I love to throw a good party – I mean, honestly, who doesn’t? While it’s not so much fun doing all of the cleaning up the next day, the actual planning of the party and the purchasing of decorations as well as doing up the venue is all so much fun! However, no party is complete without a theme. If there is no theme to your party, decorations begin to clash, people turn up wearing whatever they fancy, the playlist becomes a shambles… it’s no good!
We’ve all got them. Those trends that the moment you see them make you think ‘eurgh’. But often they linger as season turns into season and you see more and more people wear them making you question whether you were the one with the wrong idea after all. Here are those outfits and accessories that I just wish would go away forever!
Being a little bit of a quirky girl, I’ve never really followed trends. But every now and then something from the catwalk catches my eye, and I say “Ah, finally something for me!” in a slightly relieved tone. This summer saw some awesome looks from icy blue denim to 90’s raver neons, and the autumn/winter season is sure to grab headlines too. Here’s my take on the trends that I love whether it be for a warm summer evening or a cool, crisp winter.
It’s that funny time of year when summer is beginning to fade into the background, but we’re not quite ready to embrace our jumpers and the falling leaves. But fret not, my pretties! I’m going to show you lots of things to help you get over that September slump and help you run into Autumn with arms outstretched. After all, there’ll be a couple of bangers on the barbie in it for you!
Blogging has become an essential tool in the online marketing stakes, and a business website without a blog attached won’t rank as highly as another that does. That’s SEO for you. But a blog that is left unloved for months at a time, or – even worse – empty, is perhaps worse than not having one at all. It looks slipshod and careless, and it reflects badly on your business.
Blogging requires a high level of productivity, and that isn’t something that everyone can manage. Or is it? These seven ways to be a productive blogger will help you break through the blogging block.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!