X Factor Style Wars

X Factor Style Wars

 

I’ve got to admit that half of the fun of the X Factor for me is who wins the X Factor Style wars. In previous years its been tough decision, each week a different judge has fought the battle and won. I love to see what amazing outfits they come up with, whose hair looks the best, who has the most stunning jewellery and who just wows that little bit more than the other.

This time I can’t help but feel one judge has it in the bag. I think Cheryl just gets it right so much of the time (yes, let’s forgive her that terrible ensemble she chose for American XFactor, the hair and the outfit just weren’t her at all were they?), she of course has an amazing figure but she also has amazing style, even off duty she always looks polished and stylish. I do have a soft spot for Mel B though, she’s still a Yorkshire girl at heart and once she gets going her Yorkshire accent gets stronger the more excited she gets. This week I couldn’t help but feel she didn’t get it quite right, her legs looked fantastic but I didn’t think it was quite right on the style front in my opinion. She has an amazing figure and when she gets it right she looks amazing.

So it’s going to be a tough one to call. I’m looking forward to seeing what they wear once they get to the live shows. I’ve come up with an outfit for both judges, something I think would suit them and would give them the chance to really battle it out but who do you think would win the X Factor Style Wars in these outfits?

 

X Factor Style Wars – Cheryl

Cheryl X Factor Style Wars

 


Alexander McQueen gown
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Eddie Borgo bracelet
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X Factor Style Wars – Mel B

Mel B X Factor Style Wars

 


Creating these two looks made me long for a glam look just for me, here’s what I’d choose if I had a special occasion to dress for! Not as glam as the other two looks but affordable and a bit more mother in her 30’s from Yorkshire who doesn’t earn big bucks or look like Mel B!

X Factor Style Wars

 


So in the X Factor style wars who do you think will win?

I received a voucher to help me create my outfit of choice, it’s a shame it won’t cover either Cheryl or Mel B’s!

Two School Uniforms

Two School Uniforms

I have to say that acknowledging that has brought me a couple of tears this week. My babies are both getting big. Two in school uniform. That’s a really big milestone in my book. Yes, if nothing else it’s expensive. Two sets of everything, two sets of shoes, uniforms and book bags. Thank goodness our school has an embroidery contract with Tesco to help keep the costs down is all I can say!

Two in School Uniform

 

C has moved into Year 1 and LissyLou has started school nursery.

The day before she started she asked me some questions that made my breath catch in my throat:

LissyLou “Mummy, what if I don’t know the children’s names?”, “what if I don’t know how to play the games?”, “what if I can’t cut up my dinner?”. EEEk! What if? I offered best advice I could come up with “All you have to do is ask, ask their name, ask if you can you can play the game and what to do and ask someone to help you”. I have to admit I cried that night at the thought of her not asking the questions, of being shy and feeling left out.

I needn’t have worried. I was teary at the drop off. She ran straight in shouting “Bye Mummy”. She came running out to her Auntie beaming and happy and she only had good things to tell my about her day.

Two in School Uniform

C is settling in to Year 1, he is getting used to a new routine, a new teacher and sitting with new friends. I won’t pretend he isn’t finding it a little bit tough. It’s quite a big change between reception and Year 1 but he is taking it in his stride and even if he isn’t 100% happy he hasn’t found much to complain about so far.

Two in School Uniform

Fingers crossed that they both continue to enjoy themselves. I’ll update again soon!

 

 

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

As our main summer holiday this year we headed back to Disneyland Paris. We last went in December 2012 and although we had a great week it was FREEZING. One morning when we got to the park it was -6C! This time it was definitely a lot warmer than that. It was obviously a lot busier too because of course it was warmer and school holidays too.

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

I wanted to share some top tips for making the most of your time at Disneyland Paris:

1. Stay at a Disney hotel. This allows you to enjoy the ‘extra magic hours’. This is time when the park is only open to hotel residents and annual passholders so you get the chance to enjoy a few select rides with much shorted queues than the rest of the day. We made sure we did this every day because it meant we had at least done some rides before it got busy.

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

2, Utilise the ‘Fast Pass’ option – this allows you to get a ticket to return to a shorter queue on the busier rides later in the day. You get an slot in which to return which means you can avoid a queue and go an d enjoy something else in the meantime.

3. If you take younger children make use of the great Disney playgrounds, these offer a welcome pitstop to chill out and avoid queues for a while.

4. Character meeting is great fun but can involve long queues. Scope out the map and try to be in position at the character spots and least 20minutes in advance to avoid a much longer queue later. The characters will spend time with you/your child, sign autographs and pose for both official and your own photos. This means that each person can take up to 5mins.

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

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Disneyland Paris Top Tips

5. Take a picnic. Outside of the parks is a fantastic picnic area which was very quiet when we visited it and very calm compared to the parks. Also take bottled water, you will be glad of a cool drink while you queue.

6. Take costumes. If your child has a favourite Disney costume then take it with you. Otherwise you will feel obliged to buy them in the park!

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

7. Be prepared to split your day into sections. If you go to the ‘extra magic hours’ then you might want to head back to your hotel for a swim later and then return for a long evening before the fire works. With younger children it’s unlikely you will last from 8am to 11pm all in one go. You don’t win a prize for being there all day.

8. Food in the parks can get a bit boring. In Disney Village there are a range of different restaurants and cafes that offer a change from standard park fare. The kids LOVED Rainforest Cafe and the food was really good too!

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

 

9. Food in the parks is on the expensive side but we found that the kids at 5 and 3 were happy to share meals because they were excited and unable to eat full meals. After a big breakfast you can probably skip lunch and just have an afternoon snack anyway. If you book the Disney Meal Plan then you get breakfast, dinner and a snack included. It’s worth considering even if it doesn’t offer a huge monetary saving it is at least convenient. However as a note I would say that the meal plans that the included restaurants get very busy as the meal times approach. We saw big queues outside them even in the rain which would have driven me insane!

10. Enjoy! Disneyland is a very magic place, you will be shattered but you will have the time of your lives!

Disneyland Paris Top Tips

 

Have you been to Disneyland Paris, do you have any top tips you could share?

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