What I’d look like If I were a cartoon…

Happy weekend lovely people!

I came across an app called Voila Al Artist (I’m on Apple) where you can make yourself into a cartoon using the 3D or 2D options and got obsessed with it for over an hour! It’s free but has lots of adverts.

Real Me

Cartoon Me

How cute am I!? I think the top two are really sweet but bottom left is my fave as I think it’s the most accurate cartoon. Bottom right is almost too real and veering toward ‘uncanny valley’ territory in my brain lol

Which one is your fave?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Vegan Chippy Tea from JJ’s Vish & Chips Manchester

Hello lovely people!

Treated myself to the Tofish from JJ’s Vish and Chips. After I added salt and a little vinegar the texture and taste was uncanny! The Fricken Nuggets where awesome too! I wasn’t that impressed with the tarter sauce as I thought it was a little bland but still nice.

They have an extensive chippy menu which I’m working my through. I loved the giant smokey Sossage which I happily drowned in ketchup and mustard.

Instagram @jjsvishandchipsmanchester

Available to order on Uber Eats. Manchester and Leeds based.

What do you miss getting for your chippy tea?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

A Semi-lockdown 40th Birthday

Hello lovely people!

If you would have asked me on my 30th would I be happy staying in on my 40th and not because I was having a house party, I would have said ‘Oh, hell no.’ BUT it was great!

The Bloke, my favourite person came round (only person, apart from my Dad really but the Bloke would still be my fave anyway) and dyed my hair for me, surprised me with these gorgeous flowers. He managed to find me gluten-free Mac and Cheese and a big box of gf Peroni beer. We then binged watched The Sopranos from the start.

That’s my idea of the perfect, simple day!

We are also booked in for a meal at our fave restaurant Lily’s (when they open again) in Ashton, in ten days for a joint birthday celebration.

How was your lockdown birthday?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

🎶 It’s My Birthday, I’ll have Blue Hair if I Want to 🎶

Hello lovely people, it’s my 40th birthday!

I used Manic Panic in Voodoo Blue on pre-lightened hair. It’s actually a deep Teal colour indoors, which glows bright Cyan in the sunshine!

It came out (way) brighter than I imagined but I love it!

The easiest way to create this effect if you have long wavy hair, is just dying the whole top layer and it will separate itself into big fat highlights.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Using an Online Personal Stylist from Stitch Fix – 2nd Try

Hi lovely people!

Remember in my first post I told you I wasn’t happy with my first ‘fix’ and so Stitch Fix said they would try again for free? Well, prompted by the site asking ‘Is there anything your wardrobe is missing?’ this time I left a note saying that I’d been trying to find tapered cargo pants and joggers that were long enough but not baggy for ages! 34” to be exact.

A Note from Molly the Stylist

What Was in the Box

CROPPED JOGGERS NOT PICTURED

Keeping

I absolutely love these shorts because they can be dressed up or down but more importantly, they are the first shorts I’ve worn in decade which don’t cut into my chunky thighs when I sit down! Hurrah!

The two long joggers/cargo pants are exactly what I’ve been searching for, comfortable and luxurious, the perfect street style!

Returning

I liked the idea of simple black lacy top but I already have quite a few similar items so I returned it, along with the cropped (mid-calf) cargo pants as the cuffs were too tight and there wasn’t a zip.

Result

I’m so pleased with this fix as it did everything I needed.

If you have been looking all over for particular items (one’s that are either basic or in fashion and not too alternative – long sleeve mesh top – ahem), then it’s a lot easier to let a stylist pick out different ones for you to try on.

Easier than paying for delivery from different websites and if the items aren’t suitable, having to retrieve return labels online and if, like me, you don’t have a printer, having to print them out at the library/a friends/work. Plus, everything is packaged in paper and card so no endless chain of plastic bags either.

You could also be pleasantly surprised by an item you might not have considered, like I did with those awesome shorts!

