Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Kodak Catch Up: Halloween to Birthday Celebrations

We were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween- all homemade costumes.
 My post-Halloween hangover cure.
An impostor I found in Asda.

The St Tropez Wash Off mousse is essential for a last minute night out.
We tried marshmallow vodka to celebrate cheese music night. 
Trying out costumes for Children in Need.
 The first of my American sweeties to be finished.

A lovely addition to a quiet night in.
The excitement levels rocketed then plummeted when I found out S Club 7 were in Glasgow on a school day.
The 1st of my 3 birthday dinners - Chicken and garlic bread starters.
Cajun Chicken burger which was delicious!
My birthday weekend breakfast - Lucky Charms.
Searching for a Christmas jumper in Primark.
Goats cheese followed by cheesecake in McGonagals, Inverness.

Snowman poop made for the school Christmas Fayre,
My birthday balloon.
More goats cheese for my birthday dinners.
I'm like a little kid!

My gorgeous Tiffany and Co bracelet from my boyfriend.
The Samsung NX300 from my parents.
A chocolate cake to finish the celebrations.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Gifts: Frame Again

After taking hundreds of photos on our holiday to New York and Las Vegas I knew I wanted to get my boyfriend something using at least one of those pictures for Christmas. The problem with photo gifts is they can sometime be a bit girly so I was delighted to come across Frame Again. 

Frame Again was started in Camden by Jake and Joe who took their love for technology and combined it with the traditional feel of a framed photo on display. With a recent offer from Dragon's Den I'm sure Frame Again is going to grow from strength to strength. 

The cool thing about Frame Again frames is the magnets. The photo is held in using powerful magnets. Frame Again frames all stick together with magnets. So the more photos we take the more Frame Again photos I'll have to take and the bigger his magnet frame display can be! Until then he can put it up on his wall using the picture hook on the back.

I took my photo straight from Facebook and unlike from some printing companies the photo is high quality and looks great both up close and far away. I didn't realise until I checked the website but the pictures are 5.5" by 5.5". Quite a nice square size and one that can be printed in places like Boots and Tesco if he decides he no longer wants to look at our mugs in front of Times Square.

Each frame can be personalised by changing the base and ring colour. With choices from black, blue and red to pink, yellow and orange there are loads of combinations to suit the person you're buying for. There's also a small selection of Frame Again's favourite combinations which is quite handy when the choice gets too much for you. I'm so glad I chose blue and white, they look cool together and are perfect for my boyfriend's taste and room.

The postage was fantastic, it only took a couple of days from ordering to landing through my letter box. It came in a little cardboard box with a Frame Again sleeve to explain the whole concept. A gift card is option which is handy if you fancy sending it straight to the recipient.

 I highly recommend Frame Again for boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, parents... basically most people who'd appreciate a sentimental photo gift with a bit of magnetic coolness.

What sort of photo gifts are your favourite to give and receive?
What colour combination would you choose from Frame Again?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Outfits of the Week: November #3

Dress: Primark
Caridgan: Primark
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Watch: 4itgirls.co.uk

Cardigan: New Look
Top: New Look
Jeans: Primark
Boots: New Look
Bracelet: Pandora

Tuesday - Out for Dinner
Top: Forever 21
Scarf: Primark
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Primark
Boots: Ugg Australia

Jumper: Very.co.uk
Pencil Skirt: Primark
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Lipsy
Bracelet: Links of London

Cardigan: Forever 21
Vest Top: H&M
Skirt: New Look
Boots: New Look
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Primark

Blouse: H&M
Vest Top: Forever 21
Jeans: New Look
Shoes: New Look
Bracelet: Jewels4girls.net

Saturday, 22 November 2014

His and Hers Christmas Gift: Vivabox

£39.99 on sale for £37.99 until December 1st!

The Perfume Shop has released the perfect gift solution for family members and friends - whether male or female - the Vivabox. Without buying a perfume or aftershave that you know they use, you risk making a big mistake. Scents can be so personal and choosing the right one is a daunting task. The Perfume Shop Vivabox steps in as being the perfect alternative.

The Vivabox contains 7 sample sized scents along with a booklet about the perfumes and a voucher to redeem one full size bottle out of the 7 available. The girls' box has fragrances from brands like Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture and Nina Ricci whilst the boys' box has a whole selection of Paco Rabanne aftershaves. The idea behind the box is The Perfume Shop shares the top 7 selling perfumes from the year in hope that there's one out there for everyone. 
The 7 inside the Vivabox for Her are:

BOSS MA VIE pour femme,
Carolina Herrera 212 VIP,
Jimmy Choo,
Nina Ricci Nina,
Paco Rabanne Black XS,
 Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy,
Kenzo Flower by Kenzo

What made this box exciting for me was the wide range of designers and the fact that there was a mixture of scents I'd tried and not tried. There's definitely a good selection for different age groups which helps make this gift box a solution for most ages. I still haven't quite decided but 40ml of Jimmy Choo, 30ml of Boss Ma Vie or 50ml of Nina Ricci was what I'd managed to narrow it down to so far.

My boyfriend was happy to take the men's Vivabox off my hands to try out the samples. The 7 inside the Vivabox for Him are:

Paco Rabanne 1 Million,
Paco Rabanne Invictus,
 Montblanc Legend,
Carolina Herrera 212 VIP,
Paco Rabanne Black XS,
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme

Just from reading the list I knew there was ones there that he already owned and though it's a shame 3 out of the 7 are Paco Rabanne I have to say all 3 are all particularly lovely. I was quite surprised how much my boyfriend used the guide booklet, he quite enjoyed reading up about the scents and how to be a perfume expert. The Men's voucher is redeemable for 50ml of each fragrance or 75ml if they choose the Issey Miyake scent.

We both can't wait to send our vouchers on a new scent and are fairly delighted that our collection of fragrances for travelling have been restocked. Especially handy for a weekend away with just hand luggage. 

The gift vouchers aren't redeemable online which is a pain for people like me living 2 hours away from civilisation. They are valid until 30th June 2016, however, so there's plenty of time for the decision to be made and to get to a store to collect it. The voucher is pretty fool proof too, just one tick and the full sized bottle is yours!

This year' box is a gorgeous design, a big improvement on last year's drawer style box and with the bow on top it you'd almost get away with not wrapping it! A bit cliché but I like the pink for girls and blue for boys. 

The Vivabox is well worth the £39.99, or even better - £37.99-  price tag - who would you buy one for?
Is perfume a gift you love to give or receive?