Friday, 21 July 2017

#Passion4Fashion Linkup! All welcome!

Hooooooooo, WHAT a week ladies! We attended a big family wedding, which was delightful and meant i got to don a pretty frock for the occasion.
Its also been a week of absolute killer insomnia leaving me feeling a bit like i'm drunk.. but without the fun bit. Sleep, why you so mean to me?? It seems an unrequited love, i love sleep, it does not love me however!
But the school holidays have just begun which means 6 whole weeks off from the school run and pack lunches and trying to find those darn shoes every morning.
I am so looking forward to a bit of down time with my loved ones.
So all i have for you is this pretty dress which i absolutely loved wearing (as i stood out in a crowd and meant my children could find me easily, Ha! oh the ways a mothers mind works,lol!)

So all that's left for me to say is.. Zzzzzz
No seriously, thank you all for linking up last week, there were so many amazing links!!!

I want to try something from now on.. 
If you link up a post and the photo is on Instagram would you 
hashtag #Passion4Fashion on your instagram post ..

Feel free to tag me in it also as id love to pop over and see you. Its a great way to spread the love and we can each have a browse on the hashtag too.
It would be fab to create the hashtag to represent all your linkups under #Passion4Fashion. 
Personally I'm on IG more than any other platform and i'd love to see your glorious faces there and I can come like and comment.

Most clicked

Memories of the Pacific
 in her gorgeous kimono



My fav:
 This stunning gingham top from Five Foot Nothing Shopping

I always like to finish the post with a parting question, so today i am asking for purely selfish reasons  this.. Sleep.. Any advice ladies?
Let me know in the comments if you know of any sleep inducing techniques or remedies as i am due a few looonng nice sleeps!!





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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

#BodyPositivity : Meet Ann of Kremb de la Kremb


Meet Ann


Creator of Kremb de la Kremb
Blogger, Stylist and Librarian/Teacher
Mum & Wife
Follow Ann on Instagram here


This is Ann's journey on her wonderful two legs










I've Always Loved My Legs


I’ve always loved my legs. They’re the one body part I don’t mind flaunting—yes, I chose the word flaunting just to prove a point of pride in my legs. I’m 45, and I still wear both mini skirts and short shorts as if I were 15! If I’m to receive a compliment, it’s usually about my legs. If you ask my husband the favourite physical part of me, he’ll instantly say my legs. It’s not arrogant for me to like my legs. Every single woman needs to identify at least one part of their body and completely celebrate it. They must. After all, self love breeds confidence, and confidence shines as beauty. So believe me when I tell you fellow women friends, you must find at least one thing about yourself and love it. Love it so much that you own it. Be it your nails, eyelashes, toned abs, flat chest, voluptuous bottom, find it and flaunt it ladies!


Oh no! But what happens when that one thing, that one body part of a woman that she has always taken pride in, begins to deteriorate? That dear women friends is what’s happening to me and to be frank, it stinks! My legs are beginning to fail me. Big time. I’ve already received a successful right hip replacement. Thank God for that one because I was miserable until I received Pinky. (Yes, I’ve named her Pinky, my new pink hip!) Right when the recovery of Pinky was smoothly come to a successful end, my left knee decided to act out. Basically four months after my miraculous (at least to me) hip replacement, I found out that my left knee had finally given out, and it now needs to be replaced. (My anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, injury from my early 20s was now shot. The graft that had been created in 1995 has now disintegrated. I no longer have an ACL in my left knee.) My left knee is filled with so much arthritis and bone spurs; basically it looks like a white infested forest of old stuff. It’s got to go, or I just deal with the pain.


I’ve been dealing with chronic pain in my lower appendages for more than a few years now. At one point, and I’m not embarrassed to admit this, I had to receive help for the depression caused by the chronic pain. I think part of the reason I am currently able to handle the pain in my left knee is because of the antidepressant I take from the time before the hip replacement. Chronic pain is real, and it can cause the brain to think some crazy things. Luckily my mind hasn’t gone too crazy in dealing with my left knee problems, and I thank that to the medication I take. One thing has definitely suffered however: my ego!


Even with fluctuations in weight, my legs have always seemed to stay trim. Yet now, those legs, they’ve lost any sort of definition, they suffer from atrophy and therefore wrinkles, plus those cellulite dimples are settling in. All these characteristics are new for me. Mind you this is all me looking down on them; it’s what I see. They probably still actually look fine. But, what about the fact that they don’t work for me….This is so hard, physically difficult and mentally too. I have always loved having strong legs. I’ve always loved that line I get on the side of my thigh demonstrating strength. I could squeeze my thigh or slant it to the side and get that nice line. These are my vanities that I own and share of the one item on my body that I’ve always appreciated. There’s more to the heartache: I have always loved walking, jogging, hiking. I used to play volleyball on the beach. I could do flips off the diving board. I can’t do any of those activities anymore, and it’s absolutely heart wrenching.

I still remain strong in my opinion that I must find something to love about myself. And it’s going to be my legs. I just have to start accepting how they are today. They are no longer young. They are definitely damaged and in need of surgical repair. I will one day do this. I’m not sure how much longer I can wait. But in the meantime, I have to find something, there’s got to be something I can do to celebrate my legs. Just this week I found it: I can ride a bike! It’s so fun!! The breeze in my hair, nature all around me, the pumping up a hill and the joy of acceleration going down. When I ride a bike, my knee does not hurt, and my muscles are working!! Oh yes! I may have found something, and the relief feels so good. Maybe I can still love my legs after all. As long as I can use them, attempt to make them strong, take pride in their strength, I will always love my legs. I just have to find ways to celebrate them in any which way I can.


*Dearest Rachel, thank you for giving me this opportunity to reflect on a body part I’ve always loved but have had a hard time with as of late. This process of writing out what I love about myself has provided me with the determination to always find a way to love my legs. And now, it’s time to go take a bike ride! Wink wink.

Thanks for having me.


Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

What to Shop in the Summer Sales


Oh i do love a good sale, but i am not a fan of wading through rail after rail of clothes where the majority of pieces aren't in my size. Online is always where its at for me with sales, and oh how i love a bargain.
If you've been around these parts before, you may know that i'm actually quite tight with my cash when it comes to clothes. I don't want to have to spend and arm and a leg to look nice, which makes me and the sales BFF's.
At this time of year all the shops are being inundated with the first hit of the Autumn ranges, which means all the summer items go on sale, and with half of summer still to go (hopefully), you should be able to bag yourself some bargains for now and even some that will work right through the seasons.
The best thing to do is make a list of what you need in your life and shop for that.

So with a few pennies in my purse and an itch to spend, here's what i'll be shopping this Summer.

Dresses from Dorothy Perkins
I always buy my summer dresses in the sale and then happily wear them for the rest of summer and pull them out the following year also. I think being British makes me sceptical when buying summer dresses as you never really know how much wear you will get out of them due to the unpredictable weather. Therefore sales are always where i pick my dresses.
Better yet, buying a couple now that will work fort sunny days and will also see you through to autumn too.




 I love the idea of wearing both of these now with a denim jacket and sandals and then switching to a chunky knit cardigan or biker jacket and boots for autumn.. great workhorse dresses that don't cost the earth are my absolute favourites.

Handbag Sale

The perfect indulgence? That one item that can out live all other trends and accompany you for years of wear: The handbag. I do love a good handbag me and most of mine have been with me some time, and will continue to be too! I think the sales are the perfect time to bag (heh!) yourself an indulgence.




Sunglasses

I have ridiculously sensitive eyes and wear sunglasses all year round. I possibly look like Bono and a bit of a nonce but i can't help it, i honestly feel naked without a pair and use them for driving and hiding tired eyes, for me they really are a must. My only problem is i quite often loose them, which means not spending a lot of money on them is kind of important when there is a strong possibility they may not be with me for 12 months.. (sad but true.. Just call me Dori)
Sales buys for sunglasses are a must. Great style, shape and designer sunnies but with a good percentage discount making me much happier to part with the cash.




