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.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Thinking of Getting a Botox Brow Lift Treatment?

Earlier this month, I went to the You Glo clinic on Harley Street to get a little bit of Botox under my eyebrows. I’ve always been conscious of my ‘hooded’ eyelids, so I was looking forward to seeing how the treatment would lift my face and alter the appearance of my eyes.
Prior to the actual procedure, I sat down with Dr Maryam and told her exactly what I wanted, and she gave me a full run- down of what was involved. It was almost pain-free (especially if you were comparing it to lip fillers!) and the whole treatment only took about 20 minutes. She injected in three areas around my eyes- under my brow bone, at the front of my eyebrow and at the top of my forehead. This is because Botox freezes the muscle, so by pinpointing these three places, they help to lift the whole area and give my brows the ‘lifted’ look that I wanted.
The aftercare was pretty straightforward too. Dr Maryam told me to avoid touching my face (risk of infection as well as a risk of manipulating or moving the Botox) and wash and cleanse my face as soon as I got home.
I have been asked so many questions about the treatment on Instagram (I always film my treatments!) so I have tried to answer all your questions below. I’m more than happy to talk in more detail with anyone considering getting Botox so feel free to drop me a DM if I have missed anything!


#unphased
 

Does it hurt?
No! And I’m not just saying that because the number of treatments I’ve had now means my pain threshold is getting higher. You feel a tiny prick- not even as sharp as a bee sting- and that’s it. Absolutely no pain the following day either.
Were the results instant?
I could notice a subtle lift straight away, but the muscle takes up to 2 weeks to freeze completely.
 
Was there a big difference?
Nothing earth-shattering, but that’s what you want with Botox! I didn’t want to waltz into the office the next day looking like I had had my cheeks pulled back and stapled behind my ears, but Dr Maryam had explained this in my consultation. She also said that if I did want something a little tighter and more dramatic, that I could go back in for a threading treatment. (Where they thread through your skin and pull it up- like Lauren on Real Housewives of Cheshire) I’m sliiiiightly hesitant about this because it looks painful, but it’s tempting!
 
How much did it cost?
Prices start from £180 for Botox.
 
Would you recommend it?
Yes, especially for those looking for a subtle lift and tighten. I’m really impressed!

 
Head over to You Glo's website for more information.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

I Tried Positive Thinking for a Week and This is What Happened..

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Going off the title of this blog post you would think I was a right miserable old bitch who only manages to crack a smile once every few months. That is NOT the case, FYI. I’m pretty much always cheerful. I LOVE laughing. In fact I whole-heartedly believe that laughter is the best medicine for anything, and fortunately for me, I’ve got a really solid group of friends that make me laugh (almost) every day.

However, some days, when the tiniest thing goes wrong, it ruins my whole day. And I let it ruin my whole day. I think this is partly due to anxiety and the fact I overthink every tiny detail of everything in the world ever, but partly due to me letting my negative mindset overrule the positive. I was on a shoot at work last month, and we had the loveliest make-up artist in who was the most positive, sweetest woman I have EVER met (soz mum) and she said that every day when you wake up, you should say “I am loved, and I am blessed” out loud to yourself in the mirror. At first, I laughed and was a bit like erm wtf, but I’m going to give it a go and see how it changes (if at all) my life.

Monday
What better day to start than a Monday! Not going to lie, it could have started better as I had the most disrupted night’s sleep EVER. I went to sleep around midnight, woke up at 3, then couldn’t get back to sleep till 6. I spent my time valuably though- did you know you can watch Jaws the movie on a boat on the River Thames?!?! My actual dream! Unfortunately, it’s on June 16th and I’m at a day party that day, so I doubt I’ll be in a fit state to board a moving vessel that evening. Anyway, I should have been in a bad mood, but I had some amazing news yesterday that has given me a massive burst of motivation- I can’t say what it is just yet, but it’s to do with my career, and if it works out it’s going to be v. exciting.

I also read in the paper this morning that an effective method to boost your self-confidence and mood is to write down two compliments you have received that day, so I’ve decided to apply that to this little positivity experiment too…. Still waiting on the first one mind you 😐

I didn’t want to let a weekend of eating junk dull my mood, (I get hung up about my body on a daily basis) so I brought my gym kit and headed to a lunchtime circuits class. (Exercise = endorphins and all that) I usually go after work, but Love Island starts tonight, so I need to ensure I am home, settled and ready for the clock to strike 21:00.

