Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My Most Popular Posts Of 2015



Since we're rapidly nearing the end of 2015, I thought it'd be nice to have a little look back on some of my most popular posts from the past year and share them with you guys. I've kind of lost my blogging mojo over the past few months so reflecting back on the posts that 'did well' was a nice way of reminding myself that I can write decent-ish posts if I actually put my mind to it - and it's also made me want to try and top them in 2016!
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Cheap, Everyday Essentials Every Girl Needs

There are certain products I use practically every day and kinda couldn't live without but never really mention on the old blog because they're, well, a bit boring and not the most glamorous. I mean, no-one wants to see a pic of my make up free face dotted in sudocrem in an attempt to calm my spots down on Insta, do they? But, today I thought I'd give these reliable, trusty products the credit they deserve...
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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Festive Home Accessories With Homesense

Homeware is my absolute favourite thing to shop for and Homesense is definitely one of the first places I'll go to buy it, so, when they got in touch and asked if I'd like to buy some festive accessories to help get my flat in the Christmas spirit I was more than up for the challenge...
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Filler Ideas Under £5!

I don't know about you, but I always like to buy stocking fillers for people - even if I've got them a big, main gift - just 'cause it's a little extra something to open. But, lets be honest, some stocking fillers can either be a bit crap or cost far more than they should for something so tiny. So, if you're stuck for some ideas for little bits and bobs to pop in any gals stocking, then this post should have you covered...
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Origins Like A Dream Christmas Set Review

Remember when I did a post, a couple of weeks ago, all about the Christmas beauty sets I had my eye on? Well this Origins Like A Dream set was one of them and I treat myself to it a couple of weeks ago and have been LOVING it...
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Getaway In Liverpool With #BloggerLodge



Bit late with the old posting today, aren't I? But HERE I AM with day 6 of daily December posting, yay. Last Sunday, Josh and I got blown to the train station by gale force winds and set off on our journey to Liverpool to spend a few nights in the Travelodge as part of the #BloggerLodge campaign. Here's what we got up to...
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies Recipe



I did a cookie recipe a couple of weeks ago and it seemed to go down really well so I thought I'd hit you with another one. It's basically the same recipe but slightly more festive - cranberry and white chocolate. Ooh la la.
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Recent Print Additions

Happy Friday y'all! Today I just wanted to share with you some of my recent print additions because, erm, I kinda love them. I'm obsessed with looking for prints. Seriously, once I find an Etsy shop that stocks them, I can spend a good few hours browsing through their collection and I'm totally okay with that, tbh. Here's some of the pretty prints I've picked up lately...
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Pretty Polaroid Pictures (& A Giveaway!)

Now that the world is so digital, I take photos all the time but it's very rare I actually print them out and have a physical picture to frame or keep in my purse. I got an Instax Mini over the summer and loved the polaroid style photos it printed out but the only bug bear I have with it is that there's no second chances once you've actually hit the shutter and taken the photo! Which is why the website Cheerz is awesome...
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Beauty Sets I've Got My Eye On



Although Christmas is a time for giving, it would be just plain rude not to include yourself in the equation, right? Because, yes, you may receive gifts from others but who knows your taste better than you do, huh? If you're a beauty addict, like me, then Christmas beauty sets will probably send you into a bit of a frenzy. Limited edition products, cute mini versions of your fave moisturiser or lipstick. It's heaven, basically...
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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Easiest Cookie Recipe Ever: Milk & White Choc Chip

I went through a period, last year, where I baked all the time and even faffed around with piping my icing in rose shapes(?!) Then, I got lazy. So, on the rare opportunity that I do bake, I like a recipe that's quick, easy and tastes GOOD. Even if it doesn't look totally Pinterest-able - aslong as it satisfies my taste buds - I'm cool with that. So, my friends, I give you (potentially) the easiest cookie recipe ever...
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Monday, 9 November 2015

13 Signs You're Obsessed With Food

Anyone who knows me will know that I lurrrrve da food. My life pretty much revolves around it - there, I said it. So, I thought I'd do a lil cheeky post about it because why the hell not, huh!? Here's 13 signs you're completely obsessed with food...
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Recent Beauty Favourites

