Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Awemix Charity Watches - Breast Cancer*

Putting on my watch is one of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning and I cannot go about my day unless I am wearing one. When I saw the stylish watches that were available from a brand called Awemix, not only did I think they looked nice, I also thought they were for a very good cause and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.

The watches have been launched by brother and sister team Michael and Sandy Niman. 20% from every £20 watch sold goes to charity which I think is really lovely. Not only does the charity benefit by receiving some money, the Awemix watch designs also raise awareness to the causes that they represent. Since wearing this watch I have had a few compliments and it always sparks a conversation. I think the watches are very affordable and stylish.

I received the watch that has been designed for Breast Cancer, for the charity Keeping Abreast. There is also a watch that has been designed for Norfolk Wildlife Trust for Wildlife & Conservation. The community nominates and votes on which charities they want to support and these are the two that were chosen. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the UK and the donations have been used for vital habitat conservation in Norfolk. Keeping Abreast supports women with either breast cancer or the hereditary BRCA gene, who are considering or undergoing immediate or delayed breast reconstruction. The money that they receive from Awemix goes towards funding the services they offer including information, support and practical help.

Awemix watches have partnered with numerous universities across the country, from Aberdeen to UEA, as well as Raise the Bar; a spoken word events company. Awemix Watches can also be found in five stores around East Anglia, with further shops planned. I love that it is local in this sense, but feel proud that they will be branching out nationally.

Overall I personally think the concept is amazing. It is rare that you find a company so passionate about helping others and it really does feel like a good cause. The watches are stylish enough to be worn and I personally feel proud to wear one knowing that they contribute to such good causes.

Head over to Awemix to get your hands on one of these designs. It's for a great cause!

*I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wedding Plus 1's, Find Yours With Badoo*

As you may know, I am getting married next year so I have had the fun task of putting together a rough guest list of who I want to invite. When it comes to single friends, it is difficult to know whether to add a +1 to their invite or not. On one hand, you want them to have someone there so they don’t feel alone but on the other hand you don’t want them inviting someone they’ve known 2 weeks for the sake of having someone there with them. It is difficult, and even more so if you are that single friend trying to decide on whether or not to bring someone alone to such a special occasion.

I have come up with some ideas on how to combat being single at a wedding if you do happen to be in this scenario. On the other hand, when you get the invite through and you see that dreaded ‘+1’, there are options and you do still have time to find the one! If you haven’t heard of Badoo, then I am not sure where you have been! Badoo is the biggest dating app in the world, and is open and exclusive to everyone. With over 360 million registered users worldwide, there is bound to be someone out there for you. Avoid being single at a wedding and sign up to Badoo today, you never know – it could you be you next!

Chat to People
When it comes to attending a wedding, be friendly and outgoing. This is an opportunity to meet new people not only on your table but on other tables too. Make conversation on the dance floor, or at the bar. If you look like you are having a good time then people will be more attracted to you and more likely to come over for a chat. You are there to celebrate and support a friend so why not have a good time doing so regardless of whether or not you are single.

With Badoo's sleek new design, chatting to new people couldn’t be easier. Your messages are kept in one place so you can see your conversations with ease. You can even send stickers and emojis. There is now a 2 message limit so if you haven’t replied to someone after 2 messages then the feeling obviously isn’t mutual. A block is then put in place so that no more messages can be sent so gone is the annoyance of having someone constantly spam you with messages. If someone does make you feel uncomfortable then you  can very easily block or report them if needed.

Don’t catch the bouquet
Just because you are single doesn’t mean you have to line up and take part in the traditional “catch the bouquet” scenario. Take a breather and don’t allow yourself to be put in that situation where you feel under pressure. Personally, if you’ve seen the price of bridal bouquets recently then the bride will certainly not be throwing it! I think this a tradition that needs to be squashed.

Instead of being outed as single to the whole wedding party, being on Badoo means you can see if any other users are nearby. There is a feature that allows you to discover people who you have walked past or bumped into that day so if any other guests are online, you’ll know about it. That man on the bus that always give you a smile, maybe he is also using Badoo. You won’t know until you download the app.

Take Mental Notes
So you may not be getting married in the near future, so what? Use this time to take in the environment, think about what you would do at your own wedding. Soak it all up and picture what things you would like to incorporate in your big day, and those little things that you wouldn’t bother about. This is a time to get excited about your future! Don’t dwell on the past about relationships that never took off, look towards the future and think “this could be me one day!”

