Year: 2018

30, Flirty & Thriving – Why Age Means Nothing

I just don’t feel 30. Is it because I don’t yet have kids so I’m quite carefree or is it simply because age literally nothing? Well, the latter tbh. I’ve been in the 30s club for five months now which is nothing really and I’m new to this decade of my life, but it’s so true that age is just a number. And here’s why… I change my hair colour all the goddamn time. In the last 10 years I’ve been blonde, red, an ill-advised brown shade which was so not me and currently I’m platinum/grey. I love it and I hope I’m always indecisive and switching my hair colour as I continue through my 30s. My love of wearing colour and prints us going nowhere. Green faux fur? Gimme. Zebra print and lime green? Hello friend. I love planning my outfits and no plans if changing with age. Career goals aren’t the be all and end all. I’m lucky that I like my job, it’s an extension of my hobby almost. But those articles …

Beauty Treatments I’ve Had – It’s Ok To Talk About It

I’m not against surgery if I felt I had thought it thoroughly and had genuine reasons to improve myself in certain areas of my body. I’m a fan of a facial, a spot of dermaplaning and the odd chemical peel. If I didn’t already have huge lips, I might be swayed to add a ml here or there. So, I thought I’d share my feelings on having treatments done – Dermaplaning I’ve had an Epionce peel dermaplaning session once before and I loved the results after the treatment was complete. It was a lovely procedure and very little pain was involved. You can see the results in the images above. Removing the top latey of my skin and fully exfoliating my face, my skin felt great and I would definitely have this treatment again soon. Facials I’m quite lucky in that I’ve had multiple spa days in the last few years and had quite a few facials. My favourite treatments are from Elemis, as I love their products and how my skin feels afterward and …

The Importance of Organising Your Money Before You Travel

It costs a lot of money to go travelling, and that’s what deters many people from being adventurous when it comes to their holidays. But you don’t want to go to the same cheap all-inclusive resort every year. You should aim to expand your horizons from time to time, and it doesn’t have to be crazily expensive to do this. Here’s how to get your money in order before you travel. With the right planning, you could afford the trip you really want. Make a budget (and start saving). Before you travel, you need to make a budget. Otherwise, you might end up spending an excessive amount of money and emptying your bank account. Of course, in order to make a budget, you need a plan for the type of travelling you’re going to do. The rest of the advice in this article will help you with that. But it’s important to search around for the most cost-effective travel options in terms of accommodation, transport, food, and so on. You might be able to find …

It’s Ok To Be A Homebird #SpillTheTea

Social media gives off this impression that everyone is busy all the time. Checking in on Facebook, tagging your location on IG Stories, seeing friends and family. We’ve all read that memes about how exhausting it is to work out (LOL, I don’t do that), physically go to work, keep your home clean, see people and then take 5 minutes to actual get over the ordeal of having to actually spend time with people other than the person/people/animals that you live with. So, generally, I don’t. I bloody love my house and being in my home. Is it since turning 30? Is it since we bought a house and I love being here? Or is just because. No official reason other than, I like sitting with my fiance and walking my dog. I like watching the telly. And I’m more than happy to scroll Insta and watch other people’s lives on Insta. I’ve being doing, I say that lighly, vlogtober on my IG Stories this month and it’s hard to find stuff to talk about …

Balancing Work & Play – Almost Famous Xmas Menu & Dog Walks

It’s that time of year where the big C word is starting to creep up in conversations and I’m aware that I’ve only got a couple of paydays left between now and the big day…but it also means M&S xmas sandwiches will be in meal deals soon and we all must have seen that foot-long pig in blanket that Aldi are rolling out this year *insert heart eye emoji here* But it also means for us bloggers that we continue to make the rest of the world well jeal by being invited to fancy stuff; including Almost Famous Christmas menu! So indulgent, excessive and yummy. This whopping burger had burger meat, pig in blanket, a sausage roll and loads of extra good stuff stuffed between each patty. It was defo a handful and I enjoyed every second of shoving it in my gob! I’m spending my weekends loving the nicer weather we’ve had lately. God, that must be the dullest sentence I’ve ever written. Hale village is just down the road from us and walking …

