If you could only…

Whilst I’m away cruisin’ the high seas, I’ve pinched this tag from the ever gorgeous Kerri. I loved getting to know her better through her answers, so thought I’d continue the train! If you want to get on board, please do, and send me a link to your post!

Without further ado, here are my answers.

If you could only…

Wear one outfit
Skinny jeans, a vest top and a warm jumper. I’m always, always cold. I generally prefer dresses – this is my current favourite – but given the cold factor, jeans will generally win.

If you could only 1

Feeling very Sound of Music in Andorra.

Have one style icon
Style? What’s that?

Shop at one store
Does Amazon count?

Carry one handbag
A sensible backpack with lots of padding and space for a laptop. Bad back problems.

Use one skincare product
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra for my poor dry skin. This is like, essential to life for me. If I were allowed to pick a nice to have, it would be the ARK Anti-ageing Skin Protector which is a SPF30 primer that fulfils my sunscreen requirements whilst giving a lovely, awake glow.

Wear one scent
It would be something from Jo Malone. My all time favourite is Pomegranate Noir, so I’d go for that. I would have to sell some organs to support my habit though. That stuff is expensive.

Indulge in one spa treatment
Mani-pedis. I’m too lazy / clumsy / inflexible to do my own.

Apply one lipstick colour
Probably Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. Longest product name ever but it manages to look completely different in different situations, so for that chameleon like ability it’s my choice.

Order one drink
Diet Coke. Actually, Coke Light (I swear it’s better). Here speaks a true addict.

If you could only 3

Cafe vibes – Palma, Mallorca

Pick one flower
Hydrangeas, I think.

Apply one mascara
Benefit Roller Lash, although I’m not sure. I don’t think I’ve found my best ever mascara yet.

Do one workout
Swimming, if only it weren’t such a faff with the changing and the drying hair and whatnot. I can’t do weight bearing exercise and I don’t really bend, which rules out a fair few options, so I generally favour a good cross trainer session. Or a long walk, or something where you don’t really feel like you’re working out and there are nice views.

Read one author
Gerald Durrell. He’s been my favourite author ever since I was a child and even though I don’t read his books often any more, I can’t think of an author I’d rather read solely.

If you could only 4

As close as I ever got to meeting my hero – a statue of Gerald Durrell at the wildlife park he founded in Jersey.

Live by one quote
Get busy living, or get busy dying. I think that’s probably my favourite film, too.

What about you?


P.S. I’m on a big boat somewhere in Alaska at the moment, so apologies if I’m slow to respond to comments



  1. 7th September 2016 / 17:49

    yay for borrowing! i love these Q&As. yes to coke light too. yum! and i’m often freezing too (as I’m in the largest sweater in my office right now!) I wish i was a better swimmer. i think I’d like the serenity of it 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:32

      Thanks for inspiring me! I need to wean myself of diet coke/coke light, it’s becoming a problem…

      Being a cold person sucks, right? I hate being cold, it makes me grumpy. I’m not too pleasant a person to be around in overly air conditioned offices (or, the whole of winter for that matter). Swimming is very serene, you can just be with your thoughts for a while. Although sometimes that’s not so much of a good thing!

  2. 7th September 2016 / 18:15

    I love this post! And yes to always being cold! I’m always kicking myself when I forget to bring a sweat with me. And I don’t know if I’ve found my favorite mascara either, but Benefit has some pretty awesome mascaras! And yes to only shopping at Amazon! They have everything!

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:34

      I am extremely rarely without a jumper. Probably only during heatwaves, and then I’ll think twice about bringing one anyway just in case of a surprise cool breeze. My husband despairs.

      I am keen on Benefit mascaras too, Rollerlash is definitely a contender for my absolute favourite. I also quite like No7 mascaras (can you get those in the US?) which tend to get the job done in a non-showy fashion.

  3. Emma
    7th September 2016 / 19:39

    haha Yes to Amazon! If I can’t find it there, then I usually just give up. Who has time to go from store to store? I don’t think we have Coke light in the states. I’m not a fan of Diet Coke, but Coke Zero isn’t so bad. Now I need to travel just so I can compare them all!