Badoo is easy to set up, simply set up your filter and match with those that catch your eye. If you like someone on the app and they like you back they will appear in your match list. You can also see who has recently visited your profile and who has added you as a favourite. People who have verified their profiles by providing a phone number or social media account will appear with a blue tick, so you know they’re genuine.

So you know what, maybe after reading this you may not have to survive being single at a wedding. You may have found the one with Badoo! Let me know what you think of the app.

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Losing Weight and Fat Freezing Treatments*

So as many of you may know right now, I am officially getting married and need to shift some serious weight before I even start to try on some dresses let alone actually walk down that aisle. I thought I would do a monthly weigh in with a few of the things I have tried out throughout the month and how my weight is changing whether that be up or down! So I am going to aim to post these monthly if this one goes down well so please let me know what you think. Now that my holiday is out of the way, I have a clear run until Christmas so will be trying my best. My fiancé has also set up a training plan for me and kitted me out with some new gym equipment. He has also been taking my measurements bi-weekly so I can track those too.

For those who don’t want to read through the whole thing, I will do a quick summary at the top.

Month 1 Starting Weight – 12 Stone 11.5 lbs
Month 2 Starting Weight – 12 Stone 5.5lbs
Total Weight Loss for Month 1 – 6lbs

I recently heard about Fat Freezing treatments available at Pulse Light Clinic in London. It’s a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that treats that stubborn fat that exercise simply won’t touch! Once the fat has been removed, it is gone for good. 

CoolSculpting is suitable for fat all over the body including double chins, love handles, back fat, saggy bums and flabby thighs. Fat freezing is exactly how it sounds, your fat literally gets frozen away in a safe, effective and FDA approved way. The technology used is called Cryolipolysis and is done without needles or surgery. The CoolSculpting pack is placed onto the area that is going to be treated and is left for only one hour. During this time the fat cells are being frozen which then causes them to die. They are then flushed out of your body! The below video is fantastic if you want to know a little bit more.

If you are looking to get this treatment done then you can contact the clinic on the below addresses:

Tottenham Court Road Clinic
5 Percy Street, London, W1T IDG
Tel: 0207 205 4085

Fenchurch Street Clinic
1st Floor, 152 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 6BB
Tel: 0207 523 5158

I won’t post my exact measurements but can tell you that this month I lost about 2 inches from each leg, and 4 inches around my stomach and waist. I also lost an inch from each arm, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing! Onto my weekly losses for this month, I have included some of the meals that I have been eating. Let me know if you have any questions – or what you think! And if you would like to see more of these posts please let me know and I can make sure I do that for you.
Week 1 – Weigh in (12 Stone 11.5 lbs)
This is my starting point after a week’s holiday in Wales eating to my heart’s content. , I knew that the scales weren’t going to like me today but it’s good to have a starting point. We started the week off with a Shepherd’s Pie, packed with veg and for the rest of the week our meals consisted of pasta bake with lean pork meatballs, vegetable chilli, salmon with stir fry vegetables and rice, slow cooked sausage casserole and lean turkey mince meatballs with pasta. For lunches I have been enjoying some vegetable soups and I have been snacking on fruit, yoghurt and lean meats.

Week 2 – Weigh in (12 Stone 7.5 lbs) -4lbs
This week I was pleased to see a loss after being back to healthy eating for a week. This week’s food consisted of a risotto, curry, sausage pasta bake, ostrich steaks, salmon and a Mediterranean chicken pilaf. I have also been snacking on grapes and lean meats as well as some low fat yoghurts. For lunches I made a spicy butternut squash soup with onion, carrot, garlic, ginger, celery and chilli which has been lovely and warming during the colder weather.

Week 3 – Weigh in (12 stone 7lbs) -0.5lbs

This week I had a reasonably good week food wise but the weekend knocked me well and truly off the wagon. I was lucky to scrape a loss this week I think! Pleased with my half a pound off, I sailed onto week 4.
Week 4 – Weigh in (12 stone 5.5lbs) – 1.5lbs
This week was what I called a ‘light’ week where I seem to get away with eating lots of food but still losing weight. It’s just one of those months I guess!

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Jewel Hut - Pandora Orchid Dropper Charm*

It's that time of year where we all deserve to treat ourselves, failing that it's a good time to start Christmas shopping. I am never sure what to get people for Christmas so when The Jewel Hut sent me this gorgeous Pandora Orchid Dropper Charm, I knew it would make the perfect gift and I couldn't wait to share it with you all.

