For some Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate your love for you partner romantically, for others it’s a overrated waste of time but for most it’s a bit of laugh and a chance to share a gift with a loved one. I’ve collated a selection of Val-Day gifts for her to give your lover a few hits on what you could be lusting for this Valentine’s Day whether its a new set of lingerie, chocolates, roses or perfume. This V-day how about celebrating with a new scent? Giorgio Armani has released a new version of their popular classic Si, to create a floral undertones fragrance exclusively for Boots. It’s to die for! Would definitely recommend heading to your local boots to give it a sniff if you haven’t already. And as for Jimmy Choo, they have launched a special edition bottle and box which is super glittery and girly for V-day which is viable in most leading stores. Cards are an important part of this holiday, Paperchase has an excellent selection from serious, to funny and even cheesy cards perfect for everyone. 

All links below. 

 

  1. Deep Red Lace Thong – Topshop – £5
  2. Love You Love Me Love Us Valentine’s Day Card – Paperchase – £2.50
  3. Si Passione 50ml – Giorgio Armani – Boots – £73
  4. The Valentine Chocolate H-Box – Hotel Chocolat – £12.50
  5. Eternity Moment  50ml – Calvin Klein – Boots – £50
  6. Classic Elegance Ring – Pandora – £70
  7. Pretty Lace Underwire Bra – Topshop – £16
  8. Blossom 50ml – Jimmy Choo – Boots – £36

 

 

 

 

Usually I tend to go mad when I hear the world sale but instead, this year I knew what I wanted to purchase and looked around for the best price. I have been wanting a new pair of trainers for a while now as I haven’t had a new pair since my birthday and really wanted some other than my Reebok Classics in white. I started off by looking through my regular sites such as ASOS, Office and Schuh but didn’t come across any major bargains. I soon decided that the pair of trainers I was after was a new pair of New Balance in grey. I searched that exact phrase and it came up with some other sites I would of never of thought to look at before such as M&M Direct and Size?. I finally found my dream pair of trainers and they were around half price. Yep, 46% off to be exact. I managed to bag a pair of NEW BALANCE 520 in a beautiful shade of grey, exactly what I was looking for but for £35.

I also ordered the Reebok Classics Club C in Pink and I managed to get them for £14.99, £14.99. However they were completely out of my usual size and the size up was too big unfortunately but they still have a few sizes left. These bargain trainers were from M&M Direct Clearance Sale which is definitely worth checking out!

I have linked below some more trainer discounts which I have managed to find as well.

Reebok Leather Classics – Metallics – £35

New Balance 520 – Beige – £50

Old Skool Vans – Khaki & Beige – £45

Nike SB Janoski’s – Black – £45

Reebok Classics Club C 85

New Balance 574 – Black and Silver – £39.99

I also picked up some pretty amazing bargains in the Boots.com sale however most of the stock is sold out online now but you can still pick a lot of the stuff up in store! All of the items I purchased were originally from the Christmas section but were all reduced to half it’s original price by Boxing Day. I picked up a gorgeous Ted Baker Compact Mirror in Rose Gold for £5, a French Connection Wash Bag in Silver with a load of goodies inside and finally my favourite Boots bargain was the No7 gift bag I managed to pick up at my local store for £10. This included 4 full size products, the Lash Impact Ultra Mascara, Stay Perfect Rose Gold Eyeshadow Trio, the Gel Finish Nail Colour in Deep Wine and the Lovely Lips Lip Balm in Parisian Pink. In total by purchasing this sale set I saved £30.50 which is a huge saving. You can still pick up these sets in Boots stores, or you can purchase the items individually on the current 3-for-2 offer on No7 cosmetics and skincare.

I have to say I was a little bit disappointed that there was no online sale for Lush this year as there was no chance that I was getting up to go to the shops on Boxing Day. Although after heading into the store I managed to pick up a couple of gift boxes half price/up to 50% off which is such a good deal. Would definitely recommend if you are a lush addict like me, that you head over to your local store to see what bargains you can find.

Here are a list of a few other of my favourite ships and the others they have on at the moment:

ASOS – Up to 70% off

New Look – Up to 70% off

Office Shoes – Up to 60% off

Topshop – Up to 50% off

Urban Outfitters – Up to 50% off

Zara – Range of reductions

Missguided – Up to 70% off

Pretty Little Thing – Up to 60% off

Oliver Bonas – Range of reductions

H&M – Up to 70% off

Boots – Up to 50% off

What have been your favourite offers this winter?

