Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Beauty Wishlist!

Hi all, how are we doing? I am finally back in the spirits of blogging again and full of ideas and motivation (about time!!) I've been a little bit distant on the blog front this year with lots of big changes in my life, but I am finally happy to be able to say I am ready to be back to blogging with lots of regular posts. I love doing wishlist styled posts and as a creative they are my favourite types of posts to do as I am able to create them on Photoshop, I do many style ones so I've decided to mix it up and do a beauty one as there are SO many amazing new products around at the moment that I can't wait to get my hands on. If you fancy checking out my Sephora wishlist you can do here.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: 
I went to purchase this palette from the Urban Decay site and noticed it was already sold out *sad face* with lots of gorgeous pinks and reds it's the perfect summer to go palette. I hope I'll be able to get my hands on this eventually.

Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Collection:
I am in love with eyeshadow palettes, permanently. I will forever invest in new ones despite having so many which I've hardly used. This collection has 30 utterly beautiful shades, perfect for creating so many looks, ALL YEAR ROUND.

Kat Von D Shade and Light palette:
I've wanted this palette since I was in the States last year and just have never gotten around to purchase it, now Kat Von D is available from Debenhams, it makes it so much easier to purchase yay.

Christian Louboutin Nail Varnish:
I am currently big into doing my nails, whether that is at the salon or a cute colour at home. I am slowly growing my nail varnish collection as it is the smallest amount of makeup I own. I am not sure if I was drawn to this for the packaging or the name but it looks insane and there is an amazing range of colours.

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette: 
You'll be shocked that another eyeshadow palette has made it on to my wishlist (*sarcasm alert*) but when I was trawling through the Too Faced website and I saw this gorgeous glitter filled palette I knew I needed to add it to my wishlist, so many gorgeous shades and perfect for creating 'out there' looks. I am forever completing my looks with glitter shades.

What's on your beauty wishlist?

Why Choose an Escorted Tour Holiday

While away, like many, it's likely you'll want to book yourself onto one or two day trips from your hotel so you can see the landmarks and scenery your holiday destination has to offer. In which case, why not book an escorted tour holiday from the get-go? Not only will it help you to live like a local while away but, in the grander scheme of things, it may even save you some pennies.

Enjoy a Seamless Itinerary
From flights to your itinerary while away, escorted tour holidays offer you an entirely stress-free travel experience. When you book an escorted tour, you will be able to choose from a variety of themed itineraries that suit your particular interests and budget, which means from the minute you arrive, you'll experience everything you want to experience during your holiday. If you were to book tours separately while on a self-organised holiday, the logistics alone would, most likely, cause high levels of stress and panic, and that's not what you want while on what should be a serene, memorable, and hassle-free getaway. When you book an escorted tour holiday, you don't have to worry about the details – you just have to turn up at the pickup point at the right time.

Learn from the Experts
No guidebooks are necessary here. During an escorted tour holiday, you will learn from the best – usually, tour guides are locals that know everything there is to know about the local area, including all the historical landmarks, natural sights, and even the best places to eat and drink. Throughout the trip and after, your brain will be abuzz with knowledge learned from the locals.

Discover the Secrets
Another perk of having an expert tour guide is that, usually, you will be shown some of the more under-the-radar sights, including secluded beaches and walks through otherwise untrodden woodland, and so on. Chances are, if you organised the tours yourself, you would stick to the main trails and miss out on some of the unique sights, which means you'd be experiencing the same as thousands of other travellers. With an escorted tour, you're getting a truly unique experience.
Check the internet for mini bus hire possibilities, it will help you out also.

Escorted Tour Discounts
When travelling, you have to watch the pennies, but all that can go out the window if you haven't booked tours in advance and then, upon arriving at your hotel or accommodation, you need to fork out much more than you anticipated for the tours on offer. Also, booking tours last-minute will, often, mean paying a premium. However, if you book an escorted tour holiday with all your day trips and experiences included, you'll get the best price – that means more spending money.

Whether you're embarking on UK expedition to the Lake District or an Asian adventure in the Far East, escorted tour holidays are the best way to see and experience the wonders of your destination without having to pay a premium for your getaway, all while learning from a local.

