this week #02

:: by Lizzie
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This week I’ve been spending my spare time (although there’s not been much of it) sorting out my wardrobe. I’ve needed to switch out my spring summer pieces for more autumn winter appropriate staples for a while now and blogger Jess Lively gave me the kick up the bum I needed in the form of a podcast with capsule wardrobe specialist Caroline Rector of Unfancy. Caroline talks on the podcast all about how she has built her seasonal 37 piece capsule wardrobe and gives tips for people interested in creating their own wardrobe framework. She also focuses on how to go about simplifying your current wardrobe as well as tackling difficult shopping issues and establishing your own personal style. It’s an interesting listen if you’re feeling like a switch up and if you’re really brave you could even follow Caroline’s advice and build your own 37 piece capsule wardrobe for winter.

 

A rather nice highlight this week at work was the London Terrariums Workshop #upstairsatsmug. Tom and Emma do such a good job of explaining how the self-contained ecosystem of a terrarium flourishes over time. They select the perfect glass vessels, specifically slow growing plants, such as Fittonia and Sempervivum, so the terrarium isn’t outgrown too quickly and they provide everything else you could possibly need in order to learn to build your very own terrarium. Tom and Emma will be back at SMUG in the new year for another workshop so click here for tickets if you’d like to take part or fancy buying a friend a ticket as a Christmas present. I have an apple-shaped empty glass terrarium at home just asking to be filled with beautiful leafy and mossy goodness so I’ll be attending for sure.

 

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S T R A W B E R R Y  K E F I R  R E C I P E :

My new breakfast drink of choice is Kefir. It’s a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains. It’s full of nutrients, probiotics, calcium, protein and B vitamins and it’s really good for digestion. I first heard about kefir a few months ago as a substitute for buttermilk in baking and came across it again more recently in a delicious looking Strawberry Kefir Recipe on the DryBy blog. DryBy is a central London based blow dry and nail art bar set up by two sisters – but more about that, plus a review of their treatments, coming soon. I adapted their recipe slightly by leaving out the apple juice and reducing the quantities to make it just the right amount for one glass. Here’s what I do – Add around 8 strawberries, a cup of kefir (I got mine here from from Sainsbury’s), a squeeze of runny honey and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or the seeds of a vanilla pod) to a Nutribullet or small blender. Blend for around 20 seconds, pour into a glass and enjoy.

 

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There have been lots of new things arriving at SMUG for The SMUG Christmas SHOP so that’s made up a pretty big part of my social media sharing this week. Here’s the lowdown on my top picks I’ve been sharing on Instagram that are now in store – APPNTD Notebooks £8.75 – £18 // Marbled Enamelware, £4 – £22 // Darling Clementine Washbags, £16 (and Ceramics, £13 pictured below). We’ve also been getting some nice press recently including the above snap of our Lenneke Wispelwey ceramics in The Sunday Times Home section.

 

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The last recently Instagrammed picture to mention relates to some special news – our friends at The Pattern Guild are working away on producing a SMUG exclusive colab which will arrive in store just before Christmas we hope. I’ll keep you updated with pictures of the collection when I have them.

 

Now for my weekly favourites:

Most Loved Beauty Product This Week – Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Rendezvous

Favourite YouTube Video This Week – 48 Hour Digital Detox Estee Lalonde

Best Meal This Week – Patty & Bun with Danny, Birdie and Power Nap. Oh the chicken wings!

Have a lovely weekend peeps and see you another Friday for This Week #3

 

the SMUG christmas SHOP – my favourites

:: by Lizzie
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I’ve been rather busy in retail land recently what with buying for and setting-up this years SMUG Christmas SHOP. Although I don’t share all that much product-based Smugness on the blog, I’ve been really enjoying curating the different ‘For Him’, ‘For Her’ and ‘For the Kids’ collections housed in the Christmas SHOP. So if you don’t mind, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been up to in the form of 3 little gift guides.

