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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Haircare Favourites Review and Wishlists

Whilst I know I'm not big on hair styling, and you'll very rarely see be branching away from my simple and straight blonde hair, there are some hair care products I literally couldn't live without. Some have been in my collection for many years and some are new products I've tried in the last 12 months. But all are, in my opinion, amazing. 


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Recipe

Anyone who knows me will tell you I have the biggest sweet tooth. I'd be quite happy living off cakes, biscuits and chocolate for the rest of my life, but sadly, I'm not that lucky!

Just before Christmas, we had a Christmas Bonanza at work so I took the opportunity to get my bake on and make some Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits. Shortbread is my favourite type of biscuit as it's really sweet and literally melts in your mouth - if you have a good recipe!

This was the first time I'd tried out this recipe and I have to admit, I did improvise a bit from the original due to lack of ingredients so I've pretty much just made up my own version! Baking is all about experimenting any way right?

This shortbread doesn't need many ingredients and is a perfect recipe to try to replicate for beginners but also experiment with flavours for the more adventurous.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Karen Millen Belted Cape Coat - OOTD

If there's one item of clothing that I could safely say I've never felt good in, it's a coat. Partly because I'm so small, and usually they're so long and thick, I feel like a waddling penguin whenever I wear a coat. Trust me when I say Luke and I trawl every single shop every winter in search of the perfect coat.

A couple of weeks before Christmas whilst shopping at Westfield, I walked into House of Fraser and this gorgeous Karen Millen coat was directly in front of me and it was love at first sight.

It's not exactly a traditional coat as it's more like half coat half cape. I absolutely love the cape trend but don't have any as all the ones I've bought in the past were poor quality and didn't sit right on my body. But this one however, was the dream.

Karen Millen Belted Cape Coat - OOTD

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

11 Serious Life Lessons Learnt in 2016

Paris under the Eiffel Tower

As with most of us at this time of year, I’ve spent the Christmas period reflecting on the year just past and thinking about what the coming year might bring. As the year draws to a close I always like to think about what I’ve learnt in the last 12 months and remember the lessons going forward.

So here’s what I’ve learnt in 2016;

Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed so don’t take today for granted

2016 has been full of loss from public figures to friends and family members, most of which came as a complete and utter shock to us. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. The trouble is, we all think we have time. 

This year I’m starting off by writing a list of things I want to do and achieve in the next 12 months and putting a plan in place to make sure I complete most, if not all of them. I’m also trying to take more time out to spend with friends and family and treasure that time with them.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

UncommonGoods; A gift for literally everyone

I'm constantly on the look out for new, unique and innovative gifts for my friends and family, particularly at this time of year. As we get older, I've found it so much harder to buy for people (and write my own wishlists) because generally we're all old enough to be able to afford anything we need for ourselves which leads to the helpless feeling of 'what do I buy someone who has EVERYTHING'?! 

So I've currently been on the UncommonGoods website for 2 hours and 43 minutes, and counting. They offer a massive variety of creative and obviously 'uncommon' gifts for every type of person you could know. Not only is the company a great unique alternative to more standard gifts, but they are also steadily working to make UncommonGoods more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work.

They are commited to creating, A Positive Impact: In the Workplace, In the World, offering Handmade, Recycled and Organic Products, being more green and giving back. In 2001, UncommonGoods created the Better to Give Program, which allows customers to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from them at checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since they have created this initiative. 

Now I don't know about you, but all of those things make me really want to get behind this company. If everyone large retailer thought in the same way, I truly believe the world would be a better place.
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