Belfast-based, style loving mum of 3. Fashion, Lifestyle, Food & Fitness

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Importance of a Proper Sports Bra | Freya Active

If you've followed this blog for a while, you'll know I'm not a busty girl...and so I'm lucky enough not to have to worry too much about bras or support on a day to day basis and up until now, I'll confess to not worrying at all about support when I'm working out (and even running!). Yes, I do buy the occasional sports bra but they're usually cheap as chips ones or I buy tops with built-in support.

Which I never thought twice about...until I was sent some information from the team at Freya Active who have been working with the breast health specialist team at the University of Portsmouth, conducting the most extensive breast research project ever on the link if you are interested.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

#SpendItWell with Marks & Spencer

Just last week, M&S launched a new campaign called Spend It Well with a great ad that I saw so many friends sharing on social media. I think it struck a chord in a way.....that idea of making every moment special by focusing on the things that really matter in life.

The official blurb is that ‘Spend it Well’ is based on the insight that in a busy, abundant world, people seek out what is really important: the quality experiences, people and things that make life special....and here's where it ticks all my boxes - it's about burning the nice candles, wearing your best coat, breaking out the best biscuits, saying no to non-amazing food and never EVER settling for uncomfortable knickers! (well...maybe if they're super sexy, you could put up with them for a while?!)
Note - I added that last bit in - it wasn't on the press release. I never cut and paste press releases and to date, I've never had a PR company notice. I write them myself for a living and go into 'editor' mode as soon as I am sent one. And I ALWAYS take out any bull. Sometimes, they're an eye-roll fest from beginning to end but the M&S one only had a couple of moments. The overall premise of what they're doing is great. I 'get' it and judging by the reaction to the campaign on the day it was released, I think it resonated in a way that M&S usually only sees with their Christmas adverts.

So as part of the campaign, I was one of the bloggers invited to #SpendItWell with a budget of £150. The clothing aspect of the campaign is all about bright colours, amazing sleeves and embellishment - not wearing anything 'just so', instead choosing something a little bit special and wearing it LOTS, everyday...even if it's a bit OTT for whatever you're doing that day. 
Starting with this bat-winged, smocked throw-over top.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Office & Topshop Online Orders & some beauty MUST haves!

The pain presents (to myself) keep coming. Thanks to the gods of online delivery! 

Starting with the shoes of dreams from Office. I saw these on Alex who blogs over at The Frugality and she totally rocked them on this blog post. I thought they would be a really great neutral pair of shoes and the low block heel is definitely back friendly:

Monday, 8 May 2017

Pain Gifts (to myself) from Oliver Bonas & Menarys...

Another little post to celebrate getting dressed and having the 'hur' done - there have been few photograph worthy moments in the last week I can tell you but on Friday, I'd a long standing appointment to have my hair cut and coloured. Jody at Rogue Hair is very difficult to get booked these days so even though I was in a fair bit of pain,  I didn't want to rearrange, as I knew I'd have to wait at least another week and couldn't have coped with the greys!

I'm also wearing loads of new stuff - this feeling poorly is bad for the bank balance...
Jacket - H&M (not online - but this one is v similar)
Handbag - Guess (bought in Menarys - can't find online)
 Top - Only (bought in Menarys - ditto above!)

Thursday, 4 May 2017

What I've been Wearing & other randomness...

What better way to ease myself back into blogging again than a 'what I've been wearing' post! There are a ton of photos I've not shared from before Easter as I was so busy with work and then as you know, I've been in pyjama mode pretty much since.
But there are a few outfits I thought I'd share as I'm hoping it will get my head into that 'getting dressed' space again ahead of back to work next week. I've worn mainly gym gear this past week to aid the physio/stretching etc. and dressing seems like such a faff. But fear not - I'll get there thanks to a few deliveries that are en-route to me (more info below!)

