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23 April 2014

Skinny Denim Dungarees

Tom normally takes my outfit photos, which usually involves a lot of patience on both of our parts; him clicking away and awkwardly trying to crouch down to my level so his height doesn't make me look like an ant being photographed by a giraffe, and me tentatively asking for 'just a few more', or asking for them to be re-taken when I realise my necklace is on back to front/flies are undone/hair looks crap.

So when I was in Leamington last weekend with Katy, Sarah and Char, and Katy kindly offered to take a few photos for me, I jumped at the chance.  I knew another blogger would know exactly the right cheesy poses to capture, and to do those trendy little 'detail' photos, because frankly, people need to see my watch and necklace CLOSE-UP to really appreciate them, right?

So, behold, a little photoshoot, expertly photographed by Katy.  Of course I threw in the obligatory 'cool blogger' peace sign post, but please note, I am being IRONIC.  It is an ironic peace sign pose.  Mmkay?

Dungarees Dungarees
Dungarees Dungarees

dungarees: ebay £22.99 // bag: primark £9.99
long-sleeved top: h&m {instore, not online} // shoes: schutz {old}

necklace: pull and bear £6.50 at asos // sunglasses: the little deer £12 {sold out}

I have worn these dungarees loads since I bought them, I was looking for a pair with a skinny leg and these are just perfect, I was so chuffed when I spotted them on eBay.  I think they'll be out and about a lot over the next few months, plus Tom worked out yesterday that you can fit an iPad mini in the front pouch (I was wearing them at the time, not him) so you can pretend you're some kind of gadget marsupial (fashionable and multi-functional is definitely my jam).  They should probably add that to the eBay listing.

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22 April 2014

Happy Days 03

I realise that yesterday's post was a list of things that make me smile, and so writing one of my 'Happy Days' posts in quick succession might rather be overdoing the positivity - but as it's pouring with rain outside and we've come home from our intended few days away camping because of the crappy weather I thought it might cheer me up to reflect on the things I am thankful for rather than dwelling on the gloomy skies.  Starting with a snap I took last week, oh sunshine... where have you gone?

001. Blue skies and sunshine.  Last week, it lifted my mood so much to be able to open all the windows, let the fresh air in and and enjoy the sounds of birds singing outside in the mornings.  Hopefully this spate of rain is just a glitch and we can get on with enjoying Spring!


002. Beautifully wrapped packages (from Urban Graphic Shop - review coming soon).


003. Swapping clothes with other bloggers at an event organised by the lovely Hannah.

Blogger Clothes Swap

004. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - kindly sent to me by Farmaline (£29.69*) - I have been constantly covering myself in this lately, not only does it smell absolutely amazing, it makes my skin look shimmer-y, soft and smooth.  A total wonder product.

Nuxe oil

005. Climbing trees with friends - featuring Sarah, Katy and Char.  It also makes me very happy to spend time with other bloggers, but not call it a 'blogger weekender' or feel the need to think up a hashtag, because actually, it's just a rad weekend with your mates.

Treeclimbing Treeclimbing

006. Making the ultimate sausage sandwich.  Sourdough bread, organic sausages, caramelised onions, NOM.

Sausage sandwich

007. Bodhi getting an amazing present in the post in the form of a nautical striped dog bed from Dunelm Mill (Hamptons Collection Dog Bed, £19.99*).  He has barely spent any time out of it since we got it so his glum face when I took his picture really made me laugh.  Cheer up Bodhi!  I am definitely buying this cute treat jar next time I'm in Dunelm Mill, I know that will put a smile on his face!

Bodhi dog bed Bodhi dog bed
Bodhi dog bed

007. My Pinterest addiction is showing no signs of waning.  This quote I found really resonated with me when I read it, especially as I'd just read an article about Arianna Huffington's new book 'Thrive', which is about focussing on your wellbeing - slowing down, getting more sleep, meditating and disconnecting from our devices.  She recommends switching your mobile phone off every night for the hour before you go to bed.  I wonder if I could manage that, it sounds like a really nice idea and I hate my habit of scrolling through Twitter in bed! I am definitely taking note of this advice.

What's been making you happy this week? What are the little things that you are thankful for?

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21 April 2014

What Makes You Smile

My smile is one of the few things I actually feel confident about when having my picture taken. It sometimes surprises non-bloggers to hear that even the most seemingly confident of bloggers, despite their ability to have their picture taken multiple times and then post the evidence on the internet, have lots of body hang-ups. I am definitely the same and there are several things I would change about myself given half the chance, and try and hide away or not think about when having my photo taken. My smile however, is one of the few things I do feel content with.

People say I'm lucky to have a 'nice smile' - which is a lovely compliment, though it was years of braces and retainers rather than luck that straightened my teeth out and meant that I stopped feeling self-conscious of my crooked teeth as a child.  So when I write now about the things that make me smile, I am writing about the things that not only rouse a little half-smile, but a big ol' toothy grin! Like this one -

Cheesy grin

Here is a little video of some things that make me do a grin...

001. Bodhi dog
002. Peppermint tea
003. Books
004. Bedtime
005. Flowers from Tom
006. Mini Eggs

And here are some more, not in the video...

007. Long bubble baths
008. Burning candles
009. Going on adventures

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010.  Barbecues on warm afternoons
011. Digging my toes in sand
012. Road trips
013. Mint choc-chip ice cream
014. Netflix marathons
015. Snoozing on weekend mornings
016. Exploring with my camera
017. Slippers
018. The sound of birds singing
019. Fairy lights
020. Bike rides
021. Blog reading sessions
022. The sound of rain
023. Dusk in the summer
024. Walks in the forest
025. Fleece-y pajamas
026. Beating a personal best when running
027. The smell when it rains on a summer's day
028. Clean bedsheets
029. New Nike trainers
030. Planting flowers in the garden
031. Buying new notebooks
032. Brunch done properly (pancakes, eggs, bacon - yum)
033. Receiving handwritten letters in the post
034. Camping

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035. Making smoothies (with lots of peanut butter)
036. Pretty sunsets
037. Foxes
038. Days spent with friends and family
039. Getting lots of fresh air
040. Yoga classes

What would be on your list of things that make you do a big toothy grin?

I'll let you into a little secret, even though I feel confident about my smile, I'd still like my teeth to be a little whiter! I've been using Colgate Max White One this week to try and achieve it, and am looking forward to seeing the results. Colgate Max White One Optic is the simple answer to an instantly visible whiter smile. Buy it in high street chemists or most major supermarkets, priced at around £4.49.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Colgate via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Colgate.

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