Thursday, 25 August 2016

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2016



As most of you may know, I'm headed to Leeds festival this Sunday - yes just for the day but don't get me started. So I thought, after reading Joe from Northern Blood's post, that I'd give you my round up of who to look out for at the festival this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

I mean, can we all just take a moment. It's Red Hot Chili Peppers, do you really need a reason to not miss out on what I can only imagine will be an AMAZING set. Since their album dropped in June I have been bursting with excitement, it's going to be a great day.

Deaf Havana

I have such an unbelievable love for these boys. They (sadly) haven't released an album since 2013 but I gave their new song, Sing, a listen last night and was blown away. They put on such a great show and James, well, his voice is something else. 

Good Charlotte

Now, I'm not actually the biggest fan of their new material in it's entirety but I can bet these guys are going to being in some classics and get the crowd pumped. My friends an I had such a love for GC when we were younger that I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to see them.

Sigma

Not necessarily a group you would head to Reading and Leeds to see but I saw them a few months ago at Parklife and they were so good! Pair that with a crowd loving every second and you've got a really good performance. I literally can't wait to get stuck in. 

Biffy Clyro

Last but definitely not least, Biffy Clyro. I've never seem them live before but damn I bet they put on a good show. They're so full of energy and what they produce is just amazing! I expect the set to be absolutely massive full of their best work - absolute love.


Are you heading to one of the festivals? Who are you most excited to see?
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 Tips for Saving Money


Money. That dreaded word. Working so hard, paying your bills and having what feels like a tiny amount left to spend for the month and still have some to save for the rainy day.

I myself definitely have a love hate relationship with spending and saving - I’m great at the saving part but also great at the spending part and sometimes it’s hard to know when to keep my wallet closed.


Like everybody, I want nice things but I’m always very aware of how much money is in both my bank and my savings account. I constantly hear things like ‘When are you going to spend it?’ or 'You can’t take it with you when you’re gone’ - how touching. But whether I want to save it for a holiday, a bag or adult things like a new dishwasher, I just like having it there.

So, today I’m going to share with you my top saving tips that will help with your money habits and give you a little insight into what I like to do to help manage my money.

1. Know Your Budget

At the beginning of each month, I fill out a budget spreadsheet kindly created by my dear friend Bethan. I add in all of my outgoings for that month and it deducts them from my salary - clever little spreadsheet. That way then as the month goes on, I can see where I need to cut back and then by the time payday hits, I know exactly how much money I have left over to spend.

2. Live Within Your Means

Following on from the first point, it's so important to live within the budget you have. By this I mean don't plan a major shopping spree when you know you have £100 to last you for two weeks. Side note - If you have a credit card PLEASE don't use it like a debit card (I have been so guilty of this in the past!). In the end, you have a huge balance - probably with added interest - that you'll then have to factor into your budget for the next months. Vicious cycle, spend wisely.

3. Save Your Change

When I was younger I never really cared about change and just put it aside. Now, I put all of my change into one of those money pots that counts it as you go and by the time I next go on holiday, I have enough to pay for the taxi to the airport. This is definitely something I would recommend doing.

4. Set Up A Savings Account

This may sound like common sense but so many of my friends don't have savings accounts. ISAs are a great option if you have a long term goal. You can choose to not access it for a length of time and set up a direct debit - Think of the money you'd have after a year. Adulting like a pro! Alternatively, I choose to work out how much I can afford to save after my major outgoings and transfer it each month. I also make a note of my 'Days Since Withdrawal' because I know how difficult it is to not withdraw.

5. Set Goals

Following on from the above, it's so motivating to set goals. Whether it's a new bag or a deposit on an apartment it's so much easier to save when you have something to work towards. Before my trip to Las Vegas I worked so hard to save my money and it really paid off when I knew I could go on the trip money-worry free.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and together we can conquer this whole adulting thing. If you have any savings tips, I'd love to hear them!

