Well hello there, how are you all doing? I hope you have managed to get some time out in the bursts of sun we’ve been having. I’m still holding out for this heatwave that we keep getting promised. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the half term holidays when we go to Cornwall but it’s not looking like it’s going to be a scorcher. Whatever happens I’m going to be ready, I have a new swimsuit and I’m not afraid to use it.
I was working part of the last weekend so we didn’t have one of our family days out but we did meet friends for Sunday lunch which was nice, we are always on the hunt for the best local Sunday lunch and our criteria is quite simple. Must have cauliflower cheese!! I got back on Sunday morning (having been working late on Saturday night so stayed in London) and got bundled by these two crazy heads. There’s nothing like the excitement of kids rushing to greet you because they’ve missed you.
Other than that, we got our school appeal in for the deadline so we are keeping everything crossed that we can get Tilda into the school that we believe is right for her. The process is quite long-winded though, having done the written appeal we have to go to a group appeal meeting and then individual interviews. It’s quite full-on and my tummy turns whenever I think about it. Whatever will be will be though and I know it will all work out in the end, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
I’ve been trying to get my walks in as usual. Although I had missed a whole week while I fought off a cold but I’m back to it. Trying to do three long walks a week is easier said than done with the juggle of everything else but I’m making a concerted effort to make time. It’s as much for mental health as anything and, like many people, I get my fair share of anxiety, particularly when there is a lot going on. So even when it’s a busy week I know I have to make time to get a walk in.
I’m not a fan of running, my hips don’t like it, so anything between 5K and 10K on a fast pace walk is what works for me. It’s great for head space but also a great way for me to keep up with some of my friends too as you can put the world to rights while getting your 10 thousand steps in. I have written about my Fitbit Versa before as it’s made a big difference to me in encouraging me to move more each day so I wanted to mention it again this week because we have a great offer as a Today’s Special Value this week.
We are bringing you a slightly different model to the one I have, it’s the Fitbit Versa Lite. It’s very similar but the two main differences are that it doesn’t have the workout videos (which I have to admit I haven’t used anyway) and you can’t use it for paying with things (haven’t done that either as I have that feature on my phone). The pre-sell goes live today so do check it out. We have it in Lilac, White, Mulberry and Blue. We also have the Charcoal on Advanced Order.
What’s great about this is that it’s waterproof so you won’t have to take it off to shower or swim. It also has exercise sequences for running, bike, swimming, treadmill, weights, interval timer so that you can create your own routines. Another great thing is that it syncs with your phone so that you can see messages come up and also it tells you when someone is calling. I find this really handy with mine as my phone is often in my bag etc and I can look at my wrist and decide if I need to go and get it or not. For example if it’s the school calling I will go and get it, if it’s a number I don’t know like a ‘cold call’ I ignore and carry on what I’m doing.
It also reminds me if I haven’t moved enough each hour. My favourite thing is when it starts buzzing and doing its little celebratory thing when I’ve hit my 10K steps for the day. It’s an achievement in my day! I really love my Fit Bit and this model has all my favourite features.
The other thing that was pretty cool on my walk this week is that my friend Rhiannon and I saw two mini whirlwinds on the beach. The first one was massive and really quite strong looking. I didn’t react quick enough to grab my phone to film the first one as we were so taken aback at what we were seeing but I was ready when we saw the second one. I have put the video on my Facebook Page which you can see here if you are interested. I think some people call them sand devils, I have never seen one before but I hope to see it again as it was really interesting. Here are some screen grabs from the video.
In Beauty – Face Halo
If you watched the Brit Awards this year then you may have seen the performance by Jess Glynne. It made headlines not just for her performance but because she did something a little unexpected. She removed her make-up on stage with it being projected on massive screens. Her song Thursday includes the line ‘I won’t wear make-up on Thursday’ and as she sang she removed her make-up with what ended up being the star of the show, the Face Halo!
People went crazy for it on social media because she did it simply with a little round pad and no cleanser. Now I’ve tried microfibre cloths before and they’ve been pretty good but I found they dragged my skin a little. So I was eager to give these a go and see if they were worth the hype. It turns out they absolutely are. You get three in a pack so you will always have one ready to go while the others are in the wash. You don’t need anything other than water to use them.
I have done a video for you on my IGTV that you can watch by clicking here to see it in action removing my own make-up. It was incredibly soft on my skin and even removed my mascara which I was impressed with. I think it is still wise to follow with a double-cleanse for deep cleaning but in general this is a quick and eco-friendly way of taking off your make-up. No wipes to go to landfill! I can see why everyone was so excited by them after the Brits.
What I’ve been wearing
I had a fun Frank Usher Show on Monday with the fabulous June Poster and I wanted to give a little shout-out to these earrings from the show as I thought they were really nice. I love big earrings but I don’t like it if they are heavy and that’s why these were so good. They are resin and really lightweight.
We’ve got them in four colours, red, turquoise, sand and white, they all have a little bit of a marbled detail to them too. These would be great this summer with a kaftan at the beach bars and BBQs. You don’t really need any other jewellery as they are a statement enough on their own. I wore the sand but I would like the turquoise ones for the summer holidays!
I also ordered this rather lovely summer dress from Baukjen. It’s incredibly feminine and light and pretty in soft pink with the ditsy floral print. It’s called the Adele dress and it’s a slightly more modern cut than a tea dress but still has that 50s feel I think. It’s got lovely gathered shoulders to give a very subtle puff and covered buttons all the way down the front.
I think this is a really elegant dress which you can wear out and about during the day or smarten it up with heels and wear for a summer party. I teamed it with the Clarks Deva Mae Two-Part Sandal in blush which I felt again gave it a bit of a 50s vibe.
That’s it from me for another week, so now that the blog is done, the beds stripped, washing on the line, fridge re-stocked and house cleaned, I’ve now got an hour to myself before the school pick up and I’m going to be naughty and grab a magazine and nip to the beach and have a little time to myself before the chaos of kids dinner time ensues. I hope you are all taking time for yourselves too, it’s not indulgent, it’s essential!!
Love from Katy x x