OOTD – Outfit of the Day – Diamond Head Beach

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Yesterday we visited Diamond Head Beach, here is what I wore :

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  • Sunglasses – freebie in a magazine
  • Necklace – Dorothy Perkins – £6ish
  • Top – Primark – £5ish
  • Jeans – ASOS – £15
  • Shoes – New Look £15-£20

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OOTD – Outfit of the Day – Ellenborough Falls

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Yesterday we visited Ellenborough Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.

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Here is what I wore :

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  • Jumper & Jeans both H&M – £15ish each.
  • Necklace – Forever21 -£8ish.
  • Boots – Tesco – £15ish

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Had a close encounter with some Brush Turkeys in the car park.

OOTD -Outfit Of The Day

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So yesterday we did the Wingham Brush Walk. Here is what I wore:

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  • Dress – Julian McDonald by Debenhams – £35.00
  • Shoes – Primark – probably around £5.00, can’t remember exactly.
  • Bracelet – Tiffany’s – Gift
  • Necklace – Goldmark (Australia) – Gift 
  • Earrings – Accessorize – between £4.00-£6.00 

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There were bats hanging from literally every tree! 

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Outfit of the Day – OOTD

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So I’m in Australia at the minute. It’s gorgeous and I’m loving it. While I am here I plan on posting an outfit of the day post each day so if you are interested in those then be sure to check the blog daily.

Here is yesterday’s outfit. Yesterday was the first day cool enough to wear jeans.

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  • Wolf Vest – New Look – £7.00 (sale)
  • Purple Jeans – ASOS – £15.00
  • Stud Bag – New Look – £7.99 (sale)
  • Sandals – Target Australia – $7.00 (sale)

Location : The Manning River, Taree, The Manning Valley.

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pelicanThe river played host to a flock of these. This Pelican sat on top of this light the entire time we were there.

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Ellen Page’s speech was much more than ‘I’m gay’

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Just watched the speech that Ellen Page gave at the Time to Thrive conference. This speech is now making it’s way around the internet because while giving the speech Ellen comes out as Gay. While this is very admirable and brave I am sharing the video not because of this declaration but  because I feel that the speech she gave was incredibly heartfelt and inspirational. No matter what sexuality you are there are truths in her message about how to strive to be a better human being and about the difficulties life throws at you when you are ‘not the norm’. She even talks about the pressures that Hollywood puts on us all and how that pressure is something that has affected her and something that she has struggled with. Her message was much more than ‘I’m gay’ and there is much more information and inspiration to be gathered from listening to it.

Also I would just like to congratulate Ellen on her public speaking abilities. She is a very skilled and passionate public speaker.

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Here Is What Is Wrong With The Media

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 So I logged on to Facebook Today and the first thing I see is a revealing  pic of Miley Cyrus- Whatever. I don’t care about that. It’s the comment of the magazine posting the image that I care about.

The image was shared by Flavourmag and this is what they had to say about it:

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I responded:

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Does this bother anyone else? I don’t care about them sharing the pics. They could write about and publish Miley Cyrus pics until the cows come home for all I care.

What bothers me is the fact that Flavourmag dare to judge someone for being who they are making her. They are calling her a media whore and yet they are pimping her out. Why give her the attention when they think she is an attention seeker? I can’t be the only one who thinks that this is blatant hypocrisy.

But wait, it gets better.

I checked Flavourmag’s page on Facebook to see the other updates that they have posted recently and I found this one from the 23rd January 2014.

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Why the hell is the comment about Rhianna ‘Can Rhianna get any sexier?’ While the comment about Miley is ‘The media whore, centre of attention comment seeking singer has laid it all bare…’ What a shameless double standard. I’m not even going to get into who’s showing what or wearing less because it doesn’t matter. What matters is why the media praise the actions of one woman while condemning the same actions of another. The magazine is sending out mixed messages ( and I’m sure it’s not the only magazine/newspaper/etc. doing this) in a world where women already have so many mixed messages.  Be equal and sexually empowered BUT don’t be a slut. Express yourself BUT don’t dress like that and most prevalent of all – wearing next to nothing in public is unacceptable – UNLESS you’re famous (except you Miley, for some reason it’s still unacceptable for you.)

