Sunday, 27 July 2014

Mothers Meeting

Happy Sunday everyone! 

I hope everyone has had a terrific weekend so far! Apologies for the lack of photos in todays post - I fancied a little sporadic natter, giving everyone a little up date and nose into what I have gotten up to recently.

My mother hen has gone away so I have been left with the house to myself to enjoy. Naturally little love cat has moved in for the week which is excellent practice for when James and I eventually move into our own nest (pssssst - sneaky update! watch this space for a whole post on my trials and tribulations on trying to move out)

Friday evening was filled with drinks and disco dancing with 2 of my friends, one of whom had just turned 18 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIE! Unfortunately our usual haunt is for all us oldies over the age of 21 so we ventured to somewhere I swore I would never venture again.... Chicagos!

If you are from Hertfordshire or have visited and been to Stevenage Leisure Park, you may be aware of the dreaded place that is Chicagos or what is fondly called Shitcagos if you are from these 'endzzzzz'. After the years which I have avoided it - it safe to say it still lives up to its apt nick name. Still - its not all about where you are, its about who you are with and we still had a lovely time dropping it like its hot.

My favourite drink of late is something called a Cherry Pop from the old school classic - Wetherspoons. It is delicious and tastes like sweeties! It is a really pretty colour too; definitely a 'girls drink' aha!

Yesterday James & I ventured to Hitchin to pick up a b-e-a-utiful vintage Herbert Terry Anglepoise lamp which we won off eBay. We have been after one for a VERY long time and I am so chuffed to finally have one of our own! It is such a great size and moves perfectly. Picture the cute jumping Pixar lamp, dip it in black and enlarge it 3 fold and you get the idea. If you actually want to see what the hell I am nattering about, head on over to my Instagram.

Once we had picked up the lamp, I headed over to Jolly Brown which is a fantastic vintage shop. The girls in there are lovely too, very friendly and welcoming. If you are in Hitchin, I would definitely recommend you popping in, even for a browse. I always come out wishing to be born 40 years ago. The merchandising is so on point too - well done ladies <3

Today has been a proper wife in training kind of day aha! James has been out with his friends, playing FootGolf which I can only imagine is golf, but with a football and your plates of meat. Personally, I couldn't think of anything worse - golf is boring and I have no ball skills (minds out of the gutters please girls) So... whilst the cats away, I had the exciting job of doing the weekly shop. Yep. My day really has been that glamorous.

Can I just say though that Aldi is definitely the place to be. It is so good and affordable with excellent 'dupes' of more expensive brands. I know this is like a proper mumsy thing to talk about, but if you are umming and aaahing about shopping there or you think you might be compromising on the quality because of the stigma that shopping in Aldi used to have, you couldn't be more wrong. I have always been a  Tesco kind of girl but I think I might have been converted. Praise the Lord for three Soleros for £1!!

I am now settling down for the evening, watching Kirsties Fill Your House For Free, blogging and waiting for his highness to be back from playing out. Today has been so nice and relaxing. Whilst I adore James to the end of time, knowing that we can still enjoy our own company is still so important.

So.. that was my weekend! I hope you have had a lovely time too! Lots of love and kisses //


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Wet n Wild | Walking on Eggshells & The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth

Walking on Eggshells

'Let me just swatch that for you' // excuse the horrifically unblog-fessional brown smudge :)

If you didn't know, I was a lucky little bunny and went to the beautiful Big Apple aka New York City for my birthday in March this year (read about it here). As well as being above and beyond excited for sight seeing and food sampling, I am not going to beat around the bush - the makeeeee uppppppp UGHHHH.

Having watched a good 20+ NYC hauls and seen Kassia's want list, I was dying to get into Wallgreens, CVS and the mother land... Sephora. One of my favourite things I bought whilst there and a product which I have used everyday since I have been back is the Wet 'n' Wild Walking on Eggshells eye shadow palette. To say the least, it is gorgeous. The neutral colours are subtle enough for day wear but can be built for a slightly smokier eye. This has become my go to eye without a doubt and I think I am going to be a little sad when I hit pan.

Walking on Eggshells consists of a beautiful, champagne-y pink, a rusty, slightly golden brown, and pearl white. All shades have a lovely shimmer and are yet to crease after application. The buttery formulation glides on a treat and gives such a silky, soft look to the eye. The brushes are also pretty darn okay too! Particularly the soft bristly brush, it is SO GOOD at blending the shades and softening the edges.

The second palette I bought is The Naked Truth. Again it has beautiful nude, natural, buttery shadows consisting of a silvery-grey, a matte skin toned beige, a dark matte brown and a shimmery chocolate brown that has lovely golden shimmers running through it. This is also a lovely palette, I particularly like the chocolate brown but feel WoE suits my skin tone a little better.

All shadows come with the trademark embossed 'names' or rather where the colours are intended for eg, brow bone, crease etc. I think this is such a cute touch and makes them look a lot more expensive than what they are - I only wish I picked up more!


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Thursday, 17 July 2014

petals & paisley.


Shirt \\ eBay
Smock dress \\ River Island // Past Season
Necklace \\ Mumma's
Watch \\ Casio
DM Sandals \\ Dr Martens // Gryphons


Although print clashing has been a 'thing' of late, I thought I had left my clashing ways back in 6 Form when I would wear stripes, polka dots, floral and check all in one outfit. Whilst I love it on others, I didn't really feel confident enough to pull it off.

One breezy afternoon I chucked on this silky shirt over the top of my paisley smock dress & actually quite loved it. It is such a versatile item as its lovely as a top but looks pretty worn as a kimono too. I think the colours are what make this outfit; so whilst the patterns differ, the colours and tones are a match made in heaven.

For me though, the star of the show is the rather androgynous sandals. These are just ughh - I love them!  I totally get they are not everyones cup of earl grey, and I kind of agree that they are a little ugly, but ugly in the most beautiful, chunky, old man sandal kind of way. And for me, my new summer staple!


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Biotherm Biosource Cleansing Milk

Rewind back to 2012 in the midst of the Duty Free gooodness, I stupidly confused Biotherm with Bioderma in the pressure of being rushed to catch my flight from Amsterdam to home. Can I just say this was the best mistake I had made so far in terms of skin care - EVER.

Struggling to find the Bioderma miscelleire water, I opted for the Biotherm Cleansing Milk. My skin after a weeks use had been totally transformed. It was silky soft with all my under the skin bumps vanishing by the day. Sadly when it ran out I turned my back onto Biotherm and opted to try various other lotions and potions.

As you can imagine, when you find that wonder product, nothing else quite lives up to it. It wasn't until I had a bout of terrible skin at the beginning of this year that I recalled the lovely, soft skin I once had from my previous skin saviour so I promised mysely that I would reinvest in a new bottle of the cleansing milk.

Retailing at around £12.50 for 200ml, the Biotherm Biosource Cleansing Milk is a smooth, milky cream that dissolves into the skin and gets to work on all the impurities for a silky smooth, clearer complexion - an excellent price for a product that lasts months with twice-a-day use!

I tend to remove my make up before I use any skin care products with cotton pads and miscelleire water and then go in for a deep clean with a cleanser. Biotherm really ensures that there is minimum to zero product remaining on the skin, preparing the face for toning, serum-ing and moisturising.

Since going back to Biotherm, I think it is going to take quite a lot to make me switch to something new. Whilst I admit I might try other brands, I feel I will continue to come back to the cleansing milk and now want to venture deeper into the Biotherm range.

So overall would I recommend Biotherm Boisource Cleansing Milk? Yes, definitely! I use the Normal to Combination version of the cleanser which I find works perfectly with my skin but there is a Dry alternative if you feel you skin is in need of a little extra hydration. My skin feels really supple after using the cleanser and I believe it is the main contribution to clearing up any issues I may of had before I returned to Biotherm. Of course I still get the odd blemish when Mother Nature comes knocking, but other than that I seemed to have tamed my unruly skin (touch wood) which I battled with a few months ago.

Amen for being a thicko and completely mistaking one entirely different brand for another! Must have been fate!


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