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Primark Summer Wishlist



It's been a while since I've been in Primark and I'm planning my next visit with the help of their website. Obviously it's the middle of Summer and with a holiday abroad on the horizon I'm wanting to buy bright clothes and shorts, skirts or dresses but already their Autumn stuff is sneaking in. I'm not ready for the cosy vibes just yet though my first pick might actually be classed as a winter accessory with the amount of glitz it's got. 

Primark has a few different glitter clutch bags in for £5, the silver is my favourite but there's a very mermaid-like blue/green one. Off the shoulder, bardot tops are still on trend and for only £3 I'll be very tempted to buy a coral one for wearing with denim shorts on holiday then jeans once Summer starts to disappear. Chokers are still a firm favourite in the accessories department and it's unreal how many Primark have. I quite like the bling ones more than the string ones and this £2.50 rose gold choker is very me.

Another less Summer themed pick is a black cami with embroidered flowers. It's £6 which is a standard price for vest tops at Primark and a bit of a bargain compared to some other shops. I love the £14 black sandals, they look like they might be comfortable with the chunky heel and platform. If I don't get these in black I'll be looking for the nude or pink ones. Primark has had a few different skirts in this style and I'd love one of the blush tulle skirts to wear with a bodysuit and little pair of heels or maybe some flip flops while I'm on holiday. It's only £10 which is probably around £20 cheaper than H&M or New Look.

My last two picks are very much Summer themed. Primark has had an amazing range of sunglasses again this year and when it comes to trying a different shape or colour getting a cheap pair is much safer than splashing out. These ones are only £3 and are totally different style than my current ones. Lastly is a bargain pair of shorts. I'm not 100% sure on the lilac colour of the £5 crochet shorts, I think there's a few colours to choose from in store but the lilac looks quite fun and girly for summer. There's not much chance I'll be wearing these in the UK!


Tortoise Wayfarer Glasses | GlassesShop.com







I've been wearing contact lenses for over two years and because of that I don't really wear my glasses very often. At my last eye check my prescription for glasses had changed slightly but not enough to spend a fortune on a new pair, even more so because they won't be worn daily. I didn't want my eyes to be damaged by wearing the wrong prescription so started hunting for a cheaper online eyeglasses alternative. That's where GlassesShop.com came into the equation.

GlassesShop.com is exactly what it says on the tin, it's an online prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses shop. Using your prescription information from the optician you can order cheap eyeglasses online in loads of different styles and colours. They have womens, mens and kids glasses in different sizes, materials, frame styles and shapes. There's so much to choose from and with their prices it's hard to just buy one pair! I was most drawn in by the Wayfarer style and wanted a tortoise colour as my other pairs have always been black and a fancied a change. They have a try it on feature using an uploaded photo to help you decide if it's the right style for you. I kind of took the risk by not using it, but knowing that they were similar to previous glasses, and so blooming cheap I didn't mind. It was really easy to input my prescription, I just copied it straight from my piece of paper. Delivery took 3 weeks which it pretty good considering they came from America and had to be manufactured first too. Delivery is free over $49 and only $4.95 if it's less. Once it's all converted these glasses only cost about £27 delivered. They look a lot more expensive than that and come with a case, cleaning cloth and anti-scratch coating. I don't think you could get a deal like that anywhere on the high-street.

If you're in a similar new prescription position or just fancy a change in glasses then check out GlassesShop.com and use the coupon code GSHOT50 for 50% off on all prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. I'd highly recommend it and for the first time in a while I actually don't mind taking a break from my contact lenses just so I can show off my new glasses.

New Look Summer Holiday Haul

It's not even been a whole month since I last ordered clothes on the New Look website and I was back on ordering again. I'm blaming that on the pink anorak jacket that I spotted in store while making some returns and couldn't stop thinking about it after. I think I've got a jacket problem! I feel like it was a little bit more acceptable to make another order because I had returned a pair of sandals and bikini top that I wasn't happy with. I also took advantage of the 10% Student Discount so ordering a few summer basics wasn't quite as expensive. Most of this will be making an appearance in my holiday suitcase next week, especially that gorgeous little playsuit, fingers crossed I won't be needing the jackets in Turkey! 














