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Competition: £20 Urban Decay Gift Voucher giveaway!

Urban Decay Giveaway

It’s a rainy Saturday morning where I am so I thought it was time for another giveaway and this time I’ve chosen a £20 voucher from Urban Decay. I really enjoy using the eye palettes that they have, I have most of the Naked palettes and they’ve recently brought out a few gorgeous palettes. The most recent being the Naked Petite Heat palette which is really pretty.

With that in mind lets get to the giveaway details. I’d love it if you could add me on Twitter and Instagram if you haven’t already  using the chart below as well as retweeting a little message all about the giveaway. For an added bonus you could also like my page on Facebook.

The giveaway ends on Sunday 25th March. Good luck!

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Beauty

The Mother’s Day Wish List!

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Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching with just a few days to go. While some people don’t make a big deal of this day I remember as a kid, creeping downstairs to make my mum breakfast, normally orange juice and jammy toast with some treats to take up to her in bed. We show the lovely ladies in our lives that we care about them everyday in our own ways but Mothers day for me is a time to really spoil them. More importantly a day when we’re actually aloud to spoil them too. I wanted to pull together some of my favourite items to gift to my mum.

1. Even if you get the ladies in your life nothing else, make sure you give them some flowers. Not everyone likes them because the beauty has to come to an end at some point but for the majority, you’ll put a huge smile on their faces that won’t disappear for a while. These gorgeous flowers – the Spring Meadow bouquet are from Bloom and Wild.

2. Make up is a personal yet perfect choice for Mother’s day. Bobbi Brown have some beautiful products  and covers a range of colours and styles. These Crushed Lip Colour Lipsticks are stunning and there’s a colour for everyone so they’re perfect as a present. My favourite is Lilac as it’s soft yet definitely a statement.

3. Katie Loxton London is well known for her purses and pouches but she also does amazing scarfs. I love this slate grey Love Love Love Scarf, it’s so stylish and would be a fab addition to anyones wardrobe.

4. If you’re feeling a little spendy, Liz Earle is a skin care brand that is well loved and this set includes some of the star products. The Cleanse and Polish with 2 cotton cloths, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Skin Repair Moisturiser and the Superskin Eye Cream and it comes with a blossom design make up bag. It’s luxurious and it really works. Your skin will feel silky smooth and look amazing too so what better pressie to get for your loved ones!

5. A great fresh smelling candle to make your room feel ultra cozy is something most ladies love. This White Company Seychelles collection candle is a combination of fresh bergamot, bright orange and rich amber topped off with notes of coconut, vanilla and almond. It oozes luxury and would be perfect for one of those extra special present. It’s also a great price.

6. My final gift choice is this amazing fragrance from Armani – it’s the Si Nacre Edition . It’s one of my current favourite scents especially as it is ultra sparkly when you shake and activate the particles. It’s amazing for those special events and it really does smell amazing. There are top notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and Cassis. Mid notes of Rose, Neroli and Jasmine. And the base notes are Patchouli and Amber. It’s such a light scent for the Spring/Summer seasons.

Let me know if you’ll be buying any of these lovely products in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Happy shopping!

Music

Music Monday – Dua Lipa!

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Happy Music Monday! This weeks chosen track is a tune from Dua Lipa. Dua Lipa is quickly becoming one of the countries favourite artists as she’s now an award winning singer after recently winning both Best British Break Through Act and Best British Solo Act at The Brits this year. She’s sassy, funky, her voice is incredible and have you seen her music videos? This girl can dance!

The chosen track IDGAF is an abbreviation for ‘I don’t give a F**K’. I’m not usually a fan of swear words in songs but it kind of works for this break up song. The track was released in mid Jan 2018 and as the seventh release from her self titled album it’s been doing pretty well as it’s sat high in charts around the world. She takes the direct lyrics that she’s well known for and blends them with an awesome beat and military drums. It’s a cool mix of interesting sound and you’ll be humming along to the melody for days.

The video, a combination of mirror imagery and some what contemporary moves took 22 hours to film. It’s complex but fun and is worth a watch. Take a listen below and let me know what you thinks of the current Dua Lipa track in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Happy Monday!

 

Lifestyle

Garden Furniture Inspiration

Brrrrr! It’s been freezing this week, with snow, wind and low temperatures hitting the UK like a big icy hammer! But while it may seem a world away right now, Spring really is just around the corner. We’re only a few weeks away from Easter, and British Summer Time officially starts on 25 March, less than a month away!

With a few spring buds already starting to show in parks and fields I’ve been starting to think about my own garden and I’m really looking forward to that first sunny weekend where I can roll my sleeves up and get stuck in!

There’s so much to think about when planning out that initial gardening session – and it can get quite overwhelming. My garden does not look in a good way right now, and there’s much I want to do to make it a happy and welcoming place. Beyond the fundamentals of beautiful plants and well placed outdoor lights, one of the areas I really want to work on this year is the furniture. It’s much easier to spend time in your wonderful garden if you have some furniture to relax on!

Whenever I get excited about something I do some research and get some inspiration together. That’s exactly what I’ve done here and I wanted to share it with you, so let’s go in and take a look at some garden furniture ideas!

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I am absolutely in love with this sofa set! I’ve never been into grey furniture, but things are different outdoors – it would compliment the colourful flowers and not detract from them. It comes with a great little coffee table for cocktails in the afternoon or perhaps an al fresco meal. I like the idea of having the versatility of a sofa and separate chairs that you can move around, which you don’t get with those giant garden corner sofas. Think I’m in love!

Garden Bar Set

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Dining outdoors is something I’d like to do a lot more of this summer if the weather allows me to! There’s nothing better than waking up on a sunny Saturday morning and preparing a healthy fruit and granola bowl in the sunshine after a little yoga session. It’s great to just soak in the beauty of a warm weekend ahead with a meal, so this bar set with high seats looks just perfect. It even has an ice bucket built into the centre of the table so you can keep your juice or your fizz cool in the sun, which is something I can definitely get behind!

Daybed Garden Set

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Okay I’m going big with this last one! I’m not a lazy person, but the idea of a day bed sounds incredible. Lounging around with a book or writing posts on a laptop in the shade sounds like a fantastic way to relax outdoors. This grand day bed has storage for your cushions too, and curtains if you want to a bit shut off the outdoors and have a snooze. Bliss! I’d recommend having a look at this whole daybed section, they’re all incredible!

Have you started thinking about your garden this year, and do you have any similar pieces sitting in your outdoor space just waiting to be used? Hop on Twitter and let me know!

Happy gardening!

*in collaboration with the lovely people at Fishpools

Fashion

The River Island Wish List!

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The cold and snowy weather this week has been making me dream of warmer Spring beginnings with tulips and daffodils. I am loving the new collections at River Island and I’m having to stop myself from buying everything in sight so I thought that I would put together some of my favourite pieces that stood out to me this season.

1. First up is this gorgeous Brown Floral print high low hem maxi dress. The print is super pretty. Team this with a pair of boots and a denim jacket as the weather gets warmer and it’s perfect for those special family events or an evening out.

2. I love a awesome wrap around dress as it will see you through both Spring and Summer and be that piece you keep going back too. This navy jacquard frill wrap mini dress is a cute design. Team it with a pair of boots and a jacket or a white pair of Superga trainers and a bright over the shoulder bag. Perfect!

3. Pastels are great in Spring, a little hard to wear at times but this Cream RI Studio Ditsy Frill Maxi Dress is a stand out piece for me. The print is gorgeous and the dress will see your through office meetings, special occasions and even that cheeky bloggers event you have coming up. Team it with a nude boot or shoe and a jacket or maybe a warm jumper to make it more casual and you’ll be fending off people asking all about it.

4. This simple Pink Floral Print Wrap Cami mini is Spring in a dress. Team with a bright pair of drop earrings and a heel for the evening or a pair of converse and a leather jacket for the day. Ultra stylish!

5. A maxi dress should be a staple in every wardrobe, whether thats for a day time look or an evening outfit that you want to make a statement with, they cover everything. This Black floral polka halter maxi dress  is super cool with the polka dot print, it’ll see you through the warmer months.

Let me now what you think of these fab dresses in this wish list in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Happy Shopping!

*in collaboration with the lovely people at River Island

Music

Music Monday: Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton

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Happy Music Monday!

After the success of both the fabulous half time performance at the Super Bowl recently and the Brits, JT is proving he’s still the prince of pop.

I’m loving this new collaboration with American singer Chris Stapleton on the song Say Something. The song is a country rock ballad with a unique blend of gospel, acoustic soul, and jazz. It’s melancholic but totally upbeat with an electronic structure that oozes style that only Justin Timberlake could pull off. I love how the song about reflection and regret have these two amazing voices that really complement each other. It’s a song that I haven’t been able to stop listening to as it has so many layers, one where you find something new every time you hear it. The video is really cool and I’ve heard that he did the whole thing in one take with no rehearsal which is why they celebrate at the end of the video.

