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Month: July 2017

4 Stages of Outfit Envy

I love clothes, I love fashion and I most definitely love to shop! For the past couple of days I’ve been using my spare time to scour the web in search of a top that I saw a lady wearing at playgroup. So far my search has been fruitless but it has got me thinking about the dreaded feeling of outfit envy which I find myself coming down with far more frequently than I’d like. I’ll run you through the 4 stages I experience during a bout of outfit envy.

  1.  Admiration – That moment you spy a garment from across the room being modelled perfectly by someone other than you. It starts with admiration; for the clothing and for the person wearing it for styling the look.  Well done to them on finding such a gem. You may even vocalise the admiration by giving the wearer a compliment, after all, a compliment can always act as a mood lifter.
  2. Resentment – Unfortunately it doesn’t take long before the admiration fades and resentment, albeit irrational, starts to set in. You go from thinking the other person is a  bit of style icon for finding such a beautiful piece, to being a bit peeved that you didn’t snap it up first, especially considering the amount of time you put in to browsing potential purchases. I mean; why do they have to have such amazing clothes when I have ‘NOTHING TO WEAR’!
  3. Investigation – How do you get over the resentment? Go on a full scale hunt for the item: sit down, get comfortable & make Google your best friend. Use every search term you can think of, utilise specific shopping search sites and visit retailers you think would carry the piece in their collection. In this stage motivation is key in leaving no stone unturned and keeping the faith that you too can achieve #OutfitGoals!
  4. Compromise – All that optimism you had in the investigation stage has started to disappear and you’re now worried that you have lost this particular battle of style wars. Do you now admit defeat? Of course not, you start thinking about a compromise. You could find a similar garment to the one you originally wanted or you could reward your efforts by spending a few pounds on a piece you’ve been lusting over for a while. Which ever way you decide to compromise; you will find that your mood is substantially higher now you have reached the final stage and outfit envy is over. 

Do you ever find yourself suffering from outfit envy? Is there a fine line between admiring someone else’s style and being jealous that it isn’t you rocking that look? Or am I just living in an irrational, and slightly self-obsessed, bubble. Let me know in the comments section.

4 of the Best: Dairy Farm Ice Creams

Ah ice cream; the perfect sweet treat on a hot day for all ages. We don’t get much sun in the UK but one thing is a guarantee, if the sun’s out, there will be a ice cream van or kiosk waiting to take your order. I’m a fan of most ice cream: I love a Magnum, Mini Milks make me nostalgic and I have a soft spot for a slightly retro Viennetta  but my favourite by far is a large scoop of creamy dairy ice cream. British dairy farms, and the wonderful things they put so much time and love in to producing, need to be both supported and celebrated. That’s why I’ve put together a round up of my favourite dairy farm ice cream brands.

  1. Northney Ice Cream, Hayling Island – Now this is a brand that I had not heard of before making the move to Hampshire just under a year ago but my gosh am I glad I’ve now tried it! Our local pub has Northney Ice Cream on their dessert menu and every time I visit, despite telling myself I should try something new, I can’t help but choose the pudding option of 3 massive scoops of ice cream. With this dairy farm just a short journey across the water from me; I am very tempted to attend one of their open days this summer to see for myself where it all comes from and find myself in a little bit of ice cream heaven! I recommend creating a mocha taste with 1 scoop of chocolate and 1 scoop of coffee. 
  2. Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, Wiltshire – I haven’t lived in the West Country for over ten years now but Marshfield Farm ice cream still manages to take me home with every mouthful. Produced in Wiltshire; this ice cream can be found in many pubs, ice cream vans and attractions across the South West and even further afield. I’m very lucky that even over 100 miles away from ‘home’; I can still enjoy this brand virtually on my doorstep at the local lake. There are plenty of flavours to choose from but my favourite has to be the ‘toffee fudge fiasco’.
  3. Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Tattenhall – If you live in the North West and you haven’t visited the ice cream farm in Tattenhall yet then be sure to set a reminder on your phone and pencil it in to your diaries as this dairy farm has become more of an attraction for a day of family fun. It’s not just delicious ice cream that Cheshire farm has to offer, it also boasts: an adventure golf course, tractor tours of the animal enclosures, a soft play area and even a treasure cove where you can pan for gems! When you’re all exhausted from the full day of fun; you can sit back and relax with one of their ice creams in over 50 different flavours. Make mine a ‘White chocolate, raspberry & oreos’ will you!
  4. Shepherds Ice Cream, Herefordshire – Okay so you might think this is a little ‘out there’ but Shepherds produce milk made from yep, you guessed it, sheep’s milk. I first tried their ice cream over a decade ago on a trip to Hay-on-wye; the town of books on the border of Wales which stole my heart and holds so many memories of time spent with my late Dad. I’ll be honest, I was a bit sceptical about ice cream made from Sheep’s milk, my worries were put to bed on first taste and I was totally unprepared for how creamy it could be whilst full of flavour. With year round favourites, as well as quirky seasonal variations, there is a flavour for everyone. My choice is the cardamom and lavender.

Is there an ice cream farm near you that is out of this world? Dairy Farm we should know about? What’s your favourite flavour? Let me know in the comments section

Surviving the Sun; Cooling Skincare Products

Today is set to be a scorcher, and as someone who gets heatstroke within minutes of being outside in the sun, I’m making sure I’m armed with the right cooling skincare products just in case I’m struck down yet again. I put lots of energy in to trying to prevent sunstroke but I have come to terms with the fact that, despite my efforts, I’m fighting a loosing battle. I know the signs and symptoms and it tends to be an illness that I just have to ride out but there are some products that assist me on the road to recovery simply by cooling me down.

  1. Aloe Gel, L Aloe Vera Fresca – Before visiting the beautiful island of Fuerteventura in 2015; Aloe Vera was something I was familiar with but didn’t know too much about. That all changed once I embarked on a trip surrounding cultural highlights and specialities of this part of the Canaries. Not only did I finish this day tour with quite the taste for Honey Rum(!); I also saw first hand the way in which Aloe is farmed. I bought my first bottle of L Aloe Fresca Gel there and then and have been ordering it online every summer since. This ultra-cooling gel is perfect  when used as an ‘after sun’  as Aloe has extreme healing properties allowing the skin to repair quickly. At just over £20, depending on the exchange rate, it is a bit of an investment buy but worth it when you consider it also helps with cuts, bruising, eczema and even insect bites.
  2. Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray, The Body Shop – I love sandal season. Ever one to find an excuse to splash out on a new pair of shoes, or few, the summer sunshine is great for adding to my collection. However, in this heat, new shoes don’t always love me as much as I love them. Rubbing, blisters, swelling, bruises; I know it’s not exactly glamourous but unfortunately it becomes the reality of life in the heat. I’ve always been a massive fan of The Body Shop, and their range of cruelty free products which don’t irritate my skin, the peppermint footcare range is right up there in their best products. You don’t need to spray much of this product to feel the effects and the benefit is noticeable almost instantly. I usually have two bottles of this in use; one for home and one that stays in my bag so I can use it if the temperature is really starting to get the better of me. I’d also highly recommend the pummice scrub for anyone who has a job that sees them on their feet for long periods at a time – I found it an absolute life saver when I worked in retail.
  3. Body and Face Spray, Magicool – When you’ve reached the point of feeling like you could collapse with heat exhaustion at any moment; a generous spritz of Magicool Body and Face spray is like turning on air conditioning. I keep at least one can of this little spray of heaven in my bag at all times during the warm weather just in case it all gets too much. The reason I choose Magicool is that it can also be used on infants and those with sensitive skin. This means I can keep little one cool without worrying it will irritate her infantile eczema. I also keep a supply of the Magicool Itchy Skin Spray in my medicine cabinet to aid the sores and itches that come with blisters, heat rash, insect bites and even nettle stings. At the rate I get through their products; I’d be better off buying shares in Magicool!
  4. Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, Yes To – No matter what the season, or weather, I can’t seem to shift having chapped lips. In the winter the cold makes them sore and in the summer the heat dries them out; I just can’t win. I’ve tried endless lip balms and moisture salves but the only one which really works for me whilst the sun is beaming down is the Coconut Cooling Lip Oil by Yes To. Not only does it smell of holidays, mines a Pina Colada please, it also keeps my lips hydrated for hours without having to be frequently reapplied.  You can definitely tell that all the products in their range are made largely from natural ingredients as they leave the skin feeling silky smooth. At £7.99, it may seem a little on the pricey side for a lip moisturiser but it is definitely not your average lip moisturiser – that’s why it’s award winning! If the scent of coconut is your thing; it is also worth checking out the Micellar Water which I now swear by to remove my make-up with on the rare occasion I’ve managed to grab enough time to have some self-care.

Do you suffer with heatstroke? Which beauty and skincare products keep you cool during the summer months? What should I try? Let me know in the comments section.

Brand Discovery: June 2017

How is it June already?! I’ll admit it; I’ve been a bad blogger recently. Between suffering from both sunstroke and migraines and having family to stay; I haven’t put in as much time as I like to and have even spent less time on social media. However, I still managed to discover a few brands I previously hadn’t heard of. Here’s a quick round-up of the brands that came on to my radar during June. Some of these companies have been around for decades and others are small businesses that are still emerging but they all have one thing in common; I wish I knew about them sooner.

  1. Alpha Betty’s – This clothing brand is still relatively new but I am so lucky to have it virtually on my doorstep. I came across Alpha Betty’s at a rather quirky local craft fair held in a nearby church. Always one for a slogan tee; I was instantly drawn to the range of ‘Hangry’ pieces for children but settled on a nautical looking ‘Made in Southsea’ top for her instead. Currently selling at local events; I can see this brand becoming much bigger, very quickly. 
  2. Evebox –Beautiful gifts bundled together and sent directly to the recipient; sounds good right?! This gifting has only just launched but I have already bookmarked it in my browser ready in preparation for birthdays, anniversaries and even Christmas.  You can select a box based on  recipient, occasion or price and with a range of presents from tea to fine chocolate and luxury skincare  – there are thoughtful ideas to suit many. I’m loving the ‘Luxury Marble‘ one.
  3. Cocobelle Baby – The smell of coconut goes hand in hand with the feel of summer. We were lucky enough to try out this virgin coconut oil to see if it would make a difference on little miss’ sensitive and eczema prone skin. I didn’t know that there was different grades of coconut oil before trying this but I could tell the high quality of this product even on first use. It made her skin silky smooth and helped prevent the awful nappy rash that goes along with teething from getting worse.
  4.  Lancashire Farm – Like many people, even if I take a shopping list with me, I often buy items at the supermarket just because they are on offer. Sometimes this works in my favour and on other occasions it doesn’t. I’m very glad I took a chance on the low fat flavoured bio yogurts from Lancashire Farm – perfect combination of full flavour and creamy taste despite being low in fat. The mango one is definitely set to be one of my fave desserts this summer.

I can’t wait to see which brands and products fly on to my radar this month. Let me know if you are part of a  small business, local company or emerging brand that I should know about.