Thursday, 24 April 2014

Outside my Comfort Zone 30 - 3 looks OOTD

Hello flowers,

I hate bombarding you with two outfit posts in a day but I forgot to do my OMCZ post yesterday so here I am. Erin picked the theme this time and said:

"Blogging about fashion while living on a budget can be difficult. There is a lot of pressure to keep up with trends and be the first to display a relevant piece. Because it does not suit my finances or lifestyle to constantly purchase new items, I love creating multiple looks around one piece to really stretch the life of my wardrobe. I challenge all of you to create a 'One Item + Three Ways' look to either showcase an item through multiple seasons, or for multiple occasions."

I decided to use my PU skirt from Simply Be for all 2 looks, which I wore with cropped leggings (inspired by 80s Madonna/Cyndi Lauper) as I'm smothered in bruises at the moment from getting up off the stony beach last weekend. (I don't think the leggings look right with the skirt but it's preferable to having my bruised shins on display.)

Firstly, 'Pretty In Pink' featuring the Simply Be cropped pink jumper. I got it when it was £21 and it's gone up to £35 now, ouch. I'm wearing a 26 and it's plenty big. It's only available up to a 24 now but it is oversized. Necklace birthday gift. Boots New Look wide fit.


Next up, 'Spring Lime'. This top is from Asda and is an obnoxious neon lime which doesn't come over in photos. Necklace, old New Look. Hair flower Curious Cat. Shoes, ancient, found in my mum's loft. ;) Blue lippie by Makeup Revolution (with blue eyeshadow over the top to set it.)

And finally 'Eccentric Chic'. Hair bow, present from Nikki (Natty Nikki), necklace, Primarni, Top, old Very, Cons - present from my friend Lisa.

I think my favourite look of the three is the first one. How about you?
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New Look Inspire black crochet collar swing dress

Hello pickles!

On Saturday hubby and I visited a local wood to have a picnic, and then the beach. It was a cold but sunny day, and the woods was sprinkled with bluebells and snowdrops. I adore bluebells.

I'm wearing the dress I bought with my birthday money. It's from New Look and I bought it because it reminded me of Wednesday Addams. It has a lovely crochet collar.

Having a fit of the giggles

As you can see the dress is slightly dipped at the back. YAY for retailers finally realising that some fat women (like me) have bum shelves and need some extra length at the back. I went for a size 28 but there is loads of room so a 26 would've been ample. It's a lovely soft stretch jersey material.

I'll share more photos from the woods and beach separately. Next time I wear this dress I might go full on Wednesday style, pigtails and all.

I'm wearing:
Jacket, New Look - only avail in size 26 at the time of writing
Dress, New Look
Leggings, Very
Shoes old Very
Bag, eBay
Bracelets, birthday present

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A trip to Hawkhurst

Hello lovelies,

On Good Friday hubby was just starting to feel human again after his illness so we went out for a drive to Hawkhurst, in Kent and explored St Lawrence's cemetery. One of my favourite things to do is visit churches and cemeteries - they're so peaceful.

Click to enlarge photos.

We explored the cemetery then sat on a bench and had a picnic lunch. We only saw a few people while we were there, and all we could hear were birds, a bumblebee nearby and the whoosh of cars going past. It was a lovely sunny day, a little bit chilly at times, but the fresh air did us a world of good.

Whenever I go to a cemetery I always gravitate towards the oldest gravestones - the leaning ones, the ones covered in lichen, the ones you can no longer read. I love ancient things. I've enjoyed hanging out with the dead since I was old enough to go for walks on my own as a child. Whenever I was troubled I would walk through local cemeteries, at peace with my thoughts.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Yours Clothing black and pink floral print midi dress

Hiya cupcakes!

Recently I won a couple of competitions which gave me a combined sum of £40 of Yours Clothing vouchers to spend. I had a dilemma about which dress to buy and asked for your advice here. While I was dithering about which dress to buy we were invited to our niece's christening, so with that in mind I decided on the black and pink floral print midi dress.

On Good Friday my hubby and I went to Hawkhurst for the day and while we were there he took photos of me wearing the dress.

The dress is knee length on me and for reference I'm 5ft 5 and wearing a size 26/28. The bust and waist fit me perfectly and there is plenty of room in the full skirt. It's 100% viscose and the print is so lovely. It's really comfortable, light and airy and I felt great in it. The length of the dress at the back is good - it doesn't become shorter over my big bum shelf.

Hair flower, old New Look
Cropped cardi, Bonmarche (I'm wearing XL.)
Dress, Yours Clothing
Leggings, Yours Clothing
Shoes, old Evans
Bag, present
Bracelet & earrings, presents

I love cemeteries for the silence and the ability to think in peace. Where do you go when you want to think?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 21 April 2014

BeautyLab GlycoWash glycolic acid cleanser

Hello lovelies!

I got this face wash in my You Beauty discovery box in March and really like it. On the BeautyLab website it says:

A skin refining oil free 5% glycolic foaming gel with triggered release technology that works longer and deeper to remove impurities, unclogging pores refining and cleansing whilst helping to prevent future break-outs. Contains pomegranates enzymes, glycolic and salicylic acid infused microspheres, soothing willow bark and lavender.

Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which helps to exfoliate the skin on the surface level which is helpful for ageing, sun damaged and dry skin. Salycitic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) which is useful for oily, blemished skin and this exfoliates at a deeper level, into the pores. This face wash is a cure all wash which can help with:

  • Dull and Congested Skin
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Ageing Skin
  • Uneven Pigmentation
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Acne Prone Skin

The thing I like best about it (other than the gorgeous zingy citrus smell) is how amazing my skin looks afterwards.

You can see just how many bloody freckles I have!

Those photos were taken in natural daylight just after using the face wash and before moisturiser. My pores are minimised, my skin looks much younger and it makes my face so soft too. There's also a noticeable reduction in the redness of my face afterwards (so long as I rinse the facewash off VERY gently with a face cloth - my skin is so sensitive that if I'm rough with my skin I resemble a beetroot for the next half hour.)

Because the acids in the wash make you more sensitive to the sun you have to make sure to wear sunscreen afterwards as you will burn more easily. You can only use the wash 2-3 times a week.

It's £32 for 200ml and one small pump (of about the size of a bean) covers my whole face and neck. I'm not sure how much is dispensed in the average pump but I think 200ml should last me quite some time yet. I do think I will purchase one for myself when it runs out as I love the way the smell revives me in the morning and the way it makes my skin feel - I can't stop stroking it on the days I use it.

As I age I'm getting more and more interested in skincare. It has taken me a long time to realise that make up looks better on a smooth canvas, and as such I'd sooner spend more money on skincare than makeup. My eye bags have gone BOO! since I hit 40. Before they were just kidding, now they mean business. ;) Also, I seem to have a big problem with chin spots in the last few months, which I think *might* be down to testosterone increasing in my body as I wax my way towards the menopause. Either that or my specialist was wrong and I DO have PCOS. (He thinks I have the cysts but not the syndrome, but the peach fuzz on my face and chin combined with the spots might be telling me a different story.)

You can buy GlycoWash here.

Thanks for reading!

What's your favourite skin care product? If this is all Greek to you I'm thinking of starting a skin care series from the very basics up. I'm still learning myself, so what I learn I will share with those of you similar to me who are just starting to understand skin care.