Sunday, 29 March 2015

FEELING A LITTLE BLUE // OOTD

Last weekend I really thought Spring had arrived but then we had a week of wind, showers, blue skies, freezing temperatures: I suppose that is the joy of English weather.  The other joy of being English is that you are allowed to talk about the weather at length especially if you are queuing, another national pastime.

Here are a few outfit photos from last week where I even had sandals {yes sandals!!!} on.
What I love about this outfit is it is so easy to chuck on and look quite put together with minimum effort and I can run around after a toddler.  All major positives.  Another major plus is the fact the top is not super clingy but can be tucked in or worn loose to hide your post Sunday lunch tummy, which means as many yorkshire puddings as I want, wahoo!!
The trousers owe me nothing and are a really old pair of peg leg trousers from Zara and to be honest they could do with a bit of an iron.  I am sorry but I didn't get round to taking these photos until a lot later than I planned.  Isn't that life for you.
And someone wanted their photo taken too and she is too adorable to refuse: how could you say no to that face?

Hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying your Sunday evenings.  As the kids are in bed I am off to watch The Riot Club.  Is it good?  I hope so.



Links:

Me: top // old Zara trousers {similar} // vintage belt // old Bertie sandals {similar

Ava: jacket // Gap dress {similar} // shoes 

Friday, 27 March 2015

MICRO PLEASURES {31-40}


31.  Hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream.

32.  Creme eggs.

33.  Making time to actually read my book.

34.  Sunshine.

35.  Painted nails.

36.  My new shoes, it's love.

37.  Counting down days.

38.  My phone calls with my sister on her way back from work.

39.  Feeling more inspired.

40.  Esme's passport photo, it is hilarious.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

I thought I would share with you my skincare regime, if you can really call it that, because I always like to hear about new, or new to me anyway, products that might make my skin look amazing.  And I really need it as my skin is not getting the beauty sleep it needs--thank you whoever gave the worlds most awful cold to Ava.

I don't think I can really call this a regime because it is three really easy steps, because to be honest I can't really be bothered with doing a million steps as I don't have the time or inclination, I wish I did though.

So there are three steps: cleanser, serum and moisturiser.
My cleanser is the Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 cleansing solution.  You just pop some of this on a couple of cotton wool pads, wipe your face and you have said good bye to your makeup and any grime and dead skin cells.  It is quick, easy and also on deal quite a bit so you really can't go wrong.  
I was a bit late on the serum band wagon, probably because I had no idea that you could use a serum and moisturiser until I did a little bit of research recently.  Apparently this is where you should spend your money according to the beauty gurus.

I use the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum.  This is supposed to give your skin serious all day hydration, making your skin all smooth, soft and radiant.  At the beginning I was a little sceptical but it does keep my skin hydrated and my skin is so much smoother.  Which means it makes putting my make-up on a dream, well I think it is due to this product because my makeup looks so much better when I have used this than when I don't.  
Finally my moisturiser is the Celestial facial moisturiser from Lush.  This is for dry sensitive skin I think, and is supposed to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.  This moisturiser does moisturise but I do think it has a slightly weird smell but my skin seems to like it which is a massive plus.  My skin can be a little funny so if a product works I tend to stick with it.

And that is that.  

I think these three products have really helped revitalise my skin so much so that people have commented on it: go me!  I do this morning and night and it is nice to have a couple of minutes to just focus on me as that rarely seems to happen now.

I know what it like not to be bothered with doing more than one step, I was the queen of the face wipe, but it is really worth it.  If you just want to add one step go for a serum or a moisturiser and put it right by your bed so you can shove it on just before bed at the very least and your skin will thank you.

If you have any recommendations I am all ears: what products do you swear by?

Monday, 23 March 2015

ESME: FIVE MONTHS

At five months Esme:

- can roll from her front to her back and vice versa.  She loves to have a nosey at everything so you can see her rolling trying to get a better look.

- is so smiley and happy.  I love all her gummy smiles.  And her giggle, well it is adorable.

- is getting chubbier very day and I love it.

- has started eating some solids.  Milk just wasn't enough and she was taking such an interest in everyones food that I though I would give weaning a go, even though it is before the advised 6 months.  And she loves it and means that she is fuller for longer which is great.

- is quite happy to talk to herself in her cot for a while when she wakes up.  This is literally the opposite of Ava and I wish sometimes Ava would learn from Esme's example ;)

- is still teething and there are still not teeth but very white gums.  I had forgotten what a joy teething is but she is still so sweet that I don't mind if she need a few extra cuddles.

- is so relaxed and chilled still.

- loves playing with her toes.

- babbles on and likes to join in the convo.

- loves her sister so much.  Esme gives Ava the biggest smiles and seeing the two of them interact, well it melts my heart.

Esme, we are so proud of you and love you so much

xxx
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