Thursday, 21 May 2015

Home & Interiors - Oliver Bonas

When I was in London the other weekend, I paid my first visit to an Oliver Bonas store. There were so many lovely pieces of homeware and accessories... I could have quite easily spent a fortune! I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite Oliver Bonas items.






Edgar Wood Chest, £365 (made to order)

And look at the huge range of colours these cute Velvet Tub Chairs come in... all £445 each:


I resisted the homewares - main reason being that I didn't have enough space in my suitcase to take any of it home!

Instead I bought a few little things for me...



There really are so many gorgeous things... if you haven't heard of the brand before then I do suggest you take a peek!


Monday, 18 May 2015

Giveaway Two - bareMinerals Palette

Following on from the success of my St Enoch Centre £50 voucher giveaway, I have another fantastic prize to celebrate my 4th blog birthday.

Next up is this fantastic palette from one of my favourite brands, bareMinerals:


The palette features bareMinerals innovative solid mineral technology and includes the following mini products in a stylish bag:
  • READY SPF 20 Foundation in R250 (for medium neutral skin tones)
  • READY Touch Up Veil in Medium
  • READY Bronzer in The High Dive
  • READY Luminizer in The Love Affair
  • Correcting Concealer in Medium 2
  • Precision Kabuki brush
  • Tapered Face brush
It's an ideal travel set for your summer holiday, don't you think?

All you need to do to win is enter the Rafflecopter below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There is only one prize.
No cash alternative available.
UK entrants only please.
Competition ends on 31st May 2015.

Thank you bareMinerals for providing this prize.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Getting to Know You

I thought it would be fun to answer some quick-fire questions so that you can get to know me a bit better!

// F A V O U R I T E S

Pet - kittens and Dachshunds (I have two wee kittens called Rhubarb & Crumble)
Colour - grey
Food - dim sum
Movie - The Life of David Gale (although it's tough to pick just one, I have a top 20 here!)
Song - Annie Lennox, Little Bird
TV - For a series that I could watch and re-watch again and again, it would be Friends
Drink - decaffeinated Tetley tea
Cocktail - mojito
Flower - peony
Shop - B&Q

// H A V E   Y O U   E V E R?

Bungee jumped? - Nope
Been in love? - Yes
Had your heart broken? - Yes
Cried? - Quite a lot... I'm a weeper!
Done something you regret? - Yes
Broken a bone? - Yes, I broke both bones in my forearm when I was younger falling out of a tree
Had a near death experience? - No
Had to get stitches? - No (I did fall into an outdoor tap when I was younger and I have a scar on my nose... I was very lucky that I didn't hurt my eye. No stitches needed though)
Found a wallet that someone had dropped? - Yes
Got arrested? - No, but I was put in the back of a police van for apparently going through a red light. I went through on amber but they were adamant that I went through on red. I got points and a fine!

// W O U L D   Y O U   R A T H E R?

Watch Star Wars or Star Trek? - Star Wars
Read a paperback or on a Kindle? - Paperback
Go to the theatre or the cinema? - Theatre
Hike or bike? - Bike
Wear jeans or a dress? - Hmmm, tough one... I think jeans
Travel by plane or train? - Plane
Go to a Comedy club or Night club? - Comedy club
Have a night out or night in? - Night in
Use Facebook or Twitter? - Twitter
Stay in a hotel or a tent? - Hotel

Friday, 15 May 2015

#LittleLoves

It's been so long since I took part in Morgana's #LittleLoves and I've really missed joining in. It's quite nice just to take stock each week and look back on the small things that have made me happy.

// Watched

Movie wise I've watched Oblivion with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It started well, but then I wasn't convinced by the ending. I'm not sure I would recommend it. We've also started watching House of Cards on Netflix and we're already on Series 2 (clearly we watch too much TV!).


As I type this I've got Made in Chelsea on in the background - my guilty pleasure!

// Read

I've got a few books on my nightstand and on my Kindle but I just haven't had the time to turn the pages. Rick & I were in London the other weekend and I did read on the plane but I am looking forward to a lazy Sunday, wrapped in a blanket (or ideally sitting in the sun on a lounger in the garden but the weather isn't proving too great at the moment!) getting stuck into a good book.

// Made

Not very much I'm sad to say!

// Wore

I picked up a few new dresses in Cos last time I was in town which I have been wearing to work. I love both of them - they're very wearable, wash well and I don't need to iron them - result!! One is a black dress which you can see below, the other is a grey jersey number which was in the sale - it's super comfy yet is smart enough for work.


// Heard

I just love this song by Lunchmoney Lewis... it's the one song on the radio at the moment that makes me crank up the volume.



// And lastly...

For my more local followers, I have a competition running just now with the St Enoch Centre where you can win a £50 voucher. It's very simple to enter, and you can find the details here.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Beauty - April Favourites

Last month I shared my March favourites, and I'm back this time with my April favs! I'm a bit disorganised, so apologies that we're now halfway through May already!! I will attempt to get these posts out at the start of each month in the future!

I'm going to pick 5 products that I've been loving and give you a bit of a blurb on each of them...

1. Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette, £38


I am really slow to join the NAKED palette bandwagon. For some unknown reason, eyeshadow is not something I've really bought lately. For the past couple of years I've been wearing the same three MAC shades. So with my MAC shades nearly empty (they lasted well!!), I decided it was time to invest in something new and I chose this NAKED 2 palette. I love it. The shades I've used so far are very pigmented so it doesn't take long to build up a good colour.

