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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Pamper Gifts ♥

It's officially one month until Christmas! Yippee! Which means.. let the festive blog posts begin! I'm starting with a little gift guide designed to inspire you if you're looking for gifts for a loved one that may be needing a bit of 'me time'. Pamper gifts are always a popular choice with ladies of all ages; and candles, bath bombs and smellies are always welcome under my Christmas tree!

This adorable set of 6 luxuty bath melts comes in a pretty little pink cardboard egg box and would make a lovely gift for a loved one. They are decorated to look like little cupcakes and each set contains 3 bath souffles and 3 soothing sundaes. All are enriched with creamy cocoa butter to give super soft skin and each bath melt is fragranced with a different essential oil, including peony and hyacinth.

Rathbornes is the world's oldest candle company which was founded in Ireland in 1488, and all of their luxury candles are hand-crafted. This little travel candle burns for up to 20 hours and comes beautifully boxed and in a little embossed glass jar. This candle is White Pepper, Honeysuckle and Vertivert scented and is designed to provide calming and soothing relief from stress. The perfect gift for someone who needs some time to themselves to relax! 

This Balance Me duo is a great little set that contains both a body wash and a lotion to cleanse and hydrate skin. The wash and lotion both have a light, zesty fragrance which comes from the citrus essential oils which calm and soothe any skin sensitivity. The ingredients also contains Shea Butter, organic Aloe Vera and Sweet Almond Oil to quench dry skin.

   I absolutely love this Sanctuary Favourite Florals Tin set from Boots! It includes three luxury full size White Lily and Damask Rose products and is beautifully packaged in a tall storage tin decorated with pretty painted birds. The set includes the body lotion, body wash, and moisture bead scrub which are all fragranced with a soft, pretty and floral scent. I love the text on the top of the tin too!  

Fragrance is always a top gift choice for Christmas, and my new favourite perfume is Sì by Georgio Armani. Available in eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and also parfum intense; Sì has a timeless and classic scent. It is made up from a mix of Mandarin Oil, Roses de Mai, Blond Woods, Amber and Vanille to create a powerful strong fragrance. 

This adorable little wash bag is by one of my favourite designers; Disaster Designs and is available from Flamingo Gifts. It has a pretty illustrated tea cup print all over and coloured in lovely pastel shades. It also has lovely little details such as the teaspoon zip pull and the tiny mirror disguised as a tea bag which fits into the teacup pocket! How sweet!

This stylish little manicure set is from the opulent bloom print collection from Ted Baker. It comes complete with rose gold coloured tools, including scissors, nail file, nail clippers and cuticle tool. This is all wrapped up in a handy zipped case made from faux leather with a coral lining.  The outer of the case features a pretty floral design, and the words 'A Duty to Beauty' embossed in gold. Perfect for a girl on the go!

* This blog post contains PR samples

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

#MyCountryStyle Project with Out There Interiors ♥

Another scheduled post for you; today I'll be having my bandage lenses removed at Optimax.. yay! 

 Recently interiors and homeware has become one of my favourite things to blog about (despite not having a place of my own!) so here is another homely post. My dressing room generally has quite a basic colour scheme as it has all white furniture and duck egg blue walls and accessories, which I do love, but the room now has a new addition..

I was asked by Out There Interiors to style up an item as part of their #MyCountryStyle project and I chose this lovely French style wooden side table. I thought it would look great in my dressing room underneath the long length mirror and it fits in like a dream! It's made from really good quality wood and it has been sanded down so it's beautifully smooth. 

The table has two little drawers which are actually much bigger than they appear from the outside as they're quite deep. I'm going to use the drawers to store some of my candles in! I love the carved detail in the wood and the solid metal drawer knobs; the whole piece is such excellent quality.

 I decided not to give the table a makeover with paint as I love the appearance of the raw wood as it is, and I think it looks more rustic left naturally. Although I was thinking I might give the surface a white wash over the top, but it seems a shame in case I ruin it! I might brave it one day though... 

For my country style theme I thought I would make it a little bit festive and therefore a few of my Christmassy decorations have come out! The cable-knit stag head I actually have out all year round; I bought it from Asda last winter (but it's still available online.. quick!), and I think it makes a good focal point for #MyCountryStyle project. 

I also accessorised with some other white coloured decorations including a ceramic deer, a stag jewellery holder, and a little cottage tealight holder. I also love this little apple cinnamon scented jar candle which although originally I bought for decorative purposes (it was 69p from Home Bargains) it actually smells lovely and Christmassy! And the final festive touch is of course.. some pretty battery powered fairy lights which I picked up in Poundland. Not long until Santa now! 

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Life in Instagram ♥

So, for those of you that don't know I am currently on a weeks bed rest after having laser eye surgery done with Optimax on Saturday! Therefore blogging is going to be a little bit sparse for a short while until things get back to normal. Here is a little scheduled post I planned last week, although I can't wait to get my eyesight back properly so I can do some Christmassy blogging! 

P.S. My eye surgery went very well and I'm not in any pain now. A video diary will be coming up soon!
P.S.S. Bed rest is the most boring thing ever!

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Select is my go-to store for clothes lately (although their customer service is dire). I love this mink coloured suede A-line mini skirt!

 I made a rather abrupt purchase recently as I saw this pretty pastel blue car for sale and instantly decided I needed it in my life. So I swiftly traded in my trusty old Peugeot 107 for the very similar Citroen C1 in Botticelli blue and I'm in love!

 I bought my new winter coat from Miss Selfridge this year and I fancied a little pop of colour so I settled on this pretty pink double breasted coat. It was only £55 although it now appears as out of stock! 

Merlin has now had his 3 year booster jabs and despite the 30 minute drive to the vet he is such a good little kitty! And he's been keeping me company whilst I've been cooped up in bed.

I can never resist popping into Laura Ashley now and again, and recently I visited and came away with these adorable butterfly cake forks! They're so pretty! 

One of my favourite things about winter is fashion; because it means I can bring out all of my checked skirts, suede ankle boots, and tartan!  

 I'm also beginning to bring out some of my Christmas decorations to use as blogging props! These ones are some of my favourites. 

I found this asymmetrical printed skirt in the H&M sale last weekend for only £10 reduced from £25 and I think it goes nicely with this lace up long sleeved sweater from Primark. 
 Home Bargains have all of their festive stuff out now and I picked up this jolly little mug and tray set and also some Galaxy Caramel hot chocolate with chocolate chips in and it is divine! 

This suede button up dress is another Select bargain and I love it so much! It's quite versatile as you can change what you wear underneath it, although I prefer to team it with the Primark long sleeved tops.
Some new sneaky Christmas bits... blog posts coming soon! How cute is this gingerbread man dish?! It will be perfect for festive feasts!

This Imperial Leather marshmallow scented shower gel actually smells delicious.. trust me. 

A colleague had her work hen-do at the weekend and we all dressed up 20's/flapper style for a night our of dinner and drinks! I wore a Frock and Frill black sequinned dress, feather boa, pearls, and a headband. 

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Cosy Winter Bedroom with George Homeware ♥

I love the beginning of November because for me it officially marks the run up to Christmas! It's the time of year when I give my wardrobe a clear out, buy some new knitwear, and refresh my bedroom.  The pretty floral bedding and pastel print cushions are banished away until spring time and out comes my winter duvet and snuggly blankets. 

This year I have a few new additions to my winter wonderland bedroom thanks to George at Asda including this beautiful cosy red checked duvet set. The deep red and cream colours are so lovely for this time of year, without being too festive (in December the proper Christmas bedding comes out!). And it provides the perfect backdrop to my cute new winter scatter cushions!

The Home Sweet Home cushion is my favourite, and it matches the bedding perfectly, along with the plain red check cushion. I also have the matching red check blanket throw too, which sits at the bottom of my bed to keep my toes warm. And to keep me extra snug, I have this adorable Scandinavian fair isle print knitted hot water bottle.. so cute! 

Of course I still have all of my winter cushions from last year too, including the big stag head one and all of the Sass and Belle owl/fox cushions! And finally, how lovely is this squirrel bell jar?! It looks so sweet with my matching bunny rabbit one! Now my bedroom is the perfect cosy retreat for those cold winter nights.. thanks George!


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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Keeping Fit & Being Comfortable with Adidas ♥

I don't often post about being healthy and keeping fit etc as I've never been a 'slim' girl and that's mainly (completely) due to me having a sweet tooth and generally being lazy. If there's cake going around the office, I'll eat it, and if there's an option to take transport instead of walking, I'll take it. Saying that, I've never been too unhappy with my body, but although I don't think I'm 'fat' (whatever that is classed as), I know I could be better.

 I'm not 100% body confident so I was a little unsure about posting this photo. But I'm pretty proud of myself because I never imagined I could learn to do something like this. And everyone has been so supportive on Instagram, so what the heck...

Generally I'm not a very active person, but earlier this year I took up pole fitness classes as a fun way to keep fit. Once a week I've been going to a local class in Bedford with my lovely instructor Katie; who I used to go to school with. She started up her own pole classes (check out the Poletics Facebook page here) and I've actually surprised myself for sticking at it each week. 

It's more pole fitness than pole 'dancing', and each week we learn different spins and tricks and it's amazing the progress you can make so quickly. We started off just doing simple spins and learning how to use your strength to hold yourself, but soon enough we were able to straddle ourselves upside down and balance on the pole without even holding on with our arms. 

I must admit I do struggle with some things, as I'm not very flexible and my arms are really weak so it's hard to hold my own weight. But you'll always find things that you think you can never do and then if you keep trying you'll perfect it (or at least find something else you can do!). And Katie has the patience of a saint with me which is a bonus, so I don't ever feel like I'm holding the group back with my fails! 

I've been going to classes for around 5 months now, and I love it so much, even when I get frustrated with myself for not being able to do something. I started going to classes with my pal Hazel, but after she left for uni (damn her) I carried on going alone, and it's not scary or lonely, as everyone is so friendly and we all laugh with each other (there's lots of funny faces pulled)! 

I was recently sent some new Adidas fitness gear to try out, and this hot pink racer back vest top has been perfect for my classes. It's made from Climalite fabric; a quick drying material to keep you cool and dry. It's a nice loose fit which I prefer, and it's quite long which is good because I have to wear teeny-tiny shorts so this skims over any tummy bulge. I also like the burnout polka dot detail on the back!

These Climate Adidas running leggings are ideal to wear for warming up/cooling down sessions.  They have a really tight but flattering fit yet still allow you to move, stretch and bend without any restriction. Although if you have thick thighs like me, I'd recommend going up a size. They're so comfortable though, I often just wear them around the house when I'm not being so active!

 And finally, my footwear of choice for getting to and from class are these Element Urban Adidas running shoes. I picked the fluorescent pink to match with the vest, although they're a littler bit brighter. They're pretty eye catching in fact! These lightweight trainers have an ultra-soft and shock-absorbing sole to help keep you comfortable whilst working out.

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