Sunday, 11 March 2018

Nasty Gal Haul

Because a stripe T/denim combo is always a winner! Did I mention that this baby has ruffle sleeves too? Cuutteee! It's these types of tees that you can never have too many of (or so I tell myself when I'm shopping!) 

Casj V Glam - what's your winner? I'm a casual sorta girl so that's an easy choice for me! But it's always nice to have a piece that you can mix it up with, get ya moneys worth eh! I'm obsessed with nudes/pastel colours, they look great paired with denim or even just with a tan! (Hurry up summer!)


Ok I might be a little obsessed with layering.. but c'mon, it's super cute with a denim and lil tee underneath! Oo and I love the scalloped neck line - the perfect lil dress for spring paired with some converse, and soo cheap!


What to do when you need to iron your shirt but you're too lazy? Ta-daaa! It actually looks just as cute tucked into high-waisted jeans (in case you didn't fancy getting ya belly out!). I lurvv this colour though, lately I have been buying pink a lot more - who even am I right now? Lol. Anyway, oversized shirts are everythingg.


I saved the best till last! I don't know if it's because it gives off some serious tropical vibes (I feel like I need a margarita in hand to complete the look), but this is my winner! The mustard/brown tones really compliment gold accessories and would look beaut with a golden glow on hols!

So there we have it, all £20 and under - not bad eh! Let me know your fave <3


Thursday, 1 March 2018

LFW goodies

Although I don't walk at LFW, (I have my short, and rather big, ass to thank for that) I was still lucky enough to getta hold of a #NevsFam LFW goody bag - woo! Now I think about it, I'd probably fall and make an even bigger ass of myself and end up starring in one of those rather unfortunate Youtube videos.. you know the ones! #RIPankles. 

So huge thanks to my Nevs fam for hooking me up with one of these! Did I mention the whole bag is completely Vegan.. pretty cool huh! Right, let's have a look inside.. 

Eco Glitter Fun
Did someone say environmentally-friendly glitter? HELL YAS! Ok, seriously, who doesn't love a bitta glitter? Especially during festival season, glitter is legit my go-to .. everyone loves to sparkle! But wouldn't it be nice to sparkle knowing that no fishies were hurt in the process.. I know I would! Ladies & Gents (no judgement) - say hello to Eco Glitter Fun! 

On a more serious note, who knew that glitter is polluting our oceans and killing our marine animals? - I gotta admit, I had never really thought about it before. So why not join me in making the switch to guilt-free glitter? Click here to visit their website for more info and glitters - you wont be disappointed!

So it's no secret that I lurvvv a Pulsin bar! If you follow me on Insta, (if not then get yo shit together) you would've seen these babies a few times! Here's the Vanilla, but I gotta tell ya the Mint Choc Chip & Orange Choc chip are just as good .. if not better! They're the perfect pick-me-up if I'm running between castings or off to the gym and need a quick protein fix!

Completely Vegan, this little bar packs a mighty punch - 13g to be exact! Did I mention that there are hampers available online? Yeah my birthday is in April, just in case you're wondering. 
Ooh and they have also just brought out a brand new range of protein powders that I am dying to try. If you have already, let me know what you think! 

Form Nutrition
I'm currently staring at the screen wishing I could eat these dreamy pancakes all over again. Ok, gimme a break, I'm no Jamie Oliver but they're so yummy and so easy to make with just 3 ingredients! (Recipe below)
But can we just talk about Form Nutrition for a sec.. if you're looking for a new protein then here's your winner! This is my go-to protein so I was super happy to find it inside. And it's Chocolate Peanut - my fave flavour, win win!
Not only does it taste amazing, provide 30g of protein per serving and is completely natural with no added sugar (a big factor for me when looking at protein powders), but with every product bought a meal is provided to The Family Feeding Fund at Bansang hospital in The Gambia too! What more could you ask for?

Protein pancake recipe:
- 1 Scoop Form protein powder (obvs)
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smoothe
2. Add a dollop of coconut oil into a frying pan and heat
3. Pour your first pancake..& cook! 

I love to top mine with some fruit & peanut butter - & voila, so easy! 

Click here to shop Form Nutrition products

Yogi Tea
I have become completely obsessed with herbal teas lately. I don't mind a good traditional cuppa, but I always end up dunking in a biscuit (or three) - so my solution is to switch it for a nutritional herbal tea. I don't know about you but the idea of dipping a digestive into a herbal tea just doesn't quite do it for me.

