Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Guide To Lush's Christmas Collection 2017 - Shower Selection! ❅

Following on from my post on the Lush's Christmas Bath Bombs is the Shower Selection. Lush have brought out so many different options this year so there really is a shower gel for everyone. They have also bought our their shower gels and body conditioners 'naked' meaning less packaging, and a whole new type of product to try this year.

This year, many well-loved favourites have returned along with some newbies. There's also some limited edition Fun, and two new shower jellies! 

1. Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel, £8.25
The Snow Fairy shower Gel without the bottle, this naked gel will lather and lather. This sweet and sparkly shower gel is loved by many. Creamy, softening and sweet this shower gel really is a fairytale. 
This uplifting shower gel is perfect for a fresh start. It has vine leaf infusion to soothe and condition whilst the fresh grape juice brightens and cleanses. Naked shower gels are double the concentrate of liquid gels and so will lather for longer.

This sweet tonka, ylang ylang, Benzoin and lavender shower gel is perfect for getting you relaxed and ready for bed. This shower gel is perfect if you struggling with getting to sleep as it is really calming. These shower gels are nothing like soap at all, and simply are a shower gel without the bottle, meaning they much more moisturising than a solid soap.

Sweet and spicy this 'naked' shower cream is fantastic at revitalising your skin. The cinnamon infusion is warming whilst the cocoa butter is great for moisturising and the coffee energising. This one smells like cola. Due to the 'naked' formula no product will be wasted at the bottom of the bottle.

The 'naked' version of rose jam. Turkish rose and argan oil gives this shower gel a soft floral fragrance whilst sicilian lemon oil and fresh goji berry is refreshing.

6. Berry Berry Christmas Naked Shower Gel, £11.75
With cranberry infusion and blueberry this 'naked' shower gel will leave you feeling refreshed,whilst the sweet orange will uplift you. The lustre adds a festive touch.

7. Snow Fairy Shower Gel, £4.25
Who hasn't heard of Snow Fairy?! This sweet and sparkly shower gel is loved by many. Creamy, softening and sweet this shower gel really is a fairytale.

8. Bubbly Shower Gel, £4.95
This uplifting shower gel is perfect for a fresh start. It has vine leaf infusion to soothe and condition whilst the fresh grape juice brightens and cleanses.

9. Twilight Shower Gel, £4.95
This sweet tonka, ylang ylang, Benzoin and lavender shower gel is perfect for getting you relaxed and ready for bed. This shower gel is perfect if you struggling with getting to sleep as it is really calming.

10. Santa's Christmas Shower Cream, £5.50
Sweet and spicy this shower cream is fantastic at revitalising your skin. The cinnamon infusion is warming whilst the cocoa butter is great for moisturising and the coffee energising. This one smells like cola. 

11. Rose Jam Shower Gel, £5.50
Turkish rose and argan oil gives this shower gel a soft floral fragrance whilst sicilian lemon oil and fresh goji berry is refreshing.

12. Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel, £5.95
With cranberry infusion and blueberry this shower gel will leave you feeling refreshed,whilst the sweet orange will uplift you. The lustre adds a festive touch.

13. Snowman Shower Jelly, £4.50
This adorable little snowman is fruity and fresh. Buchu, bergamot and Sicilian lemon oils are sweet and refreshing whilst the carrageenan seaweed is moisturising.

14. Santa's Belly Shower Jelly, £4.75
Sweet and fruity with bergamot oil, rose absolute and uplifting neroli this shower jelly has a crisp apple scent. It also has tons of little stars and glitter running through it.

15. Snow Fairy Fun, £6.25
This Fun has the well-loved snow fairy scent. Fun is great because there are so many options.You can crumble under running water, lather up for a sweet body wash or create whatever your heart desires.

16. Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie, £6.95
This creamy fresh minty shower smoothie has cocoa butter, soya milk and almond oil which leaves your skin soft. Whilst the cedarwood and cyrus is relaxing and toning.

17. Butterbear Wash Card, £2.00
This wash card has the comforting scent of ylang ylang and musk. Wet this wash card and rub between your hands to create sweet lathers, which will leave you feeling refreshed.

18. Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner, £8.25
  This 'naked' body conditioner has the snow fairy scent and is soft and buttery leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Simply apply and rinse off before leaving shower.

With peppermint and menthol this creamy body conditioner leaves your skin tingling and fresh. The invigorating spearmint and grapefruit give both a citrus and mint burst.

20. Bucks Fizz Naked Body Conditioner, £8.75
In a similiar scent to bubbly this 'naked' body conditioner will give you a morning boost. Fresh grapefruit, brazillian orange oil, kalahari melon oils and cognac oil are refreshing and festive.

21. Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion, £7.95
This  naked body lotion has apple oil, lemon oil and grapefruit oil infused leaving it fruity and fresh. It'll leave your skin feeling soothed and super soft.

22. Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, £8.50
In the sweet Snow Fairy scent this body conditioner is soft and buttery leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Simply apply and rinse off before leaving shower.

23. Christingle Body Conditioner, £9.95
With peppermint and menthol this creamy body conditioner leaves your skin tingling and fresh. The invigorating spearmint and grapefruit give both a citrus and mint burst.

24. Bucks Fizz Body Conditioner, £8.95
In a similiar scent to bubbly this body conditioner will give you a morning boost. Fresh grapefruit, brazillian orange oil, kalahari melon oils and cognac oil are refreshing and festive.

25. Once Upon A Time Body Lotion, £7.95
This lotion has apple oil, lemon oil and grapefruit oil infused leaving it fruity and fresh. It'll leave your skin feeling soothed and super soft.

Prices per 100g where applicable.

I hope this was helpful,and made it easier for you to decide which of shower products is for you. Look out for my final post about everything else Lush has brought this festive season. From soaps and scrubs to bath oils, there are so many new products to be excited about.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

A Guide To Lush's Christmas Collection 2017 - Bath Bombs! ❅

Lush have really stepped it up with their Christmas Collection this year; from bubble bars to shower jellies the selection is endless. As there are so many new products it can be hard to know where to start. To make it easier I've put together 3 blog posts; one for bath bombs, one for shower gels and one for everything else. So whatever you are looking for you'll be able to find the product perfect for you!

Here are the bath bombs, bubbleroons, bath melts and bubble bars that Lush has brought out this year; from sweet scents to spicy there is one for everyone!

Crumble this beautiful purple bubble bar under running water for hundreds of bubbles that smell of juicy plum and Sicilian mandarin. This one is great if you love the scent on Plum Rain.

This honey, Brazilian orange and bergamot scented bath bomb leaves your bath beautifully sparkling with gold glitter. If you love Honey I Washed The Kids you'll love this one!

An oldie but goodie! This vibrant bath bomb has the calming scent of lavender and warm tonka. Perfect to help you relax. This bath bomb is great if you like the twilight scent.

This cute Christmas sweater bath bomb is hot and spicy. This slow fizzing bath bomb is perfect for relaxing tired muscles after a long day Christmas shopping. 

This bath bomb creates a beautiful blue bath with the soft scent of peppermint and cocoa absolute. Since the scent is mild this bath bomb is perfect for just about anyone.

The fresh scent of lime and wild orange means this bath bomb will lift your spirits whilst also leaving your skin silky soft. It also creates a beautiful mixture of oranges and pinks as it fizzes.

As you crumble this bubble bar under running water it gold lustre leaves the bath sparkling. The sweet lime and neroli oils scent is uplifting whilst the cocoa butter is moisturising.

Ylang Ylang oil and Jasmine absolute create a indulgent scented bubble bar which turns the water a beautiful blue with hundreds of  bubbles. 

Sweet and fresh this bath bomb offers an uplifting mix of citrus oils; the grapefruit oil is energising, whilst the lime oil is protecting and the sicilian lemon oil is cleansing. This sweet scent is quite strong and so may not be for everyone. 

A calming bubble bar with lavender, vanilla and tonka absolute you'll be relaxed in no time. The lavender is calming whilst the vanilla is sweet and comforting; perfect after a long day!

This bright bubble bar has a citrus scent which is refreshing and uplifting; with lemon myrtle oil and lime essentials oils. Popping candy gives your bath a 'bang'.

This sweet and comforting bath bomb infuses your bath with a warm vanilla scent whilst softening your skin with cocoa butter; which is great for dry or sensitive skin.

How cute is this snowman bubbleroon?! The mix of sicilian lemon oil and lemon myrtle oils are refreshing and will lift your mood. Whilst the Cocoa and Shea butter will keep your skin moisturised during the cold winter.

14. Snow Angel Bath Melt, £4.50
This beautiful bath melt fills your bath with a white foam followed by golden glitter. With cocoa butter it moisturies your skin, and benzoin it eases aching muscles.  

This shimmery silver bath melt, will leave your bath with beautiful pink, blue and lilac waters. The Chinese ginger and lime oils are refreshing whilst the Murumuru butter moisurises. If you're not a glitter addict this one may not be for you!

This sweet orange and lime oil bath bomb offers both a sweet and warming scent. Cognac oil and sparkly lustre bring beautiful golden wonder to your bath. 

One of the many products with the Snow Fairy scent, this jelly bomb is both a bath bomb and a shower gel (this one may not be for everyone as it is slightly out there!).

Swirl this wand in your bath and you will be graced with beautiful pink water and sweet bubbles. This bubble bar can be used up to 10 times making it a bargain at only £5.95!

