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10 Awesome Ideas for BFF Days Out

April 18, 2017

Best friends are awesome. They’re there through the ups and downs, buy you ice cream after relationship break-ups and are always there to have a good giggle over a glass of wine and trashy TV. So why not celebrate your friendship with a fun day out for the two of you? Take your bestie on a date that both of you will remember for a long time, with no heartache (and hopefully no hangover) afterwards!

Spa Day

The ultimate in luxury, after all, you deserve it! Make a hasty retreat down to one of the many spas that are nestled away from the bustle of the towns and cities and simply relax for a day where your every need is met. Enjoy massages, get your nails done and lounge in the Jacuzzi exchanging gossip with your best mate. Sheer bliss!

Afternoon Tea


Being the genteel ladies that you are, we know you’d appreciate the finer things in life such as crisp cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a bottle of fizz. There are lots of vintage tearooms offering afternoon tea all over the country, but for extra glitz why not go to Harrod’s tearoom if you’re in London. Just remember though ladies, pinkies up!

Casino Visit


Get dressed up in your finest clothes and take a trip down to your nearest casino where you can spend the night pretending that you’re a Bond girl. You never know, you may even come out with a few extra pennies to spend on martinis – shaken, not stirred of course!

Make Cocktails and Chocolate


We’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like chocolate, so your BFF is sure to be delighted with this combo. There are some great chocolate making workshops out there, and some include cocktail courses too like this one at Virgin experience. Learn to make the chocolates you’ve always dreamed of and wash them down with some tasty cocktails. Sounds like a winner to us.

Geocaching


Ever wished you can go on your very own treasure hunt? Well, you can thanks to geocaching which uses GPS to give you co-ordinates to follow. Lots of major cities have them, including London, Manchester and Lincoln, giving you a great excuse to see the sights while having fun at the same time.

Escape rooms


If your BFF likes a mental challenge, how about an escape room? Team up or grab some other friends to form a group to be ‘trapped’ in a room with clues to solve to help you get out. The rooms are becoming increasingly popular nationwide, popping up all over the country so you should be able to find one that suits your tastes.

Gin tasting


Gin is the hipster drink of choice at the minute, dusting itself off from years of being dubbed uncool. Grab your bestie, get down to one of the many bars offering tasting sessions and give the coolest drink around a go. Be warned, though, some tasting sessions are so popular that they’re booked out months in advance!

Backyard Cinema


If you’re near London, how about calling on your best friend to go to the cinema. Sound boring? Those guys at Backyard Cinema have created an immersive world for their audience to visit to make the cinema experience more engaging. Enter through a maze of vines and watch a choice of movies in the depths of a temple ruin for a night of surprises.

Go to the races


Horse racing has no offseason, so there is always plenty of choice of meetings to go to wherever you live in the UK. They’re not the stuffy affair you may think they are either, just dress in what you feel comfortable in, make a couple of wagers using your own fail-proof winning system (usually some combination of nice sounding names and pretty looking horses in our case) and have a bit of fun. There are often dedicated race nights in the winter season.

Go on a ghost hunt


Ever wondered if ghosts lurk in the darkest parts of your town or city? How about going on a guided ghost hunt in the area to see if you can find out what goes bump in the night? Or grab your sleeping bags and make a visit to one of the many overnight ghost hunts in manor houses and great halls around the country where you and your bestie can be part of a Most Haunted-style scientific experiment.

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My Dream Job Would Be…

April 16, 2017

My dream job would be the Marketing and Events Manager in a casino. Can we just stop to appreciate what an amazing job that would be?

 

Being a marketing and events manager is great enough on its own – you basically get paid to organise parties and to socialise, and who wouldn’t want that? However, when you’re the marketing and events manager of a casino, everything becomes ten times more exciting. The best events are held in casinos. Depending on the quality of the casino, there is plenty of people willing to splash all of their cash, meaning most of the events are exclusive, luxurious parties full of celebrities and socialites. If that isn’t your idea of a dream work environment, I don’t know what is!

 

In addition to this, your job would never be boring! No more dull, repetitive 9-5’s sat on an uncomfortable chair behind a desk for the rest of your life. Being a marketing and events manager means attending meetings, viewing venues, planning parties- all of which is fun, fun, fun. Being a casino marketing and events manager generally means all of the events you plan are hosted at the casino, which means you don’t only get to plan them, but you get to attend them too, which is an added perk to the job.

 

Most marketing and events managers at the top of their game earn just shy of $100,000, which is a pretty juicy salary to receive for essentially just having a good time! (Sure, there’s more to it than that, but you know what I mean). However, the average wage for someone a little more mediocre is around the $80,000, which is still nothing to be sniffed at!

 

Let’s not forget another perk to being a marketing and events manager; mingling with all of the celebrities! Particularly in casinos you can expect to see the likes of Kim Kardashian and Scott Disick, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Imagine being paid to hang out with those guys, having a drink or two and partying the night away in a luxury casino? It would be absolutely unreal.

 

Being a Marketing and Events Manager would be a kind of cool career to have anyway, and it’s probably what I’ll start out as if I’m lucky enough, but I’d eventually like to specialise in becoming one for casinos- purely for the bigger paycheck and the more glamorous events!

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My Top Five Beauty Essentials

April 10, 2017

All girls love make-up, and most of us have a vast collection- but do you have everything that you need? Here are my top five beauty essentials.

 

MAC lipstick in shade ‘Velvet Teddy’

Velvet Teddy is one of the most popular shades of lipstick by MAC, owned by almost every girl, probably because of how pretty the colour is. A beautiful dusky pink shade, this lipstick matches most makeup looks but looks particularly sweet with a nice smoky eye! The formula of the lipstick means it is long lasting and stays on even throughout food and drink. Everyone needs this Mac lipstick in their life.

 

Paco Rabanne ‘Lady Million’ perfume

This perfume has a one in a million scent (pardon the pun) that will stay on your skin for hours. It’s honestly indescribable, but it’s a scent that will keep you coming back for more. With a glamorous, golden bottle, everything about the Lady Million perfume screams luxury. It’s a little on the pricey side but definitely worth the investment. You can even buy a version for men too, so you and your boyfriend can double up and smell great together! 

 

Makeup Revolution Strobe Cream

This strobe cream is unlike anything you will have put on your face before and it will leave you sparkling like a gem all day. The best thing about this is that you can put it all over your face like foundation or just in the select areas you want highlighting, like your cheekbones. It can be worn on top of foundation, underneath it or both, depending on how shimmery you want to be! 

 

Urban Decay eyeshadows

It doesn’t matter which palette you go for; all Urban Decay palettes are total necessities- Naked palettes are some of the most popular, though, although if you can get your hands on a limited edition palette, you should definitely try to do so! The shades in each palette are incomparable and include a variety of both shimmers and mattes, allowing you to use them to create almost any kind of look. 

 

KYLIE Lip Kits

Some people think they’re overrated, but KYLIE Lip Kits by Kylie Jenner are definitely a beauty essential. The colour is long lasting, and the liquid lipstick glides onto lips with ease. What’s handy about the lip kits is that they come with a lip liner and a lipstick- gone are the days of trying to find a pair that match, Kylie has done all the hard work for you!

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Outfit Ideas: Blackjack

April 3, 2017

There’s nothing I love more than getting all dolled up to go to the Casino. Feeling confident as you walk about the casino floor lets everyone know that yeah, that’s right – this girl takes herself seriously. And she’s got amazing fashion sense too, of course. My favorite game of all time is Blackjack, as I grew up playing ‘Twenty-One’ with small change when I was younger.

 

When I think about my outfit choice for my night at the casino, I focus on the 3 main outfit choices: Dress, shoes, and jewelry.

 

I choose to wear dresses that are elegant and represent the Blackjack boss that I am. I love to wear sweetheart necklines, cut-out dresses, or halters. I mostly wear black dresses and choose to have one ‘asset’ showing, whether its legs, boobs or my bare back. This stops your look from becoming too much and shows a little bit of mystery – essential in the game of Blackjack. You never want to give too much away to your opponents.

 

If you aren’t a dress kind person, some smart trousers and a nice top or blouse is a great alternative, and much more comfortable if you plan on staying in the casino for a long time. I’d always go for some straight-legged trousers – or you could even wear skinny if you want – and a glitzy top that will be the showstopper. My motto is that there can never be too much glitz.

 

In terms of shoes – you should always go for comfortable yet classy. A heel is a must, as heels are always the most elegant of shoes. But you never want to go too high. My tip: If you walk like a duck…they’re too high. If you find that you struggle to walk in high heels, you can always try wearing a platform-style heel, that is a lot wider than the average stiletto. But personally,  I’d choose a stiletto any day. It’s also important to think about color combinations, so try to avoid clashing colors at all costs! A black heel will go with anything. Period.

 

I always wear jewelry to finish off an outfit. A casino is a classy place, so your accessories want to reflect that. Or you could go full out and try to distract your Blackjack opponents with your sparkles and glitter…. But I like to go with one or the other. Necklace or bracelet. I always pair my earrings up with one of these because it won’t overpower the outfit. And keeping it simple will prove to your other players that you know what you’re doing. Because if a girl can accessorize…she can whoop your ass at Blackjack.

 

Knowing what to wear to a casino can make or break your time there. Gambling is all about confidence, and playing Blackjack requires even more confidence than that! Imagine this…you feel good…you look good…and you’ve just won at Blackjack. Could it get any better than that? It all starts from your outfit, so make it count.

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Why I Started Blogging

January 15, 2017

Blogging has taken the world by storm and is now one of the most popular hobbies of the millennial generation. With the likes of Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter opening up new career options that never even existed before, the popularity of a once nerdy activity has reached massive heights. There’re so many different styles of blogs from fashion and beauty to food and lifestyle, fitness and parenting and more!

 

It was while watching the growth of blogging and continually reading a huge number of different blogs that I decided to start my very own blog! I was no writer, or so I thought, but I was up for trying something a little bit different and new. I’m a bit of an all-rounder because I love to write about fashion, what’s in and out at the moment, current trends, high street bargains and what not. I love to write about makeup and which products I’m loving and hating, finding dupes of high-end products for a fraction of the price and experimenting with new makeup looks. But on top of blogging about all these things that everyone else does, I also have a niche.

 

My niche topic is my love for gaming, my love for gambling, my love for casinos! Not only does this give me a niche but it also gives me a huge number of topics to talk about. Rather than just talking about casinos I can talk about different casinos worldwide, share gambling tips, write about James Bond and other casino based films! It opens up a huge variety of new topics for me.

 

My blog has given me a space to witter on and on about a huge passion of mine without anyone being able to interrupt me or laugh at me. I can share my writings with people who share similar interests to me, they can converse with me about the latest online slot game, we can share cheat codes and tips and of course, through my blog I can make new friends. And yes, while writing about my passion does leave me open to criticism online, there is definitely more of a positive experience from writing on my blog than a negative one!
Starting a blog honestly changed my life, but in the best way possible. I’m so glad I did it, and I would highly recommend that if there’s a huge passion or hobby in your life, you start a blog so you can share it with the world too!

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Five Top Table Games for Your Next Party

January 6, 2017

Home casinos are all the rage today. You can bet small and pull out when you feel like it. The problem is that not everybody is familiar with most casino games. Some have complex rules that some players cannot hope to learn in a couple of hours. It’s also expensive to hire a slot machine. So what games should you play if you have a home casino night?

Roulette Wheel

The Roulette Wheel is one of the simplest casino games. You can buy home Roulette kits from most toy and game retailers and online. All you need is a wheel, a ball and the mat with the cells to place your bets. Watch the fun unfold as your players take bets on where the ball will land. Although some of the bets are complex, you can make the game at your home casino simpler by deciding that some options are out of bounds.

Blackjack (And Its Variations)

No player need feel daunted by card games. Blackjack (and its variations such as 21 or Pontoon) is one of the easiest games to play. Be clear on the rules, as some people may be familiar with one version and not the other. Either way, all variations on the “21” games are simple and accessible for those who have never played a card game. It’s fun too! Simply, players compete against each other and attempt to make the number 21 from their hand by sticking with their hand or choosing an extra card.

Poker

Poker is one of the most popular and glamorous of card games. That said, it’s not easy to learn all of the rules. Some of your virgin players may struggle at first. Thankfully, there are many versions of poker – some poker variations are easy to learn, others not so much. The great thing about the game is that you don’t have to be a great player in order to win a hand. Poker is all about bluff, after all. You can win with a bad hand if you can convince other players that it is a good hand.

