Going back to blogging after giving birth

Going back to blogging after giving birth has genuinely been a lot easier than expected. This is partly down to the fact that my husband has been with me every step of the way, which I wasn’t factoring in that this would be happening. So, we are making the most of spending this incredible time together until the new year, when sadly he will have to go back to work. I went ‘back to work’ in a very exciting way- my first blogger event sans baby and maternity bra (thank the lord!) was an exclusive party with KISS products and Pixie Lott.

The party was at The Cuckoo Club, Mayfair, a very smart affair indeed and one that I had not visited before. The atmosphere was busy from the get go, so I decided to take my drink and have a sit down with a talented henna artist.

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ImPRESS nails and KISS lashes were being applied to the room- I loved seeing the latest releases and some of my favourites too.

Such a glamorous table! I got my all time favourite KISS lashes applied- ‘Lily’, pics below!

It was great bumping into Fran (@apageofme), another blogger babe!

Finally I got to have a chat with the latest brand ambassador for KISS- Pixie Lott! She wanted to know all about baby Alice and told me she really wanted kids too, but waiting for the right time.

See if you can spot my auto, just above Pixie’s. Below are my top two picks from the latest imPRESS collections. The most amazing new colours and designs for the party season available from Boots in store and online.

Going back to blogging after giving birth has been possible thanks to the incredible support network around me- you know who you are so thank you. And as for me, I am happy to spend the day away to have some time by myself as a blogger. Then when I get home, Alice is waiting for me!

Saharasplash x

Catch up with my latest parenting post: Alice’s first scrapbook by Potato Print! 

 

My Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2017

Happy Friday guys!!! I’ve got something really exciting to bring you this fine November day wherever you may be. If you are getting into the Christmas spirit, my Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2017 will be sure to help you on your way. I’m guilty of watching a few festive films and having a mince pie already so go on, get your tinsel and Shakin Stevens turned up!

Leighton Denny Expert Nails AW17 Heritage Collection

I’m in love with these vibrant yet classy colours from Leighton Denny’s AW17 Heritage Collection. The nail polishes are available at £12 each or you can get the whole beautiful set of 6 for £65.

Sweethearts Hair Detangler Spray

This is a super sweet treat for a really different stocking filler to your usual chocolates and socks. Wow your friends and family with a little haircare essential for that friend with frizzy and knotty hair- that’ll be me! Sweethearts Hair detangler is just £5.75.

Bloomtown Christmas Beauty Baubles

To add that wow factor to your gift giving, Bloomtown have combined a bit of festive cheer along with some of their amazing beauty products. All 100% cruelty free, you are definitely spoiling someone’s Christmas tree with this charming bauble trio at £25.

Dr Botanicals Apothecary Collection

Another perfect idea for a 100% natural and vegan friendly present- here are a few from Dr Botanicals new Apothecary Collection. There are ten different products to choose from in the range- here are the kale, artichoke and pomegranate superfoods! £17-£32.

Makeup Revolution MYSIGN Elements Collection Eye Palette

Such a great concept for a quick and easy but personalised gift. Inspired by your zodiac sign, Makeup revolution and MYSIGN have created a makeup range tailored to your star sign- how cool!!! The palettes are £6 each, so why not get one for yourself too?!

Anovia Head Candy Haircare Range

The Head Candy range has been a long standing favourite of mine- these are well used in salons and so you’ve probably seen and tried at least one of these ranges before. They smell divine and you can purchase smaller sized bottles at a great price- under £5!

ProBlo CurlMe Collection

This gift is for someone truly special in your life- maybe a sister, best friend or someone you really want to treat this year. The ProBlo CurlME set comes with six different sized barrels, the detachable handle, clips and a neat little travel bag. I featured ProBlo in my top beauty picks this summer so it’s a range that comes highly recommended by me. Preorder the CurlME set now at £35.

Sadly we have come to the end of the magic- I hope you loved my Big Fat Christmas Beauty Gift Guide as much as I did creating it for you. Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on getting any of these gifts or putting them on your own Christmas list!

Saharasplash x

Why not stay for one more quick post- I’m talking about even more beauty products in my post celebrating National Spa Week with Q Hotels.

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Celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX

This week we are celebrating National Spa Week. There’s nothing I love more than a good old pamper, whether that’s getting a massage, manicure or a more specialist treatment like experiencing a non evasive face lift from Facegym! So, I’m here to show you how to get involved and start celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX. Q Hotels have come up with a spa-at-home experience that you can get inspiration from and get pampering today!

