Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Lifestyle: 2015 Best Nine

For me 2015 has been a great year and my #2015bestnine (most popular photos on Instagram) has summed up my year perfectly. This year has been all been about blogging, traveling, preparing my flat to go on the market and planning adventures for 2016.

In February me and boyfriend went on a city break to Tallinn in Estonia and it turned out to be my favourite place I've ever visited. It was like a magical Disney town. I posted this picture on Instagram to show the contrast between the old and the new town. 

You can read my full post on Tallinn here.

Another highlight of my year was my trip to Florida. We didn't actually think we were going to make it this year due to the fact we were preparing to put my flat on the market but after nine months of saving and getting a total bargain on Expedia we decided to book it and went in September. 

It's no surprise that Disney's Magic Kingdom was one of my most popular photos on Instagram. 

You can read more about Florida here. 

Blogging has played a big part in my year. I've attended some great events, met some fabulous people and discovered some great new products. One of my most popular photos was of one of Benefit's new products They're Real Colour. I attended the launch which you can read all about here. 

Another big thing that's happened this year has been preparing for my flat to go up for sale. We had a few small repairs to carry out and I have become interior obsessed but we now have the flat looking smashing and up for sale. As it only went on the market at the end of October we still haven't sold it but here's hoping it sells in the New Year and we can buy our first house together. This picture I shared on Instagram got quite a few likes but I think it was helped by the fact super blogger Tanya Burr liked it. You can find some home inspired posts here and here. 

After my holiday to Florida I was suffering from the holiday blues and a few of my popular posts on Instagram were regrams of places that I would love to visit. One night, I decided to get all my travel guides out for some inspiration and it was a popular post on Instagram. After a lot of thought, we decided to book a city break to Munich for February 2016 so I already have something to look forward to. 

And finally, my favourite month, December. I just love this time of the year. The city is so picturesque and there is so much going on. I pass through Central Station every day and judging by the likes I received on this photo, everyone loves the tree in the train station as much as I do. You can read all about why December is my favourite month here. 

There was one more highlight that never showed up on my #2015bestnine and that was my trip to Rome in the Summer with my mum and my sister. It was an amazing city and you can see why here.

I hope you had a great year and are also looking forward to a fabulous 2016. 

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Lifestyle: Ten Things I Love About December

December is without doubt my absolute favourite month of the year. There are so many things I love about it. Want to find out what they are???

1. Glasgow is covered in fairy lights. 

2. Putting up my Christmas decorations.

3. Panto with the family. 

4. Baking Christmas cookies. 

5. Wearing sparkly jumpers. 

6. Visiting the Christmas market. 

7. Watching Christmas films and TV shows. 

8. Drinking hot chocolates and eating mince pies. 

9. Christmas nights out. 

10. George Square at Christmas 

What's your favourite thing about the festive season?

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Beauty: Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer Launch

A few weeks ago I headed along to Benefit in House of Fraser to find out about Benefit's latest product launch, They're Real Tinted Primer. We were treated to these delicious cupcakes, a glass of fizz and a fab demonstration from the lovely Claire so we could find out exactly what the product can do. Just like the rest of They're Real range, I can see this turning into an iconic bestseller. 

The tinted primer can be used as a base before your mascara to separate, lengthen and boost your lashes. The great thing about this product is that it can be worn alone or as a base before you apply your mascara. Worn alone the primer can tint your lashes and give you a more natural look but worn along with a mascara it can boost, lengthen and give lift to your eyelashes helping to give a more dramatic finish. 

The other great thing about this primer is it can actually make your eye make up removal a lot easier and if you are a fan of They're Real mascaras, then I'm sure you know they can be quite tricky to remove. 

We were lucky enough to be given a full size one to try but I had already been using the free sample I had received in December's Elle magazine and was already a fan so I'm now fully stocked up.  

Big thanks to the Benefit PR girls for inviting me along and for giving me a They're Real Tinted Primer to take home and try.

Have you tried They're Real Tinted Primer?

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Lifestyle: Christmas Gift Guide

Ok, so I have titled this a Christmas gift guide but who am I kidding, it's more like a wish list. Christmas is all about giving one another the little luxuries in life you might not normally treat yourself to. So, here are my top picks and you never know, some of you men out there may pick up some idea's for the special lady in your life.

Christmas Gift Guide

Diptyque, Candle, Space NK, £40 / Tangle Teezer, Look Fantastic £11.47  / Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Look Fantastic, £9.48  / How to be Parisian book, ASOS , £16.99 /   Luxury Hot Chocolate Set, Whittard, £12 / All Butter Salted Caramel & Belgian Milk Chocolate Chuck Biscuits, Crabtree and Evelyn, £5.50

The tangle teezer and beauty elixir would be great for getting glammed up on Hogmany while the rest can be saved for a miserable night in January when we could all do with some cheering up. I can just imagine on a cold dark January night lighting the candle, drinking the hot chocolate while eating the biscuits and reading the book. Bliss.

What's on your wish list? 

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Beauty: Relax and Unwind with Neal's Yard Remedies

The past few weeks have been crazy busy for one, with blog related events, Christmas parties and trying to sell my flat I feel like I've hardly had a minute. Plus, I've not been able to blog much because my laptop broke down and I now have a huge back log of blog posts to write. So when I had a spare Saturday last weekend I used it to have a much needed chill out day. 

I thought this would be the perfect time to try out my Neal's Yard Remedies unwind set I had been gifted earlier on in the week at the Neal's Yard blogger event. The purpose of the event was to find out more about the brand and if you aren't familiar with them, let me tell you a bit more about Neal's Yard Remedies.

They opened their first shop back in 1981 in Covent Garden in London with the belief beauty should be natural. From that shop they sold dried herbs, essentials oils, homeopathic therapies and a range of toiletries made with the herbs and essential oils. They now have a number of stores thoughout the UK and the rest of the World in countries such as Japan, USA, China, Belgium, Norway, Mexico and South Korea.  

Today they still sell dried herbs and essential oils but also have a range of skincare and make up and offer a wide range of therapies including acupuncture and aromatherapy massages. At the event we were lucky enough to sample a 15 minute massage which was amazing and a hand and arm massage. 

So back to my chill out day, I decided to light my candles run a bath and add some of my aromatic foaming bath. The aromatic foaming bath contains lavender, Spanish marjoram and germanium essential oils to help you relax and unwind. I then caught up on a weeks worth of soaps on my sky planner, made myself a white hot chocolate from Whittard and got stuck into box of Waitrose mince pies. What a perfect day.

If you fancy some chill out time Neal's Yard Remedies in Glasgow are offering £10 off the price of a massage (full price £45) if you mention you read about the blog event. 

Big thanks to Neal's Yard Remedies for inviting me along and for the goodie bag that included the above set.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Lifestyle: Lorraine Wood Flowers Festive Wreath Workshop

One of the many things I love about blogging is the opportunity to try new things and last nights festive wreath making class at Lorraine Wood Flowers is the perfect example.

Lorraine's studio is tucked away in Linwood retail park where she offers a number of services including Wedding, Event and Corporate Flowers. Her new venture however, is the launch of her floral workshop which I was there to find out about on Thursday night as Lorraine is running a festive wreath making class over the festive period. 

When we arrived at the studio we were greeted with a glass of mulled wine and then headed through to the workshop where Lorraine talked us through the making of a wreath. Lorraine really is super talented and made it look so easy however, when it was my turn it was not quite as easy as it looked but fear not, Lorraine and her assistant were on hand to help and advise throughout the workshop.   

Lorraine working her magic
Lorraine and her festive wreath
I started with this base 
My wreath starting to take form
The finished result 

Throughout the night we were topped up with mulled wine and with the Christmas tunes playing in the background I really got into the festive spirit.

The workshop lasted for around two hours but the night absolutely flew in as I was really enjoying myself while decorating my wreath, sipping mulled wine and chatting away. 
Big thanks to Lorraine and Lisa from Palampo PR, I had a lovely night. 

Lorraine is running these festive wreath making workshops every Saturday from the 28th November to the 19th of December where you can make your own Christmas wreath to take home for £55. To book a place you can phone 01505 323 769 or email 

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Lifestyle: Napiers Wintertime Tea Blend

We all know that Winter is the time of year we are most likely to catch a nasty bug or cold so it's good to be prepared to help our body fight it off. 

A great way to do this is by taking herbal remedies and Napiers the Herbalists have a great range of natural medicines and supplements including the Wintertime Tea Blend

"A pleasant tasting and stimulating tea to give you a boost when you are slowing down".

The Wintertime Tea Blend is a made from a number of active herbs which include, echinacea, lemon balm, liquorice, sage, nettle, pau d'arco and calendula. Echinacea helps to boost the immune system as it increases the number of white blood cells which fight infections. Lemon balm is know to have a calming effect and encourages a good nights sleep. Liquorice, Calendula and Nettle help inflammations and is often used to sooth sore throats. Sage is powerful antioxidant which can help kill bacteria and pau d''arco is another immune boosting herb.

To ensure the herbs preserve their quality it is sold loose so you will need a tea strainer to serve. I used two teaspoons of the herbal tea in my little tea pot which makes the perfect amount for one person, left to steep for five minutes and poured through a tea strainer. I then added a teaspoon of honey (or you could add lemon) to taste.

I was surprised at how nice the tea actually tasted as I normally find teas that are good for you taste horrible but this was something I could actually enjoy drinking. 

As I do find myself reaching for herbal teas in the Winter and even more so when I feel a cold coming on, it's nice to find a tea I will enjoy drinking rather than screwing up my face with every sip.

So far, I have managed to avoid catching any nasty winter bugs but I can't say for sure whether this is down to drinking the tea or just luck.  However, I do believe that being healthy is all down to the lifestyle you lead and when do catch something (which at times is unavoidable) you will have a lesser strain of it and recover quicker than a person that does not lead such a healthy lifestyle and the herbs found in this tea will help you do just that.

Are you a fan of herbal tea?

*This was sent to me as PR sample.  

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Fashion: Saddle Bags Under £35

With 70s fashion making a come back for Autumn/Winter we have seen the return of the saddle bag this season. Not only are they super stylish, they are actually really practical and the cross body strap makes it much easier for carrying than a clutch or a tote bag.

I have absolutely fallen in love with this Chloe saddle bag but as you can imagine it comes with quite a hefty price tag of £750. Fear not ladies the high street also have a great range and I have found some absolute beauties for under £35 saving you £715.

Chloe bag £750, NET -A- PORTER

Saddle Bags

New Look, £16  / Mango, £34.99 / Dune, £29.50 / River Island, £27 / Accessorize, £29 / ASOS, £22

Which is you your favourite?

P.S Don't forget to enter my giveaway where you could win a Kate Spade iPhone 6 Cover and Victoria's Secret and Sephora goodies. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Giveaway: Florida Goodies

If you read my last post or follow me on Instagram you will see I was recently in Florida.

I was planning to put this giveaway on as soon as I got back from Florida but getting my flat ready to go on the market for sale kinda took over.

Anyway, back the the giveaway. While I was there, I did a lot of shopping and picked up some American goodies to giveaway to one of my readers. I decided to pick items from my favourite shops which include Kate Spade, Victoria's Secret and Sephora.  I know Sephora is French but it's one of my favs to shop in while away as we don't have in the UK. I really hope you like what I have picked.

The winner of my giveaway will receive:

1 Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist
1 Sephora Nail Buffer
1 Kate Spade iPhone 6 phone cover

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You must follow my blog via GFC or Bloglovin. 
You must be over 16 years old.
Giveaway will run from today until Midnight on Sunday 16th November 2015.
Giveaway is open to UK Residents only.
Winner will be contacted on  Monday the 16th November and will have 48  hours to respond, if no response, another winner will be chosen. 

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