Thursday, 31 January 2013

A little chit chat about January

Today I've been in one of those really reflective moods just thinking about all sorts of things, and I had already planned to write a beauty blog post today,  but I just wasn't feeling 'in the zone' to write about it and fancied a little ramble instead.

I can not believe we are already at the end of January 2013. Its crazy that Christmas was a whole month ago now. I am the most annoying person ever for saying this constantly, but I seriously do not know how time goes so fast these days! I think its because I've finished Uni a good 8 months ago now and time just seems to go by so quickly. I don't know whether that's a good thing or a bad thing?!

January has seen a lot of one very irritating thing - Snow. It would be beautiful if I could sit at home all day and look out my window and let my heart melt at how stunning snow makes trees look. I really haven't got the time of day for it when I have to walk to and from work in the sludge and nearly go flying - I can never style it out properly either, and I always seem to 'almost slip' when loads of people are near by - seriously, not cool. 

January always makes me quite gloomy as Christmas is all over and another year is upon us. I haven't really stuck to many resolutions I made appart from one or two (tut tut) and I feel pretty awful about it if I am honest. I just need to get into a really positive frame of mind!

This month also saw me attend my first Blogger Meet Up. It was located in Birmingham and was such a great day and so very. very well organised. It has put me in the mood to go to loads more now! It is so nice to meet like minded people and talk blogging. I really want to become more active in the blogging community, it is a great community to be a part of. I just wish there were more events located more Birmingham way! If you know any, do let me know :)

I have also tried my very best this month to see my friends a lot more. It is a new year resolution of mine. This task may be really simple for some; me and my friends just don't have the time to see each other every fortnight any more, we all seem to lead very busy lives! I am trying really hard this year (so far, so good) to try and see my pals at every given opportunity, though. So far this month, I have spent every weekend meeting and catching up with different groups of friends which has been brilliant! I finally travelled down to Stratford to visit my friend that moved in November. I think anyone that doesn't live close to their friends or who doesn't have the time to see their friends as often as they would like would agree with me that it can be hard - but I am so, so grateful I have friends that even with a lot of miles and hectic timetables between us, I know they are always there on the other end of the phone. (Wow, bit emosh there zo!) I just hope I can keep to my resolution and try and make a lot more time for friends.

This month has seen me buy WAY too much make up and things I definitely do not need. I had to indulge in the MUA 50% sale online (although I do feel pretty guilty given I received a whole load of make up for Christmas) but a girl can never have too much make up right? i am secretly kicking myself cause just two months ago I sorted through all of my make up and was really harsh on myself and gutted SO MUCH STUFF. And now I have gone and bought more and more. I need more space for it all and have no idea how to store it.

In terms of diet, this month has definitely been a disaster. I have overeat way too much Christmas left overs, boxes of chocolate, then pigged out when eating out (my worst culprit). Pizza Hut, Take Aways, Curry Houses, TGI Friday's, KFC!  I definitely need to get back into the swing of things with food and I really need to go back to fitness classes, like I promised I would back in October time. 

How has January been for you?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Sheer Sanctuary Indulgence Gift Set

Sheer Sanctuary Indulgence Gift Set

Bargain of the Week!

Hi everyone, today I wanted to write about a gift set I picked up in the January Sales from Boots. It was one of the Boots Christmas gift sets, which off course go on sale for half price after Christmas, and then during January, anything leftover tends to go on sale for 75% off.
I was looking at this item previous to Christmas, but didn't ask for it knowing full-well I was already going to receive the big Soap and Glory gift set. It originally retailed at £40, which is reasonably priced for the amount you get inside the set, but I couldn't justify spending £40 on myself during the build up to Christmas  When I saw it was only £10 a few weeks ago I snapped it up!

Sanctuary are one of those really well-loved brands by every generation. I adore their products; my favourite being their body scrub. As you can see, the packaging is in their classic 'orange' style and the box opens up intro 3 separate compartments, which will come in handy for storing all of my body care and bathing products into sections!

All of the products are generously sized, with 5 out of the 8 products being full sized. There is a good variety, too - not your every day, average bath set - you get the normal lotions and potions but also get heel balm and salt scrub. Not forgetting off course the little bonus of the set being the shower cap, which you can see in the picture below is a really pretty orange and red design (great because I actually needed to get one!).

