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Make The Most Of The Easter Weekend

It's safe to say that I never want to fully grow up. I'm always going to act like I'm still in my 20s and I strongly believe that you're as young as you feel. Age as they say, is just a number! And like all kids, I love the festive holidays - I also love Easter. I never believed in the Easter bunny for some reason though. I don't think it was as brainwashed into us as Santa Claus is. The Easter holidays were always a favourite of mine, not only because I got time off school but the crazy amount of Easter Eggs we consumed and kept in our pantry cupboard at home. #ohthememories
Easter Eggs
Apart from pigging out on chocolate though, we never really did much around those holidays except perhaps go away to the caravan that my parents owned for a period of time. John Lewis (the egg-sperts of Easter) got in touch with me and asked me what my plans were for the Easter weekend. They are currently running a campaign to make the most of the easter weekend. And that got me thinking, with the glorious bank holiday weekend coming up - yep that's 4 whole days of fun, fun, fun for adults. I thought what could we do with that long weekend?

Explore new places

You have four days to get away from your home and do something. Whether you have kids, live with your partner or friends, take a trip away together. It doesn't have to be the full four days, perhaps a day out to the seaside or somewhere you've always wanted to visit. If you really want to splurge though, a long weekend with some sun, sea and sand might be just what the doctor ordered. Pstttt John Lewis have a great holiday shop section. #you'rwelcome

Do an Easter egg hunt

Why not keep it traditional and organise an easter egg hunt. Perhaps you can do a local one and get the community involved, or maybe you can make your own one with just you and your friends at home. Check out the egg-tacular selection that John Lewis has to offer here. I love the Easter Egg Bunny Basket which would be great to give to those taking part in the hunt. Spending time together is what makes these moments special, it also gives you a break from looking at your phone or watching television - dang it I sound like an adult.
Spring Clean

Spring clean

With the lighter evenings coming in at full swing - horray! A spring clean of your home or bedroom always makes me feel so much more calm and happier. A room that has been messy, once cleaned does wonders for your mood. I personally cannot say I'm the cleanest person but I do have my moments where I can whip the flat into shape and have things sparkling. 

Out with the old

A spring clean doesn't have to mean cleaning. It could be clearing out your makeup collection or your wardrobe to make way for new pieces. Donating old toys to charity or selling your unwanted items on Ebay could also give your home that revamped and less cluttered atmosphere you've been wanting since like, forever!

Do that thing

You know that one task that you've been meaning to do since like forever? Get it done. It's normally the most smallest of things. For me I've been wanting to update my iPod with music for SO LONG. A long weekend is perfect for getting these types of to do's done.
DIY

Get crafty

Why not embrace your youth and a little DIY?! I honestly don't think we do enough of this and things like baking and decorating your home with homemade decorations will end up giving you a sense of achievement and productivity, knowing you've done something other than binge-watching Netflix. John Lewis has all the tools you need to get started here. The Toft Simon the Sheep Crochet Kit is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Shop till you drop

Shopping for me is something I do every once in a while and is a great way of giving you some much needed self-care around the Easter holidays. Not only is it great to find some fashionable new clothes for your wardrobe or replace that arm chair you've been meaning to get rid of, but it's great for feeling like you've made progress and that's what matters.

Spend time with others

Holidays are about spending time with loved ones so the most important thing is that unless you'd rather do these things alone (which is no problem - I love my own company too), doing this with others will makes these experiences that whole lot more memorable. So don't just sit on your sofa all weekend - get active and make something happen!

Check out John Lewis' full range of Easter treats here.







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Fun Party Venue Ideas


When it comes to throwing a party, whether it's a birthday celebration, a reunion or a wedding, picking the right venue should be at the top of your list. It's where your party is taking place and a venue that's not the right fit can turn your dream party into a bit of a party pooper.

It's handy that companies like Venueseeker exist so that it takes off a little bit of the pressure of finding the perfect space. What makes this even better is that it's a free service so you're getting some life-saving advice for nothing! Venueseeker cover mainly party venues in London but they do have some locations outside the city that are just as special.
I decided to test out their site and suggest some top venue ideas for a certain party you may be having in the future. Even if it's to spur your curiosity, to try the site out for yourself, you never know what's right on your doorstep.

