The Marbella Club is somewhere my family has been visiting since the 1960s. With a spa, an 18-hole golf course (designed by Dave Thomas), tennis, gym, beautiful beach views and sumptuous lunches on offer it’s a fantastic place to visit during the day. I personally enjoy lunching at the “Garden Pool” restaurant during the day. Then walking down to the sun loungers on the beach. I have memories of being about five years old, wrapped in one of the turquoise Marbella Club towels and eating ice cream by the pool. When I have children I hope to bring them here, I am sure they will adore it as much as I do.
Beach or bar?
The perfect lunch view at the “Garden Pool”
In the evening there’s live jazz and drinks in the gardens, as well as a divine dinner menu coordinated by chef Juan Gálvez. Evening drinks can be enjoyed in the outside bar area with the jazz band or round the side of the hotel, amongst the peaceful garden of greenery and white washed walls. I recommend a refreshing Grey Goose and soda, with fresh lime served separately. They always serve it just how I like it.
The Marbella Club is the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink
This beautiful little eatery is the perfect way to start your day. So, I did so every day that I was in Marbella. It is located by the pool of the Puente Romano with the option to order drinks to sun loungers or sit down to a delicious organic lunch or breakfast. I tried nearly everything on Rachel’s Organic Food menu from the delicious coconut ice cream, the red Sangria, the banana & strawberry topped breakfast bowl and of course their tasty coffees – americano, espresso, iced coffee and café con leche with honey. Attached to the eatery is a sweet little boutique selling everything from kitchenalia to children’s toys and clothing. I fell in love with a lot of pieces for the home.
Summer is here and my make-up bag is becoming lighter and lighter. Today it’s 29’C so it’s the perfect day to write about Dusty Girls natural mineral bronzer “Sunshine”.
Normally I would wear a very light layer of foundation and then two strokes of bronzer to add some colour to my cheeks, today I am wearing a very light coat of natural foundation and one layer of “Sunshine.” My skin feels…. “relieved”. No more winter make-up. “Sunshine” bronzer is made from natural micas with Macadamia Oil and Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E to enhance and protect your skin. It keeps skin soft and nourished, even in this heat.
My simple tips for a summery complexion are as follows:
1. Exfoliate every evening. This will help rejuvenate the skin and clean the day’s impurities, excess oil and dry skin.
2. Drink plenty of water at room temperature and avoid dairy and sugar. A healthy digestive system equals healthy skin. Pesky hormones can cause annoying breakouts but dairy and sugar don’t help. Of course I’m not asking you to give up your Friday night take away, but just be slightly more conscious of what you’re putting in your body.
3. Take one Vitamin D 5000iu tablet a day. It doesn’t seem like much, but I have suffered with random breakouts and stubborn skin for years. Sunshine helps, but Vitamin D tablets have already made a huge difference to my skin. Results will appear after approximately three weeks. I have been using the Live Well brand, but any will do.
4. Be aware of what you are dressing your face with. Dusty Girls natural mineral make-up by MooGoo contains vitamins and healthy oils for the skin, including Jojoba natural Vitamin E and Macadamia. It doesn’t suffocate your pores and looks natural on.
In the summer wear a light tinted moisturiser with a concealer stick for any serious problem areas. Add some colour to your cheeks using MooGoo’s “Sunshine” natural mineral bronzer, which is much better than using chemical filled make-up to dress your skin.
Remember to wash your make-up brushes every month. Normal shampoo is fine, leave them to dry head sticking out over the edge of the sink or a bowl.
Dusty Girls do a fab face powder brush called the “Kabuki Brush”. It’s 100% cruelty free and uses no animal hair. The bristles as just as soft and don’t moult. It’s also the perfect size for any make-up bag as it’s head is larger than it’s handle.
It’s official – Vita Coco’s coconut oil is a miracle product!
Everyone should have a pot or three in their house. Here’s why…
Did you know that when it comes to weight loss, coconut oil can be a really helpful ingredient? Yes, it reduces hunger. The fatty acids in coconut oil significantly reduce your appetite, which positively affects body weight over the long term. I like to keep my jar of Vita Coco coconut oil in my tea tray, next to my Aga and kettle.
