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Friday, 20 October 2017

I GOT ENGAGED!

I'm engaged. I have a fiancé. OH MY GOD!

We've been together for five and a half years yet I still had no idea that my partner Sam, had been putting plans in place to pop the question during our trip to Morocco. 
Engagement ring
We've always openly talked about getting engaged and it wasn't until recently that we both walked into a jewellers to get my ring finger sized. The letter K. I remember the store clerk noting down the size for him but Sam said this would be something he'd remember.

When it comes to engagement rings, there are SO many shapes, sizes and colours to choose from, that the traditional silver diamond ring isn't always the first choice nowadays. I think it's safe to say that the celebrity engagements we see in the glossy magazines and on social media, have created some influence over what we ourselves would like to wear. However, not all of us have the average amount of £489k to splurge on one piece of jewellery. Yep according to 77 Diamonds’ latest analysis into celebrity engagement rings, that's the average amount that celebrities splurge on when popping the big question.


I've always been a fan of vintage, so when I'd casually browse the shop front windows, housing all these beautiful sparkling rings, I would gravitate towards the ones that had more colour than just white gold.


One that always popped up was the sapphire stone and I really loved the Princess shape because it's the perfect middle between being too small or too big. My ring, which was from Beaverbrooks has just the one band but has an arch underneath the stone so the front of the ring is raised. A small touch but I feel like it makes a difference.
Flowers and fizz
Sunset
Where Sam proposed!
Sam's proposal came during the first evening of our stay in Morocco. We'd gotten ready (unbeknownst to me that I was about to get proposed to, I opted for red lippy - stupid choice) in our room and then headed down to the beach to watch the sunset. Now typical me, I wasn't in much of a mood to watch the sunset, particularly as it was very cloudy. Yet Sam persisted in dragging me down to the sand from the promenade, as I reluctantly took my heels off. Once settled in the sand, I was actually pleased he'd convinced me because it was a beautiful beach.

The sun broke through the clouds and Sam started talking about how we'd met and how he'd asked me to be his girlfriend on a beach in Aberystwyth. He told me he loved me and that I was his soulmate and that he'd asked my dad a question. At this point, he'd reached into his pocket and pulled out a small box. I cried, he cried, we kissed, he placed the ring on my finger and - well it was perfect.
Couple
With the engagement season in full swing, the most popular date of the year being 1st December, I thought this post was well timed with the jeweller's study into Celebrity Engagement Trends

Maybe, you're currently looking for an engagement ring or need ideas on the types of rings out there that are popular. Either way, there's a big enough market out there to get that celebrity-inspired ring that won't break the bank or require you to take out another mortgage.

Are you engaged? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with 77 Diamonds. All words are my own.




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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Magic Memories | Canvas Prints

I think I take after my mum when it comes to photographs. I took so many pictures during my time at university, that I must have SO many albums on my Facebook and probably lost plenty of Facebook friends in the process because of my over-excessive camera snapping.
Photos
I've always loved canvas photo frames,  they stand out and give your photos a little more life and depth, especially if it's a collection of photos hanging together. Magic Memories got in touch for me to try out their canvas prints and I really wanted to get a collage of myself and Sam through the years that we've been together. 

I wanted photos that showed our personalities and our love (blegh, this is getting too soppy) so I went with the four photos you see above.

Magic Memories are actually a US-based photography service but they ship globally including here in the UK & Ireland. The uploading of photos and assembling them onto the canvas is very simple. There's a choice of sizes to pick from, including the layout and sizing of each photo on the canvas. You can select the photos either from your own computer files or from your social media such as Facebook or Instagram.
Photos
Photos
I was slightly worried that the quality of my photos may be a little poor and therefore would appear very grainy on the canvas but when it arrived, I was surprised by just how well they came out. Even the black and white one was perfect and this was taken on an old phone.

The price was pretty reasonable at £69.15 but I don't think that included the cost of shipping. I do love the thought of having photos all over our house because they tell a story, showing fragments of your life both old and new that you can cherish and have more sentimental value than most things in your life.

What do you think of this canvas collage? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was gifted this canvas print in return for an honest review. All words are my own.




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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

LoveMeBeauty | PMD Kiss

No this isn't a device that's going to turn your lips into a giant trout pout similar to the Kylie Jenner lip challenge that some absolute idiots on the Internet thought would be a good idea to do. Human beings never cease to amaze me.

