Friday, 18 April 2014

Denim a l'orange OOTD

Hiya pickles!

This might be the cheesiest outfit title I've ever used. :)

My hubs is off work with a terrible throat infection, and he's been taking photos for me (so I don't have to go out alone with a tripod) even though he feels like death warmed up. It's only fair he's my snapper in exchange for living with his dying swan act for the last few days. (Side note - what is it with men refusing help?! Everything I've suggested which will make him better he's refused to do....what an ickle martyr!)

It was so lovely to take my shoes off and walk on the soft, springy grass! Ah, it's SO good to be outside.


Dress, Simply Be via Mookie
Shirt, Burtons (20 years ago!)
Handbag, Banned via eBay

Hubby bought me the bag for my fancy dress outfit for my birthday, but it's normal enough to use every day. Within a couple of weeks of having it one of the front magnetic clasps had popped off, which I'm not too chuffed about, but it has been stuffed to the brim of and lugged about to London and Birmingham in the short time I've had it so it could be worse.

How are you loving this sunshine, UK peeps? I hope it's sunny where you are!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Oil pulling for wellness?

Hello loves,

Hitting 40 has been a bit of a gentle reminder that there are ways I can influence my health positively which don't necessarily depend on the emotive subject of lifestyle changes. I read a post on Charlene's blog about oil pulling, then just a couple of days later another on the Beauty Gypsy, so I decided to give it a go. I consider coincidences like that are the universe giving me a nudge. :)

See the article at for the science behind it. Here are some of the possible benefits.

• Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws 
• Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis 
• Prevention for bad breath • Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums 
• Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat 
• Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area 
• Correcting hormone imbalances
• Migraine headache relief
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis
• May help with gastro-enteritis
• Aids in the reduction of eczema
• May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
• Helps support normal kidney function
• May help reduce sinus congestion
• Some people report improved vision
• Helps reduce insomnia
• Aids in reducing pain
• Reduces the symptoms of allergies
• Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis

I'm very interested in all things health (even the hippie dippy things) and think there are a number of small ways we can help ourselves out. I've heard it said before that Fibromyalgia might be down to parasites or other nasties, so the idea of 'pulling' bacteria and suchlike out of my mouth by sloshing oil around in it sounded quite good to me.

How and when to do it?

You have to do it when you wake up before eating and drinking. I put about a level tablespoon of food grade virgin coconut oil into my mouth and let it dissolve. Then I gently swish it from side to side. I don't gargle with it, and it's not a good idea to swallow any, as it'll be full of bacteria. When you're done you have to spit it into tissue in your waste bin, or else you will clog up your sink or toilet over time. Then I rinse my mouth out with warm salty water and clean my teeth. While I'm swilling around the oil I do my normal morning routine - cleanse, tone, exfoliate, moisturise, wash (and also a hair wash if it's greasy.) If it's not hair wash day and I have more time to kill I might do the washing up while I do it. The worst part is the first couple of minutes when I have solids in my mouth as coconut oil is solid at room temperature. You can heat the oil up a little if that's a problem but the only time I did that I burned my mouth so I'm sticking with the lumps! :) The Fushi oil is the cheapest and best tasting one I've tried yet, and I've tried a few.

I started about 2 weeks ago, using coconut oil (you can also use food grade olive or sesame oil.) I managed it for about 5 minutes the first time, and thought I'd never work my way up to 20, but I use a kitchen timer and now 20 minutes is fairly easy. I had a little blip a few days in when I stupidly decided to use olive oil. Ugh ugh ugh. If you can manage it, all power to you, but I threw up within a minute.

So, what have I noticed so far?

I find I sleep better on the days I pull, which is astounding! (I'm too lazy to do it on the weekend sometimes.) On the days I pull I have fresher breath and a more moist mouth (dry mouth is a HUGE problem for me usually.) My teeth look shinier and whiter when I've done it, and I've even felt less breathless than usual.

I'm sure there'll be more benefits I notice as time goes on, so I will definitely stick at it.

Had you heard of oil pulling before? Do you think you might try it?

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Peaches & cream OOTD

Hello love bugs!

I got out into the sunshine yesterday to take outfit photos, which was lovely! You can't beat the wind in your hair (or up my dress, in this case!) and soft grass underfoot.

This dress is a couple of years old. I bought it from New Look Inspire before my honeymoon in 2012. It's wasn't very 'me' then as I didn't really do cutesy (it has little white hearts on it) but it has grown on me a lot since then.

This cardi is really lovely, it has fine gold thread running through it. It was originally from Catherine's in the US but I snagged it for a fiver from Just For Five Pounds.

Have an out take. Not just my dopey face, but the wind up my noo na!

Gold cardi, Just For Five Pounds
Name necklace, Extreme Largeness
Dress, New Look Inspire
Leggings, Yours
Bag, Primark
Gold shoes, Matalan last year

As you can probably tell I'm recycling a lot of older items to try to stop me spending money on new things. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My strategies for spending less money

Hello lovelies.

Since I've been blogging and blog reading I've never spent so much money and it has got to the point where even I, patron saint of materialistic ho-bags says 'Enough!' I'm constantly tempted by beautiful things on blogs and unless I want a kick up the arse from my hubby I need to sort it out and pronto. I've come up with a few strategies to help me be less tempted.

  1. Ask myself do I NEED it? A lot of the time I think I need something, like a 10th red lippie, but no, I don't NEED it, I just want it.
  2. Ask myself  will I use it? If it's a multiple of something I've already got, probably not!
  3. Ask myself have I got something similar? If so, leave it.
  4. Ask myself can it wait or will it sell out? If it'll be there in a week or two, leave it for now. If it's sale or limited edition & having answered the first 3 questions with yes, I might go ahead.
  5. Avoid wishlist posts. I end up wishing, which turns into buying.
  6. Avoid haul posts. They trigger me to spend.
  7. Avoid online shopping late at night, which is my trigger time.
  8. Avoid impulse shopping. If I still want something as badly a few days later then I might consider a purchase.
  9. Think of what I can do with the money I don't spend. Save it, buy something nice for the flat, spoil someone else.
  10. Remind myself I can't have everything and it's silly to want to.
  11. Remind myself I'm running out of room.
  12. Remind myself a childhood of poverty needn't mean I buy errrrthang to prove to myself I'm no longer poor.
  13. Remind myself that purchases never cheer me up for long.
  14. Make a deal that for whatever I bring into the house, one item has to go to charity.
  15. Do online shopping hit and runs. I fill up my basket with goodies then close the page. I think the thought of spending money is sometimes nearly as good as the real thing.  
What are your tips for avoiding spending? 

Thanks for reading.

I Feel Good

Hiya honey buns!

I mistyped the title as 'I feed good.' Hahaha.

"You know sometimes when you spend ages getting ready for a night out, an event or even just a blog post, and the reflection in mirror isn't what you hoped? This challenge is for those times when you look in the mirror, no pre planning involved, and think "I look good today".

We all have our good days and our bad, but this challenge is to record those good days and to remember that confidence, at any size, is beautiful."

When it came to this month's challenge, there was only one photo I could think of to include.

This is the one photo I've had back from Curvissa (apart from a group shot) and it makes me smile just thinking about that day. :)

Oh CRAPBALLS, I forgot to link the other ladies again. My apologies!


Thanks for reading, and I hope YOU feel good today!