Friday, 18 August 2017

WHY MY MUM IS MY BEST FRIEND | HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM.

Today I'm dedicating this post to my mum who is my best friend. Today is her birthday so I wanted to celebrate by sharing with you 12 reasons why she is my best friend because let's face it; there’s no one better than my mum.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

5 THINGS I'VE LEARNT SINCE MOVING OUT

I’ve officially lived away from home for nearly 5 years now. I cannot believe how fast that's gone, ew I'm getting old too quickly! For 4 of those 5 years I lived either with friends at Uni or on my own in a 1 bed flat and for the last year I've lived with my boyfriend Jay.



I absolutely love having my own space and living with Jay. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I want to kill him but he's a good egg on the whole and I think we make a good team (so cringe)! Since moving out from my family home I’ve learnt so much and so I thought I'd share with you 5 things I've learnt since moving out.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

FAKE TANNING ROUTINE FT COCOA BROWN 1 HR TAN REVIEW

If you know me, you know I'm pretty obsessed with fake tan & love looking bronzed and golden brown all the time - but especially for nights out and special occasions! Last Weekend I went to my Mum and Dad's Silver wedding and obviously I had to be bronzed. For a very long time my favourite fake tans have been St. Tropez & St. Moritz however I have recently been rather obsessed with my Bondi Sands Fake Tan and the Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

CELEBRATING MY MUM AND DADS 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE | A DOLAN PARTY

On the 1st August 2017 my Mum and Dad celebrated their 25 Silver Wedding Anniversary. 25 years of marriage, I know can you believe it? What an incredible achievement that is. I wanted to write this post to say firstly, congratulations to my parents. You've created a beautiful family (if I do say so myself!) and you are both incredible role models to both Chess, Con and I. I love you with all my heart and always will. And secondly; to share with you all some pictures from the amazing party/day we all had celebrating last weekend.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

THE BODY SHOP BLOGGER EVENT | LEEDS FT THEIR SPA OF THE WORLD RANGE

On Wednesday last week I attended my first ever blogger event at the Body Shop in Leeds! I've been blogging since 2014 and have never been to one, can you believe it?! I think it's a combination between the fact that they were either held on a weeknight when I worked away from the city or I was simply too nervous to go but this time I dragged my friend along and off we trotted on a Wednesday evening after work.

It's no secret that I love the Body Shop, I've been brought up with the brand and I always remember when I was younger buying my Mum the White Musk gift sets for Christmas every year!! I have loved their body butters and scrubs for a long time and have never found any that compare (apart from Soap and Glory which is a close second place!)

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

MY JULY PLAYLIST


I saw Liv Writes do a June playlist and thought it was such a good idea, so I am going to share with you today my July playlist and the songs I've been loving.
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Friday, 4 August 2017

JULY FAVOURITES 2017!

2017 is flying by and I can't believe it's only 143 days until Christmas (can you tell I'm excited?) I have had such a busy but exciting month in July. Lots going on, and trips up and down the country pretty much every weekend so I thought I'd talk you through my favourites from July.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

HOW TO SURVIVE UNI

Can you believe I graduated just under a year ago and this time last year I'd finished university and had started my first graduate job? It is so crazy to think how fast time is going!

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

EBAY WISHLIST #1 | HOME EDITION

My boyfriend and I are currently renting a 1 bed flat in Leeds but will be looking to buy our first home in the next couple of years. I have spent the last couple of weeks obsessing over pintrest and have been saving my favourite home decor pieces. Ebay is the best place to find some great bargains so I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite pieces.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

REVIEW: URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT PALETTE

We all know that the Urban Decay Naked Palettes have been big for a long time but I don't think I've ever seen one that's blown up the blogging community as much as this one has! I am an avid lover of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and have all three versions as well as the smokey palette and so when I wondered into an air coned Sephora in New York's Westfield to escape the 92 degree heat and saw the last one on the shelf I couldn't turn my back.


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT TO DO/WHERE TO VISIT



Today I thought I would share with you my New York guide and share everything I got up to and where I stayed. If you want to know about all about my favourite foodie places then check out my recent post here.
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

Today I wanted to do a music themed post. I saw this on Lucy's from Forever Septembers blog and she was inspired by Emma, who also did this on her blog. I love tag posts where you get a little more insight into your favourite bloggers and so I thought I'd share with you some of my music favourites too (dad, this one's for you - I know you'll love this post).


