Whittard Chelsea in Leicester

Hello beautiful people!

I am really excited but also very scared… Whittard’s has opened in Leicester Highcross!
I spotted it at the weekend when I was supposed to be going town with the lover to pick up contact lenses only… I am sure you can guess where I spent some of my money!

I had to  get a few treats! I couldn’t say no!

It all started when I spotted a variety pack of the hot chocolates. I had wanted this set since seeing it on QVC UK at about 3am one morning! Just one of those things you kind of forget about! This was £22 – yes I know…. £22 on hot chocolate!
120g each you get 6 flavors including: Rocky Road, Luxury Hot Chocolate, Mint, White, Salted Caramel (one of my favs) and Orange flavour!


To get me past the £25 threshold I ended up getting a Latte Macchiato spoon. This was £3. It comes with mini marshmallows. I was a little worried it would taste too coffee like, gosh was I wrong. It was a lovely creamy drink. Realistically you can’t bulk by these and have a drink at £3 a pop… but for a special occasion its really worth it!

Then I spotted a big tub of the marshmallows. Ok this is where I started getting carried away. The mashmallows were £5.50!!!! eek! I can get a tub from Aldi for £2!
They are lovely though and just the perfect size!

Finally I got a tasty freebie. As I spent over £25 I got a free gift which is actually pretty awesome. A tin of teas all from the Wellness Collection. This should be £15! so what a awesome gift. It holds 32 individually wrapped tea bags. Flavors include: Super Fruits, This Rocks Detox, Cleanse Tea & Sleepy Tea.


I already have my eye on the cutest ‘personal’ brewing teapot!
If you haven’t tried Whittards before I would suggest trying the hot chocolate this Christmas! If you are a fan of tea I would 100% advise popping into the store so the staff can advise on different tea options for you!
A personal Favourite Tea of mine is Milk Oolong tea (No 880)

Happy shopping! 🙂


Wheres Kirstie?

I am so sorry I haven’t been keeping you up to date on my arts, crafts and juicy things I have brought! In between being a bridesmaid, trying to have a social life, earning that ca$h money, maintaining a long distance relationship and not being disowned as a member of my family… I really do not have much time!

To keep you in the loop I have done a flash post to share a few little things I have been doing, brought and even completed….

First of all today…
I found myself running though the streets of Saffron Lane Estate in my Beauty & the Beast PJ’s… First off – Saffron Lane Estate isn’t exactly the most… (how can I put this nicely?) desirable of areas. Secondly I was in a frantic panic as my dogs had seemingly got out of the house and decided to go roaming the streets!
I know it is awful to say but there are lots of not very nice people out there at the moment who snatch up dogs for breeding (sorry puppy snatchers they have no balls), as well as using them for dog fighting. Luckily they were found at the top of the street after a lovely man saw them and tried to mush them back home!
Here is a cheeky picture of the naughty boys!20170523_133530_resized

Another exciting thing was my auntie got to go on holiday (with work). When I say with work… she is a carer for my brother who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum.
My auntie and grandma look after my brother for work. Nice to know that he is in capable and caring hands.
Tracey brought me back a little treat from the airport! Paco Rabanne Olympea! How I love this smell!
A very light smell very different to the Lady Million (which I also love) but subtle and wearable for everyday!


Another exciting thing was I went to my works Summer party which to be completely honest I wasn’t very hyped to go to. It ended up being a really lovely night with some amazing work friends. When I say lovely… I was on my way home at 11 as I was way to drunk to continue the night haha!


I posted about this little dress a while ago… It was sat in my draw unfinished and I  spend one Saturday night watching horror films and completing the final touches to my first ever pattern. I will be doing the written pattern when I get round to it but its all completed and I am pretty proud of my first creation by eye! YAY

Last but 100% not least I brought a travel wallet! I have an upcoming post and review on this as it so darn amazing! So I wont give too much away! Keep posted!


I am hoping you have all been well and have enjoyed the bit of warm weather we have had (UK friends)! Hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow!

Have a blessed day and lots of love !


Don’t Quote Me…

I am a fan of quotes.
Half the time I quote Sex and the city, but the other half I would like to say I am a little more philosophical.

This post is based on 7 quotes I enjoy and why they are special to me!

  1. Ever Thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours.
    Taken from Beethoven’s “immortal beloved”.
    This was first brought to my attention in the Sex and the City show, where Carrie reads to Big from the book ‘Love Letters of great Men’ (which is a fictional book) and as you can see its gorgeous, the entire letter is, but the last 3 sentences just hold your breath… Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours…


    The letters basically state how he regrets being so far from her but distance doesn’t keep his thoughts and feelings away.  He only feels happy with her and no one else will compare.  With this letter he is that much closer to her.  He talks about one day being with her solely.  Living with her and being lovers.  She is his life and will love her unconditionally. He is ever hers as she is ever his… they are ever one.

    This resonates with me because my partner and I have been together for 8 years but have lived long distance. I will love him unconditionally for the rest of my life and no one will compare to him. No one is as smart, kind or caring… no one will ever love me as much as he does.

  2. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
    Walt Disney

    Walt Disney

    I am not familiar with when or where Walt Disney spoke these words but it really strikes a cord with me. I do try to be optimistic however at heart I am a realist. I take things as they come and am rarely disappointed because I know things will never go the way they are intended. I do get a surprise if they ever do go well!

  3. Family is the most important thing in the world
    Princess Diana

    Princess Diana

    Princess Diana has always had a piece of Britain’s heart and I think her words are true and felt by many.
    Family is really important. The family you grow up in, the family that you create, the family you can also choose is most important. I know many people would choose family over a lifetime of wealth.

    I had a… different upbringing. I was brought up by my grandma and my auntie.
    I spent the most of my life believing my step dad was my actual dad and my actual dad being someone I occasionally waved too on the street. Very Jerry Springer.
    I am so thankful to my grandma and auntie for the way I was raised. I can only hope and pray that they are proud of what I have become.

  4. Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.
    Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Education is so important not only personally to continue to develop your mind but also to allow you to spread your wings and fly.
    I tried in primary school, I wasn’t great at everything but I did try, I went to secondary school and I got into the wrong crowds and education was a second thought to having fun. After finishing college I was working jobs that I couldn’t see my self in for years to come. I was bored tired and depressed, spending my weeks working a job I hated and spending my weekends (and cash) on going out partying.
    The realization came when I was pushed to continue to continue my studies. I went to university got my degree and now work in a job with the related subject and am in a better place. I now have a chance to  build a good life for myself.
    Education is great even as an interest or hobby, I will be studying a home course on Animal Care; just for fun! its great to keep your mind active and open all these new doors.

  5. My Zen teacher also said the only way to true happiness is to live in the moment and not be worried about the future. Of course, he died penniless and single.
    Carrie, Sex and the city

    Carrie, Sex and the city

    This one is a little joke to myself.
    My names Kirstie, I am a self confessed control freak.
    I am told that I need to live more in the moment and not focus on planning things. Let the chips fall where they may.
    I TRY very hard to not be controlling. I have always wanted to get married by 28 (I turned 28 in May, you can see where this is going right?)
    I wanted to have a mortgage by 30… not sure that is going to happen.
    Been with my partner 8 years and we still don’t live together.

    Forget trying to relaxed… Deep down I  am embracing the control and now trying to drive myself forward to those goals.
    No one else is going to put themselves out to help you achieve your goals! They are too busy on theirs.
    Lets face it… no one wants to die penniless and single.

  6. My dear, religion is like a penis. It’s a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, but when one takes it out and waves it in my face we have a problem.
    Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    So this one makes me chuckle.
    Maggie Smith is bloody amazing in every single way.
    This quote completely covers my view on religion.
    I call myself a modern Day Buddhist, I meditate, chant and believe in cause and effect. At the same time I do not go around forcing my views upon people, causing uncomfortable situations with people. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs but it doesn’t mean you should be forcing people to partake or feel guilty for not doing so.