What would you wear these items with?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Simple Veggie Ch!cken Burrito

Hello lovely people!

Here’s a very simple veggie ‘ch!cken’ burrito I made, which tastes amazing! I stuffed so much in I could hardly hold it – hence the action shot, hehee!

BFree gluten free Wrap generously splashed with water and steamed in microwave. I’ve just discovered their Sweet Potato wraps which are wonderful.

Humus used to butter wrap, trust me, warm humus is ace

Quorn ‘chicken’ Style Pieces with…

Old El Paso Seasoning Mix to stir fry with sunflower oil

OR

TVP rehydrated and marinated in…

Veggie Marigold Swiss Bouillon Powder

Button Mushrooms

Little Gem lettuce

Red Sweet (Bell) Pepper

Hellmans Vegan Mayo

Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce

Heaven! 😋

Would you add or takeaway anything?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

A Silly Photo of Me That I Love #1

Hello lovely people! ✨🖤

Not sure how my eyes are on two different levels here 🥴 and it’s such a strange light 🌝 but I love this piccy of me because I’m happy, I love what I’m wearing and who it was taken by. ☺️

Okay lovely people, what I want you to do is describe your ‘best worst photo’ and why you ‘late’ it! 😁

✨🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤✨

18 Tips for a Sustainable Lifestyle for Earth Day and Everyday!

Happy Earth Day! I pretend it’s ‘earth year’ and that it’s every year. 🤗

Ways to help our home:

💚Recycle

💚Buy things in easily recycled packaging

💚Repurpose things you’d normally throw away

💚Give things to charity

💚Shop from charity shops

💚Rescue bigger items from skips

💚Bring your own bags (even if you are reusing a plastic bag for life)

💚Use takeaways which don’t use plastic boxes or use them as draw dividers or planters (make holes for drainage).

💚Try to buy organic food and skincare

💚Grow your own veg

💚Plant wild flowers which insects and bees love

💚Cycle, walk or take public transport or buy an electric car

💚Buy locally grown produce (to reduce air miles/shipping)

💚Buy from your own country when shopping online (same reason)

💚Cut down on meat and dairy (to reduce CO2)

💚Replace fast fashion with sustainable fashion or buy things you know will last and you will wear for years to come.

💚Buy a metal water bottle as the plastic one’s de-laminate and go funky after a while anyway.

💚Use skincare and cleaning products which are as natural as possible.

Do you have any other ideas?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Was it a Good Idea to Use an Online Personal Stylist Service?

This week I’m trying Stitch Fix for the first time.

You pay £10 for a personal stylist to analyse your answers to an online style survey, so they can send you items they think you’ll love. Questions include style preferences, lifestyle and body shape.

You can add notes for them i.e. ‘Flat/low heels only’ and even review and adjust their first attempt online before they post it.

I’m under no obligation to buy anything and can return everything.

No shoes were included. Shoes featured are my own.

Good Points

The stylist has understood my laidback style fairly well and chose clothes which compliment my colouring and also got my size right, overall. 💁🏻‍♀️

Bad Points

I specified low-mid rise, bootcut jeans. I got mid-high rise, skinny jeans. Eh!? 🤷🏻‍♀️

The fit of the dress, jump suit and play suit are perfect in the shoulders and chest but because they are gathered at the waist, they make my belly look the size of half a watermelon! 🤦🏻‍♀️ At the start, I left a note saying ‘I often have a very bloated belly that I’d like to hide’ so again, a swing and a miss!

Conclusion

I’ve given my feedback on the site for each item (really detailed questions, which I appreciate). They have offered me another fix for free!

I’ve given them the clue that I like sports luxe and soft grunge. But I am going to have a sneak peak this time and maybe edit what the stylist chooses.

However, it was fun getting a surprise last time because I wouldn’t have usually considered a flowery dress or jump/play suits and now I definitely would! 💃🏽

Would you let a stylist choose your outfits for a change?

✨🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤✨