Sunday, 27 April 2014

A Day in the Lake District

On Good Friday we ticked off one of the many things from our to do list this year - visit the Lake District. 
We made a packed lunch, loaded the car up and embarked on our 3 hour journey. Our first stop was Grasmere. I know this may not be the obvious choice but we wanted to avoid the more popular spots to avoid the bank holiday crowds. Plus this was a personal recommendation from my piano teacher who is always in the lakes in his spare time.


We arrived in Grasmere and what a beautiful little place. Unfortunately due to parking restrictions we only spent an hour here but it was so lovely.





After a brief wander around the Wordsworth graves and a swing by the traditional gingerbread shop (which was sadly closed) we headed off on the next leg of our journey. 



Keswick is the home of Derwent water, again a recommendation by my trusty piano teacher. Keswick is a bustling market town surrounded by the most stunning backdrop I think I have ever seen. We have wanted to climb Catbells since seeing it on Wainwright Walks so this was the perfect opportunity. 
We stopped by a local pub and refuelled - I opted for the brie and bacon baguette which was delicious and then finished off with an ice cream.
We then hopped in the car and made our way to climb Catbells. Foolishly we weren't very prepared. We had no map and (shock horror) no GPRS or 3G on our phones. After getting a little bit lost and lots of chatter about how did we ever cope before our phones and internet we finally arrived at the side of the fell and began our climb. 
Now when we read about route to the summit of Catbells the Wikipedia page says that it is and I quote suitable for "infants and grandmothers" alike. Well I can safely say my Grandmother wouldn't have been getting up the route we took and thats for sure. Due to the small fact that we didn't have a map we basically went straight up the side which was challenging to say the least. There is another more gradual route which I imagine is much more pleasant and doesn't involve your calf muscles feeling like they are on fire.




When we finally made it to the summit it was worth all of the pain and huffing and puffing. I can honestly say it is one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever witnessed.  









After soaking up the view feeling very lucky to live in such a beautiful country and taking the obligatory top of a mountain selfie we got ourselves together and made our way back down to the car for the long drive home, tired but happy and content. It was such a wonderful day and a memory that I will treasure. 

If you are thinking of paying a visit to the Lakes I would whole heartedly recommend it - next time we go though we will definitely stay over for the night. Have you ever visited the lakes? What are your favourite spots and things to do? I would love to know so I can plan my next visit in May!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Monday Summary


I have had the most wonderful couple of weeks rounded off nicely with the long bank holiday weekend. I thought it was about time I gave my Monday Summary's a little bit of a revival and share with you what I've been getting up to lately. 

1. Spring has most definitely sprung! I have been making the most of the wonderful weather and getting out at every opportunity I can. I'm so lucky to live somewhere so lovely and I've been heading out on my bike whenever I can. I love nothing more than being out on my bike on a warm day with the breeze in my face, it makes me really happy - especially seeing little cuties like this on my travels! 








2. I've started a craft club. So far its an exclusive group of three - me, my mum and my bestie haha! We had our first meeting at my house last Staurday afternoon and it was fab. We watched Frozen whilst eating brownies and drinking copious amounts of tea. Bliss! 





3. I baked my first lot of cupcakes! These were really easy to make and as its Easter I added the little chic's and mini eggs. Recipe here. I was also treated to some lovely home made scones that a friend baked whilst visiting this weekend. They were absolutely delicious! 



4. On Good Friday we made a trip up to the Lake District. It was a truly amazing day and I have so much to tell you about it I will save it for another blog post. It is such a beautiful place and somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while.




5. Last but not least I made my first crochet bunny! I mentioned a while ago that I have been teaching myself how to crochet and after lots of practice I'm finally getting there! I am going to do another blogpost all about my new found love affair with Crochet but thought I would share this little guy with you today. Happy Easter!



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Friday, 14 March 2014

Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

I know I've arrived ridiculously late to this party but better late than never right?


Micellar waters have been hot property in beauty circles for a while now with lots of bloggers swearing by them. For whatever the reason it has taken me until now for me to find out what all the fuss is about. 

I spotted the Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution on offer in my local supermarket and thought I'd give it a go. Micellar waters offer a gentle alternative to make up removal and with a sweep of a cotton wool pad promise to dissolve make up, unblock pores and remove impurities from the skin. 

I have to be honest I didn't expect to love this product as much as I do but I am really impressed with it. This clever little water removes my thick liquid liner and lashings of mascara without any problems whatsoever. After 2 weeks of using this each night to remove my eye make up I can safely say I am well and truly on the band wagon. I havn't used this on my skin as I'm too devoted to my Avene Gentle Cleanser but I'm pretty sure you can use this to remove all make up you may be wearing, not just eye make up.

If you've been thinking about dipping your toe into the world of Micellar waters I think the Loreal Solution is a good place to start. Unlike some of the more popular waters that can be a little pricey this is an affordable water that works a treat. 

I am intrigued by the likes of Bioderma H20, Avene and La Roche Posay Micellar Waters and would be interested to see how they compare to Loreal's offering. 

What do you think about Micellar Waters? Do you have a favourite?

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

26

This week saw the arrival of my 26th birthday. I've had such a wonderful week filled with lots of food, laughs and fabulous presents. 


I'm feeling excited for 26th year - I have lots of plans and aspirations I want to work towards. My birthday started with a rather wonderful gift from Craig on Thursday morning - an iPad Mini! I've wanted one for ages buts its always been one of those things I struggled to justify because I didn't really need one. Needless to say I love it and would love any app recommendations? I've been toying with the idea of getting a couple of magazine subscriptions on there too - again any recommendations would be fab.


