fashionmommy's Blog http://www.fashion-mommy.com fashion/travel/beauty/lifestyle Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 27790490 Back To School With Claire’s http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/17/back-to-school-with-claires/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/17/back-to-school-with-claires/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:41:00 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41601 Continue reading ]]> Even though it only seems like yesterday since we were celebrating school being out for Summer, the reality is there are only two weeks left of the current school holiday and then the kids will be back to school again. If the uniform is sorted, you may now be at the stage of sorting all the other paraphernalia associated with ‘Back to School’, from school bags, stationary, water bottles and general accessories. If this is you, then Claire’s is a great place to visit.

Claire’s has always been a great place to look for pretty and fun accessories which work at any time of the year, but their back to school collection is pretty impressive too, with a great range of stylish and roomy school bags, hair accessories that range from neat and sensible (scrunchies are back folks), to the fun Jo Jo bows that may well suit little princesses who want to add a bit of personality to their uniform. They also have stationary that is great fun as well as practical, check out the pineapple erasers and furry notebooks which are just fabulous.

The Minions have once again been a big story this summer with the release of Despicable Me 3, and a Minions print water bottle is the perfect way to make sure your little ones keep hydrated through the school day. Many schools now have water coolers or fountains and encourage the drinking of water, even in lessons, so these are a perfect way to ensure your child has a drink.

Claire’s has some great offers on too where you can get discounts, 3 for 2 and even a whopping £10 off backpacks. See below for all the current offers.

 

Offers

Offer – Extra 15% Off Back To School*
Duration – 2nd Aug – 16th Aug

Code – CLASS15
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to products on the Back To School landing page.

Offer – £10 Off Backpacks*
Duration – 17th Aug- 13th Sep

Code – BACKPACK
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to backpacks on the Back To School landing page. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer

Offer – 20% Off Back To School Hair*
Duration – 31st Aug – 13th Sep

Code – HAIR20
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to hair on the Back To School landing page.

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Luscious Locks: How to Protect Your Hair When You Straighten It Every Day http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/17/luscious-locks-how-to-protect-your-hair-when-you-straighten-it-every-day/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/17/luscious-locks-how-to-protect-your-hair-when-you-straighten-it-every-day/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:01:52 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41598 Continue reading ]]> Does your go-to hairdo require straightening every day? A lot of women (and men, too) prefer hairstyles that entail a bit of maintenance. If you love to wear a hairstyle that you flat-iron daily, be sure you don’t wreck your tresses in the process. Read on to learn how to protect your hair from heat damage and chemical harm.

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Thank heredity for your hair

The manner in which a strand of hair behaves is based on a number of factors. One of the biggest influences is genetic. If the genes you inherit from your parents point to waves and curl, that’s likely the sort of hair you will have.

According to Popular Science magazine, DNA explains roughly 90 percent of curly hair. The other ten percent involves the shape of the follicle from which a living hair emerges. If the follicle is symmetrical, the hair that comes from it tends to be round and straight. If the follicle is asymmetrical, the hair that emerges will be oval shaped and therefore curly. Distribution of keratin and other proteins also contributes to the way an individual hair is shaped. Frizz is a day-by-day occurrence and may be influenced by humidity, hormones, medications, and other temporary conditions.

 

You’re not stuck with the hair you were born with

The science of hair genetics would be fine and dandy, if everyone was content to walk around all the time, every day, all week, forever, with the shape of hair that they were born with. The thing is, people like to switch things up, follow fashion trends, and generally have fun with their hair, clothes, and overall appearance. For this reason, implements, tools, and hair products have been devised that can take a lady’s locks from bone-straight to wildly curly, and vice versa.

If you were born with naturally curly hair and want to wear it straight for the day or night, expect to invest a bit of time. Start by washing your hair and giving it a good conditioning to prep your hair for the assault of heat straightening, advise beauty pros at Livestrong magazine. Don’t use a blow dryer on hair, but do use your fingertips to work a few dabs of heat protective product throughout damp locks to the ends. Some women prefer a spray-on heat protector; some like a gel or cream. It really doesn’t matter, just as long as you shield your tresses from the heat you’ll use to straighten your hair.

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Amazing argan oil

If you choose to use a professional flat iron, argan oil could be your hair’s best friend. Obtained from a nut that’s native to Morocco, argan oil contributes to strength, moisture, and luster to hair, especially hair that is subjected to the rigors of heat straightening or curling. Safe enough to eat, culinary grade argan oil has been enjoyed as a breakfast food in northern Africa for eons. Today, women around the globe are catching on to the beauty benefits of hair and skin care products fortified with natural Moroccan argan oil. Where argan trees are indigenous, they provide shelter, food, medicine, and erosion protection. Ecologically sound and sustainable, argan oil does no harm to the tree nor to the land where nuts are grown and harvested for beauty and hair care oil.

Argan oil provides beneficial amounts of numerous essential fatty acids, including oleic acid, linoleic, and palmitic fatty acid. Argan oil also offers a significant amount of vitamin E and other hair- and skin-friendly nutrients. If you’re like many folks who try argan enriched hair care products, you may find that a regimen comprising shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment, and smoothing mask makes your hair look and feel its best, no matter how many times you straighten or curl. Be sure to use an argan oil enriched thermal protection spray before you fire up your flat iron, as well.

If you want your curly hair to behave and stay straight when you iron it, be sure not to shampoo too often or too much. Curly hair is naturally dry, say beauty editors at Bustle. Shampoo no more than thrice a week, and when you do, focus the foam at the roots.

Argan oil is a good hair conditioner, but you don’t want your hair to ‘get used to’ one specific product. For this reason, be sure to alternate argan with other soothing hair care oils, including coconut, avocado, shea nut butter, and palm oil.

 

Jay Bell is a hair stylist who loves to gossip and discuss hair and beauty secrets with clients. He is now sharing his tip tips around the internet with his hair and beauty articles. Aside from work, Jay lives with his partner by the ocean and dotes on his 2 small dogs.

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5 Budget tips to choosing the best type of wedding ring for your future husband http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/16/5-budget-tips-to-choosing-the-best-type-of-wedding-ring-for-your-future-husband/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/16/5-budget-tips-to-choosing-the-best-type-of-wedding-ring-for-your-future-husband/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:24 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41595 Continue reading ]]> Rings are the symbol of you and your future spouse’s love for each other. And if you’ve made it your mission to choose the perfect wedding ring for your husband, you know that there are many factors to consider when you begin shopping for the perfect ring for him.

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One of those, of course, is the budget. If you are the only one paying for his ring, there are ways that you can save money but still be able to buy one that would be perfect for him. Check out some of the tips that you can follow below.

  1. Canvass for the ring early – you can even start looking for a ring as soon as you get engaged. While you should not buy one immediately, by looking at your options for style and design, you are giving yourself enough time to actually set aside a budget for the ring that you have set your heart on. There is no standard on how much money you would need pay for the ring, but if you’ve seen one that you know is perfect for your husband but way out of your budget, for now, you will still have time to save.
  2. Set a budget for the big wedding suppliers first – weddings cost money, a lot of money. To see just how much budget you have for the ring, the best thing to do is set a budget for the other wedding suppliers that you know will be expensive. It may be the catering, the flowers or even the venue. What’s important is that you already have an idea of the total wedding costs and then you can see how much money you can spend on the rings.
  3. Stick to your budget – there may be times when you might be tempted to spend beyond what you have set aside for the rings, but don’t do that. Remember that the wedding will not only be centered on the rings, and if you go over the budget, then suddenly find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to pay more to other suppliers, you will regret spending that extra money on the rings.
  4. Get a ring that matches his personality – the perfect ring for your future husband is not the most expensive one, but the one that fits his personality the most. If your husband does not like ostentatious things, go for a simple design. Choose his favorite stone or his favorite color, just make sure that the ring is something that he would still want to wear every day.
  5. Go for a more simple design of your own wedding ring – since wedding rings are for couples, it would be a good idea that men’s wedding rings should match the women’s. TO make it easier for you, you can just choose a design taken from your own wedding band, but done in a simpler manner. Maybe you could put fewer stones or none at all if your husband is not a fan. Just make it unique by adding a personal touch such as a personal engraved message for your future husband.
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SENSSE Go! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/16/sensse-go-mini-sonic-facial-cleansing-brush-and-exfoliator/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/16/sensse-go-mini-sonic-facial-cleansing-brush-and-exfoliator/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:21:38 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41583 Continue reading ]]> There was once a time when holidays and traveling meant that our skincare routine took a bit of a backseat. Luggage allowances meant that unless we wanted to decant all our fave products, we would instead take travel products that we had never used before just because they were easier to pack. But times have changed, the stricter policies on luggage, and the growth of hand luggage only has seen all the biggest and best brands launching travel kits, and now Sensse has created what might just be the perfect sized travel sonic facial cleansing brush – so small you can literally hold it in the palm of your hand, and chargeable through a lightweight USB. It is a brilliant little product, and one that should find a space in everyone’s hand luggage.

