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Monday, 21 April 2014

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap by Dr. Organic



Olive Oil has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean to enhance natural beauty, it's properties include: anti-aging, protecting and moisturising the skin. The only routine I've ever used Olive Oil in however is cooking, and so when I received this soap, I was eager to try it out! 

I do cleanse my face when I remove my makeup at the end of the day, but I love the sensation of washing my face with soap afterwards and feeling like I've cleaned my skin properly, however, I do find a lot of soaps dry out my skin, so I've avoided using them on my face. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap from Dr. Organic is hands down, the best soap I've come across. It's organic for starters, it smells wonderful and leaves the skin feeling so soft and moisturised. I use it in the morning and at night after I remove my makeup and I can say with absolute certainty that it does an amazing job of nourishing the skin. 

When it comes to my face, I want to use gentle products and organic when I can, so this soap ticks all the boxes and will be of regular use in my beauty routine!

Let me know below or tweet me at @dimplesdiaries with your tips for natural beauty!

Thanks for reading!

x





Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Vintage Polka Dots


Jewellery & dress:VINTAGE jacket&bag: PRIMARK (BG)

Hellooo hellooo, hope you've all been having a nice week so far and have been able to enjoy this glorious weather! I wish I could say I have myself, but alas, University work has left me bound to the library everyday...but on the up side, this weekend my family are coming to visit! I haven't seen them since Christmas and as North Yorkshire is quite a while away, I haven't been able to afford to go home, so I'm ridonkculously excited to see them - here's to hoping the weather stay's nice for then!
As it's Easter, what have you all been up to? Have any of you been making trips back home?

Thanks for reading!









Friday, 11 April 2014

Kale and Banana Smoothie


2 organic fairtrade bananas | 2 tbsp Duchy organic yogurt | Large handful of kale | 2 tbsp linseed 

I've gone a bit kale kraaazy at the moment, especially in the smoothie department, but for £1 a bag in Waitrose, there's so much you can do with it and its health benefits are endless (winner winner chicken dinner!) This recipe really is super simple, just pop all the ingredients together in a blender, gradually adding water until you get to the consistency you like! 

Tweet my at @dimplesdiaries if you try it or if you have any kale recipes you want to share!

Thanks for reading!





Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Modern Classic Updates


top&bag&shoes&jewellery: VINTAGE jeans: CHEAP MONDAY watch:CASIO

I'm a girl torn between two worlds; the modern and the old. 

I love modern design just as much as vintage and so my outfits tend to be a combination of the two, even if it is just in the smallest of details. Today was one of those days, I wanted the comfort of my jeans, while still being a little eclectic and feminine, I think the shoes make that work - I love how the shape of these shoes have the power of making my legs look longer, (what a dream!)

Are any of you a little stuck in the past? Are there any decades or styles your outfits take inspiration from?










Friday, 4 April 2014

Spring Colours: Lilac


I've never been one to experiment with colour, but this spring/summer one colour I'm really looking forward to wearing is lilac. Once a bit of a granny colour, it's come back in full force and I can't wait to invest in some more lilac pieces!





What colours are you all looking forward to wearing this summer?


x

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Duchy Originals


You know there are times in life when you meet a stranger and engage in a fleeting conversation that leaves you feeling totally inspired and mindful? 
Well, the other day, in the dairy aisle of Waitrose I had one of those exact encounters. I was reaching for my usual tipple of organic milk choice, when I was interrupted by a small French woman (she looked like she could have easily just walked off a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film set) who began educating me *I kid you not* on the homogenisation of milk. 

I'm a big dairy fan and I love milk, so naturally I thought I was making the right choice by just buying organic milk, and although that is much better than regular milk (cows graze on pasture without chemical fertilisers or pesticides) some organic milks and all regular milks go through a homogenisation process which can be really bad for us.


So, homogenisation, let's break it down.... 

It's a chemical process in which the fat globules are broken down into smaller droplets so that they don't separate and float to the top of the jug - this ultimately makes it more convinient as we don't need to shake the milk to break up the cream layer build at the top of the bottle, homogenisation also makes milk look whiter and last for longer. Natural cow's milk (non-homogenised) has fat particles that are too big to go through the intestinal mucosa and bloodstream, therefore our bodies will eliminate them. However, the fat particles in homogenised milk have been processed so that the particles have become small enough to enter our blood streams which leads to undigested fat particles being stored in the arteries, joints and heart.

After hearing this, I swiftly put down my milk and was introduced by lady I met to 'Duchy,' a Waitrose Originals collection of organic produce that doesn't put their products through the homogenisation process woohoo! So I decided to purchased the milk, butter and yogurt (all for just a fraction more of the price of any regular dairy produce I might add) and the quality exceeded my expectations. Available in all Waitrose stores and online, Duchy's range covers meats, dairy, alcohol, bread, biscuits and jams and by choosing to invest that little bit extra in good quality produce, you are not only benefiting the farmers, environment and animals effected in the process, you are also benefiting your own health.



So let's cut out the additives, artificials and pesticides and let's get back to basics... let's choose to eat food that has not been interfered with by man and is exactly how it should be.... NATURAL.

Thank you for reading, do leave your opinions below or tweet me at @dimplesdiaries I'd love to hear what you think about the subject!

Till next time!