Is Nanoblading right for you?

About 9 months after I had my last microblading treatment (you can read about my microblading experience in full here) my eyebrows had considerably faded, to the point where I was back to using product in them each day. It was time to get booking in the next round of procedures. But this time I wasn’t 100% certain that the same procedure was the right thing for me and my awkward ass skin. So I did a little exploring to see what other options were out there.

During my research stumbled across nanoblading, which I thought could be a good technique to consider.

What’s the difference?

Nanoblading involves a tattoo machine making precise brow strokes, but these can be applied in various different directions to produce a fuller and even more natural looking result. With microblading the hair strokes are applied using a manual needle (i.e. No machine to power it) but the strokes only go one way. It still gives a more realistic look, but is restricted due to technique.

My new brow kween

For my next round of treatment, I went to see Lesley Wilks. I was impressed by her website and treatments lists in the first instance (she also does LVL and dermaplaning which are other treatments I want to explore this year) however after my initial consultation (and a wee bit of Instagram stalkin) I discovered that she has quite the client list! As well as many loyal locals she regularly travels to give treatments to celebrities, which recently included Scary Spice herself, Ms Melanie B.

I think all this means I was in pretty good hands!

I want to make it clear that I have no issue with my previous brow lady whatsoever,I didn’t return to her for 2 reasons. Firstly, because she doesn’t do nanoblading and I wanted to explore this as a alternative to a simple top up, secondly because she only works part time and her hours are simply not compatible with times I can be free around my current job.

Initial consultation

Lesley invited me to her salon for an initial consultation a few days after reaching out to her for advice, and we had a pretty in depth chat. I told her all about what I’d had done before, why I felt it didn’t 100% work for me and what I was hoping for from my new next round of procedures.

I found Lesley both very reassuring and honest – she explained what she thought would stand the best chance of working for me this time around, however she was also very clear that this came with no guarantees as ton how my skin would take to it, whether hairstyles would remain perfect and how long the pigment may last on skin before further procedures may be required.

From this consultation, we concluded that nanoblading would indeed be the best route to take, and booked the treatment in for 3 weeks later.

The transformation

After microblading and before nanoblading

I was warned in advance that the discomfort level was a teeny bit higher with this procedure, so I was given a few minutes of pre-numbing cream to help ease this. I look so pretty…

During the treatment my eye area kept flickering involuntarily which could have hindered the straightness of the strokes, but luckily it didn’t seem to. I could have opened my eyes, and at times it felt like they were just going to fly open, however I was paranoid about seeing what was going on (there was really no need to be worried and the tattoo gun was above my eye line and I wouldn’t have seen anything)

After treatment 1

As you can see they look pretty full and textured, this is because of the multi-directional strokes nanoblading can create. Lesley also did add in a few microblading strokes to help create depth to the overall look.

Pain-wise, nanoblading nicks a little more so can be a little more painful before numbing. If you have a low pain threshold like me, you’re going to need to find a way to go to a happy place and breathe through it at points, but it’s bearable. The sensation and noise also feels different – like a bee buzzing around you and a vibration the same as any tattoo gun feels.

Aftercare and healing

As wit microblading you’re not supposed to get your brow area wet or sweaty for the first couple of weeks after the treatment. During this time I also made sure to sleep on my back so that I reduced the risk of areas rubbing away during the scabbing process.

You’re not going to believe this, but I managed to f**k it up within 24 hours. I completely misheard Lesley’s instructions, and gave them a firm but gentle wipe with a damp cotton pad the following day before applying tattoo nourishing jelly (which is really good btw). I wasn’t supposed to do that! Luckily paranoid me had already sent a little video to Lesley to ask her how I was doing, to which she politely but firmly told me to never do that again and just use the jelly. Shit.

I genuinely thought I’d effed up good and proper here, but luckily it wasn’t a problem. Lesley very kindly let me pop in on Day 5 so that she could have a little look at them and give them a good firm clean for me. That way, I could leave them to heal for the next 5 weeks until I saw her again.

After 6 days

Treatment 2

(I’m a bit rubbish and forgot to get proper photos of this stage)

Because my skin had taken to this treatment much better than microblading there wasn’t much additional work needed in the second appointment – the left tail needed some redefinition as it had faded more (this is the side I sleep on so I thought that this might happen as it did with microblading) as well as the bulbs with that being a problem area. Because I’m quite cool toned and that’s how the colour had taken on my skin, Lesley used a slightly warmer shade to add a bit of extra depth.

