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Moonstone Automatic Hair Curler

I have never previously tried an automatic curler so I was very excited to try out the Moonstone automatic hair curler by Irresistible Me! I love curling my hair because it’s always nice to have a little more body! So it was great to try out a new way of achieving a full and curly look. The automatic curler comes with a cleaning brush and a water bottle to add the water for the steaming option. The Moonstone curler comes with an American plug so depending on where you live a plug adapter may be necessary.

So how does it work?

The hair is automatically drawn into the curling chamber when placed in between the two sections of the curler. When the hair has been heated, the curler will then beep to indicate that the hair is ready for release.

Let’s talk about the features!

The curler has three temperature settings which you should set depending on the thickness of your hair, I would always recommend starting with the lower temperature and working your way up if needed. A feature which I think is brilliant is the timer, this enables a variety of looks to be achieved, giving either loose beach waves or tighter curls. The curler allows you to set the direction of the curls (left or right) but it also has the option for automatic rotation, left and right, for more of a natural look. (This is the setting that I used!) For hair care, the curler has an optional steam feature which helps maintain the moisture in your hair, a good idea!

My thoughts:

Once getting the hang of this, I loved the way the curls looked. The possibilities regarding the type of curls that can be created with this product are great. Gorgeous curls are created with minimal effort and that’s always a brilliant thing! As a first timer it took me a little while to get the hang of it, the reason being that having so much hair, I kept putting too much hair in the curler at once. The curler is designed for small sections of hair at a time and therefore my hair got caught a few times. Once I got the hang of this I was on a roll! If you have a lot of hair like me, I would suggest taking your time with the curler. The curls that the Moonstone automatic hair curler creates are glamorous and this product is brilliant to get that volume!

 

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A positive 2017

My relationship with new years is very hit and miss, I think this is because I think too much. It’s natural to wonder what the year ahead will bring, and also to consider what the year gone by has taught us. A lot has changed in 2016 and I can only hope that the year to come will be a good one with many blessings. It’s important to look back and be thankful for all the good things from the year. We should always be thankful for our health, that we are here to experience another year with one another.

I believe that our health can be greatly affected by our emotions, one of these being worry, not to mention the amount of stress it causes. So I have decided, I am going to allow my 2017 to be free from the chains of worry and live with the following quotes in mind:

 

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”

– Dale Carnegie

 

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”

– E. Joseph Cossman

 

 

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”

– Dean Smith

 

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”

– Erma Bombeck

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

I wish you all a wonderful 2017 and I hope this year is kind to you. Let’s start the year right with a positive attitude, making the most of the things that we have and the people that we have around us.

Much love,
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Women with goals

 

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I felt inspired so I just wanted to share some encouragement and thoughts for all the hard working women out there!

I think as women, many of us underestimate ourselves. If we actually believe in ourselves and consider ourselves as serious contenders, we would be amazed at what we could achieve. Most of us have so much more to offer than what we realise, and we tend to sell ourselves short.

Growing up, girls are not usually pushed as much as the boys to be independent and business driven. It’s clear that young boys are very much encouraged to have this ‘go get em!’ attitude. They are taught to be adventurous and brave, whilst girls are taught to be careful and delicate. I think that we need to instil confidence in young girls, that they can achieve their goals and they can do all the things that the boys can do! I believe that being caring and considerate are very important traits to learn (for both males and females), but this does not mean that alongside these qualities girls cannot be encouraged to be strong, bold and confident!

Growing up we are influenced greatly by what we see and I still think that this is true with adults. If we surround ourselves with strong and confident women, we are more likely to flourish in these areas. I would love to see more business women shown in the media and on tv, the workplace is no longer only an area only for men. Let’s support each other in whatever our dreams may be (whether that be work related or something completely different) and may we dare to dream!

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Nottingham Christmas Market

As it is December, I think it’s about time to get Christmassy! Last weekend we went to check out the Christmas market in Nottingham and I thought I would share a few photographs with you. Not only does the market have some cute little stalls, but there is an ice rink, an ice bar and quite a lot of yummy food! I enjoyed a hotdog and couldn’t say no to some tasty pancakes smeared in Nutella! Being mid day, I decided to give the mulled wine and cider a miss.

I came across two stalls in particular which caught my eye, The Amazing Chocolate Workshop was one of them! This shop is really impressive, especially if you are looking for a tasty gift that is a little bit different. These handmade chocolates are made to resemble other items, and some of them look rathe realistic! Especially the chocolates that look like cheese and the spanners! My favourites were the mini chocolate cameras and of course the chocolate lipsticks! You can also purchase their chocolate treats online.

The second stall that got my attention was selling some really pretty christmas decorations! I love elegant decorations that are clear and allow the christmas tree lights to shine through them! This stall was definitely a popular one! I wanted to buy so many of their decorations because I knew they would look lovely on a pretty tree! Unfortunately I couldn’t find out the name of the shop but I will keep you updated if I do! What are your favourite type of Christmas tree decorations?

Good luck with your gift shopping.

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Chris & Christine’s Crafts

Do you love unique and hand made items? Well this week I have the pleasure of telling you all about Chris & Christine’s Crafts! The creative duo based in Nottingham handcraft lovely pieces, from cute cards, to fun pieces of jewellery, home decor and crafty wreaths!

Their designs have the perfect mix of modern and traditional, with their traditional home decor products certainly having a pop art feel to them. The inspirations for their designs come from the things that they love, such as comic books and music, and they brilliantly incorporate these into their designs.  I wanted to find out more about their passion for crafts, so I caught up with the pair to find out more!

Chris explained

“I like coming up with an idea and refining it and seeing it through to a finished product. It’s really satisfying to see my work on someone’s wall. With my pictures I find drawing engrossing. i have ideas in my head and I just want to see them as a finished, touchable, tactile object.”

