Monday, 25 March 2019

Lifestyle | Mother's Day Gift Guide


Mothers Day will soon be upon us and getting the most precious gifts that make her day that extra bit special certainly is deserved for the woman who carried you for 9 months and cared for you your entire childhood and most likely the majority of your adult life. Mother's are the one woman in your life who deserves the best. You only get one Mum and Mothers Day is that one day of the year that is dedicated to showing her just how much you appreciate and love her. So let's see what beautiful gifts are available right now...


Pampering type gifts are perfect for those Mum's who love a bit of 'me' time and love to get their nails done, put on a face mask and relax with a box of chocolates and a cheesy rom-com. Speaking of chocolates, why not treat her to a divine box of LIR Chocolates*? They come in the most stunning of packaging and the most delicious chocolate treats you could devour. 
Pampering is always a necessity, especially with nails, so I bought my mum a manicure set (as she always seems to borrow mine), as well as a cute little eye shadow duo in my Mum's favourite eye shadow colours. Bargains from Poundland! I love the Poundland for those cheap little things that are brilliant extra little things!


As I mentioned face masks are definitely a good idea for Mum's, as there's nothing better than relaxing in the bath or chilling out on the sofa with a face mask and letting your face soak in all the goodness. The Oskia Reniessane Mask* has a stunning smell to the formula and is great for brightening and resurfacing (great for every Mum no matter what age group!). As well as the Firm and Lift Sheet Mask*! Another great option if your special mum prefers sheets masks rather than the masks you have to put on yourself!


Creams are something my Mum especially loves! It's like at Christmas I bought her LOADS of different creams and she's literally almost finished using them all already! So these creams by ECooking from Indulge Beauty* are perfect for those Mum's, like mine, who LOVE cream and keeping their skin beautifully glowing and hydrated. Body cream is certainly a firm favourite of my Mum's, and myself of course, as who doesn't love smelling lovely and have that silky smooth touch to their skin? It makes you feel more pampered, especially those nights you have all to yourself, running a bath, relaxing and then lathering yourself in cream afterwards. Serums are also a great one for Mum's who love their skincare too! My Mum especially loves the creams by L'oreal and they do some really nice ones in Aldi and Lidl too at such a good price!



What are you planning on treating your Mum to for Mother's Day? I'm treating her to lots of goodies (of course), in the super cute marble, grey and pink gift bag (from Poundland!) in the above photos, as well as a nice Afternoon Tea at the Laura Ashley The Tea Rooms (read my review here of their Vegan Afternoon Tea) as an additional treat and for us to spend a lovely afternoon together, Mother & Daughter time.

You can buy the items mentioned below (apart from the Poundland bits and pieces of course).


I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day spending time with your special Mum's in your life!

Thank you for reading!



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Friday, 22 March 2019

Hair | Taking Care Of My Ash Blonde Hair With The New Blonde Life Range From Joico (AD - Gifted)

Blonde Life Range From Joico

Taking care of my hair is just as important as taking care of my skin. It has to be looked after with the best products, and this new Blonde Life collection from Joico has certainly changed up my haircare routine.

Blonde Life Range From Joico
Blonde Life Range From Joico

The new Blonde Life range by Joico has been my ultimate go to over any other products I have, it even tops my silver shampoo for my blonde hair! Since these products arrived, I've honestly not reached for any other hair product! I use the blonde shampoo and conditioner with every hair wash and a lot of the time I use my hair masque in-between shampooing and conditioning, which I've noticed has helped to soften my hair, especially along the ends of my hair. The smell of the products is lovely and makes my hair smell fresh for days! 

Blonde Life Range From Joico
Blonde Life Range From Joico

My hair is something I always like to look after a lot. With shampooing and conditioner during every wash, using a hair masque at least twice a week as well as always using heat protecting sprays and oil when drying my hair. Volume is something I don't always look for in a product, as a lot of the time I'll wake up with my hair looking like a lion...So volume isn't something I look for unless my hair is looking dull and limp, therefore it's asking to be messed with and volumising products are needed. This is where I liked trying out the smoothing mousse within the Blonde Life range. It not only makes my hair SUPER smooth and soft, it also volumises my roots and adds that BOOM look at my hair effect. Now who doesn't want hair that is super silky soft, volumised (to a certain extent of course) and beautifully bouncy! This range I've certainly noticed does just that!

