January photo diary, lilac and Lakes*

Lake District winter blog photo diary

I’m so happy that January is drawing to a close at last. Last week I got hit with a super flu bug which brought on an overwhelming fatigue spell. I could barely move and could barely eat, drink or hold or look at my

 phone, longing to close my eyes all the time. I tried to manage everything from the sofa, with Oscar wailing and complaining ‘want’ on repeat. He’s been out of sorts lately and is right here now biting my laptop! Now I am slowly recovering, trying small things every day. Here are some things that have given me a little lift.

1. I’d read so many good things about the Clarins Self Tanning milky lotion, I’ve always wanted to try! It’s pretty pricey, around £20 but works so well. Many self tanners share a ‘biscuity’ fragrance but I hardly noticed that with this one, it’s light, non sticky and smells so nice. The first time I used it I wasn’t expecting it to be so dark as it’s a white lotion, put it on before bed and woke up golden orange haha, I applied it a bit too liberally.

2. My little recovery corner this is the dream. Realistically it was spent on the sofa surrounded by bits of lego, cars, tissues, an ice cream spoon or two, biscuit crumbs from Oscar… social media is so different from real life, where we hang out in yesterdays cute dino socks with rubbish laid next to us, don’t act like you don’t do this

3. ‘Stash’ by Sarah Jessica Parker* I tried ‘Stash Unspoken’ back in December and it has become such a ‘go to’ fragrance for me, not a day goes by where I don’t spritz it! I was eager to try Stash too, but it is so so different. Where ‘Unspoken’ is delicate, light and floral, ‘Stash’ makes a statement in edgy notes of cedar wood and black pepper, earthy, incense-like. For me it’s a completely ‘out there’ fragrance, the perfume equivalent of some crazy amazing yet outrageous fashion garment found in some dusty, ancient shop. It’s such a bold fragrance and I love that it’s gender neutral! It’s very powerful, you can smell this on clothing for days.

Lake District winter blog photo diary

4, 5 and 6. Snaps from up the Lakes when we went for a little day out as the snow had melted a lot. I’m always nervous of the icy roads! The air was so clean and fresh, it makes me so happy to see the huge fells on the horizon growing bigger and closer until they arch right over us, even if they didn’t have much snow on them.

7. My Pua! I know what you’re thinking… another gerbil with a Moana themed name haha! Pua is such a cutie, a spotted light colourpoint agouti, white with a grey nose and ears, a little white tip on his tail. Oscar loves them, always wanting to go upstairs to visit them and sounding out their names, pointing out the toys in their cages. We ended up keeping some of the babies to live with each parent, we have Puccho & Pua together with their daddy HeiHei, and Oatie & Mousse live with their mumma MeeMoo crazy gerbil lady is me

8. I have just started trying out these Browcote and Lipcote lip and brow gels* to keep my makeup in place. They seem so handy and are the perfect size for popping in your handbag, I need to use them every day and report back to you! Being poorly, I haven’t had the chance to apply makeup for a while. 

I hope you enjoyed this random little post haha! Thank you enormously for leaving a comment for me to read and for your kind words on social media, just leave your link and I’ll be sure to visit back! ♡



  1. Natalya Amour
    February 1, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I'm glad you feeling better! The lake looks so beautiful.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • elizabeth
      February 7, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Aw thank you so much Candice! ♡

  2. Jolie L.
    February 1, 2018 / 5:35 am

    So sorry to hear you caught on a flu. It's been a crazy flu season here in the US as well. Glad you feel better now! ps: Pua is so tiny and cute <3


    • elizabeth
      February 7, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Aw thank you so much Jolie! 😀 ♡

  3. Jessie | jessie-ann.co.uk
    February 1, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Ahh I had the flu over the New Year – it was bloody horrible! Glad you're feeling better. The lakes are so beautiful – wow! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. Jules on the moon
    February 1, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Beautiful photos!!


  5. Ms.Via
    February 1, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    My January month went by in a blink. I am sorry to know you were not well. hope you are better now. Loved your pictures. Nice post. 🙂

  6. UpYourVlog
    February 1, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    You live in such a pretty place! Very jealous.


  7. Malefica
    February 1, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Great post dear, lovely and interesting photos.
    Have a nice day darling! ♥
    Visit: My blog ♥ Malefica!

  8. Freya Fairytale
    February 1, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I’m so happy to hear your starting to recover and feel more like yourself lovely 💗 I also very much enjoy your chatty blog posts! ☺️ Have a magical weekend 🌸

    Freya xoxo


  9. Jacqueline Elliott
    February 1, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Beautiful photos, as always. Hope you're feeling back to normal soon <3


  10. Comfy Cozy Up
    February 2, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    I'm you're feeling better. Nice reviews..

  11. Julia
    February 2, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I always love your photo diaries! Your photos are always super pretty, and it's nice to share little things of your everyday life. I hope you're feeling better, the flu is awful 🙁

    Julia x
    Last Post: Makeup First Impressions | juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/beauty-makeup-first-impressions.html

  12. Sophie ❤︎
    February 3, 2018 / 12:29 am

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  13. Sophie ❤︎
    February 3, 2018 / 12:30 am

    I always love being on your blog because it's just so soft and pink! Photo diaries are some of my favourites to read. I didn't know they were a thing until I saw them on Catherine's blog (lovecatherine.co.uk) who I also really like!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

  14. PhotosbyCris Travel Fashion Lifestyle
    February 3, 2018 / 2:44 am

    Amazing post. Love it so much. xoxo Cris

  15. MsSparkleAndGlow
    February 3, 2018 / 5:14 am

    loving it, Simpy beautiful.
    have a great weekend

  16. Armelle
    February 3, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog and love the colors, the layout, the drawings… so cute !



  17. Lucy Jane
    February 4, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    The photos are so pretty!

    Lucy Jane | Infinity of Fashion

  18. Diana Maria
    February 7, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    The lake looks so beautiful, wonderful photos! I hope you're feeling better soon, I'm so glad January is over and it's on to February xx

    Sending light & love your way,

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