how to grow out your bangs in style.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those I love my fringe, I hate my fringe, I love my fringe, I hate my fringe kind of people.  So I am forever getting a fringe, then deciding that I am bored and need a change.

If you have ever graced your head with the presence of a fringe then you know how difficult and moreover, annoying it is to grow out when you don’t like it anymore.  I am here to give you some top tips on growing out a fringe in style as growing it out can be a huge pain in the ass.

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Depending on how you want the end result to look will depend on how you grow them out so I really only know what I do to keep my hair looking cute.  If I want my bangs to eventually taper off the to the side then you are going to want to keep trimming your fringe in the middle only à la Alexa Chung.  This will not only keep your hair out of your eyes but when it is long enough, it will be easier to sweep to the sides.

Currently I am trying to create a side fringe so I have my hair clipped back with a bobby pin until it is long enough to take down.  When it gets a little longer then I will have the option of having cute little hairstyles instead of a boring clip.  Whether it’s keeping it up with a half knot on top of my head or the many different styles of plaits starting at the base of the fringe my hair will get more interesting with every millimetre of hair growth.

 

It’s a dark few weeks when you decide to grow out your fringe but with commitment I know you can pull through!  If in doubt, hair spray my friend.  Hairspray.  I always use L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray (contains Argan Oil to help with smoothing and shininess) or the Supreme Hold Hairspray.

Happy fringing!

 

long nail problems.

One of my favourite things to do to relax is sit and get my nails done.  There is something extremely soothing about sitting in a little chair, picking the perfect colours to wear for a few weeks.  I could almost fall asleep in the chair.

If you are local to me or around the Belfast area then you should take advantage of my gal Cara at @clawed_by_cara on Instagram.  She works out of Topshop, Victoria Square and all images in this blog post are hers, just so you can get a little snippet of how amazing she is!  I will leave more of her details down below!

My favourite style to get on my nails is anything long.  The longer the better however, having long nails can really get in the way of normal day to day activities.  Let’s start with the one that is affecting me right now…

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Typing

I have to type like my grandmother would type, almost on the tips of my nails because they are so long and so it takes me about twice as long to write a post than if I had short nails.  Not only that but it makes a horrendous noise when a nail tip collides with the keys, to the point of extreme annoyance.  Don’t even get me started on typing a message on my phone… Worth it.

Moisturising

Moisturising the body is important but is so hard to do with nails like mine.  It always gets stuck under the nails and is rank.  Then you have to go through the process of picking it all out.  Worth it.

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Clothing

I have had to modify my wardrobe so that it doesn’t include anything with a clasp otherwise I would have to set my alarm in the morning for half an hour earlier.  I am not a jewelry person because I favor nails over bling.  Worth it.

Clothing 2.0

Jeans.  More specifically, new jeans.  I can’t even deal with the thought of trying on new jeans in a fitting room never mind the fear of getting my nails caught or stuck in the zip.  Worth it.

Washing Hair

Now obviously as the nails grow if you don’t get them done, they can

25038188_2024978707512312_4520655432129183744_nstart to chip away, etc.  In the days leading up to nail day when you wash your hair there is no feeling more horrid that having a great time feeling like a Herbal Essence advert when AGH there it is… your hair gets tangled underneath your nail extension, then you have to drag it out with a harsh slam back into reality standing there in your own damn shower.  Worth it.  Long nails forever.

 

 

Itching

We all have to have a little stratch every now and then, itchy head, itchy finger, itchy boob, whatever.  This is totally fine and normal.  What isn’t normal is having a scratch and then looking at yourself and realising you are now covered in a tonne of red marks.  I swear, you look like you have been mauled by 11 kittens.  Not a good look but again, worth it.

Earrings

Small studs? Forget about it.  I’ve been subjected to wearing J-Lo worthy size earrings because my nails can’t get wrapped around the backs of studs.  Worth it.

