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Birthday wishlist

We are racing through May at an alarming rate, but that does mean June and therefor my birthday are also getting closer. Although I'm not a fan of the next birthday number. I am a fan of presents, who isn't? So I thought I would compile a little wishlist, I am of course not expecting to receive all these items but I girl can dream, and if you have a birthday coming up, or you just fancy treating yourself you to might also like some of these things to.

I do know my husband has ordered me a necklace from Posh totty, as I have been swooning over there jewellery for a while now. I also would love a kindle to support me in my reading challenge, and although I'm not going to stop reading proper books, I think a kindle is great for convenience and free or cheaper books. 

Of course it wouldn't be one of my wish lists without makeup and a handbag. That Straw bag is to die for, and I love how its turned the traditional straw bag design on its head and is black rather than straw coloured. Oh and that Colourpop palette is dreamy isn't it?




Birthday wishlist


Birthday wishlist

We are racing through May at an alarming rate, but that does mean June and therefor my birthday are also getting closer. Although I'm not a fan of the next birthday number. I am a fan of presents, who isn't? So I thought I would compile a little wishlist, I am of course not expecting to receive all these items but I girl can dream, and if you have a birthday coming up, or you just fancy treating yourself you to might also like some of these things to.

I do know my husband has ordered me a necklace from Posh totty, as I have been swooning over there jewellery for a while now. I also would love a kindle to support me in my reading challenge, and although I'm not going to stop reading proper books, I think a kindle is great for convenience and free or cheaper books. 

Of course it wouldn't be one of my wish lists without makeup and a handbag. That Straw bag is to die for, and I love how its turned the traditional straw bag design on its head and is black rather than straw coloured. Oh and that Colourpop palette is dreamy isn't it?





Wedding season getting #weddingready
This post is a collaboration with Cosmetify


Now we are in the tail end of May, wedding season is well and truly upon us, with brides up and down the country ticking things of their to do list, in preparation for the big day, and guests frantically trawling the internet for the perfect wedding guest outfit.

In today’s post I’m going to share my #weddingready secrets with you, then you can stick to the business of enjoying the celebration instead of worrying about the state of your skin or if your lipstick can take another glass of bubbly. The post is in collaboration with Cosmetify, a cool website that places over 100,000 beauty, hair, skincare and makeup products from thousands of brands directly to your fingertips, making getting wedding ready simple.

For me this starts with skincare, your skin is the foundation of any makeup look, and if you get that right the rest will take care of itself. My advice is to get in place a simple yet effective routine several weeks before the big day, giving your skin time to respond to any new products. I find if your skin is prone to breakouts or is sensitive keep the number of products to a minimum and use those that are intended for your skin type. I recommend a deep cleansing gel, like Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel. It can be used both morning and night and provides a deep cleanse without drying out your skin and is suitable for sensitive skin types.

Once you have a skincare routine in place that you like you can start thinking about what you are putting on top in the way of makeup. I like summer wedding makeup to be fresh yet long lasting with a great base at the heart of the look. When it comes to a base that will keep that shine at bay, mask any imperfections yet look radiant and natural. I am in love with Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue skin clearing loose powder foundation. You need very little product to achieve a flawless, semi matte finish that not only provides great coverage is lightweight, it also treats your skin and helps to clear up any problem areas. Since I got mine I have used it every day, it’s so quick to apply and I love the natural coverage.

Weddings involve lots of eating and drinking, well at least that’s what I would hope for. That’s a lot for any lipstick to cope with, and who wants to think about their lipstick when they are having a good time. I know I don’t, the answer is a long lasting liquid lipstick that can take a bit of punishment from the several glasses of wine that you sink, just to be sociable of course. That lipstick is Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lipstick, it comes in a range of shades from reds to more neutral shades, I have ‘Really Rose’ a perfect mauve toned pink great with any summer makeup look and would suit many skin tones.


I hope you found my tips helpful, and if you are attending any weddings this summer, you have a great time, and if its you getting married, remember to breath and enjoy the day, it goes by so quickly.


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Wedding season getting #weddingready


Wedding season getting #weddingready
This post is a collaboration with Cosmetify


Now we are in the tail end of May, wedding season is well and truly upon us, with brides up and down the country ticking things of their to do list, in preparation for the big day, and guests frantically trawling the internet for the perfect wedding guest outfit.

In today’s post I’m going to share my #weddingready secrets with you, then you can stick to the business of enjoying the celebration instead of worrying about the state of your skin or if your lipstick can take another glass of bubbly. The post is in collaboration with Cosmetify, a cool website that places over 100,000 beauty, hair, skincare and makeup products from thousands of brands directly to your fingertips, making getting wedding ready simple.

For me this starts with skincare, your skin is the foundation of any makeup look, and if you get that right the rest will take care of itself. My advice is to get in place a simple yet effective routine several weeks before the big day, giving your skin time to respond to any new products. I find if your skin is prone to breakouts or is sensitive keep the number of products to a minimum and use those that are intended for your skin type. I recommend a deep cleansing gel, like Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel. It can be used both morning and night and provides a deep cleanse without drying out your skin and is suitable for sensitive skin types.

Once you have a skincare routine in place that you like you can start thinking about what you are putting on top in the way of makeup. I like summer wedding makeup to be fresh yet long lasting with a great base at the heart of the look. When it comes to a base that will keep that shine at bay, mask any imperfections yet look radiant and natural. I am in love with Bare Minerals Blemish Rescue skin clearing loose powder foundation. You need very little product to achieve a flawless, semi matte finish that not only provides great coverage is lightweight, it also treats your skin and helps to clear up any problem areas. Since I got mine I have used it every day, it’s so quick to apply and I love the natural coverage.

