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Monday, 18 February 2019

Advice | Dealing With Writer's Block [AD - GIFTED]

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I honestly hate it when I sit in front of my laptop with so many things that need to be done but then I'm there with a blog post waiting to be wrote with all the images ready and then my brain is like NOPE. NOT TODAY GAL. Like really? I need this sh*t DONE! Lately it's been so busy, with gym, work and just general life, so it's not been as productive as I'd of hoped it would be. So let's see how I manage to fight through this one...

femme luxe
femme luxe

A lot of the time I'll look for inspiration when I have no clue what to write about by reading blog posts, mainly on Bloglovin' as it's my favourite app and platform to read all my favourite and new blogs that I've followed, latest blog posts. Or I head to Instagram or Twitter to find me some inspiration. Lately, Pinterest I've been getting loads of inspiration from! I've been pinning away from London Fashion Week, to garden ideas to cute dogs! It's honestly been my addiction for like a week solid...It's also a good booster for those who want to divert more traffic from their blog from Pinterest. One day in the morning I had 9.4K monthly unique views, then literally 6 hours later it went up to 17K!! Erm...excuse me...WHAT?! Shows my addition isn't that bad after all if that's what comes out of it!

femme luxe
femme luxe

Most of the time I'll sit in front of my laptop ready to write a blog post and I'll honestly just do it and the blog post will flow so nicely and I won't even have to write it out before hand. I used to write in notepads before hand as it's more motivating and I was better at being more creative when writing it all down on paper, so that's another way of beating the writers block, especially when your feeling productive and have all these creative juices flowing!

femme luxe
femme luxe
Pink Jumper Dress* - Femme Luxe | Coat - Primark | Scarf - H&M | Boots - Public Desire | Bag - Claudiu Canova via ASOS | Belt - Gucci

So as much as I thought I had writers block whilst writing out this blog post, it seems to have made it a bit better. I always feel that the environment you are trying to work in plays a big part in writers block too. As I always work better from my desk. My bed used to be my desk, especially on Saturday mornings when I had nothing planned and sat for hours working on my laptop editing blog posts, editing photos and editing youtube videos. I miss those days, but life just gets on top of you and it just gets a bit hectic and you don't always have time to have a day filled with nothing planned. But hey ho! That's life and I'm enjoying it either way! What do you think of this outfit by the way? This lovely pink jumper dress was gifted to me and I've style it with my cute perspex style boots and favourite Primark longline coat that I always live in during the winter.

How do you deal with writers block? Share your tips in the comments below!

*Items marked with an asterisk(*) have been sent to me for review. All of my opinions are open and honest. For more information, please read my Disclaimer.*


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Lifestyle | Adult Games Night With Scrawl [AD - GIFTED]

Scrawl - Big Potato Games

Who loves a good night in with drinks, nibbles and a good board game? Sounds kind of boring for some people with a board game, but this game isn't you're typical 'get me out at Christmas' game. It's a game that is for every party, night in, pre-drinks night out, birthday, house party, Christmas, you name it, this is THE game you need to play - if you 17+ of course, as this game can be rather rude, but HILARIOUS!

Scrawl - Big Potato Games

The first time I played this game was on Christmas Day (twice shall I mention in the one day), with my family and then Adam's family. The first game with my family was SO funny and we ended up in absolute stitches with the drawings and descriptions we were all coming out with and we saw sides to each other we didn't even know were there, which made it even funnier! 

Basically, to start the game, you each have a white board (make sure you remember your number on the back of the board), a white board pen and a wiper. One person chooses a colour from the card pack; white, black, yellow or pink. And which ever you get on your card, you have to draw what you would describe it as. Once you have done so, you cover it up with a pink scrawl card and pass it to the person on your left (or right if you want to switch it up and make your own rules like we did). Once you have passed it on and you've received the person on your right (or left) board, you then take a peak at the drawing underneath and then you have to write what you think the drawing is of. Then you repeat this until you get your board back! The more players you have the better, having 4 or more is the best way to play it! Honestly, you'll be surprised at what people think of in their head when they read or draw something! There's also a score board for you competitive people out their - especially ones who get more competitive when consuming alcohol.


