TRAVELS | Shropshire

Hey hey!

Its been a few days now since I got back from Ludlow, a lovely countryside town in Shropshire. I’ve been a few times now and it never fails. If you like country villages and quiet towns then I highly recommend!

Me and Chris got up to loads of stuff and the place we stayed in was so cute! We went on Airbnb for the first time and picked out a garden studio shed type thing! It was small but cosy and had everything we needed including a bathroom, a breakfast bar with some kitchen facilities and a lovely patio area where we enjoyed a cuppa in the morning. The owners house was just few yards away and they bought us a cute little breakfast every morning! I highly recommend booking a place on Airbnb because they are normally cheaper than your standard hotel and they are more quirky!

So on the first day we checked in, met the hosts and sort of emptied our cases. By that I mean I hung up my coats ha! We sat on the patio area and had a coffee just taking in the views and enjoying the peace and quiet.

We had a walk around Ludlow centre and found a cool bar called Chang Thai. They have a restaurant and a bar both opposite each other. It’s a quirky looking place and it appeals to the younger generation. They have a range of cocktails available but I went for my usual Malibu and coke aha. The decor here was cool and quirky.

We then chilled in the studio for a bit before going on a walk. There is a national forest nearby called Mortimer Forest which is a decent place for a walk. A bit hilly but the views are ace!

We definitely worked up an appetite after that walk! On the evening we went to Pizza Express for some dough balls and pizza and then went to Chang Thai afterwards (defos our fave bar).

Friday morning was our first time waking up at the garden studio and we were so excited for our breakfast! The hosts bought us two crates with a variety of choice, I really enjoyed the warm croissants! We had a bike ride planned for today but this wasn’t until the afternoon so we popped to a National Trust place called Croft Castle first. Yes we are both national trust members! Adult life eh?

So onto our bike ride! Luckily just 0.4 miles away from our Airbnb there was a Cycle Hire company called Wheely Wonderful Cycling (cool name I know). We hired a mountain bike each for £20. You can choose a full day or half day, we did half day which is from 1pm onwards. You get a map and a bag with some tools in if you have puncture etc. We left it behind because we’re muppets!

So we rode 6 miles to a village called Leintwardine where we stopped off at a lovely pub for a drink. I actually ended up having two drinks and surprisingly I rode the bike better afterwards! I’m realising throughout this blog how much me and Chris sound like alcoholics I can assure you we’re not haha!

We were absolutely dying after this bike ride. Once we got back to the studio I just collapsed and tried napping before getting ready for our second night.

Once ready we headed out to Chang Thai again then for a curry at Shapla Indian restaurant (in Ludlow). This was one of the BEST curries I have had in a while and I’m actually gutted I couldn’t finish it (wasn’t feeling well). Full up on curry we then went to find some other pubs around the Ludlow area to chill at. We went to a bar where we heard some live music, it was called The Old Bakehouse. This was nice but not as busy/lively as we hoped and it closed at 11pm. A lot of the bars and pubs close around that time in Ludlow we soon realised! Village life for ya!

Now it brings me to Saturday, our last stay at the garden studio. We was actually meant to go home that day but we booked an extra night because we enjoyed it that much and felt there was so much more for us to see/do. Plus it makes more sense coming home on a Sunday doesn’t it?

We did another national trust called Berrington Castle. This was nice with lots to see and plenty of walks. We had a little walk to the lakeside which was beautiful.

We also popped into Ludlow for a drink and lunch. We stopped at a pub called The Charlton Arms by a canal which was nice however we was quickly interrupted by SO many wasps. I’ve never hated wasps more than this summer I swear they’re everywhere and they don’t give up!

We couldn’t stay there much longer because of the wasps so decided to leave! We walked around the town taking in the beautiful buildings until we came to a subway where we had some lunch!

I can definitely see myself living somewhere like this in the future. I love cottages and homes like this one.

