Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Let me take a Selfie

Is it me or does anyone else take like 98734365783 photos of themselves before finally deciding on "that" selfie?

I was flicking through my camera roll the other day and realised how many of the same photo I had of my trying to get a good selfie. Oh my days. Talk about embarassing. I use my Nokia Lumia 1020 phone camera for selfie's as it's the easiest way of Instagramming it before putting it wherever else (plus my saving for a new nice fancy camera isn't going as well as planned). The problem with the phone is that if you take one using the front facing camera, it flips the photo so it's the opposite way and I HATE it, I have a good side and it makes it seem like it's the wrong side when it's saved.

All I end up doing is going on Instagram (or Snapchat now they've introduced filters), taking the photo and then print screening it before putting a filter on it (which takes forever as I end up print screening the photo with every single filter on)! Super long winded but I'm far too picky for my own good.

Please tell me I'm not the only person?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

AW14: The nail edition.

Now it's Autumn, the pastel and nude polishes have gone back in the box for another year and now it's all about the dark colours and berry shades. One of my favourite things about working for Boots is being able to browse the shelves at the latest products and offers to see what's key this season and here's what I've had my eye on so far...

Collection - £2.99! Bargain... not really keen on the brush but the colours really nice, not too green! 

Barry M have really impressed me this Autumn, the new colours are just lovely - particularly like the burnt orange and mustard colours. 

Primark - yes, Primark! OMG. I tweeted about this and it's my most fav'd Tweet ever. Dried really quick, lovely shine to it and only took 1 coat too. And for £1 for basic colours and £2 for glitters how can you say no? Yesterday I was in the gym for over an hour, cleaned the guinea pig cage out, coloured my hair, washed the pots and cleaned the flat and not a chip in sight! 

No 7's new range of Gel Look Shine nail colours hasn't got a huge variety of colours but I'm loving this berry colour and the shine is great - only downfall is it did chip a bit after a day or so which is different from the Summer range as they literally lasted a couple of weeks! But other than that, love itttttt. 

So yep, short but sweet but just come of my favourite colours that I'll be wearing over the next few months :) 

Friday, 26 September 2014

#FoodFriday: What I ate today

I'm becoming a bit of a pro at food prep (even if it means getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier) and most of this week I've had Fruit salad and a Your Tea's Tiny Tea for breakfast followed by a Tuna Salad for lunch. 

Also had a cheeky bag of monster munch this afternoon.. woops. Oh and another Tiny Tea!


For dinner I was inspired by Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals and nicked his Pesto pasta idea. I used wholegrain pasta and added chicken and broccoli and mixed it with some basil pesto! 

Easy peasy and was actually reaaaaally nice! Was really suprised :) 

Nice and simple today - and of course another Tiny Tea in the evening while I'm still on the Teatox Detox! 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The AW Wardrobe has begun..

So.. that's it. End of summer. Autumn is officially here! I've never liked this time of the year... ever! I love Christmas but even the last couple of years I've not been that bothered so when I've found myself getting excited over the new Autumn looks and the Christmas products hitting the shelves (admit it.. who's super excited for the Boots launch later in the month!!!), it's been a little strange.

I recently did a AW14 wish list and it's safe to say I've almost started making my way through it.. during a little girly shopping over the weekend, I stumbled across a loooovely berry colour pair of ankle boots in good ol' Dotty P for £25. Admitedly, I tried them on and put them back (3 times) before deciding I want them. And ooooh boy am I glad I did.. already slightly in love with them!

I also popped into Outfit next door to where I work as I've found a voucher I had for Christmas last year when I was clearing out the other day and added a few things to my purchase list from my wishlist... 

(Socks - Miss Selfridge - 3 pairs for £7) 

(Hair bobble - Topshop - £4)

So... the Autumn Wardrobe has begun. Tweet me your photos of your first AW purchases ;)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My 5 Day Hair Rule

5 day hair!

I definitely have one of those heads of hair that if you have one, love it or hate it. There’s never any inbetween and you’re constantly debating whether to cut it off and have a bob! I’m known for my crazy hair among friends and family and they’re the ones that know that even going to the hair dressers can make me cry.. Believe me, it’s happened!

But a few friends have asked for ideas and I’ve taught people how to do things like plaits and up dos so I thought I’d blog about my “5 Day trick”.. I’m not wanting to admit it, but I have to say that I’m one of those people who will only wash their hair maybe once every 5 days or so (depending how much I go to the gym!) and there’s a bit of a pattern that forms over these 5 days…

Day 1.
So, freshly washed hair is always the best and there’s no doubt about it. So I give it a good wash with a treatment (normally Herbal Essances Hello Hydration Mask) and blow dry it and roughly straighten it. My hair is straight at the front but really curly at the back and underneath.. it’s a nightmare. 

Day 2.
I will normally leave it straight for day 2, maybe a little French plait in the “neither-here-nor-there-length” fringe, or a bit of a Johnny Bravo style bouffant on top. (Yes, my nick name used to be Johnny Bravo as I used to do it every single freaking day about 4 years ago).

Day 3.
By now, I’ve probably been to the gym so it’s a bit messy and depending on how hard I worked at the gym, nomally leaves me in a self-debate over whether to wash it. DON’T. This is the perfect opportunity to get a bit of volume and back-comb-esque look going on. Blitz through some dry shampoo (I’m currently loving Bastiste’s Cherry dry shampoo.. smells luuuush) and brush it out, it should start to look and feel a million times nicer already. Now I can go for 2 options.. either way, tie your hair in a high pony tail but don’t pull the hair at the top of your head too tight so it looks a bit bigger with more volume. You can either leave it in a pony tail or do my favourite… the do-nut ring! Whoever invented these is a LEGEND! There’s so many ways of putting them in and I recently discovered the way of pulling your hair upwards with the ring in tow and rolling it back down itself, wrapping the hair around it (clearly not explaining this very well.. just go with how you normally do it).

Day 4.
This is where it could get a bit complicated.. I’ve taught many a people over the years how to do French plaits as I went through a stage later on in school/college where I work them every other day purely for the effect I’d get the next day. The best thing to do is do 2 french plaits, one down either side of your head. Do one down the middle if you have a more professional job or what not. This also makes it easier if going to the gym that night too. Leave the plaits in over night and head on over to day 5.

Finally… Day 5.
Take out your French plaits and you should be left with brilliant waves and a slight curl.. I’ve found that this way you get better waves than any expensive electrical item could every give you. Just spray with a bit of dry shampoo at the roots to de-grease and give you a bit of volume and maybe some sea salt spray (I finally caved and brought Bumble and Bumble’s sea salt spray, it’s definitely a keeper) or regular hair spray.

Tah-daahhhhh! You’ve made it through 5 days of hair styles without having to wash it. This is idea for longer/thicker hair and you can always change different parts of it or add things to each day J

Tweet me pictures of your #HOTD’s! 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A/W Wish List

I keep see wish lists floating around the bloggersphere and I'm loving the idea... I'm trying to save money at the moment so I'm not going to doing any major shopping any time soon unfortunately however I've seen the odd beauty in various stores or online (or even on other people's blogs!) - a girl can wish though, right?!

1 - New Look
2 - New Look
3 - George @ Asda
4 - Topshop
5 - Tophshop
6 - ASOS
7 - Very.co.uk
8 - Boots
9 - Adorn via Cabella.co.uk
10 - New Look
11 - New Look

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Day 14 of the 14 day Your Tea Teatox!

After 14 days,  I've come to the end of my 14 day teatox with Your Tea's Tiny Tea! And it's safe to say it's made a HUGE impact. 

I did a blog last week about my first week and how it was going and it's just pure gold. The first week, the difference was unbelievable. On day 10, I got on the scales and had lost 9 and a half pounds in weight and got my jeans on for the first time in months.. I had to get off the scales and get back on them to make sure they weren't broken! 

