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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A SPA DATE WITH BOOHOO x VILLAGE HOTELS

A SPA DATE WITH BOOHOO x VILLAGE HOTELS
Thursday, February 16, 2017
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A little over a week ago I was giddily heading to Warrington with the lovely Sarah (The Scarlet State) for a relaxing evening of jacuzzis, facials and food with Boohoo and my goodness was it a lovely little night! When someone offers me the treat that is a spa evening there's very little that would make me say no, so let's just say I was there with bells on (not literally)! The event took place at the gorgeous Village Hotel and Spa in Warrington, where were greeted with glasses of fizz and got to have a good chinwag with other fellow fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers from the North West. It was so nice to meet so many like-minded ladies who lived up North! 


Once we'd all got to know each other a little more and plucked up the courage to don our fabulous swimwear from Boohoo (my body was definitely not in bikini mode just yet, so I went for a swimsuit which you can find here, plus this cover up which I sadly didn't end up wearing because the robes were just so damn cosy!) we headed in to the spa area and relaxed in the pools and jacuzzi whilst chatting away like we'd all known each other for years! It was so nice to unwind after work and have some me-time to indulge and pamper, and sharing the fun with these girls made it even better! 










After the spa session, we dried off and headed back to base where some delicious canapés and a dreamy skincare workshop was all set up and waiting for us. We met one of the ESPA consultants who talked us through a range of luxurious products, then we were let loose to do our own facials. I've never actually had a facial before (I know, shocker!) so was especially looking forward to this part of the night as my skin was in desperate need of some TLC. It was so easy to do though, and left my face feeling so refreshed and pampered. I've noticed since then I've not had to wear as much make up as usual, so that's a huge improvement in my books! 



We were kindly gifted travel size versions of each of the products we used, which was just so lovely and generous! I've been using them at home and have been loving the results so far. I'd highly recommend giving ESPA a try if you haven't already!  







     
Photo by Sarah!






After saying our goodbyes and thank you's I then headed back home on the train with Sarah and Lily (Joli House) - all hail Preston bloggers - and I was so relaxed that I literally crashed out on the sofa when I got through the door!


It was such a nice evening of fun chats, photos, pampering, stress-busting and making new friends and I wish I could be doing it all again this evening! 


Thank you so much to the girls from Boohoo, Village Hotels and ESPA for making it so much fun and for looking after us so well. You spoilt us rotten! Now they're even spoiling you all too, with some exclusive discount codes to use at Village Hotels and Spas and Boohoo! Take a look at the end of the post for all the deets!  




Have you ever visited one of the Village hotels or spas? Did you go for any of the treatments? I'd love to hear your recommendations for facials - I think I'm officially converted now!
If you fancy treating yo'self to a treatment at the Village spa or even some new swimwear from Boohoo, use these exclusive discount codes and grab yourself a bargain! 

For an exclusive 10% discount off treatments or food and drink at Village use voucher BOOHOO10
For 20% off Everything at Boohoo use voucher BOOHOOXVILLAGESPA20 

C x

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Monday, February 06, 2017

KEEPING FIT WITH JD SPORTS

KEEPING FIT WITH JD SPORTS
Monday, February 06, 2017
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As I mentioned a couple of posts back, I'm now at the start of a 12 month health and fitness plan in a bid to get in the the best shape possible, tone up my wobbly areas (lol) and generally look after myself keeping fit and eating well. I don't know about you, but one of the things that always encourages me to work out is new workout clothes! There's something about slipping in to really good Gym wear & Gym clothing that seems to force me up and at 'em, and this Pink Soda Sport outfit is just the ticket.





Not being one to show of my stomach, I love the fact that the fitness tights are super high waisted, which is also handy for when I'm working my core and need to focus on tensing my stomach and ab muscles in my workouts. They have a handy zip pocket at the back, and a hidden pocket at the hip which is perfect for keeping your gym locker key safe, or change for the vending machine when a drink of water is needed!


They're made from moisture-wicking fabric and have powder pink panelling and mesh detailing at the ankles, and all in all, they're super comfortable and easy to move in. I've worn these for a fairly intense HIIT style workout and didn't experience any falling down at the waist or riding up at the ankles, keeping me fully engrossed in the exercise instead of fixing my clothing!




