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Happy Birthday, Wolf & Stag: Here’s a Thank-You Beauty Giveaway

This past weekend — on August 12th, to be exact — Wolf & Stag celebrated its first birthday. And, in typical ‘Eire’ fashion, I procrastinated writing this celebratory post until a full three days after the date. Sigh. Some things never change, do they?

Yes, my ‘bloggerversary’ is causing me to reflect on myself, on my blog, on my little corner of the internet’s achievements and milestones. But mostly, it’s making me feel thankful. To each and every comment. Instagram like. Twitter follow. Post view. Essentially, thankful of you, you lovely person reading this, you. And what better way to say thank you than with an epic beauty giveaway? Okay, maybe not epic, let’s simmer down a bit. But a beauty giveaway that should bring a smile to one winner’s face. Read on for all the terms — and for some ramblings musings about one year of being Wolf.

A Morning at Mayfield Lavender

“Is there anything you particularly want to do while in London?” I asked my good friend, Amy, in a Facebook message. It was September 2013, and she was visiting me from the US for a week in London. I had thoughts of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey — or perhaps something a bit more unusual, like The Hunterian, or Columbia Road Flower Market.

My phone dinged not two seconds later, with the message, “Can we go here?” She popped through a link: Mayfield Lavender, a lavender field located not too far outside of London. But far enough away that it made me go, “Really Amy?” and roll my eyes slightly. Amy loves nature and the outdoors — she was on her way to do a year of WOOFing through Europe, after all — so this somewhat strange request didn’t really surprise me.

In the end, we didn’t have time to make the trip out to see the lavender during her visit. But this conversation was the very first time I had even heard about Mayfield Lavender (from a non-local, no less!). It is what began a four-year quest to make it down to see the lavender blooming, each year a failure — until this July, when I finally ticked it off my bucket list.

Japanese Barbecue at Sakagura, Mayfair

Tucked away from the shops and tourists of Regent Street lies the restaurant-laden Heddon Street. “I didn’t even know this was here!” Stag proclaimed as we rounded the corner. Here you’ll find restaurant and sake bar, Sakagura, nestled among an array of other culinary delights. We arrived on a rainy Wednesday evening to try their new ‘Yakiniku’ barbecue menu. Much to our delight, we left later that night full of delicious grilled foods, happy from all the sake (*innocent face*) and, most importantly, impressed at the innovation behind some incredible taste combinations. Sakagura is not one to miss.

Beauty Review: Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub and Detox Clarifying Facial Wash

“The first dermatologist-developed, naturally-inspired skincare brand.” A mouthful it may be, but as a tagline for beauty brand Goldfaden MD, it makes me sit up and listen.

I am both an avid fan of natural beauty and a cynical science nerd. Sadly, often in the world of beauty, coalescing these two things seems nigh impossible. When natural beauty brands spout marketing taglines like “Chemical free!” (water is a chemical, people) and “Organic!” (do they even know what that really means), I find myself drawn to it — and I roll my eyes at it. So a beauty range that is both rooted in dermatological science and natural ingredients seems like a dream come true. With the highly-raved Doctor’s Scrub* and Detox Clarifying Facial Wash* in tow, I set out to see whether the Goldfaden MD range could meld together my two loves in beauty.

Behind the Scenes: The 4 Steps of an Outfit Photo Shoot

I realise this title is very misleading, assuming I am remotely qualified to call what I do for the blog a “photo shoot.” Stag and I are both amateur photographers, at best, and I am a 5’5″, apple-shaped ‘model’ who has perpetual resting-bitch-face (please still work with me, future brands!).

Despite all of that negative (trying to be positive), we do have a few photo shoots under our belt here at Wolf & Stag. I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into the inner-workings of how we do. Mostly, because it’s as unglam as it comes (hilarity ensues). But also, I hope to show any budding bloggers — or even established ones looking to do more personal photography — that even the most self-conscious, awkward of us pull together interesting, beautiful photo shoots. It will get there, in the end. I promise.