Monthly Roundup – August

I’ve taken screen shots from my Instagram to remind me, and show you what I’ve been up to this month.

Skincare and Haircare

I cut my curly hair using tips from Brad Mondo and tips from various natural hair vloggers to style my 2C curls.

I changed my contraception so got quite a few hormonal spots and this Body Shop Tea Tree, Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner was invaluable; as was The Ordinary, Lactic Acid which very gently and naturally exfoliates.

Now it’s the end of August and my skin has settled so I’m using Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Toner and Orange Flower Moisturiser everyday to keep my skin all glowy and nourished (along with the The Ordinary Lactic Acid twice a week).

Food, glorious food!

Me and my bloke spent our Tesco vouchers on Pizza Express (who will be going into liquidation next month apparently) and order two ‘new’ veggie pizzas and all of the salad.

To take advantage of the governments ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme we went to Ruyi Vegetarian Restaurant. Amazing!

I’ve gotten back into the fake meat brand Vivera and have been making simple stir-fries. Like these Vivera Shwarma Kebab strips with rice and pea and sweet corn and Jamaican Jerk BBQ sauce.

The hot weather made really reduced my appetite so these mezze/tapas style bowls were great to nibble on.

Style

I’ve had purchasing a Nirvana tee at the back of my mind for decades and this month I found an official pale pink one. Cute and grungy!

I got sick of buying summer shoes that were either too flat and bad for my shitty joints or too heavy or that flew off my feet going down stairs. I bit the bullet and bought Crocs. I actually think these look pretty bad-ass as they remind me of late 80’s/early 90’s street style. Here’s my full review of Crocs.

I still think the simplest thing to wear is a maxi dress. Hides a ton of sins and all you have to choose are shoes and then a jacket/cardigan for evening.

Lifestyle

In the crazy hot weather I’ve been wearing these sandals from Newlook, drinking Rockstar blueberry energy drink, using this light and fruity perfume from Eden and ( even with my limited concentration span) flew through My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

The households charity shop donations for the second quarter of the year: A crazy wide pair of linen trousers, a face scrub you have to mix from powder (I managed to spill the first pot everywhere), vest I’m now too big for, too small jeans, a teeny-tiny dress from Japan, shoes which I’ve had over a decade and worn out.

Tips on How Not To Be Constantly Late and a fun checklist to see How Basic Are You?

Listened to

80’s pop and bluesy rock.

Watched

Snowfall about the start of the crack epidemic in early 80’s LA, like a mixture of Breaking Bad, The Getdown and The Wire.

Canada’s Drag Race, love Priyanka!

Galdem (on BBC iPlayer) about women making it in the UK grime scene.

Read

My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

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πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

Can Crocs Be Comfy and Stylish?

Over the years I’ve bought gladiator sandals which are practical and stylish but tough on my hypermobile ankle and knee joints as the soles are so uncushioned and as such, they don’t have any arch support, which I really need. I’ve tried Birkenstock type sandals but the soles are so heavy (not great for chronic-fatigue) and they fly off as soon as I pick up any speed. Then there’s mules and sliders, which stay on but seem to be designed for people with really flat, tiny feet and I struggle to actually slide my feet in all the way.

So Crocs it is!

Crocs have galaxy prints, iridescent, graphic 90’s prints and animal print which are pretty alternative but my brain would melt-down trying to team those with, well anything else in my wardrobe really.

So what’s an urban-goth girl to do? I bought a black pair to go out in and a cheap(er) bright pair for around the house as slippers.

The classic style came with six free Jibbitz so I chose that offer for my main one’s. I was surprised to see silver punky studs, a gold bee charm, pretty jewel charms, sparkly rainbow Pride charms and a collaboration with Liberty X London.

Surprisingly bad-ass for a pair of plastic sandals!

