Thursday, 31 December 2015

European Bartender School


Who doesn't love a good cocktail? Sometimes, I like to think cocktails are more of a girl's best friend than diamonds

When the European Bartender School based in London invited me to their first ever blogger event I was definitely intrigued. I could just imagine myself shaking those cocktails to perfection and flipping stuff around my head like a pro
I could not have been more wrong. Read on to find out more...
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Suckerpunch Bar

St Albans
A new cocktail bar has opened up within St Albans and as soon as I saw it being advertised on my Facebook timeline, I knew I had to go. St Albans has plenty of pubs, but does lack on the cocktail bar scene. There is something nicer about a cocktail bar, especially themed ones

Central London has some lovely cocktail bars, but sometimes they are just too much of a trek and a cost for me
This is where I now welcome all you Hertfordshire/St Albans peeps to Sucker Punch
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Buddy Box


As you may have read within a previous post of mine about mindfulness, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and it has been especially bad this year with all of the tragedies I have had to deal with

The Blurt Foundation got in contact with me because somebody lovely out there in the world wanted to gift a random person with a Buddy Box, and keep themselves anonymous, and the Blurt Foundation chose me to be the recipient of such a beautiful gesture
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Monday, 28 December 2015

Stand4Socks


I am all about helping out in life where I can. Whether it be with donating to charities, or paying it forward and making somebody's day, or buying food for the homeless when I can

Stand 4 Socks are a company that share the same ethics! Every pair of socks you buy, goes to helping a social cause within the world. I can help the world AND keep my feet warm and colourful at the same time. Not to mention everybody needs socks within their wardrobe/drawers
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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Popkakery: Edible Cards!


I don't really do Christmas cards. I don't tend to send them or like to receive them as I like to save the trees
I can totally make an exception when it is something as sweet, tasty and cute as this though
This is Popkakery's fantastic "Pop A Card". A completely edible version of a card that you can still send in the post to whomever you want to send one too
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

JustMyLook Secret Santa

Secret Santa
I do love a good Secret Santa. I love buying for someone within a budget and seeing what I can get for them, as well as receiving from somebody totally anon
It's always hard to decide whether you will go down the novelty route in terms of gift, or the cute and quirky, to the practical choice of gift

This year, I was invited to take part in a Secret Santa organised by Just My Look with a budget of £20 to spend on the beauty blogger I was assigned
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Spirit of Christmas

Cocktails
Ladies and Gintlemen, I wish you a Merry Ginmas! HAHAHA I am so punny sometimes

I wanted to bring you some christmassy cocktails to make yourselves at home, but using my favourite tipple at the moment which is GINIn case you hadn't noticed from the puns in the first line
You can use any gin you may have for these cocktails, but I will be using Brockmans gin which is a nice, smooth and citrussy gin. These are perfect for Christmas Eve around a fire, Christmas Day with family and guests, or Boxing Day when you just want to relax after the busy festivities
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Luxury Dinner Party with Nectar


Eating out can be costly! Especially when there is a group of 6 of you and you go for a full 3 course meal
Nectar Card recently gave me the challenge of hosting a luxury dinner party for 6 people (I ended up hosting for 7. Oops. I didn't count myself as a guest) for the sum of £120, or the equivalent of 24,000 Nectar points

Nectar Points can be spent at Sainsbury's, Homebase, Argos, Laithwaite's, Ebay etc. So I had a whole host of places I could purchase from for this project
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Monday, 21 December 2015

Nudestix Holiday Minis

Lip Pencil
Nudestix are an amazing find of mine from earlier this year and they are now a staple within my makeup bag, and they make a regular appearance on my blog! (You can see previous posts about Nudestix here)

They sent me a lovely little, emphasis on the little because we are talking about minis!, christmas present in the form of their new holiday mini collection
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

ProSkin Acne Treatment

ProSkin Liverpool Street
I have never once had a facial, so when I was given the opportunity by ProSkin Clinics to receive a complimentary facial peel or acne treatment I straight away said "acne treatment" please! I suffer terribly from cystic acne and small breakouts, redness and scarring but have never considered anything but oral medication before

I am now a facial convert, I really am
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Friday, 18 December 2015

December Birchbox

Birchbox UK
I always dip in and out of beauty subscription boxes now because I find I get all sampled out, and I end up with similar samples month on month, but as soon as Birchbox do something cute with their 'box' I am there and trying to be first in line

December comes in the shape of another Birchbag! This time a glitzy and glam clutch to help you at your christmas parties and possibly New Years also
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Farfetch Secret Santa

Farfetch

I was invited along to Farfetch's Christmas Lights tour event for Bloggers. This would have been a 2 hour ride on a vintage open top bus to check out all of London's christmas lights in the hotspots around the city

Unfortunately for me, the date ended up being changed and I could no longer attend :(, but Farfetch still sent me out my Secret Santa gift which was an element to the event. How lucky am I?!
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Monday, 14 December 2015

Cut Out Beauty

I have some new portfolio work to show off! Once again the images have been taken by me and the model is Emilia with the MUA being Faye Marriott

I don't like to retouch pictures, so all of these are unedited and unretouched. Emilia just has flawless skin. You can tell they are unretouched by the fact the hair is untidy in some shots. I like this though. It adds character and it is a human trait after all to have fly aways
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Cooking with CHOPCHOP

Dinner Party
CHOPCHOP is a new app launching tomorrow designed to make cooking so much easier. It uses AI technology to help you plan and prep any amount of courses simultaneously

Now, I am not going to lie, I love food but I have no idea how to cook. This event with CHOPCHOP intrigued me though because I am just so not savvy with cooking and food
The app is best optimised for iPad, but will also work with iPhone. I had to download the Beta test version for this dinner party, so the version you can download will be much better! And the app was already amazing
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Monday, 7 December 2015

The Stylists Rail



The Stylist's Rail is an event curated and led by the fabulous Plum. This time around, it was all about celebrating the 3rd birthday of The Stylist's Rail so there was gin courtesy of Bloom Gin, cupcakes, DJ duo GRLTLK and vintage shopping galore

She hired me as photographer for the event, so I wanted to showcase some of the snaps of the event, but also let you vintage loving fashion bloggers know all about it for next season!
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

SpaLondon - Midas Touch Treatment

When I was invited to experience one of SpaLondon's new treatments in time for christmas, what kind of gal is going to say no?! The answer is no kind of gal by the way

SpaLondon has franchises all over London and I was booked into the Ironmonger Row Baths one near Old Street to experience their brand new "Midas Touch - Gold Treatment"
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

DaSilva LDN

Fordtography
DaSilva London is all about that monochrome lifestyle. One I can quite happily get behind as I love to wear A LOT of black

They also hit me up to shoot their launch campaign for their brand new website, so be sure to check it out and pick up some pieces whilst admiring the images that I shot for them!
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Time of Advent

The Body ShopHolidays are coming, holidays are coming! It's nearly Christmas! Which of course means it is advent time and the countdown to the big day itself

I have always had 2 advent calendars since I can remember. My mother likes to buy us one chocolate one from the high street/supermarkets, and make one up for me and my sisters herself

This year, she doesn't need to do that though because the Body Shop lasses gifted me the most amazing advent calendar
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