The Ultimate Festival Packing List

With summer comes the best music festivals and this year I'm lucky enough to have got a ticket to the best festival in the world - GLASTONBURY. I couldn't be more excited with less than a few days to go but there is so much to think about including what to pack. If you want to make it through the long fun filled weekend, and really enjoy the festival experience, there are some festival essentials you absolutely can’t go without. As I say it’s always better to be over-prepared than without something you really need. 


How Do You Develop Your Personal Style?

You may have looked at pictures of effortlessly stylish stars on the red carpet, posing at a premiere or even caught candidly by paparazzi boarding a flight or entering into an exclusive restaurant and wondered how exactly they do it. How do they look so instantly recognisable and utterly stylish? The answer lies in the fact that very chic women have put effort into evolving their personal style, and the result is that they look incredible, even off-duty. 

But you may think this is impossible to achieve unless you have a limitless budget, couture designers falling over themselves to dress you and an army of stylists at your disposal, right? Actually, you couldn’t be more wrong if you follow the below style tips.


Snack Alternative to Crisps: Introducing Cheesies

Crisps are one of my favourite snacks especially when I'm at work craving a quick snack and I am not the only one, they are eaten by 93% of UK adults in fact. But are they healthy? The answer is no and for that reason I have cut my crisp intake in the past year. Take ready salted crisps for example they contain 171 calories per packet and nearly 11 grams of fat! 

However I have a snack alternative that I have recently been introduced too and the cheese lover within me is very excited because they are delicious crunchy popped balls of cheese called Cheesies! Which means you can satisfy those cheese and snack cravings at the same time but not feel as guilty! Because they have way less calories!

Josh Wood Hair Products Review

Josh Wood is a new hair brand on my radar created by the renowned British hairdresser and colourist Josh Wood whose clients include Elle Macpherson, Laura Bailey, Kylie Minogue, Mick Jagger, David Bowie plus many more. But not complete with just this, he is reinventing home hair colour as we know it. By creating a whole line of hair products for you to use at home which I have kindly been gifted to try and review.

The King's Head, Wellesbourne Review

Wellesbourne is a large village in Warwickshire that is around 15 minutes from where I live so when The King's Head asked me to review their new refurb and menu I couldn't resist. And having visited a few Vintage Inn pubs before, (186 country pubs dotted across the UK)  I had a feeling the food and service was going to be great and I wasn't wrong.

When having a sneak peek at the menu before we arrived I didn't realise how much history came with The King's Head, Wellesbourne. Originally known as The Wellsbourne Inn in the 1600s, the King's Head was used as a hospital during the English Civil War. During the Second World War, they hosted the RAF pilots and ground crews from near by Wellesbourne airfield.

Finding Bluebells with Boden

When summer arrives an adventure always comes to mind and what's better than being at one with nature and finding blooming bluebells at Oversley Woods, Alcester which is a small market town local to me in Warwickshire. Two miles in length, the walking trail is circular and easy to follow, we visited early May so we weren't sure if we would find any bluebells due to the weather being rather mixed recently, but we were in luck! We managed to find a sea of bluebells to take some photos for my brand collaboration with Boden.

How To Ensure Your Rental Is Homely

With renting on the rise for millennial's and young families in 2019 due to the fact owning a home has increased costs and less flexibility, which means buy to let investors need to think about how they can make their investment a success and attract potential renters more than ever! Whether they’re investing in a residential apartment, a house, or a student property, there are certain things such as space and location that appeal to tenants and make them want to rent a property. One important thing that a lot of landlords may not consider but that attracts a variety of prospective tenants, is a welcoming and homely atmosphere and appearance. If you’re looking for ways to attract tenants and make your buy to let property feel like home, take a look at these simple ideas. 

My Crete Holiday Style

In May I travelled to the beautiful island of Crete for a bit of relaxation and sunshine. Even though it was a short break, I was excited to wear some of my new holiday clothes from Boden who I am an ambassador for and also some other lovely high street additions to my holiday wardrobe.


