Where Have I Been?

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are well and enjoying the first signs of spring that have started to show themselves. I am definitely enjoying the longer days. I am a very seasonal person – I very much enjoy the change. I look forward to winter coming but by February I start to long for the summer and likewise once October starts I long for the cold, cosy nights.

This blog post is ANOTHER apology for my absence. I say an apology – an explanation as I feel like I need to stop feeing constantly guilty (this is something I am going to discuss further on).

If I am honest, for a little while now I have felt uninspired. I have a very long list of posts that I want to share with you all but I just haven’t been able to put my mind to it.

My “real job” has been taking up a lot of my time – it’s been busy, taxing and tiring and quite often I have been coming home, having tea and then going to bed. The other aspect of this means that I’ve been neglecting my husband a little bit. So instead of tying myself to my laptop in my free time I have been trying to do more with him – just simple things like cooking dinner and watching movies.

I also suffer from depression and anxiety – and according to my hubby I’ve been suffering lately more than I realised. In hindsight, he is correct. I’ve felt lethargic and disinterested in things hence the lack of blogging, which are symptoms of depression.  I’ve also been suffering from anxiety really badly which I have definitely been aware of. I’m constantly beating myself up about small mistakes at work and how I’ve been as a friend and generally worrying that I’ve upset people. It’s exhausting but sometimes I just cannot switch off my brain.

So what does this mean for my little corner of the internet? I’m still going to get content up. I really enjoy sharing stuff online and I look forward to looking back on it in years to come. However, I am not going to pressurise myself into strictly following the schedule I had put in place. I will definitely try but if I miss a week, I miss a week.

We have just started a good spring clean so I am hoping that tidy home means tidy mind so I can get back on track.

Stay Safe and Wonderful!
Lexy x

The 10 Years Ago Tag!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all well and not slipping too far into a January slump.

I have been feeling really ill this week so I haven’t felt up for taking photographs so I was looking for an idea of something to share with you all this week. On my TimeHop yesterday my first ever profile photo on Facebook came up and it is now 10 years old so I found a tag that asks you questions about yourself 10 years ago, 5 years ago and currently and I thought I would do that today! I’m answering it from the point of January in the respective years as opposed to the year in general. It also means you guys gets to see some nice old photos of me – bring on the poor quality photos!

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10 Years Ago

How old were you?

I was 19. Still a teenager. How insane is that?

Where did you go to school?

I was actually still going to college in Kent – finally getting my A levels!

Where did you work?

I wasn’t working at this time.

Where did you live?

I was living with my parents in Kent.

Where did you hang out?

I think I spent a lot of time at college and in Horsham. Probably also too much time spent at Bluewater!

How was your hairstyle?

As per the above picture! Blonde highlights, layered, fairly long and with my signature side fringe.

Did you wear braces?

No. Not the tooth or trouser kind.

Did you wear glasses?

Very rarely – I’ve worn contact lenses since I was about 15 but I still wore glasses in the morning and evening.

Who was your best friend?

Glenn.

Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend?

Julian.

Who was your celebrity crush?

I genuinely can’t remember. Who was cool in 2007?

Did you have more guy friends or girl friends?

Er.. I think it was probably slightly shifted more towards guys because I have a few hobbies that were considered more masculine like video gaming. But I think overall the split was probably fairly even.

Who was your regular-person crush?

Julian.

How many piercings did you have?

I’m trying to work this one out. I think I may have had my eyebrow done at this point. Maybe around 20? I am not sure when I got all my ear piercings done!

How many tattoos did you have?

None.

Who were your favourite bands?

Paramore. This was the year of the Riot Album. I remember it well!

What was your biggest fear?

I think it was failure.

What was your favourite colour?

Blue.

Had you smoked a cigarette yet?

Nope.

Had you gotten drunk yet?

I don’t think so if I am honest. I wasn’t really big into drinking until I was a bit older!

Had you driven yet?

Yes I think so!

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5 Years Ago

How old were you?

24

Where did you go to school?

I was close to graduating Plymouth University.

Where did you work? 

I wasn’t working at this point. This makes me look so lazy!

Where did you live?

