Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Black Opium

Today's post is short and sweet, just like this little beauty.


YSL Black Opium

Isn't the bottle sexy? And the scent is every bit as seductive as the bottle is, it's rich with notes of vanilla and coffee apparently but don't worry it doesn't make you smell like a vanilla latte. It's sweet and sensual and absolutely gorgeous. 

I fell in love with this after a quick whiff whilst rushing past the display in Boots and thought it was amazing but didn't have time to stop, so I glanced over quickly to check the name and then went home and harped on about it to my boyfriend who kindly purchased it for me. He knows the way to a girls heart and luckily he thinks the fragrance is pretty hot as well.

YSL Black Opium


You just have to head to your nearest beauty counter to smell it.



Monday, 27 October 2014

5 Tips For New Bloggers

I am taking part in the #bundlemarathon where every Monday until December 29th there will be a post set by @bundlemag if you would like more info check it out here: http://bundlemag.com/bundle-marathon-blogging-ideas/

This weeks topic is tips for new bloggers, I have been blogging on and off since 2010 and have seen a lot of change in that time. I am by no means an expert on this subject but there are a few tips I have picked up along the way.

1) Consistency is key, you need to be blogging frequently or else you will lose your audience. People like your blog for a reason and will only keep stopping by if you are actually posting. Try and settle into some kind of routine.

2) Get involved with the blogging community, other bloggers aren't your competition they are your biggest allies. Reach out to them because not only will they be able to help you but they are also people that understand your hobby and your obsession with taking photo's of everything!

3) Write about the things you really love and your passion will shine through, don't just blog about something for the sake of producing a post. You need to feel the enthusiasm for your subject or your writing won't seem interesting.

4) Write as much as possible when the mood takes you and then schedule the posts for the upcoming days/weeks. You have to accept that you will have days when you can't find inspiration no matter how hard you look. It's normal and it happens to all of us, so if every once in a while you are over flowing with ideas, sit down and get them all written out so it takes the pressure off for the times when you feel like you will never have an idea again for as long as you live (trust me this happens to me all the time!)

5) Be gracious, people don't have to read and follow you so make sure you are grateful for the ones that do and be nice to them. If they are sweet enough to leave comments or tweet you, then do your best to reply. If you don't you may have lost that reader forever.

Thanks for reading! See you next Monday for the next #bundlemarathon post!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cyber Bullying

This is a little bit of a controversial topic, but as bloggers we put our life on the internet for all to see along with our all important contact details like email, and twitter. It's not unheard of that this can attract some unwanted attention from some individuals.
But it begs the question are there more crazy people these days, or does the ease of social media make it far more simple to emotionally attack people and try to stir up trouble? 

The reason I am asking this is because recently I was the victim of some malicious trouble making, so I decided to discuss this with you all and see what your thoughts are and if anyone else has ever dealt with something similar?



cyber bullying

A few weeks ago I received an email from an anonymous sender stating all sorts of ludicrous accusations about my boyfriend and our relationship. This person had clearly been somewhat stalking me on twitter and my blog, piecing together bits of information just so she could try and stir up trouble. My first thought when I received the email was that I have to accept this sort of thing will happen to me because I choose to write a blog about my life and that will probably at points attract unwanted attention. But now I have had time to think about it, it's quite sad that we have to accept that possibility, just because we share information on the internet.

Sometimes I am utterly shocked at the things people write in the comments on YouTube and other forms of social media. Some of the things people have said are so vindictive and just down right cruel and I wonder why they feel the need to do it? 

We all have our opinions, there will always be people in the world we just don't like for one reason or another. We may have a clash of personalities or a massive difference of opinion on something, but I don't think that gives the right to personally attack that person for it. We are all different, and that is something to be celebrated or else the world would be a very boring place. 

The kind of comments that I find the hardest to read and understand why someone would write such things, are the kind where people say something very hurtful about the way someone else looks. I just don't see the need for it, again it's a matter of opinion. There have been plenty of times I have looked at an outfit someone is wearing and thought "urgh" but that's because I personally don't like it and it's not to my taste, but I would never go and comment on that person's blog/twitter/instagram and say they looked horrible because I accept the fact that a) it's just mean and unnecessary, and b) other people will love the outfit because they have the same taste as the original person.

The other type of comment I hate to see are the ones spawned out of jealousy, the ones where people can't bear to see another human being do well or be successful. Again it's your prerogative to not like a person, maybe their demeanour annoys you, or you disagree with something they say, but it doesn't mean they don't have the right to be successful. They have probably worked very hard to get where they are, so what gives anyone the right to turn around and say they don't deserve it?

All in all I just feel that people need to be a little more mindful about what they say to one another on the internet, just because you are not saying it to someones face doesn't mean that it won't hurt them or what you are doing isn't wrong. Unfortunately sticks and stones will break your bones and words can hurt you; and in this day and age where people spend so much time online, cyber bulling is becoming a very real and huge problem especially amongst the younger age groups and it can and does cause a lot of damage. 

I think as bloggers we need to be able to set an example to others that it's not ok to do this to another human being no matter what you think of them. So joining in with sites and forums that were set up with the sole intention to bring people together to bitch about one another is disgusting behaviour and just so wrong! 

cyber bullying


Have you experienced anything I have mentioned in this post? How did you deal with it?



Monday, 20 October 2014

Shu Uemura S Curler

We all know that eyelash curlers look like some sort of torture device, and if you catch your eyelid in one it certainly feels like it too. I have always struggled to find eyelash curlers I'm happy with, I have quite rounded eyes and have found that when curling my lashes with conventional curlers I end up with a weird kink in the lashes on the outside corner of my eye where I can never get the curler to go quite close enough.

s curler, shu uemura

 This is why I decided to try and find an alternative, so I would no longer have to suffer an angular bend in my lashes. I came across the Shu Uemura s curler and decided that I would give it a try, because of it's more compact size I can curl my lashes in smaller sections and move the curler closer to the root of my lashes to get a natural looking curl.

s curler shu uemura, eyelash curler s curler shu uemura

They certainly aren't the cheapest eyelash curlers but they are great for eyes that don't conform to the usual eyelash curler shape. If like me you struggle to curl all your lashes close to the root they are well worth a try.

s curler shu uemura
s curler shu uemura


You can purchase them online from House of Fraser for £20.00

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DIY Table Centres

Keeping up with the promise to myself to have a lovely table centre throughout Autumn and Winter, I have come up with a few ideas after scouring the internet for hours. I love natural materials for October, I adore how rustic and back to nature it can look but at the same time be so pretty.

fall centrepiece, candles, jars filled with nuts


I came up with the idea to wrap some natural coloured twine around the top of some old jars and fill them with nuts and a tea light. They look so beautiful and make great centre pieces if displayed as a group, but they also look cute on their own on a coffee table.


fall centrepiece
fall centrepiece


I love this one too, a display of beautiful green apples nestled with the rest of the nuts I used in the jars and surround the whole lot with glowing candles and pumpkins.

fall centrepiece


They aren't expensive to make or hard to do, just take a little imagination of what beautiful autumnal goodies you can lay your hands on to bring a little bit of nature indoors to admire.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Scrub

I have been failing miserably at blogtober, I have so many posts written out already that just needed me to make and photograph things and I really lost my mojo and felt anxious about not writing daily. But I decided rather than beat myself up about missing a few days I would just hop back on the blogging train and do my best.

Once again it's another soap and glory product because I really loooo-oove them, I thought I would chatter on about how much I love the sugar crush body scrub. Firstly I love how it comes in a big tub so it's really easy to scoop out the amount of scrub you want to use and you will be able to use up every last bit of it rather than faffing around cutting a tube in half, if like me you are really cheap and like to get every last scrap of product out of the packaging!

soap and glory sugar crush


As strange as it may sound, I really like how scrubby the scrub is. Some body scrubs just seem pretty pointless because they aren't scratchy enough to slough off the dry skin. Just a word to the wise though, this is best to use before your body is too wet, because it's a sugar scrub and if you're too damp the sugar will dissolve before you have had the chance to give your skin a really good scrub down.

soap and glory sugar crush


This product is full of delicious ingredients that smell so good you almost want to put it in your mouth to see if it tastes as good as it smells, you will be pleased to know I refrained from doing that, but if you have given in to curiosity and know what it tastes like let me know in the comments below!
It's a beautiful brown sugar, lime, and sweet almond oil concoction so as well as smelling sweet and zesty it is really nourishing for your skin. It's really packed full of oil and you will see that when you open the tub you need to give it a little swish with your finger to mix up the sugar and oil, because the oil comes to the surface and the sugar sinks. It really leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling divine though and is worth every penny of it's £8 price tag.

soap and glory sugar crush



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lemon Meringue Hot Chocolate

Autumn is the best time of year to snuggle up on the sofa with a delicious mug of hot chocolate, I'm mixing it up a little today and making a moreish lemon meringue version.

lemon meringue hot chocolate

It's creamy and lemony goodness and tastes beautiful.

lemon meringue hot chocolate
lemon meringue hot chocolate


I used lemon meringue hot chocolate from Whittards but it's unfortunatly been discontinued now. You can subsitute it with white hot choc and melt in some lemon curd to give it the zesty note. Then top the chocolate with lashings of whipped cream and crumble meringue over the top and drizzle with lemon curd, it's one amazing dessert in a mug!

lemon meringue hot chocolate



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Autumn Candles

Now's the time for soft candlelight to be filling your home, it's warming and cosy and if the candles are scented they will fill your home with the smells of Autumn.

