Sunday, 29 January 2012

Random Ramble: 1

Hello everyone, hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

It's wet and dark here in Wales today, although we're expecting some snow in the next few hours, the first for the Winter season!  It's already snowing around 20 miles away from me, creeping closer, but still raining right now. I don't mind a little snow as long as it doesn't last too long.  It's all the ice I can't take!  Although, once that's done, I'm ready for Spring now please.  Take note Mother Nature.

So, I'm half way through my third week on the Slimming World plan.  Going back to class for my initial weigh in sucked.  So bad.  I weighed my heaviest, despite being two dress sizes smaller than I was when I started the plan last time.  It's just gone on in different places.  I find my face rounder than before, but I'm hoping that'll disappear in the next few weeks, as it's normally one of the first things to go.

The plan is going well, I lost 6.5lbs in my first week, then 2lbs in my second week, making my total loss 8.5lbs.  I'm on track this week, so I should make a steady loss this week too.  I'm pleased with my progress, although some days I am finding it hard.  Work is easier, I work with four girls and all of us are on healthy eating kicks, albeit all very different plans, but it certainly helps!  My best friend Laura, is excellent too, she always makes Slimming World friendly meals when I go round, bless her!  I shall keep on and update you further on my week three result!

I'm on a mission though to find interesting things to eat.  I'll admit to not being an adventurous eater but I love fruit (except pears, bleurgh) so I'm scouring the shops for different fruits.  Owing to my small town and the time of year, it's not easy.  But I've got hold of Tiny Tangerines, Pomello, Lychees and Kumquats, so we're getting there!  I wish I lived nearer a city so I could go to a proper grocer with all sorts.

Unfortunately though, I have yet to properly attempt my exercise Wii games.  I just cannot work up the motivation.  Think it's the cold weather.  I'm not giving myself too much gyp about it though, seeing as I am eating so well.  I will attempt it soon though!

This week, I have been ambling round the magazine aisles of Tesco and WHSmith's searching for new reads. I usually don't bother with magazines, being familiar with how the internet works mean being up to date with gossip, beauty, fashion and hair trends long before the magazines even get round to printing them!  However, two magazines have caught my eye.  The first is Beautiful magazine, a glossy mag that's aimed at plus size ladies.  It was the gorgeous shot of model Fluvia Lacerda rocking her LBD in a size 18.  Googling has told me its a new publication, I've got the second issue and it's a quarterly magazine.  It's sold exclusively at Tesco and Evans.  It features everything from fashion, beauty, food and travel and it's not all solely about plus size.  It's a good read, although my one complaint would be the £3 price tag for what is a very thin read. (Despite being for us fat girls! :) )  But it certainly sits well with Vogue et al.  They have a website too.

The second magazine is a little ditty called Vintage Life that I sourced in WHSmith.  It's another thin read, that  according to the website is now to be available monthly, but it is pricey at £3.70.  It features all things vintage, from hair, fashion, lifestyle, events etc.  It's quite a lovely read that I will pick up again.

Source: Retro Festival Facebook page

I love all things vintage.  LOVE IT.  A few days I heard of a festival dedicated to all things retro called, obviously, Retro Festival.  I don't go for the whole dressing up sort of thingy but it's because getting plus size vintage is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  So, I think I've got my friends Laura and Jess roped in for a little jaunt.  Tickets for the whole weekend are only £50 which is pretty good.  It offers loads of music and live bands,  a huge market selling clothing and home goods, a vintage motor show plus a proper hair and beauty parlor!  It even will have a tattooist if that strikes your fancy!  I'm really looking forward to it, I'm even hoping to have slimmed down some to get the style of dress I want to treat myself to for it!!

I think I've rambled on sufficiently enough now!  I'm finishing up my favourite lipstick post at the moment, plus I'm contemplating a food diary.  I'm also obssessed with curling my hair right now, so I've accumilated various different ways of achieving curls, so I'm going to do some blog posts about it this week I think.

Have a good one guys!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

LOTD: Vintage Vixen

Hey guys, just a quick little look for work yesterday.  Been experimenting with different types of curls, this was by brushed out hot roller look.  Sorry once again for shitty pictures, I need a camera.

Estee Lauder Double Wear in DESERT BEIGE
Revlon Matte Eyeshadow (Unsure of shade, for EYEBROWS)
MAC Beauty Powder in TOO CHIC
Illamasqua Bronzer in WRITHE


Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sleek Au Natural palette
MAC Vanilla Pigment
Physician's Formula Gel Eyeliner in BROWN (From the Brown Eyes stack)
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

No7 Protect and Perfect lipcare
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

Hope you're all having a nice weekend, I'll be posting tomorrow, just need to finish taking a couple of pictures!

Monday, 16 January 2012

LOTD: Hippie Hipster.

Here's my makeup look from Friday, nothing dramatic just something easy for work.  My sister reckons I look like a hipster in these glasses!  They are prescription lenses, but owing to my round face, I don't suit a small frame.  Never mind!  I like my hair like this.  I've banished the straightners of late, I usually let my hair dry naturally and clip in my extensions and away to go!  It looks a little more than that but it genuinely takes me all of 7 minutes haha.


Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in DESERT BEIGE
Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in the brown shade (I forget the name - for my brows)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in STEREO ROSE
NARS Highlighter in ALABATROSS
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in GIVE ME SUN


Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sleek Au Natural Palette: TAUPE on the lid, MOSS in the crease
MAC Shadowy Lady in the outer V
MAC pigment in VANILLA for highlight and inner corner
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in SABBATH
Clinique High Impact Curl Mascara in BLACK


No7 Protect and Perfect lipcare
NYX lip liner in PINKY
OCC Lip Tar in Memento
MAC Lip Gelee in Luxure

In hinndsight I can see these pictures and all too clear - unfortunately early mornings aren't giving us all that much light yet here in Wales!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday - it's still the weekend for me!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

New Year, New Chloe.

And so it begins. New year, new blog and hopefully throughout the two, a little of the new me.

My name is Chloe, I'm 25 and I live on the West coast of South Wales (UK, not Australia, I could only dream!). I'm currently working as a hair stylist and I'm self-employed, although I'm still not a 100% certain this is what I want to do until I retire. I love my job for now though, for the most part, in particular, the perks of being self employed.

So, why a new blog? I've attempted to blog before, one beauty, that truthfully, I got bored with before it ever amounted to a worthwhile read. I also started a hair blog, from a professional viewpoint that ended up being sacrificed as my personal life took over any blogging time. I later decided I didn't want to blog solely about my job! Fickle, aren't I? ;)
And so we arrive here, at Unconditionally Fabulous! Named after a nail polish from MAC that I purchased not so long ago but on a more personal level, a title for my list of New Year's resolutions!

I spent my last evening of 2011 so completely unfabulously, by painting my nails and cleaning! I also thought up a few things I wanted to change and achieve over the coming months and thought it would be great to document them for myself, but if someone else reads my ramblings then that's great!

Many of my resolutions are small, simple goals, some are huge ones that could change my life. Some are related to my career and my little business but most are personal goals.

The main resolution for me this year is to lose weight. I'm currently between sizes 18-20 and I'm not happy. I've been dress sizes bigger and I've been smaller. I have been happy big and I absolutely do not dispute the fact that you can be fat and happy. This works for some people but it no longer works for me. My health is also suffering so I'm taking charge of it and changing. I lost over 3 stone a couple of years ago through Slimming World and I have returned to class today to try again. This is a plan that I wholeheartedly recommend and truly believe in. I'm sure there are going to be posting alot about this, especially as I come to grips with my new healthier lifestyle. I've also purchased a couple of games for the Wii fit to help me along and I'll be sure to let to you know how they go!

Other resolutions I have made are little more frivolous! I have decided I'm going to take more care with how I dress on a daily basis. I'm not unfashionable by any means, when I go out in public outside of work I always do my hair, makeup and smart clothes but I feel at times I'm frumpy and as my weight has crept back up, my wardrobe shrinks. I also sometimes dress frumpily for work, playing off the excuse that I ruin clothes so quickly from bleach, tints and hair. But that should not be an excuse, I can still have a fabulous all black work wardrobe that's also cheap! I also need to learn to be more careful with colours in work, but that is a whole other resolution! As well as the clothes, I want to start wearing more jewellery and using what I have, which is tons! I tossed all my old stuff and organised the new and I'm gonna wear some every day!

Beauty wise, I'm trying to get into the habit of a proper routine, finishing products and being disciplined with it! This is a really lazy habit, I have got into but I've been trying it this week and been good so far! I'm also trying to use my makeup daily, use my perfume and maintain my nails, in other words, be Unconditonally Fabulous!

So, what category would I put this blog under? Beauty? Weightloss? Fashion? Lifestyle? Who cares? I know that it's superficial and vain but I no longer care!

I hope I can produce something for everyone and that you haven't fallen asleep with my rambling!