Lush (Halloween) Monsters’ Ball Bath Bomb

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Lush have 16 halloween related products including bath bombs, bubble bars, a black lip tint, a shimmer bar (for party skin) and soap. I chose this Monsters Ball (£4.50) bath bomb because my legs love the Himalayan rock salt as it helps with water retention and wrestless legs syndrome at night. Plus he’s a cute little monster.

The combination of lime and neroli oil created a beautiful scent which lasted all through my bath. It fizzed for a long time and turned the water pink, then blue and then all purple. I broke him (it!) up into two as there was more than enough for one bath. Relaxing, uplifting and made my skin surprisingly soft.

Rating 4/5 (I’m saving the extra point for when I get the beautiful golden Bubble Bar)

Chrissie

 

 

Quirky Casual OOTD

I’ve really been feeling down lately from not having the energy to go out and do much, so my Bloke suggested we go to the park for a walk. It made such a big difference to my physical and emotional energy the next day!

I feel my style is heading more toward urban-casual or urban-glam these days with a few alt-girl items mixed in. But no matter how my personal style evolves, I’ll always include little quirks like pop culture pins on my jacket, novelty bags or rings and colourful streaks in my hair.

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Hair – Voodoo Blue by Manic Panic

Hoop Earrings – Topshop

Pale Pink Hoodie – H&M

Jacket – (originally from Florence & Fred) Similar here

Pins – Punky Pins 

Hello Kitty Bag (originally from Claire’s) – Similar here

Trousers – (originally from Very) Similar here 

Trainers – Nike Air Force 1 Customised

Chrissie

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The Highs & Lows of Shopping Online

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I’ll use it everyday!

High – You can eat, do the laundry, look after pets and/or kids and stay in your PJ’s while you buy things.

Low – It encourages you to not go out and get any sunshine or exercise or any face-to-face communication with people.

High – If you really need time alone you don’t have to have any face-to-face communication with people.

Low – When you forget your log in details and choose ‘reset password’ and then forget that as well. Then try to set up another account, only for it to say ’email is already in use’.

High – When you get a little card on your door matt saying ‘Sorry we missed you’ and you see your lovely next door neighbour has taken it in for you.

Low – When you come home to find the posty has left your parcel ‘in a safe place’ which means it’s on public display in your tiny front garden.

High – To be able to compare brands and refine your search results, brings an afternoon of shopping down to an hour online.

Low – Late night impulse buys. Of course I will use this coffee cup holder which doubles as selfie stick!

High – Having access to speciality things such as certain foods or limited edition collectables or retro and vintage things that you can’t get on the high street.

Low – When you get clothing in your size but the silhouette is box-like, yet something else in your size imitates clingfilm, even though it looked an average fit on the model.

High – The little spy glass that lets you zoom right in on the details and the list of specs underneath the photo.

Lows – Buying black clothes and only noticing stealthy bows/slits/laces when you’re actually wearing the item o_O

High – Feeling under the weather, having a chronic illness or not having access to viable transport but not needing to hunt and gather your stuff from all over town.

Which one’s do you identify with?

Chrissie

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

 

Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

What is the Point of Blogging?

I know many bloggers wonder ‘What is the point of my of my blog?’ along certain points of their blogging journeys. My blog started off as a personal blog – personal between me and the city of Manchester and what I got up to in it, featuring festivals, eateries and news. Then I turned it into more of a magazine/lifestyle type blog with reviews and then I started mixing in more personal posts to do with my health because I wanted to share all that I’d learned to help other people who were as confused as I’d once been.

I’ve now decided that I don’t want to involve that side of things in my blog anymore. I spend far too much time thinking of my health (mental, physical, emotional, neurological) as well as the lack of understanding I’m getting from the medical profession and the huge amount of understanding and help I’m getting from other people with the same chronic illnesses/conditions/disabilities/disorders and what I need to do to move forward…Literally.

I prefer having this blog as a little ray of light to dive into and to take my mind off of all that sh!t and I want it to be a place for other people to do that to. At first I used to throw everything at my blog but since I started to attract brands and review their items/services, I started to automatically questioning ‘Is my own silly thing worth a place on my blog or should I just put it on Instagram instead?’. The funny thing is, my engagement on Insta is great, I don’t just mean followers (772) but the comments and the laugh that I have with the same people, sometimes everyday, is really lovely. I also like how quick and spontaneous posting to Insta is, where-as I have to really be in the mood to write a blog post.

The thing is, I actually prefer Instagram for those reasons. So, I’m going to keep my blog going with all of the usual content like style, veggie food, restaurant reviews, cruelty free beauty and I’m not going to lower the quality either, but I’m now going to throw a lot of shorter more regular posts up such as geeky things, or little things which have brightened my day, social commentary and quick book reviews etc. After-all, It is my lifestyle blog, rather than an online magazine so I want to make it reflect my actual, everyday lifestyle more. All the lovely bits!

How’s your attitude to blogging changed?

Chrissie

 

Geek Blogger Tag 2017


I really love joining in with blog tags and reading other bloggers answers, so I decided to make one of my own. This is for absolutely any one who wants to join in! ^_^

What is your earliest memory of liking something un-mainstream or geeky?

The live action film of Marvels Howard The Duck in the 80’s. Pretty sure that film wasn’t meant for little kids but I loved it!

What is your fave geeky item of clothing or accessory?

Has to be my Count Duckula tee from Truffle Shuffle.

What guilty purchases do you treat yourself to sometimes?

Funko Pops! Hardly original, ha!

What are your favourite geeky or unusual books (including comics or graphic novels)?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Little Big by John Crowley and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Crow by James O’ Barr.

Which geeky/alternative character do you identify with most and why?

Jane, the best friend of Daria in the 90’s TV series Daria. She was alternative in an edgy sort of way, plus she was sarcastic and observational but more optimistic than Daria.

What are your favourite hobbies other people consider geeky?

Keeping a rough scrap book full of mood boards or ticket stubs or anything else you can glue to a page that’s interesting. Keeping an optimism diary complete with cute stickers.

What are your favourite retro games (tabletop or console/PC)?

Idiot Box from the 90’s full of questions on film and TV. Dingbats which was full of those say-it-as-you-see-it cartoons which describe well known sayings. C64 games like Rainbow Islands, Bounder and Manic Miner.

Who is your geeky inspiration IRL?

Jennifer Lawrence. She falls, a lot (she’s won me over already) but she also says inspirational things in her usual un-sanctamonious way.

What would your superhero/vigilante name be and what would your power/special skill be?

Wenchetta and my special skill would be Jeet Kune Do which uses your opponents moves, weight and momentum against them, while you stay relatively still using the least energy possible.

What 3 geeky TV series have you gotten into lately?

Westworld OMG it’s amazing! Lucifer, why does no one ever talk about this series, it’s been on forever? Elementary, a US version of Sherlock Holmes with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Loo which actually works really well. I have a huge crush on Miller as Sherlock. Rick and Morty, how have I only just come across this wonderful madness!?

Don’t forget to add the logo and a link back to my blog in your reply post to join in! Let me know if you do in the comments so I can pop over and have a read ^_^

Chrissie

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

My Lifestyle Lately – May 2017


Obviously as I’m Mancunian there has been one big event for me which has separated May from any month surrounding it. The terrorist attack. I have so many things to say about this, how upset and angry I am, the social and religious politics, the possible ramifications and what actions could be taken now, but I’m emotionally exhausted by it so I won’t. What I will say is that the resilient and empathetic spirit of my fellow Mancs and the support from people around the world has been amazing. I’m actually writing this to the sound of The Courteeners concert drifting over from Old Trafford Cricket ground and they are doing a cover of Oasis’s Don’t Look Back In Anger, with all of crowd singing their hearts out. Aw shit, I’m filling up now. I really do love Manchester.

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Food & Drink

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Have you been drinking lots of water but still feel more thirsty, brain foggy or fatigued because of the heat? I’d give this a go. It tastes like blue ice pops (you can get other flavours like strawberry and tropical) and because of the aloe (i.e electrolyte) content, it hydrates better because our bodies use it more efficiently, rather than just rushing it through our system like it would with water.

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As the weather has been so warm I’ve only been able to manage very light meals. I’ve discovered that Original Sheese spread can be broken up and used as a creamy feta cheese alternative.

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I’m starting to see why people mistake me for a vegan but it’s actually my wonky body that can’t cope with dairy and egg white for gastro and auto-imune reasons. I miss having omelettes though so I was pleased to come across this. If you use it with a small amount of say, mushrooms and are sparing with the cooking oil and leave it alone to cook, rather than harassing it with the spatula, this comes out brilliantly! Unfortunately I was too hungry to take a photo of my perfect first time attempt. Then I fracked it up something terrible the second time – doh!

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At the begging of the month it was my birthday so me and the bloke hopped on a bus and then a tram and went to our fave Indian restaurant of all time, Lilly’s in Ashton-Under-Lyne. You can read my review of Lilly’s here. We also got a lot of takeaway which lasted us for around three days!

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I’ve been making cold mocha’s every evening so there is one waiting for me as soon as I get up. I actually take it back to bed with me. 1 heaped tspn dark cocoa powder (mixed with a little cold water), 1 heaped tspn instant coffee, 2 rounded tspn sugar, 1 tspn vanilla essence, a little hot water to mix, fill up beaker with unsweetened almond milk. Chill.

