Saturday, 17 September 2016

What I Got For My Bridesmaids

I got married a few weeks ago and I thought it might be fun to share with you what I got for my bridesmaids as thank you gifts. My bridesmaids did loads for me, from organising the hen to doing my hair and nails for the wedding and basically looking after me on the day, so I wanted to get them some nice goodies to show my appreciation. The first thing I bought them all was a dressing gown for the morning of the wedding when we were all getting ready. I've seen a lot of bridal parties do this and wasn't sure if it was necessary but it's actually really practical as it means you can do your hair and make-up without having to take anything over your head and ruin it all like if you were wearing a top - and it's also fun! I bought my bridesmaids the 'Brides's Squad' ones from Boo Hoo and got a 'Bride To Be' one for myself. I then got each bridesmaid a little box of goodies. I bought the boxes from Paperchase and included the below items...

Glitter initial make up bag
'Hello Beautiful' handbag mirror
♥ Mini bottle of prosecco
♥ Emoji socks
♥ 'After Drinking' sheet face mask
Cocktail lip balm
♥ Bath bomb
♥ Chocolate buttons
Thank you card

Have you ever received a gift for a being a bridesmaid? I'd love to know in the comments below :) 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bobbi Brown Bridal Make Up Lesson Review

As you probably know by now (mostly because I won't shut up about it on Twitter and Instagram) I am getting married this year and one of the biggest things I was worried about when I started planning was my make up on the day. I have very very pale skin (like seriously, really pale) so usually if I get my make up done professionally I don't like it as I feel I look too orange or that the make up just doesn't suit me, as only a few brands offer make up in pale enough shades for me. I am no make up artist, far from it, but I decided that to ensure I was happy with the look and to save money I would do my own wedding make up. This is where my good friend Bobbi Brown comes in...

I am always raving about BB products so when I found out that they offered a bridal make up lesson I thought this sounded perfect. I know BB make up suits my skin and the natural finish is perfect for what I want for my wedding. The lesson was an hour and a half long and I had mine with Wenlan at the Bobbi counter in Harrods. She was lovely and talked me through each step, not only telling me what she was doing but checking that I understood the techniques she was using and why.

Here's a list of all the make up products she used on me...

♥ Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
♥ Concealer in Porcelain
♥ Foundation stick in porcelain
♥ Nude finishing powder in porcelain
♥ Bronzer in golden light
♥ Lipstick in sandwash pink
♥ Lip liner in ballet pink
♥ Long wear brow gel in grey
♥ Eyeshadow in shell and antique rose
♥ Chocolate shimmer ink eyeliner

Bobbi Brown says that on your wedding day your make up should 'look like yourself, only your most beautiful', which is exactly how I felt after the lesson. I looked like myself, the make up wasn't over the top but I felt like my features were enhanced and made to look their best. I ended up buying all of the make up I tried, which in total came to about £220, but luckily I had a store gift card with £200 on it so I only had to pay £20 in total! I've practiced the make up once since I got everything and was really pleased with it. I added in a few other of my staple products including the Laura Mercier oil free primer, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz and highlighter, urban decay eye primer potion and urban decay all nighter setting spray. Overall I'd definitely recommend the bridal beauty lesson for brides to be! And if you're not getting married then Bobbi Brown offer loads of other make-up lessons also!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Minnie Mouse Hen Do

So last weekend was pretty fun, because it was my hen do! I have recently moved out of London and back up north, however I travelled down to the capital for the occasion as it's where most of my hens live so it made sense (and also because London has ALL the cool things to do for hens!). The day was planned by one of my bridesmaids, Daisy, and I knew I could trust her as she is a super planner. I was told to wear black or red so I chose a red dress from Asos. When I arrived at our first venue I was given a pair of Minnie Mouse ears, a veil and sash! I loved the Minnie Mouse theme, what could be better than a Disney hen?!

Our first activity was crazy golf at Swingers, which is an indoor golf course where you can drink cocktails as you go round! I was quick to get my first mojito of the day (which definitely hindered my golfing ability!) and we all had fun going round the course. We had some lunch at Swingers afterwards as they have some amazing eateries including Pizza Pilgrims (the pizza was to die for!) and Patty & Bun. Next we moved onto Aqua Spirit which is just off Regent Street to have a drink before our next activity.

