fashionmommy's Blog fashion/travel/beauty/lifestyle Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:18:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 27790490 Comeback Fashion Trends Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:18:33 +0000 Continue reading ]]> If you don’t think your mother is the trendiest person you know, then we have bigger problems on the horizon than you might think, or you might be under a bewitching spell in which the women who gave you life isn’t cooler than millennial pink – Which she is.

But maybe you’re not looking at it right, right? You know those old photographs of your mom, the ones hidden in a box full of nostalgic trinkets and love notes that she keeps hoarded under the stairs. The picture’s featuring her audacious 18-year-old self-frozen forever in time, in her seemingly dorky outfits, in which she sports too many ruffles, a pair of sneaker and show-stopping earrings. Literally encapsulating what can only be seen as a mix of poor decisions and ravishing youth. Everything about this photo makes your mom feel bad, regrets about her hairstyle and the passing of time. However, as you look at this slightly saturated photograph of your young mother, you can’t help but think of only two things. Damn. My mom was fine and second, god, she was trendy, where are those clothes now?

These thought always come with a sense of surprise as you question the style of a woman who is obsessed with Tupperware and the presenter of strictly come dancing. But fashion just like history repeats itself. With the looks, your mother still questions today quietly returning to the catwalks all over the world. Although fashion has come a long way, a cycle of repeated nostalgia still runs through the trends of today, making a massive reference to the era’s of the past mainly the 1970’s & 1990’s. The beauty of fashion in that it’s not an exact science and it is more about creative expression and feeling than it is about accuracy, so it can often be difficult to pinpoint why these trends keep repeating themselves. We’ve seemed to have unanimously come to agree that fashion has a 20-year trend cycle, and with culture evolving faster each year what was cool in the 70’s became hot in the 90’s and is now being reimagined 20 decades later yet again.

What does this exactly tell us about the fashion of the near future? Is it our inner millennial nostalgia holding on to the simplicity of the past? How many throwback Thursdays and flashback Fridays do we need to punctuate the language of our generation and curate a retrospective of our greatest hits? Do we forever keep raiding the cupboard of our mother’s past to stay on trend? What in the good name of innovation is going on? Is it time to take off our retro rose-tinted glasses and become true innovators of style or are we entangled in a complex behavior wherein we are continually cribbing from someone else and where no original idea is possible. No need for department stores when you have thrift stores right?

With so many unanswered questions posed and not nearly enough answers, where do we turn or is having no answers the point, with no definite idea to box us in one direction, one look? Should we continue to be magpies, picking things, we like from different generations only to construct them together into one mixed polygamous marriage of the noughties, bohemian rock & roll, and modern minimalism. The answer is as simple as this; fashion lets you be the most-in-your-dreams version of yourself, leading you down different rabbit holes. Each one offering a wonderland in which we get to assign our self-roles and become the characters we choose – even if it is temporary. With an elaborate fashionista riding inside our brain that demands the most over-the-moon make-believe extra wardrobe. The choice of what makes up that closet is entirely yours, with no right or wrong choices only fabulous ones. Whether you choose to channel the audition 18-year-old who gave your life, celebrities that grace the covers of fashion magazines, Kim Kardashian or all three, the seam of the fashion industry is forever evolving, with different eras and culture woven together, remixed and reimagined. It’s not what you have that important but how you choose to wear it.

Now if you’re looking for inspiration or just curious to see what my mother once thought was cool, here are five trends from 2017 that we have seen before, trends reimagined and making waves across the globe once again.

Fanny Pack/Bum Bag

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It’s been more than twenty years, and the name still hasn’t settled comfortably, yet the trend is back and way chicer than that of its original 1990’s counterpart. With the fashion industry revival of the ‘fashion pack.’ Once again opting for a hand’s free bag this time taking a more luxurious approach, the new luxury bag seems to have shed its dorky reputation and adopted a somewhat cooler one that oozes style and convenience. This year it has ignited billboards and runways across the world featuring on campaigns of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Armani. No longer the practical tourist-like accessory the Fashion Packs are now worn with a fresh over the shoulder styling trend that has been worn by some of Hollywood’s most prominent young style icons. If you’re not planning your outfit around your recently unarchived fanny pack, then you’re doing it all wrong. And although being a Hollywood style icon may be a far cry from the wardrobe I currently possess but I know my mom would definitely approve of a safe, convenient way to keep my things and they say a mother is always right. Fanny pack/bum bag (still weird) for the win.

Merch Tees

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The Merch Tee is the new bell of the ball, the longtime wardrobe staple of the openly cheeky while the shirts themselves may not be anything new, it a trend that is adaptable, versatile and current. Trends like this aren’t easy to come by and thus we hope this is a trend that never leaves us. While Merch Tees have spent most of their existence relegated to the bottom drawer used for lazy girl sleepwear, and gym and laundry day’s only it’s nice to see our off-duty favourite get a makeover – really it’s about time too. Their birth of this revitalised trend started during the political sloganeering of the American election cycle and suddenly the runway featured an array of political wordy tee’s and slogans. Fashion took wearing your heart on your sleeve to new heights letting their opinions and concerns be heard through their clothing adopting a social and political conscious that is just as catchy as it is cool. Although the The Merch Tee have come along way from days of being souvenirs, and keepsake from your favourite band but with brands, designers and stores all jumping on the Merch Tee bandwagon we’ve seen our favourite staple remixed into our favourite fashion statement.


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Military is one of those trends that has been relieved time and time again, experiencing a dizzy evolution in this past half century, from the likes of Jane Fonda and John and Yoko in their matching military surplus military wear has always been a part of the fashion vernacular. As we welcomed the digital age, we thought t the military era would soon be a thing of the past. With the takeover of tech and nuclear weapons filling the interest of the army the military no longer battles it out on the field. Today instead they sit in a room waiting to push a button that will see to the end of their enemies. This change has had an impact on what military uniforms requirements are as well as how we and the fashion industry see military wear.

However, thanks to combat simulations games like paintball and Esports we can relive our nostalgia of Military and the new impact that these simulation games have on the uniform of combat wear. The tech influence has seen the modernization of military wear through the evolution of these combat games, with the ability to play online, place bets on your Esports game or meet new allies from around the world. Military is no longer a nostalgic uniform of the past, but rather a fashion statement of the future, more of a philosophy than a passing trend, military intertwines and reinterprets a rebellious and sophisticated style, one of control and determination. The trend sparked revival during the American electoral process in which designers embodies the ideologies of ‘soldiering through’ times that are tough by creating an exterior feeling of strength and security.

Gen Z Yellow

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Colour & light have been the watchwords for the 2017 fashion season. For most of 2017 scrolling through social media platforms was like a constant blur of pink, featuring, pink walls, falls, shoes, interior exterior, accessories, filters, you name it, we saw it in pink. The color is known as ‘millennial pink’ has muted and expanded to include a variety of different shades and hues through the year. The paradox which made pink so great is the ‘girly, girl baggage that it’s associated with was reimagined as a symbol of feminism and resistance. Just like millennial pink before it Gen Z yellow has slowly infiltrated our subconscious, reinforcing its subtle charm as the trend suddenly sneaks up on us and suddenly we’re obsessed, and our social media platforms blur into the sun, becoming one melting hot pot of different shades of yellow. Gen Z yellow is the natural evolution of millennial pink; it maintains the same eye-pleasing softness and sweet tones of millennial pink had but without the childlike sentimentality. It speaks to the 1950 lemon meringue aesthetic; the color is both ironic and consent. Gen Z yellow is both modern and nostalgic, bring about a zesty energy and optimism. Yellow is known to be one of the least flattering colors out there to wear; this adds to its desirability as 2017 has been the year of both trying and caring but entirely for your agenda.

Cyborg Chic

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It’s been a long time since the sunglasses well was reinvented or even remixed. You know what your mom always says “If it’s not broken don’t fix it” and for so long the world listened until now. Sunglass have the potential to completely transform an outfit, often losing credit for making an outfit feel super chic and cool. 2017 saw a collaboration that evolved the sunglasses wheel, with a collection by Adam Selman and Le Specs. The collection featured a marriage of the retro cat eye silhouette with a cyborg inspired futuristic chic, so contrast they work. Projecting a kitschy-colourful but glamours and graphic look all at the same time, a trend that is both edgy and understated. There newness was quick to be gobbled up by bloggers and celebrity’s a like. This trend once again place homage to the past, staring at envious at my mother’s wardrobe at sixteen and swearing that I’ll keep all my clothes and accessories for my someday child. This trend is one that lets your drugstore glasses look like they’ve come straight from the runway and anything from a vintage shop suddenly become better than anything you can buy in a store.

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Halloween Fashion From New Look Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:18:02 +0000 Continue reading ]]> In the car this morning, as I once again tried to avoid sleep walking through the school run, a song came on the radio that immediately made me smile. It was ‘The Monster Mash’ by Bobby-Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, a classic Halloween song that was a hit in both the 1960s and 1970s and has been played at a million Halloween parties every year since. It reminded me that Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that I had yet to have looked at the Halloween fashion which has sort of been a tradition since I started this blog. So here it is.

