Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monthly Highlights | June

Hi, so June went fast right! The sun has finally shown up and I'm enjoying the mini heat wave. I hope the warmer weather sticks around long enough for my holiday. Today I'm looking back at my monthly goals and reflecting back on what I've done in the past month.



 Goals completed 4/10
  • Finish reading one book
  • Have a BBQ
  • Go for a long walk
  • Have a spring clean
  • Get rid of some stuff via donation or recycling
  • Do a DIY project/create something new
  • Wear a bold lip colour
  • Sell some clothes online
  • Take more photos of day to day life
  • Try a new meal recipe 

Well I hope the weather next month is a little nicer for my camping trip. I failed at taking more daily photos as I just totally forget. The weather hasn't been nice enough to entice me out of the house with the effort of going on a walk and weekends have been poor for BBQ's, I'll be getting loads of outdoor air and eating outdoors a lot next month so oh well. I've had a massive sort out of some clothes and quite a lot went to charity, I've now got a pile waiting for me photograph and sell on Ebay. I finished reading a book which I have been struggling to enjoy so really glad that's over. I didn't wear a bold lip but I did try a new meal recipe for stir fry beef which was super yummy. I have some really good ideas for creative projects just need to get making now, one for next month. So I didn't do great on the goals but there's always next month.

Recap/Highlights

  • I had to say goodbye to one of my friends as she moved down to London to be closer to her sister. I'm so glad I live in a time when it's so easy to keep in touch. It's not all bad as I now have a place to stay for London adventures when I visit her.
  • I went to the Honley Show, which is an agricultural show with loads of farm animals and a big entertainment arena where they had stunt bikes and bird of prey displays.
  • Lots of days doing nothing much, other than reading blogs and watching game of thrones. Sometimes it's just nice to relax and enjoy the fact you have nothing planned.

I hope you've had a lovely month.
Sam

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Fashion | H&M Sale Haul

Hi, Today I finally got around to photographing the bits I picked out from the H&M sale. I was really impressed with the pieces that I picked up and only sent two things back. I think most of these items are out of season for the hotter weather that has finally arrived, but the dress is a floaty dream.



 High Waist Jeans £10 | Pink Jumper £7 | Dress £12 | Ripped Jeans £12 | Loafers £6 | Bedding Set £10

Dress - I love it! the highlight of my picks and I'm so glad I dared to try it. It is a really light floaty material, but not see through because it's double lined with black fabric. It is a really flattering fit even on my small torso, it sits in all the right places giving curves where needed and the pattern is really slimming. The only thing that I'm not so keen on is the body length exposed zip down the back but I think I can forgive the dress that one fault. It's not horrid after all it could have been gold.

Ripped Jeans -  I've wanted a pair of ripped jeans but I always have the issue that the knee rips never fall in the right place as my legs are a little short. These fit and look really nice because of the random placement of the rips which means that I can get away with wearing them and can finally take part in the ripped jeans trend. I really like how light the blue wash on these jeans is, very summery.

High Waist Jeans - I bought these in dark blue and loved the look and feel of them, so when I saw this grey pair in the sale I couldn't help but buy them too. They are quite a light grey wash in comparison to all my other grey jeans which makes a nice change.

Black Loafers - These are different from any other pair of flats I own (and I own a few). I decided they are a classic piece that would last me a good while. They are suede and have loads of inbuilt foot support which is a nice added bonus. I think this style of shoe works best worn with trousers, so they are a more summery option to my Dr Martens.

Pink Jumper - I know it's the height of summer and I bought a jumper. It is Britain after all so jumpers are never redundant for very long. This is a really pretty weave of different textured wool, this to me means it will last longer as this texture hides any bobbles. It has cropped sleeves which makes it a little more spring friendly. It has detailing of a gold zip on the back of the neck.

Bedding Set - How pretty is that pattern. I'm a little bit addicted to the whole chevron trend and I hope it sticks around long enough that when I have my own place I can go mad with is. I love the pop of yellow against the pastel pink and grey hues, it such a refreshing piece for my room during the summer months, and it looks great as a blog photo backdrop.

