How does your garden grow!

Sunday, 31 March 2013 | No comments

Hi!

As much as love beauty and fashion I also wanted to give you an insight into some other of my hobbies!

Now I never used to be into gardening, it was always something that I associated with my dad (a keen gardner) or older people, dont ask why I just never thought that younger people were into it!

Anyway a few years ago we moved and suddenly had a larger garden, the first year I did abosolutley nothing to it. The following year I started a new job which was extremely stressful and to be honest made me miserable most days so I really wanted something to focus on and let off steam when I got home. I took it upon myself to get our garden sorted and soon realised that I absolutley loved it, I would put on my ipod and quite happily potter outside and any stress from that day would soon be forgotten and with a little help from dad it become a place where we could relax and entertain.

Unfortuntly last year I was quite ill so the garden got neglected, not only that but most of our fence fell down in the strong winds we had towards the end of the year. I now have quite a task ahead of me to get it back to some decent state.

I have been doing a course in garden design and planning so I hope that will help me. My aim is to have a lovely colourful garden and somewhere that I can relax with a book on a summers evening!

I still have lots to learn about gardening so I am forever asking my Dad about what I should plant and pouring over Gardeners World Magazine. I am also looking forward to attending Gardeners World Live and the Good Food Show this year, I get to combine my love of gardening and food all in one day!

I will post some pictures of the garden over the next few weeks to show my progress and maybe give you some ideas. If you have any helpful hints let me know!

(The box in the picture was a lovely random gift from my sister!)






Much Love

N
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TDT - Update

Thursday, 28 March 2013 | No comments

Hi!

Well this week has been the hardest of my diet so far! Not only did I have a super busy week but it was also period time :o(

I knew it was going to be tough as I already had cravings for chocolate on the monday. Now in my mind the best way to cure this is to have some choc, for me personally I find that if I don't have a little of what I fancy I just end up binging on the said item and then I get angry at myself for doing it.

I still managed to eat my fruit and salads all week but when I did have a craving I had a 2 finger kit kat in the afternoon and that was enought to satisfy my craving. My other favourite sweet to have on an evening is a shape chocolate pudding on top of a couple of rich tea biscuits! Sounds strange but tastes lovely...really it does!

Even with all this I lost 1.5lbs which I am pleased with.  I'm happy if I lose a 1/2lb so anything more is a bonus.



Much Love

N
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Skincare Routine

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 | No comments

Hi!

I normally change my skincare routine during the winter months as my skin can get quite dry and in the summer it gets super oily!

Currently I am using the following products:

Clean and Clear deep action cream wash - This is one of my favourite cleansers as I feel like it does what it says on the bottle and leaves my skin super clean and refreshed. I use this every other day in the morning and every night. As I have said in a previous post I normally just splash my face with water in the morning but since I have gone back to work and have been wearing make up everyday I have been trying to make sure that I properly cleanse my skin. It is reasonably priced as well, this was £3.99 in my local supermarket.
 
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm - If you have read some of my other posts you will know that I LURVE this product! I use it everyday under my make up and at weekends when I'm not wearing any make up. It has little particles in it that I feel just make my skin glow and leaves it really nice and soft
 
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream - Another recent favourite of mine, I picked up one of these a few weeks ago. I use it every morning so I don't look like I am carrying tesco bags under my eyes! I don't know about you but I suffer from really bad under eye circles and puffiness in the morning and it takes a good half hour before they settle down.
 
Vaseline - I can't live without this, I use it on my lips every morning and then scrub them with a toothbrush to keep them soft. I have been using it on my eyelashes at night recently as I heard it helps them grow, I don't know if this true or not but I thought I would give it a go!
 
That is everything that I use on a morning during the week before I put on my make up. At the weekends I tend to use one of my cleansers, some moisturiser and no make up. I had microdermabrasion a few years ago so feel confident enough at the weekend to go without makeup but during the week I like to have a little coverage.

Do you have any current favourite cleansers or moisturisers?







Much Love

N
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OOTD

Saturday, 23 March 2013 | No comments

Hi
 
This is another one of my favourite outfits for the these cold winter days!
 
The cardigan is from Forever 21. I adore this teal colour and the back of it is like a waffle effect so you do need quite a thick top underneath. It's also a good length and covers my bum!
 
The necklace is a old one I got from new look a few months ago. I wasn't a 100% sure about it at first but I have now worn it many times with various outfits.
 
My jeans are from new look. These are my favourite jeans as they fit really well. I always have a issue with jeans as some are too long or are too big in the waist!

Much Love

N
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TDT Update

Friday, 22 March 2013 | No comments

Hi
 
Yes at last a good week! I lost 3.5lbs last week! Yay! I was so pleased when I stepped on the scales on Saturday as at the beginning of the week I was a little down as the scales were not moving.
 
Now I'm not sure what I did last week to achieve this. I actually didn't eat as much fruit and didn't have my daily salad on Monday and we had a McDonalds,whoops!
 
This week I want to try and concentrate on doing some exercise as I hope this will help with the weight loss. We do have a an x-box kinect which we will moving downstairs so i have the space. I  tried the Dance Central and I worked up a really good sweat doing 1/2 hour of this a few weeks ago!

I will be back with another update next week!

Much Love

N
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Random Facts About ME!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | No comments

Hi!

I have seen this post on quite a few blogs and vlogs and have really enjoyed reading/watching them!

So here are 15 random facts about me!

1. I am 32, my mind feels like its 10 years younger and my body feels 10 years older!

2. I am the youngest of 3. I have an older brother and sister.

3. I can't swim and have a fear of the water so bad I can't walk near a swimming pool. I will be having swimming lessons this year which I hope will help me overcome this!

4. I only started reading blogs and watching youtube since November 2012! Bit of a late starter.

5. I used to be a vegetarian but after meeting my fiance who was a meat eater it drove me crazy making separate meals every evening!

6. I am allergic to Quorn. It was after the 4th time I had eaten it that I realised this.

7. Some fruits make me go a bit funny, I can't eat a raw apple but if its cooked Im fine. Its the same with plums, necterines and cherries!

8. I am AAT Qualified. Only by accident I always wanted to work in HR!

9. I was born in Germany.

10. I name my car She-ra after my favourite cartoon caracter!

11. Im 5ft 3.

12. I can't walk in a heel higher than 2 inches, I have tried but always fail!

13. I have really bad eyes, Im a minus 9 in boths eyes and can't see a thing without my glasses.

14. I am terrified of thunder and lightning and can't be outside during a storm. If I'm at home I always hide under the duvet.

15. I have been engaged for 5 and a half years! I know such a long a time but there is never time to plan a wedding!

Have you done a post like this? If so send me a link and I will have a read!

Much Love

N
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TDT Update

Sunday, 10 March 2013 | No comments

Hi

First of all apologies for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. Since I started my new job life has become slightly hectic again!

So diet update week 2,3,4....I have been up and down with the diet, during the day I have been super good, salads, fruit and lots of water, but by the time the evening pops up I'm soooo hungry. I start with a quick nibble of something before dinner, then I eat dinner and then I feel even more hungry! eeek!

Now I know that my mind probably isn't in the right place for dieting at the moment. For once in my life I feel comfortable with my size, the bum and thighs that I have always loathed are not so bad anymore. I don't feel like everyone is looking at just me when I go out and clothes shopping is becoming more and more enjoyable. I think my problem is the fear that what happened before when I started dieting will occur again, as I wrote in another TDT blog post I lost around 5 stone, at the beginning I did all the right things, ate well and exercised 3 times a week. By the time I got near to the 4 stone off mark I was exercising twice a day, taking a couple of laxatives if I put on half a pound, weighing myself everyday and almost starving myself some days. I don't want to go back to that again, I loved being able to shop in lots of different places for clothes but most days I was miserable, all I was doing was changing myself to fit in with society and for once not to feel the outcast.

I do need to lose some weight, I don't think that I will be as slim as I was before and now I realise that I must do it for my health rather than being ashamed of being a plus size. I am going to embrace the curves that I have and just make them slightly more healthier!

Do you feel pressured to lose weight?

Much Love

N
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February Favourites!

Monday, 4 March 2013 | No comments

Hi!

So the time has come again for my monthly favourites post. I have really enjoyed watching/reading about other people's favourites which has inspired me to do my own posts each month!

February was a good month for me, not only was it my birthday and one of the best ones, I also found a new job and got a lot of things done that I never thought I would get finished!

My favourite beauty products for February:

1. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara - I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one. I was always quite loyal to my Lancome Hypnose but thought I would give another mascara a try. I really needed one for everyday use as I found that the Hypnose was a bit too much for the day. The Maybelline Rocket is great, I find that it really lengthens my lashes without looking over done and I'm quite happy to wear it during the day. Another plus is that it doesn't make my eyelashes so long that they brush against my glasses (if you are a spectacle wearer you will know what I mean) and then I end up with streaks of mascara on my glasses!

2. MUA Eyebrow Kit - I had never used an eyebrow kit before and it wasn't until I started watching some beauty gurus on youtube that I even realised that they existed! After my mishap of having to pluck my eyebrows myself (no available appointments for a wax anywhere in my town!) I saw this and thought I would give it a go. I love the way it makes my eyebrows stand out and look groomed. The powder is the right colour and the wax holds all the hairs in place. I even checked it later (I used it on a night out) and my brows still looked as good as when I'd done them a few hours before.

3. L'Oreal EverSleek Sulphate Free Shampoo - I saw a free sample of this shampoo in my magazine one day, now I normally throw away samples away as I always think that I will try them and then they end up just sitting my drawer for months even years! This time I had a closer look and noticed that it was sulphate free, I had heard quite a lot about shampoos like this being better for your hair so I thought hey why not try it. Well once I had finished washing and conditioned my hair I was already impressed as it felt so soft. Once I had put the hairdryer through I was amazed, my once frizzy, dry and in desparate need of a straighten afro tresses now looked straighter, shiny and manageble. I love this shampoo and will be going straight onto the website after I have finished writing to purchase some more, at least 6 bottles because I think that if I run out of this I would cry!




Now for some of my other favourites:

After spending so much time watching you tube videos I decided to see if there was anything decent on the tv. I saw two programmes advertised which looked fairly decent, My Big Fat Mad Diary and The New Normal were the two that caught my eye and have kept me hooked since the first shows. If you were a teenager in the late nineties and into the indie music scene then you will understand why MBFND was one of favourites, the soundtrack for the series took me back to my 16 year old, boy crazy and blur loving self! Ahhh the memories!

I also downloded The Trevor Nelson Collection. As soon as I saw that one of my favourite songs, Mary J Blige - Real Love was on it I knew that I had to have this album, so far I have listened to it at least 30 times!

That was all my favs for the month, not a huge list but to be honest February is one of my favourite months so that counts as well!

Did you have any favourites for February?

Much Love

N
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First Day - OOTD

Sunday, 3 March 2013 | 1 comment

Hi!

This week was my first at my new job so i just wanted to share a quick OOTD with you.

I have spent the last two weeks thinking about what I was going to wear, I wanted to look smart and casual until I had sussed out what the 'official dress code' was!

I kept my make up very simple and used my MAC foundation, Rimmel Powder, Body Shop Mascara and my trusty Missguided Lipgloss!

Much Love

N
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