A First Look At: Pixi's Vitamin C Range

22 July 2019

~ contains gifted products ~

Ooooh, what have we here then? Is that some new Pixi products I spy... Say hello to the new Vitamin C Collection. The postman handed me this beautifully themed parcel this morning, containing five of their new products and I just couldn't wait to share them with you!

The Vitamin C range is designed with skin brightening in mind, and includes a cleanser, a toner, a serum, a moisturiser and a leave-on mask. Vitamin C is known to boost the skin's luminosity as well as promote healthy collagen production. The products retail from £10 to £26 and are all available online at pixibeauty.co.uk

A first look at Pixi's latest release the Vitamin C Collection. This range contains a cleanser, a toner, a moisturiser, a serum and a leave on mask. These products were designed with skin brightening in mind.
A first look at Pixi's latest release the Vitamin C Collection. This range contains a cleanser, a toner, a moisturiser, a serum and a leave on mask. These products were designed with skin brightening in mind.

Vitamin C Tonic* - £10.00

A brightening toner made with vitamin C and ferulic acid. This product is alcohol free and suitable for all skin types to be used after cleansing.


A leave-on brightening mask that contains encapsulated vitamins as well as ferulic acid and probiotics. This product should be used as the last step in a skincare routine, as it's left just to absorb into the skin. 

A cleansing water that contains orange flower water, stable vitamin C, ferulic acid and probiotics. This can be applied with either cotton pads or your hands and does not need to be rinsed off. 

A moisturizer that also contains vitamin C, ferulic acid and probiotics and hence is also designed to brighten the skin. This is advertised as being suitable for all skin types. 

A serum that also contains vitamin C, ferulic acid and probiotics, for use after cleansing and toning. This is advertised as being proven to reduce the effects of sun damage and free radicals.  

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe, Lyndhurst

7 July 2019

You know the drill by now, I go for a cream tea, then I come back here and let you know exactly what I thought of it, reviewing it in terms of five different criteria. If you haven't read any of these posts before you can click here and go back and read them from the start, but if you have, let's just get started...
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe. A review of local cream teas based on five different judging criteria
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe. A review of local cream teas based on five different judging criteria
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe. A review of local cream teas based on five different judging criteria
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe. A review of local cream teas based on five different judging criteria

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast: The Greenwood Tree Cafe. A review of local cream teas based on five different judging criteria


Taste 

The two scones (yep, two!), came out warm and were huge in size. I had the fruit scones, as always, and they were really nice. Of all of the scones in this series, these weren't my favourite, they were a little dry. That being said, the taste was good. 

Clotted Cream Quantity 

For two huge scones, I definitely don't think there was enough scone for a good scone to jam to cream ratio... I mean, maybe I'm just a bit of a clotted cream fiend but I defo could have done with a bit more!

Price

For the two scones, the jam, the cream and a pot of tea, The Greenwood Tree Cafe charges £6.25, which, I don't think is too bad at alllll!

Aesthetic 

Now, I wouldn't say this was the most 'Instagrammable' cafe, but I loved all of the little details. There was bunting in the window and lots of little pot plants scattered around. 

Location 

Being in Lyndhurst, this cafe really is in a good spot. We had a little wander around before heading in for our cream tea, and on a nice sunny afternoon, is there a better way to spend a few hours? Maybe I'm biased, but I really like the New Forest, and being a two minute walk from Bolton's Bench (a classic New Forest spot) it really is in a good location. 


Where should I visit next?

9 Goals For 2019 - The Half Year Review

30 June 2019

At the very beginning of this year, I set myself 9 goals with the full intentions of smashing every single one of those by New Year's Eve. We're now here, at the end of June, the official halfway mark and I figured it was only right to have a catch-up and a regroup, and discuss how I'm getting on... I'm going to be honest, I can't really remember what's even on this list, so it'll be interesting to see how well I've been doing without consciously trying to tick them off... 

A look at how I'm getting on with the 9 goals I set myself at the beginning of 2019 now that we're halfway through the year

01. Get a career I love

Oooh, what a quick and simple one to have started with there, Becca... Well, as of today, I'd say I'm halfway there - pretty apt considering this is the half-year review, huh? So, at the moment I currently have two different paid roles secured for two days a week, in the homeless sector, but am yet to sort out what I'm doing for the rest of my time. One of the roles is a project management role based in various hostels and the other is 'freelance academic writing' as my friend so eloquently put it. Essentially, I'm writing a document that's going to be sent to the government, whaaaat. So, yeah, I'd defo say I'm well on my way to achieving this one! 