The next time I played it was a drink and games night at Saffron's (@Pixiebowuk ) house with Adam and Luke. Prosecco and other forms of alcohol were involved (guess who got pissed after one glass of prosecco...), it was a rolling around the floor (literally) in laughter with this game. We honestly had so much fun and laughed so hard our stomachs could of formed a 6 pack by the end of the game.

Scrawl - Big Potato Games
Scrawl - Big Potato Games

As you can see in the above photo, these drawings and descriptions were from our night at Saffron's house. You never know what can happen in this game! It's honestly just the perfect game if you love to spice up a house party and laugh until you are rolling around on your best friends laminate flooring. The brand this game comes from is Big Potato Games & they have SO many more fun adult games that I am looking at buying more of! Especially when the day comes to buying a house and throwing a house party! Scrawl retails to £25 and you'll have hours of fun with it!


Also check out all the other games Big Potato Games has to offer here!

*This awesome game was gifted to me by Big Potato Games, but all my opinions are honest, even in a drunken state I loved the game*


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Monday, 11 February 2019

Beauty | Feeling Seksy This Valentine's Day [AD - GIFTED]

Seksy Elegance Perfume

Valentine's Day is approaching, but it's not like we can't treat ourselves every day to a new fragrance! This SEKSY bottle (see what I did there) is a gorgeous, none expensive scent that is perfect for those date nights you've got lined up, special occasion or even if you want to feel good about yourself going to work or out for the day. This little bottle of elegance is the perfect little gift for yourself or someone you love, or you just think they deserve a little treat. Why not treat your Valentine or Galentine to something with a spot of elegance for them to feel even more beautiful than they already are!

Seksy Elegance Perfume
Seksy Elegance Perfume

This gorgeous scent has actually been my go to scent for work or basically my day to day everyday perfume! It has a beautiful musky but floral smell that doesn't linger or smell cheap. The bottle is beautifully designed with the Swarovski crystal within the neck of the bottle which add that classic touch to the crystal based design. As much as the scent is rather floral and musky, it has a fresh scent to it that makes it smell very different to anything else I've worn before in my perfume collection.

Seksy Elegance Perfume
Seksy Elegance*

Why not treat yourself or to the one you love this Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day to something beautiful?

Have you tried this perfume before?

*This item was sent out to me as a gift to be reviewed. All my opinions are open and honest. For more information please read my disclaimer.*


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Friday, 8 February 2019

Fashion | Keeping Cosy [AD - GIFTED]


The colder weather is certainly here...I'm sat writing this blog post just waiting for the dreaded cold snow to flow in...I never really believe the news channels or the radio stations when they say we'll get 10 inches or so of snow and then BOOM the next day it rains, like WTF? They just never get it right. So anyway, as much as I'm not super wrapped up in these outfit shots, this cardigan, Kindly gifted to me by Exlura, was rather cosy to wear and I love the colour contrasts within it. Pretty much wearing a French flag style cardigan with the colour scheme here. Which I am loving.


Each day that is super cold, I honestly go straight for jeans and a jumper with boots or trainers, but on days that aren't so cold, I'll switch it up. But lately, jumper, jeans and boots with a cosy coat is what I am living for right now. So to switch it up a bit when the temperature is bearable enough for a t-shirt with a long cosy cardigan over jeans and some killer red boots - my absolute favourite boots ever which I am completely shocked that I've never blogged about these yet, and I've had them for a good 2 years at least now! They're just so statement, stunning and comfortable to wear on a daily basis! 


Me & Adam shot these images in Fargo Village which has so many cool and different spots to shoot in! PopBangColour's workshop was such an awesome place to shoot with all the different cars around it - the artist paints with cars by the way, me and Adam met him at Motorcycle Live back in November 2018 and he makes some pretty awesome paintings with cars and different car parts! Definitely go in and check out what he creates! See the vlog here!

 Cardigan* - Exlura | Top - Primark | Jeans - Primark | Scarf - H&M | Boots - Forever 21 | Hat - ISAWITFIRST | Backpack - ASOS | Belt - Gucci

My scarf I'm wearing here I honestly wear every single day...There is hardly ever a time I leave the house without it in this freezing weather in England! As well as my baker boy hat I literally love wearing! I have one in pink too! What have you been living in during these colder days?



*Items marked with an asterisk (*) have been kindly sent to me for review. Please read my disclaimer for more information.*
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Lifestyle | Attempting To Be A Vegan - The Cosy Club Vegan Menu [AD - FOOD REVIEW]

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu

Vegan...I can't believe how much of the human race is turning Vegan for the better! I think it's such a good idea and a much healthier option to eat Vegan! Since the start of January I have completely changed my diet where I made a few swaps like cows milk to Almond milk as I am trying to cut out dairy as much as I can as it seems to make me ill. And I've seen the benefits in my stomach ever since I've stopped eating products with milk in! I can have the odd little bit of cheese or yogurt but anything more than that just hurts my stomach. Other swaps I've made is swapping fatty crisps for healthy crisps like sunbites. I don't eat chocolate or sweets anymore either and haven't touch any since the change in diet at the start of January! Me & Adam haven't even had one take away either! 

Moving on, I've always thought of trying a Vegan diet as it's so much healthier for you and especially if your lactose in tolerant. So when The Cosy Club Kindly invited myself and Adam down to try out their Vegan menu, I was more than happy to try and be a Vegan for an evening! Let's see what we tried out!

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
Super Grain Salad - £4.95 - or 3 for £13.95


To start off, I tried the Super Grain Salad, which looked and sounded SUPER healthy! It was something I'd never tried before and was curious as to what it was and whether it was something I'd try and eat again. The glorious green dish came out in a nice sized portion filled with black quinoa, coconut and coriander rice, edamame beans with turmeric cauliflower rice, rocket, coriander and topped with pomegranate seeds to add some more colour into the mix. The first bite was rather unusual as I'm not used to all these flavours, I like to eat my food separately as I'm odd like that, but the mixture of rocket leaves with rice and edamame beans with pomegranate seeds was a rather weird sensation. It was a super healthy option which I was happy to try, but considering how I'm not the biggest fan of coconut, I believe this dish would of been better without that in my case. I couldn't finish the whole bowl as the flavours weren't my overall kind of taste, but if your a lover of these types of salads, you would LOVE it!

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
Iced Coffee - £3.35 | Blow A Raspberry At Colin - £7.95
The Cosy Club Vegan Menu

As for drinks, I went for my usual Cherry Bakewell mocktail (basically cherry juice with caramel syrup - SO GOOD!), I slurped up 2 of those bad boys and decided to try something different. So I tried the Blow A Raspberry At Colin mocktail style - as who needs alcohol all the time? No me - but a good glass of prosecco never goes a miss. I rather liked this mocktail and it was very similar to a pink lemonade which is one of my favourite non-alcoholic drinks to have! So this drink I'd give a 9/10 (Would be a 10 but I'd need to see what it's like with alcohol in it first of course). But until I try a drink that tops the Cherry Bakewell, that will forever be my favourite drink in The Cosy Club.

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
Thai Burger Main - £8.95

Let's talk about the mains. Myself & Adam chose the same as the rest of the Vegan menu had things we just didn't like the taste of in them - such a shame we just don't like avocado and a few other healthy things! But we can't help our taste buds! Anyway, we both went for the Thai Burger which included fries and hummus on the side. Within the burger itself, it was made up of; spicy quinoa, edamame beans, pan choi, wood-roasted peppers, coconut sauce (we both went for without the sauce as we're not a fan of coconuts that's for sure), sweet chilli jam and a leaf of lettuce within a sourdough bun. The chips I always go for first which are always the best, the presentation of the meal was lovely! But once we first took our first bite of the burger, we both looked at each other and said...nope. The overall taste just wasn't the best, this is basically because we aren't massive fans of the ingredients within, but we're all about trying something new! So the burger itself was a no no, but if your a vegan or just someone who loves this sort of food, you'd love it, but I'm going to be honest, this was a big test for me to see if I'd cope with being Vegan and in all honesty, I'd be a shit vegan...

