What’s in my bag?

What's in my bag?
I am always fascinated by what women carry around with them in their handbags. I always seem to end up carrying around so many things that are unnecessary, and regularly have to have a clear out and ditch the things I do not need. This becomes really annoying after a while, especially when I have several bags that I often switch between. I have made a conscious decision to clear my handbag out each night and to ditch anything that I do not need, and I thought I would share the contents of my bag with you.
1) Phone Charger
I would be so lost without this little beauty. I have an iPhone 4s and whilst I love it, and my contract is so much cheaper than if I had a more recent model, the battery life is not so great. It is fine if I am at work, as I can charge my phone there, but if I am out and about and using my phone more frequently then I can run out of power by lunchtime. Having this nifty little gadget with me means that I am never out of power and I can tweet to my heart’s content.
I have almost every lip balm that Carmex makes. I have been using this brand since 2010 and I can always count on it to soothe and restore my lips if they are dry, and I use it regularly to keep my lips healthy and smooth. There are a huge range of products and flavours, so there will be something to suit everyone. My favourites are the original and  cherry lip balm pots.
3) iPhone
I would be lost without my phone now. There are so many things I use it for, from keeping in touch with loved ones, sending emails, taking photos and getting directions. I love the variety of cases available as well, like the tortoise shell patterned one shown above.
4) Keys
Pretty boring but necessary. I have two sets of keys with me usually, one set for work and one for home. I like to make them more interesting through keyrings. Whether they are photos of friends and family, or designer pieces, they add more personality and usually help my to find my keys as I feel the keyring before they keys.
5) Perfume – Freak by Illamasqua
Since discovering this scent in 2013, it has become my signature scent. I have three bottles and always have one with me. One is on my desk at work, one in my bedroom and one for my handbag. I love that the fragrance is long lasting and strong without being overpowering. The Illamasqua website lists the notes as follows:
TOP NOTES
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion.
HEART NOTES
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.
BASE NOTES
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.
6) Notepad
Whether it be for work or leisure, I always have a notepad in my handbag. I always carry a small notepad with me for jotting down blog ideas and anything else that I need to remember, and I would be lost without my work notepad. As a lover of lists, a notepad is a necessity.
7) Purse
This purse is perfect for me. It showcases my love of travel, written letters and keeps all of my money, loyalty cards and receipts perfectly organised. The design I have, Paper Planes is available online, as well as at various stores including Thunder Egg.
8) Mints
With my love of garlic and other strong flavours, I always make sure to carry some mints with me. My preference is for spearmint rather than peppermint, and the cuter the tin the better.
9) Hair Clip
I love wearing my hair down, and more often than not that is how I wear it, but sometimes you need to be able to quickly keep it out of your face and out of the way. As my hair is so thick and long, I make sure that I always have a sturdy hair clip in my bag so that I can quickly sweep it into a ponytail and then clip it up.
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Inner City Joules – Polyvore Outfit of the Week

Inner City Joules
I have been a fan of Joules for several years now, and I clearly remember falling in love with their classy, feminine designs that never seem to go out of style. This brand is perfect for anyone that wants to invest in a few pieces of classy clothing that will last for years without breaking the bank.
This year Joules are celebrating 25 years of business, and they have grown from strength. Their clothes are often seen on stars such as Mary Berry and Great British Bake Off 2013 Winner Frances Quinn regularly wore the brand on the show as she is a babywear designer for them. They clearly like cake!
The idea for this outfit came whilst I was out shopping (as they often do) and the weather changed about four times in less than two hours. In Manchester, an umbrella and jacket are a must. It really does rain as often as people say. I love the fitted style of the jacket, and it would be perfect with a huge range of outfits. I can just picture myself going shopping in this outfit, and stopping for coffee in a cafe whilst I jot down all of my ideas for the blog in the lovely notebook.
Joues currently have a sale on, and the bracelet and purse are currently on sale. Both can be found here along with so many other items to tempt you.
Are you a fan of Joules? Let me know!

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

 

Recently I have been thinking about all of the little things that I love, and how thankful I am for all of the god things in my life. It can often be so easy to focus on the things that are bad in our lives, or the things that we do not like and all of the good things become lost. In order to focus myself on all of the things that make me happy, I have decided that every Friday I will share five things that make me happy.

1) Lazy Sunday Mornings

Is there anything better than enjoying a lazy Sunday morning once in a while? TV, pyjamas and breakfast in bed is my idea of heaven. My day job can be really busy and stressful, and generally I like to spend my Saturdays meeting up with friends and being out and about, so my Sunday mornings are all about unwinding and allowing myself to do absolutely nothing at all.

2) Post Secret

This has been a love of mine since I first discovered it many years ago, and I still visit the website every Sunday morning to read the new secrets. The idea is that people write their secrets onto postcards (some are blank, others are decorated) and mail them in anonymously. Frank, who runs Post Secret, then posts them onto the website for the world to see. Some are uplifting, others heartbreaking; but they all leave me with questions.

3) Suits

It is not often that I watch a TV series all the way through and look forward to the next series, but Suits is one that I certainly wait each week for. In the UK is it shown on Dave, and you can also watch online. I love everything about this show. The clothes, the script and the characters, this show has it all.

4) Sushi

To those who know me, this is no surprise. I absolutely adore sushi, and could quite happily eat it every day. This is the perfect treat to myself after a day of shopping or before meeting up with friends for drinks. Both Wasabi and Yo Sushi in Manchester offer amazing sushi, and I cannot wait to discover more places to indulge in my favourite meal.

5) Sunshine

The weather has seriously been improving over the past couple of days, and it is so good to finally see some sunshine. Even if I am not outside, just being able to see it makes me so happy. I am really hoping that the weather stays nice for the weekend so that I can enjoy it properly.

