Monday, 14 December 2015

Winter's Night In TV Choices

There's nothing I like more on a winter's evening than snuggling down with a good bit of television, a hot chocolate and a comfy pair of pyjamas. With winter well upon us, I thought I'd share some of the shows I love to watch on a winter's evening.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. I vaguely remembered Superman being on the telly, so when I saw there was a female equivalent starting, I was ready to give it a go. Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl is relatable as the slightly geeky lead, and the rest of the cast do a brilliant job. I’d really recommend giving this a go.

I’ve been rewatching this from the beginning on Netflix, and I’m so glad I’ve got back into it. It’s a great vampire story, slightly different to the usual vampire tales. I’m hoping to catch up with the current series soon – I’m currently on season four. Although, I’m not sure what I’ll do when I’ve seen all the episodes.

Another superhero show. I’ve really enjoyed this show, and I’m keen to start the comic book series, to see how it compares. I love the team that work together to save Central City on a daily basis, and new character Patty Spivot has been an instant hit with me.

I won’t lie, I love this all year round, but the new series has been on at the moment. Admittedly, I’m a little far behind, but I know I’ll quickly catch up. It’s always fun to have a sneaky look into the lives of the people of Chelsea.

Yet another superhero show. I seem to love them at this time of year – maybe because they come back at the same time of year. This was the first show of its kind that I came across, and because of that it’s probably my favourite. Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen is a welcome sight, and I love Felicity Smoak. I’ve written a post about my love for it here!

What are some of your favourite shows to watch at this time of year?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Most Anticipated Films of 2016

I love a good movie - who doesn't right? It's around this time of year that I start getting excited for the films I have to look forward to in the coming year. So today, I thought I'd give you a look at the films I'm looking forward to for 2016.
The Divergent Series – Allegiant:
I’ve loved the first two Divergent films. They’re gripping from the very beginning, and I’ve been looking forward to the final instalment since I saw Insurgent. Admittedly, I’ll be a little sad to see the series come to an end, but I need my Four fix.

Finding Dory
I love Finding Nemo, and when I first heard that there would be sequel, I couldn’t wait. And now, it’s finally within my grasp, I could not be more excited. Who wouldn’t want a bit more Dory, Nemo and crew in their lives?

The Choice
A film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel – my favourite sort of film. I haven’t read this one, but I will make it my task to read it before I see the film. I’m sure I’ll love it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Now, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan, and I am still hoping and praying that one day there’ll be another addition to the series. But in the meantime, I definitely think this offering from J K Rowling should keep my cravings for more Hogwarts at bay.

Bad Neighbours 2
It took me a while to watch the first Bad Neighbours film, as I didn’t really think it would be my sort of thing. But once I did see it, I actually really enjoyed it. Plus Zac Efron! Need I say more?

Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The New Braiding Handbook

With the festive season well and truly upon us, it's the perfect opportunity to get a little experimental with your hair. And that's where The New Braiding Handbook comes in. I've never been overly skilled when it comes to my hair, but when I came across this little gem of a book in Urban Outfitters, I knew I had to pick it up.
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The book was compiled and written by Abby Smith, who I've since discovered on her blog and YouTube channel TwistMePretty. The book is easy to follow, with tutorials that can be replicated relatively easily. There are 60 hairstyles to try, with something for everyone.
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Now, like I said, I've never been very good at doing anything creative with my hair. Like, I couldn't do anything. But after reading through a few of these tutorials, I've somehow mastered a French Plait, something I'd never tried before.
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Each tutorial has multiple pictures to show you step-by-step how to complete the look. They're so simple to follow, it's great. Abby even shows you how to master the basics, with plenty of definitions, and explanations about terminology you might come across in the book. I definitely think this book will get plenty of use - as long as I keep growing my hair that is.
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I hope you've enjoyed this sneaky peak into Abby Smith's The New Braiding Handbook. I'd definitely recommend it!
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Market OOTD