We then all headed over to BYOC (bring your own cocktail) in Soho which was so much fun. The idea is that every person takes a bottle of alcohol and for 2 hours you have a dedicated mixologist who makes cocktails from all the spirits you have brought and the array of mixers, syrups and fruit they provide. Let's just say the cocktails were pretty strong and we were all extremely drunk by the end!

But we didn't stop there! After BYOC we headed to Grace Bar in Piccadilly for more drinks and some dancing, and finally onto Strawberry Moons (after a pit stop at McDonalds to re-fuel, of course). I had such a fantastic night with all the girls and it just made me even more excited for the wedding! Not long to go now...

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Disney Pandora Charms

I couldn't go to Florida and not get some of the Disney charms for my pandora bracelet! I've wanted some of these charms for ages but unfortunately you can only get them in America (come on pandora UK...we need them here!). There is so much choice I really struggled deciding which ones to get, and I easily could have got more. The first charm I got was the Minnie Mouse head, which I'd seen on the pandora website and knew I wanted. Olly's parents kindly gave me some dollars as my birthday present so I used them to buy this.

The next charm I got was the enamel Snow White dress. I absolutely love the princess dress charms they are so super cute but it's so difficult to choose which one to get! Snow White isn't actually my favourite princess (Belle is) but I just love the Snow White dress and think it's very iconic, so it won me over and also adds a nice pop of colour to my bracelet.

The final charm I got was the Disney castle. I wasn't sure about this at first as I thought it was too big but when I saw it in person I fell in love and knew it would fit perfectly with the rest of my bracelet. Olly bought this one for me as an extra birthday present. 

And here's what my bracelet is looking like so far, I wouldn't say it has a 'theme' but all the charms are very fairytale! Have you got any of the Disney Pandora charms?

Saturday, 25 June 2016

I'm Getting Married!

It's been a while since I've blogged but I have been so busy recently! Anyway I wanted to let you all know that I've got some pretty exciting news, I guess the title was a bit of a giveaway! Yep that's right, Olly asked me to marry him! We have been together for 2 and a half years but we've actually known each other for almost 9 years. 

We went for a picnic in Richmond park a few weeks ago (which actually turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, so perfect picnic weather!) and Olly got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We love going for picnics in Richmond park and have a little secluded spot we always go to, so that made it extra special. We then ate lots of food and drank lots of prosecco! Olly knows that I would want to choose my own engagement ring so he proposed with a beautiful floral Pandora ring and then let me choose my own 'proper ' ring. 

Since then I have been in full on wedding planning mode and have already booked the church, reception, photographer, florist, furniture, sent out all invitations, sorted all the bridesmaids dresses, sorted all the groomsmens and grooms suit...phew! I am an extremely organised and decisive person so planning a wedding seems to come naturally to me! Let me know if you have any wedding planning tips, I'd love to know. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Summer Flowers With Prestige

I'm not one to turn down an opportunity to review a bunch of flowers, especially when they are as beautiful as this lovely bouquet from Prestige Flowers. I chose to review the bouquet of 40 roses as I loved the mix of colours and I was not disappointed when they arrived. The gorgeous mix of orange, yellow, fuchsia, red and white roses make these the perfect flowers for summer and they have certainly brightened up our flat over the past few days.

I was really impressed with the delivery, I ordered on Thursday and asked for Saturday delivery as I am out at work during the day and they were delivered at 9.30am which meant there was no waiting around for them to arrive. They were packaged in a big cardboard box so they were well protected and I was also impressed that the delivery man managed to find out flat (which has proved extremely difficult when getting flowers and parcels delivered previously!). So all in all a very easy and hassle free process. This particular bunch costs £34.99 usually but there is a special offer on at the moment which means they're only £19.99, what a bargain! And what's better is that you get a little box of chocolates free with every order, and what girl doesn't love flowers and chocolate?! I'd definitely recommend Prestige Flowers if you're looking to order flowers online. What's your favourite type of flowers? 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Sephora Haul

It's a fact that you can't go to America without spending an obscene amount of money at Sephora, which is exactly what I did in Florida. I had a list of a couple of bits that I wanted but as usual that increased once I was in store! 

