Friday, December 22

My Best Year Yet | 2017 Highlights

2017 has been filled with so much love, travel, success and accomplishment, making it my best year yet. I travelled to 7 different countries, worked with more than 20 different brands,

January 1st - NYE in Times Square, New York City
January 2nd - Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine for my 2016 Blog Award Win
January 3rd - First Day Freelancing
January 9th - Featured in MTV's 17 Up & Coming YouTubers' List
January 12th - 20K Twitter Followers
January 19th - GoSend Go Glam Gala, London
January 23rd - 15K Instagram Followers
January 25th - Shortlisted Best Established Vlogger, Johnson & Johnson Awards
January 31st - Brighton Trip with my Brother, Fraser
February 8th - Billy Elliot The Musical
February 22nd - YouTube Space London Filming with Amy & Bianca
February 24th - First Date with Benji
March 17th - Featured in Blogosphere Magazine
March 19th - Seeing Craig David
March 20th - An American In Paris Musical
March 23rd - Reykjavik, Iceland
March 24th - My 23rd Birthday in the Blue Lagoon
March 28th - 35K Subscribers
April 3rd - Beauty & The Beast Afternoon Tea, London
April 19th - Becoming Verified on Twitter
April 17th - Durdle Door with Benji
April 21st - UK Blog Awards 2 x Finalist: Best Lifestyle Blog & Best Vlogger
April 22nd - London Zoo with Benji
April 29th - My First Meet Up
May 1st - 100th Weekly Vlog
May 6th - Aladdin The Musical with MAC Cosmetics
May 18th - Benidorm, Spain with icelolly Holidays
May 20th - 6 Years On YouTube
June 4th - Costa Adeje, Tenerife: First Holiday with Benji
June 29th - Afternoon Tea at Sketch, Mum's Birthday
June 30th - New Forest Water Park, Georgie's Birthday
July 1st - Thorpe Park with Amy, Bianca and our boys!
July 15th - Split, Croatia Sailing with MedSailors
July 29th - The Addams Family Musical
August 19th - Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea, Sanderson Hotel, London with Dionne & Lucy
September 5th - Zoella Winter Wonderland Launch, London
September 21st - 5th Blood Donation
September 30th - Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
October 18th - Chewton Glen Spa Night with Mum
October 22nd - 40K Subscribers & Radio 1 Teen Awards
November 8th - 20K Instagram
November 10th - Lyme Regis Weekend: Benji's Birthday
November 14th - Legally Blonde The Musical
November 16th - 45K Twitter
November 16th - A History Of Magic: Harry Potter Event with Lumos (meeting Eddie Redmayne!)
November 18th - Winter Wonderland, London
November 29th - Ice Skating in Bournemouth Gardens
December 16th - Blogosphere Christmas Party: First Time Panel Speaker
December 19th - Afternoon Tea Level8IGHT Sky Bar, Bournemouth
December 24th - Sestriere, Italy: Christmas Skiing with Family
December 25th - First Christmas with Benji (on the slopes!)
December 31st - First NYE with Benji

Brands I Worked With:
Zeek Gift Cards
Virgin Active
This Works
Swiss Clinic
My Beauty Matches
Miller & Carter
Attraction Tickets Direct
Rosefield Watches
Chelsea Candles
Canterbury & England Rugby
O'Neill's Pubs
Homesense UK
POLO Mints

I have written some thank you's in my new video above, but huge thank you to all my friends, family, management and to you guys, for making this year a truly special one. Here's to 2018!

Thursday, December 7

GHD Flight Travel Hairdryer | Limited Edition Nocturne Collection

I've travelled a lot this year. Whether it's been a holiday abroad, a night away in London or just to stay at my boyfriend's for the weekend, I'm constantly on the move. I've got my packing down to a T, including which make up I actually need, and how many t-shirts is one too many, but the item I struggle with the most, is my hairdryer.

Now, a girl and her hair is very important. Especially when you have naturally curly locks like mine. I like embracing my curls and letting my hair air-dry, but sometimes when I'm away, I've actually wanted to dry it. I've always left my hair dryer at home in fear it would a) break and b) be too bulky and c) eat into my luggage weight allowance. I've been on the hunt for a little travel hair dryer, but I'm SUPER fussy, I really need it to be half decent/a little bit more powerful. The hotel hairdryers just don't cut it.

That is when GHD pretty much saved the day. This gorgeous portable hairdryer ticks ALL the boxes. It comes in a purple travel case as part of the Nocturne Collection, to keep it protected and have the wire and plug all together. There's even space to have some mini hair products and bits in.

The hair dryer itself has a foldable handle, which click up and down super easily. There's two speed and temperature settings, going up to 65 degrees celsius. It has universal voltage too, so you can switch according to whether you're in the US or Europe. It's super lightweight, but powerful enough to dry my hair in pretty much the same time as my main dryer. I am completely in love!

If you travel often like me, or are looking for the perfect gift for a traveller, then this is it! I picked it up on ASOS for £59, shop here.


Thursday, November 30

The Ultimate Skiing Packing List

I've skied almost every year, for over ten years, and I absolutely love the sport. It's tradition for myself and my family to go away at Christmas, nothing quite beats waking up to snow on Christmas day! I love that it brings us all together, and it's something we all love to do. It's obviously cold, but even if it's minus temperatures or the sun is shining on the slopes, there's a few bits I'd recommend packing. So, without further ado, here is my Skiing Packing List! (ps. I've also included my video version of this at the end, so be sure to watch and learn more).

Wednesday, November 22

Garnier Skincare & Haircare Launches 2018 | #GarnierNow

Garnier is a brand I've loved for a long time. I'm very loyal to the Micellar Water, and recently started using their new PureActive Sensitive Gel Wash, so I was very excited to be invited to the #GarnierNow event yesterday, to see what the future has in store for Garnier including their latest beauty innovations set to launch in 2018.

Monday, November 20

Lyme Regis Weekend Away | Hedgehog Corner Retreat, Dorset

Having a weekend away is the perfect opportunity to feel like you've travelled and escaped, but you don't have to go far to enjoy some of the beautiful cities or seaside towns the UK has to offer. I'm based down in Bournemouth, so Lyme Regis was just over an hour's drive away along the coast. Benji & I wanted to celebrate his birthday, and when I asked where we wanted to go, he suggested Lyme Regis. His family are from there and he's visited almost every year, but it was a first for me and I couldn't wait to see what it had to offer.

Friday, November 17

Legally Blonde The Musical | Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Omigod, oh my god you guys! 

I knew I HAD to write about a show when I've played the soundtrack NON-STOP since seeing it for the first time on Tuesday. Legally Blonde is a film I LOVED growing up; so many classic lines to quote, and who can forget the Bend and Snap?! With that in mind, I actually had low expectations for the Musical, I thought it would be too cheesy but oh how I was wrong! I saw the show at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, along with two of my pals Joe & Kalem, and spoiler, we all absolutely loved it.

Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy. It's bright, fun and highly energetic, with a real feel-good factor. Plus, it's surprisingly FUNNY! I was laughing out loud and grinning the whole way through.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. I personally think it's very girly, but that's why I like it so much. It's very 'me'. I came out the theatre and actually felt GOOD, you know that buzzy "YEAH THAT WAS AWESOME!" feeling?! I've seen a lot of shows and musicals on stage but this really left me in a fabulous mood.

Lucie Jones, the actress playing Elle, had big shoes to fill when you're used to Reese Witherspoon in the film however, she was absolutely amazing. Playing Paulette is EastEnders' Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell for which she has won numerous awards and is one of Britain’s best loved actresses. She did not disappoint! The UCLA’s Delta Nu sorority girls were some of my favourites too, they were so much fun and really add to Elle as a character. I loved their total sass and girl boss attitudes!

The songs are so catchy, you'll want to play the soundtrack the minute you're out the theatre! My favourites are "Omigod", "Serious", "What You Want", "Positive", "Ireland", "Legally Blonde" and "Find My Way". Honestly, have a listen on Spotify!

I actually couldn't fault the show at all. It was so perfect that I think I might even prefer it to the film! If you get the chance, the show is currently on it's UK tour, so definitely check your local theatre and book tickets!


Thursday, September 7

Zoella Lifestyle Christmas Gifting Collection 2017 | #ZoellaWinterWonderland

I'm a big Zoella fan. I've followed Zoe for a long time, since the early days of her announcing that Louise was in labour with Darcy, via a webcam, on Louise's channel. Anyone else remember that?! Over the years, I've watched her grow and I'm amazed at the Zoella Beauty & Zoella Lifestyle branding. Each collection seems to be getting better and better, and with Christmas round the corner, I want to put a spotlight on the beautiful gifting ranges available from Zoella Lifestyle. If you'd like to see some of the Beauty bits too, be sure to watch my Weekly Vlog on my YouTube channel on Monday!