Cinnamon leaf and cloves are warming, stimulate the skin and boost circulation; the almond oil is sweet and softening. This spicy and sweet bubble bar truly smells of Christmas. 

This giant version of golden wonder, this bath bomb is big! This giant bath can take up to 10 minutes to dissolve. Definitely one for bath bomb lovers (with a lot of time on their hands!).

This  beautiful pink and white bubble bar leaves your bath smelling of sweet vanilla and leaves your skin incredibly soft. A small piece of this bar creates a ton of bubbles!

I hope you find this helpful and it makes shopping at Lush this festive season a little less overwhelming! Look out for my posts on Lush's other Christmas products if you're intrigued by what else they have to offer.

Friday, 1 December 2017

10 Stocking Stuffers under £10 ❅

Struggling to decide what to get a Secret Santa? Or simply have a small budget this festive season. It can be really difficult to figure out what to buy the people in your life. 

My favourite places to shop for Christmas gifts are: Matalan and Boots. Both offer cashback and have a wide selection of gifts to choose from. So whoever you are shopping for they'll be something for you. They also both offer Click and Collect with no minimum spend, which is great if you don't want to pay delivery.

If you need some ideas here are 10 stocking stuffers that all cost less than £10! 

There you are! 10 Christmas stocking stuffer ideas. 

 If you’re looking for even more Christmas gift ideas, follow my Christmas gift ideas board on PinterestDon’t forget to pin this post!

For more Christmas gift ideas look out for my blog posts in the coming week with all of my favorite gift ideas for men and everyone on your shopping list.

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Prices are correct at time of posting.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Autumn Fashion Inspiration 2017

I can't believe it's already Autumn, and time for another fashion inspiration post. Since my Spring post I've been loving embroidery and as you can see there is still elements of that in this selection. I've really been loving Chenille sweaters this season, they come in so many colours, and are so soft and cosy that they are perfect for the colder weather ahead!

Chenille Sweater - £19.99, Pull & Bear
Monochrome Scarf - £6.00, Primark 
Holly Embroidery Winged Tote - £24.00, Boohoo
Bella Flare Sleeve Applique Lace Shirt - £22.00, Boohoo
Burgundy Embossed Mini Skirt - £19.99, New Look
Taylor Flat Thigh High Boot - £35.00, Boohoo

What are you loving this Autumn?

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Feeding 2 For £25? Meal Plan & Shopping List!

Living on a budget isn't always easy, and one of the places where you can really cut costs is your weekly food shop. My boyfriend and I eat most foods, although I do try to avoid dairy where possible due to my lactose intolerance. That being said we aim to eat a healthy diet on a budget, and only spend £25 a week on food.

When it comes to saving on your food shop; the most important step is to make sure you have a food plan and don't go shopping without a list! By doing this you ensure that you will not overspend and will only buy what you actually need. We like to scroll through Pinterest and pull out any recipes that we want to make that week, we also like to look through the freezer and cupboards to see what we have that we can use in the coming week.

This is my meal plan for the week starting Monday 18th September. When planning the meals we like to make sure we have a mix which have both meat and are vegetarian so we can have variety. It is also cheaper to introduce vegetable based meals into the food plan a few times a week. This week was quite a typical week for us as we didn't have much going on. Since some of the meals have ingredients that have come from the freezer or cupboard they will not be on the shopping list.

The total for this weeks shop was £22.81, which left us with a few pounds to pick up any reduced items we came across so that these could then be frozen for the following weeks. Also many of the things we bought this week actually make more than just portions so we are able to freeze them, and have them next week; for example the tuna pasta bake.

How do you manage your food budget?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Where do I hope to be in 5 years?

(This is where I want to get married)

Following on from my post about how I've changed in the last 5 years I thought I'd do one about where I hope to be in 5 years.

Be a stronger happier person. Right now I'm not in the best place and in 5 years I hope to be somewhere where I feel like I'm in control, and I'm happy. I'm not expecting it to be easy but I definitely want to be in a better place than where I am now.

I hope that I'm doing a job that I love. I would love to plan weddings, not super expensive luxury weddings but gorgeous weddings on a budget. I don't think you need to spend a ton of money to have a wedding that looks beautiful and luxurious. I would also love to be working for myself, that's the dream!

I hope to be married. This is something my boyfriend and I talk about a lot, in October we will have been together for 4 years. I hope in 5 years we will be married. I can't imagine a future without him, he is truly my best friend. 

I hope to be surrounded by a good group of people. Right now I'm in a place where I don't have many friends around me and it can be incredibly lonely. In five years I hope that I have made some great friends, that will play a long term role in my life. 

I hope to own a house. Renting is pretty much throwing money away and paying someone else's mortgage so I hope that either I own my own house or I'm paying rent towards my parents who own a house for me. I would love to be able to do whatever I want to a house and not need permission! Being a renter it drives me crazy that I can't just paint walls whenever I want.

So that's where I want to be, nothing crazy. I just want to be living a happier, healthier life.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

How have I changed over the last 5 years?

Five years ago I had just turned 17, I was in my first year of college. I had literally no idea what I was doing, and to be honest I still don't. I was surrounded by some really good people that sadly I'm no longer in contact with. I was very naive and my view of the world was very uninformed.

In Febuary 2013 I travelled to The Gambia. It was a really eye-opening experience and I saw the world in a new light. I got to try new foods, visit new places and spend time with people that I had never met before. Back in October 2013 my life took a turn, and I went through an experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone. It is only now that I have actually been able to come to terms with what happened and the effect that it has had on my life since.

I become extremely vigilant and scared of the world. I've struggled to trust anyone and closed myself off to the people around me. My confidence dropped and it left me feeling like I wasn't able to achieve anything that I wanted to. Even the simplest tasks became impossible.

Not long after that I started dating my current boyfriend, Luke. He through out everything has been my main supporter. I'm so grateful for him being there for me when I was unable to talk; as well as when  I was ready to. We have now been together for almost 4 years and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for us.

Now, I feel like I've learnt a hell of a lot since then and it's been a roller coaster. Only now do I feel like I am in a place where I can work towards the future. In the last few months I have started regular attending Church which is something that I have really come to enjoy and it gives me a sense of comfort. I am also hoping to start therapy to help me work towards rebuilding my confidence. I am determined to not let that horrible experience not determine who I am or my future.

The last five years have very difficult at times but also full of amazing memories. I'm excited to see what the next five years bring!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Summer Primark Haul

With the warmer weather approaching it only seemed right to get some new Summery clothes and where better than Primark? I have loved Primark since I was a young teen and they are definitely still my favourite when it comes fun seasonal fashion pieces.I went into Primark hoping to find new tops or shirts, new sandals and hopefully some new swimwear.  They didn't disappoint.

 I've noticed recently that embroidery has really been in style whether it be shirts or jeans and I think it's gorgeous. So when I came across this black and white Gingham vest-style top with pink embroidery I was in love. It's definitely the kind of top I can dress up or down. It costs £8. I also fell in love with this white flute shirt, with rose embroidery. Whilst it's not something I would normally buy I thought the design was absolutely beautiful and definitely something I could see myself wearing; for £10 it was a bargain too!

Next on my list was new swimwear. I really struggle to find swimwear that I love and that fits me well but when I saw this bikini I fell in love with the pattern. A lot of the Primark bikinis come in lots of different styles within the same pattern so you have the option to mix and match styles for your body type. After trying on multiple styles I decided on the Ruffle top with the bottoms with cut-outs.The top was £6, and the bottoms £4. I was unable to find any sandals that I liked but I did find a pair of flip flops. They are pink with gold pineapples and will be perfect for my Summer holidays. Since they only cost £2 I don't mind if they get super scratched or anything either. Lastly is accessories. I love to buy a new pair of sunglasses every year as they are so cheap and my last pair always ends up broken or scratched up. This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and instead of the normal aviators I got a pair that were actually the one on my Spring Fashion Inspiration post and more of a retro style.

I love everything I got and I hope to get so much wear out of it this Summer! Is there anything I should keep my eye out for next time I'm in Primark?

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Afternoon Tea Party - On a Budget!

Every year my boyfriend and I hold a little gathering to celebrate his Mum's Birthday. Party planning is my thing and so as you can expect I like to go all out. This year I decided to do an Afternoon tea party. Since we have recently become super frugal and all about saving money we decided to do it on a budget. I actually think it turned out a lot better than other years when had spent more money, so it definitely shows you don't need to spend a lot of money in order to throw a good party.

 Poundworld have recently brought out the prettiest summer range and it was exactly what I had in mind, I love the pink ombre and the polka dots! Super appropriate for a tea party. Really good value too, you get 24 Cups, 20 Plates 12 Bowls and 24 Napkins and 20 bunting flags. So altogether it only costs us £5 and we have lots left over! There is also straws and ice cream bowls in the same range but I own way too many straws already, and I couldn't find a use for the ice cream bowls. The tablecloth was £2 and the confetti £1, they were both from Asda.

As for the food, for sandwiches we had; egg mayo, tuna cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese and cheese and ham. We also had sausage rolls, handmade quiches, crisps, scones, mini cakes, battenbergs, and french fancies. As for the Birthday cake I decided to something a bit different and made a giant scone filled with cream and jam. Party food can be really expensive but since we wanted to keep the costs as low as possible we took advance of things we already had in the cupboard or freezer. I'm also bought food from the Smartprice range; the sausage rolls were 50 for 88p, and the crisps 192g for 59p(  (you would never know they were that cheap!) The cakes were on offer, and altogether we were able to spend under £10 on it all. We had lots of leftovers too! 

I hope this helps if you plan on throwing a party, and gives you some ideas.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Learning To Help Yourself

Whatever you are struggling with one of the biggest and most difficult steps is the realisation that you need to help yourself. By not helping yourself you will never be able to resolve or recover from whatever you are going through and you don't have the opportunity to have so much more.

Before anyone else is able to offer help you need to help yourself, let people know that you're struggling. If this sounds like you here are 5 things that can help you improve your situation.

1. Understand you need help and look for it.
Whether you are struggling with depression, debt or a legal issue there are people and charities out there that can help. Their aim is to support you in the best way possible and help you get your life back on track.

2. Talk to a close family member or friend that you trust.
It can be really difficult to tell the people around you that you're struggling but these people care the most for you and only want to love and help you, so let them! Let them support you and offer their advice if they have any to give. It will help you feel a lot less alone.

3. Realise you are important.
You have your whole life ahead of you, and you are really important in shaping this world and playing your part. No two people are the same and your life is valuable! Don't waste it, want more from your life. You deserve a good chance at life so let yourself into all the opportunities so you can have one.

4. It's never the end.
It may feel like everything is towering over you and there's no way out but it isn't the end and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel (even if it is a long tunnel!). There are so many times when I felt like it was never going to all work out and it did. So if something doesn't work out the first time try, and try again.

5. Don't blame yourself.
Blaming yourself will not fix anything! All you can do now is improve the situation you can't go back and change it. It's very likely that by blaming yourself you'll be convincing yourself that you don't deserve help because you're in the wrong. No one is perfect and life will never be plain sailing.
I hope this post is helpful, if you are in a situation in which you are struggling please seek help. I have listed a few charities below which offer support for various issues.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer Fashion Inspiration 2017

When I did my Spring Fashion Inspiration I was loving embroidery and that hasn't changed! There have been so many beautiful pieces with incredible embroidered patterns. I'm also loving bardot style tops and dresses, they are just so summery and lovely in the warmer weather.

 Gingham Frill Mini Skirt - £15.99 New Look
Chester Floral Clutch Bag - £29, Topshop
Embroidered Platform Sandals - £34, Topshop
Peyton Satin Sliders - £18, Miss Selfridge
Stripe Frill Bardot Blouse - £28, Miss Selfridge
Bow wrap choker - £8.50, Miss Selfridge
MOTO Painted Boyfriend Shorts - £34, Topshop
Beige Floral Print Lace-up Back Dress - £13, Primark
White frill hem bralet - £26, River Island

What are you loving right now?

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Poundland Wedding & Hen Party Haul

On the 12th June Poundland released their new hen party and wedding ranges. Since I love a good bargain and I know a few people who have recently got engaged it really intrigued me.

I got the Countdown plaque, Engaged mug and Wedding Planner, from the wedding range. I also got the badges, the paper loot bags, the photo booth props and 'The How Well Do You Know The Bride' quiz sheets from the Team Bride hen party range.

Overall I think that what you get is well worth the money. The sign is fantastic value as a similar one would go for around £5. The mug is also a really good deal; this style of mug can sell for up to £10. The wedding planner on the other hand not so much. Whilst it looks cute, the pages are plain and there aren't any grids or lines. That being said if you are just starting your planning it may be helpful to jot down notes and keep them separated into categories.

The hen party range reminds me of something you find in Paperchase, and has a very similar style to the Ginger Ray's hen party range. The Team Bride badges are bright pink with 'Team Bride' printed on them in white; they come in a set of 12 for £1, which is a total bargain. Especially if you are unsure of how many guests you will be having as there is enough to cater most bridal parties. The loot bags are also pink with a similar Team Bride graphic, they come in a set of 6. Photo booths are becoming increasingly popular recently and these props would be perfect for any Hen Party photos. They come in a set of 10 which includes; a champagne bottle, microphone, ring and crown. They are pink with gold glitter. The last thing I bought from the Team Bride range is the quiz sheets. The quiz sheets come in sets on 15 and have 20 questions on each sheet. These range from; 'When is her Birthday' to 'Where did she meet the Groom?'. They would be perfect Hen Party entertainment and basically just a bit of fun. I love the metallic gold on them too definitely makes them look more expensive than a £1!

Altogether I think theses range is amazing and well worth the price! The quality is fantastic and they would be perfect for any bride on a budget or not. They are available in selected Poundland stores.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Blogging Goals

Back in January I wrote a post about my goals for the year. I included my blog goals in with them but since then I have set myself more blogging goals so I've decided to write a post specifically about them.

1. Reach 10,000 views
I am so close and I would love to reach at least 10,000 views by the end of the year. I'm so close I definitely think I would achieve this if I'm consistent with my posting.

