Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.

I’ll admit I feel a little silly writing this post since the weather in London is dreadful.

May? More like November, it’s been raining non-stop for days and there’s no sign of it stopping.

But hopefully, some of you have a nice holiday planned somewhere hot and if not hopefully summer will arrive at some point over the next few months.

Either way, this dress is just too perfect not to share. I found it whilst building my Spain wardrobe for my trip last week (more on that soon) at New Look. I love New Look at the moment, it’s affordable and just generally killing it.

This dress covers almost ever trend, which sounds like overkill but it isn’t.

Gingham- tick, a pop of red- tick, embroidery-tick, Bardot neckline- tick. It’s got it all, for just £24,99

I particularly love that it’s a black and white gingham as the usual navy doesn’t suit me. The shape isn’t quite perfect for a curvy body like mine but it really isn’t too bad. It can be dressed down with some converse or dressed up with some wedges for dinner like I did here.

Also, I bloody love these Wedges, and once it finally stops raining I won’t be taking them off. They’re incredibly comfy, the colour is perfect and I love the lace up detail- from JustFab.

 Please excuse the photo quality, we were aiming for magic hour lighting but left it too late and it was starting to get a little too dark. And the tan lines. Please ignore those too. Rookie mistake.

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When it comes to summer dressing I love a dress which is versatile as it isn’t warm for long in the UK and therefore I need dresses which I can dress down and dress up. I also need them to not be too trendy so I can wear them year after year and this year whilst on holiday I discovered my new favourite.

I found this Warehouse dress browsing the dress section on the House of Fraser website and although I wasn’t initially sure I have recently found it to be very useful. I’ll admit that these sandals don’t go amazingly with this dress but on a casual day, on holiday, I don’t think it really matters. It can be dressed up a little with a pair of heels and I particularly love the slit at the from of the dress makes the dress a little bit more fun but isn’t too revealing.

I have also found it to be the perfect city dress, it has been the one I reach for on hot days in London as it’s not too revealing and I’m comfortable getting on the tube in it but it’s so light weight that I don’t get too warm.

I expect this is a dress I’ll keep coming back to for a few summers.

estee lauder bronze goddess 2016 estee lauder bronze goddess 2016 paletteThe new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-cheek palette has been in my everyday routine for a few weeks now and I’ve fallen so in love with it that I feel it needs it’s own blog post.

There have been quite a few blush palettes pop up this season but I love that this one has a highlighter. blush and bronzer/contour powder.

The blush takes pride position in the middle of the palette and is a medium, warm, rosy pink with very fine golden sheen. The coverage isn’t too opaque which is why I have been loving it, it adds a great rosy glow without being over the top. The contour/bronzer shade is also a similar sheerer product which looks really natural, it’s supposed to be a contour shade but I think it’s a little orange for a contour and works really well as a bronzer, adding a beautiful natural sheen to the skin. Sticking with the semi-sheer theme is the highlighter, a warm soft being with a beautiful luminous finish, this isn’t for you super-strobing-queens but more for those looking for a more natural alternative.

I’ve been reaching for it so much as it really adds that low-from-within look, natural but pretty. No need for extreme blending or even spending too much time, just perfectly bronzed, blushed and highlighted cheeks effortlessly. Particularly good for fairer skins but since the bronzer is quite light I would avoid if you’re a little darker.

I’m not really saying this palette is a must have or life-changing but it is beautiful and if you’re looking to add a little more glow to your summer makeup without adding too much time, this is the palette I would go for!

PS. Whilst searching for a link I realised this product has sold out online (good sign) but should still be available in store, it’s worth having a good look for one.

5 to try

Barry M Surfboard Nail Polish
I’d been struggling to find the perfect nail polish for this not so summery summer we’re currently experiencing in London. Barry M Surfboard is the perfect soft pink with a hint of lilac and really inoffensive, plus it lasts surprisingly long!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
I’m not usually a huge fan of waterproof mascara but as it’s summer I think it’s good to always have a tube to hand, in case of water flights, beach trips or hayfever. I love the original Better Than Sex Mascara and have been loving this one over the last month. I don’t think I would ever switch full time over to the waterproof one as it is so much harder to remove but it held up really well with my extreme hayfever yesterday, the rest of my makeup didn’t do so well. I’ve made a whole video dedicated to this mascara so check it out here.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate
A few months back I had a skin consultation in Kiehl’s Regent St, where they recommend lots of products to help improve my dehydrated skin. One of the recommended products was this Kiehl’s oil which helps correct the visible appearance of Skin Fatigue. I’ve been using it on days that I feel my skin needs some extra TLC and have found it to really help make my skin look more glowy and healthy!

L’Oreal Cushion Foundation & Cushion Bronzer
I’ve been raving about this to anyone that will listen as I just think it’s the perfect, lightweight, buildable, summer product. The foundation is nice a glowy, just how I like it but can easily be powdered down for a more matte look. The bronzer adds a really natural looking glow/tan to the skin which I just love and can be really intensified with a powder bronzer.

Collection Deluxe Lipsticks
I always say that drugstore nude lipsticks are just as good as high-end ones and these really prove it. They remind me a little of the MAC Lustre finish lipsticks, they’re relatively sheer but buildable with an almost gloss finish. I love this sort of finish when the rest of my skin is quite matte and I think in nude colours it can look really beautiful (I would go for matte bold colours). The three that caught my eye are Baby Doll, Chicago and Liberty as they’re all beautiful, everyday nudes. I would even say Chicago is a great dupe for MAC Patisserie which is one of my favourite ever lipsticks!

Would love to hear which five products you’ve been loving recently in the comments.