 I haven't done a beauty related post in forevs so thought I was well overdue. Monthly favourites aren't really a thing on my blog, mainly because I just don't buy new stuff all that often. But I've discovered loads of new products recently so thought I'd just do a general favourites post to tell you about them all...
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

October Instagram Diary: Feeling Autumnal, Five Guys & Fruit Loaf

Hello... It's me. I just had to, soz. So, October's been a weird month and I must apologise for how sporadic my posts have been lately. Up until recently, I used to always post 3/4 times a week on set days and lately that just hasn't really gone to plan. I haven't really found the time to actually sit down and properly blog so I definitely want to get into a better blogging routine from now on. Anyways, I thought I'd just share with you some pics from my Instagram so you can see what I've been up to over the past month...
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Essential Items You Need In Your A/W Wardrobe

Back on the capsule wardrobe hype again, I'm here with my picks that I think are perfect for any autumn/winter wardrobe. I'm all about layering, in the colder seasons, and like to go for clothes that can easily be mixed and matched with each other - and I think these items defo fit the bill. Throw in a pair of tights, leggings and/or jeans and a big ol' warm coat and you're set for the season with these essential items that will make you look uber cool and can easily be worn on the repeat...
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Thursday, 22 October 2015

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

On Sunday, the clocks go back which is great because you get an extra hour in bed (woohoo) but it also means the mornings feel a lot darker and gloomier which can make getting out of bed seriously hard work. I feel like the only way to counteract this is by getting a really good night's sleep to try and make the mornings a little more bearable. Here's how I do that...
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Monday, 19 October 2015

The Classic Silver Stud With A Rose Gold Twist

If there's one thing I'm happy to invest in, it's a good pair of staple earrings. I used to own loads of earrings and was obsessed with the 'Freedom' jewellery range at Topshop, in particular. However, I soon realised that 'cheap' earrings just didn't work for me. They made my ears really itchy and gave them that manky green tinge. Y'know the dealio. So when Gemporia got in touch and asked if I'd like to try out something from their range, I went straight to the earrings tab...

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

12 More Reasons I'm Crap At Being An Adult

One of my most popular posts, to date, was 14 reasons why I'm crap at being an adult. I like to think it's because I'm not alone in this. That most of us are all just pretending to be grown ups, right? I've been hideously failing at adulting this past couple of weeks so thought a part 2 was well overdue. So, here's 12 more (couldn't quite think of 14 so maybe I'm not that bad) reasons I'm crap at being an adult (with gifs, of course)...
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Monday, 12 October 2015

A Few Things I've Been Loving In Autumn So Far

I did a post not too long ago about 18 reasons why Autumn is awesome and although I've had days where I've been like "nope, I need the sun again" (like when you wake up at 7am and think it's about 4am cos it's that dark), Autumn's been pretty cool, so far. Here's a few things I've been loving about Autumn so far...
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Instagram Accounts I'm Obsessed With

I love Instagram. I mean, who doesn't nowadays? There's just something seriously relaxing about aimlessly scrolling through random peoples photos (and trying not to like anything that's older than a few months), isn't there? Here are just a few of the accounts I'm seriously in awe of, at the moment, and like to stalk on a regular basis...

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Homesense Stationery Haul

Homesense Stationery
 Y'know when you were like 10 and spent pretty much all your pocket money on stationery (and maybe Pokemon cards and chewing gum, too)? Well, I feel like I've reverted back to that stage in my life - minus the Pokemon, obvs. That stage where I get ridiculously excited over new stationery - even though I very rarely actually put pen to paper. But, whatevs, it just looks so pretty! So I thought I'd share you with some of my latest buys from the God that is Homesense...

