Upload: What's In My Makeup Bag?

29 September 2013

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I try to carry as little makeup around with me as possible. Carrying too much around in my bag winds me up, so I aim to only have essentials. My Michael Kors makeup bag suits me just fine. It looks tiny, but actually holds a substantial amount and gets me through the day without having to carry my whole makeup collection around with me. Watch on to find out what I take with me to work or when I'm out for the day, as well as catching up with little Max dawg.

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-Tamsin xxx

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Running Countdown

28 September 2013

I wasn't going to blog today, but last night when I was lying in bed, I made a promise to myself, and one way to keep this promise is to write it down. This way, I will be less likely to fail as I'm a competitive person and hate to lose, especially when I let myself down. So what is this promise? I will start from the beginning.

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I used to go to the gym almost every day, and I loved it. I love the buzz you get from the gym, and feeling so powerful after a really good session. I do a mixture of everything when I workout - cardio, weights, stretches, as well as classes. But its the cardio I really wanted to push myself with. I've never been a long distance runner - give me the 100 metres in the school sports day and I bomb it down that track, but long distance? It's just something I've never been able to grasp, however I got better at it, albeit very slowly. When I started teaching, I was so busy I lost all ability to get to the gym. It sounds ridiculous, but whenever I look back at those years, I realise how little personal time I gave myself, and that is truly dangerous. We all need time to break away from our jobs and the stress of deadlines, but I didn't let myself, and it's one of the reasons I left that profession and am now in a different role completely.

Since changing careers, I now have that time back. We've been settled in our new place for 2 months now and I am truly happy with my life, something I can openly say with real truth for the first time in two years. So now, I need to find that gym, and I need to work on that running. I know it will be hard getting back into it all, but I love a challenge. Seeing as Christmas is not long away (believe me, it really isn't far away!) I've decided that as of 1st October, I'm going to start my 'Running Countdown'. I'm going to try and get to the gym 5 times a week, and I'm going to push myself with the running machine. Hopefully, by December 25th, I will be able to run further than I've been able to in 2 years, and hopefully lose some weight on the way. So on Monday, I'm going to walk up to my local gym and sign on the dotted line and get back into those running shoes. That's the hardest bit by far. Promising yourself you're going to do it. After that, it will be hard, but at least I've taken the first step.

If you have any running programmes or running app recommendations, please do link me to them!

-Tamsin xxx

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Pawsie - Onesies for your Pooch!

26 September 2013

Max loves to wear clothes - it's true..he's a bit of a fashionista. In all honesty, a lot of people give me an eyebrow raise when Max wears jumpers or coats, but the truth is, he's only little. He really does get chilly on walks, and wearing coats or jumpers make cleaning him a lot easier after a muddy walk in the park. Yes I know he's a Jack Russell, and yes I know he's a guy dog, but there's something lovely about Max wearing his little wax Barbour jacket, or when he dons his home-knitted Royal Navy jumper complete with Union Flag buttons.

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When Pawsie offered Max the chance to try one of their onesie's, I was all for that like a tramp on chips. Onesie's for dogs?! A DOG wearing a ONESIE?! Yes yes yes yes. Max was pretty up for it too. We browsed the website together, and decided to go for the Classic Grey Onesie. It's very Winter chic and looking ahead to the Christmas period, thought it would fit in perfectly so Max could join us for a brandy and a mince pie whilst watching Elf.

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So how does a dog onesie work? I know, I know, I thought the same. It's hard enough getting in and out of my Minnie Mouse onesie with two legs, but imagine having four very little, stick like legs. Pawsie have this covered - each onesie has poppers on the chest area and belly area so you can slot their legs through and then pop the onesie together easily and comfortably. With a mixture of jersey material and soft fluffy blanket material, it's super soft and warming for your pooch. There's also the addition of a furry hood - this has been one of our highlights and we love tucking Max's ears in so he looks rather Chihuahua-esque and like an 'eski-dog'. There's also ample room for them to have their waggy tails out to show how much they love their Pawsie onesie.

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Pawsie don't just do Mr Darcy type fashion - they also do a variety of animal onesies, so if you have the popular Primark duckling or tiger onesies, your dog can now match you - paws and all! Ranging from £15.99 - £24.99, these onesies are a great novelty item for dressing your four legged friend up, but are also perfect for keeping them warm. Right now, it's still a little too warm I think for Max to be wearing it around the house, but come a few weeks when the temperature drops slightly, it will be the perfect Winter warmer.

Quite frankly, I adore Pawsie as a company. They provide quality onesie's for dogs, and lets face it, you have to have a bit of a sense of humour to create onesie's for dogs. If you're thinking about ordering one for your dawg, check out their website to refer to sizing - there's free delivery at the moment too!

Max gives it 10 out of 10 on the fashion front, and a huge lick for comfort.

-Tamsin xxx

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Banana and Faux Nutella Smoothie

22 September 2013

My sweet tooth is one of the bains of my life. I'm trying to counteract any cravings with fruit and diet soda, but sometimes you just need that hit of sweetness. I've been going crazy with my blender at the moment and trying to put it to as much use as possible. You guys all seemed to like my 7am Lazy Smoothie, so I'm going to share with you what I've been using recently to cure my sweet tooth. And let me tell you now. It involves chocolate, hazelnut and peanuts. Sounds good yes? But calorific? Think again.

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So what do you need? Grab yourself some frozen banana as the base of the smoothie. This time, the banana needs to be frozen so as to act as the ice part, and it keeps it chilled for a fair while. Now, time to add the Nutella, except this is faux Nutella remember? For this, you need one sachet of Options hazelnut hot chocolate. The taste is identical to Nutella, and you'll get the punch of the hazelnuts without the calories. Infact, one sachet of Options hot chocolate is only 40 calories. Can I get a woop woop? The next step is based on preference, but seeing as I adore peanut butter, I'm going to go ahead and a spoonful of PB2. If you haven't heard of PB2, it's something you need to invest in. It's a little pricey, but worth it. It's basically peanuts in their ground form - they're so grounded up and powdered, that 85% of the oil is eliminated making it less in calories. A heaped tablespoon is only 40 calories or so. It's incredible. You can mix PB2 with water, milk, yoghurt, anything, and you get a lovely peanut butter consistency for 85% less the calories. I think that calls for another woop woop don't you think? Finally, you add some soy chocolate milk. I'm big on drinking soy milk, and I love the Vive Soy range. Add as much as you want depending on how you like the consistency of your smoothie. Blitz it up in your blender for about 2 minutes so it becomes gorgeously smooth.

Pour, serve, and let that sweet craving be satisfied for half the calories. It's not the most glamorous of smoothies, but DAMN does it taste good.

-Tamsin xxx

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Lazy Sunday

15 September 2013

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001 + 002: Pancakes, bacon and maple syrup - a lovely brunch on a cold Sunday morning with three of my favourite bloggers, Steph, Rosie and Tabitha. We did a small bit of shopping and explored a wonderful shop called Ark. I fell in love with so many pieces of furniture, and Rosie and Tabitha went away very crate happy!

003. Spending time on Pinterest - I find so much inspiration on Pinterest and pinning from my Kindle Fire makes it so easy to do. Right now, I'm pinning lots of A/W inspiration, things to keep me going with my diet, and of course..Disney.

004. A new purchase from Bourjois - I've been excited to try the Rice Powder for so long. I love anything that illuminates so I'm looking forward to trying this out tomorrow. I particularly love the packaging - thumbs up to Bourjois!

005. Trying out my latest smoothie recipe - it involves this soy chocolate milk, along with other goodies, and is healthy for you AND low cal. Recipe on the blog next week!

006. Watching tv in my new fox pyjama bottoms - these are from F&F at Tesco and I adore them. I'm a sucker for pyjamas like these..they just make me feel happy and extra snuggly!

What have you been up to this Sunday?

