Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Nars satin pencil lipstick. Heaven

I love a good lippy but I hate how some fade quick and you can be left with a outline on your lips and not much else after what feels like 20 mins. Rimmel and MAC I'm looking at you! Perhaps it's that I either...

A- talk too much
B- eat too much
C- drink too much
D- all of the above

Either way I am conscious of the fact that I always need lippy close by, I feel embarrassed for anyone who's lippy had worn off when they are deep in convo.

This weekend changes all of the above and I have found a cure. My sister was on the hunt for a coral and our last ditch attempt on the high street was SpaceNK for Nars. A tad pricier but we are fans of the brand already so we stepped in. The Nars make up a artist instore and by the end of chatting with her my sister and I wanted to take her home to forever talk makeup. Her knowledge was unreal. My sister purchased a lovely new satin pencil and the rest of the day was spent with me asking "have you topped up yet?". Her answer consistently being no meant we struck gold and I rushed back to get myself one the next day.

I applied once yesterday. Just once! I ate, I drank and I chatted. After a few hours (4?) my lips felt a tad dry so I popped on a bit of vaseline, seeing as there was mo shift in colour! Amazing.

The colour I'm wearing is called Yu and is £17.50.

I'm also trialling a mini sample of the tinted moisturiser....

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Tartan scarf. Possibly too early...

...but I did say I'm thinking ahead! This is another must have on my A/W wish list! Perfect for adding interest against the coats we will soon be living in!






This one may be men's but I love the colours and if anything the size will be bigger. Cosier. Trendier. You get the idea...



Keeping to women's now and another lovely colour mix which will look great against a grey wool coat and brown riding boots for instance.

This next find is another mens variety, I love the title! The British Scarf by Boden £39 yes it's a bit pricier but it is 100% lambswool!










Thursday, 15 August 2013

My Feet Need...

Like I mentioned in my last blog I am looking into next seasons trends and today I have dressing my feet on my mind.

-Boots are going to be chunky and this suits me.
-Loafers rather than Brogues.
-Pattern for va-va-voom
-Converse they will remain until my feet begin to freeze.















Monday, 12 August 2013

Food, Chessington and Fashion

I've been pretty quiet on the blogging front, quite frankly I am wiped out! However here is a quick catch up...

1) I was very kindly sent some food samples to trial recently and they have come in very handy as the batch arrived just in time for a day trip to Chessington. The kids really liked the Dairylea new Mature Cheese dips  (ok and so did I). I wouldn't normally buy them as they don't find the cheese tasty enough but these really were a hit. I have also been able to try the Pineapple variety, yes really. I was dubious that they would like these but they have been a hit too!



The Belvita Apricot and Yogurt breakfast bars are really nice, I was only able to get my hands on one pack of these as the hubby has nabbed them all before dashing out the door! Considering he was the one that pulled a slight face at them having live ingredients he hasn't done that bad! I can thoroughly recommend those!



2) Chessington. Now this is a place that I have not returned too in perhaps 20 years so I was dubious on what we would find. I was very surprised! There is so much to keep the kids entertained that between the rides, Zoo and the Sea Life Centre time flew past! There was no one point that one of the children were left out, at the ages of 3,5 and 7 they were all well catered for. The reviews that I had read on it being dirty had obviously been addressed as we didn't find this problem at all. The picnic kept us going til early eve when the 'kids eat free' offer kicked in. Overall we had a great day!



A happy Isabella with her fave Moshi Monsters


Keeping the boy happy while daddy and Isabella que for a roller coaster!



Tiny baby Gorillas!



In awe of the lion


With Daddy on the Pirate Boat!


3) Thanks to a very brave best friend of mine, she very kindly not only gave me children a fun sleepover she gave the hubby and I a chance to have a much much needed date night. The holidays are taking it out of me so this was a chance to breathe for a evening and just talk.




3) I'm a fan on Schwartz products (the slow cooker sachets are brill!) so I was a happy Mummy when I was also sent a few of these to have a go at. The Smoky BBQ one has been the first up and it was super easy (as all of these packs are) and tasty. In fact I forgot to do a after picture until after I had started eating! Thumbs up!




4) Like I mentioned in the last blog post we have had a few National Trust trips and the childrens lunch bags were finally converted into a a cress garden. I haven't killed them yet, so fingers crossed we will have something to eat although I don't like egg and cress sandwiches....


3 days on...





Last but not least it wouldn't be a blog of mine if fashion and shopping wasn't mentioned in here somewhere. Without wanting to wish away the Summer I have been mulling over my A/W wardobe, crazy I know but call it prepared. Plaids, checks, tartan, brogues and pink coats are high on my adgenda. Follow me on Pinterest for more pics but here's a taster of what I am loving...












More on that later though...


















Thursday, 1 August 2013

Summer holidays on a budget!

Summer holidays are now well under way and as is my challenge of keeping 3 children entertained on what feels like zilch. Unlike what feels like the whole world, we have no holiday booked so it's down to  strategic planning to pass their time and mine, while I daydream of the Balerics.

I've mentioned before that we are National Trust members so that's being taken advantage of and I know that when there isn't time to sort everyone lunch before leaving, these offer great children's meals cheap.
We have had one already but we're going to throw in another beach day trip, it will fool us into a holiday feeling. In fact it fooled us so much the last time we went that the next day we had the holiday blues.

I have family living in St Albans the splash park is also becoming a fave water day. There are a few of these dotted around and they are a good change from a normal park day.

With the budget pretty much covering fuel alone these days, picnics I am sure will be the last thing we will want come September!  Sandwiches are as about as fancy as the picnic gets right now but on the longer day trips :ie beach, fish and chips at home time are not breaking the bank too much. At the moment with the children still being young I'm able to get around most 'treats' by stocking up on some fruit cereal bars (yes really-they love them!) on the food shop and then the odd --rip off-- ice creams whilst out.

Beach wise I love West Wittering, the beaches are endless and it was a childhood holiday resort for myself so seeing my children recreate making sand cakes in the sun and sea is special.

National Trust wise we are returning to.....

*Waddesdon Manor soon as on our last trip we didn't get to explore the park and land.

*Cliveden is on the list too as the kids loved it.

*Ashridge is free and the kids always love running around and exploring. Pitstone Windmill is just around the corner of Ashridge so I'll probably use that to kill some time too!

*Ham House and Gardens is somewhere I've not yet ventured, supposedly one of the most haunted building's in Britain, it should be interesting!

*Wimpole Estate is also on the list as this even boasts a farm.


Failing all the above local parks, meeting with friends, attempting cake pops for the first time, planting a massive mountain of seeds (don't ask) and a paddling pool at home will do.

Legoland is high on my eldest daughter's wish list but with a car to tax and mot next month sadly that looks unlikely. I'll just console myself that perhaps next year we will be poolside and the kids are getting some great memories this year. Most of the above are my own favourite memories as a little girl so I can't be going far wrong.

Perhaps I'll self educate myself on mixing up cocktails and dip my feet in the pool (paddling variety) when the sun is going down. Of course this is weather permitting! Now please excuse me whilst I research summer holidays 2014!