Spring Finds At Lakeside!

After a successful trip to Lakeside Village I was very pleasantly surprised at the range of shops for women and men with a good variation of beauty, body and home shops, there's undoubtedly something for everyone. Situated in Doncaster just off the motorway it's easy to find and lots of parking facilities. In addition to its good location and plentiful shops, it has fun family facilities also with play areas that make shopping that little bit more desirable for the kids! The staff are very helpful and friendly and that's always what makes shopping in Yorkshire more enjoyable, but they were very attentive; making the trip even more of a pleasure! At Lakeside you can find upto 60% off RRP which is just amazing; a little sneak peak favourite was the Lipsy section in Next! Reduced from £68 to £19. Absolute gem of a find and fits like a glove!  


Thankfully, it's not a vast place, so you're not likely to get lost or walk back on yourself, it's laid out well, everything is easily accessible, with coffee shops are dotted around for tea breaks, which is always welcoming! Visit as a half day trip or a full day trip, by popping over to one of the local eating places nearby (Pizza Hut, Beefeater and more). 

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Shops & Style

With many huge reductions in shops, the outlet still features hot in season trends and I was overjoyed at the amount of spring and summer collections that were ideal for parties, functions and even work.  There's truly no limit, with my favourites being Klass, Roman and Next (featuring Lipsy items), but there's also a big M&S outlet which had a perfect choice of office attire or formal wear at good prices, choose some pastel shades for your jumpers or why not pick out a warm cosy cardigan as I always find cardigans to be the perfect winter to spring companion. However my mission was colour! Playing with colour is by far my mission of 2018 so when some beautiful blue trousers were sat on the rack at M&S, I just had to pick them up! Fit neatly and looked perfect for those spring evenings when you go out for a glass of vino! I paired it up with a blue top, with a shoulder cutout just to make it a little less formal and it was a lovely match. Smart but classy and classy but fun. It would also be my choice for a Sunday lunch outfit after a spot of shopping - thoroughly impressed with the choices of colour at Lakeside!

Outfit: M&S
Trousers: £25
Top: £22



Next I popped into Roman. I've loved Roman for a while for its quality and diverse styles. Always something different and lots of lovely colourful items. I found a lot of wedding inspired outfits which was lovely and my top pick was this beautiful green dress. It felt like a perfect garden party dress, smart and dressy but still modest! Paired with some white shoes this could be a showstopper and I was really impressed. Next up was Klass. This is a shop I hadn't really been into before or seen before but I was glad that I found it here at Lakeside because there were, again, some beautiful spring/summer dresses! This dreamy lilac dress had to be my winner! With a pair of heels this could be a perfect day time or evening dress! It was incredibly floaty and fit well. There were plenty of options in Klass for all occasions but I was blown away by the dresses and nearly all under £50. It's brilliant when you can dress to impress and the price tag is good value! Dressing with class on a budget is always my aim.

Outfit: Klass
Dress: £45


Next stop was a shop that drew my attention because of the window, but a shop that I had always associated with the mature lady. Nevertheless, I did have a spy in Bon Marche, and found this gorgeous white summery top and a floaty flowery dress (seems to be the theme for me lately). You can grab this lovely outfit for under £45 and throw over a white blazer and you're good to go in this cooler spring weather!

Shop: Bon Marche



I was then on the hunt for some accessories, and where better to look than in some of the shoe shops that Lakeside has to offer. Firstly I found this beautiful bag that I fell in love with from Clarks. It was the perfect spring bag, and the choice of colours were: green, pink, yellow but the green looked so classic and I felt would go with a lot of outfits. With the gold chain it gives it the added touch of style, and its texture was soft yet still durable and for the money it is a total steal! I could not pick anything up for this quality and price on the high street so easily!

Item: Clarks
Bag: £21
 

Shoes shoes shoes! No shopping trip is complete without a pair of shoes, and Next had some incredible bargains. I was really impressed at the choices, they were very diverse. From heels, to boots and sandals, to espadrilles, there was something for everyone without a doubt. Although who can resist a beautiful pair of heels? Perfect shape, perfect colour and that gorgeous silky texture that just looks divine! Sadly, they were out of my size, but it was still worth a try on and a lust over...highly impressed with everything in Next and because they don't have changing rooms, you can be accepted for a full refund of any sale item within fourteen days which is very fair.

