Pregnancy Update and Current Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

Long time, no see!

Quick life update: I’m now in the third trimester of pregnancy and things have been going well so far… (touch wood).

We’ve found out we’re having a girl and she is a very active little madam indeed. The shopping list is big but we have made a dent with getting the pram, car seat and Isofix base in a helpful bundle deal from Mamas & Papas. We’ve also been investing in some second-hand sleep suits and the like from Depop. I’d thoroughly recommend checking these out if you too are expecting!

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Once again I’m sorry for the lack of updates. Working full time and growing a new life has left me very tired indeed. I hope to have more time to blog now I am using up my holiday at work to go almost part time during the last couple of months before maternity leave.

Whilst I’m here I thought I’d share my current beauty and lifestyle favourites with you:

  • Dove Summer Revived: As we come out of the colder months it’s nice to have a bit of a glow. If you’re pale skinned like me and burn to a crisp within five seconds of basking in the sun or are just sensible about skincare, it’s better to fake it. This is a gorgeous gradual tanning lotion which leaves a subtle glow without streaks or making me look like an Oompa Loompa. I go with the fairer variety but there is also a darker offering.

 

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: Yes, the bloggers’ fave, but for a reason. I’m all about the quick and effective products (even more so these days!) and this ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to mascaras. I would happily pay more for it, but don’t tell Maybelline. This mascara beats or at least competes with every high-end version…

 

  • Emma’s Rectangle: I’ve only just discovered Emma’s channel but I love everything I’ve seen so far. She’s a lovely down to earth girl and I thoroughly enjoy watching her tutorials and hauls. Check her out here.

 

  • Bloglovin’: I am addicted to swiping through my favourite blogs on my tablet during my lunch break at work. It’s just so convenient to have everything in one feed rather than hopping through different links! You can follow this blog here!

 

  • ASOS maternity jeans: I have tried them all and nothing fits me like ASOS. Personally, I was highly disappointed in the New Look maternity range as they come up too large. H&M are amazing for tops but the jeans are too expensive. So the responsibility fell to ASOS! I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to my office job so I NEED a reliable few pairs to see me through pregnancy. Look out for special offers!

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I’ll be back very soon hopefully with more single product reviews amongst some other stuff!

laura

PS Don’t forget to follow vivifyblog on Instagram where I am trying out instastories! The above picture is lifted directly from my “story” from a few days ago.

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2016 | Year in Music

I have a soundtrack for everything. My Spotify has a selection of playlists curated by me for each and every occasion, memory, holiday, year, genre, artist – you name it!

Throughout the year I add current favourite songs into one playlist which becomes a sort of time capsule. I see many blog posts using Instagram to sum up the blogger’s year -which certainly is a good indication of what each of us got up to in 2016 – however, for me it’s all about the tunes:

Okay, not every single song brings back a poignant memory, but scrolling through I am reminded of the highs and lows of 2016: the deaths of David Bowie and George Michael, a very difficult time at work facing redundancy, the relief of keeping my job, our honeymoon (particularly blasting out Austra when driving over the Golden Gate bridge and hearing JT on the radio whilst cruising around Hawaii), falling in love with Gilmore Girls (Carole King and Sam Philips of course), and finding out we are expecting our first child.

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These are memories that will be infinitely linked with these songs. In years to come, I will always associate certain songs with a particular bar in Vancouver – as if I was sipping an ice cold beer right there and then (currently dreaming of having another once our new addition is here).

It’s said a picture says a thousand words, and that may be true, but for me a song says even more.

Happy new year all!

laura

PS I will be back very soon with my favourites (beauty and lifestyle) of 2016!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Why I’ve Been MIA in the Blogosphere

If you follow me on twitter you may have seen my humble tweet announcing my pregnancy. Yes, I am 9 weeks pregnant. I feel like I’ve already been on one hell of a ride.

Where do I start? My husband and I are very happy about the news, and this baby was planned. Truth is, we only tried for a couple of months before we hit the jackpot. This makes us very lucky. 

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We saw Baby at 8 weeks, measuring a healthy 18mm and showing a strong heartbeat. I am not naive enough to think this means we are out of the dark (I don’t think you truly are until you hold your little one, and then new worries take over), but the odds are certainly in our favour. I did not want to make any announcements until we had some degree of confidence.

I am excited, feeling very ill with “morning” sickness, and extremely tired. I have found it hard to keep up with day to day life in all honesty. It’s an exhausting, humbling and magical experience, but it’s also not easy. Pregnancy wasn’t supposed to interfere with blogging, but it has. Now I’m nearing the end of the first trimester I hope to be back with more product reviews etc.

If you guys are interested I will also include some pregnancy updates. This is will be alongside my usual content.

Until then, take care and have a Merry Christmas! I hope to see you again before 2017!

laura

 

 

Why I’m having to suspend Blogmas…

Good morning and Happy Saturday!

I afraid haven’t been able to complete much of blogmas this week and so I’ve decided I will have to sadly pull out of it. It is currently the busiest period at work and we are having to work lots overtime, so I have had to make sacrifices with blogging.

I’m sure all you working ladies (and gents) will understand how hard it is to juggle working full time and keeping up a hobby such as blogging in your limited spare hours!

But it’s not all bad, I will still keep up my regular content on Sundays and Wednesdays and hope to do the odd bonus post where I can. I’d much rather commit to producing regular, high quality content than something which is lacking because I don’t have the time (and I feel some posts have been like that recently).

It’s a learning curve and lessons have been learnt.

Watch this space!

xoxoxo