Wednesday, December 23, 2015

9 Tips To Shop Smart For Fashion Wear

When it comes to women, they shop more on fashion elements like clothes, footwear and accessories. Many a times, it gives you a shock when you find you've spent went way more than what you need to. It affects the budget very strongly; if you're a regular shopper, you need to save money while shopping for clothes. So, here I am sharing with you some amazing tips that will help you to shop efficiently by saving money. 

1. Use only cash
Many a times we have the habit of using credit cards when we are shopping outside of our budget. The first thing to do is to stop this habit, buy things using only cash. If you don't have enough money to buy that £300 dress, then save enough money to get it. Trust me, this definitely works.

2. Go for discounts
Most stores come with silly discounts that are not worth going for, however, some stores have amazing deals and bargains that you cannot say no to! So if you're planning to save money on clothes go for promos, like the House of CB promo vouchers. This allows you to get clothing at discounted rates without compromising the quality.

3. Shop out of season
No intelligent shopper hits the stores when new collections drop; you need to shop carefully for every season. Shop for Summer clothing when the Autumn sets in and for Winter when the Spring sets in, stores usually have clearance sales so you'll be able to shop for more clothes, and spend less! Make sure to shop the trends that can be worn throughout the different seasons. 

4. Beware of the sale
There are always sale offers on many products throughout stores; avoid overspending by going for clothes you need rather than going for everything. 

5. Be careful of trends
In the fashion industry, some trends can come and go quickly. If you're on a tight budget then beware of buying such clothes. Spend money on clothes that are good quality rather than going behind changing trends.

6. Think about colours
If they're only two or three colours amongst your wardrobe , buy new clothes based on them. This will help you to mix and match your outfits. Always make sure you're buying something that goes with at least two other items in your wardrobe.

7. Go for online deals
One of the best ways to keep updated with the latest deals is by signing up for their newsletters. There are plenty of different voucher websites out there that come with discounts and promo codes for different products; it's always worth searching for your brand and getting the best deal.

8. Go for consignment stores
If you're on a low budget, you can look for clothes at consignment stores, or even your local thrift store. This will help you to look out for new looks while keeping control of your spending. It takes a little longer to find something you want but it's worth being patient. 

9. Learn sewing
Learning to sew is good because it means you can make small alterations to your clothes. You can start by doing little things like hemming trousers, and replacing buttons. If you find this interesting then there's plenty of things you can learn!

Hope you find the above-mentioned tips useful and manage to save some money next time you shop.

*This is a sponsored post written by DealslandsUK.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

GENDER REVEAL...

If you follow me on Twitter then you've probably noticed me literally counting down the days until my anomaly scan. The purpose of the anomaly scan is to find out whether there are any issues with your baby, but there is also a chance of finding out their gender, unless they're super naughty and keep their legs crossed. I've always wanted to find out the gender of our baby, as I like to be super organised (or at least try to be). The anomaly scan looks at your baby in a lot of detail, we saw everything from the kidneys to the toes, and the lining of the brain. Incredible. Thankfully, no issues were found & our little one is looking rather healthy! 

So.. I'm extremely happy and excited to tell you all that we're expecting a beautiful baby BOY!


Eeek.  From the day I found out I was pregnant, I thought I was having a boy.. even if the ring test was adamant that he's a girl! I just can't wait to get shopping and making the nursery perfect for him. I'm literally so in love already!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

MAMA Academy Wellbeing Wallet

MAMA Academy are a charity who's mission is to reduce the number of stillborn babies in the UK. They work alongside The Royal College of Midwives with the hope of being 'the UK's leading charity to provide information to expectant mothers and their health professionals, to promote positive pregnancies resulting in safe delivery of healthy babies.' With a person centered approach, they provide information that mums can relate to and fully understand which enables them to make informed decisions and judgements about their pregnancy. The hope to reduce the number of stillborn babies by raising awareness of baby loss, supporting health care professionals by keeping them up to date with the latest practices/guidelines which allows them to provide consistent maternity care, and empowering parents with vital knowledge/education on health in pregnancy and when to call their maternity team for advice.



One of the ways they provide information to parents is with the MAMA Wellbeing Wallet*. The wallet is a plastic zip lock pouch for you to store your antenatal notes and any other baby related items you want to keep protected. The wallets are printed with important advice regarding the health of mother and baby. There is a lot of advice printed but they key message is in regards to monitoring your baby's movements. From around 24 weeks, your baby will develop a pattern with it's movements so if at any point you think your baby's movements have stopped, changed or slowed down then it's incredibly important to call your maternity unit.