So after a lovely day we got back and got ready for our final night. As you can guess we started off at Chang Thai again and then ended up at a bar that we had been recommended to go to which is open till late. It’s called The Compasses, it’s a sports bar but it’s good for weekends because it plays music and stays open till 1. It was actually very quiet for a sat night but we didn’t mind. The music was chart music and we sat outside majority of the night before grabbing a takeout back to the studio. It was the perfect last night full of drinks, laughter and food ha!

Our final day we got up had our breakfast, cleaned up a bit and said our goodbyes to the hosts. For our first Airbnb experience this was great! I can’t wait to do some more.

LIFESTYLE | Let’s Catch Up

So I think this has been my longest gap between a blog post, meh. I haven’t had a clue what to write the past few months I’ve just been plodding on and getting on with life as ya do. But I did used to enjoy writing my blog so I MUST continue.

So grab a bevvy (preferably a hot one with this rainy weather) and read on…

Not even sure where to begin really. This year so far has been interesting. I saw a psychic at the start of the year and so far she’s been right about a lot, v scary.

I feel like I should split this up with like job/relationships/health maybe?

I changed my job in March from a nursery nurse to a preschool practitioner (basically same job except I get the holidays off now wooo). It’s not bad I mean money could be better but I can’t complain when I get all my time off can I?

I broke up with my long term boyf in March so enjoyed single life for a while which was nice! It was a mutual decision and we’re both now v happy and seeing other people.

Friendships are still going strong. Big love to my Laura’s so proud of both your achievements. Congrats to my friends who have new homes and babies. Ly all. So hard to meet up with friends isn’t it as you get older. I feel like I’m constantly looking at my calendar seeing when to fit everyone in! Why am I turning in to an old woman?

Regarding my health I stopped going the gym and seeing my PT around March so had been jogging and doing my own workouts at home. Tbh I have been slacking on my fitness journey lately however I have still managed to keep the 2 stone off that I lost so that’s so that’s something! My skin is bad lately few spots here and there but I’m in process of trying out new products so hopefully it helps. I mean I should probs stop eating all the bloody chocolate in the house for a start???

Haven’t had any lip fillers for a while. March was my last lot and tbh they’ve held out well. Revolax deep is the best filler by far for those of you that love a lil plump.

What else eh. Erm I’ve had some more tattoos since my last post and I love em! So addictive though and my bank doesn’t agree.

I’m still into my clothes but I have grown up a bit and don’t splurge all my wages on Topshop anymore! Not going to lie I did spend a fair bit whilst in Zara the other day though.

Whilst being single I had a lot of thinking time and I thought about my life experiences. Ngl it was depressing. I don’t regret anything in my life but I suddenly realised how much I hadn’t yet done. For example a festival, a girls holiday, travelling and exploring. Being in a relationship can sometimes hold you back in my opinion. I guess if you both want the same things and can explore together then that’s the best. I feel like I’m with someone now who I can do all this with and it’s a nice feeling.

The past couple of months in pictures, enjoy.

Becky x

FASHION | 5 ways to wear white jeans

So I recently hopped on the white jean trend and can honestly say I love them! Especially for only £8.99 from H&M!

When I first bought them I was a little unsure of how to style them but after mixing and matching I’ve came up with my faves and thought I’d share with you all.

I will link clothing if it’s still available in store.

  1. The casual but smart look

Oversized grey knit and converse. This jumper is from H&M I’ve got one here similar Knitted Jumper

2. The all over Monochrome look

Such a classic! This coat was from Topshop in Boxing Day sale so not available anymore so here some alternatives Asos check coat, New Look check coat, Topshop check coat

3. The Girly girl look

Such a cute look! Throw over a colourful jacket to your all white outfit to jazz it up. This is Primarks pink teddy coat which I don’t think is for sale anymore. H&M pink coat this is an alternative. The white top with broiderie is Topshop White t-shirt

4. The biker jacket look

When you want to look a bit more edgy throw over your leather jacket. This leather is an old one from River island that I got off Depop. I recommend real leather because they just fit nicer and don’t make you look like an actual biker! The blouse is H&M – Snakeprint blouse

5. The dressy look

Pair the jeans with some black boots and you’re good to go really! A blazer is such a versatile piece of clothing as you can make it casual with some trainers. Boots alternative – Missguided boots. Blazer alternative – ISAWITFIRST Blazer

So there we have it my lovelies, 5 different ways to wear the white jeans. I cannot find the jeans online but here are similar ones Asos white jeans and Asos super high waist jeans both under £25

Until next time,

Becky x

FASHION | Shexy Shirts

Topshop have THE best blouses and shirts in my opinion. They make me want to just wear jeans and shirt every day. Imagine that, just having a diff shirt for every day. LOVE it.

