A 5-Step Guide to Sales Shopping

Clothes Shopping, Rack, Black, White

Boxing Day marks the beginning of a wonderful season of sales. It's good to be prepared, so read below for some of my top tips on surviving sales shopping.


Skin Philosophy

People laughing at beauty event

When the Queen of Manchester events, Stephanie Ledigo, had her debut in London, of course I had to be there! This time, I headed to West London for the launch of the first Skin Philosophy salon and academy, an event marked by good taste and a great crowd - including a surprise celebrity appearance.

Haunted Pub Tour

Haunted street, Black and white

Think you know everything about the capital? See a whole new side of London with a walking tour of the city's most haunted locations, stopping along the way for a pint or two.

The Versatile Blazer Jacket

Closed beige blazer jacket

Straight from Luxemme's Limited Edition range to my closet, I am now the proud owner of the Clara Tailored Blazer (*). This is one of my favorite new additions to my closet, and a must-have staple piece.

Taco Tuesdays

Old El Paso range

In true Taco Tuesday style and just in time for Dia de los Muertos celebrations, myself and a few other lucky bloggers headed down to the trendy Food at 52 Cookery School for a night of cooking with Old El Paso, as the brand re-launched its Stand 'N' Stuff Soft Taco Kits. 

Posh Breakfast

Jam, coffee, mug
Award-winning Posh Pickles & Preserves will help ensure you never skip another breakfast. Made with care and passion, the brand offers a diverse range of quality chutneys, pickles, oils, and jams. They are handmade in small batch open preserving pans to maintain their consistently impeccable taste.

#UFITPOWER Giveaway

Ufit drinks

It's a challenge being healthy when you lead a busy lifestyle. If you're in need of a quick protein hit to 'fuel the gap' when energy levels start to lag, or simply as a healthy snack, then you should try Ufit, the milk with added oomph.

Golf With Monarch

London golf

As one of the top airlines for golf destinations, Monarch treated myself and other amazing bloggers to the ultimate golf crash-course. The excitement began when I received probably the best event invite ever. "(Tiger) Woods you like to SWING by and be part of a great CLUB of bloggers attending?" - How could I say no?

#PrairiePizzazz Luau Box

Subscription box, fashion and beauty

I have always loved the idea of subscription boxes, but I never found the 'right one' for me. That is, until I was contacted by Prairie Charms with the opportunity to become part of their blogging team. Besides being a huge privilege, this means I (and a few other bloggers) get exclusive access to the brand's Prairie Pizzazz boxes - a monthly collection of themed items ranging from fashion accessories to stationary, home decor, and even food. 

Feast London

Sausages mash and sweet potato fries

For a capital city and a major financial center, London stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs surely close doors early. And I wasn't the only one to notice this - Simon Pusey, founder of Feast London, set up the late-night delivery company with all the London night owls in mind. 

Quorn BBQ


vegetarian barbeque

Everything seems to be bigger and better in the capital - including blogger events. This time I was invited to a very different barbecue at the London BBQ School, in the heart of Peckam Rye. What was so different about it? All our creations were healthy, high in protein, and 100% vegetarian.

Found My Dream In Birmingham

Owl statue in park

Who doesn’t love travelling? I made it one of my New Year’s resolutions to go on more day trips, so last weekend I decided to go to Birmingham and have a First Class weekend away! The best way to get there is by train and CrossCountry is had some great offers and great services.

Love Spreads

Jam jars

Love Spreads - what a brilliant name - is a Stretford-based homemade food business making delicious jams, spreads and snacks, and adorable gifts. Recently, I got to try a small sample of some of their most popular products and I was immediately hooked.

Style It Like a Pro

Wedding name tags

If you are following me on Twitter you might already know that I have just moved to London this week. For my first London blogging event, Confetti, UK's leading bridal website, invited me to the most beautiful wedding decoration styling masterclass.

8 Photos of Happiness Tag

Dolphins in zoo

Thank you Michelle for the nomination. From what I understand this is a very recent tag, and I love the idea behind its creation - to share with others moments that make you happy.

The Casual LBD


I love keeping my outfits interesting by dressing up informal items or by dressing down more elegant pieces by pairing them with casual accessories. For this OOTD post, I was inspired by one of my favorite timeless trends: the casual Little Black Dress.

Whitworth Art Gallery


Located on Oxford Road, the Whitworth Art Gallery re-opened this year after a £15 million transformation. With a vast collection ranging from historic fine art to modern and contemporary pieces, photography, textiles, prints, wallpapers, and sculptures the free-entry gallery is definitely worth a visit. 

The Love/ Hate Tag


Thank you Farihah for the tag nomination. The rules to this one are quite simple: list 10 things you love, 10 things you hate, and pass it on by tagging up to 10 new people.

Betty Crocker Giveaway

Cupcakes in tray

If, like me, you enjoy baking, you are going to love this giveaway! Betty Crocker is an amazing high-end provider of everything baking-related, from brownie, muffin, cake, cupcake, and cookie mixes to mouth-watering icing and sprinkles packs. This time I have partnered with Betty Crocker to give you the chance to win a delicious 5-piece baking product bundle.

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards


I have just received a Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards nomination by the lovely Cake and Whisky blog. The rules are as follows: thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, answer 10 questions you have been send, come up with 10 more questions of your own, and pass it on by nominating up to 10 other bloggers.

Chanel Joan Elkayam

Chanel Joan Elkayam designer

I first met Chanel on the opening night of Manchester Fashion Week. I immediately fell in love with her personality and her designs. At only 17 years of age, Chanel's designs opened the second day of Manchester Fashion Week and she definitely made a lasting impression. 

Bufflone Athletic

Girl and graffiti wall

I first got the chance to meet the brand (and the guys behind it) at the Goodstock styling event. Bufflone Athletic is an urban sportswear brand inspired by skateboard and BMX. Their collection offers excellent sport-inspired streetwear, including T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts,  varsity-style jackets, backpacks and beanies, and snap-backs. 

39 Steps

Restaurant

For once, it was nice to sit down with my favorite blogging girls without having everyone running around like they would normally do at an event. The location chosen was the lovely 39 Steps restaurant in Styal, Wilmslow. 

CurrentBody Beauty

Face brushes

A few weeks ago I was invited to a beauty event hosted by Carousel PR introducing the fabulous product ranges of the health and beauty technology brand CurrentBody.com. From every-day must haves such as the Clarisonic to more complex technologies including the Silk'n Flash & Go laser hair remover, the event presented beauty products to meet everyone's needs and wants. 

Bloggers Style


Clothes in rack

Yesterday, the Goodstock charity shop in Manchester opened its doors and let bloggers take over for a styling challenge. Myself and the other bloggers had access to the store's entire stock and were challenged to create a festival-ready look.

Love Your Body #2

Tanning products

As you may already know, I am slightly obsessed with The Body Shop.  So when I heard about yet another after-hours event (this time at the Manchester Arndale shop) I knew I had to be present. 

Summer Glow Kit Giveaway

Self-tanning

To celebrate the end of my exams (and the end of my degree) I have decided to put on another giveaway. This time, you could win some fabulous goodies to get your summer glow ready.

#TheLiveShoot

Ell photoshoot models

In a once-in-a-lifetime event, ELLE and GHD have opened the doors to a live magazine shoot in East London celebrating the launch of the new GHD platinum styler. What's more, the entire event was broadcasted live from the shoot to one of the world-famous Piccadilly Circus billboards.

Top Notch Salon

Top Notch Salon

Top Notch is a hairdresser and beauty salon hidden away in Eccles, Manchester. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out some of their new season blow dry styles in yet another fabulous Ledigo PR event.

Spring Into Fashion

Garden decoration

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Village Hotel in Cheadle to attend a very special fashion show in aid of St. Ann's Hospice. Hosted by Key 103's Chelsea Norris, various local clothing and accessory brands showcased their products in a very stylish runway show. 

Run or Dye

Run or Dye race

If you have been following me for a while, you might know that I am involved in a lot of sports, including volleyball, kickboxing, and even pole fitness. The one thing I cannot find motivation for, though, is running. This is one of the reasons why I have decided to partner with Run or Dye, the world's most colorful 5k. 

InstaNatural Serum

Beauty serum


So, up until very recently I was a serum virgin. To be honest, I thought only old ladies used serums and you only needed to purchase one once you started to show some wrinkles. Wrong! InstaNatural has completely converted me with their advanced Vitamin C youth & beauty formula and their premium hydration Hyaluronic Acid serum, which are now part of my day-to-day skincare routine.

I'm a Superhero

Superhero bloggers
This week I had the privileged of attending Cash for Kids Superhero Day launch. Cash for Kids is Key 103's official charity which does amazing projects to help raise thousands for disabled and disadvantaged children around Greater Manchester. All the money is raised locally and spent locally, and goes to children and young people under 18 throughout the region, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioral or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

OOTD: Sunny Days

Womens Sunglasses


With the westernmost point of continental Europe (Cabo da Roca, Portugal) as my backdrop, I was inspired by the lovely Portuguese weather of 26ºC to show off some of my favorite spring/summer pieces that have been locked up in my closet up until this point, on my second ever OOTD post. 

Yelp Manchester Meets: Revolución de Cuba

Cocktail and sunglasses

I had only been in Revolución de Cuba once before, but I didn't get to appreciate their love for and knowledge of rum. This was a great event to meet the staff, learn more about the bar, and even have our go at rum tasting and making our own cocktails. 

Weekend Fitcamp

Gym

Well past my Unversity's voleyball season, and with my 40 Days of Fitness Challenge almost over, I decided to explore some alternative fitness classes to join. That is how I ended up in Machester's own Crossfit gym (or the "cage", as I learned Crossfitters call it) for a women's Fitcamp class with Personal Best Fitness

Love Your Body

beauty product shelf

A few weekends ago I was invited to a lovely after-hours event at The Body Shop at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. As I am already an unconditional fan of the The Body Shop (and own an extravagant amount of their products), this was an invite I just couldn't refuse.

Roses are Red, Violets are Moooh!!

Necklace and gift box

Moooh!! is a Guangzhou-based online fashion store, but they are nothing like their competitors who sell only the cheapest products. Moooh!!'s founder, Carlo Trotta, aims to change the industry by setting new quality standards and adding an Italian style to business in China - the company's slogan "Fashion with an Italian taste" reflect just that. Moooh!! offers high-quality products, 12-24 hours processing time on all orders, free first class delivery and 24/7 customer service to all purchasers. 

I'm Keeping Up With the Kardashians


Last night I had the priviledge of attending Ledigo PR's biggest event to date - a meet & greet with the one and only, Scott Disick! The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star came to the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on the 2nd of March as part of his week-long UK tour.

Love is in the Hair: Kara's Blow Dry Bar

Pink cupcakes

Last Monday I attended another special event, courtesy of Stephanie and Ledigo PR. This time, it was at Kara's Blow Dry Bar in Manchester city centre. The salon, which has been open for two and a half years, specialises in hair styling and the team is ready for anything - from a sleek and chich straight blow to a big, curly hairstyle. 

Escape Room Manchester

Group handcuffed

Would you be able to escape a locked room in 1 hour?

Escape Room is a new real-life interactive breakout experience, and one of the best ways to spend time with your friends, family or colleagues. Think Crystal Maze meets MacGyver (with a hint of Saw). Escape each of the 5 themed rooms by finding and solving clues and puzzles in 60 minutes. Be prepared to be challenged mentally and put your team work to use to escape as fast as possible. Why not visit in two teams and compete to see who can escape the fastest?

Yelp Manchester Meets: Elixir

Cocktails
















For my first ever Yelp event in Manchester, I went to Elixir Tonics & Treats on Deansgate, across the street from the John Rylands Library.  I was really impressed with the atmosphere at Elixir as soon as I walked through the doors to an acoustic version of Ben Harper's 'Sexual Healing'. From the décor, to the dim lighting, strong smell of incense, choice of playlist, and the cocktail presentation - everything added up to create an extraordinary experience. 

Celebrating with Ed's Hair & Beauty

Birthday cake

Last Thursday I headed down to Ed's Hair & Beauty salon in Salford to celebrate their 4th birthday with the team. This was my first blogger event attended in Manchester, but it's already a tough act to follow. Besides getting to meet lots of new bloggers, Stephanie and the Ledigo PR crew made this a truly amazing experience for everyone. Every detail of the night was carefully planned and perfectly executed - I was truly impressed!