Friday, November 17, 2017

My Current Morning Routine!

The Little Magpie Philips Toothbrush Review
Post in collaboration with Philips but all words, images and extreme love of clean teeth my own -


Photos by Kirsty McLachlan 
Hello friends! Today's post is a little updated morning routine for you, because it's been a while hasn't it? I thought I'd talk you through what I get up to in the morning and introduce to you a super snazzy Philips toothbrush whose presence has been gracing my bathroom as of late. But more on that soon!
6L1A4859 ljSo I know that, initially, an app to help you brush your teeth can sound a bit 'Argh!' intimidating, but I promise you it's super easy and if I can do it you can do it. All you need to do is download the free app from the store, hook your toothbrush up to your phone via bluetooth and - hey presto! - you're ready to go. From there you can set yourself focus areas of your mouth to look after specifically (say there's an area that's suffering from plaque build up or gum recession) and the app will ensure they are kept clean. You can also set yourself goals like 'gum health' or 'whitening' - or even 'bad breath' - and the app will work towards helping you achieve these as well as telling you when you need to slow down or apply a little less pressure whilst brushing. You're given progress reports throughout so that you can see how you're getting on and how you're improving so make sure to keep some stickers to hand so you can reward yourself. Overall, it kind of makes teeth brushing a little more fun, as well as more engaging and effective, rather than the usual standing on the spot and forgetting who you are for two minutes. In fact, it's like having your own at-home dentist right there with you guiding you on how to get the best brush (without having the weirdness of an actual dentist standing over you while you brush every day shouting 'go slower!' and 'I said LONGER on the left hand side, Susan'. Pretty amazing, isn't it?


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It looks like I'm not wearing any pants, doesn't it? I apologise. So, first up, I wake up. Yes, you heard it here first. Then I snooze my alarm for as long as is humanly possible, try to find a valid reason not to get up and, finally, get up. Recently I've been starting the morning with The Super Elixer Super Greens powder, which is made by Elle Macpherson's company and is kind of an 'all in one' multivitamin in powder form. I normally have it with almond milk rather than water as it find it tastes a little better that way and, honestly, am fully converted. If it's good enough for The Body, it's good enough for me. Next up I'll have some brekkie - normally something absolutely wild like peanut butter on toast - and then onto the 'making myself look acceptable for the rest of the world' phase. 

kb Photo 17-11-2017, 14 00 17 First up: toof brushing. We all know I'm big on toothbrushing - I've spoken about it on many an occasion - but I honestly think that happy gnashers = happy life. I'm a huge, huge fan of the electric toothbrush and, now that I've used one for a few years, I couldn't go back to a manual one. That's right, I've become a toothrush diva and I'm not ashamed to say it. Truthfully though, the difference in your teeth after using an electric one is mahoosive. The most recent toothbrush I've been using is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, which has been dubbed, 'The Rolls Royce' of the toothbrush world. Ooh-er, I know. Similar to ones I've spoken about in the past, it comes with an accompanying phone app which, as well as being one of the best and most concise ones I've used, I ruddy love; it makes looking after your teeth so, so much easier. Basically what the app does is keep track of your 'brushing behaviour', if you like, in between dentist's visits. It'll coach and guide you along the way using smart sensor technology so that you can make sure that you're looking after your mouth as best as you can. 

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However, one of my favourite parts is - wait for it - the charging glass. I know, you probably didn't see that one coming, did you? The charger is actually that little glass tumbler you see above! My current electric toothbrush - which, don't get me wrong, I love dearly - needs to be dismantled and popped in a little charging box to charge the battery. With this one, however, you simply plug in the charging base, pop the glass on top, and any time your toothbrush is put in the glass it'll start to charge. I'm assuming most of us keep our toothbrushes in some sort of tumbler anyway, right? So there's literally no thought involved at all or having to actively remember to charge it. Can you tell I've been caught out with this many a time? Genius. It does also come with a charging case, that can be juiced up via USB - so that you don't need to take a glass tumbler with you if you're going on holiday or away with work etc. The brush also comes with different heads and each does its own thing; there's one for plague defence, one for gum health, one for fresh breath (goodbye last night's onion and garlic risotto dish) and one for whitening. And, of course, our ole friend the app will remind you when you need to update them. Seriously, I'm yet to find anything wrong with this wonder of a toothbrush. Apart from that it makes me feel a little inferior intelligence-wise.

Now, I know the one thing that can put people off electric toothbrushes is the price. I've been given a little discount code which will get you 10% off and it iiiis - drumroll please - BRUSH4 and it can be applied at checkout on the Philips UK store here. So that's worth keeping in mind if you'd like to pick one up either for yourself or for a wee loved one this Christmas!

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So, after I've done my teeckles I shower and move onto toiletries. A couple of cleansers I've been loving as of late are the Glossier jelly cleanser and the Oskia Renaissance cleanser but I'll go into all of those in more detail in a separate beauty post! I'll apply some Sunday Riley tidal moisturiser and then move onto the ole make up. I already had most of it done for photo purposes here - I didn't want to put you through having to see a more accurate depiction of what I look like when I wake up - so it would normally be a much longer a process. Last but not least, I dress. My least favourite part. Seriously, now that Winter has arrived I could quite happily stay in my jammies all day. But, alas, it has to be done. And there we have it.. I am ready to rumble.

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I hope you liked this post, I honestly do think that this is one top notch toothbrush - I take my teeth v seriously so I wouldn't recommend anything that's not amazing. I'd also like to say the biggest thank you to the beautiful, beautiful Dunstane House for letting us use one of their suites to shoot in! Just look at that bath.

Amy

The Little Magpie Philips Electric Toothbrush Review

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I am Harry Styles

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PS BY PAUL SMITH brocade jacket via VERY EXCLUSIVE | MULBERRY Amberley satchel | MANGO white blouse (I can't find this exact one but here's a very similar one!) | LEVIS stonewash jeans | TOPSHOP patent ankle boots


Oh my god the weather has reached peak Autumn here and I'm loving it. It's currently sitting in that nice phase between Autumn and Winter where it's cold but sunny, you can still feel your fingers and you don't have to skip that Christmas song if you really don't want to. It has, in short, been the perfect weather to take this jacket out for a spin. I'm a huge, huge fan of Paul Smith and this jacket ticks all the right boxes. Plus it makes me feel like Harry Styles which, as you know, is high on my list of priorities. If I can't date him I might as well become him. I wanted to let it do the talking since it's such a sassy, stand-out piece so just kept it nice and simple underneath. 

I'm sadly back from Iceland (did I tell you that in my last post? My memory - or lack of - worries me sometimes) and am going to spend this weekend putting together my blog posts so that I can get them up ASAP! I took over 2000 photos so I think that justifies at least one family sized bar of Lindt. Maybe two. We'll see. 

Amy

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Playing with lengths

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MONKI cropped green jumper | ASOS dogtooth trousers | TOPSHOP embellished heels (old) | ACCESSORIZE star print beret (also comes in grey)

Photos by Michaela Tornaritis

Well hello there! Today's outfits is one of my favies in ages. Yes, it's that aged old combo of high waisted trousers and cropped jumpers that I constantly gravitate towards but I. Can't. Help. It. Medically it's gone undiagnosed but I'm pretty sure it's a real condition. I was having a little wander around Carnaby Street a few weeks ago - I was mainly there to get a muscle recovery smoothie from Farm Girl which I think might just be my favourite things in the world (I almost missed a flight once because I went a forty minute detour to get one. I'm not proud of it but it feels good to get it out there) - and had me a little Monki pitstop. I always find it really hit or miss but this time round I picked up a couple of lovely bits including this cropped jumper and some v snazzy glittery socks.

I'm currently in Iceland and I forgot how much I love it here; the people, the landscape, the food, EVERYTHING. If you want to see what we've been up to you can catch up with it over on my Instagram or Twitter!

Ciao ciao for now wee pals

Amy

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Girl With The Camel Coat

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URBAN OUTFITTERS camel coat | & Other Stories stripe top (also comes in black and grey) | GAP white jeans | TOPSHOP leopard skinny belt (similar) | OFFICE pointed flats | ASOS baker boy cap


Oh I am so very excited to be wearing coats again. The weather's been kind to us here recently; it's been crisp but sunny and dry and if it could just stay like that all Winter I'd be incredibly happy (cue the sound of a Scottish rainstorm beginning). However, as excited as I an about wearing coats and jackets again, the main thing that's got me in a fluster is the stripey top. I love a good stripy top (who doesn't?) but I couldn't find a black and white one that I liked anywhere that wasn't too tight or too short. That's when our friend & Other Stories came in and delivered with this little number! It's made of a really lovely material and hangs quite long, so you can wear it either tucked in like I have or out and Loose-y Goose-y and care free.

Now, I hate to be so rude but I must keep it short and sweet today - I fly to London this evening for Iceland tomorrow and still need to hunt down some waterproof walking boots for glacier hiking. Apparently glittery ankle boots just won't cut it.

Amy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Awful Trousers

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TOPSHOP stripe trousers | MISSGUIDED crop jumper (old) | TOMMY HILFIGER baker boy cap | TOPSHOP patent boots | MAJE studded biker jacket

Photos by Michaela Tornaritis

Hello friends. It's Friday! Hurrah! This week's been a bit mad so I lost all concept of time and kept asking people what they were doing with their weekend on Tuesday (really) but I'm almost 99% sure it's Friday and I'm feeling good about it.

I was down in London at the beginning of the week for the launch of the Balmain x Specsavers range, wait till you see it! If you're a glasses wearer (or even if you're not a glasses wearer, I won't tell anyone) you're going to love it, it's so different to any range I've seen before and every single pair is v v cool. I've got a wee charity ball this Saturday, which I'll tell you more about soon, and then the Scottish Baftas on Sunday which I'm thinking is when me and James McAvoy will become best friends. I've got my friendship bracelets in my clutch ready and waiting anyway. And then on Tuesday I'm off to Iceland, hurrah! You may or may not remember - it depends how long you've been reading and how good a memory you have - but I went a few years ago and it was one of my favourite trips I've been on (people very quickly tired of my 'Iceland this' and 'Iceland that' stories but GUESS WHO'S BACK WITH MORE GUYS) and I'm so excited to go back! It's looking like it'll be roughly -1 the entire week, which is cold even by Scottish standards, so the plan is to wear everything I own all at once*. So, yes, an exciting week, but the one downside is that I've really struggled to fit in Stranger Things time which is a sad admission. I'm still only on episode two... tragic, isn't it?

Anyway, the outfit! Some more snaps taken by my wee Michaela T down in London town. It's a very... stripy outfit but I love it. The trousers aren't to everyone's taste - someone on Instagram literally just commented 'awful trousers' which made me laugh/cry a little inside - but I love um. I'd originally planned to wear them with a black t shirt but then I found this wee cropped jumper in my wardrobe from last year and thought, 'why not'. However, the main talking piece here is the hat, the glorious hat. I'm a huge, huge fan of Tommy Hilfiger anyway and the hat did not disappoint. Plus it gives me at least an extra inch in height which is always welcome.

Ok I'm off. I have an hour to play with and I can either use it to hoover or to watch Stranger Things. I think we know what it'll be (sorry Henry).

Amy