Tuesday, 29 September 2020

September 2020 Wishlist


I'm technically meant to be on a spending ban this month, but that doesn't mean I can't make a little wishlist for myself when I can finally buy something again! I also haven't done one of these posts for about 2 years now, so I'm due to do one! I've also binged The Home Edit on Netflix, so some of this may be inspired by that... 


What's on your wishlist for this month, and have you picked up any bargains recently? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

September Playlist & Updates!


Hey guys!

Long time no see, right? I'm trying to get back into blogging, and though this might take a while, I'm going to try at least one to two posts a week for now. Hope you're all doing okay in these crazy times we're living in this 2020 year! What a year it has been. 

I had three months off work as I was NHS shielding, and though it was nice to be away from the craziness for that long, the novelty of that wore off after the first month, and then it was just trying to keep into a routine where possible, so I wouldn't go insane! We had a lot of BBQ's, played poker a lot, watched a hell of a lot of TV and movies, ate far too much food, and watched copious amounts of Disney videos and vlogs to keep us happy - as we were due to go back in 2021, but we've now changed that to 2022, as we're still concerned about the virus for next year. 

I've been back at work for three months now, and it kinda looks like we are nearing a second wave and second lockdown, but will see what happens. I'm in a supermarket, and it has been terrifying, absurd, and overwhelming. Many tears have been spilled since I went back on June 22nd. Just getting up each day and doing my best! Thankfully, a large handful of the public I've dealt with have been incredibly understanding and kind to myself and my colleagues, but there's a small amount that have been literal Karens

Things I have learnt during lockdown:
  • How to dutch-braid my hair
  • How to make homemade coleslaw
  • Purging my bedroom is great
  • I put on 11lbs in lockdown - I've finally lost them all now!
  • Social media friends are a godsend
  • Instagram is my fave social media platform right now
  • Planning in my EC products kept me sane for 3 months
  • I really, really, love my family!
  • I missed my friends an awful lot
  • I missed my work friends a lot
  • Going to the pharmacy twice to get my medication was scary as heck
  • Hamilton is now my favourite musical
  • Anxiety purchasing is a real thing

I woke up this morning - a rare Sunday off work kinda day - and decided let's do an update blog post, and share some music I'm loving at the moment. Be warned, most of it is Hamilton music! So here it is, my latest playlist for the year!




How are you all holding up around the country/world with everything going on? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Fashion Tips To Help You Look Great in Sunglasses*


Sunglasses can be a fantastic addition to any outfit if worn correctly. Just slapping on a pair of sunnies often won’t work. It could make your outfit look a little gaudy or it could just make you look silly in some cases. There are many different types of sunglasses to pick from and it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research on the different types before you purchase a pair. Depending on the shape of your face and the type of sunglasses you buy, you could get some drastically different appearances.


So where should you start? What kind of sunglasses should you buy? And are there any tips to help you look great in them regardless of your outfit? We’ll be discussing all that and more in this comprehensive guide on how to look great in sunglasses.


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Picking a suitable pair of sunglasses


It’s important to pick a pair of sunglasses that really resonates with you. When shopping for a pair of sunnies, you need to take a couple of important factors in mind. This includes the size of the frames, the shape, if they can protect you from the sun and also the colour. These are the four basic components that make up a pair of sunglasses. They’re going to be the deciding factors that determine if you pick up a new pair of sunnies or not.


You should keep in mind that it’s always good to try them on before you buy them. While you can get some wonderful sunglasses on the internet, it’s never a bad idea to try them out in a store to see how they frame your face. You want to pick a pair that is comfortable. It should fit your face and it shouldn’t feel too tight around your ears or your nose. Remember that sunglasses are typically worn for a long time if you’re going out with them so they need to be comfortable in the long run.


If you’re set on buying a pair online, make sure you measure your face and look at the dimensions of the sunglasses you plan to buy. This will help reduce the chances of you buying something that doesn’t fit your face. Luckily, many online stores will let you return them if they don’t fit. Buying online also gives you a huge choice of sunglasses to pick from. It can often feel limiting if you only buy from a local retailer.


Picking frames based on your face shape


One huge tip that we can offer is to pick frames based on your face shape. The same rules for buying glasses can also apply to sunglasses. Finding a flattering pair of shades will involve examining your face to determine which of the facial groups you belong to. There are typically four different shapes; round, oval, square and heart. Round faces tend to fit the form of a circle. Oval faces are narrow and long. Square faces have strong angles. And heart faces tend to have a wider forehead that tapers at the chin.


The goal here is to either balance your features by picking frames that oppose your face shape, or highlight it by picking frames that are similar to your face shape. The former option will help to create a more balanced look, but the latter option can be great if you love your facial features and want to highlight the overall shape of your face.


For instance, if you have a round face then you’ll want to go with sunglasses that have sharper angles and straight edges. This will help to balance the overall look and feel of your face. Alternatively, you could go with round sunglasses if you want to bring more attention to your rounded features. This is something that’s down to personal choice, but the first step is always to determine your face shape before you go further.


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One trusty pair or buy several different types?


One of the first questions you might have in mind is; do I buy one luxurious pair of sunglasses or go for several cheaper purchases? The answer isn’t exactly simple and it’s important to choose based on your budget and personal preferences. If you’re going out every single day and want a new pair to fit different outfits then we highly suggest going for cheaper pairs so you have more variety. However, there are some cases where a single pair of luxurious sunglasses can be all you need to create wonderful and exciting outfits.


When buying accessories, it’s important to understand the concept of a statement piece. This is a word used to describe an item you’re wearing that is designed to stand out and draw attention. Think of big beautiful dresses or a jacket with lots of design elements and logos. The goal here is to pick something that stands out among the rest of your accessories and clothing items. When it comes to sunglasses, you can turn a good pair into a statement piece that looks unique, has a quirky frame design or is coloured in a unique way.


In short, it really depends on how you want to wear your sunglasses. If you want to pair them with lots of different outfits then buying multiple pairs can give you more variety. However, if you’re more interested in turning your sunglasses into a statement piece to show off, then you’ll have better luck choosing an expensive designer pair that will stay with you for years to come.


Wearing sunglasses and styling them with your outfit


Finally, let’s finish by talking about how to balance sunglasses with your outfits and other accessories.


The key concept here is to stay simple. You don’t want to overcomplicate your accessory choices because it can end up looking strange or gaudy. If you think too hard about your accessory choices, you might end up with a mismatch of jewellery and items that have no harmony. You want to keep it simple and keep your face as clear as possible. Sunglasses are already quite large and will take up a lot of space on your face. If you then pair it with large dangling earrings, multiple piercings and a fancy hat, it can create a strange and unbalanced look that doesn’t make any sense.


So the idea here is to keep it simple. Put your pair of sunglasses on and look into a mirror. What part of your face can you further accessorize? Do you even need more accessories or do you look fine as it is? Some simple suggestions include adding some small earrings that complement the look of your sunglasses, or even a large hat to give off a summer vibe. Your sunglasses can also pair well with other accessories and jewellery you have. For example, if you’re going for a statement look with your sunglasses, we suggest pairing it with simple clothes that don’t have heavy patterns and designs. This will help ensure that your sunglasses have a chance to stand out instead of being overwhelmed by everything else. If in doubt, we suggest avoiding accessories with too much colour. Keep it simple with neutral colours and you’ll have a much easier time putting together a coherent outfit.


Wearing sunglasses isn’t complicated, but it can take a bit of consideration to choose the perfect pair that goes well with all of your outfits. As long as you put a little bit of consideration into your choices and outfits, you’ll feel a lot more confident and comfortable with your sunglasses on.




