Wednesday, 26 August 2015

My Trip To Paris A Mini Guide | Part 2 | Tourist Attractions | ♥


Hello again, I thought I'd add part 2 of my Paris adventure back in May, it feels like such a lifetime ago since May and I'm super excited to be visiting Paris again in less than a month with my hubby.
This post is about some of the things I did during my weekend in Paris and what sights I went to see.
You can read part one of my Paris adventure here - PART ONE.

There is so much to see and do in Paris, that one weekend was not simply enough and when I go back with my husband, there are other places I want to go and tick off my list.

The most popular landmark and attraction is the "Eiffel Tower" we were literally 15 minutes away from here on foot so me and Rachel went every night to see it, the one thing we didn't do was go up it.
The queues were a little bit ridiculous and I think we didn't want to spend most of our trip queuing to go up it.
You can get a lift right to the very top to see the magnificent views that Paris has to offer.
I'm hoping to go up next month, you can pre book tickets online but they sell out very fast, so book very early to avoid disappointment, months before.
That was the one thing I regretted not doing in time.

Before we went to Paris me and Rachel booked tickets with "The Big Bus Paris" - LINK. online (you save 10%) we paid roughly about £20 for the day.
Basically you can hop on and hop off at different attractions you want to see, the bus's were every 10 minutes or so, so it was very convenient for us and I'd recommend this bus if you would like to do some sight seeing. 
You get a free map and commentary which you can listen to on earphones they provide for you so you can learn all about some of the famous buildings and landmarks Paris has to offer.


The first place me and Rachel visited was the "Musée du Louvre" which is one of the worlds largest museums.
The Palace is absolutely stunning, like most of Paris's architecture.
We got our typical touristy photos outside the Louvre Pyramid.


We didn't get to go inside unfortunately, which I wanted to, I quite like looking at paintings.
Again the queues were so long, if you go during the day it would be worth getting a fast track pass.
Going back here would be on my to do list, just so I can actually get inside and see what there is.
I know this museum is so big that it is physically impossible to see everything in one day, so I'd recommend spreading visiting here over two days if this is your sort of thing.


After visiting the "Musée du Louvre" we hopped back on the red bus and got off at "Pont de l'Archeveche" to have a look at the "Love Lock Bridge", it was honestly so romantic reading all the little messages people had written on padlocks, especially the marriage proposals.
I could of stayed there all day reading those.


After our brief stop off at "Pont de l'Archeveche" we went to visit the most beautiful cathedral "The Notre Dame" this church took my breath away, especially inside, which you have to have a look round (it's free) you may queue for about 10 minutes but it is worth it.
The stained glass windows are really something and you'll be in complete awe being inside here.
There are lots of places to eat and shop right nearby here too so you will have plenty to do here for a couple of hours.
Me and Rachel were extremely lucky we had such glorious weather on our trip, when we got here that was when the clouds really started to part and it was so warm and lovely.


Our final stop on the red bus tour was "The Arc De Triomphe" this building actually took my breath away, it stood so tall and majestic with the french flag flying in the middle.
The detail on the arc was absolutely stunning an I honestly think this was one of my favourite attractions.
You could go up it for a small fee if the Eiffel Tower isn't you thing but we didn't get chance to do this.
Maybe next time.
"The Arc De Triomphe" is situated on the "Champs-Élysées" which is a long stretch of designer and high street shops, if you are visiting here you will have plenty of shops to visit.

Which is what me and Rachel did the following day.
We really wanted to visit the M.A.C and Sephora shop here.... just because.
What girl doesn't enjoy shopping really.
Plus it was an excuse to get photos outside our favourite shops too, which I am sure you will too.
particularly wanted to get a photo outside CHANEL.


annnnd I couldn't forget to include this little guy as well.
On our way back from our shopping trip, me and Rachel met the loveliest lady who happened to have a pug called Coco Chanel.
Me being the huge animal lover I am took this opportunity to get lots of pug cuddles and kisses.
The're are so many dogs in Paris, but not many cats.

Anyway, that is a round up of the trips and sights and see's I saw whilst in Paris.
When I go next month I'm hoping to visit new places so I will pop up a post about that too so you can see what I get up to when I go for the second time and I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Have you been to Paris?
What was your favourite thing to do??

