Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Christmas List

There's always so much to cram in during December. People to see, things to do, presents to buy, mulled wine to be sipped and mince pies to be eaten - it's all gotta be done, but with so little time! 

I've put together a list of things I'd like to do this Christmas, some I've done, some I'm yet to do, but for me, they're the things that really make it Christmas. 
I've also popped my first two vlogmas videos in, so it's a little round up post if you will! 

the to do list

decorate the tree
make homemade mince pies
get creative with diy presents
watch Love Actually 
drink hot and spicy mulled wine
have a 'friends' christmas
spend an evening at Winter Wonderland
write christmas cards
put together a banging christmas playlist 
build a gingerbread house
devour all the mince pies

what else can I add?

the vlogs




are you up to date on the vlogs? 
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Friday, 8 December 2017

Gift Guide Galore

It's that time again! The streets are packed with shoppers, rushing around the twinkling lights, to grab the perfect pressies for their nearest and dearest.

I've put together some Gift Guides for the girls, guys and home bodies in your life. I've tried to keep all prices below £60 (bar a couple that I couldn't resist!) but thought it could be a good starting point if you're still hunting for that perfect gift!

If you're more into homemade gifts, there'll be a blog post full of photos and ideas next week, so make sure you check back then.
(Toffee Vodka, Wild Cocktails - Amazon, Copper wire lights - Primark (only £2.50!), Pomegranate Noir perfume - Jo Malone,  Star Sign Trinket Dish - Anthropologie, Glossier products)

F O R   T H E   G I R L S 
F O R   T H E   B O Y S



F O R   T H E   H O M E - B O D Y 




Happy Shopping! 

*All photo links are affiliate links - it costs the buyer no more to buy from this link, it just helps a blogger out a little!
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Winter at Dalloway Terrace

Last week, I wined and dined in a Winter Wonderland. 

Alright, I actually sipped endless cups of tea, order a second round of savoury food and scoffed cakes in a Winter Wonderland, but you catch my drift! 

After spotting this London hot stop on The Londoner's blog last year, I knew I wanted to go there this year. It books up very quickly, but luckily Charlie and I managed to find day at the end of November to fit in an Afternoon Tea.

Dalloway Terrace is hidden away in the Bloomsbury hotel in the centre of London. A winter dream land where you can wrap up in blankets and cuddle a hot water bottle to your hearts content.

We had GBBO Bake Off Winner, Candice Brown's Afternoon Tea and it was divine. Interesting but delicious flavour combinations and they'll cater to any dietary requirements you have with no fuss at all. We had refills of both tea and the savoury selection at no extra cost too, which was a lovely touch to an afternoon with such a luxury vibe. 
 

I'd definitely recommend for a festive and breathtakingly beautiful afternoon!
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Friday, 1 December 2017

10 Life Lessons From Being 22

This week, I turned  t w e n t y - t h r e e. 
HB to me!

Twenty-two was fun! I had some great time with friends and family, progressed in the 'job world', gaining more experience and getting some jobs under my belt. But, if I am completely honest, I feel like I should of achieved more in that year. I don't like to have regrets, so I don't regret anything I did or didn't do, but I do like to learn from my mistakes and move forward. 

I'm in a tricky part of life, post uni but not quite fully into adult life - still living at home, not earning enough to move out. Don't get me wrong, I love living with my mum but ultimately, my goal is to get a job and to earn enough to move out, like most people my age. This year I became self-employed, but that is HARD, seriously hard, which I most definitely underestimated. I'll most likely have some big decisions to make and paths to chose and I want twenty-three to be a year of progress and good choices. 
Here's some thing I've learnt in my year of being twenty-two. Things I want to work on next year, reminders of what cherish and some general life advice about drinking too many margaritas... 

Nothing is permanent
Things come to an end, both good and bad, which is always worth remembering. But I also need to remind myself that I have the ability to put a stop to things that aren't making me happy and that I am allowed to put myself first sometimes.

If I don't do it, no one else will do it for me
No one else will make that important phone call for me. No one else will apply for that job for me. I put 'scary tasks' off for as long as possible, which means they niggle at my brain for weeks on end. I'm well aware no one else is going to do it, so what am I waiting for? 

Weekends are Weekends
I feel a real guilt when I switch off at the weekends, but working for myself it's very important I do. I'm not working full-time so I also feel the guilt that I shouldn't be relaxing because I haven't worked a full week. This year has to be about focused weeks and fun weekends!

