Monday, 12 November 2018

How I Get Flawless Skin | YouGlo London


We all know that I am partial to an aesthetics treatment or two. I've had filler in my lips, jawline and cheeks and a teeny bit of Botox under my brows to give them a little lift.

I'm 26 and fortunate enough to have pretty good skin. (Even though I sleep in my make-up most weekends and eat king size Reece's peanut butter cups way too often) I have as many wrinkles as the next 20-something year old, i.e not many, BUT prevention is better than cure! I know so many people who get Botox just for the smoothing effect it has on the skin, it makes it look f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s.

I went to the same clinic that did my brow Botox, YouGlo, which is located on Harley Street. The best thing about Dr Maryam is that she does evening and weekend appointments, so I don't have to try and cram it into my working day! The treatment took about 20 minutes and hurt a liiiiiitle bit more than cheek filler, but way less than lip filler. Aftercare is simple; don't wear makeup that evening, cleanse and dry your face as soon as you get home, and don't sleep on your face as this can shift the Botox.

Botox takes 2 weeks to fully freeze the muscle, and the photo of me above was taken round about that time post-treatment. LOOK AT MY FOREHEAD! I am fully obsessed. 

Thank you so much YouGlo, I can't wait to try more treatments! 
Botox prices start from £100 per area. Check out their website here.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

DATE NIGHT IN LONDON BRIDGE: GAUCHO


Since moving to London in November, I am always keen to try out new places to eat, drink or visit. (Mainly drink ,but whatever) Whenever I see anywhere that looks cool or gets recommended to me, I jot it down in my notes on my phone, so I’m either going to need a very rich boyfriend to take me out for dinner every night, or take on a new role as a food critic, and considering I eat microwaved scrambled egg every morning, I think I would struggle with the latter.

I still feel like an absolute tourist whenever I spot Tower Bridge, or the London Eye or Buckingham Palace in the distance of wherever I am, so when I got the opportunity to try something new in the London Bridge area, it obviously had to have #VIEWS.

There are so many boujee looking restaurants in the area (including two in the Shard which look absolutely glorious BUT nothing on the menu took my fancy) as well as Sky Garden, Borough Market (I’ve been once with my Dad and was so overwhelmed with the delicious food on offer that I ended up eating a full on curry and rice at 11am because I lost all sense of time and dat)

I settled on Gaucho. I know what you’re thinking- ugh, a chain?!?! But, when have you ever heard about anyone going to Gaucho and having a bad experience? Exactly.

We swerved the starters and went straight to mains- steak of course! I ordered the rump steak with summer peppercorn sauce and we shared chips, broccoli with flaked almonds and garlic spinach (my FAVE!) And I’m a sophisticated 26 year old so of course I had it with one (or two… or three) glass of red wine.
 

I requested a window seat and the view of the River Thames and Tower Bridge was so lush! Definitely a spot for a date night! Unfortunately, I was just there with my pal. *eye roll*
Just kidding Beth! Perfect food, perfect atmosphere and perfect company!

Where are your favourite date night spots in London?
 

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own

Saturday, 1 September 2018

September Goals

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Each year I post my same old, stale af New Years resolutions: lose weight, save money and travel more. ( I also said my resolution this year was to be able to do the splits which I am THRILLED to announce that out of all my goals this is the only one I can do! Much to the delight of all my friends when I bust them out at every party or gathering I have attended in the last two months.)
As of this month, I am going to post monthly goals, so I can try and tackle them in smaller chunks and actually attempt to have some form of control over my life so the first time in 26 years.

1.       Save!!

Ok, so this was inevitably going to be number one, BUT I’ve actually made a bit of progress on this thanks to a certain app called Chip. Basically, you download it, and it links to your bank account and automatically saves a random amount depending on your cash flow activity that week. So if you’ve spent looooooads, it might save £4.32, but on the week you’ve just been paid, it might save £26.76. Really random amounts, but you don’t even notice them get taken out and VOILA, you’ve saved almost £1,000 in a year. (I hope) If you DO download it, which I highly recommend, use the code V1SQJJ and we both get an extra 1% interest on our savings! FREE MONEY!

2.       Stick to a fitness routine

I’m not even gonna say ‘lose weight’ cos I always lose weight and get to a size I’m happy with- then go on a massive bender with a 4-day hangover, consume my bodyweight in Deliveroo’s and then I’m back to square one and my motivation is out the window. I work NEXT to the gym ffs so I have no excuse. Actually – my excuse is that I have zero willpower and I love a naughty G&T (or 5) on a school night because I don’t know how to say no.

If I manage to secure a few brand collabs under my belt I might pay for a month at F45 (£165) or Ministry Does Fitness (£99) but at the moment I just can NOT justify that money on working out if I’m just going to ruin it on the weekends. So I hereby declare THIS as the start of my healthy lifestyle- will report back next month!

3.       Get back into blogging

I have been a VERY naughty blogger recently and haven’t posted since JUNE when I had dinner with Pandora at the Ivy. *paints nails emoji* I’m so flattered when I get messages on Twitter and Instagram from people telling me they love my blog, so I feel like I’m letting you guys down when I go MIA! I want to get back in the swing of things so I’m going to blog at LEAST twice a month. (This is number one)

4.       Make more effort with my friends

When you move to a different city it’s so easy to fall into a routine of seeing the same friends each week. Especially when they live close to you or you have the same mutual friends. I hate losing touch with people, and even though they’re the kind of friends that I could not see for 2 years and then meet up like nothings changed, I still want to make time to see them more frequently. Especially when we all live in London.

