…quick & easy hairstyles

adults-1853851_1920.jpgAs a teacher my hair needs to be up everyday to avoid nits so I have a bank of hairstyles I alternate between that take me under 5 minutes and last all day.

Classic Pony – using a Scunci Silicone Elastic a high or low pony can last all day with great volume, switch between a parting and brushed back parting for a completely different look

Side Pony – having a side pony can look so effortlessly chic, use a invisibobble if you don’t want a line left in your hair

Tucked Pony – take a low pony, split the hair above the band in half and poke your ponytail back on itself through the hole for a feminine twist

French/Dutch Plait – either one or two can look gorgeous and swap it up with plaiting to the very ends or just half way with loose ends

Side Plait – a fishtail or regular plait matches any outfit, remember to pull and loosen it out so it’s not too tight

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…with comfy underwear

For me underwear has to be cheap, comfy and practical. Here’s my top picks.

BEST T-SHIRT BRA

New Look Plunge T-Shirt Bra £7.99

Comfy, padded and perfect fit. I have this bra in four colours!

BEST STRAPLESS

M&S Memory Foam Strapless Bra £25.00

Feels so smooth and is undetectable through any colour top.

BEST OTHER BRA

Padded racer-back bra - Black - Ladies | H&M GB

H&M Racer-Back Bra £3.99

I’m obsessed. No falling straps, no strap rubbing and front fastener – perfect!

BEST THONG

3 Pack Lace Detail Thong

Primark 3 Pack Lace Detail Thong £3.00

No VPL and super comfy especially in microfibre.

BEST BIKINI BRIEF

3Pk Paisley Brazilian Pant

5 Pack Paisley Brazilian Pant £5.00

So many pretty patterns and again no VPL.

BEST PANTS

5 Pack Black Mini Briefs

Primark 5 Pack Black Mini Brief £2.00

Simple, cheap and great for any time of the month!

…with home decor shopping

I absolutely LOVE shopping for home decor to make my home look more like Pinterest. But as with anything, it’s all about finding good deals. Here are my favourite shops with awesome home decor.

The Range – Amazing prices for wooden signs, canvas’, crates and themed decor.

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£5.99

Store 21 – Cheap but attractive pillows, ladders, blankets and rose gold accessories.

£3.00

Home Sense – Very random like TK Max but you’ll find unusual candles, vases and flower pots.

Card Factory – Cute bargain signs and frames.

£2.49

Matalan – Gorgeous blankets, trays and plates.

Check Printed Throw (150cm x 130cm)

£5.00

Tiger – Uber chic kitchen, office and arty bits, lots of cool seasonal stuff too.

Poundland – Don’t forget this one for items that need a little DIY like frames and seasonal decor.

Grey Ornate Photo Frame, 4x6 Inch

£1.00

Wilko – Usually a whole aisle of modern, beautiful home decor including clocks.

Wilko Antique Effect Clock 30cm

£5.00

Ikea – Can’t forget the biggie! Look online before you go so you can find things quicker.

IKEA MUSKOT plant pot Decorate your home with plants combined with a plant pot to suit your style.

£1.50

 

…with cheap online shopping

I am shopping addict. I admit it. I LOVE buying things but I also LOVE saving money. How can you do both I hear you ask? Well it is possible! Here are my top tips.

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First things first is comparison. Always shop around to make sure you have the best deal. Use Google’s shop feature for easy comparison for items such as ‘black skirt’ or ‘red heels.’ Use the MySupermarket App for all beauty products, toiletries and food.

Vouchers

I only buy things online if I have a a voucher. I NEVER pay for delivery costs as they often can’t be refunded, so click and collect or find a voucher for free delivery. If there are no vouchers at that moment in time, I will wait until there is one. Of course check email newsletters for vouchers straight to your inbox but most of the time I find all of my voucher codes on Hot UK Deals or Vouchercloud. If you’re a student use NUS Extra, Unidays or Student Beans to unlock special student voucher codes.

Store Cards

Always take the time to register loyalty cards online so you can earn points on your shops online as well as in store. Remember Boots card, Nectar card, Tesco clubcard.

Topcashback

The best site in the world!! I make a £100 a year for doing absolutely nothing but buying what I would usually buy. Before I get to an online checkout I see if that particular store is listed on Topcashback. If they are: sign in, click the link from Topcashback back to your basket and then in a few weeks you will get an alert that you have recieved a payment through! You actually get paid to do your usual shopping!! There is also a similar site called Quidco but I prefer Topcashback for breadth of shops and ease of use.

For a completely free £5 M&S Giftcard sign up to Topcashback using this link – https://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/madolyn

…with white occasion dresses

My most recent hunt has been for a fancy white dress or playsuit to wear to our rehearsal dinner in August. I was looking for lace or bardot shoulders for a bridal theme. Asos is my first port of call (as always for something so specific) but after FOUR (!) returns and rebuys I have tried several of their white dresses – so here’s the lowdown to save you the effort.

Boohoo One Shoulder Dobby Playsuit – £25

Very tight fitting and cutesy – made me look so young!

AX Paris Playsuit – £25

Great quality, nice fit – kept for hen night!

AX Paris Crochet Skater Dress – £35

Very thick, too bulky for my small frame.

Elise Ryan A-Line Dress With Spot Mesh And Lace Bodice – £60

So unusual and trendy. Funny around the bust area though – needs to be filled out. 

Miss Selfridge Lace Cold Shoulder Playsuit – £59

Really nice but slightly restrictive and blocky?

Elise Ryan Bardot Midi Dress With Check Mesh Skirt – £45

Beautiful top half, bottom half too puffy.

QED London Crochet Skater Dress – £38

THE WINNER! Stunning fit, great quality, very flattering shape.

 

…with nude ASOS dresses

I’ve got engagement photos and two family weddings this summer so have been window shopping for a few weeks. I have so many brightly coloured/patterned dresses and wanted to add some more muted tones to my wardrobe. I couldn’t find any pretty, floaty nude dresses on the high street so headed to ASOS who had loads. Here are my top five which I ordered to try:

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ASOS Mini Tea Dress with Wrap Front – Pink £20.00

They didn’t have an 8 and the 10 was too baggy. It is jersey so very casual and although great quality it looks like a pink ballet dress! Also the belt is just for show.

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ASOS Flutter Sleeve Pleated Mini Dress – Nude £38.00

How gorgeous does this model look? From the front this dress is FUGLY – such a shame. The pleated sleeves are huge and hang awkwardly and the skirt is too full and puffy.

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ASOS High Neck Drape Front Midi Skater Dress – Pink £28.00

Again made of Jersey, I fell in love with the high neckline. I’m not used to classy midi dresses but this dress is beautiful and looks the same (maybe a bit less lilac) in real life! Winner!

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ASOS Kate Lace Mini Dress – Nude  £45.00

This dress is SO me. It is quite short but is stunning in real life. The delicate lace arms and back are so pretty and the pink chiffon-like dress fits and flares in all the right places! They also do it in maxi and midi!

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ASOS Kimono Plunge Mini Dress – Nude £35.00

This is a booby dress, very booby. But the shape is gorgeous. Plain but chic and versatile.

What’s your fave?

…with organising clothes

Hi! For this week’s fashionable Thursday I am going to show you how I store/organise my clothes. I share clothes between a chest of drawers and a built-in double wardrobe in my hallway. It’s the closest I’m ever getting to the American dream – a walk-in closet! In my wardrobe on the top shelf I keep shoes and on the floor I keep bags. Hanging, I keep dresses, skirts, coats and blazers. I also have hanging shelves where I plan my upcoming daily outfits for work.

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I’ve tried quite a few rubbish Ikea chest of drawers but my Malm 4-drawer has been the best! I stack all my clothes upright and in colour order so I can easily find items. I have one drawer for short sleeve tops, one drawer for long sleeve tops and a drawer for trousers.

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I keep bulky winter jumpers in a clear under-bed box, scarves in a small box, belts in a small box, swimwear in a bag and tights in a bag.

My favourite life hack is my underwear storage! I bought a door hanging shoe organiser in clear. I keep bras in the top pockets, knickers in the middle and socks in the next row. It is so much easier to find what you’re looking for and separate items when you don’t have any drawer space.

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Please share any of your clothes organising ideas below!