You should always listen to your Mum
When your mum tells you to wear a coat, wear a coat! When you don't tell your mum you're getting two piercings in your ear, but know she'd tell you not to, TELL HER and listen to her. Otherwise put up with ongoing ear piercing infections for a month, cry a lot, take a trip to minor injuries and eventually have to take one out anyway. (Oops. Soz Mumma)

The value of friendship
I've always loved my girlfriends and they have always been such supportive, fun and all round babes. But this year, my friends smushed (is that a word?) together - my childhood friend, my school friend, my sister from another Mr and I are one solid girl group and I can't even explain to you the happy feels it gives me. It can be hard having separate groups of friends - you want to be with all of them all the time - so when you smush them together and it works it is the best! My other bestie Luce also moved back from Manchester and it's so good to have her closer to home! Win win for friendships!

I have no idea what I'm doing, but I don't think anyone else does either. 
Reassure me on this one, does anyone actually know how to adult? Like, taxes what? Contracts, business, budgeting, making big decisions, anyone have a clue? With age comes experience, so I'm going with that and suppose I will learn as I go on!

Other peoples opinions don't matter
This, of course, is within reason. The opinions of your nearest and dearest are important to consider as they're likely to have your best interests at heart. But the opinion of random school friends your haven't seen for four years or Facebook friend you haven't spoken to for eight years not so much. I worry about the tiniest things, down to things as small as posting a photo 'ah, what if they think I've got a big ego?' 'is it vain to post a selfie?' 'what if I'm posting too much and it's annoying?' Ridiculous. If something is making you happy no one should have a problem with it. 
If they do, well... bye felicia. 

Put the phone down
A serious wake up call to iPhone addiction was downloading the app 'Moment'. It tracks the time you spend on your phone every day and what apps you're spending the most time on, it then gives you a daily report with a summary. It is absolutely shocking! I have to put my phone down and care less about what is happening online. It's there now and it will still be there in an hour.

Tidy Room. Tidy Mind.
Not exactly a news flash here, but the importance of a tidy desk space/office/room is insane! I can't focus properly unless everything's tidy, so it's the absolute worst for procrastination. 

Most Importantly...
A night of drinking Margaritas will be full of salsa dancing, hilarious boomerangs and cry laughing, but will leave you feeling like you have ERODED YOUR INSIDES AWAY AND HAVE NO TEETH LEFT the next morning. You'll text the girls and all agree to not drink them again for a while. Next month another Girl's Night rolls around and you'll hear the call of the marg and you'll make the same mistakes again.
So, here's to twenty-three! 
A year of caring less, working more and having fun.

And as my birthday card from my Mumma so aptly said... 

'A wise woman once said 'fuck this shit', and she lived happily ever after...'

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Black Friday Deals 2017

We all love a bargain but most of us don't love the craziness that is shopping on Black Friday! 
The videos of humans acting like animals over a flatscreen TV is enough to put anyone off even leaving the house...
 
For that reason, I've collected up some of the best online deals and discount codes with some of my top picks for you and popped them in this blog post. 

Perfect for christmas presents and maybe even a treat to yourself, it is nearly Christmas after all... 

(if I find more codes as we get closer to Friday, I'll add them - so keep checking back!)

W e d n e s d a y

Sale - up to 50% OFF  between 22nd - 27th November
PLUS Free Standard Shipping



30% OFF everything
Discount code: GOGOGO

20% OFF almost everything 
Discount Code: AS313

P&Co.
Pre Black Friday 25% OFF
Discount Code: EARLY25

LOTS of discount deals, various codes on website.

30% OFF everything

30% OFF everything + free delivery over £60

LOTS of amazing deals 
Huge discounts on Amazon Echo - great pressie idea!


B l a c k    F r i d a y   D e a l s


Missguided 
50% OFF EVERYTHING!
Discount Code: CYBER50


Joules
Up to 50% OFF Sitewide

Snapfish
50% OFF EVERYTHING - up to 70% off some products.

New Look
25% OFF Everything
Automatically applied at checkout

Paperchase
15% OFF online
Discount Code: BLACK15

ASOS
20% OFF Everything
Discount Code: WIN20


P&Co
30% OFF Everything
Discount Code: BLACK30

All Saints
30% OFF everything

Shop Dixi 
55% OFF EVERYTHING
Decreasing by the hour - so check the site for new codes!
Discount Code: BLACKOUT55

House Of Fraser
Up to 40% OFF
15% OFF Beauty

Debenhams
Up to 30% OFF Every Department

Glossier
20% OFF Everything + Free Shipping

Miss Selfridge
Up to 50% OFF Everything
Best Selling Jumper £35 now £15


Happy Shopping!


