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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

With only two days left till Valentine’s day, I thought I’d share a quick gift guide for him in case you were in need of some last minute gift inspiration! I always find it’s difficult to choose gifts for my other half, so I’ve gathered together a few ideas together, including plenty of fragrances, a cocktail kit, and something a little more unusual. I hope you enjoy x

Starting with two fragrances from Versace – Versace Dylan Blue EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) is a striking, masculine scent, that (in my opinion) would suit an older or sophisticated gent. Though I say this, Dylan Blue is still a modern fragrance – intense and charismatic, it opens with citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, intertwined with nuances of fig leaf and aquatic notes. In the heart, violet leaves and black pepper mingle with aromatic and woody tones, and the base is a combination of musk, tonka bean, saffron and incense.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaves and Aquatic Notes.
  • Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Black Pepper, Papyrus Wood, Ambrox and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Mineral Musk, Tonka Bean, Saffron and Pyrogéné Incense.

In contrast, Versace Eros EDT (From £52.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) to me is a more youthful fragrance. Inspired by Eros, the god of love from ancient Greek mythology, Versace Eros EDT is an intensely refreshing, luminous yet sensual fragrance. With top notes of mint, citrus and crisp apple peel, the fragrance opens with a luminous and fresh impact. The heart of tonka bean and ambroxan creates an intriguing oriental signature, and Madagascan vanilla gives a hint of creaminess, while greenery in the form of oakmoss and cedarwood round off the sensual base.

  • Top Notes: Mint Oil, Italian Lemon Zest and Green Apple.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Geranium Flower.
  • Base Notes: Madagascan Vanilla, Oak Moss and Cedarwood.

Another fantastic male scent is Mr Burberry EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) – described as classic yet contemporary; sophisticated and sensual, Mr Burberry captures the essence of London and its moments. Fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients, it boasts fresh and crafted top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit, cut with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood.

  • Top Notes: Zesty Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver and Guaiac Wood.

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 & Escentric 01 (From £65.50 for 100ml at Cult Beauty)

If you haven’t heard of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 fragrance, it’s definitely one to try whether you’re male or female. Interestingly, rather than having a traditional layering of top, heart and base notes, Molecule 01 is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which is traditionally a base note that adds the feeling of allure to a scent. The idea is that this works as more of an effect than an actual scented fragrance. It has a very subtle, velvety, woody note which blends with your natural pheromones, and it’s worth noting that you will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself. Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others.

And there’s also Escentric 01, which uses the same chemical Iso E Super, but unlike Molecule 01, this fragrance also includes notes of Pink pepper, Lime Peel, and Balsamic notes like Benzoin, Mastic and Orris Incense. Moving away from the traditional fragrance journey through top, heart and base notes, Escentric 01 moves quickly from top to bottom, eventually lingering on a sensual, woody musky finale.

Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil (£22.00 at Pall Mall Barbers) – everyone and their dad has a beard right now, so I felt a Shave Oil would be very fitting for this guide. Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil has been formulated with Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils, to soften stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, this product adds an additional protective barrier between the skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave and a more precise finish.

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Cover (£30.00 at Boots) – ok so this is a bit of a strange one, I think you’ll either think this is a great idea or you just won’t. So Ferrari Fragrance have created an iPhone cover, but it’s also a cologne! The cover fits the iPhone 6 and 6s and contains 25ml of Ferrari Black or Ferrari Red EDT inside, so you can spritz and refresh your fragrance when you’re on the go. I think it’s a pretty cool idea! Plus you get an extra 25ml refill included in the box, which is handy. What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss?

And lastly, this Cocktail Tool Set (£29.99 at Find Me A Gift) – I always think a cocktail set isn’t really something you’d really buy yourself, but it’s definitely a handy thing to have. This set contains a stainless steel cocktail shaker, a stirrer, double jigger, a strainer and ice tongs, all displayed in a beech wooden stand – and there’s also a handy recipe booklet included too to give you some ideas – all you need to do is buy the drinks and get some friends over!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and have a wonderful Valentine’s day whatever you do xxx

Lifestyle: Luxury Valentine’s Gifting with Amara Living

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Ok so following on from my earlier Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her, I’m really excited as I have the second instalment of my Valentine’s gift guides ready for you now, and for this one I’m teaming up with one of my all time favourite home accessory and gift stores to bring you a very special post…

Yes it’s Amara Living! If you haven’t heard of Amara, they are a luxury home accessory store offering a fantastic range of wares, enabling you to adorn your home with the most wonderfully decadent decor available. From soft furnishings, to lamps, to desk accessories, they literally have everything you could ever want or need for adding a touch of luxury to your home.

