LIFESTYLE: LET'S CELEBRATE THIS SUMMER


SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE !!

This week in the UK the sun is out so get outside and start making some memories. Why not head down to the beach for the weekend or go camping? Get your friends and family together and have a BBQ! There's so many things to do across the UK when the weather is good! I love heading to Weston for the day and spending the day on the beach and walk along the pier with an ice cream. 

I just got back from Turkey so i'm loving the warm weather we are having! We had such a great time and did so much. As well as relaxing and chilling at the beach and by the pool we did a few exciting things. We hired quad bikes and did some off road which was good, it was the first time i've been on a quad. We also did horse riding which was another great experience as I haven't rode a horse since I was a kid and even then someone was holding the horse. We got to see some amazing views of Turkey from the top of the hills. We also did a boat trip and a jeep safari so we got to check out lots of amazing parts of Turkey. Check out my amazing holiday snaps using my New Fujifilm Instax mini 8 camera, I've wanted one for so so long! I love it, it's abit tricky to use but i've got the hand of it now, i'll need to buy some more film for my next holiday. 

Sometimes you just need to get away and go on holiday and I know it's not always possible because of work commitments or money. But I always feel so much better in myself mentally and physically after a holiday and it's mad how much impact it makes. Sometimes you can feel like everything's getting on top of you and you just need to take some time out and when I go back to work or get back to reality after a holiday I always feel more positive about things and things that were getting on top of me don't feel that bad anymore and it really does take the pressure off abit. 

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I'm so excited for my next holiday i've been looking at a week away in September as I have a week off work so send over some places you love to visit and somewhere where the weather is good in September. 











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I have not been paid for this blog post, however I was gifted the Fujifilm camera.

REVIEW: FREYA DECO BIKINI




Today I thought i'd share a few pool snaps from my recent holiday in Turkey. I got this gorgeous bikini from Freya and practically lived in it for 10 days. It was so comfy and such a gorgeous colour and fit.

I've recently lost alot of weight, about 2 stone!! I still have a little way to go but I felt so happy and confident with my body this year. I bought a pair of denim shorts in a 12 and I have dresses and tops in a 10!!! I still have a little way to go and I know i'll always have insecurities about my body but i've come along way and I felt so good in this bikini.

This bikini is they Freya Deco bikini which comes in a few colours including black and also a navy which is brand new. This turquoise colour is amazing, it was really flattering and looked great with a tan. Deco is one of my favourite bras and I have the Deco Vibe in Opal which is gorgeous. You get such an amazing shape from the deco, its smooth so it's great under any outfit and your get such a good cleavage. The bikini is the same great shape and it's my all time favourite. I have a black one from last year still which I love.


I felt so good in my bikini chilling at the side of the pool with my book and I still have about a stone to loose and I want to tone up more but i'm so proud of myself for sticking with slimming world and loosing over 2 stone!!












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FASHION: SUMMER WEDDING OUTFIT IDEAS

With the summer upon us and the school holidays are about to start and so is summer wedding season. I thought i'd put together some outfit ideas for him and her. 

I love dressing up for a wedding, it's an excuse to go and and buy and whole new outfit. I picked out some pretty summery dresses. Pastels are always a good shout for a summer wedding. This pretty floral dress from New Look is a gorgeous print and a really pretty colour. I find bodycon styles like this are really flattering on me as I have an hourglass figure. 

These pale blue shoes from Topshop are so pretty, I love the colour and the wooden heel is lovely, I think they would be really comfy, perfect for a wedding.

I picked out this stripe dress from Topshop which is a lovely shape, I am a huge fan of  stripes. I'd wear this with these gorgeous strappy sandals from Kurt Geiger, these are such a stunning pair of sandals which you could wear time after time. 

I love this embellished bag from Accessorize, it's perfect for the summer wedding/ prom season. 

For the Guys

When it comes down to outfits for mens for weddings it's all about that perfect suit. There's some really lovely suits out there so I thought i'd share some inspiration with you. 

This Noose and Monkey suit is a really classic style I love the contrasting Velvet Lapel and I love the skinny fit of the jacket. It's a really nice quality suit that would be perfect for any occasion. Noose and Monkey have some really unique suits and shirts so check out their SS16 lookbook here to see their latest styles. 

I'm a sucker for a grey suit, this one from Topman would look fab with a nice skinny fit shirt and a grey bow tie like this one from Noose and Monkey. 

A pair of brown/ tan brogues are a great staple for any summer occasion, you can pop them on with any colour suit and they look smart but trendy. I really like brogues and think they are a classic style.

I love a check shirt, with a nice blazer to dress it up or on its own with jeans/ or trousers and some braces for a more casual occasion. 




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REVIEW: BARDOLINO BIRMINGHAM BLOGGERS BRUNCH



On Tuesday I headed into Birmingham for the launch of Bardolino which is a new restaurant that just opened in the Cube. Bardolino is a new Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso bar by Marco Pierre White. The 'Ultra Casual' restaurant is located at the Cube and is canal side so it's a fab stop if your in Birmigham shopping and you want a bite to eat with the girls or if you have a family occasion and all want to get together for a meal.

Marco believes that italian food is 'affordable and delicious and thats exactly what Bardolino is. 
Their main menu is very affordable and is full of lot of amazing dishes that sound amazing. I will be popping by next time i'm in Birmingham to try their Pizza and Al Forno's. 

I was so excited when I arrived at Bardolino's and the table was full of amazing looking food. I decided to try a little bit of everything rather than order one thing. Everything that I tried was so good, my favourite dish was the scrambled egg with Salmon. I don't usually eat Salmon but I really wanted to try it and it was lovely. You could tell the Salmon was really fresh and good quality and it was a great portion size. I also tried the Sausage Ciabatta which was really tasty and the Avocado on toast. 

They also offer an Italian full breakfast which would be perfect for those sunday morning hangovers. I tried the bacon and the beans and they were both really tasty. I think i'd order the full breakfast next time I go for Brunch as I really enjoyed everything I tried. 

I didn't try any of the Bagels but they looked amazing so i'd love to give them a try aswell, they offer Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese and The Elvis Presley, Peanut Butter and Banana which sounds SO GOOD! 

I also had Peach Bellini which was really good aswell as my fresh orange juice, They offer a huge selection of smoothies and juices which all sound amazing and looked very impressive. 

Overall I was so impressed with Bardolino, it really ticked all of my boxes. I loved that it was casual, you could drop in for lunch in your jeans and you won't feel out of place. It has a very relaxed vibe however they also have stations where you can plug in your laptop so you could pop in for a coffee and read your emails. The prices were so affordable for both the brunch menu and the main menu. I love the Decor! The lights, the chairs even the tiles were gorgeous! 

It's family friendly too, they actually have a massive table where your family can all sit together and chat over brunch or you could pop by with work colleagues for a quick bite to eat at lunch. They also cater for people with food allergies or intolerance's so let them know when your ordering as they offer lots of alternatives and are so accommodating.  

Check out the Bardolino menu on their website and be sure to book a table online too as I think this place is going to be so popular. It's in a great location, they have a great menu and lovely staff so be sure to check them out!












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FASHION: FESTIVAL FASHION WISHLIST



I'm back off my holiday now, boo! So I thought i'd pop together a festival fashion wishlist as i've been checking out the latest festival looks from T in the Park and Wireless festival from over the weekend.

The usual trends are out and about but I thought i'd share some bits and pieces i'd be rocking at festivals this summer.

Playsuits are always a really good statement piece for a festival, they are cute and usually a comfy material and lightweight. They are great if your packing light as you don't need to pack shorts or trousers as its a one-piece. This black one is from Topshop and I love the off the shoulder style, it has long sleeves so it's great if your conscious about your arms and it will be perfect from day to night. I'd style this with some cute colourful sandals, I love these from Topshop and a chunky belt like this one from River Island.

This floral bomber jacket is gorgeous, it's from Simply Be and is available in a wide range of sizes. I think a bomber jacket is the perfect jacket for a summer festival as in the UK is does get rather chilly, especially on the evenings so this is a nice lightweight jacket that you can just pop over any outfit. The floral print is so on trend and makes the jacket summery even though it's black. This would look great with a pair of Denim shorts and a crop top!

This other playsuit is from River Island and is a little bit more colourful, I think the aztec print screams festival! It's just such a perfect piece for any festival. I love that it has the black pom pom details. This would look great with a pair of ankle boots and a floppy hat!

I love this Embroidered Satchel bag which is also from Simply Be, it's the perfect size for your purse, camera and phone. I love the pattern detail which is just stunning and it has some beading details aswell. This would go with any outfit and is just a really lovely bag.


These sunglasses are really cute, they are from River Island, Aviators are always really popular in the summer. These pink ones are really feminine but on trend.




There's lots of festival fashion and accessories on the Simply Be Festival page so be sure to check that out for lots more festival fashion inspiration and be sure to check out their festival playlist and their calander of the hottest festivals this season.








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SUMMER: THOSE HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS



We're finally off on our holiday yay! When you are reading this I will be soaking up the sun with a cold one in my hand. 

I thought i'd share a few beauty bits that i've brought along with me.

Hair: I always end up bring too many hair products with me when I go on holiday. First I have these little mini OGX Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioners. These smell incredible and will be so handy! I have packed the Toni and Guy sea salt texurizing spray and the Schwarzkopf texturizing spray. The mini toni and guy one will be handy for in my beach bag so when i'm at the beach or by the pool I can give my hair a little spritz of texture. I've also packed the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow and Go which is a really handy creme which you can use in dry hair to defrizz and to tame or use when blow drying to help dry hair faster and reduce fly away hairs. 

I've also packed my travel Tangle Teezer, as this is so handy to keep in your beach bag to detangle your hair after you've been for a swim or in the sea

Suncare: I've packed Piz Buin factor 30 as I couldn't find factor 50 which is what I usually get as i'm quite fair skinned and tend to burn easy. I've also packed an Hawaiian Tropic oil to get a better tan, this smells gorgeous. I've packed the Clarins Face suncream as my face is really sensitive and I find this works well at locking in hydration and protecting my skin from the sun. 
I've got the Vichy Ideal Soleil oil after sun which is lovely on the skin and i'm so excited to give this a good try. 


These Purepotions salves are so handy when your away, you can use them for so many things from sprains to cold sores. 

I have packed some carex hand sanitizer which are so handy when your at the beach or going for some food to keep your hand clean and fresh.


My Clarins lip comfort oil is a staple when i'm away, I always bring it to add hydration to my lips as they get really sore and dry when i'm on holiday. 

also included in this post: 
Turquoise Bikini from Freya // Instax Camera from Fujifilm // Flip flops- Primark // Bag- primark // Suki Cleo by Panache bikini //  The Wet Brush // Garnier Micellar water 








LIFESTYLE: FESTIVAL TOP TIPS


With summer here finally festival season is among us so I thought i'd put together a post with a few top tips for festivals and mention a few upcoming festivals.

1. Picking the right festival!! Alot of festivals have a reputation and you can usually guess what artists will play which festivals. For example if your into your rock/ indie then Download tend to have lots of rock bands playing and a few indie bands. If your into more pop/ rnb then Glastonbury or V Festival are more likely to be your cuppa. Be sure to do your research and see whos headlining the festivals before you buy your tickets, make sure theres plenty of people you want to see.

2. Planning! Be sure to plan what you are bringing with you, how you are getting to the festival? How much money you will need etc. These are all important elements to make sure your experience runs smooth. We traveled by train so I used a small suitcase for my clothes however this wasn't very festival field friendly and got so muddy. If you are getting a train then book your tickets in advance to get the best deals.

3. Look after your tickets or wristbands. You usually get your ticket/ wristbands posted out to you so be careful to look after them and don't forget to bring them with you on the day. I still have my wristband for V Festival when I went a couple of years ago, they are really cool keepsakes.

4. What to pack? There's so much stuff you need to bring to a festival with you!
Clothes, Food, Money, Drinks (plenty of water and alcohol for in your tent) a tent and sleeping bag, some foldaway chairs, floral crowns, dry shampoo, texturising spray, charger for phone, ( at vfestival they had lockers and stations where you could charge your phone) camera, comfy shoes, waterproof jacket,

5. festivals can be really expensive and you have to get your ticket straight away as those tickets sell out! So plan in advance save up all year so you have the money ready and then when those tickets go on sale you already have the money saved to buy your ticket. There's nothing worse than the perfect line up being released and you can't afford a ticket.

6. Who to go with? I think it would be great to go as part of a big group as not everyone wants to see Beiber so if theres plenty of you then surely someone will go along and sway to 'what do you mean?'

7. SUNCREAM! I know your probably thinking it always rains at festivals but when we went to V festival it rained all day and then on the last day the sun was so strong! I was so glad i'd brought sun cream and we needed it. Even if it's not very sunny the suns still there and you are going to be outside all day long so you need some kind of spf protection.

8. Look after your personal belongings. Try and bring as little as you can, if you don't want to loose it then don't bring it. You shouldn't leave valuables in your tent, if you need to leave it then put it in a locker. your phone and money is all you need and you should keep that on your person at all times. Girls bring a cross-over bag or bumbag if possible with a zip to keep all your goodies safe and sound.

Most of all have a good time! I loved V Festival, I really want to go this year as the line up is AMAZING!!! I just don't have the money boo!! I think i'm going to save up though and hopefully next years line up is good too!  If you've got any questions about camping at a festival or what I brought along with me then just let me know in the comments?  













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