2 December 2015

Online Avenue Franchesca Block Heel Pointed Toe Boots*




Online Avenue is a new online footwear store that aims to provide their customers with all of the latest trends, and great quality products at affordable prices because they say 'fashion is a right not a luxury' - I definitely think I'm with them on that one! 

Boots are literally the only thing I wear during the winter months. I have such a large variety of boots in my shoe collection ranging from brown leather ankle boots to black knee high suede boots, but what I didn't have was a dressy boot. A pair that I could wear when i'm going out for my works Christmas party or wear on Christmas day. So with this in mind when I got to choose the pair of boots I wanted from Online Avenue I instantly fell in love with the Franchesca Block Heel Pointed Toe Boots. They have such a classy look with their gold trim detail on the heel, suede material and the pointed toe design; plus they are so easy to walk in even for those of us who are the worst at walking in anything with a slight heel. The most amazing thing about the boots is the price, £20.49. Yep, you read that right. I was a little shocked when I saw this as I thought they would be at least £40 as they're such great quality. If you're not that big of a fan of the suede look boot, then Online Avenue also offer the Franchesca boot in leather for the same price, pretty awesome right? 
Overall I am genuinely over the moon with the boots, they are amazing quality and will probably be getting worn on every outing from now until the Summer arrives (which is probably never in the UK!). 

What do you guys think of the Franchesca boots?

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*I was kindly sent the Franchesca boots for review by OnlineAvenue
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11 November 2015

Liverpool's Hidden Gem







Liverpool is one of the best places in the world. 
I'm not just saying that because I'm a Scouser, but because its absolutely fantastic for tourism. There is just so much to see and do here! You can pay a visit to the world famous Cavern Club home of The Beatles, spend the day shopping in the Liverpool One shopping complex, explore the Albert Dock, the two huge cathedrals and the many art galleries, or even get your photo taken next to Shankly at Anfield or Dixie Dean at Goodison Park. The list of things to see and do is endless, and i've even got a little hidden gem up my sleeve to tell you guys about!

Everton Park is situated in the North of Liverpool just a 20 minute bus ride from the city centre, and luckily enough is my local park! As you can tell by the photos above it overlooks the city centre giving an amazing view of the Liverpool skyline. I've been visiting this park since I was a little girl, it holds so many memories (including learning to ride a bike!) and the view still never fails to amaze me. So if you're visiting Liverpool why not stay in one of the many Travelodge locations, and take a trip to Everton Park to check the view out for yourself?

You can win a 2 night stay at the Travelodge and two tickets for the Cavern's Magical Mystery Tour Bus right here.


*In collaboration with Travelodge 

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22 October 2015

Orelia Jewellery*

Minimalist Multi-row Necklace (£20)
Circle Ditsy Necklace (£12)
Infinity Bracelet (£10)

Orelia
 is a British jewellery brand which is available both online and within Topshop stores in the UK and USA. Their costume jewellery collection is hypo-allergenic, and features gold, silver and rose gold colour electro-plating with an anti-tarnish finish. I picked out three gold coloured pieces from the collection which I am personally in love with and couldn't wait to share with you all! The Minimalist Multi-row Necklace (which is priced at £20) features a pretty glass stone pendant and has chain lengths of 25cm and 40.5cm. I'm a huge fan of long and layering necklaces so this piece is for me, the perfect accessory. The Circle Ditsy Necklace (which is priced at £12) has a simple delicate design with a chain length of 40cm meaning it sits quite high up on chest making it a perfect extra layer for the minimalist multi-row necklace. My final piece is the Infinity Bracelet (which is priced at £10) is another simple styled piece with a dainty gold colour brass chain centred with a charming little infinity symbol.
Overall I am really impressed with all three pieces of jewellery, and would definitely purchase a couple more pieces from Orelia (infact I already have a little wishlist for the next time I pop into Topshop!)

Which of the Orelia pieces is your favourite?

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All jewellery was kindly sent to me by Orelia*

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20 October 2015

Zoella Wonder Hand Moisturising Hand Cream



Hand creams are a must have for me during the winter. My job involves a lot of washing dishes, and using chemicals so as you can imagine they do get extremely dry. When I found out Zoella was bringing out a hand cream with her new products for the original scent I was pretty excited. The original scent is one of my favourite all time scents, so I had to head out and get it as soon as I could.
The packaging as ever is beautiful with its cream exterior detailed with copper/rose gold spots and writing, and of course the pretty lace effect. The hand cream itself is quite a subtle floral scent, which I personally love as I hate overpowering scents within hand creams or moisturisers. A small amount of the product does go a really long way, so I would recommend using about a pea sized amount to get you started, then build it up if needed. Once applied all over the hands the cream is almost instantaneously absorbed into the skin leaving your hands silky smooth, and beautifully scented.
At only £5 I think buying this product is pretty much a no brainer if you are a fan of the original Zoella Beauty scent.

