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The high street is currently awash with all things summery and psychedelic but you don't need to spend a fortune to update your wardrobe.
If I was to describe my style I would say I was a classic dresser with a look that's as exciting as the basics range at Gap. I like neutral colours, flattering cuts and natural materials. This is great during winter where I can happily live in a sea of navy and black, but come summer I tend to panic.
For me, summer shopping is both painful on the eyes (aztec neon - WHY?) and harrowing on the pocket.The shops are always bursting with all manner of psychedelic colours, prints and floaty little numbers that are terrifying for classic dressers like me.
Most years I panic buy and spend a fortune on clothes that don't suit me, only to be worn once and discarded.
Last year, I decided enough was enough and I'd be strong and stick to my usual style. I invested in a lot of basic items - navy blazer, denim shorts, khaki skinny jeans, white cotton tops etc, and accessorised a lot. This week however, I found myself getting sucked into the summer spin again.
I was in New Look when I almost fell off the wagon, but I reminded myself about all those unworn summer clothes, put down the floral print maxi dress and slowly backed away.
Instead, I went home and had a good old root through my wardrobe and dug out my summer favourites including a navy cotton dress and a pair of tan sandals. I then made a list of things I actually need and it turns out I don't actually need anything! It's easy to think we need new clothes but really it's very easy to update your wardrobe and work with what we already have.
If you are a fellow panicky Summer buyer, have a read through my tried-and-tested tips on how to make the transition from AW to SS - without maxing out your credit card.
Hope these tips come in handy and remember: When in doubt, dig it out. Roll on the summer!
Swimming in a giant see-through tank in Covent Garden...yeah no worries...
Regular freebie hunters will know we recently featured Nivea’s Dare to Dip Facebook campaign where you could claim some free skincare samples. Some of you may also remember there was an option to attend their big Dare to Dip event in London.
Well, my friend Lucy (a fellow freebie aficionado) was one of two hundred and fifty women invited to take part!
As her nominated plus-one, we were contacted by a very lovely PR lady who explained what our exclusive invite entailed. In a nutshell, we've been asked to swim for a minimum of ten minutes in a giant see-through perspex tank in the middle of Covent Garden this Saturday. Like you do.
We mulled it over, and like all scary decisions we concluded ‘the hell with it’ and agreed. After putting the phone down, reality hit and we've been in a constant state of panic ever since. Wearing a swimsuit at the gym swimming pool is terrifying enough but paddling about in a see-through tank in the middle of one of the busiest tourist spots in Europe? What on earth were we thinking.
For obvious reasons we've both been laying off the BKs and frantically squatting, running and crunching for dear life. I've also been fretting about what to wear. Polka dot bandeau bikini? Tankini?? Speedo one piece, nose clip and a swim cap???
Body issues and swimwear dilemmas aside, there's also make up to consider. Both of us are rarely seen without a full face on so we've considered keeping our heads up, swimming serenely with minimal splash, and not getting our faces or hair wet. But who are we kidding? It's a giant tank of water, getting wet is inevitable and trying in vain would be ridiculous. So, in the spirit of being young(-ish) and carefree we've decided to throw caution to the wind, have a stiff pre-swim drink, thank the lord for waterproof mascara and bomb (or possibly swan dive?) into the tank.
We figure in times like this, we should forget about trying to look good, let loose and just do it. Which I’m pretty sure is what Nivea is hoping to inspire - their Dare to Dip campaign is all about having fun and feeling confident. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments and it'll be nice to say we were part of it. Plus, it should be a really fun day, there's going to be a backstage area where Kiss FM DJs will be playing and loads of Nivea freebies, including a free towel!
Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it went next week!
Afternoon Freebies Finders,
Do you work or live in London? If you're in the area head down to Covent Garden today before 7pm to get a free Glossybox with five free beauty products inside.
Glossybox are celebrating their second birthday so just pop down to the piazza and say hi (and maybe a friendly Happy Birthday!) to the girls from Glossybox and you'll receive this amazing freebie!
For more details see the Glossybox Facebook page.
Hi Freebie Finders,
Stop what you are doing immediately and head over to the Toni & Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe Facebook page. They are giving away 375 free full-size haircare products to people on a first come, first serve basis!
You can pick from:
These freebies are worth an impressive £6.99 each! We've read the terms and it states the promotion will end either in April or when samples have run out. We applied and received confirmation it was on it's way which suggests there are still free samples left. It's definitely worth giving it a go!
Go to the Toni & Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe Facebook page now!
Honey, one of the oldest sweeteners has many benefits that you might not know about.
Coughing and throat irritation
Honey can help with coughs and throat irritability, in particular buckwheat honey. Try mixing some up in a glass of hot water with some honey just before bed to aid sleep.
For scrapes and burns apply honey - hydrogen peroxide exists naturally in honey which will help your skin improve.
Boost your immune system
Full of polyphenols, honey can help protect your cells from free radical damage. Plus it will contribute to heart health.
Hair loss and upset stomachs
Honey and cinnamon can help in the relief of arthritis, upset stomach, bladder infections and bad breath. It's even supposed to be able to slow down hair loss!
Athletes use honey to help boost performance, reduce muscle fatigue and help with endurance.
If you're an M&S food lover like me, you'll be pleased to know that the Dine in for two for £10 offer is back!
Head to your local Marks & Spencer and get yourself to the food court. There you can choose from a selection of main meal, side dish, dessert and a bottle of wine, all for just £10.
Hurry, this offer runs out on Tuesday 7th May!
You can see the menu here.
Are you lazy? If you are I have 5 easy workouts you can do in your day-to-day life.
1. Toothbrush Wall Squats
Next time you go to brush your teeth, stand against the wall with your legs extended out, Slowly bend your knees until you have reached a seated position. Start holding the squat position for 30 seconds and work your way up to a minute.
2. Silent Ab Workout
When you're at work or on the sofa, why not work on your abs? Sit up straight and squeeze your abs for 30 seconds - this is one set. Now repeat four times with a minute between each set. As your abs get stronger, increase the amount of sets you do.
3. Advert Break Star Jumps
Instead of hitting the fast-forward button, stand up from the sofa and start doing star jumps. The fitter you become the faster you can jump!
4. Get off the bus a stop early
If you don't get the bus, you can also get off a tube stop early or park further away than you would normally. You will be saving money and you will be burning more calories by walking a greater distance than you do normally.
5. Toilet Break Squats
This is a bit of a strange one, but squats are fantastic for toning up your legs and bottom. When you go for a quick loo-break in the day why not practice 5-10 squats. It will soon start getting easier and you can do more!
Hope you like my easy workouts! Now I just have to make myself do them...
Do you want to see films for free, before they are released?
SeeFilmFirst is a ticketing system which is used by the major film companies to distribute tickets for previews of new films. Companies use the screenings to see how a film is enjoyed (or hated) by audiences.
If you want to see films for free then register to SeeFilmFirst.com, They will then contact you when there are tickets available for film screenings. But remember, tickets are provided FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
If this seems up your street, then give it a whirl and check out SeeFilmFirst.com.
Do you drink enough water? If not, here are 10 fabulous reasons why you should be drinking more water.
I hope I've given you enough reasons to drink more water!
Are you interested to know where your monthly pay-packet goes?
ListenToTaxman.com is a great UK PAYE Tax and Salary Calculator which will help you calculate where your monthly pay goes.
All you have to do is enter in your age, any allowances / deductions, wage and let it calculate!
It's a great way to help you work out your budget and see how much tax, national insurance and more that you pay on yearly basis.
There are options to see how much you take home daily, weekly, monthly - you'll soon start thinking twice about that take-away coffee! It's perfect for you when start working out a monthly budget.
Check out ListenToTaxman.com now. Happy budgeting!