Weddings involve lots of eating and drinking, well at least that’s what I would hope for. That’s a lot for any lipstick to cope with, and who wants to think about their lipstick when they are having a good time. I know I don’t, the answer is a long lasting liquid lipstick that can take a bit of punishment from the several glasses of wine that you sink, just to be sociable of course. That lipstick is Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lipstick, it comes in a range of shades from reds to more neutral shades, I have ‘Really Rose’ a perfect mauve toned pink great with any summer makeup look and would suit many skin tones.


I hope you found my tips helpful, and if you are attending any weddings this summer, you have a great time, and if its you getting married, remember to breath and enjoy the day, it goes by so quickly.


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2019 reading challenge


Back in January I set myself my first ever reading challenge, I challenged myself to pick up a book and get reading, and get back into a pass time I had always loved but I had let slip due to one reason or another. 

So how's it going you may ask?

Blooming brilliant, I originally challenged myself to 18 books for the year, but I really underestimated myself and quickly reset my target to 45 books, and five months in I've read 23 and half way through number 24, making me on course to fulfil or exceed my second target figure. Pretty good eh!!

I have read a variety of genres, from a number of authors, and some books that will stay with me. I have reads books that made me laugh, like Everything I know about Love - Dolly Alderton, books that have melted my heart like, One day in December - Josie Silver, and It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning, books that have had me eager to turn the page like The Martian - Andy Weir and Believe me - JP Delaney, and books that have broke my heart like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I've even started the Harry Potter series.

I am so glad I took on a reading challenge and I'm proud of what I have achieved so far and can't wait to lose myself in more stories. I have so many books I want to read, watch this space to see which books I have my nose into next.


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2019 reading challenge how its going so far


2019 reading challenge


Back in January I set myself my first ever reading challenge, I challenged myself to pick up a book and get reading, and get back into a pass time I had always loved but I had let slip due to one reason or another. 

So how's it going you may ask?

Blooming brilliant, I originally challenged myself to 18 books for the year, but I really underestimated myself and quickly reset my target to 45 books, and five months in I've read 23 and half way through number 24, making me on course to fulfil or exceed my second target figure. Pretty good eh!!

I have read a variety of genres, from a number of authors, and some books that will stay with me. I have reads books that made me laugh, like Everything I know about Love - Dolly Alderton, books that have melted my heart like, One day in December - Josie Silver, and It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning, books that have had me eager to turn the page like The Martian - Andy Weir and Believe me - JP Delaney, and books that have broke my heart like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I've even started the Harry Potter series.

I am so glad I took on a reading challenge and I'm proud of what I have achieved so far and can't wait to lose myself in more stories. I have so many books I want to read, watch this space to see which books I have my nose into next.


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Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
Product kindly gifted in exchange for review

Now something you may not know about me, is I own a lot of handbags and I like to change up which one I'm using often and sometimes as I am going out the door. This leads to me forgetting to swap things over, and going out without something, or the inevitable loosing of a favourite lipstick. You know what I mean you are doing your makeup and you think Oooo I'm going to wear, such n such lipstick, and yep you can't find it....It turns up weeks later in the bottom of a handbag, I'm not the only one right?


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

That is until this ingenious handbag organiser arrived, this thing is a game changer. Just put all your paraphernalia inside, it has loads of pockets and compartments to store all the crap we carry about with us, pull the drawstring and pop in in your bag of choice. Repeat as and when the mood takes you to change handbags. Tada genius.


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
   
The handbag organiser comes in a few different colours and fabrics, this black one is made out of a sturdy cotton material, and feels well made and durable. I can see this lasting forever.

It is also a decent size, I can get all my bits in there and I have a massive mum purse. It's also washable, perfect if you are clumsy and are likely to spill something on it.

If you are anything like me and regularly lose things in handbags, do yourself a favour and get yourself one of these handbag organisers, it will change your life.............

Purchase yours at bagalldone.co.uk prices range from £20 to £25 depending on the finish and colour.



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Handbag Organiser from bagalldone.co.uk review


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
Product kindly gifted in exchange for review

Now something you may not know about me, is I own a lot of handbags and I like to change up which one I'm using often and sometimes as I am going out the door. This leads to me forgetting to swap things over, and going out without something, or the inevitable loosing of a favourite lipstick. You know what I mean you are doing your makeup and you think Oooo I'm going to wear, such n such lipstick, and yep you can't find it....It turns up weeks later in the bottom of a handbag, I'm not the only one right?


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

That is until this ingenious handbag organiser arrived, this thing is a game changer. Just put all your paraphernalia inside, it has loads of pockets and compartments to store all the crap we carry about with us, pull the drawstring and pop in in your bag of choice. Repeat as and when the mood takes you to change handbags. Tada genius.


Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review

Handbag Organiser from bagsalldone.co,uk review
   
The handbag organiser comes in a few different colours and fabrics, this black one is made out of a sturdy cotton material, and feels well made and durable. I can see this lasting forever.

It is also a decent size, I can get all my bits in there and I have a massive mum purse. It's also washable, perfect if you are clumsy and are likely to spill something on it.

If you are anything like me and regularly lose things in handbags, do yourself a favour and get yourself one of these handbag organisers, it will change your life.............