Wedding Dress Shopping For the First Time: Tips & Advice


Stick to budget
One of the first stages of wedding planning is setting your budget and you do that for a reason so it's important that you don't completely ignore it when you start dress shopping. You don't necessarily have to start your appointment by revealing your budget, it might only come into play when it comes to decision making. Some shops will have the prices on the dresses, others might only tell you the prices of the dresses you show a particular interest in. Whatever happens remember if you go over on the dress something else will have to suffer!

What to wear
You'll spend part of your appointment standing in your underwear and a pair of heels so try to wear something you'll be at least a little bit comfortable in. A strapless bra is a good option to help show the different dress designs off. As for knickers you might just opt for white or nude, or a pair of spanx if that's something you'd consider on your wedding day. You don't have to take heels with you, especially if you haven't even considered your wedding shoes yet, most shops will let you borrow a pair for your appointment. 

Who to take with you
You need to make sure whoever you take with you is someone you trust and someone that will be honest with you. Your Mum and/or your bridesmaids tend to be the best support but Granny's, Aunties and Mother-in-laws to be are all good options. That saying 'too many cooks' can sometimes come true in the bridal shop if everyone is quite opinionated. Some shops are also quite small so you can't fit your whole entourage. I took my 3 bridesmaids and my Mum and it was perfect - everyone chose out a dress which definitely helped at the start and everyone was on the same wavelength. Don't feel bad if someone can't make it to a dress appointment, they can maybe come to a different appointment or a fitting.

Don't worry about style before
I was one of those bride-to-be's that walked into my appointment with no clue in my head. I'd barely even looked at wedding dresses with real focus or intent, except 5 minutes on Pinterest before travelling to the shop. This turned out to be a really good 'blank canvas' to work with. I was open to trying different styles and ideas and I quickly came to realise what styles and designs I liked. The shop owner was an absolute star for taking on board my likes and dislikes and picking out different variations. She also took the time to show how dresses can be changed with straps, sleeves, belts and embellishment. Even if you have an idea in your head, be open to trying different things. It's better to try it on and rule it out than risk missing out on the potential one. Having my bridesmaids and Mum choosing out a dress was a fantastic was to get to see the different shapes and details that really suited me.

Give yourself plenty of time
Choosing a wedding dress isn't necessarily going to happen in the first shop you walk in. Start looking with plenty of time, around a year to 8 months before the wedding is a good time if you can. You need to have time to order, have fittings and make alterations. You don't want (or need) the stress of everything running out of time. Wedding dress appointments can get booked up quickly, especially if you're hoping for a Saturday appointment so be prepared and get booked in well in advance. When it comes to the appointment make sure you've got a good few hours. You don't want to be watching the clock because you've got somewhere else to be. You want to be relaxed and able to enjoy it. My first appointment was 2 hours long and I must have tried on around 10 dresses.

Think it through
Don't rush. After your appointment try and gather your thoughts and take note of what you liked. Find out the designers and style number and have another look online. It might be time to book another appointment or perhaps it's time to try the one on again. Don't be disheartened if you didn't have a movie style dress discovery with tears all round. Keep those preferences in mind and trust your instinct.

OOTN: Floral Dresses

Last week I went to my first wedding dance of the Summer with 2 of my best friends and bridesmaids. We had a fantastic night drinking Prosecco, dancing and catching up. The bride looked beautiful, she had a stunning dress, the band were really good and the venue was decorated so nicely.  All 3 of us were wearing floral dresses, mine was from Quiz and actually one that's been tucked away in my wardrobe for 2 years. It was a bit tight when I bought it and now it's a little too big but really comfortable, I'm glad I finally got a chance to wear it. My heels are from Primark and I lasted all night in them, even with a bit of dancing. My clutch bag is also from Primark and a really good size for all my essentials. The girls were wearing dresses from New Look and Want That Trend - 2 good places if you're looking for an occasion dress. My hair was curled with my Babyliss Curling Wand and I added in a French Braid crown for something a little different. I don't really like wearing my hair up so I'm on the lookout for some different hairstyles, any ideas?

Holiday Supplies Haul | Superdrug


As soon as my summer holiday was booked and I'd done all the essentials like travel insurance and airport parking I headed straight to the Superdrug website for some holiday supplies. Superdrug had some impressive deals and offers, I don't think there was much that I actually paid full price for.