Dropping money

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Okay, I live in a city centre.  My money is not expendable, neither is my threshold for embarrassment when I drop money, or anything for that matter and I can’t pick it up.  Picture it – I am bent over ass in the air struggling to pick something up.  I’ll be honest, sometimes I’ll just leave it because my nails can’t take that kind of pressure.

 

All jokes aside, all the goodness that comes with long nails more than make up for the lil problems we gotta deal with on a daily basis.  I love having long nails, let’s face it they are kind of like having a Swiss Army Knife at the end of your fingers.

CLAWED BY CARA

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big boob blog.

Yes, you read that one right.  I am talking big over the shoulder boulder holders, knockers, boobies, melons, globes and eh… tits – I have heard them all.  As a curvier gal, I have had to adapt my life to the bigger chest area and it hasn’t been as amazing as you might think.

For as long as I can remember I always was the girl in class with the bigger breasts, or at least one of the girls.  I am pretty certain I went from an age 8 girls vest to a size 30D.  I was wearing a bra in Primary School long before anyone else knew what a bra was, other than something that hung on your mother’s washing line.  Fast forward 15 years and I’m crawling around in a 34GG wishing I was 11 with the 30D (yes… 11)

Those with smaller boobs always say ‘God you are so lucky’ and I am like ‘REALLY?’  While yes, of course they have their upside they most certainly have their downside too.  You have to think about the back pain and the teeny tiny tops that your breasts will never fit into.  Living in jealousy that your upper body will never look as thin because of the pillows attached to the chest.  Dealing with your back breakers have to be considered into every day life so if you have big boobs or indeed little boobs then read along for why it’s important to find the right bra.

Get FITTED!

Approximately 80% of women wear the wrong bra!  Who knows, you might be one of the 80% – have you been fitted?  Those women that offer you help when you are buying bras are there to help, not catch a glimpse!

They’ll fit your bra to suit you and give you advice.  It’s important to get fitted everytime you go underwear shopping, especially if you are shopping in different stores.  From personal experience I have found that in one brand I am one size and a totally different size in another.

A bra is designed to give your breast support and to keep them comfortable throughout the day.  Not only is wearing a bra important but you have to make sure that the bra fits you properly.  A good bra stops sagging (I hate that word) because they are so heavy which helps them to keep their shape and keeps them higher for longer!  Stops them from bouncing around all over the place, knocking people out.  Think of your bra like a hammock, something nice and comfortable for them to lie in.  They are more comforting and supportive than any man will ever be.  No man has ever cared for me like my bras have.  Having a good fitting bra also makes your clothes look better and more flattering, no matter the size you are.

That being said as comfy as they are supposed to be, it’s seriously liberating whipping that bra off after a hard days work and throwing it across the room.

My favourite places to shop for bras are http://www.bouxavenue.com and http://www.debenhams.com  They have a huge range available for the majority of sizes and a great selection of styles.  Once you start buying nice underwear however, it is highly addictive – be warned.

PS, A push up bra with bigger boobs? Forget about it.

The Boob Chronicles

My boob once knocked my hot chocolate out of my hand when I was running for the bus and it spilled down me.

I took my bra off on the bus once because I couldn’t wait til I got home.

A shirt button actually pinged off and darted across the floor while I was in a job interview.

If I roll over in bed too quickly one boobs slaps off the other.  It sounds like a walrus slapping off the ground.

I don’t have enough hands to count the amount of times my boobs have popped out of a bikini.

I have to wear two sports bras when I work out.  Twice a year.

I was elbowed in the boob yesterday and I still feel the pain today.

I haven’t seen my toes in 13 years.

After every cinema outing, I come home and take my top and bra off and the equivalent of a small salted popcorn falls out.

 

go and love yourself.

Straight from the mouth of Justin Bieber himself, ‘you should go and love yourself.’

