Blooming Jelly Review*


The UK Summer is on it’s way, well sort of. I haven’t been sure what to wear as each week tends to bring either sunshine, gales or rain or a combination of all three. I am forever hopeful that soon I will be able to fully enjoy the clothing I was kindly sent by online retailer Blooming Jelly. When their email dropped in my inbox a few weeks ago I definitely got in the summery mood being my favourite season and selected the following pieces.

Established in 2014, Blooming Jelly offer a wide range of high fashion clothing for ladies and show latest fashion trends in tops, dresses, swimwear, and sleepwear. There are so many online retailers offering affordable clothing and although I do like High Street brands I am more prone to opt for online shops when it comes to clothing.

OFF THE SHOULDER SWEET FLORAL TOP

Super summery in light coral.

The shirt has cute ties on the sleeves. I have to say I took a gamble choosing this top as I am usually not an off the shoulder fan, but the gamble paid off and I am really happy with it. Just need the sun to warm my shoulders!


 

BUTTON V NECK SLIM CHIFFON BLOUSE

Another gorgeous top for this balmy summer days. I like how simple this top is yet very casual. I’ve aways likes pastel shades and this soft pink is really me. I can see this working well under a smart suit jacket also for office wear. Chiffon always gets a pretty vibes thumbs up from me.

 

SEXY WILD CAT LACE TANK

My favourite tank because I love lace! this V-neck front lace trim tank with square-neck at back shoulders is casual yet sexy, suitable for day and evening. I love how this goes with denim. It’s going in my suitcase next month that’s for sure! I know leopard print isn’t for everyone and yes it can be garish at times but again I guess it’s all about personal taste. I like big and small cats so it doesn’t bother me.

 

HALF SLEEVE BANDAGE CHIFFON BLOUSE 

This dark blue top ( looks black almost) is true to size and very comfy and stretchy so I didn’t feel restricted in the top. I love the peplum details on the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt. It’s a  timeless polka dots blouse with its flare design half sleeves, summery and classic.  I’d go as far as say this is nursing friendly too! I’d definitely feel comfortable wearing this from a day to evening look as it’s smart enough.

Order verification and order processing was quick as was the delivery. In fact the tops arrived in a vacuum pressed packing and not bulky at all. I did wonder whether I’d been sent one top only! the flat package was a total surprise. The transparent plastic bag with a zip-lock enclosure is reusable which you don’t see often from retailers. I am definitely keen to try more clothing from Blooming Jelly over the coming months. Would love to know your thoughts on the items above and what styles you tend to go for.

 

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*I was kindly gifted the items in exchange for my opinions.

KoKo Dairy Free Super*


There are many reasons why you may need to follow a dairy-free diet, including being vegan or for health reasons. I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment.  I had a blip last Christmas but I wasn’t too concerned and then post Christmas into the new year where I blamed winter for the cause of mega comfort eating.  But I am determined to get back on track and I have been incorporating more vegan options into my diet just because I want to help my nutritional levels. I usually get a mixed response when I mention that I am veering towards a plant based diet. It’s like a marmite thing you either mind it or don’t. Although I haven’t yet decided whether I want to fully follow a vegan lifestyle, I am keen to reduce my dairy intake. I was recently asked if I would like to Koko Dairy Free made from freshly pressed coconut milk containing the same fat content as semi-skimmed milk. I’ve only recently just learned that coconut is a fruit and not a nut. I genuinely had no idea! I am semi-skimmed milk drinker  so I thought I would give this a try. It is also 100% dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, nut free, rice free, soya free, and cholesterol free. I should point that it is not suitable as a sole source of nutrition for infants under 12 months of age as, like cow’s milk, it is not nutritionally complete.

Koko Dairy Free can be used instead of dairy milk in all your recipes, including porridge, soups, puddings, sauces and cakes without adding a taste of its own. I find it to be creamy which I didn’t mind and the flavour is fresh, the hint of coconut does not obscure other flavours. It does not curdle in tea and coffee which was a surprise because I thought it would. I really like the taste and  it works well in smoothies, pancakes, porridge and baking. I’ve even got my mum hooked on this alternative. Although it does cost more than ordinary milk I don’t use a lot so it’s worth it. Once opened it needs to be put in the fridge to be consumed within 5 days.


+ Naturally free of lactose, cow’s milk protein, soya and gluten.
+ Suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and coeliacs.
+ Calcium and fat levels matched to semi-skimmed milk.
+ Fresh tasting and versatile to use as drinks and in cooking.
+ GMO Free
+ Free from artificial flavours, preservatives and colourings

ADEXE Watches London*

Whether it’s a gift for a loved one (remember it’s Mothering Sunday coming soon!) or something special for yourself, choosing a watch is a personal decision. With so many styles, brands and price tags, it can be bewildering to know where to start. Although you can buy a watch that will suit all occasions, you want it to match your style. A watch makes a statement from the moment you strap it on. Whether you’re searching for an iconic luxury timepiece or a smart version packed with features, this lovely brand I recently discovered might be just what you are looking for.

ADEXE started in the creative hub of London, Shoreditch to be precise. The brand is all about self-expression, individuality and wearing pieces that reflect individual style and identity. Timeless collections at an affordable price point with all their watches designed in the London studio and made in-house. ADEXE have just launched a new collection, called Miniature Sistine. It is a new feminine and affordable collection. Its main characteristics are the smaller case, a wide choice of colours along with a lower price point.

I chose the Mini Sistine – Rose Gold because I am a huge fan of anything Rose Gold and it does not disappoint it’s a really classic piece and perfect for daily wear.

100% Produced and Designed In-House
Case Material: Hand-Polished All Stainless Steel
Case Size: 30 mm
Band Material: Hand-Made Mesh Band
Band Width: 12 mm
Waterproof: 3 ATM
Movement: Miyota 2025
Battery: 2-3 years

I have a current Promotion available to my readers, a 15% off discount using code ALONGCAMEJAY15

Watches start from £79 and available in both stainless steel and genuine Italian leather.

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Bella

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Femme Luxe Finery Collaboration Part 2

The kind team at Femme Lux Finery decided to let me choose more clothing to review which I am thrilled about as the last experience was successful and I also was keen to try a few more styles that had caught my eye the last time. I am genuinely impressed with the quality and service of this clothing store online. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I want to add a little more variety to my current wardrobe contents. I guess we all go through phases when we want to refresh, recycle etc and this year I am adding more colour to what I would ordinarily go for.

Still in love with the Rose Bardot Cable Knit Over-sized Jumper and decided to pair it up with these comfy leggings which are so much more stylish than the black lycra leggings I usually wear.

Khaki Faux Leather Look Leggings-Catriona

Khaki Faux Leather Look Leggings-CatrionaKhaki Faux Leather Look Leggings-Catriona

Moving on to a favourite of mine, jump-suits. Once upon a time I just assumed they were suitable for tall women only but thankfully there is so much choice now even for shorter girls like me who adore the style. I just feel that they never go out of fashion and can really enhance your figure. Perfect for the weekend or whenever!

I am wearing Rust Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Jumpsuit – Hattie

I think this has a little bit of 70s glam to it do you agree? I also don’t own any clothing in this burnt orange rust colour which I guess I would describe as autumnal. I love the style of this off shoulder cut and the neck design which really gives it a glam feel. Mark said I could appear in an episode of Columbo wearing this! also to mention that I am petite in height and size but this fitted pretty much ok. I only have a slight alteration to make which is the long sleeve which falls down a little too much on my body. Either that or I build up some arm muscle quick. I am really happy with the quality of this suit and the material is soft.

 Rust Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Jumpsuit - Hattie Rust Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Jumpsuit - Hattie Rust Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Jumpsuit - Hattie

Revamp your style with a Knitted Jumper Dress. I own two jumper dresses and now I have this beautiful cream warm cosy dress which to be fair I definitely need this month as it has been chilly. This dress I feel would suit someone taller although I wore this out to a lunch with high-heeled boots. It’s soft knit so won’t scratch or itch. I guess you could also pair it up with trainers! For a style that’s winning and warm, you can’t go wrong.

Cream Knitted Ribbed Long Sleeved Midi Dress – Ellie

Grey Off Shoulder Loungewear Set -BlakeGrey Off Shoulder Loungewear Set -Blake

Grey Off Shoulder Loungewear Set -Blake

I could go on and on about loungewear as this for me is the ultimate in comfort and great for those do nothing weekends that I love oh so much.  This Co Ords set is comfy and stretchy with soft cuffed joggers and a drawstring waist.  I also match with my husband and son now who have similar lounge attire! I would live in this daily if I could, comfort for me is key and I know that lounge wear sets are very popular so check out the range. All I want to do when I wear this is chill. Staying in is the new going out, right?

I would love to see a petite section offered by Femme Luxe Refinery, I have been impressed with the speed of the deliveries and the quality of the clothing not mention the fact that it is very reasonably priced. We all have our different tastes in what we would perhaps wear or not choose to wear but with so much offered these days online there’s no doubt we are spoilt for choice. Femme Luxe Refinery aim to offer the leading trends at the most affordable prices, on a global scale, with new styles published every week they are smashing prices internationally.

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*Disclosure these items were gifted to me in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Femme Luxe Finery Fashion Collaboration*

Black Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress

Owning your fashion style is a discipline that takes a little bit of work, but it’s also a powerful expression of who you are: a complex woman who’s constantly learning, changing and growing in age and in mind.  We are definitely spoilt for choice with so many fabulous clothing retailers and whether you are happy in your comfort zone or doing a complete style overhaul, don’t be scared to switch it up a bit and take some risks.   This fashion assignment has made me take a look at my current wardrobe and although I am not shopping for poppin crop tops, it’s fascinating to see the latest fashion trends and ongoing celebs’ street style.

I recently was offered the chance to collaborate with a current and forward thinking online fashion brand Femme Luxe Finery. Being in my early forties I have over the years seen a massive change in the fashion industry. I’ve always dressed according to my mood and I don’t follow fashion trends religiously. As a busy mum to a nearly five year old I am finally reclaiming back a bit of fashion exploration. I am excited to share the pieces I chose which I absolutely love and enjoy wearing. I’m part of a generation of consumers  seeking more vibrant clothing, and the ease and convenience of making purchases online.

I would spend a good few hours weekly in my twenties hanging about in shops trying on clothes before the digital retail boom. Now like many I order clothing online as it is so very convenient.  I found the Femme Luxe site easy to navigate around and was able to pick  quality items which thankfully fit well. I am petite in size and this can often be a problem choosing items to suit but I am definitely impressed with  the items arriving very quickly and more importantly the fit. Owning your style, means exploration so new colours, prints or even try on a bodycon dress for a night out (not so easy when you’re a mum but hey!)

~Give yourself permission to push the boundaries and have fun.

Black With White Stripe Off Shoulder Loungewear Set

Black With White Stripe Off Shoulder Loungewear Set

What I like about Femme Lux is that it’s affordable clothing for that next dress/outfit for a night out, day out, party, special occasion, any event or maybe just staying in at home. I am very much a loungewear  loving girl always have and always will be. Comfort is something I am probably more likely to opt for and the set featuring cropped hoodie and long-legged pants is my weekend lounge attire being super comfy.  Style with some cool trainers and you’re good to go should you wish to! This is probably my favourite out of the three items I selected. Super comfy and soft and who doesn’t love a monochrome.  Check out the collection of relaxed fit loungewear sets and lounge outfits for the ultimate effortless fit. Stay snuggly and wrapped up in a long sleeved loungewear outfit or ‘flaunt what ya got’. To be honest I don’t know if I can get away with showing my midriff these days but as I love this set so much it’s not a problem.

Black With White Stripe Off Shoulder Lounge Wear Set 

Rose Bardot Cable Knit Over sized Jumper

Lounge it out in the Bardot Cable Knit Oversized Jumper.  Made from a soft knit fabric. The ultimate off duty look is also my kind of style. I love pink and being a girly girl it’s definitely this sort of knitwear that I find comfortable. It does look as though I am drowning in this jumper but you know I kind of like it. I have always been a fan of knitwear and this little beauty didn’t disappoint. I’d probably get the grey and black in this style too.

Rose Bardot Cable Knit Over sized JumperRose Bardot Cable Knit Over sized Jumper

Rose Bardot Cable Knit Over sized Jumper 

Black Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress

If you like your dresses there’s a selection of lush split leg maxi dresses to laid-back t-shirt dresses.  I have gone with knitwear again because you know it is winter but whatever you are after you won’t need to look further with the selection of the season’s latests. I probably wore more dresses prior to becoming a mum especially with my office job in London but I am trying to move away from the black legging look and with Spring on its way I hope we have more dress wearing weather!

The black dress is really comfy and hugs in the right places. I love the neck line design and straps almost halter style. I have a bardot knitted dress which I wore to death but this one has taken it’s place. Perhaps not one to wear out on a food shop but nice out to brunch or dinner.

Black Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress  

Get your wardrobe in check this season with this knitted dress. Featuring a soft knit fabric, with long sleeves and a ruched front, team it with some lace-up heeled boots for a simple but chic look.

Black Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress

The clothing is so affordable and really on trend. I can’t wait to see how the Femme Lux Finery collection grows! A huge thank you to the team for this fun collaboration. As a result I am much more willing to try new styles and consider taking a double look at items that I don’t think would initially suit me. Sometimes you can surprise yourself! I would love you to check out the collection for yourself and please let me know if you decide to try anything.

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