Monday, done…So far so good! No bAd VibeZ. *insert peace finger symbol and crystal ball emoji here*

Tuesday
Tuesday is officially the worst day of the week. It’s not Monday, where everyone is still kind of getting over the weekend, so it flies by pretty quick, and it’s not Wednesday where at least you have the motivation that you’re already halfway through the week. Not to mention I am still FUMES about last night’s Love Island ending on a cliff-hanger! I NEED to know who Adam picks?!?!?! And I came into work to an extremely rude and abrupt email which was just so unnecessary. Anyway *thinks positive* I went to the gym AGAIN at lunch with my friend Hattie (allllll about those endorphins!) I found out I won a load of Charlotte Tilbury make-up and I’m going to an event with Pandora at the swanky Ivy hotel tonight. Pro’s are definitely outweighing the cons here.


Compliments: non. AGAIN. In fact, when I came out the gym, I bumped into a colleague and she didn’t even recognise me. Brill. Oh actually, a boy sent me the heart eyes emoji on Bumble.. does that count? 

Wednesday
So, I probably had one (or ten) glasses of champagne too many at the Pandora event last night, but it was SO GOOD! We made flower crows and ate boujee canapes and talked and laughed and it was just a fabulous event- thank you for having me Pandora! (So gutted because I took so many gorgeous photos of the room and the table but I can't get them back now because I lost my phone before I got chance to upload this blog post.) I woke up thinking it was Friday. Brill. BUT my housemate Rach (who also got v. drunk last night) was really late for work which meant we could walk to the tube together hehe. (I am so needy)


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Had a little stroll in the sun at lunchtime and rang one of my best friends who has just moved to London! Made plans to see her and another friend next Wednesday for dinner and drinks. Having stuff to look forward to creates an instant good mood, right?! Plus, I love drinking on school nights. Not so much the next day. But #YOLO.

Compliments: I got the SWEETEST comment on a photo I uploaded on Instagram from the event last night. It was from a fellow bloggers mum, and it said “Lovely to meet you last night sweetie. You’re a great girl, funny and beautiful.” MY HEART!

Oh, and Hayley told me she liked my top. Oh, and Hattie said my skin was glowy. 

Thursday
I was buzzing all day today because I had plans with my friend Andrew after work, and he is the FUNNEST person ever. The power of positive thinking got me through this whole day because I was gagging for an XL large vino. It was such a fun night too, we met in Soho, went to a few pubs (£16 bottles of wine, FYI) then had a feast in Chinatown (can’t actually remember eating this) then ended up in our FAVOURITE place… the Yard. It’s a gay bar in Soho and we always end up meeting really fun people in there. I actually got a chippy on my way home which really highlights how shocking my diet has been this week. Oh well.

Compliments: I got an email from one of the other bloggers from the Pandora event- the lovely Charlotte. She said sitting next to me was probably the funnest time she's ever had at an event! MY HEART! (AGAIN!) As for compliment number 2 though... Shall I make something up? Someone passed out on the tube because of my overwhelming beauty????? Would you believe me?

Friday
The phrase ‘Happy Friday!’ KILLS me. But it is. And I am POSITIVEEEEE so I won’t cringe at hearing it 500 times today. Also. I’m going on a date tonight. So, I’m not gonna bother writing down my compliments cos I’m probably gonna get 5 million. Well. I better. Or there won’t be a date number 2 I'll tell ya THAT. (If you're reading this then plz will you send a bouquet of roses to my office next week??? Thanks.)

Saturday
So, I lost my phone in the pub so my alarm didn’t go off and I missed my train to Hereford where I was supposed to be spending the weekend with my brother and my parents soooooo….. Not only am I the world’s worst daughter, but I am a social recluse as well. Oh, and it wasn’t insured. So I had to buy another one. But what's £650 between friends, hey? *Wipes sweat from brow* ANYWAY. I had such a cute night hehehehe (TBC...) Not one to waste a preciousSaturday night, I met my friends in Shoreditch and had some (kinda) civilised drinks. Didn’t get a takeaway, didn’t have a cigarette, and was at home in bed (well, Polly’s bed) at a decent time. Fabulous evening!

Sunday
I loveeeeee a lazy Sunday. I got home around 2ish, then lazed in bed catching up on all my favourite reality TV shows (Love Island and Real Housewives of Atlanta) made something actually different for lunch (I usually have the same stir-fried tofu/chicken salad/scrambled eggs) for every meal so that was VERY exciting. Then I watched Love Island with my housemates at 9. Perfect Sunday!


So, what has making a special effort to think positively taught me? As someone who lets the tiniest thing bother them, it made an, albeit subtle, improvement to my anxiety level. It’s made me focus on the good things people say to me and that’s an instant mood booster. It’s also made me really think about just slowing down and enjoying what I’m doing that day, as opposed having some really exciting plans on Saturday and therefore hating every day that week until it reaches Saturday. I’m not at the stage where I am waking up and giving myself the “I am loved and I am blessed” pep talk, but the power of positive thinking really has made a difference!


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Monday, 21 May 2018

11 Life Lessons I've Learned So Far..

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So, on Wednesday I turned the big 2-6. Not such a monumental, mile-stone of an age to some, but to me, it means I’m now closer to 30 than 20. *shudders* It’s actually so weird, because I still think of me and my brothers as being teenagers, when in fact we are 26, 27 and 28. (Fun fact- my mum actually wanted 8 children, but she stopped after having me because apparently I was too attention seeking as a child… I personally have no idea what she’s on about. *flicks hair*)

As well as going out almost every night for the last 2 weeks and eating and drinking myself into oblivion to celebrate, I wanted to share 26 lessons I’ve learned in my life so far. Some serious, not so serious, but here goes. (Edit: I was going to do 26, but I ran out of steam at 11...whoops!)

  1. Surgery is expensive. And addictive.
  2. Career paths are never straight forward. I mean, I’m 26 and I still don’t know what I want to do. I remember having careers lessons in high school where we discussed the job we would want to do in the future. As far as we were all aware, we went to sixth form, then university, then got a job and that was us for the rest of our lives. No mention of going self-employed, the difficulty of getting a job in your field without years of experience, changing your mind, paying taxes etc etc. Also, my career of choice was always an actress sooooooo…yeah. Completely unrealistic. (Still waiting for my big break btw if Steven Spielberg/any talent scouts are reading this)
  3. BE PATIENT. I'm super impulsive and hate waiting around for anything. As soon as I see something I think I like, I want it straight away. And this isn’t just clothes or small things- it’s cars, houses (renting, obv) so thank GOD for my mum and dad who help me (unwillingly) step back and look at the bigger picture before holding off and waiting for something better to come along. And it always does. 
  4. Keeping in touch is so important. I am so fortunate to have a group of girlfriends who I’ve been best friends with for the last 9 years. Some have stayed in Preston, some moved away then came back, some completely relocated. I’ve been to Sheffield, Wakefield and now London, which is obviously a lot further away. Yeah, I miss out on a lot of social events now, but I never everfeel out of touch, and when we do see each other it’s like we’ve never been apart, and there is no better feeling than that.
  5. Boys are dumb. Ok. Maybe this is slightly bitter. But since I broke up with my ex, I haven’t properly liked anyone. Then as soon as I do (and this was pretty recent) he completely ghosted me after 2 dates. *insert tumbleweed noise here* Part of me is like UGH what a prick he didn’t deserve me anyway etc etc etc, and part of me just wants to text him like erm heya was it something I said?????? (Seriously though I have no idea what happened I thought it was actually going really well?!) So basically my love life can currently be described as sleeping diagonally in my bed and haven’t shaved my legs for 3 weeks. But this whole thing taught me that I will never do this to anyone else. 
  6.  Don't change for anyone. Relocating to different cities a few times in the last few years meant I was suddenly surrounded by strangers as opposed to my friends or family. Some of them became friends, but a lot of them I either worked with, or lived with, and basically couldn't avoid them. But I found my personality changing to suit the surroundings. And it just wasn't me.
  7.  Saving money is impossible. But again. This is going to  be a work in progress- probably for the rest of my life- but unless my sugar daddy reveals himself, or I learn to stop spending money as easily as I breathe, it's going to continue to be a work in progress.
  8. Don't stop chasing your dreams. This sounds like such a Ghandi moment, BUT I don't mean it in a Fiat 500 way (Twitter readers will understand, everyone else won't), I basically mean don't settle. I quit my job last year and had no idea what the hell I was going to do, but I have always been a super hard worker, and my motivation has always been to be happy. I never want to be in a position where I am coming in to work absolutely dreading it, or hating my colleagues, or generally not enjoying myself, because you're at work for 5 out of the 7 days so there's got to be SOME form of enjoyment there. If I'm not happy, I find something else. I never settle. And I never want to start settling. I always want to strive for something bigger, or better!
  9. Enjoy what you have! I'm always making plans. There is rarely a weekend that passes where I have zero plans, or I'm just sitting around the house bored af. But I always wish time away because I'm looking forward to the next event so I don't enjoy the moment. I want to start doing this more. Just taking a few minutes to reflect on the positives. Maybe I'll gather up my housemates at the end of each day and we can tell each other the pit and the peak of each day, like the Kardashians.
  10. Instagram is not real life. I work in a digital industry, so I am ALWAYS on social media. I'm not alone when I say I spend hours scrolling through Instagram at people staying in those overwater villas in the Maldives, or showing off their new £1.2k Gucci bag, or posing at the wheel of their Range Rover. And I have to admit, I get SO jealous. But it's Instagram. You choose what to post. And to be fair, when I post photos of my life in London I get messages from people back home saying how much I'm living the dream or how they want my life, whereas I think that about the next person, so it's like you always want what you can't have.
  11. Experiences are worth SO much more than materialistic things! I'm SO glad I realised this a few years ago, when I sold my Louis Vuitton bag and put the money toward a flight to spend Christmas and New Year in Thailand with my friends. It's pretty self explanatory, why would you want to spend £1k on a handbag when it means you have no money to go out and show it off?! Even for my last couple of birthdays I've told friends and family to take me out for dinner, or book a show for us to go to- something together, instead of buying me a gift, because memories are sooooooo much more valuable to me!


