17 September 2017

Organising My Life and Blog

So since having Aurora it has dawned on me that I am not an organised person. I need at least three hours now for getting ready to go anywhere this includes Aurora waking up needing to be fed and put down to nap so that I can then get ready, then make sure Aurora is in clean clothes and then soothing her again (usually by feeding her) so she is ready for the journey to wherever we are going!

She also had so many appointments in those early days that I had to get something to help organise myself. That is where my little pocket academic diary comes into play.

I love the typography on the front of this diary and the dark blue and gold detailing look beautiful. I also think it looks a lot more expensive then the £1 price point (good old pound shops) I use this mainly to jot all of Aurora's appointments into and to mark what days I will get blog posts up, but also my daily stats. This is because I want to start seeing what works for me and what doesn't.

The three note books came from Asda - a great find. The printed designs are simple and classic looking and the notebooks themselves are not too thin so you will get a lot of notes or ideas in them before they are full. I mostly use them like a bullet journal where I think of blog title's that I want to do and then bullet any key points with them.

The sticky notes were another pound shop find. There are some large ones, some small square ones and some small page tags - these are all useful should I want to add any notes into the post ideas after I originally wrote them up. For example, one idea in the notebooks is 'Things I wish I didn't buy for my newborn' and while I thought I had every bit covered I remembered something I needed to add to the list - so I jotted it on a sticky note and now that post's points are all covered without me needing to write the whole list again.

With my new scheduling on my blog this is really helping to keep me on top of things and I don't feel like I am getting into a panic or have a loss of inspiration like I used to feel with my old blog. Now I just need to ensure my youtube follows and that gets some kind of regular upload pattern! 

15 September 2017

Madame Clarkes Tea Room - Wolverhampton

Last week on a trip up town I was looking for a small cafe I could eat in, that wasn't a chain, I wanted something a bit more personal and personal where staff really took their time to get to know customers instead of the fast and busy nature of a chain cafe.

So I found Madame Clarke's Tea Room just off Wolverhampton high street. The cafe sits in a grade two listed building, and is said to be haunted by the ghost of Madame Clarke (right up my street with my love of ghost hunts and all things spooky) it has a nice vintage theme inside without being too in your face!

Usually on a warmer day there would be tables and chairs outside - however it was raining so all of that was taken inside while I was eating. It isn't the most accessible as someone with a pushchair there is a small step on the door and then another to the seating area - so if you did have a wheelchair eating outside would be your only option. However all the staff are really friendly they were happy to help me out and chatted away to me as if I had known them for years. It gave a really friendly vibe and a comfortable dining experience.

Now I am not going to pretend I am a massive foodie expert - I am not at all - so do not expect too much from me here. I ordered a chicken and bacon panini with chips (great big chunky chips my favourite kind) and the meal cost less then £6. For me thats a great price for something that was very filling. The side salad was nothing special and I think maybe using a rocket leaf salad would have just made the presentation a bit nicer. They do serve proper tea and cakes like a traditional small cafe would but with my allergies I played it safe on my first meal there.

I think the sign of a good place is willingness to go back - which I will be - but I will also be taking a few friends along next time and possibly sampling some of their amazing looking cakes! 

13 September 2017

Soap and Glory Lipstick - Cinnamon Beige - Cruelty Free

Soap & Glory and recently released new lipstick collections. In the new Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick collection there is a red collection a pink collection and finally a nudes collection. I am all about finding my perfect nude shades lately and this collection really peaked my interest. There are three different finishes within each shade range Matte, Shine and Satin.

Now I am a lover of Matte lipsticks and I hardly wear a traditional lipstick bullet anymore as I use mostly liquid lipsticks now. So I picked up Cinnamon Beige as I thought it would be the most flattering on me and along with being a matte formula so I should really get on with it.