What do you think to my picks? did you get anything nice in the sales?
Sam

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

John Greed | Origami Pegasus Necklace

Hi, When I first found this necklace on the John Greed website I fell in love. I'm into all things mystical so a Pegasus is right up my street (I have a small my little pony addiction). Then there's the fact that it's styled to look like origami, I mean how pretty is that. The best bit of all is how cheap it is, at only £19.95 it's a steal for a Sterling Silver necklace, you can even buy matching earrings. There are a few different designs available including a flamingo, Rabbit, Parrot and a Horse.

John Greed | Pegasus Necklace

I have worn the necklace non-stop since I was very kindly gifted it for my birthday, so it's been worth every penny for cost per wear. It's a really nice dainty size full of detail. I love that I don't have to worry about it wearing out like costume jewellery. I have had so many compliments on how much of a statement piece it is. I would highly recommend these pieces for quality and originality.

What animal or mythical creature would you like to see as an origami pendant?
 Sam

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review | Ready Player One

Hi! I've done a review of a book I finished reading a little while ago now, I'm still thinking about it. Ready Player One is set at a time when resources are running out. People have abandoned reality and spend most of their lives playing on the Oasis, a virtual reality network. Energy resources started to run out and everyone headed to the nearest large city where power was still available so they can get a connection. Due to condensed population and deterioration of living standards most people now live in trailers stacked 50 high.


Ready Player One

Author - Ernest Cline
First Published  - August 2011
Page Count - 374

The story really takes off when James Halliday the creator of the oasis dies. A game is launched to look for a hidden Easter egg within the fantasy world, the person to find the egg inherits the Oasis. Wade the central character through who's eye the story is told and the other main characters are underdogs all trying to find somewhere they fit in, the oasis is that place. Having the chance to create alternative persona's gives them all a chance at living life to the full, finding the Easter egg becomes their goal. There are others out there known as the Sixers also playing the game with the motive of winning to destroy everything the oasis stands for.

This is a good geeky read but also easily relate-able for non-gamers, it references lost of old 80's pop culture. It's a fast paced story which keeps you guessing. Worth a read if you like to read books to then compare the film adaptation as the book is due to be made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. I really enjoyed this book and managed to finished it rather quickly considering I'm a slow reader as the story drew me in and I couldn't put the book down.

Have you read Ready Player One?
Sam

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Primark Mini Haul | Summer Basics

Hi, I've got a selection of a few things I recently picked up from Primark to share with you. When in store I tried to pick up a range of items that worked together, I think I did quite well as all of the items featured would make a nice summer outfit.

PRIMARK SUMMER HAUL 2015
Snake Effect Flats - £5 | Striped T-shirt - £4.00 | Shorts - £3.90 | 90's Choker - £1.50 | Sun Glasses - £2

I spotted the shoes, the shape was what caught my eye, I had to stop myself getting too excited as I never find a size 3 in Primark, but this time I was lucky and managed to grab the last pair. They are made of a matte leather effect snakeskin pattern, which looks way more expensive than they cost. They have an element of cushioning inside and look to have a reasonable amount of grip, I look forward to getting a lot of wear out of these.

The shorts where on offer from £5 to £3.90, I figured they would be good for sunning in the garden if nothing else. They are a khaki green, a colour I do not own in shorts. They are quite a short cut but I very rarely don't wear tights even during the summer.

The T-shirt is one of those ribbed tees which everyone seems to have. They are very small fitting and quite sheer so I sized up, it looks really nice and loose and just the right length to wear with high wasted jeans without been too cropped.

I always get my sunglasses from Primark as they have some pretty nice designs and I'm super clumsy. If I spent a lot of money on a pair I can bet they would be scratched, broken or lost before the summer was over. These are a great alternative and great to take to festivals.

I've wanted a 90's choker for a while but I didn't want to spend the prices Topshop is asking. Primark finally had a restock of these in the Leeds store so I finally picked one up.

