I went along to the Launch of House of Fraser's Grotto the other night. The grotto is run by 'HelpHarryHelpOthers' Charity. It's £5 for kids and adults are free, the child gets a small present. The money goes towards the charity. I think it's a great Grotto and i'm glad its back. It's so affordable and because it's in Birmingham you can make a day of it, a spot of shopping and a visit to the German Market.

At the event we had a little look around the Grotto, at santa's bedroom and workshop and then we got to have a look at Christmas fashion and brands that House of Fraser stock. There was some really beautiful dresses and jumpers with embellishments and sequins. I loved the bags and the coats, theres some amazing brands and products. They also had brands like Nails inc and Benitobrows there, I got to try a new glitter polish from Nails Inc which was gorgeous and I was also treated to some Eyelash Extensions which I will feature in a separate blog post.

It's such a great idea and I've heard lots of people talking about the Grotto and i'm sure its going to be very successful. Heres the Help Harry Help Others Facebook page

The Launch night made the Birmingham Mail website, you can read about it here 


Last week I went along to the Drained Beauty Blogger event in Coventry. I've been to a couple of Coventry blog events in the past and I do enjoy getting to see the Coventry bloggers as the are all lovely. I tend to go to Birmingham Events the most as i'm Birmingham based however I did go to university in Coventry and it's only up the road and worth the commute. 

The Lovely Emily blogs at Drained Beauty and she organised the event, it was held at LUSH Coventry. The event was about networking and communicating with other blogs. I love getting to know new bloggers and catch up with people I've met before. 

During the event we got to find out about the latest Christmas Releases from Lush in particular their Christmas Gift Sets! They are fab and vary in price, you can get so many afforable sets under £10 but they also do bigger sets which vary from £10 - £155!! 

The gift sets are amazing and have the best products in,  I love all the Christmas products, they have some really good bathbombs and bubble bars, I always end up spending far too much whenever I visit Lush. 

I also got to find out more about their shampoo bars, i've never used one before so I picked one up and first impressions = OMG its amazing! 

Overall, it was a great event lots of chatting, networking and I took so many photos ( I LOVE THE LIGHTING IN LUSH) Thanks to Emily for inviting me, can't wait for the next event. Also thanks to The Blogger Programme for supplying the goody bags and the other brands for supplying goodies for the bags. 


This is the first post in my Christmas gift guide series, I'm going to be putting together a gift guide for her, for him and a sister/ friend gift guide. These will be a mixture of beauty and non beauty products. There's also a few products I want to mention more in depth so I will feature these in individual posts. So first of all here's a few ideas and gifts I think will be great for the kids! There's a range of prices so theres a gift for any child. First of all I picked up these Go Create kits from Tesco, I picked up a Snack Tube Princess Desk Tidy one which you Recycle Tubes into Princess Turits and another one where you can turn bottles into pets, they were in the bargain corner for about £1 but you can pick them up at Tesco, they have Christmas ones and more expensive ones where you can make a bangle or a bag, perfect for any creative child.  Despicable ME is so popular with both boys and girls and is making a come back with their very own Minion film. This is a super cute squirty bath toy, you submirge the minion into water and squeeze him and water comes out of his mouth, I picked this up in Primark for £3, it will make a great little stocking filler. The personalised Nutella is great! It's perfect for all ages, even adults love abit of personalised Nutella. At £3.99 I think it's a really thoughtful gift for someone who likes Nutella and again at only £3.99 a great stocking filler for the kids, its avaliable in store at Selfridges You may have seen my blog post about the Smiggle event I went to recently, we were kindly gifted a few items and I've included a couple in this blog post. First of all the pin art star which is a great gift for all ages, its great for those creative and curious kids! At £10*it's again very affordable!



Clint bought me my first charm bracelet last Christmas and since then I've fell in love with them. I currently own a black leather Pandora bracelet and a Pink Thomas Sabo bracelet, I now have this gorgeous Thomas Sabo bracelet which is great because it holds loads of charms so i'll be able to buy loads and fill it up. 

The Charm Carrier bracelet comes in different sizes so you can choose a thinner chain or a thicker chain. This is the middle one which is priced at £55. It's perfect, not too heavy and not too flimsy. It's such good quality, I wear it everyday even at work ! The Carrier Bracelet even comes with a charm to start you off! Its the clover leaf charm which is a lovely charm to start with. It retails at £39.95 but you get it free with the bracelet. 

There's so many gorgeous charms to choose from and seriously it's so hard to choose but this is great because it means friends and family can buy you charms for occasions like birthdays etc. They are really afforable aswell with some charms starting as low as £19.95 I love this feather one 

I went for this Skull charm to go with my bracelet because I chose it around Halloween and I really love skulls. I have alot of pretty charms on my Pandora bracelet so I wanted to go for something different. 

It's such a lovely gift for someone or yourself! At only £55 for the bracelet and the Clover Leaf included it's a great value for money and a keepsake you will keep forever. 

*This post contains a pr sample, see disclosure for more information.


I went along to the Smiggle event at the Bullring yesterday. Smiggle is an Australian based stationary brand. I've never heard of Smiggle before but the store opened last week in Solihull so I have had a little look as I walk past to work. It's a really bright store and it's full with amazing colours! The product range is amazing, they stock everything from pens, pencil cases, gadgets, notebooks, diarys, literally everything. They do different things in different designs and colours. The store are always developing products and they have such a fast turnaround so they always have new products and designs coming out. My favourite products were the milkshake pencil cases ( picture below), the keyrings and the Advent Calender . The Advent Calender is such a good buy! Its £20 or 2 for £30 which is great if you have more than one child, inside is 25 stationary gifts! It's so much fun and so different. I think it would be great for teachers to have in their classrooms, you could let one child open a window and get a present throughout the month or buy if for your child /friends children.

The event was great, we got introduced to Smiggle and the chance to have a look around the new store. The staff were all really friendly and knew loads about the products and the brand.
The products are amazing, I love how much effort has gone into each product and how unique everything is. They have lots of unisex colour / styles which is great so there really is something for everyone! They have so many pens and gorgeous notebooks, ( i'm a stationary freak btw) which I think would be great for all ages! THEY HAVE SMELLY GEL PENS honestly I felt 12 again! I used to love using smelly gel pens in my school books because they smelled so good when you would open it! They have snake puzzles, basketball games and more gifts and gadgets that would be great for all age groups!

I had a great time at the event and love the brand, I know my teacher friends will love it! And my little cousins will love the goodies we were given at the event. I am putting together a Christmas Gift Guide and think there's so many amazing things at Smiggle that you could buy kids as gifts for christmas or birthdays! so I'll be sure to include those.

Find your nearest Smiggle store online here Smiggle UK Stores



I started my Christmas Shopping today! Had a look around boots and picked up some exciting bits and pieces. I'm not going crazy this year because were saving for Florida in March. I've only got a few more bits and pieces to get. I also went to the Smiggle  opening in the Bullring which was so fun! I've been abit quiet on the blog this week, with graduation and work i've not found the time to blog. I'm also struggling with topics so if theres anything you want to see on amypyt just let me know!