31 December 2013

The Best Of 2013!

So, we are nearing the end of 2013. There are literally just hours left of this year. For me, it's been an overall pretty good year! As always, there have been a mix of ups and downs, but I'd like to focus on the good things and share with you my favourite memories of 2013.
18th January - The first snowfall of 2013 in Dorset.
24th January - The Three Elms pub, Sherborne, where we celebrated Dean's Mum's 60th birthday.
10th April - Dean and I celebrated our 7th anniversary together and went for a meal at India Cottage, Henstridge.
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18th-26th May - Dean and I had the best time of our lives on our cruise to Norway!
6th June - We went for a lovely meal at the True Lovers Knot pub in Tarrant Keyneston with Dean's parents.
11th July - I bought my wedding dress in Edinburgh!
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6th-16th July - We spent a wonderful Summer holiday with my family in "our special place" near North Berwick, Scotland.
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10th August - We went to Bristol Zoo.
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25th August - We went on the Tiverton Canal Barge Trip in Devon with Dean's family and friends.
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22nd October - We went to The Half Moon pub, Shaftesbury, for my 23rd birthday (20th October) meal.
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25th December - We had a lovely Christmas!

So, as you can see, we have had a lovely year! I'd also like to say a huge thank you to my wonderful readers/followers for all your support and lovely comments! I have enjoyed blogging and building my blog very much this year and I am really looking forward to the next year!

Have a great New Year's Eve and I'll see you in 2014!
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30 December 2013

New In This Week | Fashion

I know there are so many great sales on at the moment, but remember to check out the new in section too! There are lots of great new items this week, including some next season pieces!
1. Black & White Striped Tee, £28 @ Wallis
Look effortlessly stylish in this monochrome top. Pair with leather trousers and heels for the evening, or dress down for the day with skinny jeans and fun flats.
2. Blue Harper Shoulder Bag, £69 by Fiorelli @ Lipsy
This gorgeous faux leather bag has a structured, colour block style with a multitude of compartments for all your daily essentials!
3. Cream Graphic Animal Print Tank Top, £18 @ River Island
Play it cool in this casual monochrome tank top with large animal print. Team with distressed jeans for an edgy look.
4. Modernist Quilted Sweater, £16.75 @ Forever 21
This quilted grey jumper can be dressed up with smart skinny jeans and a coloured statement necklace.
5. Pleated Crocheted Lace Mini Skirt, £350 by Sea @ Net-a-Porter
This lovely crocheted lace skirt is lined with luxe silk and would look great paired with a pussybow silk blouse or even a fluffy jumper for a cute, casual look.
6. Natural Colour Block Cuff Jumper, £35 £28 by Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams
This soft knitted jumper will smarten up your day look instantly. I love the black trims on the neckline and mock pocket.
7. G21 Cropped Rib Jumper, £16 @ Asda
Keep cosy in this fun textured jumper in pretty pink!
8. Black Woven Knotted Rope Necklace, £7.99 @ New Look
Get a statement necklace for less with this knotted rope option!
9. Embellished Jumper, £46 @ Topshop
Glam up your knitwear with this black knitted jumper featuring silver shoulder embellishment.
(Tall range)
10. Tartan Check Wool Shawl, £20 @ Matalan
Wrap up warm against those harsh winds with this gorgeous tartan shawl!
11. Navy Seam Skirt Dress, £18 @ Dorothy Perkins
This is a really versatile dress as it can be dressed up or down and paired with a variety of different accessories. Change the belt, statement necklace, shoes and bag or clutch for different looks!
12. Chelsea Boots, £50 @ Oasis
These slip-on classic chelsea boots will look great with your skinny jeans!
13. Gem Bow Ballerinas, £17 @ Accessorize
Treat your feet to these shimmery beaded ballerinas to add that special sparkle to your outfit.
14. Contrast Peter Pan Collar Bodycon Dress, £19.99 @ Krisp
I'm quite tempted to buy this dress; I love the faux leather collar and cuffs and the stone colour of the dress.
15. Beaded Bib Necklace, £9.99 @ Pull&Bear
This would look great on top of a light-knit, neutral-coloured jumper or jumper dress.
16. Black Angular Tote, £42 @ Warehouse
This structured and sophisticated tote bag will see you through every season.