The Jewel Hut is an online jewellery store offering some of the best branded jewellery at competitive prices. Not only can you buy Pandora you can also purchase Links of London, Thomas Sabo, Swarovski and many more well-known brands. There’s something for everyone and I am sure you will be able to find the perfect piece of jewellery to really express your style.

I received the beautiful Pandora ‘white orchid dropper’ charm which costs only £40 at The Jewel Hut. This charm is so elegant and I love the way it dangles on my Pandora bracelet. the sterling silver dropper paired with the gorgeous white enamel on the petals make this a showstopping piece. I have had many compliments on this charm since I have added it to my collection. I especially love the glamorous stone set bale, it adds a touch of sparkle which I think is lovely for this season.

My charm came boxed up in official Pandora packaging and even included a gift bag which is great if you are buying this for someone else. My parcel arrived very quickly from The Jewel Hut and I cannot fault the service in any way.

What do you think of this lovely charm? Will you be visiting The Jewel Hut to see their fantastic range of branded jewellery?

*I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Recreating Our First Date*

One of the first posts I wrote about on this blog when I revamped it was all about my first date with my fiancé. Where it all began. It’s hard to believe that was over 4 years ago now. He took me to the zoo to show me how to use my camera (well that was his excuse anyway!).

Recently we decided to recreate that first date and head back to the same zoo. It was such a nice experience to go back. It brought back memories from the first time we went. When we first went, James brought a picnic along with him so we did the same again. I packed sandwiches for us, sausage rolls, grapes, crisps and drinks. A bit more elaborate than the first time we came!

We wandered around the zoo pointing out things that we did last time and places that we looked around all those years ago. I remember thinking this was such a fun first date, a lot different to the types of dates that you see on TV. Having never really ‘dated’ before, it definitely was one to remember. I think first dates definitely set the mood for the rest of the relationship. A rubbish first date may mean that you won’t see the person again.

First dates can be anything from a meal, a quick drink or something a bit different like a zoo trip. If you are looking to date then a good place to start would be trying out some of the best dating sites. Depending on where you live there are plenty of sites available such as Cumbria dating site, Wiltshire dating site or dating agency Shropshire.  There really is something out there for everyone, you could even date divorced singles. Why don’t you give it a go - you never know where it may lead!

Where would your ideal first date be?

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Little Box September - Rouge Edition

The September edition of My little box was a little late in arriving so I apologise for the delay in getting this post up. I like to trial the products before I write about them so needed to allow a bit more time before I got my review up. This month’s box was the Rouge edition. I was a little disappointed with the box design as it seemed a little plain compared to previous months however I liked the contents inside.

First up was this Nuxe - Huile Prodigieuse which retails at £17.50. This was a little sample of oil which can be used on your hair, face and body all year round. I have previously received one of these in a Glossybox years ago but don’t remember using it much and passed it on. I’m not one for putting oil on my face as my skin sometimes gets a bit oily but find this goes nice on the body and in the ends of my hair. Any other ideas for using this product would be greatly appreciated!

The second Nuxe product in this box was the shower oil with gold shimmer. This has a nice scent to it and doesn’t leave you covered in glitter so don’t worry about that! It’s a nice shower oil that left my skin feeling soft. I think I am going to save this for special occasions as the sample size will soon run out otherwise!

The My Little Beauty item was this gorgeous classic red lipstick. I really liked applying this product but do recommend using a suitable lip liner. It lasted on the lips well with my primer and top coat and the colour is a nice red, not too orange and not too pink. I think I will definitely get my wear out of this over the upcoming autumn/winter months!

The final item in this box was this white t-shirt with Les filles en Rouge which translates to ‘girls in red’. I always get a little bit annoyed when they put clothing items in the box as it’s a one size fits all dilemma which personally doesn’t fit me. It’s a little small but will come in handy for pyjamas I suppose! Shame really as it is a lovely t-shirt and the design is very chic and on trend.

Overall, I feel like there wasn’t a lot in this box this month but I was pleased to see a couple of Nuxe products as well as a My Little Beauty and a lifestyle piece. What did you think of this box?


Friday, 29 September 2017

A Week in Wales

Recently I went on a short week away with my Dad, Step Mum, Brother and his Girlfriend, Step Brother and his girlfriend and James. We went for a week in Wales, Amroth to be precise. I thought I would do a little blog post about all the things we got up to, however if you’re interested I also vlogged the holiday which I will also link below. The weather was amazing and the views were like nothing I have ever experienced in the UK before. Such a lovely place for somewhere that you can get to by car!

