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Weekend In Photos and Some Very Exciting News

This weekend has been four whole days of amazingness and I’ve been really looking forward to sharing it with you all! 

Friday I was invited down to London by Marc Jacobs to be the Celebrity Blogger for their Pop-up Tweet Shop in Covent Garden! I pootled down on the train and spent the day chatting to you lovely lot and giving out Marc Jacobs goodies for the best photos and vine videos which was so much fun! It was a real honour to be asked to do this and I loved every single second of it – days like that really make me appreciate being a blogger and all the adventures I’ve been lucky enough to have through it. 

On Saturday it was mine and Joe’s one year anniversary so we headed off to our favourite hotel to celebrate being together for a whole year! When I walked into our hotel room Joe had arranged for a stunning bouquet of my favourite flowers, a bottle of chilled champagne and rose petals all over the bed and I was so surprised!!! It was incredibly romantic and I’m not ashamed to say I squealed a little and ran around the room in excitement like a total girl! We went down for lunch and enjoyed our champagne before returning to the room where I drew myself a deep bath with the sumptuous Malmaison bath oils and sank in for a good hour with another glass of fizz and my kindle. 

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In the evening we were booked in for dinner at the Brasserie but before we went we exchanged our anniversary presents. I’d made Joe a calendar with all our adventures from the past year and bought presents for each of the important months -  Whiskey for Edinburgh, Sunglasses for our holidays, A luxury man-toiletry bag for all our weekends away and more! When it was time for Joe’s presents to me I had no idea what I was opening. He’d treated me to my favourite Benefit Bronzer, some clothes, a beautiful framed photo with all our special adventures on and then came two little extra packages…inside was an adorable little Pandora charm in the shape of a house and a shiny new key!

When I opened these Joe asked me to move in with him and I said YES!!!

Once I’d managed to stop the happy tears from ruining my night-time makeup we headed down for dinner, cocktails and celebrated into the night. I’d never felt so excited and I couldn’t stop smiling – he couldn’t have done it all in a better way and i’m an incredibly lucky girl! Sunday we headed back to ‘our house’ to get ready for one of Joe’s friend’s wedding and the sun definitely had it’s hat on ready for their big day! We spent the day drinking, eating and celebrating with the happy couple and it was lovely. Yesterday was spent having a well-deserved lie in, enjoyed each other’s company and planning the big move next weekend!

I’m already daydreaming about trips to IKEA and lazy Sunday afternoons in bed – here’s to a new adventure and many more years together!

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xax

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — 9 notes

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Cheat’s Victory Roll Hair Tutorial | xameliax

The easiest way to create Victory Rolls - the cheats way! 

In this video i’ll show you how to create this Vintage Victory Roll Up-do in under 5 minutes no matter how long your hair is - and all you’ll need it two bobby pins and a couple of hair bobbles!

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xax

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 — 6 notes

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Hello Summer Moments | The Costa Coffee Challenge

Last week Costa sent me this adorable wicker hamper filled to the brim with summer goodies…AND CAKE, ready to take on their Hello Summer Moments Challenge! I’ve had 5 days of fun sampling the delights of Costa’s new Summer menu one new cake and cooler at a time - and here are my Summer Moments:

- My Hamper | Bursting with the sweetest items from Costa’s Summer Menu; A Raspberry Ripple Fancy, A Mint Chocolate Chip Fancy, A Mini Victoria Sponge, A Lemon Drizzle Slice and A Pecan and White Chocolate Blondie! I couldn’t eat them all myself so i took my hamper into the office and sliced each cake into 6 pieces so everyone in my team could try a slice of everything! Every person liked a different cake the best so we didn’t have an overall winner, or a loser depending on how you look at it!

- Day One |  I’d heard so much about Costa’s Green Tea Mint & Lime Cooler i knew exactly what i was going for first and i certainly wasn’t disappointed! It tastes like a non-alcoholic mojito and i instantly fell in love…i even had to take a selfie with it to cement our new romance! If you can only try one new drink from the new menu then make sure it’s this one! 

- Day 2 |  My second day was a nail art design dedicated to my favourite cake form the menu - The Raspberry Ripple Fancy! Deliciously light sponge covered in White Chocolate with a devilish raspberry ripple mousse fondant in the top and a Chocolate Flake…what’s not to love?! Costa sent through three lovely Essie Polishes to help me on my manicure mission and i managed to squeeze all three colours in there - can you spot them?

- Day 3 | Joe was so upset he’d missed out on hamper cake testing i took him out for his very own Lemon Drizzle Slice and a Hazelenut Latte! Sadly it was far too rainy and cold for an iced drink but i’m happy to report that the new Lemon Drizzle Slice is a hit with both office dwelling ladies and men with beards - well done costa!

- Day 4 | The sun was shining today so i headed out at lunchtime in search of the perfect Costa accessory for my summer outfit! As i was wearing pink and green it was their new Strawberry & Lime Cooler to the rescue! Just as good as the Green Tea masterpiece from Day 1 and a little bit sweeter - this one tastes like strawberry starburst and is PERFECT for a hot day whether you’re sitting in or out on the go like me!

- Day 5 | For my last day of the challenge i took a seat with my kindle, an Earl Grey Tea (Costa’s not just for coffee ya’ll) and one of their new Chorizo and Red Pepper Paninnis. It was absolutely delicious and i was lost in my own little world for an hour - the perfect way to spend your lunch break and a great way to round off a fun five days with Costa!

So there you have it, my Hello Summer Moments Challenge! Costa’s Summer menu is in full swing so head on down to your nearest branch and get stuck in! 

Make sure you tweet us and tell us your favourite item @xameliax @costacoffee and take a Summer selfie using the #HelloSummerMoments!

Thanks for having me for a few days Costa, it’s been so much fun and very, very tasty! 

…now where did i put that frisbee… .

xax

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Friday, August 15, 2014 — 1 note

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A New Kind of Laquer | Bourjois Gel Polish

I’m a nail polish fiend! Those of you who have been following for a while will remember all my nail art designs last year when I had a bit more time on my hands to sit down and paint them. These days my time is a little more limited for nail painting so I’ve been looking for quicker ways to get them done as I still can’t bear to leave them, well, bare! 

Introducing Bourjois’ 1 Seconde Gel Polishes* a super quick and easy way to get gel-like nails in minutes! The bottle tops come with super thick flat brushes meaning that you can cover most of your nail in one swipe – I absolutely love them. I have quite large nail beds so for me they fit perfectly however for those with smaller nails you might need a bit more of a clean-up after but as long as your vary your pressure spreading the bristles out where needed it’ll still make your manicure session a breeze

I have two stunning colours that I actually saw at the Boujois Summer launch but didn’t have time to try out – Turquoise Block* and Figue Chic*. Figue Chic has been on my toes for the last three weeks and I can’t get enough of it’s grey-purple tones. Turqoise Block is like a bright Tiffany Blue, a little stronger than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple but a beautiful summer colour. I’ve also been converted back onto glitter with their Rose Gold Lazer Topcoat* - a clear polish filled to the brim with rose gold coppery threads of glitter to compliment most colours. A swipe of thise bad boy is a great way to create an instant accent nail in minutes without faffing around with studs or getting covered in loose glitter! 

I love the formulas of these polishes – creamy, smooth and oh so glossy – and at £5.99 a bottle they’re a great price too. I’ll certainly be investing in some more colours for when I need gorgeous salon quality nails in a flash. 

You can find the Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Polishes in Boots here for £5.99 a bottle. 

Have you tried any of the Bourjois Gel polishes? Which is your favourite shade? 

Tweet us @xameliax @Bourjois_uk  #onesecondnails

xax

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 — 1 note

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New Arm Candy From Olivia Burton

I love love love my Daniel Wellington watch and I wear it every single day, but as Joe also has the men’s version sometimes at the weekend we look a bit ‘his & hers’! So I was looking for a new watch to rock at the weekends, something a little more delicate, when Twisted Time saved the day by sending through this beaut from Olivia Burton

I’d been lusting over her hummingbird design for a while but as it was a little too similar to my DW I resisted, but I couldn’t however resist this Wonderland Gold & Dusty Pink* (£62) version – perfect for the summer season. With it’s beautifully classic face and simple features paired with a delicate dusty pastel pink leather strap it’s a beautiful watched sure to compliment any outfit during the summer months. I absolutely love it and it’s the first watch I wear on a night out as well as during the day because it’s so dainty and smart. At just over £60 it’s not going to break the bank either but it does leave me craving another of her designs too! Such a pretty range of watches, and definitely a designer to consider if you’re in the market for some new arm candy. 

You can find this beautiful watch on the Twisted Time website here for £62 with free delivery. 

Do you own any Olivia Burton watches? 

Tweet me @xameliax #oliviaburton

xax

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — 2 notes

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Kayla Itsines Review | My New Blog

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