*Warning – Photo-heavy post ahead!*


As you all know, it was my birthday a few weeks ago, on the dreaded Valentines Day. I’ve mentioned before that I always have mixed feelings about my birthday, it’s never something I truly look forward to and weirdly I’m always relieved that it’s over.

Nevertheless, I was looking forward to the plans for this year. I kept it simple, with dinner plans over at the Mayfair Kitchen, and then drinks at Dirty Martini in St Pauls.

What I ate: Lobster Risotto

What I drank: The Andalucían

What I wore: Dress from Missguided + Shoes from Christian Louboutin + Necklace from New Look (couldn’t find a link for it – sorry!)

I had such an amazing evening, I would fully recommend the restaurant, food was very simple yet tasty. The atmosphere was lovely but the service was one thing that could’ve been improved, as the dishes all came at separate times, which was slightly annoying!



I hope you all enjoyed this photo-heavy post – I had an amazing birthday with my friends and family. I think the key for me is to keep it simple!

What would be your ideal birthday plans? Let me know in the comments!

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I have using a lot of products recently, and the amount of empty bottles I had sitting in my recycling bin was pretty astounding, so I thought it was the perfect time to write an Empties post. I’ve seen people do these before and they’re some of my favourites to read, so here goes!

Tooth Gel

I can’t even tell you how much I love this toothpaste. It’s so amazing, first of all it’s bright green. I’m not sure why I really mentioned that, but I like the colour of it (lol). It keeps my mouth so fresh, and on the rare occasion that I use the Colgate in the bathroom, it just doesn’t feel like my mouth is as clean. Also there is no fluoride, which we don’t need because there is fluoride is our water anyways. And if that put you off, I have been using this for about 3 years and I’ve never had one problem with my teeth, nor has my dentist mentioned anything!

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Sanctuary Spa Shower Gel

As you will have known from the review that I posted about last Christmas (why does that feel so weird to say), I had the Sanctuary Spa Advent Calendar. If you read that post then you will know that I pretty much loved everything that I received and now I’m trying to use it up so that I can determine which are my favourite scents and how long-lasting everything is. I already knew that Sanctuary Spa products were great value for money, and now I’m just 100% sure. This was one of my favourite smells, which is why I used it first, and I wasn’t expecting it to last so long.

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Garnier Body-Hydrating Lotion

I received this ages ago in exchange for a review and it smelled so great and I loved it at the time, but being a blogger I do like to mix my products up and I’m always testing and trying new things. So this cream just kind of fell at the back of my drawer full of skincare bits and I found it a few weeks ago half empty, and remembered why I liked it so much. The smell is just insane, and it lasts for ages after you’ve applied it which I love!

Victoria Beckham Signature Perfume

I received this ages ago I think at Christmas, and it smelled amazing! I’m so fussy when it comes to perfume smells. I feel like a lot of women’s perfumes are super sweet-smelling and I can’t stand that kind of smell. I prefer muskier smells, probably why I prefer men’s aftershaves to some women’s perfumes! Anyways, this smelled so me that I loved it as soon as I smelled it. Kind of sad that it’s finished so I better order it again!

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BB+W Candle

I did a whole post on my candle haul after I visited Dubai, which you can read here, and this smelled so good. I just love how long Bath and Body Works candles last, it feels like they last forever and the smell just travels throughout the house.

Sonya Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator

I’m so gutted this has run out, I think I have a spare one somewhere so I’ll have to hunt around for it, but having a shower just isn’t the same without this beauty. It cleanses and exfoliates my skin so gently. I don’t have particularly bad skin, but I do get little spots on my forehead, and I find this clears it up fairly quickly. It also smells so good, very fresh and lemony.

So that is all of my empties! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I’m sure there will be plenty more of these in the future, the way that I’m going through products! If anyone has any empties post, I’d love to read it so link it below!

 

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Ah Valentines Day. As well as being one of the most argued about days of the year, it also happens to be my birthday! I love and hate my birthday, mainly because I can never get a table in a restaurant if I want to eat out with my family, but generally I hate that people judge whether you want to celebrate it or not.

I get the whole ‘you should show love the whole year round, not just one day’ but if people want to shower extra love for one day a year, let them!

Anyways, I didn’t want to do a gift guide because I don’t personally like receiving gifts for Valentines Day and everyone has different ideas about what to get and receive so I avoided it.

Instead I wanted to show you guys what I put on my nails!

Whether you’re single and want to have a cosy night in or are going out for dinner with your S.O. and want an easy way for your nails to look fabulous, you’re going to love these!

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I was sent some packets of stick-on nails and I usually hate these but I liked the look of these ones, I much prefer French manicures because I think they look super classy and you can always paint over them as well. I loved how easy they were to apply; the nail glue is veryyyy sticky and stringy though so just be warned that you do have to be careful when applying it, as you don’t want it to touch your clothes.