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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

New To Driving? 12 Reasons To Buy A Vauxhall Corsa*


There’s no denying getting out and about is so much easier if you’ve got access to a car. For a start, you don’t have to rely on other people to give you lifts. Nor do you need to worry about taking public transport, especially in the evening.
The trouble is, with so many different makes and models on the market, how do you know which one is right for your needs? If you’re new to motoring and you want to keep your costs down, it’s worth considering a Vauxhall Corsa. Here’s why:

1. One of the best-selling cars in the UK

Did you know that, since the model’s inception back in 1993, the Corsa has consistently been one of the top ten best-selling vehicles in the UK? There are hundreds of thousands of Corsa models on Britain’s roads, and you’ll quickly come across one wherever you go.
The Corsa is even a popular vehicle used by many police forces across the UK. These days, the Corsa is now in its fifth generation. It’s still proving to be a popular model for both new and seasoned motorists.

2. Insurance is affordable for new motorists

There is a variety of different engine and trim level options on the Corsa. For example, the ones that have the cheapest insurance groups are the 1.0 and 1.2-litre models such as the SXi.
As someone that is new to driving and hasn’t much driving experience, such examples are ideal for keeping your insurance costs down. Insurers use a variety of factors to calculate insurance premiums, but the main ones are the model and engine capacity.

3. The Vauxhall Corsa is simple to drive

Whether you get an older model or a brand new example, one thing you’ll instantly notice is how easy it is to drive the Vauxhall Corsa. Clutch control isn’t difficult to master in the Corsa, whether you’re driving a 1.0-litre model or something sporty like the 1.6-litre VXR.
Of course, if you’d prefer not to drive a car with a manual transmission, the Vauxhall Corsa is still the right car for you. It’s possible to get Corsas with a four-speed automatic or the clutchless “EasyTronic” gearbox.

4. Parking is a doddle

One of the things that many motorists hate about driving is the need to park their vehicles. One fact you’ll discover as you have more driving experience is how some cars are a nightmare to park!
When you get behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa and look around the cabin, you’ll notice how you’ve got excellent all-round visibility. There are no large blind spots to negotiate, plus the size of the car means it’ll fit in even the smallest of spaces.

5. Corsas are well-built

No-one likes thinking about getting involved in a collision with other vehicles on the road. Yet the sad truth is thousands of people end up in a crash. The Vauxhall Corsa has one of the best safety ratings for vehicles in its class.
According to EuroNCAP, the latest Vauxhall Corsa models score 84% and 86% for adult and child occupants in a crash. Those figures mean the Corsa is one of the safest vehicles in its class.
And when it comes to body repairs, parts are plentiful and affordable. While many people have repairs carried out through their insurance companies, it’s good to know that an official Vauxhall bodyshop is still accessible if you must pay for any repairs yourself.

6. Servicing and maintenance is affordable

Some cars on the market these days might seem cheap enough to buy. However, the real problem is when you need to service those vehicles or carry out periodic maintenance. Some brands charge a fortune for certain parts!
The good news is that’s not anything you must worry about when you buy a Vauxhall Corsa. That’s because the model is so popular and well-known in the UK that parts are plentiful and affordable.
You don’t have to wait weeks for even simple service parts to get shipped to you; it’s possible to go to any car parts store locally and buy what you need! Did you know that it’s even cost-effective to get your Corsa maintained at a dealership?
Vauxhall dealers usually have special offers or fixed price servicing deals for Corsa owners. You can even spread the cost of a “service plan” at your local dealership, so you don’t have to pay out for a three-figure servicing bill!

7. More smiles per miles in the Vauxhall Corsa

It might seem silly to some people but driving the Vauxhall Corsa is quite a positive experience. Even on long journeys, the Corsa will still leave you smiling and can well end up being one of the best cars you’ll ever own.
The Corsa is available in three or five-door configurations, so you’ve got plenty of options if you travel solo or take everything but the kitchen sink with you on each journey!

8. Low fuel costs

Many people will tell you that only diesel vehicles will return the best miles per gallon. One fact that might shock you is how even the petrol engines in the Corsa range are economical on fuel.
The 1.2 16v engine, for instance, can typically give you a range of around 300-350 miles from a full tank of petrol. If you do plenty of long-distance driving, there are turbodiesel engine options to choose.
If you’re thinking of buying a brand new Corsa, you could even consider going for the “Corsa-e” model - the first fully electric Corsa available on the market in its 27-year history. The Corsa-e has a range of just over 200 miles from a single charge, in case you wondered!

9. Sporty options for car enthusiasts

Are you someone that appreciates the engineering and performance of today’s cars? If so, you’ll love the Vauxhall Corsa. As you can imagine, there are many different trim levels for each generation of the Corsa range.
You’ll be happy to know that there are sporty options for motorists that want a car that has high power under the bonnet and an eye-catching exterior. Take, for example, the Corsa “D” and Corsa “E” third and fourth generations respectively.
You could opt for a Corsa “E” VXR which comes with a 1.6-litre 16v turbocharged petrol engine as standard. It outputs 205 brake horsepower and will get you from zero to 60 mph in a mere 6.5 seconds.
Does that seem like too much of an automotive beast for your liking? If so, there are other less-powerful but still sporty options you can consider. For example, the SXi and SRi models are very stylish and capable for everyday driving.

10. Modern features for the modern motorist

It’s no secret that we all live in an age where wirelessly streaming music is the norm, and hands-free calling is commonplace on the road. As someone looking to buy what is perhaps their first car, you want to make sure you get a car with useful modern features.
Thankfully, the Vauxhall Corsa has got you covered. The latest models offer Bluetooth connectivity and hands-free calling. Many options also come with DAB digital radio, plus satellite navigation on certain trim levels.
But, that’s not all you can expect from one of Britain’s most popular superminis! The Vauxhall Corsa comes equipped with features as standard such as air conditioning, power steering, and ABS (anti-lock braking system) to name just a few.

11. The Vauxhall Corsa doesn’t cost the Earth to buy

When you’re new to motoring, the last thing you want to do is pay a fortune for your first car. However, you don’t want to spend too little and end up with a vehicle that fast becomes a money pit!
One thing you’ll notice when you look at prices for brand new Vauxhall Corsas is they are significantly lower than similar models from the likes of Ford, Citroen, and Volkswagen. Another fact you’ll soon discover is the low prices of used Vauxhall Corsa examples.
In short, you’ll find a Corsa to suit your budget. What could be better than that?

12. You won’t want to sell your Corsa

As you know, people’s circumstances change throughout their lives. Many people will end up starting a family, for example, and will need a capable vehicle to carry small humans. The Corsa is an ideal car whether you’re driving solo or have to transport your kids regularly.
Even if you decide to get another car, you’ll likely end up keeping your Corsa! Many motorists enjoy the fun driving experience that the Corsa offers. As such, they just couldn’t bring themselves to sell their pride and joy.

Final thoughts

The above reasons are a small subset of why you should buy a Vauxhall Corsa for your first or next car. It’s a fun vehicle to drive, cheap to obtain and maintain, and even the early models from the 1990s still look aesthetically pleasing.
You’ll quickly find the right Corsa for your needs, and you won’t regret your decision!

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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Erin Condren 18 Month Petite Planner


I am a huuuuge Erin Condren user. I have so many of their products, I'm sure I could open a shop of their stuff with my own collection! Regardless of all the planner community drama surrounding EC the person the past few weeks, I'm still using and sharing the products. I love them, they bring me peace, happiness, an organised mind, and also helps with anxiety.

Last year I picked up an 18 month petite planner, but for love nor money, I cannot find it anywhere and never got the chance to use it. However, this year I wanted another one. I want to actually try to use it without it going missing - or maybe I accidentally threw it out? So I popped over to the Erin Condren website, when the new releases went live a few months back, to see if they had one for July 2020 to December 2021.

