Specifically Fabindia Organic Darjeeling. Fabindia links over 80,000 craft based rural producers to modern urban markets, thereby creating a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment, and preserving India’s traditional handicrafts in the process.
I discovered Korres at Waitrose, surreptiously taking the caps off the shower gels and sniffing them. These scents transport you; you have to try the Japanese Rose, Lemon Basil and Mint Tea showergels. Also, every showergel or facewash Korres makes has this amazingly soft, vegetable-based oaty lather, which leaves a gorgeous softening layer on your skin. After you’ve used the White Tea Cleanser you’ll want someone to stroke your face! They use herbs, cooperatives and loads of natural essences. All the way from sunny Greece!
3. Smartwool Merino Thermals
They snuggle close to you and know when you want to be warmer and when you want to be cooler. It must be a fine life, being a sheep.
4. Chichester Botanical Gardens
5. Ravenwood Hall
Both edgy (there’s a stuffed raven in a cage in the entrance lobby) and historic (we stayed in a four poster in the Magna Carta room) you drive up a long, romantically lit driveway to get to this place, and the adventure just keeps getting better.
6. The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter
Fresh, natural and fragrance free, this contains a high proportion of community traded aloe and shea and is absolutely addictive.
I like the cut of their jib!
8. Made in Chelsea
Partly because everything’s so pretty and posh and unreal, which is a tad seductive, no matter what your politics. Partly because (don’t laugh) there’s actually some seriously good portrays of current issues in gender politics here. Do you side with Louise, who expresses her emotions and lives for the moment, or Lucy, who plays quite a clever game and doesn’t let men get the better of her?
I’ve been meaning to blog about my trip to Croatia for six months! This is what I have so far:
England’s a lovely place. I’m a big fan of everything from the high peaks of Yorkshire to labyrinthine London, where there’s something colourful and challenging on every corner. I even feel strangely fond of the pompous politicians and old men moaning about potholes. The year 2012 has not treated me gently, and the idiosyncrasies of my home were a comfort.
When something really tricky happens, in this case the end of a four year relationship, there’s an immediate storm, during which everything is thrown up into the air. Then you rebuild things, with the help of friends who tell you your hair isn’t too frizzy and new employers who take a chance on you. Five months after the storm, and I’d put things back together, but I definitely wasn’t getting my RDA of fun.
Then, little by little, I started to realise things were OK. Giggling was allowed. A superwise friend advised me to think back to when I was happiest in my life, and find a way to get back to that state. Well it was easy. My master’s year or my GAP year. And since I was enjoying work and didn’t fancy heading back to uni, I decided some adventurous travel was in order.
So that’s how I found myself sitting at work, in a small home counties market town, the walls painted grey and the rain lashing down, waiting for the clock to strike 12 noon so I could head off on my solo voyage.
Notes: First night spend alone in Trogir, sleeping in a room within the walls of the walled city, grinning, on the road again! Lovely group arrive. Lost at bus stop, rescued by manly Croatian guide who runs across Splitcarrying my bag. Octopus. Mediterranean architecture, all crumbly and amazing. Steak. Dipping my paddle into the gentle rippling sea, gliding along. Paddling to secluded beaches, getting out to swim, snorkeling, tricksy little spotted fishes, Coccyx injury whilst applying mascara- watch out for wet tiles!! Blue blue sea. Cocktails. Walk along coast to little church. No Starbucks, yesss! Game of strip Jenga. I haven’t seen enough 80’s movies. Glamourous Hvar!
10. Boden’s Amalfi Collection
Like Made in Chelsea, this is another thing I love, that people laugh at. Boden is a bit pricey really (I’m currently getting into charity shops actually) but the colours and the glamour of this collection- J’Adore.