02. Have clear skin

Hahahahahahha. Lol. Nope. University hasn't been a good time for my skin, third year in particular. I mean, I've been drinking lots, eating tonnes of pizza and other takeaways, going to bed with makeup on after nights out and, oh yeah, have been really stressed. I also tried some new tablets for my skin which made it sooo much worse, so I'm currently trying to get my skin back to how it was before I took those! But, let's not get disheartened... As you're reading this, I'm currently on holiday in Mauritius, so hopefully, a fortnight of relaxing and sunshine might just sort my skin out! 

03. Get a car and drive

My new job requires me to drive so I'm currently on the hunt for a car. I've been and looked at a few but wasn't blown away, so am still looking for 'the one'. Although, to be honest, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, so who knows if I'll ever find 'the one'. I have decided, however, after struggling to get in the back of my friend's 3 door KA, that I think something with 5 doors would be much better for me. 

04. Read more

I mean, if textbooks count, then I've definitely done a load of that so far this year. I did read quite a few books at the beginning of this year, but it's safe to say that that habit has well and truly fizzled out. I did, however, pick up a couple of books to take on holiday with me, so maybe that'll reignite my reading spark... 

05. Continue being more eco-friendly 

I'm currently cutting out dairy (for the most part) which I think definitely counts towards being more eco-friendly. I tend to have either cereal or porridge for breakfast most days, so swapping out dairy milk for soya milk is definitely significantly reducing my consumption! I have also been trying out a bamboo toothbrush too, but I've heard on the grapevine that they're not particularly good for your teeth and gums... Does anyone know any more on that? But yes, I'd defo say that I'm ticking this one off!

06. Get back into the gym and stick with it. 

Hmmm, I've very much been doing this in phases. I think I just need to accept that I'm not one of those gym everyday kinda people. I mean, I did have a habit of going four times a week, but then life gets in the way (read: meeting up with friends and watching Love Island). My membership at the uni gym is obviously coming to an end, so I'm currently trying to decide which gym to go to in my local area at home... Who knew some gym memberships were so expensive?! £80 a month for one of the 'nicer' leisure centres near me... Haha, I think not!

07. Run a 10K

Whilst I have been running pretty much everytime I've been in the gym, I'm not sure it's been enough 'training' for me to successfully run a 10k anytime soon. I haven't completed this goal yet, and I also haven't booked on to any runs, so we shall have to wait and see what happens with this one... 

08. Hit 10K on Instagram

Let's just not talk about this one, hey? My Instagram growth has well and truly halted, but, if you would like to follow me, you can do so here... I post photos of random assortments of items laid out on my white bedding, Love Island stories in the morning and the occasional mirror selfie, rock and roll. Am I selling it to you here?

09. Continue growing as an independent, intelligent young woman

I can hand on heart very much say that I am doing this one. A few things have happened in my day to day life recently that have shown that I'm very much maturing and becoming one hell of a gal! You can read about an example of one such experience here, if you're interested. University really has done a lot for my personality and confidence, and I think the line of work I've chosen to go into will only further that greatly. Cheers to strong independent women, hey?!...



How are you getting on with your goals for this year?

Summer New In Haul

26 June 2019

~ contains gifted items ~

As you're reading this, I go on holiday this week... Whaaaaat? The last few months have totally flown by and I cannot wait to get on that plane and be jetting off for some sunshine. This year, my family and I are off to Mauritius for a couple of weeks. We're staying in a villa, and a lot of our plans revolve around chilling on the beach, swimming in the pool and eating a lotta good food. I actually tried Mauritian food for the first time a few weeks ago, and absolutely LOVED IT, so it's fair to say I'm excited to stuff my face over the next couple of weeks!

Surprisingly, I haven't actually bought all that many new summer clothing pieces this year but I was recently gifted a few bits that I'm absolutely loving. I own a lot of clothes and certainly don't need anymore, but, there's nothing like rocking a new outfit on holiday, right? So, let's just dive right in, shall we? Let me show you the goods...