Starting with this outfit featuring one of those famous Primark/Penney's skirts that half the blogger population have been wearing on Instagram etc. It was a cold day so I wore it with a wool jacket and scarf. This was one of my painful days so I'll admit to not wearing this for long. I'm really impressed with this skirt for €14 - it doesn't crease at all and can be dressed up or down.
Skirt - Primark/Penneys
Trainers - Stan Smith (boys)
Grey Jacket - Marc Cain (via DejaVu)
Scarf - Topshop (AW16)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Keeping my mind off the pain | Boden Diminishing Discount

The radio silence on here has been forced I'm afraid as last Sunday I had a massive flare up of nerve pain down my right leg which has literally grounded (bedded) me since. I'm hoping with a couple of weeks of rest and anti-inflammatories, I'll be back to myself again and thankfully this time, although invariably connected to the back, I don't have any back pain so I'm fairy mobile when the pain meds are working.
Judging from the messages of support and well wishes I've been getting all week, I'm most definitely not alone here. I've been amazed at the number of you who are suffering and how many are finding it hard to have their pain appreciated at home or work. My heart genuinely goes out to you all - nerve pain is so difficult to treat and so debilitating.

But as any of you who suffer with spells in bed will testify, social media is a great distraction and for me, it gives me a chance to fill fantasy shopping baskets. I don't have the time to constantly check out my favourite shops online so it's such a treat to have been able to do so this week (while binge watching The Affair!)
So as if they knew about my fuzzy medicated brain, the guys at Boden started a diminishing discount today which immediately prompted me to create a basket. I will say that the DimDis is sometimes a sign of an impending sale but you can never be sure and anything that's selling well won't last that long anyway. So I'll take 25% and free delivery & returns for now and here's my wishlist..a bit all over the place but there's a fair bit of green and navy going on...starting with this top:

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ballymena Means Fashion | Return Visit

I was invited back up to Ballymena on Saturday past as it was the day that the Ballymena Means fashion event took place. The sun was shining and the kids were busy with activities that my husband was able to bring them to so I was a free agent with shopping on my mind!
You may have seen my last post where I went up in advance of the event to see what was on offer so on this second visit, I was keen to visit a couple of shops I'd not had a chance to get to first time round.
McKillen's Fashions was first on the list. I discovered a few brands I've never seen before including Coaster Copenhagen
and Garcia Jeans. This jacket is amazing and so on trend.

Monday, 10 April 2017

All the Ruffle Tops

I've recently added two ruffle tops to my wardrobe and I wanted to share them here. It's a trend I love  to look at but which makes me nervous as my top half is my slimmer half and I don't like to add too much bulk there if I can avoid it.
But I think I've found a couple of tops that I can channel the trend with and co-incidentally, I got both in Ballymena...where I've been spending too much time in the shops (further blog post to come). 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

M&S Spring Picks | As Seen In Vogue

Way back last year, I was invited over to preview the M&S SS17 range before it went into production. What a privilege! Myself and some other bloggers were asked for feedback on the range to inform the decision making process and it has been brilliant to see some of these items finally arriving in-store.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Tan Review | BPerfect 10 Second Tan

I'm not a massive beauty junkie but one thing I can't get enough of is fake tan. I'm asked regularly to review beauty products and I mostly decline...however I'm always game to try a new tan. Simply because I've found tans I love to use but the holy grail of the perfect tanning product has always eluded me if I'm honest. They've improved loads over the years but still....

So a couple of weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to try a product called BPerfect tan which has been developed by a local guy, Brendan McDowell. He started his business with a brow product (which I also reviewed - more below) a few years back and has expanded it to include lash products, mineral powders and this 10 second Tan:

Friday, 7 April 2017

Blogging Friendships & A Competition | Seven Boot Lane

A couple of months ago, Seven Boot Lane gifted me some trainers (which I featured on this post). Around the same time, they gifted some gorgeous boots to my blogging friend Emma from Life at the Little Wood. And we got to talking (as bloggers do) and thought it would be a nice thing to share each other's new shoes on a joint blog post...with photos taken while having coffee and a catch up. Following on the theme of blogging friendships, our other local blogging friend, Nic came along to take the photos.

Monday, 3 April 2017

3 Spring Additions for your Wardrobe | Victoria Square

Last week I was given the challenge to find 3 items to zing up my wardrobe for SS17 - all in Victoria Square, Belfast's most stylish shopping centre. Well, I'm not going to turn down an opportunity like that - the bonus being that my beauty blogging friend Nicola from Strawberry Blonde Beauty Blog was in at the same time, sourcing her 3 top beauty buys for SS17. You can read about them on the link above.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Dress of the sale!

