What I'd Do If I Won 10 Million Pounds On The Lottery

I’m sure I’m not the only one who day dreams about winning the lottery. I often wonder how I’d react and what I’d spend the money on if all my numbers did come up in the lottery, just enough to be comfortable would be fine by me, but what about 10 million pounds? That’s a huge amount, mind you, I should probably start doing the lottery on a regular basis to be in with a chance. I’ve done it a few times, the most memorable win for me was winning £20 on my birthday, and I spent in on my other half!

So how would I spend 10 million pounds?

Buy A House

I’m not talking mansion size, but one with enough space for me to have a dressing room and a room dedicated to blogging, where my equipment can be set up all the time.

Pay Off Any Debts

I know it’s a bit practical but wouldn’t it be nice never having to worry about debts any more? Never seeing those envelopes drop on the door mat just before pay day with a fear of dread at how much I owe that month.

Go on Holiday

I’d have to go abroad and my first stop would be Disney World, I’m feeling dizzy with excitement just thinking about it! I’ve never been out of the UK, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved holidaying in this country, but there’s a whole wide world out there. I’d book a long holiday to Australia for me and Adrian, then I’d visit New York with a few of my friends most probably over Christmas and New Year.

Go To Ladies Day At Ascot

I’m not even worried about placing a bet, after all, I’ve just won a load of money, I’d absolutely love to go to Ladies Day at Ascot. I’d buy a fancy new outfit and buy the best tickets available, with a private lounge/bar area and enjoy the luxury food. Of course I’d have to have a tiny flutter, but mainly I’d be going to Ascot for the whole amazing experience.

Buy A Special Jewellery Set

I am a lover of sparkly things, but to own a beautiful jewellery set would be amazing. I mainly own costume jewellery but I do have a few sentimental pieces. I’d have a bracelet, earrings and necklace with Diamonds and Sapphires, I’ve always loved these and they’d match my engagement ring. I’m sure I’d get to wear this gorgeous new set now I’m a millionaire!

 

Donate Some To Charity

This is something I’d have to do, I’d feel terribly guilty if I didn’t  help out some charities who are close to my heart. Top of my choices would be British Heart Foundation, followed by Tommy’s (Stillbirth, Premature birth and Miscarriage), Mind and Cat’s Protection.

Put Some In A Savings Account

Another practical one, but you never know what the future may bring and it could be earning me interest while it’s in the savings account, so I’d have enough for emergencies.

Give Some To My Friend and Aunt

While I was growing up my family hardly had two pennies to rub together, yes my Aunt and Nan treated me with those cute things that little girls had, but they were always worried about money. I wouldn’t want to be enjoying the high life while my friend struggled with her son, so I’d put some in a bank account for his education and future.

Have A Huge Party 

I’d invite all my close friends and family for one big knees up, complete with music, entertainment, cocktails and goodie bags (sounds like a Bloggers Event). I would most probably book a hall in a nice country hotel , where everyone could stay over night and we’d all gather for breakfast in the morning.

Treat Adrian To Something Nice

He is quite hard to buy for when it comes to gifts, but he would definitely love a new camera and all the stuff that goes with it. I couldn’t win all that money without sharing it with Adrian, we’ve been through so much together and I’d want him to enjoy my good fortune too.

You never know, dreams can come true!

Let me know what you would do if you won 10 million pounds on the lottery.

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I have a nice selection for you in this month’s favourites, instead of the usual beauty products that I’ve loved during March I’ve also added in a couple of fashion and lifestyle things as well.

As there’s a lot to get through I’ll get straight on with it and give you the rundown of everything I’ve recently loved this month.

W7 Colour Me Nude Eye Colour Palette

It made my day when I found a good replacement for my beloved Urban Decay palette, but for a fraction of the price. I absolutely love this Colour Me Nude eyeshadow palette from W7, it comes with 12 rosey toned shades, including matte and shimmer and is perfect for both day and night. I found the eyeshadows to be highly pigmented and were easy to blend, I’m also pretty impressed at how long they last, as with some budget eyeshadows the colour fades after a few hours. The packaging is a good quality tin and looks more expensive than it is, a great bargain at only £5.99!

Milani Powder Blush in shade Blossomtime Rose

This Milani powder blush is a wonderful new addition to my makeup collection and all I can say is it’s gorgeous! The rose design and the beautiful rose gold packaging make it look so expensive. Blossomtime Rose is a peachy pink shade with a slightly golden highlighter to it. The powder is so soft and applies beautifully on my skin, either a lighter touch for a day time glow or something a bit bolder for an evening out. This beats any other blusher I have ever owned!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

A little bit of luxury and a special treat was needed for a night out with my friends, so I invested in a Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick. I chose the shade Pillow Talk so it would look just right with the darker eye look I’d gone for and I could also wear it anytime during the day. Yes, ok so it’s another nude and I probably own enough of those to get me through a world lipstick shortage, Pillow Talk is a rosey pinky brown shade which suits my skin and hair tone. It applies beautifully with a square shaped tip so it glides perfectly around the shape of your lips. The matte formula doesn’t make my lips feel dry, it’s also incredibly long lasting but to be honest I really wouldn’t mind having to touch this lipstick up in public with it’s gorgeous rose gold packaging.

Rose Gold Bangle

I hardly ever wear bracelets but saw this gorgeous rose gold one while I was browsing through Lylia Rose as they had a sale on at the time. I couldn’t resist using it to go with some of my spring outfits, it’s so pretty it would also look fabulous worn out in the evening without looking over the top. I love the small white diamante clasp, which adds some extra detail. The bangle feels sturdy but also looks dainty and feminine, I’ve just loved wearing it. I was amazed at the speed of the delivery, it arrived the day after I ordered it!

Boohoo Unicorn Pyjamas

In case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with unicorns and I finally own a pair of pyjamas with them all over! These are flippin amazing, they are made of silky satin material and just so comfortable to wear. I love them so much I almost want to stick on a pair of heels, pop on a blazer, grab a bag and wear them out, I’m sure I’d get some strange looks if I did! They feel so luxurious, especially slipping them on after a warm bath, I’ve not wanted to take them off, but obviously I had to so they could go in the wash.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This has to be my number one skincare favourite, of all time! The Pixi Glow Tonic is super gentle on my sensitive skin and I’ve been using this every evening after cleansing to remove any last traces of dirt and make up before using a serum. It’s definitely worth every penny, if you would like to read my full review you’ll find that here.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit

I was so excited to get hold of a Barry M Lip Kit, mine’s in the shade Runway, a gorgeous pinky red, it also comes in 2 other shades Go To Nude and Pose. I love everything about it, the shade, the texture and the price, £6.99 for a lip paint and lip liner, bargain! The lip paint applies well, stays on for ages and feels so lovely to wear, the lip liner is soft enough to out line your lips with colour but not to hard that you have too push down much that you almost stab your lips.

Beauty and The Beast

I couldn’t end my favourites post without mention my trip to the cinema to see Beauty and The Beast. This is one of my all time favourite animated Disney Films, so I was excited to see this version. To say I absolutely loved it is a slight understatement, I think I fell in love with all the characters even more, even Beast before he became the Beast (without giving any spoilers away!). I think the cast were fantastic, I love Emma Watson anyway but I think she does an amazing portrayal of Belle. The director and production team have done a fantastic job of bringing this much loved film to life once again. I could quite happily watch it all over again!

What have you been loving this month? Are you excited about Spring and Easter? Let me know in the comments below.

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Weekly motivation with my planner, to do list and cup of tea

When I first started my blog just over a year ago, I never realised how much work would actually go into it. I started my blog as a hobby but quickly learnt that if I wanted people to read my posts there was a whole host of other stuff I needed to do as well, not just a few lines and a photo, hit publish and leave it.