Purchase yours at bagalldone.co.uk prices range from £20 to £25 depending on the finish and colour.



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La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review

I had of course heard of the wonders of La roche- Posay Effaclar duo(+) but until recently hadn't tried it. My skin used to behave itself with maybe one spot once in a blue moon, that is until the last few months when a combination of factors has led to me having more breakouts, eg, coming off the pill, health issues and meds.

So back in March I decided to take the plunge and try the Effaclar duo(+), I was hesitant as I remember from my teens that anything that claimed to help with spots, dried my skin out. The difference here is Effaclar duo(+) is in fact a light gel moisteriser that perfectly hydrates oily and spot prone skin while treating spots, preventing new ones and fading the marks left from old ones, in short this is one clever product.

The hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin and contains know parabens, preservatives or colourants, and has some clever active ingredients.  Niacinamide to reduce the appearance of spots, Lipo Hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid to unclog pores, Zinc pca to mattify and control shine, Procerad to minimise pigmentation marks and Glycerin keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

So does it work?

Hell yeah, I have been using Effaclar duo(+) for around 6/7 weeks and I know for sure I will be using it for the foreseeable future. My skin feels perfectly hydrated yet not oily or greasy, it's not bumpy the spots I had have cleared up and I have yet to have a single spot come up since I have been using it. The pigment marks on my face are fading and my skin just looks fresher and clearer than it has in months. I keep my skincare routine simple, cleansing toning and using the duo(+) every morning and night and for me this has worked a treat and helped me get my skin back to its old self.

If you have problem skin, I highly recommend giving the Effaclar duo(+) a go.

* You can buy it from Boots for just £12 on offer.

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La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review


La Roche - Posay Effaclar duo (+) review

I had of course heard of the wonders of La roche- Posay Effaclar duo(+) but until recently hadn't tried it. My skin used to behave itself with maybe one spot once in a blue moon, that is until the last few months when a combination of factors has led to me having more breakouts, eg, coming off the pill, health issues and meds.

So back in March I decided to take the plunge and try the Effaclar duo(+), I was hesitant as I remember from my teens that anything that claimed to help with spots, dried my skin out. The difference here is Effaclar duo(+) is in fact a light gel moisteriser that perfectly hydrates oily and spot prone skin while treating spots, preventing new ones and fading the marks left from old ones, in short this is one clever product.

The hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin and contains know parabens, preservatives or colourants, and has some clever active ingredients.  Niacinamide to reduce the appearance of spots, Lipo Hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid to unclog pores, Zinc pca to mattify and control shine, Procerad to minimise pigmentation marks and Glycerin keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.

So does it work?

Hell yeah, I have been using Effaclar duo(+) for around 6/7 weeks and I know for sure I will be using it for the foreseeable future. My skin feels perfectly hydrated yet not oily or greasy, it's not bumpy the spots I had have cleared up and I have yet to have a single spot come up since I have been using it. The pigment marks on my face are fading and my skin just looks fresher and clearer than it has in months. I keep my skincare routine simple, cleansing toning and using the duo(+) every morning and night and for me this has worked a treat and helped me get my skin back to its old self.

If you have problem skin, I highly recommend giving the Effaclar duo(+) a go.

* You can buy it from Boots for just £12 on offer.

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What I read in April

April has been a good reading month for me, managing 6 books throughout the month taking my total up to 22 so far this year, and if I'm honest I'm pretty pleased with that. In April I read a variety of different genres, some joyful romps some a bit on the sad side, so let's get on with......

What I read in April


It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ellie is living a pretty dreamy life, she lives with her best mates, has a great job in a swish London art gallery, and is super close to her family, especially her mum. The only downside is the rock star father who doesn't acknowledge her existence and a string of crap boyfriends, but nobody's perfect......
I adored this book, Ellie is a likeable character whom you care about from the beginning, I simply fell in love with Sarra's writing, you can read a full review here, if you fancy it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm not going to write a lot about the Philosopher's stone as I'm sure you all know the story, but what I will say is it's different from the movie in a lot of ways, with far more details, with regards to characters and events. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellows ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you like to escape into Sunday night period mystery dramas, like Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot, then I think the Mitford murders will be right up your street. The story is written from the viewpoint of Louisa Cannon, who is fleeing London in 1919 to escape her abusive uncle. She takes a job at Asthal Manor as a nursery maid to the Mitford sisters and grows especially close with Nancy who's only a few years her junior. But then a nurse is killed on a train, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the mystery of who killed Florence Nightingale Shore.
 
Everything I never told you - Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, living in small town Ohio in the 1970's. Her parents are determined she will fulfil the dreams they never did. But when Lydia's body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that kept the Lee family together is broken, and the family tumbles into chaos and despair.

This story is beautifully written, and describes the pressures on Chinese Americans in the 70's, and unravels the circumstances that led to Lydia's death, and how the family came to find themselves in such an awful turn of events.

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I fell in love with Sarra Manning's writing, Nobody's Girl is one one of those books you can just romp through in 2 days flat. 

Bea thinks she is plain, frumpy and worst of all dull. So when the cool girls in Ruby's gang what to hang out with her, she thinks its a joke. But an invitation to a girls holiday in Spain seems the real deal, and the perfect opportunity to get away from her strict and annoying mum. Inevitably it all goes wrong, and Bea spontaneously gets on a train heading to Paris to find the father she never new, Bea doesn't do things like this normally but she just needs to get away. On her journey she meets Toph an American student backpacking around Europe who offers to help in her search, but instead of finding her father, Bea finds herself and becomes her own girl, all in the backdrop of Paris the most romantic city in the world.

