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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Shrek the Musical | Mayflower Theatre

There is something about going to see a stage production of a story you are familiar with. Shrek the Musical was that sort of show for me. Having grown up watching the Dreamworks film, I know that story like the back of my hand. It was a big part of my childhood, and I couldn't wait to head to the Mayflower Theatre with the Southampton Bloggers to review the story reimagined as a musical*.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Wicked | Mayflower Southampton

Wicked... it's one of those musicals that everyone and their mother seems to have seen. Except me, that is. Somehow, I've managed to avoid seeing it on stage, or even any clips online. I knew a few words to "Defying Gravity" and that was it. So, when the invitation to join the Southampton Bloggers at the newly refurbished Mayflower Theatre to watch this masterpiece of a show, there was no way I could turn it down. And boy am I grateful for the opportunity. It has quite possibly become one of my favourite shows.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Living The Life of Kylie | Kylie Cosmetics Collection

The Kardashian/Jenner clan are everywhere, and they're not everyone's cup of tea. I'll be honest - I'm a big fan, trying my best to Keep Up... as much as I can. And the one family member who seems to be making a real name for herself is Kylie Jenner. When the 21-year-old reality star launched her cosmetics range, I was hooked - I knew there was nothing for me to do but to get online and order some products as soon as I could. Fast forward to now, and I seem to have amassed a little collection of Kylie Cosmetics.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Tale As Old As Time Afternoon Tea | Town House Kensington

It's no secret that I am a Disney fanatic - anything related to Disney and I'm there. I also love a good afternoon tea, so when I saw the Tale As Old As Time Afternoon Tea on a few people's Instagrams, I knew that one day, I would have to go. With both my mum and my sister celebrating some big birthdays this year, it was decided that we'd take a little family trip to London for the day for a spot of afternoon tea. How civilised!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

My Top 10 Books To Be Read

A few posts ago, I shared my top 10 favourite books of all time. It's got me thinking about the books that I really want to get to soon and I thought I'd share them. Hopefully by listing them here, I can hold myself accountable for trying to get to them.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

August Favourites

Somehow, we've come to the end of another month and we're heading closer to the end of the year. But, this does mean it's time to look back at the month and think about the products I've been loving this month. I've picked up a few new bits and pieces that have become staples in my beauty routine, as well as a rediscovery or two.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Top 10 Tips for NQTs

If you've followed me for a while, you might be aware that I qualified as a primary teacher in June 2017, taking on my first class in the following September. When I think back to my first year of teaching, I instantly think of one word - EXHAUSTING! The move from training to NQT year is insane, and I don't think anything could ever fully prepare you for it. A lot of the first term was spent absolutely knackered and with a tear or two. Teaching is definitely not an easy career to go into, but that first year is one of the most rewarding - you get to call a class of children your own (after muscling in on other people's classes during training), you get to decorate and organise the classroom how you want, and you get to teach how you want - this is what you've waited all this time for.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

My Top 10 Favourite Books

For as long as I can remember, I've loved having my nose in a book. I was always that kid who actually liked reading, I took that love for reading onto studying an English Literature degree, and now I'm a primary teacher, I try and ignite a love of reading into the children in my class. Unfortunately, teaching can be quite all-consuming so my time for reading has reduced quite substantially. But, during the summer holidays, I want to make a conscious effort to read a bit more. Admittedly, I'm two and a half weeks in and still on book number one, but I'm committed to reigniting my own love of reading. And I figured that the best place to start with this, was to think back about some of my favourite books of all time.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette | Bronze Edition

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you may already be aware that I love Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Bobbi products have made up a large proportion of my makeup collection for years - be it lipsticks, foundation, mascara and eyeshadows. I love following the BB Pros - Hannah Martin, Amy Conway and Aimee Morrison are my favourites - and keeping up with all the new releases. One of the recent releases is the Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette, coming in two variations, Rosy and Bronze. I love a good eyeshadow palette, and when I saw these, I knew I had to have one.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The Ultimate Cider Tasting Experience | The Stable Southampton