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Friday, 21 July 2017

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE: MY PRE-SUMMER HOLIDAY PAMPER ROUTINE

As part of my beauty prep for New York I thought I'd share with you had I pampered before the trip.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT

I've not long come back from a fabulous trip to NYC and I had the most incredible time. We visited some amazing parts of the city, walked for miles and ate SO much food. I want to share with you today my favourite places to eat in the big apple because we tasted some incredible food over a short period of time and there are some places I'd not heard of before that I highly recommend. 
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

JUNE GOALS IN REVIEW AND THIS MONTHS GOALS!

We're half way through July and time is going by so fast I can't cope. I've had an amazing July so far and have just returned to the UK from an amazing week in New York with my mum and sister. Today it's time to sit down and finally review my goals set for the month of June and share with you all my new goals for the rest of July.



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Friday, 7 July 2017

NYC TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT'S IN MY CARRY ON

So I'm lucky enough to be jetting off to NYC in early July with my Mum and Sister and I am so bloody excited. I've started thinking about what outfits I'm going to wear and what I need to pack so I thought why not share with you what I'm taking in my carry on bag.



The Packing and Planning:
Before I do anything, the very first thing I do is write a list of everything I think I will need in my hand luggage. Once I've written a list I choose the bag and then I start to pack everything into it. If things don't fit then this is where I become brutal but to be honest I always choose a fairly large bag so I don't have to worry about that!
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

NYC TRAVEL GUIDE: WHAT'S IN MY HOLIDAY MAKE UP BAG



So I travel to NYC in just over a week and I am slowly but surely ticking things off my to do list. I'm one of those people that always over packs makeup. My essentials are a full large toiletry bag plus palettes and brushes separately. I just always think I need variation and when you're in New York you've got to have options don't you? (Back me up gals!) I wish I could be one of those girls who literally wears tinted moisturiser and mascara and looks amazing but my skin can't cope with that and it needs a medium coverage foundation to cover up the spots and dry patches that I get so regularly.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

JUNE FAVOURITES

How on earth is it July already. I genuinely cannot believe how fast time is going bye. I haven't done a favourites post for ages but thought I would do a June favourites today as I've been loving a lot recently and I want to bring these posts back.

June has been a fun filled month and a very busy one too. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people in my life and I cannot wait for all the fun things July has to offer too .. including NEW YORK (yes I'm sorry I keep banging on about this I'm just VERY excited as you can imagine!)
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Friday, 30 June 2017

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE: THE ESSENTIALS AND SOME NEWS!*







Happy Friday guys! How's your week been? If you don't follow me on social media then you won't know that I've been down in London this week with work and also seeing Adele (she was AMAZING). I also managed to get a little bit of shopping done ahead of my trip to New York in just over a week. I am SO excited I could scream!! I thought in today's post I would share with you some of my essentials that I've collected over the last couple of weeks that I will definitely be taking to New York with me.
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SUMMER WISHLIST




How nice has the weather in England been recently? It's been SO hot and it's got me all excited for the next couple of months and exciting things I've got planned. If you didn't already know, I'm off to New York in a few weeks and I am beyond excited to get back! I have been lusting over lots of gorgeous summer pieces ahead of my trip and today I thought I'd share them with you all.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

3 BLOGGERS I ADMIRE




Today's post is all about 3 incredible bloggers who inspire me every day and that I admire a lot. The 3 bloggers in question are Lauren from Girl Stole London, Gracie Francesca and Hannah Gale. If you haven't heard of these 3 ladies then where the hell have you been? Grab your phone now and follow their blogs and Instagram (I promise you'll thank me). These amazing gals are all different but all inspire me to become a better blogger and in general a better person too. I know they'd make incredible friends and I'm kinda jealous i'm not besties with them but I feel like they're my mates anyway because I just relate to their blog posts and I feel like I get them.
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Friday, 23 June 2017

ONE YEAR ON FROM UNIVERSITY

I cannot believe that exactly one year ago today I found out that I would be graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a First Class Honours Degree in Event Management!! How on earth has it been a year already?

I am still overwhelmed at the fact I finished four years of Uni, especially after a lot of ups and downs along the way. It was hard, but definitely worth every second and now I've been working in my first Graduate role for over a year and I'm loving it. Don't get me wrong it's be hard too but it's all gone so quickly. Today I'm sharing with you my experience of the Event Management industry, one year in!


