Monday, 10 October 2016

How to: Planner Stickers

I haven't really delved much into the planner world on this blog yet, and I have decide its time. I looked everywhere (if everywhere means Etsy and Pinterest) for a bonfire night weekly kit for my planner but I couldn't find one anywhere so I decided to make one. I put some photos up on a facebook group and it had really good feedback so I thought I would 'how to' it on the blog! 

You will need: 
- A computer with Microsoft on it, but I am pretty (not at all) sure that every computer magically is born with Microsoft on it anyway.
- Google
- A printer and paper (sticker paper is preferable but not a must). 

The fancy dancy software program I used was powerpoint.. I left a pause for laughter there. Yes its that simple! I may as well call this stickers for dummies (I might). When you've done it once you can keep it as a template and just switch out the pictures/colours from then on which is even easier peasier. 

Measurements you will need, I am actually not joking describing them because when I did my research I got soo confused. 

Full boxes (the ones with the pictures)
- 1.5″ x 1.875″

Heart checklists( the ones with the.. Hearts) 
-.35″ x 1.875″

Half boxes (half the size of full boxes) 
-1.08" x 1.875"

Littles/Headers (the ones that say littlethings/uni)
- 1.5″ x .25″

I started with full boxes! To do this just pick a theme, head over to google, and get saving some cute images! I went with patterns a qoute and glitter. Insert them into your powerpoint presentation and right click, choose format picture, make sure to untick the option relative to original size and write in the measurements as listed above! Simple! If you were planning on making stickers to sell then I would stay away from google images but for personal use.. Google away!

Moving onto heart checklists! I picked a basic banner/flag think out of shapes and then because I couldn't find one that fitted what I wanted added a square box on top. I then grouped these together and right clicked to bring up format image where I changed the size, and also chose the colour (or image which you would use for a glitter check box) for the checklists!

 To complete the checklists I then added four little hearts in the box, I chose these to have a fill colour white (right click, format pic) and played about with the transparency until I was happy at about 30%. You pick whatever works best for you!

Group the hearts and the box together and then copy and paste for however many checklists you want!

For half boxes I picked a rounded rectangle shape! I resized it (right click..) and then I filled it with a colour, or an image. I think images look very cute and really make the kit look different and special if you choose an image. Then created a smaller rounded rectangle made that a white fill and once again made it slightly transparent, layer that over your bigger rectangle and you get beautiful half boxes.

Lastly is your littles! For these I chose a rectangle shape sized them the same way as everything else, picked a fill colour added text and ta da! A copy and pastable header.

It really is that simple!

For you guys though i'm including the pdf in this post for the bonfire kit, just in case you would like this one in particular I am very proud of it! I wanted to get this up asap, but I have no printer at home right now so when I have printed the kit and planned with it I will include a mock spread of it!

If you do make your own or use mine for a spread i'd love to see it! Comment it or even email me:

I hope these instructions were easy to follow, any questions leave me a comment! 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Things you (don't need but) definitely should buy!

I don't know about you guys, but here in the middle of the UK its already getting pretty chilly. Sandals are completely gone and last years jumpers have surfaced from the suitcase under the bed (shared wardrobe problems), but I tell you what is fun about the cold weather apart from loose and layered clothing that hides a multitude of sins. Shopping. New season, new wardrobe. A girl can dream right? So here's a couple bargains I found which will get you in the Autumn mood! 

I have already worn this jumper three days in a row and I absolutely love it. This little pink number was only £7.99 from New Look, £8!! I nearly bought it in blue as well. Its warm and cosy and even cheaper than Primark how can you not love it. The pastel colours also keep it light and pretty so not to overwhelm yourself with the darker colours that come out during this time of year, and will even take you all the way into the Spring months.

This gorgeous blanket I got from Primark the other day, whilst i'm not too fussed on the pattern, it ticked all our boxes. Josh and I have been looking for a blanket that covers all of our three seat sofa, this blanket is not only large enough but soooo incredibly soft as well! We wanted purple in our living room so the purple in the blanket ties in well along with the pink that matches our flowers. After using this the past few days I can confirm that this blanket is so snuggly its perfect for keeping you warm so you don't have to turn your heating on too early in the year and its just so comfortable, well worth the £11. 

