Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Luxury For Less - 4 ways to cut the cost of a luxe break.

If you’re longing for a high-class getaway but your belt is still firmly tightened following the Christmas season, you’re not alone. There’s no need to scrimp on luxury though, even if you’re trying to be a little more economical when booking a holiday this time around. Destination2 has a little advice for any traveller who fancies a stylish, upmarket break without the expense.

1. Prioritise
What is it that you want out of your holiday? Once you have decided on the type of experience you want, this will help you to discern which areas of the trip will cost more, and where you might be able to cut corners comfortably. If independent sightseeing is more your sort of thing, perhaps opt for a package that includes all meals so you’re free to splash out a little more on the internal travel element. However, if your dream holiday resembles more of a taste-tour and you’re itching to try a different restaurant, bar or eatery each night, perhaps book a hotel in a central location so that travel costs you very little. Many resorts even offer free shuttle services within your city, and some will even whisk you off to destinations quite a way away! Speaking of free services…

2. Find the freebies
You’ll be surprised by the offers you can uncover if you do your research in advance! Some major cities offer discounted entry to popular landmarks and even money off meals in particular eateries if you apply for a special card before you travel. There are also a number of highly enjoyable experiences you can enjoy free of charge all the year round in a vast number of cities, such as visits to museums and galleries, festivals, parades and galas, walking tours and trips to beauty spots such as beaches, national parks and nature reserves.

3. Dodge the rush
There are a huge number of holiday destinations that are just as enjoyable - often more so - when you opt to miss their annual tourism peak. Prices are often bumped up at these times, and the best hotels fill up very quickly. Travelling in April rather than August can mean savings of hundred of pounds, on both flights and accommodation, and that is not to be sniffed at! Research your dream escape to discover their most popular months, but just be aware that there may be a clear reason why particular seasons are quieter - many countries have periods of rather extreme weather, so be sure to learn the times you ought to avoid.

4. Go all-inclusive
In the past, an all-inclusive holiday simply suggested the following: flights, hotel room, three meals a day. However, tourism is an increasingly competitive market, and the jetset lifestyle is quickly becoming the norm for a large number of people. You’ll be astonished at the extras and add-ons that can be thrown in as part of an all-inclusive holiday in order to secure your booking. From bar tabs to spa access, experiences that might otherwise set you back a fair amount of money often come part and parcel when you book with particular resorts or hotels, so get searching and see what treasures you can unearth!

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Friday, 17 February 2017

30 Blog Post Ideas | Lifestyle

Hi all, happy Friday! The weekend is upon us once again, which for a lot of us means blogging! I decided to bring you a post which I've had in my drafts for a while now, 30 blog post ideas for those who are struggling with inspo. I did one a few years back and it is still one of my most viewed posts. If you fancy viewing that one, you can do here. I'm hoping this post is better than the last one as I have written many more blog posts since that one, which have filled me with inspiration. Hopefully you enjoy this post and get some ideas for your own blog posts!

1. Shop my style (Share your outfit inspo like this)
2. Fashion Wishlist
3. Outfit of the day
4. Dress for the season (Some ideas are like this and this)
5. What I've Bought Lately.

6. Shop my makeup stash
7. Easy makeup looks
8. Beauty wishlist
9. Introducing a brand (This is my favourite beauty post to do, I did one for Soap and Glory here)
10. Haulin' (One of the most popular beauty posts! I've got a Colourpop haul as an example.

11. Favourite films/tv shows.
12. Advice posts (e.g. moving into your first home, being a student)
13. Home hauls (I did a fabulous one with Sass and Belle!)
14. Talk about issues which are important (I've wrote posts on discrimination and sex ed in schools)
15. Show off your collections! (I did a tsum tsum haul which is super popular!)
16. 30 facts about me
17. Why did you start blogging
18. Book reviews, what have you been reading lately
19. Bloggers who inspire you.
20. Your top blog posts that you've done.

21. Talk about your local city/town and things to do.
22. Places you want to visit on your bucket list. (I did one here)
23. A post about a place you've visited and make it picture heavy! (Here's one on Brighton I did)
24. Exploring the UK, talk about places in the UK to visit.
25. Best places to shop.

26. Review restaurants you've visited. (I did one on Jamie's Italian and The Verano Lounge.)
27. Top food places to visit in your area
28. How to eat healthy, some meal ideas.
29. Eating on a student budget. (I did a post in collaboration with the Co Op on this.
30. Throw a dinner party and write about your experience. (I did a come dine with me blogger style)

I hope you managed to get some inspiration from this post! Let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments below! 


Friday, 10 February 2017

4 Things You NEED To Watch Now! | Lifestyle.

I have recently submerged myself into watching so much TV, I cannot stop watching it. I am making my way through full series in a matter of days at a time. I couldn't imagine not having Netflix, Iplayer and 4 on Demand in my life, they are my saviours. I've recently invested in a new Adjustamatic mattress so I am spending more time than ever in bed! A while back a did a few posts on my favourite documentaries and films and you guys really enjoyed them and I've been watching some AMAZING stuff lately so I decided I would share my top 5 favourite things I've watched recently and I hope you enjoy!

Orphan Black:
Around Christmas one of my friends recommended me watching this and I was a bit hesitant as it isn't something I'd usually watch but decided to give it ago anyway, and after one episode I was hooked. I am now on the last two episodes of season 4 and literally recommend it to anyone. I'd say it's a sci-fi thriller, always keeps on you on your toes and requires you paying attention constantly as it moves so fast. It definitely takes you through all of the motions.  

Audrey and Daisy:
I watched this documentary and couldn't stop crying throughout, it's a beautiful but sad look into a girl who killed herself due a sexual assault and it shows the story of another girl called Daisy and what she went through when she was sexually assaulted too. A gripping and eye opening look at what people go through and how they overcome what has happened to them. I honestly wanted to hug every single girl in this documentary. 

Playhouse Masters:
A bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but I'm not even sorry. It's on TLC and is amazing to watch. It is about a couple who own their own business creating playhouses, and my god, some of these playhouses are better than my actual house ha. They are amazing to look and always have me in awe of how they create such amazing ones. 

Drugs Map Of Britain: 
A BBC Iplayer documentary series look into drugs and what drugs are most popular in parts of England, it is on going series which started in September. There has been one on Black Mamba, Heroin, Ecstasy, Alcohol and a few more. It's an eye opening look into how badly drugs effect the UK and it's residents and what people are like who are suffering with a full blown addiction to the drug. 

I hope you enjoyed this mixed bag of things I have been watching lately, what are you enjoying at the moment? 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentines Day On A Budget.

Hi all, how are we doing? It's almost Valentines Day and for those of you who are loved up that means a day full of romance, love and being spoilt rotten by your other half. For those of us who are single it can be a tough day to get through, however I have you covered as I wrote a post all about Valentines Day when you're single. Today I am bringing you a post about Valentines Day on a budget, I did a similar post last year and it went down really well, so I thought I'd bring you a newer updated version of it with even more tips on how to enjoy Valentines Day on a budget!

Don't go out on Valentines Day. 
I found this tip on Inclusive Families and it is a great one at that. Going out on Valentines day itself for a meal is usually more expensive as most places put up the prices, because they can on Valentines Day. Honestly going out a few days before or after can save you a lot of money. Plus everywhere is RAMMED on Valentines Day so not even worth it.

Think outside of the box. 
On Valentines Day instead of buying presents for each other, think outside the box for something you can do together and have a fabulous time as well as saving money. My Voucher Codes has some amazing discount codes to use to save even more money, including Virgin Experience Days and Buy A Gift. Both perfect for having the best day out on a budget.

Make your presents! 
Not only is making your presents so much more fun, it's also cost effective and saves you a lot of money in the long run. Buying Valentines Day gifts can often come with a hefty price tag. There are so many cool gift ideas that you can make and Buzzfeed has collated 40 of the best ones to inspire you here.

If you enjoyed this post I have some other great posts on Valentines Day which you may enjoy including: Valentines Day Cute Edition, Valentines Day with Paperchase and Valentines Day on a budget!

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Guide For Surviving Student Life! | Lifestyle

It's official, I have submitted my dissertation which means I am finished with university, after 3 and a half gruelling years of assignments, presentations and reports. I am done with university. Although because of my course length being super weird, I do not officially graduate until the summer. With this is in mind I thought I'd share with you somethings which I've learnt whilst being a student, hopefully those of you who are currently students or going to be in the near future find this post somewhat helpful. Obviously these are just my own opinions and tips on how to make university life that little bit easier.

