Monday, 17 July 2017

Top Tips For How To Get A Good Nights Sleep When Travelling with Tempur

Top Tips For How To Get A Good Nights Sleep When Travelling with Tempur

For far too many years, I've burned the candle at both ends.  My sleep has been sacrificed in favour of late nights and early mornings but eventually something has got to give.  This was the summer for me when I realised just how much of a positive impact a great nights sleep can have on my mind, body and spirit and I made some changes to get my sleeping pattern in check for the better.

The issue came when I was due to fly out to Bali for work; how would I achieve a good nights sleep when travelling on such a long flight and through several accommodation changes?  Well let me tell you, I had it down to a fine art by the time I landed back in the UK and I wanted to share my top tips with you ahead of my next trip to Crete which is coming up so soon!

Top Tips For How To Get A Good Nights Sleep When Travelling with Tempur

First things first, try to work out why you tend to not get as good a rest when you're travelling; is it because of the uncomfortable seats on the plane or is it too noisy?  What about the unfamiliar environment or the jet lag?

Once you've worked out what it is that keeps you from getting a good nights sleep when travelling, you can work to correct it.

For me, its feeling uncomfortable, the light and the noise.

Top Tips For How To Get A Good Nights Sleep When Travelling with Tempur

I damaged my neck in an accident several years ago and ever since I've slept with a Tempur® pillow at home.  It's been an absolute godsend to me as it moulds to support my shape and the way that I lie in bed and it has made such a big difference to the quality of my sleep at home.

Until recently, I had never had the same experience when travelling as the pillow was too big for me to take away with me.  I'd end up using a normal travel neck pillow for on the plane and whatever pillow was provided in the hotel but more often than not, sleeping like this would set my neck off and cause pain and discomfort at the worst and a poor nights sleep at best.

However, the genius team at Tempur® have since created two travel pillows, the Tempur Travel Pillow which is the transit style, perfect for when you're in the car or on a plane and the Tempur® Comfort Travel Pillow which is the one that I have.

The fantastic thing about this travel pillow is that it is very much like the pillow that I already use at home, just in a smaller, more travel friendly size.  I can take it away with me for use on the plane, when I'm sleeping in a hotel room and for when I'm lounging around the pool and I can rest assured that whether I'm enjoying a deep sleep or an afternoon nap, its going to be a comfortable, good sleep.

If you find that you're uncomfortable when travelling or sleeping at your destination then I'd highly recommend picking up one of these pillows.  Its an essential for me to protect my neck and ensure I get a good nights sleep!

Top Tips For How To Get A Good Nights Sleep When Travelling with Tempur

If noise is an issue for you when travelling, then might I suggest picking up a set of ear plugs to block out the noise.  You could even use headphones like I do and head off to sleep listening to your favourite relaxing music.  I'm really into audiobooks at the moment so I tend to set the timer on mine and zoning into it really helps to chill me out and send me to sleep.

If you're someone who tends to become cold mid flight, then I'd recommend taking a big hoodie with you, a blanket or a scarf thats big enough to serve as a blanket.  Wrap it around you to keep warm and snuggle up.  It can serve as such a comfort when you're away from home.

Lastly, if light is an issue for you, be it on the plane or from street lights or daylight at your destination, then I'd suggest investing in an eye mask such as the Tempur® Sleep Mask.  I've been using mine for a couple of years now and have just got a second to keep by my bedside because even at home, I get a much better sleep when I wear it.

The Tempur® material moulds to fit the shape of my face and its adjustable at the back too for total comfort and darkness.  Using an eye mask really helps me to adjust to the time zone that I'm in much more quickly and to get a far better nights sleep overall than if I'm battling with shining light in an unfamiliar environment!

I'd love to find out what your tips for getting a good nights sleep when travelling are.  Do let me know know in the comments and if you want to get a good nights sleep when travelling too, then take up the Tempur® Challenge by heading into participating stores from 10th July to 7th August and test out the Tempur® mattresses for your chance to WIN a Tempur® travel pillow for yourself!

*This post is in conjunction with Tempur® but all thoughts are my own.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

Girls, if you're looking for a gorgeous dress to wear to parties and events this summer then check out the AX Paris Curve Floral Bardot Skater Dress from Yours Clothing.

The off the shoulder style is fun and flirty and the cut and fabric of the dress is not only mega flattering but it really keeps its shape too.  Better yet, its in the summer sale with up to 30% off.

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

I've been wearing AX Paris Curve dresses for years but since they took the curve range off their website, I've struggled to find enough of their range online.

That was until I found them on Yours Clothing; they definitely have the best and most varied selection from the more casual, daytime pieces to the party dresses and occasion wear.

Plus, they're stocked in many of the stores too which is great if I'm heading to the Metrocentre for an outfit to wear that evening!

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

That's exactly what happened when I spotted this dress; it was perfect for my night out and I knew that I had to have it!

The fit is fantastic; very true to size which is something I don't often find from concessions as I usually have to size up 1 or 2 sizes.  With this dress, I just bought my regular size and danced about in it like it was made for me.

The top part is elasticated across the shoulders; its tight enough that it stays in place but has enough movement in it that it doesn't leave you feeling restricted.  Often bardot tops don't tend to move with the body very well but this one does which is great because I hate having to constantly pull my tops down off my shoulders!

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

The skirt of the dress is made from a scuba like fabric which really holds its own.  The pleated shape flatters my figure and skims over my lumps and bumps which I certainly appreciate and I love that the material is heavy enough that it doesn't blow up at the slightest gust of wind.  Tomorrows laundry is always strictly undercover when I wear this dress thats for sure!

Paired with some chunky heels, a clutch and some simple jewellery, the gorgeous rose print is really able to make a statement.  It is bold and beautiful without being too OTT.  The fabric of the skirt has a slight sheen to it which seems to bring the florals to life even more.

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

AX Paris Curve Rose Print Bardot Dress at Yours Clothing in the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden

You may notice that I shot these photographs in the Alnwick Garden, a charitable formal garden up in Northumberland.  I'm sure many of you will know by now that this is one of my favourite places to visit in the North East because theres so much to see and do there no matter what time of the year you visit.

Inside the Poison Garden, there's a huge, carefully curated selection of killer plants and I can't wait to revisit it this summer to see it at its best, fully grown in the light of the sun.

Who knows what I'll wear on my next visit... I best head to Yours Clothing to pick out another beautiful dress!

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What items from Yours Clothing have caught your eye recently?  What do you think of the floral pattern on this dress?
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Seven Summer Treats Just For You

Flamingo Pool Float Yours Clothing Tankini
Float from Primark, Tankini from Yours Clothing
Why wait until your birthday or Christmas for presents? I'm a firm believer in treating yourself throughout the year whether its for doing well at work, a non-scale victory or simple to say, I love you, love me!

Summertime is the perfect excuse for treating yourself as these so many lush pieces in the shops; some serious, some fun but they'll all make your smile and wont break the bank.

Surrounding yourself with things that you love and that bring you happiness is really important.

Here's my run down of the things I'm treating myself to this summer to pop a smile on my face.

Flamingo Pool Float

A FUNKY POOL FLOAT

Last summer, was the year of the funky pool floats. I bought a pricey 7 foot pegasus to take with me to the Maldives in January but this summer, so many of the high street stores have caught on, so now you can up your poolside game without spending a small fortune. The best place for inflatables this year has to be Primark with their watermelon ring, donut, unicorn and the flamingo, like I have above. New Look have a great collection too; they even have inflatable drinks floats so that your cocktail can float alongside you!

PUT A LID ON IT
Summer lets you embrace your most glamorous self by popping on a massive sun hat. I bought mine in Ralph Lauren a few years ago and it always makes me feel so fabulous when I wear it!


From understated trilby hats, floppy hats and cowboy hats, they are an essential treat for those looking to add a little something extra to their outfit as well as to protect them from the sun.  The ones at Accessorize are a great high street option.

LIGHT UP YOUR GARDEN
For lazy, hazy nights in the garden with your friends, you can create a magical atmosphere with beaut solar lights around your garden. Solar fairy lights are the prettiest – and come in all sorts of guises – from pretty shapes and colours, to more traditional lanterns. I've just bought some of these diamond shaped solar lights from Wilko for my balcony.

Yours Clothing Plus Size Swimwear
Wearing the Yours Clothing Blue and Pink Smudge Kimono and Pineapple Beach Bag

SUMMER-THEMED BEACH BAGS
You’re not likely to go to the beach at any other time, right? Then why not make your beach bag ultra summery to maximise on the sunny vibes.

Yours Clothing have a great selection – there’s everything from stars to stripes and pom poms and of course the two pineapple covered woven bags that I have. They hold everything that I need for the pool or beach from my Kindle and suncream to my water and towel. Time to hit the beach!

Yours Clothing Plus Size Swimwear
Wearing the Yours Clothing Black and Electric Blue Swimsuit and Pineapple Beach Bag
POLISH UP
Treating yourself to a new nail polish will help you embrace summer at the lowest of costs. Choose from juicy oranges and lemons, or go full ice cream colours with pale mints, blues and pinks and have a constant reminder of summer fun times. Barry M nail paint is a classic.

SMARTER ICE CUBES
Whats the one thing that can make refreshing coolers and cocktails even more delicious? Ice cubes that don’t melt and dilute the drink that's what! I love that now you can buy freezable cubes that chill drinks without making them water down eventually. These are my fave fruit ice cubes from Lakeland; they're perfect for cocktails and look so cute even in a jug of juice too!

PADDLING POOL
Lastly, a paddling pool is the perfect summer treat. Don't be confined to thinking that they need to be held in your memory from childhood. In the UK when its hot, we're not equipped with the air-con and swimming pools like we have when we're on holiday so do yourself a favour and bag a bargain paddling pool from Tesco Direct.

They're great for popping your feet in to cool off on a hot summers day and you can even pop a load of ice cubes in to keep your beers cold, so fill ‘em up, kick back and relax in your garden.

Summer is here and its time to treat yo'self ladies!

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I'd love to know what you're treating yourself to this summer, let me know in the comments!



*Research provided by name badges retailer Badgemaster.
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle!

Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle! Tuneless Choir

Who inspires you in your local area?  Know someone who does great things in your community?

Now is the time to nominate them for the TSB Community Partner Award in the Pride of Britain awards!


Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle! Tuneless Choir

This year, TSB bank have partnered with Trinity Mirror's Pride of Britain, which holds an annual awards ceremony to honour everyday unsung heroes.  It is the only event of its kind here in the UK and you may well have seen the star studded event televised on ITV.  I've watched it many a time and have always been in awe of the incredible acts of courage, bravery and determination shown.

Seeing everyday people battle against the odds for the good of others is truly inspiring and always makes me reflect on my own life and what I could do more to help others.

On the night of the awards ceremony, TSB will have their own specific award, the TSB Community Partner Award, which will recognise and celebrate ordinary people who making amazing contributions to their local communities.

If you've heard about TSB Local Pride then you'll know that they're all about people helping people and all thriving together as a result.  Their community spirit is the driving force behind them partnering with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport because thats what they're all about too.



Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle! Tuneless Choir

Nominations for all of the awards are now open and to celebrate the launch, the Pride of Britain are going on tour!

The Summer of Pride Tour sees a tea of Minis whizzing around the country, stopping at TSB branches and well known landmarks along the way.  Today, they were in Newcastle, first at the Angel of the North and secondly at the TSB branch on Northumberland Street.  I grabbed the chance to get a selfie in one of the Minis before submitting my nomination for the TSB Community Partner Award.


Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle! Tuneless Choir

My nomination is for retired scientist, Minty Nichol, and community choir leader, Ashleigh Lowes who set up the Tuneless Choir in Newcastle last September.  They're all about bringing people together within the community who love to sing but perhaps feel as though they can't or aren't good enough for a traditional choir.

We all know the line, 'sing like no ones listening,' well thats exactly what they encourage everyone to do.  I signed up when it very first launched and I cannot begin to describe how great it felt to be able to do something simply for the sheer enjoyment of it.  There always seems to be such a pressure to get everything right in life but the Tuneless Choir is all about inspiring confidence to experience the joy of singing without judgement.  Ashleigh does a sterling job at encouraging this every fortnight and its great to see how quickly people relax after turning up to their first session a little nervous.

On my first session, I felt shy and embarrassed but immediately felt at ease.  The majority of my life seems to be very stressful in recent years but with the choir, I was able to completely switch off, be present in the moment and enjoy doing something I love with others who share the same love of singing.

The group as a whole is totally a mixed bag as everyone is so different which is why they make such a great community, joined together by a love of singing.

You can follow the Newcastle Tuneless Choir on Twitter and Facebook and check out the main website here.  I'd love to see you at the next session and I know that Ashleigh and Minty would too!


Pride Of Britain TSB Community Partner Award: Summer Of Pride Comes To Newcastle! Tuneless Choir

Throughout the Summer of Pride, there will be competitions running in TSB branches that anyone can enter.  Simply head into the branch and take a selfie of your own and you could win tickets to the Pride of Britain.  Wow, what an incredible honour that would be!

Do you know someone who you think should win the TSB Community Partner Award?  Then submit your nomination here!

Don't forget to check out the TSB Local Pride site too to see how they're celebrating ordinary people, working together to make good things happen!
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Finally, summer is here which gives us all the perfect excuse to update our wardrobes with new clothes for the season ahead.

Naturally, I have been doing just that as, with my summer holiday to Crete on the horizon, I've needed some lightweight pieces that can be worn equally as well at home as they can on a beach holiday.  In The Style Curve have the perfect plus size clothes for a summer holiday and this bardot dress is one of my faves.

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Created in this exclusive in-house designed print, the Curve Binky Red Floral Bardot Swing Dress is perfect outfit to pop on this summer whether its for a day at the beach or cocktails at night.

It's from Binky Felstead's summer collection and the gorgeous pop of red colour couldn't be more suited to the season!  The shade pairs effortlessly with tan, gold and neutrals which makes it a great one to pack in your suitcase when you travel as you can pair and wear it in different ways.

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Generously sized, with plenty of shirring elastic across the shoulders and cut in a flattering swing style, this dress skims over lumps and bumps.  It moves to fit your body and then stays in place across your shoulders.


There's plenty of room in it for you to dance about in at many a summer party but do be careful as it is cut a little higher at the sides and can ride up if you're a little over zealous with your Cha Cha Slide!

Binky Felstead Red Floral Bardot Dress From In The Style Curve Review

Bardot styles are my favourite pieces to wear; there's something subtly sexy and flirty about showing your shoulders but above all, I love how summery and girlie I feel in this dress.

Worn with strappy platforms and loose curls, it makes the perfect summer ensemble!

SHOP it on In The Style Curve HERE!
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