My June 2019 Summer New In haul... A roundup of the new pieces in my wardrobe to wear over the summer
My June 2019 Summer New In haul... A roundup of the new pieces in my wardrobe to wear over the summer

First up, we have this black and white crochet dress*. I absolutely love this, and I can't wait to wear this both on holiday - as a beach coverup - and at festivals later on in the summer. Being made of crochet, it is see-through, but with a black bikini/cycling shorts on underneath, it looks fab. I have mine in a size small and it fits me perfectly. (I'm a size 8 and 5'7 for reference)

My June 2019 Summer New In haul... A roundup of the new pieces in my wardrobe to wear over the summer

What is a summer haul without a pair of denim shorts? These are the lightwashed distressed denim shorts*, and I have mine in a size 8. I actually trimmed a lot of the distressing on these as it was a bit much for me, and I much prefer how they look now! They're high-waisted, a tight fit but not toooo short - there's no cheek on show. 

Last summer I bought the perfect pair of denim shorts but they actually ended up getting pinched whilst I was in a hostel in Vietnam, and to this day, I'm still not over it. But, these will do as a replacement - I'm definitely a fan. 

At the risk of sounding like one of those wanky gap yah travellers, the shirt in these photos I bought in a market in Vietnam and the bag is from Bali, so I have no links for those I'm afraid. That being said, bags like these are everywhere at the moment, including Primark, so you definitely don't need a return flight to Denpasar to pick one up!

My June 2019 Summer New In haul... A roundup of the new pieces in my wardrobe to wear over the summer
Ahhh the t-shirt dress, an item I'm never sure looks quite right on me, but I wear regardless. I'm a pretty lanky human with fairly skinny limbs, so it's fair to say that anything too oversized and boxy doesn't do all that much for me. But, when I spotted this pink striped t-shirt dress* I knew I needed it in my life. I have this in an S/M which is an 8/10 and I certainly wouldn't want it any bigger. Dresses like these are so easy to chuck on with a pair of trainers and a denim jacket, so they definitely get a thumbs up from me. And this pink colour? Delicious. 

My June 2019 Summer New In haul... A roundup of the new pieces in my wardrobe to wear over the summer
The humble graphic tee: a staple in everyone's wardrobe. I love this white love yaself tee*, it's so simple and pairs really nicely with any sort of bottoms... Floral midi skirt? Yes. Funky patterned shorts (these are Primark FYI)? Definitely. A pair of mom jeans? A look. I actually sized up in this and opted for a M/L because everyone knows that a tight white tee is never a good idea in the summer... Helloooo, sweat patches. 


And on that delicious note, I think we'll leave this post here! If I pick up any more summer pieces I'll definitely post another of these hauls, if you're interested! Also, do excuse the desolate bedroom... I'm currently in the process of moving out of my uni room so it's defo looking a bit sorry for itself!


Have you picked up any new summer pieces recently?

The Haircare Trio Everyone Needs To Try: L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths

22 June 2019

I'd like to take this moment to thank my sister for a) introducing me to this haircare range and b) giving these products to me. What a legend. Do I have to mark these as AD #gifted? Is my sister an influencer now? What is going on with the world?

Anyway, I've never been particularly loyal to any haircare brand or product and normally tend to opt for whatever is on the end of the aisle, on offer in Sains. Buy one get one free? I'll take it. A quid? Even better. 

I was recently facetiming my sister and she was using the No Haircut Cream, which I'd never seen before, so I asked her approximately 8 questions about what it was... Fast forward a few days and I had the full trio to try for myself. These products are from L'Oreal Elvive's Dream Lengths range, and lemme tell you, they are fab. The whole idea behind the range is to protect and restore damaged hair and split ends, and I am HERE for it. 

My hair always seems to be a bit damaged. Yet, I don't blowdry it nor straighten it, and it isn't particularly long either. I do go for semi-regular haircuts and by 'semi-regular' I mean about twice a year. (Maybe I'm answering my own questions here...) But yeah, my hair is a bit dry and damaged and so I figured these products could possibly be everything my hair was crying out for. 

A review of the L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Range including the shampoo, conditioner and no-haircut cream. Created for damaged hair, these products prevent breakage and reduce spilt ends at an affordable price.

Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo

All of the products smell fab - they have a subtle fruity scent, which, honestly, doesn't last all that long in the hair, but it's nice nonetheless. The shampoo lathers really well and it certainly leaves my hair feeling clean without it feeling stripped of allllll the moisture in the world ever. I'm not sure how much more there is to say about a shampoo? It cleans my hair and it smells nice, I'm happy!

