Beautiful Lingerie & Dealing with Being Single on Valentine’s Day

There’s only one bit of continuity in my life, I’m always single on Valentine’s Day. I’ve given up hope of someone else making me happy and decided it’s time I invest in MYSELF. Time, money and self-love. All a gal really needs. I don’t need anyone else but myself to make me happy, so when the opportunity presented itself to show you all some lovely lingerie from John Lewis, I didn’t want to pass it up just because I’m *forever alone*.

Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra
Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra
Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra

I was asked to get my partner to pick out some underwear for me this valentines day, but you know… I chose it for myself instead. Which means not only is it BEAUTIFUL but it will be a staple in my wardrobe. I now will feel like I have my life together because I have two sets of beautifully practical sets underwear. There’s no confidence like it. I picked two Bluebella sets, the Gabriella and the Lyla set. As you can see, the two are very different. Gabriella gives my bust a little bit of a lift and is a high waisted brief, yet the Lyra is a soft bralette with a low rise bottom. They are both very different and I am in love with them both. Not only do they look beautiful on, but they are super comfortable to wear. I love the attention to detail on both sets, the lace is intricate and subtle. Gabriella (the black set) has lovely flower detailing and isn’t as revealing as you’d expect.

Bluebella is one of those brands I constantly stalk in Instagram and think to myself ‘one day I’ll treat myself to some cute bits’ – so I was so happy to see that John Lewis stocked them! Naturally, I gravitated towards them but there are also lots of other brands too, like Fantasie, And/Or and Freya. Lots of great brands with some beautiful lingerie, not just bras and knickers but also some super sexy fancy bits and nightwear. Such gorgeous pieces!

So. Let’s talk bodies for a little bit. I’m not particularly fond of mine at the minute but I’m trying to embrace it anyway and learn to love who I am. I don’t have the biggest boobs (I mean, who doesn’t wish theirs were bigger/rounder/perkier?) and I’m still carrying some Christmas Chub. Ok I’ll stop lying to myself. It’s not Christmas chub. Just chub. Choosing the perfect underwear can be pretty difficult, especially for me. I struggle with what looks good, what is comfortable but also compliments my shape nicely. So god knows how hard it must be for guys to buy underwear for their girlfriend. Luckily, John Lewis put together this handy guide on Lingerie Buying Tips for Men. Check it out and maybe slyly text this blog post to your SO to hint for some new underwear. I wonder what a man would pick if they were given the reigns…

That’s why I think splurging a little extra and getting underwear that makes you feel sexy is a MUST. It can rocket your confidence and make you feel amazing. I’m so happy with the two sets that I chose and they make me feel beautiful. So thank you Bluebella, for restoring my confidence in my body.

So, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t all that bad. Treat yourself to some new underwear, buy yourself a bunch of flowers and sit and invite your friends over for a night of wine and chocolate. Spend V-Day with people who you love, not just someone you’re IN love with.

Speak soon!

Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra
Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra
Bluebella Lyra Lace Thong
Bluebella Lyra Soft Cup Lace Bra
Bluebella Gabriella Thong
Bluebella Gabriella Bra

 




2017: My Year In Review

Photo Credit: Amy Rebair https://amyrebair.com/

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m back after a little break and a hella lot of babysitting, and ready to smash this year and focus. I love this blog, it’s a way for me to look back on memories of my life and grow. Yet every year I vow to be a little bit more personal and always fail. Personal posts just at the time, feel a little invasive and I find that sometimes the things in my life that happen, aren’t really ready to be plastered all over the Internet. I did, however, want to share with you my 2017. In all of its glory and sadness. It was a tough one, a year I’ll never forget but also a year of some amazing triumphs and career wins.

Let’s start with January. Never have I wished so soon that a year would be over. In January, I lost someone so incredibly important to me. Someone who was such a big part of my life from day one, whom I looked up to and shaped me as a person. The one person I could go to about anything and whom I trusted with my life. I lost her. I remember the time I last saw her and all of the amazing memories we shared. She was taken way too soon and unfortunately, cancer won. My life will never be the same again and I know I’ll always struggle with her loss, but the unconditional love she give me will stay in my heart forever. I love and miss Mandy terribly.