Let's face it, trying to decide what to wear for a spot of Christmas shopping can be difficult. Trying to find the right balance between being warm enough outside and cool enough in the shops. It's a task, that's for sure. So, I was quite impressed with what I wore this weekend on a visit to Winchester.
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Jeans are a staple for any shopping trip for me, they're comfortable, go with everything, and keep me warm. These ones are from New Look - my go-to denim shop! I teamed the jeans with a short sleeved pale gold jumper from Jack Wills, adding warmth and a little festiveness.
Boots are my shoe of choice in the autumn and winter. These brown boots from Primark are really comfortable, perfect for a wander round the Christmas market. This time of year you can't go anywhere without your coat, so I chose my lightweight mac from Primark, and my Primark scarf for a bit of added warmth. Can't beat a bit of Primark, especially for winter-wear!
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Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Monday, 7 December 2015

Festive Baking - Ginger Crunchies

There’s not a more Christmassy flavour than ginger, am I right? I’m all about Gingerbread lattes, gingerbread men, give me all the ginger. So when I fancied baking, it had to involve ginger, and these Ginger Crunchies fitted my needs perfectly. Now I’m not the best baker by any means, I find it quite stressful to be honest, but I found this recipe relatively easy to follow, so I thought I’d share it with you today.
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To make the biscuits, I used:
110g (4oz) softened butter
60g (2oz) caster sugar
140g (5oz) plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground ginger
And for the icing, I used:
4tbsp icing sugar
2tbsp butter
1tsp ground ginger
3tsp golden syrup
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I started by preheating my oven to Gas Mark 4, although my oven isn’t the best, so I had to turn it up a little throughout the cooking time. I lined a small baking tin with kitchen foil, and then set to making the biscuits.
I creamed together the butter and the sugar (unsuccessfully at first, I told you, I’m pretty useless), and then added the flour, baking powder and ginger into the bowl. I mixed all this together, until I was left with a ball of dough.
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I pressed the dough into the foil-lined tin, and popped it into the oven for around half an hour, although the recipe states that 15-20 minutes should be plenty. I was worried that my dough didn’t look like it was going to be very thick, but don’t worry, it does rise.
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For the icing, I put all the ingredients into a pan, and heated them gently, stirring until they all came together. Once combined, I poured over the biscuit, and then cut the biscuits into small squares. The recipe says it should make 16 biscuits, but I only made 12 – I did have to cut a little off from around the edges to make it nice and neat.
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Once cooled, they’re ready to eat, and they’re delicious. Crunchy from the biscuit and chewy from the topping, what more could you want?
I hope you enjoyed this little recipe – let me know if you try it.
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

*This recipe was from The Women’s Institute Vintage Teatime, by Jessica Simmons - which you can purchase here.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Favourite Christmas Songs

Everyone has their favourite Christmas songs. The ones you hear and you instantly feel in the festive spirit, and the ones you hear at the Christmas party that instantly get you dancing. Today, to help get us all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas tunes.
Last ChristmasWham
A classic! I love belting this out when putting the tree up, or wrapping pressies. I quite often break into singing this throughout December – be warned.

All I Want For ChristmasMariah Carey
Everyone likes this one, right? The perfect Christmas song to sing all season long – I feel like a right pop diva when I’m singing along.

Under the MistletoeJustin Bieber
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Belieber. He’s releasing some amazing music at the moment, but Under The Mistletoe will always be one of my favourites.

Santa Tell MeAriana Grande
This girl can sing, and when I discovered this tune last year, I played it non-stop!

Cold December NightMichael Buble
The king of Christmas, would it be a collection of my favourite Christmas songs without an offering from Buble himself? I didn’t think so, and this is my all-time favourite.

What are some of your favourite Christmas songs that get you in the festive spirit?
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo


Saturday, 5 December 2015

November in Instagram

If you didn't know, I'm a bit of an Instagram addict. I post quite a bit and you'll always find me scrolling through my feed. Because I love Instagram so much, I'm surprised that I have never done a blog post about my Insta month like I've seen the likes of Alice and Charlotte share. So when I started brainstorming Blogmas ideas, I thought I'd give it a go. Without any further ado, let's see what I got up to in November.
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A cute bit of Monday Motivation
My mum and I had a great time getting our nails done at Ruma Salons
Winchester looked so festive when I visited last
I couldn't resist picking up a new blogging camera in the Black Friday sales
Feeling festive with my Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa
I entered a competition to win a weave - I miss long hair
I visited Stakks for the first time with Anna, and blogged about it
The Nutella Stakk was delicious!
More food - my cookie dough pudding from dinner with the blogging girls
Wise words from Cinderella
Dinner with my blogging girls Anna and Jess at Bella Italia
My favourite Lush item in their Christmas launch, the Butterbear
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A little reminder that not all days are bad
This one made me chuckle because it is me, every morning!
Tipsy selfie with Alice on our Bloggers’ Night Out
Another tipsy selfie, this time with Anna
My fabulous hair after the Bloggers’ Preview at Ruma Salons
I'm so grateful I had the chance to visit Ruma before their grand opening
Had such a fab night with Anna and Jess for the Bloggers’ Night Out
I loved my outfit for our night out
The reason behind our drunken selfies - thank you Revolution Southampton
I hit 50 followers on my blog, and I was so proud and thankful
Face mask heaven in Lush
The first Starbucks Red Cup of the season
This month seems to have had a lot of food and drink - truly getting into the Christmas spirit apparently.
You can find me on Instagram here - leave me your usernames in the comments!
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Friday, 4 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Films

If there's one thing guaranteed to get me in the Christmas spirit, it’s a Christmas film. There's nothing better than curling up under a cosy blanket, with hot chocolate and treats and watching a festive film. Today, I thought I'd share some of my favourites, to get us all in the festive spirit.
The Polar Express
I first saw this at the cinema years ago, but it gave me all the feels. It's beautifully produced, with a lovely story and plenty of Christmassy scenes. It's guaranteed to get me feeling festive.

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The Holiday
A classic. It's not Christmas unless I've seen this. It's usually my first port of call if I'm after a Christmas film, as that can be quite early on in the season. In all honesty, I'm surprised I haven't watched it already - I better get to that. It's Christmassy without being all about Christmas, which I like. It's just the right sort of film to get me feeling cosy and ready for the holiday season.

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Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
So technically this isn't a Christmas film, but winter is a big aspect of the film. Teamed with a family based story, and my favourite Disney character, what could be better for a winter’s night in?

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Love Actually
Another classic, with a wave to Christmas, but not shoving Christmas down your throat. With multiple cute storylines and some of my favourite actors, Love Actually is just the sort of films to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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The Snowman
The ultimate Christmas film. I watched this so many times as a kid (and since) that this film is probably etched into my memory. Giving both the Christmas feels, and those of nostalgia, The Snowman instantly gets me feeling festive.

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What are you favourite Christmas films? Anything that I've missed off my list?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Ruma Salon Shellac Experience

When I visited Ruma Salon in Bursledon for their Bloggers Event, I fell in love (read about the event here)! The salon was gorgeous, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the staff were so friendly. It'll come as no surprise, then, that I couldn't wait to go back. I booked in for my first ever Shellac* and eagerly anticipated my next visit. And I wasn't disappointed!
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Once again, everyone was so welcoming and friendly, instantly relaxing me. Surely I'm not the only one who finds the initial walk in to a salon a little daunting? I was seated at one of the nail tables, offered a variety of drinks, and was then left with the most difficult task - picking the colour! Ruma use CND Shellac products, and I picked the combination of Dark Dahlia (a deep burgundy) and Nordic Lights (a glitter/shimmer) -what an autumnal choice!
As I've said, I'd never used Shellac before. I went through a phase of acrylics (which ruined my nails), and I have a Sensationail kit I sometimes use, but I was excited to give Shellac a try. And I wasn't disappointed.
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The process was much softer on my nails, with none of the heavy buffing used for acrylics. My nails felt well looked after the whole time, and still feel fab now. Shellac is meant to help your nails grow, and it let's them breathe even under layers of polish. I often find my nails get soft if I leave them painted for too long, but I hate having them nude, so you see my dilemma.
Days later, they're still as shiny as when I left the salon and no chips yet, wahoo!! Shellac is said to last 14 days, which is great for someone like me who chips their polish really easily. I do love changing colours though, and with Shellac this won't be as easy. I'm intrigued to see how long this Shellac does last, and I might be converted! They're a great choice for the holiday season though, lasting for numerous work parties and nights out with the girls.
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Have you tried Shellac? Do you think I should keep it up? Have I tempted you to try it yourself?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

*This Shellac treatment was complimentary from Ruma Salons, but all views are my own.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Drinks

Can you really get in the Holiday Spirit if you haven't had a festive drink? For me, it’s essential if I'm going to get through my Christmas shopping. The coffee shops always go all out with their festive drinks, and I thought I'd share my favourites with you today!
Black Forest Hot Chocolate - Costa
This has been a staple for me year in year out. Sweet, and warming, and indulgent, it was just the thing to get me through working in retail throughout the Christmas period. It's the one festive drink I couldn't live without.

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Praline Latte - Cafe Nero
A new discovery this year. I don't often venture into Cafe Nero, but when I was in Winchester recently, it was nice and quiet, so I wandered in. This was amazing. It's not overly sweet, and is festive in a subtle way. I love eating praline at Christmas time and now I can drink it too!!

Gingerbread Latte - Starbucks
The classic red cup, is there anything that screams Christmas more? I know you can ask for gingerbread syrup year round but there's something special about it at this time of year.

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So they're my favourite festive drinks from the three big coffee chains. What do you love drinking this time of year? Anything I should try?
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A Festive Announcement

If you follow my blog regularly, you might have seen that I missed a post yesterday. Yesterday, I made the possibly ridiculous decision to try and do Blogmas this year!! Am I mad? Quite possibly.
Most other bloggers decide to do Blogmas quite early on in November so they have the most time to prepare. Me? I choose to do it 24 hours beforehand. Woops.
The plan is to post every day. Some posts will be Christmas themed, others might not. I guess I just wanted to challenge myself. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.
There'll be a new post at 7pm, everyday (hopefully). Fingers crossed this works!
Stay up to date with everything I post via Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Until tomorrow,
Lexie
xo

Monday, 23 November 2015

Work Hard Play Hard

Having recently joined the world of full time employment, I know first hand how hard it can be to balance home life and work. If you follow my blog regularly, you might remember that back in October, my three posts a week fell to one. I just didn't have the time, and I hated it. I've only got into blogging regularly relatively recently, and I hated the idea of having to cut it back, or even stop altogether. And it wasn’t just my blog that was suffering. I work some unfortunate hours, and just couldn't find time to really chill out. Thankfully, by about four weeks into my new job, I struck a bit more of a balance. It's not perfect, that's for sure, but I thought I'd share some things I've found useful with you in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
Have a social life - it sounds harder than it is. I found that once I stopped making excuses and just agreed to events, it became easier to fit things in. If your friends suggest dinner one evening, try and make it fit your busy schedule. You have to eat, so why not get some social time out of it too. The evenings I've spent with some of my friends have really acted as a refuel for me - I feel so much better afterwards. You have fun and relax and catch up on all the gossip, what more could you want? No one works so many hours that you can't fit any social time in, so try and find an hour or two. You'll feel better for it, I promise.
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Dinner with Anna and Jess * Photo credit Jess
Stay active online - people often say that social media can escalate feelings of loneliness, but I think it's a great way to connect with people you might not get the chance to see. Taking part in a Twitter chat, or messaging your friends can feel like socialising, but from the comfort of your own home and PJs. Keeping in the loop of what's going on plays a big part of maintaining a good balance between home and work.
Utilise your time - this is essential. I have an hour commute to and from work every day, and I soon realised that this would be ideal blogging time. In theory, I could smash out one, maybe two drafts of a post a day. Who said it was hard to blog daily? Just kidding, that's a commitment I could not make right now. In all seriousness though, I'm writing this post during my lunch break. Find a quiet spot to sit, grab your tablet or laptop, or even a pen and paper, and get writing bloggers. I also love reading on the commute. It's so relaxing, and I can get a fair bit read in that time. Even just listening to music used the awkward time in your day, and stops it feeling wasted.
Make time for me time - this might be the most important. Finding a few hours in the week when you can just totally relax can be a bit of a task, I know. But making time for a Lush bath, a face mask and a catch up on your favourite bloggers or YouTubers can be so refreshing. It's some time when you don't have to think about anything, perfect. It can feel so luxurious to spend a few hours just relaxing. I try and find some time for this on a Sunday, to unwind and prepare for the week ahead. It really does do the world of good.
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So with these little tips and tricks, I think I've managed to equal out the work/home balance. Thankfully. I hope you find it even the slightest bit helpful. Do you have any other hints that I might find useful?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Friday, 20 November 2015

Lee Stafford Hair Care

Now, I do not claim to be a hair expert - far from it, let's be honest. But, I do know that Lee Stafford knows how to do hair care. I've tried odd bits here and there, but I can assure you, it swiftly became some of my favourite hair care items. I thought I'd share the love today, with a few of my favourite items that I'm sure I'll buy again and again and again.
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It was around last Christmas that I received a fab box set with all the Lee Stafford items I could ever need. I'd tried a few bits previously, and some of the shampoos and conditioners here and there, but I relished the idea of being able to try multiple items. I'll admit, it took me a little while to actually give the bits a go, but once I did, I fell in love - as I expected!
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A staple to any girl's hair care - dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo for reviving my hair between washes, especially when I'm getting up at 5am for work, as well as for adding volume, which I definitely need. I usually use Batiste, which can be hit and miss, but this Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo really does the trick. Designed for oily roots, I find that this tackles my hair issues really well - my roots are where the problems are. It smells nice, with the signature Lee Stafford scent.
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Another essential for any girl's hair kit - the Hold Tight Firm Hold Barnet Hairspray. This stuff is incredible, by far my favourite product. It sets almost instantly, and really holds your hair in place. I really struggle with flyaway hairs, especially when I wear my hair in a ponytail. With this spray, I don't have to worry. A quick spray all over my head, and those strays are tamed.  It stays in place all day, but brushes out easily - what more could we ask for?
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The third and final item I've fallen in love with is the Big Fat Root Boost Mousse Spray. I've never really been a fan of mousse, often worrying that it'll leave my hair crispy and disgusting. But this, when blow-dried out appropriately, works wonders. It really does give your hair a real boost, something we all want, right? My hair is rather thin and flat, but with this spray, it definitely looks boosted.
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So - not only does the product range look amazing, with it's bright pink packaging, but it also does incredible things to your hair. I can guarantee that I'll be buying these over and over again, and hopefully trying out some more items from Lee Stafford soon.
Are there any products from Lee Stafford you think I should try?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Blake's Delicate Rose

I’ve always been a fan of the L’Oreal lipstick collections fronted by various celebrities. The colours are so varied, with something for everyone. I’d previously picked up a lipstick from the Nudes and Reds collections – Cheryl’s and Blake’s respectively – so when I heard that L’Oreal were releasing a Pink collection, I knew there’d be at least one shade that I’d want to pick up. I wasn’t wrong.
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Ever since I heard the news that L’Oreal were adding a new colour range, I waited for them to arrive in my local Boots or Superdrug, just maybe not too patiently. After what seemed like an age, I finally spotted some, and got to the task in hand – swatching. The shades available range from some gorgeous pale pinks I wish I could pull off, to some brighter shades, that were right up my street.
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With a few catching my eye, I tried to restrict myself to choosing just one. And so, after much deliberation, I settled for Blake’s Delicate Rose. It’s nice and bright, just how I like my lipsticks, and was a nice balance between the paler shades, and the darker ones. Although I know winter is fast approaching, and our lipstick choices are getting darker, I think this lipstick will get a lot of use, and will stay in my makeup bag right the way through to Spring 2016.
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The velvet matte formula appealed as much as the colour, to be honest. A lot of my bright lipsticks are a glossier finish, so the opportunity to have a matte bright was fabulous. They’re reasonably comfortable to wear, something we all battle with when wearing mattes. I definitely think this will get a lot of wear – I might even be tempted to pick up another one or two.
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Have you tried any of the L’Oreal Collection lipsticks? Will you picking up any of the new Pink lipsticks?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Monday, 16 November 2015

