Monday, 6 July 2015

Shoe Therapy: The Best Kind of Therapy

Turns out I'm a bit of a shoe person. Up until last year I would never have described myself as one; I spent my winters in brown knee high boots and my summers in flip flops and that was pretty much the extent of my shoe collection.

Then last Spring I discovered clogs and once I realised just how comfy they were to walk in I ended up buying a few different styles and brands..... and a similar thing happened with jellies in the Summer (the PERFECT festival shoe, don't you know.... I may or may not have bought five pairs) and then the Autumn came along and I rediscovered my love for ankle boots. And pirate boots. And high top trainers.

Basically, I realised that I love shoes. And I bought quite a lot.

The most recent addition to my shoe collection has been a pair of black studded suede loafers, which were gifted to me by Shoe Therapy. Described as 'the great looking shoe that works hard for you', all Shoe Therapy shoes have a patented inner sole and an ergonomically shaped heel that are basically MAGIC.

They stimulate tired and aching legs, minimising stress on the knee in the process, they improve circulation and cellulite and decrease the appearance of varicose veins, they relieve back and joint pains AND they correct your posture.

Aside from being scientifically proven to have all these health benefits, they are also comfortable, and supportive, and STYLISH. My loafers are made from buttery soft suede with the most awesome contrasting gold studding detail. They are perfect for the amount of walking I do (which is a lot - 5 miles a day on school runs alone) and look equally great teamed with a shirt dress or a pair of jeans and vest top.

Prices start at just £65 and there is currently a mega sale on. Take a look at the Shoe Therapy website here xo

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Juicing Part Deux

Juicing has become part of my daily routine ever since my very first juice fast two and a half years ago.

I used to talk about it regularly on here, but over time I found - and stuck to - my favourite juice combinations and I didn't want to bore you all by talking about the same recipes over and over again, so I just let my juicing obsession linger in the background, escaping via the occasional tweet or instagram post.

These days I've replaced my old Dualit 88305 with a Philips Viva HR164. It was actually sent to me by Legal & General, who have been researching the most innovative technology for day-to-day living. When they asked me what I thought was the most innovative piece of kit within the home, I didn't need to think twice.

Awesome image (and recipe!) via here

In my opinion, it is most definitely my juicer. I wouldn't be without it. There is no easier way to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants. I'm using it more than ever this summer; the kids and I have been living off frozen juice ice lollies during the heatwave and they are SO good! It's such a simple piece of kit, but over the past few years juicers have become faster, more powerful, quieter and so much easier to clean. I'm majorly impressed with the HR 164, and it looks pretty darn pretty on my kitchen work top too.

What's your favourite piece of technology at home?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Dear Diary #18 {Bumper Edition}

OK, so its only been five weeks since I promised myself I'd keep up these weekly diary entries again and already I've been slacking. I last wrote about life three weeks ago, and in that time we've been up to so much!

First up I turned 35. How the freak did that happen? I know it's a cliche but I really do still feel twenty. I'm not going to lie, I had a bit of a crisis in the lead up to this birthday. I mean! 35!

In actual fact it ended up being one of my most favourite birthdays ever. Daisy wrote me a birthday note, my parents came to visit and took me to the garden centre for lunch. They bought me some plants for the garden, then the girls got home from school and my BFF came round with two huge platters of homemade sushi and a birthday cake.

I got some awesome presents too.... a load of Oronomin C from Japan (ADDICTED! so good!), a gorgeous little bistro set for my patio, two superhero t-shirts, TATTOO VOUCHERS (yes really). I felt very loved. So far being 35 hasn't been so bad!

I spent my first entire weekend without the girls (sob!) but saw one of my best friends get married (yay!). 

I travelled down to Croyde in Devon for some quality time with my Uni girls. There are eight of us and these days we are all married / divorced / busy with kids / living all over the globe so its pretty hard for us to all get together. We totally managed it for this special occasion, and it was AMAZING! The wedding was beautiful. I wore a dress from French Connection. It was a bridesmaids dress from three summers ago that I ended up not being able to wear due to being very heavily pregnant with Evie! The girls and I danced ALL NIGHT and drank way too much champagne. The next morning we blew away the cobwebs with a huge cooked breakfast and an ice cream on the beach.

We've had some cracking movie nights in the past couple of weeks. I've been re-buying all my favourite childhood films and so far the girls have loved them all! This Friday we're watching Splash! I'm excited already.

We visited the coast on a Friday night after school. Boy I love doing this. We ran around on the beach, had a (chilly) picnic dinner and collected stones and shells. Then we warmed up with tea and cake at a cafe before heading back home. What a great way to start the weekend!

THIS is the song that has been stuck in my brain for the last fortnight. I do love a ukelele! (And I have a bit of a girl crush on Zoe Deschanel too). xoxo
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