Monday, 31 December 2012

Sandy Santa


I accidentally bought one too many Lush gift sets before Christmas (did I really, or is that just my excuse?!) No really, I did. This santa scrub was included in said set, so I thought I'd have to use it up over the festive period... it would be rude not to. 

Sandy Santa is a citrus flavoured body scrub, perfect for getting rid of that wintery skin. I used this in the shower and was very impressed with the results. If your skin isn't too dry, you can quickly use this scrub and get away with not having to use a moisturiser afterwards due to the orange, rosewood and sandalwood oils. I also only use a third of the scrub at a time, as the whole thing would be way too much for me. So you can get about 3 uses out of a product this size - bargain!

I have to say though, Santa's red hat did create a massive mess in my bathroom. The dye is really pigmented and went absolutely everywhere! Luckily it didn't stain at all, but it did temporarily look like there'd been some awful accident in my bathroom. 

Overall, I love this scrub and I'll be definitely looking at Lush's other scrubs for a less festive replacement very soon! Have you tried any of Lush's body scrubs? x

Friday, 28 December 2012

Khaki dress

Dress & leggings - both Topshop (I can't find the exact dress online anymore :()

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas! The 'real' Christmas day was spent with my family and Josh in Birmingham, but now we've travelled up to Lincolnshire to see Josh's family for a second Christmas. I get two Christmas days which means two Christmas dinners, yaaay! 

This is an outfit from just before Christmas - I wore this out to Nandos and cinema. This dress was only £20 from Topshop a little while ago, I really want another one in a different colour but I can't find it online any more. I also need to sort out an appropriate bra for this dress too, the straps just look weird with the crossed/harness style top. Apologies for the awful colour of the photos too!

What did everyone else get up to over Christmas? x

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!


What better way to say Happy Christmas than with a smiling Christmas pudding?!

Just a quick post to say Happy Christmas to you guys! I hope you're having a lovely day, whatever you're doing - hopefully eating lots of yummy food and watching Christmas TV!

Merry Christmas :) x

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

#SWBXmas

1. Tea and cake
2. Sophie from Crown and Glory, Paige from Paige Joanna, Amy from Amy Valentine, me, Megan from The Briar Rose and Steph from Stephanie Dreams.
3. Leanne from Leanne Marie and Michelle from Daisy Butter.
4. B/Brownie from Soul Sparkler, Tara from The Style Rawr and Amie from Credit Crunch Chic.
(I have KimmyP to thank for these photos as I didn't take my camera along - Thanks Kim!)

Last Sunday, I went along to the South West Bloggers' Christmas Party at The Birdcage in Bristol with Kim. The Birdcage is such a cute little venue, it's a cafe with a stage for live bands and a small vintage shop at the back! The perfect place for a blogger meet.

We were greeted with tea and cake by The Birdcage, which considerably helped my hangover, along with little tokens for Christmas presents from the organisers of the event. We took our tokens over to the tree to see what goodies we could get. I picked a parcel which contained a pair of tights from Tights Please, a 'No Tangle' hairbrush by Macadamia Oil plus a small bottle of Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment and Deep Repair Masque

Later on in the afternoon we all took part in a Christmas quiz - our team came third! We definitely weren't expecting that. Then, some bands took to the stage and played for the rest of the event. 
It was lovely to spend the afternoon with so many bloggers I regularly speak to, but there were so many people there too! I still need to go through some of the blog cards I picked up from people and check out their blogs :)

Did anyone else go to the event? Did you have a good time? x 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Motel wishlist

1 // 2 // 3
4 // 5 // 6

Like most bloggers (and most non-blogging females), I love a good Motel shopping spree - even more so when there's a sale or discount on!

Motel are running an amazing promotion at the moment, you can get an extra 50% off their sale items with the code XMASPREVIEW50. This is valid until the 17th of December so click here to get shopping :)

The items above are some of my top picks from the sale. I love the last dress, I have a similar one from Topshop but it's pink - I prefer the grey material with multicoloured metallic stripes through this one! It's much more Christmassy! 
I also really like the strapless body - it has tiny cross beads around the bust - it would be perfect with a skater skirt or shorts for a night out (and it's only £12.50 with the discount code - bargain!). 

There's such a good selection of items in the sale, you're bound to find a bargain! What's your favourite pick from the products above, or the whole sale? x

Monday, 10 December 2012

Florence

 // Cathedral // dome inside the cathedral // pretty carousel at night // posing on the carousel // 
// drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe // Ponte Vecchio bridge at night //

I mentioned a while ago that I'd been a bit absent from blogging because I'd been away on holiday, so I thought I'd show you guys what I got up to. Sorry for all the pictures! Hopefully it loads okay for everyone. 

We travelled to Florence, in Italy, after a few days of visiting Josh's sister and her boyfriend in Southampton. We left from Bristol airport, very early on the Tuesday morning and arrived home on Saturday afternoon. 5 days and 4 nights felt like the perfect amount of time to spend in the centre of Florence! We went to visit our friend Jess, who moved to Florence in September to become a nanny. She doesn't have to work between 9am and 3pm, while the kids are at school, so we met up with her on some of the daytimes and she showed us around the town. It's awesome to have your own personal tour guide who knows what you'll find interesting and enjoy seeing!

We saw loads of beautiful cathedrals - they're all so grand and intricately decorated! The domed ceilings are all painted, similar to the second picture above, and you could stand and look at them for ages because there's so many different elements to see. We also went and saw the famous painting called The Birth of Venus  by Boticelli and Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture. I'm not a massive art gallery fan, but I really enjoyed the Galleria dell'Accademia where the David sculpture is on display. They were showing modern art mixed throughout the historic paintings and sculptures, which was really interesting.

While we were in Florence we were typical tourists; going on the carousel, eating loads of ice cream and way too much pasta and pizza! The food we had while we were there was amazing. I took a couple of pictures of meals (I wouldn't be a blogger if I didn't!) but most of the time I was too excited to eat it, so just got stuck in! We also visited the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had the most expensive drinks I have ever experienced. It was €8 for a single measure of Southern Comfort and lemonade! But the atmosphere of the bar made up for it - there was so much cool music memorabilia to look at, we spent about an hour just wondering round and looking at everything on display!

Overall, I had an amazing time in Florence and I'm so jealous that Jess gets to live in such a beautiful city. I would definitely recommend visiting for a few days if you're after a city break (there is a massive selection of designer shops in the city centre too ;)).

Has anyone been to Florence before? Which is your favourite city to visit? x

Sunday, 9 December 2012

My Christmas party dress


Sorry for the weird pictures in this post - the first two were actually taken when I got home from the night out, at about 2.30am oops. Also, my pro photographer (Josh)'s hand was over the flash in the second picture. You just can't get the staff these days. 

Anyway, this is the dress I wore to my work Christmas party on Friday night! It's the Cillia dress by Motel. We went out for a meal, (so the skater style was perfect to hide my food baby!) then for a few drinks in a vodka bar, then onto a club. I love the long lace sleeves on this dress, they make me feel really elegant. I didn't really accessorize the dress, I felt like with the high necked front a necklace looked a bit weird. I just wore it with a small black and cream satchel and some black suede wedges.

What's your Christmas party dress of choice for this year? x

P.S. Motel do have 30% off their dresses at the moment - so if you're still looking for your party dress, just enter the code DRESSNOV30 at the checkout!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Oh hey,


Long time no see! I've been pretty absent from the old blogging world for a couple of weeks - I've been away on holiday, then since I've been back I've been busy with work, social stuff and trying to get all my Christmas shopping done! Josh keeps reminding me that he's bought all of his Christmas presents and wrapped most of them too - whereas I've only bought about half!

I've pretty much been living in similar outfits to the one above recently - hat, scarf and usually a few more layers on top. So nothing very exciting, but it's soooo coooold! I'm also showing off my new camera in the photo above, it's a Nikon D3100 and I've been having fun playing around with that and trying to take some half decent photos! I don't know how everyone feels about edits on photos, but I wasn't really feeling the photos in their original state so added some effects ha.

Anyway, I'll be back with some proper posts soon. How is everyone? What have you been wearing while it's been chilly? x