Samsung mobile phone case

I don’t know about you, but I get as excited about a new case for my mobile as I do when I buy a new pair of shoes. The annoying thing is, I’ll see a case with a pretty design, only to find out that a particular brand stocks every pattern you can think of for the iPhone, yet nothing for my beloved Samsung. I want to invest my money in a good quality case that will protect my phone as well as look nice, I’d get bored with a standard black or brown one.

Not only do I want to get my money’s worth but I want to be able to choose from a range of pretty deigns, or even design my own. Well that’s exactly what you’re able to do with CaseApp.

Samsung mobile phone case

I was contacted by the lovely people at CaseApp and asked if I’d like to review one of their phone cases. I was literally amazed by the vast choice of pre-made designs they had, and if you wanted to, you could choose your own design or photo, with the option of adding text or quotes to personalise it even more. That way you’re  unlikely to see someone with the same phone case as you.

Expecting to see an iphone as the only option, I was over the moon to see that my Samsung S8 Plus was listed. It took me absolutely ages to decide whether to have a custom mobile case or pre-designed one, I was spoilt for choice. It was good to find a company that produces cases for more than just one brand of phone.

samsung mobile phone case

I finally settled on this pink, marble and rose gold design* which looks so pretty. Yes, I know it’s very predictable for me but I  was naturally drawn to it and couldn’t resist it. The case arrived a few days later and popped easily onto my phone. My mobile not only looks beautiful and matches most of my stationery, but it’s also protected against knocks and scratches.

samsung mobile phone case

The phone case is made of a tough, lightweight plastic that fits snugly around the phone, covering the top and each corner, saving any damage if the phone is dropped. The bottom edge  of the case is open, so the charger and head phone sockets are easily accessible. There’s also a cut away section on both sides so the power and volume buttons aren’t completely covered. The phone case itself comes in both a matte or glossy finish, it isn’t too bulky and feels comfortable to hold.

If you fancy brightening up your plain looking laptop , you can also design your own custom skin to match your mobile case. The laptop skin is basically a huge sticker which you carefully stick to your laptop. CaseApp have got different size laptop skins as well as tablets, so you’re bound to find one to fit your device in there as well.

samsung mobile phone case

The phone case prices start at £19 and laptop skins are £22. You can use the SHARONREID20 which will get you 20% off your total order. Just head over to their website to have a look at all the wonderful designs. It’s definitely worth spending a little bit more to make sure your mobile is fully protected, and looking pretty cute too.

*This post has been in collaboration with CaseApp and the mobile case was very kindly sent to me in return for a review. All opinions and photos are my own.

 

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An Off The Shoulder Dress

Every year I love to add at least one new dress to my ever growing collection. When I purchase each dress I like to know that I’ll pull it out of the wardrobe and it’ll go with the majority of my accessories. I want to be able to wear the dress to any occasion, day or night, without having to think too much about how I’m going to style it.  My style is mainly floaty and floral, and I very often stick to what I feel comfortable in. Yet there’s nothing wrong with trying something different once in a while, is there?

When I think of an off the shoulder dress, I imagine days at the beach and holiday destinations. I see women wearing them all the time, women who are confident and know exactly how to pull them off. I’ve always needed the security of at least a spaghetti strap to make sure I’m held firmly in place. I’ll always remember when I was on holiday in my late teens and wearing a brightly coloured bikini in the sea, a huge wave rolled up and dragged the bikini top down and, well, all I can say is I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life.

So you see, I do expect miracles from one summer dress.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

In a moment of extreme braveness I came across this white Off The Shoulder Dress* on the Tobi website and thought, hey, why not give it a try. Not only did I choose off the shoulder but decided on a mini length as well, I would normally have gone for a maxi dress but oh no, I stepped well and truly out of that comfort zone.

There was something about this particular dress that I felt drawn to, maybe the delicate polka dot print made a welcome change from floral or maybe it was the fit and flare skirt that I knew I’d feel more comfortable in rather than a tightly fitting design.

