Thursday, 22 January 2015

Lush Sales Haul | Beauty

very belated post but I thought I would share the one and only Christmas sales shopping I did before New Years Day when I decided to start a spending ban. I couldn't resist popping into Lush to pick up a few festive bargains for myself and the fiancé, who believe it or not doesn't mind having a bath and coming out covered in glitter and smelling like candy :p

First I just had to treat myself to the Christmas Candy Box containing a few items that had already sold out. First the box, containing Butterbear bath bomb, Rock Star soap, Candy Mountain bubble bar and Snow Fairy shower gel.

Next I couldn't resist this little Mr Frosty linen gift wrap set containing three little bath treats! I thought this would be a lovely little gift for my fiancé, he just loves Lush at the moment! Containing, Cinders bath bomb, Big Blue bath bomb and Blue Skies bubble bar.

Finally some individual bath products, Golden Wonder bath bomb, Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar, Magic Wand bubble bar, Butterbear bath bomb and Cinders bath bomb.

I just love Lush products and now our bedroom is just full of gorgeous scents, oops. Not so bad really to be honest. I am looking forward to using them all, and maybe treating myself to some new products I've seen everyone blogging about recently... Valentine's themed? How gorgeous!?!

I'd love to know if you'd tried the Valentines range, do let me know if you have and which item is your favourite! I'd love to try a few once I've used up the Christmas ones!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Goals for 2015 | Lifestyle

2014 was a big year for me. I set myself a lot of challenges and goals both personal and blogging. I won't talk to much about it as you can read it and see photos through the year in this post here.
2015 is definitely going to open my eyes to adulthood a little more than before - wedding planning, serious knuckling down to save for both a wedding and a place to call home and attempting to progress in my career. There is so much more I want to do as well.

The important, nitty gritty bits...

Learn to drive
It's been on my list for so long but I think this year has to be the year to get it done! Wedding planning and looking for a new job which will need me to be able to drive to location at early and late hours. Team that with my love for adventure and I do need a car to do it all!

Progress in my career
Something that I have been wanting to do for the past year. Working on the railway has it's perks but it's bloody hard to move on as it's such a slow paced career path. People just don't want to move until they retire... le sigh. But I am determined to carry on chundering on and apply apply apply!

Get wedding planning
It's still early days with wedding planning but already know we don't want to sit around and wait years to get married. I can't wait to share some wedding planning stories and maybe even tips (?) with you.

Spend a little, save a lot!
Last year I did save a lot, even with going on holiday. This year I want to up my game and I'm pulling in the fiancé for support too. No more splurging on clothes and beauty products for no reason. I want to do a spending ban challenge with a reward in the 'piggy' bank at the end of the month when I succeed!

Some just for fun...

Keep crocheting
I discovered the craft of crocheting late last year and honestly, I have found it to be so therapeutic and rewarding when I finally finish a project. I'm still learning which is why I promise myself I won't give up. Who knows, maybe I will share some of my projects with you this year...

Start doing yoga
I follow so many fabulous females on Instagram who swear by yoga to keep them relaxed and take the stress of daily life away. It looks so fun, yet challenging. I may spend a little and treat myself to a yoga mat next month...

Blog at least once a week
Last year I took a massive break from blogging to live a little and even though it was the best time of my life, I feel I could have shared so many experiences with you if I had just blogged about them too!
Go out and explore!

Most importantly...

Stay positive
This doesn't need much explaining, I have a stressful year coming up and I know at some point I'm going to want to give up on my dreams but I am promising myself that I will slow down and take a moment just to think positively, I am only human after all...

Have you got any new years resolutions or goals? I'd love to hear your most important! Share in the comments below or if you have your own post just let me know, I do love to read for inspiration :)

Friday, 2 January 2015

My Year Review - 2014 | Lifestyle

2014 was a good year for me! I set myself 14 things to achieve in 2014, although I didn't achieve all of them I am proud of the ones I did managed to achieve. So what did I tick off the list? Well...
started swimming lessons, I'm getting more confident so I can't wait to carry on with them and eventually be confident enough to swim regularly! I treated my hair well by not using heat on it for a good 7 months, when I finally did straighten it, I couldn't believe how much it had grown! I also reached 400 blog followers. I never expected that to happen so thank you all for that! And I bought a Canon 600D camera, I absolutely love it and my skills are improving so much. I made some amazing blogging friends including Lauren and Amy! We're hosting our first bloggers event this month which I'm so excited for! I spent less and managed to save a lot, despite going on holiday too! I ate out more which worked wonders for my social awkwardness and blogged about some of them too! I went on a lot of adventures, thanks to my fabulous fiancé who loves exploring even more than I do! And finally I stayed positive, most of the time.
Most important, I went on holiday... To Mauritius with my boyfriend! And what a fabulous holiday that was, which ended up being the most memorable moment of my life so far. And I couldn't wait to share my engagement story with you so if you haven't read it yet, go ahead!

Before I share my goals for 2015 I wanted to share some of my favourite moments of 2014!

January: Celebrating last NYE with some of my best friends at a Superhero night!

February: Kingston Pub Crawl with some friends. Pub Number 7 snapped with one of my best friend :3

March: Beyonce with my sister, Daisy and my mum!

April: Wishing my sister a Happy Birthday with bubbleology!

May: Shehzad and I took my cousin Alfie to Richmond Park and came across some deer :)

June: Remember the heatwave we had?!! Ah, exploring Richmond Park again, this time with Shehzad and Milly. Perfect.

July: Seeing the Sumatran tiger cubs at ZSL London Zoo. I honestly didn't think I'd get to experience anything like this in my life!

August: Going to Woburn and capturing this black bear just chilling in his den!

Also in August: Exploring Portland Bill with Daisy, my sister Harmony and my little cousin Scarlett.

September: Exploring Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door with Shehzad (little man with a big beard, poser)

October: Making Snowmen at the Lush Christmas Lakeside event!

November: Mauritius with my then Boyfriend and seeing our favourite animals up close and personal. This little guy decided to take a nap! I look too happy ^_^

November 28th: Boyfriend turned into fiancé when he proposed to me!

December: Celebrating my 24th Birthday at the Harry Potter Studio Tour!

December: Christmas with my family in Weymouth

It was an amazing year. With so many reasons to celebrate. I'm looking forward to 2015, all the plans I have already made and all the spur of the moment adventures we may have along the way. And I cannot wait to share them with you!

How was your life in 2014? Did some memorable things happen?! If you have a post like this I would love to read it, let me know in the comments below :)

Monday, 29 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas | Lifestyle

Much like everyone else I have been umming and ahhing over whether to share my Christmas gifts with you all. But after speaking to a few blogger friends who said they enjoy them and are doing them I thought, hell why not?! I like sharing things and I know everyone does love to see what everyone else got whether it's on Facebook, Instagram or in a blog post... If it's not for you that's fine :)

My fiancé knew I loved the John Lewis advert with Monty and Mabel so he only went and got me half the shop (just kidding) but I did get a lovely little cushion, a hot water bottle, coin purse, flannel and t-shirt (he also got one to match, cute!) 

Do you know how long I've wanted to own these box sets? Haha. I am now set up for TV in 2015 :p

My fiancé also got me this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and a black case. I'd been wanting a tablet or iPad for so long, I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened it and then I realised... I'd got him the same thing but in white! 

It's basically a tradition for my mum to get us a set of pyjamas each to wear on Christmas Day. I'm so happy with this Thumper set and matching slippers! I just love Disney!

The gorgeous little floral scrunchie is going to make my work uniform fun! And Shehzad got me these two books from the Harry Potter Studio Tour we went to for my birthday!

Like mother, like daughter, my mum and sister both got me these frilly socks sets!

My grandma and sister got me some lovely bath products including two Bomb Cosmetics products! They also got me some lovely homeware items and OMG can I just say right now my sister got me the Angel Wings Yankee Candle and it smells AMAZING!

Knowing just how much I love candles, Shehzad also got me this stunning little wax tart burner and lots of tarts in an assortment of scents! I can't wait to burn them all.

Mum knew I loved the Katy Perry perfume. It's my favourite to use for work and an all year round scent! The Jack Daniels a share gift for myself and Shehzad and Dorset Blush Cider also gifts from my sister. The Nandos gift card a share gift for myself and Shehzad from my mum.

Harmony knows I love nail art so she got me some sets so I can pretty up my nails now I have my gorgeous engagement ring! Oh and she got me this absolutely stunning ring! So pretty!

And in the two gift bags... This gorgeous three doves bracelet from Links of London. I actually got this for myself (because why the hell not) along with two more, one for my mum and one for my sister. We all live apart so I thought it be the perfect gift for when we're missing eachother. I do try to be meaningful at times.
The Pandora Charms were my main gift from my mum, my sister also got two. I love these, my pandora bracelet is currently all turquoise so it's nice to have some different colours!

My friend Daisy made this thoughtful and stunning hamper for my mum and I to share. Two bottles of wine, three wine bottles and six shot glasses all customised with purple glitter and filled with chocolates. 

If you'd like to see what I got for my Birthday, check it out!

I would love to know what you got for Christmas, because I'm nosey. So if you've done a post like this do let me know in the comments below :)

My Christmas 2014 | Lifestyle

Hello lovelies!  I just wanted to say a quick hello and that I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, ate lots and enjoyed the company of family and friends. I sure did! My fiancé kindly drove us down to Weymouth on Christmas Eve after work where we stayed at my grandparents for 3 days. We had such a relaxed time, indulging in delicious food and lots of Baileys (thanks Grandma). We caught up with my family, a lot of them I hadn't seen in over a year so it was nice. Here's just a few snaps from my grandparents beautiful cottage on Portland. The Tamsyn and Harmony Santa stockings are a tradition for storing mine and my sisters presents since we were babies.

We still have small children in our family so my grandma likes to decorate and fill the room with festive cheer year after year just so the kiddies can have fun at grandmas! haha.

We had so much food we could have fed the whole family but believe it or not it was just for five of us! Roast turkey and beef, stuffing, pigs in blankets and all the rest topped off with homemade gravy. NOTHING BEATS IT! Then chocolates, Christmas pudding and my signature gooey centre chocolate cherry brownies later in the evening. Oh and more Baileys!

Grumpy always falls asleep then wakes up when we're talking about him and says "I was just resting my eyes". 

My gorgeous sister testing out the Selfie Stick in our Santa hats!

Of course the fiancé and I got eachother exactly the same present! We know eachother too well, perfect marriage ;)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or possibly even multiple Christmas celebrations! If you've done a similar post I would love to see it! Let me know in the comments below :)

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