May Lush Haul

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FashionFake, beauty blog, Lush haul, Lush bath bombs
FashionFake, beauty blog, Lush haul, Lush bath bombs
FashionFake, beauty blog, Lush haul, Lush bath bombs
FashionFake, beauty blog, Lush haul, Lush bath bombs
FashionFake, beauty blog, Lush haul, Lush bath bombs

I have been Lush hauling again because I realised bath time is just not the same anymore - if you have ever used a Lush bath bomb, you cannot ever have a normal bath again. EVER. Or at least that's how I feel! So I did a little online haul to stock up my Lush bath products and here is what I picked up:

Rose Queen bath bomb: I love bath bombs because they are so easy to use - you just drop them into your bath and watch it transform the water into something magical. Bath bombs contain beneficial essential oils, so not only are you making your bath more exciting but also treating your skin. I really love the smell of this bath bomb - sweet and floral - and it is packed with flower petals so when you drop it in, your bath turns pink and fills with beautiful flowers!

Butterball bath bomb: This is the absolute bath bomb for people who have sensitive skin as it is packed with cocoa butter pieces which are amazing at healing dry and irritated skin. Butterball is filled with the scent of Ylang ylang which is great to relieve stress and depression, as well as helping out when you feel anxious and panicked - so this bath bomb does good for your skin and your soul!

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment luxury bath melt: So these kind of work like bath bombs, you just put them into your bath and they melt slowly, rather than fizzing like the bombs. This is such a cute little melt - it smells just like candy! It's a favourite with kids, and adults, and is perfect for sensitive skin and has the root of the marshmallow herb which is traditionally used to heal skin with cuts and abrasions.

Karma bubble bar: I am a huge believer in karma, although sometimes I do think it's a bit of a bitch - however this bubble bar is packed with only the best and most positive ingredients! You have to crumble a bubble bar under a running tap into your bath and it will not only transform the water but also produce loads of bubbles! Karma is full of uplifting scents which guarantee to instantly make you feel better.

The Comforter bubble bar: This bar is absolutely amazing - it's big enough to be halved and used twice, and it transforms your bath into a little haven full of berry scented pink water and bubbles. I used it last night and genuinely didn't want to get out of the bath. It's got an uplifting fruity fragrance and essential oils which make your skin feel amazing.

May Day bath bomb: I love helping a good cause and animals are very close to my heart (I will riot if I have to, to stop fox hunting becoming legal again) and for every May Day bath bomb sold all the proceeds (excluding VAT) go to the groups behind the Votes For Animals campaign giving animals a voice this election: Animal Aid, The League Against Cruel Sports and Save Me. The bomb itself is a cute little badger and has fennel and rosewood oil, with a sweet sherbety fragrance.

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Be Confident And Go To Events On Your Own

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At Scarlett London's Blogger Bash with the lovely Debbie from Hello Deborah and Nicole from Nicole Coltman

One of the great things about being a blogger is networking and meeting new people, especially fellow bloggers, through events. I have been blogging for 3 years now and have been to a few events, so I know how scary it can be attending a PR show or a blogger bash on your own. I also know, a lot of bloggers get put off because they don't know anyone who's going and end up rejecting the invite - but please don't! Never let the fear of attending events on your own scare you to the point where you don't go - I used to let it and now I think about all the wonderful events I could have gone to if I wasn't worried about being alone.

I have finally, after 3 years, got confident enough to not even think twice about attending an event for fear of loneliness and if I can do it, with an anxiety and panic disorder, trust me you can too! I have compiled a few tips and hints on how to cheat or even completely overcome the fear of going to events on your own, you have to try this and tell me if it helps!

