Friday, 27 June 2014

Company's Style Blogger Awards

Last Wednesday started off as a regular day. I was getting ready to go out for lunch with Nan and being an amazing intern at Coloristiq. As I attempted to blow dry my hair with Ralph the gigantic golden doodle sitting on top of me, I heard my phone go off. I reached over to my bed to grab the device and saw it was Miss Guided. Beyond anything I could imagine, Miss Guided had messaged me on Twitter to let me know I had won VIP tickets to Company's Style Blogger Awards! This included a night in a 4* Hotel, tickets to the event and a lovely goody bag of treats. One of my favourite from Uni, Hayley (check out her blog), was free and up for a great evening in Shoreditch. 

Thank you to Hayley for letting me use the photos that she had taken! Long story short - my iPhone got stolen by some guy on a bike on our way back from a club after the event that night. I was most upset about losing the lovely photos I had taken from the night and all the blogger's websites I had written in my notes but at least no one was hurt! 

We stayed at the RE London Shoreditch Hotel which was a few minutes from the event venue. I cannot fault the hotel, the beds were super comfy and the rooms were nicely furnished. We were so lucky that Miss Guided treated us to this luxurious stay and we took full advantage of having the room by staying up until we had to check out the next day. We had some cocktails at the hotel before venturing out to the Awards. 

When I found out I have won this trip, I went to New Look with Nan and she treated me to this outfit. I am completely obsessed with the kimono and have worn it at every possible chance. For my first ever blogging event, I wanted to look stylish but be as comfortable as possible. The high waisted loose shorts and lace crop top were perfect for the occasion and I'm sure I'll be wearing both items a lot this summer. 

I really didn't know what to expect at the event. I definitely didn't expect what was there. It was even better than I had imagined! The venue was decorated like a festival with cute chill out areas, deck chairs outside and just a really nice relaxing vibe to the place. Around the hall that with the stage for the awards there were various stations to get free treatments. We both got our hair done at the Lee Stafford stand, nails done by a company called Colour Riot Nails and Hayley got a henna tattoo while I got a glitter transfer one! We spent most the time at the events doing these activities, meeting some lovely bloggers and making full use of the free bar. I was also surprised and really pleased to meet Louis from Fun for Louis - as one of my favourite Youtubers, I was a little starstruck!

I am planning to review some of the items from the goody bag that we received at the end of the night in the near future. A MASSIVE thank you to Company Magazine for hosting the event, Miss Guided for making us VIPs and Hayley for coming along with me! It was lovely to meet some fellow bloggers, many of whom are amazingly successful and wonderful people. If you remember me from the night please get in touch with your blog links and things! 

Friday, 20 June 2014

A Trip to Brighton

Last week Tom and I went on a little trip over to Brighton. I had never been there before and at uni we are only an hour train journey away. It seemed criminal not to go on an adventure! At Easter Wowcher had an offer on for a night's stay in Brighton for two including breakfast - all for £50. I took up this opportunity and booked the night away for a relaxing time after exams. We had such a great time and the weather was so kind to us. This post is a bit of a summary/review of our time away in the unique place known as Brighton. 
Hotel Umi, Brighton

Thanks to Wowcher, we stayed in Hotel Umi. It is situated right by the sea front and only a few minutes walk from the Pier and The 'much known and loved' Lanes. We were seriously impressed with the clean modern room and bathroom. The bed was very comfy, the blind kept out most of the light in the morning, the the shower was decent and overall we had a great stay. However being the busy city that Brighton is and staying in the location we were, it was very noisy throughout the night. The hotel is right opposite a few clubs and bars so if you're a light sleeper and are easily annoyed by noise - this place isn't for you. We stayed there on a Wednesday so was quite surprised how alive the city was at 4am. Fortunately, being students means we are used to noise and have learnt to ignore it! The breakfast was okay. They had all the typical breakfast foods that you would want and expect. I am used to a top class English Breakfast because of Tom's amazing skills, so this was slightly disappointing and the food had gone all tough from being sat there since 7am. I couldn't complain as it was a free buffet breakfast and filled us up for our second day of exploring! 

