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Lockdown Looks: Femme Luxe Loungewear*

If you’d have asked me a couple of months back what I was wearing around the house I’d most likely have said a pair of pjs or baggy grey T-shirt and faded black leggings on cleaning days. The word loungewear wasn’t a thing in my house.

Then the country went into lockdown and everything changed, especially my moods. One day I’d feel I could take on every task known to man, the next all I’d want to do was wrap up in a throw and sleep for days.

I made the decision to change the way I dress while I’m at home and do you know what, it definitely made a difference to how I felt. By getting dressed everyday I had more motivation and I was getting a heck of a lot more jobs done. So I ordered a few tops and matching joggers, but being at home 24/7 these weren’t going to be enough to last me through the whole of lockdown.

Then Femme Luxe* got in contact and asked if they could send me a few pieces from their loungewear collection. When the package arrived I immediately tried everything on, they looked stylish and I felt super comfortable.

I love the loose fitting style of these peach joggers, they fit beautifully, I felt extremely comfortable lounging around the house and didn’t want to take them off. The material is slightly heavier than the other sets but it’s oh so soft next to my skin. The colour is so pretty and looks amazing styled with a plain white top. They also have deep pockets which is great if you’re someone who likes to carry your mobile on the journey from sofa to fridge! I paired them with this oversized T-shirt from Femme Luxe, I love how good the two look together. If peach isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know they also come in a range of other colours.

I love the shape of this grey loungewear set, the short sleeve boxy style of the top makes it easy to wear yet looks chic and stylish while you stick on headphones and listen to a podcast or two. The trousers are cropped with a straight leg, but oh so comfy. The material is stretchy making it easy to curl up on the sofa and get stuck into a must see box set. I wanted to have at least one set in a neutral shade, grey being my obvious choice, but there are loads more styles in the black loungewear collection.

No surprise that I opted for a rose loungewear set, I literally squealed with delight when I saw they had one in just the right shade. The top is the same boxy, short sleeve design as the grey ones, only the rose one has a deep v-neck. Being on the bustier side, I find this neck line more flattering than a crew neck. The matching cropped, straight leg trousers are just as comfortable. Both the rose pink and grey trousers have pockets, they’re not deep enough to keep your mobile in but great for somewhere to put your hands in a photo! Femme Luxe have some other amazing styles in their rose loungewear collection.

Who’d have thought I’d ever be wearing a pair of bright pink tie dye joggers, I certainly didn’t. Yet I bloomin love these, they fit in the most flattering way a pair of jogging bottoms ever could. I often suffer with bloating around the tummy and these hide it so well, I even felt confident enough to actually tuck in a T-shirt, normally I leave it loose. Yes, the shade of pink is brighter that I’d usually wear but it’s a fun colour and I feel happy when I wear them, that’s what we want right now. The material is thinner than the peach ones so great for warmer days. I styled them with the same white oversized T-shirt as before, yet they look equally fab with a white vest top or hoody. It’s definitely worth checking through other colours from their joggers collection.

What are you wearing during lockdown? Have you ventured into loungewear sets? Let me know in the comments below.

*These items were kindly gifted to me by Femme Luxe but all views are my own.

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Lockdown Life: What I’ve Been Doing During Isolation

In some ways March and April seemed like a complete washout, I felt like I was on set of Groundhog Day, only this was real life. One minute I was making arrangements with a friend choosing where to meet for coffee the following week, the next minute we were in Lockdown.

Some days I’ve really struggled and felt mentally and physically exhausted that I couldn’t even get out of bed. I made the mistake of watching every thing on the news and reading all the stuff about the virus on social media. My anxiety went through the roof and I was having irrational thoughts, some reduced me to tears. I’m use to staying indoors for long periods but this was like nothing I’d experienced before. It helped to talk to friends and family by telephone or Skype, to know that they were safe and we’d see each other real soon.