Instax Mini 70

The obsessive girly mainstream teenage girl comes out of me when it comes to this gift. Ever since joining Tumblr back in 2013 I have been obsessed with the idea of owning my own Polaroid camera. There’s just something so cool about vintage looking prints that I adore and have always wanted my own to decorate my room with. 13 year old Alex is screaming inside right now as her dream has finally come true. When researching which Polaroid camera I was going to ask for I was stuck with so many to choose from, I opted for the Instax Mini 70 as I loved the idea of miniature images. Another selling point of this camera was all of the different features, the camera has 4-5 different settings from macro mode (close-up) to landscape and even selfie mode. Hella cool.

Perfume

Since starting my job as a part-time beauty advisor at Boots back in September, working on the fragrance counter I have fallen in love with so many different perfumes and scents. Probably the most well known in the fragrance Si by Giorgio Armani which I have loved and loved for months now and I’m so happy to finally have my own bottle. The second perfume I received from my boyfriend which was Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein. This is another one of my favourites which I only discovered last month but have also deeply fallen in love with. You can pick this fragrance up at half price currently in the Boots Winter Sale with the 100ml bottle at only £34 so definitely worth a look if you need a new fragrance this season.

Zoeva Vegan Brushes

Any beauty bloggers dream. I have been using Morphe brushes for quite a while now but found that many of the brushes bristles were disintegrating on my face which is not a good look so I was on the hunt for some new brushes. I read literally 100’s of review by different bloggers before deciding to switch to Zoeva instead. These synthetic brushes are 100% vegan and super soft on the skin. I will be writing a full review on these soon.

Rose Gold Clock

I love the rose gold/copper trend so over the past few months I have been collecting a few items for my room. This little piece to add to my collection was found in Wilko’s for only £6! My younger sister gifted me this clock for Christmas and I was so grateful. It’s the most adorable addition to my bedroom and I can’t wait to keep collecting. Wilko have an excellent selection of bits and bobs in rose gold/copper so I will be heading over to my local store very soon.

Nars Cosmetics

The day has finally come where I now own my own Nars bronzer and highlighter duo. This duo is in the shade craving which is two very soft shades of bronze and pearl which create a gorgeous tone on my skin. I can’t wait for this to be part of my everyday make-up routine.

Babyliss Diamond Straighteners

My mum was so glad when I received these for Christmas as it means I won’t be borrowing hers every 5 seconds. I have never owned a pair of hair straighteners as my hair is naturally quite straight anyway but for days when I don’t need to wash my hair and it needs a quick effortless style these will come in handy.

Pandora Ring

Those who know we personally will know i love Pandora jewellery and have been collecting for some time. My boyfriend gifted with with a new ring to add to my collection this Christmas and I was overjoyed. It’s a plain silver band ring with engraved hearts on both sides of the band so you can also see them close up. It’s so gorgeous and intricate.

I am so thankful for all the gifts that I received this year and I can’t wait to put them all to use.

Last week I received a signed copy of Jim Chapman’s new book #147things which was kindly sent to me by this amazing PR team. I’ve never written a book review on my blog before so for this to be sent to be was a lovely surprise and I couldn’t wait to start writing this post. #147things covers a vast range of topics, the book is claimed to cover everything from ‘black holes to belly buttons’, what more could you want from a book?

 

 

Throughout the book without giving too much away Jim talks about wide subjects such as the human brain, life and death, birth, childhood, adolescence, the human body, animals, fears, annoyances and grievances, myths, lies and legends and finally reasons to be cheerful. Personally I love the way the book is written, it is written with loads of asides (a term for when the author talks directly to the audience) and lots and lots of comedy. This book is perfect for the ages of 12+ as it is an easy read with entertainment and education combined. If pointless facts, humour and the personal depths of someone else’s life is your thing? This book is definitely one for you. I’ll be honest and say that I wouldn’t normally read a book like this, nor would I go into a store and think that’s the book I am going to buy today but I have been pleasantly surprised and would love to read more autobiographical books in this style of writing.

 

 

The book also came with some cute little notecards/postcards with some awesome illustrations on, the stress crab was my personal favourite. #147things is now available to buy on Amazon and other leading book stores and I’m not going to lie being one of the first to receive this book was pretty damn cool.

