Saturday, 16 June 2018

3 New Essentials For Summer

I feel like I haven't done a good old fashioned beauty post in AGES so I felt like it's about damn time. To be completely honest, I've fallen out of love a bit with beauty recently, whether its skincare or makeup I've just not been loving it like I used to. I've found myself spending more money on clothes and falling more in love with fashion recently. BUT as I'm saying this I have found 3 new products that have made me fall a little bit back in love again so I had to share them.

My first new fave is the L'Oreal Dream Length No Cut Cream. Now for me, when I first saw the release of this range it was an absolute dreeeeam and I've loved all the products from it but not as much as this. It's basically a cream that you apply to wet or dry hair that you leave in. I also use it on my hair before I straighten or curl it as it just helps to protect and nourish those damn split ends!! If you have long hair like me, you'll definitely like this and the rest of the range.
This might be a bit TMI but I suffer with really bad black heads on my skin (you know those buggars that no amount of exfoliating or scrubs will budge them !?) WELL, this is a game changer. The L'Oreal Smooth Sugar Face Scrub is just something I picked up at random one day as the word blackhead is actually on the bloody packaging so I had to give it go. I'm so glad I did because it's the only product I've tried thats actually improved them and budged some of them to finally leave my face (woohoo!!!!) It's also really gentle on my skin and leaves it really smooth and hydrated. I really really love it and will defiantly be repurchasing it as I've nearly used the whole pot!!

I've seen so many people rave about these new Body Shop Yogurts that I had to go and try one. The Mango Body Yogurt was by far my favourite scent (strawberry a very very close second) but at £8.50 a pot I only picked up one !! Recently I've had quite dry skin on my arms and this has cleared it right up so I really recommend it for anyone with dry skin. They also have an almond one made especially for sensitive skin(which also smells AMAZING.)
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Sunday, 27 May 2018

THE MOST MAGICAL HOLIDAY EVER | DISNEYLAND PARIS MAY 2018

I keep putting off writing this post because to be honest, it makes to sad to look at the photos because I want to go back soooo badly!! On the 3rd of May me and my family flew off to Disneyland for 4 days and it really was the most magical holiday ever, so much so that we've already looked into going again! We went 15 years ago but now that me and my sister are older and even bigger Disney fans, we knew we had to go back. It was a bit of a spontaneous trip as we only booked it 6 weeks before we went but we were SO excited!!!! 

DAY ONE

We landed at lunch time on the 3rd of May and dumped our bags off at the hotel (we stayed at Newport Bay Club, which was amazing!!) and then jumped on the shuttle bus to the park. We did not waste any time at all! The first thing we did was buy ears (obviously) and then headed straight for the castle. Without sounding over the top, nothing beats seeing it for the first time, it's so beautiful! We then stopped off for some food on Main Street, I totally recommend the nuggets, I may of had 2 pots of them that day...! We then sat down on the pavement to eat when the music blared on for the Pirate vs Princess parade which was a total surprise! The theme for when we went was Pirate and Princesses which was perfect for us as me and my sister LOVE all things Disney princess (maybe her more than me but still..) That parade is just FAB, we watched it a few times while we were there and it never stopped being fab. The colours, the characters, the music... it was just soooo magical. Definitely the best start to our trip. 
After that we headed for fantasyland and queued to meet Alice and the Mad Hatter who were just LOVELY and a really good meet, the queue was small and the cast that helped at the meet were all really great. After that (based on Alice's recommendation..!) we went round the Curious Labyrinth maze which was so good. We then headed to Discovery Land and went on Buzz Lightyear's ride which was so fun, we went on it twice we loved it SO much.
After that we headed back to the castle to watch the 25th anniversary parade which was a one of my favourite parts of the trip. The parade floats were just something else, it honestly feels like a dream just watching it!We then went to the Pirates of the Caribbean restaurant for dinner and headed back to the hotel because we were shattered!!!

