LIFE: NYE Party Essentials.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

NEW YEARS EVE ESSENTIALS
Dress | Lavish Alice,  Bag | Accessorize, Shoes | New Look

If you're planning to get a little social this NYE and go out to a fancy party then there are a few must haves you need to make room for in your handbag. The following can be applied to any party situation really, its just the fact that the next event on your social calendar will be New year!

When you attend a party, 9 times out of 10 this will mean you will sacrifice comfort over style and put on some heels. I honestly live in flats 99.9% of the time, so when it comes to gaining those few inches in height, I need something to soften the discomfort I often face. The solution to this is to add some Gel cushions in my shoes, They aren't miracle workers but they definitely make a difference and make standing up/dancing the night away till the clock strikes midnight more barable!  - If like me you end up taking your shoes off come the end of the night, rather than walking around barefoot try something a little more glam like these from Butterfly Twists, they fold up to fit in your handbag making them a definite party essential!

Beauty wise, you will require a good lipstick. I'd like to go for something with a bit of fancy packaging so this YSL one is perfect! I also have the nude shade everyone and their mum bought a couple of years ago. It goes without saying that these draw attention when you whip them out of your bag to reapply. Quite often I will get a new perfume for Christmas. Its the done thing isn't it really, considering the sheer amount of gift sets available around the festive season. NYE if the perfect time to rock a new scent, or stick to one of your favourites! I received Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb last Christmas and it is still going strong. It is rather pricey, so I tend to keep it for special occasions only!

My nail game is not strong at the moment, so falsies it will have to be. Elegant Touch have such an amazing range to choose from, I've got this Rose gold set to hand to give myself a bit of extra bling for the when the new year rolls in. If I've got false nails on, I always make sure I have the glue in my handbag. The same goes for eyelashes. No one wants to be partying the night away missing a fingernail and with their eyelash half hanging off! Don't leave the glue on your dresser girls, make sure you transfer it into your handbag!

Of course there are other essentials you will need in your handbag such as your purse, ID, a pocket mirror for touch ups, maybe even a hip flask if you are feeling the pinch after Christmas ;-)

What are your handbag essentials for a party?

Much love,






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THE BOOK OF YOU ON THE KINDLE.
The Book: The book of you The Author : Claire KendalBuy: Amazon
Rating 4/5
Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.
Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

I love a good thriller book and this did not disappoint. We follow Clarissa while she takes on the role of a juror during a 7 week  court trial, hoping this will result in some light relief from her work Colleague Rafe. Rafe hasn’t just taken a liking to her, he has become obsessed. Turning up in places Clarissa wouldn’t expect to see him, knowing things about her that no one else should really know,   He also sends gifts that others would probably be appreciative of but not Clarissa… because they are from him. Throughout the story he makes suggestive/odd comments to her about their ‘relationship’ & being an all around creepy guy! Claire Kendal does really well at creating a dislikable character in the form of Rafe. Throughout the book I was on Clarissas side, also feeling extremely creeped out and in a way trapped by his actions. There were points of the book where I read it thinking ‘Oh god, what is going to happen next’ which of course kept me turning the pages which is always a good thing!

I read the book at a steady pace, about half way through where it started to get really exciting I was definitely hooked, another one where I longed for my lunch break or commute to be able to read. My one gripe with it though would be the ending. Throughout the book I couldn’t wait to see how it would all finish, but I will admit I was a bit disappointed!  It was all a bit much & happened really quickly. It literally is a case of ‘Oh that escalated quickly!’ It’s not so much that I didn’t like the outcome it just came across a bit rushed. As though Claire Kendal suddenly remembered ‘ooh I need to round this all up, tie up the loose ends & create the end of the book’

Despite my dislike for the ending this is a book I would  still recommend picking it up & giving it a  read. I found it gripping and exciting, a definite read for those of you like the thriller type story lines. Claire Kendal has a great skill at making you feel like you are actually there and in Clarissas position!

Check out the other girls  Chloe, Sarah, Alyssia, Charli, Lorna, Lizzie


Next months book (January) is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. If you would like to join in send me an Email, tweet or leave a comment on this post!

Much love
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LONG HAUL FLIGHT ESSENTIALS CARRY ON BAG

This Christmas will be a little different for us, we are heading over to Dubai! My sister in law lives over there and for Christmas 2015 we are all getting together in warmer climates to celebrate the festive season. Long haul flights aren't something I frequently encounter, however I have gone on few in my lifetime to know there are a few essentials you must have with you when travelling!