What advice do you wish you had learned earlier?

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Helpful Apps for Living in London

Did you know I moved to London recently?!?! I don't know if I mentioned it? Anyway, I have absolutely no sense of direction, and my geographical skills leave a lot to be desired so I wanted to share my most useful apps to those who are planning the big move, or are 6 months in and still feeling like an international student... You're welcome!

Dojo

Such a good app to download once you've settled in and you're ready to start exploring! You just search for a location (Clapham, Shoreditch etc) and the kind of vibe you want and it recommends places to go. Options include things like beer gardens (v.v.v. handy in this weather!) date night (gathering dust on my phone, not gonna lie) new openings, gigs, pop ups, vegan etc etc! It also shows what's on each week, so you're spoilt for choice!



CityMapper 
My life saver! Seriously, if you are ever in London, even if you’re just visiting, you need to download citymapper. It’s free, and you simply type in your current location and destination, and it shows you how to get there via tube, train, bus, how long it would take in and Uber or walking. It tells you where to change, which line to get and whether its northbound or southbound, and even notifies you when to get off. Life saver.



TodayTix 
If you’re into the theatre, Today Tix is a free app which offers discounted tickets. You can only book for the upcoming month, but the discounts are huge, and the seats are decent too. (Wicked for £18.50!) I’m dying to see the Woman in Black, Lion King, Matilda and Chicago! hint hint)



Movebubble
Movebubble makes it super simple for those wanting to find a rental property. The app allows tenants and agents to chat 24/7, without the need to make loads of calls and send multiple emails. It also means you get responses outside of the usual office hours, (which is so convenient, especially when you want to spend your lunch hour enjoying the sun instead of being on hold to a letting agent for hours.) Simply search the area you're interested in, and it brings up loads of gorgeous furnished and unfurnished properties. The main things I was looking for was a big kitchen/dining room and lots of wardrobe space, and I got it!


ClassPass 
You will have seen your fave fitness influencers (me included, duh) checking in at boujee fitness studios around London, but did you know a single class costs £20?! I know. £20 for a 45-minute boxing class. Insane. That’s where Class Pass comes in! They do amaaazing deals for first-timers. I paid £30 for 100 credits (each class varies from 5-14 credits depending on how popular it is) when I signed up, and the current offer is 30 credits FREE! Go go go!




What apps have you downloaded to help you survive in the city?