Sunday, August 13, 2017

What I Do For My Day Job

Yup, that's right. I'm not a full time blogger, Influencer or whatever else they're called these days. Much to the surprise of people that only lurk on my social media platforms, I actually do have a day job. As my Instagram posts dwindle during the week, and about 20 Insta stories go out on Saturday, it suddenly starts to make sense, no?

My working life is something I haven't really ever put the spotlight on, it's something I have and do like to keep private from my 'online life'. My online life is my escape from my not as interesting every day life. What is there to say about sitting in an office Monday-Friday 9-5pm, huh? Answers on a postcard plz. But I thought I would finally answer that question that so many people ask me in one blog post, also one for my boyfriend and family who seem to change what my profession is every time they get asked, this one's for you guys.

What's My Job Title?

Much to most people's surprise, I'm not entering my third year at Hogwarts. Believe me, I'm surprised too. 

Anyway, back to me. I'm an Ecommerce Partnership Manager which basically means nothing to you all, am I right? In basic terms I'm a digital marketing manager, essentially, plus some. I work at a company based in Plymouth called Vertical Plus. I get to do social media too, and blogging sometimes, so that's nice.

What Does My Job Involve?

Where do I start... At Vertical Plus we work with ecommerce companies to build their websites and help to grow their online presence and sales. I account manage around 12 websites from companies that sell homemade fudge and sea charts to condoms, I know everything from trim condoms and dental dams to glow in the dark condoms, so there's that. I also do agency style social media work for companies too which I love to do, it helps to keep me grounded. 

Then I do everything and anything. We work closely with the sites on growth strategies and manage their online growth in any way that we can, from SEO, social media, google Adwords (PPC), blogging, content writing, amazon & eBay and inventory. It's a very varied role which isn't something you would find at a traditional agency where you would just specialise in one area. It's fast paced, hard work, but I also kinda like it. I guess that always helps.

I've not yet been asked to go on a work trip to New York or Milan, but I will keep you posted on that. Besides the above, I usually have about 3 snacks and some before 11am, I'm in from 9 to 5:30 every day too. I really am living the 9-5 dream.

How Did I Get My Job?

I'd like to think it was because of my little blog, and I think 80% of the reason they first employed me as an ecommerce partnership coordinator of the company, that it was. It showed that I did something a little bit different to the other candidates and employed my time into something I loved, as well as hopefully showing my flair and passion for writing. I guess having a degree also helped.

Having a blog has and will always be a talking point, of intrigue and mystery at times. The readership isn't what it used to be, but it's my own creative outlet online that will always be mine. It helped me get my job today, so for that I am very grateful. 

So, there we go. A tiny, yet hopefully good insight into what I really do Monday to Friday. Tweet me or drop me a comment with any other questions. I will be back with a day in the life of 'moi' post very soon...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Things You Need To Get From The New Summer Lush Collection

When it comes to the summer I take my foot off the Lush pedal *slightly*, but still secretly long for those cold, winter nights and the releases of the Halloween collection - because is there really any better time of the year, am I right?

In between deciding how I'm going to position my Christmas tree in my new place, I went to Lush Plymouth's blogger evening last week to learn about the new collection. I had seen little snippets of what was coming out on Instagram, and I was incredibly excited to pick up some bits too. There are quite a few products that sadly won't make it into our store, so to give you a quick snapshot of the evening and new ranges, here are 5 things that you totally need to get your hands on this summer!
#1. Jelly Face Masks

I know what you're thinking, HOW? I am loving this take on the jelly shower gels, but believe me it's easier to apply and use than you think. This twist on a traditional face mask is fun and pretty cool. To use, you simply break a piece off and rub together in your hands before applying.

There are currently 4 in the range which all help to target different problem areas, the range includes; Just To Clarify, Bunny Moon, 1000 Millihelens and The Birth of Venus. I picked up Just To Clarify which is juicy, zesty and helps to brighten up the skin. You only need to leave it on for 5-10 mins to reap the benefits. I always end up wearing them whilst I'm doing the washing up or some other adult chore, mask time is up before you know it! What are your initial thoughts on these?!

2. Hot Oil Conditioners

Okay, so these aren't exactly new, but there is a new gal to the collection and I a) never knew these existed and b) have never used one - I blame it on my penchant for bath bombs and nothing else, but it looks like I've been missing out.

There are 5 hot oil conditions in the range now, all targeted specifically at the needs of different hair types. Whether you have bleached or coloured hair that needs a little bit of nourishment and tender loving care or flat hair that needs a bit of oomph, then they have you covered.

They're so easy to use and you simply stir them into boiling hot water to form a 'sort of' thick paste. Dependent on the amount of hair you have, any excess product can be put into a tub to keep in the fridge which can last up to 6-8 weeks. 

I picked the Huge Hot Oil Conditioner to try out which smells like spearmint chewing gum, HELLO. It's the one for fine or flat hair that needs some serious oomph. It contains sea salt for shine and volume and peppermint powder to reduce the drop rate in hair and strengthen the scalp. I'll have to get back to you on the results of this one!
3. Rump Cream

I remember seeing this on Instagram and think WHUT? Before I'd even looked into what the product was. It sounded vaguely familiar to Trump, don't you think? And that is where this idea for this product has come from. It's the product that has got everyone talking who's anyone, to prove that with any cracks, come light.

Designed to soothe, soften and help with chafing, whilst making 'your bum great again' it's a perfect product for cyclists or those who just want, well, a smooth derrier. Without revealing too much about this product, just go in store and read the product packaging, it's really quite clever!

4. Rocket Science Bath Bomb

I mean, come on, what's not to love about this new cutie on the bath scene? I feel like I haven't had a chance to properly enjoy a lush bath bomb in so long and I am sorry for that because that type of 'me time' is so precious and so needed on a day to day basis for me!

Anyway, enough about that. In less than 5 seconds this bath bomb is gonna transport you to another world, filled with bergamot and lemon, it's a serious zesty and delicious scent. I think it's gonna be a new favourite.
5. The Comforter Bubble Bar

So. it's not really a newbie, but this was one of the integral parts of the blogger evening and it made me remember just how much I love this classic bubble bar. We got to make our OWN comforter bars from scratch, I really don't think there is another job I would love more than making Lush products all day every day, imagine just how good you would smell?

It's hot pink, so instantly ticks all the boxes and I love how big it is as it ends up lasting a good few baths. If you've never used it before, it has the most delicious fruity scent that will have your bath filled with blankets of bubbles for slipping under in no time!

So there we have it, my top 5 Lush products you need to be putting into your basket! What are you loving from their new collection?

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7 Things That Made Me Happy In July

I'm going to save you the whole 'OMG, how is it even July, life is just flying by' for you this time, because A) I say it every month and B) It's a fact of life. So yeah, July has been pretty great. I've already started working through my 25 things before I'm 25 list and it's been an all round really good month.

After wondering how I would ever fill that empty void in my life that was Love Island, it clicked at around 8pm tonight that I used to actually blog, so here we are now. So yay for no more rushing around to get everything done before 9pm. Altough I'm secretly counting down the days until it starts again net year, and I'm not even sorry.

Between the Love Island sessions these 10 things made July for me, let's hope August is just as good!

#1. She arrived!  

She's here and oh boy is she bloomin' beautiful. I waited 10 weeks for this new pink gal (Blush Frame Armchair from to be made and delivered and it was worth every single second. I nearly had a heart attack when the chair 'almost' didn't fit through the door, but it's been plain sailing ever since.

I'm too scared to sit on the chair, because LOOK, but I feel like it completes my living room and it looks pretty good on Instagram too so I'm A-OK with that <3
#2. I Donated My First Pint Of Blood

I did it. I really did it. I didn't faint, I ate lots of biscuits and I feel amazing for doing it. Donating blood has been something I have wanted to do for so long and it was the push from my friend that finally made me do it. It wasn't scary, it wasn't really painful and I am so proud of myself for doing such a wonderful and selfless thing. 

