29 January 2014

30 diamonds for my 30th!

Well didn't I get a surprise this morning....

I absolutely love it! I think Chris choose so well as I love the vintage look of the ring, I could not be happier!

Sorry short post but really just wanted to share :) Vx

23 January 2014

Just a little update...

This week has been a busy shopping week with the search focused on what I want to wear this Saturday. My 30th birthday weekend has finally arrived and the celebrations (and of course cocktail drinking) starts at 1pm Saturday afternoon with the restaurant booked for 6pm and then heading on a birthday pub crawl around Belfast's best pubs and clubs. 

I have been eating healthy cutting out nearly all sweet things and walking up to 3 mile a day to get rid of the extra baby weight and I have nearly lost a stone from my son's birth in November so I am on my way to my target dress size 10. 

It is hard while losing weight to know what size of clothes to buy as I love clothes and shopping but I am still unsure about how to dress my new body shape. I know if I stay on track I will not be this size for long and don't want to waste money on clothes that are not going to fit me in a couple of months.  My wardrobe now consists of a range of clothes sizes from 8-14.  At the moment I am a firm size 12 which I am really happy with.

Carson is doing really well, he is eating lots and now sleeps through the night so Chris and I feel very lucky that Carson is as chilled as we are. I am hoping at some stage over the next couple of weekends that Chris and I can take Carson for his first trip to Dublin.  I love Dublin city and it would be Carson's first 'baby day out'...so I will keep you all updated.  Vx


15 January 2014

Be aware

It has been a really hectic few days between hospital appointments, dentist appointments, trying to get out to the last of the sales, Carson not sleeping so great and Chris being back at work this week has past so quick! 

Firstly, I would like to explain why I was attending the hospital as I feel it is important to be aware of symptoms. During my pregnancy I noticed that some of my moles started to change so I felt it was important that I got them checked out to be on the safe side.  I seen the GP while I was pregnant and she referred me to the hospital.  I have never been so glad that I was pro active about the matter! The doctor at the hospital described two of my moles as pre-cancerous which basically means that she couldn't tell me 100% that it was cancer without testing but there was a high possibility that if they were left without being removed in the future cancer would develop. I have an appointment in a couple of weeks to get them both removed and tested.  So I suppose for anyone reading this just take a wee check of any moles you may have and if they have changed shape or feel different (eg. itching, burning) see your GP just to be sure.   

Anyways, on a totally different track it is mid January and the sales are dwindling and are nearing the end. I was able to fit an afternoon of shopping in after my hospital appointment as my mum was taking care of Carson for the day.  Over the years I have seen a pattern in my sales shopping, I get a bit blown away with the reduction of the price and not asking myself the question 'do I really need this item?!'. This leaves me with many items that I never wear and are waste of money.  To be fair this year I have picked up a few items that I am really pleased with and I feel I will get plenty of wear. 

One of my favorite items is this flocked dress which I picked up for £29.99.  I am still in the process of trying to loose the mummy tummy so the clinch just below the waist is not the best for my body shape at the moment (kinda makes me look like i'm still pregnant). However, I do think in a couple of weeks this dress will be gorgeous on as I love the vintage look the dress has.  The sheer sleeve is perfect as I hate my upper arms and the dress length is perfect to wear with tights. 

Have you picked up any worthy bargains from the sales so far?? Vx   

7 January 2014

Bling!...the perfect going out shoes

I am a little obsessed with shoes at the moment.  My pre-pregnancy wardrobe had all basics covered however pregnancy was rough on my feet and I don't know whether it is swelling or my feet have actually put on weight but I have went from a size 6 to a size 7! So I am currently buying new shoes to fit my size 7 boats.  Still on the wish list is a plain pair of point court shoes to add to 'wardrobe-30' if anyone knows of where I can get a really lovely comfortable pair please let me know. These days I can literally sit for hours (in between changing nappies and feeding Carson) looking through Topshop, ASOS, Zara, Aldo and many more shops online trying to find the perfect shoes to add to my 'wardrobe-30'. I have already purchased new midi everyday wear black ankle boots and flat black Chelsea boots in the sales.  

Back to these bling beauties, I just am so excited about these new shoes that arrived this morn I had to share. These are my birthday shoes purchased specially for my birthday at the end of the month (the big 3-0 eeekk!) and I am currently trying to put together an outfit to wear.  I fell in love with these shoes the moment I seen them, but I never got round to getting them until I seen them in the sale and I feel it was meant to be as there was only one pair left in the shop and they were my size...I believe it was fate.

While I was out shopping I found these adorable little black baby hi tops in Marks and Spenser,  I just couldn't resist them....very cute! Vx

New boots!

As I previously mentioned, I have been looking for a pair of midi heeled boots for a while and I seen a pair in Zara before Christmas that had a buckle at the ankle and where £79.99. However, when they went into the sale at £59.99 I just was just not quick enough to purchase and they sold out in my size.  

These lovely boots (shown below) where also in the sale, they are quite similar to the ones that I had wanted as the toe shape is the same although the price tag was even cheaper which was a bonus! I purchased them for £29.99! Bargain! Love love love them!  Has you had any really good bargains in the sales??

On another note my 2014 healthy eating has started and I have to admit I have already been having chocolate cravings but I am staying strong!  Currently weighing 12 and a half stone I have 3 stone to lose to get back to my pre- baby weight.  My birthday is at the end of January so I am hoping to be in my size 12 coated black jeans by then! It is going to be hard but hopefully with healthy eating and my daily walks around the block the extra mummy tummy weight will start to shift. Vx 

6 January 2014

Camera dilemma!

I need some good advice about what camera I should purchase.  At the moment I am using Canon 300D, however, I borrowed it off my little sis a while back and she now needs it back so I really need to get my own sorted. 

I want a similar camera so I have been looking at the DSLR cameras Canon, Nikon and the like, although I am not totally against a compact camera like the Samsung [1.] as it comes with a tablet and photo editing package.  Really need advice.....Vx

1. Samsung NX 1100 Smart Compact Camera with Galaxy 2 Tablet & Adobe Lightroom 4
3. CANON EOS 1100D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Telephoto Zoom Lens
4. CANON EOS 100D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Telephoto Zoom Lens

These are a couple of the cameras I have been looking at....any advice would be grateful.

3 January 2014

Essential oil goodness - Tea Tree Oil

This year I am very interested to gain more knowledge on essential oils and the benefits they could have in everyday life.  I have always been interested in different fragrances and how they can help with mood and ailments, for example how lavender may aid sleep or tea tree oil to disinfect.  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. 

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  • Used to disinfect cuts.
  • Treat fungus or other skin issues like ring worm, eczema, athlete's foot, acne, dandruff.
  • Used as an immune enhancer to fight viruses.
Tea tree oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils though you may not use it directly it needs to be diluted otherwise it can cause health problems.  I found it particularly useful after labor, I added 4-6 drops to my bath and I would totally recommend it as it really helped with pain and quick healing.  Have you ever used tea tree oil and found it to be useful? Vx

2 January 2014

1st outfit of the year!

I have just got round to writing about my New Years outfit that I finally decided on wearing.  Things have been a bit hectic the past couple of days, Carson has had his first cold and the wee man has an awful cough! Anyways, I went with the faux leather dress from //Zara// [on sale now for £29.99] and wore my new cut out boots also from //Zara// [also now on sale for £29.99].

The dress is not the most flattering on the hanger my initial thought was that it looked like a tent and quite shapeless (I am more used to fitted dresses). However, I found the cut of the dress just hangs nicely (not like a tent) and I felt very comfortable all evening. Although, I have to admit the shoes were not the comfiest for all the dancing I was doing, but I got loads of complements for my outfit so I was really pleased.  I had an amazing New Years Eve, my partner Chris and I had some friends round for some nibbles and lots of alcoholic beverages.  I had stopped drinking from January 2013 as we were trying to get pregnant, so it was the first time in a year that I had alcohol.  Good times.
There are some really good sales on at the moment and although I haven't got round to getting out to the shops I have been looking for some online bargains. I hope to get out to the shops this weekend if the wee man is feeling better.  I have noticed (specially with Zara) that items seem to get sold out quite quickly online, however, they do seem to re-stock quickly so if you do want to purchase something online I advise to keep checking.

I purchased new winter boots to add to my wardrobe which were also purchased from the //Zara// sale online.  I have been looking for a midi heeled ankle boot for everyday wear but I didn't want to be spending loads of cash as I am quite hard wearing on shoes.  I cant wait for them to arrive. Vx

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1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

I am very excited about the next chapter in my life....motherhood (sorry about the cliche, I'm just going to roll with it). Whilst 2013 was amazing for me the highlight being the birth of my son in November, 2014 is a whole new beginning with my new little family and spending precious time with my son this new year is going to be amazing!  

I am not one for making New Years resolutions but this year I have set myself two challenges which I will be writing about this year. Firstly, I want to be fitter and healthier (I know a regular new years resolution for a lot of people) however, as I have mentioned before pregnancy has changed my whole body shape so losing a bit of the mummy tummy would be a bonus.  Secondly, start a fresh with my wardrobe to dress for my new body shape collecting basics to combine with investment pieces is my aim.

I hope everyone had a brilliant New Years Eve! Vx