Introducing the PMD Kiss, a lip plumping device that provides an instant result that lasts for hours and with daily use, boosts collagen and creates longer lasting results. Now as far as beauty tools of this nature go, I could see this being super gimmicky.
PMD Kiss
The PMD costs a staggering £125.00 and I got this as part of my LoveMeBeauty subscription and it cost a total of 25 credits. Baring in mind that you get 60 credits for £10. WTF?! There's bargains and then there's well...this.

The device comes with the 'smart lip pumping serum' which is basically what gives you that tingling sensation and contributes to plumping your lips in order to get that instant effect.
PMD Kiss Lip Serum
So I actually read the instructions for this device because hey, I don't want to just go right in and potentially cause damage to these luscious lips! You need to charge the device for a couple of hours before using it and once ready, apply the serum to dry, clean lips.

One thing I need to mention is that this isn't a quiet device, it's pretty loud so don't go doing it late at night or waking your other half up in the morning - they will not be impressed. The sound of the device is quite terrifying, so at first I was very hesitant to bring it to my lips. However, I was surprised by the suction power which was strong but didn't cause any pain at all.
Lips before treatment
Before
Lips after treatment
After

Going back to the serum, I'd much prefer it if it were a more liquid based one. This was more like a soft paste which didn't sit very well on my lips. The device has two speeds, one quick and one that's more drawn out to provide a more intense suction. The suction itself is actually vacuum technology which makes sense because it does feel like you've placed a mini vacuum on your lips. From the photos above, you can see a slight difference to my lips, perhaps a little redness around the area (which is normal). 

I think over time, this could definitely provide some longer lasting results and it's actually quite therapeutic to use on a daily basis. I'm certainly going to start using it before I know I'll be applying lipstick as I do see it making a difference to the plumpness of my lips.
Lip Suction
PMD Kiss Device
It's quite a pricey device and probably a little too overpriced in my opinion. However, if you're someone who enjoys caring for your lips and wants to attempt to get fuller lips without the surgery or needles, then this is the best device to use.

What do you think of the PMD Kiss? Let me know in the comments below.





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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Organic Shop | Win A Hamper Giveaway

You may have seen a previous post where I featured Natura Siberica's Detoxifying Soap, which I loved. Turns out there's another brand called Organic Shop who've also recently launched and they have A LOT of products on offer. So they kindly gifted me a ton of haircare and skincare products. To say I'm grateful for this is an understatement! They've also given me a selection of products (seen below) to giveaway so keep on reading for more information on that.
The Organic Shop Products
As soon as I received this entire package - which was a pretty hefty box - I delved straight in, reaching for these yummy looking haircare products. There products are all organic which is great for those who are conscious of buying beauty products with 'no hidden nasties' such as harmful microbeads, parabens, SLS, mineral oils or GMOs. They also don't test on animals which is a big tick.

I've had a dabble with all of the products sent to me (excluding the giveaway ones obvs) so I wanted to give my opinion on the ones that I liked and the ones that I didn't!


Avocado & Honey Express Repair Hair Mask - RRP £2.49


Ok, first off the price point. Absolutely incredible. £2.49 for a sizeable tub of hair mask that's organic and packaged beautifully?! It just doesn't normally exist. I used this alongside and seperately with the shampoo and conditioners they sent me and I must admit, this mask works SO well. It's thick but not too heavy on the head. The smell is heavenly and the pay off is beautiful. My hair was a lot smoother and sleeker than usual but mainly it was shiny. It had a glossy, healthier look which has not been the case for a while, especially after dip dying my hair.

Olive & Orange Flowers Revivial Shampoo and Conditioner - RRP £2.49 each


Again, such good value for money but this isn't for me. I am a fan of olives but I'm not so keen on the smell of this and my hair didn't exactly feel nourished afterwards. Normally, a conditioner provides my hair with nourishment but this one just didn't. Perhaps it's the purpose of the shampoo but I didn't really notice a difference with my hair, especially when using the hair mask separately with another branded shampoo and conditioner.


