VO5 nourish me truly.

30.6.11

A few weeks ago I picked up a couple of bottles of VO5 shampoo and conditioner from good old Morrisons whilst doing the weekly food shop. They were on offer for £2 each which I thought was good for such large bottles. I have wanted to try something from VO5 since they brought out the new products with pretty pink and white packaging, so this seemed like as good a time as any!

I opted for the "nourish me truly" shampoo and conditioner which is designed for damaged hair. I always tend to go for products designed for damaged hair - as some of you may know I was blonde for years and years so my ends are rather dishevelled.


I utterly love these. Not only were they on special offer so an absolute bargain but they smell delicious and work really well with my hair. The shampoo lathers up a treat and makes my hair feel clean and fresh, then the conditioner makes my hair feel soft and sleek ready for styling. There's no build up left behind or any heaviness.

I have been using these on a daily basis for a few weeks now and I'm very impressed. I'd certainly repurchase them and also have a look at the other products from VO5.

House update.

26.6.11

It has been a while since I updated you on my house and learning to live on my own, and that is because I'm moving in with Jonathan! 

Several months in my little house on my own with Lily and Lola has been a good learning experience - learning how to cook (and bake!), paying the bills and saving for essentials, conserving the heating over the cold winter.. There have been a few hiccups along the way too, part and parcel of living in an old house. A broken heater just before Christmas, wind blowing the gutter off the front of the house, a broken oven for 3 weeks, no hot water some mornings.

I can safely say I'm absolutely thrilled to be moving in to Jonathan's house while we look for somewhere to buy together, and I can't wait for our future together.


Sarenza online store - featuring Georgia Rose, Xti & Keds.

25.6.11

I'm back with more lovely shoes as month two of being an ambassador for Sarenza passes. First things first, Sarenza are having a massive sale and the discounts are very generous. So if you've had your eye on a pair of shoes then now is the time to take advantage of some pennies off and free delivery!

When I saw that my fellow ambassador Jen got these Jepi heels by Georgia Rose I was very jealous as I hadn't spotted them myself amongst the hundreds of other shoes. They are perfect for me as I don't wear heels very often but when I do I struggle to find heels in my collection that match my outfit. These will go with pretty much any outfit and aren't too over the top or too high - I love 'em!


New French brand Georgia Rose is every fashionista's dream; accessories which take into account all our wants and needs. The shoes come in a great range of sizes, from 2 to 10, and all at fantastic prices. The Georgia Rose woman is dynamic, feminine, ambitious, glamorous and before anything else, she is contemporary with a passion for fashion.

As I have mentioned before I am obsessed with pumps and own many pairs. I wear pumps for work every day and most weekends paired with skinny jeans. This pair of Xti pumps called Praia are absolutely beautiful I think. A little bit fancy and sparkly, but still work appropriate and a colour that will go with most things. They also fit like a glove so I just know I'll wear these to death!


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Finally I got a pair of Keds. And this excites me a LOT as I've always wanted a pair of Keds. I think Lily likes them too, she was sniffing at them earlier. I got a grey Champion Jersey pair as they seemed the most classic, and grey goes with everything.


Since 1916 the Keds brand has symbolised the American lifestyle - simplicity, relaxation and a casual attitude are at the heart of its philosophy. From day one Keds attracted attention with the forever legendary feminine model Champion, which has withstood the test of time with a perpetual freshness. Around 1950, Keds shoes became must-have items, and it is this very brand which invented the word "sneaker" to describe the furtive noise of its famous sole made from vulcanised rubber.

Zumba & lemon cheesecake.

20.6.11

My weekend mainly involved falling over and hurting myself, good food and a little bit of Zumba.


The lemon cheesecake I made on Friday was a success confirmed after a tasting session on Saturday (2 pieces in a row, why not). The topping didn't go as firm as I hoped it would but it tasted perfect - just the right amount of lemon. I'd definitely make this again, and I recommend it for any cheesecake-making-virgins as the recipe is so simple. Here's the recipe if you didn't see the link in my other post.

I spent the whole weekend feeling a little worse for wear. Late Friday evening I was reading a magazine in bed when a car alarm started to go off. I shot out of bed to look out of the window but the laminate floor was slippy (my fault - I had spray tanned before bed!) and my foot shot out from beneath me, I slipped sideways and landed on the metal bed frame. I have a bruise the size of a melon on my side - hideous!

I recovered in time to try out my new Zumba dvds and I'm addicted already. The first time I did it some of the moves were difficult to keep up with but after a couple more attempts I'm hooked! It is so much fun and really works up a sweat. I'm definitely going to add Zumba into my workout routine along with my old pal Jillian Michaels.

I'll leave you with some pictures of food I made with my own fair hands over the weekend - salmon with lime and coriander, broccoli and homemade chips (seasoned with salt, garlic and thyme) and macaroni cheese with onion and bacon - YUM! Plus my little helper in the kitchen.