Inside you get:

Intense Rescue Heel Balm (75ml) which retails for £7.50
Body Lotion 75ml which retails for £2.50
Luxury Bath Float 75ml (I cant find online but I imagine it retails at the same price as the other 75ml bath products)
body butter 300ml which retails for £9.50
body wash 250ml which retails for £5.50
body scrub 200ml which retails for £5.50
foaming bath soak 250ml which retails for £5.50
salt scrub sachet (60g) which retails for £1.75
shower cap (their new shower cap which is a different pattern retails at £5.75

In total all of this would cost you approximately £46 to buy separately  And I got the whole lot for £10 - complete bargain!!

Did you get any great bargains in the January Sales?

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Favourite Products of 2012

Sorry this post is up a lot later than I wanted it to be. Here are just a handful of my favourite products of 2012!


Tresemme Shampoo and Conditioner Range 
(Luxurious Moisture, Moisturise and Salon Silk pictured above)
Throughout the year, this brand is my most purchased for shampoo and conditioner. It is reasonably priced in my opinion for a product which gives my hair a lovely shine and gloss after washing, and keeps it looking healthy. Tresemme is my go-to brand when it comes to washing my hair, as I do feel it leaves my hair with that 'just-come-back-from-the-salon' shine to it.

Mark Hill Beach To Bar Dry Shampoo
I think this is by far the best dry shampoo I have used in 2012. I only found it during early Summer and had to stock up as it is a 'holiday' product and off course is only available over these seasons. I really love it, it smells nice, doesn't leave marks in my hair like most dry shampoo's seem to, and it makes my hair feel more fresh, not just look cleaner. I think this is because this particular dry shampoo is targeted at being used during a Summer holiday and to prevent greasy looking locks from the chlorine and the sun bleaching the hair. I hope Mark Hill brings out the same line next Summer or something similar as I loved this product.


The Breakfast Scrub, Soap and Glory
2012 saw me go through plenty of tubs of this beauty. It is an amazing exfoliator and smells like perfection. It is probably my favourite product by Soap and Glory and is definitely my favourite exfoliating scrub. The scent lasts ages on your skin too.

Space Girl Bath Ballistic, Lush
This is my all time favourite bath bomb of this year. I have brought it so many times, mainly as it is one of the cheapest but also because it makes my bath look and smell gorgeous. It is a really popular ballistic from Lush and reminds me of sleepovers and girl-y parties cause it smells just of that- girliness! It makes your bath look super pretty too.


MaxFactor Lipstick Colour Elixir in 610 Angel Pink

I absolutely adored this lipstick this year. I have repurchased it twice now, it gives the perfect 'barbie pink' lip and lasts all day. I reviewed this product in more detail here. I was torn between this lipstick and a Rimmel London Kate Moss Lippie, but this won as it lasts just that bit longer on the lips. I would recommend this line of lipsticks as it feels so moisturising on the lips and doesn't bleed at all throughout the day.

Sleek iDivine Au Naturel Palette
This is by far my most used eye shadow palette of the year. I adore all of the colours and they are ALL wearable for every day. The shades I especially adore are Mineral Earth and Taupe. I prefer this palette to any other palette I have used throughout the year as it is the one I use the majority of the time. These shadpws are so beautifully blended out and I feel that the quality is really great for the price.

No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours in Vivid Violet and Sing The Blues
It is by no coincidence that both nail polishes (which are my ultimate favourites of 2012) are both by No 7. As a brand, I think their product quality is astounding for quite a low end 'Drugstore's own brand. I adore both of these as they are gorgeous colours, I have worn both throughout all four seasons this year and think they look great in any season, and they do not chip for at least 5 days which is pretty amazing for a £5.50 nail polish.  

What are your favourite products of 2012?

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Birmingham Blogger Meetup

Last Saturday, 26 of us braved the snow and awful English weather to attend a wonderful blogger meet up organised by the lovely Gemma, Clare and Sara
We met in a Starbucks in Birmingham City Centre, I was very nervous going over and I think we were all a little nervous but it was fine! All the girls were so so lovely.
We were then given badges with our names and twitter @s and put into four groups to go shopping! Our little group headed for Selfridges, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Lush and Muji. I only picked up one thing on the whole shopping trip but I will save it for a future post!

