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Friday, 17 February 2017

Worst Wedding Ever at Salisbury Playhouse

Last week, Phil and myself were invited to see Worst Wedding Ever* at Salisbury Playhouse. It was an evening we had free so of course I instantly said yes!

The play was all about Rachel and Scott having big plans to do what every couple wants to do, have the house, the jobs and of course that big wedding. However, as we all know, life is not quite like that, and they just did not have the funds to have the all romantic and big wedding. Rachel's Mother steps in and takes charge to make sure Rachel has that wedding she wants. The brilliant plan is to have the family all come together and do their bit to put on the wedding. Hopefully the day would pass without a hitch...in their dreams!

[Press Photo] I am secretly in love with this dress!

The story line was great, something that everyone can relate to. I personally haven't planned a wedding, however the family aspects I definitely could! It was real, possibly one of the most real plays I have seen, they had written it exactly how family works. Yes, they all love each other and want to make the day special for Rachel, but every family has disagreements and arguments, so it was relatable for all audience ages. 

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This play is laugh out loud funny, as many of the reviews agree, it was hilarious. It had a simple set but that's what made it brilliant. It was largely based in the back garden of the family home, and they had a live band throughout which truly made it for me, playing some absolute classics had Phil and I singing along. The costumes for the actors and actresses were also a perfect fit, it really helped to get to know the cast that way.

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On a side note, Phil and I have now been to see Aladdin and Worst Wedding Ever at the Playhouse and we have had amazing times both nights, we have even said that this is something we should do more often, it's such a different date night and to go and see something we would both enjoy is such great fun.

Worst Wedding Ever is on at Salisbury Playhouse until the 25th February, and I highly recommend going to this hilarious production!

*I kindly received press tickets for myself and a guest to see Worst Wedding Ever

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February: Study Update


It is official, I have been studying for about a month now and I have been really enjoying it so far. I want to share Study Updates with you all, most likely on a monthly basis, so I can tell you all about how it is going and what it is like to study part time while having a full time job!

Challenges:
  • Time - this is one that I am struggling with the most. I have to use my time wisely and I can be so tired after work that I can't concentrate on studying which is mega frustrating. So on my days off or the odd evening that I do actually feel more awake I have to get on with studying instead of blogging or Netflix.
  • Getting Back Into It - obviously I studied at school but that was going on 6 years ago. I also did a couple of years at uni but it was the wrong time for me. So I have really had to make an effort to crack down and study as I am ultimately doing this for my future.
  • Courage - at uni I was terrified of going to lectures and tutorials but this time I have had to get up the courage to do the tutorials. Granted they are online and only 2 hours once every other week but it was still quite scary doing my first one.
  • First Assignment - it is such an odd feeling doing an assignment but it also isn't how it was when I was studying before, I can take it at my own pace but obviously have it in by the deadline. I am still yet to write it so I am a little nervous and it will take some getting use to but it will be such a relief when I have completed the first one.
Benefits:
  • Rewarding - I get a great deal of satisfaction from doing this course and I am definitely feeling the benefits from it. I am learning something new everyday and I can use it in my job and day to day life which is so rewarding.
  • Productivity - I am finding myself being much more motivated and productive. I know I said time was a challenge, and it most certainly is, but the time I have got, I am using wisely and being so productive in the allocated time frame. Not only with studying but organising, bullet journalling and blogging...or at least attempting to!
I am truly enjoying learning again and for anyone debating it, I highly recommend it. I think the challenges I am currently facing can be overcome with practice and finding something that works for me.

I am so excited to see what the future holds!




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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Her


If you told me this time last year that I would actually be spending Valentine's Day with someone I love very much, I would probably have laughed at you, but, things work in mysterious ways and well, here I am, planning a special Valentine's Day with Phil since we both took some time off together and a always, I have a fair few surprises up my sleeve.

I thought this would also be a great time to share some great gift ideas, some of which you could use for any time of year and I may have also dropped some subtle hints in here while I'm at it!

