Teeth cleaning, outfits & relaxation. A weekly edit

There’s a little bit of everything in this post. Teeth cleaning, outfits and a few new beauty treats. But first I wanted to tell you the sad news of my mother-in-law dying. This is the reason I’ve been out of sync for a couple of weeks.

I can’t tell you how hard it has been firstly for Dee. Not being able to be there in the last hours, not being able to see her for closure and then not even being able to visit family for comfort. I’m leaving my weekly vlog where I chat about this more at the end of the post.

Have you had enough of this lock-down and bad news all around the world? Are you feeling positive? Are you doing anything new? I can’t wait to get back to normal but it seems like that’s going to be a long time away yet. Anyway, let’s crack on with what I normally do. This is why I love to blog. It’s the best escape.

I’m really pleased with this Baukjen Dana T-shirt. I love the high neck and the way it drapes. The material is very light and silky to feel. It’s also available in white too. The new summer collection is just beautiful. I want it all! I’ve just noticed that it’s not available in Navy at the moment but keep looking. It will return.

I’ve paired the Dana T-shirt with my Wren skinny jeans but I think this will work well with the Joley Skirt from a previous post. As I’ve said before all my Baukjen items seem to inter-twine together and I get so much wear out of all of it.

Baukjen are also giving huge discounts to NHS workers and now making face masks with lovely printed or plain fabrics. Sold out already, they are due in stock in the next couple of weeks. Non-profit making, I think this is a brilliant idea.

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Casual styling all the way. I long to get dressed up and go out!

These Navy trousers have been a good addition to my wardrobe. I’ve been wearing them a lot. Smart/casual and very comfortable. I purchased these from Mango and I’m tempted to get them in the Creamy pink colour. A good price at £29.99

The sandals I’ve been wearing a lot from VanDal shoes. I’m eyeing up the same pair in pewter. They are so comfortable and are wide fitting. The top is last year from FandF I have added the nearest I could find to it in the shop below.

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A new shirt from Apricot

Yep. I’m fed up with indoor and garden photos! I can’t wait to be able to get out in the open to take some. We were spoilt with that good weather last week, weren’t we? But this week it had to be indoor photos. I love this striped shirt from Apricot. The colours, it’s oversized and really comfortable. It’s a long style shirt, to wear over leggings or trousers but I prefer it tucked in.

I’ve paired the shirt with Karen Millen Straight jeans. The denim quality is amazing. I bought these last year and I wish I had sized down one as they are just a little loose on. Karen Millen has a fantastic sale on at the moment. Worth looking at.

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Teeth cleaning. Something I was sceptical about

Teeth cleaning, outfits and a few new beauty treats. I hope you enjoy reading this weekly edit of bits and pieces, my life and new finds

I was long overdue for my regular visit to my dentist before this lock-down. Being a heavy tea drinker and crooked teeth on my lower set I always get a dark line build up between them. Going to the dentist for my regular teeth cleaning is obviously out of the question.

I recently saw this on my Facebook and thought how good it looked. I must admit I thought I could be buying a load of rubbish but decided to risk it. I needed my teeth cleaning desperately and I can’t use any of the teeth cleaning kits.

Within five minutes of using it, all my plaque and staining had gone. So easy to use, the plaque and staining are removed by vibration, just like at the dentist. Not at all painful like it can be at the dentist. I used my magnifying mirror and rested my elbow on a unit for steadying my hand. I am very impressed! I thought I’d mention it in case any of you have the same problem as me.

Relaxing using the Espa Pulse Point Rollerball

Teeth cleaning, outfits and a few new beauty treats. I hope you enjoy reading this weekly edit of bits and pieces, my life and new finds

Have you been feeling anxious or panicky during this lock-down? If I said no I’d be lying. I have actually had a couple of full blown panic attacks and I haven’t suffered from those for around ten years.

I learned my way out of full blown panic attacks through meditation. It was the best gift a therapist that I was seeing gave me and it still works today if practised regularly. Something I haven’t needed to do for some time because I haven’t suffered from panic attacks for so long.

The lovely team at Espa asked me if I’d like to try one of their Soothing Pulse point oils. There are a few to choose from, energising, positivity, restoring and the soothing one that I have chosen.

This smells beautiful. Very much like the brilliant ProBiome moisturiser that I rave about. ( if you want a good moisturiser this is one of the best) Have you read the post about it? The smell is very similar, containing Rose geranium, frankincense, Myrhh and Sandalwood.

I’ve been using it on my pulse points in the morning and just before bed. A few deep sniffs, it’s gorgeous. Sends me to a happier place, calm and relaxed.

Nail varnish hues. Nude like my wardrobe

I’m not a lover of Gel polish. Having to take all that time at the beauticians to get them done is not me. I don’t like how they starve the nails of oxygen. I’ve had them before and my nails were like paper for months. I do use a gel top-coat though. It’s by Rimmel and works with all varnishes. It’s not as long-wearing as a salon gel but it’s pretty hardwearing considering.

I paint my nails once or twice a week and I love all the nude hues, beige tones, greys and browns. This one above is called Tea For Two part of the heritage collection and I really like it.

A new vlog. You need to grab a cuppa for this one!

I hope you can pop over and let me know what you think. I’m aiming at getting a least one vlog out a week. What would you like to see? Or what would you like to know? Maybe I could do a Q&A?

Keep you and yours safe and well xx

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  1. May 14, 2020 / 2:15 am

    This was a very diverse post. I loved the black T but all of the outfits look great on you. TFS

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you Clearissa xx

  2. May 13, 2020 / 12:27 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It is so challenging to lose a loved one during the lockdown. I hope you can find closure and healing.

