Spring Reading List

I know, I know. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve written a blog post. I’m not sure how long it will last as I finish uni in about six weeks, but I’m hoping I can get back into the swing of things? We’ll see.

With Spring well on it’s way (well, kinda), this means that I have a whole load of university deadlines coming up – yay.

At this time of year, I am way too busy completing assignments and I have barely any spare time. But when I do, I like to do something that takes my mind off my work completely and have some time to myself. This is usually popping on a face mask and reading a book, even if it’s just for a half an hour before bed.

I absolutely love reading and find it is the perfect thing to help me wind down and relax. Once uni is over, I am going to put so much more time aside to read more.

I thought I would take you through the books I have on my current reading list and that I am going to try and make my way through over the next couple of months.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I’m sure you’ve seen this book everywhere recently, everyone seems to be reading it! I’ve started this book and although I am only a few chapters in, I can tell I am going to really, really enjoy it.

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I have heard so many things about this book that I couldn’t not get it. I am SO excited to give this a read.

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The F Word by Lily Pebbles. I’ve watched Lily on YouTube for years and I was really excited when I saw that she was releasing a book. I love that it is a completely different concept to other blogger/youtuber books and I think it is such a good idea! I also love the cover and the whole aesthetic of the book! I can’t wait to start reading this.

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve only ever heard great things about Sophie Kinsella and this seems just like my kinda book.

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Let me know if you’ve ever read any of these books and what you think! Also, let me know if you have any other book recommendations.

 

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Zoella Lifestyle!

 

I’m a huge fan of the first Zoella Lifestyle range, so when I heard Zoe was releasing another, and permanent lifestyle range I was super excited. Many of the items from the first range came in so handy during my second year at uni, as well as making fab props for the background of blog photos. So, I knew I was bound to pick up a few of the bits from the new range.

As soon as they got released, I instantly fell in love with the colour scheme of everything! Grey, pink, white and gold is what I am allllll about at the minute. PLUS, it is the exact same colour scheme as my bedroom (which you can have a look around, here). I noticed that Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on the range, so I thought I’d order the bits I wanted because I knew they’d sell out crazy fast.

So, for this post I thought I would share with you the bits and pieces I got.

The first thing, is something I knew I would buy and that is the stationary book. I used the one from the first range so much during uni, to make notes, reminders, to-do lists, the lot. So, I was without a doubt going to buy this. It has little sticky notes,  so you can flag important pages in books, or diaries, a little notes section, and one for lists. The other side, has weekly goals, and has sections for morning and evening making it super easy to keep track of busy schedules. This one is soooo pretty and aesthetically pleasing, and the fact that it goes perfectly with my bedroom means it look will amazing on my dressing table. If any of you are like me, and are terrible of keeping track of deadlines, appointments, or lose all of your important notes and to-do lists, then get this.. GAME CHANGER.

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The next thing I picked up was the pack of two jotters. These, I thought would be useful for when I go back to university in September and I can use a different one for different modules. These have such a cute design and are the perfect size!

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I also picked up the Wonderful, journal. This a gorgeous, white and baby pink faux leather notebook. This is such good quality, and I think this will be ideal for planning blog posts, and I’ll probably use this for larger to-do lists as well, like planning for my holiday, or my Christmas shopping. I can’t wait to start using this.

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Along with the journal, I picked up the pack of five, Write on Point pencils. I got the pencils from the previous collection, as they were a gorgeous colour, they sat in a pot looking lovely in my bedroom and have featured in the background of many blog photos. So, inevitably, I was going to buy these. Even more so because they are stunning different shades of pink, and this time they have a rubber on the end. Each pencil has a little saying written on it which I think is adorable.

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The next thing I picked up was the Catching Trinkets, trinket dish. How gorgeous is this?! I have been looking for something to put on top of one of my bedside tables to fill an empty space for such a long time and this is the thing to fill it. Again, this will probably end up in the background of my blog photos as well, but I always end up with my rings, bracelets and watches scattered everywhere in my bedroom so it’ll be nice to finally have somewhere to keep everything altogether. LOVE this.

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The final thing I got was of course, one of the storage pots. I have the two from the previous range, which currently hold my makeup brushes, but I just could not resist this one. The baby pink with grey polka dots was just screaming my name. This could also house my makeup brushes as I seem to have an ever-growing collection of them, or I will actually use it as a plant pot as I think that is probably the one thing my room is missing.

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That is everything I picked up from the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I think the cushions are next on my ‘to-buy’ list, they are super cute!

