My Lifestyle Lately – June

For the first Summer in a few years I’ve been in a position to take advantage of the warm/mild weather by keeping up my salt and hydration levels (essential for people with POTS/EDS), pacing myself and only doing one or two tasks per day (and asking for help with them) and not going out until mid afternoon when it’s cooler.

Food & Drink

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I have gotten massively into veggie sushi. This Uramaki or ‘inside-out’ sushi is incredibly refreshing and doesn’t taste of seaweed as strongly as the usual Hosomaki, if that’s what normally puts you off eating sushi. I’m very lucky that a Chinese noodle and sushi takeaway has opened up in the place of my old Thai take away. Wheat and dairy free, veggie options abound! Just don’t mistake a big blob of wasabi for avocado like I did o_O

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I took a chance and bought some new things to try. Read my review of them here.

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My Dad is lucky enough to have a community garden and allotment around the corner from the house which he goes to a few times a week. He brought these amazing organic strawberries and raspberries home. They were all ripe and tasted amazingly fresh and sweet, wow! Nothing like the half ripe, irradiated crap from some of the supermarkets.

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Dairy free fruit split lollies from Tesco are a winner in lemon, strawberry and blackcurrant.

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I decided to review these simple to use Sacla sauces because they are so handy to have in the cupboard.

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Jelly peaches were always one of my fave sweets in pic’n’mix so I was so chuffed to find these in Tesco.

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The nicest energy bar/ball/snack I have ever tasted! It doesn’t sit like led in your stomach or endanger your filings and it tastes wonderfully nutty and spicy and sweet and savoury all at once. Oh yeah, it gave me a few hours of extra energy to, ha!

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My and the Bloke decided to go spontaneously to get some food from V Revolution in the Northern Quarter. They make delicious and creative ‘junk’ food, tasty traditional-with-a-twist cocktails and they get giant gluten free cakes from a near by bakery. I’ve since been again and was even more impressed. I really should dedicate a whole blog post to this place.

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I’ve discovered that Rockstar do imaginatively flavoured energy drinks for people who hate the taste of most energy drinks. My gosh do they work as well! Usually half a can keeps me functioning in my own wobbly way when I’m weak/tired/slow on the uptake. If Rockstar doesn’t work, then nothing will and I just have to accept it’s another one of those chronically fatigued, brain-fogged kinda days.

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OMG these are A-mazing! *drool* They are salted caramel (dairy free) chocolates from Goupie, heavy on the salt. My Dad tried one and screwed his face up like a two year old after trying a lemon slice. The Bloke tried one and thought they were pretty good but I could eat these ALL day.

Street Art

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See my full post for more street art around Manchester.

Style

Finally, I have lots of clothes which all go together quickly and easily (necessary when you have to change a lot due to wildly fluctuating body and weather temperatures). I singled out items that always clash with everything and made up simple outfits just revolving around those items which I will stick to in the future. I charity shopped any items that are always bloody uncomfortable, don’t seem to work with any season (really warm cable knit jumper with wide neck and cut out panels down the sleeves, vents maybe!?) or things that need constant adjustment because why the hell should my clothes be stressful?

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Summer Day To Night OOTD post. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t tuck the vest into the fancy waistband of these pants. After all, style is about styling clothes and not just throwing them on.

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70’s Inspired Mermaid OOTD

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Why do I hardly ever wear tights and a skirt for casual days? Well now, I do ^_^

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About a third of my wardrobe is from EMP these days. I’ve recognised that ‘Urban Rock’ is my instinctive style genre . Hoop earrings, spikes, studs, trainers, skinny/ripped jeans, big black boots, black vests, Uggs, skulls, (p)leather, hoodies, armour rings and blue hair.

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Really shouldn’t class this an ‘outfit’ but I love this combo of clothes so here it is with links of where to by the same or similar.

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I was asked to review some clothes from Sammy Dress and wanted to replace some items that weren’t quite working in my wardrobe so I agreed. The rest of the items and links to them are in my post here.

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Stylish Summer Cover Up’s because why should we have to bear everything just because it’s 80 degrees outside.

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Summer Rock Chick OOTD

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I popped into Cyber Dog and after a helpful chat about Cards Against Humanity as well as hair dye, I bought this Voodoo Blue dye. I’m going to just slap it all over my hair as it’s gone a lighter brown in the sun so this will restore my hairs natural vampy darkness.

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Can’t believe that I’ve never made a Creepy Cute Wishlist from EMP before!

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Wearing fishnets or beehive tights with jeans looks cool and vampy but it isn’t exactly comfortable. Why do they feel so harsh and scratchy just because I’ve put them under jeans? Whaah!

Random What-not’s

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Oh my, that’s a rather large…

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I spontaneously wrote a post about Things You Do When Your Partner Is Also Your Best Friend.

Then I saw this adorkable – and let’s be honest – relatable comic by Catana.

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I bought a cross-trainer from Argos which me, my Dad and the Bloke carted up the stairs and assembled. All of the metal parts are incredibly well engineered as the Bloke (6’2″, 15st) going at full speed tested but the plastic moulding doesn’t quite click together well in places. The action is lovely and smooth on my knees, the stride length of 20″ is perfect and the display is really easy to use. I’m so pleased! Maybe I will work up to doing a whole 5 minutes on resistance 3 by next year, ha! No, seriously.

Beauty 

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I’d almost forgotten about Weleda before I came across this shampoo and body wash. This is the gentlest shampoo I have ever used.

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I have so many opened mascara’s already that I just really needed to add to the pile, smh. The idea was that I really wanted to find another affordable cruelty-free beauty brand as a lot of my original one’s have sold out to L’Oreal and Estee Lauder. Although the good news is The Body Shop are in the process of being sold to a totally cruelty-free company I’ve heard. Here’s my review of Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast Mascara.

Stickers or Decals if you want to sound grown up.

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I have been known to flirt for pizza and I’m not ashamed to say it lol

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Bling, pastel and galaxy print, what’s not to like. I thought my lap top was looking a bit too 15-year-old-skater-boy with type of stickers on there so I slapped this on it.

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Got a nice blue-pink-purple theme going on, on my iGadget now. Looked a bit random before. Now, its more coherent than I am! ^_^

Preview of What’s Coming up in July

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Chrissie

 

 

Yes to Blueberries Smooth & Shine Shampoo Review

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I was surprised to find that Yes to Bluberries Smooth & Shine Shampoo spread through my hair easily and shampoo’d well, even though it contains no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Like the good little tester-of-products that I am, I applied a basic conditioner after using this, rather than one of my thick moisturising one’s, to see how much effect this shampoo actually had.

The results were impressive. Super smooth, shiny, silky feeling hair! The ends of my hair were coarse but that’s just the natural texture before I oil them. I did notice my ends appeared healthier and less split than before though. My hair has remained manageable and balanced with no oily roots or fluffy ends for seven whole days! My hair still went crazy in humidity but after brushing it (yes, you read that right) with a plastic cushioned paddle brush (after apply a little anti static spray) it calmed down and appeared sleek and shiny again. This never happens to my kind of hair!

I love the shape of the packaging because I’ll be able to get every last bit out of the bottle. I was expecting the shampoo to have an amazing scent of blueberries but didn’t notice it much, but then I’d prefer that, rather than a large amount of synthetic fragrance.

  • 98% natural ingredients
  • Paraben free
  • SLS free
  • Phthalates free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free

Yes to products are available from the usual places including Superdrug, Ocado and Walmart.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Creepy Cute Wishlist from EMP

Pastel Skel Dress

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Tokyo (long) Top

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Cheshire Cat Funko Pop!

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Harley Purse

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Skull & Daisy Leggings

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Bonita Tee

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Bat Top

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Skull Ear Studs

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Lara Tye Dye Vest

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Strong Heart Choker

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Manic Panic Hair Dye in Sea Nymph 

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop!

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Galaxy Skull Tee

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Little Bow Hair Slides

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Cheshire Cat Hoodie

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As always, I want to know which are your faves?

Chrissie

 

Manchester Street Art & Stuff part 7

It’s been three years since I did one of these posts on this blog – three years! A few days ago me and the Bloke decided to go into town to get something to eat from V Revolution but we needed to work up an appetite first so we went for a wander…

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There was this guy standing in front of the cockerel when we wanted a photo so I said to the guy “Me and my bloke want a photo but you are literally cock blocking us.” He replied “Oh gosh, I didn’t even realise that erm, thing was there!”

Do you know any good places to find street art and things?

Chrissie

Foodie Review – Veggie, Gluten free and Dairy free Items



grano Vita, Nut Luncheon 

This is probably as weird as you are thinking it is. It has a mushy texture and tastes like un-roasted cashews. I tried to cook it under a halogen hob but it sort of dried up and died. I tried to fry it in a pre-heated pan but it absorbed all of the oil and fell apart. I tried eating it cold on a butty but the texture reminded me too much of posh cat food for me to make it past the second bite. Major fail.

natures energy meridian Korma Cooking Sauce

This is a very tasty sauce, with a flavour reminiscent of korma and a medium-thick consistency but it does not taste creamy enough to pass for a dairy korma. I added ground almonds to create a sauce which tasted a cross between a korma and a pasander, which worked really well.