This way it’s always there ready to toss a teaspoon’s worth in a wok, on my toast, salad, in my coffee or even to take outside with me when sunbathing.
Frying butternut squash with garlic, chilli and Vita Coco coconut oil. Sorry for the slight blur – the heat had taken over!
Butternut squash cooked with Vita Coco coconut oil, zesty guacamole and a veggie burger.
Simple dishes such as tomato salad or even my morning porridge with blueberries and honey always receive a teaspoons drizzle of Vita Coco coconut oil.
Drizzle Vita Coco coconut oil over the salad
Stir a teaspoon of Vita Coco coconut oil in to your porridge. Then add blueberries and honey.
Not only is Vita Coco coconut oil an official “superfood”, it’s also a super item to have in your bathroom cupboard. Add a tablespoon’s worth to your bath and soak up the moisture. The smell is also delicious, very gentle and soft.
Fresh moisturised leggies!
Use Vita Coco’s coconut oil as a moisturiser for your body or for your hair. It works fantastically as conditioner. My advice to you is to replace any expensive chemical filled hair products with a simple jar of Vita Coco coconut oil. It will moisturise and strengthen your hair to a higher quality than any chemical filled product.
My simple instructions for using coconut oil as conditioner are as follows. To use on dry hair, take a pea size amount and melt in the warmth of your hands or pour a tablespoon’s amount of the coconut oil in liquid form in to your palm. Rub evenly in to your palms and massage in to the ends of your hair. Then brush through.
Sorry about the blur! It was steamy in the bathroom!
To use coconut oil on wet hair as a conditioning treatment you will need a good quality hair brush, a large hair clip and two tablespoon’s worth of coconut oil in liquid form (FIG 1). Evenly massage it in to your wet hair and through the strands too. Take a wide tooth comb/good quality hairbrush and brush it through (FIG 2). I currently have ombre hair, if you do too I recommend adding a little extra coconut oil in to the start of the bleached area of your hair (FIG 3). Then massage extra coconut oil in to the ends of your hair, as this is always an area that needs extra moisture (FIG 4). Clip your hair up or wear a shower cap for an hour, or overnight. The longer you leave it, the softer your hair will be.
When ready to wash make sure you shampoo your hair twice. As coconut oil – is obviously an oil – it’s important to wash it out after this process as it will become greasy if left in. If you have bleached hair or dry hair, once your hair is dry, take a pea sized amount of coconut oil in liquid form and evenly massage it in to the ends of your hair. You will now have fabulous hair!
Buy your miracle jar of Vita Coco coconut oil from any of the following retailers. There’s every reason to stock up and spread the good word!
I adore a well made Mojito, but when I am served a badly made Mojito it makes me sad 🙁 When I heard about Funkin Cocktails and their Mojito cocktail mixer I knew I had to try it. Funkin Cocktails ban all artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and additives from their products, allowing their products to be 100% natural fresh fruit cocktail mixers.
The Mojito cocktail mixer comes in one carton which makes 7 drinks. All you need to add is rum and ice, shake it up and pour over a glass full of ice.
I used a green chilli to rub the rim of the glass – giving it a delicious amount of heat that complimented the natural sweetness of the mixer.
This drink is perfect for serving to friends and is incredibly easy to shake up as the simpleness of Funkin Cocktails allows the process to be fast, easy and delicious. Now I have discovered Funkin Cocktails – there is always time for cocktails!
To try Funkin Cocktails shop here: http://www.funkincocktails.co.uk/mojito
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Every time I make fresh pasta I wonder why I have previously bought the packet stuff.
This fresh pasta is crazy easy to make and takes two mins to cook. You can also decide exactly which fillings you want inside. I chose fresh chilli, Sicilian sundried tomatoes and english farmhouse cheddar.
