Pardon my french but what a shitty week. Last week really was one of the busiest I have had at work with shortage of staff the NHS really is in a bad way. Thankfully blogging is a way for me to release the tension and just chill. This weekend however was absolutely wonderful as I was able to chill with my best friend, my other half and a great work colleague. How has your week been?
So close, soooo close to the end of this and it is just amazing.
This is the next lovely on my list. Just look at that tasty cover – perfect for a spring read right?! The Cake Shop in the Garden is released on April 23rd – you can pre-order now on Amazon.
I have been looking for a waterfall coat for a while now. The one I really want to get my hands on is the well known Zara Waterfall Coat – it came in both camel and grey and I have to say if I could I would have both. Sadly those being out of stock means I am still on the hunt.
These guys are hanging out somewhere in my room and I just cannot wait to find them in time for summer. Comfortable, airy and just the perfect fit. Have you tried them?
This is one of the products I received in my goody bag from the Bloggers Fashion Week event. When it comes to new skincare I am somewhat dubious about using new products as I have extremely sensitive skin. On my first use as usual I followed the instructions to the letter and have to say I was happy with the results. Of course I cannot yet review the product yet as I have only used it once.
I have been using this daily scrub for some time now and I have to say I LOVE it! The review for it will be up on Wednesday! Keep your eyes peeled.
It seems that I have become some kind of Essie addict. Now I have to say this is one addiction that I am not ready to give up on easily! These two colours are the newest of the collection and one of which that I have been coveting for some time. Mint Candy Apple ladies and gents that’s right. I think the next one will have to be Rock The Boat – it is just the right shade of blue for spring.
I had an insanely great weekend especially the Sunday! You may have seen on Instagram a couple of pictures that I put up. I am not putting up any pictures on this post as I will be posting here and there this week about what I got up to.
What have you been up to?
There are many candles in my house as not only myself but my mother has a slight obsession with the beautiful smelling things. From Yankee to Ikea we have a wide range of wax in our house. Thankfully it is not a house of wax (odd film!).
As you can see from the above images from the small selection of house candles we are a different points with each candle. The one on the right is Fluffy Towels scent which seems to be a particular favourite especially in the bathrooms in the house. It smells incredibly fresh and comforting especially when sinking into a hot bath with a good book. Sadly this candle has come to its end (there are more in the cupboard!) so in the spirit of recycling the wax must BE GONE!
Fill your jar/container with boiling water from the kettle put the lid on and leave on the side.
Perfect time to make a cuppa and catch up on some reading or whatever else is on your to-do list!
There are many blogs around the blogosphere and pins on Pinterest linking to instructions of how to clear out that final bit of wax and make this large jar ready for use of something other than a candle! I have thought about sweety jars, flower pots, pasta containers but (and it may be slightly cliché) I will be using this lovely jar for make up storage and a few others I have got my hands on for make up storage. I cannot claim that it is something different but it looks nice and that is enough for me!
After leaving the jar for about 30 minutes the wax should have slowly made its way to the water’s surface as shown in the picture below.
Once you can see the wax at the top and the jar has cooled down it is time to get that wax out.
Now comes the bit that might be a bit tough and take a few soaks. Removing the wick base.
For me this took two more soaks and about an hour in the cooled water before the base lifted out with ease.
All that is left after that is a good scrub inside and out and then you will have a jar ready to use.
The only thing I noticed about the Yankee jars is under the sticker on the outside you are left with a residue. After scrubbing there is still a vague outline as you can see however I am sure if you pop it in the dishwasher it would come off. If not then you have the perfect place to put a label or paint over with some chalkboard paint!
Overall I am happy with my three simple steps and now have a lovely jar ready for my make up brushes.
If you like this post then please do let me know and if you have any inspiration for other projects please do let me know.
Good Morning Blog Lovelies
How are you all feeling on this wonderful Monday morning? As you can probably tell I am slightly excited about it being Monday. Not so much that it is the beginning of the week but at the end of this week I will be heading up to Birmingham.
Fashion Week here I come and not only will it be an epically wonderful networking opportunity but it is also the girly weekend I have been waiting for, for what seems like forever. Time away from home is very valuable these days. Time to breath, blog and reboot!
This week I would love to share with you all of the wonderful fictional things I have gained. However that is not the case. So without any more waffle!
These bad boys have not left my side this week. Sadly my passion for reading has taken a turn for the professional. However I have to say they are quite enjoyable books as the rationale behind certain critical care I am giving is just amazing. The level of care is massively increased hence the patient being in critical condition however it is all the more fulfilling knowing that I have done everything I can to help them either maintain or improve on their current state.
Whilst studying and reading this is the scent that has been burning in the background. I cannot admit that it keeps the hunger at bay but it really does smell amazingly seasonal. Not one to hold on to the Christmas spirit when it has passed its time this is really something out of the ordinary for me!
With a sweet toffee kind of scent this is the perfect complement to those evenings where I just HAVE to study and need the extra oomph of calm feeling.
Now as this is the clean version there are many words missing that may be constituted as offensive but really are just lyrics. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip are two of the giants of the rap world and this song just accentuates their true talents. The other thing this video does is highlights how BAD Kanye West really is at rapping! After listening several times to this TUNE (!) it is ridiculously obvious that Kanye is really not needed. Try and see if you can notice his minuscule effort.
As I was listening to the new tune from Busta I figured a bit of the ‘Old Skool’ couldn’t be missed out! This tune was a big summer tune and the video just shows you how ‘fine’ Busta used to be in his younger days. Don’t get me wrong he is still awesome but back then – well . . . Enough of that!
Right back to reality!
Over the next couple of days lists will be made with regards to the things I will be taking with me to Birmingham. So far we are pretty organised and almost ready for the off. The only thing that is on tender hooks is outfits!
So, what have you been Reading, Doing, Listening to?
For the first time I tagged along with Catherine from Vintage Frills on one of her thrifty shops. We visited around six shops in Worcester Park, Surrey. The one that stood out the most of for me was the Marie Curie shop. The manager Helen had a chat with us and told us all about her ambitions for the store. I hope that in the future the shop really does work out well for her and I will most definitely be back to visit and maybe even volunteer! Thanks Helen and I am sure we will be in touch. Check out Helen’s Facebook page for Marie Curie Worcester Park. Also this may be worth mentioning – if you are around the area or can get to this place and want something in particular then contact Helen and you may be in luck.
Check out my haul
Two DVD’s for £2 – not a bad deal at all! A couple of weeks ago I commented on a post about When Harry Met Sally and now I have it all to myself. I am pretty sure I already own 500 days of summer however if I do then it was all for charity and I can give it to Catherine!
£4.50 for three books – now let me say I am so happy with this particular bit of my charity shop haul. Over the past couple of weeks Catherine (Vintage Frills) has been reading the Aaronovitch books and absolutely loves them. After reading what they are about and hearing her endless praise for the writer I was only too happy to find them for £1.50 each in the charity shop. Getting what I want and giving back – two in one and a bargain!
In total I believe we visited around 6 charity shops for different organisations and between us picked up various bargains. It is definitely an experience that I look forward to repeating and next time my budget will hopefully be bigger. On Monday I went out with a budget of £20 and the most expensive I bought was the coffee before we set out to be thrifty. I also came home with £15 of the originally budget.
Not bad for a day out at the shops! Keep checking back for more thriftiness!