Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Floral Bardot | Spain OOTD

Jaide Poppy

Every year I get out the same bag of summer clothes and add a few new pieces into the group, just to spice it up a bit and don't know about you but Primark is an obvious place to hit up. Being cheap, stocks current on trend items and tbf, the quality isn't that bad for what you pay. 

I really wish I could link my Primark clothes on here for you as I love this dress. The colours, the pattern and the fit is perfect. I wore this on an evening when my prickly heat was really bad and felt a bit self conscious. Comparison is a b***h and I'm a sucker and let myself do it often, maybe too often. Seeing all these beaut ladies on Insta in their bikinis with their perfect figures and perfect tans makes the pale English rose that I am feel kinda down. But having said this, this Bardot dress actually helped me to forget that around my chest and tops of my arms and enjoy the evening. 

Jaide Poppy

I'm sorry to break this to you, but the white bag is super old and from good old Primark. The whole wicker bag trend is booming right now and there's my mum telling me to sort through my hoarding stash. I love it and keeps my camera, purse and phone safe and sound. 

As you may already know I'm a huge Matalan convert and am pretty in love with their stuff right now. These shoes are one of my latest bargains. Tan, tie up and have that summer feel so I was one happy Jaide when I saw them for only £8! Like say what?!? I had my eyes on a pair incredibly similar from Marks & Spencer but never got round to buying them. But two days before I was supposed to jump on that plane I made a mad rush to Matalan, spotted them and had the biggest Cheshire Cat smile ever. 

Of course my earrings are the Jewellery Box hoops that I AM OBSESSED WITH and they are in my ears most days. 

Jaide Poppy

Every time I edit these holiday OOTD posts it makes me miss the holiday more and more. That chill life where you have no care or worries apart from when you'll next eat and drink. Isn't it just bliss? But hey ho here's to the next trip..... where shall I go? I'm thinking either Dublin or Amsterdam in the next couple of months. Vote in the comments!

Mwah
xoxo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

As seen in press Matalan leaf print dress | Spain OOTD


By far my favourite outfit whilst I was away, and I'm pretty sure I don't even need to explain why. 

Matalan for me has really transitioned from when I was around 16 and my mum would drag me round and I wouldn't find a thing. Now I go in there and have the ability to fill an entire trolly. They're on fire right now and this being one of my top picks from the holiday clothing they have currently have in store right. The fact this dress has been seen in the press might mean that it's going to be hard to nab so if you see it, get it!


Dress: Matalan
Bag: Whistles
Mules: Primark


Long, floaty and tropical, this dress makes for a perfect evening outfit when the weathers 'hot hot hot'. You know those outfits that make you feel good and you walk (maybe strut) around feeling great? Well, this was definitely one of those. 

I just love everything about it. The print is right up my street as I'm a serious greenery lover with a jungle as a home so suited me to the ground. It was exactly what I wanted for an evening at an a la carte restaurant whilst on holiday, and as someone who gets burnt easily and suffers with prickly heat it was V nice to air the body if you know what I mean.



Perfect in every way this dress even matched my surroundings, and hair! Affordable on the purse strings and even great to wear at a family BBQ in the UK right now what with this heatwave! I couldn't big up this dress anymore than I have a already tried, but honestly this is a 10/10 from me. 

Happy hump day babes
xoxo

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dreamland launch on a beaut day in Margate | Lifestyle


The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the re-launch of Dreamland Margate. After having money pumped in and reopened last year (and I did a blog post here), the theme park has had even more funding to make it even more amazing. And I have to say, I was really taken back when I walked through the entrance as to how incredible this place had become.

Myself and Siobhan attended the evening as press and were kindly given drinks tokens, food tokens and a ride wristband for us to be able to experience everything on offer and share with you guys. Every now and again I had to remind myself that I was in Margate as I often found myself drift into a state that I find myself in when at a festival or abroad. The atmosphere was fun, safe and exciting with bright colours and performance artists everywhere. So here's a few pictures I took from the re-launch and defo go and watch Siobhans video


As well as the attractions and eye catching installations that were there last year, there were even more bright and fun things to see and do. Performance artists were greeting you at the entrance and moving around the park on micro scooters. It just added to the overall feel and helped the environment to remain buzzing. 



Artist Tracey Emin turned the new Dreamland sign on and once inside the oldest surviving theme park in country, even more quirky signs and large letters were spread around the site which are all so Instagram worthy. We both found ourselves snapping every few steps and constantly stopping to get that gram candid shot. 


Now on to a topic I'm super passionate about........food. In terms of free from and vegan food etc, there were two huts to actually advertise those diet requirements. All of the other foods I found to be fast food and meat orientated, like fish and chips, hot dogs etc. This next comment isn't just aimed at Dreamland but most places like this. Even though there's a boom in the healthy food industry and everyone and their mum has an allergy or has some sort of requirement, so you'd think there would be a wide range of different types of food in these places. I was happy to see one hut displaying what is classed as healthy food and then a candy floss hut which was freeform as you know, it's just sugar. 




I had even more fun this time round in comparison to last year. Having visited this theme park since I was so young and spent hours going back and forth from the Skymaster to the Waltzers, it was fantastic to experience the park again. BTW local peeps, who remembers Skymaster? Loved that ride!

Something that Dreamland has brought in this time thats a new edition is the capacity to hold live music events. Bands such as The Gorillaz have already played there which was a sell out. I'm yet to experience this quality that Dreamland has, but it's something I'll definitely do when the right band is there. 


Justauniform , Jaide Poppy and Peony Vintage


As the sun set on what was a day filled with laughter, drinks, being tapped by papers and interviewed by the BBC I felt so happy that somewhere like Dreamland had been given some TLC. This is exactly what it's needed and I urge you all to head down during the summer for a fun filled day or weekend away. Obv let me know if you go and holla at me on twitter or insta and we could meet up!

xoxo

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

H&M monochrome dots and frills | Spain OOTD


When you scroll through pictures and get those holiday blues because you miss the sun so bad? Yeah that's been me for the past week now since coming back from Spain. For those of you who don't know I had a week staying at my friends house just to chill. Literally all we did was swim, chill, eat, drink Spanish gin and spent quality time together. I had one of the best weeks and am missing the sunshine and easy life so much, but am reliving the magic through my pictures and wanted to show you some of the outfits I wore whilst on holiday. Enter my go to summer dress that was cheap as chips!!



This dress is so easy to wear and to style. Its stretchy material makes for a super comfortable item thats perfect for hot weather, and great for both day and night. The slightly elasticated waist nips into the smallest part of your body so it's really flattering. 

Dress: H&M
Mules: Primark
Bag: Whistles
Lipstick: Glo & Ray
Hoops: Jewellery Box


Although this isn't the most colourful outfit, I love a simple monochrome get up with a pop of colour in terms of the red lip and believe it can have as much impact as an in your face colourful outfit. Adding this little clutch bag was a great idea looking back as it looked great in the sun and helped to brighten the overall look up, instead of being flat and could of come across quite dull. 

These mules are my first ever pair and I'm so in love with them. Primark, you did good as per! Not having to wear shoes in so that they don't hurt or blister you is amazing. I don't know about you, but I always buy a few news items for my holidays and never think about wearing things in. On the first night I popped these bad boys on, found them to be incredibly comfortable so wore them most nights. I went for grey because they didn't actually have my size in the powder blue (sad I know) but I know I'l wear these lots now I'm back in the UK. 


If you follow me on Instagram you would of seen this dress on me when I attended the Dreamland re-launch, and it won't be the last time you see this either. Because the weather in the UK is pretty good right now (keep your fingers crossed) I will continue to bust this bad boy out and play around with different ways of styling. Maybe try out different lip colours, accessories and what not to give it different looks. 

So that was outfit one from my Spain holiday. Another will be up on Friday and then a mini vlog, and what I ate will be up Sunday. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on wearing monochrome on holiday. Lots of people I've spoken to actually say that they don't really take black or grey clothing with them on holiday, so I'm really interested to find out. 

Muchos love

xoxo


Monday, June 12, 2017

I did a 3 day juice cleanse with Little Pep | Food / Lifestyle


Whether you have IBD or not, a juice cleanse is a good idea. After suffering for a good month or so with symptom after symptom and looking around 6 months pregnant, I had had enough. I normally strip back my food intake and go minimal and plain with a large smoothie for breakfast or dinner, but this time I felt like I needed to do something a bit more intense and full on. Enter Little Pep

After a good friend recommended that I give this a go, I contacted Sherry at Little Pep straight away. I firstly wanted to see whether or not something like her 3 day cleanse could be completed even with my silly allergies to a lot of things. She was so accommodating and jiggled around some of her juices to suit me. For example, the ginger shot you have to take to start the day normally has a base of apple, so she swapped that for pineapple for me. 


Day 1 - I collected my juices first thing in the morning and had a bit of a chat with Sherry where she went through the possible side affects, and also what to do and what not to do. Feeling pumped and ready to go I was more excited than anything. All of the juices tasted amazing (honestly they really did) and even the ginger shot was enjoyable and really does give you a kick. 

Because I'm a late eater, I decided to move the times to an hour later than originally planned which I was given the ok to do. My juice times were as follows:

7am - 1 pint of water

10:50am - Ginger shot 

11am - Juice 1 

2pm - Juice 2

5pm - Juice 3 

8pm - Juice 4



Day 2 - Pass The Parsnip was my favourite of all the juices with parsnip, honeydew melon, pineapple and more, I was in my element. Sherry had warned me that people struggle with day two but I think because I enjoyed the morning juice somuch, I looked forward to the day ahead. 

In terms of side effects I definitely started to experience signs of fatigue and had an on-off headache. These are very common symptoms in people doing a juice cleanse so I wasn't too concerned.  I also started to get itchy feet at about 9pm as I have such a sweet tooth, so I made a camomile tea with a teaspoon of maple. And before anyone says anything it was on the sheet so I was allowed it (sticks tongue out like a child). 


Day 3 - The last day of my cleanse was officially the start to my holiday. I struggled with a capital S for many reasons. The first two of the day of course tasted delicious, but by 5pm I had finished work and the excitement had kicked in. When I got home Tony had made a pizza to take for the journey and to eat at the hotel. The smell of dough and vegetables was just so intense and my gut was longing for it (of course I couldn't have eaten it because it had cheese on it) but it smelt amazing. 

I thrive off limitations and challenging myself which is why I knew I could get through a 3 day juice cleanse. Even though I wanted a pizza I resisted temptation, and when everyone was celebrating the start of the holiday with a gin and tonic, I had a herbal tea. 




The day after - In a way the juice cleanse continues for an extra day. You're advised to stick with raw food the day after, so things like fruit and salads. Cooked food straight after a cleanse like this can make your stomach really unhappy. I found this really easy as I had landed in Spain and was surrounded by fresh delicious fruits and veggies ('What I ate in Spain' vlog is going live on Sunday). 

Overall I loved doing this. I did feel fresh, light and my stomach felt so calm compared to how it had been over the past few weeks. In a way, I find that liquid meals help my body and digestive system to restart. It was exactly what I needed before my holiday, as getting into a bikini with flare stomach isn't really what I wanted to rock. 

If you ever come down to South Kent I urge you to head over to Sherry at Little Pep on Herne Bay Pier. She doesn't just offer excellent service with her juices, but also offers nutritious lunches, snacks and more. 

I'd love to know whether or not you've done a juice or smoothie cleanse before, how you found it and also whether or not I've helped inspire you to give it a go and get those nutrients in. 

xoxo