Playing with my new camera.

18.6.11

I have been permanently attached to my camera since it arrived yesterday, taking pictures of everything (but mainly all of Lily and Lola because they love posing for a photo). Apologies in advance if Pugs don't float your boat.

Lola's face is priceless in some of these.

Day off.

17.6.11

I have had the day off work today. Not for any particular reason, I just needed a wee break and a long weekend seemed like a good idea. Jonathan is off work today too but he's watching cricket in Headingley with some friends so I have had the house to myself. After a little sleep in I had breakfast then popped to Morrisons to get a few things. I decided I would make a lemon cheesecake for our anniversary celebrations tomorrow, so I picked up the things I needed for that and some other goodies. I don't know if shopping on a morning makes a difference but my basket was basically full of food from the fruit, veg and fish section. I was all over it!

The topping didn't go as thick as I expected but 24 hours in the fridge should do the trick. The recipe I used is this one. So simple, even an idiot like me could follow it! I had a sneaky taste and it was lovely, so fingers crossed it turns out well tomorrow. I always make a mini version on a seperate plate to make sure it's edible before serving up the finished article!

As there are only a couple of weeks left until my Race for Life event (argghh!) I went for a jog this afternoon but only managed 2k before I headed home. Jogging is just not my forte, I have to admit. I find it so difficult. To make up for my disappointing jog I did a Zumba abs workout which was about 25 minutes long, and I felt better after that.

I wasn't too hungry at lunchtime so I had some salad with french dressing, carrot sticks and houmous. Plus a Green Monster to drink. I got full unbelievably quickly - probably the Green Monster's fault. I went back for the rest of my carrots and houmous later on. I could literally dip food in houmous all day long, and this caramelised onion one from Morrisos is awesome!

Right now I'm going to take Lily and Lola on a walk then I'm heading to Leeds to have tea at my Mum and Dad's house. If you spot a little white Smart car on the M1 give me a wave!

Sarenza discount for Lily loves Lola readers.

The generous people over at Sarenza are giving my readers 30% off everything from 7am tomorrow until midnight on Sunday - one use per person. What are you waiting for? Go and have a nosy at the shoes!

All you have to do is enter LILYLOVESLOLA30 at the checkout to get your discount. Easy! And if you're stuck for inspiration have a look at what I picked up with my first ambassador code, here and here.

Happy 2nd birthday - Lily loves Lola!

12.6.11

I just so happened to check the date I first started blogging, thinking that it was around this time of year two years ago when I began, and coincidentally it was two years ago today!


Time really does fly and I cannot believe it has been two years since I've been rambling away on this blog. Have any of my lovely readers read Lily loves Lola since the beginning? That would be pretty awesome if you did.

My life has changed so much in the last two years. I have lost weight, found an amazing boyfriend, landed a job in HR, been to Paris, discovered cooking and baking, learnt how to live on my own for the first time, and of course little Lily and Lola have been there the whole time.

Here's to another two years and more...

Fearne Cotton nail polish: Coral.

As I mentioned here, I was sent a few bits from Fearne Cotton's makeup range and in particular I was excited to try the nail polish. Out of the two colours I received I was keen to try Coral the most and last weekend I reached for this bottle to paint my nails.

I've been a bit lazy on the nail painting front recently but a hint of sunshine always makes me reach for a bright colour.


The colour really packs a punch but for me it was a little too bright for my fingernails. Saying that however it's the perfect colour for toenails and I will definitely be wearing this on my tootsies over the Summer months.

The Fearne nail polishes are priced at £5.50 and come in a range of colours. I have yet to see her products in a Boots store but they are available on the Boots website here.


Glasses.

8.6.11

You probably won't know, but I'm a glasses-wearer and my vision without them is pretty poor. I don't wear them in photos as I don't view myself as photogenic at the best of times, and I struggle to find a picture I like when I'm wearing them.

About 4 years ago I was told I needed glasses for driving and distance. Until that point I had always had perfect vision so I was a little bit disappointed that I needed a bit of extra help. To console myself I got a pair of lovely Chanel frames which have survived being sat on and thrown into my handbag over the years. They have really stood the test of time.


A few weeks ago I had a long overdue eyetest and, no surprise, my eyesight has changed. A lot. And it was time to upgrade my lenses. I toyed with the idea of putting lenses into my current frames but not only was this the same price as getting a brand new pair, my Chanel pair have quite thick arms which can be tricky when driving. So I picked up a brand spanking new pair.

I wanted some slightly bigger, 'geekier' frames in tortoiseshell so when I spotted these Converse frames I instantly loved them, and snapped them up (to go slightly off on a tangent here, Vision Express told me I could have standard frames but it would take 2 - 3 weeks or I could upgrade to fancy lenses and have them the same day. I ummed and ahhed but decided to get the standard frames and wait a couple of weeks. The next day my glasses were ready. Damn sales tactics!)

Anyway I absolutely adore my new glasses and I must say, being able to see properly again is a bit of a novelty!

Leap frog.

7.6.11

Lily loves to sit on her Sister.. Lola doesn't like it so much.

Giveaway: Trilogy. (NOW CLOSED)

5.6.11

Trilogy have kindly offered one of my subscribers the chance to win a bottle of their Very Gentle Calming Fluid (worth £28.50). Very Gentle Calming Fluid is designed to banish skin's dehydration, blemishes, redness, puffiness and irritation. It instantly calms and soothes irritated, reactive skin and restores the skin's natural moisture barrier. 

It is fragrance free, alcohol free and is dermatologically tested. It is also suitable for all skin types.


Sound good? To enter all you need to know is head to Trilogy's Facebook page and 'like it'. Then leave a comment below to let me know you have done so.

I'll pick a winner at random when the giveaway closes on Sunday 12th June 2011. If you don't have your email address visible on your blog then please leave that along with your comment.

Good luck! x

Vintage books & Root Beer.

Yesterday Jonathan and I had a drive to Sheffield to visit a few shops - a few weeks back we went to Pizza Express for tea and I spotted some amazing gift shops and an old book shop (but sadly they were closed) so we said we would go back, and as we were at a loose end yesterday afternoon off we went.

If you're familiar with Sheffield then you'll know the shops I mean - an amazing place called Within Reason which sells a host of things for the home. I pretty much wanted to buy everything. They had all kinds of mugs, kitchenalia, furniture, coat hooks, vintage telephones, and trinkets. 

We also had a look round a vintage book shop which was like an Aladdin's cave of books and old records. When Jonathan and I get a house together we're going to get a big old bookcase and go back to this shop for some amazing books. 

 

After a quick pit stop for lunch at a little deli (grilled chicken, bacon, rocket and sweet chilli sauce sandwich) we went into a small indoor shopping place which had vintage boutiques and a little place that sold handmade clothes. Think peter pan collars on everything - I was in clothes heaven as I'm fairly partial to a peter pan collar. Then I spotted the shop selling sweets and drinks from America. Whenever I go on holiday to America I swig Root Beer and eat knobbly Cheetos like they're going out of fashion. I also love Baby Ruth's so I grabbed one of those too, and an Almond Snickers. Yum! I'll definitely be going back soon for some Lucky Charms, Fluff and Flipz!


On the way back to the car I spotted a green Nissan Figaro - my favourite car ever and I fully intend to own a duck egg blue Figaro one day. I hope the owner didn't spot me taking this sneaky picture, but I absolutely love them!


What did you get up to yesterday?

TGITW.

4.6.11

The weekend is here and it couldn't come soon enough! Last night I was completely and utterly ready for a) some sleep and b) some sunshine for 2 days. So far so good for the weather - I've managed to do about 13645 loads of washing since I got up at 7.30am and I'm contemplating heading out for a jog before the sun cranks things up a notch. 

Plans for the rest of the day include cooking some lovely food and enjoying the sunshine with Jonathan, Lily and Lola. Lola adores the sun and always finds a sunny spot to sit in. I have to be careful though - Pugs don't do so well in the heat so I make sure they don't overdo it :) This is Lola's current location:


I've had a complete health kick of a week where (possibly due to the warmer weather) all I've wanted to do is drink water (and not my beloved tea!), eat salad and go for a jog. I've started having salads for lunch at work mainly involving cottage cheese and a host of other goodies - beats a boring sandwich any day. 

The Race for Life event I'm doing is approaching and I want to be as fit as possible by then. Any tips for running up hills? They well and truly wipe me out. Must keep fingers crossed that the Sheffield course is flat..

 

Have a lovely day whatever you're up to!

I need a decent camera (outfit post).

As mentioned in a recent post I went for some dinner with Jonathan in Sheffield last week and I thought it was a perfect occasion to wear my Chocolate Schubar shoes from Sarenza, along with two new purchases from Primark - a floaty nude shirt from Primark and a long feather/trinket necklace.

I intend to get a proper camera asap. My iPhone is just not cutting the mustard anymore and hates my face when I'm indoors. The camera I've got my eye on has gone up £25.00 on Amazon since I last mentioned it but I've got my heart set on it. So hopefully in a few outfit posts' time the quality will be much better!

 

The skinny jeans I wore are my faithful Dorothy Perkins jeans (£10.00 in the sale) and the vest underneath is just a Primark £1.50 basic number.

I love these shoes - they are easy to walk in due to the small heel and comfortable too. Plus the ribbon detail is so pretty. I know I'll get loads of occasions to wear these so they were a good pick.