I wanted to focus on the positive things in life, however small. We’ve been out in the front garden every Thursday evening at 8pm to clap for our NHS staff and many other key workers. Our neighbours are in a band called Pink Champagne and they played Over The Rainbow. It was a wonderful atmosphere in support of some truly amazing people.

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks ago when a bouquet of flowers from Bloom and Wild dropped through my letterbox. My cousin had arranged for them to be sent as we’d only been chatting on the phone a few days before and she knew I’d not been feeling great, how kind and thoughtful of her to send me some of my favourite peonies.

Like everyone else our plans for Easter had to change rather quickly. We were due to have a family lunch but instead Adrian and I had an Easter lunch together at home. I had a few treats while getting ready in the morning and still wanted to make an effort by wearing a pretty dress with some natural makeup. We finished the day watching Disney films and old black and white movies, then fell asleep on the sofa.

We had planned to attend a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As this was cancelled Adrian and I chose to have a vintage style afternoon tea in our lounge, it was lovely and the food was rather delicious.

If you’d like to see more from our afternoon tea then you may like to read my post VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Whenever there is a crisis, either personal or national, I love to organise and de-clutter, I find it extremely therapeutic. Sometimes it’s my desk drawers and others it’s a full blown bedroom deep clean, but during April I did the lot. My wardrobe is back to being organised and colour coded, I rearranged items on shelves in every room, then cleaned and de-cluttered the kitchen cupboards and work tops. I came across a Valentines Day card from Adrian with a print of The Eiffel Tower on the front, I’ve put it in a gold frame as it goes perfectly with other prints already on my bedroom wall.

As much as I love wearing feminine dresses I’ve really gotten into loungewear during lockdown. I’m totally in love with this pink tie dye hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s literally like wearing pjs all day.

You may also be interested in Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now.

This hand held steamer is one of those random things that turn out to be one of the best purchases ever. It’s practical, lightweight and comes in rose gold. It saves me having to use the iron just for one linen or cotton dress that’s a little creased from being in the wardrobe, and it’s even small enough to pack it in your suitcase on holiday. It’s an all round winner!

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are you still going out to work or working from home?

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Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now

It’s been a while but I’ve finally found the motivation to write a blog post and share a few of my most worn outfits right now. I’ve surprised myself with how much loungewear I’ve fallen in love with this year but as all my time is spent at home I want to be as comfy as possible and still look chic. Of course I’ve still been wearing Spring dresses, just to feel like myself and more pulled together. I’ve styled the dresses with a few accessories so you can see how I would be wearing them if I was leaving the house. I hope this post gives you a little inspiration for your own Spring wardrobe.

Long gone are the days when I’d wear an old grey t-shirt to sleep in so I began to invest in more luxurious nightwear. I bought my very first bra from Victoria’s Secret about 3 years ago and honestly I’ve never looked back. They fit my shape beautifully making me feel feminine and glamorous. I’ve bought a few items from their nightwear collection, they make me feel extra special every night as I climb into bed. The set I’m obsessed with right now is this pink satin cami top with matching shorts, both have a delicate lace insert and a slight frill at the bottom. The top has a deep v neckline and spaghetti straps and the shorts have an elasticated waistband.

I never thought I’d be wearing tie dye, yet I’ve totally fallen in love with this pink hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue loungewear collection. It’s the softest material I’ve ever felt and I genuinely don’t want to take it off. It’s extremely comfortable and looks cute while I;m watching something on Disney Plus.

I’m totally in love with this beautiful soft sweat top from H&M which looks great with my white Topshop jeans. I love an all white outfit as I think it looks incredibly chic. I did actually wear this before the current lockdown and styled it with a cream trench coat, camel stiletto ankle boots and over size sunglasses.

I was given this loungewear set from Victoria’s Secrets for my birthday back in January and had been saving it for best. It’s incredibly soft and I adore the cute ballerina style top. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the last few weeks it’s to live your best life every day and make the most of those little luxuries that come your way.

Usually the fist thing I do when I come home is take my bra off, I want to feel free. While I’m in isolation I’ve found the perfect alternative to an uncomfortable underwired bra. This pink lace bralet from Boux Avenue has a beautiful embroidered pattern with a frill bottom, it’s comfy and still gives me some support throughout the day.

Each year I try to pick up at least one basic top in a classic style that I’ll get a lot of wear out of. This ribbed short sleeve jumper literally goes with everything from skirts, trousers and shorts. I love the square neckline which is a little different for me.

There was something about this pretty green polka dot dress that caught my eye on the Nasty Gal’s website. I hardly ever wear green and thought it makes a nice change from pink or white. I love the fit and flare style with short puff sleeves and a shirring bodice. It’s super comfortable to wear with or without a bra, yet I still feel ultra feminine. I also love wearing pink accessories with this shade of green.

It wouldn’t be Spring for me without at least one new white cotton dress, they’re easy to wear yet look chic and stylish even whilst at home. Again it has a square neckline and button down front, this classic design will be in my wardrobe for many years to come. It’s feminine and floaty which keeps me cool in the warmer weather. When we’re allowed out again I’ll be styling this with a straw hat and basket bag for the ultimate summer look.

This 60s inspired pastel floral dress from River Island is simply gorgeous, I wouldn’t usually have gone for a swing style cut but it fits beautifully. I love everything about it, the design, the pattern, the pretty cuffs and frill detail at the bottom. If I’m having an admin day I still like to get “dressed up” as I feel a million times more productive.

 Adrian and I have been enjoying lunch out in the garden and I still want to feel like me. If I was meeting friends in town for lunch I’d normally have worn a dress so I’ve been wearing last years pink broderie anglaise dress with frill sleeves, it’s perfect for garden picnics. It has many special memories, including our holiday to Norfolk and a day trip to London. Those occasions I’ll never take for granted again.

I was so excited to start wearing my Spring Summer dresses after months of heavy knitwear. This first dress I bought for my friends birthday afternoon tea, sadly it was cancelled but we decided to have virtual tea party instead. This pink floaty chiffon dress from Roman Originals is just beautiful and it seemed a shame to keep it hidden in the wardrobe. I wore it for our virtual party and again on warmer Spring days.

This stunning cream crochet button up dress from River Island definitely has the look of a Zimmerman dress but much more affordable, I feel super feminine every time I wear it and being on lockdown certainly hasn’t stopped me. It’s been my outfit of choice for our anniversary dinner and a cheese and wine date night at home.

Which is your favourite from all of these outfits? What sort of thing are you wearing at home?

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January Update and Birthday Celebrations

I’d say Happy New Year but I think I’ve missed that boat, I’ve only just got round to writing my first blog post of 2020. Time has just run away with me and I’ve lost all track of what day it is.

Since my last update, there’s obviously been Christmas and New Year. We had a quiet few weeks with just Adrian and I most of the time. A lot of my friends were either working or away with their families. It was hard this year as it was the first Christmas without my Aunt, who we sadly lost last January. I honestly didn’t feel like celebrating much, we had a wonderful roast dinner, ate too much chocolate and watched all the festive movies.

On January 5th I celebrated my birthday, as each year goes by I’m less worried about going out and concentrate more on the people around me. I get enjoyment out of the smaller things, such as the pink roses I treated myself to and the extra large Thorntons chocolate cake Adrian got me (which was totally yummy).

My half sister, who lives in Canada, sent me a DVD of The Rockettes and The Nutcracker, I watched both of them in the evening while sipping a couple of glasses of Prosecco and a takeaway.

If you’re a regular to my blog, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with hats. One style I’d been wanting to try was a beret but didn’t have the confidence. I think I’ve posted a photo on my insta stoies of me wearing a dark pink knitted one, but I never made it out the front door. This year I treated myself to this beautiful wool felt baby pink beret from a brand called Lisa Angel. I styled it with a cream coat and pink accessories and felt extremely chic.

My post Christmas cold has struck again. On top of a neurological illness, the common cold usually knocks me for six so today I’m taking it easy, my duvet and hot water bottle are currently my best friends. I’m using some of the body treats I got for my birthday to make myself feel better and sipping on huge mugs of hot chocolate.