 (Day 1 and Day 10)

By about day 11, I'm not going to lie I was slacking slightly and as I had a manic few days, I was only having 1, maybe 2 a day and the salads had started to go out the window. Whether it was psychological or not, I felt that I was becoming more bloated again and just not as thin as I had done the last few days - plus when I got on the scales on day 13, I'd put on 4lb of the 9 that I'd lost before. 

Still, I ordered another 28 days worth of Tea and that arrived over the weekend so I'm going to carry on as it genuinely has made such a difference to my body and therefore life that I can't let it go!

I'm definitely going to get back on track for another month and hopefully then after I stop (if I do), I won't revert back to how I was before. I'd also like to see more of a difference in energy and helping me sleep like a lot of other people have as this never did pick up with me. I actually feel more tired and less motivated to go to the gym as I'm sure it's keeping me up at night if I have one before bed and therefore I'm more tired in the morning and through the day. Hoping that will change though :) 

 My only other quibble is that, and I've seen on a few other blogs that this has happened to other chicas, it can mess with your period even if you're on the pill. Now I know this is a bit TMI for a blog but I've seen other girls say that it has given them a "one day period" and it's annoyingly been the same for me a couple of times. Just something to watch our for if you're thinking of trying it! 

Other than those 2 or 3 little things, I love the tea, I would go as far as saying that it's a life changer without a doubt and I'm still just as excited as I was to see what the next few weeks look like and to see what other changes are made! 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Working with BCRT

I don't make it a secret that I'm passionate about building awareness and raising funds for Bone Cancer Research Trust after I lost my younger sister, Caroline, who was 12 when she lost her battle with Bone Cancer, Osteosarcoma - one of the rarest forms of cancer a child can get.

With this month being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and while we have Bone Cancer Awareness week 13-19th October, it seems a good time to announce a little project myself and a close friend Luke, who also lost his Brother Thomas to the same form of cancer, have been working on....

Luke and I met up earlier in the year and both said we wanted to do something and through around a few ideas but we never settled on anything concrete... until however we came up with a plan that would span over the whole of 2015 and take 12 months to complete rather than doing a one day event or something that would be over and done with quickly such as a marathon or a bike ride.

Over the space of 2015, me and Luke will be racking up 3000 miles, yes THREE THOUSAND MILES via any form of exercise - this works out approximately a marathon a week. We'll be blogging and vlogging our way through the 12 months while we cycle, swim, run, walk, climb, hike and who knows what else our way to the 3000 mile mark.

We have set up a Blog and a Youtube channel which we'll use to keep everyone up to date on our progress and we'll organise big group activities all through the year to get our friend and family involved so be sure to keep an eye out. We would LOVE to raise £1 per mile that we do and we understand that it's a big target to hit but with everyone behind us, we think this is something that we'll smash!

We're sure that Caroline and Thomas will be up there having a bit of a giggle at our expense and knowing our luck, they'll make sure it's chucking it down any day we decide to leave the comfort of the gym and get outdoors but we're doing this for such a personal reason and I'm sure I speak on behalf of both of us when I say that we're so excited to get started.We're hoping that we can get some good coverage over newspapers and local radio stations so if anyone out there is from a paper or station, please contact us!

We'll make sure we keep everyone up to date with dates we arrange big group walks or bike rides etc and I'm sure we'll do a few - we also have an exciting way to end the year but until we finalise a few more details, we're keeping that one under wraps for a little bit longer.

Be sure to follow our journey and maybe even join in:


See you on the other side!

Friday, 12 September 2014

#FoodFriday: What I ate today

Actually... it's what I ate last Saturday but the good things about weekends is that you can have more time to prepare food and possibly have a little trip out for something to eat so it makes a blog much more exciting! 