It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes, we all have those kinda days where we think “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but I actually enjoy what I do and never want it to feel like writing a blog post feels like a chore.

I decided to use the same tips I have for anything else that’s gone on in my life, such as studying or work, and they have always helped me to stay motivated and achieve the best I possibly can.

Set Yourself Goals

Writing a list of achievable goals will help drive you to carry on, break them down into smaller bite sized chunks to make each one more manageable. I gave up writing a big long list of things I wanted to do in a year as I wasn’t getting much done at all, instead I focus more on realistic monthly goals and plan ahead for anything bigger I’d like or need to get done by the end of the year. I write them down in my diary at the start of each month , then I’ll have my daily and weekly to do lists, which I’ll check regularly, to help me stay on top of things and cross each one off when it’s completed.

Staying Organised

I have always used a normal diary to keep myself organised, what ever the occasion or task I’m aiming to do. I tried doing a bullet journal after watching a YouTube video, but it didn’t work for me, maybe it was too structured. So I use a normal A4 page to view diary with the dates already in it, a monthly planner, a blank page at the start of each month and a huge notes section at the back. I still decorate it with stickers, coloured pens and doodles to make it more personal to me. It helps me keep track of what I’m meant to be doing and where I’m supposed to be on what day, it’s basically my life in a book!

Keeping my desk area tidy also helps me stay organised, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Having a clutter free space to work in helps clear my mind and keeps me motivated with whatever task I’m doing.

Take Regular Breaks

I have been know to push myself so much to get something completed that I’ve ended up over tired, grouchy and hungry. Making sure I eat regular meals, getting creative in my scrapbook, painting my nails, coffee with a friend, whatever it takes to have time away from the PC or social media so that I come back feeling as fresh as a daisy. If I’ve been stuck in the office for a few days, I find going out to get some fresh air does me the world of good, it lowers my stress levels and I feel like a new person.

Be Proud Of Yourself

You know that wonderful feeling you have when you’ve achieved something your super happy with, a photo you’ve taken, a piece of work you’ve written, well tell yourself how proud your are. It inspires me to aim for something even better next time. Write it down in a notebook or journal, so you can refer back to it when you’re not feeling so positive. Don’t settle for telling yourself “Yeah, that’ll do” when you’ve created something amazing.

Inspiration Is Right In Front Of  You

Things that inspire me really do keep me motivated. Pinterest is a great one for finding ideas on just about anything. Very often though, inspiration is there right in front of you, in magazines, books, stuff you have on your notice board or wall in your room and even that dusty old scrapbook you forgotten you had, Talking to other people in our lives, at home, work or uni, can really inspire us to get motivated and achieve all those goals we’ve set ourselves. I love sitting outside people watching, it’s a great way to gain inspiration, I’ll jot down any ideas in my notebook because you can guarantee I’ll have forgotten it by the time I get home!

Surrounding ourselves with positive people who really inspire us to do better and achieve more of our goals is a fantastic way to stay motivated, I found out the hard way by having controlling and negative people in my life, so moving away was the best thing I ever did.

How do you stay motivated? Can you give me anymore tips?

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I fell out of love with Instagram for a while after some of their annoying updates, but it can be a wonderful source of inspiration for beauty, travel, fashion, photography, almost anything.

My own account has probably moved more towards beauty, I’d like to add in some colourful lifestyle photos, something I haven’t quite got the hang of yet!

There are many fabulous Instagram accounts I love to see pop up in my feed every day, I often miss so many beautiful photos because of Instagram’s algorithm thing that’s still frustrating the hell out of everyone. As much as I would love to feature nearly everyone I follow, I had to narrow it down to just a five for this post. I’m a huge fan of these fantastic bloggers, I absolutely love their use of photography and they never fail to lift my mood whenever I see them.

