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Now, everyone and their own mother thinks they have the best mother. But, I really do. Mums know best, in fact they always do. Although sometimes we're too stubborn to always agree with her, nobody in this world has your best interests at heart than your mother. As I was growing up, we didn't always see eye-to-eye, but I put that down to as both being so similar. Even with our bickers throughout the years, my mum is my best friend and has been the backbone of our little family. She's the strongest and most selfless woman I know. 


Personally, I don't live my life by regret. Any bad choices that have led me into bad situations, I take them as learning curves rather than spend time fretting over them afterwards. I was given quite a lot of freedom growing up, which may have led to a few ill-informed decisions that my mum advised against at the time.


Littlewoods' currently have a #MumsKnowBest campaign in where I've decided to reflect on five situations where my mum definitely knew best and at the time I thought otherwise.
#mumsknowbest



1. That time I decided to dye my hair black.

At fourteen years old, I deliberately disobeyed my mum and came home with a box of black hair dye, which I ignorantly slapped on my natural auburn hair. WHAT A MISTAKE. I'm pretty sure a lot of other teenagers in noughties faced the same dilemma growing up in the 'MySpace generation'. She also knew best when I once again decided I was bored of the goth hair look after a couple of months and wanted to bleach it repeatedly to reach white blonde. This led to an emergency hair dressing appointment the morning before my prom as my hair literally started to fall out in chunks as I brushed it. Bleach is the devil, I tell you!

2. Bad choice boyfriends.

When you're a teenager, you really couldn't give a shit whether your parents disapprove of your latest flame. However in hindsight now in my mid-twenties, I've come to realise my mother's approval bloody counts for a lot. I think she's had every poor sod I've ever been with down to a tee on the first meeting.

3. Don't spend all of your wages on clothes.

Now, this is still something I haven't quite got to grips with. However, there's nothing that I regret more than blowing all of my wages from my first ever job on clothes rather than driving lessons like every other 17 year old. At the grand old age of 24, I don't even own a provisional licence. Nope. I've always carried my passport around as ID. It's shameful. However, I do have a helluva wardrobe (or three).

4. Wear a coat.

Nowadays I would never even consider going on a night out without a coat. But, as a stubborn and stroppy 18 year old I thought I was invincible to the cold and refused to pay a whole £1 for a cloakroom. Considering I seem to have the worst immune system in the world, I really should have taken my mum's advice on this one.

5. Don't look directly into the solar eclipse (1999).

Well, I did. And, it hurt my retinas. I won't be doing that in a hurry again.

#mumsknowbest



*This post was written in collaboration with Littlewoods.

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#MumKnowsBest: 5 Times Mum Knew Best

06 July, 2015
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Dress*: c/o Free People // Hat: ASOS

Many moons ago I was gifted this dress at a Free People Press Day and ever since then it has been one of my favourite dresses. Finding an occasion or the appropriate weather to wear such an incredible garm is pretty hard to come by, so when I visited Brighton a few weeks ago (which you can feast your eyes on here) I knew I had to bring it along. After all it is THE perfect dress to float across the beach and scurry around The Lanes in the sun, don't you think?

Also, if you ever want an insight into the glamour of outfit shooting, I'll let you into a secret. There was a guy throwing up the oysters he had just eaten just to the left of these photos. After quickly emptying the contents of his stomach onto the beach, he decided to go back to the seafood hut for some more oysters. Now, that's dedication to sea food right there.

Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress
Free People Beaded Maxi Dress


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O U T F I T | Free People

02 July, 2015
Brighton Pier Sign
Brighton Pier

Last weekend, James and myself were treated to a weekend away to Brighton courtesy of the guys and gals at Travelodge as part of their #BloggerLodge campaign. We stayed in the Brighton Seafront hotel, which is conveniently situated 'pon the seafront if you hadn't guessed that from the name. This was my first time visiting Brighton since I was a teen. The last time I went I was a 16 year old fangirl travelling half way across the country to meet McFly at Brighton hmv, would you believe it? All those years ago I didn't see much of the seaside town other than inside the shopping centre waiting for hours clutching a McFly poster and album in my eager hands. So, as you can imagine this time I was pretty excited to explore!

The hotel itself is only a five minute walk from the Brighton Pier and is within walking distance to everything in the town centre. Ultimately, location wise it is pretty perfect. However, if you're expecting a seaview unfortunately you're out of luck as the hotel is tucked just around the corner from the front itself and has no windows in the rooms that face out to the sea.

Travelodge Brighton Seafront

The Travelodge line is know for being cheap and cheerful with a set standard rooms equipped with your basic commodities. If you're after luxury, you're not going to find it at a Travelodge.

But, if you're after a spacious, clean room with the most comfortable bed ever for the night for a fraction of the price then this Travelodge is definitely fits the bill. The only problem we encountered whilst staying there was how hot and humid the room got, which made our first night a little uncomfortable as there is no air conditioning in the rooms. Luckily, the next day we were supplied with a fan from the ever so lovely lady at reception, which made the second night a lot more comfortable.

It did also get a little loud in the evenings as the hotel is right beside a strip of clubs and on the weekend, Brighton is a popular destination for stag & hen do's. This wasn't too bad though as when the windows are closed it blocks all the screaming, drunkards out completely.

