A week of sun, tan and cocktails.

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The past week has been sent in the sunny seaside resort of Gumbet in Turkey. Ben and I booked a week in the sun with no real agenda to do anything but laze by the pool. We are both starting our grad jobs in the next few weeks so was a good chance to just relax and do nothing for the last real time this summer. I forgot how much I love just sitting in the sun, with my kindle and being warm. Instant happiness for me.

Before leaving I “had” to get a manicure and pedicure, opted for a Jessica happy go lucky coral on my toes and OPI need sunglasses a bright yellow on my nails.

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My ingenious method of reading in the pool, with a kindle… Going to invest in a waterproof cover as I was so scared of dropping it!

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We did take a cruise around Gumbet and the surrounding areas which was picturesque.

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cruise around Gumbet

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Lazy days spent by the pool and nights having dinner and drinks.

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Workwear Wardrobe | Beauty.

Beauty

Beauty is important for making you look and feel good. However, nobody wants to gain a reputation in the office for wearing too much makeup. Unless you work in the fashion industry don’t go to full out on your beauty routine until you can see what other people are wearing.

Dry it.

Never go to work with soggy hair, invest in a hairdryer and spend the extra time to blow dry it. Boots have an excellent range of hairdryers at a variety of prices. If you do run out of time to do your hair try some dry shampoo or tie your hair up in a ballerina bun/top knot!

BaByliss Pro Pink Hairdryer, Nicky Clare Hairdryer, Mark Hill Style and Shine Hairdryer

Nail it.

Nude nails are a classy and effortless way to look and feel instantly professional. Keep a staple nude in your drawer at work so you can fix any chips. As the seasons change, feel free to update your nail colour to suit eg reds/purples. A subtle way to recognise any holidays.

OPI Sweet Heart Nail Lacquer, Topshop Nails Lost for Words, Barry M Nail Paint Nude

Keep it simple.Β 

Natural and fresh makeup is the key. Never ever wear last night’s makeup. Buy a nude palette that allows you to create subtle looks which create the illusion of bright eyes. A major bonus; if makeup does smudge it won’t be as obvious as the colour isn’t obvious. You can also keep a palette in your bag for any much needed touch-ups.

Urban Decay Naked Basics eye shadow palette, Bobbi Brown nude on Nude Collection, Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes

Currently Reading | My Deadly Valentine.

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My Deadly Valentine is a book of two short novels, revolving around the themes of valentines, love, intruders and stalkers set in two small towns. The section asking why one of the victims didn’t lock her door is amusing, country folk are often over trustworthy and don’t lock up as they trust their neighbours. I have definitely heard of such stories of not locking behind you in my family.

I managed to work out the plot of the second novel but not the first. A fairly easy read perfect for a summer read in the sun. No thinking required but equally the characters are well thought out and interesting.