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Slimming World - Month 3

I can't believe I've been following the Slimming World plan for 3 months! I've really got the hang of it and I'm still enjoying trying out new recipes and returning to my favourites. This month I've eaten out 3 Saturdays out of 4 (again!) and I've bought jeans, a bodycon dress and tops in a size down along with a top in 2 sizes down, if that's not a non-scale victory I don't know what is! I'm continuing to write down everything I eat which helps me keep track of what I'm eating and every single syn. This month I maintained twice and managed to lose 4lbs overall. That's 19lbs since the start of the year! 

Breakfasts
Banana on wholemeal toast (HEXb)
Fruit and yogurt 
Fruit Salad - Apple, Banana, Grapes, Satsuma, Raspberries and Strawberries
A time saver at breakfast time

Lunches
Tuna pasta salad with lighter than light mayo (0.5 syns each)
Scrambled egg with smoked salmon and salad 
Turkey breast salad at Subway with honey mustard dressing (1.5 syns)
Carrot and coriander soup


Dinners
Chicken kiev with oxo roast potatoes and veg (2.5 syns)
Burrito bowl with fromage frais (HEXa)
Jacket potato with chilli, cheese, fromage frais and salad (HEXa)
 Chicken korma, rice and veg


Cheese steak fries and veg (HEXa)
Salt and Chilli chicken, egg fried rice and chips - ultimate fakeaway 
BBQ chicken pasta and salad (HEXa)
Fish and chips (HEXa)


Pitta pizza and salad with Walden Farms dressing (HEXb)
Steak and peppercorn sauce with chips and veg 
Pimped mac and cheese (4syns & HEXa)
Chicken caesar salad with Walden Farm syn free dressing (HEXa)

Eating Out
Doughballs at Zizzi's
Seafood risotto at Zizzi's
Salted Caramel Brownie at Zizzi's 
Cajun Chicken Salad


 Snacks
Rocky Road Hifi Bar and cuppa (3 syns)
Galaxy Ripple (9 syns)
Muller Light with Oreo Thins and Banana (1.5 syns per oreo)
Hula Hoops Puft crisps (3.5 syns)

Primark Haul - March 2017

My local Primark isn't very big and unfortunately doesn't have much of the new in things I've been eyeing up on the Primark website, Instagram or Youtube. I still managed to buy a few things recently though and most excitingly it's all been a size down than what I would have bought a couple of months ago. Some excellent staple wardrobe items added including a gorgeous jacket for the Spring/Summer, new black jeans and a long sleeve tee for pairing with dresses, skirts and pinafores. I also couldn't resist buying a little present for one of my friend's babies. Such a cute idea!

Nude/Blush Long Waterfall Jacket
£20

Super High Waist Skinny Jeans
£8
Supersoft Skinny Jeans
£10

Rose Gold Trim Workout Hoody
£10

Basic Long Sleeve Tshirt
£

Invisibobble Style Bobbles - 10 Pack
£1

Oval Cosmetic Pads
90p
Pump Nail Polish Remover
£1

Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone
£2

Bath Finger Puppet Toys
£3

Outfits of the Week: Teacher style, Oscar's & Red Nose Day

 Printed Blouse: Forever 21
Pink Blouse: New Look
Jeans: Primark
Boots: New Look

 Jumpsuit: Primark
Necklace: Primark
Dress: New Look
Long Sleeve Top: Primark
Dress: Primark
Red Nose Day Glasses: Specsavers

Homeware, Fashion & Slimming World

 Matalan
Rabbit Mug £4, Wooden Heart Chopping Board £6, Makeup Bag £4
My visit to Matalan has been a long time coming. I've had my eye on a few things from their website and finally got the chance to check them out in store before their Mother's Day and Easter range were discontinued. Though the makeup bag is meant for Mother's Day I've got a friend who is very much a RosĂ© lover so it's perfect for adding into their birthday present. The rabbit mug from the Easter collection will be a much loved addition to our kitchen all year round with us being rabbit parents. The wooden chopping board is fantastic quality for only £6 and it's a welcomed update to our current scabby looking plastic boards.

New Look
Glitter Clutch Bag £15.99
A nude clutch is a staple in my night out wardrobe and I needed an update. I looked in most of the High Street shops for one that wasn't too big, wasn't too small, was the right mix of pink and cream and New Look came up trumps. Rose gold is my absolute favourite and I've always been a bit of a magpie so it's a little wonder I grabbed this clutch and practically ran to the till.

Quiz
Lace Bardot Scallop Dress £36.99
I've got 2 weddings to attend this Summer and I didn't want finding outfits to be a stress. I saw this dress in Quiz in February and admired it but didn't bother trying it on. I've looked at it on the website a couple of times since and had to try it on second time round. I took a few pictures in the changing rooms and after the thumbs up from my fiancé, besties and on Instagram I went back and got it. The best bit was buying a size down and feeling great in a bodycon dress.

