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.

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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.

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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

Murder on My Mind….

It’s the middle of January, payday is still ages away, it’s too cold outside and you just want to chill and recover from all the end of year festivities!  What better time to catch up on your favourite shows and discover new ones.

Last year I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer which has has picked up a massive following and definitely the most talked about show of the moment.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a 10 part thriller which was filmed over 10 years, following a man named Steven Avery, who served 18 years for a crime he was later proved innocent of.

With his new-found freedom, trying to rebuild his life he is then caught up in a tale of police corruption, discrimination and found to be the prime suspect in a murder alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey.  What happens over the next few years beggars belief.

You are taken on a roller-coaster journey with more twists and turns than “The Usual Suspects” (another must-see… if you haven’t WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??)

I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is block out a few hours, you will find it impossible to just watch one episode.  Apart from the school run and a few errands I got comfy on the sofa and submerged myself in this awful story of murder, miscarriage of justice and blatant corruption within the American Justice System.

Left with feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness, I decided to look into The Avery/Dassey case further.  There’s lots to read some for and some against all worth checking out.  This show has had the world talking so much so even the White House had issued a statement following a petition asking for a pardon.

I then decided to explore my Netflix account and check out other documentaries.  It’s safe to say that over Christmas and New Years I’ve spent my evenings binging on compelling telly viewing!  Here are a few of my recommendations, don’t worry there are no spoilers :

West of Memphis

3 teenagers are arrested for the murder of 3 children.  Convicted of the crimes based on highly questionable police work to prove their guilt, the 3 young men spend the next 18 years growing up prison, meanwhile on the outside  friends and family fight for justice.

This case came to the attention of movie Director Peter Jackson ( who also produced this film)  and his wife and along with the aid of many celebrities including rock stars, actors fight for justice and the freedom of the West Memphis 3.

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As a mother I found this film pretty tough to watch especially as it centred around the death of young children. I give you warning now that there are some graphic images shown, but you will be left with your jaw on the ground with the events that occur throughout the film.  Well worth watching.

The Central Park 5

In 1989 5 teenagers are wrongfully accused of raping jogger. With false statements and After serving up to 13 years in prison,  the real assailant confesses to the crime…..

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At the time all pleaded not guilty, but with coerced video confessions and DNA not even matching any of the boys they were still convicted.  Hear how these men lost there childhood to a gross miscarriage of justice.

Give Up Tommorrow

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Paco Larranaga – A name you won’t forget in a hurry. Convicted of murdering 2 women despite being miles away at the time of the crime.  Watch how individuals in high ranking roles within the justice system, blatantly disregard key evidence, including witness testimonies as they serve up their own justice based on corruption and lies at all levels.

The levels of corruption uncovered in this documentary, will leave you stunned. After watching, you will be on the Free Paco bandwagon and finding yourself trying to help make a difference even if it’s signing the petition.

That’s all I’m going to give you for now.  I don’t want to bombard you with too many as these tragic tales can weigh heavy on your mind afterwards.  I recommend a good dose of hugs, kisses from a loved one and a good deed to ease the mind heart and soul!

Late addition  – 6th Feb 2016

The Fear of 13 

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Nick Yarris an inspiring, beautiful soul and the most eloquent story teller, shares his story whilst spending 21 years on death row.  Nick had me mesmerised from the get go and I was left completely moved by his  story and more so by his spirit, so many of us could learn a thing or two from this guy!  I caught this on Storyville but at present it seems to be the talk of moment.  After watching I just had to reach out to Nick and just thank him for sharing is story with the world, he kindly replied swiftly with words of gratitude and positivity. When you’ve gone through what Nick went through, it would be easy to focus one’s energies on the negatives of life, but Nick manages to smile and spread his infectious positivity with his audience be it reader of his book “7 days to Live” or through the film.

So in short – watch this film!!

Have you seen any of these?  What were you’re thoughts?  Do you have any recommendations?  Let me know what’s got you hooked.

xoxo