I got a new purse from Walletking just before Christmas and I was so impressed with the quality of it and also how many varieties they had. The one I went for is very classic being black but has a beautifully coloured inside.

The one I have is the Visconti Violet Zip Around Purse in black. I always usually go for a larger purse as I prefer ones that you can fit notes in without folding them and also with plenty of space for coins and cards.

The purse has 8 card slots, 4 on each side and 2 full length compartments for banks notes. I like how much room there is for cards and I really like the zipped compartment for coins.

The purse is black on the outside but the inside features a rainbow of colours which I think looks really fashionable. It is well made and looks really great quality as well as being soft leather.

I think for £39.99 this is an amazing price for something of this high quality. It is very durable and is my new favourite purse. I also love the RFID feature it has, meaning it protects your cards from being used whilst in the purse. A lot of scammers can now use the contactless option just by bumping into you but with this protection, you don’t have to worry!

Do you prefer bigger purses like this?

Sarah x

Whether you live in a little cottage in the country or a tall town house, you should try and keep up with exterior of your property and ensure it looks its best. Whether it takes some small repairs here and there or a huge refurb project, you should always aim to improve the kerb appeal of your property, and in turn, the value. Here are some great ideas for how you can update your property’s exterior.

1. Paint

A fresh lick of paint can really go a long way in brightening up your home. You don’t necessarily have to paint the whole building either; the doors and window frames will make all the difference and protect them from the elements. Wear and tear is natural so be prepared to have to paint your home every few years. It will give you a great chance to switch up the colour palette, if that’s something you’re interested in doing.

2. Stained Glass

Although traditionally associated with churches and other religious buildings, stained glass windows can also make a beautiful addition to any home. You could replace the panel in your front door with stained glass, designed to suit your personal requirements and add an element of personality to your property. For instance, you could have your door number incorporated into the design. Making your front door a focal point of your property will really improve its kerb appeal and a panel of stained glass is probably the most exciting way to achieve this.

3. Lighting

Outdoor lighting is great because it not only looks nice, but also adds an element of safety and security to your property. Research has actually proven that exterior lighting deters criminals, as they can’t sneak around as easily. What’s more, they make a stylish statement and add character to the front of your home, without being too expensive.

Sarah x

I had been wanting to try a retinol treatment for a while and came across this one from Skin Chemists and as I have tried a few bits from them before and always been impressed I decided to give it a go.

Skin Chemists – Pure Retinol 0.3% Biphase Serum

£39.90

“Daily Biphase serum instantly replenishes moisture and revives skin’s radiance with the help of its powerful active Retinol. This special form of vitamin A has been proven to minimize fine lines, improve pigment problems, revitalize skin and make its overall appearance fresher and more youthful. The lightweight serum effortlessly melts into the skin leaving a velvety-soft finish, with a quick-absorbing formula created combining the freshness of water with the nourishing effects of Retinol.

Why do I need this product?

• Prevents wrinkles and smoothes existing fine lines
• Brightens dull skin by exfoliating at a cellular level
• Fades dark age spots, sun damage & hyperpigmentation

What are the key benefits?

• Retinol can reduce the appearance of ageing with impressive results
• Helps to defy signs of ageing – including softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven tone
• A powerful form of Vitamin A, Retinol encourages cell turnover, revealing healthier, softer skin while also tackling blemishes and dark spots” – skinchemists.com

I have been using this now for a couple of weeks along with a brightening face wash and moisturiser to really try and tackle acne scars and also to try and stop my skin ageing. Retinol, when used correctly can be amazing for your skin. It will tackle ageing as well and smoothing out your skin and helping with any scars or pigmentation.

I have really noticed a difference whilst using this and not only does my face feel softer, it also looks a lot softer and brighter.

Have you used a retinol product before?

Sarah x

Recently my shoulder has really been hurting from overdoing the exercise as I am not used to it! I am trying to strengthen my upper body by boxing and a pull up bar but have managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder.

I had been having lots of hot baths to soothe it but wanted to see if a muscle soak would help.

I have been really impressed with this Al!ve muscle ease bath foam that you can get in sainsbury’s for £5. The bottle is quite big and you only need to use a small amount at a time.

I find that hot baths really help if you are suffering with muscular pain. The dead sea salt will help with the aches and the seaweed and eucalyptus help revive your body and skin and remove toxins.

The bath foam smells really nice and I feel really clean and invigorated after using it. It has really helped with my shoulder and I plan to give it a bit of a rest now so it heals fully.

How do you help yourself recover from muscle pain?

Sarah x

This year has been tough for me. I don’t share a lot of personal things online but I have been struggling a lot with anxiety. I have been on medication since March and had cognitive behavioural therapy to try and retrain my brain.

It has been really rough and I haven’t spoken to many people about it as I was ashamed. I have realised over time that it isn’t something to be ashamed about and I am glad I finally went to the doctor to get the help I needed.

Looking back, I wish I had asked for help sooner. I feel so much better and happier in myself and I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2020 with a new outlook in life. I am where I want to be.

I have a husband that loves me, we have five beautiful pets and a lovely home together and I am content. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Here’s to the cliche new year, new me.

I am still trying to find out the true me, no matter how many hair colour changes I made or tattoos and piercings I got, I was never happy with how I looked. I am now able to look at myself in a different way now and I am happy.

Anxiety had been building up inside for a very long time along with my migraines and I was also diagnosed with the start of depression. Things aren’t always how they seem. You would look at me online or in real life and think I was ok but things were eating me up inside. It really has been a tough year coming to terms with my issues but I really am glad I got the help I need and it took a lot to admit I needed it.

Don’t ever be scared to ask for help. Here’s to 2020 and life getting better….

Sarah x