Dream Lengths Detangling Conditioner 

Of the three, this product is by far my favourite. When it says it's a detangling conditioner, it really isn't fibbing. I know my hair isn't particularly long, and I'm sure people with longer hair find it waaay more of an issue than I do, but my hair does find a way to get itself pretty knotty. But, this product seems to be an absolute saviour. Whenever I use this, my hair always feels so buttery smooth and the hairbrush absolutely glides through it, no matter what state it was in before I washed it. 

Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream 

I love the idea behind this product - why had I not heard of it/bought it sooner?! It's a leave-in product you can apply to wet or dry hair, that claims to 'help seal spilt-ends and reduce breakage'. Now, I'm not sure if I've been using this long enough to fully report on those claims, but I have been using it every time I've washed my hair since I was given it, and so far so good. My hair looks healthier than it ever has, which is surprising considering it's taken a bit of a beating the last few weeks with all the styling it's received for the balls I've been attending!


Overall, I really am loving these products and would recommend them to anyone with a drier hair type who is on the lookout for some new products to try. (I have a feeling that these might be a little too heavy duty for anyone with really fine hair, so maybe pass on these if that's you!) The shampoo and conditioner retail at £4.99 each, and the haircut cream at £5.99, but Boots are selling the entire bundle (including a hair mask I haven't tried) for £12... So, if you're interested in trying the range then that might be the way to go...


What is your favourite shampoo/conditioner combo?

The Best SPF I've Bought: The Body Shop's Skin Defence

19 June 2019

It's 2019, we all know how important an SPF is. I mean, if you don't, read this, then come back to this post. I've been using an SPF every day on my face for several years now, and, over this time, I've tried a fair few different ones. I always like to opt for a factor 50 because, if you couldn't already tell, I'm fairly pasty and I burn pretty easily. Plus, the more protection the better, right?

The Best SPF I've Bought: The Body Shop's Skin Defence. A chat about my favourite suncream for the face.

I recently bought The Body Shop's Skin Defence after seeing Caroline Hirons mention it on This Morning a few weeks ago. Which, if you haven't already seen, the clips are all on YouTube so I highly recommend you catch up on them now! That woman really does know it all when it comes to skincare, and I genuinely fully trust what she says...

Anyway, back to the product. It retails at £17 for the 40ml or £21 for the 60ml, so, it definitely isn't cheap! But, compared to skin cancer and wrinkles, I don't think it's too much of a sacrifice... Thankfully, when I bought it they were offering a 40% discount online, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for any future discount codes, they really do make a difference.

This product has a really really light texture, and unlike other facial SPFs I've used, it's not sticky at alllll. I've used this every day for several weeks now and I'm yet to find anything I dislike about it. It sinks in really quickly, doesn't interfere with my makeup and also doesn't irritate my skin in the slightest. I have also spent quite a few full days in the sun and can confirm that it does its job, I haven't shown any signs of sunburn at all!

The Skin Defence contains both UVA and UVB protection, which is very important, as well as a couple of ingredients known for brightening the skin. So, it really is a good all-rounder.

Unfortunately, this product is currently sold out online, but I figured I'd write this post as a little PSA in case anyone is after a new SPF for the summer, because this really is the best one I've ever used...


Do you have a favourite SPF?

Going Dairy Free: Two Months On

15 June 2019

Back in April, I made the decision to try and cut down my dairy consumption. I spoke a little bit about it, at the time, in this blog post, and, fast forward two months and here we are. I'm still limiting the amount of dairy I consume and I haven't bought cow's milk nor a block of cheese in over two months - wahey! (As someone who used to eat a lotttt of cheese on her bolognese, this is quite the accomplishment!) So, I thought it was about time I updated y'all on how I've been getting on...

Going dairy free: two months on. From the differences I've noticed since cutting out dairy to a roundup and review of all of the products I've tried.

Why did I cut out dairy?

Now, I mentioned in the aforementioned blog post the reasons for cutting out dairy, but I figured I'd recap them here, just in case you missed that post...

Firstly, there is a lot of discussion online surrounding the possible link between dairy and acne. I've mentioned it a million times now, but, my skin is not great. I've had acne for yeaaaars now, and I figured that cutting out dairy could potentially be the answer to all my prayers. What did I have to lose?