Oats o Simple porridge (cinnamon flavour) with a handful of strawberries
YouTea's Tiny Tea as part of my Tiny TeaTox 

We had a lateish lunch at Henry Tudour House in Shrewsbury and had a lovely pulled pork sandwich with sliced apple on a brioche bun and it was lovely! The chips were ok but I wasn't overly fussed about them - I guess having little flavour means they were quite healthy... I said guessing ;) 

Tea (kinda)
As we had a late lunch at about 2pm, I wasn't super hungry when it came to tea time so had a bit of a cheat meal and just had some fruitloaf bread with a plate of fruit and a Shape's new Rhubarb Crumble yoghurt (which is luuuush and tastes so much like rhubarb and crumble)... Oh and a Your Tea!

Can't watch the X Factor without something to nibble on.. was well behaved and despite the huge bag, only had a handful of Doritos! 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Great Shropshire Outdoors

Just a little blog to show the people of Twitter and #ShropshireHour that they're help is appreciated muchly!

When I moved to Shrewsbury, I was convinced that I'd hate living in the Countryside and really miss the city lifestyle. But with it being summer when I moved, it didn't take long to realise that I was wrong and actually, I really liked being outdoors - any time in the sun doing stuff beats being in the gym! 

Again, I took to Twitter and asked for places to walk or places to visit while the weather was nice and the lovely people of Twitter suggested sooo many places I made a list... I'm a sucker for views and couldn't not take a photo of the things I'd seen :) 

The Quarry
The second time I'd ever been to Shrewsbury and the first time I'd ever been in the town centre.. I'd brought my Mum up for the weekend to show her where I'd be living and what not and we got the bus into town to have a walk... well, a walk and a half it was. We got madly lost and still to this day don't know where we were walking when we were going for nearly 2 hours. We ended up though in the Quarry and this was the first time I'd ever seen it. I loved the little gardens and water fountains and the view of the cathedral.

I remember coming to Ironbridge for a School trip and when I came up for a job interview earlier on in the year, I had some spare time on the way to Telford and drove around for over an hour... could I find this bloody massive bridge? Nope! But a few weeks later once we'd settled in, my grandparents came up for the weekend and one of the things they wanted to do was visit. We had sense this time to use a satnav and what a beautiful morning we had. Breakfast and tea over looking the bridge generally just strolling around the area.

 It was possible the best and biggest Ice cream we've ever had - we've also been back a few times since and I just love the little gift shops and cafes... really gives me that "Holiday" feeling that I had when I was a child. 

Church Stretton/Cardingmill Valley
I'd seen photos of views from what looked like a top of a mountain and you'd have thought that they had been taken in a foreign country they were so stunning. It took a while but I finally learnt that the photos were taken from Cardingmill Valley in Church Stretton. I had a drive out on Saturday afternoon instead of going to the gym and had read online that there were several walks that you could do, all with different views and things to see. 

I looooved the fact that the sheep were just roaming around and would come up to you for a stroke - they were so cute and just EVERYWHERE the first time I went. I've been a couple of times since and was disappointed by the lack of sheep haha.. managed to do a couple of different walks and the views are just amazing.

The Wrekin
The final place that's tickled my fancy is the famous "Wrekin". I'd not heard of this before I moved to Shropshire and so many people were like, "you have to visit the Wrekin". I then saw a photo of a view which was taken from the top of the Wrekin and immediately this was added to my Shropshire-list-of-things-to-do. 

Now, I wouldn't say I'm the fittest person in the world but I go to the gym up to 6 times a week so I looked at it and though, aaaah this looks pretty easy. Will be a nice walk to the top and have a picnic when we get there. So, me and the boy start our "little" walk, me with back pack carrying emergency supplies (food!) and the heat being relatively OK after a tempramental week weather-wise. Oh my days... It's safe to say that it was going to be a bit harder than I expected. I looked around and little kids and elderly people were climbing and thought I must've looked like I was about to pass out.. eventually we got to the top (not without having to stop and sit on rocks or tree stumps several times.. think there may even have been an argument at some point) and the views were out of this world over Shropshire! It's not a walk I've done since but will definitely have to give it another go and hopefully this time may be a bit easier. With views like this waiting for you, what other motiviation do you need, eh?! 

