Friday, 2 November 2018

I love Autumn

As much as I enjoy Summer and this year we had a glorious one, I felt ready for Autumn to come this September. Heck, I was even looking forward to it! I think it might be my favourite season actually although I am a big fan of Christmas festivities. There is just something about how colourful and beautiful every looks. I love any excuse to wear jumpers and anyone who knows me understands that I have an addiction to buying coats! Also the fact that it is not bitterly cold yet.

This year we are really enjoying seeing the Pup having constant new experiences. He has never seen Autumn before as he was born this January. I have noticed recently how being outside massively helps my well being. Just going for a walk and getting some fresh air into those lungs can help solve a lot of things.  Last weekend we went to a local pumpkin patch, I am lucky as we do live in a place surrounded by country side. It was busy and you had to fight for a wheelbarrow which is something I would of never thought I would be doing when I lived in the City. In addition to dodging a fair few suicidal pheasants!

We decided on picking out three pumpkins and it was very much my idea but I can tell the husband really enjoyed it too. Chewie had a great time making friends as usual with lots of dogs and had a good look at the pigs and sheep. One of sheep seemed to like him a lot!

When we got home I got my arse kicked at pumpkin carving, I mean I used to be the go to pumpkin carver. Working with Children it is just something that you find yourself doing annually.
Although it was normally the basic triangle eyes and nose jobby!

Turns out because my husband is a Stonemasion by trade he is a pro at pumpkin carving. He created two masterpieces. So I felt I had to up my game and completely forgot about the reality of my carving skills. Ruining my poor pumpkin, part of it is still in the fridge hoping to be used in a soup or pie.

I have never tried pumpkin actually so maybe this is the year where I decide pumpkin is my new favourite winter staple?
You can see his creation above looking very scary in the dark. I can't say I wasn't slightly annoyed that he had won and that I should of just stuck to what I knew.
Oh well there is always next year!

What are you favourite Autumn time activities?

Saturday, 27 October 2018

The night I cried at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Photos @warhorseonstage

Although I am not the biggest fan of musicals I do enjoy a trip to the theatre. I had originally seen the theatre production of War Horse at the cinema. 
So when I was asked if I would like to see the production at the theatre itself I jumped at the chance. 

When I saw it the first time I wept my little heart out so I was already prepared to be emotional. 
Although what I could not be prepared for was the shear awe I was in when I saw the mechanical horses in front of me. 

I honestly think this is the best theatre production I have ever seen, the detail of every aspect of the play is mind-blowing. Every element deeply thought about and carried out with perfection. 
From the engineering that went into the puppet creation, the puppeteers, the wonderful actors and actresses and the simple yet effective props and scenery/backdrops. Absolutely breath taking.

I absolutely loved the beautiful songs that were intwined with the story. The raw emotion of the characters and fact that one puppeteer managed to give a mechanical goose so much personality. 
The Goose was actually one of my favourite parts.  I feel like the goose needed more of an applause to be honest! 

A truly wonderful experience and if you ever get that chance to see it, I really recommend you go and you will have the best time! 
Now I need to pluck up the courage and find the emotional strength to watch the film and read the novel!
Wish me luck! 

For more about the production click here

Monday, 20 August 2018

Alpaca Adventures

I like to find my mom presents that she would never of thought of and that are a little different,  she likes to do things rather than collect 'bath stuff' as gifts. Although don't get me wrong sometimes she loves so called 'bath stuff' but enough is enough! She adores animals in all shapes and sizes and I know shes a dab hand with an Alpaca, so I thought a day walking Alpacas and having a cream tea afterwards would be amazing.

I found a voucher on Groupon and apart from a few teething problems with booking the date the whole organising went pretty smoothly.
I originally bought this for a little day out for my mom and grandma but my mom really wanted me to go. I had never been around an Alpaca to be honest but I must admit we had the best day!

The activities were held at Charnwood Forest Alpacas and Chilli Bean Cafe such a cute place and you could tell that the staff loved the animals. It was surprisingly busy for a Monday afternoon and mostly adults wanting to walk the Alpacas. I don't know why I assumed it would mainly be children.
We were given a briefing about how to handle our designated Alpaca. As well as each given the opportunity to purchase food for them. (I'm glad I did because I would of felt really bad if my Alpaca was looking at me with his big eyes and I didn't produce the goods!)

I was given the oldest boy which I didn't realise until the end, I was previously told the oldest normally wanted to be at the back but not my Pundit he was off near the front. Although he was so calm and he happily let some others over take. Mom was given a bad boy called Jamiroquai which personally I think is an incredible name for an Alpaca, he was always at the front. We went for a stroll and walked past the Lady Alpacas which the boys were very pleased about. Then around half way through our walk we went into the Bluebell wood which was so pretty. This is were the food was to be given. Pundit was so well behaved and waited patiently for handfuls of food. Jamiroquai not so much, he proceeded to gobble all the food at once including attempting to eat the paper bag. He also did not think having a selfie was a good idea. Which I found hilarious!

We then continued our travels and walked through some further fields at the end of our walk the Alpacas left behind seemed so happy to have their pals back. I like to think they were discussing their adventures with each other. I was a little sad to give my old boy back but he was pretty relieved to leave me I think. We then went into the cafe where we were given our veggie cream tea with some sparkle. Sometimes with these vouchers the cream tea can be a little minimal shall we say, not today! We had a feast, sandwiches, cakes, scones and a serving of sweet potato fries which I was very happy about. We literally couldn't move afterwards, I definitely recommend a day with the Alpacas I told anybody that would listen about it, anyone would of thought it was a present for me I enjoyed it that much.