Beautiful broken things - Sara Barnard ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now I won't lie, this book made my sob, it tackles the tough subject of abuse and its aftermath.

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable that is until Suzanne moves to the area and befriends Rosie and then Caddy, soon the two become a three. Except Suzanne is beautiful yet broken, reckless and is always in trouble, and Caddy is the private school girl, quiet and well behaved. The story covers the emerging friendships and how Suzanne copes with the fall out of leaving home and her abusive father. The story takes us on an emotional journey and looks into how Caddy goes along for the ride, with Suzanne and her sometimes dangerous behaviour, trying to break out of her good girl mould. And how Suzanne appears to not care about anything, while Rosie is worried Suzanne is dragging her best friend away. 

What have you been reading lately? recommendations welcome.

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What I read in April


What I read in April

April has been a good reading month for me, managing 6 books throughout the month taking my total up to 22 so far this year, and if I'm honest I'm pretty pleased with that. In April I read a variety of different genres, some joyful romps some a bit on the sad side, so let's get on with......

What I read in April


It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ellie is living a pretty dreamy life, she lives with her best mates, has a great job in a swish London art gallery, and is super close to her family, especially her mum. The only downside is the rock star father who doesn't acknowledge her existence and a string of crap boyfriends, but nobody's perfect......
I adored this book, Ellie is a likeable character whom you care about from the beginning, I simply fell in love with Sarra's writing, you can read a full review here, if you fancy it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm not going to write a lot about the Philosopher's stone as I'm sure you all know the story, but what I will say is it's different from the movie in a lot of ways, with far more details, with regards to characters and events. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellows ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you like to escape into Sunday night period mystery dramas, like Agatha Christie or Hercule Poirot, then I think the Mitford murders will be right up your street. The story is written from the viewpoint of Louisa Cannon, who is fleeing London in 1919 to escape her abusive uncle. She takes a job at Asthal Manor as a nursery maid to the Mitford sisters and grows especially close with Nancy who's only a few years her junior. But then a nurse is killed on a train, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the mystery of who killed Florence Nightingale Shore.
 
Everything I never told you - Celeste Ng ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, living in small town Ohio in the 1970's. Her parents are determined she will fulfil the dreams they never did. But when Lydia's body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that kept the Lee family together is broken, and the family tumbles into chaos and despair.

This story is beautifully written, and describes the pressures on Chinese Americans in the 70's, and unravels the circumstances that led to Lydia's death, and how the family came to find themselves in such an awful turn of events.

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I fell in love with Sarra Manning's writing, Nobody's Girl is one one of those books you can just romp through in 2 days flat. 

Bea thinks she is plain, frumpy and worst of all dull. So when the cool girls in Ruby's gang what to hang out with her, she thinks its a joke. But an invitation to a girls holiday in Spain seems the real deal, and the perfect opportunity to get away from her strict and annoying mum. Inevitably it all goes wrong, and Bea spontaneously gets on a train heading to Paris to find the father she never new, Bea doesn't do things like this normally but she just needs to get away. On her journey she meets Toph an American student backpacking around Europe who offers to help in her search, but instead of finding her father, Bea finds herself and becomes her own girl, all in the backdrop of Paris the most romantic city in the world.

Beautiful broken things - Sara Barnard ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now I won't lie, this book made my sob, it tackles the tough subject of abuse and its aftermath.

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable that is until Suzanne moves to the area and befriends Rosie and then Caddy, soon the two become a three. Except Suzanne is beautiful yet broken, reckless and is always in trouble, and Caddy is the private school girl, quiet and well behaved. The story covers the emerging friendships and how Suzanne copes with the fall out of leaving home and her abusive father. The story takes us on an emotional journey and looks into how Caddy goes along for the ride, with Suzanne and her sometimes dangerous behaviour, trying to break out of her good girl mould. And how Suzanne appears to not care about anything, while Rosie is worried Suzanne is dragging her best friend away. 

What have you been reading lately? recommendations welcome.

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Jessops photography acrylic wall art

This post is a collaboration, the products featured were purchased with a gifted voucher, but chosen by myself. All opinions are my own.

Jessops photography acrylic wall art

It's know secret that I am a Spring/Summer girl, dark nights and cold weather are not for me. I for one am glad to see the back of Winter and welcome Spring with open arms. I love that the days get longer and hopefully warmer, but this is the UK so it's not guaranteed, I love blossom trees, daffodils and tulips all the cliche spring things.

There is something motivating about Spring, it gets me sprucing up my home, and adding fresh flowers to my rooms. It gets me out in the garden prepping for Summer, tidying, sweeping and planting, and it gets me planning trips, holidays and days out. If it could just be Spring for a few more months of the year I would get so much more done!

When out and about my husband and I, always pack the camera, as you just never know when a photo opportunity may present itself. ( we have a Nikon D5300) My husband is the photographer of the family, and has taken some really stunning photos, just don't tell him I said that or he will get a big head....but we just never really did anything with them. That is until now, when I had the opportunity to bring our travels to life and have them made into beautiful wall art, with Jessops Photo printing service. 

I couldn't believe just how many products you could have made with photos we had taken ourselves. So many ways to showcase not only the beautiful places we have visited but also decorate our home with truly unique "art".