  7. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Again this is about believing in yourself and making your dreams a reality. If your dreams are positive and will help people they are beautiful.
    People believe that dreams happen by magic but in reality it takes a lot of determination, blood, sweat and tears. You can do it, anyone can do it if you believe it is possible.

    I have a dream that one day I will have my own Marketing agency, make my money there and then open up an animal sanctuary to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned animals. We can all dream.

    Thanks for reading everyone! Sending lots of love, peace and power to you all!
    Have a blessed day


Dresses, Dresses, Everywhere…

…and none of them fit!

I have been crocheting loads of baby dresses I thought it was about time I took the plunge and started my own pattern and made a larger dress.
Don’t let the title fool you… It is a larger dress, it just so happens that it doesn’t fit any of my friends children… yet!!

I just wanted to share with you where I am with my very first ‘from mind’ creation.

I have opted for a marble effect dress. The dress is fitted in the top half and then flairs out at the skirt. The hem has a white peaked effect all the way around and I am looking to add angle sleeves to the arm holes again in white.
To give it a little more detail I am thinking of doing a white collar and putting some buttons on it.


I think if I were to start over I probably wouldn’t have done peaked hem on the bottom maybe something a little more subtle like rounded?
I think the peaks make it look a bit ‘witchy’? Borderline Halloween!


What are you all working on at  the moment? Anything exiting?

Make Up Skin Care

I am no professional in make up or face care but I have spent my entire life trying to find some products which are not rocket science to apply as well as not causing breakouts or crazy skin.

I am slightly annoyed… from the age of 11 until around the age of 14 I was in that awkward make up stage where I thought blue eyeshadow and bright pink glitter lippy was cool.  Teenagers now completely skip this awkward make up stage (surely this is a right of passage!?) and go straight to absolutely flawless execution of make up making them look 20 rather than 14 in the process!

If you are a minimal make up wearer on the day to day and only go all out on that very rare occasion such as a Christmas party keep reading!

My must haves in skin care

Liz Earle 
Not only is Liz Earle free from animal testing but it is the only face care that removes my make up completely as well as ensuring I do no break out in spots. 
I use the Cleanse and Polish day and night – to use this 1 pump will suffice and I massage the cream into my face even around my eyes. I then fill the sink with hot water (as hot as I can stand) and use this with the muslin cloth the remove my make up. I then use the toner which is so gentle on your skin. I have combination skin which is oily in the T-Zone but dry on my cheeks, it is also extremely sensitive. I then finish of with the moisturiser – I use the light version as this seems to avoid any break outs. If I am having a very bad skin day I will use the Super Skin Concentrate overnight which gives me a instant pick me up. The only downside to the Liz Earle range is that the moisturiser does not include an SPF.


I do not use much of Clinques skin products as I find these extremely harsh on my skin, especially the toners – it almost feels like my skin is burning! What I will say is that I use the ‘All about eyes’ De-puffer roller. This is great if you sleep on your face rather than on your back. My eyes get puffy when I first wake up – this is a refreshing roller which goes on cold and massages your eyes. By the time I have finished my make up my eyes have returned to normal



Everyone seems to think Aveeno is a fad but I can honestly say that the Aveeno daily moisturising creamy oil works wonders for my skin. The standard lotion isn’t great but the oil is fantastic. I have very bad hormonal skin on my arms – lumps and spots under the skin. After using this over a period of 3 days the lumps were reduced significantly. All my very dry skin cleared up in the process too. I use this on holiday as my aftersun as well. It leaves me very hydrated and retains my golden tan significantly more than standard aftersuns.


