Baby Got Back

 

 

Ignoring that we’re expecting beautiful weather over the next few days, I’m planning on wearing my brand new jeans.

 

I’ve been looking to update my denim for ages.  Out of skinnies and into straight leg has been a move I’ve wanted to make for a while, but it’s taken me ages to find the right pair.

 

Straight leg, of course, harps back to my youth and I couldn’t abide trying on jeans back then.  Too short in the leg and too wide in the waist, my shape didn’t ‘wear’ jeans very well and I always felt too bulky in them.

 

Cut to 2018 and there are enough jeans to go around that I should be able to find a pair that flatter, right?  Well it’s taken me ages to find some, even though kind stores now have more sizes and styles available.  I guess you’ve got to kiss a few frogs eh!

 

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Traditionally, jeans were made of tough, thick denim and straight legs are from that ilk, so expect them to feel a lot different than our skinny, lycra-made jegging friends.  They don’t cling to your shape, more hang over it, which depending on what you want to show or hide, is something you’ll like or hate.

 

Due to my thicker middle I realised that I needed a high waisted pair to pull me in and give me some shape.  Consequently, when I showed SP what I’d chosen, the first thing he said was “blimey, it gives you a bum”.  I took that as a sign of appreciation!

 

I also went for a pair slightly cropped at the ankle, because I either look better in crop with a heel or to the ground…. with a heel.   Neat on the ankle accentuates my lack of height.

 

So, I finally found my perfect pair in Zara.  I know this store is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me I know their sizes work in my favour and I confidently ordered these online.

 

The most popular straight jeans of the moment are in Top Shop.  I’ve spotted loads of people saying that they are perfect.  They look better on ladies who have some height, I think.

 

Levi’s are a classic source and pretty much every store on the high street will have a pair of straights in their denim range.  Look out for tapered ankles if you have a waist as these can align with your curves. Raw hems give you a street, casual edge and you’ll find everything from dark to pale washes to choose from.

 

Here’s a selection to start your search.

 

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

 

 

The One Foundation I Keep Buying

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I love trying new make-up, but this week I want to share with you a beauty product that I’ve just re-stocked.  It’s a hard-working, effective foundation and I really love it.

 

Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Skin Brightening Foundation with Vitamin C and SPF 20 just ticks all the boxes for my tired skin and the price makes my purse happy too.

 

I don’t normally buy drug store foundations.  Indeed, I love Estee Lauder, Chanel and Marks & Spencer’s Autograph foundations, but I work from home mostly, so wearing expensive make-up that only SP and the postman sees, feels like a waste of money (sorry babe).

 

I started to look around for something under a tenner.  It had to have SPF cause those rays will catch you, even if you’re putting the washing out, and I wanted an element of glow added to my skin, some kind of illuminating power that could help me look alive.

 

Rimmel is a classic brand.  If it’s a good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for me and when I caught sight of its anti-fatigue qualities, I was intrigued.

 

 

What the brand says (taken from Boots website):

* Rimmel Wake Me Up, a foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow and minimizes premature skin ageing

* Formula has a smooth, light texture that effortlessly glides onto your skin, leaving you with a lightweight foundation that feels barely there, yet gives you 100% poreless coverage and a flawless natural finish

* Instantly eliminates signs of tiredness and lifts skin from fatigue, while the use of peptides means elasticity is increased, so your skin recovers and bounces back more quickly

* Luminizing foundation contains radiance pearls, which illuminate your skin for a healthy, radiant glow that’ll get rid of any greyness in no time

* Silky smooth, light formula to feel as if you’re wearing nothing at all

* Contains radiance pearls to illuminate the skin and give you a healthy glow

 

What I say:

* It really does what it says on the tin and leaves me with illuminated skin

* It has a soft, creamy texture that I really like, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing lots of make-up

* The pump dispenses just the right amount of product

* SPF, SPF, SPF (my last drug store foundation from Bourjois didn’t have it and I had to give it up)

* I use a foundation brush to apply and the coverage is evenly applied

* Did I mention, it’s only £8.99 for a 30ml bottle

 

What others say (my mate Louise who asked me for a recommendation):

* Love how it dispenses from the pump – hate it when there is no pump and you have to use finger/back of hand

* Blends evenly over face

* Great range of colours

* Skin feels soft.  No caked/tight feeling that some foundation leaves you with

* Love that is has SPF

* Lasts all day and it is great value

 

Pretty good reviews eh!  If you’re in need of a little freshen up on the foundation front you might get on with this one.  Available in Boots, Super Drug and lots of other places for a under a tenner.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

Brunching to the Beet ‘n’ Roots

 

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What a difference some spring sunshine makes.  I was driving home from work on the hottest day of the year this week and all I could see were crowds of people outside pubs and even more walking to the nearest park with a rug and pack of Corona under their arms.  It’s the good life and long may it last.

 

Eating al fresco is one of the greatest pleasures when it’s beautiful outside and I started this week off right with brunch at Beets ‘n’ Roots Cafe on Cotham Hill, where a brand spanking new menu full of organic fresh food has just been launched.

 

The sunken, sundeck at the front of the cafe is a dream location for brunch, so basking in some glorious morning sunshine I quickly nabbed a freshly pressed raw juice and dived into the menu.

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It was hard to suppress the desire to try everything on it, and to be fair, I gave it a good go (!), but I was lucky enough to meet Lisa aka The Fuss Free Foodie, who like me, wanted a little of everything, so we buddied up for some brunching.