B&M
Pasta n Sauce 50p, Home Quote Candle £2.99, Crunchies £1.99, Galaxy Ripple £1.99, Milky Way Rolls £1
B&M is a Slimming World member's syn tin saviour. If you're on the lookout for multipacks of sweeties to stock up your stash then you can't go wrong with this little bargain shop. Pasta 'n' Sauce packets are handy if you've not got time to cook a big SW recipe so they're great to have in the cupboard. I tend to eat these when my partner is working late because I can never be bothered cooking for just one. I'm also guilty of not being able to go into B&M without leaving with at least one piece of homeware, mostly candles. This vanilla one smells fab.

Outfits of the Week: Pinafore, Bodycon & Floral Prints

Pinafore: Primark
Long Sleeve Tshirt: Primark
Blazer: New Look
Vest Top: New Look
Jeans: Primark
Dress: New Look
Boots: New Look 

Blouse: George @ Asda
Jeans: Primark
Long Sleeve Tshirt: Primark
Skirt: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Watch: Michael Kors

VIP by Vicky at Honeyz.com



Spring is finally upon us and I'm so ready for the brighter colours and floral prints. The dress I'm most excited for comes from the VIP collection by Vicky Pattison at Honeyz.com. This one shoulder, midi dress with yellow, pinks and grey floral print is perfect for a Spring wedding or a day at the races. The double layer of material felt very flattering, no worrying about lumps and bumps being on show. The dress is really thick and good quality material making it feel really very much VIP. I ordered a size 10 and it's very generous sized and with it being stretchy material I would recommend going for a size down. Honeyz has hassle free returns so if you're worried, why not ordered a couple of sizes just to be safe?
The one shoulder design is sure to get compliments and it's a really comfortable strap that looks great with your hair to one side or a fancy up-do. There's so many gorgeous colours in the floral print it's easy to match with accessories. I've gone for a pair of nude heels by Dune and a nude clutch from Accessorize. A long khaki or camel coat on top would be perfect to keep warm or a little pink leather or biker jacket would add a bit of sass to a very girly outfit.


With so many items in the VIP collection going into the sale and new arrivals the whole time I think I might have found myself a new favourite clothing site. I've got 2 weddings to attend this Summer and a few Hen plans on the lead up to it so loads of excuses for something new, fancy or fun! For 10% off on Honeyz.com use the code BLOGGER10 and check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion



There's no denying that brighter mornings, milder weather and longer days are making me get in the mood for Spring and Summer. I'm wearing more florals and leaving my big winter jackets behind. I wanted a bit of a glow on my skin for wearing short sleeve tops and to disguise my white-blue legs. I've got a few fake tans stashed in my dressing room but I didn't want a harsh, hard to maintain colour, I wanted a gradual tan that wouldn't take up too much of my time and also wouldn't dry out my skin. Palmer's is a skincare brand that I've used for over 10 years so when their gradual tanning moisturiser was on offer in Superdrug and I had high hopes that my Spring wish would be granted.


The first time I used it I was a little slap dash thinking that it would be like most other gradual fake tan lotions and that there wouldn't be much colour pay off until at least the 2nd or 3rd application. Boy, was I wrong. I went from very pale to quite a dark, golden, glow over night. This would have been amazing had I washed my hands properly after applying it and spent a bit longer focusing on getting an even application. I quickly learnt from my lesson and dug out a fake tan mitt. Since then I've been applying this moisturising lotion 2-3 times a week, before bed. The pump packaging keeps the mess to a minimum and means application can be quite quick, no standing about getting chilly!

Fake tans and gradual lotions are well known for their questionable, biscuity smell. Palmer's cocoa butter products have quite a nice scent and even my other half commented that I don't smell too much like a digestive biscuit. In the bottle you can still get the fake tan whiff but on my skin you don't notice it. Another bonus about this lotion is the moisturising power of Palmer's. My skin has been feeling lovely and soft. Overall, it's a good value lotion that's given me a glow, a bit of confidence and lots of lovely compliments. Definitely worth £5.59 and even more the £3.69 whilst on offer.

Spring New Look Haul

This haul started off as one top, in store. I wanted a new, fresh white blouse style top but couldn't be bothered standing in the queue in the shop when we were hungry and ready to head to Nandos. I put it back on the rail and muttered I'll just get it online. You can't just order one top though, can you!? I had Mark's student discount to get 10% off and a gap in my wardrobe for lots of Spring additions. There was also a few sale purchases in there too. It's nice to be a size down and sure it's going to fit! Thank you Slimming World.











Outfits of the Week: Blazers, Jeans & A-Line Skirts


 Blazer: New Look
Black Top: Primark
White Long Sleeve Tee: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Boots: New Look
Scarf: Primark

Blazer: Quiz
Tshirt: Primark
Long Sleeve Tee: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Skirt: Primark
Boots: New Look