Must haves for make up

Bare Minerals 
I have no idea where I would be without my Bare Minerals foundation. I use the original loose powder in a variety of shades. Usually I am a light but go to a medium beige while on holiday. The colours are very forgiving should you get the incorrect shade or tan slightly. 
This is a buildable foundation, it is perfect for sheer coverage (this is what I use on a daily basis) but should you wish to build the coverage you just keep adding layers. This works with the oils in your skin for a flawless finish. It’s not called minerals for nothing; this is also skin care within a foundation. Lets not also forget this has SPF 15 as standard – so even though my Liz Earle moisturiser doesn’t have it, I know my foundation has me covered.
I also use the ‘well-rested’ concealer which is also a powder this is great for additional coverage and brightening up your eye area. You can add a little bit of water to make this a creamy consistency and give further coverage.  I have tried the liquid foundation called bare skin but it doesn’t sit on my skin very well but as they say if its not broke – don’t fix it!

Ok. I have no eyebrows. Okay that is a lie, I do have eyebrows… just not much!
I suffered the 00’s over plucking stage, so what I am left with is very sparse looking eyebrows. To fix this is have tried every single product and potion to make them look remotely decent! I found my saviours all within one brand! From Benefit I use the eyebrow primer ‘browvo’ so this is a perfect base to use your eyebrow products on, it also makes your eyebrows look slightly thicker, how it does that I have no idea! They say this helps regrowth when used on its own too.  Along side this is use the Ka Brow which is a cream style promenade which can only be compared to that of Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a life saver – I use this as I do enjoy a dramatic brow (who doesn’t!?) but you can use this also quite subtly if you want a more natural finish. This comes with the cream gel and also a small application brush in the lid. Finally I also use the Precisely My brow, this is eyebrow pencil which is the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. This is great at filling in areas rather than a complete eyebrow redesign! Perfect for natural day looks! 
Other Benefit products I use are They’re Real mascara – this is great if you want impact but quickly! I also use the Porefessional Primer occasionally.

So you have probably heard of this brand as this is a online only brand. The only product I use from this brand is the 3D fiber lash mascara. This is the only mascara that I can actually say gives you the effect of wearing false lashes. Be warned that the process is very long winded!

Urban Decay
I have an obsession with the Naked pallets they are so versatile. I use Naked Orginal on a daily basis, they have great impact but at the same time last all day even if you have hooded eyes like myself!

Love a bit of bronzer I use a very cheap bronzing shimmer powder (I should probably invest in something a bit better). I do not have time to contour so a quick dusting of this on my forehead hollows of cheek and jaw gives me the same effect at a fraction of the time and cost!

So I do not wear lipstick unless it’s a special occasion and when I do I wear Mac, Kat Von D or Avon! I wear Burts Bees or Carmex on a day to day basis. Burts bees just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. It is not moisturising enough, where as the Carmex (not the jelly one) but the chapstick style really is very moisturising and can last a few hours before reapplying!


So they are all the things I cannot live without on a daily basis!
Seems like a long list but actually its not much. Since my skin care routine I have seen a signifcant decrease in breakouts and also my skin is a lot better in terms of texture. If you have lumps and bumps on your skin another product I would recommend is the Elemis Try-Enzyme Resurfacing facial wash. I used to swear by Elemis but Liz Earle is far more accessible at a better price point. 

Are there any key products you use on a daily basis? Anything you would recommend? please let me know!

Eggs, Crochet, Painting and more!

Hello My Loves!

I have been scrimping on the post front as wok life is so busy at the moment.
I do however have a update on life and things that have been happening!

First of all! I totally forgot to share some cheeky pictures of the fur-babies receiving their Easter Eggs! As I was away in Bournemouth with Billy I completely forgot about my boys eggs! (what a bad mother).


Secondly I have been working on a mini project for about a month now! Just something that I dip in and out of… I made a little skirt for Mia. She asked me if I could make a skirt (she thought I could whip one up in 5 mins bless her) and I said I would use the rest of her yarn left over from her poncho to make a cute skirt. Finally it is completed!
It is nothing complex, quite simple but with a cute lace style trim.


