Birthdays - Gift Ideas

A selection of my birthday gifts

November 16, 2015

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As you may know last weekend Lucy and I celebrated our 29th birthday. It was a lovely relaxed few days spent in the company of our family and friends. We were both extremely lucky and received some amazing presents from our loved ones and I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you just a selection of what I received.

Zara tan cardigan

This was actually a present I already knew I was receiving as my sister, who bought it for me, also owns the same cardigan and I had admired it on her when she’d worn it. I have already worn it a number of times as it’s great for keeping me warm at this time of year and keeps me super cosy. It’s a neutral colour so goes with loads of things in my wardrobe so I should get lots of wear out of it.

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Wish jar

This was a very thoughtful gift from one of my best friends in the world. It’s a wish jar that we will be able to use at the wedding that allows guests to write their well-wishes to use on a small ticket and post it into the jar as a fun alternative to a traditional guestbook. I thought this was an unusual idea that I will love to use on the big day.

Hollister pale blue jumper & necklace

As my fiancé and I are currently saving for our wedding next year, we’d decided not to spend much on each other for our birthdays, instead we went into town and picked out a couple of smaller presents instead. Both the jumper and the necklace were from Hollister and they add a lovely bit of sparkle to my wardrobe.

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Lauren Conrad earring set

Being from the UK means that we don’t have easy access to many of Lauren Conrad’s products and as big fans of hers, this is a big disappointment for me and Lucy, so while Lucy was over in Florida last month, she took the opportunity to pick up a few bits and pieces including this earring set that I absolutely love.

Lip balm set

Dried, cracked lips is something I often suffer with at this time of year, so I will always have a lip balm or two in my handbag in case I need it. Lucy knows this about me and so bought me a Maybelline set containing 3 different varieties; one clear methol flavoured stick, one coral and one pink. They’ll definitely come in handy in the next few months as the cold sets in.

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‘Dream big’ picture

My mum is very good at finding unusual gifts. Her and my dad tend to discover adorable little gift shops whenever they go on weekends away, and they use the opportunity to buy lovely unique presents for me and my sisters, and this birthday was no exception. I love the ‘dream big’ message written on to the pebbles, and I think it will take pride of place in our home.

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Beauty - Gift Ideas - Shopping

My Illamasqua Makeup Buys

November 13, 2015

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You may remember a couple of weekends ago I mentioned that my finance and I were hosting a birthday/Halloween party at our house. I dressed up as a vampire, and as much as I love doing my own make-up I thought it would be a good opportunity to get my make-up done for me, as I didn’t have all the colours I would have wanted to use. I chose to visit my local Illamasqua counter as I’d heard very good things about the brand from my sister, and I’m sure glad I took her advice as the make-up was amazing. I was able to purchase some pieces up to the price of the makeover, so I picked an eyeshadow palette, a blusher and some false eyelashes. Here’s what I thought of my choices.

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Neutral Palette

I’m the sort of person who usually has a few eyeshadow palettes on the go at a time as I like to have a choice of colours, depending on my mood and the occasion. This palette provides a small selection of nude shades, with a mixture of shimmery and matte finishes, and it’s great if you want a lighter daytime look or darker nighttime feel. It allows you to create the perfect smoky eye effect, and as the colours are really pigmented you don’t need to use much.

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Powder Blusher in Sophie

I chose this piece as the Estee Lauder blusher that I’ve been using for the past couple of years is just coming to an end and I thought this would be a great replacement. It’s so pigmented that you only need a tiny amount to add a bit of colour to your cheeks, but you can layer it to create a more dramatic look, so it should last me just as look as my last. I much rather peach tone blushers than pink so this was a brilliant choice.

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False Eye Lashes in Doe

I absolutely love these dramatic eye lashes. They were a brilliant addition to my make-up look as they really made my eyes stand out. I think they would be a little too bold for a normal night out, but for occasions when I want to make an impact, they will be perfect. The glue provided was extra strong so there was no chance of them falling off, which meant I didn’t feel the need to keep it close to hand.

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Our Weddings - Photography - Travel

Honeymoon: Part One

November 11, 2015

Here we are to showcase the first portion of Lucy’s honeymoon photos. They are amazing and we’ve both spent a long time looking through them and picking out the very best ones. These are just from their hotel and their first day in Magic Kingdom, so you can skip past them if you’re not into Disney-central pictures, but if you want to appreciate some good photos and happy memories, then take a look!

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Birthdays - Turning 30

One Year til 30

November 9, 2015

29th Birthday

We had a lovely time celebrating our birthday over the weekend, entering the last year of our 20’s. I don’t have any worries about turning 30 next year, but it does make me think about the things I thought I may have achieved by that milestone when I was a bit younger. I try not to set myself unattainable goals as I don’t want to feel like a failure if I don’t meet something, however, it is nice to dream about the things you might do in any given time, to motivate yourself to leave your comfort zone and take on new challenges. I’m not talking anything major here, just some fun little goals to achieve over the next year. Here are the things I’ve chosen:

  1. Eat three dishes I’ve never tried before.
  2. Visit a new city.
  3. See a live show.
  4. Find a new hobby.
  5. Read at least 20 books.

Fashion Inspiration - Jewellery - Shopping

Pandora & Disney

November 6, 2015

One brand Lucy fell in love with whilst in Florida:

Disney & Pandora

“I have never really been into the Pandora bracelet trend. Although I thought they were pretty, it seemed like I saw them everywhere in the UK and everyone seemed to have one. However, before we headed over to Florida last month I stumbled upon the Disney collection of Pandora charms and instantly fell head over heels. A few days into our holiday, we headed to the mall and I popped into the Pandora store, wanting to take a look at what was on offer. Well, let’s just say that I didn’t leave empty handed and spent the rest of our holiday picking up my favourite charms from a few different Disney locations. I am so glad I chose to buy the bracelet, and plan to try and pick up charms whenever I manage to head out to the US, knowing that so few UK folks will own the same pieces as me. Plus, it’s lovely to have another lasting reminder of our holiday of a lifetime and the best memories. Here’s a look at my bracelet.”

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