Anyway, I hope you liked this post! Let me know if you’ve got anything from the new range, or if there’s anything you have your eye on!

Check out the new range here!

Meg x

May Faves!

Hey everyone!

Wow. It has been soooo long since I did a monthly faves… This may be a slightly longer favourites post as it has been quite a while since my last one, and apologies for it being slightly late. So, let’s get stuck in!

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I have really been loving the Clinique 2-in-1 Beyond Perfection foundation. My Mum used this and couldn’t stop raving about it, so I thought I’d give it a try myself. I went to my local boots, where I got matched up and given a sample to try before I buy. I tried it the next day and knew I needed to buy it. I got this in the shade 2, Alabaster. The applicator for this foundation is more concealer-like, with a large dofer applicator. I really like this as it isn’t messy and applies super quick and easily. I find it blends best with a damp beauty blender, and it gives a medium, but buildable coverage. It evens out skin tone really nicely, and gives a demi-matte finish. It lasts such a long time, and doesn’t transfer as easily as other foundations do. A little really does go a long way with this, and I have been reaching for it a lot. I’m not all that into foundations at the minute, and besides tinted moisturisers and BB creams, this is the only one that seems to be working well for my skin right now!

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I’m not really into heavy or full coverage finishes, however… The Urban Decay NAKED concealer is an absolute god-send when it comes to covering up really bad spots and blemishes. It is super full-coverage, but isn’t heavy looking or cakey at all! It also doesn’t wear as easily. Some other concealers tend to wear and rub off, particularly in more oily areas – which is where I usually get spots (my chin) and this seems to last all day. LOVE.

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The next product is a powder foundation. I have never tried one of these before, but I had heard such amazing things that I had to give it a go. This is the Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation. I am absolutely in love with this! It is perfect when I have a very light-coverage base on underneath as this just evens out my skin tone a little more, keeping the oil at bay and keeps my makeup in place all day. As you can see from the photo, I dropped it and it smashed into a million pieces. It isn’t a massive issue as I can still use it, but whenever I put my brush into the pan, it just ends up going everywhere, so I need to pick up a new one!

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My next favourite is a mascara. When this first came out, everybody loved it and I absolutely hated it, I just couldn’t get on with it and I don’t know why – maybe I had a dodgy one? But now, I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational almost every single day. It lengthens and volumizes my lashes, making them look crazyyyy long! I also really like this for bottom lashes too. It does give lashes that slightly clumpy look, not massively, but if you’re not into that then this isn’t for you. BUT, if you love that clumped together look, then you will absolutely love this mascara! I will continue to repurchase this over and over…

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I’m not all that venturous when it comes to brows. I find brows that much of a faff that when I find a product I’m happy with and enjoy using, I just kind of stick with it. But somebody recommended the Sleek Brow Kit and I thought it was about time I tried something new on my brows, and now, I genuinely don’t think I will use anything else to fill them in! I have it in the shade Dark, and Light, and the lighter one seems to be working a little better now that my hair is also lighter. I apply the wax first, using my Zoeva Brow Line brush, starting on the edges and outside of my brow, working my way in and then fill them in, using less product at the front. I then go over them in the powder to help add a bit more colour, set them and keep them in place. It is super easy and still keeps brows looking quite natural, which I love.

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The Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light Gold is a new discovery and one I think is the perfect addition to my makeup  bag for Summer! This gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin and such a lovely shade, not too warm, nor cool toned. It is great to use all over the face and for adding a little bit of depth, and the teeniest bit of shimmer. Perfect for giving you that subtle, summer glow!

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My final favourite is a perfume. Perfume is something I am SO fussy and particular with; I go from one extreme to the other. From really dark, heavy and woody scents, to really light, soft, and fresh. For my birthday, Jake bought me a bottle of Jo Malone in the scent Mimosa and Cardamom. Oh. My. God. It is insane. It’s a really lightweight, and fresh scent, with slighter warmer, woodier undertones. It is great for all year round, but is particularly lovely during these gorgeous summer evening’s we have been having lately. This lasts all day, and I already know that I will be repurchasing this! I have also tried out Pomegranate Noir, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay and Myrhh & Tonka, so I am SO torn as to which one to buy next as they are all so beautiful. Jo Malone products are perfect for gift ideas, and are such a luxurious product to own.

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That is all for my May Faves. I hope you enjoyed. If you have tried any of these products, let me know!

Meg x

 

Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag: Review

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well!

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Rose Golden vol.3 Makeup Artist Zoe Bag.

First of all, how beautiful are these brushes?! They are so aesthetically pleasing, and really are the most gorgeous brushes I have EVER seen.

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My Mum bought me my first proper set of makeup brushes, around two, or three years ago and they were also Zoeva. Since then, I have tried many different brands of makeup brushes, and none of them seem to compare to the Zoeva ones. I still have the ones that my Mum bought me and they are still going strong today. I just decided to update my makeup brushes with a bit more variety.

As well as the brushes, you get the most beautiful box that it arrives in, along with quite a large, but extremely useful makeup bag that I have actually used so much! It’s big enough to fit in all of my makeup brushes, and my everyday makeup! Perfect for travelling, weekends away, or overnight stays.

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This set consists of 30 brushes. 15 face brushes including;

90 Luxe Grand Powder, 101 Luxe Face Definer, 104 Buffer, 105 Luxe Highlight, 109 Luxe Face Paint, 110 Face Shape, 112 Face Curve, 114 Luxe Face Focus, 125 Stippling, 126 Luxe Cheek Finish, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek, 129 Luxe Fan, 132 Luxe Powder Finish, 134 Luxe Powder Fusion, 142 Concealer Buffer.

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And, 15 eye and lip brushes including;

220 Luxe Grand Shader, 223 Petit Eye Blender, 225 Luxe Eye Blender, 226 Smudger, 227 Luxe Soft Definer, 228 Luxe Crease, 231 Luxe Petit Crease, 233 Cream Shader, 234 Luxe Smoky Shader, 235 Contour Shader, 238 Luxe Precise Shader, 315 Fine Liner, 317 Wing Liner, 322 Brow Line, 330 Lip Contour.

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Since taking the photos for this post, I can honestly say that these were SO worth the money. The brushes cost £200, but are crazyyyy good quality and they wash so well! I’m always slightly concerned when washing white makeup brushes, just incase they stain and leave the brushes looking slightly dingy. I wash them with Johnson’s’ Baby Shampoo and it works wonders!

If you’re looking to buy some new makeup brushes, I would 100000% recommend these brushes, or any brushes from Zoeva. They are really worth the money, and last such a long time.

If you have tried any Zoeva brushes before, let me know what you think of them! And, if you have any other suggestions for me, please let me know!

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Bedroom Tour!

Recently, we moved house so my bedroom has been complete redone and decorated, with a new colour scheme, new furniture, the lot. I am super happy with how my bedroom looks, so I thought I would share it with you, whether it’s to give a bit of inspiration for your current bedrooms or if it’s just to have a bit of a nose! I will link everything I can at the bottom of this post!

The theme, and colour scheme for my bedroom is grey, white, dusky pink with rose gold/copper accessories. Three of the walls are painted plain white, and the main wall, where my dressing table is, has been painted a pink, white and grey pattern by my very talented Mum!

My dressing table holds my makeup brushes, which are of course Zoeva, and I keep them in the Zoella Lifestyle storage pots. They go perfectly in my bedroom and are perfect for storing makeup brushes! I have a little copper pineapple, which is actually a candle from Primark, and my No7 mirror. I also have some lightbulb fairy lights along the back, which are from Primark.

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I have a bedside table either side of my bed, one with a lamp, and a little calendar, the other with an alarm clock and a little copper pot filled with sweets and treats! And above my bed is a large copper clock. Most of my bedding is from Primark and Matalan. Both of these places are incredible for homeware and are such good quality too!

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On the far right hand side of my room, are my Alex drawers which houses most of my makeup and skincare products. On top of this, is a carnival light in the letter M, an artificial plant, a couple of my favourite reads with my all-time fave perfume, Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom.

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Opposite this, is my wardrobe, with a couple of pink storage boxes which holds bits and pieces I don’t really need out, and old photographs, memories, etc. The wardrobe has two sliding doors, with shelves inside, and four drawers – it is actually huuuuge! Next to my wardrobe is a small set of drawers which houses all of my Lush bath bombs – (yes, I have that many that I need a separate set of drawers just for them!). And next to this is a chest of drawers, with my wireless bluetooth speaker on top, and my TV and sound bar on the wall opposite my bed.

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And, on my windowsill are a couple of cacti which are just too cute.

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That is it for this post, I hope you enjoyed a little look around my bedroom and something a bit different on the blog! Let me know what you think!

Links to everything I could find below;

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom £88

Dressing Table £79

Stool £30

Wardrobe £150

Bedside Tables £25

Chest of Drawers £60

Alex Drawers £95

No7 Illumiated Mirror £49.99 (couldn’t find the rose gold one)

Zoella Lifestyle Storage Pots £10

Copper Pineapple – Primark

Lightbulb Fairy Lights – Primark

Bedsheets & Pillowcases – Primark

Copper Cushion – Primark

Pink Throw – Matalan (not online)

Pink Faux Fur Cushion £8

Pink Velour Cushion £10

Carnival M Light £49.99

Copper Clock £24.99

Copper Lamp £14.99 (similar)

Copper Alarm Clock £5 (similar)

Artificial Plant £5.99

Wireless Speaker £79.99

A Weekend at Hoar Cross Hall!

This blog post is slightly overdue, but we had that much of a good time that I couldn’t just not post about.

So, not that long ago, myself and 7 other lovely ladies headed over to Hoar Cross Hall for a hen weekend. We stayed over on the Friday night, and came back Saturday evening. Our package included a three-course evening meal on the Friday, breakfast, and we had an upgrade to Champagne Afternoon Tea on the Saturday.

When we arrived on the Saturday, at about 2pm, we got ourselves checked in and shown to our rooms. We had a look around and were super impressed with the rooms and the bathrooms were filled with miniature Elemis products, which were gorgeous to use! All of our rooms were relatively close to one another, which was really handy.

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We then decided to get our bikinis on and head down to the spa for a bit. We went for a swim, made use of the saunas and steam-rooms and had a bit of a natter in the Jacuzzi.

Because it was such a beautiful day, we then went out to the back gardens of the building and had a couple of cocktails. It was too nice to be sat indoors, so we sat outside, sipping cocktails, admiring the gorgeous view of the gardens.

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Our evening meal was booked for 7:30pm, so at about 6pm, we headed back up to the rooms to get showered and ready for dinner. The food was absolutely beautiful, and the service was great! I had paté on toasted ciabatta with a red onion chutney for starters, steak and chips with salad and garlic bread for mains, and cheese and biscuits for dessert (excuse the iPhone quality on these images, I left my camera in the room!). After dinner, we had a couple of drinks and went back up to our rooms where we gave the bride-to-be the gifts and surprises we had got for her.

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Breakfast was just as good the following morning. It was a help yourself kinda thing, with the most amazing cooked breakfast, and alllll of the beautiful pastries.

After breakfast, we headed straight to the spa, where we made use of all the facilities. It was SO nice to just completely chill, wind-down and relax. We made our way to the product shop, which was filled with allllll of the Clarins and Elemis products you could ever want! I of course, didn’t go away empty handed and bought quite a few things, as did a few of the other girls. The member of staff in the shop, Claire, was super helpful, recommended specific products to us, matched us up to the products we were interested in, and really looked after us! She made sure we had everything we wanted and needed and was so lovely.

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At 2pm, we had our Champagne Afternoon Tea. We were supposed to eat this in the Library of the building, however because the weather was too good, we very cheekily asked if we could enjoy it outside instead (which we did!). The bartender at Sally Bee’s (the upstairs café), Sam, was absolutely incredible at looking after us and making that we had everything we needed. He invented us our own cocktails if we didn’t like what was on the list, he was so, so friendly and this really made such a difference to our day! Sam only had a few weeks left at Hoar Cross Hall at this point, but he was such an amazing member of staff and the way he treated each guest was just fantastic! The afternoon tea itself was to die for. There was a variety of different foods; sandwiches, wraps, cake, scones.. you name it. I think I speak for most of the girls when I say this was one of the highlights of the weekend as we had such a lovely time sat outside, eating, drinking and being treated incredibly well by the members of staff!

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We all had the best weekend here at Hoar Cross Hall, and the staff here definitely contributed to how memorable this weekend was. Myself and several of the others visited here not too long ago, which I did a post on here, so we were so excited to be coming back for a second time and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last either! We all came home feeling relaxed and refreshed, which is exactly how you’re supposed to feel after a spa weekend! I’ve been to a couple of different spas, and spa breaks and so far, this is by far the best. I’ve raved about this place and recommended it to multiple people, which have then visited here themselves and have had the best time.

I have a few more visits to here lined up throughout the year, so, Hoar Cross Hall, I’ll see you again soon!

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A trip to Brighton, and 5 year anniversary!

Last week, myself and my boyfriend, Jake went to Brighton for a couple of days for our 5th anniversary. FIVE YEARS. That is crayyyy. It has absolutely flown by but I have had the best five years with Jake and wouldn’t change a thing. *Soppiness over with.. moving on*.

