I read in the news a few days ago that people were queuing over night in Manchester because a shop had a certain pair of Adidas trainers on sale. The sale price was £85!
Apart from being on a budget, I always dress for comfort over style, otherwise my sensory problems would mean I’d be dragging the item off after an hour for being too hot/cold/tight/loose/high necked/wide necked. Plus, if I wanted to be a serious fashion blogger I’d have to get my wonky facial expressions under control, which would take far – far to much concentration from me, and patience from the person with the camera, haha!
There is also the whole thing of being an individual and not being a sheep in designer clothing but I’ll not patronise you with that rant. I know that affordable designer clothing being available in vintage shops – international street style driving trends – designers collaborating with bloggers and hip-hop artists etc. has pretty much blurred the lines between personal-style and fashion but I still think it’s really important to care more about who you are, rather than who the designer of your shoes are.
Here are some of my favourite Outfits of the Day (oldest to newest) from the five years I’ve been blogging.
So in my personal style, over five years I reckon I’ve covered: Rock, punk, grunge, 90’s, casual ‘boyfriend’ look, urban, country, boho, pastel grunge and combinations of the above. Honestly, anything that suited my mood on the day.
What’s your favourite personal-style?
Good Full Stop – located in Devon – have created fruit and nut bars that taste like enjoyable snacks (even chocolate bars) which are healthy and give you energy for longer. They are dairy and gluten free and have a low glycemic index. Perfect for people like me who need to keep blood sugar levels constant and also maintain energy throughout the day.
Here are the flavours which really stood out for me…
Choc & Orange – I’m not usually a fan of this flavour combination but this was the perfect breakfast bar. Not too sweet and slightly tangy, it was a nice start to my day.
Fiery Choc & Chilli – I think this one might actually be too strong for most people but I loved it! Okay, so I had to give half to my Bloke for the sake of my tongue but I really would go out of my way to shop for these.
Mixed Nuts – A little disappointed with this one as I was hoping it would be very nutty with a rougher texture, rather than smooth and blended like the rest.
Cherry & Maple – I’ve never heard of this flavour combination before (maybe an influence from across the Atlantic?) but it works so well. I ate this far too quickly and then was sad three was non left, ha!
Which one’s would you try?
Kula Gallery, located on Oak street in the Northern Quarter is a wonderful amalgamation of gallery and craft shop. They sell wall art, contemporary hand made jewellery, unusual mugs, mini terrariums, arm warmers and coasters.
Several months ago Me and the bloke had walked past Kula on the way to get the bus home and noticed the mugs in the window but were in a hurry. So with Christmas coming up when I asked the bloke what he wanted he asked for ‘one of those mugs, we saw ages ago’.
Luckily he remembered where the shop was and they still had a lot for sale. We bought three in the end, two for the Bloke and this one (£15) for myself. RagPots is a pottery studio established by Richard Gales in 2016, located in Reddish.
It fools the eye into thinking it’s almost iridescent with the use of light and shade and layering of glazes. I wish I had the skill to capture it better.
Kula, 7 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD Tel: 07933311740
Ragpots, 270 Gorton Road, Reddish, SK5 6RN Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Which independent shops are your faves to buy gifts from?
Plum Snow (£5.95) is a weighty Bubble Bar which you can easily use in two goes if you wish. I’ve never thought of combining plum and mandarin together before but the sharp sweetness works really well. It has a very strong scent so it might be worth using it fairly quickly, unless you want your whole bathroom to smell like a LUSH shop!
It turns the water a beautiful dark purple colour with lots of bubbles and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
This really did make my bath feel like a luxurious treat.
❤ Chrissie ❤
I thought I would give Zerreau Waterless Shampoo Foam a try because washing my long, crazy-thick hair (even with a pull down seat in the shower) can be very fatiguing for me.
I used this when my roots where getting a little oily but the rest of my hair was ok. The foam is really easy to use and has a beautiful scent of coconut, which lasts for hours. It dried quicker than I expected and made my hair appear clean and shiny.
I say ‘appear’ because around four hours later my roots looked the wrong kind of shiny and split into oily strands again, rather than looking smooth and clean.
The equivalent of Febreeze for hair.
It really does depend on why you are using this. If you are a gym bunny or commute to work amidst traffic fumes or work in a strong smelling environment this ‘shampoo’ might be really useful to you. If your hair is very dry and frizzy between washes I recommend a nourishing oil (Zerreau do a shampoo for ‘textured’ hair but I don’t hold out much hope for it’s effectiveness) and if your roots are greasy I recommend Batiste dry shampoo.
Rating (for me personally) 2/5
❤ Chrissie ❤
I have been looking for the perfect iridescent nail polish for months and finally settled on this wonderful Sparkle Like A Unicorn duo from Nails Inc. (£15 2x14ml).
As you can see this changes from metallic pink to purple to light blue or even transparent, depending what light you are in and what angle you are looking at it from. Amazing effect!
This is more like the traditional colour changing metallic polish which mixes a rose pink with a dark purple but it has extra gold sparkle dust mixed in. So pretty!
I found the width and curve of the brush really easy to use and ended up with near perfect nails the first time I used this. Drying time isn’t an issue either. However this polish is greatly let down by it’s lack of staying power. It chipped after two days of gentle wear and looked so bad by day three, I peeled it all off. Strange that something flexible enough to peel off also manages to chip. Still, I absolutely love the colours/effects so I’m happy I bought them and will be using them often.
Have you found an iridescent polish that you love?
❤ Chrissie ❤