Work Events

Live Band Area | The Drury Club | Holds up to 300 people standing
Situated in the heart of Cheshire | The Alpine Bar - Tatton Park Holds up to 1,500 people

When it comes to a work event, you want a reasonably sized space, depending of course on how many employees are at your workplace. It needs to be somewhere that's got a good atmosphere, perhaps an opportunity of a live band, space to dance but also areas where others can sit and chat whilst you make a fool out of yourself on the dance floor.


Birthday Celebrations

Versatile | Black Swan Studios | Fits up to 180 guests
ICE COLD! | IceBar London | Holds between 30-115 for seated dinners
Celebrating a birthday is always a special occassion for loved ones to celebrate the birth of you because let's face it, you're Queen B. Whether it's a significant number or not, your birthday venue should show off your personality. Studios like the Black Swan Studio is a versatile space that you can customise to your own needs and preferences and somewhere like the IceBar London, is a unique and quirky experience that will make it a birthday to remember.

Weddings


Tradional & Regal | Hedsor House Up to 150 guests

 
Countryside dreaminess Dorney Court Fits up to 3,000 people!

Weddings for me are just the most romantic occassion and to share a special day where two people want to declare their love for one another is just magical. If it's your wedding day, you want the venue to work for you and for your guests. Manor Houses tend to be a good choice as they normally offer hotel rooms. Places in the countryside are my favourite and I would love for something like Dorney Court to be where my post-wedding reception takes place.

Christmas / New Year



Modern & Elegant | Old Billingsgate | Squeeze in up to 400 people

Memorable | Roundhouse | Get a whopping 1,800 guests in here

Christmas and New Year celebrations come part in parcel with each other and sometimes just throwing one big bash makes it much easier than having two separate parties. These venues are show-stoppers to say the least. Whether it's with family, friends or colleagues, you'll be sure to have one hell of a night!

Do you think Venueseeker is a useful tool for finding party venues? Let me know in the comments below.






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Apricot Clothing - SS17 Range

If you're like me then I'm practically jumping for joy at the fact that Summer is just around the corner and the sun is showing no signs of setting until the early evening - FINALLY! I swear though that we British people make the same comments about Summer every year, like we forget that we ever had sun in our existence.

'I can't believe how sunny it is!' 'Can you believe that it's still light and it's 6pm?!' 'Oh my god it's so hot, I can't stand this heat!'

But nevertheless I love it and I'd love if this Summer could just stay all year round? kthanks. 

I love everything about Summer including the fashion and I'm really hoping that this season's wardrobe will be full of bright colours, frills and big sleeves. I've teamed up with Apricot to give you a little look at their SSW for this year and they very kindly gifted me with a few outfits to keep. 
Denim Dress
Embroidered Dress
Denim Dress
Now I love denim and it's something I've always loved since I was a kid. The material is very nostalgic to me and that's why when I wear denim, I always think of the 90s. I wanted to get myself a new denim dress that I could wear casually at work but also when I'm on my holidays. This dark denim number is perfect because it's just the right length for a lanky kid like me. There's two chest pockets for detail and the fabric is light and breathable for sweaty McGees like myself. This denim dress is £24.00 and is available in both the dark and light blue. I think it would also look great with a thin brown belt to accentuate the waist.
Denim Dress
Denim Dress
Embroidered Dress
There's nothing that screams beach holidays more than this tribal embroidered neck shift dress. I love the detailing around the front, around the arms and along the hem line. The subtle cinching in the middle of the dress, gives it something special, rather than it being straight and plain. This piece is £29.00 and is going to be worn out by me by the time the end of Summer comes around.
Embroidered Dress
Fedora Hat
And lastly, I had to get myself a new hat for the Summer. I must admit that wearing hats on my holidays can be a bit of a hit and miss. I try to stay away from straw hats because let's be honest, I won't be wearing them during the Winter! So I wanted something versatile that still felt summery. This tan Fedora hat was the perfect match and looks super slick with the dark denim dress. Pairing it with some embroidered boots and I'm ready to embrace the sun in all it's glory. The hat also comes in a dark navy and is on sale for £8.00 so get it before it's gone!

What fashion do you think you'll be wearing this Summer? Let me know in the comments below.






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Coconut Lane

So Coconut Lane popped up in my Instagram feed one day and it was one of those sponsored ads so as soon as you click on it, you go immediately to that page. I'm so happy that I stumbled upon this brand because I mean when you see this gorgeous piece of casing, you'll want one for yourself.
Laptop
Introducing the Rose Gold Marble Macbook Pro Cover. I mean, I can't stop holding it, I can't stop looking at it and just generally showing it off to random strangers. Please note that this isn't a collaboration or sponsored, I just wanted to show off this brand to you guys!

Coconut Lane is right on the mark with today's trend and what we want as customers. They sell a range of home accessories, stationary, covers for your tech products, clothing and jewellery. All of it is genuinely something I'd want in my home and I was easily convinced of this when my little beauty of a Macbook cover arrived in the post. 
Rose Marble
The cover is made of plastic but has a matt, smooth finish. The marble though looks so real that you wouldn't have noticed the fact it was made out of plastic at all. The case easily clips onto my laptop as initially, I thought I'd ordered the wrong size. The top of the case is marbled with the bottom being a matted white finish. It has vents in which is great for making sure that the laptop doesn't overheat.

I also noticed that my Apple logo does show through the marble slightly which looks really cool but it's not as prominent which I think is actually a good thing because it would say something about the thickness of the casing.
Laptop in laptop case
The case itself cost me £28.00 but I got a sneaky lil discount and ended up paying £14.00 for it. The price though is definitely worth the product. I would have happily paid the full price for it because it feels like such a durable casing that isn't going to scratch or peel away easily.
Holding laptop
So if this little beauty tickles your fancy then even better news is that all my readers get 20% off with this unique code, upyourvlog20. So go my minions, buy all the rose gold marble you can and be the envy of literally everyone you know...even your neighbour's cat.

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Off The Grid - What I'd Miss

Have you ever thought, jeez we as a human race have come a long way?! Since entering this world, I've seen the birth of the internet, the technological advances of gaming and filming and much, much more. Living in London and just being the position where I have food in my belly and a roof over my head is unfortunately not a staple of what every single person in this world has, so here's a few things I'd miss if I lived 'off the grid'.
Desert

Heating

I think the basics such as business gas, electric and water are something that we definitely take for granted. I really do hate being cold so knowing I have the luxury of instant heating is something I'd miss if I suddenly found myself living in a place with none of these amenities. 

Food

Living in London has opened me up to so much cultural cuisine that I'd find it lacking if I lived anywhere else in the UK. You can get so much in this city that you'll never struggle to find something different.
Food

Health Services

Another thing that British people tend to forget about is that we do have a very good health service, much better than most other countries. Without it, paying for health care would be so expensive and having no access to it would be detrimental to life itself.

Transport

London has everything when it comes to transport. You can grab a taxi within minutes, can hop on the train or underground and get from one end to the city to the other in no time. Even now though where I go somewhere I can't get an Uber in, well it makes me feel a little out of touch. Scary right?! I think it's probably because I can't drive a car yet...
Underground

Technology

If someone took away all my technology, I'd be sad to say this but I'd be pretty bored without it. Everything from blogging, communicating with friends and family and entertainment comes from technology and electrical products in general. I suppose without it though, I'd be able to see a lot more of the world around me, which isn't so bad when you think about it.

People

If I lived in the middle of nowhere and with absolutely no contact with the rest of civilisation, I'd go crazy. I love being alone and having my own space but after a while, having no contact with other people can send you a little mad. We need human contact to function, to feel loved and to give love. I'd miss my friends, my family and yes even that one person who insists on walking slowly down the left hand side of an escalator on the morning London commute.

I know these are pretty much the basics of every day life but unfortunately my situation is not the same situation for everyone else.

What would you miss if you found yourself living off the grid? Let me know in the comments below.






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Why You Need A Spa Day Once In A While

Introducing guest blogger Ana Arsovska. Ana is a beauty blogger, makeup lover and a skin care enthusiast. When she's not creating DIY projects and sharing makeup reviews on her blog 365beautytips.com, she writes about fashion, style and blogging on other websites. On UpYourVlog, Ana's talking about why we all need a spa day once in a while!

The pressure to succeed in everything you do and the struggle of balancing your work and personal life can be overwhelming. Staying on schedule, tackling problems, keeping up with that to-do list and achieving your goals is basically what life’s made of, but sometimes all of this can leave you feeling drained and burned out. Truth is, life is stressful and knowing when to stop and take a break is very important for your wellness. There’s a variety of activities you can do to relax and take your mind off things, and taking a little trip to your nearest spa resort might be the best one. 
Spa towels
A day at the spa isn’t a luxury - it’s a necessity. Taking a day off just for yourself can make a huge difference, and getting all the great benefits from spa services will make you feel refreshed and energized. Check out some of the most important health and beauty benefits of visiting a spa more often.

Health benefits

Having a spa day can improve both your mental and physical health in many ways. Massage therapies can treat anxiety and sleep disorders, help boost your immune system, relieve headaches and muscle tension, help heal digestive disorders and improve blood circulation. Spa baths can improve your cardiovascular health, help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Saunas and steam rooms are a great way of improving your health through sweating. A sweat session can help you get rid of toxins, promote weight loss, help sinus relief and boost your immune system. Whatever service you choose, it will help you maintain your good health and state of mind.
Woman

Beauty benefits

Spa centers at WaySpa offer so many beauty treatments – these places are all about feeling good and looking good. You can get a facial treatment that will rejuvenate, cleanse and refine your skin, a body wrap that will remove all dead skin cells and provide you a smoother complexion, a waxing service that will remove all hairs and make your skin soft and silky…The list goes on and on! 

Taking care of your skin is essential, but while you’re at the spa, you might want to get your nails done and have a manicure and pedicure treatment to revitalize your hands and feet. Some spas offer hair and makeup services, so you can nourish your hair, change your hairstyle or get that makeup look you’ve always wanted. Spa centers provide plenty of beauty treatments so you can either choose one or go for the full experience and enhance your beauty head to toe.
Face

Treating conditions

Considering the health benefits mentioned above, a spa day will not only help you maintain your health - it could also help you heal your body and mind.

Massage therapy can provide faster recovery from sports injuries such as soft tissue strains, muscle spasms or broken bones and burns, by increasing the blood circulation and improving joint movement and flexibility. They can also relieve back pain, heal sore muscles, treat mental conditions such as anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, relieve headaches and lower blood pressure.

Saunas and steam rooms can ease joint pain, improve blood circulation and boost the immune system. They’re also great for fighting cold and flu and can improve asthma symptoms and sinus conditions.
Getting a regular facial treatment can help heal your skin and treat skin conditions such as acne scarring, redness, pimples, sunspots and sun damage, blackheads, whiteheads, and rosacea.
Girl being massaged

Detox your body and mind

A sweating session at the sauna will help you get rid of toxins and clean your skin from bacteria and dirt buildup. The calming atmosphere of the spa and services like massages and spa baths will help you unwind, relax and detox your mind. 

Socializing

A day at the spa is the perfect opportunity for spending quality time with your loved ones. Get together with your friend or relative for a pampering pedicure treatment, a sauna session or a hot tub spa bath treatment.

A couples massage is a great way to spice things up in your relationship and enjoy each other’s company. Sharing this relaxing experience with your partner will help you reconnect, bond and strengthen your relationship.

Taking a break

Lastly, a spa day is all about taking a break from reality and all responsibilities. After all the hard work and stress buildup, you do deserve some time to focus on yourself. A day off from your daily routine will help you recharge, recover and instantly feel better. Pampering yourself in a relaxing atmosphere will definitely boost your mood, energy, and productivity! 
Foot Spa

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7 Style Tips Every Curvy Girl Should Consider

Peter Minkoff is one of my regular guest bloggers and you can always expect the best advice from his blogs. Check out his last one here. He's a beauty and fashion writer, living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. Now here on UpYourVlog, we celebrate every shape so here's 7 style tips that every curvy girl should consider!
Curvy Girl
Being curvy, bodacious, and bootylicious is simply fabulous, period. Kim Kardashian knows it, Ashley Graham knows it, and if you are a member of the curvy girls’ society – you know it too. This is the reason why you should never try to hide or suppress your curves with clothes that just do not do your body justice. To that end, we have created a list of seven rules to follow in order to flaunt that show-stopping figure of yours; when you look in the mirror before walking out the door, you will be saying ‘I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly’.


Ditch the Polyester 

We tend to think of summer as this carefree, breezy time of great summer outfits and hairstyles, but in reality, it can get sticky, sweaty and just a pain in the neck. This is why it is crucial that you ditch all your polyester items and go for pure cotton ones. Not only will they allow your body to breathe, but they will also not stick to your body accentuating parts you don’t want to draw attention to.

The Anti-Chafing Hack

Curvy Girl
A curvy girl once said: “My thighs love each other so much, they can't stop touching each other.” While full salacious thighs are so much better than the unhealthy thigh gap trend, every gal who has thighs that cannot stand apart knows that summer chafing can be a real hassle. To avoid this, wear cute biker shorts under dresses and skirts on hot days that are made of breathable materials, of course. Not only will this prevent chafing, but you will be free to rock a sundress on a windy day and not be embarrassed if the summer breeze lifts it up. Seventeen has you covered with many hacks for the summer, so make sure you snag some of the tips. 

