I’ve been meaning to do this blog post since about May but life has a habit of getting in the way. My life has been crazy busy recently since I finished University, went scuba diving for six weeks, got a new boyfriend and started applying for my dream jobs.
Disclaimer: Boots kindly sent me £500 worth of points to spend on treats so I didn’t purchase these items myself but I am under no obligation to post about any of these items. I am very grateful to Boots and loved spending the points on treats for myself.
Without further ado, enjoy! This is a long blog post so get comfy, snuggle up and grab a hot drink!
How are you guys doing? I’m feeling very festive today writing this Christmas gift guide and looking for the perfect gifts for under £100. I do one of these every year and they’re one of my favourite blog posts to research and write up. Not only is this a great blog post to give you guys gift ideas but I usually send it to friends and family as hints for what I want. This year I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend – it’s been a while due to focusing on my degree but I’m so excited – Lee if you’re reading this then HINT HINT.
Anyway, without any more ramblings here if my gift guide. I’ve done gift ideas for him and for her. This is in no particular order but all gifts are under £100. Christmas can get expensive but I’ve got your backs with the perfect yet affordable treats – maybe some of these will even make the perfect treat to yourself. It can’t just be me who buys myself Christmas gifts…?
Recently I went on an amazing trip to New York which you will know if you saw my most recent blog post or if you follow me on social media. I loved it, I’ve been twice before so I’ve done all of the tourist stuff so instead, I went around finding the Instagram spots, foodie hits and shops! Of course, I did some shopping in New York – what girl wouldn’t?
In July 2018, one of my closest friends that I met at university moved to New York City. Leah and I lived together in my final year of university! She studies Fashion Design at Birmingham City university and her work is amazing! I’ll leave a link to her work HERE for those interested.
She basically entered a competition in which she would ‘win’ a six-month internship with a knitwear company in New York City – amazing right?! Leah was so lucky to win and as soon as I heard the amazing news I knew I couldn’t go six months without her and started planning a trip!
I’ve been to New York City twice. Both times it stole my heart and I was sad to be leaving. It truly is a city that never sleeps and it’s one that I love. The hustle and bustle is just so different to London, the accents are great, people friendly and food delicious!
I have vlogged the entire trip so check out my YouTube channel to see what I got up to. I was originally going to do a photo diary full of snaps that I took in New York, but I have so many photos and they are all locations that I vlogged. I decided to just do my style guide and a haul over on my blog instead. If you do want to see my snaps from New York City then please check out my Instagram @Laurenblogs or watch my vlog HERE
This blog post will include; my fashion looks, restaurant recommendations and must see picture locations. Make sure to check out my vlog for even more recommendations! I will link it HERE.
Every year, I love seeing the latest advent calendars and choosing which one I’m going to treat myself to. I still have a different chocolate advent calendar each year but I love having a beauty one too now I’m older.
There wasn’t a blog post up on Friday because my life has been very hectic lately. If you don’t follow me on social media then you may not know, I’m doing up my bedroom and office after moving home from Universty.
Being the beauty obsessive that I am, whenever I go to a new country I love taking a peek at the different skincare and makeup bits on offer. Different countries have different products and styles that I love experimenting with and testing out. In a matter of weeks, I’ll be in New York browsing the American drug stores for their latest fall makeup and skincare launches. How exciting!
For now, though I’m on a little Spanish island called Menorca. I can’t believe that I’ve never purchased any Spanish makeup or skincare items… before now that is!
Hopefully, you would have noticed that there has been a lack of blog posts and online activity for the past month. I decided to take September off social media for two reasons. Keep reading to find out what those reasons were and what I’ve been up to…