Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, and I have been thinking of great gift ideas for the special day. Motherhood is a lot of work. Nothing prepared me for the amount of work and dedication required. It is a the an unpaid job which is why we should always celebrate mothers, since many of them are the main care providers. If you are after Mother’s Day gift ideas, here are some great ideas for you –


Womens Parajumpers Ski Master Jacket


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This Womens Parajumpers Ski Master Jacket by OD’s Designer Clothing would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. I love the shade of blue a lot. It is such a beautiful colour and the design of the jacket is simply stunning. I can see myself wearing it.

If you are after some Parajumpers for Mother’s Day, you should check out OD’s Designer Clothing’s Website for many stylish pieces. The brand specialise in designer labels for all demographics, including men, women and children, so many options available.


Olverum The Body Oil – Nourish – Rejuvenate


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This Olverum Body Oil is a rich, nourishing therapeutic oil which absorbs quickly. It leaves the skin very moisturised, feeling smooth, plumped and refreshed. This Body Oil would make a lovely gift this Mother’s Day.

It is Vegan and cruelty-free, free from artificial preservatives, fragrance and colourants, Silicone, Mineral oils, Petrolatum, Sulphates, Pthalates, Parabens, Triclosan and animal derived ingredients. Anyone can use this Olverum Body Oil. It is suitable for all ages, skin types, tones, and genders. I love how it leaves my skin moisturised, lightly fragranced and looking supple.




Westlab Bathing Salts


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This Westlab Bathing Salt Range can work as a lovely little gift for Mother’s Day. Busy mothers always need TLC, and one way of having some quality me time is by using Bathing Salts. This range consists of 4 bath salts – Mindful, Sleep, Cleanse, and Recover. I am currently using the Sleep Bathing Salt and I am loving it.

This range is so amazing. The bathing salts are individually designed to induce sleep, help the body to recover, cleanse and restore mindfulness.


Mavala Sunlight Lipstick Collection


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This Mavala Sunlight Lipstick Collection has some of the most amazing shades I ever seen. The range is all about fun colourful shades. It is inspired by the different stages of the sun.

The lipstick collection has six warm-toned and beachy pinks, reds and nudes. The range offers sheer-to-medium coverage with a soft, satin finish and hydrating formula. There is a shade for every skin tone. My current favourites are 592 Terra Viva and 594 Scarlet Red.


What do you think of these gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Did any gift catch your eye?



The do’s and don’ts of first dates



As Shakespeare famously said, the course of true love never did run smoothly and nothing sums up that sentiment more than the tricky task of nailing a successful first date. First Dates can be hard. While it may be amusing to watch a couple’s debut meeting on Channel 4’s First Dates, or read about an awkward rendezvous in the Guardian’s Blind Date feature, actually going on one yourself, sipping cocktails and engaging in small talk, can be nerve wrecking and leave you riddled with anxiety.

For men, the pressure is on; it’s not enough to just to iron your best Hugo Boss Black Label shirt and head off down to the local Wetherspoons, expectations are very high.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you with your first meeting and looking the part after swiping right on Tinder:

Do: Clean your shoes

Shoes are one of the first things that people notice when meeting someone initially so make sure yours are polished and prepped and make a good initial impression. Have a look at the shoes the Mister is rocking here for some shoe inspiration.

Don’t: Neglect oral hygiene

Goes without saying but if the night ends with a kiss, you don’t want to be remembered as the man she refers to her friends as ‘the bloke with the bad breath’. Brush, floss, mouthwash and carry some mints with you.

Do: Wear a watch

Not only does a nice timepiece look fantastic and really add something to an outfit, it will also ensure you keep off your phone if you’re curious to know what time it is. Nothing looks worse on a first date than someone constantly glancing down at their mobile; even if it is to genuinely to keep an eye on the time as you’re planning to get the last bus home. A nice watch looks stylish and ensures you won’t appear rude – a win-win situation. But ensure you don’t keep looking at your watch so it doesn’t come across as you being in a hurry to get away.

Don’t: Try something new

A couple of hours before your first meeting is NOT the time to experiment with a new way of doing your hair. Just don’t risk it. Stick to the tried and tested.

Do: Dress for the occasion

A simple but important one – make sure you’re dressed appropriately for whatever venue your date is taking place. Don’t turn up at a fancy restaurant or bar and be surprised if you get the knock back for wearing scruffy trainers.

Don’t: Be someone you’re not

After a bit of light research (aka excessive Facebook stalking) you’ll discover a bit more about your partner, maybe even spied a couple of their exes, and have a pretty good idea of what their type is and you’re worried it’s not you. Perhaps they seem to enjoy muscular men and the last time you worked out was back during a PE lesson at school. Maybe they look like they should be dating the lead singer of some obscure indie band you’re not cool enough to have heard of and your look is more classic normal bloke?

Don’t panic and, whatever you do, don’t have a complete style overhaul. There’s no need to be squeezing into skinny jeans and get an abundance quirky vintage tattoos if your style is more a classic jeans and t-shirt. Be yourself. They’ve agreed to go on a date with you so make sure the real you shows up.

Don’t: Forget to iron

You can have the nicest designer gear in the world but if you neglect to run an iron over it then it’s pointless. Creases and crumples look sloppy and give a lazy impression which isn’t great when trying to convince someone you’re a catch. So iron that shirt.

Don’t: Have any expectations about whether you’ll be getting your kit off or not

So now you look the absolute part for your date and are feeling good, naturally your mind starts to wander to think about whether your outfit will look better on the bedroom floor after a few hours?

Stop, don’t approach the date with any preconceptions or expectations either way.

However, wherever your clothes end up after the date, at least either way you’ll know you looked great if you followed the tips above.

Do you watch First Dates on Channel 4? What do you think of these tips?

Sound off in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.

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