We choose two acrylic prints for the empty wall in our living room, one taken in Amsterdam, featuring those famous tall thin crooked houses, the city is famous for. One taken of the sunset in Kos over the beach featuring the boats dragged on to the shore for the evening. Both evoke memories of good times, as well as being attractive additions to our room. 

In the corner of our room we have a small area we use to store our records and record player and to that we added a scene shot in a Greek vineyard, made into a wooden plaque which adds a kind of rustic charm to the shot, and adds much needed colour and texture to that corner of the room.

Jessops photography wooden plaque

And lastly we added a little bit of love to our fireplace, where we have a framed selection of Ernie our black lab with Sooty our late cat, whom we lost last year. Pets brighten our lives all year round but this Spring I have bought some precious pictures of them into our home.

Jessops photography 4up brass frame

If you are looking to update your home this Spring why not visit Jessops, they have everything you need to create stunning wall art, photo books, framed prints or gifts. 

Jessops currently have some great special offers including buy one get one free on wall art with code wall50, and 50% off a set of prints with code print50.



What Spring means to me with Jessops #shareyourspring



Jessops photography acrylic wall art

This post is a collaboration, the products featured were purchased with a gifted voucher, but chosen by myself. All opinions are my own.

Jessops photography acrylic wall art

It's know secret that I am a Spring/Summer girl, dark nights and cold weather are not for me. I for one am glad to see the back of Winter and welcome Spring with open arms. I love that the days get longer and hopefully warmer, but this is the UK so it's not guaranteed, I love blossom trees, daffodils and tulips all the cliche spring things.

There is something motivating about Spring, it gets me sprucing up my home, and adding fresh flowers to my rooms. It gets me out in the garden prepping for Summer, tidying, sweeping and planting, and it gets me planning trips, holidays and days out. If it could just be Spring for a few more months of the year I would get so much more done!

When out and about my husband and I, always pack the camera, as you just never know when a photo opportunity may present itself. ( we have a Nikon D5300) My husband is the photographer of the family, and has taken some really stunning photos, just don't tell him I said that or he will get a big head....but we just never really did anything with them. That is until now, when I had the opportunity to bring our travels to life and have them made into beautiful wall art, with Jessops Photo printing service. 

I couldn't believe just how many products you could have made with photos we had taken ourselves. So many ways to showcase not only the beautiful places we have visited but also decorate our home with truly unique "art".

We choose two acrylic prints for the empty wall in our living room, one taken in Amsterdam, featuring those famous tall thin crooked houses, the city is famous for. One taken of the sunset in Kos over the beach featuring the boats dragged on to the shore for the evening. Both evoke memories of good times, as well as being attractive additions to our room. 

In the corner of our room we have a small area we use to store our records and record player and to that we added a scene shot in a Greek vineyard, made into a wooden plaque which adds a kind of rustic charm to the shot, and adds much needed colour and texture to that corner of the room.

Jessops photography wooden plaque

And lastly we added a little bit of love to our fireplace, where we have a framed selection of Ernie our black lab with Sooty our late cat, whom we lost last year. Pets brighten our lives all year round but this Spring I have bought some precious pictures of them into our home.

Jessops photography 4up brass frame

If you are looking to update your home this Spring why not visit Jessops, they have everything you need to create stunning wall art, photo books, framed prints or gifts. 

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What I Loved in April

We are yet again approaching the end of another month, after January taking years to end, the following months have flown by at an alarming rate, and May is nearly upon us. Although if I'm honest that makes me happy as we are away from those dark nights and short days, and into my favourite months of the year.

Anyway enough waffling here is what I have been loving in April.
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First up is a new to me skincare product, Effaclar duo (+) from La Roche - Posay. I had heard of the wonders of this product for problem skin, but had never tried it until, recently when my skin became a problem. Since coming off the pill, I have been more prone to outbreaks, add in being unwell, new meds and hormones and you get the picture. So back in March I decided to place an order and try Effaclar duo (+) a moisteriser that is designed to hydrate, fight spots and prevent new ones. And long story short I bloody love it. Since using it I haven't had one new spot, and my skin is looking and feeling so much clearer, I've only been using the product for just over a month, but already I can't see me using anything else. I highly recommend.

After that long love note about moisteriser, I'm going to keep it brief, so as not to bore you to death. You may remember my post about Elf Makeup, if so then you will know how much I love Elf's flawless finish foundation, it's a dream to use with a great finish and is a bargain to boot.

My favourite book in April was It felt like a Kiss - Sarra Manning, if you like books look out for my what I read in series, with April's coming soon. In the meantime my review of It felt like a kiss is here

I love Spring, and love having Spring flowers in my home, if you are the same you need to check out Haute florist* who kindly gifted me the most beautiful bouquet, that I have been enjoying so much. Check out my blog post if you are looking to send someone flowers. Here

It's been Easter this month or chocolate month, and a new favourite snack has wormed its way into my affections and that's Bournville chocolate buttons, they are not only delicious but dairy free, so great if you can't eat dairy like me or are Vegan.

Last but by Know means least my fashion favourite this month, especially over that glorious weekend we had has to be my Newlook floral midi dress , it's the perfect spring summer dress, check out my post here.

Newlook floral midi dress

I hope you enjoyed my reading about my favourite things this month. Do you love any of the things I've mentioned?


What I Loved in April


What I Loved in April

We are yet again approaching the end of another month, after January taking years to end, the following months have flown by at an alarming rate, and May is nearly upon us. Although if I'm honest that makes me happy as we are away from those dark nights and short days, and into my favourite months of the year.