DAY TWO

Day 2 meant was all about meeting characters in the Disneyland Park. We all had a certain character we wanted to meet and for me it was anyone from Winnie the Pooh (my absolute FAVE thing about Disney, I've loved it since I was little!!) We planned our day around the character schedule and started with Winnie the Pooh in Fantasy Land. The meet that day was with the rabbit so the queue was super short and took no time at all. I was v v v happy, the rabbit was SO cute.
After that, the next thing on our list was my dad's favourite, Baloo!! Baloo's meet was in adventure land so it was only a short walk. Again, my dad has loved the Jungle Book since he was a kid so this made him SO happy! I've never seen my dad SO excited about something before. This was definitely one of the best moments of the holiday!
After that we headed to Frontier land and met Woody (my mum's favourite!!) We were lucky that it was him as the day before it was Jessie.  We then headed back to Adventure Land as on the way to Baloo we walked past a Captain Hook and Smee meet which wasn't on the schedule and was a total surprise!! Peter Pan and Wendy were also out in a separate queue but we chose to meet Hook & Smee instead. We walked past Chip & Dale on the way to them but the queue was ridiculous!
Hook & Smee were SO good to meet, they spent ages with us taking so many photos and joking around (Hook stole my ears!!) I also knocked Smee into a bush by accident when I hugged him oops.
We then headed back to Fanasty Land and queued to meet Mickey Mouse in his house. We queued for about 45 minutes which was not at all!! He was brilliant to meet because you got sooo much time with him and so many photos, it was definitely worth the queue.

DAY THREE

Day three was spent in the Walt Disney Studios. We got there for early magic hours (which are AMAZING) and jumped on a ride. Dad and Amy went on Rock n Roller Coaster and me and Mum wen ton the Ratatouille ride which was my absolute FAVOURITE ride of the whole holiday. It's just SO good, I can't even explain how different and good it is because I'll make it sound rubbish but honestly, if you ever have the opportunity to go on it, DO! It's definitely worth going on it in early magic hours or at least get a fast pass because the queue quickly built up. We actually got a fast pass to go on it again that day we loved it so much.
After that it was another day of meets. We planned to queue for Moana and then Minnie Mouse but in early magic hours, Minnie Mouse was out with NO queue! So we jumped in that and met her and then queued for Moana. This was the longest queue of the holiday (2 hours!!) but she is my's favourite so it was worth it. Again, she took so much time with us it's definitely worth the queue. After that we walked past Sulley who was out in the Monsters Inc area. He was a surprise unplanned meet and he was definitely one of my favourites. I'm SO glad we met him. What made it better was that Cruella De Ville came out too and met him!! We then saw that another queue was forming by the magic carpet ride and after speaking to a cast member they told us that Aladdin was coming out with Princess Jasmine which was really rare so we quickly jumped in that queue. It was defiantly a surprise to meet a princess like that as they are normally SO hard to meet but they were both SO lovely.
We then finished the day with a walk through the shops in the studios and a surprise Incredibles parade (which was hilarious!)

DAY FOUR

Now if theres one thing I recommend doing with your early magic hours it's to run to the Princess Pavillion and get in the queue. We didn't really plan on doing this but when we got to the park (super duper early) and saw people queueing at the front (by the castle) waiting for Fantasy land to be opened we knew what was going on. The last character that was on our 'to meet list' was a princess in the Pavilion but every time we looked at the queue it was always ridiculously long.
I'm not even kidding you, once that barrier was opened people were running SO fast to get to the pavilion (literally dad's with pushchairs and babies were sprinting ahead) it was like a bloody Boxing Day sale but OMG it was worth it because we got third in the queue and only waited 10 minutes to meet Aurora!!!! It was so manic though, mums were waiting in line and dads were chucking their babies over the barrier at them it was MENTAL but so worth it. You don't know what princess you're going to meet but we were SO chuffed with Aurora.
We then went back to the Winnie the Pooh meet to see if the character had changed because to be completely honest I wanted to meet someone else because everyone else had met their fave characters, I wanted to as well! Anyone that knows me knows that Eeyore if my fave character and I'm even not joking, I screamed and nearly cried when I saw it was him. It made my whole holiday meeting him, definitely my favourite moment of the whole trip.
We then only had a short time left of our holiday which was SO sad but we decided to use it wisely and queue at the front for the Pirate and Princess parade. This was such a good decision because the view we had of the princesses was just INSANE. It was by far the best way to end the most amazing holiday EVER.
For anyone that is in two minds about going to Disneyland Paris, the only thing I can say is to just DO IT. You will not regret it AT ALL. I loved it so so so much, it really is the most magical holiday ever. We were all so happy the whole time (and bloody shattered mind its a hell of a lot of walking in 30 degree heat!!) but oh my life it's worth it.




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Friday, 20 April 2018

Lemon & Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

So basically I have had enough of the dull winter weather and I am craving the sunny days so much that I decided to bake cupcakes that for me sum up summer. I got inspired for this recipe by Jane's Patisserie (the QUEEN of baking blogs !!) but instead of using Raspberry like her post I swapped it for the strawberry and used my own lemon drizzle recipe.

For the Cupcakes

125g soft unsalted butter 125g caster sugar 125g self raising flour 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda zest of 2 lemons 2 large eggs 1.5-2 tbsp lemon juice
Extra strawberry jam

For the Icing

500g Icing Sugar
250g Butter
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
2tbsp strawberry jam

Freeze Dried Strawberry Pieces for Decoration

Method

To make the cupcakes:
Pre-heat oven to 170 degree Celsius. 
Cream together the butter and sugar until its smooth.
Add the rest of ingredients (not the strawberry jam!) and mix everything together until the mixture is lump free and smooth. Add more lemon juice if you want to but I find 2tbsp is enough with the zest.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake them in the middle of the oven for 20-22 minutes. You will know they're cooked by putting a toothpick in the middle of each one and pulling it out clean.
When the cakes are out of the oven and cooled down use an apple corer (or something similar!) to hollow out the centre of each cake. Whisk up some extra strawberry jam (normally a couple of table spoons) and put it into a piping bag. Snip the end of the piping bag off and fill up the cupcake centre with the jam.

To make the icing:
Whisk the butter on its own for at least 5 minutes to soften and lighten it. Then add the icing sugar a little bit at a time and continue to mix it until the icing sugar is soft (add a splash of milk if its needed.)
Split the icing into two bowls and add the lemon juice to one and the strawberry jam to the other and mix them well. If you want the jam icing more pick simply add a dash of pink gel food colouring and mix it. If you find eh lemon icing goes to soft (more of a liquid!) then just add some more icing sugar to make it stronger.
Then get a piping bag and a piping tip (I used Wilton 1M) and put in jam icing first. If you use a platte knife it makes it easier as you can put it in flat making it easier to put the lemon icing on top.
Then once the cakes are completely cooled pipe on your icing. Then decorate them how you like, I used Freeze dried Strawberry Pieces but you could always use real strawberry's in the summer!

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Friday, 13 April 2018

My Experience On Learning To Drive

Now I know for most people learning to drive isn't a big deal at all and as soon they turn 17 they book their lessons and pass within a matter or months but for me, it was the complete opposite. Not only was I not really bothered about learning at 17 but I was also absolutely bricking it. Hence why I put it of for 2 years (and why it took me nearly 18 months to pass !!)

Let's start at the beginning. I was nearly 19 when I first booked my lessons. I had been at my apprenticeship (now my full time job) for well over a year and I was getting so fed up with relying on my parents for lifts there and back everyday. As much as I was a nervous wreck about the thought of doing it, I knew I had to bite the bullet. Also, I knew I could stop at any time if I really really hated it so before I knew it I booked in a block of lessons with the same instructor that my sister passed with. A couple of weeks later it was my first lesson and I was RUBBISH. The nerves basically got the better of me and I couldn't even use the steering wheel properly. I was a shaky nervous wreck BUT I stuck at it and had constant weekly lessons. However just as I was getting ready to book my theory, my instructor got a new job and that was that. No more lessons. It sucked as I was just starting to build my confidence up and now it was completely knocked back down.
I found a new instructor a couple of months later and again, booked another block of lessons. She made me book in for my theory within a few weeks and surprise surprise, I failed. I didn't revise and I was SO nervous that I was not prepared AT ALL. My biggest tip is to deffo pay the £4.99 for the official DVLA app because when I booked my 2nd one I used the app everyday for practice questions and hazard videos and I passed !!!! (only just mind, but hey ho... it still counts !!!!)
Now I had done my theory we started practicing manouvers and talking about booking my practical test and this is where things started to go wrong again. My instructor had quite a lot going on personally and my lessons started becoming rushed and she was becoming very distracted which did not help my anxiety or nerves at all. Basically, my test was booked for June 2017 and the lesson before I just knew I wasn't ready. My instructor was rushing me, not letting me practice manurers properly and there were things that I still hadn't learnt but she didn't seem to care! I ended up getting out the car and breaking down to my parents about it and ended up cancelling my test and quitting lessons there and then. Again, my confidence was knocked back to square one. However, I wasn't giving up. I had come such a long way that by now I just wanted to get it done.
So, I turned to Facebook to find a new instructor and was recommend a new one. And she was BRILLIANT. She had the patience of an absolute saint, understood everything about my worries and anxiety and even put up with a breakdown I had when doing a mock test (yes I cried, yes it was awful but she handled it amazingly!!) She even let me listen to Ed Sheehan whilst driving to calm my nerves which was amazing.
So I was finally ready to book my practical test. My instructor was brilliant and didn't push or rush me at all and let me book it in my own time. So I booked it for the end of October and I felt properly ready for the first time ever. My instructor even spoke to the examiner beforehand and asked them to allow me to have music on in the background to help calm my nerves which was a big help (I definitely recommend it as it gives you something else to think about and something else to fill awkward silences !!)