SELF LOVE IS IMPORTANT

Let’s start with what it would mean for YOU, as you are the most important person to yourself, or at least you should be.  Always look after number one and unfortunately it took me a very long time to realise that.  To me, there is nothing more upsetting than someone who doesn’t like themselves or has issues regarding something to do with them as I know how it feels and I know how it weighs you down.  I’m not saying that it’s always a depression state of mind, but feeling like this can affect how you act and whether you do certain things.

It’s okay to tell yourself that you’re beautiful, that you believe in yourself and that you love yourself.  That you love your stretch marks, they make you you.  That you love your crooked teeth, they make you you.  That you don’t tan naturally and you are the kind of girl that sits smothered in SPF 50 under an umbrella on holidays, that makes you you.  That you have a birth mark, that makes you you – the list goes on.

Every single thing about you you should learn to accept them and I swear to you as soon as you do, your life will take form and you will see everything in a new light.  For myself, I learned to love the positive and the negative things about me because as I said that is what makes me me.  I had to learn how to take the good with the bad and accept it all for who I am and learn to be okay with it.  Once I believed that I loved myself and accepted myself for who I am, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of confidence wash over me that made me feel like I could do anything – I’m telling you, super empowering stuff.

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I am not saying that it’s The Law of Attraction or anything, but I can’t help but feel that when I changed my opinion on myself that my life took a little turn around for the best.  I mean really changed my opinion, not just waking up one day and saying ‘Yep, I am fabulous! Show me what you got world?’  So if you are feeling a little down on yourself I urge you to take a second look.  Then take a third look and truly see how beautiful you are and I promise you, you will notice change in yourself and your life.

I am curious to what others think about this as I am aware it may come across a little on the hippy side which is not what I intended.  Do you like yourself, love yourself?  Do you walk around with confidence in yourself?  Don’t get me wrong, I am not painfully optimistic and positive or anything and don’t mean to shove it at you.  I just think that confidence is key and the key to confidence is LOVE YOURSELF.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or send me a message on any of my social media channels!

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PS. when I say love yourself, I don’t mean become a big headed, vain narcissist!

 

 

 

100 things about me

Hello everyone!

I have done something fairly similar to this before but was 26 Things I Learned In 26 Years.  My blog has been around for a little bit now and I thought it was only right to do a little about me.

I first seen this on Lynne’s blog http://www.adayinthelifeofamumof6.com so you should definitely check that out too!  I nominate everyone who hasn’t done something like this to do so as it brought up some interesting memories that I had forgotten about.

So read on to find out a little bit more about myself.

1. What’s your name?

Amy Savage

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Not really, my name is short enough!

3. Your gender?

Female

4. Your star sign?

Leo the Lion!

5. How old are you?

26

6. Your relationship status?

In a relationship, been living together for nearly a year!  Time has flown by!

7. Any children?

None

8. Any pets?

No, Joel won’t let me get one 😦

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

Both tattoos and piercings

10. What do you like about yourself?

I like my personality and my creative side

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

Weight!  Working on it!

12. Righty or lefty?

Rightyyy

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

Diet Coke – always.  Diet Coke is my blood type.

14. The last thing you ate?

Banana bread – don’t tell my personal trainer… see #11

15. Your last phone call?

Value Cabs in an attempt to get home last night

16. Your last text message?

Joel

17. Your last email?

Responding to a PR email

18. The last song you listened to?

David Bowie – Hereos

19. The last book you read?

Some soppy book I bought in the airport when my flight was delayed, can’t even remember the name of it.

20. The last time you cried?

Last night – not over anything bad, something on TV made me cry

21. The last blog you read?

Lynne’s blog linked at the top where I found this!

22. The last person you spoke to?

Joel

23. The last place you visited?

Does London count?  I went to training with work.

24. Your last holiday abroad?

Ibiza – I need to go back!