This year I decided to have a look at the Halloween range from High Street fave New Look. who I genuinely think have played a blinder this year, with a range that covers everything from casual t-shirts to beautiful dresses and skirts that could be worn for Halloween, and will then be dressy enough to be worn through the festive season that follows.

New Look has created a collection that allows you to add a little bit of Halloween to your wardrobe without a huge expense. There are cute pumpkin earrings that cost just £1.99, a fabulously creepy spider choker for less than a fiver, and a great range of spooky t-shirts that cost less than £10, which I think is a great bargain.

I have highlighted some of my fave pieces below.

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?

New Look Halloween – Key Pieces

Black Halloween Spider Choker £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Premium Galaxy Embellished Mesh Dress £39.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Black Sequined Bat Mask £5.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Scary Movie and Chill? Metallic Slogan T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Curves Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Floral Net Head Band £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Cameo Rose Black Frill Hem Trousers
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Spot Mesh Hanky Hem Wrap Front Dress £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Trick or Treat Colour Block Purse £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Bright Orange Glitter Pumpkin Earrings £1.99 Click to visit New Look

Red Suedette Stiletto Over The Knee Boots £44.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Leather-Look High Waist Skinny Hallie Jeans £25.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Witch Please Slogan T-Shirt £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt Dress £12.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Sheer Midi Skater Skirt £22.99 Click to visit New Look


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My taste of Thailand Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:06:16 +0000 Continue reading ]]> If there is one place that I truly love in the world, it has to be Thailand. The place known as the land of smiles is like an idyllic paradise with white sandy beaches, the warmth of the Andaman Sea and an extraordinary culture that incorporates beautiful temples, wonderful dance and costume and a love of one of my favourite animals, the elephant.

I have visited Thailand on numerous occasions, managing to combine relaxation on those beaches and Thai massage, with tourism, enjoying the sites and sounds and smells of an exhilarating land. Phuket is by far my favourite place. I love to eat the street food that you find off the beaten track in Patong, and then enjoy the Thai boxing bouts whilst avoiding the snake charming that often takes place in between bouts. The street markets and shopping are full of weird and wonderful items, from fake labels that are often difficult to tell apart from the real thing, to wood carvings, pewter and silver and incredible Batak fabrics made into dresses, sarongs and throws for the home. I always come home with a suitcase full, and now have many in my wardrobe that I have been wearing for years. Thailand is a place where you can have a bespoke suit designed and made within a couple of days for less than the price you would buy one from Matalan. It is a shopper’s paradise, even a trip to the incredible Wat Chalong temple, one of the biggest in Thailand, also saw a street market set up along the paths that lead to the temple.

I was recently asked by to name the one place in Thailand that I would recommend as a must visit destination for anyone who was planning a visit. This was a tough choice to make as there are so many wonderful things to see and do, from the elephant orphanage in Chiang Mai, to Phuket Fantasea, which has one of the biggest floorshows in the world, along with the world’s biggest buffet restaurants. But in the end I opted for Koh Panyee, the Muslim village on stilts because it is, quite frankly, like no where else on Earth I have ever visited.

Koh Panyee (also sometimes spelt Ko Panyi) is a fishing village in the Phang Nga province of Thailand. It is easily reached from Phuket, and you can do day trips that are combined with a trip to the James Bond island that featured in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (we did lots of silly Bond poses when we visited, which led to our guide saying ‘it is time to come back to the boat now Mr Bond’). Koh Panyee was built by Indonesian fisherman and is entirely on stilts, making it a strange and rather wonderful place to visit, and in particular, to enjoy a lunch in one of the many restaurants that look over Phang Nga Bay.

For me, the idea of a village built on the sea, rising above it on stilts, is a mystical, magical one that is a must visit. Thailand has many wonderful experiences to offer the tourist, but this must rank amongst the best of them.

Have you ever visited Thailand?

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Reviewed: The Hampton Cornflower Blue Grab Bag from Yoshi Bags Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:26:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Yoshi Lichfield should really be called the home of the bag. Specialising in beautiful leather bags, Yoshi is home to the classic, the elegant and the quirky. Whether you are looking for a smart work bag, a tote perfect for shopping, a shoulder bag that could also double as a clutch for a night out, or even a quirky custard cream bag that would even appeal to those with style taste slightly off the radar, Yoshi has designs for all – and every one is a beauty.

