Saturday, 6 October 2018

I'VE BEEN HINCHED #YESMATE #ATB

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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.

#MrsHinchMadeMeDoIt

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!

#ALLTHEBEST

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.

#YesMATE

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!!!
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Friday, 5 October 2018

STYLING STRATEGIES

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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.

Colour

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.

Jewellery

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.

Shoes

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!

Hair

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!
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A WINTER PARIS ADVENTURE

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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 😍
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