Supplements. Getting my health back on track – Weekly edit

Since the lockdown, being stuck indoors for so long and just generally not being as active as I normally would be, I feel heavier (I am heavier!) feeling my age and I need to do something about it. I’ve also started a course of supplements and I’m just about to join the local gym.

I bought a yoga mat during lockdown promising myself a start. There are some really good online groups you can join or take a class off of YouTube. Yes, I’m sold on this idea yet I didn’t unroll that yoga mat once. I need to push myself out there and just get it done.

Anyone else feeling sluggish after the lockdown?


*This is a sponsored partnership with Minami and I’m happy to share my thoughts*

I’ve been kindly gifted a supply of Minami health supplements to try out. Looking at the Minami website I notice some really good reviews. Especially for skincare. Some women report excellent results declaring plumper skin and softer lines/wrinkles. I also have a discount for 15% off at Minami. and I’m leaving the code below for you.


I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the benefits of these softgels after taking them for a couple of months. I decided to give Minami a try because I think it’s important to top ourselves up with essential vitamins and £18.00 is reasonable for a month’s supply.

I think what I put into my body is just as important as the antiaging skincare that I use to combat wellbeing and health.

Gluten and Lactose-free, Minami offers up to 90% of Omega per softgel. They are free from saturated fats and toxins that a lot of supplements contain and I find this good because the purity is way better than a lot of others on the market. I feel better already knowing that I’m topping myself up with needed nutrients.

If you interested in trying Minami’s Supplements from the website I have a 15% off code VANITYANDME15 at checkout

What I’ve been wearing

I’ve been wearing the Lennox blazer non-stop! It literally goes with everything I decide to wear. I wore it with jeans in the last post. Hasn’t the weather changed? Looking on the brighter side, I’m looking forward to wearing all my blazers.

The Lennox blazer has now been heavily discounted, so be quick! They’re not going to be available much longer. And don’t forget the 20% discount code off full-priced items at Baukjen. At checkout VM20

Trying to get the most out of those new white sandals. I’ve only worn them a few times. I’m seriously thinking about the changeover for winter wear. I honestly think that’s our summer done.

Those sandals will come out again next year though. As will the bag. Did any of you buy items you didn’t get to wear this year? The silk shirt from Lilysilk is still worn a lot. It’s just such an easy classic shirt to wear. I wash it on 30 degree’s every time and it’s still like new two years later.

The trousers are from Laura Ashley a couple of years back. Apparently Laura Ashley will be back online soon. A reprieve from a buyer. Good to hear.

Shop The Look

As I said blazer season is definitely here. I was looking forward to wearing this Cotton trader’s Friday blazer again. This arrived in my wardrobe just before the temperatures got high and I’m determined to get a lot of wear out of it before the end of the year. You may remember how I styled it three ways in the earlier post.

The purpose of this shot taken with my phone for Instagram was to see what everyone thought about “turned up or not?” jeans. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this too. The jeans are from JD Williams and I love the fit. Not too tight, not too baggy.

Shop The Look

At last. A mascara that wowed me!

You don’t often hear me talk about mascaras do you? That’s because I’m never over impressed by them. I have really short stumpy lashes and I rarely find any mascara to make them look visible.

Rumi Cosmetics sent this one above and after the first use I was straight on Instagram stories recommending, I’m that impressed. It has brilliant staying power too and I look like have eyelashes for the whole day.

I will be adding this into my new in beauty items on YouTube in the next couple of weeks. You can find the mascara here. The mascara is designed for us mature women and there’s a serum too. I have mine on order already! If you have literally no lashes, then there’s a discount code below.

Click here for a 10% discount with VANITY10 AT THE CHECKOUT.

