What I Wore… 5th November 2014

I have transitioned one of my Zara summer dresses into a winter option!!! Go me! And I’ve done it by using my thickest jumper… a navy Fishermans jumper from COS , worn tights and my black boots from New Look. I also had on my scarf and parka from Miss Selfridge which helped a lot.

For hair and makeup I put on mascara and dabbed on a thin coat of Rio Rio Topshop lipstick, twisted to front sections of hair and tied them together at the back.

Is anyone else still trying to get the most out of their summer clothes?

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I am Breaking Down…

So I’ve had a problem with doing exercise recently. When I came back from Holiday at the end of August I managed to rip my intercostal muscles (the ones in-between your ribs) when picking up my hand luggage to chuck it in the boot! They healed up i.e. stopped hurting when I walked and breathed but they never fully healed I could still feel they weren’t back to normal when I twisted or if I did a jerky/unexpected move and when I go for runs they rip again and its back to square one. This is my third time ripping them and this has definitely been the worst not for pain but for the time they have taken to get to that base healing place.

This time I am swearing off running until I can twist with no pain or stiffness and I have found a couple stretches that will hopefully help me along the way;

It is always worse in the morning, they seem to stiffen up over night and then I have to work them out a bit before they ease up and it’s a manageable awkwardness but since doing these before bed it is sooooo much better in the morning. I’ve also started taking ibuprofen before I go to bed and that seems to have an effect in the morning too. The GP I went to see when I first did it recommended taking ibuprofen to keep the pain at bay and to take down any swelling.

I’ve watched a couple videos now and they say when it first happens you should ice, ice, ice and then once the immediate pain has gone away start heating them up to help the muscles heal which I have totally been doing, thank god I got given that mini hot water bottle for xmas last year!

Anyway fingers crossed I am moving in the right direction and can get back to running soon because, weirdly, I actually miss it.

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What I Wore… 4th November 2014

It is cold!!!! My hands were frozen when I got to the tube this morning but my feet were nice and toasty in my shearing lined Topshop boots and yeh I may be rubbing it in a little seeing as I got soggy, soggy feet in the downpour yesterday! I am wearing boots with my Asos blue jeans, my Topshop black love jumper and my Zara jewel collar white vest.

For hair and makeup I kept it real simple and just put on mascara and Rimmel by Kate Moss 107 lipstick. I took a front section of hair and gave it a gentle twist and then pinned with the short side of the Kirby grip going closest to my head.

I hope you all kept warm too!

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What I Wore… 7th August 2014

I have on my Noisey May jeans bought from Asos, a Zara top thrust upon me by my sister as she no longer wanted it but hates throwing away clothes and now I really love it, its so bright! Plus my H&M flats.

For hair and makeup I tied a plait in my hair, put on mascara and lightly dabbed on Topshop Begulied lipstick.

What do you think maybe a couple stacking bangles with this outfit?

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What I Wore… 6th August 2014

I wore jeans!!!! And my New Look boots! With a Forever 21 flower vest and an Asos nude vest underneath as there are transparent parts between the flowers. It was great in the morning and in my freezing office but I did get a little sticky on the tube and these boots are still a little too high heeled for me they make the soles of my feet burn after I walk home in them. Not cool but I’ll get there.

For hair and makeup I did nothing I’m going swimming later and forgot to get more face wipes so have left off the normal mascara to prevent panda eyes later.

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Decision In Principle

So I have been reading up on mortgages on the HSBC website and having a boyfriend who has gone through it all before I know that getting a decision in principle on what type of mortgage you can get is great for when you are making offers on houses and signing up with estate agents, they always offer their own mortgage services and you need something to compare their offer too, and it makes the buying process a lot quicker.

I went into my nearest HSBC branch at lunch and asked to be booked an appointment with the mortgage advisor to get a decision in principle and luckily I could get a meeting the next day in my lunch hour because I was starting to have nightmares about never being able to get a mortgage being laughed out the branch and so on and wanted to get it over with quickly. I was told to bring any financial paperwork I had and that night I organised everything including three months payslips and three months bank statements and all the ISA paperwork I had etc etc.

Got there the next day and was completely underwhelmed, it wasn’t half as scary or serious as I had made out in my head! The guy was twenty minutes late to start, didn’t ask to see any of the paperwork I had brought and we basically just filled out a questionnaire together… Not exactly my idea of the interrogation to get a decision in principle that I totally expected!

After finding out how much HSBC would be happy to lend me, which was printed off and signed, we then looked at possible mortgages for the house price I wanted and the loan amount I needed. I got printed and signed copies of all these too. They were two years fixed one with fees one without and five years fixed one with fees one without. The ones with fees at the start gets you a better rate and so a lower monthly repayment and the fees amount to roughly …

So after all my worrying it was absolutely fine and I walked out a bit bemused at the casual chat and feeling a little silly about how overworked I’d been about it.

Does anyone else build up situations in their head? Because clearly I definitely do!

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What I Wore… 8th August 2014

Gasp!!! I have on the same jeans and shoes as yesterday and got told off by my boyfriend for doing so, but I am not a smelly boy so I can totally wear the same things two day in a row! Ppphhhhh! So I have on my Noisey May jeans bought at Asos with my H&M flats and then my River Island top and a basic Asos vest underneath.

This is taken after my lunch time swimming so I did start the day with nicely applied mascara and Topshop Show off Lipstick but this set was done a little hastily and I sooooo need to find a better quick blow dry technique this one is doing nothing for my hair!

Have lovely weekends!

