My £8.60 DIY Date dress

Date night just got a whole lot cheaper!

So my perfect date night dress basically consists of a bodycon with sleeves, preferable midi length, that also shows zero chest (See the dress below!) So basically just something that’s super flattering without being revealing! So when I stumbled across this bodycon dress from Look of the Day for just £7, I knew I had to get my mitts on it! However, I stupidly ignored the product picture and stumbled across one major problem…


The original dress from LOTD

Before I start, I’d like to say I’m not at all slating the brand! I think the brand is so on trend and super affordable. And they’re also really interactive on social media, which is lovely! Plus I’ve got other pieces I’ve recently purchased that I’m a little bit in love with. (More to come on that!)

But after trying this dress on, I was a little bit disappointed. As you can see, the style of the dress is supposed to have gaps between the buttons, however, these jus gaps made me feel super self-conscious! The dress had enough material to cover the buttons. However, due to how they’ve been placed, the material just wouldn’t line up! I know, really annoying right? And as I loved the high neck style and the amazing mustard colour, (mustard is MY colour!), I decided to get my DIY on…

The solution


After a quick browse on Amazon, I picked up this fabric glue for just £1.60! And using the glue couldn’t be easier:

  1. Lay your garment out flat.
  2. Place something in between the layers of fabric, I used some card (Top tip from my friend!)
  3. Add the glue slowly, wiping the excess away with water.
  4. Hold down for five minutes to set.
  5. Leave for 30 minutes to dry.
  6. Iron over the garment at a temperature subtle for the fabric.
  7. Voila…New date dress!

For the perfect date night look for £8.60 you’ll need:

Buy the Fabric Glue for £1.60 from Amazon

Buy the high necked ribbed popper dress for £7 from LOTD 


Have you altered your clothes before? Have you ever used fabric glue? Please let me know in the comments!




Discover how to make ‘manly’ truffles this Valentine’s Day

Follow Japanese tradition and give your man (or yourself) these manly chocolates!

So on Valentine’s Day in Japan, it’s tradition for women to give the men chocolates, rather than the other way around. But it’s not only their partners who get gifts, chocolates are giving to male friends, colleagues and relatives too! Equality aside, I just wouldn’t be happy about going to so much effort and not even getting a card back! But anyway, maybe that’s just me. So I’ve been asked by the Japanese food company to copy this tradition and create some ‘manly’ truffles.

But it turns out males have a different palate to women, so these truffles have a bit of a twist:

  • Miso Caramel – think salted caramel with a twist
  • Cinnamon Curry – a spicy truffle with crunchy, toasted panko
  • Yuzu Soy – yuzu and soy give this a sweet and salty appeal
  • Shaoxing Wine – a boozy hit
  • Sushi Ginger – chocolate & ginger with the surprising tang of pickle



The Truffle Recipe

Truffle ingredients – makes approximately 30 – 36

  • 200g dark good quality chocolate
  • 60ml double cream
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • Truffle cases

Method for all truffles

In a double saucepan (or a Pyrex bowl in a saucepan), place chocolate, butter and cream. Heat through slowly until smooth whilst whisking. Remove from heat and divide into 5 equal portions, adding the various flavourings to each individual portion as below. Place in the fridge to set – overnight if possible.

Filling & coating ingredients

Miso caramel sauce filling

  • 75g sugar
  • 25ml water
  • 50ml double cream
  • 1 tbs Yutaka Miso
  • 100g milk chocolate – gently melted for coating
  • Pink salt crystals for sprinkling on the top

Miso caramel flavouring method

Put sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir and leave on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel in colour. Carefully add double cream (it will hiss a little) and whisk whilst off the heat, add miso paste and whisk thoroughly until smooth. Add 2 tbs of miso caramel sauce to the remaining truffle mixture.  The remainder of the sauce saved and used over ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Cinnamon Curry flavouring

  • 1 tsp of Yutaka Japanese Curry block mixed with hot water
  • 50g of Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs mixed with 3 teaspoons of sugar & 2 teaspoon of cinnamon toasted in oven until golden brown

Yuzu Ponzu

  • 1.5 tsp Yuzu Ponzu
  • Flaked milk chocolate for coating

Yutaka Shaoxing rice wine flavouring

  • 2 tbs Yutaka Shaoxing rice wine warmed
  • Chocolate vermicelli for coating

Yutaka Pickled Sushi Ginger flavouring

  • 2 tbs chopped Yutaka sushi ginger
  • Cocoa for coating

To finish the truffles

Remove the various truffle mixes from the fridge and, with a teaspoon, scoop out a goodly amount. Roll into a ball and place on a plate (remembering to keep the various flavours separate) and continue until all the mixture has been used.

Roll the ginger truffles in cocoa and place in truffle cases.  Roll the Yuzu Ponzu in flaked milk chocolate, the katsu in the toasted panko and the rice wine truffles in vermicelli and return to fridge.

Using a double boiler (or Pyrex bowl in a saucepan) melt the milk chocolate over a low heat and, when removed from the heat & cooled slightly, spoon over miso truffles until coated.   You can use a cocktail stick pushed carefully into a truffle to help you turn and coat with the chocolate.  This needs patience!  Leave them to set on a plate. Sprinkle a couple of pink salt crystals on the top.


Unfortunately, there weren’t any truffle cases in Sheffield Asda, so I had to improvise and cut the truffles into squares instead. But I can confirm the caramel and curry flavours are AMAZING. So even if you haven’t got a boy to eat all your chocolates, treat yourself or your friends and make these truffles with a difference!

What do you think of these flavours? Do you cook with traditional Japanese sauces and ingredients? Please let me know in the comments!


The perfect palette to channel your natural beauty

Too Faced natural matte: the review

If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know Too Faced is my favourite beauty brand at the minute! If you missed the post, you can read all about the brand and my favourite products by clicking here. So anyway, I was lucky enough to win employee of the month at work and they got me a Debenham’s beauty voucher…I know, they know me so well! So from the voucher, I treat myself to Natural Matte palette by Too Faced. Which I’ve been eyeing up for what feels like forever! Read on to discover my thoughts on the palette…





I’m all about that natural beauty

It’s very rare for me to even bother attempt eyeliner these days! My signature beauty look has become all about long natural lashes, using Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, bold brows and a touch of bronzer to emphasise my cheekbones. So I want to use a palette that really works with my ‘no make-up’ make-up look I’m channelling. And for this look, Natural Matte palette by Too Faced fits the bill!

More on the Natural Matte palette

Like the Boudoir Eyes by Too Faced (read the review here!) the Natural Matte palette is also super super pigmented. Often matte shades can be quite hard to blend. But these shades blend well together so even the people that struggle with eye makeup (like myself!) can still achieve a really good look! And like their other palettes, Too Faced have picked the perfect shade names. Sexpresso, Cashmere Bunny and Lace Teddy are my faves.

If you haven’t purchased a Too Faced Palette before, you should know that each palette comes with a little booklet on how to achieve different looks. Yes, that means no faffing about on a morning! As this booklet tells you exactly which shades to use and how to blend them. Honestly, these booklets literally save me so much time and stress!

The Natural Matte palette comes with three different looks; Day, Classic and Fashion. My personal fave is Fashion, and if you look at the image below, that’s the look I’ve created! I’m not going to tell you how to create the looks, you’ll have to get your mitts on the palette for yourself. But for natural everyday beauty, I really do think this is the perfect palette!


Have you tried the Natural Matte palette? What do you think of the Too Faced brand? Please let me know in the comments!

Cosmetic surgery: what I’ve just spent £1500 on

Would you fix your insecurities?

So I did a little ‘gram poll a few weeks ago talking about cosmetic surgery and it turns out 82% of you would pay for cosmetic surgery to fix your biggest insecurity! I wasn’t that shocked at the result, ’cause I couldn’t have lived with my biggest insecurity forever. I will admit I blew up my insecurity a bit too much in my head, but it was something that really bothered and upset me. Read on to find out what I’ve just spent £1500 on…


The initial embarrassment

I was in two minds about whether I was going to write this post or not. With social media being all about perfection these days, it’s pretty hard as a blogger to highlight your biggest insecurity online. And with me being single and having constant struggs navigating/hating online dating apps (read all about that here!), I didn’t want to broadcast something that would make me feel unattractive. But now, after three weeks and plenty of people not even realising, I thought I might as well share it.

No, I haven’t had a boob job!

No, it’s nothing that major, I’ve paid £1500 to move one of my teeth forward. Yep, you read that right…my biggest insecurity was a tooth! To give you all a bit of context, I had a brace on my top and bottom teeth when I was 13. I then got told to wear my retainers for 6 months and that’ll be treatment done forever. However, my pesky wisdom teeth decided to make an appearance and move a couple of my teeth! It never really bothered me till about a year and a half ago. And then boom, it became my biggest insecurity!

When girls get drunk and talk about boys they love, I used to get upset over the tooth.

You could never see in pictures, my natural fuller lips have definitely become a blessing! And I do think the only person that ever really noticed was myself. But for me, having to spend 9 months consuming a lot of soup (Marks and Spencer’s do an amazing Thai chicken soup), will 100% be worth it in the long run! And as you can see in the picture of me last night, you can’t even tell I’ve even got a brace on.

That one thing everyone says to me

When I was 13, I wasn’t exactly going round snogging everyone! But I can confirm it’s still possible to kiss, although it did feel a bit weird at first! Maybe like an extra tongue? Is that oversharing? But there’s your fact for the day anyway!

Would you get cosmetic surgery if you could afford to fix your insecurities? If not, why not? Please let me know in the comments!

Are you a blogger under 100k? Why 2018 is your time to shine!

Influencer marketing is changing

Are you super frustrated at constantly seeing the more well-known bloggers, getting all the luck when it comes to big brand collaborations? Well, all that’s about to change! Yep, influencer marketing is changing. And let’s not forget I work in digital marketing, so I should know…

enlight684Please note: Even though this post does not feature any tea reviews, my blog is mostly powered by caffeine. 

The facts

As a blogger, you’ll know influencers play a huge and vital role in a brand’s marketing strategy. As figures show your readers are 90% more likely to trust the content you’ve created, in comparison to just 33% who just ads from brands themselves! So us bloggers have got quite a lot of power, haven’t we?

So what’s a micro influencer?

A micro influencer is basically any bloggers or social media influencers with less than 100k followers across all their social media sites. And a macro influencer is a social media user with more than 100k followers.

Outreach Marketing

So what’s changed in the marketing world?

PR/Marketing agencies and marketers are noticing more and more diva-like behaviour from big-name bloggers…and they’re getting fed up of it! Expensive rates and an unwillingness to work with lesser known brands aren’t uncommon. So marketers are finding more success in developing relationships with more reliable lesser known bloggers. Lesser known bloggers are often (but not always) much more friendly in their approach to collabs and campaigns. And take it from someone who deals with PRs for own blog, as well as contacting bloggers for my job, you’re going to have much more success in the blogger world if you’re NICE on emails, despite whatever your social media following is!

Did you know micro influencers are 4x more likely to engage in a branded post compared to macro influencers?

These lesser known bloggers also much more likely to promote more niche topics and brands. So if a marketer is trying to get a new brand’s name out there, we’re going to simply dismiss the big names and come straight to a reliable micro influencer. But that’s not a bad thing. New brands and products have to get their name out somehow! And imagine how it could do for your blog, if that unheard of brand, really takes off!

And once you’ve shown marketers and PRs how good your content is, you’ll be contacted again and again! An example from my own blog is the relationship I’ve built with a well-known agency in the marketing world, who’ve provided me with the recent collabs with Clive Christian and L’Occitane. And this agency has so many other well-known high street clients! I know, exciting right?


As a blogger, what do you think of this change in influencer marketing? Do you think it’s fair on the more well-known bloggers? Let me know in the comments!

Dressing against the norm — what does it say about you?*

From eccentric socks to dressing against our gendered expectations, many people push the limits of social norms when it comes to fashion. Research has shown that non-conformists can be viewed as being of a higher status and more competent than those who follow the rules of fashion. We take a look at what different clothing says about the wearer…


Against gendered expectations

The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex. But, are you presenting yourself in a different way when you dress against the gendered expectations?

Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014.

There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gender barrier but perhaps not men. Back in 1990, it was found that — despite the sex of the applicant – if the clothing that they wore was more masculine, they were more likely to be hired. When men dressed in pink however (a colour commonly associated with females), they were seen as less intelligent than women who were wearing the same colour.

Eccentric wear

Another way of going against the grain when it comes to style it through eccentric clothing. When we think of outrageous outfits we may think of people with brightly coloured hair, patterned clothing and over the top jewellery. But, there are other ways to express freedom through dress.

For example, people who wear unconventional socks are viewed as being rebellious and expressive. One of these people is Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, who shows off his fun side by wearing funky socks with a traditional suit. You can make your own subtle ‘eccentric’ changes through patterned socks by CT shirts, online retailers of men’s formal shirts and accessories. Or make yourself stand out from the crowd through bright scarves and other extras.

By dressing against the norms, studies have shown that you build a brand of being ‘gutsy’. And in fact, people have the potential to see you as more brilliant, creative and successful. One study, published in 2014, found that those who go against conformity can be viewed as of a higher status than those who don’t. They were also considered to be more competent — potentially influencing the impression that they give off in the workplace.

Not only does it affect people’s perceptions of you but it can also affect the way you think, feel and act — this is through ‘embodied cognition’. Since eccentric dress gives you greater potential to express your individuality, it’s possible that it can make you feel more confident and comfortable in different situations. This could then go on to improve your performance at work or in challenges where you want to push yourself.

Against the dress code

In some situations, for a job interview perhaps, it can be argued that dressing in accordance with expectations is the best thing to do.

Under some circumstances, we think that people with extraordinary appearances are more successful.

Men who wear smart, fitted suits as they are often expected to wear in a formal situation, were perceived as being more confident, successful and thought to be earning a higher wage. This was compared to men who weren’t dressed as smartly — in a loosely fitted suit.

In one study that looked at the effects of clothing, it was found that senior managers were rated less favourably if they were dressed more ‘provocative’. This was a skirt slightly above the knee and one button on the blouse undone. It’s clear to see that it is important to consider our dress style carefully as people can make many assumptions without any evidence.

In some environments, wearing your set uniform can improve your productivity. Research found that in a lab, those who were wearing lab coats felt smarter and went on to perform better!

As we can see, dressing against societies expectations can have many effects on the opinion of others and your own performance. Although it’s important to express yourself through dress, you don’t want to hinder your work or your impression on others in formal situations. Wear a pair of crazy socks underneath your day-to-day outfit instead…

*Please note this post features sponsored content


How do you get your vitamins?

Here’s a quick fix for all you lazy people

So here’s a good question: who out of us actually regularly takes their vitamins? And who 100% knows they get all their nutrients from their diet? ‘Cause I know I bloody well don’t! So if you’re super lazy like me, this handy little spray is the perfect quick fix! Read on to find out more about Nutrient Wise and their genius vitamin spray!



Vitamin Spray

Forgot vitamin pills or drops! With this spray, taking your vitamins is as quick and easy as a squirt of fave perfume or as a spray of your most reliable setting spray! And just like perfume and setting spray, you’ll be reaching for this spray as part of your new morning routine. The spray has a lovely peppermint taste too, so it leaves your mouth feeling all fresh and clean. You know that feeling where you’ve eaten half a pack of large Tic Tacs or you’ve just rinsed your mouth with super fresh mouthwash? That’s the feeling this spray gives you!

As I feel myself reaching my mid-twenties full steam ahead, I’m desperately trying to be more of an adult and look after myself better! So even if I have to set reminders to force myself to moisturise and take my vitamins, I’m gonna bloody well make sure I do!

Now for the sciencey bit

Vitamin D is super important for your teeth and bones. As well as your brain and immune system. You wouldn’t leave the house without brushing your teeth, so why should you leave the house without taking your vitamins? Get on board with the revolution of vitamin taking, by purchasing the spray for just £5.99 by clicking here! 

More about the brand

Nutrient Wise is a start-up company who actually give 20% off all their profits to local charities, with a strong focus supporting families and children from less fortunate backgrounds. I know, bloody amazing right? Getting supporting now and try the spray for yourself!


What do you think of the idea of vitamin spray? Do you think this is a necessary part of our diet? Please let me know in the comments!

Are you a blogger wanting to use a photographer? Read my tips!

Because getting in front of the camera can be daunting!

Bloggers are now understanding that blogging is not just about the content you write, but instead, it’s just as important to have good quality images. Using photographers can often feel daunting. So here are some tips I’ve learnt along the way, to hopefully help people new to the blogging world.



Do your research

This is super important for using a photographer for the first time. I haven’t actually paid for a photographer before because I always make sure to get a test shoot first. If the photographer isn’t willing to do this, at least get a discounted price from their usual rate. Remember, why would you be willing to hand over your hard earned cash, if you couldn’t potentially use the images?


Ask bloggers in your area for advice

More established bloggers will know who’s super talented at photography and who to avoid. I’m using a new photographer this weekend after a recommendation from another South Yorkshire blogger. Asking for recommendations is not only good for seeing more examples of their work. But seeing this work is also a good indication of the quality of images you can expect for yourself.



Ask for direction

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have insecurities that you don’t want capturing on camera. For myself, I hate my legs. But a good photographer will know how to take a picture from an angle that will make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

But it’s not only your own insecurities, a good photographer will understand lighting and pose. Unfortunately, I’ve had images sent over which have not only made me look HUGE with a double chin  (I’m a size 6), but also with terrible lighting. Safe to say these images did not make the ‘gram! Remember, it’s not about quantity of the images you receive, it’s about quality in this game.


Get your images before you pay!

This is a biggy to make sure you don’t get conned! This hasn’t personally happened to me, but it’s always a possibility.


Always ask for the original versions

I’ve had some bloody awful edited images sent over to me. I understand many photographers don’t like people editing their work. But when I’ve got blonde hair and the photographer thinks it’s appropriate to make me ginger in each image, you’ve obviously got a problem.



I hope you’ve found these tips helpful for using professional photographers for your blog and Instagram content! It can be super daunting at first taking your images to the next level. And it’s taken me a while to learn the ins and outs of working with professionals. But overall I think the quality of the images outweighs the cons!

Have you worked with professional photographers before? Have you got any tips I haven’t mentioned? Please let me know in the comments!

The single gal’s valentines gift guide*

Because who doesn’t just love another reason to treat themselves?

So as soon as the start of the month hit, so did an outpour of cringey valentines day cards and over priced heart-shaped chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from feeling bitter about all this. But why not instead use Valentines Day as an excuse to spoil number one? So here’s my single gal’s valentines gift guide in collaboration with L’Occitane and their amazing bodycare range.


Wash away the negative vibes

Keep your skin in tip-top condition over the V Day period with the L’Occitaine bodycare range. Just because you’re mates posted a cringey boy did well picture on her ‘gram, doesn’t mean you need to stress! Soak away them bad vibes while matching your soap to your heart, with the Rebalancing Black Soap. Then unwind and moisturise with the Almond Milk Concentrate. You’ll feel 100 times better, I promise!


A girl’s night out needs a brand new dress!

Just because red is the colour of Valentines Day, doesn’t mean you can’t be channelling it on your next big girl’s night out! Missguided and Pretty Little Thing have a whole load of super hot red dresses that’ll sure to make you sizzle. But my fave is this red number from Topshop at £42.00, click here to shop!


Actually, why not take it one step further and treat yourself to a whole new wardrobe?

If you saw my last post, you’ll know how much I’m loving Bershka right now! The brand is super stylish, affordable and on trend! Click here to catch up with the post and give your wardrobe an early Spring clean!

Treat yourself to some new beauty treats

If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know January’s beauty brand of the month is Too Faced. Click here to see my wishlist and get your mitts on all my favourites! Just think about how confident you’ll feel taking a selfie with a brand new matte lip!


On a budget? Have yourself some ‘me’ time or invite over the gals!


You’ll need Netflix, obviously!

My top picks are:

The Crown
A strong powerful female who rules the country but has to put up with her dramatic little sister and bored husband.

How To Get Away with Murder
Another strong powerful female who’s also a top lawyer and doesn’t let men bring her down.

Black Mirror
You’ll be that amazed and confused you’ll forget it’s Valentine’s day altogether!

Gavin and Stacey
Because Smithy is hilarious and Gavin is sort of hot.


Refreshments and snacks

Just because no ones buying you chocs (sorry gal!) doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some. My faves are Lindor by Lindt or a classic Dairy Milk.

And don’t forget about the main event…the pizza! I’m sure dominos will have some great deals so you can really indulge! Nothing says treat night, like a large Domino’s garlic and herb dip to yourself!

And lastly, you can’t forget about the wine! My current fave is the Echo Falls Strawberry and Lime, and you can get your hands on a bottle at only £4.25 from Tesco! 

Well, girls, I hope you found The single gal’s valentines gift guide helpful in surviving Valentine’s day. Remember gals, it’s only one day a year! So put your phone down, do not message that idiot back, and enjoy a glass (or 10) and have a good ‘ol laugh with your gals. 

Spotlight on Bershka

The fashion brand to watch this year

I’ve only recently stumbled across Bershka towards the end of last year. Have you not heard of the brand either? Well despite opening doors in 1998, after a quick google search, I realised the brand is completely lacking in stores up north! The Oxford Street store is a dream, so if anyone from the Bershka marketing team stumbles across this, please please please open up a store for us northern gals (and guys)!



Bershka for everyday style

Bershka is like Zara’s slightly edgier little sister. Like Zara, all the clothes are really affordable and wearable. With the odd statement piece thrown in, for when us gal’s are feeling a bit extra. They do anything from statement knitwear, night out dresses, to cute skirts and accessories. You can pick up a jumper, skirt and boots for roughly around £50. What’s not to love?

Now let’s talk about this fringed sleeve sweater

I picked this fringed sleeve sweater up for £12 in the sale. However, it’s now been reduced even more to £7.99 in the sale! I know what a steal, right? There were similar styles in Zara for roughly double the price, so the bargain hunter in me couldn’t believe my luck! It’s so snuggly and warm. And the quality is so good considering the price.

I styled the sweater with my New Look Baker Boy,New look Scarf, Primark statement bag and Topshop leopard print boots.


My Bershka wishlist 

Add some pastels to your spring wardrobe with the new season Bershka collection. All of these items are under £20! You can thank me later gals.

Faux suede A line skirt £15.99  Frilled bodysuit in black £15.99 

Printed gathered T-shirt £9.99   Baseball cap in nude £5.99

Have you bought clothing from Bershka? What do you think of the brand? Let me know in the comments!