Despite finishing his Masters degree back in September, Connor’s graduation wasn’t until this week, so once we had a date we decided it was the perfect excuse for a London Mini Break! It’s now been almost a year since we waved goodbye to our little London flat, but London still feels like home, so the excuse for a three day trip to our city was not to be missed!
It’s no secret that I’m an Instagram addict, I just love me some Insta! Recently scrolling, double tapping and spending far too long thinking up ‘witty’ comments hasn’t been enough, and I’ve progressed to using the app to plan trips. Whaaaat I hear you say.
I’m lucky enough to have been on a few spa breaks over the last couple of years (hell, after the year I’ve had, I’ve needed them), and I’ve gone from serial overpacker to a more edited, streamline version of my former self.
It’s easy to pack outfit changes, a ton of makeup + 101 things you think you’ll need for a spa break, but the reality is you don’t need much! I’ve got it down to an art these days, so I’m sharing my must takes, and my must leave behinds!
A Swimsuit. Perhaps this is personal preference, but when I’m in a spa, dipping in and out of whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas, I feel much more comfortable in a swimsuit than a bikini. It’s nice to know all your bits are tucked in and less likely to fall out, and I know it’s silly, but I like wearing a swimsuit and not worrying about stomach rolls and muffin tops whilst I’m trying to relax!
A Body Moisturiser. After a day in water, getting in and out of chlorinated pools, even post shower it’s likely you’re skin is going to feel a little dry. Take a thick, luxurious body butter that you can slather yourself in before bed, when else do you treat yourself to a good all over moisturise?
A Book. Whilst spas tend to be something of a social experience, relaxing with friends, your partner or your mama, in my case, sometimes treatments don’t finish at the same time, and sometimes you just want an hour to relax on your own. I love curling up in cosy spa spaces with a book, in fact it tends to be where I get most engrossed! Chuck one in and I guarantee you won’t regret it!
A Moisturising Conditioner. Chlorine is a devil for drying things out, and hair is no exception! I always like to pack a thick, moisturising conditioner, and give my hair an intense treatment at the end of the day, to keep my locks soft and silky!
Hairbands. The amount of times I’ve gotten into my swimsuit only to realise I’ve forgotten a hairband! These are especially important if you’re having a massage or anything like that to keep your hair out of the way!
LEAVE AT HOME
Your laptop. There’s a time and a place for work and a spa isn’t one of them. You don’t need your laptop so leave it at home, and embrace time without screens,
Your makeup collection. When you’re lazing about in treatments and spa rooms, the last thing you need is contour, highlight and a red lip. I’ll often chuck in a tinted moisturiser and mascara for the evenings or the day we leave, but other than that I leave the makeup at home, and use the time to let my skin breathe!
Uncomfortable clothes. Ain’t nobody got time for skin tight high waisted jeans, heeled shoes, or swimsuits with 1000 straps. Comfort is key, pack your favourite clothes!
What are your spa break essentials?
Since moving into the flat and settling into more of a routine, I’ve gotten back into the swing of meal prep! Using my Rifle Paper Co Meal Planning Pad I plan out every meal and what I need to pick up on our weekly shop, making my life a hell of a lot easier. It takes all the stress out of meal times, and means that I can sit down to eat a meal without spending an hour trying to decide what to eat.
Throughout our forays into meal prep, there have been a couple of dishes that are SO easy to make, we tend to make them every week. I make them up on a Sunday, knowing that they’ll at least cover one meal and one lunch throughout the week!
Summer is well and truly here (although in England it seems as though we may have already used up our quota of good weather for the year!), and writing my July To Do List was a little tricky. It’s going to be a busy month for us, Connor has his Masters graduation next week so we’ll be in London for a while, we’ve got a flurry of birthdays and long standing plans in, as well as trying to organise a holiday for August, and getting ahead ready of that. Because it’s so busy, I wanted to come up with wonderful, happy, summery things to do that didn’t need to take a whole day. Things I can fit in on an evening after work, or a spare hour on a Saturday morning!
June has been my busiest month in a long time, it’s the first month where I’ve felt a bit more normal (if still lacking in energy) since all my surgeries. I thought to go along with my monthly favourites video (which you can find on my YouTube Channel or at the end of this post) I’d round up some of the highlights for you!
You know me, never one to turn down food – especially pizza, so when an invite to the new Dean Street location of Firezza Pizza in Soho dropped into my inbox last month, I wasn’t going to turn it down!
I almost feel a little cheeky calling this a recipe when it’s honestly like two ingredients in a blender but there you go that’s my style in the kitchen.
Last week Connor headed on a work trip so the night before he left we made cocktails and sipped them in the sunshine, and it was honestly blissful. Our favourite were these watermelon coolers, which were so easy to make!
Those who know me well (or at least, follow my Instagram) will know I’m not one to stay still. Whilst it’s been a while since I’ve managed to fit a proper vacation into my schedule, Connor and I are often darting around the country exploring, for a weekend or just for a day. Despite this, I’d never actually been to Cornwall before, so when Travelodge got in touch to find out if we wanted to spend a weekend in Cornwall with them, we of course jumped at the chance!