For the aftercare treatment this time I got a creamier formula that was like moisturiser to apply sparingly for the first few days after the procedure. After that it was just the usual keep ’em dry for two weeks and then go about normal business.

After treatment 2 with 7 weeks healing

What’s the verdict?

They’re blooming brilliant! The colour is stronger and the overall shape has been redefined. The bulb section has held so much better than it did with microblading, although the defined lines still don’t seem to want to take in this area they still look better than they did before. I definitely struggled with pain more during this procedure because of my low pain threshold, but I’m prepared to tough it out again for the end result.

So, is nanoblading for you?

Possibly. I’ve learnt that no one procedure is right for everybody – we all have different skin that changes and accepts/rejects the things done to it differently. Just because it’s cool and looks fire on one person doesn’t mean it will on anyone. It could be the best option for you, or one of the many others could be a better fit.

Cost

I paid £395 for the procedure and 1 top up, which was £50 more than I paid for microblading (1 treatment and up to 2 top ups). This was paid in 2 installments – £100 in advance at the consultation to secure the first appointment which was non refundable, the remaining £295 was paid at the end of treatment one. There was nothing to be paid at treatment two.

I perceive there to be more work involved in the nanoblading procedure, both in terms of the amount of strokes made and the additional placement precision, so I was happy with this small uplift in cost to get a better result.

My advice if you’re considering more percent brow solutions

  • Visit a reputable practitioner that offers a variety of procedures. If you have choice you have options, and if you have options you’re going to stand the best chance of being pleased with the result.
  • Be open an honest in discussing what you want from your procedure – how you want the end result to look, details of any previous experiences etc. This gives your practitioner the best chance of recommending the best way forward.
  • Ask questions and make sure you 100% understand exactly what you need to do before you leave the salon. Write them down and say them back out loud to be clear.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


7 Outfits I wore in Mykonos

Items gifted in this post are marked with a *

If you follow me on social media (if not, feel free to head over and do it now) you’ll have clocked that I’ve recently been on holiday to Mykonos. Last week I shared one of activities I enjoyed there, this week I’m giving a little roundup of a selection of my vacay outfits (there were more than this, but I spent a solid 90% of the time looking like a hot sweaty mess so couldn’t get any more pictures). Enjoy!

Out Of Office mode: activated

Jumpsuit, New Look (Sold out)

Heading on holiday and set for a day of travelling, I wanted to wear something bright but comfortable. I have a few of these soft culottes jumpsuits fro NL and wear them all the time out of work, and this one felt the most holiday (it’s been on my Instagram feed before). The only downside of this look is that I was wearing a new bra that put my boobs where they’re supposed to be, and it lead to me nearly popping out for the entire day…oops!

JC the explorer

T-shirt*, Truffle Shuffle / Shorts, Boohoo / Sliders, Adidas

for my first full day exploring I wanted to be comfortable, so I went for an entirely light material outfit. The shorts I’ve had since last year in Santorini and found them great for walking around in the heat (a bit easier than denim shorts which are rougher and could be uncomfortable) so figured they’d be a good shout, and paired them with this adorable yet funky Stitch t-shirt (you can see the print better on the second pic). The t-shirt also has a front knot as a design feature which meant there was no need for tucking in (less bulky and more ventilation) and that created an nice line break between the pieces. Footwear was a simple choice – plain black, good grip and comfortable to wear, they are my holiday hero item.

Blending in with the scenery

Dress, Dorothy Perkins / Sandals, Next (Same style different colour here)

Cards on the table with this one – I was on the DP website browsing for holiday dresses, saw this and thought “oooh, that’ll look really nice in a ‘gram pic with the flowers” and I was right! It’s jersey material so lightweight, I often gravitate towards skater and Bardot styles as I feel they’re most comfortable and flattering. The sandals were a birthday gift from my mum to stop me stealing her pair – they’re woven with pink/green/blue/tan pieces and were a perfect match as well as being super comfy. I also had a natural colour Topshop basket bag over my shoulder (the one everyone lost their minds over in 2018 and an item I used every single day)

Always room for a versatile jumpsuit

Jumpsuit, ASOS (Similar here) / Sliders, Adidas / Sunglasses, Noughts and Kisses

jumpsuits are definitely my jam for a bit of a lazy styling opportunity – I wore this one a couple of times for a daytime boat trip (dressed down with sliders, shades and hair up) and out for dinner (dressed up with heels, handbag and red lippy)

Florals, florals and more more floralsDress, Dorothy Perkins / Sunglasses, ASOS

This is what I wore when I visited the Vioma vineyard from my last post. I didn’t want to go completely casual but also didn’t want to dress up as it was very hot. This dress is light jersey so was very comfy and has the skater shape I like, it also reminded me of the patchwork Topshop dress that’s sold out everywhere but would mean I could wear a bra (the Topshop one has an open back). I’ve also had this dress in a black Daisy print for a while, which I adore.

Be more Greece?

Jumpsuit, ASOS (Sold out) / Shoes, Dorothy Perkins (Similar here) / Sunglasses, ASOS

another cards on the table look; spotted browsing on ASOS I thought “wow, this is like Greece in an outfit, think how cool it’d look in photos!”. I was definitely right, however getting a good photo proved problematic so this was the only one close to making the cut. Immediately after this I marched down the path behind me to get some shots on the white stones near a blue door, unfortunately I was hit by an errant wave en route which put paid to my mission.

Travel home

T-shirt*, Truffle Shuffle / Skirt, Dorothy Perkins (Similar here) / Sliders, Adidas / Sunglasses, Boohoo

I wasn’t sure what weather was going to be like in the UK (it had been warm and sunny, but it’s been so erratic lately that could’ve changed) and still wanted to be comfy for travel, so I kept it simple with a denim skirt and tee combo. The slogan above Dumbo reads ‘don’t just fly, soar’ which felt appropriate for taking a plane trip!

Hope you enjoyed having a nosey and getting some outfit inspo for any sunny trips you have coming up.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


A visit to Mykonos Vioma Farm and Winery*

Items in this post were gifted or provided at a discounted rate, I also spent some of my own money on items shown. All opinions are completely my own.

Welcome to my first Mykonos post!

After thoroughly enjoying our wine tasting experience in Santorini last year, the Mr and I were keen to see if we could do something similar on this years Greek adventure, and after a bit of research we came across Mykonos Vioma Farm and Vineyard. A family business established in the countryside of Mykonos (yes, there’s more to the island than the white pebbled streets and windmills!) that offered the opportunity it’s chill out, drink some wine and try some local nibbles. Sold.

We travelled to the Vioma partly by local bus (from Mykonos Town to Ano Mera which took about 15 minutes and cost 1,80€ per person) and the rest by taxi (this took about another 10 minutes and cost 17€. It is walkable in about 25minutes but it was hot and we didn’t know the way, alternatively if you contact Vioma in advance they can arrange return transfers from Ano Mera for 5€) .

The vineyard is only open to visit until 5pm, so unlike last year we visited around lunch time. We started things off with a tour of the property by Marianna, the daughter of the owner. The farm and vineyard are organic, so their approach and their appearance is quite different from other vineyards but was really interesting to hear about how they do things. They also try their best to adhere to a zero waste policy as much as they possibly can, which is fantastic to hear from a small family business. They also shared that they used a more unusual method to grow and cultivate their vines – they have placed speakers throughout the property that play classical music . Totally true; we saw the speakers and heard the music for ourselves!

We also got to meet some of the farm animals including the beautiful and gentle donkey, chickens, goats and a sheep. There are also 5 dogs kept as pets on the property which were wandering about everywhere during our visit and were very friendly to stroke and interact with (as I’m not allowed a dog at home, this part was a lovely extra treat for me!

(just as an FYI – many of the farm animals are likely to be in pens during visiting hours, this is to protect the grass and herbs/vegetables being grown on the property but we were advised that there are periods of the day they can have some time out and many months where they have free reign over the property. They all looked healthy and were happy to interact and take food from us)

We were also able to see the storage and furnace for the grapes , which this guy is carved into the side of – Dionysus, Olympic God of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and wild frenzy. Definitely the right person to be watching over it!

Now time to chill. We took a seat in the dining area with a birds eye view across the grounds and the Mykonian countryside. Bring on the wine and nibbles!

There’s a small menu to order both food and drink from, so you can really tailor your experience. We chose to order a rich garden plate which costs 26€ (there are a variety of options that vary in size and price, the most expensive being about 44€) and included a selection of local and ‘farm to plate’ produce including salad, meats, cheeses and breads. As these wee served to us Marianna gave us a walk through of everything on our plate and explained what it was, where it had come from and any history it had within Mykonian culture.

It was all delicious, I loved everything on the plate equally and (best of all) The Mr let me have most of the cheese.