*The photos of my top picks contain affiliate links. It costs you no extra to buy from this link, just helps a blogger out! 

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Monday, 13 November 2017

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy {13.11.17}

I've been a bit distant from the blog recently. I haven't wanted to, but something's just not felt right about my content, it's not been as creative and exciting as I want it to be. This week I'm finding the time to sit down, to put pen to paper, re-thinking what now feels a bit stale and how I can re-invent it in more exciting ways, for both myself and readers. Watch this space...

But to kick of what's going to be a fun and full-on week, I thought I'd pop up one of my favourite posts looking over what's made me happy over the past week or so. Positive vibes for a Monday!

1. Crisp and sunny Sunday wandering around Central London with my love. 
2. Quality time with my littlest brother, Ethan, on Saturday. Still young enough to want a cuddle from his big sister - I'm savouring every little moment.
3. Frost creeping in on chilly mornings. 
4. Early evenings as an excuse to light every candle and switch on all the fairy lights. 
5. Christmas Adverts & Christmas Cups. I generally try not to get too Christmassy until after my birthday at the end of the month, but as it is the best time of year I tend to get very over excited about the little things!
6. Making festive December plans (We're spending a long weekend in Bath, would love any recommendations!) 
7. A trip to the Country Living Christmas Fair with my Mumma - picked up some lovely pieces from the amazing range of traders and had a perfect day with Mum! 
8. STRANGER THINGS 2. That is all.
9. Temperatures cold enough to wear coats and scarves. All about layers!
10. Nails Inc. Kensington High Street - always an Autumn Winter favourite.


What's made you happy this week?

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Monday, 30 October 2017

The Autumn To Do List

It's without a doubt my favourite time of year. 

Honestly, I can't put into words how mesmerising I find this season. The colours, the chill in the air, the conkers, the pumpkins, the apples, just all of it. 

I'm forever finding new things I want to do throughout Autumn. My camera roll becomes full of screen-shots and my room full of random notes both scribbled on paper and in my phone, of ideas, places and things to do. I thought I'd note some of them on my blog. Some I've done already, some I'm yet to do and some might just have to wait until next year. 

The Autumn To Do List

go pumpkin picking
get all dressed up and spooky for Halloween
make a hot chocolate, topped with marshmallows and cream - the works 
light the fire
go to the cinema on a rainy evening
carve a pumpkin 
make a plum and apple crumble 
plan Christmas content ideas
go on a dog walk on a crisp, cold but blue skied day
buy new pyjamas
watch fireworks and warm up by the bonfire with friends for Fireworks Night
drink winter pimms 
gather together some birthday ideas 
shoot an autumn lookbook
find the perfect winter boots
visit the seaside on a sunny, brisk day 
online browse for the perfect velvet festive dress 
read more books, put my laptop down more


- what I'm wearing - 

Stripe Top - Joules 
Burgundy Pinafore Dress - Primark
Black Suede Boots - New Look
Watch - Olivia Burton
Earrings - ASOS
Nail Varnish - Nails Inc. in Kensington High Street


What do you like to do in Autumn?

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Mixing Comfort With Style

When it gets a little colder my fashion focus seems to be on every chunky jumper going. I love them with roll necks, cable knit, fitted, oversized, the list goes on. Sometimes when I chuck on a chunky jumper, I'll pull on a pair of jeans, whack on a pair of boots and I'm out the door, others I want to dress up a little more, mixing comfort with style. 
Full Length Outfit
I recently picked up this gem of a jumper from Primark. I was a little unsure knowing the material would probably cook me alive but I'm always cold and sometimes I just need the thickest, snuggliest things going. There was a huge range of colours (and I have my eye on the grey version too...) but I went for this deep purple colour, knowing I had nothing similar in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe already. 

I found it was the perfect jumper to wear without a coat, as it's thick enough to block out the wind and keep you warm. The sun made a brief appearance and it was just a liiiittle warm, so I'll bear that in mind when I chose to wear it out. 
Wanting to style it up a little more, I opted for a skirt and knee-high boots over going for black skinny jeans. Statement tortoise shell earrings and a dark Charlotte Tilbury lip added a touch more glam to the outfit as well. For me, I felt it was my ideal mix of comfortable and stylish.
-- What I'm Wearing -- 

ALL Primark (oops!) 
Earrings - Accessorize
Rings - Silverado 
Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury 'Glastonberry'
Nails - Barry M 'Almond'


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Relaxation with Made By Coopers

It's officially candle season, which means it's okay to spend every moment at home being as cosy as possible! I love to light candles on gloomy days, sip hot cups of tea and wrap up in blankets, particularly before bed, when I want to wind down peacefully with a spritz of pillow spray and a good book. 
Recently the lovely people at Made By Coopers scent me a few products to try out. The products are 100% natural made with essential oils and organic ingredients so great for being a little more eco friendly! 

