Monday, 31 August 2015

FitBit Flex

So payday came around and I knew that a FitBit was going to be on the top of my list! At the moment, I'm very lucky to have no bills to pay and my car is incredibly cheap to run so I'm having a couple of months of buying whatever I want before the saving begins. FitBits cost £79.99 from their website, but I was savvy. You can buy them from boots, and as bloggers we all know what this means. 316 advantage card points in one hit. I certainly wasn't complaining! You can order to your nearest store too saving on postage and packaging...


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Friday, 28 August 2015

Velvet Magazine Fashion Show

I am sooo excited! On Thursday 10th of September, I am off to the Velvet Magazine fashion show to see some amazing looks created by the team at Velvet inspired by an "Enchanted Forest" theme. It's going to be so magical, especially as the venue (Granary Barns) is stunning, and will be perfect for the chosen theme.


The thing I really love about this fashion show is that it will be featuring alot of local based boutiques and shops, which to me just means that all the clothes will be a lot more accessible! There are also going to be pop up shops on the day there, and I think it will be around my payday which is so pleasing to me! I'm excited to see what the different local shops have on sale at the moment. It's a great idea doing this because it means that everything will all be in one place.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Film Review | Man From U.N.C.L.E

Man from U.N.C.L.E is definitely not the type of film I'd be desperate to see usually. It certainly comes under action films, and I'd typically prefer to watch a comedy or a romance style film. However, due to our new cineworld unlimited cards, I'll be giving a wider range of films a try, and this was one of Dan's picks.

I'm so glad I went. I wasn't excited about going at all, but by the end of the time I was so happy I had gone to see it. The film was set in the 60's in Berlin primarily, although there was quite a good chunk of it in Rome. Obviously then, half of Berlin was Russian and the other half American. I'm not going to say too much, but two spies hate each other, and end up having to work together instead of against each other.
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Lust List #5 Disney Edition

It was high time that I started looking for some new disney bits and bobs to add to our collection. There are so many great things I want on the website at the moment - I only wish that I had a Disney store closer to me, like I used to. Where on earth have they all gone recently? I swear lots of them have been removed from where they used to be, and my boyfriend agrees. Shopping there was never as special as it actually is in the parks but it certainly does the trick for now!!!


Clockwise from left to right

What Disney products have you been lusting over recently?


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Friday, 21 August 2015

Blog Plans

Every now and then, I have a strong urge to concentrate more on my blog, and now is one of those times. I want to refresh my design, improve my photography and vary my content a little bit more, which I think I have slowly been doing more of in the most recent times.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Why I love the Spa

My lovely parents treated me to a spa day a couple of weeks ago. It was really well needed, and I had such a great day relaxing with my mum. I absolutely adore the spa - there is nothing better than getting away for the day and having some real quality time focused on just relaxing and making the most of being that relaxed.

The first reason why I love the spa is because of how relaxed I feel. It just takes away all my stress, and I am free to properly relax. I sit by the pool with my book, and magazine in a big fluffy robe. I always feel so comfy and safe in that robe, as silly as it sounds! The sauna and steam room make you feel so relaxed too. I always feel so much better after a quick sauna and steam. Despite having one at my local gym, it always feels better when you are in a spa setting!

After having treatments, I just generally feel cleaner and better about myself. My shoulders no longer feel knotted up from tension, my face is sooo smooth and my feet look summer ready after my pedi. I love being pampered and it really does boost your confidence after being treated like a princess all day. Plus, I can be soooo poor at looking after my skin, and it acts as a reminder to remember to do properly make my skin cleaner. Especially after working at a desk for long hours my back felt amazing after my last massage - I felt so free.

Being at the spa always gives me a lot of freedom in my thoughts. I literally think about everything, from what I want for dinner, to where I want to be in five years. I had some great ideas for my blog whilst lying having a back massage, and I feel a lot more content with my thoughts after having some real quality time to think.

Spa days are the perfect treat, and I love finding a really good deal on them. Its so satisfying! I cannot wait for my next spa day already. I always feel so rejuvenated afterwards...

Do you like Spa days? 
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Instagram | July

I really enjoyed writing a post rounding up what I had posted on instagram for June, and have decided to make it more of a regular thing. It's lovely to be able to look back over the month and see what you had been up to, and then document it for the future! July was a busy but good month for me. I got back from holiday, and then both Dan and I managed to get ourselves jobs too. We went to five guys to celebrate Dan's job, and it was amazing! Me, my mum and my sister also helped our Dad run a BBQ at his church, and we persevered even though it was pouring down with rain...


Boat Trip | Sunset | Cocktails in Kefalonia | Walks at Home | Rainy BBQ | Five Guys

What did you get up to in July?

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Lush's New Rose Jam

Thank goodness for Lush in Liverpool Street Station. I'm an early bird, and always have been, so when I travelled to London to see the uni girls, I had a bit of time to spare. After getting off my train, I charged through the crowds of people with a mission. That mission was Lush. I knew that they were going to be changing things around a little, so when I spied to the new Rose Jam bath bomb, I knew I had to have it. I never actually tried the previous one, although I have had the shower gel, and it smelt amazing.


