Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Shoe haul - TU and Primark

Hello there,

I've been quite ruthless lately and had a major clear out of old shoes, shoes that I'm never going to wear again, shoes that don't fit and those shoes that me wonder 'what the hell was I thinking when I bought them' shoes.

So of course, that left gaps in my wardrobe. But instead of being good, I went shoe hunting. Now in my defence, Sainsburys had a double up promotion on their Nectar Points, so technically I didn't really spend anything...

Anyway, here's what I found from TU at Sainsburys. I really like the shoe range here. I find their sizing true to size and they often seem to have 25% off or a Nectar point promotion.

Now if only I had a beach holiday to wear these on! I don't think they're going to be any good for hiking through the Belgian countryside. But even so, they were so sparkly.

These next shoes are whole lot more suitable for everyday wear. I think they're going to look great with jeans in the spring summer months. goodness they leave glitter everywhere!

And finally - I popped into Primark and spotted these. They're supposed to be beach shoes, but I plan to use them around the house and in the garden. For £4 they're cheap and cheerful for just ambling around.

So that's it - no more shoe purchases this summer - or is that famous last words?

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Sunday 24 April 2016

A day out at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Hello there,

A couple of weeks ago we had a spare day in the middle of the week. I love days like those as it's (normally) the perfect quiet time to visit museums, go shopping, do battle with the bank etc etc. Unless you're like us of course and completely forget that it was half-term! Undaunted, we headed off to visit Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

This is a perfect little museum to spend a rainy morning or afternoon. It's not far from Chichester and took about 40 minutes driving from Southampton. There's plenty for young or old alike (some of the climb on exhibits were for adults only - that made a nice change!). And the volunteers were real characters. All the ones we spoke were ex-military and obviously had a real passion for the museum and the planes there.

Now I appreciate this probably isn't everyone's cup of tea - but trust me. There was plenty for everyone. All the technical info you could want plus social history as well if that's more your sort of thing. There was a cute little cafe but unfortunately no seating as we hit the lunch time rush, so reluctantly we missed that bit out.

It's not everyday you can park next to military aircraft!

If you're in the area and have an interest in history, I'd recommend this little museum. We were there for about 3 hours and I'm sure we didn't see everything

Oh - and one last tip - don't get in the way of someone taking pictures. It's quite annoying apparently!

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Friday 22 April 2016

Plus40Fabulous - my skincare routine

Hello there,

The theme for this months post is skincare routines.

Now this one got me thinking. I haven't really changed my routine much over the years, the only things that's really changed is the type of product I use. I'd also love to say I'm really good and I remove all make-up (when I wear any) at the end of every day. But to be honest, if I'm wearing make-up, chances are that I'm going somewhere nice which then means I'll be eating lots, will be late home and too then tired to bother with anything other than falling into bed once home (I'm going to guess I'm not the only one though...) I'm also the person who will skip moisturing after a shower if I'm in a hurry (so most days then).

So with that in mind, this post will be about what I use on hands, feet, body and face. I only ever buy high street brands or products that you can find in the local supermarket. This is all about what works for me and I'm really reluctant to spend lots on products when there's so many beautiful shoes and handbags to buy!


For years, I've used the Olay range, and probably will again. But in the last few months I've mixed it up with some own brand products from Superdrug and Asda. These are some of the products I'm using at the moment.

This cleanser is supposed to be a dupe for the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser and I've spoken about this before on my empties post. It really makes me feel like my face is looking brighter.

I love a long soak in the bath with a face mask. I'd heard good things about this Superdrug one and I'm finding I need more moisturising products the older I get. This is perfect. Doesn't break me out and leaves my skin feeling soft and plumped up.

Occasionally, if I'm feeling a bit tired or generally bleaurghh, I'll add some of this NSPA Radiant Flash Serum from Asda under my moisturiser. I think it works, it certainly feels lovely and convinces me I'm looking less knackered.

Now I have a lot of moles - and I mean a LOT of moles. So any face cream has to have a minimum spf of 15 all times of the year. At the moment I'm using this Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream from Superdrug. It's light and absorbs well and seems to agree with my skin. 

And at night, I'm using a Night Repair Cream from NSPA at Asda. It's pretty thick (and alarmingly pink in colour) but feels gorgeous and in the morning, you certainly feel the difference.


I'm working my way through what seems to be a never ending tub of The Righteous Butter from Soap and Glory at the moment. I'm sure this thing refills itself every week! It smells gorgeous but is quite thick. I think the newer formula is lighter so that will suit me better. I hate spending ages waiting for body butter to sink in.

If I remember, I try to use a body scrub a couple of times a week. I tend to use it on upper arms only though. This Sugar Crush Body Scrub from Soap and Glory is a bit too harsh for my liking, so it's a long slog getting through the tub.

Shower gel tends to be whatever is to hand, but for shaving and feeling moisturised afterwards, you can't beat Soap and Glory Whipped Clean.


I always have these two creams by the bed. The Soap and Glory foot cream does a pretty good job, but occasionally, I'll need something a bit more hard working like the Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream.


And finally hands! This is my hand cream of choice at the moment. My hands seem to be aging at an alarming rate so I have bottles of hand cream scattered throughout the house, car and in my handbag.

So there you have it - this is what I currently use. I'm sure if I revisit this in 6 months, it will have changed. I'm finding as I get older, I'm needing different products in the winter and summer months.

But of course, all the face creams in the world won't stop you looking like this...

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Thursday 21 April 2016

New dress - Gemma Collins at Evans

Hello there,

So I've been on a bit of a shopping spree lately at Evans. After my local branch closed, I kind of lost interest in what was available to be honest. But after receiving a gift card and taking a trip to the London Marble Arch branch and few trips to the lovely store at Portsmouth, my interest has been rekindled.

I have a few outfits to share with you, but this dress deserves a post all of it's own. I think it's a bit like Marmite, you're either going to love it or hate it. I loved it the minute I saw it on the hanger and hoped it would look and fit ok once I ran into the changing room. So often the dresses of dreams end up looking odd or not fitting right.

I often find in Evans that I'm between a 20 and 22 and this was the case here. I opted for the 22 as I have a broad back and it gave me more space to wave my arms about (because that's just what you need to do in this dress isn't it?).

It doesn't come with a belt, but I added one to see how it works. I think it could work with or without.

I love the zip detailing at the back. The colours are so vibrant and the material is the sort that's not going to crease (my pet hate). It's perfect for packing for a weekend away and I have plans to wear this for my birthday in a couple of months. I've not seen anything from the Gemma Collins range before that I've really liked - but this I fell in love with.

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