The first offer I signed up to was 2 for £18 on Nip+Fab products. Nip+Fab are fast becoming one of my favourite skin care brands and considering a lot of their products are around £15 this wasn't one to miss out on. I didn't want to take micellar water on holiday because knowing my luck it'll leak so instead I'm going to take the Nip+Fab Gylcolic Fix Gentle Pads for Sensitive Skin. For £3 more I could get something else so I opted to try a range that I've never used and a product I don't really own; an eye cream. The Nip+Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye is for battling fatigue and plumping skin and I've got my fingers crossed it'll be a slight difference to my under eye area. 

The next offer I couldn't resist was a double deal. Aussie products were on 3 for £10 and if you spent £10 on Aussie you got a free dry shampoo - win, win. I chose two shampoos, Winter Miracle for Dull and Tired Hair and Aussie Beach Mate Shampoo, and the Aussie Winter Miracle Conditioner. Yes, I know it's not winter but it's good for my hair type. I saved £4.07 across the 3 products and got a free dry shampoo which would normally be about £4.49.

Onto the real holiday essentials, Superdrug has buy one get one half price on selected suncare. I've already bought my suncream so took advantage of the offer by buying Banana Boat Aloe Vera Aftersun Gel and Superdrug Buzz Off Insect Repellent. Another saving around £3. I bought a delicious holiday smelling Mojito shower gel from the Star Buy section for 59p and lastly bought some eye drops that I use daily for my contact lenses.

All that with free delivery, 8 freebie sachets of Garnier Moisture Bomb Moisturiser and a saving of just over £19. I'm so ready to fly off to Turkey now.

Wedding Planning - eBay Finds

With wedding planning well underway I spend a lot of my time looking for ideas on Pinterest and thinking up all the DIYs I can get up to this Summer and the things I'll need to buy instead.  It goes without saying that weddings are expensive so I don't want to spend over the odds on all the added extras so eBay is pretty high up on my list and my watch list seems to grow each week.


I'm going to making my own stationery and making my own place cards is something I'm likely going to do but if it gets closer to the big day and I've not tackled them yet I would be so happy to buy these Gold Confetti Personalised Place cards. I love the font on them and the foil/glitter design isn't too much. We're not going to be having any children at our wedding but I feel like a sweetie table is more for the big kids anyway. If we do decide to keep the sweet tooth guests busy then I would love a wooden Mr & Mrs Sweetie Display tree. It would make an amazing centrepiece on the table. 
Talking about sweet stuff, we're already in talks with our cake maker about what we'd like. I can't wait for doing some taster sessions! With what we've got in mind we want to keep the design pretty simple and have a Personalised Cake Topper on top to do all the work. I know I said I'm planning to tackle the stationery myself but the Wedding Table Seating Plan is something I'm not quite sure about yet. There's so many different ways of doing it and if I go down the 'all on one piece of paper' look then I'd definitely consider getting it done for me. I can't print in A3 at home so why not take all the stress away? I absolutely love the Dotty Hens eBay items especially their Wedding Gift Bag. This would be gorgeous for the thank you gifts that need to be given on the day of the wedding. 
Obviously the thank you's don't stop on the day of the wedding so some Personalised Thank You stickers are bound to come in handy, whether it's on envelopes of thank you cards or wedding cake boxes. A cute little added extra. So far I've already gathered a couple of bridesmaid thank you gifts and this Bridesmaid Keepsake Box would be gorgeous for gathering it altogether. Maybe even a personalised one with their names on it! Any other ideas for bridesmaid presents? And who all do I need to buy thank you presents for? Wedding planning is like a part-time job sometimes!

NOTD: Summer Pink & Glitter

The sun has been shining (a little bit) and it was time for some new nails. I've gone from very long, classy French Ombre nails to something a little bit more fun. I chose a pink/coral colour and 2 glitter accent nails. I love how the glitter looks in the sunshine, absolutely perfect for holiday nails. I'm loving my almond shape and that these are all my own nails, no tips in sight. The shellac and gel builder has done wonders for strengthening my nails.

Ted Baker Cecilie Pearl & Crystal Purse









I had a House of Fraser voucher burning a hole in my purse (thankfully not literally, but it wouldn't matter too much now) and what better way to spend it than in the Ted Baker sale? I've had a black and purple striped Michael Kors purse since I went to Las Vegas in 2014, which is absolutely mad. I've finally decided to mix it up and go for something different. I love Ted Baker accessories and have admired some of my friends' purses but have never had one of my own.

