Friday, 24 November 2017

A SMILE IS THE PRETTIEST THING A GIRL CAN WEAR


EVERYONE NATURALLY LOOKS THERE BEST WHEN THEY SMILE. SMILING IS SUCH AN EASY THING TO DO THAT CAN NOT ONLY IMPACT YOUR MOOD BUT THE PEOPLE SURROUNDING YOU TOO. IT ALSO MAKES YOU APPEAR SO MUCH MORE APPROACHABLE THAN SITTING THERE WITH A RESTING BITCH FACE NO ONE WANTS TO EVEN SIT NEXT TO, LET ALONE GENERATE CONVERSATION WITH. SO THINK ABOUT THAT NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN A PUBLIC PLACE, SMILE AT THE NEXT PERSON YOU MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH, YOU NEVER KNOW THAT PERSON MIGHT BE HAVING A REALLY BAD DAY BUT THE EFFORTLESS ACTION YOU MADE OF A SIMPLE SMILE REMINDED THEM THAT THE BAD MORNING OR HARD SHIP THEY ARE EXPERIENCING THAT DAY WILL GO AWAY AND THEY WILL SMILE TOO. SEE, BET YOU DIDN'T THINK OF THAT. 

SAYING ALL OF THIS THOUGH, IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT WITH YOUR SMILE DUE TO WONKY, MISSING OR YELLOW STAINED TEETH THAT ARE DOWN TO BAD HYGIENE SOMETHING AS SMALL AS A SMILE CAN SEEM DAUNTING AND SOMETHING YOU TRY TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS. WHICH IS WHY ORAL HYGIENE IS SO IMPORTANT, STARTING WITH YOUR TOOTH BRUSH. AND WHEN THEY LOOK AS PRETTY AS THIS THEN THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO INVEST IN A REALLY GOOD BRUSH AND WITH CHRISTMAS COMING UP THEN WHY NOT SHOW YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST JUST HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU BY TREATING THEM TO SOMETHING THEY WOULDN'T NECESSARILY BUY FOR THEMSELVES.

THE NEW ORAL B PRO 2000 IS AVAILABLE IN PINK. ANYTHING AVAILABLE IN PINK IS A WINNER FOR ME. I AM THE DEFINITION OF A GIRLY GIRL SO I WAS SOLD.  

I USED TO ALWAYS THINK A TOOTHBRUSH WAS A TOOTHBRUSH, HOW WRONG COULD I BE? THEY ARE SO INTELLIGENT FAR MORE INTELLIGENT THAN I EVER WILL BE. BELIEVE ME THAT IS NO EXAGGERATION. KNOWLEDGE WAS SOMETHING I WAS NOT GIFTED WITH, WHAT COLOURS WORK WELL TOGETHER- I CAN DO THAT NO PROBLEM, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE NO WAY!

THIS PRO 2000 MODEL HAS TWO MODES, A DAILY CLEANSING MODE AND ALSO A GUM CARE MODE. GUM CARE IS SO IMPORTANT AS ITS THE BED TO WHERE THE ROOTS OF YOUR TEETH SLEEP AND ALL THE SIGNALS ARE STORED THAT ALERT YOU OF ANY PAIN OR IRRITATION SO THEY MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN. 

THE DAILY CLEANING MODE IS FOR STANDARD MOUTH CLEANSING ON A DAILY BASIS WHEREAS THE GUM CLEANSING OFFERS A GENTLE MASSAGE TO THE GUMS. 


THIS BRUSH COMES WITH A CROSS ACTION BRUSH HEAD, WHICH MEANS THAT THE ANGLED BRISTLES GIVE YOU A PRECISE CLEAN WHICH LIFTS AND POWERS AWAY PLAQUE WITH EASE AND MINIMUM EFFORT. THIS BRUSH ALSO FEATURES LIGHT BLUE INDICATOR BRISTLES TO HELP YOU MONITOR WHEN YOUR BRUSH NEEDS A NEW HEAD. WITH THOROUGH BRUSHING TWICE DAILY FOR THREE MINUTES EACH TIME, THE LIGHT BLUE COLOUR WILL FADE HALFWAY AFTER APPROXIMATELY 3 MONTHS. IF THE BRISTLES START TO SPLAY BEFORE THIS TIME IT MAY BE DOWN TO THE FACT YOU APPLY TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON THE GUMS AND TEETH. 

TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING THERE IS A BUILT IN PRESSURE SENSOR WHERE A RED LIGHT WILL FLASH WHEN TOO MUCH PRESSURE IS BEING APPLIED TO REMIND YOU TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH GENTLY AND NOT WITH BRUTE FORCE. IF YOU CONTINUE TO BRUSH WITH TOO MUCH FORCE THEN THE BRUSH WILL MAKE A DIFFERENT SOUND WHILST BRUSHING. 

 IT IS ALSO BUILT IN WITH  SHORT STUTTERING TIMER THAT WILL ALERT YOU EVERY 30 SECONDS, SO THAT YOU CLEAN EACH QUADRANT OF YOUR MOUTH EQUALLY. 


IT COMES WITH A WALL CHARGER THAT CAN BE KEPT IN THE BATHROOM THAT ALSO WORKS AS A MOUNT TO LOOK AFTER YOUR BRUSH. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERCHARGE YOUR BRUSH SO THERE IS NO FEAR OF THAT. THE BRUSH HAS TWO INDICATOR LIGHTS ON THE BASE. ONE LETTING YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS CHARGED AND THE OTHER ONE SHOWING YOU HOW MUCH CHARGE THE BRUSH IS HOLDING CURRENTLY. THIS MAKES IT PERECT TO TAKE AWAY FOR WEEKENDS AWAY TOO SO THAT IT WILL NEVER JUST RUN OUT ON YOU WHILST YOU ARE AWAY. DO YOU NOT JUST HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS? I SWEAR IF SOMETHING I USE ON A DAILY BASIS IS GOING TO BREAK OR RUN OUT OF BATTERY IT WILL RUN OUT WHEN I HAVE ZERO ACCESS TO A SHOP OR A POWER SOURCE. 



Thursday, 23 November 2017

YES, IT IS THAT VELVET JACKET OF DREAMS AGAIN


BLAZERS ARE NOT JUST FOR EVENINGS TEAMED WITH HEELS. THEY CAN ADD THAT EXTRA BIT OF SASS TO A CHARITY SHOP 75P JUMPER, LEATHER SKINNY TROUSERS AND SUPER HIGH GOTHIC BOOTS THAT YOU CAN'T KEEP OFF YOUR FEET COMBO.

FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT NEW ADDITIONS TO MY WARDROBE WITH A LOT MORE THOUGHT AS I HAVE SO MANY ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE THAT I HAVE ONLY WORN ONCE AND ONE WAY SO UNLESS I CAN THINK OF NUMEROUS WAYS TO STYLE IT THEN IT DOES NOT COME HOME WITH ME. THIS HAS WORKED REALLY WELL FOR ME AND THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO MY WARDROBE HAVE WELL AND TRULY EARNED THERE SPACE. THIS JACKET IS MOST CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE. 

LIKE I SAID IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG POST I NEVER NORMALLY WEAR BLAZERS JUST BECAUSE THEY REMIND ME OF SCHOOL AND JUST DO NOT TEND TO FIT INTO MY STYLE EASILY. BUT SINCE BUYING IT AND STYLING IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS I WAS SHOCKED AT HOW VERSATILE AND JUST HOW EFFORTLESSLY IT FELL INTO MY WARDROBE SO MUCH SO IT HAS NOT LEFT MY BACK MUCH AT ALL IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS. 





IT WAS THE COLOUR THAT DREW ME IN FIRST THEN THE FIT WAS PERFECT AND IT GAVE ME A REAL GIRL BOSS MOOD AS SOON AS I PUT IT ON IN THE FITTING ROOM I KNEW IT HAD TO BE MINE. ISN'T IT FUNNY HOW AS SOON AS YOU PUT ON CERTAIN CLOTHES THEY INSTANTLY IMPACT YOUR MOOD. GIRLY DRESSES MAKE ME FEEL UBBER FEMININE, PUT ME IN TRACKSUITS AND LOUNGEWEAR I AM INSTANTLY COMFORTABLE AND CHILLED OUT. THEN WHEN I PUT THIS JACKET ON I AM GIRL ON A MISSION WITH A PLAN TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT SHE HAS GOT. 