Soap & Glory sexy mother pucker nudes collection in cinnamon beige - review of the matte long lasting lipstick - property of all things kerri

The lipstick itself has a beautiful metalled finish on the tube, the Nude collection has this gold finish, the red have a red metal and you guessed it the pink collection has a pink finish. I think the Soap and Glory logo embossed onto the lipstick bullet gives it a little bit more of a high finish and helps it to look a lot more expensive - especially for your high street brand.

Embossed detail on the sexy mother pucker nude lipstick collection from Soap and Glory - property of all things kerri

The lipstick itself is creamy without being too soft you also get a lot of control - mostly when I use traditional lipsticks I feel like they never quite have the precision of a liquid lipstick. However I feel that the Soap & Glory lipstick holds up well and is a good every day alternative to a liquid lipstick (which I will admit after wearing a few days in a row do dry out your lips)

The Matte lipstick finish on this lipstick however is not drying at all. It feels light and almost like I am wearing nothing while having a good pigment base so you only need one swipe to achieve a great colour coverage.

Swatch of Cinnamon Beige from the soap and glory sexy mother pucker lipstick nude collection. Property of All Things Kerri

As you can see the shade Cinnamon Beige is a great nude colour with a slight pink base to it. It is perfect for autumn and really gives me that 'My lips but better' vibe.  I have worn it everyday since opening it and although it does require touch-ups and doesn't last as long as my liquid lipsticks, it is great for an easy everyday look with minimal effort.

I pair it with some minimal makeup and away I go looking polished and put together (no easy task with a ten week old!)

11 September 2017

Aurora Outfit Of The Day #4

Im getting the last of Aurora's summer outfits on while we are inside and I can keep her warmer! It is way too cold outside now for her to wear little things like this!

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The dress top is from Sainsbury's - I have to admit that the supermarkets have some really great options for baby clothes and they are all at a reasonable price. She also has a Sainsbury's vest underneath this and the wash really well.

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The trousers are from mini club - which is stocked in boots.

I am getting ready for the autumn/winter clothes now! I got her the cutest little coat from Primark for when we are in the pram and I just need to get her some longer sleeve tops as she doesn't have many. 

10 September 2017

Sugarpill Suburbia - Swatched - Cruelty Free

I love the Sugarpill pro single eyeshadows. They are huge in size and extremely pigmented. One of my latest purchases has been Suburbia. This is the perfect bright peach shade and I am in love with it.

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The pans are already magnetised with labels on the back so you can either place them in the Sugarpill pro palette and make your own set or like me pop them into a z palette. Also the little heart shaped window on the packaging is a cute touch!

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The colour itself is beautiful, the shadows are pigmented and easy to blend out and work with. There is very little fall out for it being a matte shade. I like to wear colours like this smoked out in my crease with some winged liner. That way the shadow can really be the focus point. 

8 September 2017

Cereal Killer Cafe Birmingham

A cafe dedicated to breakfast cereal? With a 90's theme? Now who doesn't want that!

I took a trip to Cereal Killer Cafe in Birmingham on link street (where Grand Central and the Bullring meet each other)

The menu includes drink options, all the add ons and different milk options you can have along with a menu of all their Cereal Cocktails - what I did find disappointing was there was no long list of cereals so it was not easy to identify which was vegan/nut free/gluten free without accessing their website. The wall of cereal is just too big to look at if you wanted to identify what you could and couldn't eat - based on preferences or allergies.

The theme of the cafe is amazing - with some tables having beds to sit on (complete with 90's bedsheets like gladiators) there was cupboards full of old nostalgia pieces and odd bits you used to get in cereal boxes (seriously I miss those days)

But onto the good stuff! I ordered the chocopotomus and added in some freeze dried marshmallows (as if it wasn't sweet enough already!) I ordered with Almond milk which had a chocolate flavouring (but I would recommend asking for a stirrer as my milk was not mixed great)

The cereal in a large size with the add ons, and a drink cost me around £7 - which is not exactly cheap for a bowl of cereal, but I felt it was justified in the unique aspect and the overall experience. I would recommend this to anyone for the novelty of it all (especially if like me you love cereal) there are also options to cater to almost everyone - something I have to be careful with when I go out with friends who are vegan and have a gluten allergy.