 

Below are all the deets should you want to swing by the shop and say hi or take a wee look online. Thanks for reading. I hope this gives you a little bit of Christmas shopping inspiration and galvanisation. It is November now peeps. Time to start your present lists. I do love a good list!

 

I N  S T O R E  –  The SMUG Christmas SHOP is open Wed – Sun in November and Mon – Sun in December right up until Christmas Eve. We’re based in Camden Passage, Islington, London.

 

O N L I N E  –  The SMUG Christmas SHOP is shoppable online right now and will continue to be live on our website up until Christmas Eve while stocks last. (We’ll be adding new products throughout the Christmas season so keep checking back for new gift ideas).

 

 

 

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Ecelectic Cushion by HAY – coming soon

Beard Kit by Men’s Society, £25

Woolywood Woven Scarf by Donna Wilson, £55

Bicycle Pin by Macon et Lesquoy, £17

Apron in Blue by Ferm Living, £62

Rulers and Triangles by HAY from £5 

Bear Bottle Opener by Men’s Society, £18

A5 Notebook by Esme Winter, £12

Gold Dot Glass by HAY – coming soon

Charcoal Notebook by APPNTD, £18

Maritime Zipper Pouch by Izola, £30

Gum Eraser by APPNTD, £1.30

Drivers in the 1980s by Hoxton Mini Press, £12.95

Black Marbled Enamelware Tumbler, £9.50

Brass 1/2 Clock by bishop – coming soon

Strike Matches by HAY – coming soon

 

 

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Peacock Pen by HAY – coming soon

Basket Circle Scarf in Yellow by Hilary Grant, £82

Russo Mini Bag in Black by M Hulot, £175

Totem Necklace 005 by Tom Pigeon, £60

Pineapple Pin by Macon et Lesquoy, £30

Pinorama Pin Board by HAY – coming soon

Paint Box Necklace by Eleanor Bolton, £122

Pink Curve Socks by Bonne Maison, £15

Beak Scissors by HAY, coming soon

Sailor’s Plait Necklace by Eleanor Bolton, £92

Plus 9 Blanket by HAY – coming soon

Diplo Satchel by M Hulot, £280

Form Circle Earrings in Mint and Copper by Tom Pigeon, £30

Plants Tote by Rosie Moss exclusively for SMUG, £70

Long John Vase by Lenneke Wispelwey, £49

2016 Floral Planner by Rifle Paper Company, £29

 

 

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Teepee Quilted Cushion in Mint by Ferm Living, £48

Ice Cream Scarf by Donna Wilson, £49

Bauhaus Bowl and Wink Mug by Darling Clementine, £13 and £13

Lambswool Mittens by Donna Wilson, £24

Billy Bear Wall Flag in Blue by Ferm Living, £18

Primary Bowl and Clown Mug by Darling Clementine, £13 and £13

Mellow Meerkat by Donna Wilson, £28

Billy Bear Cushion in Rose by Ferm Living, £33

Lovesick Llama by Donna Wilson, £40

Mint Dot Baby Bedding by Ferm Living, £37.50

Spinning Top by HAY, £9

Cone Quilted Blanket in Rose by Ferm Living, £68

Wink Tote by Darling Clementine, £10

Giraffe Hobby Horse by Donna Wilson, £65

Quilted Bear Toy, £22

Woollen Banana by Donna Wilson exclusively for SMUG, £12.50

 

what’s on my bathroom shelf?

:: by Lizzie
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As I’m getting more into skin and haircare (and because I’m nosey enough to find it interesting when ‘proper bloggers’ write these sorts of posts), I thought I’d give you a little tour of my bathroom shelf.

