Sunday, 21 December 2014

New Year's Inspiration


Hello everyone,

2014  seems to have flown by hasn't it? It's almost that time of year again to welcome a new year, 2015, with a sore head (from a few too many cocktails the night before) and begin the New Year's resolutions and goals that we have set for the year ahead. The start of a new year is a great way to start afresh and make any big changes and with the amount  of inspiration around the blogosphere at this time of year to motivate change and improvement, you are sure to feel prepared to face the challenges you have given yourself for the new year. If you believe you can do something and really want something to happen then you can do it and it will happen! 

I tend not to do New Year's resolutions, as like most people, I cannot stick to them for 365 days! Instead, I like to look back on the past year and make a list of all the things that I have achieved and accomplished and then following from that list, write down the things that still need to be improved and the things I want to achieve and do throughout the upcoming year. I think the main thing I want to achieve in 2015 (as well as a 2:1 in my degree) is to enjoy and make the most of the time I have left with my friends at uni. The past three years have gone by so quickly; it seems like yesterday when I was enrolling for my course! I have made so many great friends, friends that I will keep forever, and made so many amazing memories that I will always cherish. I feel like this year will zoom by so I want to enjoy every moment of the time I have left at uni because I cannot go back, I only get this experience once and I want to make the most of it before it's too late! 
Things I've learnt this year:
. I've learnt how to cook more meals (not just pasta!)
That blogging and doing a degree is more difficult than it seems!
That I am actually quite alright as I left 2nd year with a 2:1 
To appreciate my family as you never know what's around the corner
That I'm becoming a more confident person year after year
That the only things that truly matter at the end of the day are your family and friends


What I hope to achieve in 2015:
. To graduate with at least a 2:1 in my degree
Be happy and more positive
. To find a job, any job, until I find my dream career
. Make the most of the rest of my time at uni and enjoy myself!


I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with lots of happiness, success and achievement! Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Have you managed to keep last year resolutions?


Lauren
xxx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide with Toxic Fox | Women


Hello everyone,

Known as the 'gift hero's', Toxic fox are one of the fastest growing gift retailers in the UK selling a range of personalised and unique gifts. How many of you struggle to know what to buy for certain people at Christmas? I know I do! Toxic Fox eradicates this problem as there are so many unique gifts which I'm sure your awkward uncle/fussy sister/got everything granny doesn't already have (check out their Christmas gift guide videos here). The lovely team at Toxic Fox kindly sent me some of the top Christmas gifts for women which I am going to review for you today.
The fashionista. This is definitely my favourite! I bought a Claireabella bag a few years ago and still love it today and now both of my sisters have one too! I think this is such a lovely gift for a sister or friend which can be personalised to look like them. Starting at £34.99 for a medium jute bag, I think this is quite a good price as the bag is made from a good quality material and is sturdy enough to put college books in. The detail on each hand painted *Claireabella bag is beautifully intrinsic with elements of diamante and glitter; perfect for the super girly girl! Aside from the original Claireabella bags, they also have a special edition range if you're looking for a touch of extra specialness- these Christmas Jute bags are gorgeous!
The baker. This *Messy Baker apron would make a lovely gift for the keen baker of the family. I know I'm a messy baker myself so this is greatly appreciated and will come in very useful so I'm sure it would to others too! Delicately made, I think the apron above is the most girly out of the range which I love - the pink polka dot print and the shape of the pinny is very retro and feminine . 
Someone special. A *Typography of Love word art frame is the perfect gift for someone special this Christmas. The typography frames can be personalised with words, letters and colours and are priced at £39.99. The typography frame above is the My Family Photo Gloss Frame which I believe would make the perfect gift for mums this Christmas and makes a lovely keepsake for the family home.

If you're wanting to treat yourself to a Claireabella bag or treating someone else this Christmas then order soon as the last day for ordering is this upcoming Monday . Toxic Fox have also given me a discount code which entitles my lovely readers TFBlog 10% off the Christmas section until the end of December.


Lauren
xxx

*The post contains PR samples. All thoughts are my own. For more info, see my disclaimer.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Men


Hello everyone,

How many of you are yet to start your Christmas shopping? I've started mine but yet to compete it! I often find it hard to find gifts for men, especially for my dad so I thought I would create a gift guide to help me and to also give you some ideas too. This list is a bit of everything which will suit a range of budgets; gifts for gadget lovers, beer fanatics and those that like a cosy night in with a film and box full of popcorn. 
1. Alcohol. Alcohol always make a great, easy gift, especially at Christmas time (as long as you know what they like!). Whether your dad loves a good beer or your uncle loves a bit of whisky, a bottle or two of the stuff would surely be greatly appreciated. This particular gift idea above provides a taste of fifteen award winning beers from around the world. This is perfect for the beer connoisseur or novice.
2. Gadgets.Most men are big kids which is why I've included this remote control car on the list. This wall climbing car can be enjoyed by young boys and men alike and will guarantee hours of fun.
3. Food.You can't really go wrong with food at Christmas- everyone like to overindulge at this time of year! For those with smaller budgets this is the perfect present; a box of their favourite chocolates, a hamper of Christmas goodies or selection of biscuits. I particularly like the unique biscuits which come in a variety of designs such as the full English breakfast ones above. Custom Cookie Co also do some lovely designs.
4. Novelty.Christmas socks, jumpers, pants, scarves, onesies... what would Christmas be without them!
5. Fragrance.Aftershave is a great luxury present if you're wanting to treat someone this Christmas.
6. Budget gifts.If money is a bit tight this year then it's worth having a look at dotcomgiftshop for unique and affordable gifts such as these popcorn holders which are only £1.95 and pairing it with a bag of popcorn and a DVD - perfect for film lovers!
7. Beauty.Skincare, grooming and shaving kits make great gifts for men who need a little treat. You can find an abundance of luxury male skincare at House Of Fraser at a reasonable price in their current sale. The *Baylis and Harding Sport set comes complete with shower gel, body wash, face wash and aftershave balm which is presented in a gift box. 


Lauren
xxx

*The post contains PR samples. All thoughts are my own. For more info, see my disclaimer.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Monthly highlights | November


Hello everyone,

November has definitely been my favourite month so far this year. Starting off with Bonfire night and the amazing firework display my friends and I went to and ending with seeing Enrique Iglesias in concert with my best friend. The highlight of the month for me was definitely seeing Enrique on tour. He sung many of his old hits as well as songs from his new album; it was so amazing listening to him sing live just a matter of metres away. After the concert I went home for a few days and it was so nice to catch up with my family after not seeing them for a few months. Seeing the house decorated all beautiful and festive has made me so excited to go back for the Christmas holidays! Also this month I went for afternoon tea with Emily at the Leopold Hotel which was lovely; many delightful little cakes, delicate sandwiches and scones were demolished whilst having a long girly gossip. The Christmas lights were switched on in Sheffield towards the end of the month and made a lovely evening for my boyfriend and I as we explored the Christmas markets and saw the town being lit into a Christmassy rainbow.
1. Bonfire night with my best friends
2. Treating Emily to Afternoon Tea for her birthday
3. Walking around the Christmas markets
4. Christmas light switch on in Sheffield
5. Enjoying a few days at home
6. Christmas light switch on in my hometown
7. Christmas shopping in Manchester
8. Seeing Enrique Iglesias in concert - he was amazing!
9. Enrique performing near where I was sat ahh!

With Christmas just around the corner I know that December will be a great month of visiting my family and friends back home and enjoying good food. I'm looking forward to December so much! I hope you all have a lovely month filled with happiness and Christmas sparkle.



Lauren
xxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


Hello everyone,

It's only a month away until Christmas...how exciting is that! On Sunday, Jonny and I decided to go to the Christmas light switch on in town and explore the festivities on offer. The usual walk through town took a lot longer as we made our way through the hundreds of people who were enjoying the Christmas celebrations. Joyful little giggles of excitement could be heard from children as they waited in the queue to visit Santa and children and adults alike observed the beautiful reindeer with adoration nearby. Many weird and wonderful characters could be seen throughout the event including two icicle creatures on stilts, a cute little minion and Olaf (my favourite of course). Before doing a little bit of window shopping to gather Christmas present ideas, we had a wander around the Christmas markets. Each twinkling Christmas grotto-like hut was filled with unique gifts, sweets, Christmas jumpers and continental food; something for everyone to enjoy. The smell of the delicious food tempted us into having an early dinner and after deliberating where to go, we opted for German sausage as it looked and smelled incredible! After our bellies were filled we had a Christmas drink from Starbucks to warm us up whilst we headed to the main stage where the lights were being switched on. Loud music blared from the likes of Collabro and last year's X factor winner Sam Bailey before the lights were switched on lighting up the city with an array of colour and majesticness. To end off a lovely evening, we ate lots of sweets whilst watching Elf, our 1st 2nd Christmas film of the year.




































Are you excited for Christmas?



Lauren
xxx