Also – I’m not quite sure if you can see well in the above photo, but each table was painted with a different colourful image of Mykonian culture, which is a quirky and cute touch.

So, let’s talk wine. We went for the four wine tasting; a single glass of wine cost between 5-6€ so this is better value and allows you to taste a few varieties of wine on offer. First up was the white, which we enjoyed with our food…

Next came the rose…

The red…

Finishing off with a lovely little dessert wine

What I liked about this tasting compared to my Santorini experience is that the wines were brought out at different times rather than all at once, meaning they we served and drank at the right temperature and weren’t left out in the heat. The staff asked us when we were ready for the next glass rather than bringing it out to a set schedule which meant that we never once felt rushed could just relax and enjoy the surroundings. The wine measures were pretty decent too at around 175ml for the first three and smaller for the dessert wine as measures are a bit different for this.

All wines available to drink on the day are also available to buy from then vineyard, I think this was priced at around 7-10€ per bottle.

This was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon – we got to try some yummy fresh food, try lovely local wine and got a little extra Mykonian history and culture thrown in for good measure. If you like to take things at a gentler pace on holiday and relax but still want to have some time off from the beach or pool, this is definitely one for your to do list if you’re heading to Mykonos. We were there for about three hours but a trip could be longer or shorter depending on how much time you have and how much wine you want to drink.

You don’t have to book your visit to the Vioma but I would advise getting in touch to give them a heads up as to when you’d like to go – as Mykonos is a popular cruise destination there are certain days were they have an increased number of visitors which makes the place super busy (Marianna was kind enough to advise of which dates during our stay would be busy so we picked a day that avoided this, there were about another 10 tourists visiting at the same time as us).

Thanks to Marianna and the lovely team at Vioma for hosting us as part of our Greek getaway!

Thanks for reading,

J xx


8 Reasons to choose Hull*

This post is a paid collaboration with the University of Hull however all words, opinions and declarations of awesomeness are completely my own

Choose Hull for what? I hear you cry. Well, everything – to visit, live, study and work!

I’m Hull born and bred; however there was a time when as a teenager that I thought it wasn’t the place for me and high-tailed it abroad for a few years. I returned by choice for good in 2005 and have since seen the city go through a major glow up and thrive as it deserves to. And so, I am proudly telling you today that I fully appreciate what a cracking place Hull is!

I’m going to share some of things I like most about living in Hull – some you may know, others you won’t, all of them more reasons to check it out for yourself…

1. There’s lots to keep you entertained, day and night, throughout the year

There’s ALWAYS something happening in Hull. What can I say, we’re a sociable bunch! There’s a hive of comedy clubs for a low cost giggle and drink with friends, as well as aborting calendar of annual festivals and civic celebrations – Pride in Hull, Freedom Festival, Hull Fair and Humber Street Sesh to name a few. There are theatres (yes, more than one), and event venues (the latest being Bonus Arena) that attract some amazing acts and shows, not to mention the University’s jam-packed Welcome Fest calendar. If you’re looking something to Hull to do, anything, you are likely to find it!

2. You can embrace culture, in all its glorious forms

Thanks to our 2017 City of Culture status and the legacy that is Absolutely Cultured there are a variety of cultural-focussed activities happening all year round. Not only that, but when you take the time to actually look at the buildings in Hull, you realise some of them actually pretty spectacular.

A lot of the older architecture is inspired by the Dutch (we had that link long before P&O got in on the action) and is really lovely to admire.

(this is one of Hull’s most photographed streets, a true example of some its hidden gems)

Buildings not your thing, how about street art? Head to Bank Side Gallery – a once thriving industrial estate that has dwindled over the years but has been revitalised into a graffiti artists paradise and a huge outside art space that’s constantly evolving.

You’ll get some great pictures for the ‘gram here too.

3. It’s pretty darn cheap

Hull was once voted the cheapest place in the UK to live. I’m not sure if that’s still the case, but compared to the rest of the UK you get more of a bang for your buck here on the Humber. House prices/ rent are very reasonable (I would NEVER be able to afford the suburban 3 bed semi I call home in any other City), there’s plenty of places to get a great bargains on shopping (clothes and food) and eating out. Lots of people choose to live in the Hull area and commute to work in other nearby cities such as Leeds purely because it’s cheaper and they can have a better quality of life.

4. It’s easy to get to, and get to other places from

It’s never been easier to get to Hull – trains, buses and roads all have easy and direct routes in to the City Centre from all around the UK, so people can come and visit really easily. That also means that those cheeky weekends away (or days out for cocktails, wink) can happen with ease – you can get directly to London in under 3 hours and Leeds in an hour by train, the nearest airport (Humberside) is half an hour drive away and connects to international destinations via KLM. And, one of the funnest trips you can make is on a P&O mini cruise to Amsterdam, fondly referred to as a “Dutch Dash”. We’re pretty close to the coast here too. Beach, please.

5. There’s a frickin’ marina in the middle of the city centre!

Well, not quite the middle, but about five minutes away from the middle, and it’s really pretty to wander around. This area of the city has been really nicely developed over the past couple of years so is buzzing with cute independent shops, places to grab a casual coffee and have a slap up meal (and perhaps a cheeky cocktail or 3) with some lovely surroundings.

6. You can eat amongst the fishes and find Nemo

Hull is home to The Deep; a unique looking aquarium and conservation charity sitting proudly on the banks of the Humber. They’re home to over 5,000 animals including the UK’s only pair of Green Sawfish, a pair of Loggerhead sea turtles, adorable penguins and of course our favourite Clownfish (Nemo) and Blue Tang (Dory) from the movies.

(image credit: @thedeephull Instagram)

Three nights a week it turns in to the Two Rivers Restaurant which serves a seasonal menu whilst you dine with a difference in amongst the larger viewing windows inside the aquarium.

7. You can indulge your inner foodie/drinky with ease

Take it from someone who has tested this to an alarming extent! I can’t think of many kinds of cuisine not available in the City, and it’s all equally tasty. Dietary requirements are catered for really well, and meals are pretty good value (refer back to point no. 3).

Hull also has its very own ale trail around the Old Town, if you’re not an ale drinker there are also great cocktail bars (and even a couple of roof bars to enjoy views of the City while sipping them).

8. University of Hull

One of the first reasons people visit Hull is to consider going to uni here, and the campus really is a massive selling point. It’s a fantastic mix of original, more traditional buildings and newer modern structures, so you really get a sense of where it’s been but also where it’s going.

As both a graduate and former employee I have such fond memories of place – to this day the smell of toast and coffee reminds me of academia, and I often head back for a wander around to appreciate the beauty (autumn for the colourful leaves is a personal fave). There are amazing views from the top floor of the swanky new library, lots of places to eat/drink, the courses available are varied and have a great set of lecturers from such a wide variety of backgrounds.

So there’s my highlights, and I reckon I make a pretty good even if I do say so myself. If you want to find out more, well…you’ll just have to come to Hull and see for yourself!

If you think studying in Hull could be for you, visit the campus and take a look around, there’s also still plenty of time to apply for the 19/20 academic year or discuss clearing options (I actually didn’t apply until July before starting September the same year via the standard application process)

Thanks for reading,

J xx


5 Things for 2019 – update #2

What a busy and turbulent quarter 2 2019 has been! Here what’s been happening with my original goals, plus a few extra bits of gossip…

  • This one has still been going OK, but mostly by default – can’t see much in the shops that I like, and when I have tried to do any shopping most of the stuff has gone back as it just isn’t right. I’m planning to spend a bit more this month to update my summer/holiday wardrobe as the weather has kicked it up a few notches and I’m making summer vacay plans (more about that in a bit)
    • Get a home bar Progress of this one is pretty straightforward – we actually have a bar in an area of our home, we just haven’t made it functional yet! As you can see by this pic, it has quite a specific look, so it’s going to take a bit of time to work out how to decorate around it. We’ve managed to set up and style a full bar cart (which has been done since the New Year, I just haven’t written a post about it yet) so we’re part way there.
    • Un-join the gym and get outside This one is going ok, particularly now the UK weather is getting a bit warmer and the nights have been lighter. Still a bit hit and miss on occasions; sometimes I can be out and about and pretty active, other days it’s a bit more of a challenge, so I’m just trying to do as much as I can when I can. I still have a regular little walking group with my pals to keep things on a social and motivational track, myself and the Mr also pop out sometimes after work as a good way of unwinding from the day and setting aside some properly quality time.
    • Get out of the house more
    • Dranks out, drinks in I’m going to be honest and say that I think I need to take this one off the table. After reviewing the goal and becoming more sociable in the evenings (as per goal #4) I’ve decided it’s not achievable because I don’t want it to be at the moment. Part of setting foals is to review and track their progress , then make changes if the original plan isn’t working out, so that’s what I’m doing. I’d still say that about 50% of the time in social situations I’m driving and having soft drinks, but still

    So, what else has been happened since we last caught up?