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY!

I'm one of those nosy people that loves to know everything about everyone so I couldn't think of a more perfect post than to share with you what I eat in a day because these are my favourite type of posts to read. Today i'm sharing with you what I ate yesterday.
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

THE PERFECT PEDICURE

When it comes to having a pamper and treating my skin, I ALWAYS neglect my feet and my Nanna always tells me off for it. I always paint my toe nails but honestly, that's about as far as it goes! So with summer right around the corner and my Nanna constantly telling me it's time to sort my feet out, I thought I'd share with you my routine for the perfect pedi.



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Friday, 16 June 2017

THE BEST WAYS TO RELAX AFTER A SHIT DAY!



It's finally Friday - thank god the week is over. After a long hard week at work sometimes we all just need to relax and recuperate before facing Tuesday so here I'm going to share with you a few ways that I like to help keep me feeling relaxed after a shit day at work!
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

JUNE GOALS!

How on earth are we half way through June already? Where is time going? Last week I reached a little milestone in my career as I successfully completed 1 year in my first graduate job. I'm really proud of myself for sticking with it and reaching that goal. It's been stressful at times but I've enjoyed it loads and I can't wait to keep gaining experience and learning new things.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

FATHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE



With Fathers Day literally in just under a week I thought I better get my act together and start thinking about what I'm going to get my Dad (I promise it's not usually this last minute!). I've done a fair few gift guides in the past so I thought why not do one for Fathers Day to give some of you some inspo if you're last minute like me!
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Friday, 9 June 2017

FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS



So today's post is something a little different from the usual beauty/fashion/lifestyle post that you find here on JustKatiee. My mum and dad are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary in early August and I'm starting to plan what I'm going to get them.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

THE SELF LOVE TAG

I've seen this tag flying around the blogging community and thought why not give it a go myself even though I've not been tagged in it. The Self Love tag was created to bring a bit of happiness and self love. The rules are simple; you need to answer the questions honestly and then tag 5 bloggers you want to bring happiness to so here goes.


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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

WEDDING GUEST/BRIDESMAID/OCCASIONAL DRESSES




Wedding season is under way and the beautiful dresses are hitting the shelves of our favourite shops! I'm going to my mum and dad's silver wedding party in August and they're also renewing their vows so I'm technically a bridesmaid for the day and I'm so bloody excited. I've been a bridesmaid once in my life when I was like 6 at my Aunty and Uncle's wedding which was amazing so I'm lapping up this opportunity to find the perfect wedding guest esque / bridesmaid style dress and I thought I'd share with you some of my favourites.
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

5 TIPS FOR HAVING A PRODUCTIVE DAY



I'M BACK!

Sorry I've been so MIA, work has been so busy lately and with the terrible heartbreaking news that came from Manchester earlier this week it just didn't feel right to blog. I am back though with lots of great content for the summer and I'm dedicated to work hard on my blog because I enjoy it so much and I've missed it all. I am also going to NYC in July and to Krakow in September so there will be some fab content coming your way. Anyway onto the blog post.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

MAY GOALS!

Ok so how is it May already? This year is speeding by so fast we're nearly half way through the year! Anyways, I'm very excited for the new month to begin and and ready to get organised with my life.



Today I want to share with you my May Goals with the hope that I can potentially help inspire some of you.
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Friday, 5 May 2017

BLOGGING WHEN YOU HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB

Blogging alongside a full-time job is fucking hard. I know I'm definitely not the first person to say this but it really is difficult to fit it all in with everyday life. I can't say I'm always on top form when it comes to juggling working full-time and my blog, but when I am, I try to post three times a week.



My blogging journey started back in 2014 when I was working on my placement year at a Mental Health Trust. Not only did I decide that 2014 was the year to start my blog, it was also the year where I was thrown into full-time work for the first time! So you could say I threw myself straight into the deep end.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY | SUMMER BOOHOO WISHLIST

I'm back! Yay finally, sorry I've been MIA this week. I don't have any excuses apart from the fact that I've been so busy and the week has flown by! Don't worry though, I'm back today with the ever famous #wishlistwednesdays and a Boohoo Wishlist for you.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

THE SELFIE LIGHT EVERY INSTAGRAM LOVER NEEDS

If you love a good Snapchat or Instagram selfie like me then you will LOVE this selfie light. As a birthday present to myself in February I decided to bite the bullet and purchase one of these lights. I don't know what ever stopped me to be honest because they are so inexpensive but a serious game changer!!