The first section I headed for was all the Beauty Blenders. I've been using my beauty blender for about 6 months now and can't imagine life without it however I have neglected it a little bit so it was time to invest in a new one. There were loads of different colours available and I decided on the limited edition 'red carpet' in the end. It's the same as the regular pink BB, just in a pretty red! I also got the solid cleaner as this will ensure I keep the sponge looking nice and new. Finally from BB I bought the new liner designer which I'm super excited to try. It is a flat piece of silicone that you use when applying your eyeliner to create the perfect winged effect. There are 3 different ways you can use it. Goodbye to uneven eyeliner!

I bought quite a few different lip products as I am loving trying different lipsticks recently. I went straight to Anastasia Beverly Hills as I've been wanting one of her liquid lipsticks foreverrrr. Unfortunately most of the colours were sold out which was a shame but I did manage to get my hands on the gorgeous Sarafine shade, which is perfect for me as I love a bright red lip. I also bought the lip primer from ABH which will hopefully help keep the lipstick in place all day. The next lipstick I bought was from the limited edition Minnie Mouse range. The whole range is so cute and I love he packaging, again I couldn't resist the classic red. How cute is the little Minnie head on the actual lipstick?! Finally for lip products I bought the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme. My friend asked me to pick one of these up for her as she'd read great reviews so I got one too. Three words...Kylie Jenner lips!

I am a bit of a mascara obsessive, so when I found this set of 5 miniature best selling mascaras I was very excited to try some new brands. I've already tried Lancome Hypnose and Benefit They're Real but I've heard great things about Too Faced Better Than Sex. Of course I had to stock up on my holy grail product - ABH Brow Wiz, although ya know what I worked out it's not any cheaper to buy in the US! I also got the clear brow gel to keep my brows in place and looking their best all day! 

So there we go, my (big) Sephora haul! Have you tried any of these products before? What would you like to try from Sephora?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

What I Bought From Walt Disney World

So I'm just about adjusting to life back in London after spending 2 wonderful weeks in Florida and I thought I'd do a little haul post to show you some of the goodies I picked up whilst at Walt Disney World! I literally spent all of the spending money I took...every last penny, and I could have spent more! My favourite item I picked up has got to be my Chip mug. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film and I couldn't wait to get one of these from Disney Springs. I still haven't decided whether I'll drink out of it yet or just use it as an ornament?

I couldn't go to Disney and not feed my Tsum Tsum addiction so I picked up these 3 cuties. I had planned to get the WDW Park limited edition Tsum's (monorail, train etc) but they didn't have them anymore which I was gutted about! I got Rapunzel as I didn't have her yet, Duffy and the bride from the Haunted Mansion who is pretty cool! To be honest there weren't many Tsum Tsum's around in Florida I don't think they're that big in America, they had a really poor selection in Target and JC Penney's which was disappointing.

How awesome is this Disney Monopoly?! We didn't plan on getting this but we saw it at the toy shop in Disney springs and thought it was too cool not to get. I think every family needs a monopoly board and it just so happens ours is Disney! It has a pop up castle in the middle of the game and the pieces are Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie. The board is based around the parks so you buy rides instead of towns and if you build a hotel the piece is a Disney castle! 

I couldn't believe how many pin badges there were, I knew they were popular but not this popular! I don't collect the pins ( this space) but I thought this one was way cute so had to pick it up. Some of the pins can be pretty expensive but I thought this one was pretty special.

Olly loves any kind of 'mystery' purchase, so when he saw this mystery princess pin set he really wanted to buy it for me, even though I'm usually really against these as I always end up with the rubbish characters. Basically Olly just likes seeing my reaction when I get the bad ones because I act like a baby haha. Anyway I did pretty well with this pack (it was tense) as I got Rapunzel and Pocahontas, neither of them are my favourite Disney characters but I like them both so I was happy.