Personally, I feel the wallet is something every expectant mother should have; it's provided me with a lot of information and I now feel confident in when I should call my midwife or maternity unit and how to ensure I'm healthy for my baby. The wallet itself is very sturdy and manages to keep my notes, hospital letters and scan pictures, well protected. In addition to the wallet, the website has an incredible amount of information and advice that I've found very useful.

I know I'd of found this extremely beneficial had I been given this at my first antenatal appointment, I had so many questions and worries about what I needed to do, what could do wrong etc, and as I've mentioned before Googling isn't always the best thing to do. Unfortunately, the wallets aren't funded across the whole of the UK yet, so you can purchase one here for £2, or you can choose the option to donate money to their wallet fund, this allows them to give to more maternity units for free.

I think this is an amazing charity and I wish them all the success.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Prints For The Home - Sealoe

I can't even tell you how many hours (possibly days) I've spent looking at Scandinavian home inspiration on Pinterest. All white decor style, along with small pops of colour and word prints are my absolute favourites! I've been really picky with choosing prints, but then I came across SEALOE and instantly fell in love with their clean and modern prints. I've wanted some for ages and now I've finally given my bare walls some love and got some of their gorgeous prints . Hooray. 

For now, I've gone for four different styles; two for our bedroom, one for the nursery and one for the kitchen. I can't promise I'll stop there though.. 

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Beauty Lovers

Christmas gift guide - beauty

Whilst putting this together, I think I've managed to make myself want every single thing on this list. (Hint, for any of my family that may be looking). Thought I'd just throw that one in there. Anyway...

First up we have the Nails Inc Festive Cracker Collection (£15), just look at those colours! They're absolutely perfect for winter, and they'd look fab with the MAC Party Line lipstick (£15.50) featured here too! 

You can probably spot some of the LUSH Christmas collection, we have the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb (£3.75) and The Magic Of Christmas Bubble Bar (£5.95). They have a fab range of Christmas gifts this year so I'm sure you'll find something for the beauty lovers in your life!

Next up is the GHD Arctic Gold Styler & Dryer Set (£195). You've got to give it to GHD, they bring out the most beautiful designs that draw you in. I've fallen for many of their recent collections but this one is my favourite, and the design is so perfect for Christmas!

Urban Decay Smoky Palette (£38). This was actually the first UD palette I ever purchased and well, there isn't much to say other than you need to buy this. The pigments are AMAZING and will be fabulous for any NYE nights out.

Oooh the pretty pink box; Clinique Moisture Favourites Set (£40). Perfect for a little TLC after the Christmas buzz. 

Next up is the Make Up Revolution Ultra Sculpt Collection (£15). Every beauty lover needs some Rose Gold brushes in her life!

Finally we have the Limited Edition Tangle Teezer (£14), this would make a fabulous gift. I've actually wanted one of these for ages, but now how can I resist those snowflakes? All in the name of good hair and everything. 

I hope you've managed to get some inspiration for the beauty lovers in your life, or if you're anything like me, you'll want to go ahead and treat yourself! One for them, one for you? What are you hoping for this Christmas? 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

My First Trimester Essentials


If you're anything like me and expecting your first baby, you'll be a bit like, AHH where do I even start? I was so overwhelmed with what I needed and what I should be doing but now I'm out of my first trimester and well into the second, I thought it would be a good time to share the essentials that got me through the first trimester.
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Monday, November 09, 2015

Valley Mill Handmade Soaps

Over the past few months my skin has become really sensitive, to the extent that I've stuck with the same boring soap for ages now because they either dry my skin out or make me itch, boo! So, I was thrilled when I received some handmade soaps from the lovely people over at Valley Mill; luckily these soaps are completely natural; they have absolutely no artificial colours, preservatives or additives and they're Paraben/SLS free. 

So what's actually in the soap?

All the soaps are made with only natural essential oils - Coconut, Olive, Palm and Castor oil. They also all contain Shea Butter. You can check out how they're made here.

Handmade soap, Valley Mill
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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

It's All Change..

I know it wasn't that long ago that I was apologising for taking a break from blogging, and then I disappeared off the face of the earth.. again. I feel terrible for doing so, blogger guilt is horrible but I'm hoping you can forgive me, and perhaps understand that sometimes, life comes first.

So I'm back, and with some very exciting news..

