Zoella Lifestyle Range

I think a lot of people will agree with me when they say they love cute things for their house, bedroom or office, which is why I get so excited when someone like Zoƫ Sugg releases new products because they are all so fricking cute!!


So I thought I'd give you a run down of all the new goodies we can get our hands on...

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Cloud Nine Cushion £18.00

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Easy Doze It Cushion £18.00

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Sweet Dreams Cushion £18.00

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Inspire Me desk accessory £12.00

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Wonderful Journal £15.00

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Stay on Top of your World Stationary Book £15.00

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It's the Little Things Jotters £10.00

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Make your Mark Pencils £6.00

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Looking Sharp Ring Holder £12.00

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Catching Trinkets Jewellery Tray £12.00

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Blooming Marvellous Storage Pots £6.00 each

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So if any of this gorgeous stuff tickles your fancy then all these links will take you to the different places they can be bought from: 


Feel Unique  

Superdrug (At the time of publish there is a 3 for 2 offer)

House of Fraser  

WHSmith 

Waterstones


Life Update

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Well it's been a long while since I've written a post like this, and a lot has changed in the past few months, so I think it's only fair I share everything with you guys so you can maybe understand why blogging has taken a back seat lately.

My health has been a constant battle over the past couple of years, my mental health will be a continuous struggle but I'm coming to grips with my demons and triggers and how to handle my anxiety and panic attacks. My other health issue that I've briefly mentioned before which will now be lifelong is finally starting to be easier to deal with, I'm on Warrfin medication (blood thinning) which has to always be balanced and monitored, but it's starting to stabilise!

I have finally finished University wooooop! and although most graduation ceremonies happen at the beginning of Summer, mine isn't until the 1st of September, so you can look forward to the essential gown and cap pictures in a few weeks. This is a major stress of my shoulder, uni got really hard when my health deteriorated but I persevered and kicked ass and got a 2:1 *insert happy dancing*

Also, and this is quite possibly my favourite update I GOT A FULL TIME JOB!!! Yes the first job interview I went to since finishing University, and I got it! Baring in mind my experience is limited but clearly my degree has came to it's good use and I have gotten the job of my dreams. Oh, and bonus to this is that I got to quit my retail job! [HALLELUJAH] 

The final update is that wedding planning is in full swing and I have many posts coming up in the next few months, showing my hacks and D.I.Y.s to make things a lot easier for us brides/grooms to be!

So blogging is taking a front seat and I'm excited to share all the new things happening in my life with you all! 

June Favourites

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It's that time again to share with you what I've been loving this month, plus I haven't done a monthly favourites in ages!! June has literally flown by, but it has been a very good month for me, I finished university, had my 22nd Birthday and wedding planning is in full swing. So I'm very excited for summer, as I have a lot of exciting blog projects coming up!

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Palette


This palette has featured in my favourites before but I've recently started using it again and becoming more adventurous with the colours that I'm using, and I've just been loving it!

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick and Lipliner

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I love Charlotte Tilbury products, and I have been constantly wearing this K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in the shade Penelope Pink, with the classic Pillow Talk lipliner that everyone loves. Little secret I'm pretty certain this lipstick will be the shade I have on my Wedding day!

Ted Baker Nail Varnish

I am obsessed with this colour which unfortunately doesn't have a name on the bottle, but I got it in the Ted Baker Christmas set from Boots. It is very feminine and long lasting and just perfect for this time of the year.

Spectrum brush

I got this brush in one of my birthday presents and I have been loving it for creating the perfect smokey eye! I'm just obsessed with Spectrum brushes.

Planner


This was a birthday present from my fiance and it's the type of planner I've wanted for ages, and it is a proper grown up one in my opinion - Plus it's rose gold and marble, my favvv combination! So I am sure you will see this in many Instagram flat lays in the future.

Love Island

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Summer is the sign of one thing for me, reality TV heaven! One of my favourite shows, and the majority of the UK's I think, is Love Island! I'm addicted and I've been live tweeting for most of the episodes, I  loooove Camila she is so cute, plus Marcel is blazzing ;) haha but he is lovely, can't wait to keep watching!

Pretty Little Liars


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I kind of expected a point to come when I would write about the eternal love and dedication I have had for this show, because it would be ending, and now well it is has and I don't know how to feel. 7 years, I've watched this show and it's officially over, and like many people I feel very disappointed with the ending as there was still confusion and questions left unanswered. I did enjoy some of it though and I'm glad it's over, no more torment.


So that is some of the stuff I've been loving this month, let me know what your favourite things have been.

30 before 30


Last week I turned 22 *queue some Taylor Swift lyrics*  and I have to admit, I feel old.  Not in the sense where people need to roll their eyes and say, "You're 22 not, 82." Yes I've my whole life ahead of me and all that jazz, but when I was a little girl I use to think people who where 22 were proper adults. 

Which I suppose I am, and this got me thinking that it's time to change the goals I have for life and be more of an adult, I mean it's not like meeting Harry Styles is my main goal in life anymore, although it would be a nice experience lol!



So over the past few days I created this list, 30 Before 30! 30 things I want to achieve before I hit the next big milestone birthday, I think it would be nice for the next eight birthdays I have to come back and check off the goals I've achieved.