I was still living down in Plymouth at university.

Where did you hang out?

The living room in our PJs! And all the usual student bars in Plymouth.

How was your hair style?

Longish, still layered with my signature side fringe but it was bleached blonde on top with black underneath.

Did you wear braces?

Nope.

Did you wear glasses?

I was still hardly wearing my glasses, only in evenings and mornings before and after contact lenses.

Who was your best friend?

Glenn and Fairuza.

Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend? 

Si!

Who was your celebrity crush?

I’m trying to think if I had moved onto Karl Urban at this point…

Did you have more guy friends or girl friends?

Again I think probably fairly even.

Who was your regular-person crush?

Si.

How many piercings did you have?

I think 27.

How many tattoos did you have?

None.

Who were your favourite bands?

Still Paramore and Simple Plan.

What was your biggest fear?

Failing university.

What was your favourite colour?

Blue.

Had you smoked a cigarette yet?

Nope.

Had you gotten drunk yet?

Yes. In this time I had experienced my first being sick from too much alcohol!

Had you driven yet?

Yes but still not got a full licence!

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Today

How old are you?

I am now 29.

Where do you go to school?

No more learning for me – I am a proper adult now!

Where do you work?

I work in Camberley for a company I really enjoy!

Where do you live?

I live with my in laws and husband in Farnborough in Hampshire. Not the Farnborough in Kent.

Where do you hang out?

Mostly in various food establishments and museums! I told you I was a proper adult now.

How is your hair style?

A line bob in a dark red colour but still with my signature side fringe!

Do you wear braces?

Nope. I probably should now to get my teeth re-aligned.

Do you wear glasses?

I am still mostly a contact lens wearer but I am now more happy to wear my glasses out and about in public.

Who is your best friend?

Glenn, Fairuza and Hannah.

Who is your boyfriend/girlfriend?

I don’t have a boyfriend any more… I have a husband! Which is Si.

Who is your celebrity crush? 

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pratt.

Do you have more guy friends or girl friends?

I still think it’s pretty even!

Who is your regular-person crush?

Si. Always.

How many piercings do you have?

28. I know this for sure.

How many tattoos do you have?

None. But maybe I will get one before I turn 30.

Who are your favourite bands?

Paramore, Simple Plan and Gunship.

What is your biggest fear?

I guess being alone.

What is your favourite colour?

Blue.

Have you smoked a cigarette yet?

Nope.

Have you gotten drunk yet?

Yes. I had a 4 day hangover from the work Christmas party.

Have you driven yet?

I have but I still don’t have my full licence!

 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight to how little I’ve really changed in the past 10 years!

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

My Mini January Primark Haul!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the start of 2017! How many times have you written 2016?

I’m sure a lot of you will be in the same boat as I am where you are trying to be more sensible with money in January – for me it is a long gap between pay days after being paid early in December.

However, I love shopping and I will not let January stop me so I have made a couple of trips into Primark this month and I just wanted to share with you the bargains that I have managed to pick up!

As I said before I am plate sized (I’m trying to make this a real thing) where my clothing size sits somewhere between plus sized and straight sized (16-20UK).

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The first thing I picked up was a pair of flat, loafer pumps with a pony hair panel and tassel detailing. The main reason I bought these was because I wanted some nice shoes that I could wear on nights out but that would not kill my feet. Both my office Christmas do and our New Year shenanigans both almost crippled me and I decided that I didn’t want to do it any more. These are part of Primark’s extra comfy shoe range and only cost £8. I figured that these would also be practical for work as well.

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If there’s two things in this world I love it’s glitter and converse and these shoes have both these things. They are gold glitter with rainbow sparkle and in a hi top converse style. I don’t think you can go wrong with converse type shoes, I think you can dress them up or down and they are always comfortable. And if there is a 3rd thing I love in this world it’s a bargain and these glittery wonders were only £10.

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The next thing I picked up is a mini tube skirt that has these really cute geometric hearts all over it. It is sort of a ribber material and the hearts cover the entire skirt. It’s super stretchy so I think it’s going to be really comfortable to wear. Again I think it is a piece that can easily be dressed up for work with smart shoes and a shirt or dressed down for the weekend with a cute T-Shirt and converse. This was originally £4 which is a complete steal but it was reduced when I found it to £2!

