LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY BOX | September 2018 Edition

Hi Cherubs!

Its September which is my birthday month but also lookfantastic beauty box's birthday month! The birthday edition is always stocked full of absolute gems and this one is no different, and of course it wouldn't be a birthday box without something edible inside now would it? I haven't had Parma Violets in years! Keep on reading to find out what goodies are in the box this month.

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Philip Kingsley - Elasticizer | I buy the full size tubs repeatedly because this is in my opinion the best hair mask! The shampoo and conditioners are also my faves! The mask is such a treat, it leaves your hair feeling soft, manageable and so healthy looking. I personally apply before I workout and then shampoo as normal when I'm done but its also great if you only want to leave it on for 2/3 mins.

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Eve Lom - Cleanser and muslin cloth | So happy to see this cult cleanser in the box. I've used this a few times in the past and it removes make up so well, especially stubborn mascara. I love that they have also included a muslin cloth because you can never have too many of those! 

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Omorovicza - Mud Mask | You can't get more luxurious than Omorovicza now can you? A mask to detox, cleanse and revive skin whilst keeping it hydrated. So excited to pamper myself with this mask.

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Mane n Tail - Hand and nail cream | An all in one cream by Mane n Tail. When used on hands it promises to strengthen and protect nails but also it can be used on the body for a super nourishing non greasy moisturizer!

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Lord & Berry - Strobing pencil | I love the idea of this highlighter pencil for precise application on the brow, nose and cupids bow.

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Aromatherapy Associates - Revive morning bath and shower oil | This indulgent shower oil has my name all over it! I have never heard of this brand before but so excited to try them out!

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Which product are you most looking forward to trying out? 


Love Sarah

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Black camisole and straight leg jeans


Hi Cherubs!


I've been one awful blogger just lately and I would promise to upload on a strict schedule but we all know I would break that promise, so I'm just gonna blog when I can and put less pressure on myself because being a mom comes first! I always ALWAYS update daily on my instagram so go give me a follow there to keep up to date with moi.

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A few weekends a go we decided to get some lunch in San Francisco. Noe Valley has some perfect backdrops for photos and also great lunch and ice cream stops FYI. I love this photo set up with the steep SF hills in the background and some palm trees thrown in for good measure and not forgetting moody skies which you can't escape in the city. 

I picked up these jeans in the Nordstrom annual sale and they were a steal. These are my first pair of Paige denim and I am not disappointed. I always said once I had lost all the baby weight and then some I would treat myself to some good quality denim and these are just that. Super flattering and finished off with a raw hem in a vintage wash perfect for summer. I paired them with my trusty Vince sandals and my new black cami from & Other Stories. What do you think?

Jeans - Nordstrom
Sandals - Vince (old)

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah





Lookfantastic Beauty Box | August 2018 Edition

Hi Cherubs!


Its a brand new month which means a brand new lookfantastic beauty box is upon us, I get super excited seeing the sneak peeks on the lookfantastic instagram account. There are a few products that stand out for me like the Mio boob tube and the Molton Brown luxury shower gel that I am eager to use. There is a great mix of skincare, body care and make up, keep on reading for the full list of gorgeous products in this months box.

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Molton Brown - Pink Pepperpod - Shower gel | I have used Molton Brown shower gels before and they are gorgeous! The gel transforms into a rich lather and leaves a subtle scent which you can smell throughout the day. This scent in particular has spicy notes from the pepper and ginger and I think its something my husband will enjoy too, winner! 

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Mio - Boob Tube | I have used many products from the pregnancy range, Mama mio and loved how hydrating and good on the skin their products felt. I personally feel as women we tend to forget about our boobs and d├ęcolletage and often thats one part of our body that gets a lot of sun exposure. Its a delicate area and this lightweight cream promises to brighten and smooth the skin giving a more radiant look. I am so ready to try this product out especially after almost 9 months of breastfeeding and counting! They deserve a little care and attention, my boobs that is!

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Balance Me - Pure Skin Face Wash | 99% natural and sulphate free face wash is perfect for combination skin. This cleanser is effective at removing makeup and eliminates unwanted shine from the skin. Its so nice to see a natural beauty product in the box this month, can not wait to try!

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Blink Brow Bar - Mini Brow Build - Indian Chocolate | Part gel, part cream brow mascara to create fuller brows by filling in sparse areas with colour and adding volume to hair. I always finish off my brows with a gel and this product sounds great.

Erno Lazlo - Hydraphel Skin Supplement | Erno Lazlo has a rich history of helping hollywoods most famous faces look after their skin, for example, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The brand is also famous for their double cleanse duo products which I love and the packaging is very chic, see here. Here we have a tiny bottle of toner which is great for dry skin to eliminate flakiness and promote skin repair.

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Nails INC - INC.credible Glazin Over Lipgloss | I love the packaging of this lipgloss! Long lasting wear and highly pigmented colour, these sound dreamy. 5 different shades up for grabs this month, which one did you receive?

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I hope you've enjoyed your peek into the latest beauty box from Lookfantastic, you can order a box for yourself here

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah



My breastfeeding story

Hi Cherubs!

I know this post is long overdue but I feel like I'm finally in a good place with feeding to talk about my experience, the good, the bad and the very bad! I have a feeling this may be a long post so grab a cuppa!

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed, and from the beginning of my pregnancy the benefits of breastfeeding were aggressively being thrown my way by healthcare professionals and even friends and family. And I get it, it's the most natural source of nutrients for my baby, great for bonding blah blah blah. But what they forget to mention is its actually not that easy and I was probably a little naive myself in thinking all I have to do is pop my baby on the boob and voila, breastfeeding! Even at my breastfeeding class they made it seem like a walk in the park... As you can probably guess it was not a walk in the park for me, and for every single breastfeeding momma I know it was a struggle from time to time.

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Lets start at the beginning, after my long 27 hour labour which resulted in an unplanned c-section, I was tired, I couldn't keep my eyes open in fact but the nurse handed over my baby and encouraged me to start breastfeeding. I was petrified of falling asleep and it was also hard to get in a comfortable position to feed (c-sections kinda hurt, a lot!) But I tried. It wasn't exactly comfortable but she seemed to latch on ok and was happy feeding. When she wasn't feeding I was encouraged to hand express colostrum and feed it to her with a syringe. Harder than it looked and super fiddly but we did it! 
The more I breastfed the more fussy Mina started to get, it was hard to get a good latch because she was quite frustrated on the boob, and every nurse I saw gave me different advice, some good advice and some bad advice. I remember one nurse who told me to let my baby get angry at the boob, she then pinched the side of my nipple and shoved it in Mina's mouth!! 
Before you are released from my hospital the nurses need to see 3 good latches which they did, so 2 days after my c-section we made our way home where the real work began. 

I would feed her on one side for around 40 mins and then switch for her next feed. She definitely had a favorite side and it became a lot of work to get her to feed from my right side(least favorite). The first week of breastfeeding was honestly the hardest week of my life and I just couldn't see myself being able to do it longterm at the time. Mina got to a point where it felt like she wanted to feed all the time, and it became a two person job to get her latched on as she was extremely frustrated and would move her head from side to side and put her hands in front of her face and cry. So my husband would have to hold her hands away from her face, massage her palms (to calm her down and also it stimulates the sucking reflex) and I would try my best to latch her on. I would get restless legs from time to time when feeding her and the only way to relieve this was to pace the room whilst feeding. Anyone else experience this?
I remember one occasion when Id fed Mina for 40 minutes and 10 mins later she was acting hungry again, my husband tried to settle her but in the end he gave her to me to try and feed again, I was so exhausted that I just sobbed whilst trying to get her to latch again and then proceeded to sob some more when she was feeding. I did a lot of crying! 

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We had an appointment at the newborn clinic when she was 1 week old to check her weight and check on feeding. At this visit we found out Mina had lost weight, quite a lot of weight. Its normal for babies to lose weight in the beginning but Mina had lost more than they would like to see. I then had to feed Mina from one side for 15 minutes and then they weighed her to check how much milk she was getting, It turns out that she was only taking in 0.5oz of milk from each side, half of what she needed. The nurse also told me I was feeding her for too long on one side, as babies tend to start burning more calories than consuming when they are feeding for so long. My new feeding strategy was to feed for 15 mins on each side and then top up with pumped breastmilk. 
Sounds really easy doesn't it? My milk had only just come in at 6 days postpartum, I was engorged! Honestly it looked like I had just had breast surgery they were so big which didn't help with latching. So I tried pumping, in the beginning it was taking around 40 mins to get 2oz of milk, but we gave her the pumped milk after feeding and she had no issues switching from breast to bottle. But I was playing catch up with pumping and feeding so I didn't always have pumped milk to hand when she needed it, so in the end we gave her formula as well. It was a tough decision to make to supplement with formula when you're constantly bombarded with breast is best, my husband and I both felt extremely guilty about it but having a content and happy baby in the end was worth introducing it. 

When Mina was 2 weeks old we went back to the newborn clinic and she was just about back up to birth weight. It was such a relief knowing all the hard work was paying off and she wasn't hungry. Introducing the bottle definitely had some downsides though. We got to a point when she would only go on the boob after she had 1oz from the bottle first, she was getting lazy. I gave in and by 3 weeks postpartum I was exclusively pumping every 2/3 hours.

I had to grit my teeth every time I started pumping.. its not painful, but its not comfortable either, its just an intense sensation. Again when I first started pumping I thought there is no way I'm going to last the week. But here I am today at 7.5 months postpartum still pumping. 
Being a pumping mom is hard work. When Mina was hungry I would warm a bottle of pumped milk, feed her, burp her and try and settle her. Then I would have to pump for 20/30 mins, store that milk, wash all the pumping parts and bottles, sterilize them and do it all again in an hour or so.  In the beginning I made more milk then I needed so I did store a lot in my freezer which is great because it means I always have back ups.  When Mina started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old I also stopped pumping in the night too. At first it was difficult to do because I would wake up with painful engorged breasts and sometimes blocked milk ducts. On a few occasions I would get up to pump because it was too painful to sleep. My body eventually got used to it and I  could get a full nights sleep and pump just before she woke up. 
As Mina got older pumping every 2/3 hours just wasn't an option as she was awake more and needed more attention so I gradually increased the time between pumps to every 3/4 hours. On a few occasions my milk supply has dropped but I've found it easy enough to increase it by eating more and doing a few longer pumps. I've also taken brewers yeast which helped when my supply dropped too.

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I'm currently pumping every 5 hours which works out at 4 pumps per day and each session I aim to do 30 minutes. Its a full-time job. My very first pump of the day I get around 8oz and then every session after that I get between 5/7oz. I make enough for her 4 feeds a day with a little to spare, I'm also using one old milk a day just to use it up in time and also make space in my freezer which is totally full of milk. I'm not really freezing any milk at the moment unless I have 4 bottles of milk in the fridge then ill store some.

I can't believe i've been doing this whole pumping thing for nearly 8 months now, I will carry on till she's 1 in November and then thats it I'm gonna give my boobs a rest at least until baby number 2! Will I do the same thing for baby number 2? Well I always say no but I know that I would because I would feel tremendous guilt if I didn't at least try. I'm hoping second time around breastfeeding will be different and my baby will be able to get what she needs herself. But who knows every baby is different. But fingers crossed!

Here are some tips for pumping mommas |

If my baby is awake I like to sit her next to me in a bouncer with endless distractions around me including books, toys, access to music and tv if all else fails.

I also always make sure I have a bottle ready incase she decides she's hungry whilst I'm tied up to the machine.

For me I make sure I have some water, a decaf coffee or tea and a snack! Also my phone because I like to time my pump sessions.

If I am struggling with engorgement I will heat up my lansinoh gel bead pads and pop them in my bra so help ease blocked ducts.

Breastfeeding products I love |

Breast pump - Medela travel in style

Nursing bra - Bravado

Hands- free bra - Bravado

Quick clean wipes - Medela

Muslins - Marks & Spencers

Nursing cookies - Milkful

Nipple cream - Lansinoh

Heat pads - Lansinoh



I hope you fellow mommas have found this useful, feel free to get in touch!

Love Sarah



Summer Denim and another stripe t-shirt

Hi Cherubs!

Total casual summer vibes for todays fashion post. This is what I wore to get breakfast with the family over the weekend and its actually the first time I've been able to fit back into these jeans. Feeling pretty proud of myself. Its been over 7 months now since I had a c-section and the road to getting back to feeling like my regular self has been a rocky one. I definitely felt like I plateaued a little in previous months but I'm back to daily workouts whilst my baby crawls all over me and eating fruits and veggies. And I can see a difference in my body but also mentally. I also read an article quite recently about obesity in children and one of the main factors was children learning unhealthy habits from their parents. I feel motivated from that to show my girl the importance of a healthy lifestyle and if that means being kicked in the head whilst I'm doing crunches then so be it!

I realize I went off on a tangent there but hopefully you stuck with me!

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Light wash jeans just scream summer to me and I love the fit and cropped style of these ones from Urban Outfitters, I've teamed it with my new sale purchase from Club Monaco. I desperately wanted it whilst it was full price, so so happy I waited... Although did I really need another stripe tee with an embroidery slogan? Probably not but YOLO!

T-shirt - Club Monaco (Sold out)
Sandals - Zara
Bag - Whistles (Old)

See my previous post here

Love Sarah




Caudalie x lookfantastic Limited Edition Beauty Box



Hi Cherubs!

This weeks post is all beauty and oh me oh my its a good one. The newest limited edition lookfantastic beauty box full of luxury Caudalie products, my favorite French skincare brand! Caudalie cater to all skin types and are natural and gentle on the skin, one of my fave products from them is inside this limited edition box, keep reading to see which product I'm talking about!

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Caudalie - Vineactiv glow activating anti-wrinkle serum* | A super lightweight serum that melts into the skin without leaving any residue behind, just soft supple skin. A great product for targeting wrinkles and dull skin thanks to Vitamin C + E and Hyaluronic acid to plump up and hydrate skin. Good for all skin types!

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Caudalie - Grape water* | Pure hydration in a bottle! Can be used as a refreshing toner or throughout the day to hydrate skin. This product is such a treat in the hot weather, keep it cool in the fridge and spritz anytime you need to cool down. I've seen a lot of beauty bloggers use this product on flights too

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Caudalie - Make-up removing cleansing oil* | Cleansing oils are the most effective at taking make-up off in my opinion, I've already tried this product out a few times now and its lovely and gentle especially on the eye area. It removes it all and doesn't leave any greasy residue behind. I love using a hot flannel to take off the oil, it feels great on my skin and helps remove every last bit of make up and cleanser.

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Caudalie - Deep cleansing exfoliator* | This smells gorgeous! A light refreshing scent of grapefruit, mint and sweet orange. It has a very fine gritty texture which is made from grape pulp to eliminate dead skin and impurities. Use 1 or 2 times a week. Super excited about giving this a try.

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Caudalie - Vineactiv 3 in 1 moisturizer* | I am excited to try this moisturizer out alongside the Vineactiv serum to see how they work together in combating wrinkles and dull skin. The cream is lightweight and velvety with a fresh scent. I'm a big fan of the Vinosource moisturizing sorbet for its hydration and I can't wait to compare the two.

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Caudalie - Instant detox mask* | My favorite mask ever! My husband is also a big fan of this product. Its a pink clay mask so obviously its pretty to look at but its amazing at drawing all those nasties out of your skin. When I've taken the mask off my skin feels like silk its so smooth and that feeling lasts a few days too. 

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Catch up on my previous post here

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Love Sarah

Figure flattering shorts from Club Monaco

Hi Cherubs!

I know long time no see, I've actually been working on two posts which I was meant to finish when my baby girl naps. Only problem is she isn't the best at napping and when she does go down I firstly get some chores done and then if I'm lucky I can work on my posts a little. Most of the time I'm not so lucky. Mommas send me your day napping tips!

I am quite excited about sharing this outfit mainly because I have finally found a pair of shorts that are flattering on me. If your like me and you have some thighs and never can get a pair of shorts to fit you right, go and try these on now! Thank me later. They are a little expensive as they are from Club Monaco but honestly they are worth every penny just for giving me confidence to wear shorts this summer. And I've worn these a lot.

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Blouse - Uniqlo
Shorts - Club Monaco
Sandals - Zara

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Love Sarah






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