They stock some amazing designer brands including Versace Home, Missoni, Fornasetti, Kate Spade, Lalique and Mulberry Home to name but a few, and I’ve been sent a few gorgeous products from Amara today to share with you – which would make fantastic Valentine’s gifts for a loved one – enjoy!

I have to start with the stunning Fornasetti Silenzio Scented Candle. I’ve been a big fan of Fornasetti ever since I first discovered the brand a few years ago. This is the second candle I own now, and I like to think of this as the beginning of a collection. Fornasetti creates candles, vases, plates, and other accessories, with striking, almost Dali-esque imagery that’s both beautiful and often quite surreal. The Silenzo candle I have here is pretty tame by Fornasetti’s standards and features a winking face on one side, and a ‘shhh’ finger to mouth face on the other. This is easily one of the most beautiful items I now own.

I know you wouldn’t exactly think of a tray as a gift – most of us would think of them as functional items, but this absolutely beautiful Galerie De Portraits Buste Tray really would make a fantastic and unusual gift for someone this Valentine’s day. The imagery actually reminds me of Fornasetti, being both classic yet striking. This would be perfect for displaying perfume bottles and candles on your dressing table.

I also wanted to include the above Kate Spade Notebook Set as the notebooks themselves are rather lovely, as well as being a total bargain. Kate Spade is a fantastic brand for gifting, and these super cute notebooks are now half price at only £7.00 in the Amara sale.

I’ve shared these flowers a couple of times on my social pages now, and each time someone has commented saying how stunning they are. These Cote Noire Lillies & Roses are just so beautiful, including blush pink roses and lilies in an adorned clear glass vase with a striking silver Cote Noir logo. From the outer packaging to the vase and flowers themselves, this really is the height of luxury gifting and would make a fantastic Valentine’s present.

I should also mention that these flowers are fake – in case you weren’t sure. They’ve been skilfully handcrafted, and are of exceptional quality. They also come with two 10ml fragrance spray bottles of Spring Flower & Rose Petal scents, so you can spritz the petals and fragrance your home as and when you like.

And lastly, I have this lovely Umbra Prisma Photo Display – if you haven’t heard of Umbra, they’re another favourite brand of mine, making a large range of home accessories including plenty of rose gold and geometric details, which is right up my street. I’ll be putting one of my wedding pictures in this frame very soon and having it on display in my kitchen – I think it looks great!

So what do you think of my Amara Living gift ideas? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Black Friday: The Very Best Beauty, Fashion & Home Deals!

Posted on November 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Well Black Friday is now upon us, so I thought I’d put together a selection of my top picks from some of my favourite stores, covering beauty, fashion and homewares – there really are some fantastic deals to be had today. Happy shopping!

ASOS – 20% off EVERYTHING with code GOGOGO

 

Beauty Bay – 30% off selected lines

 

Topshop – 50& off many lines

 

The White Company – 20% off almost everything with code AP380

 

Shopbop – 25% off everything with code GOBIG16

 

Avenue 32 – 30% off Site Wide Excluding Sale and Pre-Spring 17

 

Lookfantastic – 18% off everything with code: RUSH, 25% off with code LFBLACK

 

Monica Vinader – 30% off after signing up

 

Other sales –

  • All Saints – 30% off with code: CYBER, and 50% off winter clothing
  • Amara – up to 50% off luxury home brands
  • And Other Stories – 50% off selected items
  • Beauty Base – up to 80% off online and free delivery with a spend of £24 or more
  • Bobbi Brown – free art stick worth £21 with orders over £40
  • Boden – 30% off site wide with code F6P8
  • Boohoo.com – up to 50% off and free delivery with code FRIYAY50
  • Boots – massive savings site wide
  • Caudalie – 20% off site wide
  • Dune London – up to 30% off
  • ELF Cosmetics – 50% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Flamingo Candles – 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • H&M – 20% off everything and free delivery with code 6013
  • Harvey Nichols – 25% off Fashion, 15% off Beauty
  • House of Fraser – Up to 50% off across the site
  • Jurlique – 20% OFF sitewide + FREE Standard Delivery + COMPLIMENTARY gift wrapping Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Karen Millen – 25% off everything excluding leather
  • Kate Spade – 20% off your purchase with code SKYLINE
  • Kiehl’s – 20% off everything with the purchase of 2 or more products
  • Kurt Geiger – 20% off + free standard delivery on orders over £100
  • L’Occitane – offers across the site
  • Lancome – 20% off everything with code LANCOME20
  • La Redoute – 40% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Lavish Alice – 30% off code CYBER30
  • Lisa Angel – big discounts site wide
  • Marks & Spencer – Up to 50% off Selected Lines in Beauty, Lingerie, Sleepwear, Home, Toys, Books.
  • Models Own – up to 70% off across the site
  • Molton Brown – 25% off everything
  • Office – 20% off with code: WONDER
  • Radley – up to 50% off
  • River Island – up to 50% off with code BFRIDAY16
  • Schuh – up to 40% off selected lines
  • Selfridges – 20% off site wide & 10% off beauty with code SELFCCE
  • Sephora – 20% off across the site
  • Skinnydip – up to 80% off selected items
  • Ted Baker – up to 30% off
  • The Body Shop – 40% off with code: 19805
  • This Works – up to 25% off
  • Warehouse – up to 30% off site wide
  • West Elm – 30% off with code SAVENOW
  • Whistles – 25% off selected lines
  • YSL Beauty – 15% Off Selected Makeup, Fragrance & Skincare with Code: YSL15
  • Zara Home – 20% off and Free delivery