 What has Primark had you spending your money on?
Sam

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Highstreet Haul | Toiletries and Other Bits

Hi, today it's over cast with the sun trying to show it's face but failing. Last weekend I headed into my local town to pick up a few bits which I've been needing to get for a while and decided to share my little beauty haul with you. Nothing exciting really but some really nice and super affordable products.


Nivea Hydro Care
I've been using the classic Nivea lip balm for ages and love how hydrating it is. I found this in Bodycare for the grand total of 69p so had to try it out. The reason I want to try this one over the classic is this one has SPF 15 so perfect for the summer months.

Wilkinson Hair Rollers
I was going to pick these up in Primark as I didn't know that anywhere else did them. I this pack in Wilkinsons which contain 12 rollers for £1, you only get 8 in the Primark sets so I saved a £1 as I didn't have to buy the third pack I thought I'd need.

Olay Day Fluid
I've been using this product for years so it's become a staple in my daily routine. It's a super light weight moisturiser which sinks into the skin really quickly, it also contains SPF 15.

Sure Invisible Deodorant
Another product that I have been using for years. When the whole anti white marks technology came out I couldn't have been happier, as I typically wear all black, bye bye white marks.

Garnier Summer Body
I'm of the English rose skin type, so I decided to try some gradual tan. I've seen this on a lot of blog posts recently and I couldn't be bothered to research any alternatives, so hopefully it works for me. I got this in light so I'll keep you posted on the results. I got this 400ml bottle for £3.50 from Morrison.

Superdrug Restoring Skin Oil
I have some stretch marks on my hips from teenage growth and have always been self conscious about it. Products like Bio Oil have been on my radar to try to see if it makes any difference even as a placebo. In Superdrug I found their own brand version of the product with a 1/3 off.

Superdrug Superberry Mud Mask
Yet another Superdrug home brand product but you really can't go wrong. I picked this clay face mask up as I wanted something different to products I already own. This product is interesting as it contains raspberry seeds which act as a natural exfoliating ingredient.

Vaseline Rosy Lips
I got one of these for Christmas and really enjoyed it for a light tint of colour on the lips. As always with Vaseline it's a super moisturising product with a slightly fragrant scent from the use of Rose and Almond Oil as ingredients.

Have you bought any summer essentials?
Sam

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Film Review | Spy

Hi, another film review for you today, this time I am reviewing Spy which I went to see a few weeks ago. The main character is Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) a qualified spy who has never seen a day at work that wasn't at her desk. She works along side Bradley Fine (Jude Law) as his intelligence while on missions, Susan has become a little infatuated with him over time. One day Bradley Fine is tracking the daughter of the previous owner of a bomb, Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). Fine is killed in action when the mission goes wrong. This is when a heart broken Susan puts herself up to go out on the field and track the people responsible for her partners death.


With a selection of the worst possible undercover identities and even worse designed spy gadgets, Susan sets out on her first under cover mission. All she has to do is stay unknown to the target and report back to HQ. All the while a rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is out to solve the case on his own. There are some really funny exchanges of words between the pair. The film is full of random moments which are massively cringe worthy in a funny way. The story is quick paced and full of funny moments. I enjoyed the film but I wasn't blown away by it, it was pretty much a classic spy film with the usual gun fights and some impressive choreography of hand to hand combat. There are also good elements of blossoming friendships and personal discovery by Susan. There is a pretty good twist at the end which I didn't see coming which is always nice.

I never know how much to talk about the plot of a film in a review so I hope I don't give too much away?
Sam

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Weight Loss Experience | MyFitnessPal App

Hi, today I wanted to talk about my weight loss experience. Using the MyFitnessPal app over 2 months I have managed to loss 11 pounds, this was a really easy accomplishment and just required a little meal planning, recipe research and self restraint. I have never been on a diet previous to this health kick, I've just never needed too. I think I've been lucky in the past and my body and lifestyle have worked together to keep my weight at a good level. Now that I'm getting older I think my teenage metabolism is long gone and my job is a lot less active, everything I eat is now having a direct effect on my weight. Like I said in my previous post about weight loss (which you can read here) I have never considered myself to be over weight, but I definitely still had some extra weight hanging around from Christmas which I wanted rid of for the summer months.


