Dunno about you, but this Lockdown is saving me a bloody fortune. Not only have I stopped spending the equivalent of the small mortgage every month on eating out and overpriced coffees, but I’ve stoped with the impulse buys…socks in Sainsbury’s, that new Salad Dryer in TK Maxx, not to mention the blow drys, eyebrow management (it’s a thing), makeup, city breaks and holidays.
However, my spending hasn’t totally ground to a halt, in fact Dave, the Delivery Man, and I are almost on elbow-bumping-terms.
So, without further ado…8 Lockdown Must-Haves
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse – Multi-Purpose Dry Oil – £12.33
Since I am officially having the Worst Hair Month since the early 80s I treated myself to a little bottle of this magical oil, one of the few things that works on my hair. A few drops rubbed into my ‘ends’ and my rather difficult hair could pass for almost normal. And you can use it on your face and body and cuticles and feet and knees …in fact anywhere screaming out for moisture (steady on at the back!)
Big bonus – it smells all French and lovely.
Need some? Click HERE
A NEOM candle – £46
This was a birthday gift from my gal pals (yes, it was an uneventful birthday, thank you).
The scent is called Happiness and d’ya know what…that’s exactly what it smells like.
It sits in my office, and even unlit, it infuses the whole office with Happiness…that is until my email breaks down AGAIN, I’m looking at you Outlook 365!!
Fancy one? Click HERE
Birkenstock Arizonas – £105
Introducing…The Shoe-y Slipper. Or The Slipper-y Shoe. Or The Furry Slipper Shoe.
Whatever you want to call them…I want to marry them.
When I slip my size 5s into these and prance about glancing at myself in the mirror, I feel like a Kardashian after a botty implant – and for just a blissful moment I forget that there’s a pandemic threatening civilisation as we know it.
When I get too hot (happens) I slip them off and when I get too cold (happens) I slide in for a cosy foot cuddle and if I want to step outside for a breath of fresh air (it’s not illegal…yet) there’s no need to search to search for shoes, I simply slip on my Hazmat Suit, mask & gloves and pack my handy handbag-sized respirator and hit the road in my Birkies.
Fancy a pair? Click HERE
A Lockdown Book – £8.99
It took me a while to find my Lockdown Book. I started with Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light but it was too big and hard and heavy (although reading it soooo toned by biceps), then I moved on to Jeffrey Archer’s Nothing Ventured (that WAS an impulse buy in Sainsbury’s) but it was too small and shallow and easy, in fact if I was a literary critic and had to sum this up in one word, it would be shite.
Finally, I settled Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (no, not that one) which, to quote Goldilocks, is just right. It’s clever and comforting and funny and nostalgic…just like my Birkies.
Want to read it? Click HERE
Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream – £3.99
There’s not much in life that costs under a fiver and is more comforting than Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Slather it on to fingers and toes every time a BBC News Alert comes on and, I promise, you’ll feel ZERO stress.
As the Dalia Lama would probably say: If your cuticles are in good nick – life is sweet.
Need some? Click HERE
Gymshark Harem Pants – £40
These area the same yoga pants I was banging on about here in 6 Looks For Lockdown (no, I am not on commission). These are comfy beyond belief and have enough bagginess and lycra to allow you to pile on some Lockdown Weight without anyone noticing. Clever eh!
Duck egg blue cheers me up and makes want to do yoga instead of eating cake.
Gotta get a pair? Click HERE
Asics Gel-Nimbus Trainers – £112
I’ve been buying Gel-Nimbus Trainers for years, in fact I’ve had Gel-Nimbus Trainers since I used to run.
Yes, like 10ks.
Now, I just use them to bounce around the joint.
My old ones developed holes, so I passed some Lockdown time Googling for replacements. These had £50 off because they are an older style… who knew black trainers were soooo 2017.
I love the pink sole, to me they are the trainer equivalent of a pair of Louboutins.
Want a pair? Click HERE
Chablis from Aldi – 6 bottles for £47.94, including delivery
Need some NOW? Click HERE
So, there you have it. Not necessarily Must-Haves but definitely Love-Havings.
Must dash, that’s Dave, a-ding-donging again.
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I almost choked on the botty line haha! I’ve invested in more comfy leggings. The candle sounds lush.
Thanks Rachael. I LOVE that candle. Sniff it constantly! Hope all good with u and urs. X