And finally our Disney Magic Bands. We weren't staying at a Disney resort so we didn't get these free but mine was only $12.99 and Olly's was $22.99 (because his has Mickey printed on it - mine is plain) which I didn't think was bad at all considering how convenient they are. I'm going to do a full pot on tips for WDW so I'll talk more about these then and what they can be used for but they basically replace your ticket so you don't have to keep getting it out. 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

What I Got For My Birthday

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and so I thought I would share with you some of the gifts I received. I love reading other bloggers posts about what they got for their birthday so thought I would give it a go for myself. I didn't do too much on my actual birthday, just had a nice relaxed day with Olly, but in the week before I had several birthday dinners with friends and family which was lovely. On the morning of my birthday Olly came into the bedroom with an amazing chocolate cake he had bought for me from Wholefoods. It had lots of gold candles on it and I made a big wish when I blew them out. I then opened my presents from Olly which were wrapped in the cutest wrapping paper ever.

He bought me lots of little things as he knows I love opening presents! I love the 'grape soda' pin badge as Up is one of my favourite Disney films and is a film me and Olly went to see at the cinema together years ago before we were even going out, so it's quite a special film for us. A really cool present he got me was a voucher to adopt an animal from Born Free. I can choose which animal it is and I've had a look and think I might choose a turtle! One of my favourite presents from Olly is this Belle figurine, she is my favourite Disney princess and this is limited edition.

I guess my 'big' present from Olly was a gorgeous Swarovski bracelet. It's so sparkly and I love the dark blue colour. Later on I received a delivery which were some flowers Olly had ordered for me, they are the prettiest flowers in the world and look so lovely on my dressing table. Olly's sister Daisy got me a really cool Disney book all about the characters and films, I've already read a bit of it but can't wait to sit down and have a good read. My work colleagues got me a grey Kenzo jumper (which you may have seen me modelling in my Birthday Outfit Of The Day post!) and I absolutely love it. 

My brother surprised me with a voucher for champagne afternoon tea at The Shard which I am so excited about! I'm going to take my mum when she visits London and have a girly afternoon. My other brother and sister in law got me some yummy chocolates from Hotel Chocolat as they know I am a bit of a chocoholic, oops. I got quite a big present from my mum and dad so I'll save that for a post of it's own as it deserves it! 

Saturday, 30 April 2016

What I'm Packing For Florida

So I was packing my case for 2 weeks in Florida and thought I would give you guys a sneak peak of what I'm taking with me. When I go on holiday I'm guilty of buying a whole new holiday wardrobe, but that's part of the fun right? It's going to be about 33 degrees in Florida so I've packed lots of light and airy clothing as well as practical and comfy outfits. 

Pools and waterparks = lots of swimwear. I'm taking about 5 bikinis in total and I love these Triangl dupes that I bought from ebay (you can read more about them here!). I love sporty looking bikinis and my favourite is this long sleeved one that I got from Boo Hoo last year. It's perfect for Florida as it means my shoulders and arms won't get burnt, and I love the pattern

Comfy Shoes
Comfy shoes are a must in Florida. The parks are HUGE and that means a lot of walking and often spending all day on your feet. I've got 3 pairs of Disney Vans that I'm taking as well as my trusty converse. It's also good to have tight/lace up shoes as otherwise you have to take them off on all the rollercoasters which isn't ideal

Shorts, Shorts, Shorts
Shorts are my staple item in Florida. They are cool and comfy but also really practical for all the rides (because no one wants to be flashing their pants on Sheikra). I got loads of great shorts from Primark this year and I love the themed ones they have like this burgundy Harry Potter pair!  

Park Essentials
I'm going to be taking my Longchamp backpack to all the parks as it's small, light and durable. Inside I'll definitely have my sun cream (yes that bottle says factor 70, I am very pale), park tickets, money and a bottle of water. I'll also be wearing my trusty Ray Ban Wayfarers and a cap to keep the sun off my face. This goofy cap is actually Olly's but of course I'm planning on stealing it! 

What are your holiday essentials?

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