 

What things are currently making you happy?

101 Things in 1001 Days – An Update

Seeing as I have been working on my list for almost five months now, I thought that I should quickly post an update about what I have been able to tick off my list. Each item will have it’s own blog post over the next few weeks, and I will post a round up every couple of months.  I have been having so much fun completing these goals, and planning which ones to complete next.

 

1. Come up with 101 things.  (Clearly already done)
2. Make 5 new friends through my blog.
3. Complete a color run.
4. Professionally redesign my blog.
5. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop.
6. Learn how to do calligraphy.
7. Complete 5 craft projects from Pinterest.
8. Write down the birthdays and addresses of all of my friends and family in a book.
9. Put £10 into savings for each goal completed.
10. Kiss under mistletoe.
11. Bake something from Pinterest.
12. Knit an item of clothing. (Currently in progress)
13. Go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
14. Donate blood 10 times.
15. Have afternoon tea.  (With my mum at The Britannia Hotel)
16. Start my own company.
17. Invest in quality business cards.
18. Buy my parents something significant.
19. Send 50 handwritten letters.
20. Learn how to use chopsticks.
21. Take a baking lesson.
22. Send my mum flowers out of the blue.  (On Christmas Eve)
23. Get a facial.
24. Read 20 new books.
25. Attend a polo match.
26. Learn to drive.
27. Buy a car.
28. Send a postcard to PostSecret.
29. Have a real Christmas tree.
30. Go on holiday.
31. Be in Times Square for New Years Eve.
32. Ride a horse.
33. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.
34. Purchase a pair of designer shoes.
35. Purchase a designer handbag.
36. Visit 5 museums.
37. Make a snow angel.
38. Watch every Disney film.
39. Have breakfast in bed.
40. Go to the zoo.
41. Build a snowman.
42. Fly first class.
43. Do something special with my brother.
44. Enroll for a new degree/qualification.  (Postgraduate Degree starts next month!!)
45. Redecorate my bedroom.
46. Watch 10 different TED talks. (Completed about six times)
47. Try yoga.
48. Sort out my Amazon wishlists.
49. Begin paying into my pension. (Joined my company’s pension scheme in March ’14)
50. Sort out my Good Reads account.
51. Pay off my student credit card.
52. Sell 200 items on eBay.
53. Buy no new cosmetics until I have used all the ones I currently own.
54. Make 20 different soups.
55. Bake a rainbow layer cake.
56. Donate to a different charity every month.
57. Buy 5 items from Etsy and do a feature on each seller.
58. Take three short courses/classes.
59. Get paid for a published article.
60. Organize my iTunes library.
61. Buy luxurious/fancy bedding.
62. Teach a class.
63. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween.
64. Visit Disney World and Disney Land.
65. Learn to identify 10 constellations by sight.
66. Complete level one British Sign Language.
67. Learn to sign 20 words in ASL.
68. Find three things to do as new holiday traditions and do them every Christmas for the duration of the 1001 days.
69. Blog about each goal completion (weekly round ups if needed)
70. Try 20 new restaurants.
71. Grow a plant from a seed.
72. Build a blanket fort.
73. Go to a botanical garden.
74. Have a birthday party.
75. Go to a book signing.
76. Go to an aquarium.
77. Give someone a handmade gift.
78. Ask 10 people what their favorite book is and then read them all. (1/10 done)
79. Spend the night in a five star hotel.
80. Write a business plan.
81. Give £5 to charity for every goal not achieved.
82. Build a sand castle.
83. Find a mentor.
84. Clear out my email inbox.
85. Try three foods I’ve never had before.
86. Contribute to another blog.
87. Master SEO.
88. Become more confident in networking.
89. Spend an entire day in bed watching documentaries.
90. Learn to apply liquid eyeliner.
91. Host a giveaway on my blog.
92. Interview 5 female entrepreneurs that inspire me.
93. Attend a blogging conference.
94. Sleep under the stars.
95. Spend one day saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity.
96. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me.
97. Complete 10 random acts of kindness.
98. Be kissed in the rain.
99. Have a picnic.
100. Be in bed before 10pm every day for one month.
101. Watch 40 new (to me) movies.

So far I have completed 6/101 things on my list, and whilst that may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I have been making steady progress. If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have been able to correctly guess around half of the goals on this list, and it feels really good to go over them again and to re-inspire myself to achieve them.

I am really looking forward to being able to cross a few goals off this list over the summer, and I would love to read everyone else’s list. Leave the link to them in the comments section!

Tory Burch Gifts

The holiday season is well and truly on us now, and many of us are trying to find the perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest. I much prefer to give people one or two well thought out presents rather than a ton of generic, thoughtless ones. One of my go to places for friends is Tory Burch.

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Each season Tory Burch releases some stunning pieces, and I love gifting them to my friends almost as much as I love buying them for myself. Everyone seems to be creating their holiday gift list for close friends and relatives right the way through to third cousins twice removed and their pets. This list though, is a round up of a few of my gifting favorites for the special women in your life.

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1. Thea Zip Coin Case 2. Robinson Traveler 3.Robinson Saffiano Middy Satchel Key Fob 4. Kerrington Hardshell Case for iPhone 5/5s

These are classic, timeless gifts that any woman would be delighted to receive. I have had my eye on the key fob for a while, and if Santa does not bring me one I may just have to treat myself.

Everyone knows it’s best to wrap up warm when facing the cold, and with these beautiful pieces it is hard not to look stylish whilst out and about:

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5. Bow Gloves 6. Wide Brim Hat 7. Mix Scale Planthra Scarf