Waylands Yard

A friend recommended Wayland’s Yard as a good place for coffee whilst in Worcester.

I went there this morning and wasn’t disappointed. The coffee, one of the best since leaving Italy in November! Every coffee served has a double shot, so you can actually taste the flavour, unlike the coffees you get in some of the ‘chains’.

The interior is kind of industrialized minimalist, but comfortable. It also has good wifi, so internet access is easy.

The guys there are super friendly, with ex rugby player Sam Smith, taking the time to tell us about further improvements, and the opening of the walled garden area at the back of the premises during the Spring. Wayland’s is obviously his passion.

It’s very much a Community space, as I believe was Sam”s intention, with a room upstairs for Free hire, there aren’t many places that will give you that nowadays.

My only regret is that I only had time for a coffee, especially when I spotted the menu. Good healthy food all locally sourced, with gluten free and vegan options.

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I think I’m going to work my way through it though, apart from the Warrior breakfast that may be a little too big for me, but it can be shared. Although I know a man who would eat it all!

I’m already thinking of Sunday Brunch….

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Monday Motivation

I woke up this morning feeling a little sluggish. I don’t think it’s unusual at this time of year here in the UK, the weather isn’t good, it’s grey, damp and dull (most days)! Today we have rain, it’s not the best of weather to entice me outside.

I was just going to do an early quick 5-6k walk, and I mean quick, my shopping walk as my family call it!

As I reached my 5k marker I felt so good as the wind and rain made my makeup free face tingle, so, I walked on, hitting 10k still at shopping pace speed.

I was so pleased I made the effort to get out, definitely not sluggish now.

Although I walk fast, to get a good cardio workout,  I found myself smiling and very ‘mindful’ of my surroundings.

My eyes wide open to the different colours of the trees, the tiny buds on the bare branches waiting to burst open at the first sign of spring. Despite the dreadful weather the birds were braving the elements and singing.

Each foot felt as light as a feather as it hit the road, I felt good.

Walking is a great exercise for both body and mind. If you feel low, fed up even lonely, whatever the weather go for a walk, take a look at what’s around you, you’ll be amazed at what you see when you open your eyes.

I’m very confident when I say, “You will feel so much better upon returning home”

 

Is yellow the new black?

Reese Witherspoons Versace dress was one of my favorites from the glittering array at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago.

The style is obviously fabulous for her, but more than anything it is the colour that I find so stunning.

Yellow is going to be everywhere on the high street this spring, in a variety of shades – yet so many of us find it such a difficult colour to wear.  There really is a shade of yellow to suit everyone, it’s finding it and wearing it in the right way.

If you are like Reese, the soft buttercup yellow is the way forward.  However for others of us, the brighter yellows or even mustard’s will be more flattering – it all comes down to our individual colouring characteristics and of course, our style preferences.

Yellow is the new black

For me, the LK Bennett, Bayna yellow dress and Boden Eve knitted top are on my shopping list.

The Mango maxi belt coat is also a great lighter yellow option while the weather is still so chilly!

Still not convinced or unsure of the right yellow for you? Add a pop of yellow to your neutrals, an easy way to brighten up your winter wardrobe!

How about the Jigsaw scarf, Skinny Boden belt or the Anthropologie, Lettie crossbody pouch bag.

Guest post by Chloe Brasier. Find out more about Chloe.

 

Age is just a number, you’re never too old

I have always thought of age as just being a number, an old cliche I know, but everyday I hear people say “I’m too old to do that”.

I’m convinced that many retired people talk themselves into old age. Perhaps having retired, they feel there’s no purpose or a goal anymore? There are many retired people who, due to the pressures of work, have had no time to develop hobbies or a network of friends socially, this often leads to loneliness.

Take a look at these amazing people who help to motivate me. They may not appeal to all of you, but you can’t deny the sheer determination and, I think, the love for life they all appear to have.

Remember you’re never too old to try something new.

My top five skincare products

I am writing this post as I have been disappointed with so many skincare products that I’ve bought over the years, I wanted to share my thoughts on my latest purchases from Bodhi and Birch. Bodhi and Birch, founded by Elijah Choo, pride themselves for their co-luxury bath, body and skin care which draws its inspiration from the healing power of nature and traditional botanical remedies, bringing together Eastern and Western skincare and wellbeing philosophies. All of their ingredients are ethically sourced from sustainable origins. Claiming high-performance skin care formulated without harsh synthetics.

All of their products are made in England, each ingredient is ethically sourced from sustainable origins.

My skin is so dry at this time of year, despite drinking at least two litres of water a day. With the winter climate and indoor heating my skin is crying out for some nourishment.

One of my favourite ‘smells’ is Neroli, to me it’s a mixture of sweet and spicy and is definitely my comfort fragrance. How lucky I was to find 1. Neroli Luce revitalising face oil. It’s the most beautiful facial oil, it’s non greasy and easily absorbed into my skin. Elijah recommends using it morning and night before applying moisturiser.

But as well as this, if I’m makeup free, I’ll warm a couple of drops in the palms of my hand, inhale the beautiful perfume and apply it to my face and neck as an extra boost several times during the day.

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Next comes their 2. Cacao Cocoon lip treatment balm. The pot is either next to my computer or on my bedside table. It feels lovely on my lips, so non greasy. It’s obviously working, it’s good to be able to apply a lipstick or gloss without it ‘clumping’ at this time of year, if you know what I mean!! And the fragrance, for me, a hint of chocolate and spearmint, but not at all overwhelming.

I’m not surprised the 3. Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt scrub has won numerous awards, and I’m not surprised, it’s honestly one of the best scrubs I’ve ever used.

Whenever I’ve used body scrubs before, the scrub starts falling off my hands before I even get it anywhere near my legs. Not so with Rosemary Chi, the grains are quite fine but very effective leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth.

The smell is heavenly and really does work as a detox when used before submerging oneself in a deep warm bath.

I love body oils, especially in the winter, as I feel they give nourishment to the skin. So I chose 4. Chinois Blue Body Oil, mainly because two of it’s many ingredients, ginger and hyacinth, are favourites of mine. The oil is so nourishing, does not feel at all greasy but leaves the skin soft and smooth. It’s quite a heady, sensual fragrance that works well for me after a long bath and before going to bed.

Finally, another love of mine is the 5. Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum. For a start it’s the beautiful fragrance of citrus flowers, but even more the nourishing effect it has on my hands and cuticles.One pump of oil warmed in the palm of your hand is sufficient for both hands, so a bottle lasts a long time.

So, if like me, you enjoy pure, clean and luxurious body and skincare products that really work, take a look at their website, you won’t be disappointed.

 

*This is an independent review and is not sponsored in any way by Bodhi & Birch or any other brand.