Ginger & Cherry Face Scrub - RRP £2.99


I love the smell of this product. At first, the sound of ginger and cherry together sounded unappealing but it was actually a great combination. The substitute for the microbeads is and it actually feels a lot more gentle on the skin which was unexpected. Definitely something I'll be using more over the next few months and it left my skin feeling pretty refreshed.
Face Scrubs and Peels

Apricot & Mango Face Peeling - RRP £2.99


I love this one. I've tried getting into more face peeling products, even though the idea of it scares the jeebs out of me. This one though, I knew wasn't going to be as powerful as some of the previous chemical peels I've used in the past. It was a light tingly sensation when initially applied onto the skin and I left it on for no longer than five minutes and my skin felt so soft and plump afterwards. I think with regular use, I'd expect to see a more healthier and glowy reflection to my skin, so I'm certainly going to use this over the colder months.


Tangerine & Mango Energy Shower Gel - RRP £2.99


I love a good Shower Gel and both Tangerine & Mango are both sweet tasting fruits that work so well together. The only problem I had with this was the pump. I'm more of a fan of squeezy bottles when it comes to shower products, it's just a lot easier. With the pump, you have to press it quite a few times to get enough to cover the whole body. I know it sounds completely stupid but it's just what I prefer.
Bodycare Products


Body Desserts Vanilla Whipped Cream Moisturising Body Cream - RRP £7.99


OMG. It's as thick as yoghurt and smells so edible, I had to keep glancing back at the package just to check that they hadn't in fact given me yoghurt instead of body cream. This body cream is so decadent and luxurious that I cannot wait to use it every time I've had a bath. The smell is just delicious and the tub is enormous. And the price? £7.99. I mean come on, this brand is killing me with these prices.

So have I convinced you enough to try these products? Well, either way, I'm giving away a gorgeous bundle of the Organic Shop's products which can all be seen in the picture at the top of this blog post. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this is to enter below. The prize will be distributed by yours truly so all responsibility lies with me this time around. Good Luck! And if you don't win, then get 30% with CBONLINE across the whole collection!

*Disclaimer - I received these in return for a review on the products and to host a giveaway. All words are my own.

Win A Hamper Of Bath & Body Treats | Organic Shop


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Monday, 16 October 2017

Spanish Vibes with Misguided

I don't mean to brag right now but as this post goes live, I'll hopefully have a beautifully bronzed tan and will be travelling back from mine and Sam's holiday to Morocco. As the cold winter months are dragging us kicking and screaming through to Christmas, packing away my Summer clothing was heart-breaking. 

It's nice though to think that I've had a week to whip out the Summer clothes for my trip away. I definitely wanted to take this gorgeous red frill hem scuba bralet, that comes in both a sexy red and a plain black version too.
Outfit Look
When I first spotted it in Westfield Stratford's Misguided store, I was a little hesitant. Hesitant because these sort of tops don't always look great on larger breasted women. I find that sometimes there's just not enough material or it doesn't hold the chest area properly - lack of support for want of a better phrase.

I also had a denim skirt in my basket that I slipped on whilst trying it on and I was immediately obsessed. The extra ruffled material along the bottom of the bra conceals any tummy area that you may not want showing. I think it looks gorgeous with a denim skirt, high-waisted jeans or this floral skirt.
Close up of bralette
Close up of bralette
It's a popular outfit as it's almost sold out on the Misguided website. My only concern about the top is the straps. They are a little thin and I'm always conscious that they may snap but then again if the straps were thicker, I feel it wouldn't be as attractive so beggers can't be choosers!
Misguided Outfit
Having not purchased from Misguided before, I was pleasantly surprised by the choice available in store. I'll definitely have to check out their website.

Have you shopped at Misguided before? Let me know in the comments below.



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Friday, 13 October 2017

Lumino Mirrors | The LED Collection

It's a beauty lover's dream mirror and I am pretty obsessed. It's a shame that this bathroom cabinet isn't actually in my own place. Yep, I got this sent straight to my parent's place because unfortunately for me, renting my flat doesn't include putting anything on the walls. SOB!
Lumino specialises in a variety of chic, illuminated mirrors and cabinets that include battery operated options for easy installation and less mess than knocking through walls and re-wiring. Initially, I showed off just the mirrors to my mum, who was very excited to be receiving something that I'd acquired through blogging.

My parents have been living in their recent house since I moved out to university. I never got the opportunity to 'move out' of the old house with my parents so this place didn't feel like home until probably the second Christmas spent there with the family. Over the years, my parents have been buying things for the house and I knew that something like this would benefit them. The mirrors on Lumino are very modern, sleek and on trend. There's no bulkiness to them and the lighting didn't look too harsh on their website. They'd recently launched the LED range which again is very 'in' at the moment and there's a mixture of spot , framed and paneled lighting to choose from.
The bathroom cabinets from Lumino really surprised me. When my mum picked out the bathroom cabinet, I immediately thought that it might look a little tacky and that the shelving might not be stable. We decided to go with the Tremolo LED Battery Cabinet and when I came up to see my parents the other weekend, I was proved wrong.

