A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Fashion | The Glittery Hearn Knit from Joules.*

I've mentioned before on xclaireabella that I'm trying to condense my wardrobe & create a capsule wardrobe. Each item I'm wearing here made the cut as I think each piece would work with various different outfits in numerous different ways, however one piece I'm really enjoying at the moment is this Joules Hearn textured sweatshirt.

I'm completely in love with this Joules cream sweater, it only feels quite thin to touch, but it keeps me so ridiculously warm... Hence why the pins are out! The sweater sleeves have a glitter thread running through them, which I think is absolutely perfect for the festive season. You can't go wrong with a bit of added glitter around this time of year & I feel super really Christmassy wearing it. I've decided to pop a skirt on today, which is very unlike me, just because I fancied wearing something a bit different & making the most of my new capsule wardrobe. Woop! By adding the sleeveless jacket over the top, I feel like the whole outfit is brought together in a super cosy, gorgeously festive type of way. I absolutely love this outfit!

What do you think of todays outfit? Even though I've got my legs out, I'm still feeling toasty warm in this ensemble.

Lots of love | Claire.x

Sweater - Joules
Skirt - Oasis
Sleeveless Jacket - New Look
Bag - Primark
Tights - Primark
Flats - Primark
Necklace - Accessorize

Fashion | Missguided Camel Coat.

Okay, so here’s another party I’m late to… The camel coat! Over the last few months I’ve been very strict with myself & have only bought classic pieces and clothes that I know I’ll wear for years to come. Something I felt I was lacking in my wardrobe was a sophisticated long line coat, so when that sneaky black Friday weekend came around, I knew that I had to get one. I’d had a quick browse online and decided that this Missguided number would be absolutely perfect!

I’d opted for this oversized camel number because as soon as I saw it, I could instantly imagine the type of outfits I wanted to wear it with.  I’m wanting to create more of a capsule wardrobe so this idea of a multifunctional coat really appealed to me. It’s a fabulous fit, oversized enough to fit over a few layers (it’s getting cold now, don’t you know) and super snuggly warm to get wrapped up in. I absolutely love it!
I wanted to let my coat do the talking today so Claire being Claire, I’ve opted for an all black everything outfit. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this colour pairing that just screams sophistication to me. I love the click clack of heeled boots too with an outfit like this…. It’s safe to say I’m feeling like a boss lady!

What do you think of todays outfit? How would you have styled this long line coat?

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x

Coat – Missguided
Trousers - Miss Selfridge
Boots – New Look
Necklace - Accessorize

Beauty | 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Rescue Hair Mask*

I’ve heard a lot recently about the benefits of Manuka Honey, they call it ‘natures pure miracle’ so when I was gifted with this 7th Heaven (previously known as Montagne Jeunesse) hair mask, I was expecting some pretty serious stuff! I’ve always seen the 7th Heaven hair masks in the likes of Boots & Superdrug at bargain prices - This one will only set you back £1 so I was really excited to try this in the hope that I’d love it… And basically have cheap haircare for the rest of my life! Woohoo!

Firstly let me tell you, that you get an absolutely amazing amount of product in each sachet. I have mid length hair & found I had so much of the  product left over after ensuring all of my tresses were suitably covered. I popped the remaining product on the ends of my hair just to be on the safe side & to make sure that my locks were going to reap the full benefits of the Manuka honey mask. The product applied brilliantly, I found it really easy to use & because there was so much product there, it covered my tresses perfectly.
7thHeaven suggests for you to apply the product after shampooing and leave it to work its’ magic for between 1 – 5 minutes. I’d actually left mine on for a little longer because I got distracted by Youtube videos (does anyone else watch Youtube videos in the bath?) but as Tesco says… Every little helps right?
I wouldn’t say that my hair was in particularly bad condition, however I do feel that it lacks a bit of oomph. Anything that can revive & make my tresses more vibrant is definitely a winner in my books! Luckily for me this is exactly what the Manuka honey hair mask claims to do! It’s certainly left my hair looking brighter, especially when the sun catches, I think it makes my hair look so much healthier and vibrant. I’m surprised actually at how much this product has transformed my hair. It looks fab & it smells pretty darn great too!
Overall I’m really impressed with the 7th Heaven hair mask! I actually haven’t got a bad word to say about the product at all… Apart from that it’s probably going to make a (small) dent in my bank balance, now I want to go out and buy every scent available! These would make great stocking fillers too, so I’m probably going to go out and buy some for festive treats for people!... I just won’t tell them that they only cost a measley pound! Eeep!

Have you tried any of the 7th Heaven products? I really want to try their mud face masks, as they look amaxing! And you can’t beat a pamper night!

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | xclaireabella


So something quite monumental in my life happened last week... I finally got my brows tamed! I'm quite big on well groomed brows & am always using innovative products to refine their shape, however i haven't actually had them professionally 'done' for well over a year now. Cringe! I'm so bad! I've tidied of course with use of my trusty tweezers & have always thought I'd done a half decent job but after visiting the Benito Brow Bar in House Of Fraser, I've suddenly realised how wrong I was!




It wasn't until I sat my butt in the chair & got talking to the ladies at Benito, that I actually realised how bad my brows were!.. It honestly felt like they were threading my brows for a good half an hour or so! I was half expecting them to have done my full face, nut nope... Just my obviously unruly brows!
Like I said, I hadn't had my brows threaded for a very long time so the feeling of having them done was a bit of a shock to the system - It wouldn't say it was painful, it was just a little uncomfortable, but the result afterwards was fantastic! My brows have literally never looked so good! 

I'm really pleased with how Benito have worked their magic in shaping, redefining & tidying my brows. Have you visited a Benito Brow Bar before? 

Lots of love | xclaireabella

Fashion | Joules Milton Longline Jumper.*

If there's one item of clothing that seems to be all over the blogs during Autumn Winter, its got the be the slouchy sweater. Whether it be a super thick cable knit, an over sized retro sports sweater or like with this one a relaxed grey marl sweater - I just can't get enough!

As soon as I saw this piece on the Joules website, I knew I had to have it in my life! As dramatic as that sounds, I feel like I've been in a bit of a fashion drought recently, so having found a piece I love & that I know I'll get a lot of wear out of, I knew I had to just go for it. I sized up with the Milton as I liked how it looked slightly over sized on the model & I'm really glad I did, it fits brilliantly well! I think if I'd gone for my usual size I would have been slightly disappointed. I've teamed the longline sweater with my usual black skinnies & thigh highs... An xclaireabella classic monochrome look you might say? Gahh, I just can't help it!!

What do you think of todays outfit? 

Thank you for reading! Lots of love | xclaireabella

Sweater - Joules*
Jeans - H&M
Jacket - Dorothy Perkins
Boots - Next
Bag - Priamark

Beauty | Forever Living with Inspire Global.*

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be introduced to Forever Living. I'd seen the brand circling Facebook, along with the likes of Juice Plus & Actiderm & if I'm honest I was a tad skeptical, I originally thought these type of brands were a bit of a fad... Something that's in fashion now, but would quite easily be forgotten about. How wrong I was! Brands like these show absolutely no sign of stopping, they're very much onward & upwards & I think it's a fab way for people to earn a little bit of extra money. So win win if you ask me! I took part in an Inspire Global facebook chat a little while ago & won myself some Forever Living goodies, which I'd love to tell you about.
If you didn't already know, Forever Living have been going for 30+ years now and are the largest growers, producers & distributors of Aloe Vera products. Today I'll be talking through a few beauty bits however Forever Living also provide products to aid with weight loss, aromatherapy products, fitness aids, even products for your pets! There is literally a product there for everyone!

I'd previously had my eyes on the Aloe Lips so was over the moon when this arrived though my letterbox! I've said it a gazillion times but as soon as the weather turns colder, my lips instantly turn all shrively & flaky & not all that nice so I was super excited to try this out! I was surprised at how easily the product glided onto the lips, granted it does feel slightly slippery on application but you really get that tingle that the product is working. It's the mix of aloe, jojoba and beeswax that make for an awesomely nourishing lip balm that's perfect at smoothing out any flakes on your lips. The aloe scent is really beautiful too, it's not majorly strong but you do get a whiff of it. As well as during the day, I've been using the Aloe Lips just before I go to bed & find that it works right through the night - It's a fab product!
I wasn't totally sure how much use I'd get out of the Forever Hand Sanitizer but I've found that by keeping it in my handbag at all times I'm actually using the product quite a lot. It's fab for a quick refresher on the go. The only thing that's baffled me with it, is that it's supposed to have a lemon & lavender scent but I'm really not getting it at all, for me the product smells strongly of that usual alcahol based sanitiser scent that you get. If you've tried this product, I'd love to know if you've thought the same with the scent. Other than that though it works fantastically well & I'll be making sure I get full use out of the product.

It's quite difficult to give a full review of sample sized products, however the Aloe Jojoba shampoo & conditioner were both really enjoyable to use. I actually found my hair to be much more manageable after using these products, I didn't have the usual ten minute faff on detangling my tresses so that was lovely. Well done Forever! 
The Aloe moisurising lotion is a great pick me up for the skin! I've been using it on a morning before applying makeup and it really brightens the skin and acts as a fabulous primer. The product contains collegan and elastin so over time I'd assume this product could be totally bad ass in decreasing the appearance of wrinkles or blemishes. 
Something that really intrigued/scared me was the Forever bright sparkling aloe vera toothgel. I'm a complete Sensodyne gal when it comes to toothpaste (damn you sensitive teeth) so I'm very much used to the taste & the consistency of that. Swapping to a gel formula felt quite bizzare to me & even though I did feel like my teeth were squeeky clean, I don't think this product is for me... I'm definitely a one toothpaste kinda gal!

Have you tried any Forever Living products before? I've really enjoyed test driving these products & I'll definitely get a lot of use out of them. If you'd like any more information you can contact Emily at Inspire Global.

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | xclaireabella

Fashion | Denham Sharp Skinny Jeans*

A couple of weeks ago I attended a blogger event at the relatively new Denham store in Leeds city centre. I had a fabulous time at the event (which you can read about here) & even though it only lasted an hour or so I've learnt so much when it comes to denim. Luckily at the end of the event we were all gifted with out very own pair of Denhams' denim which is what I'm going to talk to you about today... If you couldn't guess by the title. Doh!

I originally picked up my usual jean size in the Sharps but after trying them on and taking a bit of advice from the staff at Denham, I actually opted for the size below & I’m so so glad that I did. After wearing the jeans for a couple of weeks, they've morphed to fit my body shape perfectly! They have a slight stretch so are super duper comfortable &  because of the colour and style I’ve found myself reaching for them pretty much every day! They’re amazing! They are a tad pricier than what I would normally go for jean wise, but you can 100% feel the quality in these jeans that my other pairs just don’t have!
With it turning awfully chilly recently I’m wrapping up with a thick grey marl turtle neck (the British AW essential!) and a ridiculously fluffy blanket scarf. I love wrapping up in a cosy warm scarf, cinching it in at the waist with a belt to still provide a flattering feminine figure – There’s nothing better!

How are you wrapping up warm this Autumn Winter? Have you tried any Denham jeans before?

Thank you for reading! Lots of love | xclaireabella

Jeans - Denham*
Turtle neck - Primark
Scarf - George at Asda*
Belt - River Island
Boots - Primark
Satchel - Primark

Beauty | Bramley Hand Wash With Clary Sage & Essential Lemongrass Oils*

I know what you're thinking... 'What the hell is she writing about a hand wash for?'.. And I'll be honest, I'm slightly questioning it myself, but let me tell you, this is no ordinary hand wash. Bramleys' hand wash is the hand wash of the gods!

Bramley use natural ingredients & therapeutic oils within their hand wash to produce an absolute beaut of a hand wash. Their formula is much thicker than I've used before and foams really easily revealing a super nourishing and refreshing hand wash. A little goes a long way with this product as you don't even need a full pump to clean and leave your hands feeling refreshed. 
Now lets talk about the scent! Gahh, this is amazing! I've never smelt something so deliciously pungent in my entire life. The lemongrass oils really shine through with this product and leave my hands smelling delightful for hours. 

Big thanks to #TheCityGirls and Oates & Co for gifting me with this wonderful product. 

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | xclaireabella

Event | The Truth Is In The Details. Denham, Leed, UK

Welcome to Denham, the newest denim store to hit Leeds city centre created by the rather appropriately named Jason Denham! I honestly thought the stores name was just a play on words, but hearing that the founders name was actually Denham pretty much blew my mind... It's the little things right!
The Denham brand was founded in 2008 with its' first store opening in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, however it's only in the last couple of months when the brand has ventured over to Leeds. I've witnessed the shop going up over the last half a year however haven't actually had chance to pop my head in so when my inbox pinged with an invitation to their event at the weekend, I knew I had to get myself there.

On arrival I was gifted with a much appreciated black coffee and ushered downstairs to take a peak at Denhams' ladieswear collection. I was expecting the store to be packed to the rafters with denim so I was pleasantly surprised by how large the rest of the range is. Denham have the most beautiful coats and knitwear selection. Granted they are more 'treat items' for me because of their price tags but I'd be a very happy lady in pretty much all of their clothes. It's true what they say in that you get what you pay for, and let me tell you that the quality of Denhams' garments are second to none! Denham are really particular about where they purchase their materials from as well as what products they put out there to the public. Denhams' denim (get it?) is purely sourced from either Italy or Japan, ensuring the best quality materials are used to make each of their beautiful jeans. Each jean is also hand washed so if you want to see what the denim looked like before any treatments, you should take a peak in the pockets, the difference is amazing! The Denham logo is also stitched into each item too using a grand total of 691 stitches, how crazy is that. I'd love to know how long it takes somebody just to stitch in the scissor logo. I bet it's a freakin long time. As you can see, there's a lot of effort that goes into each individual Denham garment & you definitely get a sense of that while  in store - There's a fab aptmosphere there & you can definitely sense that it's something special!

After spending a bit of time lusting after Denhams' clothing range, we were kindly invited upstairs to their Private Wardrobe... Ooooh!! What's a private wardrobe I hear you ask, well think having a personal shopper, only on a way more personal & luxurious level. Denham play host to individulas or groups of people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. I don't know about you but for me trying on clothes is such a pain in the arse. I hate cramming myself into a teeny tiny changing room with only a curtain of material to hide my dignity. The idea of having a full room to myself along with all clothes available in my size at my disposal very much interests me greatly!.. It's not just that the changing room is designed around a wardrobe, but yes that does help! Upstairs carries on the modern mashed up interiors of rustic industrial furniture and white washed walls. It's such a beautiful space to be in & I'm pretty sure that if I ever were to design a shop interior (you never know it may happen) it would look exactly like this one!

Jason Denhams' passions don't just lie with denim, he's an avid collector of scissors and you 100% get a sense of that in store. The shops' interior is kitted out with scissor hangers, the brands logo is a set of scissors & probably the most fun (if you like this sort of thing) is that each jean is named after a part of a scissor for example the denim range included pieces such as the Razors, Bolts & Drills. I love little trivia things like this as I think it brings the brand together & it's fabulous knowing & being a part of the founders passions. 

I'd just like to say a massive thank you to Jade for inviting me to the event. I had an absolutely amazing time & learnt a hell of a lot about denim!!

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | xclaireabella

Event | The Powder Room, Lambert's Yard, Leeds, UK.

Last week I was a lucky little duck & got myself invited to indulge in a little bit of luxury down at Lamberts Yard in Leeds. After finishing work & coming home to the usual monotonous household chores, an event like this was just what the doctor ordered. Now, pass me the cocktails!

After a warm welcome from SLB, Bridie, Deimante & myself found ourselves doing what every self respected blogger does, and we gravitated towards the bar! The Botanist were on hand offering their signature 'The Botanist' cocktail, a delicious mix of Green Mark Vodca, Havana 3 Rum & Elder flower liquor. I'm glad I got the chance to taste 'The Botanist' as it isn't normally a cocktail I'd go for, I'm a complete cocktail bore to be honest, I like my Strawberry Daiquiris' and that's literally about it. So thank you to The Botanist for opening my eyes to the world of delicious cocktails. 

I found myself wandering past the Wood Wood display on several occasions, gazing longingly at all the beautiful sunglasses. Now let's get one thing straight first, sunglasses & handbags are my weakness! I'm more than happy buying the majority of my clothes from Primark, but when it comes to sunglasses & handbags I want something a little more luxe. Something that surprised me with these Wood Wood offerings is that price wise, they aren't actually too bad!... That's what I'm telling myself anyway! I've got my eye on the Virgos', (bottom picture top right) they're just stunning & at £100 a pair I think they're great.

The star of the show at Lambert's Yard was the sneaky preview of the new Resort collection from Issa. Personally Issa isn't a brand I'd heard of however after hearing they were a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, I knew they'd be something pretty special! After having a good old feel (as you do) of the collection my thoughts were proven correct. The thickness of the materiel used scream premium to me, and even though some of the pieces weren't exactly to my taste (monochrome queen over here) I can definitely see why they're so popular.

Other pieces which caught my eye included the gorgeously bright, yellow Ilse Jacobsen rain cape. I love the silhouette a cape gives you & wearing this would certainly make going out in the rain that bit more fun. I've also fallen absolutely hook line & sinker in love with the Williams British handmade handbags!! I love the shapes used to create the handbags, they're so unusual & I particularly love this elongated satchel. It's just stunning!! Something a bit more fun are the Joanna Pybus furry clutch bags. Granted, they're not something I'd grab on a day to day basis but they're really fun & definitely a conversation starter.

Thank you to SLB, I had a fab evening exploring some premium brands at The Powder Room, Lambert's Yard event... Now I just need a lottery win!

Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love | xclaireabella