Thanks for checking out my blog. I would really like to know your thoughts on this, what mixed messages are you being sent? 

Why it is Dangerous to accept Gifts in Scotland

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So yesterday I came across this article from STV about a wealthy man suing an ex-girlfriend for the cost of a designer handbag and a designer pair of shoes. Basically the man said the arrangement was a loan and he expected to be paid back and the woman claimed that they were a gift (although she had signed an agreement to pay the man back) Make what you will of the article but the article itself is not actually what interests me.

From reading the article I gathered that in Scottish law it is up to the recipient of a gift to prove that what they have received was in fact a gift, in other words if someone gives you a gift and then later claims it was a loan and takes you to court to sue you, unless you have proof that it was a gift you will have to pay them back. I have looked into this and it’s true, in Scot’s law there is a presumption against gifts.

I am the only one who thinks this is a bit unfair? Also, it’s not really the type of information that you are likely to know without looking it up.

So do we now need gift contracts? Have you ever made anyone sign a statement agreeing that a gift they have given you is a gift…I’ve never seen that happen at a birthday party.

You should be wary of getting into relationships with gift givers. If you’re new boyfriend or girlfriend treats you to a romantic weekend in Paris you may have to them pay them back for it.

I guess there is a silver lining, people who get ‘rinsed’ can now get their stuff back when they realise what has happened and people who loan each other money or items  and then don’t get their stuff back can sue eachother. Imagine how much stuff Ned Flanders could claim from Homer if they were real and lived in Scotland?

So what if your neighbour gives you their old lawn mower because they have bought a new one? Or someone treats you to a weekend away? or a wealthy relative pays your school fees? Or your parents buy you a car?

My advice would be to not accept anything that you can’t afford to pay back because at some point down the line you may well end up having to pay for it. Either refuse or at least have a pen and paper handy next time you are lucky or unlucky enough to be given a gift. I might make sure any future benefactors (not that I expect to have any) are recorded on video stating that they are giving me X,Y,Z as a gift.

Gone are the days of no take-backsies.

Thanks for checking out my blog :) I would love to know your thoughts on this so please comment x

Rainbow Room International Blogger Event

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Last night I attended the Rainbow Room International Blogger Event (Thanks for the invite Laura!) and I received a one-on-one styling session with a lovely stylist named Jillian Free.

When I arrived at Rainbow Room International I was 10 minutes late (because I have a terrible sense of direction) and the event was already well under way. I walked in and there were people everywhere. Over the top of other bloggers heads I could see a nail bar and  a Dermalogica facial bar. I hovered in the queue for these for a while before noticing some people going upstairs. I followed them.

And was greeted with this:

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This was only half of the room, there were bloggers getting their hair done on the other side of those mirrors as well.

A lovely member of staff spotted me hovering and led me over to Jill to get my hair styled.

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Jill sat me down and asked me if there was anything that I would like to learn how to do and if I had any problems with my hair. I told her that I wear it straight a lot (like in the pic above) and that as my hair is so long and heavy that it sometimes looks quite flat. I also said that I would like to learn how to French braid my own hair ( I can’t do the back of my head)

So Jill set to work solving my hair problems for me.

First of all she was surprised by how thick and heavy my hair is:

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But this didn’t faze her at all and she got to work.

To combat how flat my hair was, Jill showed me how to correctly back-comb my hair by holding it very loosely at the bottom and teasing only about an inch at the top. Jill demonstrated this for me and then let me try it for myself. Thanks to Jill I will never have flat hair again.

Then Jill showed me the best way to French-braid my own hair:

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You pick a starting point, keep your hands as close to your head as possible and keep braiding as far back as you can. Gradually you will be able to braid further and further back until you can do all of your hair.

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Jill curled my hair with GHD’s which took a while because I have so much hair. I could feel the room getting emptier around me and I felt really bad for keeping Jill for so long but she didn’t seem to mind a bit.

I had planned on getting a facial after my hair was done but my hair took quite a while (entirely my fault) and when I went downstairs to the facial bar there was still a queue and I didn’t want to make the staff’s night any longer by joining it so my boyfriend and I decided to go for dinner. I’ll definitely have a facial on my next visit to Rainbow Room International since they certainly impressed me enough to make me want to go back.  

I had a really nice evening, had my hair styled for free, and learned a lot so I’m really glad that I went along. The only down-point was that I hurried off without realising that there were goody bags! To be honest though, I think this just shows how good the event was since looking for a goody bag didn’t enter my mind (at blogger events, a goody bag is usually the first thing I look out for.)

When I was in the salon I didn’t manage to get a decent photo of my finished look (I have a bad habit of blinking in pictures.) When I got home and realised this, I had another photo taken so now you get to see the finished look that survived going for dinner and travelling from Glasgow to Falkirk :

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It was a little less curly and my journey had made it a bit frizzy but I’m actually as happy with the lived-in look as I was with the just-finished look so I know this is a great all day style for me. I also think it would be quite a pretty Valentine’s Day style.

Thank you to David at Rainbow Rooms International for hosting the blogger event. Thanks to Laura for inviting me to it and Thanks a lot to Jillian for making my hair pretty and teaching me lots :)

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Valentine’s Day Bingo for Singles

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For couples, Valentine’s Day is the day of love, of making your significant other feel special. For the singles, it’s just another simple day. According to Parship, an online dating site, there are some 15 million single people in the UK. Marketing Magazine said that one of the biggest social trends emerging from the 2011 census is the huge rise in the number of single people living in the UK. Single-person households are increasing at a rate of 166,000 a year. For single people staying at home on V day, no need to fret. You can still enjoy the holiday by playing UK’s most popular leisure game – Bingo.

To make Valentine’s Day interesting, bingo players can go to Bingo Card Creator where they create bingo cards about words and terms associated with Valentine’s Day. It may include words like Be Mine, boyfriend, dove, hearts, and love. You may also use famous personalities such as Supermodel turned bingo lover Kate Moss, former Spice Girls and foxybingo.com’s ‘Celebrity Mum of the Year’ Emma Bunton, Grammy awarded singer Adele, among others. You can create and download up to 8 cards for free.

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If you’re an Android smartphone and tablet user, you can download Binary Pumpkin Ltd.’s Valentines Bingo from Google Play. It is a free Valentine’s bingo gaming app against the clock. Bring some romance and love into your life by completing your game card by accepting or rejecting the balls called, but watch out as incorrect choices lose time. You can also connect with Facebook to take part on Weekly High Score challenges against your loved ones and friends.

PC and computer users can also play online bingo. According to the BBC, more than three million people play online bingo regularly in the UK. Online bingo players who will be staying at home can catch the new ‘Born Free,’ Foxy Bingo’s new advertisement that is set to show on television on Valentine’s Day! The online bingo site is a clear leader when it comes to online bingo advertisements. The whole advert is geared to advertise a £100,000 free jackpot game coming soon to their online portal.

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15 Free Must-Have Apps for Women

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So you know the story, you want some apps for your phone or tablet but can’t think of one that you want. Well I have 15 suggestions for you.

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1. WomanLog Calendar

You’re a woman, you bleed every month. It’s handy to know exactly when mother nature plans to bestow this little inconvenient gift on you. WomanLog tells you. It’s really simple, you just download the app (it’s free!) and then when you get your period you input your start period date on it’s calendar and when your period ends you enter the end date. WomanLog will tell you when you should expect you’re period next month. Now all women are different but the good thing is the more you use WomanLog the better it gets. It gets used to the rythms of your body and is will soon be 100% accurate (it is for me)  in telling you when your period will start, how many days it will last and when it will end. It also has an ovulation and fertility forecast.