What I love about this cabinet is how well made it is. The cabinet itself is made out of powder coated steel which means it won't rust and it's finished in a ice-white colour that blends effortlessly into the wall. It's fixed onto the wall in a way that leaves no gap which I think gives it a more professional finish. The cabinet door actually closes by itself, although if anything could be added, I would have had a slight groove in the cabinet door to make opening it, easier.

For £89.99, it's certainly worth the money and with the added extra of the adjustable shelving, it's a versatile storage space that requires no extra maintenance other than replacing the batteries when they run out!

*Disclaimer - I was gifted this product in return for my own honest opinion. All words are my own.



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Thursday, 12 October 2017

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks | The Charcoal One

As the colder months set in, our skin gets well and truly battered. Not only that but we're kind of restricted to what we can get up to in the evenings, especially if you're me and adore hibernating inside. The L'Oreal Pure Clay range was something I spotted just by chance when I was in Boots one day. I'd been wanting to try a charcoal based face mask for ages because of it's benefits that make the skin appear more brighter and well...less dull.
Close up of packaging
I've been using this for about a month now and I'm more or less half way through the pot. The mask is quite thick which gives it a more luxurious feel which is kind of not what I was expecting from a high street brand. I've not tried it yet, but this would feel great after it's been put in the fridge for a few hours!

I'm always super generous with my application of face masks so rather than applying a very thin layer, I slapped it on. It's already quite cool when applied and starts drying on the face within the first couple of minutes. You can leave the mask on between 5-10 minutes, I like it on the full 10,  in which time the mask goes a lighter chalky colour. You then wash this off with warm water until completely removed. If you've got a bit of facial hair like me, you may find that some particles stick to the hairs but going back over it with soapy water will soon get rid of it.
Inside mask
Swatches of mask
It definitely looks quite chalky when fully dry but that's obviously down to the fact it's a clay mask. Others I've used in the past, haven't been clay so therefore they retain some moisture. What I love about this one though is that because it's gone dry, it means it's sucked out all those impurities and the oiliness of the skin. I tend to suffer a little on my t-zone and on occassion, my forehead, so this is perfect for settling it.

I think there's five within the clay mask range including one with eucalyptus extract, another with marine algae, one with red algae and one with yuzu lemon extract. I'm more than happy to try out the rest of the range considering the elements of the other clay masks are just as beneficial as this charcoal one. The masks are £7.99 each which is great value for money when you can probably get around 7-10 applications out of the pot.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask range yet? Let me know in the comments below.



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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

W7 Palette Giveaway | Natural Nudes

The W7 Eyeshadow Palettes were the first and I mean the FIRST palette that I ever owned as an eyeshadow. Any other palettes that I may have used before I became a graduate can be voided from this because they were unbranded and were well...crap.
Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow Shades
I now own around 5-6 eyeshadow palettes and that is a very small and measly number compared to some of the beauty bloggers out there. As I've only developed a keen interest in makeup over the last couple of years, I've learnt a lot of the formulas of makeup already and what's considered good. The W7 palettes are very basic in both pigment and formula but for someone who is new to makeup, this is definitely a great starter palette and to practice building and blending different shades. Wow FreeStuff gives away free samples and they kindly gifted me this Natural Nudes eyeshadow palette to try out.

I swatched all these on my arm and you'll notice that they're not as bold as some of the other ones, I've reviewed but as I moved further up the shades, I was quite surprised by some of them.

Eyeshadow Swatches

Latte


A matte cream shade, it's the typical shade to use as a base when I'm applying eyeshadow. I wasn't expecting an incredible amount of coverage but there's enough to suffice especially as for me it's a base shade.

Angel


A very subtle pink shimmer. Again, not extremely pigmented but would be a gorgeous shimmer over the top of Latte for a more casual, just climbed out of bed and can't be bothered to do anything fancy, look.

Venice


Slightly darker than Angel with less of glitter and much more like the standard shimmers that are in my other high-end eyeshadow palettes. I love that this one feels and looks a little more creamy and is definitely a go-to when building the crease on the eyelid.

