I love them. I love them. I LOVE THEM ✨ Will report back properly on sizing once I’ve broken them in more, but I’m probably a UK 6 and 3/4 and I bought 40. I def couldn’t have gone smaller. They’re a great fit around the back and haven’t rubbed my heels/ankles at all ~yet~ but are pinching at the front on the sides. Am quietly confident (slash hopeful) that it’s from needing to break them in as opposed to them being the wrong size, but we’ll see. I’d say they feel more like comfy shoes than “trainers” and they seem to be cut in a way that means you can wear them with laces undone which pleases me and makes me feel like a cOoL TeEN. I suspect the plain leather/suede ones will fit slightly differently, but when I saw PURE SILVER GLITTER with orange and blue details there was no going back. Most expensive pair of trainers I own? Yes. By far. But Love Island contestants ruined the Gucci dream and I’m very pleased to have settled on this quite frankly RADIANT compromise. (These are @goldengoosedeluxebrand bought from @oxygenboutique, I’ve not seen this style anywhere else - def not NAP or Selfridges. A cheaper but still “high end” alternative for glitter fiends would be @airandgrace. Mid-range (£60ish) I’ve seen nice solid glitter styles from Carvela (on @kurtgeiger) and some are reduced to £40 on @debenhams website. Then cheaper again, there’s @converse_style too, which have glittery kicks around the £30 mark.) ✨✨✨✨✨✨ #wiwt #goldengoose #goldengoosedeluxebrand #glittersneakers #glitterati
Fortune cookie-esque MoNdAy MoTiVaTIoN from my new perfume packaging. I used to have a huge bottle of body cream in this scent and would use it for these weird ritualistic arm massages I’m into when stressed. It was a real “thing” for me both pre-pregnancy and then throughout the pregnancy too. I think it may even have come in my hospital bag. I associate the scent with intense worry, anticipation, excitement and then blessed relief. I’ve always wanted to buy the perfume itself but as they don’t sell it in the UK, it wasn’t until this past week that I was able to buy it. I had no idea the packaging was adorned with such words but it feels kinda pertinent. But then, with the boys’ birthday rapidly approaching and my “OMG! A year! I did it!” constant inner narrative, I could honestly find meaning in an empty Quavers packet blowing down the pavement at the moment. Believe in miracles and all that ✨ (Smells nice too)
I know ~skincare hauls~ are vvvvv.boring to some people but if I could be arsed to get my real camera out I’d probably have made a vid on what I bought at @sephora. Given I don’t even know where my tripod is, I thought I’d share here instead. Two skincare posts in three days! It’s like I actively want to lose followers. Anyway! Shopping at Sephora from the UK is as difficult as poss now. Not only did they stop shipping here, since GDPR came into force you can’t even access the US website without using a VPN. DO THEY NOT KNOW HOW JOYFUL AMERICAN SKINCARE WINDOW SHOPPING IS?! (Slash depressing because nobody needs to see those price differences on a regular basis). I used to go to America a fair bit for work so as soon as I had an American delivery address again (via ST’s hotel) I took the opportunity to replenish some of my US faves that are hard to get here due to different formulations/pricing/shipping. I’m looking at you, Good Genes/Age Arrest/ Truth Serum. “Holiday boxes” are already in stock so this worked out to be a cost effective way to try some new things too - for only a dollar more than the full size Truth Serum I was already planning to buy, I got this holiday box with three (!) extra products. I also bought some perfume and a couple of (turns out tiny) @drunkelephant bits: the C-Firma Day Serum and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I didn’t realise they were so bloody small but I guess it’s a good way to see if it’s worth shelling out for bigger sizes. Will be interested to see how the C-Firma compares to Truth Serum. Sephora lets you spend the reward points you’re accumulating from your order IN your order (why don’t more schemes do that?!?) so if you scroll across you’ll see I got some deluxe sample sizes too (another Good Genes, DE Marula Oil and a Perricone MD moisturiser). And then the last pic is why gifts from me, to me are the best sort: the incredibly accurate gift message. Will report back on DE bits in due course but I’ve written about the @sundayriley, @olehenriksen and @katesomervilleskincare bits on the blog before if you want to have a search and read about why I love them so 💞 #sephorahaul #skincarehaul
You can call off the search for the world’s greatest leggings, I found them 👄🧛🏻♂️👄 (They’re @littlemanhappy, but I bought on the cheap in TK Maxx. Not an ad, but they’ll be wearing them every day for the foreseeable future so you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise)
