Monday, 2 May 2016

FASHION: Navy & White

There's nothing like a bank holiday browse online is there? I'm sure we have all been inundated with emails over the weekend of % off brands, sales and the many ways we are suckered into spending! I wore a navy and white striped top towards the end of last week and it revived my love for the nautical trend, well, just the colour palette - I'm not one for dressing like Popeye. 

The combination of navy and white is a classic and after finding this top hidden in the depths of my wardrobe (oops!) I've been having a browse with a huge cup of coffee on this bank holiday and this is what I've found. 

A friend of mine is getting married in a couple of months so I have been keeping an eye out for what I can wear. A couple of years ago I wore navy to a wedding and felt really confident so this going out dress from Quiz Clothing is now bookmarked. At only £22.99 it's really affordable and a price bracket that I'm happy to buy into for going out dresses. I rarely go out and as most of you know, I don't drink so fancy dresses are rarely worn. 

Jumpers are one thing that I really do get a lot of wear out of. I'm very much a jumper and jean girl and it pains me that we are moving into summer (if the weather sorts itself out!). Summer means not only hay fever but that my jumper wearing days are over for the year - weep. For a number of years I've gone into Primark towards the end of summer and spent a good £60-£70 on new jumpers for them to be worn to death and binned come the following summer. I want to get into the habit now of not purchasing low quality clothes, but to invest in pieces that will see me throughout many years. This jumper from Paulie does come in at more that I have ever spent on a jumper but just look at it. The navy and white, v-neck and thick knit tick all my boxes and I'd happily wear this style year on year. 

After getting my Michael Kors watch in Mexico in 2013 I haven't considered another watch, I've not even wanted to look. Everyday my rose gold beaut is placed on my wrist and that's how I like it... Until I spotted this Olivia Burton with a navy strap. I thought Olivia Burton watches were a lot more expensive than £80 so with my birthday coming up I'm half tempted. 

The navy and white combo wouldn't be complete without the addition of some tan. This bag from New Look is simply stunning (and big enough to hold the contents of my handbag). As with the jumpers, I have a habit of buying cheap handbags and them breaking all the time. It's something I started to change when I purchased a second hand Pippa Modalu and realised just how sturdy a more expensive bag can be. That became a project where I took my time with leather polish to bring it back to life, but it looks great and is lasting really well. There is a time and a place for a "trendy" handbag though and I'd probably purchase this as my "cheaper summer handbag" and only use it for a year and then head straight back to my Pippa. 

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

ANIMALS: When you lose something you can't replace

But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

Yesterday evening I sat and cradled my two guinea pigs as usual, except this time it would be my last cuddle with them as a pair. I'm heartbroken to write that Basil passed away yesterday after a short battle with a mystery illness. 

We fought this illness together, as a team and I made sure he had everything he could have possibly needed to win and recover. Heartbreakingly his little body couldn't cope and over the space of an evening his body shut down and he fell asleep for the final time. 

At the beginning of 2016 my bright boy lost half his body weight as he battled off a chest infection, he recovered, but never fully. He couldn't gain the weight he lost, no matter how much kale I fed him. But he came back, he pop corned again and was fine for months.

This time things were different. 

After four days hand feeding him, there was no signs that he was going to eat by himself and the terrible conversations started to happen about his quality of life. My boy wasn't going to get better and that spark he had in his eyes was slipping away right in front of me. 

There was nothing I could do and nothing I didn't try. 

I am a team member down and I don't like it.

My arms ache for the little being that relied on me so heavily and my heart aches that I failed to fix him. 

I'm sorry, I'll miss you Guinea-Shit x

Friday, 29 April 2016

BEAUTY: The 2015 additions to my skincare routine that have stayed around

In the past few months I have been trying to find items/products that I can add into my skincare routine, but ones that will actually stick around. I say this like it's the products fault, what I mean is "products that I see a difference with quickly and aren't too much of a faff to use that I don't ignore them."

I think I've finally got it. Here's what has stuck around since 2015...

Cleanser wise is where I used to be an avid fan of the Botanics cleansing balm, until I tried the Vichy Purete Themale Fresh Cleansing Gel*. One pump is enough for my whole face, just be careful because the lather on this is insane - which has on several occasions ended up bubbling up my nose!! The gel leaves my skin very clean without the waxy feeling that the balm used to leave on my face. Big fan. 

I have started to use my Clarasonic again. I bought the Calrasonic amidst all the hype years ago and, as I suspect many others have done too, have just left it in a drawer. This year we are looking to buy our first house so when my skin was being a royal pain in the ass a few months ago, rather than buy more skincare I looked through my drawers and decided to crack this out again. After a very deep clean with alcohol I was ready to use it and haven't looked back. I need half the amount of the Vichy gel because the lather goes even more insane with the Clarasonic.

Micellar waters were huge in 2015, dominated by Bioderma. Other, more accessible brands, caught on and they filtered into shops here.  After trying a fair number myself I have settled on the Garnier version. There is very little makeup left on my face after using the Vichy cleanser so the micellar water is mainly used for left over eye makeup. Heavier makeup days do call for that little extra effort in taking the day off and I'd rather do that with minimal effort. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic is another product that has been very hyped up in the beauty world. It's just been a wonderful toner for my skin. I've spoken before about suffering from Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and until I'd started this skincare routine this had lined my face in a side burn style. Luckily this is all but gone as it really shows under makeup. 

I'd like to call this paragraph "random tools" because recently I've bought just that. Random face tools. Both relatively inexpensive yet I've found both really nice to use. The jade roller was one from ebay, I just searched and bought the cheapest one, I've found this really great for when my face is a little on the puffy side and I love using this just after a face mask. I roll around my eyes and with every stroke try and get a downward drainage movement - it's so cooling I can't wait to use this when my eyes are struggling from hayfever in the summer. 

From The Body Shop I picked up one of their Vitamin E oil and a facial massager. I've been loving both of these and they have been something used continuously. The Vitamin E oil is a great treat at the end of the day and I really enjoy massaging this into my face with the occasional use of the roller. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

BEAUTY: Lush Haul

This post has been sat long and forgotten in my drafts with just the photo and being as I quite like this photo I thought I'd better write up the post, professional as ever.

These are what I picked up from Lush when we went to Oxford a few weeks ago. To be honest I could have picked up more things, but the staff we pretty over bearing and it became impossible to shop. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate the staff but this time it was so bad that we walked out of the shop and I was borderline putting these items back and not bothering at all. 

The Mint Julips is a pretty standard favourite and a product that I really like having to hand. As a bright lipstick fan it's really important to ensure that I don't have nasty flaky lips. What a delightful sentence. Anyway, it tastes of mint, works as a lip scrubs is supposed to - perfect. 

At the time of the trip my skin was going pretty crazy and there were break outs everywhere. I couldn't figure out what to do or what I needed to buy to solve it. I know that tea tree is supposed to be great for troubled skin so I picked up the Tea Tree Water in a flippant effort to sort the spots out. I've really been enjoying using this in the bath when my pores are open to really help it sink in. 

Finally, BIG - a sea salt shampoo which I bought on the recommendation of Leanne, so naturally I bought the biggest pot as her opinion is one I trust. A shampoo to use once a week, and one I won't be using just yet as my hair has just been dyed. This provides a deep clean and you end up with insane volume! I'd 100% recommend to anyone who wants volume and zero grease. 


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