Monday, 15 September 2014

A Day trip to Bath


Hello everyone

Mike and I have a few days off this week so today we got the train to Bath for a few hours.  It only takes 25 minutes from Bristol so its not far at all.

We did a bit of shopping, I did not spend loads but did get a couple of lovely things.  Will post about this another time!

Here are some photos:

Bath Abbey, such a beautiful building


The Guildhall


Cath Kidston shop :) 



Love the name of the shop so took a photo ha ha



These photos were taken down by the river






Bath Park



How gorgeous is this!



View from Graze Restaurant and Bar, we did not eat there we just had a drink.  We ate in Pizza Hut of all places...I love a bit of Pizza Hut though :) 



I wanted to get some photos of the Pump Rooms but there was like a million gazillion tourists outside so it was rather pointless.

Oh well it was such a lovely day and so nice to spend it together and not be in work :) 

I think tomorrow we are planning on going to watch The Inbetweeners 2 and maybe some lunch out again!!! 

Lisa-Jane

xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Outfit post - Ditsy Florals

Hiya everyone

Its the weekend again...yay and I have a few days off work next week....bigger YAY! 

I thought I would just do a quick outfit post







Floral Mini Dress  - H&M

Tan Belt - Primark

Suede boots - H&M


Today I helped out at a local jumble sale that my mother in law runs.  The bonus about helping out as you get first picks and I managed to grab quite a few bargains at 30p per item.  

I managed to get some Topshop skinny jeans for 30p! I also managed to get a Mango knitted dress which was brand new with tags, a few other dresses, skirts and tops.  Anyway I will blog about these purchases in a separate post.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Lisa-Jane
xx


Monday, 8 September 2014

NOTD - Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days - Nude Rose


Hello everyone

On Saturday we were in Morrisons doing some shopping and I noticed Maybelline had £1.00 off their nail polishes.  I saw the Nude Rose and thought how pretty it looked.



I am so glad I purchased this as I adore the colour, its definitely one to add to my favourites collection!  This was with 2 coats.

The thing I found different with this polish is the brush is so thick, its actually a bit too thick for smaller nails but it does give a lovely coverage and glides on very nicely.




Have you tried the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day polish?

I wonder if it actually lasts 7 days! 

Lisa-Jane
xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Just horsing around!

Hiya everyone

I was given a very nice gift last week from Mike's neice.  She started University last year and went travelling earlier this year to China, her boyfriend is Chinese so she stayed with his parents and also with friends.  She came back last week and had a massive clear out and gave me this River Island Horse Print bag...actually I think its more of a Unicorn than horse but oh well...I love it!

I first saw this bag in her room a couple of years ago and I used to always say how nice it was.  She is only 20 so a lot younger than me but we have always got on well.  I have known her since she was 2 years old as that was when Mike and I met.  We used to go shopping together and always had a laugh. 




I do love this bag and its such a nice gesture.

I really miss her not living closer but she has to move on with her life and she is really enjoying University.

I am a sucker for prints whether its cats, foxes, hearts, bows or butterflies and now horses...I love them all! 

Lisa-Jane
xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

New M&S Dress & H&M knitwear

 
Hiya everyone
 
Well if you saw one of my previous posts about the Oasis Bow Print shift dress I purchased last weekend well that same weekend I also purchased this Heart Print dress in M&S.
 
This dress was £39.50...quite dear for me but I love it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
I never shop in M&S but as I was walking through I spotted it in the Petite section.  I have seen a few heart print dresses around but they always seem to be just black and white or the hearts are too big for me!  I love this as the hearts are small and I love the fact they are not plain white and have the bit of pink in them...so cute!
 
Also in H&M I purchased this cream longline cardigan, lovely and warm for when it gets colder.
 
 
and this peachy pink fitted jumper.  I am going to wear this under a pinafore dress for work and also with my work skirts.
 
 
 
Hope you have all had a nice weekend
 
Lisa-Jane
xx

 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Diamonique is a girls best friend!

Hiya

 
If any of you ever watch the shopping channel QVC you will know that they sell a range called Diamonique which is mean to be as close to real diamonds as you can get for a fraction of the cost.
 
I was dubious, being honest very dubious that they would look great but after reading reviews on QVC's website thought I would purchase a ring.

I loved the pretty box it came in. 



This ring cost me just over £20 with the postage and I must say when I opened the box a 'WOW' came from my mouth. It is stunning and sparkles like a proper diamond.



I was trying to capture how much it sparkles but the photo just does not do it justice.





I have been wearing it everyday and a few people have commented on how gorgeous it is.  I am thinking of getting some Diamonique earrings.

Have you ever bought anything from the Diamonique range or from QVC?


Lisa-Jane
xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Things I have discovered since going Gluten Free & losing Weight


Hello everyone

I was sat in bed the other morning thinking about the last few months and I realised how much I have changed my diet and changed within myself since going Gluten Free and also since losing weight.

Chocoholics cold turkey!

I don't need chocolate, I was and always had been a chocoholic.  In honesty I would eat quite a lot of chocolate every day, although I was in denial at the time. I thought that because I ate snack size bars I was ok but in reality I was eating more than one a day! Since going Gluten Free I know I can still eat chocolate but I have just cut down a lot.  I now buy a chocolate bar called Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate, its nut free, dairy free, egg free and of course GF.  Its not as high in calories or fat. So now if I have a day where I really need chocolate then to satisfy my chocolate craving I will have 1-2 squares.  It works out at 132 calories and 7g fat for 6 squares so you can tell its quite low for chocolate!
 



I must admit I no longer crave chocolate like I used to, some days  I can go all day without chocolate.  I could never have done that last year!  I think sometimes we crave things but we don't really need them, its all in the mind.  You can train your body to not crave things like chocolate and cake etc.  
 
 
Gluten free cake/biscuits are not low fat............
 
 
This is a popular misconception...in fact a lot of gluten free food is higher in fat and sugar that's why I tend to stay away from GF cake and GF biscuits...I only have them as a treat.   I rarely eat cake now even GF cake/puddings.  Tesco do a pack of Free From Chocolate Digestives which are so yummy and they are only 2.6g fat and around 60 cals so not so bad but still I don't eat them every day like I used to eat biscuits.




No Carbs before Marbs........................

I know they say 'no carbs before marbs' ha ha and I used to think what rubbish how can bread be bad!  But actually bread is not good at all especially not for me anyway as I have an intolerance to wheat/gluten which was making me ill.  I used to eat a lot of bread. Also Gluten Free bread can be higher in fat although I tend to buy the lower fat bread which is about 99 calories and 1g fat per slice which is the same as normal bread.  GF bread is extremely expensive. Its between £1.50-£2.50 for a small loaf so I tend to not eat too much of it anyway.


Fruit is fab............

I have discovered a love of fruit...I cannot go a day without eating fruit and I my new craving is blackberries!  Never ever thought I would say that!!!  I eat loads more fruit than ever before.  People say fruit is high in sugar...ok so it may be but its still 100 times better than eating sweet/cakes.  Before I cut down I found fruit boring...that was because I mainly force fed myself bananas and apples...what I call 'boring fruit'!  I have discovered delicious fruit like Kiwi, Pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blackberries in fact any berries!

I don't need my cake and eat it...................

I have trained my body to not want cake.  On the team I work on one of the ladies makes incredible cakes, I have tasted them before I was GF and they were so amazing!  I just look at them now and think how amazing they look but I never want a slice.  I know it will give me a stomach ache anyway but also I don't really want a piece, its like I know I don't need it now.  On a Saturday my treat would always be a fresh cream cake or a slice of some sort of cake.  My Saturday afternoon treat now is a slice of Gluten Free bread toasted with blackcurrant jam...I know jam is high in sugar but like I said its a lot better than having a cake and you have to have some treats in life. When we were in Devon I had a Gluten Free Fruit Scone with cream and jam and my gosh it was amazing I actually thought it tasted nice than normal scones.  However, I won't buy or make them a home because I don't want to get into a trap of eating things like that all the time.  I suppose I have more willpower now than previously. 

Saturday Night No Takeaway

I don't eat takeaways at all!! I am the first to admit I loved takeaways.  Chinese curry & egg fried rice, pie and chips I loved it all.  I am not going to lie and say I don't miss them as in all honesty I do miss a chinese curry and chips/rice. The thing is I look on it like this..........
A) it will give me a tummy ache or could make me ill
B) After I ate them in past I always felt greasy and unhealthy 
C) I can have egg and chips at home.  Or I can make my own curry with rice.  Mccain oven chips are lush and I do love eggs so there is an alternative! You can also have GF pizza.  Pizza Hut now do GF pizza and I admit Mike and I often go to Bella Italia,  They do GF pizza and pasta.....yummy.

The greatest achievement for me is ................

 

I feel better about my body and ultimately this is one hell of a achievement for me as I am hard on myself about how I look and always have been.  I admit I do have some sort of body dysmorphia as people have always been very positive about how I look but I don't think I will ever love myself, however losing weight has definitely helped how I feel.  I am not saying that everyone who is a size 10 will be happier but for me it does mean that I can look in the mirror in just my bra and pants (something I avoided before) and I can see positives. I also love being able to go into a shop picking up a size 10 and knowing 9 times out of 10 it will fit.  I am going out now without a cardigan, something I never did before as I hated my arms plus I hated my back fat.  I do feel a lot more confident and I will never go back to my old weight. 

I have some photos I took of me in my old dresses and you can see how loose they are.  I may post these some time soon so I look at what I have achieved

Anyway I hope this post has been interesting its certainly made me realise how much I have changed.

Lisa-Jane
xx