I then headed off to work and was surprised by my lovely team with bunting and banners decorating my desk. We also had what can only be described as a feast for the entire team to gorge graze on throughout the day. I provided a Malteser cake which looked rather delightful and went down a storm. It certainly made working on my birthday more bearable and to round the day off I was given some really sweet gifts from my co workers along with some beautiful flowers.


After work I headed home only to be surprised by a few more little gifts from Craig - a complete yoga kit and a pretty iPad case. As if I wasn't feeling spoilt enough we then headed out for a curry with friends. I opted for Lamb Dopiaza with Rice and an obscene amount of poppadoms to start with.


Karen provided dessert with one of my favourite treats - bannoffee pie! I must confess after all of the food I consumed throughout the day I only managed a couple of mouthfuls but it was absolutely divine!

Feeling happy and content and absolutely stuffed we arrived home and fell straight into a deep and peaceful sleep. I feel truly lucky and blessed to have such amazing people in my life and look forward to becoming the best version of me in my 26th year. 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

01.01.2014.

First things first Happy New Year! Heres to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for us all. 

I feel like is only right to welcome in the New Year on my blog. I do love all of the hope and endless possibility a New Year brings. A fresh start, the feeling that you can embark on new goals and challenges. Wipe the slate clean of the worries of the past year and go forward into the new year with a positive outlook and the idea that anything is possible.

I've seen a lot of people reflecting on 2013 and what it meant to them but I want to look forward to 2014 and share some of my goals with you. I'm not one for resolutions anymore but do like to think about the goals I'd like to achieve in the coming year. 



This year I would most certainly like to travel more and explore new places. I'd love to finally get to visit Paris for my birthday in March, and hopefully get a little sun in the summer. I've wanted to visit Greece for a while now and really hope that this is the year I finally get to see the real thing instead of  looking longingly at photos on tumblr. In an ideal world I would also love to go on a short winter break somewhere magical in December but lets keep this realistic ;)


Naturally this year I want to start taking better care of myself. Over the last few months other than yoga I have been doing very little in terms of activity. I want to make sure I'm looking after myself properly by eating well, stressing less, getting enough sleep, water and exercise. I also want to carry on with my yoga (something which I've found a real passion for) and continue to better myself and practice daily. Dancer pose I will own you! I've already made a start on all of these things after the excess of Christmas but want to make a real effort to commit to a few lifestyle changes. 


This year I want to continue pursuing creative hobbies that make me happy. I learnt to crochet at the tail end of last year and want to start a couple of little projects in the coming months. I also want to learn to knit eventually - theres just something very therapeutic and rewarding about the whole thing. I also want to make more time for other things I love such as playing the piano, reading, photography and blogging itself. I decided a while ago to stop putting myself under so much pressure to blog. I live an extremely busy life and often felt like my blog was getting left behind as I just didn't have enough time to post regularly. Gone are my student days where I could post multiple times a week. I often felt really guilty about this and put myself under unnecessary pressure. Trying to juggle everything is hard and I decided to let all of that go and just focus on blogging whenever I can about whatever takes my fancy. 

I have several other goals but these are the main things I want to work towards this year. The end of this month will mark Kelanjo's fifth blog anniversary - something which I'm incredibly proud of. Thanks for sticking with me and here's to the next five years. 

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Monday, 2 December 2013

November Favourites


Can you believe we're in December? Where on earth has this year gone? I cant deny that I'm ridiculously excited that Christmas is almost here. It is without a doubt my favourite time of year. Sadly though it isn't my skin's favourite time of year and thats why this months favourites features a lot of moisturising products.


This Rose and Pistachio Body Butter from Sanctuary is beyond gorgeous. It smells absolutely incredible. I was looking for something a little bit different to my normal offerings from Soap and Glory and when I spotted this in Boots I was first drawn to the lovely packaging. This is a delightfully thick moisturising butter that sinks into the skin and feels incredibly decadent. This is genuinely one of the nicest fragranced products I've ever used and I will definitely be repurchasing.


This body scrub is from the same range as the body butter. This Black Pepper and Ginger body scrub has the same scent as the body butter and is perfect to use in the shower before lathering on the body butter.


I picked up this Garnier Beauty Oil in Asda on a bit of a whim. Oh my goodness this smells amazing. I don't have too much experience with body oils but this one seems really nice. I like that it has a pump to avoid too much mess and I just love the scent. I think this would be really nice to use on freshly tanned skin in the summer.


I've wanted to get my hands on this perfume for a while now. Next London is an exact dupe for the Chloe perfume (it honestly smells EXACTLY the same) I love the packaging and the price tag. This is only £8 a bottle which I think is fantastic. I think that this would make a really nice stocking filler for someone for Christmas.


Next up is this cute make up bag from Primark. I've needed a new one for a while but finding one the right size has proved difficult. This one is the perfect size to fit all of my most used products in place. Who doesn't love a tacky make up bag? 


Apologies in advance for the quite frankly appalling state of my nails. The acryllics are well and truly off after 10 months on having them. The worst thing imaginable happened. I caught one of the acryllics in the car door and it took half of my own nail with it. I had them taken off straight away and I fear that love affair will be over forever. I now have to make do with my own ruined nails and console myself with copious amounts of nail polish. This one is my current favourite. Mary Mary Quite Contrary is a wonderful shade - akin to Models Own Utopia this is a really flattering grey shade with lilac undertones. It lasts nicely and is easy to apply. 


Last but not least this isn't technically a favourite as I only bought it this weekend. I'm not usually a fan of products that have a really strong rose scent but this heavy duty hand cream called to me this weekend whilst I was buying Christmas presents in the Body Shop. The packaging is really pretty and I can just tell that this is going to be a lovely hand cream.

What are your current favourites? 


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