Monday, 2 December 2013

November Favourites

Can you believe we're in December? Where on earth has this year gone? I cant deny that I'm ridiculously excited that Christmas is almost here. It is without a doubt my favourite time of year. Sadly though it isn't my skin's favourite time of year and thats why this months favourites features a lot of moisturising products.

This Rose and Pistachio Body Butter from Sanctuary is beyond gorgeous. It smells absolutely incredible. I was looking for something a little bit different to my normal offerings from Soap and Glory and when I spotted this in Boots I was first drawn to the lovely packaging. This is a delightfully thick moisturising butter that sinks into the skin and feels incredibly decadent. This is genuinely one of the nicest fragranced products I've ever used and I will definitely be repurchasing.

This body scrub is from the same range as the body butter. This Black Pepper and Ginger body scrub has the same scent as the body butter and is perfect to use in the shower before lathering on the body butter.

I picked up this Garnier Beauty Oil in Asda on a bit of a whim. Oh my goodness this smells amazing. I don't have too much experience with body oils but this one seems really nice. I like that it has a pump to avoid too much mess and I just love the scent. I think this would be really nice to use on freshly tanned skin in the summer.

I've wanted to get my hands on this perfume for a while now. Next London is an exact dupe for the Chloe perfume (it honestly smells EXACTLY the same) I love the packaging and the price tag. This is only £8 a bottle which I think is fantastic. I think that this would make a really nice stocking filler for someone for Christmas.

Next up is this cute make up bag from Primark. I've needed a new one for a while but finding one the right size has proved difficult. This one is the perfect size to fit all of my most used products in place. Who doesn't love a tacky make up bag? 

Apologies in advance for the quite frankly appalling state of my nails. The acryllics are well and truly off after 10 months on having them. The worst thing imaginable happened. I caught one of the acryllics in the car door and it took half of my own nail with it. I had them taken off straight away and I fear that love affair will be over forever. I now have to make do with my own ruined nails and console myself with copious amounts of nail polish. This one is my current favourite. Mary Mary Quite Contrary is a wonderful shade - akin to Models Own Utopia this is a really flattering grey shade with lilac undertones. It lasts nicely and is easy to apply. 

Last but not least this isn't technically a favourite as I only bought it this weekend. I'm not usually a fan of products that have a really strong rose scent but this heavy duty hand cream called to me this weekend whilst I was buying Christmas presents in the Body Shop. The packaging is really pretty and I can just tell that this is going to be a lovely hand cream.

What are your current favourites? 

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

My lovely new ToyWatch

Theres just something I love about skeleton watches. I think it has a lot to do with the exposed mechanisms and the old fashioned vibe they kick off.

A few weeks ago I got my hands on the perfect specimen from ToyWatch*. I've wanted a skeleton watch for a really long time and when I saw this I knew it was the one. This is the Toy 2 Fly White and Gold Skeleton Watch and its an absolute beauty.

I absolutely love it and I've received so many compliments about it. Its a stunning timepiece and I love to watch each tiny little mechanism working away. Its so beautifully made and I love that its so unique and different.

I'd love to get Craig the black and silver version for Christmas as he's always had a bit of a penchant for skeleton watches too! I'd better speak to Santa nicely ;)

Do you love skeleton watches as much as I do?

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Autumn is always a welcome arrival for me. The leaves change colour, the light turns golden and there's a crispness in the air that I simply adore. It is hands down my favourite season, and along with the winter wardrobe and black boots comes out the autumnal candles, fleecy throws and hot chocolates.

I love making the little changes in my home to reflect the seasons and wanted to share a few of my favourite touches from around the house.

Sweet berries and patchouli candle from Primark

I also like to change up my cushions with the different seasons. Its one of the easiest ways to switch up the vibe in your front room/bedroom. Spring and Summer are all about pretty pastels and florals - Autumn and Winter are all about the deep reds and greys. I love anything with deer/stags on (I have an amazing Stag's head in the front room I bought last year in Matalan) and the cushion below is no exception.

Squirrel Cushion - Next (old)
Shakespeare Cushion - Next
Stag Cushion - Matalan (old)

I finally cleared off my dressing table and added some really old star fairy lights from Ikea around the mirror which look super pretty. I also finally found the perfect stool from Out There Interiors* It goes perfectly with my dressing table, was really easy to assemble and feels really sturdy. Out There interiors have some really beautiful and unique pieces and are worth checking out if you're looking for something different for your home.

One of my absolute favourite little changes is autumnal bedding. I love Primark's winter bedding and have my eye on a set similar to the christmas bedding I got from there last year. 
When I saw this bedding in Next though I knew I had to have it. I'm loving tartan at the moment, so much so I even bought the matching snuggly throw to go with it. The bedding is so gorgeous and has a cute stipe pattern on the opposite side. I didn't realise when I bought it that you actually get 2 duvet sets with slightly different patterns which was a bonus!

Duvet - Next
Throw - Next

Last but not least I've whipped out my old favourite hot water bottle. Perfect for ensuring maximum toastiness on cold and windy nights.

Do you change your home according to the seasons? As you can see my favourite places for homewares are Primark, Next and Matalan. Where are yours?

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Jay Z Magna Carter World Tour

This weekend I was given the most amazing opportunity to go and see Jay Z on his Magna Carter World Tour in Manchester. The MEN Arena has been taken over and is now the Phones4U Arena and myself along with some other fabulous bloggers were invited along as part of the Project Upgrade Campaign. I didn't take my big camera with me but I did manage to take a few snaps on my phone that I wanted to share with you.

Myself, Nicola, Victoria and Gemma decided to make a night of it and booked an apartment so we could stay over for the night. It was amazing to be reunited with two of my oldest blogging friends and I was so happy to finally meet Victoria who before this weekend I have never met. She is the loveliest girl and I have lots of love for her! 

Photo Credit: Gemma

The apartment was gorgeous - Nicola took care of the booking and she picked a good 'un. We went with Blue Rainbow Apartments and the apartment was nicely furnished and really big (although the heating was on full whack all the time)

Photo Credit: Victoria

After having a vanilla vodka or two at the apartment we headed over to the arena, we were so lucky and were seated only 3 rows from the stage. It was incredible. Jay Z put on an amazing show and I had a really really amazing time! We went out with some other lovely bloggers afterwards for a few drinks, and headed back to the apartment after a few vodkas tired but happy.

Photo Credit: Gemma

Huge thanks to Phones4U for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will remember it forever! 

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Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday Summary

The past couple of weeks seem to have flown by in quite a bit of a blur. I cant quite put my finger on why but it certainly feels like time has been going a little too fast! 

1. A couple of weeks ago it was my besties birthday so we decided to celebrate with a much needed night out. We decided on The Alchemist in Leeds - a cool bar that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment. They serve food and amazing cocktails so we thought we'd give it a whirl. it was an amazing evening, the food was great and the cocktails were incredible. There's colour changing ones, smoking ones, ones served in test tubes, potion bottles, and even some served in teacups. If you havn't been already I would highly recommend it! 

2. I have wanted to learn how to crochet for months now and this weekend I decided to give it a go. I've only got 1 hook and some spare balls of wool from my mum and Craigs mum but its enough to get me started. I've been watching Youtube videos for inspiration and I've started learning basic stitches. I'm dreaming of a Cath kidston Sewing box and basket to keep my bits and bobs in (hurry up payday) and I've been pinning ideas that a crazy lady! I'll be whipping up granny squares in no time with a bit of luck! 

3. Last weekend saw me and Craig embark on a slightly adventurous birthday cake for one of my work mates. What started out as what we thought was quite a straight forward and simple idea rapidly escalated in us staying up until 1am extremely stressed and covered in chocolate and icing sugar! It all turned out to be worth it in the end as my friend loved his Jurassic Park cake and it tasted pretty yummy too! 

4. Yesterday I visited somewhere I've been wanting to cross off my list for some time - Malham. Its less than an hours drive away from us so yesterday we took advantage of the weather and headed up there. With a picnic packed and our walking boots on we visited the beautiful Malham Cove, climbed up the 400 steps to the top and then walked in a big circle visiting a couple of waterfalls along the way. It was such a gorgeous day out in every way and we're really lucky to have the Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep. 

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Dynamo works his magic on Misha B

This post is sponsored by Spreaditfast.

If like me you're a fan of Pepsi you will have seen Dynamo's steely blue eyes looking at you from your chilled can of Pepsi. The Bradford born magician has teamed up with Pepsi for their latest campaign and recently worked his magic on Misha B at the Wireless Festival. 

I've always loved magic tricks since I was little - especially card tricks. I remember one of the first silly magic tricks I learnt was called 4 Jacks - does anyone else remember that? 

Although this isn't my favourite trick of Dynamo's (I love the butterfly trick he did with Natalie Imbruglia and the album cover trick he did with Tinie Tempah) he still manages to impress Misha with his magical powers.

Have you seen any other of Dynamo's magic tricks? Which are your favourites? 

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Leeds Festival 2013

This time last week I was at Leeds Festival, caked in mud with a hole in my welly but having an amazing time. 

Leeds was only my second festival, last year I was lucky enough to go to Bestival with lots of other bloggers thanks to Echo Falls. I absolutely fell in love with it and vowed to go to another festival this year. Being a northerner - Leeds Fest is probably the biggest festival around here, so at the beginning of the year me, Craig, my brother and his best friend coughed up and bought some tickets.

Originally me and Craig planned on driving home each night from the festival. I'm not the biggest fan of camping I have to be honest and thought it would be easier to return home each night, but 2 days before I naturally decided I actually wanted to camp. Not just any camping though, oh no, Pink Moon Camping. 

Pink Moon Camping is glamping at its best. You arrive to the private campsite to find your tent already pitched, 24 hour security, you have access to hot showers, private toilets, hairdryers, straighteners and somewhere to charge your phone. Yes really. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the madness of the festival. It was honestly the best decision I ever made. There is something to suit all budgets, whether its a 2 man tent or an amazing yurt, I would highly recommend this type of camping if you want to go to a festival but aren't the camping type. The campsite was well laid out, quiet and peaceful. Naturally it is quite a walk away from the main arena but this is a small price to pay to have your own little piece of heaven.

Saturday was the day the rain came. We're talking torrential rain. Me and Craig got caught in the worst of it which was pretty horrendous and we ended up missing a few of the bands we wanted to see on Saturday. It could have been worse though, some people had actual rivers of mud flowing through their tents. The festival was left in what can only be described as a mud bath. There were huge lakes and pools of mud everywhere, and the ground was so difficult to walk on. I've never seen anything like it in my life.  

Despite the rain and mud I had an absolutely amazing weekend, my personal highlights were AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Azealia Banks, The Lumineers, Chase and Status, Modestep, Redlight, and of course the man himself Eminem. Love him or hate him, he is the biggest selling rapper of all time and I have been listening to his music for over 13 years. I can honestly say it was a once in a lifetime experience for me and something I will never ever forget. When Dido came out to sing Stan I think I screamed so hard my mum heard me back in Bradford haha! I had an incredible time and can't wait to plan which festival I'm going to go to next year.

Things I learnt for next time:
- Take a proper camping stove and a frying pan
- Buy full length good quality wellies
- ALWAYS go glamping if possible
- Bacon, super noodles, pasta n sauce and beans are great foods to take
- A dab radio would come in handy
Which festival do you think I should try next? 

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