Italy in September

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this before, but Italy, by far, is my favourite country in the world. It's a country I will never tire of, no matter how many times I may go there. At the beginning of September, I headed there with one of my closest friends for two weeks of sun, food and a lot of delicious wine. Our little trip started in Pisa for a night, before heading to Florence and then on to Rome. I hadn't been to either Pisa or Rome, so it was super lovely discovering two new cities in one trip. I have been to Florence before and I instantly remembered the city as if it was yesterday, I also reminded myself why it's one of my favourite cities. 

Some of the highlights from the trip include this food & wine tour in Tuscany (never usually a fan of group trips but my god, this tour was absolutely brilliant), dinner at Ristorante Dal Bolognese in Rome and Il Santo Bevitore in Florence, all of the gelato and wine. 


My Little Corner of the Internet


Hi, hello, hey - I haven't been around here much recently, but I haven't forgotten about you completely. 

I can go quite a few days without thinking about my blog, but then something reminds me of it and I often find myself feeling guilty about not posting on here as much. My blog has never been a main focus of mine, as it's never been something I wanted to push into a full-time job. In fact, every time I put more into it, I fall out of love with it. Some people want to do that and many people are doing that as their full-time thing, which I completely respect, especially as it's an area I work in. But for me, my blog has always been there for when I want to rant or simply talk about a beautiful lipstick. It's helped me get to where I am in my career, it's created friendships I cannot live without and has affected so many aspects of my life. My love for online content is never going to go away, which is one of the main reasons why I love working in the industry. But this doesn't stop me feeling guilty for not dedicating time for my little corner of the internet. So if you've stuck with me, thank you. 

Ah 2017, it's been a crazy but fun year so far with a lot of travel and January hasn't even ended yet! My weekends have been spent connecting with all my loved ones I didn't see much over the Christmas break. My best friend and I are booking flights for a trip to Italy in September which, although is a long time away, I cannot wait for. Alongside all of this, there will be many other exciting things & trips happening. 

I can assure you, my darling readers, that there will be content, but bare with me. This little corner of the internet is more of an online diary for me, a place for me to share whatever the hell I want to. If you do want to follow my daily life, make sure you're following me on Instagram @bonjourluce as that is one place I update on a regular basis. 

The Christmas Gift Edit

The most wonderful time of the year (with the exception of my birthday month - September) is upon us and I am bloody loving it. Maybe not so much the weekly hangovers due to copious amount of festive drinks, but I really love Christmas. So many parties to wear my favourite silver heels to and to lather myself in highlighter, as well as many friends I can buy presents for! 
I know how hard it can be to buy presents at times, my best friend is fairly picky so I get it, so I'm here to lend you a hand. 

Beauty lovers will love these Fresh gift sets!

If you buy someone one of these gift sets, I can assure you that you are going to be in their good books. If I happened to open one of these on Christmas morning, I'd be both surprised that someone knew me well enough to know I love Fresh and a very happy girl. Their Sugar Lip Showcase contains a range of their tinted lip balms in an adorable minature size. I am all for a tinted balm and these are by far my favourite. In the set there is a shade for everyone from untinted, a rose shade, a deep berry or a perfect nude. A second favourite set of mine is Sugar Rush, including the original Sugar lip balm, Brown Sugar Body Polish (one of the best body scrubs!) and Sugar Face Polish. 

NEOM Does Christmas

NEOM does Christmas well. In fact, I have been burning the Perfect Peace every now and then since July when I received this candle, as I like to make this one last! NEOM is in fact my favourite home fragrance brand. I love the obvious brands, however the NEOM candles are so strongly scented that they will fill your whole flat and there is a huge choice to choose from (Real Luxury is one of my favs). On top of the candles, I love their Room Sprays and have also gifted these to a few people in the past. A perfect gift someone who has recently moved or redecorated! 

One for the Natural Skincare Lovers

I've really discovered Weleda this year and I'm thankful for this, as I cannot live without Skin Food in my skincare routine. This year they have some lovely gift sets, so if you know someone who already uses the brand or natural products only, certainly check those out. If you know someone who already uses Skin Food, you have to check out this set as they can now carry around minis of the products everywhere - I legit have one in every handbag. The Heroes Ribbon Box contains all of their best selling products, including my favourite Almond Hand Cream and Replenishing Body Lotion! 

