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When Summer does show its face in the UK, the sun cream makes an appearance, especially for red haired species such as myself. Now as someone who has to regularly wear sun cream through the Summer to avoid ending up looking like kind of lobster, I want to know what I am putting on to my skin and to avoid at all costs the nasties that can be found in suncream! 

Green People are a brand that I discovered earlier this year through my sister and they have continued to impress me with their variety of products. Organic & natural sun cream is not naturally something I would think of purchasing, probably due to the fact that I tend to just stick to what I know, purchasing high street brands of sun cream that I know I won't burn with. So I was very interested to trial the Green People products when the sun decided to shine!

My initial thoughts on the Scent Free Sun Lotion were that it has a super light consistency! Considering it is factor 30, I was impressed that it wasn't thick and it didn't take long to rub into the skin. The lotion is also not sticky, so you don't feel like you need a shower the second that you put it on. 

The sun lotion claims to be non-irritating and non-greasy and from someone who has very sensitive skin, I can vouch that I had no problems whatsoever with the product on my skin. It does say that it is scent free, however, I think there is a very subtle sweet scent, but it's the kind of smell that you would associate with summer days having beachy days. The lotion contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Edelweiss and is rich in antioxidants to protect delicate skin. I was super intrigued to understand how the sun lotion protects skin whilst being non pore-clogging so Green People's Founder Charlotte Vohtz detailed 'Pores that are blocked by waterproof chemical sun lotions can lead to Prickly Heat so instead of synthetic pore-clogging ingredients Green People use Beeswax and Berry Wax to naturally repel water without blocking sweat glands'.

After a day in the sun, I showered off the sun lotion and applied the Hydrating After Sun Moisturiser to cool and moisturize my skin. It contains Aloe Vera, Calendula and Mint and smells amazing! - super fresh and minty. It definitely moisturised my skin and left it feeling energised. Green People suggest that you can also use this product year round as a soothing moisturiser for when your skin needs that boost!

Where I am beginning to assess the products that I am using on my skin and trying to avoid where possible, chemicals, it makes total sense to start eradicating unnatural sun SPF products and will 100% be using these on any sunny days if the weather decided to up its game! C'mon England it is literally August!

*Thank you to Green People for Kindly gifting me these fab products.  
In June I was invited to the launch event of the new No. 34 restaurant at the recently renovated Orchid hotel in Bournemouth. The hotel has a contemporary and stylish feel and the restaurant is equally as elegant with its copper lighting and retro furnishings.
No.34 offers Michelin Star cooking and boasts a high-quality menu by celebrated Michelin-starred Head Chef Jean Gysemans, famous for his creative use of seasonal and local ingredients

The launch evening began with bespoke No.34 Bellini's on entrance and a delicious array of entrees. Then it was on to dinner which, when I saw the menu I was very excited for. I decided to go for the twice baked cheddar cheese souffle for my starter which was beautifully light and fluffy. I think cheese souffle can sometimes be a bit of a gamble and can be too rich for a starter but this was beautifully cooked.

For my main course I went with the Lamb Navarin which was served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes and was a lovely summery, fresh dish and one that I would definitely pick again but next time I would maybe have some mash on the side! - you can't beat a bit of mash.

To finish off the meal and for the best course, dessert, I had apple tatin and salted caramel ice cream. This dessert was gorgeous and although I found the tatin texture a little strange it did taste amazing and the salted caramel ice cream made the flavours really pop.

I would definitely recommend No.34 for a dinner out as the food is so fresh and they have a beautifully curated menu that is suited for a wide range of dietary requirements and would be perfect for a celebration or Birthday dinner.  No.34 is definitely on the must-dine Dorset foodie map. 

A few weeks ago I popped up a post featuring this new denim H&M number which I couldn't get enough of. I mentioned that I would pop up a part 2 that featured another styling idea for this denim skirt and my tips on how to get the optimum use out of a staple in your suitcase when you are on your holibobs. 

I have to say I am not one to pack lightly, but I am getting better with time (baby steps). When I am away I still like to have options and I want to feel nice in what I wear by having variety. I find the best thing to do is to take key pieces away such as this denim skirt (or maybe some navy culottes, a neutral midi/mini skirt, linen trousers or cotton dress) and style them up or down depending on the time of day or occasion, so that you can get optimum use out of the same garment. 

Say for instance this denim skirt, in my previous post (click here to read pt.1) I teamed this skirt with a ruffled gingham top, metallic sandals and some gold coin earrings for a day to evening outfit, not only practical for climbing over rocks to get to a beach bar but also super summery and on trend! 

In the below shots I styled the same skirt with this amazing swimsuit for a beach day, (a Kini dupe from Sainsbury's, unfortunately this is sold out now but Topshop have a few similar crochet swim items - I have linked these below) a ASOS linen shirt tied around the waist, my trusty pop pom basket bag from TK MAXX, Birkenstocks, some gold H&M coin earrings and my Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies. 

I believe the key is all in the accessories and the items that you pair with that staple to make each outfit you wear completely individual and different. A statement pair of earrings or metallic shoes can really make that beach appropriate outfit pop ready for a sangria filled evening! Or a pair of Birkenstocks or white Vans can make a jazzy cotton dress day appropriate for a day trip out. 

This outfit was perfect for a relaxing day on the beach and around the shops especially with the added edition of the linen shirt, as with my sun intolerant skin, I need something to cover my shoulders and protect them from the Spanish sun! #redheadedprobs