Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Teddy Bears' Picnic with Asda

What a wash out of a Summer! Between torrential rain (I'm not really complaining - I love it!) and a sick Kiddo, our Summer took a bit of a hit and we've not been far travelled unfortunately. All was not lost though and instead we focused our efforts on making our own stay-at-home fun and holiday activities.

Recently we dedicated some time to digging out The Kid's Teddy Bears, some that he still has sitting at the foot of his bed and others that maybe needed a little TLC. To help us with our Teddy Bear repairs and spruce up efforts, Asda very kindly sent us some little treats for a Teddy Bears' Picnic. As an adult, I had forgotten just how much fun can be had by throwing a picnic blanket down on the floor, digging out the Teddy Bears and just having a good old fashioned picnic!

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We were kindly sent a few treats from Asda to kit out our Picnic and The Kid's Teddy Bears. They included a beautiful Sourdough loaf, scones, lattices and mini pies as well as everything a kid could wish for in the form of mini brownies, decorate your own gingerbread men and a gorgeous Ice Cream Sundae Cake (this was the star of the picnic according to Kiddo).

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Of course the Teddy Bears got in on the action too but not before a very special spruce up. Because it's nearing that time of year again where we all don our Pudsey Spots for Children In Need, Asda were also kind enough to send some lovely spotty accessories for Kiddo's Teddys and we had a great time fixing them up so they too could join in our picnic.

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All in all I think it's safe to say this went down an absolute treat and though we weren't able to go down to the woods that day, we did manage to stay dry and it meant we could have some music in the background and really take our time just enjoying each other's company. It was nice to take time out of any hustle and bustle and just have childlike fun again!

Everything shown above is still available in Asda's Picnic range and it won't break the bank either, we all know how expensive Summer Holiday's can be, whether you're travelling or not, and though we would shop at Asda pretty regularly this gave us an opportunity to try a different selection of foods. The stuffed peppers in particular went down a treat with the adults and Kiddo loves decorating his own gingerbread men.

Keep an eye out for Asda's Teddy Bears' Picnics which are happening throughout NI and I'm sure they'll have more coming up for Children In Need.




*Though we were kindly sent some of these bits, this post is not in any way sponsored and there were no obligations attached
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

DIY with Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint and Metallic Spray

I haven't checked in for a while because we've been busy busy bees! I decided to finally set about redecorating our bedroom, and add those finishing touches to the rest of the house to make it more homey. Something about the prospect of another Autumn / Winter season approaching that makes me want to nest and begin making the home cosy for those dark hygge-filled nights.

Since before I can remember we have had an old pine style chipboard furniture set in our bedroom, don't get me wrong, we were grateful when we were given it second hand by my Mother-in-Law but they're not necessarily our own style and I've noticed as time has gone on (we've had them years now!) that they pulled down the lighting in the bedroom. I've had regular opportunities to become even more acquainted with my bedroom over the past year and it looks to be more of the same upcoming so I was eager to make some changes, light and airy changes. We went and found a perfect new bed in a local store (which will arrive in a few weeks) and had decided that the silver grey velvet headboard would be the focal point of the room meaning it was time to change the furniture.

But the bed somewhat eliminated our budget. Isn't that how these things go? So we had to get creative in changing the furniture.

First we checked Gumtree, buy and sell groups were monitored (like a hawk), charity shops were scoured and auctions were picked over however there was nothing suitable at all and any bedroom furniture sets in white we did look at buying would have cost pretty much what the bed was already costing us... it seemed futile for a while and I almost gave up - until we decided to take a shot in the dark and pick up some budget friendly chalk paint... I mean if everyone on Pinterest could do it, surely we could too?

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For all my planning in life, DIY is something I can never really plan for and if I do make the decision to give it a go it's usually spur of the moment, with supplies purchased in haste and it has always turned out disastrously. I don't mind telling you that because this is a story that has a happy ending!

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range by Lidl

When Lidl announced they'd be venturing into the beauty world with extraordinarily budget friendly price points I was hesitant but intrigued. It's been a while since we've seen a beauty range arrive onto the scene with lipsticks etc priced at just £1.99, we've become accustomed to paying almost extortionate prices for the most basic of beauty products so it was with great excitement that I delved into the latest releases from Cien at Lidl, especially considering the fact it was a range dedicated to all things Tropical. Perfect timing for Summer!


Whilst some of us will be lucky enough to be jetting off this Summer, a lot of us will be making do with Staycations or no vacations at all but that doesn't mean we have to miss out on the scent and feel of Summer. The new Limited Edition Cien Tropical Summer Beauty Range is perfect for both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. It's budget friendly (to a ridiculous degree) and the products I've tried are impressive.

I've been a fan of the Cien lipsticks for a while and their BB Cream blows higher end ones I own out of the water but how does the Summer range stack up?


