Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Sunday Post #11

This has definitely been a weekend for change! I started exercising again this week and I went on a lovely run yesterday with my friend and managed to do quite a lot of running as opposite to mostly walking! It is so true that your head gives up way before your legs do, as I didn't run as far today without the distraction of a friend there. hehe We're planning on running a 5k in July, but I'm sure that if we keep this up, we'll be ready for a 10k by then, easy! I also went back to eating a bit more healthy this week, in compliance with my New Year's resolution. January was great, but February was a complete write off, what with all the baking. I'm hoping the exercising will influence me with the eating, as I don't want to ruin all my hard work!

Right now I'm trying really hard to fix sleeping schedule. Yesterday was the first day I woke up at a sensible time in what feels like months and I guess my body caught on cause I feel super sleepy during the day and have SUCH a hard time falling asleep at night. And when I do fall asleep, I always end up waking up in the middle of the night, so the sleep I do get is all choppy. I've been trying to turn off from the TV & computer/phone an hour before going to bed to slow my brain down and also drinking chamomile tea an hour before bed. It hasn't worked it, but I'm sure the regular exercise will help. 

Given the excitably early hour I got up at, the first thing I did was pop into the WHSmith around the corner to pick up the new issue of Vogue! I'm not usually a Vogue reader, but this one's got Nigella on the cover, I do love her! I've always prefered reading ELLE, as it feels a bit more "approachable" (if that's a quality a magazine can have!), but I did enjoy reading this issue of Vogue, so I might give it another chance! 

And I finally took advantage of that 3 for 2 at Boots and picked me up some Essie goodies! The taupey colour is Chinchilly, the red is Wicked (which I believe is Essie's answer to Chanel's Rouge Noir) and I also got their high shine top coat! I just did my nails this morning and it IS shiny, let's see how it holds up! And while browsing the shops yesterday, I stumbled upon not one, but TWO striped, navy blazers (first one's from H&M and the second from TK Maxx)! Is that a sign or what?? They look perfect to Spring, so I might have to give in! 

What have you been up to this week??

Friday, 7 March 2014

Lingerie as Outerwear - Three Ways with M&S!

I was invited by M&S to take part in their new blogger campaign a few weeks ago and thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something I've been meaning to do for ages, which is to incorporate more fashion posts in the blog! I hope you enjoy this post!

The lingerie as outerwear trend has been around for ages and it looks like it's going to continue going strong in the next few seasons! I always thought it looked SO elegant and chic when done right, I love how feminine it is. However, I personally could never dream of ever going out in public with my bra showing or wearing a body. haha I guess I'm just not THAT fashion forward! So when I had to choose a piece of lingerie to style in three different ways, I went with this really delicate and versatile lace vest and using my incredible personal style (HA!), here are the three looks I came up with:

For work: if you work in a more formal environment, this would be a great way to add a bit more personality into your work outfits!

Casual layering: this is such a comfortable look and I think the tank lifts up the whole look and makes it a bit more fun!

A touch of femininity: I love how the delicate lace adds some femininity to the tough looking leather jacket!

I think choosing a piece that is kind of in-between lingerie and outerwear, such as this top, is the perfect way to wear the trend for the not so brave of us! Also don't forget to check out M&S's full lingerie line!

Have you/would you wear lingerie is outerwear? Share your thoughts!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

My February 'Non Beauty' Favourites

Images from my Instagram

This past month wasn't all that eventful in the Fletcher household! In light of that, I ended up picking up a new hobbie of sorts: baking! I never used to bake much since it always got me stressing out and worrying too much about the outcome so it wasn't always very enjoyable! After a specially disastrous chocolate cake (I mean, it had loads of chocolate in it which made it edible, but it just wasn't delicious!), I decided something had to change and that I would master cakes once and for all! I even went out and bought a hand mixer, that's how serious I was about it. haha It made baking so much easier, which in turn made me want to do it all the time! Bad news for my waistline, but a hit with the husband! hehe

The Coffee and Walnut cake I made was so delicious, I could barely believe I baked it myself! The only problem with it was that it was way too thin, I think my tin was too big for the recipe. We are moving in a couple of weeks, but after we are all set up, I want to get better equipped for all the baking I want to do! Also, I've now started to try baking cookies. First try was a total disaster, (the ones in the picture are the very last batch I managed to save!) but you know, it's all a learning curve! haha

Images from Tumblr

In keeping with the uneventfullness of it all, we ended up watching a lot of Netflix and we are now both obsessed with House of Cards! Netflix have got it down with their own productions, first Orange is the New Black (which I made a post about right here and am dying to watch season two of!) and now this... I always did have a habit of sympathizing with the bad guys and here they made the "bad guy" (if you can call him that) the main character! I'm starting to come up with the theory that what makes a show GREAT is the duality in the characters, not liking everyone all the time but not hating them all the time either, if you see what I mean? I feel like that about The Good Wife, OITNB and obviously about Claire and Frank Underwood!

This show is based on the miniseries of the same name here in the UK, which aired in the 90's. It's all about the political (and not so political) power struggles in Washington and a man who is ruthless in his quest for power (how fancy does that sound??). It is mesmerizing to watch. I'm SO sad we're getting close to the end of season two now and, by what I hear around the internet and from friends, it's an intense finale! Doesn't it just break your heart to know that they haven't even started filming season three yet?? What are we going to do?? 

What have you been up to this past February?? x

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Mood of the Moment: Statement Necklaces

My whole life my mum always joked saying I must have been a drag queen in another life. I have always been attracted to anything shiny! I think the happiest moment of my childhood was when I was a ring bearer at my aunt's wedding and my dress was a mini copy of hers... It was a crystal sparkly explosion and I couldn't stop smiling! Of course my style has obviously evolved since then and I've mostly been rid of my flashy ways. Mostly! 

Even though they can be a little too much sometimes, what I like the most about statement necklaces is how versatile they can be. They can dress up a little black dress or be a touch of fun on a casual outfit. In fact, my favourite way to style them is to combine them with a simple jeans and tshirt look and let the necklace do all the work. You know me, the trick is to make it look like you've made an effort, even if you haven't!

I'm still a bit of a way away from making statement necklaces a wardrobe staple, if I'm honest. I've been wearing delicate, understated necklaces for years now, so they might take a bit of getting used to. But my next jewelry purchase will definitely be one of these big guys!

How do you feel about statement necklaces?

Other Mood of the Moment posts: Black Ankle Boots

Monday, 24 February 2014

Blogging Spaces: Flo @ Hola Flo

"Hi Ferdie's readers! This is Flo and I write a beauty and lifestyle blog called Hola Flo. This is my first guest post and I'm very excited to share my blogging space since I'm very happy about how it looks. I moved to Sweden last December and I currently live in a furnished apartment in Stockholm, that means that I didn't have to spend tons of money buying lots of stuff but only small things that make it look exactly like I want it to. 

My blogging space is my living room where I have a corner sofa and a white sofa table. The sofa is so comfy but the only problem is that I usually sleep when I'm supposed to blog! 

In my blogging table I always have candles and flowers, they make me so peaceful and happy and I can stare at them all day long. I also have an old 18-55 mm lens for my Canon camera and my school books. 

As blogging requires all my attention, I only use my computer to blog, my phone to check if somebody is talking to me and the ipad to listen to music. I also like to have my iphone and ipad handy to check how my pictures look in different devices and of course, for Instagram.

I hope you liked my blogging space. Thanks to Ferdie to let me show it If you wanna check out my blog this is the link:

 Flo x"

Love, love, love Flo's space! It's so bright and organized, sooo dreamy! If you want to take part in the Blogging Spaces series, just drop me an email or tweet!

Other posts in the series:

Saturday, 15 February 2014

James Brown London Intensive Moisture Mask - Review

I'd already used products from James Brown London's line before and I quite enjoyed them, but I first heard of this hair mask reading Jennifer's blog and after she sang it's praises of course I had to get it! I mean, ave you SEEN that girl's hair? And with a name like "Intensive Moisture Mask", it sounded like just the thing! It contains soy protein, pomegranate oil and shea butter, which all sound like good stuff to me and the packaging looks so chic! Plus, it only sets your back £8 from Boots, so I went for it.

At first I was really disappointed with it. They recommend using it on dry or freshly washed hair and leaving it on for 10 minutes for nourished and soft hair. Now, I tend to switch up regular conditioner for hair masks in the shower to give my hair an extra boost of hydration. I do not recommend doing that with this hair mask because using it that way will do NOTHING to your hair. I felt like I had just thrown £8 in the trash can! I completely forgot about it for a couple of months, when I decided to give it another chance during a pamper day!

I then finally tried using it in the recommended way. I washed and dry toweled my hair and applied a generous amount of product. I threw a shower cap on and left the mask to do it's thing for about 20 minutes  (I always leave things on for longer than recommended, such rebelliousness!) and THEN I could finally see what Jennifer loved so much about this! It did leave my hair feeling so soft and moisturized and shiny like it hadn't in a long time. If your hair's in need of a little loving, you won't regret picking this up! 

What's your favourite hair mask? x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Sunday Post #10: My Hairy Situation

Did I ever tell you about the time I got a pixie hair cut? Yeah, that happened! The year was 2010. My hair was falling out a lot for some reason and it had damage from being dyed so I just thought "to heck with it". I always knew a short hair cut was something I would like to have at some point in my life so I decided that was the right time to do it. It was also 4 months before meeting my now husband for the first time in real life after a 2 year online relationship. I was really scared of what he was going to think but he was cool with it when he saw it. Or he ACTED cool, 'cause a few years later he told me he didn't like it. haha What a sweetheart.

Look at me at 18! And this is the hair cut... it had actually grown out a lot by the time I took this picture, it was MUCH shorter!

When my father picked me up from the hair salon after my hair cut, I was really scared of what he would say. My father has the annoying habit of being brutally honest, so I thought I would want to die when he saw it... But then he said he actually didn't hate it (which is a lot coming form him! haha). Phew, crisis averted! My mom wasn't that happy with it because she thinks I'm supposed to be a lady and ladies have long hair! haha But that was ok... I had no problem with it because I really liked it! I actually liked it! Even when I was excited with my pixie cut plan, I never discarded the chance of leaving the place in tears. But it didn't happen! Not the day I had it cut, not 2 months later...

You'll remember from this post from last year I had a hair cut last August. I was obsessed with blunt hair cuts at the time (I blame Into The Gloss for that!) and after thinning my hair out with a DIY hair cut, I decided to go get it fixed and also get some bangs cut in! I'd had bang before so I knew they suited me, so no big worries there. When I left the hair salon that day I was very happy with my cut, I thought I looked so cool! haha But then it all started going wrong... I think I only wore the bangs down for like three weeks? Yup, then they just became a nuisance! The day I realized I didn't have real long hair anymore was the worst. And then I cried... 

 I cried after chopping off no more than 3 inches off of my locks, but when I went from mid length to a pixie hair cut a few years ago, I shed not one tear.

I've given this paradox a lot of thought and I think the reason for it is that back in 2010, I didn't love my hair. I was sad it was thinning out and damaged, so going for the chop was just an exciting thing for me, being the big rebel that I am. But last year... MY HAIR AS BEAUTIFUL! hahaha Yes, I said that! I loved the cut (before I ruined it myself), I loved the ombre I put in myself (very proud of that one!) and now I don't love it anymore. It's an awkward length and an awkward cut and I'm just not as happy with it as I was before!

And for that, one of my resolutions for 2014 is to NOT have a damn hair cut! I imagine my hair screaming out "just leave me alone!" whenever I think of getting scissors near. And I shall do just that! I still absolutely love the look of short hair and I'll bet you I'll have hair like that again at some point. But after having my hair the longest it'd been my whole life, I've decided that's the look for me!

What is your worst hair story? Tell me about it in the comments! x


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