Pixi V Aldi – Glow Tonic & Vitamin Wake Up Mist Dupes

If you know me, you know I’m a huge Aldi fan. Food, toiletries, home stuff, you name it, it’ll be in my house. So when I was having my weekly read of the booklet and I spotted Aldi were releasing their own glow tonic, I was intrigued… The PIXI dupe is in Aldi stores now for a bargain price of £3.99 – £14 cheaper than the real deal. But how does it differ? Well, I’ve been using the Vitamin Wake Up mist daily for the last two weeks and I’ve used the new Aldi dupe in addition for the last two days. On first impressions alone, it has a nice scent to it and doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin. It’s lightly scented without being over powering and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stingy which can be the case of some toners. So far, so good. Using it alongside the PIXI Wake Up Mist as part of my morning skincare routine, I’m enjoying it and will continue to use and see …

Five A/W Trends I’ll Be Wearing This Autumn

Sponsored Post It’s not often that I visit these shops these days, or even do much clothes shopping. Having spent a lot of the last 12 months in major saving mode, I rarely shop new trends – often choosing to try and adapt the current contents of my wardrobe to fit whatever colour, pattern or print is ‘in’ that season. However, as A/W draws closer, I’m loosening my purse strings and making little investments, adding new items to my wardrobe to help switch things up a little. I’m lucky in the sense that my workplace doesn’t have a uniform or dress code, just smart casual is the order of the day so I can rock up to work in jeans and trainers or a dress and boots if the mood takes me. It also means getting dressed in the morning can take anywhere between 5-15 minutes, depending on what I feel like wearing that day! My style differs in the sense that, I love to dress quite fashionable and ‘on-trend’ whilst also making sure I …

Buying Our House – What Renting Taught Me

Renting is a mind-field. Since we bought our house earlier this year we’re out of the trap, thank god. But if you’re a renter who’s saving for a deposit or, shock horror, someone who is happy renting and likes the flexibility of not being tied in, I’m now ready to look back on my experience fondly….kind of, anyway. When it comes to renting, there are a fair few things to take into consideration. Things that I didn’t think of when we first starting to look for our first house, now play a massive part in our decision-making process. HomeLet recently got in touch to ask what I would consider when selecting my and I would advise anyone looking to start to rent, or looking for a new house to let to consider the following… The age of the house (and condition) The age of the house and how well-kept it is is a huge factor when you’re looking to rent. If you’re buying, these are things you can change – but if you’re renting it …

Why I’m Getting Rid of Weight Loss Guilt

Losing weight is a tricky one. There’s the actual ‘losing of the weight’, then keeping it off and finally, not getting to caught up in the numbers game and letting it take over your life is a different ball game. In short; it’s exhausting. I joined Slimming World in June 2017 when I knew my clothes were a little too tight and I saw an awful photo that shamed me into losing weight. That shouldn’t have been the case cos it was me, just me. But I didn’t like the look of me in that photo. So every Tuesday for the next 12 months I totted along to group and got weighed. Every week. Rain or shine, no matter how ‘good’ I’d been that week, I saw my weight in black and white. And then again written down in my book. Over that year I lost one and a half stone. Not all in one go and I’ve not even kept it off but in August 2018 I hit target. No-one tells you how exhausting …

Is There Still a Pressure to Wear Make Up At Work?

I love wearing make up, buying make up and reading make up reviews. Lipsticks are my fave beauty product to buy thanks to the multiple brands available both on the high street, in Boots & Superdrug to high-end brands such as Dior, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury. But when it comes to wearing a full face and lipsticks on a daily basis, is it still the norm? I work in a very casual office; think jeans and trainers in general with a smarter sense if style when client meetings take place. So, wearing a full face of make up and bright lipsticks isn’t the norm, in my workplace anyway. But, I still get up, dress how I please and apply foundation, concealer, eyeshadow and lipstick on the daily. Whilst it’s not expected and every woman I work with has a different take on how they wish to present themselves, I enjoy it. You read glossy magazines and large city-based blogs and they present officewear as being tailored suits, heels and hair and make up in place. …