If you would like to find out more about Charnwood Forest click here.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Oranges and Berries

If you have been on my blog before you will know that I absolutely love the brand Makeup Revolution the quality of products for such affordable prices. As well as the easy access to such a wide variety is why I fell for this brand before the viral products came out.

I am really into orange and berry eye shadows at the moment and it isn't even autumn, crazy!
I do think that these colours can be used all year round and as much as I don't like to admit I have plenty of palettes containing similar shades. When I found the Reloaded Iconic Vitality Palette for only £4 I knew I needed it. It has such a lovely collection of golds,orange, browns and berries. Perfect for so many looks I find myself dipping into it nearly every day.

As for the Conceal and Define concealer that has some serious hype around it, I was interested to know if they hype was real... it is!
I've been after a concealer that actually brightens rather than just covers for awhile, as much as I have my trusted favourites. I wanted something new plus a few of my other concealers have been really drying out my skin lately. I picked up the shade C6.5 it is lighter than my actual skin tone but I wanted to under eyes to stay looking bright and resembling that I've had sleep.  This product is incredible and such a small amount goes so far! It really transforms your face and lasts so well.
For such an affordable price I honestly think this is the best concealer I have used for a very long time!

Have you tested any of these, what do you think?

Sunday, 10 June 2018

First impressions of LOTD

I have seen the Brand LOTD (Look of the day) on Instagram a lot lately and I thought I must give them a go. Their clothes are really reasonably priced and when I saw that everything was 60% off I grabbed the opportunity.

I have been struggling to find decent 'basics' recently. The types of tops you can throw on during the weekend and feel 'put together' even though you haven't really tried that hard.
So I saw the T-shirt above and I thought it would be perfect combined with denim shorts.

I managed to get three items for around £16 with delivery so I was very happy with myself.
I chose the Slogan tee with a rose and gold detail. A simple white bardot bodysuit, I am in love with bodysuits at the moment. So easy to style and they seem to keep wobbly bits in place nicely. I needed a white one to go with a couple of pairs of summer trousers.
I am also jumping on the lace bodysuit vibe, so I opted for a cream lace number with halter neck detail.

The delivery came quickly and packaged well. I was very pleased with quality of the T shirt for the price I paid. The medium is a little larger than expected but I am embracing that. I hate being squeezed into clothing! The bardot didn't disappoint either, comfortable and versatile.
Lastly the lace bodysuit is gorgeous, really good quality, I will need to wear something over or under it as I would be flashing to the world if I didn't. The reason I bought it was to wear under a plunge jumpsuit anyway so no problem there.

All in all a very happy customer!
If any of you would like to check them out click here.

What other online brands do you guys recommend?

Friday, 1 June 2018

Fabletics update

I am always honest about my opinions on my blog and I feel I need to share the continued story about my Fabletics purchase. As I want to be able to prevent what happened to me happening to others.

As I said in my previous post, I was pretty pleased with the quality of the leggings I had purchased.
Although what I had originally predicted the high waist band became less secure pretty quickly during my dance classes. Which was disappointing but what I was extremely frustrated about was that the following month I had £44 leave my account without my knowledge. Taking the complimentary offer of £24 for two garments automatically signs you up to a subscription that enables the company to take £44 a month to choose items for you. Then you can use the money to buy the items, you can skip a month.
Although as I didn't realise that I had signed up I missed the chance to do this. If you look on the website it is stated about the subscription but I felt it was very easy to over look.
I also found it a little deceiving that I did not receive a confirmation email of signing up to the subscription. I realised that on the order confirmation email in very small writing they had written about the details of the subscription. Again I found this a little sneaky!

When I automatically panicked as I am not sure about other people but I certainly can not justify £44 a month to have leggings picked out for me. I received a reply email to my complaint promptly giving me the unfortunate news that the money they had taken was not refundable. Although I could spend it on leggings I did not want or need. Extremely frustrating!

You can only cancel your subscription via phone call, so the next day I contacted them over the phone. I will say that the gentleman that dealt with my call was very friendly and understanding and he did as I asked very quickly. So that lessened the pain a little.

I have learn't my lesson and in reality I should of read the small print.
I suggest anyone that finds an online offer or advertisement whilst watching telly and it seems like a good deal. PLEASE read all the information first.

Has anything like this happened to you before?
If so how did you resolve it?

I apologise if this post seems a bit of a rant, I just wanted to share my experience.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

First Impressions of Fabletics

I have been an actual potato recently.
I am always bad at Easter time who isn't? Although I have had two weeks at home with a puppy and I have just eaten solidly!
So I thought to break this awful food rut I will treat myself to some decent work out leggings.
I had seen Fabletics everywhere at the moment and wanted to take full advantage of the two pairs for £24 offer.

I went for the high waisted plain leggings in PAPAYA which is a bright coral type pink and PWETER
which is a charcoal grey. I was very impressed with the quality of the material and the fact that they are actually high waisted on me. This is normally a massive risk for me as due to my height high waisted can also mean only comes up to your hips! So annoying!
Anyway I was pleased with the length of the leggings and they fit well. They are super tight I mean the booty definitely shows in these. There is no hiding! Although it is in a flattering way.

The only things I would say is that the pink ones are a little see through which is disappointing as I didn't really want to be worried about what type of underwear to wear to gym. Especially as these leggings were meant to be £68! For a price like that you would assume that the material would not be see through at all. Also another high waisted problem is that some trousers that have the large waist band can become stretched and ineffective pretty quickly and they did seem to have the same vibe as I was doing some light exercise. I hope they prove me wrong as the quality, fit and colours of the leggings are lovely.

Have you tried Fabletics, if so what do you think about them?
© As told by Emmi
Maira Gall