How To Save Money On Salon Trips With Panasonic

(*Sponsored*) It's no secret that I love a good salon treatment. For me it's a chance to relax and have some well enjoyed 'me time'. But let's be real, all of these salon visits can stack up financially. Plus who really has the time for frequent appointments when you factor in travelling to get there, hanging around and coming back? With this in mind, I've teamed up with Panasonic to share with you some of their research. It really makes you see why their amazing offerings help you save both time and money.
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My Answers To The ‘Ask Me Anything’ Emails

Over countless glasses of wine (pre-pregnancy obviously) and cups of coffee with PR's, fellow bloggers and clients conversation often touches upon the subject of blog post content. The ideas, the topics but more importantly, at what point do you stop sharing? Well I've always been a pretty open book. During my Uni days I'd tell anyone who would listen about my relationship woes or my course problems. I'd celebrate every success no matter how small with people. I'd say I've always been pretty approachable. So when it comes to moving to London, working for magazines and writing a blog, I've always been keen to offer my advice and experience. Probably a little too much sometimes.
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What It’s Really Like Being Your Own Boss After GQ

Choosing to end my career, a career that I'd moved from South Wales to London for, didn't come easy. My blog was around a year old when I left GQ and it was such a daunting thing to do. I've been in employment since I was 13 years old and spent a good eight years getting to where I did at Condé Nast so the prospect of being my own boss came with both its perks and concerns. What if the blog nose dived? Would I miss that salary? Would I get lonely? But what if it went really well? If it grew and started doubling traffic every month? I'd saved in advance so that I'd be able to survive for three months without a salary but aside from that and filling my diary and scheduling content, there was little else I could do to prepare. Overall, with the anticipation and freedom to no longer consider the blog a side project but a full time job came plenty of optimism. But of course, ask anyone who is self employed and they'll probably all tell you the same. The story doesn't end there.
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Why We All Should Be Conscious Of Self Sabotage

Right now we're knee deep in election mayhem. Propaganda, defensive responses, ridiculously un-costed and over delivered promises... It's difficult to switch on the TV without some element of general election news. And what comes part and parcel with election season? Election sabotage. Parties looking to throw shade at the opposition, rumours and provocative scare mongering. Particularly on social media. So of course it's in the interest of Theresa May (etc.) to be strong, eloquent and the best they can be to not obstruct their own opportunity. It got me thinking about the way in which we as a society let our own personal problems interfere with our goals (both long and short term). Might I have a tendency to self sabotage? Am I sometimes my biggest problem? It got me wondering about my behaviour and the occasions where I've let myself get in the way of my ambitions.
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How To Be Independent In A Big City Like London

I moved to London knowing only a few people. One of my close school friends and my best friend that I'd made at Uni (and her then partner). Having lived in Bristol for four for years for Uni, I made it my goal upon graduating to gain employment in the big smoke. I was absolutely drawn to the bright lights (and nightlife!). My first job was at a publishing company, Hearst, who created around 16 magazines at the time including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harpers BAZAAR and Mens Health. I packed up and moved to Putney in a gorgeously spacious modern home shared with the people I knew. That first year, all responsibilities were a minefield and most of my money went on cheap wine and rent (average rental of one bedroom in a house share is £950 a month if you're interested).
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My Very First Beauty Box With Roccabox On Sale Now

(*Sponsored*) Hands up if you love a beauty subscription box but are usually super disappointed when they arrive (me!). Well I feel your pain so when I teamed up with Roccabox to bring you a beauty box this May, I took everything into consideration. Value for money? Check. Decent products? Of course. Things I'd use myself? Naturally. Most of all, I wanted to offer as many full size and luxe size products as possible from some of the best and upcoming brands on the market.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Teaches Us How To Recreate Gisele’s Met Gala Makeup

With just under a fortnight to go until my wedding, naturally I turned to the Met Gala for makeup inspiration. Although the theme is dramatic (and often extreme), there are always some well made up, natural looking faces to enhance an outfit. For a wedding, I've surpassed my desire for thick red lips and Bambi lashes with feline flicks and am back to beautiful looking natural ways to enhance what I already have. The winner at the Met Gala? Gisele. She turned to Marc Jacobs Artistry Ambassador, Hung Vanngo for her classic and sophisticated makeup look. Here's what he used and how you too can recreate the look.
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How To Not Shy Away From Difficult Situations

Do you ever get that turn in your stomach? The one when you're about to do something that you really don't want to do? Have you felt that fluttering all over your body when you want to say no but you've already said yes to an upcoming situation you'd rather avoid? I acknowledged these kinds of feelings in my post 'How To Stop Saying Yes & Regain Your Life'. Here I talked about becoming less of a 'yes' person and more of a 'me first' kind of gal. But it did get me thinking.
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24 Pairs Of Sunglasses To Kick Start Summer

A staple in any Summer capsule collection, a good pair of sunglasses are an investment I make each year. Aside from the style factor, they are of course practical and a necessity in the sunshine so I don't mind spending that extra penny on a good pair that will last all season (and beyond). There are so many styles around (just check out Net A Porter!) from 60's to oval, from round to aviator.
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Payday Treats From The Hub Of Sophisticated Fashion

(*Sponsored*) Donning my comfiest flats and most casual dress I always feel ready and set to hit some stores and treat myself. Especially when I'm at Bicester Village. Famed for its selection of high end designer stores and discounted prices, a trip around payday is usually in my diary. As a blogger and general fashion lover, the pursuit of exceptional street style involves looking for some awesome designer pieces without the hefty price tag.
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My Holiday Bathroom Shelfies

I love a good holiday. Last year I was fortunate to travel to Costa Rica, Rome, Las Vegas, Marrakech, Cornwall, and Venice and this year, well I'm currently in Cornwall and planning a little honeymoon (which is proving tricky now that I'm pregnant). Each time I travel, I always think carefully about what to take - particularly if I'm in a country where things aren't that easy to come by. The beauty of a holiday is that you're more relaxed. You've more free time to exude on things you really like which for me, results in more time to spend on my beauty regime. I always like to take an indulgent mask away with me, be it for my hair or face and invest that little bit more on new treatments that require a little more time.
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I’ve Been Wearing False Eyelashes For 14 Years

I guess you could say I know a thing or two about false lashes. Whether you're a fan of fake strips or individual semi permanent lashes, I've noticed among friends and family there are usually two camps; those that find them easy to use and those who hate the upkeep and maintenance and stay clear. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been wearing them for this long. My love affair started when I was 16 years old at school. Although my natural lashes are somewhat long and dark already, the first time I tried them I was hooked.
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What Happened When I Tried To Move To NYC

A.K.A the 'concrete jungle where dreams are made of'. Well that was quite literally the case for me. The first time I visited New York was one Christmas a few years ago. It had been six months in the planning; Christmas Day at Maddison Square Garden to watch Bulls v Knicks, dinner at The Four Seasons and various other restaurants plus VIP tickets for NYE at Jay Z's club. Lil Wayne had just been let out of prison and was at Times Square - it was all very exciting (ha!). It wasn't the glitz and glamour that drew me to my decision to try to move there though but the atmosphere, the people and the culture. It was then I decided, I had to move to New York alone and get a job.
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