As a new mum, it is a truth universally acknowledged that ‘me time’ is now being shared by ‘baby time’ as well. These past few weeks it has been a huge accomplishment if I have managed to drink a whole cup of tea without it going cold or brushed my teeth before lunchtime. Though I have this new commitment, which I would not change for anything, I want to make sure that I haven’t forgotten myself along the way. I am still the same person, even if that means swapping a spa day out for a spa day in.

Q Hotels have provided an incredible selection of products I want to share with you so no matter how you like to get your R and R- there is bound to be something here that floats your zen boat!

Jessica Phenom Instastyle Fall Collection

Inspired by the latest styles, these three on trend colours along with Finale Shine top coat will have your look completed for the next big event.

ESPA Optimal Skin Introductory Collection

This collection will nourish, balance and restore the skin ready for winter. Included is a procleanser, a 3-in-1 cleanser, exfoliator and mask, a toner and a proserum. A great way to refresh your skin routine or add to your Christmas gift list at £26.

Mii Cosmetics

If you’re not into nails and you already have a skincare routine that suits you, why not give Mii Cosmetics a go? In the #QSPAINABOX I found their Power matte lip creme, Glamourous trio face bronzer and Showstopping Lash Lover mascara. This trio will have you ready in a jiffy when looking for a quick makeup turnaround!

Find some time today to get celebrating National Spa Week with #QSPAINABOX and do it your own way. What would you like to try? Send me a message over on Twitter or comment below!

Saharasplash x

Check out baby Alice as she rocks her first post with a special Rockbox gift box!

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My baby is a mini rocker with Rockbox

I will tell you, this week has been a tough one. Parenthood is unexpected and wonderful and brings many happy moments, but with those moments there comes a certain amount of heartache and struggle too. There are countless times in the day where I think to myself ‘I’m not doing the best I can for my baby’. I have a huge amount of support around me, and I never think for a second that my baby isn’t safe or loved, it’s more down to the little things- could I have prevented that baby meltdown for example or gotten her changed a little quicker to avoid upset. These feelings I know are absolutely normal and I just have to roll with it. Alice is a pretty chilled out little thing for the most part, and although I don’t feel like a rockstar as much as I used to, here is how my baby is a mini rocker with Rockbox.

The Rockbox company designs the most incredible bespoke gift boxes for different types of people and occasions. You can browse the site for ready made boxes, or you can create your own with an array of gorgeous products, cards and accessories for that personal touch. This is the Mini Rocker gift box which is perfect for a gender neutral arrival:

Included in the mini rocker box is a cute little xoxo postcard along with a Bibs and Booties UK set which I adore on Alice!

There is also a silicone teether ring in the shape of a cloud to match the monochrome vibes from Foxs Felts. She will need a little more time to start using this!

Here are the cutest booties with raindrop pattern to match the bib:

Alice rocks them wearing nothing else, and we can’t wait to match them to an outfit for a trip out soon. She is definitely a mini rocker already, from the way she is independent, strong and ready to go at any moment.

My baby is a mini rocker with Rockbox this week and I’m so proud to have this little star in my life- tears and fears included!

Shop the full Rockbox range here

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading guys! Check out my post on a little auto love n care for some more cute baby photos and car tips for winter ❄️

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Talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter

So I haven’t been driving my car recently, mainly because of that fact that I’ve just had a baby, and stitches are still healing. It’s been quite a rollercoaster month this month and we are now experiencing that time of year where the temperatures and clocks are changing. This post about talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter is for all the drivers out there as a kind reminder to keep you and your car happy this season no matter how busy your life can get.

1. Tyres

It’s so important to check your tyres regularly if you are out and about on the roads. Tread can be easily measured with a 20p piece. Place the coin in one of the main grooves in your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured then your tread is fine. If not, it’s not legal! On Fife Autocentre* you can book tyres in Stirling, but you can find the right tyre and local branch to you by doing a quick online search.

2. Water

I like to have my water checked every month, usually by my husband. You need to make sure that during the winter months that your water is checked according to the changing temperatures. If we are having a rainy spell, you would want to check it more often. This is because you are more likely to use your wipers more to get rid of dirt and smears left by the rain. If we are expecting frost, make up a bottle of 1/8 antifreeze 7/8 water before pouring in. This will help to avoid those crappy mornings waiting to leave your driveway with a frosted up screen and a frozen water supply!