I couldn’t make the latest Clinique press event celebrating all things Moisture Surge but, because apparently I’m vvvv.spoilt, I was sent some bits from the range to try anyway. I’m very grateful, thank you @cliniqueuk! I’m not *massively* familiar with Clinique’s product offering. I regularly buy Take The Day Off (I was a balm gal but tend to buy the oil these days) and I usually buy my SPF from them (the Face Cream and City Block are my go-tos when not wearing @emmahardieskincare) but Moisture Surge? Never tried it mate. Well - until the last week or so where I’ve been slathering it on religiously. The original Moisture Surge 72hr hydrator is my fave and I’ve been wearing this the most, it’s the type of gel texture I ADORE. The intense version is thicker (obvs) and I reckon it would be *amazing* on a plane, after a cold, after sunburn, for wintry walks or for anyone with really dry skin. My skin isn’t dry enough to need something this heavy duty day to day, but it will be a standby product for winter and holidays. The overnight mask makes a noticeable difference (and sinks in easily so it’s not like you wake up with a gloopy pillow - my original concern) and the hydrating supercharge concentrate has been brilliant for packing in moisture every morning before my moisturiser and make up. I love the texture of it. It’s all fragrance free too so if you have problematic skin that’s got to be a bonus. (I should add that I don’t have problem skin, so not speaking from experience there!). If you swipe across you can see the differences in texture between the original Moisture Surge and Intense variety - the lighter creamier looking one being the intense version. And then if you swipe some more you’ll see the other products I’m majorly having a thing for at the moment: @alphahskincare Liquid Gold, @oskiaskincare Renaissance Cleansing Gel and @kiehlsuki Avocado Eye Cream - all of which I’ve blogged lots about before and all purchased by me. I’ve just done a big @sephora order (praise be for husbands working in America) so yes, yes you can expect me to be a skincare bore for a while. I maaaaaaay have succumbed to the hype and bought @drunkelephant 😍
(AD) I really don't need to dress this up for you: there is a new type of Mars bar and it is nothing short of pure delight. If you scroll across you can watch my first ~experience~ of eating one, but essentially if you've ever thought that there needs to be a new Mars bar which still has the thick caramel and satisfying chocolate crack of the original, but with additional CAKE and CREAMY CHOCOLATEY FLUFFY MOUSSE, then today is your lucky day. Make some room in your fridge as Mars Milk Snacks have arrived in Asda (as of today! £3 for six!) and they're just BRILLIANT. You'll find them in the chiller aisle and I kind of see them as the perfect hybrid between humble Mars Bar and the all time great - Mars Ice Cream. It's the crack of the chocolate that gets you. Well that and the properly thick caramel which I am still waiting for Mars to start selling by the jar. Or was the mousse bit my favourite?! I DON'T KNOW BUT ALL TOGETHER IT IS JUST VERY VERY VERY GOOD. Thank you, marvellous people at Mars for creating this little bar of wonder. And let me add an extra thank you for having the foresight to sell them in boxes of six. #marsmilksnacks
Thanks to my parents coming down to London to my rescue, I have been able to have that second osteopath appointment. And I got to use a foam roller and a TENS machine like some sort of off duty football player! Woo! I also finally got my abs checked (two weeks shy of the boys’ first birthday, sure) and lo and behold - they have consciously uncoupled. I knew this was the case but it was still pretty gross to prod around in there and feel all this empty space. I’ve been advised to get the doc to refer me back to physio so my guts don’t fall out and all that good stuff. Gaaaaaaaah. In more positive news, my dad has filled the freezer this morning with lunches for the boys AND for me (Pingu slapping his arse gif) and I am currently contemplating doing an hour or two of work while my mum entertains my children. I won’t give you daily updates on pussy tonsils and scabby rashes but great progress is being made in that department too. Everything will be fine. Eventually. I think. (EDITED TO ADD: Pussy as in pus-filled. Tonsils as in THROATS. I am not talking about my privates, ie the one part of my body my children didn’t manage to destroy)
Left the house for a non-medical reason for the first time in eight days. Celebrated at Milos. Fell back in love with london. Have a bag of fava on my lap. Everything feels more manageable with a bag of fava on my lap.
October 6th 2017 vs October 6th 2018 ✨ (Scroll for reality)
One trip to A&E, four trips to the GP, two lots of scarlet fever, one penicillin allergy, three trips to the pharmacist and now....one lot of hand, foot and mouth disease just to ice the germ laden cake? It’s definitely been “one of those weeks”. The worst is behind us though. I think! Maybe! I’m starting to see the funny side. SORT OF. #itstheweekend #whocares #givemeattention #ihadarashtoo #itwasveryitchy
I swam! (And of course I didn’t use this clutch to carry around my pound for the locker and wet cossie but work with me here: it’s about THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE). So yes, back to yesterday. I so nearly didn’t go. The boys were in a tricky mood (or, to be fair to them, were being 11 month olds with no interest in watching the Ryder Cup) and ST had only just got back, so I didn’t want to just go out and leave them all. Until I did of course, at which point I realised I very much needed to. I’ve “been swimming” countless times since the boys were born, but I hadn’t ~swum~. In fact the last time I’d swum front crawl was when they were heavy in my belly, all three of us gliding up and down trying to find some semblance of weightlessness. I only managed 500m yesterday but I felt momentarily strong and continuously happy. It was 500m further than I’d swum in the previous 12 months. What other people loathe about pool swimming is what draws me to it: the rhythm, the counting, the repetition. Endless tiles and total body support. I could have gone back home as soon as I’d declared my exercise box ticked, instead I prolonged the solitude and read the first few chapters of what looks like a gloriously trashy read. (Dear Daughter it’s called. It opens with a Paris Hilton quote and quickly moves on to murder. What more could you want?). I spent ages in the shower, I put make up on, I trundled home slowly. I wore a jazzy necklace! It was so nice. I hope I can somehow manage to make this happen a few times a week. Obviously if my plan for 6am swims (gah!) comes off I don’t think it will be quite so chilled out and the book won’t be coming with me - but hopefully I can get this sack of flesh moving again in some sort of fashion. Worst case scenario I can just drink more water. We can all manage that one 😅
Life is short, wear the shoes 💞
It’s SO hard not to be a birthday bore as the boys’ first birthday approaches. Seasons changing, TV shows returning, schools going back, pumpkins appearing...it all just reminds me constantly about this time last year nervously awaiting their arrival. On this specific day last year, I was having the first of what ended up being multiple brain scans and was panicking I wouldn’t get to meet my children. It was horrendous. I am in awe of what women’s bodies can do and also painfully aware of how it feels when we think they are betraying us. I haven’t looked after mine since it gave me my children, but I really need to and I’m starting to. Last night I slept on a proper pillow rather than my arms (turns out that’s a really bad habit! Who knew?! Probably everyone) and today I want to “actually drink some water”. Ideally I would do some exercise today but I don’t think there’ll be time. Tomorrow I will try to swim, though. I have been in the position I think a lot of parents fall in to where I have put myself last, forgetting that without me at Fully Functioning everything becomes a massive mess. I need to be fitter! I really really need to be fitter. And I want to be fitter. There’s so much talk about postpartum mental health and this is a GREAT THING but I feel like I don’t see much about our physical health, other than in the context of “getting our bod back” of course 🙄. I don’t care that I have a section shelf and faded stretch marks, but when moving my shoulder makes me want to throw up....there’s a problem. And of course physical and mental health are intrinsically linked, so it’s about as important as something can be. Answering all the questions at the osteopath yesterday was just embarrassing - I am not (past tense I hope now: “was not”) doing ANYTHING to help my muscles and bones cope with life with toddlers. And they are toddlers now - they’re fast and wiley and determined. But I can change that and I’m excited to feel stronger 💪🏼 I watched my body do something incredible last year, it deserves more from me in return.