5 Tips For Saving Money

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Office Inspiration

Office Inspiration
As some of you may know from my Finishing Touches post back in March, I had a spare room in my house and absolutely nothing to do with it. We settled back then with just another bedroom and ever since, it has grated on me. Only one person has slept in there and it's beginning look cluttered. There's a pc and a white desk in the room at the moment but the rest of the room is the worlds oldest brown furniture. It needs a revamp

Then it hit me. We could really utilise the room as a home office/lounge/reading nook/guest roomIt doesn't have to have ONE purpose. 

So as I mentioned we will still use it as a guest room but with a sofa bed or a day bed so that we can also use it as a chill out room or extra lounge. We'll keep a lot of books and magazines and the guitar in there in case we ever want to relax in quiet. The colours are going to be clean and calming so lots of white and grey with some dusty colours thrown in there too. We'll also keep the lighting very soft. 

Office Inspiration
I've been using Pinterest to keep all of the office inspiration together so make sure you head over, check it out and follow me if you like what I'm pinning! 

Let me know down below your ideas and tips for creating a relaxing space!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Summer Nail Polish Edit

Summer Nail Polish
Accessories are the perfect way to pull an outfit together. Whether it's a necklace, some rings or even a great bag we instantly feel complete when we add them to an outfit. Sometimes though, when I'm putting on the finishing touches before heading out for the evening I look down and realise I've forgotten the most important thing. Nail polish.


Giving my self a fresh at home mani is something I do every Sunday in the winter months but in Summer I just forget, so yesterday I headed into Boots with the hopes of finding the perfect Summer nail colours to give that extra touch. I picked up these four colours from one of my go to nail polish brands, Barry M and I think they're absolutely gorgeous! They are Rose Hip, Pink Candy, Laguna, Empire State of Mint.

Summer nail polish
The first one I chose was Rose Hip. This is actually a repurchase because I love this colour so much. It goes with absolutely everything and is actually a good all year round polish. This one of their Gelly Hi Shine finishes. They're incredibly glossy and last for a good 7 days when worn with a top coat. 

Summer nail polish
Next up is one of their limited edition finishes, Lolly Gloss. It's a sheer polish with a juicy finish - think the lipgloss you had when you were six years old. I know that seems strange but it's actually a nice finish. Even though it's supposed to be sheer, I would allow two coats for the colour to really pop. It's a beautiful pink colour and smells like strawberries.

Summer nail polish
Third in my summer nail polish picks is one from the Coconut Infusion range. This colour is so beautiful and would look brilliant with a tan. It's infused with coconut water and oil so claims to be great for your nails. This polish held up well with one coat and is going strong one day in.

Summer nail polish
Last but definitely not least is a go to summer polish colour for many of us. A beautiful mint green in the Sunset finish. Now, you do need the Sunset top coat to make the most of this polish but it's definitely worth it. These polishes last well over a week when taken care of and I have so many winter polish colours from this collection.

There you have it, my summer nail polish picks. I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know if you have any go to Summer colours or brands that you love?

This post is not sponsored.
summer nail polish edit

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Favourites Playlist - August

After getting my daily dose of beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts I tend to search through peoples blogs - quite literally - for posts that are a little more personal. Maybe I'm just nosey but I love knowing the person behind the writing.

I think I've become more intrigued in recent months because a lot of the bloggers I used to love following, only ever seem to share sponsored posts and while I have no problem with that, it's nice to see some raw and personal content every now and then. I mean, if I wanted to read adverts all day I'd flick through a magazine not a blog. The balance needs to be just right.

So, when I was deciding what to post today, I thought I'd share with you something personal, a few tracks from my current Favourites playlist. Some old, some new. 

This post isn't sponsored but I thought I'd mention that I use Deezer for all of my music and pay for the premium subscription. It's essentially a lot like Apple Music and Spotify, I just find it easier to navigate and since I've used it for years I didn't want to move my favourites/playlists/saved albums to another platform. Lazy I know.

TRACKS

St Patrick - PVRIS
Coming Home - Sigma
Four Walls - Gorgon City
Bullfight & End Of Me - A Day To Remember
Soundcheck - Catfish and The Bottlemen
Overdrive - Fightstar
 All American Nightmare - Hinder
Love For The Night - We Are Harlot
Go - Chemical Brothers


What are you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments.
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