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

No

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

Yes

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

No

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes, my Granda

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Absolutely – no regrets

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

Yes

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

YES, and I am so glad.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Not really, some friends come and go but I always know who my real ones are.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Again, no regrets

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yes

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

Yes

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

Yes

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

Yes

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

No

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

Have you seen Scarlett Johansson?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

Life’s too short for regrets

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

No

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

On the daily

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

No

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

Pass.

46. Do you believe in yourself?

Yes

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

No

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes

49. Do you believe in aliens?

Not so much aliens, but definitely that there are unknown life forms.  The universe is too big for it just to have life on earth.

50. Do you believe in miracles?

I do

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes, I think it’s extremely important

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

I think you have had to experience it to believe in it.

53. Can money make you happy?

In the short term, yes it can

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Probably not, even though I have a feminist t shirt – just your average white girl

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Well that’s a hard one.  I believe that there is no black or white answer.  You don’t know the circumstances surrounding this question and you don’t know what could persuade someone otherwise.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

No, as no one has led me to believe that they can make a positive impact on my life.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

No

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Love

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

No, but dreaming of Subway cookies

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

Diet Coke… again

61. What are you listening to right now?

I am re watching Skins so listening to that

62. What are you thinking about right now?

Thinking about what to make for dinner

63. What are you waiting for right now?

Inspiration, always.

64. What are you most excited about right now?

Excited for 2018 in general, can’t wait to see what this year brings

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

When my records don’t get put  back in alphabetical order

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

eBay… obsessed with buying things I really do not need

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

I should be ironing, but procrastination is key.

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend?

Katherine McCartan from Primary School

69. Your first kiss?

A boy hehe

70. Your first celebrity crush?

I’d be lying if I said that

71. Your first holiday?

Ballybofey with my family although my first holiday abroad was Majorca

72. Your first pet?

We had cats growing up

73. Your first regret?

I told you, none

74. Your first job?

Working in Wonderbra when it was at the Outlet, Banbridge

75. Your first childhood memory?

Definitely walking around the back lane with my Granda.  It was chilly and I was wearing a red coat and I remember falling and he had to pick me up.  Random, but a very fond memory.

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter but I keep Facebook because of my Make Up Page

78. Hook up or relationship?

Relationship

79. Dogs or cats?

Dog, but I love both.

80. Coffee or tea?

TEA

81. Beer or wine?

Wine, pink wine

82. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

83. Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovery for sure, I don’t think I ever shut my mouth.

84. Vampires or werewolves?

Vampires, so long as it’s Ian Somerhalder

85. Seaside or countryside?

Seaside

86. Summer or winter?

Summer

87. Books or movies?

Movies

88. Horror or comedy?

Comedy

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

Not a little.  Everything happens for a reason.

90. What’s your dream job?

Anything in Make Up or Social Media – basically doing what I love but getting paid for it.

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cinema popcorn with malteasers through it

92. What are you afraid of?

Something happening to the people I love

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Lara Croft

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Knowledge

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

I don’t think I would change anything as I have said countless times I have no regrets.  However, I wish I had have realised my passions at a younger age.

96. Would you want immortality?

No, there would be no drive to do anything in life.  Plus, there would be no one to share it with.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Elvis Presley

98. Would you say you are happy?

Yessss

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Don’t worry babe, you’re doing ok

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Own Ibiza.  In reality however, in a nice house with Joel happy in our jobs and happy in our life.  WITH A DAMN DOG, and a cat for making me wait so long for a pet.

COPY AND PASTE BELOW TO DO THE SAME ON YOUR OWN BLOG

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site.
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
  3. Tag bloggers to take part (let them know on social media).
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag.

1. What’s your name?

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

3. Your gender?

4. Your star sign?

5. How old are you?

6. Your relationship status?

7. Any children?

8. Any pets?

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

10. What do you like about yourself?

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

12. Righty or lefty?

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

14. The last thing you ate?

15. Your last phone call?

16. Your last text message?

17. Your last email?

18. The last song you listened to?

19. The last book you read?

20. The last time you cried?

21. The last blog you read?

22. The last person you spoke to?

23. The last place you visited?

24. Your last holiday abroad?

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

46. Do you believe in yourself?

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

49. Do you believe in aliens?

50. Do you believe in miracles?

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

53. Can money make you happy?

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

61. What are you listening to right now?

62. What are you thinking about right now?

63. What are you waiting for right now?

64. What are you most excited about right now?

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend?

69. Your first kiss?

70. Your first celebrity crush?

71. Your first holiday?

72. Your first pet?

73. Your first regret?

74. Your first job?

75. Your first childhood memory?

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

77. Twitter or Facebook?

78. Hook up or relationship?

79. Dogs or cats?

80. Coffee or tea?

81. Beer or wine?

82. Sweet or savoury?

83. Introvert or extrovert?

84. Vampires or werewolves?

85. Seaside or countryside?

86. Summer or winter?

87. Books or movies?

88. Horror or comedy?

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

90. What’s your dream job?

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

92. What are you afraid of?

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96. Would you want immortality?

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98. Would you say you are happy?

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

firmoo glasses review.

Do you ever put on an outfit and you can’t put your finger on what’s missing to complete it?  Add a bracelet and no… a necklace perhaps?  No… a kimono? NO.  Add a pair of glasses and you are good to go!  They make any outfit seriously chic.

It seems to be the ‘cool’ (I hate myself for using that term) thing to do is wear glasses, even when you don’t need them.  Which is bizarre because when I was a kid you were made fun of for wearing glasses!  Oh how times have changed…

But how do you know what glasses suit you and which ones don’t?  Is your face too small or too big for certain types?  You can’t just grab a pair on the high street and expect them to suit you!  That’s where Firmoo comes in!  They even have a system where you can upload a picture of yourself and virtually try on the glasses you like the look of so that you know whether or not you will look ridiculous.  With so many styles and sizes it’s hard to know where to even begin… so let me help!

Top Tips For Your Face Shape

Find out your face shape before you do anything – I had no idea what I was so I looked straight into a wall mirror and with a lipstick (messy) I traced the shape of my face.  Turns out I have a little round head, like a pea.  Doing this will determine the shape of your glasses which best suit you.

Round shape faces should go for glasses that are wider than they are taller as this will give the illusion that your face is stretched out.

Oval shape faces you need to get frames that match the widest area of your face so as not to upset the balance of your features.

Heart shape faces – CAT EYE.  Why do cat eye glasses always look so good on heart shapes heads?  Heart shape tend to have a wider forehead and a pointier chin so you need frames that are wider than your head or have high points like the cat eye shape to balance.  

Square shape faces should potentially avoid square shaped glasses and opt for something more rounded instead to soften the features.

Next step is assess what colour of frames you want to go for and what colours best suit you.  So get help telling whether you are warm or cool toned and then get a frame that compliments that.  For example, if you are warm skinned (yellow or olive toned) then a frame with a warm hue better suits and cool toned (blueish or pink) suits a cool toned frame – you get me??

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Make Up Tips

As glasses tend to cast a shadow under the eye it’s important to have a few tips up your sleeve to get the most from your new glasses.

Concealer – A brightening concealer will be your new best friend in order to keep away your dark circles.  A few favourites of mine are the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat and the Estee Lauder Brush on Glow to add that healthy glow.  That being said please, please, PLEASE do not apply too much concealer as I have learned the hard way that glasses are like a magnifying glass and will show up every line you have and invent lines you don’t have.

Line and Define – Don’t guffaw at me just yet… but liner is an amazing way to make your eyes stand out through the lens of your glasses.  If you have thick frames, you should opt for a thicker line, but if you have softer, thinner frames then you can opt for a thinner line.  Your eyeshadow should always be lighter than your frames also to avoid heavy looking eyes.

