girl looking onto ocean from balcony

It’s rare that I do fashion-related content on here, but it is something that I love to read so I thought I would update you on a couple of pieces I’ve picked up recently from Fashion World. It’s a website that I’d never heard of before, but one that is really easy to use and has some great products available.

If you follow me on social media, you may know that I went on holiday to Dubai and Sardinia a few weeks ago, so I thought with the amazing backdrops there, that I would take the opportunity to get some photos of my, very kindly, gifted products.

Swimwear

As I knew I had a couple of trips lined up this year, I thought it would be a good idea to get a swimming costume that I wear on the beach and to the pool. The website specialises in Magisculpt technology, which tucks you in at all the right places, which is perfect if you fancy indulging on holiday like we all should!

I went for the Magisculpt, high-neck swimsuit, in black with a cut out bit in the centre (which I managed to get a very interesting tan line through), as I thought it would be the most flattering. It also came with adjustable straps, which was very handy as I have quite an odd shaped torso. The costume itself was really good quality too – nice and thick, but it wasn’t too tight or restrictive in the heat, and it dried quickly.

Skirt

I’m a huge fan of the paper-bag style that can be found on the high-street at the moment, so when I saw this denim-style one on the website, I knew I had to have it. I’m a big fan of a denim skirt as it goes with everything and because it’s high-waisted you can tuck a top into it, or wear with a crop top.

When it came I really liked how thin the material was, which was great for the hot weather of holidays but also the heatwave we’ve been having in the UK (please never end!) I wore it on holiday with a t-shirt I picked up just before I went away and I think this will be how I wear it going forward.

(Please ignore the hideous bruise on my leg!)

girl in Dubai at The Palm

Jumpsuit

I really love jumpsuits because they can be casual enough for day-wear, worn with heels to work, or dressed up for a night out, so when me and Jordan had a date night the other week, I knew it was the perfect time to wear my new one. The style I went for was the stripe culotte bardot jumpsuit with adjustable straps, and a tie around the waist which I found is quite flattering.

Now I’m a lover of colour, just not on me, so I knew I wanted to go for something more monochrome, which is why this style was so perfect. Also, black and white goes with everything! I feel as though the bardot style is really flattering too, and the adjustable straps are really handy too.

Not only do Fashion World do a range of clothing for all shapes and sizes, they also have a homeware section with some lovely bits, as well as an electricals section too. I’m really happy with the pieces I’ve picked up and think that they can all be dressed up and down for a range of occasions.

If you’re in the market to update your summer wardrobe, or want to invest in things for the upcoming seasons, then give Fashion World a go.

Have you shopped at Fashion World? What did you pick up?

This post is sponsored by Fashion World. All views are my own.

picture of microphone from a wedding band

All of the weddings I’ve been to in the past have had some form of live music, but I never really knew what I wanted when it came to planning my own wedding. There are so many different options out there from a band, to a string quartet or a DJ with a saxophone player – the list goes on – and it’s difficult to know what the crowd will like. Also, as music is such a huge part of my life, it would have to be something that blew me away.

A wedding band is something I wasn’t sure I particularly wanted for the big day next year and it’s something we didn’t really budget for, thinking that a DJ or an iPod playlist would do the trick, but the more people I talk to about this decision say that we HAVE to have a wedding band, so I’ve been on the hunt to find one that won’t break the bank but will also play the songs that are special to us and our guests.

As I used to work for an events company, I had an idea of how much a good band would cost, and although some people would rather spend the money elsewhere, there is something about the atmosphere that a live band bring to the table that cannot be rivalled.

There are loads of agencies out there who will do the hard work for you and put together a proposal based on your music tastes, budget and where you are in the country, and they’ll always be flexible with what they can offer. Or if you would rather do it yourself, you can search through their catalogue of acts and compare the ones that take your fancy.

One of the websites I found that was quick and easy to use was Alive Network where all you need to do is put in your event type, location and the date and you can even hear the band playing live. They make it easy for you to hire every kind of live entertainment imaginable from all over the UK, which is pretty handy when you’re planning your wedding and have no idea what you’re after. This can range from comedians in Edinburgh and amazing wedding bands in Kent to classical musicians in Dorset and circus performers in Brighton – they literally have something for everyone and every budget.

The thing with weddings as well is that everything gets booked up so far in advance, especially if you are getting married during ‘the season’ (April to September) so if you are looking for live music, I would suggest getting it sorted as soon as possible. The good thing about Alive Network is that they only show you the artists that are available for your date and the total price (excluding VAT) so you can easily see whether it will fit within your budget.

