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12.2.17

Getting Political with YouGov


I never really get too political on my social media channels and this is a conscious decision.

Now I know that might seem controversial but to me, it can just be more hassle than it's worth. I find sometimes that social media is a place where people are determined to be offended and determined to misunderstand you and trying to justify your point in 140 characters to relative strangers just seems pretty futile. I mush prefer face to face conversation and to form my opinions and views on the world from the real people around rather than avatars on a feed.

Saying that I will however always encourage people to be as active as they can when it comes to things like voting, smear tests and generally keeping themselves aware of what's going on and that's where YouGov comes in. YouGov is a website that gathers information to then create statistics on society, eg. 50% of the population have no faith in Jeremy Corbin type thing. It's something that can help to promote change and if you're feeling rather helpless, it can help to make you feel like somewhere, your voice is being heard.



I explain a lot more in my newest vlog so go check it out and you can also find out more info on their website www.yougov.com/join.


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6.2.17

Cooking with Hello Fresh



Hello Fresh is something I've wanted to try for ages. Being a Mon-Fri, 9-530, London based here, there and everywhere type o'gaaal, meal planning is something I always fall behind on, so when Hello Fresh contacted me to work on a partnership, I jumped at the chance.

If you haven't heard of Hello Fresh it's essentially a food subscription service that delivers weekly meals straight to your door. There are three boxes to choose from, the classic (which includes meat), the veggie and the family box. You can choose whether you want 3 or 5 meals for the week as well as whether you want it for 2 or 4 people. Exact quantities for each meal are included, so less food wastage, and all ingredients is ethically sourced and absolutely delicious! Each meal takes between 24-45 minutes to cook and the recipes are so easy to follow thanks to the recipe cards and pictures.

When it comes to thinking of recipes, I have a repertoire of about 3 dishes, so what really appeals to me about Hello Fresh is just getting more ideas of meals I can make, as well as giving things a go I never would have thought to attempt to cook. For example last week, I cooked sea bream and it was incredible, something I never would have tried had I not had this Hello Fresh box.

Having dipped my toe in the Hello Fresh box of goodness, I can honestly say this is 100% something I would subscribe to and 100% something I recommend if, like me you're in a bit of a food prep rut.

So if you're feeling like you want to give it a try you can get £25 off your first box using this link - http://bit.ly/2kkEOEA.

Check out my latest vlog where you can see the box in action as well as the delicious sea bream I made and let me know if you're gona give it go.



Happy Cooking!

This post is sponsored by Hello Fresh, all opinions are 100% my own, ya'dig.


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5.2.17

Testing

 Imagery by - Felicity Millward

Well Hello February!

I mean can you even believe we're here already and thank god if you ask me. Despite having a pretty good January (I went to Vegas and Miami if you missed it check out this vlog here) I always feel like January is that in between month, the month in which we're waiting for the year to start, the month we think about the things we want to achieve but don't actually put anything into gear until February hits. And that's exactly what's going on for me, February is set to be one busy month and I'm so ready for it. I'm not one to be cryptic but basically, watch this space babes.

And on the subject of getting things going I'm so excited to bring you my first super fancy editorial style shoot. I'd be wanting to shoot with a photographer for a while but what with one thing and another I never quite got things moving on that front until Felicity messaged me on instagram. One look at her feed and I was so happy to see that she was the gaaaal I'd been looking for. After a few emails and shifting of dates we finally shot last week and despite just being a test shoot as not to add too much pressure on myself to be happy with the outcome (on my part not Felicity's) I am so so pleased with what we created and feel really excited about the possibilities of what we can create. I'll be posting more shots over on my instagram but let me know what you think!

As you can see I can't get enough of roll necks and bombers right now so here's some faves. I also just need to shout out this Madewell bag I picked up in Miami as featured in this post. I'd been looking for a leather tote like this that wasn't going to break the bank and as soon as I saw this I knew I couldn't leave the states without it, beautiful quality and the perfect size.













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2.1.17

A Wholesome Start: The Perfect Winter Porridge


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this is something I wholeheartedly agree with. An essential part of the morning routine, if you can get this right, you're onto a sure fire way of getting your day off to the best possible start, despite what side of bed you get out of.


Porridge is one of those fail safe breakfasts I can always rely on when I want something warm, comforting and most importantly, filling on cold winter mornings. However, before discovering this insane tasting recipe whilst at a press launch at The Detox Kitchen, I was never too adventurous with my porridge. I know right? For someone who's instagram feed is made up of a good amount of food bloggers, for some reason it had just never occurred to me to put anything other than brown sugar on porridge. Upon discovering the highly coveted Acai Bowl and most recently the trend for Grain Bowls, I suddenly realised, it was time to break away from this bland, porridge life of the past and start indulging myself a little bit when it comes to breakfast time. 

Ingredients
1/2 cup of any oat of your choice, I use Wholemeal Rolled Oats
1/2 teaspoon of Chia Seed
1 - 1/1/2 cups of your choice of milk, I love this with coconut milk
Handful of granola, I love this Cinnamon & Pecan one from Spoon Cereals
Dessert Spoonful of Greek Yoghurt or a dairy free alternative, I love using the Fage Total 0% or CoYo Natural Yoghurt
Handful of your choice of berries, I always keep a frozen berry mix of blueberries, blackberries & raspberries in my freezer
Your choice of apple, I love Pink Lady
Your choice of Honey or Agave to sweeten
1 Cinnamon Stick
Star Anise
Orange Zest and Cinnamon to top

To Make
  • Place oats, chia seed and milk into a bowl and mix well. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer oat mix into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Feel free to add water whilst cooking if mixture becomes too gloopy. Once cooked to your liking, place into your chosen breakfast bowl.
  • Heat frying pan with a little water then add frozen berries, chopped apple, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  • Heat fruit through until berries have melted and apple becomes soft.
  • Pour fruit onto porridge including the juice if you fancy.
  • Sprinkle your handful of granola over the top.
  • Add a dollop of yoghurt.
  • Squeeze the honey or agave to finish.
  • Garnish with some orange zest and cinnamon to taste.
And there we go, an insanely easy way to add a bit more flavour to your morning porridge. It's amazing what a bit of stewed fruit and cinnamon can do!

Will you be trying this for your next breakfast?

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18.12.16

Start Where You Are




Sitting down to write this post I actually have no idea what I want to say. If you watched my last vlog you may know I've decided to take a much needed week off of Youtube, and whilst we're on the subject a massive, massive thankyou to everyone who's commented, tweeted, DM'ed and reached out with such kind and supportive messages, me and Hainsley are both so overwhelmed and thankful for all the support.

So with Christmas just ONE WEEK AWAY it felt like the perfect time to do this. I finish my full time job for my Christmas break on Tuesday and I cannot wait to sort out all the life admin that's been mounting up, finally get my flat in order with furniture and storage, spend time with family, sleep in until whenever I want to as well as having the time to just take stock of things I suppose.





I have a lot of plans for 2017 both personal and professional and this blog is one of them. One thing I just don't allow myself the time to do (and this is due to working full time and putting too much pressure on myself that I end up procrastinating and never following through) is to really push this blog to where I want it to be. I think when you create, the pressure to have constant content can be both motivating and debilitating, for me it's usually the latter. I get so overwhelmed with wanting to produce content, and not just any content, but content that's as high spec as I can make it, that I end up putting it off, making excuses or when I do get round to it, I pick it apart so much I end up scrapping it. In order to make my commitment to this blog achievable in the new year I've outlined three things to focus on:
  • I have commissioned a site redesign in January by the guys over at Gatto Web.
  • Once a month I plan to shoot with a photographer
  • One post a week will be going up on this blog so I know it's do-able.
Like I say, it's easy to get carried away with must post, must post, must post and all this does, especially when you work a separate full time job, is make you feel bad when you don't and ultimately leads to an unproductive attitude, for me anyway. One post a week on this blog is more than achievable for me and also ensures content is always good quality as opposed to churn, churn, churn.




And so that's really what this post is about, a step in the right direction and way of getting my routine back onto this platform. The title is a saying my sister always says to me and is perfect when you're feeling overwhelmed or even a bit disappointed in your progress with things. All you need to do is sit back, make plans and start where you are, pick up where you left off or however you want to put it, just start.

I also want to shout out the guys over at Alfie Douglas for sending me over this stunner of a bag. I featured it in my latest haul video and I could not recommend it enough. All the bags are handmade and the quality is as beaut as it looks. It's deceivingly roomy and if you haven't quite finished your Christmas list - get one of these on there stat. 

So with this in mind I wanted to ask you guys what you'd like to see more of on the blog. Of course my love lies with outfit shots and fashion editorial which is what I want to play around with more by working with a photographer, but let me know if you like my chatty posts, beauty posts or anything else. This space is yours as much as it is mine so give me all the feedback and I'm so looking forward to getting things back on track and making this site the what I've always wanted it to be.

