Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Hot stuff.

Now, I am a sun person. I don't do well in cold weather and am constantly wishing I was warmer. But I've completely abandoned the idea of going somewhere just because it's hot weather, probably because I've embraced what a paleyhead I am. I'm white as a ghost, and seem to stay that way no matter what I do. So, now I just go with it. Rather than wanting to visit somewhere to lie in the sun and bake, I'm more likely to slather on the factor 50 and go on a citybreak, or find some new and interesting (and shady) part of the UK to DO things like see sights and find some amazing restaurants. I think it's pretty obvious from my posts that I do that - I can't remember the last time I spent a whole day just lying by the pool. I'm not saying I like HIKING or anything, but I like an active holiday. Like in Paris, where we walked everywhere and I took 1700 photos in 4 days.

This all means that I won't be a wrinkly old prune when I get old. You guys, I just turned 30 and I still get IDed when I buy wine. This whole embracing being pale thing is WORKING. Out of necessity, I've become a pretty obsessively conscientious person in hot weather. Here are my top 3 tips for being just like me:

1 - Wear suncream, all the time. In summer, I use a special facial suncream that's oil free so my skin is protected without getting clogged. It's part of my morning routine, so I don't even have to think about it (most of the major brands do them - I use a Simple one).

2 - If you're going to be out in the sun for a while, wear a hat. Have you ever had a sunburned scalp? It really flipping hurts. Hats mean that it doesn't hurt to brush your hair and they are CUTE.

3 - Drink a LOT of water. I always drink at least 2 litres a day (often more like 4) and try and keep an eye on the other things I drink - for instance, a can of diet coke is not the equivalent to a glass of water and won't hydrate you. Caffeine is actually dehydrating. Even though diet coke is the BEST. See also: wine.



If you are scoffing at my good advice, then I will tell you about the time I got sunstroke at Glastonbury. Having to stumble for half an hour through a busy festival site, trying not to be sick (and there are a LOT of food stalls and unshowered people at Glastonbury) and then only having a boiling hot tent to lie down in and then having to negotiate portaloos - it taught me exactly what happens if I don't obey my own rules.

AXA PPP healthcare have put together a be healthy flipbook on their own golden rules for the summer - the three I mention above are all in there plus lots of others, so you see, I AM right - you can also follow them on Twitter for some daily tips. Take a look and don't die! What are your magic rules?

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Super Awesome OMG Giveaway Week (Day Seven)

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Oh my god you guys it is my ACTUAL BIRTHDAY TODAY. Yep yep y'all, I am thirty years old. I am totes all responsible and mature now, obvs. Anyway, my party last night was awesome (hence this post being twelve hours late, ooops) and today has mostly been spent eating and cleaning. I have a few days off though so the fun doesn't end! I'll let you all know more about the party soon but for now... GIVEAWAY!

It's the final giveaway of my Super Awesome OMG Giveaway Week The Sequel, but you still have ages to enter the giveaways so get on that. Today's giveaway is a self indulgent one, particularly as I did it last year too, but screw it. Today, I'm giving away a personalised illustration.

Over the last year I've got a lot more into illustration and have done a few bespoke portraits for bloggers like Maria, Sarah and Nicki. So I feel a lot more confident about giving one away - hopefully it will not suck. You will receive a portrait of yourself in the style of the below - a digital, coloured version, and the original (a pencil sketch). It can be used for your blog layout, or whatever you want. It doesn't necessarily have to be you, but it does have to be a single individual (no family or couple pics, I'm afraid).






Rules
  • You must be a follower of this blog.
  • Please include your email or a means of contacting you in the comment.
  • Giveaway will run for TWO WEEKS, closing Sunday 12th August 19:00 GMT
  • Winner will be selected using random.org
  • Winners will be announced Monday 13th August.
To Enter:
  • Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin
  • Leave a comment including your contact details (email/twitter etc) plus your favourite joke. I like jokes.
  • For an extra entry, Like my Facebook page and either tweet or post to your blog something along these lines: I've just entered @essbeevee's giveaway to win a custom illustration at http://bit.ly/OQLHV8 because that's just how I roll.
  • (if you Like, Tweet AND Blog it – that’s THREE extra entries! But please note you must comment too or you get NO entries.)
Goooood luck!
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Super Awesome OMG Giveaway Week (Day Six)

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Yayyy it's Saturday! SATURDAY! Oh, I could break into song. And my birthday is tomorrow! And my party is tonight! And my dress fits! And my playlist is done! IT'S ALL HAPPENING PEOPLE IT'S ALL HAPPENING.

Bertie
God, I love TODAY's giveaway item. I want to keep it, but apparently those are against the RULES. Pshaw. Rules. Anyway, Bertie have kindly given me this gorgeous yellow leather satchel. Isn't it pretty? Don't you want it? Well, you can HAVE IT. One of you. Sorry, others of you. But you are in with a chance! Way more than if you won the lottery! OMG.
Rules
  • You must be a follower of this blog.
  • Please include your email or a means of contacting you in the comment.
  • Giveaway will run for TWO WEEKS, closing Saturday 11th August 19:00 GMT
  • Winner will be selected using random.org
  • UK only and you MUST be over 18 (proof of ID may be required)
  • Winners will be announced Monday 13th August.
To Enter:
  • Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin
  • Leave a comment including your contact details (email/twitter etc) 
  • For an extra entry, Like my Facebook page and either tweet or post to your blog something along these lines: I want a pretty yellow leather satchel from @bertieshoes! Do you? Visit @essbeevee's giveaway then, damnit! http://bit.ly/OQLHV8
  • (if you Like, Tweet AND Blog it – that’s THREE extra entries! But please note you must comment too or you get NO entries.)
G'luck!
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