Sunday, 26 April 2015

Personal Style // Pink Petal

With Summer coming along I'm sure you have many weddings and parties to go to, I have a few and one of the first things that comes to mind when I'm invited to a wedding is what I'm going to wear. I always find it a bit of a struggle finding something pretty yet comfortable but I think I may have found the perfect dress. 

This gorgeous dress from AX Paris is the perfect party or wedding guest dress, it's got a super pretty floral design that really pops and the skater style makes it comfy and also very feminine. I ordered this dress in a size 10 for those that want to know about sizing, I'd say it's pretty true to size I usually go for a 10 in these types of dresses and it fits me perfectly in all places which I'm really happy about as there's nothing worse than ordering a dress and it being the wrong size. The plunging neckline is daring and quite flirty but I wouldn't say it shows off too much boob which is also a great thing to point out, for those of us with a larger bust these are things we definitely become a little more conscious of when choosing a dress but this is just perfect. 

I finally added a pair of heels to finish off the outfit, I really love the chunky heels that I put with this dress it adds a nice amount of height and despite them being so high they are actually super comfy which is a bonus especially for a person that rarely wears heels, the colour of them also means I can wear them with lots of other outfits too. I'm really becoming a huge fan of the nude heel lately! 

I hope you enjoyed this fun outfit post, I have always really loved shopping in AX Paris for dresses they are always so affordable and there are such a huge range of styles to suit everyone and every occasion which is fab, here are a few of my favourites. 

*Gifted Items 

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Friday, 24 April 2015

5 Ways To Teach Children About Money

Use Cash
If your using your card whilst shopping your little one isn't really going to understand the importance of money and how much things cost. When your at the checkout hand over the notes to your child tell them how much it's going to cost and show them how much to hand over to the cashier, they will feel so grown up and proud it's an exciting moment for them! 

We all have to work for our money right? Teaching your little one ways they can earn can be quite difficult at younger ages but depending on your child's age you can give him or her some tasks to help around the house to help them earn a few pennies. Ensure these tasks are things they can do with ease; tidy up their toys, make the bed or clearing the table. This is going to make them realise that money doesn't grow on trees and that we all have to do some work to earn it. 

When I was younger I used to love playing games with my cousins we'd set up role play games such as working in shop or in a school and play with pretend money to buy and sell things, creating fun games are a great way to interact with your child teach them basic money skills and basic mathematics. There are a number of ways you can do this; online games, videos, board games and role play! 

Now they've started to learn a little about money, they know how to spend it and even earn it but how about savings and the importance of saving? I think it's a great idea to get your child a current account opened as soon as they can, there are Under 19s current accounts which can be opened from as young as 11 which is great and it will really give them a sense of responsibility and they can actually start earning some interest for their hard earned cash, start saving for big toys and see their money grow! 

Spend Smart
OK our little ones definitely know how to spend mummy and daddies money but when it comes to their own you want to show them how far it will actually go and how to spend smarter. It's important to show them that they can't buy the whole shop in one trip and to show them how to make their money last longer; buying smaller toys, less sweets, own brands and even shopping the sales! Hey we all do it right?!

I hope these 5 tips have inspired you to help your little one learn about money. Have you got any tips for teaching children the importance of money and how to be sensible?  I'd love to know your tips! 

*PR Collaboration

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

50 Things that make me happy

1. A cup of tea with Almond Milk, 3 sweeteners and chocolate!
2. When I have a good skin day
3. When my hair is straight (it makes me feel normal) 
4. When Vinny says 'Love you mummy' 
5. Going into Vinnys room at night and putting the covers on him, I adore it when he moves about half asleep and chats to me. 
6. Non scale victories
7. Cami tops
8. Breakfast, I always have 2 chocolate Weetabix, Almond Milk, Raspberries and a Banana! 
9. Black skinny jeans
10. Watching our wedding DVD, we always fast forward to the dancing at the end it's hilarious!
11. Breaking Bad.. seriously if you haven't seen it you need to!
12. Dexter.. it's our new obsession since finishing Breaking Bad
13. Ru Pauls Drag Race
14. Pregnancy, I loved being pregnant with little Vin
15. When my tan is on point!
16. When my brows are freshly groomed, makeup looks so much better!
17. A Pink Nude lip
18. My Louis Vuitton Speedy B 25
19. Blonde hair
20. Pinterest
21. When someone gives my YouTube video a thumbs up
22. Blogging
23. YouTube
24. New photography equipment and gadgets!
25. When Mark brings me home treats (usually food.. always food)
26. My iPhone.. I have a problem
27. Instagram
28. Conversations with Vinny, we have such a giggle!
29. Makeup!
30. Freshly coloured hair
31. Pamper night
32. When Mark cooks
33. New Pyjamas (I used to buy new PJ's every week!)
34. Going to a stationary shop, heaven! 
35. It's Christmas time!
36. Thinking about the week I was due to have Vinny and the time we had in hospital beforehand with Mark and my mum. We had many evenings playing cards and having lots of laughs, we even got told off by the nurse! 
37. Vinnys birth, although pretty traumatic it was magical at the same time
38. Bed time, I love sleep! 
39. Getting ready for a night out (my favourite part of the night, I often joke that I'm going to get ready then sit and watch Saturday night TV)
40. When I go in my new kitchen
41. American Food
42. Shellac
43. Genuine people
44. Taking photos of my little family
45. London, I love this place!
46. Going to the theatre, we have seen We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Thriller, Jersey Boys and Phantom of the Opera Twice! 
47. Vegas.. best times!
48. My wedding rings
49. My family 
50. My blogging pals 

Thanks for tagging me Mrs Meldrum, I now tag Alex , Kerry, Hayley and anyone else that would like to do this! 

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Benefit Do The Hoola Kit // Review, Before & After Photos

Oh what do we have here, a new travel kit by Benefit of course featuring a few of my favourite products and plus a newbie too! This kit is perfect for those that like to travel light and have all of their bronzing essentials in one place, there are a few Benefit favourites in this kit; Hoola, Hoola Gloss, They're Real Mascara, Bene Balm and a new product Dew the Hoola. One thing I really love about this kit is the new packaging for Hoola bronzer, usually it comes in a black thin plastic case one that's a little flimsy and not that great for travel but the new version comes in a thicker plastic case that stays securely closed when in your makeup bag it's much better and made with a little more quality which is nice to see. 

On to the main attraction of the set and that's Dew the Hoola, this product won't be launching alone until next year some time but the great news is that you can buy this set and give it a try that way along with all of the other staple products. Dew the Hoola is a matt liquid formula that helps to warm up the complexion without being to overpowering or too dark, it's a great product to wear alone over the whole face or you can pop it over your foundation on the areas you just want to tan a little more, I have used this where I'd usually contour then set it in place with Hoola powder and I really love the finished look it's added just enough warmth to my face and also given it a beautiful natural glow. 

Overall I have been loving this kit and I have been loving Dew the Hoola, I'd say it's one for those with medium skin tones as it's quite golden although it's a great product to just warm up the complexion without being too overpowering. 

What do you think of this new product and kit, will you be giving it a whirl? 

Here are a few more fantastic Benefit Kits for you to try! 

*PR Sample 

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Hair Extension Masterclass: Application, Tips & Care

Hi guys so today's video is all about my hair, well not my hair exactly but my hair extensions. I always get asked how I care for my extensions so I thought it was about time I show you and talk to you a little bit about how I apply them, keep them in good condition and stop them from sliding out. I also share with you a fab tip on hiding those tale tale hair extension signs which I'm sure you'll appreciate! 


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