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Friday, 21 April 2017

PERFECT DATE IDEAS

Dates don't have to always be the typical cinema trip or dinner at your favourite restaurant. Although they're both really fun ideas and good to do every now and again sometimes it's nice to switch things up and do something a bit different. Today i'm going to share with you my favourite ideas for the perfect date.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

MARCH MAKEUP & BEAUTY PICKS

I've been loving a fair few new make up items throughout March and thought why not share with you my top makeup picks for this month! As you all probably know, I LOVE makeup and instagram tends to lure you in with beauty bloggers posting pictures of products that not only look pretty but are really hyped in the beauty world and it makes me want to go out straight away and buy it! I was quite lucky that it was my birthday in February and I got some new makeup bits as gifts but I also spent some of my birthday money on some new items too.


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

CHOCOLATE BARK RECIPE | I SURVIVED LENT!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

How is it Easter already, like seriously, where the hell is the year going?! I am so happy lent is over and I can finally eat all the chocolate and so I thought it was only appropriate to share with you my Chocolate Bark Recipe to mark the occasion of surviving the challenge!



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Friday, 14 April 2017

WHAT I'D DO IF I WON THE LOTTERY!


What would I do if I won the lottery? That's a question I often ask myself; every day pretty much! Wouldn't it be bloody amazing to win the lottery though hey? I mean if I'm ever going to win it I need to buy the tickets more regularly *I think I've brought about 5 since I was 16 and I'm 23 now* but hopefully one day! If I won the lottery I'd definitely be one of those people that treated myself to the luxury items that I would never normally buy as well as treating my friends and family too. Today I'm going to share with you what I'd do if I won the lottery!
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

HOW TO GET THE BEST BACKDROPS FOR YOUR BLOG PHOTOS*



I've been wanting to improve my blog photos for the longest time now and have always struggled with the backdrop of my images. I am constantly scrolling through my instagram and pintrest feeds and lusting over the aesthetically pleasing photos and pastel colours and wishing my blog photos looked like that. I don't have an excuse .. it's not about the camera you have or the white background .. you can take amazing blog photos without all that and oh your Iphone too. I have decided that this year it's time to finally start to improve my photos and make more of an effort.
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Monday, 3 April 2017

SURVIVING THE TIME OF THE MONTH

Let's face it, periods are fucking shit and I don't care what people say, they're painful, uncomfortable and get in the way of your life, but at least it means my body is working properly I guess?! I'm not going to lie sometimes I simply don't want to have a period, for example when I'm going on holiday or on a night out so because I take a contraceptive pill I can easily control my periods, thank fuck. When I do have a period though, let me tell you I feel like shit and ever since I was younger I've suffered with really bad pains so I thought I'd share with you the numerous things I do to try and survive the 5-7 days of hell!

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Friday, 31 March 2017

TOP 10 PRODUCTS UNDER £10.00



It's no secret if you've followed my blog for the last couple of years that I am a drugstore kind of girl. Having spent the last four years at University with no money and working in one of the UK's very own drugstores; Superdrug, I have become a lover of drugstore products and have discovered some great ones over the years. Today I am going to share with you my top 10 products under £10.00.
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

REVIEW | OVAL FOUNDATION BRUSH FROM PS LOVE @ PRIMARK

I've been contemplating writing this post for a while because I couldn't work out whether I loved or hated this brush but I have finally fallen in love with it and wanted to share my thoughts on why it's my new favourite foundation brush.

If you've not seen these oval brushes around then where the hell have you been hiding? They're literally everywhere and I couldn't resist picking one up in good old primark because well.. they're cheap and affordable and I thought why not give it a try!
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

CELEBRATING MY MUM; HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Today is Mother's Day which means I'm dedicating today's post to my best friend; my mum. My mum is one of the most inspirational women in my life and I'm so lucky to have her as not only mu mum but my best friend too. She's the best agony aunt and gives me the best advice when I need it the most. She loves and supports my twin sister, brother and I in absolutely everything we do and has always guided us in the right path. I can't thank her enough for simply being mum. She is kind, loving and a great friend and she makes everyone feel welcome. 
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES 2017

February is my birthday month so it was a month filled with lots of favourites and I thought today I'd share them with you. I honestly can't believe how fast this year is going and we're already half way through March - it's flying by so let's get on with the February favourites.

