Friday, 23 June 2017

Mr & Mrs Rendle

So I witnessed one of my best friend's get married a couple of weeks ago and whilst they are probably still on their honeymoon (they're camper vannin' it around the UK), it's still settling in that this has actually happened and that it's a very adult thing to do. I know, I've definitely not grown up at all - I feel like a child still! 
Wedding Dance
I remember all the memories we made at university, all the times we drunkenly danced in the nightclub on the Pier in Aberystwyth and all those times we shared going through the drama of university. Laura looked incredible and she had this beautiful, natural glow that could only come from knowing she was marrying the love of her life. To have been part of something so special was an honour and I wanted to share a few (or a lot) snaps of the wedding weekend. Enjoy :)
Friends Posing
Wedding Procedures
the bride and groom
The wedding was beautiful and every detail was well thought out. I got so many ideas from this wedding for when I have my own, from the personalised hashtag game to the golden globe allowing guests to write their good wishes.
Wedding couple stepping out of campervan
Of course, Laura's wedding dress was highly anticipated and she looked beautiful! She hadn't told us what she was wearing as she wanted to keep it top secret but the dress suited it perfectly. The lace and detailing to the front and back was just what I thought she'd go for. I also loved the fact that the top part of her dress came off to reveal a sweetheart neckline. JUST GORGEOUS!
Wedding Venue
Boys smiling
 Of course, Laura's wedding dress was highly anticipated and she looked beautiful! She hadn't told us what she was wearing as she wanted to keep it top secret but the dress suited her perfectly. The lace and detailing to the front and back was just what I thought she'd go for. I also loved the fact that the top part of her dress came off to reveal a sweetheart neckline. JUST GORGEOUS!
the wedding dress
Back of the wedding dress
The wedding top
the wedding shoes
Bride talking to friends
Afternoon tea
I Spy Game
Cake and flowers
The weather certainly held out for Laura and her big day, only chucking it down when we got into the marquee - perfect timing!

The afternoon tea served was so adorable and after I downed a bottle of Prosecco (because hey you can take a girl out of Stoke but you can't take the Stoke out of a girl), we watched the bride and groom cut the cake and take their first dance.
Danielle posing
Best Girlfriends
Best Friends selfie
Girl posing
Group dancing
First dance
Jake and Laura signage
I still cannot believe that one of my friends is now married. Life is going so quickly! So who's will it be next I wonder?!
Aber Gang
The Aber Crew.
Have you been to a wedding recently? 


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Drink Responsibly With UBrew

It's that time of year where the sun is shining and it's therefore every worker's excuse to finish early and get down the pub on a Friday afternoon to see in the weekend. The British are very notorious for working hard and playing hard so it's nice to see more alcohol brands pushing the message of drinking responsibly.

UBrew has launched a new drink called Responsibly and is described as 'the beer that all the other beers ask you to drink'.
Owners of UBrew
Image Source
The new pale ale is reinforcing the message of drinking responsibly and has released some pretty hilarious promotional videos to go along with it.

It's a topic that's been raised numerous times over the years and binge drinking comes with a lot of bad press, mostly aimed at our generation. Can you believe that alcohol-related harm costs England around £21bn per year and tackling crime, involving alcohol, costs a cool £11bn per year. And as the hotter weather hits, we become a little more careless with our beverages. Alcohol tends to be a casual factor in more than 60 medical conditions and it's reported that in 2012-2013, an estimated 1,008,850 hospital admissions were related to alcohol-consumption. However, with all this statistic spiel, I don't want to sound like I'm preaching because frankly, I love a good G&T. Instead, it's all about the amount we drink and making sure we don't drink too much too quickly.

With a campaign that isn't taking itself too seriously, UBrew started out as an open brewery where more than 500 members would brew their own beer. Based in London, UBrew sells a variety of beer decorated vividly with funny illustrations so you can tell they are a brand that want to stand out from the more traditional breweries. 
With courses, merchandise and membership available, UBrew is definitely an example of the modern times we live in and that big corporations are no longer the only ones in the market.

To become a member of UBrew, make sure you click here and make sure you drink responsibly this Summer. Hopefully it'll be a scorcher!

