Friday, 24 April 2015

Perfect Pastels, April spring wish list...

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(direct links to items are below)
1. Lace top - River Island
2. Pink Fedora - Miss Selfridge
3. Earrings - Topshop
4. Feather earrings - Miss Selfridge
5. Blush jacket - River Island
6. Anklet - Miss selfridge
7. Mint Satchel - River Island 
8. Shoes - Topshop
9. Bunny iPhone case - Topshop
10. Unicorn t-shirt - New Look

I always love Spring clothes, over winter collections, I adore pastels, lace, blush pinks, mint greens and baby blues. As you can probably tell by this wish list. I adore the ride with unicorns and swim with mermaids t-shirt, it reminds me of something from Wildfox (just a whole lot cheaper) and how cute is the bunny case? I've already purchased the fedora, as I was looking at a black one last week but this one is much more spring summer wardrobe appropriate. What do you think of my wish list? 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Our Anthem Of The Seas Adventure.

Tom and I drove down to Southampton, for a 2 day event an adventure on Anthem Of The Seas, which is Royal Caribbeans brand new spectacular smart ship 'the most technologically advanced ever' and the third largest in the world. It has a whole range of world class dining options to suit even the fussiest of eaters, high speed Internet (yes, really) with state of the art technology and entertainment galore, here's what Anthem Of The Seas has to offer and a little bit of what we got up to whilst on the smart ship...
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Our room and boarding the ship...
Boarding was quick, simple and easy, we had already checked in online before we arrived, so we were in our stateroom in under 15 minutes. The sea view on our balcony was amazing, I loved laying in bed, being able to look out to sea, watching boats and the world just sail by. We were given wow bands, which opened the room door and you can also use these to make purchases on boards the ship. Our stateroom was spacious, with a huge comfy bed and an amazing power shower. For staterooms that don't have balconies, they have virtual balconies, so, so cool. There was also tons of incredible up to date movies to choose from on the T.V, perfect for children or if you just wanted to chill out and watch a film, we were spoilt for choice! Big Hero 6, The Hobbit, John Wick and many more.
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Dynamic dining and dinner with a view…
Anthem of the seas has 18 restaurants on board, something to suit absolutely everyone even the fussiest of eaters (trust me!) On the first night we dined at the American Icon Grill restaurant, we were taken to our seats and we couldn't believe the view. Tom had Asian style duck with wok seared vegetables and hoisin sauce, it was the best duck I have ever tasted. For dessert we both had warm cookie dough in a skillet topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce, amazing. Amazing food, amazing views, it felt so special to have a sea view whilst we ate dinner, little touches like that leave such an impact.
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We ate breakfast and lunch in Windjammer Marketplace on deck 14, we were spoilt for choice, food as far as the eye could see. An amazing global buffet, fresh fruit, pasta's, pizza's, desserts an entire station of fresh bread, bagels and an amazing selection of fillings, pick and mix cereals, desserts galore. I loved the fact that before entering the restaurant there was automatic hand sanitisers, and a hand washing station with automatic soap dispensers and taps. The word 'buffet' does not do it justice, whatsoever the food was incredible, something for absolutely everyone, whatever you may fancy. LOOK at those cakes...
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Spectacular entertainment
Sometimes when you're away from home you can miss those little home comforts like high speed internet and your xbox… Anthem of the seas has an Xbox room, an entire room of Xbox one's. With Royal wifi on board you can instagram, email, tweet all from the middle of the ocean, so you can keep up to date whist you sail. If you're seeking a thrill there's the North star which goes 300ft above sea level, iFly, a sky diving simulator, a surfing simulator, rock climbing off the side of the ship on top deck if you're brave enough that is. In the Seaplex, the largest indoor sports complex at sea you will find bumper cars, air hockey, ping pong tables. There's also many bars to choose from on board, we particularly loved Schooners bar with live piano music, there's Spectra's cabaret show, which was incredible and more just waiting to wow you. It wasn't just entertainment, it felt like an experience. 
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Relaxing and recharging
One of my favourite places on the ship was the Solarium, a glass canopied room, with palm trees right at the front of the ship with Jacuzzis, the sunshine bar, swimming pools and stunning sea views. There's even a huge swing right at the front (adults loved this!) This is the ultimate in relaxation, huge comfy chairs, big enough for two, the perfect place to enjoy a few fruit smoothie cocktails. There's also a spa on board if you fancied treating yourself to a massage or a facial, or if you wanted to try a boot camp, yoga or a Pilate's class in the fully equipped gym on board to burn off all of those desserts, there's so many different options, whether you want to just sit back and relax or if you fancy a thrill (like casually rock climbing off the side of the ship) or learning something new, there's so many different options available. 
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Amazing, interactive Artwork
Everywhere I looked there was beautiful artwork, in elevators, hallways, ceilings, anywhere and everywhere. The stunning glossy cream corridor with deer artwork which mimicked windows and cherry blossom hanging from the ceiling with enchanting, magical music playing was simply stunning, who knew walking through a corridor could be so beautiful, it was a pleasure to look at and listen to. The huge 200 bulb chandelier was controlled by putting the palm of your hands onto a pad below it, it then lit up and flickered to the sound and rhythm of your heartbeat, how cool?! 

What do you think of Amazing Anthem of The Seas? Would you try a cruise holiday? 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

10 basic blogger photography tips.

I wanted to write a post on some simple tips and tricks for blogger photography. I'm writing an in depth post on how I specifically edit my photos, which I will publish soon. In the mean time here are some little tips I use on a daily basis. I really hope some of you will find them useful :)
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1. You don't *need* to buy expensive lighting equipment. Use natural light take your photos by a large window or an open door. Sometimes indoor lighting such as lamps and overhead lights can give your photos an orange tinge, add a blue tint to this to correct the colours or remove 'warmth' to reduce the orange, yellow tinge.

 2. Use blue tack to stop beauty products rolling around all over the place whilst you photograph them. Especially mascara and lipsticks!

 3. If you want a quick, clean, non cluttered white background / backdrop for your photos use a large piece of matte white card. No room tidying required.

 4. Experiment a little... take photos from different perspectives like shots from above and below, not just at eye level. Flat lay is also popular at the moment, lay the products out flat then take the shot from above.

 5. You don't need expensive editing software. There's free photo editors online (like pixlr) to sharpen, brighten your photos and much much more. There's also lots of free apps in the App Store for taking photos on your mobile .

 6. It's worth investing in a tripod, and a wireless remote they aren't overly expensive (find them on eBay and Amazon) these will make your life a bit easier and it's a lot safer than balancing your camera on a pile of books, trust me.

 7. Use candles, pillows, blankets, throws, a tester piece of white wood from B&Q for £2.00 to use as props and inexpensive backdrops to make your photos more interesting... Yep. Tester wood.

 8. Always have more than one memory card on you...just incase the one your using corrupts. If you're taking a lot of important photos maybe keep switching them over so if one corrupts you won't lose *everything*

 9. Photography magazines are so useful to read and I think they're really worth buying...They have tons of tutorials and tips and tricks which are easy to follow and fun to read if you want to learn a little more about your DSLR

 10. Practice makes perfect! You don't have to own a DSLR. Mobile phone cameras are amazing these days. Experiment, with apps and filters maybe keep a photo journal or do a monthly challenge to inspire you.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My little Chloe and sparkles from Swarovski

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How sweet are these limited edition My little Chloe perfumes. These dinky, dainty 20ml mini perfumes are the perfect size for popping in your handbag this summer. There's three scents available to buy... the original Chloe scent, Chloe Roses de Chloe, and a L'Eau de Chloe.  I love mini products for trying a product out before you decide whether to purchase something full size or not. What do you think?
roses de chloe The original signature chloe scent has notes of honey, rose and lychee it's really classic and easy to wear. Chloe roses de Chloe, has a hint of rose, magnolia and white musk (my favourite of the trio) I've totally fallen in love with this gorgeous scent and will be purchasing a much larger bottle. If you want a fresher version of the original Chloe scent L'Eau de chloe is for you. As always the packaging is classic, timeless, chic and looks lovely on any dressing table. All 3 are available from Debenhams*
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Swarovski are currently offering a fab gift, a set of 3 Ciate nail polishes when you spend over £100 from the 13th to the 26th of April. I absolutely love the rose gold style bracelet it's so feminine and dainty, it matches the colour of my watch perfectly. The ciate shades are perfect for summer too...
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The nail polish shades included in the set are angels wings (such a cute name!) a white shimmer polish, I actually have nothing like this in my collection so that's always a bonus! Much better than buying doubles…oops. Spinning tea cup is a gorgeous lavender, I love wearing pastel nails all year round so this will come in handy. The last shade in the set is apple and custard a juicy apple green. 
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I can't wait to show you these gorgeous rings properly in an upcoming outfit post (yes really) as these pictures don't do them justice whatsoever... They are so sparkly!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Win an instant camera from Lomography worth £129

When Lomography asked if I'd live to run a giveaway for my readers to win an instant camera on my blog, I couldn't say no! I know how much you all love snapping away, and these instant camera seem really popular at the moment, I figured it would be a great giveaway prize! It's worth £129.00 it takes fuji instax mini film and has built in flash along with adjustable aperture and multiple exposure button. The camera comes with three different lenses and a spritzer so you can get some really amazing, unique effects on your photos if you wish! I think it's so cool to have your photos there and then, in an instant.
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It also comes with a fish eye lens, a portrait lens and a close up lens...If you'd like to enter you can do so below! This giveaway isn't sponsored, it will run for 2 weeks and then I'll pass on your details to the Lomography team who will then send out this amazing camera to you. I must admit I'm a little jealous… but I do enjoy doing giveaways every now and again, as a little thank you for all of you who take the time to read my blog, each time I post and leave such lovely comments for me to read.

Leave me a comment with your email and why you'd like to win this camera, I will announce the winner of the competition via twitter and here on this blog post in two weeks time... good luck :)
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