Natures energy meridian tikka masala Cooking Sauce 

I have to confess I’ve never had tikka masala before (I’ve always thought it would be better with chicken, rather than tofu or veg) but I can tell you that this one is a creamy tomato based sauce with coconut cream. It remindes me of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup if it were a little spicy and not quite as sweet. I just had the second half of the jar with rice and pea as I didn’t have anything else in the cupboards and it was such a nice light tea for summer.

Natures energy meridian green pesto (What is it these days with no capital letters in names?)

I’m the Goldilocks of pesto, I either find it too oily or too dry, too salty or not salty enough. I have found the perfect one (by Sacla) but this one is also acceptable. It’s packed with nuts (and therefore protein) and really fills a hole if you are hungry. I found I had to add a little oil and salt to it for it to be just right.

grano Vita Pepperoni 

Obviously this does not have the fat of a pepperoni and as a result it is much more dense and heavy.  This does taste exactly like a sausage though, which is sort of creepy and cool. I would definitely buy this again for when I need something more than just a snack.

Ten Acre, How Chicken Soup Saved The Day

Taste exactly like roast chicken crisps! I didn’t realise how much I’d missed them until I tried these. Teamed with a can of cola, these are the perfect quick and simple hangover cure.

Which one’s would you like to try?

Chrissie

 

Stylish Summer Cover-ups

Stylish Summer Cover-ups

 

Self-conscious about you arms, legs, cankles or toes? No problem!

Things You Do When Your Partner Is Also Your Best Friend

  1. You spend A LOT of time together.
  2. It can be fun having a night out without your partner but then you are leaving your best mate behind.
  3. Even when you are annoyed with each other, you end up feeling bad that the other762b135bc518db5d1f580c82d842e585 feels bad. You want to stand your ground and comfort them.
  4. You end up sharing most of your friends which makes it super awkward if one of you has a big disagreement with somebody.
  5. Sometimes you forget that they are a separate person “I was buying foundation and you know when shop lighting washes you out…” No they probably don’t and they definitely don’t care.
  6. You realise you don’t really have anyone to ask for relationship advice who knows you that well.
  7. They have been there through everything. Hangovers, flu, food poisoning, when you were hangry or going all gooey over some cheesy but sweet TV advert…And they remember it all. o_O
  8. You share everything, books, gadgets, food, games, his giant but very cozy fleece top.
  9. You have conversation with so many abbreviations, in jokes and meaningful looks that your friends are quite clueless as to what you are talking about.
  10. You know you have someone who, when it comes down to it, will always have your back and who probably knows you better than you know yourself.

Who can relate to any of these?

Chrissie

Style Edit – Sammydress

When invited to review some items from Sammydress I noticed the amount of styles they provide seem almost endless.  I decided to put three outfits together, one formal,  one versatile and a more edgy street style look.

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I really like this little black dress as it can be styled to be flirty, pretty or formal. It has a zip in the back and adjustable straps – little details which make a big difference to the fit.

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I was so pleased to find this style of dress after a lot of searching as it is so versatile to style up or down (I was going to style it with a chunky silver statement necklace but decided to keep it neutral to just show off the dress). I’ve worn this style bar hopping in winter, to al fresco dinner on a chilly summer evening and for shopping trips on overcast rainy autumn days and I’ve always felt comfortable and stylish.

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I have always wanted a PVC mini skirt to wear with chunky black boots and a band tee. I love the sexy colour of this skirt but unfortunately this one has no zip so you are basically fighting to get in and out of a tiny, non stretchy tube. It also has no little split anywhere so walking feels like you are bound by cling film/saran wrap! Hmm, I shall wear this for occasions where I won’t be doing much moving, eating, drinking and breathing then lol

1. Sammydress Site Banner

After browsing the Sammydress site I’d found the exact items (colour, fit, style) that I’d had in mind at the start, which is an absolute first for me from a single website. The low prices across the site mean that you can buy a whole outfit for the price of one item in popular high street shops. Sammy dress also have extensive swimwear and plus size sections.

The only thing I found difficult was that because the clothes are by all different brands, the sizes differ wildly in size, not just the format it’s written in. For instance, one brands XL might be another brands Medium so it’s really important to check the size comparison charts for each item. If I n doubt over a very fitted item I’d suggest getting the size above the one you would normally go for.

Chrissie

 

 

 

 

Weleda, Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash

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My frizzy hair does not react well to any kind of chemicals. I dye it though which means my haircare has to be really gentle and natural in comparison, which this Weleda Shampoo and Bodywash is.

  • No synthetic preservatives
  • No fragrances
  • No colourants
  • No mineral oils

It’s active ingredients are Almond Oil and organic Calendula, which made my hair soft, clean and manageable. I really like how creamy it is because it’s easier to massage into my hair without using too much product or having to dilute it. It’s so creamy I actually re-read the bottle, wondering if I had bought conditioner by mistake!

I must add that after using this there was no noticeable fade to my turquoise streaks which made me very happy.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie