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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Why I'm not making resolutions for 2015...

Every year at this time we thrust ourselves into a New year, New life philosophy and with talks of a blank page and the gratification of an instant renewal, it's easy to get wrapped up in the hype. 

I'm all for setting yourself goals, but a lot of the time the ones we make for New Year are made in a rash bid to make ourselves feel better. 

2014 for me has been a year of discovering that my will power isn't so great, so I'm not going to set myself up with goals that I know I can't keep and so the only resolution I'll be making this year is to not make any resolutions at all. 

2015 for me will be the year of going with the flow, making myself happy and seeing where life takes me and I couldn't be more excited. 

Until Next Time 

I wish you all a Happy New Year

B x 

Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing Day Bath Heroes!

This year I have spent the majority of Boxing Day on my own. With the boy off at work and the family having plans of their own, I used today as a chance to relax after a manic Christmas rush. 

Every year for Christmas I am treated to lots of bath goodies, so I thought this year I would do a little run down of what bits I got that I am using in my Boxing Day bath and beyond. 

Meet my Boxing Day Bath heroes: 

Lush - Snow Fairy Gel 

Emma Hardie - Amazing face cleanser
Rodial - 5 Minute facial

Redken - Diamond oil shampoo and conditioner. 

In the winter everyone knows the feeling of horribly dry skin, so I plan to take the edge off using my new skin smoothing treats! 

Before I head out of the door for tonight's festivities I'll spritz my new gorgeous perfume from Agent Provocateur. 

And there you have it, my favourite way to relax! 

I hope you're all having a magical Christmas with the ones you love and that you enjoyed a little nosey into my Boxing Day! 

Until Next Time 

B x 


Monday, 22 December 2014

Dealing with Christmas Stress - Advertorial

We've all been there; Hair all over the place, scrambling with heavy bags, checking off our mental to do list, whilst battling with hoards of fellow shoppers.

You feel hot and bothered and fed up and as you tot up your to do list, often paired with long working hours you feel your blood start to boil. The idea you had a few months ago of inviting great aunt Ermentrude as well as the other twelve guests for a full Cheistmas dinner doesn't seem like such a great idea after all and now you're in a serious flap. 

I often find myself stressed at this time of year and this year I'm tackling my first ever Christmas dinner, so I wanted to share some soothing tips on how to bring back some joy and laughter into your festivities! 

Step 1: Plan, Plan, Plan. 

Everyone has different ideas on how to plan ahead, whether you love to write a quick list, or you attack Christmas with the fire of an army major, a little bit of planning before the big day can go a long way. 

Step 2: Take some time for yourself. 

In the Christmas rush it's all too easy to forget yourself. Take some time to have a nice relaxing bath, grab a glass of something tasty and have a little treat. 

Step 3: Remember what Christmas really means to you.

It's all too easy to make a bigger deal of Christmas than is actually necessary and forget what Christmas actually means. For me Christmas is all about family and if you're too stressed to enjoy the big day, you might miss those moments that make the day so special. 

Step 4. Remember nobody is perfect!!

So you burnt the roasties and the turkeys a tad dry. Kick back and relax and just have some fun!!! 

Step 5. Recharge your batteries. 

I'm not talking about running out and topping up your double AAs here, I'm talking about working some extra Zzzzzzz's. Sometimes when you're stressed it makes it super difficult to head off to the land of nod which is why Time 4 Sleep have created their new relaxation zone full of hints and tips to get you through the festive season.

You can head over to Time 4 Sleep by clicking here! On this website there are even more handy tips on how to de-stress and get a restful nights sleep. 

All this talk of sleep is making me feel rather tired! 

Until Next Time 

B x 

(Disclaimer: this is an Advertorial post, however all views and writing are my own.)  

Monday, 15 December 2014

Feeling crafty - Table Centrepiece

Christmas is almost upon us and I couldn't be more excited. Christmas time is my favourite and this year is my first year in my new home, with my own tree and my first ever Christmas dinner! Eek!! 

The other day I woke up with an urge to get crafty, having recently been talking about table centrepiece I decided why not try making my own? 

Scouring my crafty selection I realised I only had some PVA glue, some sellotape, some tinsel and some wrapping paper. Not the most exciting tools for the job. 

Having sat staring at the selection for a while, I decided it would be lovely to create some kind of floral wreath from paper and the tinsel. Here's a quick photo guide on how to make this super easy centre piece to wow your christmas guests: 

First take your wrapping paper and cut 4 squares of equal sizes. Fold the pieces of paper as shown in the picture above. 

Cut a petal shape from the paper, a bit like when you used to cut snowflakes! 

Start to attach the petals by using tape on the smaller groups to create a flower shape. 

Overlay the petals on eachother until you have a beautiful flower shape. 

Start to layer the flowers around the wreath and secure underneath with tape. 

When all of this is complete your wreath should look something like this: 

Once your wreath is on the table you can jazz it up by using fairy lights! Id also suggest using fake candles, as fire and paper don't often mix well, and over the fun of Christmas dinner you could head for disastor! 

I love my centrepiece and I can't believe how easy it was to make! 

Send me pictures if you decide to give it a go, I'd love to see what you create! 

Until Next Time 

B x 


Monday, 8 December 2014

Perfect Christmas Nail Polish

When Essence recently sent me some goodies through the post I was very excited, having been sent a goody bag from one of their recent launch events and loving all of their products that I tried.

I love nail polish but I always struggle to find something that doesn't chip, I have literally tried every brand out there and if I haven't chipped it, I've pretty much smudged it as soon as I need to do anything. ( I should probably add here that I am also incredibly impatient)

Having decided that I am just not meant to have beautiful, painted nails, I gave up; Until this little beauty arrived in the post.

Enter Essences Colour & Go Polish! With an intense Gel like shine and the quickest drying time of any nail polish I have ever tried I couldn't have been happier with this little gem!

I received the colour 187 Juicy Love, which is the perfect pillar box red to match my intense love for red lips right now.

The best thing of all about this polish is the price, at a bargain £1.60 I think I'll be stocking up on a few colours for the festive season next time I pop into my local Wilkinsons. If you want to browse through all the gorgeous colours available and make your own wish list, head over to their website by clicking here.

Which shade have you got your eye on?

Until Next Time

B x


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Look Book

I'm going to jump right on into this post and lead you straight into my new winter look book! I'm so excited to show it to you all, as I am always massively nervous about venturing out into the outside world and standing looking a little bit goofy in front of the general public whilst someone shoots me with a camera.

I'm hoping as I shoot more of these look books I'll start to relax more as I really do enjoy putting the outfits together and playing around. A special shout out to my friend who stood with me for hours in the cold shooting all the looks for me and directing me where to go when I was a bit lost.

I'm really chuffed with the video and I hope you guys like it to, if you do please hop on over to youtube and give it a little thumbs up for me, so I can keep track of what you guys really love and give you guys what you want!


Until Next Time
Keep it cozy

B x
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