Monday, 30 January 2017

Manicure Monday: Trash or Treasure series

For someone who isn't allowed to wear nail varnish at work I have a lot of it. I haven't actually counted the bottles but I am sure you can see from above that I have far more than a girl needs. I sat trying to sort through them and decide which to keep and just ended up with telling myself I loved them all. So what I decided to do was start wearing them on my days off and decide which ones I love and which ones I just dont get on with, whether its the shade the consistency etc.

I think I will do updates every other month because with my shifts I will probably be getting through one a week maybe. I will possibly need your help with some decisions! 

Charlotte Lucy

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

January Empties

Empties posts in the blogger world are marmite. I personally love them and trust the reviews a lot more than someone who has used the product once or twice! I intend to do these on the last Wednesday of each month! These are a couple of things from the end of last year but mainly used up this month!

Batiste Dry Shampoo 'tropical'

As I am sure you are all aware by now I work nights. By night three I am pretty much entirely made up of dry shampoo and coffee. I really enjoy batiste but to be honest I haven't really experimented much when it comes to dry shampoo! I have a few cans of batiste to use up and then I am going to try out other brands. Any you recommend?

Would I repurchase? Yes but I have no plans to at the moment.

I love me a hot bubbly bath with a good dose of radox and I think this is my favourite scent. There is not really much for me to say about it!

Would I Repurchase? Yes. Always. 


Kelp sheet mask 

My lovely friend Vicky bought this back from Korea for me ages ago and I have only just got around to using it! It felt lovely and cooling on even if I did look very scary! I'm not sure if it was this mask or just the cold weather but since using it my skin feels overly sensitive so I wouldn't be running to use this again.

Would I repurchase? No probably not 

Sanctuary green lemon and orange blossom body wash 

I got this in a Christmas gift set last year and it was a bit of an acquired scent. I'm not a fan of musky scents generally but I grew to like it. However at £5.50 for 250ml I don't think it was nice enough for that price when you can get plenty of shower gels for around the £1 mark!

Would I repurchase? No 

Twig and dot candle

I can't find this for sale on the Internet anywhere and so I can't link it sorry! It had a subtle woody scent and I really enjoyed it. 

Would I Repurchase? Yes. If I could find it and it wasn't overly expensive. 

Mitchell and peach shower wash English Garden

This is another one of those things I got in a beauty box! I have so much still to use up! I really liked this scent, I think it had lavender and rose and was really relaxing and felt luxurious. I can't find this online but looking at the brand its not cheap.

Would I repurchase? No probably not.

Soap and Glory Pulp friction

I have such a stash of body scrubs! I think it comes down to the fact that its something I often forget to use but now I am trying to use them more often! This one wasn't too abrasive but still gave you a good scrub if that makes sense! With the signature soap and glory scent I'm sure we all love. I have never been out and just bought this I have always had it in the Christmas gift set that every basic bitch gets at Christmas and actually for £8 I don't think I would necessarily pick it up on its own, but that said its usually on offer!

Would I repurchase? Yes but not at full price. 

Is it bad that I don't actually remember where and when I bought this? I think possibly in the House of Fraser outlet. I have a box full of beautiful candles which I barely use. I tend to go through phases. When I was ill at the beginning of December I had them burning all the time but since then I don't think I have lit a single one! Anyway I totally adore this scent.

Would I Repurchase? Yes. 

So there you have it lots of empties! I am currently trying to decide the best way to sort through my stash and hopefully get rid of a lot of things I am just hanging on to but not actually using!

Charlotte Lucy 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Wearing My Wardrobe 2017: Weeks 1 & 2

When I first started blogging over a year ago I was really into blogs that showed what the bloggers actually wore on a daily basis, then these blogs seemed to disappear in favour of the more glossy outfit posts. Now this may be an unpopular opinion but more and more I started feeling like blogs were turning into the warped reality of a fashion magazine we were trying so hard to get away from. Don't get me wrong, I love a good glossy post and I know thats where the money comes from in blogging but this is my hobby and so I decided that on my instagram (shoestringchicblog) I was going to start doing daily OOTDs. Partly to track what I am wearing (Inspired by the beautiful Katie) but also as I want to show my body more on the Internet. There are going to be more posts explaining this more over the next few weeks but I just think we need a more diverse range of bodies in the blogosphere! Anyway ...

So on my instagram I am posting everyday, but here I will only be posting my outfits and not my pjs or underwear! As i write this its the 19th and I haven't repeated an outfit yet! On the left I am wearing a long top which has these huge buttons all the way down the side which I paid £3 for from Age UK with a chunky knit cardigan (originally F+F but I paid I think £2.99 from Extra Care charity shop) This was just worn to my Nana's for dinner!

On the right I was having a bad body confidence day so I thought right I will wear something bright and I will have a good day which I did! The dress was from Age Uk and actually its originally a primark one! I don't usually buy primark second hand but I fell in love with this dachshund print dress last year. I paired it with this super soft cardigan I bought recently in the British hart foundation shop.

Left: Both items here were bought from actual shops ... shock horror! Both a long while ago now though but I know I paid around £20 for that skirt which seems crazy to me now! I was bloated and had the worst period pain so this was just a throw on outfit!

Right: We went to an unlimited screening of La La Land which didn't disappoint! I had decided I wanted to wear a dress and sequins, while trying not to look over dressed (after all cineworld isn't really somewhere you glam up is it?) The dress was £2.49 from BHF (originally from F+F) and the jacket was a Christmas present from my mom bought in the New Look sale for £11

Left: This F+F dress (Can you see a pattern starting here?) is one of my absolute favourites in the summer and I was thinking about packing it away until then and then it hit me, I live in England and we have about three days of summer each year. So i thought I would experiment with layering as its not something I am usually very good at. That said though I enjoyed the overall look, by pairing it with this grey roll neck (originally h&m bought from extra care).

Right: Oh I know I said I wasn't going to include lounge wear but this tee is my total life. I got it from eBay after Christmas.

Left: Clashing stripes and breaking all the fashion rules but I wore this to travel down to London. Both top and skirt were from £1 rails in different charity shops. This blazer is a few years old from new look and just provides a much needed extra layer in the cold we are having in the UK!

Right: One of my favourite eBay purchases of last year is this Henry Holland (my favourite) tee that has a cat and mouse (right I'm earning crazy cat lady points every day here?) I paired it with this topshop skirt (I paid £2ish for it from scope and it still had the tags on it and should have been £22) Its like a body con skirt with a mesh skirt over the top and I cant decide what I thought about it. I am going to try it a couple of times and then it may end up being donated back to a charity shop

Wow that feels like a very long post! If you haven't seen I have embarked on a 365 Day Charity Shop Challenge!

Come back every other Friday for an update post!

Charlotte Lucy

Friday, 6 January 2017

What I need from my wardrobe: dressing for IBS.

This post may seem a strange one, but I can guarantee if you have IBS you will know where I am coming from. Despite my reservations in the past I am back at Slimming World, which I know is controversial but as strange as it sounds I am not there totally focused on the weight. I am there to focus on eating proper meals, and testing myself what I can and can't eat with my IBS (You can read more about my reasons here and here)

However what I really want to talk about here is what I need from my wardrobe. I genuinely used to look at fashion and think oh when I am thin I will wear x piece of clothing, but recently I have been on a body love journey and realised that with my IBS even if I lost weight and became a size zero (which for the record I never want to do) I would still be prone to the bloating. So what do I need?

Comfort. This is the number one thing on my dress. I am talking loose flowing dresses, stretchy leggings and baggy jumpers. Don't get this confused with trying to hide my belly, my belly doesn't need hiding, this is more about feeling comfortable. There is nothing worse than having the dreaded IBS cramps and feeling the waistband of your skirt digging into your stomach. If anything this just makes the pain worse.

Accessibility. Last year I bought the most amazing jumpsuit. Why haven't I worn it? Because my friends I cant get out of it on my own. It has tiny fiddly buttons round the neck and what would happen if I needed the toilet in a rush? There is no way I could get out of it and that gives me such anxiety! I am looking at ways around it.

I want to make it super clear hear this is not about hiding my belly. Its hard for me to separate these concepts as I spent years being taught from various sources that I should flatter my shape and hide my flaws. To that I say, jog on, but this is about making sure I am comfortable in my clothes!

Charlotte Lucy.