Starting with clothing I keep it casual, comfortable and effortless. Leggings and some form of loose fitting top are key when I fly. I cant be dealing with tight jeans or tops! Chances are I will be falling asleep so I wont want to wear anything that is too constricting! Footwear wise, again I want to be comfortable I'll wear something like my Nikes or Converse*. My trips away often involve a bit of walking so these double up as suitable footwear for such activities. Depending on where I am flying to I will take some form of scarf. This time I will take a pashmina as it serves its purpose of avoiding the cold air conditioning on the plane as well as being an essential when visiting a country where I want to be respectful of their beliefs. I may need to cover up if I am visiting any religious buildings.

It's a given that there will be in flight entertainment on the plane I've definitely already scoped out what the airline is offering in December and semi planned what films I would like to watch!  The flight to Dubai is about 6 or 7 hours long I think so like any other long haul flight I will need a multitude of items to keep me occupied! When I don't want to watch a film or sleep I will probably listen to some music or read a book either one I have bought or something on my kindle. As you know I have really got back into my reading and have a nice little TBR pile stacking up, leaving me with the big decision of which to take with me. The whole trip itself is going to be rather relaxed so I can probably get away with taking a couple with me.

I'm never really one to take much interest in beauty while on a flight, but I know with Long haul my skin is going to feel horrible after sitting in that cabin for hours on end. For that reason I will take a couple of products on board with me to ensure I don't feel too gross by the time we land. The unexciting products like deodorant, lip balm and a travel toothbrush/paste will be present in my hand luggage along with a couple other bits and bobs to help my skin. Our flight is overnight, so I will bare all in the airport and go makeup free (with the exception of my brows!), allowing my skin to breathe.  Face wipes will be used to freshen up, Spritz a bit of toner to keep my skin hydrated and then finish with a fairly thick moisturising cream to keep my skin feeling nourished.

That's pretty much all I need. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to flying, I cant be dealing with a huge bag of stuff to lug on and off the plane! I hope to watch a film, maybe read a bit and then get some sleep! We do arrive in Dubai at 4am afterall!

What are your flight essentials?

Much love,
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BLOSSOMING GIFTS BOUQUET

We all like to be organised around Christmas time, sometimes though some names can slip through the net and you find that you've forgotten to get someone a gift.  Ah panic stations... or maybe not. Why not purchase something that can be sent direct to their door. I recently received a bouquet from Blossoming gifts, which would make a perfect last minute gift for someone, given that there is such a wide selection of bouquets and gifts available to purchase. Receiving flowers brightens your day, I don't care what anyone says. It's nice! You know that there is someone out there thinking of you!
I reiceved the Autumn Glee bouquet, which I wish I had more photos to show you but I've lost my memory card #Bloggerfail. You'll just have to take my word for it, it was beautiful. The bouquet consisted of roses, lillies, agapanthus and berrys. The lillies from this bouquet actually lasted the longest of the bunch which was nice as I am always a bit sad when I have to throw a bouquet away.

If you'd prefer to send something other than bouquets,  as the brand name suggests, they offer other items like plants, alcoholic beverages, personalised gifts as well as hampers. There's definitely something for everyone so there's no need to worry about getting stuck on what to send to your friend or family member! They do some really beautiful box photo frames like this one for a baby's first year. It would make a brilliant gift for a new parent.  Blossoming gifts are offering next day delivery up until 23rd December, so get in their quick if you would like to send a little last minute gift to someone you love.

To tempt you further use the code BGIFT33 for 33% off your purchase (Excluding the flowers by post range) I'm off to have a little last minute browse to see if there's anything I think would be suitable for friends I wont be seeing over the festive period as I will be away, so they know I am still thinking of them!

Have you ever ordered anything from Blossoming Gifts?

Much love,

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BOOKS: Recently Read 01

Friday, 11 December 2015

STACK OF BOOKS WITH OUT OF FOCUS FLOWERS IN CORNER

After You by Jo Jo Moyes. (£12.99)

Having read Me before you and falling head over heels in love with the book I, like many others were keen to get stuck into the sequel offering from Moyes.Once I finished October's book club book (Read about that one here), I got stuck right in, it was an easy to read and I finished it relatively quickly, however I have to say I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be.  Maybe I expected too much due to the fact Me Before You was bloody amazing imo..but...You know when you read something and think, you should have left it there, You didnt need to add to it? I feel that way about After You.  I don't want to give too much away incase you are someone yet to read it... Lets just say Louisa's character frustrated me so much with her choices and actions in After You. There were sub plots which felt a bit unnecessary, and other parts a bit dragged on (Lily's story). I wont lie, I bloody loved Will as a character in Me Before you (Love him even more now that Sam Claflin is playing him in the film!) so maybe that is one reason why I couldn't get as excited about this book?  I dont know! I didnt hate it, I did like it  but I'm dissapointed it didn't live up to my expectations..By all means read it if you are a fan of MBY and form your own opinion though!