Well I saw the osteopath! And my goodness, it was magic. Nothing like what I expected (ie nothing like a chiropractor - or at least this osteopath wasn’t) and there was massage and stretching and ultrasound and me nearly falling asleep and and and.....I’m just so pleased I went. I am going back next week as an hour wasn’t long enough to even get to my jaw as my shoulder is so bad but I feel considerably better already. It will be an expensive habit if I do keep it up but hopefully I’ll only need a few sessions and then will have a better idea of how the hell to take care of myself. Thanks to anyone who DM’d this morn for giving me the push I needed to go. And thanks @taylorfaceace for the sunflowers 💞
(AD) I have been reliably informed that right now, 3.28pm, is when the average Brit takes a break from work to have a little treat. I am clearly not the average Brit as I am usually on my eleventh oh I think I really do deserve to just stand silently in the locked bathroom for three minutes break by this hour, but hey! I will GLADLY take any survey result like this as an excuse to have another quiet minute to myself. (Five is the impossible dream). If said break can include a biscuit, even better. I like a biscuit, you like a biscuit and according to the survey results I've just been sent biscuits are the number one office treat and a whopping 80% of us would choose a choc covered variety. So let me just shout at you for a minute because I think you need to know this important biscuit information for when *you* next sit down for an I actually did that spreadsheet/emptied that nappy bin/remembered that PE kit/asked for that pay rise celebratory treat: GALAXY HAVE RELEASED NEW CHOCOLATE BISCUITS CALLED GALAXY ROUNDS AND THEY ARE VERY NICE INDEED. They come in two flavours - original and salted caramel - and they combine delicious shortcake biscuit with silky Galaxy yumminess. The salted caramel ones have the edge for me because I am craving salt at every opportunity at the mo (blame sharing meals with two babies for that) but they are both delicious. And moreish. And, and....well it's not 3.28 anymore so do I need to wait til tomorrow to have another or can I just crack on right now? I THINK WE KNOW THE ANSWER. RRP £1.99 and they're in all major retailers now. Go, go, go!
WHAT a brilliant brilliant day. When I had to cancel Center Parcs I took it upon myself to find something fun to do here instead and so today my bestie and I relived our fave childhood days and took the boys to Chessington. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. There’s a lot for little ones to do (although you do have to just force yourself not to be too bitter about the demise of Professor Burp’s Bubbleworks) and there’s even a soft play bit where you can run them off if they get pram rage. We only had ONE tantrum and it was short lived and my fault (in my overexcitement I forgot about 3pm milk and by ten past T1 took it upon himself to “let me know”) and the boys were just so ecstatically happy on the rides; Toadie’s Crazy Cars being a favourite. We never had to queue (I know it’s very different on weekends and holidays!), loads of room for buggies outside rides, the staff were all friendly, there were loads of high chairs as well as microwaves in the restaurants and the changing facilities were all clean. The animal talks were fab too! There might be cheaper ways to do it no doubt with vouchers etc but I bought the tix yesterday online direct and it was £22 per adult with the boys being free with our tickets. You do have to pay to park which seems cheeky (£3) and “on the day” entry prices are obscene if you don’t buy tix in advance but you can spend very little in the park itself if you bring your own food. (Aware it may not be so easy once the boys understand the appeal of the gift shop!). You get the zoo, sea life centre and theme park for that entry fee so it’s a good day out. Highly recommend the sea life bit around nap time: dark and chilled out with pretty fish to lull bub to sleep. Worked for them anyway 🐠🐠🐠 #notanad #wouldworkforfreehotdougnutsinfuturethoFYI
I was gonna cook myself something and then thought nahhhhhhh I’m gonna deliveroo a burger and attempt fake tan while watching old Catfish episodes 💅🏼 (Because yes, I am the only person in the UK not watching Bodyguard). This is one of the vegan burgers from GBK - “jack in a box” it’s called. It’s a butternut squash & quinoa patty, beetroot mayo, Korean pulled jackfruit, pickled onions and rocket in a sourdough bun. It was VERY nice. Made up for my rhubarb gin disaster. (Not a freebie or anything - I’ve just spent 20 years eating crap veggie burgers and I am LIVING for this vegan/veggie trend which has meant that even the chain restaurants are stepping up their game).
Had to repost this @lornypops_andthetwins. Happy Saturday everyone 😅
11 months. God knows what I’ll look like by the time they’re two 😬 Everyone’s different when it comes to which stages of the baby years feel “harder”, although any take on the matter usually comes with the caveat that it’s all hard. And all rewarding! And also....hard. Personally I’ve found the last month/couple of months harder than anything that has come before it, newborn days included, just because they’re so mobile but SO livid that they can’t walk. Leap 7/month 10 whatever you want to call it was, in this house, hell. Illness on top not helping. Oh and teeth! And approx 100 other things! But it’s true that the stuff they can do by this age is pretty amazing too. They’ll point to stuff! And pass you things! And scream if you won’t let them also have some pizza and it’s like yeah, you’re mine alright. God love ‘em 💓
I know I’ve shared this portrait before but this feels particularly true today. Aaaaaaaaand breathe 💓(Forever grateful to @emmablockillustration for making me look so radiant here. Best present I ever bought myself)