The Cecile Pearl and Bobble Leather Purse is currently on sale on both the Ted Baker and House of Fraser sale down from £80 to £48. The good thing about HOF is the student discount through UNiDAYS. So along with being on sale and using a giftcard I got 10% off too. There wasn't many colours to choose from, as a few of the classic colours are still full price, and the options are going down more as the sale goes on but I'm in love with my bright pink choice. It's so bright and happy, it's perfect for Summer and the big change that I needed. It injects a bit of colour into my black handbag. It's also available in the smaller size but I much prefer a long purse that fits notes in flat.

The Pearl and Crystal bobble leather matinee purse is made with 100% bovine leather which has a patent finish and 100% polyester lining. There's a large coin section, plenty of card space for up to 12 cards including ID, a generous note compartment and a zip section on the back. There's so much space, I can even fit my iPhone 6 in one of the note sections which is handy for quickly popping to the shop. I love the attention to detail in Ted Baker products, right down to the 'See a penny pick it up... Good Luck' lettering along the flap over section.

Love Abode Personalised Wedding Gifts


Wedding season is upon us and I've got two within one week, this month. For one couple (who already have everything) we're teaming up with friends to buy a hotel and spa voucher. The other couple have a gift list but after a browse on it I was really uninspired. I've mentioned before that I love personalised gifts best and I've come across a gift I would buy time and time again as it's personal, practical and pretty posh (okay maybe classy is a better description but it didn't go with my alliteration). After coming across Love Abode through Instagram I was intrigued by their slate tableware and more specifically the personalised ones. They had a few different wedding options but I was drawn in by the Family Name items. A gift that will be relevant and stylish while they are a newly wed couple and throwing dinner parties right through while their family grows. It's never going to be out of date.






Both the placemats and coasters come in different quantities, which is good depending on your budget. You can get anything from 1 to a set of 8. The placemats are a good size - 20cm by 30cm, while the coasters are 10cm by 10cm. Both are made from 6mm thick natural slate which is undoubtedly excellent quality. The font is slightly different on both but they are clear, easy to read and well engraved. The slate is really practical with it being easy to clean and it will look good on whatever style dining table they have.

Though these are bespoke, personalised products they have absolutely fantastic delivery times. I received my order within a week which is fantastic if you're getting a bit disorganised and running out of time. Orders over £30 have free delivery as well which is always a bonus. All of this slate is pretty heavy but it was well packaged and protected by plenty of bubblewrap. Now I'm just not sure how to gift wrap it.

I'm so happy with this personalised wedding gift I'm already heading back to consider which one I could add to my own wedding gift list! 

Slimming World - Month 6

June started off a really positive Slimming World month and ended with a week away on a residential trip with school where I had absolutely no control over food (and hence no photos of it either). Throughout June I lost 2.5lbs and managed to maintain that loss from the first fortnight of the month by having a few SP meals in amongst a Pizza Hut and Burger King visit and a big hen part night out. Unfortunately I've not weighed in since my school trip but fingers crossed with some more SP days and a bi of focus I can even out an inevitable gain. Here's to the summer!

Breakfasts
Fruit and Vanilla Skyr Yogurt
Fruit, yogurt and Alpen light Bar
Fruit and Muller Light
Breakfast biscuits, nutella and strawberries (4 syns)

Lunches

Pasta 'n sauce
Salads for work
Naked Noodles Singapore Curry
Sweet chilli chicken Pitta

Dinners
Salt and chilli chicken fakeaway
Carbonara
Salmon and Cauliflower rice
Chilli and wedges

Chicken fajita salad
Pimped mac and cheese
Lettuce fajitas
Chicken fried rice

Steak ciabatta, chips and salad
Salmon salad
Chicken burger and sweet potato chips
Asda Nacho chicken and wedges


Not so Slimming World
Catering for Hen party - cakes, traybake, sandwiches
Cajun Chicken Salad
Pitcher of mojito

Snacks
Cup of tea and Orkney fudge (lots of syns!)
Cuppa and Salted Caramel Hifi (HEXb)
Speedy Fruit Salad
Freddo Caramel (5syns)

Why I love Slimming World
A nice little non-scale victory, these shorts were literally falling off me. They've gone straight on eBay.
 I enjoyed a big big of chocolate cake to celebrate my Mum's birthday and the best thing was I used my syns wisely and had it guilt free.