2. Comment on 3 blog posts a day
There are so many amazing bloggers out there and I read so many blog posts every day, I want to try and comment on the ones that I enjoy. 

3. Attend more blogging events
I recently attended my first blog event and it was a big step for me (and I really enjoyed it!). Before the end of the year I want to have attended some more blog events.

4. Do Outfit Of The Day Posts
I would love to do outfit posts. Hopefully my boyfriend can take the pictures for me and they can become a regular thing on my blog.

5. Plan, write and schedule posts at least 3 days ahead of time
I always seem to leave writing me posts to the last minute, even if I have a ton of ideas I never seem to actually get round to writing them until the day before I want to publish them.

Do you have any goals for your blog?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Soton Bloggers Brunch ♥

On Saturday 3rd June I attended my first blogging event, Soton Bloggers Brunch.
It was held at Rogues Café which is new on the scene in Southampton. It offers a fantastic array of different food from American pancakes to Burgers and hot sandwiches. 

Rogues is definitely a café with character, it has been really well put together and has a great atmosphere. The decor is unconventional and really cool. It also has the terrace area outside which is great for the upcoming Summer evenings. I had the French toast and it was absolutely delicious, perfectly sweet and lovely for brunch. The staff which were really welcome and helpful. The service was fantastic and we didn’t have to wait long for our food. There is also Percy the friendly café dog.

Bloggers were also asked to bring Sanitary products to donate to volunteer-led Homeless Period Southampton, a great cause. Together we collected around 40 products which could then be donated.

It was lovely to meet new people and I really enjoyed my first blogging event and I hope to attend more. I also definitely want to return to Rogues Café and see what else they have to offer! There are so many other things on the menu that look amazing. I love discovering new places to eat and it is one you should definitely try. Rogues Café can be found off West Marlands road near the Guildhall.

*Food was purchased with discount provided by Rogues Café

Sunday, 28 May 2017

10 Easy Ways To Save Money

I love to save money and I hate to pay more than I need to for anything! That doesn't mean I need to sacrifice my lifestyle though, I nearly always have pretty nails; a magazine for long journeys and yummy coffee. I just go about it in a different way.

1. Do You Own Gel Nails
Now I'm not saying never get your nails done professionally ever again but making a small investment in getting the equipment needed to do gel nails will save you a lot of money in the long run. I tend to save professional manicures for special occasion as more of a treat.

2. Buy A Magazine Subscription
If you are one of those people that tend to buy magazines a lot, whether it be monthly or more than that a magazine subscription will most likely save you money. I have the Cosmopolitan subscription which is £12. This means it is £1 a magazine and whilst it may sometimes be offer for a £1 it's not for definite. There are also lots of other magazines that you can buy annually.

3. Make You Own Food and Coffee
Think about how much you spend a day on a morning coffee and your lunch. Times that by 20, and that's how much you spend a month on food and drink. Lunch doesn't need to be a basic sandwich, there are so many amazing recipes you can make. I like to make coffee with my Tassimo, whilst it's still not the cheapest option ever it's much less than it would cost me in Starbucks or Costa.

4. Don't Be A Brand Snob
In some cases buying branded food is better; whether it be health wise or taste wise. There are times when it pays to spend more. That being said there are some really great supermarket own brands out there. For example I love the Lidl Coconut Cove White Rum and it's only £3.99 compared to that of Malibu which is £15, mixed with coke or juice you really can't tell the difference!

5. Use Cashback Websites
Cashback websites are great because you can get money back on so many things that you were planning on buying anyway. I really adds up if you try and use it wherever possible. Once it has cleared you can then withdraw the money whether it be in cash or vouchers (you tend to get a better deal with vouchers!)

6. Mix and Match with Primark and Topshop
Now I'm not suggesting you buy your whole wardrobe from Primark but for me when it comes to vest tops and sandals there I see no reason to spend over the odds on them. Vest tops are the pretty much the same whether you get them from Topshop or Primark and I don't know about you but my sandals always seem to get all sandy and dirty and I replace them every year anyway! This may be different for everyone but the easiest way to save money when it really think about whether what you're buying is worth the money.

7. Don't Accept The First Price You See
Shops like Urban Outfitters like to charge a lot more than necessary for some of their products, for example Fujifilm Instax film is £30 for 20 sheets at Urban Outfitters or £14.55 on Amazon. Now I like Urban Outfitters as much as the next person but that's ridiculous! So check online that what you're getting is actually a good deal and you're not getting ripped off. My camera itself was from John Lewis which was must less than it would've cost me anywhere else so shop around before you buy.

8. Switch Utilities
Until recently I had no idea how much money you could save simply by switching your utility providers. You can save hundreds a year by switching, it's not complicated either! uSwitch makes it super quick and easy, all you have to do is give them your bank details address and the new supplier will contact you with information about your service switch over date. It's best to check a couple of times a year that you are still getting the best plan.