What are your thoughts on the Zoella Beauty scents? Which is your favourite?

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9 October 2015

Sephora 10hr Fix and Correct Concealer



I picked up this Sephora 10hr Fix and Correct Concealer for about $17 whilst on my travels in the USA. It is double ended with one end for concealing and the other for correcting, making it the perfect duo for hiding those imperfections! 
The packaging isn't that spectacular, just what you'd expect from your typical double ended product but I think a bit of colour would have been nice! The product itself is applied easily via the corrector applicators, they are both quite creamy and buildable which gives a natural looking finish to the makeup look. I found that the concealer end of the product worked well to cover up the dark circles under my eyes and the corrector end covered up any blemishes well, but neither end managed to cover up my cholesterol marks to a good standard. Sephora claim that the product lasts for 10 hours, however I found that it lasted for around 6 hours before needed reapplication. 
I'd give this Sephora concealer an overall score of 7.5/10, its great for covering up dark circles and blemishes but not so great for my cholesterol marks. 

Have you tried the Sephora 10 hr Fix and Correct Concealer?

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7 October 2015

MADE.COM Showroom Opening Event











I was recently invited to the grand opening of MADE.COM's latest showroom at the Metquarter, which was pretty exciting considering I am obsessed with all things homeware. MADE.COM is an online e-commerce company which means they sell products at prices up to 70% below their high street rates. They have  now opened three furniture showrooms across the UK in Liverpool, London and Leeds so if you're close to a store i'd go and check it out, you won't be disappointed!
My personal favourites from the showroom were the grey corner sofa (pictured above) and the shark chair so I will definitely be picking those up for my own home when I eventually move out next year!

What is your favourite item from the showroom?

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3 October 2015

Cruising: Turkey, Greece & Israel


Tel Aviv
Jerusalem
First Church - Birthplace of Jesus
Birthplace of Jesus
Place in which the Manger sat
Larnaca, Cyprus
Larnaca Beach, Cyprus
Alanya, Turkey

Alanya, Turkey
Alanya, Turkey
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
I was lucky enough to be taken on a cruise with my family at the end of August which visited Turkey, Greece and Israel. 
Our first port of call (literally haha - ignore me and my sad jokes!) was Israel. I was slightly worried about our trip to Israel after seeing all of the media reports recently about the issues going on in the middle east, however I honestly felt quite safe whilst I was there which came as a bit of a surprise.  For our first day in Israel we visited Tel Aviv for a day of shopping and swimming at the beach, I have been to Tel Aviv before and still think its a beautiful part of the world. On our second day we had booked a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to visit various holy sites. I am in no way religious, but found it really interesting to hear the stories from the local tour guide about Bethlehem, and to see the birth place of Jesus and caves from which the three wise men followed the star.
The next stop was Larnaca in Cyprus, a beautiful location with a pretty average beach. It has tonnes of shops and restaurants along the beach front which gets a major thumbs up from me *cough* McDonalds *cough* but other than that, for me it didn't really have much else to offer. 
We then set sail for Alanya in Turkey. I have been to Turkey over 15 times now, and the more I visit the more I dislike it. I guess I just don't like being constantly pestered by the shop owners, I understand that its their livelihood but no means no, y'know? We spent about two hours wandering around the shops (and I picked up some apple tea of course) before getting back on board to enjoy a day of relaxation in the sunshine. 
Our final destination was the absolutely stunning Rhodes in Greece. It was my first time visiting Rhodes and it didn't disappoint! To me it just felt like a typical Greek island should feel, from the music and quirky little shops and restaurants to the beautiful white sandy beach and clear waters. Can I go back now please?

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11 September 2015

Exploring London















A couple of weeks ago Andy and I went on a little city break to London. We had both never been before so we were pretty excited to head down south and explore for a couple of days. We stayed at the Travelodge Royal Scot which was a pretty basic room but in a central location, which is ideal if you're out all day and just need a place to sleep. 
We arrived in London at about 1pm which was ideal as we got to have a wander after we were all checked it. Our first day of exploring led us to Oxford Street and of course the new Lush store in which I picked up some lovely goodies. The second day was extremely tiring as we decided to avoid public transport and walk everywhere, yep that meant we walked more than 10 miles (in Primark ballerina shoes!) which as you can guess absolutely destroyed my poor little feet. However, we did get to see pretty much everything we wanted to see visiting the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Picadilly Circus and of course Buckingham Palace, but didn't get the chance to visit Trafalgar Square (which means that we need another trip back to London in the future!). The final day was spent hobbling to and from a Boots store to get ice packs for my swollen foot, but we did spend the night eating takeaway pizza in the hotel room and watching the mentalist which is our perfect night in!I really enjoyed the little break away, it was for our anniversary and will probably be the last break away we get in a while with saving for the house. 

Have you visited London? What was your favourite place to visit?

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