See anything you fancy this week?
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29 December 2013

SALE: Bags & Clutches, My Picks | Fashion

Hi guys! There are so many great sales at the moment, so I'm doing a series of my favourite sale picks, starting off with bags and clutches!
1. F&F Sequin Clutch, £10 £8 @ Tesco
Not much of a price change, but to be fair, the original price tag was great already! This is a party-perfect clutch adorned with sparkly sequins.
2. Fur Shopper Bag, £39.99 £29.99 @ Zara
This gorgeous, structured shopper bag is made from a mix of real and faux leather and has a gorgeous faux snakeskin panel to the front (and back?). The neutral colour palette means this bag will compliment a variety of outfits and add that touch of sophistication. I'm very tempted to buy this one!
3. Satchel Bag with Pony Insert, £40 £24 @ ASOS
I'm also very tempted to buy this bag! I just love the teal-coloured pony-effect front panel and I really like that it's a satchel as I don't yet own one!
4. Black Zip Winged Tote Bag, £50 £30 @ Wallis
With a mix of faux leather and textured faux snakeskin panels and zip trim detail, this elegant handbag in monochrome will compliment lots of smart outfits.
5. Navy Tartan Chain Cross Body Bag, £35 £28 by Lipsy @ Debenhams
I love this cute, tartan bag! Love the red piping on the navy faux leather and the gold chain and details looks good with the navy.
6. Animal Print Chain Clutch, £20 £10 by Philip Armstrong @ Matalan
I love this natural leopard print clutch; the chain detail gives it some edge!
7. Carolle Suede Cross Body Bag, £40 £30 @ Oasis
Although this is quite a plain bag, I really love it! It is made from 100% suede leather and the chocolate brown colour is very wearable with lots of outfits.
8. Heart Print Oversize Clutch, £19 £9.50
Add some stylish fun to your wardrobe with this cute, heart-print tan clutch!
9. Red Leather Cross Body Bag, RRP £69.99 £20 by Lloyd Baker @ TK Maxx
Add a splash of colour to your outfits with this red leather bag! I love all the little zip ties and gold stud details.
10. Bowtie Shimmer Clutch, £18 £12.95 @ Anthropologie
This little clutch is perfect for a party! All-over glitter with a lovely purple bowtie!
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The Norwegian Cruise Diaries: Day Three | Personal

(Part One | Part Two)

20th May 2013:
Our alarm woke us at 8am and we opened the curtains to this amazing view! It was a lovely, sunny day. We got ourselves ready as quickly as possible and then headed outside to take some photos of the beautiful Norwegian scenery.
We then went for breakfast in the Windjammer and then headed outside again until we arrived at our first port of call; Flåm. We arrived here at 12:30pm which was half an hour earlier than expected.
As we pulled into port, it was really weird seeing the locals taking pictures of us when we were so amazed by the wonderful surroundings. We went back to our room to warm up as it had been raining and there was a very cold wind. The temperature was around 14-17°C in Flåm. The weather in Norway can go from hot to cold very quickly! We set foot on land at 1:30pm and had a look around.
There were many souvenir shops to browse and in one of the shops there were lots of real furs for sale. I was surprised to see this at first, but I believe real animal furs are legal and popular in Norway. Not something I agree with at all.
 We checked out the supermarket, Coop Marked. We then went back to our ship. It took a while to get back on-board as you have to go through security every time you come back on the ship. We got back to our room at 3pm.
We went to the Windjammer for some snacks and then met with our excursion group at 4:45pm in the theatre. Each group were given numbered/coloured stickers for the appropriate excursion. We had booked the Tvinde Valley & Waterfall excursion but somehow ended up being given the wrong stickers and we ended up going on the Flåm railway excursion. We were actually really happy about this because this had been our first choice but it was booked up when we checked!
So, we were guided onto a train and we went on a journey through tunnels in the mountainside which were excavated by hand! It was really difficult to get decent photos on a moving train!
We stopped off at the Kjosfossen Waterfall to take some photos which was amazing!
We then carried on our train journey until we arrived at our destination; The Vatnahalsen Hotel.
The hotel was lovely and the host was really friendly. We sat in a lounge and had waffles with homemade raspberry jam and cream and a coffee. The jam was so good that we purchased a jar to take home! We walked around outside for a while and were picked up by the train and taken back to our ship.
It was 8:30pm by the time we got back on-board. We got ready quickly and then headed over to Studio B, the ice rink, for the ice show, Freeze Frame, which started at 9:15pm. I ordered a Drink of The Day which was a Scandinavian Strawberry cocktail; very sweet and delicious! I had Dean's too as it was too sweet for him! We weren't allowed to photograph or film the show, but I can promise you it was brilliant! Their costumes and the music started in 1940's style and ended in 1980's. We got back to our room by 10:10pm.
We decided to order Room Service at 11:25pm. I ordered pizza, fried chicken and a dessert. Dean ordered pizza, a steak sandwich and a cheese platter. We thought the pizza we were ordering were single slices but this is what arrived at our door:
They must have been thinking, "Greedy buggers!" haha! Oops, we learned our lesson. The food was really nice though. The hot chocolate that we ordered was so good! We watched TV for a while then were in bed by 1am.
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