When Guildhall Square was revamped back in 2010, the area of the city was given a complete new lease of life, and The Stable became an established restaurant in Southampton. Known as the location for pizza, pies and cider, I'm not sure how I'd gotten to this point without visiting - I mean pizza and cider, what more could you want? So I jumped at the opportunity to visit The Stable with the Southampton Bloggers for an afternoon of cider tasting and delicious food.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Seaside in the Square Southampton

Living on the South Coast, I love to be by the sea, whether that's sitting down by Weston Shore in my car, walks along Lepe Beach with Stephen or taking a trip down to good ol' Bournemouth Beach during the school holidays. So when I heard that Guildhall Square, in the middle of Southampton City Centre was getting a beach for the summer, let's just say I was a little intrigued. Last week, I headed down with a group of Southampton Bloggers to see what Seaside in the Square was all about.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Astonishing | P&O Britannia

Growing up in Southampton, I am no stranger to the cruise ships. The summer months are filled with ships from different cruise companies docking in the port of my hometown, and I love seeing them, of all different shapes and sizes. Despite this, I had never been on a cruise ship before - I'd barely even set foot into the dock. So when the invitation to join the Southampton Bloggers onboard the P&O Cruises Britannia*, I couldn't say no! As I read the invitation further, I discovered that we were being invited to celebrate the premiere of the new entertainment show, Astonishing, and I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Jo Malone Hot Blossoms Collection

The weather we've been having recently, I've got a real summery feel. With the longer, warmer days and the trees and flowers coming into bloom, I'm fully ready to ditch the jumpers and coats, and embrace all things summer. So when the opportunity arose to join some of my favourite Southampton Bloggers at Jo Malone in John Lewis in West Quay to celebrate the launch of their new Hot Blossoms Collection.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

War Horse | Mayflower Theatre

War Horse has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed a record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre in March 2016, and has won 25 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.  When War Horse first played the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton in February 2014, it unsurprisingly played to packed houses. And when it was announced that the National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo's novel was returning to my local theatre, I knew I'd have to go. So when the invitation popped up to join the Southampton Bloggers for a night of stunning theatre*, I was over the moon.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

New Fragrance Finds

Is there anything better than a spot of perfume shopping while on holiday? With the reasonable price points, and the variety available, it's so much fun. I was lucky enough to find an amazing beauty store just a short walk from our hotel in Tenerife. And obviously, I couldn't come home without a purchase... or two.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

April in Instagram

April has been a busy old month. Sometimes, it surprises me how much I've actually done in a month when I look back. I didn't feel this busy on a day-to-day basis, but apparently, I've been busier than I thought!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

April 2018 Favourites

And just like that, April has come to an end and May is literally right around the corner. Where is this year going? But looking back, as well as loving the mini heatwave we had, I've discovered some amazing new products that I just had to share.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Kite Runner Review | Mayflower Theatre

The Kite Runner has been a show that I wanted to watch as soon as I saw it on the Mayflower's overview for the year's shows. I've heard so many good things about the novel by Khaled Hosseini, but haven't yet gotten around to reading it - let's be fair, my to-read list is as long as both my arms, so it's not surprising. I couldn't wait to head down to the Mayflower Theatre to finally immerse myself in the story.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Makeup Counter Apprehension | YSL Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Foundation

Raise your hand if you've ever been slightly intimidated by the thought of going up to a makeup counter to get your makeup done? Who here has ever ordered online to avoid going into store? Me! Sounds silly, I know, but I always worry about going up to the counter, especially if I want the artists to try a product out on me. Silly, right, because that's their job. So, when the opportunity arose for me to head into YSL at Debenhams Southampton to try their new foundation, I decided to follow my 2018 Goals (you can read that post here) and say YES.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Titanic: The Musical at Mayflower Theatre

Growing up in Southampton, the story of the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic is something has always been discussed and has become ingrained in part of my identity as a Sotonian. This year marked 106 years since the sinking of the White Star Line ship, so when the invite dropped into my inbox to join the Southampton Bloggers for press night of Titanic The Musical*, I jumped at the opportunity.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sunday Brunching | Lakaz Maman

