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Simply Be Clothing

Simply Be Clothing

I love clothes, and in particular I have a soft spot for pretty dresses. If there's any occassion coming up I can buy a new dress for, it's guaranteed that I'm going to buy a new dress. Honestly, it's not like I need any more. I've taken over most of the wardrobe Chris and I share, and then I've got additional storage boxes full of dresses stuffed in the wardrobe because there's not enough hanging room. And honestly, I wear a lot of them maybe once or twice, and then they stay enclosed in their wardrobe jail until another fancy occasion comes up to maybe wear them again. 

In all honesty, I don't even wear a lot of dresses day to day. Probably because I don't have many casual everyday dresses, but more going out party dresses. To fix this probably, and hey we know I love an opportunity for a new dress, I turned to my favourite retailer Simply Be for some new lovely plus-size day dresses. 


First dress I decided to pick out was this ditsy print tea dress, because, well just look at the adorable pattern. The colours probably attracted me to it the most, the mix of purples, blues, pinks and reds, they just all complemented each other really well and since dying my hair red I've found I can often clash with some colours but these went really well with my hair. The dress has a buttoned up front with a collar, but personally I don't like it buttoned up all the way to the top as it feels a little tight. 


I really like the sleeves on this dress, often I find they can be a little tight or restricting, but this dress has cute little cap sleeves that fit really comfortably. The dress fits just above my knees, and personally I'd prefer to wear it with either leggings or tights. My only problem with this dress is being a rather large chested lady, I find that the buttons can gape a little, so I've worn a vest top underneath so there's no flashing disasters. Other than that, I love this dress. I can imagine wearing it all the time, and it can even be dressed up if I needed to wear it for something fancier. 


As I liked the design of the first dress a lot, I decided to pick out another dress in the same style, just different colours and patterns. I don't normally wear white, mostly because I am the clumsiest person ever and end up spilling food down myself all the time, but I thought I'd risk it for this pretty dress. This one is covered in much bigger, but equally as pretty flowers, with lots of reds, blues and greens. The only problem with this being a white dress, is that it's a little sheer, so I've worn a white vest top underneath. 


The dress is the same cut and design as the first one, but although it's the same design and size as the first dress, I don't find it as tight and I don't have the button gaping problem with this one. I think this dress is more summary than the first, so perhaps I won't wear it as much in the winter months, but then again it's really pretty...

Printed Tunic - Size 20/22 - £20

Then lastly I chose this printed tunic, which I know technically isn't a pretty day dress, but it's long enough that you could wear it with leggings and wear in the day, that counts right? I picked this out in a size 20/22 but it is a little tight in areas especially in the arms, but I thought the next size up in a 24/26 would be too big for me. I really love the pattern on this one as well, Simply Be you've got a great choice in patterned clothing. The way this tunic is cut I'm not too sure if it's the most flattering piece of clothing on me being a plus-sized lady, but it sure is comfy enough that I don't think I'll care. I'd probably choose to wear this more in winter with jeans and boots, and it's so comfy and soft I'm so excited to wear this once the weather gets cooler. 

I feel like I've stocked up on a few new dresses to satisfy my need to buy anymore for a little while, but then again I probably will make my poor wardrobe suffer a little more by adding more dresses to it...

The Library Durham

The Library Durham
A few weeks ago Chris and I were up north visiting family, and meeting our adorable new niece. We took a long weekend break up north, so we had some time to chill out and explore while we were up there. Somewhere we end up always visiting is Durham, a gorgeous city for a walk around and an explore. We usually only pop into Durham for a few hours, but this time we were there for a while and were starting to get a bit hungry. There's this cute cafe we usually end up at with Chris's parents, but this time we were looking for something new and different from your usual available chain restaurants, and that's when we came across The Library. 



The Library is located on one of the main streets of Durham (great description there Lisa...), and from the outside looked like your usual everyday type of pub, but we weren't looking for anything fancy so decided to give it a go.


We walked in, and as it was a nice day, decided to take a seat outside in this cute garden area, overlooking the river. The outside area was full of plants, fake grass and colourful chairs and there was a real relaxed feel about the place, a perfect place to chill out. 


Chris and I ordered some drinks while we looked over the menu. I was pretty tempted by the range of cocktails they had, but decided to go for a passion fruit, mango and pineapple smoothie instead.


When it came to food it was just as difficult to chose something, with some really tasty sounding dishes available. In the end I went for a mac and cheese and bacon burger, because why decide between mac and cheese and a burger when you can have both?


Chris decided to go for an equally ridiculous sounding burger, a chicken katsu burger, which looked delicious!


The Library was definitely a good find, the food was lovely and it was a quirky little place, and I really enjoyed the funny signs dotted all over the place! Next time we're up north I think I'll be popping in here again!
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Vet's Kitchen Challenge Update

Vet's Kitchen Challenge Update
Last month I was contacted by Vet's Kitchen to see if I'd be interested in taking part in their 30 day challenge to see what my two kitties thought of their food. Now that we've finished our 30 day challenge I thought I'd share Jeff and Victors thoughts on the cat food, and if we noticed any differences in them since trailing some new food.


Before we started this trail Jeff and Victor ate your run-of-the-mill usual cat food that you find at any supermarket. Looking into different types of cat food was never really something I considered, mostly because my boys seemed happy with their food choices, and they were never fussy about eating it. However Vet's Kitchen is different from your usual cat food brand, it's been developed with a very high meat content that gives your cats over 40% protein, moderated levels of ash and more herbs to aid in urinary tract health and prebiotics for digestive health. 

As I mentioned in my first blog post, my kitties have their fair share of medical problems. Their both rescue kitties, and while it's wonderful to have given them forever homes, they do come with a lot of problems both medical and psychological due to their pasts. Out of the two of them, Jeff probably has more medical problems and he forever seems to be poorly with something, while Victor has really had psychological problems and is a very nervous cat and finds it hard to trust humans. With this in mind I was interested to see how they'd react to the cat food, and if it would help improve their health in anyway.


For the 30 day trial we had two different types of cat food from Vets Kitchen, Salmon and Chicken, both were suitable for sensitive digestion and packed full of extra vitamins. 

So what did the boys think of their new kitty food?

Well I guess they liked it as they couldn't stop scoffing it, and out of the two they preferred the chicken flavour it seems (but honestly Victor eats anything that's edible!). The first thing I noticed about this is it smells a lot more than your usual dry cat food, probably because it's made up of more natural ingredients with a high meat content. However this wasn't a problem in my household as the bag can be resealed, and we keep our cat food in a cupboard so Victor can't get to it

So did I notice a difference in our kitties?

Yes, and quite a big one. Jeff didn't have any medical issues in the month he had the food, and while that might be a coincidence, he's been ill for a long time. Both boys also had much shinier smoother coats, Victors especially. And another noticeable difference was how calm Victor seemed. As I've mentioned, he's a very nervous cat and while he's lived with us for six months now, he still hides and dashes around from us a lot. While eating his new kitty food he seemed a lot calmer, came to us for cuddles and didn't seem to hide when someone opened the front door. Again this could be a coincidence, but if that's the case I find it strange timing that they were eating the food as I noticed these changes. And both boys lost weight while eating this food, which is a good thing as well, Victors a little on the chunky side. 


Considering I knew nothing about Vet's Kitchen before we started this challenge, or thought about how food could change my cats appearance and wellbeing, I'm really impressed from this trial. I have two very happy, shiny coated kitties, and who can argue with that? While the food is only slighly more money than the food we were buying before, having tried it out with my boys, I think it's worth investing in if your feline friends have any problems like mine do. 
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