I LOVE THIS JUMPER, IT WAS THE BEST 75P I HAVE EVER SPENT. CHARITY SHOPS ARE MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO VISIT AT THE MOMENT. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HIDDEN GEMS YOU WILL FIND SO I OFTEN WONDER IN, HAVE A RUMMAGE AND COME OUT WITH SOME PREVIOUSLY LOVED ITEMS THAT SOMEONE HAS PUSHED ASIDE READY FOR ME TO LOVE AGAIN AND GIVE IT THAT GINGER NATALIE TWIST. 

THEN I WENT FOR LEATHER TROUSERS. I BOUGHT THESE 2 YEARS AGO NOW AND ARE A FOOL PROOF ITEM THAT I WEAR CONSTANTLY IN THE COOLER MONTHS. THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE, FLATTERING AND AN AMAZING ALTERNATIVE TO THE BORING DENIM THAT I HAVE RECENTLY FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH. TOPSHOP BRING THESE BACK IN EVERY YEAR SO KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR THIS YEARS VERSION. 
   
I THEN WENT FOR MY FAVOURITE BOOTS OF THE YEAR SO FAR. THESE ZARA BEAUTIES THAT ALSO AS SOON AS I PUT THEM ON I FEEL SUPER SEXY, GLAMOROUS AND NOT FORGETTING 4 INCHES TALLER. I ALWAYS WALK WITH SO MUCH BETTER POSTURE IF I WEAR HEELS. FLAT SHOES TEND TO MAKE ME WALK LIKE A BOY AND I ALWAYS FALL OVER IN THEM, WHICH IS WHY IT IS VERY RARE YOU WILL SEE ME IN THEM. 




TO FINISH THE LOOK I WENT FOR MY MOST WORN ITEM WITHOUT A DOUBT SO FAR THIS MONTH. MY BAKER BOY HAT. HATS FOR ME ARE A COMFORT BLANKET, WHEREAS I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE FIND THEM THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. I FIND THAT AS SOON AS I PUT ONE ON I FEEL CONFIDENT, MY OUTFIT IS COMPLETE, MY HEAD IS WARMER AND THEY ARE A PERFECT WAY OF DISGUISING MY 4 DAY OLD HAIR THAT I FORGOT TO WASH THAT MORNING.

ASOS ARE MY FIRST PORT OF CALL WHENEVER I NEED AN ACCESSORY AS THERE ARE SO MANY BRANDS ON ONE SITE THAT YOU CAN LOOK THROUGH WITHOUT SEARCHING EVERY FASHION WEBSITE YOU KNOW. THIS HAT IS AN ASOS OWN PURCHASE, MEANING IT WAS A GREAT PRICE AND THE PERFECT FINISHING PEICE TO THIS BLAZER DAYTIME LOOK. 

IF YOU THOUGHT BLAZERS MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU THEN GO AND TRY ONE ON FOR YOURSELF, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED! ALSO WHEN YOU NEXT FIND SOMETHING IN THE SHOPS THAT CATCHES YOUR EYE THEN THINK OF A FEW WAYS TO STYLE IT BEFORE PARTING WITH YOUR MONEY. THIS WILL IN TURN MAKE SURE YOU GET THE MOST FROM EACH NEW ITEM YOU ADD TO YOUR WARDROBE AND FOR IT NOT TO LIE DORMANT UNTIL YOU HAVE ANOTHER CLEAR OUT.



OUTFIT DETAILS:

JUMPER- CHARITY SHOP
BOOTS- ZARA 
HAT- ASOS (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

DAYDREAMING IN DENIM



I HAVE FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH DENIM, COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY. I DON'T THINK I HAVE WORN DENIM JEANS BY NATURAL CHOICE IN MAYBE A GOOD COUPLE OF MONTHS. I'VE WORN THEM WITH A BLAZER A COUPE OF WEEKS AGO BUT I NEVER FIND MYSELF REACHING FOR THEM WHEN STYLING MY LOOK FOR THAT DAY. I WOULD MUCH RATHER GO FOR LEATHER TROUSERS, A SKIRT OR SOMEE COATED WAX LEGGINGS. 

BUT MAYBE DENIM NOT IN JEAN FORMATION COULD BE THE KEY TO KEEPING IT IN MY WARDROBE. 

I AM OFF TO PRAGUE NEXT WEEK FOR A FEW DAYS WITH MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD WITH JUST HAND LUGGAGE, YES YOU READ RIGHT. JUST HAND LUGGAGE. I KNOW, I DO NOT KNOW HOW I AM GOING TO DO IT EITHER, BUT I LOVE A CHALLENGE AND I WILL DO IT. SO ANYWAY, I NEED TO FIND SOME OUTFITS THAT ARE LIGHTWEIGHT AND CAN BE EASILY DRESSED UP OR DOWN AND TAKEN FROM DAY TO NIGHT. WHICH IS WHERE I THOUGHT OF THE IDEA OF A LONG SLEEVED DENIM DRESS.  BUT OBVIOUSLY I COULD NOT WAIT A WHOLE WEEK TO WEAR IT SO HERE IT IS. 




THIS DRESS IS FROM ZARA. I ALWAYS GO TO ZARA FOR CLASSIC STYLES THAT ARE GOING TO WORK WITH YOUR WARDROBE YEAR AFTER YEAR ZARA FOR ME IS ALWAYS A WINNER. CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT, ZARA, CLASSIC COAT, ZARA, AND NOW CLASSIC DENIM DRESS, ZARA! 

IT IS SAFE TO SAY I HAVE FALLEN BACK IN LOVE WITH DENIM. 

BEING PETITE CAN MORE OFTEN THAN NOT BE A PAIN WHEN FINDING DAYTIME DRESSES, THEY ARE OFTEN TOO LONG OR MILES TOO SHORT BUT THIS DRESS IS PERFECT FOR ME. THERE IS NO ISSUE OF RIDING UP AS YOU WALK EITHER WHICH IS A HUGE RELIEF AS THAT IS MY BUG BEAR. NO ONE WANTS TO WEAR A DRESS THEY FIND THEMSELVES CONSTANTLY PULLING DOWN AS THEY WALK.

THE CLASSIC FIT OF THE DRESS ALONG WITH THE DEEP BLUE SHADE MAKES IT PERFECT TO STYLE BOTH DAY AND NIGHT. I LOVE THE BUTTONS ON THIS TOO. SMALL DETAILS LIKE WHAT I AM ABOUT TO TELL YOU MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO ME AND WHILST I AM WEARING IT. THE BUTTONS ARE SMALLER ON THE TOP HALF, SO WAIST UP, AND THEY ARE LARGER TOWARDS THE BOTTOM, (WAIST DOWN). THIS MAKES THE DRESS SO MUCH EASIER TO WEAR WITHOUT THE THOUGHT OF ACCIDENTALLY POPPING A BUTTON OPEN LEAVING YOUR MODESTY IN TATTERS!

IT HAS WESTERN STYLE POCKETS TOO WHICH FITS IN GIVING IT A MINOR NOD TO THE TREND OF THIS SEASON, WHILST STILL MAKING IT WEARABLE YEAR AFTER YEAR. 



I THEN WENT FOR SOME THIGH HIGH BOOTS, THESE ARE FROM PRETTY LITTLE THING LAST YEAR- SORRY FOR EVERYONE WHO KEPT ASKING ME WHERE THEY WERE FROM, I HAVE FOUND SOME SIMILAR ONES FOR YOU THOUGH. THEY ARE A BOOT I CONSTANTLY REACH FOR NUMEROUS TIMES EVERY WEEK. I HATE TIGHTS, I AM SURE I AM NOT THE ONLY GIRL WHO HATES THEM OUT THERE. BLACK TIGHTS I CAN LIVE WITH, BUT SKIN COLOUR ONES. MOST CERTAINLY NOT. THEY ARE NEVER SKIN COLOURED AND MATCH YOUR OWN SKIN. WHAT EVEN IS NATURAL SKIN COLOUR? SO THIGH HIGH BOOTS GIVE ME THE WARMTH I NEED YET STILL LOOKING FASHIONABLE, EVEN THE WOLF WHISTLES I CAN DEAL WITH WHEN I WEAR THEM. MUCH NEEDED CONFIDENCE BOOST. 

SPEEDY 35 HAS MADE A RETURN RECENTLY TOO WHICH HAS PLAYED A BACK SEAT IN RECENT MONTHS. LIGHTER COLOUR BAGS ARE NOT JUST FOR SUMMER. WHENEVER I USE THIS BAG WITHIN HOURS I REMEMBER JUST WHY I LOVE IT. IT HOLDS THE KITCHEN SINK, AND THE BATHROOM. WHICH IS SO HANDY WHEN I AM OUT SHOPPING AS I CAN FILL IT WITHOUT CONSTANTLY BUYING CARRIER BAGS WITH EACH PURCHASE. 


OUTFIT LINKS


PHOTOGRAPHY- LEANNE FORDER (@STYLEDWITHLIPSTICK)

Friday, 17 November 2017

FURRY FOR FALL


TEXTURES IS SOMETHING I LOVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH, NO MATTER WHAT THE SEASON IS, TEXTURE IS A WAY OF ADDING INTEREST INTO A LOOK EVEN IF THE ENTIRETY OF THE LOOK IS ALL ONE COLOUR. BUT MY FAVOURITE TEXTURED ITEM OF ALL THAT I OWN IS THIS AMAZING SHAGGY FAUX FUR COAT FROM PRETTY LITTLE THING. THIS COAT IS FOR THE COLDER MONTHS THOUGH WITHOUT A DOUBT AS IT KEEPS YOU SO TOASTY AND WARM. I AM ALWAYS COLD SO FOR ME SOMETHING THAT KEEPS ME WARM AND LOOKS FASHIONABLE IS ALWAYS A WINNER. EVEN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL TELL YOU JUST HOW OFTEN THEY HEAR THE WORDS "I AM COLD" SO WHEN THEY GET THE RELIEF OF NOT HEARING THOSE WORDS COME FROM MY LIPS FOR A WHOLE DAY IS A HUGE RELIEF. 

SO AS SOON AS I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AN SAW THAT IT WAS COLD AND THERE WAS A FROST ON THE GROUND I COULD NOT WAIT TO GET DRESSED FOR THE DAY AND I KNEW EXACTLY THE LITTLE NUMBER I WAS GOING TO REACH FOR. MY FURRY FURRIEST JACKET OF ALL! 

I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME BUT RECENTLY ALL I KEEP DIVING FOR IS BLACK. I NEVER USED TO BE A BLACK DRESSER. IT WAS ALL ABOUT COLOUR, COLOUR COLOUR. DON'T GET ME WRONG THOUGH SOME DAYS I DRESS HEAD TO TOE AS BRIGHT AS I CAN. BUT MORE AND MORE RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN GOING FOR DARKER SHADE OF LATE. 



I LOVE TO MIX UP TEXTURES SO I OPTED FOR MY LEATHER MINI DRESS THAT I BOUGHT OVER TWO YEARS AGO NOW WHEN I WAS IN LONDON AT FASHION WEEK. JUST SHOWS YOU IF YOU BUY CLASSIC PIECES THAT THEY NEVER REALLY GO OUT OF STYLE AND THAT YOU CAN KEEP BRINGING THEM OUT TIME AFTER TIME, SEASON AFTER SEASON, YEAR AFTER YEAR. 

TO MAKE MY LOOK NOT COMPLETELY MONOTONE I WENT FOR A POP OF WHITE WITH A CRISP WHITE SHIRT UNDERNEATH FOR AN EXPOSED COLLAR LOOK. THIS IS SUCH A SIMPLE WAY OF UPDATING SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN AND GIVING IT THAT GEEK CHIC EDGE BUT WITH MINIMAL EFFORT. PLUS IF YOU WEAR IT IN THE COOLER MONTHS AND EXTRA LAYER FOR WARMTH IS NEVER FROWNED UPON. 

THE BLACK TIGHTS ARE OUT. BARE LEGS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE DURING THE DAY AS IT IS JUST FAR TOO COLD. PLUS WEARING TIGHTS THAT MATCH YOUR BOOTS OR SHOES OR TROUSERS WOULD DO THE SAME THING ACTUALLY MAKES YOU APPEAR TALLER AND SLIMMER. NOW WHO WOULD NOT WANT THAT? 


OUTFIT LINKS:

BOOTS- ZARA NO LONGER AVAILABLE 




Tuesday, 14 November 2017

WHAT DID I WEAR BEFORE I BOUGHT THIS


DO YOU EVER BUY SOMETHING AND WITHIN JUST A FEW DAYS WONDER WHAT ON EARTH YOU WORE BEFORE YOU BOUGHT IT? THIS JACKET IS JUST THAT!

I WOULD NEVER NORMALLY HAVE EVER GONE FOR A BLAZER, THEY ARE NOT SOMETHING I NORMALLY SHOP FOR BUT IN MY RECENT TOPSHOP PERSONAL SHOPPING AND STYLING EXPERIENCE I WAS INTRODUCED TO THIS ONE BUT IN A DIFFERENT COLOUT AND FELL IN LOVE INSTANTLY, BUT I NEEDED IT IN THE GREEN. GREEN AND ME, WELL WE JUST WORK VERY WELL, SO NO OTHER COLOUR WOULD EVER OF COME CLOSE. BLAZERS FOR ME REMIND ME OF SCHOOL, THATS WHY I DON'T WEAR THEM I THINK. FUNNY HOW CERTAIN THINGS REMIND YOUR OF PLACES OR RESEMBLE A SPECIFIC PERSON SO THAT YOU DON'T WEAR THEM ANYMORE. BUT I AM PLEASED TO SAY I TRIED IT ON, I FELL IN LOVE AND I HAVE NOT TAKEN IT OFF SINCE, SO I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL BE FED UP OF SEEING IT VERY SOON. BE WARNED!

I LOVE THE COLOUR PREDOMINANTLY BUT THEN IT IS ALSO THE FIT, THE LENGTH AND THE WAY I FEEL WHEN I WEAR IT. GIL BOSS VIBES ARE FLYING ALL OVER THE PLACE AS SOON AS THIS IS ON MY SHOULDERS AND BACK. I HAVE MENTIONED A FEW TIMES NOW THAT I NORMALLY ONLY EVER SHOP IN THE PETITE SECTIONS OF SHOPS AS I FIND THEY FIT ME PROPERLY IN ALL AREAS THAT CLOTHES SHOULD. LENGTH, FIT, SHAPE, ALL OF THESE THAT NEVER NORMALLY SEEM TO FIT IN REGULAR CLOTHING ON ME. WELL I AM ONLY 5 FOOT 2. BUT LYDIA IN TOPSHOP NORWICH CHANGED MY OPINION AND THIS IS FROM THE REGULAR CLOTHING RANGE. I DID DOWNSIZE THOUGH. NOT INTENTIONALLY BUT MY REGULAR SIZE 6 WAS OUT OF STOCK ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER SIZE SO I WENT FOR A 4 HOPING IT WOULD FIT, AND LUCKY LUCKY ME. IT DID. LIKE A GLOVE, A VELVET GREEN GLOVE.  



I ROLLED THE SLEEVES UP TO GIVE IT A MORE LAID BACK FEEL TO THE LOOK AS I WANTED TO SHOW THAT BLAZERS ARE NOT JUST FOR NIGHT TIME. I LOE THAT SMART LOOK FOR DAYTIME SO THIS BLAZER FITS THAT CATEGORY PERFECTLY. I LOVE TO MAKE AN EFFORT WITH STYLE AND THE WAY I DRESS MYSELF. I DO HAVE TWO MODES THOUGH, FULL ON GLAM OR LAID BACK SLOB. THE LATTER YOU WILL NEVER SEE ON MY BLOG, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOMED BY FULL ON GLAM GNGER NATALIE. 

