Sunday, 20 April 2014

Meet my April advertisers.

As you all know (or should do by now!) I offer advertising each month for bloggers. You can read all the details here. This month I'm proud to have Wardrobe Conversations on board again for a second month, and a new advertiser, Plus Size Beauty Addict
Wardrobe Conversations. 

Wardrobe Conversations is an amazing blog run by two best friends, Helen and Kimberley. They have chosen to be my massimo advertisers again this month. Good choice ladies, hehe.

What they have to say:
'We are Helen and Kimberley. We are pale, bespectacled best friends from North East Scotland who enjoy fashion, art, tea, cake and vintage fairs. We met at high school, where we spent our days collecting fashion magazines, doing awful clothing DIYs and dreaming of becoming the next Trinny and Susannah.
Now, Helen is a Clothing Design graduate and Kimberley has a degree in English Language. We live 80 miles apart. Our blog is a celebration of our friendship, our styles and our times together. It includes our outfits, adventures, style challenges, nail art and more!'

I absolutely adore their blog and take pleasure in reading it constantly. Their fashion posts are truly inspiring, and I finally managed to pick up the Primark dress which Kimberley had on in her birthday outfit post, and that I mentioned in their introduction post in March. Yet again, (sorry Helen!) I've fallen in love with Kimberley's amazing monochrome style in their Mary's Milk Bar post. However, the Pill Popper dress that Helen is wearing in her Sunday Adventure post is simply divine. I did have a look on Coco Fennell website but unfortunately for me they only go up to a size 14, le sigh. 
Plus Size Beauty Addict. 

A big welcome to my new advertiser, Emily from Plus Size Beauty Addict, who has chosen to be my medio advertiser this month. Emily is a yummy mummy beauty blogger, like myself obviously, who has only been blogging since February. She has some amazing beauty reviews which you should all check out. 

What Emily has to say:
'Hi, Im Emily, I'm 26 and a mother of two young children, with limited time and money to socialise I started my blog as a space of my own to chat about all the beauty products and fashion items I love to use, the ones that I cant live without and of course to share my opinion on the items which don't quite live up to my expectations. Im really enjoying seeing my blog grow slowly but surely and am excited to see what the future holds. Emily x'

Emily is a lovely person and an equally fantastic blogger. Since reading her review on the Barry M Gelly Pastel nail polishes I had to pick a few up for my spring/summer collection, I love the ice cream shades, especially sugar apple! 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

What's in my basket? | George at Asda

After having a pop into George yesterday and picking up a few bits for Dexter, I thought I would sit down today and have a nice browse at the 'new in' section of George. Normally they have new items uploaded every day (or so it seems!) and I haven't had a look in a week or so. After deciding that I need a pair of decent jeans that actually fit, and a new pair of jeggings that aren't miles to big for me, I settled on these beauties. And also this gorgeous lipstick print t-shirt! My favourite colour isn't pink unfortunately, it's green, but hey, what you gonna do? Haha. All for a bargain price of £28. I just hope they all fit!

Say a big hello to my massimo April advertiser, Wardrobe Conversations!

Trying to be healthy.

As the weather is a lot nicer I've been trying to get out and get a little more exercise. I'm not a gym bunny although I used to enjoy going to the gym, but being the size I am now, and not being toned after having a baby I would rather avoid bumping into people I know. I've been doing a lot more walking, and not just around the shops. I'm lucky to live in Yorkshire, and on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales too, so there are some fantastic places to walk. And what better, I live on a rather long and steep hill which takes me up to the moors. 

My walks have been a good fair few miles, and for a good fair few hours. I'm lucky that I have the motivation of taking Dexter out for fresh air too because if I'm honest, at the moment I don't really enjoy going out that much, and my health hasn't been up to scratch. I'm still suffering with high blood pressure from my pre-eclampsia so I have to take it easy. My Bugaboo pram is the perfect asset for my trips as, wait for it, it has an off-road mode. Yep, it has extra large wheels for better stability and manoeuvrability, and is designed specifically for hill walkers, being pushed on the beach, and in the snow too.
I was contacted a little while back by the fantastic guys at The Hut to see if I would like to review some of their health and weight loss products from their sites MyProtein and MyVitamins. I've tried out some of their vitamin products before when I was pregnant, and they worked really well for me, so I was excited at being able to review more for them. 

From MyProtein I opted to try the MP MAX Elle Aqua Slim drinks. These are fantastic to take on a walk as I get pretty thirsty quickly and find water doesn't quite quench my thirst. These drinks come in orange and passionfruit (my fave!) flavour and are designed to help you burn fat more effectively, along with maintaining your hydration, they also contain green tea which is really helpful if you want to detox at the same time too. I've noticed that not only have they been great at making me feel good during my exercise, but they have a natural pick me up too and have made me feel more awake and a lot healthier too. The Aqua Slim drinks are low calorie too, and contain around 25 for the whole bottle. You can buy 12 of these drinks in 500ml size for £7.29 which I think is a great price, and I will certainly be stocking up on more of these for the summer. 
Over at MyVitamins I opted for the complete weight loss bundle of vitamins. The idea behind this bundle is that it contains four packs of essential vitamins to help you with your weight loss. These are the total carb blockers, true woman thermo, total Acai berry, and total CLA. I've read lots of fantastic reviews about Acai berries but have always been quite weary of buying them from certain sites in the past. By buying these vitamins in the bundle you can save 20%, and the cost is only £15.99 for a 30 day supply. 