DEEP CLEAN, CLEARER SKIN – While other brushes rotate slower than a snail and only leave you with red, sensitive skin after use. The SENSSE Go! facial cleansing brush gently exfoliates with over 600 oscillations per minute to deeply cleanse your skin and remove blackheads and other impurities. Leaving you with visibly softer, young looking skin like never before!

The Sensse Go! facial cleansing brush makes big promises, but unlike some other facial brushes it is actually able to keep them. The brush is easy to use, you simply dampen your face, dampen the brush and then add the cleanser (your usual choice). You then switch the brush on and cleanse for about 1 minute, avoiding the eye area. You can use the brush to remove make up, but I didn’t do this, instead using my usual Micellar water for this job.

The brush is quite soothing, it does not hurt when it is cleansing your skin, there is a quite relaxing, almost tickling sensation, and although my face did go red during cleansing, this did not last, and my face felt super clean and smooth. I use the brush on the first setting for a more gentle cleanse, partly because I suffer with High Blood pressure, so keep any sort of massage gentle, but you can get a more vigorous cleanse with the second setting which is faster.

Once you have used your brush, it is very easy to clean, I just used warm water to remove any traces of cleanser, and then put the covering back over to avoid getting the brush dirty.  (The design is waterproof so no worries about splashing.) The cleansing brush also comes with an exfoliation brush which is great to use once a week for a deeper cleanse with a scrub, a real treat that will give the skin a pick me up.

This is a great little product, affordable at less than £40, and something you could use to keep your skin clean and fresh whether you are home or away. I would definitely recommend it to give your face a one minute quick fix daily.

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Popping The Question? Choose A Loose Diamond For The Ring http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/15/popping-the-question-choose-a-loose-diamond-for-the-ring/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/15/popping-the-question-choose-a-loose-diamond-for-the-ring/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:10:58 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41579 Continue reading ]]>

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If you are looking for the perfect engagement ring, no doubt you have a budget in mind and want to save money wherever you can. So, one of the first things you should ask yourself is whether it pays to buy loose diamonds and the ring setting separately. While some may say it’s way too much of a hassle, we disagree. In fact, we suggest it will save you money and give you the chance to create a unique ring – just like your relationship.

Why Buy Loose Diamonds?

While we all have our own preferences, diamond wholesalers like the reputable Diamond Brokers Queensland advocate picking out loose diamonds first and then choosing the perfect engagement ring setting to complement the stones. It’s the perfect chance to build your very own engagement ring. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when buying loose diamonds for an engagement ring.

 

  • The Cut

 

Loose diamonds are arguably the most important part of the engagement ring. Not only is the stone the most expensive part of the engagement ring, but it will also determine the overall beauty of the ring. A diamond that is properly cut will shine with fiery brilliance and make sure you are the envy of everyone.

 

  • Size, Colour, Shape, Clarity

 

You have probably heard of the 4C’s already, but we need to mention them when it comes to picking out loose diamonds. The stones come in a huge variety of colours, clarities, shapes, and sizes, and not all loose diamonds are created the same.

Depending the precision of the cut, a lot of diamonds will look brilliant and stunning, whereas others may look lifeless and somewhat dull. Keep in mind that the cut, clarity, colour, and size of loose diamonds will have an effect on the price of the stone.

 

  • Pricing and Budget

 

By buying diamonds loose for an engagement ring, though, you put yourself in the best position to choose a stone that is best suited to your exact specifications. Typically, when a store puts together an engagement ring to sell as a completed product, they match a uniform standard for the stone specifications. The objective is to piece together an engagement ring that will shine at customers, while affording the store the best and highest possible profit on the item.

By choosing loose diamonds, you can save on your budget and still get a visually exquisite ring. This can be accomplished, for example, by choosing a diamond with ideal specifications and precisions which will make the stone, and the engagement ring, brilliant, no matter what the diamond’s clarity, colour, and size may be.

 

  • Mounting

 

The best way to evaluate a loose diamond for beauty, quality, and precision, is by inspecting in its unmounted state. With a loose diamond, you can carefully evaluate all angles of the stone using the latest grading tools. You can check out every single side of the diamond to ensure that it the beauty and quality you have your heart set on. You cannot do this with the same effectiveness once the diamond is set on a ring.

Overall, choosing a loose diamond is a great way to ensure you present her with something as special as your love.

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Choosing the perfect wedding ring http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/14/choosing-the-perfect-wedding-ring/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/14/choosing-the-perfect-wedding-ring/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:07:50 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41574 Continue reading ]]> You’re already engaged,  you’ve named the big day, and you can’t wait to finally marry your husband-to-be, but one thing is missing – the perfect wedding ring.

When you’ve already had your engagement ring chosen for you, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which wedding ring is right for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be one of the most intense and daunting tasks before the big day arrives. Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in bespoke wedding rings, we provide you with the definitive need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.

