Monday, November 14, 2016

Kenzo Vibes and Autumn Leaves

When your favourite brand releases a collaboration with a high street store, then its pretty much a must that you queue online through crashing websites and frustrating moments until you get through to pick up some of your favourites. Well that is pretty much how my morning went on the day that the Kenzo for H&M collection was released.
It took me at least an hour, being 20mins late for work then selecting any size that was left in order to get my hands on some of them but I finally did and I was super excited when they arrived last week.

As you can tell, if you have seen my own collection, I am a print designer myself and I love strong colours & bold designs. The KenzoxHM collection was right up my street and whilst I loved the really eye catching pieces, I surprised myself when I found that my favourite piece of all was this knitted jumper with embroidered patches. 
Its so cosy but still so stylish with its wide sleeves, high neck and striking details. Its probably the most wearable of the pieces that I bought and ideal for throwing on over my little tutu ra-ra skirt from Primark/Penneys for this crisp Autumn day.
I absolutely love this time of year (when it is dry) - I am obsessed with cosy clothes and layers so these mild but brisk evenings are ideal for sweatshirts and casual strolls through the fallen leaves.
I even made a new friend along the way in the form of a gorgeous black labrador who decided he wanted to appear in some of my pics! 
Did you guys pick up any of the Kenzo x HM pieces? let me know what you thought.
Nicola x

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Lisa Dee 6 Week Bikini Body

Recently I decided to try Lisa Dee's 6 week bikini body program (for the third time). I had tried it before and had incredible results but unfortunately I really struggle with will power and never saw it through to the end of the six weeks but this time I decided to give it one more shot.

Before I start let me state that I do not now, or have I ever believed that I was overweight, nor do I encourage weightloss. What I do encourage is a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet which is what Lisa Dee's program aims to promote.
It does not consist of a starvation diet nor does it consist of excessive exercising. It simply involves a few changes, some food preparation and a half hour of exercise from home each day. It is so simple and can be adapted to suit any lifestyle or ability.

In the video above, I was in my second week of the program and decided to wear my favourite jeans from my boutique which I lived in all Summer and were a little snug around the waist. On this particular day, I put them on to find that they were so loose in the waist that I would need to have them altered. Whilst they may have been my favourite jeans, it was such a nice feeling to see them loose like this.
I had spent the previous few months struggling with bloating, discomfort in my stomach and some kind of dietary disorder. I had been tested for celiac disease, put on tablets for my stomach etc. and nothing had helped, so thanks to Lisa's program, I stripped it right back to basics and with simple changes in my diet, my stomach shrank over night. I felt more full of energy, my skin appearance improved and if I had to deal with not being able to wear my favourite jeans then I could handle that.

Lisa has just started a new program called Slimbo for Chrimbo which you guys can check out on her Facebook page. She has numerous accounts from clients which show the success of her programs and how they make girls both look better and feel better. Lisa's Facebook page can be found HERE and you can contact her on there for any further information.

I may not have the best willpower but I will be trying out her Slimbo for Chrimbo program over the next few weeks and will keep you posted on my progress.

Nicola x
My before and after Pics

Laser Hair Removal at The Beauty House

One permanent battle that us ladies (and lots of men) have to deal with is that of hair removal. We have it in all of the wrong places, spend a fortune getting rid of it in some areas and another fortune trying to add it to our heads... one of life's greatest ironies eh?
If you are dark haired like me, you will especially relate to the struggle. Shaving is a waste of time, considering that by the next evening you will be in stubble-sville ready to repeat the entire process.
I had recently started waxing my legs which had definitely lightened the growth but it is still such a pain as you have to persevere with the awkward regrowth period in between times which is a constant rotation of opaque tights and jeans.
I had always been curious about laser hair removal, but with the crazy price tags and not being sure if it actually works, it isn't something that I ever decided to pursue. However when Jennifer from The BeautyHouse Bridgend contacted me to try it out, I jumped at the chance.

I did a video to show you guys the entire process which you can see above. (apologies about the unflattering angle and the ghostly colour of my legs but you can't wear fake tan and the less pigment in your skin the better the result).
Jennifer began by shaving my legs as the hair needs to be stimulated by the razor in order to have the best effect. She then sectioned off my legs using a marker in order to divide them into areas for better precision with the treatment. And finally the laser process began, which you will see in detail in the video.
I want to tell you that it was totally pain free but I can't... what I can tell you is that it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Imagine someone snapping an elastic band against your skin over and over again and thats exactly how it feels. The whole process is over in a flash so any discomfort you feel is soon forgotten. There is very little to worry about when it comes to the aftercare process, all you have to do is stay out of sunlight & avoiding hot water & perfumed lotions for 24 hours.

At first I wasn't sure if it had worked. My hair grew within a few days and felt really sharp and stubbly as if I had shaved my legs. This panicked me as I felt that it hadn't worked but Jennifer did warn me that this was normal. The hair follicle that was left behind from shaving continued to grow out as normal but after a day or so they started to fall out and by the end of the week my legs were the smoothest they had ever been.
Even after waxing, by the third week I would have to start covering up my legs again, however I am now into my second month since having just one session of laser treatment and the hairs are so fine  that I could easily wear a skirt and you wouldn't even notice.
I definitely recommend trying out the laser. It might be quite expensive but if you add up all of the money you spend on waxing or shaving foams over the years then I am sure it balances out.

I have only had one session so far, so I will keep you guys updated after my next few sessions and of course do a follow up post but for now I am very impressed.

If you would like to contact Jennifer for yourself the check out her Facebook page - HERE or you can give her a call on 00353 74 9386006