The Reebok Classic Sweatshirt

 


Really feeling like the 90's kid that I am in this outfit.  I have been wanting a vintage-esq, old style Reebok Classics sweater for so long and I was so excited when ASOS had it in their sale this week.

I just paired it with my mom jeans for a super laid-back look and I honestly think this is my favourite buy in such a long time.  I just love the nineties throwback vibe.

My size was sold old on ASOS but you know when you just really, really want something. Like when you were wee and you really wanted a certain pair of shoes and even though your mama could see your feet basically falling out of them you were all 'no, seriously they fit 'so' well, so comfy' haha!

Well, I basically did the same thing with this but it worked out well.  The only size that was left was a 20 but I just wanted the sweater so bad, so I just tried it and even though its so much bigger than my normal size and I actually ended up loving  the over-sized fit so much better.  If you want a fit like this too I would recommend sizing up.

For reference if you have any of the over-sized Missguided sweatshirts that I've featured on my blog before (like this one) then its basically the same size as the Large in them.

So happy with my bargain.  Did you pick up anything in the ASOS sale?

Reebok Sweater - ASOS
Mom Jeans - Missguided


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Book Round Up #6

books, invincible summer by alice adams, miss you by kate eberlen, shelter by sarah franklin, mad by chloe esposito. book reviews jun and july 2017

 
So I think we can officially say summer is here (Yah!!!) with all the beautiful weather we've been having the past week or so and I think sunny weather always goes hand in hand with book buying, right?

That's why I thought it would be a great time for another book round up.  This post features some of the new releases that I think you might really love.  I've tried to include a little sumthin' sumthin' for everyone, so I really hope you find a book that you like the sound of.

Keep reading for all the reviews...


1.  Invincible Summer* by Alice Adams
"Inseparable through university, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. Eager to shrug off the hardships of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work in the City. Benedict stays behind to complete his PhD in Physics and pine for Eva, while siblings Sylvie and Lucien seek a more bohemian life of art, travel and adventure.
As their twenties give way to their thirties, the four friends find their paths diverging as they struggle to navigate broken hearts and thwarted dreams. With every summer that passes, they try to remain as close as they once were - but this is far from easy. One friend's triumph coincides with another's disaster, one finds love as another loses it, one comes to their senses as another is changing their mind . . . And who knows where any of us will be in twenty summers' time?"

This book is as dreamy as its front cover.  It transports you right back to those hazy long days of being just on the brink of adulthood.  The confusion, the questions and the hopefulness is all there in bucket loads for the four friends we meet at the start of the novel.  We get to see them weave their way through the next part of their lives and see them struggle to keep that connection and bond that they once had.

I loved this beautiful book so much.  Its a perfect light summer read but also has real heart to it that will have you reminiscing and getting nostalgic about your own youth. The characters are so well rounded and likeable that you will be rooting for every singe one of them.

A real must read this summer, I enjoyed it so, so much!
You can buy it here on Amazon or on Wordery  



2.  Miss You* by Kate Eberlen
"Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven't met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .
Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university.
Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence – and, for one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?"

So first off I should mention that this book has been chosen to be part of the Richard and Judy (my king and queen) book club this year.  I know a lot of people like to pick up some of their picks from the book club for holidays as they have great choices every year, so I thought it was worth mentioning.  I think its a really helpful club as I do think they are very consistent with their choices so that if you liked something from the club you will more than likely like the rest as there is a similarity in the books.

This is a contemporary book that is a lot deeper than the fun cover lets on.  It still has a lovely romance element but its also one that really tugs on your heartstrings too.

It does nod in the direction of One Day and Sliding Doors but I think it more than stands on its own and I wouldn't go into thinking it will be One Day part two as its not but if you do like that type of book then you will more than likely really enjoy this too.

I loved the emphasis on fate and what you control and what you don't, I really enjoy that theme in a book and think it was explored so beautifully in this.

If your looking for a really different type of contemporary read then this is for you.
You can buy it here on Amazon (where its currently part of the 3 books for £10 offer) or on Wordery



3.  Shelter* by Sarah Franklin
"Early spring 1944.In a clearing deep within an English forest two lost souls meet for the first time.
Connie Granger has escaped the devastation of her bombed out city home. She has found work in the Women's Timber Corps, and for her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose.
Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. But in the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom.
Their meeting signals new beginnings. In each other they find the means to imagine their own lives anew, and to face that which each fears the most.
But outside their haven, the world is ravaged by war and old certainties are crumbling. Both Connie and Seppe must make a life-defining choice which threatens their fragile existence. How will they make sense of this new world, and find their place within it? What does it mean to be a woman, or a foreign man, in these days of darkness and new light?"

This is a real different one for me but I like to mix it up a bit on here and try and add in a different genre once in a while that I think you would all enjoy too.

This is a poignant and beautifully written book about a really sensitive and deeply emotional story.  This novel is a real slow burner and the intensity of the story just creeps up on you out of nowhere and has you desperate to know what's going to happen next.

If you want a dramatic story to get you thinking then this is the book for you.
You can Pre-Order it on Amazon or Wordery so you get it first when its released on July 27th



4.  MAD* by Chloe Esposito
"There's something you should know before we go any further: my heart is in the wrong place. Now don't say I didn't warn you . . .'
Perhaps that's why nothing in Alvie's life has ever gone right? Until now.
She can finally abandon her credit card debt - and her fruitless three-way relationship with Tinder and Twitter - when fate gives her the chance to steal her identical twin's perfect life.
It's just a shame Beth had to die to make Alvie's dreams come true"

This book more than lives up to its name.  It is mad in every sense of the word but it really did have me hooked.

Most of the time I was reading it thinking, what is this craziness? (in a good way haha)
But nonetheless it had me needing to know what else Alvie would do next and every time it was more shocking than the next.

This definitely isn't a book for the faint-hearted and it also isn't a book if you want to get behind and root for the main character as Alvie is well, kinda hard to like, which is the point I guess.  But it's so sassy and fun and really laugh out loud in parts too.

This is a genuinely quirky story and I really love that nine times out of ten a story like this would normally always have a male lead but this time its got a real feminine kick ass vibe to it and of course a very strong and powerful female lead too.

If you want a book like none you've read before then you definitely need this in your life.
You can buy this here on Amazon or on Wordery.  This is the first book in a trilogy.

 
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All Natural Toothpaste

 
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So at the start of the week I shared with you one of my most used natural products and today I thought I would share another one, and that is....Toothpaste.

I had always used Aquafresh toothpaste most of my life and never thought anything of it, I always went through times though where my skin on my lips and at the side of them would get really badly broken and sore, the nearest thing I can describe it to feeling like was a chemical burn.  When this would happen it would take weeks and weeks to heal, not only did it look awful but it was so painful.  So after getting fed up with this always happening I decided to change brands and I tried Colgate, I had to try quite a few versions of their toothpaste to find one that wasn't even worse but after a while I found one that I thought was ok only to have my face become cracked and sore again with it a few months later.

So when I was starting to research natural beauty and skincare I came across some articles about toothpaste and my wee mind was blown.  I had no idea all of the things that were put in toothpaste and I instantly knew the exact ingredients in it that were causing my mouth burns.  I knew I had to try and find a natural one asap.

Aside from what the toothpaste is doing topically to our skin, there are some other factors about toothpaste that I learned along the way.  Even though we are not actively swallowing our toothpaste (although we do accidentally ingest some with brushing), our mouth absorbs the toothpaste into our bloodstream at an extremely rapid rate.
So the ingredients that the traditional toothpastes are filled with are hitting our system for most people at least twice a day and sometimes even more depending on how many times you brush.

Some of the ingredients in 'traditional' toothpaste  have been linked to some really terrible diseases and illnesses, although we as consumers are told there has been no 'proven' links.  I'll leave these two articles here for you to have a read and make up your own mind, they are HERE and HERE
For me, its definitely a case of why chance it and I am officially done with traditional non natural toothpaste

So the toothpaste that I now use and have been absolutely loving is from the brand Kingfisher and its also fluoride free.  This brand use all naturally derived ingredients and I can honestly say I have never felt my teeth have been cleaner.  They are also approved by the British Dental Health Foundation, meaning it works just as well as all the chemical laden toothpastes at keeping your teeth and gums healthy.  I have never had any kind of burn on my face, lips or mouth with this toothpaste so far, so I'm completely sold on it!

You can buy Kingfisher from a lot of places, but HERE is where I buy mine.  You can also get it in Holland & Barrett and you can have a look at their website HERE to find out more about the brand and the ingredients they use.

Dr Bronner Liquid Castile Soap Review

 
Dr Bronner Liquid Castile Soap, natural soap, non toxic soap, natural beauty, green beauty
 
So I thought the best way to kick off the new wellness section on my blog would be to talk about the product in my life that I use most of now and that's Dr Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap.  If you are considering changing to a natural lifestyle or add some all natural products into you life then this post is for you...

I honestly can not tell you how much love I have for Dr Bronner's products but i'm going to try, here goes...

Who is Dr Bronner? -
Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third- generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family.  Emanuel's story really is extraordinary, such an inspiring life he led.  You can read about it HERE and it really does make you understand and appreciate the company even more.  The brand is still completely family owned and run still to this day.

What is Castile Soap?
It is an all-vegetable based soap that contains no animal fats like most modern soaps do.  It is a product made from completely natural ingredients too.

If it's all natural, does that means it's not antibacterial?
This was always my fear but turns out I didn't have anything to worry about at all.  Here is an extract from Lisa Bronner's website (she is part of the Bronner family) explaining about it better that I could..."Terms such as “antibacterial” actually have carefully regulated definitions. “Antibacterial” means that the product must kill 99.9% of germs. The term “disinfectant” means that the product must kill a mere 99% of germs. Dr. Bronner’s soap is part of the “disinfectant” category."

So what can we use this for?
I guess aside from being such an amazing, fully natural product that actually works, the reason that Dr Bronner's Castile soap is so famous is because you can use it to clean just about everything.  On the bottle it says there are 18 uses for it but a quick google search and you will find at least a handful more.  The most important thing to remember is 'Dilute, Dilute' as the label reads.  It's a very pure concentrated product and for nearly every use you must dilute it, mostly always just with water.  Some of the most famous ways you can use it are for...Handwash, Body Wash, Shampoo, Tooth Cleaner, Laundry Cleaner, Makeup Brush Cleaner and House Cleaner.
And that's only a few options, it really is a wonder product.  For more uses and tips of how to dilute it for each use, have a look HERE

What is with all the words on the label?
I have to say I think the branding and labelling of all the products is so beautiful.  It's got such a simple and sleek design and I just adore the choice of colours they use too.  But if you look closely at the bottle when you buy it you will see teeny tiny writing all over every inch of the label, it's covered with Emanuel's original Moral ABC's.  It's such an interesting read and so many of his points I think are so spot on and valid today, obviously some of them are intense but I think it's important to note when and why they were written and to really appreciate a man who was so clearly ahead of his time and trying to really promote such a positive message to the masses.  I think its such a lovely touch to include the ABC's on the bottles still!


The castile soap comes in a handful of different scents too (no artificial ingredients though) I use this unscented baby version as I have such sensitive skin and I feel like my skin always deals better with no scent.  My skin has been so great with this though and I'm planning to try the lavender scent next to see if my skin is ok with that too. 

I've been using this for making my own handwashes (I'll put my DIY recipe up soon) and as an all over body wash.  I can't tell you what a difference its made to my skin, for the first time in what feels like forever, I come out the shower and bath without my skin itching and flaking like mad, the way it normally does with supermarket body washes.

I really just love this product so much and I'm so happy I've found something that makes my skin feel good and makes me feel good too knowing that its not laden with nasty chemicals. 

Also I just want to say how special I think this brand is.  Since starting my natural body and skin care journey its something that I'm seeing more and more of, the brands that I'm starting to use are not just making wonderful products but they are also doing really amazing, inspiring work in the world and no one seems to be doing more than Dr Bronner.

You can pick up a smaller bottle of the liquid castile like I have for about £5 and the bigger bottles for about £8, the prices really do vary just have a google around and see what you can find. (Because you dilute it, the bottles last for such a long time)

 I bought mine from HERE and you can also get it HERE (and they do an even smaller size for around £2) You can also visit the official Dr Bronner website to buy it and get more information too.

I hope this review helped if you were looking for something like this.  Let me know if you love Dr Bronner too?


"1st: If not for me, who am I? Nobody!
2nd: Yet, if I’m only for me, what am I? Nothing!
3rd: If not now, when?!”
So begins Emanuel Bronner’s Moral ABC. The message is clear: We are responsible for ourselves but also each other, and as we grow, we must grow responsibly."


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Let's Talk About Wellness...

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Today I wanted to talk about something that makes up a really big part of my life and that is ...Wellness.

I mean really, what does that mean right? It sounds so vague and so Gwyneth Paltrow that y'all have probably already stopped reading but stay with me people...

The definition of Wellness that I like is....
 "Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being"

To me that's what Wellness is, a process.  It's a lifestyle and its constantly evolving. For me it's choosing a more natural way of life in nearly every aspect and its about becoming more conscious of how your living. 

And that's why I wanted to write this post today as it's something that I think can be so misunderstood and confusing.

Some of you might remember I wrote a post a little while ago on why I changed the way I eat to a plant based diet (The post is HERE if you want a read).  For me it was and is a completely health related reason, trying to heal my body from the inside out and during the time of me researching and looking into that lifestyle choice I started to find out more about things that also seemed to help people heal.  Things like switching over their products to non toxic natural ones, living more in tune with nature and bringing more movement into your life.  They are just a handful of things that seemed to always crop up on my quest to find out more about plant based eating and it made me realise that actually maybe I should think about not just changing up my food but maybe actually my *dramatic pause* life...haha!

So over the past few years I have slowly but surely been incorporating these aspects into my life and changing up my routine a little bit.  I like to call this wellness, I feel that's the word that I think best describes it but I know a lot of other people call it different names, natural life, holistic living, etc etc etc.  The name is kinda irrelevant but I thought it was important that I put a label on it solely for the purpose of this blog, so that its easier to find posts relating to it on here for you guys. 


I honestly feel like my mind has been blown by all the information I have learnt over the past few years about wellness. I am so passionate about it and I have just fallen in love with trying to live a more natural life.  I wanted to wait until I felt like I had proper grasp on things to start talking about it on here and I feel like I finally have my routine down and I'm finding my (more natural) feet. 

I know that things like wellness and that sort of lifestyle are not for everyone and I can't stress enough how much I get that and totally understand that.  I am choosing to talk and write about my own personal journey with this process because I have found it so crazy helpful reading about other people and their experiences and I would love to be able to help anyone I can with mine.  I would never want to preach to anyone or make anyone feel judged for not believing in the same things I do, I'm all about living your best life, the way you see fit...These posts are for you if your interested and please feel free to skip by them if your not. 

I think the whole wellness lifestyle/clean eating (hate that term) situation has gotten such a bad rep for trying to push and force people into feeling bad about themselves if they don't all fit in the boxes of a certain way of life and I want to do the opposite on here.  I just want to share my own views and opinions in the hope that maybe someone will find help or inspiration just like I did.

So what does this all mean for my blog exactly...Well I will still have all my usual posts, fashion, books and beauty but along side them I will be having more wellness themed posts too.  They will cover all the mind, body and spirit topics and I hope so much that you enjoy them.

As I said at the beginning of this post, this is a process for me.  There is no big end goal for me other than to try and have a more natural lifestyle.  I am not there yet by any means, so there well definitely be so many things on this blog that aren't natural yet, like makeup etc and I'm all good with that because I really want to show that it doesn't have to be all or nothing.  My belief is that you can't fully achieve this kind of lifestyle over night and I really want to document my journey with you guys!


I just want to thank you all for sticking with my blog throughout all these years and if your new around here then welcome and I can't wait to have you along for the ride too...

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P.s I'm holding my glass mason jar with water in it, in the picture above, but I realise it just sort of looks like I'm holding a straw the way the picture is cropped, haha!