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Diamond cut

Out of the four key characteristics of your ring’s diamond, cut is the most important. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.

You should keep in mind that just because a diamond has perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut. Ultimately, what is the point of choosing a diamond ring if it doesn’t sparkle?

Simply put, a diamond’s cut is dependent on its light performance – or what we generally consider it sparkle. So, the perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.

Colour

Of the four, this is the second most important factor when considering the perfect wedding ring.  The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.

If you want to make the most of your wedding ring on a budget, then choose a near-colourless diamond grade between G-H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it. 

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Clarity

If you’re unsure as to what this means, the clarity of your diamond ring refers to the small imperfections that are within all diamonds, which are known as inclusions. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are. However, a diamond with no inclusions may cost a small fortune, and be the sort of ring you will only see on a Kardashian finger, so you may need to make a small comprimise.

Don’t worry, if your ring only contains a few inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it’s unlikely that they will be seen easily. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.

Carat

Many brides misunderstand this all-important factor when it comes to the 4cs, the carat weight of the diamond on your wedding ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.

The cut of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so it’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day. Remember, even the most beautiful ring could look wrong on your finger if it is too big or the wrong cut, so it is important to look at how the cut effects the carat.

Go-to quick tips

To make sure your ring matches the perfection of your wedding day, take these other factors into considerations when choosing your ring:

  • If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
  • Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
  • Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.

 

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The Canal House is launched in Birmingham http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/14/the-canal-house-is-launched-in-birmingham/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/14/the-canal-house-is-launched-in-birmingham/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:21:45 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41558 Continue reading ]]> Last week saw the revitalising of a legendary Birmingham venue, when The Canal House launched in the old James Brindley pub. The James Brindley had been a Birmingham landmark in the 1990s, but had, in recent times become a bit of an eyesore on the skyline, lying empty for the past 8 years. Now, as The Canal House, it looks set to bring those glory days back, as it is once again a beautiful venue, with great food and cocktails.


We went along on launch night to try the food and cocktails and to soak up the atmosphere, and were not disappointed. It is a fabulous venue, with the large space giving off the vibe of traditional wharfside buildings, with lots of wood and glass. Inside feels spacious with lots of attention to detail, I love the high ceilings that make the place so light and airy, the use of wood for the floors to give a rustic feel, and the fabulous use of glass, whether to create skylights, or in a vintage form in the glass bottles and lanterns that make up the amazing chandeliers (such a talking point). There is also a rather beautiful private dining area that would be amazing for a birthday celebration.

The cocktails are one of the real plus points of this fabulous venue. The Canal House is putting its own twists on classic cocktails, so rather than a Mojito, I had The Cuban Influence, and rather than a Long Island Iced Tea, I had Narrowboat Iced Tea, which was described to me as like Fizzy Cola Bottle sweets in alcoholic form and was just delicious, even served in a glass bottle with a bag of sweeties attached. No Ordinary Labourer was a chocolate/coffee mix that even came with Bourbon biscuits. All I can say is that it was so good I had it twice.

The drinks were divine, a real destination on the cocktail map, but the food easily matched it. From appetisers liked the baked kale and sesame seed crisps (brilliant, with just the right amount of spice) to Homemade Houmous that was served with generous helpings of warm flatbread and crudites, the food was of a high standard, with everything well thought out for flavour and portions. The mains are incredible, from Grilled Seabass brilliantly teamed with avocado, to the famous hanging kebabs that you pour garlic butter over for an absolute taste sensation. I chose to have mine with sweet potato fries, a bit of a favourite of mine, and these are by far the best I have ever tasted. And, if you had room left for dessert, the baked chocolate chip cookie dough was just gooey and delicious, my dream dessert.

I loved my first visit to The Canal House, it is a vibrant, warm and inviting destination that is sure to be a favourite with those who love good food and exciting cocktails. I can’t wait to go again.

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Making Additional Storage Space In Your Loft http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/13/making-additional-storage-space-in-your-loft/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/13/making-additional-storage-space-in-your-loft/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:13:53 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41554 Continue reading ]]> When it comes to our homes, it seems that the one thing we can never have enough of is storage space. As our families grow, we need more and more space to store our belongings, our clothes, toys and all the other things that we seem to just accumulate. We resort to more cupboard space, under bed storage, we even put things in sheds and garages and hope for the best. And yet many of us ignore a storage solution that is literally right over our heads – our loft space.

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The loft space is something that many of us just ignore, and yet it can be the perfect storage solution. It is almost the whole of your upstairs space, and can be made into a light and airy space with the addition of roof windows from Solstro.  Lofts are a great place to store seasonal items, things like Christmas trees and decorations that you only need to use once a year, but are then a problem to store for the other 11 months. They can also be useful for storing old toys that you don’t want to part with but are no longer played with.

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There are a few more things to consider if you plan to use your loft for storage. In older houses (like my Victorian terrace for instance), the loft space can be dusty and lofts are not designed to take much weight, so a board out is a good investment, making the space cleaner and safe for walking in.The floor can be strengthened by installing loft panels, which is a relatively simple job, you can find a good how to guide from Wickes by clicking here. A good loft ladder can also be a worth while investment, a pull up and down style that can be  attached to your loft hatch and then stored in the loft when it is not needed.

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If you are struggling for space in your home, moving some of your current clutter into your loft space could be just the solution you’ve been looking for.

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Songmics Beauty Box Review And Competition http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/11/songmics-beauty-box-review-and-competition/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/11/songmics-beauty-box-review-and-competition/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:06:12 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41542 Continue reading ]]> Songmics Inc is a top 50 seller on Amazon UK and are experts when it comes to organising your beauty products. They have created a stunning range of beauty boxes and cases that allow your to keep all your cosmetics and beauty products in one place, giving you easy access to all your products, stopping you searching around for that favourite nail polish or lippie.

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I was sent the Songmics make up storage cosmetic case in the croco pattern to review. This is a lovely large case with an aluminium frame and glossy purple alligator grained PU skin. The case has secure locks on the top, great if you are trying to avoid little ones getting to your make up (we’ve all been there.), and it has a sturdy handle, and a strap if you want to use the case in a portable capacity. (this would work well for a mobile beautician or hairdresser).

Once you open the case you find two rows of shelves on each side, and a large storage unit in the bottom that is ideal for larger bottles, brushes, even for storing a cosmetic bag, it is that large. You can create your own shelf sizes by adding plastic slats so you can make compartments that suit your needs, and these can be moved around if your needs change.

This is a really attractive looking beauty case that is also roomy, practical and strong. For less than £30 it is a great buy. With protective food pads on the bottom of the case, this is not going to be damaged when it is stored on the floor, and the adjustable and removable shoulder strap makes this portable and practical too.

Competition Time

You can win your own Songmics Make Up storage case like the one featured above by entering the competition below.

 

 

Win Songmics Make up Storage Cosmetic case croco pattern

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#OfficeJoys – Working Home And Away http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/10/officejoys-working-home-and-away/ http://www.fashion-mommy.com/2017/08/10/officejoys-working-home-and-away/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:54:44 +0000 http://www.fashion-mommy.com/?p=41538 Continue reading ]]>

Whether you work in an office environment, or work from home, it has to be said, your work life is never perfect.  As someone who has been in both situations, I can totally see the view from both sides of the fence, there are pluses and negatives whichever way you choose. Furniture at Work, where you can find great quality  office furniture online, have produced the very tongue in cheek video featured above, to highlight that some days are a battle whether we travel to a work environment, or create one in our home.

Working in an Office

When I had my own office I was certainly more organised, with a place for everything and everything in its place. I could work in peace and quiet so I could really concentrate on getting tasks done, and everything I needed was immediately on hand. Coffee was only a phone call away, and there was always someone around who I could chat to.

It sounds pretty perfect, except…the stripe lights gave me headaches that developed into migraines. The office door was constantly being knocked by people passing their problems onto me or adding to my workload. The sterile environment was not really conducive to creativity and inspiration, and that office chair could be uncomfortable, And the phone never stopped ringing, I would hear it in my sleep.

Working from Home

Now I work from home, often, like this morning, with a netbook perched on my lap. I can work in pyjamas, in my slippers, I can start at what time I want, and finish at what time I want. I can take whatever breaks I like, and I have no need for childcare, particularly during the school holidays. No office chair is as comfortable as my sofa, and I never miss the postman. This is definitely more like it,

Except, its now the summer holidays and I have Joe swinging a ball around my head and demanding food while I try to work. I can’t find anything – someone has moved my notes once again, and when I do find them I can see something suspiciously like chocolate biscuit stuck to them.

The hubby, who goes out to work, leaves a long list of things to be done during the day, from washing up to going to the supermarket, all during work hours, so it looks like it will be a late one once again, and don’t even get me started about getting distracted by the television, I’m literally shouting at ‘The Wright Stuff’ as I become enthralled in yet another debate about Donald Trump.

Wherever you choose to work, in an office block or a home office, it seems like there will always be something to love, something to hate. But I think now is most definitely the time for a cuppa, so I’m going to put this laptop down and stick the kettle on.

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