Huge holiday haul

Huge holiday haul

If you follow my Instagram for my blog you may have seen that I recently went on holiday to Devon. While I was away I ventured in to Exeter for a day to check out their shops – I wasn’t disappointed.

I started off in New Look, which is a shop I’ll always end up back at. I first picked up this gorgeous watch. I already have a more expensive metal watch but wanted something that wouldn’t be tapping on the desk every time I typed something at work. It was an added bonus that the watch is actually really pretty and looks a lot more expensive than it is (it was just £12)!

I also got this pretty embroidered shirt. I’m loving the whole embroidery trend at the moment and this shirt is just perfect for this time of the year and is ideal for work. It was £18, which I didn’t think was too bad at all.

I know the whole band t-shirt thing is kind of controversial and that’s why I’ve held back now for a while and not hopped on the band wagon. But to be honest, I’ve decided I just don’t care anymore and I’ll wear whatever I like. So I picked up this ripped Rolling Stones t-shirt – which I love. I also got this cropped pink jumper. It’s the perfect comfy kind of jumper to lounge around in on a mouldy Sunday and it was well worth the buy.

Lastly, I finally managed to get a light up letter ‘E’! I’ve wanted one of these for so so long but nowhere ever seems to have an E in stock. Of course I couldn’t not buy it. It looks great on my book shelf and is fab for blog and Instagram pictures. I also picked up the infamous golden pineapple that almost every blogger seems to own. Again, it looks great on my shelf and is really pretty. It just means that I can keep rings and little miscellaneous objects that often get lost all together in one pretty dish.

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I also popped in to Primark, of course. I got myself the prettiest and so un-Primark-like underwear set. I feel like Primark have seriously upped their lingerie game recently and have some beautiful sets. I really wish I’d bought more actually as they’d got some seriously pretty bralettes! They were so inexpensive too at just £8 for the bra and £6 for the pants. I also loved the fact that they’re sold separately so you can have a different size  for the top to the bottom – is anyone actually the same size top and bottom? Also, if you have slightly bigger boobs and don’t think you can wear bralettes then maybe give this one a go as it has the extra cross straps across the back for a bit more support!

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I’m an absolute sucker for a playsuit, I love them, and I couldn’t resist this one from Primark. It was only £8 and will be perfect if we actually ever get any warm weather over here (I doubt it).

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As if I don’t already have far too many fairy lights, I picked up these copper wire ones for £4 from Primark because you just can’t ever have too many fairy lights.

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I also popped in to H&M and bought this pretty phone case. I’d actually seen this online and almost got it but when I saw it in the shop I realised it was way prettier in person. The flowers are actually real and have been pressed, which I just think is the best idea to be honest. It was only £5.99 and there were various other cases that I liked there too, H&M have got a good selection.

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I also made a trip in to the Card Factory, because they sell the best candles believe it or not. I bought this lavender candle and it’s just strong enough to be able to tell what it is without being really over powering. I love lighting lavender candles before I go to bed as they help me sleep, if you find it hard to get to sleep you should definitely try it.

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Finally, – which I didn’t actually buy myself but I’m including it in my haul anyway – my friend Emily got me The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Coincidentally, I just so happened to have bought her the exact same book and she’s already finished it and seemed to rate it. I’m only about a quarter of the way through though but so far it seems alright – I’ll update you in a later post when I’ve finished it.

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So as you can tell, my whole saving money thing is going well! I regret none of these purchases though, even if my bank account is now crying. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for an adventure-y post tomorrow, full of pictures from my holiday!

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Tips for new bloggers!

Tips for new bloggers!

As a fairly new-ish blogger myself, I thought it’d be useful if I share some of the biggest things I’ve learnt so far in my 4/5 months of blogging. So here are some tips for those of you out there who are just starting out – I hope they help!

  • Don’t get too hung up on numbers. A small loyal and interactive following is much better than having 10,000 followers that don’t pay attention to what you post. It takes time to build up a good following so just be patient.
  • Be consistent. Being consistent and keeping to an upload schedule can keep you organised, make your blog look more professional and encourage people to come back to your blog on particular days to check for posts.
  • However, don’t set the bar too high. Don’t go trying to get a post up every single day – fewer quality posts are much better than lots of rubbish posts.
  • Don’t be afraid to make the first move and email companies and ask to collaborate. There is no harm in asking and the worst they can do is say no. Don’t sit around waiting for doors to open; go and open doors for yourself.
  • If you do collaborate with a company, be sure to ask them to share the post via their social media too. You’re doing them a favour so why shouldn’t they do you one too?
  • Act like you’re a professional, even if you’re not. Make yourself a contact email and create a professional signature for your emails – make a good impression.
  • Create a PR/Contact me page for your blog to make it as easy as possible for companies to contact you and to make it clear that you are PR friendly.
  • Set up an Instagram and a Twitter account and get following fellow bloggers to make friends. Share your blog on as many platforms as possible to reach as many people as you can.
  • Collaborate with other bloggers. You can make new friends and share each others blogs and reach new people. Create a new tag together, something that might catch on and get your name thrown about the internet a bit.
  • Think about investing in a camera. Personally, I feel like pictures are often what attract me to a blog post so make sure you’re taking some good shots to accompany your post. To be honest, most phones these days are pretty decent quality, so if you can’t afford a camera, find yourself some good editing apps and play around and see if you can make them look better quality than they actually are.
  • Only post about things that matter to you. Don’t go writing about certain products/topics just because you think other people want to read about them – write for yourself and write about what you’re interested in. Writing about something you don’t actually have any interest in will probably come across in your writing and won’t be enjoyable, so why do it?