I'm sure you've established by now that the Southampton Bloggers are happiest when surrounded by food. And March saw the latest blogger meet up being hosted at the Mauritian Street Food restaurant Lakaz Maman, owned by Masterchef champion Shelina Permalloo.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Grosvenor Casino VIP Experience | SotonBloggers

Surprisingly, I've made it to the age of 24 without ever setting foot inside a casino. Like ever. And there are a few in Southampton that I could have chosen. So when the invite to a VIP Experience at Grosvenor Casino* with the Southampton Bloggers dropped into my inbox, I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

Dress from Matalan * Boots from Oasis

Sunday, 25 March 2018

My Travel Beauty Bag

After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, it's almost time for me to fly to the sunnier climes of Tenerife. And part of my excitement for a trip always comes from whittling down my extensive beauty collection to a more acceptable amount of makeup and skincare products that won't weigh my suitcase down too much. Now, I love having a nosey at what other people are packing, so I thought I'd share my picks with you today.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Supermarine X Southampton Bloggers

I can't think of any better way to spend a midweek evening than with my favourite group of bloggers at one of my favourite local restaurants. So when the opportunity arose to join the Southampton Bloggers at Supermarine Wood Fired Pizza in Woolston, I was over the moon. With a gorgeous, Mediterranean feeling interior, and a newly redesigned menu, I was expecting great things - and I was not disappointed.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

My Biggest Blogging Influences

Despite my blog starting off as just a little corner of the internet that I could call my own, I've been making a conscious effort so far this year to really put some time and effort into my blog. Whether that means saying yes to more blogging opportunities, or taking more time writing and photographing blog posts, I've been diving back into the blogging world - and it's been fabulous! I've been finding inspiration from a range of beautiful girlies, and I thought I'd share my absolute favourites with you.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

February Favourites

Somehow we blinked and February was over! Just like that. And with the end of a month comes another favourites post. I missed January (birthday celebrations took over) so I've definitely got some new faves to share with you!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Miss Saigon | Mayflower Theatre

Another month, another new show arrives at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This month, it's the turn of Miss Saigon - an absolute classic when it comes to theatre and one that has been on my to-watch list for many a year. And when it comes to your hometown, how can you refuse?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Vospers Bloggers Brunch

Bloggers and brunch, it's an age old combination. Give us Instagrammable coffees and plates of food, and an opportunity to talk all things blog, and we're happy campers. So, when the email from SotonBloggers inviting me down to try Vospers Woolston's new brunch menu, I couldn't turn it down!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Blown Blow Dry & Beauty Bar

I'm a big fan of being pampered once and a while - I mean who isn't? So when I heard about the new beauty salon opening in Southampton, I couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about. So on Wednesday evening, I popped over to Blown with the SotonBloggers for an evening of glam, gossip and goodies.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Five Go-To Coffee Stops

Being Southampton born and bred, and a coffee lover, I've seen more than a few cafes come and go over the years. I'm a big fan of the popular Costa and Starbucks, but I'm trying to support more independent establishments - their interiors are quaint and eclectic, and their products are always top notch. I thought I'd share my top five places to go in Southampton, for a mid-shopping coffee pitstop or a tasty spot of brunch.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Sunset Boulevard at Mayflower Theatre

If you read my Goals for 2018 post, you'll have seen that one of my goals for the upcoming year is to see more theatre shows. Well, when the opportunity popped up to go and see Sunset Boulevard at the Mayflower Theatre, I knew I just had to say yes*! It's a show that I always wanted to see, and the posters I'd seen promised that it would be a good show.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Top Beauty Picks of 2017

With the end of another year, it's the start of all the Best of Beauty videos and blog posts across the online community. Safe to say that for the rest of the month I'll be taking in everyone's opinions, hoping to find some new discoveries, and this year I thought I'd throw in my ten cents.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

18 Goals for 2018

First off, Happy New Year!

I can't believe we've entered 2018 already - feels like 2017 passed in the blink of an eye! Now, I'm not usually one to make resolutions (I'm rubbish at keeping them), but this year, I thought I'd have a go at setting myself some goals for the year. I'm making no promises that I will stick to all of them, but I figured they'd at least be a good guideline. So without any further ado, here are my 18 goals for 2018!



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