Keep you and yours safe and well xx

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  1. September 19, 2020 / 9:24 am

    Hi Laurie. I know how you feel. I started off great with the first lockdown. Lots of exercise. Then put my pelvis out and my physical therapist was not one who could help me was. And eventually it improved through exercises I got online.. But 5lbs on and lots of gin to help me recover… Back on track now. Dublin is back in lockdown… so fed up. Going to look into that mascara…

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 1:10 am

      Aw Hilda. I feel for you! I don’t think it will be long until I’m in the same boat. I’ve just joined a gym and I bet it’s going to close! xx

      • laurie
        September 20, 2020 / 1:11 am

        Ps. The mascara is amazing! You can hear the chat and see the application on my YouTube channel xx

  2. September 14, 2020 / 10:42 pm

    Hi Laurie
    I hope you start to feel better. My mom is with us and she wanted to do yoga, at 76, she has started chair yoga from You Tube. I know there are a bunch of different ones out there. I have been walking more and will use home treadmill when it gets too cold or rainy. LOVE that dress under your blazer! wow those colors speak to me, you look great with the blazer and the outfits you wore. Always classy!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 1:13 am

      I’m thinking about doing Yoga at home to Jess. I find it hard to concentrate at home though or just don’t get to do it. xx

  3. September 14, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    I let my fitness slide over the Summer – I always find it hard to workout in the heat. I’m getting going again now, although I did have a bit of sciatic nerve pain but thankfully it’s easing off. I’m intrigued by the mascara as I’m very fussy about what I put on my lashes. I’ve been using Tarte mascara for the last couple of years but I find the tubes don’t last very long before they start to dry out. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 1:14 am

      The mascara is still pleasing me so much Emma. I totally recommend it. As I just replied to Hilda, you can see the application on the latest film on YouTube xx

  4. September 13, 2020 / 2:43 am

    I enjoy turning up my jeans especially as we transition in the season. I do not own any blazer but I really do like my light jackets.

    • laurie
      September 14, 2020 / 6:57 am

      I feel that blazers go with just about everything Mireille. I’d love to see you give one a try. I think you would love them xx

  5. September 10, 2020 / 4:53 pm

    What fabulous products, Laurie! I am loving all of your blazer styles. How cute the blazer is with your floral maxi dress. I need to try that! Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


    • laurie
      September 11, 2020 / 8:59 am

      Thanks, Shelbee. I’m going to have to reign myself in from buying too many again this year. I love blazers! xx

  6. September 7, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    Yeah, I was pretty unmotivated to exercise at all during lockdown (despite always having exercised from home). I too have started taking a few multi-vitamin type supplements and being more mindful of at least getting out of the house each day for a short walk.

    • laurie
      September 11, 2020 / 9:00 am

      Hi Joanne. I don’t know what it is but it’s like a light bulb has gone on in my head! I just really feel the need to get fitter and healthier this year xx

  7. September 7, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    I have a new vitamin regimen as well!
    Trusting that we will both recover new energy!

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 1:15 am

      Hi Michele. Yes. Here’s to that! Although going back into lockdown I feel will hinder me more xx

  8. September 4, 2020 / 1:31 pm

    Yep can relate to the whole sluggish feel during lockdown x #pocolo

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 8:49 am

      Hi Sam. We might have to make a plan considering we may go back into lockdown. I’m dreading it! xx

  9. September 3, 2020 / 9:14 pm

    I’m so out of routine, I desperately need normal! I’m tempted with finding an more oversized blazer for this coming season, good inspiration! xx

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 8:51 am

      Hi Michelle. I feel near back to normal now but it seems we may go back into lockdown which I’m dreading. I’m glad you feel inspired. Let me know if you go for that over-sized blazer xx

  10. September 3, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    I really need to watch my eating: I have been enjoying cheese a little too much lately.

  11. September 1, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    Yes I agree with you about feeling sluggish, putting on weight and avoiding the gym, Youtube and Fb workouts! I have been running, but that doesn’t equate to what I need to lose after putting so much weight on over lock-down. Thanks for sharing today. Jacqui

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 8:52 am

      I’m definitely going for the online version of exercise if we lockdown again Jacqui. I’m not going to let it beat me! xx

  12. M
    August 31, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    Laurie with your lovely classic styling I think the jeans look better down. If you are determined to wear them rolled up, maybe wear with a boot. I’m off to look at baukjen now.

    • laurie
      September 20, 2020 / 8:54 am

      Hi M. The jury is out on them being worn down I think. I’ve taken note! Thank you for stopping by xx