The weather is still quite chilly in London and there aren’t any signs that winter will be over any time soon. My skin and hair are always drier at this time of the year – I guess the central heating and the cold temperatures outside probably make things worse. The older I get the more conscious I am of looking after my skin and this is probably quite a crucial time of the year to do so.

Here are my current 5 favourite beauty products. Some of these I use all year round but some others are great for winter when my skin needs a bit more refreshing and nourishing.

Fresh Brown Sugar body polish

Fresh is a relatively unknown brand in the UK but I’ve been a big fan of theirs for years.  This brown sugar body polish smells amazing and leaves the skin super soft. Containing a blend of primrose, sweet almond, apricot and jojoba oils that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, it’s perfect for a bit of pampering and to make you feel revitalized.

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If anyone had told my teenage self that I’d be ditching black in favour of colour I’d never had believed it. Yes, it’s true, as a teenager growing up in the 80’s wearing black was the colour of choice. Fast forward many years and black has been abandoned in favour of colour. Reds, blues and greens are usually my colours of choice and I’m very rarely seen in black these days.

Statement coat & over 40's blogging

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Happy New Year! January is probably the worst time of the year to talk about chocolate desserts, right? At the moment most of us are thinking of dieting, healthy eating and exercising. The last thing on our minds is probably a chocolate dessert, but I believe that everything can be done in moderation! These are perfect to be shared anyway, so you’ll feel a bit less unhealthy.

The best thing about these peanut butter and chocolate lava pots is that they are very easy to prepare, using ingredients that we’ll most likely all have a home.

peanut-chocolate-lava-pots

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Once again we are at the end of the year. How did that happen? I feel like the weeks and months have flown by in 2017.

One main thing happened to the blog this year, I renamed. Yes, I went from Spanish Mummy to my current name, Loved by Elena. Renaming is something I had been pondering with for quite a while. It’s not like I’m not interested in parenting blogging anymore but as my children are getting older I feel like there are many other things I can discuss in the blog. I’ve always loved fashion and interiors so a lifestyle blog is more suited to me at the moment.

This year I’ve also been more selective with the brands I’ve worked with. I’ve turned down numerous collaborations because they were either not right for my blog or because they were brands I didn’t really love. Blogging highlights of 2017 have to be being nominated for another Amara Interior Award in the Lifestyle category and also being named blogger of the month in July by Next which is one of my all time favourite brands.

I’ve done a round up of the top 5 most popular posts in 2017 in case you want to have a read. They are all very different, from interiors, lifestyle to  fashion.

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