Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Sunday with Scarlett & Jo

Happy Easter Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend - I don't always get Bank Holiday weekends off, so it was nice to enjoy this one with some friends. Yesterday I went into Birmingham city centre and had lunch and a few drinks with some friends, which was really nice!




I think sometimes when we read blogs, we always see new items of clothing and people looking overly glamorous and as readers we can be left lusting over this type of lifestyle. However, the truth is that blogs (and social media in general) are designed to showcase the best parts - and so we don't always see the days where a blogger throws on a dress and leaves the house looking comfortable and cosy.



I don't wear this Scarlett & Jo dress often enough, but as I knew I would be in the pub for a good few hours yesterday I wanted something that I would be comfortable wearing all day. I knew this dress would be perfect because it's really nice and oversized and the material is nice and soft.




I literally threw this on, some leggings and a pair of pale pink trainers. I felt decent and was comfortable all day!

What have you been up to this weekend?

Debz x


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Dotty over Scarlett and Jo!

This weekend I had a night out at the new Figure 8 night in London, and it The really nice to see everyone. The night itself is a brand new Size Acceptance night, which was hosted at Club Nomad in Old Street. The turn out was fantastic, so if it sounds like your kind of night make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook to see when the next one is likely to be.

In the lead up to the event I decided that I wanted a new dress to wear. I'll be honest this year I have tried to buy less clothes, because I have so many and it felt like I was wasting money. So, as much as I wanted a new dress, it was definitely going to have to be a budget purchase.

By chance, an email arrived in my inbox to tell me that Scarlett and Jo were having a clearance sale. so I had to pop along for a nosey. I have loads of Scarlett & Jo dresses, so I know when it comes to sizing and quality, they're not going to let me down.


I picked up this teal jewel coloured lollidot dress for just £15. What I love about Scarlett and Jo dresses is the thick, jersey material that they use - it always falls really nicely and makes the dress so comfortable to wear.

Size wise I sized down once on this, because I know that they always come up quite generous. I probably could have sized down again, but it didn't feel too big and it was nice to have a floaty type dress to wear - I think it could also be a pub garden pub dress too!

What new fashion items have you bought lately?

Debz x

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Skincare Q&A

I will admit that I don't do enough to look after my skin - and at 34 years old, I really should start!

As I don't really know what makes up good skin care regime (I assume taking off your make-up at the end of a day with a babywipe doesn't count) I got Dermalogica retailer Pure Beauty’s resident skin therapist to put together some hints and tips for us (mostly me)

1.      Which skincare ingredients should I avoid?
The main ingredients to avoid include alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin and of course artificial colours and fragrances. While they may be included in ‘hydrating’ moisturisers, they are abrasive and can actually dry your skin out.

2.      How often should I wash my face?
Cleansing your face both morning and evening is one of the key steps in any skincare regime. Use gentle products and don’t scrub, as doing so can damage the surface of your skin.

3.      How often should I exfoliate my face?
The frequency of exfoliation depends very much upon your skin type and the nature of the exfoliant you are using. Daily exfoliants can be used daily – but only once within a 24 hour period.
Other exfoliants can be used up to three times a week. Exfoliate either in the morning or in the evening after cleansing and before applying your toner.

4.      How can I prevent acne?
Acne has many causes and only some of which are directly related to your skin. In general, regular cleansing and exfoliation using products targeted to your skin type will help prevent the build-up of sebum and dead skin cells, which form plugs that can block your pores and create the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

5.      Should I squeeze spots?
As a general rule, you should never squeeze pustular spots as it can worsen bacterial infection and can cause the scarring often associated with severe bouts of acne.
Blackheads can be removed through extraction but your hands must be very clean and you should wrap your fingers in clean tissue paper as a shield, which will then collect the residue.

6.      What moisturiser should I use?
You should always use a moisturiser specific to your skin type. There is not a one-size-fits-all moisturiser and this is where many people go wrong. Oil control moisturisers are specifically designed for very oily skin. Active moist and skin smoothing creams are suitable for a combination of skin types and there are more specific moisturisers for dry or prematurely aging skin.

7.      How do I get rid of bags under my eyes?
It is very difficult to get rid of bags under your eyes due to their delicate nature and the fact that it can simply be a hereditary trait. Plenty of sleep is the best thing, but you must also avoid using your moisturiser on the delicate area beneath your eye. The ingredients in most moisturisers are too strong and it can be a contributing factor.

8.      What causes dry skin?
The main cause of dry skin is your genetic makeup but age and environmental factors play a large part. It is also important to differentiate between dry skin (lack of natural sebum) or dehydrated skin (lack of water) in the skin. A moisturiser is used for dry skin, while a toner is more suited for dehydrated skin.

9.      How do I get rid of dry skin?
Dry skin can be aggravated by cold weather conditions outside and the drying central heating in our workplaces and homes. A well-designed and maintained skincare regime using products specifically recommended for use will help you combat dry skin.

10.  How do I get rid of oily skin?

Using products designed for oily skin will help you combat this skin issue. There are many products on the market that are deigned to absorb excess sebum in the skin, while regularly using masks designed for oily skin will be beneficial.

Sounds easy doesn't it? What top tip would you give?

Debz x


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