Blonde Life Range From Joico

As I've mentioned in my vlogs before (which you can find my channel here), my holy grail product for my hair was the Umberto Gianni Pick Me Up Spray, alongside the Schwarzcroft Argan Oil. These products, as I mentioned, honestly top my old favourites! Sorry but the new Blonde Life oil and heat defence spray have took their place for now...And I can't get enough of them! If you have blonde hair and are looking for a new hair care range, this set is honestly for you! I absolutely LOVE it!

Joico not only do the Blonde Life range they do so many other lovely products! See the list below that I'm dying to try!


Have you ever tried Joico products before? What's your favourite hair care product?

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Fashion | The Colour I'll Be Wearing The Most This Spring (AD)

Pink Dress

Spring is certainly upon us, and I am certainly embracing it in all the pink items I can find in my wardrobe. Pink seems to be my go to colour lately and I'm all for the pastels at this time of year, pink being the number one priority of course. Dusty pink and baby pink are the colours that make me feel so glamorous and lady like! It's a stunning colour that's always been in my heart, and gives off those barbie vibes, just like when I was a kid, pink was my favourite colour, but now I love them all, but right now, I'm at that stage where I want all the pink items I can find and style up.

Pink Dress
Pink Dress
Pink Dress

This stunning dress I was gifted by Femme Luxe, I love it that much I even ordered it in black! It hugs your figure so beautifully and has a lovely neckline which shows off your shoulders if you pull it off them slightly. The sleeves also add that bit of oomph and different style to it. I love how it ties up with an adorable bow at the back, which can also be tied up at the front for a different look, at a high waisted point. The dress itself is a midi dress, which is rather different for me, but I'm always about experimenting with my style, and midi length clothing is certainly one for me! I only own 2 skirts and this dress which is a midi length style, and this dress I've worn to wedding and out a few times now as it's so classy and also comfortable! Plus it looks super cute with my fluffy strappy heels from Primark I bought ages ago for £14.

Pink Dress
Pink Dress
Pink Dress

Rose gold accessories went with this colour and style of dress so well! My Paul Valentine watch was a stunning 21st birthday gift from my lovely man Adam and it's one of my favourite jewellery pieces to date. I also have a matching rose gold engraved bracelet from Faye jewellery he also gave me for my birthday which is the perfect match to my stunning watch. Paul Valentine do the most stunning watches with so many different designs, colours and styles, and I honestly want them all! Especially the Burgundy watch, unicorn type shell face watch and there's a stunning ocean colour face watch in gold and blue that I adore! A bracelet that I honestly need to invest in is this stunning Vivenne Westwood rose gold crystal bracelet that is £70 from Francis & Gaye. I loaned this bracelet out for a Instagram giveaway that is over on my Instagram if you'd like to enter! It includes this stunning necklace from Links Of London which was also loaned from Francis & Gaye, but the giveaway ends on the 22nd March 2019, so get in there quick! Find me on Instagram here.

Pink Dress
Pink Dress
Pink Dress

What colour will you be styling the most during spring?

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Photography by Adam Wale.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

Lifestyle | What I've Changed Within My Lifestyle & Diet

Pink Loungewear Set

Since the new year started, I've had a complete change in diet and overall lifestyle. So this blog post is to talk about all those changes and little steps I've taken to make my lifestyle & diet healthier and better for myself and mental state. Hopefully this will help those of you reading too!

Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set


Joining the gym


A pretty obvious one I'm sure a lot of people do in January, but the key for me is sticking at it and not doing any less than 4 gym sessions a week or more. It helps to motivate me more when I go with my partner Adam and we motivate each other to keep going and to help each other achieve our goals in what we want to achieve with our bodies. I'm not like a lot of people who go to the gym to lose weight, I'm going to gain it. As I've always struggled with gaining weight and have always been underweight due to having a metabolism as fast as a 12 year old. It's a blessing and curse if you ask me, as when you want to have that extra stone, it's so hard to reach it. I do weighing every Saturday to keep in check with how much weight I'm gaining, fat, BMI and body fat mass. And since the start it's been up and down quite often. Thankfully at my last weighing I finally gained 2 pounds, which in my eyes is an actual milestone, as putting on just 1 pound was hard enough, trust me! I want to tone my body up and gain muscle weight, so this is where the diet comes in...

Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set

Changing my diet


From January 2nd, I cut out all junk food including, sweets, crisps, chocolate, cake, fizzy pop you name it, the lot. As well as everything that included milk, as I've found that dairy products seem to be my stomachs enemy and makes my stomach not so happy shall we say. I can have the odd one tiny pot of yoghurt as in a fromage frias or a cheese string, but anything more than that ends badly. So I've swapped milk for almond milk in tea, breakfast, drinks etc. So that I don't suffer and I don't miss out on my calcium intake. As I wasn't having enough dairy products, I was getting those white marks you get on your nails when you haven't got enough calcium in your body, so most days I have a bit of cheese or a yoghurt, or sometimes both to help this.

I cook fresh every single day, and this is something me and Adam quite enjoy as it's something we enjoy doing, is cooking together and getting creative in the kitchen. We (well I mean Adam really) weigh foods like rice and pasta and add it all into our apps, Adam has the My Fitness Pal app along side his Garmin fitness watch, and I add all mine into my Fitbit app as I have a Fitbit Blaze watch that literally never leaves my wrist. This app is not only good for tracking your food, but your water intake, heart rate, active minutes, steps, weight gain or weight loss and it even tracks your period and when your fertile! Clever little gadget that is worth investing in and I'm so glad I did!

I try to eat a portion of fruit and vegetables daily, alongside drinking 2 bottles of water or more a day. As for my calories, I need to (ideally) eat 2400 calories a day, but healthy calories, which is more difficult than you think! But I'm getting there! I've been having protein bars once a day - the PHD Woman Blueberry Muffin Protein bars are my favourites, yet I've tried so many different protein bars and this is the only one I cannot taste the protein in! So I bought an entire box of them off eBay for £14. I also have whey protein to help me repair my muscles after the gym. Unfortunately I chose banana flavour, which I thought would be really nice like banana milkshake which is my favourite, but it's honestly vile, so I just have to force myself to drink it as I don't want it wasted, honestly you should see me drinking it, I just gag every time but it's rather amusing.

Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set
Pink Loungewear Set

Keeping motivated


One thing that keeps me motivated and keeps me going, has to be my partner in crime, Adam. I couldn't do all this without him and here I am still going at it, and if I went the gym on my own I'm sure I would of given up by now. Having someone that builds you up and supports you through things like this is the best. Another thing that helps me keep motivated is feeling comfortable at the gym in the clothing I wear, and this set I'm wearing is one of my favourite's lately, gifted by Femme Luxe, I not only wear it to the gym but for lounging around at home too. It's so comfortable, I love the material and it's the perfect high waisted joggers and cropped hoodie I could ask for in this pretty dusty pink shade that looks great next to a tan.

What have you changed in your lifestyle or diet this year?


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Monday, 11 March 2019

Fashion | How To Style Neon & Animal Print

SS19 Trends
SS19 Trends

Spring is slowly creeping in, apart from the typical crazy weather that is happening lately with the mad winds, storms and then it's sunny again? Come on weather, sort yourself out! As I can't quite believe spring is upon us, I'm keeping my knitwear close by still as I don't trust the weather, nor the forecasts that seem to be completely out of proportion. So, neon and animal print seem to be the latest trend that will be following us through SS19 and I'm pretty happy about it. I never knew how much I liked styling these two trends until I put them together on the off chance. I didn't even try this outfit on, I just threw it in the bag me and Adam were shooting and hoped for the best, and that is where this outfit seemed to work so well together! Even if without the Gucci belt this jumper drowns me out and makes me look like a walking avocado, I quite like it if I'm honest!

SS19 Trends
SS19 Trends
SS19 Trends

I'm not always one to follow trends as for the last few months I've tried to keep to my wardrobe and not add too many new pieces to it as I just don't have the room for it! But I treated myself to these zebra print boots as I saw them on Public Desire when they first hit the new in section and I wanted them! But £40 I just couldn't justify paying, until they hit the £15 boots sale and they went straight in my basket! Along side a paid of tiger/leopard print boots also for a bargain of £15! Animal print is something I am certainly going to be obsessing over for SS19!

SS19 Trends
SS19 Trends
SS19 Trends

There's so many cool trends going about lately, neon, animal print and one that's certainly caught my eye is the hair clip trend! I've been loving the look and it's so cheap to join in with! I ordered a few unique ones off eBay for £1.99 and bought 3 for the price of 4! Bargain once again! I'm dying to head in to Claire's as they normally have loads of cool and snazzy accessories in store all the time! I remember when I was kid, I couldn't not pop into town without having a nosey at all the pretty accessories!

