Read | The Perfume Collector - Kathleen Tessaro

It's no secret that I love to read, and there's no better time than a warm summers day to pick up a book and lose yourself. The Perfume collector by Kathleen Tessaro is one of the most beautiful and honest novels that I've read in a number of years. The lyrical prose leads you from the past to the present following a un-contented woman and her journey from London to Paris, but more so, her journey of self contentment and freedom. Here are some of my favourite quotes: 

'Perfume should tell a story - the story of who you are, who you might be, perhaps even of who you fear becoming ... all of these thing are possible. It's a very intimate element of a woman, just like her signature or the sound of her voice. And it conveys feelings and states of being that have no name, no language. Its very ambiguity makes it truer than words because, unlike words, it can't be manipulated of misunderstood.'

'I feel like a sheet of paper that someone's torn into tiny pieces and thrown to the wind. But the wind in Paris is rather nice.' 

'The ideal muse is a woman whose rough edges and contradictions drive you to fill in the blanks of her character. She is the irritant to your creativity. A remarkable possibility, wait to be formed.'

' Some of us, no matter how hard we try, aren't meant to lead ordinary lives. Fate finds us. Gives us a shove.'

'A woman who no longer cares about how she looks has given up on more than fashion - She's given up on life. ' 

'I will not go mad as long as there is beauty in the world and I can be near it.' 

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Your Tea : Tiny Tea 14day TEAtox

A tea which makes you slim? Of course I'm going to try it! Albeit, I'm well aware from experience that a good body is down to disciplined diet and exercise. But if something helps in the form of a 'TEAtox'... why not try it?

Your Tea has a range of teas which are formulated to target varies problem zones from your colon to your complexion, digestion and even sex. I ordered the Tiny tea formulation which aims to cleanse and nourish your digestive system allowing you to feel at your physical peek. Delivery was swift, causing elated excitement when this cute as a button box arrived on my desk at work! There started me TEAtox. 

You can select the duration of your TEAtox by ordering different sized boxes, I chose the 14 day Tiny Tea TEAtox from the body range which comes with 42 individually wrapped tea bags, with instruction to consume 3 teas a day. Simply infuse the teabag with fresh boiled water for 5-7 minutes around 30 mins before a meal, and on an empty stomach. 

I was pleasantly surprised at the taste, as other slimming teas I've tried in the past have been hardly drinkable, yet Tiny Tea is a pleasant herbal tea with a zesty kick. The main ingredients listed include Oolong tea, Sicklepod Seena Seed, lotus leaf and Hawthorn berry. 

So does it actually work I hear you ask.. Well I'm around half was through my TEAtox, and I've not kept to the rules as such. I don't have regular set meal times as my life is constantly hectic, so it's been difficult to coordinate 30mins before I eat. But despite not being constant, I've definitely noticed the difference Tiny Tea TEAtox makes. Bloated bellies are a thing of the past (when I remember to drink it), after eating my stomach is calm and flat. My digestive system has really changed, making me feel a lot more energised and my body feeling more fresh and clear. Now, claims that are all over the internet that this tea will make you skinny, my friends is a hoax. Doing a TEAtox alone certainly wont do that job, but if you're eating right and exercising, Tiny Tea is a definite benefit, especially by stopping that after meal time bloat. 

The down side of Tiny Tea TEAtox, sadly is the price: at £20 for the 14day plan, it seems a little much to me. But definitely worth the investment if you're going away and want to keep your body of top form for those bikini days. I will probably repurchase at some-point, perhaps before a holiday or a big occasion. 

Have you tried Your Tea Tiny Tea TEAtox? I'd love to know how you found it? 
Find your Your Tea TEAtox plan here.

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Lifestyle | Personal Health day...

For me, nothing beats a person health day. A day when the clock stops, and the diary is cleared. I like to make the most of days like these, after the mandatory lie in. I got my but out of bed just before mid-day and headed to the gym. When I ticked work-out butt - unfortunately I can never pull off the 'I just worked out and still look like a Goddess' - look, but I'm working on it. 

We then look these little monsters for a walk in the woods in the evening sun. Sometimes it you need to take a moment, to stop and breathe, before you notice the beauty that's all around you.

It's easy to be distracted by life, to get stressed and worn out trying to reach your goals. Maybe a change of perspective, a shift in focus, that makes all the difference. Admire the process, live for the adventures, take the longer trails - because the destination isn't worth missing the journey! 

And at the end of the day - always a cup of TinyTea <3  

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Food | Let's just pretend we're in Paris...

So, play along with me... 'Let's just pretend we're in Paris'. Me and the the man decided to make the most of the return of the sunshine and had brunch parisian style. Sweet and simple; fresh warm baguettes with a healthy slice of brie. 

'est le paradis sur terre.'

'Daddy, can I have some?' - Tia <3

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Fitness | Berry Protein Smoothie with PhD Woman UK

There's no better way to kick start a summer morning than with a fresh and tasty smoothie. Whether you're headed to the gym, or laying around the house - nourish your body with this delicious Berry Protein Smoothie

1 Scoop of PhD Woman Meal replacement - Strawberry Delight
1/2 Cup Blue Berries
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1 Cup Spinach
1 Tsp Chia seeds
1 Tsp Green Tea powder
1 Scoop of ice
1 Cup water

Simply blend and enjoy!

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LifeStyle | Cambridge

What to do on a hot and sunny saturday? Me and the boy found ourselves in Cambridge, wondering the street markets and cobbled streets. If only the weekend lasted longer....

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