Bobbi Brown - Wine and Chocolate

There's no surprise that Bobbi Brown is featured in this gift edit as I love their Christmas collection every damn year. Bobbi Brown can do no wrong in my eyes as I've never came across a product I hated, so when I found out that Bobbi created a collection named 'Wine and Chocolate', I was sold. The collection features two beautiful smokey brown eyeshadow palettes (the best part being that they removed the brush & added in two shadow liner shades), Sequin Eyeshadows, two limited edition Brightening Blushes, new shades of the Luxe Lip Colour and a nail polish. I've been carrying around the Chocolate Eye Palette in my makeup bag for a quick day-to-night look as it contains all shades I will need, including the powder liners for a quick smokey eye. The stand out product has to be the limited edition Nail Polish in Wine. If you haven't tried their nail polishes again, especially this shade, run to your nearest stand and pick it up. Not only is it the most beautiful red wine shade, it lasts for a good week and looks as though you stepped out of the nail salon. I told you I was a big fan...

Missoma - perfect for jewellery lovers

I'm more than sure that you will have heard of Missoma from either following them on Instagram or spotting their jewellery on many bloggers. Until earlier this year, I hadn't heard of the company, but like everyone else, I am obsessed with the brand. For me, the brand really was catapulted onto my scene when they launched their collection with Lucy Williams. This then led me to find these Gold Claw Studs, which I am obsessed with and have been wearing so often since receiving them. If you know someone who loves their jewellery but want to find something which isn't too easy to find (currently they're only online), take a look at Missoma. 

Laura Mercier Christmas Gift Picks

On top of Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier always has the most amazing gift sets. Everything from their body products, eyeshadow sticks, lipsticks to skincare comes in a gift set around Christmas. Their Limited Edition Double Impact Eye Colour Collection shadow palette has the perfect mixture of both matte & shimmer, warm & cool toned eyeshadows to create so many different looks - perfect for thos starting out with eyeshadow. Another favourite set of mine is the Infusion De Rose Nourishing Collection including moisturiser, facial oil and lip balm - perfect for those with dehydrated/dry skin and those who love the scent of roses. 

The start of 2017 means a new diary!

I'm currently obsessed with everything from, including these amazing 2017 diary! This is the Gold Marble large planner, which was picked up in Oliver Bonas, and it's slightly bigger than A5 and would be classed as 'desk size'. Throughout the planner, they have the most adorable illustrations and stickers to use throughout. Although can be a little expensive, check out Kikki.k which will cover all your Instagramer stationery needs! 

Glasses For All

You may have seen on my Instagram, but my favourite glasses brand by far is Bailey Nelson. I wear their glasses everyday at work (I wear the Wells and Scout glasses) and I recommend the brand to everyone whenever they need new glasses. All of their glasses and sunglasses cost £98, including the prescription - bargain! If you have a friend or a family member who have been complaining that they need new glasses, get them a Bailey Nelson gift card! You're able to choose from either a £49 or £98 gift card, so it covers both budgets. They can then choose to use it online or in store, on either optical glasses or sunglasses! 

Small Gifts from Accessorize

Have you been into Accessorize recently? If not, you're missing out as there are some absolute gems out there. I've always been a fan of Accessorize, due to the fact you're able to pick up fashionable pieces at a low price. Take these earrings, I ran into the store one evening needing earrings for an outfit and found these instantly and they only cost me £6! The Red Ronnie Camera Bag is another amazing piece and I want to buy it in every colour. Not only does it fit huge amounts in, I've been asked if it's Symthson so it does look expensive & good quality. It's the perfect place to pick up the small stocking fillers for all ages. 

November in Photos

I've been consciously telling myself that I need to take more photos of the everyday activities I do, as that has became a little forgotten about recently. My weekends used to be when I used to blog, and although they still are sometimes, I also use them to properly switch off. So finding that balance between wanting to share what I get up to, switching off and blogging is hard. This past month I've shared less on Instagram so that I could store them up and share here. 

The last month has flown by and the next three weeks at work are going to be even shorter before Christmas. But below, this is what I've been getting up to...

A few weekends ago, we went for brunch at Beef & Brew and although the service was shocking, the food was really good and it's worth a visit if you're in Kentish Town. My friends at House of Sunny have opened up their first pop-up store on Hackney Walk, which is amazing. It's open for another week, so definitely check it out if you're in the area. The same weekend, we discovered an adorable cafe called Edith's Teahouse in Crouch End where they had a cute in-house dog and served the most delicious cinnamon cream scone.