Saturday, 22 August 2015

My Top 5 July Faves ♥

I can't believe we are almost finished with August, where has this month gone really??
This month I have pulled together all of my favourite things from last month, not all are beauty products like last months post - My Top 5 June Faves - some are objects and items of clothing I have absolutely loved using or wearing.
Enjoy reading beauts.


| M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in "All Fired Up" - £15.50 - LINK |

While I was in Nottingham last month, I thought I would treat myself to a new M.A.C lippy, not that I have enough. Then again a girl can never have to many.
I have wanted a red lipstick for a while now from the M.A.C range and I saw a girl who was working on the counter wearing this shade and I loved it and had to have it.
It's from the retro matte collection, I find the matte shades last a lot longer than the creamier ones.
It does looks quite red in the photo however it's more of a raspberry red with a hint of pink in it.
This has been my favorite shade this month and I have been rocking it with my everyday look most days when I'm feeling daring.
Now A/W is looming, I can feel it, I know I will get a lot of use from this shade.


| H&M Floral Playsuit - £12.99 - LINK |

This playsuit, I know I'm not going to get an awful lot of wear from this anytime soon but as soon as I saw it on the H&M website I had to buy it.
They were sold out in all sizes apart from 8's so that was the size I purchased, although I'd say I'm more of a 10, so I'd go down a size in this.
I love the tie neck detail and the back is beaut.
I love the flower print too, it's so versatile, you could wear it during the day with some flats or add some wedges or heels for the night time.
I have seen this playsuit in store too recently if you can't buy it online, it's currently sold out online at the minute.


| My Pandora Bracelet - Pandora - LINK |

You will have seen if you have me on Instagram that I treated myself to a Pandora bracelet in duty free on the way to Paris in May.
I also celebrated my 27th birthday last month too and I gained 4 new charms from family, my husband and my best friend.
My dad bought me the daisy charm, my granddad bought me the camera charm, my best friend Rachel bought me the butterfly charm and my husband treated me to the dancing couple charm.
I'm a little late jumping on the Pandora bandwagon but I couldn't imagine not having one now, especially since most of the charms have been picked my family and friends and they all have some sentimental meaning. 
I have already been eyeing up the new pet collection which I will be adding due to my crazy cat obsession.


| Vidal Sassoon Permanent Hair Colour - Medium Intense Red - £7.99 - Link |

I honestly can't rave about this hair dye enough, it is my absolute fave at the minute.
Because I am a red head, when I do dye my hair my roots do go lighter than the rest of my hair so I was intrigued to try this.
You basically colour your roots first with the brush provided and then leave it for a while before adding serum to the rest of the dye and applying it to the rest of your hair - which was a hell of a lot easier than most boxed dyes.
The serum makes it so much easier to blend all the colour into your hair and get an even application.
My hair finally went the red shade I was trying to achieve so I'd give this a go if you want to go red and you haven't had a lot of luck.
I've already purchased another two boxes for my hair this month.
I'm still deciding if I'm going to review this dye - let me know if you'd love a more in depth review on this.


| My Ted Baker Coral Leather Shopper - £104.00 - LINK |

This was another birthday present from the husband, I didn't originally plan on picking a bag for my birthday but I happened to go into Ted Baker while they had a sale on and I fell in love with this coral shopper,
The price was originally £149.99 but I got it in the sale for £104.00.
I don't normally spend more than £30 on a bag but I felt this was a necessity.
I adore Ted Baker and it is so beautifully made - I'm sure this will last me many years.
The rose gold Ted Baker detail is my favourite and I love how simple and sophisticated this bag is.

Those are my July Faves.
Was there anything here you particularly loved or loved reading about??
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Monday, 10 August 2015

Currently Lusting Over....♥


A/W wardrobes already.... is that bad???
This Summer has already been such a wash out and I have spent more time in my jeans than an actual dress.
I'm already lacking the sunshine part mostly because this year I won't be going on a Summer holiday, only a city break to Paris again in September and I'm hoping (praying) that I at least get to enjoy some sunshine.

I am absolutely loving the colour khaki at the moment and I have no idea why - its not a colour I have really worn much off.

While window shopping online at New Look (click here to find fab discounts for New Look) I came across so many items that I WANT, soooo... I decided to create a wishlist, some of these will hopefully be purchased for this A/W at some point.
Every year tartan seems to reappear in my wardrobe, I love the check trend and still have some key pieces from a few years before that I can wear again, so I'm glad it's back AGAIN.
A nice cosy knit that will go with everything is also a must and I love the style of this light grey one above, I also think it happens to go nicely with the khaki jeans (I need me some of them.)
Autumn is never complete without a new pair of boots either, I love these suede effect one's in tan, all my boots usually come from either New Look or Primark, they do such lovely styles.
Finally I feel like I need a new faux leather jacket this year too since the one I own is almost two years old - I particularly love the faux fur trim on this one.

Items pictured below and their links.

1. Black Scallop Stud Trim Top - £14.99 - LINK.
2. Khaki Twill Jeans - £22.99 - LINK.
3. Black Fur Collar Biker Jacket - £39.99 - LINK.
4. Tan Suede Fringe Boots - £49.99 - LINK.
5. Red Check Shopper Bag - £12.99 - LINK.
6. Red Check Shirt - £22.99 - LINK.
7. Grey Ribbed Blanket Cardigan - £19.99 - LINK.


What styles are you looking forward to most this A/W??

Friday, 17 July 2015

My Trip To Paris & A Mini Guide | Part 1 | Where We Stayed and What We Ate ♥


If you didn't already know, 2 months ago me and my bestie Rachel from "Life Of A Sweetaholic" hopped on a plane from Manchester Airport over to Paris.
It was the BEST city break I have ever taken and I was so surprised how quick we got there - put it this way I could fly to Paris and back and I'd still make it home before I got to London on the train.

Before I went I had this vision in my head of what this city would be like - I genuinely believe I was in love with the city before I went, going just made me love Paris even more.


- I treated myself in duty free -

We stayed in a little B&B that was on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower, it was literally a 15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower/shops/restaurants so ideal really especially if like me you don't know the city at all.
The hotel was called Campanile Paris 15 - Tour Eiffel  - you can view it here - LINK - through trip advisor.
It was pretty basic, I'll be honest but considering how much time we spent here as long as we got sleep that was all that mattered, I've already booked the same hotel to go back in September with my husband.
We booked our flights with AirFrance via Travel Republic and saved a fortune and even got 15KGS of luggage each which came in handy for bringing all them souvenirs and food back.


- Selfie In Our Hotel -

When we landed our hotel was about a 60 minute ride so we used the Uber taxi app on our phone, beware though you may need to know some french, our taxi driver rang us and I couldn't understand a word, luckily there was a guard on hand to translate.
Taxi's are an option but beware of them overcharging, our ride was about 25 euros but I heard one woman at our hotel got charged 65 euro's "OUCH"
There are plenty of other ways you can get to your hotel like the "metro" especially if your hotel is near a metro station, which our's was.
You can also get the bus, just make sure you check routes and times before you go because the last thing you want to do is get lost.

 

We ate so much yummy food while were away, the photos above explain that.
 The food in Paris is just to die for and if you have a sweet tooth, your in for a bloody treat, I could of ate my body weight in pancakes over there.
We only spent three days there but we made sure we sampled some of the french favourites including Croque Monsieur which was a ham toastie with cheese and egg on top - I'm already drooling.
I was told before I went that it's more expensive to eat outside, we didn't find this was the case where we stayed but do check the menu inside compared to the one outside, restaurants can be sneaky.
I didn't find food to be overly pricey either, I think its just a case of deciding where to eat, I'm quite happy with any type of food to be honest.
Because we were near the Eiffel Tower too, me and Rachel went to the supermarket most nights and got nibbles and drinks to snack on in the evening on the grass just in front of the Eiffel Tower.
I saw lots of people with picnics and drinks and it was the perfect end to a tiring day on your feet.
A glass of wine with the Eiffel Tower glittering away on the hour really was and still is my idea of a perfect night.

I'd recommend Pizza a' Emporter for pizza, it was just around the corner from where we stayed and it was honestly the best pizza I have ever had.



Every night was spent sitting under here, from 9 o'clock the Eiffel Tower glittered on the hour for roughly 5 minutes, and so many people gathererd to watch it.
It really is one of them moments that truly take your breath away.

In my next post I will be popping up photos and telling you all about the trips that we took and places we visited so keep your eye out for part 2.


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Monday, 22 June 2015

My Top 5 June Faves ♥

It's been a while since I did this sort of post - January to be in fact and it was such a popular post of mine.
I think I will start posting these monthly again - You can read my previous January favourites post here if you ever missed that - LINK.

These below have been my favourite beauty products so far this month.


 - Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner - 

I haven't been to well for the past 3 weeks with a viral bug which actually caused a nasty rash nearly all over my body - I'm getting over it now, but this has made me want to shampoo in something that wasn't going to irritate my skin with a perfumed scent.
I'm a huge fan of herbal essences and I've rarely switched shampoo for years, this brand just seems to work so well for my hair and is the secret to it's shine.
This particular shampoo and conditioner has no silicone, colorants, and parabens in it which makes it ideal if you have sensitive skin like me.
Even without all these, this shampoo and conditioner still leaves your hair feeling clean and incredibly soft.
With a  hint of mint in it too, it feels soothing on your scalp and it leaves your hair feeling nourished and healthy.
I think this is my new fave at the minute.