2. bSafe

This is an app to give you and the people who love you a little extra peace of mind. bSafe lets you :

• Set up your own social personal safety network of friends, family and coworkers
• Share locations to find each other more easily (optional)
• Ask friends to walk you home with Follow Me’s live GPS trace, or help friends stay safer by walking them home from wherever you are
• Use Timer Mode to program an automatic alarm that will trigger if you have not checked in in time
• Use I’m Here to tell selected people where you are right now
• Use Fake Call to make the phone ring when you want it to. You can even define who the call should be from
• And in case you are ever in trouble, the Guardian Alert button will immediately notify your friends and family members that you need help, and let them know where you are (GPS) and what’s happening (video). It will even set off a siren (optional)

3. Wikipedia

So you can nod along as if you know and then surreptitiously check you’re phone, the font of all knowledge.

4. Free English Dictionary

So you can check what ‘surreptitiously’ means and/or how it is spelled.

5. Bank balance app

If the bank you are with has an app, get it. There is nothing handier than quickly being able to check your bank balance. This is especially useful when you are in a shop and that dress that you probably shouldn’t buy is throwing itself at you.

6. Newspaper app

Pick a newspaper  that you trust and get it’s app. Then next time you are bored and about to check facebook on your phone, force yourself to read at least one news story first and keep up to date with what’s going on in the world before finding out what’s going on with Stacey from highschool who was in one class with you. She’s not going to let her heart rule her head anymore, aren’t you glad you know that?

7. First Aid by British Red Cross

Like I need to give a reason why this is a useful app to have.

8. Shazam

If you like music you probably already have this. Shazam is my favourite app, if you hear a song or tune that you like and want to know what it is you just open Shazam, tap your screen and it will listen to and identify the song. I use this all the time when I’m watching TV. Adverts and TV shows are always playing cool music that I want to add to my playlist. My most recent Shazam find is from a Thompson Holidays advert. Now I have the tune below on my youtube playlist and I have discovered The Piano Guys.

 

9. Maps

With Google Maps on your phone you will never be lost again and you will actually be able to find your way to that job interview. What is it with job interviews and getting lost anyway? Or is that just me?

10. TopCashback

If you shop then you should have this app. Here’s why :

 TopCashback Features:

  • - Search their list of retailers and view the cashback offers, discount codes and great deals you can get.
  • - Get online discounts with our codes
  • - Get access to in-store vouchers that can be used in highstreet stores and restaurants
  • - View the in-store vouchers on a map of your area (UK only)
  • - Take advantage of our Snap & Save offers and earn cashback on your in-store purchases such as groceries – a cashback site first!
  • - View all the latest online exclusive cashback offers
  • - View your full account earnings and recent transactions
  • - Access your Favourite Merchants list
  • - Update your main account details
  • -Send your Tell-a-Friend links so you can earn cashback when your friends join TopCashbac

11. Transport Apps

There are loads of free transport apps so if you quickly need to find out when the last train home is or you need a taxi number  there is an app for that, so download it. I have the National Rail Enquiries app because I get a lot of trains. Think about the transport you use and then go find a relevant app and never be stranded again.

12. ConvertPad Unit Converter

Want to know what £50.00 is in American dollars? Or what shoe size you have in Europe? Or how many inches are in a foot? This is the app for you. It is unbelievably useful.

13. Kindle

Books on your phone that you can read instead of making awkward eye contact on the subway plus lots of the books are free? Why don’t you have this yet?

14. Dropbox

Put simply, Dropbox lets you access everything everywhere. Never again will you say ‘you have to see this pic, oh wait it’s on my computer, I don’t have it on my phone.’

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
15. Wishlist
You know when your birthday is coming up and people are asking what presents you want and you can’t think of anything? Well with wishlist you can archive all the cool things that you see throughout the year so that when your birthday does roll around you can just share your wishlist.
Wishlist lets you:
  • 1. Create a personal wishlist and capture the information of your wish including image, location, price and notes.
  • 2. View your wish in grid, in list or in details
  • 3. Sort your wish by name or by date
  • 4. Search your wish
  • 5. Show the location of your wish on Google Map
  • 6. Share your wish through various social network, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more.

I hope you have found this list useful. Do you have a favourite app? Leave a comment and tell us about it :)

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