I wanted to share with you today another one of my favourite outfits of the moment which is prefect for this time of year. I am loving the Khaki trend at the moment and the oversized shirt dress so when I spotted this little gem in New Look that combined the two I just had to have it.

It is a super comfy and relaxed shirt dress with a little D-ring tie around the waist to cinch it in to give you a bit more shape. I teamed the dress with a pair of leggings some super thick ones from next and my favourite go to boots

I absolutely love New Look and I have done for many years, I just find their clothes are so affordable and such good quality. In fact over the coming weeks I have a few more outfits to share with you from New Look. 

Back in May I did something completely out of my comfort zone, in fact it was so far out of my comfort zone I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it. I took Thomas on holiday abroad on my own, yes completely on my own! As we missed out on a holiday the year before I was craving a holiday and I didn’t want Thomas to miss out on another holiday so I made the decision to get something booked.

After much deliberation I booked a 5 day holiday to Alcudia in Majorca. Spain seemed like the best option as the flight time was only around 2 hours which was what I was worrying about the most and the weather for May should have been pretty decent.

As the holiday got closer and closer I began to panic and started to doubt myself, could I actually do it? Being a naturally very shy person the thought of being on my own and having nobody else to rely on terrified me but then being a single parent I don’t want Thomas to miss out on holidays because I don’t dare do things because that’s unfair on him.

The thing I was most worried about was the plane journey but in fact Thomas couldn’t have been more well behaved. The outgoing flight was quite early in the morning so Thomas was a little groggy at the airport and didn’t fancy walking and got bored rather quickly whilst we were queuing to check our bags in and I can’t blame him to be honest because nobody likes queuing.

Once we had gone through security and I felt a bit calmer we had a little walk through duty free and sat in the children’s area and watched the television for a little while before moving to somewhere we could watch the aeroplanes take off Thomas was quite happy with that and then before we knew it, it was time to move to the gate. I hadn’t realised but with my outgoing flight I had booked priority boarding which I would definitely recommend if you are traveling with young children.

Thomas was brilliant on the flights both going and coming back too I was a bit worried about how to keep him occupied for 2 hours but I bought a portable DVD player which was well worth the money and Thomas quite happily sat and watched that for most of the journey and I packed some snacks for us to eat so Thomas was as happy as a pig in muck.

It was the bit in between the flights, the actual holiday which was the most stressful for me. When we got to the holiday via the transfer somebody took our case which sent me in a total panic what on earth was I going to do if I didn’t get it back. I was stuck in a foreign country on my own with nothing I was stressed because we couldn’t even go and enjoy the sun whilst I waited for news on the case because I was in jeans hot and bothered and I had no sun cream for Thomas. Luckily the case was found later that day and I had to drag Thomas on a 20 minute round taxi journey to collect my case.

When you are on holiday just you and a child relaxing in the sun is completely off the cards. Thomas didn’t want to go out when it was sunny  but when the weather was a bit chilly he loved playing football on the beach. So finding a football, a bucket and spade and some cheap toys that you can just leave at the hotel at the end of your holiday is a must to keep your child entertained.

Meal times were my biggest nightmare of the week. It’s really difficult to help yourself to food at an all-inclusive buffet with one pair of hands trying to fill two plates and keep control of a toddler who doesn’t want to use his legs anymore. The only way around it was to try and sit as close as I could to the buffet so that I could get Thomas his food sit him down and get my own and still be able to watch him the whole time.

All in all the holiday was quite a stressful experience but I am so proud of myself for actually doing it. Would I take Thomas on holiday on my own again? If you had asked me this when I came back from my holiday in May I would have said no never again but now I am already looking at where the two of us can go next year.

Who else gets really excited about this time of year? I always look forward to Autumn/ Winter so much more than any other season. I know a lot of people look forward Summer because the weather is supposed to be nice but for me Summer always seems to turn out to be a let-down. You start of dreaming of BBQs, hot summer nights, afternoons spent in the garden but in reality in England we get rain, lots and lots of rain. The most annoying thing for me is that you can never dress for the season yes it’s none stop rain but then if you try and wear a coat you end up nearly passing out from heat stroke. That is why I love the Autumn/ Winter season you can rely on the weather yes it rains but at least you can wear a coat without passing out. Here are a few of the other things I love about this time of year.

I love candles, candles make your room look and feel so cosy and I also love scented candles in really festive scents.

I love snuggling up on the settee watching a film under a blanket with candles flickering. That could quite possibly be my favourite way to spend an evening.

Festive drinks
Hello Starbucks festive drinks. Toffee Nut latte thank you very much.

Frosty Autumn Mornings
I just love frosty Autumn mornings where the grass is glistening with frost and you can see your breath getting wrapped up in a nice warm coat and a scarf.

Crunchy leaves
Who else loves walking through crunchy leaves? Even at 26 I still do but now I can take Thomas for walks with me and use him as an excuse to walk through and kick crunchy leaves in the park.

Lobbys/ Stews comfort foods
As soon as the weather gets colder outcomes the slow cooker for lots and lots of stews and casseroles much nicer than a summer salad don’t you think?

Getting wrapped up
Chunky jumpers, thick tights and boots. I do love A/W fashion much more than summer and I also feel a lot more comfortable with less body on show! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favourite Autumn outfits. I love Autumn/ Winter fashion I love being snuggled up in chunky knits and thick tights and boots and I always feel much more comfortable and relaxed as opposed to Spring/ Summer fashion.

One thing I’ve not tried before is tights under shorts but I think with this outfit the tights work really well with the dark floral cotton shorts. I actually bought these shorts from Ebay they were originally from F&F but I love Ebay for finding little gems like these and they were only a couple of pound so even if I only wear them this season I have still got my monies worth out of them.

Next I am just wearing a super cheap black vest top which is made from a chiffon type material which was from Primark it was a bargain at only £4 and I have bought this in a couple of Autumn colours and they all look fab.

My cardigan it a super slouchy chunky knit batwinged cardigan that I got from New Look much earlier on in the year but I should imagine you could find similar on the high street.

Lastly I just finished my outfit off with some black boots that I wore to death last year and I should imagine I will wear them non-stop this year too!

I know feet aren’t exactly the nicest things to talk about are they but never the less I am going to as I have recently been trying out the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Hard skin remover in the quest to get super soft feet. After years of using a pumice stone or a foot file the express pedi is the perfect thing for somebody who is a tad lazy as you don’t need to put any effort in to removing any hard skin (yuck I know but it happens to us all)

Now I absolutely hate my feet being touched and do have to refrain myself from kicking people if they touch my feet even by accident so going for a pedicure is completely off the cards for me. It’s a wonder I managed to sit and have a tattoo on my foot.

Anyway foot care is something I have to do myself and it couldn’t be easier using the Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. I use it once a week after having a hot shower so the skin on your feet is softer and then I use it on my heels and the balls of my feet where you tend to get hard skin the most and instantly you skin starts to feel softer. The express pedi doesn’t hurt at all it just tickles slightly which I can cope with if it means having much softer feet and then once I’m finished I smoother my feet in Soap & Glory's Heel Genius cream and pop on some cotton socks and put my feet up for a bit it works a treat. Obviously I have to do this when Thomas isn’t around.

I have been won over by the Velvet Smooth and I would recommend it if you are fed up of relying on a pumice stone. It is quick and easy to use, it comes with a cap to stop the file part from getting damaged. The file runs on AA batteries but I do think maybe they would be better if you could get a rechargeable version so you don’t have the extra cost of buying batteries all the time but maybe that is just me being a little picky.

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I will definitely be having a go at designing my own welly!

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The closing date for the competition is the 4th December so you have plenty of time to enter!!

I know we have now passed the season where we can get our pins out, well actually I say that but did we actually have a season this year where we can get our pins out? But seriously girls do not think about getting your winter leggings on I’m sure your other half wouldn’t appreciate it and do you really want to miss out on the feeling of having freshly shaved or waxed legs and getting in to a freshly made bed with fresh sheets because nothing beats that.

I’ve used Veet hair removal cream for as long as I can remember for both legs and bikini line but the one thing I always hated was the horrible smell that came with it kinda like a gone off cucumber but the hair removal cream from the Veet Inspirations range has a much nicer scent. I’m sure you all know how hair removal cream works but what I do like about this cream is that it comes with it’s own spatula which makes application much easier rather than trying to use your fingers and creating a huge mess. After around 5-8minutes you just need to remove the cream as if you are shaving and they you are left completely fuzz free. Simple.

Let’s move on to the wax strips now. I’ve never attempted at home waxing the thought scares me a little, not so much the pain as I hair my eye brows waxed regularly and my bikini line. I’m more worried about making a complete mess and taking half of my skin off at the same time. Plus I remember many years ago I bought some wax strips and didn’t dare use them on myself so I asked my younger sister to let me try  them out on her arm! Yes I know that is incredibly mean but after much persuading she let me put it on her arm but then wouldn’t let me pull it back off. So I never dabbled with wax strips after that, until recently that is. Feeling brave I attempted at home waxing on my legs not daring to try anywhere else and honestly it wasn’t that bad and I’m sure after a few more times once I know how to do it properly and my skin gets use to it I won’t find it that bad at all. One thing I definitely wont be trying is the facial wax strips I will leave my eyebrows to the professionals I think!