*Disclaimer - This is a sponsored post but all words are my own.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tips To Keep Your Home Fuss Free

Sometimes our lives can be very limited for time. Those mundane chores and unexpected accidents can become a bit of a hassle. Finding ways of keeping your house more manageable with the spare time we have can leave you with more time spent with family and friends, enjoying life. Here are a few ways of keeping your home fuss free.
Love Sign

Invest In Wooden Flooring

Yes, carpeted halls and bedrooms keep you warm during the winter months but covering your floors with laminated wood means that cleaning up messes is a lot easier. My parents got a beige/cream carpet fitted back in our old house (I know - don't ask why) and a number of times things got spilt accidentally, red wine included. It would often drive my dad up the wall! Investing in wipeable surfaces are less of a hassle and turn out to save you a lot of money in the long run.

Floating Shelves

I love the concept of a floating shelf because they can be put up anywhere. I definitely think I'd have floating shelves around the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, as it keeps all those bits and bobs that we hoarders tend to collect, out of the way. A simple dust around them will also keep cleaning to a minimum.

Fake Plants

Fake flowers and plants, in general, are obviously easy to maintain. If you do like the smell of flowers, potpourri is a great way to fragrance a room without having to buy a bunch of flowers every week. Change the potpourri every month to keep the smell intense or to change up the fragrance according to the season.

Walls & Windows

Keep walls fuss-free by avoiding wallpaper and going for paint. Using integrated blinds within windows avoids having to dust them every five minutes and it looks super stylish and modern.

Keep Things Off The Floor

From shoes to books, keeping things off the floor will reduce the amount of dust that builds up around it. Make sure to buy plenty of shoe stands, bookcases and other storage holders to help kerb the mess.

What would you recommend to keep your home fuss free? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post although all words are my own.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Highs & Lows | Week 8

Another glorious week and the sunshine has been a scorcher this past weekend. I spent the weekend back home for Father’s Day and we spent the whole day sunbathing in the garden whilst daddykins lit up a BBQ and treated us to a glorious feast. So much for relaxing on Father’s Day eh dad?!


Family Time

There’s nothing like a weekend spent with the family and not even opening up your laptop. As a blogger, I spend every second I get outside of work to work on my blog. It’s hard to communicate just how much effort goes into blogging but it was so nice to switch off and not have to worry about writing or scheduling posts.


So during the weekend, we went to a Queen Tribute at my hometown’s theatre and it was amazing. By far one of the best tribute acts I’ve seen and I highly recommend it. Make sure you book tickets here if it’s coming to a theatre near you.

Glorious Tanning

Nothing like a bit of sunshine to hit the skin of a pale girl and turn her into a bronzed goddess - I mean, I’d like to think I look a little healthier with a tan anyway. Bring on more sun, please!


Too Hot To Sleep

With the hot weather, the rising temperatures mean sleep is definitely lacking. I had a pretty bad night's sleep the other night and I can only expect that's going to be the same if it continues to be hot at night.

Grenfell Tower

I was truly heartbroken about the news of Grenfell Tower. If you don't know, London suffered yet another blow after a 24-storey building caught fire, claiming the lives of currently 58 people. This figure is expected to rise and the people of London are demanding those responsible for the fire, to be held accountable for their actions. It's so sad that so many have lost their lives, with most being whole families. All my thoughts go out to those affected and if you'd like to donate to the support fund, you can do so here.

What have been your highs and lows this week? Let me know in the comments below.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lessons To Learn From Your Past Beauty Mistakes

Zara Lewis is a designer and a regular contributor to, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking. Check out her last post here. This week, she's talking about learning from your past beauty mistakes. I mean, I've definitely had a few...
Beauty mistakes are crimes we have all committed at one point or another; there isn’t a single person innocent when it comes to this particular crime. Some are the things we now laugh about, anecdotes that start with sentences like: “Remember that time I over-tweezed and my eyebrows looked like a Nike logo?”, while others are more severe and hence more difficult to eradicate than simply growing your eyebrows out. Still, every mistake, beauty or life one, comes with a lesson. The lesson that we should use to be wiser in the future and not let history repeat itself. In case some of them slipped your mind, we are here with a friendly reminder. 

Tanning beds + skipping SPF 

The last couple of years have been a wakeup call when it comes to the importance of using sunblock. The days when tanning was ‘in’ are thankfully gone, and for a good reason. Sun exposure results in skin that looks leathery, dry, wrinkled, discolored, and in the worst-case scenario, it can lead to skin cancer. The sun-kissed glow is simply not worth the damage, so never leave the house without slathering your skin with moisturizer or foundation with high SPF. 