Well, update: I haven't noticed a massive change in my skin but I definitely feel better generally. I am nowhere near as bloated as I once was and I just feel so much better. I mean, it could all be a bit of a  placebo, but so far, so good, and I'm definitely going to stick to it.

The second reason behind this diet change was, of course, environment related. I'm sure you've all heard it before and you don't need me to ramble on about it... It's 2019 and we really are out here trying to turn things around.

So, how have I been finding the dairy alternatives? 


Almond Milk - is a big fat no from me. I really didn't like how it tasted in tea, nor in porridge or cereal. I mean, I'm not a massive fan of almonds, so maybe that has something to do with it... Almond milk was the first dairy-free product I tried but thankfully it didn't put me off completely! I personally wouldn't recommend it at alllll, but it's all about personal preference, yanno?

Soya Milk - is what I currently have on my cereal. I buy the unsweetened cartons from Aldi, they're less than a pound, and I like how they taste. I mean, they don't taste like a lot, but they're certainly not offensive! I've used this to make both pancakes and toad in the hole, and I've liked the results... It's not quite the same as cow's milk, but it's still good. As for in tea, it's also alright. It's not particularly creamy but if no other options are available it's more than good enough.

Oat Milk - the holy grail. I initially tried an oat milk from Asda's free from range, and that was fab! It was amazing in porridge and pancakes, and also made a fab cup of tea. Unfortunately, we don't have an Asda particularly locally, so I haven't had this one again since. I have, however, discovered the absolute joy that is Oatly Barista Oat Milk. In a tea, it's fab! It's really quite thick and creamy, two things that the other milk alternatives I've tried haven't been. If I was out and could choose any alternative to have in my tea, it would 100% be this one!

I am not being particularly strict with other dairy products, so I am still eating cheese and clotted cream if I'm out and about. This gal isn't about to turn down a cream tea, is she? But, one other thing I have tried are the Alpro Velvet Vanilla Soya Desserts. They look like custard, they taste like custard, and so get two big thumbs up from me.

Now that I've written this post, it has dawned on me how few dairy-free alternatives I've actually tried... My bad. I'll be sure to  test a few more out and then I'll come back with an update! The next thing on my list is yoghurt - I tweeted a few weeks ago looking for yoghurt recommendations, so I'm going to start working my way through those - any recommendations?


Which is your favourite milk alternative?

The Graduation Dress Edit

12 June 2019

A lookbook of dresses for wearing to graduation, that are available online and cost less than £40... Including dresses from Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and MissguidedAs many of you are probably aware, I've recently finished my final year at university meaning that my graduation is right around the corner. It's the moment that all of our studies thus far have been leading up to, so, it's fair to say that it's a pretty big day. So, of course, it's only natural to want to find the dress. The one you feel fab in, the one you love the look of, the one

So, for today's post I thought I'd help a sister out and compile a lookbook full of dresses I've spotted whilst browsing online, in the hopes that it could help even one of you out. I've tried to include a few different colours and styles, and not just dresses I'd usually pick for myself... 

I've not gone for anything too floaty or long as I figured it might all look a bit much under the robes (only my personal opinion!) They all retail for less than £40 and the sites they're from all offer next day delivery meaning that no matter the time limit, you should be alright! Some of the links are affiliate links - this doesn't impact your purchase at alllll, I'll only receive a small amount of money back in return!

A lookbook of dresses for wearing to graduation, that are available online and cost less than £40... Including dresses from Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and Missguided

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A lookbook of dresses for wearing to graduation, that are available online and cost less than £40... Including dresses from Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and Missguided

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A lookbook of dresses for wearing to graduation, that are available online and cost less than £40... Including dresses from Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and Missguided

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A lookbook of dresses for wearing to graduation, that are available online and cost less than £40... Including dresses from Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and Missguided

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Which is your favourite of these dresses?

June To Do List

2 June 2019

Becc4 June To-Do List - a roundup of all the things I need to do this month
Ooooh, what's this? Is Becca trying out a new style of post? Yes, yes she is, and she has been heavily inspired by Fran, so thanks, Fran! As I've mentioned many a time before, May was a very busy month for me. I finished my dissertation, completed my last university exams EVER and also attended a couple of festivals.

