My Face: An Update On My Acne

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A few months ago I shared a post that was completely out of my comfort zone. It was all about my adult acne. Since I was 22 I have suffered (28 now) and although I was all right with it in the most sense, I finally decided to do something about it at the end of July this year.

I made an appointment with my GP, which was a first considering I only go when I really have to. I decided that I had tried everything but the option of medical help. It was an eye opening experience to say the least. It turns out that acne is not caused by all the things we think it is.

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I was surprised when they said they could definitely do something about it and was a bit hesitant but collected the lotion they prescribed me. It’s called Zineryt and I have to apply it twice a day. They said give it a few months and if that doesn’t work there’s plenty of other things they could try.

So away I went. I decided to document the process by taking a photo before and once a week after to see the progress, if any on my face. This is the before shot.

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These two shots are one week and two weeks later. I seriously can’t believe how quickly it took effect for me.

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I started taking it on the 22nd of July and now look at my face just two months later.

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Not perfect but I’m so happy to see such a big improvement. My confidence has soared. It feels like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I smile when I see my face in the mirror now. I can even see my freckles again. I had almost forgot that I had them.

So it just goes to show that asking for help definitely pays off – at least in my situation. If you’re in the same position I was – don’t hesitate and go see your GP. There’s nothing to lose. It may or may not work but at least you’ve ruled out things that don’t.

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Chop’d Manchester: Build A Better Salad

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an event at Chop’d, a salad eatery that has just opened on Cross Street in Manchester. I’m always up for trying new food so I accepted.

For those who know me well, they will know for a fact that I’ve never been much of a salad fan. I’m not sure whether it was my childhood abhorrence to any food that was green or I just plain prefer sandwiches. These days I will eat anything green (apart from peas don’t ask me why) but I’ll never choose a salad while I’m out. Or make one at home for that matter. I just found them boring and unfilling.

I think it was about 4 years ago when I first entered the American salad chain Sweet Tomatoes and that was an epiphany; a salad epiphany if that’s a thing. Apparently I adore salad when I can make it myself. But of course it being based in America, I’ve only been able to return a handful of times. I’ve never found anything I could compare it to over here in the UK. You can make your own salad at Subway but it’s not the same.

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Enter Chop’d. Originally from London, it has 12 stores in our capital and now 1 in Manchester. It’s been around for 12 years and prides itself on how natural it’s ingredients are. The chicken is just chicken and the tomatoes are just tomatoes. Nothing added. I love that. Another factor that would stop me buying a premade salad is all the extra rubbish they stuff in there to preserve it. Everything at Chop’d was right there in front of you – what you see is what you get.Chop'd 3

Now this was the evening where Manchester had that freak rain/thunder/lightning storm that flooded the city centre so I was a wee bit damp. Fringes do not do well in the rain people! Nor do ballet flats or thin Primark “raincoats”. I brought my friend Claire along with me who is anti salad so this was going to be interesting.

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When we arrived we were greeted with a glass of wine and we got to borrow fun Chop’d aprons to wear. First, we learned a bit of Chop’d’s history, then we got to taste test their tomatoes from Sussex, apples from Kent and chicken from Essex. The chicken came with a jerk paste and fresh coriander, which was delicious and there was also fresh cooked smoked salmon, which was to die for. I will admit that I totally filled myself up on that!

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After that, it was the fun part. Chop’d challenged us to make our own salad. They let us all get behind the bar and make ourselves a masterpiece. It was difficult picking between all the yummy ingredients but I decided to go with both my heritage and be weird and break the rules. I called it the triple chickpea. That’s right, my salad included chickpeas, hummus and falafel. I also added baby salad leaves, couscous, olives, roasted red peppers and tomatoes with a lemon & olive oil dressing. Call me crazy but it was perfect for me.

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Since I had filled myself up on all the samples earlier, I took my salad home with me to enjoy. And boy did I enjoy it. Topher was not allowed any of it. Claire even said she really enjoyed her salad. I’ll definitely be back to Chop’d next time I’m around that area. I need to try the other things on their menu – they also do pre-made salads, soups, wraps, stews and even breakfast. It makes me slightly wish I had a city job so I could go there every day!

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Thanks Chop’d for a great evening and opening my eyes (and Claire’s eyes too) to the world of salad!

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My Week #21: Salad and Cake and Curry

Oh My! Sorry I couldn’t resist!

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*Visited MilkJam *Went to a Blogger Event at Chop’d (post coming next week)

*Freelance-a-lot conference *Got the new Slimming World curry book

*Another wedding *Cheeky trip to Chiquitos

*Finally cleared off my desk! *Pickles and Luna snuggling up together

 

So since I didn’t get the chance to do a my week post last week, this is a my fortnight post. We went to our second wedding out of the four we’re attending before our own next year and it was lovely. Though lesson learned, don’t convoy. Never convoy! The wedding itself was beautiful and just like I did with the last one I took a few mental notes. Definitely one of the advantages of getting married last in the wave.