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

5 Tips To Get A Good Night’s Sleep #SleepTips

Posted on November 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re all well? I’ve been extremely busy lately with moving house. We’re now settling in though and I’m finally getting back into blogging.

Today I wanted to talk about something that we all do without giving much though to – sleep. Everyone has different sleep patterns, and everyone gets a different quality of sleep depending on their circumstances. Personally I’ve always been a good sleeper – I mean I can pretty much drop off anywhere. BUT I’m also a light sleeper, and the smallest noise will most definitely wake me up, so I often feel that I don’t get a quality night’s sleep even though I usually get around eight hours.

I’ve recently received a brand spanking new luxury mattress from Leesa, which I’ve been trying out since I’ve moved to our new house, so I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with it, as well as offer a few other tips for helping you get the best nights sleep possible.

My first sleep tip would definitely be DO NOT underestimate the importance of a quality, comfortable mattress. For many years I used to have either second hand (and completely knackered) mattresses, or just literally the cheapest money could buy. And none of them did me any good – both in terms of the sleep I was getting, as well as being bad for my back. And I don’t even want to get into the issues of dirt and dust mites in old used mattresses – ew!

When I ordered my Leesa mattress, I was impressed with the ease of use and navigation on their site. Apart from making purchasing very straightforward, there was also plenty of information available about the company and the mattresses themselves, as well as a review section where you can read other customer’s reviews, which I found very helpful.

Leesa’s mattresses are built with three layers of premium materials, including a layer of contouring memory foam, for comfort and pressure relief, a top layer of cooling foam and a seamless, soft fabric cover.

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Interestingly, the mattress arrives rolled up in a box, and you simply place your rolled up mattress direct on your bed frame, unwrap and unfold and voila! Your new mattress is in place and ready to go. It’s also worth mentioning that Leesa gives you a 100 nights to try out the mattress – and if you’re not happy for any reason you can return it with no hassle. I think this is such a good idea, as Leesa is solely an online company so you’re essentially buying ‘blind’ – this really shows that they have confidence in their product.

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I’ve been using the Leesa mattress for a little while now, and I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving it! I usually have quite a soft mattress, and wasn’t sure if I’d get on with this as it’s most definitely firmer than what I’m used to, but it really is great. I feel like I’m comfortable and just generally sleeping more sound than I have done previously. You can check our Leesa’s range of luxury mattresses as well as snapping up a fantastic £50 off code here.

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Ok so back to my sleep tips – my next one is pretty obvious, but Quit the Caffeine! I drink tea like its going out of fashion and I’ve been trying to cut back on my intake in the evenings. A good alternative is nice herbal tea such as chamomile if you like a warm drink, or there’s always good old fashioned milk, or soy-milk if you’d prefer a cold drink.

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Tip number 3 is make sure you Take Time to Relax. Have a bath, read a book. Create a relaxing, soothing atmosphere to help your mind and body unwind.

Another thing worth mentioning is make sure your body is at the right temperature. It might sound a little odd, but if you’re slightly too warm, or too cool it can really affect your sleep. If you’re too cold it can take an age to warm up and get cosy, and I’ve found if you’re too hot, you can wake up with a headache and feel groggy for the rest of the day. So getting the temperature right really will help.

