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 ❤
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.
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 ❤
Sharwoods Thai Crackers
No crustaceans were harmed in the making of these but they do taste traditionally Thai. Incredibly light but crunchy they are perfect as a starter with an evening meal or with your butties for lunch.
Mazadar Chickpea Dahl
Me and the Bloke love a traditional curry and considering this comes out of a tin it’s great quality. The chickpeas haven’t turned to mush and are still slightly al dente and the spices are perfect. We tend to share a tin with rice as it’s surprisingly filling.
Free From Chocolate Chip Brownies (Coop)
The best free-from brownies I’ve tried. Not at all dry, generous amount of chips, nicely sweet and softer in the middle but not sickly.
nakd Peanut Delight
Finally a nakd bar with some texture! I wish these had even more peanuts tbh but these bars are very tasty and full of protein.
nakd Cashew Cookie
Not as impressed with these. If I was blind tasting them I wouldn’t notice it was cashew. A meh kind of idea poorly executed.
nakd Ginger Bread
This depends on how you like your ginger bread I guess. If it’s soft, sticky and averagely gingery then you will like these.
Kikkoman Tamari (Soy Sauce)
I don’t why it’s difficult to find tamari in the UK, especially with so many people going gluten free these days so I was delighted to see it in Morrisons.
Does fruit count? Ha! No seriously though, when I fancy something sweet or refreshing it’s so handy to have a selection of fruit, especially if it’s in the middle of the house so I can just pick some up as I’m walking past.
Have you tried any new dairy or gluten free things lately?
❤ Chrissie ❤
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
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 ❤
It’s so easy to automatically go to your old faithful items that you feel safe with or to keep on buying more of the same type of thing. By doing this, you are hiding the potential of the clothes you already have and possibly your own potential as well!
- Put all of the clothes which you always wear out of site, this includes most often worn accessories.
- Get out all of the items of clothing, accessories and shoes which are left and put them around your bed.
- Try on all of these items.
- For any items which don’t fit properly or have seen better days is there a way you can get them altered or fixed cheaply and quickly?
- Have you kept these items for VERY nostalgic reasons and feel you could never part with them?
- If the answer is ‘No’ to the above two questions they should go to charity or a friend or be throw away depending on quality. Label the charity/friend bag so you don’t get it mixed up – trust me.
- Are there any clothes that are ‘alright’ but you never wear? Maybe they should work in theory but you don’t really like them, or your personal style has completely moved on? Put them aside for now.
- Are there any statement items that you love but are very difficult to style? Try mixing these items with your everyday go-to items you put aside at the start or any other items left. Deal with one statement item at a time and build the outfit around that. Wether accessorising will help or hinder is at this point is up to you.
- If there is any item still not working but you still love it, is there another item you can buy which will make it work? Such as boots (too cover cankles) or a little cardigan/shrug (too cover batwings) or a plain coloured vest/tee you could wear underneath (to cover up a bigger bra) or just a different style of underwear?
- Will it go with any of the ‘alright’ clothes? If you are still drawing a blank then the unrealistic statement items and the ‘alright’ clothes should join the charity/friend bags.
- Now look at all of the clothes you have left. Try to shake off the usual rules you apply and look at each item as if it’s the first time you are seeing it. If you aren’t sure if it will work with something, then try it and see!
- When you create realistic outfits that you will actually WANT to wear, take photo’s of them so you can remember your new discovery, even when you are tired or in a hurry.
Remember your clothes are there to fit in with you, not the other way around.
Enjoy your new outfits!
❤ Chrissie ❤
Warning: Contains strong and er, creative language. This isn’t exactly a satire as this lady really is a decent cook, this is a useable instruction vid and she (probably) is cooking the cake for her grandson. It is very tongue-in-cheek though and she is playing a character (or a very over the top version of herself) so don’t go getting all offended.
Learn how to cook and have an effing good laugh!
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 ❤