You heard it here first. THIS product, the Honeymelon Body Butter from Cien has to be this Summer's must have body cream. It is scented beautifully and smells exactly how it is described, like honeymelon. It is soft and buttery and dries wonderfully on the skin, I've been using it in the evenings after a shower. The only way this product could be more perfect is if you were using it ON holidays whilst leisurely sipping on a sangria. This generously sized tub is a steal at just £2.99 and I've used it liberally since it arrived. Without a doubt a must-have from the collection.


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Monday, 17 April 2017

Local Focus: CFC Interiors and a Giveaway!

I've been focusing my efforts recently on sprucing up our living space, hunting out bargains in order to finally make our house a home. Imagine my excitement when news came through of the massive relocation sale due to take place with CFC Interiors! Considering their stock includes sumptuous beds, Kylie Minogue bedding, Yankee Candles and Emma Bridgewater, this is not an opportunity one can afford to miss.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Local Focus: Monsoon and Accessorize at Moores of Coleraine

I was very kindly invited in to visit the girls at Monsoon and Accessorize in Moores of Coleraine recently and it resulted in a serious food for thought moment in regards to online shopping versus the in-store experience. You all know I'm a huge fan of shopping from the comfort of my own home, nothing beats browsing pretty dresses, feet up, with a cuppa in hand... or so I thought. Perhaps I've been visiting the wrong stores because I came away from my visit to Monsoon thoroughly inspired by the in-store experience. This isn't because I was treated differently, in fact, after a lovely chat with the wonderfully brand focused Amanda and a quick hello to the gorgeous Tierna, I went about my business snapping, photographing and noting down information on what was available. The clothes themselves inspired me. Thinking on it I really do believe this has a lot to do with how the team have worked within their space in Moores of Coleraine. The Monsoon and Accessorize area is tucked neatly at the back of the first floor but it feels anything but cramped. It is well lit and spacious feeling and though it's not a huge space and they have a lot of different stock, you feel as though you're in something of a larger store whilst perusing the wares on the rails.

From the most dream worthy little girls dresses that look as though they've stepped straight out of a Disney movie (perfect for flower girls!) to affordable Communion dresses and tiny shoes any adult woman would desire, I fell in love with Monsoon at the first kids stand.

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Prices ranged from £20 upwards with the Artisan Communion / Flowergirl dresses coming in at affordable prices (£48 and up). I am hoping someone makes that blue dress in adult size, and maybe the butterfly shoes too!

I was already rediscovering why I loved Monsoon before I headed to their ladies department. Monsoon has been a staple in my life since my early teens, thanks to a wonderfully boho fashion focused Mum who adores anything remotely folky in appearance. The amount of luscious velvet and colourful boho skirts of hers that have made their way into my own wardrobe over the years is a true testament of my Mum's patience!

Staying true to their luxurious yet slightly folk-inspired roots, Monsoon have everything you could possibly need whether you're looking for casual luxe wear for the Summer or you happen to have an occasion coming up. I've narrowed down some of my favourite pieces (there were 296 photos after this visit and it really did pain me to omit any!)

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fragrance Files: LOVELILY by Accessorize

I had wanted to start a new series based around perfumes this last while, mainly because I devour scent reviews as I'm always looking for that new fragrance that will set my heart aflutter. I adore perfumes, so much so that I currently have a cupboard pretty much dedicated to my ever growing collection. Some people collect china, I collect perfumes. I think this harks back to when I received my first ever fragrance growing up, Ghost (original), and quickly fell in love with how a scent can lift your mood and cement that moment in time. When I smell that scent now I'm immediately transported back to those times. Scent is incredibly evocative and so intrinsically tied into our emotions and memories. We all have those perfumes that bring us back to a particular moment or memory and I find that to be just a little bit magic!

Today's post focuses on a recent launch by Accessorize, not my first thought when I think of perfume but when LOVELILY* landed on my desk, the packaging alone was enough to send my heart beating a little faster. Reminiscent of all things Spring and Summer, this perfume came packaged in a resplendent pink flowered box, it is bold, rather sweet and gloriously stunning. Rather like the perfume itself turned out to be...

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This little perfume from Accessorize might pass you by simply because it is found somewhere you maybe wouldn't be looking for a perfume but I implore you not to make that mistake because, honestly? It's impressive...

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Devine Nails launches a Nail Subscription Box

When I first posted about Devine Nails and the brilliant re-usable false nails they offer, I was already impressed by the quality of the products and the service itself. Then something wonderful happened! Devine Nails launched a nail subscription box! I was so excited to hear this and when I was asked if I'd like to trial one, I couldn't refuse, especially knowing the sheer gorgeousness of some of the false nails on offer on the site.

The premise is as simple as any other subscription box. Devine Nails have called their sub box the Monthly Delights Box and that it is! The theme each month is slightly different and is announced during the first week of the new month. Included in the box are 2 wonderful sets of reusable false nails, nail glue and a surprise gift.

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My subscription box* included a beautiful set of pink nails with white heart accents and icy glitter statement nails and a love-themed set of red nails which included glitter statement nails and some lovely hearts. Also included was the best bright red nail polish I think I've ever tried (and I've tried a LOT of red nail polish!) by Beauty UK, a brand I'll definitely be looking more into!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Budget Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I sat down to write this post last week sometime and the gifts I was sourcing, when I glanced at them again, one thing really stuck out to me. They really weren't budget friendly at all. Granted, when Mother's Day comes around we all would love to go all out and spoil our Mums and, if we are mums ourselves, we'd like to be spoiled for the day but since when does that mean breaking your back to afford expensive gifts?

Here's a little secret I want to let you in on. Your lovely mum doesn't want you to go broke in order to give her gifts this Mother's Day. It's a lesson I've only learned recently myself. Year after year, when I asked my own mum what she'd like for Mother's Day, her answer has always been, ''don't be worrying about that, I don't need anything''. My Mother In Law was the same. It never sunk in. Until this year... This year my little kiddo is turning 7 - I know, I can't believe it either! Finally it clicked. I don't need expensive presents to know he worships the ground I walk on. I see it in his eyes everyday when I tuck him in or read him a story or bring him his snack. He tells me every day he loves me, he remembers to say thank you when it's necessary and he fills my days with such wonder that I couldn't possibly ask him for anything. No gift is greater than what he already gives me.

With all of that in mind I've comprised a list of some budget Mother's Day gift ideas because honestly? As a mum, a daughter and a daughter in law, I know now it's the little things that really matter. A few little budget friendly treats, a pretty card, a lie in, breakfast in bed and all the cuddles - THAT is what Mother's Day is about.

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For my own Mum I swiftly set aside some of the beautiful little gifts the lovely folks at Asda had sent out to me, she adores Lilies and I know she'll care for these far better than I ever could! Asda is somewhere Mr Style Guide Blog would head to for budget friendly presents often. In fact, my Mother's Day gift from last year was a glorious floral stag head from Asda that came in under £10!

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Loveheart Cafetiere | Floral Pyjama Set | Drink Me Teapot | Floral Dressing Gown | Peonies in a glass bulb | Floral Slippers | Oil Burner Gift Set | Butterfly Scarf | Initial Cushion 

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Bow-tique by Sinead: Luxury Organic Scented Candles

At this point I really do think I'm becoming something of a scented candle connoisseur. I have definitive opinions on what I like and what I don't, what makes a candle worthy of a purchase and what doesn't, suffice to say not every scented candle I try makes it onto these pages. This could be because they simply don't scent a room how I'd expect them to, or they might smell cheap and give me a headache or perhaps they'd be perfectly fine for the first few days and then they splutter and burn unevenly. This is especially frustrating when it's a candle I do like and I find it can be a common issue with some double wicked brands. However, none of these issues popped up during my time reviewing today's luxury scented candle and I have to admit I've fallen so hard for this brand, Bow-tique By Sinead, and it's safe to say I'm already considering what scent I'll opt for next.

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I had been following and chatting with Sinead for a while before she took the leap and launched her luxury candle range and so when she popped one in the post for me I was hesitant, as I always am when it's a local business - I have an inherent want for their products to be amazing so that I can sing it from the rooftops. Well, consider this post as me singing from the rooftops because I am absolutely 100% blown away by this candle.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

February Favourites

Kicking it old school today with a throw-back to the old bloggers' favourites post! It's funny because these are some of my own favourite posts to read when I'm clicking on to my favourite blogs but when it comes to putting together my own I usually find I've too much I want to chat about and then I feel overwhelmed. BUT! I have been using some bits and pieces over the last month that I found I was excited to tell people about, some you will recognise from my snapchat (seraemily) and others can be classed as my unsung heroes of February.

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I absolutely, without a doubt, have to kick February Favourites off with the pyjama top from Simply Be! I managed to snap this up in their sale for under £8 and, though I don't wear it with jeans as an actual top, it has become a huge staple in my loungewear collection - perfect for lazy Sunday mornings! It's silky soft and makes you feel very Pinterest (you know what I mean!) plus did I mention it's still priced at the steal worthy price of £7.75? You'd be mad not to!

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Style Watch: George at Asda

It started with a top... A soft-to-the-touch, flared sleeve, marl grey, astoundingly cosy top. I'd spied it sitting out of place on the rails in my local Asda store recently, in the wrong size for me but other than that everything I could wish for in a top and so I searched through the store to find more in the hopes my size would be sat waiting for me to arrive - and it was!

