Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Holiday Essentials -Swimwear

It's around this time of year I start getting excited for our Summer holiday. 

After the initial booking of the holiday there's usually a little wait before getting in the real holiday spirit. But then the sun comes out, we start applying suncream, we spend more  of our lunchbreaks outdoors then we realise that the months have whizzed by and it's time to start the holiday countdown! The holiday playlist goes on and I'm mentally planning my outfits.

Once the countdown starts so does the holiday shopping. I always pull out the summer wardrobe of the year before and while I re-wear (and re-wear and re-wear... seriously, some things are older than my son!) some items I always buy a new bikini for the occasion. I guess I could go through and name each bikini. My Strapless green one is my Mexico bikini, my stripy blue and white one is my  Cuba one, My bight coral one is my Crete one...even the years we didn't go away when M was tiny I still bought new swimwear 'cos it was just tradition. Luckily that year was pretty hot and I spent Masons nap times in the garden imagining we were somewhere tropical.


I always like to take something with me to cover up later in the day while on holiday, even in the Caribbean I get cold in the evenings -I'd say maybe I'm getting old but I've always been like that! Cover ups are great for nipping to the pool bar or the bathroom too.

Hunkemoller have a great swimwear collection from bikinis, swimsuits to cover-ups. You can even grab some sunglasses, beach bags and sandals while you're there - I really love a place where I can get lots of things ticked of the checklist easily. 

They kindly sent me this halter neck bikini by Doutzen. The pale pink colour is so perfect - I am already imagining how lovely it will look with a tan. 


I'm a big fan of halterneck bikinis, I like the freedom to easily untie the neck strap while sunbathing to avoid strap marks. It's such a flattering style, the underwiring keeps you held in (what is it with all the swimwear on the high street having no support recently?!) and I really love the textured detail that gives some subtle mermaid vibes. Combined with the matching bikini bottoms it's a beautiful set. I mix and match a lot of my bikinis so this is a good style to go with my plain black and navy bikinis too. It's available in an A-E cup and the bottoms go from XS to XL.


The larger band around the hips is the style I like to go for but there is a string bikini bottom option too if you like something a little more skimpy! 

Look out for this bikini in action on my holiday to Cape Verde in a couple of months. I guarantee there will be pictures all over Instagram! I can't wait to wear it by the pool sipping cocktails! 

*I was kindly gifted this bikini but all thoughts are my own


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Back to Blondie Locks

Let me tell you a story about how I ruined my hair. 

It all started way back when I was about 16 I dyed my naturally brunette hair blonde - well, my best friend at the time dyed my hair blonde. 
out of a box. 
that was about £4. 

Needless to say I didn't get the beachy, sunkissed look I was after and I resembled a traffic cone.

 "Don't worry, it's only another £5 to buy another box of dye, 
it's lighter now so it will work next time." 
-oh, young naive Jenna. 

blondie-locks-review-noughty-haircareThis kind of attitude stayed with me for years, and when nothing was on at the cinema and there were no house parties to go to my friend and I would pop on a Blue album and dye my hair. Sometimes it was red, sometimes it was darker again, only to go back blonde a few weeks later with the help of a plastic cap and that horrible little stick you use to pull strands of hair though. Stripy highlights and broken ends was my new look. 

When I got a job and had more money I learnt that it was way more beneficial to pay to have my hair done by a professional. My hair grew, I still stayed blonde but it was healthier. I learnt to use hair masks, to add some heat protection during my polka-straight-Avril-Lavigne-hair phase (I even wore a tie with a vest top - what was I doing?!) and basically stop ruining my hair. All was going well.

'til last year I kind of ... relapsed. 

In November my blonde hair had very bad root regrowth and had faded an awful lot. It was looking darker and I suddenly had the urge to go dark.

 'Ok, head to the salon Jenn, off you pop!'
-no, far too sensible.

 Before I could say "because I'm worth it" I was at the checkout in Superdrug with a box of hair dye ready to go 'Chestnut Brown' in 25 to 30 minutes. 

My new hair was nice for a week. Shiny like a new penny. I was a new woman. My darker hair complimented my new red baker boy and I was loving it. 
However, my joy was short lived. After a couple of washes it wasn't dark enough anymore. I found myself in Superdrug again with another box of dye like an addict ready for my next fix. 

I applied it that night, made a general mess of my bathroom and towels. Long story short I hated it. I wanted my blonde back. I waited a month or so and headed to the salon and after one hell of a trim I had some highlights on the agreement that I would go lighter in stages to keep my hair in good condition. I fully deserved a smack on the wrist.

There's still a dark dye stain on my bathroom wall that reminds me of my error. 
I'm tempted to go into Superdrug and as them to put posters up refusing to serve me hair dye if I ever get tempted again.

I've now had my second lot of highlights applied and my hair is back to blonde. I'm making sure I take care of it. This is where Blondie Locks comes in. This is the new range from Noughty haircare and they've developed a natural way to take care of blonde hair. There's no parabens, sulphates, silicones and their products are vegan friendly. I've been sticking to natural hair products lately but it's great to find something that is specifically for blonde hair.

Both the shampoo and conditioner smell gorgeous. Using them in the morning really gives my bathroom an uplifting Spring feel which is lovely in the sunshine. But air freshening aside, they really brighten my hair and leave it soft.  My hair is fine so I need something that doesn't feel heavy but still gives it the moisture it needs and they do just that. 


Blondie Locks contains rhubarb to help lighten and bring shine to hair and cassia which helps to promote shine and enhance golden tones. We all know that lemon helps to brighten blondes -who else tried the lemon juice trick when they were younger?! There's also the traditional highlighter camomile which definitely adds to the gorgeous scent. 

Using these with a weekly hair mask and a hair oil after washing has really helped keep my hair strong and looking like it's just been done (in the salon - not in Superdrug). I find my hair so much easier to style as it's less frizzy. 

These retail at £6.99 for 250ml at Ocado and Superdrug who have their Noughty products at 1/2 price at the moment - just stay away from the hair dye isle and you'll be fine! They will also be available at Feel Unique from 15th May. 

*these were kindly gifted to me but all views are 100% my own


Monday, 30 April 2018

Unpopular opinions or just the TRUTH?!

I've always been the person who speaks my mind, to be honest I'm still learning when I should just keep quiet. Over the years I've found more and more people get offended by the silliest little thing. Whether online or in person so many things are taken out of context, chinese whispers have made things into something they're not, they've added 2 + 2 and come up with 12. It's tiring.

I've become quieter, sharing my thoughts only with trusted people. These thoughts don't even have to be about anything important -that's the crazy thing. I admit it's not a world I like to live in. 
I've lost count of the amount of times I've written a tweet and then decided not to bother as any kind of backlash just won't be worth the hassle. It's not all bad though, I know a lot of people I follow are opinionated and I really enjoy seeing them say their piece. They have thicker skin to deal with any backlash that comes their way.  They don't like the new raved about concealer, they can't stand Love Island, they love the royal baby name. Whether I agree with these or not, I still enjoy them. And that my friends is why I'm writing this post. I'm getting a bit of Jenn back. I guarantee there will be some points that you will not agree with but that's ok. 

We're all friends here. Wouldn't the world be boring if we all had the same thoughts?
It would be pretty damn creepy if you ask me. 

This is all lighthearted and of course not a dig at anyone. But you know that. 
So here goes... here are some of my (probably) unpopular opinions. 

My first beef is with Bacon (weird sentence) -It's kind of  just hot ham. I just don't get it. I guess it's ok. When hungover it's good in a sandwich- but so are most things. Go ahead, add it to a full english, but I wont be excited about it. There are some great meats out there people! Don't settle for bacon. 

We've started off small...
Hold on to your baker boys, I'm going in....

I just don't get the point of Dressing Gowns. I tried wearing the robes in our hotel room on holiday but they just get in the way, fall open or feel bulky -it's like wearing a coat indoors. Do you wear clothes underneath? isn't it hot? Do you get sweaty? Do you not have to wash them almost daily? I'm known to be the girl in a t-shirt as soon as there's a hint of sun so it's no secret that I don't like layers so that's probably a big factor. 

Christina is better than Britney. I'm not even sorry. 

Obsessive fans scare me a bit. Grown adults getting huge tattoos of One Direction or believing they are a vampire. Main offenders seem to be Dr Who, Twilight, Star Wars, Disney and Harry Potter. I should be interested in Harry Potter as my boyfriend was in the first film (he doesn't like to talk about it) but I just can't get on board with it all. I don't get any of the references. 
"But are you a Huffllepuff?" ...a WHAT NOW?!
 Hey, I'm sure it's great and it's fab to have a passion or something to fell a part of but can't people just like things a normal amount? Do you really need a mug, a coaster, a hoodie, cushion, matching blanket, and a wand to show your love for something? I'm waiting for a Daily Mail article "The real reason millennials are not buying houses' and a link to a room covered in Harry Potter memorabilia. 

Family Guy is only kind-of funny.

There are places that do incredible burgers, (my friend's restaurant for one) Maccy D's is not one of them. To be fair I haven't been in a McDonalds since before M was born so maybe things have changed but I'm in no real rush to find out.

Guilty Pleasures aren't a thing. Why should you be guilty of something that makes you happy? It's usually about music and I think that stems from music snobs which I really don't like. This sounds like I'm contradicting my obsessive fans thing but Im not, if it's enjoyed a normal amount I have no problem. Glad we've covered that.

Frozen is an overrated disney film. Tangled is way better.


I know they are a huge thing at the moment and I will always like the insta pics of them. however...Halloumi Fries aren't that great. Halloumi is nicer grilled - sorry.

It's a strong word but I absolutely hate snow. I can't understand how people get excited by it. The country just doesn't work in snow. It makes things look pretty for a few hours and then it just messes everything up. It all looks a mess for days afterwards, no trains run, we have to wear stupid amounts of clothes to keep warm and people drive like idiots. Not a fan.

Pornstar Martinis shouldn't be served in a jug. They are a work of art and deserve better. 

Heels are better that flats. I literally own one pair of flat ballet pumps so I am completely bias here. I've always worn heels, the picture below is of a shoot I did at work with Sam and I did 10 hour shifts in these shoes. I guess I'm just used to it now. They are more comfortable to me. I waddle like a baby in flat shoes. It's far more enjoyable to buy a pretty pair of heels. I'm just jealous I'm not cool enough to pull off Converse! 


'Bullying' is a word that gets thrown about too much.

There are better sides than chips- chips are boring.

Primark just takes a lot of effort doesn't it? It's always busy, it's messy and the clothes fall apart of shrink. I do go in there from time to time but I need to be fuelled with coffee and determination and in a relatively good mood or I want to kill someone. 

Ross from Friends is the best one. There was a vote on Comedy Central that proved it and everything. I don't understand the sudden hatred for him. 

There are better things to have on your toast than Avocados.

£3.50 is pretty reasonable for a good Coffee.

99% of Christmas Songs are awful and while we're on the subject Christmas season doesn't start til December.

...and Elf is not a good film.

...neither is Love Actually. 

If people spent as much effort on their marriage as they did planning their wedding there would be less divorce. Weddings are over-rated, marriage is underrated. 

I don't get why anyone would spend over £40 on a Candle. That is pretty much literally burning your money. 

Channing Tatum looks a bit like he's been stung by bees and I don't get the appeal.

Recently people are agreeing with me but in the past it amazed people that I just hate Facebook.

Baby on Board stickers are pointless -more so if you have more than 2. If it's true that they are for ambulances to know there is a baby in the car (if so why don't the hospital make sure you have one before you leave like they do with a car seat?) then why don't people take them out when travelling without a baby? There was actually an article I read that said they caused more accidents due to them restricting vision. Don't get me started on 'Little Princess on Board' stickers. 

There's not a lot on Netflix worth watching. I can't be the only one who scrolls through for ages and just ends up watching Friends again.

The Green Ones are the best Fruit Pastilles/Skittles/Starbust. Not the reds or purples.

I can't get past the thought of what gross things are hidden inside Beards.

Green Tea tastes like pond water. I wish I liked it cos there's health benefits and that but it's a no from me.

Leonardo Di Caprio didn't deserve the oscar -ok that one is just a lie! I'm just seeing if you were paying attention.

sneaky sneaky.

There are probably loads more but I'd only get myself in trouble! 

I'd love to hear some of your unpopular opinions. Or if you actually agreed with some.
I'd also like to know how many friends I've just lost!