Stock Photo - Unsplash

The app helps you keep track of the calories you are consuming on a daily basis, this in turn helps you select healthier options or cut down on portion size. Not once during this last two months have I ever felt I couldn't have something, if I had an indulgent day I'd just make sure to stick to it more the following day. I'm sure you could lose your desired weight quicker than I have if you stick too the calorie goal strictly all the time but you're more likely to binge on all the things you've been craving rather than just working them into a more overall healthy lifestyle. If you're planning on having a treat then plan to have a lower calorie meal during the day to balance out your daily calories.

I already loved to eat healthy, but I have been eating much healthier since I started my weight loss challenge by cooking with fresh ingredients and staying away from pre-packed foods (fresh ingredients are way tastier). When counting calories look at other nutritional values as well, such as sugar intake for example. That leads to the other good thing about the app, it works as a food dairy which calculates all the nutritional information from your food. This shows you if you are consuming enough vitamins and minerals as well as your daily sugar and protein intake. I would say that I actually get more goodness from the foods I eat now than I did previously.

There might be times when you don't want to take the time to fill in the app and others when you just fancy a takeaway but continuing to work towards your goal is so worth it. I can honestly say the best result from this weight loss challenge for myself was been able to fit into a pair of size ten jeans which where too small to fasten weeks before. Counting calories has worked for me and I don't think I'm the only one. I'd like to lose another 3 pounds to make it a whole stone lost and then I have some room to indulge during the summer without feeling that I have undone all the good I have accomplished.

Do you have a favourite low calorie meal?
Sam

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Film Review | The Age of Adaline

Hi, the other week I went to see The Age of Adaline with my parents, we went to the local independent cinema The Rex, in Elland. It's super cheap at £5 per ticket and only £4 on Mondays. The Rex is one of the oldest purpose built, structurally unaltered cinemas in the country. It opened as a Picture House on 12th December 1912. The cinema has a very vintage feel, it has a small screen complete with operational curtains ready to close for the interval when ice creams is available. My mum wanted to see the film because she's a massive Harrison Ford fan.



Adaline (Blake Lively) has been 29 years old for 8 decades, she hasn't aged a day, the cause an accident. She watches her family and friends age around her while she has to hide her true identity to keep them and herself safe. She lives her whole life keeping people at a distance so that no one makes the connection that she has not changed. Inevitably she can't stop being human and meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman) which complicates her solitary way of life. What is supposed to be a simple weekend away at his parents house becomes a trip down memory lane when she meets an old flame William (Harrison Ford).

The film plays out with a selection of flash backs and memories narrated in a very scientific and to the point manner. I really enjoyed the film, it kept me interested in both her past and where her story was heading. Finding out more and more about her past and how she has keeps renewing herself with new identities every ten years. There are elements of both happiness and sadness in this film in good quantities, a film that keeps you thinking once you've left the cinema. I would highly recommend this film as there's not too much mushiness with the romance, the film is more focused on the emotional state of Adaline and the sacrifices she has made over the years. A lot of people would give anything to stay young forever, but at what cost when everything around you changes into a place you no longer know and you start to lose the people you love.

Would you want to live forever?
Sam
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sale and Wishlist | H&M

Hi, Signing up to email alerts from shops can be A. Good because you can make savings when they have discount days and be made aware of the sales, B. Bad because they make you spend money. This all leads to the fact I got an email from H&M to promote their mid season sale, £100 later and I have new stuff coming in the post. I'll do a little haul of the stuff I keep once it arrives. They also have some new lines and after a quick look I've put together a wishlist of some items for another day (I'm waiting for a good discount code).


