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My 2019 New Year's Resolutions, plans and ideas

I'm not normally the new YEAR new ME type, but I have felt in a bit of a rut these last few weeks, like I need to DO something, CHANGE something, or GO somewhere. This has got me to thinking about 2019, and setting myself small goals, and making subtle changes to my life.


2019 resolutions

My 2019 Resolutions


My 2019 New Year's Resolutions, plans and ideas

I'm not normally the new YEAR new ME type, but I have felt in a bit of a rut these last few weeks, like I need to DO something, CHANGE something, or GO somewhere. This has got me to thinking about 2019, and setting myself small goals, and making subtle changes to my life.


2019 resolutions

Ronny Colbie luxury candles


Now, I'm not gonna sit here and say, you need a luxury candle, because yeah it is a luxury, but they are nice aren't they? they do make you feel like a sophisticated grown up, who has her life together, or just me !?! giving one to a love one is a thoughtful gift, often we won't treat ourselves, but we will treat someone else.

Ronny Colbie luxury candles

Ronny Colbie luxury candles


Now, I'm not gonna sit here and say, you need a luxury candle, because yeah it is a luxury, but they are nice aren't they? they do make you feel like a sophisticated grown up, who has her life together, or just me !?! giving one to a love one is a thoughtful gift, often we won't treat ourselves, but we will treat someone else.



Despite the overwhelming evidence that eating a plant-based diet is the best diet that humans can eat, popular culture is yet to catch up. And part of the problem has to do with some of the myths about eliminating animal products from your life.


These myths are deeply embedded in the culture. But, since they’re myths, they aren’t true and could be leading to real damage to your health.


Myths About Cutting Out Animal Products That Should Have Died Years Ago
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Myths About Cutting Out Animal Products That Should Have Died Years Ago



Despite the overwhelming evidence that eating a plant-based diet is the best diet that humans can eat, popular culture is yet to catch up. And part of the problem has to do with some of the myths about eliminating animal products from your life.


These myths are deeply embedded in the culture. But, since they’re myths, they aren’t true and could be leading to real damage to your health.


Myths About Cutting Out Animal Products That Should Have Died Years Ago
*This is a collaborative post 



It's no secret that I am a shoe lover, when I say shoe lover, I have an obscene amount of footwear, but there is always room for just one more pair. So when Jake Shoes got in touch about working on a secret santa project, I jumped at the chance. I must admit I was concerned about what choices my secret santa might make, but I needn't of worried as it turns out my secret santa was in fact my bestie Hayley from Haysparkle.com and the girl did good. In fact it's funny as we both chose Trainers for each other, in fact we both chose Van's which is spooky.


Secret santa with Jake shoes

When blogger besties do secret Santa with Jake shoes



It's no secret that I am a shoe lover, when I say shoe lover, I have an obscene amount of footwear, but there is always room for just one more pair. So when Jake Shoes got in touch about working on a secret santa project, I jumped at the chance. I must admit I was concerned about what choices my secret santa might make, but I needn't of worried as it turns out my secret santa was in fact my bestie Hayley from Haysparkle.com and the girl did good. In fact it's funny as we both chose Trainers for each other, in fact we both chose Van's which is spooky.


Secret santa with Jake shoes

Does giving up dairy improve health


I gave up dairy products but has it improved my health

Does giving up dairy improve health



When looking back over last December's posts, it seems I went for a yearly roundup of beauty favourites rather than a monthly favourites post, to make it a tradition, I'm gonna do it again.

So here goes, my beauty heroes of 2018, the products and tools, I continue to reach for time and time again. Some came with me from last year and some are new entries in the beauty charts, but all products I have loved using this last year.


My 2018 beauty heroes

My 2018 beauty heroes


When looking back over last December's posts, it seems I went for a yearly roundup of beauty favourites rather than a monthly favourites post, to make it a tradition, I'm gonna do it again.

So here goes, my beauty heroes of 2018, the products and tools, I continue to reach for time and time again. Some came with me from last year and some are new entries in the beauty charts, but all products I have loved using this last year.


My 2018 beauty heroes


As I am typing this post, I'm cuddled up on the sofa, the christmas lights are twinkling the dog is snoring, and Home Alone is on the TV, pretty perfect, but outside let me tell you its blooming cold and my winter outfits are out in force. Including some of my favourite footwear.

There are some pieces that are worth the investment due to there sheer versatility and timeless qualities. Items that can be bought out winter after winter and for me that is the over the knee boots, pull on with a pair of skinnies for instant sass. It doesn't matter what you wear them with, a pair of over the knee boots instantly take any outfit from zero to hero!!

Over the knee boots a winter wardrobe essential

Over the knee boots a winter wardrobe essential ?


As I am typing this post, I'm cuddled up on the sofa, the christmas lights are twinkling the dog is snoring, and Home Alone is on the TV, pretty perfect, but outside let me tell you its blooming cold and my winter outfits are out in force. Including some of my favourite footwear.

There are some pieces that are worth the investment due to there sheer versatility and timeless qualities. Items that can be bought out winter after winter and for me that is the over the knee boots, pull on with a pair of skinnies for instant sass. It doesn't matter what you wear them with, a pair of over the knee boots instantly take any outfit from zero to hero!!