SO, BACK TO THE TOPIC. I LOVE TO MAKE AN EFFORT. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY OTHER PEOPLE DO NOT. I NEVER REALLY NOTICED TILL RECENTLY THAT PEOPLE LOOK ME UP AND DOWN OR THAT I CATCH PEOPLES ATTENTION WHEN I AM WALKING IN THE STREET OR WALK INTO A ROOM UNTIL THE PAST FEW MONTHS WHEN MY BOYFRIEND POINTS IT OUT. DON'T GET ME WRONG I HAVE NOTICED IT BUT NOT AS MUCH AS HE DOES. IT DOES MAKE ME SELF CONSCIOUS THOUGH, ON ONE HAND I LOVE PEOPLE LOOKING AT ME, BUT ON THE OTHER I ALWAYS WORRY THAT I HAVE SOMETHING ON MY FACE OR MY SKIRT IS TUCKED INTO MY KNICKERS. BUT THE PEOPLE WHOSE ATTENTION I HAVE CAUGHT ARE PROBABLY JUST LOOKING AT MY OUTFIT AND NOT ME. SO WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING MAKE IT WORTH THERE WHILE WITH A KILLER FULL ON PUNCH IN THE FACE LOOK. SOMETHING THIS BLAZER DOES EFFORTLESSLY. 

TO ADD A HIGH END EDGE TO THE LOOK WHAT WOULD GO PERFECTLY? OH HARD DECISION, NOT! GUCCI BELT YOU WORK LIKE A DREAM. GOLD AND GREEN, PERFECTION. 

THEN TO ANCHOR THE LOOK AND KEEP IT CASUAL I WENT FOR THIS SLOGAN TEE I BOUGHT WHEN I VISITED ROME EARLIER IN THE YEAR. SLOGAN TEES ARE SO EASILY DEMOTED INSTANTLY TO PYJAMA RATING BUT THIS ONE IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES AND IT WILL BE FOR A VERY LONG TIME DUE TO ITS FOND MEMORIES THAT ARE ATTACHED TO IT. DOES EVERYONE ELSE DO THAT THOUGH? YOU BUY A T SHIRT, LOVE IT AND THEN AS IT AGES AND GETS OLDER IT EVENTUALLY ENDS UP IN THE PYJAMA T SHIRT PART OF YOUR WARDROBE UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DEAD? OR AM I ALONE WITH THAT?



SIMPLE BLUE RIPPED DENIM WAS PERFECT FOR THAT LAID BACK CASUAL LOOK. I HAVEN'T WORN DENIM JEANS IN AGES. IF I AM HONEST I HAVE FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH THEM. I USED TO WEAR JEANS ALL THE TIME BUT NOW I WILL WEAR ANYTHING OTHER THAN JEANS DUE TO THE FACT I THINK I HAVE WORN THEM OUT. BUT THESE ZARA ONES THAT I HAVE BOUGHT IN THE SALE EARLIER IN THE YEAR FOR £9.99 HAVE EARNT THERE PLACE IN MY WARDROBE EFFORTLESSLY TO THE POINT THEY NOW COST PENCE PER WEAR. I LOVE THE HIGH WAIST RISE OF THESE JEANS, GOT TO LOVE BEING PULLED IN, SINCHED IN, LENGTHENS YOUR LEGS APPEARANCE AT THE SAME TIME. OF COURSE I ROLLED THEM UP A COUPLE OF TIMES AT THE HEMS JUST TO ELONGATE THE LEGS AND EXPOSE THE ANKLES EVEN MORE TO ENSURE MY HEELS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AND DO NOT GET COVERED AT ALL BY MY JEAN LENGTH. 

NOW HEELS. NOW THESE HAVE A STORY BEHIND THEM FROM A HEN WEEKEND EARLIER IN THE YEAR WHERE I LEFT WITH THE WORST BLISTERS I HAVE EVER HAD. BUT THAT WAS MAINLY MY FAULT WHERE I REFUSED TO WEAR FLAT SHOES FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND BEING A TOURIST IN LONDON. STYLE OVER COMFORT AND SUBSTANCE EVERY SINGLE TIME. ALWAYS DRESSED FOR A CATWALK NEVER REALITY. IF I GET HIT BY A BUS ON MY WAY WALKING TO THE SHOPS MY GHOST OUTFIT NEEDS TO BE ON POINT! COME ON, IM A FASHIONISTA! 


OUTFIT LINKS

JEANS- NO LONGER AVAILABLE

LITTLE VEGAN CHEF GINGER NATALIE


IF YOU HAVE READ MY BLOG FOR THE PAST MONTH YOU WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE DEVELOPED A DAIRY INTOLERANCE AMONG ALREADY BEING VEGETARIAN AND ALLERGIC TO NUTS. I KNOW, I AM A NIGHTMARE!!! 

I AM LEARNING ON A DAILY BASIS THAT IT IS ALL ABOUT ADAPTING AND JUST FINDING ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS SO THAT YOU DO NOT FEEL LIKE YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON THINGS ENTIRELY. THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN EVERYONE EATING ALL YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS IN FRONT OF YOU THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER ENJOY. ALSO YOUU HAVE TO BE PREPARED, I ALWAYS CARRY A FLASK OF SOYA MILK, DAIRY FREE BREAD AND A SMALL TUPPERWARE BOX OF SUNFLOWER SPREAD WITH ME SO THAT BOTH MYSELF AND MY TASTE BUDS NO LONGER HAVE TO SUFFER WITH DRY FOODS.

CHOCOLATE IS SOMETHING I FOUND INCREDIBLY HARD TO LIVE WITHOUT, ESPECIALLY WHEN MY FEMALE HORMONES ARE STORMING AROUND. BUT PROBLEM SOLVED DARK CHOCOLATE AND MOO FREE CHOCOLATE ARE AMAZING SUGAR CRAVING ALTERNATIVES. 

ANOTHER THING I MISS THE MOST IS CAKE. CAKE IS LIFE. BUT MOST CAKES HAE EGGS, MILK AND BUTTER IN MAKING THEM A NO GO IN ALL SENSES OF THE RECIPE. SAD TIMES! BUT THIS MORNING I FELT INSPIRED BY SOME OVER RIPE BANANAS STARING AT ME AND WENT ON THE SEARCH FOR A VEGAN BANANA CAKE RECIPE, AND I FOUND IT. HOW COULD I NOT SHARE IT WITH YOU? EVEN MY PARENTS LOVED IT AND WENT BACK FOR MORE EVEN AFTER I SAID IT WAS VEGAN. IT WAS SO EASY, TOOK LITERALLY MINUTES TO MIX AND IS A GREAT WAY TO GET INTO BAKING. 

SO IF YOU FANCY GIVING IT A GO THEN HERE IS THE RECIPE PERFECT FOR THAT 4PM SUGAR HIT, OR EVEN THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT WARM WITH SOME SOYA CUSTARD OR ICE CREAM. DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS:
225G PLAIN FLOUR
3 HEAPED TEA SPOONS BAKING POWDER
100G BROWN SUGAR
3 TEA SPOONS OF CINNAMON
3 LARGE OVER RIPE BANANAS 
75G OF VEGETABLE OIL

PRE HEAT THE OVEN TO 200 DEGREES. MASH THE PEELED BANANAS, THEN ADD OIL AND SUGAR. ADD THE FLOUR, BKING POWDER AND CINNAMON. MIX WELL. BAKE IN A GREASED TIN FOR 20 MINUTES, COVER OVER WITH FOIL, THEN COOK FOR A FURTHER 30. ALLOW TO COOL, OR AS LONG AS YOU CAN RESIST IT. DONE!!!



Sunday, 12 November 2017

HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN A YEAR


THERES NOTHING LIKE A TIMEHOP SNAP FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR TO GIVE YOU A REMINDER TO LOOK BACK AND THINK ABOUT HOW YOURSELF, AND YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED SO MUCH SINCE THAT PHOTO WAS TAKEN. 

THIS TIME LAST YEAR I WAS SUNNING MYSELF ON THE GOLDEN SANDS OF JAMAICA. EVERYTHING WAS SO SURREAL, NO WORRIES, NO CARES JUST RELAXING AND PLANNING MY FUTURE AND ULTIMATELY MAKING MY PARENTS PROUD. WELL THATS WHAT IT SEEMED LIKE ON THE SURFACE. IN REALITY, VERY MUCH THE FLOATING DUCK SCENARIO. LOOKS PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL ON THE SURFACE BUT UNDERNEATH PADDLING LIKE MAD TO KEEP EVERYTHING GOING UNDERNEATH THE SURFACE. 

