18.10.17

Why I've decided to have Laser Eye Surgery - with Optical Express.


Some decisions take 5 seconds and some take a very long time to make. You go back and forth, you weigh up the pros and cons, you talk to those who you trust and love. This is exactly what I have done since deciding to have Laser Eye Surgery with Optical Express

 - My story - 

I've worn glasses since I was 13 and initially, I thought it sucked. I didn't want to have to wear glasses every day and it was just something else that wasn't "perfect" with my body/appearance. I was slightly less annoyed once I discovered contact lenses though and for about 7 years I was blissfully happy wearing lenses and wearing my glasses on the odd occasion. 

Fast forward to 2009 when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and the sad news, that along with all the other side effects; dry eyes was one of the ones that would affect me in a big way. Contact lenses started to irritate my eyes, I'd get headaches if I wore them and it didn't matter what brand I tried; none were comfortable. I had to give up contacts for a really long time and this really got to me. 

I don't mind wearing my glasses day-to-day, I've acquired a big selection of frames and they most certainly are another accessory - something you all know I love! I do like wearing different glasses for different occasions and it's true; glasses are an extension of your personality BUT 
 I'm vain and I'm not ashamed to admit that. For events, weddings, special occasions etc I like to have all of my face out, I love showing off my makeup and I don't like having to hide behind a pair of frames. 





- Why I want Laser Eye Surgery - 

along with the major reasons, there are tonnes of smaller reasons why...

  • I want to roll over in the morning, open my eyes and see as soon as my eyelids lift
  • I want to lie on the sofa and watch telly without my glasses obscuring my face and them going wonky because I've layed on them too much
  • I want to go swimming without the need to wear glasses or contacts under a pair of goggles
  • I want to do a full face of makeup and not worry about those annoying little marks that the nose pads leave in my foundation
  • I want to be able to wear cheap sunglasses from any high street store!
  • I want to wear cheap glasses without the fear of sitting on them and having to fork out for new, expensive prescription ones
  • I would like to be able to know that if I get scared in the night, I'll be able to see as soon as I turn a light on and not have to faff with finding my glasses
  • I want to lie on someone's chest and watch tv without the need to wear glasses
  • I would like to be able to wear fake lashes without them sweeping against a pair of lenses!
  • I want to walk in the rain and not have to stop every 5 mins because my lenses need wiping.
  • I want to be able to shoot with my photographer and me to be able to see what instructions shes giving me whilst standing meters away from her
  • I want to hang out with my baby niece and for her not to try and smack my glasses off my face every 5 seconds haha!
  • I want to go about my life and not have to think about whether I've packed my lenses, frames, contact solution etc.
  • I want to save money on not having to fork out on expensive prescription glasses/sunglasses/contacts



I'm not going to lie to you guys, I'm nervous. 

Who wouldn't be? It's not something you just decide to do on a whim. At the end of the day, it's a major procedure and there are of course risks involved. Optical Express have however been exceptionally helpful at every stage of this journey so far and one of the resources I have found to be helpful is their Youtube channel. Take a peek and you'll see patient testimonials, videos on the risks and even live videos of what the surgery looks like. 





- My Optical Express Journey so far - 

I initially met with Optical Express at a blogger event (also available to see on their youtube channel) and after showing my interest and having some scans, I went onto having a consultation at their Westfield White City branch. This consultation is free and you have a number of non-invasive scans. I discussed my reasons for wanting laser eye surgery and it was my chance to ask absolutely anything I wanted about the procedure, the aftercare, the longevity of the sight correction etc! 

Check this video here to see exactly what you can expect from a consultation at Optical Express. 

Once all my tests were done, I was shown a video on what I could expect from the surgery, my recovery time, the risks and side effects involved etc, I was emailed all of my scans and I was also given an info pack on everything I needed to know including what I'd need to do in the lead up to my surgery. There are two types of laser surgery and I was also told which type I would be undergoing. 

Last week I was called by my surgeon for a pre-surgery discussion. It was great to be able to have a chat with him ahead of the surgery and he outlined a few of the important things I needed to do in the lead up to surgery, he gave me some tips for the day and what I should do after it's all done. He reminded me to read over the info pack and we just went through anything I was unsure of. I thought this was a really nice touch. Although I won't meet Dr. Patel until the day, I feel at ease knowing we've had an initial introduction.

Although I am nervous and I tend to worry about everything, I also feel very secure in the knowledge that I'm in good hands, I've made the right decision and I'm also very, very, very grateful for the fact Optical Express have chosen to collaborate with me. I'm here to help explain things to you, give you an honest account of my journey with Optical Express and I also want you to know; you can ask me anything! Comment below if you have any questions or send me a tweet!


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16.10.17

Crazy for Camo - Tips for wearing one print, head to toe.


How much Camo print is too much? Well, I wanted to put that question to the test and decided to wear not one, but four types of the well-known print for Day 4 of London Fashion Week.

Many people are torn with this print. I personally LOVE it and find myself wearing it a lot during the autumn/winter months. There's something really cool about the khaki tones and the various styles the print comes in.



As I mentioned in my previous post here, Marks and Spencer's kindly gifted me some items to wear for this season of LFW and I couldn't resist this *jacquard skirt. If you look closely, you'll see that it's a hummingbird print. At first glance, it looks like camo and I love that! My look started with this skirt and I started putting together any camo items I already owned at home. I tied my lightweight camo jacket around my waist and on top, I kept snuggly with a cropped camo hoody (similar styles here

If you're wondering where the fourth camo print comes in...then take a look at my nails! Yep, I went fully in with this look and got my nails done with camouflage nail art. What do you guys think? Would you get camo nails?

- Camo Edit -






Tips for wearing one print, head to toe


  • Wear various scales of the same print. One print, blown up or scaled right down can look soooo different. Play with scale!
  • Mix your colour ways! Pick your print and find it in different colours. Camo comes in so many different colour ways now a days. I especially love the pink/red camos you often see.
  • Scared of trying this look with a garish print? Start with a classic like polka dots or stripes. Mix and match what you already have in your wardrobe.
  • Choose prints that look similar even though they aren't! For example, in my outfit shown here, the skirt is actually a hummingbird print that resembles a camo print.
  • Same print but invert the colour way. If you wear a black and white polka dot on top, wear the same print but switch the colours for the bottom half of the look.



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1. Hoody, similar here | 2. Camouflage jacket | 3. Skirt | 4. Trainers 

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9.10.17

LFW SS18 Day 3 - Outfit



Continuing on from my previous London Fashion Week posts, here is what I wore for Day 3 and boy was it a goodun...in my opinion anyway haha! 

Never one to disappoint, I trawled ASOS White for something a little more adventurous than their normal, main range offerings and I came up trumps with this magical asymmetrical top

I can't explain how amazing this top feels on. It's crisp, structured and really quite bizarre but I think that's why I love it so much. Always on the hunt for more daring fashion pieces, I am obsessed with this top and I cant tell you how many compliments I had about it. I wear a 20/22 in tops and I ordered the size 18 in this and I was more than comfortable in it. 




I wanted my Day 3 LFW look to be minimal, chic and classy and I feel like this top and wide leg trouser combo did me proud! The trousers are an old M&S offering but here are some that are similar. I wore some old Adidas Superstar Bolds because, as you know I love these trainers and they go with soooo many of my outfits. 


Heels or flats for LFW?

When I first started going to LFW I thought I needed to wear heels. Don't ask me why I thought this but I thought it was the "done" thing. I quickly realised that for the amount of walking I do and running from show to show; for me, heels are out of the question. I leave them for the after parties! 




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1. Top | 2. Wide Leg Trousers out of stock, similar here | 3. Trainers | 4. Bag 

My Day 4 London Fashion Week look is coming soon so keep a lookout for that. I've been a bit slow on the blogging front recently but I promise to pick up again and get my butt into gear! 
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2.10.17

The summery looking shirt dress that's perfect for winter


I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a chambray shirt dress, guys! You know when you set your heart on something and then you get so disappointed when you can't find the perfect one? Well, I finally have and I absolutely LOVE it. There are so many good things about this dress, I had to dedicate an entire post to it.

Six reasons I love this dress 

1) First things first, the fabric is beautiful. It's thick, nice quality and washes well (gosh, I'm really showing my age here but hey ho, haha). I have lived in this damn dress ever since I bought it and it's seen a lot of washes. I love that even though this dress looks summery, it'll see you through the winter  and will look lovely with tights and a chunky knit over the top.

2) I love the the dropped hem design feature. All the shirt dresses I have spotted have been too short for me recently and I like to have the backs of my knees covered so I'm digging this dress!

3) The size range of this dress is great, it is available in main range ( 8 - 16) as well as plus size (UK18 - 28) 

4) 'No Peep' design feature - No one likes when a shirt gapes open and M&S have designed this dress with a hidden placket and concealed extra buttons to stop this happening - yassssss!

5) Linen rich - even though it's a thick material, it's not going to make you hot and sweaty... hallelujah!

6) It's on sale!! Snap it up here before it sells out! 






So, I've gone on long enough about this shirt dress and I'm sure you can tell; I love it! I kept the styling for this look very simple and let the dress do the talking. I love how the red pops and I'm looking forward to wearing it in a million different ways.

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1. Shirt Dress | 2. Trainers | 3. Bag - Topshop, similar here | 4. Gold rings 





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