*Sponsored post

Friday, 16 June 2017

Things I'd Do If I Won The Lottery #3

Happy Friday all, I hope you're all well. Last year I did a couple of posts on what I'd do with the money if I won the lottery and they were both super popular so I thought I'd do a part 3 (part 1 and 2 if you fancy reading them). I thought it would be interesting to do a part three almost a year a later because the things I'd buy/do have totally changed and I always love it when other people do these posts!

A new wardrobe:
Still similar to my previous post with the shoes, but I'd love to be able to spend some money on getting some new staples for my wardrobe including many expensive bags as well as the ones on my alternative bag wishlists because who doesn't want an unholy amount of awesome bags. I think I would probably spend far too much money on band t-shirts too.

Pay off debts:
A bit more of a boring one but something that needs to be done, i'd pay off my student loan as well as other boring debts, but how good would that feel?

Buy a house:
I am pretty sure this one is standard for most people, I'd buy a beautiful (and big) house in the middle of nowhere, with a pool and a place for my own gym. As well as get my own awesome home cinema and a wall water feature. Pretty much like all of the houses on Cribs (throwback, does anyone remember that show?!)

Redesign my garden:
Is it just me who gets inspired by Summer to do things, especially in the garden! I found out that I have some strawberry plants in my garden and it inspired me to want to get more seeds. I am also obsessed with cute garden furniture and ornaments. Nest have some gorgeous contemporary pieces including chairs. Which would look amazing in some blog pics, don't ya think?   

There are so many amazing places I'd want to travel to, including exploring more of America (road trip anyone?) Japan and Amsterdam. I did a wanderlust post of all of the amazing places I want to visit which would all be getting a look in if I got the chance.

Treat my friends and family: 
A bit of an obvious one, but it would be something I'd love to do. I would happily treat my friends and family to things they've wanted for a while as well as help them with debts etc.

What would you do if you won the lottery? 

*collaborative post


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Who inspires my style?

Happy Thursday all, it's nearly the weekend yay! I am back with another post (finally) I will eventually get into the swing of things again, working a full time job wipes me out most days and i'm too tired to blog a lot of the time. But totally I am motivated to publish a post I've had in mind for a while. Talking my style inspirations. I've put a fair few shop my style posts up in the past and my style is often influenced by more the 'alternative' scene and I thought I'd talk about that today. Bonmarche recently conducted a survey of which celebrities inspire peoples style. The results were:

·       Helen Mirren           (19.2%)

·       Jennifer Anniston    (16.3%)
·       Meryl Streep           (14.5%)
·       Joanna Lumley       (13.5%)
·       Nicole Kidman         (10.3%)
·       Elle MacPherson     (10%)
·       Julie Walters           (8.1%)
·       Jane McDonald       (5.9%)
·       Salma Hayek          (5.4%)
·       Ruth Langsford       (4.8%)

I feel like my own personal style is still the same as it was when I was a teenager with a little bit more edge and slightly less dark (I sometimes wear pink!) but the Dr Martens and the band tees are here to stay. Although I don't tend to follow trends I do have some style inspirations and I can't wait to share them with you.

Fashion bloggers: 
Being a blogger myself and reading lots of blogs means I tend to see lots of style related posts that inspire my own personal style! I am always drawn to the more alternative styled blogs such as Foxxtailz who is written by one of my good friends Jess, who has rockin' hair and funky style. I mean Tartan pants are the one! As well as Sarah (over at Moshing Zombies) who also wears a lot of awesome clothes like ripped jeans and band tees and does perfect makeup and finally one of my favourite style icons is Aoife from Rockettequeen who is gorgeous style, band tees, denim jackets and pretty skirts, yes please! 

Like most people elements of my style come from celebrities. I love the styles of Hayley Williams who will forever be a massive style icon of mine Kelly Osbourne, hello amazing hair and gorgeous style and Taylor Momsen (making fishnets and heavy eyeliner acceptable since I was an early teen, perfection.