Let me know in the comments if you have anymore tips – I’m still learning and could definitely use them. Thanks for reading! You can find my social media links here if you want to hear more from me!

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Blogger wishlist – make-up, homeware, clothes, books & more

Blogger wishlist – make-up, homeware, clothes, books & more

I’m currently on a bit of a spending ban as I’m trying my very hardest to save my money up. Therefore, I’ve accumulated a bit of a wish list lately and I thought I’d share some of the items on my wish list – maybe you can encourage me to buy them?

First up would have to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I swear this palette is all I ever hear anyone talk about and I’ve had multiple bloggers recommend it to me. So this is definitely high up on my list, I will treat myself to this palette eventually.

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Next up is a TV. My TV I have in my bedroom is now about 8 years old and isn’t a Smart TV or anything fancy. I recently bought myself an Amazon Fire TV Stick to try and substitute investing in a new TV, but the stick just doesn’t seem to work well with my TV – perhaps because it is so dated. I also feel like the TV is on its way out, it keeps playing up and I just feel like it is about to leave us. So I fancy buying myself a new TV, and a bigger one too. Obviously though, this isn’t going to be cheap so I’ve been putting it off but I’m getting closer to caving. I’d really like one of these two TVs, (Samsung on the left and Phillips on the right) both of which are Smart and 4k Ultra HD and 49″. Only problem is, they’re not exactly cheap. However, it will probably last me well over ten years and when I move out I’ll be able to take it with me so I’m convincing myself by calling it an investment for the future.

I’ve got a huge Amazon basket full of books I want to buy (perhaps I should do a whole other post on my book wish list?) but two books I desperately want to purchase at the moment are Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything, both my Morgan Matson. Go look them up on Amazon because they look like such great reads!

I really want to treat myself to some new homeware bits for my bedroom. I’d like some cushions to go on my bed – maybe some more summery ones. I particularly like the cushions at Asda and Dunelm, they sell some really pretty ones and I particularly like this one, this one and this one. I’d also like to invest in some new blinds and voiles. Therefore, I’m planning to order maybe some white or pale grey blinds and voiles, maybe on my next pay day.

Lastly- and I could use some recommendations here – I would really like a pair of loafers. I’ve looked at so many shops, both online and in store but just can’t seem to find a pair I like. I’d preferable like them to be black but the difficult part comes here… I can’t find any that aren’t really stiff. I can’t deal with stiff shoes because my feet are so boney they just rub and it kills. I also don’t want them to be really really flat soles, my boney feet need some cushioning. So if you’ve got a pair of black loafers that you love and are no more than £30 then please hit me up with links.

If you’ve got any recommendations for loafers, TVs, homeware bits or books then please let me know in the comments! Keep your eyes peeled for a ‘Beauty Bloggers Made Me Buy It’ post coming tomorrow, and in the meantime you can find me on my social media accounts here. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow and like the post if you enjoyed it!

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Trying free from/vegan easter eggs

Trying free from/vegan easter eggs

You may or may not be aware that as of January I have been avoiding dairy and gluten. I was suffering from a lot of heartburn and stomach cramps and I realised that eating gluten and dairy wasn’t necessarily the cause, but was definitely contributing. Since cutting the two out of my diet (with the exception of an occasional mcdonald’s), I have been almost completely heartburn free and I barely get any stomach cramps.

However, if you’re a fellow difficult person with intolerances or allergies, or a vegan, you’ll know that it can be a pain in the ass to find alternatives. Fortunately, gluten and dairy free products are becoming more popular and it isn’t that difficult (although it can be expensive.) Yet, with easter coming up, I just kind of assumed that I wouldn’t be getting any easter eggs this year as I though Free From eggs probably just weren’t a thing. Bu thank God, I was wrong.

Turns out, your very own Tesco and Asda both sell amazing Free From eggs! I’ve done you guys a favour, and tested both eggs (it was really difficult for me, but I managed it) and I’m going to give you the low down on them. In case you’re wondering what the point of this post is… 1. it was a good excuse for me to eat some chocolate and 2. if there is anyone else out there that is absolutely devastated to be missing out on the egg action this easter, like I thought I was, I want you to know that you don’t have to!

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First up, we’ve got the Asda egg and chocolate orange discs! I really really enjoyed the egg, to be honest there’s not a lot to say because it just tasted like a normal egg. The egg is free from gluten, wheat and dairy and comes with a bunch of chocolate orange discs in the bottom (which are probably the best part). With it, I also bought some of Asda’s little packets of chocolate orange discs (which are basically chocolate buttons) and again, they were lovely. The egg is just £4 and was voted joint winner of the Good Housekeeping Free From Easter egg test 2017! The chocolate orange discs were just 37p per bag, which is really a very decent price. If you want to check out the full ingredients list, here is a link to the egg on Asda’s site. As far as I can see there aren’t any signs that the egg includes actual chicken type eggs (not easter ones), so if you have an egg allergy, you might be cool with these.

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Then there’s the Tesco egg. Again, it tasted good, not really any different to the Asda egg! However, the Tesco egg came with gold coins, so they were a bit boring in comparison to the Asda chocolate orange discs – but maybe you prefer boring? Another difference was, the Asda egg is 200g, whereas the Tesco egg is 115g, so you get more chocolate in the Asda egg. However, the Tesco egg is cheaper at £2.50, and is also part of Tesco’s 2 for £3 egg deal – which is a bargain. Overall though, it’s a really nice egg. Again, it is gluten, wheat and dairy free and as far as I can see there isn’t any real chicken eggs involved. You can check out the full ingredients list on the Tesco site here. Along with the egg, I also got these cool easter bunny shaped marshmallows, which were also gluten and dairy free – however, they’re not vegetarian or vegan friendly, so.

Overall, I did prefer the Asda egg, but the Tesco egg was definitely still a pleasure to eat. In all honesty, I’m just thankful that either of them exist or else I’d be having a pretty boring easter!

So, if you know anyone that is vegan or gluten, dairy or wheat intolerant, link them to this post so they know that easter this year doesn’t have to be egg-less! Make sure to give this post a like if you’re a fellow intolerant or if you’re a vegan and this has helped you out! Thanks for reading!

emmachxrlotte

 

Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

I recently treated myself to a bunch of new clothes and shoes and what not from ASOS, Boohoo and H&M and thought I’d share them with you guys. It is a slightly spring-like haul, I mean it is probably as colourful as I’m going to get..

IMG_6498The main thing I really needed was a pair of shoes. I’ve got a lot of trainers and I could do with some smarter more actual adulting shoes, so got myself these. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vans and Converse, they’re definitely way more comfortable, but sometimes you just need some smart shoes. Plus, I think these are a little bit more spring-like, although they’re still black. I got these from ASOS and they were £22. If you want to check them out you can find them here. I found that they were really true to size and they’re quite cushioned on the soles so they’re quite comfy. I love the lace up thing that they’ve got going on and I also love the little heel with the gold around it.

IMG_6503I decided to get myself a new pair of sunnies. I already have a nice pair that I got last
year, but I decided to get another pair so I could keep one in the car for when I’m driving and get blinded. I went for some big old cat eye ones by Mango from ASOS, and I’m obsessed with them. They were a little more than I’d usually pay for a pair of sunglasses at £16, but they feel really sturdy and I just like them so much that I couldn’t say no.

IMG_6499When I went looking for clothes I didn’t plan to buy pyjamas at all, but I saw these and just couldn’t resist. Again, they’re probably a bit pricey for a pair of pyjamas but just look at them. I’m always a sucker for some nice pyjamas, I like my comfy clothes. I also think that I could probably actually get away with wearing the shorts as actual clothes – they’d be nice to wear on the beach probably. They’re really nice and silky and just generally really comfy to wear in bed. Again, they’re from ASOS, you can find them here.

IMG_6501I also got this seriously pretty top from Boohoo. I absolutely love the mesh bit at the top and the flowers. The sleeves are so so cute too. I’m not usually a cute, flowery top kind of girl but this thing is gorgeous! The only thing I’d say is – make sure you’ve got a white vest top to go underneath as it is seriously quite see-through. Otherwise, the whole top is just so pretty and spring-like. The collar also makes it quite smart so it is ideal forwearing to work. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my new shoes on Monday! It was £20 but Boohoo had 20% off so I got it for £16! If you want to have a look for yourself, here you go.

IMG_6502I’m quite a skirt lover lately – I find them way more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve already got a blue denim skirt, but I decided to invest in a black one. It’s basically just your average blacked washed denim skirt, but I’m really pleased with it because ASOS did a tall version of the skirt, which is so so important for lanky old me. Skirts are always miles to short on me because of my mile-long-legs, but this is actually a socially acceptable length. It also has a little bit of fringing along the hem, which is quite nice. It was just £25 from ASOS, so check it out here if you fancy.

IMG_6504Lastly, I got this black strappy top from H&M. It’s not very colourful or spring-like at all, but it’s got this sort-of velvet like texture that’s really shiny, and I love the straps. I’ve actually been wearing it backwards, to be honest, because I like it with the straps at the front (just because the straps are never seen on my back with my hair down). It was just £12, and it’s so easy to stick with anything. I quite like wearing it over the top of a long sleeve plain white top when it isn’t very warm, or with an open checked shirt. Click here to see for yourself! Nice view of my armpits right? Sorry about that!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know which item is you favourite in the comments! Look out for a skincare-related blog post coming tomorrow. In the meantime, you can find all my social media links here and you can check out my last blog post, my March favourites, here!

P.S. who has been watching 13 Reasons Why then?! Let me know if you are LOVING it as much as I am!!

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