Review: Annecy ski cosmetics

I’m off on a ski season to Cervinia, Italy in December, which I am so excited about that I can’t sleep at night without cuddling my new woolly hat. The fact that I can’t ski very well is clearly immaterial in my night-time fantasies of perfectly executed black runs. I am busy figuring out what gear to take with me to the mountains, so I was very pleased when the lovely people at Gear Zone sent me over some sun creams from French company Annecy to test.

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Urban wildlife – foxes in London

Urban wildlife – foxes in London

It was spellbinding to wake up on a sunny Sunday at my aunt’s house and open the curtains on this beautiful russet-coloured fox having an nap amongst the ivy. What made it more surprising was that my aunt doesn’…
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The magical £5000 hobbit house

The magical £5000 hobbit house

Simon Dale is my new hero – using just £5000 worth of materials and some man power he has magicked up a cosy little house in Wales for his family to live in. Eco friendly, low impact, and built using…
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Places to stay: Cuddling reindeer in Lapland

Places to stay: Cuddling reindeer in Lapland

I think a small part of me wasn’t quite sure reindeer were real until we visited Napapiirin Porofarmi Reindeer Farm. The farm’s reindeer are friendly and come up for a cuddle, which I enjoyed immensely, as their horns …
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Walking Lapland’s Pieni Karhunkierros trail

Walking Lapland’s Pieni Karhunkierros trail

It doesn’t get much more authentically Finnish than waking up in Lapland in a cosy log cabin overlooking a misty lake in the middle of nowhere, having a breakfast of rye porridge, salmon and cheese and heading off for …
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Heroes of the arctic circle: more on Steve Young

Heroes of the arctic circle: more on Steve Young

Someone else has been on adventures in the Arctic recently, but in a more dramatic way than me. In March I interviewed the fantastic Steve Young, a soldier who trekked to the North Pole after breaking his back in a&…
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The North Face Base Camp flip flops review

The North Face Base Camp flip flops review

Base Camp Flip Flop Review: I took a pair of The North Face Base Camp flip flops, £28, with me on my Finnish adventure,  because where better to test them than an actual base camp? We were staying in log…
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White water rafting in the Ruka rapids

White water rafting in the Ruka rapids

White water rafting does not involve the most attractive outfit in the world. Over your normal clothes go thick rubber dungarees, a coat of the same shiny blue material, wellington boots a few sizes too big, a lifejacket so well&…
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Guest Blog: Nuuksio National Park by Karina Kold

Guest Blog: Nuuksio National Park by Karina Kold

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than Finland’s Nuuksio National Park, which may be only an hour from central Helsinki but feels like a million miles away in both space and time. Unspoilt and untouched, the semi-wilderness stretches …
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Nova Scotia: a photo blog

Nova Scotia: a photo blog

Two weeks in Nova Scotia are not enough. The Maritimes are a gorgeous patchwork of apple trees, wooden slat houses in pastel yellows and blues and cold, empty lakes fringed with dark pine trees. Oh, and gooooood pie. Actually, two&…
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Review: Gelert Wilderness 55 Litre rucksack

Review: Gelert Wilderness 55 Litre rucksack

The Girl Outdoors has been a bit quiet recently, mainly because the only downfall of actually being out and about outdoors is a lack of internet connection on remote beaches or in pineforests. Now that I am back in civilization&…
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Review: Cushe IT cuff boot

Review: Cushe IT cuff boot

Shoe company Cushe sent me a gorgeous fuzzy pair of IT boot cuffs for me to kick about in. As the company is big on sustainability, comfort, and a chilled-out surf vibe, all stuff I like, I was more then&…
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Ten Butterflies of the British Isles

Ten Butterflies of the British Isles

The Painted Lady, the Red Admiral and the Grizzled Skipper may sound like characters from a sea-farin’ fairy tale, but they are actually the common names of three of the UK’s 50 varieties of butterfly. Each year, the first brightly&…
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Review: The North Face Resolve jacket

Review: The North Face Resolve jacket

My beautiful new green Resolve jacket (£64.99), courtesy of the fabulous people at Webtogs, came with me to Glastonbury last week, where we both managed to have a pretty fabulous time despite the rain. As the weather was horrible for…
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Gorgeous Glastonbury: A photoblog

Gorgeous Glastonbury: A photoblog

Amongst the mud, fast food and excitable indie bands at Glastonbury there is a lot of beautiful stuff, which I attempted to take pictures of (when I wasn´t queuing for the toilets, drinking copious amounts of Brothers Festival cider …
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Review: Gelert Lakeside Deluxe 300 Dl sleeping bag

Review: Gelert Lakeside Deluxe 300 Dl sleeping bag

I’m heading to Glastonbury next week, and am so excited I’m a bit worried I’m going to burn out before I even get there. The amount of bands I want to see and muddy dancing I want …
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