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Monday, 15 October 2018

What Does The Colour Of Your Home Say About You? #ColourYourPersonality*

As we rent our home, sometimes we can be quite limited with how much we can change and what we can do to really make the place feel like our own. I've mentioned a few times some of the things we've done, from painting the bathroom and creating a cosy living room to finally making a start on the office, but each room is pretty different from the other because we can't really do anything too drastic. Whilst I love each individual room, there's no real colour scheme running throughout our flat and each one tends to have it's own personality. Julian Charles have put together an ebook as part of the #ColourYourPersonality campaign which shares interesting ideas on the colours we choose for our home and what it might say about us so let's see what it might mean for me.
Bedroom, copper and white theme

Purple

The first colour in the ebook I was drawn to was purple because we've just redecorated our bathroom and you guessed it, we went for the colour purple. After living with a bright green colour since we moved in, we finally found the time to just go for it and make it a room we actually were happy to spend time in! I love my pamper evenings with a hot bubble bath but the room before just wasn't something I really loved. Purple stood out to us when we went shopping for paint, it's completely different to how it was before and now the room feels quite cosy which I like. According to the ebook, if you have purple in your home, it can mean you're organised and everything has a place where it belongs. Also that you like structure and routine is important for keeping your stress levels low. A big YES to all of these! George is a bit more laidback than me but I have always been organised and I get really frazzled if things are out of place in the flat or if something isn't how it was before. Routine is also good for me especially with my anxiety, I like to know what's happening in advance and I like to be able to plan otherwise I'm just one big ball of stress.

Pink

The next colour we seem to have a lot of in our home is pink. From pink bedding in the bedroom and pink accessories to pretty candle holders, all the notebooks and cushions in the spare room, it's a colour I've always loved and use throughout those two rooms a lot. This can apparently mean that you're a warm, friendly and approachable person and that your home usually is inviting for others. Also that you have a maternal side, you see the good in others but not necessarily yourself, and finally that you can be reserved and shy. I couldn't agree with more with most of these to be honest! I'm definitely shy, have been since I was little and I've never really grown out of it, I'm quite reserved with people and it can take a while for me to get comfortable and sort of let them in I suppose. I like to think I'm a friendly and approachable person, my face might say otherwise sometimes but trust me, I'm nice! I can get on with anybody and I love to think that my home is inviting. I want people to feel comfortable when they walk in and like they can just chill and feel at home when they're around. I've felt maternal since I was about 10 so I definitely agree with that too and whilst I do find the good in other people despite anything they might have done, I'm definitely harder on myself and I really struggle to feel proud of myself or see myself as a good person a lot of the time. 

There are several other colours in the ebook but these are the two out of them all that we have in our home in the most and really sum me up. I can't believe how accurate they are! I'd never have thought the colours you choose for your home could mean anything deeper but these are weirdly true! 

Do you have either of these colours in your home too and feel they reflect your personality too?

*This post is in collaboration with Julian Charles

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Current Netflix Top Picks #4

I am absolutely loving Netflix at the moment. I do think sometimes it goes a bit quiet and there can be times not much gets added but recently I've been finding loads of brilliant films and TV shows. I've done 3 Netflix posts already, you can find the previous one here, and I've really enjoyed writing them each time, so here's another!
Amanda Knox, Endless Love, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Like Father and The Hangover

Amanda Knox

I do love a good documentary and if it's crime related, even better. I'm a bit weird, I love anything to do with prisons or unsolved crimes so when I saw the Amanda Knox documentary whilst skipping through last month, I couldn't wait to watch it. As you might have guessed by the name, it's about Amanda Knox, the woman who was twice convicted and later acquitted of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. In the documentary we hear from Amanda herself as she tells her version of events aswell as a number of people involved in the investigation and how it all came to be that she, along with Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty before later having all charges dropped. Whilst I'd read and heard quite a lot of about this case, it was really interesting to actually watch people from the police and also journalists give their opinion and actually find out more about what supposedly did happen that night. I was definitely left with mixed feelings by the end of it though. I've personally always thought she was involved and I still do, some of the things in the documentary, to me just didn't make sense, but I'd love to know what you think too if you've also watched this.

Endless Love 

You can't beat a cheesy romantic film can you? When we went to Manchester for almost a week in August, I usually went out and spent some time in the city (usually shopping) whilst George was working and then I'd pop back to the hotel to do a little bit of blogging and unwind. I watched quite a few films that week, and one of them was Endless Love which was one I'd heard about but never found the time to watch before. It's about Jade who is a sheltered yet privileged teen and David who is a working class boy with a troubled past. They quickly fall in love but Jade's father disapproves, so tries to cause as much trouble for them as possible. This only makes them even more determined to be together though, and it actually ended up being a brilliant film. I soon got lost in the story and was willing for Jade and David to work things out and find a way to be together. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a cute, romance film.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

There has been so much hype around this film, and I totally get why. I absolutely love it! This was another one we watched in Manchester one evening and I've already watched it a few times since, it was so much better than I was expecting. It's about Lara Jean who finds out her secret love letters that she's wrote to each boy she's loved in the past have been found and sent out. It turns her whole life upside down but there's a happy ending with Peter played by Noah Centineo which made me so happy. I'm so glad I decided to watch this as I think I love it just as much as everybody else now.