Dress - M&S
This was a complete impulse purchase as I walked through M&S in Ballymena. I saw it from a distance and did a complete about turn to get over to it. Lifted a size 10 and marched straight to the till. Didn't try it on or think about it at all. It had to be mine.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ballymena Means Fashion | & Great Coffee

You know how much I enjoy getting out of Belfast to discover boutiques and coffee shops in other local towns. Well, on Friday last, I headed to Ballymena because the town is hosting a fashion event called Ballymena Means Fashion on Saturday 8th April and so to help entice all you local girls to come to the town, I was asked by the Ballymena Means team to take a recce trip to see what's on offer!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Spotted in the Shops | White Trainers Part 2

Some shopping randomness now as I upload some of the many photos I've taken on my travels over the past 2 weeks....starting with a try-on in Next where I loved the colour of this ruffle sweatshirt but fell foul of the long arms! This was a size 8 so size down. It's a gorgeous soft sweatshirt and the ruffles give it such a lovely feminine touch.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Letting go on Mother's Day | Asda

The team at Asda Northern Ireland got in touch with me recently with gift ideas for Mother’s Day. They were offering to send me some bits for my kids to gift me but even though they were all lovely, I politely declined, explaining that all I ever want on Mother’s Day is not to have to cook. No gifts are ever required (apart from chocolate - it's always welcome).

I got an email back asking if my kids would instead like to have an Asda voucher to cover the cost of the ingredients to make my Mother’s Day a cooking-free zone (for me). Well, the kids were delighted with this idea and immediately made a list of what to buy. The only catch being that we’d have to do it all a week early - so that I could blog about it in advance of Mother’s Day. Well, as it turns out my son & husband have their birthdays either side of Mother’s Day this year so celebrating Mother’s Day a week early actually worked out well.

Friday, 17 March 2017

White Trainers Part 1 | What I've Been Wearing

I've been wearing my Topshop white trainers so much recently that I figured it was time I invested in a second pair. Mainly because the Topshop ones are a bit flat and not overly comfy to wear for long periods but also because I get bored of wearing them and would like to have a second pair to mix things up. I do have a pair of Adidas Superstars but I've gone off them recently....they feel too 'kiddy'....probably because so many of my kids' friends have them too. I want to leave them aside for a while until teenagers stop wearing them and move onto something else!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Culotte love | M&S Sale

I'm all over culottes (and trainers) at the moment. You knew already about the late adaptor thing, didn't you? I need to see something worn LOTS before I feel happy to give it a try and more often than not, I want the item to be in the sale before I'll willingly part with the cash. Just in case. I'm notorious for returning stuff.

Anyway, I tried on some culottes last season with Katherin, the personal stylist at Victoria Square and it got me thinking about how much I liked the shape...they suit my long torso and help even up my proportions. At the time, I bought a culotte leg jumpsuit from Warehouse which is so flattering on. But as it's a jumpsuit, it's not practical for daytime wear so I was keeping an eye out for a suitable pair of culottes that I could wear with casual tops and as workwear too.

Warehouse came up trumps again with this pair of black split seam crepe culottes on the sale rail, reduced from £45 to £20. Unfortunately, they're not showing online so I can't share a nice picture. Instead, here they are in navy...which I didn't see instore but which I would buy in a heartbeat if I did!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Hush 'Love' Jumper | What I've Been Wearing

Quick (non-sponsored) post on this before it sells out. The 'Etoile' one last season was gone in a heartbeat so as soon as I saw this black version with 'Love' written on it in the preview, I bought one. I wear my Etoile one so much and it's washed & worn really well so I was sure, although pricy, it would be a good investment piece...

I'll be honest, first impressions weren't amazing. It's not wool - it's a cotton mix (58% cotton/42% modal). Which of course, makes perfect sense given it's a spring/summer jumper. But the overall feel of it wasn't as impressive as the Etoile - there was a real sense of the latter being well worth the money. This 'Love' one felt like less knit for your buck. But actually, as soon as I put it on, I was quite literally in LOVE!
Coat - Karen Millen (old)
Black Jeans - Selected Femme
Star Trainers - Topshop (past season - similar here - bargainous!)
I wore it immediately and in the 2 weeks since it arrived, I've worn it on about 6 different days. I like how it lifts a black outfit.
The fit is generous, as Hush generally seems to be. I got the S and it feels like a 12 to me, I'd quite like to try the XS but budget won't allow me to buy a second one!