LIFESTYLE

My first favourite has got to be the bunny rabbit snapchat filter as you're going to see it a fair bit in this post. I am literally obsessed. I think it's so cute and on a night out it because a firm favourite with the group selfies.
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Friday, 24 March 2017

LENT UPDATE: WEEK 4


I'm over half way there and still surviving without all my favourite foods; sweets, chocolate, biscuits, cake and most importantly my favourite thing ever; crisps! I'm not quite sure how I've done it but I have ... so far and there is not long to go now!!
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

FASHION PICKS FOR A DAY AT THE RACES




As some of you may be aware if you follow me on twitter (justkatieeblog), you will know that I am attending the Aintree Grand National in April and I'm SO excited! I've never been to Aintree races, even though I have been to the races before but in York. My mum and dad go every year and they always have such a fab time so my boyfriend Jay and I wanted to get involved and decided that 2017 was the year we'd go. I thought with it being just over 2 weeks away I would share with you some of my favourite fashion picks for the races.
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE!



So as Mothers Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you my favourite Mother's Day gifts for any of you last minute buyers. I love buying gifts for people but sometimes it's hard to find the right ones so today I'm going to help you lovely lot out with 10 gifts that are a great choice for Mother's Day no matter what your budget is.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

LENT UPDATE: WEEK 2


So we're 2 weeks in and I'm doing ok .. *I'm surviving people*

I won't lie to you, the first 2 weeks have been hard and there has been many a temptations but I'm doing well and have so far resisted the urge to crack! If you are reading this and thinking to yourself "what the hell is this woman on about?" then read my post all about what I'm giving up for lent this year. Basically in a nut shell, I'm giving up all the crappy junk food cravings; sweets, crisps, chocolate, biscuits and cakes. Yes I know AM I MAD? I think I am! But in a ll seriousness I am glad I'm doing this whole lent thing. I do feel a lot better and healthier and haven't found that I've craved a lot .. mainly it's been the crisps (this is literally my weakness) and chocolate .. but I did survive the dreaded time of the month without chocolate and believe me that is definitely an achievement!
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Monday, 6 March 2017

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM | MY NEW HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT

Ok, so I've seen numerous bloggers and Youtubers rave about this product (Gabby - i'm looking at you gal) and I never really understood the hype but oh my god - this stuff is incredible!
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Friday, 3 March 2017

FRIDAY INSTAGRAM FAVOURITES

It's no secret that I LOVE Instagram, I mean who doesn't right?! Whenever I'm bored I scroll Instagram, whenever I need inspiration I scroll Instagram; I kid you not, it is probably my favourite social media platform.

There are so many amazing Instagramers that I follow, too many to choose from to be honest but I thought I'd share with you just a few of my favourites! These accounts are aesthetically pleasing, inspire me and grab my attention every time there is a new post.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WHY I'M TAKING PART IN LENT

So today is Ash Wednesday; which to those of you that aren't Christian means that this is the time of year that some Christians decide to give something up during the period of Lent. Lent runs between Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 13 April 2017 and this year I've decided to take part.



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Monday, 27 February 2017

WORKING 9-5

It's Monday tomorrow and yes like most of you I'm wondering why the weekend went so fast and how is it already over :( why is it that the weekdays always drag and the weekends speed by? So shit.
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Friday, 24 February 2017

MISSGUIDED WANT LIST!

I've been obsessing over a lot of Missguided clothing recently so today I thought I'd share with you my top picks at the moment. I'm LOVING the Purple Frill Cold Shoulder Top and the Navy Bodycon Dress!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

Ok so prepare for a soppy cringey post today! It's Valentines Day and I'm lucky enough to spend it with my boyfriend of 3 and a half years! I love Valentines day and over the years I've done the standard night out with the girls getting smashed and downing Jaeger Bombs, having a night in with the boyfriend and a "2 dine for £10" meal deal from M&S, a double date down at one of our favourite Indian restaurants with my best friend and her boyfriend and the typical date night with a 3 course meal, a bottle of prosecco and then a night of cocktails. I've done it all and I've loved each Valentines day in a different way!


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