Yes, bargain-ous is a word. January was meant to be ‘no-spend’ month but I let myself off for a few little things and wanted to share some cute and super cheap hair accessories that I’ve spied recently! Pearl clips have been hitting up my Instagram for weeks now and I wanted to hunt one down that was really cheap because I knew I wouldn’t be wearing it year after year as it’s so trend based. Spoiler alert, these are all from eBay so if you fancy a bargain, check out the links at the end of the post.
Story time about driving coming up! I passed my test when I was only just 18 which was a really early age to pass I think. I literally started learning when I was 17 and I’d had a few airfield driving lessons before then. I went through two driving instructors and bloomin’ 4 practical tests but I passed my theory first time. I think I’m an OK driver. I’m careful because I don’t drive all that often anymore – probably once a week to go to Tesco, if that! We have our car on finance which is super affordable and means we can trade it back in in a few years but there’s car leasing to try too as well if you don’t want to buy your car outright if you’re thinking of buying a new one.
After all the Christmas treats, stuffing balls and mince pies we fancied a bit of different grub for a Sunday and recently headed to check out Red Dog Saloon‘s new Whole Hog Sunday offering. This has only been around since the 9th December so it’s a pretty new menu and we were invited to see what we thought.
I’ll admit it, I love saving money, sorting my life out and feeling super organised and in control. I read Refinery29 Money Diaries every week, I save every month without fail and I love a coupon. I also love shopping and spending money on shit I like which is why I don’t want to waste money in places that I could spend less. I also save so that I know I have something to fall back on in any emergency!
Vintage bar carts and drinks dressers are super popular at the moment and we’ve wanted to add one to our dining room since we moved in. We found a lovely one for £25 in a local vintage/retro shop and then picked up some awesome marble sticky back plastic for less than a tenner on eBay. This is the sticky back plastic that we used but there are loads of others on eBay and in DIY stores etc.
The party season is the perfect time for a red lip. Now, I love red lipstick all year round but it’s especially fun and festive at Christmas time. Here are my three top tips for perfecting your pout.
1. Use a liner
If you find it tricky to keep your red lip neat, start off with a sharp lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and trace the outline of your lips first – just make sure you’ve got a steady hand, your liner is sharp and you don’t over line your lips. Plus, if you want your lipstick to last longer, you can fill in your lips with your liner before you apply your lipstick too. Lipliner is less slippy than lipstick and therefore it’s easier to control the outline of the colour.
To celebrate Christmas, a lovely little blogger Secret Santa and the end of my work with Bella Italia we decided to go for breakfast and try another menu from my Italian faves where they serve breakfast until 12 and it’s seriously good value. Breakfast is one of my favourite meals to eat out and I love tucking into a big plate before heading off for a day of shopping or a nice long walk. I’m equally obsessed with sweet and savoury breakfasts but decided to go full on savoury on this little trip out. It’s only £5 for all of the breakfast items, including a cooked breakfast/ Full English, pancakes, frittata or anything else. I opted for the Gigante Breakfast and it was insanely good value. We’re talking 3 rashers of bacon, 2 Cumberland pork sausages, tomato, baked beans, crispy potatoes, chestnut mushrooms and 2 fried, scrambled or poached eggs. Served with toasted ciabatta and butter which was delicious.
I can’t believe we’re all writing new year posts again but that time really is here! Time to reflect on the quickest year ever. Well, apart from January 2018 which was about 4 months long on it’s own! Here are three things that you could do in January 2019 to hopefully make it not feel as long and to refresh yourself for the 12 months ahead.
Christmas is definitely coming to my house… We’re whipping up the actual Christmas dinner this year (eek!) and I’ve wanted to make the house feel really Christmassy and the table super glam and festive without being a Christmas cliche. Enter, Next and their amazing circular pom pom trimmed placemats. They look awesome against a bit of kitsch tinsel and some snazzy matching beer bottles with some stand out branding. Yellow is definitely a fresh colour to give to Christmas, I think it’s quite unusual but works really well with gold which is obviously a classic.
We’ve all seen Jamie’s Italian Christmas from 2000-whatever and thought that adding Italian flavours to Christmas delights was an amazing idea. Yuhuh, we did. And, you might have seen my Very Important Bella announcement last month all about the delicious work I’ll be getting up to with Bella Italia so it’s about time for another instalment. Say hello to Christmas at Bella and I have five amazing dishes to tell you about. They have a pretty extensive Christmas menu where you can have 2 courses for £17.99 or a tasty 3 courses for £19.99 but here are my favourite dishes on their festive menu.