Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday Stripes

A few weekends ago I was invited out for a Sunday carvery with a friend of mine and jumped at the chance. Sunday dinner is without a doubt my favourite meal in the world, so being able to do this in a countryside pub sounded perfect! Luckily a few days beforehand the lovely lot at Lovedrobe had sent me this beaut of a dress so I knew exactly what I wanted to wear.

Slowly but surely Lovedrobe are starting to get more clothes in sizes 26 and above. They actually have a pretty decent selection of size 32 dresses in at the moment, which is always good news if you ask me. I'm a big fan of these style of dresses, where it looks like you're wearing a top and a skirt - I have a few older ASOS ones and it's something that Scarlet and Jo do extremely well too!

I liked the pale pink and black of this dress, because it is lovely looking without being too bright. I love bright colours don't get me wrong but I thought this made a nice change. It has a tiny little bit of netting inside the bottom of the skirt which I really liked too.

Size wise it was a tiny bit tight but I actually preferred it that way. I liked the shape it gives me and the fact that the skirt flairs out a bit is a shape I enjoy. If you're much bigger busted than me you might struggle or need to size up, if you're able to.

I have to share with you the dinner I had, at The Forest Pub in Feckenham - it was absolutely beautiful! I had this dinner washed down with a glass of really nice rose and to be honest with you I went home a very happy girl. I am by no means a professional food blogger but I would recommend this place if you're in the area, it was lovely!

What have you all been up to? 

Debz xx

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Surviving Winter

Have you got snow? Do you love it? I'm going to be a right party pooper here and say that I do not like snow at all! I can admit that it is sometimes nice to look out from the warmth of your own home, but actually getting out and about when the weather is cold, wet and icy is not my cup of tea at all!

However, what I am hating most about this type of year is this stupid "winter virus" that is going around. Have you had it? Know someone who has? 

Last week I spent 2 days pretty much wanting to do nothing but sleep - I figured I was just a bit run down and needed to catch up on sleep! However then one day I woke up with a very sore throat and a cough, which hasn't gone away since! I do feel a bit coldy, but in general it's mostly this annoying cough that is the biggest pain, I am pretty sure my work colleagues would agree with you!

The other night I actually laid awake with earache, which felt strange because that always strikes me as more of something that children suffer with. In desperation I started to Google for help and ideas and stumbled across The Independent Pharmacy.

I hadn't actually realised that it was so easy to get medicines and prescriptions online, but what a really good idea!? I know that personally, sometimes I am just too busy to go to an actual shop and buy stuff - which is probably why my online shopping habit has increased so steadily. So the fact that you can possibly get medicines online is a really good idea!

They have loads of sections for general health and beauty too, so you are able to get all sorts of items in one place - and they deliver it to your door, which always works well for me!

I've spent my week off dosed up on cold and flu tablets and drinking cough mixture like its going out of fashion, so I am hoping the end is in sight for this illness.

Hope you've managed to escape feeling too poorly!

Debz xx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Avoiding Holiday Mishaps

We all love a good holiday, whether its some place hot where you will be spending most of your time drinking cocktails by the pool, somewhere you can get your winter sports fix and spend the evenings by a log fire in a cabin or a weekend shopping trip in New York, we all like a change of scenery and a break from every day life.

When going on holiday there are so many things to consider, from where you want to go, things you want to see and do, what your going to take with you, where you are going to stay, how much money you'll need etc but one of the last things people think about, if they think about it at all, is what if something goes wrong? and that is where comes in. Among other things they cover holiday sickness and accidents. Not something you want to think about when you are planning time away but these things happen a lot more than we realise. 

I believe the key to avoiding holiday disasters the best you can, is through preparation. Some eventualities we obviously can not prepare for but being prepared for what we can will give a lot of peace of mind. There are a few small things that can cause huge disasters when going abroad and these are the things we have control over and can plan ahead to avoid mishap.

Passport- know where your passport is at all times, check your passport is in date for travel to and from your destination, check any passport rules and regulations in your destination country prior to travel and check you have your passport at every stage of travel

Health- if you have any heath conditions inform your GP you intend to travel, get travel insurance and make sure you have enough of your prescription medication for the entirety of your trip and of course be careful while away, nobody wants to spend their holiday in hospital in a foreign country.

Money- inform you bank that you will be travelling (this one comes from experience) I had my card stopped and the bank calling me because they thought my card was stolen. Change your money before you travel as you will save money over changing currency at the airport. Budget for your trip and add a little extra for emergencies, it is so so easy to run out of money when you're having fun.

These are just my little tips from previous travel experience and even though they seem obvious and like very small things they can lead to much bigger problems once you're away. By planning and preparing before you travel you lessen the risk of things going wrong, leaving you to enjoy your holiday exactly as you should.

Where was your last holiday? please tell me it was mishap free

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Friday, 3 February 2017

The Importance Of Caring For Your Loved Ones

If you follow me on social media, you may already know that respite care is something that is close to my heart at the moment - which is why when I was invited to write about it, I jumped at the chance to write about it.

I don't want to make the post too personal or emotionally because I'm not quite at that stage yet, but what I will say is that when it comes to your loved ones getting the care they need, it's really important to research and make sure you choose the right place for them. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions, check procedures and even visit beforehand. At the end of the day, this new team of people are going to be taking care of the day to day care of your loved one, so you need to know that they are in safe and capable hands.

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There are different reasons why you may need to put someone you care about into a care home, and it is never an easy decision to make. It's always an odd one, because even though you know in your heart that it is the right decision it's a really difficult one to make.

However, in my experience as long as you choose the care home the whole thing can be dealt with really well. It's actually a relief to know that someone you love is being cared for well and looked after properly, even when you are not there.

For us it was a thought process of "would we be happy here?" and when the answer was yes - that was the one we chose. However there is a really good online respite care guide that can help.

If you are ever in that position, just know that however hard it is - you're doing it for the right reasons.

Lots of Love

Debz xx

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Living Off The Grid: I Would Miss

I have to admit, I am a bit of a social media addict! Well, when I say a bit I mean a lot! I can function without it in a sense - say for example when I am out for dinner or having drinks with friends, but I do generally check my phone all of the the time. So I guess my first thought when it comes to what I would miss if I lived remotely for a while would be social media.

That said, I am currently sat in bed, under a duvet because our boiler is being fixed and we don't have any heating at the moment - It's only today but I can't help but think that a couple of Flogas gas bottles might come in handy - after all, they're perfect for heating caravans so maybe they'd work for my house too?

Then I realise that I am sat watching Hollyoaks as I write this, so maybe it's actually TV I would actually miss. After a long day at work I like nothing more than watching a few soaps while I unwind for the evening, would I really want to be without those?

Actually when it comes to living away from home comforts it's really, really difficult to decide what i would miss the most. I love the convenience of clothes shopping online, chatting to my family on my mobile and watching TV as and when I want. Of course, in the real world I could survive without those things - plenty of people do - what the big question is, would I want to?

My Top 5 Things I Would Miss

 - Mobile Phone
 - Social Media
 - TV
 - Central Heating
 - Snap Chat Filters ;)

Also - I refrain the right change my mind on this list, at any given stage! 

What would you miss if you were to live without your home comforts for a while?


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5 Dreamy Shoes Perfect for Valentines Day

It’s finally payday - Didn't January seem like THE longest month ever?

And after the longest month ever, you’re once again free to spend your hard-earned cash buying the new season heroes you’ve been eyeing up over the past few weeks. 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. 

Whether you’re heading on a hot date, hitting the cinema for a snuggly movie night or going for it with a Galentine’s cocktail session, you’ll need a killer outfit to see you through it. 

But instead of blowing your entire paycheck on a dress or skirtrework one of your old favourites and shake it up with a brand-new pair of on-trend shoes. 

We love the fashionable but purse-friendly footwear range from AX Paris – your bank account will enjoy a chance to recover from Christmas and you’ll still get to turn up to your date dressed stylishly chic. 

I've had a look at their website, and they have really nice shoes to go for - here's my wish list ;)

Rose gold strappy heels 
Every woman needs to own a pair of ridiculous but fabulous strappy heels that only come out to play a couple of times a year, and these rose gold cross front stilettos tick every one of those boxes. 

For a big Galentine’s night out, these are the perfect way to tap into this season’s metallic trend and make your outfit pop. 
Price: £28 

Velvet court shoes 

Court shoes are another classic wardrobe staple guaranteed to suit anything and everything you wear them with. 

These velvet beauties will add a touch of luxe to your outfit and see you happily through a romantic dinner date. For extra style points, clash textures by rocking them with a leather look skirt and chiffon shirt. 
Price: £28 

Tassel detail ankle boot 
For a slightly more casual but equally as stylish Valentine’s look, brighten up your denim jeans with these tassel detail ankle boots. 

The heel is just high enough to give your legs a flattering boost without sacrificing on comfort, whilst the decorative tie detail and the suede fabric keep them interesting. 
Price: £36 

Pom pom heels 

When it comes to fashion icons, no one is more shoe obsessed than the infamous Carrie Bradshaw.  
Her designer habit might be a bit over-budget for us mere mortals, but you can channel her fun and sexy style with these red tasselled pom pom heels – keep the rest of your outfit simple and let them do all the talking. 
Price: £34 

Side zip ankle boots 
You don’t have to go for skyscraper heels to nail a glamorous date night look. These side zip flat Chelsea boots have plenty of shine to give a casual outfit a glitzy boost. 

They’re perfectly cut to work well with tights, leggings or jeans, so you’ll have lots of freedom to play around with your current wardrobe and find a killer ensemble. 
Price: £33 

I have it on good authority that some of AX Paris shoes come up generous too, so they're worth trying even if you usually would need wide it! Maybe I'll treat myself to a pair wear with my infamous AX Paris Curve dress?

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What kind of shoes do you like to wear on a night out?

Debz x

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