Make it Fit

You are a girl with curves – embrace it, celebrate it, love it, and stop trying to squeeze into things two sizes too small. The secret to looking stunning in any outfit is to pick items that are your own size, so never shy away from body hugging plus size dresses. Numbers have nothing to do with how gorgeous you are, but a dress in the right size will only emphasize your beauty.

High Waist all the Way

Curvy Girl
No one can pull off high-waisted jeans like a curvy girl. They emphasize your waist, hide that extra tummy you do not want the world to see, show off your glorious booty and hug those hips better than a loving boyfriend. If you happen to be conscious about your thighs (which you should not be), go for a darker denim shade as it tends to make your legs look slimmer.

Stripe up Right

Whoever said bootylicious gals cannot rock stripes was terribly in the wrong. The only thing you should avoid, whether with skirts or tops, is horizontal stripes as they make everyone look bigger than they are. The most flattering stripes for you are the vertical ones, but if you want to take the more fun and stylish route, diagonal and asymmetric stripes are the way to go.


Trendy and Flattering

Curvy Girl
Kimonos are still going strong when it comes to this season’s trends, and apart from giving your look a great summer and breezy vibe, especially if you go for bold bright colors and floral prints, they are also a great way to turn focus from your arms, if that is a part of your body you are not really crazy about. Trendy and practical, all in one. 

The Taller Effect

Whether we are talking blazers, blouses, jumpsuits or shirts, the V-neck cut is the Holy Grail cut out for every girl with a stronger bust. It will make your cleavage look amazing while making you slimmer and taller at the same time. This is why those V-neck wrap dresses are so magical, so thank you, Diane Von Furstenberg, for inventing them. 


Peter is also an Editor In Chief on High Style Life. So go check that out too!






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Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's nearly Mother's Day. A chance to celebrate all those hard-working mums out there and give them a day that's all about them. I won't be with my mum for Mother's Day but I will be seeing her next weekend. My mum is pretty special and she's the best damn mum in all the world (and I would say that because I'm bias). Her passion for both my life, brothers, family and friends is never-ending. She always puts others before her and that is one of my favourite qualities, that and the hundreds of questions I get per week on Facebook messenger. I wouldn't want it any other way.

If you're looking for some last minute gifts for your mum, check out my Mother's Day Gift Guide for all the goodies!

AMARA - UGG Slippers

UGG Slippers
Treat your mum's tootsies to a little something more luxurious with these gorgeous Ugg Slippers (£70.00) from Amara. The site offers a range of luxury items for a special occassion such as Mother's Day from watches, to bags and purses. Have a little gander here.

Prestige Flowers

Flowers
Flowers are the typical present for Mother's Day and they by no means go unappreciated. I love having flowers in a room as it not only looks aesthetically pleasing but I've come to appreciate the smells that flowers have. Prestige Flowers are a company I've reviewed in then the past and they come beautifully packaged. See their range here.

Niche Lane

Leather Bags
I love a beautifully crafted bag as much as the next person, so why not treat your mum to an extra special gift this Mother's Day. Niche Lane offer some beautiful leather bags to fit daily essentials in and for travelling. I love the Classic (on the left) which is a gorgeous buckle bag that offers a vintage twist to it's style. The Loxley (on the right) is a slimmer bag that's great for working mums on the go. The Classic is £165 and The Loxley is £175. Get your 10% off with the code UPYOURVLOG10.

John Lewis 

John Lewis
John Lewis has gone all out this year offering gifts that are tailored to who your mum is. Whether she's a fashionista, the home lover, a spa mum or a Techie, there's something for every mother. Check out their range here.

Morse Toad - Chocolates

Chocolate Card
I mean, you can't really go wrong with Chocolates on Mother's Day, so why not get her chocolates she'll remember and may not ever want to eat?! Morse Toad offers a range of chocolate cards. Specially hand crafted chocolate pieces, that read as a message to your mum.

A Simple Card

A card whether it's hand-made or personal to your mum's personality, can be a perfect alternative if your finances don't allow for a big gift. There's plenty of cards to choose from but how about a personalised one from Moonpig or FunkyPigeon? They don't cost much but they're guaranteed to make your mum smile.


What have you got your mum for Mother's Day? Let me know in the comments below!

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