And lo and behold they did!




The 18 month petite planner, is currently is selling for $14, which is about the normal price for a petite planner from the company. Don't forget if you're based in the UK like I am, you have to pay $24.95 for international shipping, and they even add on customs tax at the checkout, so you can get your products faster! I always try and do a big order so it warrants the prices.



I put some stickers on the first page to mark my name, and then you're straight into the planner. Up first is a July 2020 to December 2021 overview page with a mini calendar for each month. I've highlighted the weeks I'm off work this year already, and have faintly circled the week I'd like off in pencil. All just depends on what I can get off work, so the pencil is easy to move about.



From here, you go into all the monthly spreads. I've already customised my planner to Monday-Sunday instead of the EC standard of Sunday-Saturday monthly layouts. I use these petite date stickers from YourWorldOfColour, so it's more cohesive for me, as this is my working week. You can see how the original looks for September 2021 above. I'm just waiting on these stickers to arrive so I can finish changing it up until end of next December.

I had to white out all the holidays for that month as they were then on the wrong dates, but I can put them in when it's closer to the time in pen!






After all the monthly spreads, you then have 46 dot grid pages to do with what you wish. I had no idea what to do with them, but then had a random idea. I found these monthly sticker packs from Amazon UK, and went ahead with them. I have put a monthly sticker at the top of 18, 2-page spreads, so I can do monthly notes, YouTube video ideas, doodles, pre-plans, etc. After that was done, I still have 10 black dot grid pages to use up, but will figure out what to do with those later on.

At the very back page, is a 2022 yearly overview, which is so weird to be thinking about a year that is so far away! I'll probably start to use that this time next year, so I can start planning out some ideas for then. I also have a sticky note of the things I want to track through the next 18 months in the planner, so I can carry it around and it can be more useful.

Finally, at the very back of the petite planner, there is a page of stickers to go with the planner. I found my stickers from last years one (still no idea where it is?!) and a few other small sheets that I could potentially use. I've also stuck one of the EC pen holders I've had for a year to it, so I'll always have a pen on hand. I'll start carrying this around when July rolls around, so it's always on hand.

Do you use any Erin Condren products, or are a planner yourself? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Finding The Right Shapewear!*

First off, what is shape wear? I found a load of different ways to explain this online, so I'll try and summarise this for you if you've no idea what it is! Shape wear is a clothing item - predominately an undergarment, designed to slightly alter the person's body shape and dimensions, to achieve what some view as a more 'fashionable and svelte figure'. The function of a shape wear is not to necessarily enhance a bodily feature, but to make it look more 'clean lined' and to boost the wearer's confidence.

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The right shape wear can really help with certain outfits, and can totally boost your confidence! I've worn a few in my younger days, and even now I have a couple stashed away for nice dresses when I go out. With the right fit of shape wear, such as the products you can find at Shapellx shapewear, you can get that silhouette that you want or need for that particular outfit! I love shape wear as I'm more of a curvy girl, so they help streamline my looks, and make me feel more confident when I'm out and about. It can help smooth any lumps and bumps that I'm self conscious about, and means I can focus on enjoying my time out, and not feeling awkward wearing my outfits.

Something that would be super for me is the best shapewear for tummy and waist that they offer on their website. As this is my 'problem' area, these are great for me. There is a wide variety of designs and colours, so you can find the perfect style for you to 'attack' the area that you wish to shape into that svelte figure! 

Or if you just want to try and get a more sculpted look for your tummy, you have the option of a waist trainer for women. These have been seen a lot since Kim Kardashian started promoting them, and I actually owned one for a while which worked wonders for me! Since lost it, so I think it's time I find a new one! 

Do you wear shape wear at all, and if you do, how does it make you feel? And is there any particular outfit you will always wear something like shape wear with? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

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