Say Something is the third track from JT’s fifth studio album ‘Man of the Woods’. It was released on January 25th and has already hit the top 10 with a bang. The album thought to be named after JT’s young son is doing just as well. I think the up and coming tour that starts this March and culminates in Las Vegas is set to be amazing.

Go take a listen to the understated video below and let me know what you’ve been listening to this week over on Twitter.

Happy Listening!

Lifestyle

Mindfulness tips and products!

A break from everything is a great opportunity to reflect and refresh so when the New Year break rolled around recently it gave me the time to look more at what I can do to take care of myself, to stay as stress free as possible and most of all be kinder to myself and to the people around me. Especially as I recently read that it’s thought by the year 2020 the top 4 diseases that people will suffer from will be stress related, an interesting yet alarming statistic so with this in mind, I thought that I would put together a few items and tips that I’ve been loving.

My  top three tips are:

1. A good evening routine

Whether you struggle with getting to sleep or not it’s good to have an evening routine where you wind down. Try not to work till late into the evening as your mind will race long into the night making sleep a hard point to get to. Make your bedroom inviting, de-clutter your room, maybe spruce it up a little too and make it an inviting place to go to. We’re often advised to keep technology out of the bedroom so put  a ban on television and computers in this area of the house. If I have to use a phone, I always try for minimal use and use a low blue light.  To continue with the routine, a hot bath, a good book or maybe some calming music will all help to signal to the body that it’s winding down. Get some some soft pyjamas too, some that you’ll look forward to get into at night.

2. Drink more water

It might seem like a simple thing to do but one of my biggest tips is to drink more water. Apart from helping keep the complexion clear and fresh, your skin will feel softer and appear more elasticated especially in the winter. Being hydrated also helps keep the mind stronger and clearer too. Dehydration can do strange things. I always find it helps to always keep a bottle of water with you at all times, maybe one that has times on the side to remind you to keep drinking and how much you should be drinking throughout the day.

3. Take some time for yourself.

I’ve found that taking a little time for myself, even 20 mins to half an hour a day were you can relax and reflect on the day really helps replenish the mind and body. Meditation and Yoga really help with this and I’ve found Yoga with Adriene to be amazing. Adriene pops free videos on live every week. She has a relaxing voice, is knowledgable and breaks down each pose making Yoga an enjoyable experience. You definitely learn a lot in each of her videos so why not pop over and take a look!

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Neom Scent to de-stress set

The first product that I wanted to share with you are products from a company called Neom . They’re a company that really try and explore the natural products available. They research essential oils and have put together sets that help with anxiety, sleep and de-stressing etc. Neom products smell amazing and last so long too. I recently spotted this Scent to de-stress set that contains Lavender, Jasmine and Brazillian Rosewood. The products in the set include a fine spray that you can use on face to freshen and calm. There’s an intensive relief that you can pop on your pulse points to help melt away the stress and lastly there is a fine pillow mist that can be sprayed onto pillows, cushions or linens. The gorgeous aroma stays with you long into the day. If you spot any of these products online or in town, go check them out!

 

 

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Fearne Cotton – Calm / Happy Journal

Lastly I’ve been loving some of the books that Fearne Cotton has recently released. She might seem like an unlikely author but her books are beautifully written and researched. The first, Happy looks into depression, the second and more recent Calm looks into anxiety. Both give Fearne’s story of how these have effected her. She also gives tips and things she does to help combat it. She interviews people of interest that have suffered from both, she incorperates a doctors insight and others stars stories too.

Both books are quite good reads and more recently, I’ve found that there is also a journal that runs alongside the book Happy. It follows the year and this time gives you things to do. Pictures to draw, songs to listen to, goals to set and new things to try out. Even if you don’t complete the tasks, just to give yourself the time to think about the small things is refreshing. It’s all really helpful and insightful information across the board and understanding why something happens and knowing that you’re not the only one suffering with something can be quite comforting.

Have you got any mindful tips that you would like to add or maybe you’ve put some of these tips to the test already. Come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts.

Namaste!

Music

Music Monday: Rudimental

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Happy Music Monday!

This weeks track is from UK based Rudimental. They’re a duo that are not limited to a specific genre  and after the success of  Sun Comes Up that featured James Arthur  last year it’s also clear that they’re not afraid to try different things. Their new track These Days, the second from their up and coming third studio album features British Singer Song writer Jess Glynne, American rapper Macklemore and Brixton born R and B star Dan Caplen. Although reflective as it looks back on a broken and lost relationship, it’s catchy.

The song was released on recently in January 2018 and already has hit the charts with a bang. It’s a melancholic ditty and while Jess Glynne’s voice is really recognisable and beautiful, I love how these somewhat croaky, charismatic and joyful voices come together in this song. It delivers hope with an upbeat loop and a choir.

Take a listen to the track below and let me know your thoughts and what you’ve been playing this week over on Twitter.

Happy listening!

Fashion

The Quiz Wishlist!

Valentines day is delightfully close and although we should be showing our loved ones just how much they are loved every day, Valentines day for me is a time when they can get spoiled that little bit extra. I really enjoy getting dolled up whether it’s a meal at my favourite restaurant or just a quiet one at home. Chances are you’ll need a great outfit too so I’ve popped together some of my favourite party dresses from Quiz.

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1. First up is this gorgeous pink Strap Wrap Front Maxi Dress. It’s perfect for a valentines date as it’s pink, the colour of love.  The cut is stylish but not too much. Team this with silver or nude accessories and you’re other half won’t be able to take their eyes off you.

2. For every Valentines, a little bit of red is always needed and this Berry Lace cold shoulder midi dress is really pretty. I love the colour as it’s bold, the lace and the cold shoulder detailing are so on trend and super special for this time of year too. Team this with a black jacket and nude heels for a stunning look.

3. I love a neutral outfit and my next too are very similar but the differences are all in the details. The first is a gorgeous black frill Diamante Waist Midi Dress – I love the detailing at the neckline. The diamante waistband is a pretty touch that really shows off the area. Add some fun accessories like a lip shaped bag for some colour or go super chilled with black or silver accessories.

4. You can’t go wrong with a LBD or little black dress. This Black Pearl Detail Bodycon Dress is a lovely. I love the pearl detailing at the collar. This would go amazingly with sky high heels and earrings to top off the look.

5. I love textures in fabrics in the colder months and when I saw this gorgeous floral velvet wrap front  dress , I loved it straight away. The  wrap dress is currently bang on style and the tie around the middle really accentuates the waist.  The floral design is also super pretty and teamed with a black pair or heels and your favourite bag, you’re onto a winner.

Let me know which dresses you’ve been thinking about getting for this years valentines day over on twitter.

Happy Valentines week!

*in collaboration with the lovely people at Quiz

Lifestyle

Get Ready for Spring with Yankee Candle

Public service announcement – Sping is coming! I’ve started buying daffodils from the supermarket to have around the house and my Instagram followers will have seen the little Snowdrops I noticed in Colchester this week. Yes it’s been snowing out, but thankfully it’s no longer dark when I leave work and it’s getting noticeably lighter in the mornings too!

I’m getting ready for Spring now, buying bits here and there as they start filtering into the shops. Yellow and light blue cushions, a new light duvet and a fresh set of candles. Regular readers will be well aware of my love of candles, Yankee Candles in particular. I’ve been stocking up on their new range of seaside scented candles ready for the warmer months ahead, and thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you. Let’s take a look!

Sea Air

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Let’s start off with an absolute beauty! Having grown up by the seaside I always love the scent of the beach, and this candle perfectly captures that salty air aroma and brings it into your home. With notes of rose and sandalwood, this candle brings back happy memories of weekends at the beach house in Southwold or adventures up the north Norfolk coast. Dreamy!

Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose

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Next up is the wonderful Sun-Drenched Apricot Rose candle, a really strong and sweet fruity scent. I like to burn this one in the evening when I get home from work although to make the house smell of sweet treats when relaxing on the sofa into the later hours. It’s quite a strong one though, so you don’t need to burn it for long to get the full effect! You’ll absolutely love this, and because of its strength you’ll find it should last you into the summer months too.

Early Spring Bloom

 

 

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Early Spring Bloom is a much lighter scent than the previous two, with notes of lily, cherry blossom and jasmine, it’s an elegant and fresh scent that you can burn and leave for the afternoon. I like to put it on for a few hours after cleaning the house at the weekend as it brings in that extra bit of spring freshness!

If you’re looking to stock up then there’s a Yankee Candle sale on at Latestdeals, so have a nose over there for a spring scented bargain, then hop onto Twitter and let me know which ones you picked up.

Happy shopping!

*in collaboration with the lovely people at Leatestdeals

 

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