TO THE BEST MOM IN THE WORLD X

I will start off by saying this blog post is a personal one, It's especially for my gorgeous Mommybear! Happy Mothers Day Momma, We all say it about our Mom's but to Greg and I, Your the BEST Mom in the world and we love you up the sky and back again! p.s I hope you don't mind the old pictures. No embarrassing ones I promise!

Thank you poppabear for the pictures!
"There are times when only a Mother's love

Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears. 
There are times when only a Mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real. 
There are times when only a Mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day. 
For a Mother's heart and a Mother's faith
And a Mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above."
The source for this poem.

Your smile so bright,
Your tummy your so flat,
Yeah sorry for changing that,
And the curls in your hair so tight! 
YES I MADE A POEM!
I suppose as a child you don't really realise that your parents once had lives before you came along, I've never realised you'd been to the places you have. Looking at how you used to be before Greg and I was even a thought in your mind has been a real eye opener. As your daughter it was beautiful to see these old pictures, in every picture you shone through, especially your smile. It made me so proud. I've only ever known you as a mother, but these pictures show your so much more than that. Your still so beautiful and you still have that gorgeous big smile.
So that was you then, before Greg and I came into the world. You looked like you were enjoying life, you were glowing, gorgeous, slim ;) and sooo glamorous. And then out popped one bundle of joy and then a year later another, well not so much bundle of joy as he was a miserable baby but you've loved us from the very moment you knew we existed and you've filled our lives with so much love and a tonne of laughter!
I know your world must of changed once having me and Greg, and I thank you for giving us so much love, and allowing things to change so can we fit in and for giving us the best childhood and still giving us so much love now we're adults. Our childhood was the best kind, playing the seed game where me and Greg would be little seeds and you'd get your "watering can" and go "water, water, water" and we'd turn into beautiful flowers and then all of sudden the wind would come "swuishhh, swoooosh" and we'd wobble around like flowers blowing in the wind. And then the weed killer would come out and we'd slowly dye into dried up flowers. God so much fun! We had lots of days out and constant affection and although the years to come after that may had been a little different to other kids, there's not a single thing I would change. Your determination and your strength is something I admire, you were always such a strong person. You wouldn't stand for any kind of shit and to us you were wonder women.

I look at you and I see a women that I hope to be like one day (I really do mean that) I see someone who has done her best to give her children everything possible, who was so strong to get through the things you have and still sit there with a smile on your face. Your human and humans make mistakes, and they're the things that make you who you are today. I look at who you are today and I see someone who makes me proud, even now we're all grown up you still fill our lives with so much love. You may have gone a little crazy, I mean have you heard the songs you sing to the cats? But to us, your the best Mom ever!! We've not been wrapped up in cotton wool, and as I said some of our childhood wasn't the same as others but what you don't realise is the amount of things you've taught Greg and I. To me you've taught me that the world can be a tough place to be in at times and everyone goes through things, and that no matter how hard things can be or how low things can get you CAN get through it and sit back with a smile on your face. I don't think you realise that in these times you've taught me so much, I might not be the strongest but I hope one day I'll be as brave and determined as you! You are everything to Me and Greg, your our best friend and your silly songs, stupid nicknames and hilarious dances are just a fraction of things that we love about you. You've given us so much love, so much support and put smiles on our faces day in and day out and THAT is what makes you THE BEST MOM EVER!!

Happy Mothers Day Mommabear,
Love you up the sky and back again.
From Sian and Greg xx

THE SKINCARE WISHLIST

1. Superdrug de-stressing face mask 2. La Roche-Posay Hydreane Light 3. Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Illuminator 4. Serious Serum 5. Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask 6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight serum-oil.
My skin still isn't in the best of conditions and I don't really know why. I went and spoke to one of the ladies at Dermalogica and she took a proper look at my skin, we're talking head torch and magnifying glasses. She said there was no major concerns, just dehydration and a few under the skin bumps. Obviously out came a tonne of Dermalogica products which I'm going to look into a little bit more before I try out but it was reassuring to know that my skin was okay-ish. If you have any products you would recommend please let me know :) 

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ILLAMASQUA MASTER CLASS AT SELFRIDGES.