9. Don't Get A Takeaway Every Week
It may be tempting to get a takeaway every week, but a take our every week really adds up. I used to be obsessed with Deliveroo, I don't even want to think how much money I spent! Now I only have it as a treat. If I want pizza I buy a fresh or frozen pizza from Aldi, Chinese I buy the 'takeaway' style food from Tesco or Asda. There's so much options and it's normally on offer. Admittedly it's not quite the same but the saving you make is well worth it. You definitely appreciate it more when you do have it too.

10. Plan For Everything
It may seem like common sense but if you plan for Christmas, it will save you money. You tend to get better offers on most things before the festive period starts. Saving money throughout the year can also really help! Then you don't have to pay for it all outright in December or January. Equally, if you plan your meals and only buy what you need and you will save so much money. It will also stop you wasting food. Plan your travel, and book your train tickets in advance. Thinking ahead can save you so much money in the long run!

Those are my 10 Easy Ways to Save Money I hope it has shown you that you don't need to completely change your lifestyle in order to save money.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Summer Loving - Swimsuit Wishlist ♥

I can't believe it's almost Summer! The last couple of years I haven't really felt comfortable enough with my body to wear cute swimwear but this year I am feeling much more comfortable in my own skin and so I want to treat myself to a new bikini. There are so many styles that I am in love with; from scallop bikinis to embroidered one pieces. I may just have to order a few different ones and try them, because they always look so different on. I also don't have a holiday abroad planned for this year but I do have a week arranged in Cornwall so I need to make sure it's appropriate for British beaches and isn't too risque so that I feel as comfortable as possible.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Are you registered to vote?! Your vote matters.

“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors” – PLATO
This is a bit of a different post compared to what I would normally write about but it is something that I believe to be important so I thought I would write it anyway. On the 8th of June there will be a General Election. If you are not yet registered to vote it is very important that you do so. In 2015 34% of women didn't vote in the General Election. If you are one of those people who did not vote, and are not registered here are 10 things to consider.

1. It gives you the power to generate change
If you have a complaint about the way the country is being run voting is a simple way to make change. By choosing a candidate that suits your views they then represent you on a local and national level.

2. Voting is still important even if you don't think you'll candidate will win
Living in a 'safe' seat constituency doesn't mean your vote won't make a difference; if everyone just 'gives up' nothing will change. Brexit is a perfect example of that as people thought Remain was a sure thing and so didn't vote.

3. You can leave your ballot paper blank if you don't agree with any of the political parties
By not voting it is assumed that you are not interested but by leaving your ballot paper blank you will still be counted and included in subsequent reports. Your apathy will be recorded instead of forgotten. 

4. It'll make your age group relevant
It is important that enough of each age group votes otherwise there is not a correct representation and laws matching the views of the people will not be created. 

5. Democracy shouldn't be taken for granted
Many movements have fought to give us the right to vote, such as the suffragettes. There are also many countries where people do not have the opportunity to make decisions about their country so it important for us to not take it for granted.  

6. It's easy and free!
Registering online takes 5 minutes, and if you are unable to attend the polling station it can be done either by proxy or postal. So no matter how busy your life is; it's really easy to do.

7. You'll be helping decide how YOUR money is spent
We all pay taxes, if you go shopping you pay tax, and by voting you'll decide how they are spent.

8. Being registered improves your credit rating
Bit of a selfish one but being registered makes it easier to get mobile phone contracts, credit cards, housing and so much more.

9. It's your future
Around 75% of people aged over 65 will vote and only 42% of 18-24 will. Don't let older people vote for what will affect you the most. The scrapping of maintenance grant, and the reductions in housing benefit are no coincidence.

10. It gives you the right to moan
If you don't vote what right do you have to moan when it doesn't go your way? 

In order to vote you need to register by the 22nd of May. 
Your vote matters. It's your future. Fight for it.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Being Honest ♥

In the last few days I've seen so many incredible posts for Mental Health awareness week and it's inspired me to open up about my own mental health. I've been struggling. Everyday is a struggle, some days I don't feel like I can get out of bed. Some days no matter how hard I try I just can't get dressed, can't do my make up, can't live my life. Just can't. It's taken me a long time to realise I'm not the only one who feels this way and that it's not my fault.  There aren't reasons for why I feel this way and I'm not lazy. It's not something that I can control and 'just get over'. I'm ready to seek help.

This post doesn't have a happy ending, there isn't an easy solution. I just know that I can't keep living my life like this, and it isn't fair on the people around me who I am pushing away. I know that there is so much love and support out there for me if I open myself up to it. I'm done suffering in silence.

There is so much stigma surrounding mental health and it's okay to not be okay. There are thousands of people feeling the same way that you do. In fact one in four people in the world will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in their lives. You are not alone. It needs to be talked about; we need to live in a world where it's okay to admit you're struggling. So look out for the people around you and be kind, you never know what they may be going through. Hopefully one day I'll feel comfortable enough to openly share my story but it's something I am still coming to terms with myself. 

If you or someone around you is struggling with mental health there are people that can help.

Mind                                                       Time To Change                                           Samaritans

Please don't suffer in silence, it's okay to not be okay.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

5 Products To Keep You Organised

I love to be organised. I mean who doesn't, and being organised means that I able to save money and be prepared for any occasion. So I put together a list of products that either I love and use or that I've been lusting over recently. 

1. Busy B Birthday Card Book - £12.85, Amazon
I love the idea of this! It has pockets to store cards, and a calendar so you would never forget anyone's Birthday again. I've used Busy B products in the past and they are really good quality and well worth the money.

2. Meal Planner - £2.75, Wilko
Planning your meals is one of the easiest things to do and it can benefit you so much. It means that
always know that there is a meal planned and that you have the ingredients needed. This therefore means you waste less and spend less.

3. Budget Book - £12, Paperchase
Who else gets to the end of the month and has no idea where their money has gone? That's why I started using a budget book. By writing down my income and outgoings I was able to see where my money was going and if I was overspending in any areas.

4. Ultimate Blog Planner - £12.50, Dot Creates
I love blogging and this planner really helps me to keep my ideas organised and help me remember what blog posts I'm planning. It's got a ton of pages for a ton of blog posts! There's really no better way to organise your blogging world than with this planner. 

5. The Happiness Planner - £28, Anthropologie
Completely different to the other planners it helps you work towards your goals, make changes in your life to make you happier and build your mental strength. This planner has so many sections to help with every part of your life, it even has an app!

Do you own any of these products? Do they help you stay organised?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Face Of The Day - Easter Sunday & Birthday!

(my hair looks so purple and grey in these pictures! oops)

I've never done a post like this so bear with me, I know the camera really washes me out for some reason! This is my make up from Sunday which was Easter and my 22nd Birthday. Normally I would wear bolder eye make up but instead I decider to keep it more natural. I have recently rediscovered my Lollibalm by Benefit and I'm loving it! It's such a gorgeous mauve/pink shade and it's perfect for this time of year.




I love rediscovering products it's like shopping in your collection! Have you rediscovered any old favourites?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Last Minute Birthday Wishlist

With my Birthday quickly approaching I thought I'd put together a list, whilst I'm calling it a wishlist it's really just a list of things I've been wanted to buy forever and just never have; so hopefully this will give me a push towards buying some of them. Just a warning, it's a bit of a long post!

Candy Kitten Hello Kitty Sour Apple Sweets - £3.00, Liberty
Hello Kitty? Love. Candy Kitten? Love. Sour sweets? Love. So these are perfect for me.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter - £5, The Body Shop
The Body Shop Coconut range smells amazing and reminds me so much of Summer. 

My Not So Perfect Life - £7.99, Amazon
I love all the Sophie Kinsella books they are such a relaxing read.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit, Pose Pink - £6.99, Superdrug
I have never used lip kit before and this one is such a pretty colour and so reasonably priced.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt - £3.95, LUSH
Who doesn't love a Lush bath bomb? And this one is really pretty.

Baylis & Harding Pink Prosecco and Cassis Multiwick Candle - £8.00, George
This smells amazing and it's so pretty.

#Girlboss - £6.99, Amazon
I've heard some really got things about this book, and it seems like it would be really inspiring.

PS Pure Glow Highlighter in Champagne - £3.00, Primark
These highlighters are beautiful and a bargain at only £3!

Sea Salted Caramel Soap - £4.25, LUSH
Still mourning over the discontinue of Porridge soap but maybe this will be a replacement?

Little Miss Blogger Mug - £6.99, TruffleShuffle
Need I say more? This range is really cool, and I remember the books from when I was younger. 

 Rose Gold Marble Phone Case - £15, Coconut Lane
I've been loving Coconut Lane recently and this phone case is absolutely gorgeous!

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Hand Wash Donut Frosted Sprinkles - £2.15, Amazon
I love sweet smelling soaps. This one is so cute and I love donuts.

Enterprising Britain A6 Organiser - £3.50, Wilko
I wanna get organised! This organiser has it all and it's only £3.50!

Oh K! Sleep Mask - £6, Accessorize
I love face masks. I've never tried one like this before or any Korean skincare; this one looks good.

Fizz and Bubbles Scented Hand Cream - £4, M&S
I love hand cream! This hand cream is so cute, I love the scent and the packaging. 

Cream Floral Detail Cross Body - £7, Primark
Embroidery is really in style right now and this bag is so pretty and sweet. 

I never spend money on myself anymore so I can't wait to go buy some treats!