The Lanes

For me, the best part of Brighton is The Lanes. It is a quaint area of interconnected lanes full of the most random collection of shops. There was plenty of independent shops and restaurants that I could have spent a lot of time and money in! We spent quite a lot of our stay exploring this area and we walked through the Royal Pavilion Gardens - Brighton is so culturally diverse. There was an area which reminded me of the Camden Markets, buildings which looked ancient and modern areas with flashy cars and fancy restaurants. Brighton really does have it all! There was definitely not a shortage of places to eat. It took us half an hour wandering around to decide on where to go. There was almost too much choice. We finally settled on Bella Italia because with one look at the menu we knew what we wanted. It was such a beautiful evening we did a bit of al fresco dining - when in Rome Brighton...There was a shared platter of breads and dipping cheese which is one of Tom's favourite things in the world alongside Football, Turtles and hopefully me. We both ordered calzones which I managed to finish! It was such a perfect evening and I can't recommend visiting The Lanes enough. 

Brighton Pier
We spent quite a bit of our time by Brighton Pier. It is definitely the most pier-like pier I've ever been to. If you were to imagine a Pier - it would look like Brighton's most tourist attraction. Although we walked up and down it a few times during our stay, we didn't go on any of the rides. It was so expensive considering there were less than a dozen rides there. We did however enjoy the arcades. I gave Tom a good game of air hockey which I respectfully lost. It wouldn't have been a good trip without a bit of competition! We also treated ourselves to the traditional seaside snack of sugar covered donuts. 

I loved my first time in Brighton. I'm hoping for many more trips there in the future! It is such a diverse place with a great mix of people who just express themselves freely. Since I'm not going on holiday this year, I'm planning on getting to know the country I live in a bit more. I'm hopefully going on a trip to Bath at some point and hopefully some other random places. Where would you recommend going in the UK? Have you ever been to Brighton? Don't forget to leave your lovely links with your comments <3

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Today I Love #12

I feel like this series is a bit of a monthly feature in which I share 5 random favourites with you. It has been going on for a year now and I personally enjoy writing about these things - hopefully you still enjoy reading about them! I am moving out of my uni house in Portsmouth tomorrow and spending the summer mainly in Essex. Instead of packing, I thought I should give you an update on the things I've recently been obsessed/ in love/ doing. 

Kimonos - Aren't they the perfect summer jacket?! I go through stages with certain items where I look for people wearing them to inspire me. A few weeks ago, I was staring at people's trainers because I wanted a new pair - now it's kimonos! I love the different colours and prints available and the versatility of the humble kimono. It's my must-have item of this summer as it just makes any outfit 100 times more stylish. 

Reading - The action and not the place. No offence to those from Reading - I'm sure it's lovely there! Before I went on a ton of train journeys, I purchased a book that I heard many raving reviews about. I finished The Fault in our Stars the other day and really recommend you giving it a go! I've never properly reviewed a book before but basically it's a book about a 16 year old girl who as terminal cancer who had let her disease dictate her life until she met this guy... I won't spoil it for you but let's just say it's not all doom and gloom! It's one of those books that makes you think and gives you a whole new perspective on life and all that deep stuff. 

Lorde- Her song Tennis Court has been in my head quite a bit this week. No idea why though.. It's a catchy song I guess but it's just so random. "Baby be the class clown, I'll be the beauty queen in tears, It's a new art form showing people how little we care - yeah!" The lyrics are clever really but the video is too weird to watch for more than 30 seconds. It's just Lorde chilling and staring into a camera only singing the "yeah" part. Well watch and listen for yourself and give me your view on this musical number. Apologies in advance if it gets stuck in your head too!

Al fresco dining - I'm not often one for eating outdoors because of flies, insects and the wind. However during my stay in Brighton with Tom, we dined al fresco at Bella Italia and it was so lovely. There is some weird freedom about it and I felt so relaxed and in the moment. We have been having some marvellous weather recently so it's nice to make the most of it. On Friday I went for a BBQ at Southsea Common with Tom and his course friends. I think doing things outdoors seems more sociable because there isn't a television on in the background and you just enjoy each others company!

Disconnecting - As you might have noticed, my online presence has been lacking over the past month. I chose to do this because of exams but when they finished two weeks ago, I still kept my distance. I've enjoyed living in the moment rather than trying to capture and share my life. This generation of Internet users struggles to disconnect and just live. It's refreshing to have a break from it all. However I'm now back and planning on posting more regularly and doing a few videos

So what have you been loving recently? I hope you've had a chance to enjoy the nice weather - lets hope it sticks around for a while! <3 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sunny Weekend in Essex

Over the past week I have been back and forth between Portsmouth and Essex - I don't think I've ever been on so many trains in such a short space of time! Because I was only home for a few days, I wanted to make the most of the time with my family and friends . So this post is a little life update with some photos of my weekend!

The best thing about where I live is the countryside and with such glorious weather, it's so easy to appreciate. Unfortunately hay fever was trying to ruin this for me over the weekend - typical! My older brother and I went on a walk with Ralph the Golden Doodle through the fields behind our house. The whole area is covered in buttercups which are scientifically proven thought to be able to tell if you like butter or not. As well as reflecting on my love for buttercups and butter, we followed the path of flatten grass from whoever was here before us. I've never seen anyone else on this route apart from the herd of cows that have occasionally caused some panic. Ralph loves teasing them, they love chasing us and we love getting home safely. However this time, it was a nice relaxing walk in the sun with no cow stampedes.

The other highlight (and the main reason for my return to Essex) was one of my oldest and closest friends birthday. The lovely Kat invited a group of us over hers to celebrate her 21st on Saturday. With people being at university, we only see each other in the holidays and this was the first reunion of the summer. My Essex girls are the ones that I can go weeks/months without seeing or speaking to and as soon as we're back together it's like no time as gone at all - I'm sure you can relate to that. I think it means we are truly awesome friends. So we had a yummy BBQ,  a few cheeky drinks and a great big catch up! Alice made Kat an amazing cake. I don't think the photo does it justice - Alice is starting up a cake making business so stay tuned for more on that in the future.

I loved spending time with my family and friends over the weekend. It was short and sweet! I'm now back in Portsmouth for a week and then will be moving back to Essex until September. I'm planning on making the most of this summer so expect a few adventure posts!

I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine and have lots of fun plans this summer. Let me know what you're up to and please leave some lovely links <3 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Football Fever

I can't imagine there are many people in the world who have access to the news or Internet and don't know what is starting in the middle of this month. The whole world will be looking to Brazil for a month of thrilling football and the hype is only getting bigger! Yes the 2014 World Cup is almost here. Earlier today I went into town to find a footie fan top to show my support for England and act like I know what is going on. The boyfriend, Tom is the biggest football fan that I know of so through him I am almost an expect at the sport. So this post is a mash-up of two of our favourite passions: Football & Fashion!

New Look


Before looking around for this post, I had only seen world cup style fashion in Primark. Today I bought myself an England t-shirt for £8 and was tempted to get a bikini, flip flops, towel, bag, shorts, water bottle - literally the whole hog. It took me quite a bit of online searching to find these footie themed items for you. I love the simplicity of the Miss Guided crop tops, which are only £4.99 each. New Look have the biggest range that I could find, other than Primark. I love the 'Rio Selfie' top and they have the Belgium top for other countries too. BooHoo have a 'lucky dip' going on when it comes to these football tops. It's a concept I found rather bizarre because I'd much rather the flag design that the other two choices. So for each country you will get one of the three tops and it'll cost you a tenner. 

It might be quite evident from this post... I am really looking forward to the World Cup. It's one of those events that brings people together. It's an excuse to go to a park or a pub to cheer and shout at big screens alongside friends, family and randomers. I'm hoping the competition will be as good as the build up and that the weather will be nice and hot for BBQs, Pimms and lots of sociable moments!

Have you come down with a case of Footie Fever yet? Will you be watching the World Cup or at least fashioning an item dedicated to this lovely tournament? Please leave your links with your comments