SS19 Trends
Jumper* - Femme Luxe | Jeans - Primark | Bag - ISAWITFIRST | Belt - Gucci | Boots - Public Desire (ON SALE)

Overall, the neon trend is certainly big right now and I am actually on the band wagon with this one for sure! Surprisingly! It'll be perfect for those summer times as well! Animal print will also be a good trend that will go round all year not just for SS19 I'm sure! What trends are you loving right now?



*Items marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for review (gifted). All opinions are my own, please refer to my disclaimer for more information.*

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Beauty | Let's Talk About Shaving (AD - Gifted)

Friction Free Shaving

Anyone else HATE shaving their legs? Especially with those crappy cheap packets of like 5 that cut you as soon as they touch your skin. Gone are the days in which I use them! Especially when this gorgeous personalised razor was posted through my letter box! Shaving is one of the most tedious jobs to do when you want to feel your best, and it's a subject not many of us openly talk about really is it? How often do you get into a conversation about shaving? Not very often I'm sure as some people find it embarrassing, but the thing is, this subject is just as touchy as talking about periods for some people. So let's let go of that and openly talk about shaving! As it's nothing new let's be honest, everyone does it!

Friction Free Shaving

I was kindly gifted this subscription box from Friction Free Shaving to try out. It came with 5 weeks worth of razor heads, a personalised engraved handle with my name on it "Isobel Celine" I LOVE IT! It currently has pride of place in the shower on the tiles hanging from the shower holder that came with the box! The box also includes a travel pouch - perfect! A razor cover, which is always needed! The set also included a Pre-Shave Scrub, Shave Cream & Post Shave Balm. I've been trying out this razor and all the little bits that came with it for the last month now! And I honestly have to say, I will not be buying a new razor after this! It's so smooth, doesn't cut my skin, even on those sensitive areas under you arms or down below. The pack may have came with 5 weeks worth of razors, but the razor hasn't even lost its sharpness yet it's that good, but I'm sure the brand add these one a week razors in for freshness purposes. 

Friction Free Shaving

As for the other products included, the pre-shave scrub smells SO nice! I use it every time before I shave, but not if I've not long done my fake tan like the day before. The shave cream isn't like your normal shower creme, it's like it's thicker and is much better for shaving with. The post-shave balm just tops the whole set off and makes my skin honestly feel like a baby's bottom it makes it that soft!

Friction Free Shaving

This subscription box is honestly such a great monthly gift not only for yourself, but someone who buys those crappy razors and can't seem to find that perfect razor that doesn't cut you. This razor is more glamorous and stylish than those plastic crappy ones! Treat yourself! You'll also get free engraving with my code "2VQGAO" once you enter this into the referral code on checkout! It's only £9 a month which is a bargain and saves you money on those cheaper versions! I LOVE this one! Let me know in there comments below what razors you use and what you think of them and if you'd use a cute perfect one like this!




*Items mark with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me (gifted) for review. All opinions are my own. Please refer to my disclaimer for more information.*
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Friday, 1 March 2019

Travel | A Guide To A City Break To Krakow | Poland


Krakow in Poland is one of the most interesting cities I've been to to date! Myself and Adam flew out to Krakow in October 2018. We booked it pretty much 5 weeks before, so it was rather a spare of the moment booking really! We booked with Jet2Holidays and I have to say, they are the best airline I've ever booked with! Now this is now way sponsored whatsoever, I honestly LOVED flying with Jet2! 22kg luggage, flights and hotel included! They have such good deals on a lot of the time too! So let's get into the guide to Krakow itself! I have a separate guide to how to eat your way around Krakow as we honestly ate SO MUCH during our time there! The food is on another level over there! Especially the pancakes!


Krakow is such a stunning city with architecture everywhere! There's so many souvenir shops for those who love to take back half a suitcase full of them, whether that be the cute little Russian style dolls, magnets, mugs, key rings or plates. I always have to get a magnet every place that I go to because, memories of course! I always have to bring back something for everyone too, ever since I travelled to Austria I've always brought back a nice plate for my Nan and she now has 3 plates on her wall! One from Austria, Barcelona & Krakow. Anyway, moving off the souvenirs subject, let's talk KRAKOW!

