Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A break from gel nails



My poor nail polish drawer has been heavily neglected during recent months because I fell back in love with having gel/shellac nails. Last month the girls in work had a surprise when I had a huge makeup cull and turned up to work with a carrier bag full of goodies for them. The colours I kept were one of each and my ultimate favourites, but fast forward a month and I still haven't used them. 

Well, what could be better than a pamper session on a bank holiday Monday, than a DIY at home manicure? For the main colour I chose the Rimmel 60 seconds in "Instyle Coral" - one of my favourite formulas of nail polish, paired with a pink from W7.

Charli...

x

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Bicester Village






Last weekend I ventured to Bicester Village for a day of being "Ladies that lunch...and shop". I'd never been before but had heard loads of great things and had huge expectations of insane bargains. What I hadn't anticipated was this huge surge of humans in such a small place.

Everywhere was jam packed and these people clearly had no sense of personal space. For example, we ventured into the Cosmetics Store and I was pretty excited - as I'm sure you can imagine. Whilst browsing the oddly coloured lipsticks I was pushed, shoved and barged out of the way by people pulling suitcases! Madness! 

Anyway, I did pick up a few things and I am so happy with my purchases. We headed into Ted Baker and their makeup bags were really discounted. I picked up this mint green offering and it was only £12, reduced from around £20 I think. 

I have always loved the idea of the leather phone cases and tablet cases and I fell in love with the Mulberry ones, however, I was due my phone upgrade at the time and knew I was upgrading to the iPhone 6 which sadly none of the shops seemed to stock case wise. (More on this later - I haven't ended up with the 6!). There was a really small leather shop called Smythson, the type of shops that when you walk past you can't help but stop to smell the leather. Inside was a lovely display of matching pouches in grey, orange, blue, yellow and pink. And they fitted the iPhone 6!!

The grey tablet case was bought for me for my birthday and I bought the phone cover with birthday money. I love my matching set and actually am really glad I invested in some good pieces to look back on and say "I had these for my 25th birthday"... now to figure out how I can get that £3,000 Chloe handbag.....

Charli...

x


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

25.




































25

Half way to 50. 

A quarter of the way to 100. 

5 years to 30.

Twenty five.

Twenty - FIVE. 

I'm not sure why, but I really struggled with turning twenty five. In the morning I couldn't shake of the feeling of ageing. Has anyone felt like that before? Even in the car on the way to the zoo I was full of thoughts about where my life should be and why it's not where I thought I would be at this age. 

Then I had a huge wave of guilt, I know so many people who haven't made it to this age. I have lost friends at various stages in my life, who would have loved to make it to 25. I shook of my mood and looked out of the window, I had amazing sunshine on my birthday and I needed to enjoy it. 

Each birthday should be cherished. You never know how many you have left. 

Charli...


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lately...



Things have been a little quiet around here of late and I will be completely honest, I have toyed with the idea of packing in blogging, not so much delete and disappear, but to just not post/film for either forever or for not a long time. I've lost all enjoyment of blogging and even reading blogs to be honest. Without getting on my soap box, we all know blogging has changed and I miss just sitting and typing about what I've been doing. So, that's what I've decided to do. My blog is now my diary again.


Every weekend I am still at Cardiff Dogs Home where I am spending time with gorgeous woofers like Chuck above. He's deaf, huge but oh so amazing. Long shot but if you are looking for a new dog, PLEASE head to Cardiff Dogs Home, all dogs big and small there! Google "friends of the dogs Wales" for the full selection.
  

























I've made the switch to de-cafe coffee. Pretty bold statement from someone who was drinking up to 6/7 coffees a day, especially with the nespresso machine in work. I was recently back and forth the doctors with a possible heart condition and leaving caffeine behind was decided after having to have an ECG. It's not been as hard as I thought, but I was finding not having a coffee a real struggle. Peppermint tea just wasn't cutting it so ended up having a rant in Morrisons about the price of de-cafe coffee and purchasing the biggest pot I could find. 
























I've finally opened one of the Lush gift boxes that I received for Christmas. I actually liked waiting, felt like I was opening the present all over again! Now the tough decision is which bath bomb to have this weekend. 
























*New bedding klaxon* and this time from Morrisons of all places. Never once did I realise that they even stocked bedding, but this set caught my eye on a recent trip there with my Nan. It's manly enough for Matt and "pretty" enough for me, you can also flip it over and the other side has more white, which fits nicely with my obsession for light and airy decor in the flat. 

What have you been up to lately?!

Charli...


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