Wednesday, 13 December 2017

14 home buys from West Elm

West Elm is one of my favourite homeware stores in America I always go in when I am visiting my family in Houston and wish I could ship the whole store to the UK. 

There is a branch now in London but its hard to get there but all my prayers have been answered with a store down the road in Kingston upon Thames and I thought I would share 14 of my favourite products from the new store and some snaps.
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14 home buys from West Elm

SHOP my favourites below:














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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty

Beauty gifts are the key to Christmas presents it’s one of the easiest and sometimes a cost effective way to fill up on gifts and to make a good impression on Christmas morning.
Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty
So here are my fave picks for the beauty products and a few for the men in your life as well. Also everything is under £100

My faves in the post have to me the Oral-B 9000 I think the toothbrush has changed my life and I am sure that my teeth are getting whiter by the day. Also the Animalz sheet masks are the best stocking filler ever I have a reindeer one and I look hilarious.

The Moschino Gold Fresh is another fun one as it looks like a cleaning product and whilst thinking Why?! you don't really care because its funny.

The new JPG Scandal is a fun twist on the original and smells divine.
Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty
Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty




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Friday, 8 December 2017

5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée

This post is about some of my top loves 1. Christmas 2. Fizz and 3. Food, more precisely Christmas canapés. So at the weekend I hosted a little Christmas soirée and I thought I would share some details on how to throw one hell of a party. 
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
I wanted the party / soiree if you want to sound fancy to be quite simple (my house is quite small) with the tree up, Christmas canapés, festive fizz (maybe a cocktail thrown for good luck) and some party games, maybe ending up with another watch of Elf or sing-along with Frozen. 

I really wanted to host a Christmas gathering last year but as we had just moved in, it didn’t really work out. Christmas is the perfect time to throw a party but you need to be quick with invites as everyone’s diaries fill up fast! As everyone has lots of events to attend, why not arrange a drinks party in your own home, catching up with friends and family over a glass of festive fizz, such as Mionetto, with Christmas tunes playing in the background and an array of party food and Christmas canapés from M&S.

Anyway, hopefully this blog post will give you a little inspiration if you are planning your own PARTY 
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
1.       Décor: The Christmas tree is up and festive decorations are littering the entire house, except the front! The neighbours must think I am boring as their house looks like a spaceship…but little do they know when you step in the front door it’s like Santa’s grotto! The decorations are from around 3 years of collecting bits and pieces from anywhere and everywhere. I always have an annual trip to Liberty London to pick up a few more white glass baubles that always look similar to all the ones I brought the year before, but I just can’t help myself.

I also needed to carry the Christmas theme through to the kitchen and as this wasn’t a swanky all white and marble party, for a bit of fun I got these amazing Christmas cups with Santa and Rudolph on the front, mixed with a few festive gold straws. Bonus, they are paper so no washing up!

One item I HAVE to highlight are these cute stockings that store cutlery usually if you are having an actual meal but I just couldn’t resist.

2.       Drink: Mionetto was the sparkling of choice for this party. Made in Valdobbiadene in the heart of the prosecco region in Northern Italy, Mionetto tastes of Golden Delicious apples with aromatic notes of honey, black liquorice and acacia blossom. For a simple yet sophisticated serve simply pour some Mionetto into a chilled flute and add some hibiscus flowers, but if you’re hosting a Christmas party, why not add some prosecco glitter to give your fizz a fun festive twist.

3.       Food:  Again with food I kept it simple and easy. I just went to Marks and Spencer’s Food and got a whole lot of Christmas canapés with posh crisps with edible stars, pigs in blankets, Hog Roast on mini crackling plates, a big box of celebrations and After Eight mints just to name a few.

4.    Entertainment: Pop a Christmas playlist on Spotify and get the party games started. Some we played are Pass the Pud (like Pass the Bomb but with a Christmas pudding) and Gutterhead, similar to Cards Against Humanity crossed with Pictionary.

I would love to know if you are hosting any Christmas parties this December and what you are doing?
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée
5 Tips To Host The Perfect Christmas Soirée

This post is in collaboration with Mionetto
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

4 ways to beat digital eye fatigue

Do you stare at a computer or your phone for the majority of the day at work, school or just for fun? Well I do.

I spend far too much time starting at a computer screen and when I am not doing that I am glued to my phone or watching the latest series of Teen Mom on the TV.
4 ways to beat digital eye fatigue
I make sure I get an annual eye check-up and as you may have seen through Instagram stories or snapchat I do not have 20/20 vision and my eyes do require glasses or contacts and I am not going to lie my vision is getting worse. I tried on wedding dresses without anything and learnt a valuable lesson contacts will be 100% required on my wedding day or I won’t be able to see myself let alone anyone else.

Anyway the purpose of this article is to help you when you stare at a screen for so long under bright office lights which results in ‘digital eye fatigue’ where your eyes are screaming at you to look away from everything digital.

You will be suffering from digital eye fatigue if your eyes are feeling:
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·         Strained
·         Dry
·         Tired
·         Bloodshot
·         Itchy
·         Irritated

90% of people who work primarily on computers experience digital eye fatigue which is an astonishing amount. CooperVision has some great insight into Digital Eye fatigue here.
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You shouldn’t take this condition lightly as your eyes are one of key senses and an important or the MAIN part of your day-to-day life.

So what is the solution?

1.    Turn off your screen: You can’t always get away from them but you might have a report you need to go through or a meeting you could have try and scatter them throughout the day so you don’t have long periods staring at your screen.

When you are on the train buy a book instead of checking out the Daily Mail app, I am currently reading the new Dan Brown book, Origin and its great!

2.    Regular eye exam: Are you wearing the right lenses or the correct prescription? Contacts might help if you’re not already wearing them. CooperVision has specific contact lenses to combat the issue of digital eye fatigue called Biofinity Energys which are specifically designed for those who live a digital life. The digital zone optics move from screen to off screen with zero effort and the aqua form technology locks in moisture to combat those dry eyes

3.    Blink: You may think this is silly as everyone blinks but from staring at a screen it is really common not to blink as often as you should be resulting in dry eyes. So remember to blink.

4.    Beauty Regime: There are some beauty products that can help combat some of the issues related to digital eye fatigue that can alleviate some of the symptoms such at Optrex Refreshing eye drops, a cooling eye mask and Simple Kind to Eye, Balm .

From following these simple steps you should feel more productive, less irritated and ready to seize the day!
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Post sponsored by Coopervision

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