Friday, 12 February 2016

Primark SS16 Collection

While your probably wearing more layers than a cat has lives, I'm sure like myself your day dreams are all about Spring. The first little ray of sunshine, and those tights are going in the bin, and the sunglasses are coming out. So I know sharing a Spring/Summer collection is odd, at the same time I hope it makes you happy that actual it's not that far away. So what can you expect from Primark this season. 

Everything. You can expect everything. Well okay not everything, but everything you actual want even the makeup range has expanded further. They have been working on an amazing foundation range, to expand shades and cute marshmallow looking beauty blenders. The range  is of course well priced and you won't be breaking a sweat let alone the bank for the full range. 

As always Primark really tap into trend pieces that are wearable. I think my favourites were part of a road trip collection, with lots of denim and 70s style t-shirts and some mustard yellow pieces to break it all up. There was also a lot of kaki and fringe, teamed with bold aztec prints. Plenty of flowing lacey dresses that will be perfect for those summer weddings and plenty of shoe porn. I'm not really a heels gal anymore, but a pair of black strappy shoes with cute little poms. Of course this won't be everything Primark will have in stores, but I'm sure the rest of the S/S16 collection will be just as on point. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Skinade - 30 Day Trail


When we think of skincare, usually a first thought maybe a pot of 'magical' cream that will make us look like we just stepped off the red carpet. In reality a lot of what we put in our body can have an effect on the skin, add into that everyday stress and lack of real sleep and  it's no shocker that your face is breaking out and looking like a week old sponge. So do you keep slapping on the cream or is it time to try something a bit different. 

There is plenty of information on what goes into their product on the website, it's easily breakdown so you can see exactly how it will benefit you.

I decided not to do 'before' and 'after' photos, as to be frank I think sometimes people photoshop stuff and not all use of products will have the same effect. To me these only set the bar too high, and you end up being disappointed with a product that actual may have helped. So your just going to have to take my word, as I really don't have the time or energy to hype rubbish. There a plenty of photos if you do want to see but honestly I think  it's better to try something for yourself. I had looked at their site before starting the course as I wanted to know what I was going to be drinking. I've worked in   beauty retail, so felt comfortable with ingredients used. I think it is important to defiantly do some research, as it's going into your body.

So let's get to it, firstly I really like the packaging of these it's clean and simple and fits nicely into my bags. It also comes in travel size but these ones have to be mixed. Anyway the formula inside- It tastes pretty gross I'm not going to lie, but it's not so bad that you can't drink it. It helps to try and get it down you, than drink a little water after. While the results were not instant, within a few days I did feel some effect, I had a little more energy and massive spots I had started to decrease and not look so raw.

After two weeks, I defiantly felt the different in my skin it looked less dry and my breakouts had downsized. My skin didn't look airbrushed, but I think I felt a little more confident to leave my makeup off. As at the time I had a mass of breakouts, and my skin felt dry as a bone. So I did notice the small different. By the end of the 30 days, the skin area my eyes and on my forehand - I was burnt as a child pretty badly on my forehand  so have also had deep, deep lines. The lines looked smoother, I had a little glow and I seemed to be more switched on. Having vitamin B and C, not only helps with your health but also helps keeping skin looking fresh and smoother.

Even my friends and my other half said I looked well. My skin hair and nails, all seemed to improve a little, like I said it wasn't a case of you drink it and suddenly your a supermodel strutting down the street. But it defiantly made some different, I use to have so much energy in my twenties and slowly it just seemed to go. I love being in my thirties but I do feel like I'm always ill. I think this is a really simply way to get that extra boost, as I think mental if you look tired and drained that makes you feel more drained. For me if my skin looks less spotty and not so grey I feel like doing more, as  I feel a little more confident. I'm not really into spray tans etc.. Plus I like the fact this helps from within. Sometimes I look back at how much I've spent on creams etc, while all the time not really taking care of myself and feeling like I'm playing catch up. Would I use it again? Yes, while it is pricey, when I think about products - Most fails I've used it actually is not that far off. If you don't have the money to do it all the time, maybe buy it when your skin is really suffering. I would tend to use it during winter,  as personal that's when my skin tends to look awful and this is the perfect boost. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

How I Wear: Trainers & A Dress

There was a time when if trainers were mentioned, my first thought was ' Converse'. But I don't know if it's because of it being a new year and wanted to try something different. Or I basically want to wear the slipper of the trainer world, but I just can't get enough of running shoes. I've had these Nikes for ages now, but have been in search of some new kicks for a while. I think I'm ready to move on from my trusted Converse, for something bright and probably more practical that I could do a workout in. I guess it was only a matter of time, hanging out with Clare and Lois who regular rock trainers with their daily wear makes it easy to see how actual they are a dream to style.

Neon pink Beanie: Toyshop
Yellow Coat: Primark
Strawberry Bag: Primark
Trainers : Nike

So as I'm still undecided as to what I want, these ones have not left my feet. I decided to team them with my new dress, and I was a little unsure as I HAVE to wear tights. It's cold I feel it, I'm in my thirties I feel it, I'm not even sorry I need them okay. Hang ups aside, I really like this outfit, yes my trusted yellow coat went on and it worked because I was warm but still felt like I wasn't wearing a sleeping bag. - Which trust me with some of my layered outfits I tend to disappear in, not the best look. 

The print of this dress is everything, I have a bit of a thing for lip prints at the moment. It fits true to size as well as I had my bulky coat on I belted it to keep it from looking tent like. Sadly later after I'd been out shopping my headphones broke, so when I get some new trainers I'll probably get some headphones to match. I'm looking forward to embracing trainers more and seeing how I can style more of my wardrobe with them. How do you style yours?                              

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Vintage Shopping With Rokit

Rokit - Covent Garden 

I can still remember the first Rokit store I ever stumbled upon, it  was a warm Saturday and me and Barry had been in Camden for most of the morning. We had just polished off a curry from the the market and decided to walk around once more before heading home- In other words I decided I need to buy more and dragged Barry with me. I had money to spend so it must have been close to payday, but was bored of the high street and fancied expanding my vintage wardrobe. 

Which back than was  around four items, I guess I was still learning about key pieces to invest in, and decided I couldn't go wrong with a denim skirt. I wore that bad boy to death, than when it got worn it looked even cooler. I went back the next month and picked one up in every colour. They were Levis reworked jeans that had been dyed and looked rocking. Simple but a classic, and to be honest if my waistline hadn't expanded over the years I would probably be wearing the same ones now. -Note to self buy some on your next shopping trip. 

As you know I love vintage, but as it's so popular now it can be a bit of a mare to find great vintage. The lovely peeps at Rokit invited me down to see if I could find some fab pieces to not only look funky in but jazz up my winter wardrobe. Of course I was counting down the days till I could get to a store to bat this challenge out the park. 

Where to start that is always the problem. I tend to look in jackets and coats first, I think when your shopping for adding into your wardrobe this is a way of getting a piece that you will wear more. While I was there I think a women mistook me for a Rokit peep and wanted my advice on a couple of jackets. I love to shop so natural helped her find a perfect 90s faux fur trim coat that would have made the cast of Almost Famous proud, and than chatted about why the 90s was so much better to be a teenager in. 

Than out the corner of my eye spotted this beautiful jacket that was a cross between, Chanel meets Clueless sadly it was a little too small for me. Sometimes this will happen, it's vintage, it's a one off. But than I spotted a pink checked jacket of dreams, and it fit like a glove. I love layering thinner jackets under heavy coats, as you can still have all that fun print and stay warm. The staff were amazing as I asked if they had any 60s party wear that I could try on. We found this amazing sequin top, which makes me feel like a real life mermaid (outfit post to come) and there was a moment I was going to put it back, but it was so beautiful. I did try on a couple of jumpers and dresses but again it's about fit. I found so much but of course had to be selective about what I would actual wear. There party wear is insane and I wanted to roll about in all the amazing dresses. They also have a massive range for lads too, including shoes and accessories which to be honest I always have a nose at because vintage men's sweaters are the one. 

I was really impressed to see they still sell reworked items, I mean who doesn't like a newly cropped vintage cat sweater. I was already planning on which shirt I'd layer it over, but before I could reach up a girl grabbed it. * Word to the wise, if you like it pick it up than decided if it's you or not. Vintage shopping is such a rush, I guess it's not knowing what's going to be there. Of course Rokit like other vintage stores makes it easy for you to shop, but at the same time it gets your style juices flowing on items you may have not considered before. I guess the best advice I can give you is have an open mind, and try things on. It may look smaller and fit. It may be your size but maybe doesn't fit you in the right places. Rokit is great for vintage on a budget too, they have a wide range of low to high end and you can always find something unique. I'm looking forward to showing you how I style my pieces for some jazzy winter inspiration. Have you shopped with Rokit? What was your best find? 

Monday, 1 February 2016

All The Faux Fur

Thanks to my lovely friend Emma I finally have a new outfit post, it's been so long as to be honest I've been wearing the same outfits over and over again. You know when you just keep going back to items that just make life simple. Items that you know match certain things, so you don't actual have to even think about what your wearing. As me and the boys were ill over the weekend, Pjs have been my go to. So getting up this morning for the school run, I thought more about what I wanted to wear. Which was nice as I'd got into a style rut, and felt like I may as well of sewn myself into a onesie and be done with ever looking nice again. Also I think it's given me the boost I needed to get back to blogging, and I'd be lying if I said I haven't enjoyed the break but at the same time I've missed not writing.  

Pastel Faux Fur Coat: Boohoo
Rainbow Cardigan: Vintage 
Shirt: Charity shop
Jeans: Old
Rainbow Faux fur Bag: The Ragged Priest via ASOS
Shoes: Old
Spongebob Socks: Primark

The weather is effecting outfit choices, I have so many lovely things from birthdays, Christmas etc and they are not really suitable for rain, wind and general freeze your ass off weather. So I throw on my lovely faux fur Boohoo coat, and layered up like my life depended on it. This rainbow bag is so perfect, as  I can throw all the kids crap in. Trust me at the moment I'm like a donkey, there are hats scarfs, book bags, tissues it's like going on holiday but without the holiday. I'm slowly getting back to myself, and with half term around the corner it's better to try and get into routine now. Also it doesn't help that Celebrity Big Brother has been brilliant this year, and when I'm not watching it I'm tweeting about it. Not. Even. Sorry.  

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Be Your Own Rainbow

Today I turn 33, and unlike most people I've seen having a breakdown the older they get even when they are barely out of their teens. I'm actual happy. Happy because I'm here, happy because I'm healthy apart from a few aches and pains, happy because I'm no longer angry at life and I have good people in my life who I don't have to prove myself too. 

Don't get me wrong I have my bad days, but unlike in my 20s I feel I deal with things more. Rather than telling myself yeah I'll do things later, I'm pushing myself to do them in the now. Also I've been thinking more about how I spend my time, it's hard to keep a balance of everything. I think it's important not to feel guilty about taking time out from things too.  For me sometimes that may include being on social media accounts, going out when I don't need to and sometimes my blog. I think while I enjoy them, taking time out when I'm feeling like I may became depressed, has also had a massive impact on my well being. I guess it's knowing and working out a time to push and a time to hit the relax button.  

Yellow Coat: Primark
Pink Beanie: Topshop
Rainbow Crochet Top: Made by me
Pineapple Bag: Primark
Acid Wash jeans: Primark*
Trainers: Nike

I'm managing my BDD - Body Dismorphic Disorder, better than I ever have before refocusing my energy into projects be it, sewing, crochet or some silly craft time with my two little boys. If you read my previous post you would know I learnt how to crochet, and I can't tell you how good it feels to actual wear something I've made. Okay so it's not perfect or everyone's cup of tea, but from moaning ' I can't do this' to being here I have a taste for something new. I made this rainbow top for myself, it took a couple of failed attempts before I got it right. But I wanted something just for me, something bright and happy to remind myself that I can achieve my goals. 

That I'm strong, that I don't need anyone's permission or approval to be myself. I'm happy that my negative self hasn't won, that 20 something me may have been self-destructive but somehow she's not here now. I didn't change who I am, I just let go of what I will never be. It didn't happen over night, it took years but it's never too late never. Sadly this week the world lost another legend David Bowie, a man who stood up for what he believed in and was never ashamed or afraid to be who he was. This is me standing up and saying this is me.

I hope that if your reading this and your not in the best place, you give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up because your not ticking off the to do list, stop beating yourself because you gained an extra pound. Stop comparing yourself to someone who has had a completely different life experience than you, you have your own struggle and you don't have to justify yourself to others. Take your pain, and use your pain and find something that's about you. Something that you have passion for, something you want to do. It doesn't have to be big or small, and even if you take the smallest step towards it just go for it. The trick is not about not feeling, it's redirecting all the hurt into a positive thing. It takes time, but that's all we have so never forget to make some for yourself.  
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