Thank goodness for those little luxuries that make being stuck at home more bearable. I’m also thankful to the two amazing friends I have, one popped in with a few beauty treats and the other bought me a stack of magazines and a basket of fruit. .

I have been well and truly spoilt for my birthday this year, I thought I’d share some of the amazing gifts I received. I love looking though these type of blog posts or vlogs as it gives me inspiration on what to buy people.

Pink Bluetooth Earbuds (main photo) Tozo

Alexa Chung Book (main photo Amazon

Pink Cashmere Socks The White Company

Coffee Mug from B&M

Sanctuary Spa Rose Gold Radiance Exquisite Bath Salts Boots

Sanctuary Spa Rose Gold Radiance Shimmer Luxe Body Butter Boots

Stoned Rose Beauty face palette Charlotte Tilbury

Hope you’ve enjoyed my January update, how’s the New Year been so far for you?

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Let’s Catch Up: What I’ve Been Up To This Month

Well here we are, almost at the end of the month, year and decade. How scary is that? So much has changed for me in the last 10 years, I’ve met some amazing new people, visited exciting places, lost loved ones and started my blog. I’ve changed as a person, I’ve become stronger, more confident and finally accepted my current situation. Maybe things will be different in years to come, I can’t see into the future, no one can. But who knows what’s round the corner.

I’m a bit late writing this post so it does include November and half of December. Let’s find out what I’ve been up to lately.

I was reduced to tears one morning after opening a parcel from my wonderful friend Maggie who lives in Derbyshire. She’d arranged for her work colleague to make this beautiful memorial stone for my cat Pepper, who I sadly lost in October. Maggie and Debs work at a cat rescue centre and have one of these made every time they lose a cat. Thank you so much ladies, this honestly means the world to me.

On the 16th November I went to see my friend Rhian perform in the N.E.Dance end of year ballet show. It was absolutely fantastic, with a mix of classical and chart music and I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute, I sat right at the front and was able to see all the beautiful adult dancers alongside children ballerinas and their beautiful costumes. Rhian very kindly sent me some photos after the event so I could see everything in more detail. The show was put together by Nicola, who runs the dance school and I think she did an amazing job. Money from the ticket sales helped raise £300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Well done to Rhian and everyone who was involved in the evening’s performance, you did yourself proud.

To get in the festive mood, I put my tree and a few decorations up in my bedroom. I bought the tree from Amazon about three years ago and each year I’ve added a new bauble, this year it’s the gold star and yes, you’ve guessed it, to remember Pepper. Most of my decorations are form B&M or Wilkos, both places are reasonably prices but don’t look cheap. And of course, my pink and white “Santa Baby” hat and jumper has made an appearance again, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them now.

At the end of November Adrian and I went into to town to see the Christmas Lights Switch on. We got down there super early, not only so we had a good view but to watch the entertainment that was on throughout the afternoon. First there was a local choir singing carols, which was followed by another local act, the New Town Centres and they performed a mix of Christmas songs and chart music. Both were amazing and yes, I did sing along to any of the tunes I knew. Luckily we were right at the front to see Santa, and his helper, turn on the Christmas lights. It was absolutely freezing but thankfully I kept warm with a jumbo hot chocolate from Starbucks and long sleeve thermals. The outfit I wore is in the main photo of this post, everything was bought secondhand and has to be one of my favourite outdoor festive outfits.

You know those impromptu get togethers that end up being so much better than if you’d spend weeks planning it and stressing over every tiny detail? Well that’s what we did for Adrian’s birthday on the 24th November. Our friends Stephanie, Wayne and Gerry came round with birthday cake and we added a few mini cakes. Normally I would have baked Adrian a birthday cake but as he hadn’t planned on celebrating in any way I just didn’t have time. We all had an amazing evening and everyone left with us all having had far too much sugar!

What have you been up to this month? What will you be doing over the Christmas holidays?

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