Over the knee boots a winter wardrobe essential


When its comes to festive treats in the UK, the humble mince pie has got to be one of the most consumed goodies at Christmas, with millions being eaten over the season. I must say I am pretty fussy when buying mince pies, and now I have a dairy free diet, it is even harder to buy nice shop bought cakes and pies, including mince pies. Throughout the year I have been in the kitchen making homemade  treats and decided I would do the same with the mince pie, BUT I would jazz it up a bit and use PUFF PASTRY instead.

How to make Puff Pastry mince pies

How to make Puff Pastry mince pies (vegan)


When its comes to festive treats in the UK, the humble mince pie has got to be one of the most consumed goodies at Christmas, with millions being eaten over the season. I must say I am pretty fussy when buying mince pies, and now I have a dairy free diet, it is even harder to buy nice shop bought cakes and pies, including mince pies. Throughout the year I have been in the kitchen making homemade  treats and decided I would do the same with the mince pie, BUT I would jazz it up a bit and use PUFF PASTRY instead.

How to make Puff Pastry mince pies


I am currently feeling quite smug that we are only just into December and we have bought most of our Christmas shopping, well all the big stuff anyway, just those little add on gifts or stocking fillers to get.

So in my ever helpful way, I have compiled a few stocking filler ideas, so if you are stuck for those little gifts, here is a little help.


Christmas stocking fillers




I have chosen cute but inexpensive gifts, hopefully things the recipient will actually use, rather than just have gathering dust in a drawer. Who can resist M&S biscuits, fluffy socks, or a cute mug.

I hope you found a little inspo in this post, let me know if you will be popping any of these in a loved ones stocking this Christmas.

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Christmas stocking fillers


I am currently feeling quite smug that we are only just into December and we have bought most of our Christmas shopping, well all the big stuff anyway, just those little add on gifts or stocking fillers to get.

So in my ever helpful way, I have compiled a few stocking filler ideas, so if you are stuck for those little gifts, here is a little help.


Christmas stocking fillers




I have chosen cute but inexpensive gifts, hopefully things the recipient will actually use, rather than just have gathering dust in a drawer. Who can resist M&S biscuits, fluffy socks, or a cute mug.

I hope you found a little inspo in this post, let me know if you will be popping any of these in a loved ones stocking this Christmas.

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For me it's all in the details, what better way to change up an outfit than by adding in some jewellery, Boho Betty have some pieces with some really delicate details such as stars and tassels, in a variety of colourways and finishes. For me the stacking bracelets, make the perfect addition to any jewellery collection and of course a pretty lovely Christmas gift to, they have a tonne to choose from, I reckon you could find something that perfectly suits. They look gorgeous on there own but also worn with a watch makes for more of a statement look.


Bohobetty jewellery autumn/winter 18 collection

Boho betty jewellery Autumn/Winter 18 collection


For me it's all in the details, what better way to change up an outfit than by adding in some jewellery, Boho Betty have some pieces with some really delicate details such as stars and tassels, in a variety of colourways and finishes. For me the stacking bracelets, make the perfect addition to any jewellery collection and of course a pretty lovely Christmas gift to, they have a tonne to choose from, I reckon you could find something that perfectly suits. They look gorgeous on there own but also worn with a watch makes for more of a statement look.


Bohobetty jewellery autumn/winter 18 collection


I thought I would switch things up abit for this months favourites and make it more of a round up of things I have enjoyed rather than just beauty products. Let me know if you like these sorts of posts, I know I do, it's cause I'm nosey !!

November favourites

My favourite things in November


I thought I would switch things up abit for this months favourites and make it more of a round up of things I have enjoyed rather than just beauty products. Let me know if you like these sorts of posts, I know I do, it's cause I'm nosey !!

November favourites



The whole point of your bedroom is that it is supposed to be a relaxing environment where you can get away from the stresses and strains of the world. The decorating of the room needs to reflect these ideas. Otherwise, the room is not fulfilling its purpose and you will find it harder to have that relaxing night’s sleep that you need to function well,( and be a nice person ) So, here are a few tips to give you some guidance on turning your bedroom into a sanctuary, and the relaxing space you deserve.

Tips for a more relaxing bedroom



Declutter the Room

If there is one room of the house which shouldn’t be bogged down in clutter, it is the bedroom. Now to get started, you should really go through everything in the bedroom and be very honest about whether it actually belongs in the bedroom or not. And once you have found a new home for the items which don’t need to be there, you can then invest in some more storage, so that the things which remain all have a right place. A simple tip for maximising the space that you have available is by adding some shelving, to get everything off the floor.

Set the Tone

When you are decorating a room for relaxation, it is important that you get the tone and colouring right. The last thing that you want is anything to bright or patterned which is too overstimulating. After all, this is the room where you are trying to drift off , and get that good night's sleep. Generally, you should stick to more muted colour palette in the bedroom. If you choose an accent shade keep it cohesive, and any details in the same shades.

Switch up decor with the Seasons

Now that we are entering the coldest time of the year, you should be upping the cosy factor, load up your bed with a thick duvet, blankets, throws, cushions, pillows the lot! Then when Spring rolls around again, you may decide to switch things up. Perhaps you could introduce some greenery into the space bearing in mind that succulents are perfect bedside plants. You also may want to replace the heavy winter curtains with ones that let in more light, making the space feel more airy.  

