Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Saving Money Online With The Body Shop

Since moving house and having an actual bath, I have fallen in love with bath bombs. I know these have been everywhere for what seems like forever, but before now I only had a shower so I missed out!

My new place has a bath and I love it! Since then I have been trying all sorts of bath-bombs, mesmerised by that fizz they give when they hit the water and all of the colour changes - they're great aren't they?

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I know that everyone raves about a certain store for bath bombs, but I have been looking around at all sorts of places - basically wanting to try them all! haha. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that The Body Shop have a great range of them- I guess the days of just having White Musk body sprays are well passed them!

Although they already have a great price point, I still love a bargain and was really pleased to see that there are loads of new discounts on Groupon too! I love this because it means I can get more for my money - and who doesn't like that!? 

I really love online shopping, so being able to use a discount code and save a few pennies while I am at it is even better! I am actually a massive fan of Groupon deals, so these just give me an excuse to save even more money! And I get to buy loads of amazing Body Shop stuff, who wouldn't be happy?

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What I have noticed while browsing The Body Shop website is that they have loads of other things to choose from including some amazing body mists that I really want to try! And as much as I joke about White Musk, they have plenty of this - I think I'll have to try this even if just for nostalgia sake!

What was the last thing you bought from Body Shop?

Debz x

Tips for Choosing the Right Size of Rug

Buying a new rug is a difficult task when you are unsure what size you need. The shape and size of a room will impact what size of rug works best, so it’s important to know what to look for when you’re buying a new rug.
A rug is a very important piece for any room, tying everything together, grabbing the attention, and enhancing the overall style of the décor. Buying the wrong size of rug can put everything out of place and generally ruin the aesthetic of the room - which is obviously something you want to avoid.

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Check the guide below for all the tips for how to choose the right size of rug for any room:
Room Size
As you may expect, large rugs work best for larger rooms and spaces, as it really helps to bring everything together. This is especially true in a large living room where the furniture floats to the centre of the room - go for a large rug that has enough space to sit all the furniture on top without feeling too crammed.
In fact, if any room is on the bigger side then you want to opt for a large rug when possible. Even going for a size just a few inches larger makes a huge difference, so consider choosing rugs ranging from 2m to 3m, with extra-large rugs typically measuring around 4m.
Conversely, smaller rugs tend to work well in more compact spaces. For instance, if you have a small living room then you may want a smaller rug to fit beneath a single piece of furniture, typically between 1.5m and 2m if possible.
Living Room Rug
A rug for a living room should always anchor the furniture together. This means you need something big enough that fits some of your furniture, such as the two front legs of a chair or soft onto the rug. This helps to unite the décor of the room and can often create an illusion of more space - perfect for smaller sized living rooms.
Dining Room Rug
A dining room should always have a rug large enough to sit all chairs completely on the rug. Chair legs should never be half on the rug, as this will only cause hassle when moving the chairs in and out from the table.
When a rug is too small a dining table and chairs feels far too crammed - bigger is always better for a dining room rug.
Hallway Rug

Hallways tend to be narrow so naturally need a much slimmer rug compared to other rooms. This means round rugs don’t really work well in hallways, with long runner rugs always working best in this regard.

Monday, 21 May 2018

How To Make Your Wedding Like No Other

Lots of women (and some men) dream about their wedding day for the most part of their lives.
By the time it actually comes to getting some wedding planning done, it’s often to find that you’re unable to choose
what you want because you’ve accrued so many ideas over the years. Every bride wants their wedding to
be unique to them, and understandably too! It’s the most expensive and happiest day of your life, so of course
you want to make it your own!

Stuck on ideas for things you could include in your wedding day?

Check out these ideas on how to make your wedding like no other.