All told, I would absolutely recommend this jumper. Be gentle with it - it's not robust but it's absolutely appropriate for the time of year. Whether I'd want to wear a black jumper all through the summer, I'm not sure but it's brilliant at the moment. I've been layering it with a denim shirt on cooler days.
Denim Shirt - White Company (past season - similar here)
Black Wool Skirt - Marc Cain (past season from DejaVu)
Black Boots - Ilse Jacobsen via Sarah Jane Boutique (past season - similar here)
Pendant - as before
Camel Coat - past season
UPDATE - It does recommend a hand wash on the label but I just put it through a 30 degree gentle short wash with a few other similar items and it came out perfect. 

While I was ordering anyway, I put in an order for the Navy/Grey Stella reversible star jumper that I'd seen on a few blogs.
This was more substantial to hold but a smaller fit. Overall, I wasn't keen as it was a bit too much like a sweatshirt to me. I quite liked it the grey way around but the navy way around, there was grey stitching on the seams and I wasn't so keen on that (there are also labels that need to be carefully picked off!). But I think it was mainly the fact that navy isn't a colour I have a lot of footwear and trousers for so I'd end up only ever wearing it with jeans/trainers and would probably tire of it.
I'd definitely consider buying it if it had black or camel with the grey...or actually a black/camel one....swoon! Perhaps they will be the options for winter time. A girl can dream.

I should say, the reversible jumper comes in a blush/grey colour way also but it's not a good colour for me so I didn't try it. I think it's a nicer mix if that's a colour that suits you.

Finishing with a couple of outfits from this week, starting with a workwear one featuring some fab new culottes I got in the Warehouse sale!
Culottes - Warehouse  - current Sale Stock in store but not online 
Jacket - Marc Cain (via DejaVu)
Scarf - eBay
Trainers - as above
and a slightly more casual option for a day of racing about Belfast meeting people and returning all the Barnardo's stock I borrowed (blog reality!)
Knitted Dress - Benetton (AW16)
Grey Jacket - By Malene Birger (bought in DejaVu)
Scarf - Dunnes Stores (AW16)
Boots - Ilse Jacobsen as before

Hope your week is going well!

Disclaimer - I bought both jumpers myself


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Leopard Camera Bag | Skinny Jeans Alternative

Two exciting things to share here, starting with my new Leopard Camera bag from Accessorize. This 'Ronnie Camera Bag' was all over the blog-esphere last season - specifically the red one which had interchangeable straps and my blog crush, Alex from The Frugality styled it paired with a leopard strap which I admired every time she featured it. 
It's not a leather bag though, which put me off a little at the time but then I kicked myself for not getting one - I saw and tried it on in-store several times too! All sold out of course now...
So when Alex started rocking her new season leopard camera bag from Accessorize on insta-stories this week, I was straight back into to get one. I got the last one in the shop - with 20% off thanks to a reward card promotion running this weekend. The bag is still in stock online on this link, though the 20% promotion isn't running online.
Second exciting thing I want to share is my first successful alternative to skinny jeans. I've tried them all over the years - cropped, flared, mom, boyfriend and I could never quite get the fit right - they always knocked my proportions off making me look much heavier on my bottom half. 

But I think these H&M ones from the sale rail are ticking the boxes of a more modern shape without all the bulk on the bottom half. Perhaps it helps that they are grey/black? Anyway, they were only £7 (down from £29.99) and I'm excited about wearing them. They work with ankle boots and slip on trainers (I've checked) and I think they will be good with sandals come summer (remember summer? seems so long ago)
Jacket - Marc Cain via DejaVu
Scarf - Zara (past season)
Black Cashmere Crew Neck - John Lewis (officially my most worn item this winter!)
Jeans - H&M (similar here)

I'm realising now I've taken them off that I didn't really capture a good picture of them close up but basically, they've a stepped, unfinished hem going on and what H&M call a twisted seam. These (sold out) blue ones are quite close in shape. They're not online but there were a good few pairs of them in Forestside for anyone local.

That's all my excitement for this post...hope you're having a good week so far. Back soon...


Sunday, 5 March 2017

SS17 Trends | Barnardo's Charity Shops | Part 2 - The Outfits

At last...the photos have been edited and I'm back to show you the outfits that I found in the three Barnardo's shops I visited on my last post.  The remit was Spring/Summer Trends and so I thought about the kinds of things coming into the shops at the moment and took inspiration from recent street style pictures on pinterest - always a great place to look for style inspiration.

