Saturday, 20 April 2013

Shopping! 12 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses Under £20

This is the first shopping post I have written in a long while, and I really enjoyed picking out dresses! I have been looking for an affordable dress to wear to my friend's wedding, after hearing that my sister had spent £125 on her dress for mine, I panicked and thought I couldn't afford anything new. But I was really surprised by the number of dresses suitable to wear to a wedding that you can find for £20!

I've been playing around on Stylefruits creating all sorts of collections and outfits! I think I am more addicted to this than my Pinterest account..... uh oh! See below the image for prices and stockists xx

Top row from L-R
Bandeau Dress: Fashion Union £16; Shift Dress: Glamorous £14; Flock Spot Dress: ILWF £15; Floral Print Dress: ILWF £18; Bird Print Dress: LOU LOU £10; Dotty Dress: Dorothy Perkins £15;

Bottom row from L-R
Wrap Dress: ILWF £18; Satin Dress: Dorothy Perkins £15; Lace Dress: FD Avenue; £12.99; Maxi Dress: ILWF £15; Cocktail dress: ILWF £15; Maxi Dress: FD Avenue £15.99


Monday, 15 April 2013

Sometimes I wish I could get a man in

Firstly let me explain the phrase "Get a Man In" - in case you are thinking the wrong thing you naughty people! I think I first heard the phrase from a client when I was a Property Manager. She was very wealthy and if anything needed fixing or sorting she would always say "let's just get a man in" and that was it. Now I knew what she really meant was find a reliable plumber, or a decent plasterer(male or female). But I can see how her phrase was relevant and since I became a property owner I find myself thinking that more and more often!

 Getting Things Done

There are some little niggly annoying jobs that I either just don't have time to do, can't physically do (despite often trying!) or simply don't know whether it would need a plumber, electrician or specialist. So really what I want is to get a man (person) in that knows how to do it. I have contemplated putting up a classified ad on Gumtree or somewhere like that but often when I have done this for other things I have spent more time batting off the loonies that it seems worth, also it's pretty anonymous so if you book a plumber you may even get a stripper turn up, who knows! Finally it seems like some clever person has come up with an answer to my regularly predicaments. There's an app for that now.

Handlerz is an app that is free to download on iPhone/iPads and Android phones. It works by showing people in your area the job you have put up, and they can send you a proposal with a cost for helping you out. And you literally can put anything down as a request.....from borrowing a laptop or phone charger to sewing up a hole in your trousers to taking your old fridge to the dump or helping you move house.

It seems quite safe as well because users are rated on feedback and how many jobs they have done and you can see their photo too. I wish I'd have known about it a little earlier - it's taken me 3 days to remove an old worktop from my office because it was jammed in with grouting and threaded screws, but I bet if someone had the right tools and knew what they were doing it would have only taken them a couple of hours! I should have got a man in...... 


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Using Beauty Products as Cleaning Products

*Disclaimer* Using beauty products as cleaning products is generally ok - but I would never ever ever recommend anyone uses cleaning products as beauty products!!

One of my first blog posts was about how my friends and I managed to clean up a nasty red wine stain with some baby wipes, and how baby wipes seem to be pretty good at removing most stains. That wasn't the first time I'd used beauty products as cleaning products though. Years ago my then partner invited his friend to stay with us. Said friend was allergic to pretty much everything, and I needed to clean the bath before he came. Instead of using cleaning products like bleach or Flash etc I thought it would be safer to use my Sanex bath cream and it kind of worked!

The Beauty of Beauty Products for Cleaning

So I'm not talking about using your £30 skin cream to polish the sink but from time to time beauty products can work well where traditional cleaning products don't. This time around, I have discovered that pumice stone is in fact very good for removing limescale from taps.

The water in Brighton is very hard water which means that after just a few drops touch anything metal, glass, plastic and other water exposed areas, limescale forms instantly. I have been trying desperately for 2 years to remove all of the caked on limescale from our bath taps and while I was in the bath I did a sneaky test with the wet pumice stone and would you know it the limescale came off so easily! Years of elbow grease, Cillit Bang and other nasty chemicals had been out done by the humble pumice that one would normally use to buff up the heel and ball of one's foot.

Now my second disclaimer here is that both the limescaled area and the pumice must be wet, and you must be very gentle and careful not to scratch the metal.

Enjoy your revived shiny new taps!


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My new way to find Secret Bargains without Leaving the House

As regular readers will be aware, Wed-day is just around the corner (less than 90 days now, eek!) so any spare funds I have are being piled in to decor, tying up the final payments on things like cake and trying to beautify myself with things like tooth whitening, haircuts and the like!

So I am always pleased to find a bargain now as much as ever. I have blogged before about Daily deals sites and have even shared some really good deals with my readers. But my friend told me today about a new website that has launched where anyone can upload deals they have seen in shops or online. Now this site is actually loaded with so many deals all over the place that it's impossible to pick one to share with you. I say go and take a look for yourself at SmartPound and have a good look round. 

So far I've seen people that have uploaded deals in their local M&S - which is great because a lot of the time individual stores will have different stock to each other and some may be charging less for particular items because they have too much of that stock. For example, I saw someone had put that their local M&S had men's suit for £24.95 (gasp!) and I bet that's not advertised for all and sundry to see by M&S themselves!

Screenshot of juicy bargains from
Also I saw some eagle eyed sharing and caring shoppers had spotted some great bargains on eBay like Jack Jones t-shirts for £6.99 with free delivery. I've lost many an hour trawling through pages of irrelevant eBay search results trying to grab a bargain with no luck, so if other people are willing to share their bargain finds I'll be very grateful. With thanks to these unknown bargain sharers, I promise that if I find something truly worth shouting about I'll add it on the SmartPound site and share it on my blog for you all too. Brownie Guide's Promise.