Sunday

101 in 1001 XXXIV

January has been an interesting month. It seems like I've barely sat down so I've got the year off to a really great start. I've also ticked off more of my goals than I anticipated!

#38 Visit an ice bar
Ice Bar London Review

Saturday

The Britain's Got Talent auditions that were

Remember last weekend when Vix and I tried- and failed- to see the Britain's Got Talent auditions? Good news- I eventually got to see them! When we were told on Saturday that the tickets had all been distributed, we were given a code to get guaranteed tickets to an audition later in the week. Unfortunately Vix couldn't make the second date so I dragged Rich along instead and we made a right day of it.
Britain's Got Talent London Auditions

2016 Travel Plans

It was when we visited Paris and Berlin last summer that I realised my heart lay in travel blogging. Of course I've always wanted to travel (who doesn't?) and my grandparents instilled a love of culture in me from an early age but, as I got older, real life got in the way. After our European jaunt, I made it a priority to travel as often as possible so we've lined up a good few trips for the next year.
Virgin plane wing

Thursday

#BloggersBelowZero // Ice Bar London

I've wanted to visit an ice bar for ever. (In fact, when we went to Florida in 2014, we were planning to pop into the one on International Drive but since Matt was under 21, we had to stay in the hotel and babysit him. Jeez, Matt!) When Lauren of LDN Meet Up emailed to let us know that she was hosting an event at Ice Bar London, the only permanent ice bar in London, I was super excited.  Ice Bar London Review

Monday

Bedroom Tour and Wishlist

I adore my bedroom. With plain white walls and furniture, I've kept it calm and relaxing with pale blue accessories such as my favourite toile de juoy duvet cover and Fluffy artwork. I love nothing more than scouring homeware departments looking for new items to add. 
Blue bedroom wishlist

Sunday

The Britain's Got Talent auditions that weren't

A long time ago, it was established that Vix and I are big fans of Ant and Dec. We joked about coming up with some sort of act to audition on Britain's Got Talent, purely to meet the pair, but never quite got round to it. However, what we (well, Vix) did manage to do was get tickets to see the Britain's Got Talent auditions. Awesome! We were finally going to be in the same room as our favourite Geordie scamps. Only we ended up finding ourselves in the audience of Jersey Boys instead. 
Jersey Boys London Review

Friday

Thursday

Arty London // 4 creative things to do in London

London is, in my humble opinion, one of the best cities in the world for experiencing the arts. There is such a rich, varied history of culture that continues to this day so there's no end of wonderful arty things to do. Of course, there are the obvious choices but I've tried to list my favourite slightly-underappreciated creative ventures in the capital.
Arty creative things to do in London

Wednesday

Review // Lush Kerbside Violet Perfume

I used to be really into perfume (as evident in this very early- horrific- post of mine) but when I started working, I got out of the habit of applying it regularly. When you wake up 15 minutes before you need to leave, there's no time for luxuries like perfume! For this reason, I've always neglected the Gorilla Perfume section of Lush stores. Why would I buy another bottle when I have 30 neglected ones at home? Then, at the Lush Reading Winter Event, I tried a spritz of Kerbside Violet and fell in love! 
Lush Kerbside Violet Perfume review

Tuesday

Making Changes with Appleyard London

I've never really been into flowers. Pretty rose bouquets and all that just don't do it for me. When I saw these tulips from luxury florists Appleyard London, however, I fell in love! They're a little bit different, super pretty and make me feel like spring is on its way! Appleyard London Springtime Tulips

Sunday

Review // MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

When everybody was going crazy over Velvet Teddy, I wasn't that fussed. Yes, it was a matte and matte lipsticks are my jam, but I've always been more of a pink lip girl. When Helen sold a bunch of MAC lipsticks- including Velvet Teddy- in a blog sale, I decided I'd give it a go. That might be the greatest decision I've ever made.* MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick review

Saturday

Brighton // The Breakfast Club

Thursday was Jordan's birthday and I was honoured to be invited to Brighton to celebrate with a bunch of lovely bloggers. Jordan booked a table at The Breakfast Club which I was very excited about as I loved eating in the Spitalfields cafe on Pancake Day last year Breakfast Club Brighton

Friday

FF CLIII

Mourning celebrity death
Sophie has written so eloquently and beautifully on mourning the loss of a celebrity. It was exactly what I needed to read. 