  1. Include your furry family in the ceremony. Have them a small tux made and get them walking down the aisle with you. A great idea for those couples that don’t have children yet or don’t want any at all! Use your fur baby!
  2. Have keepsakes for every possible moment of your wedding. From a note to the bride of the mother to an individual keepsake for each guest that’s attending, everything will make the difference!
  3. Come up with fun ideas for your wedding guests. Weddings are a celebration of love, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be all serious. Not only that, weddings are a long day and everyone appreciates a bit of fun right?
  4. If you’re planning on getting married on the beach, why not have your shoes imprinted with a cute message so that as you walk along the beach, you’re leaving a message. Things like ‘just married’ are a really great idea and are very inexpensive to achieve!
  5. Choose something else over sweets as the pardons for your guests. While sweets are a charming gift, something like a candle for the women and a shot of whiskey for the men will go down a treat and have everyone talking about your wedding!
  6. If you’re having children attend your wedding, then why not hire out a bouncy castle so that they can entertain themselves and the adults can have plenty of fun. Everyone wins this way, plus it poses some great picture opportunities.
  7. Talking of pictures, rather than only going for the traditional couple photos, why not add some fun into those too? Have a picture of your hands with your wedding rings on and use that image as your thank you cards for your guests. Let your personality come out with your wedding photos so that you can look back on them and cherish every moment.
  8. Why not ask your hubby to write you a letter and you do the same thing. You both then stand back to back on your wedding day and read the letter that your partner has written for you. It’s another perfect picture opportunity, but it’s a great feature to add to your wedding. It can be funny, romantic, or even both!

Try these 8 alternative wedding ideas and you’ll soon find that you’ve planned a wedding that’s going to be like no other and most importantly, you’re going to remember for the rest of your life!

Friday, 18 May 2018

A Right Royal Engagement Ring

With the Royal Wedding taking place tomorrow, weddings are on the mind of just about everyone! All over the TV people are talking about the big day, their expectations, the excitement surrounding it and so much more. Although I won’t be able to tune in live to the wedding I am excited to see what everyone’s wearing and how the day will go, so I’ll definitely be catching up afterwards.

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Jewellery Fit for a Princess

With just an important day on the minds of everyone, I was invited to look into wedding jewellery  - which was a massive chore, because looking at beautiful sparkling jewellery all day is a real chore!

Of course, despite the fact I am looking for a beautiful sparkling engagement ring I don’t quite have the budget of the royals but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some lovely choices out there! I think what I love most about jewellery is the different choices that are out there, it means that there really is something for everyone. 

It's really important to make sure that there is something for everyone's budget, after all not everyone has the funds to splash the cash just because they want to commit to their partner for life.

What Would You Buy?

What I really love is looking other peoples jewellery choices and what they would choose. I think it is really interesting to know what peoples choices are and what they would buy if they could. If I ever got married I think I would go for something simple but sparkling, and definitely silver! I love the idea of a slimish band and a simple jewel to finish it off. 

If you were shopping for an enagement ring, or if you have an engagement ring already - what would your choice be?

Debz x

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Monday, 14 May 2018

I'm Not Ready To Say Goodbye to Floral

My name is Debz and I love a good floral pattern! I don't know what it is about a pretty floral dress, but I absolutely love them! I have lost count of the number of floral dresses I own, I'm a massive fan - pun intended!

I know that there is a definite need for a variety of fashion to be offered, especially in plus size options. It really baffles me when ONLY floral is available, as I know plenty of plus size women who aren't fans of floral and would like something a bit different. In fact, some of my favourite dresses are non floral so I can definitely see the appeal! However, There are also lots of people who I know want florals banned from plus size fashion, and I can;'t say I agree.

I know there is a need for something different and definitely much more variety when it comes to fashion, but banishing pretty flowers from our fashion forever? No thank you! Straight sized websites such as SSENSE have loads of floral patterns available, so it would be amazing to see some of these come through into plus sizes too!

This Spring, pastels seem to be really popular - I am by no mean an expert, this is just something I have noticed. I love pastel flower dresses and feel that they can be a really welcome to addition to a wardrobe at this time of year! There is something really romantic and nice feeling about floral, or perhaps that's just me?

Do you own any floral clothing? Are you a lover or a hater?

