10 June 2018

a little update on the big M!

First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you to you all! I've been absolutely bowled over by how many of you have reached out to me following my post my mojos back! I'm astounded by how many messages I've had....so many of us are feeling the same. So much advice has been shared that I've decided to do a little series on my journey. I'm no medical expert but I will be paying forward the nuggets of brilliant information I've been sent. My first port of call is a visit to my GP. I'm over the wobble at the moment  but that's not to say it won't come back in waves. If/when it does come back I want to be prepared. My plan is to see my Doctor prepared and thanks to Nicky (MumsontheVerge) recommending Dr Louise Newson @menopause_doctor I'm going to make sure I'm asking the right questions in the right way as the appears to be crucial in getting the help you want. I shall report back on that as well as the many other practical tips and remedies that have been suggested to help with the symptoms I've expressed (I'm still getting the night sweats and insomnia). My wish is that someone, somewhere will benefit (as I have already!) albeit from the smallest change. I honestly can't thank you who have contacted me enough.....it really does mean the world to me.
Anyway, back to what I love best! Let me leave you with an outfit round-up, I'm back to really loving my clothes again.....which makes the blog a joy again!

9 June 2018

the high street rises to the occasion!

I've expressed my opinion on this many times before......in fact one of my very first blog posts back in 2013 was dedicated to the very same topic. Occasionwear......which for me these days means either one of those few and far between weddings or if I'm lucky a trip to the races. You'd think I'd be all over the excuse to splurge on a new outfit.....but oh no! I hate spending my money on outfits that might only see the light of day a couple of times. And besides there is some amazing dressy gear on the High Street that won't break the bank. New Look presented me with a bit of a challenge to pick a head-to-toe outfit for an occasion and I'm happy to report that it came in at just under 80 quid. What's not love about that!

4 June 2018

my mojo's back!

I think we all experience this once in a while don't we? For a couple of months I’ve been experiencing what I can only describe a mid-century wobbly (I hit the big 5-0 next year) and the joys of the raging hormones that come as part of that particular package! At times I haven’t recognised myself…..I’ve always felt I’m a happy-go-lucky confident, optimistic, glass half full-type so it’s been a bit of a shocker to have experienced such a loss of confidence. At times I’ve felt tearful, anxious and completely overwhelmed by day to day things. I put on little weight, so I didn't feels happy in my clothes. I don’t think Instagram has helped to be honest as I’ve found myself comparing myself to others and I've been guilty of trying to keep up with the Jones’s. It got to the point that I felt I'd totally lost touch with why I started to do this in the first place. I’ve always loved sharing my everyday outfits. I’ve always enjoyed sharing my High Street finds…..I do so love a bargain! But I've felt like I've lost touch with the very things that gave me joy when I first started on this blogging journey. At the moment I’m very aware of all the ‘stuff’ I have accumulated and so I’m in the midst of a huge wardrobe cull, much of it being recycled via eBay. Many things I bought and loved last year just don’t feel me anymore so I’ve whittled my wardrobe down to a few favourites while I try and figure my style out again. I hope you’ll bear with me….I’d really love to hear from you if you’ve found yourself feeling the same. If you have any tips or remedies that have helped you through the menopausal collywobbles, please share! I’ve found opening up to friends about how I feel has really helped and it I thought if I could help just one person by writing this down…..well that would wonderful!

To get back in the saddle blog-wise I thought I'd share a few of the outfits that have been making me love my wardrobe again. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've been on holiday this past week. I made a couple of pre-holiday purchases......and thanks to a large branch of Zara in Puerto Del Carmen where we stayed in Lanzarote I had a few holiday treats as well!

This outfit was an absolute winner when I posed it on Instagram. I love the Topshop cami and will be scouring the High Street for similar. I adore the trousers, these were a holiday purchase and I've no doubt you'll be seeing these on repeat.

22 April 2018

a couple of gems!

A short & sweet post from me just to share a couple of fab High Street finds. As the sun has been shining this week my thoughts have turned to finding a few new dresses to bolster my collection (a couple have been culled in a recent clearout). I had a lot of success in New Look last summer so that was my first port of call! I can report that 2 out of the 5 I ordered have made it into my wardrobe. I wore a gingham midi dress (similar here) to work on Friday that was from New Look last year and I love the shape so I went in search of something similar......and was not disappointed!

11 April 2018

a relaxing treat at Saks Beauty

I would describe myself as a bit of a novice as far as treatments and beauty salons go. I could probably count the amount of times I've had a massage on one hand so when the opportunity to try out a couple of treatments at Saks Beauty Bristol......I jumped at the chance! 

29 March 2018

finding independents!

If there is one thing I love about Instagram it's that it exposes you to lots of lovely brands and boutiques (be that online or on the High Street) that you otherwise might not be aware of. There are many little treasures just waiting to be found if you are looking for something a little different from what's on offer from some of the retail giants. I do love that saying "every time you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!" The lucky people of Kingsclere, Hampshire are lucky enough to have access to this gorgeous little store No.1 George Street, thankfully they also have an website where you can peruse a bit of fashion, some lovely accessories as well as gifts and homeware. Fashion first! I've styled up a couple of pieces I chose - which was pretty tough to try and reign myself in as there are so many tempting items. Alas, you can never go wrong with a variation on a classic, so I went with a crew neck denim jacket and scarf with a little injection of red. 

Denim jacket, gifted
Scarf, gifted