Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: For ALL The Family



It's finally time to share my ultimate Christmas Guide. Every year I try to share some of my favourite gift ideas for the wonderful people in our lives; however, this time round, I've decided to find some new, innovative brands. From grandparents to children, there is something in this gift guide that will fit a member of your family (or friends!) Christmas is my favourite time of the year - I absolutely love choosing, giving and watching the faces of my loved ones opening the presents I've thoughtfully picked out for them. The whole process is extremely fun for myself and it feels so rewarding seeing your families faces' light up on Christmas day. Feel free to share any unique brands or alternative gift ideas you've discovered this year in the comments - I'd love to have a chat to you all!





For your Grandparents

If you're struggling to find a present for the older people in your life, nothing will put a smile on their faces as much as these beautifully arranged and packaged hampers from Prestige Hampers. With a huge range of small to luxury sets, there will be a festive food hamper that will be sure to brighten up your nan or grandad's day. This particular set includes two different tea varieties, lemon shortbread, cookies, fruit and nut cakes and some luxury chocolates. This is the perfect sharing hamper for Christmas Day itself or to indulge on a cold winter evening. Presentation and wonderful choice of treats make this hamper brand so special, as well as a loving personal touch. I cannot wait to gift my grandparents this incredible hamper this Christmas. You also receive 10% off your first order.

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For your Mother

I'm sure my mum won't mind me telling you lovely people, but she struggles to get the beauty sleep she deserves. To be honest, I've not been getting the best sleep since moving out to university. I always have things on my mind about the future and upcoming assignments so constantly find myself worrying and overthinking everything, especially at night. The wonderful team at Feather and Down kindly sent me this gorgeous package, luxuriously wrapped with a navy metallic ribbon. Not only is the aesthetics to die for, the products are so innovative and different to anything I've seen in the beauty marketplace. In my little box, I received the All Purpose Sleep Balm, Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray and Melting Shower Cream. The calming lavendar and camomile notes linger on your bedsheets and pillows - the smell is divine and not too overpowering. My ideal pamper evening would include a relaxing shower/bath with the cream, followed by rubbing the balm into my pulse points (temples, wrists and neck) and a spritz of the pillow spray to set you into a beautiful deep sleep. I feel this is the perfect gift idea for mothers or anyone in your family that struggles to get a decent night's rest. Use the code SLEEPY25 for 25% off!

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For the Women

Personally, I believe that women are extremely easy to buy for. Something a little different to the things I've mentioned previously years is a travel or makeup bag. Instead of buying your mother, sister, girlfriend or wife a makeup product this Christmas, why not buy her something to store her favourite pieces in? Makeup and travel bags are absolutely essential, for beauty addicts in particular. I'm always on the look for a large makeup bag to carry my holiday picks whenever I travel, no matter the distance. This rose gold metallic, and very spacious, travel bag is from Lily England; the Large Wash Bag has two large compartments. Thus, this can hold all of your toiletries and makeup in one. I love the simplicity of the design partnered with the metallic finish - this huge bag is any beauty lovers dream and I would be so happy to receive something this stunning for Christmas.

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For Those Who Deserve More

You have to agree with me that there are those people in your life who always go the extra mile to make people happy and are completely selfless. If you can relate, then 'The Care Box' is designed for people who lack self care and deserve to be treated more often. Each month 'The Care Box' will arrive at your door and ensure that you have everything you need for a relaxing evening in. Whether you opt for the £5, £10 or £20 subscription package, you will always receive your money's worth and more for pure relaxation. In my first Care box there were a variety of named brands and every product I know I will get great use out of. From skincare to chocolate, every little goodie you receive is sure to make you smile. This is such a perfect present for someone who always forgets to care for themselves - you can make sure that they get the treatment they deserve every single month!

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For Teenagers

Teenagers are an age range that a lot of people struggle to buy for - they've exited the toy phase and haven't completely evolved to adulthood. If you're ever worried about what to buy a teen for Christmas then a great idea is skincare; something that is practical with health benefits is something that won't go unappreciated. Magnitone's First Step cleansing brush is one of their latest launches - for £40, this marvellous contraption will reduce excess oils, control impurities and deeply cleanse your complexion. As a teenager, it is vital to care for your skin to avoid pre-mature ageing and excess oils/dirt. If you're looking to spend a little extra on someone this Christmas, this £40 compact cleansing brush is perfect for beauty/skincare lovers and those who struggle to look after their skin accordingly.

