Monday, 4 September 2017

STATIONERY WISH LIST

September is that month when I always feel obliged to stock up on new stationery; old habits die hard and going back to school always meant a bag full of fresh stationery stuff. I seem to spend my life window shopping on Typo so I thought I'd do an actual wish list and make anyone aware of this online bazaar of amazingness who hasn't already discovered it.



A4 Spinout Notebook £3.50 (4 for £8 mix & match)
I probably definitely have too many note books but the designs on these are too good to pass up, I picked this one because, well: it's Disney, but there are loads to choose from and when they're 4 for £8 it'd be rude not to buy 4.

I actually really like the idea of a hard plastic folder that clips at the side, i've never seen anything like it before I don't think; I've usually just gone with ring binders or plastic wallets. The 'mundane tasks and master plans' print is just an added bonus.

I'm becoming a teeny bit obsessed with bullet journalling (you should see my Pinterest board it's brimming!) and this looks like the perfect kind of journal to accommodate all your journalling needs and it's A4 which means there's more room!

Because Disney.

I do love a compartment so I can keep things organised and separate and I really like the design of this one (although if this one isn't your style there are lots to choose from).

It's rose gold and sequinned. What's not to like. 

Staplers are forever going missing in my office but I'd definitely see this attractive beast if it went walkabout!

A llama pencil sharpener. Everyone would be jealous. They'd all want one.

Side note: this is not in association with or sponsored by Typo. I wish it was. But no, I just really, really like what they sell.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

WHY YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO NEW YORK AT CHRISTMAS

It's September, X Factor is starting soon and shops are starting to change their displays... so surely I can mention the C word without being shouted at?

Anyway, technically if you were going to take my advice you'd need at least a few months notice before you could do it so here goes...

This time last year I booked a trip to New York with my best friend, Kayley. On a bit of a whim really, we both decided we wanted to go somewhere and found a fairly good deal for 3 nights between Christmas and New Year. To be fair, NYC is amazing at any time of year but the bright lights, big city thing gets ramped up around the festive period (from mid-October onwards, really). Even if you've been to New York before, the Christmas season is truly a sight to behold and you can have so many amazing experiences and see so much more than you can at any other time of year.

Shops and window displays

Christmas shopping in New York, can it really get any better? All the decorations and Christmas ranges seem on another level to what we have in the UK so even if you were just window shopping and only buying a few bits it's amazing just to be there. It does get VERY busy, especially on the streets but for me that just added to the atmosphere.

The displays in Macy's windows are a sight to be behold and the sheer scale of some of these stores has to be seen to be believed! America really does go all out for Christmas and NYC is no exception.


Macys christmas window display

Macy's at Christmas

Christmas store decor

christmas baubles


Saks at Christmas

Huge Christmas trees and light shows

Probably the most well known Christmas tree is the one outside the Rockefeller centre near the ice rink, now I wouldn't necessarily recommend that particular place for ice skating because it gets really stupidly busy but you absolutely must see the tree lit up and all the decorations that are around it, you can get some amazing photos. There's also a free light show on the front of the SAKS store (you can see this and the Rockefeller tree at the same time, bonus!) which happens every 10 minutes between the hours of 5-11pm so there's plenty of opportunity to catch it.


Saks Light Display

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas

Rockefeller Ice Skating

New York at Christmas

Ice skating in Central Park

I'm just going to put this out there, I am an absolutely shocking skater, I can't do it to save my life. I did it purely for the Snapchats and Instagrams! I'm so pleased I did it though just to say I had aswell, it isn't free but it's not ridiculously priced; during the week including skate hire it's around $25 but at weekends and actual 'holiday' dates it is a little more expensive. Wollman Rink in central park is much, much bigger than the one at Rockefeller and therefore far less crowded which I much preferred.

Wollman Rink

Where would you most like to visit at Christmas time?

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SUMMER WISHLIST

Basic t-shirts
Jeans and a t-shirt is such a go-to outfit choice for me no matter what season but I always like to stock up on a few different colours and styles of basic t-shirts just so I've got a bit of choice when it comes to my every day casual outfits.

Summer dresses
Summer wouldn't be summer for me if I didn't have a selection of cute summery dresses to choose from; I'll forfeit my tights (and believe me, I looove tights!) to be able to wear a nice flowery summer dress for either casual or more formal occasions. Joe Browns are the king of floral dresses!

Wedges & Sandals

I live in sandals and flip flops through the summer, they're just so easy and they go with every outfit choice. Wedges are a nice alternative when you need to dress things up a little bit either for a BBQ or afternoon cocktails.



All produced featured can be purchased from online catalogues found at yescatalogues.co.uk

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

HOW TO SAVE MORE MONEY WHEN YOU SHOP ONLINE

Nowadays, everyone is turning to the internet in a bid to buy items of all types. Internet shopping has a myriad of advantages. For example, you don't need to travel to the store, and the products are delivered right to your doorstep. Not only that, you have a wide range of products to choose from and multiple merchants whose products you can sample. Then there's always the issue of costs. The debate of century is whether internet shopping has significant cost advantages over shopping in bricks and mortar stores.

Turns out it does

The vast majority of products you can buy in a real word store are cheaper over the internet. This covers all products, from medication to furniture and lingerie as well as electronics. The reason online stores can do this is that they benefit from not having to pay for costs such as rent and
electricity. In addition to that, online stores use automated systems for the purposes of shopping and therefore do not need to hire a big team to run things from the background. Most online stores in the UK try as hard as they can to keep operational costs down, and those advantages trickle down to the consumer.

Online stores generally lower the cost of items in several ways, the most popular is the use
of discounts on specific products; they knock off a small amount of money from the
marked price. Discounts can be as little as 3% and as large as 30%. These shops also provide
vouchers and coupon codes and obviously these can be used to lower the overall cost of your 'basket' whilst making you think you've got a really good deal because you had a special 'code' (I know that generally works for me when deciding whether I really need to buy something!). Flash sales are also popular way for online stores to lure you in; they'll lower prices significantly for short bursts of time to try and get you purchasing because you worry that the price won't be that low for very long.

Looking past all these sales and discount codes, another thing you should do before taking the plunge and just purchasing the product I'd recommend shopping around to make sure that you find the best deal; the fastest way of doing this is to use a catalogue comparison site.

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