I AM PLEASED TO SAY I AM IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE TO LAST YEAR, I AM NOW HAPPILY SWIMMING ALONG, NO GREAT WORRIES, NO REAL ISSUES. I AM LETTING LIFE TAKE ITS COURSE. I AM NO LONGER PANICKING ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING AND HOW MY LIFE IS PANNING OUT IN COMPARISON. EVERYONE HAS THERE OWN PATHS, THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT TURNS AND WEAVES AND BUMPS BUT THEY ARE OURS AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES US ALL DIFFERENT. 

IF I REWIND TO 4 YEARS AGO I WAS IN A COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY DIFFERNT PLACE. I WAS SAVING LIKE MAD TO MOVE OUT,  I HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO PUT A GOOD DEPOSIT DOWN ON A FLAT OR HOUSE BUT I WASNT HAPPY, I ASSUMED THAT WAS WHAT I WAS MEANT TO DO, WHAT MY NEXT STEP WAS MEANT TO BE. HOW SILLY WAS I?  

IT IS SO EASY WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ESPECIALLY AND KEEPING IN CONTACT EFFORTLESSLY WITH EVERYONE YOU WENT TO SCHOOL WITH OR CROSSED PATHS WITH AT SOME POINT AND SUBCONSCIOUSLY COMPARE YOUR LIFE TO THERES. EVERYONE WHO I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH WAS MOVING OUT, HAVING CHILDREN, GETTING MARRIED AND THAT IS WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS MEANT TO BE DOING TOO AS I WAS BEING CONSTANTLY BRAIN WASHED WITH PHOTOS AS SOON AS I CLICKED ON CERTAIN APPS ON MY PHONE. THEN LAST YEAR IT ALL JUST CLICKED IN MY HEAD. 

WHY DID I HAVE TO DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE WANTS TO DO? I HAVE KNOWN SINCE I CAN REMEMBER THAT I WAS NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE SO WHY SHOULD I FEEL THE NEED TO FOLLOW THE CROWDS. I WAS IN TOO MUCH OF A RUSH TO GROW UP, AND BY THIS POINT, THREE YEARS FURTHER DOWN THE LINE I WAS VERY MUCH HAPPILY SINGLE AND WANTED TO DO THINGS FOR ME. THE ONLY PERSON WHO REALLY HAS YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART IS YOU, SO I WAS GOING TO SPEND MONEY LIKE I WANTED FOR A YEAR DOING WHAT I WANT, ON WHAT I LIKE. AFTER ALL I HAVE EARNT IT, SAVED IT. WHY NOT? 

SO LAST YEAR I WENT TO BALI, JAMAICA AND THAILAND. ALL AMAZING HOLIDAYS THAT WILL HOLD LIFELONG MEMORIES I WILL NEVER FORGET. I BOUGHT MYSELF AN AMAZING WATCH THAT I HAD BEEN ON THE HUNT FOR FOR YEARS, BUT WHAT A BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO TREAT MYSELF. IT WAS AN AMAZING YEAR, A YEAR I LOOK BACK ON AND EVERY TIME BRINGS A HUGE SMILE ON MY FACE THAT I WAS ABLE TO VISIT THESE AMAZING COUNTRIES THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD KILL TO VISIT. HOW LUCKY? 

WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL I WAS BULLIED REPEATEDLY FOR NUMEROUS REASONS. BEING FAT, SPOTTY, GINGER, SHORT BUT THE ONE THAT GOT MY BLOOD BOILING MORE THAN ANY OTHER WAS BEING CALLED SPOILT OR BEING TOLD I HAD ONLY CHILD SYNDROME. YES, I AM AN ONLY CHILD BUT SINCE WE MOVED TO NORFOLK AND STARTED UP THE FAMILY BUSINESS WHEN I WAS AGED 9 I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE. EVERY WEEKEND I WOULD HELP OUT, WHEN I CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL I WAS AT THE SINK WASHING UP AND HELPING THE PARENTS OUT. YES I HAD LOVELY THINGS, NICE TOYS AND CLOTHES BUT I WORKED JOLLY HARD FOR IT. NONE OF IT WAS GIVEN TO ME ON A PLATE. NEVER!!! SO WHEN BULLIES WOULD MAKE COMMENTS LIKE "OH MUMMY AND DADDY BOUGHT THAT DID THEY?" THAT ALWAYS HURT ME MORE THAN EVER BEING TAUNTED FOR MY OTHER IMPERFECTIONS. 

I AM A STRONG BELIEVER IN YOU ONLY GET OUT OF LIFE WHAT YOU PUT IN, SO IN ORDER TO HAVE NICE THINGS AND TO GO ON AMAZING HOLIDAYS YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE HARD WORK TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS A REALITY, THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS. YES, SOME PEOPLE GET GIVEN IT AND THEY ARE AMAZINGLY LUCKY BUT THE MAJORITY OF LIFES ACHIEVEMENTS ARE DOWN TO HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION. 

LOOKING BACK NOW, I HAVE LITTLE SAVINGS IN COMPARISON TO LAST YEAR. BUT MONEY IS EASY TO BUILD UP AGAIN IF YOU ARE DETERMINED. I DO NOT REGRET ANYTHING I HAVE DONE OR THE MONEY I HAVE SPENT. THE ONLY THING I DO REGRET IS NOT THINKING OF MYSELF EARLIER. YES IT IS NICE TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY AND TO SEE THEM SMILE. BUT YOU NEED TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF FIRST AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. LIKE MY BDD AND MY EATING DISORDER, I HAD TO ACCEPT IT, WORK ON IT AND THEN DEAL WITH IT MYSELF. NO ONE SAYING ANYTHING TO ME WOULD HAVE MADE ME REALISE IT MYSELF I HAD TO DO IT OF MY OWN ACCORD. VERY MUCH LIKE MY HAPPINESS, NO ONE WHO COMES INTO MY LIFE WILL MAKE ME HAPPY IF I AM NOT HAPPY MYSELF. 

I AM IN SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE RIGHT NOW, I WAKE UP EVERYDAY (OKAY EVERYONE HAS BAD DAYS) WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE AND CAN NOT WAIT TO SEIZE THE DAY AND TAKE A STEP CLOSER TO ACHIEVING MY DREAMS. RECENTLY I HAVE NOTICED THIS MORE THAN EVER. I LOVE FASHION, I LOVE BLOGGING, I LOVE BEING BOTH IN FRONT AND BEHIND A CAMERA SO I NEED TO FOCUS MY ATTENTION ON TO THAT AND EVENTUALLY I WILL WORK OUT WHAT THE FUTURE CAREER PATHS OF GINGER NATALIE ARE. BUT FOR NOW, I AM HAPPY TAKING EACH DAY AS IT COMES AND LETTING LIFE TAKE ITS NATURAL PATH, OF COURSE I WILL BE NUDGING IT IN CERTAIN DIRECTIONS EVERY NOW AND AGAIN BUT WITH A MORE RELAXED ATTITUDE OF WHAT WILL BE WILL BE. 

LOUD AND PROUD


MY FASHION AND THE WAY I STYLE MYSELF IS HIGHLY DEPENDANT ON MY MOOD AND THE WAY I VIEW MYSELF THAT DAY. SO THE EVENING I WAS GOING TO SEE GOK WAN AFTER DAYS AND DAYS OF WEARING BLACK I WANTED TO BE BOLD, STAND OUT AND MAKE A STATEMENT AS I WAS GOING TO BE IN THE FRONT ROW FOR GOK WAN AND THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ALSO ATTENDING THE PERFORMANCE WOULD BE JUST AS INTO FASHION AND STYLING AS I AM. I ALWAYS FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE PRESSURE WITH MY OUTFIT CHOICE WHEN I AM GOING TO BE SURROUNDED BY OTHER FASHION ADDICTS LIKE MYSELF. SO THIS OUTFIT HAD TO MAKE A STATEMENT. 

I HAVENT WORN DENIM IN A LONG TIME SO I THOUGHT I WOULD START WITH A SIMPLE PAIR OF MOM JEANS FROM ASOS THAT I HAD CUT MYSELF, THAT WILL EVENTUALLY FRAY MORE AND MORE WITH EACH WEAR. RECENTLY I HAVE FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH DENIM, I THINK I WORE IT TOO MUCH IF I AM HONEST.SO IT WAS NICE TO HAVE A FEW WEEKS DENIM FREE. BUT BECAUSE IT WAS SO COLD ON THIS EVENING, I NEEDED TO FEEL A BIT WARM SO OUT CAME THE TRUSTY DENIM FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THW STREETS OF NORWICH CITY. 