Shop online: 
Of course I would start this post with something food related, it's me! I noticed when I first moved into my own place I was spending a lot of money just buying random bits of food from Asda as it was down the road. Or I'd spontaneously buy random bits and never check what I had in to start with. When I started to shop online and the minimum spend was £40 it was a lot easier to keep track of what I was buying as well as plan meals whilst I was doing it. Although I also realised buying fresh stuff didn't really work for me and I would often find it went out of date, freezer stuff like vegetables, pizzas and then cupboard stuff like soup and pasta sauces worked well for me.

It Is OK to borrow money sometimes
When you're a university student getting a job is always a plus, being a student is super expensive and there is a reason why students have the broke title because we basically always are. Sometimes even with a part time job, living can get in the way. I remember in my old house massive electric bills would come out at the worst time. When you really need to money for a bill or something urgent and you know you are getting money relatively soon, it is ok to borrow money from places like Quick Loans or Auto Advance. Borrowing money from short term lenders is something that can actually help when you're in a sticky situation. Obviously you have to have some kind of earnings in the first place to be accepted. But having a part time job and being student isn't always enough to cover the bills especially when it is an excepted one and you know it's a few days until your student loans/pay. Check out The Money Advice Service for more info on Payday loans.

Assignments first, fun later:
This is a big one for most university students, and I am one of the worst for doing this, but as great as having a social life is, it is important to get your deadlines done first. I am honestly one of those people who would go out have a good time before my deadlines were handed in and then would spend the next few days in proper panic mode and although my work did well, it was still an extra stress I could of avoided by taking more time to focus on my work in the first place!

Living with people is hard: 
Honestly being a student has put me off ever living with my friends again, living with my housemates last year there was 5 of us, in a house not big enough for 3 of us. We got on each others nerves like no tomorrow even to the point where I don't speak to one of my housemates at all anymore. Although I nearly lost my best friend at the time it has made us stronger than ever before but living in that house made us all a bit crazy. Although it can be done, it is important to remember personal space is key and make sure the house is big enough for all of your needs.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

5 Things I Want To Achieve in 2017 | Lifestyle

Happy hump day all! How are we doing? We are almost a month into the new year, and 2017 seems to be going significantly better than 2016. Lets hope it stays this way. So far this month I've mainly focused on fashion based posts to get me back into blogging. Today I am bringing you a post about what I want to achieve this year, I decided I would share five things I want to achieve and then talk a bit about why. I hope you enjoy this post, I know you lot seem to enjoy my more personal ones so hopefully this is a hit!

1. Get my degree!
I am only a matter of a few weeks away from finishing my degree, my course has been a strange length running for three and a half years. I am in my final few weeks and I just need to get my dissertation finished and then I am done. I will officially graduate in the summer and I am super excited to do so. Getting a degree is one of the hardest things I've had to do and I've wanted to drop out so many times, but I am proud of myself for sticking with it.

2. Pass my test and get a car! 
I started to learn to drive a few years back and I've been learning/doing tests on and off since. I took my last test in September of last year and then for some reason gave up again. This year I will get a license, whether it takes the whole year or just a month, I will do this! Once I finally manage to pass my test I plan on getting car, I've been looking into my options and found that Moneybarn who offer car finance calculator also offer finance to help you purchase a car. It's a great way to get a car and be able to pay back the payments monthly.

3. Go to a festival 
It's been about four years since I went to my last festival and I enjoyed it so much, I would love to attend another one this year, I got invited to go to Bestival last year but was working *sad times*. I plan on using a lot of my holiday from work this year to be able to go to some festivals over the summer!

4. Get a full time job
During my time at university I've been working on the weekends in a call centre for a healthcare company, and I love it so much but I want to get a full time job this year, hopefully get some more stability into my life as well being able to save up to eventually buy my own house.

5. Better my mental health
Over the last few years I've worked towards bettering my mental health, and although it's going well considering how bad it was a few years ago, I know I can do more to make myself healthier. I am getting therapy and hopefully by the end of the year I will feel like my old self more.

*Collaborative Post

Friday, 20 January 2017

Shop My Style #7 | Fashion

Happy Friday all, I can't believe it's the weekend again already, for the most of you the weekend is the best part of the week but as I work the weekends I prefer the week! I always find it funny when everyone is super excited for the weekend except me and my best mates who work the weekend. For some reason I am really into my fashion posts at the moment, and I don't know why. I am loving making shop my style posts and you guys seem to love them just as much as I enjoy creating them. I don't think of myself as a stylish person but I love making these posts as it shows off my alternative style. I will be creating a Valentines Day themed one in a couple of weeks so keep your eyes pealed for that one. I hope you enjoy this post and as always, let me know your thoughts on the outfits I've created in the comments/on Twitter!

Dress is from Topshop
Watch is from F Hinds
Shoes are from Dr Martens
Bag is from Blue Banana  

Dress is from Topshop
Bag is from Blue Banana 
Shoes are from Office.  
Would also pair with black leggings. 


Friday, 13 January 2017

Creating The Perfect Living Room | Home

Hi you lovely lot, how are we? I hope you've had a fabulous week! I am bringing you another post this week and I am rather excited about this one,  a while back I created a post about my perfect kitchen and it went down a treat with you guys, so I've decided to bring it back and do a little bit of a series of creating my dream home, starting with the living room and then next I shall be doing the bedroom/bathroom. I thought these type of posts would work best in like a mood board/wishlist styled post. I hope you enjoy this post as much as my last one!

The Sofa:
Fishpools have the most gorgeous sofas I've ever seen in my life including some gorgeous leather ones and my favourite one which is a fabric sofa called Cadogan! It's a bit out there, but I think it totally sums up my personality in a sofa. I would keep the rest of the room pretty minimal to make the sofa pop.

I love this clock because it is simple, yet looks gorgeous. I think it would be perfect in the middle of a wall in the front room with lovely pictures around it, I would love to create a fun feature wall in my front room and this would be start of that. I love the clock in white with the copper rim (bloggers prerogative) although you can get it in other colours such as black and grey.

I was recently shopping at The Range, and I fell in love with this beautiful picture, it is so gorgeous and would look amazing on my wall. I would love to get three similar pictures all in black and white looking like they had been had drawn.

My front room would need some form of speaker for when I have my friends over, I have recently had my eye on the Amazon Echo, and the fact it comes in white makes it even more appealing to me. It's the perfect gadget to have in any front room and the Echo does more than just play music. It also reads audio books and can tell you the news! Win.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What I've Been Loving Lately #2 | Lifestyle

Hi lovelies, happy Wednesday how are you all doing? I hope you're well. I am so snowed under with my university work and social life, I've been lacking a little bit on the blog posts but I promised you guys I would attempt two a week, and this week I am having this one up today and then one on Friday too! I am excited for it to be Friday as it is my birthday, yay! I will be 22. I plan on playing the Taylor Swift song 22 for the most of the day too. I decided I would create another what I've been loving post as you lot seem to love them. If you missed my first one it is is here for you to catch up on.

Rejuvenating Frankincense Face Wash:
I'm so in love with this product at the moment, it is improving my acne by like 90% and makes my face feel fresh and clean in the morning. I couldn't imagine kick starting my day without it anymore. I also use it when I am using my Foreo as it gives the skin a deeper clean.

Sass and Belle Stackable Mugs:
Honestly the CUTEST set of mugs I have ever seen, and even better that they stack. Perfect for any kitchen. I love the little faces, they're so adorable! I would love to add these to my quirky kitchen stuff.

This is a long time favourite of mine, but I thought it's worth a mention as you are able to now buy it in the UK from Debenhams. It's the best pen liner around and it'll give you the most 'fleeky' liner around. It's easy to use and comes out really black which is amazing. 

I honestly have not spent as much time in any pair of shoes as I do in my Dr Martens, and it is about time I invested in another pair, I love the colour of these boots and they look like they'd be a gorgeous pair to wear. Mine are a little worn now, as I bought them two years ago, although I will still be wearing my current pair I would love to invest in another pair. 

I often share with you that one of my favourite places to shop all things weird and wonderfull is Dollskill, they have the BEST bags by a mile and they're always super quirky and fun. I love this bag because it's a perfect everyday bag. I plan on getting it with my birthday money. Yay! 

What have you been loving recently? 

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