A Must-See Mini Travel Guide To Malaysia

So you're travelling to Malaysia? A beautiful country in Asia full of diversity, rich history vibrant culture plus so much to see and do, including tasting their amazing cuisine, taking in their stunning parks and architecture and not forgetting the picturesque beaches. If you've got a lot of travel time then you'll want to see as much as you can, so plan your journey with this mini guide so you don't miss a thing.

The Boden Striped Jumpsuit

As you may have seen in one of my previous blog post I am officially an ambassador for Boden, which I am still getting my head around as they're a British brand I absolutely love! Because people are heading on holidays and it's finally summer, the focus for Boden this month is anything but beige. Boden don’t like anything to be boring, so they've made their linen in their dedicated linen shop extra-colourful! 

So this month I chose some key linen pieces including their tropical embroidered shorts and shirt, plus the striped verity jumpsuit which I am styling below in my beautiful hometown of Stratford Upon Avon. I can't wait to wear these light and breezy Boden pieces all summer long!

How to Spend a Day in Knaresborough

This year I made myself a promise that I would visit more places in the UK because there are so many wonderful sights right on my very doorstep. One place I had always wanted to visit was Yorkshire so for my 27th birthday we packed up the car and drove two and a half hours to North Yorkshire. We booked a cute, little air bnb called The Dorm at The Old School (£72 a night) in a village called Whixley which was conveniently located between Harrogate and York. 

On the first day we visited the historic town of Knaresborough on the river Nidd known for its cobbled alleys, a majestic castle, annual bed race and the curios Mother Shipton’s Cave and its petrifying well. Knaresborough ended up being my favourite place on our York adventure so I wanted to share with you how to spend a day in Knaresborough.

Singapore: A Concrete Jungle With Plenty Of Green

Singapore is one of the best countries in Asia when it comes to growth and prosperity. One of the reasons why this great city has prospered is because of the financial and business districts. In fact these districts have fully taken over the central zones of the nation and have become widely recognised all around the world aesthetically. 

The skyline is one to be behold with your own eyes. Travellers and holidaymakers alike should try to get down to the city for another reason however. This brilliant city will surprise you in many ways and one of them is how green it is. Yes it does have a high GDP but that’s not the type of green being referred to here. The parks and vegetation inside the city are looked after and cared for by the government. Their growing skyscrapers and residential buildings are sometimes overbearing but the natural greenery that is open to the public makes life easier. 


Bottomless Brunch & Ball Pit Fun at Ballie Ballerson

If you haven't heard of Ballie Ballerson yet, then you definitely need too. It's the only adult ball pit in Shoreditch London featuring over ONE MILLION balls, where I recently met up with some of my university friends for unlimited pizza, prosecco/pornstar martinis & lots of fun! 

What Are Fashion Labels Doing To Make A Change?

Last year the fashion industry contributed £32.3 billion to UK economy, but beyond the hype and glamour of the industry we are faced with hearing about how the manufacturing of these products are far from being sustainable and environmentally friendly with water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste. As well as these important issues there are some designer fashion labels that are now stepping up to make a change for other reasons such as making a difference to the wider community and social issues. 


Five Fitness Superfoods: are they really worth it?

You have probably heard of Superfoods by now, a term used to describe foods that are considered rich in nutrients and have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties among many other health benefits. According to Mordor Intelligence, the global superfoods market is expected to grow by 7% 2019-2023.

And with lots of people showing an increased interest in their health, wellness foods like sweet potato, avocado, mango, sardines and quinoa are on the rise. However, sometimes healthy eating can mean extra money, so we want to find out along with Suttons (a gardening specialist who provides many products including plant supports) are these five superfoods actually worth the hype?


How Social Media is Changing How We Eat and Drink

While a lot of us use social media to stay in contact with each other we also use it to share our love of food and drink, posting snaps of our Instagrammable lifestyles or our latest travel adventure. But whilst we might not want to always admit it a lot of us spend our daily lives on social media (In the UK alone, there are now 45 million social media users)there is no doubt that technology is changing the way we go about our everyday lives. 

In the Global Food and Drink Trends 2018, Mintel notes that the “iGeneration,” which it identifies as teens and young adults between 10 and 27, “have grown up with technology, which has made interactivity and documentation indispensable parts of everyday life.”

Below Inn Supplies (Suppliers of a wide range of disposable tableware and catering products including paper tablecloths) discuss how social media is changing our eating and drinking habits.


Two Ways to Wear Stripes with Boden

There might still be a chill in the air, but spring is in sight and with it comes new adventures, new clothes to wear and new things to experience. Whether you're packing your case and heading on holiday or discovering new foods, wandering the streets, showing your children something new, looking at art or architecture. Just remember to participate in all that life has to offer and say YES to new adventures!

I have recently said YES to something exciting in my life. I am now an official ambassador for Boden a British fashion brand founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991 and designed all in-house in London. This will be the biggest fashion brand I have worked with in my blogging career and I couldn't be more grateful. I will be sharing lots of my colourful and fun Boden outfits over on my Instagram and blog over the next few months and hope you can join me on this exciting journey!


How to Style Denim for Work

Although office dress codes are becoming more informal (hello dress down Fridays), it’s still nice to feel smart and dress appropriately when heading to work especially if you have meetings. This is why wearing denim for your nine-to-five can be tricky but Trilogy Stores (premium denim retailers of ladies straight cut jeansare on hand with some expert denim styling tips.

Creating A Blog That Can Blossom Into A Business

Maybe you studied marketing at university purely so you could set up a blog, or you just recently new to blogging and found it to be a very fun and exciting experience that you'd like to do more of. However you started, turning a blog into a profitable business is something we’ve all considered including myself, but it's far more difficult in reality. Ultimately, because there are so many bloggers out there nowadays, we've got to have something unique. But in addition to this, we have to embody some form of business awareness. Today I'm talking about what are the best components to embody so a blog can turn into a business? 


Satin Nightwear for Spring with IDentity Lingerie

As we head into spring and things start to get a bit warmer, I like to pack away my winter nightwear in favour of lighter sleepwear whether that be a night shirt, dress or shorts set but I also like them to be as fashionable as my outside wardrobe. That's where IDentity Lingerie come in, they have kindly gifted me a beautiful satin lace babydoll pyjama set which I am sharing my thoughts about below.


How To Save Enough Money To Travel The World

Travelling the world is pretty much a dream come true for many people, but let’s be honest - it’s not exactly something that’s going to come cheap, so if you do have dreams of travelling the world for an extended period of time, then it’s time to start crunching some numbers and seeing how you can make it happen sooner rather than later. In this travel post I'm sharing some tips on how to save enough money to be able to travel the world. Of course, not all of these will apply to you, but these should definitely provide you with a strong foundation to get started from so that it becomes less overwhelming when you start saving money.

Duck Tape Crafts for Your Home

Decorating your home is fun and exciting at the best of times, but even more so if you use your own crafting materials to make something really personal and aesthetically pleasing. Many people are taking up crafting to express their sense of creativity; you can take pride in the fact that you have made your own home d├ęcor. What’s more, you won’t have to spend a fortune on decorating your home if you create your own pieces. Duck Tape Colours, a patterned duct tape retailer, have some handy suggestions for how to use their products to decorate your home on a budget.

False Eyelashes vs. Eyelash Extensions: Which is Better?

When it comes to achieving a dramatic makeup look, accentuating your eyes is key. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions both make it easy to upsize and accentuate your eyes, albeit with a very different price for each.

Inexpensive and easy to apply, false eyelashes can look fantastic when used properly. They’re available in a range of sizes and styles, can be modified to suit your eye shape and offer great versatility and flexibility.