The bath bomb is bright pink, and covered in glitter. A very helpful assistant told me that the glitter is made from seaweed on the pink one, and rock glitter on the green one. Both of these new glitters are really natural, meaning they are good for you and also that they won't block your train after your bath! It's always nice to know...


Rose Jam smells deliciously sweet, and is perfect for a relaxing evening bath. The smell isn't too overpowering, more of a subtly sweet one which is just divine. I usually use half a bath bomb at a time to make them last longer, but this time I used a whole one because I'm a working girl now! It was gorgeous. My bath was bright pink, it smelt incredible, and the actual formula of it made my skin feel so smooth and well moisturized, which I loved.

I would definitely rebuy this bath bomb! I loved how it was called a bubbleroon too because it was shaped so similarly to a macaroon!

Have you tried the new rose jam? What did you think?




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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Career | Tips for your First Graduate Job

You may or may not have seen this post in which I announced that I had my first ever graduate job. Whether you did or you didn't, having worked for just over three weeks now, I thought I'd put together some top tips for those of you who may be embarking on your first graduate job! I'm quite obviously not an expert on this matter, but sharing what I have learnt could end up helping at least one person which would be very worth it!


One / Go to bed at a reasonable time - if you are staying up late, and getting up early...not only will it be tough for you to wake up, but your performance won't be a good. It's important to impress in your job, especially early on, so ensuring you are alert and ready means you will have a better chance of doing thing.

Two / Prepare your dinner the night before - it saves you so much time in the mornings, and means you are more likely to be able to make a healthy and delicious meal instead of just grabbing the nearest thing when you wake up.

Three / Make time for you in the mornings - I feel so much better, and ready for the day if I've had just 15 minutes with my cuppa tea catching up on some blogs. I love reading them, and it makes the morning feel a lot less like a chore when I can spend a bit of time reading some great things rather than rushing around like a headless chicken.

Four / Comfort is crucial. For the first two weeks of my job, my uniform hadn't arrived. I had to make sure my clothes were casual to fit in with my offices' dress code, but appropriate and above all comfortable. I spend my days either sitting at a desk, or walking around a massive factory so it is important that I feel comfortable. My uniform is very casual and comfortable too which I am so grateful for!

Five / I seem to be plugging a lot of my other posts in this one, but I promise there's a reason for it. I have found that having productive weekends has really helped me to settle into working life! Finding that balance for yourself will really help too.You may decide that completely vegging out all weekend works better for you.

Six / Maintain a Social Life. One of the things I have found really good is making sure you see your friends. Its been really nice having to have something to look forward to during the week - knowing you have that Indian to look forward to, or seeing the film you've wanted to see for later!

Seven / Enjoy it. You have just managed to bag yourself a job. Find the things you love about it, and put your all into it.

Have you recently started your first graduate job? What tips would you give? 
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Monday, 10 August 2015

The Sleeveless Jacket

I've been after a sleeveless jacket for a while now, but have never really found one that fully grabbed me until now. I was just browsing in New Look when I stumbled across one in my size in the sale for only £12. I obviously had to grab it. I love the sleeveless jacket look - it instantly dresses up any outfit; I could wear it with plain black jeans and a black cami with black pumps and a nice statement necklace and feel super dressy and super comfortable! I love it, and I absolutely loved the price tag too...



What do you think of sleeveless jackets? Do you like the trend?
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Friday, 7 August 2015

90's Kids

Blogger chats are always a huge source of inspiration for me. I have written a couple of posts after chats, and after a fantastic #bdib chat, I knew I would be writing up a post about the things that I remember from my childhood. I had a GREAT childhood, I was very lucky. This post has been so much fun to write remembering all the fun things that used to happen when I was younger.


The Toys and Games

If you are a 90's kid and can't remember at least one of these toys and games, if not all of them, then shame on you. Betty Spaghetti, Funky Friends and Groovy Chick. I still miss my groovy chick cover and funky friends pencil case, and only ever have fond memories of the good old betty spaghetti! I absolutely LOVED the sims. I was addicted, I'd play for hours and hours on end creating my own people and houses and everything. I went through sims 1, 2 and 3 and I'm really wishing for Sims 4 soon. I do get a bit bored of it now, but the memories attached to it are just too good. I remember teaching my godmother to play it when I was about 7 or 8 and she went home and brought it! I was so proud of myself for sharing the greatness that is the sims.

Harry Potter

So so very cliche, but what 90's kid doesn't get excited about Harry Potter? I still feel so warm and tingly when I think about it. I grew up reading the books in my grandparents garden during the summer, and they just make me soo happy. I'm so sad it's over now...

TV programmes

Obviously it all started with the teletubbies, and progressed onto the brilliance that is the Queen's Nose, Ghost Hunters, Tracey Beaker and Jungle Run. Raven was good, as was Mona the Vampire and Arthur. Why don't kids these days have as much choice? Our TV was so much better!