    • I booked a summer holiday

    Ya gal is heading back to Greece! After a fabulous trip to Santorini in 2018 (I did a series of blog posts on Island hotspots, best things to do and a guide to Greek food) the Mr and I are heading to Mykonos. If you have any top tips for things to do (other than take loads of money) or places to go, please let me know. We considered going to Ibiza but, as my other half so eloquently put it when he saw the cost, “it’s getting ideas above its station with those prices! ” and I got my first choice of vacay. Yay.

    • I went back to the dark side
  • To keep my hair looking healthy and easy to manage, Chelsea and I decided to give me hair a bit of dark chocolate makeover for summer. I know right; I’m the only person who goes dark for the summer months!
    • I turned 36

    Ugh. Not one I like to admit, but it’s happened and I’m dealing with it! To mark this ‘milestone’ I did a bit of a different blog post to any I’ve done before, but I really enjoyed putting it together!

    For the past few years I’ve done a dedicated ‘what I got/did for my birthday’ but this year was a bit more low key due to some persona and family illness. Instead I thought I’d just do a little roundup here (like I did with my Lanzarote holiday in my last update post) of some key parts. Had some lively food, went to a Shappi Khorsandi gig and had a quick but lovely visit to Liverpool

    And that brings us nicely to the present day and in to quarter 3 of 2019, I wonder where it’ll take me…

    Thanks for reading,

    J xx


    Make your own Pomada: the official fiesta recipe of the Balearics

    Remember a little while ago a did a post about things I liked before they were cool and mentioned I’d share a cocktail recipe shortly after? Well here it is! Well, I say cocktail, it’s more of a localised G&T recipe, but they’re practically one in the same these days right?

    The drink is called Pomada and it’s a Menorcan concoction traditionally drank at fiestas. You can also buy it on the island in a pre mixed form (made with lemon juice, so slightly different from the recipe below).

    Much like alcohol at a UK festival, people will take their own Pomada and swig it as they walk around enjoying the fiesta as they slowly get wasted throughout the evening…thank the lord I attended them before the days of social media and camera phones!

    Pomada is a super simple and refreshing summer drink, and I’m determined to get more people in the UK drinking it so that Xoriguer gin will start being stocked in the UK and I can re-live my youth!

    You will need:

    • Xoriguer gin
    • Fanta Lemon
    • Lemon wedge
    • Ice

    Official method:

    • Put 2-3 chunks of ice in to a tumbler
    • Add in a 35ml of gin
    • Top up with Fanta Lemon
    • Add lemon wedge to serve

    Fiesta method:

    • Pour out half the Fanta Lemon from the bottle
    • Fill the other half up with the gin
    • Give the whole thing a bit of a shake
    • Off you go to get your fiesta oooonnnnn

    Which ever recipe you choose, always follow the same final step: always drink sociably. If you want to find out more about the traditional Menorcan fiestas (which you definitely should if you’re ever planning a visit) this website has a decent amount of information.

    Salut! And thanks for reading,

    J xx


    My non-alcoholic “Pimms” recipe (with one super bizarre ingredient)

    It’s official: the weather is pretty nice, the sunnies are firmly fixed on our faces and the beer gardens are once again full…hello Spring/Summer you cheeky devil!

    As I’ve mentioned previously, this year is about drinking a little less often but still being sociable, so I’m reaching for drinks that still allow me to enjoy some of the summer trends but allow me to keep to my goals.

    My faux Pimms recipe is perfect for this as it tastes the same (in my opinion) as the real deal but you can still be the designated driver after a massive jug full of the stuff. Plus, you can make it with key ingredients that you may already have at home:

    – Tall, cool looking glass (mine is from the homeware section at

    – Lemonade (I used Schweppes slimline, but any standard lemonade will be fine)

    – Balsamic vinegar

    – Lemon and lime wedges cute in to segments

    – Ice

    Step 1: put 2 or 3 large ice cubes in the bottom of your glass

    Step 2: fill you glass 2/3 to 3/4 way up with lemonade

    Step 3: add 1/3 to 1/4 balsamic vinegar to top up (I would recommend adding in a lower amount and then tasting so that you’re adding an amount that tastes nice to you and not too vinegar-ey)

    Step 4: add in segments of lemon and lime

    Enjoy!

    Thanks for reading,

    J xx