Sunday, March 29, 2015

Free Perfume | Katy Perry Killer Queen

Hi, I love a good freebie. I got this 100ml bottle of Katy Perry Killer Queen totally free by saving up my boots points to over £15 and waiting for a good offer, this is a really easy thing to do if your save your points and look for a good deal on a pricer item.


Collecting Points
I can honestly say I don't think I have ever used my Boots points, so they had accumulated to over £15. I don't really shop at Boots all that much either so if you wait for the right times to buy everyday products such as on triple points days and with bonus points vouchers, it is probably quite easy to accumulate a vast amount of points.

Looking for Deals
Over the Valentines/ Mother's Day period this 100ml bottle was on offer for £14.99 down from £38.50. Buying a pricier item when on sale means you get more value for your points. There's nothing better than walking out of a shop with almost £40 worth of product totally free.

What's the best thing you have traded your Boots points in for?
Sam

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Friday, March 27, 2015

London and Wicked

On Wednesday I traveled down to London with my friend to see Wicked. In all honesty I had no idea what the show was about other than there was a witch in it. Wicked is set as a back story to the Wizard of Oz in a 'Maleficent' style where you get to know the back story for the original portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West and it turns out she really wasn't that 'Wicked' after all.


I really enjoyed the show, the cast where really good and the set and costume designs where colourful and exciting, It's amazing how a few different backdrops can take the story to a totally different location in a matter of seconds. We decided to save money on a hotel by traveling to and from London in the same day via train (we bagged our tickets in advance for £26 return). We opted to see a matanay performance of the show at 2.30 in the afternoon to make this possible.

I think one of the most important things to do in preparation for traveling down to the other end of the country is to have a plan of what you want to do with your day. It's super easy for time to fly past just traveling around on the tube, so it's great to have an idea of the places you want to visit and do them in an order that requires as little over lapping of traveling as possible. Also don't plan to do too much, better to truly enjoy the few activities you do, than try and rush lots.

9.30am - We were awaiting our train in Leeds station, we had got all the long distance train required provisions for the trip including our lunch and a cheeky can of Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (They are 330ml so a super handy size for a naughty little drink). Eating on the train saved time finding food to consume once we arrived, plus it's something to do while traveling, as it's so boring.

12 Noon - We arrived in London and after topping up our Oyster Cards we headed straight to The Natural History Museum for a quick look around. We planned to go here as it wasn't that far to then travel to Victoria for the show.

2.30pm - The show started and we were taken to the World of Oz.

5.30pm - After the show we headed to Westminster, again not that far too travel, to do some sight seeing. I'd researched a boat bar near to the embankment tube station so we headed there on foot from Westminster for some time to chat about what we had just witnessed.

7.00pm - After enjoying a refreshing pint with a view of the houses of parliament and the London Eye we headed to Covent Garden for a bite to eat. We weren't 100% sure where we wanted to eat but we both knew we wanted to try somewhere that wasn't a chain that we can find locally. We decided to eat at Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar after a quick scan of the menu. We opted for a sharer started of BBQ chicken wings, which I followed with a chicken burger with a topping of guacamole and jalapeno peppers and a side of fries, super yummy.

8.30pm - After food we headed back to Kings Cross station to wait for our train home and a last minuet shopping trip for needed water and sweeties for the journey.

9.45pm - We set off back to Leeds after a busy day. I had an amazing fun packed day and spent most of the journey home sleeping (I couldn't help it).

What would you recommend be my next London show experience?
Sam

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Capsule Wardrobe | H&M

With Spring around the corner I decided to look into the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I'm a bit of a shop-alcoholic, Primark is my down fall, but I figured this would be a good way to stop unnecessary purchases and maybe show me a few gaps in my current spring clothes.

The idea is to pick a number of items around the 35 piece mark and style them multiple ways to create a capsule wardrobe. Keeping a colour scheme seems to be key, using a mixture of neutral colours that work well together. As my wardrobe is mainly black/grey I figured this was the best place to start.

I have used H&M for the entire capsule wardrobe as I might do some for a few different high street stores and compare trends and budgets. I have kept the colour scheme very neutral in order to make the pieces as versatile as possible. My selection contains 35 items and comes to a grand total of £483.65 (If my calculations are correct). All the piece I have chosen can be worn all year round but the hints of pale pink in some items is my attempt at the spring trend with the pop of pastel colour.

I have tried to select as many similar items to ones I already own to illustrate to myself that I have more than enough clothes. I feel that I need to maybe buy a few key pieces and I will be ready for the spring season. This was a fun way to see all the different varieties of clothing items together to inspire me to try new ways of mixing the items I already own to create some new outfit ideas.

Shop the capsule wardrobe
Jeans - Grey £14.99 | Light Blue £14.99 | Black £7.99 | Blue £14.99
Dresses - White patterned £12.99 | Black Patterned £14.99 | Striped £14.99 | Lace £14.99
Coats - Long Jacket £29.99 | Biker Jacket £29.99 | Denim Jacket £24.99
Tops - Grey Sleeveless £9.99 | Cropped Stripped £3.99 | Chevron £7.99 | Stripped £6.99 | Black £5.99 | Long Sleeved £7.99
Shoes - Loafers £9.99 | White Pumps £9.99 | Boots £24.99 | Ankle Boots £24.99 | Trainers £12.99
Cardigans - Long £7.99 | 3/4 Sleeve £9.99
Skirts - Black £7.99 | Pink £24.99
Shorts - Grey £12.99 | Blue £7.99
Jumpers - Ripped £14.99 | White £7.99
Bags - Backpack £24.99 | Shoulder Bag £7.99
Play Suite - Patterned £12.99
Hat - Fedora £14.99
Sun Glasses - Mirrored £5.99

 What would your key items be in your own capsule wardrobe?
Sam

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Friday, March 20, 2015

H&M Wish List | Alternative Grunge

I'm forever looking at H&M's website, I'm a little bit addicted but their prices really can't be beaten (apart from Primark) for the quality of the goods. I recently spied a nice selection of items from the trusty divided range and thought I'd share a outfit I would like to purchase.

Cut Out Knee Jeans - £24.99 | Marl Grey T-shirt - £9.99 
Ripped Jumper - £14.99 | Trainers - £19.99

I've picked these items as I always seem to dress slightly grunge/alternative without trying, so this is a lighter take on my style which is more spring appropriate. I really want to get a pair of ripped jeans as they are the seasons must have item. I really like the colour I think true white can be a bit bold and you have to be brave. These are a great alternative, just having that slight grey wash makes then a little more subtle. I really want the shoes because I'm in need of a new pair of slip on trainers as my pair from Primark are finally dying (can't complain I've worn them to death, so comfy). Unfortunately they are currently out of stock in my size but I'm hoping they get some more stock. I've got a thing for layering long T-shirts and cropped jumper at the moment, I think the unraveled finish on the jumper is quite grunge and the colour is different from what I'd normally buy (I'm trying to work more neutral colours into my wardrobe rather than black and grey). Everything comes to just under £70 which for a whole outfit is pretty good.

What do you think to my wish list?
Sam

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