Hot Topic: The Women of NXT!

The only wrestling I really watch these days is anything and everything of old that my husband puts on, on the WWE Network. I'm a big fan of the old days, I love Macho Man, Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino and can sit for hours watching The Rockers and Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard work their Tag Team magic. I don't really pay attention to Raw and Smackdown anymore and only really watch something if my husband thinks it's worth watching, like if a match from Raw was especially good. I do however like NXT, but have only seen bits here and there, enough to know that I adore the girls that are currently kicking ass there, but not to where it is a top priority for me to watch every episode.

Can not wait for this match! (Picture taken from google)

A few weeks back everyone had been talking about Sasha Banks VS Bayley from NXT Takeover, I kept hearing so many great things, and of course my husband had said that I would love the match they had, but I just hadn't made the time to sit and watch it. Well last Tuesday, my husband made food and I got all cuddled up on the couch as he put on the match for me to finally see. Now just as a side note, when I watch wrestling I tend to talk, pick it apart, think about the storyline, how someone is selling, my brain is constantly thinking 'ooh but if they did it like this' 'why did they do that there' 'why isn't he selling' 'Ooh that was cool' 'I love that gear' etc. When I'm watching the likes of Macho Man, it's usually more squealing, on the edge of my seat 'arrgh how is he so awesome?' 'that was amazing' 'wow I have goose bumps.' When I watch myself back, i'm terrible, my worst critic, I stand up, act stuff out and over think a million things. So yes, when I watch wrestling more often than not I like to comment and talk, get excited or ask questions, I just can't help it. I'm not sure how long Sasha Banks VS Bayley actually was, but I will tell you that I didn't make a peep, I just sat and watched, I had goose bumps and at the end of the match when Bayley cried, I cried. I legit cried. That might sound odd to some, I even shocked myself a little bit, but all of a sudden I just felt so many emotions. I was speechless, I couldn't fault anything (not that I wanted to or was trying to) but there was just nothing to say. I was left in awe. I loved it, like honest to goodness loved every second of it. The way the girls moved, sold, acted, wrestled, told a story, it was just incredibly awesome in every way. And I have to say that I think part of the emotion came from the fact that these are girls like me who dreamed of being wrestlers from a young age, who have always been the underdog and just wanted to wrestle. In that ring they looked like the most awesome, kick ass wrestlers I have seen in a long time. They drew me in and I wanted to be them.


Bayley! She's my absolute favourite ever!! :)
Picture from google images!

I have always been drawn to the guys in wrestling, as I mentioned the greats above, I have always idolized guys and wanted to emulate them. I know as women we naturally move differently and I would often find myself not really enjoying women's wrestling very much because of certain aspects like this. In addition to growing up as the era of models becoming wrestlers was taking over and them not really knowing how to actually wrestle just put me off, so I focused on the people who were passionate, who were the best of the best and studied them. Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mr Perfect. When coming to OVW, we got more into studying tapes and the guys would have us learn our history. Of course the likes of Alundra Blaze and Sherry Martel came into play and we learnt from everyone. Guys and girls. My brain accepted those women and ignored the 'divas'. If you had passion, dedication and truly loved what you did, it shone through. It wasn't about wrestling like a guy, it was about wrestling like a wrestler. Enter Serena Deeb, Mickie James and Beth Phoenix, all women who I love to watch. Over the years I have had my fair share of annoyance through 'women's' wrestling, both as a fan and as a wrestler. I hated that models were put above girls who were born to do this and had the passion running through their veins. As a wrestler I despised being constantly told to be more sexy, to act my age, to look a certain way and wrestle like a girl, hair pulling, cat fight etc. Though I will say I was lucky enough to train with Rip Rogers and Jim Cornette and the boys in my class who treated every one the same. Meeting girls too would always be tricky as the way in which 'women' wrestlers were perceived wasn't always wrong. I met the girls not there for the right reasons, the girls who thought it was easy if they looked good and had boobs, the girls that wanted to be wrestlers ever since Total Diva's aired. On the other hand I would meet the girls who thought to wrestle like a guy meant beating the crap out of each other and forgetting the actual art form of what Mr Perfect did. The world of 'women's' wrestling could all be very confusing for me. Most of the time I felt more comfortable training with the guys because I like the way they moved and wrestled, I felt at home and like I could do my best and we would always get so excited talking about wrestling with each other. It really is magic when you lock up with someone and everything gels and you feel like you click or when you meet people and can talk for hours about ideas and all things wrestling. For the girls and guys I did have that with, I am so grateful and I still get giddy over it! Side note: I wish I had wrestled Mickie James later on in my Rip training as she is truly awesome and I love her style. She is someone I felt very at home with. At the time (when we wrestled her) I don't feel my movements were the best. If I could wrestle her a million times over to learn from her I would. Alas I am going off on a tangent. :p Mickie James equals a women that broke the boundaries for who I looked up to and wanted to watch.


Sasha Banks!! Incredible! :)
Picture from google images!

When I watch the women of NXT I can't help but smile so big. I know I am not behind the scenes, I know that parts of it must be crazy backstage, it is probably competitive and people will clash and butt heads, but watching Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch and Charlotte in the ring after that match, i was just like 'WOW, what an awesome group of girls.' Furthermore, the match that Sasha Banks and Bayley put on, to me, was a testament to working your butt off, having a genuine passion for wrestling, trusting and caring about each other and WORKING TOGETHER and it showed!! I absolutely can not wait to watch their 30 minute Iron Man Match October 7th and though I don't know them personally I can't help but feel this sense of pride in what they have accomplished and what they are accomplishing. I just want to jump up and down and shake them and say 'seriously, you guys are insane, you are awesome.' I don't think I have idolized a wrestler from recent years as much as I idolize Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch. They inspire me every time I see them. They seem like they would be dreams to work with and to learn from. If I could be half the wrestlers they are one day I would be beyond happy. They have definitely given me the wrestling bug all over again! :) I think I will be glued to NXT from now on and be catching up with Raw a little bit more just to watch all these women in action. They truly are phenomenal and I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us next.

