Happy 28th Birthday to ME with 28 Questions in Collaboration with Christie's Lifestyle

Today I turn 28 to state the obvious, and I am doing something a little different for this years post. I have collaborated with my longest, best friend and fellow blogger Christie from Christie's Lifestyle

Instead of just answering some basic questions about myself, Christie has chosen them all and has also replied to all of my answers to decide whether she thinks I have answered truthfully or not. We hope you enjoy learning a little bit about Romanovs Views and our longterm friendship. 

  1. Name an inside joke that we share with each other.
Romanovs Views: Flip Flops are a very nutritional breakfast 😝
Christie: It’s true, they are!! Haha love this.

  1. What would you rather have in life – love or money?
Romanovs Views: Love, I have my own money at the end of the day.
Christie: I thought you would say this, and I hope love is something that comes your way!

  1. Name one bad habit that you have.
Romanovs Views: Just one? Uhm, speaking before I think… I would like to say that I have gotten better with age and time though?
Christie: Yes you’ve definitely got better at this over the years. Although it has made many entertaining cinema trips with you speaking to people who are on their phones or chatting haha. I think your patience is much better these days haha!

  1. If you could have dinner with any famous person – who would it be?
Romanovs Views: Stuart the Minion, because he is the bestest ever!!!!
Christie: I thought you were going to say me, but I shall accept this answer 😝

  1. What was the last thing that made you cry?
Romanovs Views: All this weight loss. I was trying on my mums bridesmaid dress and even though I had it fitted a week earlier it was loose. I knew that it was going to be even worse the week later when I actually had to wear it, and it wasn’t the fact that it didn’t fit right that made me cry. It was the feeling of being completely alone and lost. I had been dealing with a lot of pain and weight loss alone for a long time and just been putting on a brave face not letting anyone know what I was going through. So when my Nan called me and I was standing in that dress it just broke me.. I spent the day crying.
Christie: That’s really not nice to hear and I want nothing more than for you to find out what’s going on and get better!

  1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life – what would it be?
Romanovs Views: I am not sure, honestly. I guess, if it was only one thing then it would have to be my Nan’s Sheppard’s Pie.
Christie: I feel like I need to try this out to verify the answer haha...

  1. What is your favourite song?
Romanovs Views: This changes so often for me, I am always listening to the latest Country Music. Right now it has to be Lay Low by Josh Turner.
Christie: I’ll be honest I have never heard this song but will check it out!

  1. Think of your first high school crush… would you want to go there now?
Romanovs Views:  God no!!! If you remember rightly I already did ha ha. So NO!!!!
Christie: Hahaha…. Yeah lets not mention names but LOL!! I remember now hahah!!

  1. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
Romanovs Views:  Hmm…. I think it is my Mac Book pro… Or Harley if you tally up all the vet bills from all the accidents she keeps having! No sorry, technically my Car.
Christie: Haha bless Harley, worth the money I am sure! Are you sure its not Too Faced products? 😜

  1. What is one thing you’d love to achieve in the next 5 years?
Romanovs Views: My Chartership, if I can ever get my butt into gear!!!
Christie: You can do it girl! I have faith in you 😝 !!!

  1. Have you ever won anything? Big or small?
Romanovs Views: Yes. A voucher for some glasses at Dipple & Conway, a bunch of Know Cosmetics and My Tiny Box from My Little Box.
Christie: Oh yes, and thank you for winning some Know Cosmetics for me as well, loved those!

  1. You go for a night out clubbing – what are you drinking?
Romanovs Views: Usually water or coke.
Christie: This is true! You don’t need alcohol to shear the sheep or go fishing on the dancefloor!

  1. What is your signature dance move?
Romanovs Views: Was the slut drop ha ha… but now is our random backwards arm shimmy thing.
Christie: Haha yes, and as said in the first question we do like a good old fishing sesh!

  1. Do you believe in ghosts?
Romanovs Views: Obviously, I have seen one or two. Does Shannon peeking through the window at us watching Fourth Kind count? Actually there was that weird shape in the road on the drive home from one of the Paranormal films!
Christie: OMG that was the scariest moment of my life!!! Thought she was an owl!!! Hilarious!!!

  1. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Romanovs Views: Despicable Me 3!!!
Christie: This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest 😋 !

  1. Describe your ideal date.
Romanovs Views: A dog walk.. I’m fairly simple really. Plus I don’t really want to go through all the hassle of a restaurant and food straight away!!!
Christie: Yes this sounds very ‘you’! Would be ideal!

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Romanovs Views: Nope. Unless it is for your pet or child.
Christie: I agree on the pet front! Although I didn’t like biscuit when we got him, I do love him now lol.

  1. Do you miss any particular foods/drinks since becoming a coeliac?
Romanovs Views: KFC!!!!!! Chinese!!! Owh and Pringles…
Christie: Yeah I think I would miss those foods too…!!! MATE have you had Chipz from tesco? Gluten free pringles! Think they taste alright if you ask me! Just a shame they only do 2 flavours.

  1. What season do you like the most?
Romanovs Views: Summer obviously.. I am a heat addict.
Christie: Yep this is true, and you tan nicely as well rather than burn/peel like me.

  1. Jeans or Joggies?
Romanovs Views: Jeans, I am not really one for Joggers am I.
Christie: No, to be honest I cannot picture you in a pair of Joggy Bizzles. Pyjamas maybe but not trackies haha…

  1. Top 3 things about having a dog.
Romanovs Views: No matter how bad your day is, when you come home, they are always so happy to see you. Even if you have just been gone for a few minutes; the complete loyalty and trust, there is nothing else like it. Lastly the laughter, you always end up laughing at the things they do even when they are being naughty. You try to be mad but they have this way of just making you smile.
Christie: Aww that’s really lovely! And you make a great dog owner too so its good to hear you get some much back from it.

  1. What is your most important memory?
Romanovs Views: I am not entirely too sure, I have blocked out a lot of my childhood. I always remember one funny memory when I used to stay round my grandparents. I had a Furby at the time and it was time for bed, it would not be quiet. So my Grandad shouted at it “Shut Up”, and from then on whenever it heard my Granddad speak it would say “Shut Up”. It was so funny and made him get so annoyed.  
Christie: Haha this is brilliant!! Love this story!!

  1. What is something you dislike in a person that drives you mad?
Romanovs Views: Hypocrites. To say you dislike something or that you won’t ever do something because it is against your beliefs or whatever and then to do it a few days later… AGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Christie: That is rather annoying I agree!!!!!

  1. How many sugars do you like in your tea?
Romanovs Views: What now or when I was younger? Now I have between 2-3.
Christie: I will never forget the day we went to the café in Costessey and you asked for 9 sugars. I don’t think the woman believed you behind the till!! Glad to hear you have cut down quite a bit there haha…

  1. What is your favourite type of flower?
Romanovs Views: Lillies.
Christie: I think I knew this…! Good choice!

  1. If you had to change careers, what job would you choose?
Romanovs Views: I have no idea. I love my job, maybe a teacher.
Christie: I think you’d make a good teacher.. I’d be scared of you and would do the work lol!

  1. Do you prefer fruit or vegetables?
Romanovs Views: I have never thought about this before? What do you prefer, Leeks??? I guess fruit because you don’t feel obliged to eat them.
Christie: I like them both, my body prefers fruit.. veg just does not agree if you catch my drift lmao… And yes I love a leek! Especially on the ceiling hahahha….

  1. In all of your experience as a coeliac, where has been the best restaurant to cater for your needs?
Romanovs Views: Hmm, this is a tough one.. the restaurant of Kim’s house ha ha. No I would probably have to say either Applebee’s in USA. I can’t really remember any in the UK that wow’d me, other than the Gluten Free Café.
Christie: I agree, I think America is a lot better catered for coeliacs than we are here!

I had a good giggle doing this collaboration with you Kim, and look forward to 29 questions next year 😉.
Hopefully we can do one for your 28th in June...

If you would like to wish me an extra special Birthday, please head over to the UK Blog Awards and give us a Vote. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

My Little Box November 2017 Sunday Edition

I have always been a lover of My Little Box and have stayed with them even when they have let us down with less than good service. I was pretty happy as usual when this months box came through the post, only to open it up and find a note to say that this will be the last box in the UK!

I am sure I am not alone when I say I am not happy! Especially when their reason is to focus on their Gambettes Box, I am sorry but a box of tights is not a replacement for this subscription! I will now be on the hunt for a suitable replacement.

Nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2018!!!!!!!

I cannot believe I have been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2018, it was such an unexpected surprise and I am truly honored. 

I have been writing seriously now for over 2 years, all thanks to the amazing Christie, from Christie's Lifestyle. She is one of my oldest friends and I honestly don't know where I would be without her, she showed me that you can really get yourself out there and I started to use the platform as a virtual diary of sorts. I was going through a tough time in my life where I was trying to leave an emotionally abusive partner; I had just moved out from his place and was finding my feet on my own. So this really gave me something to focus on. 

When I finally saw the light and left him for good, I started writing a post about what I had been through and finally after a long time got the courage to post it; which got some really encouraging feedback. I felt it was a great way to show awareness to others that we are not alone and that people around those, in these kind of situations don’t find it just as easy to walk away as you might think.

I am also a Coeliac, having been diagnosed since I was 21 I thought I was fairly well adjusted, however we all have bad days or months. I am currently undergoing some major tests due to major weight loss, sever pain and so on. This is a great chance for me to vent my frustration over my illness/ disease and share my journey with others in the same boat. I know that there aren’t that many of us out there, especially of the young variety.

I do love my beauty products too and focus a lot on that, but have recently been trying to make sure that whatever I use is Gluten Free! Let me tell you it is not easy! I am a major beauty addict, but aren’t the majority of girls.

My blog means the world to me and I have spent the last few years focusing a lot of time and energy to grow all aspects of it, especially my Instagram feed and my Flat lay game!

I hope you like my focus to share my thoughts, frustrations and journey with you all. I do always try to write things as I would say them, which is not always very diplomatically correct but that makes it funny in my eyes. 

So please follow this link and vote for me, I might not be a big time blogger but every little helps :) 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

I Got More From the Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection!

After trying out the setting powder and eye shadows from the Peaches & Cream collection I had to get more from the range. I have to say I am absolutely hooked and need more!!! 

I had heard that the Peach Perfect Foundation was a dupe for the Estee Lauder Double wear, but was obviously skeptical. Let me tell you there is no need to be! It is amazing, The formula is easier to work with, stays in place all day long, for over 14 hours! Plus you get 48ml in the tube, a pump cap and the packaging is just to die for as with all Too Faced products. The scent is very subtle, which I found to be pretty refreshing for the whole range, the only down side is the colour selection.

Too Faced Gingerbread Man Matte Limited Edition

I am a total Too Faced addict and when they release limited edition Melted Matte Lippies I just HAVE to get them! They are my go to lipsticks and they are completely gluten free!!! 

Give a Gingerbread Man kiss this Christmas! 

Last year they launched the limited edition Candy Cane, which was a very bright, highly pigmented fuchsia. That had a gorgeous scent of mint mocha, that was so strong when you licked your lips you got a taste of peppermint.

The Hard Parts of being a Coeliac No One tells you about!

Having been diagnosed for almost 7 years now I would like to say I am fairly well adjusted, but there are always new challenges and things that happen that really make you want to scream at the top of your lungs!

Everyone tells you it will get better and it does believe me, you get a handle on the diet, the cross contamination and all the basic rules. BUT no one tells you about all the unknowns and the obstacles people put in your way that make it that much more difficult to be safe. That is such a funny way to put it isn't it, to avoid being 'Glutened', is it safe or stay safe.

I have not been doing to well recently, losing a lot of weight, feeling lethargic and generally feeling like I have been 'Glutened' most of the time. For which the Hospital are giving me another endoscopy, what fun hey. Anyway this has lead me to think about other things such as make-up, which to be honest I have never really thought was an issue before.

I love to wear lipstick and never really thought about it but when you eat, some of the lipstick does come off onto your food and therefore you are digesting that. So it is actually important for it to be Gluten Free. Thankfully though I did find out that Too Faced Melted Matte Lipsticks are formulated without gluten, woopie!!!

Don't worry I am getting to my point here. I have found that when discussing this subject with people they have often mocked me or just simply dismissed me as a complete idiot. Like whatever are you on about, Gluten Free lipstick?!?!?!  This is just one example of dismissal I have received over the years, I have a serious auto-immune disease that actually requires me to take ridiculous precautions such as this!

You find that many people are very ignorant to our disease, it can be ever so frustrating. I still get it now where people automatically say 'owh so like an allergy to wheat'. You just want to pull your hair out and scream NO!!!!! When half the time it is just easier to reply yes.

Earlier this year I did have a little meltdown before I went away for my Mum's hen weekend away in Valencia. I had not been away abroad since being diagnosed, so it was a pretty daunting experience for me. I have been away to America, but they are so much better equipped than us, so I don't even count that as 'abroad'. When we got out there and I was armed with my translation cards, I felt much better. We found a few restaurants and even Macdonalds was way better than the UK!

The thing that struck me was the fact that I didn't find I had much support or understanding about what I was going through. I knew we weren't going to a 3rd world country, but it was still an extremely scary thing for me to be doing.

A great issue I have yet to find an easy get around for is a shared office kitchen! I know this is not something the great majority of the population thinks about and a lot of people moan about the state of their office kitchen, but for us coeliacs it is a much bigger concern. Crumbs all over the side spreading everywhere, food splattered in every orifice of the microwave and the dreaded CAKE DAYS!!!

You have to think about every little thing, and quickly become the office Nazi, mostly due to ignorance of our disease. It's not like I am being overly OCD or anal just because I feel like being a twat, I genuinely have to be overly cautious. Cleaning the side before I use it every time, re-cleaning clean cutlery. I won't even use the tea towel provided, just because I don't know what it has been used for, so use the paper towels.

I even panic on cake days, even if someone has been kind enough o think of me, when everyone dives into the cakes it goes everywhere and there is no guarantee that my specially bought stuff is now not contaminated. Then you worry about explaining that, because you just get dumbfounded looks like you're being overly dramatic.

Somedays you do just really hate being a Coeliac and let me tell you it is okay to say that. You are not the only one, trust me on that!

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo