Monthly Archives: February 2014
I’m not one who’s blessed with the skill mult-tasking. I’m also obsessive about being on time for things. This can prove problematic, I’ve lost count of how many things I’ve tripped over or walked in to whilst trying to dig my phone out my bag to check the time (of course, I never remember to leave the house wearing a watch). When Breo announced their Bag Buddy watch range and I was offered one to review my problems were finally solved and I’ve not been late, or damaged myself/anything else since the day it arrived.
At £15 (and free delivery) I see this as a sound investment. My bag buddy has been sitting happily on my bag strap for weeks now…I haven’t been out much, obviously, but the times I have it’s been invaluable. I don’t really notice it’s there to be honest, it doesn’t annoy me when I walk or anything like that. But I have the time, right there ready to be checked. I can really see this coming in to it’s own when I’m back to travelling through town to visit Ben and have to co-ordinate bus times…that’s when the most of my mishaps occur. This is quite simply a brilliant innovation. Lately I’ve been getting in to all sorts of gadgety bits and bobs and this is so far my favourite. I’d love to see it in more colours- one for every bag, obviously. For anyone who fails to multi-task, or travels a lot/makes a daily commute this gets a 10/10 from me. My new best buddy!
Fellow clumsy people, regale me with tales of your best accidents, make me feel less alone in this.
Those of you with good memories may recall I reviewed some Ilumi meals last year and was really quite taken with then, so when they got in touch again to ask if I’d like to trial their Energy Boost Diet I was more than game. Now, I should mention that although this was called a diet, I personally had no weight loss intentions and supplmented the meals and snacks each day to make up my bodys own calorie requirements. The plan claims it can boost your energy in just one week by following it’s gluten free meal plan which is delivered to your door- gluten free lager included!
The box of food you get delivered also comes with a printed meal plan and hints and tips for the week ahead which were really useful to refer to. I actually only followed the plans for a couple of days myself, but Dad also participated and we both really enjoyed the meals! I’m sorry my snapshots of the meals are only phone ones and don’t look the most appetising but these were some of our favourites. For Dad it was lamb casserole served with a vegetable tagine and the Thai red curry with rice that he enjoyed most. My favourites were the slow cooked beef casserole (this from a former vegetarian) which is a complete meal, although I added baby broccoli as well as the chicken cacciatora, I served that with carrot and swede mash (made with butter) as I’m not a huge fan of rice. The lunches were equally delicious- the spicy butternut squash soup was heavenly.
Snack wise you get gluten free oatcakes and breakfast biscuits which were both something I already ate regularly. To get more calories in I ate the oatcakes with hummus or cream cheese. Breakfast was porridge, which I have every day anyway, I had banana with that. Yum.
I’ve never been a fan of the concept of diet plans like this but Ilumi have really changed my mind. Each meal is so delicious and full of flavour. I’m fussy about meat but everything was so lean and tender that I could find no fault. I felt far less bloated on the days I followed this, and it was a life saver for easy meals after my operation- everything is cooked in the microwave so no bending down to the oven or standing for a long time. I didn’t follow it long enough to notice a difference in energy, but with food this wholesome I can imagine getting a real boost. This is something I’d sign up for again in the future when I’m feeling sluggish, I’d still have to supplement it as I don’t want to be losing weight (the plan works out at about 1500 calories per day) but as long as you stick to gluten free it really doesn’t matter.
At £40 for the week I don’t think this is bad- a weekly food shop with breakfast and snacks included would probably cost about this, there’s no waste and you get something different every day. Sure I couldn’t afford to live like this all the time but as a now and again health boost I think it’s good value.
Have you ever done an energy boosting diet? I’d love to know how you got on, especially if it was this one by Ilumi. Once again the company have really, really impressed me and I’ll continue to eat as much of their tasty food as possible.