At the moment we’re trying to whittle our list down to 2 or 3 that we really like and then we’ll get the opinion of some family and friends to help us make the final decision. I definitely want someone who will let us give recommendations as our invitation will ask our guests for a song they want played – I always think this is a nice way of getting people involved, and when their song comes on, they always have a smile on their face.

If you’re looking for a wedding band or live entertainment for another type of event then I would definitely recommend giving Alive Network a go as there will definitely be something for you.

What do you think about live music at weddings?

This post was sponsored by Alive Network. All views are my own.

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another weekly love post! I feel like I’ve not stopped this week. I’ve been in London for work, had Jordan’s birthday and spent the weekend in Cologne, so I’m about ready to fall asleep, but it’s the start of a new week, and I’m excited about quite a chilled one.

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the weather, and it seems a shame that this week it’s finally going to not be as warm, but hopefully the sunshine will make an appearance over the weekend as I haven’t spent enough of my time in beer gardens yet, that’s for sure!

And here is everything I was loving last week…

London

As I mentioned, I spent a couple of days down in London for work, which was really nice to break up the week and catch up with my colleagues. I saw my friend Louise for dinner and we went to the lovely little Kingly Court, which is now one of my favourite areas of London and ate at Pizza Pilgrims which has been on my list for a while, before heading to the shops for some late night retail therapy.

Greek Takeaway

When I got home on Wednesday, the last thing I wanted to do was make dinner as I felt so tired (I never sleep well in hotel rooms by myself, especially when they are 10000 degrees…) and Jordan was working late so I decided to get us both a takeaway from our favourite Greek restaurant which was delicious!

Mama Mia

I saw Mama Mia this week with a couple of girl friends, and it was amazing. I don’t think it’s as good as the first one (which I’ve seen 10+ times at least) but it was a really lovely story line, and I may have shed a tear towards the end. I’ve also had ABBA on repeat ever since so that’s gotta say something right?

Personal Training

On Thursday evening, I had my first personal training session with my friend Missy (from the blog Contour Allure) who owns Elevation Fitness in Warrington. I was a little bit nervous as I’m more of a workout by yourself girl, but the session was so fun. We did a mixture of different circuits, targeting the full body and although it was tough, I can’t wait to go back!

Catching Up With Old Friends

After my session on Thursday evening, my friend Noemie came round for a catch up and some nibbles. It was really lovely to see her and hear all about her new job and we chatted for hours and had some really lovely vegetarian food – always a great way to spend the evening.

Baker Days

I was really kindly gifted a cake for Jordan’s birthday from the lovely team at Bakerdays, and they even let me send them a picture for it too – so naturally I put both the cats on there. The cake was a lovely sponge with jam and buttercream and a fondant icing; so delicious – AND it fit through the letterbox!

Cologne For Jordan’s Birthday

As I mentioned at the top, we spent the weekend in Cologne, celebrating Jordan’s birthday. I booked it way back at the start of the year as it has been a city on our list for a while, so it felt like we’ve been looking forward to it for ages, but it’s also come round so quick. We had a really lovely trip, and although it was only two days and two nights, we crammed so much in. I’ll be writing up all my recommendations in the coming weeks so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

Hotel

I wanted to mention the hotel we stayed in on here as I won’t be doing a full review of it, but I really would recommend it if you’re heading to Cologne. We stayed in the Mauritius Hotel and Therme, which had 12 saunas, all at different temperatures, three Jacuzzis and two pools, which was absolutely the dream after being in 35 degree heat in the centre of a city!

How was your week last week? What were you loving?

Happy August everyone – can you actually believe it?

I’m really happy that it’s August actually as it’s almost the start of autumn which is my favourite season and a couple of my favourite months.

I feel as though my August is a little less hectic that July, but I still have some exciting plans that I’ve got to look forward to and thought I would share them in this wishlist post!

1. Celebrate Jordan’s Birthday

August is always an exciting month because it’s my other half’s birthday. I’ve bought him some really random presents but I hope he likes them – plus we’re celebrating it in Cologne, which I’m really looking forward to.

2. Explore A New German City

Following on, Jordan and I will be heading to Cologne next weekend, which is a city that’s been on my bucket list for a while. I really love Germany, and this will be the fourth city I’ve visited. We’re staying just outside the city centre so will get the chance to explore by walking everywhere.

3. Book An Autumn Break

Everyone knows how much I like going away, and this month I really want to book to go away in autumn as I love visiting Europe when it’s a little bit cooler in the UK.