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And lastly, I’d also recommend investing in decent products to help you sleep – this can be anything from buying yourself quality, soft sheets for your bed, or thicker curtains to block out light, to using specific products to help you sleep. I love the This Works Pillow Spray – which now comes in a lovely gift set with their Breathe In roll on (this would make a fab Christmas gift!) The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray contains calming lavender, vetiver and wild camomile to help you drift off into a relaxing slumber.

I’ve also recently been using the M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream – which promises Skin looks like you’ve had 8 hours sleep (even when you haven’t). Now I know this isn’t going to help you sleep – but as I’m quite a restless sleeper, I’m up for any product that’s going to make me look like I’ve had 8 hours! I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I have to say, I think it actually works. I feel like my skin just looks a bit brighter and smoother, and feels more rested when I wake up the mornings now. It’s only £22.00 for a pot too, so definitely worth it in my books.

I hope you enjoyed my post and found these tips helpful – and don’t forget, you can get £50 off a luxury Leesa mattress here.

This post is sponsored by Leesa

My New York Diary: Coney Island #30PlusNYC

Posted on September 13, 2016

Hi Guys!

Following on from my original New York Diary post, today I want to tell you all about Coney Island!

So Coney Island is basically like a massive fairground at the seaside, and it’s also where the show Mr Robot was filmed (if you haven’t heard of it, you need to watch it – I binge watched it when it first came out!) It was Hayley’s idea to visit for the afternoon, and it was only a 45 min subway journey for us, so really not that far at all. It was one of my favourite afternoons of the trip!

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When we arrived at Coney Island the first thing we decided to do was to stop for food and drink and recharge for a while – it was a really hot day so we sat in the shade, and I decided to go for the lobster roll – well we were at the seaside so it would be rude not to! And oh my gosh it was amazing! It was easily the best lobster I’ve ever had – ok so I’ve literally had it twice in my life but this really was superb!

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We headed down the boardwalk and took a look around. There was food and drink, ice creams, music, rides and so much more. This was definitely my idea of a great day out!

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Hayely and I decided we wanted to have a go on the Wonder Wheel – it looked like so much fun! There was an option of either spinning cars (no thank you) or static ones. We took the safe option and used it as a great opportunity to take some photos!

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Then, look what we spotted when we came off the Wonder Wheel! I was beyond excited! And if you don’t know what a Zoltar Machine is – you really need to google it!

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Ahh, I got my fortune!! Here’s what it said…

Are you tired, are you weary? Does life feel drab and dreary? Despair not of this my friend, I see happiness around the bend. Say farewell to those blues you have been nursing. Get in the habit of looking on the brighter side of life. You have a temperamental nature. You lose your temper easily, but regret it just as fast. You have a brilliant mind and enjoy reading and the fine arts. Your friends appreciate your intelligence and like to come to you with their problems. You have a very sympathetic nature. A dark haired person who is trying to harm you will soon disappear from your life and you will be extremely happy.

So clearly this is all true… 😀 I have been feeling a bit stressed and down recently, so let’s hops happiness is around the bend for me!

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So basically we had a fantastic day out! Coney Island just had the most wonderful atmosphere about it – the sunshine, the music, the sea air – it’s definitely a special place. I’m hoping to go back there in the future when Freddy’s older for a family holiday 🙂

And I also have a couple more NYC posts coming up! Keep an eye out for my Sephora haul, and of course all the goss on Michael Buble and his fantastic new fragrance.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

My New York Diary: #30PlusNYC

Posted on September 7, 2016

Hi Guys!

It’s been a good week since I got back from my whirlwind of a New York trip, so I thought I’d put together a little diary of highlights for you and share a few snaps too!

In case you didn’t know, I jetted off to NYC with some lovely bloggers from the 30 Plus Bloggers group on the press trip of a lifetime! We went for the launch of Michael Buble’s new fragrance, By Invitation – and of course made the most of it while we were there by doing a spot of sightseeing and shopping. So let’s start from the top…

Sunday – Ok so I was super nervous about the whole thing. I’d never done anything like this before, let alone spend pretty much a week with people I didn’t really know. I had thoughts of ‘what if they don’t like me’, ‘what if something goes wrong’ racing round and round my head – but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. We met at Heathrow – and by we I mean Hayley, Paula and Briony – and Debs met us at JFK in NYC – and we gone on amazingly well!

The flight really was fantastic too. Now I must admit I’m not a frequent flyer, so just getting on a plane was a pretty exciting experience for me! We flew Virgin Premuim Economy, and if I think I ever go long haul anywhere in the future, I’ll definitely try to fly premium economy again. The seats were spacious, the food was ‘premium’ – plus there were unlimited treats at the ‘Wonder Wall’ at the head of the plane, you could just rock up and help yourself to sweets and drinks – nice!

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After about 7.5 hours of flying we arrived in a very humid NYC. We then took a taxi journey to the Eddison Hotel where we were staying, right in the centre of Times Square.

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And WOW Times square really is amazing. Yes it is just like the films, it’s a complete feast for the senses. Bright lights, noise, colour, hustle and bustle – I loved it!

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Monday was all about exploring the city – I was so excited! We started off by heading to Juniors for breakfast – as recommended by Hayley who’d been there before. I thought I’d go for something all American, so I went for the pancakes – and they were AMAZING!

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After brekkie we headed off to explore and have a look around the shops. We strolled down 5th Avenue, had a look in Saks at all the gorgeous expensive things, popped in Furla where Hayley and Debs treated themselves to a couple of gorgeous bags, and we couldn’t resist stopping by the Kate Spade store too 🙂

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I may have popped in Sephora for an hour or two also – this was my first ever Sephora experience (except popping in a small one in Belgium about 10 years ago, but that doesn’t count!) I was literally in heaven, and spent a bit to much – oops! Look out for my haul post coming up soon!

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We also had a lovely stroll round Central Park, which was beautiful – and unlike the films, I didn’t actually see anyone jogging! 😀

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To top off the day we stopped by the cupcake ATM! Oh my gosh, this literally made my day! You should have seen us, five grown women giggling and screaming at the cupcake appearing in the box in the wall – we actually gathered a crowd! It was so worth it though, only $4.50 for the tastiest cupcake I think I’ve ever had.

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Tuesday was a bit of a mad rush all day really. We got off to a slow start by getting stuck in traffic on our way to our morning fragrance workshop. When we finally arrived we sat down with the fabulous perfumers who developed the fragrance with Michael Buble, to hear all about the process, the fragrance notes, and the work that went into making By Invitation.

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After the workshop, we hopped on the subway and took a 45min journey to Coney Island, which was easily another highlight of the trip. We then ended the day in a bit of a rush by being locked out of our rooms (long story) then dashing off for dinner at a lovely Italian.

I have SO much to tell you about the fragrance workshop and launch, as well as Coney Island – I’m going to put together separate posts for each of these over the next few days – so keep your eyes peeled!

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Wednesday – after a crazy few days where we literally didnt stop except to eat and sleep, I decided to take Wednesday as a chill out day, I wanted to rest, relax, and prepare in good time for the Michael Buble Fragrance Launch in the evening.

A couple of the group decided to check out Brooklyn Bridge, whereas myself and Debs had a mooch around Times Square, where I picked up some classy souvenirs in the form of key rings, and a neon pink I Love NY mug (for myself) oh and not forgetting a hunky fireman magnet for my mum to put on her fridge 😀

We then stopped at the nearest Hard Rock Cafe and met up with Paula for the biggest lunch I’ve ever seen. Hard Rock was loud, cheesy, touristy and I loved it!

Then by mid afternoon we headed back to the hotel to preen and beautify in preparation for the evening event. I went with one of my fabulous HotHair wigs, a pretty blue lace and satin dress from ASOS, and some comfy shoes.

When we were all ready, we then headed next door to the Eddison Ballroom where the event was taking place. The Ballroom was beautiful, and Michael Buble was just dreamy… I was a bit gutted that I didn’t get to meet him but I still had a fantastic time! And we ended the evening at the Buble after party at a lovely rooftop bar. (Again further details and pictures to come!)

Thursday was our last day in NYC. The week had flown by and we thought we’d take this day to visit the beautiful West Village. For those not in the know (I had no idea before we got there) the West Village is where alllll the films and TV shows are filmed – and I could easily tell why, it was so pretty!

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For those of you that know what this is, you’ll know! And for those that don’t, this is Carrie from Sex and the City’s stoop! (Thanks for posing Deb!)

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The buildings and streets in the west village were just so pretty – if I was to live in NYC, this would definitely be my home.

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And breakfast! I quicky came to realise that breakfast was my favourite meal of the day whilst in the US, and this French toast at a sweet little cafe in the West Village was simply awesome. Going back to bran flakes when I got home was incredibly disappointing!!

So the week was basically a fantastic whirlwind of sightseeing, shopping, eating and drinking, and of course Buble! It was so much fun though, and I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Hayley and the team for inviting me along for this once in a lifetime opportunity 🙂

Keep an eye out for a few more posts coming up, including one on my Sephora haul, one on Coney Island and of course one on the beautiful Michael Buble By Invitation Fragrance.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx