Joe Browns.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a clothing company who wanted to gift me some items in exchange for a blog post. Of course as with anything I checked out the store first, I have had to turn some companies down when it comes to gifting, as if I genuinely don’t like the clothes I can’t accept them and I feel inauthentic. So to my delight there were some items I really loved, the website has a cool laid back vibe and I think that there is definitely something for everyone. I chose a really cool pair of flat sandals adorned with pompoms that are super bright and really gorgeous for summer, next I chose a beautiful blouse with a bird print on, which looks great teamed with skinny jeans and I am equally looking forward to wearing it on my holidays with denim cut offs or as a cover up on the beach, the last item I chose was a really lovely necklace which is really bohemian and has that hippie style I love. The price range is super affordable and the quality of the items is great, so in all I am a very happy bunny (What girl isn’t at the prospect of free clothes!) The bag I styled the blouse with is from my collection I am selling, you can email me for more details (Shameless plug there for myself!!) I hope you like the items and if you want to check out the website it is http://www.joebrowns.co.uk

Currently listening to Pharrell Williams new album Girl, favourite one (Its the rudest but I love the beat!) Gush!

 

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The best wake up call

Recently there has been a massive awakening to the powers of juicing, which is fantastic to see, as the benefits to our health our simply wonderous. I have been juicing  for around ten years, It was actually my dad who bought me my first juicer and I found it the most effective way to give my then two year old daughter her daily intake (and much more) of nutrients. As a parent, I think, the main gift you can give your Children is, the most optimum nutrition you can, as a solid ground for their growth, development, energy and the prevention of disease to name a few! Also educating them on how important a good diet is puts them in good stead for when they’re out of your clutches and fly the nest…. (Although I can see myself as that scary stalker kind of mum who follows them to Uni and gate crashes night outs, no escaping little guys!) At the moment my preferred juicer is the Philips ‘Avance’ it’s super easy to use and clean, Which as any fellow juicer will tell you the cleaning is one pain in the ass! Also the ‘Juice Master’ Jason Vale, Who’s book I cannot recommend enough, uses the Philips line of juicers. The beauty of juicing is that anything goes, there are some really amazing recipes in Jason’s book, from combatting colds and flu, eczema, losing weight and (the most important) the hangover helper! Mostly I just try to pack as many veggies in as I can, adding fruit for some natural sweetness. I personally prefer juices to smoothie’s as I like the consistency of the juice as opposed to the thickness of a smoothie, of course you can combine the two a pineapple, mango, cucumber and apple juice whizzed up in the blender with some ice and almond milk is delicious. Since reading about the Japanese recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables being 17 compared to the UK’s 5, I have been trying to aim for that, considering Japan has one of the healthiest nations and the longest life expectancy it is definitely worth taking heed. Buying a juicer and getting into the habit of making one for you and your family every morning is the best investment you will ever make, the life giving energy, pure and natural liquid that flows inside every fruit and vegetable is what needs to pass our lips every single day, beauty definitely comes from within and I can guarantee you will see a difference in your skin, hair, nails and over all well being from starting this juice discovery. Top your morning juice with some chia seeds and you will be a little ball of pure health 🙂

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My homegirl

As I’ve said before how I dress my Children is definitely a reflection of me and although I try not to totally supress their own creative style (reverse psychology is the key!) I do try to steer them in the right direction when choosing their outfits…. the right direction being Mummy’s choice! I joke of course, but I am quite lucky as I seem to have two stylish off springs, especially my daughter who has a great eye for fashion. This simple little outfit is great for this transitional/tween age that she is at now and although we both prefer more muted tones the red tights, with the black and white boucle coat, give it a much needed ‘pop’ of colour. Its an amazing age she is at now, as she really enjoys shopping and picking her own outfits, I cherish our girly days together and watching her grow in to a delightful little lady. I’m sure the mood swings will kick in soon though, she’s thirteen in April…. I swear this is when I will probably end up running away! I am conscience of always drumming it into her that physicality is not everything also, as society is so focused on appearance, I want her to be confident that her personality, brain and sense of humour are just as important, I probably drive her crazy, but I never want her to think she has to be a superficial bimbo to ‘fit in’. Anyway (rant over) I love her hair just left flowing naturally and it looks super cute with the simple twists to the side. I try to buy mostly clothes I can mix and match for all of us, so this is a look that can easily be recreated. Currently listening to Route 94 feat Jess Glynne ‘My love’ So so good! Happy Wednesday guys…. Fridays on it’s way, hang in there 😉

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Well hello again…

So It’s been a while, so long that I actually feel like a kind of fraud writing this, but alas theladyisnotramp is back in action! Life has been pretty hectic lately and due to some personal issues my blog has took a nose dive. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year, I would like to wish you all a very prosperous 2014 filled with love and light (even though it’s almost February, I guess I’m a little late to the party!) This is a simple outfit I wore to go for a lunch with the girls, the trousers are part of a suit I bought from Zara, Which looks great together but I love mixing it up also. The coat is vintage, it is my favourite fabric boucle, it has that Chanel esque vibe about it. Teamed with a simple black jumper and an effortless pony tail this is the perfect luncheon outfit. Currently obsessing over Sam Smith’s new song ‘Money on my mind’ and Route 94 ‘My love’ my song’s of the week. Hope you all have a great Friday, it feels good to be back 🙂

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Coat; Vintage, Jumper; H&M, Trousers; Zara, Shoes; Zara, Bag; Vintage

An inch of skin

Admittedly I’m not really a ‘sexy’ (Hate that word, makes me shudder) kind of dresser (or person for that matter), I never dress for men or really show a whole lot of skin. The whole thing just makes me uncomfortable, I much prefer leaving a little to the imagination. However as much as it pains me to say it, over the knee boots are quite overtly sexual. Alas I do love them though, but worn in the right way they can still look classy. The key is to cover everything else up, there’s nothing worse than boobs, bum, bingo wings, back….. trying to think of another B for legs… all hanging out, you get the picture. You want to say ‘You can look but you can’t touch’ not ‘Please come and spend the night with me, I’m £10 an hour’. I wore this outfit last Saturday for a meal at Mal Maison Liverpool, with my gal pals. The food and wine where delicious, as was the company, my cheeks where hurting we laughed so much. My mum recently visited Florence in Italy and picked up this gorgeous skirt from Zara for me and the necklace was also a gift from her (isn’t she the best!). It’s incredibly special as it’s vintage and made from Aurora borealis stones which means ‘Northern lights’ It is inspired by the Northern Lights as it has a special iridescent finish that shines with many colours. These pieces are very rare and was invented in the 1950’s by the Swarovski company with Christian Dior. I love how dainty it is, it is the perfect complement to any outfit. With this outfit I’ve also broke the rule that navy and black should never be paired together, I personally think this is a load of nonsense as the two colours look beautiful together and super chic. Hope you guys are enjoying your Saturday, have a great weekend 🙂

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Perfect print

There are certain items I prefer to splurge on, mainly accessories and also special occasion outfits. When I was younger I was a little more obsessed with wearing designer clothes all day, every day, but as I’ve grown older (and wiser) I tend to mostly wear high street for the day time and like to buy versatile pieces I can dress up for a night out. But, like every girl I love a bargain, especially a bargain that I can make look a lot more expensive than it was! Primark is not really a shop I buy a lot of my clothes from, I mainly pop in there for white cotton vests or pj’s, there is the one off thing I sometimes see and think it’s quite nice, but then you run the risk of half the country wearing the same mass produced dress or jacket. Not very inspiring is it? Anyway I was in there before I came away just picking up some basics and spotted this cute little printed dress on a rail all by itself… for seven pound! Seven pounds!! I couldn’t believe my eyes, the print is lovely, as is the use of colours, it has really nice detailing and the fit is perfect. I teamed it with some jewelled neon sandals, a gold belt and a fedora for a day of shopping and lunch here in Spain. I honestly think with little gems like this knocking around and some creativity there is really no reason for anyone to dress badly. My advice with Primark… Buy a jacket? Change the buttons. A dress? Lose the cheapo belts they put on everything, buy your own vintage leather version, add your own embellishment, shorten the length. A T’shirt? Rip off the sleeves, buy from the Mens section, add a broach. Just change it up, try not to pick any pieces magazines have killed to death and those aluminous vests they sell for about a pound or the polyester blouses that give you a rash… Just step away from those! Remember it is throwaway fashion, so there is really no point spending say £100 in there on a load of clothes you may get a few washes out of, you would be so much better off spending that on a well made jacket, bag or shoes you could get a lot more cost per wear out of. It’s all about being original and trying to spin your own style on something no matter how much or little it cost.

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