OMCZ - Bare Arms

Thursday, 30 July 2015 | 2 comments


Hi!


A lot of people hate having their arms out so lets show them how it's done.


 

So, for this months challenge it was time to get out the one part of my body that's taken me a long time to love. It's only been around the past 4/5 years that I have felt comfortable enough to wear short sleeve or vest tops. I do have large arms and ''bingo wings'', a term that I don't really like but can't think how else to describe them.

 
These pictures were taken on a afternoon out near Oxford last weekend. I hadn't been to the area for ages and Mr C had never been so we went for a little trip! It was really, really busy on the day we went so my posing is slightly awkward thanks to one man just staring!
 
 
This is an old dress from Taking Shape. I had only worn it once last Christmas so I decided to dust it off and see how it felt in the summer. It is so comfortable and because the black section at the top is a thin mesh material I didn't get hot.
 
Dress - Taking Shape (Old)
Shoes -Primark (Old)
Bag - Micheal Kors
 
 
 
The view behind me.
 
Don't forget to check out the other lovely ladies taking part!
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x
 

Beauty | My Little Box

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 | No comments


Hi!

I'm a little bit late this month with my little box review. Just before I went away I had an email to say that it would be late so it arrived whilst I was on holiday. I've received the July box last week so that post will be coming up soon!

The theme of this box was The French Rivera.





I was pretty pleased with this box as there was a lot of blue which is my favourite colour!

These sunglasses are really lovely but unfortunately it's prescription only ones for me so I won't be able to use them but I'm going find a good home for them.

 
 
I don't have any gorgeous succulents to display in these pots so I've used one for my Victoria Secrets body sprays and the other one has a few of my favourite make up items.





I will be trying the sea salt scrub and hair conditioner very soon and will do post with my thoughts on them.



July is probably going to be last My Little Box for awhile. I have lots of the products to use up and also every penny needs to go towards the wedding next year! eeek!

 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x

Lifestyle | A fete day out

Saturday, 25 July 2015 | 1 comment

Hi!





Last weekend was our village fete. Mr C and I love going to fetes, there is great sense of community and everyone is always in good spirits! We did have the traditional games like aunt sally, coconut shy and then an interesting one of bacon 'n' eggs where you literally won an egg and bacon!


 
I couldn't decide what to wear so I opted for some old items from the back of the wardrobe. These shorts are from George at Asda, they are so comfortable but crease so easily, these were ironed in the morning and after sitting for a hour they were more wrinkled than a prune! My top is from Gap, I must of had this for about 6/7 years, it has lasted so well. This is one of the reasons why I'm happy to buy from Gap as the quality is excellent. Lastly these shoes are becoming a firm favourite, they are from Primark and I bought them when I went to the Oxford bloggers meet up.

 
Top - Gap
Shorts - George at Asda
Shoes - Primark
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
x

Beauty | Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | No comments


Hi!
 
Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and can only see negatives and no positives? I have been doing that a lot recently, sometimes I feel confident, ready to tackle the world and then bam, I have these periods of self doubt.
 
 
Most days I keep looking at my hair and debating on whether to dye my hair or not, I haven't got grey hairs - just white, pure white ones growing along with the black ones! I keep checking the mirror everyday for new ones and for any extra wrinkles. Last night I looked at myself in the mirror and decided to be a bit more positive and stop looking for the negatives in myself. I'm taking 3 negatives and turning them into positives:
 
1. I can't see a thing without my glasses, life is one big blur without them. I used to hate wearing glasses but thankfully design has come a long way. I love wearing glasses now especially these new ones I got a few months ago! Mr C says I look good with or without glasses (well, he would say that) but that the right frames definitely enhance my face and, because I wear them all the time, it is strange to see me without them on during the day.
 
 
 
2. My hair is thick, unruly and has one or (ahem) two white hairs. However, thanks to the wonders of straightening cream, hair straighteners and hair grease, my hair is tough and able to take the sort of battering that would make other finer hair look damaged and dry. It is also a very big part of my Caribbean heritage and is therefore important to me and is a big part of my visual identity.
 
 

 
 
 
3. In years gone by, especially in my teens and early twenties, I used to try and cover up all my blemishes and scars so nobody could see these imperfections. However, as I have gotten older I have realised that being comfortable in my own skin is more important than trying to hide away. Nowadays I am more than happy to go makeup free and, when I do wear makeup, I try and let the real me shine through.
 
 
 
 
 
I have many what other people may call imperfections, however, I prefer to see them as just part of what makes me who I am.
 
Have you ever taken the time to look past your supposed imperfections and see the real you?
 

 
 
 
 
Much Love
Natalie
x

*This post contains a gifted item

Lifestyle | Hello Summer

Thursday, 16 July 2015 | 2 comments


Hi!

It finally feels like summer is here right, well an English summer anyway! The sunny days seem to outweigh the rainy days and that makes me feel very happy!

Recently I have buying a few summer/holiday essentials. First up is this hat from H&M. I struggle finding hats to fit me, having a big head and thick hair proves to be a nightmare combination. I tried on so many in the store at first, there was one huge wide brimmed one, fitted my head and then I looked in the mirror, the brim was so big I was scared I would knock people out! Anyway this is the one that I chose.





I've also got some new nail polishes* to try. My nails seem to be growing really well at the moment so I want to make them look nice. This set is the Hawaii from OPI, you can buy it from here . There is the perfect combination of colours in the pack, just right for summer. They are also the perfect size for travelling, I usually get shellac on my nails when I'm going away but this time I took this set.





This is my favourite colour - Aloha from OPI. I'm a fan of the OPI nails, whenever I get my nails done I only go to specific salons that have the brand. I always find that my manicure lasts for at least a week when using OPI products.




I've written about the Lanolips Lipbalm before and I'm going to say it again, it's amazing! I use it day and night and my lips never get dry. I'm also using the Soap and Glory BB Cream with a SPF 25. It does leave a slight white sheen on my face so if you have dark skin just beware of that. It does, however leave my skin feel silky smooth and is a good base under my Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser.



 

Do you have any summer essentials?

Much Love

Natalie

x

* Item gifted for review

Style | My Holiday Staples

Thursday, 2 July 2015 | No comments



Hi!

Hopefully by the time you read this I should be on a beach sunning myself and drinking a rum or two! Mr C and I are off for a nice 10 night break for a little sun and relaxation!

I wanted to get a few extra bits for holiday, I still had some items left from last time so I didn't want to go crazy and by tons of stuff.



I was looking for a cover up to wear over my swimsuit by the pool. I originally purchased two from H&M, which were beautiful on the hanger but didn't look right when I tried them on so I took them back and got this one from Primark. It fits really well and is light which will be perfect for the heat.


I had been looking for some simple t-shirts that I could pair with shorts, skirts or trouser for a smart of casual look. Primark had these t-shirts in a few different colours, I got this stone one and a white (not shown) one, at £4 they fit really well and are comfortable. They are quite thin so a nude bra is needed underneath unless you're happy to show off your pretty bra!

I also wanted another maxi skirt and I couldn't pass this one up, at £8 (I think!). It hits the top of my feet and I'm 5ft 3. This will be great for a casual look in the day or with a nice top and some jewellery for something a bit dressy in the evening.



Junarose is one of my favourite brands to lust after online, unfortunately my purse screams no! So when I saw this tunic in TK Maxx I quickly snapped it up. It is a little bit big on my but the flowing casual look works well when paired with these shorts from New Look that I got in their last sale online.


These are 3 of my favourite swimsuits that I am taking with me. The two on the outside are my comfortable ''safe'' options and the one in the middle is quite plunging in the neckline and very bright so that will be for a day when I'm feeling a little more confident!


There are only one pair of new shoes here and thatts the blue and white stripey ones. I got them from Peacocks a few weeks ago. I rarely wear peep toe shoes so thought these would make a nice change, I just hope they are comfortable!

I will be doing a few outfit posts whilst I'm away so they will be up in the next week or two!
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x