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
The Cosy Club Vegan Menu
We decided to order a few sides to try out as well, we both had garlic ciabatta bread - delish as always. Sweet potato fries which I was curious to try, but unfortunately just could not deal with the taste of them, normal fries I adore, but sweet potato fries are something I just do not like unfortunately - as good as a better healthy swap to normal fries they are, they're just a no from me, but I know a lot of other people like them! Our last side order was Fake Bacon which I was just so intrigued to try! It was basically like a slice of ham in all honesty which kind of tasted like a mix of bacon and cheap ham - not a bad taste though! it was rather strange, but weirdly enough I was craving to eat this again the following day!

The Cosy Club Vegan Menu

Lastly, we have our pudding, the Chocolate & Orange Torte with Raspberry Sauce. Unfortunately this was the only pudding option but I'm sure The Cosy Club will soon make some more delicious concoctions! It was quite a lovely treat to the end of our meal, especially to try vegan chocolate - Adam was thinking of buying a bar of it! It was a nice additional touch for the torte to be lightly smothered in the sauce - if there's any kind of sauce on something, I love to drown my food in it, so maybe this Torte would of been better with the sauce in a little jug on the side, then you can either have it or not! I honestly couldn't finish it as I was so full! So Adam devoured the last of it for me so it wouldn't go to waste.

Overall, let's be honest, I'd be an utterly shit vegan even if I tried again. But if you are Vegan, want to try the food or just love this kind of food, definitely try this menu out and see what you think! Let me know in the comments below if you've tried out the Vegan menu and what your favourite was and your thoughts! Thanks for reading as always!



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Friday, 1 February 2019

Travel | Team Sport Go Karting Coventry [AD - PRESS EVENT]


Something you guys don't really know about me is the fact I LOVE Go Karting! And the fact I'm a racer girl when it comes to driving...Who knew I loved the thrill of high speed and the competitiveness of races! I've been Go Karting 3 or 4 times now and thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of it - minus the part where I knock about in the kart so much as I'm so small for the seat! *insert booster seat here* I surprised Adam on his birthday last year to a Grand Prix Go Karting session with a fair few other family and friends and it was SO much fun and Adam came 1st! Of course it was his birthday so he HAD to win - plus, a trait we both share is being competitive!


Adam and myself were invited down to the Team Sport Go Karting in Coventry to review their track and have some fun! We were actually at this exact venue the day before for a friends birthday and there were 13 of us and out of the 13 people I was the only girl, but guess who came first out of them all - ME! GIRL POWER, GET IN!


So moving onto the actual place itself. They have a HUGE track to go round with some pretty tight turns  which I thoroughly enjoy screeching round in my go kart at high speed. I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie when it comes to these types of sports, and driving in general I just love! The track is 500m, multi-level and best of all your 200cc Bizz Petrol Karts go as fast as 40mph! Hell yes for us speedy drivers! So before we actually head onto the track, you have to sign in at reception and collect your suit - mine was a very night black and orange striped suit which was actually really fitted considering every time I wear these things I honestly drown in them and look like a child... So this is a bonus for feeling comfortable! You then have to go through a safety briefing, yup, health and safety still exists guys and girls so you cannot race unless you watch the safety briefing which is full of usual information when you think about it as their light system on the track can be confusing if you didn't listen to the briefing or the person who is looking after you during your go karting session. 

After briefing it's time to gear up and grab a helmet and some gloves, I was FREEZING on the track so needed to double up on the gloves as, come on, we're go karting in the winter it's bound to be cold! 