  • Evaluate how much you want to go to the event. Sometimes you'll start making excuses because deep down you just can't be bothered or you want to do something else on that day - ask yourself if you really want to go to this event, and if the answer is yes then read on. 
  • Use the event hashtag. Most of the time when you get invited to an event there will be a hashtag - follow it to see who else is going and you may find that you know someone. Make sure you also tweet and specifically ask if anyone from your Twitter friends is attending - this is a great way to find out what kind of people will be at the event. 
  • Meet up with other bloggers before the event. I recently went to a blogger bash arranged by Scarlett London and I didn't know anyone who was going in real life, but I knew there would be bloggers that I knew from online. I used the hashtag to see if anyone wanted to meet up before the event and go together in a big group, so it's less scary walking in. I met some lovely girlies some who I already knew from Twitter and some who I have met through using the hashtag - we met near the venue, had a quick catch up chat and headed on over! It definitely gave me more confidence at the event knowing I was with a group of lovely girls and we participated in lots of fun activities - the whole event was great! (check out their awesome blogs: Hayley from The Glasgow Girl; Debbie from Hello Deborah; Nicole from Nicole Coltman and Sophie from Darling Sophie
  • Know that you can and will find someone at the event who you can talk to. I went to a press event which I was super excited about, but I was going alone and literally didn't know anyone who I thought I could latch on to - but when I got there, within the space of 15 minutes I met a lovely blogger who I spend hours talking to (you can check out Plamena's blog on Fashion Thrill). At a different event, I also bumped into superbabe Ally from Ally in Blunderland who I wanted to meet for ages and although we spent only minutes chatting, we promised to meet up properly soon. You never know who you're going to bump into at an event, and sometimes going on your own is even better as you can float between people. 
  • Take your friend/boyfriend on a road trip. If you're travelling somewhere for the event, why not make a day of it and invite your friend or boyfriend along? Granted it's not all the time you'll get a plus one but I often take Liam with me, whilst I'm at the event he chills out in a coffee shop or goes shopping and after I'm done we spend the day doing fun stuff together. It will help put your mind at ease during the journey so when you arrive at the event you'll be calm and relaxed. 
  • Easier said that done, but stop caring what people think. I know that's probably one of the biggest concerns - what will people think of me, will I look sad if I'm alone, will people like me and talk to me, etc. 99% of the time you're at an event to document for your blog so even if you're alone and concentrated on what you're doing no one will judge you. And if they do, they suck and don't deserve to be a part of a warm and welcoming community. 
I hope that these tips help you go to events if you're not 100% confident - I definitely suggest linking up with other bloggers because a lot of them will be in the same boat as you and you will have lots of fun with people who understand blogging! Also, make sure that you link up with PRs and brands who are at the event - take this as a serious networking opportunity which will be very good for you blog.

Do you have any tips or things that you do to help you feel less nervous about an event? Share them with us and comment below! 

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The Kettle Shed: Kick-In Coco Tea Review

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As a tea drinker (can't handle coffee, it makes me feel all weird and sick), I was very excited to have the opportunity to try and review this super special blend from The Kettle Shed - a startup business selling quirky and traditional blends of tea. The Kettle Shed was founded by The Tea Lady: Zoe Nixon who's background is actually in finance, but she followed her dream of creating her own company. She started by creating blends and selling them loose at food and drink markets across west London.
The Kettle Shed has many flavours and it was so hard to pick one to try, but I decided to go with this unusual chilli and chocolate blend, Kick-In Coco*.

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FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, chilli chocolate tea review, The Kettle Shed review

 The Kick-In Coco tea is an indulgent and fiery blend which promises to satisfy your chocolate cravings and get you to a kicking start of the day. Ingredients consist of: Sri Lankan black tea, liquorice, cocoa shells, chilli, sunflower and calendula petals and flavouring. You drink the tea with milk and sugar - I tested it out both ways, with and without milk because I wanted to get the 'pure' flavour of the tea and I have to say it's definitely good to drink with milk! It tastes chocolatey but not too sweet, and gives you a spicy kick in the back of the throat.
This is my perfect tea to take along on a chilli dog walk in the countryside, or whenever I need a pick me up!

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The Kettle Shed don't only provide us with that warm feeling everyone gets from drinking tea, but also from every tea infuser pack purchased a percentage goes to supporting shelters for the homeless across the UK. I think this is a wonderful little company and I will be purchasing varieties of tea to try!
What is your favourite flavour of tea? Do you prefer milky or herbal?

*Thank you to The Kettle Shed for gifting me the Kick-In Coco tea blend! 
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Summer 2015 LookBook: Peplum Stripes with Blue Vanilla

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FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top, Chanel bag
what i'm wearing: peplum top* Blue Vanilla // jeans H&M (similar here// shoes JustFab // bag Chanel // watch Michael Kors // earrings H&M

I love the classic Riviera style which has been revived this summer - actually, I'm pretty sure it never went anywhere in the first place because I always see navy stripes in the first couple of pages of Vogue! I love the twist on the classic striped top by adding peplum detail on to it, it kind of refreshes the look and brings an element of femininity to it.

When I think about the Riviera style, I think about staple classic items so it's no surprise that I paired my peplum top with a statement watch and an iconic bag. As a nod to SS15 trends, I added statement earrings - they have been all the rage on the catwalks, and I don't know about you but I love the way statement earrings look however I struggle to keep them on all day!

I have also been loving my white jeans from H&M - although I am cautious about where I wear them to because I'm scared I'll either spill or sit on something and ruin them! White is a hard colour to wear but one of my favourites.

This is the perfect outfit to wear for a day out shopping, or lounging about in a seaside town - my heels from JustFab are super comfy and I could easily spend a day wearing them without the fear of my feet getting hurt.

*Thank you to eTail PR and Blue Vanilla for this collaboration! 
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Restaurant Review: The Royal Oak, Charlton, Hampshire

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The Royal Oak in Charlton used to be my local pub when I lived with my ma, and I often used to go there with my friends for a couple of drinks. I had food in there before, but never really rated the pub as somewhere to eat as the food wasn't fantastic. However recently it must have changed management as the food in there is really good pub grub with a menu that pleases everyone.

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The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog
The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog
The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog

Heidi and I visited the pub for a catch up and some YouTube planning a couple of weeks ago and I was seriously impressed with the quality of the food - big portions for great prices. We had the calamari to start with, which was really yummy and the calamari pieces were big and flavoursome. We also had their 'mocktails' which I have to warn you - they're not actually proper mocktails like the Pina Colada I had I was expecting maybe some more texture in the drink but it is essentially just syrup, ice and water. Not even blended ice, so slightly disappointing but it still tasted OK.
I had the gourmet meat burger which is beef, pulled pork and cheese and it was delicious - it came in a soft bun which I love and was huge! The beef was cooked well done, which isn't to my preference as I prefer rare but kind of expected as the burger is probably frozen prior to cooking rather than fresh in which cases you can have it rare. It came with chips and coleslaw - great stuff! Heidi had the scampi which again was a big potion!

The Royal Oak in Charlton is a great place to stop off for lunch or dinner especially if you're on a budget or have kids with you as they have an extensive kids menu. The pub also has a nice big garden which is brilliant for summer drinks.
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Dressing For A Summer Occasion With M&S - Summer Cocktail Party

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Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a Marks & Spencer representative regarding telling me all about the new website feature, Ultimate Dress Guide, which is a quick and easy guide to help you find the right dress for you for any summer occasion. From wedding guest to festival dresses, there is huge variety of frocks at Marks & Spencer and sometimes browsing online stores for something particular can be daunting so the Ultimate Dress Guide breaks it down for you, and a huge bonus is it also features the seasons top trends as well as a quick guide on what styles will suit your body shape.

I decide to try the guide out myself and had so much fun picking out different outfits for festivals, BBQs, and weddings - however I settled for this summer cocktail party outfit. I absolutely LOVE this dress - seemingly simple but the shape of it is really flattering and can easily take you from day to night, and also the colour is just amazing! You will notice that usually on my posts I put 50% of a photo filter just to balance out the colours and make the photos a bit brighter, however I really felt like you just have to see the raw colour of this dress so no filter here guys!
I also fell head over heels for these shoes (see what I did there?! :) ) - again, a simple design made so stylish by the see-through blocked heel. The shoes are so comfortable, I could easily wear them all day long.
Because the dress is such a stand out piece, I didn't feel it needed a lot of jewellery so I went for simple and classic hooped earrings and these sleek cat eye sunglasses - and voila, my summer cocktail party outfit is ready!

If you're planning on spending lots of time in the sunshine with a mojito in your hands this summer, here are my top tips for staying stylish:

  • Pick a dress style that is loose, rather than a bodycon - being practical, in the summer it's nice to feel a breeze up your sleeve rather than get sweaty wrapped tightly in fabric. Also, if the BBQ is on the go, you won't feel conscious about eating all of the food! 
  • Choose bright colours - although it looks chic and goes with everything, a black dress will attract heat. Choose a shade that is right for you, but try and stay away from black on scorching days. 
  • Wear sensible footwear - this one speaks for itself really, think about how long you will be spending in your shoes and as it's an outdoor event you really don't want to be running around barefoot (unless there's a nicely cut lawn, then go for it!) 
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Superdry Town Coat

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Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
what i'm wearing: town coat* Superdry // Joni jeans Topshop // t-shirt Zara // Converse All Star low leather sneakers // watch Michael Kors // necklace Zara

Last week I found out that I was a lucky winner of the Superdry #MySuperdry competition from their press event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London - which I was obviously MEGA excited about! I couldn't believe it, finding out was such a nice surprise! I won a coat of my choice from Superdry so after a lot of pondering which of their classic coats I am going to choose, I decided to go for The Town Coat - a stylish and tailored jacket which works for both smart outfits and also looks great worn casually.

I always perceived Superdry to be very much focussed on sportswear without having much to do with trends, however my opinion was changed at their AW15 press event where they showcased a lot more tailored and fashion focussed items. The Town Coat is an absolutely gorgeous fit, nipped in all the right places and structured to perfection. I love how great this coat looks styled with skinny jeans, classic Chuck Taylors and a big chunky watch for a touch of bling bling!



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Restaurant Review: The Oak, Smannell, Hampshire

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A couple of weekends ago, a group of my friends and I visited The Oak in Smannell, a quaint Hampshire country pub with a warming atmosphere and delicious pub grub. Smannell is a small village in Hampshire just out side of a town called Andover and you are guaranteed beautiful field and forest views if you fancied a weekend dog walk - naturally followed by refuelling at a scrumptious eatery.
With prices averaging to around £6 for a starter and around £12-£15 for the main, they are very reasonable for a variety of food to choose from and pretty big portions.

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The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

For starter I had the lightly breaded whitebait with tartare sauce which is one of my favourite starters as long as it's cooked well and the produce is fresh. Liam had the deep fried calamari which I had a taste of and it was just delicious - perfectly cooked and not rubbery at all; Louise had the ham hock terrine from the specials menu and Harriet had baked camembert with a selection of items to dip like crusty bread and vegetables, and caramelised onion chutney.

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The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

Now as for the main, I have to reinforce the message that these potions are pretty delicious and big! I had the duck with country vegetables and mash - it was absolutely perfect. The duck was cooked to be tasty, pink and melt in your mouth which is exactly how I like it, and it came with a tangy red berry jus. Liam had a combo of ribs and chicken marinated Southern style - I again stole some of the ribs from him and they were pretty tasty, although I would like to have tasted more sauce and flavour on them. The burger at the pub is a pretty standard pub burger in a ciabatta which comes with chunky chips - great comfort food.

I really enjoyed our evening at The Oak in Smannell - cheap drinks, good food, excellent atmosphere so overall it's a big thumbs up!
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