Friday, 17 March 2017

The Perfect Personalised Gifts - in time for Mother's Day



I can't lie - I love buying gifts for people. As a mam, you can guarantee that I''ll spend all my money on cute outfits or toys for the boys, and if there's a birthday coming up I love taking the time to find that perfect gift. While I hope that someone will think of me this Mother's Day, I'm already planning what to treat my own mam and mam-in-law for Mothering Sunday. As they're also grandparents, I think a photo-gift is the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day by giving them something they can keep and treasure forever. 

When Mr Nutcase got in touch to see if I'd like to create something special for Mother's Day, I couldn't believe their huge range of personalised gifts! From vases to candles, mugs and even door stops - there really is a gift for every mam out there! I picked a lovely latte mug, which I thought was a more interesting shape than a standard mug. 


I would really recommend Mr Nutcase - I found it really easy to design my mug, and it was delivered quicker than I imagined too, which is great. Plus - they also have a special discount on the website at the moment for Mother's Day - so you've got no excuse not to order something special for your lovely mam - or why not treat yourself?


*Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with Mr Nutcase. Content written by myself.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Irons - plus Giveaway!



I've got something a bit different on the blog today - a review and a giveaway of these amazing Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Straightening Irons! Lee Stafford is such a big name in the hair business, and I've always been a fan of his hair products, so was keen to see how the straightening irons worked.
The CoCo LoCo irons are infused with coconut oil - hence the name - and this is said to help keep your hair looking sleek, smooth and shiny. I think it also helps the irons to glide through your hair effortlessly, which is a problem I sometimes had with my previous straighteners. I've used plenty of deep conditioners with coconut oil, so have known about the huge benefits of this for your hair, but this is definitely the first time I've ever heard of it being infused to straighteners! 
The CoCo LoCo straightening irons really are a thing of beauty, the pale pink and rose gold design is a bloggers dream - and are much more my style than a plain black style. The rounded curve design is not only good to look at, but practical too as it allows you to create beauty waves and cute flicks as well as the important sleek and straight style. 
Another great thing about these is the heat settings - it's really simple to turn it up or keep it low, which can help to minimise damage to your hair. If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that I've been growing out a pixie cut I had two years ago, so this is something I really keep in mind when using anything on my hair. I also like that the irons have a little lock, which is definitely something I care about as a mum of two young kids. Of course, this would have been helpful in my own younger days as I had a horrible habit of leaving my straighteners on and burning the carpet! 
Now for the exciting part - you can a win a set of CoCo LoCo Straightening Irons for yourself! Simply fill out the widget below, and good luck! Please note the giveaway ends on 12th April 2017.
Win Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Irons
*Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Lee Stafford. Content written by myself.*

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

I Want A Capsule Wardrobe - the basics

Being a busy mam of two young boys, I don't always have a lot of time to myself on a morning. The sacred time I do get is often allocated to having my only drinkable cup of tea of the day, and maybe a slice or two of toast if I'm lucky. One thing I really struggle with is finding something nice to wear. A lot of my wardrobe had been separated out into summer/winter, which is a bit ridiculous as in good old Blighty we don't really get the full range of the seasons - really I should have a rain/cold wardrobe with the odd vest top included for a rare sunny day. While browsing Pinterest, I stumbled across capsule wardrobes, which really seem like the most genius, and more importantly timesaving idea. 
If you're not sure what a capsule wardrobe is, it's reducing your wardrobe into a few key timeless items that you can mix and match, but all clothing you can wear every day. You can dress it up or down, but it will focus on the staple items that you love wearing. After deciding on the style of wardrobe you'd like to curate - be it boho, sleek or girly - you then focus on a colour palette. This is really key to the capsule wardrobe. Buy the basics in neutral colours, so that's black, white, grey and tan, and then add a few little extras in your chosen colours - so, that could be red and leapord print, or maybe blush pink and teal. If you prefer, you could even omit the colour and just pick on a great texture, like sequinned skirts or fluffy jumpers, if that's your style. I've added a little guide below if you need a little bit of help visualising what I mean. 
I think with a few more browses on pinterest, and a good hard look through my existing my wardrobe, I might one day embark on a capsule wardrobe - hopefully sooner rather than later. 

I thought I'd stop with just the basics for now, hopefully as we enter the Spring/Summer season, I'll be able to show how I'm planning on adding colour and texture to a simplified  collection. What do you think of capsule wardrobes? Great idea, or waste of time? 
 
 
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