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For the Whole Family 

My family and I are all huge game lovers - whether it is a quiz, a game of cards or a classic board game, we absolutely love splitting ourselves into teams and letting our inner competitiveness out! Not going to lie, I'm probably the most competitive and hate to admit that I'm a sore loser...Anyway, I recently discovered Randomise - a new card game that involves describing, acting and drawing. I'm awful at drawing but I find games that enhance my flaws are always hilarious and make the game that extra bit humorous. Anyone from the ages of 4 onwards can play this greatly interactive game and all you need is two teams to get started. My friends and I adapted the rules to the game at university as there was only three of us but we absolutely loved it! I cannot wait to take this back home to my family so we can play it throughout Christmas...If you want to see the vlog where I filmed my friends and I playing the game then feel free to click on the link below to see the rules in greater detail!

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For a Secret Santa 

If you are participating in a Secret Santa present giving this Christmas then this could be for you. I know not everyone is into spice but I feel this would be a great stocking filler, especially for the men in my life who love spicy food! This Nando's Peri-Peri Salt Shaker is such a perfect gift; I would be so happy to receive this as I'm a huge fan of the Nando's peri-peri fries! I thought this would be another great alternative gift idea that not a lot of people would think to purchase for a loved one or friend - there are so many incredible gift sets in Asda Living at the minute if you are struggling to buy presents for people in your family. For under £7, this would be the ultimate secret santa gift for those who love to cook or enjoy adding spice to their meals!

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For Alcohol Lovers

Instead of buying the classic bottle of wine for the alcohol lovers in your life, why not spice it up by opting for Funkin Cocktails. This brand produce premium quality cocktail flavours in an iconic cocktail shaker designed bottle. With the addition of the recommended alcohol, you can make four cocktails in a matter of seconds. My favourite Funkin Cocktails' flavours are the Strawberry Daiquiri and Passion Fruit Martini. This is also a great Christmas gift idea for university students and cocktail lovers. With the code BLACKFRIDAY, you are able to get an incredible 30% off all products!

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For Quirky Gift Ideas

If you know me, you will know my love for Flying Tiger. This brand only started selling in the UK over the past few years and I instantly fell in love when I visited it for the first time on Oxford Street. Recently, a new Flying Tiger shop launched in the Cornhill Quarter in Lincoln, which made my friend Hattie and I super excited as we are both huge fans of the shop. For those who aren't aware, Flying Tiger sell a largely versatile range of quirky gifts - from stationery to kitchen supplies, toys to food, Tiger sells so many innovative products that always make me leave the store with a bag in hand. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the store launch so the wonderful PR team sent me some amazing stationery goodies to keep me kitted up for university! The teal and golden post its are so stunning and I love the cool sardine tin for my paperclips. I have bought my younger cousin so many affordable gifts from here for Christmas that I know she will LOVE!

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What are you getting your loved ones for Christmas? Have you tried any of the brands mentioned?

Lots of love


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Some of the products mentioned were sent complimentary as PR samples; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Alternative Weekend in London



After spending the two complete months at university, settling in and finding my way around Lincoln, I decided it was time to visit my boyfriend. Initially, I thought living a two hour train journey away from Aidan was going to be extremely difficult - being together for over four years has, of course, created a strong bond between us. I was worried that I would feel lonely and sad, when in fact I feel the opposite. Distance has been incredible for us. Don't get me wrong, I miss Aidan a lot and it is super strange not having him around 24/7. We used to see each other almost everyday in our hometown so it was odd to begin with. However, I feel that distance has helped our relationship and made us grow stronger. It made me so excited to see him for the first time and visit his university in London. As we hadn't seen each other in a while, we decided to treat ourselves to a perfect weekend together. I ticked SO many things off of my bucket list! Here are a few things we got up to...





A spontaneous breakfast was ideal to start off the weekend. We decided to pop into Le Pain Quotidien for a morning pick me up. I opted for a creamy hot chocolate - I poured the most rich, delicious chocolate into my large mug. It was absolutely divine - I partnered my hot drink with a jam croissant and a chocolate and banana muffin. Aidan also chose the muffin but decided on a wake up call from an espresso. The service was fast and the staff were polite - I would definitely recommend going to a Le Pain Quotidien if you are looking to treat yourself to a more luxurious breakfast.







