Thursday, 9 June 2016

Blogger no more...?

Hey Girls... Guys... Readers.... Friends... Strangers... 


So, renewal for my domain name has cropped up and I'm at a bit of a crossroads. 
I don't actually know whether I want to continue with blogging right now.
One or two things happened in my life.... Not only that but I had a load of new ideas for posting but they just don't seem to fit in with my blog anymore. 

I've always tried to fit every category when it comes to blogging. Whether it be parenting, fashion, lifestyle, beauty .... but I think I've realised I can't realistically do that anymore, and then there is another part of me that doesn't want to just stick to one target audience. 

I haven't made the decision to definitely stop blogging but I think what's best for me is to continue with a break and then perhaps return in the Autumn with a new name ... Start afresh... Make a commitment to only one or two categories of posting (I just need to decide on which) and put my all in. 

I've also taken on a second job in addition to my existing job so of course, juggling this with being a stay at home mum is difficult. I'm very lucky that I can work from home for both roles. 
I don't ever see blogging becoming a regular income for me, don't get me wrong it works for some but I want blogging to be a pastime, something I enjoy and maybe make a few pence from rather than it being my main source of income and something I HAVE to rely on. 

I absolutely love writing and photography and journalism is something I have often thought of making a career out of. 
However after years of being a parent and a parent who earnt very little at that, it makes sense to stay in the vocation I know and have experience in for now which is accounting and finance.... It will keep me in clothes and toys for the kids at least :) 

Lastly, I became quite close to someone who I shared my blog and other personal things with. 
They let me down, they dropped me from a great height ... I would have gone through hell and to the end of the earth for them but some things just don't work out I suppose... I don't hate on them, if they're reading this I want them to know that and I want them to know they don't have to be a stranger. 
I just feel that sometimes closing off parts of your life to people for a little while is somehow cathartic and 'gets you through'. 

So there you have it.... 

Nothing too surprising really seeing as I haven't been a regular blogger for a while now but hopefully one day soon I can find my place again and return. 

Much Love

Monday, 23 May 2016

Room 101

I've never actually devised a list of items I'd like to throw into Room 101 and I thought it was about time ... What out of this world would you banish?

Leaf Blowers - Pointless objects with no substance other than the ones which choke you if you get too near!
These silly things are handed to council workers to blow leaves from one side of the concrete to the other leaving them all free to blow around again the next morning... bring on the leaf blower man again. So that's where my taxes are going! Petrol fumes come from these things for no good reason, ban them!

Key Holding Box - Why? Just why?!? If you're silly enough to lose your keys in the first place I'm sure a key box isn't going to change your habits unless you're armed with a set of keys you don't use very often. Much rather a pretty picture on the wall thank you!

Banana Storage Box - Whoever invented these things obviously came from the 'perfectly shaped fruit forest' ... how often does a Banana actually fit into one of these things without coming out completely mashed up?

Mobile Phone Contracts - Not worth the paper they're printed on! A rise in contract duration in recent years means that you are actually paying for your phone for a longer period of time and for a much higher value. Buy a phone outright, avoid interest! Get yourself a rolling contract!

The Kardashians - Ban them! The most pointless celebrities of all time... Okay, I mean Bruce/Caitlyn did a good job at encouraging acceptance for all transgender individuals but Kylie.. Kim.. Kourtney..? They've left us with a need for tracking down the perfect brown lippy, not only that but applying it so that we're not quite duck-lipped but fuller pout-ed and tired arms through trying to master these bloomin' boxer braids!!
Honestly, I have nothing against them but really.... There are more important celebrities to admire I feel.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Alexa Chung Collection for M&S - Eliza Dress

Now anyone who knows me will realise I have a girl crush on Alexa Chung... I'm not totally taken with the boyish figure but there is something really fascinating about her... It could be of course her eclectic choice in underdone fashion sense and I think this translates into her recent venture with M&S ...

When I first found out about the range I wasn't totally awash with a need for each item but this dress stood out for all the 60's folk-y goodness that eminates from it. 

This idea for this dress was conjured up from the design of an apron around in the 60's would you believe and I have always been a lover of Paisley print myself. 
When I received this dress in the post I couldn't help but marvel over how vibrant the colours are and just how gorgeous the detailing is. 
The material is quite a thick cut and is very well made and I can see me getting quite a lot of wear out of this piece.

I usually wear it with leggings although on hotter days I may be tempted to bare the legs.

The black piping around the collar and sleeves finish this dress off perfectly and with a tie attached you are able to draw it in nicely so that it doesn't look too oversized. 
That said I did size up even though I did hear some other bloggers advise sizing down ... This was simply because I found the smaller size was a bit tighter around the neck possibly due to my ample bust lol! 

Have you browsed the Alexa Chung range? 


Friday, 6 May 2016

Soulful Poetry

"I don't know what happened to me but I was sucked into the beauty of his soul like a moth to a flame.... 

I saw through his eyes that maybe he had never been loved the way he should be.... And I wanted to be the one who could show him that he was good enough and more, I wanted him to see that he could love without fear of getting hurt, because with all of my heart I wanted to put my all into making a relationship work with him. Not because he was a challenge or because I was looking for something new but because until now my heart had never felt that way about anyone.  

My heart was open and giving and ready, and I had never wanted to give my all in such a way before"

But now.... Now their hearts don't sing the same tune.... She may always wonder if they ever did... 


Monday, 25 April 2016

Rogue Lush Soap Bar

I am still getting through xmas Lush buys and I can honestly say this is the first time I have tried a soap bar but I bloomin well love it!

The one thing that really appeals upon first laying my eyes on this soap was the black and red glittery effect that glimmered and gleamed under the bathroom lighting and amongst the bubbles.
I think this looks rather pretty in a gothic sort of way!

It is so creamy and smooth as with most Lush products and it certainly didn't disappoint in terms of making my skin nice and soft. I used it with a sponge and it foamed, although not overly so.

The smell is out of this world. I can actually smell it even now I have come to bed and although this is quite a wintery scent, I would be happy to use this any time of the year for some major relaxation...

So what is it called I hear you say?

To tell you the truth, I haven't a clue and this is where the detective in you is needed!!

In the xmas gift box I purchased it was supposed to have a soap by the name of  'Old Father Time' however you can quite clearly see from the picture that these two look nothing alike. I have however tried to track the name of this down since but without any luck. I've used every search term possible on Instagram and Google and similarities pop up but nothing that looks exactly this way..... is this a rogue soap?

Can you solve the mystery?


*Update: Apparently this is indeed Old Father Time Soap and the fact that it doesn't look anything like signifies just how different one soap can be from another in reference to the handmade aspect :-)

Thursday, 21 April 2016


I'm always desperately trying to avoid the perfume section in Superdrug... Always trying to talk myself into believing I have enough fragrances but not always managing it!

This addiction wasn't helped by the fact that Superdrug had an offer recently on DKNY My Ny at £24 a bottle.

Far be it for me to admit to being a little bit of a magpie but I was initially attracted to the gorgeous design of the packaging and couldn't resist indulging in a little spritz. 
Which then led to my bank account being £24 less however I digress... The smell is a delightful scent of fruit and floral which really packs a punch for either day or night.

How delightful would that bottle look on a glass dressing table?? 
I can definitely see this being a repurchase and would even go so far as to say I'd pay full price if need be, but you don't need to as I have just noticed it is again on offer for a price of £24 which is exclusively online only here at Superdrug.

Have you discovered any new scents lately? 


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Lush Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon Bubble Bar


Don'tcha just love a brightly coloured macaroon shaped bubble bar for the Spring?

"For those times when you need a bit of comfort. Instead of reaching for a sweet treat, run a bath and crumble this macaroon-shaped bar under the tap for some serious indulgence. With moisturising Fair Trade, Organic cocoa butter and shea butter, Yuzu And Cocoa has a mood-brightening colour and scent thanks to a blend of citrus oils, with a chocolatey undertone. All those gorgeous butters get to work feeding your skin as you soak, while the citrus oils pep up your mood"**

I actually purchased this item during the Boxing Day Sale... (Oh trust me I have rather a lot of Xmas sale Lush items to get through!!) and I wasn't disappointed. 
I decided to halve this one and crumble it under running water. 

My bath looked like an explosion in a glass of lemon and lime and I did panic for a moment in that after using some of the product to lather up, i thought my skin was changing from a peachy tone to that of a banana but don't worry.... It washed away leaving my skin nothing but gloriously soft and moisturised. 

I found the scent to be lovely and relaxing and not at all overpowering but enough to send me off into a world of my own. 

I would pop this one in my basket once again on another trip to Lush...if I didn't already have enough items to see me through the next 6 months 😊😊

Have you taken a trip to Lush recently? 


* Image taken from Lush website due to my eagerness at shoving this item in the bath before taking a snap ... D'oh!
** Description taken from Lush website