30 Dec 2013

2014 Aspirations

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas.

This festive season I really felt like I had a break, which is great as I normally take little time off at Christmas.

My new years resolutions are really quite simple this year and all about what am I going to do rather than what I'm going to give up / stop.

In 2013 it was a wish to work less and restore my work life balance. For the past 3 years I've been doing some part-time work as a community carer on top of my at times very demanding full time job, this has left me with little down time. The end of 2013 has seen me give up another weekend shift, leaving me now with only 2 small community rounds that I just can't give up as I do enjoy it and love the people I visit and help.

So many of my 2014 resolutions are more what 'I want to do' with this time apart from seeing friends and family more.

* Spend more time practising yoga. I don't really talk much about my love for Yoga, I often chatter away about my dancing but Yoga is also a big part of my life. I was mugged some years ago and left with a lasting shoulder and neck injury and though Yoga and massage is the only way I control the pain and movement in these damaged areas. In particular I want to visit Beth at Urban Yoga Monkey, she runs workshops in East London that I have been dying to get to.

Picture courtesy of  Beth at Urban Yoga Monkey
* Get out the my sewing machine and make attempt to make more of my own clothes. I have this pattern to start with -

Pattern -New Look 6000
* To help me on my way to upping my dressmaking game I'd like to spend a day doing a workshop to get my confidence back and brush up my skills. The one I have is mind is with BooBoo Kitty Couture

Picture courtesy of BooBoo Kitty Couture
*Buy less high street and more handmade / independently made clothes

*Get my pin-curl and wet set perfected

My last attempt with foam rollers and a wet set

 What are you 2014 aspirations?

UB x

6 Dec 2013

Beauty is only skin deep

My skin has been troubling me of late, I was fornatute to have good skin as a teenager and have never really invested much time or money into looking after my skin.

Now my skin is far from awful but it's lost its mojo and I've been suffering with little cluster of break outs. Now I know not only a good skin care routine is the answer, I need more early nights, water and to look at my diet.

I have been using a mix of Burt's Bees Citrus facial scrub, soap and a cheap boots moisturiser, no wonder my skin is crying.

I have been reading Caroline Hirons blog. I find her reviews / clinic posts no B.S, with honest and informative advice.
With the aid of her website this is what I bought to best suit what I think my skin needs - 


( This is only to be used 1-2 times a week)
You will notice there is one key element missing... moisturiser! I am now looking into a good every day moisturise. What do you use? 
I will let you know how i get on with these and if they make a noticeable change to my skin. 
UB x