Recently, Yoshi has unveiled a glorious new colour in it’s leather collections, a stunning shade of cornflower blue. This blue leather has been used to create the Hampton collection, which incorporates a range of bags and purses. I have been using the ‘grab bag’ which is described as: “Perfect for all occasions and outfits both day and night”
and have to agree that this is a bag that is smart enough for formal or even occasions, but looks totally great with jeans and more casual wear too,

Hampton Cornflower Blue Leather Grab Bag £60.00 Click to visit Yoshi

The grab bag is great, big enough to carry all your essentials – purse, keys, phone, lippie notebook, pen – all will fit easily into the middle compartment which has a zip top for security. It then has two further side compartments which close with magnetic clasps that are perfect for things like Oyster cards, train tickets or bus passes, the sort of things that you may want to grab in a hurry. Inside the middle section there are even more pockets, big enough for your mobile phone, and another zip pocket too. The whole bag is lined with a crisp blue striped fabric which gives it a slightly nautical feel, and contrasts beautifully with the cornflower blue leather of the bag.

The dimensions of the bag are Height 23 cm, Width 33 cm and Depth 10 cm, and as I show above, it can work with a range of colours and outfit styles. The bag comes in one of the Yoshi dust bags which make it a perfect gift idea for a birthday or Christmas, and, as this is such a classic style, you know it is a gift that will be used forever more.

You can view all Yoshi bags by visiting the Yoshi Lichfield website here.

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Bath or Shower – which do you prefer? Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:41:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]> It’s an age old question that can start arguments, divide families, and generally go unanswered. No. I’m not talking about whether tea is better than coffee (it isn’t, even though I love a brew), or whether X Factor can ever be better than Strictly (it can’t). I’m talking about whether a bath is better than a shower.

Shall we consider the evidence?

Showers are Great for Waking you Up

Is there anything better for getting you set up for the day than a shower? Those powerful jets of water are invigorating, exhilarating and refreshing. If you are definitely not a morning person, than a shower can be a great way of saying hello to the morning. However, if your shower is little more than a trickle due to low water pressure, you may need to install a shower pump. Stuart Turner shower pumps can address this problem, which occurs in a surprisingly high number of households, and will ensure that your shower is a refreshing experience.

Baths are so relaxing

In the same way that showers can wake you up, a bath is a perfect way of relaxing and shaking off the day. The fact that you can lie down in warm soapy bubbles, and that you can even buy things like bath pillows means that for many, a bath is the ultimate in relaxation. Add some soothing lavender oil, light some candles, maybe even grab a glass of wine or a book, and you can spend a lot more than 5 minutes unwinding and getting yourself ready for a good night’s sleep.

A shower is more hygienic

Many people argue that a shower is a far cleaner and more hygienic option due to the fact that the dirty water is instantly disappears down the plug hole. Many hate the idea of lying in bath water, arguing that, if you are really dirty, you are instantly dirtying the water and then lying in it – they may well have a point. There is also the fact that exfoliation  and body scrubs are far easier to use efficiently if you are taking a shower.

However…bath oils, salts and bubbles

But, it has to be said, that all the best pampering products, from bath oils, to all those seasonal  Lush bath bombs that everyone loves, can only really be used if you are taking a bath. Powerful jets of water from the power shower may be no comparison to a bath filled with bubbles and sparkle that is just calling for you to get in and enjoy.

A Shower is no mess

You have your shower, and then you switch it off and get out. No hassle, no mess. But consider the bath mentioned above, the one with the Lush bath bombs in it. Yes, glitter and petals look very pretty, but at the end of your bath, when the water has gone, you are left with a mess that you then need to clean, just when you are feeling all sleepy and relaxed.

A bath is better for aches, pains and the common cold

When you are not feeling well, a hot bath can make all the difference. Whether you have added eucalyptus to clear your nose, or arnica that will make aches and pains feel a little better, a bath can be therapeutic as well as relaxing those aching muscles.

So, where do you stand? Bath or shower?

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What colour shirts do women prefer? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:26:17 +0000 Continue reading ]]> When choosing a shirt to impress, a few questions might cross a man’s mind: does it match with the trousers? Is the material of a good quality? Is it suitable for the dress code? But something else that men should be asking is – what does this colour say about me?

Research has shown that the colour of a man’s shirt is important in how they are perceived by people around them, if you want to come across as powerful; choose red. If you want to show confidence, always opt for black. Charles Tyrwhitt, experts in men’s fashion and retailers of men’s formal shirts, have been investigating this further to find out which colours women prefer on men.

Choosing the right colour

When it comes to deciding which coloured shirt to buy, there are some that are perceived more positively by the opposite sex. Consider purchasing one of the following coloured shirts on your next shopping trip if you’re looking to dress to impress…


Red is associated with Valentine’s Day and all things romantic, it signifies love and passion. It is thought that the attraction to red comes from our biological roots – many animals such as baboons are attracted to the opposite sex if they display bright colours. However, to wear this on a first date might be slightly overpowering.

If you’re looking to demonstrate power and a strong social status, red is a good colour to go for. Research found that wearing red can actually boost the wearers own confidence, which will be a good thing during a first date for women who are looking for a man with some self.

In a survey which explored the attractiveness of men in different coloured shirts, red was found to be one of the most loved colours. This perception was global – so wherever in the world you go wearing a red shirt, expect to get a similar reception.

However, although the colour was linked to romance it was not associated with the wearer being kind or sociable – perhaps you’ll have to demonstrate these traits through the power of conversation instead.


Although originally kept in the wardrobe for mourning, black is now worn for various occasions by many fashion followers. Similar to red, black can be perceived as the colour of self-assurance – 56% of women said that it inspired confidence. Other comments included that the colour black made the wearer appear more intelligent and sexy – perfect for a first date!

Black is renowned for being worn at classy events. It is a versatile colour and don’t be afraid to mix and match, for example jeans and a black shirt is a good casual outfit for many events.


White is another colour that rates high when it comes to shirt, not really surprising as it is a style classic for both men and women. White is perceived to be the least arrogant colour and instead gives off the impression that the wearer was full of optimism!

A white shirt is a nice and classic look for when you are trying to impress at a formal event. However, during research, it was the definitive white t-shirt and jeans combo that caught women’s eyes and was perceived to be the more attractive look for a man.

Ones to avoid

There are also some colours to avoid when it comes to choosing a shirt. In many surveys revolving around the attractiveness of colour,  the 1970s classic colours of orange and brown consistently performed poorly. Perceived as quite boring and drab colours in general, these were not popular, although some said a bright orange shirt could brighten up an outfit nicely on a summer’s day.

Pink didn’t go down very well either.Only 5% of people thought that intelligent people would wear this colour!

Other tips

When choosing a coloured shirt consider the following tips too:

  • Many men look great in a colour that matches their eyes, if you have green eyes perhaps opt for a moss green shirt- a popular colour this season
  • Avoid wearing dark colours if you have a light complexion, this can really draw your skin tone out and make you appear paler
  • If you have dark hair, opt for bright colours as these are likely to complement you more



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5 Tips to vacationing with pets in the Lake District Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:23 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Whether you have children or not, it is not uncommon for a dog, cat, or other pet to become a member of the family. Pets can be loving, comforting, loyal, and committed to you and your family for the entirety of their lives, so it is not surprising that humans often reciprocate the same feelings towards their pet. It is because of the close knit relationships and strong bond that humans have with their pets, that they would like to include them in everything; including going on holiday. Many places are conflicted by this, however, as not everyone fancies their pets the same way. If you are planning to go on a holiday with your pet, look no further than the Lake District. This dog-friendly area is keen on pets and will welcome them with open arms. Here are some tips to vacationing with your pets in the Lake District.


  • Hire a guide. Hiring a guide will help you navigate the Lake District with your pets in a stress-free manner. The guide will know what restaurants are pet friendly, which tourist attractions are welcoming to pets, and what transportation services to use. A guide will also prepare you for what you need to bring with you when you go out sightseeing with your furry friend.
  • Stay in pet-friendly accommodations. Let’s face it. Finding accommodations that will accept you and your pet for an extended period of time are quite hard to come by. That is why most people choose not to travel or they leave their trusty four-legged companion with friends, family, or in a boarding facility when vacationing. Whether you have the desire to stay in a 17th century cottage or a former police station, the Lake District has a number of accommodations that allow pets to stay with you.
  • Plan your day with your pet’s needs in mind. When traveling with your pet, you will need to think about their needs and plan your day accordingly. Very much like traveling with a child, you will need to take into consideration whether or not your pet will need a break from exploring around mid-day or if they will be able to put up with a day full of marathon activities. By keeping your pet’s needs in mind, you will be sure to have a great time and avoid any injuries or fatigue.
  • Pack lots of water and snacks. Be sure to pack a lot of water and some snacks for both you and your pet. You will want to take some time to hydrate and eat as to not fall out from exhaustion. Not to mention, the more you hydrate and stay well-fed, the more you and your pet will be able to experience together. It is also imperative that you pack extra doggy bags, towels, and napkins in case there is an accident while you and your pet are out exploring.


Take time to rest and recharge. A long day and exciting day in the Lake District is a guarantee which is why it is so important that you and your pet take time to rest and recharge before you set out for another adventure the next day.

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Toothpaste Confidential Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:09:36 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Toothpaste sales worldwide are literally a billion pound industry with supermarket shelves stacked high with every conceivable option. For a substance that performs such a basic function like cleaning teeth, toothpaste formulations can be incredibly complex and controversial. The modern toothpaste is manufactured and marketed to do so much more than just help to clean plaque off of our teeth. There are so many toothpastes available that claim to have amazing medicinal, healing and cosmetic powers that you could be forgiven for thinking that you may never need to see a dentist again! But are we being blinded by science and clever marketing? Do we really need these toothpastes, or can they do more harm than good?