Anyway enough waffling here is what I have been loving in April.
( some links may be affiliate, which means I earn a few pennies if you buy at know cost to yourself)

First up is a new to me skincare product, Effaclar duo (+) from La Roche - Posay. I had heard of the wonders of this product for problem skin, but had never tried it until, recently when my skin became a problem. Since coming off the pill, I have been more prone to outbreaks, add in being unwell, new meds and hormones and you get the picture. So back in March I decided to place an order and try Effaclar duo (+) a moisteriser that is designed to hydrate, fight spots and prevent new ones. And long story short I bloody love it. Since using it I haven't had one new spot, and my skin is looking and feeling so much clearer, I've only been using the product for just over a month, but already I can't see me using anything else. I highly recommend.

After that long love note about moisteriser, I'm going to keep it brief, so as not to bore you to death. You may remember my post about Elf Makeup, if so then you will know how much I love Elf's flawless finish foundation, it's a dream to use with a great finish and is a bargain to boot.

My favourite book in April was It felt like a Kiss - Sarra Manning, if you like books look out for my what I read in series, with April's coming soon. In the meantime my review of It felt like a kiss is here

I love Spring, and love having Spring flowers in my home, if you are the same you need to check out Haute florist* who kindly gifted me the most beautiful bouquet, that I have been enjoying so much. Check out my blog post if you are looking to send someone flowers. Here

It's been Easter this month or chocolate month, and a new favourite snack has wormed its way into my affections and that's Bournville chocolate buttons, they are not only delicious but dairy free, so great if you can't eat dairy like me or are Vegan.

Last but by Know means least my fashion favourite this month, especially over that glorious weekend we had has to be my Newlook floral midi dress , it's the perfect spring summer dress, check out my post here.

Newlook floral midi dress

I hope you enjoyed my reading about my favourite things this month. Do you love any of the things I've mentioned?



Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review
Gifted flowers in exchange for  honest review

Who doesn't love a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers delivered directly to your front door? I for one do. So when Haute got in touch and asked me to review a bouquet of my choice, I was all over it. I got straight on their website and picked this gorgeous Spring tulip arrangement. I love tulips in Spring, there is something lovely about fresh spring flowers in your home to get you in the mood for the best months of the year.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review

The flowers arrived well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, delivered by a courier the very next day, inside the flowers where beautifully wrapped, and came with care instructions, plant food and a glass vase. I have the large bouquet and it is so large it actually filled 2 vases, I cannot stress just how many flowers you get. The tulips are all closed on arrival for lasting longevity once you receive them. They are stunning and I just can't stop looking at them as they are so beautiful.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review
Haute florist has so many bouquets or hat box arrangements to choose from, whether they are a special gift for a birthday, as get well soon wishes or just because. There is a something for every occasion and taste. They are even perfect as a treat for yourself because who needs a reason to have beautiful flowers in our homes.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review

As you can see even Ernie likes them......

Why not visit Haute florist and choose your next bouquet.

*Flowers gifted in exchange for a review
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Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review


Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review
Gifted flowers in exchange for  honest review

Who doesn't love a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers delivered directly to your front door? I for one do. So when Haute got in touch and asked me to review a bouquet of my choice, I was all over it. I got straight on their website and picked this gorgeous Spring tulip arrangement. I love tulips in Spring, there is something lovely about fresh spring flowers in your home to get you in the mood for the best months of the year.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review

The flowers arrived well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, delivered by a courier the very next day, inside the flowers where beautifully wrapped, and came with care instructions, plant food and a glass vase. I have the large bouquet and it is so large it actually filled 2 vases, I cannot stress just how many flowers you get. The tulips are all closed on arrival for lasting longevity once you receive them. They are stunning and I just can't stop looking at them as they are so beautiful.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review
Haute florist has so many bouquets or hat box arrangements to choose from, whether they are a special gift for a birthday, as get well soon wishes or just because. There is a something for every occasion and taste. They are even perfect as a treat for yourself because who needs a reason to have beautiful flowers in our homes.

Haute florist Spring British Tulip bouquet review

As you can see even Ernie likes them......

Why not visit Haute florist and choose your next bouquet.

*Flowers gifted in exchange for a review
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How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

I'm back with a new fashion post, Spring has arrived in earnest here in the UK, and like the true Brit that I am, I have been soaking up the rare sunshine to the max. What better way to embrace Spring dressing then with a floral pattern, it's a classic and makes an appearance every year. But how do you wear florals when you're not a girly girl? well strap yourself in ladies, it's easy, 


How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

just make the rest of the outfit as tough and as none feminine as you can, and you have made a floral outfit that bit more your style.


How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl
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My first point of call when making a floral outfit less girly for me starts with footwear, if I am wearing a dress or a skirt I inevitably add trainers or a black ankle boot to tone the whole look down, keeping sandals and heels for more casual outfits like jeans and a t-shirt.  Another way is to add tougher textures like denim or leather, again great ways to make florals less of a feminine statement.

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

Will you be wearing florals this Spring/Summer?

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How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl


How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

I'm back with a new fashion post, Spring has arrived in earnest here in the UK, and like the true Brit that I am, I have been soaking up the rare sunshine to the max. What better way to embrace Spring dressing then with a floral pattern, it's a classic and makes an appearance every year. But how do you wear florals when you're not a girly girl? well strap yourself in ladies, it's easy, 


How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

just make the rest of the outfit as tough and as none feminine as you can, and you have made a floral outfit that bit more your style.