I've kept everything very wearable and real and I should say now that I've mixed in some of my own wardrobe as I wasn't able to find my size in certain items - shoes were a particular issue so I hope you'll forgive me wearing my own in a couple of these looks. I've marked on each outfit what pieces are mine and what's come from the charity shop.

1. Blush

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Seven Boot Lane | SS17 Review & Discount Code!

The Seven Boot Lane new season has launched and I was honoured to once again be asked to chose a pair to review. The brand is such a great supporter of this blog and has been since the early days. Not just when I'm featuring their product - they keep in touch with me year round, comment on my posts and have even asked for my opinions on some of their business decisions. I don't think I've got a relationship quite like it with another brand and it says a lot about the company and their ethos. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

SS17 Trends | Barnardo's Charity Shops | Part 1 - The Search

Can you find the latest trends in a local charity shop? That was the challenge set for me by the team at the local office of Barnardo's. They were inspired by their colleagues across the water who ran an initiative called 'Charity Fashion Live' during London Fashion Week last week, which sourced actual catwalk looks in real time from the contents of the Brixton Barnardo's Shop. This is one of the looks - all of them are on this link.
All of their amazing looks set the bar fairly high for me though in fairness to the local team here, it wasn't catwalk looks they wanted but instead some more wearable interpretations of SS17 trends. Surely possible? I was happy to give it a go.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Next Leopard Ankle Boots | Dilemmas

I have a bit of a head block when it comes to leopard print footwear. It always feels a bit 'out there' and that aule cow Bet Lynch is partly to blame. I think for me, she made 'full on' leopard print middle aged & desperate and I cringe when people use terms to describe leopard that include her name! No, I am not wearing a 'bit of Bet' today...because that just makes me feel like I've 'TRAGIC' tattooed across my forehead.

Don't get me wrong, I do like leopard accessories...scarves, glasses, belts. It's footwear, and specifically the wearing of leopard footwear in daylight hours that up until now, I always declared never for me.

But we're on a theme here of being brave - so meet my new leopard print boots. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Blog Randomness | Kingsmill Super Toasty

Yeah, every now and again there's a blog curveball and this is it. I came home on Thursday to a toaster & a loaf of bread, sent to me by the team at Kingsmill. I've worked with Kingsmill before when they launched 'Thins' a couple of years ago and now they're targeting the toast market with a loaf they're calling Super Toasty - your best ever toast...or your money back (T&C's apply).

Now I don't know about you but toast is a staple in this house. It's my standard reply to the 'Mum, I'm hungry' moan that I hear about 6 times a day, however we never ever buy white loaf bread. So the kids were absolutely beside themselves (no lie!) at being allowed to have white toast for a couple of days...and the extra bonus being that they got to road test the new toaster - this groovy number from Dualit:
We actually have a Dualit toaster already - a wedding present from back in 2003 which is showing every one of its 14 years. About 3 months ago, it started making a funny noise while toasting and I've been waiting for it to explode any day now. Well it can explode away now as it's got a replacement standing by. It's not often the blog provides me with something really useful for the whole family so I'm very grateful to Kingsmill for this.

The kids were most impressed that it's got a bagel setting that toasts one side of the bagel and warms the other side
and tortured me to buy bagels immediately but we stuck to the Super Toasty loaf and I have to say, the toast was great.
Oh so moreish and delicious and the kids would have eaten it all evening if I'd let them. 
For the purposes of testing thoroughly, we also made some in our old toaster and the verdict was that the toast still tasted as good so reluctantly, the kids allowed me to put the new toaster in the cupboard until the old one blows up it's last bagel (& hopefully not the whole kitchen).

Super Toasty is now on the shelves of major supermarkets and independent retailers with an RRP of £1.25. Best bit? It's made here in Northern Ireland, over off the Castlereagh Road in East Belfast. 

If you'd like to try before you buy, simply head to Victoria Square on Saturday 4th March, where the Kingsmill Super Toasty team will be treating shoppers to free toast :)
Disclaimer - I was gifted the toaster (and the loaf of bread!) but was not paid to write this post, nor was I required to. I did kind of feel obliged to though...that's the thing. Blogger dilemmas. But I'm most grateful to have saved myself the cost of buying a new kitchen appliance and it was a good excuse to practice my photography....and I've just realised this is the closest I've got to blogging about food since I changed the name of the blog!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

No brainer shoe purchases | Gucci Dupes

There's not much brain power goes into any of my shoe purchases. I seem to lose rational thought when faced with fabulous footwear and I place the blame firmly with my mother. My sisters and I have all inherited her weakness for shoes and in fact, I went missing when I was about 3 in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (police were involved - my poor parents!) and was found trying on ladies shoes. It was my happy place from an early age.

Which brings me onto today which started with 3 hours spent watching 23 different Girls' Brigade groups each perform the same poem about a hungry crocodile. I wanted to be savaged by the crocodile (or any wild animal) by the 23rd performance. It wasn't even a long poem but there were huge delays and deliberations between performances. It was like some sort of medieval torture. I think I must be a bad mother because all the other mums in the room seemed to enjoy it or maybe they are just better at hiding their boredom.

It was enough to drive me to drink but instead I drove to Boucher Road for an unhealthy lunch and then I remembered River Island was close by. Time to bring joy back to my Saturday. 
(We're finally at the shoe part of this post)

While the kids deliberated about the best way to spend a £1 in Poundland. I went next door to look for the Gucci Princetown dupes that Susie So So blogged about this week. They really are as gorgeous in the flesh and there was one size 6 left.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017

5 ways to sell your pre-loved clothes

I have been asked for many months to share the best ways to sell pre-loved items from your wardrobe. It's fair to say that most of us have at least a few items of clothing we could off-load. But for different reasons, we hold on to them. Mostly emotional reasons (guilt/attachment), sometimes life-changing reasons (following weight loss or gain) and in lots of cases, practical reasons...we don't have the time and are unfamiliar with some of the technology.

The easiest thing is to bag it for charity and as someone who has volunteered in a charity shop, I'm all for that but if you have items in your wardrobe that you invested decent money in or that still have labels attached, it's not unreasonable to look into trying to make back some of the money you paid for them.

Depending on what you're selling, there's usually a market out there willing to buy it - for the right price. This blog post outlines 5 ways to sell (and 1 way to swap out) items from your wardrobe. I've used all but 1 of them so I'll share with you my tips for each of the ones I've used and why I chose one over another based on the item and how easy I want the transaction to be.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Being Brave

This outfit got such an unexpected (to me) reaction on social media that it prompted me to blog about it. About how outside my comfort zone it pushed me and about how nervous I was to share it online.
Jumper - John Lewis Cashmere Crew Neck (almost all sold out now)
Skirt - Sinequanone
Boots - Ilse Jacobsen
both from via Sarah Jane Boutique, Magherafelt

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Minimal Jewellery || Lines & Current

I'm a huge fan of local jewellery and accessory company Lines & Current and was excited to buy my first piece back in January down in Banbridge - the Petra Pendulum earrings. I've worn them so much since I got them.....and for someone who hasn't worn an earring in years, that's saying something. They've totally restored my earring love...and luckily my little used piercings were still present.

Lines & Current is owned by Rebekah, a mum of two (with one on the way) who designs all the pieces herself, sticking to a simple, modern and uncluttered approach. Each piece is effortless and unique, yet it's all affordable - so as well as making a great gift for someone else, it's something you could easily treat yourself to.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Shopping with Danielle!

On Saturday, my kids were at a snow-tubing birthday party in the Craigavon Ski Centre (amazing idea for a party - really handy for Belfast and such great had a ball) which meant I had a couple of hours to kill in the area and the first person I thought of was my friend Danielle, who also happens to be one of the Personal Shoppers in Debenhams in Rushmere. Danielle and I met years ago whenever we both started blogging and you may remember me featuring her on here before when she owned a boutique in Lisburn. Moving on a few years now, Danielle's shop has moved online and she's doing more of what she really loves - personal styling/shopping. As well as working in Debenhams, Danielle also does personal styling appointments in her own right where she's not affiliated to any particular shop. I need her to bring me around Zara some day!
Anyway, I was close to Rushmere and Danielle happened to be working that day so what better way to make use of the free time than to try on about 50 things in the comfort of the Personal Shopping suite...
As this was more of an impromptu appointment, instead of picking things for me in advance, Danielle instead walked around with me for 15 minutes or so and showed me some of the pieces she really likes from all the collections and between us, we accumulated rather a bit to try on. Some of it was stuff I knew I would like, others things I wasn't so sure about but was willing to try - because that's what's great about going to a personal shopper - it's about pushing yourself outside the comfort zone of buying the same old stuff over and over again!
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