Day One
On the first full day in Wales, myself, James, Jack and Chloe got dropped off at a Pebble Beach in Newgale. My step mum then told us she would meet us in the next town, Solva in a couple of hours. We set off on our walk, little did I know it was more of a climb than a walk! Described as leisurely, as a non-walker usually I did find this a struggle at times with how steep some of the terrain was. The walk was approximately 5 and a half miles in total and it took us over 3 hours to complete. There really were some breath-taking views along the route and I got some lovely photos. Highlights of the walk included walking through a field full of cows! Not what we expected!

Day Two
Today we left early in the morning and headed to Tenby to get a boat across to Caldey Island, inhabited by monks. This little island had some shops, lighthouse and a church. There was a post office where you could get Caldey Island stamps, so I decided to send myself a post card as it worked out a similar price to do that than to buy one. I actually wrote it out to my cat in the end, and it arrived the next day! We had a lovely walk around to the lighthouse and saw some ponies on the way. My favourite part was visiting the chocolate factory where chocolate and fudge is made on site. The shop smelled delicious and I came away with a chocolate bar which I ate pretty much the same day. After our visit to the island, we headed back to the car and went to St Davids. This lovely little place had an amazing cathedral and plenty of places for afternoon tea. We had a scone, it wasn’t quite like a scone you would get at home mind you! More like a bread roll.

Day Three
Today we had a more leisurely day and headed to Tenby to do some shopping and explore in more detail. Tenby is a harbour town and seaside resort with the most amazing pastel coloured buildings. There are cobbled streets and many places to eat along the way. Tenby has plenty of gift shops and souvenir shops so I bought a few little bits from here. For dinner we went to The Amroth Arms, a local pub. Despite a mix up with our table due to having dogs with us, the food was pretty good.

Day Four
This day consisted of a visit to Heatherton World of Activities. Here you can buy tokens which then allow you to take part in different activities on site ranging from Go Karts to Archery. We started off with a visit to the Mini Golf. I really enjoyed it and scored 2 hole in ones! We then did some pistol shooting, archery and clay pigeon laser shooting. It was good fun and killed a few hours off. We took a packed lunch and arrived back late afternoon so decided to walk to Colby. This gorgeous area was right around the corner from where we were staying and the weather was so nice. We enjoyed a lovely walk before heading back to our accommodation for dinner.

Day Five
We went back to Tenby today to complete a treasure/adventure trail that my step mum had got for us. My brother and his girlfriend went off Kayaking whilst we did this lovely walk. Despite already going to Tenby, this walk took a couple of hours and we saw some places we hadn’t previously seen. We got lots of nice photos and managed to find out some history of the town. After we had finished our walk we met back up with the others and went to Penbroke Castle for the afternoon. I really enjoyed this castle, apart from the winding stairs up to the top of the tower, I hated coming down them! We went on a guided tour and found out that Henry VII was born here, it was really interesting. They also had the Pembrokeshire Falconry on display too.

Day Six
On our final day we decided to get some castle visits in so set off early to make the most of the day. We started out by visiting Carew Castle and Tidal Mill. The castle was great to look around, my favourite part being the room which was supposedly haunted by an ape! Most of the castle was in ruin but I did really enjoy looking around the different rooms and trying to imagine what they might have looked like hundreds of years ago. Included in the price of our ticket was a visit to the Tidal Mill, the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales and one of only 5 in the UK. There were a few floors to look around here filled with an audio tour and family friendly displays. It was also good that the dogs could come in with us too, although did struggle with the steps!

The next place we visited was Lamphey Bishop's Palace. When we arrived they were setting up for a wedding the next day. Not wanting to intrude, we skipped past the marquees and headed for the ruins and had a look around. The grounds were impressive. This was the treat of choice for medieval bishops seeking solace from everyday life. It was free to look around here so I am pleased we gave it a look on the way to our next location. We then stopped for lunch at Lamphey Hall Hotel which was delicious.

We then decided to check out St Govans Chapel which is on the side of a cliff. We walked down some steep steps to get here and it was really interesting seeing this building in such an odd place!

Finally we went to Manorbier Castle, where again they seemed to be setting up for another wedding. I was interested to find out that the castle has been used as a film location for “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” 1989 and “I Capture the Castle” 2001. I was most excited about looking in the crypt, however this was basically being used as storage for a wedding. There were no signs to say we couldn’t go in and personally if people were walking around my venue whilst I was setting up I wouldn’t be too happy! There was a whole fridge of prosecco on show! Anyway, we had another walk around the castle which was nice and I read through the guide book as I went along. Pembrokeshire Falconry were also showcasing some of their birds and for £1 you could hold one, so a couple of our group decided to have a go! That was fun!

We ended our day by heading to Saundersfoot for some Fish and Chips – yum!

All in all, I had an amazing holiday. Be sure to check out my vlogs for more stories and footage of all of the places mentioned above. Have you ever visited any of these places?


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Gambettes Box Review and Giveaway*

If you’ve followed me for a while then you’ll know that I love a subscription box whether it be beauty, lifestyle or fashion. I recently discovered a new subscription box called Gambettes Box which is designed in Paris and made in Italy. Each month you receive two pairs of tights! They have only just launched in Italy this month and I have been lucky enough to receive an exclusive preview as well as give you guys a chance to win a box yourself ! Keep reading …

I received two gorgeous pairs of tights, my favourite being this polka dot pair. The quality feels really nice, they are sturdy if that makes sense. When I wear them I don’t feel as though I am going to ladder them by simply pulling them up, they are a good enough quality not to have to worry about this. Inside the box you also get some fashion cards with a couple of ideas on how to style these tights up. I think they really make an outfit interesting!

If you’d like to win your very own Gambettes Box then please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! The competition ends  in 10 days on 29th September 2017 and I will announce the winner shortly after. Good luck!

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*I received an item free of charge in exchange for review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

Monday, 18 September 2017

My Office Decor & Styling Fairy Lights

When I moved into my house I knew that I wanted to convert the spare room into an office area where I could also do some blogging. The room was painted a mint green colour when we moved in and had a blue carpet. It was used as a reading room I suppose, complete with bookshelf and rocking chair – which was still there when we moved in! When we had the electrics rewired in this room, we added an extra plug as we knew we both wanted to have our computers in here (or laptop in my case). This was really handy as it allowed us to set up our own computer areas at each side of the room. We painted the entire room white which is a great backdrop for my blog photos. There was a cupboard in this room which we wanted to utilise this space for some storage and at first I wasn’t sure what to do with it so it became a bit of a junk storage place.

Before Photo - Courtesy of Rightmove.
James very kindly surprised me on my birthday by sorting this room for me and buying me some great furniture and accessories. Firstly, he took the doors off the cupboard and replaced them with some sheer curtains which he popped onto a copper pipe for me, matching the theme of the room. Inside the cupboard which was bare, he added some shelving which he painted with a copper edge and a book case. Inside I have popped some of my books and some of my blog items. He also added a copper clock to the wall to really tie the colours in together.

My desks are from IKEA. I have one which I put my laptop on for when I am writing blog posts, and the other I use for taking my photos. This has been topped with some Marble fablon which you have probably seen in the background off all of my photos. I have a chair that I got from IKEA as well and on this chair is a gorgeous cushion that James bought me from B&Q.

Under my desks I have some more storage units which I have filled with craft supplies. He also decorated these for me in copper and marble to fit in with the theme of the room. I also have a light curtain which is great for the winter when I want to add some pretty bokeh to the background of any shots I take.

I love having fairy lights in this room as it makes for a really relaxing environment. If you're looking for your own light curtain, then be sure to check out Festive Lights. They have an amazing range of lights in every style imaginable. I am thinking of getting these adorable Unicorn Fairy Lights as I think they will really go with the relaxed decor in this room. They are also perfect for Children's rooms and nurseries so will be a great transitional piece once this room becomes a bedroom one day! 

Imagery provided by Festive Lights

On the floor, we have used the offcuts from the bedroom carpet just so there is something soft to put your feet onto. I also have a sheepskin rug that I pop down now and again, or failing that it hangs off my chair. James also has his side of the room sorted with his desk, massive computer screen, chair, shelving and art supplies.

I have not had the ceiling or coving done in here, but will be something that I do if I ever change this room around as well as replace the floor to a complete one. I love this room now it has been organised properly and it’s a great space for me to work on my blog posts. I would eventually like some curtains or a blind in here but for now, it’s just right. For a room that we haven’t really put a lot of time or money into I think it works well, and can stay this way for the foreseeable future as we have more important rooms to focus on next (the living room!)

Do you have any room before/after’s to share? Can you recommend any other fairy light hacks like these ones that I could add to this room?

Find the post about my bedroom makeover here.

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