Holiday Ready with JD Williams | Style

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As part of my paid collaboration with JD Williams this month, I was invited to select a few pieces to make up a capsule holiday wardrobe. We all like to pick up a few new bits when going away and JD Williams is a great one stop shop for everything from dresses and jumpsuits to amazing slimming swimwear and gorgeous beach coverups. I had no problem finding a few pieces to feature on here.


Kenneth Green Associates launch Tocca Perfume in the UK | Competition

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I've teamed up with the team in Kenneth Green who are one of the biggest distributers of luxury fragrance to give you the chance to win one of 3 of the fragrances within their newest brand in the UK, Tocca.


Holly Willoughby Launch at M&S | Style

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Today, 18th July, sees the launch of the latest Holly Must Have collection online and in selected stores across the UK and Ireland and in advance of the launch, I was invited into my local M&S in Sprucefield, Lisburn for a sneak peek and a try on in the Fit & Style* room ahead of the items hitting the shop floor.


Words of Advice to yourself NOW!

I had a discussion with a friend this week about body confidence and how we were both at a stage in our lives where we are more at peace with our bodies and less obsessed about achieving something that's not meant to be for us. But we're still hard on ourselves too - there's always that niggle about being a bit slimmer, a bit taller, a bit less lumpy (or a bit more (lady) lumpy in some places!)

And it got me thinking about the memes and blog posts you see about 'what you'd tell your 18 year old self'. The wise words we wish we could have told ourselves back when we were insecure and before we'd gone through our roller coaster 20's and 30's.

Why not flip it and thing about what you'd tell your current self in 20 or 30 years time. Because it's a much more useful exercise than reminiscing about what you wish you'd known. Actually remind yourself what your priorities should be right now - I think we know what those things are already. But we push them to the back of our minds and hope that they'll sort themselves out at some stage.

So to kick things off, here are my 5, in no particular order

  1. Shop less and save more - don't ignore the pension fund.
  2. Get stronger - you need to build all the muscle you can now to keep upright and mobile later.
  3. Don't feel guilty about having me-time - the kids will fly the nest soon and you need to enjoy time away from them now to prepare you for this new stage in your life.
  4. Be bolshy & stop people pleasing - say no more often!
  5. Spend less time on your phone - be more present.
Of course, it's all very well saying this...what am I going to do about it?

Number 1 is where I'm starting and it's a few weeks away but I've decided to make September a shopping free month. I've noticed myself creeping back into a habit of buying bits here and there that I can do without and mindful of finances and the impact on the environment, I'm going to push myself to have a month off. Could it be the start of something more permanent? Will I be able to save some cash during this month? Let's see and why not come join me?

Number 2 sees me back at the gym again this week - I've missed my pump classes for a while due to injury and I'm determined to get the strength back to what it was a few months ago. I feel SO strongly about this - deterioration in old age is directly linked to balance and falls - in turn is linked to lack of strength in many cases as muscle mass & bone strength starts to decline even before the menopause.

I'm good at my me-time but I do feel guilty about it so I'm working on Number 3 too. It's actually shocking how suddenly your kids are up and doing their own thing and you're left a little redundant so I can imagine how it must feel when they finally leave home! The blog is a wonderful outlet for me in terms of friendship and getting out and about so I'm ever blessed to have it and the people I've met through it.

I'll be honest and say I don't think I'll ever crack Number's in my nature and maybe it's not such a bad thing in some cases. However I'm quite good at being bossy with the blog so maybe that's the starting point...working out how to expand this in a nice way to other aspects of my life.

And well Number 5 - I think we all know this is an issue. I've tried in recent weeks and months to spend time away from the phone and it's not easy. I find it easier to do it when I'm on holiday or with friends - I'm ok with not sharing every single moment but I'm not so good about putting the phone down when I'm home alone or travelling etc. A work in progress.

But actually, it's been really therapeutic typing these out - a good starting point for some half year let me know what yours are in the comments below (or via email/Social DM)



My hush SS19 Sale Picks | Style

I love hush but I rarely buy anything there full price....instead I hold fire until the 50% sale and then strike. Yeah, I miss out on some things but usually I score a few pieces from my wishlist and the satisfaction of getting the bargain makes up for anything I miss.


Clarins Rise & Shine Wellness Treatment | Beauty

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This week I was invited to review one of the two new Clarins Wellness Treatments - the Rise and Shine (the other one is the Beauty Sleep) at the Clarins Spa in House of Fraser, Belfast. These 1hr 25min treatments are all about reclaiming a bit of me-time away from a busy lifestyle and they're a welcome departure from an increasingly aesthetics-driven therapy space. Beauty comes from within and massage is a huge driver of skin health so has an important part to play in this surface beauty focussed world. As well as promoting skin health and clearing the body of toxins, massage also promotes wellbeing for the body and mind. 


A Short Break in London with Older Kids | Travel

Last week the twins (age 10) and I headed to London for 3 days (2 nights) to see what we could squeeze into this time on a budget. I'm pretty familiar with the city myself having visited relatives several times as a child and with many work and leisure trips as a grown up. I have particularly strong memories of a visit with my dad and sister doing all the touristy things when I was about the same age as the twins so I was excited to recreate these memories for my girls.

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