ON ANOTHER NOTE, SLIGHTLY GOING OFF ON A TANGENT, TYPICAL NATALIE...WHY IS IT SINCE THE CLOCKS HAVE GONE BACK IT IS SO MUCH COLDER THAN IT WAS BEFORE? I AM NOT COMPLAINING THOUGH, AUTUMN, WINTER AND COOLER TEMPERATURES ARE WHERE I FEEL LIKE I COME INTO MY OWN AND ABSOLUTELY LOVE FASHION AND HAVE NOT JUST A SPARK WHEN IT COMES TO DRESSING MYSELF BUT A WHOLE BURNING FLAME. 

BRIGHT AND BOLD WAS MY THOUGHTS ON HOW I WANTED TO LOOK ON THIS EVENING SO I PICKED MY BRIGHTEST SHIRT I OWN FROM ASOS, THEN PICKED THE TWO MAIN COLOURS FROM IT OF PINK AND YELLOW AND CARRIED THAT THROUGH THE WHOLE LOOK. SHIRTS ARE NOT NORMALLY AN ITEM I GO FOR, BUT WITH SUCH A LARY AND IN YOUR FACE PRINT LIKE THIS ONE AND WITH THE HIGH VICTORIAN NECKLINE IT STILL FITTED THE NATALIE MOTO OF "WEAR SOMETHING BOLD AND MAKE A STATEMENT WITH THE WAY YOU DRESS". 

MY BOOTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY SOMETHING THAT SCREAMS WINTER AS MOST PEOPLE LIKE TO WEAR DARKER COLOURS IN THE COOLER MONTHS BUT I LOVE TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES. JUST THINK THESE BOOTS WITH THE MOST SIMPLE BLACK ROLL KNITTED JUMPER DRESS WOULD LOOK PERFECT OR EVEN A POP OF COLOUR TO A DARK FLORAL TEA DRESS WITH THE CHILDLIKE SUPER GIRLY ANKLE BOOTS. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS JUST EAT VEGETABLES......I DISAGREE


SINCE I WAS 9 I HAVE BEEN VEGETARIAN, AND IT IS THE SILLIEST REASON ANYONE EVER HAS EVER HAD TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN THERE HAS EVER BEEN, SO ARE READY FOR THIS? 

I USED TO HAVE BILLY BEAR HAM SANDWICHES EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL FOR LUNCH AND SOMEONE BET ME £5 THAT I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO NOT HAVE THEM FOR A WEEK AND I HAVEN'T EATEN MEAT SINCE. THE WORST BIT OF IT IS THAT I NEVER EVEN GOT THE MONEY FROM THE BET. FUNNY HOW SOMETHING SO SMALL AND SILLY CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR LIFE. BUT EVER SINCE THEN I HAVE NOT EATEN MEAT. I LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT SINCE BECOMING VEGETARIAN AND I FELT HEALTHIER FROM IT SO FROM A THROWAWAY COMMENT TO A HUGE LIFE IMPROVEMENT. PLUS I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO A ZOO EATING MEAT AGAIN NOW, KNOWING I HAD EATEN THERE DISTANT RELATIVES. I KNOW IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AND UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT FOR ME IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DID. 

SINCE THEN I HAD MY ISSUES WITH FOOD AND MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY BODY SO ATE THE WORST REPETITIVE DIET FOR YEARS WHICH GOT ME INTO A RUT THAT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET MYSELF OUT OF. BECAUSE I HAVE DONE THAT TO MY BODY I HAD BEEN GETTING ILL, I HAVE BEEN SICK AND FEELING RUN DOWN PN A DAILY BASIS. SO AFTER GOING TO THE DOCTORS AND HAVING TESTS DONE I FOUND OUT I HAVE GIVEN MY BODY AN INTOLERANCE TO DAIRY ASWELL AS MY EXISTING INTOLERANCE TO NUTS.  WHEN YOU DO THESE THINGS TO YOUR BODY DUE TO AN EATING DISORDER YOU NEVER THINK THAT IT WILL EFFECT YOU AFTER YOU START TO GAIN CONTROL AGAIN. BUT I HAVE TO SAY FOR ME, CURRENTLY I AM LIVING THE VEGAN LIFE WITH AN INTOLERANCE TO NUTS, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY HARD TO SAY THE LEAST. 

ANYWAY, LIFE STORY OF FOOD OVER. TIME TO DEAL WITH IT. 

AS YOU ALL KNOW I AM AN INSTAGRAM ADDICT SO WHEN I WAS STUCK IN A RUT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND FED UP OF EATING THE SAME FOOD OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT I SEARCHED FOR VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FOOD IN NORWICH, WHICH IS WHEN I FOUND WILD THYME. 

NORWICH IS AN AMAZING CITY THAT NEVER SEIZES TO AMAZE ME. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS AND STORES. THERE ARE SO MANY SMALL HIDDEN GEMS THAT ARE NORMALLY LOCATED IN THE LANES OF NORWICH. WILD THYME IS 1000% ONE OF THEM, ESPECIALLY FOR A GIRL WHO IS LIVING THE VEGAN LIFE FOR THE FORSEABLE FUTURE. 

THE COMMON MISCONCEPTION WHEN IT COMES TO VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS IS THAT ALL WE EAT IS VEGETABLES, FRUIT, BEAN AN PULSES. WHEN IN REALITY IS COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE. 

WILD THYME IS AN INDEPENDANT RESTAURANT THAT SELLS SOLELY VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FOOD THAT OPENS UP EVEN THE MOST MANLY MEN WHO ONLY EAT MEAT **COUGH COUGH DAD** WHO WILL LEAVE WITH A NEW VIEW AND OUTLOOK ON VEGETARIAN FOODS. 

IN MY OPINION MOST MEAT EATERS WILL NEVER GO FOR A NON MEAT DISH WHEN THERE IS A FULLY LAIDEN MEAT DISH ON OFFER. SO IT WAS NICE FOR MY PARENTS WHO I WENT WITH TO TRY SOME VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD AND TO TRY WHAT I EAT ON A DAILY BASIS.

MY DAD WENT FOR THE PAD THAI. THEY ARE OFF TO THAILAND IN THE NEW YEAR THANKS TO MY RECOMMENDATION SO I RECOMMENDED HE TRIED THAT AS IT WOULD PUT HIM IN GOOD SEAD FOR WHAT TO EXPECT FOOD WISE WHILST THERE. HE LOVED IT, ENJOYED THE FULL FLAVOUR AND DIDN'T EVEN MISS THE ADDITION OF MEAT AND EVEN SAID HE WOULD HAVE IT AGAIN! HE ATE IT WITH CHOP STICKS TOO WHICH HE ACTUALLY REALLY ENJOYED AS IT MADE HIM EAT SLOWER THEREFORE ENJOYING THE FLAVOURS.  


I WENT FOR THE SMOKED TOFU PITTA BREAD WUTH BEETROOT HUMOUS. WELL, EVEN FOR ME A FULLY FLEDGED VEGETARIAN OF MANY YEARS EVEN I WAS BLOWN AWAY WITH TW FLAVOURSOME PITTA THAT WAS IN FRONT OF ME AND MADE A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO A REGULAR BREAD FILLED SANDWICH I NORMALLY OPT FOR. I HAD NEVER HAD BEETROOT HUMOUS BEFORE AND I LOVED IT AND DEVOURED IT IN SECONDS. I FIND WE ARE ALL BECOMING A LOT MORE ADVENTUROUS WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD AND EXPERIMENTING WITH FLAVOURS AND TEXTURES TO THE ORIGINAL FLAVOURS WE ARE USED TO. THIS IS DEFINITELY A DISH I WILL BE RECREATING AT HOME THAT IS FOR SURE. 


THEN MY MUM. I HAVE TO GIVE HER POINTS, SHE OFTEN EATS THE SAME FOOD AS ME AS SHE OFTEN GETS FED UP OF EATING MEAT AND LOVES TO TRY DIFFERENT FLAVOURS AND OFTEN WHEN WE GO OUT FOR DINNER HAS A VEGETARIAN OPTION, SO WHEN I SUGGESTED VISITING WILD THYME SHE WAS INCREDIBLY OPEN AND EXCITED TO VISIT.