Norfolk is my favourite place to visit during the summer holidays; without a doubt. If you haven’t ever travelled up to Norfolk then you definitely should place it in your bucket list for next year. As I have been coming up to Norfolk every year (minus the last) for the last 10 years, I have come across some amazing places which you should definitely pencil in for your trip.

1. Brancaster Beach

Brancaster Beach is one of my favourite beaches on the North Norfolk coast for its clear waters and soft sand. If you manage to get a warm day whilst you’re in Norfolk you should take full advantage of that and visit this beach. It’s a lovely place to sit and have a picnic or just have a stroll alone the water. There is a car park right by the beach front with toilets and a cafe which serves drinks both hot and cold, some hot food, ice cream and a load of beach stuff from windbreaks (very handy in Norfolk if you plan to sit on the beach for a while) to buckets and spades for the kids.


2. Cromer Pier and N0.1 Fish & Chips

Cromer Pier is one to visit if you have children as the beach is wonderful with lots of little shops on the pier for ice cream, sweets and gifts. Also if you have to wet and windy day, which lets face it is quite common in Norfolk you could book for the whole family to see The End of The Pier Show which is one filled with lots of laughter both for the adults and the children. If you fancy a bite to eat I would definitely recommend you head up to N0.1 Fish & Chips and trust me it’s called that for a reason. Cooked to order fish and chips perfect for all the family. Children meals even come with a free bucket and spade to use at the beach the next day. All put together with a lovely view from the cliff top of the sea.

3. The Folly Tearoom – Holt

My all time favourite place to have afternoon tea. The most magical place on earth. If you haven’t already click here to read my post all about The Folly Tearoom.

4. Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach

Another cracking beach on the North Norfolk coast, in fact that one is famous for the classic beach huts which line the beach for miles. Even the Queen owns one of the beach huts. A lovely afternoon for a picnic or even a bite to each at the beach cafe which is well equipped with wonderful facilities and food. Also if you fancy a classic picture with a gigantic deck chair, this is the place to go.


5. Norfolk Lavender

Probably one of the most instagramable places on my top 10 list for its vibrant purple colour. The Lavender fields in Heacham are one to visit if you love Lavender or a really good gift shop. Whilst I was at Norfolk Lavender I picked up some goodies in the gift shop which I will be sharing with you soon so watch this space for more.


6. Holkham Hall – Walled Gardens and Cafe

Another very instagramable place and probably the most grand place in Norfolk.  Holkham Hall is a extremely popular place for all the family to visit. Parking is £3 for the day and you can take a picnic up there and walk around the grounds. There are some excellent facilities near the main building with a large cafe with some amazing food both hot and cold. You can also take a ride up to the walled gardens (£2.50 for adults, £1 for children) which is definitely one for all ages as it’s a magical place where the kids can run around freely.


7. Blakney Point

One for the kids this really (or the big kids), Blakney Point is know for crabbing. Crabbing in Norfolk has really become a tradition to do the quay side and loads of places sell crabbing lines, buckets and bait. When the tides in and you can’t get down the beach, crabbing is definitely one to keep the children occupied for a while.


8. Wells-Next-The-Sea Town Centre

Best place to go shopping in my eyes. The town centre is located right by the quay which is lined with some lovely restaurants and tea rooms, many which offer gluten free options for eating. Up the streets from the quay is where all the shopping takes place. The lanes are filled with boutiquey shops, homeware stores, gallery’s, postcards and card shops and of course sweetie shops. It would not be a trip to the sea-side without some rock. Also a bit like blakney you can go crabbing on the quay side however the road leads to the beach so it is usually very busy, not the best for the little ones.


9. Burnham Market

Another little village in Norfolk which has some more high end stores such as Jack Wills and Joules. Filled with some quirky shops and unique jewellery shops as well. Perfect for stroll in the morning before getting a bite to get at one of the many tea rooms. A lovely place for all ages, that’s if you like shopping that is.


10. The Kings Head – Letheringset

My favourite restaurant in Norfolk. Well my one of many, I like food okay. The Kings Head is the restaurant we always stop off at when on our way to our rental cottage for the week as it is a lovely gastro pub with a garden and bar. Excellent food and they even allow dogs inside. (Most places in Norfolk do!!) Reasonable prices and even a play area outside for the little ones. Definitely one to go to if you don’t feel like cooking.