Now, let's talk about the bed. This Travelodge bed had to be one of the most comfortable beds I think I've ever stayed in. It made it pretty difficult to find the motivation to get up in the morning, I tell you. You can even buy the beds, which we are pretty tempted by. They are that good!

Brighton Carousel
Brighton Beach Games

It's often easy to forget the charm of the British seaside when you've spent a good deal of your life in the city. Although a little outdated and a bit of a novelty, taking a stroll along a coastal town's pier, wasting all your money on those flashing yet enticing arcade games and eating fish & chips (well battered sausage for me, as I HATE fish) by the sea is something I think we could all certainly do with from time to time.

Brighton has something more than the usual seaside towns however. It's fun, vibrant and it's alive. I was actually taken aback by just how busy every single street, nook and cranny was.

Brighton Lanes
Beyond Retro Brighton
Beyond Retro Brighton

Shopping in Brighton

Unfortunately, James and me were on quite a tight budget during our stay, but that didn't keep us away from exploring what shopping Brighton has to offer. A little up the road from our hotel is the Churchill Square shopping centre, which has pretty much every high street store you could ask for inside and in the surrounding streets.

Personally, I'm more interested in what vintage shopping it had to offer and boy, did it have a lot! Whilst there I knew I had to hunt down the Beyond Retro store, which was breathtakingly huge. The surrounding area was also full of little hidden vintage & antique dealers. We even stumbled upon a little late night flea market whilst on the hunt for the perfect Brighton burger (more about the burger hunt later). Although there were a never-ending line of vintage digs, the prices in most were not so kind and were comparable to London prices. The only two that stuck out as more reasonably priced were Beyond Retro and Dirty Harry Vintage. Annoyingly, I had to leave the most dreamy suede skirt behind because it wouldn't fit over my hips without a struggle *sob*.

Next time we visit Brighton, we'll certainly put some money aside to splurge in all of the shops and maybe bring a extra empty suitcase too!

Choccywoccydoodah Brighton
Choccywoccydoodah BrightonChoccywoccydoodah Brighton

Eating in Brighton
Hidden in the narrow, winding depths of the Brighton Lanes is the most creatively named shop I've ever came across: Choccywoccydoodah!  It's not hard to miss as crowds of tourists (including us) were flocked around it outside in absolute awe of the magnificent, sky-high, intricate cakes displayed in the window. The detail on every single cake is so intricate and so delicate, it's hard to believe each one is actually edible!

Upstairs is a little cafe in where you can taste the chocolately goodness for yourself! I opted for the six-layer slice of chocolate cake with different layers to each section whilst James chose the dipping platter with a pot of heavenly melted chocolate in the centre. Even just writing this is making my saliva glands rev into overdrive! Although both were bloody delicious, neither of us could finish our plates and this is coming from a girl who can literally inhale a humungous Galaxy chocolate bar in under five minutes!

For two of us to each have a dessert and a bottle of lemonade, it came to around £18 which is incredibly pricey and is gutting that we couldn't finish it either. However, the staff did offer us a 'doggy bag' to take the rest home, but I had made such a mess of mine we had to decline. Oops! If you do plan on visiting Choccywoccydoodah, make sure you go with a empty stomach and a chocolate state of mind.

We also ate a lot of burgers, but burgers deserve their own blog post, right? RIGHT.


Have you been to Brighton before?

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T R A V E L | A Weekend in Brighton with Travelodge

21 June, 2015

Hat: ASOS // Sunglasses: Primark // Top: Milk It Vintage via ASOS//
Waistcoat: New Look // Skirt: Primark // Belt*: c/o Style By Portobello//
Boots: Charity Shop

The sun has officially come out to play, which means my summer wardrobe has too. Bell sleeve crops, A-line mini skirts, floaty smock dresses are all my current 'go to' items as the weather gets a little warmer. With the days heating up, it's inevitable you start exposing a little more skin to the world, which is something that usually terrifies me. 

In preparation to get my skin summer ready, I've been using the Nair skincare range, particularly their Argan oil treats. Argan oil seems to be the remedy to absolutely everything beauty orientated including leaving your skin silky and smooth after waxing. It's amazing how much more confidence softer skin can leave you with meaning you're more likely to brave those more daring outfits that you may have hesitated with before. If you fancy trying the Nair Argan Oil range like myself you have a look here.

Although festival season has arrived, I'm still patiently awaiting on mine to start towards the end of this month. However, that hasn't stopped me dressing for the part! This bell-sleeved, patchwork top was in my saved items on ASOS for weeks as I desperately kept checking for it to come back into stock, then one day it did! Milk It Vintage sell an amazing range of vintage-inspired pieces over on ASOS that are eclectic and colourful, which is pretty perfect for any festival! 

I'm really enjoying Primark's 70's trend at the moment, which includes these oversized sunnies which are only £3 and the classic button-down, denim skirt which was only £12. It's almost identical to the Topshop version, but a third of the price! Bargain.

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Disclaimer*: This post was sponsored by Nair, but all words are my own and honest.

O U T F I T | Seventies Summer

19 June, 2015