e.l.f Hydrating Coconut Mist

Hello lovely people!

Today I’m sharing e.l.f Hydrating Coconut Mist (£8) with you. It really is saving my skin and my mood on these absolutely roasting days that we are having in England.

It contains hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, Vit E and B5 to hydrate, soften and sooth.

The mist has kept my skin cool around the house and hydrated even though I’ve been sitting in front of a (surprisingly drying) fan a lot of the time. It also soothes my skin which is prone to redness as a result of mild allergies.

Bonus use as a moisturising setting spray

Earlier I moisturised with e.l.f. day moisturiser and applied their matte foundation (necessary in this heat) which made me look quite flat and meh, so I sprayed the Hydrating mist over the top and still I look fresh faced (with my foundation intact) three hours later!

💙 free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone and sulfates

💙 Vegan

Rating 💙💙💙💙💙

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Baity Palestinian Restaurant, Didsbury, Manchester (takeaway)

Hello lovely people!

I ordered takeaway from Palestinian restaurant Baity in Didsbury, Manchester. As soon as the weather gets this hot, this kind food of food is all I ever fancy.

I ordered…

Bata Hara (like tater tots),

Falafel

Halloumi (solid cheese) fries

Humus

Baclava (light pastry, layered with nuts and syrup).

Some of the portions were small for the price.

The humus was a tad lacking so I added more olive oil, smoked paprika and a tiny bit of garlic salt.

The sauce accompanying the falafel was heavenly!

I added salt to the halloumi fries, which were surprisingly bland!?

I’m not used to having sauce, instead of seasoning on Bata Hara. Delicious but makes them soggy, rather than crispy. Hmm, undecided…

The Baklava was desperately in need of more syrup.

Simple food, which would be fine, if the price reflected the small (takeaway) portion size. 💸

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Gluten Free BBQ Burger from Wholesome Junkies

Hello lovely people!

This is the gluten free double BBQ burger (with ‘cheese’ and ‘bacon’ from Wholesome Junkies. It’s got me thinking that burger buns should be replaced with a huge amount of crunchy (massively loaded) fries as standard!

The portion is so generous, this has been my tea and now my dinner. 😛😋

Also, how sweet is the vegan sweet gift?! 🍭💕

✨✨💙Chrissie💙✨✨

Disability Pride Month & Buying My First Wheelchair

Hello lovely people!

It’s Disability Pride Month Which, I have to admit, I’ve only just discovered! I’m not ‘proud’ to be disabled but I’m certainly not ashamed or awkward about it either. I am proud of how I’ve learned to deal with being Dyspraxic and and having Hypermobilty Syndrome over the past 40 years (with an astounding amount of ignorance and attitudes bordering on ableism from Dr’s).

Here is the awesome super lightweight, fold-up chair (even the back folds down) which I bought for car travel. It’s sparkly electric blue ✨💙✨

To be independent I need to be given an electric wheelchair. Because of my disabilities I have muscle weakness and chronic fatigue, so the GP gave me a self propelled chair which I’m unable to use BECAUSE OF MY DISABILITIES. How’s that for sick irony? Apparently this is ‘a very common mistake if it’s a GP who’s made the referral’ the man told me as he was delivering it and taking it away again.

I’m having another phone consultation with a GP on Tuesday and (after arranging this myself) I’m being properly assessed by a Physio from Social Services Neuro Team soon. I must mention that Manchester and Thameside Social Services have been more understanding, knowledgable, kind and professional over my disabilities in just four months, than most Dr’s have been in four decades!

✨✨💙Chrissie💙✨✨

Chikn Burger (with ‘Bacon’ and ‘Cheese’) from Wholesome Junkies Manchester

Hello lovely people!

I’ve managed to find another vegan-junk-food place which delivers to East Manchester via Uber Eats, Wholesome Junkies!

Treated myself to a Chikn burger with Facon, (vegan) cheese, a crazy amount of sauce and pickles. 🤤

All packaging is cardboard and it was delivered promptly (considering the dude was on a bike), warm and intact. ♻️👍🏽

Also available are Corndogs, Wings, Chikn Bites, Ribs and Mac n’ Cheese.

What would you order?

✨💙✨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✨💙✨

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✨🖤✨

Wild Refillable Natural Deodorant

I’ve decided to try Wild refillable natural deodorant. I didn’t sign up for a renewable, letterbox subscription but instead, bought a one-off package with the metal case (I chose the Aqua shade) and 5 refills.

I chose 2 limited edition Lemon Meringue (you will smell like desert for hours) refills and 3 Coconut ones.

The case is recyclable and the refills are compostable!

I’ve been using natural stick deodorant for around three years now so I’ve not needed time to adjust and it’s working really well!

One thing I struggled with (possibly because of Dyspraxia and Hypermobilty) was pressing in the little buttons at the side to change the refill. Easier to get my carer to that as you do need some strength and it’s a bit fiddly.

Would you make the swap to a refillable natural deodorant?

🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