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Old English Company Goodies

Being is blogger is pretty cool, right? But being a blogger with a £50 Old English Company discount code for promoting their Enamel Pins competition is living the stationery and giftware dream. I spent such a long time browsing their awesome range making sure I was making the right decision on which goodies to choose. Seriously, I would have been happy with anything! Once I was 100% sure with my picks, I used my discount and a few days later this little lot arrived. I told Shaun I had a package from the Old English Co. and he thought I had ordered some cider, ha ha…

Gentleman Fantastically Brilliant Card: My sister has recently graduated so to save myself going to the shops (just kidding Vicky, kinda) I saw this and knew it was perfect for the occasion. It’s such a fun and silly card, I am sure my sister will approve. Click here to view their fantastically brilliant range of cards.

Amazing Things Will Happen Print: I love love love this! It’s also available on a coaster, mug, notebook, card and banner! At one point I was adamant on getting the coaster then I changed my mind to the mug, then eventually I opted for the print so I could display it proudly on my wall. It’s so motivational and a great reminder to stay positive. 

Shine Bright Small Card and Love Heart Small Card: You never know when you need to send someone a quick card so it’s always handy to have an emergency stash. I love that these cards are so simple yet so shiney; they are perfect for any card-giving-occasion too such as thank yous, thinking of yous, just a note to say kinda thing. And for £1.75 each they are such a bargain.

Things To Get Done A5 Notepad: I’ve only had this notepad for about a day and already it’s proving to be super useful. It’s such a great way to plan your week and tick off tasks on your daily to-do list. There are a couple of cool designs to make your decision making even harder such as Important Things A5 Notepad and the Weekly Agenda A5 Notepad. Can ya see why choosing these goodies took so long?

Reach For The Stars Coaster and Do What You Love Coaster: I bought two coasters (one for myself and one for someone who has recently graduated) and absolutely love the little messages of encouragement. Drinking tea and feeling inspired, what could possibly be better than that. The range of coasters is HUGE, other favourites included the Living The Dream Coaster and the Stay Weird coaster.

Dream Big Pink Enamel Pin: Since blogging about enamel pins last week, I have now become a pin addict and am slowly growing my collection. I also bought the Pizza Lover Enamel Pin and have my eye on a few more like the YAY Enamel Pin and the Be Awesome Enamel Pin.

YAY Pocket Mirror: Last but not least is the pocket YAY mirror. What a simple but awesome design. I also love the Be You Pocket Mirror and the You Beauty Pocket Mirror.

Thank you so much for the very generous discount Old English Co. I absolutely love my goodies! Make sure you take a look at their website for more awesome stationery and giftware products. Which is your favourite item that they do? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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A Unicorn In A World Of Donkeys: Book Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to review a brand new shiny book called A Unicorn In A World Of Donkeys by Mia Michaels. It has only just been released, so I felt very lucky to get my hands on a copy before it was available to buy. I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description: An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors.  This book is for me! In fact, I read it in just two days as I found this to be so inspirational and fell in love with the overall message – just be yourself.

What is a unicorn? In the book, Mia explains that a unicorn is someone who doesn’t fit in with the mainstream. They don’t try to look like other people or compare themselves with others and they can’t help but stand out in their originality. Unicorns tend to be creative, sensitive and most often introverted. (Yes, yes and yes).

So what is a donkey? A donkey is someone who tries to blend in, feeling uncomfortable veering too far from the mainstream. They follow trends instead of setting them and believe conformity is a good thing. Basically, they want to live a predictable, conventional and safe life.

Wow. Already I was hooked. On the donkey-unicorn spectrum I would place myself more towards the quietly creative unicorn end. If you asked me what I was during my teenage years, I would say 100% unicorn – I had bright colourful hair, dressed as far away from mainstream trends as possible, had multiple piercings, listened to a lot of punk music, dropped out of college to persue a career in drinking and rebelled against conformity. Fast-forward to now, I’m still a punk girl at heart, except I’m sober, with a degree and have taken out my piercings.

I could totally relate to a lot of Mia’s background and felt inspired by her courage and determination. Mia Michaels is an American choreographer, best known for her Emmy Award-winning appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and for her creation of the choreography for Broadways Finding Neverland. Mia’s students, peers & mentors have noted her as a dedicated, live-changing influence of positivity in their lives. Mia has a way of touching each human she encounters with passion, emotional expression, and confidence of self-love.

As with any success story, Mia had to work extremely hard from the very beginning. Her book describes her unconventional background, her numerous knock-backs in the ballet world and her pure determination to live her life to the fullest. Her story is brave and fearless. She embraces her inner misfit and uses it to her advantage to empower others into to being themselves through teaching dance.

There are twelve chapters in the book to guide and encourage you to embrace more of your unicornness. Mia writes about her experiences with isolation, loneliness, bullying and coming out the other side a stronger person. She writes about building up resilience, being brave and stepping outside of your comfort zone. At the centre of each chapter, the core message is about overcoming fear and learning to be proud of your unique and wonderful self.

The book packed with inspirational quotes and interesting stories from her experiences with other unicorns (including celebrities like Lady Gaga, Prince, Freddie Mercury and Elton John). It’s fun and interactive and above all will inspire you to turn negatives into positives and never give up chasing your dreams (even if they are unconventional and different). Thank you Mia for the boost of confidence and positivity! I know I’ll turn to this book time and time again when I’m looking for a quick pick me up to reassure myself it’s okay to be yourself and step away from the mainstream.