That being said, career-wise I had the best year of my life. I went to London TWICE, Spain and New York. This year, I want to travel so much more and experience the world. I have so many goals I want to achieve and I have to work so hard to get them.

The wonderful Buzzoole invited me to speak at the Youth Marketing Summit in London in March on behalf of Generation Z. Buzzoole is an influencer agency who connect brands and influencers, so if you’re an influencer/blogger/youtube looking for work, head over there and sign up. I met some wonderful people and visited the Deciem store. Which was SUPER cool. I swatched The Ordinary foundations and fell in love. I met Steven Bartlett for the first time, little did I know how involved with Social Chain I’d become that year. Check out the vlogs, they’re amazing. I’m in one of them, but I cringe at myself wayyyy too much.

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Next up, in April I went to NEW YORK! I never ever thought I’d visit NYC and it was easily the best place I’ve ever visited in my life. I really got bit by the bug while I was there because I really didn’t want to leave. I don’t know what it is, but I just felt as though I could do anything, be anyone and achieve my goals. One of my aims for 2018 is to go back and visit some more places. There’s so much my Dad and I would do differently. I had NO idea what to wear whilst I was there and ended up just wearing t-shirts and jeans. That’s SO not me. So all those insta worthy shots I wanted? I just felt awful! Would you like a New York Travel Guide? It’s something I really want to do!

While in New York I visited IMATS. I met Kevin Bennet and Anastasia Soare (you may know her as Anastasia Beverly Hills) and it was a DREAM COME TRUE. I gossiped about YouTubers with Kevin Bennett and Anastasia is a BEAUTY QUEEN. She is classy, beautiful and gorgeous. I also bumped (legit, I randomly bumped into) WINNIE HARLOW in Sephora. Oh yes. THAT supermodel. It was pretty funny as I was just babbling on for ages about how AMAZING and inspirational she is. Then I remembered I’m a Geordie and she probably has absolutely no idea what I’m going on about. I asked her, she didn’t. We laughed, I got a photo and let her shop. I mean, how does this happen to me?!

I’ll do a separate post for New York, it will be up pretty soon. I haven’t really done one yet because I’ve been so busy and to be honest, it was such a personal experience I didn’t really feel like sharing so much of it until now.

My documentary with BBC Three came out. Skin Deep. All about my relationship with makeup and what it means to me. Such a huge achievement and something I never thought I’d be a part of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0O8V5OHeKM&t=8s

Next up? Back to London. I won a competition to visit Dave Lackie in London and attend his dinner. I met some wonderful women and Dave was absolutely lovely. It is a dinner I shall remember forever. Then, easily the highlight of my whole year. Okay, so there’s a little backstory to this one. Do you remember Habbo Hotel? Well… around 10 or so years ago I met a girl through Habbo Hotel and MSN called Emilie. We quickly became friends and at the time, were both into the scene/emo lyf and bonded over a love of Paramore and stupidly layered hair. I was always super jel of her because she had bright hair and was SUPER pretty. Fast forward those 10 years (minus one or two because I made a new Facebook and it took us a while to reconnect) we have become besties. We have so much in common and are always there for each other. I trust her with my life and it was about TIME we met. We’d been talking about it for so long and the stars aligned that she was off work the weekend I was visiting. A few hours later, the train tickets were booked and we were MEETING. When we met, it was like slow motion. We ran and hugged each other. It was INCREDIBLE. Meeting her was like meeting my soul mate, I just love her so much! I can’t wait to see her again this year and spend some time together. Do I hear Spa Weekend?