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Totally 'Pawsome' Box For Your Dog


Monthly subscription boxes are becoming so popular, and these days.. they cater for just about anybody - including dogs. For those of you that follow me on Twitter/Instagram you may of noticed the new addition to my household; Bilbo. Yes, he's named after Bilbo Baggins, due to the fact he had massive feet when we first visited him. He's my absolute baby, I'm always snapping away and treating him to new things, so help me if I ever have a child!!

I recently came across Pawsome Box whilst searching for some new doggy bits. The concept is very similar to the beauty boxes we love.. except obviously they're for dogs. All you have to do is fill in some information about your dog, choose your subscription and then wait for it to arrive. The best thing? The first box is absolutely free, although delivery is £2.90. Still a bargain..
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Guest Post | What's Hot About Kaftans?


Hot on the heels of last season’s kimono tops, kaftans are set to sizzle this summer, but what exactly are they and what are the fashion rules for kitting yourself out with a kaftan?
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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Staple Cream For The Summer

review, cream, sudocrem, acne

Sudocrem is widely raved about for maintaining healthy skin. Every night in my teens, I used to slather my face in Sudocrem thanks to those pesky spots.  To this day, it's still one of my go to products to banish the nasties. Now, it's not going to get rid of your spots overnight but it definitely helps to bring the redness and swelling right down.

This product is suitable for all skin types and ages.. so whether you have acne or not, this product is still perfect to use within your daily skincare regime. It can be applied as a face mask, used as a moisturiser on your face/body as it's great for helping any dry areas of skin and it definitely helps to soothe any rashes - especially shaving rash. For you parents out there, it's also the go to product for nappy rash!
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Festival Looks


I've got a confession to make..

I've never been to a festival. OHMAGAHD. I know. Every year, I pledge to go to at least one, but it never happens. One of my friends is going to Glastonbury and I've had the absolute delight in helping her pick her festival style. Feeling slightly jealous, and wanting an excuse to browse clothing websites.. (for like, the seventh time today).. I've put together five festival looks..
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

I'M A SUCKER FOR DEBENHAMS BEAUTY 10% OFF

Peach blossom, Creme cup, lovelorn, sunny seoul MAC
Last weekend Debenhams had one of their 10% off beauty events, so low and behold I HAD to place an order. Whenever I see the 10% off, I get all excited at the prospect of a bargain, even if it is only £1.50 off! So anyway, I did my usual.. grabbed the list of MAC lipsticks I want and  picked the ones I want right now, well actually I'd like them all right now but hey, you know..money and all that!
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Simple Khaki Look

New Look Khaki Shorts, Public Desire Heels

Khaki has become my new favourite colour to wear and its absolutely everywhere this SS15! Now the sun has FINALLY made an appearance, I thought I'd brave it and wear shorts. I was probably a little optimistic, as the clouds just love to appear once you think you're set for a full day of sunning.
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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Fathers Day Gift Idea | Razorun

wet shave, suscription beauty box

Due to the lack of beard on my behalf, I got my boyfriend to test this for me. Usually, he's the guy that's left with bits of tissue all over his face as he's cut himself numerous times! (I'm not really sure if this is down to the shavers he's using, or if he just lacks the ability to shave properly.) However, Razorun have ended this..


Razorun are a new company that specialise in wet shave products for men. Similar to those beauty boxes us ladies love..Razorun offer a monthly subscription service; prices start at £17.99 if you subscribe for a year, or £24.99 if you pay monthly or just want a one off box. You can also subscribe for 3, or 6 months; the longer you subscribe for, the more you save. Postage in the UK is free.

So what's in the first box*?

The first box includes a double edge saftey razor, 10 extra blades, matchsticks to heal any cuts, aftershave, soap and a shaving brush. From then on each month "you will receive hand selected products that will reinvent your shaving experience. Previous boxes have included heavenly scented soaps, manly fragrances from small independent boutiques, a selection of razors and many more shaving essentials."

I'll start by saying that my boyfriend came out of the bathroom saying 'That was amazing'. The soap lathered up nicely, so he was able to gather enough soap to ensure the shave didn't leave him with a rash. Comparing the shave as very similar to a professional experience, if not better; he didn't cut himself, and the finish was so clean and fresh. He finished off using the 'Bay Rum & Lime Aftershave', not only looking good, but smelling good too. 

All in all, the product receives a massive thumbs up from us both. It achieves what it promises, and all the products are of very high quality. Goodbye BICS.

If you fancy treating the men in your life then this would make the PERFECT gift for fathers day, use the code BestDad15 for 15% off your order. You can order your box here.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Public Desire 'Kalia' Heels


Whilst I was doing my usual trawling of Instagram before bed; I came across the PUBLIC DESIRE account. Needless to say, I instantly fell in love with almost all of their shoes; cue a serious decrease in my bank balance. After a cheeky little hint, I received these Public Desire 'Kalia' Heels for my birthday!

lace up, public desire, kalia heels,  



This particular style comes in three different colours; Black, Nude or White and are available in a patent or suede material; the ones I'm wearing are the black suede but you can find them all on their website. I'd probably recommend that you buy a size up from your usual, I'm usually in limbo between 3/3.5, but I went for a 4 and they're quite snug. Despite the smallish fit, these heels are incredibly comfy, which as you probably know is quite rare for heels, especially when they're this high. I'll definitely be purchasing some more shoes from Public Desire; they're very bank account friendly with their bargain prices and excellent quality! Win win. 

Below are some other styles I'm currently loving, just click on the relevant image to be taken to the website.


http://www.publicdesire.co.uk/shop/heels/rebecca-stiletto-ankle-boots-in-black-6.htmlhttp://www.publicdesire.co.uk/shop/heels/lottie-nude-barely-there-high-heel.html http://www.publicdesire.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/22576/s/candi-heels-in-coral-pink-faux-suede-6/category/136/

(images sourced from the Public Desire website)

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

NEW DOMAIN..

Just a quick post to make you all aware that I've FINALLY set up my own domain. So I'd like to welcome you to..
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Those 70's Flares..



Excuse the absolute terrible shot; I got a little snap happy when trying these on and I just needed to show you these AMAZING trousers. Rewind a few years and I would of absolutely laughed in your face if you'd told me I'd be wearing patterned trousers.. drawing attention to my legs scares the muffins out of me! However, everything about these trousers flatters my figure.. the fit is absolutely perfect, and the little flare at the bottom makes my legs look a little thinner, yay. I couldn't even wait to feature these in an OOTD; I'm saving them for my birthday outfit and that's too long to deprive you of such loveliness. I sound borderline obsessed or in love... but they're so beautiful and a BARGAIN! You can buy them from H&M here.


I'm really digging the 70's vibe at the minute, here are some others that have caught my eye recently, just click the image to be taken to the relevant website..

http://www.boohoo.com/new-in/javaria-paisley-border-print-skinny-kick-flares/invt/azz04793http://www.boohoo.com/eleanor-ethnic-tile-print-skinny-flares/invt/azz05835https://www.missguided.co.uk/clothing/category/trousers/tile-print-flared-trousers-yellow
http://www.asos.com/Tiger-Mist-Petite/Tiger-Mist-Petite-Tapestry-Print-Flare/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5181649&cid=12917&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Multi&totalstyles=97&gridsize=3http://www.asos.com/kiss-the-sky/kiss-the-sky-flare-trouser-in-print/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5075373&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=flare&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=340&gridsize=3&gridrow=9&gridcolumn=1

(Images sourced from the relevant websites)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When it's time to put yourself first..

You may or may not have noticed that I've been pretty inactive in the blogging community over the last several months. Whilst I feel like I need to apologise for being a shoddy blogger, I also feel like I did a good thing. 

As a few of you may know, I suffer severely with anxiety and on the point of depression.. Going back a few months, I felt like my head wasn't in the right place to continue with my blog. Whilst the majority of bloggers are absolutely lovely, this time was when there was alot of bitching going on. I can honestly say I didn't feel like I belonged in this community. I didn't have enough followers, there was so much pressure to keep those few readers I had interested and it all became a bit too much. It made me ill, I was stressing so much and it was really beginning to affect the progress I had gained with my anxiety.

See, people think the world of blogging is glamourous and all freebies, but it isn't. For those that aren't established full time bloggers, it's hard. I was beginning to constantly think about my blog, why didn't I have more followers? Why don't people comment more? Why do other bloggers ignore me? etc etc. What with moving into my own place, I was finding it increasingly difficult to be able to afford new things to blog about. Eventually, I was in this kind of negative hole and I just kept spinning around, and around. Once I fell behind with my blogging, it just made me insecure, and this only got worse. That was when I knew I needed to take a step back..

Now.. here I am. 100% feeling like I'm ready to blog again. I wish I could of found a way to continue blogging and get better, but I'm thankful I took the time to realise my mental health was WAY more important than anything else. In a weird kind of way, it's made me value my own self. Because, lets face it.. the only person being you, is you. You need to look after yourself. 
 
Anyway, thank you to those who have continued to follow me; I'll be making a few changes with my blog so bare with me.. you'll be seeing ALOT more of me now.

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