A watch made of wood. Now that in itself, is pretty damn impressive.

JORD contacted me a few weeks ago asking if i'd like to review one of their watches. I had heard of the company only a few days prior to this, as I had come across a blogger at work who had too been sent a watch to review. I think the whole concept is brilliant, but as far as fashionable is concerned, I was yet to be persuaded.

The lovely team asked which watch I would choose if I could, and to be honest, I struggled a little. Some were very bulky and some of the colours I felt would just blend with my paleness. But there was a couple that were really unique, and this rose gold one just called out to me. The size looked perfect and I loved the darker wood and how it contrasted with the watch face.

There was the same series watch but with a turquoise face which is also stunning, and I'd totally recommend checking out their site HERE.

Upon receiving the item, I was surprised with how much I actually loved it. Even the box was exciting! The watch itself has crystal markers which look beautiful when the light catches them and gives the watch a classy look. I also love the metal clasp and back of the face...the latter being really intricate and interesting to look at! But the thing I love most, of course, is the rose gold. 

I thought I would struggle with styling this item as I wasn't sure what would compliment the wood. I don't think it's an item I would wear for more dressy occasions, but I really love it on a blue jeans and white tee kinda day. It looks perfect with that laid-back look and offers that little bit of quirk to a plain outfit. I don't think it's an item I'll wear daily - I love my Michael Kors and Olivia Burton watches too much to sacrifice them just yet, but I will definitely wear it more than I thought. My next blog post will be an OOTD featuring this watch, so keep your eyes peeled for how I style it!

What do you think about a wood watch? Do you like this one? Would you buy one? 


*JORD sent me this watch for review purposes. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Wooden Watch Review







Those of you who read my last post in the 'My Weight Loss Journey' series, will know that Myprotein sent me their Cookies and Cream Impact Diet Whey to review a while back. I breifly touched on the subject in my last post which you can find HERE, but with finishing my degree and starting work, I was unable to review it to a standard I was satisfied with. I've now purchased their Low Calorie Meal Replacement in Vanilla, so will touch on both products in this post. I also have the SmartShake bottle and absolutely love it, so will talk about this at the end of the post :) 

I must state that I had lost a lot of weight before trying these products, and where Protein World worked really well for me, I strongly believe that it wouldn't have worked so well if I had already lost the excess weight. 

Impact Diet Whey - Cookies and Cream

I began using this product in conjunction with Protein World as I still had some left to use. I had a Protein World shake in the morning and the Impact Diet Whey (Myprotein) in the evenings, whilst going to the gym most days. I was losing a steady 1lb a week doing this. To me, that doesn't seem like much as I was used to losing up to 2lbs a week, but like i've said, I had already lost that excess weight so it was becoming much harder.

I wanted to start focusing on my muscles a lot more at the gym and the Impact Diet Whey is packed with protein to help this. I began doing 2 shakes a day whilst going to the gym about 6 days a week and can honestly say that I started to notice definition in my legs and arms quite quickly.

Taste 

The cookies and cream flavour is actually delicious, and sometimes I feel like I'm having a dessert rather than a protein shake, so I couldn't fault it at all. As previously mentioned, the texture can be quite lumpy but I really have convinced myself these are little bits of cookie (hey, maybe they are!)

Weight Loss

I think with moving home, finishing my degree and all my other lifestyle changes currently underway, the weight loss has been quite slow and when my exercise started to take a back seat, I found that this product wasn't aiding weight loss at all. 

Overall thoughts

I really like this product and I think if you are a gym-goer then it's great for working those muscles! I wouldn't recommend this product if you're purely trying to lose weight without wanting to tone up too much, as I think it works best in conjunction with exercise.

Low Calorie Meal Replacement - Vanilla

After loving the Vanilla Protein World shake, I decided to try this alternative from Myprotein. I opted for a meal replacement shake as after moving home, i've really neglected the gym as i'm commuting into London 5 days a week. I'm still exercising when I can and doing some basic muscle training, but as I have no real time to fit in rigorous exercise, a high protein shake wasn't the best option for me.

Taste

The taste isn't terrible but I have to admit, it's not my favourite. The texture is also quite lumpy - similarly to the Impact Diet Whey - so I have to blend this product if I want to use it. However, I've been having this for breakfast with milk, ice, strawberries and bananas and the taste is amazing. The vanilla flavour really goes well with the fruit and fills me up for hours. 

Weight Loss

I'm not being overly strict with my diet at the moment and have noticed between 00.5lb - 1lb weight loss a week on this product. Some weeks I don't lose anything, but I also don't put it on so for me, this product is absolutely perfect for what I want right now as the last thing I want is this change in lifestyle to undo all of my hard work. I want to get back on to my healthy train ASAP, but it's just not overly feasible for me right now. 

Overall thoughts

I really like this product but the unfortunately I just dislike the taste. My sister is using the strawberry one and really likes that, so maybe it's just the vanilla letting the side down.

SmartShake Bottle

I love love love this bottle. 

I've always forgotten to order the bottles with Myprotein and Protein World, so have had a couple of random ones now. The first was a PHD bottle of Amazon which had a metal ball in it to smooth out any lumps when shaking. It was a great bottle but I don't feel like the ball did much and it wasn't very pretty! (Come on, to us girls, this matters!)

The next one was a Nike bottle that I picked up from TKMAXX. It had a filter in the lid to help combat lumps and it really did help! However, the bit attached to where you drink from (no technical terminology here, sorry!) often got in the way when using the bottle or dripped on my face! The bottle also leaked a little when I shook it, so I got rid of this ASAP.

I then picked up this SmartShake bottle from TKMAXX. It has 3 compartments; 1 for the drink, 1 for supplements and 1 for putting more powder in. The nozzle (is that right?) has a really air-tight closure lid meaning I have this rolling around in my bag and it doesn't leak at all! It has measurement units on the side too which is really helpful. The thing I love most, however, is the third compartment where you can store more powder. I often take my breakfast smoothie to have on the train or in the office, so I love having somewhere to put more powder for lunch if that's what I fancy having. 

You can also isolate the bottle without any compartments or just one which makes it super easy for travelling.


Has anybody used any of these products? Would you recommend something else from Myprotein? 
Let me know your thoughts!






Nailbox...it's pretty much what it says on the ... er...box. 

Launching back in April, Nailbox is a monthly subscription box containing three or four nail polishes and one or two nail tools. It is delivered around the 21st of each month and aims to keep Britons on top of the latest nail trends. Like most monthly subscription boxes, the contents of the package remain a mystery until delivery, so it almost feels like a present every month.

It is delivered in a simple cardboard box but for the price (£15 a month but if you subscribe for longer periods of time it is cheaper), I think you are really getting your money's worth without the packaging needing to be fancy. Considering some of these polishes are around the 8 pound mark on their own, I'm really impressed that the cost of the box is so low.

This was May's Nailbox, with beautiful pastel colours and an Orly glitter polish that is actually sold out everywhere right now! I don't know if I'd actually wear the latter, but 3 out of 4 isn't bad!

I know a lot of people really enjoy monthly subscription boxes and getting to see new products first hand, and this box is no exception. I particularly love how you get a nail tool provided, as I think they are often forgotten about and can really make a difference to your manicure.

Has anybody heard of or tried Nailbox? Would you subscribe?

*This box was provided for me to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Showers were always something I hated when I was younger. The same as brushing my teeth I guess; it always seemed like a chore rather than something I could actually enjoy. Then came my teenage years, where the 30 minute showers began and I started to appreciate the 'me time'. Unfortunately, since moving house I have returned to disliking showers. My shower head is pretty naff; one setting, barely any water comes out and it doesn't even cover my whole body so I end up having to do half of my body at a time.

I was actually mid-moan when I received an email from the lovely people at Talented Talkers asking if I'd collaborate in a 'get ready with me' style post, with Mira, Molton Brown and Macadamia. I couldn't say no!

The shower head was like the holy grail when I opened the box (there was even that golden operatic tune playing in my head). It has 4 water settings, a really big surface area and a 360 degree head so you can tilt it how you like. I couldn't wait to try it!

Unfortunately it was only for hose showers (something that mine wasn't) and so I am still figuring out a way to try this. It's almost teasing me, saying 'you could have the best shower with me, if only you could use me'. I'm absolutely gutted. It's definitely got me looking for a shower head that would fit mine though, and the Mira website is full of amazing ones!  

 Luckily I could still try my other goodies. I always think Summer is the best time to use your nicest products as your skin isn't hidden under 5 layers of clothing! I'd never even thought to look at Molton Brown for shower products (to me, they were always just the elite hand wash). I received the Pink Pepperpod Body Wash and the Pink Pepper Body Polish.

 The smell of both of these products is insane! The scrub was really gentle on my skin as the beads were not too big which is always a bonus, and the body wash left my skin feeling so soft! Plus I could still smell it a couple of hours later which is great for the clammy summer months.


My last goodie was a Macadamia Deep Repair Mask for my hair. Even though I always look for products that have Macadamia oil in them, I've never actually tried this brand. The smell is quite an average hair product smell (if you catch my gist) but the effects were incredible. It's simple to use: just apply to it clean, wet hair and rinse after 7 minutes. My hair felt so soft (and looked so shiny!)


After a shower, there's nothing better than getting into a big fluffy robe and doing your make-up. Minimal skin products, long eyelashes and pink/nude lips is definitely my go-to summer look, mixing it up with a bold lip for the evening. 
I also love having loose, beachy waves (or as close as I can get to that) in the summer for that really relaxed and minimal look! I used a big barrelled curling tong to achieve this look.



As I was going out for a few drinks, I kept my outfit really simple and threw on my favourite lightweight coat and clutch. I may not have been in a pretty summery dress, but I definitely felt ready for summer with soft hair, soft skin and smelling like Pink Pepperpods (whatever the hell they are!)

Has anybody tried Mira shower heads or any of these other products? How do you like getting ready for summer? 

*This box was provided for me to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.