Sunday, 22 October 2017

Winter Walk | OOTD


It's got to that time of the year where I'm still able to go down to the beach for a walk but I now need to wear a coat - I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad that the colder weather is here. One thing that I am excited about it being able to wear this coat again, Joe (my boyfriend) gifted me this Zara number last Christmas and it's a dream of a coat.



I live on the south coast of England in an area coated in pebbles instead of white sands like the Bahamas, I can't complain though, at least I don't have sandy sandwiches? My casual grey and white top is from Urban Outfitters, it's long sleeved but a thin material so it's perfect for that in between hot/cold weather. 


My go-to ripped knee jeans are the Top Shop Jaime jeans which have ended up super ripped thanks to whenever I decide to bend my knees. 



They've started to look tatty - as I have had them for years - but these Roamer purple suede boots always make an appearance in Autumn for me. Does anyone else have a pair of shoes that they can't imagine throwing out or replacing?? 

I don't usually write a lot on my 'fashion' posts because I feel like all people want to know is where the clothing items are from. I'm bursting to have a chat on my little blog though because it's been a while, so look out for an up-coming post if you're interested in that kind of thing! 


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Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I must admit I was a little shocked when Meg (Megan Goodier) nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award, I like to post on my little blog every now and then, however I never think about the fact that people actually read it! Thank you very much to the lovely Meg for the nomination and please everyone head over to her blog to have a read. 

The award is for bloggers that are inspiring, creative and positive - so I am very grateful for the nomination. 






THE RULES




- Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link their blog

- Answer the questions asked by the Blogger who nominated them
- Nominate other Bloggers and give them new questions to answer

MEGAN'S QUESTIONS / MY ANSWERS



1. What is the most played song on your iPod?
Ariana Grande "Piano" - the song always puts me in a good mood!


2. What is your favourite type of blog post to write/read?
I like to write 'favourites' or some sort of haul related post but I love reading Fashion / Travel posts for inspiration. I also love a good 'Tips' post to read for some inspiration.

3. What would be your dream location for a quick city break?
Ooooooo...there's so much choice. If I had to pick somewhere I haven't been before I would choose Rome. 
I'd recommend Krakow and Amsterdam for anyone considering going! 
I'm off to New York next year which I am superrrr excited about.

4. How do you lead a positive lifestyle?
Treat others how I want to be treated, always look on the bright side (well I at least try to!) and look after my well-being. 

5. What is your go-to fashion item for Autumn/Fall?
Anything mustard coloured!! A turtle neck / chunky scarf / beanie - not all at one time mind!

6. Halloween or Christmas?
Christmas! All the way, mainly because of the happy atmosphere and Christmas shopping.

7. What is your favourite Disney song?
Pocahontas "Colours of The Wind" although my favourite film is The Lion King.

8. Name three things you like about yourself. 
It's weird that this is the kind of question you never really think about and is one of the hardest to answer! I'm caring, friendly and I like my freckles haha.

9. Instagram or Twitter?
Instagram because I am quite a visual person so enjoy looking at people's photos.

10. What is your go-to karaoke song?
Any song that used to be played at a school disco in the early 2000's!




MY QUESTIONS

1) What inspired you to start blogging?
2) What are your favourite things to do on the weekend?
3) Do you have any pets? If so what & what are they called?
4) Where has been your favourite holiday destination to date?
5) What is one beauty product you cannot live without?
6) Where in the world do you live?
7) What is your favourite season of the year and why?
8) What are your favourite blog posts to write / read?
9) What would be your perfect meal? (starter / main / pudding?)
10) How long have you been blogging?




NOMINEES

Lucy 

Louise

Beth

Naomi

Amy

Charlotte 

Catherine 

Hannah

Drifa

Samantha



Thanks again to Meg & I look forward to hearing my nominees answers. I hope this post added some sunshine to your day in some way or another (excuse the pun!).