Stakks Pancake House

Hands up who loves pancakes? Yep, me too! When Anna from BrightEyeBlog and I decided to have a little weekend catch-up, we both thought it'd be a great idea to try Southampton's latest pancake offering, Stakks Pancake House. Located in The Marlands Shopping Centre, I was surprised that I hadn't heard more about Stakks, so I was looking forward to the opportunity to try it out.
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We arrived just before 1pm on Sunday, and quickly chose a table and settled down to the task in hand - tackling the menus, to try and decide which pancake offering we would have. With a selection of both sweet and savoury toppings, we both had a bit of a struggle. Eventually I settled on the Nutella Stakk, with banana and strawberries, while Anna chose the NYC Stakk - the classic maple syrup and bacon. All the menu options are really reasonably priced, and you get the option of crepes, or American style pancakes. We both chose American style, and we waited patiently for our food.
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When our food arrived, we were so excited. They looked incredible, and smelt delicious; we couldn't wait to tuck in. With three well-sized pancakes, and plenty of toppings, you definitely get your money's worth.
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I am a massive Nutella fan, and teamed with these delicious Stakks pancakes, and strawberries and bananas, I was in love. They were absolutely delicious. Along with the relaxed atmosphere, I would really recommend trying Stakks, and I will definitely head back for a catch up with friends, or a little treat. There are plenty of choices, and the opportunity to build-your-own, so you can have something different every time.
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What are your favourite pancake toppings - anything I should try? Do you prefer crepes or American style?
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Autumnal Makeup Duo

Praise the makeup gods, I think I've found my ideal autumn lip and cheek combination. I'll be the first to admit that as soon as September makes an appearance, I'm craving berry tones, and this year, I took to my makeup bag to see what I could dig up.
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I rediscovered the Creamy Matte Lipstick in Razzberry from Bobbi Brown back in October, and instantly fell back in love with it. If anything I love it more second time around. It's my perfect berry shade for day to day wear, without looking too much. As the name suggests, it's both creamy and matte, so it isn't drying like a lot of matte lipsticks. I can wear this all day and stil feel comfortable. Yes, it fades, but not in a patchy way, and I always top up my lipstick throughout the day. I can guarantee that this will get a lot of use this year.
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Blush was the area I thought I was lacking. But after clearing through my makeup collection, I found this beauty from Maxfactor. I picked up a few of the Crème Puff Blushes when they were first released but totally forgot about this one, Gorgeous Berries. These blushes are so soft and blendable, they are so easy to apply and wear. They're quite pigmented so a little goes a long way, but I can quite easily fix it if I'm a little heavy handed. I'd definitely recommend swatching these, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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When I tried pairing these two together, I was pleasantly surprised. They're almost identical in colour. They compliment each other really well, and really tie my makeup together, I think. I already know I'll wear this combination over and over again throughout autumn and winter.
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What are you favourite autumnal colours? Anything I should have a look at? Autumn shades are my favourite, I'm always on the lookout for new possible favourites.
Until next time,
Lexie
xo

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bloggers' Night Out OOTN

If you follow me on social media, then I'm sure you'll know that last Friday I got myself all dolled up and hit the town with some of the Southampton Blogger girls for a night of drinks and giggles. It's been a while since I've been out, so I was super excited, and spent a good while deciding what to wear - something very unlike me!
After a last minute dash to New Look before heading to work on Friday, I had an outfit I was really happy with. I’ve seen glitter in all the shop windows recently (it is nearly Christmas I suppose) and I really wanted to get involved. I fell in love with this black and gold top, with cut out shoulders, so had to pick it up. I think it was just right for a night with the girls and I felt really comfortable.
I teamed the top with leather look trousers, a staple of mine when I was at university. They're super comfy - you'll see this is important for me haha - but look like you've made a lot of effort. Plus, in this cold weather, they keep you surprisingly warm.
Accessory wise, I kept it really simple. I wanted the top to be the outfits main focus, so I just went with heels and a bag, no jewellery. I love my wedge embellished heels! They're another item that saw a lot of use while I was at university, and I love the edge they add to any outfit. I grabbed my favourite black bag from the Kardashian Kollection for Dorothy Perkins. Where this bag can be both a clutch and a shoulder bag, it's really versatile, and easy to wear.
With a red lip from Revlon, and some winged liner, I was good to go. I really liked what I wore, and can't wait for the opportunity to wear it again!
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Until next time,
Lexie
xo

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