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Don’t forget to follow me at my new blog – Steph Style

19 Apr

Happy Easter weekend everyone! Just a little reminder that I am now blogging over at Steph Style – I would love it if you could make sure to start following the new blog!
Some of the latest posts you can find there are:

Top links and tips for bloggers

Mini-eggs inspired spring Fashion

Some things I got up to in March 2014

Thanks!
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New Years Resolutions 2014

31 Dec

NY resolutions 2014

I know, I know – WHERE has 2013 gone?! 

2013 has been a pretty good year. Some of my biggest highlights have been: working two seasons at London Fashion Week, my 23rd birthday at the Ritz, a city break to Rome, going to the Isle of Wight festival with two very good friends, helping to create a successful PR launch for the Vichy Idealia Life Serum, a month backpacking around South East Asia, starting a new beauty PR job at a higher level, the outdoor rooftop film club and moving into a new flat near Greenwich, as well as sampling lots more of London’s fabulous hot spots!

Now though it is time to turn our minds to another new year and the next lot of New Year Resolutions. I have done fairly well at keeping last year’s Resolutions; I finally travelled around Thailand/Cambodia for a month, became a little healthier (undone during Christmas!) and cut down on the fake tan (again, undone during Christmas!). I still haven’t managed to re-launch the blog though!

My 2014 resolutions are: 

Learn a new skill

Learn a new skill (I am thinking photography, sewing/crafts or even SEO!)

Improve the blog

Change the name of my blog, buy a domain and make it more professional (I have been meaning to do this for so long! I believe this has been one of my NY Resolutions in 2012 and 2013… oops!)

run race for lif

Run more (I want to enter into a Race for Life this year so want to try and build up how many miles I can run. So far it is only 2!)

Travel and see new places

Travel (Quite generic but this year I would love to go on a European city break to somewhere like Barcelona, Budapest or Prague. New York would be the dream!)

Read more

Read more quality literature (I have neglected good literature since graduating two years ago so am going to try and fit time in to read more).

6 GO TO MORE LONDON CLUBS

Club more! (I know this might seem like the opposite of a traditional resolution but I recently found that whilst I have been going to many bars, restaurants and events in London, I haven’t embraced the club scene as much lately!)

I would love to know what your resolutions are! Let me know 🙂 

Holla! City of Squalor! – Bangkok 2013

3 Aug

I’m baaaaack!

Hope you all had a wonderful July and didn’t miss me too much 😉

I had such a great time travelling around Thailand and Cambodia for a month and would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of heading over there. I’d say if you were just visiting Thailand then you could probably do it in 2.5 weeks, as 2-3 days in each place is pretty much enough and this way you get to keep more of your precious annual leave days!

Anyway, I thought I would do a quick summary of each place we visited and pop them in separate blog posts to keep it clearer. So, let’s start with crazy city that is Bangkok!

Bangkok

After seeing the Hangover 2, I was a little worried about what Bangkok would be like but we stayed in the backpacker area of the Khao San Road which was always full of excited travellers and had a really happy and safe atmosphere about it. Rambuttri street that runs parallel to the Khao San Road is also lovely and very slightly less touristy/English than Khao San. Be warned though, wherever you are, street sellers are likely to grab your arm every five seconds with ‘wanna buy a suit?’, ‘tuk tuk?’, ‘taxi?’, ‘ping pong show?’, ‘scorpion on a stick’? You get the idea.

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A goat in a petrol station. Casual.

A goat in a petrol station. Casual.

Accommodation: Whilst in Bangkok, we stayed in a couple of hotels that cost us around £10 each per night (standard cost for Thailand) called Rikka Inn and Sleep Withinn. I was really pleased with them – both had fabulous rooftop pools, modern clean rooms and free wi-fi, so I would definitely recommend. Plus, the travel agent next door to Sleep Withinn was run by an incredibly sweet Thai man who can’t do enough for you!

The view from the rooftop pools

The view from the rooftop pools

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Food: There are so many food choices in this area, from popular cheap street food vendors (around 50p for pad thai), to busy restaurants (My Darling, The Macaroni Club and Green House were great) and even Western outlets like McDonalds and KFC. Also, don’t be surprised if you find the waiting staff rude or bad service as we found this is how the staff behaved all across Thailand.

In one of the restaurants

In one of the restaurants

Learning how to use chopsticks

Learning how to use chopsticks

I asked for a tuna salad and this arrived...

I asked for a tuna salad and this arrived…

 

 

Things to Do: Bangkok is a HUGE city so there is plenty to do there. We spent time looking at ornate temples (Wat Po is the most affordable), shopping around the markets, spotting the bridge over the River Kwai and also visited China Town which is possibly the most crowded, mental place I have ever been to! We took day trips to the Floating Market and to Erawan Waterfall; Erawan Waterfall is in a national park about 1 hour drive from Bangkok and has 7 levels of stunning waterfalls which I really cannot recommend enough. It was so incredibly beautiful, though you do have to be careful that monkeys don’t pinch your belongings while you’re taking a dip in the lagoons! Also, the waters contain big fish that nibble at your feet giving you a free foot spa, though I hate fish so this was probably my least favourite part!

Off to Wat Po

Off to Wat Po

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Escaping the fish and making a splash

Escaping the fish and making a splash

My Fortnight in Pictures

12 Aug

Cocktails and BBQ Chicken Salad at TGI Fridays with Gina – new mint green maxi skirt from LOVE sale – new Topshop purchase

Nachos/chilli with the LFW girls – Cinema visit to see Ted – getting ready for drinks with Uni friends at Jewel, St. Pauls

With Gina at Hyde Park – buzzing for the Olympics at Hyde Park – watching The View play an amazing set

I have been a very bad blogger recently and not written a single post in about two weeks! Life has just been so busy – last week I met an old school friend for cocktails, went to see Batman at the cinema, had dinner and cocktails with a friend at TGI Fridays in Covent Garden, and went shopping on Oxford Street where I got a mint green pleated maxi skirt in the LOVE sale for £15 down from £38 as well as a gorgeous floral tunic from Topshop’s new season collection. This week I met the gorgeous girls I have done two seasons with at London Fashion Week for margaritas and chilli/nachos, went to see Ted at the cinema (funny in parts but really immature!), had some vino in the sun with work, met my Uni girls for a night out at Jewel and Abacus, and yesterday spent the day in the sun at Hyde Park with a good friend watching the Olympics on the big screen, seeing The View perform a really good set and catching up with another Uni pal. Today will be spent sorting my life out, watching The Spice Girls at the Olympics closing ceremony (EEE!) and finishing with a dose of TOWIE! Loving London life.

Weekend Update

28 May

Good weather, friends, champagne and shopping has equalled an amazing weekend! On Friday I was treated to my own personalised ClaireaBella bag from ToxicFox.co.uk, as seen on a billion celebs!

Friday night saw Label PR party in Manchester with the fabulous girls from LOOK magazine; after a glass of bubbly at the office, we had some more champers at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, headed to The Alchemist for dinner, popped to Australasia for a cheeky cocktail and danced the night away at Noho! For the night out, I wore a black drop hem dress from Zara teamed with a gold bodychain from Miss Selfridge:

Us at The Radisson Edwardian

Some of us at Australasia

Hummous starter at The Alchemist

Fajita main course at The Alchemist

Us at Noho

Saturday was spent recovering, chilling at a friend’s house (complete with a paddling pool and gorgeous food) and watching The Voice.

Sunday was spent shopping in the sun, chilling at a beer garden and watching the TOWIE finale (OMG much?!). From my shopping trip, I picked up a cute mint midi dress from Primark for £13 and these nude heeled sandals from Select for £18:

 


Daily Deals

26 Nov

Shopping centres will be heaving this weekend with the amount of deals and sales kicking about to encourage Xmas shopping! If you want to brave the crowds or shop online then here are a few deals available this weekend:

– Get a free Clinique Bonus Time gift with the purchase of 2 or more Clinique products (one of which must be skincare), exclusively at House of Fraser. Offer ends TODAY Saturday 26.11.11

-Get 20% off at Selfridges by printing this voucher or by using the online code SELF20. On beauty and concessions you may only be able to get 10% off. Offer ends TOMORROW Sunday 27.11.11

-Get a £10 giftcard with a £40 spend at Debenhams using this voucher. Offer ends TOMORROW Sunday 27.11.11

-Get 30% off at GAP using this voucher. Offer ends TOMORROW Sunday 27.11.11

-Get 20% off at New Look online using the code 20NOVTREAT. Offer ends Tues 29th November.

Happy Xmas shopping!

Daily Deals!

19 Nov

Just a quick post on a few good deals kicking about this week!

– Debenhams 40% off sale and extra 10% off code, valid until Sun 20th November 2011. (I’ve ordered the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex which is now £15 and normally retails at around £45!)

-St. Tropez 25% off products online using the code BEANS25

-New Look 20% off using the code NOVNL55 at the checkout. There is also free delivery until Sunday 20th November!

Happy Xmas shopping!