So here we are, approaching the end of another week. I don’t know where time is getting to lately- I’ve been off of work almost a month now and it feels like days. In a way I hope time continues to go at this pace so I can be back at work asap. Impatient, me? Never.
Dress: c/o Lasula | Shoes: Topshop | Necklace: ASOS
Lasula is a pretty new shop on my online browsing radar, they sell all manner of on-trend clothing and accessories with new arrivals landing often. Price wise they are in line with most online stores but they have the added advantage of 15% off your first order. I really love this dress, it’s a bit short, granted but that’s not their fault…I can’t help having long legs and I have this problem with the majority of dresses that I try on. It may be moving towards Spring but I’m still gravitating towards black and a more rock chic look. I’ve never had a leather look dress before and hadn’t really considered one, assuming they were all designed to be skin tight which isn’t a great look on me. This skater style is perfect and I can’t wait to get more wear out of it- it’s fantastic quality so will last me a good while.
The shoes are also new, a sale bargain from Topshop when they had an extra 20% off and free delivery during London Fashion Week. They remind me a lot of shoes I used to wear for dance lessons (once upon a time) and the block heel is the perfect height for me while I transition back to normal shoes. I can see these being worn an awful lot over coming months- at £12 I’m pretty damn happy!
Have you grabbed any absolute bargains lately?
Hands up anyone who barely trusts themselves with an expensive gadget? I have both hands raised, I am an accident waiting to happen- just last night I tipped a cup of boiling tea all over my leg narrowly missing my iPad, ouch. For this reason I am a big fan of protective gadget cases. A while ago I was sent a fabulous one from the folks at Logitech and now they are kindly giving five (yes five!) readers of my blog a chance to win their own too.
The Prize: One of five Logitech Folio Protective Cases for iPad Mini worth £39.99. There are 3 Fantasy Pink cases available and 2 in Acid Yellow.
How to Win: to win you need to leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to the question “Tell us why your iPad Mini need the most protection?”
Basically we want to hear how many near-misses you’ve had with your iPad mini and what the worst/best/funniest one was. Along with this answer I’ll also need a way to contact you, e-mail or twitter is fine.
The giveaway will run for two weeks, closing on Wednesday 12th March at 6pm. After that five winners will be randomly selected from all elidgible entries and contacted by me. Prizes will be sent direct from the lovely folks at Logitech.
Open to UK entrants only, to qualify you MUST answer the question and leave me a means of getting in touch.
Good Luck! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.
I’m really getting back in to make up, after a while of not really caring and just going for a neutral eye with some black liner and a tinted lipbalm I’m now having fun with colour again. Call it new found confidence or put it down to too much time off work with nothing to do but either way right now I’m loving all things bright and beautiful and have had a lot of fun experimenting.
I was recently sent a couple of lip products from Oriflame (which I’ve been storing in my awesome cat tin from tigerlilly quinn). The parcel included Power Shine Lip Crayon in Golden Gloss and the Colour Drop Lipstick in Drop of Fuschia. I’ve never used a lip crayon before but really liked the idea. This one gives a beautifully sheer coverage with a hint of gold and neutral tones- less sticky than a lip gloss (I HATE sticky) yet not as bold as a lipstick. I really loved this but I do wish you got more product for your money, the amount I’ve been using this in the last two weeks has pretty much run it out already.
The lipstick was my favourite colour- pink! I do love me a pink lip and I’ve just started to stray away from my favoured safe baby pinks in to bolder tones. Drop of Fuschia went on like a dream and gave a really buildable colour. You can see in my photo that I’ve played it quite safe, another coat and this gives the most gorgeous bold, bright statement lip. I’m in love. The colour lasted a really long time too and didn’t dry my already dehydrated lips out.
Once again Oriflame leave me impressed. I’m yet to try a product I haven’t liked. The real test will be their foundation or eyeliner, two areas where I know what I like and don’t really stray…
What’s your go-to lip colour? I’m really wanting to try orange but don’t know where to start!