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I’m a huge fan of mini’s. I just love them. They’re so bloody cute, whether that’s bath products, candles or perfumes. I think perfumes are my ultimate faves; it is so handy to be able to pop something in your tiniest bag and knowing that you are safe from bad odours (lols).

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So when the Secret Scent Box* got in touch and asked if I’d like to review their April box, I basically jumped at the chance. Three mini’s to pop into three different bags?!

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Y-e-s p-l-e-a-s-e!

Secret Scent Box is a monthly fragrance subscription box that delivers 3 x 3ml of designer fragrances, aimed at either female or male scents, depending on the box chosen. You can also choose to gift someone a box too!

Delivery is free and one thing I really liked is that the box is small so it can fit through the letterbox (so handy when you have silly companies leaving your packages outside *ahem*), and also you can cancel anytime! I love the fact that you’re not tied down to a contract.

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It’s also so nice to be able to discover new fragrances, I’m tempted to buy a bottle of the Joop Femme, it smells so delicious! It also doesn’t break the bank, with the subscription starting from just £13 a month.

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Secret Scent Box also gave me a discount code so that anyone who purchases their first box with my code DIZZYINGHEIGHTS15 will give you 15% off your first box!

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Basically I think this is a lovely little treat for yourself, so do let me know if you decide to splash out!

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES AND AFFILIATE LINKS, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

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So when I was contacted by the lovely Kiran to try out her Bollywood dance class in Vauxhall, I was so up for it! I brought a few friends with me, as I’m not the most confident person in the world.

The class was a 5 min walk away from Vauxhall so it’s super accessible and it was from 6-7pm, which meant that I was a teeny bit late as I had to leave work early ~whoops~, but we made it there in the end and I have to say that it was one of the best classes I’ve ever done.

Kiran was an amazing teacher and we learnt the moves to an entire famous Bollywood song in one hour which I was so impressed with! Also it was one of the the easiest workouts I’ve ever done, because it was so much fun that I didn’t even realise how much exercise I’d done!

If the exercise and fun wasn’t enough to entice you to try out this class, Kiran donates the proceeds of her class to Help Refugees so there’s that too! If you’re in London, you should definitely try this class out.

Do you do any dance classes? What are your favourite ways to keep fit?

Kiran hosts dance classes every week at Pineapple Studios on Wednesdays at 7 – 8pm and every Thursday at Base Studios at 6 – 7pm
*I was kindly invited to try out this class, but as usual all of my opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer for more info

3C7494B7-1E2E-4132-AAA6-62AA4DAF1BF3.jpegIf you’re a long-time reader of The Dizzying Heights, you’ll know that I very rarely write gift guides on this blog. I get that it can be super helpful, but honestly, a lot of the time I just can’t seem to find the time to photograph a lot of different products. You will also know that I am a lover of anything personalised (like this one here and here)

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So when Printiki* got in touch and asked if I would like to create a blog post about their prints, I jumped at the chance. I feel like my day job (which I am currently writing a blog post about for you guys to get to know me better), doesn’t really allow me to be too creative, so whenever a cool brand gets in touch and asks me to create some cool content, I always get really excited because it allows me to try and think outside the box.

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The theme I chose when creating my post for Printiki, was women in my family.

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Women in general, are heroes. We go through so much and we deserve our recognition. I love the women in my family and with International Women’s Day having just passed us, I thought this was the perfect time to do something nice for them and I thought the prints would be a cute little gift because the memories I have of my family are the best.

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Best of all, I have a discount code that will give you free shipping, so knock yourselves out and think about treating your loved ones with a personalised gift, or just brightening your room up!

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Use code YUTDBXHM for free shipping!

What do you think about personalized prints?

*This post contains affiliate links which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through this link

 

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Whilst I was in France, I was thinking constantly about how to begin to write this post, about what I would say, how I would explain that this trip was the strangest one I’d be on in a while. I guess I should start at the beginning…

So this trip was organised by my work, which was great because it meant that everything was organised by someone else *hehe*. The flights, transfers, accommodation, two meals a day, my ski pass and ski and boots hire were all included in what I paid – so it was such a relief knowing that all I had to pay for out there was just lunchtime meals and drinks!

The flight was at 6.45am on Saturday and it was a killer, but I was kind of glad to know that it was early so that we would get there early and just be able to chill. We arrived from London Gatwick to one of the smallest airports I’ve ever visited: Alpes Isere Airport. The transfer from the airport to our chalet took what felt like forever. In reality it was probably only around 3 and a half hours, but I couldn’t sleep and it was downright painful considering the taxi had picked us up at 4am UGH.

Seeing as I had never been on a skiing holiday before, everything was totally new for me (I am planning a blog post of what first-time skiiers need to know, don’t panic!), but the chalet was so nice! The room was fairly small, but it literally had everything you needed and the balcony had gorgeous views of the mountains.

Now I have never skiied before, unless you count a half-hour session at Chel-Ski which was really fun but nothing like the actual thing. So we had two lessons booked for the first and second days. There was 18 of us in total and 7 of us were beginners.

To be honest, I was so down after each lesson.

It felt like everyone else who was a beginner was so much better than me and even though my Mum has always told me not to, I compared them to me. Honestly, it might sound so pathetic, but it was so upsetting.

H-o-w-e-v-e-r, like the bloody trooper that I am (lol), I wiped my tears off, got back on my skis and persevered. I won’t sit here and type out that it was easy. It really wasn’t. In fact, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

Mentally and physically ~exhausting~

I did end up having an amazing few days, and actually managed to ski a blue run ~eeeeeek~ by the end of the week hehe, and regardless of how I felt at the beginning of the week, I feel like I have done really well and I actually want to try and go ski every year to try and hone what skill (?) I managed to pick up over the week.

Enough of my sob story (‘Kim there are people dying’) oops – please enjoy some of my pretty pictures from the magical Alps.

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Have you ever gone skiing before? Did you enjoy it?

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Having lived in London by whole life, one thing I do love about the countryside are the lovely old-fashioned pubs. So when I was asked to review The King’s Arms* in Hanwell, Ealing in West London, I jumped at the chance! Not only did I use to work very close by, but also it’s not too far from where I live, so it would be perfect for a little weekend jaunt.

We arrived around 4pm on a Saturday afternoon whilst England were playing France in the Six Nations (awkward that France won, but that’s by the by!). The first thing I noticed when we walked in was the decor. It had such a homely, family feel and people had brought their dogs too, so that helps to give the pub that friendly vibe.

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After looking at the menu, we ordered a bottle of white wine, which was a Pinot Grigio and went down veryyyy smoothly! So I apologise for the misleading blog title, I’m just not a fan of beer in general!

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I really liked the fact that the menu wasn’t overly extensive. It was simple and it just made things easier. They also focus on pizzas for food, which if you’re looking for a pub with a range of dishes then this isn’t the place for you. However, the quote ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’  springs to mind.

For food, we ordered two pizzas: the serrano, which was a pizza with cured serrano ham, marscapone, shaved parmesan and rocket – yum! And the calzone lombardy: which had lombardy ham, mushrooms, ricotta and truffle oil.

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The area we were sitting in, didn’t have a TV, which at first surprised me as most people we were surrounded by were craning their necks to watch the rugby. However, there are 2 dedicated areas for people to watch sports, so the area we were sitting in were perfect for a chilled time.

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All in all, I had such a perfect Saturday. I love spending time in a chilled environment and this was the ideal place for me. So if you’re ever in the West London area, I would totally recommend this pub.

What would be your perfect Saturday?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO