April was a pretty busy month for me, and therefore lots was going on over on my Instagram! If you don’t already, I’d really appreciate it if you could follow me so you can keep up to date with all my latest happenings!

 

Gavin bought me a gorgeous Olivia Burton watch for Christmas in a pale blush pink colour, but the strap wore really quickly and I was pretty disappointed. Luckily I was able to exchange it for a new one, and this time I picked this stunning rose gold and mint green strap one!

On a really boring food shopping trip to Iceland with my Mum the other day, we came across this profiterole tower half price, so it only only £3.25! Absolute bargain, it even came with the golden stand and gold sprinkles! It was delicious too!

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I found this gorgeous floral dress originally from Debenhams in a charity shop for only £3! It’s such a pretty print and will be so nice to wear in summer with a pair of wedges.

I was really pleased when I found these Nails Inc nail polishes in none other than Poundland! I think this is probably because this is their old shaped bottle which has now been discontinued, so this is just old stock. But the colours are actually really nice, and great value for only £1 each (normally they retail for over £10)!

I went up to Stoke to visit Terri one weekend and I wore my new floral embroidered dress from ASOS 😍

This denim combo is probably one of my favourite outfits for spring when the weather isn’t warm enough for summer dresses, but not cool enough for jumpers. This shirt is from Primark and I like to team it with this denim a-line zip up skirt I bought in the Matalan sale.

Another charity shop bargain, I found this cute little floral tea set in a charity shop in St Albans for £4! It comes with a teacup and saucer and also a side plate too! It’s so pretty, I couldn’t resist it (and you can never have too many tea cups.. right?).

On a recent trip to the Cath Kidston outlet store I picked up these kitchen storage tins which are supposedly damaged. They look fine to me, except slight dents on the bottom, but they were reduced to only £4 each! I also picked up the teacup trio for only £6!

I recently tried waffles for the first time ever at The Waffle House in St Albans. Everyone always makes a fuss about waffles (and pancakes, but I’ve never tried those either) and I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about. I think they’re pretty over rated. I kind of expected them to be really sweet and soft and warm. But it was kinda just like a really expensive cold Nutella sandwich with ice cream on top.

I found this lightweight bomber jacket in the H&M sale for only £6, and even though bombers are probably already out of fashion, I’m in love with mine! It’s so easy to throw on top of anything, and it’s nice and light, and less granny-ish that my cardis!

This is baby Merl being adorable and attention seeking. He doesn’t usually sit on my lap but if I’m on my laptop in bed he comes and lays all over it and distracts me. Look at his little eyes.. aww! Can’t believe it’s his 5th birthday next week!

I recently spotted these two embroidered bags on the Matalan website, and I couldn’t decide which one to choose. In the end, I decided to add both to my basket because they’re just so pretty!

And this is my snazzy new running outfit! Not that I ever go running. Or go to the gym. Or ever do anything. But for the very rare occasion that I go out on my bike or for a little job I have a new outfit from Primark!

Happy Black Friday everyone! I’m sure almost all of you must have spent this morning browsing a few of the Black Friday sales online, so I thought I’d do a related money-saving post aimed at bloggers who spend a lot of time and money hitting the shops. 

Every girl wants to have it all but how can we manage to look gorgeous, eat well
and still have a fabulous social life when our piggy bank is feeling a tad
under the weather? Our bank accounts hate us and the whole world thinks that we
get everything for free, but for bloggers, keeping up with appearances
isn’t so easy…

  
Writing a blog usually comes hand in hand with reading possibly hundreds of other lovely blogs. My Bloglovin feed is constantly updated with new posts which feature stunning photographs of amazing new things that I am pretty sure I need to buy. So
if anything, us bloggers are even more likely to overspend as we can often be overexposed to all the lastest goodies. Bloggers can spend hours and hours
a day writing, searching or browsing amazing new brands and products; it’s no
wonder our bank accounts are at threat! But there are some really handy ways of
ensuring that we stay stylish, live well and shop smart when we have a tight budget. So here are a few tips…
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Tip No.1 – Use a Budget Planner

It may sound boring and
no-one likes a spreadsheet (unless you’re a geek like me who loves nothing more than a spreadsheet full of numbers!) but this can be really useful. Working out how much
money you have coming in at the beginning of each month, how much money you
have going out on bills, and how much you have left over to spend on pretty
things like a gorgeous Bobbi Brown eyeshadow or a new Mulberry purse, will
really help you get on top of things. There are a few online budget planners you can use, or you can make your own!

Tip No.2 – Socialise Like a Pro

You don’t need to say “yes” to
everything. You may feel like you can’t miss out on meet ups and every glamorous PR event. But juggling blogging lives and real lives can be tricky (and expensive). So it’s time
to get picky and that means being careful about where you spend your time. Be
upfront about your circumstances if you can’t afford to attend something; and if
you still want to cover the event, ask the PR to send you some photos so you
can still talk about it on your blog if you feel the brand fits in well on your blog. For more tips on
balancing your social life, take a look at these fab tips here.  

Tip No.3 – Shop Around for Bargains 

Not everything in a bloggers life comes for free, no matter what some people seem to think. It’s of course a very nice perk of working with brands and PR’s but we
shouldn’t really expect it all the  time.
So it’s up to us to seek out the best bargains online or on the
high-street. Some great cheap and
cheerful beauty stores include Poundland (see my pound shop beauty buys here), Wilkos, and B&M. They sell some great high end dupes, or end of line products for much less than the original retail price. 
If you’re more into fashion and you can’t resist that LBD, do a quick search for any discount codes or vouchers that may be available to use online. You can often find 10% off or even free delivery which saves you a few quid to put towards your next Starbucks pitstop. If you sign up to the stores newsletters they also often email you with special member offers and you’re first to know about any new products. I usually prefer to wait for the mid season sales to come around and then browse the rails in shops like New Look where it’s not usually too hellish. But shopping the sales online is the easiest way to do it to avoid the crowds! 

Tip No.4 – Follow Other Bargain Bloggers

There’s no better way of
getting the inside track on beauty and fashion bargains than by
following other bloggers who love bargains too! Share your bargain shopping
tips with each other and you’ll be sure to make some amazing savings.  Be sure to connect with all your new blogger
friends on Twitter, Facebook or Bloglovin so you can keep up to date with what
everyone’s currently coveting. Some of my favourite bargain bloggers include Pennies for a Pound, A Thrifty Mrs, Hello Terri Lowe, and Thrifty Girl Loves.

Tip No.5 – Use Cashback Websites

Most
bloggers are internet shopping addicts. It’s no wonder as we spend so much of
our time tapping away on our laptops gawping at great products. But did you
know that you could actually make money by shopping online? Cashback
sites such as Quidco offer cashback percentages every time you make a purchase
through the Quidco website. This includes many of the most-loved blogger sites such
as ASOS, Missguided, Feel Unique, Superdrug, Look
Fantastic etc and over the years I’ve made just under £500! Just make sure all your cookies are cleared when you click
onto your desired shopping site from the Quidco site to ensure that your
purchase has been tracked.

Happy
shopping everyone! 

 

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