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Friday, 2 October 2015

My Go To Autumnal MAC Eye Shades

Other than my Marc Jacobs watch, my most prized possession is definitely my MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette. Even though, admittedly, half of the shades rarely get used - it's just so pretty to look at. Y'know how it is - some people collect stamps, I collect eyeshadows. I've been wanting to share my completed palette on here for a while now as I finished it months ago but I'm still a bit unsure about some of the shades. So, instead, I thought I'd just show you my 'autumnal' shades (bet you're sick of hearing that word on blogs already, aren't you?)
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Easy Ways To Save Money When You're Shopping Online

I have a love/hate relationship with online shopping. I love it because I can literally do it at any time of the day, in my pyjamas whilst eating a tub of Ben & Jerrys. But it's also the reason I'm constantly poor. Because what do I do whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps or just a bit bored? I'll have a leisurely browse of the Topshop 'new in' section and abuse my bank balance in the process. So, if you're a fellow online shopping addict, here are a few easy ways to save a bit of money in the whole process...
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Friday, 25 September 2015

9 Topshop Pieces You Need In Your Autumn Wardrobe


Now we're officially in a new season, I feel like it's about time my wardrobe reflected that. Out with the old, in with the new and all that. I talked about starting a capsule wardrobe a couple of weeks ago and I've slowly but surely been adding some bits to it but there's still room for way more key pieces yet. I've become obsessed with checking the Topshop 'new in' section at the moment as their Autumn additions are seriously on point. Like, honestly, I want it ALL. But I've restrained myself and picked out just 9 pieces that I really love and think are perfect for any Autumn wardrobe...
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Thursday, 24 September 2015

18 Reasons Why Autumn Is Awesome


It's official: Autumn is here. Although, to be honest, it basically felt like Summer ended weeks ago (or like we never really had one!) Overall, I really like Autumn. I mean, there are shit bits like having to defrost the car, piling on the pounds because I can't say no to whipped cream on my PSL and an increase in the old electricity bill. But then there's the good bits that make Autumn pretty awesome, which I thought I'd share with you today. Apologies for the super cliched photo, by the way. I wanted one of pretty, brown fallen leaves and all that jazz but, since we're not quite at that stage of the season yet, you'll have to make do with an Autumnal Starbucks cup instead...

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Where To Get Blog Inspiration From

Ironically, I'm actually writing this post because I've been completely uninspired with blogging lately. I just could not, for the life in me, think of anything to write about for the past few weeks so decided I needed to get some inspo - pronto. So, I thought I'd share with you some of the places I turned to, in case any of you guys are going through a similar situation at the moment...
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Friday, 18 September 2015

All About Antipodes

Antipodes Products
Antipodes is one of those brands that I've always admired from a distance. Probably because it's just not as mainstream as other skincare brands like Clarins or Clinique, so  I wasn't completely sure on how well their products would work. However, after trying out a couple of different products from their range, I am completely sold. And, since it's organic beauty week at the moment, I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my favourite products from Antipodes with you because, you guessed it, everything of theirs is either completely organic or packed with natural ingredients...

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

When You're Too Busy To Blog...

Being too busy to blog is a problem I see people constantly talking about and it can be a real pain in the arse. When blogging isn't your job and is just a bit on the side, so to speak, it can't always take priority and - even if it is your job - sometimes life can just get in the way. I'm in a similar scenario myself, at the moment, so thought I'd throw together a couple of  things to do and what to remember when you find yourself just too damn busy to blog - but don't want to completely abandon your baby altogether...
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Summery Things I'm Not Saying Goodbye To Just Yet

Summer may almost be over and I may have done a post just yesterday babbling on about all the products I'm lusting over in preparation for Autumn, but, there's still some 'summery' products I definitely won't be shunning, despite the new season setting in...
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Monday, 14 September 2015

The 'Getting Prepared for A/W' Beauty Wishlist

Now that we're saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for Autumn, I feel like my make up and skincare collection is due a major switch up. I tend to take a 'less is more' approach when the weather is warmer but, as the colder weather sets in, I'm all about thick moisturisers, face masks, dark nails and the ever sought after berry lip. Here's some bits and pieces I'm adding to my Autumn/Winter beauty wishlist...
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Friday, 11 September 2015

A Little Getaway In The Lakes

Ullswater Lake
Wahoo, it's Fri-yay! Although, this week has absolutely flown by for me because I've had a bit of time off before I start my placement on Monday. So, since I had a week free, Josh booked 3 days off too, and we decided to have a little UK getaway in the Lake District as we've been itching to have a mini holiday but didn't want to venture too far away...
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe


During my (far too regular) Pinterest sessions, I kept coming across a shit ton of pins about 'capsule wardrobes' - and I was intrigued. For a while now, I've been unhappy with my wardrobe and felt like I didn't really like anything in there and wanted to do something about it. Which is why I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of versatile pieces - all of which you really love. Pieces that you didn't just buy 'cos it was on sale' and you're not just keeping 'incase you lose 10lbs next summer'. It does mean that you may have a much smaller wardrobe, yes, but everything in there will be able to be mixed and matched with each other and put together to create various different outfits. So, I decided to make this a new mission of mine: to get rid of all my old shit and create a dreamy capsule wardrobe. Here's some tips on  how I'm getting started with it...
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Etsy Shops You Absolutely Need To Visit


It's official: I'm obsessed with Etsy. And I'm probably a bit late to the bandwagon because I only really started to pay attention to this marketplace of dreams about a month ago. I know, who am I!? So, since I now I lose many hours of my days browsing through the various shops within the world of Etsy, I thought I'd share with you some of my fave ones. I apologise to your bank accounts in advance...
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Saturday, 29 August 2015

My First Car & Tips For New Drivers!

Okay, so, September will mark 4 years since I passed my driving test, eek! Boy does that make me feel old. I can still remember just how elated and happy I was when I found out I'd passed (especially because it was my 4th time, lols) so I thought I'd just tell you a little bit about my first car and experiences of driving as well as sharing some useful tips for any first time drivers out there...
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

My New Favourite Base That Won't Break The Bank

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
Well, hello there. I feel like I haven't blogged about beauty in ages and, the main reason for this, is because I am one broke gal. I don't know if I've really mentioned this on here before but, last year, I worked for a beauty counter for about 9 months and got some seriously shit hot discount - so I basically bought EVERYTHING high end. But when the job ended and the discount stopped, I realised I had to start looking for cheaper alternatives unless I wanted to live off beans on toast for the rest of my days. Enter Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream; my new favourite base. It's about a third of the price of my previous favourite and, do you know what? I honestly think it may be better...

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Best Places To Shop For Pretty Homeware When You're On A Budget



Since moving into my flat with the boyf last March, I've become completely obsessed with homeware and attempting to make my place look all pretty and pinterest-able. However, I'm not made of money and have to be a bit savvy when it comes to choosing where to shop. No Diptique candles for me, unfortunately. Here's where I go to find chic yet cheap homeware finds...
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Book Review: A Year Of Losing The Dating Game


It's been a while since I read a book that literally made me cry with laughter. Like, actual tears. But A Year Of Losing The Dating Game did exactly that. It's honest, open, relatable, ridiculously rude and downright hilarious and, yeah, you should probs read it...
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

How To Treat Yo' Self Even When You're Broke




I think it's safe to say that everyone loves to treat themselves every now and again. Whether it's to a meal out because you cba to cook, a pair of shoes that you may only wear once but still need or just a standard Starbs vanilla latte - cos girl gotta get her overpriced coffee fix. But, when you're broke, it ain't so easy. Suddenly that bright pink MAC lipstick, that you'll probably only use for selfies anyway, doesn't seem as essential as making sure you can actually afford to pay your bills. So, here's some things I do to make sure I can treat myself to a few bits and pieces even if I'm struggling for money...
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Home Office Inspiration

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I've become absolutely obsessed with Pinterest recently and, in particular, home inspiration. Whilst having a late night Pinterest sesh, I decided that I absolutely NEEDED a home office (a.k.a a desk in my spare room) so bought a desk from Ikea yesterday and set up my own mini office. I feel so profesh. It's nowhere near ready enough to show you so, instead, I'll show you where I'll be getting my inspiration from...
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