Technology: Cameras

I am constantly looking for a new camera. Its become this habit of mine to check daily to see if there's been a reduction in price or if the camera i want has gone in to the sales. This way through Love The Sales i can keep an eye on the one i want and watch the price percentage reduction and then will hopefully bag that camera. This is the one i'm currently lusting after with wifi image sharing and flip up screen for vlogging (which is something I really want to get in to!) it seems a great fit between a DSLR and a standard compact digital. It also has interchangeable lenses and the reviews are pretty great, its also much smaller than our DSLR making pictures on the go a lot easier... that's the plan anyway, i'm watching this one like a hawk!


So that's what i'm shopping in the sales, how about you? Is there anything you specifically shop for in the sales?


















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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tips for Taking Photos By Yourself (Selfies & Such)



                                                             Images from my Instagram

As you all know through the weeks i have to take my own photos as the husband is in work, but out of the two of us, he is most definitely the photographer. I have to scramble along when hes not around, but i have found some ways of making do without him to get my daily outfit pic. I used to ask my kids but the moaning and the accidental head chopping off was beginning to grate on me so i set myself up.
Here are a few of the things i do and use when I'm left to my own devices.

Phone
I currently have a Samsung S7 and its fine. Would i like an upgrade? Undoubtedly, but i've smashed one ohone this year already so i'm happy to plod on with this one. Its a good quality camera and used with the correct settings can get some sharp, crisp images.
For instagram shots i use the Phone camera not the Instagram camera as the quality difference is huge. On the camera settings I then change the size of the image ratio to 1:1 so i know it will automatically fit the Instagram size frame. This makes things a lot easier if i'm posting in a hurry. Otherwise you can use a scale app too.


Tripod
I use a lightweight Tripod every day. I never realised how important in would become, but its integral to getting my outfit shots. I like one that i can chuck in the car or carry out to my location and not anything heavy.

Phone Adaptor for Tripod
Which obviously goes hand in hand with my tripod, a small but vital bit of kit that i attach and bobs your uncle, your phones attached. This is the one i have and is only a few quid

Timer
I don't use a remote, but i know lots that do and prefer it, i use the timer and multi burst shots. After setting my tripod up in the right location and with an educated guess as to wear my head and feet will be I set my timer to 10 seconds and  3 shot burst. This is where i run into the shot and get myself shot ready. After its taken i check the images to see if there is any adjustments needed and shoot again. I can usually get this done in 3 takes and about 10 minutes (if my face is co operating... sometimes i pull some funny gibs 😂)

Powerbank 
An absolute essential for me is a Power Bank. Using social media and the camera will run your battery down extremely quickly. Having a power bank on me is important as i don't want to have to be panicking that i'm running out of juice on what is essentially my form of contact for if the kids/husband needs me, as well as getting my shots done.

Natural lighting
Is always best, unless you have a studio of course, but for daily outfit pics natural light will always give you the best picture

Backdrop
I like to vary my backdrops and have mostly chosen greenery for the simple fact of its green where i live here in the Welsh Hills. Choosing a good place to shoot with good lighting will help a lot. I have a few spots i like to go to where i know i can set my tripod up easily and get my pics done without too many people wondering what the hell i'm doing.
I like to cary my locations each day but you may prefer to use the same simple plain backdrop each day. Its personal choice, but having a re set location will defintely help you capture your daily outfit pics.

Phone apps
I know lots of people tweak their images with lots of different apps, but honestly i just use Instagram to change the saturation and lighting if necessary.


Here are some great tips on the ever important selfie as researched by the Pro's!

   Tips and Tricks: The Art of Creating Excellent Selfies

Do you ever take your own photos? If you do what do you do/use to ensure you get the shot?

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