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I compiled a dairy and gluten free shopping list and reviewed each item to make it easier for people who are feeling a bit overwhelmed with this kind of dietary transition.

Fashion & Style 

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I put this Romwe wish list together right at the start of the month and managed to resist buying anything for myself. op

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It’s funny that in the same month that I’ve stopped approaching any brands, two brands have asked me to collaborate with them on Outfit Of The Day outfit reviews. However, the items (around six of them) are taking ages to arrive so those will be live on the blog next month. I’ve also ordered stuff from EMP, yet again and opted for everything to arrive together but apparently it’s not all available (even though they weren’t ‘Out of Stock’) so that hasn’t arrived either. Only just realised last week that my fave jumper works really well with my fave skirt, both of which I’ve had for ages, ha!

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Even though I don’t rent a place I can call my own, I still love compiling homeware posts every now and then like this In The Tropics one.

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I made a Stylish and Sensible Summer Shoes post because I like alteration and not falling over when I walk in summer.

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No, not me going for a job as a waitress at a sports bar but me melting in this fracking horrendous heat. My feet still get cold in the evening though due to circulation issues, hence the Uggs. I actually love this basic look but haven’t been brave (crazy?) enough to leave the house in it yet. I’m managing to keep weight on these days but my muscles tone is disappearing fast so I’m getting a cross trainer for less fatigued days (I’m being very optimistic here) as it will give me a whole body work out but the machine gathers it’s own momentum quickly so you can put as much or as little effort into it as you want.

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I’m a firm believer in wearing what you want no matter what size or firmness you are so I gathered together the 15 best shorts. There is a style here to suit everyone. I’ve bought the denim scalloped hem one’s from H&M and wear them with very sheer black tights and they look great! I keep meaning to get some black fishnet tights to wear with them and with my ripped jeans for a grungy feel (like I used to in the 90’s) but I keep forgetting.

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I would stagger around blindly in summer if it weren’t for my sunglasses. Some of these are off-the-shelf but some are designer so they should be widely available in options if you need prescription lenses like I do. I suggest getting polarised lenses to decrease glare if you are light sensitive.

Random Stuff

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As a fellow geek I decided to join in with the The Geeky Girl Tag after I enjoyed reading other bloggers answers.

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I wrote this post as I wish my parents would have come across something like this when I was a kid as they and they and my paediatrician and my teachers where clueless as to why I was struggling so much and therefor how they could help me to help myself. Actually my Paediatrician barley noticed. *giant face palm* As a child I was very aware that I was different. Things didn’t come easily to me, yet the other kids magically seemed to instantly know what to do and how to do it, without constant mishaps. As a teen I realised I had a rather different thought processes going compared to my mates as well a lot of the time. Like what is the point of over analysing the way that cute guy said “Hi” to you for hours. Just be glad he said it and maybe even have an actual conversation next time. Reading something like this would have made me feel a lot less like an alien from another planet.

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I made a Funko Pop! of myself, which I’m pleased with.

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May has been Ehlers Danlos Syndrome awareness day, which is so important as it’s one of the most misunderstood and miss represented genetic disorders out there. I’ve been given a verbal diagnosis of EDS but several Rheumatologists are still refusing to put it in writing on my medical records. Preferring instead to say instead “Christine is having it that she has EDS” er, I’m ‘having it’ because I was TOLD that I have it FFS!?!? It’s important to mention that all of this stubborn ignorance and arrogance from specialists (and I do use that term lightly) makes dealing with EDS so much worse as it’s a constant battle with people who’s actual job it is to know better. It really does make us emotionally exhausted and just adds to all the other shit we have to deal with. I’m so lucky to have received support from an amazing online community of fellow zebra’s here, otherwise I would have been questioning my own sanity.

Beauty and Skincare

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I reviewed e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder and Studio Flawless Foundation and was impressed with both products. In fact their foundation was the best I have ever used!

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I arranged my lipsticks in colour order and had a general makeup clear out. I just kept on buying the same 3-4 shades of lippy over and over again, having forgotten that I already own them. I’ve thrown out any shade that needs mixing with another to create the colour I bought it for in the first place and any lipsticks which are either too drying or slide off after ten minutes. Same with foundations as I don’t have the time, storage space or patience to have to mix several together to get the right colour or consistency. No more making-do with crappy makeup.

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I reviewed Soap & Glory Perfect Ten Shadow Palette but wasn’t that impressed with it for some unexpected reasons.

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I finally found a use for my old metal heart cage. Storage for all of my mini’s and free samples.

Well that was quite a catch up! Let me know if there was anything you found interesting.

Chrissie

 

Sunny Side Up – 15 Stylish Sunglasses

Sunny Side Up!

 

Always choose sunnies that balance your features and flatter your face shape.