    Meantime, your outfits make me want to put on a pair of pants and nice top sometime. I’ve been wearing leggings every day since quarantine so I can do my yoga.

    Be well. Be safe.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:04 pm

      Hi Judy. I bought a Yoga mat and haven’t started using it yet! I have all good intentions, yet ten weeks of lockdown I still haven’t managed to start yet. I’m pretty useless like that. I will get there in the end. I’m glad you like the outfits but I think, wear whatever makes you feel good and comfortable xx

  3. May 12, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    Laurie, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother in law – made even more difficult by these trying times. Please extend my condolences to Dee.

    As always, the outfits you’ve shared are lovely! I can’t choose a favorite.

    I’m going to be checking out the teeth cleaner. I’m in the same boat as you, having needed my teeth cleaned for a long time before Covid-19 upended our lives.

    I am trying to come to terms with the fact that Covid-19 isn’t going away any time soon, and this new normal will likely be with us for at least several years. It’s hard realization. But I’m trying to figure out how to adapt, and how to make these numerous safety precautions just part of the daily routine of living. I’m not there yet. I am experiencing some sadness at the life we’ve all lost. I’m letting myself feel it, instead of trying to rationalize myself out of it – my usual tactic for feelings I don’t want.

    I’ll be jaunting over to YouTube to watch your video soon.

    Again, my condolences.

    Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      Hi Michelle. I fear you could be right about the virus lingering for so long. Let’s hope they come up with a vaccine pretty quick! I have passed on condolences and Dee says thank you. I love your honest opinion about life at the moment and not trying to wrap it up in ribbon like a lot of people seem to be xx

  4. May 10, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    I love the first outfit, seriously considering ordering the Dana top. How are they for sizing? before I order.
    Thanks for linking with #pocolo and I hope to see you back again soon

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:16 pm

      Hi Suzanne. True to size I would say. Baukjen never comes up small. I’ve had a couple of items that have been sized generously but I would say this Top is true to size. xx

  5. Fiona
    May 9, 2020 / 11:39 am

    So glad you featured the Ultrasonic Laurie, I’ve been thinking of buying one and also wondering if it would be a waste of money. I drink gallons of tea and my lower teeth are quite compacted so areas I can’t reach get stained. Will invest in one of these now.
    Love the neutral nail shades, also not a fan of gel polish. Tried it once and it wrecked my nails, took ages for them to recover. It’s really too high maintenance for me as well if I’m honest.
    Hope life is beginning to improve after the very sad time you’ve all been through recently.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:18 pm

      Hi Fiona. I didn’t intend on featuring the Ultrasonic but I’m so impressed with it I had too! I hope you like it. Please let me know how you get on with it xx

  6. May 8, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    Laurie, this post really does have a little bit of everything in it! First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Sending you many healing thoughts, my friend. Second, that black tee shirt is really cool! I love the drapey effect. It is very flattering and a beautifully unique twist on a classic black top. Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      hanks so much Shelbee. I love ding these weekly edits. I find them more interesting than a stand-alone fashion post. They do take me longer to edit though Haha xx

  7. May 7, 2020 / 5:50 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. The rollerball calming oils is exactly what we could all use right now. I have one that was made for me and I love it. My husband even used it after he was stung by a centipede. It had frankensense in it for sure…can’t remember what else.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:21 pm

      Hi Sherry. I’m impressed with the rollerball. It’s surprising how a smell can calm you down! xx

  8. May 6, 2020 / 7:57 am

    My condolences to you and Dee. Shocking news. It’s so much worse not being able to say goodbye and having restrictions around funerals.
    I saw the Baujken masks last week and was very impressed – what a lovely gesture from them, and also when you buy some, they send extra for your neighbours!
    Glad you featured the sonic tooth product – sounds just what I need.
    Nice to see you as always at #WowOnWednesday. xx

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Gail. 40% off for NHS workers too. A fabulous caring brand xx

  9. May 5, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    I am sorry for your family’s loss! I will be checking into that teeth cleaning kit for sure. I would be nice to do that at home.

    • laurie
      May 16, 2020 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you Mireille. And regarding the teeth cleaning, it’s game-changing ! xx

  10. May 5, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and Dee.

    On another note, I love the cut and draping of your navy top! Your nail polishes are such pretty shades for spring!

    • laurie
      May 6, 2020 / 7:27 am

      Thanks Jill. I’m really happy with the top and now I’m aiming at getting it in the white too xx

  11. May 4, 2020 / 1:21 am

    So sorry about your loss.
    Thanks for the tip about the teeth cleaning devicd.

    • laurie
      May 4, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      Hi Michele. Thank you. I’m really impressed with this teeth cleaner! xx

  12. May 3, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    I’m very sorry about your mother in law. My condolences for Dee and you.
    I have to order that tooth cleaning thing as I have the same problem. I’m trying it with very tiny brushes but that doesn’t work. Thanks for the tip.

    • laurie
      May 4, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      I use the tiny T-pee brushes too Nancy. I’m really happy with how easy this cleaner is though xx

  13. May 3, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    The teeth cleaning item sounds marvellous! I will give it a look for sure. All the outfits are super as are your photos. I’m getting very fed up with this situation and can’t wait for it to be over! So sorry to hear your sad news, how awful for you both. Sending hugs to you. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      May 4, 2020 / 4:54 pm

      Hopefully not much longer now Jacqui! Escape is on the horizon! xx