Thursday, 20 December 2018


Marks and Spencer Manchester Front of Store Photo
Marks and Spencer Glasses Display
Marks and Spencer Glasses Display
Marks and Spencer Glasses Display Designer Frames
Marks and Spencer Glasses Display
Marks and Spencer Glasses Display
Pre Eye Testing Machinery Eye Health
Modelling a Few of the Frame Options

Glasses Wearer? I love Marks and Spencer for great quality food, clothes and shoes so when I discovered they have an opticians and lots of options for prescription glasses I was thrilled!

I had had my old pair for a couple of years so was definitely ready for a new set and to check out how my prescription was doing for me.

I recently popped to M&S in Manchester for a test and to pick out some new frames. I always find the process so interesting and I have to say it was great to be tested by people who took the time to explain what they were doing and why.

I have also ALWAYS wondered how they even begin to deduce what your prescription is if you are at a new opticians from where you have been previously! Now I know!

There's a machine for that... kind of blows my mind in all honesty! It shows you a picture and reads what your eyes are doing in terms of how hard they are trying to focus and from that they can get a starting point for your prescription. After doing all the health checks, I went into my appointment with the optician Michelle and set about tightening up my prescription. There was not a lot of change really in terms of my eyes worsening which is great. She explained some of the checks she was doing and when she was checking the back of my eyes told me that I should be able to see the capillary network by the way they refract the light through your eyes. It was really very interesting!

I have astigmatism which is where the shape of my eye is not standard - in basic terms, my eyeballs are rugby ball shaped and usual would be football shape. My actual prescription of being long/short sighted is not that bad, my prescription is predominantly to address the astigmatism which is pretty extreme! i.e. they don't even make a daily contact lense in the strength I need for one of my eyes... Good thing I really don't mind wearing glasses!

We got my prescription sorted and then I set about selecting the frames - I was like a kid in a candy shop...! Their own brand frames are gorgeous and very reasonably priced!

I'll post a pic of my new glasses over on my Instagram - I really like them and was really happy with my experience with M&S Opticians.

If you want to book in then they are currently offering free eye tests for SweetieSal readers, just use this link to book your appointment at a location convenient to you and show them this post. I can highly recommend it!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018


#ITSAWONDERFULLINE Project by Virgin TrainsBlack and White Photo - Manchester Piccadilly Train Station
Manchester Piccadilly Departures Board

You may have seen about this on my Instagram but this is such a great concept that I also wanted to talk a little more on here where I have slightly more room to go into detail!

#ITSAWONDERFULLINE is a project by Virgin Trains where they have painted the script of 'It's a Wonderful Life' onto the platforms of 14 train stations across the UK to show how powerful simple acts of kindness can be at this time of year, when there are people who will not be feeling so festive, and also provide information on simple ways to intervene when someone is struggling with poor mental health.

Christmas and the New Year can be particularly difficult when the focus is on being 'merry' especially when you don't feel that way. It can make you feel worse, alienated and lonely and I think the collaboration between Virgin Trains and their Charity Partner, Rethink Mental Illness is really powerful.

For those of you who haven't seen 'It's a Wonderful Life', it is a film about one man’s struggle with a life that hasn’t gone to plan.

Rethink Mental Illness has worked with Virgin Trains since May 2017, training its people in how to deal with mental health issues that they might experience during their working day and in their personal life. This includes encouraging colleagues to talk about mental health, providing best advice on where to seek help and better equipping them to identify and support other people, such as passengers, who might be struggling.

If you or anyone you know is looking for Mental Health advice or support then you can contact Rethink or The Samaritans.

Rethink Mental Illness runs an advice and information service for people who are affected by mental illness. Lines are open 9:30am-4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and the number is 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at local rates) or you can email

Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, and the number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or email or go to to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of their trained volunteers face to face.

Sunday, 9 December 2018


So many people I know have lip fillers and they look amazing... I have always been tempted but been worried about the pain and ending up with a trout pout. Here are some FAQs incase, like me, you have also been considering them!


What are lip fillers and are they worth it?

The perfect pout has been modeled by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and in more recent years, Kylie Jenner. Sometimes, an artsy lipstick that is supposed to create the illusion of plump, fuller lips just doesn’t quite do the trick. With the quest for the perfect set of plumped-up lips on the rise, lip fillers have become an increasingly popular way of achieving this beauty standard.

Below, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding lip fillers:


What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are an injection of hyaluroic acid (HA), a chemical that the human body naturally produces. However, when injected, hyaluroic acid works to volumize the soft tissue in our skin, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles.

Lip fillers are far from a permanent solution to our thin lip problems, however. The hyaluroic acid, which is injected slowly, breaks down over a period of months in the skin, meaning that lip fillers need to be topped up every few months. However, this all depends upon how quickly your body individually breaks down the product injected. Lip Fillers London suggests that lip fillers take approximately 0-24 hours for your lip fillers to take full effect depending on how you react to it.


Are there any health risks with lip fillers?

As with any procedure, there is always a small percentage that something could go wrong with the treatment. However, lip fillers have a relatively low percentage of going wrong as a result of the easy fixing process. If something does go wrong during the procedure – for example, the filler being injected into the wrong area – another injection can be inserted below the skin, which acts as a dissolver of lip fillers. This means that any mistakes made during, or even after, the procedure can be easily reversed with the help of a qualified professional.


Do lip filler injections hurt?

As with any procedure, there can be a little pain involved. However, lip fillers are almost always accompanied by numbing cream, which completely numbs the areas in which the needles will be inserted. Some people will experience a certain amount of pain after the injections occur – as a result of the swelling – however, the procedure is supposed to be relatively painless.

The only feeling during the procedure is the actual product moving underneath the skin of your lips- this is considered an odd sensation more so than a painful one.


Will I see the results of my lip fillers right away?

As a result of their quick application, the results of lip fillers can be seen straight away. However, as it is an invasive procedure, lip fillers can result in swelling for 24 to almost 48 hours later, and even up to 3 days later in some cases. During this period, an ice pack should be administered in order to reduce the swelling in the area and to produce the best results from your lip fillers.

There is always more information available regarding lip fillers if you need more reassurance, as they have become such a popular beauty choice recently.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Beautifully Wrapped Gift, Festive Scene

Everyone loves to hear their own name and there's something super luxe about having things with your name on.. (except uniform) so here's my round up of personalised gifts ready for Christmas (and beyond!)

Scent Addict Perfume Subscription

Not personalised with your name as such... but a great way to try out new perfumes. I wrote about the perfume subscription service here and here over the summer!

Aspinal of London

I absolutely love Aspinal of London as a brand - they have a wide variety of personalisable items on offer for men and women and as of 5th December there is also 20% off!

Lover of Luxe

An Instagram find, Lover of Luxe do handbags and leather goods which can be personalised with your initials. They have some lovely leather goods available including this GORGEOUS Leopard Bag!


Johnstons of Elgin via Selfridges have some gorgeous Cashmere Scarves which can be personalised with initials. You can also have a variety of Burberry Gifts Monogrammed too.

Personalised Power Bank

MyPersonalisedCase do what they say on the tin; Personalised Phone Cases and Power Banks. I have one of their power banks and it came out so nice with my two photos printed on it - it's also great at charging on the go!

Obviously many places offer personalisation now, but these are just some of my faves I have come across! HAPPY SHOPPING ❤


Monday, 26 November 2018


Twinkly Christmas Lights Out of Focus

Hello my little festive elves - I am making a big assumption that you are as much of a Christmas lover as me by you stopping by to read this post!

I absolutely love gift giving and will be sharing just a few ideas with you over the coming weeks - not a full gift guide series but a couple of suggestions as you get prepared for Christmas.

First up is Stocking Fillers!

For me a Stocking Filler is something that I would class as a SMALL gift. Of course, depending on your budget, these ideas are not just restricted to Stockings and would make thoughtful little gesture no matter what your budget.


No one likes lugging a heavy / expensive / beautiful bottle of perfume or aftershave around from day to day which is where Twist & Spritz Atomisers come in to be so very useful! At just £10 you can easily pop some of your fave fragrance into a hand / gym bag sized spray bottle which is so convenient. I have a few of these for all my different fragrances and I love them! There's loads of colour options too, suitable for men and women.


Give the gift of a charger that does not restrict which side of the bed you have to be or where you sit.. I LOVE these braided charger cables that mean I don't have to sit in an awkward position whilst my phone is charging. Small, yet so VERY useful, they are also so much more hard wearing than the Apple cables!


Each year I have made personalised desk photo calendars for my family and they ALWAYS go down so well. Easy to design and super cheap, I think they are a fantastic way to revisit your favourite memories during the new year ahead.


A little treat which I always love having in my hand bag is a luxury handcream - nice smelling and slightly indulgent! Some of my faves are the Laura Mercier Handcreams, Sanctuary Spa Handcream or The Body Shop Handcreams which come in a variety of scents!


I know it is deemed the ultimate boring present but I actually really enjoy a few pairs of socks appearing in my stocking! ASOS have some lovely fun ones and I do enjoy a novelty sock when it is boot season... :)


Know a Selfie Queen or King? Get the perfect lighting on the go with a clip on selfie light for smartphones.


Tea lights, reed diffusers or even a bottle of Zoflora? Small yet useful, you can give a gift of a beautiful smelling home this Christmas!


Another useful gift option! How about a gift voucher for a brow treatment at Shavata? I recently head to the salon in Harvey Nichols Manchester for a brow shape and tint and was so impressed. The salon itself is lovely and if I may say so, my brows are most definitely on fleek 💁 

Sunday, 28 October 2018


This week has been super fun on the Blogging front with some fabulous events in Manchester! Last Tuesday saw Selfridges present their press preview of all the gorgeous Christmas gifts and treats available as #SELFRIDGESROCKSCHRISTMAS ❤❤❤

I am like Mrs Christmas so this event was right up my street, I mean, have you ever seen someone look quite so excited to have a photo with the big man himself?!


Food, Glorious Food! I always think that you can't really go wrong with foodie gifts, especially if you don't really know what to buy for someone then a well thought treat to eat (or drink!) can be a winner.

The narcissist in me loves to see my name emblazoned across items and Selfridges can make that happen on a number of gifts! From personalised Reese's Spread to Veuve Cliquot, your very own Lindt Teddy to some more festive fizz from Moet & Chandon there are plenty of options across all budgets.

Tis' the season to indulge... amiright?!


I made a beeline for the fashion and accessories display as  *THAT* gorgeous emerald Stella McCartney Bag was calling my name...

I think it goes without saying that Selfridges has some incredible pieces that most would LOVE to receive as a gift, at a variety of price points. Personal faves include; Astrid & Miyu Jewellery, Kate Spade Stationery and White Company Cashmere Socks.


2018 seems to be the year of the advent calendar! I have never known of so many brands doing them. I love all the Christmas gift sets available as they tend to be good value for money and an opportunity to try products you might not have done before.

Some of Selfridges offerings this year are MEGA, I'm talking about you Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Collection Box Set, which priced at £600+ is definitely a big treat! There are some gorgeous gifts available and I have my eyes on this IT Cosmetics Brush Set which is DREAMY.


With my nephew now on the scene and another hot on his heels, Christmas is going to get a whole new lease of life... nothing is more magical to me than the build up to Christmas, a plate for Santa on Christmas Eve and all the festive excitement in December.

Selfridges has some AMAZING gifts available, I actually want this Hogwarts Express Lego Set for myself...! I am also informed that Smiggle is a big hit with the kids so when I saw that they are doing an advent calendar I made a mental note to tell all the parents I knew about it! I thought it was reasonably priced too at £25.


Sometimes it's nice to buy something luxe for your family and friends that they wouldn't buy for themselves... I'm thinking gorgeous candles, pyjamas, card holders, socks, scarves - budget can be stocking filler size or more! My fave candle has to be The White Company Winter scent - I start burning these when the weather turns (like today) and love the scent so much, it is like an annual ritual!

I am loving these Amber Champagne Glasses and given my love for sparkling water it would probably make sense to start making my own with this SODASTREAM!

Obviously Christmas isn't all about the gifts, more spending time with your loved ones...however I absolutely love making everyone smile with a thoughtful present or two!

Best start making those lists for Santa guys and gals!

Thank you to Selfridges and Carousel PR for a wonderful evening.

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Drawn Image of Children Holding Hands Standing on Planet Earth

I often get sent information, most of which never reaches you as it's either not fitting with my Blog theme or not the most exciting of research to share.. however; this article about how the same brands take on many different personas around the world I thought was really interesting!

Popular brands you might not recognise around the world

Looking into the labels we typically see and love on a day to day basis, an online label company has researched brands that go by different names around the world and explained some of the reasoning behind these differences.

It might be trickier to get hold of your favourite cereal than you think around the world: Coco Pops by any other name might taste as sweet, but you’ll need to search for Cocoa Krispies on the supermarket shelves in the US, Choco Krispis in South America, and Choco Krispies across Europe.

If you wanted a Burger King while visiting Australia, or fancied a KFC in Canada, good luck! You’d struggle to find and get directions to them when they’re known as Hungry Jack’s and PFK respectively.

Online label company,, has researched a variety of popular brands around the world, finding out which of our favourites use different names and even logos in other countries. They have designed an infographic highlighting the most common names for brands known by different names in various locations.

Wall’s Ice Cream is perhaps the biggest culprit for the largest number of different brands names around the world. However, their logo is generally recognisable everywhere with its swirling heart design, in a bold red and white colour scheme.

The reasoning behind brands having different names and logos in different countries is usually due to one of the following reasons:


Kentucky Fried Chicken is known by PFK in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec region due to local laws dictating that the restaurant takes the initials of the French name, Poulet Frit Kentucky.

Existing Brands and Trademarks

When Burger King expanded into Australia, it quickly became apparent that their iconic name was already being used. As a result, Hungry Jack’s was named after the Australian franchisee, Jack Cowin – a name they already held trademarks for.

Translation Issues


The Chevrolet Nova might have sounded like a good idea in English, but to those who understood Spanish, the translation of “no va” as “doesn’t go” isn’t the best option for a new car.

Previous Connotations


Across Europe, Diet Coke, is known as Coca-Cola Light as the word “light” is associated more with lower-calorie items than “diet” is in these areas.

Speaking of the research, Philip Carlyn, Managing Director at Data Label, said:
“It’s interesting to see just how many brands go by different names around the world – what we’ve outlined in this infographic is just a snippet of the many examples we’ve looked into. The reasoning behind these differences also highlights the need for proper research into branding before launching a new company to avoid any potential trademark or translation issues, particularly if you’re looking to expand in future.”

If you click on the below infographics they will expand so you can see the content better!

Infographic on Walls Ice Cream and The Alternative Brand Names Across the World
Infographic on Brand Names and The Alternatives Across the World
 Infographic on Kellogg's Coco Pops and The Alternatives Across the World
 Infographic on Lays / Walkers Crisps and The Alternatives Across the World


Saturday, 6 October 2018


Mrs Hinch Zoflora Cleaning Products Hinch Hauls
Photo Credits: @heidiaimeex // @cleaning_with_dee // @riseandclean // @cleanat68x // @thismorning // @mxhomes_ // @karen.gunning // @rollobarbellsbakes // @joanne._.dove
I know I'm most definitely not alone in my love for Mrs Hinch...

She is everything I love about 'influencers' (much as that word is a little annoying) as she showcases what she is passionate about and you naturally feel inspired by her tips and tricks.

Everything is natural in terms of product promotion and she shows how the products work for her with real life examples.


I used to HATE cleaning. It felt overwhelming and the sheer amount of products that claim to do the same thing made shopping for cleaning stuff feel difficult. The morning I discovered Mrs Hinch I watched her videos and decided to go and clean my kitchen, which let me assure you was unheard of previously 😆

Since owning my own home I do feel alot more house proud as I have the authority to change whatever I want, but so many of Mrs Hinch's hacks mean that you can massively improve a rented home. I wish I knew more of them when I was renting my last place! I never had friends round as I was embarrassed of how it was and I'll be honest parts of it were so bad I would just give it a half hearted clean as it never made any difference!


I've now created my very own little Narnia and invested in products that I know make the job much easier, and do you know what, I am happier for it. My home feels lovely and clean, smells fresh (thanks to Linen Fresh Zoflora) and I feel like I have my sh!t together. Cleaning no longer feels like the absolute chore it used to.


I have joined a couple of groups on Facebook and some of the conversations I read are so cute. Women can be so lovely when they find a common interest! I genuinely enjoy scrolling through all the Hinch related posts on Instagram too..

Hinch Haulin'

Just need to find some Lemon Zing Zoflora now and a MINKEH!!!

Friday, 5 October 2018


Accessories Department Store Handbags Shoes
Empty Walk in Wardrobe

I love a well put together and bold look, but even the simple ones can take a great deal of hard work behind the scenes to pull off successfully. I've pulled together my tips and those of other bloggers that can help you style just about any outfit well. Read on for more.


Now, there is nothing wrong with monotone or neutral coloured outfits. In fact, they can look very chic. However, it is crucial to balance them with just a little pop of colour to avoid looking washed out.

One way you can achieve this is to use a belt in a bold shade to draw the eye to your waist and break up a plain black dress. Alternatively, you may wish to include your colour pops in things such as cardigans or scarves, or even with your shoes.

Although, do be careful of being too matchy-matchy here! Instead, pick a range of shades from the same colour family, so your outfit tells a more dynamic story.


Next, you’ll be pleased to know that there is not an outfit that the right jewellery can lift and enhance. It's all about matching the right piece to what you are wearing.

Anything high necked such as halters or turtlenecks look great with bolder earrings. You can even layer different types of earrings in various places in the ear, like the ones available from helix piercing online, to give you a modern and youthful look.

Casual summer dresses are often enhanced by wearing statement pieces in the form of with bangles or chunky necklace. Although, you do have to be mindful of not overwhelming the pattern your garment is made from.


The say shoe maketh the man, but they are definitely important to us girls as well. In fact, in my opinion, shoes can make or break an outfit both in the way they look and in how comfortable they are to wear. 

Regarding your look, an outfit can always be lifted and made more modern by wearing a shoe that is trending this season. Shoes are also a fantastic way of introducing another colour to your outfit and can help to give you the body shape you want as well.

A word of warning though, there is no point tottering around all day in designer shoes only to suffer agonizing pain. To that end, it is crucial that you pick footwear that is comfortable as well as gorgeous!


A wise man once said that your hair is a hat you never take off! Just think about that for a moment! If you had to wear a hat all day, every day, you would invest in a decent one and make sure it looked good right? Well, the same thing needs to happen with your hair!

What that means is keeping up to date with your cut and color and not being afraid to try something different now and again. In fact, a new hairdo can lift your look effortlessly, if you are brave enough to go for it!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Eiffel Tower City of Lights Paris
Snowy Paris Chateau
Snowy Scene Paris

A Winter Paris Adventure – Things to See and Do in the City of Lights before Christmas

They may call Paris the 'City of Lights', but this is a status that it takes on quite literally during the festive period, when Christmas illuminations and decorations are put up seemingly everywhere, including across the streets, on the trees and even in department store windows.

But the twinkling visual spectacle is far from the only reason to pay a visit to the French capital in the run-up to Christmas. After all, this is the city’s low season, so you’ll be able to discover many of its finest attractions while relatively unbothered by tourist hordes, including top-class restaurants, cafes, shops, the cinema and even some museums.

So, let’s take a look at just some of the Parisian sights, sounds and experiences that you shouldn’t miss this Yuletide.

The Decorations

Yes, I mentioned the decorations above, but they really are that much of a draw when they start appearing in mid-November. While there barely seems to be a fir tree in the city that goes unadorned at this time of year, it’s the legendary Champs Elysées where you will be able to see the most extravagantly colourful displays.

As detailed on the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, other areas of the city that are set to be thoroughly decked out in 2018 range from Place Vendôme and Avenue Montaigne to Bercy Village and Boulevard Haussmann. In the last of those locations, you’ll even be able to customise the lights with a smartphone app.

Ice Skating

It’s customary for ice skating rinks to be set up across Paris as Christmas looms. Not only that, but they’re also free to enter, although adults can expect to pay five Euros to rent skates – this service being free for kids. 

The city’s main rink is set up on the plaza outside Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), where you’ll also see a free sledding area for children.

The Christmas Eve Service at Notre-Dame Cathedral

The medieval Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement is one of Paris’s greatest cultural and heritage attractions, and whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs may be, there’s no doubt that a visit for the Christmas Eve service can be an invaluable source of inspiration and peace. 

The service is open to everyone, and includes a stirring midnight choir.

The Christmas Markets

Christmas markets may be a German invention, but they have long since become a staple of European life every festive season. What’s more, Paris offers many of the best ‘Marchés de Noël’ of all, as they are known on French shores.

Making a welcome return in 2018 will be the Champs Elysées Christmas market that was cancelled last year due to a dispute between the main organiser and Paris City Hall. But as reported by The Local, it has now found a new home in the Tuileries gardens in front of the Louvre.

With other Christmas markets taking place around the Eiffel Tower as well as in Vincennes, La Défense and at the Grand Palais des Glaces, there will be plenty of opportunities to grab a curio or bargain – or seven – in front of some of the French capital’s most iconic backdrops.

Remember, too, that there are many options for chateau rental in France that give you impressive surroundings in which to spend the night or hold a major celebration, benefitting from rural tranquillity before heading into the city. They include the simply resplendent Château Bouffémont, which could scarcely be better situated, being a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris.

Tempted to book a little jaunt and experience all of the above myself 😍

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Online Dating is a dog-eat-dog world so I thought I would pass on these tips from Happn as to how you can improve your dating profile... let me know if they work for you!

Knowing what is best for a dating profile of dreams is not always obvious. What type of pictures? What to say or not say about me? What do other people expect?

These questions often come up when you are online dating. This is why dating app, happn, which now has over 50 million users around the world, has put together top 8 rules for the perfect profile that will appeal to your dream crush!

Claire Certain, head of trends at happn, the app that helps you find people you’ve crossed paths with, has provided some top tips on HOW to create the best profile for you.

Be Yourself

Everyone is different and to write a great profile individuality is key.  Just make sure your personality shines through whether that’s through any light hearted jokes you make, your pictures, or your passions. Really think about what defines you, what you enjoy doing most of all and what it is you’re looking for in a partner. 

Choose a Variety of Pictures

Make sure that your first picture clearly shows your face so potential connections can immediately see what you look like - trying to work out which one you are in a group of 10 is time consuming and annoying. However, make sure the rest of your pictures show different sides of your personality and lifestyle: are you a traveller? A socialite? A foodie? An art lover? A pet lover? A sports person? Then don't hesitate to show it.

Don’t Lie or Use Outdated Pictures

Remember it’s better to connect with someone who likes you for who you really are. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not; it will only have a negative impact in the long run. You wouldn't like it if you’ve got yourself a date but when you see the person they look nothing like the picture on their profile or obviously lied about their life. This can be very awkward, especially if someone were to bring it up.

Don’t Be Too Mysterious

People need to know quickly what they could share with you, like hobbies, passions, lifestyle, so too much mystery is not the best option. Give your potential connections something to start a conversation with! And if you are not comfortable with describing you, use music or visual ways to do so.

Add Variety

On dating apps, such as happn, you get the opportunity to add things like a glimpse of your Instagram gallery or your favourite music using Spotify.  This increases the chance of having something more in common with an individual and stand out of the crowd. It could also be an efficient way to start a conversation if it's a Crush!!

Use Emojis!

They can be a fun way of expressing yourself that adds colour and will help describe yourself in a very visual and straightforward way. Research into our users’ profiles has found that men use way more emojis than women!  In fact, 64% of men use them in their profiles, compared to just a third (36%) of women!  The most popular emoji users have is the red heart, followed by the peace sign and in third place the winky face!

Don’t Overshare

Remember this is just the first step of meeting someone. Have fun with it and summarise yourself without taking it too seriously. Save some details and stories for your 1st date, and even for the dates after this. While it’s good to be open on your dating profile, make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect yourself.  If you live in a city, say you live in a region of the city (e.g. south west London).  Giving more information can come later once you really know a person. And, if you’re linking your Instagram to your dating profile, ensure you’re not giving away too much on that either!

Get The Help of Your Friends and Family

 They know you from an external point of view and even if it can be embarrassing, having a second opinion gives you the reassurance that you’re on the right track and are portraying yourself in the best light.  They might even give you some suggestions on how you can improve your profile, either with some better pictures or facts. This is a particularly good idea for those who lack confidence and might not be aware of what they’ve got going for them.


Monday, 3 September 2018


Girl, Waiting.
Airport Lounge, Waiting Room


Anyone else find themselves wishing time away?

'Just a few more days to get through...'

'Good things come to those who wait...'

'Ugh I am so over this month already, I can't wait until...'

'One day my prince will come...' (CHEESY AF.)

I am guilty of this too. I am not professing to be some sort of seize the day guru but it has occurred to me that I have spells of wishing the time away and I am trying to do something about it, be present and enjoy the here and now.

One of the ways I have found to be quite helpful is to practice gratitude more proactively. I attended a course at work on building resilience and having a gratitude journal or trying to make a point of acknowledging what you are grateful for every day is actually really quite powerful.

Everyday you get the gift of 86,000 seconds. Have you used one to say thank you?

I bought myself a gratitude journal from Amazon - I was anticipating having to use a notepad and create it myself, but no, Amazon's got your back there! It is specifically for things you are thankful for and asks you to write what awesome things have happened to you in the week. It can be difficult to get started as you feel a bit repetitive but I can already feel the benefits of doing this. I have written about mental health before and whilst I am in a much better place there will always be those days when you get knocked a little and just need a little reassurance that your life isn't shit.

Whatever makes your soul happy, do that.

I hear friends complain about being fed up or viewing their other half wanting to be like their parents as being the absolute worst as they don't seem to do very much, but I just think being happy and grateful for what you have is the healthiest way to live your life. You make your own excitement and just because your other half views being happy as simply having someone you love by your side, being healthy and doing fun things doesn't make their happiness any less valid.

I am really ambitious career wise and that makes me happy. But if someone views work as a means to an end, that's also ok! I also don't think it is any secret that I ultimately want to settle down and have kids, but do I think less of my friends or family who don't want to have kids? Of course not!

It's easy to look at the insta-perfect lives that are presented to us and feel pangs of envy but it's not always real. You have to make peace with yourself and your lot otherwise you will struggle to ever feel truly happy.

Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.

This last quote is one I need to pay attention to. I got to do a 'drivers' questionnaire at work and my primary driver was 'please people' and my secondary was 'be perfect' which is all around getting pleasure about things being or appearing to be perfect.

For ages I felt bad about the fact that I was getting older, didn't own my own home, didn't have a significant other, nor one on the horizon, which meant kids felt pretty far out of reach. But in doing that I completely discounted the fact that I have done really well in my career and without sounding big-headed feel like I am a really good friend and quite funny to be around. The rest will come when it's meant to.

Stop Waiting Quote


Sunday, 2 September 2018


View of The World of Wedgwood Entrance
Entrance Hall Floral Arrangement World of Wedgwood
Wedgwood Museum Logo Sign
Wedgwood Jasperware Blue Urn
Old World Wedgwood Carriage
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Sample Drawers
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Samples
World of Wedgwood Ceramic and Glaze Samples
Wedgwood Jasperware in Blue and Green
Wedgwood Jasperware Busts
Wedwood Blue Jasperware Scene
Wedgwood Bamboo Style Pottery
Wedgwood Queen's Ware Jelly Mould
Wedgwood Blue and White Pottery Collection
Wedgwood Huge Urn
Wedgwood Tea Set
Wedgwood Pottery Pieces
Wedgwood Pink Jasperware Cups and Saucers
Wedgwood Factory View
Wedgwood Pottery Making Sally O'Shea
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making
Wedgwood Pottery Making Sally O'Shea
Wedgwood Decorative Wall
Wedgwood Decorative Stacked Cases and Teacups
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Place Setting
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Sandwiches Rare Beef Asparagus Mozzarella Crab
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Scones and Cream
Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Jelly and Cake
Wedgwood Plate Chinese Dragon
Wedgwood Entrance Hall Sally O'Shea

The World of Wedgwood

A couple of weeks back me and my sister headed to The World Of Wedgwood for a little road trip jaunt! Situated just under an hour away from Manchester, it is the perfect day trip when you don't want a journey that is too onerous.

We sampled everything there was to offer, Museum and Factory Tours, Pottery Making and Afternoon Tea and had the loveliest day!

My favourite part was the pottery making as you can probably tell from the photo of me and Jen looking pleased as punch at ourselves and our little creations...

The afternoon tea was absolutely delicious and despite not really liking tea I found a fruity one that I absolutely loved!

The Factory is a working factory so it was so interesting to watch the employees working with such precision and skill, we also could not get over how warm it was when near the kilns - I really did enjoy learning about how certain effects are achieved.

Thank you so much to The World of Wedgwood we had a fabulous day out!! ❤
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