I am forever seeing awesome style ideas on Pinterest, from different shoes, to full outfit inspiration. I have complied some boards including edgy style, festival fashion and shoes. Seeing different images and other peoples boards inspires my style.

I hope you enjoyed this post as it was a little bit different to usual. 

*collaborative post 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tips for Getting Ready for your Summer Holiday

Hi guys, I hope you've all been well. I firstly want to apologise for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, starting a new job is way more stressful than I could of ever of thought. Plus going from 2 days a week to full time is a lot to handle, however I love it and I've met some great people yay! I am planning on doing an update post so hopefully that will be with you soon. Today I am bringing you a tips post for getting ready for your Summer holiday. If you want to read some of my past tips posts you can read my tips post for spring cleaning, getting summer ready and festivals. I hope you enjoy this post and let me know your top tips in the comments below. 

Start shopping early
My first tip is to start the shopping for your summer holidays, early. Going online and visiting sites like this one will help you to buy the swimwear, summer dresses, shorts and other items you will need. Shopping early gives you the best choice, and allows you to shop around to find the bargains.

Shop for outfits
Remember to shop for outfits, rather than just individual items. This is the best way to make sure that you look good regardless of what activities you want to enjoy while you are away. I always get great inspiration from other fashion bloggers such as The Kitty Luxe and Little Miss Fii as their style is on point. 

Pick items that you can mix and match
It is always a good idea to buy items of clothing that are easy to mix and match. By packing tops, jeans, skirts and shorts that are interchangeable and can all be worn with each other you are giving yourself plenty of choice when it comes to putting together your holiday outfits. Taking this approach should also greatly reduce the number of items you need to pack, which opens up the possibility for you to travel only with hand luggage. Doing this will save you both time and money.

Choosing the right footwear
Packing the right footwear is important. The last thing you need is to end up wearing shoes that are uncomfortable because they are all you took with you. It is much better to buy your summer holiday footwear early and wear it around the house for a few weeks. That way your shoes or sandals will be broken in and supple enough not to cause blisters, which is the last thing you need when you are trying to enjoy your holiday. All of the footwear you take with you should be comfortable enough to walk in. That way should you get stranded somewhere you will have no trouble walking back to your resort.

Always use a packing list
The best way to make sure that you are not left rushing around the shops at the last minute is to use a packing list. You can tick things off as you buy them, and cross them off as you pack each item. There are plenty of packing lists available online, which you can download and edit. Travel Checklist is a particularly good source, because it produces pack list that are tailored to the needs of all sorts of travellers.

*collaborative post

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How Window Design can Compliment your Style

Windows are often a space in the home that is overlooked when it comes to style design. A lot of people in the UK will opt for cheaper vertical blinds when it comes to window dressing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, with companies such as Ambition Blinds offering cheap alternatives to the vertical blind, it’s totally worth investing some time into your window space. Who knows, it could become a focal point of the room in no time.
Now, we all know how boring a window space can be. However, there are so many options out there today that allow homeowners to install amazing blinds that can flood a space with light and brighten up any room in the house. If you’re blessed with a bay window, you can turn the space into a window seat (perfect for having a brew and people watching). This will adapt the space into something practical whilst adding to your style. It also utilizes the window space in the most practical way.
Wooden Venetian blinds can add to any style you may have when it comes to ordinary window spaces, and can be ordered in any colour to suit your preference. For the minimalist, why not try a white blind, this will draw a slight focal point in the room, as well as offer great lighting if needed. These blinds can also completely block out sunlight, if needs be. So whether you’re a modernist at heart, an eccentric, or the boheme who loves wooden accents, these could be perfect accompaniment to your specific tastes when it comes to interior design.
As well as wooden Venetian blinds, you can grab some other well priced window accents that can spruce up your room thanks to Ambition Blinds, such as the Velux roller blind alternatives, or ordinary roller blinds. With all of these options, you have no need to install curtains, as privacy and shade are all provided, which is perfect for decluttering the home!
If you’re more of the elegant type, Roman Blinds could be the option for you in the home. Invented hundreds of years ago, these blinds work well at keeping dust away and providing shade in even the brightest of rooms.
Not something to be ignored, window ledges can also add to your style. By simply adding flowers to your ledge, that match your colour scheme, you draw the room together entirely. It’s also a great aspect to have when viewing your house from the outside. Flowers look beautiful in the window, and add character to any house.
For more inspiration, why not view some of Window Design boards on Pinterest? Or search for different blinds on the Ambition Blinds website.
Guest post written by Gina Kay Daniel

