Monthly Archives: October 2014
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Dress: Joy | Gilet and Tights: New Look | Boots: Zara
I wore the dress for a rare girls day with my Mum, cousin and Auntie. It wasn’t too chilly considering we’re in October so I opted for this ancient (faux) fur gilet from New Look- this has to have been in Mum and I’s joint wardrobe for at least six years now in place of a coat. I added in these berry coloured tights and my taupe Zara boots for the perfect autumnal palette and called myself good to go. It’s quite a simple outfit but I loved the combined effect. This is a really versatile dress and you can expect to see quite a lot of it styled in various ways over the coming months!
· Over half of the respondents (52%) feel that improving health is a driving factor for giving up smoking
· Thirty-two percent of respondents think that the high price of cigarettes which is pushed even higher up in the UK because of taxes is one of the main issues for people choosing to stop smoking
· Whilst 19% of those asked thought that a factor would be the negative effects smoking has on your family
· The smoking ban in the UK also has an effect with 12% of respondents stating that social implications of smoking is a reason in quitting
· How smoking effects your looks over time also resonated with respondents, 9% thought this could influence people to give up the habit
Seeing how much an average smoker spends on tobacco products in their lifetime might influence people who are considering quitting this Stoptober:
• The average smoker will smoke 13 cigarettes a day which equates to 4,745 each year
• Mayfair King Size cigarettes (one of the popular brands in the UK) cost £7.25 for a 19 pack, totalling an average spend of £1,810.40 a year
• The average UK wage is £26,500 (Net Pay after tax £20,974.72). A 13 cigarette a day habit equates to 8.63% of total income
Money saved from quitting smoking could buy:
• 202 trips to the cinema (average Vue peak time price £8.95)
• 2 Season tickets at Old Trafford (West stand upper £703 each)
• 5x Xbox Ones (£349 each)
• Prada Shoulder bag (£1,650)
• 3 pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes (Mendez suede ankle boots £550 each)
Mark Pearson, founder of My Voucher Codes commented on the findings:
“We all know that smoking is bad for you, so it’s not surprising that improving health is one of the main reasons people want to quit. However the high prices of cigarettes and tobacco in the UK due to the taxes shows that the prohibitive cost also makes people want to quit for good.”
“When you break down and can see the figures, it might come as a shock to smokers how much they actually spend on smoking and if they quit how much they would save in a year. Being able to buy a designer handbag, football season tickets or even a holiday might persuade people to give up for good and not just for Stoptober.
Stoptober is a joint initiative created by Public Health England and the Department of Health to help people quit smoking for good.
As I spend part of my working week at home with my laptop and the cat for company I like to keep my wardrobe stocked with some comfortable staples- as I don’t have to make an effort when nobody else is going to see me I love popping on some ripped jeans and a slouchy vest and huddling up with a steaming mug of tea as I attempt to be productive.
I’d seen Your Dreamcatcher pop up on a number of my favourite blogs and loved the laid back loungewear they produce. I was therefore over the moon when they contacted me and asked if I’d like to pick a piece- I wasted no time in selecting the white fitted vest to add to my collection.
Top c/o Your Dreamcatcher | Jeans: Bershka | Boots: New Look
Next on my wish list from Your Dreamcatcher is a pair of their jogging bottoms to complete the relaxed effect, and at £27.99 they are pretty affordable. The vest is available for £12.99 which I think is excellent value for something that is such a nice fit and is also brilliant quality. There’s some really pretty jewellery available on the website as well, featuring what else but dreamcatchers; they would make for the perfect little Christmas present, for a friend or (more likely) for yourself!