Invest in a Decent Mattress

If there is one item which is worth investing in and spending money on, in your home, it is certainly your mattress. This is the single most-used item of furniture in your house and it can make such a significant difference to your quality of life, simply from the better night’s sleep that it provides. Take the time to go down to your local bed store to sample some different options before settling on the one which is best for you.

Creating a more relaxing bedroom environment doesn’t have to be the most complicated thing in the world, and these are just a few simple tips that will help.

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Tips for a more relaxing bedroom



The whole point of your bedroom is that it is supposed to be a relaxing environment where you can get away from the stresses and strains of the world. The decorating of the room needs to reflect these ideas. Otherwise, the room is not fulfilling its purpose and you will find it harder to have that relaxing night’s sleep that you need to function well,( and be a nice person ) So, here are a few tips to give you some guidance on turning your bedroom into a sanctuary, and the relaxing space you deserve.

Tips for a more relaxing bedroom



Declutter the Room

If there is one room of the house which shouldn’t be bogged down in clutter, it is the bedroom. Now to get started, you should really go through everything in the bedroom and be very honest about whether it actually belongs in the bedroom or not. And once you have found a new home for the items which don’t need to be there, you can then invest in some more storage, so that the things which remain all have a right place. A simple tip for maximising the space that you have available is by adding some shelving, to get everything off the floor.

Set the Tone

When you are decorating a room for relaxation, it is important that you get the tone and colouring right. The last thing that you want is anything to bright or patterned which is too overstimulating. After all, this is the room where you are trying to drift off , and get that good night's sleep. Generally, you should stick to more muted colour palette in the bedroom. If you choose an accent shade keep it cohesive, and any details in the same shades.

Switch up decor with the Seasons

Now that we are entering the coldest time of the year, you should be upping the cosy factor, load up your bed with a thick duvet, blankets, throws, cushions, pillows the lot! Then when Spring rolls around again, you may decide to switch things up. Perhaps you could introduce some greenery into the space bearing in mind that succulents are perfect bedside plants. You also may want to replace the heavy winter curtains with ones that let in more light, making the space feel more airy.  

Invest in a Decent Mattress

If there is one item which is worth investing in and spending money on, in your home, it is certainly your mattress. This is the single most-used item of furniture in your house and it can make such a significant difference to your quality of life, simply from the better night’s sleep that it provides. Take the time to go down to your local bed store to sample some different options before settling on the one which is best for you.

Creating a more relaxing bedroom environment doesn’t have to be the most complicated thing in the world, and these are just a few simple tips that will help.

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Saving money this Christmas

Saving money this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be fun, spending time with your nearest and dearest, eating to many mince pies, having one to many glasses of wine, watching Christmas TV or playing games, but for many of us it's a stressful, and expensive time of the year.

Since watching Martin Lewis the money saving expert on TV Tuesday, where he talked about taking the stress out of Christmas, by cutting out unnecessary  present buying. ( if you haven't seen it, google Martin Lewis Christmas and give it a watch) It really has got me thinking about just how much money we waste buying a gift for someone, because we feel guilty!  they bought one for us, so now we have to spend money getting one for them. I’m talking a neighbour, work colleague, family friend, someone who unannounced buys you a gift, so now of course in order to stop us feeling guilty we buy them something, even though we haven’t budgeted for that present. This causes so much stress, especially when money is tight. Or maybe you have a large extended family and have been buying for your cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and their kids. DON’T, draw a line, maybe buy for your immediate family, or possibly just buy for the children, BUT please do not feel obliged to buy for everyone.

Tit for tatt gift buying

Is such a waste, not only of money, but we end up buying and receiving gifts we don’t want or need, actual tatt just so we don’t look bad for not buying that person a gift. Everyone of us has an obligation to cut down on the amount of unnecessary things we throw away, including all that packaging. So buy less, the less we buy the less we are throwing out, and that's not just packaging but those novelty gifts that if we are honest, end up in the bin.

So what do we do?

We need to be having those conversations, talking about not buying for each other, asking people not to buy us a gift. Often someone’s generosity can cause undue stress on someone who doesn’t have the cash to be quite so frivolous.  Maybe suggest only exchanging cards, or if you still want to exchange gifts, set a budget or maybe organise a secret Santa.

Speak up


Often other people feel the same, it just takes one person to speak up, and everyone can have a more enjoyable, less expensive and ultimately less stressful Christmas.

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Saving money this Christmas


Saving money this Christmas

Saving money this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be fun, spending time with your nearest and dearest, eating to many mince pies, having one to many glasses of wine, watching Christmas TV or playing games, but for many of us it's a stressful, and expensive time of the year.

Since watching Martin Lewis the money saving expert on TV Tuesday, where he talked about taking the stress out of Christmas, by cutting out unnecessary  present buying. ( if you haven't seen it, google Martin Lewis Christmas and give it a watch) It really has got me thinking about just how much money we waste buying a gift for someone, because we feel guilty!  they bought one for us, so now we have to spend money getting one for them. I’m talking a neighbour, work colleague, family friend, someone who unannounced buys you a gift, so now of course in order to stop us feeling guilty we buy them something, even though we haven’t budgeted for that present. This causes so much stress, especially when money is tight. Or maybe you have a large extended family and have been buying for your cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and their kids. DON’T, draw a line, maybe buy for your immediate family, or possibly just buy for the children, BUT please do not feel obliged to buy for everyone.