Jemma from @dorkfaceblog

Jemma has one of the most colourful, adorable Instagram accounts, I’m totally obsessed with scrolling through her beautiful, vibrant photos, full of gorgeous new makeup, stunning selfies and amazing artwork she’s created. No matter what she posts, her photography is simply fabulous. Her feed always leaves me feeling happy and inspired, how could I not want to stalk Jemma’s Instagram every minute, of every day?

Holly from @closingwinter

Holly has a wonderful mix of colourful lifestyle and beauty photos, her feed always looks absolutely stunning. Gorgeous selfies with bright new makeup looks, fab events she’s been to, snippets of her daily life, amazing beauty products to try and of course her adorable cat, Bear. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Holly’s instagram.

Bex from @bubblybex3

I simply adore Bex’s bright, colourful Instagram, she always looks stunning in photos wearing some of the most incredible makeup looks I’ve ever seen and features gorgeous beauty products she’s added to her huge collection. It’s always a rainbow of delight whenever I pop on to Bex’s feed to see what she’s been up to!!

Saira @throughtheglitterglass

Saira’s beautiful white themed flatlays always give me Instagram envy (in a nice way!) and her feed is simply stunning. She features delicious food, gorgeous beauty products and cute outfit of the day photos. I have scrolled through Saira’s dreamy Instagram everyday and added so many items to my ever growing wishlist after seeing them in one of Saira’s beautiful photos!

Katie @xkatiemiddleton

Katie’s photography skills are just fantastic and her feed is just Instagram goals! This is one makeup lovers dream, I absolutely love her bright photos with a beautiful pink theme, and I’m left lusting after every single product she posts. I can’t help but stalk Katie’s Instagram every day!

 

Honestly, all five of these beautiful girls are the loveliest Instagrammers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Why not head over to their feeds and check them out, I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

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Polaroid style photos from Printiki for a DIY grid hanging photo frame

I’ve enjoyed taking photos for years, anything from places I visited to something that’s put a smile on my face. Having them stored on my mobile is all very nice but I do love having photos printed so I can keep in photo albums or memory boxes, or out on show in cute little frames to remind me of all the wonderful people in my life.

More recently I’ve noticed that I seemed to be thinking more about images for my blog or social media rather than as a personal memory, so I’ve decided to make a real effort to take more photos just for me to enjoy, a moment in my life that has bought me some joy, or to share with friends and family for fun and special occasions.

I’ve been lucky enough to try out Printiki which is an online printing service where you can have beautiful photos delivered straight to your door. I ordered 30 prints* in the square style that has a space at the bottom of each one so you can write your own fun caption. I love the retro polaroid style of these photos, aren’t they just adorable, you can choose from a number of different sizes for your prints. Printiki also offer a range of super cute products such as photo books and posters, and if you’re in need of any more inspiration head over to their Instagram where you’ll find loads of ideas.

The order process was really simple, I uploaded direct from my pc, you can also order straight from your mobile, tablet, Instagram or Facebook. It’s that easy!

Instead of having my gorgeous new prints hidden away in a dusty old box I thought it would be great fun to have a go at making a DIY Mesh Hanging Frame for my office, you may have seen them on Pinterest or YouTube, although you can buy them already made in some homeware stores.

I already had some old garden wire mesh trellis which I gave a good clean, you can pick this up quite cheaply in most hardware stores. Then I got some spray paint in a copper colour, you can choose any shade you like, I went for this one as it matches other things in my room. It is best to do this outside so I waited for a dry day, and making sure I’d laid down loads of newspaper, I sprayed the garden mesh frame with the copper paint. then left the frame to dry over night.

So I was able to hang the frame from the wall I simply took a gold chain strap from an old handbag and attached it to the frame using the links at either end. I’ve used these sweet mini wooden pegs to clip each photo in place.

I’m so happy with how my DIY frame turned out and the photos look absolutely beautiful, a real reminder of special memories I have made over the last few years.

You could also use these photos to decorate pages in your scrapbook, and there are dozens of other DIY projects you could do if you fancy being creative, such as a photo collage on your wall, or something more personal such as a birthday surprise for someone you know.

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