FUJIFILM Instax
I am sure that this is not the first time I have mentioned the FUJIFILM Instax Camera as a gift. I think it is absolutely perfect for a gift as you can make so many cute memory photos with the camera.  You'll be able to take photos of all your adventures and then have a keepsake of them too. It also comes in the cutest colours ever.

HP Sprocket Printer
Oh my gosh, isn't the HP Sprocket Printer the cutest little thing you've ever seen. You can connect your phone to the printer via Bluetooth to print out all the photos you have been taking. The printer does not use ink so there's no hassle with that. It's also so handy to carry around with you so you can print out pictures on the go. I also love the fact that you can put sticker paper in there and your photos are printed onto that.

Experience Days
I am slightly biased on this one, as I want to have all the experiences this year, but this would be something for the couple to do together, you could both head to the spa together or take a cookery course together or something completely different and learn a new skill together.

Jewellery
An easy one, go into Pandora or somewhere alike, and pick anything, thank me later.

Flowers & Chocolate
If you don't go all out for Valentine's Day but want to make a gesture of some kind, pick up a bunch of flowers (I've heard Tulips and Roses are a good choice) and a box of good chocolate, she will be sure to appreciate the thought.

It's the simple things really.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?




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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

17 Things In 2017.


I have just had a week off and I'm now back at work for a long few weeks before a few extra days off again. I've been doing a lot of thinking, I know oh goodness this is not good, but hear me out. We are already at the end of January and I feel like I've just gotten over the Christmas and New Year rush at work, so I've got more time to myself to focus on what I need to. My point is, I will not let this year pass me by and I'm not achieving anything. I truly want to make this year count, so here is a list of 17 things I want to do to make 2017 count:
  1. Lose a Decent Amount of Weight
  2. Move Out
  3. Take a Weekend Break
  4. Make a Scrapbook or two
  5. Make an Inspiration Book
  6. Go on a Spa Day
  7. Go on a Cooking Course
  8. Have a Monthly Update Blog Series
  9. Go to all the Zoos
  10. Make a Travelling Bucket List
  11. Make a Movie Bucket List
  12. Go on the London Eye
  13. Be more Creative and make more Gifts
  14. Host a Dinner Party
  15. Write a Letter to Myself to open in the Future
  16. Go to Paris, preferably Disneyland Paris
  17. Save Money - have a damn good budget and stick to it
So there we have it, a list of things I would like to achieve this year. As part of my New Year's Resolution, these are very much about me, but are also experiences that I would like to share with Phil.

I want to make all the memories in 2017.




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Friday, 13 January 2017

HM Hairdressing Launch Night


On Wednesday, I attended the grand opening of HM Hairdressing in Calne, Wiltshire.

This cute hairdressers is located on Wood Street and has such a warm feeling as you walk in. There were candles lit around the reception area and in the waiting area too.

The waiting area has a few black armchairs surrounding a coffee table. As well as two shelving units full of the amazing Aveda products that the salon are fortunate to use!


I was greeted by the hairdressers and by Azaria who is doing social media for the hair salon and who invited me along to the opening. 

After some chatting to the hairdressers, Azaria and Helen the owner of HM Hairdressing, I was treated to a Head, Neck and Shoulders massage, which I honestly needed after the week I've had! They used a selection of oils which you select one and take 3 deep breaths and suddenly you are more relaxed than ever. Mind had a slight lavender scent, not something I would normally go for but it smelt so good. This massage is a complimentary part of a cut and blow dry at the salon. As someone who works in retail, customer service is a big thing for me and this is top notch customer service. I was also treated to a hand massage, which was really great as well! The hand massage is complimentary with any colour treatment.


HM Hairdressing works with a whole range of Aveda products. I can only imagine having their products used on my hair for a cut and blow dry.

Thank you so much to Azaria and Helen for inviting me to the launch night! You can check out their website here and find detail on the owner and hairdressers and also a price list. Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Stay tuned for another collaboration post with HM Hairdressing coming soon!