Craps

The dice game is a number simple casino game you may wish to play at home. Most households have dice. As we are all so familiar with this diverse playing piece, picking up the rules as you go should be easy. There are no competitors in this type of game, so there would be no motive for people not to help those unfamiliar with the game to understand the rules, and what constitutes a winning or losing throw.

Baccarat

Mistakenly believed to be one of the more difficult games to learn, Baccarat is no longer as popular in casinos as it once was. It became a glamorous game thanks to James Bond. In the books, Bond was a keen baccarat player. In the recent film version of Casino Royale, Baccarat was switched for Texas Hold Em Poker. It works on a simple premise and if there are four or more of you, this can be fun and exhilarating. Two players compete against each other while everyone else bets on who will have the higher value hand. Many hours of fun guaranteed.

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Quiz: Which Casino Game Best Suits Your Personality?

December 24, 2016

I was playing on Casumo casino and I realised, with so many games, what kind of personalities are attracted to each? Are you undecided on which games to play at the casino? Do your friends keep asking you to compare your personality to concepts and inanimate objects? Now, you can amaze your friends by showing them precisely what casino game you are.

Question 1: How Do You Like Your Coffee?

A: Wet and hot. Beyond that, I don’t care. Coffee is coffee.
B: Light, fruity and easy to drink, perfect for a Sunday morning.
C: Big brand label, preferably rich and dark. Give me something new and I might try it
D: Anything that looks a little different. I’m adventurous like that
E: I am fussy because I look for quality. It has to be the right type of coffee before I go anywhere near it
F: Jamaican Blue Mountain. Only the best will do!

Question 2: Plan The Perfect Date

A: Coffee shop! Cheap and cheerful; maximum of one hour. I don’t like to stick around for long
B: I prefer to try somewhere familiar but always open to suggestions. That’s the luck of the throw, after all
C: Let’s start off somewhere simple but turn it up a notch if it goes well
D: I like to take my chances. Let’s see where the wind takes us?
E: I make a suggestion and watch my date closely. If he or she isn’t liking it, I change my stance too
F: Only the restaurant with the best reviews in town will do for a date.

Question 3: What is The Perfect European City Break?

A: Copenhagen: Not the first place you’d think of, but a pleasant time is always had
B: Somewhere new such as Berlin. You like to take your chances, but you also like to know what to expect before you get there
C: Amsterdam. You know why some people go there, but you’re not sure it’s for you. You’ll start off visiting art galleries but curiosity will get the better of you
D: Let’s just turn up at the airport or the railway station and see what they have leaving in the next hour? Dubrovnik? That sounds good!
E: London. Cultured and grand; there is so much to do and there is an electricity to the place that you cannot get elsewhere
F: Monte Carlo, preferably during the Formula 1 weekend.

Mostly As

Slot Machines. Simplicity is your life philosophy. Why waste time playing the long game when you can have a few quick rounds on a slot machine before moving on to something else? Maybe you don’t like the commitment, hate to have your time wasted, or maybe you get bored easily.

Mostly Bs

Craps is your game of choice. For you, life is like a throw of the dice. You want to have some control over the direction but are never fazed by curveballs. You take the rough with the smooth and willing to get up and try again. Craps is a bit like that. It’s a mix of chance and skill, just like life.

Mostly Cs

Call it Blackjack, 21 or Pontoon, but this game means you are willing to take the occasional chance “just in case”, even when you seemingly have a winning hand. You like the comfort of the familiar. However, you are never afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone. If you don’t like it, at least you gave it a go.

Mostly Ds

You utter risk taker, you’re Roulette. You know that the biggest chances and biggest wins in life come from taking risks. You’re prepared to put everything on chance and you take some big risks too. We’ll bet you once walked out of a well-paying job to start up a business, and when that didn’t work you tried again?

Mostly Es

You’re Poker. Why? You’re attracted to quality and you like to plan well. You want refined, but you also don’t like to take chances. You play the long game in everything, waiting for the right moment to make your move. Nobody is calling you a control freak, but you do like to have things a certain way.

Mostly Fs

Only the best and most expensive will do. Congratulations, you’re Baccarat. The game of James Bond presents itself an air of mystique, and so do you. You will not settle for second best. You will not settle for Asti when Champagne is offered. Baccarat is elegant in its simplicity, but never shows it.