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img_2082img_2087The next item in my mini haul is this lovely shirt dress with short sleeves. I’ve been after a shirt dress for a while but as I am quite short (I’m 5’4″) I’ve found it quite difficult to find one that doesn’t just look like I am wearing an oversized man’s shirt. I really love this one because it is a mini length (just above my knees with slight splits up the sides) and it also has short sleeves. It has these adorable hearts all over it which would make this perfect for a Valentine’s Day date and a waist tie to cinch you in at the middle. This was also only £10.

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This amazing biker jacket was just inside the door and immediately I knew it was the perfect item for me. I have a bit of a soft spot for a biker jacket and my current black one I adore but it squeaks so badly – it’s a bit embarrassing on public transport! Even my husband said it was “just so you!” so I hunted it down in my size and I just had to get it. It’s a really soft faux leather with these beautiful embroidered cherry blossoms. This was £25 and the most expensive item I bought but still a really good price for a biker jacket!

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img_2095I love shirts. When I was a teenager, I remember watching Buffy and she wore a shirt over a white vest and I think this was the moment my love for shirts began. I find them very flattering on my body shape and I really enjoy wearing them under pinafore dresses (which are another obsession of mine). As with most things I’ve mentioned here, this shirt can be easily dressed up or down. This shirt is a creamy colour with a really cute Swallow print all over it. The Swallows are black and white with some blue detailing on them. It’s a really soft shirt and it cost a whopping £7!

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img_2097The final item I picked up is probably the biggest bargain of them all and possibly the coolest item I picked up. It is a khaki green Jurassic Park T shirt. I love Jurassic Park (and World) and I have a real soft spot for film related T shirts. I saw this T shirt on a sale rail and didn’t think they would have it in my size but I managed to find a size 18 and it was only £1 down from £8!

I hope you all enjoyed this blog and has inspired you to find your own Primark bargains!

Big Thanks to My Dearest Husband for helping me take some of the photos for this blog and fighting with some troublesome fairy lights!

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

 

Happy New Year!

Hello Lovelies!

I hope 2017 has been treating you well so far and that you got to see it in with people you love.

I saw in the New Year with some of my favourite people at the Blitz Party in London – a 1940’s themed party full of girls with victory rolls, men in uniform and a swing band. We had a lovely time even if we did only get home at 6am.

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I’m not making resolutions this year (not that I ever really do anyway) but I did buy a book called Our Q&A a day which asks a question every day and you and your significant other can write an answer every day for 3 years and then look back and see how your answers change over the years which I plan to complete.

Other than that, I have a few things planned for the blog so let’s make 2017 magical!

Stay Safe and Wonderful!

Lexy x

The Christmas Tag

Hello Lovelies and Merry Christmas!

I hope you are enjoying the season, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and are looking forward to 2017.

As it is Christmas Day (where did 2016 go?!) I thought I would do the Christmas Tag. There are 17 questions to get through so without further ado I shall begin to answer them!

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1) What is your favourite Christmas Film?

Probably Love Actually, although I would happily watch it in the middle of the summer as well! As for films I would only watch at Christmas? Probably The Muppet’s Christmas Carol – I used to watch it every year with my dad and I cannot believe that they cut out an entire song for the DVD release!

2) Have you ever had  a White Christmas? 

Not that I can remember. Usually in the UK we end up having snow (if we get any at all) in November or January and a mild wet December. I am hoping for a white Christmas this year because it would be magical.

3) Where do you usually spend the holidays?

My husband and I usually spend the holidays with one set of parents, alternating each year  and this year is no different – we are with my family this year. Hopefully, next year we will be able to spend it in our own place with our families.

img_19264) What is your favourite Christmas song?

This is a really tough question because I absolutely adore Christmas music, but one song that always makes me feel really festive is Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit which, ironically, has nothing really to do with Christmas. The song was on my favourite Christmas CD as a child so it holds its of happy memories.

5) Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No. Neither my family or my husbands do so it’s not a tradition for us – we save it all for the big day.

6) Can you name all Santa’s Reindeer?

Donner, Blitzen, Prancer, Dancer, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Rudolph… I don’t actually know how many reindeer there are. Did I get them all?

7) What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year? 

I’m actually looking forward to starting some new traditions this year. As we got married this year we went to Harrods to get a bauble to commemorate our first Christmas as a married couple and I want to continue doing this for every year.

img_19978) Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

We don’t have our own proper tree this year but both our sets or parents have artificial trees.

9) What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat? 

Probably my mum’s sausage pies. She always said that making sausage rolls was too time consuming and fiddly so she makes them as pies. She always puts a different design on the top of them to tell them apart from the mince pies so she doesn’t put sugar on the sausage ones.

10) Be honest: do you like receiving or giving gifts better?

I enjoy both. It’s always nice to be given a gift but bringing joy to someone else by putting real thought into a gift for them is just magical.

11) What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

I literally couldn’t pick one. I’ve been given so many wonderful, thoughtful gifts over the years that  it would be wrong to say that any one gift has been better than the others.

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12) What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I think it would have to be New York, especially if we could guarantee snow. I love the movie Serendipity so being able to experience some of that would be brilliant.

13) Are you a pro- present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I’m not too bad. I’ve definitely improved over the years and my mum’s advice of using as little paper as possible is key. This year I’ve pushed the boat out with the actual wrapping paper and ribbons so I am hoping that they look a bit more pro this time.

14) Most memorable holiday moment?

Is it terrible to say that I can’t think of one?

15) What made you realise the truth about Santa?

Hearing my mum dropping some presents during the night and saying “bugger!” really loudly. The story still makes me giggle.

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16) Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I don’t really make them or, when I do, I go for something quite general like “be happier” or “see more of friends”. I find these kind of resolutions much easier to stick to and much more important.

17) What makes the holidays special for you?

I think it’s the combination of the shorter days, the coldness and the abundance of fairy lights that just makes it magical. The time off from work and the free time to spend with loved ones. I just love it all!

I hope you enjoy this little insight into my festive life and I would love to hear what you guys do for the holiday season.

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

My Christmas Jumpers 2016!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all keeping well.

As Christmas grows nearer I thought it was time to start talking about Christmas jumpers. I love Christmas jumpers – some might say, in fact, I have a Christmas jumper addiction. I am also a bit of a strange size in terms of clothing – I am somewhere between a UK Size 16 and 20 which means I am not necessarily straight size or plus size (plate size I guess!) so I wanted to show you some of the options for Christmas jumpers that are out there this year!

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So the first jumper I’m going to talk about, I actually got in the summer. I was watching YouTube and someone’s Vlogmas videos started playing and it got me to thinking about Christmas and jumpers so I went on to ASOS to see if they had anything in already and they had this one:

img_1977img_1992Unfortunately, this jumper is no longer available on ASOS but I really like how simple it is. It’s really soft and quite thick with a basic “Noël” written in gold. It was a bargain at only £9 so my tip is definitely to look for Christmas jumpers in the summer because there are deals to be had!

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This next jumper is a Primark special. I love this because it has sausage dogs on it. As my husband will tell you I am obsessed with sausage dogs and I keep asking him when we can get one (we don’t even have our own place yet but that’s not the point!) so when my friend pointed this out to me in Primark I knew I had to get it. It’s lovely and soft and cosy and only cost £12.

img_2001img_2002This is another Primark one. This is a plain black jumper with sort of waffle style sleeves and with a sequin panel in the centre. When you brush the sequins one way they say Let It Snow and the other way they show a picture of snowflakes. If I am honest, I can’t get my sequins to lay properly on the snowflake side but for £12 I am not going to complain. I feel like this is another one that is not quite as in your face as some of the others, especially if you have the sequins showing the snowflakes.

img_1980img_1988Sticking with the Primark theme is a slightly more garish number featuring some very cute polar bears. This reminds me more of the tacky 80s skiing jumpers (Eddie the Eagle style) compared to the other jumpers I’ve featured so far. I really like this one, it’s super soft and cosy and has lovely Fairisle detailing on the cuffs and bottom hem. This one was slightly more expensive at £14.

img_1982img_1984This final one is the epitome of a tacky Christmas jumper apart from the fact it is actually a sweatshirt. This one is from George at ASDA and cost £14. It has a Christmas tree design with the words A Very Merry Christmas making up the tree. The piece de resistance is that this one lights up. And the lights flash. Obviously, I love the design of this one, but I also appreciate the fact that it is a sweatshirt because sometimes jumpers can make me a bit itchy.

