LITTLE VALENTINE SURPRISES

Friday, 15 February 2013


I was under the impression we weren't "doing" Valentines Day this year... but he went ahead and did it anyway. I came home with a Chinese takeaway to find this little surprise arrangement on my side along with heart tealight candles lit around the room. He's such a sweetheart. I'm a lucky lady :-)


A cosy room, a takeaway, choccies and funny film Ted on blu ray to bring the giggles is all we needed. It doesn't have to cost much to be a lovely evening, and I've even persuaded him to agree to the future cat names I have chosen for our pets when we move out - honestly this is a big deal. I want Basil & Binky, but he preferred John or Monty or something. He's finally come around! Basil will be a big fluffy ginger cat with a bushy tail to resemble a certain fox puppet and that is that ;-) teehee!

Did you have a wonderful evening with loved ones or do anything nice? 
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VALENTINE'S DAY IN LONDON?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013



If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in London on the most romantic day of the year, I will be very envious as you’ll sure be in for a amazing day! London is my favourite city; it's easy to get to and affords a wealth of romantic experiences and opportunities to share a lovely moment. Here are my top five tips for getting romantic in the city...


1. Take in the breathtaking views and enjoy a romantic walk – like all romantic films set in London, there is no better way to enjoy romance than to take in the views of London’s spectacular landmarks. There are plenty of romantic spots to soak up this atmosphere – the London Eye, Big Ben or a walk along the river, for example.


2. Enjoy a West End show together – there are plenty to choose from and many deals to be found. Going to the theatre is something we don’t get to do every day, so you’ll instantly feel special. Be sure to buy your partner an ice cream in the interval though!


3. Gentlemen... take your lady shopping and make her feel special – with so many shops in London this could feel overwhelming at best but not to fear. Try to focus your search and buy her something special like a silver necklace she can treasure forever. There are so many places to buy jewellery in London but I'd head straight to Pandora where you’ll find so many options, together you’ll be able to find the unique gift special to her. Plus, with Pandora’s ever expanding collections of charms and pendants – she’ll be able to keep collecting special jewellery to mark these special moments - I love this idea! Perhaps a visit to a Pandora store could become a Valentine’s day tradition she’ll really love you for!

These are my absolute favourite Valentine charm picks from the luxurious Pandora store... how gorgeous are those little lovebirds?!:



4. Take her for a romantic and cosy meal – London is world renowned for its multitude of culinary delights. Whatever your taste, you will definitely find the perfect restaurant for your special evening. There is everything in this city! If you’ve enjoyed a trip away together, to Spain for example, why don’t you take her to a Spanish restaurant and re-live your special memories?

5. Enjoy an overnight stay in a fancy hotel. One of my favourite pastimes! After a visit to the London Eye, a romantic meal, and a trip to the Pandora store – you’ll deserve a relaxing space to escape the hustle and bustle. A romantic hotel stay is the perfect way to end your Valentine’s day in London and will sure be one to remember. And don't forget to take lots of photos to remember your lovely trip!

*This post was composed in partnership with Pandora*
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ACHIEVE VOLUME IN LONG HAIR WITH "DISCONNECTED LAYERS"

Sunday, 10 February 2013

I had my hair cut and highlighted last week, but didn't really know what I was going for until I got to the salon. One of the other stylists had the most lovely haircut... her hair was long but had so much volume at the roots and very short layers around the top of her head with a long sweeping side parting. I asked my stylist if she could recreate that, and she told me it was known as "disconnected layers" - apparently a "more freehand style of layering for hairstyles with a lot of movement and texture". So that's what I did!
I'd never heard of this term before, but it's the cut I've always been after. My hair is still rather long and blunt cut at the ends which I like, but I now have some layers that are as short as chin length and different lengths all over. The means when the hair is waved it's nice and bouncy with lots of volume, and I no longer have the dreaded flat roots and fat ends scenario which is so common with thick long hair!

It's now so easy to twist with the straighteners, "bumpf" it up a bit and hairspray it to keep it from falling flat. All I need to master is a little backcombing. How do you keep volume in your hair?
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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME #08 - BUMBLEBEE HONEY POT

Saturday, 2 February 2013


Bumblebee Honey Pot from Next Home

I can't go into Next without walking through the home section and dreamily gaze at all the lovely items. Me and Chris took a wander around the shops today and when I saw this adorable honey pot I had to buy it. We've recently started eating more honey to be a little healthier; cooking with it and using it as a natural sweetener instead of sugar. I never knew how much I actually liked honey! So we had to have this little pot. It's so cute and reminds me of Pooh bear. It will go in our future kitchen in the gorgeous little house we dream of every day!

Buying little bits and pieces like this help us keep focused on working hard for our own home. A positive attitude is key and knowing it WILL come, we just have to be patient!
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