My favourite part of the outfit has to be the top, which is a clever 2-in-1 vest, to give you two very different looks. The first layer is this gorgeous pink sports bra, made from the same fabric as the tights. I love this, especially the Pink Soda elasticated band across the bottom. It's the perfect fit and looks great teamed with the leggings - but that's not the best part....


The top also comes with a handy mesh vest which sits loosely over the top of the sports bra. The mesh fabric means that you can still see the branding through, but it's enough to cover you up if you're feeling self-conscious, yet still want to stay cool. There's also a little headphone loop on the mesh vest which you can thread your wires through to keep them neat and tidy - clever, hey? This is definitely going to be my go-to at the gym. 




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all from JD Sports*

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Finally, what would a workout outfit be without the trainers? You know I'm a girl who loves a good pair of women's trainers, and these are no exception. The Nike Air Max Sequent 2 are designed for running and cushioned for impact, and my goodness are they comfortable. I've been wearing these for everything from HIIT workouts to dance workouts and they've kept my feet feeling comfy and supported, unlike other trainers I've worked out in in the past. They also look great with a pair of jeans for a casual daytime look. Oh, and they're PINK!!!!

What is your favourite outfit to work out in? Do you have any fitness favourites that you would recommend?

C x

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Friday, February 03, 2017

THAT M&S JUMPER

THAT M&S JUMPER
Friday, February 03, 2017
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You're probably all sick of seeing this Marks & Spencer's jumper all over the blogosphere and social media, but I couldn't resist jumping on the bandwagon. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to the perfect knit: high neck, fluted sleeves, cropped hem and a gorgeous shade of grey. Check, check, check and CHECK! It had pretty much sold out everywhere, and after a few days checking the stock at my local M&S store, I found one in my size and just had to get my hands on it! 







I wore it today for a stroll around the city centre, underneath my faux suede biker (also grey, of course) from River Island and a comfy combo of ripped knee jeans and Stan Smith trainers, and added a pop of colour with my new little ASOS bag in the most gorgeous shade of yellow.


I love how the jumper's sleeves look poking out of a jacket for a touch of flamboyance. Got to love a little bit of drama in a sleeve! I can't wait to wear this more often, tucked in to blue stonewashed jeans, worn over a shirt dress or underneath a structured blazer. The possibilities are endless! There's also a blush pink version available which is just beautiful and would be the perfect transitional piece as we get closer to spring.

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Flute Sleeve Jumper - M&S || Faux Suede Biker - River Island via Very || Mom Jeans - ASOS || Adidas Stan Smiths - Very || Mini Bag - ASOS
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Have you managed to get your hands on this must-have knit? If so, I'd love to see how you style yours!

C x

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A NEW START | RESULTS WITH LUCY

A NEW START | RESULTS WITH LUCY
Monday, January 30, 2017
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On Wednesday I'll be starting a year long health and fitness plan with Results With Lucy, and I honestly couldn't be more excited! I'll be joining hundreds of other girls on the Class of 2017 plan, where I'll be following a plan of healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, and sticking to a schedule of four workouts a week to get myself back in to shape following the Christmas and New Year binge!




The Class of 2017 plan is available in six month (Summer Graduate) and twelve month (Full Transformation) packages. I chose the twelve month plan as Dan and I will be getting married in 2018, so it gives me an end goal to work towards and a constant motivation in the back of my mind when the urge for chocolate is far too real!



I've signed up to the gym, I'm armed with new trainers, yoga mat, skipping rope and weights, I've dusted off the exercise bike and I'm almost ready to go (just back pain to shake off before Wednesday and then I can start!). I've even done my shopping ahead of Wednesday for lots of tasty meals that are all available on the Results With Lucy website once you've signed up to start, along with loads of exercise videos starring Lucy Mecklenburgh herself, and the RWL plan's trainer and fitness guru Cecilia Harris. One thing I'm looking forward to is the fitness side of the plan, as the exercises are really varied. It's not just about HIIT workouts like other plans - there's also yoga, dance and workouts designed for different target areas, so I won't find myself getting bored of the same workouts over and over again!

So on Wednesday, I'll be starting phase one of the RWL Class of 2017 plan, which is called 'New Beginnings'. This phase lasts for around thirteen weeks, and I'll be sharing my results at the half way point and end of this section on here and a new fitness Instagram page I've set up. I'll then move on to phase two in May, which is called 'Wobble To Model', and of course I'll share my progress along the way of that phase two, and so on!

Wish me luck!


C x
Sunday, January 29, 2017

THE HELLOFRESH DINNERTIME CHALLENGE

THE HELLOFRESH DINNERTIME CHALLENGE
Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Let's rewind back a few weeks to the start of the new year, and on a quest to start eating healthier, I began the #DinnerTimeChallenge with HelloFresh. HelloFresh is a meal subscription service that delivers everything you need to cook delicious meals from scratch at home. In your box, you receive everything from fresh meat and vegetables from trusted suppliers, as well as spices and seasonings, all measured out perfectly for each recipe and all packaged carefully delivered straight to your door each week. We've been cooking the meals for three weeks  now and we've  been enjoying some delicious new meals that, without HelloFresh, we probably would never have tried before!
The #DinnerTimeChallenge is all about spending time with your loved ones and sharing a meal with them each evening, something that HelloFresh are passionate about, for 30 days. We took the challenge as we both lead pretty varied working lives with different shift patterns, and don't often get the time to sit down and eat a meal together. Setting the table each night and sharing a meal, whether it just be with Dan, or with my family, has been something I look forward to each day, and cooking something delicious has become part of our routine.

Over the past three weeks we've cooked all these amazing meals, all that I've thoroughly enjoyed, except one that I wasn't so keen on (not a huge fan of couscous, sorry!). We've had everything from Tuscan Sausage Risotto, Honey Mustard Pork with Apple & Lentils and Lamb Koftas with Coconut Pilaf, to an incredible Pork Chilli and delicious Calzone Pizzas. We've still got a few weeks of the challenge to go, and I'm so excited to see what other tasty recipes come our way. Selecting which 4 out of 5 meals we'd like has become one of the most exciting parts of my Sundays! 

The great thing about HelloFresh is that you get recipe cards for each meal which you can then keep in a binder, and make again if you ever fancy them again in the future. Plus, you earn points with each delivery you get, which you can then spend on things like aprons, utensils and other goodies for your kitchen in the HelloFresh Rewards Shop.
We're loving taking part in the challenge and are thoroughly enjoying the meals. This week I'm looking forward to Gnocchi Bolognese (omg) and Hoisin Pork Stir Fry, which I'm sure you'll see some of over on my Instagram feed at some point! 
If you'd like to give HelloFresh a whirl, you can get £25 off your first box by using this link and following the instructions to sign up (you're welcome)! I'd highly recommend giving the recipes a whirl if you're stuck in a rut with cooking, lack time to prepare meals or just want to enjoy something different from your usual recipe repertoire. 

Have you tried HelloFresh before? Will you be taking on the #DinnerTimeChallenge?

C x


Sunday, January 22, 2017

BIG YELLOW TAXI

BIG YELLOW TAXI
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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I love how a simple pair of heels can transform a casual weekend outfit in to something a little more special and that's exactly what these Office snakeskin heels from Very did to my laid-back Saturday get-up of chunky roll neck knit and cropped jeans. I love a good pair of pointed toe heels as I think they do the world of good for us short legged ladies, and with the addition of a snakeskin print they're perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring.






Paired with my new straight leg cropped jeans, its a match made in heaven! The stepped raw hem of the denim draws attention to the gorgeous shoes, and the ankle strap is shown off thanks to the shorter leg.


The snakeskin colouring sits perfectly with the nude shade of my Missguided roll neck jumper, and the side split detail is made for layering, so I've paired it with a huge oversized grey tee to play with proportions. Add to that a splash of luxury with my beloved little Mulberry pouch and you've got the perfect smart/casual look for every day.




Jumper - Missguided
T Shirt - Ellesse at ASOS
Jeans - ASOS
Heels - Office at Very
Clutch - Mulberry

I'm now off to crash in front of the sofa and probably won't move very far until Monday. Bliss! Hope you're all enjoying your weekends, my loves!


C x


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LACED IN LUXURY | LINGERIE BY SIMPLYBE

LACED IN LUXURY | LINGERIE BY SIMPLYBE

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Like most girls, I'm a sucker for pretty lingerie and I definitely own far too many sets, so many in-fact that my underwear drawer is full to bursting! I still keep adding to my collection though, and my latest editions come from SimplyBe's lingerie range. It was a pleasant surprise for me to find these on the site, as I always assumed that the brand was aimed at a more mature customer, but lately I've spotted some really cool advertisements for the latest fashion collections, and have noticed some lovely pieces popping up on their site. Simply Be offers clothing from sizes 12 to 32, so sitting right on the edge being a size 10 to 12, I wasn't so sure I'd be able to pick anything up. I was pleasantly surprised though to see that my sizes were available in the items I chose!