- *I Love... Coconut & Cream Collection - LINK -

I can only describe this collection as heavenly and it is the perfect summer 2015 combo.
I love the creamy smell of coconut when I use this shower smoothie, there are little exfoliating bits it which scrub off all your dead skin cells and it leaves your skin feeling soft and clean and smelling yummy.
The bubble bath doubles up as a shower cream and the hand cream is just like OMG, the scent does last for a while and keeps your hands nice and moisturized.
I think the I Love... collection is such a good buy, the products aren't overpriced and they all smell amazing.



- *The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection - LINK. - 

New to The Body Shop this Virgin Mojito collection has everything you need this summer.
With it's lovely zesty lime and crushed mint scent from the caribbean - it smells just like the famous Mojito cocktail which happens to be my favourite cocktail too.
I love The Body Shop butters and this virgin mojito one is no exception.
Perfect for sun drenched skin straight out the shower, I have enjoyed using the body splash too - it's a little tricky to apply without it getting everywhere but when rubbed into your body you feel so invigorated.



  - Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - 

I've recently purchased this and I've been using it for about a month now.
I love how light it feels on your skin, it has a smart tone technology in it so you have perfectly flawless skin no matter what kind of light you apply it it.
Enhanced with Sapphire radiance too it also gives your skin an illuminating glow.
I have quite oily skin and this foundation doesn't feel to heavy on my skin, and it blends over imperfections really well, a little bit also goes a long way.
I was using the Rimmel Wake me up foundation, but for the summer months when I want to wear something lighter on my skin - this will most likely be my go to foundation.



- *Travalo Refillable Fragrance Portable Spray - LINK -

I don't know where I have been without one of these before.
Gone are the days when I have to carry a full sized bottle of perfume around with me in my bag.
These handy 5ml sprays mean that you can fill them up with your favourite fragrance on the go and refill it when it empties.
With an indicator window, you can also see how much perfume you have left and it refills in seconds so you never waste any perfume and your perfume is never contaminated with exposure to the air by a simple pump up and down action on your perfume bottle.
Travalo is the perfect festival and airport essential and its handy little size means it can fit in the smallest of bags and it's shatterproof too.

What do you think of this months beauty faves.
Have you used any of these.


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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Beauty | W7 Brow Parlour ♥

 | W7 Brow Parlour - £4.19 (AMAZON - link)

I am always on the look out for new beauty products and I had been eyeing the benefit brow zings kit up (I almost bought it in Paris.) 
This little eye brow kit arrived into my work a few weeks ago now, I work at Peacocks and we do stock W7 make up - which may be handy to know for some of  you - I've included the Amazon link where I found this cheapest for you savyy savers too.

This little kit comes in a handy tin and contains everything you need to create perfect eyebrows.
Well almost nearly everything - I didn't like the brush that came with it very much, it was a little too thick and I couldn't really give my eyebrows a good enough shape.
I  think I much prefer my real techniques brushes for that, the eye brow comb on the other side of the brush it comes with however was quite good.

You get some mini tweezers which are quite good quality and the handy little size makes them perfect for getting out the tiniest of hairs.

The brow colours come in two different shades - I opted for the darker shade.
There is also brow wax to fix your brows and colour in place and a highlighter to apply afterwards just underneath your brows to define them,

I love to shape my eyebrows every day and I'm always on the quest for the perfect brow.

I was quite impressed with this kit, the eyebrow powder last all days and stays put and it is subtle enough to look natural - If you want to save money and opt for a more budget friendly brow kit.
I would 100% recommend this kit - just not the brush it comes with.

The finished look below.....


Have You Tried This Kit?? 
What Did You Think?


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Lifestyle | Happy Fathers Day & A Pint Of Thanks ♥


I hope that all the dads out there have been well an truly spoilt for fathers day.
My dad in particular got a treat when Mainline Menswear kindly sent this "Pint Of Thanks" for my dad.
Inside included a red Armani t-shirt (perfect for my designer dad.)
A pint glass filled with some manly goodies and some essential "socks".
My dad loved the whole lot and I think he was secretly happy that he got an opportunity to have a taste of my blogging perks.
A Fathers Day present like this is a little more appropriate for my dad as I never know what to buy him but these are are bits and pieces he will actually use.
So thank you very much Mainline Menswear for these Fathers Day Goodies - my dad was well and truly spoilt and these were an exception.

You can visit Mainline Menswear here - LINK.

Happy Fathers Day Dad.

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