I hope you enjoyed my selection of Festive Jumpers for 2016. Are you going to be rocking a tacky jumper on Christmas day or something more chic?

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

 

Unboxing My Little Box – December

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all well and not getting too stressed out with Christmas and holiday preparations.

I am getting fully into the festive spirit now (although I would appreciate it if the weather could get a little bit chillier!) and so are My Little Box! For those of you who don’t know, My Little Box is a subscription box, based in Paris, that costs £14.95 per month (including postage) where you receive make up, beauty and lifestyle goodies to your door every single month.

I love this subscription, I signed up back in the summer, and I am still really enjoying it. The boxes have such a good range of things in them and because it’s not just make up and beauty I find that it stays exciting.

So last week, the December box dropped through my door (well it was handed through the door because it won’t fit through the letter box) and I thought it was so great that I would share the contents with you!

img_1943So let’s start by talking about how beautiful the box itself is. I love the cutesy kitsch print on this and it came tied in a  lovely bottle green ribbon (that I have since lost) and it’s just lovely.

img_1944On opening the box, the first thing you come to is this very cute little print. I think this is really adorable and you could easily put this in a frame or send it as a card to someone you love and wanted to share the cuteness with.

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The first item in the box is a really lovely eyeshadow duo from the My Little Box in house beauty line “My Little Beauty”. I always appreciate an eyeshadow duo and I think these colours are really wearable and great for this time of year. I haven’t tried them out yet so I cannot comment on the pigment or the durability of these but I will certainly be trying them out very soon.

img_1947The next item is tea! And, if you hadn’t guessed from this blog’s title – I love tea! I am trying to expand my tea repertoire because I do usually play it fairly safe but it’s on my 2017 “resolutions” list. This is a lovely tin of loose leaf tea from Kusmi Tea who are based on the Champs Elysées in Paris, made from a blend of black tea, oranges and spices. It smells so festive and I can’t wait to give it a try.

img_1948This box also contains a Salted Caramel Spread from the famous Wilkin & Sons,Tiptree (I know my best friend is a big fan of their jams!). I love salted caramel things so I am looking forward to trying this on a bit of toast (maybe with Nutella as well for a really indulgent Christmas treat).

img_1950I love lip balm. It’s not a secret that I am obsessed with lip balms – I always have at least one on my person. I can’t concentrate if my lips are dry – it drives me absolutely insane. I’ve not used one of these flip balms before but I like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter and the packaging is super cute. It’s a little rose and you flip (hence the name) the lid over and the lip balm is right there – I just hope that the clip is sturdy and it doesn’t flip at random in my handbag. img_1951

Another thing I really like about My Little Box is that they include jewellery in them. This month is a gold bangle with a teal green band in the middle by a brand call Lou Yetu who I have not heard of before. I have to say that this is not the kind of thing I would go and buy myself but when I put it on I rather liked it and I may even wear it to my work’s Christmas party.

img_1956This box also includes a little travel size fragrance. I know that fragrances are such a personal thing so I won’t try and describe this here because you will either love it or hate it. Turns out, I rather like this one and I think it’ll be really good for travelling!

img_1953The last item in the box may be my favourite. Anyone who knows me (especially my husband) will tell you that I LOVE a scented candle. This one is a mini one that comes in, effectively, a shot glass and smells like Gingerbread. The smell is beautiful and it really does smell exactly like gingerbread. I cannot wait to burn it!

So that’s the contents of the December My Little Box. I really love this box – I like the variety of stuff and the chance to try things I wouldn’t normally. This would make a nice gift for a loved one (or yourself!) this Christmas.

Stay Safe and Wonderful!

Lexy x