Summer Afternoon in South Ken

So as promised last week, this is the post where I tell you all about my quest for Peter Pan perfect skin.

I’m not sure I can ever imagine having surgery (ask me again in 20 years!) and the very idea of willingly going under a scalpel sends shivers up my spine.

So I’m always happy to explore potential alternatives.

Especially when these alternatives mean a cold treat from the fridge every morning for the last two months! (More on that later.)

So I popped into South Ken for an update on how things were going.

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With my partner in crime, naturally.

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We ducked through mews streets, along cobbled roads and down rose lined pavements.

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Cat eye sunnies

Pink button-up dress

Sneakers // Blue Chanel (similar)

Sparkler Earrings

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Too hot in the sticky-pre-thunder-storm-sunshine, despite the pretty little dress.

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I’ve been sipping on these skin supplement drinks for exactly 60 days, and quite honestly my skin has never felt better or looked clearer.

It could just be a lick of sunshine, but it feels… glowy.

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So I was pretty excited to head to The Santi Clinic for a once-over and see what the real difference was.

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I’d been in when I started the supplement and they’d taken all sorts of measurements and tests.

They’d scanned me, prodded me, poked me and stretched me.

Taking note of my skin’s elasticity, collagen, density, hydration, and other bits and bobs.

Well, this time they did it all again!

And afterwards Tania and I popped out to lunch to wait for the results. Turning the corner into the paved area just beyond the tube station.

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Pulling up a free table and soaking up some of the sunshine.

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She plumped for a cheese filled crepe.

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And I went for a Cesar salad.

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So I imagine you’re curious about this mysterious supplement?

Drum roll, please…

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This is it.

Well, the travel sachet which you can throw into your handbag if you’re in a rush in the morning (and have kept me going throughout my travels over the last two months!)

It’s called Skinade, and judging from their press section I’m not the first to try them out.

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It’s essentially a tropical drink mixture stuffed to the brim with collagen, minerals, marine vitamins, all sorts! (Proper list here.)

You keep bottles in the fridge or mix a travel sachet with water.

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And drink it down!

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You buy them online and they just arrive in the post.

We whiled away the time watching the world go by, hoping the results would come in soon.

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We ducked into the book shop and came out with armfuls of goodies for the house!

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They sell the prints hanging in the window as wrapping paper, but at £2.99 you can frame them and plonk them on the walls!

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Happy with our new found bargains we finally headed back in for the verdict.

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Good news!

My skin seems to have stopped ageing! Or been delayed at the very least. My collagen has increased, skin density is up, hydration slightly better, it is darker (but it’s been sunny!)

We’re not talking huge numbers, less than 10% on all fronts in fact.

But if things aren’t deteriorating then perhaps I can stay in my 20s forever after all?

And if that’s not reason to celebrate with frozen yogurt I don’t know what is!

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We picked up a couple of cones from Jeff de Bruges, in rippled vanilla and raspberry.

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Here’s to Peter Pan skin!

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Just as long as it doesn’t take away my laughter lines.

There are some good memories in those.

My Skinade story is still a work in process, so perhaps I’ll check in this time next year and tell you how I’m getting on. In the mean time, check out some other reviews and I would certainly give it a good think over.

I’m pretty pleased with the results, and wouldn’t be sharing them otherwise. They say good skin starts from within, so I’m hoping this is the right track.

Have you given it a go?

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  • You look stunning! Love this outfit. X

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    oh my god – i am so in love with your hair!!! amazing!
    (super interesting post – i will definitely check this skinade stuff.)


  • You look so lovely & summery – I’m guessing this must have been taken before all the rain we’ve had this week!!!
    Interesting read Rosie. I’ve taken Ultracoll Pure Marine Collagen tablets for the last 6 months, which have the highest concentration of pure Marine Collagen in them & I’ve really noticed the difference in my skin.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Ahh I wish it was still this sunny in London, what has happened?! Haha. I must say though, your skin is looking super glowy. Would definitely be interested to see what beauty products you use too x

  • You look so adorable in this dress and Converse! 🙂

    xx, Matea

  • Haha I find it so strange. I grew up in London and I live in Hong Kong now- and all this stuff that has been around in Asia for yeeeeaaars like collagen drinks or bubble tea becomes so popular in London all of a sudden. I hope the vitamin C drink that cures hangovers comes back home too… That’s a good’un! Xx

  • Lovely little parfait post … I just love post like these. Every story has it’s conclusion, your little story ends a parfait ending ! So lovely! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Rach

    Your dress is so cute!! And your little day trip sounds fun. The food looks delicious and that ice cream cone is perfect!