I have a couple of candles to tell you about, these are the warm scents I have buying this October.

yankee candles


I am a massive fan of Yankee candles, I love standing in the shops pulling the lids of the jars and taking in a huge long sniff of all their lovely fragrances, and when the seasonal candles come out. I almost self combust with excitement!

One of my favourite comforting smells is black cherry, I love anything cherry, the smell, the taste, the look it has me sold. But this candle has me loving it's deep, rich fruity fragrance and I enjoy sparking up this baby when it's cold outside.

My next autumn candle is another yankee and it's called Honey Glow, it's got such a warm comforting scent, it screams cold evening candle.

yankee candle, honey glow


Last up is a budget candle to prove that not smelly candles have to cost the earth, I picked this one up at the supermarket for £2. It's by febreze and it's called festive spice and it has notes of sandalwood, vanilla and amber and it smells all toasty and snuggly.

febreze festive spice candle


What candles do you like burning this time of year?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Lush Gift Set

I got this Lush gift set for my birthday months ago and having been stashing it ready for the winter season where I will take baths more. I got it all out of it's pretty box to have a good sniff of everything and dream of the bath times I have waiting around the corner.


Lots and lots of goodies there right? This lovely lot will be finding their way into my bath tub in the coming weeks, as I enjoy lots of evening soaks!

So what do I have in amongst that lovely lot?

Dream time bath melt:  this little melt contains lavender and chamomile to help relax you to ensure a good nights sleep, all whilst moisturising your skin with cocoa butter and almond oil.

Blackberry bath bomb: this little treasure is packed with bergamot which is good for helping with tension and anxiety, maybe I should bath in this one daily to help me cope with my nightmare job!

Ceridwen's Cauldron: This bath melt is choc full of oils to really nourish your skin, and it comes wrapped in a muslin cloth that you can use to wash with.

Therapy massage bar: packed with shea and cocoa butter this is meant to provide your skin with lots of moisture as well as containing the uplifting smell of sweet orange oil.

A french kiss bubble bar: a little treasure to create lots of calming lavender bubbles to help you sleep like a baby, with the added bonus of coconut oil to keep your skin soft.

Silky underwear dusting powder: use it like talcum powder to leave skin silky and smelling gorgeous.

Aqua Mirabilis: a body butter bar containing tiny bits of almond shell to scrub away dry skin.

Dream Cream: a tub of body lotion to help soothe even sensitive skin, apparently great for people with eczema

Skin's shangri la: a facial moisturiser containing cocoa butter and beeswax as well as rosemary which is known for it's anti bacterial qualities

lush haul
lush haul

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Winter Coats Roundup

The weather is officially crisp in the mornings and evenings now so it definitely calls for investments in new coats and jackets to keep you toasty and stop you getting frostbite!

Here are a couple of my favourite highstreet options:

river island cream jacket
I am in love with this cute cream peplum jacket from River Island, it's classy and chic and would look amazing teamed with skinny jeans and heeled knee high boots. It's probably more suited to Autumn than Winter though as it doesn't look that warm, but it's certainly pretty!

hooded cape, zara
This hooded cape from Zara looks so cosy. I love capes and have one from about 2 years ago that I adore, so I am very happy to see they are on trend again this season. I have my eye on lots of them, but how many capes does one girl need?


Okay well one more cape because I love them! This warm and casual one is from Warehouse and would be so easy to wear slung over jumpers and jeans.

tulip front coat

I love the style of this Forever 21 coat, it's so pretty with the tapered front and lovely big buttons. It's also a bargain at only £30!

I could have quite easily added about 15 capes to this post, but I restrained myself.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Simple Meringue Dessert

Chocolate cherry meringue


You know those times that you really really want something sweet for dessert but you forgot to buy anything and you haven't got the time or energy to start cooking something?

I have those moments all the time, but then I watched Jamie's 30 minute meals and had a eureka moment. These beautiful little pavlova style desserts were inspired by one of his recipes and they are absolutley stunning. Best of all you can always have these ingredients on standby in your kitchen so you can throw them together whenever the mood takes you!

lemon and raspberry meringue


You'll need:

Meringue nests
assortments of spreads e.g nutella
yogurt or creme fraiche
fresh or frozen fruit
honey, maple or agave syrup 
Fruit coulis (optional)

Assembly:

Lay out the meringue nests and using a teaspoon fill the little well in the centre with your choice of spread. In a seperate bowl crush together a small amount of your chosen fruit with your choice of honey or syrup ( or use a little coulis from a jar), you only need a little drizzle (if using frozen fruit leave out to come to room temerature or defrost in a microwave first) fold in some plain yogurt or creme fraiche.

Gently spoon a tiny amount of the mixture on top of the spread then use some fruit as decoration.

How simple is that!

The combinations are endless as well, below are chocolate & cherry using warm nutella, cherries crushed into creme fraiche and a halved cherry on top. And lemon and raspberry, using lemon curd topped with rasberries crushed into yogurt with a dash of maple.

meringue desserts
lemon and rasberry meringue
lemon and rasberry meringue dessert

Friday, 3 October 2014

Winter Woes & Warmers | One

A little winter series for you seeking out ways to cure common winter woes, and a comforting winter warmer recipe.

Chapped Lips

The cold weather really gets to your lips, as they have no sebum ducts of their own they dry out really easily. Plummeting temperatures and wind, plus the fact that you may lick them and saliva is very drying (yer I know it sounds gross but you know you do it!) all add to sore, chapped and flaky lips. Dry lips do not look good with your favourite dark Autumn/Winter shade of lipstick on as it will show up every imperfection! So I hear you ask, what is the best way to combat this woe?
There are several ways, it's all about finding what works best for you. I will list a variety of techniques for you to try out.
Firstly, you need to exfoliate off the dry flaky bits of skin. You can try using an old toothbrush to buff the skin off, dampen the brush slightly and use small circular motions to exfoliate your lips.
Another good method is using a flannel or better still a muslin cloth, they are scrubby enough without being too harsh that they will make your lips sore, use damp and rub gently over your pout.
Lastly, you could always use a lip scrub. The most well known one of these is currently by lush, and is a little pot of sugar scrub, they are really good and when you are done scrubbing you just lick your chops to get rid of the excess sugar!
Now you need to moisturise and protect your lips. Slap on some of your favourite lip balm to replenish the moisture, Vaseline is an oldy but a goody, Carmex is another of my favourites, it's good for soothing sore lips.
In the winter always put some lip balm on your lips if nothing else before going outside. It will leave a barrier to stop the elements drying them out, and keep much needed moisture in. I always find that if I wear lipstick daily, my lips feel much better after a couple of days. I guess because it stops me licking and chewing at my lips (my worst habit, my boyfriend is always telling me to stop, but I don't even know I'm doing it half the time) and it also provides the much needed barrier I have been waffling on about. Now has there ever been a better excuse to buy and wear more lipstick? I think not!

Baked spud with boston style beans

A steaming hot baked potato definitely says Autumn, it's a warming and comforting meal and so easy and quick to do. Throwing baked beans on top is easy as well isn't it? But what if you made a few simple changes to the baked beans to make them really special?

I have taken a humble tin of baked beans and used some inspiration from boston baked beans to make my own type of special beans.

boston beans


You'll need:

Baked Beans
Chili powder
Worcestershire sauce
Black treacle
Garlic
Cherry Tomatoes
Mustard
Smoked Paprika

How:

Use a dash of oil in your saucepan and put in 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped, let this soften then put your baked beans into the saucepan, add in about 7 cherry tomatoes halved,  2 teaspoons of black treacle, 3 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard (I used Dijon because it was all I had, use whatever you like best).
Heat on low for about 15-20 mins until the flavours come together and serve piping hot over your baked spud, add lashings of butter if you so choose because everything tastes better with butter.

I dressed my potato with a little dollop of creme fraiche. 

boston beans, comfort food
comfort food



Thursday, 2 October 2014

Autumn Nails

Getting into the Autumn spirit by painting my nails in a very seasonal colour. I chose a rich orange colour Roarrrrrange by Essie and glitzed it up a little by adding some gold glitter to the tips.


essie roarrrrange, OPI
I started with one coat of glittle really close to the free edge and when it was dry I went back in with another coat this time going a little lower down to achieve a gradient glitter.

autumn nails
 I'm so excited it's finally Autumn and I can embrace all things warm and cosy, my nails have put me in a festive mood!

fall nails
autumn nail design
fall nails, autumn nails


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Blogtober Challenge


I am really excited to be taking part in Blogtober this year, for those of you who don't know what this is, it's a challenge to blog everyday throughout the month of October. For me this is a little tricky as I work full time so I have had to do some serious planning in order to help me complete this without any hick ups.

October is hands down my favourite month of the year, I have always found the weather to be pretty stable in this month. I love the colours and the crisp morning air and I really enjoy Halloween as it kicks off winter for me.

So I invite you to follow me for the month of Blogtober and enjoy Autumnal things!
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