Thursday, 27 August 2015

Make Those Pennies Wiggle

This weekend marked our first year in the house, I genuinely can't believe it's been so long since we were in the middle if house viewings and that dreadful buying process! We were very lucky to be able to save the majority of our deposit whilst still at uni, do I thought I'd share some tips on how to make a bit of extra money when you're saving for something big.

My number one way to make some extra cash is by having a big clear out and listing your old bits on ebay, it's always suprising at how much stuff you realise that you never wear or use, and how much money you can make even if you're just listing a couple of things. Ebay gives you 20 free listings each month so it's always worth having a go.

If you fancy yourself a bit of a gambling girl then you can always try your luck on an gaming website like online casino netbet. Playing a few games is definitely more fun than listing your old stuff online, but just make sure you give yourself a reasonable budget to prevent you from spending more than you win! Haha. Personally I've always been a fan of playing a few games of slots, and it gives you something to do on a Friday night if you're staying in to avoid spending silly amounts on a night out.

My last tip would be to always look out for discount codes if you're shopping online. You can almost always find a £12 or £15 off a £60 spend for all supermarkets, so it's worth a quick search before you head to the checkout page. You can also head to MySupermarket to find the best deals before you even start your shop, that way you get the cheapest deals, and then money off on top!

What are your top tips for making a bit of extra money?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sunshine, Lollypops & Rainbows...

Let's not lie, we've not had much of a summer this year, but this lovely flower delivery has certainly helped to bring a bit of sunshine indoors! I absolutely love receiving flowers by post and have to admit that these sunflowers have been one of my all time favourites. When it comes to buying bouquets I do tend to pick cheap flowers like carnations because I love how simple and girly they are, and I just don't like a lot of fuss, but I'll definitely be purchasing some sunflowers again as they have the same vibe but make much more of a statement. Plus the yellow tones really pop against the mainly monochrome scheme that we have in our lounge.

The flowers were sent by the super friendly guys from Blossoming Gifts who I couldn't recommend more, and they've been kind enough to supply the code BGIFTD33 which allows you to get 33% off everything apart from their 'Flowers By Post' range. Pretty sweet right?

What's your favourite kind of bouquet? Do you prefer something super showy or subtly simple?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Solita Didsbury Review

When it comes to going out for food, me & Liam are always on the hunt for Manchester's best burger, so it only seems fair to start my restaurant reviews off with one of the best, Solita. They've got a couple of locations with more on the way, but my favourite one has to be their Didsbury joint, partly because it's just down the road from us but I'm also in love with all their quirky decor and prints (mainly by one of my 10 illustrators - Stanley Chow) and the staff are super friendly and attentive too.

So onto the food... I ordered my usual Bacon Double Cheese with an actual shard of candied bacon, and Liam opted for The Big Manc, plus we both upgraded to the brisket chilli fries (goodbye diet). You really can't fault the burgers in this place, they're served medium so still a bit pink in the middle, they're super fresh, you can tell that they've been handmade, and to top it off, they're absolutely huge! The Big Manc was everything we expected and more, they've certainly perfected that secret sauce, and I'd say calling it 'big' is a bit on an understatement.

Because it was date night, we didn't opt for any starters so that we still had room for plenty of cocktails in the nearby bars after, but from previous trips I can definitely recommend the Cheeseburger Spring Roll (yes, you heard right!) and Deep Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls which are both incredibly indulgent. For drinks I opted for a Big Wave because I'm sure this is one of the only places I can get hold of the thing, followed by a couple of cocktails too. The Honey Nut Shake is to die for (JD Honey, Amaretto, vanilla vodka, cream) and is something that I'm working on perfecting at home, but next time I'll definitely be trying the Twelve Dollar Shake (The bartender’s milk shake. Amaretto and Maker’s Mark Bourbon and cream) you just can't beat a creamy cocktail, right?

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate this amazing jacket* from Boohoo. The heeled boots* are also from there too, along with this little number* that I originally planned to wear but I decided to rock my Motel Rocks LBD instead as I thought it would hide any food babies a bit better. You just can't beat a true 90s getup!

Have you ever tried SoLita before? Where's your favourite place to grab a burger?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Review

Recently I've been loving John Freida Brilliant Brunette, I find it's one of those products that I'll revisit and think this is genuinely an amazing little thing, but since having my hair ombr├ęd it just doesn't fit the bill anymore. So in my search for a new product that could bring some life back into my bleached hair I stumbled upon this beautiful little TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey set.

They're packed full of acacia honey, wheat protein, and vitamin E to both smooth & repair dry and damaged hair, and although I've only been using these for a week I can honestly feel the difference, plus the super sweet honey and oatmeal fragrance is to die for! I'll definitely be buying the bigger bottles once I've finished with these ones. The packaging is really cute, and I love the twist cap rather than than a flip top so it's much easier to use in the shower when you're virtually blind. Oh and I love the fact that the conditioner is 50ml smaller than the shampoo because I've got soooo many half empty bottles of conditioner lying around simply for the fact that I prefer to always use matching products. You can pick this set up from Hairtrade for almost half the RRP, so I seriously recommend you pick one up.

Have you tried this set before? Do you have a bible product for repairing damaged hair?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A Blooming Brilliant Bouquet

I've reviewed Debenhams range of Next Day Flowers a few times in the past but still each time they still manage to blow me away and amaze me with how beautiful their bouquets really are, and their Spring bouquets are certainly no exception. I received their Spring Awakening Flowers by post, and I don't think I could of picked a prettier bunch, such an elegant mix of roses, tulips and blue hyacinths that have been sitting perfectly in our pretty monochrome living room.

A week on now, and they're still looking just as pretty as they first did, if not even prettier than they originally did because now the tulips have all bloomed. The thing I've loved most about these flowers is the super floral fragrance that I've genuinely been able to smell every time I walk into our little home, we've had visitors round who've asked where the scent was coming from too, so they really are pretty powerful. I'd definitely recommend treating yourself to a little flower delivery treat next pay day, but if you can't wait until then you can use the code DFBLOG25 to save yourself 25%.

Do you love having fresh flowers around the house? What do you think of this bunch?