Last week of my Twenties ( A Reflective post)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

So a week today i will turn 30. And, even though this doesn't bother me one iota it does make one look back and reflect on what i have done and accomplished in my twenties.
I recently mentioned to my stepdaughter that next week i would be turning thirty, to which she replied "Really? I thought you were about 34!"
I responded shocked with  "what the what?!" but afterwards it got me thinking.
My twenties have been a bit of  roller-coaster. Lots of good and some really bad. But overall i am actually happier in myself than i've ever been. And even though i may already look slightly older than 30,(i blame children for this.. they suck the life force and leave you wrinkled i swear! ;)
i know i will be going in to my thirties a more confident and happier woman.
My twenties have been good to me, i have a husband of 5 years (together for 9 years next year) i have two step children, a four year old son, a home I run, a job (multiple in fact) i hold down and all that was accomplished in my twenties.
Yes there are times i could look back on and dwell on or cringe even. But they have all shaped me in to this person who is happy to enter her 30's knowing who she is.
So there we have it.. the last week of my twenties.
I'm looking forward to my thirties, if anything it can only be easier, right?

On a materialistic note things i'm happy with?
Well..

My wardrobe is becoming exactly how i would like it to be. Lots of re-mixable pieces and a lot more casual items that i love to wear. My twenties definitely saw a change in my sense of style.
I experimented in lots of different colours and patterns and lots of peter pan collars.
But i am finally finding my signature style that im happiest with. Its basic, like with my last post and im ok with that (something else i've had to come to terms with)

My hair.. After having a major crisis last year what do women do to feel back in control? They cut their hair off, and that's exactly what i did.
After a year of growing it and regular trims, its close to being back where it was before i cut it all off.. Thank god! I did not like short hair on me one bit.
This time last year when i had just had walked in to the hairdressers and said "cut it off!"


On the note of the photo above it also makes me think of something else i am happier with. 
It might sound bizarre, but my eyebrows have been the complete bane of my life for years! After plucking too much as an over zealous teen they have never ever properly gown back. Thanks to the 90's and the skinny-always-surprised brow these eyebrows have never wholly recovered. As you can see above i had been trying to master a good shape with the limited amount i had to work with and filling in with a brow pencil. These aren't the best brows nut they were part of my brow journey to where i am now, where i actually am happier than i have ever been with them


My makeup collection is expanding and i am now buying products that i love!
Things that make me feel amazing, such as a great eyebrow product (much needed!) Great foundation and fabulous lip colours.
I am one of those ladies who doesn't feel ready unless i have my war paint on, and i'm ok with this. I don't class myself as a 'natural beauty' i can't just roll out of bed, brush my hair and go. To feel good i like to have a little help from some great products. and finding great products and adding them to my armoury has been a long quest, but i think i've finally mastered it!
I now know my own skin better than ever. I know what works and helps and what doesn't work so much. There has been some valuable lessons with make-up in my twenties.

My weight loss journey...After letting my weight spiral out of control after i had my son Neo, i finally found the strength mentally to do something about it. In April 2013 i started on Slimming World. And i can not tell you how amazing it has been. I am now 3 stone (42lbs) lighter and feel like a completely different person. I now eat a very healthy low fat, balanced diet. I have treat days and sometimes naughty weekends, but i always go straight back to my Slimming World plan. It wasn't a diet to me, it was and is a complete life change. The way i cook and see food now is completely different. I no longer binge eat or order takeaways 3-4 times a week, and because of it i feel tremendously better. Wight loss is a very personal thing, and everyone is different, heck its wonderful we are all so different, the world would be a boring place if it wasn't. But for me i was over weight and unhappy. I'm extremely proud of myself for loosing the weight and keeping it off also.
I have been asked lots of times over the past 6 months what my tips are, so let me know in the comments if you would like a more detailed explanation to my weight loss journey or any hints and tips i can give, and i shall blog about it for sure!
Me at one of my larger times, my weight would fluctuate up and down, i know it actually went up more from this point before it came down. funny , i hardly recognise this girl

And finally what else am i pleased with? Well Yosa of course! My love, my new baby and my jopes and aspirations.
So far doing what i love has been amazing, i just hope you lovely ladies will continue to like what Yosa brings and help support a baby business in its infant years.
As a thank you we have a 10% off all orders discount with the code: YOSAFRIENDS
We hope this will help for Christmas shopping or that treat for yourself



So there we have it, goodbye (almost) twenties, you've been swell. hello Thirties!!
Any advice for this nearly thirty year old?



I couldn't finish without a couple of my fav pics from this past year


aww jeez kids and puppies.. im a big ol' softie i tell ya!

Adventures with a Black Gilet (& P4F LINKUP!)