And if I don't chat with you before, have an amazing Christmas darlings and drink lots of Gin.

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24.11.16

My Top Black Friday Fashion Picks


So it's finally here and are you already sick of hearing about it? For some reason Black Friday has totally become a thing here in the UK and whether you're into it or not, you have to agree there are some pretty decent offers out there this year. I wasn't planning to post anything except the odd code here and there on my twitter but whilst scouring the web, I came across some pretty fabulous pieces and thought why not do a roundup. So check below for some of the best discount codes on the web and a few of my top picks too - happy shopping!


20% off EVERYTHING with code GOGOGO - I'll defo be checking out my faaaav brands Whistles, Reiss, Monki & Weekday. They also do Office which is great for ankle boots and heels.

My Top Picks




Up to 50% off selected picks - and these are pretty good.

My Top Picks




Up to 50% off selected lines.

My Top Picks



Other discount codes and offers


50% off Selected Items




Up to 50% off whole site, no code needed.


25% off with code GRAZIA25. Jaeger has some amazing knitwear (unfortunately the photography is awful) so take advantage while you can!


30% off EVERYTHING with code CYBER - time to invest in that dream leather jacket babes!


Up to 20% off selected lines with code SELFCCE. My major pick for here would be Byredo - any excuse to get my hands on some and 20% off doesn't get much better!


30% off with code BFRW30 excludes items tagged as Permanent, Essentials, SS17 or Fine Jewellery.


Up to 60% off entire site - time to get cosy for Christmas, I bought my rug from West Elm last year in the sale and I absolutely love it - always worth a look at sale time.


Three offers with a spend threshold -

£5 off when you spend £50 with code BLACK5
£15 off when you spend £100 with code BLACK15
£30 off when you spend £150 with code BLACK30

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The £5 Serum You Absolutely Need This Winter



I know right, a miracle serum for £5?! I didn't believe it either.

So to give a bit of background, The Ordinary is a brand I started to hear a bit of buzz around a couple of months ago after reading this article on The Independent. I then discovered Caroline Hirons had quizzed the owner on her blog and that was it, I HAD to see what the brand was all about.

Stocked on niche beauty website Deciem, prevailers of the next big buzz in the industry, the range started off consisting of 10 serums and has now grown to 21, all targeted at specific skin concerns. Everything from hydration, to ageing to redness is covered in this range, you may just need a little help to decipher which one is best for you (because off the top of their head, who actually knows what Lactic Acid is best for?!) and prices range from £4 - £15.

I decided to go for the Hylauronic Acid 2% + B5 priced at £5.90 as with the change of season, despite my oilness, I can get very dehydrated. I've been using it for about a month and a half now and having mentioned it in a recent beauty haul I've had a few enquiries as to how I've been getting on. 

And I'm pleased to say, I love it. It's a really light consistency that works great as a day serum as it doesn't interfere with makeup application on rushed weekday mornings. Unlike some other serums I've tried it's not sticky and once applied I don't feel like I've even got anything on my skin, there's no flakey residue and it works really well under moisturiser. Being someone that likes a little splurge on skincare it's great to find a really affordable but effective product that not only works but look at that packaging!!! So with that in mind it does beg the question, is my more expensive skincare really worth it? Perhaps if The Ordinary launch an entire skincare range we could have a debate on our hands but for now, I'm not quite ready to give up my Cult Beauty & SpaceNK splurges!

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13.11.16

Don't Work So Hard Building a Blog that you Forget to Build a Life.



This is a post I've been wanting to write for a while.

I don't need to point out how the blogging/influencer world has EXPLODED over the last few years into something so huge that girls who once put together outfits in their bedrooms, are now on par with some of the biggest celebrities. It's an incredible industry and one that you can't help but want to be a part of and why wouldn't you want to be? Influencers pretty much make their own schedule, have access to anything their heart desires fashion/beauty/home wise not to mention jetsetting what seems to be every other month.

But for those of us whose platforms haven't quite exploded, we can often get that nagging feeling of, what's the point? It's almost like if your blog hasn't become your career, why bother?

