Monday, 28 July 2014

a white obsession

I bought this white skater dress from Miss Selfridge, it was in the sale for only £9 & when I tried it on it fit perfectly so I couldn't leave it behind. I'm yet to wear it out yet because I'm scared I'll ruin it!
White nails have been the new blogger thing to do recently & it's a trend I've been loving. I've been using Model Own's Snow White, it's £5 a bottle but I picked it up in their 50% off sale back in January. I only ever need to apply two coats & it's completely opaque, I thought it was going to be difficult to get a polish that would achieve a solid block of white as it can be such a transparent shade.
p.s please ignore my messy paint job, it was a few days old & looking a bit worse for wear when I took these photos!
I was sent this blazer from Quiz & I'm so glad I chose this! I ummed & ahhed over it for ages thinking I'd never wear it & that it wouldn't suit me but I have been pairing it with summery dresses or jeans with a colourful top. I don't think the photo does it any justice so I'll try get some photos of it in an outfit post soon! Quiz also do this waterfall blazer in loads of other colours if white isn't your thing! (:

I never thought I'd be a fan of white clothing & white nails used to creep me out (I am weird!) but there's something about the colour white which has got me hooked at the moment! 

Have you got any white items in your wardrobe?

L x

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

my week in photos #21




Ooops, a bit of a food heavy post this week! I've mostly spent my time at work but my day off on Friday consisted a trip to the Seaside with Dom's parents & Tilly pug followed by a yummy pub lunch. Moving back up North to be closer to our family has definitely been the best decision ever, it's so lovely being able to go out for the day & spend time with the people who mean the most. Don't get me wrong, I loved living down South & having our independence but it did get lonely sometimes & we often missed out on family events or friends birthday celebrations because of the distance between us all! 

One downside to this week was poor little Tilly pug had to be treated for an eye ulcer on Tuesday. Anyone that knows the Pug breed will know that eye ulcers are a huge worry & their eye sight can quickly deteriorate if they're left untreated. Luckily I got her to the Vets straight away & it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. On Friday we took her back to be reassessed to be told the ulcer had gone which was a massive relief for me. Tilly pug is always super spoilt & acts like a huge diva all the time but this week she was even more spoilt with lots of treats & plenty of snuggles. She's back to her usual hyper self though now, which I'm so pleased about, it broke my heart seeing her in pain, she's actually like our baby!!

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend!

L x

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

tresemme 7 day keratin smooth haircare

Frizzy hair is the bane of my life, I have thick, wavy hair that takes a lot of effort to straighten & style. I have serious envy towards those of you that naturally have sleek smooth hair or can achieve straightened hair with minimum work! When I heard that Tresemme had launched a new product range that was designed to provide long lasting, salon styled straight hair I knew I'd have to test them out!
The products are infused with Keratin & have built in thermal technology which works with the heat from straighteners to deliver frizz resistance, ensuring my hair stays straight for longer, even after washing it. The Shampoo is low in sulphates meaning my hair feels cleaner than ever as it removes impurities as well as gently cleansing it. The conditioner helps to lock in the Thermal technology that is activated once the heat is applied. The combination of the Shampoo & Conditioner together leaves my hair feeling silky soft & also much more manageable when I come to brush it afterwards. Once I've towel dried my hair I apply a couple of pumps of the 7 day smooth Treatment, mostly focusing on the lengths but I add a small amount to the upper sections of my hair as well. I then either blow dry my hair or leave it to dry naturally, depending on how much time I've got & then it's time for the straighteners to activate the Thermal Technology & lock my hair into super sleek mode! You're supposed to straighten your hair in small sections & go over that section 3-4 times but even straightening my hair as I normally would I can still see a difference with how straight my hair becomes so quickly. Usually my hair takes ages to become poker straight because it frizzes up with the heat & becomes more voluminous than I want it to be! I can also go to sleep with straight hair & wake up the next day with straight hair which is actually quite a surreal experience for me! I'm so used to waking up to my hair being wavy & kinking in all the wrong places so as you can imagine it's a great feeling to see my hair in a presentable condition in the early hours of the morning!

I use this trio of products once a week as I like to vary my hairstyles so when I know that I want to keep my hair straight for a few days I use this haircare routine. I find it such a chore to wash, dry & straighten my hair because of how thick & frizzy my hair can be but after trialling the 7 Day Keratin  Smooth System I can report back to say it's made taming my hair much more enjoyable. I achieve smoother, straighter hair in a much shorter amount of time & I've also been able to reduce the amount of heat I use each week as I don't need to re-straighten my hair as often!

Have you tried any of the products from Tresemme's 7 day smooth range?

L x

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

little things

 Taking time to appreciate the little things can easily be glanced over as life whizzes by so quickly, but recently I've been trying to look at life in a more positive way, because really life is too short! It really can be the little things that bring a smile to my face each day, I think we as Humans often get caught up on the stresses of daily life & often forget nice things that happen throughout our day.
 
- Having time to take my morning coffee back to bed.
- Walking Tilly through the countryside early in the morning or just before the sun sets.
- Planning a spa day with one of my oldest & bestest friends.
- Adding all my spare pennies to our savings jar
- Dom picking me up from work in an evening & greeting me with the biggest hug ever. 
- Arranging flowers in little glass bottles
- FaceTiming my little Brother who lives over in Turkey
- pug hugs
- Baking, I've always loved baking but never made much time for it!
- Receiving lovely comments & tweets from you guys (appreciate every single one of you that reads my blog!)
 - Making someone a cup of tea when they come home from a hard day at work 
- That feeling when you find something you'd been searching weeks for (my MacBook charger!)
- Getting the reduced cupcakes from Tesco
- Painting my nails perfectly, for once!
- Hearing the Northern accent again after being away down South for 3 years
 
Lots of lovely little things happen during my day & taking 5 minutes to recap on a few of those things each week feels weirdly rewarding. I've always been such a negative person but it's so refreshing to be able to think more positively & actually notice the nice things that surround me.
 
L x

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