 

Everyone loves avocado toast and I often make my own at home.  What’s great about trying it when eating out is that sometimes you can pick up a fresh idea, which I did here.  The cafe spreads tahini  on to the sourdough toast before topping it with avocado, china rose sprouts and paprika.  I absolutely loved the taste of the tahini, which is made from roasted sesame seeds and tastes a bit like almond nut butter. I absolutely loved the additional nutty taste and it’s a trick I’m going to try at home.

 

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While I’m talking about nut butters can I give a quick shout out to Nutcessity.  I’ve not heard of this brand before, but Beets ‘n’ Roots were offering samples on the bar and I devoured this. A long time nut butter lover, this was one I haven’t tried and just loved.

 

Next, and literally we couldn’t help ourselves, we ordered buckwheat pancakes complete with banana, chocolate and maple syrup, sprinkled with coconut shaving and pumpkin seeds.  What’s not to love.  It was utterly divine.

 

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Yes, this was as delious as it looks and I can’t wait to take SP here.  He will love it.

 

Lastly, and we did this the wrong way round, we tried our hand at making our own smoothie bowls. We used the chocosmooth, with all its fabulous ingredients (raw cacao date, banana, avocado, nut butter and coconut milk), as our base and covered the top with raspberries, seeds, bee pollen, kiwi fruit, etc, etc!

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As wholesome, nourishing food goes, this was up there and who doesn’t like eating a rainbow of colour.  I really like the raw living approach the cafe offers and I won’t lie I felt pretty virtuous when I left.

 

Set up for the rest of the day, I headed home, feeling full and happy.  If you get chance, head to Beets ‘n’ Roots, it has a really great, chilled out vibe and I’m going back with SP to try a buddha bowl salad or chilli wrap.  It’s in a lovely part of Bristol that’s great for a little mooch around afterwards.  Perfect for warm weather weekends!

 

Have a great one.

 

Gail xx

Skirting The Spring Issue

Do you remember my obsession with dresses last year?  This year I’m preoccupied with skirts.  Midis and maxis to be precise.

 

The weather, for sure, has a big part to play in this current fixation, but who isn’t fed up of wearing jeans and trousers?  And there is no way my lily white legs are ready to be seen.

 

So covering my legs, while releasing them from the strain of heavy denim is, until further notice from the weatherman, the order of the day.

 

Loose, flowing, stylish midis and maxis offer a middle ground and one that I’m happy to explore.  The new season midi skirts that I’ve found really add to my wardrobe and because skirts are an easy wear separate all I’ve got to do is rummage through the wardrobe and add what I’ve already got to pull together a completely new outfit for the spring.

 

It started with a pink midi that I spotted in Red Magazine.  From Asos.com it wasn’t available when the mag came out, but it stayed on my mind and every now and then I would look to see if it had gone on sale.

 

Meanwhile, I spotted a polka dot black and white skirt on Instagram from Zara and fell in love.

 

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Fastened at the side, with pleats and button detail, this skirt slightly opens at the bottom and I instantly felt that slingbacks and a simple top would work.  If you’re interested, here’s a link and it’s £25.99.

 

Or, for a bit more punch, you could add colour and a slogan jumper or t.shirt.

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Either way, the skirt hangs nicely and I think you would feel just as nice wearing this to the office as you would for brunch with a friend.

 

Meanwhile, the pink skirt came online as did another skirt that caught my eye…

 

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It’s almost identical to the one from Zara, except on me this midi is almost a maxi (short arse), but again I love the pleated skirt with yoke design, which doesn’t make my waist look bigger than it needs to be.  I have a thick waist so pleated skirts can ‘help me’ lose shape all-together, as the gathers shoot out from the waistline.  A yoke smooths down the wrinkles!!

 

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This last option is from Stradivarius via Asos.com and is my husband’s favourite, which is kind of strange, because as soon as I got it out of the packaging I didn’t think it was a colour that would suit me, and I still don’t think it does.  Who’s right, who’s wrong, we won’t argue over it!

 

I’ve added links to both these skirts in the reel below and I also wanted to share other midis and maxis that I’ve found, just in case you fancy breaking free.

 

 

 

Blue skies are coming (hopefully).

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

Denim Jackets for Spring Styling

 

This week’s post is a short one as I’m hoping you’re out having fun, enjoying the four-day break.  Me included.

 

I just wanted to mention denim jackets.  Have you noticed that they are cropping up in the stores this season?

 

 

I have and it got me thinking: when was the last time I wore one.

 

It was in 2005, on a fabulous trip to Rome with my friend Louise.  Granted it was a while ago, but I can’t find that jacket anywhere now.  Doh – they’re backkkkkkk!

 

So here’s a reel of options.  You’ll notice that many are oversized in design, but you can still find the classic western style that finishes on the hip.  Some designs also have embroidery for a less masculine effect.  However, I like the classic design and cut, especially as I’ve just proved, it will come around again after this season, so it’s an investment purchase.

 

Meanwhile, I tried on this version in F&F Clothing in Tesco.  Obviously oversized, I’m wearing a size 12 here and it came quite low over my hips, too low for me, but I’m short.  I stupidly didn’t write down the price, but they have a number of options in store and online including this one here.
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Go for double denim if that’s your thing, but I would avoid mom and straight jeans, unless you really want to go back in time, which to me always feels a bit icky.  Rather keep your style moving forward and pair with flowing skirts and cute trainers for a fabulous casual look or you can’t beat chinos cropped at the ankle for that girl-about-town style.
Have a great weekend!
Gail xx