Click here to order yourself a copy of this awesome book!  A Unicorn In A World Of Donkeys by Mia Michaels.

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Enamel Pins from Old English Company

If you are a fan of pretty stationery, inspirational prints, cute enamel pins, funky homeware and cards for all occasions, then look no further than Old English Company. This place has it all. Old English Company are a stationery and giftware brand which make beautiful products that are uniquely hand-lettered. Their aim is to create stylish, uncomplicated designs with messages that resonate with people. I love their style and must admit I spent a long time on their website browsing all their gorgeous items. Right now, they are running a competition to win a set of their super cool enamel pins, click here to enter! 

Since blogging about the cute and quirky pins from Innabox, I have become a pin fan and these pins are perfect to add to my collection. It was tricky to pick this little selection, I wanted to buy all the pins! Go check out all the pins in their collection, I’m sure there is one or two (or twenty) that take your fancy!

Hey! Envelope Enamel Pin– I love this pin! It’s so simple and fun. The hey envelope pin has been designed with hard black enamel and finished with gold plating. It really stands out and looks so stylish and such a quirky little keepsake for those whose life revolves around e-mails and the internet.

Love Avocado Enamel Pin – I’m not entirely sure when avocados and pineapples became such fashionable fruit but it looks like they are here to stay (for now anyway until bananas get their time to shine). The heart avocado pin has been designed with hard white enamel and finished with rose gold plating. This is such a cute pin and is perfect for that avocado lover/fitness friend.

Pineapple Enamel Pin – I couldn’t choose the avocado pin without taking it’s friend the pineapple. Like the avocado, this pin has been designed with hard white enamel and finished with rose gold plating. I love the simple, stylish and fun design, they make the perfect pair don’t ya think.

You Can Heart Enamel Pin – I’m all for the motivational statements so this pin was a must for my collection. The you can pin has been designed with hard pink enamel and finished with gold plating. It’s pink and it’s inspirational – what could be better than that!

Are you a fan of enamel pins? What is your favourite pin? Don’t forget to enter the Old English Co. competition for a chance to win a set of awesome enamel pins to add to or start your very own collection. Watch this space for more Old English Co. products coming soon on the blog… Exciting!

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Soap & Glory Home Spa

This post may look like it is sponsored by Soap & Glory, but sadly it isn’t (if you are reading this Soap & Glory, I’m always available for future collaborations!). This post is in fact a little sneak peak of the things I bought with my £25 Boots Voucher which I got for my birthday. At the moment, Soap & Glory products are 3 for 2 in Boots, so go grab yourself a bargain. If you saw my last post, you will know I was lucky enough to have the most relaxing Birthday Spa Break in the New Forest. This week was back to reality, so I thought why not just create your own spa at home, so that’s exactly what I did.  I brought the New Forest Spa to my bathroom, just with slightly less horses.

Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Ultra Shine Daily Super Shampoo (250ml) – No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen. For all hair types including highlighted and heat processed. One of things I love about Soap & Glory products is the smell. This shampoo smells so fruity and summery and leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and super clean. There is also a matching Glad Hair Day Conditioner which I have only just discovered so will definitely be adding this to my home spa routine in the future.   

Soap And Glory Pulp-Friction Foaming Fruity Body Scrub (250ml) – Get fresher, smoother and softer skin with fig powder, pumice, peppermint oil, lemonade tree liquid, orange waterjuice™ and vitaminballs™ (A,C,E). Scented with our new Fruitigo™ fragrance. Whilst the bath was running, I used the foamy fruity body scrub. I found that I didn’t need much of this as it lathers up really nicely. I expected exfoliating to be uncomfortable but this cleanses gently and you can feel it working it’s magic. I felt extra clean before I even got into the bath! 

Soap And Glory The Daily Soothe Bath Float Foamy & Super Soothing (300ml) A new super-soothing, pre-bedtime foamy tub float is seductively scented, intensely relaxing, delightfully deluxe with luxurious long-lasting suds and sleep-inducing, muscle-relaxing and aphrodisiacal actives. This was the product I was most looking forward to using in my home spa and it did not disappoint. All you need is a small scoop into the bath and it smells amazing and really foams up well. It has a lovely sweet and calming aroma – I just put on my chill out tunes, zoned out and had the most relaxing floaty experience. 

Soap And Glory Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk (500ml) – Loaded with skin-softening cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and Soap & Glory’s WATERLOCK™ moisture-trapping matrix, it also conditions thanks to its delicious (but in this case, definitely not edible) oat, yoghurt & honey formula. After my chilled out bath, it was time to use the body milk. The smell is gorgeous and makes me feel like I’ve been rolling around in cake mix. It absorbs well and the lovely smell lasts for ages, leaving skin feeling smooth and nourished. 

Soap And Glory Hand Food Hand Cream (50ml)With moisturising shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow, it’s non-greasy and non-sticky. I love this hand cream so much, I’ve been using it for a while now and it was especially handy (pun intended) for travelling (See: In-Flight Essentials Bag). Like everything Soap & Glory, it has such a nice fragrance, it’s light and absorbs instantly. When you have left your home spa, it’s the perfect size to pop into your handbag and top up throughout the day to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

Do you like the Soap & Glory range? What products would you include in your home spa? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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