Still Alice by  Lisa Genova (£3.85)

Still Alice is a book that touches on the subject of Alzheimers disease, something that I was quite interested in when we read Elizabeth is missing for book club. When  a book is turned into a film I have pre expectations that it will be good. In this case it was. I really enojyed reading about Alices journey from the disagnosis through to how she copes living with the condition. Not only does this story touch on what the carrier of the disease is feeling, it also helps get more of an understanding how close family and friends adjust to the situation. It was a book I could dip and out of easy, this wasnt one where i longed for my commute so I could read a couple of chapters like other books have done, but definately one that I looked forward to picking up and getting stuck into each sitting. With its scientific references in regards to Alzheimers I found this book quite informative, helping me understand a condition that really I dont know much about. Its written really well, I could definitely feel myself getting attached to Alice, willing her to remember where she left her books, or what way to turn to get back home. This is one I would definitely recommend to others if you fancy reading something that has that hard hitting realness of  life and the unexpected things it throws at you.

Have you read either of these books? If you have any recommendations of books I should try, leave the titles and authors in the comments.

Much love 
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BEAUTY : The Tigi S Factor range.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Over the past few weeks I've been giving some of the products from Tigi's S Factor range a try to get my hair ready for the party season! Tigi isnt a brand that is only accessible in hair salons anymore, You can find it stocked on various online beauty stores as well as discovering it in your local Tkmaxx, so if you've been thinking about giving some of the products a try then theres no shortage of places to find them. 

Long time readers of my blog will know that I have tried a couple products from the range in the past. The Roost Boost spray* being one that often cropped up in monthly favourite blog posts! I haven't used it for some time so it was nice to start using it again. By doing so provided me with a bit of a trip down memory lane (Mainly due to its delicious strawberry & cream scent!) It still doesn't dissapoint. Providing me with a nice little bit of added volume along with leaving my hair smelling so nice! Even Tom comments on it! When I've wanted a bit of extra hold I've been giving my barnet a spritz of the Vivacious Volume hairspray* to keep everything in place and provide texture to my do. I use this when I have the time to experiment with different forms of plaits or some form of messy bun thing on the top of my head! 


I was pleased to see I had also been sent the Volumising Shampoo & conditioner*duo to try. When you use the same products from start to finish you expect good results. They are meant to all work together afterall, aren't they? After a few weeks of adding these into my hair washing routine I can report back that 1. My hair definitely had a bit of a boost in the volume stakes when using both the S&C plus to root boost spray and 2. My hair smelt A-M-A-Z-I-N-G - and for that reason alone you should go out and buy the range! ha! 

Depsite the fact Tigi started as a Salon only brand, it's actually very affordable. Yes you do pay a little more than your average trip to boots but I think some of the products are worth it. You can quite often find discount codes online if you want to save a little too which is always something I look out for. (I'm one of those people that probably wont order anything if I don't have some kind of discount code!) In all seriousness though, I have been impressed & would look into purchasing some of the S&C for myself when I finish the bottles I have. We know I have and will purchase the root boost spray too! In regards to the hairspray. I do use it sparingly to be honest so I probably wouldn't need to buy anymore for a while. I did like it but whether I like it enough to purchase it myself I am not sure! In most cases, hairspray is hairspray. The added extra with this one from S Factor is that it smells nice! 

Have you tried anything from Tigi S Factor? I've heard good things about their Serious conditioner.

Much love,  
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During the festive period it is an unwritten rule that you should add a bit of sparkle into your life. There are a variety of ways you can do this, I decided to have a little rummage through my own beauty stash to see what products I can use in the upcoming month to add that extra somethin’ something’ to get into the festive spirit!

Keeping it simple you could paint your nails with something sparkly to get yourself feeling festive. Pretty much every brand going brings out something sparkly around this time of year. My personal choice for a bit of glitter is Boom Boom Pow from Deborah Lippmann. It looks great on its own or layered on top of other shades. More budget friendly brands to try would be Barry M, Models own and Essie.

When it comes to eyes you can go wrong with a nice gold shimmer. I love my NARS Eyeshadow duo in Alhambra which works well all year around not just at Christmas! The duos are a bit pricey but I would say totally worth it! The shadows are a dream to apply and the pigmentation is really good. I’m a big fan of NARS eyeshadows and I have a few palettes in my collection. You could find other gold toned shadows in palettes from Urban Decay, Makeup Revolution & Too Faced. Keeping with the eyes, you cannot go wrong with a pot of literal glitter for your eyelids. I have Mac pure glitter pigment in gold which I like to bring out at this time of year. Just take a look at this blog post where I had a play around with pigments. They are a great way to add some instant sparkle to your look! You could even do something similar for new years – Is it too early to be taking about new years eve?

For that glowy complexion this Christmas I highly recommend getting your hands on Thebalm Mary-lou Lumanizerhighlighting powder. This finely milled champagne powder looks dreamy brushed over the top of your cheekbones and other highlight points on your face. Once you’ve tried it you will understand the hype around it, trust me! Thebalm have actually bought out a highlighting trio palette called ‘TheManizer Sisters’. All three of their beautiful highlight powders in one handy palette. If you haven’t added it to your Christmas wishlist then I suggest you do so now!

What products do you use to add a bit of sparkle to the festive season?

Much love.
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FASHION: Christmas LBD with George

Saturday, 5 December 2015

New Years eve Christmas outfit flatlay

Christmas party season is in full swing. I even went out last night with a few of my work colleagues for a little bit of a festive shindig - Followers of me on snapchat will have possibly seen the snaps! (xo_Leannemarie is my username) December is probably the busiest month of the year when it comes to socialising and parties, so when George at Asda contacted me to see if I wanted to put together a outfit and share my christmas party tips with you all I said yes and headed off to their website to have a browse!

You can never go wrong with a LBD in my opinion. If you look at my wardrobe the majority of its contents in black. I personally find Black clothes easy to wear and if you want to inject a bit of colour you can do so with other items of clothing or accessories. The dress I chose is a lovely tiered style bejeweled skater dress* The fabric is really lightweight and flowy making it a good dress if you are a little self conscious of your tum, it skims over all the right areas! Note that it does have an elasticated waistband so you can eat lots of festive treats should you choose to do so! The bejeweled neckline adds that bit of festive sparkle making it a perfect christmas party dress. The best part? It will cost you less than £20! £18 to be exact! What a great deal!  

#Georgepartytip #1  Wear something you are comfortable in. Plan ahead and make your choice based on whether you will be consuming a lot of party food/christmas dinners! 


Christmas outfit of the day
The moment you realise you have an audience when taking photos on your balocony ^

We have to be realisitic, it is December and unless you are a person with super powers which means you dont feel the cold, you will have to layer up. George offer a nice range of blazers to keep your outfit looking very smart. Perfect if you plan to go straight from the taxi to the party. Alternatively or you can be like me and just head for the finishing straight with a warm coat, just incase you need to spend more than 2 minutes outside in the cold! This camel pea coat* is gorgeous and works really well against the all black outfit. It's still smart enough looking to keep the outfit looking polished, but still keeps the chills at bay. It's priced at £25 which is a really good deal for a a jacket of this style. The quality is lovely and I've been complimented a lot on it! 

#Georgepartytips #2 Keep warm. No one one wants frostbite the flu after their Christmas shindig!

I decided to accessorize the look with a simple pair of strappy heels - not particularly weather appropriate but they look good don't they! I never need to carry too much with me when I attend a party so a small bag does the trick for all the essentials. You can go one of two ways when accessorizing. If you have details on your outfit such as patterns or embellishments, keep the bag and shoes rather simple. If you opt for an outfit which takes more of a block colour route, amp it up with brightly coloured shoes or a embellished handbag.

#Georgepartytips #3 Think carefully about your accessories, make sure they compliment your outfit. 

Do you have any festive party plans for this month? Let me know what you are up to in the comments & share your tips! 

Much love, 
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LIFE: 25 Things to do this Christmas

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

THINGS TO DO AT CHRISTMAS FESTIVE SCARF AND PRESENT

Make your own Christmas cards.
  Bake Mince pies. (RECIPE HERE)
Visit a Christmas Market.
Go to a Christmas Carol service.
Have a Christmas themed movie night in
Get creative & make a wreath for your front door. (HOW TO)
Go to a Pantomime Show.
Make your own wrapping paper.
Bake Christmas cookies.
Visit a winter wonderland
Go to an outdoor ice skating rink
Decorate a gingerbread house.
Buy yourself a special tree ornament.
Create the ultimate Christmas playlist.
Buy new Christmas themed PJ’s to wear on Christmas Eve.
Take part in a Secret Santa exchange.
Buy a new board game to play on Christmas Day.
Find/buy the most garish Christmas Jumper
Make orange & cloves pomander balls (HOW TO)
IF it snows..IF…build a snowman.
Make/drink Mulled wine. (RECIPE HERE)
Decorate your Christmas tree.
Hang mistletoe above your door.
Meet with friends for a pre Christmas catch up
Cut out paper snowflakes 

Make memories this Christmas... 

Much love, 

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