The Good

  • Really comfy even when my feet are have loads of water retention (pictured)
  • They stay on my feet, when walking at full speed (thanks to the bar at the back)
  • The bar can swing over to the front so they slip on easily and they still don’t feel loose
  • Great arch support
  • The insole is textured so that it grips
  • Seven vents around the front for air flow
  • They are so light I actually forgot I was wearing them
  • The Bad

    The website is so busy, it’s easy to miss styles that you might have liked.

    Crocs have moved on from just selling expensive, brightly coloured shoes with plastic cartoon badges on, although that is incredibly kawaii! 😊

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

    Monthly Round Up – July

    Style

    I’ve mostly been wearing this combo or these pants with the-dye tops. I’m all about clashing prints this summer.

    I bought these adorable and very unique Freda Kahlo earrings by Wilderness from Sour Cherry, who are located in Afflecks and they also have an online shop.

    I’ve been wearing this outfit (shrug, maxi dress, black gladiator sandals) the few times we’ve been out and about.

    I posted about Items of Clothing That Seem Ideal in Theory but…

    Hated my heavy, long fringe in the heat so gave myself a short choppy one instead.

    Food

    After reading that Pizza Express will be slowly closing branches permanently from September my Bloke used up his Tesco points and treated us to a meal. We thought it crap that the rocket didn’t come with the mozzarella and tomato so we ordered that as well. We also ordered three 14″ pizzas which were amazing. A spicy, smokey one with aubergine, peppers and humus (added after cooking); a slightly sweet one with sultanas, black olives and red onion and a cheesy one with garlic.

    I tried Aldi’s No Steak Bake which had the loveliest flakey pastry and a mince sauce that was so rich it would have suited a Spag Bol better!

    Did a comprehensive Cupboard and Fridge Shop at Ocado (didn’t realise they have Follow Your Heart Cheese unfortunately). It’s all gluten and dairy free apart from the pepperoni which has milk in the flavouring.

    We visited V Revolution. I had this cheese burger with bacon, slaw and onion rings. My bloke had the burger between two doughnuts which he said was very tasty and not as weird as you’d think. Okay…!?

    I’ve started putting chilli (fresh, or oil, or sauce), spring onion and crushed roasted peanuts on everything. So refreshing for summer!

    Skincare and Makeup

    If I Could Only Use One Skincare Product this is what I chose and explained why.

    I blogged about my Lifestyle Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin.

    Unpopular Opinions – Makeup Tag was surprisingly fun to join in with. Spotted on Just Geeking By.

    Lifestyle

    I posted 20 Tips for Living a Greener, More Sustainable Lifestyle

    Another tag which I find by the lovely Heather over at Just Geeking By was The 90’s Tag I was a teen in the 90’s so this was so much fun!

    The last tag I joined in with was The Daily Gratitude Tag – Home Sweet Home

    TV

    Limitless – a spin off from the film staring Bradley Cooper. A guy who’s on pills which expand his mind consults for the FBI. Light and entertaining.

    Preacher – About a preacher, a con-woman and a vampire ft. God and a murderous Saint. Totally nuts!

    Films

    The Avengers films – Never get bored of these.

    Captain America – Kinda boring.

    Mortal Engines – Film Set in the future most cities will have morphed into huge machines which move around and swallow smaller cities to survive but not all cities are as ruthless as this. Two young people fight to find justice and fairness. Based on the Mortal Engines Quartet books by Philip Reeve.

    Super 8 – A film incredibly similar to Stranger Things before that series was created.

    Youtube

    Brad Mondo – Very honest, funny, sweet hairdresser who reacts to people doing their own hair and also does tutorials.

    Music

    Kate Bush album Hounds of Love; Fun Loving Criminals album Scooby Snacks; Lady Ice (fellow Mancunian) single No Silence; Nadia Rose single Skwod.

    If there’s anything you want to ask me or to tell me, please leave a comment, I love reading them and replying to you!