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

3 of the best workplace fundraising ideas

When it comes to raising money for charity, the more people involved, the more cash you’ll collect. So, what better place to do your bit for a good cause than the workplace? It’s likely there are plenty of people where you work that would be willing to put their hand in their pocket in the name of charity.

Once you’ve raised your money, there are a number of ways you can get the cash to your chosen charity. A lot of organisations, such as Human Appeal, offer you the chance to make monetary contributions online. This is one of the quickest, easiest and safest ways to ensure the money you’ve raised gets to those who need it most.

For three ideas for your next fundraising event, keep reading.

1. Cake sale
Why not challenge your workmates to a Great British Bake Off-style cake sale? Encourage as many people as possible to create their own confectionary masterpiece at home, then invite those taking part to bring them into work to be put to the taste test. Charge your colleagues per slice and get them to give a mark out of 10 for each cake they try. At the end of the day, you’ll not only have a reigning cake baking champion, but you will have raised some cash for a good cause too.

2. Sponsored silence
Especially in an office environment, it can be easy for the noise levels to get out of control. So, to make everyone quieten down for a good cause, you could put your chatty colleagues to the test and schedule a sponsored silence. You might think that remaining silent will be relatively easy at first, but getting through a whole day of work without saying a peep can be quite the challenge for a lot of people.

3. Raffle draw
You can’t go wrong with a classic raffle draw, so why not organise your own at work? Firstly, you’ll need some raffle tickets to hand out in exchange for a donation, and you’ll also need to decide on your prizes. The more desirable the prizes on offer, the more money you’re likely to raise, so think carefully about what you’re going to put up for grabs. You could try to get the prizes donated, or you could persuade your boss to cough up in the name of charity. Also, when you’re selling your tickets, encourage people to buy a strip rather than a single ticket. Not only will you raise more cash, but your colleagues will have a better chance of winning.

Regardless of how you go about it, there’s no reason why you and your work friends can’t have fun while doing your bit for charity.

*Collaborative post


Monday, 15 May 2017

Tips For Getting Festival Ready!

Happy Wednesday all, how are we all doin'? I'm sat in the sun writing this post and as it's ALMOST summer now and the festivals are starting to commence I thought I would share with you some tips for getting ready for the festivals. I am a huge fan of festivals and kinda gutted I am not going to one this year. There are some seriously amazing lineups like, EMINEM at Leeds omfg! As well an amazing all round line up at Download. Plus Bestival sounds awesome, I am gonna make that happen one year!

Pack light:
For festivals you often think it's a great idea to bring everything including the kitchen sink, but it actually works well if you pack lighter and preferably a bag on your back. Never take things to festivals which you care about as it's possible they met get stolen if not could possibly get wet or COVERED in mud. Oops. Take minimal clothing and only the essentials.

Plan your travel:
When going to a festival planning your travel is essential, whether you're driving, getting the train or even hiring a mini bus there can be a lot of planning involved. The earlier you plan it the more likely it is to be cheaper as well as successful. If there a lot of you going a mini bus or even coach hire can be an option, SMC coach hire have some great choices of transport. It makes sense to hire one if you;'re going in a large group and can split the cost and can often be more cost effective than getting the train. If you live local to a festival obviously planning your travel isn't as much of a big deal as you can often get free/cheap buses from a local town.

Stand out: 
With festivals if you lose someone/something it is pretty much impossible to locate again so make yourselves stand out. Get a BRIGHT tent (Go Outdoors have a great guide for finding the best one for your festival needs.) and find someone all of the people you are with can wear. Whether that be bright hair, carrying inflatables, wear fancy dress or something else fun, make yourselves stand out.

If you can't hack the camping: 
If you're not one for camping but still want to go to the festival getting a hotel can work, going back and forth each day. It can work out more expensive but if you're not one for dirt and sleeping in a tent this can work just as well. Cairn Hotel Group offer amazing choices of hotels across the UK perfect for those who fancy a bit of luxury during a festival.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

5 Effortless Ways to Make Money From Your Blog

Whether you’re a full-time blogger or occasional scribbler, there’s money to be made via your site. The following five ways — from reseller hosting to sponsored posts — are simple ways to do exactly that.

The digital age has given birth to an abundance of online and tech-based careers and hobbies; blogging being one of the most prominent. What was previously an online journal of sorts has now developed into a creative platform to reach out to the masses — and many have found it to be a lucrative career path. So how does one make money from a blog?

Let’s take a look at five ways that many bloggers make money from their blog on a daily basis, none of which require a tonne of effort or computer whizkid abilities.

1. Sponsored Posts

To you, a blog may just be your little corner of the internet for posts about your hobbies and interests — and the occasional rant, of course. But in regards to business, a blog can be an incredibly valuable marketing tool, allowing companies to connect with their customers and establish themselves further as a brand.

And while most companies have — or rather should have — a blog these days, reaching out to bloggers in their chosen niche with the hopes of publishing a post on their site can be very beneficial. It’s something that you, as a blogger, should be using to your advantage. There’s money to be made from sponsored posts and the effort involved is minimal.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is another way bloggers can capitalise on a company’s interest in your site. Signing up to an affiliate marketing scheme will give you a unique link, as well some marketing media (usually images and banners) to put on your blog. Your readers see the images, think “I need that product or service” and click on it. Once a sale is complete, you get a percentage. It’s as simple as that.

Your blog will undoubtedly have a theme or ‘niche’ in regards to topics and branding. This means you’ll attract visitors with interest in the topics you write about, so it makes sense to affiliate yourself with companies in the same industry as that particular niche.

You also have to consider that many of your visitors will be bloggers themselves (after all, bloggers love blogs), so it’s beneficial to become an affiliate of a company providing services that every blogger requires, such as web hosting.  

3. Selling a Service

For some people, a blog is just one part of their website, while the remaining pages are dedicated to advertising their creative abilities. The arrival of the internet has provided creative-minded people in areas of work such as graphic design, writing and illustration with the ideal platform to sell a service.

If you have an in-depth knowledge or aptitude for a particular skillset and think it’s something that will be a valuable asset to businesses, your blog is the perfect place to advertise said skills. The current generation has more creative types than you can shake a stick at, so taking the time to design a professional and unique site will be essential to stand out.

4. Reseller Hosting Packages

As a blogger and website owner, you’ll be aware of web hosting (VPS hosting, dedicated servers, cloud hosting); the service that provides you with web space and bandwidth to host your site and provide visitors with delightful content. But, did you know that website hosting companies also offer a service called reseller hosting?

By purchasing reseller hosting packages, you become what is essentially the middle-man between a web hosting company and your clients. If you’re starting to think this is all sounding a bit technical and much like hard work, you’d be wrong. You will be selling the company’s service, meaning they will be in charge of the technical aspects, such as maintenance. Your only real task will be to be a super-savvy salesman.  

5. Advertising Space

Advertising space is in no way a new concept, but the digital age’s version of it comes in the form of small adverts on the header, footer and sidebars of your website. This space will often be filled with various widgets improve the aesthetic of your site, but to businesses, it can be very valuable for advertising.

Blogging has transformed from a relatively unique activity to a fully-fledged phenomenon of the modern era. Thousands of blog posts are written on a daily basis, published on the millions and millions of blogs that currently exist, all of which contain advertising space. These areas on your site could be valuable to the right businesses. Finding those in your niche or industry who could benefit most will make it an easier sales pitch.

Whether you write a blog for fun or as a profession, it’s something that requires a bit of startup money for serious blogging (web hosting and domain registration fees). So now that you’ve invested some money into your blog, why not use it to make some money, too? Joining an affiliate scheme, purchasing a reseller hosting package, or accepting sponsored posts are just a few of the ways to make some extra cash without working your fingers to the bone.

*Sponsored Post

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