Cotton Shorts - £14.99 | Moon Crop Top - £6.99 | Trainers - £14.99
Rings - £7.99 | Cushion Cover - £3.99 | T-light Holder - £1.99

Just a few bits but the crop top is really cute and the print screams 90's to me (I know the whole 70's thing is in but you're never going to see me in flares). The lace cotton shorts are perfect for super hot summer days so I'll probably only buy these if I book a holiday abroad, there's still time. The rings are a little over priced for my liking but they are statement pieces. The cushion cover is monochrome interior patterning at it's best for my taste and the T-light holder continues the lack of colour but with a really decorative pattern. Lastly are the trainers I have been after a pair of leather effect slip on trainers for ages but every where keeps selling out so maybe I'll grab a pair of these before it's too late.

Have you seen the new range, what's your favourite piece?
Sam

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Clangers are Back! | Cbeebies

Hi, I'm so excited for the return of the clangers! if I'm honest I thought if the clangers ever came back it would be a computer animated mess but it's not and I'm over joyed that this is really happening in a way that stays true to the original series.

Image from the CBeebies Website

For those who do not know the clangers, they are a race of mouse like pink animals found on a small blue planet not far from our own Earth. The original series aired from 1969 - 1972, created by Oliver Postage and Peter Firming (my childhood hero's) via their production company Smallfilms. The first episode of the clangers was aired on 16th November 1969 the same year man landed on the moon. Since Oliver Postgate's death in 2008 his son has stepped into his shoes writing the new scripts for the creation of 52 new 11 minuet episodes. The original puppets are 46 years old so new puppets where knitted for the new series which has had a 5 million pound relaunch. The original sets where made by Peter Firming and his wife hand knitted all of the clangers, scripts where written by Oliver Postage. The clangers was made with the process of taking lots of photos in sequence including small movements known as stop motion animation. The original series where narrated by Oliver Postage, Michael Palin has been bought in to take over his role.

The new series of the clangers airs on CBeebies on the 15th June, I can't wait. There are a few short clips on the Cbeebies website of the newly generated clangers if you can't wait.

Did you watch the original Clangers?
Sam

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Book Haul | Amazon 3 for £10 Offer

Hi, where do you shop for your books? the first place I check when I want a book is Amazon. It has to be the best place for checking current prices. While searching for some titles for a previous post about my summer reading list (read it here) I found that Amazon have a three paper backs for £10 offer which I couldn't resist, as a result I now have plenty of reading material for the summer months. These are the books that I bough.


Ways to Live ForeverSally Nicholls
Amazon - £6.29
Page Count: 224
This is quite a thin book and I'm pretty sure it's a children's book, it was the winner of the Waterstones children's book price. The book is made up of a selection of lists and diary entries. The story is about a boy with leukemia trying to make scene of everything, I image even though this is a kids book it's going to have some really sad parts.


A Flash of Blue - Maria Farrer
Amazon - £7.99
Page Count: 352
This is the book I'm most looking forward to reading and the one I will probably start with. The cover is really striking (the lines are shiny) and fits with the title perfectly. This book is about a girl who's brother dies in a car crash and she blames herself for his death, the story then leads into how she copes with his passing and her guilt.

The Broken - Tamar Cohen
Amazon - £5.24
Page Count: 400
The biggest of the books I purchased and the only one which featured on my summer reading list. This will be a good book for me to try out a new genre of story telling. This is a story about relationships, particularly those of married couples that are friends, and what happens when the truth comes out.

Because there was the three for £10 offer on I picked the most expensive books that I wanted to read to get the best saving. Now I can't wait for my little camping trip to York to get stuck into these. Once I've read them I will do a book review and let you know my thoughts.

Have you bought any books recently that you would recommend?
Sam

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Reading List

Hi, with summer just around the corner I decided to put together a small list of books I would like to read over the coming months (I'm a slow reader so I doubt I'll read them all). Some of these are old books that I've seen around and not had the time to read yet or new books which I don't want to miss out on. During the summer months I can get some devoted reading time in, hopefully while sat in the summer sunshine.


One Day By David Nicholls
£2.00 - Amazon

A book that has always been quite high on my reading wishlist but I just haven't had the time. I am yet too see the film because of this as I feel it spoils the book, so once I've finished reading it I can finally watch the film adaptation. A story about two people who meet up for one day every year for 20 years.

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel
£3.85 - Amazon

I was introduced to this book via a blog review. I love apocalypse stories so this is right up my street and look at the cover it's such a pretty deer image. A story about preserving what is precious once a deadly virus hits.

The Broken By Tamar Cohen
£5.24 - Amazon

I'm not really a reader of psychological stories but I figured I'd give this one a chance. It is based around the relationship of two married couples and what happens when their relationships break down.

How to Build a Girl By Caitlin Moran
£3.85 - Amazon

This book doesn't have the best reviews but I'm drawn too it regardless, who knows what's behind the cover of a book until you open it and read it. I don't like to take other peoples opinions on books too seriously. This is the story about a 14 year old girl with the intention of killing herself.

A Storm of Swords - George RR Marten
7 Book Box Set £32.50 - Amazon

The third book in the series I'm so far behind on the story and I was very late into the whole Game of Thrones thing. I only started watching the TV series after the first two series had aired and finished but I joined the masses on the release of the third series to get my weekly Game of Thrones fix and have been hooked since. As there are a few differences between the books and TV version there's no harm in reading as well as watching this epic story.

What will you be reading this summer?
Sam

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Festival Survival Kit #2 | Toiletries

Hi, Today I'm continuing with my festival survival kit focusing on toiletries. These are the items you will need to keep yourself feeling as clean as possible and feeling good. There are always showers available so the amount of toiletries you want to take is totally up to you but I'd advise as little as possible. Most Festival have a supermarket and other merchant stalls where basic items are available if you decided to stock up at the festival instead of traveling with them, but be aware that festivals have inflated prices so expect to pay more than normal.


Wet wipes are your best friend. I've never really dared to venture in the shower area so if you don't fancy that either wet wipes all the way. I needed these the most to keep clean due to the amount of mud and dust at festivals.

Suncream is very important. You might see a little or a lot of sun but there's nothing worse than a nasty sunburn to ruin the fun. Suncream is one of those items which can be heavy and bulky to carry and will most defiantly be available to purchase at the festival Supermarket, choices will be limited.

Toilet roll is also something you can buy on site but I advise you to take a few packs of tissues with you as well. After the first day you can bet there will be no loo roll anywhere, so have your own ready. Don't forget hand sanitizer.

Dry shampoo is another must, if you're not daring to use the showers, to keep your hair looking fresh. Also bring a selection of hair ties and grips to style your hair, or in my case try and tame it.

If you've got longer hair get a wide tooth comb. I got mine from the Body shop and it saved my hair. When you're not washing your hair normally it gets knotty, this comb saved me from pulling half my hair out, the key is to start at the bottom and work your way to the top layer of hair or you'll just make the knots bigger.

Just because you're not showering doesn't mean you can't smell nice, take perfume samples with you. In the past I've collected a few magazine samples and used one a day to keep myself smelling nice (who am I kidding, at least everyone smells as bad).

Painkillers and plaster for those ouch moments. Everyone over does it at a festival so having pain killers will help you get through the weekend. Also I seem to have an issue with tent pegs and accidents always happen so have some plaster on hand.

Bring a small compact mirror with you, if you don't the only time you'll see your face is in the portaloos, just saying.

Other basic items include a good deodorant, I find rollon are easier to pack. Moisturizer decanted into a small container so it's easier to pack, or buy a miniature product. Lip balm because your lips will chap due to dehydration, no one drinks enough water and on that note drink water!!. A tooth brush and paste, nothing nicer than clean teeth.