Sundays are my lazy days… I am being adventurous if I just leave the house and go down the garden to the studio. I decided to do a touch of painting as the weekends are really the only time I have free to do this sort of thing.  I opted for sitting on my bed and balancing all my water and painted on some boxes (I obviously live on the edge).  Trying to gain some inspiration for my creation was frankly a pain in the bum today. A heavily wet Billy (he had been playing with the hose pipe) decided to jump up on my newly changed sheets and drench my bedding. This is where my inspiration came from. I have never been very good at drawing so I try to avoid portraits at all costs….HOWEVER practice makes perfect right? I figured if I want to get better… I have to tackle the fear!
The below is what I came up with. I think Billy looks alright, Bloo on the other hands looks slightly odd….


I also have some exciting news!!! (for me, not for you)
I have booked to go away this year! Adam and I were planning on staying in England this year and not going away on holiday mainly due to funds and how expensive everything has now become… This however doesn’t stop me looking and dreaming of the wonderful places I want to visit! We were initially looking at Jamaica, then we looked at Dominican Republic… I have to say I am more of a modern hotel kind of gal. Fran from work likes to call me a ‘holiday snob’ because I like to go to the best places!
Hey! can’t help it if I know what I like huh?

So the big reveal is….
We are going….

So we went Cancun last year on holiday. It was beautiful! I have to say I did not enjoy it as much as Egypt the year before! We stopped in the Beach Palace which in itself was a nice hotel, I wasn’t blown away by a variety of things, one of the most important being the food. Have a look at my trip advisor review for information and pictures of this hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members/Miss_Kirstie_Jade

This year we are stopping at Secrets The Vine which is 5 minutes car ride from Beach Palace! So we are in pretty much the same area! The hotel is a bit better however…

I am also really excited because this will be my first time flying 1st class.
We are flying with Thomson on their Dreamliner. We flew economy for Egypt and our recent trip to Cancun. Both were fine, however the people we had sitting next to us were not exactly desirable. They were painting their nails and also had lots of people constantly coming over and talking to them when we were obviously trying to catch a few Z’s. We also had huge queues to contend with both at Birmingham and Cancun…
So this year we decided why the hell not? We got a cheap deal on the upgrade 100 per person for Premium Club which not only includes the plane extras such as:
Seats with 38 inch seat pitch, additional recline, 2 seats instead of 3, complimentary newspaper, water, 4 course meal (with actual glass cutlery), unlimited drinks from juices through to a variety of alcohol miniatures, pillows and blankets and a beauty mintuires kit.
You also get Priority check in (No hour long queues which we had last year), Access to the airport lounge (this includes drinks and snacks, and just a nice place to wait for your flight), Priority Boarding (get on first, get off first)… I just think its going to make the flight and the travel so much more bearable.
We have booked to go on 25th August which is around the same time we went last year!
Very excited and something to look forward to (Only 123 days left to go!)

Does anyone else have any holiday plans? Or has anything exciting recently happened?

Sending my love and have a blessed day!


Gifts to make everyone smile…

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day… The list continues…
What do you buy people on these special occasions?
See my list below of the perfect gifts…

Wedding Gifts
Weddings are expensive! Why spend a fortune on wedding favours? Why go crazy on the bridesmaid and best man gifts? See some personal gifts Which don’t break the bank!


Mother Dearest
We all want to spoil our mums but it can get difficult later in life after you have used up all of your best gifting ideas. Remember your mum will not want extravagant gifts, but something from the heart.


Daddy (papa)
Dads are notorious for being difficult to buy for. If they want it, they will go to the shop and buy it. Here are a few gifts which won’t get thrown in a draw this year…


Most of our grannies will be as sweet as a button. I have found a few gifts which wont break the bank but are a little creative to show effort and thought you have put into them.

Grandad (Gramps)
In my time I have met a lot of grandads… some are sweet and caring, some are moody and scary. I am sure if your grandad is the latter, at least one of these gift are sure to make him smile!



There are many other people to buy for such as aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters… lets not forget friends!
They key thing to remember when purchasing a gift is as long as you brought it from the heart or took time to make something special… they will love it!

Let me know some of the best gifts you have ever given!
I know I need some help (I have 6 birthdays to buy for in May!)

Take care and have a blessed day!


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