Dragon and The Weeknd to name a few. With 35 songs, it’s the biggest “Spice and Shuffle” playlist yet! *calls for a mini celebration*
So, without further distractions – here’s “Spice and Shuffle 10“. I hope you like it!
Don’t forget to follow Mr. Salt and Pepper’s Spotify profile to stay up-to-date with the latest music. I’m always up for hearing new music. So, please feel free to email me your suggestions!
A few weeks ago, Renata and I flew to New York to wine, dine and have an absolute blast! *pardy non-stop* We spent 7 days scouting the Big Apple and eating our body weight in pizza on pizza, whilst having zero crust to give. *postpones beach body goals for next year*
This was my second time visiting the New York City. My first time was way back in 2011 when I was still studying in Cambridge. I was this young (and naive) 20-year-old, dreaming of living in a big city like New York. *channels his inner-Carrie Bradshaw* From tall buildings to quirky diners, every corner of this city left me inspired for years to come. Therefore, I knew that I’ll be back there one day… and I was!
However, 7 years later and I see myself constantly comparing New York to London. Even though both cities have their own charm but London’s been severely growing on me in recent years such that I can’t see myself living anywhere else but in the Big Smoke. *London boy at heart* Oh, and, I miss my cosy little bed in Fitzrovia, butter melting on my crumpets and breakfast tea brewing to the Gods!
Shades of Mine.
On this particular day, I was scouting about the Upper East Side in hopes of accidentally bumping into Blair Waldorf. *xoxo, Gossip Girl* I picked up my new favourite Emporio Armani sunglasses which I discovered at the Sunglasses Shop a while ago. Their new collection features a matte rose gold frame with gold mirrored lenses. My gal Victoria (@philorose) was super jel of those because her current Instagram feed is serving some serious role gold vibes. Therefore, she’s on a mission to collect as many rose gold items as possible. *hides his shades in a Philorose-free place*
All my friends and work colleagues know that I lead a very busy lifestyle. *busy bee* From running influencer campaigns during the week to shooting content for my blog over the weekend – things can get pretty hectic, to say the least! Therefore, I have to have the best skincare products out there in order to look the part.
In this blog post, I’ve decided to show you some of my favourite products in men’s skincare department. From anti-shine moisturisers to detoxifying clay masks to PRP treatments. All of this seems like a lot of work but I’m here to guide in the right direction. Are you ready?! *yasss* Let’s get into it!
Oil-control Skincare Essentials.
If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time, you probably know that I have a very oily skin. *heats up the frying pan* For me, it’s an on-going process of finding new products that help me combat shine and breakouts.
Recently, I’ve been using a face wash and a mattifying moisturiser from Clinique for Men. These products are very lightweight and they absorb into the skin very smoothly. The formula is designed to control oil levels giving that matte and shine-free look. I use face wash twice daily and apply moisturiser in the morning for an all-day freshness.
My skin is challenged to take a stressful beating in this tough big city environment. Every day, my pores get clogged like they never see the light of day. *yikes* Therefore, I use products like Power Pore Anti-Shine & Pore Treatment and Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask from The Lab Series twice a week to keep those nasty blackheads at bay. *girl, bye* Also, the Power Lifting Serum helps fight against the visible effects of gravity and pollution. The serum increases the rate of surface cell renewal for a younger looking skin. *aims to look mid-twenties forever*
This year, I’ve noticed a growing trend in anti-pollution skincare products. Most notably, a Daily Detox Serum from QMS Medicosmetics. It is known to address skin damage caused by pollutants in the atmosphere. *it’s a cruel world out there, you know* So, I apply the serum every morning to make my skin look bright and smooth for the day to come!
Taking Skincare to the Next Level…
I’m a firm believer in maintenance over a quick fix because life is a journey and you have to keep consistently working on it. Therefore, you have to work on preventing rather than fixing something when it’s too late. Am I right?!
Several months ago, I had my first PRP treatment because I wanted to try something new using my own natural resources. I used the plasma of my own blood to regenerate my weakened cells during this one of a kind procedure. After my first treatment, I’ve noticed some of the fine lines soften and my skin overall looking fresher and more hydrated than it has in years!