More expensive and significantly more complicated to apply, eyelash extensions offer realism and subtlety, but at a cost. Below, I've compared both of these options to help you pick the best option for your needs, tastes and budget.

How To Wear A Pleated Midi Skirt This Winter

Since reaching my mid twenties I prefer midi skirts to mini skirts, mainly because they add a splash of sophistication to any outfit and come in an array of fabulous styles, fabrics and prints. With a longer length and cinched in waist the classic midi cut can flatters all figures and suit all ages. It's a welcome addition to any winter wardrobe too, due to the fact it keep your legs warm whilst looking well put together and it's a great alternative to wearing trousers and jeans all the time. 

If you see a midi skirt you like it's best to experiment with the styling whether it's for everyday wear or evening wear. For daytime fashion, you could wear a pleated midi skirt with a simple t-shirt and an oversized striped blazer or even a white shirt or oversized knitted jumper. For evening you could dress them up with a blouse as by nature, the pleated skirt is ultra classy. Although if you want to avoid adding bulk to the bottom half of your body, it's best to team your pleated skirt with a slim-fit top like I have below.

What A Levels Do I Need to Study Marketing at Uni?

Choosing A Level subjects can be challenging, particularly for students who aren’t 100% clear on their long-term career goals or what they want to study at uni. There’s a lot to consider and it can feel quite overwhelming to have to make a decision that is potentially going to direct the rest of your higher education. However, if you know what you want to study at university, choosing your A Levels is a little easier. In fact Brampton College, a Sixth Form College in London, have put together the following advice to help students who want to do a Marketing degree at university. 

Britain's Most Romantic Destinations 2019

With it being Valentine's Day soon, this month is all about love and making a fuss of your other half, but for me it doesn't have to be just Valentine's Day we celebrate our love for each other it can be anytime of the year. Me and my boyfriend don't actually buy each other gifts or cards for Valentine's Day because we like to be more spontaneous other times of the year or take a trip somewhere which is more about making memories then buying a physical gift. Below are some of our favourite romantic destinations in the UK!


Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter and Pay Less

If you live in the UK, you’ll know that summer 2018 was simply stunning. We had weeks of continuous sunshine and mild temperatures, but now we seem to be suffering through the polar opposite. At times like this, when snow and ice make themselves known, bill payers tend to notice a rise in their heating expenses. With that said, it’s worth thinking about how you can be more efficient with the heating to save some pennies. 

5 Reasons Scotland Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

If you’ve got a travel bucket list, it’s probably full of faraway exotic places where you can relax on sandy white beaches with a cocktail in your hand. However, that often means you miss out on some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world because it often gets overlooked, especially in the UK. If you’ve never experienced Scotland before, here’s why it needs to be at the top of your travel bucket list.

Best Ways To Pay For Your Next Holiday

It's January and all I can think about is where I'm going to travel to this summer to get some much needed vitamin D & relaxation. I'm lucky that I can pretty much use my annual leave whenever I want but for a lot of families who have to travel during the school holidays this can also be very expensive, making it a rather stressful experience when booking. To help make planning your next summer holiday easier, I have put together the different and best ways you can pay.


Two Ways to Wear a Roll Neck Jumper

Winter can be rather cold and miserable at times but something that makes it that little bit bearable is wrapping up in your favourite winter clothing whilst looking extra fabulous in the process. In fact the one essential and versatile option that I have snapped up in various colours this winter is a roll neck jumper also known as a turtle neck or polo neck and they come in two variations. A classic thin style that is perfect for layering or a more chunkier roll necks that make you feel extra snug on those colder days. Today I am showing you two ways to wear the roll neck jumper in my beautiful hometown of Warwickshire.




How to Style A Snake Print Skirt

The ever popular leopard, tiger and zebra prints have taken a back seat since the snake print trend has come along to the FROW, everywhere I look on the high street and on my instagram feed it's none stop snake print and I'm not complaining because I was loving it back in October when I travelled to Prague and I still love it in 2019!