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:35

      That’s the joy of internet shopping! If Amazon doesn’t have it, I figure it’s not worth having. I even tried to buy shoes on there recently before realising that was a silly idea. Even with Amazon, there are limits.

      I quite like Coke Zero too, it’s less sweet than Diet Coke. I heartily condone travelling so you can do fizzy drink taste tests!

  4. 7th September 2016 / 19:41

    This is such a fun post. Yes to Amazon, warm clothes, and backpacks!

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:36

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I sound like such an old lady but seriously. It’s the only way I can do it!

  5. 8th September 2016 / 01:45

    Such a fun post, I want to do one like it 😀 And I agree, hydrangeas are beautiful flowers, my parents have some in the garden so they always make me feel at home! Hope you are having an amazingggg time!!

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:37

      Do it! I’d love to read your answers. I’ve always wanted hydrangeas, but have never had a garden. Our neighbours have some in their front garden so at least I can live vicariously through them!

      The trip was fantastic, thank you! Now just got to get back to reality…

  6. 9th September 2016 / 02:49

    Thank goodness for Amazon! If I could only shop at one store, that would be it 🙂

    • 14th September 2016 / 20:38

      Yep! Amazon has practically everything. And we don’t even have all the services you have in the US – we were just in Seattle, Amazon HQ, and were learning about all the stuff they provide out there. It’s a whole new world!

  7. 16th September 2016 / 14:32

    i know i have tried coke light but it’s been a looooong time so i am all about diet coke. i don’t think you can get coke light here, i could be wrong. i drink a LOT of diet coke lol.
    i’m always cold too. high five! Hydrangeas are my favourites. pretty pretty. i like swimming in theory, but the annoyance of driving somewhere, changing, other people in the lanes, turning my hair green.. eh. i don’t like it enough to actually do it.
    my favourite mascaras are better than sex (too faced i think?) and loreal voluminous (original).
    amazon is the best! i saw your above comment up there about shoes.. i have absolutely bought shoes on amazon before. don’t tell me how to live my life! haha

    • 20th September 2016 / 22:34

      I think Coke Light is kind of halfway between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Not that I’m a connoisseur or anything. I think Coke Light is just in Europe? And not in the UK. Sigh.
      Completely agree about the annoyance of swimming. It’s why I don’t go. Also it makes me cold, so it’s nice to do when it’s hot out but when is it ever hot out here?
      I think it’s fine to buy shoes if you know the brand and you know what size will fit you, but I was about to splurge on shoes I had literally no idea about, with a brand I’ve never worn before, for at least £50. Tell me that’s not crazy!

  8. 16th September 2016 / 16:36

    An interesting way to learn about you! haha I’m with you with jeans and a jumper! And I’ve never actually heard of Gerald Durrell so I shall look him up 🙂

    • 20th September 2016 / 22:32

      I love these questions because they’re a bit different! Jeans and a jumper will always be a winner. So versatile! Clearly I’m no fashion blogger 😀

      I hope you like Gerald Durrell, his writing is probably quite dated now (and very un-PC in places) but his humour is wonderfully dry.

  9. 20th September 2016 / 04:22

    Just one of anything would be too hard for me! Swimming would probably be about the last choice for workouts for me…in theory I like it, but in practicality, I don’t like changing, I don’t like getting my hair wet, I don’t like chlorine in my eyes, etc. hahaha! The pool at our apartment is slightly wasted on me….

    • 20th September 2016 / 22:22

      It was a real struggle let me tell you! I have the exact same feelings about the faff of swimming, which is why I hardly ever go despite it being my favourite. It’s not really something you can just squeeze in around other commitments, unfortunately.

  10. 20th September 2016 / 08:56

    Such a fun post! I want to do it!! And Gerald Durrell has also been my hero – for 40 years! Discovered his books when I was 9 years old. I was lucky enough to meet him once at an airport! I didn’t say much as I was awe struck!!

    • 20th September 2016 / 22:21

      I’m so glad I’ve found someone else who loves him! Nobody has ever heard of him. Hooray for a fellow enthusiast! I’m so jealous of your near-encounter. By the time I was old enough to realise what a fan I was and how much I’d like to meet him, he had sadly passed away. At least I can still visit his zoo, that’s something.

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