Mascara – I feel like this one goes without saying however, invest in a mascara (and an eyelash curler) that can do wonders for your eyes peeking behind those glasses.  Or, if you can bothered – yes, falsies.

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WARNING – Firmoo’s website is highly addictive.  I have 15 pairs of glasses in my basket…

The website itself is very easy to use and even has a ‘How To’ section for choosing lens type and reading prescription.  Not only that but when you have selected your pair of glasses each pair is custom designed to suit your pretty little face.  Have a ruler at the ready as you will be asked for measurements to ensure that your glasses fit.  You can also select your lenses and add in your own prescription!  If they are purely just for fashion purposes I suggest keeping them as ‘Non RX’ ie. no prescription to keep them on the cheaper side.  As IF Firmoo hasn’t held your hand enough offering you everything, you can then choose your lens thickness preference.  Like, hello?  I’ve never been so looked after in my life and this is a WEBSITE.

Enjoy shopping on the amazing website, I can’t wait to see all your glasses pics on Instagram!

SHOP HERE

You get your first pair of glasses for $4.95!  All you have to do is click the link below!

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Glasses Pictured – Style #YSL366 Gold

 

 

 

how to break in new shoes.

We’ve all had that tedious day trudging about the workplace breaking in new shoes.  I am here to give your feet a break!  Breaking your shoes in doesn’t have to be a painful ordeal.  Do not try and wear your shoes all day straightaway, gently break them in a few hours at a time and before long they will feel like slippers!

I have recently bought myself a gorgeous new pair of Doc Marten’s and if you have a pair then you will know that they are an absolute bitch to break in.  I am currently plopped in front of the tele watching Tattoo Fixers while breaking them in, so this leads me to my first top tip…

Vaseline

We all know where our sore bits on our feet lie when it comes to breaking in new shoes.  For me, it’s the heel.  The damn Achilles Heel.  You get blisters on your feet due to a lack of moisture in those areas i.e. when friction is caused between shoe and foot that’s when the need for plasters arises.  Use lotion to moisturise before your put om your new shoes or use petroleum jelly – I always  have Vaseline lying around so I prefer to use it.

Stretching Shoes with Chunky Socks

This isn’t everyone’s first go to when it comes to breaking in shoes but it is mine!  If you can stretch your shoes while wearing thick socks sitting in your pajamas in front of the TV then why not?  Wearing your thicker socks in your new shoes allows you to stretch the shoes without getting nasty little blisters that stay with you for weeks.  Avoid wearing them for long periods of time as your feet can get warm and swell and you’ll end up with blisters anyway so every now and then wear them and have a little walk around.  I put a wash on doing this earlier, then gave my feet a break and now I am wearing them again and can feel it working already!

Blow Dry

This tip really would only apply to leather shoes but no, I don’t mean take them to the hairdressers.  Blow drying the ‘tight’ bits of your shoes can help massively as heat can help to soften the harder bits of leather.  Leading on from the last point if your shoes are being stubborn then keeping your socks on with your shoes blast the areas that hurt or rub with a hairdryer.  Normally a hairdryer will help with areas like the big toe or heel!  Keeping the hairdryer far enough away that you don’t burn yourself hold there for around 20 seconds.  Then get up and move around while the leather is still warm and flexible so that the shoe can bend to suit your foot shape.  If you still feel a good bit of rubbing then rinse and repeat!

Thin Ice

Okay, I don’t know why but I didn’t think that this would work.  My friends, it’s a bloody revelation.  I didn’t try this on leather shoes I tried it on new boots however, it worked like a dream.  So, fill two plastic bags/sandwich bags with water (leave a little room at the top) and stuff them into your shoes and put them in the freezer overnight.  Yes the freezer.  The water turns to ice obvy, and then in turn stretches your shoes without need to even put a toe in.  It’s fantastic!

Buy another pair…

They ones you bought hurt like a bitch? Buy more.