Tuesday, 19 May 2015

May Primark Haul

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As I mentioned in my previous post I had a spree at Primark I thought I'd post some photos of my haul. All of the stuff shown was from the Manchester store & I'm pretty sure it's all reasonably new stock so if you like anything hopefully you'll be able to pick it up from your local store!

First up we spotted the jewellery stands & straight away I noticed the Pineapple chain necklace, it was only £4 so I couldn't resist it. I think it will look cute with a plain top, it's the perfect Summer accessory anyway & even if I never do wear it, at least I can use it as a blog photo prop! I also picked up the trio of necklaces, I really liked the rose quartz one & I'm sure I'll end up wearing the other two sometime. Continuing on the accessory theme, I got myself a new bag! I'm loving the tassel trend at the mo, but with a little Pug around it's not the most practical trend for me to sport, fringed kimonos are a serious no no as I can absolutely guarantee Tilly would be swinging from it! I thought the bucket style bag was a semi-safe option, as I'll mostly be using it out of the house when Tilly isn't with me hopefully I won't end up with half-eaten tassels! 

After having a browse we headed upstairs to the PJ section, you can't beat a new pair of pyjamas! I got my hands on the Rugrats short & crop top combo, gutted that someone muddled up the sizes though so I've ended up with a pair of shorts way too big for me! The second pair I bought were pink pj bottoms with a Pugicorn print & keeping with the Pug theme I got some new socks too. Finally we made our way over to the Home section, where I spotted glass jar candles in lots of Summery fragrances. I went for Appletini but I wanna go back & get the Watermelon scent too now. They're only £3, I'm usually a bit of a candle snob & stick to Yankees but I'm actually really impressed with these! I also picked up a chevron print throw which I stupidly packed in a box before I photographed this haul so unfortunately you'll just have to wait & see that when we move into our new house. I really wanted to pick up some of the Pineapple print bedding too, but I didn't feel like carrying that around Manchester all evening so hopefully I can get it in my local store. 

What is your favourite item from my haul?
L x

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Body Shop Blogger Event

On Thursday Abi & myself caught the train to Manchester to go along to the Body Shop event we had been invited too. Before we went to the store at 8pm we decided to get a Burger at Byron (try the Courgette fries!) & have a browse around Primark, where I spent far too many pennies, oops! I'll do a separate post on that this week though..
The event was held in the Manchester Arndale store, we were greeted by Fiona & her lovely colleagues & told to help ourselves to a milk bottle filled with either milkshake, lemonade or a Malibu cocktail & to tuck into the bowl full of Strawberries & Marshmallows that were waiting to be dipped into the white chocolate fountain - yum! Once everyone had arrived Fiona had a little chat to us about the evening ahead, she told us we could have a skin consultation & our makeup done, plus we had free range of the store to try out all the products. We were told about the new Vitamin C skincare range & were able to test this out for ourselves. One thing I noticed about all of The Body Shop staff was how high their level of product knowledge was. They knew everything & were so helpful with recommending products, spoke with so much confidence about the ingredients used & just really knew their stuff! Abi & I had a mooch around, Abi is a huge Body Shop fan so she was pointing out products she loves & recommending things to me! It was lovely to be in a store full of bloggers & see some familiar faces (CatKatie) and do what us bloggers do best... chat about beauty products!
I was completely spoilt for choice in terms of what to buy, I knew I wanted to get the Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea Salts so that I would have a nice bath product to use in the new house, so I picked up a tin along with the Tea Infuser. We were kindly offered 30% off any products that took our fancy, so I decided to get the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleep Mask, as I had a skin consultation & this was one of the product recommendations. The skin consultation revealed I have dry skin, which means I need to focus more on keeping my skin hydrated, by drinking more water & having a skin care regime consisting of moisturising products. 
Admiring the wall of pretty pastel products! As part of the event we were offered a selection of Mango products if we spent £25 & as I'd really wanted to try out a Body Sorbet for ages I was convinced to take advantage of this offer! The offer included the Mango Body Sorbet, Beautifying Oil & Lip Butter, the tropical fruity scent is amazing! 