If there's anywhere else anyone in the Shropshire area can recommend to visit, pleaseeeee Tweet me @MsSarahJack! 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Meal & Drinks: OOTD & FOTD

Went out for a few drinks and a meal with some friends a couple of weeks ago and as I was having a good make up and hair day so thought I'd capture the moment... 

Leggins: Zara £19 (Love these leggins, they're really thick and an elasticated stretchy fabric. I brought a pair August last year and they've fallen apart I've worn them so much. Just HAD to replace them!) 
White long sleeved blouse: Warehouse £15(Quite big and baggy and I always buy blouses a bigger size as I like tucking them into trousers or jeans etc. Nice and basic.) 
Coat: Jack Wills £39 (My new Jack Wills coat... such a bargain in the sale and it's sooo comfy. And as it's not heavy, it's perfect for this neither-here-nor-there weather)
Bag: Michael Kors $200 (Brought this bag from Macys in New York last year. It's brilliant as there's 3 zip sections so I have one for make up, one for money and one for phone/camera etc).

  Foundation: Match Perfection in shade Ivory
Concealer: Mac Concealer 
Blusher: No7 Pop & Glow in Rose 
Eyes: The lightest and the darkest shade to do a smokey eye from the Smashbox Full Exposure pallet (my favourite pallet EVER.. I prefer this to the Naked pallets)
Mascara: Maybelline XXL Volume (love this, like Model Co where you add mascara, then fibres then Mascara and you can build the lashes up) 
Eye brow and eye liner pencil: No7 Stay Perfect Eye Brow Pencil (use this on my water lines too)
Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel

Just a little one for you! :) 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Your Tea: Tiny TEATox

A lovely friend of mine recently Instagrammed a photo of her drinking some fancy looking tea in an even fancier looking mug (the reason I love Jen!) and the caption stated that it was a new healthy tea that beats bloating and kick stars weight loss... "I must have this" were the first words in my mine. I don't even drink tea but I knew I wanted to try it and I knew it must be good if Jen was Instagramming it. I went on the website and was surprised at how affordable it was compared to other companies and other fancy teas. It was £20 for 14 days or £31 for 28 days. I ordered the 14 day Tiny Tea - I was also surprised how many other types of teas were available... ones to beat cellulite, to help period pains, pregnancy, Man Tea (love it!) and loads more. 

I kept seeing photos of peoples before and after shots and was amazed and in all honesty, thought they may have been photoshopped and were a bit of a con. I was happy to give it ago and hoped I'd be proven wrong... oh boy have I! Firstly, it comes in the cutest packaging.... 


I'm totally in love with the box that it comes in and I just think it's so cute... I'm probably even going to keep the box for storage after I've finished. It's brilliant as you can keep all the (again... even cutely wrapped) tea bags in the box rather than having to put them in a jar or container. The box also comes with a great guide to all the different teas, what's in them, how to use them and how each of them work.

The colours super excited me as they have a retro feel to them. I received the package on Monday and it was there waiting for me when I got home from work. It took me less than an hour to make my first mug of Your Tea's Tiny Tea. Ok yes.. at first, the smell got me and the taste made my face screw up a little bit. It kind of tastes a bit woody and reminds me of that weird smell you get in a sauna when the wood gets hot but I persisted and you get used to it and it does eventually grow on you. 

On Tuesday, I had one with breakfast with a Nutrigrain bar and actually put a little orange squash/cordial in and the taste was sooo much nicer, it was actually really nice and I could have just drank mug after mug after mug as though it was regular tea. I did the same again at lunch and just before bed. 