Being the geeks we are, Aidan saved the two museums neighbouring his univeristy and accomodation for when I visited so we could see them together. On Saturday we explored the Science museum - I really enjoy looking at the areas of science I'm interested in, such as human biology, psychology and evolution, whereas Aidan is into physics. There were so many incredible things to see and learn - I was particularly shocked by the piece of moon that was held one of the glass cabinets. Moreover, the Natural History Museum was where we went on Sunday morning. After the two minutes of silence in respect of Remembrance day, we spent 3 hours walking around and admiring the several floors and rooms of the museum. If you are interested in learning something new or enjoy looking around museums, you should definitely check these places out - they are both free entry! 





For lunch, we headed to Camden Market. It was the first time I've ever been and I loved walking around the different stalls, looking at the quirky artwork and alternative christmas gifts. There were so many amazing jewellery, gift, clothing and food stands! It literally smelt amazing, especially in the streets. I've always wanted to go to the Cereal Killer Cafe so we popped into the one in Camden. Being a huge chocolate lover, I picked Crunch cereal mixed with Golden Grahams, topped with magic stars and a happy hippo. You also get a classic milk bottle accompanied with your cereal - it is potentially the worst cereal and meal in the world but it tasted AMAZING nonetheless. The interior of the cafe was authentic and retro; the music took me back to my childhood and the walls were plastered with throwback cartoon characters, films and old cereal brands. This is definitely a place to try if you are looking for an alternative meal or unique dining experience...








Leaving the best till last, one of the places I've wanted to go for the longest time is The Alchemist. This cocktail bar located in Bevis Marks, East London, is not only a great for a social but provides an experience. There are a variety of cocktails to choose from and the science aesthetics are to die for (if you are a nerd like me). With cocktails held in conical flasks and your drink changing colour/exploding/smoking, you are bound to have a unique experience. The interior was gorgeous with the green furniture and warm lighting, and the vibe was so lovely for a Sunday evening. I will definitely be heading back here again, especially as the average drinks ranged from £6-£8. To be honest, I don't think that it bad for a London cocktail bar and you're getting some amazing theatrics thrown in.

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Have you ever been to any of the places I mentioned? Where is your favourite place to visit in London?


Lots of love


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

10 of the BEST Places to Spend New Year *



It only happens once a year and is the last night you can break your resolutions (without
feeling guilty), so you want to make sure it’s an epic one. That’s right, I am talking about
New Year’s Eve. From one-of- a-kind cultural traditions, to blow out all-nighters, I have
teamed up with hen and Stag Specialists Last Night of Freedom have rounded up the very
best places to spend December 31st.

Berlin

Known as ‘Silvester’ in the capital, those Germans sure know how to throw a party.
Celebrated mainly on the winding two kilometre stretch between the Brandenburg Gate
and the Victory Column, around a million people take to this ‘party strip’ each New Year’s
Eve in Berlin. There’s laser shows, food stalls, large projector screens and entertainment at
every turn. Guten Rutsch!

Edinburgh

If there’s ever been a more justified “I was there” bragging right, it’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
The Scottish celebrations are well known around the world, with open air Ceilidhs, outdoor
concerts and whopping firework displays taking over the entire city. Although ‘Hogmanay’
translates as ‘last day of the year’, the celebrations usually span across three days, kicking
off with a glorious torch lit procession throughout Edinburgh on the 30th December.

London

Our quintessentially English capital is a cracking place to celebrate New Year. Around a
quarter of a million people annually crowd the banks of the River Thames and its iconic
surrounding landmarks, to see in the New Year together. Big Ben chimes in the final hour of
the year, then there’s a spectacular 10-minute lights show and fireworks display
surrounding the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster.

Las Vegas

The bright lights of Sin City get that little bit brighter on December 31 st . New Year is one of
the only celebrations which sees the Las Vegas Strip closed to cars and transform into a
giant street party, with live bands, pyrotechnics and laser shows. There are also pop up
parties in every nook and cranny of the entire city, including clubs, hotels and casinos, and
even fireworks launched from several rooftops along the Strip. You’ll be among over
300,000 visitors drinking and mingling, so prepare for the night of your life.

Barcelona

There’s literally nowhere in the world more magical to spend New Year than the Magic
Fountains of Montjuic in Barcelona. With jaw dropping music, water and lights shows,
they’re a great place to unite against the cold and listen to those bells chime. Starting at
11pm, the best bit about these celebrations is that they’re absolutely free.

Amsterdam

There are lots of different ways of spending New Year in Amsterdam. You can wrap up warm
and taking to the Oosterdocks to see a spectacular firework display behind the tall ships,
dance the night away in one of the city’s biggest clubs, or even (carefully) wander the canals
to take in the city’s tradition of setting off fireworks on every bridge. Whatever you do,
make sure you embrace the local culture by feasting on oliebollen and Champagne to see in
the New Year.

Reykjavik

Iceland’s mystical capital epitomises everything I love about this season; from cosy blankets
of snow and hand-warming drinks, to getting wrapped up and watching magical Northern
Lights dance around the sky. Kicking off with bonfires which symbolise burning the old
year’s problems (we like it), the celebrations develop into fireworks, hot springs and
firework displays. New Year in Reykjavik is defiantly something to tick off your bucket list.

Madrid

The Spanish capital hosts one long party on New Year’s Eve, with cava being cracked open
earlier than midday. In Spain, their New Year’s tradition doesn’t revolve around resolutions,
but grapes. If you can manage to stuff 12 grapes into your mouth when the midnight chimes
strike, then you’ve achieved good luck for the entire of the coming year. Hamster
impressions at the ready…

Newcastle

The Geordie homeland is a mint place to spend New Year’s Eve. Known for its Epic
Newcastle stag do’s, it’s a mecca for all things wild. For a true Geordie Shore experience,
you could take to the Diamond Strip nightlife area and get proper mortal (make sure to book
guestlist entry as these places get rammed) or even take a walk up to the Town Moor and
Exhibition Park, for an impressive bonfire and epic fireworks display. Auld lang syne sorted,
whey aye.

Paris

The chic French capital’s celebrations live up to their massive reputation. Hordes of people
take to the Eiffel Tower to witness the lively lights show on the monument, all to a backdrop
of premium fireworks. There are even boat cruises along the Seine, to make sure you see in
the New Year in the most romantic way possible. Take us there now, s'il vous plait.

If none of these tickle your fancy, firstly, what’s wrong with you? And secondly, why not
take a look at Last Night Of Freedom’s huge range of destinations for more inspiration.

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*This is a guest blog post. Therefore, I have not written this content myself and it has been provided to promote Last Night of Freedom's destinations.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Festive Spirit



Right, so it seems that I've gone a bit overboard this year with the idea of Christmas. Being a student, I am evidently poor and clearly do not have the financial stability to buy luxurious presents for the amazing people in my life. Oh, I wish I could. However, I've suddenly gone CRAZY this Christmas - I've bought over half of my presents and it's not even mid-November?! My bank account is SCREAMING for me to stop but it just so happens I'm mid train journey to London for a weekend with my boyfriend (meaning there will be a lot more Christmas shopping to be done...oops!) I thought I'd share a few things that I've bought and received that have helped me jump right into the Christmas Spirt...




My first thing to kickstart the festive season is a huge bedroom change - my grey bedding has been pushed aside by this gorgeous red and white Christmas set from the Happy Linen Company. Opting for the gorgeous single Festive Scandi, this Nordic inspired print has transformed my little university room; I'm obsessed with the variety of prints and the intricate detail displayed all over the duvet and pillow set. I'm also loving how the set is double-sided; however, I much preferred white being the dominant, background colour so that the red didn't completely overwhelm my room. My next plan is to overload my bed with numerous Christmas pillows to make form my own cosy grotto.

The Happy Linen Company also sell a wide range of affordable bedding for all bed sizes. Make sure to check out their website if you are looking for something to transform your room and get into the festive spirit. Use the code SCARLETSLIPPERSX25 for money off!





To take my uni room to a whole festive level of EXTRA, I've decided to purchase some decor, homeware and wrapping necessities to get me even more excited for my favourite time of the year. My first purchase was a gorgeous copper reindeer from Poundland - if you are looking for Christmas decor for student friendly prices, then definitely check out Poundland - I had to force myself not to buy the entire Christmas section... Moreover, I had to own this gorgeous little reindeer mug! How cute is the candy cane handle and adorable design? I cannot wait for endless hot chocolates and watching Christmas films with my family/flat mates! The mug was from Asda Living; I'd never been in one before and came out with so many amazing gift sets for my loved ones! Finally, I've decided to buy the majority of my Christmas wrapping essentials - brown parcel paper, ribbons, tags and stickers. I'm going to take great pride in the presentation of my parcels this year so thought I'd purchase some gorgeous accessories to customise my wrapped gifts. All of the photographed pieces are from Tiger, The Range and TK Maxx. 

Make sure you're following both my Youtube Channels for Christmas videos. I'm also doing Vlogmas (vlogging everyday until Christmas) on my vlogging channel...



Are you prepared this Christmas? What is your favourite shop to visit at Christmas?

Lots of love


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This bedding was kindly received as a PR package; however, all opinions are honest and my own.