-Tamsin xxx

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That A/W Feeling

14 September 2013

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I don't know about you, but that A/W feeling is really hitting me recently. I've been wearing my work coat more often, the Christmassy fragrances are out in full force, and I've even dabbled with putting on the heating (it was just for an hour, but that definitely means it's Autumn!). When I'm in the shops, my eyes only wander to Winter boots, comfy snuggly jumpers, and Winter shades I've been looking forward to wearing for ages. The coral lips are being faded out and replacing them are darker tones that have been unloved for a couple of months. My feet are being warmed up in a variety of warm slippers - Disney is compulsory of course. Yes it's been raining like hell in the last few days, but truly, I don't mind.

I'm looking forward to what this A/W season has to bring...

-Tamsin xxx

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Autumn Wishlist

10 September 2013

The minute it hits September, my heart starts beating that little bit faster and I get butterflies flying around my tummy. As nice as Summer is, the Autumn and Winter months are my favourite. I appreciate hot weather more when I'm holidaying abroad, and working in heat in the UK just isn't as nice. Give me Autumn and Winter any day. I love chunky cardigans, Chelsea boots, buying a new coat, feeling warm and toasty under the duvet when it's cold outside, and the most exciting part for me is the run up to Christmas. Ok, ok, it seems ages away now, but it's my favourite time of the year, so I cannot help but get excited.

With another season, comes another wishlist. It's only natural


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Knitted Angora Jumper - Topshop
Block Cut Out Boots - New Look
Graham Clan Tartan Scarf - Heritage of Scotland
Buckle Trim Rider Boots - Russell and Bromley
Yellow Parka - Sheinside
Mulled Wine Candle - Tesco

The grey angora jumper from Topshop just screams 'cosy' at me. With a chunky scarf, skinny jeans and boots, I would be wearing this continuously over the A/W months, especially as between November-January, we don't have to wear business wear at work - bonus! I'm a huge lover of boots..they're one of my favourite types of shoe to buy but I'm quite picky as I like them to go with a lot of outfits, as well as being sturdy. The block cut out boots from New Look would be great for every day, and I just love the detailing. When it comes to longer boots, I only head to one place - Russell and Bromley. R&B boots may be expensive when it comes to handing over the plastic to pay, but trust me on this - it's the best money on shoes you can ever spend. They keep you going for years if you re-heel them, never let in the wet and cold, and look fabulous for everything. The Buckle Trim Rider boots are what I'm lusting over at the moment. Hashtag drool. The scarf is a personal one to me. I have a few of these but have been after a new one. My heritage is Scottish, and we're very proud of our roots in my family. We all wear our tartan, including kilts, and it always feels special when someone asks where you got your tartan scarf from, and you say 'It's my family's tartan.' I will forever be proud of my family and our Scottish roots. And yes the bagpipes will be out at my wedding! The yellow parka is one I have been lusting after for ages now. I believe I saw this first on Rosie's blog last year, and I've been dying to buy one since. Now it seems to be getting a lot colder, I'm going to be treating myself to this asap. I need that huge hood in my life! Perfect for dog walking! The last is something I go mad with every year. The Christmas/Winter candles. I adore the mulled wine/cinnamon/frost/berries fragrances that appear around this time each September, and I have them burning almost constantly. Fragrances are memories for me, and this just takes me back to lots of happy memories. I have a Mulled Wine candle burning right this second and I feel extremely happy and cosy!

What's on your A/W wishlist?

-Tamsin xxx

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That Dove Trend

6 September 2013

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It was only the other night that I was having my evening bath, exfoliating, hair washing, and generally relaxing, that I looked at some of the current products dotted around my bathtub. Unless I'm after a specific item, I usually pick up whatever is on offer in the supermarket. I like switching up hair routines and trying new products - it's part of the fun! However, dotted around my bath were four different Dove items, and when drying my hair, I realised my favourite leave-in conditioner was also Dove. Coincidence maybe? Or is this a pattern and I should give Dove the recognition it deserves?

Firstly, the Colour Radiance Shampoo. This one was picked up as it was going cheap and I need a shampoo..simple as. After using it, my hair was cleaner than clean and I found it was softer than usual. Usually with shampoos, my hair adapts pretty quickly and seems to get used to the formula meaning another change, but it hasn't happened with this one at all - bonus! Regarding boosting the radiance of my dyed hair, it hasn't done anything dramatic, but definitely keeps the colour fresher for longer. Big tick from me! Next, the Deeply Nourishing Body Wash. If this is going cheap, I always pick this up - the smell is just fresh and baby clean. I don't like too many floral scents in my body washes, so this is always a favourite of mine, and one I usually pack when I'm going on holiday as it's almost like my comfort body wash, and it keeps me really moisturised after a day in the sun. A newer addition is the Creme Mousse Body Wash. This is similar to the Deeply Nourishing Body Wash, except the formula is silky, smooth and really is kinda like a mousse! It froths up a lot more, has more of a fragrance and feels a little more exclusive and luxurious - it's one I use when I'm in a more pampering mood. When running myself a bath, the Indulging Bath Cream is the first thing to be used. It's basically the bubble bath version of the Deeply Nourishing Body Wash, and that's why I love it. Clean, fresh, moisturising and it creates some gorgeously wonderful bubbles (it's not called a bubble bath for nothing!). Finally, after hopping out of the bath, I spritz the Intensive Repair Leave-In Conditioning and Care Spray. This is one of my favourite discoveries of 2013, and that is saying a lot. This spray changed my hair. It's got a watery section and milky section which you shake up so it can work its magic. A few spritzes onto my hair, brush through with a Tangle Teezer and boom boom pow, silky soft, manageable, no frizz hair. My hair has changed for the better and it's because of this conditioning spray. It's definitely one I'd recommend and one I will continue to repurchase.

So. Dove. I didn't realise I liked them so much, but apparently I do. They seem to have loads of elements that I enjoy when I'm in the shower, bath or conditioning my hair, and I feel credit is due. After all, I wouldn't keep repurchasing if they didn't help achieve the results I love! I don't think this trend is coincidence, but sign of a great brand - well done Dove for keeping me so happy :)

-Tamsin xxx

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The 7am Lazy Smoothie

3 September 2013

As much as I love the thought of cooking a lovely breakfast, it's just naaat going to happen on a weekday. When that alarm goes off, I have a structured routine consisting of beauty rituals, news watching and dog walking. Even though I dream of recreating many recipes I pin daily, it's not practical. I do dream of whipping up American style oat and yoghurt pancakes, but I'm still dreaming. Usually, my breakfast is an Activia breakfast pot which I eat at my desk - very yummy but nothing glamorous. However, recently I've been embracing my tight schedule and my non existent breakfast routine. 

Enter The 7am Lazy Smoothie.


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This is genuinely the perfect 'lazy person, in a hurry, need something with a bit of a zing and wake-me-up' breakfast. It's really changed the way I see breakfast recently, and just as quick as pouring a bowl of cereal and milk. What makes this the ultimate lazy smoothie, is that it consists of 3 ingredients. Firstly, the fruit. I buy a bag of mixed frozen fruit salad. It's about £1 a bag, lasts ages, has a great mix of berries, melon and grapes etc and as it's already frozen, it acts as natural ice for the smoothie (meaning you don't need to add any excess ice!). Next, I add one banana. In normal smoothies, the banana is usually frozen, but you already have frozen fruit so the banana is off the hook! I add the banana for energy and a nice creamy consistency. Lastly is some form of juice. Right now, I have Tropicana Orange Juice in my fridge, so that's what I'm using. I throw in a small cups worth, just to loosen up the ice slightly. You don't need too much at all, but it's really trial and error. You can add whatever juice you like though - sometimes I add apple, or sometimes cranberry - but it all depends what you like. Next, just whizz it up until its blended smoothly, and you can add more juice depending on what consistency you like. I use my Kenwood 2 Go blender which I adore and can highly recommend.


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That's genuinely it. The quickest breakfast smoothie in the world. Sometimes I add ginger or lime to it for a real morning kick, which really gets you alive and kicking! I pour it into my Starbucks cooler and off I trot to work. I highly recommend buying a cooling tumbler too - it keeps my smoothie cold for a lot longer than a normal cup would. In a perfect world, I'd be chopping up fresh fruit every morning for this smoothie, or mixing up my oaty pancakes in excitement, but lets face it. We're busy people, and this breakfast is healthy, quick and convenient. What more could a lazy breakfast person want?

-Tamsin xxx

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