Have an awesome day!
Love Lucy xx

Makeup Monday: A few must have items!

I have actually been really good as of late, in that I have been making sure to use all the makeup in my collection. While my collection is quite small, for me it's enough were I say to myself "Ok Lucy, you have to be using all these products before you buy anymore." I admit that I am a sucker for cute packaging and pretty things, so some of the products I can just look at and think "well it's so beautiful that staring at it can justify buying it." Just me?! :p I always find it fun though when I go through my blushes and wear a different one on the weekend, or know which one will go perfect with my outfit, I feel that my collection is just enough that I can get through wearing all my blushes if I wore a different one each day of the week. The same can be said for my lipsticks, as I think Lipsticks and Blush are what I have most off. I haven't really seen anything that has caught my eye too much over the past few weeks and with all the holiday collections and new products coming out just in time for Christmas I thought I would just wait and see what grabs my attention. In the meantime though, I have been huge into skincare. I was having a few days where I just didn't like the way my foundation sat on my face and I could see signs of getting older and I thought it was time for a little change and for me to really focus on my routines. I was inspired by Victoria over on InTheFrow.com and her recent skincare routine, she mentioned washing your face and thinking that will suffice and how you will still find makeup on your towel and I could 100% relate. I do that all the time, but no more. Here are some of my favourite purchases from the past few weeks and why I love them! :) 



This, Victoria mentioned in the aforementioned skincare post and I knew I had to try it. Not only did she rave about it but there were tons of comments where people said how awesome it was. So I made a visit to Target and picked some up right away. I haven't used a toner in years and I always remember our makeup artist Abi recommending one, but I simply got out of the habit of using it as I felt it made my skin feel dry. I was super excited to use this one though, as honestly I just wanted to really feel like I was giving my skin a good clean. It smells delightful, lovely and fresh, I presume thanks to the Aloe Vera and Ginseng that it has in it. This Glow Tonic claims to "even out skintone for a brighter and clearer complexion" through exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. I have to say that I love it. Truly love it. My skin feels so incredibly soft these days and I feel like it has blurred lines and made my face look smoother. I use it every morning and night and adore how my face feels more awake and even looks more awake after I have applied it. I have been using it for about two weeks now and am going to be making sure to stick with this routine. :)




I had been wanting to purchase some Morphe brushes for the longest time after hearing so many of my favourite YouTubers rave about them, but I spent a little time researching different brushes first, as I didn't want to spend a lot, as brushes can be quite expensive and I wanted to make sure that they would be worth it, with shipping and all that. What made me bite the bullet was that I have been using my Sigma F80 for over a year now and I was starting to feel like I needed another brush for when I didn't get chance to clean that one. I try and clean it often but sometimes I would get to two weeks and be using it thinking "ewww" :p I just needed the basics, a foundation brush, concealer brush and a bronzer/blush brush, so thanks to Jaclyn Hill and Amanda Ensing, I went with the G2, M349 and B6. My goodness, I don't know why I waited so long. These brushes are awesome. I adore the M349 for foundation, it is so soft and dense that it makes applying my foundation so easy and simple, it doesn't drag at all and it feels like a little of my foundation goes a long way, it has such great coverage. The same goes for the G2, it is so light and fluffy and soft and perfect for concealer. My Sigma F86 was starting to feel really hard to blend with, like I was tugging at my under eye area, so this one was a very welcome and much needed change. I  look forward to putting my makeup on each morning now because I get to use these brushes! :) I would highly recommend them.



I mentioned these in our 'Girly Night In' post as Kelly and I had been experimenting with some masks during our girly weekend, after getting some samples from Sephora. My friend Kaelin had recommended these for improving texture. I'm not usually the optimist when it comes to skincare and products that say they will get rid of fine lines or make scars disappear and such, I don't know why but I seem to struggle to believe in things like that. I also believe in growing old gracefully and allowing your body/skin to be natural. However, I had really started to notice the wrinkles on my forehead, coming to the conclusion that it was because of all the facial expressions I make. I was starting to become very self conscious at work, as of course I am always making faces and being very expressive around my babies and I admit it got me down applying foundation because I dislike it when it settles into creases. Well, with no high hopes I tried the sample of this two step peel and was actually stunned. Instantly my skin looked brighter, smoother and clearer and I am certain that the lines on my forehead were not as prominent. Kelly even commented when she saw me the next morning saying that my skin looked really good. So I went back to Sephora and picked up the little pack. You get five treatments for $16. The downside to this product for me is that it is very expensive, for 30 treatments it will cost you $88. For now though, I have been using the peel each Sunday. I have 4 more to go and am looking forward to seeing if the results continue to be this amazing. Maybe it's all the little things I have been changing about my routine, with the clean brushes and toner and making sure to drink more water each day, but I am really happy with these purchases and feel much more confident in my skin these days! :)


Hope you have an awesome Monday and let me know if you have any skincare products/makeup products that you absolutely love!! :)

Love Lucy xx

A girly night in! :)

Kelly and I see each other every single day, we work together, live next door to each other and like to spend time together. Rarely a day goes by where we don't talk or catch each other at least for a few seconds. You'd think by now, after 27 years joined at the hip, that we could go a few days without one another or that we might possibly have run out of things to say to each other. But alas, and I'm sure to the disappointment of our husbands, we always have something to talk about and we are always, always talking. :p We are huge chatterboxes and thanks to the nature of our Mother, we can pretty much talk to everyone and anyone, we weren't always this way, we used to be very shy. Nowadays though, we love being bouncy and happy and can strike up conversation with anyone just like that. And when it comes to each other, forget about it...we can quite literally talk till the cows come home.