George’s Great British Kitchen, Liverpool Review

If you’re ever stumped for somewhere to eat in Liverpool and you ask a mate for recommendations, they will probs reel of a long list of restaurants and bars to visit. Whether it’s date night, getting lunch in town while shopping or just want to see where’s the latest go-to; there’s a mass of eateries in and around the city centre. George’s Great British Kitchen however, has been on my must-visit list for a while. Darren’s a high school teacher meaning impromptu date nights during term-time are a no-go zone. But when a v lovely email landed from the George’s PR team at the start of the summer hols, it was a sign. We were finally going to try the latest addition to the food scene. And we were not disappointed. Handily located near John Lewis, I met Darren off the 82 bus and we headed on in. Initially we were struck by the decor. I didn’t actually know the restaurant specialised in fish and seafood so that was a pleasant surprise. Shown to our …

Derma V10 Clay Masks Review

I love a pamper sesh and having my new dressing room space in the new house (how long can I keep calling it new after living for here three months?!) means I can take myself upstairs, now Love Island has finished for a pamper. Derma V10 is a brand I first came across a few years ago. Making their way into the buge skincare market with budget products that work just as well as slightly pricier items. Stocked in Savers and Bodycare, Derma V10 has a rather impressive range of products under their belt – skincare, body lotions and hair dye to name just a few. So when the lovely Derma V10 team got in touch asking if I’d like to review the clay masks – of course I bloody would! Derma V10 Clay Masks There’s three different clay masks to try – Red algae designed to brighten the skin Charcoal to detox Eucalyptus to purify the skin I’ve given each of the three masks a whirl when I felt my skin needed a little …

Revolution, St Peter’s Square, Liverpool

Revs is one of those places you think of for stag do’s, hen do’s and basically the place you used to head to on a uni night out for cheap drinks and shots. Being from Wigan, Revs is one of the places that I used to go to for food and drinks, so when the Revs St Peter’s Square branch got in touch inviting me along to trial the new menu, I was ready to go with a rumbling belly… We were invited along to review the lunch menu which compromised of a starter, main and a drink. The menu was separated into starters, sharing boards, mains, pizzas and burgers. We chose the Street Food Crate to share to start – filled with mini beef burgers, buttermilk fried chicken strips, two slices of pepperoni pizza, BBQ dusted chunky chips and dips. It was v v enjoyable and so moreish. However, upon receiving the bill at the end, the platter wasn’t included in the lunch deal so beware if you’re ordering using the lunch offer. It …

Life Lately – July Round-Up

July is another month that’s passed me by in a blur. These summer months are by far my fave thanks to the never-ending sunshine, enjoying great food and exploring new places on the doorstep. Here’s what happened – The lovely Laura over at My Foodie Journey headed over to the Titanic Hotel as I sadly couldn’t make it. The extremely picturesque Liverpool landmark hotel hosted an intimate bloggers evening of cocktails and canapes on the terrace. I’m told it was a lovely summers eve and the perfect spot to enjoy an #Instagram worthy drink or two. Thanks Laura for heading along for me! Towards the end of the month we headed across to Sefton Park to LIMF – Liverpool International Music Festival. Tickets were just a fiver and with a restaurant review planned just down the road, it was the perfect excuse to tick Trevor Nelson off the bucket list. Dancing along to old school RnB was just what the Dr ordered. The fiance surprised me with a wedding planner. We got engaged a couple …

Just Wings, Aigburth Road Liverpool

Since moving to South Liverpool we’ve enjoyed exploring the many different areas on our doorstep – Wooton Village is just a stones throw away, Otterspool prom is perfect for dog walks and Aigburth Road is home to Space Coffe, our new breakfast haunt and further up you’ll find Just Wings… As the name suggests, this place specialises in all things Chicken. Burgers, wings and a boat load of sides – all available in 12 different rubs or sauces for both the weaklings amongst us (hi!) and those who love to indulge in mouth-watering spicy food every now and again. We popped along on a Saturday evening before heading to LIMF in Sefton Park. Handily located, towards the top of Aigburth Road, it’s easy to get too by either bus or train. We rocked up with rumbling bellies and with a few menu recommendations in our arsenal, we got to grips with the menu. The menu may be small, but it’s certainly might. Just WingsJust Wings is part of a Merseyside chain or takeaways and the …