It also says that they last for around 7 days, I’ve only just applied them so I’m looking forward to seeing how long they actually last, but quality-wise, they are very strong and have shown zero signs of coming off.

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What are your plans for Valentines Day? Will you be doing a DIY manicure?

I was tagged by the lovely Vanessa for this award and it is basically like the Liebster Award, but with seven questions instead of eleven. I love doing posts like this because it allows me to answer questions and for you guys reading to get to know me better.

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Rules of the Award:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 7 questions they asked you.
  3. Nominate 7 bloggers for this award and let them know you nominated them.
  4. Ask 7 questions for your nominees.

Vanessa’s Questions

What’s your favourite memory?

My favourite memory would have to be my visit to San Francisco last year with my family. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had, and I had so much fun.

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Did anyone inspire you to start blogging?

No, I started blogging for myself, as a way of being able to express myself without having to write a diary 🙂 if you want to find out more then check out my ‘About Me’ page.

Favourite and least favourite social media site?

I love Twitter because of how much I get to interact with other bloggers and my readers, and I hate Instagram, which I’m sure plenty of fellow bloggers will agree with because of how difficult it is to gain followers.

If you could go for a meal with ANY 5 people who would it be?

I think I would choose James Corden, Barack Obama, the Queen, Amitabh Bachchan and Beyonce.

What was the last song you listened to?

John Legend – Love Me Now. Still so obsessed with that song.

Where do you hope to be this time next year?

To be honest, thinking so far in the future scares me, so I just hope that I’m happy and healthy. Not much else I can ask for.

What has been your biggest blogger achievement?

I hit 10,000 views not long ago and it was such a great feeling to know that my blog had been visited that many times! I also loved getting my site its own domain and getting a theme. It showed me how far I’ve come on this journey.

I nominate:

Parie

Tanya

Alys

Kimberly

Saira

Lauren

Zara

My 7 Questions:

What was the last holiday you went on?

Why did you start blogging?

What are your favourite type of posts to write?

What’s your favourite meal?

If you could spend the day with one celeb, who would it be and why?

What was the most memorable thing that happened to you this month?

If you could live in one place for the rest of your life, where would you choose and why?

If you have done this post before I’d love to read it so please be sure to leave your link in the comments below!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this 🙂 and I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend!

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If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I recently visited Berlin alone. Yep, alone. I haven’t got around to uploading the pictures from Berlin yet because my camera was being a douche, and I hate technology.

Travelling alone is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or hate it and I loved it! Even though I was only there for one night, it was so much fun travelling alone so I thought I’d share everything I learned.

  1. Be prepared. Yes I stole this phrase from the Brownies or the Guides or someone, but it just makes good sense. This could literally mean anything, but for me it was more about weather and things happening around where you’ll be. I knew that Berlin would be really cold so I wore appropriate clothes (not hard considering I live in London).
  2. Be aware + alert. Travelling alone anywhere, especially these days and being alone and being a female is scary. Being aware of your surroundings and making sure that you’re mindful of late night jaunts, keep an eye on your drinks and take care of your valuables.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask. I love asking locals for directions and where their favourite spots for coffee or dinner are, they always have the best advice and often it turns into cute little conversations. Obviously be careful and don’t spill information that the other person doesn’t need to know.
  4. Pack light. The last thing you want to do is have a huge suitcase and have to lug it around to where you’re staying, especially if you’re not staying for very long, and only take the essentials.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset
  5. Bring a good book. The thing that I was most worried about when travelling alone was eating alone. I’ve done it before when I was at Uni but this felt different, more grown-up. Reading a book was what kept me going and when I was at dinner it was a great way of feeling less alone.
  6. Plan ahead. Obviously if you’re staying overnight, have your hotel booked. But you should find out how far the hotel is from the airport, plan how you will get there, find out how much public transport costs, what are the best deals for travelling around the city etc. I always use public transport wherever I travel because usually it’s cheaper than taxis and a lot easier once you have a map 😉
  7. Make a list of must-sees. I always do research before travelling anywhere, TripAdvisor is my best friend! It has the best reviews of hotels, attractions, restaurants – pretty much anything you will need wherever you’re going or doing.
  8. Enjoy it. Even when I felt lonely, I thought about all the reasons I wanted to do this in the first place. Not having to consult anyone when plans changed, being able to pick the place to eat without taking anyone else’s dietary requirements into consideration – basically pure freedom (and being totally selfish).Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

It is amazing. I guarantee that once you’ve done it once, you will want to do it again and again (just like me who is trying to find a cheap deal to Europe right now, with no luck FYI).

Have you ever travelled alone? Did you love it or hate it?