By Wednesday morning, I was a little bit addicted and could already see a difference when I looked in the mirror in the morning. I was getting more and more convinced that this might be working. I had a tea while having breakfast and then I had to travel with work at lunch time unexpectedly... you know you're desperate when you go into Starbucks and ask for a cup of hot water... woops. But it worked and I got my tea, so yay! I then had a third while I was lounging later that night. 

I had 3 again on Thursday and went to the gym Thursday night.. I stood on the scales and have lost about 3 and a half lbs in 4 days - between the tea, eating healthier and a couple of trips to the gym, I'm pretty impressed. The only thing I am disappointed with it that everyone says it's meant to help your energy levels and unfortunately, even though I've had a relatively busy week, my energy levels haven't been any better but I'm hoping that that'll happen in time - plus I'd love to try the Cellulite Tea but it says sold out online...hoping they get more in stock soon! I'm only 5 days in and have ordered another 28 day pack while YourTea had a 10% offer code on Twitter to make it a bit more worth it.. I'm excited for the next couple of weeks to see how it goes and will blog next week with an update :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August Highlights!

I always see a “monthly favourites” about beauty products and I know I’ve done them before but I wanted to do something a bit different so I looked over all my photos from the last month (I take aloooot of photos) and decided to do a “monthly highlights” post instead…. Not that I’ve really done anything that interesting or that anyone cares ;) (apologies for the crappy photo quality.. had an argument with A Beautiful Mess app). 

The first weekend of August (the photos are a bit back to front… doh) was one of my girlies weddings down near Oxford and it was the most spectacular evening with my old work crowd who I’ve missed.. was a great way to see everyone, catch up and have a boogy, and Lucy looked BEAUT! The Sunday afternoon I spent trying not to pass out while climbing up the Wrekin in Telford but I made it so that was a big achievement for me!

A week later I spent the weekend in Blackpool with my Dad’s family and took my 4 year old brother and sister to Blackpool Pleasure beach, the first time they’ve ever been to a theme park! Had a great weekend with the family and it was great to just go for a walk and lunch with everyone on the Sunday. My Dad, Step Mum and the kids then came up for a weekend on Bank Holiday which was super exciting with it being Bank Holiday. There was so much to do with the twins at the pub where we live… my particular favourite photo is of my little brother in a Fireman’s Helment when Shropshire Fire and Rescue came for a visit for the kids.

Not going to lie, I have of course done a bit of cheeky shopping throughout the month and have FINALLY got my mitts on Anna Saccone (@annasaccone)’s Jack Wills dress that she recently vlogged about. It took 11 phone calls and an 80 mile round trip but OMG, I love it so much – I just wish the weather was nice so I had more reasons to wear it as you can’t really get away with wearing it with tights. While I was in Jack Wills, I naughtily had a sneak peak in the last of sale items and found a lovely Farmers style coat with tweed elbows – it’s not thick enough for winter but now the weathers turning it’s perfect and the green is surprisingly going with everything I’ve worn it with… plus it was only £34 down from over £100!

Me and Mum then had a shopping day in Chester when she came up this weekend which was brilliant, I’ve not seen her in over a month so it was so nice to spend 4 days with her. We just mosied around the shops and had a few cocktails so wasn’t too hectic – although the excitement of finding a Central Perk CafĂ© which was kitted out like the one in Friends nearly killed me off… I could actually live there. The only thing I really brought was a new hat for winter. It’s knitted with cream fur around the headband bit. Was mega money to spend on a hat (£18) but I really liked it and as it’s M&S, hopefully it’ll last all winter.

Finally… the most exciting part of the month… a day of girly time and shopping with Mum on Friday, lead to me adopting our new baby.. Paddy! He’s a guinea pig and for anyone who knows me, I haven’t not had a guinea pig for over 10 years until I moved house a few months ago. He’s a bit older and I adopted him rather than brought him as his brother had just died and he looked that sad I couldn’t let him go. He’s only been with us for a few days but he’s already starting to pick up and eat/squeak more so that tipped off a brilliant month quite nicely!