Friday, 31 October 2014

October Goals UPDATE

This month I set myself four goals. How did I do?? Well let's have a look...
  • Have a wardrobe clear out
    Success! I cleared out my wardrobe and can happily say that I donated/sold/threw away about a third of the the clothes I had. Phew! It was a long, exhausting and sometimes frustrating job (a lot of second opinions were needed) but I did it.

  • Rethink my future career
    This has been the most difficult goal to achieve, but after a LOT of negotiation, I think I've solved it. I've found a distance learning Masters degree that I'd like to do... Desperately!! The problem was that it includes a compulsory induction week on campus and it didn't look like my work would allow me to go. After a lot of negotiation with not only my boss, but also her boss, and her boss, I finally have permission to go! Woohoo! The Open Day is in November so I'm looking forward to adding that as part of my November Goals.

  • Go to the Ice Bar in London
    Yes, we did and it was fantastic! It was a little smaller than I had imagined but it was still such a great experience and I would TOTALLY love to go back! It was freezing and my toes felt like they were going to fall off, but I wish we could've spent longer in there. Let me tell you, it is the most bizarre feeling coming out of a building in the middle of October and feeling warmer than you were inside!!

  • Read 'The Woman In Black'
    I always felt a little mediocre about the film version of this story so admittedly I did procrastinate a little with this one... But then my bf took me to see the stage play and I bloomin' loved it! At first it was confusing, but it actually turned out to be SUCH a great interpretation of the story!
    The book was quite difficult to read, despite it being fairly recent! I think that it actually helped to create an olden-age Victorian atmosphere - much the way that, if you read a Jane Austen book you can almost hear the horse and carriages in the dialect. I don't want to give away too much if you haven't read it, but it's definitely helped me to understand the parts that the film didn't!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A Beautiful Birthday Present

My visit to the Ice Bar with my friends was simply amazing!! And I thought I would dedicate this post as a message of thanks to one of my friends, who bought me this beautiful gift set from L'Occitane.

I was so overwhelmed when she handed me this beautifully wrapped little package; now that we are getting older I certainly don't expect gifts! It looked so pretty all wrapped up that I didn't want to untie the neat little bow!

I've never used any of the L'Occitane products before but I am certainly looking forward to using this. The smell alone is divine, so I can only imagine how nice it will feel :-)

I'm one very lucky girl!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Review: PicStick Photo Magnets*

A couple of weeks ago PicStick contacted me asking if I would like to review their product. PicStick are a UK based company who specialise in printing your treasured photographs onto magnets - the best thing is that postage worldwide is completely FREE!

Their website was mega easy to use. All you have to do is upload some photos - as many as you like - and then drag and drop them into the grid. You can only have 9 pictures per sheet, but I found it helpful to upload more as some didn't fit correctly, were too low a resolution or I just simply changed my mind. You can order more than one sheet if you really can't decide :-)

The pictures arrived about 2 days later, which is pretty quick considering they had to be printed too! They arrived on one sheet which is perforated, so can literally 'snap' the magnets apart. 

I was really impressed with the quality of the print and the boldness of the colours - as well as the service.

I think they'd make great gifts, just in time for Christmas!

1 sheet of 9 photos = £9.50
Postage = FREE!!

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post whereby the product was gifted, however all opinions expressed in this post are completely honest. No other form of payment was received.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bed Makeover

Now that Autumn is in full swing, with Winter and Christmas just around the corner, I thought it was time to take off those Summer sheets and dig out the ol' Winter duvet.

My extra special addition this year though, are these gorgeous wire heart fairy lights at just £6 from Primark! I know, bargain!!

I love the effect that tea lights and candles give in the evenings; they really do make you feel all warm and cosy inside, and that is what I love about these simple but effective lights!

The shadows that the lights leave are really interesting :-)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Stand Up To Cancer Charity March

On Saturday 11th October my bf and I took part in the Stand Up To Cancer Charity March across London. 15 cities across the country all marched at the same time on the Same night to help fundraise for the great cause. If you took part, Congratulations!! :-D

The marches were held at the following locations:
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Liverpool
  • London 
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton

The night started at Potter's Field, just next to Tower Bridge, and, armed with a Starbucks panini and hot chocolate each, we watched the big screens. It sounds awful, but I can't stand watching the tear-jerkers... not because I don't care, but because I care too much! I'll be honest and admit that I shead a few tears but it was dark so nobody noticed.

After a 60 second countdown, the march was officially started by a drummer, whom we all followed through the streets of London. The sights were absolutely stunning; the lit up buildings made the march so much more atmospheric. It almost felt like Christmas!

The only bit I wasn't so keen on was walking across the Millennium Bridge. It's a lovely structure, but ever since watching it collapse in Harry Potter, I've just felt so uneasy walking over it - I know, it's ridiculous, isn't it?

Seeing the Tower of London again was really breathtaking. When the bf and I had our trip to London in the summer, there poppies were still being placed and grass was still visible. Now, there's hardly any grass left at all!

In case you don't know about this exhibit, each poppy represents a life lost during WW1. To mark the 70th anniversary of the war, the poppies have been placed by artists to look like blood pouring out of the castle and each one is made of porcelain and is handmade. Even the Royals have visited to place some of the poppies!

It was such a brilliant experience and I truly believe that together we can help find a cure.

If you would like to donate, you can do so safely on the Channel 4 Website

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Images of Womanity

It was only by accident that I stumbled across the images of Carol Rossetti, but I honestly think they are so influential and true that I couldn't resist sharing them with you all!

I'm sure at one point or another in your life, you've been bullied or made to feel inferior because of something that you choose or choose not to do. I certainly have. These images are a way of saying, "hey, it's okay!" no matter how old you are or what your ethnicity is!

If you want to see more of Carol Rossetti's artwork, check out her website here!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Beauty Without Cruelty Eyeliner

This really was a great find, and completely accidental!

I was in Canterbury on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip with the bf and we walked into Fenwick. There isn't a Fenwick store near to where we live so it was like walking around a treasure trove, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the gorgeous furniture, gifts and clothes. Of course, we took a walk through the Beauty department, which is where I stumbled upon this great brand...

BWC stands for Beauty Without Cruelty, so every single one of their products is completely vegan. They don't test on animals and they don't use any ingredients that are aourced from animals. How great is that?!

I chose the Super Soft Kohl eyeliner in Carbon Black and was pleasantly surprised by how strong the colour was. I've used eyeliners before that have been so pathetic - and to be honest, because of the vegan ingredients, I was worried that this would be one of them! That sounds kind of silly now, but it was a thought that ran through my head at the time.

I'm so excited to be offering this as part of my giveaway, as I feel it really is a great product - perhaps the best one of the lot!

If you want to find out more about them you can visit their website at