Do we need toothpaste to clean teeth?

Plaque is actually very soft and easily removed, provided it is not allowed to harden and become tartar. Cleaning teeth regularly and effectively is far more important than what brand of toothpaste you use. The general rule of thumb is to brush teeth twice a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day. By following a strict cleaning routine like this, you will go a long way to achieving great oral health regardless of what toothpaste you use. It is perfectly possible to clean away plaque with nothing but a soft or medium bristle toothbrush or alternatively you can easily make your own toothpaste by mixing baking soda with water to create a fine paste and then adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil for taste.

Eating a healthy diet will also do far more than any toothpaste for preserving your teeth and gums. A nutritious diet full of fresh vegetables and fruit is the best way to keep teeth healthy and strong. If you can avoid regularly eating foods and beverages high in sugar you can effectively starve the harmful bacteria in your mouth that cause decay.

In a perfect world, tooth decay, sensitive teeth and gum disease would be the exception and not the rule. But that is not the world we live in, nor would we want to!

Here are some of the most common reasons that many people eventually experience poor oral health –

  • Most of us like to eat and drink nice things that are often not kind to our teeth. Sweets, cake, soft drinks, energy drinks, and alcohol are just some of the things that can cause havoc with our teeth.
  • Many medicines can cause “dry mouth” as a side effect. Saliva is nature’s way of cleansing the mouth and teeth and without it, the mouth can become too acidic resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
  • Smoking is not only very bad for our general health it is also very bad for our teeth and gums. It drys out the mouth, causes plaque to build up quicker, releases chemicals and toxins that can be absorbed by the lining of the mouth and exasperates gum infections.
  • Many people find flossing too time-consuming and awkward and as a result they rarely if ever floss the areas between their teeth. This will eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Research has shown that many people overestimate how long they spend brushing their teeth everyday and as a result, they don’t spend enough time cleaning every surface on every tooth.
  • It is vitally important for everybody of all ages to visit a dentist at least twice a year. The dental team will check for tooth decay, gum disease and for any problems with the oral soft tissue. The number of cases of oral cancer continues to rise with Cancer Research UK predicting a further 33% raise by 2035. Regular routine checks could literally save your life. Despite this, many people still put their health at risk by not scheduling regular dentist appointments.

What toothpaste options are available?

There are now toothpastes to cater for practically every dental condition and consumer demographic you can think of, and probably some you could never have imagined. Here are some of the most popular:

Sensitive toothpaste.

Sensitive teeth can occur for many reasons and if you experience pain when eating hot food, cold food or beverages, biting down or eating sweet foods you should have a conversation with your dentist to find out the cause of the sensitivity. Usual causes of tooth sensitivity are cracked or decayed teeth, thinning or erosion of tooth enamel and receding gums. It is also very common to experience sensitivity after undergoing a teeth whitening procedure that uses hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Another reason that teeth can become over sensitive is from toothbrush erosion, by brushing too hard or with a bad technique it is possible to wear away at the enamel and expose the dentin underneath. For people who’s brushing technique is not up to scratch, switching to an electric toothbrush would be a good idea. Electric toothbrushes like the Oral-B Pro 2000 have built-in pressure sensors that alerts the user if excessive force is being applied and tooth enamel is in danger of being damaged.

Will a sensitive toothpaste really help reduce teeth sensitivity?

Yes: Choosing a good sensitive toothpaste will be beneficial to anyone who experiences pain because of eroded or thinning enamel. The science behind modern sensitive toothpaste is sound, and brushing with a good brand regularly will definitely help. Sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne Repair & Protect uses effective ingredients like NovaMin to protect the tooth nerve.

Whitening toothpaste.

Teeth can be discolored for many reasons

  • Eating and drinking highly pigmented foods .
  • Genetics, we are all born with different colored teeth.
  • Some medicines discolor teeth.
  • Ageing
  • Smoking.

Will whitening toothpaste actually whiten teeth?

No: Whitening toothpaste can be useful for removing surface stains or soft deposits on the surface of the tooth but they will never actually lighten the shade of the teeth. The Vita Shade Guide is universally used to determine teeth color and it would be impossible for a toothpaste to lighten the teeth by even one single shade. The only way a toothpaste could lighten a tooth by any noticeable degree would be if contained a high percentage of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide which would make it both inefficient and illegal. Toothpaste like Nuskin’s AP24 Whitening Fluoride toothpaste retails for about 5 times as much as other whitening toothpastes but will still not noticeably lighten the shade of the teeth at all.

Having said that, whitening toothpaste can be useful for people who regularly smoke or eat highly pigmented foods and beverages. The abrasive ingredients will help to scrub off stains and return the teeth to their default color. The strength of the abrasives in toothpaste are rated on the Relative Dentin Abrasivity  (RDA) Scale that stretches from 0 – 250. Using a whitening toothpaste like Sensodyne Extra Whitening that falls in the 70-100 range would be a good choice. Toothpaste like Colgate Tartar Protection Whitening has a rating of over 165 and should only be used occasionally because they may actually damage the tooth enamel.

Regenerating Toothpaste

It is important to point out that it is impossible for tooth enamel to regrow or regenerate parts of the teeth that are already missing. Having said that, it is possible to remineralize, repair and strengthen teeth that have been subject to minor erosion. There is some exciting science behind some of the latest regenerating toothpaste technologies with brands like REGENERATE Enamel Science™ using calcium silicate and sodium phosphate to create a crystal structure that emulates natural tooth enamel.

Can regenerating toothpaste remineralize teeth enamel?

Yes: Research does support the manufacturer’s claims and there are real benefits to using a toothpaste like REGENERATE. The downside is that they are expensive and retail for a premium price.

Fluoride Toothpaste

It is widely accepted that fluoride plays an important role in the prevention of tooth decay and most dentists will strongly recommend brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Even though about 95% of all toothpaste contains some form of fluoride there is still a significant amount of people who are strongly opposed to its use. The reason fluoride has become so controversial is that it can be highly toxic if ingested or absorbed in high enough levels. Excessive exposure to fluoride can have a number of negative effects on the human body and in the worst case scenario, can result in death.

Will fluoride toothpaste reduce the risk of dental decay?

Yes: It is clear that if fluoride is available to the teeth during remineralization it will help to make them stronger and more resistant to decay. The beneficial effects of fluoride are more noticeable in children and teenagers between the ages of 5 years and 16 years old, this is when the teeth are developing and maturing and can gain the maximum benefit from the availability of fluoride.

High Fluoride Toothpaste

For people who are at high risk of developing dental decay, there is the option of using high fluoride toothpaste. Most toothpaste contains between 1350ppm and 1500ppm amounts of fluoride but there are more powerful options like Colgate Duarphat that has a massive 5000ppm fluoride content. High fluoride toothpaste will usually only be available by prescription and must be used carefully because of its toxic nature.

Will high fluoride toothpaste reduce the risk of tooth decay?

Yes: But toothpaste that contains between 2800ppm and 5000pmm fluoride would only be used by prescription and under the guidance of a dentist or doctor.

SLS free toothpaste

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has gained a bad reputation in recent years. Viral internet rumors have claimed that SLS is highly toxic and can cause cancer, blindness, hair loss and skin irritation.  SLS is used as a surfactant in toothpaste to create the foaming action that we are all used to. Despite the rumors, over 85% of all kinds of toothpaste still use SLS mainly because it is very effective and cheap to manufacture. Consumers are much savvier regarding the ingredients in personal care products today so many manufacturers are now producing SLS free toothpaste for people who are concerned about the side effects.


Persuading children to clean their teeth regularly can be challenging for parents. In an effort to make the toothbrushing experience more enjoyable for kids, many manufacturers market their children’s toothpaste with sweet tasting flavors and cartoon characters on the packaging. Some companies like Jack and Jill are dedicated to producing toothpaste formulations that are free from any harsh or potentially toxic ingredients sodium lauryl sulfate and fluoride.

Parents may prefer to use children’s toothpaste because they find their child responds better to the sweet flavors and colorful tubes. However, it is important to make sure that young children are supervised when using a fluoridated toothpaste, especially one that tastes nice.  For people who do not approve of the use of fluoride, there are 100% natural toothpastes that are safe, even if swallowed.

Organic Toothpaste.

Many people are particular about the kinds of synthetic chemicals used in their personal care products. It does make sense to take note of the ingredients in toothpaste because the lining of the mouth is sensitive and delicate and can absorb chemicals into the body.

If you are looking for a natural or organic toothpaste check to see if the company has any organic or ethical certifications. Green People are an excellent example of a company who are dedicated to producing products that are free from synthetic chemicals. Their toothpaste range provides adult and children’s toothpaste that are 100% natural.

Cruelty-free toothpaste

Animal welfare groups claim that almost 40 thousand animals die needlessly each year during the testing of cosmetic ingredients. This statistic is harrowing for many people and it is natural to seek out cruelty-free products where no animal has been harmed in their manufacture.However, it can be very difficult to know which brands are truly cruelty-free. To find a toothpaste that is verified cruelty-free check Peta’s website.


There are definitely toothpastes available that have therapeutic value to the consumer but there are also some that are pure marketing hype and not worth the money.


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Fashion Friday: Latest Collaborations and Limited Editions Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:22:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This season has seen a whole host of limited collection pieces and designer collaborations that have made the High Street a very exciting place to be.

Last week saw the launch of the collaboration between Kate Middleton’s fave LK Bennett and British designer duo Preen. This collection had already had a preview when it was worn by style maven Olivia Palermo at the recent London fashion week, and it is full of beautiful, timeless pieces that could have a place in your wardrobe forever.

LK Bennett say:

We are delighted to introduce our first ever ready-to-wear collaboration, with internationally celebrated label, Preen. Design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi drew inspiration from the floral watercolours of Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless collection of luxury silk dresses, floral print skirts and soft knitwear. Rendered in a rich palette of pinks, purples, reds and blues, you’re sure to fall for this elegant capsule collection.

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Sonic Dark Pink Sequin Dress £550.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sioux Tulip Print Dress £475.00 Click to visit LK Bennnett

Devoto Dark Pink Silk Dress
£475.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Reed Rose Print Silk Dress
£495.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Syd Floral Print Dress
£325.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

The Vali dress worn by Olivia Palermo is currently out of stock, but I have added a link to it below in case you want to bookmark the page.

Vali Rose Silk Dress
£450.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

This dress is also similar to one worn by Olivia.

Shelly Black Print Dress £250.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Boden Icons Collection

Another new collection launched this week is the much anticipated Boden Icons collection. This limited edition collection is full of pieces that have a folkloric influence, as well as more classic items that will work with what you already have in your wardrobe.

‘This season’s collection was inspired by the lavish dressing of the early 20th century. We’ve injected a sense of romance into every garment to create luxurious, expertly crafted pieces that are destined to be treasured for generations.’


Boden Icons – Key picks

Virginia Blouse  £170.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Skirt £200.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Jacket £300.00 Click to visit Boden

Winifred Midi Dress £280.00 Click to visit Boden

Adele Knee High Boots £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Zooey Blouse £150.00 Click to visit Boden

Primrose Midi Dress £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Hettie Fitted Dress
£250.00 Click to visit Boden


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Fun ways for you and your child to stay fit this Autumn Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:32:39 +0000 Continue reading ]]> As Winter starts to draw in, and the days get colder, it would be very easy to opt for the choice made by bears and just hibernate until Spring comes around again. But a drop in temperature and darker days shouldn’t mean that you stay in the warm, or chill in front of the television. There are plenty of ways of keeping fit and active with your family this Autumn, and some of these even take place indoors.

Here are some suggestions for how you can keep yourselves fit and healthy this Autumn, and have a lot of fun into the bargain.

Dance, Dance, Dance

Autumn is Strictly season in my house, with Saturday night’s being spent transfixed to the television to see whether it will be Debbie or Alexandra on top of the leader board this week. But as well as being the perfect form of Saturday night entertainment, dancing is a great way to exercise and keep fit. Salsa classes are proving very popular, and even my local tearoom now has ballroom and old time dancing sessions that are well attended. Ballet Classes are another option, again they have a timeless popularity, which may be down to the gorgeous ballet costumes, or maybe Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes book. Street Dancing is another way to buy into the dance craze, one that is proving to be a smash hit with boys and girls who admire Diversity.


If dancing is not your cup of tea, then maybe you might be tempted to bounce. Trampoline parks and indoor spaces like Airspace are creating huge areas for those who love to trampoline, and, as a form of fitness, it is hard to beat. It is perfect for the whole family, can be done indoors and definitely allows you to break out a sweat whilst having great fun too. Trampolining has also become a very popular option for older children’s birthday parties, so if you have a child with an Autumn or Winter birthday, this could be ideal.

Get on Your Bike

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, as the leaves change and fall from the trees, our parks are at their most prettiest. With this in mind another great form of exercise is a family bike ride through a local park, or following a nature trail. I’m lucky enough to live on the path of the Wyrley and Essington Canal which has lots of gorgeous trails and routes. Simply plot your route, make sure your bikes are safe and roadworthy, and the world is your oyster.

Use your local Baths

Swimming is another activity that is all weather and lots of fun, whilst also addressing the serious safety aspect of making children safe around water. Many local authorities now have free swimming for children under the age of 16 (although some have opted out of this, so check out your local baths first.) I love swimming,and think there is nothing better than enjoying the pool, and then getting a hot chocolate afterwards.


What sort of activities do you do with your family in Autumn and Winter to keep fit and healthy?

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