3. Oil

If you regularly use and service your car (every 12 thousand miles) you shouldn’t need to check your oil. But if you are a sporadic driver or you aren’t racking up the miles to service it regularly, then best to check that dipstick!

4. Comfort

It’s sometimes easy to forget this factor when driving. As someone who makes continuous journeys back and forth to London and Ipswich, it’s really important that I am comfy in the car. I have discovered a fantastic cushion during my pregnancy this year which has helped ease my aches and pains as they progressively got worse during my pregnancy and beyond. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is one of a kind and has been so imperative for each and every car journey lasting over 30 minutes for me. Its unique style and shape help to ease signs and symptoms of sciatica.

You can take it out and use it in the workplace with any seat or chair. The first car journey home from hospital was not nice after having quite a few stitches, but I was so happy to see my cushion waiting for me in my husband’s car when it was time to head home with our baby girl. I am continuing to use the cushion post pregnancy as it makes the journeys so much easier and less painful.

Find out more about the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion here.

I hope that this piece on talking comfort and taking care of your car this winter has reminded you to make those all important checks if you haven’t done so recently. Stay safe on the roads, and Alice is loving her current car setup!

Saharasplash x

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Simplistic styling and brave choices featuring PrettyLittleThing

This October has been one of the most incredible Octobers of my life. Not only did I have the most fantastic 27th birthday with my family, it also brought and end to my pregnancy and welcomed a brand new arrival! I’m sure you have seen by now that I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who we called Alice Iris. It’s been a tough first week to say the least, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to talk about being brave- in more than one aspect of life. Having the courage to stick with your guns and make your unique voice heard is such an important thing, so here is my piece on simplistic styling and brave choices featuring PrettyLittleThing.

I feel that I have grown up a confident person, always going for what I want in life. Even at school I remember being the one always speaking out and eager to have my say, so having strength and courage definitely stemmed from a young age. Confidence and being brave may not come naturally to everyone, but I’d like to try and persuade you to come out of yourself just that little bit today. Whether that means doing that task you’ve been putting off for days or saying something you have been holding back from someone close to you- I say you are going to do it! And once you do, you’ll feel amazing.

So, how does being brave work it’s way into another part of your life- your wardrobe? PrettyLittleThing are here to help with their new season coats and jackets range. PLT are one of my favourite brands, so getting to collaborate with them on this project was definitely a big fat tick off the blogger bucket list. I did this shoot two days before giving birth, so this will definitely be one of those memorable weekends not only for my blog but for my family too. This sage green floral maxi kimono worked effortlessly with one of my plain black dresses. Pregnant or not, it’s a simplistic style for anyone not wanting to brave a whole new wardrobe just yet. Just one stunning jacket like this can make you feel confident and ready to take on anything life throws at you- you’re in a kimono for god sake, rock it!!

Much like this kimono, I took the leap of faith and braved my labour without any pain relief. We did it together, Alice and I, along with some super support from my husband, sister and mother. I took my strength during labour by focusing on all the reasons why I was doing it, and who I was doing it for. The list was long- my husband and my late mother in law who she is named after were the top two faces in my mind- and it worked brilliantly. Being brave for another person I find boosts your confidence levels like nothing else- I’m sure you can remember exactly how you felt at a time where you have stood up for something or someone that you believe in- it gives us that fire and purpose.

This next coat was a little out of my comfort zone, but I just had to jump in with two feet. That item you’ve been looking at online but not sure it’s ‘you’, just go for it, just like I went for this bright yellow longline puffer jacket.

Again, I’ve paired this with black which is a smart choice for anyone out there struggling with splashing colour into their autumn winter collection. Sporty stripes are heavily trending throughout the high street, so a pair of wide leg stripe trousers like this create a cool but chic balance to the powerful puffer.

Simplistic styling and brave choices go hand in hand- it’s just one small change that makes a lot of difference.

Tell me about a time you made a brave choice in the comments below- and for this week I want you to face any fears you have (wardrobe or otherwise) with a deep breath and a strong focus. You won’t get a baby at the end of it, but you’ll be self rewarded with a new found sense of accomplishment!

Until next time,

Saharasplash  x

Find out all about my experience at Seckford Spa with a pregnancy massage!

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