So who else woke up in Narnia this morning? Lol ok, Kent isn't quite like the scenes in the movies .. but it was snowy and wintry - so the perfect opportunity to try Yogi Tea's Women's Balance. With a light blend of lavender, thyme, liquorice and raspberry leaves, it's no surprise it won the Great Taste Award back in 2016. I'm already on my third today and it's a really great way to keep hydrated without feeling like you are forcing yourself to down lots of water. It also leaves me with a feeling of warmth and fullness, which also helps when I'm trying to cut back on snacking!

There are SO many varieties available on their website (click here), all of which are based on unique tea recipes from one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems - Ayurvedic medicine, developed over 3,000 years ago in India. Pretty cool, huh!

Natures Alchemist

Lets start with the lil baby on the right.. Well, there really isn't a better time for a hand moisteriser. I swear this -4° weather isn't doing my hands any favours and I can't be alone! With a winning combo of coconut, agave extract and dragon fruit and avocado oils this really is a dream! Is it just me or are some hand creams a bit overbearing with their fruity/sweet smell? Well, this one is pleasantly subtle with a refreshing scent of cucumber and mint - super fresh and nourishing.

Now onto the face mist. Two words for ya - refreshing and hydrating! Honestly it feels so nice to freshen up with a quick spritz whether you're commuting, travelling or just on the go. I can just see this being a handbag necessity in the summer months and a travel essential on my holidays! Like all of Natures Alchemist products, it's a combination of all natural ingredients, leaving your skin with a natural glow. Lavvly jubbly!

 Available in Superdrug stores.

Foreo's Luna Play Plus
That right here is the most exciting addition to my skincare routine since like forever! Perfectly portable and travel friendly, this little baby removes 99.5% of dirt and oil from your skin in just 1 minute - including dead skin cells and makeup. Ta-daaa! Hello soft, smooth and glowing skin! Oh and did I mention Kim K's a fan? *Mic drop* (lol)

Shop cleansers here

Ooh and it's worth noting that the Luna Play Plus is the starting cost price at £39. I would recommend giving this a go first before diving straight into the more advanced/costly options. It's surprising what this little fella can do - honestly, read the reviews! And don't forget ya batteries, can't imagine it does much without them!

So there we have it! Now excuse me whilst I indulge in some protein pancakes with a side of herbal tea followed by a quick facial cleanse and spritz. Lol, just kiddin' - I'm off to bed! Might have one more tea though...

Thanks for reading :)



Saturday, 10 February 2018

Snug As A Bug

"OMG, it's sooo cold" = me every time I step out my front door right now. I don't know why but as soon as Christmas is over *little cry inside* I expect summer like the next day.. ok, week.. tops! :)

But if there's one thing I love about winter, it's the wardrobe that comes with it.. Everyone, let me introduce you to my new seasonal bf - the teddy coat aka 'Ted'. Lol just kiddin, I don't actually name my clothes..(would you judge me if I did?)

Well, ever felt like you wanted to leave the house in your dressing gown because it's so snug but it's just not socially acceptable? Well, this right here is the next best thing..scrap that - the NEW best thing (you also look good when wearing it and avoid all the judgy looks).

Super casj and cosy, pair it with a sweater, some mom jeans and voila! 

(Coat & Jeans: Nakd | Jumper: Brandy Melville | Watch: Larsson & Jennings | Shoes: Vans)

Saturday, 6 January 2018

3 Unhealthy Habits To Leave Behind In 2O17

So 2018 has got off to a rocky start and, thanks to the flu, I haven't kick-started the year like I planned to! And, although I'm not one for the ole' 'New Year, New Me' fiasco, I have promised myself to leave some unhealthy habits behind in 2017 - laters ya'll!

No 1 - Following too many accounts that do NOT have a positive impact on myself
This is the best social media advice I could give myself (and to you guys) and I just wish I had done this sooner. I have started the process of sifting through my Instagram and un-following accounts that don't either a) give me motivation b) make me happy or c) post cute puppy photos (slight joke). Of course I'm not saying that I will un-follow every beautiful human being (there are just some VS models that deserve crushing over) but I do not need the majority of my feed to consist of them either. Balance is everything. So rather than 'I wish I looked like that' it is more of a case of  'Yass, I'm going to smash that workout later!' 