4. Taste Some New Cocktails

Next week I’ll be heading to Turtle Bay to sample their new cocktail menu. Turtle Bay is one of my favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester, so I’m really looking forward to this event, and catching up with some of my favourite girls.

5. Dance The Night Away At Britney

This month I’ll be going to see BRITNEY and I’m so so excited! She’s doing her Vegas tour around the UK, and we managed to get tickets back in January, so it’s been something we’ve been looking forward to all year. I really want to dress up too, so if you have any ideas, let me know – but please, no bald caps!

6. Enjoy Afternoon Tea

I’ve very kindly been invited to try the new afternoon tea menu at Australasia in Manchester, which is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to for food, so I’m sure this won’t disappoint. I haven’t been for afternoon tea for a while, but I really enjoy it every time I go.

7. Finish My Book

I started Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I know about love’ just over a week ago, and I’ve really been enjoying it so far and I can’t wait to finish it. Everyone that I know whose read it has only said really amazing things about it too.

8. Explore A New Area Of London

I’m going to be in London a couple of times in August, and I really want to use the time wisely and explore some new areas that I haven’t been to before. At the moment I’m thinking of Exmouth market and Hampstead Heath.

9. Share The Love At Pride

This August bank holiday, I’ll be spending the day at Manchester Pride, and I can’t wait. It’s been a big tradition in not only Manchester, but the rest of the world, and it’s my first time there. I can’t wait to see the parade and party with some of my favourite people.

10. Celebrate My Friends 30th

Also, on the bank holiday, my friend Kate turns 30, and is having a party to celebrate. It’ll be loads of the girls going who I used to work with and I can’t wait to catch up with them all since I left.

What are you looking forward to this month?

 

It’ll come as no surprise that I love to go away: Exploring new places is one my favourite things to do, and my incurable wanderlust means that I am always up for a new adventure. Travel is something I write about a lot on here, and it’s the posts I get most excited about sharing because I love looking back on the memories down the line. I’m not blessed with unlimited money, so travelling on a budget is usually the way I get around it.

This year alone, I’ve managed to squeeze in 8 trips within the UK, and abroad, which has only sparked my love of travel even more and I don’t think it’s a fire that is going to burn out any time soon.

One of my favourite things to do is to check on Sky Scanner for cheap places to the destinations that are on my list, and see which the cheapest month to visit in so I can bear that in mind for when the need for a trip strikes!

I wouldn’t call myself an expert in this field, but when it comes to finding good deals online, I can definitely shed some light if you’re looking for a little city break, or maybe something further afield, and today I have rounded up some of the ways that I use when I’m travelling on a budget.

Make The Most Of Flight Sales For Budget Travel

Back on January 1st, Ryanair were in the midst of doing a post-Christmas sale on flights, and I for one, took advantage of it. You have to be a bit savvy with these sales, as not only are they time-sensitive, there may only be a few months where the cheaper flights can be taken. That said, it’s easy enough to get yourself a good deal.

On the day, I managed to book 3 different sets of flights for later in the year, at a fraction of what they would originally cost, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out.

A January sale isn’t something that all airlines do, but the best way to find out when they are reducing the prices the is by following them on their Social Media channels, as this is where they tend to spill the beans first.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Off-Season

The great thing with most European destinations is that they tend to have better weather than the UK (I’m writing this as it’s 30 degrees outside, so maybe not the best time for this example…) but when the weather starts to turn in late September – early October, it’s the best time to escape and get some last-minute sun.

Some of my favourite holidays have been taken out of season as the weather has been so glorious just before it starts to change, and autumn is definitely my favourite season, in the UK and elsewhere so you’ve got to make the most of it.

The great thing about going out of season as well is that the flight prices go down because the airlines need to attract so bear this in mind as well when you’re ready to book something.

Sign Up For The Best Deals

There is an abundance of websites out there, claiming they can get you the best deals on holidays, and although it may take a little bit longer to find something that suits your needs and budget, it is definitely something that is worth looking into.

Some sites such as Latest Deals scour the web for you, which means you can look at the deals on the internet, all in one place – shopping for a holiday has never been so simple!

Go Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of

It might seem daunting to go to a place that you know little or nothing about, but it can also be one of the most exciting experiences for you. When we booked flights to Eindhoven back in January, none of us knew anything about it, but it ended up being such a fun trip because we just got to explore.

Ryanair and Easyjet fly to some obscure places, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t find something fun to do there, or if you’re still a little bit hesitant, why not use these cheaper flights to get to a city you want to go to by connecting once you’re there?

And there you have my tips for getting the most out of your travelling – if you have any more, please let me know!

How do you like to travel?