Debz x

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5 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

A wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding services to commission. You’ll also notice a vast difference in quality the more you are prepared to pay for these services. Many people mistakenly lend the job to someone who hasn’t a track record of covering these kind of events. It might be that your cousin or nephew has covered a few nightclub events and knows his way around a lense, but should you really trust the biggest day of your life to someone inexperienced? After all, wedding photos will be referred to for years after the event, maybe even handed down the family.

Another mistake people make is neglecting to ask the wedding photographer a set of important questions. We’d recommend the following if you hope to be on great terms with them from the start:

How Long Can You Work?

It’s important to ask how long a photographer can work from the get go. This is because often people expect photographers to stick around for the whole event whereas they might have only paid them enough for a couple of hours in the reception. If you ask them how long they can work, they can either let you know the best hours for you to plan around, or will list you an extended price for coverage of the whole day. It’s best to completely agree on how long they will be there, so both of your schedules are respected.

How Many Cameras?

The photographer might use one camera. Some will bring a friend to cover other aspects of the event while they take control of the priority moments. Some will bring two cameras, one of the tripod and one around their neck. Knowing this will help you understand how many angles of your wedding you can expect to be covered.

Can I Access The Digital Photographs Afterwards?

Almost all competent wedding photographers will hand you the printed goods, and also a digital collection. If they do not provide this, ask them why, and if the reason doesn’t seem fair, find someone who can.

How Long For Editing?

Remember, wedding photographers are artists. They spend time carefully editing their products. They know best here. Respect and give them time to edit their photographs. They might give you an estimate of two to three weeks or even shorter/longer. Be sure to respect this timeframe.

Any Accommodations We Can Make?

Too often the photographer is ignored and neglected until it comes time to say ‘cheese!’ While they are at work and not a member of your invitee list, sometimes it can simply be respectful to accommodate them, and ask for anything you can help with within reason. Sometimes a simple drink and a bite to eat can work wonders!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

3 Easy Ways To Save Money

Now that I have my own flat (did I mention that already? haha) my living costs have gone up. Most this means less takeaways and Ubers, but I do also need to look at ways to save money and spend less. This is mostly because I want to be able to buy pretty things for the house without having to worry too much - Yes, I have turned into one of those people!

Using Online Vouchers

If you are shopping online, make sure you always look for a voucher code before you do. These codes can sometimes only be very small savings (free postage for example) but sometimes you're able to use more than one at a time, which can really help when it comes to saving some cash. I often find codes just by giving it a quick Google before I go through checkout online, however Hot Deals UK is a really good site for looking at what is available and how you can make sure you save as much money on your online shop as possible. Websites such as hotdiscountcode are great for this too!

Get Cashback

This is a habit that I really need to get better at! You can get cashback on so many websites online, and it really is so simple that I kick myself every time I forget. Although, when I signed up to my new broadband, I did get £70 cash back, so I don't forget all the time. Usually it is just a couple of percent that you get back, however if it is something you were going to buy anyway, why wouldn't you? Then when you have built up a larger amount you can have the money put in your account. Sounds great doesn't it?

Use A Savings App

I actually use Plum, but I know there are a few out there. Basically, I give the app access to my bank account and every few days it takes money out of my bank into their savings account. I can set how much of an aggressive saver I want it to be, and it looks at my balance before deciding how much to take out. You can withdraw back to your bank at anytime, and it usually goes back in the same day. I try to save up £100 at a time and then withdraw that in bulk to put in my actual savings account. I have been using it for around a year and have to say, I find it really useful!

Bonus Tip - Be Sensible

Although this isn't a savings tip, it is important to look into any times that you want to borrow money. I am sure at one point or another, we have all borrowed money for something. There are different ways to borrow money and it's important to look into the route you choose and make sure it's the best one for you. I have recently been introduced to Cash Lady which looks like a fab option for those needing money fast. I like that they have everything easy to read and find, so it doesn't feel like they're tricking you into anything!

What money saving tips would you share if you could?

Debz x

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