After a summer full of family days out, short breaks away and juggling childcare in between days in the studio, I love to get back into a good routine once the kids go back to school.
My summer wardrobe is packed away for next year and I like to plan for the autumn/winter months ahead. It’s my favourite time of the year.
A friend of mine recently introduced me to a new beauty brand – Liha Beauty.
It has African roots and a quintessentially British attitude and was born of a desire to create innovative, natural, organic and vegan skincare products, blending the rich botanical life of west Africa with traditional English aromatherapy and folk remedies.
All products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and handmade in small batches in London.
If you would you like to try a product or treat a friend, why not buy the sample gift set?
It includes small samples of each product in a cotton bag, perfect for travelling and testing each of them before buying at full-size.
Sample gift set, £25 lihabeauty.co.uk
I’ve bought a few new pieces of clothing this summer from the brand Free People, inspired by fashion, art, music and travel.
I love the unusual designs; think hand-stitched seams, delicate lace inserts and vintage- inspired details. All very affordable, too. I find the pieces can be dressed up and down, worn on holiday or layered for the cooler climate here in the UK.
My most recent purchase is the C’est Moi Floral Kimono; a loose-fit, off-white and cranberry viscose kimono, with a floral and paisley print, with dropped shoulders, button-fastening cuffs and side splits.
It looks stylish over a bikini for a late summer getaway, or fasten and wear a belt around the waist for a night out. You could also layer with a bodysuit and jeans for a dressed- down everyday outfit.
Free People C’est Moi Floral Kimono, £150 from HarveyNichols.com
Both children take a packed lunch to school and I often struggle to find tasty healthy snacks they both enjoy, so I’ve spent a few hours over the summer trying new recipes. The kids have enjoyed baking and tasting and the favourite was a healthy banana loaf with a little warm chocolate spread.
5 ripe banana
1 cup of almonds
2 cups of pecans
1 cup of buckwheat flour
1/2 cup of maple syrup/agave nectar
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 145C. Blend the almonds and pecans until they form a flour, then add the buckwheat flour, maple syrup, chia seeds and cinnamon, mixing throughly. Mash the bananas together until smooth, before stirring them into the mixture.
Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil and pour in the mixture, then bake for an hour.
When cool, remove from the tin, slice and spread with warm chocolate spread.
Lobo Rojo opened on North Shields’ Fish Quay in August. It’s only a short stroll from the studio, so I thought it would be worth a try.
It’s an informal and relaxed Mexican restaurant, serving street food-style bites, including tasty tacos and side dishes. Delicious.
Search @loborojoquayon Facebook
I’ve decided to create a playlist of my favourite songs to share with you through Spotify. Taking inspiration from my travels over the summer, I’ve compiled a laid- back, easy-listening playlist. Perfect background music.
September Vibes by k8rose
I love a new season; there’s just something about autumn’s chunky knitwear, leather boots and accessories.
My favourite pick this time of year is our organic square scarf, which is gorgeous in monochrome with a hint of cranberry for that perfect autumnal vibe. Tie loosely in your hair, around your neck with a fine knit, or on the handle of a leather bag for effortless style.
Full planning permission has now been submitted and by the time you’re reading this we should’ve had a decision. Fingers crossed everything goes to plan and we can start planning the interiors.
I’m really looking forward to pulling concepts together for the kitchen and living areas.
Watch this space!