SHE CHOSE SWEET POTATO AND SAGE POTATO DAUPHNIOSE WITH CARAMELISED ONIONS AND GOATS CHEESE WITH A RED ONION GRAVY. THINK I JUST SAW YOU ALL DRIBBLE. 


THE PHOTO SPEAKS VOLUMES IT LOOKS UTTERLY SCRUMPTIOUS AND SHE LIKE MYSELF THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ARE ALL ENJOYING YOU MEAL WHEN AS SOON AS THE MEALS HIT THE TABLE ALL CONVERSATION STOPS, AND COMMENCES AS SOON AS THE KNIFE AND FORKS HIT THOSE EMPTY PLATES AGAIN. 

IF YOU ARE A VEGETARIAN, VEGAN OR FANCY TRYING SOMETHING NEW I COULD NOT RECOMMEND WILD THYME ENOUGH. THE MOST AMAZING THING THOUGH IS THAT THERE IS A SHOP DOWNSTAIRS THAT SELLS A VAST AMOUNT OF GOODS SO YOU CAN RECREATE ALL THE MEALS YOURSELF AT HOME. I HAVE FOUND BEING DAIRY INTOLERANT INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND FOUND MYSELF LIVING IN A BOX OF THE BASIC FOODS I CAN EAT AND NOT DEVIATING THROUGH FEAR, BUT SINCE EATING AT WILD THYME MY BRAIN IS NOW FULL OF AMAZING FOOD IDEAS I CAN NOT WAIT TO CREATE MYSELF.  

WILD THYME INSTAGRAM- "WILDTHYMENORWICH" 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

TOPSHOP PERSONAL SHOPPER VIP EXPERIENCE


THIS WEEK I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE INVITED TO MY FAVOURITE STORE OF ALL TIME TO EXPERIENCE THERE NEW IN STORE VIP PERSONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IN THE NORWICH STORE. 

I AM A HUGE FAN OF TOPSHOP, FOR ME IT IS ALWAYS THE FIRST PLACE I GO TO WHEN GOING SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING NEW, BE IT ONLINE OR IN STORE. TOPSHOP IS WHERE I GO. SO TO BE INVITED ALONG TO PLAY DRESS UP ALL AFTERNOON WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. LIKE EVERY GIRL OUT THERE I LOVE DRESSING UP, TRYING NEW THINGS ON, AND THIS WAS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LET SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CONTROL OF MY STYLE AND TO OPEN UP MY EYES TO NEW PIECES I COULD ADD TO MY WARDROBE THAT I WOULDN'T NECESSARILY PICK. 

WHEN IT COMES TO DRESSING MYSELF I NEVER TAKE STYLE TOO SERIOUSLY, I LOVE TO BE BOLD, I LIKE TO MAKE A STATEMENT AND TO EXPRESS THE WAY I FEEL THROUGH THE WAY I DECIDED TO DRESS MYSELF THAT MORNING. IT IS SAD TO SAY BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT IT, WHEN I LIKE MY OUTFIT IT HAS A HUGE EFFECT ON MY MOOD AND THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF AND THE WAY I INTERACT WITH THE PEOPLE I COME INTO CONTACT THAT DAY. IF I AM IN MY TRACKIES, NO MAKE UP AND MY HAIR IS SCRAPED BACK YOU WILL NEVER GET EYE CONTACT OUT OF ME. I LACK CONFIDENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MY NATURAL STATE, SO WHEN I DO NOT HAVE MY FACE ON AND MY OUTFIT IS NOT ON POINT I AM ONE OF THE SHYEST GIRLS YOU WILL EVER COME ACROSS. CLOTHES GIVE ME CONFIDENCE. 


TOPSHOP PERSONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCES ARE COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY FREE AND THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO BUY ANYTHING AT ALL. SO WHY WOULD YOU NOT TRY IT?

YOU CAN BOOK EITHER A 30 MINUTE SESSION OR AN HOUR DEPENDANT ON WHETHER YOU ARE JUST ON THE HUNT FOR AN ITEM FOR A SPECIFIC EVENT OR ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A WHOLE NEW WARDROBE FOR THE UP AND COMING SEASONS. 

I WAS GREETED BY MY PERSONAL SHOPPER FOR THE DAY LYDIA WHO THEN TOOK ME THROUGH TO THE FITTING ROOMS AND INTO THE PERSONAL SHOPPER ROOM WITHIN THEM. THIS TO ME WAS LIKE LOOKING AT HEAVEN, A RAIL FULL OF CLOTHES AND A HUMONGOUS TABLE OF ACCESSORIES ALL CHOSEN FOR ME, SOME PUSHING MY BOUNDARIES AND OTHERS THAT WOULD COMPLIMENT MY EXISTING WARDROBE PERFECTLY. PURE EUPHORIA.




I COULD NOT WAIT TO DIVE IN AND TRY EVERYHING ON. SOME THINGS I HAD ALREADY SPOTTED WHEN IWAS IN STORE EARLIER IN THE WEEK AND SPOTTED ONLINE SO AS SOON AS I WALKED IN I WAS EYEING UP ITEMS AND MY BRAIN WAS TICKING AWAY INSTANTLY ON HOW I WOULD STYLE THEM UP WITH MY WARDROBE TO UPDATE OLDER PIECES INTO NEW OUTFITS THAT I WOULD FALL IN LOVE WITH ALL OVER AGAIN.


I LOVE BRIGHT COLOURS AND FLORAL PRINTS. LYDIA HAD MY STYLE DOWN TO A TEA. SHE HAD PICKED OUT SOME AMAZING PIECES THAT I COULD NOT WAIT TO TRY ON. THERE WAS AN AMAZING COAT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT WAS TOO LONG AND OVERSIZED. I THOUGHT I WOULD ADD ALL THE IMAGES IN JUST SO YOU CAN SEE THAT BEING PETITE AND A SIZE 6 DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN WEAR JUST ANYTHING. IN FACT IT IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. 


THIS JUMPER BELOW WAS ALSO TOO OVERSIZED FOR ME, WHICH WAS SUCH A SHAME AS JUST LOOK AT THAT COLOUR, HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!! AND THAT NECKLINE IS TO DIE FOR. 

 

 I FIND IT A REAL STRUGGLE FINDING THINGS THAT FIT ME PERFECTLY THAT ARE NOT CUT IN A PETITE FIT, THEY ARE EITHER TOO LONG, NOT FITTED IN THE RIGHT PLACES, TOO OVERSIZED OR JUST LOOK LIKE I BORROWED MY BOYFRIENDS CLOTHES. 

THAT WAS UNTIL I TRIED ON THIS DRESS. 



I LOVE A WINTER FLORAL. SOMETIMES PETITE DRESSES AND SKIRTS COME UP WAY TOO SHORT SO THIS WAS ACTUALLY A REFRESHING CHANGE AND I WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A LOOK AT TRYING ON AND BUYING THEM AGAIN. I LAYERED THIS DRESS OVER THE TOP OF A BASIC BLACK LONG SLEEVE TOP TO ADD WARMTH AND EVEN THOUGH THE CORSETED BACK WAS VERY PRETTY, FOR ME I FELT TOO EXPOSED. WHICH JUST SHOWS, NEVER RULE OUT AN ITEM, YOU CAN ALWAYS LAYER. PLUS IF YOU DO THIS, THE CHANCES ARE NO ONE ELSE WILL BE WEARING IT THE SAME WAY EITHER. WIN WIN!!! 

VELVET IS A HUGE TREND FOR THIS SEASON AND I HAD TO TRY ON THIS PINK JACKET, THAT IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN TROUSERS MAKING IT INTO THE MOST LUXURIOUS SUIT PERFECT FOR THOSE GIRL BOSS MOMENTS OR TO A WEDDING. WHO SAYS YOU HAVE TO WEAR A DRESS ANYWAY? I DIDN'T BUY THIS ONE THOUGH, I SAW IT IN A DIFFERENT COLOUR BUT IT WAS OUT OF STOCK IN MY SIZE. ALWAYS THE WAY. SO KEEP AN EYE OUT ON MY BLOG FOR THAT, AS IT HAS ARRIVED SINCE AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU ALL IT. YOU WILL ALL WANT IT I AM SURE! 