When the dress arrived I couldn’t wait to try it on. It fitted beautifully in all the right places, not too tight or so loose it would fall down. The elasticated part across the chest enhanced my womanly shape, one I didn’t know was there before. It wasn’t low cut so I didn’t feel exposed and wanting to pull it up all the time. The website describes the dress as a skater style, measuring 72.4 cm length, I’m nearly 5 foot 8 inches and on me it reached to about my mid thigh. The skirt section has a sheer top layer and a soft satiny lining underneath. If white isn’t your thing, don’t worry, this dress also comes in red and black.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

I love the extra detail around the neckline and the arms, the delicate frill gives a real girly feel to the dress. The tiny polka dot print gave the dress a simple, classic feel rather than being bold and in your face. The material was so soft and not in the least bit scratchy, the dress feels such good quality and looks well made, it could easily have come from a high end store. I felt absolutely amazing while wearing this off the shoulder dress, I felt a strong, confident woman while retaining my femininity. It suited both my shape and style without looking like I’d tried too hard.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

I’d set myself a little challenge. I knew I could easily pop on a pair of pretty summer sandals and add a straw bag for a casual day look which would be ideal for a day at the seaside, but would it still look as good styled up for an evening event.

Accessories are a great way to completely change the look of an outfit, from shoes to bags, even jewellery can make a difference. A pair of brightly coloured tassel earrings would bring an element of fun for a day look, however I prefer to wear delicate gold or silver jewellery. With my neckline on show, I chose this beautiful gold layered necklace* to add a hint of glamour to a simple day dress. The smaller chain is in a choker style and the longer chain includes a disc pendent which sits perfectly just below the collar bone. I think it’s one of the prettiest necklaces I have ever seen.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

For my shoes and bag I’ve chosen two items I’d picked up from Amazon. For months I’d been searching for a dupe of the Chloe Nile Bracelet bag. I love that this one is practically identical, although it’s not made of leather and definitely doesn’t come with the hefty price tag. I was surprised at how well made it was, it has good quality stitching and doesn’t look or feel cheap. The bag can be worn cross body using the adjustable shoulder strap or as a grab bag using the circle ring handle. It’s the ideal size for an evening out, there’s a slot for a card holder, along with a larger section for a mobile and a few makeup essentials.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

My shoes were another amazing find from a brand called Rock On Styles and are a very similar design to the Valentino Rockstud pumps, but for a fraction of the price. The heel height is roughly 3 inches, so not too high if your’re going to be on your feet all evening. They’d also look absolutely beautiful worn for a prom or with a bridesmaids outfit. They are made of good quality faux leather, with studs along the straps and the front of the shoe.

To complete my look is a blush pink and rose gold watch from Anne Klein, which was a birthday gift from Adrian, he knows me so well as I simply adore these colours (it also comes in Chestnut or Navy). I slipped on an off white blazer from Anastasia (Similar), sadly mine’s out of stock but there are loads around like this one from Tobi.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

I may have been going out for the evening but I wanted to keep my makeup looking quite natural and fresh. First I applied No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, which is your base, concealer and powder all in. It’s also a handy size compact to pop in your bag. For my eyes I’ve used my trusty Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Better Than Sex Mascara. To finish off the look I’ve used Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in the shade Insatiable Ivory and Essie Nail Polish in colour Bare With Me.

All I needed was a glass of Prosecco in my hand.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Dress: Tobi*

Necklace: Tobi*

Bag: Amazon

Shoes: Rock On Styles

Watch: Anne Klein

*These items were kindly gifted to me by the PR team at Tobi

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SpaRitual Review

Having some time to myself really does help with my with my general well being, especially my mental health. In a world where everything feels like it’s on full speed and my body has hit an imaginary brick wall. I need to be by myself, sitting calmly and free my mind of any outside stresses. If only I could hot foot it to the nearest Spa Treatment salon every time I felt like this. Luckily I try to recreate the experience and enjoy some simple beauty rituals with a selection of little luxuries in the comfort of my own bedroom.

SpaRitual is a brand that has a collection of high quality beauty products and has been around since 2004. I love that they are made with natural, organic ingredients and don’t have any harsh chemicals. Recently I have become aware that it’s important to know what goes on your body as well as what goes into your body. SpaRitual is really passionate about the products they make, giving you only the best, natural beauty treatments for an at home spa session.

I was extremely excited to try out a selection of their beauty products after being introduced to their brand by Rhian from A Touch Of Pink Beauty. Rhian came to my house a few months back to give me an Indian Head Massage, gentle music was playing, candles were burning and it was such a wonderfully relaxing experience I fell asleep. I felt like I was floating on clouds for the rest of the day.

Let me tell you about some of the amazing SpaRitual products I’ve been using at home during my own beauty routine.

SapRitual Body Oil

Rhian used the SpaRitual Chinese Jasmine Body Oil when she did my massage and I’ve been using the same body oil after I’ve had a relaxing bath in the evening. I use a few pumps in the palm of my hand and massage it all over my body, feet and hands. It doesn’t take very long to absorb so you’re not left feeling too greasy. My skin felt incredibly soft and it smells absolutely divine. Using this just before I get into bed has certainly helped me to feel relaxed for a great night’s sleep. This oil can also be mixed with the body butter for extra hydration. which will be great during the winter months when my skin is a bit drier.

Spa Rituals Nail Polishes

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the SpaRitual Nail Polishes, but they are really lovely to use. The shades I have are (L to R) Calm, Unleash, Wisdom and Liberation, which are all very neutral shades but they also have so many gorgeous colours from corals, bright pinks and electric blues. The brush is a decent size and it only takes a couple of swipes to coat each nail, I always add a second layer for a deeper colour. My nails looked really glossy and the polish lasted for around four days before it began to chip.

SpaRitual Hand Serum

I’ve been aware of using Anti-Aging skincare on my face for years, but never really worried about my hands. SpaRitual Hand Serum concentrates on slowing down time for your hands too. It softens and smooths out the texture and helps to build collagen and promote elasticity. Although this did make my hands feel soft, I prefer using a thicker hand cream and sadly I didn’t love this quite as much as some other products. I suffer from extremely dry hands so maybe this serum would work wonders on someone else.

SpaRitual Sugar Scrub

The first thing I noticed about the SpaRitual Egyptian Geranium Sugar Scrub was the scent, let me tell you, it is gorgeous. I could close my eyes and imagine I was actually laying on the couch in a spa salon. The texture reminds me of the sugar coated jelly sweets you find at the pick and mix counter. I use this luxurious sugar scrub in the shower, feeling well and truly pampered. The sugar crystals exfoliate your body by lifting dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling wonderfully soft and hydrated. It’s also the perfect scrub to use before applying fake tan, making sure you’re left with streak free colour.

SpaRitual Body Butter

My favourite product out of all the lotions I tried has to be the Chinese Jasmine Body Butter. I literally want to bath in the stuff. Firstly, it smells gorgeous and if SpaRitual did a candle with this fragrance I would also be adding that to my collection. Secondly, it’s not super thick, yet still deliciously creamy. It feels light and fluffy when massaging it into the skin, leaving my body feeling soft and moisturised. I love that it doesn’t take long to soak in and doesn’t leave any greasy residue, so it’s ideal to use after a shower before getting dressed in the mornings.

What’s your favourite beauty treatment to use at home?

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calming down after a bad day

We’ve all had them. You know those really rubbish days where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, you just want to curl up into a ball, wishing the day was over. I aim to be quite a happy, positive person most of the time, but no one can be upbeat every minute of every day and some days can feel worse than others.

After a really bad day I like nothing better than coming home, getting into my pjs, lighting a few candles and shutting myself away for a while, but there are a few things that I also help me get over a tough day.

Cry

Having a good cry and letting it all out really does make me feel better, especially if I’ve been bottling  things up all day and putting on a brave, smiley face. I’ll sob my heart out, get through a million tissues and then somehow that makes me feel able to get through the rest of the evening, Yes, I love nothing better than a good cry.

Talk To Someone

I finding talking through whats gone wrong that day with another person really helps me see things clearer. Whether it’s sounding off about stuff to my other half or phoning a friend or family member and talking about whats made me feel angry or upset, it all helps. Plus I may end up listening to their problems which completely helps take my mind off whatever has been upsetting me.

Write It Down

If talking isn’t your thing, then maybe try writing it down. I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 and written all kinds of stuff in it, what’s made me angry or making me cry that day. Some of my diaries have made interesting reading when I’ve gone back to them at a later date, only to find out things weren’t quite as bad as I thought they were but at the time it really helped me to vent off in my own private little world. I also try and write down something that’s made me feel happy or that I’m particularly proud of achieving that day, just so my diary’s not all full of doom and gloom.

Have A Sort Out

Do you know, I have a corner in my bedroom that’s a “dumping” corner, whenever I can’t find a home for something or can’t be bothered to put stuff away it gets dumped in that corner. So on a day when I am feeling really wound up about something I find that taking my temper and frustration out on all the stuff that’s built up in my dumping corner and having a good clear out really helps make me feel a lot better after a bad day.