Tit for tatt gift buying

Is such a waste, not only of money, but we end up buying and receiving gifts we don’t want or need, actual tatt just so we don’t look bad for not buying that person a gift. Everyone of us has an obligation to cut down on the amount of unnecessary things we throw away, including all that packaging. So buy less, the less we buy the less we are throwing out, and that's not just packaging but those novelty gifts that if we are honest, end up in the bin.

So what do we do?

We need to be having those conversations, talking about not buying for each other, asking people not to buy us a gift. Often someone’s generosity can cause undue stress on someone who doesn’t have the cash to be quite so frivolous.  Maybe suggest only exchanging cards, or if you still want to exchange gifts, set a budget or maybe organise a secret Santa.

Speak up


Often other people feel the same, it just takes one person to speak up, and everyone can have a more enjoyable, less expensive and ultimately less stressful Christmas.

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While in a Pinterest black hole one evening, franticly adding pins to my many Christmas boards, I came across homemade wreaths, and bauble wreaths really grabbed my attention, they look so striking yet are such a simple idea, and fairly easy to assemble.


How to make a bauble wreath



I am so happy with how my attempt turned out, I thought I would share it with you, so you to can get a bit crafty this Christmas.

How to make a bauble wreath


While in a Pinterest black hole one evening, franticly adding pins to my many Christmas boards, I came across homemade wreaths, and bauble wreaths really grabbed my attention, they look so striking yet are such a simple idea, and fairly easy to assemble.


How to make a bauble wreath



I am so happy with how my attempt turned out, I thought I would share it with you, so you to can get a bit crafty this Christmas.



I LOVE PANCAKES, but since going dairy free, there has been a fluffy pancake hole in my life, that is until now. I have discovered a recipe that creates the fluffiest pancakes myself and my husband had ever had, and guess what they are easy to make, with store cupboard ingredients, NO need to go to the supermarket to search out some weird and frankly expensive ingredients.


Easy fluffy vegan pancakes recipe

So if that sounds up your street, stick around......................

Easy fluffy vegan pancakes



I LOVE PANCAKES, but since going dairy free, there has been a fluffy pancake hole in my life, that is until now. I have discovered a recipe that creates the fluffiest pancakes myself and my husband had ever had, and guess what they are easy to make, with store cupboard ingredients, NO need to go to the supermarket to search out some weird and frankly expensive ingredients.


Easy fluffy vegan pancakes recipe

So if that sounds up your street, stick around......................




Home improvement is something on a lot of people’s wish lists, including mine, ( I have just recently redecorated my living room) and a lot of the time we like to kick back and relax with a good daydream about how our homes will look with a new layout, or the space knocking out that wall in the living room will give you, or how sleek and shiny the bathroom will look with the new tiles. But before you get on with any of these plans, you’re going to have to take a few principles into consideration.


Home expansions can have a huge impact on your lifestyle, as well as the lifestyle of other people and creatures around you. (something I think we are all becoming more conscience of) So you need to be sure what you’re doing is healthy and safe, and that you’ve got the right permission to go ahead with it. So here’s a couple of things to think about.

Things To Think About Before A Home Expansion




Home improvement is something on a lot of people’s wish lists, including mine, ( I have just recently redecorated my living room) and a lot of the time we like to kick back and relax with a good daydream about how our homes will look with a new layout, or the space knocking out that wall in the living room will give you, or how sleek and shiny the bathroom will look with the new tiles. But before you get on with any of these plans, you’re going to have to take a few principles into consideration.


Home expansions can have a huge impact on your lifestyle, as well as the lifestyle of other people and creatures around you. (something I think we are all becoming more conscience of) So you need to be sure what you’re doing is healthy and safe, and that you’ve got the right permission to go ahead with it. So here’s a couple of things to think about.


Today's post is my second Christmas post, Christmas gifts for the fashion lover, this is me, my favourite presents to receive at Christmas are fashion related, I love nothing more than some new knitwear, pajamas or my true love a cute new bag. So I thought I would share some fashion related gifts with you, so if you have a fashion lover amongst your friends or family and are stuck for ideas this might help. Everything I have chosen is under £40 and something I would love, so hopefully you will to.

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Do you have a fashion lover to buy for? let me know which of my picks are your favourites.

Oh and here is my first Christmas post beauty gifts under £20, in case you missed it and want to catch up.

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Christmas gifts for the fashion lover


Today's post is my second Christmas post, Christmas gifts for the fashion lover, this is me, my favourite presents to receive at Christmas are fashion related, I love nothing more than some new knitwear, pajamas or my true love a cute new bag. So I thought I would share some fashion related gifts with you, so if you have a fashion lover amongst your friends or family and are stuck for ideas this might help. Everything I have chosen is under £40 and something I would love, so hopefully you will to.

Click the pictures to shop
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Do you have a fashion lover to buy for? let me know which of my picks are your favourites.

Oh and here is my first Christmas post beauty gifts under £20, in case you missed it and want to catch up.

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When it comes to the humble dungarees the perfect pair has always eluded me, they were a thing I admired on other people, but me nope, on me dungarees always equalled looking like a potato.


