Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Distraction of a Good Book

It's what can be deemed a treat, with children especially. In our house it often refers to sweets or if we are shopping it would imply some kind of toy or little token gift, but if we are in the main part of town, which isn't often, with the kids a treat also means going to our local Waterstone's book shop as they have toys in there that the kids love to play with. In fact, years ago before this was a chain it was always a bookshop and I remember as a child going in and they always used to have an activity area. It was a perfect setting, getting creative whilst being surrounded by thousands of books. Nowadays there isn't an activity table but our kids love going in there to look and play anyway. I can understand why. There is something so nice about being in a bookshop. In fact, it is almost library-esque as most of the time people are quiet and it is quite a peaceful place to be. This one also has a coffee shop on one of the floors so depending where you are you can also get nice coffee aromas drifting about which is also very relaxing. 
Last week we were waiting for an appointment and I had Etta with me so we went and spent 45 minutes in the children's book section looking at different books off the shelf. While she played with some bits I got to looking through the older children's book section and was really taken with a few classic books that I fancied reading. The thing is; I am a rubbish reader. As a child I wasn't very good and in a way, as you are forced to read, I didn't read for pleasure and therefore have never read a lot of classic children's tales. When Disney started producing their versions of the stories I would more readily watch a film of the book and never actually look at the original story itself. 
While i was stood there I noticed Mary Poppins, set on a table and began to read it. I was totally taken with the first few pages, but put it back on the shelf when it was time to go. However that evening when I was stood telling Rob about it I got a pang, and went back a few days later to purchase it. I also got a copy of The one hundred and one Dalmatians book as that is often a fave at our house as Etta loves Dalmatians.

Having bought two books very much for the children's section I went for a peruse more "Adult" stories and I was really turned off them. There are so many similar style fiction stories these days and I just can't cope with them. Either they are full of absolute heartbreak or they are about females "discovering" themselves and I find that so disinteresting. I want a story, and yes maybe one about dogs, but I just want something enjoyable to read, with a soft familiarity, no death, destruction, woe or hate, just light hearted, enjoyable and something that can reminisce in my mind of things I have seen in my younger years.

I am so looking forward to getting through these stories, as that is what they are, just simple stories that can just lightly fill my mind and offer a retreat from screen time. Going away this week also means that I can enjoy flicking through the pages while on the plane and waiting at the airport, 
I just wanted something easy to read and I think I have that with no grown up nonsense involved!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Candy Stripes & Ice Cream #StealMyStyle

There is nothing nicer than pulling on a crisp formal shirt. You forget what a nice texture they are against the skin and how nice they look with jeans. I haven't worn this pink striped one for months and pulling it out of the cupboard to team with some white trousers seemed the appropriate thing to do. However, as more love of trying to make something that bit different came through, instead of the simple tuck in approach I opted for a tie instead, which worked as my jeans were high cut. It felt so fresh and summery and with some new espadrilles to add a pop of colour and a classic satchel bag I found myself off and ready to go. It wasn't long however before we realised that the only think missing from the sweetie look was, indeed, an ice-cream so we popped to 'Go Gelato' and tried their Jammy Dodger ice cream in a popcorn cone. It was perfection and not only did it taste exactly like Jammy Dodgers but it was the final accessory to this look!


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Casual Simplicity #StealMyStyle

My relationship with blazers is ever changing. When I was younger they were always my jacket of choice and I had loads in different shades. Then I started getting more variety as my tastes changed and pretty much went off them altogether. I would say this blazer is the first one I have bought in at least 5 years. I have styled a couple with brands but this one is the first I really wanted in a long time. There is something about a good linen blazer that you can't really accomplish with any others. Linen is one of those fabrics which is great for wearing casually and it always looks good. In a nice light beige colour also, it is the perfect accompaniment to the simplest of outfits and here I wanted to show you how nice it looks with jeans and a white t-shirt.
As much as I love the ease of just pulling this on there is something also eternally classic about a simple white tee and blue jeans. You can't get away from the fact that this is your base, anything added to it will look equally as good. It is a perfect starter outfit for anyone and teaming it like I have with some bold shoes and a blazer or keeping it simple with converse and a chunky cardi, you still get an effortlessly chic look.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Becoming Comfortable; The Skin Edit.

I think for me, being comfortable in my own skin is a work in progress. Like most of us, I have found that as I reach the age of 30 I am noting clear changes to my skin, especially my face which are neither good nor bad, just different. For the last 3 years I have been using the same products on my skin and I think I have made a bit of a breakthrough more recently. 
First off, my skin type is pretty ordinary. not particularly uber greasy, not hugely dry, but I am sure that intake of more water would solve a lot of my drier days. I have quite a few blackheads but not many spots and they usually come within the monthly cycle that so many of us would get. I am very lucky really, even as a teen, compared to a lot of friends I had minimal blemishes, but enough to still make me always want to wear makeup. And that's where it begins really, the covering starts young then actually it becomes quite impossible to not wear makeup and it has become very much part of me. Now I am no beauty blogger and I pretty much stick to the same make up style, never really drifting from the more simple look, I can't even do winged eyeliner and in this day and age that is a shocker!
Something I have noticed though is with using the same products for a prolonged period, something I never used to do, my skin is balanced and clearer than ever and hitting 30 I am actually realising that I need to bare my face a little bit more than I do.

I have been using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range for some time now and although to a lot of people it seems expensive for face soap, I can honestly say I don't find it so. If you read a lot of the guidance on how to use their products you will often find that they actually push the less is more philosophy and recommend that you don't need to use a lot to get the best out of a product. The Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel is by far my favourite product which gets daily use and keeps my skin clean. This would easily last me about 6 months if I use a small amount each day and use it well. I also have the Purifying Micellar Water which works perfectly alongside the gel.

 Now, my newest product from them has fast become my best friend in my skin and make up life; their Effaclar Duo+ was always one of my three and it was a perfect base for make up as well as a daily moisturiser. But now they have brought out Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant which is a moisturiser with a tint. I have the light and am finding that not only is it an amazing base for make up but I have started to use that alone with just bronzer, highlighter and mascara for a really simple day look. Not only do I feel it does my skin good but it is such a nice coverage that it makes me look glowing and healthy. Heading into the summer it is perfect also as it is so light in texture and the light tint is actually perfect for that glowing look. 

It doesn't cover up my freckles which I really love and as you can see from the pictures, I think for me, who becomes really self conscious with no make up on, this is a great way to feel comfortable, confident and happy in my own skin!


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

2017 Lincolnshire Show

I seem to be spending lots of my time writing, highlighting the wonderful things this city has to offer. I think with all this gorgeous weather and the start of summer, there has been lots to do so we have been getting out and doing them. This city is full of so much history steeped in its amazing buildings but another thing that we are more commonly most famous for is our agriculture. The whole of Lincolnshire is well known for being a popular farming spot and with that comes the vast landscape of flat land cover as far as the eye can see in fields. 
Every year the Lincolnshire Show is a showcase of all things wonderful about Lincolnshire. It is a very agricultural show with acres of land covered in everything from tractors to clothes stores all offering something to the public. Now we have never been in the market for buying a tractor or needing land surveys, but the show offers so much more than just that. It is a true display of everything that we have to offer. Not only does it showcase some of the best schools in the county, it also has a huge educational section encouraging schools to bring kids for the day to experience all sorts of things. They then also have the farmyard where you can watch traditional horseshoes be made and put on giant shire horses' feet. You can see local services, fire, police, ambulance and RAF {Big in Lincolnshire} display their skills in the arenas. With lots of shopping on offer too for all types of things, you then also have all your local societies having stalls and displaying what they are all about. 
The main arena is one of my favourite places as there are so many things to see and with shows running constantly through the day, you often find that you go off for a wander and work your way back there
The food court is one of the busiest areas and for obvious reasons. Not only is there a wonderful amount of local produce here but you have all your street food style vendors and that always brings the locals in. One of my absolute favourite places to get some grub from is Hot Rocks Pizza {always good and so fresh} and The Rolling Scone {Macaron heaven}.

With that all said this trip was especially special for Rob and I. Since Raph started school he hasn't come and last year I went by myself and left Etta with her grandparents. But this year we headed there as a three. Something we have never done before; just had time with us and our little girl. She goes to school in September and I very much felt that it would be really nice to just have the opportunity to hang out with just her. It was always going to be a tricky day with the heat, but to be honest, we took the pushchair and just strolled round all day doing what we wanted.

It was such a nice midweek break for Rob also who took the day off work to come, what a wonderful bonus day outside in the sun!

As a family, this is a perfect day out, no matter what the age as there is so much to entertain them with. It is on tomorrow also but if you miss that you will have to wait until next year to attend!

* Thank you to the Showground team for giving us tickets to this event!
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