There's honestly so many hidden gems in Krakow, where do I even start?!


Wawel Royal Castle


This beautiful unusually styled, but typically polish castle was one of my favourite landmarks to visit during our city break to Krakow. It was a short walk from the Main Square and is free to walk around the beautiful grounds. Queue the instagram photos...There are loads of different part to the castle that you can have a nose around, but you have to pay to get into certain parts, this is something we weren't too fussed about as it was quite expensive. I would of loved to go inside the castle itself as I've seen on Pinterest how beautiful it is inside - honestly go inside there if you intend to visit this beautiful place! If you explore enough around the castle, you'll stumble across a metal dragon that breaths fire every so often and is named Smok Wawelski.



Main Square


The Main Square is where all the action happens. You have horses and carts (which is pretty but I completely disagreed with, as the horses where out around the main square from early morning until late at night and I hadn't seen them be fed or water at all, so that was concerning). The whole square had so much going on all the time, from buskers, markets, tourists everywhere, just constantly busy but with such an atmosphere! The main square is home to The Cloth Hall, which holds a very traditional Polish market where you could find so many beautifully unique trinkets and where I managed to get a Burberry style scarf for 20 zloty!

St Mary's Cathedral is also based in the main square and is a beauty of a building - another shame was that it was being renovated during our time there so we could only admire the beauty of it from the outside rather than the inside unfortunately. The photo above was taken from I'm sure was the clock tower in the centre of the main square and what a view it was from the top as you can see by one of the four windows you could look out of. It reminded me of when I went to Reykjavik, Iceland and went up the top of the Hallsgrimskirja! I love tall buildings like this that show the true beauty of a city. 
Another bonus to the main square is how many shops and restaurants, as well as some good bars and night clubs surround the square. You can read more about the restaurants in my food guide to Krakow when that is released!


Krakow Pinball Museum


As I mentioned, Krakow is full of hidden gems, from delicious restaurants, to brilliant nightclubs, to even a retro pinball museum! Myself and Adam just had a quick five minutes in here as it was 10 Zloty just to enter the actual place, so we just had a quick nosey once we'd found it and moved on. There are plenty of other things to do next to your typical tourist sights. We rented out a bicycle each with a cute basket on mine of course, and rode across the river all around the area as much as we could within the hour we rented them out for. We walked for miles and miles, we at least did 22,000 steps a day whilst exploring the city within our short time there. They have plenty of tours on offer as well! But make sure you shop around for these as some are rather pricey and the cheapest one we found was hidden within a shoe shop! We wanted to go see the salt mines and Auschwitz. As these were the main things people recommended us to do whilst we were there.


Auschwitz


This is a place that honestly everyone should visit. It's not for everyone, but once you've been there, you come out feeling a different person. You feel grateful for the life you live and the day and age we are in now, how we have rights and do not go through this sort of thing. It just makes you feel so grateful and that we take life for granted. I won't say too much about this place, as you have to go there and you'll completely understand it. There's three parts to Auschwitz which I never knew. There's also a crate from a train that we were taken to to see how 50 people were transported in such a tiny little carriage. It just made you image how scary that was for the people that went through this terrific event. Honestly, if you are one for history and want to see this place, do it. Just make sure when you book it with these little shops and get their phone numbers, as you get picked up in a Mercedes Vito, but don't worry they speak English - double check this of course. They give you a guide and off you go! They drive you there, wait for you and bring you back. So quite good how your looked after!


Wax Museum


This was one of the highlights of our last day exploring the city of Krakow, the Wax Museum. It was 30 Zloty to enter, but we couldn't help but see what crazy wax figures were inside. There were all sorts of characters and singers inside, from Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Pablo Picasso, Star Wars Yoda, Avatar characters, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and SO much more! it was so funny and different to explore! Definitely worth stumbling upon and going in!


St. Florian's Gate


Me & Adam were searching for this gate for ages! And we finally found it on our final day of exploring the city. You don't realise how big the place is, with so many different things and attractions around every corner! This historic park of Krakow has these beautiful painting's all along the wall, if I could of brought one home I would of! They were all such stunning paintings and I hope to own one of these paintings one day as a memoir of our time in Krakow. 


Hope you enjoyed reading through this guide to Krakow! Let me know if you've been before and found other hidden gems!

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