For a long time, I thought that this blog and my online world would always just be a hobby. I never thought I’d really achieve THAT much and I still get an absolute buzz of excitement when packages come through the door and opportunities land in my inbox. 2017 was the year that the unthinkable happened. An email landed in my inbox that invited me to SPAIN to take part in the Feel Good Drinks campaign aimed to promote body confidence. I was not letting that opportunity pass up but I was hella scared. Flying to a foreign country on my own for the first time, with 100 other women I’ve never met before and jumping into a body of water NAKED?! Madness. I mean, what? A few days before I was complaining that my life was so boring and I wanted to do something exciting. I met some wonderful women that I hope I can see again soon. The older I get, the more friends I make in different parts of the world and it’s a little sad not being able to meet up with them more often.

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The trip was unforgettable, I bonded with some amazing girls and it was the trip of dreams. Ellis, Leah, Sien, Loren, Jess, Mimi, Latifah, Katie and Daisy. Some absolute girl bosses that I love so much! (Click the link on their names to follow them on Instagram!) It was such an amazing time. A few months later I went to Manchester for the reveal of the Feel Good drinks campaign we filmed in Spain and saw all of the girls again.

Of course, one thing I’ve not actually mentioned on my blog but has changed my life monumentally… I GOT BRACES. After years and years of longing for nicer teeth, I was finally put in contact with an orthodontist willing to give me them (of course, it was more complicated than usual). Due to my Cystic Hygroma, it was difficult for me to get them fitted by a standard orthodontist. I do believe everything happens for a reason and I am glad I waited because I fully trust my orthodontist and I have one of the best in the country. My teeth have changed so much already and I’m so much more confident. I’m so lucky to have such fantastic treatment on the NHS.

Another achievement of 2017, my lovely mother nominated me for a Glass Slipper award and I was shortlisted to the top 3 for Young Achiever! So in February, I shall be at the awards ceremony finding out if I won the award. You can read more here: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/meet-inspirational-women-who-been-14007362

I also:

  • I visited the Lake District for a few days with my Dad.
  • Spent a tonne of time with my friends and family.
  • Got a new job.
  • Became so confident in myself and really learned to love who I am.
  • Visited the Social Chain offices and felt a little star struck.
  • Made lots of new friends (and lost a few).
  • Went to a tonne of blogging events.
  • Got to my Instagram goal of 20k and managed to create a really good platform for myself
  • Spent a tonne of time with my friends and made so many unforgettable memories.
  • I worked with some of my favourite brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Kiss Lashes, Magnitone, Feel Unique and more.
  • I watched a YouTube channel and one of my videos hit 28,000 views!
  • Met up with Andy White, who was imperative to help raise money so I could have the surgery I needed as a child. It was wonderful meeting him again after all of the years have passed!

Looking back, it’s easy for me to reflect on the year and brush past all of the amazing things that happened because I lost so many loved ones. Not only did I lost my Auntie who raised me, but I also lost an Auntie to MS just a short while ago, and a cousin too. I also learned a lot about friendships and how not everyone has your best interest at heart. Sometimes, people can gang up and spread rumours even though you thought they were your friends. This year, I will learn to keep my circle a little smaller. It has really put my life into perspective and I just want to have a good time, enjoy my life and take every opportunity that comes my way. 2017 was the best and the worst year of my life.

If you got this far, thank you. If you skipped most of it to get to the bottom, well. I mean I don’t blame you. It’s 1,800 words so far.

To every single person who engages with my content, thank you. To the people who support me, thank you. You do not go unnoticed and I would never be in this position without the constant support I am given by so many wonderful people.

To 2018, may it be a year of success for us all.

I love you all lots x




A Coastal Escape with Tyne and Wear Metro

I love where I live. I’m close to the coast and also the city, so if I want to escape or immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle, or chill out with a gorgeous coastal walk. I’m lucky enough that I can jump on a Metro and find myself in either destination within half an hour.

I get the Metro almost daily, whether it be going to work, for meetings or visiting friends. It’s such a convenient way for me to travel. When Metro got in touch with me and asked me if I’d like to document my day out using the Metro, I jumped at the chance. There are so many wonderful places in the North East that I love and want to show you all. For this day, I chose Tynemouth.

Tynemouth is a gorgeous place and boasts a lot of amazing features. Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth Market and a wonderful chocolatier called Gareth James.