Outfit: Next
Shoes: £15



Lakeside overall is a really good place to come for some great deals on clothing items that are still in fashion and still on trend, they cater for women and men, even children, and it was such a nice surprise to find a new shopping centre within Yorkshire that incorporates so much! So make your next shopping trip a stop to Lakeside! For a full list of all the stores, from home, to body and beauty, click here. Also be sure to follow them on social media for all the latest gossip, trends and deals!

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*This was a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own

BEAUTY: The Foundation Of Beauty

One of the most important products in our makeup bag, has to be our foundation.  A good coverage foundation is not just going to create a flawless look to your skin but it will also enhance your natural beauty, allowing a radiant confidence that is guaranteed to make you feel empowered and ready to take on the world. Finding your ideal Foundation comes from knowing your skin type and your skin tone, which allows you to make the correct decisions before your purchase. Another common error when on the hunt for flawless skin is not spending enough money on a good Foundation, that will be both a good investment and a treat to your skin. Spending a few more pennies on your products can often be the difference between mediocre looking skin and luminous skin. Take a little look at the products you can pick up on the high street that are this year's must haves for all ladies who love to illuminate their faces! 

These Foundations favour all skin types, dispelling the myth that girls with dry/very dry skin can't achieve that natural glow and those with oily skin can't enjoy that fresh skin feeling all day long without worry of shine. Take a look at the picks.


This Foundation comes with all the vital skincare benefits whilst achieving maximum coverage. Moisturising but not oily, this would be a perfect choice for the ladies who have combination skin to really accentuate the natural oils in your skin without over highlighting them, giving you a warm glow. They have a plethora of shades, which are suitable for skin tones across the board, which also include matte shades which have a slightly more drying feel to them without causing any flakiness or discomfort around the skin. It has been trialed and tested on thousands of women who have all relayed the same information that the Foundation does seem to prevent breakouts, in addition to evening out skin tones.

The price for this Foundation starts at £37 but its shelf life is around 6 months.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème 

For skin that is acne prone and problematic, finding an ideal Foundation may be tricky. The worry of aggravating your skin is always prevalent in your mind and you shy away from the idea of trying new products in case they irritate or worsen the look of your skin. Laura Mercier has developed a flawless coverage that is kind and gentle to both sensitive and acne prone skin. In the range, Laura Mercier has also developed a primer, which acts as a gentle base, giving the skin a gentle sheen before the application of make up. Brush this invisible magic wand across your skin to create a complexion like a Goddess! 

Price wise, Laura Mercier is a little under the price of Chanel, with a retail price of around £33.   

Armani Maestro

Armani Maestro is an everyday Foundation that melts into the skin excellently, with easy application and precision with a Beauty Blender or brush. One sweep of this luscious cream over your face and you'll feel the lightness and silkiness immediately. This Foundation is perhaps more catered towards a lady who uses her make up daily. It is natural, gives a simple and even toned coverage, which is brilliant for lazy or busy ladies who like a quick efficient application with minimal fuss. Suitable for all skin tones, particularly dry skin with its nourishing feel upon application. 

Armani Maestro is certainly higher up on the price list, however its benefits do justify the price of this product, as its current retail price is £40. 

Rimmel Wake Me Up

For a more affordable yet effective alternative to glowing skin, Rimmel Wake Me Up has topped our hot list, with its complex but powerful formula, designed to create radiance with their 100% poreless coverage radiance boosting pearls. One sweep over the face and you'll immediately see both the coverage and the sun kissed colour. Choose wisely with your shades, the range tends to include more orange-toned Foundations, so picking a Foundation a little lighter than your shade would still create an even tone and healthy complexion. 

Rimmel WMU costs £8.99 making it a remarkable and affordable choice! 


With so many decadent choices, you'll be able to embark on a dreamy skincare journey, and find the perfect Foundation match for your skin with these picks of the season. Often shops and counters allow you to take samples away, so ensure that you pick up your samples and take one step closer to skin perfection! 

Oh, What A Smile!

You might be surprised to know how much a guy rates a girl’s smile on the list of favorites about their appearance. But it’s no wonder a smile sits quite highly on the list. After all, it can brighten up your whole face and make you look more attractive. But if you hate your smile, it’s time to try and improve it. After all, there are some easy ways you can give it a boost. In fact, here is how to ensure people love your smile in future.
Go For Great Lipstick And Lip Liner
The first thing you need to do is go for a great lipstick if you want to boost your smile. After all, it can make all the difference to your smile if you go for a rocking colour. Therefore, you might want to go for a luscious pink or a ruby red which can make your smile stand out. In fact, red can often make your lips look bigger! And as well as choosing a great lipstick to make your smile look top notch, you should also go for a great lip liner. After all, you can apply this just above and below your lip to help them stand out more. In fact, a lot of celebs use this technique to make their lips look superb. And finish off with a gloss which will shine brightly when you do treat someone to a smile!


