12 August 2014

Name Necklace

Do you remember that season on The Hills where Lauren Conrad decided every piece of her jewellery should have her name on it, the necklace, the ring, the bangle and then all of us decided that we needed to do the same thing?
Well from then on I have fallen head over heels for anything monogrammed and let's be honest anything LC related too (seriously are y'all as excited as I am to see the wedding, I think it will be a pinners dream).

So when I came across these beautiful necklaces the other day from 'Say What You C' I knew I had to post about them.  They are a little more rough around the edges than the usual name necklaces and I love that, there is something quite industrial about them and I love when something so simple looking can become such a statement piece.

The designer Charlotte will stamp your name or any other word you like I suppose onto a metal bar and no two designs will be the same as they are all done by hand which I think is my favourite thing.

I have really fallen for these, I think they are so beautiful and I can hear the gold bar calling out my name, literally...!

The best thing is they are super affordable too.  The long bar is £28 and the short bar is £24.
You can buy them HERE

Oh and take a look at the sites instagram page as there are so many pretty pictures of people wearing the necklaces and you will get a better idea of what they look like on, check it out HERE

7 August 2014

Perfect Beach Reads - What Would Mary Berry Do Review


'Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, 'What would Mary Berry do?'
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?'

I thought this would be the perfect day to review 'What Would Mary Berry Do'* as I'm sure most of the nation was tuned into the new series that started last night of The Great British Bake off.
I am the biggest fan of the Bake Off and of the queen that is Mary Berry so all things pointed to me loving this book and I wasn't disappointed because I really, really enjoyed it.

I should point out that Mary Berry herself has nothing to do with this book the main character Marie just uses her as inspiration to become a baking goddess and to get her life in order.

This to me is the definition of a genuine beach read as its so light and fun and is truly funny in parts which is often promised in books like this but is rarely seen, that's why I thought it would be a great one to include in my book review series as it really will make you giggle.
It's also a really substantial size of a book which means that you can get stuck in and become attached to the characters, you feel like there is enough time to really root for the family and all the ups and downs they go through.

I love baking so much and after finishing this book I was desperate to get my piping bag and mixing bowl out to create some yummy cakes as you really get immersed in Marie's journey to learn how to bake. 
If you are a fan of baking or any of the baking shows on TV you'll really love this book.  It will make you smile and laugh in all the right places and it's a perfect book to escape into on a beautiful sunny day.

You can buy it HERE for £5.59
Or download it onto your Kindle for £3.49

6 August 2014

Songs That May or May Not Change Your Life

I just want to put out a little public service announcement to y'all, if you haven't heard about Meghan Trainor and her new song then please click the play button on the video above.  It's literally become my new favourite song the minute I heard it. 
The song really reminds me of 'early Katy Perry' not the sound of it but the lyrics, that sort of tongue in cheek thang that she used to have going on.

Ok, so are you ready to have an epic 3min 9sec dance party with me...?
Turn your volume up as high as it can go, press play and sing.... 'Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass.....'

You can buy the single on October 5th

Because you know I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass 'bout that bass, no treble


Because you know I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass 'bout that bass, no treble

3 August 2014

Sunday Show and Tell


Here is this weeks link list.  I hope you find some things that make you smile on it. 
Hope you all are having a lovely weekend. 
Will y'all be watching the closing ceremony at the Commonwealth Games tonight, I'm actually excited about it.  The opening one just made me laugh so much, the closing ones theme  is 'A Night Out In Glasgow' and if you've ever been lucky enough to experience that, then you'll know that we will be in for a pretty um...interesting treat haha!

1.  THIS is such a sweet story.  Just before I had read this I had to change my password on one of my accounts and I was moaning about it so much, saying how its so annoying always having to pick a new word with stupid symbols in it then always forgetting it.  I so wish I had read this first and then I could have picked a really cool inspirational word.  Such a great idea.

2.  Think THIS article is so true.  The rise of the delicate, pretty piercing. 

3.  Seriously, THIS is so fun and addicting! Put a year in from when you were wee and find all the best songs from it.  If like me, you were born in 1990 (woo! woo!) put in 1999, it will blow your freakin' mind with it's awesomeness.

4.  Kinda linking in with number 3.  THIS article was my favourite thing I've read all week.  I am the biggest Britney fan and I would have said I was pretty up to date on Britney related trivia.  So I was in shock that I had no idea about her secret album, did y'all know about it? Uhh I just love the drama about it and hearing from all the songwriters that she wrote with at the start of the Post -Justin, Pre-Kevin era was just the best thing ever...the scandal!

5.  The whole Beauty Vloggers thing is still so majorly intense for me to work out and get my head around, I mean I love it and I just find it so fascinating but it's literally like a new type of industry has just been born in front of our eyes right? THIS article is super interesting, talking about the rise of the vlogger, the money they make and how it's changing the shape of the make-up industry. 

The image above is from my Pinterest.  Click on the link to have a peek of my boards and pin's

31 July 2014

Kindle Fire HDX Review


Hey lovely people,
Sorry for being a little MIA on the blog the last few days.  My Internet broke but thankfully its all fixed (after a crazy amount of calls to BT ahhhh).

I couldn't wait to show y'all my new sparkly purchase and give you a little review of it.  I know I'm um...majorly late to jump on the tablet bandwagon but I have finally joined the club and bought a Kindle Fire HDX.  Ooh its so pretty!

I was so excited when last week (or there abouts) Amazon had a crazy sale on the Kindle Fire and it had about £80 off.  I had wanted one of these since they came out so I thought it was the perfect time for a little treat. 

Its safe to say it's more than met my expectations.  The size at 7" is perfect for me and exactly what I was looking for.  I choose the 32GB one so that I would have a lot of space on it.  It's so light and easy to hold and it has a really good textured back so it is really easy to grip and hold on to.

The screen is crazy clear, its so amazing that such a wee thing can be such great quality. The touch screen is super responsive too and I've not had any problem at all with it sticking or taking a while to change screens or apps.

Oh and I have to give a mention to the Mayday service, you know the one on the amazon advert.  The temptation to press this constantly and have a wee face pop up on the screen is so high but I've manged to hold myself back!  I had to press it the second night I got it though (seriously it was a legit problem, and I um...kinda just really wanted to press it too) and someone popped up within a few seconds, they were unbelievably helpful and were so fast at fixing the problem.  I had been given a faulty charger so they sent me a new one out the very next day which was just awesome.  The Mayday service really is as cool (and fun) as it looks on the TV its such a great idea and really does cut out that whole emailing back and forth all day to get a problem sorted.

So as this is my first tablet its my first experience with apps really (I know, how 2009) so I think I probably just spent about a whole day looking through the app store.  So much choice... My favourite app so far has got to be the pinterest app, I find it so much easier on the kindle to use than regular pinterest on my laptop, seriously I am now officially a pin addict I think!
I need recommendations though, what are your fave apps, give me a tweet to let me know or leave a comment below.

I am so happy I bought the Kindle Fire HDX as it's just so perfect for me, it's exactly as awesome as I'd hoped it would be.  I already have a normal kindle that I bought years ago.  One that you can only read on and it's in black and white, I love that one so much and its perfect for reading on for me as it doesn't have a backlight, so I'm going to keep that one for my books and keep my Kindle Fire for using as my tablet rather than a reading device. Although I have been reading some magazines on it and the quality is just amazing, so any recommendations for great mags on it too, then let me know?

Do you have a Kindle Fire? Let me know what you think of yours and any app recommendations too!

You can buy my Kindle HERE for £229 (that's the normal price of it, I got mine in the sale)
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