Just as you step off the Metro, you’re slap bang in the middle of the infamous Tynemouth Market. Filled with wonderful trinkets, food stalls and bits and bobs, it’s easy to get lost in the treasure trove of findings. My Mum and I had a wander, reminiscing the time we came here many years ago. I bought my first vinyl (still haven’t bought a record player!), a David Bowie single for just a few pounds and I was armed with my camera when I first started up photography.

Our next stop was lunch, we visited Allards to grab a bite to eat and both ended up getting the same meal – and drink. My mum and I opted for a fruity Old Mout cider and a burger. The presentation of the drinks at Allards was wonderful and the chips give a new definition to chunky! It was a lovely meal and we’d happily eat there again. Although, you are spoiled for choice for food when it comes to Tynemouth. There’s Lola Jeans, Riley’s Fish Shack and Longsands Kitchen for a lovely meal. I love Dil and the Bear for an afternoon coffee or a spot for lunch.

After a brisk walk and some outfit photos, we came to the Priory. A gorgeous building that sits right next to the beach. It is over 2000 years old and it has original beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement. The gun battery built underground into the cliffs was designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars. A historical piece of land, just on our doorstep. It’s also hosting the Tynemouth Food Festival on Sat 25 – Sun 26 Nov, so jump on the Metro and indulge in some food if you’re free on that weekend!

Tynemouth also boasts some cute and quirky shops, including Raspberry Bazarr. I could have spent hours in there taking photos of all of the cute little bits and trinkets, I’ll include some of my favourite photos. The outside is beautiful too, full of plants and flowers.

By around 4 pm, it was time for a coffee and afternoon treat. My family are big chocolate lovers, we eat more than we care to admit and I love having chocolate with my coffee. We were told we MUST visit Gareth James Chocolatier when we were there, and obviously as soon as I found out about it, it was top of my list. It’s a gorgeous shop, with lots of different flavours. I tried a brownie, which was gooey beyond belief and paired it with a mocha. Imagine my delight when I found out that my mocha contained actual melted chocolate. I think it was the best coffee I’d ever had! My Mam opted for a sticky toffee cake and cappuccino and that went down a treat too. A definite must-visit if you ever come to Tynemouth. With plenty of bits to take away.

One more place we wanted to visit before we headed home was the Green Ginger Arcade. Full of little stores, we picked up some sweets from the sweet shop, homemade fudge and jams before we headed home – I told you we liked sweet things!

Now it was time to tap back into the Metro and head home. I love how easy and convenient it is to use the Metro. Simply tapping in and out whilst topping up my pass once a month is so simple. It cuts the time of waiting for a machine to become free and I tell you, has saved me from missing many a Metro. If you commute or travel on Metro regularly then the MetroSaver is the ticket for you. I like paying for mine for the month, so I know I have it and don’t have to worry about paying for tickets later. There’s also the Pop PAYG, it is cheaper than adult Single and DaySaver tickets. In fact, it’s 20p cheaper than cash single tickets and 30p cheaper than cash DaySaver tickets. You can travel as many times as you like in a day, and you’ll never pay more than the daily cap (£2.60 for one zone, £3.70 for two zones, or £4.70 for all zones). And with an under 16 PAYG card travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro costs just 60p for a child’s single and £1.10 for a Child All-day Ticket.

To top up my POP card, I simply tap it on the orange sensor at any machine, select my ticket and pay. It’s really that simple! I love that I have the North East at my fingertips with Metro, I can escape the business and take a quiet stroll down the beach, or enjoy a day full of shopping in Newcastle city centre.

Metro also has many offers for places to visit around the North East. Next on my list is to try Hinnies in Whitley Bay, with their offer of a 3-course lunch and fizz for just £18 with a valid Metro ticket or pass. There’s a load more, including Blue Reef Aquarium and ice skating at the Centre for Life. Check them out here: https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/offers

Visit https://www.nexus.org.uk/metro for more.

A huge thank you to Tyne and Wear Metro for collaborating with me on this post.