Why Fragrances for Men Make the Perfect Gift

When I'm buying a gift for my partner Blake I always like to get him something really special whatever the cost. Birthdays are a great time to spoil each other and this year I went all out and paid for a trip to Amsterdam as we've both always wanted to go. But on previous birthdays I always tend to buy a fragrance as I know he appreciates a good scent!

One fragrance brand that I have in my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon is L'Occitane. Instantly recognisable because of the bright yellow front, originally started in France, they have over 2700 stores over the world offering skincare, bath & hair products plus the perfume for men L'Occitane range. 

Fitness And Cheap Gym Membership: A Guide To Getting Free Gym Passes

Fitness and health are important factors in contemporary society; this is the reason so many people choose to join a gym. Unfortunately, most of these people find themselves locked into expensive long-term contracts without ever stepping foot into the gym - well, beyond signing the contract, that is. 

Needless to say, we are all searching for a way to lose weight without having to spend thousands of pounds. When my local gym Xtreme Gyms opened last year, I managed to get an early bird deal of £25 a month which I think is about average.

This article below will provide you with information on how to shed the fat without having to spend a single penny, by making use of the latest free gym trials, pay-as-you-go deals, and no-frills contracts from approximately £10/month. Be sure to watch out for these contracts and keep an eye on what to do when the membership hits a snag.

Floral Statement Sleeves

My love affair with florals has started all over again for Spring with the help of the lovely people at Apricot Clothing, who recently gifted me this hibiscus flower print bardot blouse (£22) with stunning, statement sleeves. Since receiving the blouse, I've hardly taken it off, it's so comfy and I get so many compliments. I wore it recently on a night out tucked in a leather bodycon skirt. The floral printed blouse is made up of green, pink and rust tones which compliments this pretty Stratford Upon Avon backdrop and more importantly my wardrobe!

Ways to Create the Perfect Bath

When it comes to getting ready, I am more of shower person because it's quicker to jump in and jump out when you're living life 9-5, there's no organisation involved. Where as a bath takes a lot more time because you have to wait for it to fill up and get the temperature right. But bear with me there are lots of perks which I have listed below. I always try to make time for a bath after a long week or on a Sunday because as soon as I have a bath, I feel like all my worries have gone away and I even feel happier in myself.

Styling a Silver Backpack

It's been a while since my last outfit post but hopefully worth the wait! I really wanted to capture "Spring" in the photos and I think the colour combination and the backdrop is pretty perfect. I also had a great excuse to take photos with my friend Hannah (she's amazing) in this lovely weather were having, as I was recently gifted this gorgeous Lexi backpack (£23.99) from OOH Accessories. The brand is quite new on the fashion scene but their bags are great quality and so affordable plus they even deliver to Europe.

The backpack comes in a metallic silver colour, which is unusual for me as I normally opt for black and tan when it comes to handbags, but I fancied something different for a change and I'm so glad I did! The backpack has gold buckle detailing, lots of pockets to keep all my belongings and the best part is it's so comfortable to wear all day long! 

When it came to choosing an outfit to style the bag with I could of either gone a bit rock n roll (it sounded cooler in my head) because of the metallic or more low key and sophisticated. I went for the latter.
I have been dying to wear this pleated pink skirt that I got for £20 in the Topshop sale for ages and this white lace blouse (£28) from Apricot Clothing is so prim and proper. I felt very elegant! To finish off the look I put on my cute New Look blue heels.

25 things I have learnt in 25 years

I turned 25 yesterday and not only did I think where have the years gone and also have a little freak out that I am getting close to 30, but I also started reflecting on the past few years since graduating from university and how far I have come as a person. So sit back and get ready to read my list of life lessons...

My Amsterdam Travel Diary

Three weeks ago my boyfriend and I headed off to Amsterdam for the first time ever. I recently blogged about my stay at the unique Hotel De Hallen so now I am going to share with you the rest of what we got up to in this beautiful city.