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Thursday, 12 January 2017

What's In My Makeup Bag


I do believe that this is my first What's In My Makeup Bag Blog Post! I can't believe that I have never  shared what I cram into my makeup bag! But hey, now is a good a time as any.

I got this amazing pink glittery Skinnydip Makeup Bag from my sister for Christmas, yes the glitter goes everywhere, yes it is so totally worth it.

I have packed it full of makeup I got just before and for Christmas so I have got quite a selection now.

FACE


I have recently bought this MUA foundation which is a new one for me but I have been enjoying using it. I tend to go for a matte foundation anyway as I find it covers up blemishes better and that way it seems like I have clearer skin. Oh, the beauty of makeup.

I also use a MUA powder on top of my foundation to set it, I have been using this one for years now and I wouldn't dream of buying another one now. I do tend to buy several when I do buy them as they never seem to have the right colour when I do actually need it.

I got this beautiful MAC blusher for Christmas which is such an incredible shimmery pink colour. It goes on so nicely, like a dream! It is called 'Just A Wisp' and is one of their Mineralize Blushers.


I also have been using the Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting Palette* in 002 Coral Glow which is perfect for contouring and exactly colours that I would use as well. Especially the Coral Blusher, it's not too bright which is what I like about it.

EYES


Oh gosh, where do I start. I absolutely always have a black pencil eyeliner in my makeup bag, I wouldn't be able to live without it.

I have also been loving the Rimmel Scandaleyes Liquid Eyeliner*. It has been a while since I have used a liquid eyeliner as I would usually just use a felt eyeliner but mine is running out. I have enjoyed using the Rimmel Scandaleyes one as it gives a definite, bold black line and I am all about that.


The Rimmel Magnif'eyes Eye Contouring Palette* in 002 London Nudes Calling is actually stunning. On the back it has a diagram for which order to use the eyeshadows in, very much like contouring and it works amazingly! I'm off to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this weekend and I will most definitely be using this eye palette!

Lastly for eyes, the one product to make them perfect, the Rimmel Wonderful Mascara*. I have been using this and also Benefit they're Real Mascara but I have to say the Rimmel Mascara works wonders for my lashes. It makes them so soft and look shiny, even when I'm not wearing makeup, which may have to do with the Argan Oil it has in it. My gosh it is incredible.

LIPS

A lip product that I always have with me is the MAC lipstick in Peach Blossom. It's the first colour that I bought as I completely fell in love with it, and I am making my way through my second lot very quickly!


I have also been wearing the Rimmel Kate Most Lipstick* in 56 Boho Nude. I love the packaging, anything metallic is a winner for me, and I also love the colour of this one as it feels so much more sophisticated.

EXTRAS


Naturally I have crammed as much as humanly possible into my makeup bag.

I also have Rose Gold Tweezers and a Blemish Wand from Vintage Cosmetics. These are both absolute life savers when I need them!

I tend to keep a face mask handy for when I need a bit of a pamper. This is one my sister got me for Christmas, it is a dead sea deep cleansing face mask, boy does my skin need it!

I'm also loving this Nails Inc Nail Varnish in baby pink, or Whitehall to be more exact. It goes with pretty much every outfit and matches my Kate Spade bag and Pandora Bracelet. So I'm all matchy matchy.

I also try to keep a Lush Lip Scrub in my makeup bag, as my lips do get dry and this gets away all the dead skin and leaves them feeling SO soft. I'm loving the Sugarplum Fairy one at the moment.


I also had to show you these beauties. Yes, you are seeing correctly, the most incredible Harry Potter Wand Makeup Brushes. My boyfriend is the best.

If you made it to the end here, I must congratulate you, this was one hell of a blog post, and much longer than expected. Does anyone else keep this much in their makeup bag?!

What are your must have makeup bag essentials?

*All samples featured in this post were kindly received from Rimmel London

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