I had such a nice evening at the Body Shop store, I've got a super long list of products I would like to try out now & will definitely be popping back in on a more regular basis to build up my collection!   I'll also be keeping an eye out for the new Virgin Mojito range which is being released soon, Mojitos are my absolute fave cocktail so I imagine I'm going to be a huge fan of the new range! Massive thank you to Fiona & her team for hosting the event!

L x

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Burgers, Blogger Events & Being Busy

As you may or may not know I set myself a little target of blogging Everyday in May, which I have done pretty well with so far but a mishap occurred Yesterday which resulted in me missing a day. I felt really guilty for not posting, I had let myself down but sometimes something just has to give & unfortunately my blog was neglected. My Saturday started off with an early wake up to go & meet our financial advisor 45 minutes away from where we live, not ideal when you have work later on but it was an important mortgage meeting to finalise everything so had to be done. On our way there I had a phone call from work asking me to come in earlier, so after the meeting we zoomed over to a Booths to grab coffee & breakfast which meant that when I arrived home I could run through the door, get changed & hurry over to work. After I had finished work at 6.30pm, Dom & I took Tilly for a long walk through the countryside, I was tired & if I'm being honest wasn't in the mood for going out but little Tilly Pug loves her walks & there was no way I could refuse! We had been out for about an hour when I decided we should take the short cut home, bad move... we got charged at by a herd of cows! I scooped Tilly up in my arms & ran as fast as I could, with the Cows galloping towards us... I'm laughing now but I was in such a panic imagining myself being squashed to the ground. After that ordeal I was completely drained & I ended up ringing Doms Dad to see if he would come pick us up, which luckily he did! When we got home I crashed on the sofa & was asleep in a matter of moments, with my poor blog not even being logged into! I woke up this morning feeling really annoyed at myself for not being more organised, but off I went to work again today & realised that there is no need to beat myself up over a blog post not being published. I love blogging & thats what matters, so as long as I'm publishing content I'm proud of then I'm not going to worry about missing a day here & there.

Apart from my usual working week & the drama of Yesterday I managed to have some fun still! I attended a Body Shop Blogger Event in Manchester with Abi, we stopped off at Byron Burger first - my fave, did a spot of shopping in Primark, then went over to the store about 8pm for the event. I'll be doing a full post in the next couple of days though so I'll save the details for then! When I say 'spot' of shopping in Primark, I actually mean a spree & ended up walking out with a huge bag full, Primark Haul post anyone!? (:

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend!
L x

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Friday, 8 May 2015

5 Things To Bake

Now that I am the proud owner of a KitchenAid Mixer I've been looking for recipes more than ever. I've always been into baking & would often whip up a batch of cupcakes or a plate of cookies so I feel like I can take my baking skills to the next level & start experimenting a bit more!

Pastel Rainbow Layer Cake: I've been obsessed with the idea of creating a rainbow layer cake for years now, in fact I have made two, the first turned out to be a massive fail as the sponges all turned funny murky looking colours (I now know that gel food colour is your best friend when baking colourful cakes etc), the second one was layers 3 layers of different blue shades for Doms 21st. I was actually pretty impressed with that one but sadly I have no photos of it as my iPhone was stolen that night & we didn't have wifi in the flat so the photos never saved to my iCloud! Anyway my next goal is to attempt a 6 layer pastel sponge cake, I'll keep you all updated!
Pug Shaped Cookies: I guess this is a kinda obvious one, anything Pug related & I'm immediately drawn to it & whilst cookies are a pretty easy bake, it would be cute to make Pug shaped ones. My only problem is trying to find a Pug shaped cookie cutter that isn't ridiculously overpriced, no way am I paying £20!

Macarons: I really, really love Macarons, especially ones from Laduree which I've been lucky enough to sample a few times now. They're such a luxury little treat, but one that is really worth the wait! I've heard Macarons are quite a challenge to make, but I'm still tempted to have a go, especially as Macarons are so pricey to buy so it would be nice to be able to make my own!

Funfetti Doughnuts: I feel like baking doughnuts would be like unlocking a level in a game, doughnuts are life, well for me anyway! I think it would be pretty awesome to invite all my friends round & be like "hey! look I made doughnuts!" - I feel like they would be impressed with me anyway haha (:

Nutella Braided Bread: Nutella on toast is one of my fave sugary snacks when I've no chocolate bars/sweets to binge on so a bread that has nutella plaited through it would be my ultimate comfort food.

L x

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