Operation glowing summer skin

My skin isn’t the best.
I mean, it is supple, protects my body and I know it will age well, but all in all I’m a  big ole oil slick. I have always had an issue with spots and greasy skin since I was around 11-12 years old and at the ripe age of 25 I am still waiting to ‘grow out of it’.
As with most people my skin is sometimes better than others but I am really conscious lately as I plan my wedding (it’s next year) that I want it to look in tip top condition for the day and forever thereafter!

I have been fairly successful with improving the amount of blemishes on my squishy little face so I thought you might like to hear about it! I’m not reinventing the wheel here, it’s pretty basic stuff but I think sometimes we need reminding of the basics as there is so much noise out there in the beauty world but sometimes we need to take a step back.

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Step 1) Water 

Told you it was simple steps didn’t I? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, mainly to myself mind you. I go through phases with water – sometimes I’ll get through the day on several cups of tea, a wing and a prayer and sometimes I’ll be the picture of #healthblogger and drink 3 litres. I have been a lot more consistent lately drinking 1-2 litres a day, starting from first thing in the morning and ending with a glass of water in bed and I genuinely feel better for it as well as looking more awake!
Do you ever get the clammy feeling where your skin feels a bit oily and you can feel a breakout coming on? That used to be me most days and I accepted it was my horrible skin but I actually think it’s just dehydration! Now, if I feel that my skin is lacklustre and I’m feeling sluggish, I chug a glass or two of water and it’s like I’m a flower which has been watered!
I challenge you all to up your water intake continually for a month and you’ll get used to feeling more hydrated and you will definitely notice in future when you need to drink more. Clever our bodies aren’t they? Continue reading

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My YouTube subscription list

Happy Mondayyyy!!

How pleased are you that it’s Monday, raining and you haven’t woken up to a money tree at the bottom of the garden?!

Me either.

But what do I do when it’s cold outside and I need a little pick me up? YouTube!

I have been slowly getting into YouTube over the past year and I now have a hefty subscription list which I wanted to share with you guys and hopefully get some recommendations back. I was reluctant to ‘follow’ YouTubers to begin with as I really thought it was something teenagers did and that they were all vlogging themselves setting farts on fire or falling over but actually, I love it.

I wish I had the confidence and the big personality it takes to start a YouTube channel – I think for bloggers/Instagrammers it provides a whole other dimension to your following and you really get to know the people behind the social profiles.
I also like the chill out factor of being on YouTube; most videos/vlogs are about half an hour long and you can just get totally lost in someone else’s life for a while. It can be inspirational, educational or anything you want it to be. Want to learn about something? YouTube it. Want to find out about a country or somewhere in the world? YouTube. Workouts, recipes, how to properly tie a tie, how to change a tyre or anything else you could ever need – YouTube.

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My favourite brunch spot in Bungay

So i’m writing this on a Sunday morning whilst watching Legally Blonde 2 – I literally only watched the first one a week ago, despite it being released in 2001, oops. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me how fabulous they were, it is making me feel like a 15 year old again and reminding me I really need to colour my hair and wear more pink.
So I really wanted to write this post for those local to myself on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and also for those who are planning to visit. I have been visiting The Earsham Street Cafe in Bungay for over a year now and it has never failed to be delicious.  Continue reading

Delicious summer salad recipe

Sooo please humour me, this is a recipe for a light, refreshing summer salad. I am aware that it is no more like summer outside here in the UK than it was back in February. But, there is no harm in pretending right? (Read my post here for more pretending it is summer).
I don’t know about you but I like to eat to the seasons and I typically find myself wanting lighter food like this recipe in the summer and more what I would call ‘English’ food in the colder months, meaning things like stew and cottage pie etc. I try and mix it up a little using different grains, pulses and beans and also differnt types of ‘greens’ to what I might normally have. For example I like to eat more things like cous cous in the summer, more lentils and in this recipe I have used buckwheat. I am also growing myself a little herb garden (seperate garden post to come for those of you with green fingers) so I am itching to prepare more meals where there is need for me to prance outside and announce ‘I am just popping out to get some herbs for tea’. I literally feel like the smuggest Ssally in the world when I use my own herbs, it is funny what makes us happy isn’t it? Continue reading

Blogging for the shy girl

Good evening! I hope you have all had a lovely couple of weeks – I may not have been writing lots of posts lately (sorryyyyyy) but I have enjoyed connecting with a few of you on social media so thank you, I am loving growing the Just Hollie community. If you aren’t already, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram using @JustHollieBlog. I would love to hear from more of you!  Continue reading

Sticky Chinese pork belly

Yes, yes it is as good as it sounds. And bloomin’ easy to make too so I thought I would share the recipe with you lovely lot! Me and the BF made this for tea last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. I would literally eat this for tea all week if I could. Damn I am so lucky to live with him, he is an amazing chef even if I do say so myself!

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First post: Who is Just Hollie?

SO, you may have come across this post by accident or you may have seen my Instagram and clicked on the lovely little link that brings you here 🙂
Either way, i’m glad you’re reading this and I hope you will continue to do so!!
In this post I am going to give you a list of 5 things you can expect to see a lot of and to be honest, if you don’t like any of these things then this blog isn’t for you. However if any of the below is of interest to you, bingo, maybe you and me will get along just fine!

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