2. bareMinerals Stroke of Light, £22*

 
I'm still loving this Stroke of Light wand from bareMinerals and have been wearing it daily. It's definitely worthy of a place in my monthly favourites.

3. Origins Original Skin Serum, £32

 
Now that I'm nearing my mid-thirties I'm happy to invest in my skincare products; and I'm hoping that it shows as my skin is in pretty good condition now. I had been using Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum but given my new love for Origins I thought I would try their serum. The Origins serum has a thinner consistency compared with Merumaya and if I'm honest I'm not sure that I notice much of a difference between the two in terms of how my skin looks and feels. Both products are priced similarly too. From the marketing, the Origins is probably targeted at a younger market whereas the Merumaya is perhaps aimed more at anti-aging. Anyway, I've heard that using a serum is better than no serum, and that in fact the serum you use doesn't really matter so much; whether this is true or not I'm not sure. 

4. Dior Diorskin Star Foundation, £32.50


You may remember from my March favourites that I've been wearing the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, but I was seeking a foundation for my make-up bag and decided to try this Dior one.

It goes on really easily (I have a little sponge that I use which I picked up in Kiko whilst I was in London) and I like that the foundation feels lightweight on the skin and yet gives good coverage.

5. Jo Malone, Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense, £100

This perfume has been on my wish list for a while now and I caved and bought myself a bottle. It's gorgeous. Perhaps more of a Winter fragrance or for night-time as it's a heavier scent but regardless of this I've been wearing it every other day or so.

* I received the bareMinerals Stroke of Light as a PR sample. All other products I have purchased myself. Opinions as always are my own and are honest.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

What's On: Festival of Museums, Glasgow



The Festival of Museums takes place this weekend on the 15th - 17th May. The programme has over 100 events across the country, many taking place as part of the Museums at Night initiative and many events are one-off too. There is plenty happening in Glasgow if you are looking for something for the weekend...

The Great Big Museum Bus Tour is a hop-on, hop-off tour of Glasgow's must-see museums including the Burrell Collection, Scotland Street School Museum and Riverside Museum. Each museum will be showcasing a different traditional craft with inspiring practical demonstrations (Sat 16th May from 11am onwards).

Past Times Weekend - Auld Kirk museum in Kirkintilloch are taking guests back in time at their Family Fun Day on Sunday 17th May, 12 noon to 4pm. There will be craft activities - making and decorating swords and crowns - plus face painting, medieval weaponry and birds of prey.

The event that takes my fancy is the Reid Building Tour - Glasgow's most daring new architectural work. The one hour guided tour will explore the architectural concepts behind the building (Saturday 16th from 3pm, advance booking required).

I'm also intrigued by The Museum of Light at Paisley Museum (Saturday 16th May, 7pm to midnight) where there are a wide range of activities running from 'painting with light' to scientific demonstrations and a viewing of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn through the telescopes in Coats Observatory.

What are your plans this weekend?

Sarah x




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Charity: Race for Life 5K with Scottish Power



On Sunday I participated in the Race for Life 5K event at Glasgow Green. I was going to say I ran, but it was more like a jog. It's been a number of months since I was running regularly (I just checked back in my Nike app on my phone and it was in September 2014 that I was running once a week, since then I've done only two runs!!). For a number of reasons I hadn't trained: partly due to my Crohn's playing up; partly due to lack of time; and if I'm honest partly because of the weather (although that's not really a decent excuse, you just need to dress appropriately for the conditions).

Anyway, you will be pleased to hear that despite not training I managed to jog the route in 31 minutes (I felt that deserved to be in bold!). I have to say I was pretty chuffed with myself.

I chose to run for Cancer Research UK because my mum lost her battle with cancer in 2001 and was taken from us too soon. She was 51 years old when she died. I was 19 years old, and my little sister was 17. We were too young to lose a parent. You can read my diary entries from the time on the blog: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Due to the amazing work of scientists and researchers, today one in two people with cancer will survive.


Lot's more can be done though to beat cancer sooner.

The atmosphere on race day was mixed. I felt quite emotional - reading everyone's stories on the backs of their shirts really put things into perspective; and yet I also felt inspired and that I really was making a difference, even if it was just a little one. 

That morning I woke up early before the kids and had some porridge (with Lactofree milk!) and fresh fruit before getting dressed and ready. My daughter painted my face in a few different pink colours and with plenty of glitter! She helped me choose the Pink Army tattoos to wear and looked out a pink party hat for me. 



The run itself wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. It was a bit wet and windy in Glasgow, but the rain was refreshing, for once! It was bizarre running through the empty streets of Glasgow, particularly Buchanan Street with a sea of women in pink t-shirts around me. There were plenty of supporters along the way which helped keep me going.




I made it round the course with my Scottish Power 'High 5 me!' foam hand... which to be honest was a hindrance but I carried on regardless!! 

Scottish Power are raising support for Cancer Research UK through the High 5 Wave. The target is to reach 60,000 high fives to raise £35,000 for the charity. 

"High fives are a symbol of achievement and celebration for all of us every day. We want to use high fives to generate positive energy in the fight against cancer" Scottish Power 

I added my High 5 and joined the wave at the Scottish Power marquee after the race!



If you would like to donate some money to my JustGiving page, you will find it here (www.justgiving.com/glasgowmummy).

Or why not take part in an event yourself? They are being held across the UK and you can find an event near you here.

Disclosure: my race entry was paid for and I was provided with promotional material for the run by Scottish Power.
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