Like Father

The Netflix originals have been great recently and Like Father is no exception to that. Kristen Bell plays Rachel who has just been jilted at the alter. After spending the night drinking, she invites her estranged father on her honeymoon cruise with her. Kelsey Grammar as Rachel's dad is brilliant and think him and Kristen Bell were brilliant together. It was such a lovely film and so funny at times, I'd definitely watch it again.

The Hangover 

I am such a huge fan of the Hangover films so I was thrilled when I saw they had all been added at the same time to Netflix. I've been putting them on in the evening and they've just been so much fun to re-watch. I'd not seen them for years but they're just as funny as I remember and the cast are brilliant. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong are never not funny in these films and I'm sure I'll end up re-watching them loads now.

Do you have any Netflix recommendations?

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Friday, 12 October 2018

The Search For The Perfect Dress: How To Flatter Your Shape and Complexion*

We all have our own personal style preferences, from bardot to bodycon dresses, we all try to choose the most flattering styles that show off our best features. With so much choice both on the high street and online however, it can be hard to figure out exactly what will suit us. To guide you on your search for the perfect dress, we've teamed up with River Island to bring you this handy guide to flattering your shape and complexion, so you'll always look your best no matter the occasion!
Do you have any other tips for choosing the perfect dress?

*This post is in collaboration with River Island

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Autumn Reading Tag

Autumn and reading - two of my favourite things at the moment! Because of my love for both of those things, I was incredibly excited to find this tag online a few weeks ago, it seemed absolutely perfect for my blog. Feel free to copy and paste the questions if you want to give this a go too, I'd love to read your answers.
Autumnal flatlay, nail polish, books, london trinket dish

Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

So many! I recently ordered some that I'd had my eye on for a while and I'm nearly through them all already. I'm currently just about to start The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and then I think I'll read How To Be Happy by Eva Woods.

School memories: what subject did you most enjoy studying? and what was your least favourite subject?

In the last few years of school I thoroughly enjoyed history and geography. So many people thought it was weird choosing those subjects for GCSE but I had such an interest in them and always looked forward to the lessons. Even now I think if I went back into a geography class, I'd enjoy it just as much. I wish I'd done more with it afterwards. In the first few years of secondary school I absolutely loved cooking class too and looking back, I should have taken that as a GCSE I think because now I can't get enough of cooking and baking. My least favourites were always science and maths. I just couldn't get my head round either of them and I was glad to be done with them.

October means Halloween: Do you enjoy scary books and films? If so, which are some of your favourites?

I've not read any scary books that I can recall but I absolutely love a horror film. Some that genuinely scare me every time are the conjuring films, they're absolutely brilliant! I also watched Hereditary a few months ago and I'm still not over it. The scariest film I have ever watched, genuinely so uncomfortable yet I really recommend it if you haven't seen it.

With November, it's time for Bonfire Night and fireworks. What's the most exciting book you've ever read that really kept you gripped?

I've read some great books this year but a few that have really left me gripped for different reasons are The Husbands Secret, I just had no idea how that was going to end, The Sisters which I could not put down and had the biggest twist at the end, and also for very different reasons Five Years From Now. It broke my heart and within 24 hours I'd got through it because I was just hooked.

What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?

A cosy comfort read for me is anything with a love story. They just make me feel all warm and fuzzy and so content. One book that came to my head with this question was Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I remember at the time I'd really fallen back in love with reading and I loved getting snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket and reading a few chapters.

Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I love a good cup of tea. Not too much milk, 1 sugar, and a packet of biscuits obviously. A hot chocolate is always nice though when it's freezing outside, topped with cream and marshmallows.

Any plans you're looking forward to over the next month?

We've got a few trips to London planned which I'm incredibly excited for. We're away for a few nights next week and like last year as George will be working, we'll be taking the opportunity in the evenings to spend some quality time together and explore more of our favourite city. We're also going to see a show too which I'm just so excited for. We also have our wedding anniversary in December so we're going to see Hamilton - CAN'T WAIT. I've waited so long to see it and of course we can then visit Winter Wonderland too. Apart from that I'm just getting excited for Christmas!

What are you looking forward to over the next few months?

I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging now for a week or so but I'll be back in the middle of the month for some new posts! You can keep up to date on my Instagram if you want too.

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Soap and Glory What A Peeling! De-Clog Mask Review

I can't believe after so long of not really being fussed about face masks, how much I love them now. They are always part of a pamper evening for me and I try to do at least one a week now, they just make my skin feel so good, and I love trying out loads of different ones. One of the latest ones I've tried is the What A Peeling! De-Clog Mask from Soap and Glory.
flatlay - soap and glory face mask, nail polish, flowers
Soap and Glory are a firm favourite of mine now when it comes to beauty and skincare, and they've had a range of face masks out for a while now but like with most things, it took me ages to get round to trying one. This De-Clog mask is supposed to remove dirt and impurities from your skin and it's packed with lots of skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin C aswell as essential oils, ideal for problem areas like the T-zone.

My skin has been a bit erratic recently so I was really intrigued to see if this could help in any way at all. I don't know if it's the change in weather or something else but wow it's been breaking out which is why I thought a peel off mask that should extract any dirt or bacteria might be the best one to go for at the moment. First impressions, I absolutely love the packaging of the face mask, Soap and Glory just always get it right don't they? There are 2 pots included so you get more than one use out of it which I think is great as it's definitely a more expensive face mask at the usual price of over £4. As you might have already guessed, the mask itself is pink and I absolutely loved that, it's so bright! It's unlike any mask I've tried before for that reason alone. I also really like that it comes with a little spatula too to help apply the mask as it is quite a runny and this just ensures you really cover all the areas you want to. I applied a thin layer, avoiding my eyes, hairline, eyebrows and lips, particularly focusing on areas that are prone to open pones like the nose, chin and T-zone. This isn't a mask for a quick 5 minute pamper as it does need to stay on for around 25 minutes just so it fully dries, making it easier to peel off but some nights that's just what you need. It gives you plenty of time to chill in the bath or paint your nails too! When it comes to removing, it's really easy, you can pretty much peel it off in one go. After fully removing the mask, my skin felt so fresh and I think it generally just looked better. It's a little hard to describe but I really felt like it had pulled away any impurities. It's not often I look in the mirror after using something and think 'wow that's really done something' but I did with this.

I can see why people rave about the Soap and Glory masks so much, this one has really impressed me and it's only made me want to try more from them. I can't remember the last time a face mask really made such a difference to my skin and left it not only feeling amazing, but looking so much better than before. Though I've tried much cheaper face masks before and I don't usually like to spend a lot on them, this one is so worth the money and I'll definitely be picking it up again in future.

Have you tried any of the Soap and Glory masks?

Other reviews - Simple x Little Sheet Mask // Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

A Body Shop Haul - Gifts, Haircare & Bath Bombs

I've seriously done far too much shopping recently! I've had such a good few months with my blog so I've definitely been in 'treat yourself' mode, there are just so many gorgeous bits out at the moment. Now that Autumn is well and truly here, I've been picking up some new clothes, I bought the most amazing leopard print boots from New Look, I've ordered yet more books and when I spotted the new Christmas range from The Body Shop, I couldn't help myself. It's not all bad, I've been saving too and I've even started Christmas shopping, but I thought I'd share some of the bits I've picked up. I've got a few Body Shop hauls on my blog but I personally love reading them so I thought I'd carry on the tradition and show you what I got this time too.
Body shop flatlay, peppermint scrub and hand cream, exfoliating soap, strawberry shampoo and conditioner

Festive Sack of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights

So, this is where it all started. I love love love anything minty so when I saw they had brought out some new scents for their festive range this year and peppermint was one of them, it had to be mine. This wasn't cheap at £18 but when ordering they had 35% off so my total really didn't end up being too bad, they also have a smaller set for £9 too. I decided to get this one as it comes with four products and I want all the peppermint goodness this Christmas. It has a shower gel, a body scrub, body butter and hand cream. I'm such a huge fan of their shower gels and body butters, they're so worth the money. I hope they bring out bigger sizes of these so I can stock up before they go.
The Body Shop peppermint sack flatlay

Strawberry Clearly Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner

I've only tried out shampoo and conditioner from The Body Shop once before and I wasn't actually too impressed, but since then they've brought out several other hair products and I've heard such good things, especially about the Strawberry Clearly Glossing range. I love their strawberry shower gel so I knew the scent of this would be beautiful but I had no idea whether these would be any better than the rainforest range I'd used in the past. I just picked up the mini bottles for £2 each this time so if I don't like them, at least I haven't bought the bigger bottles for them to just go to waste.
The body shop strawberry shampoo and conditioner

Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap

The Fuji Green Tea range is one of my favourites from The Body Shop. I love how fresh the scent is and it makes a nice change from ones I've bought before which tend to be quite sweet. I picked up one of these exfoliating soaps ages ago and I absolutely loved using it. I really felt like I was washing away any dead skin every time I used it and it left my skin feeling so soft afterwards so whilst there was a sale on, I took advantage and picked another up.
The body shop fuji green tea soap

Bath Bombs

I couldn't not pick up a few of their bath bombs as they're so cheap! £1.50 for a bath bomb is incredible as it seems other brands are just getting more and more expensive and I can't be doing with spending loads on a product that's going to dissolve in minutes. I reviewed the Pink Grapefruit Bubble Bar and the Candied Plum Bath Bomb a few months ago which you can find here if you want to see what I thought. This time I picked up the Mango bath bomb and the Green Tea bath bomb. Now it's a bit cooler, I'm so excited for lots of pamper nights with hot bubble baths with one of these, a face mask and some of my fave beauty products.
The body shop bath bombs, mango and green tea
I'm so happy with everything I picked up! I only tend to order from The Body Shop when a sale is on and as it was 35% off I got all of this for about £22 instead of over £30 which is brilliant. I just can't wait to get using the peppermint goodies!

Are you a fan of The Body Shop? Let me know if there are any products I should try in future.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

22 Blog Post Ideas For Autumn Lovers

It's no secret if you're a long time reader of my blog, or even if you've just read some of my posts recently, that I long for Autumn all year round! I have never been a fan of Summer and this year, it was the absolute worst. Those days it was boiling hot and everyone was loving it? I wasn't. All I was thinking about was how excited I was for Autumn to finally arrive. Now it's here I've been thinking about some Autumnal blog posts I want to share and I thought I'd put together a list of some of those in case you are in need of some ideas.
2. Seasonal fashion/beauty wishlist
3. Seasonal homeware wishlist
5. Your perfect cosy night in
7. Autumnal nail picks
8. An Autumn makeup look
9. Ways you embrace Autumn and the colder months
10. Halloween recipes
11. Warming slow cooker recipes
12. Favourite Halloween/horror movies
13. Plans/goals for the rest of the year
14. The Autumn reading tag
15. Autumn flatlay/photography ideas
16. Pumpkin recipes
17. Outfit of the day
18. Lush wishlist/haul
19. Autumn pamper night routine
20. A Summer roundup
21. Christmas Markets to visit
22. Christmas wishlist

I'm so excited to get writing some of these myself so I hope if you love all things Autumn too, that this is useful for you.

What are you looking forward to most over the next few months?

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Luxury Bouquets From Appleyard London Review*

For me, a bunch of flowers can really make a room. We rent our home and it can mean at times we're quite limited with what we can do. We're lucky that our landlord is relaxed and has so far been happy for us to add pretty much what we want but it's all still very neutral and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do to make it more of our own and really inject a pop of colour. This is where beautiful bouquets from Appleyard London come in. If someone has a big bunch of flowers on display in their home, I'm always drawn to it so I was thrilled to receive my own bouquet last month and they have been perfect to display in our living room.
Appleyard London Summer Rose and Alstro bouquet
We have an open plan living room and kitchen so the flowers I chose have been visible whilst cooking up a tasty meal and also chilling on the sofa watching a film. Before I get on with my thoughts on the bouquet I received though, I'll explain a little bit more about Appleyard London.

Appleyard London are a boutique London florist who specialise in gorgeous fresh flowers online that are available anywhere in the UK. With a team of expert florists, they are dedicated and passionate about only sourcing the finest flowers from trusted British suppliers that stay fresh for at least 7 days. There are a huge range of flowers, plants and gifts available on their website so you really are spoilt for choice! I had the chance to review a bouquet and after much deliberation I went for the Summer Rose & Alstro.

First of all with Appleyard London, there is no need to worry about delivery. All flowers are hand tied into a beautiful arrangement, gift wrapped and then packaged in a large cardboard box. Therefore if you want to send a bouquet as a gift, you can be assured that no damage will be done on it's way.
Appleyard London delivery box
As soon as I opened the box, I could see straight away just how much care had gone into arranging the bouquet and ensuring it arrived safely. Everything was in perfect condition! Instantly I could see the bright orange roses neatly on the bed of yellow alstromeria and I couldn't wait to put them on display. The great thing about Appleyard London bouquets including the Summer Rose & Alstro is that they come ready for you to assemble into your floral arrangement so you can create it exactly as you wish to suit your home. All I needed to do with this bouquet is trim the stems and put into a vase with the plant food that arrives in the box along with a little booklet advising you on how to properly look after them.

The reason I was drawn to this particular bouquet is because of the stunning orange roses and up close they are only even more beautiful. They really are so bright and they matched so well with our kitchen as I had hoped and like you can slightly see in the photo below. Once in water, it didn't take long for the roses to open up and along with the yellow alstromeria, it really was a gorgeous bouquet that looked perfect in our open plan room.
Appleyard London Summer Rose and Alstro bouquet in a vase
The one thing I was sceptical about with a delivered bouquet was how long it would actually last and I ended up being pleasantly surprised! As I previously mentioned, the orange roses opened up quite quickly but the yellow astro took a little longer and they both lasted for roughly a week once in bloom which I think is impressive, especially as the flowers weren't directly near sunlight in our flat with them being closer to the kitchen rather than the living room. By 7 days, I did notice that the roses had started to wilt but the astro easily went on for far longer. The colour of the alstro seemed to intensify as they bloomed and I definitely felt they didn't require quite as much attention as the roses. Together though they formed a lovely bouquet and they were a delight to have in our home.
Appleyard London Summer Rose and Alstro bouquet in bloom
Overall I'm really impressed with Appleyard London and would definitely consider them in the future either as treat to myself or as a gift for someone else. Ordering flowers for another person whether that be for a birthday, anniversary or any other occasion, is such a lovely idea and with Appleyard London and their excellent delivery service you can be assured that a luxury bouquet will arrive safely and be sure to put a smile on someones face. In terms of cost for these bouquets, the Summer Rose and Alstro is £26.99 but each bunch varies. I think for what you get and the high quality service, it's really reasonable and worth it for an extra special gift. They also offer a subscription service so you can have flowers delivered to your home each month for blooming bouquets all year round!

Do you like to have flowers around your home too? Have you tried a flower subscription service before?

*I was provided with a bouquet for the purpose of this review

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Monday, 1 October 2018

September Favourites - Heathers, Homesense & Autumnal Nails

It's October already and I couldn't be more happy about it! These last few months are without a doubt, the best. It's colder, leaves are falling, Christmas is on the way. I just can't wait for the next few weeks!
Collage - Mean Girls the musical, Kinky Boots the film, Heathers the film, DW Home candle, Nails Inc Victoria Nail Polish, London Trinket Dish
A thoughtful gift - One of the best things about blogging is all of the wonderful people I've got to know because of it. I definitely don't have that many people outside of blogging so it's been such a pleasure to actually become friends with some other bloggers and people who take the time out to read my blog. One of those people is the lovely Laura who sent me a little present a few weeks ago, a gorgeous London Trinket Dish. She knows my love for London and thought of me when she saw it, and I couldn't have been happier when she said she picked it up for me as a little gift. I've been using it for some of my photos and I just absolutely love it. Thank you so much Laura ๐Ÿ’–
New Look London Trinket Dish
Autumnal candles - Autumn is always my favourite time to buy new candles. I'd just finished up some in the living room so when we went to Manchester, it was the perfect opportunity to pop into Homsense and TK Maxx, and luckily they had just started stocking their new seasonal ranges. I picked up 3 in the end, 2 mini ones for the living room which smell perfect for the colder months, and a bigger one for our bathroom and I'm just obsessed with them! They were all such bargains too.
DW Home Candle
Heathers - I'm a bit weird in that I don't usually like to watch 'old' films but we watched the original Heathers film from 1989 last month and I absolutely loved it. If you've not heard of it before, the only way I can describe it is Mean Girls with murder, but there's much more to it than that. It's a really funny film which stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. It's actually been turned into a musical and as it's back for a limited West End run we've booked tickets to see it, for next week actually and I can't wait. I'm incredibly excited to see how it plays out on stage and if it lives up to the film!
Heathers the film
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Kinky Boots - I'm quite clearly a massive fan of the musical Kinky Boots, I've mentioned it in several posts over the last year and I've also done a full review of when George and I saw it in London earlier this year. Despite loving the show and soundtrack so much, we'd never actually seen the film. Like with the musical, you might think a story about a factory selling shoes wouldn't be that interesting but it's told so well and the film is absolutely brilliant! I'm so glad we watched it and it only gave me more of an understanding of the true story and how it went from a struggling family business to a place making shoes for drag queens! It's been out a long time now but it's so worth watching if you haven't seen.
Kinky Boots the film
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Nails Inc Victoria Nail Polish - The shade Victoria from Nails Inc has been a go to of mine since last year and I'm more obsessed with it than ever before at the moment. It's such a gorgeous deep plum colour, meaning it's so perfect for Autumn and Christmas. It lasts really well, applies very easily and just looks stunning. I've been adding the shade Chelsea Embankment which is a gold glitter on top of one nail too and the colours go perfectly together.
Nails Inc Victoria Nail Polish
Mean Girls the Musical - I really don't know why I do it to myself. I listen to one or two songs from a new musical and within hours I'm hooked. Mean Girls is the latest musical to get my attention. I'd heard a few songs a couple of months ago but I was fully enthralled with Hamilton still then so nothing else really stood out to me, until now. As I've been getting excited for our trip to London next week and seeing Heathers, I've been listening to that a lot and occasionally a song from the new Mean Girls musical would come on. Well I decided to give it a proper listen and now I can't stop. I absolutely love the film and I really think they've done it justice with the show. I so wish it would come to London now as it's doing so well on broadway.
Mean Girls the musical
How was your September? Are you embracing Autumn now too?

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Friday, 28 September 2018

How To Give Your Bathroom A Vintage Makeover*

Not too long ago I shared a little update on how we were getting on with redecorating our bathroom and whilst it's pretty much finished, there are still a few things we're waiting on. After getting rid of the hideous colour that we lived with for nearly 4 years, I now absolutely love how it looks and I've not been able to help myself when it comes to adding in accessories. The final thing we're waiting on is new flooring though which has honestly been a pain for months on end now. Whilst I'd absolutely love our bathroom to end up with a classic vintage look, as we rent our home, we're quite limited with certain things but I already have ideas for our next house. Here are some tips on how to give your bathroom a vintage makeover if you're planning on redecorating in the future.
Tiles and Bathrooms Turquoise tiles

Claw-foot free standing bath

The main thing I think you need to invest in if you want a vintage looking bathroom is a free standing bath. Detached bath tubs go back many years to when indoor plumbing was scarce and now more and more people are opting for one in their bathroom. The claw-foot tubs are classic and elegant meaning they become the focal point of any bathroom. I absolutely love the look of free standing baths like this and I can't wait to have my own one day rather than one that's already built in. A claw-foot bath with old fashioned taps is not only fab for a relaxing and indulgent soak but it also really lasts well and gives an authentic vintage feel to the room.

Victorian tiles

If you're planning a complete makeover for the room then new Victorian bathroom tiles for the walls are a great way of not only adding colour or character but also giving you that classic vintage look. You can replicate Victorian bathrooms by using plain tiles or brick shape tiles in a variety of colours. I personally think for a slight modern twist, the turquoise patterned tiles in the photo at the start of the post are absolutely beautiful and would be so unique. I love the striking design and it would certainly make the bathroom a stand out room in your home.

Antique mirror

My final tip for giving your bathroom a vintage makeover is to add in an antique mirror. I think this is important for a number of reasons. The first one being that a strategically placed mirror can really help open up the room. It also helps with displacement of natural light which for us is vital as we have such a small bathroom and anything that can make it feel a bit bigger is so useful. Another reason is that there was never anything like built in cabinets or mirrors in the past. Placing a large ornate mirror above the sink is a perfect final addition for a real authentic vintage bathroom.

When you move into a new place, it can be easy to just focus on the living room and kitchen at first as that's where you spend the most time and the bathroom can end up being forgotten about. That's what happened with us, which is why it took us years before even attempting anything but it's such an important room so it's well worth spending some time redecorating and making it your own little sanctuary for those much needed pamper evenings!

*This post is in collaboration with Tiles & Bathrooms

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Autumn Fashion Tips For The Whole Family*

I'm loving all of the Autumnal blog posts I've not only been reading over the last few weeks, but also that I've been posting myself. As it's my favourite season I've been sharing as much as I can this year, most recently my cosy living room ideas and today now Autumn well and truly here, I wanted to let you in on a few fashion tips for how the whole family can embrace the season.
Outside, view from above of shoes on leaves

Animal Print

In every store you go in at the moment, you'll see animal print, and I am here for it! I've actually had to stop myself from buying more over the last few weeks as there probably is such a thing as too much leopard print in one outfit. I don't think the animal print trend ever really went away but for some reason it's bigger and better than ever this year so whether you want to go all out with a statement coat or just add in subtle hint with a scarf, you're sure to find something suitable. I've personally fallen in love with a pair of leopard print boots from New Look and I'm so excited to wear them this Autumn. For women, I think leopard print particularly completely changes up an outfit and is perfect for taking a casual daytime outfit for work to a dressy evening outfit perfect for a night out.

Layer Up

As we had such a hot Summer this year, I think Autumn and Winter are going to be absolutely freezing and whilst I'm happy and ready for that, we're definitely going to need to wrap up. You don't have to go all Joey from friends and pile clothes upon clothes but throwing on a chunky knit over a thin top or putting on your fave parker coat with a thick scarf is really going to warm you up on a cold day. A trend that's big for men this year is to add in a checked shirt over a t-shirt which not only looks great with a classic pair of jeans and converse but is also a simple way of layering up. When it comes to the little ones in your life, making sure they're wrapped up for the bad weather too is so important. You can find a range of fluffy coats, practical boots and cosy jumpers and accessories in lots of shops so now is definitely the time to get shopping.

Invest in Higher End Clothes

Depending on how much you're wanting to spend, I think a great tip that applies to the whole family is really shopping around and investing in good quality pieces that will not only last you through Autumn but also Winter and many months later. If you spend a bit more, you're likely to be picking up something that is made of higher quality material that will wash better and therefore be perfect for wearing multiple times throughout the colder months. There are some great high street stores out there that offer brilliant quality clothes but sometimes if you can afford it, it pays to look at designer items too. You can shop Moschino kids from designer stores like Strawberry Children so if you want to pick up some gorgeous high end pieces for your children that will see them through the next few months and beyond, they are definitely worth considering.

Dark and Warm Tones

Something else that applies to everyone in the family - opt for darker toned clothes in the Autumn months. Every year the same colours are described as 'autumnal' but that's for a reason. Colours like orange, burgundy, navy and black are all perfect for the later months of the year and make great additions to any outfit. A favourite colour of mine in Autumn is mustard. For women, you could pair a mustard knit jumper with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Also, add in a burnt orange scarf when it gets really cold for the ultimate autumnal outfit.

I love embracing Autumn, whether that's through adding in new pieces to my wardrobe or making our home as cosy as possible, it's just the best. I hope if you're wanting to pick up some new pieces for the season that these tips have given you a few ideas!

*This post is in collaboration with Strawberry Children

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Haribo Frenzy Starmix and Tangfastics Review*

Whilst Autumn might be here now, that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy some of our Summer food and drink favourites. Whilst we're still having sunny days and the occasional spot of warm weather, something I've been enjoying is a new range from Haribo. They've recently launched Frenzy flavours of their Starmix and Tangfastics and as I am such a sweet fanatic, I have not been able to stop eating them!
Frenzy editions of Haribo, flatlay with Summer drinks
I'm sure you've all heard of Haribo, they are the champions of all things sweets. From their original Starmix to Giant Strawbs, Jelly Babies, Cola Bottles, Goldbears and loads more, you'll find packets of these in most shops. I'm a huge fan of the original Starmix and the original Tangfastics so I was really intrigued by the new frenzy editions which are a refreshing mix of fruity drink combinations.

Starmix Fruit Punch

I definitely have my favourites in the original Starmix but I couldn't wait to try these as they are just full of unique flavours, each sweet is different. Flavours include - Strawberry and Rhubarb, Cherry and Lime, Apple and Elderflower, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Mango and finally Rhubarb, Passionfruit and Elderflowers. You can clearly tell each one is different and the flavour of them all is strong but not overpowering or overly sweet. I think my favourite out of these is probably the Cherry and Lime bottles, I can't get enough of them!
Haribo Starmix Fruit Punch

Tangfastics Fruit Spritzers

As the original Tangfastics are a go to of mine when I'm in need of a sweet treat, I was really excited to see what the Fruit Spritzer flavours would be like. In this pack, you'll find flavours such as Blueberry and Lemon, Pomegranate Limeade, Blackcurrant Limeade, Melon and Strawberry, Raspberry and Pineapple, Apple and Pomegranate, Melon Limeade and Apple Limeade. You are spoilt for choice with delicious flavours in this pack, I like them all! The cherries are usually my favourite in the original Tangfastics and I loved the flavour of them in this packet too, raspberry and pineapple go so well together.
Haribo Fruit Spritzers Tangfastics
I've absolutely loved trying the new Frenzy editions of Haribo, they've been perfect for days when I just want something sweet and it's been nice not knowing which flavour I'm going to get each time. I think the Tangfastic Fruit Spritzers were my favourite, we got through those so quickly as they're so moreish but I wouldn't hesitate to buy both in future. I'll definitely be looking out for these in my next food shop ๐Ÿ™ŠThey're so good to have in for parties, picnics or for a cosy movie night in!
Frenzy editions of Haribo
Are you a fan of Haribo too? What's your favourite?

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

My Favourite Musical Soundtracks #2

It feels like a while since my last musical theatre post so today I wanted to talk about some of the soundtracks I'm currently loving. I wrote a post like this last Summer but since then my love for all things musicals has just grown massively so the amount of different albums I've listened to is huge! I've whittled it down to 5 which was a struggle but I'm sure that means they'll be more posts like this in the future, let me know if you're a fan of any of these too!
Kinky Boots, Chicago, Come From Away, Hamilton, Mamma Mia

Kinky Boots

There isn't often a day that goes by now where I don't listen to at least a few songs from this soundtrack. For a long time it was a show I wasn't too fussed about, it never appealed to me but then when I took the time to listen to the soundtrack earlier this year, I soon totally got why people love it so much. I'm now a massive fan of the show and the music and I am so incredibly pleased we got to see it in May. I love that the soundtrack has such a variety of songs from more upbeat pieces which just make you smile to ones that kind of break your heart too. Seeing them play out in the show was amazing and I'm desperate to see it again before it officially closes in London in January. It's a show that's definitely not spoken about as much as ones like Wicked, Les Mis, Phantom etc. but honestly it's amazing in every way.
Kinky Boots - Lola

Chicago

It wasn't until a few months ago we finally decided to watch Chicago and I ended up absolutely loving it! It was another musical I wasn't that bothered about and whilst I had heard good things about the film, for a long time I just thought it wasn't the sort of music I'd like. Well how wrong was I. The film is absolutely brilliant and I've become such a huge fan of each song on the musical soundtrack. I've heard very mixed things about the stage show, some say it's very different to the film so that's kind of why it's probably not going to be one we see just yet. Also the prices are insane! For now I'll just keep listening to the soundtrack and watching the film, Catherine Zeta Jones is fab as Velma!
Chicago - Velma

Come From Away

I'm sensing a pattern here - another show I put off for a long time but now I can't stop listening. Come From Away is a pretty new show and it's actually not opening in London until January, but it's had rave reviews everywhere else so far. It's set in the week of the 9/11 attacks and it tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes had to land unexpectedly in the town of Gander. All of the characters in the musical are based on real Gander residents and some of the stranded travelers they looked after during that time. I didn't feel an urge to listen to it at first and just thought it would be quite depressing but I feel so differently now. It's an incredibly uplifting story of how communities pull together in times of need and the music is just brilliant. If the casting rumours for the London cast are true, I'm going to have to try and see it at some point.
Come From Away

Hamilton

I don't even know where to start with this show, I'm just addicted to it. As the whole musical is told through rap and singing, it definitely takes a while to get through and really get to grips with what's going on but once you do, you realise just how incredible it is what Lin Manuel Miranda has put together. Each and every song is great in it's own way and really tells a story that you might not originally think would work as a musical. I'm so excited to see it play out in December, I'm counting down the days now. I don't tire of the soundtrack at all, it's been months and months now and I still get goosebumps at certain songs and I seem to have a new favourite song each week. Give it a chance if you haven't already, there's a reason it's so popular.
Hamilton - The Schuyler Sisters

Mamma Mia

I've fallen in love with all things Abba since the new Mamma Mia film was released. I was a huge fan of the stage show soundtrack because of the original film anyway but since the second film has come out, my love for it has just intensified. It's another show that's so expensive so I doubt we'll be seeing it any time soon but it's definitely one for the future. Some days I listen to the film soundtracks and other days the actual musical but all of them make me smile.
Mamma Mia - Sam, Bill and Harry
When I write posts like this I can't believe there was ever a time I had no clue about musical theatre and some of the amazing shows within it. I can't imagine being without it now!

Are you a fan of any of these shows too?

Other musical posts - My Top 10 Hamilton Songs // Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre Review // Broadway to West End Transfers I'd Love To Happen

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

This Is Going To Hurt By Adam Kay Book Review

Not too long ago I posted a little book haul and over the last few weeks I've been working my way through each of the books I shared. I started with Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon as I'm such a huge fan of her writing and after finishing that, I decided to go for something a little different to my usual read, This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay.
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay book. Flatlay with candles
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97 hour weeks, life and death decisions, and a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

My review

I was really intrigued by this book and had been for quite a while. It was (and still is) a book that everyone had been speaking about on social media so when I saw it was on offer for just over £3, I thought why not give it a go? I instantly wasn't sure how I would feel about it though. Whilst I had only heard positive things, I have really extreme health anxiety so usually anything to do with hospitals is a no go and I just thought, this isn't going to be for me and it's going to set my anxiety off at a time where it's already so up and down. Well after I finished Pictures of Lily, I just had an urge to read it. I thought if I open it and I don't want to carry on, I don't have to, but I ended up getting through it in about 3 hours.

First of all this was so different to anything I've read before. I really like how Adam has written this book and how it's split into sections. Whilst a lot of it is diary entries, at the start of each chapter, there's a bit of a summary about where he is at the time and it's not just an account of what happened day to day on the job. He would summarise his feelings around the role he was then in and give us a bit more background into his life. I think the diary entries were brilliant - some incredibly sad and left me on the verge of tears, to others that were so funny and totally unimaginable on a hospital ward. You could also really tell from the start just how hard life is as a junior doctor and how you are quite literally thrown in at the deep end with very little help or guidance. Also it's a shocking insight into what life is really like working for the NHS and you feel just how much they struggle each day. I found Adam wrote the book in a way which makes you feel as if you're living this journey with him. At times I felt stressed or tense and like I was going through it aswell, and it really makes you question how you would cope in that role. In short, I don't think I could. My previous experience with nursing showed me how hard and demanding that particular role can be but I couldn't imagine being under the pressure that Adam was in his role.

Something that really pleased me with this book is that you get told lots of medical facts along the way so you do kind of feel like you're leaning but also whenever a medical word or procedure comes up that you might not have heard of before, Adam will give a little explanation. I found this really useful throughout and I think this really helped the book flow as you weren't just reading it thinking, I don't have a clue what he's on about.

I think the last thing I have to mention about this book is that whilst I did enjoy it and I'm glad I read it, I don't think it had quite the impact on me that it seems to have had on others. Amongst the positive reviews I've read, people have said it made them sob or laugh hysterically, or it just really made them feel something and whilst I did laugh and feel emotional sometimes, I don't think I quite got that wow factor from it, that others have. I do think a lot of that probably comes down to me and my anxiety as I was always a little on edge whenever certain things would come up, and also because of my past negative experience with working on a hospital ward, I just think maybe I was a little guarded. I love reading and I love that feeling of just letting yourself get totally immersed into the story and really feeling all the emotions but I almost don't think I allowed myself to get too caught up in it. #deep I know but that's the only way I can really describe it. In a way, I almost just wanted to get it finished and out of the way but again that's down to me, not really a reflection of the book. I definitely think it's a book anyone could read and even though I had quite a lot of mixed emotions around it and maybe didn't quite get from it what other people might have, generally it's brilliant and a great insight into life working for the NHS.

Have you read This Is Going To Hurt? If so, I'd love to know what you thought?


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