Christine revealed

“I just love making things. I love crafting. It keeps me busy, it occupies my mind and my time, it’s a great thing to share and do with family and it’s something of which I can feel proud. I’m inspired by bright colours and the desire to make a home welcoming and pretty, but in a bit of a quirky way.”

 

 

With so many wonderful products to choose from, I wanted to find out what their most popular products were. Not surprisingly their handmade cards fly of the shelves.

“We think because post is so rare nowadays, when you want to send something to your loved ones now you make it special. We provide a handmade, carefully crafted item which is affordable and I think that’s what people are looking for.”

Their adorable jewellery line Luna & Kiki, named after their adorable cats, has proven very popular and is inspired by Japanese culture.

“We named our jewellery selection Luna & Kiki after our furry babies. Luna is a noble blue tortoise-shell lioness of a cat, and her little sister Kiki is a pint sized black mischief maker.”

Their designs are very personal in this way, even down to the name of their collections.

 

It is clear that Chris and Christine genuinely love creating their products, they are an adorable couple that really put themselves into their products. I wanted to know how they both got into crafts.

“We both always made stuff. Each birthday I make Chris a comic book called ‘The Continuing Story of Chris and Christine’. We’ve made each other -t-shirts, books, poetry, paintings, sketches, playing cards, earrings, you name it. Chris’ art was one of the first things that drew me to him.”

Chris agreed “I drew a picture of her cat and that was that. I’ve always been quite creative and since being with Christine I think we’ve both just flourished in creativity.”

 

Knowing how creative the couple are, I wanted to know their plans for their Christmas range! As they originally began by specialising in Christmas items, I knew they would have a lot of exiting products in store. They have Christmas decorations, beautiful Christmas cards and wreaths; I would definitely recommend taking a look if you are feeling festive!

With the New Year ahead, I wanted to know what was next for Chris and Christine’s crafts. “We are really excited for the Christmas period. Then once Christmas is finished we’re going to be super concentrating on getting our website ship shape and throwing our all into that. We’d personally love to do more events, so hopefully 2017 will be a good year for that!”

 

 

So what is the best way to get hold of Chris and Christine’s crafts?

“There are lots! First of all, we encourage people to browse our website and snap up some Christmas cards and stocking fillers. Second, we have a stand within Made in Nottingham in the Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham. Made in Nottingham is a hub of artists and crafters from all over Nottingham, and it’s been a really fantastic place to grow as creative business owners.

Finally, if people have requests for watercolour paintings, decor or jewellery they’d like us to create especially for them we would love people to contact us on Facebook or via our email. We’re more than happy to make bespoke products.”

You can check out Chris and Christine’s website or Instagram to find out more.

 

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Finding work

If you follow my blog you will know that I recently relocated with my partner to another city, I wrote about this on my post Changing Rooms. This change meant that I needed to find new work and although I adored my colleagues, I was going to take this as a positive opportunity to look for work that interests me.

Finding work took longer than I was expecting. Of course it was nice to have free time, but my partner and I were keen to start our new life and work towards our goals. One of the main reasons we moved was because we wanted to buy our own place (as London house prices are off the charts) but we couldn’t achieve this until I found work.

I started applying for jobs that I thought may interest me. I didn’t want a job that killed my soul little by little everyday, but I also knew that I wanted to crack on with life! It started well and I was invited to attend two interviews. I knew that I could do these jobs and felt that my interviews had gone well. Unfortunately I was not offered either of these positions. Apparently I was too reserved.

I found part time work in a marketing office which was a start. With it being part time and only temporary, I knew it wasn’t meant to be forever but it was a frustrating situation to be in. The role wasn’t particularly challenging, but it did give me a little extra and being part time, it meant that I could be available to attend interviews in the week.

An interview came along for a job that I really wanted! I was so excited by the idea of this role! I was given a couple of tasks to complete prior to my interview and I actually enjoyed doing them! After my interview, I sent an email to the company further expressing my interest and dedication to the role, then I waited to hear from them. I spent the week constantly checking my phone and emails and still I heard nothing. It wasn’t until I contacted them again for feedback that they decided to inform me via email reply that I had not got the job. This was so upsetting, especially considering that I was so passionate about the role.

Their reason for not hiring me was that they wanted somebody with more experience. This was frustrating as they had seen my cv before inviting me to the interview. They also seemed very impressed with the tasks that I had completed. To say that I felt discouraged is an understatement. All I needed was for that one person to believe in me, see my potential and give me the opportunity. This was actually the motivation behind my post: Rejection.

I allowed myself to dwell for a moment. Then I had to pick myself up and move on. I didn’t have any other option. I believed in myself, I just needed somebody else to. I couldn’t understand why people were not seeing all the I knew I could give!

It felt like forever, but finally, two more interviews came along, coincidentally they were both on the same day. It was time to step up my game. I had to keep putting myself out there and I couldn’t allow anything to hold me back. In order to impress, I had to radiate confidence! I had to sell myself, because I realised that unfortunately often others won’t believe in me unless I make them!

Again, I thought my interviews had gone well, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up like the previous time. The phone didn’t ring once, it rang twice! I wasn’t offered just one job, I was offered two! I thought to myself, how funny life is! I had been looking for one job all that time without success, and then two jobs come at once!

I took a lot from this journey. I learnt that persistence is key and believing in yourself even when others don’t is essential. I learnt how annoying it can be when a job is so close but not close enough, but I also learnt to keep pushing myself. Never doubt your abilities and don’t let set backs stop you from trying again and again. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to your destination, it just matters that you get there eventually. Sometimes all it takes is for somebody to see that spark in you, but when they don’t see it, keep shining.

When others cannot see your greatness, know your greatness!

It was decision time!

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