Fast forward to now, it's June and I have been freeeeee for over a week now. I've spent the majority of this time living my best life, with a drink in hand, surrounded by my best pals. June is going to be a very busy month for me, so, I thought it was only right to compile a to-do list, because that's what proper adults do, right?...

001. Buy a car

Now, I passed my driving test when I was 17 but didn't bother buying a car as I knew that I would be going to university imminently and that I wouldn't really need one. Well, I'm now 21, university has come to an end and this gal needs a motor vehicle. I'm not entirely sure what kind of car I want nor do I know anything about cars, but I'm sure the second I buy one it'll have its own debut here on becc4.co.uk.

002. Find a job 

Ahhh, what a simple and straight-forward to-do list I'm compiling myself here... No, but seriously, one of my tasks for this month is to find a job, a proper job! I do actually have some work lined up, through my contacts at the university, for one day a week in the homelessness sector, but obviously that alone won't suffice. I have started looking, I just need to keep going and start applying for roles that I think would work well for me... Wish me luck!

003. Partaaaaaay

My social calendar for this coming week has never been so busy. I genuinely have plans to go out-out every single night this week, but we'll see how many we manage before we bail and opt for a dominos and Netflix night instead. This week I have a boat ball and grad ball, as well as my last few student nights everrrrrr!

004. Find outfits for said social occasions! 

Well, I say I have all these events to attend but I don't actually have my outfits sorted yet. I have ordered many a dress online and spent the day in town today wandering, but I still haven't found anything quite right. I'm also not entirely sure what I'm looking for which doesn't really help... I've heard through the grapevine that a lot of people are wearing full-on ball gowns to the ball, whilst others are just wearing a summery dress, so I really have no idea what to go for. But, I need to figure this all out asap considering the ball is on Saturday!

005. Go on holidaaaay

Okay, so this hardly counts as a chore to add to a to-do list, but it very much is something I'm going to be doing this month. My family and I are off to Mauritius towards the end of June and I am soooo ready for some sunshine. Even though the weather has been sunny here, it's not quite the same as holiday sun, is it?


What are your plans for June?

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton

31 May 2019

I'm still very proud that I came up with this series - is there anything more on-brand for me?? Other than maybe a roast dinner version... Now, that, could be an idea! Anyway, in our hungover state from the weekend, Toria and I headed to yet another tearoom for a cream tea and we were not disappointed. We had quite a hefty scroll of Google and eventually found Evelyn's Tea House in Southampton. 
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.

In case you're new to this series, I'll just give you a quick rundown. Essentially, I am on a mission to find the best cream tea on the south coast. I've had a fair few scones in my lifetime - which you can see from this series alone - and so I like to consider myself a bit of a connoisseur by this point. I've come up with five judging criteria (that I think are very important) and am using them all to rate each tearoom I visit. Each cream tea then gets a post of its own - just like this one, meaning that if you're ever down here in the south, you can choose the best place to go for any scone cravings. 

The staff at Evelyn's were all really friendly and so helpful. Our server explained how Evelyn's is a family run business with as many things as possible being home-made on site. They also stock over 100 different loose leaf teas, complete with their own menu, but I am embarrassed to say that I did just go for a breakfast tea... Oops. I also opted for a slice of lemon and blueberry cake, as well as my cream tea, and that was delicious!

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - Evelyn's Tea House, Southampton.


Taste 

Another tearoom with a good scone... It came out warm and dusted with icing sugar - it's the little things, huh? As like any good scone, it was crispy on the outside but really soft on the inside. Also, it was huuuuge, so that's a big thumbs up from me. 

Clotted Cream Quantity 

Now, for such a big scone. it's fair to say that neither Toria or I thought there was nearly enough clotted cream! So much so, that we actually ended up ordering more, boooo.

Price

Of all of the cream teas in this series, this one is on the slightly dearer end of the spectrum at £6.50 (which, I know isn't a lot, but it's all relative!) With the cream tea, you can, however, have a whole variety of different drinks. Not only one of the 100 different teas, but also a few different coffees as well as milkshakes. 

Aesthetic 

All of the food is served on pretty, floral vintage china which I think is a bit of a necessity for a cream tea! I loved all of the jars of teas on the wall and the flower garlands draped around the room. 