The total carb blockers are designed to prevent the body from properly digesting carbs so you absorb less calories from starchy foods like pasta and bread. Total CLA is a fatty acid which helps encourage the body to transform stored fats to usable energy. True Woman Thermo contain ten nutrients and caffeine with green tea helping to detox. Total Acai Berry are super foods and help to remove free radicals which can attack the healthy cells in your body.
I haven't been weighing myself at all, but going based on how I feel and how my clothes fit, and I've noticed a change over the past few weeks, it hasn't been an amazing weight drop of stones or whatever, but I feel healthier in myself and that's what it's all about. 

Say a big hello to my massimo April advertiser, Wardrobe Conversations!

* Products sent for review.

My favourite cosmetic products this week.

I don't think I've ever published a favourites post before, so here is my first of two of my favourite products for the week. This post is all about cosmetics I'm currently loving. It's not very often that I wear a full face of make up, but lately I've started being a little more creative what what I use. 

I've finally found the perfect foundation to match my skin tone from Chanel, costing £36. It's not often that I spend such a lot on cosmetics but after being able to find an amazing match, I had to purchase it. Second up are my new favourite products from Bobbi Brown, being the corrector, concealer duo, and the eye cream. I'm still in love with my favourite lipstick from Sleek, at £4.99 you can't go wrong. A fraction of Illamasqua's price but definitely highly pigmented and long wear too. This has been my second purchase of Rimmel's Endless Lash Accelerator mascara, I've bought a few lately but appear to be allergic or at least sensitive to them, so if it isn't broken, don't fix it! And last but not least is the Illamasqua Illuminator which I'm currently using as a sheen blusher. 
Say a big hello to my massimo April advertiser, Wardrobe Conversations

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Screen Printing | The Print Room

A few weeks ago, or maybe longer now(!), I was invited down to The Print Room for a screen printing workshop. A few others who attended had done this sort of thing at school before, but I must have completely missed out because I don't remember having so much fun! As you all know, I'm a crafting novice, but I do enjoy trying my hand at pretty much anything I can get my fingertips to!
The fabulous Kirstie Williams was there to show us how to do it, whether or not I did it right I have no idea. But I was lucky to be first up and Kirstie pretty much did it all for me! 
We had a lovely intimate night of drinks and chocolate, getting messy with paint, and watching me attempt to cut out a design which resembled anything. I did settle on an 'A for Apple' design, which I tried to use my artistic talent to make anime style. I won't lie, mine was the was the most childish there, and to be honest Dexter could probably have done better. Needless to say the ladies there were very encouraging of my lacking in talent! 
Seriously though, look how happy my apples are!

Unfortunately Kate, the entrepreneur of The Print Room, has decided to close the store. This is such a real shame as I really feel people should support their local small businesses however, you can still buy all her amazing stock online and I hope you will all check out her site and continue to support her. 

Say a big hello to my massimo April advertiser, Wardrobe Conversations!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Hoppy(!) Easter

Yep, see what I did there? Can't take credit for that though haha. So yes, Easter. I love Easter, I love chocolate, I love this time of year. It's a great time to get out in the garden too. So whilst the weather has been really nice I decided to get out in the garden and do a little bit of planting. I'm attempting to grow my own vegetables, so planted a few carrots, cabbages and some broccoli. I doubt they'll grow but hey, I tried.
Because the weather was so beautiful that day, we also decided to have a little Easter Hunt with the kids next door, they loved it. Dexter loved it too, having time out in the sun. I hid lots of Lindt treats all over the garden, some in very easy to locate places, and others a little more obscure. That obscure that I actually forgot where I put them and only found them today, melted. The poor little bunnies and chickens, melted. However, Mr Fridge is currently bringing them back to life edible form. Ah Lindt. 

 

I've only ever paid attention to Lindt at Christmas when they have their amazing chocolate boxes (my post can be seen here). Or when they have the gold bunnies (which I thought were all year round actually!) but they've definitely been on the TV more lately. I love the advert with the little girl in the garden chasing the bunny with a bell. That's how I felt locating my missing chocolate! They have a great range for this Easter, I was so lucky to be able to try their chick range, oh my gosh. These are amazing and have a white filling (just like my favourite brand German brand, mmm). You can see that I definitely loved trying out the carrots too. I was trying to be funny there. I received three flavours of the bunny, dark, white and milk chocolate. And my favourite, Lindor eggs, smooth.

And lastly to my favourite of all, the Lindt bunny, as a soft toy. He's been claimed by Dexter, much to my dismay. He's not just a normal soft toy, he has a zip bottom (hehe) and contains three yummy mini bunnies.
You can still buy lots from their Easter collection and have it delivered in time for this weekend. 

Say a big hello to my massimo April advertisers, Wardrobe Conversations!

* Products sent for review.