Since me and Josh and have moved into our own place i've emptied out 3 candles??? In a week. When I lived with my mom I had a little collection forming which now needs to be expanded quickly. I rarely burnt them before but now we'll always have one or two on the go, its weird how things change when you have your own place. Today I picked up a sampler of candy corn one of yankee candles halloween scents for £1.80 . It smells delicious and i've put it in a little glittery pumpkin that is for tea lights that I found in Wilkinsons for only £2! Its so cute and the copper fits in well with our bathroom theme. Someone recently told me that poundland have some ghost ones as well and whilst I haven't checked them out yet you can't go wrong for a pound! In the meantime though for an extra quid this wilkinson one is beautiful. 

Now this may or may not be the post on which I pledge to keep up with this blog... I've just started my degree so who knows whether i'll stick to it but I reaaally miss writing and keeping up my little part of the internet so we'll see! Let me know what bargains you've found in the comments...

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Leeds Festival + How to Make The Most of Your Weekend

The Courteeners were incredible!

The end of August brought with it the start of Leeds festival, and a lot of rain but I'll get into that later. The line up looked exciting with a good mix of acts such Stormzy, Hannah Wants, the Wombats and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I was very excited to spend the weekend camping with some of my favourite people and listening to some of my favourite bands.

We got there on Wednesday pitched our tent and made a Tesco run finishing the day with a barbecue, Thursday is when most of the fun started. We didn't watch many of the introducing acts but we did go to the silent disco which exceeded all of my expectations. If you don't know what a silent disco is the jist of it is you all go into a tent with a pair of headphones with two different DJs, one was definitely more indie whilst the other leaning towards house music. Its such a fun atmosphere, I would be listening to a song the red DJ was plying and my friend Tash would reach over and change it to green where a classic would be playing, it was perfect. Then taking your headphones off the whole tent would be singing together to no music and it was just very cool. Friday and Saturday were full of food, tipsiness and amazing bands. The Wombats, Courteeners and Biffy Clyro in contest for my favourite. Friday night I even went to see Jaguar Skills on the Relentless stage which whilst not my kind of music was actually really good! The stage was in between two rows of trees and its amazing.

The Relentless Stage

Tickets for next year are already on sale so instead of just recapping the weekend, I'll leave you with some tips.

1. Early Entry

Early entry is only about £20 more and is so worth it, we got to the campsite about 2pm on Wednesday and we struggled to find a spot (even though in the end ours was pretty good). People who were coming in on Thursday I felt sorry for, especially since it had started raining the tents on the outside were literally just swimming in the mud.

2. Be Prepared

It rained quite a bit and I am so glad that I had packed wellies, a rain coat and lots of baby wipes. Even is you don't think its gonna rain, its good to be prepared the mud gets insane and it got to the point where people (Bradley) were losing their wellies in the mud. Don't be that girl who wore brand new new balance...

3. Be flexible

I had a plan of everyone I wanted to see and the ones that I really did not want to miss I went to see, the wombats (amazing) the vaccines (not so amazing unfortunately), we couldn't even get close enough to listen to Russell Howard so we went to see Churches instead because one of our group wanted to go who were good! Then instead of seeing The 1975 whose songs I know all the words to, purely because I wasn't that excited to see them, I went to watch Biffy Clyro (which is a band not a single person by the way) and they were so good. It was an amazing performance and I had a great carefree night under the stars to the best music. Then we had agreed to watch half of twenty one pilots and half of Foals but we only ended up seeing one of Foals songs because our friend who wanted to see it didn't want to leave (the drummer was crowd surfing whilst playing the drums I wouldn't have wanted to leave ether). So don't set an exact plan, find the people you are desperate to see and embrace the artists that you've never heard of before. You might find someone you like even more.

So whether its Leeds, Reading, Glastonbury or V Fest! Find a festival with a great line up and go! I can promise you that you won't regret it. Unless you don't like getting down and dirty, then maybe get a day ticket...

Thursday, 21 July 2016

5, 4, 3, 2, 1: How to avoid overpacking!

Follow this method of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and avoid overpacking for a week away. The boyf and I are looking forward to a week in Tenerife and I thought I would share with you a recently discovered godsend.

It essentially means packing: 

-5 tops (which includes jackets), opt for a kimono/denim jacket, I shouldn't be encouraging cheating so early on into the post but wear one on the flight and pack the other as part of your five tops. Then keep your options open with a black one, a white one and a colour one, then throw in a different sleeve length to be on the side of caution.

-4 bottoms, a pair of denim shorts, a pair of cotton shorts, a skirt and for me a pair of white jeans as the Canary Islands can get quite windy! If you don't want to pack jeans throw in another pair of denim shorts for good measure! 

-3 dresses + shoes, opt for your favourite pair of sandals/trainers and a nice pair of heels just in case. For dresses go for a day dress a more evening dress, and a playsuit or maybe some dungarees!

-2 swimsuits + bags, pick your two favourite swimsuits and pack a beach/pool bag along with a little over the shoulder bag for day trips!

-1 pair of sunnies (also goes for hats/watches/ beach towels) I always take 2/3 pairs with me but I know exactly which ones I will end up wearing all week!

Stick to this and you should end up with a relatively light suitcase. Obviously this rule does not apply to the extras that find themselves in your suitcase (toiletries etc) but keeps you from packing 50 outfits for a secen day trip but leaves you with options. 

Things you should overpack: 
- knickers, kinckers, knickers, empty the whole damn draw into that case

Things you CAN NOT forget
- your passport/important travel docs (duhh!) 
- a plug adapter 
- suncream + aftersun

There you go, simple but effective. Just the way I like things!

Leave me a comment with any packing tips you may have...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

My favourite time of year!

It's exam season, can i get a hell yeah? Hell no! Everybody's stressed, tensions are rising high and there's more roasting in the group chat than ever. The girl sat next to me in Psychology is pulling her god damn hair out again, and the guy next to me in English is telling me he needs to start revising. Start?! The exam is next week... 

Are you stressed out with exams? Never fear because today boys and girls I am here to teach you all the tips and tricks that are a sure fire way to pass your exams. 


This one is key my history teacher once told me to spend 6 hours a day revising, so if you're not getting those 6 hours in then my god you're not getting enough. BUT don't forget all your homework and coursework as well as your 6 hours. Easily done, am I right?


So when you're done doing your insane amounts of revision and other school assignments you better sleep, you're a growing person (i'm assuming) so you are going to need a good 10-12 hours to make sure you don't fall asleep during your revision. 


Now you're going to need to eat breakfast before your exam, all your hard work will go to waste if you're too preoccupied thinking about the chicken wrap you're going to have for lunch. So after your revision, after your sleep, then you eat. Easy enough! You may not be awake on time after the 10-12 hour sleep you took because you're tired from the mass hours revision but you must eat before you leave the house. It's a must. 


Stay away from hormonal teenage girls during exam season, they're stressed. You're stressed. Everyone's stressed. That's usually when the claws come out. Good news is, you won't have time to revise, sleep, eat breakfast AND socialize  So lucky enough for you this step will be easy. 


For a sure fire way to fail your exams, you can fob off all your responsibilities and spend time with your boyfriend. There will be no revision, no sleep but there will be food and guess what?!? You didn't pay for it and you also won't have to pay for extensions. Unlike the girl in my psych class, bless her. 

How are you exams going? Are you getting all my tips done? If you are then who are you and how do I become you? 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Nyx blush and lip cream review.

Like every girl who started using makeup thanks to YouTube videos, there's just one little problem. American makeup (particularly drug store) brands differ from the brands you'll find in the UK. From the ripe old age of 13 i've dreamt about being let loose in a target and buying as much wet n wild or Covergirl makeup as i can fit in a trolley (don't judge I did say 13), so when I was walking past Boots today its no surprise I noticed the new Nyx stall they've put in. 

Okay so i'm a tad exaggerating but who really cares? 

The point is Boots bought in Nyx. Those soft matte lipcreams and eyeshadow sticks in cottage cream (or something like that) I could finally get my hands on easily. 

I think it was last Friday that Boots officially launched it and I couldn't help but popping in, I filled my hands with about £70s worth of stuff I don't need but then realised pay day was only yesterday and i'm supposed to be saving for a holiday.. And a car. So yeah I settled with just two products that I wanted to try. 

(And some other new things but hey I never claimedto be good at saving). 

The blush is in Crimson and its a crazy red, but its really cute and with a light hand just gives a prominent flush of colour. 

I wore the soft matte lip cream in Milan on a night of eating and drinking on the weekend and only really had to apply it once or twice. Its the perfect pink that I love its a bit darker than the photo of me wearing it shows (i'm also wearing the blush) but its still quite vibrant and isn't too drying either! 

I really love these products i'm going to have to revisit the Nyx stand, god help my bank balance haha.

Have any of you tried any of these products? Let me know!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday Favourites

Woo, Friday is here! Oh wait... I work weekends. Still, the Friday feeling is there! Friday nights are just so much better than any other night even with the knowledge that I've got work in the morning. To celebrate I thought I would do a Friday favourites post and tell you all what I've been loving recently so get excited. Also I got a couple exciting packages today which I will also be writing about on the blog so keep your eyes peeled.

To kick off my favourites post, we'll talk about TV. Oh my god, I can't stop watching TV its just sooo good. Two new TV shows however (and when I say new I mean like 2 seasons in but new to me). FIRST OF ALL Jane the Virgin. This show had me through one season of Netflix in a day and consequently onto E4oD straight away for season 2 because, damn cliff hanger. If you haven't watched it the generally low down is this girl Jane who still hasn't popped her... Is artificially inseminated and bam is pregnant. I want to tell you so much about this show, because its my favourite show at the moment as its funny and there's romance problems and a really weird but that's what makes it so good voice over. Everything I need in a TV show.

The TV love doesn't end there though, also on 4oD, is You're Back in the Room. Josh said we should watch it and I was like welllll if you want to babe whilst secretly thinking no no no, I sort of thought it was a psychic thing which is not my thing. It is however amazing. I laughed so badly through the first episode I watched, I actually could've cried, and I actually got Josh to pause it so I could wee before I wet myself. The idea is a group of 5 people do tasks to earn £25,000 to split between them but at the same time they're hypnotised to make it harder. For example they were in a diner set up and one person gets the burger the next the fries etc ectc. One girl was hypnotised to think she was covered in grease and could not even stand up, I was crying it was so funny. The other guy believed he was in a shampoo commercial (he was bald), and was rubbing ketchup and mustard all over his head and Phillip Schofield's it was hilarious. A lot of people say they don't believe in the hypnotism, but even if you didn't its still an absolutely hilarious show to watch!

Next on my list of favourites for this week is...

Nakd Cocoa Orange bars

These little bars are so good! This week I haven't had any chocolate or basically anything that's not that good for you, all my snacks are either fruit or chopped up veggies and it's getting boring. I neeeed chocolate so I snapped up these to fill my need. All that's in them is dates, cashews, raisins, cocoa and a hnt of natural orange flavouring. So they're a pretty healthy snack and I get to feel like i'm eating a chocolate bar! Haha, they're a little bit pricey as they are £2.50 for only four bars but I have found since eating healthier I am actually saving money! And my mom told me healthy eating was too expensive. No more quick maccies or subways at lunch, no more meal out or chocolate buying sprees in Sainsburys, or spending £10 a day in Costa. It actually is so much cheaper, so I don't mind paying £5 a week for the closest thing I'll get to a chocolate fix (for now).

This palette is a new favourite of mine, every time we went out somewhere, or I got brunch with friends or drinks in Weatherspoon's I would just put shimmery rose colour all over my lid. It's the top row second from the left, its just a lovely subtle colour and I have never really put a pinky colour as a base before I am a fan of beiges and gold or browns but i'm loving the simple shimmer and hint of colour this has and it looks really nice. It has good staying power and lasts even longer if I put one of the cream shadows underneath! I kept away from a crease colour with this look, but I made sure to line my eyes with my favourite L'Oréal eyeliner and add a subtle or dramatic flick depending on the occasion.

Primark Cleansing Brush

Sometimes when I cleanse my face I never feel like its got deep enough, got all of that makeup that's still sat in my pores. I recently picked up this little pink thing and its made my face washing routine so much better! Sometimes I use it with my L'Oréal gentle exfoliator and sometimes with my BalanceMe cleanser and both times it works perfect. As its got little bristles it definitely feels like it has more impact than my hands for bringing up the dirt and makeup of my face that's for sure! It's silicone as well, so its so easy to keep clean, I just wash it under water or with my cleanser now and again and walah its brand new again. It also has a sucker on the back so its easy to stick in the shower or on the wall next to my mirror stopping it lying around the bathroom somewhere and probably losing it! It's not clarisonic but for £1 you would be a fool not to pick it up.

So there you go, there's my favourites! Now it's time to write more posts, have a chicken salad and call up some party venues (exciting), happy Friday! Let me know of any favourites you've got at the moment in the comments so I can try them out!