Wednesday, 27 May 2015
As soon as I opened these beauties I knew I had to share them with you. They're just so pretty and perfect! I absolutely love irregular choice shoes and when I saw them on the irregular choice website I just had to have them!
My favourite features on irregular choice shoes are the soles which have amazing colourful designs on them and the insides of the shoes which have super pretty designs on the fabric
I've also been wanting a pair for ages which have these pretty heels on them. Irregular choice have several designs with this type of heel in different colours
The other great thing is that irregular choice offer half sizes which very few shoe companies seem to these days. I feel like the sizes come up slightly small so if you're not sure which size to get I would go slightly bigger rather than smaller.
I also wanted to mention how great the customer service is. There was a problem with the shipping (not irregular choice's fault) but to cut a long story short the parcel went missing and I never received it. They were great about sending out another pair and they sent them next day signed for to my workplace to make sure there were no problems and everyone I spoke to at irregular choice customer service were super nice and helpful.
This design is called dot to dot and the cost is £89.99. You can check them out on the irregular choice website here.
*This is not a sponsored post, I purchased these shoes myself
Sunday, 10 May 2015
I've had my Erin Condren life planner for a few months now and my sticker obsession has well and truly kicked in! If you have have an EC planner you'll know what I'm talking about. It's easy to get carried away and it can be a VERY expensive habit especially if you live in the UK as many of the best Etsy stores are based in the U.S so postage can get very expensive.
I've tried to be really selective and only buy stickers I'll really use and so far I haven't ended up with anything I don't need. The best way to get started is to make a list of all the activities, hobbies, work commitments and family commitments that you need to track and/or plan and then search Etsy for those specific things. If you just search for Erin Condren planner stickers you'll see so many pretty things you just 'have' to get that your bank balance will be in the red before you can say washi! Another tip is to try and get as many of the different stickers you want from the same etsy shop. If each set of stickers you want are all from different shops the postage will really mount up.
So here are some of my favourites of the moment
We recently signed up to an unlimited cinema subscription so I've been using lots of these cute popcorn stickers to track when we go to the movies and which film we saw. As you can see in the pic these are from ohhellostationary on Etsy
I got these super cute pizza stickers to track the odd naughty takeout but I use these no matter what kind of takeout we have so I'm on the lookout for some chinese food ones too. Again these are from ohhellostationary.
I got these wine stickers from pinkglitteredcoffee on etsy and they're great for any general evenings out like date night, going for dinner or a night out for drinks etc.
I love the bright colours of these little flags and you get 'bill due' and 'pay day' on one sheet. There are also some small round $ stickers on the sheet that got missed off the photo and I use those for tracking my savings for my Florida trips. These are from KGplanner.com
I recently got these full box stickers from uniqueyetmeek on Etsy. I thought I'd include these even though they're not actually planning related and are more decorative. I got a Disney set which I love and they're great for decorating when you're having a slow week and don't have as many things to write in your planner.
I'd love to know which are your favourite Etsy stores for planner stickers. Let me know in the comments below.
Saturday, 25 April 2015
I'm finally done with diets. It's only taken me about ten years to come to this conclusion. I've counted weight watchers points, Slimming world syns, weighed and measured things, counted calories, eaten cabbage soup, lived on slimming shakes and everything else you can think of. Now I'm tired of it.
I've finally decided it's time to just be healthy, cut the junk food and cut the emotional and boredom eating. I won't be weighing, measuring or counting anything but I plan to cut out refined sugar, processed food, additives and white pasta, rice and bread. Any big change to your diet is never easy but I'm determined to finally be healthy. Recently I've had a bad run of eating junk food and I feel like my body is begging to be treated better. I was constantly feeling lethargic, having stomach upsets and just generally feeling awful and decided enough is enough. It feels like the right time to make real changes and I really want to feel a difference in my overall health and well being. Losing some weight would be a nice side effect too :) I'll still have the odd treat from time to time as I want to be realistic and for this to be a permanent change rather than a 'diet'
Here's a quick pic of my first breakfast. Greek yogurt, rude health granola and strawberries
I'm planning on sharing all my meals and snacks on instagram as well as recipes here on the blog and on my you tube channel. I've put the links below so anyone who is also looking to be more healthy or just interested to see my progress can follow along. I'll be doing a haul video soon of some of the healthy ingredients I've bought
I've been looking for recipes to make alternatives to all my favourite foods and I've come up with some ideas that I can't wait to try. I'd love to hear from you in the comments if you want to share ideas or stories on health, healthy eating, weight loss or anything you want to share :)
Sunday, 12 April 2015
I've had my Erin Condren life planner for around a month now and I'm hooked! I didn't even know they existed until a friend told me she had one and once I'd visited the Erin Condren website and read some blogs about them I knew I had to have one. They have a great range of designs available which you can personalize in lots of different ways. I went for this one as it reminded me of my wedding colors :)
I'm going to get the topic of cost out of the way. This isn't a cheap option for a diary/planner. At $50 it's the most expensive planner I have ever bought and there's no doubt that there are cheaper planners out there that will do the job. Having said that this is the only planner I've ever had which has made me want to utilize all the features and in my opinion it was worth every penny. Living in the UK the other downside is the postage cost. The company is based in the US and although they have recently lowered the cost of international shipping it still costs $19.95 to get the planner shipped to you which bumps the cost up considerably. I cheated and had mine shipped to the resort I was staying at on my recent vacation to Orlando so I only paid the US shipping cost of $7.95. I also used someones referral code which gets you $10 off your first purchase which lowered the cost. My referral link is here. This will get you $10 off your first purchase. The postage cost is the same if you buy two planners so if you and a friend or family member both get one you can split the cost of shipping at $10 each which is much more reasonable.