So, Test one.... I failed HA. I woke up that morning feeling so weirdly and strangely calm that I kinda knew in my head that I wasn't going to pass, which looking back now was hint one that I wasn't going too. Basically I failed 3 different ways. One of which was pulling out of the test centre and stalling in the middle of the road which meant a car couldn't pass and had to stop, so it didn't start great lets be honest. I then reversed up the kerb on my manoeuvre (oops) and then moved off with my handbrake on 3 times (you can't have 3 minors in the same category which was exactly that !!) But anyway, because I knew that I had failed before the examiner had even told me, I was actually okay about it and just put it behind me and moved on.

Test two was booked for 3 days before Christmas (literally the last test of 2017) and I passed !! To be honest, I still can't believe I did it. I had to take the new driving test this time round which meant 2 new manoeuvres and using a sat nav but it was okay. My examiner was a gem and we just talked about our plans for Christmas the whole time. We also got stuck in horrible traffic so my test actually lasted 20 more minutes than it should of but again, it was okay ! I passed with 3 minors (again, I'm not quite sure how) which were for really silly things but that doesn't matter. As long as you get less than 15 and no majors, you've done it!! When she told me that I had passed I was so relieved I actually cried. Like FULL ON cried. I cried so much my instructor thought I had failed again before she got in the car !! It was tears of relief, happiness and also tears of "I've actually bloody done it" I'm not gunna lie.

So basically, if you're like me and putting learning to drive due to fear, anxiety or finding the whole idea of it super stressful then I hope this post helps. please don't give up if something goes wrong - I had THREE instructors but I made it work!! And in a way I'm glad I had to go through the shit second one because my third instructor was an absolute gem. Things do happen for a reason !! Even now, I'm still a tad nervous driving. I literally drive to work and back (which takes ten mins...) by myself and apart from that I have someone with me. I've only done the motorway once with my dad and a multi-story once with my sister. It takes time but I know it'll all fall into place eventually. Trust me, if I can do it, you can too!!

Helpful Tips

- NEVER compare your journey to someone else, it too me around 18 months and 3 instructors until I passed whereas for someone else it could take 3 months and 1 instructor. Whatever you do, DON'T rush it and put pressure on yourself. Take your time!!
-Rescue Remedy Blackcurrant Pastilles are the best thing ever at helping to calm you before a lesson or your test. I used to take one before I started driving and they worked a miracle !
-Do not let failing your theory or practical test put you off. I did both of mine 2nd time, you can do this !!
-Start every lesson with a positive attitude otherwise theres no point even being in the car.
-If you're not comfortable with your instructor, change them !! Learning to drive is such a big (and damn expensive) thing to do that It should be 100% right !
I got this car sign kindly sent to me from Signomatic and I love it! They have loads of different designs to chose from and customise, not just car signs so definitely take a look !!
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Friday, 6 April 2018

My Go-To Weekend Outfit

As much I love scrolling through the new in sections of Topshop and ASOS a few times a day, I constantly find myself wearing the same things over and over again and recently it's been this one outfit. I loooove the pop of the colour from the rainbow stripes and the clash of double denim that I always swore I would never do but hey ho, how times change.

Let's start with ~this~ rainbow stripe top which is available in regular, tall AND petite (and it's less than £20, what a bloody bargain !!) I've got loads of these cropped long sleeved tops in loads of colours but this one is by my far my fave, it's even a lil bit glittery around the neckline. WHAT MORE COULD A GAL WANT ?!?!? On it's own or with a denim jacket it's bringing all the pride and 90's vibes and its perfect for the spring/summer months when we hopefully will have better weather !! Also I'm going to Disneyland Paris in May (ahhhhhhh !!) and I'm already thinking of the dreamy insta's I could get wearing it...
Next is the double denim thing which I know is a bit like marmite. You either bloody love and own it or you stay far far away and I'm sorry to say this but I'm a big lover of it. Especially the contrast between the blue and black, it's just so easy for a weekend that's not to hot but not to cold. Something we have ALOT of here in England.

I have a few different denim jackets from wool lined to not and black to blue, they're just the perfect throw on extra layer. This one is currently in the sale and you better snap it up quick, it's a bit of bargain.
The jeans are classic Topshop Jamie (these ones !!) which again you can also get in Tall or Petite. They fit perfectly and for me, they last agesss where as other black pairs I've had in the past have all faded so quickly.
Recently I've been loving wearing trainers instead of boots for a change and to transition into spring. I recently picked up these and I LOVE them. I don't own a pair of black trainers and I'm so glad I now do because I haven't stopped wearing them since. I've deffo got my eye on a few more pairs that I can see myself purchasing just in time for summer (and Disneyland !!)

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