Location 

Whilst this tea room is in Southampton, it's not in the city centre, so not somewhere you could walk over to after spending a small fortune in West Quay! In case you were wondering, it's a 12-minute drive from West Quay (my point of reference for anything in Southampton) but there isn't an awful lot to do in the immediate local area. But, if you're Southampton based like I am, it's very convenient to get to of an afternoon!


Where should I visit next?

Helloooo (Yep, I'm Still Here)

28 May 2019


Woweeee, it's been a while, hasn't it? Four weeks to be exact. It's fair to say that they were a veryyyy busy four weeks and I'm very glad to see the back of them. Anyway, I CANNOT believe that I've  finished university now?! How is it all over already? I've spoken a lot about my uni experience over here on my blog but it genuinely has been the best time ever. Who'd have thought I'd be leaving uni with so many good pals and great memories, huh?

So, a quick recap of the last month or so... I finally finished my dissertation after a very stressful few months trying to get it all sorted. My results were very significant (P<.001 !!!) and I'm very pleased with how it turned out! My results even ended up supporting the research that my supervisor is currently doing, so that's pretty cool! On my course, we submit our diss' online meaning we can't have our stand by the uni, holding our diss photo that we've been working for 3 years waiting for... So, I decided to take matters into my own hands (literally) and improvise.

After submitting my diss it was straight into revision. I only had 2 exams this year but there was a lot of content covered in them both. So, I pretty much spent the next three weeks with my head in a textbook, trying to remember as much as I possibly could. As for my exams, I feel that one went significantly better than the other, and thankfully the better one contributes more to my overall degree, so we'll just cross our fingers and hope for the best!

My final exam was over by 11.30 on the 24th of May, so my pals and I proceeded to spend the rest of the day drinking Thatchers in the sun. For dinner, we went to Toby Carvery (amazing, as always) before getting an early night ahead of the busy weekend...

So, Saturday saw me attend Mutiny (or South Central as it's now known) for the third year in a row and it was genuinely a fantastic day. The sun was out, the drinks were flowing and the music was fab. The top 3 highlights for me were definitely Macky Gee, John Newman and Craig David. I literally danced allllll day long - is there a better way to celebrate finishing exams?

Hmmm, I think there is, how about 2 festivals in 2 days? I was very kindly gifted a couple of tickets to Bournemouth 7s this year, and so that's where we spent our Sunday! (Once we'd eaten and partially recovered from the day before!) I'd actually never been to 7s before, which, considering everyone and their brother from my hometown goes, is a bit shoddy really. We didn't end up watching all that much rugby in the end, opting instead for the 80s/90s dance tent, which was fab! (Who'd have thought that would be where Becca chose to spend her afternoon?!) We left just after midnight and it's fair to say we were both a little shattered - it is confirmed, Becca cannot hack a 3-day bender anymore.



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Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: So:Cake, Southampton

1 May 2019

Hellooooo, long time no chat. As I'm sure most of you are aware, I'm currently in my last few weeks of university and it's fair to say things are just a little bit busy. Of late, pretty much all of my days have been spent diss writing and preparing for exams, fun fun fun. But anyway, I'm alive and well, I just don't have too much time to be creating content over here on my blog. I have, however, been posting daily on Instagram, so if you don't follow me over there - that's where you're most likely to hear about what I'm up to! 

Yesterday I headed down to So:Cake, which recently opened in town, to try one of their cream teas in exchange for one of these posts. Whilst I was gifted the experience,  my thoughts very much are my own - this gal knows a good scone from a bad one. 
Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

So, a little about So:Cake. It recently opened in Southampton city center, and, by recent, I mean a few weeks kind of recent. The decor is all really colourful and bright, with pink walls galore - perfect for that Instagram aesthetic. 

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

As some of you might already know, I'm currently trying to cut out dairy (clotted cream is one of the things I'm giving a free pass, FYI) but I was very pleased to spot that So:Cake had Oatly Barista on offer - my current milk substitute of choice, so that's a big thumbs up from me. Anyway, enough rambling... What did I think of the cream tea? 

Finding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aestheticFinding the best cream tea on the south coast - So:Cake, Southampton. Judging criteria include price, clotted cream quantity, location and aesthetic

Taste 

The scone was lovely - it was warm when it came out, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Now, not to steal the scone's thunder but the raspberry jam that came with it was amazing - we all commented on just how good it was!

