Vive Wellness – Vitamins Delivered to Your Door

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When family-run vitamin company Vive Wellness reached out to me to ask if I’d like to try a month’s worth of personally selected supplements delivered to my door, it was a no brainer. I love to try a new health product and I always take vitamins and supplements of some sort, so I was keen to see how this company was different. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Vive, so I thought you’d like to hear about them too as I think a lot of you reading this will really love the product. Also I must add, has there ever been a better time to get vitamins delivered to your very doorstep? I think not (stay indoors please people!).

The Vive Wellness journey starts with a quiz, answering lots of questions about your current lifestyle and diet, and also questions about areas you’d like to see change. The quiz was a good length and I really felt they asked a lot of varied questions to get to the bottom of which vitamins were best for me – the questions varied from asking about my physical health, current diet, mental state and things such as any pre existing conditions or issues I may have. Once you’ve finished the quiz, you get a score out of 100% for how healthy you are in your lifestyle and also your diet – they also generate you a report which goes into detail about what you’re doing well at and details any issues or gaps it sees and suggests ways to be healthier. I’ll pop a screenshot of my results below – I’m fairly happy with 71% & 72%, however there is room for improvement in my health and wellbeing, and this is detailed in the reports for me.

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I really like the way Vive Wellness tailors the vitamins it sends to you and also that the reports give you advice and tips to get healthier outside of their products – the whole experience gives you the feeling they are a knowledgeable and responsible company genuinely wanting to improve people’s lives.

After reading through my quiz results and my wellness reports it was then time to check out the vitamin recommendations and see what I was going to be sent. I get so excited to try anything new which looks as if it’s going to improve my wellbeing or health in any way so I was genuinely intrigued to see what they were suggesting for me – I’m a health product addict so trust me when I say this company is good – I’ve tried a few haha!

My recommendations were as follows:
The Heart Supporter – Omega 3 and D3 x 1 a day
Immune Booster – Vitamin C & Echinacea Blend x 1 a day
The Chill Pill – Magnesium & Rhodiola Blend x 2 a day

I was pleased with my selection and thought Vive Wellness had got it spot on, however if for whatever reason you weren’t 100% happy with the results, there is an option to edit your monthly pack and there are a few different options to choose – all still based on your quiz results.
Now here’s the best bit and quite honestly my favourite part; the vitamins come neatly packaged in a Tiffany coloured tube, and in that tube are individual tear off packets WITH YOUR NAME ON. Oh yeah, this Hollie spelt with an ‘ie’ gets very excited when she gets anything with her name on it. Aside from being sassy as hell, the individual packs are really handy, firstly to help you remember to take the vitamins each day but also if you’re travelling or want to just chuck the pack in your bag it’s so easy to do so.

So that’s the service you’re getting – personalised packets of vitamins delivered to your door via a monthly subscription which can be cancelled or changed at any time. But do the products work? YES! I genuinely think the products are brilliant quality and could feel them working after a few days – I felt brighter, calmer and generally clearer of mind. If you read my last blog post you’ll know I had been feeling very anxious and not myself at all in the first couple months of the year, and I definitely think my ‘chill pills’ helped me get back on track mentally. Magnesium is a wonder ingredient I think we should all be getting more of, I certainly felt the difference.

I would urge you all to take the free quiz and have a look at your own health scores and reports – it’s a great way to get an overall picture of your health and to take steps to improve it – there is no obligation to buy the vitamins at the end of it. However if you would like to try Vive Wellness, it’s a great time to plug the gaps in your nutrition and get them delivered to your door – I hope you are all staying safe during this strange time we’re living in! I do have a discount code for £10 off your first pack – use REFNGBA2UTRVN at the checkout (their website is linked below).

www.vivewellness.com

Just Hollie xox

*Product gifted by Vive Wellness, however views are my own and I always say what I really think!

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The Big Move; An Update on Life in Scotland

Just Hollie Enjoys the Winter Sun

Hello, you. It’s been a minute since I wrote my last blog post on my big move from Norfolk to Scotland (read here if you don’t know what I’m talking about) so I thought you might like to know how I’m getting on!

I cannot believe that it has been 3 months already, I don’t think a period of time has ever seemed to pass so quickly in my life – however if you’d have asked me at the beginning of February I would’ve said it felt like January lasted a year. I won’t pretend it’s been all sweetness and light since we’ve been here, because it hasn’t. December was a breeze, we moved in easily enough, got settled and the Christmas decorations went straight up making it feel instantly like home. I hadn’t started work yet so time was my own and I enjoyed walking into town most days and getting the usual things ready for the festive period. Christmas and New Year were lovely, with us spending the 25th of December on our own as a couple for the first time (it was odd, but nice!) and then travelling down to the Midlands to spend New Year with family. So far so good. Then January came, I started work, the temperature dropped and the lack of sunlight really started to hit me.

It may sound dramatic but I thrive on sunshine – I think I may have mentioned this before once or one hundred times – but it really is true. I didn’t realise before moving up North that they get even shorter days here in the winter, which was bad news for me as I already loathed that time of year back home in Norfolk. I think during December it was a bit of a novelty and I was distracted with the festivities, but January didn’t come easy. Nor did February come to think of it. I know the word gets flung around SO much these days, but I experienced the worst and very real anxiety of my life the last couple of months. Mental health isn’t something I would say I have struggled with much in my life, and I know I’m lucky in that respect, however for around 8 weeks I thought I was going mad and really started to worry. I had a Fiat 500 which I was attempting to drive in the worst rain and wind I’ve ever experienced and driving country roads daily which I’ve never liked; I’d convinced myself I was unsafe and started to dread stepping into my car to get to work. Luckily my husband is THE best man on earth, and quickly swapped out my tiny car for a Jeep Renegade – meaning I didn’t feel like I was going to take off into a field or skid to my death on black ice everyday. That may sound extreme, but I was honestly driving at 20 mph as I was convinced the roads were covered in ice (they weren’t). I was checking the weather on 4 (yes, 4!) different apps around 10 times a day to check if it was going to be icy or if snow was forecast – I was losing my mind over the weather, I’d become obsessed, checking and worrying about it constantly. I don’t know where this fear of the weather came from but I think it’s change related – I was in Scotland, so if snow was forecast obviously it’d be 5 foot and I wouldn’t be able to travel. If it was -1 degrees then obviously because I’m now in the Highlands it would mean the roads were dangerous and I was risking my life travelling. This was of course not the case and it’s simply the unknown, the change and my own head taking a thought and latching onto it in an unhealthy way. The driving fear coupled with a new job, where my office doesn’t have windows, was making my anxiety 100 times worse as I was convinced each day I was going to step out at 5pm to a winter wonderland. It was making me ill. It didn’t help that we’ve had two (or is it three?) named storms since we’ve been here too, making it the worst winter weather-wise for years. The wind whipped at our house, making noises we aren’t used to, all adding to my already frayed nerves. Continue reading

My Boden New Season Favourites

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know by now that I was lucky enough in October last year to be chosen to be an ambassador for the gorgeous British clothing brand, Boden. When I received the email inviting me to be a part of the #BodenBrandPartner clan I literally couldn’t believe it! I don’t have the biggest following on socials and wouldn’t really call myself an ‘influencer’ by any means, but actually it turns out this was exactly one of the reasons I found myself in the situation at all. Boden and also a PR company of sorts called Zyper (I’ll link them here if you’d like to know more) got together to find women who, like me, were true brand fans and actually had passion for their clothes – sounds simple really doesn’t it?! In a world where there are lots of people online promoting any products they can get for free, it was nice to be recognised as someone who genuinely wanted to share fab finds with their followers. Yes, we as brand ambassadors for Boden get to choose a few pieces for free once a month and that is beyond anything I ever hoped for when I started Just Hollie Blog, but actually, I would’ve bought half of it anyway…
So that’s what this post is really – me sharing my favourite pieces from the new season collection of my favourite brand Boden. Enjoy!

PS. I do have a personalised link which I’ll pop below, meaning you can get a discount on most things on the Boden website, and they’ll know you found them through me. I don’t get paid or anything like that – it just proves to them it’s worth giving me freebies each month I guess! Enjoy the discount and I hope you like the luxurious feeling of wearing Boden as much as I do.

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And without further babbling from me, these are my favourites for the next couple of months. Transition pieces if you will.

Norwich Button Back Jumper – Milkshake 

Norwich Boden Jumper in Milkshake

I have this jumper and there are a couple of reasons I love it:
– It’s called the Norwich jumper. Need I say more, I am truly representing my roots up here in the highlands.
– It’s pink, and pink is everywhere right now. I’ve never actually worn pink too much despite being a very feminine person, however this hue is so perfect for Spring (which in my head is only a few weeks away LOL).
– The detail. I love a jumper with large cuffs like this, I find it very flattering. The back has really nice gold button detailing at the neck too which is a bit fancy.

You will be seeing this on the ‘gram v.soon! Also comes in mustard and navy and is £70 before discount.

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New Year, New Goals – Looking ahead to 2020

 

Happy New Year/Decade everybody! Doesn’t it feel special when not only do we creep into a new year but also a different decade? 2020 – how the heck did that happen? It doesn’t seem two minutes ago I was raising a glass of Lambrini with my Nan to see in the Millennium (I was 8 and felt trés chic with a glass of bubbles!) but when in fact that was 20 years ago, time really does fly when you’re having fun.

I always reflect like hell at the turn of the year and this one isn’t any different – if you haven’t read any of my previous posts you may not know I am a proud New Year’s Resolution maker, but this year I wanted to put together a list of goals rather than a single resolution. The idea being that I can look back in a year’s time and see if my plans worked, if they varied somewhat or if something drastically different happened. This past year has taught me that life throws surprises at you which you could never predict, so all we can do is set the best intentions but if you get a chance to do something which was never even on your radar, that’s equally as bloody brilliant (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you may want to read my last post on moving from Norfolk to Scotland). So without further dragging it out and blabbering on, here are my goals for the year of 2020.

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Finish my Creative Writing Level 3 course, and begin my Level 4 Proofreading qualification.

I don’t think I’ve spoken about my home studies on the blog before, but they do exist! You probably wouldn’t know that I’m a keen writer in a capacity outside of this blog and plan to launch my own freelance business in the New Year (alongside my 9-5 unfortunately until it can pay the bills!). I plan to offer SEO optimised blog posts for businesses without the capacity or skills to do it themselves, I’m putting together social media courses for beginners, I’m offering written website content, articles for print, press releases and social captions – basically if it can be written, I want to be able to offer it as a service. Hence where my home study courses come in; I’ve nearly finished my Creative Writing Diploma which has been a lot of fun as well as helping me develop my skills- it has meant writing fiction and poetry as well as non-fiction genres and I haven’t done that since school! When that is finished I plan to enrol straight away on the Proofreading course, meaning this too can then be offered on a freelance basis, expanding my services. Realistically I won’t finish both courses by the end of the year but if I can be nearly there, I’ll be chuffed. Home study isn’t for everyone but personally I love learning, and as a writer I think the more you do and the more you expose yourself to different mediums, the better you get. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting to add to my skill set, which is something I’m proud of.

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Moving to Scotland – A New Chapter for Just Hollie

Merry Christmas one and all! Can you believe that it’s the 24th of December as I write this – where has this year gone?! If you read my blog post about my recent wedding you’ll already know there has been a lot of change in my life, but I have more to tell you about, so grab a cuppa (or mulled wine) and let’s catch up.

Just Hollie, moving home

I’ll start from the beginning; around this time last year my husband started travelling up to Glasgow for work around once a month, sometimes less. I won’t tell you exactly who he works for and where for obvious reasons, but he’s in the corporate world where travelling for work isn’t uncommon so we didn’t think too much about it at the time. He was enjoying his work and liked going up on the odd occasion to Glasgow and that was that really. Fast forward a couple of months to around the March/April time and there I was cooking dinner for us both one weekday evening, when Hubby comes home from work with a rather unexpected question. ‘You know I’ve been working with the team in Glasgow a lot recently and going up there for work, well how would you feel about moving to Scotland together permanently?’ – he’d been offered a job in the office he’d been visiting and wanted to take it. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and would be great for his career – the only hurdle for him was convincing me! To be honest, it wasn’t completely out of the blue or a huge surprise, we had a feeling his job was heading that way but all of a sudden it felt real and actually, really bloody exciting. I had no hesitation in saying yes to the move because I had felt that my 9-5 wasn’t right for me any longer for a while and I was really ready for a life shake up too. So that was that, it had been decided quite easily and we were moving to Scotland! I don’t think he could believe how easily I had said yes and that I was willing to move to a different country for him, but we were getting married and I love him to bits – it was a good move for both of us and a chance for us to carve out our own little piece of the world away from where we grew up. Continue reading

Book review: Reader, I Married Me!

What would you do if you took your dog for a walk and he unceremoniously shit out another woman’s g-string? I personally would’ve throttled my boyfriend with it and had a quarter-life meltdown, but then probably would’ve picked myself right back up and cracked on with my life, probably lunging into another relationship within weeks because I have always been a ‘boyfriend person’. Obviously, I’m happily married now so it has worked well for me, but my first thought when it came to reviewing Sophie Tanner’s fabulous book ‘Reader, I Married Me’, was that I never really was single after getting my first boyfriend in high school. Chloe Usher, the main character in the fantastically feminist plot, didn’t do the obvious. Instead, she married herself on Brighton beach in a kitsch ceremony full of self-worth and happiness – sounds pretty out there, no?

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In her semi-biographical debut novel, Sophie Tanner writes about the story of a young woman called Chloe who has had enough of men, had enough of the seemingly perfect couples who think anything other than the ‘normal’ family set up is obviously not what a woman wants and she had certainly had enough of people telling her what she could and couldn’t do.  I found ‘Reader, I Married Me’ a funny and charming way to put the microscope over the way we live our lives, obsessed with finding the perfect partner and almost always losing a piece of ourselves in that process. The book makes you want to celebrate YOU in all of your glory but not only that, it reminds you of the importance of friendship as a form of love and that it is one we should value just as much as romantic love. Continue reading

Reclaiming Interiors

The end of a job, a wedding, and an imminent move – it’s safe to say that I’ve had quite a lot happening in the past few weeks and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down. It’s likely that I will have relocated from Norfolk to Scotland by the end of the year (if you don’t follow me on Instagram you may not know this, but we are moving North for my husband’s job). I’m one of those people who really embrace change, and I’m really excited to begin this new chapter in our lives. And that is what this is, a brand new chapter as husband and wife, out in the world by ourselves making a completely new life just for the two of us. Preparation for this new life for me is not only practical things such as bills, finding a new job and anything else a big move entails but sorting out my possessions too, and thinking to myself ‘what do I want the new Hollie to own’? I don’t know the reason why but I really feel like shaking life up and using this as a chance to be the person I really want to be – a new and improved version of Just Hollie if you like. I’ve always known how I want my life to look but now I really have had a kick up the bum to not settle for less.

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Wedding series, 4: THE WEDDING!

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Credit to a wedding guest – our photographer is doing her thing in the background!

Hi, hello, bonjour. Just me, Hollie, a married woman here. Yes, you read that right – I GOT FUCKING MARRIEDDDDDD!!!!!!
To say I’m still not over it is an understatement, newlywed highs are 100% a thing. I thought I better round off my wedding series by letting you all know how the day went and I also really wanted to give a shout out to my amazing local suppliers – so if you live in Norfolk/Suffolk and are getting married I hope you find this helpful (list and links at bottom of post).

I’ll begin with a little play by play of the day, because we were the luckiest couple ever and everything went perfectly. This includes the weather as the very next day it absolutely TIPPED it down – I’m sure you saw the reports of flooding last Sunday and probably had a back garden like a pond yourself. Could you imagine if that was the weather on your wedding day, someone was definitely looking down on me for sure!
I got ready at my home with my mum and my best friend who was also my bridesmaid – I had one adult and two gorgeous nieces walk down the aisle with me, the little ones met me at the church as my sister in law is an absolute legend and got them ready for me. The morning was chilled and calm, with me surprisingly a lot less nervous than I had anticipated being, I think when it came to the day I was actually just really excited to get going and see Daniel at the church. They won’t thank me for saying it but I think my mum and bridesmaid had more nerves than me – I found myself trying to assure them that it was going to be a fabulous day and nothing to worry about! I feel honoured that so many people close to me cared enough to have such strong emotions about our day, something I will never forget. Continue reading

Off duty ‘Luxe’

Some women are glam through and through – you could cut them open and they’d bleed diamonds. Some women, aka me, are slightly more informal and relaxed in their style and try as they might pretend they like to get dressed up, are casual to the core.
Bearing this in mind, I wanted to share with you my latest favourites from Femme Luxe Finery. You may have seen my previous post, and as part of my ongoing collaboration with the brand, I absolutely could not wait to show you my latest goodies.
This sweatshirt whooshed straight into the #1 spot in my wardrobe the second I tried it on, how amazing is this! Worn ironically into the office on a casual Friday it definitely prompted loads of compliments – I need one for each day of the week! I would recommend wearing with leggings for a comfy weekend outfit or glam up with maybe some leather trousers and heels for a bit of a different night out vibe.

The second item of clothing I wanted to speak to you about is these jeans. Now we all know how bloody hard it is to find a decent pair of jeans and I’ll be honest, when I chose these for part of this post I wasn’t expecting to love them – as nearly every pair of jeans I buy from a fast fashion website don’t quite cut the mustard. However, these are the one. Thick denim, really nice colour and they fit my waist perfectly. I don’t feel like they’re going to wear out around the crotch/inside leg like so many flimsy jeans I’ve had before have done and they’re the perfect length. What can I say, I urge you to give them a go! As you can see from the pictures, I wore these all day at a music festival and they did me proud – bravo Femme Luxe Finery and their jeans! Continue reading

Bee Natural Wax Melts, Suffolk

I had absolutely no idea what a wax melt was until the start of this year, but then I started following Mrs Hinch on Instagram; Like many others, I instantly went out and bought a burner, I was hooked. I bought a couple of Yankee Candle melts to begin with and I also purchased some of the infamous Ava May Aromas melts, both lovely but I really am trying to buy local where possible, and knew there were a few small companies in the area making gorgeous wax melts. Like some sort of internet magic, one night whilst scrolling through the ‘gram, I came across Bee Natural Wax Melts. Bee Natural instantly drew me in, they made a product I wanted, were local (Lowestoft) and their branding is absolutely a bit of me!

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