Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Dad or Boyfriend

Men are the hardest to buy for, by far. It is always a struggle unless there is a Rugby match on but not sure the Rugby World Cup will be back in the UK for a while. Hopefully this gift guide makes things a little bit easier:
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 FarahJumper, WoodHouseClothing.com £79: Anything Farah is a win. They good quality at a reasonable price and isn't just a simple something from Topshop.
Jimmy Choo, Man Intense Eau de Toilette, £45: You know I am a fan of ALL things Jimmy Choo and that includes for Men as well so this is a perfect gift to make the man in your life smelling a little bit better than his usual self.
Bush Classic Turntable, Argos NOW £29.99 from £49.99: My boyfriend has been talking about how vinyl’s are coming back!
Verso, Super Facial Oil 7, £140 : Fancy going fancy with you man’s skincare this set is from Net-A-Porter and is FANCY. This oil is meant to perform some magic and so it should for the price.
FLAVR Phone Case, £12.99: A Christmas themes phone case is what everyone would like under the Christmas Tree.
Baylis & Harding Black Pepper and Ginseng Men’sKit Bag, Amazon, NOW £25: A man bag and sweet smelling products, what more could a man want?! 


There are a few more gifts for the man in your life below:



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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Weekend Break Guide: Paris

There are a 1,000 reasons why Paris is a great location for a weekend break. Its close to the UK and Europe by air or the Eurotunnel, its super romantic if you are going with a loved one or fabulous shopping if you are going with friends and its got some very instagrammable places to snap. So this is a little guide to what I got up to on my weekend break.

Be Aware: It's not known for being cheap.
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How To Get There
 So there are a few options to get to Paris you can Eurostar it or you can take a leaf out of my book and fly. I popped to Heathrow after work and got a flight with Air France which was pretty simple and one of the shortest, short haul flights you can get and with prices from £78 return you can't really complain. I also have 8 Tips to flying short haul, if your interested in taking a gander.

Where To Stay
When you get to Paris you need to do it in style and for a bit of luxury you can't go wrong with InterContiental, Paris Le Grand. The hotel is pure luxury with regal style rooms to make you feel like a princess. There are plenty of deals online to get the best price but I threw in the Luxury Spa Package which gets you get a 25 minute body massage and a 50 minute radiance facial (you can move the timings around) for two people. This was definitely needed after a full days work being a tourist.

Get ready for some stunning views and as I popped my head outside the hotel there was the world-famous Palais Garnier or home to Paris Opera. Thats one tourist attraction ticked off your list. If you head to this hotel I recommend getting the buffet breakfast as part of your deal at the famous Café de la Paix which is a stunning location filled with pain au chocolate and baguettes galore.

What To Do
For a weekend break in Paris there are a few key places to go but if you are stuck for choices you can use the Air France Paris City Guide which has everything from the current time to tasty strolls.

Palais Garnier, Opera
8 Rue Scribe, 75009, Paris
Price: Free to look, price varies depending on show.
As mentioned if you end up staying at the InterContiental, Paris Le Fran then the Opera is outside your window but if not its definitely worth the journey to have a look at the intricate architecture and the sheer size of this magnificent building.
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Love Lock Bridge
Ponts des Arts, 75006, Paris
Price: Free to look, a few £ for a lock which are sold at the bridge.

Tourists renamed Ponts des Arts in 2008 as Love Lock Bridge where loved-up couples fixed locks as tokens of their love. The Ponts des Arts bridge crosses the river Seine so its a lovely walk and links up with Palais du Louvre if you are walking in that direction.
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avneue Anatole France, 75007, Paris
Price: 17

You can't come to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, even if you have visited it multiple times before. Somehow, Adam and I ended up going the back way and I can defiantly say its worth walking around the Eiffel tower, there are some beautiful gardens and I got a totally different perspective of the tower. You don't need to pay the entry to take in the view from down below.
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We were lucky enough to have the sun shining and what better way to explore than a walk through the parks and gardens around Paris. Air Frances' city guide can tell you all the best places.
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Musee du Louvre, 75001, Paris
Price: 15

The Musee du Louvre is just BEAUTIFUL with that glass pyramid in the centre is just draws you in but we warned the queues can be crazy! Best to pre-purchase tickets. If you're after a art and culture hit whilst is Paris the Louvre is the one for you where you can see the Mona Lisa!
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8 Rue de Montpensier, 75001, Paris
Price: Free to walk around the gardens.

If you go on the a little 5 minute walk you can come upon the the blogger location spot of dreams at Le Palais Royal. There are just some stunning gardens where everything seems to be symmetrical and then an area full of black and white stumps of all different sizes. If you get out your Olympus Pen and that 45 mm lens you are on to winner. 

6 Parvis Notre-Dame, 75004, Paris
The Notre-Dame Cathedral just takes me back to my youth and reminds me of the Disney classic, The Huntchback of Notre-Dame. It is a site to be seen and its huge.
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Where to Eat & Drink
InterContinental for cocktails; they are pricey but damn they are tasty and anywhere that gives free nuts is a winner is my eyes.

Forum des Halles La Canopee, 75001, Paris
££
In an open air shopping centre so you can get your Sepora fix before you head in for food. Fashioned in a contemporary canteen style, this restaurant is light and airy, perfect for a lunch in Paris when its a bit too cold to sit outside.

Starter: Charcuterie board with a mixture of cured ham, saucisson, terrine and grattons (Perfect to share)
Main: Fillet steak with peppered sauce and green beans
Dessert: Creme Brulee
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Les Pinces 2
43 Rue Mazarine, Paris
££
Lobster or Steak, that is the question...there is not much else to it. This simple but tasty menu pulls in the tourists and locals alike for a relaxed atmosphere. You can feast on a lobster, lobster roll or steak (of course I went for the lobster) and the good value and delicious taste means I will be back again. Oooo and the homemade french fries were tasty!
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Prescription Cocktail Club
23 Rue Mazarine, 75006, Paris
£££
This is so close to Les Pinces you would be silly not to give it a whirl. There are no photos because this place is so dark you can barley see the cocktail in front of you but with its speakeasy style and pretty drinks you are instantly drawn in.

226 Rue de Rivoli, 70051, Paris
£££
Looking for a sweat treat or just somewhere to take a delicious looking photo? Look no further than Angelina Paris. I have heard the hot chocolate tastes incredible but the eclairs, macaroons and cakes just look like they were made for a royal - I had two, but I will let the photos do the talking.
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What to wear
Be Parisian chic with both of these outfits.
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What am I wearing: 
Bomber Jacket: Topshop Top: Zara Basic | Shorts: Boohoo.com | Shoes: Lacoste |Backpack: Michael Kors (ON SALE) | Sunglasses: Gucci |Necklace: Mawi | Rings: JewelleryBox.co.uk |Bracelet: Astrid & Miyu| Watch: Links of London
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What am I wearing: Dress: House of Frazer (BIBA), Sunglasses: Gucci | Handbag: Monnier Freres, Philip Lim | Watch: Links of London 

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Monday, 28 November 2016

6 Tips to have a relaxing morning

Its dark, its cold and it generally feels like we have less time in the winter and most of it is me in my Christmas pyjamas with the heating on full blast (I will deal with the bill in January!). To put a more positive spin on these winter days I have compiled 6 tips to make your mornings easier to bare. 
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1.    #PrepLikeABoss
The only way you are going to be stress free in the morning and have a bit of free time is if you prepare the night before. Get your clothes, handbag and even shower the night before so you are prepped like a boss.

2. Breakfast to go
It’s the most important meal of the day but not everyone has time to create a fancy fruit bowl drenched in Chia seeds!?! But you do have time for a herbal tea and a Belvita breakfast biscuit! These are perfect to throw into your handbag to eat on the go or have a quiet bite with your tea. My favourites are the Honey & Nut!

Let's get down to the nitty gritty details of these little breakfast boos. First of all the are made with 5 wholegrains but still super tasty - I am not one for healthy food as it tastes so bland...BOO. Belvita are also the only breakfast biscuit to slowly release carbohydrates over 4 hours to keep me going when I am running around, I usually take a pack which has three biscuits but you do not just need to have them as biscuits try sprinkling them over your cereals for a fibre boost. They are also packed full of vitamins and folic acid because you cant get enough of those bad boys.

3.    Wake up to birds not beeping
Why not download a new ringtone. Think the relaxing parts of Planet Earth 2 (if there are any?! That snake scene nearly killed me) crashing waves or birds chattering away that must be better than BEEP BEEP BEEP.

4.  Relax
This could be via a hot shower or some breathing exercises. Simple stretches can do wonders as you get out of bed, check out my article on the Hayo’u Method which you can do from home. 

5. Heating
This is a must. Your heating needs to come on around 15-20 minutes before you wake up so you are nice and toasty when you do. Having the heating on will also help you wake up slowly instead of the shock of your alarm and icy coldness on your face.

6.    A priority list
I find it useful and motivating to write my top priorities for the day, best to keep it to a maximum of 5 though or you will just become stressed all over again.

Let me know how you keep relaxed in the morning below. 
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Friday, 25 November 2016

A White Christmas

One of my favourite home brands is The White Company, maybe because every product looks like it would work so well in an Instagram photo. So if you want to get my a gift from them I would just love you forever and ever because everything is so beautiful, white and grey - my colour palette.
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So I thought especially with the Black Friday here (FYI 20% at The White Company until 28th November using code AP243) that I would share the decorations that will be adorning my home this Christmas and also some top notch gifts for family and friends.

When buying something from The White Company remember to keep it in the gift box as its just too pretty not to. 

I have always wanted one of these to drape over my stairs or a fireplace. The decoration I remember at my parents house was this really cheap plastic green thing with fake holly leaves and I loved it. They have upgraded now and so have I, with this luxurious Eucalyptus & Winterberry Garland and I am thinking of wrapping lights around it to make it that extra bit Christmassy.


These are the perfect gift for little ones, little Edie is going to love these skittles with a soft penguin, monkey, polar bear and elephant for your little one to knock over with a little ball that makes a twinkling noise as it roles. They look so soft and cuddly.


Pretty stationary is on everyone's Christmas list this year and these sentiment pencils with inspiring quotes embossed in silver are a must have and will go perfect in any work space.


As The White Company scents go, Verveine is up there as a favourite, with an uplifting fragrance of verbena with zesty oranges and lemons.  To give your hands and nails a spa like treatment you get some hand wash and moisturising hand and nail cream


It is what any girl would like to find under her Christmas tree, sublime smells to fill her home and with a Lime & Bay scent diffuser, candle and home spray her home will be smelling like a dream in a few spritz.



I am a silver and white gal at heart when in comes to decorating my Christmas Trees and these matte porcelain hearts and stars are just beautiful and you get 6 for £12 which i think is a bargain...hopefully you will see these hanging from my tree next week (if I can get my decorating done


7. Winter Large Candle, £55 
Oh hello, I have a brand spanking new dining table and what it needs is a spanking new candle that smells of Christmas on a plate and this Winter candle is the one.

I would like about 20 of these please so I can scatter them all around my tree! 

Have you got any gifts you would like from The White Company?
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