Monday, 30 January 2012

Happy Birthday Kelanjo!

My blog is 3 years old today. Here's to another fantastic year.
Thankyou all for sticking with me over the years. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

New Favourite Hair Style.

Perfect for those days when you want your hair out of your face but don't just want to tie it up. This was inspired by this blogpost by the lovely Morven whose blog I have only just discovered. Tutorial can be found here. I don't think this was too bad for my first attempt, what do you think?

Thursday, 19 January 2012

4 Weeks Smoke Free!

I've not had a cigarette for over 4 weeks now, so I'm officially a non smoker! Feeling very proud of myself right now!

Sooner or later, everybody stops smoking...


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mark Hill Professional Rock Chick Wave Wand

Before my self imposed spending ban I picked up the Mark Hill Professional Rock Chick Wave Wand (quite a mouthful haha). It appealed to me for 2 reasons. Number one it was a larger all one size barrel compared to my current Babyliss Curling Wand, and number two, it was on offer in Boots at half price. It also comes with some finger pad gloves to avoiding burning your fingers (although I never use these) and a little style guide. The barrel is 32mm so produces large bouncy waves/curls. I really like the effect it gives, although I'm not sure this will work well on short hair because of the large barrel. I did burn my fingers a couple of times using it, but I think this is more down to the fact that I'm used to using a smaller conical barrel, I think once I've got used to using this I wont burn my fingers quite so much. Overall I think this is a nice curling wand, but I'm not sure I love it as much as my conical wand, and I don't think I would have paid full price for it. I think I might invest in a larger barrelled conical wand when my spending ban is lifted as I currently have the standard 25-13mm, so if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments. The Mark Hill Wand is still on offer for £29.99 at Boots.

Get ready for Valentines Day!

Approaching Valentine’s Day, women tend to have a number of things to think about concerning how they want to present themselves to their husbands or boyfriends. For the men in our lives, things are often more simple – a man might simply be able to get away with a quick trip to Marks & Spencer for a nice jewellery gift and a bouquet of flowers, before taking his girlfriend or wife on a romantic date. But most women enjoy dressing up and making that extra special effort, in order to help make the evening a special occasion. This process can be a bit of a task, as you worry about your outfit, your makeup, your perfume, etc. – but it can also be very romantic and fun, as it is an opportunity to dress up in a way designed purely to make you appeal to your significant other. So, without further ado, here are some tips in advance of this year’s Valentine’s Day next month.

First, try to get a feel for what kind of date you will be going on. Often, this is something that the man will decide, and it is fairly common for the specific venue or type of date to be a surprise. However, if you have at least some idea in advance of whether your date will be formal or casual, at home or elsewhere – even inside or out – you will have a better idea of how you can dress for it.

Try to play into the Valentine’s Day theme a bit, even if it goes against your usual style – this doesn’t mean that you have to wear a red ribbon in your hair and dangle heart-shaped jewellery all over yourself. However, even if red and pink aren’t your usual colours, including a little bit of a traditional Valentine’s Day style can help you to strike a romantic tone with your appearance.

Pay attention to detail – even if you’re the kind of girl who usually doesn’t go too far with lip glosses or nail polishes, etc., a little bit extra will show your man that you went to a lot of effort to look the part for your Valentine’s Day date. You don’t want to be excessive, but it certainly can’t hurt to do a bit extra.

Finally, one thing that a lot of women enjoy when it comes to Valentine’s Day fashion and style is unique perfume. Again, this can quickly become excessive if not used correctly, but if there is any night during the year to appeal to your man’s sense of scent, it’s Valentine’s Day. The right perfume can enhance your overall appeal in almost mysterious ways, and can really help you to make a romantic gesture for your date.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

I climbed a mountain!

What a day, yesterday I climbed Ingleborough, the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales (and apparently the most difficult.) It took us 4 hours to climb it and 2 hours to get back down, with the round trip totalling about 8 miles. It was pretty brutal in places but was well worth it. It was lovely to get outdoors and appreciate the stunning surroundings all around. This is just the first of many more outdoor escapades to come as this year I fully intend on getting outside as often as I can, whether it be walking the dog, climbing a mountain (we've planned Ben Nevis for June), or cycling around on a balmy summers evening (more about my dream bike in another post.) All in all, I can't wait for my next adventure, the whole day reminded me to appreciate the beautiful scenery we have all around us as its sometimes easy to take it for granted.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream

If like me, you're suffering from dry, chapped, and flaky skin in these cold winter months, Avene rich skin recovery cream might be just what you need. I've been using Avene Skin care for over 18 months now, and there just aren't enough words to express my love for their products. They do they trick without irritating my skin, leaving it feeling greasy or breaking me out. Over the last month or so my skin has taken a turn for the worse thanks to the cold weather and I ended up with dry, sensitive, irritated flaky skin. My usual moisturiser just wasn't doing the trick, neither was my Cetaphil or Oilatum Natural Repair face cream. The only thing I could use to combat the dryness was E45 Cream, but this felt very heavy and greasy on my skin. Cue Avene. Nicola recommended the Rich Skin Recovery Cream and I went out and grabbed a bottle straight away. I absolutely love it, it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised without feeling greasy or too heavy, and has banished my flaky skin. Other Avene Products I would recommend that I use are the Extremely Gentle Cleanser and the Light Hydrating Cream, both of which I have repurchased countless times. Have you ever tried any Avene products? If you have any other recommendations I'd love it if you shared them.

In other news, I got talked into climbing Ingleborough tomorrow! I'm equal parts terrified and excited. The bigger picture is to climb Ben Nevis in the summer, so we're going to do a series of "smaller" hill walks in preparation.  I didn't even own a fleece/hat/waterproof coat but luckily I was treated to all of the above so I'm fully prepared (and I didn't break my spending ban). I'm taking my camera so hopefully if I don't collapse of exhaustion on the way up I'll have lots of lovely snaps to share with you. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Topshop Bits

I recently returned a few items to Topshop and this is what I exchanged them for. I love the pink bag, theres something about pale pink bags that instantly make me think of spring, its a great size and really reminds of the Cupcakes and Cashmere for Coach bag which I loved. I also managed to get my hands on this lovely floppy brimmed trilby. I've wanted it for a few months now but wasn't prepared to pay £25 for it. I tried on lots of others but nothing looked as good as this one. When I saw it in the sale for £12 I picked it up straight away. I was chuffed to bits when I got to the till and it was only actually £7. Last but not least I got some everyday wedge boots. Yes more black boots I know I know. I say everyday because they are high enough to make a difference and not look like an orthopaedic shoe but not so high that you couldn't risk wearing them out all day. Perfect for everyday wear.

I'm on a spending ban now for a month, so there wont be any hauls etc for a while, luckily I've got lots of things I still want to share with you that I havn't had chance to blog about yet so never fear haha! I hope you're all having a good week, not long to go now until the weekend. Yay!
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