Thursday, 27 March 2014

The new materialism

2014 was going to be the year where I start to clear the clutter and hopefully improve my spending habits. I had already started reading a few blogs on simplifying, using only the best things you have and genuinely being content with what you already have.

Life can be so busy where you forget about or put off what really needs to be done. I feel like I can't put it off any longer. This Saturday I plan on having a major cull and possibly get round to listing things on eBay, donating to charity and just focus on the home.

The new materialism for me is not about purchasing the next best thing or chasing after the next must have bag, shoes or other things I would have done in the past. It's about enjoying what I already have.

- Louise

Friday, 7 March 2014

Natural Nail Care - updated post

Since doing my last nail care post I have mixed things up a little. Instead of buying moisturising things to improve my nails, I looked at the problem instead.

The two pictures below were the state of my nails. I had skin growing on the nail plate. I have tried for years to remove this skin and nothing worked. Until now that is.

The two things that have made a huge difference are by Leighton Denny

One of the products that has made a lasting impression on me is the Leighton Denny Remove and Rectify, used in conjunction with the Leighton Denny hoof stick. These two items have removed the build up of skin on the nail plate. On the back of the packaging it says to use it everyday and once a week in a manicure. I have been using it since for four days now and the improvement is fantastic. It is definitely a repurchase for me.

I purchased the Leighton Denny Remove and Rectify from Marks and Spencer for £11

The Leighton Denny hoof stick was purchased from Must Have for £3.05 inc p&p

The below picture is after a few days of using the Remove and Rectify and hoof stick.

The Leighton Denny crystal nail file which I have been using for a few months now is another one of my favourites. I have had numerous crystal nail files over the years, some which were good and some that were awful. The Leighton Denny crystal nail file is classed as the Rolls Royce of nail files and I can see why. After the filing nails with other files there would be roughness almost jagged edges. The Leighton Denny nail file smoothes the edges of the nails with minimal effort.

I purchased the Leighton Denny small crystal nail file from using my advantage points.

My current nail care products look like this 

I haven't been wearing nail polish since my last nail care post. The smell of the polish and remover make me feel queasy. So I am currently enjoying a natural manicure. The green file is a nail buffer by Marks and Spencer and was £3.

When I get a little me time I like to give myself a manicure and here's how

Soak nails in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes
File nails
Apply remove and rectify and leave for 3-5 minutes
Gentle push back cuticles with a hoof stick
Buff nails to a high gloss shine
Apply hand cream 

Do you have any tips you'd like to add? What are your favourite products?

- Louise

Monday, 3 March 2014

February round up

The past couple of months I have been clearing out the wardrobe. Alongside this I have noticed a few gaps in my wardrobe where I needed to purchase things. I also had to replace some basics too.

I like the idea of having a minimalist wardrobe. Not only is it liberating to have a small selection of good quality basics, the other plus point is everything is interchangeable. My basic colours are navy (it's more flattering in my opinion on a pale complexion), white and grey.

The only clothing items I am purchasing are well thought through, so no more impulsive purchases are happening. Another important thing to consider when building a capsule wardrobe is your lifestyle. Make sure all future purchases are going to work for your lifestyle now, not your imaginary one.

My purchases so far include:

Hobbs Kasia wool coat in Navy


The coat is gorgeous, well made and well worth the price. It looks great with trousers as well as jeans. It definitely dresses up any outfit.

My other purchases are from good all Marks and Spencer. I have had all kinds of designer jeans in the past, some good and some bad. Whilst shopping on a budget I decided to pop into my local M&S and look at the new Per Una range. I purchased a pair of boot cut jeans and a pair of slim leg trousers which look great paired with ballet flats. I was going to include the links for them, but I can't find them on the M&S website.

Thank you for stopping by,

- Louise