Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October | Breast Cancer Awareness Month |

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Therefore I have decided to let you all know what's happening this month to raise awareness and funds for the most common cancer in the UK; Breast Cancer.
1 in 8 women will face it. Every year 50,000 women are diagnosed with it and 500,000 people are living with it. However, the advances in treatment and care are not enough to prevent breast cancer taking those we love. For example, 1,000 women will lose their lives to breast cancer this month. They're grandma's, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins and friends. Someone you may know.
Debenhams Floozie Heart Blanket Scarf - RRP £20 - 25% Donation to "Think Pink" Debenhams charity foundation
    Breakthrough Breast Cancer is striving to stop breast cancer by
preventing it, discovering it earlier and treating it with more effective treatment. Therefore, this month, with the help of leading UK retailers, Breakthrough Breast Cancer is asking shoppers to contribute to their cutting-edge research by purchasing one of various Breakthrough Breast Cancer products
Debehams Floozie Glitter Purse - RRP £22 - 25% Donation to "Think Pink" Debehams charity foundation
 Leading retailers include Warehouse, River Island, Damsel in a Dress and Stella & Dot alongside beauty brands such as Avon and GHD. The products vary in price and therefore are suitable for all budgets but best of all, each item carries a minimum 10% donation. A selection of the products can be found in Breakthrough Breast Cancer's LookBook!
GHD Limited Edn Coral Bird of Paradise Styler - RRP £129 - £10 donation (7.75%)
M&S In The Pink Bouquet - RRP £35 - 10% donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer
As you can see, I am loving anything pink and glittery! All of the products throughout the lookbook appeal to someone, whether it's you, your mum, best friend or sister - plus, who doesn't love buying something great at the same time as donating to charity?!

Now, hands up who has been keeping up with the Great British Bake Off?! Me Me Me! So who doesn't like a bit of baking? Breakthrough are holding a Breakthrough Bake Off to encourage everyone hold their own bake off to share tastey treats, awareness and funds to help fight the battle against cancer. No matter how big or small, what matters most is the taking part and raising whatever you can.
The Breakthrough Bake Off is on Friday 17th October, but if you're busy with work or home life, you can hold it throughout the whole month of October! To help inspire and motivate the natural bakers as well as those not as gifted in the kitchen, Breakthrough have sourced recipes from Lorraine Pascale, Jane Asher, Strictly Come Dancing's Kristina Rihanoff and Made in Chelsea's Riley Uggla.
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Have you been affected by breast cancer? Are you planning on doing anything to raise awareness/funds for breakthrough Breast Cancer? Let me know! I'd love to know what you're planning!
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Monday, 6 October 2014

Classic Winter Warmer Edition | Olive Faux Fur Parka |

Hello Winter Weather & Hello Winter Wardrobe!
The classic Winter parka. To me, this is a classic Winter wardrobe staple. A parka is perfect for keeping you warm in the Winter months as well as keeping you looking bang on trend at the same time. The Petite Olive Faux Fur Parka from Dorothy Perkins caught my eye. Now, I know I blog A LOT about Dorothy Perkins, but I just can't help myself. I must admit, a parka from Miss Selfridge was a major contender, but the price clinched it for me in the end - every little helps.
My parka is described as olive green - the classic parka colour but other Dorothy Perkins parkas are also available in in burgundy and navy. This particular parka that I purchased is form the PETITE range - a range for those that are slightly shorter, however even though I'm not classed as petite, this one fits perfectly - I'd recommend trying anyway if you have the chance!
Petite Olive Faux Fur Parka Jacket - Dorothy Perkins - Size 6 - £55
 My parka is fully lined and is machine washable - saving on dry cleaning bills and making it easier to put in and out the washing machine if you need it washed super quick! The parka is also decorated with panelling and black edging trim around the pockets and zip, purely for aesthetics but it makes it a but more interesting to look at!
Now I don't know about you. but I am not keen on 'coats' that only come down to your hips. That to me, isn't a coat. A coat is something that covers your bum and really keeps you warm and mostly dry. This parka is a really good length and is fully lined. The parka is slightly longer at the back and comes down past my bum and I am confident it would keep me warm and dry throughout the snow and harsh weather we normally get throughout the Autumn and Winter months.
Winter coats aren't made to be tightly fitting and what I LOVE about this parka is that I can clinch it in slightly more at the waist with the drawstrings so that I don't look like a stick rolled in a duvet. The main fastener for the parka is a zip but it's also fastened by poppers. Also fastened by poppers are the two very large pockets which are perfect for keeping your hands warm and keeping bits and bobs in. The poppers are also found on the cuffs. The poppers do work, but generally only add to the aesthetics as the cuffs aren't detachable.
 Now, what's a parka without a faux fur hood? The faux fur hood is brown in colour, great for not showing up too much dirt compared to a white one! The hood is also lined with a fleece-like material which is soo soft to touch making it super snuggly! The only negative thing I'd say is that it isn't detachable which would mean that you could wash the coat without making the fur go all manky at the same time. But hey ho, I'll manage.

 I love my parka. Don't get me wrong, I do love a fitted formal coat, but are they really going to keep you and your hair dry when the wind rain and snow is chucking it down form every angle?! No. Everyone needs a parka for that kinda weather and I am confident mine will live up to expectations and for £55, it's a bargain.
Price: 5 STARS It's very rare these days to find a proper Winter coat for a reasonable price. In my opinion, £55 is a good price for a parka that is a decent length, warm and with a large hood!

Promises: 5 STARS I am confident that this coat will keep me warm with it's padding, dry with the length and cosy with the faux fur hood.

Ease of Wear: 4 STARS I'm not going to say it's light as a feather, because it's a parka and it's a Winter coat but it's not heavy enough to dread wearing it round the town when you're Winter shopping!

Would I Recommend to a Friend?: YES This parka is a classic parka, classic colour, classic trend at a very reasonable price, so what's not to love?
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