 

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray – Okay so hear me out on this one. It’s sort of the most expensive texturising hair spray ever, BUT it’s also a complete game-changer. Just washed but flat and lifeless hair? Grubby/tangly hair that you really should wash or at least brush but you’re in too much of a rush? Spray this bad boy at the roots, or in the lengths, for just the right amount of volume, texture and hold to make your ‘do’ look deliberate. You really can get that perfect ‘not too done’ look (I realise that’s a contradiction in terms) with just a few sprays and a bit of a jush.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel – Another game changer for me. This cleansing gel is my go to cleanser morning and evening and has visibly cleared up my skin. It’s helped with redness, breakouts, dryness and oiliness. How can one product do all these things? You may well ask! It seems to induce a happy equilibrium for my skin and I’m loving it. I massage two pumps of the stuff all over my face for a few seconds and then wash with a warm and wet muslin cloth. I would highly recommend you try it.

 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Boost Mousse Styling Foam – I still remember standing in front of the mirror with my older brother JD enjoying styling my then naturally blonde shoulder length hair with mousse. It was the 80s, it was an experiment on what would have otherwise been a bit of a boring day and it actually looked pretty cool. I’d not used mousse again until going ombre a year or two ago. As a result I got into John Frieda’s blonde range and this little moussy number not only locks in the blonde, it also gives a really nice volume and hold. On days I feel in the mood, I put the purple foam through my wet hair and blow dry. I like the look and feel of slightly thicker hair with better hold, but more than that, I like going to bed with it in a plait and looking forward to the waves I get on the second day which would otherwise drop out within 5 minutes.

 

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil – I do love me a bit of Aesop. It was one of the first brands that got me into skincare. The Parsley Seed range is a classic that I would recommend to anyone. I use the Cleaning Oil and Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner less these days as I have other favourites but they are both solid options well worth having as backups.

 

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil – It may seem that three cleansing oils is a bit much, to be honest I agree with you, but next up on the shelf is one of my all-time favourite skincare products. This orangey smelling oil, packed full of vitamin C feels wonderful on the skin. I love the smell, I love the feel, I love the effect. I just like the Oskia Cleansing Oil a tiny fraction more. This Una Brennan number (decanted into a Muji bottle) comes with me on my travels as it’s loads easier than the Oskia to take along for the ride.

 

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask – More Aesop Parsley Seed love. I told you, it’s a classic range! This is possibly the best clay mask of all time. So clarifying it leaves your skin obscenely clean. Like clean to the core. But not dried out or likely to breakout and it’s gentle on the skin too. If you’re after a real double whammy start with the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. Massage a pea sized amount into the skin and wash off before applying the mask. Finish with your moisturiser of choice and it will leave you feeling like you’ve been for a facial.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – Another mask option, this one is a little more hardcore as it’s technically a peel too. Since seeing that episode of Sex and the City when Samantha’s peel is not a success and leaves her skin bright red and well, peeled, I’ve steered clear of any such product. This mask is different though. It’s so very gentle and packed full of ingredients that your skin will love. Start by applying for just 5 mins before rinsing off and feel how soft and bright your skin becomes.

 

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray – I’m not actually a huge one for hairsprays but like the Oribe Texturising Spray, this Hairspray is a holy grail product. The name says it all ‘flex’. Not sticky, not crunchy, not dulling, just flexible hold. Living Proof has managed to get Jennifer Aniston – the best hair in the business – on board. Who doesn’t want Rachel hair? The Living Proof Good Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment is my favourite product. Applied to wet hair and combed through it does magical things to your locks when dried. It promises to smooth, volume, condition, strengthen and polish. What’s not to love? Well actually, there is one thing. Living Proof’s ‘Perfect Hair Day’ collection is not yet available in the UK. I picked up my 5 in 1 when I was in New York. Sorry to be a tease. Maybe start with the Flex Hairspray which is available round these parts and keep your ear to the ground for any friends hopping over the pond who might pick you up a bottle of the 5 in 1 Styling Treatment. It’s worth the wait.

 

I’ve showed you mine, now you show me yours. What’s on your bathroom shelf?