Facing my Hair Fears! 

For as long as I can remember I’ve had long hair. Long hair is great, you can tie it up, curl it and hide behind it! Long hair became my safety blanket! 

 

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t say my hairs led a boring life. I’ve experimented with colour and styling a lot. I’m very lucky having a sister who’s a hairdresser but she knew better to ever suggest cutting my hair shorter! I was the sort of girl who had nightmares where I had my hair cut and cried because I hated it so much!
  

  
After being red, dark brown, blonde, purple, trying highlights and ombré I fancied a change. Flicking through Pinterest the long bob or “lob” caught my eye. The problem with my long hair was that it was often a bit flat and lifeless. The Lob on the other hand looked full of bounce. Should I go for it?
  
Before I could analyse the idea too much I sent a pic to my sister asking something like would me face look fat with this style?! She was quick to respond with “not, go for it.” Before I knew it I was sat on a chair my hair falling at my feet! I was very excited and nervous to see the finished result but I loved it! 

  
 

My hair feels like it’s got so much more body and bounce. It’s easy to style and I can still curl it. I feel like I look more stylish and classy too. 

  
As I’m getting older I’m definitely  happier in my own skin. 
Hope you enjoyed reading about my hair restyle, 

L x

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Cooking up a storm

I must admit I love to cook, I’m not a great baker but I am a pretty good cook! I try to cook all of our evening meals from scratch using fresh ingredients where possible. 

  
Growing up with 2 younger sisters and divorced parents I learnt to cook from a young age. Back in those days it was all about taste, calories and fresh produce didn’t really come into it. We were quite lucky as kids though as we did get to try a range of foods and cuisines. 

My cooking style.

I care about presentation and always like my meals to look good. I try to use fresh ingredients where possible. Taste is paramount and I love flavoursome food! I like meals that are easy to prepare and cook, I’m not into fuss. I spend around £70 a week on food shopping for 2 of us, so I would say my meals aren’t expensive.

My favourites and influences.

I’m a huge spice fan; Mexican, Indian and Thai are some of my favourite cuisines! I’m also a big seafood, fruit and veggie lover. I do eat meat- a lot of chicken normally. But I also like pork, lamb, duck and a nice medium rare steak. 

Whilst travelling around Australia I tried some more unusual meats including crocodile, kangaroo and goat. As well as a good BBQ Thai cuisine is very popular in Australia so I picked up a lot of ideas whilst sampling the Asian cuisine! My Grandad was a Police officer in Bradford and he learnt to cook a mean vegetable curry from the Indian and Pakistani ladies who lived there. I think this is where my love of spice comes from! 

I’m loving 2 appliances at the moment- my slow cooker and my smoothie maker/juicer. 

So what am I cooking tonight? 
In Australia we ate some fantastic Laska at the markets so tonight I had a go at my own version of Laska- Thai Prawn, Chicken, Noodle and coconut curry soup. 

 
Ingredients 

  • A splash of oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 tbsp of red thai curry paste 
  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger 
  • 250g chicken breast diced
  • 1 pack of cooked king prawns
  • 1 pint of chicken broth 
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 packet of rice noodles
  • To garnish- red onion, spring onions, red chilli and corriander.

Method

  1. Fry the garlic, ginger and curry paste in the oil in a large pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the diced chicken and fry until it starts to brown. 
  3. Add the broth, fish sauce and coconut milk. Bring to the boil and taste. If it tastes too salty add more water (the lime juice will also help)
  4. Add the noodles, prawns and lime juice and continue to heat (simmer) for 3 minutes.
  5. Serve the soup into bowls and garnish with sliced red onion, spring onions, red chilli and corriander. 

A quick, tasty, filling and healthy meal. Enjoy!

L x 

My skincare routine 

I had pretty good skin growing up and through my teens then I reached adult hood and I started to get oily skin and spots- how unfair!

A good skin routine is very important and I’ve tried a hellava lot of products to get a routine I’m happy with that works. 

 
I love make up wipes and I always come back to Johnsons, some wipes can feel a little dry and drag on the skin. Johnsons wipes are nice and moist and remove all of my make up. I use the ones for combination skin but there are other types. Stock up on these wipes when they are on offer in boots! 

Once I’ve removed my make up I then cleanse with my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I decided to purchase this one after reading lots of good things about it and I really like it. My skin feels clean and nourished after using this product. 

For my morning routine I then go on to spritz with a toner water. My current favourite is the my little beauty energising one. Finally I’ll apply a moisturiser, Talikas photo hydra uses natural light to most use throughout the day. A nice light formula. 

For my evening routine I apply a night cream. Garniers miracle sleeping cream is lovely and leaves my skin looking nice in the morning. 

I also use a foam face wash when in the shower and a clay mask a few times a month. 

So that’s my current skin care routine, what’s yours? 

L x

Obsessed with eBay! 

Living in the middle of know where internet shopping is a god send! I’ve used eBay both as a seller and a buyer for some time. Just recently I’ve really started to enjoy bargain hunting on eBay so I thought I’d share some of my favourite recent purchases with you today. 

 
I’m a huge mean girls fan and I already own a “On Wednesdays we wear pink!” top. I love this simple but cute Tee.

Since having my ears pierced for a second time I’ve been on the hunt for some small studs. I love rose gold so these tiny heart studs are perfect and a snip at £3.29. 

I own a beautiful guess watch that my lovely bf bought me for Christmss but there are some fantastic super cute and super cheap watches on eBay. This lovely pastel watch was less than £2!!!

Last but not least I’m a big fan of crystal jewellery and I’m going to wear this beauty on a long chain. I think the colour of this crystal is gorgeous. 

What’s your best eBay bargain? 

L x

Wreck this journal 

Hi lovelies, I’m sorry my blog has been pretty quiet lately I’ve been very busy starting a new job and moving house! 

Today I wanted to share with you my latest obsession Wreck this journal. I’m a very creative person, I love to express my creativity through art, beauty, fashion and DIY. 

So the idea behind Wreck this journal is that the book has instructions on each page of different ways in which you can “wreck it.” 

 
These instructions include statements such as; take this page in the shower, bury this page in your neighbours back yard and freeze this page. 

 

Some “wreckers” take the instructions very literally and some take a more artistic approach. 

 
I’m having so much fun completing pages from my wreck it journal! I definitely recommend it to anyone else who likes being creative. 

Happy wrecking! 
L x  

Nail of the month 💅🏽

Well as the weather has been so lovely lately it really does feel as though Summer is coming. This month I decided to opt for coral in homage to the sunnier weather. I tend to go for 1 or 2 nails in a different colour to the rest for a modern, stand out feel and you can’t beat a bit of sparkle! 

  
What are your nails sporting right now? 

L x

Nails of the month 💅

I’m not necessarily a “season” follower with my nails and make up. So my nail of the month this November is glamorous, bright and sparkly! I went for an almond shape rather than square this time as I fancied a change. I love an accent nail and gems can look super glam!

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What polish are you sporting at the moment?
My nail technician loves doing my nails because I always have all sorts of different ideas!

L x

Cute, cheap and Christmassy! TK Maxx stocks Ciate 💅

This year I have been super organised with my Christmas shopping and I’m almost done! I think it’s because I’m so excited to be back in the UK this year for the festive period. I’d like to think I’m on Santa’s good list this year but I have been a little naughty recently treating myself to some goodies.
I’m a huge nail polish fan so imagine my delight when present hunting in TK Maxx to stumble upon a shelf full of Ciate goodies.

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I’m not sure about other stores but my local one has all sorts of Ciate goodies in stock right now. These range from single paint pots to duo sets to larger collections.

A child in a sweet shop
Like a child in a sweet shop I literally found it hard to know where to look but here are a few stand out items I spotted: chalkboard nails set, dolls house collection, caviar nails duos and the Nail Lab kit. I actually bought a caviar set and the dolls house collection as gifts for friends.

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Festive Fancies
I spotted two types of the mini mani advent calendars and I bought myself one of them-hurry up December! I also spotted some cute Ciate Christmas Trinkets which I was very tempted by- these would make fab stocking fillers.

Gold coins-not the chocolate variety
So let’s talk prices, massive bargains to be had here. All of the products were hugely discounted. I paid £20 for my mini mani calendar which retails at £50, that works out at less than £1 per polish! I paid £5.99 for the caviar duo set which retails at around £15.00 and £6.99 for the dolls house collection which retails around £20.00. My friend purchased the Nail lab kit for a mere £20, I was very tempted by this one too. This one retails at £65.00.
So what’s the catch? Well basically these are not this seasons products, I think the mini manis are the 2013 editions. So as long as you don’t already own these products you won’t be disappointed.

Happy shopping!

L x

Empties

This is my first empties blog post. It’s quite a strange concept blogging about things I’m about to throw away!

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Davroe Colour Senses Ends Repair
I got this product in an Australian beauty box whilst I was living in Darwin and as I’d just ombred my hair it was a useful product. This product did improve the condition of my ends but as I’ve just purchased the Ozzie hair repair to use on my ends I won’t be re purchasing this one just yet.

Jimmy Choo Perfume
I love this perfume, my sister actually got me into this scent. I’m really hoping I get some more for Christmas or my Birthday but if not il be hunting some out in the Boxing Day sales! The perfume I’m currently wearing is The Body Shop Coconut which I get so many compliments on and it’s very reasonable. A holiday type fragrance. Another favourite of mine is Vera Wang Princess.

Uriage Aqua Précis
I 💜 this product, it feels so silky and fresh on your skin. I haven’t tried anything quite like it and I really want to repurchase pretty soon.

So that was my first empties blog.

L x

I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad

I saw this tag on a blog I follow and I thought it would be really fun to do.
The idea is to answer each category with the first three things that come to mind, the only rule being to not think too much about it.

1. Products/things: Kindle, vintage charm bracelet and eyelash extensions.

2. Foods: Spicy Burritos, Blackberries and SeaSalt Chocolate.

3. Places: On a beach, iceskating rink and in my bed.

4. Things you’d miss if you didn’t have them: Friends and family, Chris and Ruby my dog.

5. Things you do when you’re bored: Read, watch films, blog.

6. Things you enjoy when it’s sunny: Swimming, sunbathing and picnics/BBQ

7. Films: Hunger Games, Mean Girls, Harry Potter.

8. Songs: Whips and Chains, Soul Man and Sunny.

9. Brands: Lush, River Island and Barry M.

10. Outdoor things you like: Camping, festivals and the beach.

11. Events: Christmas Eve, weddings and Birthdays.

12. Cartoons: As told by Ginger, Penny Crayon and Trapdoor.

13. Buildings: New flat, igloo and beac hit.

14. Anything in everyday life: Breakfast in bed, cuddles/kisses and parcels.

15. Traits in a person: Loyal, passionate and kind.

16. Influences: My best friend, my sisters and my boyfriend.

17. Drinks: cocktails, elderflower presse and sangria .

18. Experiences: skydiving, snorkelling and becoming an Aunty.

19. Things to watch: Orange is the new black, downton abbey and game of thrones.

20.Books: Hunger games, Harry Potter, Jilly Cooper.

What are your favourite things?

L x

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