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!
M&S Memory Foam Strapless Bra £25.00
Feels so smooth and is undetectable through any colour top.
BEST OTHER BRA
H&M Racer-Back Bra £3.99
I’m obsessed. No falling straps, no strap rubbing and front fastener – perfect!
Primark 3 Pack Lace Detail Thong £3.00
No VPL and super comfy especially in microfibre.
BEST BIKINI BRIEF
5 Pack Paisley Brazilian Pant £5.00
So many pretty patterns and again no VPL.
Primark 5 Pack Black Mini Brief £2.00
Simple, cheap and great for any time of the month!
Would you believe it if I said my wedding dress was the first one I tried on? Well after working for a year in a local wedding dress shop I knew exactly how to get the perfect dress for me. It is completely true that there is ‘the one’ for each bride. I have probably sold over one hundred wedding dresses and every single time the bride had a ‘moment’ when she first tried it and their family and myself knew it too. It is so special. Of course you can get a preloved second hand dress, get one designed for you or buy off the high street but this post is about the typical designer dress.
First I recommend research for shape ballgown, mermaid, a-line or empire. Visit all the top designers websites. Visit Pinterest. The top designers you will find in the UK that you should visit are: Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Jenny Packham, Benjamin Roberts, Maggie Sottero, Justin Alexander, Suzanne Neville, Ian Stuart, Essence Designs, Pronovias, Enzoani, Alfred Angelo.
Once you’ve found a few designs you like, phone or email local wedding dress shops to see if they are stocked. Try them all and if you have no luck they may still be a stockist of the designer and they can order a sample of your dress for you.
On the day take as few people as possible, wear nude underwear, high heels and make hair and makeup as bridal as possible and go for it! Try the one you like, any in the shop that take your fancy and any the shop assistant suggests. Take photos, try a bouquet, try a veil and have fun. There’s nothing I hate more than wedding dress shops that say no photos, no touching and you have to wear gloves – how ridiculous!
Remember you are trying samples so they won’t fit, the assistant will clip to try and show you a better fit. If you don’t feel like you’ve found ‘the one’ keep trying at another shop! Once you’ve found it remember to haggle or come back on a day where that designer is on special offer (see the wedding dress shops facebook for special events) and try to knock some money off. They usually take several months to be made but it is worth the wait.
P.S. To save money on the groom’s outfit considering hiring from Moss Bros or a local hire shop! Then there’s more in the budget for the dress 😉
So you’re going abroad this summer and want to know how to get the best for your pounds? Get reading! First work out how much you’re taking. If not all inclusive I tend to budget £5pp for breakfast, £10pp for lunch and £15pp for dinner. Don’t forget extra for souvenirs, attraction tickets, snacks etc. Once you know how much you need visit travelmoneymax.com at least a week before. Select currency, amount and whether you want to collect from somewhere local, an airport or have the money delivered by post. If it is a large amount or if you are going travelling – check exchange rates daily for fluctuations and sign up to certain newsletters like Travelex for ‘Happy Hour’ exchange rate sales. If you don’t want to take loads and loads of cash consider a currency card which you can use like a debit card even at ATMs abroad – Revolut, We Swap or Fair FX. There are loads of deals to be had but remember to read the small print for fees!
Yesterday I had a little beauty splurge in Boots. Here is what I bought and my first impressions.
Remescar Silicone Scar Stick £19.99
I have acne scarring all over my back and chest – it is very light but I am so self conscious about it! So far it’s only the sun that makes the colour even out. I’ve tried Garnier Dark Spot Corrector to no avail. First Impressions: This stick is so tiny! You roll the stick like lipstick and dab onto any scars. It feels soft, leaves no sticky residue and fingers crossed the silicone will help the scar heal. We will see!
Remescar Eye Bags £29.95
This product is for my fiance who has tiny dark indents in the inner corner of each eye. He has the thinnest skin! First Impressions: WOW! What a wonder product. A rice size squirt of this orange tube and in under two minutes the indents had disappeared and the darkness had lightened. Where I had gone over normal skin the product had gone tight, wrinkly and white so be careful where you apply. I’m yet to find out whether the results are temporary or permanent?
L’Oreal Hydra Genius £6.95
Saw this new product and had to try it. I’m so into watery light feeling hydration. Neutrogena’s wasn’t amazing so I was excited to try this. First Impressions: Silky feel, absorbs beautifully. Thirst quenching. Will keep trying.
Maybelline 24H Setting Spray £6.99
I’m intrigued by setting spray. As someone with oily skin who doesn’t wear foundation my makeup slips and slides all over the place. However for a great price this offers all day staying power. First Impressions: Feels funny squirting all over makeup and with a powerful head I’m not too sure it make a difference and I sprayed twice yesterday? We will see…
One Heck of a Blot £12
Again another quest to tackle my oily skin. After hearing so much about this powder I’ve decided to abandon my Rimmel Stay Matte and try this. First Impressions: It feels very chalky and looks very light. The container is secure and it comes with a mirror compact and a pad. I applied twice yesterday and I feel the pad reduced the oil more than the powder. Will apply with a brush and update.
If you’re coming to the end of your PGCE read these to prepare for your first year teaching.
- Use a NQT log as a to do list and then everything you do extra in your first year is recorded as evidence – allocate days for each task so as not to overwhelm yourself
- Study your year group’s yearly overview and update a termly overview as you go to change things
- Use a diary and school calendars to set deadlines for paperwork
- Set up spreadsheets to track reading levels, mental maths and times tables
- Set up homework records, spelling test records and reading records for TAs to record – keep an eye on these
- In PPA try to set out every day of the next week so you can be flexible nearer the time
- Keep up with all paperwork weekly, check pigeon hole, whiteboard and school calendar daily
- Back up all class photos as you may need them for assembly or school website
- Make a teaching standards evidence folder for each term and quickly shove things in so when you come to writing reports you have already done the hard work
- If you buy anything receipts remember to take them to the office and they can also order things for you too
- Find a morning set up routine and afternoon close down routine for yourself and the children
- Come up with a ‘I’m done’ strategy so the children become independent after tasks
- Sort lost property every night
- Set the children up with a library routine ASAP so they all know how to scan
- Children to set class ground rules on day one
- Decide on a way to set noise levels at the beginning of year
- Collect any spare letters and keep for a few weeks
- Set up silent signals for toilet and drink to avoid being asked every 5 minutes
- Make an intervention timetable (for in assemblies etc.) ASAP
- Use the weekly timetable you are given but change termly to reflect timings, children to have a visual timetable too
- Set up a way to give good notes home instead of just bad ones
- Set up a guided reading timetable to use every day and collect verbal reading evidence in folders
- Get children their own trays to make them tidy and independent
- Get children to tidy after every activity and also to hand out resources for you
- Make a new seating plan daily, weekly or termly
- If it’s raining for outdoor PE, try classroom PE instead
- Make a boys vs girls changing tally to speed up changing
- When doing assemblies get children to write their own lines as they remember them better
- When you go on a trip make an itinerary for all adults and set groups
- Be strict about no homework or spellings at the beginning and be consistent with this
- Use a working wall so children are aware daily of the objectives
- Begin mental maths and handwriting straight away to see progress
- Have a filing system sorted by day so resources are available separately
- Get local library loans for each topic to make your book corner interesting/relevant
- Have a growth mind-set display to encourage school focus
- Really use the writing wall for enthusiasm
- Set up a place for blunt pencils to be collected to avoid children sharpening all the time
- Have a class toy the children have named and ‘respect’ for using in circle time/knowing when to talk and listen
- Make sure children’s medical notes are on show in the classroom
- Constantly check TES, topmarks, ictgames, Twinkl, mymaths, nrich, snappy maths and primary resources to save you time
- Get a pen to wear on your lanyard for register and marking on the go
- Mark during the lesson to give children instant boost
- Get children to self-assess and mark own work
- Mark books in group order for maths answers
- For tests mark page by page instead of individuals papers
- Assess objectives quickly by sorting books into red, orange and green piles (children can even do this for you) whilst marking
- Plan for marking time and spread out some no marking lessons during the week
- Get a stamp for guided reading and homework to save writing
Corned beef cobbler is hearty, delicious and best of all – cheap to make. An old-fashioned recipe perfect for a rainy day dinner. This recipe is so simple and feeds 4 for a total cost of £3.50!
- 1 tin of corned beef
- 2tbsp of beef gravy granules
- 200ml of boiling water
- (Optional: 1tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1tbsp of tomato ketchup and 1tbsp of soy sauce)
- 100g of self-raising flour
- 50g of suet
- 4 tbsp of cold water
Pour gravy granules in a oven dish, add boiling water and stir. Slice corned beef and lay flat in gravy. Add sauces and seasoning if available. Mix flour and suet together and add cold water until it becomes sticky. Roll suet mix into five flat circular cobbles and lay on top of corned beef. Cook in oven for 20 minutes at 180C when the cobbles will be crisp on top. Enjoy!
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.
Store 21 – Cheap but attractive pillows, ladders, blankets and rose gold accessories.
Home Sense – Very random like TK Max but you’ll find unusual candles, vases and flower pots.
Card Factory – Cute bargain signs and frames.
Matalan – Gorgeous blankets, trays and plates.
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.
Wilko – Usually a whole aisle of modern, beautiful home decor including clocks.
Ikea – Can’t forget the biggie! Look online before you go so you can find things quicker.