I LOVED MY PERSONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IN THE TOPSHOP STORE AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO IS AFTER A WARDROBE UPDATE, A BIT OF ME TIME OR POINT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHEN IT COMES TO DRESSING THE RIGHT WAY FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND SIZE, YOU WILL LEAVE FEELING REALLY CONFIDENT, HAPPY AND WITH A NEW ATTITUDE WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION, SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR. 

JUST HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL STORE AND ENQUIRE ABOUT THE SERVICE AND BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW, IT IS FREE SO YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND A LOT TO GAIN. 

THANK YOU TOPSHOP NORWICH FOR HAVING ME AND TO LYDIA FOR ALL YOUR HELP, KNOWLEDGE, STYLING EXPERIENCE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PATIENCE- YOU NEEDED A LOT OF IT STYLING ME, THAT IS FOR SURE! 



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

HAPPY VALLEY GLAMPERS


WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I NEVER HOLIDAYED IN THE UK. MY FAMILY AND I ALWAYS WENT ABROAD PURELY FOR THE FACT OF WHEN THEY WERE NOT WORKING IN THE SEASONAL FAMILY BUSINESS IT WAS WAS FAR TOO COLD TO HOLIDAY IN THE UK SO WE ALWAYS HEADED FOR SUNNIER CLIMATES LIKE AMERICA, CUBA, THE CANARY ISLANDS AND MEXICO. NOW I AM OLDER I DO NOT TEND TO GO AWAY WITH MY PARENTS ANYMORE. THIS YEAR, DUE TO MY SUPER EXPENSIVE HOLIDAYS OF LAST YEAR OF BALI, JAMAICA AND THAILAND THIS YEAR FOR MY MINI BREAKS I AM GOING CLOSER TO HOME AND IN EUROPE. 

MY BOYFRIENDS BIRTHDAY WAS LAST MONTH SO AS WE ARE BOTH VERY FORTUNATE THAT WHEN WE FIND SOMETHING WE LIKE WE TEND TO BUY IT OURSELVES. FOR HIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT I BOOKED US A MINI WEEKEND BREAK FOR THIS WEEKEND TO HAPPY VALLEY GLAMPING IN GRIMSTON NEAR SANDRINGHAM, KINGS LYNN. I AM A REAL PLANNER AND LOVE HAVING THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO. I LOVE PLANNING OUTFITS AND THINGS TO DO WHILST WE ARE AWAY WHICH ENABLES US TO FIND THE BEST THINGS TO DO WHILST WE ARE AWAY AND TO REALLY PACK ALL THE MUST HAVES AND EVERYTHING ALL IN THE SMALL TIME FRAME.

I FOUND HAPPY VALLEY ON THE INTERNET THROUGH INSTAGRAM, I AM A VISUAL LEARNER IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE WORD SO I AM SOLD AS SOON AS I SEE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES OF WOODLANDS AND IDILIC AND SUPER CUTE MINI LODGES TO STAY IN AND CAMP. GLAMPING IS SOMETHING I HAVE DONE ONCE BEFORE AND LOVED IT AS YOU ARE BEING CLOSE TO NATURE BUT WITH THE HOME COMFORTS THAT WE ALL TAKE FOR GRANTED SUCH AS ELECTRICITY, HEATING AND WIFI! 

HAPPY VALLEY HAS 3 MAIN GLAMPING LODGES VARYING IN SIZE AND DEPENDANT ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE STAYING IN THEM. OURS WAS CALLED DENVERS REST AND WAS PERFECT FOR JUST TWO PEOPLE. 


INSIDE WAS A DOUBLE BED WITH UNDER BED STORAGE, A SIDE COUNTER TO SIT AT, SHELVES OF BOOKS AND BOARD GAMES. OUTSIDE WAS A KITCHEN WITH TWO HOB RINGS POWERED BY GAS, FRIDGE, DINNER TABLE AND A BARBECUE, EVERYTHING WE NEEDED, AND IT WAS DECORATED BEAUTIFULLY DOWN TO THE FINEST DETAIL. THERE WAS ALSO A SHOWER BLOCK THAT WAS FULLY HEATED AND WAS LIKE A HOTEL BATHROOM WITH ALL THE MOD CONS, A HIGH POWERED SHOWER THAT WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN MY ONE AT HOME. YES WE WERE BACK TO BASICS BUT WITH A MODERN TOUCH. THERE WAS EVEN A PARK AND CLIMBING AREA FOR CHILDREN, WHICH I MAY HAVE ONCE, OKAY TWICE BEEN ON. WHAT 25 YEAR OLD DOESN'T LIKE SWINGS AND SLIDES. COME ON, BE HONEST.

IT WAS A PEFECT LITTLE SLICE OF THE SIMPLE LIVING LIFESTYLE THAT WOULD TAKE US AWAY FROM THE DAILY STRESS OF LIFE. 



WE WERE WELCOMED BY A CUTE LITTLE NOTE WISHING US A GREAT STAY AND A JAR OF MARSHMALLOWS TO TOAST ON THE CAMPFIRE LATER THAT EVENING. IT WAS SO STRANGE THAT WITHIN JUST A FEW MINUTES ONCE WE HAD UNPACKED THAT ALL THE STRESS AND CHAOS OF EVERYDAY LIFE HAD LEFT OUR THOUGHTS AND WE INSTANTLY FELT CALM JUST THROUGH OUR SURROUNDINGS. IT WAS SO NICE TO COOK ON THE GAS COOKER AND TO BOIL A KETTLE ON THE STOVE WITH A WHISTLING KETTLE- WHICH I LOVED! SUCH A CHILD!!

WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME YOU ARE IN SUCH A RUSH ALL THE TIME TO GO FROM PLACE TO PLACE AND TO BE CONSTANTLY ON THE GO, BUT WHEN YOU ARE GLAMPING, THERE IS NO RUSH, NO PANIC, NO REAL ISSUE OF TIME. IT IS ALL DEPENDANT ON DAYLIGHT OR NIGHT LIGHT IN OR CASE NOW THAT WINTER IS DRAWING IN. MOST MORNINGS TO BE AWAKE AT 6AM WITH THE SUNLIGHT STREAMING IN, WHAT A WAY TO WAKE UP! EVERY MORNING WE WERE UP, HAD BREAKFAST, WASHED UP, SHOWERED AND READY BY 9AM WHEREAS EVERYONE ELSE WAS STILL IN BED. I LOVE MORNINGS SO I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE UP AND DOING THINGS AND NOT LAZE AROUND IN BED. 



HAPPY VALLEY GLAMPING WAS IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT WAS SO PICTURESQUE AT EVERY TURN, TREES, WOODLAND AND ANIMALS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. THERE WAS EVEN AN AMAZING LAKE WITHIN THE GROUNDS. WE WENT ON A FEW WALKS WHILST WE WERE THERE AND GOT LOST A FEW TIMES FROM TAKING THE WRONG TURNS WHILST WAKING AROUND THE ACRES AND ACRES OF LAND.  I LOVE WALKING AND WITH MY NEW WELLIES I WAS WELL AWAY, THERE WAS NO STOPPING ME. WALKING BOOTS WERE WELL AND TRULY ON.

I EVEN LOVED RUNNING DOWN TO THE SHOWERS IN THE MORNING WITH MY WASH BAG IN MY WELLIES AND DOING THE WASHING UP IN MY PYJAMAS. ALL THESE SMALL THINGS MAKE THE FUNNIEST MEMORIES. BELIEVE ME THERE ARE SOME FUNNY VIDEOS FOR US TO LOOK BACK ON FROM THIS WEEKEND.



I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY FEW DAYS AWAY GLAMPING AT HAPPY VALLEY, I CAME BACK FEELING RELAXED, REVITALISED AND CONTENT IN LIFE. SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A FEW DAYS AWAY TO RECOOP YOUR THOUGHTS AND TO WORKOUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT. I HAVE TO SAY THOUGH I DID MISS MY WARDROBE SO I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE FOR LONG, THE MATERIALISTIC BLOGGER IN ME NEEDS OPTIONS. BUT IT WAS A GREAT ROMANTIC LITTLE BREAK THAT GAVE US BOTH A SMILE ON OUR FACES AND A GREAT KICK START TO AUTUMN. 


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