14 Reasons I'm Crap At Being An Adult

So I've officially been an adult for 4 years now. Wow, that's scary. And, to be honest, there's plenty of times that I still think I'm a teenager. People will ask me my age and I'll still think I'm 18 but - nope - I am 22. When I was younger, I envisioned adult me strolling around the city in business wear, sipping lattes, drinking white wine on an evening and just generally having my shit together. Whilst I was defo right about the latte obsession, the rest - not so much. Here's 15 reasons why I'm a bit of a crap adult (complete with gif's obvs...) 
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sweat Proof Make Up Sorted



Wanna know something I hate about summer? Sweat. Being sweaty, looking sweaty, feeling sweaty. It's not cool. So, recently, I've been seeking out make up that will actually stay on my face in these higher temperatures and I think I might have nailed it with these four products...
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Healthy Banana, Blueberry & Oats Pancakes Recipe

During the week I can never be arsed spending time making fancy breakfasts and usually just opt for something quick and easy so, on a weekend, I like to have something a bit more special. I'm trying to eat cleaner at the moment so have been following a lot of vegan recipes and decided to give these blueberry and banana pancakes a go after seeing them on Deliciously Ella. I've changed the recipe a bit but I can honestly say these are GORGEOUS. I seriously wish I'd made a stack of 10 instead of 5 because, my god, they were good and I suggest you all go whip some up right now...
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wishlist #5: The Minimalist Edition

I don't know about you guys but I'm all over this idea of a minimalist/capsule wardrobe at the moment. The idea being that you just have a wardrobe full of staple items that can easily be mixed and matched with each other - rather than owning a load of random crap that you've probably only worn once. With this in mind, I've created a wishlist full of items that would make perfect additions for any capsule wardrobe...
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Favourite Face Masks



I do love a good face mask. I don't know why, but there's just something beautiful about getting into your pyjamas after a long day and relaxing for 10 minutes with a layer of cream/gloop all over your face, isn't there? Here are three of my favourite masks...

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Get A Designer Wardrobe With A Discount At Psyche

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you'll know I love a good bargain.  I also love clothes & bags, especially the expensive kind - but my bank balance definitely disagrees with this. Luckily for me (and you guys) designer retailer, Psyche, have started a huuuge sale today - full of designer brands - and are also offering an extra 10% off everything in that sale with their secret code...
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

"Picture Or It Didn't Happen" - The Instagram Obsession

Bit of a rambling one from me today guys but it's something that's been on my mind for a while now. Instagram seems to have completely taken over the realms of social media in the past few years. Don't get me wrong, I love Instagram. I take great pleasure in wasting my mornings scrolling through my feed and I'm one of those annoying people who feels the need to photograph pretty much everything because, Instagram. So what's my problem with it, I here you say? Well...
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Holiday Reading Material

Holiday Reading Material
One of my new years resolutions, this year, was to read a book a week. Sounds a bit crazy, right? But for the first 3-4 months of the year, I actually managed to achieve this quite easily. But from April onwards? I failed. Mainly due to lack of time, laziness and swapping books for social media - so 21st century. So, when I went on holiday for a week - and didn't have wifi on tap - I spent a lot of my days with my nose in a book as the sun shone down on me. Bliss. Here's a mini review on each of the books I read...
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Sunday, 19 July 2015

A Week In Ibiza; Exploring Ibiza Old Town & More

If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter you've probably noticed I've been in Ibiza for the past week since I haven't stopped banging on about it - sorry about that. I'm suffering from a serious case of holiday blues right now so thought I'd put a post together of some of my favourite snaps from my week away...

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

How To Make Mornings More Bearable

I hate mornings. Well, I don't hate mornings if something good is happening - like I'm getting up to go on holiday or something - but those standard run of the mill mornings where all there's to look forward to is a day at work? Yep, those mornings are hard. Lately I've been trying to get better at mornings because I really do think how you spend the morning can have an impact on the rest of your day. So here's some tips to try and make those early starts a little less painful...
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag?

As you're reading this, I'll be in Ibiza - probably chilling on a beach or making the most of the all you can eat breakfast buffet (I'll take all the croissants, please).  So, I thought I'd share with you what's in my holiday make up bag. I don't like to wear much make up whilst abroad, in a warm country, AT ALL so I've kept it simple with just 5 products that will be pretty much all I use whilst away...

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