How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl
Affiliate links



My first point of call when making a floral outfit less girly for me starts with footwear, if I am wearing a dress or a skirt I inevitably add trainers or a black ankle boot to tone the whole look down, keeping sandals and heels for more casual outfits like jeans and a t-shirt.  Another way is to add tougher textures like denim or leather, again great ways to make florals less of a feminine statement.

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

How to wear florals when you're not a girly girl

Will you be wearing florals this Spring/Summer?

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Yankee Candle Grilled peach and vanilla candle review

Hello, yes sorry I'm talking about candles again so soon, apologies, but I just couldn't resist sharing this epically delish offering from Yankee Candle that smells good enough to eat. I am so easily influenced so when my best pal Hayley told me about this new scent from Yankee I new I had to have it.

Some of my favourite ever scents are sweet foodie scents, and for that niche Yankee candle has always had me covered, and now the naughty little blighters have bought a new sunday brunch club range, with scents such as Belgium waffles, White strawberry Bellini and of course the one I picked up grilled peaches and vanilla.

Grilled Peaches and vanilla literally smells like a summer dessert, I love the caramelized sweet brown sugar, mixed with the fruity scent of cooking fruit, with the added surprise of vanilla. Grilled peaches and vanilla, has got to be one of my favourite new scents for a while, and it's made me desperate to try the other fragrances in the Sunday brunch range.

You can pick up the whole brunch club range online here 

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Yankee Candle Grilled peach and vanilla candle review


Yankee Candle Grilled peach and vanilla candle review

Hello, yes sorry I'm talking about candles again so soon, apologies, but I just couldn't resist sharing this epically delish offering from Yankee Candle that smells good enough to eat. I am so easily influenced so when my best pal Hayley told me about this new scent from Yankee I new I had to have it.

Some of my favourite ever scents are sweet foodie scents, and for that niche Yankee candle has always had me covered, and now the naughty little blighters have bought a new sunday brunch club range, with scents such as Belgium waffles, White strawberry Bellini and of course the one I picked up grilled peaches and vanilla.

Grilled Peaches and vanilla literally smells like a summer dessert, I love the caramelized sweet brown sugar, mixed with the fruity scent of cooking fruit, with the added surprise of vanilla. Grilled peaches and vanilla, has got to be one of my favourite new scents for a while, and it's made me desperate to try the other fragrances in the Sunday brunch range.

You can pick up the whole brunch club range online here 

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Book review  It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning

I picked up It felt like a kiss in a charity shop, it was one of three books for a £1, to be honest I was drawn in by at first the pretty cover and then the blurb. I then took it home and proceeded to read it in three days flat. I loved it.

It Felt like A Kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Ellie Cohen was living a pretty dreamy life, she lived in a flat share with her best mates, she was close to her family and especially her mum, and she had a great job in an exclusive Mayfair gallery. The only downside was the string of deadbeat boyfriends, and the rock star dad who refused to acknowledge her existence, but nobody's perfect. 

When the latest  loser ex boyfriends sells Ellie out to the media, she finds herself fighting to keep her reputation and her job. David Gold is charged with handling the media crisis and Ellie, hes handsome and ambitious and thinks Ellie is a gold digger, she thinks hes a shark in a sharp suit, So of course they couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't fall in love.

Ellie is a loveable heroine and I was really rooting for her when the crap started hitting the fan. She's strong willed yet has a vulnerability that makes her endearing. The book moves between present day and 1986 when it looks at the relationship of Ellie's parents before and after she was born. I like the connection that develops between Ellie and the lawyer David, and how just unsuited they seem to be.......

I highly recommend It felt like a kiss, I found it easy reading with characters that you care about. I will be looking for more titles by Sarra Manning for sure.

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Book review It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning


Book review  It felt like a kiss - Sarra Manning

I picked up It felt like a kiss in a charity shop, it was one of three books for a £1, to be honest I was drawn in by at first the pretty cover and then the blurb. I then took it home and proceeded to read it in three days flat. I loved it.

It Felt like A Kiss - Sarra Manning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Ellie Cohen was living a pretty dreamy life, she lived in a flat share with her best mates, she was close to her family and especially her mum, and she had a great job in an exclusive Mayfair gallery. The only downside was the string of deadbeat boyfriends, and the rock star dad who refused to acknowledge her existence, but nobody's perfect. 

When the latest  loser ex boyfriends sells Ellie out to the media, she finds herself fighting to keep her reputation and her job. David Gold is charged with handling the media crisis and Ellie, hes handsome and ambitious and thinks Ellie is a gold digger, she thinks hes a shark in a sharp suit, So of course they couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't fall in love.

Ellie is a loveable heroine and I was really rooting for her when the crap started hitting the fan. She's strong willed yet has a vulnerability that makes her endearing. The book moves between present day and 1986 when it looks at the relationship of Ellie's parents before and after she was born. I like the connection that develops between Ellie and the lawyer David, and how just unsuited they seem to be.......

I highly recommend It felt like a kiss, I found it easy reading with characters that you care about. I will be looking for more titles by Sarra Manning for sure.

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What's in my wonderland mini scented candle review
Gifted in exchange for a review

If you like to support small businesses when shopping for cute interiors items, you may be interested in What's in My Wonderland shop. Georgia makes vegan scented candles using 100% recyclable materials. Her candles come in mini glass mason jars or slightly bigger handled jars, with a screw on decorative lid for when the candle is not in use.