No 2 - Comparing myself to others
C'mon we are all guilty of this one! Ok, the chance of me leaving that behind in 2017 is pretty unrealistic.. However, I have promised myself to remember to *cheese alert* "admire someone elses beauty without questioning my own" . It is so easy in my job, on shoots and at castings, to look around and feel not good enough or inferior to other models around me. Again, on social media, it is easy to forget that you only see what they want you to see - their highlights, their best bits! Of course that is no judgement, we all do this, but it is about remembering that that's the reality of it and we shouldn't take it at face value.

"Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it's their time"

No 3 - Setting unrealistic body goals
Hands up who else screenshots absolute mega babes in their bikinis because we just have to look like them? C'mon we are all guilty of the 'inspo screenshot' - either that or I'm just some serious cyber weirdo (if this is the case then feel free to tell me later). Well anyway, there's nothing unhealthy with this if it gives you the positive mentality and motivation to lets say, smash your next workout or cook a nutritiously healthy dinner. But the reality is that this just isn't always the case.
Personally, I find myself desiring the bodies of beach babes with the perfect hour-glass figure.. a shape that my body will never, can never become. And instead of it motivating me, I'll stand in front of the mirror hating my body and the fact that I just ate 3 bags of popcorn.
Yes I can train my back to make my waist appear smaller in order to give the illusion of an hour-glass shape. But at the end of the day, you can only improve what you have - and for me that is just not that body shape. And I'm learning to be ok with that. Something that we all should do too!
We all come in different shapes and sizes and there's beauty in every one of them.
So for 2018 I am going to put my hard work and focus into making my body the best it can be. Let's work with what we got!

Here's to a great 2018!


Monday, 1 January 2018

Step Inside Winterville With Me

Happy New Year guys - woah, how quick has 2017 gone! If, like me, you are still clutching onto the festive holidays (I am so not ready to say goodbye to Christmas) then I hope you like this post on my recent trips (yes, it was so good I went twice) to Winterville.

I have been dying to show you this awesome place but got caught up in the festive mayhem so apologies for the lateness! But if, like me, your favourite things include Christmas, Cinema & food then be sure to pop this place on your list for next year. 

If you're not already convinced..

Reason 1: It's festive af.
I bloody love Christmas and I do all I can to squeeze as much festivity into December as I can. Everyone loves a bitta Winter Wonderland and, if they dont, my guess is that it is because it can get super busy - that or you are just a Scrooge. Well, fear no more. Winterville, being a lot smaller and having lesser of a reputation, is no where near as cramped but still boasts all the festive fun - ice rink, Plonk Golf and a roller disco just to name a few!

Reason 2: The food is uh-mazing!
No seriously, the first time I went I had this halloumi & chicken wrap *dribble* and I literally went on about it for about 2 weeks after.. I'll pop a photo below so you can see what the fuss is all about. Oh my god, don't get me started on the brownies.. h e a v e n! You have the choice of Chocolate Orange, Oreo, Salted Caramel & Nutella - the right choice being all of them, obviously. They also heat them up for you.. is there anything better than a warm chocolate brownie? And then there's the Hot Chocolate with marshmellow fluff from ChinChin - sounds pretty amazing doesn't it? Well it looks bloody darn good too.. which is why I couldn't help myself! Basically, everything else aside, you could just go for the food.. yeah, that good.

Reason 3: Backyard Cinema.
This for me was the sole reason for visiting Winterville in the first place. I love the cinema and had THE best time at their Miami Beach back in the summer. Basically, I'm now their #1 fan so it was a no-brainer when the tickets for The Winter Night Garden went on sale.
Just stepping into the cinema is an experience in itself, think Narnia meets enchanting forest! Naturally, once inside I went straight to the bar to stock up on snacks (plenty of popcorn) and couldn't resist their 'Gingertini' - a cocktail with a festive twist. Not only did it taste pretty darn good but you also keep the cute lil gingerbread man bottle - win win!
I have never felt quite as festive when watching a Christmas film as I did when watching Home Alone and Love Actually here - it really is a heart-warming and charming experience and I literally cannot recommend it enough. And, although Winterville has come to an end this year (booo), Backyard cinema still have their Snow Kingdom open to enjoy - with dates available up to March. I've got my tickets booked for Bridesmaids (one of THE best chickflicks ever) and I can't wait to see what magic this one brings!

Keep an eye out for my next Backyard Cinema blog post and let me know of your own experiences here or if you're planning to go!

Here's to more Backyard Cinema dates in 2018!


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