Work On Your Teeth 
There’s nothing worse than feeling self-conscious when you want to smile. After all, it might not make the smile genuine if you are forcing your lips to stay shut. But if you dislike your teeth, you might not have a choice when it comes to opening your mouth. After all, you don’t want people to see your poor teeth. And if they are discolored, it can often damage your smile rather than making it look perfect. However, there are some things you can do if you want to improve your smile. Firstly, make sure you are brushing regularly which can give the teeth the boost they need. You also need to look into ways to make them whiter which can help boost your smile. For one thing, you could look into some form of natural toothbrush which you can get from companies like Miswak Club. These not only promise you whiter teeth, but they can also give your breath a boost too. That way, you will be happy to open your mouth and show off your beautiful smile.

Make It Genuine 
A lot of people make an error with their smile by not making it genuine. But a forced smile is never attractive. In fact, it can put people off you as you might look arrogant or cocky with a fake smile. Therefore, if you want to give your smile a boost, make sure you let it be genuine. Of course, you can still practice in the mirror to perfect it. But then let it come to you naturally to ensure it looks beautiful. You will be surprised to receive more compliments then than with a natural smile!

And remember to ensure you moisturise your lips to keep them in good condition. Using something like vaseline throughout the day will stop them chapping!


TRAVEL: Cape Sounion With Key Tours

When in Athens, you'll find a multitude of activities to do, there are endless possibilities in Greece, food being at the heart of it, exploring the streets and basking in the history. You may also wish to take a little trip down the coast, because the charms of Greek coastline are beautiful and I was thankful enough to collaborate with the incredible Key Tours (more information here) who offer many half day, full day and multiple day trips around Greece, taking you to some of the hidden gems of the country, that may not be easily accessible on your own. This trip took me to Cape Sounion, on the very tip of mainland Greece and around 63 miles out of Athens. The beautiful countryside and coastline makes the trip worthwhile, and the longevity of the trip isn't felt.
Cape Sounion
The tours pick you up from your hotel, and the mini buses are stylish and comfortable as you can see, and as dusk fell, lovely orange lighting illuminated inside and it was cosy and warm, the perfect way to travel!

Key Tours Minibus
Key Tours Minibus
The drive to Cape Sounion passes through many little towns and spots of beautiful beaches and rock formations, with many of the hillsides covered in herbs and flowers, and that is what's so wonderful about Greece and its self sufficiency! We were guided by a lovely lady who spoke in detail, in exceptional English about the history of the country, the places we were passing and Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. It was by far the most intriguing bits of historical information I'd heard, and there was a sense of true passion. There was a little walk upto the temple and then time for photographs and a coffee with the most spectacular panoramic views!
Temple of Poseidon
Cape Sounion
Traveling to Cape Sounion

It was a thoroughly enjoable trip and I would highly recommend Key Tours for any of your day trips whilst staying in Greece. Reliable, friendly and true luxury which heightened the excitement of an already fabulous trip! For more information on Key Tours click here.
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TRAVEL: The Vibrancy Of Athens

They say that Greek hospitality is one of the most endearing qualities of Greece, and I think it can be honestly said, that Greece is an incredibly friendly, vibrant and exquisitely perfect countries. Visiting Athens is such a wonderful experience, with a spark so bright that you can feel the merging of ancient history with modern energy, and it's a city that is possibly one of the most underrated in Europe. Full of ruins around every corner, it's a history enthusiasts dream, with the quaint traditional tiny streets of Plaka, colourful architecture, and bustling streets, with cafe after cafe, and never too far from the iconic Acropolis.
Electra Palace Hotel
View from Aeropagus Hill (near Acropolis)


The Acropolis
Acropolis from the streets below
The Electra Palace Hotel situated in Plaka is such an incredible choice if you're looking for a little bit of luxury whilst staying in the city. Warm, welcoming, the 5 star treatment is a lovely treat! Of course a trip to the sauna and swimming pool is exactly what you need after a long day of ambling around the streets, stacking up mile after mile and wearing out your feet! The lovely Alexandra was particuarly friendly in the spa! The rooftop restaurant in the Electra Palace boasts stunning views of the Acropolis at night, which is a beautiful luminous vision, you can capture the essence of the city from that one monument, the history behind it, and of course the Goddess Athena, of whom the city is named after. For more information on the hotel and planning a stay with them, click here.

Electra Palace Hotel Rooftop Pool
Electra Palace Roof Garden Restaurant
View from the room balcony
Room 209
Beautiful art in the rooms

Electra Palace Hotel pool
Take a walk to the heart of the city, Monastiraki, where you will sense a true hum of Athens, bars, shops, Athens flea market with bundles of gift shops and intriguing little stores. The Greek jewellery is incredible, and truly resembles the gorgeous styles worn by ancient Greek goddesses. Despite the wealthy vibrancy that Athens resonates, there is also the side of Athens that is a little less glamorous. You may be accosted on many an occasion to purchase things, ladies with clothes, forcing them into your hand and begging you to pay, sometimes young boys, selling flowers and desperate to get even a euro from you. There's a sense of anger from tourists, and naturally this is not something that the western world is used to seeing, yet it is a very real reality of the economic crisis in Athens, but it is an incredibly safe city and that is one important fact to remember. For panoramic views, head to the 360 cocktail bar, a hip bar which offers a taste of true Athenian life, with many locals gathering there, a younger clientel at night, but it is also popular with tourists during the day.

The Greek parliament is such a fascinating building, and be sure to watch the changing of the guards ceremony, on the hour every hour, 24 hours a day, which is a piece of real history in a modern day world. A surreal but fabulous ceremony which sees the changing of the two guards outside parliament, whilst the rest of the busy Athenians stroll on by with their morning coffees.

Changing of the guards - Athens Parliament
Greek Parliament
You can never go hungry in Athens, and this is not just because of the traditional Greek taverns with all their delicious souvlaki in copious quantities, but of all the fallen oranges you will find laying on the side of the road, from many of the beautiful trees that grow around the city. Always be on aware of the many motorcyclists around town, although they are for the most part incredibly aware themselves of pedestrians.

Take a few day trips if you can, the outer areas of Athens such as Piraeus and Glyfada are coastal areas that are a perfect oasis in the middle of the landlocked concrete jungle of Athens. Glyfada is an upscale area of the city, with beautiful sea views, small boutiques and a plethora of beautiful apartments. Pireaus is a little more modest, but the views of the aqua blue Aegean are delectable and entrancing! There are many half day tours, including a trip with the very friendly and professional Key Tours who offer half day trips to Cape Sounion, which holds the iconic Temple of Poseidon at the very edge of mainland Greece, with panoramic views that are utterly breathtaking, and the true charm of Greece is seen here. For more information on what to do in Piraeus click here. For more information on what to do in Glyfada click here.

Pireaus
Piraeus
Near Glyfada


Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon
Temple of Poseidon
Athens is home to some of the world's most stunning architecture, and many museums that are just incredible to soak up information on the history of the city. Although not many are free, there is always some piece of history no matter where you look. The Temple of Zeus, behind the National Gardens is also a fabulous sight, and well worth a little walk to at night to see it light up in all its glory. Happy travelling!

For more on ATHENS click HERE for my tour to Cape Sounion!




LIFESTYLE: Fall In Love With Modern Greek Theatre

Everything about Greece screams theatre. The very conception of theatre began some 2500 years ago, where the Greeks celebrated the famous "City Dionysia", a festival dedicated to the celebration of their Gods. This has inevitably opened the doors to a future of lavish performances, timeless creations and characterisation which we now refer to today as 'theatre'. Theatre in Britain is undoubtedly seen as a privilege. The excitement of live theatre, the up close, tense, magical atmosphere of a packed theatre is like no other experience, and The National Theatre holds the torch in British theatre, for its integrity, longevity and the actors it attracts.

modern greek theatre
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In Greece today, the theatre seen is bustling, more specifically in Athens, the home of theatre. The evolution of theatre in Greece is colossal, and there is a bustling Broadway scene, although with the economic time of the country, visiting the theatre has become less reachable. The musical scene in Athens has been a huge hit for some time, with outdoor ampitheatre performances still being a hit. This is such a refreshing delight, for those who thrive on the traditional outdoor theatres that are so blatantly reminiscent of the crisp summer nights in ancient Greece, when actors would step on the stage with grotesque and exaggerated masks, and create masterpieces. When travelling, have a taste of the culture, and go see a show. Do not let the language barrier hold you back, as I believe any true, raw piece of outstanding theatre speaks for itself. For the people who enjoy musicals, there is always one around in Athens to head to, and the classics are crystalized in the heart of the Athenian theatres, with shows such as classic Beckett or Ibsen. For more information on where you can watch theatre on your trip to Greece click here.

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