I only had to spare 1 hour of my time, and my pint of blood could help to save one adult or 8 babies which really is bloody amazing. I also found out that I'm A+ blood group which is pretty cool, I'm still waiting on the text to see where my blood has been administered to, but I already know it's something I'm 100% going to do again. 

#3. Beach Day

Beautiful weather in Plymouth on the weekend naturally means a beach day and it's not something I have done for soooo long. We headed to Whitsand Bay at the start of the month, probably one of the best beaches near Plymouth, and it was perfect.

The beach is so long that there was barely anyone around, we sunbathed, listened to music and ate milk bottle chews, and oh my it was the best day ever. More days like this in August please.

#4. Bloggers Brunch

I look forward to the #PlymBlogBrunch every month, the Plymouth blogging community is wonderful. I love spending one Sunday each month with some of the loveliest people, whilst they'll nearly always be pancakes consumed, by me at least.

This month we headed to Bistrot Pierre, and it also means I can grab some outfit pictures afterwards too which is always a bonus!
#5. I Booked A Holiday!

This year saw me make my biggest purchase to date (I'm talking about you new home) so I wasn't too sure where or if I would be going on holiday this year. Despite realising I probably spend more money on food than my mortgage each month, I've managed to book a weeks holiday to Mallorca at the end of August, much excite!

I'm not even lying when I say I'm literally going to sunbathe, relax and eat for the whole week. Is there any other way to do it?

#6. Croissants In Bed

They don't lie when they say the little things in life really are the best. Croissants in crisp white bed sheets with strawberry jam and dominos on the sofa with Inbetweeners on 100% trumps going out for food at the moment for me. It's my comfort blanket, my safe place. 

It's probably because I look forward to breaking the monotony of porridge in the week days, but it's such a bitter sweet feeling. Jut FYI, Lidl Bakery do the best croissants and they're super cheap too.
#7. I Won A Trip To Paris!!

Wait. What??? So this probably scoops the award for what made me happiest in July, or it may have been June but I'm only telling you now, sooo... Remember the Unboxing Plymouth VLOG I did back at the start of the year, well mine won! The prize was a weekend city break to anywhere in Europe for up to £500. 

Naturally, I picked Paris! I've never been before and it's always been on my to travel list so I really cannot wait. We go the weekend before my birthday in September, so expect lots of snaps and some blog posts on my return. If you have any recommendations for things to see off the beaten track, and of course the best food places in Paris then comment below or tweet me!!

P.S Have I nailed the candid laughing look yet? (see top picture).

What made you happy in July?

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Ultimate Travel Essentials For Your Next Holiday

packing-travel-essentialsThis girl over here actually got round to booking a holiday last weekend! Thanks to Thomas Cook I get a daily reminder in my inbox of how many days are left to go and what add on I should purchase next to make it the ultimate holiday, so there's that.

I'll be sauntering off to Mallorca next month in my fluffy Primark sandals that aren't meant for walking in, and that super unpractical basket come beach bag, because fashion. Packing for holiday 100% means packing those 24 outfits when you're only away for 7 and having to bring your whole kitchen sink if you have to. It's what you do.

I've definitely not fine tuned the whole 'packing' thing just yet, but I like ticking off lists and organisation as much as the next person so I always make a list and pack to it. But they'll always be those core products/items that no holiday can be without, and these items 100% all need to be slotting their way into your luggage this summer...
Reading Material

Books, and plenty of them. Holidays are the only time I get time to sit down and totally get lost within a book, and I'm sure so many can relate that it's the best! I'll usually get through a book every 1-2 days so I take plenty! Not a novel as such, but I'm currently LOVING 14,000 things to be happy about. I read a page of it every morning or if I'm feeling a bit down and it restores all my faith and humanity within the world. Sometimes you just need a gentle reminder, and this book is perfect for that.

Luggage Tags

Don't make trying to spot your suitcase on the carousel any harder than it should be, and DO invest in a good quality luggage tag. Preferably hot pink, and from Kate Spade. This Why Hello There Luggage Tagis a little bit of me. They're perfect for suitcases, hand luggage and dare I say it - flat lays. How could you resist when it's so colourful and pretty. I'm sure this one will be gracing my suitcase for years to come.
Makeup/Travel/Bits & Bobs Pouches

*Adds 100th cute makeup pouch to the collection* - Like Breton striped tees, one can never have too many makeup pouches, right? They come in super handy on holidays, from putting your suncream in for by the pool, storing your makeup or even for doubling up as a clutch bag in the evening. Get one that can do them all. 

This Elizabeth Scarlett velvet wash bag* certainly can. It's by far the dreamiest clutch bag - it's pink, velvet and has all the tropical vibes. It's the only way to transport those essentials to your summer getaway! 

The Holiday Rescue Remedies

We all have those miracle products that have to come everywhere with you and I've discovered a few wonders this year that I just won't do without on holiday this year. 

-Kiehls midnight recovery oil is legit the best thing. Apply it to your face before bed, I pop mine underneath moisturiser for added nourishment. If I have tired looking skin, it always looks better in the morning after using this. It smells amazing and has completely altered my opinion of facial oils. I'll *probably* end up getting another bottle in duty free too!

-Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray - Ok, so I was a bit dubious about this product, I mean what foundation actually lasts 12 hours on your face like they always claim, they don't. But this spray, it's a game changer. I usually wear it for nights out but I was putting it on during the heat wave for work and my makeup did not move ALL day. It is a godsend from the heavens, doesn't upset my skin and it's far kinder to your skin than using hairspray (I still don't even know if that works?). They do a mini version of this too and I urge everyone to get one for their holiday if you want flawless beach makeup all day!

It goes without saying that I usually will end up bringing my kitchen sink with me, but if it had to be any 2 things I could bring with me it would be the above. Other essentials obviously are...suncream, aftersun, suncream lipbalm, a high quality conditioner to treat those sun damaged tresses and ALL the makeup.
Pool Floats

If you don't have an *insert flamingo or other* inflatable this summer, are you even going on holiday? I'm glad they're more of a thing this year as they're a) super cute b) more instagrammable than a lilo - do people even still buy them? This year I've opted for the cutest Heart Inflatable*, it doesn't mean I'll end up passing out from blowing it up and oh am I excited for the pictures of it on holiday! I don't normally take floats away on holiday, but it will save you ££ when you're away and you're ready to hit the pool or beach in style on the day you arrive!

Laundry Bags

Have I been living under a rock for the last 24 years as how did I not know these ingenious, yet simple inventions were a thing? You never quite know where to store your dirty underwear on holiday and on the return. Stuff it in that supermercado shopping bag or stuff it back into your suitcase in case you need to revisit them when you realise you haven't packed enough pants. Who knows.

These Kate Spade Wash & Wear Travel Bags* make that decision for you. I've never known something so simple and easy to change my life. No more dirty underwear touching your clean clothes and delaying the washing process when you get home. Kate Spade also does a similar shoe bag which is perfect for putting your shoes in when you're packing. Again, far more stylish than that holey white plastic bag you've been using for your shopping for the last 6 weeks.
The other essentials obviously look something a little like;

Clothes, clothes, shoes, more clothes, passport, camera and boring documentation. 

It's the little things like the above that I can't do without, and will help that holiday get off to a relaxing start. I personally don't think you can go wrong with Amara's travel accessories if you're not sure what else you need to pack or don't know what you're looking for. They have a mix of designer and cheaper brands to help you ace your holiday packing!
What are your travel essentials? Are you going on holiday this year?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own

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