Once we had been shopping, we met back at Starbucks and headed off to Rodizio 
Rico, where the girls had arranged a free cocktail or two for us! Which off course was lovely! The bar was beautiful and somewhere I would definitely suggest going again!

We then went for our meal at Red Peppers in The Mailbox, where the girls had covered our table in pretty decorations and little name place cards. I ordered Enchilada for my main which was delicious! 
The ladies that organised also arranged an amazing goodie bag for everyone, with lots of products I cant wait to try! They even organised twitter competitions with lovely prizes!
A special thanks to all sponsors and brands involved!

Victoria from Victorias Vintage Cakes even baked a delicious beauty bloggers cake - it was beautiful and tasted amazing - check out her website as she has recently started her own cake business. 

I didn't take any photos myself but a lot of the other ladies did I believe so do go and check their blogs out!
I have linked everyone that attended below.

It was a great day, was great meeting everyone.

I've popped a few of Gemmas photos on here from the day!

The beautiful cake Victoria made

Here are everyone's links and twitter below - go follow them :)

SO much effort was put into this met up, I cant thank the girls enough they worked so, so hard! They deserve all of the great recognition they will get :)
I am looking forward to attending another Blogger Meet Up! again soon!


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Recent Empties

Recent Empties

I know everyone is saying this but I cannot believe we are now in January 2013 - what?! I think the last year has definitely been the fastest year in my entire life!
Anyway, here are some of my recent empties. I missed November Empties so thought I would just pop on any photographs of empties I had taken since then. 

I am not sure if any of you find these posts very interesting as the random empties I use up are pretty regular and always very similar - but I really enjoy writing about products I have used up. 
The photo quality is awful I will pre-warn you and I apologize in advance, there is a complete mix of random things this month!

Superdrug Eyebrow Shapers
I used all of these up a few weeks ago, I need to go back to Superdrug and get some more! I really do like these as they are an alternative way of shaping your eye brows if you haven't got the time to go to a beauty salon or the money. I have been using these every two or three weeks or so for a good few months now. They aren't the best in the world, and off course you have to be careful you don't rip your eyebrows off in the process of using these, but I have got on quite well with them and am definitely repurchasing them.

Garnier Fructis Frizz Tamer Conditoner Sleek & Shine
Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Oil Nutritive Conditioner
Nothing particularly amazing about these two conditioners, but I preferred the Garnier conditioner as it seemed to calm down my hair post wash. I would probably pick them up again in the future but they were nothing extraordinary. 

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm
Lip balms are the one product I hoard adore that I don't think I have ever actually used up one tube of! I have been using this lip balm every day in the morning and night for a few months, it is very moisturising on the lips and is a great price too. I would buy this again as it it works and is very affordable.

Soap and Glory Hand Maid Hand Sanitizing Gel
I recently used all of my hand-sanitizer gel up by Soap and Glory. It is a great product which smells nice, but nothing to write home about. There is not a lot I can say about hand gel is there really! I probably would buy this again but at £2.50, there are cheaper alternative from brands just as good (Sorry S&G!).

Garnier Ultra Lift Anti Wrinkle Firming Cream Samples
I have been using these samples this month to see if I notice any difference to my skin. I know, at 21, I don't have wrinkles, but I would love firmer skin so decided to give these free samples a whirl. I haven't as of yet noticed a difference as I haven't been using them long. Depending on how it is, I will consider buying the pot myself :)

Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory
I love this setting powder, I have used it for years and I cant even fathom the amount of these I have gone through! They dont last too long but are so inexpensive it doesn't bother me. As you can see I have used every last bit haha! Does anyone else do this?

T Zone Shine Control Cleansing Wipes
I picked these up on a whim as they were pretty cheap and needed some wipes for on the go. They were alright, but I hated the scent! I cant describe it I just didn't like it at all - I much prefer unscented facial wipes, so I wont be picking these up again.

Asda Protect For Women Moisture Rich Anti Perspirant Original
I really liked this deoadrant, not a lot to say about it but did the job! I go through deodrant like nobody's business and am always trying out different brands and supermarkets own products so I probably owuld buy this again. 

Natural Collection Wild Strawberry Body Spray
I always buy this when I am in Boots as I adore strawberry scent and this is so long-lasting and for £2 is so so cheap! 

That is it for everything over the past few weeks! 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Post Christmas Sales Haul

Hey lovely, hope you are doing alright!
As most of you know I am a self - confessed sales obsessive. If there is a sale I HAVE to be there. I need every deal going haha. I;ve got to be honest with you though, the sales this year were so disappointing. I was all geared up ready to go Boxing Day sales shopping, excited to get some bargains (does it make me sad that I get excited about this? Thought so.) but everywhere I went there was either nothing I liked, the things I wanted were out of stock and already gone and I didn't really think anything decent were reduced much this year.

I did pick up a very small handful of things though, a very random bunch of bits and although I like everything I have bought I did expect to be coming home Boxing Day and the following few days with heaps and heaps of bags of new bits. But alas, I shall show you now the little bits I did pick up:

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Gift Set
Was £20, now £13.30, Boots
I was after this for ages but never got around to getting it. It was originally £20 for this set which is a bargain in its self as it is £20 with the 30ml perfume alone. I got this in the sale at Boots for a really random price, I think it was £13.30 or something like that. It smells just what you would imagine!
 - Since buying this I went back today and picked another up - as it is currently half price in Boots making it £10 for the whole set! I knwo it is greedy I just couldn't say no at such a good deal! I think they are unavailable online but if you are after it have a look in your local Boots :)

Taylor Swift - Red CD
Was £10 now £7, HMV
A theme going on around here! Not a lot of people know but I adore country music and I really like Taylor Swift as I think she puts a great modern spin on the kind of music I like. This was reduced to £7 in HMV so I though 'why not?'. 

Black and gold beret 
Was £5 now £2.50, Tesco
This is one of those really random things I seem to pick up all the time. I think beret's or hats very simlar to berets are the only hats that suit me so I sortof live in them when I am havng a bad hair day or the weathers bad. I just like the way they sit on your head really. I saw this one half price and thought it was really cute so brought it.

Sheer Sanctaury Indulgence
Was £40, now £10, Boots
I was eyeing this up pre-Christmas as I adore Sanctuary products but couldn't justify spending £40 on myself. I knew I was already receiving the big Soap and Glory Gift Set as a gift for Christmas, so didn't ask for this one and decided to wait until after Christmas and pick it up in the sales. I am glad I did! I decided not to buy it at half price on Boxing Day as I didn't want to carry it home (haha) but waited until a day I had a lift home. It was reduced by 75% and was an absolute steal at £10! I includes 8 products, the box and also a shower cap.  All of the products bar 2 are full sized so a massive saving!

Collection 2000 Hot Looks Fast Dry Nail Varnish in 35 Dynasty
£1, Poundland
I know this isn't a sale item but thought I would include it anyway as it was an absolute steal and was really suprised to see it in Poundland. I know Collection 2000 rebranded and dropped the '2000' but that doesn't bother me! They had quite a few different colours but thought this was pretty and just picked one.

Not much really was it!
What did you pick up from the sales??
Let me know if you have written a post about your sale buys, I would love to see!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Tips On How To Get Brilliant Bargains!

Hello lovelies, hope you are all well.
Sorry I have been MIA in the blogging world at the moment, I have been very busy job hunting which seems to take up a lot of time!
That is why I have had a huge overload of scheduled posts of tags, which I kept for 'rainy days' - or when I was too busy to write up posts more regularly. In a few weeks time things will be back to normal.


If I had to define myself, I would say I am really good at bargain hunting. If there is an offer to be had, why not use it to your advantage? We are all living under the recession and saving a few pounds can only do the world of good. 
A lot of people compliment me on this, saying I always find great bargains and ask how I do it. I thought it was about time I introduce the ways I do this on my blog.

Here's the list:

1. I visit a lot of websites every few days which alert you of brilliant offers to be had in certain stores or online. My favourite website is Hot UK Deals. It is brilliant, as it shows you latest deals and gives you plenty of information about the product in hand and how it is available, and has separate sections such as deals, vouchers, and freebies. Another awesome site is Fashion Vouchers  This site gives you a heads up on major retailers online savings, for example, if Dorothy Perkins has a limited 35% off all online purchases you can find it here! A great freebie site is  Magic Freebies which I definitely recommend. I apply for a few freebies a week, and have had a variety of little beauty samples, coffee, tea bags and other little things come through the letterbox for nothing. For websites like this, you do have to give a little time to go through the deals, to find ones you want to use, print off vouchers or even fill in application forms online to request for free samples. It is a little time consuming but if you give an hour or so every few days (what is an hour, really?) it can save you a few pennies in the long run. 

2. Another way to grab a bargain (sortof) is by entering competitions. Be it on blogs or other websites, you have to be in it to win it! It takes literally seconds to enter a competition or give away, you only have to enter your details, and if you change your settings on your computer, they can automatically be set for you. (Chrome is great for this). Again, this doesn't guarantee you win anything, but you have more of a chance of a freebie if you enter! I found inspiration from Victorias blog Victorias Vintage to enter daily competitions online, and have won some lovely things ranging from a brand new hair dryer, make up products and books.

3. Car boot sales. Some can be quite prudish about car boot sales, along with charity shops and jumble sales. As the saying goes, one man's rubbish is another man's treasure. I think they are a great way of getting something you really like for a cheaper price, especially at car boot sales as most sellers just want everything gone. They are usually held on empty land in the Summer on weekends. The best tips I could give would be to go quite early, but also to hang around at the end, as that is when most people want to pack up and go, and will probably reduce prices so they don't have to take anything home with them. Don't be scared to haggle, but ensure you aren't too forthcoming about it.
I have brought some amazing things from car boot sales, jumble sales and charity shops, from the likes of a real DKNY handbag, to French Connection tshirts. 

4. Sales. I can hear the fear in your sighs already! I know they are tedious, but they are the easiest way to find a bargain lets be honest. I try to go to the smaller sales which aren't advertised as you are more likely to pick something up that is useful. Supermarket sales are usually quite good, as, if a products packaging is slightly damaged, they tend to knock off a big discount. After season sales are great to stock up for next year!

5. Outlet stores such as Next Clearance Stores and alike are brilliant for getting last seasons products for a much smaller price. There is a Next Clearance store about 5 miles from where I live, so when I fancy something new I travel up there and always find something I like.

6. A brilliant way of finding a bargain is using an App called quick scan on a smart phone. You can scan or type in the bar code of a product, and it gives you a list of where you can get it from and the prices. You can find the cheapest price for a product, and the best thing about the app is it is free!

7. DIY. What I mean is, rather than spend £20 on a take away, cook up a feast in the kitchen with whatever you have in the cupboards. Be creative!. If something is broke, try to fix it before you replace it. I know a lot of people just throw watches away if the battery has run out as it is a tedious job to replace, but watch batteries are quite cheap and with a little time it saves spending another £30+ on another watch. Make a facemask out of fruit and porridge that has sitting in your kitchen cupboards. If theres a book you've wanted to read for ages, go have a look in a few of your local libraries. Its free remember!

8. SHOP AROUND. Just 'cause Pound-world stock something for a £1 (obvs, duh zoe?!), it doesn't mean you cant find it cheaper! I adore UK stores such as Home Bargains and B & M as they are very cheap and usually a considerable amount cheaper to other stores. You can also find listings from News papers /local magazines which list bargainalicous places such as outlet stores, flea markets and lots of other things. Have a looksie, you may be surprised.

9. This sounds silly, and doesn't really help you 'grab a bargain', but it is a tiny money saver! Save your carrier bags! I know most people that I know have a carrier-bag-full-of-carrier-bags somewhere in their home, dont forget to take a few out with you to save a few pennies rather than paying for them.

10. If you are a beauty/cosmetics fan, check out  Fragrance Direct, as it often features amazing deals, I even saw an Essie nail polish for £2 on there the other day!

11. FREE DELIVERY. Its rare that I buy online and pay for delivery unless I really have to. Most mainstream stores have a 'deal' online every few months for free delivery. For me, if I have to pay more than £2 for it to be delivered, I may as well go into the store myself, bus fares cheaper!

12. Use store point cards/vouchers or voucher codes. I know so many people that have a Tesco card but don't get in scanned when they do their weekly shop. The vouchers/points soon add up for things like this. Boots, Superdrug and Nectar cards are things most of us girls have in our purse, we may as well use them! Same goes with vouchers and voucher codes online.