Pretty Secrets Lottie Longline Wired White Bralette - here*
Naturally Close White Lace Shorts - here*
Figleaves Curve The Artistry Black Balcony Bra - here*
Figleaves Curve The Artistry Black Brazilian Briefs - here*


I chose two very different bras, one beautifully feminine in delicate white lace, that resembled a bralet in it's shape, and matching knickers. Then I also chose a black lace bra complete with strap detailing at the chest and rose gold hardware, and again went with the matching briefs. This one is something I could see looking amazing under a sheer black oversized tee, or worn with a loose low cut blouse so that the strap detail just peeks through. Obviously when I saw the rose gold I just couldn't say no - I have it  in my house, on my phone, my watch, glassware in my kitchen, in my make up bag, so why not have some on my underwear too?! 

Everything fits like a dream and is super comfortable to wear. I've been having a look on SimplyBe since these arrived and have been eyeing up some more pieces that may be making their way in to my collection soon, but first, I think I need to free up some space in that drawer!

C x

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Friday, January 20, 2017

PERSONALISED GIFTS FROM I JUST LOVE IT

PERSONALISED GIFTS FROM I JUST LOVE IT
Friday, January 20, 2017
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Around Christmas time I received some fabulous gifts from I Just Love It, a gifting company who specialise in personalised items. I thought I'd share the items I got with you in case you're looking for some ideas for Valentine's Day which is just around the corner, or if like me, you're a gin lover through and through! 
The first item I got was a personalised bottle of London Gin, which is now sitting proudly in our dining room because I can't bring myself to open it. It's branded up with my 'Who What Claire' blog name and I love it! The bottle comes gift wrapped too, so it makes the perfect gift for anyone partial to a good old G&T. If gin isn't their tipple though, you can also find personalised champagne, beer, wine and other spirits that can be personalised with any message you like.

Not one to leave Dan out, I also got a treat for him too! These retro Great British Sweet Jars make the perfect gift for all ages, and are packed with lots of goodies and blasts from the past. I'm talking popping candy, Refreshers, Cola Bottles, Whistle Pops... the works. These tubs come in all different sizes and again can be personalised with any name or message you wish. I went with 'sweets for my sweets' which would be pretty cute for Valentine's Day!


Finally I got the sweetest drinks stirrer to accompany my gin, which has been made using a vintage spoon and is hand stamped with the saying "When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic" - something I've grown to live by lately! This now sits in a little drinks station I've created in our dining room, alongside spirits, mixology books and my cocktail shaker! 


Have you ever bought anything from I Just Love It? What would you pick for someone special (or just for yourself!)?

C x


Saturday, January 14, 2017

FRILL SEEKER

FRILL SEEKER
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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Every once in a while there's an item that grabs my attention so much that I just have to have it, and this Lost Ink dress was definitely one of those pieces! I'd been trawling the ASOS sale for much longer than acceptable and stumbled across this beautiful floaty number from one of my most favourite brands that I've recently discovered. Lost Ink seems to embody everything I love when it comes to fits, shapes, colours and details, and has become a firm favourite of mine in the past few months.



The dress is a girly dream yet it still has a cool vibe and a monochrome colour palette that makes it feel older and much more wearable than others I've seen in this style lately. The print, on first glance, looks like a generic floral design, but if you look closely you'll see a mixture of mushrooms and even teapots! I'm also obsessed with the design detail - not only does the frill detail go across the chest, but it also continues round the back and across the arms which gives the most amazing silhouette.


I wore this look on Boxing Day and it was just the right mix of informal and dressed up for our little family get-together, plus I've also worn it for work as it feels smart yet stylish without being over-the-top. Winning!


I've styled it here with a simple combo of my dreamy H&M boots, black opaque tights (because omg its cold) and a thin black choker, and personally I think that's all it needs. The dress can do all the talking! I know I'll be wearing this through the summer months too with bare legs and ankle boots, and on holiday in the evenings with some lovely lace up sandals.


Boots - H&M
Choker - Primark

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Have you bought anything from Lost Ink recently or spotted any other pieces that you think I would love?

 C x

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