At this time of year I tend to reach for sweet and spicy scents - all things pumpkin, cinnamon and maple. But every now and then I want something fresh. If the sun in shining outside and I'm working away at my desk indoors, I want a candle scent to pep me up. This 'Happy' candle is scented with Lime, Basil and Clementine. It is the perfect citrusy, fresh scent that gives me a little more buzz.
They also sent me a sleep spray, as someone who struggles to switch off in the evening, things like this are perfect for me. 'Sleepy Head' is scented with calming Lavender, Frankincense and Chamomile it's the ideal scent to soothe you to sleep. Just spritz around your room or lightly onto your pillows for a peaceful nights sleep. 
If you're on the look out for 100% natural products, I highly recommend having a snoop around Made By Coopers website (they're got some beautiful photography and styling on there too!) 

All opinions are honest and my own. 
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Monday, 9 October 2017

5 Things I've Learn About Working From Home

My 'employment' journey since I finished University has been up and down, but has recently taken me into being Self Employed. I'm still not working 'full time', but it means that my jobs are all over the place, routine is tricky and it involves a lot of working from home. 

Working from home sounds like working in bed, wearing pyjamas and finishing early, right? 
Nope.
Not if you want to get anything done - I've learnt the hard way. 

1. 'Bed Office' ain't a thang. 

Emails from bed sounds like a great idea, but in reality you'll nap, get distracted and probably feel pretty slobby by the time you get up! Working at a desk is way better for you productivity levels and better for your posture too.

2. You gotta put some clothes on.

You don't have to be wearing your best outfit or tight skinny jeans whilst crammed up against your desk, but I've found getting dressed, putting on some make up and making myself feel a little more human, made me feel way more prepared to get shit done. 

3. Routine and structure are key. 

I have to plan my days out and write a to do list or I find it's already 12pm and all I've done is checked my emails and watched some YouTube videos. I like to have one giant to do list, then each day I'll pick the tasks I need to get done to create a more realistic list. It's also good to have an idea of how your week is going to pan out. If it looks like it'll be five days of solidly working from home, plan to work from a coffee shop one afternoon or plan a workout one lunch time - it'll break your day up and stop you from feeling like you're going crazy looking at the same four walls! 

4. Treat yo' self. 

A clean, tidy workspace, a nice smelling candle and a cup of tea are just a few little delights that make my day a bit brighter and jobs a little easier.

5. Find things that get you motivated.

It turns out creating a playlist called 'Yaaaaas' complete with Britney Spears' Greatest Hits, old school Miley and sassy Little Mix is the key to feeling like the ultimate Girl Boss, ready to tackle all the emails and make a start on everything you've been putting off for weeks. When I need to focus a little more, I'm really enjoying listening to Podcasts.

bonus 6.
You WILL think about packing it all in and just getting a full time job with a salary to make your life much easier at least 3 times a day. But you won't, because if you're working for yourself, chances are you're doing so to do something you love. 

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This freelance life is still all very new to me and every week brings a new challenge to work out what works best for me, but I'm enjoying learning and finding my feet. 

What are your top tips for working from home?

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Pumpkin Patch

Every time Autumn rolls around I wish I lived in America to go and admire row upon row of pumpkins at a Pumpkin Patch. This year, however, I scouted out a local PYO farm that had pumpkins and squashes and headed down there on their last weekend of the season. 



I have always loved Pick Your Own farms.

There's something so exciting about finding endless coloured jewels of fruit and veg among the foliage. I'm used to picking raspberries and strawberries, pumpkins are a little easier to spot! I discovered Roundstone Farm last year in one of Zoella's vlogs and wanted to go this Summer for fruit picking, but having missed the chance I was excited to go for some Autumn goods instead!

We wandered through the field discovering cabbages, raspberries and all sorts of other vegetables before stumbling upon the pumpkin patch. After wandering about the patch, we picked our perfect pumpkin and headed off to weigh and pay! I also grabbed a a blue pumpkin which apparently are best for eating (but look like aliens!) and some pretty squashes from the farm shop too. 


 
 
I'd definitely recommend spending an afternoon at a PYO farm to collect up your pumpkins for Halloween or Autumn styling around and about the house. Roundstone farm is now closed for the season but just a quick google search will tell you where your local one is! 

p.s. there's a vlog of our visit coming on Sunday!
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