As well as ordering the planner I ordered lots of stickers from various etsy shops and as I was getting them shipped to the US it saved on expensive postage there too. I will point out though that one of my favourite sticker shops ohhellostationary has very reasonable postage costs to the UK so I highly reccomend checking them out especially if you live in the UK.
Here are some pics of the pages with nothing added to show the planner as it comes
I don't always stick to the 'morning' 'day' and 'night' sections but for the most part I do. I went through the planner and placed all my weekend stickers for most of the year. I'm heading out to the states again in September so I plan to order more and ship them to my resort again :) I got these from KGPlanner you can find them here
I also went through the planner and set out the stickers to track my weight. I do this every Monday morning and used the blank stickers which are included in the back of the planner and a weighing scale sticker which I got from OhHelloStationaryCo
I usually set out some basic decoration before I write anything in for the week using some washi tape. Some of these came from Walmart and some from Target. I haven't discovered anywhere to get washi tape in the UK yet as I bought plenty when I was in the states
I also set out one or two 'to do' sections for the week. The red 'to do' stickers are from helloashleyann on etsy and the lined boxes are from OhHelloStationaryCo
I'm starting to find uses for the monthly layout but I always keep track of what we spend on groceries and fuel for the month using these stickers from PinkGlitteredCoffee on etsy
I buy quite a lot of coffee at work which is a habit I'm trying to break so I use one of these cute coffee cup stickers from OhHelloStationaryCo at the end of each week to keep track of how much I spent (I'm hoping this will shock me into spending less on coffee!)
These are the stickers I use to plan my blog posts and you tube videos. These are also from OhHelloStationaryCo
I also picked up lots of sticko stickers, some from Walmart and some from Ebay. I'm planning another blog post to show you all my stickers but here are some cute monkey ones I got as we're planning a trip to Monkey World soon :)
I keep most of my everyday stickers in the plastic wallet at the back of the planner and store the others in a folder
I hope this post was useful to anyone getting started with an Erin Condren Planner. Some of the layouts and decoration I've seen are so impressive but I wanted to show you my progress as a beginner as it can be quite overwhelming at first and you feel like you have to get every sticker and accessory out there! I use the papermate flair pens which I got from Target and I'd recommend getting some wite-out too in case you need to change anything you've written. I really hate crossing things out in my planner. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or any requests for blog posts or you tube videos to do with the Erin Condren Planner.
Bye for now :)
Thursday, 9 April 2015
I've had the regular beauty blender for a while now and when I saw the mini version I knew I had to have it. I picked them up at Sephora for $17.95 for a pack of two
I love the full size beauty blender for applying foundation and got the mini version to use with concealer. I know some people use the regular beauty blender for this but I've always found it too big to get into the corners when I'm applying under eye concealer. The mini version is a lot smaller as you can see from this pic (the sponges are dry in this pic)
The mini blender does expand in size when it's wet but it's still small enough to get into corners and around your nose etc. Here is the difference in size between wet and dry
I currently use the makeup forever full coverage concealer and I've been really impressed with how well it works with the mini blender. I dot the concealer under my eyes with my finger and then dab the beauty blender over the top - don't ever rub, just keep dabbing! It blends the concealer really evenly and is so much quicker than using your fingers or a brush. You need to make sure the sponge is damp to get the full effect and it helps to stop the sponge absorbing the product and wasting any.
$17.95 might seem a little pricey for something so small but as long as you wash them regularly and be careful how you handle them so they don't tear and get damaged then they should last a long time. I also picked up the solid beauty blender cleanser which helps to keep them in good condition. You can check them out here on the Sephora website
Have you tried the mini beauty blender? Let me know in the comments below
Monday, 23 March 2015
I always fly with Virgin Atlantic on my trips to the U.S but until this year I'd never managed to get a seat on the upper deck and the first few times I flew with them I didn't even know it existed. It used to be dedicated to premium economy passengers but after the fleet was refurbished they added some economy seating up there and on our recent trip to Orlando we managed to snag some upper deck seats. There are only 33 economy seats up there so if you want one you have to grab it quick. Virgin Atlantic have recently changed the way you pre book seats and have started charging £30 for a standard seat and £50 for extra leg room or exit row. These prices are for one way so the cost soon mounts up for a family. You can just wait until check in to be allocated a seat for free but it's unlikely you would get one on the upper deck without pre booking. You can book your seats by going to 'manage my booking' on the Virgin Atlantic website. The rest of the upper deck cabin is for premium economy passengers.
We chose to pay the £25 each just for our outbound flights. We were able to do this about two months before our flight but we did take the last seats available up there. The stairs to the upper deck are a little narrow and steep so if you have mobility issues this may not be a good idea for you.
The first thing I noticed when we got to our seats is how much quieter it was even while everyone was putting their bags away and getting settled. I have heard some people say they felt like it was too small and claustrophobic but I didn't find that at all. The curtain in the following picture separates the Economy seating from the Premium Economy although I didn't notice that the curtain was pulled across at any point during the flight. Perhaps they only use it on overnight flights. This picture was taken from row 78
One of the first things I noticed was the storage area beside the window seats. I was able to fit my bag and a few others things in there and it was great to be able to get things I needed throughout the flight without having to get up and rummage around in the overhead locker. You can also use it to stand things on top if you want to fold your tray table away which was great
The upper deck still has overhead lockers to put luggage in although they seemed a little smaller than the ones on the lower deck. There are also closets towards the back of the cabin to put larger items in
I also felt like I had more legroom in this seat than I did on the flight back when we were on the lower deck. Leg room does vary throughout the plane depending which seat you have as there is often equipment underneath the seats but I had plenty of room
The in-flight entertainment was excellent and you can go through all the movies and TV shows and save the ones you're interested in to make yourself a playlist for the flight. These are touch screens and I recommend using your finger nail if it isn't responding very well. Poking it really hard and jabbing at it won't be appreciated by the person sitting in front who will be able to feel your over enthusiastic screen pressing!
This is the view looking back from row 78. The toilet is at the front of the cabin in the premium economy section
It was definitely quieter being on the upper deck and we did find the service better with there being less people up there. We were given plenty of drinks and with less people to look after the cabin crew were always available if we needed anything. Another advantage is that you get to disembark ahead of most of the economy passengers on the lower deck meaning you can get to immigration quicker and hopefully avoid the long lines that can form very quickly. I did notice that they started letting the lower deck passengers off at the same time as us so although you get out a little quicker they don't hold the lower deck passengers while they wait for the upper deck to disembark. They didn't on this particular flight anyway.
I really enjoyed my flight in the 'bubble' and would definitely consider paying the booking fee to pre book a seat up there again. If you have a larger party then it's worth thinking twice as pretty much all the seats on a Virgin Atlantic flight are comfortable enough and the money could be spent elsewhere on your vacation but it did have a slightly more exclusive feel without having to pay to upgrade to premium Economy or upper class.
Check out my video review of the upper deck on you tube here - https://youtu.be/yioPlDJbrlk
Have you flown in the 'bubble' before? Let me know your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
I've used Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation for years and I'm always on the lookout for other full coverage foundations that are also really long wearing. I saw the Tarte amazonian clay full coverage foundation on the Sephora website and decided to pick some up on my recent trip to Florida. I may be wrong but I don't think it's available in stores here in the UK but Sephora definitely ship to the UK now. The foundation is formulated with Amazonian clay, without chemicals or oil and also has SPF 15
They have a really good range of shades which is great as I always struggle to find foundation that suits my yellow toned skin but the shade 'light sand' looked perfect. When you first squeeze the foundation out of the tube it has a really mousse-like texture which is so different to my usual foundation which has a very liquid texture
I like that the product is in a squeeze tube so it's nice and easy to dispense the correct amount without making a mess. Squeeze tubes never say 'high end' to me but the cute wooden cap adds interest to the packaging and a more high end feel.
I was worried at first that it might look too powdery or dry due to the thick texture but it blends really well and sets to a matte finish right away. I used my sigma F80 brush to apply it which worked really well. It may look too dark against my super pale skin on my arm but It's definitely the right shade for my face :)
I did feel like I had to use quite a lot of product to cover my whole face but maybe it just looked like a lot with it being thick rather than liquid. You actually get a lot of product with it being a 50ml tube rather than the average 30ml. At $38 which is around the same cost as similar high end foundations it's good value when you consider how much more product you get.
I don't find that it wears quite as long as my Estee Lauder double wear but I like that the finish is a little more natural while still providing full coverage. Tarte claim that the foundation will last 12 hours which I agree that it does. My oily skin does shine through a little by the end of the day but I'm happy for that to be the trade off for having a more natural look. It's been bugging me lately that my double wear looks way too 'painted on' so the Tarte foundation has been working really well for me. Bear in mind that I have very oily skin so if your skin is normal to dry or just a little oily then you probably won't even notice.
I'd definitely recommend this for anyone who likes or needs full coverage and is looking for something that lasts all day but without the 'over done' look.
The foundation costs $38 and you can check it out here at Sephora or here on the Tarte website.