When the Fancy Dress Theme is ‘Anything but Clothes…’

Happy November!

I hope all enjoyed the spooky celebrations over the last few days, we certainly did!

My friend Lolly shares her birthday with Halloween and as you can imagine she always plans a super fun fancy dress party. This year’s theme was ABC (Anything but Clothes).

But as it is illegal to rock a birthday suit on a night out we had to come up with a plan.

After witnessing this fancy dress theme on sports night’s at university, I thought it would be easy – yay for a Twister mat dress.

Boy was I wrong… My boyfriend Alex needed a costume too and so we scratched our heads and browsed Pinterest (of course) and came up with this idea.

Asda were kind enough to provide us with lots of cardboard boxes to help make our creation. Then after a couple of hours of spray paint, parcel tape, glue and of course lots of love, our Lego friends were born…

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Lego Fancy Dress

Lego Fancy Dress Costume
We obviously had to make a set of IDs too…
Lego Fancy Dress Costume

As you can imagine, we got quite a few comments about our costumes from fellow party goers outside the bar, including people sharing their love for Legoland!

It was so fun to make the costumes and wear them out and despite bending the rules slightly, by wearing leggings/trousers to preserve our dignity, we were over the moon to have won the prize ‘best dressed’ (Lolly, you cutie!)

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever dressed up as? I’d love to know, leave a comment or tweet me.

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10 Ways to Help You De-Stress

Hi Everyone! I’m back on my blog with a little post which I hope will guide you when times get tough and help you when your mind and body are desperately calling out for some TLC…

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Have a Pamper Night

Whether this is a full blown exfoliation and face mask session or simply redoing your nails and moisturising, the most important thing is that you are spending time on yourself – something which can often go overlooked when your life is jam packed!

Book an Adventure

If you’re anything like me, it’s always good to have a weekend away, holiday or exciting day out to look forward to. We work so hard all week and yes we have bills to pay and savings to build, but we have a life to live too. So book that holiday, tick that city off your bucket list and go exploring!

Have a Good Cry

When I was younger, I thought it was a sign of weakness to cry, but growing up I’ve realised that actually crying is a de-stressing mechanism. Too often we let things get on top of us and while exercise can be great at keeping our feelings in balance, sometimes we need to let out all the frustration in one big hit.

Do Absolutely Nothing

Has anyone else noticed how quickly the nights are drawing in already?! Plus as I’m writing this I am already tucked up in bed with my slipper socks and am extremely tempted by a hot water bottle. Autumn/Winter is the perfect excuse to change straight into your pyjamas after work and park yourself on the sofa for the whole evening with the TV and a takeaway – it’s good for the soul, trust me! 🙂

Try Something New

It’s quite easy to fall into a routine and get seriously comfortable, but every now and again push yourself out of your comfort zone. Last summer I tried paddle boarding and LOVED it, this year it felt good to get out on the water again, and we are already thinking about buying our very own boards next year! Or if you played a sport when you were younger or had a hobby which you had to put on the back burner, make time to fall in love with it all over again!

Get Organised

Cleaning, tidying and organising is so therapeutic, now don’t get me wrong, I am no Monica Geller – my boyfriend will tell you that, but it’s so calming to sort through my purse and bin old receipts or go through my drawers and finally part with clothes which I have come to admit, I really will never wear again. There’s so much to be said for negative energy and getting rid of anything which doesn’t evoke positive emotions, so give it a try sometime 🙂

Lose Yourself in a Bubble Bath

Relax your muscles, dim the lights and read a magazine cover to cover, because I bet you can’t remember the last time you did that?

Indulge

I am just four pounds away from my holiday weight goal and while I am desperately trying to achieve it through exercise, I’ve come to realise that it’s not good to deprive your body of what it craves the most. One chocolate bar is not going to send your diet spiralling into disrepair, so enjoy!