  • I love the fact that you don’t want to get rid of your laughter lines, they really are so beautiful 🙂

    A smile is definitely the best accessory!

    Heather x

  • What I would give to know your secret to beyond perfect pictures for every shot. Seriously, they’re too beautiful & you never fail. You have all your friends trained so well ;). Looking gorgeous as always Rosie! I’m loving following your Greek adventure on snapchat at the moment!

    Katie // Words by Katie

  • Amazing photos, love your outfit too! That ice cream looks so crazy delicious.

    Anika |

  • Loving that beautiful dress paired with those sneakers! Also, I’m really interested in trying this stuff out. I’m always looking for ways to better my skin and get more vitamins. Interesting read!


  • Love your dress and the location. Looking forward to more skin related posts.

  • CelebratingthisLife

    I’ve never heard of the stuff but anything that will help slow the aging process is ok in my books! xx Rox-Anne,

  • definitely going to have to look into it! south kensington looks charming, fingers crossed I’ll get to visit soon! xx

  • Oh, I adore this outfit! You look just stunning. <3

  • That dress is really cute!

  • Isabelle Hawker

    Love the pretty summer dress and converse outfit – looks so lovely. Just need a few more sunny days in England like this!!! Isabelle xoxo

  • Aurè

    ciao! fashion is Art…and…your outfit is a charming work of Art…cheers!

  • Rosie

    Rosie, I’m guessing this is sponsored? What’s your policy on declaring that? Just interested as i know a lot of American blogs are covered by some really strict advertising laws, but wondered what your thoughts were on it?

  • I’ve heard a lot about Skinade recently, great to hear you can keep it in the fridge and boost your collagen (even at 22, my skin has been troublesome for a few years and really want to make sure it’s protected!)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Love the shots outside the cafe 🙂

    mel x

  • Girl With Goals

    Totally irrelevant to this post (which i love), but just wanted to say thanks for Snapping your time in Santorini, definitely been living the whole holiday through you on Snapchat!

    It’s somewhere I plan on visiting!

    Big Love

  • These pictures are beautiful and what camera did you use?

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • LOVE YOUR OUTFIT! Perfect for a nice afternoon stroll and omg that ice cream! LOOKS SO SO GOOD. Cant wait to hear more about your thoughts on the skinade!

    x Carina | Running White Horses

  • Sarena

    Rosie, I’ve been following your blog for a few years now. As an American expat in London, your posts were often just what I needed. You have amazing taste for fashion, travel, dining and everything in between. However, I’ve been anxiously waiting for a post about how you maintain that flawless tan of yours! Do you spray tan, are there any products you recommend?

  • Kate

    I’ve heard of Skinade and have thought about taking something like this before, so it’s really good to hear you’re having a good experience with it. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Love the outfit – it looks so lovely in London right now! Skinade sounds very interesting! I wonder if there’s anything like that here in Sydney? I’d love to give it a go!

  • Jules

    Thank you for this blog post which took me to a sweet trip down memory lane, when I used to live there and go to this cute bookstore as a kid ! X

  • Kari Guastella

    Skincare from the inside out is something I could get behind!

  • Rodolpho Gargaro

    What kind of pics a guy that its not attractive needs to have on tinder/happn to make you swipe right? Like lets say he is just average but is there a way to stand out?

  • Sarah Stanfield

    I have always appreciated how you never take life so seriously and are always willing to share the photos of yourself looking silly. Because nobody looks polished 100% of the time! I am such a skin junkie and really think I’m going to have to look into these little packets! Your skin looks gorgeous and embrace the aging because like you said we have good memories in those laugh lies.