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6 February 2018

more of those #2018goals - skincare this time!

It's time for another one of those #2018goals This one is one of those 'be kind to yourself' kind of goals. I like to think I've always looked after my skin but now I see it's been pretty basic stuff. I'm what I'd call a 'drugstore' sorta gal. My skincare has always been off the shelf without being coerced by an over zealous sales assistant. I best not mention again the there is a big birthday on the horizon....so it is time to take myself in hand and invest a bit more time and money on my appearance as opposed to my wardrobe. 

A couple of years a go I *discovered* Caroline Hirons cheat sheets (I probably need to revisit these too!) and became a bit of a devotee. I adopted her best cleansing practices.....of which I will impart a bit later on. Firstly I shall share step by step my evening skincare regime. This is what perches on my bathroom shelf...........


4 February 2018

weakly confessions!

This is becoming a bit of a regular feature......my Sunday night fess-up! I say weakly as it's a good job I don't subscribe to anything like #frugalfebruary :-/

Anyhow.....what has made it into my wardrobe this week? If you follow me on Instagram you might have already noted that these have made an appearance. They should have been in last Sundays' post but delivery took place right after I hit the publish button. I'm trying to avoid using stock images from websites you see.....preferring to try and use my own pictures instead, in a bid to give you a better feel for whatever I'm sharing. Though, to be fair the old photography skills need brushing up a bit (#2018goals!) but I'm hopefully a work in progress in that department! ;0)



31 January 2018

my top 5 jackets for spring!

Ok, so technically I'm starting with a coat, but judging by todays temperatures we will be needing a coat for a good while yet.....it's been positively baltic hasn't it! Going forward these are the ones that'll you'll be seeing on repeat. I'm favouring the shorter more tailored style at the moment. I can get a few layers under everyone of these so a win-win while it's freezing. The red and navy coats are recent purchases and the camel and grey are a couple of seasons old so I've found some alternatives!


Stradivarius red coat, only size large left. Great alternative here for £45!
Zara camel coat, past season alternative here
Topshop grey coat, past season, this years version here
Stradivarius navy coat, sold out alternative here

28 January 2018

latest wardrobe additions!

I'm not gonna sugar coat this. I failed miserably at trying not to make any more purchases in January. I should never put these statements out there....I'm just setting myself up for a big, fat fail! In my defence though I think I've found my Spring style niche and I just keeping finding brilliant wardrobe additions that just enhance what I've already got. I'll kick this post off with my bargain of the week. I've already shared this on Instagram. Credit where it's due this fabulous find is down to the lovely @asnapshotofme as I saw thanks to Tracey. It's down to £9 in store but it's still full price online. It's actually worth every penny of the full price £24.99. As I thought I'd missed out on this blazer I purchased this one but returned it once I'd bagged the H&M one. Just for reference the one I'm wearing is a size 14.....perfect to layer cos I'll still be wearing my knits underneath for the foreseeable.


H&M jacket

24 January 2018

putting the spring in my step - my top 5 footwear!

Having just had some new wardrobes fitted I'm in the throes of doing a mammoth wardrobe edit. I'm looking ahead to Spring to see what gaps need filling. At this time of year it's all about the coats and footwear for me so that's the best place to start. I thought I'd document what I'll be wearing over the next couple of months. Let's kick off with these words of wisdom!


Image via Pinterest

21 January 2018

a top spot!

I can't remember the last time I wore a dress. It was a while ago. I am starting to crave wearing something other than jeans. Whilst I was researching my Stradivarius red coat last week (I always check ASOS.....Premier means next day delivery so always worth a punt!) I *spotted* this little number. Guess what sold it to me? The red shoes. It was a done deal there and then.
Stradivarius dress

19 January 2018

a new fitness regime - #2018goals

On my last post I mentioned some 2018 goals. Whilst I was on holiday in France last August I experienced some body confidence issues which truth be told kind of spoiled my holiday a bit (comparison really is the theif of joy!). I just felt really out of shape. Although I hadn't put on a significant amount of weight I wasn't as toned as I would have liked to have been. So back in November I was chatting to the DH and I told him that I planned to find myself a personal trainer in the New Year. Shortly after that discussion Bodystreet contacted me to ask if I would like to trial a membership. Yes please was my reply. A 20 minute workout once a week......yep count me in!


Bodystreet, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

17 January 2018

new in.....

......my wardrobe this week!
Just a quickie from me this evening to share what I've purchased the past couple of days. I'm certainly making up for lost time after struck by the nasty flu bug that's been going around. In fact I have gone a bit purchase crazy!
First up is a wardrobe reviver if ever there was one! I do love red....it's my favourite colour, guaranteed to lift my spirits......and what better way to banish those January blues. 


14 January 2018

straight talking!

I'm revisiting one of my favourite subjects. The are the mainstay of my wardrobe and I waxed lyrical about them in my last post (sorry for being such a bad blogger recently.....blame my flu addled brain!). As I wear jeans about 95% of the time there is always room for another pair and I am constantly striving to source the holy grail of jeans. Trends have changed and my beloved skinnies have now been taken on for work as they are the smarter option. Straight leg is now is favour. Admittedly I'm quite a late adopter of the style but having dipped my toe in a couple of higher end M.i.h straighter styles a couple of months back I now consider myself to be totally ingratiated in this denim trend now. I think I have found the perfect High Street option at the much more purse friendly price of £40. All hail the Toppers version.......