Thursday

Alan Rickman

I've always found it cathartic to write this blog. In fact, I've always found it cathartic to write full stop. My diaries were the ideal way to get all my thoughts out of my head and in some physical form where I could see them and organise them and, most importantly, stop them clouding my mind. I didn't intend to write this post but I have so many thoughts swilling around and I need to get them out. So I'm writing this- a post dedicated to a man who brought so much joy into my life, even though I'd never met him- for that simple reason. There will be no promotion of it. No links on Twitter. No Facebook posts. I'm just dealing with this news how I always do- by writing about it.

Wednesday

Review // Lush Love and Light Hand Cream

I've never been one for hand creams. I find the greasiness a bit irritating and I've just never really felt the need for it. Lush's Love and Light was included in a gift set so I gave it a go and I was surprised to find I really liked it!
Lush Love and Light Hand Cream Review

Tuesday

Charity of the Month // Leona for Little Princess Trust

My Charity of the Month is a little different this January. Instead of supporting a charity, I'm using this space to share Leona's fundraising campaign. Those of you who know Leona will know that she has long hair. Like, really long hair. Being the wonderful, selfless person she is, she's decided to cut it off and donate it to the Little Princess Trust. Not only that, but she's being sponsored to do so and donating all of the money she raises. Amazing!donating hair for childrens wigs

Sunday

Twitter Giveaway // Lush Soaps and Clothbound Classic

In the Lush Boxing Day sales, I tend to buy a bunch of gift sets. Of course the problem with this is that there will usually be something I'm not keen on, particularly the soaps. I don't get on well with Lush soaps so, as lovely as they smell, I never use them and they just end up languishing in my bathroom. This year, I figured I'd host a little giveaway and give them to someone who will actually use them.
Lush soap giveaway
The soaps here are Respect Your Elders and Snowcake. The former is a fruity, slightly floral soap with elderflower (my favourite) and bergamot. Snowcake, on the other hand, is a mouthwatering marzipan-scented soap which I so wish I could use! I'm even chucking in a bar of Santa FUN, which has the same delicate jasmine fragrance as the discontinued Christmas Eve bubble bar, and has the added bonus of being able to make cute little santas while you bathe.

In case you're unsure whether to enter, here are some really great reviews on the products: Respect Your Elders, Snowcake, Santa FUN.
Charles Dickens giveaway
The second prize I have to give away is a Clothbound Classics copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. My mum bought me a beautiful boxset of Dickens Clothbound Classics, including this one, which I already own. Rather than keep the duplicate copy, I know there are lots of book bloggers who would love the clothbound edition. Of course everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol but this copy includes other Christmas tales by Dickens. Of course it's also wrapped up in beautiful white cloth with blue snowflakes and a blue ribbon bookmark. Here's my review of the book with more information. 

Saturday

Autumn/ Winter Empties

Originally I was going to post my autumn empties at the beginning of December but then, well, Christmas got in the way. Consider these my autumn-and-part-of-winter empties binstead. Although, to be honest, I might as well have just called them my Lush Empties. 
Lush empty bottles

Friday

FF CLII

12 reasons to love running, even when you hate exercise
I hate exercise (obviously) but I've always wanted to like running. Amber's post about why you should love running is almost the push I need to try it. Almost.
how to spend 48 hours in Edinburgh itinerary
Olivia's post on how to spend 48 hours in Edinburgh is lovely!
Christmas in Vegas
This is an older post of Carrie's (I'm a little behind from the holidays) but her Christmas in Vegas outfit is perfect!
how to make the most of instagram and get more followers
Toni has some fantastic advice on how to make the most of Instagram- and with 21.5k followers, she's well placed to give it! 
jonak wear lemonade
Look at Kat's amazing pink metallic ankle boots!

Bloglovin' // Twitter // Instagram

Thursday

Nails // Essie Delicacy and almond shape

For a long time now, I've been hankering over beautiful pointed stiletto or almond nails. Initially I intended to get some done for the week leading up to Halloween in glossy black, but then Laura booked her wedding for 30th October and wasn't too keen on the witchy talons idea for her maid of honour. Can't think why. With this plan, I was going to get them filed down to a more appropriate shape before returning to work. When it didn't work out, I decided I'd get my stiletto nails in the summer holidays... but then I thought, why wait? I don't tend to poke children in the face much (I did accidentally fish hook one once but that's a story for another day!) so I figured I'd just go for it. 
Essie Delicacy Swatch Almond Stiletto Nail

Wednesday

What I've learned in 4 years of blogging

At the end of December, I hit my 4th blog birthday. Honestly, I never believed I'd keep up my little blog this long! Over the past four years, I've learned more than I could imagine and wanted to share some of these lessons with you.
Lessons learned blogging

Monday

Dear Diary // All the blogs I used to have

I've always communicated my thoughts as though I had an audience. When I was 10, I started writing a diary (remember my blog series on my childhood diaries?) but wrote as though to a reader, rather than just myself. I'd also talk to myself all the time as though I was being interviewed (I may still do this in the car- Just preparing for my time on Piers Morgan's Life Stories!). It's hardly surprising, then, that as soon as I had access to the internet, I started writing blogs. In light of this blog's fourth anniversary, I thought it would be fun to have a look at its predecessors. Don't get your hopes up, though- none of them are still online!
Childhood diaries

Sunday

Review // Lush Supertramp & Pooh Stix

Well, I make this time for another Lush review! It's been all of two months since I last published one- my review of Celestial Moisturiser- and that's just completely out of character! The two products in this review are fairly difficult to get hold of. One is an Oxford Street exclusive while the other is from the Kitchen, but hopefully they'll be of use to somebody in the future.
SUPERTRAMP BUBBLE BAR
Review Lush Supertramp Bubble Bar
Poor Supertramp is so misunderstood. I'll admit, while in the Oxford Street branch, I've passed him by on many occasions. He looks so pretty, you see, with pale pink and green swirls that you can't help but be drawn in. Then you give him a sniff. Unlike most of Lush's offerings, he's not sweet, or spicy, or floral. Nope, Supertramp is none of these. Supertramp is mossy. It's quite a shock, especially considering the candy-sweet colours, so most people tend to put him back down straight away. However, I decided that this time I was going to give Supertramp a chance. And you know what? He's not half bad. With ginger and sandalwood, Supertramp has a particularly earthy, masculine scent which is actually very grounding and soothing, and gently lingers on the skin. Roughly the same size and shape as the likes of Comforter, this bubble bar is great value for money and produces loads of bubbles. It does turn my bathwater into a murky, greyish sort of tone so it's not the prettiest of effects but definitely deserves a better reputation! 

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Saturday

Top 20 beauty finds of 2015

Bear with me for one more 2015 round up. I promise this is the last one!
Best beauty products 2015
2015 has been a huge success on the beauty front. I think last year, more than any other, I've found a really great collection of beauty products that work for me perfectly. In fact, I think my hunt for the perfect concealer is finally over! So without further ado, here are my top 20 beauty finds of 2015. I should warn you, there is going to be a lot of Lush!

Sponsor Shoutout // December

Man, December was hectic! It may actually be the second of January but it's always a good time to check out my sponsors. Let's take a look at the bloggers behind the buttons.

KTMY
KTMY blog
Katie has one of the most interesting blogs I've experienced, in terms of both design (a Pipdig classic!) and content. Her blog, KTMY, is primarily a lifestyle blog but it has a strong focus on her experience with IBD- a chronic disease affecting her bowels. Katie's posts about her ileostomy are honest, informative and helpful. I love her dressing for your stoma series as her outfits are super cute and her personality shines through. Her beauty and lifestyle posts also radiate with personality (and her tips on how to do your nails when you're no good at nail art really speak to me!) Definitely a blog to check out! 

CASSY FRY
Cassy Fry
I've known Cassy Fry on Twitter for a while now and I really love her passion for language and literature. Her blackout and collage poetry is super interesting (she's even written a book of poems!) and I find her blog really inspires me to write. If writing isn't your thing, but you'd still like to get creative, check out her craft posts, which feature a range of tutorials and tips for becoming more creative, or take a peek at Cassy's quirky style. If you're ever stuck for inspiration, Cassy's blog will certainly help kick you into gear!

What a great way to start the year! Remember if you'd like to be featured in a post like this, check out my sponsorship page


Bloglovin' // Twitter // Instagram

Friday

FF CLI

lindt-christmas-easy-recipe-chocolate-truffles-chocolate-chip-fudge-and-marshmallow-bark
Helen's written an amazing post on what to do with leftover chocolate. (No I'm not sure what that is either...)

Life and blog goals for 2016

2016 is going to be MY year. I have some really big plans that are going to make a huge difference to my life and health. I'm so excited for the year ahead!
Blog and life goals 2016

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