Go a Little Crazy

An evening of delicious cocktails, your best girlfriends and cheesy music can do a world of good. I find the best nights out to be Fridays, because you can just let the stresses of the week go and take great pleasure in the fact that although you may feel slightly fragile on the Saturday, you still have a whole Sunday to make the most of too! 🙂

Take Some Timeout

This one might be a challenge, but it is vital that you remember to give yourself a break. You can only do your best, so try to not put so much pressure on yourself with working so hard, remember to have fun too!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post! How do you de-stress? Let me know in the comments… 🙂

Finally, if you enjoyed this post, you might also like 10 Tips to Make Your Gym Life Easier.

XO

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July in Instagram

Hi Everyone!

You’ve probably heard everyone say this, but I can’t believe it’s August! It feels like the Easter bunny only visited five minutes ago and don’t even get me started on the fact Christmas has well and truly arrived at Selfridges (IKR?!)… *cough* back to summer… while July welcomed some absolutely beautiful weather, it also marked a whole year since I moved back home following my time in Sheffield and it has flown by! I have been on so many adventures in the past 12 months and spent a lot of time with my family and friends, so in general life has been pretty dandy 🙂

Anyway… I’ve never written a post like this before and got the idea from the lovely anniewritesbeauty, and despite all the Instagram updates drama, I’ve actually been LOVING the app more and more with every single post! I think it’s down to discovering the ColorStory editing app which you can read ALL about here, and how it has upped my Insta game.

I gave up with trying to create a ‘theme’ a little while ago and decided that life is colourful, life is fun and I love every single second of the journey, so why shouldn’t I document some of my favourite moments, exactly as they are?! Please note…this doesn’t mean that I am not envious of those who can create dreamy flatlays edited to perfection, because who secretly isn’t?!

However, I’m starting to feel like a proud little parent when it comes to my feed and while I never got A* in art at school, I like to think that my Instagram is becoming a pretty visual diary… so here’s a little look at what I got up to in July…

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As mentioned the sun found its hat and did indeed put it on and I am indeed still peeling – factor 20 clearly wasn’t enough, sorry for underestimating you England! 😉

Alex and I went on a double date with our friends Hannah and Joe. These delicious cocktails (can you guess which one mine was? Clue: It was called “PS I love you”) were made in a restaurant on Bournemouth pier named Aruba. It is possibly one of my absolute FAV places, so if you’re ever in town let me know and I’ll join you for a cocktail!

Uh oh, soppy post alert. Alex and I have been together three years and I couldn’t be without him, he’s my world. This snap was taken at his nanny’s 90th which was such a lovely celebration 🙂

Smoothies have become my new obsession. These beauties as you can probs tell were the strawberry and banana from Innocent and the new red SuperDay smoothie from Costa. Mmmmhmmm.

On that ridiculously hot day, yep you  know the one… my friends and I dashed to the beach after work. As we swam in the sea, we literally felt like we were in Greece! I love this arty photo, it’s such a lovely shot to remember the day.

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Hengistbury Head is one of the most beautiful places in Dorset, just look at this sunset. It was one of those moments which made me feel alive, if you know what I mean?

Is this the prettiest doughnut ever?! Or is this the prettiest doughnut ever?!

There’s a beach theme here… The Wood Oven has just opened on Boscombe beach and my mouth is watering just thinking about their pizzas.

My boyfriend and I share a deep love for photography, this was our first outing down the beach with his new tripod.

I went to my brother’s graduation and we stopped off for a drink in All Bar One. It was a great day, and amazing to experience such a momentous occasion as a spectator after graduating myself. This cute tea set made the Insta cut and those smarties were gone in a flash!

Ahhh my Instax mini, a quick little pic to show my appreciation for this beauty.

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Ever since we went to Amsterdam earlier in the summer, we have fallen back in love with cycling. This was taken at Moors Valley Country park, a place full of happy childhood memories for every single local!

These two gorgeous products, the Barry M quick dry nail polish, in freestyle and sleek matte lip cream, in petal were purchased in my summer-time beauty haul.

It seems like I only consumed pretty pink drinks this month. This one in particular kept me hydrated during the Wimbledon Men’s Final! 🙂

A delivery from nailbox.co.uk I am yet to review this subscription box and show you all the fabulous goodies, but I am saving one *special* item for an event in August. All will be revealed soon!

I saw Romeo and Juliet at the cinema which was streamed live from The Garrick theatre in London. Lily James and Richard Madden were outstanding and despite the whole showing being in black and white, I really enjoyed it, the effect increased the intensity of the play.

You know that saying, when you’re really happy stick your legs in the air? No? Me neither, but my BBF Becky and I were having a whale of a time on the swings pretending to be kids again!

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A full shot of my beauty haul, I don’t know why I was spraying my face with hair spray all these years. The Infallible mist by L’Oreal works like a charm! I can highly recommend! *Just remember to shake the bottle and shake it again! When I first used it I had to restart my make-up as I found myself covered in white spots where the liquid had separated… let’s just say, it wasn’t my best look*

Mr Whippy is an ice-cream sensation.

YAY! A different coloured drink, celebrations were in order for my netball team as we won the league, so we went to a Mexican and drank a few (a lot) of cocktails!

Well that was a fun trip down memory lane (and now I realise where my money goes…)! Have you written any posts like this before? If so, make sure you link me, I would love to read them!

Finally, if we aren’t Insta friends already, we need to fix this! You will find me here.

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Is This the PERFECT Editing App for Bloggers?!

Instagram, for me, has been such a tricky platform to “get right” and judging by the amount of Twitter chats about themes, apps, posting frequency, spam followers, flatlays, lighting etc I don’t seem to be the only one who has been left bedazzled recently.

After using an identical filter on all my pictures, abusing the brightness setting, adding a white frame, doing my best to accomplish the magical ways of VSCO cam and following those who seem to have cracked the code, I found myself in an Instagram rut and confused about what “looks good”.

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I know what you’re thinking, does it reeeallly matter whether your pics are perfect? Isn’t it just about sharing photos and happy memories? Well yes, unless you’re a blogger. At the end of the day each and every one of us, (whether you admit it or not) would go to the ends of the Earth for an amazing theme, it helps drive traffic to our blog and also looks pretty darn cool if you ask me.

I think it’s partly due to the most successful bloggers leading the way in the Instagram world, but that it’s also down to the fact that blogging really does teach us a whole set of different skills – one being photography. We are learning the technical terms, the power of lighting, how to use Photoshop etc, inside and out and so why wouldn’t we want to post a photo of which we’re proud of?

While I am a million miles from achieving something that looks as though it has been published in a magazine, I have found an app which at least makes me happy – and that at the end of the day is what truly matters.

I no longer look back on a photo the day after I post it and think “My god why did I think that filter did that photo any justice?!” or “what was I thinking when I cranked up the saturation?!”

Instead, I am pretty content with how my feed is shaping up…

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Anyway… the app in question is ColorStory. You only have to look at their Instagram page to appreciate the magic it can do.

Described as being able to “create fresh photos, bright whites and colours that pop”, this is the perfect app for those of you who want to step up your insta game.

At the moment, I am just using the free features on the app, with my favourite filters being “Disco Ball” and “Mimosa” from the “Good Vibes” collection and “Pop” and “Ice Ice” from the Essentials package.

However, following the ColorStory’s app itself, I am now lusting after every other filter going.

The app is SO simple to use and once you’ve made your edits you can easily save your photos to your camera roll or post them straight on social media. What’s more, if you use the hashtag #acolorstory the team might just pick up your photo and credit you on their account!

PLUS once you strike gold with your perfect combination of filters, you can save the editing steps to use again on future photos.

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Finally, there’s good news for Android users! Currently the app is only available on iOS but the team are in the process of making the finishing touches to your version of the app too…! 🙂

Have you used Color Story before? What are your favourite filters?

Make sure you check out more of my edits on my Instagram page here and if you are looking for more advice on how to improve your photos check out this post too.

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