Matalan dungarees

Dungarees a wardrobe essential?


When it comes to the humble dungarees the perfect pair has always eluded me, they were a thing I admired on other people, but me nope, on me dungarees always equalled looking like a potato.


Matalan dungarees

Living with ME

MEMyalgic Encephalomyelitis, or CFSChronic fatigue syndrome is a chronic illness and like many chronic illnesses, not much is known about the exact cause, why the symptoms and severity differ so greatly. In fact in my experience often even so called medical professionals are not sure what it is, and how to treat it. I had a pharmacist only last week, say to me in a confused tone, "oh that's the fatigue thing isn't it" reassuring it is not.

Living with ME

Living with ME

MEMyalgic Encephalomyelitis, or CFSChronic fatigue syndrome is a chronic illness and like many chronic illnesses, not much is known about the exact cause, why the symptoms and severity differ so greatly. In fact in my experience often even so called medical professionals are not sure what it is, and how to treat it. I had a pharmacist only last week, say to me in a confused tone, "oh that's the fatigue thing isn't it" reassuring it is not.


Halloween√, Bonfire night√, what's next? oh yeah CHRISTMAS, I love Christmas as much as the next person, but this year I am looking forward to it more than ever, both my boys are away at uni, you don't look old enough I hear you scream 馃槀! ( I was a very young parent ) it will be even more special this year to have the family back together again, I cannot wait. So of course I am already thinking about Christmas gifts, but I like many of you I'm sure, am on a budget, yet still want to get my beauty loving girl friends and relatives a proper nice treat.

Christmas beauty treats for under £20
Under £20 beauty gifts

I would love to receive any one of these under £20 gifts, I've managed to find top quality skincare, and makeup and I couldn't resist throwing in the Harry Potter brushes to, how fun are they?

Will you be popping any of these gifts in your basket?



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Christmas beauty under £20


Halloween√, Bonfire night√, what's next? oh yeah CHRISTMAS, I love Christmas as much as the next person, but this year I am looking forward to it more than ever, both my boys are away at uni, you don't look old enough I hear you scream 馃槀! ( I was a very young parent ) it will be even more special this year to have the family back together again, I cannot wait. So of course I am already thinking about Christmas gifts, but I like many of you I'm sure, am on a budget, yet still want to get my beauty loving girl friends and relatives a proper nice treat.

Christmas beauty treats for under £20
Under £20 beauty gifts

I would love to receive any one of these under £20 gifts, I've managed to find top quality skincare, and makeup and I couldn't resist throwing in the Harry Potter brushes to, how fun are they?

Will you be popping any of these gifts in your basket?



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I think we are all guilty of this, once the nights start drawing in and the weather gets colder, we put away all our summer pinky, peach makeup and whack out the moodier, darker rusts, browns, purple and gold shades, it's like a timer goes off in our brains and we have to completely change how we have been doing our makeup for the last few months, and raid our beauty stash, it somehow makes the change to dreary weather more bearable.

So here is what I've found from the depths of my makeup collection and am embracing with all guns blazing this Autumn.



Perfect Autumn makeup

My perfect Autumn makeup products


I think we are all guilty of this, once the nights start drawing in and the weather gets colder, we put away all our summer pinky, peach makeup and whack out the moodier, darker rusts, browns, purple and gold shades, it's like a timer goes off in our brains and we have to completely change how we have been doing our makeup for the last few months, and raid our beauty stash, it somehow makes the change to dreary weather more bearable.

So here is what I've found from the depths of my makeup collection and am embracing with all guns blazing this Autumn.



Perfect Autumn makeup


I am not a fan of the cold or Autumn/Winter in general so for me it's a perfect excuse for some interior changes to make my home cosy, so I can full on hibernate, trust me I would if I could.
George at Asda is always a favourite for homeware, but for me this time of the year is when they really excel themselves, helping me to up the cosy factor by 100%, and all at a very reasonable price.

So here is what I am currently lusting after from George homeware
George at Asda Autumn/Winter homeware lust list



As you can probably tell, I'm really into my neutral and grey shades at the moment, as my walls are prodimitly whites or greys these items will in fact go anywhere in the house, meaning when I inevitably get bored I can just move stuff around for a fresh look. 
We are about to start decorating our living room to freshen it up and bring it in line with the rest of the down stairs which has been decorated this year. I hate decorating, but I do love the bit after, when the rooms all fresh and we can arrange our furniture and add in the new pieces we have chosen, and all in time for winter and of course CHRISTMAS !

Do you like any of my picks?
Are you freshening up your home for Winter?


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George at Asda Autumn/Winter homeware lust list


I am not a fan of the cold or Autumn/Winter in general so for me it's a perfect excuse for some interior changes to make my home cosy, so I can full on hibernate, trust me I would if I could.
George at Asda is always a favourite for homeware, but for me this time of the year is when they really excel themselves, helping me to up the cosy factor by 100%, and all at a very reasonable price.

So here is what I am currently lusting after from George homeware
George at Asda Autumn/Winter homeware lust list



As you can probably tell, I'm really into my neutral and grey shades at the moment, as my walls are prodimitly whites or greys these items will in fact go anywhere in the house, meaning when I inevitably get bored I can just move stuff around for a fresh look. 
We are about to start decorating our living room to freshen it up and bring it in line with the rest of the down stairs which has been decorated this year. I hate decorating, but I do love the bit after, when the rooms all fresh and we can arrange our furniture and add in the new pieces we have chosen, and all in time for winter and of course CHRISTMAS !

Do you like any of my picks?
Are you freshening up your home for Winter?


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Autumn has well and truly arrived and October is rolling by at an alarming rate, so that makes it the perfect time to share what beauty products I have been loving this last month. To be honest many of these products will not be a surprise to anyone who has visited Kate's closet in October, as they are items I have banged on about, but the purpose of a favourites post is to share my favourites, so here goes.............................


Barry M gelly high shine polish Rhubarb

Octobers beauty favourites


Autumn has well and truly arrived and October is rolling by at an alarming rate, so that makes it the perfect time to share what beauty products I have been loving this last month. To be honest many of these products will not be a surprise to anyone who has visited Kate's closet in October, as they are items I have banged on about, but the purpose of a favourites post is to share my favourites, so here goes.............................


Barry M gelly high shine polish Rhubarb


I've stopped taking the pill, here's why
Not much to do with the pill, but a cute picture taken in Kos where my outfit matched the building 馃槆


I stopped taking the pill, here’s why


I’ll start with a little backstory to this statement, I started Cerelle, ten years ago after meeting my now husband. Cerelle is one of the progesterone only, or mini pill. I was given this particular pill, due to having issues when I was younger on the combined pill, I could never find one that suited me, many causing me side effects such as headaches, nausea, weight gain and horrible pms.

I've stopped taking the pill, here's why


I've stopped taking the pill, here's why
Not much to do with the pill, but a cute picture taken in Kos where my outfit matched the building 馃槆


I stopped taking the pill, here’s why


I’ll start with a little backstory to this statement, I started Cerelle, ten years ago after meeting my now husband. Cerelle is one of the progesterone only, or mini pill. I was given this particular pill, due to having issues when I was younger on the combined pill, I could never find one that suited me, many causing me side effects such as headaches, nausea, weight gain and horrible pms.

When it comes to my base makeup,

I am all about the glow, I am not one for heavy full coverage foundations, preferring a more sheer natural look to my skin, and that is exactly what Clinique promise with their even better glow light reflecting makeup. So if that sounds up your street stick around!


Clinique even better glow review

Clinique even better glow review


When it comes to my base makeup,

I am all about the glow, I am not one for heavy full coverage foundations, preferring a more sheer natural look to my skin, and that is exactly what Clinique promise with their even better glow light reflecting makeup. So if that sounds up your street stick around!


Clinique even better glow review




So far this Autumn I have resisted adding to my wardrobe, and have been wearing what I already own, in a bid to discover what is missing from my collection. Despite owning some colourful clothes, often when I do not know what to wear, a default of all black sets in, and for those days I wanted a Jacket that added not only warmth but personality and colour to my outfit.


Step right up my dream teddy jacket 

Newlook teddy jacket


My Dream Teddy Jacket from Newlook




So far this Autumn I have resisted adding to my wardrobe, and have been wearing what I already own, in a bid to discover what is missing from my collection. Despite owning some colourful clothes, often when I do not know what to wear, a default of all black sets in, and for those days I wanted a Jacket that added not only warmth but personality and colour to my outfit.


Step right up my dream teddy jacket 

Newlook teddy jacket



Hey you guys, 

I have finally come round to the idea that Summer is over and it is in fact Autumn,  having a late Summer holiday meant I got to hang on to warm sunny weather for longer and tbh that was hard to let go of ! Controversially Summer is my favourite, I know bloggers have to love Autumn but I am a Summer baby, put me on the beach with the sun on my skin and I am happy, having said that I have come round to the idea that Autumn can involve some nice plans and activities.

Autumn plans five things to do this Autumn
Photo taken by my bestest pal Hayley

So my Autumn plans go a little something like this............

Autumn plans five things to do this Autumn


Hey you guys, 

I have finally come round to the idea that Summer is over and it is in fact Autumn,  having a late Summer holiday meant I got to hang on to warm sunny weather for longer and tbh that was hard to let go of ! Controversially Summer is my favourite, I know bloggers have to love Autumn but I am a Summer baby, put me on the beach with the sun on my skin and I am happy, having said that I have come round to the idea that Autumn can involve some nice plans and activities.

Autumn plans five things to do this Autumn
Photo taken by my bestest pal Hayley

So my Autumn plans go a little something like this............


I have a confession, I'm a skincare junkie! There I've said it, I love skincare, I love trying new brands, new products and new ideas. I also love makeup, but if the canvas isn't at its best nor will the painting be, so for me beauty starts with skincare.

Recently I had the opportunity to try some products from REN, and I can honestly say I am shook, even after only a few weeks I can see and feel a difference in my skin.


REN skincare review


So what have I been using ? carry on reading and I'll spill the beans........

Clean skin with REN


I have a confession, I'm a skincare junkie! There I've said it, I love skincare, I love trying new brands, new products and new ideas. I also love makeup, but if the canvas isn't at its best nor will the painting be, so for me beauty starts with skincare.

Recently I had the opportunity to try some products from REN, and I can honestly say I am shook, even after only a few weeks I can see and feel a difference in my skin.


REN skincare review


So what have I been using ? carry on reading and I'll spill the beans........

We have been back from holiday, but a week and I am already thinking about getting away again. This years summer holiday was two weeks spent at the Lakitira resort, Kardamena, Kos. We love Kos and have visited several times, but this was our first time staying in such a swish hotel. So I thought I would share my thoughts on the hotel, the location, and the facilities.


Lakitira resort and village Kardamena Kos


Lakitira resort and village Kardamena Kos

Lakitira resort and village Kardamena Kos


We have been back from holiday, but a week and I am already thinking about getting away again. This years summer holiday was two weeks spent at the Lakitira resort, Kardamena, Kos. We love Kos and have visited several times, but this was our first time staying in such a swish hotel. So I thought I would share my thoughts on the hotel, the location, and the facilities.


Lakitira resort and village Kardamena Kos


Lakitira resort and village Kardamena Kos


If you could use only one type of makeup product what would it be?



 LANC脭ME Grandi么se mascara 01 Noir Mirifique review

for me, it would be mascara. I just think mascara enhances the eye area and opens up my whole face, going from looking half asleep to looking bright eyed. I have over the years tried many mascaras, I mean loads, some I have loved some I have hated and others I could take or leave. Recently I felt like I wanted something new, like my current mascaras where just not making the cut, and with perfect timing I went on holiday, what better place to pick up new makeup then Stansted Duty Free. Upon a little research I decided I wanted to try  LANC脭ME Grandi么se mascara, so picked it up at the reduced price and took it on holiday, the perfect testing ground.

LANC脭ME Grandi么se mascara 01 Noir Mirifique review


If you could use only one type of makeup product what would it be?



 LANC脭ME Grandi么se mascara 01 Noir Mirifique review

for me, it would be mascara. I just think mascara enhances the eye area and opens up my whole face, going from looking half asleep to looking bright eyed. I have over the years tried many mascaras, I mean loads, some I have loved some I have hated and others I could take or leave. Recently I felt like I wanted something new, like my current mascaras where just not making the cut, and with perfect timing I went on holiday, what better place to pick up new makeup then Stansted Duty Free. Upon a little research I decided I wanted to try  LANC脭ME Grandi么se mascara, so picked it up at the reduced price and took it on holiday, the perfect testing ground.


I'm back in chilly England, and normal blogging schedule will resume from here on, and I'm gonna start with my September beauty favourites, so here goes..............................


September beauty favourites

September beauty favourites


I'm back in chilly England, and normal blogging schedule will resume from here on, and I'm gonna start with my September beauty favourites, so here goes..............................


September beauty favourites


Following on from my last post where I am talking about Body confidence, in this post I am talking about some control underwear that makes me feel more confident in my clothes. The Super control body* not only looks pretty without clothes, something control garments often don't, but it also smooths everything out under a dress, no panty lines and no bulgy bits, and its comfortable it doesn't feel like you are being squeezed or suffocated.

Magic body fashion


Magic body fashion, underwear that makes me feel good in my clothes as well as out


Following on from my last post where I am talking about Body confidence, in this post I am talking about some control underwear that makes me feel more confident in my clothes. The Super control body* not only looks pretty without clothes, something control garments often don't, but it also smooths everything out under a dress, no panty lines and no bulgy bits, and its comfortable it doesn't feel like you are being squeezed or suffocated.

Magic body fashion



This post comes to you from my Summer holiday in Kos, now I don't know about you, but summer holidays are a hotbed of anxiety around my body confidence issues. I'm not sure what's the perfect bikini beach body, but I am sure I do not have it........

body confidence


Gaining a little weight and body confidence


This post comes to you from my Summer holiday in Kos, now I don't know about you, but summer holidays are a hotbed of anxiety around my body confidence issues. I'm not sure what's the perfect bikini beach body, but I am sure I do not have it........

body confidence




I feel like I've mentioned this once or twice previously, but in case you didn't know, I'm going on holiday in less than a week. We are flying off to sunny Kos an island we have visited several times, and  keep going back. This time we have upgraded and are staying in a more swish hotel then we are used to, which i'm so looking forward to, will be nice to have a little bit of luxury, we could both certainly do with relaxing, there is also a spa, so can anticipate a massage at some point.

Holiday beauty essentials

Anywho, on to my Holiday Beauty Essentials, and what I will be packing in my suitcase.


Holiday beauty essentials



I feel like I've mentioned this once or twice previously, but in case you didn't know, I'm going on holiday in less than a week. We are flying off to sunny Kos an island we have visited several times, and  keep going back. This time we have upgraded and are staying in a more swish hotel then we are used to, which i'm so looking forward to, will be nice to have a little bit of luxury, we could both certainly do with relaxing, there is also a spa, so can anticipate a massage at some point.

Holiday beauty essentials

Anywho, on to my Holiday Beauty Essentials, and what I will be packing in my suitcase.



Although we have yet to go on our 2018 Summer holiday, I am of course already thinking ahead to next year. Now my boys are older, my husband and I have decided it is our time to travel more, see more places, do more things, eat more food and of course drink more cocktails!!


2019 travel bucket list

2019 Travel Bucket list


Although we have yet to go on our 2018 Summer holiday, I am of course already thinking ahead to next year. Now my boys are older, my husband and I have decided it is our time to travel more, see more places, do more things, eat more food and of course drink more cocktails!!


2019 travel bucket list


Guess who's back, back again?
Checks are back tell a friend

How to wear check

How to wear check

There are some trends that do the rounds every few seasons, and checks are one of those trends, like animal print it comes back around in Autumn and Winter most years, and this my friends is one of those years.

Checks are back


Guess who's back, back again?
Checks are back tell a friend

How to wear check

How to wear check

There are some trends that do the rounds every few seasons, and checks are one of those trends, like animal print it comes back around in Autumn and Winter most years, and this my friends is one of those years.

Going vegan, living a vegan lifestyle and the possible health benefits of a plant based diet have been highly publicised in the last few years, with many celebrities and influencers shouting from the rooftops about the lifestyle. The movement has certainly gained momentum and supermarkets are bringing out vegan friendly products on the weekly, making it so much easier to go vegan.


Thinking about a vegan lifestyle and is it right for me
* This post is a collaborative post with Health labs

Thinking about a vegan lifestyle and is it right for me


Going vegan, living a vegan lifestyle and the possible health benefits of a plant based diet have been highly publicised in the last few years, with many celebrities and influencers shouting from the rooftops about the lifestyle. The movement has certainly gained momentum and supermarkets are bringing out vegan friendly products on the weekly, making it so much easier to go vegan.


Thinking about a vegan lifestyle and is it right for me
* This post is a collaborative post with Health labs

This year my home has been having a bit of a revamp, redecorating our bedroom, dining room, kitchen and hallway. We then took a break, because A) had had enough of painting and B) money, decorating is an expensive affair. 


Living room makeover wishlist

Living room makeover wishlist


This year my home has been having a bit of a revamp, redecorating our bedroom, dining room, kitchen and hallway. We then took a break, because A) had had enough of painting and B) money, decorating is an expensive affair. 


Living room makeover wishlist



I am a beauty lover, but I also like a bargain, and cannot see the point in buying an expensive product, when a cheaper brand does what I want. I'm not saying I do not use some pricier products because I do, but they have to earn their right to be in my beauty stash, and I will often try cheaper brands first before taking the plunge and buying something a bit more expensive.


7 under £7 beauty edit

7 under £7 beauty edit

7 under £7 beauty edit



I am a beauty lover, but I also like a bargain, and cannot see the point in buying an expensive product, when a cheaper brand does what I want. I'm not saying I do not use some pricier products because I do, but they have to earn their right to be in my beauty stash, and I will often try cheaper brands first before taking the plunge and buying something a bit more expensive.


7 under £7 beauty edit

7 under £7 beauty edit


This is a post that has been brewing for a while, and is something that I feel strongly, and it's about time I talked about how I'm
Feeling forgotten by fashion

I have loved fashion, clothes, trends for as long as I can remember, my mum has regaled a conversation with me as a 2 year old, refusing to wear a dress on many an occasion. And later I distinctly remember trying my damndest to ruin some school shoes I hated. Of course through my teenage years I made some questionable choices when it came to fashion, and my God why, would I refuse to wear a coat even though it was cold, because it would hide said questionable outfit.
Feeling forgotten by fashion

Feeling forgotten by fashion


This is a post that has been brewing for a while, and is something that I feel strongly, and it's about time I talked about how I'm
Feeling forgotten by fashion

I have loved fashion, clothes, trends for as long as I can remember, my mum has regaled a conversation with me as a 2 year old, refusing to wear a dress on many an occasion. And later I distinctly remember trying my damndest to ruin some school shoes I hated. Of course through my teenage years I made some questionable choices when it came to fashion, and my God why, would I refuse to wear a coat even though it was cold, because it would hide said questionable outfit.
Feeling forgotten by fashion


Vegan baking is somewhat of new territory to me, but any self respecting cake eater, whether she finds herself going dairy free or not, needs cake. I have tried a few vegan cakes while being out about, and decided I needed to find a recipe I could bake myself. 

That's when I decided to research a carrot cake recipe, and came up with this recipe for vegan carrot cake with lemon buttercream.

Vegan carrot cake with lemon buttercream recipe


Vegan carrot cake with lemon buttercream recipe


Vegan baking is somewhat of new territory to me, but any self respecting cake eater, whether she finds herself going dairy free or not, needs cake. I have tried a few vegan cakes while being out about, and decided I needed to find a recipe I could bake myself. 

That's when I decided to research a carrot cake recipe, and came up with this recipe for vegan carrot cake with lemon buttercream.

Vegan carrot cake with lemon buttercream recipe



Until recently I didn't actually own a black slip dress, even though I do think they are a pretty great piece to have in your wardrobe, and possibly come under the the title of a wardrobe essential. I mean what is not to love about them, they are black, they are flattering for most figures, they look great in both Summer and Autumn, and go with whatever you have in your wardrobe to make an outfit that looks effortless but still individual.


Three ways to style a black slip dress

Three ways to style a black slip dress


Until recently I didn't actually own a black slip dress, even though I do think they are a pretty great piece to have in your wardrobe, and possibly come under the the title of a wardrobe essential. I mean what is not to love about them, they are black, they are flattering for most figures, they look great in both Summer and Autumn, and go with whatever you have in your wardrobe to make an outfit that looks effortless but still individual.


Three ways to style a black slip dress

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