Have any of you tried this before? What did you think of it?

6 September 2017

National Read A Book Day Recommendations

I love to read books and while I do not always have time with Aurora I can sometimes fit in a two hour reading session here and there. My main type of books is usually a crime novel or if I am being completely honest Harry Potter!

I wanted to share some of my favourite books that I can always return to and never get bored of reading. These books stay with me forever (and don't worry I am not going to mention Harry Potter) 

1. Katie Piper - Beautiful

Like most people who watched the channel four documentary about Katie Piper I was amazed at this beautiful strong woman who fought to regain her identity after a harrowing acid attack. I got her book when it came out and its just as inspirational as the documentary was - if not more so as it continues to follow her life where the show left off. I can not praise this book enough and it is one of the very few autobiographies I have - and honestly my favourite one. 

2. Arthur Golden - Memoirs Of A Geisha

I found the film version of this visually stunning - and I knew I would want to read the book too. The film is a very close adaptation - however I love the book more because I really feel immersed in the world of a geisha. This is essentially the story of a young girl, Chiyo who finds herself sold to a geisha house - forced to train in the ways of a geisha at first she rebels every step of the way until she learns it could get her, her hearts desire. Despite some of the sadder elements to the book (being sold to the highest bidders) I find it a pretty uplifting story of turning your situation to your advantage.

3. Theresa Rebeck - Twelve Rooms With A View

This was a surprise find for me - I was a bit down on my luck and in a bad financial situation and picked this book up in a pound shop! I am so happy I did as well. The book follows Tina - who is an entirely flawed character, down and out with her luck suddenly finds herself inheriting part of of an $11million estate with her sisters - however there are other people contesting the will and the owners of the building also want her out. At times the book is a little slow and the ending was slightly disappointing for me - but overall it is an easy read and pleasantly engaging at time. I think this was the first book where I really related to a character and felt I could see myself in them. 

4. Richard Montanari - The Doll Maker

Richard Montanari was the first 'adult' author I ever read - after transitioning on from young adult novels the first book I read was Richard Montanari - The Rosary Girls (still one of my all time favourite books - however it is currently being lent to a friend!) His writing is gripping and he gives just enough clues to guess who the criminal is without giving it all away. His series about detectives Byrne and Balzano are my favourite by him - the dynamic relationship between the two detectives work well as they explore their personal and professional lives. I have not read this book since giving birth as small children are involved in the crimes - however it is a great read with a inter-connected story of unfinished business on a past case.

5. Sophie Kinsella - Twenties Girl

My first ever 'Chick-Lit' book. Sophie Kinsella is usually most associated with her confessions of a shopaholic series, however I enjoyed this book so much more and feel it deserves a lot of praise. There is an element of time forgotten as Lara's great aunt Sadie die's and Lara suddenly starts seeing Sadie's younger self. What follows is a discovery of personal growth, family secrets and of course finding love. It really is at its core about family and the strength and bond of friendship.

6. Trudi Caravan - The Magicians Guild

This was my first book that concerned magic that I read after the Harry Potter series. It was great to read about magic that was not associated with the typical wands. In this series of books magic is typically owned and learnt by those of high standing and power. This book starts with magicians clearing out the streets and the 'slums' until one slum girl Sonea finds herself hurling rocks at magicians - usually they bounce off their protective shields - but hers makes its way through. Upon which starts a chase - the magicians need to find this 'Natural' before her powers consume her - but Sonea is determined not to be caught. The difference between the higher class and lower class was really apparent here and while some of the book drags during the chase - it really sets you up for the next two books in the series to find out what happens to Sonea, how strong she is and what her destiny becomes. 
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