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I’m not quite sure what made us want to go to Brighton. We didn’t really fancy going to London, or a big city like that, because we’ve already done that, so we wanted somewhere a bit more chill and a bit more relaxed. We’d heard so many good things about Brighton, and I’m not sure why, but it’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit, so we just kinda decided on that. We stayed for two nights, and three days.

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The train journey was about three and a half hours long, with a change and a tube journey in London – which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and it went so quick. We arrived in Brighton at around 2pm, and checked into our hotel. We stayed in the Drakes Hotel, which was stunning! The staff were so lovely and super helpful in giving us recommendations and ordering us taxi’s when we needed, etc. When we were shown to our room, there was a card on the bed wishing myself and Jake a happy anniversary. HOW CUTE. This was such a lovely touch and extremely thoughtful of the staff. The room was insane. It was small, but had everything you needed, including a free-standing bath tub over-looking the beach, a robe and slippers along with The White Company toiletries – lush.

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We put our bags in the room, freshened up and headed for the beach. Our hotel was so close to the beach, you literally crossed the road, and there it was. We walked along the beach, and grabbed a burger and some chips from the burger bar on the beach. It was so nice to walk across a pebbled beach for a change, too! We then made our way to the lanes – which again was so close to us, it was about a five-minute walk. Also, the weather was incredible – it was so warm and sunny!

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As soon as we got into the lanes, we spotted Boho Gelato, and we couldn’t not get an ice cream. I’m not joking when I say this was the best ice cream I’ve ever had – it was incredible! Although there were SO many flavours to choose from, I played it safe and went for mint. We had a wander around the lanes and the shops and took a slow walk back to our hotel to get ready for dinner.

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Everywhere was SO busy and we hadn’t booked a seat beforehand, so we ended up in Bella Italia. I know – wild. Jake and I, (more so Jake) are fussy eaters so we don’t really tend to venture out in terms of food. But, I was more than happy with Bruschetta and Spag Bol and Jake with his Pizza and Fries. I also had a few cheeky cocktails which were super tasty! We had another walk around the lanes, and worked out where we wanted to go for breakfast the next day, and headed back to the hotel.

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The next day, we got ready and headed straight to The Breakfast Club in the lanes for breakfast. Again, we’d heard so many good things about this place so we just had to try it out! I had scrambled eggs on toast, and Jake had poached eggs. The portion sizes were absolutely huge, I only just managed to eat half!

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We decided that we wanted to do a bit of shopping, so Jake spent most of the time in the VANS and DC stores. I picked up a few bits from Space NK, but I’m going to save what I bought for another post. We headed back towards the beach and went to the Pier. We grabbed a hotdog and some chips and had a walk down, and then it started to rain like crazy!

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We ran to the inside parts of the pier to keep dry, and soon realised it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, so decided to walk back to the hotel. And, I don’t know why but when I looked down and saw the sea beneath us, I completely freaked out and literally ran off the pier! When I got off the Pier, I could just see Jake crying with laughter at the other end! When we got back to hotel, I began to feel quite ill. For those of you that don’t know, I suffer quite badly with Arthritis, so I was beginning to really ache and I think all the travelling and walking we had done was beginning to take its toll. So, we decided to take a couple of hours to just chill in the room, and I had the most amazing bubble bath which over-looked the beach and the sea – amazing.

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We went for a walk around, and looked for places to go for dinner that night, but I still wasn’t feeling great at all, and we realised that we could actually order from Deliveroo to the hotel! How cool is that?! So, we decided to do that instead which was so lovely to just relax in our comfies, watch TV and spend time together.

The next day, our train home wasn’t until 2pm so we had quite a bit of time to kill so we went for breakfast in the lanes and headed to Churchill Square Shopping Centre to do a bit of last minute shopping.

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We bought a few bits and I bumped into Poppy Deyes which was so cool! She was so lovely and very kindly stopped for a quick chat and a photo! I also took another quick trip into Space NK to buy a few Kiehl’s products I’d had my eye on for ages. I won’t say what I got because I will be doing a separate post for that! Whilst in Space NK, I saw Anna Gardner (The Anna Edit), which was amazing! She was so nice, and stopped to talk about my purchases, and had a few photos with me! It was so amazing to meet two people that influence my blog so much and that I aspire and look up to!

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The train home wasn’t as easy going as the train there, as there were no seats so we had to stand and it was so busy that nobody could even move! But, we had the most amazing time in Brighton and it was such a lovely way to celebrate our five-year anniversary. We are already thinking about planning our next trip here!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to like and follow my blog! Follow my Twitter and Instagram to see even more photos from our trip!

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Keep your eyes peeled for a haul post on what I bought whilst in Brighton!

Love, Meg x