Marilyn


A barely there matte shade. Same as Latte but a pink toned base. 

Copper Pot


The name of this shade doesn't quite transpire to the shade. It's more of a pink toned shimmer rather than a copper. Much like Venice in terms of its shimmer and quality.

Sun Kissed


Here come's the pigment - finally! This one is very similar to the Zoeva's Cocoa Palette shade Pure Ganache. It's one of my favourite shades in that palette so will definitely be crossing over to this one when that Zoeva shade hits the pan.


Eyeshadow Swatches

Alice


I'm starting to see a pattern in the matte shades in that they're a lot less pigmented than the shimmers. This one is a smokey brown matte, which is buildable once swiped over the eye a couple of times.

Bad Manners


Bad Manner is a lovely warm toned brown shimmer with a slight purple undertone. Probably one of my favourites and a great pigmented shade to give the eyes a more dynamic finish.

Coffee Cup


Much like Bad Manners but without the purple undertone. Definitely more suited for an autumn/winter look whereas Bad Manners would look good on Summer skin.

Mud Slide


Most of these shades have been warm and this is one that's more cool toned. It's got a hint of purple undertone and would say it's a lighter version of Coffee Cup but has the shimmer effect of Tokyo.

Tokyo


A mixture of Mud Slide and Fashionista, again it's more cool toned but this is one of my favourites in the palette. It's a gorgeous dark plum colour that's perfect for the Autumn and would help build a sexy smokey eye. 

Fashionista


YAS! They've saved the best till last. This is a S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G almost black but actually really, really dark brown which a subtle shimmer. This palette got the darkest shade right, mainly because matte and shimmer black shades scare me. Thankfully this is a shade that doesn't have such a harsh payoff.

WOW FreeStuff is giving away a free eyeshadow palette from the range and you could be the lucky winner. Make sure you enter via their website, all terms and conditions are below the entry form. Competition closes on 1st December 2017.


*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with WOW Free Stuff. All words are my own.


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

See More With The London Explorer Pass

If you're planning a holiday, you want to make sure that you're spending as wisely as possible. The stresses and challenges on any holiday can result in people paying more for services and products than they otherwise wouldn’t. This is a natural thing for many to do when in unfamiliar territory.
Underground
Anybody who is travelling to London in the near future should absolutely consider what can be done to cut travel costs. Whether it is transportation costs or the cost of entertainment, you shouldn't pay more than is necessary. As it turns out, the London Explorer Pass provides travelers to London with a variety of cost-saving solutions. Today, we'll discuss how you can see and do more in London in a single day with the London Explorer Pass.


Tour Family-Friendly Venues


There are many London attractions for families visiting the city: the London Explorer Pass grants you free access to plenty of unique locales with no hassle whatsoever!

One of the most iconic attractions in the city is Madame Tussaud's wax museum. Usually, the cost of entry is £35 for adults and £30 for children: you'll pay nothing with your Explorer Pass! Another great family-friendly destination is Dream Works Tours Shrek's Adventure: you'll save around £25 per person with the Explorer Pass and get to explore nearly a dozen different multi-faceted shows and exhibits while inside.

And who doesn't love aquariums? With the pass, you'll gain free entry to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. There's no better way to explore and view hundreds of unique forms of sea life – from jellyfish and turtles to sharks and sting rays (normal price: £26 per adult)


See the Sights of London in One Day


London is a world-class city with great public transportation, but travellers may not want to explore the entire city for the first time without a bit of a guide. With your London Explorer Pass, you're guaranteed access to the 1 Day Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, which will take you to all of the biggest London attractions.

With tours running every 10-20 minutes, you'll have no trouble at all grabbing a seat shortly after arriving for your tour. Usually priced at £35, the tour visits more than 50 different hop-on-hop-off tourist stops around the city. With narration throughout the tour available, you'll always know where you are and what you're seeing. There are 3 bus routes for the tour around London, providing you with a bit of flexibility to go where you like. Whether your interest is historical landmarks, major attractions or hidden buildings of interest, the 1 Day Big Bus Tour is great value included with every pass.
London

Choose Your Preferred Destinations


The London Explorer Pass gives individuals and families the ability to choose their own ad ventures. Not all attractions are relevant or interesting to everybody: that's what makes the pass so great.