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn! I’m getting into the full swing of it. I’ve already had two pumpkin spice lattes and bought the limited edition Baileys Pumpkin Spice flavour. It’s delicious! Topher and I have decided we’re having a halloween party so I’ve been pinning like mad. I can’t wait. We also purchased our first Slimming World recipe book because it just looked amazing and so far it is. I’ve only tried two recipes but that will be rectified this week. I just love making autumn and winter recipes along with snuggling up on the sofa and wearing my winter coat, bobble hat and gloves. It’s an awesome time of year! I’ve even made Topher love the changing seasons.

On the business and blogging side, I’ve been to a blogger event at Chop’d which I’ll be blogging about on Monday. That was on the night of the crazy apocalyptic rain/thunder/lightning storm that Manchester had. And I was outside in it. Unsurprisingly I had to buy new shoes. Oh well. I also attended the Freelance-a-lot conference at Workplace on Oxford Road. Great afternoon! I learned lots and met lots of lovely people. I’ve started laying some of the groundwork for my new business and am very excited so again, more on that soon!

How has your week/fortnight been?

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A Love Letter to Manchester

Dear Manchester

Dear Manchester,

Only a few days ago it was our ten-year anniversary. I knew I was going to love you the minute I picked my university course when I was 16 (what can I say – I was prepared!). And when the day finally came in 2006 that I left my small town life behind at the age of 18, I remember seeing your skyline and thinking “adventure awaits.”

Being from a small town, I had never heard of Primark or Subway and I had only ever been on public transport a handful of times. So you were an adventure indeed. You can’t deny that you’re a little bit rough around the edges but it’s made me street smart in a good way.

I love that you’re vast, but not too big. I love that strangers talk to each other on public transport and the fact that everyone seems friendlier up here. I love that even though I know the streets like the back of my hand, there is always something new to discover.

I love the city centre, the Northern Quarter, Affleck’s Palace, MOSI, The Manchester Museum, The curry mile, The Arndale, The Trafford Centre and so many more things. I love that you’re affordable and you’re actually left with money to have fun here. There’s always something to do.

We’ve had rough times of course. You’ve destroyed so many pairs of my shoes that I’ve simply just got used to the feeling of having wet feet. And let’s let a moment pass while we remember all the umbrellas that held a similar fate. Not forgetting that I left you for 16 months while we gave southern living a go. But I like to think that that time away gave me a deeper appreciation for you. Why else would we come running back to you?

So many great things have happened to me since I moved. I’ve grown from a naïve young girl to an independent woman, I’ve met amazing people, found my home and I found the love of my life.

I could never say what may happen in the future, who knows if we’ll stay or go. Nothing is certain. But you’ll always feel just like home to me.

Yours Forever,

An adopted Mancunian

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Top Picks #35

Top Picks #35

1. Jumper, £44 – Sugarhill Boutique

This raccoon jumper is super cute. I love how it’s peeking out around the side and the fact that you can only see its tail on the back of the jumper. Perfect for autumn.

2. Bag, £49 – Accessorize

Though the price tag scared me a bit, this bag is real leather and it’s so soft! And since my black cross body bag bit the dust a couple of months ago, I’ve been looking for a replacement. This would be an ideal investment piece.

3. T-shirt, £9.99 – Pinochio Prints @ Etsy

Once a Harry Potter fan, always a Harry Potter fan. I love the Disney twist on this t-shirt – bringing my two loves together.

4. Necklace, £27 – And Mary

It’s been awhile since I wore a necklace, especially one that wasn’t a statement one but this is just adorable. I’d pair it with the Breton top also on my wish list this week with skinny jeans and red ballet flats.

5. Dress, $119.99 – Modcloth

This dress is gorgeous! I love the print, the colours – everything!

6. Pin, £9.67 – Honey And The Hive @ Etsy

This pin makes me smile and I think it’s a pretty good sentiment to have. Added to my imaginary pin collection.

7. Earrings, £4 – Oasis*

When I get my ears re-pierced, these beauties are going on my list. I’ve always loved stars.

8. Jacket, $54.99 – Modcloth

I love the cut of this jacket and the subtle military vibe too.

9. Teapot, £18 – Paperchase

This teapot is ridiculously cute. It reminds me of my old hideous teapot collection I used to have back in the early days of this blog. Unfortunately I had to give away my collection when we moved to London due to space issues but this teapot tempts me to start it back up again!

10. Top, £8.99 – New Look*

Since the only Breton top I have in my wardrobe has a hole in it, I should probably find a replacement for it. This boxy one from New Look fits the bill.

What’s caught your eye this week?

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