[1] Get married

[2] Graduate from university

[3] Visit a new city each year

[4] Own a designer handbag

[5] Learn a new language

[6] Take a photography class

[7] Make a scrapbook of my Twenties 

[8] Run a marathon

[9] Go to Disneyland

[10] Learn to french braid hair

[11] Read more

[12] Become a better baker

[13] Kick my anxiety's ass

[14] Go to New York City

[15] Start a family

[16] Host a dinner party

[17] Blog twice a week (and stick to it)

[18] Go on a road trip

[19] Print off more photos

[20] See a show in the West End

[21] Learn to play piano

[22] Move to a new city

[23] Learn more about flowers 

[24] Write a book

[25] Save and buy a house

[26] Volunteer

[27] Go to a Spa and have a proper pamper session

[28] Get my dream job

[29] Host Christmas for all my family

[30] Travel for a full month

Some of these goals are a little more achievable than others, and some a lot more important than others, but the fun in making this list is actually pushing myself to try and complete it. Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted on my progress!



Tanya Burr Brownies and Giveaway!


I love baking and I love Tanya Burr so when she brought out her baking book I was more than overjoyed, so much so I got my hands on a signed book. I have loved trying out all the recipes and I though this week I would make her Brownies and share the recipe, plus I have bought one of the baking books to give away to one of you!


This recipe serves 12-16 and in total takes 45 minutes for prep and cooking. Also you will need a 20cm square baking tin.

Ingredients

125ml coconut oil
300g of dark chocolate (70% coca solids), plus extra melted for drizzling
400g coconut sugar
170g ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3 eggs


Recipe


Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350 °F / GM4. 

Then line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.



In a large saucepan, heat the coconut oil and chocolate, stirring, over a low heat, until melted.



Turn off the heat, add the remaining ingredients then mix until fully combined. 


(I didn't have greaseproof paper so I just greased my tin myself) 


Pour into the baking tine and bake for 30 minutes. Leave to cool in the before drizzling with the melted chocolate then cut into pieces.


Then plate up and serve.


To enter the giveaway for the Tanya Bakes book you have to:

Follow me on Twitter 
Retweet the pinned tweet
 Comment that you've done all of the above on this post

I will choose one winner at random on the 22nd of May and I'll announce it on Twitter.


Good Luck and Let me know if you make the brownies!

What I ate Wednesday


I love these types of videos, probably because I'm so nosey! So I thought I would share via photos what I ate these particular day. 

| Breakfast | 

So I had two small pancakes, and an apple for breakfast. I am really trying to ensure that I'm having my five a day so today I got off to a good start, plus I'm loving pancakes at the moment - YUM! 

| Lunch |


For lunch I just had a baguette, I'm quite simple I don't like anything inside as I'm such a fussy eater! I also had a bottle of water with my lunch. 

| Afternoon Snack |

For my snack I had a fruit salad, and another bottle of water 

| Dinner | 

For dinner we had a naughty meal, which was a Domino's which I loooove though I try to limit as it's not the healthiest but I really wanted it today!

| Night time snack | 

At night I'm at my most snackish, so I did indulge in some mini eggs, because I need to get rid of the chocolate that is left in my house from Easter, it's taunting me, haha!

So that is everything I had for my first what I ate Wednesday, I think I'm going to continue this series if you guys like it? Also, let me know what you ate today! 

Edinburgh Travel Diary & Engagement story


For Christmas I booked for my boyfriend and I to go to Edinburgh for the weekend, and that weekend finally came at the end of February. So we set off on the early travel from Belfast (We had to go by boat because I'm not allowed to fly for a few more months due to health issues) to Scotland by boat and then got a coach the whole way to Edinburgh. 

We stayed in the Novotel and it was lovely and such a spacious room, plus the hotel had so many good facilities which were and added bonus!


On our first day we went to Edinburgh Dungeons which was so much fun, even though I was super scared! I did get picked on for some off the examples probably because I was the person screaming the loudest in our group! oops (PLUS THE FEAR IN MY FACE IN THE PICTURE ABOVE LOLS)

The city is so lovely and that evening we went to a nice little pub/restaurant for some food which was lovely but their customer service was horrendous, so we weren't very happy after the dinner, but exploring the cobble streets and seeing all the pretty buildings lit up at night time certainly put us back in good moods!

After some shopping and exploring we headed back to the hotel as it was getting late and we had been up super early, and that is when things took a more romantic turn.

I came out from getting a shower and Ed Sheeran, How would you feel was playing, along with some candles and flowers covering the room. For some reason I didn't click on as to what was happening and just thought my boyfriend was asking me to dance with him. That was until he got down on one knee and gave the most romantic speech (cue my tears) and asked me to marry him.

YES I'M ENGAGED EEEEK!

So it was safe to say the weekend away was off to a good start. The next day we travelled to Glasgow to see a football match along with a spot of shopping, then we had a lovely meal in Bella Italia back in Edinburgh. We don't have this back home in Northern Ireland so I have to visit the restaurant at any given chance. We had some drinks that night and just relaxed, taking in the beautiful scenery.






On Sunday we went to Krispy Kreme, which we also don't have back home so we took full advantage off. The last day of our trip we spent ducking in and out of stores from the rain and embracing the last of the beautiful city.


That afternoon our journey home began, and we left the city with another list of memories from another adventure, plus with an extra special memory that nows make Edinburgh a special place in our hearts.







© Courtney Hanna

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