Whether you want to visit Planet Hollywood for a bite to eat (usual price: £22), take a leisurely stroll down the river on the London Eye River Cruise or visit the historic Saint Paul's Cathedral, there are dozens of different attractions to consider as part of any pass purchase.
Each pass comes with all of this plus a useful sightseeing map, mobile ticket functionality and a free money back guarantee for any online order in case something pops up at the last minute.

Anybody planning a holiday to London should be interested in keeping the itinerary and expenses as simple as possible. Not only can the London Explorer Pass save you potentially hundreds of pounds during your stay, but it can also make planning your sightseeing, entertainment and dining experiences much easier as well. 


*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with London Pass.


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Monday, 9 October 2017

Inspired Wallpaper | Drama Llama

One of the things I'm looking forward to when we eventually buy our own place is getting stuck in with the DIY and I'm talking about wallpapering walls and fixing up floating shelves, photo frames - you name it, I'm down for it.
Wallpaper
And like all aspects of my life, I like things that cater to the child in me so when Inspired Wallpaper showed me their new Llama design, I full on LOL'd at my computer screen. 

It's basically llamas with hilarious quotes scattered around them like 'llama take a selfie' - too good. I would absolutely have this as a statement wall, much like the one in the photos and I love that it's more pastel colours rather than anything too bold or vivid.

Inspired Wallpaper spoke to the designer, Natasha Perry to find out the inspiration behind this wonderfully unique design.


What was the inspiration behind the Drama Llama concept?


After the huge unicorn craze we have been on the lookout for the next big animal trend coming through and llamas and alpacas are set to be it.  Llamas are just so adorable that we knew that they would translate really well into a great wallpaper print and tied in perfectly with 2018’s emerging craftsmanship trend. As we discussed the idea we had some great puns and decided to combine the two to make a fun, quirky, graphic print concept that will work really well in our customer’s homes.

How did you come up with the llama characters?


We didn’t want the llamas to be too serious so decided to do with a graphic style to really bring the characters to life.  We designed the characters around our favourite llama puns and had such a great laugh coming up with them all.

Which is you favourite llama character?


That’s a tough one, I love Drama Llama because he’s very much like me, but Alpacamybags had us in such stitches when we were designing the concept that I’ll have to choose that one. (FYI Drama Llama and Alpacamybags are hilarious meme photos)

What makes this design so special?


The fun design and beautiful bright finish will bring a smile into your home. It doesn’t just look good, it makes you feel good.

Where do you see this design being used?


These fun, quirky designs work really well in a number of settings. I could see this design being absolutely great in an open plan living space where a children’s play room combines with kitchen/dining space. The design would also be great fun in a small space like a downstairs cloakroom to give guests a giggle and I could definitely see it in a teen bedroom setting.

How would you dress the look?


We have designed this paper to work really well alongside some of our other new designs. We have two colourways. Our first features bright zingy colours with neutral grey on fresh ever popular white ground. This would look amazing teamed with our white industrial brick paper on the other three walls and matched with some bright soft furnishings in clashing colours.  


The second colourway is on a warm cream ground with rich earthy colours which would work well with our grass cloth design teamed with some Moroccan style soft furnishings to reflect the ethnic global trend which is huge.


I'm definitely a fan of this design and it's just launched today for £14.99 a roll. Well worth it for the llamas.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Inspired Wallpaper. All words are my own except for the interview.



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Friday, 6 October 2017

Things To Pack For A Long-Haul Flight | Morocco

I can't believe it's nearly here. It seems like only yesterday that we booked the holiday but that was over a month or so ago. Myself and Sam are going on our first proper couples holiday which is actually long-haul. Our first one together was in Rome, where did all the sight-seeing of the Spanish Steps, The Colosseum and The Pantheon to name but a few.
Holiday Suitcase
Morocco wasn't a place we were immediately looking at initially, as we had our sights set on Greece. However, when some gorgeous luxury hotels came up in Agadir and Marrakesh, we were quickly swayed and booked ourselves into the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Agadir.

Packing for a holiday in the Winter can be very disorientating. I've had the UK Summer but now I'm about to jet off for some Moroccan sun, in the middle of Autumn! Staying healthy is also something I like to ensure doesn't happen before, during or after a holiday. It's so easy to catch a winter bug after coming back from a very hot climate, so I've catered my packing for this.

