August Favourites

Is it really  September? I just don’t know where the days are going!  This post was originally meant to be a mid month favourites but with the summer holidays and a well earned trip abroad time just flew by and sadly this one got left in the draft file…my bad!

So – here we are a new month and a new season (though it’s more of an Indian summer in the south of the UK) I give you a few of my favourite finds from last month.

Tortz

Summer – whilst I always welcome it with open arms and sleeveless tops, but my thighs weep! I have absolutely bundles of maxi dresses and summer wear but in all honesty I dread it, god gave me curves and with that comes thick thighs..ok so my heritage is mainly to blame for that one what can I say it’s a blessing and a curse!

Like so many the cycle shorts(or similar) and talc were a staple  prevent the “chub rub”.  For me I’ve normally stuck to harem pants or jeans and vest but when the occasion required the dresses and glad rags were needed.   Despite dresses and skirts being easy and breezy, they also came with their fair share of thigh sized problems.  That was until I found Tortz, the tights/shorts hybrid was the answer to my prayers.

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Image with thanks to Tortz

These pretty undergarms are perfect for those hot summer days, light enough as their sheer and comfortable too.  The lace trim is so pretty and gives it a little sassy edge.  It also has a silicone trim on the underside to keep them securely in place.

I picked up a pair from their eBay store and couldn’t wait to to take these babies out for a test run.  They slip on well however if you have long nails (or talons like what I had at the time) be careful as you can like me stick a big hole in the lace trim (my bad) sizing is pretty good too.  Though I would recommend for my curvier sisters to go a size up for added comfort.

Tortz BW Vintage

Image with thanks to Tortz

Priced from £8.50 they’re an absolute steal plus there’s no fears of coming home and reaching to stick the bag of peas between your thighs lol

Available in nude or black and as a multi pack, grab your’s here

Dames & Dimes 

I stumbled upon  Dames & Dimes on Instagram one evening,   The cute branding had me aesthetically! Their posts were interesting, appealing and full of wit.  One evening I had a lovely chat with them online following on from a post on their foot cream.  I’ve always taken care of my feetsies’ but since the dreaded sprain back in March I’ve been living in trainers, whilst comfy as hell, the wear has played havoc with my feet. I noticed they were very dry and despite my sticking to  regular footcare routine the dryness hadn’t changed.  So after some great advice and a little banter I decided to give these guys a whirl.

When my order arrived I was so excited as I’d heard so much about the foot cream – the smell alone was reason enough  to buy.

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How beautiful is the packaging?

Gorgeous packaging and lovely note of thanks

The Soothing + Restoring Intensive Foot Butter, is a rich cream which you lather on your feet before bed pop on some cotton socks and let the foot doctor do it’s magic.

Texture is more like a whipped mousse, which melts into an oil base rich with moisture. Made up of Mango butter and organic cocoa butter, it smells so edible with the addition of the peppermint oil it almost reminds me of a delicious milkshake (or frappuccino of sorts) either way it smells good enough to eat (though not recommended of course)

I’ve been using this now for a few weeks, and it’s worked wonders for my feet, they’ve been restored back to beauty and ready for holiday!

What I love most is that it’s 100% natural and handmade, so a lot of love and labour has gone into creating such a fab product.

The foot butter comes in at £9.95 for a 80g pot which will last you absolutely ages. I know the idea of popping on socks when you go to bed isn’t ideal in the heat but trust me you’ll want to make sure you put on a light cotton pair otherwise the oils will just soak up into your sheets – so you’ve been warned lovelies. But remember in the morning you wake up to super soft and nourished feet!

I also received a pot of the Energizing + Rejuvinating Sea Salt Body Scrub which I’ve tried and absolutely love and was a treat for my body whilst I was on holiday last week, it kept my skin super soft.  I always go for either citrus or sweet, and the scrub is packs a lime punch (think mojito for your skin) the scrub is made up of Epsom salts, sea salts and Dead Sea salts so you’re guaranteed you’ll be saying farewell to those dry skin cells!

Available online to order I give Dames & Dimes a massive thumbs up! I’ve just ordered myself the Nail & Cuticle balm – I’ve heard such great things and based on what I’ve tried, I know I’m in for a treat, look out for more fab reviews from a firm fave brand of mine!  In the meantime head over to their website to check out more from their range

Right Guard Shower Oil

So this was a surprise product for me as it just happened to be on my weekly shopping list, but Right Guard Shower+Oil is just fantastic and a winner for me this summer.

I picked up this bottle of happiness after having a disappointing experience with an in shower moisturiser.  So I was keen to try this gem, I think the scent and ingredients pretty much sold it to me (not to mention it was only £1.00 at the time)

Consistency is much like a shower gel but not as thick or gloopy, it lathers up well and feels smooth and silky on the skin.  Enriched with Argan, Marula and Almond oil, you just know you’re not only going to feel amazing but smell fab too thanks to the Monoi Blossom.

Post shower, my skin feels wonderfully moisturised, soft and supple, but for how long?  I road tested without further moisturiser and went on a day trip with son, by the time I came home and changed into PJ’s (yes that early) my legs were still soft and smooth, no dry patches at all.

Labelled as for dull skin, I’d agree and also just say if you love shower oils without the dangers of slipping in the shower (yep done that too!) then go for it.  It’s a great treat, and smells like holiday (if it had a scent)

I also found this great for shaving your legs, whilst the conditioner life hack was a god send, this shower oil works a treat, plus you can lather in the remainder once you’ve de-fuzzed.

Right Guard Shower +Oil is a great time saver especially if you’re in a rush or always have the intention to moisturise but forget!  It’s effective and won’t break the bank, I love this shower oil  and have since learnt that Right Guard also have other oils in this range which means I’ll be heading to the store very soon.  and will probably be sticking to this for a little longer.

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Monoi Blossom…a simple flower with a wonderful fragrance.  Image : Wikipedia

Do you have a favourite shower product that you always pick up at the store? Or perhaps you enjoy the two step approach of wash then moisturise?  I’d love to hear your recommendations and thoughts.

Til next time lovelies.

N

xoxo

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Boobs, bras and fittings!

Who knew buying bras would bring me so much joy. It was truly amazing, I mean a real revelation!
A few weeks ago I booked in to have a fitting with Sara from Bra Sense. I met Sara last year at when I was showcasing my jewellery at a House of Colour Open Day hosted by +Pauline Harwood in Enfield, North London.
Sara was booked up all day from 9-5 on a Saturday.  I watched as women went up for the fittings and came down, happy with their fitting and excited about their purchase.  This had me very curious. What made a Bra Sense fitting so much better than your fitting at your local M&S or department store.  I had to wait a long few months to find out.
Sara visits Enfield twice a year so you can imagine how much in demand she is. So when I found out she was going to be here in October, I jumped at the chance of booking in.
Now before October came, I thought I’d do a little homework to find out more about Bra Sense, the fittings and the bras.  I was worried the bras were going to cost a bomb or they weren’t going to be as pretty or flattering (you know – more function than fashion)  Whilst searching online I came across a fab little video with Sara talking more about what she does,
So after watching the video I took on board what Sara said and thought I’d have a go at buying a new bra that hopefully fitted better.
DES  and TROY (yes I have have named my assets) are very fussy girls.  The last time I was measured I went for 3 different fittings.  I was told I was a 34DD and even with 2.5st weightloss the girls remained the same.  
I shop everywhere for my lingerie, I go with what I like and what fits well.  I normally go with a plunge or a balconette style and have never had any problems. Until after childbirth!  No mine didn’t fall to my knees or anything like that lol, just like with everything in time, my body had changed.
Whilst upon initially putting on my bra, the girls look happy.  But after getting dressed or a few hours of wear, I’d notice they’d be screaming to get out or the girls would have 2 more for company – yes double boob, 4 boob syndrome – whatever you call it, you know what I mean.
A friend of mine recommended Matalan bras so I decided to see for myself. When it comes to shopping, I find Matalan to be a bit like shopping at Primark. Some days you can go in and find some really fab clothes, other days you might find one and the odd time find it was a wasted trip.  
So following on from Sara’s video and information about the bra types on her website I realised I needed a more full cup bra.  The problem I had found in the past was fuller always meant bigger which meant I was just about filling the bra, it also meant that the bras lacked design.  I’m a fun girl and like to think my personality can be seen in everything I wear, including my lingerie! However when I got to the lingerie section I saw a few pretty bras.  
Matalan have a whole range of full cup bra’s so I was really spoilt for choice.  I decided to just grab a simple black number and try on.  Would you believe it, the bra was snug, covered the girls nicely(not too high that I’d have to saw farewell to showing even a little skin).  Nope this was pretty, flattering and cost me £8.  So I had 1 well fitted bra – hooray!
Fast forward to my fitting appointment with Sara.  I wore my Matalan bra to show her and hoped that I had bought the right bra to harness DES and TROY was right for me.  To my surprise I got an A+ from Sara for my choice.  She explained lots about manufacturing, cups and bra fittings and showed me what works and what doesn’t.
As part of her amazing service, you get a full report, giving you the low down on your shape and bra type.  There’s lots of factors to consider, which she puts in the report in more detail.  To give you an idea whilst I’m measured 34DD, depending on where I shop and what style, manufacturer I could be between a range of sizes bigger and smaller.  My biggest mistake was always buying a smaller if a bra came up too big!
So with this wealth of information I decided to revisit good old M&S and see if I could nail the art of buying the right bra! 
M&S have always had some really pretty numbers and have a wide variety of styles, to choose from. I found myself in the “Limited Collection” and saw some gorgeous bras, the next question was what size?  I picked up 2 different sizes my regular 34DD and a 36D I can’t lie the 36D looked like a hammock and if my little boy had seen it, he probably would have proceeded to poke a little fun at me and tell me I’m wearing a parachute! But I kept on looking.   
Once I had decided on on which bras to go with I headed off to the changing room with my array of bras in all different styles and sizes, the lady in the fitting rooms, smiled knowingly and excitedly said “ooooh someones been for a fitting, haven’t they?”
I won’t bore you with how each one fitted, what you need to know is the first bra I tried on, was bigger than my actual bust size, but based on the what Sara taught me and what my report advised me on, I had a good feeling and would you believe it was the perfect fit! Ladies I think I cracked the art of shopping for bras!
I couldn’t wait to try the others, and again fitted like a glove, see ya later boring bras, no more double boobs, it was more hello boys, the girls are back! 
After all the excitement I ended up buying 5 new beautiful sets and received a money off for spending over  £30.  
What’s great about Sara and her amazing service is it’s so self explanatory, her site is full of useful information and you can even request for a starter pack to help you.  It’s not about your bra size like many of us, we already know this, our problem is one size doesn’t always fit all. So it’s knowing your shape and type.  This is where Brasense comes in.  
If Brasense is coming to a town near you, I highly recommend you go pay her a visit. You’ll be glad you did and you may just find yourself doing a little retail therapy!
To book a fitting or to find out more contact Brasense by phone 0845 094 28 27 or email for further information.