Here are my fave shirts at the mo from TOPSHOP:

Animal Utility Shirt, £35

Rouleau Button Shirt, £35

Snake Print Mensy Shirt, £35

Horse Utility Shirt, £35

Leopard Long Sleeve Shirt, £35

Stripe Shirt (also comes in other colours), £35

Paisley Printed Shirt, £35

Houndstooth Shirt, £32

There are a few cheaper alternatives on new look if you don’t want to spend too much.

Hope you love these shirts as much as I do!

I’m back at work tomorrow ahhhh, it’s so hard going back isn’t it after Christmas break? Although I’ll be glad to get back into a routine to be honest and stop eating 24/7 whilst being at home haha!

Have a good week!

Until next time,

Becky x

FASHION | Are clothes sizes getting smaller?

Honestly haven’t felt the urge to write anything in a while, my minds been elsewhere.

However I have today. I’m a bit miffed off ngl.

So it started when I ordered some Topshop straight leg jeans in blue (so nice). I’ve already got the size 12 you see and they’ve become a bit loose now and you know when you want jeans to be tight and give you a bit of a bum. Well these don’t do anything for me hence why they are now on my Depop!

So as anyone would think, I ordered the size down right? I ordered size 10. And oh my they would not button up!!! Like I genuinely don’t get it?

But what I have been noticing is the labels have all changed in Topshop haven’t they like they’ve had a refurb if you like. So comparing the two jeans together they are different in that sense. SO basically I’m wondering like is this new label meaning they have altered their designs and sizes?

Because can I just point out today I bought some corduroy black Joni jeans in a size 14!!! I mean nothing wrong with being this size however since I’ve lost weight I haven’t bought a size 14 in months! So again this has confused and annoyed me!

I know I’ve eaten a fair bit of crap this Christmas week but I’ve surely not gone up a size.

I’ve researched it and haven’t found anything but I wonder if anyone else is having the same problem?

Rant over. I love Topshop and will continue to shop there but it’s not a confidence boost really is it haha!

Until next time

Becky xx

The start of our AW wardrobe

Hey lovelies,

If you saw my previous blog post you will know that I have done a fairly big shop to begin my autumn winter wardrobe yay!

I hadn’t done a big shop in ages and I was so excited!!

But now I feel the pain of it by looking at my bank account, ooops!

Actually I didn’t spend as much as I wanted, like let’s be honest I think £300-£400 is ideal when you want to get a whole new wardrobe change right? But who can really afford that?!

So I decided to do a list of the basics:

– One decent coat (fur, teddy or puffa) you can always get another coat next payday

– Boots ( classy, flat, chunky? Your choice)

– 2-3 jumpers ( polo necks, knitted long sleeve tops, sweaters)

– Jeans (new season new jeans! Can’t go wrong with dark blue or black for A/W)

– Skirt (denim skirt to go with oversized jumpers, or find a nice corduroy one which is on trend rn)

– Autumnal accessories (I updated my bag collection and also bought a cute grey checkered scrunchie )

So once you’ve got the basic garments you can then elaborate your wardrobe and get some statement pieces such as dungarees or the perfect casual suit.

Here’s some outfit inspiration via Pinterest…

Happy Saturday!

Becky xx

My Nose Job Experience

Hey lovelies! 

So it’s been a whole year since my nose job, where the time has gone, I don’t know!

So this is a post I thought I’d do as I think it can be really helpful to those of you considering surgery whether that be a nose job or something else. I know I would have liked to have read a blog about people’s experiences. 

So I’ll be telling you all about my experience including the cost, the treatment, where I went and sharing a few rough (not for the faint hearted) pictures!

So lets go right back to the decision to have my nose done. I was very self conscious about my nose and definitely had a complex by the time I was leaving school so age 16. I used to hate my picture being taken from the side and I just always felt people was staring at it if I got on the bus or walked into a busy restaurant. It really affected me along with other parts of my face (I’m currently getting regular lip fillers). I did try counselling but it didn’t really help me. I started considering rhinoplasty (the posh, correct term) when I saw that some celebs had undergone it including reality stars Charlotte Crosby and Ferne McCann. I was 20 when my mom said look you can’t be unhappy all your life as it’s just not worth it and she hated seeing me so depressed and conscious about it. She said she will do some research and ask her Auntie who is a nurse, to see if she knows of any good plastic surgeons. Luckily because it was my big 21st bday coming up she knew everyone would put money and I would be able to afford it. Well even if I didn’t we was considering Finance as this is actually something you can do. 

After talking with her auntie, mom said there is a popular surgery in Poland to go at half the price as what you would pay here. Yes, Poland. I was very anxious and uncertain about going to a differnt country but mom did reassure me and said she would be there every step of the way. After doing lots of research I emailed them to enquire. They will respond fairly soon and they will ask you to send pictures of your nose from the front, both sides and also the underneath. this means they can tell you what needs to be done and for how much! So you basically get an instant quote! My quote was £2000 which was literally half the price of what you would pay in the UK. Prices start from £4000 here. You don’t pay till you’re there btw because you need to pay in cash. So If you’re happy with all the details they will give you a date and then when it is all finalised they will send you an email about what happens next. Who to book your flights with and hotel reccomendations near the hotel. They were really good with the communication and helped us out a lot if we were unsure. 

Here are some email screenshots actually so you can see how helpful they are and how much info they provide.

So the place is called Professional Beauty Surgery which is based in WROCLAW, Poland. Their website had lots of information on and lots of reviews including video reviews. After researching we found out that some celebs had been there including X factor’s Chris Maloney! 

Website – https://europesurgery.co.uk/

So after confirming the date (April 10th – surgery date) we booked the flights and hotel. Can I just point out that you are required to stay 5 days after your surgery so they can double check everything and take the cast off. So bare that in mind that you will need to be there for about a week really thats what we did. We used RyanAir for cheapest flights and we stayed at the Boutique Hotel. It was very clean and accomadating. 

Day 1 – we got collected from the airport by their English speaking driver. It was like we was in a film the way he held up my name! He took us straight to our hotel and said he will pick us up on the day of surgery to take us to the clinic. The journey of him picking us up from the airport and taking us to the clinic were both free btw. If you wanted him any other times it did cost. 

Day, 2 and 3 we just sussed out the area and looked for the clinic which really wasn’t far and also had a look at a local shopping mall. Day 3 I also could not eat or drink anything after 12pm midnight prior to the operation. So again bare that in mind.

Day 4 – The taxi driver Chris picked us up and took us to the clinic. Both me and mom felt sick with nervousness I couldn’t eat becuase I wasn’t allowed but mom just felt too sick to eat anything! On this day you have your consultation with your suregon to go over everything and double check what you actually are having done. So for me it was to remove the hump, straighten the nose from front and also lift the tip slightly. I was having Open Rhinoplasty which is where they do all the work underneath the skin. (Gross). This Rhinoplasty is more complex than closed Rhinoplasty so healing time is slightly longer. So whilst having our consultation we got told the plan, I had to take some bloods then be taken to see a psychiastrist (not entirely sure why, I think it’s because it’s a cosmetic procedure so they need to make sure you’re not depressed etc about the way you look). After this I would be taken down to my room.