5.       Be more active on social!

Commenting Instagram posts instead of just liking them! Replying to tweets! Engaging in blogger chats! Subscribing to YouTube! I want to chat to my followers and friends more, so I’m going to try my hardest to do this.


6.       YouTube

I get asked about this ALL the time but I feel like my life isn’t exciting enough to blog?!!??! Maybe. It’s a work in progress. (PS if my future sugardaddy is reading this then I want the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II plz)


What are your September goals? Do you find setting smaller goals each month makes them more achievable?

Why it’s OK to be the Single Friend!

Me trying to subtly announce to the boys of Clapham that I am single and available

Since I split up with my ex, and only boyfriend I’ve ever had in 2015, I’ve been THE SINGLE FRIEND. I’m fortunate to have had the same group of friends since I was in college (almost 10 years!) and during university, everyone started to get boyfriends, some serious, some not. But as we got older, and the relationships officially got to the ‘long-term’ status, my status stayed the same, single.

At first it didn’t bother me, I was 23, I was living away from home, I went out with my other single friends, did what I want, pulled who I wanted- it was the dream! I loved being single.

However, in the last couple of years I’ve been having second thoughts. I felt myself getting jealous of seeing couples doing cute stuff together and starting to actually create a future together. Not just people on Instagram with their outrageous baby showers and date nights, but my own best friends! Buying houses, having babies, getting engaged, serious stuff!

I mean, everyone gets to that point, around 8pm when the Sunday night dread kicks in and you just wanna order Dominos and Netflix and chill with someone you fancy, but I felt a bit left out. One of my friends had an engagement party last year, and we all met up at the pub beforehand- 6 couples and me. Fortunately, one of the girls’ boyfriends couldn’t make it so we were in the same boat- but talk about reality check!!!!!

I recently used the question feature on my Instagram for people to reveal their worst ever date, and as well as being one of the funniest things I’ve EVER read, it made me think about all the failed, hilariously tragic dates I had been on. I couldn’t even imagine any of those boys getting a second date, never mind being my boyfriend! As much as I love my friends to pieces, and I am SO proud of them, I’m 26. I live in London where I am meeting new people every day. Yeah, I get needy on a Sunday night but I’ve got housemates I can climb into bed with and eat junk food with, and it’s not like my friends are uncontactable just because they have a boyfriend. They’re exactly the same.

Yeah, when the time is right, and I meet someone I actually want to go on a second date with (and third and fourth and fifth) then YOU BET I’ll be uploading photos of us at the top of the Eiffel Tower orriding a Gondola in Venice, or having a swanky dinner anniversary dinner at Roka or Hakkasan (or another restaurant that’s WAY to expensive to justify for a casual dinner with friends) but for now I’m going to stop letting my relationship status affect me and carry on snogging boys in Infernos at 3am on a Saturday night.

Joking.

Maybe.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A Floral Evening at the Ivy with Pandora

As I still consider myself pretty new to London, and my bucket list of places I want to visit is still HUGE (and growing by the day!) I was absolutely over the moon to not only receive an invitation from Pandora, but to be able to visit the gorgeous Ivy Garden in Chelsea. The event was an evening of floral crown making, champagne, and of course, to showcase their latest pieces of jewellery, inspired by wedding season. (which is currently in its peak, FYI. So get shopping!)
 

My first memory of Pandora was when I was around 17- when everyone was OBSESSED with the charm bracelets. I was going out with this boy at college and told him I wanted a Pandora bracelet and ‘like ten charms’ for Christmas. Little did I know…. He genuinely did get me a Pandora bracelet and TEN charms!!! Safe to say I was a spoilt little egg that year! Fast forward 8 years, I’m out of my charm bracelet phase but I still love a subtle piece of jewellery that I can wear every day. My ex-boyfriend got me this ring for Valentine’s Day about 4 years ago, and I absolutely LOVE it. Everyone comments on how gorgeous it is, and my Mum has even bought it for herself and both her sisters. The fact it’s still in stores years later shows what a timeless piece of jewellery it is, along with many other pieces I see from Pandora.
I don’t really have many reservations about attending events on my own. I could probably have a conversation with a lamppost, but fortunately for me I was sat with some lovely bloggers, and I spent the whole evening laughing (with a healthy bit of competition thrown in when it came to the crown making!)
When we had all settled and had a glass of champagne (or two) we were given an introduction to the gorgeous new pieces from Pandora and discussed how perfect they are for wedding season, whether you are attending as a guest, a bridesmaid, or even choosing them your own bridal jewellery. We then had a short demonstration of flower crown making, in preparation to have a go at crafting our own. Boho themed weddings are HUGE, and a flower crown really is the piece de resistance. I got a bit carried away with mine (my mantra has ALWAYS been the bigger, the better) but I thought I did pretty well! Whilst we were working away on our crowns, we enjoyed some absolutely incredible canapes (It was the Ivy, after all) and another 349827439 glasses of champagne, and I got to know the girls from Pandora and my fellow bloggers a little better.


I ended up staying quite a while post-crown making because I was having such a fun time, but when I did leave, I was gifted the most beautiful gems from Pandora: a beautiful pair or crown earrings and a stunning necklace.
Thank you SO much Pandora for a really fabulous evening!
Get inspired for your perfect wedding jewellery here. Or shop the necklace range here.