The recipe is quite rough as I am not one to measure out my ingredients. As I have been cooking for so long I judge it all by eye. All you need is flour, salt and water. That’s it! Mix two handfuls of plain flour and the salt with one glass of tepid water and combine using your hands till the dough is in a smooth ball. Add any extra flour if the dough is too sticky and extra water if the dough is too dry. I use my pasta maker to roll the fresh pasta in to sheets but you can just as easily use a rolling pin – make sure you flour the surfaces and rolling pin first. The pasta sheet should be about 5mm thick. If it’s too thin the pasta can then easily rip and the filling will disperse in the boiling water. If you don’t have a pasta cutter a cookie cutter in a circle or square shape will do. Allow it to be big enough to hold your chosen pasta filling.
It’s a good idea to prep your fillings in advance. Chop the sundried tomatoes and chillis and crumble the cheddar. Once the pasta is cut in to squares or circles you then add the filling then fold the square of circle in half and pinch the top to form what looks like a mini Cornish pasty. It’s very simple and very pretty!
To cook boil the water till it’s bubbling away, add the pasta gently one by one. Cook them for about two minutes each. Remove using a spoon with holes to drain and place directly in to your serving bowl. Drizzle a little of the sundried tomato oil that was in the jar, some toasted pumpkin seeds and pine nuts and add a dash of sea salt.
Tomorrow is officially Record Store Day 2015 which means get down to your local record shop and spend some cash on vinyl, check out the exclusive product releases and enjoy the festivities.
Check out Sounds Of The Universe, Sister Ray, The Book & Record Bar & Flashback Records. Pass through as many as you can!
Soho’s free live music festival kicks off at 12pm with performances throughout the day as well as Exclusive vinyl and CD releases
Live bands, DJ’s, in-store parties
The line-up for the day is:
John Cooper Clarke
Gang of Four
Look out for….THE 101ERS
ELGIN AVENUE BREAKDOWN (REVISITED)
Record Store Day 2015 Release. Double red vinyl. ‘Elgin Avenue Breakdown’ was a compilation album of the band’s recordings originally released in 1981 because of The Clash’s popularity. Based on the CD re-issue by EMI in 2005 with liners by Allan Jones and detailed notes on each track by the band’s drummer Richard Dudanski. This album was previously available on CD but not on vinyl. The 101ers were a pub rock band from the 1970s, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash. The group played at free festivals, such as Stonehenge, and established itself on the London pub rock circuit prior to the advent of punk. Formed in May 1974, they made their performing debut under the name El Huaso and the 101 All Stars. The name eventually shortened to 101ers. This collection features the demos, studio recordings, BBC sessions, and live audience tapes.
SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE is always good to swing by.
They’ve got Lee Perry, Marvin Gaye, Northern Soul, Rhoda Daka, Sex Pistols and many more RSD exclusives. They always throw a big party outside which is what I’m looking forward to.
Lulu Williams, Record Store Day 2015, Sounds Of The Universe
I am a huge fan of Rimmel nail polishes – especially the polishes that dry in 60 seconds. The one feature that really attracts me to them is the curved-edge brush. Unlike square-edged brushes, the curve allows for the brush to cover the whole nail without need for correction. Rimmel X Rita Ora have launched a range of 12 nail polishes that are perfect for the summer and dry win 60 seconds.
I decided to try “Glaston Berry” as I am a sucker for bright coral shades. Also I loved the name! The 8ml bottle cost £2.99 in Boots. I love the 1960s style daisies on the brush it reminded me a lot of vintage Mary Quant cosmetics.
Once applied, the polish dried in approximately one minute. I only used one coat and then one layer of top coat. The colour came out very evenly and was thick enough to use as one coat. This is great for anyone who’s in a hurry when it comes to beauty. It’s also fab for popping in your make-up bag and using to cover chips. Grab yourself a bottle for summer! xx
One of my favourite beauty brands – MUA aka Make Up Academy has released a nail polish shade called Orchid. It is a pinky mauve that I am finding quite hard to chip. I have tried so many different nail polishes and this little beauty is proving the best. I have been wearing it for 4 days and so far no cracks! It’s officially a record! And what’s the cherry on this cake? It’s only £1. Go and stock up now ladies!