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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Jewel Candle - Review/Giveaway

JewelCandle* - available online

I have been a fan of Jewel Candle for years. The idea is just genius. A nice smelling candle with a jewel worth anything from £10-£250 inside.. what more could a girl want, seriously? After all, they do say diamonds are a girl's best friend.

When Jewel Candle offered me the chance to review a candle of course I jumped at the chance. I chose the scent 'Pink Cherry' (which, by the way is just AMAZING) which contained a ring. You can pick out of rings, earrings and necklaces depending on which you prefer. The candle I received costs £24.95 which is a similar price you would pay for a Yankee Candle. You get A LOT of candle for your money, so they are well worth the price. You also get the added chance of getting a ring worth £250 which, lets be honest, is amazing. I know that a few years ago they used to include a bit of paper to tell you how much your ring is worth. I think I read somewhere they had to stop doing that for whatever reason, but they suggest that you get it valued at a jewelers. Basically, these candles are fast becoming my fave, and if you don't believe me I'm giving ONE of you lucky lot the chance to find out yourselves!

Cinnamon Bun Candle worth £24.95

Yes, you read that right. A GIVEAWAY!! This will be a flash giveaway, only lasting 1 week so that I can post the candle in time for Christmas (as it's from their Christmas range). Enter the rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance of winning! T&C's apply as normal.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Travel Lodge | Review

What now feels like a very long time ago I was contacted by a man called Jaleel on behalf of Travel Lodge to offer me a room in exchange for a review on my blog. It could be anywhere in the country, I got complete pick of where I wanted to go. As there was no date that it had to be used by, I asked if I could go in October (I think I spoke to Jaleel in July!) as it was mine and my boyfriends 3rd anniversary so it would tie in well. Of course I picked to go to London, I wasn’t too fussed about location though as everyone knows how easy it is to travel in London. We ended up picking Covent Garden and it was booked for the 25th October.

A lot happened in the time between booking it and actually going. At one point I tried to change the date I had booked, as I didn’t think I was going to be able to go. For unfortunate reasons my boyfriend was unable to go with me (just putting this out there, YES we are very much so still together!) so I quickly enforced my mum to come with me instead. Don’t worry; she was more than happy to!

We decided that mum would drive to Redbridge (the closest and easiest tube station for us to get to) and we would get the tube in. As it was a Saturday, of course London was packed and when we got to Redbridge we couldn’t find anywhere to park. We quickly sat-naved the closest tube station and after about 40 minutes of driving round in circles we found a tube station and made out way to central London.

As my mum had stayed in the same hotel previously she (kind of) knew where she was going. I knew that check in to the rooms was at 2pm however we arrived at around 1.35pm so we thought that they would just let us check in only to be met with if we wanted to check in before 2 we would have to pay £10. I’m still not totally sure why, along with the fact we were literally 20 minutes early. Fair enough if we arrived at 12pm, I could understand but 20 minutes! Well we weren’t going to walk around with our bags or wait for that matter so reluctantly my mum paid the fee and we were given our room key.

Our room was just your average standard room which was perfect for us as we weren’t planning on spending much time in the room. We had a huuuuge bed that was so comfortable! From our window we were looking out at a block of run down flats, however flats surrounded the building so I reckon any room you got would have the same view! This didn’t bother us much though, as we weren’t going to be spending our time looking out the window. We dropped off our bags and went out to shop.

As London is so busy it’s really hard to actually shop (especially on a Saturday!). Saying that, I did get a few bits! But I would really hate it if London was my closest town to go shopping in, it’s too much! We had originally planned to go and see a show however my mum suggested we go to the Hippodrome casino which is in Leicester Square. We also arranged to meet with one of my mums best friends who moved to London a few years ago. The casino was amazing, I was pretty much speechless the whole night! I held off betting though, as I know I would have spent all my money. I put on a few bets and won about £100 which I was obviously very happy with and walked away. Then we made our way back to the hotel.

We got back to the hotel at about 11.50pm so we knew we weren’t too late to get food as we were both starving. My mum told me that last time she was there she got one of the pizzas, which was delicious so we decided we’d both get a pizza. They were £9 each which is very expensive considering they were ones that I know you can buy from Tesco for £4 and you just heat up in the oven! We went over to the bar which had 2 other couples there. We waited patiently for about 15 minutes without saying anything, then I turned to my mum and just said ‘were blatantly being ignored’.

I’m still not too sure why we were ignored but it looked like one of the couples had been at the bar all night and the man serving clearly only wanted to serve these people (even getting them an apple, peeling, cutting it up and covering it in sugar for them, just because they mentioned they fancied it!). The man came over to us after another 10 or so minutes and asked what we wanted. I said ‘can we have 2 pizzas please’ and when he asked what flavours I turned to my mum to ask what she wanted. When I turned back, he had gone. Not disappeared, just walked off to serve someone else. By this point I was getting very frustrated and quite angry at the situation. We stood there for another 15 or so minutes thinking that maybe he had put through our order and we had to wait for the food. When it was made clear to us our pizzas weren’t being cooked, we were just standing there like idiots, I made a comment quite loudly hoping that he would hear. One of the couples that were standing over the other side of the bar then said to him ‘there are two ladies standing there waiting to be served’. He looked at us, then turned back to him and said ‘oh yeah I know, they want pizzas but *mumbled his words*’ and carried on laughing and joking with this other couple.

Luckily at this moment another lady walked through the door and served us straight away or I would have seriously lost my temper. We had been standing there waiting for about 45 minutes, being blatantly ignored. By this time it was gone 12.30am and we just wanted to go to bed. We were hungry, annoyed and quite frankly didn’t want to then spend £20 on two pizzas. I said to the lady who served us ‘we have been waiting 40 minutes, can we have these delivered to our room to save us any more time?’ and she told me ‘not unless you pay’ which I DEFINITELY was NOT doing. So we had to wait 20 MORE MINUTES for our pizzas to be cooked. We went off to our room to eat our very long awaited pizzas but of course, not without disruption!!

The vending machine had ate my mums money so I had to go to the front desk and….. I wont even get into that. It was another 20 minutes before we even got to our room! We both ate less than half of our pizza and went to sleep. HOWEVER we did have a very nice sleep!!
We checked out the next morning without any problems and that was that. 

It’s such a shame that we received such appalling service because I’ve stayed in Travel Lodges before without any hassle. I think the night and room we stayed in was worth about £160 and if I had paid that I would have been very disappointed. In fact, if I had paid I think I would have actually complained and asked for a refund. I cannot fault the beds and rooms for the price you pay, but the service needs a bit of work! And after looking at reviews online, I think a lot of people would agree. I found 4 out of the 5 members of staff I came in to contact with were unhelpful and just damn right rude. I would never expect to receive that kind of service anywhere! We did have a nice stay, it was easy and very central but just a shame about the service.

*This room was free of charge from Travel Lodge in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own


Monday, 17 November 2014

365 days


1 whole year. 365 days, over 68,000 page views, 2000+ Twitter followers, 1330+ BlogLovin’ followers and a few blog designs later and I’m still here. I’m not going to claim I’m now some kind of blogging expert, I know a lot of bloggers have been blogging for years more than I have and it’s no secret a lot of other bloggers have many more followers than me. BUT I’m very proud of myself and the ‘journey’ I’ve been on. I have learnt about writing, photography (I know, I still have a long way to go!!), social media and design along with so much more. 

I want to say thank you to every single one of you that follows me, reads my blog or even if you just favourite my tweets from time to time.. I have to thank each and every one of you. No words could express how I feel and how excited I am for the future.

Here’s to many more years!! 


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Kawaii Box | Review & Giveaway

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I was recently reading Chloe's Thoughts blog when I came across a post about the Kawaii Box. Now, I love reading Chloe's blog as she writes about lifestyle (along with other things!) so it's a very refreshing read to my normal all beauty only blogs! She had mentioned that on the website, there was a tab which read 'for bloggers' and you could apply to be blogger of the month. I thought I'd check it out and apply as I loved the idea and a few days later I received an email to say I'd be accepted! As I do usually write about all things beauty, I had been recently trying to get in to writing more 'lifestyle' posts so this is the first step.

I've always known what Kawaii is but never really had anything from the culture myself. I LOVE the idea of it though and everything that goes with it. I was told my box could take up to 2 weeks to arrive but it came within about 4-5 days so it's really good! It is a monthly subscription and you pay $18.90 which is roughly £11-12. It is always free shipping, worldwide and you receive 10-12 items which vary every month!  

Above is what I got in my box. I love everything that I got and I really enjoyed receiving this box. Unlike most other subscription boxes, this one is very varied and you'll never know what your going to get. Along with sending me a box, Kawaii Box have also offered me the chance to give one of you guys a box too!! Simply enter below with rafflecopter to be in with a chance. Good luck!

A huge thank you to Kawaii for sending me the November box, and for giving one of you guys the chance to win too! 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

This one time..

..I was a wig model. Ha, I know. 

As some of you may already know I do social media as a job. I love what I do as it's what I'm best at and one of my 'clients' if you will are a local hair salon. I work very closely with them and thankfully he is one of the most lovely people I know! As part of the social media campaigns we will be rolling out soon, we got a very well known local photographer to come into the salon for a day and shoot all new pictures. Staff head shots, group shots, product shots, before and afters.. you name it, we did it! And then this happened.

I somehow got roped into modelling the wigs. They have a huge range of wigs available and its something we will really be pushing in the future. I actually really enjoyed it and surprisingly (jokes) was very comfortable in front of the camera. I shared a few photos on my Facebook and had so many comments about how lovely 'my new hair' looked hehehe

Just a short and very quick post today. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I've not been very active recently. If I'm 100% honest, at the moment I'm not putting my whole heart into my blog so I'm kind of feeling a bit distant from it all. I enjoy commenting (as everyone knows!) but I feel a very strange kind of pressure I put on myself in regards to posting. So just a heads up, I'm going to be a bit here and there with my blog for the foreseeable future. SORRY. I'll shut up now.

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