Treats in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford 1

At the beginning of November Anthony and I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the day. Stratford-Upon-Avon is home to The Attic Theatre where resident theatre company Tread The Boards perform. Their latest play was Dracula, inspired by Halloween no doubt and we booked tickets a few weeks ago.

We went to see their production of Pride & Prejudice last year and it was really good - even Anthony enjoyed it and he's not one for the theatre. I've been looking out for something else to go and see and when Dracula came up I knew we had to go. We both love horror fiction/gothic stories and Dracula is one of the greats. We couldn't make the performance on Halloween, so we decided to go the weekend afterwards instead and we booked the Saturday matinee.

Botanicals Lemongrass Hand Balm

Botanicals Hand Balm

Botanicals is a brand that I adore and everything I've tried from them so far has been great, so I was super excited when they agreed to send me a sample of their new Lemongrass Hand Balm*. As the winter winds start to appear and the temperature drops I find my hands take a battering. My skin dries out and cracks and they become really sore after a while, so a good hand balm is a winter essential for me.

Botanicals Lemongrass Hand Balm* is a revitalising and conditioning balm that is full of active ingredents and essential fatty acids to improve skin texture. It includes Organic Shea Butter to moisturise and Lemongrass and Mandarin to help support the skin's ability to heal and regenerate.

After using this for a couple of weeks now I can say that I've been really impressed with this. I'm fussy with hand

5 Ways To Hydrate Your Skin For Winter

5 Ways To Hydrate Your Skin

The weather is turning colder, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling from the trees, meaning that Autumn is well and truly here. I love Autumn - drinking hot chocolate, wearing jumpers and scarves, cosy nights in front of the fire with blankets watching TV - it's definitely my favourite season. It was also my birthday in October so I might be biased (although birthdays get much less exciting once you're past 25 and I'd quite like to stop counting now thanks!).

The one thing that I don't like about Autumn is that my skin reacts to the change in weather and not in a good way. I used to think that I had normal skin but over the last couple of years it's become more combination - I have dry patches on my cheeks/by my nose and a slightly oily forehead and chin. In the summer it isn't so bad but when the cold weather hits my dry patches really start to show and anything I put on my face makes it look flaky