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What I Wore… 1st August 2014

We are going to see the biggest flat we can afford today and I am soooooo excited. It looks amazing in the pictures and the dimensions make it seem it will live up to expectations. I don’t completely trust pictures anymore they are incredible at angling something to make it look completely different.

For the viewing and for the questionable weather I have gone with my Forever 21 patterned trousers, my Miss Selfridge plain top and my Steve Madden sandals. I even put in a little more effort and put on a necklace! Don’t know if you noticed so I’m pointing it out! It is my Pull and Bear one and I though it would go well with this?

For hair and makeup I used my weekly Pantene 2 minute colour rescue in the shower last night and brushed this morning, put on Rimmel with Kate Moss 107 red lipstick and mascara.

Have a lovely weekend and a fantastic first day of the month!

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What I Wore … 31st July 2014

I booked a house viewing yesterday for Friday and it was the First of August!!!! August!!!! Christmas is coming people and way too quickly! Today I am wearing the outfit I chickened out on yesterday it is a New Look vest with my Topshop skirt and Steve Madden sandals. I was so hot on the tube yesterday that I think this outfit is actually pretty perfect and I love a floaty skirt makes me feel grown up.

For hair and makeup I took two sections of hair from each side of my parting and twisted then tied then together at the back of my head and pushed the band over on itself. I also put on Rimmel gel eyeliner, mascara and Show Off Topshop lipstick.

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What I Wore … 30th July 2014

Today I had a last minute wimp out because it looked a little chilly in the morning and instead went with my Asos t-shirt dress with striped socks and my New Look plimsolls, comfy but also very hot. I do always love wearing this dress though and I get compliments on it quite often so that’s nice.

For hair and makeup I left it just brushed and put on mascara and Rio Rio Topshop lipstick.

What do you think necklace with this one?

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Cookie Monsters!

I’m talking about me and my boyfriend… we can munch a whole tray of cookies with no problem and when you start using this recipe I bet we won’t be the only ones!

I love this recipe I have used it countless times and it never fails except one time where I added a little bit too much salt… but they were okay on the second day when everything had set properly. So please note they are very sensitive to salt don’t add more than it says, don’t make my mistake!

It is the BBC Vintage Cookie recipe. You start off blending the butter and sugar I like to put in the muscovado sugar first and whisk it with a fork to break up all the lumps then whisk in the granulated sugar so that it blends smoothly.

Then I microwave the butter in a separate bowl and add it to the sugar mix and blend away, usually for three minutes but at least two.

I add the vanilla and egg and mix together.

Same with the bicarbonate of soda and flour.

Then comes the fun bit choosing the extras! We threw out the recommended suggestion a long time ago we’ve had mixed fruit, dark chocolate and brazil nut ones, pecan and milk chocolate ones, milk, dark and white chocolate ones! The options are endless but we do always have some chocolate in there. I think dark chocolate is our favourite and we just buy a block rather than the chips and cut it up, then you get some massive pieces and little flakes in the mix it’s delicious.

This time we have gone for pistachio and dark chocolate. Ummm super tasty!

We make them a little larger than the recommendation and so only need two trays making twelve cookies, start off with small dobs then go back and add more to each.

They will spread out while in the oven but if you want them to spread less just chill the dough either before you have placed them on the tray or after, or both! Go crazy!

Done, soooo tasty and sooo easy! We can get a hot plate of cookies ready in 30 minutes now. Oh and trust the timings they will come out squidgy but firm up as they cool. If you like them really squidgy in the middle use the times on the recipe even though the cookies are bigger, if not add on two minutes. If you can try and leave them for five minutes on the trays, they will still be warm when you eat them but come off the tray better and stay together while you munch.

Let me know the combos you try!

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What I Wore… 5th August 2014

I have gone with my Asos dress, I really wanted to wear it with this thin double wrap studded belt my sister has but couldn’t find it and really had no clue were to start! I also have on my H&M flats and have put my COS jacket on straight away because it is cold in here today! They office air-con is really, unfortunately stepping up a notch.

For hair and makeup I did a waterfall twist, same as a plait but half the effort! I then put on Beguiled Topshop lipstick, Rimmel gel eye liner and mascara.

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What I Wore… 4th August 2014

Hope you all said white rabbit for luck on the 1st! Today I am wearing my New Look striped dress with tights from M&S and my H&M flats, feels so strange wearing tights! I can’t remember the last time I felt the need to. It was nice with this dress though, it feels a teeny tiny bit too short.

For hair and makeup I left my hair freshly washed and put on Rio Rio Topshop lipstick and mascara.

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Swimming, I’m back Baby!

I finally got around to getting a Swim only membership with my Better gym its so much better value for money as I would have loved to go twice a week but it was way too expensive and now I can go three! You can also use it at a lot of their other locations, Crystal Palace lido got mentioned!

Plus you only have to give a month notice if you want to cancel so you don’t even have to think that far ahead. Hopefully I won’t get sick of swimming any time soon so that wont matter for a while.

I did it on-line so you didn’t get the additional admin fee and when I went in yesterday just passed over the BET code I was sent in an email and was given my membership card straight back! Now I can just scan and go no waiting around and paying!

So first swim back for a while and it wasn’t half bad. I even went in the fast lane! Its summer holidays now so the kids were out in the slow lane and I think a couple slow people moved over to the medium lane so I risked it and was brave and went for it and I was fine! It was okay I didn’t feel like a snail and I barely needed to overtake, it was amazing, a whole new world and I should get quicker as I get back into it!

So I think I managed 60 lengths in 30 minutes but I lost count a little but I work hard so I’m giving it to myself. Hopefully next time I can keep track and be certain I did 60.

Thanks for Reading xx

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