Food and Drink

Panda Pops at the school disco were a must. Sweeties from the cash and carry at school fetes, and how could I even forget school turkey twizzlers! Mr freeze ice lollies at sports day, slush puppies and candy floss. Obviously I did eat healthier than this when I was a child, these were just the special and exciting treat foods...

Hair Braids

It may seem a little odd to have a whole section dedicated to hair braids, but I just loved them. When we were younger, me and my sister used to have them done whenever we went on holiday. I usually opted for purple and orange! Whenever you had a hair braid, you knew it was the summer holidays and it was just such an exciting feeling! The worst bit was when you had to cut it off before going back to school in September, it was such a come down and a real reminder that you're summer was well and truly over and done with.


School Trips

How good was a school trip!? Not only did you get out of lessons for the day, but you'd usually have a nice lunch and the chance to have a bit of your own pocket money to spend too! The activities were always good fun as well. Some of the best school trips I ever went on were to Walton on the Naze, Colchester Castle and the Globe Theatre. The whole atmosphere of going off on a trip was so much fun!

Fashion

Some of the fashion choices were definitely questionable. There's a great picture of me in a bright orange t-shirt and yellow and orange patterned cycling shorts - really mum!? However, stripey socks were theeee coolest thing, and whenever I think about a certain red dress with such pretty beading around the neck it actually makes me sad I'll never wear it again, let alone see it! It was such a great dress. I'm pleased that some trends are coming back in a again though - I love my new denim skirt!

Cinema

Weirdly, one of my biggest memories from when I was younger was the cinema trips. I remember going to see the Prince of Egypt with my dad for the first time ever and feeling so cool. Another one I remember SO clearly was going to see was "Fairytale" and I really have no idea why!

Majorca

Our family used to holiday in Majorca alot so it will always be special. I remember the excitement we all felt when we knew it was time to go away again! I love that island, I haven't been there since I was 15, I really need to go again soon!

Family

Although my mum's side of the family is huge, and my dad's is pretty small, family was always such a big part of my childhood. I feel very grateful to be so close to all of my grandparents and to have grown up with them so involved in our childhoods. They were, and are still, always such fun! Obviously, my parents and sister were fantastic too - luckily we have always been close too.


The 90's were a great time to grow up. I feel sorry for the children of today, who in 20 years time will be writing a post about the apps that they used when they were 3 instead of the great things us 90's babies have to remember. This post has been so fun to look back on and think about all of the childhood things. As I write this, even more is coming to my mind like the aliens that used to have "babies" but I'm going to have to stop otherwise there is a small chance that you will be reading this post until Christmas (and Yes mum I will go through the Argos catalogue writing the product code down for Father Christmas!).

Are you a 90's baby? What are your greatest memories of the greatest ever decade to be born in (obviously!)?
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Footloose and Fancy #2

I absolutely ADORE shoes. When pay day rolled around last week, all I could think about what investing in some new shoes with my well-earnt money. I have to wear really comfortable trainers for work, so this time I was looking for something different. Brantano shoes have caught my eye recently. They are reasonably priced, and some of their pieces are surprisingly fashionable - I wouldn't have usually thought of this brand but I'm so pleased I now know. Once I started looking, I couldn't stop...I had to really narrow this post down..

Clockwise from Top Left

What do you think of my picks? Which are your favourites?



*PR Collaboration

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Monday, 3 August 2015

TV | Married at First Sight

Would you marry someone you'd never met in your life? There's recently been a programme on channel 4 in which two couples that have never met have been married on national telly! I think it's fascinating, and I admire the people who have taken part. I personally would never do it, but then again I'm speaking from a position of being in a happy relationship. So perhaps I am bias.

I can actually see what the programme is getting at. If you had a say in someone you'd end up marrying, you'd probably list that you'd want them to have similar ideas to you and that you'd like them to have a lifestyle closely suited to yours. Marriage might be a bit extreme, it's very full on, but the logic is there. Science can help you find someone who has similar interests in you, and lifestyles as well. Genes and DNA might be important as well, which obviously can be found easily through science.

It's such an intriguing programme. It's something very different, and it's probably caused a lot of uproar as well as curiosity. I do understand that too, but the main thing is is that the people who were actually involved in it felt comfortable. Watching the weddings was hilarious, awkward at times and heart warming. One couple really connected on camera. The other couple didn't gel as easily on camera, but I do feel that they would work - I could totally see why they had been placed together! I definitely think all of the people involved were incredibly brave!

The final episode was a real game changer! I was so excited for it. I was so shocked by what happened, but ended up happy for the couple that stayed together, and sad for the poor lady who was left by herself because the man was found on TINDER...appalling.

I really loved watching Married at First Sight, and can't wait for the next series! It's such a different, and shocking concept, but I really enjoyed it.

Have you been watching Married at First Sight? Would you ever marry a stranger?


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