Welcome Everyone

The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Hello 2017 - plans, positives & products!

Happy New Year everyone.

2016 was full of health problems, new conditions & a scare that thankfully turned out to be ok.

Now I'm fully aware of what is causing my problems & how to manage everything I'm feeling really positive about 2017.

2017 is going to be about what I can do. 

I've already registered a place on the waiting list to do the wheelchair climb of the O2 arena!

I also want to lose weight. 

I wanted to find something that I could focus on, reward myself along the way so I've bought a Motivacelet.

It's a bracelet that you add beads to as you lose those pounds. The more you lose the prettier your bracelet. A real positive way to stay determined. I've bought enough beads to match what I want to lose.
Of course it's a pretty blue!
There's a bigger bead for half a stone and a pretty heart for that whole stone!
This will be a journey for me - no quick fixes - just me eating better & looking after myself properly.
We had a lovely Christmas. Keagan even managed to get home for a few hours. He had to work first thing Christmas morning. My dad went down for when he finished to bring him home & then my parents took him back at 8pm as he had to work again Boxing day. The joys of working in professional sport!
Me and my boy on Christmas day.
Those of you who pop in here regularly will have seen my beauty posts. I've always loved make up but becoming a mum at 23 meant make up was a luxury and I only bought cheap and cheerful products. It's only been recently that I've treated myself to some decent quality items & actually watched videos to learn how to apply it properly. 
So for Christmas I asked for some Morphe brushes - a well respected brand used by professionals. This set was perfect for me - it is blue!
 A beautiful set of 10 brushes. This set was expensive so it has been on my wish list for a while. I also received another item from my wish list - Morphe brushes eyeshadow palette 35K.
Now onto Creative Together - myself and Lisa have updated our website to allow us greater function. We can now offer discount codes when we choose to do a promotion, the ordering system is easier & we can now have a far greater quantity of products & photographs.
I'm already working on new items myself - developing the football notebooks to include other teams and not just Bristol Rovers.
 Yes - it is red! Had to talk myself into doing this. It doesn't come easy to me you see.
Anyway just wanted to pop in to say I am here, I'm still going to use this blog for everything I love. 
Here's to a creative, productive and happy 2017!
Take care Zo xx


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

WOYWW 390 - some news.....

Hello everyone - I'm linking up with Julia for WOYWW
I've not joined in much recently as there's been lots going on here.

I was going to wait until afterwards to tell this but as it won't get sorted for a few more weeks I thought I'd share now. Apologies for lack of desk though I will share this pic of Baxter - 
 Yep all cosy here!

Anyway I've not been around as I've had a few health issues going on. I know those of you who follow me on social media will know some of this. I was diagnosed with another condition called POTS. I've basically got dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. However this isn't the main reason for this post.

The main reason is because I've found some abnormalities with my breasts & underarm area. I've been into the breast clinic & while the doctor doesn't think it's too serious he still is concerned enough to have me go back in for a mammogram & ultrasound scan.

I'm waiting to hear when my appointment will be. I wanted to share this as I was told from a young age to check myself so that I know what's normal for me. You see, I've not found a lump, not a small hard lump that some find. Mine is a swelling in the armpit area and some thickening that's abnormal for me.

We've got a high number of breast cancer occurances in my family. My grandmother and 4 out of 5 aunts have/are receiving treatment. So I'm also being seen by the family history coordinator & the genetic team.

Of course, it's a worry even with the reassurances from everyone. But I'm happy that my doctor knows what he's doing and what he found to accept it's routine & there's a high possibility that everything will be fine and ok.

So please, no matter how old you are. Check yourself. Often. Every week. In the shower. When you are laid down. So you know what's normal for you.

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WOYWW 385 - apologies for my absence

Apologies gentle desk dashers for my absence. These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of rest, birthday celebrations and awards. 

So firstly I'll share my desk and then I'll share a few pics from some amazing wonderful moments that we've had of late.

 That there pile is my efforts of Christmas card making. A simple design that I stamp and change by using different colour washi tape. You can see a skeleton design on the top. I've tweaked and improved it since.
 Blazing sunshine this morning. 

So Keagan turned 18 on the 6th October. He booked some time off work so he could come home. We had a lovely day spent with family and friends. We went out for a family meal in the evening where at the end my brother, Danny, exclaimed that it had been the most soberist 18th he had ever celebrated!! (Keagan enjoys the odd drink but doesn't like to go mad, unlike my brother!)

I bought Keagan 18 presents which included a birthday balloon and every present reflected hobbies & things he likes. I spent hours trying to find the right gifts without spending an absolute fortune. I managed it in the end much to Keagan's amusement. There was a travel mug with 'Keep calm & race pigeons' on it, a Tour De France t-shirt, a Level 18 complete gaming t-shirt, a WWE PS4 game, Bristol Rovers gifts & Liverpool Fc socks plus his favourite biscuits & sweets to name some of his presents.

 The word art I designed & framed.
 The 'let's embarrass birthday boy with a cake in front of all the pub' moment complete with birthday song!
Keagan was rather amused by his balloon!
The 'we have to take a photo' moment at the end of the night!
So that's the birthday now onto something I'm absolutely bursting with pride about. On Fri 14th Oct we attended Banes Carer's Centre annual awards that were presented by Ali Vowles (BBC Points West and Radio Bristol). Now we knew a couple of weeks in advance but it didn't stop me feeling so very proud of my boy.
Keagan was presented with Banes Young Carer's Sporting Achievement award to honour his amazing achievements to date. He was very chilled about it saying
'It's just my job, it's what I do'
Now we all know how hard Keagan has worked to just get where he is now, and we know there's still many many years of hard work to come. In case you missed it, in the last year Keagan has attended The British Racing School in Newmarket (the best horse racing college in the world) & now works & is continuing his BRS education at Jeremy Scott Racing where he is working hard to prove himself with the plan to eventually get his jockey licence.
We both hope Keagan's story will inspire other younger young carers to chase their own dreams. To realise that you can chase and achieve them.
Here's some pics from that wonderful evening - 
 Keagan receiving his award
 Me and Ali
 I think you can clearly see how much I was bursting with pride right here in this photo!
Right sorry for the long post but I wanted to share what's been keeping me busy. Inbetween I've not been well so have rested on my bed most days - this has allowed me to just be able to enjoy what's happened.
Pop over to Julia's WOYWW
to join in and link up.
Take care Zo xx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

New Looks

A quick post to share my latest look I've created. I've had lots of fun just playing around with colours lately that I wouldn't normally try. 

This bold look was created using Morphe 350 eyeshadow palette. In the end I had to order it from America as I couldn't find it in stock in the uk. The brown tones are actually more orangey in real life. I used a wet brush to apply the gold to my lids - this is how you create a metallic look.

I added lashes and Urban Decay Bittersweet lipgloss.

I must sort out my lighting as my lights seem to pale everything down. Or perhaps find a better place to take the photos! 

Take care Zo xx

Thursday, 6 October 2016

My makes & unusual gift for Keagan's 18th birthday!

Yes you read that right. Keagan has turned 18 today!

I can't quite get my head around the fact that I have an 18 year old son. 

So I thought I'd share the card I made Keagan and a special present I ordered.

 This card is A4 in size. The 18 word art is the same design I've created and put into a white frame as a keepsake.
As you all know we are big Rovers fans. I purchased this mock newspaper through www.gasgifts.co.uk 
I had to enter Keagan's name and the number I wanted to use. It's bigger than A4 but not quite as big as A3. It's hard to read but the whole article talks about Keagan. Really pleased with the quality and service.

So since the last time I posted I have had an image change. The pink hair has gone and has been replaced with a neutral ash brown with dark and light slices through the longer section!

What do you think?! 

There's actually more definition in the colours but the photos haven't picked it up properly.
It took me a little while to get used to it but I love it and have had so many compliments.

Take care Zo xx

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Trying out new ideas & make up

So I'll hold my hands up and admit that my make up has been in a rut for years. However this last few weeks I've had so much fun watching tutorials (mainly by Manny, Jaclyn Hill & Nikkietutorials), buying some new make up items and having fun trying out new looks.

I mostly buy my make up online from reputable suppliers (Never from Amazon ever again unless I know the item is 100% genuine. I got stung - bought a few items only to find out they were fake), but on Sunday I went into Bath (Somerset) and was able to see so many of my favs up close. I bought items from Urban Decay, Clinque & L'Oreal. I even came home with a free sample of Urban Decay high colour lipgloss which pleased me. A new item to try that I would not have purchased myself.

Here's my latest look I had a go at creating yesterday - 
 I did a simple nude tone eye colour - bit of a cut crease. I used concealer on my eye lids to sharpen the crease line. I'm not so good at doing my lips - they are very narrow and small so I try to over draw them but I'm not always successful. The new Bittersweet lipgloss went on well. How long it would stay perfect I'm not sure but it did stain my lips slightly which is good for someone like me. I'm a rubbish lip colour wearer. I manage to get it everywhere and it rarely lasts long so a gloss that stains a bit means I have a touch of colour at least!

The other day I tried to do a darker eye with a cut crease. Well my version anyway!
 I've been learning how to contour and highlight. While I like my eyes here I know I didn't get the placement right for my face contours. It's too low below my cheek bones here. I'll get it right the more I try!

The lighting in my bedroom is okay. Lots of natural light from the big window behind me. I do have white LED lights around my mirror. Sometimes these lights seem to fade my nude/natural colours somewhat & make me look paler than I actually am. I am trying out different positions and angles for these lights. Fairly happy with the lighting in the top photo though.

The make up I used in the top photo is -
Primer - Clinque Universal
Foundation - L'Oreal True Match in Vanilla
Concealer - Urban Decay weightless in Light Warm
Colour corrector - Urban Decay in Peach
Setting Powder - RCMA
Contour - Anastasia Beverly Hills powder contour palette light/medium
Eyebrows - Anastasia BH Brow Definer in Chocolate
Eyeshadow - Clinque single pan in Nude Rose
Mascara - Avon
Lipgloss - Urban Decay high color gloss in Bittersweet.

Hope you enjoy these beauty snapshots I share.
Take Care Zo xx

PS I'll be brave and share this photo of what I look like without makeup -