This leads us to another unfortunate past trend that was used as a substitute for natural tanning – tanning beds. You might not have been aware of this, but those dangerous UV rays are very much present in tanning beds. This is exactly why The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies tanning beds and tanning lamps into its highest cancer risk category. The lesson: never skip sunblock, and when you see a tanning salon, just keep on walking and bask in the glory of your protected, healthy skin.

Bad Hair Year 

There are mornings when we simply wake up with bad hair, and that results in a bad hair day. There are other times when we make our own mistakes by going to a salon without thinking things through and do something that instantly makes us want to burst into tears. One of those tear-jerking moves is getting bangs when you don’t have the face for them. Not only do you end up being miserable but you spend the next several months with bobby pins in your hair, trying to hide the mistake until it grows back. 

Never do fringes unless you have your stylist’s full support – they know hair, and they know what’s right for you, (and this doesn’t only go for bangs; don’t get a pixie cut unless you are absolutely certain you won’t be pining over your long strands). Right next to hairdo-gone-wrong is getting a perm. This is a big no-no for most people – if you want curly hair use a curling wand, don’t submit yourself to at least six months of ache and regret. 

Not Getting Your Beauty Sleep

Lying In Bed
Whether it was obsessing over a guy, pulling an all-nighter study session, partying way too much and sleeping very little, we are all guilty of skipping on our beauty sleep. When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye - 7 to 9 quality hours each night. When you deprive your skin of its snooze time, you don’t allow for production of new collagen which results in premature aging and wrinkled skin. Botox is definitely not the answer, and Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz as well as Gwyneth Paltrow can vouch for that

Keep A Beauty Journal


Keeping this kind of journal is definitely a good idea. Get yourself a beautiful little notebook and a few different color markers and use them to highlight the things you notice when trying out different beauty products. You can even use one color for “no-no” things and a different one for the things that work for you. If you’re struggling with allergies or skin problems, make a list of the ingredients that trigger your condition and use it as a cheat-sheet the next time you go shopping. You can also use it to write down makeup ‘recipes’. For example, you did your makeup, and it looks fantastic - make a note of your process so that you can repeat the same routine. 

No matter what your mistakes are, and how they’ve affected your look so far, the best thing to do is recognize them and find out what you can learn from them. Love and treat your skin and body right, and they will love you back.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Win £100's Worth Of Father's Day Gifts

Are you a last minute buyer when it comes to birthdays? Same. And if I'm bad with birthdays, days like Mother's and Father's Day also tend to be a frantic and desperate attempt to find something the night before on the high street. It always surprises me what you can find down your local shopping district. I actually live near Lewisham and they have their own shopping centre, which I've actually done promotional work in! (I was dressed as a giant Easter Bunny and scared most kids). Check out some of these gift ideas to kerb that Father's Day panic.

Next Signature Holdall - £120 

Keep that father figure in your life stylish with this signature, brown leather holdall from Next. Enough space to put all their 'man things' in it.

M&S Collection Linen Shirt - £35

Linen is the only material this Summer that won't make him sweat like he's just stepped out of a sauna. Plus it's M&S, so you know it's good quality. Go on, he deserves it!

Sainsbury's Slogan Apron - £10

For someone who's dad actually does the cooking, I think I'd probably give this Sam when he becomes a dad. He's like my mum - it's not can't cook, it's won't cook! And if your dad is a stranger to the kitchen, at least he won't get anything down that nice linen shirt you've just brought him...

M&S Best Of British Cufflinks - £19.50

Have a traditionally British dad or father-in-law? Does he sing 'God Save The Queen' and drink tea? Well, he'll scrub up well with these cufflinks. Be prepared though that this will probably only make him more patriotic. #facepalm

M&S Collection Floral Print Shirt - £22.50

Give your dad's wardrobe a little refresh with this gorgeous floral print shirt. Definitely not tempted to just buy one myself and pass it off as a woman's shirt.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Dart Board - £7.00

Got a dad who's a dab hand at the darts? Treat him to his very own dartboard and never have to worry about causing a serious injury. I know that I'd end up stabbing someone accidentally with a dart. *Never give Natalie sharp objects

Sainsbury's Home Legend Mug - £3.50

Legends. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Who knew your dad was one?!

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Mini Playing Cards - £1.00

And for those with simpler tastes, a pack of playing cards and a few bottles of Cobra beer will go down a treat!

Make sure you enter Lewisham's competition to win £100's worth of Father's Day gifts - because this would give you a get out of jail free card for the next important date you miss!

Enter here

Hopefully, this has given you some last minute inspiration this Father's Day. Let me know what you are getting up to in the comments below!



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