Get Creative

It can be anything from painting, drawing, baking or even knitting, whatever you like as long as it takes your mind off your problems. I find baking helps to de-stress my mind plus there’s something tasty at the end of it. I also like to colour in adult colouring books, it takes real concentration so I’ll completely forget about things for a while and feel much more calmer afterwards.

Have A Bath

I close the door, turn the lights down, light some candles and run myself a nice warm bath filled with whatever my favourite bath product happens to be at the time. I find the water and the relaxing smell really help to soothe things away and puts me in a much better frame of mind for the rest of the evening.

Read A Book

I grab whatever book I’m reading, snuggle up under my blanket and totally get lost in the adventures of someone else. I find this really helps to take my mind off whatever else may have been troubling me that day.

Get An Early Night

I’ve usually had a bad day because I’ve been up in the early hours of the morning and this makes me an extremely grumpy person the following day. Believe it or not, I can be the moodiest person ever after 3 hours sleep so I’ll aim to get to bed at a more sensible hour. I’ve been using the Calm app and reading the Calm book, which have both helped me drift off into a much better sleep and I find it’s easier to deal with any problems the following day.

And if all else fails then I’ll have a mug of tea and a bar of chocolate, they always seem to do the trick!

Hope you’re having a good day today. Let me know what helps you after a really bad day.

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ASOS Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt

It was a typical warm sunny Spring day in my home town and we’d decided to pop out for for lunch and a spot of retail therapy. The very first item I reached for was this Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt from ASOS which I first featured in my Spring Trends post back in April. I hadn’t intended on taking any photos for my blog but I just loved the outfit so much, we found a quiet spot just by the market and snapped away. To be honest, I can’t remember when my last full on outfit post was, they were one of the main reasons I originally started my blog as Facebook wasn’t exactly the place to constantly share photos of me in my favourite outfit. For the first 18 months I absolutely loved styling up an outfit and sharing it on my blog, Then something happened that made all my confidence just disappear.

It started off with an invitation to an event which I sadly couldn’t go to, I started seeing amazing fashion bloggers standing for photos with other bloggers, underneath floral arches, pink balloons and all the selfie props you could think of. I knew I wouldn’t have been able to get involved with all that, not really, I let the fact that I am in a wheelchair and am unable to  stand get the better of me. The more invites I got, the worse I felt. Why? I hear you say. I felt the odd one out. Add that on to a couple of comments regarding the fact that I buy most of my clothes from Charity shops and those people felt they couldn’t relate to me because they weren’t able to purchase the exact same item. Thankfully it wasn’t anyone who follows me or who I follow.

I didn’t feel confident enough to share an outfit of the day post any more and I certainly didn’t feel good about myself.

Jump forward to 2018 and a lot of tears later along with a few choice words, I’m feeling like my old self again. I told myself so what if I can’t stand to show off what I’m wearing, there are other wheelchair users who want to look nice as well. Maybe I can give someone a tiny bit of inspiration on what they wear.

And let’s face it, this season was meant for me. Florals, pastels and lace are everywhere right now.

ASOS Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt

I stopped dressing for myself and I tried to dress in a way that I thought I should be as a fashion blogger. It just didn’t work. Then I came across some bloggers who had a similar style to me, oh my goodness, this made me so happy. It didn’t matter that they were posting either designer items, high street or charity shop finds, I felt inspired by what they wore.

Que MASSIVE wardrobe clear out. I’m talking 8 black bin liners of stuff that I didn’t feel good in or that didn’t suit my personal style. I sold quite a lot of it so I could invest in some new clothes, quite a lot was also donated to charity.

ASOS Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt

I completely fell in love with this beautiful Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt from ASOS and thought it would go perfectly with a lot of the tops I still had left in my wardrobe. It’s super floaty and has almost a metallic sheen to the material, this suits my feminine style right down to the last pleat. Here I’ve worn it with a cream lace top to make a pretty Spring Summer outfit, I’ve accessorised with a pair of cream, heeled straw sandals, delicate jewellery and a straw hat. I’ve also used my pink faux suede cross body bag from Topshop, which doesn’t leave my side at the moment. I had so many compliments the day I wore this outfit and believe me that certainly put a smile on my face. It’s the kind of skirt that will look equally as good with a casual T-shirt and pair of flat pumps for a more casual vibe.

ASOS Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt

Spring Trends

ASOS Pastel Pleated Midi Skirt

Skirt: ASOS (similar)

Bag: Topshop

Bracelet: Ted Baker

Lace Top: Old (originally H&M)

Shoes: Old (Originally New Look)

Watch: Bulova (similar)

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