13. Own brand goods. I hate people that are prudish if someone uses a Asda smart price body spray, or buys Tesco brand bread. There's nothing at all wrong with it! You may be surprised at how much money you save and the bargains you can get! You can pick of a Asda body spray for the likes of 54p, rather than forking out £2+ on mainstream brands like Impulse. Same as clothing, you can get a stunning outfit from Primark or Matalan all for under £30, do you really need those Jeffery Campbell heels you'll never wear?

14. Give clothes away and get paid? Close to where I live there are a few places that I dont really have a general term for, but basically they are small buildings where you can take bags of unwanted clothing (there are some guidelines on what you can/cant donate) in black bags, and can get paid a small amount per weight of these bags. They are basically going to be 'ragged'; I wont go into too much detail with this, but fopr example, in a Charity Shop, some clothing items which are donated are not resellable- so these are put into 'rag bags'. The people that collect these rag bags pay the charity store a small price for each bag - these stores are basically doing the same as this, but you get paid. As far as I am aware the clothing you donate still does get donated to charity (in different Countries I believe), so dont worry that you are not doing it for a good cause - the Chairty Shops do this themselves. (hope that made sense! I know this as I am related to someone that works in this industry). I am sure you will easily be able to find somewhere local to you that does this, Google is your friend. The stores near me range from £3 to £5 per full black bag, so it is pretty good.

Did you find this post helpful?
What are your top tips to get great bargains??
Let me know!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Review: Sleek Lash Out Mascara

Sleek are deserving well-known for their fantastic i-Divine eye shadow palettes. A few months ago I was browsing their stand in Superdrug and fancied trying one of their mascaras. I looked at the four mascaras they had available, ad picked out 'lash out', the most expensive and the most appealing mascara they had.

As you can see from my photograph below, the brush is very fine and slim but coats the lashes very well and does not clump your eye lashes at all. I would say the effect it leaves is a more of a every day look, I would probably use a different mascara for a night out as it isn't too exaggerate even when built up. 

The mascara is impressive as it lasts all day without clumping. When applying, it doesn't create those annoying dots above your eyes while it is drying either which off course is a bonus! 

Lash Out retails at £7 respectively. I think the price is very reasonable for the quality and packaging of the product. It is available online and also in store at Superdrug.

I would repurchase this mascara again. 8/10.

Have you tried any other Sleek products/

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Happy 2013.

I am so happy 2012 is in the past. For me, this year has seen so many struggles, pain and hurt. Not usually one to dwell on the negatives, I must admit the past year has been one of my hardest to cope with and hope to have a much more positive year in 2013.
As well as the 'not so good' points in 2012, there has also been a few great things which 2012 saw, including; graduating from University, celebrating my 21st birthday and my sisters 18th birthday, travelling to Leeds, Blackpool and Southampton, seeing Charlie Simpson Live twice as well as going to other amazing gigs and seeing Blink 182, All American Rejects and The Killers, seeing two of my bestest friends finish their Degrees and get their dream jobs, really getting involved in the bloggers community and making some lovely friends from blogging, realising some home - truths, and mostly, spending the little time I could with my lovely friends, partner and off - course family too.
I didn't have the best year in 2012 but despite this, I am a lot more wiser (I think?!)  and will have only The best people surrounding me in 2013- people who have their very best interests for me and I cherish them so very dearly.

Wishing you all lots of happiness and success for the year 2013. I hope you make it a brilliant year and enjoy every moment with all of your loved ones.

I will be back to normal blogging in the next few days! I have been so busy and life has sortof took over from everything else so I haven't had a lot of time to photograph, and write up posts for my blog.
I am currently drafting a Boxing Day Sales Haul and Current Empties so be sure to look out for those.
I have also picked up quite a hefty amount of beauty/skin care prodcuts over the last 3 months and will write a few reviews up of those if anyone is interested.
If there is anything else you would like to see here, please do let me know as I love hearing your feedback and am always looking for new ideas.
Thank you for taking the time out for reading/following my blog, leaving feedback and commenting on my blog posts, following and interacting with me on twitter, and generally supporting me as I am so very grateful to all of you, it brightens my day writing about what I love and hearing such lovely feedback from all of you  is fantastic. It is really heart-warming and I am SO glad I decided to set up my blog this time last year.

Lots of love to you all.