Mom actually fainted during the consultation because she hadn’t eaten. Plus she felt anxious and nervous about the whole thing! She wasn’t even the one having it done, how did she think I felt?! Haha

So after all of that it was time to go to my room, I’m not going to lie I had a shock. I assumed mom would come with me and so did she but she wasn’t allowed. This is one bad thing I must admit. I felt really sick when I had to say bye to mom but luckily I had my phone on me and used the WIFI and so did she at the hotel. I think I was in my room at about 11 and didn’t have my surgery till about 3 I think so it’s quite a wait. You have to be put on a drip. It’s a waiting game, I slept quite a bit and read a book whilst messaging mom the whole time. Also you share a room with one other person and it could be anyone, same gender but yeah anyone. I was with a Polish woman who was having her boobs done. She was very friendly actually and spoke good English. Most the patients at the clinic though were English so you will more than likely be put with someone English which I think is more reassuring.

So surgery time! I don’t remember too much, just the nurse telling me we were ready to go down and I just remember this big white surgery room like what you see on Holby City and Casualty and all these nurses and doctors around me. I rememeber them saying we’re going to give you the anaesthetic now you’ll be fine etc. And literally I went to sleep pretty quick I swear!! It’s really mad aha. And I just remember waking up feeling a bit weird because I had this cast on my nose which just felt tight. I saw mom right by my side which was SO nice. She said she was there about half an hour waiting for me to wake up haha! When I got up I felt a bit dizzy. They say you can be sick after it and I was when I got up to go toilet. It wasnt very nice.

So after Mom went I just kept going on and off to sleep and in myself I felt fine. The only way to describe it is like it feels like you have a cold, like your nose is proper blocked the cast feels really tight. It’s not painful as such, just more like a throbbing pain.

So here’s some after surgery pictures…

Omg it makes my eyes water looking back at these! They were so puffy! I couldn’t even wear my contact lenses!

The swelling begins coming out within the first 6-12 hours and then gets worse until about the third day then it will slightly begin to ease.

So back to the hospital and after the operation the nurse will come and take these tampon type things out your nose. Oh my god this is the WORST 5 seconds of your life. It feels like your nose is going to fall apart because they are so tightly packed in so as they are pulling them out it just doesn’t feel right.

After this you may bleed a fair bit so have to just keep the tissue pad thing underneath. I did for the 5 days actually. So after they have checked you all over you are free to leave! I was so glad to see mom and to just get out of the hospital! Everyone was lovely there though I must admit.

This was me the morning ready to leave hospital.That first day we just chilled out and I kept sleeping because of the tablets haha!

On the night my swelling had gotten even worse…

I look like I’ve been beaten up!

It started to become very uncomfortable by day two and three, I was crying quite a bit because I was so tired and fed up! It’s hard to sleep at night I would definitely get sleeping tablets.

It was very boring aswell just staying in the hotel (there wasn’t much to do in Wroclaw especially when you’ve got a cast on your nose)

You do have to keep going back to the clinic every day so they can check the nose, give it a clean and then change the padding.

On day 3 we did actually go to the local mall despite wearing a cast and glasses hahah.

Day 4 we wandered into the local town centre and stopped off for a coffee. My bruising was more noticeable now. I did receive quite a few looks whilst walking around ha!

Day 5 – I was so happy to be finally getting my cast off. They checked me all over gave it a clean and removed the cast. It didn’t hurt actually I was expecting it to but it was ok. It’s just such a relief getting it off. When she took it off she said go and have a look. Omg I was so nervous to see it. When I did I’m not gonna lie I thought it looked too piggy-like but she reassured me that it’s just the swelling and that in a few months time it will subside. She put some steri strips on and said I was good to go!

So that was it, me and mom came home later on that day!

I was still so puffy and had bruises for a good few weeks I’d say! My nose was super swollen for at least 6 months like it was really thick and wide I never noticed at the time but looking back at photos it was huge hahaha. But yeah I’d say by 7-8 months the majority of the swelling will have gone but allow yourself 12 months for all swelling to subside.

Incase you didn’t see them before here are the before and after pics….

And this is how my nose looks now:

So there we have it! I’m super happy with the results and am way more confident now. Just want my lips to be bigger haha. My next lip appt will be 1st May so not long to go now!

Thanks for reading and I hope I’ve helped you out if you’re considering surgery!

Becky xx