Last Saturday my Mom and I had the pleasure of going to a Beauty Master Class held by Illamasqua at Selfridges in Birmingham. It was an intimate masterclass, with only 4 of us watching the make over take place. We got the chance to watch what the consultant was doing on the model as he talked through every step, every product, giving us tips on what brushes to use and how to apply certain products. 

The first product that was used to prep the skin was the Hydra Veil and on top of that to create a natural finish with good coverage was the Skin Base Foundation. Then he moved onto the eyebrows, to which the model was telling us is her favourite part. He spoke about how important it is to do your eyebrows, something my Mom had never even thought of doing on herself before and had often commented on "how silly it is to pencil in your brows" but after seeing how much of a difference it makes and having her brows filled in afterwards she's now a fan! The consultant used the Eyebrow Cake in the shade motto (I think) and they both couldn't say greater things about it. The model was telling us how she doesn't use anything else and how she's had her pot for 2 years and isn't even near touching pan. A few highlights were done to the browbone with a powder but I can't remember what the product was. Then we moved onto the eyes, the model already had some MAC false eyelashes on, which looked stunning! The eyeshadow quad that was used was the gorgeous complement pallet. He went through each step of how to create a gorgeous easy smokey eye look with this pallet and then lined the eyes with the Precision Gel Eyeliner and showed us some easy steps to creating a perfect line. Next was a little mascara on the top and bottom lashes and then moved back to fixing any fall out and a swish of Pressed Powder to finish the skin. The consultant then moved on to contouring and blusher. He went through some easy steps on how to make Cream Blusher less scary to work with and what else you can use cream blush for. A product I've found daunting to use. I can't remember the shade name for the blusher that he used but I think it was either Laid or Seduce. Soon after all that was done it was time for the lips - My favourite part! I am a lipstick kinda girl - Some like eyes, some like brows, Me I like lipstick! He used the Lipstick in the shade Box a gorgeous red with purple undertones. I thought at first it'd be a bit clashy with the purple on he eyes but it went together beautifully.


The look was absolutely beautiful. I think for someone who's a newbie to make up can look rather hard to create, but the masterclass was so informative it made the look easy to achieve. We had time afterwards to ask any of our own beauty questions and the model as well as the consultant gave advice.


It was such a great event, really chilled out, really educational and a lot of fun! My Mom had a few of her own beauty related questions, which the consultant shown on her how to do them and I think I speak on behalf of my Mom here, it all really helped. Of course a few purchases were made (thanks momma) and I can't wait to show you the looks I create with my new goodies!


With Love,

Sian x

SEWING FOR PLEASURE 2014.

On Friday I had the pleasure of heading to the NEC in Birmingham to attend the Sewing For Pleasure exhibition. The last time I went was around 6-7 years ago and I remember then it was filled with all sorts of wonderful fabrics and craft supplies but nowhere near as great as it is now! This is a very photo heavy blog post, so you have been warned!
Walking into the exhibition I was really surprised at how packed it was, the amount of people that were there was insane! Every stall was really busy, it was a little bit of a push to get around but overall the atmosphere was brilliant. Everyone seemed to be really excited by what was around them, I know I certainly was.

The second thing that surprised me was just how huge the exhibition was. The first thing I wanted to do was get my bearings on where things were, I think I walked around for 20 minutes trying to figure out if there was a flow to the room and it wasn't until walking around several times I started to realise certain areas where for specific things.

The hobbycraft exhibition was in the same hall which I thought would of been separate and I later realised was where I started off. Wondering around that part was brilliant. They had every craft you could think of, each stall had friendly faces, they seemed to be really excited to educate people on their crafts and demonstrate how to use products which I thought was a brilliant thing. I personally am someone who learns by actually "doing" and I get a lot more engaged in something if I'm actually physically doing an activity and I pick things up quicker that way too. I have a load of supplies and products I have no idea how to use or what to do with them and I think if you're talking to someone and being shown how to use it and have a go at using it, you're a lot more inclined to buy the product that way.
Walking around I didn't get a sense of pressure to buy things, which from visits to the clothes show or other exhibitions where stalls are you can get. I got the feeling it was more so about creating inspiration and educating people on all the different crafts out there.
This pictures above (and the first picture) was my favourite part of the day, there I was just wondering around, taking photos and I spotted these amazing balls of knitted chains on a table. When I walked over to take some photos this lovely lady asked if I'd like to join in and be apart of a World Guinness record, I mean who could say no to that?!

So I sat down, she handed me some knitting needles, a ball of wool and was on hand to help me if I got stuck. She did ask if I knew how to knit and luckily I did but I noticed there was people around who was showing each other different ways and certain techniques. It was such a lovely atmosphere and so therapeutic to sit there and knit with ladies I'd never met before and it was so comfortable.


I was most excited for the sewing part of the exhibition as it's got to be my favourite thing to do! Being surrounded by so many beautiful fabrics is my idea of heaven - no joke! and boy oh boy there was plenty of beautiful fabrics and so many trimmings! There was plenty of patterns on sale too to get the inspiration juices flowing and I really had to be strict with myself not to go wild and buy things.
There was a part of the exhibition which had these amazing pieces of well art. Look at them they're incredible! I really foolishly didn't read up on them, I was just so taken away by the talent so I regret not reading who created them and what it was in aid of. But it just goes to show that there is no limit to what you can create.
I can't stress enough how much inspiration there was flowing through this exhibition and how great it was to see a mixture of people there. There was groups of young girls walking around getting excited by the fabrics and cute groups of older women nattering over how long they've been dress making. It was brilliant. 

One thing I was really impressed with was the amount of demonstrations and groups to get involved in. They had plenty of sewing machine companies there on hand to show you how to use their products and classes on how to create beautiful home decorations. There was talks and demonstrations on how to up-cycle your old clothing and turn them into great new garments. Seeing all the different types of sewing machines was fantastic, I've never seen an embroidery machine in use before and although I never got to have a go on one I was watching a lady use one and I'll say it again the fact the machines where there for you to use and sample was such a great touch!



The fact that there was experts there on hand to answer any questions really did it for me and overall I can't think of anything that put me off this experience. It was a fantastic day out and I learnt so much! My favourite thing was the fact you can sit down and get to play with new crafts and have a go at making something you never knew about. I cannot recommend this exhibition enough if your into your crafts or looking for something to be your new hobby, you will 100% find something here!!

CHELTENHAM LADIES DAY 2014.


You may remember this post which was my entry into the Ladbrokes Cheltenham Ladies Day Challenge which was open to bloggers. Well I managed to get the most votes and won two tickets to attend the races YAY!! So thank you so much if you voted, I really appreciate it! It was lovely to have the opportunity to have a nice day out with my boyfriend. 

We did have a lot of hassle in the lead up to the event, unfortunately I got told the wrong date (I got told it would be on the Thursday not the Wednesday) so when I waited in all morning on Tuesday for the tickets to arrive (you know when you're too scared to even get in the shower in case you miss the delivery man?) My boyfriend had a phone call about a job interview for Thursday but managed to get it changed for Wednesday morning instead. I had an appointment somewhere I managed to change to Wednesday so that I kept Thursday free. As soon as the tickets arrived I opened them with huge excitement (A day out is rather rare for me and my chap at the moment, so it really was an exciting day!) and then I saw on the tickets it was on Wednesday instead. A sudden feeling of dread and panic took over, and after a nightmare of a time changing my appointment we thought best we'd just have to miss the morning of the event and go after Mark's job interview. We arrived rather late in the day and was only there for about 3 and a half hours but it was enough.

It seems Mark is incapable of pulling a normal face in photos lol.
When we arrived we walked around for what seemed like an hour to try and find out what the deal was, where to go, where to see things and just get a general idea of the place. Neither of us had been to anything like it before so didn't know what to expect. We managed to get a taxi with a young lad to the racecourse and he briefly told us a few things from his last visit. We didn't really know what our tickets enabled us to do so when finding someone who worked there and who actually knew the answer, we could go anywhere on the site. We grabbed a drink and decided to try and find a good view of the track but again walked around for ages as there was no fluidity to the grounds, it was all a bit everywhere. We tried to get into the stands (as you would after being told you could go anywhere) but turns out we couldn't. So we had to go to the outside bit and stand to watch the races, which was fine but it was really packed. Now sadly I wasn't brushed with the tall branch and I'm a proper short arse so like anywhere I go, I couldn't see a thing - Not even the big screen! It took us a while to understand what was what and where you needed to go to see the actual race. We got there in the end.


We thought it was only right to watch one race, get a feel for it and then put a bet on. Try and figure out how it all works. I didn't have a clue and still now don't but Mark was pretty good. I just went for a horse with a cracking name, which happened to loose it's jockey and run past with no one on him. Mark put the next bet on and won £110! The next bet was not so lucky but no great deal of money was lost believe me. One man put £750 on a horse!!! I hope that horse bloody won for that man's sake! 

I took my Dad's fancy camera with me in excitement to take lots of pictures but when we took it out there wasn't actually anything to take pictures of. You couldn't see the race course at all so couldn't take a picture of that. Which for that I was disappointed with but Mark took these pictures on his phone so I thought I would include them. 


The people there was obviously the kind of people you'd expect... "Mommy and Daddy brought me a pony when I was born!!!" yeah ALOT of that! And ALOT of splashing the cash, it was an unreal thing to see to be honest. I just couldn't believe the things I saw... People walking around with LOADS and I mean LOADS  of money in there hands like it was just causal. I walk around with £20 in my pocket and I feel like someone's going to pinch it, let alone walk around with a grand in my hand and wave it around! Madness. They were also REALLY rude. This is the thing that really ruined my day. People just barged each other out the way, shoved in front of you and no one said excuse me or apologised to each other. It was like living in another world it really was.

I didn't think I'd get the whole gambling and betting thing but when Mark's horse was coming in first place we both got really excited and joined in with the shouting and encouraging! It was rather fun! It was a really good day out but I certainly wouldn't pay money to go myself. It was an experience to see "how the other half live" I for one and am so glad I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. As for the horse racing itself, I couldn't see anything so I have no comment on if it was good or not. It was so nice to get out for the day with Mark, get our fancy clothes on and have lots of fun! I love days out like that!! I think if we was to ever go again or give a word of advice it would be to speak to someone who's been before so you know where the best place to go to is and you know what to expect or even better go with someone who knows what they're doing!


If you follow me on Twitter you'll know we had a lot of trouble getting home too. The train journey back to Birmingham is only supposed to take 50 minutes. We was on the train for 2 hours so obviously funny selfies was a must! The train was delayed by 74 minutes due to a signaling problem at New Street. I promise though it was a really really good day and I am so thankful that I won and got the chance to go. I did really enjoy myself and I'm so proud of Mark winning his moneys - pat on the back for him!

Thank you Ladbrokes for this wonderful day out and all that voted.

With Love,
Sian xx

THE ROARING 20's & ALL THAT JAZZ FUNDRAISING EVENING: 27TH MARCH 2014.

In just under 2 weeks Eight Events, who are a team from Birmingham City University, will be hosting one heck of a fantastic fundraising event to raise money for Acorns Children Hospice in Birmingham. The Roaring 20's and All That Jazz will be taking place at the Ramada Hotel in Sutton Coldfield and sounds like a night not to miss! Check out the promo video below...


The event promises to be an evening full of entertainment with music from live jazz bands, musicians, dance performances and a fashion show. They also have a fashion illustrator, a raffle, an auction and a DJ. Sounds great does it?

As I said this event is in aid of raising money for The Acorns Children's Hospice in Birmingham. A place that offers care to children and young people with illnesses and life threatening conditions. "These children and young people are not expected to reach adult hood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Acorns is currently supporting around 640 children, and nearly 900 families including those who are bereaved" 

Tickets for this event are just £18 per person and are on sale here. The fundraising event is at The Ramada Hotel in Sutton Coldfield and starts 7pm. I personally cannot wait to go!

With Love,
Sian x

GRAB A CUPPA AND WE'LL CATCH UP.

January seemed to feel like the longest month ever but sitting her now it feels like the past few months have just shot by us. It's been a few months of ups and downs that's for sure.

If you follow me on Twitter you'll of seen that in January I had a few interviews for a job I've been looking for for about 5 years now, I was so excited and both interviews went incredibly well. In February I found out I had got the job, I can't tell you how excited I was, honestly after the awful year I had last year (see here) I'd finally felt like this was the thing that could of saved everything! I'd started planning how much I was going to save a month so Mark and I could move into together, how much I could afford to pay off the loan I'd got for the shop I'd brought last year and I felt like it was the thing that would pull my head up out of water so I could breath again. I was told all I was waiting for was a reference from my old job and once that was done I could get my start date. A few weeks went past and I was having emails from HR with welcome packs ect and then all of a sudden I had a phone call from them saying I no longer could have the position. I was gutted! I couldn't have the position because of the financial crap the shop got me in.
I'm not going to lie and say it hasn't effected me in any way. It hurt, A LOT And it was hard not to let it bring me down but there isn't anything I can do other than keep on plodding along. 

I've been advised to put more things I enjoy doing into my life. With money being none existent at the moment I've been trying to fill my days with things to do that involve no money. One thing I need to do every now and again is take 5 minutes to myself, it's hard not to get stressed by day to day life and worry about things out of my control. I've been taking a lot more baths lately and indulging in a few pamper evenings and boy oh boy does it help.
I met a very helpful man last week who told me one way to bring stress levels down is to have nice smells around. He asked me what my favourite smell was and I couldn't give an answer, he told me his was coffee or the smell of a bakery and when he feels a little stressed he tries to surround himself with those smells. I don't know if that's because certain smells bring back memories but I like this idea very much. I like the smell of the air in the morning especially if it's been raining overnight, it reminds me of camping with my dad when I was little, and waking up early in the morning and going outside and inhaling that fresh scent. The other day I took a bath and picked up a bubble bath poured it in and instantly the scent of the bubble bath reminded me of being little, when my Mom would take baths and I used to think they were the most boring things in the world. It was just a really nostalgic smell. 
The weather this weekend has been beautiful! The sun was out all weekend and Mark and I took full advantage of that! Friday we went for an "adventure" around our local park - We seem to spend most of our time there lately. We went walking up the hills and got very muddy, took loads of pictures and had a nice chat with a man who used to play in the park when he was young. He was telling us about all the things that used to be there and all the things he got up to when he was little.
Saturday we went back to the park and played tennis and then Sunday we spent most the day in the garden. Mark was doing the gardening whilst I sat there and did nothing. My role was supervisor obviously! But it was nice to get outside and not have to wrap up in layers upon layers. Spring is finally here!
Yesterday afternoon Mark and I went out for some exercise. He went for a jog whilst I rode around on my bike. We was only out for around 40 minutes but ouch did that hurt my legs, they felt bloody great afterwards! We've been really getting into our bike rides lately, it's great fun and again costs no money! The bike I have at the minute is a bit dodgy, the breaks tend to not work or squeak ridiculously loud so I'd like to be able to get one I feel comfortable with so we can go for some big bike rides and see different places.
I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Cheltenham Ladies Day Challenge, I got the most votes and have won 2 tickets to go to the races on Thursday! I'm so excited and can't wait to share pictures of the day. I've never been to the races before and I can't wait to see the gorgeous outfits people wear. I'm going to have to raid my wardrobe to find something appropriate to wear. So thank you everyone who voted, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

With Love,

Sian x

A LADIES DAY OUTFIT.

I personally have never been to the races before but it sure looks like a great day out! I'm one of those, as I'm sure many of you are too, who LOVES looking what other people are wearing! With Cheltenham Gold Cup approaching can you imagine the types of wonderful fashion we could be drooling over (or giggling at in some cases. Nicely obviously.) Ladbrokes are hosting a Cheltenham Ladies Day Outfit Challenge - Any excuse to explore the internet for beautiful clothes and I'm there! So here's my Cheltenham Ladies Day inspired Outfit. 
1. Crop Top/Bralet - Topshop. 2. Skirt - Topshop. 3. Shoes - Topshop. 4. Fascinator - Debenhams. 5. Jacket - Topshop. 6. Clutch Bag - Miss Selfridge.
The Cheltenham Ladies Day is all about the fashion and I think it's the perfect day to step a little out of your comfort zone. Now this isn't exactly out of my comfort zone as I do love the pastel trend and mixing textures together but to have it all in one outift and NO BLACK at all is definitely daring for me! It's a really cute and girly outfit and I would LOVE to wear it!

This was my entry into the competition and would really really love it if you voted for me. You can vote here just by clicking on my entry (so you'll see the image of my outfit on there).


With Love,

Sian x

Edit: This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who voted for me, I won 2 tickets :D