The specialists at YouGlo have a wide variety of treatments available. From facials to fillers, there’s something for everybody. So, I’m looking forward to my next consultation because I’m on a quest for maintaining my charming beauty. *wink*
Last weekend, my bae Victoria and I were treating ourselves to a luxurious Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Burberry’s own soothing sanctuary – Thomas’s Cafe! *oh fancy* We spent our afternoon drinking Rosé and eating tons of creamy scones with Blackcurrant Jam – all whilst catching up on our daily goss. *category is… ladies who lunch*
The atmosphere at Thomas’s was very chilled. At moments, it felt more like a rustic countryside venue rather than a Central London cafe, which I thought was great. High ceilings, large uncovered windows and mirrors on the wall make this space look huge but cosy at the same time. Vintage oak furniture, covered in white linen cloths add that premium feel, which we expected from the brand like Burberry. So, with that said, I think that Thomas’s Cafe is a perfect place to unwind after a long day of shopping with Mama dearest… She would definitely have another glass of rosé, d’uh!
The New Craftsmanship
Following the success of the Makers House, Burberry asked The New Craftsmen to continue their hugely successful collaboration by designing Thomas’s Cafe. Last year, I had the opportunity to experience Makers House and I could easily sense similar vibes in the cafe too. A mixture of vintage finds and contemporary pieces make this place look so elegant yet so sophisticated.
Oh, and in case you were wondering… The Thomas’s Cafe is situated inside the Regent’s Street flagship store and has a dedicated gifting area, which features a seasonally updated collection of products. So, expect everything from blankets and cushion covers to stationery and travel goods, which you can also personalise and monogram in a number of different ways! *takes gifting to the next level*
Have you been to Thomas’s Cafe yet? Let me know about your experience in the comments section below!
As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post, the most important human of my existence is my dear Mother! *shocker, not really* I’ve been best friends with my Mum since day one. From building sand castles on the beach to kicking out her party guests on Saturday nights, our strong connection was always something that helped us to overcome all obstacles in life. *yasss, mama*
So, with that said… I would like to thank my Mum for putting up with me for so many years and for loving me unconditionally. You are the only one who fully understands me and knows me better than I know myself. Happy Mother’s Day! *scrolls down to see the last-minute gift guide*
This year, I’ve decided to spoil my favourite human with some very thoughtful gifts, which I found at Debenhams. From elegant fragrances to scented candles, there are so many cool things to choose from. Therefore, I selected my top picks for you to get some inspiration from. *buys all five items because they are too good to miss*
So, without further distraction, here’s the list of 5 things you SHOULD get your mum this Marvellous Mother’s Day:
A dressing gown – an irresistibly soft dressing gown would make any Mum extremely happy. I got her one in a super smooth island fleece material, which feels cosy and looks elegant too. *fancy pants* From £45.
A scented candle – it might be the end of long wintery nights but scented candles are always a good choice – at any time of the year. Luckily, my mum is obsessed with candles and always has one burning at home. So, I ordered a Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit candle from Baylis & Harding. It comes in a stylish gift box, which perfectly matches her insatiable taste and lively personality. £8.
A night cream – ever since I moved to London, good skincare regiment has become a vital part of my everyday life. So, when I go back home, I always bring some of my favourite skincare product for my Mum to try. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is the one because it works really well. The product replenishes the skin overnight with moisture and recovers radiance, making it smoother, softer and younger looking the following day. £33.
Eau de perfum – the luxury, glamour, and sophistication of New York… in a Tiffany & Co. perfume bottle?! Yes, that’s right! We may not have breakfast at Tiffany’s but at least she’ll smell like The It Girl with this signature scent from the top jewellery brand. From £52.
A handbag – last but not least, this shopper bag from Dorthy Perkins will make a perfect addition to my mum’s extensive handbag collection. I think it’s time to ditch that over-the-shoulder purse and go for something more practical. Mum, do you agree?! *hint hint* From £10.
What do you think of this last-minute Mother’s Day gift guide? Would you get any of these items for your Mum? Let me know in the comments section below!
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