Wednesday, September 6

Refreshing My Flat For Autumn | Homesense Homeware Haul

 This post is kindly sponsored by Homesense.

Monday, August 21

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea | The Sanderson Hotel, London

Last Saturday, I met up with two of my oldest blogger/YouTube friends, Dionne & Lucy. We were celebrating both their birthdays, whilst having our annual catch up. As we live all over the country, and our lives are very busy, we don't often get many opportunities to spend time together. Therefore when we do, it's really special and memorable. We decided Afternoon Tea was the perfect idea, so searched across the web for something we'd all enjoy. As a huge Disney lover, the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel certainly caught my eye. I'd heard many good things, so we booked three weeks in advance and here's exactly what I thought!

Monday, August 14

New In: The Body Shop | Summer 2017

I'm a big fan of The Body Shop. I love how innovative they are, along with being cruelty-free, they're very affordable and I love the quality. I recently received these new products in my PO Box, and thought I'd share the new releases!

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Toner
Launching 15th August for £9.50, The Body Shop have two new toners to add to their range. Both 100% vegan, I love the sound of both. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Milky Toner is the first brightening milky toner with ginseng root and rice extra for smoother, right, revitalised skin. Formulated without alcohol and enriched with Community Trade sesame oil, I'm looking forward to seeing how my skin responds to this. However, I'm very keen to pick up the other toner, British Rose Petal-soft gel. The extra-gentle, hydrating toner is infused with real rose petals for touchably soft, soothed and replenished glowing skin. It's enriched with COmmunity Trade organic aloe vera, and sounds like something I'd love.

According to The Body Shop, people all over the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the damaging effects of pollution and toxins. In addition to living and eating well, urbanites are actively swapping their haircare products for those with natural or organic ingredients. Since finding out I have an allergy to some fragrances and suffering with skincare issues and eczema (especially on my scalp) for years, it's really important to me which hair products I pick. The Body Shop has created cruelty-free haircare ranges featuring the finest ingredients and textures, with natural oils, butters, and purees. All the formulas are 100% veggie and some are even 100% vegan.

I'm so impressed to see a scrub for once. I suffer with dandruff and a peeling scalp, especially if I use a shampoo I'm allergic too, and I only ever see masks on the market. I know for a fact that more people want products that condition and care for the health of the hair and scalp, and I'm excited to try the Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub. In the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan, green tea leaves are collected to create the finest extracts. They have bended their green tea infusion in a nature-powered recipe with mint menthol, salt and Community Trade honey. This refreshingly purifying scrub will make your scalp feel instantly refreshed, and your hair feel revitalised with a healthy-looking skin. The also have a matching Shampoo and Conditioner, which I presume smells just as good as the scrub!

First of all, how gorgeous is the packaging for this?! Tattoo Artist Saira Hunjan exclusively designed a unique label for the new balm and it really stood out to me when I opened the box. The said "I really wanted to celebrate the life force of the Amazon jungle through colour and pattern with my signature style. My design captures wildlife through birds and butterflies and the distinctive Amazonian vegetation, including Babassu kernels, where the Community Trade babassu oil is extracted, comprising one of the nice ingredients."

The new Multi-Purpose Amazonian Saviour Balm is my new desk-essential. It's great for hands and nails, but I've even applied as a lip balm too. A multi-tasking beauty essential with a conscience, made with 100% natural-origin ingredients, the oil-rich texture is a rare find when it comes to caring tattoos, skin marks and more. For centuries, Amazonian communities have relied on potent natural ingredients to care for wounded and tattooed skin. These same natural oils are used to enrich this product. 100% vegetarian, without silicones, colourants, mineral oil, paraffin or fragrance and with only 9 ingredients. Well done, The Body Shop! 

I'm so in love with the Spa Of The World Range from The Body Shop, even their candles are to die for! With summer here, The Body Shop have introduced their fourth regime to the range, a new Firming ritual. Infused with a blend of fruit extracts from forests and vines, and blended into refining textures and invigorating fragrances, their uplifting regime is designed to empower skin, body and mind. Including the Ethiopian Green Coffee Firming Body Cream, French Grape Seed Body Scrub and the Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil, this range really is gorgeous. I was kindly send the oil, infused with zingy makrut lime, for toning and firming that's quickly absorbed and infused with Community trade marula oil to nourish your skin. 

This is only a small selection to the incredible new releases The Body Shop have. I'm particularly excited for the new hair tools, including bamboo hairbrushes, coconut oil, Banana Shampoo and Conditioner and Rose Petal-soft gel Toner. If you're interested, you can shop the new products here!

*PR Samples.

Thursday, August 10

Walt Disney World 2017 | My Top 20 Bucket List Must Do's

I'm not going to lie, I still can't quite believe I'm going to Walt Disney World in Florida next month. NEXT MONTH. It's coming round so quickly and everything is booked, paid off, itinerary written, dining reservations in, fast passes secured...we are ready! With the peak of my excitement, I wrote down and wanted to share my Bucket List "must-dos". I'm very open to understanding that I'll never get it all done, but there's a few things I really can't wait to see/do/ride/ here we go! (ps. If you'd rather watch the video with photos of everything I mention, scroll to the bottom!)


Monday, August 7

O'Neill's Summer Ciderfest | Limited Edition Drinks Menu

This post is kindly sponsored by O'Neill's Pubs.

Friday, July 28

MedSailors: Second Time Round, Solo! | Croatia Sailing 2017

How has a year passed so quickly?! HOW? It felt like yesterday I went to Greece with MedSailors, and the minute I landed back in the UK, I knew it wouldn't be my last trip. This post is very kindly sponsored by MedSailors, and I'm proud to be working with them again. I went as far as naming Greece 'a trip of a lifetime' and was so eager to go again, that MedSailors invited me back to try their Croatia Discovery route. Only this time, by myself!

This post is very photo heavy, I had over 500 photos and I shared over 70 on Instagram, I think that in itself speaks for how good it was but I've narrowed down my favourites, along with my honest thoughts and feelings about the trip. Read on to see what I got up to in a week!

Thursday, July 13

Simple Skincare Water Boost Range & Launch | Brockwell Lido, London

If you've read my blog for a while or watch my YouTube videos, you'll know I am very fussy about my skincare. Understandably, as I have eczema and an allergy to some fragrances. Some brands seriously irritate my skin, to the point I get so fed up spending so much money trying new things. Simple Skincare is a brand I have loved and used for years. Their Micellar Wipes are my favourites by far, I always have a stash of them in my draw (and in my gym bag, boyfriends house, travel toiletries etc!). Over the years, I've dipped in and out of their products, but haven't particularly fallen in love with a new range...until now.


Monday, July 10

DKNY Nectar Love Perfume Launch | Ham Yard Hotel, London

On Wednesday 5th July, I was kindly invited to the Ham Yard Hotel in London for Breakfast with DKNY, to see and smell their beautiful new perfume, Nectar Love. On arrival, not only could you smell the scent itself, but so many fresh flowers! They had a little ice cream cart, hair braiding, a flower wall, photo booth, flower crown making and little afternoon-style tires of breakfast treats. The sun was shining and even at 9.30am, it was so warm.


Tuesday, July 4

Skincare Saviours | Summer 2017

I'm very fussy when it comes to skincare. I have very dry, eczema-prone skin, alongside an allergy to Fragrance Mix II - a group of perfumes added to products to make them smell nicer, which a dermatologist has pinpointed as the cause of my eczema after we did a patch test a few years ago. It's very rare I try new products, and have become very loyal to these ones in particular, my skincare saviours!


Monday, July 3

sketch Gallery, Afternoon Tea | Mayfair, London

She won't admit it, but my Mum is one of those people who's really hard to buy for. Although she likes the little things in life, I'd call her a lady of class. She often enjoys the finer things and has quite a particular taste when it comes to gifts. This year, I thought I'd save myself the worry of getting it wrong, so pitched the idea to my brother about taking her for Afternoon Tea. Sometimes, an experience is much more valuable. She's not really a Spa Day kind of lady, and we've done a lot of the restaurants in Bournemouth already, so it was a no brainer to take her two hours on the train to London for a nice afternoon out. She's seen and heard of sketch before, but we've never had the chance to get it organised. Three weeks prior, reservations opened up and I was able to book into the Gallery of sketch in Mayfair.

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