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Monday, 24 January 2022

Personalised Wedding Stationary By Aura Print

  OMG! You have been proposed to... You're about to marry the one you love and celebrate that love with friends and family. This is a memorable occasion that takes a lot of planning. With Valentine's day only a month away, many will be preparing to head out and buy an engagement ring to propose with. Some will even be having their wedding on the day too. Picking out your invitations is one of the most exciting things about your wedding. Well, except for the wedding dress of course, oh and the cake. In fact just everything. 

There are so many ways to propose, just make it special and meaningful for you. Perhaps you both love the beach. Proposing on a beach is quite a popular choice. There's always the flash mob idea. Now that would be a proposal to remember. Or you could just simply be dining at one of your favourite restaurants. No matter where you are or what you do. It's about being together.

If you have pet dogs, maybe you could incorporate them into the proposal. I've also seen a few weddings where the dog runs down the aisle with the ring attached, it's the most adorable thing ever. Let's just hope the dog doesn't run off with the rings.

I would definitely go for a princess cut dress that flows to the floor, with a tiered vanilla cake. Actually, it would be amazing to have a different flavour for each tier, with lots of cream. Have you recently got engaged? How did your partner propose? Was it magical and everything you ever wanted? Did anything funny happen while proposing and did it all go to plan... Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your stories.  

Aura Print has an amazing selection of personalised wedding cards as well as invitations, tags, thank you cards and save the date cards. You can also match your cards with your wedding theme, whether you're going for modern, vintage or traditional. Aura Print has something for everyone's taste. Here is a wedding sample pack of what kind of designs are available.


Aura Print was established in 2007. At the time, there was only one printer available. A few years later, they have now grown into a worldwide well-known business with now twenty professional print experts. 

"We take pride in curating and producing custom print jobs with a huge range of customisation options that other printers simply cannot match"

They have printed for brands such as Pizza Hut, Waitrose and Toyota.

"At Aura, we’re all about pleasing our customers and we’re certainly on the right track if our customer reviews are anything to go by! So, if you’re thinking of placing an order with us, go have a browse of our site, read some reviews"

Aura Print have a huge selection of styles, materials and finishes. From standard paper to luxury. You can choose from recycled paper too. 

"The main goal has always been to provide high-quality print, that doesn't break the bank"

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Monday, 10 January 2022

Date Night Outfits

One of the best bits about date night is choosing an outfit to wear. Here are some of my favourite places to shop and a few outfits that I love. 

Date night at the Royal Albert Hall 

A night for some glitz and glamour. I chose the gold sequin skater skirt, paired with paradox London indulgence platform shoes, paradox London Dulcie clutch bag and a beautiful silver heart bracelet. I'll be sparkling amongst the city lights. 

Cinema

A relaxed night at the cinema calls for a comfy yet stylish outfit. Perfect for those late-night screenings of a horror film. I went for the pink v neck jumper and the ripped knee skinny jegging. I then paired it with the leopard high top canvas trainers and the panel mini lock and chain rucksack.

 Cocktails

Head out for cocktails and feel like a superstar. I chose the black sequin long sleeve wrap dress and paired it with gold diamante rectangle drop statement earrings, black satin diamante twin strap high triangle block heels and the black patent and velvet contrast lion head crossbody bag.

Jewellery

 I love matching earrings with my outfits, I feel like it sets off the look really well and adds some style to one of the more simple outfits. A jewellery brand that I'm currently loving is Daisy London. Not only do they have a stunning selection of earrings. They also have necklaces, rings and bracelets. They're also currently having a huge 50% sale. So grab yourself a bargain. 

Two of my favourite pieces from the Estée Lalonde range has to be the Estée Lalonde Flow Maxi Hoops. Made from 100% recycled sterling silver, these earrings are perfect for the everyday look. They come in gold too and go with absolutely any outfit.

"The perfect fusion of easy-to-wear style with a sophisticated edge"

Next is the Estée Lalonde Goddess Glow Hoop Earrings. These 18Ct Gold Plate earrings ooze elegance. Perfect for date nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These gorgeous earrings also come in silver. So you can have the whole collection. 

"The Estée Lalonde Goddess Glow Hoop Earrings are the investment piece you'll love for years to come; an organic shape with delicate stamped details, these 18ct gold plated silver hoops earrings will be your forever go-to's"


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Sunday, 26 December 2021

How to Manage Your Stress Productively

 Stress is an inevitable part of life. You are no stranger to it, but many people do not efficiently relieve stress. This blog post will give you some tips on how to relieve your stress more effectively so that you can feel better.

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#1 Focus on personal time

The first thing you should do is to prioritize and focus on your personal time. For example, if you are a student, it would be beneficial to set aside some time every week specifically designated for studying. Then when the day comes that there's too much going on or stress levels get high, having this extra study session will help release all of that built-up tension. Another way to manage your personal time effectively while simultaneously relieving stress is by taking advantage of any free moments in your schedule. 

For example: If college gets out at 11 AM, but lunch doesn't start until noon and ends at 12:30 PM, take five minutes before classes start again and meditate. This simple activity can reduce anxiety enough so that during the rest of the day, you can better manage any stressful situations. During your personal time, it’s important to treat yourself and do what makes you happy - whether that be buying some clothes at the iconic or even just going for a manicure. Take ownership of your time and use it in a way that best suits your needs

#2 Talk about it

A great way to relieve stress is by talking about it/ This can be done with friends, family, or a therapist. Talking openly and honestly about your feelings can help you process them better and make them more manageable. Not only will this help you feel better in the moment, but it can also have long-lasting benefits.

Talking to others isn't just beneficial for emotional relief; it's also great for gaining helpful insights and perspectives on stressful situations. For example: If you're feeling overwhelmed at work, talking to a friend who is familiar with that job could give you some very useful advice. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can help reduce stress levels in the present and provide valuable insight for potential solutions.

#3 Exercise

One of the most commonly cited tips for relieving stress is exercise, and there's a good reason for that. Exercise releases endorphins, which are hormones that have mood-boosting effects. Not only does this make you feel better emotionally, but it can also improve your physical health. There are countless exercises to choose from, so find one that you enjoy and stick with it! This could be anything from running or biking to swimming or hiking. As long as you're getting your heart rate up and breaking a sweat, you're doing something great for both your body and mind. Adding regular exercise into your routine can help relieve stress while improving your overall health.

#4 Make meditation a priority

Meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve your mental health. It's also something that you can easily incorporate into your daily life. All it takes is a few minutes of quiet time where you're free from distractions, either in the morning or before bed.

It might be difficult at first because meditation requires focusing on doing nothing, but once you get used to it, this practice will become one of the best ways for how to relieve stress efficiently. And remember, consistency over quantity matters when it comes to meditating. Even just five minutes per day can make a huge difference. Incorporating regular meditation into your lifestyle doesn't have to take much work or effort, yet its positive effects are invaluable!

#5 Don't focus on the negative things

It can be all too easy to focus on the negatives in life, but doing so can have a negative impact on your mental health. All of the stress that you experience from focusing on what's wrong is completely avoidable. Instead, try putting more energy into appreciating and being grateful for everything around you: friends, family members, experiences past and present - even just going outside or drinking a glass of water counts as something positive. Focusing less on what stresses us out and more about how wonderful our lives are will help improve moods exponentially. It only takes a few minor changes to shift one's perspective towards positivity instead of negativity; this simple change alone could make all the difference when it comes to relieving stress.

In conclusion, there are a number of simple tips that can help relieve stress efficiently. From taking ownership of your time to spending less energy on what stresses you out, these strategies have the potential to make huge differences.

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Thursday, 2 December 2021

E8 Standing Desk By FlexiSpot

 If you work in an office or a setting that requires you to use a computer or laptop all day, a standing desk may be a great option. We all know sitting for too long isn't really too great for our backs. The E8 Standing Desk by Flexispot allows you to adjust the height of the desk automatically, giving you the option to stand and work if you wish, which is also great for your posture. There has been an increase in working from home since the pandemic, so this easy to install desk is perfect for home offices.

"Redefining Health, Love & Care, Invest in Your Health & Career today for a Healthier & Happier Tomorrow"

Christmas is just around the corner and FlexiSpot is offering 35% off their ergonomic products from December 1st 2021 to January 10th 2022. That's right, a huge 35% off!  Grab this deal and create the perfect workspace. The desk is available in numerous different colours, offering something for everyone's tastes.

"The goal is to help our clients achieve new heights of wellness and strike the perfect work-life balance through innovative and ergonomic solutions."

The desk can hold up to 125kg/19 Stone/275 pounds and comes with a smooth bamboo surface. This means that it won't be as easy to scratch as it's twice as durable than normal wood. The E8 Standing Desk allows you to adjust the height from 60cm to 125cm. It comes with a smart control panel that lets you to adjust the height of the desk effortlessly. I really love how they added a cable management groove, soo all the messy cables are hidden. I also like how the legs have soft edges. So if you do accidentally bang your leg, it won't hurt. The desk also detects and prevents collisions before they happen, which I think is a very cool feature.


Flexispot also has a range of chairs and accessories including a desk bike which enables you to stay active. Workout while you work. 

"10 million people avoided spine health problems due to FlexiSpot ergonomics products" 

*Gifted*

Friday, 15 October 2021

Square Meal - Finding The Perfect Restaurant


Restrictions have eased... Yay! We all love to try new restaurants. However, it can get boring always trying to find places on google. Let me introduce you to Square Meal. The UK's best-known restaurant, bar and venue site. Founded in 1990, Square Meal provides hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Square Meal allows you to find what you're looking for with ease. Simply enter your location in the search bar and a list of restaurants, bars and venues will appear. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. 

Square Meal has a rewards scheme which I really like. For instance, you can get 10 points for every one pound spent at certain restaurants. These points can be added up to purchase beautiful luxury gifts. Square Meal also gives you recommendations on places to eat as well as a huge list of events and shows that are currently performing. Some events are free too which is pretty cool. In fact, there's a free Live Jazz music event this Sunday at Twist Connubio in Marylebone, London.

If you're stressing about finding a venue for a birthday or wedding, take a deep breath and relax. Square Meal offers a free, yes free concierge service where they actually find the venue for you. All you have to do is tell them about what kind of event you're having and hey presto, they will find the perfect venue for you. Don't forget to tell them who you chose to book with as you earn a whopping 500 points. I have tried many restaurants over the years but here are the top three that I'm currently loving.

1. Verdi Italian Kitchen Royal Albert Hall

Named after Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, this Italian Kitchen sits in the heart of the Royal Albert Hall. I love taking a stroll through Kensington Gardens before enjoying some food and then heading on to see a show. My favourite dish from here is the Insalata Caprese which consists of buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil. I also love the Patate Novelle which are new potatoes covered in rosemary. Depending on where you sit, you can look out of the stunning huge windows to view the lovely surroundings. An evening like this is always so much fun. From doing my hair and makeup to choosing the perfect accessory to match my outfit. It's always a great time.

2. TGI Fridays Leicester Square London

TGI Fridays is a very popular choice for celebrations and to just simply go out to eat. They have a huge selection of yummy food and unique ultimate cocktails. I have to say that the Piña Colada is one of my go-to drinks. It's hard to pick a favourite dish from the menu because everything here is so good. Burgers, steaks, fajitas, seafood, chicken, appetizers, desserts, the list is endless. One thing I would highly recommend is the Jack Daniel's sauce, extremely tasty. The menu has lots of vegan and vegetarian options too so, something for everyone. Have a nosey at some vegan restaurants  over on Square Meal. TGI Fridays in Leicester Square is most definitely my favourite branch, especially in the evening. The atmosphere of Leicester Square and the bright lights adds a great buzz to the whole evening and the interior gives off American vibes which I love.

3. Bella Italia Islington 

Located in Angel Islington. Bella Italia has always been my go-to restaurant while out shopping. The staff have always been so friendly. Vue Cinema is also right next door which is great for a movie night with friends or a date. If you love Italian food. This is the place for you. With a wide selection of pasta and pizza. You'll be in carb heaven. Not only does Bella Italia serve bottomless brunch, they even have bottomless pizza... yup, bottomless pizza! They are also currently offering Christmas party packages. So book in quickly.

If you love to cook, Square Meal provides some amazing recipes. From healthy food to celebrity specials. Square Meal will help you explore your inner chef. They also have recipes that can be cooked in under 30 minutes, great for when you're super busy and juggling life. Don't forget to follow some of their easy to follow cocktail recipes too. If you would like to know more about the history of Cocktails, click here.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Your Special Wedding Day

Your wedding day will be one of the most important events to happen in your life. A special day to marry the one you love and to celebrate that love in the presence of friends and family. The last year or so has sadly seen a lot of weddings be postponed. However, now restrictions have been eased, brides to be can finally have their dream wedding. This memorable occasion takes planning, time and in-depth thinking. You want to look back on your day with joy, love and happiness. 

Some like to do all the planning and organising themselves, others opt for a wedding planner who will make sure you have everything you wanted for your big day. Hiring the right catering team, choosing the right cake, music, decor, style and deciding on any themes which you may want, having exactly what you dreamed of. We all know that your wedding dress is the number one priority. However, finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses is just as crucial. Will they match the style of the wedding? Will they look good in the photos? Will they look good with your wedding dress? All these questions need to be considered.

There are multiple options for bridesmaids dresses. You don't always necessarily have to look under the bridesmaid category. Prom dresses can also make an ideal bridesmaids dress. Head over to https://www.promdressfinder.co.uk/ and take a look. If you're on a budget, eBay and Amazon are great places to source these types of dresses. Don't forget to have a nosey in some charity shops too. You never know, you could find a real gem or even a designer item.

Your big day has finally arrived. The professional photographer is sorted but how do you get the hundreds of photos your guests will be taking? Well, It's quite an easy process actually. There are lots of apps these days where you can share photos. Wedding Photo Swap is one of them. This amazing app lets your guests upload photos to an unlimited amount of albums. This means that you can have multiple albums for different parts of the day. Pretty cool, huh? After you have created your very own personalised area, you can then proceed to invite your guests to the app. I would suggest inviting guests to the app before the wedding. Now your guests can upload photos straight onto Wedding Photo Swap so everyone gets to see every single photo taken throughout the day. 

"Great app, we got so many photos from our guests. Don't have a wedding without this app, we got to see tons of photos from all angles that we would never have seen without this app, all our special moments and some surprising ones too, and everyone enjoyed seeing them all. Awesome!"

If you would like to give A Gift To Each Other before the big day Personalising Your Jewellery can make your day even more special. Whether it's a necklace, ring or bracelet, most things can be personalised. Did you know that there are lots of Different Types of Weddings throughout the world? Each culture has different wedding attire and customs. If you would like to read more about these traditions click here.

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Friday, 24 September 2021

The Perfect Business Cards

When you're a blogger at any blogging event, the most useful thing to have with you is your very own business cards. Blogger events are perfect for networking and promoting your blog as well as showcasing your niche. Business cards offer an easy and simple way to get your information out there without too much fussing around. I mean, who wants to be rustling around for a pen and paper to write down your details, for every person you speak to. It's just so time-consuming and gives off an unprofessional vibe. Business cards allow you to just casually place them on tables or hand them to the person you're speaking to.

So, what kind of information should I put on a business card? Well, that's entirely up to you. Personally for me, as a blogger. I will have my name, my blog address, my email address and what category my blog falls under. For me, I would put Plus Size Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle. You could put your social media channels on there too. However, the main thing is to promote your blog address because your social media links will be on the front page of your blog anyway.  

If you offer a service to the public, then investing in some business cards would be a great step for you to increase exposure to your business. Whether you're a personal trainer, salon owner or a mobile beautician. These business cards will help you grow and reach more people. Leave them around anywhere you can and hand them out to passers-by. 

Where can I find a company to design my business cards from the comfort of my own home? Well, let me introduce you to Aura Print, a great place to get your business cards. Aura Print began in 2007, where there was only one person with one printer. Many years later, they have grown into a worldwide established business with now twenty professional print experts. They have printed for brands such as Pizza Hut, Waitrose and Toyota to name just a few. Pretty cool.

"At Aura, we’re all about pleasing our customers and we’re certainly on the right track if our customer reviews are anything to go by! So, if you’re thinking of placing an order with us, go have a browse of our site, read some reviews"

Aura Print have a huge selection of styles, materials and finishes. From standard paper to luxury, you'll find the right business card style for you. You can choose from recycled paper too. You can also pick your business card shape from portrait, landscape, square, double-sided, single side, folded and even foiled. Something for everyone's taste. 

"The main goal has always been to provide high-quality print, that doesn't break the bank"

Did you know that Aura Print can make your business cards waterproof? Yes, waterproof. They're great for outdoor events. So, you can still be handing out your cards in the rain, if you wanted to that is. There are lots of other options to choose from too, such as matt, soft and gloss laminated business cards. If you're fed up with business cards tearing you can opt for the plastic finish. It just keeps getting better... magnetic cards are available to stick on anything metal.

"We take pride in curating and producing custom print jobs with a huge range of customisation options that other printers simply cannot match"

I needed new updated business cards so I opted for 250 double-sided standard landscape 85x55mm with a silk finish and 700gsm thickness. I chose the orchid pink as well as having gloss lamination on both sides. I feel like these options really go well with my blog style. You can choose from 50 copies to an amazing 5,000 copies in one order. Amazing, right?!  

The business cards arrived in a cute box which I loved because they can be stored. I love the vibrant colour and font. They have really made my blog information stand out and be seen. That's what I wanted. I like that my Blog logo takes up the whole space on one side too. 

I handed these cards out to some of my friends and family to see what their first impressions of the cards were.

"Of course they would be pink lol"

"I really like the gloss look"

"They feel very sturdy, like, they won't rip easily if they get wet"

"So smooth, haha"

"I need to get some"

"Fantastic Quality"

Business cards are a real asset to any company or any services that you provide. Although everything is more or less promoted through social media these days, there are still a lot of people who haven't got Twitter or Instagram. Handing out your business cards to the members of the public in local communities such as a bake sale event can bring in more customers and readers too. 

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