So I wanted to do this post more as an ode to why we all started blogging in the first place, because we love it. These days I think most people want their blogs to take off purely due to the business/moneymaking side and I can't blame them. I flash back to my twenties, living with flatmates I didn't always want to live with, in a flat full of mould, bringing home slightly more than minimum wage only to be skint three days later once rent, bills and travel had come out to then be faced with the ever dreaded feeling of, 'if I buy that one jumper from Topshop as well as food I'll be in that horrendous circle of going over the overdraft AGAIN this month'. Oh it's no picnic being young and finding your way in the world, so when you see 24 year olds who seem to have it all, the drive to make your blog a success can quickly overshadow the drive to make your blog something you enjoy, regardless of the outcome. Every post is an opportunity to 'go viral' and when it doesn't, you're filled with envy of those who do and questioning is it all worth it?

Fast forward to me at 32 and I've waded through those years of thinking am I ever going to be able to afford ANYTHING and am at that comfortable spot which your 30s is made for. Your time for you, you've got an established career, despite any stop and starts you've had along the way, you truly know who you are and are comfortable with that and despite the fact you still may not quite be able to manage your money as well as you'd like (as girls in fashion, when will we ever?!) you definitely have a better idea of what you need verses what you want, and can make much better decisions because of that.

So for those of you wondering whether you'll ever get things worked out, the answer is YES. That's not to say I'm completely sorted at 32, there's still a lot I want to achieve and I wonder if anyone ever really does figure it all out. But the point is, I love being involved in this industry and doing my online stuff just as much as when I started, when I had no idea the scope of success that could be reached and I think if you're blog is your side project, it's important not to rely on it to solve all your problems if it just took off. It's important to focus on all aspects of your life, especially the 'real' ones. Real meaning experiences, friends, family, everything offline, it's important to get that balance and not get so caught up in making your blog work or creating content that could make it work that moments pass you by. There'll always be people who take off and for the life of you, you can't see why and then there's the ones who take off and you can completely see why, but that's the nature of this industry, there is no rhyme or reason, so if you start to get bogged down with why her, why not me then STOP. Get off social media, stop feeling bad about missing that blogpost and reassess. This industry is not the key to happiness if you can't find happiness within yourself and the less seriously you take it, like with anything, the happier you'll be. You have the power to create a life that you love and blogging can be a part of it, but it doesn't have to be all it, you are always in control of your future and it's important to have faith that situations can change at anytime and situations WILL change, believe me. Focus on creating memories with your loved ones, stop spending money to keep up with the status quo of the industry and support influencers who make you feel good, because at the end of the day, all you can do is your best, and if that doesn't make you viral, does it really matter?

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2.11.16

My Viviscal Experience: One Month Update



If you watched this recent vlog you'll know that I am currently undertaking a three month trial using the Viviscal hair growth range

Being a qualified hairdresser, I'm always keen to try out new things and hair growth supplements are something I've never used, but am always getting asked about. So when Vivscal approached me I was keen to get involved,  not only for myself, but more importantly so I could pass on my experience to anyone who is intrigued by this area of haircare.

It's now been one month since I started the 'regimen' I suppose we'll call it, and I wanted to give you a little update on how I've been finding it. I must point out I don't have huge issues with hair growth, nor do I have particularly fine hair so if you have anything that seems particularly alarming to you, I would always say to seek medical advice. I do however have very weak, damaged hair which is prone to breakage and am always looking for ways to make my hair look and feel thicker and fuller. 

So I've been using the complete range from Viviscal, including their daily supplements every time I have washed and styled my hair over the last month, and I must say, I have definitely noticed a difference in my hair. It was about two weeks in I noticed a distinct difference in the length of my hair, I also feel like the very fragile ends of my hair look and feel a lot stronger and seem less vulnerable when I'm brushing out and styling my hair, I see a lot less breakage than I used to and this is a fantastic result already for me. The Shampoo and Conditioner smell great and the smell lingers in your hair which I love. I don't find them too rich or heavy but my hair does feel nourished and smooth after using them. I also really love the Elixir as unlike an oil, it's not heavy and works really well with my other styling products, I've also noticed my hair is a lot less prone to frizz especially when drying and overall looks and feels a lot healthier. I've been taking the daily supplements which is something I've not done before and feel like they could also be helping my nails as they also seem stronger than they have been for a while, so fingers crossed, with continued use perhaps I'll be able to sustain slightly longer nails without them breaking or splitting at the slightest push!

Overall I have been really impressed with the range and enjoyed using it as my haircare routine.  I'll be updating you again at the end of my trial but happy to answer any quezzies you guys may have about the range - just get at me on social nets or leave a comment!


This post has been very kindly sponsored by Viviscal however all opinions are 100% MINE ya'dig!



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