Friday, 21 November 2014

This black gilet caught my eye in an advert for Next in a few magazines i've bought this last month. Infact the whole outfit is inspired(copied) straight off the advert. Sometimes i just can't help but copy-cat a good outfit. And this one was so comfy and warm and snuggly I'm so glad i did. Plus the purchase of the gilet has given me lots and lots of outfit inspiration for the coming months.
Before buying a gilet I did wonder how practical it would really be, i mean, it's got no sleeves, won't i be cold? 
But in reality, when i'm running from car to shops (who have their heating on super high!!) it turns out to be the perfect layering piece. When I wear a coat and a thick sweater, it can often induce a hot flush when you're diving in and out of the shops who have their heaters on full thrust. Gilets seem to be the answer! Warm but not sweat-fest! Perfect if you ask me. So in answer to my own question, yes Gilets are useful and practical.. perhaps just not when it's raining;)

Do you own a gilet? And have you found it useful?



PS please excuse my rather bloated tummy in this clingy skirt.. i had just over indulged in a lethal Mcdonalds.. and seeing as i usually don't binge eat fast food or eat bread, my stomach momentarily appreciated it aaannd then decided to bloat to twice the size.. lesson learnt.
Don't eat rubbish food whilst wearing a clingy skirt, LOL! (but for that moment, it was totally worth it;)
After loosing 3 stone i am quite the regulated healthy eater, but sometimes, on those long rough weeks (like this one has been) Junk food is just what you need.









Gilet: Next
Grey sweater: George Asda
Boots: F&F
Skirt &hat : New Look
Bag; very (very old)
Necklace: Yosa
Don't forget ladies there's a 10% discount code for all Yosa orders with the code: YOSAFRIENDS


Wearing Red on Red

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Red on red has been red hot his season and being a huge colour red fan i thought this should be something for me to try out. Normally i wouldn't ever top a red sweater with a red coat, it would usually be a camel or black coat. But inspired by the catwalks and the likes of the fabulous Laura of Wearing It Today i went ahead and gave it ago with my gorgeous new Wallis Red Coat. And the result i have to say, was rather pleasing. I think red in general is so gorgeous that wearing both pieces together added a really luxe, expensive feel. It was perfect for my slouchy/smart look i was going for. With the casualness of the boyfriend jeans and the fun leopard print booties, i found my happy middle ground of comfy and smart.
As i mentioned the red coat is new ( i know, i know, i did not need another coat!) I had been on the look out for a new red coat for some time. I have a cute duffle type coat( which i sadly never wear anymore) that's just not the style i was after. I wanted something smart and that could look good with dresses and jeans. This gorgeous red funnel neck coat ticked all my boxes and when Wallis had 30% off coats i snapped it up, and i'm super happy i did. 
Its also rather perfect for the festive season..eeee:)!!
Have you ever tried red on red? Did you like it?








Red Coat: Wallis
Boots: New Look (old)
Jeans: Tui at Sainsbury
Red Sweater: last year... ummm?


Ps sorry about the radio silence here guys, life has been busy and complicated and nothing has run to schedule at all. I have beaten myself up for days over not getting things done, and things not going to plan. Till this afternoon, when i realised sometimes things don't go as you want them to, they will get done in their own time and when the time is right.
i think i need to be less of a control freak and just go with the flow
 (which as control freak that is far easier said than done!)
So there we have it, the confession of a control freak trying to loosen up ;)

Finding the perfect daywear LBD ( & P4F LINKUP!)

Friday, 14 November 2014

I had been on the hunt for years for the perfect everyday lbd. Not a fancy lbd like most women have in the armoury, and can be turned upon for any night out, but an lbd for day-wear. Something comfy but still smart and that definitely felt wearable and re-mixable. My search had proved fruitless for years; too short, too fancy, too frilly, too tight.
Until now.
I found the most wonderful lbd for daywear. And it was by complete accident.
Remember recently my new found love with & Other Stories through this dress? Well that dress has been worn more than anything in my wardrobe over the last few weeks. I loved the style, comfy fit and fabric. So with that in mind i went back to peruse the website to see what other possible lovelies they had there. And there it was. This perfect little black everyday dress.
And let me tell you, it is wonderful! (fyi, this isn't a paid/ c/o post i genuinely LOVE this brand) The dress is the same fabric as my stripy dress and its comfy and smart all at the same time.
This past week, i chose to wear it with this wine coloured biker jacket that i recently picked up in Primark, a leopard print bag and my new most favourite Yosa necklace....
The Heritage (the fabulous Sera named this beauty) isn't it just gorgeous?
Its the sister necklace to The Majestic which incidentally sold out after 4 days of being live on the site (its now well and truly back in stock now) and i am just in love with them both. The Heritage is just so regal and beautiful. On a plain black dress it really does steal the show. Yosa has just launched on Instagram too, would love you to come and follow so we can be IG buddies there too! We are just launching a Yosa friends 10% discount offer with code: YOSAFRIENDS 
So my friends there we go, shop freely with this discount!













Dress: &Other Stories
Boots: f&F
Jacket: Primark
Necklace: Yosa


this week i have the pleasure of hosting Passion 4 Fashion with the
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