halloween costume ideas

Have you watched American Horror story Freak show yet? Well now is the perfect time to start! With his menacing eyes and rather… unpredictable personality, Twisty the clown is my absolute favourite character and the perfect halloween clown..

This latex mask with removable mouth piece is an outstanding representation.


The humble skeleton has had a serious glam makeover..

The sugar skull is making a big comeback this year (watch James Bond Spector!). Claires accessories is a handy place to pick up your halloween bits, this year they’re selling sugar skull face tattoos, they always stock plenty of face paint and stick on gems to create your own unique look. This look allows you to get super creative, you can go pretty and intricate or as creepy as you like.



The queen of darkness, Maleficent is also popular again this year after Angelina inspired us girls with those chiseled cheekbones and perfect red pout.

You can buy head pieces or get your creative hat on and make different variations of your own

And the makeup

And some things if you don’t fancy making children and the odd adult cry…

H&M have stocked some handy (but not scary) pieces this year.


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ASOS is always there for your halloween accessory needs…

Stitch and blood tights 

Skeleton onesie 

Skeleton jewel t-shirt 

Evil eyes plimsoles

Nosferatu horror t-shirt

Velvet skater dress

Skeleton mini dress

Facet charm necklace

If you’re still out of ideas then check out the costume I made last year and some ideas from a previous post 

St Fagans National history museum


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I’ve lived in Cardiff for over 4 years but hadn’t ventured into St Fagans museum until last week, long associated with school trips as a kid, St Fagans is one of those places I had many misconceptions about, the first one being that it’s not just a museum but a whole village. On the day we visited it was rainy, The weather meant we didn’t see many fellow visitors which added an eerie atmosphere and charm to the village, I can imagine the scenery being even more beautiful on a sunny day.

One of the great things about St Fagans is that each building you set foot in there’s a helpful expert on hand, they fill you in on the history of the building and how people would go about their daily lives back in Celtic Wales. I had great chats and learned some cool little facts. One man was so theatrical in his story telling that we ended up being transported back in time and spent almost an hour in that little house alone. I would recommend spending a full day here, we stayed a good 6 hours but even then we hadn’t seen everything on offer.

You can observe workers demonstrating crafts in blacksmithing and clog making using traditional techniques. There is also a craft club where you can make necklaces or exchange crochet and knitting tips with like-minded creatives. There is something for everyone at St Fagans and admission is free!

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After all of the walking it could only mean one thing – Cream tea and jam scones at the Gwalia tea house! Situated above the late 1920’s ironmonger and grocery Gwalia store, This tea room is so homely it brought back memories of sitting in my nans cosy living room.

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St Fagans offers free admission and is open 10-5 daily

3 fitness classes to try in Cardiff

Cardiff is a beautiful, easy going but small city. That doesn’t mean we’re not blessed with the same fitness crazes as the bigger cities.  Here’s 3 tried and tested classes you should try today.

Yoga Fever – I’ve attended a few of Yoga fevers’ ‘hot yoga’ classes and I’ve enjoyed every minute. Normal yoga is good.. but picture yourself in a dark room surrounded by heated lamps while you sweat buckets. Sounds weird right? but your muscles really loosen up and at the end of your workout you have a meditation wind down which is just beautiful. I was a bit intimidated before I gave this class a go but I’m glad I did, I felt rejuvenated, like I’d been stretched then rung out. I’d recommend taking a bottle of water to replace the water you lose and your own yoga mat (although they do provide them there) I might invest in some sweat bands, did I mention you sweat buckets?

Cuban salsa – If you want to feel like a sassy Señorita, Then pay a visit to Sabinas’ Cuban salsa class which takes place upstairs in Cardiff’s favourite tapas bar La Tasca. I’ve been to Sabinas’ classes a few times and she’s a fantastic tutor, the classes are usually warm, this is because you’re face to face with complete strangers, like THIS CLOSE! so wear a light top and low heels or flats to keep you cool and comfortable. The men guide the dance too – Good news for ladies with two left feet! You can attend the class alone or with friends, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. This class is loads of fun and and being in such a good restaurant it would be rude not to grab a sangria downstairs afterwards.


A group of Cardiff residents are now opting to spend their weekend sweating it out, not in a club but in a state of the art gym! Funky pump  is a class that combines your favourite house tunes and fitness in a unique club environment complete with their own DJ! boasting the largest free weights section in Wales, A boxing ring and 70 exercise machines, U-Fit is well worth checking out. This class is the ultimate motivation and you wake up the next day hangover free, although you may not be able to move for a bit!

Screen-Shot-2015-07-30-at-13.56.42Photo credit – Sian Melissa


27 things I’ve learned since turning 27


I feel more comfortable in my own skin.

I don’t worry so much about other people’s opinion of me.

Everyday is a good hair day these days.

I now like my tea a shade or two darker. You know what they say “weak tea, weak mind”. ☕️

 👵 Nights in excite me more than nights out.

Ben and Jerry’s isn’t actually that good an ice cream? (i know this may offend some people) 🍦

🚫 I trust my gut instinct, when something’s not right, end it.

Having a small group of understanding, loyal friends is worth more than having a large group of acquaintances. Equally, you can actually grow out of friends.

Good food is everything. 🍉🍓🍜🍣

Learning something new keeps you interested as well as interesting.

Find your ‘everyday lipstick’. You may have to go through 100’s before finding THE one. 💄

🙌 Meditation isn’t BS, it does indeed work with a lot of practise and patience.

Liberation is – Wearing ‘hideous’ heavily patterned, colourful trousers and not caring. 😊

Always read the salt and sugar labelling on foods.

Feel your body, run, jump and dance 💃 (Do it all at the same time if you like – although people will think you’re mad)

wearing your heart on your sleeve gets you nowhere, Reserve it for those special few 🔐

Coffee is a ritual.

The partner you choose should love and accept your quirks, if they don’t then you won’t be happy in the long run.

You can’t please everyone. ✌️

If you don’t want it enough then it’s not going to happen. 🕦

💫 You’re worth more than you think.

Invest in some good ‘everyday’ black, white and nude bra’s.

Eye cream!

A transparent make up bag makes mornings much easier.

Bike = Freedom! 🚲

Give music a chance, there’s too much good music out there to stick to one genre only. 🎶

👭 accept support from friends and family, That opportunity won’t be there forever. 👫

slimming solutions teatox


A while ago the kind folk at Slimming solutions kindly sent me a package of their Teatox to try out. Being a health nut I couldn’t say no. There are many teatox sets on the market all making the same claims. The two important benefits being that they aid weight loss and help to fight the bloat. The ingredients in this pack included ginseng, Oolong, fennel, lemongrass, nettle leaves, fenugreek and aims to..

  • boost metabolism
  • reduce cravings
  • Cleanse the digestive system

The pack comes with a morning blend and a night blend. The instructions stated that the morning tea should be enjoyed first thing when you wake, Just add water and allow to infuse for 3 mins. The night blend was to be consumed every other evening 30 mins after my last meal of the day.

The teas don’t taste as strange as the ingredients sound, once you get used to the taste it’s actually quite pleasant. I read that the night blend would have a mild laxative effect but this wasn’t the case for me I’m pleased to say!

The first effect the tea had on me is a feeling of wellbeing, I also felt like I had more energy after my morning blend. The tea was a great healthy replacement for my usual coffee and a positive start to the morning. I did add some honey and lemon a few times to enhance the taste. As the days went on I noticed I wasn’t as bloated.

The verdict? 

I can’t say I’m any lighter but it would be unrealistic to think tea alone could make you lose weight, you’d also need to eat well and exercise if you want to see results. This tea did however motivate me to choose healthier options and is a great aid toward a more healthy lifestyle.

I think these teas are a great replacement for tea and coffee, doing a teatox pushes you in a healthy direction and motivated me to choose healthier options during the day. It could be a placebo effect but I did feel more energetic and less bloated. If you’re not sure about these teas, they are on offer for June and are buy one get one free! So you and a friend could go halves. Has anyone else tried a teatox and if so, what did you think?


With most projects in life it’s important to have a goal and some kind of organisation going on. Without them it’s pretty hard to keep the ball rolling.

Last year was probably my most unhealthy yet. I very rarely exercised and I ate rather badly (although that was fun and yummy!) I started to notice the condition of my skin worsening and my hair went a bit blah, I also started to get a tummy. No longer can this go on, I thought!

So an important thing to remember is that you won’t see instant results so don’t give up if after 3 weeks you’re still seeing bloat and feeling like poo, persevere and it will happen :)

My little sister, who’s lost a tremendous amount of weight all through healthy diet and exercise said the one thing that kicked off her healthy lifestyle was when a doc made this simple statement “sometimes it’s ok to feel hungry you know”. From there something clicked and now she’s unstoppable! We turn to food when we’re bored, dissatisfied, sad and happy. One of the biggest reasons we eat badly is due to a lack of preparation and leaving it till you see red and reach for the snickers/cheese sandwich/crisps..

The guilt of unhealthy food choices can often lead to trying out Fad diets:  There are SO many diets out there but diets are usually temporary and sometimes harmful. Yo yo dieting can ruin your metabolic system and your overall health. The best diet of all is a simple, healthy and balanced diet containing lots of dark greens, fruit, protein, starchy foods and water. There’s no point in investing all that time and hard work at the gym if you’re not fuelling your body with the correct nutrients.

Have a goal in mind –

  • Why do you want to be fit?
  • What areas do you want to work on?
  • Realistically, what can you manage each day?

Research – Now you know what you’d like to improve/change do some research, there is a wealth of knowledge on fitness/nutrition blogs. You tube is a fantastic resource for tutorials and demonstrations!

YouTube fitness Channels I love! 

Blogilates – Cassy Ho posts regular mini power workouts, great for when you’re in a rush in the morning. How could you not love this woman, she’s probably the happiest fitness guru on YouTube <3

Vicky Justiz – I like this girl because I feel like I’m getting a good lower body workout with her. The vids aren’t fancy but you ache afterward which is a winner! She also has a killer body which is all the motivation you need.

Have a plan for what you’re going to do in the gym – Back last year I would use the running machine, do a small amount of weight work then get bored and go home. Now I know exactly what I’m going to do in the gym because I know what results I aim to achieve and I’ve researched into how to target those areas. The burn you feel in your problem area from a correct workout is always a good ache!

Mix it up – This is important for two reasons 1. you’ll get bored doing the same routine and 2. Your muscles will get used to it and won’t work out as much as they did.

Keep a record of your fitness – One thing I like to do is add a coloured tab to my wall planner when I’ve completed a workout. It might sound silly but it’s like I’m rewarding myself when I’m done, seeing all the days I’ve put in at a glance really motivates me to keep going.

Keep a record of your meals tooMy fitness pal is a fantastic app for this. I mentioned it a few posts ago here. You can track your exercise and water in take too so it’s an all around winner.

Be inspired – When I’m thinking of eating all the pies I shift my attention to what result I want to achieve, Instagram can be a great source of inspiration for recipes , search #cleaneating #fitness #fitspo

I swear by these tips to get me on track:

  • Drink a load of water when you feel sluggish – This instantly motivates me to get up and be active. I’ve added a tall glass of water with squeezed lemon to my morning routine, this sets me up for the day.
  • When you’re lacking in motivation, put on a song and continuously squat/do crunches/lunges from beginning to end, you’d be surprised how many squats you can fit in to a 3 1/2 minute tune.
  • Brush your teeth. When I’m feeling like I want to snack on naughty foods brushing my teeth helps.
  • Shop on a full stomach. Shopping when your hungry is lethal. You will want ALL of the bad food.
  • Eat a fulfilling breakfast. Porridge oats with fruit and honey is hugely filling, comforting and satisfying, it also gives you a big energy boost.
  • Visualise what you would like to feel and look, keep that in mind when You have a weak moment.
  • Remember – it’s ok to have a naughty snack now and again. Depriving yourself completely will make you moody and more inclined to have a pig out sesh.

Have any health tips to share? Let me know and good luck!


Poisons of choice

I’m a sucker for health potions, powders and elixirs, I’m always looking for easier ways to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into my diet. Holland and Barrett is my favourite shop (even above Zara and Space NK) Crazy I know but there’s no better feeling than feeling good inside.

These are three health products I try to incorporate into my diet daily. I keep them in little suspicious looking bags and whip them out now and again…

IMG_20150517_143939Chia seeds – Consumed by the aztecs and Mayans, Chia seeds were thought to contain magical properties due to their ability to increase stamina and energy. The word ‘Chia’ came from the Aztec word for ‘strength’. People have been raving about Chia for a while, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this seed, positive and negative may I add! Chia seeds can curb your appetite making you feel fuller for longer, are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, are a great natural source of antioxidants and helps aid intestinal regularity. I notice a big difference in my energy a few hours after consuming them.

Supergreens – On the go super nutritious powder,  You can add to water, smoothies, soups – Just about anything. I add a teaspoon or two into my morning smoothie because I will warn you, this does not taste good in water alone! The great thing is that it provides you with more than your 5 a day per serving It gives me a super morning boost and after continued use I noticed more of a glow to my skin.

Linwoods Milled organic Flaxseed – Sprinkle into soups, salads and yogurts. This powder is a great source of fibre, high in protein and iron and lowers cholesterol.

Always do your research before adding crazy looking stuff to your diet. These do not substitute for a poor diet, Think of them as superchargers you can add to enhance your healthy diet :)

PS. My cute little pinch pots are from tiger