Two weekends ago we enjoyed separate adventures and spent quality time with our husbands, so you can bet we were ready for our girlie weekend and catch up, because goodness knows after spending 2 and a half days apart we were in need of a good natter! :p

In honor of last weekends girly weekend we thought it would be fun to do a Top 5 list of things to do when it's just the girls! :) Shall we begin?...


One: Bake together!

We love nothing more than sitting with a cup of coffee or tea, or wine depending on the evening, and having a good chat. What goes well with all three of those drinks?...A delicious snack to munch on of course. Now you could always pick something up from the store but as Kelly and I love to bake it's something we find relaxing and really enjoy doing together. Why not try getting your girlfriends to help you make the nights treat? It feels incredibly rewarding when you are tucking into something homemade and it can even be a little bit healthier due to knowing exactly what you put in it! :) Here is a little recipe for the banana bread that we made. It was out of this world delicious and made the evening that little bit more cozy.
Ingredients:
3 ripe banana's mashed
3/4 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 tablespoon of milk
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 to 1 cup of chocolate chips, depending on how chocolatey you want it! :)

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl. (I used my Kitchen aid mixer)
Add eggs and blend.
Add milk and bananas and mix for about a minute.
Add the flour and baking soda and mix until combined.
Stir in the Chocolate chips!

Butter your loaf pans so the cake doesn't stick and pour batter in to the two pans evenly .
Bake for 45 mins or until knife inserted into the center comes out clean! :)


Two: Pamper yourselves!

Kelly and I don't often sit and do our nails or put on face masks, we always feel like we have to be doing something and that it just takes up time. However, lately we have really been understanding the importance of taking a step back and relaxing. Waking up at 5am definitely takes a toll on your skin and not taking the time to breathe and pause every now and again just aids in getting you stressed and wearing you out. Admittedly when the boys are away, it's a little easier to not feel like you have someone else to think about all the time, so Keg and I have been working on trying different masks and taking care of ourselves a little more. Plus, I always love when Keg will walk around Sephora with me and let me take my time ogling at all the pretty things! :p Through our friend Kaelin who works at Sephora, we got a sample of this Dr Dennis Gross peel and oh my goodness, stay tuned to the blog, there will be more on it soon! :)


Three: Light candles!

Similar to those reasons above, I feel candles help to create a relaxing and chilled out atmosphere. I have quite the collection and love sitting where I can see the flames flicker, it gives me a sense of comfort and calming. So if you want to create a bit of a peaceful paradise while enjoying a class of wine with your girlfriends, try lighting some candles, even tea lights make for the simplest, cutest décor.


 Four: Watch fun movies!

My husband and I do not share the same taste in cinema...in the slightest. He is always trying to get me to watch "classic" movies, movies that are amazingly cinematic and artistic that he feeds off and loves. Those movies however always tend to have some sort of violence, blood, gangsters or scary element to them that I'm sorry, but I just can't do. I really do try and have seen such films like "The Crow" and "The Godfather", albeit from behind a pillow or while staying very distracted partaking in a craft, but they are simply not for me. When Kelly, Jen and I get together we usually reach for the favourites, "What's your Number?" having been at the top of the list for the past few years. Talk about a classic! ;p Girly nights are a perfect time to sit back and watch the movies that your other half might not quite understand. I will give my Chris credit though, he has seen 5 of the 6 movies pictured above...I'm still working on getting him to watch "The Longest Ride"...Scott Eastwood...swoon!



Five: Be Creative and Craft!

Whether it be creating a book club, scrapbooking club or using your imagination to make a floral arrangement, chocolates or your very own home décor, we always feel inspired by each other. Why not get together and share ideas. Go out and buy what you need and spend the evening being creative. We guarantee you will enjoy yourself, feel relaxed and have a sense of such accomplishment when you are done. I felt so proud of my little craft above, and all I did was pour some candy corn into an empty candle glass and sit a little tea light on top!! But look how cute it is! :)

I hope you enjoy these ideas for a girlie night in! Let us know what you like doing when it's just the girls, do you partake in some of the activities above? What's your favourite girlie movie? And guys, if you're reading this post, feel free to comment on what your idea of a fun night in with the boys would be! :)

Happy Friday, wishing you an awesome weekend! :)

Love Lucy xx



The New British invasion: Ed Sheeran!

A few weeks ago, ourselves and our husbands were chatting in the car about who we would love to go and see in concert. One person we all agreed on was Ed Sheeran. We all thought that he would be a pretty cool person to see live. Well, it just so happened that we found out he was touring not to far away from us this month. We got home and after little deliberation over whether it would be better to travel a couple of hours away on a Thursday or Sunday, we all settled on Thursday 17th Sept, 2 hours away from us, in Cincinnati.

Once home from work, the four of us quickly changed, packed a few snacks and jumped in the car. We were all pumped and excited as well as feeling slightly rebellious for going out on a school night ( what can we say, we like our sleep) Our trip was going great, we were listening to music, chatting away, stopped at Cincinnati's original Skyline Chili for a quick bite to eat and couldn't wait to get to the Riverbend Music Center. Alas, just when we thought we were making great time, that was when we got stuck in traffic, we tried to stay positive but it generally got to the point where we thought we were going to miss the whole show. Lucy's Chris was so frustrated and couldn't understand where the traffic was coming from. We explained that it was probably for the show, to which he replied, "the whole city can not be at a stand still for Ed Sheeran".....oh sweet naive Christopher!!

The closer we got to the arena the more Chris was eating his words, the place was PACKED, as in they had cops directing traffic and had, had to open a whole other car park and still they were running out of space. By this point, 8:30 we had missed the opening act (Christina Perri) but were lucky enough to find a parking spot as people were still queuing up to come in. We finally got through the gates, all paid a visit to the restrooms, just as Ed Sheeran walked out on stage! We made a mad dash to the lawn and were fortunate to find a nice little spot on the grass, albeit the hill bit of the lawn but we could see the stage and Ed Sheeran and hear him perfect and that was all that mattered.

Our view!

All sat on the little hill!

It is so difficult to explain just how amazing Ed Sheeran actually is, we feel like the word talented doesn't even cut it. He was absolutely phenomenal!! He was charismatic, entertaining and just amazing to sit and listen to. We knew he was someone that you had to see live and we weren't wrong. The crowd was into absolutely everything and it was lovely to witness. We have to admit being British too, we sat there with a huge sense of pride at watching a fellow Brit kick so much ass! Looking at all the people who had come to see this one person, we were like "Yep this is the new British Invasion right here" :) At one point towards the end as people started to leave to miss the traffic, we scooted further up the hill and were amazed at the sight of way more people than we originally thought were there. It was insane, so much so that when Ed told everyone to get their phones out, it looked magical, like a scene from the Quidditch world cup. 

The Sea of lights!

All in all it was an incredible evening, one that even getting home at 1 am to wake up at 5 am couldn't dampen. If you get the chance to go to an Ed Sheeran show or see him live, don't pass it up, we highly recommend you go! If you've already seen him, let us know where you saw him
and your thoughts, we'd love to hear them! :)

Sneaking a closer peak at the stage area!

What an amazing evening!

Have a great Monday!
Lucy and Kelly
xx


Life Is Sweet: British Baking Battle!


Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! :) We had a blast filming another episode of our YouTube show "Life Is Sweet" yesterday and with it being a baking battle we thought we would pop over to our blog and share the recipes with you.

Foodie Friday: Fall Apple Crumble!

I was so excited to get baking this week, after picking up some fresh apples last weekend in Virginia. It was a lot of fun being in the kitchen with my mother in law and Meme, as we filled the lodge with the sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar, after an afternoon of apple picking, that I couldn't wait to get back to Kentucky with my own apples and a recipe in mind to share with you. It's simple but so delicious and I absolutely love the smell that fills the apartment through making it! :)

Hot Topic: Celebrity and Media ideals!

It's the way of the world, and unfortunately I don't see it changing anytime soon; the tabloids, the celebrity channels, the reality TV shows, the news reports and the day to day coverage of what one of the Kardashians had for breakfast. We seem to be a world who feeds off other peoples problems, knowing other people's business and feeling like we have the right to criticize people especially if they have a famous name and lots of money!
It's something I can't quite get my head around, yet I won't sit here and act like I am a saint and have never once sat and watched E! News or picked up a gossip magazine, I most certainly have. However, the older I get the more I find myself walking past the shelves of magazines and shaking my head. I actually don't buy them anymore unless they have someone I really really like in....thank you TV Guide for the wonderful picture of Zachary Levi. :)


I find it difficult to trust magazines now because when you see so much made up stuff and things that just don't seem important, I start to feel like they are just feeding us a bunch of lies. I remember a couple of months back saying to Jen, "Aww isn't it sweet how Kate and Will are expecting twins?" Jen's reply was "Since when?" Granted she hasn't got the inside scoop on The Royal Family but I would have thought that England would know about it first! :p Obviously, Kate wasn't expecting Twins and it was all just a front page rumor. To me, this is just so strange! Is that really what sells in today's world? Will we only pick up magazines to purely read about who is having who's baby, who has gained weight or who has just been dumped? When did this happen? Why did it happen? Nowadays, I love watching videos on YouTube or seeing face to face interviews just because you get to hear what people have to say from their own mouths, it can't get twisted and manipulated.


Don't get me wrong, I do understand a little bit of how the whole entertainment industry works and I've heard the phrase "No publicity is bad publicity!" Some celebrities may enjoy being in the limelight, some build careers from negative tabloids, but I do feel that sometimes magazines could be a little bit nicer with the way they portray celebrities and not feel that they need to find out every little personal detail about them, then proceed to be cruel and judgmental because they feel they have some sort of right because of what these people do for a living!! I'll admit, if I see a celebrity I like and all of a sudden they are married, my Mother comes out in me and I can't help but think "Aww, how long have they been dating?, When are they going to have kids? Where did they get married?.." But then I stop myself and think, "That's none of my business...unless maybe one day I happen to have a nice sit down, a cup of tea and a chat with Chris Evans." A girl can dream! ;)

Maybe I will never fully understand this way of the world, maybe the world would be a strange place without gossip columns and paparazzi, but I can't help but wonder what our world would be like if we had magazines full of fun, kind articles about how nice someone looks today rather than how fat or thin someone is, or how thankful we are to a celebrity for making an awesome movie or really cool song, rather than how terrible they sound and who their latest partner is? What about a sweet article on how much we smiled today because of something Chris Evans said in an interview, or on his personal twitter that he wants you to see rather than pictures taken from behind a tree of what food he's eating or girl he's with? Wouldn't it be nice for the headlines to focus on people having fun, enjoying life, lifting each other up, helping others and being kind?

I just love him! :p

You may be reading this and thinking to yourself "You are living in dream world Kelly, the world needs gossip and controversy and drama especially the entertainment industry" and fair enough, this is only my opinion. I don't mean to act like we should have celebrities on a pedestal, because at the end of the day they are people, like you and me. All I am saying is, with that being said we wouldn't be cruel on a daily basis to our friends, family or a person walking down the street, so why is it OK to be mean, spread rumors and say nasty things about the people who enlighten our worlds through Music, Movies, TV etc. A lot of the time we put these things on to make us feel better, to take our minds of daily stresses or struggles, so why do we in turn as a society reward the entertainers and artists with hate, negativity and unkindness??

I can't change the Celebrity and Tabloid machine but I hope this post has made you think a little differently about the magazines you support or even just the comments you may make on social media about certain celebrities. After all, we are all people, we all deserve to be treated with respect and love. Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place.



Hope you are having a great day!
Kelly
xx


Make Up Monday: Everyday skincare routine!

If I had a Pound or a Dollar for every time someone told us we look 16, I would be rich...no seriously! Rarely do we tell people how old we are without them looking shocked after we answer. Some people may think we get annoyed or upset by not looking our age, but in actual fact, we smile and reply with "We have good genes!" :) We really do! Our Nursery teacher says to this day that our Mum looks exactly the same today as she did when she dropped us off each morning some 24 years ago, and our Dad doesn't look a day over 50...he will be 60 in February! We still get ID'd everywhere we go and a lot of the time people think Jen (our little sister) is the oldest! But sitting here at 27 years old, all I can do is smile. Though sometimes it can be a little scary, I mean a few years ago when people would say that we looked 16 when we were 21, it didn't seem so bad, but I admit it is a bit different nowadays when we think "gosh we're actually TEN years older than that!!" Eek! :p

Thinking about these moments is what inspired me to write today's blog, as my daily routine is largely due to my Mum, in fact I'd say it has everything to do with her. From as young as I can remember, there were so many times when we would be in the bathroom getting ready while watching Mum put cream on her face as she was getting ready too. We would always ask her about it and she'd say how important moisturizer was for your skin, for it to stay healthy. The image of her putting it on is so vivid as she would always look like she was putting little splodges of war paint on...a little on each cheek, a blob on her nose, one on her chin and one on her forehead...do I need to tell you how I apply my cream to my face each day or can you guess?? ;)


Before I begin mirroring my Mum with my face cream, I like to use a "Simple" face wash, I use this morning and night, seven days a week without fail. I simply can not start my day or go to bed at night without washing my face. Sleeping in make up...forget about it! This one is a foaming face wash and is 100% soap free. I know "Simple" have other kinds but this is my 'go to' one. I have tried other face washes before but I always go back to this one, it just feels nice on my skin and doesn't make it dry out like some I have tried in the past. 

Next I apply my cream exactly how I watched my Mum do all those years ago, I even use the same cream as her. Again I have tried others but always come back to Oil of Olay every time. I usually use the ones that are for normal/dry skin as this is what Mum gets. They do have night creams but I tend to just stick to putting this cream on in the mornings before I put on a little make up. I like to let my skin breathe at night...if that's even a thing!? I love the Oil of Olay creams because they never make my skin feel oily. Once I've applied it, I let it dry for a few seconds then apply my make up and it doesn't feel sticky or heavy. Plus it definitely makes my skin feel moisturized.



The last of my routine (for no makeup days) is applying some Blistex (formally Blistese) to my lips. Now this would have to be my MUST have item, I honestly can not live without it. Mum always stocks us up when we go home, as we haven't been able to find this type over here yet. It is a relief cream for cracked, dry lips etc but it has a bit of a gloss/shine to it as well. I HAVE to put this on morning and night otherwise my lips are just too dry. I tend to use a regular chapstick while at work as it's easier to apply but the minute I get home, I head straight towards my Blistex. I've been using it for as long as I can remember, again thanks to Mum. I would recommend it to everyone as it is definitely the best Lip cream I have ever used!

Another item I have recently started using, which is also pictured above is "Origins no puffery" it is a cooling roll on for puffy eyes. Lucy has been using their day and night cream and swears by them. She also has an eye cream, so when she got this sample she let me use it. I put it on every night before I go to bed. I'm not sure if that's the best time for it or whether I should be putting it on during the day but I like to think of it working it's magic at night. I can't say I've noticed a huge difference but I do feel like my eyes look less tired and puffy in the morning so maybe it is working more than I realize. Lucy is a huge fan of the "Orgins" skincare brand. I may even try their night cream next per her recommendation.

So there you have it, apart from my make up bag, these are the products I use on a day to day basis and could well be some of the factors in our looking like teenagers comments! Let me know what your go to skincare products are and what you would recommend!

Happy Monday!
Kelly






Dreaming Big!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday! :) We are currently enjoying our girly weekend, getting lots done while the boys are away. You can follow us over on our 'TheBlossomTwin' instagram for pictures of our weekend so far! :)


We just wanted to pop on the blog today to let you know some of the things that we are working on and are hoping to achieve here, little changes and goals for the future. As you know we love writing, this blog has become our absolute favourite project to work on. We wake up every day with new ideas, things we want to talk about, books we want you to read, recipes we want to share with you, fun makeup finds and tons more. Recently we have been doing more research on how to turn this blog into our job. How we can make it so we can give it 110% and put all our focus in to it 24/7. We are not very computer savvy but we have been learning more about PR, Affiliates, Affiliate links and such, and have been trying to figure out what would be best for us.

While we would love for the blog to be a source of income for us, allowing us to write each day for a living, we also don't want to change anything, from the content to the way in which we talk to you. So when looking for the perfect fit, we wanted to make sure that it's not a case of us joining an affiliate program and then random products or things start popping up on the blog that don't make sense to what we are about. We don't think that would be fair to you.

Therefore, we were super excited today when we looked in to working with Amazon. The idea that we could work with them and share links with you that would help turn our goals into a reality, truly seemed like the perfect match. Here's why, you will notice that we often share Amazon links with you, especially over on our "Books are always in style" page. We spend countless hours scouring Amazon for our next reads and when we talk to you about our favourite books and authors, we most definitely want you to go and click on the link and purchase the books, because we genuinely want you to go and enjoy the book and support the awesome authors we love. You can see why this is like a dream come true for us. :) To us this is something honest, something where we pretty much don't have to change a thing. We really hope that you will support us in this new endeavor and continue to enjoy the content we put forth on our blog.

Before we go, we do just want to say that you do not have to click on these links at all, if you would prefer not to, you can always check out Amazon or any other thing we recommend by simply going on there website through Google or any other search engine. We do not wish to start drowning our site with affiliate links but we do wish to create a platform where we can make our dreams and projects a reality. :)

Thank you so much for your time and thank you for reading!

Lucy and Kelly xxx

Feelgood Friday: Long weekend fun! :)

We were super excited about having three days off this past weekend, in honor of Labor Day. It had been a crazy few weeks at work and we had been very busy, so we were definitely looking forward to a little break, to relax and wind down a bit. We both had different plans and not with each other... for a change, which meant we spent the three days having lots of quality husband time. It really was just what the doctor ordered. Today we thought we would share with you some of our favourite  moments!

An Interview with Freya North!

I am so beyond excited to share this interview with you today! I've said this many times on the blog, and in various episodes of Life is Sweet, but I will say it again, Freya North is my absolute favourite.

Must See/Must Eat! Places to visit in Louisville KY!

Louisville has been our home away from home now for nearing 7 years. Sometimes it seems crazy to us that it has been that long. No matter how much we miss the UK and our family back home, we have to admit that Louisville has provided us with some incredible, amazing, hilarious, sweet, scary, happy, sad and completely weird and wonderful memories over those 7 years and we wouldn't change it for the world. As of late we have loved researching places to visit. Beautiful cities like San Francisco and the country that has our hearts Italy. We adore finding out more about these places and looking into the best spots to go to eat and explore. This week however, we thought we would step outside our front doors and show you around Louisville and take a look at some of our favourite 'Hang out' spots and 'Must eat' joints that it has to offer! :)

Bars!

Diamonds: Ahh Diamonds. We can't think of Diamonds without thinking 4am bedtimes and 7am Rip Rogers classes the next day! :p Yep, you wouldn't think it now, as these days it's bed at 9:30 to be well rested for the kids. But when we first got to Louisville, we were wrestlers, hanging out with a bunch of wrestlers, getting to know everyone and letting off steam after shows and matches. We always had a blast though and have some very fond memories of nights at Diamonds. A very cool, chilled bar with live music, great food, pool tables and darts. What more could you ask for? :) Also, when we were back home and used to think about going out we always felt like you had to get really dressed up, but when we came over here we noticed that many places have a very laid back appeal, you see people dressed up and you see people casual and it's something we love about Louisville night life. (Sidenote: we rarely ventured out in England, so we assume there are places like this at home too? Let us know! :p )

The Back Door: A very cool, chill bar that serves stiff drinks and good food. They have friendly staff, darts, pool, games and skee ball and the place is set up where you can go in to different rooms and hang out, so if you don't fancy loud music and just want to sit and chat round a table you can do. We very much like this about it! :)


Restaurants!

Cumberland Brews: We feel like after a few years of partying, when we all started mellowing out after shows and wanting food instead of going to places like Diamonds right away, (Kelly and I always wanted food. first :p ) that this is the place we started going. It might have been our friend Michael that had suggested it first and since then we have been regulars. Cumberlands is, simply put, a really cool place to hang out, drink beer and eat. They make their own brews which change with the season, they currently have a Pumpkin beer at the moment which my Chris loves, and their food is awesome! You must try their Bison Burger, as even though everything else on the menu is delicious, the Bison Burger is just amazing, so so good. Ooh and for starters try the Deep Fried Bacon. Oh my goodness, so yummy! :)

 
The Bison Burger, left, and Sweet potato fries with cinnamon cream cheese dip! :)

The Craft House: This place Chris and I (Lucy) stumbled across as we were driving down Frankfurt Ave one Saturday looking for somewhere to eat. We love trying new places and much prefer to eat at local joints rather than chain restaurants. I was so excited when we walked inside, I could just picture having a kitchen designed the way this place is. It has gorgeous brick walls, with wooden beams and this really cozy but cool atmosphere. I love it. Again, it's great for beer lovers as they have plenty of local beers, but they also make some scrumptious cocktails too. This you come to find when your brother in law gets you a drink...a sweet, yummy and very strong drink...thank you Rico! ;p Their menu is totally unique, 100% local that it makes you want to try everything on there. My favourite thing to get here are the Mussels though. I love Mussels, thanks to my Grandad, but they are hit and miss in restaurants, The Craft House makes them incredible. One of my favourite dishes I've had anywhere in Louisville.

El Camino: This place had to get a mention on this list but please see 'My home away from home' for fun stories and more details! :)



Tourist spots!

Churchill downs: It was our second three month stint in Kentucky when we experienced out first Kentucky Derby. We finished training, got changed and jumped in the car with Kelly's Chris and our friends Erin and Jimmy. We were super excited as we were going to watch the race from the in field. No hats and pretty dresses for us, in actual fact we looked the complete opposite of pretty and put together as on this day it chose to be freezing, rainy, windy and naturally on the in field...extremely muddy. Oh and you know Jimmy and I were wearing flip flops. :p However, catching pneumonia aside, we had an absolute blast. You would be surprised how many people actually ask us if we have been to the Kentucky Derby when they hear our accents and usually around that time of year we get people asking if we are here just for the Kentucky Derby! Churchill Downs is open for tours and has a really interesting museum to wander around. When I went, I loved learning about the ups and downs this place went through and how it got to be one of the most celebrated and looked forward to events of the year. If you visit Kentucky when there are no races you can still go and check the place out.


Before and After! :p 

Mohammed Ali Center: When we very first came to Louisville back in 2008, with our Dad and Jen, for our week visit to Ohio Valley Wrestling, we managed to squeeze in a little bit of sightseeing and touristy things here and there. The Mohammed Ali Museum was on the list for our Dad. We're not big fans of boxing but Mohammed Ali is a legend and we love learning about people who were passionate about their profession, their art form, people who dreamed big and never let anyone or anything deter them, so we were more than happy to go on a tour. It was extremely interesting and incredibly inspiring and definitely got us motivated for training later on in the day. We went again when our brother came to visit us in Kentucky. A must visit if you like your sports history or you like to feel inspired by others who achieved great things.

Cardinals Stadium: If you are a sports fan we think you would love a visit to the Cardinals Stadium. The place is amazing. We still can't grasp how huge the place is and all for college football. Not that college football isn't important, we mean that in the way that it is so very awesome to see how big of a deal sports are over here, regarding schools. When I went to watch my first game a few summers ago, it took my breath away and I felt like I had walked in to the Quidditch World Cup. Now, I have been to Old Trafford many a time before and that place is ridiculously awesome, but when the game started at the Cardinals stadium there was so much fan fare, cheerleaders, pyro and the like that it was all rather magical. Definitely try and catch a game if you can and don't compare it to the Premiership, we heard that for so long, people saying "that's not football, this is football" and vice versa but to us there is no comparison, they are nothing alike, two complete different things, forget the name and just enjoy each for what they are. Though, we will say you can't beat Premiership Football and Old Trafford...but sshh! :p

OVW Arena: This is a must if you are a wrestling fan. It is the place that changed our lives 7 years ago and is simply a cool venue to check out if you know your wrestling history. This is after all where some of WWE's top talents first started. Not only that but the guys busting their butts each and every week there currently are awesome and put on one helluva show. It's a great night of entertainment. :)
 
Chris Silvio in action! He is the best! :) 

Hang out spots!

Bardstown Road/The Highlands: Bardstown road/The Highlands is simply a very cool strip to stroll down. There are so many unique, trendy and different spots to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner and there's plenty of small boutiques and shops to have a nosey in.

St Matthews Mall/Oxmoor Mall: If you like to shop or you fancy picking up gifts then these are our two favourite malls to go to. St Matthews has the food court and a few more shops like Forever 21 and Hot Topic, whereas, Oxmoor mall is the more upscale with Macy's, Kate Spade and Michael Korrs. It's always fun for us to see the different shops they have in different countries. We love having a Sephora over here and are fond of Hot Topic but occasionally we do miss good old Marks and Spencer's and Debenhams.

Notable shop mentions that we love and don't have back home:
Half Price Books
Michaels Craft store
Target
Barnes and Nobles
Hot Topic
Williams and Sonoma
Sephora


Now there are many, many, many more cool restaurants and places to visit in Louisville, we love when our friends say "meet us here" and we get to experience somewhere we didn't know was here before, but these are just some of the places that we have thoroughly enjoyed during our time in Louisville and think are a must on the Must See/Must Eat list! :)

Have a wonderful day!

Love Lucy and Kelly xxx

Happy Friday! Hello Fall! :)

Ok, so we know it is only just September and technically isn't officially Fall until the 23rd of this month, but we have to admit that since moving to America, we have definitely been sucked in to all the excitement over Pumpkin everything, Fall decor and those warm cozy feelings the minute Summer starts to recede and a leaf falls off a tree! As much as we love the sunshine, seeing people at the pool and the weekend cook outs, there is just something about that time of the year when the nights get darker, the air is crisp and cool and you feel like the only thing you should be doing is wearing big jumpers, sitting by a fire and reading a book with a Pumpkin flavored hot drink. With that being said, we thought we would each share with you some of our favourite things about Fall...or should we say Autumn!? :p



Kelly! I was actually talking to my husband about Fall the other day and whether I prefer this season here or at home. Funnily enough, I enjoy all the hype and seeing the decorations in shops over here but when I actually think about Fall and what it means and why I love the coziness of it all, the thoughts are all of home. (England) For whatever reason, my immediate memories are of working at my old primary school, St Winifred's, and looking out onto the playground, as the leaves are all bustling about and the sky is darker than usual. The sense of listening to the chatter of the kids, being inside a warm classroom while you know the weather is changing and you have to bundle up to walk home, just makes me feel happy and content. Like that safe environment is somewhat elevated by the change of the season! This may explain why I like looking out of the window and watching it rain while snuggled up inside!
Fall also makes me happy because it's full of my favourite Holidays! I love Halloween and Bonfire Night (5th Nov) memories of toffee apples, when Mum would allow us to have them, chestnuts and sparklers in the back garden are just some of my favourite childhood memories of Guy Fawkes night back home. Then of course Fall leads into Winter and my beloved Christmas...don't get me started!!
It's safe to say that while I do love all things Pumpkin, Cinnamon and seeing an array of brown and orange adorning every shop, when it comes to this time of year, I would have to say it's the memories and that cozy feeling I keep talking about that make me love it most! There really is just something about being snuggled up by a fire with a hot cup in your hand, chatting, watching TV or reading a book! :)


Lucy: I must say that I have to agree with everything Kelly said above. Fall does indeed make me think of walking to work (St Winifred's) when the floor is covered in soggy, sometimes crisp, leaves and I have a scarf wrapped tightly round me. When I think Fall, I just think warmth and coziness, and I think that's what thinking of home gives me, a warm heart and a sense of comfort. However, I do absolutely adore how Americans seem to really embrace each season. I think the UK is picking up things here and there and shops start to decorate a little more, but America really does go all out and I love it. I love seeing all the Fall decorations everywhere you go and I love that, that in turn inspires me to decorate our apartment and be creative. This time of year definitely brings out another side to my creativity and I get excited over DIY's and baking. After all, there are endless possibilities to how one can decorate a pumpkin or what one can make with cinnamon. :) I'm definitely a stay at home on a Friday night kind of person and when it's Fall it makes me feel like that's ok, like the sunshine, BBQ's and pool's aren't trying to tempt me outside, and the dark, cool nights and the howling winds are telling me to curl  up with my notebook and Chris, light my many candles, and put my feet up by the fire with a warm mug of coffee. Eeek, I feel giddy just thinking about it. Furthermore, I'd have to say that I think Fall would be my favourite season for fashion. Everything about jumpers, leggings and boots are simply perfection to me. I definitely feel my most comfortable in a snuggly jumper. :) Ooh and don't get me started on all the gold, browns, orange and berry makeup tutorials that Fall brings, I always thought I was a more of a summer makeup kind of girl but there's just something about those warm colours that make me happy. I can't wait to watch what my favourite gurus come up with. I am going to be counting down the days until the official start of Fall now, when trips to Michaels craft store will be a must, caving in to buying a Starbucks pumpkin latte is bound to happen, and Harry Potter will be the choice for every single movie night.


Thinking about all these things has definitely got us into the spirit of the season and counting down the days till we can get out our jumpers and coats! What are some of your favourite things about Fall? Do you embrace the season or count down the days till Summer begins again? :)

Happy Friday!
Lucy and Kelly
xx




Hot Topic! Give Peace A Chance!

I've covered many a time on here my dislike and inability to watch the news. It is just something I find very difficult and that can get me extremely down. However, again, I have mentioned before that nowadays it is hard to stay clear of headlines and the latest terrifying goings on in the world with the likes of social media. This past week hearing about yet more shootings, seeing people refused entry at Country borders, and just more violence, deaths and politics, completely and utterly broke my heart. 

Ever since I can remember I have listened and known the words to John Lennon's Imagine. It takes me back to lazy Sunday's back home in Stockport, listening to the radio with Mum while helping her cook. It brings back memories of driving to the nursing home to visit my Nanna, with my Dad, listening to his kind of music on the radio, when it would always come on. However it seems that as I'm getting older, that the song resonates more and more to me. It means more to me and I feel like the way in which the world is going, that the song has never been more beautiful and true.

I know I simply can not wave a magic wand and make all the pain, suffering and nasty people in the world go away, but I really want to do more research and be a part of something that can make a significant difference. Right now I literally want to stand on top of a mountain and blast this song for the universe to hear, keep playing it over and over until we, as a people, get it. But really truly get it, live by it and understand why we need to change and become the words John Lennon wrote.


I don't wish to write too much, as like I said I would very much like to research topics and such in greater detail. If you have thoughts on this matter or are a apart of something that is standing up for the world and each and every single Human being in it, then please let me know in the comments below, I really would love to hear from you. I guess the point to this post today was to share with you the words of John Lennon. To share my vision of the future and what I can only dream and hope for through the words he sang. I truly believe in a world where violence is not the answer, where countries are not all high and mighty thinking they are the best and deserve more than others, where no one life should be put at risk or discarded as unimportant or not worthy. These I know are very grand gestures but we can all start somewhere. Are you living each day being kind to your neighbors and every person you meet? Do you listen and allow others to share their beliefs and opinions without berating them, looking down on them or forcing your beliefs on them? Do you smile and lend a helping hand as often as you can? Do you treat others how you wish to be treated? Do you try your very best to do all things in love and with the idea that your words and actions will encourage peace and harmony and light within others, not anger, hatred and sadness? 
 

I hope this song may bring a bit of hope into your life if you happen to feel the same way I do, I hope that the words will lift you up and make you realize that you are not alone in thinking this way (if you do think this way too) and I simply hope that one day the world will...



Have a beautiful day!
Love Lucy. xxx