March Favourites 2023 | Lucy & Yak, Sustainable Skincare, Spring Holiday in Cornwall | Rosie Abigail

March Favourites 2023 | Lucy & Yak, Sustainable Skincare, Spring Holiday in Cornwall | Rosie Abigail

Spring has sprung here in the UK! Although we know what the weather can be like here; it may suddenly switch back to snow at any moment. Still, we can’t deny that we are entering a new season and a new month – hello there April, you are looking good. It might be because I love rain and April showers are a staple, but I am looking forward to starting a new month. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s see out this month with March favourites.

Style – Lucy and Yak jeans

I finally joined the cult of Lucy & Yak. I’m kidding, but I now know why once you buy something from them, your wardrobe slowly descends into being a Lucy & Yak showroom.

Thanks to my thunder thighs, I was in the market for a new pair of jeans. Fast fashion is a thing of my past, so I scoured Depop and charity shops for a pair I thought would suit, from a brand I know. I am still slightly nervous buying second-hand from brands I’ve never tried on but it’s something I am working on. So I made the decision to buy new, with the requirements that the jeans had to be good quality, from a sustainable brand, and within my budget. After accosting friends and colleagues to tell me about how their Yaks fit, I made the decision and took the plunge.

In fact, it was a double plunge. I’m a millennial so I always yearn for skinny jeans, maybe mom jeans at a push. But friends, I went full relaxed jeans – almost flare. Who does she think she is? A seventeen year old Tik Tok star? When they arrived, I had convinced myself that I had made a grave error  – you know how cruel our minds can be. But when I looked in the mirror, I loved the shape on me. The jeans in question are the Cole jeans in mid-wash blue; high waisted, butt shaping, but very baggy from the butt down. The sides are elasticated which is perfect for the days I either eat to my heart’s desire or the days when I suffer from my PCOS swelling. Depending on what I am styling the jeans with, sometimes I feel like Kurt Cobain, and other times like an hourglass Barbie, and I love both to be honest with you. 

Despite the fact I’ve only purchased from them once, Lucy & Yak are going to be a new staple in my book. Eco-friendly, Global Organic Textile Standard approved, working towards carbon offsetting, goes up to size 32, looks fire, is comfortable, and prioritises deep pockets? They are the ‘add to basket’ moment. 

Experience – Cornwall holiday

Both of my parents turned fifty years old in the same month span. So to celebrate, we went on a big family holiday! We had a wonderful, wintery, two week long holiday to Cornwall. For the first week, we stayed in the Launceston area, in a converted barn called Lanxton Barn. This area was land-locked, wild, and blustery, perfect for nights around a real log fire. For our second week, we went full Cornwall and stayed in the fishing port town of Newlyn, in an old artist’s cottage. We went on long walks, spent afternoons in the hot tubs, had games nights, spent evenings in the hot tubs, ate delicious home cooked food – did I mention the hot tubs? I genuinely think I haven’t felt that relaxed in about a decade – and I wish I was joking. 

An image of a white ice cream in a cone with a flake, in front of the blue sea and cliffside houses.
If the ice-cream is nut-free, I forget all about being lactose intolerant

We visited plenty of beautiful places but you’ve got to have some favourites, right? Towards the Launceston side, my dad, my husband, and I (with our family dog Chewie), explored the wild moors. We came across some standing stones and ended up climbing up a hill complete with enormous stacked rocks, and views that caught your breath. Towards the Newlyn side of Cornwall, there were two places that made the favourites list; St Ives and The Minack Theatre. In St Ives, I fell in love with the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Celebrating one of Britain’s most famous sculpture artists, this museum is actually in the home she made her studio, complete with her towering sculptures and casts where they were made. Sticking with Cornwall culture, The Minack Theatre has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It is an open air theatre built into the cliffs, overlooking the sea and rocks. Wow, wow, wow. As someone with a theatre background, standing on that stage, feeling the wind whip around me, was just a truly captivating experience. And to learn it was built, by hand, by a single woman and a handful of contractors, was iconic. 

Skincare – The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5 (again)

A page of a magazine with an amber and a clear bottle on it. There is a plant leaning over the picture.
Hyaluronic Acid and the fellow Ordinary icon, Caffeine Solution

I used my trip away to get back into my skincare routine. I always seem to stop and start, and stop and start, so thought the holiday would give me time to get back into it. Whilst I managed to relax, Cornwall is a windy place and it really dried out my skin. All I have to say is thank goodness for The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5. This is now a real staple in my skincare routine thanks to how hydrating it is for dry skin. With dry skin on my forehead on a good day, and a wind-bitten face on holiday, a serum that keeps things hydrated is a must-have. Not only can I feel the difference in my skin, I can see it too. I just look and feel like I’m glowing, and I mean hours after I apply the serum.

If you are looking for a new hydrating serum that is an absolute workhorse, then this is the one for you. Plus, it’s well-priced, vegan and cruelty free – tens across the board, baby!

Wildcard – A sport?…

Well, I never thought I would get here. She’s officially a golf girl. To put this in context, I’ve never been a sporty gal – not for want of trying. I tried taekwondo when I was a teen, but it wasn’t my thing. And PE lessons? Talk about the worst lessons of school, complete with teachers hating on me for my asthma. From age thirteen, sport had completely left my vocabulary. But then, I got to know Rory – my now husband.

When you first get together with someone, you learn about each other, their hobbies, their interests, what makes them tick. Before you know it, you somehow get involved and sucked in. Put it this way – who do you think takes the photos of me for my blog? 

After trying my hand on the golf range with Rory, and realising I’ve got some power behind me, I started to want to go to the range. We’d start his training sessions with him teaching me about the clubs, the grips, and seeing how far I could hit balls. Fast forward three months, and I’ve just picked up my own second-hand set of golf clubs. I used these clubs for the first time last week and I am thrilled. I can see so much improvement in my skills since I started in January, hitting balls some hundred yards – not bad for a beginner with tight shoulders and boobs that get in the way of everything. On the way back from the range that night, I felt joy catch in my chest – that warm, burning joy that brings tears to your eyes, and a grin to the corners of your mouth.

An image of Rosie, a white woman with short blonde hair and glasses, taking a selfie. She is in a golf cart, wearing a red polo, and a blue cap.
A round-face, cute golf caddy in training

This is the first sport I’ve actually liked. That I’m good at. That I actively want to go out and do again the next day. Also, it might be my new form of therapy. After a hard day at work, hitting a ball with a stick of metal at 80 mph is divine.

And with that, we reach the end of March and my March favourites. Let me know in the comments what your favourite moments in March have been, I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading,
Rosie x

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