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

    Lightning Bolt Earrings by Sour Cherry

    Around four years ago I lost one of a pair of sparkly, lightning bolt earrings. I was gutted. I’ve been looking for affordable and funky replacements since. Ive just found these Β£12 at Sour Cherry!

    They dangle around and constantly catch the light so they are really difficult to photograph when being worn, but you can get an idea of the length and size here. They are quite sturdy but so light because they are made of resin. They are available in eight other colours with two mini versions.

    Check out the Frida Kahlo earrings I bought from Sour Cherry earlier.

    πŸ–€βš‘οΈChrissieβš‘οΈπŸ–€

    Frida Kahlo Beaded Earrings from Sour Cherry

    I bought these gorgeous Frida Kahlo earrings from an independent shop called Sour Cherry (which also stocks handmade jewellery by Wilderness). The jewellery is designed and hand made by Kayleigh, Katy and Ana and the designs are quirky-cute! You can visit Sour Cherry online as well as visiting the shop in Afflecks, Oldham/Tib/Church Street, Manchester.

    Such thoughtful packaging ^_^

    They’ve stated that they will not be restocking these so you better get them while stocks last!

    πŸ–€πŸ’ChrissieπŸ’πŸ–€

    You Know Those Items That Seem Perfect in Theory…?

    Here’s a dress that was perfect on paper for nights out but just didn’t work for me in reality.

    THE GOOD

    1) It flattered my tummy 🀰🏻

    2) It was above the knee

    3) It was strappy

    4) It had a low neck 🍈🍈

    5) Very cool print πŸ‘»

    THE BAD

    1) It was actually too big on the bodice even laced at its tightest so it felt like it was wearing me!

    2) The neckline managed to bury any hint of cleavage (quite a feat!) πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    3) The thick skirt sat stiffly on my knees, so I’d have preferred flirty, black netting that length instead. Cyndi Lauper/Gwen Stefani style

    4) The grey tone drained all of the colour out of me πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ

    I actually felt pressured to wear it because I’d been told that I looked β€˜classy’ and β€˜grown up’ and β€˜so fancy!’ and I’d been looking for a dress so long. But as soon as my Bloke saw me in it he said β€œGreat dress but it’s not you is?” “No it’s really not!” I was so relieved he’d recognised that.

    LESSON LEARNED

    Always trust your instincts, and wear what makes you feel, like your most confident and true self. Never feel that you have to do it justice. Return it, gift it, donate it to charity, sell it on Poshmark, just don’t put up with it!

    What items have you bought that you thought would look great but just didn’t work and why?

    πŸ–€πŸ’ChrissieπŸ’πŸ–€

    Pyjama-style Fashion

    As seen on catwalks and in glossy magazines over the past several years, pyjama-style fashion is sticking around. It’s cool how items which look like PJ’s separately, can also look surprisingly smart when you put them together right.

    I should have rolled the sleeves up for the first one though.

    Shirt – Missguided

    Cami – Boohoo

    Palazzo Pants – Matalan

    Sandals – Newlook

    Earrings – Forage

    Hair Clips – Claire’s

    Scrunchy – Claire’s

    I’d love to know, in these strange times have you managed to pull off wearing actual PJ’s outside and how did that go?

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissie βœ¨πŸ–€

    How I’ve Brought More Colour Into My Wardrobe – Part 2, Styling Tips, Tops & Jewellery

    As I mentioned in part one of this post, since the start of the year, I’ve been on a mish to slowly replace darker coloured items with more upbeat and vibrant one’s. I’m mixing and matching so not chucking owt out, unless it’s seen (much) better days.

    What if you tend to stick to basics though?

    Well, from the start I decided that all of my colourful clothes would be basics! I build the outfit around them by adding neutral colours. A camisole/vest top can dress up anything (like jeans and trainers) and a tee can dress things down (like maxi skirts or fitted pants). Then you have that band tee, maxi skirt and trainers combo, which I love on others but haven’t tried yet.

