Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cluise Digital Stylist Fashion App

Cher from Clueless was my idol throughout all of my teenage years... I wanted her looks, her life and even her pink fluffy pen but most of all I wanted her wardrobe, even that yellow checked two-piece!

I'm sure I'm not alone in this, I think everyone my age and five years either side wanted to be her, so what would you say if I told you that you could have your own version of Cher's famous interactive wardrobe on your phone?!
Let me introduce you to Cluise; a smartphone app which will help to organise your wardrobe and be your very own digital stylist.

Every week I am guilty of saying I have nothing to wear, when in reality I have too much and can get quite overwhelmed with what to wear day to day. This always results in me outfit repeating and grabbing the same few items all of the time - not necessarily a bad thing, but why not get the most out of the clothes I own? Which is where Cluise comes in perfectly...
Cluise is completely free to download on iOS or Android and is definitely a must have app for any fashion blogger!
Signing up to the app takes a matter of seconds and you can then begin to build your wardrobe simply by taking photos of your clothes, shoes and accessories... For me this would take a hell of a long time to upload every single item I own (Yes I'm a hoarder), but this app is helping me to create a capsule wardrobe for myself and it's encouraging me to get more wear from simple pieces by changing up my accessories or matching pieces.
The app is also clever enough to recognise the items you upload including style and colour and will organise your digital wardrobe by types of item.
You have the option to 'heart' an outfit suggestion if you really love it, save a look for later or give an outfit a thumbs down, Cluise uses your likes and dislikes to learn about what combinations you will want to wear.
Not only does the app help me to piece together my outfits by using real-time weather, but it also helps me to keep track of the items I'm never reaching for, which makes it much easier for me to make the decision of what to sell when I'm having a clear out. There is an option to sell your clothes through the app, which will also suggest your pieces to users who like similar things and likewise items for sale from other users will be suggested to you in outfit ideas if they suit your personal style.
I haven't sold anything on the app yet, but I will most definitely be giving it a try soon as I'm loving the whole capsule wardrobe thing and really need to downsize my stash!

There is also an option to share your outfits in a lookbook style section of the app and you can follow other users who's outfits you like for ideas and inspiration. With over 300,000 worldwide users using the app at the moment, you're sure to find some people to follow and get plenty of ideas for new looks.

If you hear yourself crying out 'I have nothing to wear' get yourself this app and don't forget to follow me!
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Monday, 25 July 2016

The Chairman, Bedford Street Middlesbrough

Bedford Street, Middlesbrough; The place to be if you want good food, good drinks and a nice catch up with some good company. Located in the new independent quarter of town, the area which is almost too trendy for you to believe it's in good old Boro!

A few weeks ago myself and Ray found ourselves wandering looking for something to eat and came across The Chairman bar and kitchen; a modern style micro pub serving real ale, craft ale and specialist spirits plus a really unique and delicious sounding food menu.

The interior is simple but completely Instagram-worthy, with exposed brick, corrugated metal and industrial style lighting. The bar is also pretty spectacular with endless types of drinks on display and the open plan kitchen beside it adds some real atmosphere to the place.

I walked in with all intentions of trying something a little different and was going to pick something from the specials board, that was until I saw the table next to us tucking into the most amazing looking burgers and I knew I would be ordering the same!
You can build your own burger with a choice of beef, chicken, spicy bean or chilli and chickpea burger in a brioche bun served with fat or thin chips, lettuce, tomato and chairslaw plus the choice of  tomato sauce, burger relish, Chairman BBQ or mustard mayo on the side.
You can also add cheddar, stilton, mushroom or smoked bacon for an extra pound.

I went for beef, thin chips, mustard mayo and the added smoked bacon. It also came with a gherkin on top and was served on a little tray with the chips in a wire basket - ten out of ten for presentation.
The beef burgers were thick and juicy, the bacon slightly crispy and salty, it was delicious and cooked perfectly. I would even go as far as saying it was the best burger I have had in Middlesbrough ever and I would recommend them to everyone.
The only choice I slightly regretted was the mustard mayo... Don't get me wrong, it was nice, but after tasting Ray's Chairman BBQ sauce I instantly regretted not ordering that. I'm not sure what it is that makes it so special, there must be a secret ingredient, but they should definitely be selling this by the bottle!

All in all I love this place, the staff are wonderful, the whole place is really realxed and the food is top notch! Next time you're in the Boro, make sure you give The Chairman a try.
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

2016 Favourites Part 2

Following on from part 1 of my 2016 favourites, we are now another quarter through the year so it's time for the next round up of products I'm loving.

I'm still using all of the products from the first three months of the year, and I'm glad to say there have been a few more new discoveries to talk about, plus some re-discoveries... I much prefer writing these round up posts rather than writing a monthly favourites every four weeks as it gives me much longer to really try things out and get a real feel for the product and enough time to develop an honest and educated opinion on wether I would recommend something or not.

By far my favourite new discovery of the past three months is the Rituals Ayurveda Scrub, a purifying and refreshing body scrub containing Multani Clay and fragranced with Indian Rose. I have been using twice weekly in the shower as a scrub on my arms and legs and as a mask on my chest and back. It's really thick and gritty which means all dead skin is buffed away and when I use it as a mask (applied on dry skin and left for 5 minutes before rinsing) this leaves me skin so, so soft and it's been clearing up any blemishes or redness on my skin.
I can't stop talking about this to my family and friends, I really do love it and it will be one of those products I buy in bulk so that I'm never without it.

Another in shower product I really like is the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Body Bar, which is an exfoliating yet gentle soap. I've been mainly using this on my legs, firstly to exfoliate and secondly to calm my skin after shaving... It contains parsley flakes which buff away dead skin cells and opens the pores and the tea tree ingredient helps to calm down any soreness or rash after using my razor.

When I was in London I treated myself to my first product from The Balm; their Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlight. I set out to buy Mary-Lou but after swatching it's much too gold and glittery for my liking... Cindy-Lou is softer, a peachy pink shade and much prettier on my skin tone.
Not only is it a beautiful shade, it's really smooth and soft on the skin, and can be blended out to be really natural or built up for a bolder look.
As well as using this for my cheekbones, I've worn it applied lightly as a blush for a flush of colour and as an eyeshadow... It works great on the inner corner of the eye, on the brow bone or as an allover wash of colour on the lids. such a beautiful product, I wish I'd made the move and tried The Balm sooner!

I've recently blogged about all of my favourite concealers, but the one I've been most impressed with and reaching for daily for the past few months is the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer.
I think of this as a bit of a dupe for Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, it's really easy to blend, high coverage and really illuminating. I love this for covering my under eye circles, any redness around my nose and for strobing with... best of all it's really affordable, I can't recommend this enough.

If I talk about how much I love bareMinerals Complexion Rescue anymore I fear that you'll all stop reading my blog through getting sick of me repeating myself about this product! I had to give it a mention in this favourites post though because it wasn't in my last one... Earlier in the year I was using Nars Sheer Glow as my base, but now that Summer is here and the weather has picked up I want a lighter base, which has meant I've gone back to my all-time favourite Complexion Rescue.
It's glowy, it's cooling, it increases skin hydration, it's just the best!
bareMinerals have also released some new shades this month, including a shade between the two I usually wear, which I can't wait to try.

It may seem a little random to be talking about a deodorant in a favourites post, but there is one which has really stood out from the crowd for me and has now become the only one I will wear. Before this I used to just buy whichever product was on offer without really taking any notice of brand or scent, but since using Sure Maximum Protection Stick Deodorant I haven't used any other.
I've used all varieties of this formula, and I have really liked them all, they smell lovely and fresh, apply so smoothly and best of all they keep me protected and dry for hours and hours, I can go all day on the hottest of days with this without feeling uncomfortable at all.

In May I started to use The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter, which I was drawn to as it's marketed as being suitable for sensitive skin. It's pretty much fragrance free, it just smells clean, but feels amazing on the skin... I apply this with my finger tips in circular motions and it melts into my skin, removing any makeup and dirt as it's melting. Once washed off my skin is always left feeling fresh, clean and really moisturised - it's such a dreamy product for anyone with dry skin.

Which products have you been loving recently?
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