On to the fun stuff! If you look at the photos, I bet your thinking, what the f*ck is underneath your helmet girl? It's the cheap skate version of the balaclava that you have to have and I went for the 50p one instead of the £3.50 official one as I don't ride a motorbike or do go karting very often so a dinner lady like one would do me regardless hahaa. So if you look through the photos and see me in an orange striped suit and blue dinner lady hat, yup, that is me. But I don't give a f*ck as it was SO much fun. The only thing is, I'm that small for the go karts I needed and insert (a.k.a baby seat) so that I wouldn't be chucked about the cart too much - guess who still left with bruises on their spine and legs. Bearing in mind I was chucking myself about a lot because of the speed I was going at and the fact my spine sticks out and I bruise easily. The track was none like any other I'd been on before, I've been to 2 in Nuneaton and they're tiny compared to Team Sport Coventry!


Adam also enjoyed himself thoroughly as he came first (I came a close second), and was able to take his own bike helmet! The British flag coloured helmet is of course Adam in the photos above! Pretty cool how you can take your own bike helmet! Me & Adam love getting outdoors and doing fun sporty things like Go Karting, so when this opportunity came it, it was just perfect - and on the perfect day for our 1 year Anniversary together too! And in all honesty, both days we were there, the team were AMAZING! They were so full of humour and kindness with helping us with our helmets to taking the shots of us on the track, the whole team you just could not fault them!


We honestly had SO much fun and are planning on going back soon with a few friends and have some competitive fun all over again! They also have a spectators balcony as well as a bar which sells food (PIZZA!!) and drinks - parking is free also - BONUS! Do you love go karting? Your thinking about it aren't you? DO IT! You clearly won't regret it as the fun you have is unforgettable!

Thank you to the lovely team at Team Sport for inviting us down to Team Sport Coventry and having an awesome and competitive time in such a fun, happy and safe environment!



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Friday, 25 January 2019

Fashion | My Winter Uniform

My Winter Uniform

Winter can be hard when it comes to fashion. Going for the same outfit again and again. Wearing the same old jumper, jeans and trainers. I'm have been a sucker for this constant round about within the same outfit. Especially this particular outfit - minus accessories. Even thought I been wearing pretty much the same kind of things, there's ways I've been switching it up.

My Winter Uniform
My Winter Uniform

These jeans are my most warm, most comfortable and most wearable jeans I own out of my entire wardrobe - more than my trusty black jeans! They have such a nice twist to your casual jeans that just go with everything! Especially a band tee - 30 Seconds To Mars of course. I love how they have the cut off frayed details around the ankles and just look so chic and flawless with any outfit! I constantly wear them with my Gucci belt, which is a statement in itself and goes with every outfit you could think of! Definitely a design accessory I was happy to pay full price for!

My Winter Uniform
My Winter Uniform

As for my coat, I've had this for just over a year now and bagged it in the Boxing Day sales on ASOS in 2017, and it has had SO much wear, therefore has been my most worn coat I own. It's so warm, cosy and bright! I honestly love my bright coats, I only own one black coat surprisingly! I mainly go for the bright and colour coats that surprisingly go with a lot of things I own! Of course, I had to match my coat to my shoe, as I always do when wearing this coat! Wearing the same things again and again can be boring, which is where the accessories step in and switch your game up!

My Winter Uniform
My Winter Uniform

I wore a printed scarf for a change - switching the style game up here. As I always tend to wear my long cosy camel scarf, so I wanted to inject some form of colour into my outfits for a change, as I keep wearing the same things, as a lot of us tend to do during the colder months!

My Winter Uniform
Top - 30 STM Concert | Coat - ASOS | Scarf* - Exlura | Beret* - Exlura | Bag - Moda Bags | Jeans - Primark | Trainers - Nike | Belt - Gucci

What pieces have you been constantly wearing during these colder days? Let me know in the comments below!


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