 

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My Perfect Day

December 15, 2016

Everyone dreams of one perfect day, and I was surprised at how easily I came up with what mine would entail. I tried to keep it semi-realistic, as much as I would like to fly and win millions, so that I can still hope that one day, maybe this day will come true. We can but hope!

 

My perfect day would begin at around 10 am, after a lush lie in and lazy morning. I would wake up naturally, rather than being forced awake by a horrible, screeching alarm. Ideally, I’d be somewhere exciting with a beautiful view, perhaps in a nice hotel or a lodge somewhere peaceful. I would be brought breakfast in bed – fresh fruit, pancakes, Mimosas and hot buttered toast – and eat it with the curtains open, looking out at the morning.

 

I am not hugely high maintenance, but I would love to do something fun and exciting during the day. Perhaps a walk around a zoo, a shopping trip (but not on a weekend, I hate busy crowds in shops!), or a theme park. I’m not really one for lazing about, but I do have a competitive streak, so maybe something like escape rooms, or a scavenger hunt would be cool!

 

Lunch would be a cream tea, (or perhaps a champagne tea, it’s a perfect day after all!) with delicate sandwiches and lots of indulgent cakes. (I have noticed that a lot of my perfect day revolves around food, but I am not surprised!)

 

During the afternoon, I would love to go and see a show, probably a musical, or something artsy and pretentious. Everything would go my way – all the traffic lights would be on green for me, I’d find a fiver on the ground, the weather would be perfectly sunny and wonderfully warm.

 

In the late afternoon, I would go off for a few drinks with friends and some tapas for an early dinner. For most of the day, I’d love for it just to be me and my love, as we never get to spend any time together, however, a perfect day wouldn’t be perfect without spending some time with some of my other favourite humans.

 

We would then head off home where I’d spend the evening in the living room, cuddled up in a blanket, with the fire on, and a nice cup of tea and biscuits. I’d be on my laptop, playing online slots (which I would win on my perfect day of course!), with the cat curled up beside me and a feelgood film on in the background.

 

I’d go to bed at a decent hour (for once!) and manage to fall asleep, happy and content after my perfect day.

 

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Top Tips for Relaxing After a Hard Day at Work

November 26, 2016

After a hard day of working at the grindstone, it’s important to take time for you. Life has to be about more than just work, so why wait until the weekend to unwind? I try to do a little something every day after work to relax, and it certainly makes the harder weeks seem a lot less draining. There are loads of different ways to do this, and the trick is finding what is best for you – I like to do a combination of them all, especially when things get super tough!

 

Food

Whether you go out for a nice meal, or just eat take out in your PJs, food has the power to make anyone feel better. As the winter months approach, I like to leave a stew in my slow cooker during the day so that when I come to eat it, the whole house smells delicious and it just needs putting in a bowl and enjoying! I also try to keep a few sweet treats in the house for those days when nothing but chocolate or ice cream will do. Food doesn’t just have to be about fueling your body for the next day; it can be a celebration and a social event and a great way to unwind. 

 

Drink

Choose your poison. Whether it’s a hot, sweet cup of tea, or something much stronger, keep emergency supplies in the house. The cheap wine in our house is for average days, but if the day has been extra stressful, or we have something to celebrate, a pricier bottle comes out. You could always rustle up a cocktail if you’re feeling fancy. 

 

Go out

If you’re a gym bunny, sign up to classes for after work, or if you’re a film buff, make a date to see the latest film. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, you could even just go for a walk or a bike ride, but sometimes just doing something a little different, and breaking up the routine is a great release. It’s easy to get into a habit where you come in from work, eat your dinner and watch TV until bedtime. Every night. This is a recipe for feeling like all you do is work and can be quite disheartening. At least a few nights a week, I try to do something a little different, although of course there is pleasure in doing nothing sometimes too! Balance!  

 

Staying in

There’s nothing more relaxing than the sanctity of your own home. Turn on the heating, take a hot bubble bath, cover the place in candles (don’t forget to blow them out!), and give yourself a pamper! Use those bath sets that you were saving for a “special occasion”, and go all out – you deserve it! I find fresh bedding, and new pyjamas are the dream and easily turns a frown upside down.

 

The most important thing is to avoid thinking about/doing work if you can help it. Bringing your work home with you, while often unavoidable, is not healthy and will make you feel like you are always working. Take up a new hobby, reinvigorate your social life or just enjoy some self-indulgence.