I have a mini vanilla scented jar, and although small, has a good scent throw that continues to scent the room even after it's blown out. The scent itself is lovely, I am a fan of vanilla scents so this is right up my street.

The jar design is classic and understated meaning it would look nice in pretty much any setting, great in the bathroom to create a relaxing ambience in the tub, in the kitchen or on the fireplace.


So why not support a small business today, with either a treat for yourself or an unique gift for a friend or family member.


* Candle was kindly gifted

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What's in my wonderland mini scented candle review


What's in my wonderland mini scented candle review
Gifted in exchange for a review

If you like to support small businesses when shopping for cute interiors items, you may be interested in What's in My Wonderland shop. Georgia makes vegan scented candles using 100% recyclable materials. Her candles come in mini glass mason jars or slightly bigger handled jars, with a screw on decorative lid for when the candle is not in use.

I have a mini vanilla scented jar, and although small, has a good scent throw that continues to scent the room even after it's blown out. The scent itself is lovely, I am a fan of vanilla scents so this is right up my street.

The jar design is classic and understated meaning it would look nice in pretty much any setting, great in the bathroom to create a relaxing ambience in the tub, in the kitchen or on the fireplace.


So why not support a small business today, with either a treat for yourself or an unique gift for a friend or family member.


* Candle was kindly gifted

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Elf flawless finish foundation

I must admit there hasn't been much in the way of beauty content recently, apologies! I haven't bought any new beauty products for a while. Being unwell I just haven't really bothered with makeup shopping. Until my good friend Hayley from Haysparkle.com, recommended Elf foundation to me. Now I am "touch wood" turning a corner with me health, I felt like treating myself and a new affordable foundation was required in my makeup bag.

I have never tried Elf before, and I was surprised by the range and the affordability in my local Superdrug. The flawless finish foundation comes in a huge range of shades, with both pink and yellow undertones making it easy to find a shade that works me. The formula is lightweight and oil free, great for my combination skin, that has a tendency to go a little shiny. The coverage itself is medium to buildable, which did concern me as I usually wear quite light coverage, but the foundation feels light on the skin, blends out beautifully and looks natural not cakey or heavy. The packaging is stylish and has a handy pump dispenser equal to that of far more expensive brands. I really like the Elf flawless finish foundation and have worn it none stop since buying it last month.

Elf no budge shadow stick

While I was there I also picked up a no budge shadow stick in the shade Bronze metal. I love a shadow stick for quick makeup days, they are great for travelling and require zero time or skill to apply, just sweep over the lid and blend with your finger, going light or heavier depending on the look your after. Bronze metal is a great everyday bronze shade that I think will suit most eye colours. The formula is so soft and creamy and blends easily, and as the name suggests does not budge. It doesn't crease or smudge on me, in fact It's just as good as a far more expensive one I have.

I have been so impressed with both the flawless finish foundation, and the no budge shadow stick, I will defo be picking up more from Elf, I have heard great things about the 16 hour camo concealer and will be buying that for sure. 

What do you recommend I try from Elf?

You can Pick up the flawless finish foundation £7.50 and the no budge shadow stick £5 from Superdrug.


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Trying Elf Makeup


Elf flawless finish foundation

I must admit there hasn't been much in the way of beauty content recently, apologies! I haven't bought any new beauty products for a while. Being unwell I just haven't really bothered with makeup shopping. Until my good friend Hayley from Haysparkle.com, recommended Elf foundation to me. Now I am "touch wood" turning a corner with me health, I felt like treating myself and a new affordable foundation was required in my makeup bag.

I have never tried Elf before, and I was surprised by the range and the affordability in my local Superdrug. The flawless finish foundation comes in a huge range of shades, with both pink and yellow undertones making it easy to find a shade that works me. The formula is lightweight and oil free, great for my combination skin, that has a tendency to go a little shiny. The coverage itself is medium to buildable, which did concern me as I usually wear quite light coverage, but the foundation feels light on the skin, blends out beautifully and looks natural not cakey or heavy. The packaging is stylish and has a handy pump dispenser equal to that of far more expensive brands. I really like the Elf flawless finish foundation and have worn it none stop since buying it last month.

Elf no budge shadow stick

While I was there I also picked up a no budge shadow stick in the shade Bronze metal. I love a shadow stick for quick makeup days, they are great for travelling and require zero time or skill to apply, just sweep over the lid and blend with your finger, going light or heavier depending on the look your after. Bronze metal is a great everyday bronze shade that I think will suit most eye colours. The formula is so soft and creamy and blends easily, and as the name suggests does not budge. It doesn't crease or smudge on me, in fact It's just as good as a far more expensive one I have.

I have been so impressed with both the flawless finish foundation, and the no budge shadow stick, I will defo be picking up more from Elf, I have heard great things about the 16 hour camo concealer and will be buying that for sure. 

What do you recommend I try from Elf?

You can Pick up the flawless finish foundation £7.50 and the no budge shadow stick £5 from Superdrug.


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It Felt Like a Kiss
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me
One Day in December
Eve of Man
The Martian
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Crazy Rich Asians
Dear Mrs. Bird
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Keeper of Lost Things
Three Things About Elsie
The Cactus
Wilde Like Me
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Reasons to Stay Alive
Everything I Know About Love
Why Mummy Drinks


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