Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Party Ready

Don't panic! There is still plenty of time for you to get ready for your Christmas party. But there’s no harm in starting early. With December just under a week away, office parties and Christmas do’s will be starting in no time. You obviously want to be looking your best for such an important event. This is the night you can let your hair down with your work colleagues, close friends and family. Everyone will be feeling the festive cheer and the mood will be infectious. Here is some advice to help you be the belle of the Christmas party ball.

Get your skincare in check
This is something you definitely need to do ahead of the big night. There’s little point upping your skincare regime the night before the party. You should invest in some suitable beauty products that work with your skin not against it. You should be thoroughly removing your makeup each night too, to avoid any nasty break outs. You can do this with a good quality fash wash and cleanser. Also start using a non-greasy moisturiser and body lotion twice a day to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. The last thing you want is for your skin to look dull and dry for the social event of the year.

Plan out your look
It’s obvious when somebody hasn’t put much thought into how they look. It can be a sign of laziness which doesn’t give a great first impression. Especially in a room full of your work colleagues. Avoid this from happening by planning out your entire look. Experiment with colours and practise your makeup application techniques. You want to look flawless and badly applied makeup just won’t do. Also consider what to wear. Ask around to see what kind of vibe will be set at the party if you’ve never been to one before. Is what you're planning to wear suitable? You should still make an effort even if the attire is quite casual. Suitable footwear will be a must. You don't want to spend the whole night complaining about how much your feet hurt. If you’re desperate to wear your favourite heels, also take a pair of ballet pumps with you too. Just ensure they still go with your chosen outfit.

Treat yourself
It’s important during this season of giving that you treat yourself too. Treating yourself to a day at a spa is a great way of helping you feel relaxed. You can also take advantage of some of their treatments too. You could get a manicure or laser hair removal to get you party ready for instance. You can buy yourself a sparkly festive outfit for the party or some new accessories. You could even try out a new hair colour to change your look entirely. Whatever it is just make sure it makes you feel great and confident.

Use these tips to get yourself party ready in no time. You can never start too early and it’s important to look after and treat yourself too. Have a great time and enjoy yourself!

Birthday Outfit of the Night

On Saturday night we hosted our first party in our new house. We combined the housewarming with a birthday celebration for me and we had a great night. There's something about wearing a new dress for a birthday night and I had the perfect one from Yoins waiting in my wardrobe. It was less than £20, was delivered really quickly and got so many compliments. The cap sleeves are really flattering, the lace is good quality and it felt comfortable for the whole night (and into the early hours.) 

Dress: Yoins*
Shoes: New Look
Bracelets: Annie Haak, Pandora and Tiffany's.
Nails: Primark

Time to head back onto Yoins and get prepared for the Christmas festivities!

Monday, 23 November 2015

You Don’t Need Huge Finances To Build A Better Home

Creating a happier home environment for the family to grow is a never-ending battle. All properties need regular modernisation and a change of scenery. But it can feel like a homeowner’s nightmare, especially when you’re skint!
A lack of funds doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the rewards of building a happier home atmosphere. It might require a little creative thinking, but you can still achieve those desired goals.

Get Painting
Whenever we enter a room, the first thing we tend to notice is the walls. They are the foundation for setting the tone of an entire area. Changing this single aspect can completely revamp the room. Best of all, it’s one of the cheapest upgrades to make.
A few tins of paint won’t cost you too much money while the work shouldn’t take any longer than a few hours per room. You don’t even need great DIY skills to complete the task effectively. Just be sure that you’ve prepped the walls first.
It’s cheap, cheerful, and brings a telling impact. And if you later decide against the colour, you can always paint back over it anyway.

Use High Street Trends
One thing that amazes me when it comes to home improvements is the fact many people go out of their way to specialist shops. Seriously, stop. The local high street is more than capable of fulfilling your needs. In many cases, you can do it in on a cheaper budget too.
High street trends can be particularly eye-catching too. If you shop at the right time, you may be able to find items on sale. If you are feeling very creative, you could raid shops for materials and upcycling existing items within the home.
This is your home, so be inspired.

Buy On Credit
I know, I know… alarm bells ringing. Seriously, though, it can be a lot easier to find small regular payments than one item in bulk. If need be, you can always sacrifice that Friday night takeaway to cover the cost of those new products.
Online catalogue shopping can be very useful when looking for furniture or finishing touches. It won’t hit your cash flow anywhere near as hard. Even if you have bad credit, visiting can see your home visions come true.
There are some areas in life where you should wait until you’ve got the cash. But the home is one factor that deserves to be kept in great condition at all times. If buying on credit allows you to do it, then you shouldn’t be afraid to use it.

Repair Rather Than Replace
There’s nothing more frustrating than having items that don’t work. In fact, getting your broken appliances back to full health should be a priority. After all, not having them in working order is impacting your daily routines.
In turn, this will reduce your enjoyment at home. On the other hand, replacing them entirely can cost an arm and a leg. In most cases, though, you could get them back to former glory with a repair job. Visit for more information.

And there you have it. A happy home without making your bank balance sad, what more could you want?

Primark Haul November 2015