I grabbed my treasured prize and headed to the checkout, delighted with my £10 find. It's two days later and I'm still wearing it. No judging! If they had had it in black I'd have gotten that too because I've convinced myself I could legit pair this jumper with anything and everything; jeans, maxi skirts, tube skirts, trousers... in fact, it wears very well as lounge wear too due to the softness of the material.

Because I found myself so incredibly taken with my new purchase, I decided to head to George online to have a little nosy at what else they might have to offer because, much as though I love the fact it's available to us locally, the in store stock could be a little better in my opinion. There are much better options online than in my local store and so the jumper served as a prompt to do some digital window shopping and boy did George at Asda come up with the goods.

My focus was tops, I'm of the belief that if you have a few staples in the bottoms department ie; a pair of jeans, standard trousers and a couple of skirt options, you only need a few good tops to make it appear as though you've opted for a stylish capsule wardrobe. I was blown away by the amount of choice available at the moment and have picked out 15 favourites for you (trust me when I say I had to do a few rounds of narrowing the number down!).

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Bottom row, left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Body Positivity

What does body positivity mean to you?

It's a big question, right? It's a very personal question and it can only be answered by you.

I don't write think pieces a lot anymore, quite simply because there are so many who can voice it better than I but what I can and will do is relay my own experiences and hope that it maybe helps even one person feel a little more positive about their own body.

Throughout my life, since childhood, I was the chubby kid. Chunky and big boned were words frequently used to describe my pre adolescent body. When I hit secondary school it became even more frequent an occurance, in fact, it became a taunt. I had a big butt, wide hips and a round face. Or so everyone around me seemed to have me believe. I was an easy target for bullies, they knew my soft spot, the one little tiny opening for causing hurt and people weren't afraid to use it as a weapon. This was only made worse by family who would comment on my weight citing my health as a concern. By the time I was headed into 3rd year it was starting to affect my self esteem and confidence hugely.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Hot Tips for a Quick Blow Dry

I'm forever on a quest to achieve that 'slightly styled but low maintenance' blow dry look at home. Up until now I've had limited success. Between hair gadgets and appliances that promise a quick dry, salon sleek 'do, through to shampoos that promise quick dry and frizz free, I've tried it all. Until now every single product I've tried to reduce frizz has come up incredibly short. Unless I used heavy duty straighteners I simply could not achieve anything close to smooth hair.

All of that changed recently when I had the chance to trial a few new products. It just so happened that they had all arrived in and around the same time and all seemed to offer round about the same promise: quick dry hair and a smoothing ability, with the additional promise of being a little more caring for my hair. I was doubtful initially, my hair chronicles are well documented in this house and my frustration has piqued many times over so would they actually deliver?

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Face Masks for Cold Weather Conditions

All Summer long I look forward to the cosy Winter months. Does that make me the worst? I simply prefer the hygge that the colder months afford us. The hot water bottles, endless cups of hot tea, hunkering down under a soft blanket with the latest series I'm hooked on. Bliss! What I always tend to forget though is that the Winter months wreak havoc on my poor skin. Between being blasted with central heating, being flushed from the heat of the open fire and then getting lashed with rain, hail, sleet and (on a rare occasion) snow and that's not even mentioning the cold wind that feels as though it could cut right through you, our skin goes through a LOT in Winter so it's only right if I'm pampering myself with a little hygge in the evenings I should be affording my skin the same luxury.

It stands to reason then that I've taken to doing a face mask every other night so today I'm going to take you through the face masks I've been using to combat the cold weather conditions and the effect they have on my skin.

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The emphasis has been on hydration and masks that help with stressed skin and I've discovered some new gems as well as revisiting old favourites.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

SALES BUYS

It's safe to say that this last break has proven to be a longer hiatus than I had anticipated but when life happens, well... it just happens, doesn't it? But I'm back with passion and ready to nail down a great blog schedule packed full of engaging content for you all.

With that being said, my post today is all about what I've shopped in the recent sales. I think it's natural that when you're feeling down or you're ill or going through some stuff, the need to treat yourself to something nice or pretty is fairly normal. I tried to hone that this time around, and I tried to shop smart and consciously make an effort to buy pieces in the sales that I could make good use of throughout the year, as one of my resolutions for 2017 was to undertake a complete reworking of my wardrobe so I needed to find actual, wearable clothes, instead of being swayed by ALL THE PRETTY DRESSES that I don't really wear if I'm being honest...

My first stop was Simply Be, who have some amazing reductions in their ongoing sale. And ok, ok, ok.... I bought ONE pretty dress BUT in fairness I don't own a red dress and since the red dress effect was recently proven, I figured now was as good a time as any, especially considering the price I managed to get it for!


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