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Beauty & Skincare Haul | YOUTUBE



Last week I uploaded a beauty and skincare haul onto my Youtube channel. I thought I'd share the link with you on my blog in case you were unaware of my channel - please click on the link below to watch the video! You can also find the link to my YouTube in the header bar above. 





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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Choosing The Right Camera For You

Choosing the right camera for you can be difficult, there are plenty of brands and models to choose from but for someone (like myself) who doesn't have expert knowledge in the field of photography/videography it can be hard deciding which camera to purchase. More specifically, today I wanted to share with you 2 CSC (Compact System Camera) models which are currently on the market as they are great cameras, they provide the image quality and interchangeable lenses of a DSLR, but in a smaller package. To learn more about what a CSC camera is you can read more here.Image result for LUMIX G (Compact System Camera) DC-GH5

LUMIX G (Compact System Camera) DC-GH5


One of the best CSC cameras available is the Lumix G DC-GH5 which is the latest in the line of Panasonic's top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras. 

DC-GH5 key features:
- 20.3 Megapixels - Digital Live MOS Sensor
- 4K/60p - video recording 
- 6K PHOTO - 6K 30fps, 4K 60fps
- 3.2-inch vari-angle tilt touchscreen
- Weight 725g (without a lens) 
- 5-Axis Dual Image Stabiliser 2 
- It is freezeproof down to -10 degrees, splashproof and dustproof
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
- Interchangeable lenses 

Panasonic is marketing the Lumix GH5 at both pro videographers and enthusiast photographers. Therefore if you're looking for a camera to up both your video and photography footage quality, this would be the perfect camera for you. With high quality comes a price tag of £1,699.99 (body only). Lenses are available to purchase separately.

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Great for beginners is the Canon EOS M3, small and easy to use the camera would be a perfect start to both basic photography and videography.

Canon EOS M3 key features:
- 24.2 Megapixels - APS-C size CMOS sensor
Full HD movie - 1080p movies at 24, 25 and 30 fps
Hybrid CMOS AF III - fast and smooth auto focus 
Tilt touchscreen
- WiFi and remote shooting with a smartphone 
- Weight 366g (without lens)
- Interchangeable lenses 

For beginners the Canon EOS M3 is a good starting point for photography and videography. The cost of this camera including a 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens is £421.99. 

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Pamper Night Must-Haves



One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is to have a pamper night, whether that's after work or on the weekend I love having some 'me' time and switching off from my daily routine. In this post I thought I'd discuss what I like to do to relax and hope that it inspires you to have some chill time and take the time to look after yourself. 

1) Are you a film or book person?

Personally I'd say I'm 50/50 dependant on my mood! Sometimes I reach for a well loved movie such as Wild Child (definitely 1 of my top 5 chick flicks) but at times I love starting a new book. The book I'm currently reading is Small Great Things written Jodi Picoult, a story that challenges prejudice, race, and justice.






2)  Battle of the face masks 

There are so many different face masks available in stores recently. I have been enjoying the Garnier Moisture Bomb and the Loreal Pure Clay ranges. 

Garnier Moisture Bomb  - Revitalising Mask - Perfect for a facial 'pick me up' for a boost of hydration. These masks are purchased individually (1 per pack) therefore I only use these about once or twice a month due to the cost.

Loreal Pure Clay -  Glow Mask - This mask brightens and exfoliates skin, enriched with Red Algae extract which is known for its brightening properties - this mask leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. With the product containing 50ml it's recommended that it can spread up to 10 uses. 



3) Bath full of bubbles  

Sometimes nothing quite beats a relaxing bubble bath and you can't not have a bath without a bath bomb, right? If you want to read more on my most recent LUSH haul click > HERE!


4) At home manicure 

I'm not someone who gets my nails done professionally, therefore the only time my nails ever look half decent is when I incorporate painting my nails with my pamper routine (otherwise I'm far too lazy to bother!). I picked up these two polishes recently, both by Maybelline New York, the first is a gorgeous shade in 19 Golden Brown and the second is a 3D clear Gel Effect plumping top coat.  



 5) Because you can't not pamper the rest of your body

The Zoella Candy Cream Softening Body Lotion is one of my favourite body lotions. If I'm honest I always forget to moisturise on a daily basis therefore I am always sure to add it into my pamper routine. 



What do you like to do to relax and pamper yourself?

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Body Shop: Drops of Youth


It's safe to say that The Body Shop is one of my favourite brands when it comes to skin care; Not only do they have an amazing brand ethos but they sell that many products you'll be sure to find something suitable for your skin type. 

I currently own 2 of the 8 products available in the 'Drops Of Youth' range and I'm loving them. 


£18.00 145ml 

The Youth Liquid Peel exfoliates and gently peels off impurities from your skin, lifting dead skin cells and residuals. After cleansing and drying my face I use two pumps of the Youth Liquid Peel and massage the liquid on my face for around 20 seconds. At this point you literally see clumps begin to form which is the dead skin cells and residuals. I then wipe with a cotton pad and rinse my face with warm water. 

This all results in a clean, smooth and refreshed face! 



£25.00 95ml

This product is one of The Body Shop's top sellers and I'm not surprised. *I've had this a while now hence the old packaging* 

I lather this onto my face at night and wake up with super soft, dewy feeling skin. The consistency of the mask is weird yet wonderful, the description on The Body Shop website reads 'memory-shape gel' but honestly the best way I can describe it is that it's a putty (aka the least flattering way to describe something). A little goes a long way and you skin instantly feels moisturised.



Please let me know if you have any Body Shop favourites! 

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

20 Things I've Learnt in 20 Years

So today (tomorrow as I write this) I turn 20! It doesn't feel like it's my birthday tomorrow and it definitely doesn't feel like I'm turning 20. I thought I'd write a post on 20 things that I've learnt the past 20 years, some things / mottos I've found myself living by. I'm going to have to keep my points short and snappy because otherwise I could ramble on for ages! 





1) Enjoy the little things in life
2) Your parents are by far greatest supporters 
3) Don't dwell on past events - focus on the future 
4) Studying is short term pain long term gain! 
5) Believe in yourself 
6) Don't follow the crowd (not all the time anyway)
7) If it's meant to be, it will be 
8) Spend time having 'me time', it's important to take time out 
9) Quality over quantity (this includes from sleep to friends)
10) Do everything with kindness 
11) Not everyone is going to like you, and there's nothing wrong with that 
12) Take as many photographs as you can
13) Treat others how you like to be treated 
14) Don't be scared to ask questions 
15) Remember that a lot of what you see on social media is photo-shopped / un-realistic 
16) Set yourself mini goals rather than constantly focusing on big future ones 
17) Always be open to new experiences 
18) It's okay to cry and have a bad day 
19) Be silly, have fun and don't always be so serious
20) Be You.

Happy Birthday to anyone who's Birthday also falls on July 18th and to all fellow Cancer's out there. 

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Canon EOS M3 | Demo / Unboxing





Canon eos M3 demo unboxing

After owning my Canon EOS for almost 5 years it was about time I upgraded. I chose to keep it in the family and upgraded to the Canon EOS M3. I'm no tech wizz and definitely not a tech blogger however I couldn't not film an unboxing / first impressions demo! 




If you happen to enjoy tech videos, I have also recently reviewed the HP Sproket printer! 


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

5 Healthy Superfoods | YOUTUBE


Last week I uploaded a video onto my YouTube channel where I discuss my current top 5 health foods. I haven't included normal things such as bananas and broccoli, so hopefully this might tempt you to try something new!


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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Skincare

Now that summer has FINALLY arrived, it's become time for me to switch over my skin care routine. During winter I am always battling with dry skin, however in summer it's time to protect and hydrate.  

  
1) Protect 

As you may (or may not) know, I have very fair skin, therefore without wearing sun cream during summer I turn into a flamingo! My morning skin care routine during summer begins with applying this SPF 30 Soltan Once face sun cream. 

Tip: Whenever you're purchasing a sun cream look out for the UVA star rating on the bottle - rated from 0-5 - with 5 stars of course being the best protection. As you can see, on this bottle next to the purple box, this Soltan cream is rates 5 stars.


2) Moisturise

A moisturiser that I have been loving recently is this Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser from The Body Shop. With vitamin C, it awakens and clarifies your complexion, revealing a natural healthy looking glow. It has a  lightweight gel formula which absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave your face feeling heavy and skicky! Perfect for summer. (ps it also smells of oranges!) 


3) Lips 

I always carry round a lip balm with me during winter when my lips start feeling dry however when it comes to summer I often neglect my lip care, recently I have been using this Carmex lip balm which has SPF 15 to help protect and hydrate my lips. 


4) Overnight 

After a long day in the sun you're probably eager to get some sleep but trust me, your skin is probably feeling more exhausted than you are right now. Don't forget to moisturise your face at night to give your skin the opportunity to relax and hydrate. 

This L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Facial Oil is a luxurious blend of 8 essential oils: Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Geranium, Rose, Roman Chamomille, Orange Peel and Lavandin. Providing your skin with moisture and radiance, the formula feels lightweight and non-greasy.



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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fitness Motivation Tips! | YOUTUBE

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I've begun uploading more frequently over on my YouTube channel! My recent video I shared with you my tips that I find useful to help me get motivated to keep fit. 




I hope that you find the video useful! 

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Pink Leather Skirt


I've always been a lover of my black leather skirt but as summer is approaching, I'm trying not to wear as much black. So when I came across this baby pink skirt, how could I say 'no'? 


On a search for an outfit for my Cousins wedding I put together this assemble, and I couldn't not share this outfit with you guys. 

The pink skirt is from New Look and is currently half price at only £11! The details of the centre zip and side pockets are in a gorgeous rose gold shade which complement the skirt perfectly. 

My white top is an old TopShop number that has been one of my favourite tops for almost 2 years now. I've found an alternative top on the website that I think would suit this outfit well.


My metallic rose gold clutch bag from Accessorize gives this look a day to evening feel which can be worn on any occasion. I couldn't find this exact clutch bag on the Accessorize website but I have founds a Plan B clutch which would also suit this outfit perfectly. 


I was lucky enough to purchase these white heels in New Look's summer sale last year for an absolute bargain (who doesn't love a bargain) but there is a very similar style pair of heels that are for sale this year for only £19.99!



This has to be the girliest outfit I have ever worn...and I LOVE IT! 

Peace out girl scouts, 
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Creme Egg Brownies

Creme Egg Brownies

Cadbury Creme Eggs have to be one of my favourite things about Easter. This year I had quite a few and decided to use some of my extras in some baking - therefore making these Cadbury Creme Egg brownies. 

Ingredients:

- 185g unsalted butter
- 185g best dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa) 
- 85g plain flour
- 40g cocoa powder
- 3 large eggs
- 275g golden caster sugar 
- 6 Cadburys Creme Eggs (cut in half) 

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 160c and grease a 20cm square baking tin.

2) Melt the butter and dark chocolate together either in the microwave or in a bowl over hot water.

3) Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g of golden caster sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milkshake! This can take 3-8 minutes. TIP, you'll know its ready when the mixture becomes pale and about double it's original volume.

4) Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, then gently fold together. TIP: Make sure your chocolate mixture is at least luke warm, or cooler. If the chocolate mixture is too hot it will cook the eggs!




5) Hold a sieve over the bowl of eggy chocolate mixture and sift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently, fold in the mixture.

6) Pour into the baking tin and cook for 15 minutes then take it our of the oven and gently press the Cadbury's Crème Egg halves into the mix spacing them apart evenly. Put back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

7) Leave to cool before removing from the tin and cutting. I found these brownies taste amazing warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream!


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