Packing Check List
  • Wet Wipes
  • Dry shampoo
  • Moisturizer
  • Suncream
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Tooth Brush/Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip Balm
  • Perfume sample
  • Painkillers
  • Plasters
  • Hair ties and Grips
  • Small Mirror
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Packs of Tissues

So here are my essentials when packing for a festival, which item could you not live without?
Sam

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Freebie #2 | Pukka Tea Sample

Hi, This week I received a free sample pack of Pukka tea through the post. I don't drink normal tea or coffee so alternatives are always high on my list of things to try. If you would like your own sample pack apply here while you can. I applied for the sample weeks ago, postal samples can take up to a month to arrive, if they ever do, by which point I've totally forgotten what I applied for. This makes product samples like this a real treat. I especially like free tea samples as it's a great way to try different kinds without having to make the commitment to a whole box of a flavour you might not like. In the past I've had samples for a single tea bag which is good but this sample pack is amazing as it contains five totally different tea flavours to try.


The pack contains:
  • Peppermint and Licorice - A sweet and deliciously refreshing organic thrill.
  • Detox - A clean fusion of organic aniseed, fennel and cardamon.
  • Three Mint - A verdant fusion of organic Peppermint, Spearmint and Fieldmint.
  • Lemon, Ginger and Manuka honey - A welcome cup of spicy-sweet organic bliss. 
  • Pukka Supreme Matcha green - A vital wellspring of organic whole leaf green tea and the finest Matcha.

The packaging of this sample is really pretty and such an exciting thing to pop through the door. I can't wait to try the selection of flavours, I will try to do a review. I think I'm most looking forward to trying the Peppermint and Liquorice as it's so different from anything I've tried before. I am really impressed by this sample pack and I might just have to go and purchase a whole box of my favorite from the bunch.


Whats your favorite type of tea?
Sam

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mini Clothing Haul | H&M

Hi, today I've got a small collection of items from H&M to share with you. I love discount codes and had been waiting for one to be added to the H&M website for a while, I save items in my basket and wait for a good discount deal to come along before placing my order. This time they offered a 20% discount if you spend over £80 with free delivery. This offer has ended but they do similar offers all the time. I saw this as my opportunity to pick up a few staple pieces I had saved to my basket. I sent quite a lot of my order back, but I kept some really nice pieces.


High Waist Jeans: I decided to try something new with these high waist jeans, I'm not sure I suite them because I'm so short (all legs no body) but they looked really nice on. They are a really dark denim with a slight acid wash finish, skinny fit and a really soft material.

High Waist Shorts: Both pairs are almost the same cut but the blue ones have pockets at the front. Again trying something out of my comfort zone, but I love both of them, I think I suite these better than the jeans and they make my legs seem really long. It seems I just can't resist denim in an acid wash, no matter what colour.

Pumps: These are going to be my go too summer flats. White, laser cut and super cute. They are really comfortable and fit really snug on my feet which for a 3.5 is a surprise. They have a tan coloured sole and the holes in the shoes should keep my feet nice and cool in the warmer months.

Cropped Jumper: I bought this jumper in Karki a while ago and just love how the cropped length looks on me. I decided to opt for another one in more of a summer shade, so I bought this really nice cream one. It looks a totally different colour online, I only bought it because I'd seen the true colour in store before ordering. Hopefully this will look nice with the high waist jeans and will take me right through to the winter months.

Have you got any summer clothing from H&M?
Sam

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Month's Mini Goals | June

Hi, Yay! June is finally here which hopefully means the warmer weather isn't far away (it's currently raining). I have decided to start giving myself a few mini goals for the month ahead. Nothing massive just little reminders to make the most of my time.


Mini goals for June
  • Finish reading one book
  • Have a BBQ
  • Go for a long walk
  • Have a spring clean
  • Get rid of some stuff via donation or recycling
  • Do a DIY project/create something new
  • Wear a bold lip colour
  • Sell some clothes online
  • Take more photos of day to day life
  • Try a new meal recipe

So there are my June mini goals. Most of the goals are based on me been in desperate need of having a spring clean and a massive wardrobe sort out. As a result I need to get rid of some stuff, I will sell as much as possible but everything else I will donate to friends or to charity.
 
Do you have any goals for June?
Sam

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