The Basics


Passports - Obvs.
Our Tripp his & hers suitcases
Malibu Sun Tan Lotions (SPF 50, 30, 20 and 15) - No red lobsters here! 
Nivea Sun Protect (SPF 30)
Aloe Vera Aftersun
Contact lenses (and extras in case any get lost)
My big ass glasses from Specsavers
Various phone chargers and adaptors
The Bruzzoni Toothbrush in matte black

In my basics, the Aloe Vera Aftersun is the best way of calming down my skin in heat that it's definitely not used to! Aloe Vera is a naturally used for treating minor burns and sunburns traditionally so this will certainly avoid my internal temperature suffering.
Sun Tan Lotion

Clothing 


Comfortable clothes for travelling
Denim Skirts & Shorts
This sexy-as ASOS zip bathing suit
A high-waisted Bikini to fully bask in the sun's rays
A selection of dresses
A recently bought floral jumpsuit with plunge neckline from Misguided
A selection of sandals, heels and flip flops

Clothing is so important when it comes to packing for your holiday. I'm choosing to wear comfortable clothing during my travel there and back and this includes wearing the right clothing. Yes, I'm thinking about the hot climate whilst I'm in Morocco but my return flight gets me back in the UK for 3am. IT'S GONNA BE FREEZING. So I'll be taking with me some warm tracksuit bottoms and a thinner shirt that covers my chest. If it were a winter holiday and I were coming back to the UK during the Summer,  I would do the opposite. I believe the main reason that I get the common cold is from the dramatic change in weather so I'd probably be most at risk if I wore some skimpy kimono whilst waiting for our Uber in the cold.


Accessories


Sam's Peter Werth Wash Bag - that I now want for myself
A big floppy hat to make me feel like a celeb jetting off
ASG White & Gold Watch
A handful of jewellery I'll probably never wear


Wash bag


Extras


Beach Towels
Skinny Dip Pineapple Suitcase Tag - ain't nobody taking my luggage
British Cash for airport and exchanging - Agadir has a closed currency #socool
This luxurious silk slip eye mask for in-flight snoozing
Two books I'll read within a week - because I'm a book worm
Neck Pillows for in-flight comfort
Good ol' straighteners
Various haircare products including some heat protection spray
First Aid Kit

Ever since gaining my First Aider qualification, I've been extra careful of avoiding hazards, especially when most of them happen at home. That's why I'm taking with me a few basics from a First Aid Kit to use in case of emergency. Things like plasters and burn gel will be great for sore blisters we may get and for any extreme cases of sunburn that Sam is likely to endure. I'm also going to take with me some rehydration sachets which will be great for keeping my hydration levels up. I've been used to drinking 2 litres of water a day at work, so I don't want this to affect me whilst I'm on my holidays.


Your Legal Friend is a great place to find information on how to keep healthy at all stages of your holiday. They've actually put together a handy holiday kit which tells you all about what to take with you, what to look out for whilst your on your holidays and how to keep yourself feeling good on your way back.

What do you pack on a long-haul flight? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Your Legal Friend. All words are my own.


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Thursday, 5 October 2017

My Holiday Reads For Morocco

One thing I'm looking forward to on my trip to Morocco is reading. Since starting my new job and working harder on my blog, my reading has sort of took a back step. I've also been making good use of Netflix's download option for some of it's content (IT'S SO GOOD!). I really love reading and I can wholly guarantee that I'll read both of these books within the week of being away. When there's nothing else to do on holiday than eat, drink and swim - reading is my number one pleasure.
Books
I decided to pick out these two books mainly because of their covers. I'm always attracted to interesting book covers and the title and cover art normally draws me towards a book in the first instance.

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


Not one to shy away from a thriller, this one looked right up my street. Described on the book cover by The Sun as an 'Agatha Christie meets The Girl On The Train', this sounds like such a good read. The blurb - a travel journalist on a press trip to the Northern Lights, is woken in the night by screams and sees a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin and no passengers are missing from the boat. Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake - either that or she could be trapped on board with a murderer. OMFG this sounds amazing. I think this will definitely be the first book I read whilst on my holiday.

Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg


It's a tragedy that sadly has happened in reality recently. A woman's house goes up in flames, engulfing her entire family. June Reid finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from home, held captive by her memories and the mistakes she made with her only child Lolly and her partner Luke. Slowly, everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves as hidden secrets finally come to light. This sounds like a pretty intense read but stories like this I find, really put life into perspective.

What books have you read recently? Let me know in the comments below.

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