    The Accessories Rules

    I was finding that including bright accessories too was a bit confusing so decided on these rules.

    1. Pick a bright accessory, either the same colour as your outfit or a flattering, contrasting colour that subtly ties in somewhere else (like blue dress and yellow bag with gold jewellery).
    2. Wear several bright accessories but only with a neutral coloured outfit (greys and neons look awesome together)
    3. Have bags, belts and shoes in metallic silver, gold and rose gold, which are fancy neutrals.

    Here’s the original top that inspired the idea. I’d love to know what this pattern stitch is called?

    Ideally Summer is like….

    But honestly, it’s more like this…

    But when this Covid craziness is mostly over, I’ll be going out more, as well as wanting to look more cheerful indoors.

    (From top – bottom)

    1st Column

    Stay Wild Moon Child tee – Bellelily (an Insta add which reeled me in!)

    Nirvana tee – EMP

    Sakura unicorn tee – Tokidoki

    Tiger racer back vest – Brave Soul London

    2nd Column

    Butterfly tunic (cropped into vest) – Joe Browns

    Orange camisole – Boohoo

    Grungy tie dye tee – Veronica Fever (Ebay)

    Tie dye racer-back camisole – Persephone Apparel (Etsy)

    3rd Column

    Lime green vest – Not a clue!? Either I was drunk or half asleep when I ordered this, ha! (Edit) Really versatile day-night item as it turns out, yay!

    Neon tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official (Ebay)

    Teal green tee (cut into tank) – EMP

    Most of these earrings are from Claire’s Accessories apart from the owls which were a gift, the blue and silver raindrop ones were from EMP, the pink drop earrings I made from guitar plectrums and the peace sign earrings I got from Moss-side Caribbean Carnival.

    Being able to pick a colourful item of clothing and accessory each morning is making such a difference to my moods, especially on dull days. I look forward to getting up and getting dressed now, rather than it being a chore.

    As always, I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration or you’ve simply enjoyed having a nosey at my stuff. ✌🏽🀘🏽

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

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    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

    How I’ve Brought More Colour into My Wardrobe – Part 1, Reasons and Replacements

    I’ll always be a mixture of hippy chick and urban Emo at heart but at the start of the year I noticed that somehow, the Emo part of my wardrobe had totally taken over. Black, grey, black, and more black. Lots of awesome items but hardly a cheerful boost to my mental health on overcast days (meaning the weather and/or my mood).

    I’ve tried to match new items for old items in a general sort of way. I’ve kept most things but given some items to charity that weren’t working for me anymore, mostly due to my changing sensory issues: Too hot, too tight, too sloppy, too short etc.

    On the left is the brighter item and on the right is the original.

    Velour top from Cotton Traders (very Stifflers Mum or the Mum with the dog in Mean Girls I know, ha!).

    I bought this from an Insta add I was bombarded with from Coralinlin.com and it’s the perfect length and has adjustable straps.

    I bought this boxy (but still long enough) jumper in a light green as well, from Peacocks.

    I found this pre-loved jumper on Ebay. I call it my Fraggle jumper.

    This gorgeous cream shirt is from Missguided and has bat wing sleeves that magically disappear when you lower your arms, thanks to clever pleats.

    In summer I live in soft Palazzo pants and wide PJ bottoms, which are almost the same item anyway, right? These are from Matalan and are a great length but not crazily high-waisted (like a lot of pants these days).

    Another basic item from Matalan, I’ll be wearing this with all of my black band tees.

    Colourful tops and jewellery, along with some useful tips are here in part 2

    I know this is a very light and basic post but I wanted to share my cheerful lifestyle idea (you could replace/add colourful homeware or stationary, rather than clothes etc.) for anyone who’s feeling down at the moment. *hugs* πŸ€—

    I’ve just heard about a page on Insta @mymonthincolour where you tag any photos of your home or colourful items you’ve bought and they feature their favourites.

    🌈Chrissie🌈