Clotted Cream Quantity 

As always, this is the most important criteria for me and I wasn't disappointed. There was more than enough cream for the two halves of the scone so there are absolutely no complaints here. 

Price

At £4.95, for a scone, a pot of tea, cream and jam - I think the price is very reasonable. So:Cake also offer an Afternoon Tea option which is £12.95 and includes the above as well as sandwiches and a slice of cake... Toria had one of these and it looked amazing, if only I liked sandwiches, huh?

Aesthetic 

So, aesthetic is definitely something that has been properly considered in this tea room. All of the scones come out on cute cake stands, the teacups are all floral bone china numbers, there's a pink and white stripey wall, a huge painting of Mary Berry and lots of other quirky details... Perfect for the gram, hey?

Location 

Now, in a lot of these previous posts I have been harping on about how Southampton needs a nice tearoom in the middle of the city... Well, here we are. Located just a bit further on from ASDA this really is a convenient place to get to. Hooray for delish cream teas within walking distance of West Quay!


So, overall, I'm very impressed by So:Cake... I love the aesthetic, the food all looks amazing and the scones were fab. Oh, and the staff were really friendly, too! It's fair to say this place gets a big thumbs up from me!

A Festival Refresh with PLT

17 April 2019

~ This post is written in Collaboration with Pretty Little Thing ~

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone
Hellooooo, well isn't this exciting. We have our first piece of festival content of the year andddd it's a collaboration - would you look at that! I have two festivals booked for this year so far, the first of which is Mutiny (click here to see last year's outfit) and the second is Boardmasters. Now, I know we still have a little while until festival season is upon us - my first is the 25th May - but there's no such thing as being too organised, right? 

So, what is this post, I hear you cry? Well, I've actually done my good deed for the month and have compiled a lookbook of festival outfits, each with a very different style. I mean, we've got the festival equivalent of 'jeans and a nice top' all the way to 'look at me, I'm at a festival' and a few other outfits in between. All of the items in this post are from PLT's Festival Shop and don't cost an arm and a leg, waheyyy! 

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'Jeans and a Nice Top - Festival Edition' Outfit

Now, this is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a really simple, but classic, festival outfit. We've got the staple denim shorts and a sequinned crop top - what more could you want? Paired with some glitter on the cheekbones (biodegradable glitter please, we're environmentally friendly queens) and some sunnies, this is the easiest and safest festival look of all. Also, that second picture, I couldn't not include it. It's a photo of my actual face when the DJ drops an absolute banger...

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'I'm not that into festival fashion' Outfit

Yep, I get it, festival fashion isn't for everyone. It's almost like there's more to a festival than just clothes... Like this thing called music??? Mad, huh? Well, if that's you, then this is a really simple outfit that I think is more than appropriate for a day in a field. A simple tshirt dress, bumbag and boots - a really easy outfit to chuck on with minimal thought required.

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'I want to look nice, like actually nice' Outfit

Or, maybe you want to make an effort, but, you don't want anything too garish? How about a black bodysuit and silky shorts? Also, we're allll about re-wearing our clothes around these parts and this outfit would not look out of place on any sunny holiday this summer, so that's a result. 

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'It's England, it might rain' Outfit

Unfortunately, the UK is not known for its tropical summers and sometimes it does decide to rain midway through a festival. It really is rude, isn't it? Well, this outfit has you covered. A sequin bralet that screams 'yay it's summer and I'm at a festival' but also a jacket, just in case. This jacket is really light so is the easiest thing to tie around your waist and forget it's there for the day if you don't need it. Alternatively, it could function as a flag to try and wave down your friends who will inevitably wander off.

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'Look at me, I'm at a festival' Outfit

Aaaaah, my favourite look of all. Yes, it's a bit loud. Yes, there's nowhere to hide in this combo. But, yes, I absolutely love it. I had no idea what the neon flares would look like on me, but, do you know what, I'm a fan. I'm not sure if I could pull them off anywhere else but a festival, but, for wearing whilst having a boogie, in the sun with my pals - I think they're perfect. Oh, and if neon flares aren't enough, add a cow print bandeau to really make it obvious that you're at a festival...


Well, which outfit was your favourite then, which is the most you?? I'd love to know! All of the items in this post were gifted to me by PLT and I hope it's inspired you to give your wardrobe a refresh for this festival season. If not, thank you for reading and getting to the end of this post regardless!
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