Sunday, 3 December 2017

Luxury Gift Guide: Blogmas 2017

Plus Size Blogger Luxury Christmas Gift Guide

Hey Owlets!!

Today is day two of my week of gift guides, and today I'm bringing you my favourite category because everyone likes a bit of luxury at Christmas, don't they? In this post you'll find gifts that are over £50, so if you're looking to treat someone (like yourself) then these next set of gifts are perfect!

Plus Size Blogger Luxury Christmas Gift Guide The Jewellery Box Rose Gold Engraved Heart Necklace

Gift Idea:
Personalised Jewellery

Who For:
Female friends & Family Members

How Much:
From £6

Why This is a Great Gift:

I felt like I needed to get this one out the way first because you're probably sick of seeing this all over my social media, but I honestly can't get over this beautiful necklace from Jewellery Box is. For me, Christmas gifts are always more special is you can personalise them because it shows how much thought you've put into it. Also jewellery is always a great gift for a female friend or relative if you don't know what else to get them. The site offers engraveable gifts from £6 so it can suit any budget, but this particular necklace was £95 and is solid rose gold.

Plus Size Blogger Luxury Christmas Gift Guide Magnitone Barefaced Cleansing Brush

Gift Idea:
Magnitone Barefaced Cleansing Brush

Who For:
Beauty lovers and skin care nerds

How Much:
£90

Why This is a Great Gift:

Personally I've always struggled with my acne-prone skin, so being given the chance to have good skin is an incredible gift. The Magnitone cleansing brush vibrates to cleanse your skin more than you could do by hand, as well as exfoliating at the same time. The brush is incredibly gentle but I'm honestly shocked at how much of a difference this makes; Magnitone claim that you're able to see results from first use which I initially shrugged off because nothing works that quickly, but wow I was wrong. From the first time I used this my skin was smoother, cleaner and my makeup went on better. I can definitely tell the difference if I've not used this for a few days. If you're looking to splash out on a special someone then I can't recommend this enough!

Plus Size Blogger Luxury Christmas Gift Guide Marc Jacobs Perfume The Perfume Store

Gift Idea:
Perfume/Cologne

Who For:
Anyone!

How Much:
 £50

Why This is a Great Gift:

I feel like perfume is one of those amazing gifts for when you don't know what to get someone close to you, because you usually know what type of scents they go for and can pick something they like but haven't discovered yet. Personally one of my favourites is Marc Jacobs Daisy - I always tend to go for lighter scents so the mix of blueberries, violet, jasmine and sandalwood means that it doesn't get too sickly and you get fed up of smelling it. I found this bottle on The Fragrance Shop's website for £5 cheaper than everywhere else so it's definitely worth shopping around to get the best value for money. One thing I've learnt is that if there's a perfume that you love that's over budget, you can always ask in store if there's anything that smells similar. I've done this multiple times and it really does work.

Plus Size Blogger Christmas Luxury Gift Guide Smooth Skin IPL Hair Removal Device

Gift Idea:
IPL Hair Removal

Who For:
Beauty lovers, female relatives, anyone that likes to look after themselves.

How Much:
£199

Why This is a Great Gift:

Okay, I'll admit I was kind of terrified using this for the first time but I promise it didn't hurt. If you don't know what IPL is, it's a form of hair removal using light.  After you've shaved, you use this as a second step - the light flashes 100 times a second which stops the hair growing back. So far I've not used it enough to see a long-term difference, but it's definitely made a difference short-term. The device can be used on anyone, not just women so it's a great luxury purchase for anyone that likes to look after themselves.

Plus Size Blogger Christmas Luxury Gift Guide Zatchels Sugarcube Blue Red Handbag

Gift Idea:
High End Bag

Who For:
Friends, Close Relatives, Luxury Addicts with the budget

How Much:
£80

Why This is a Great Gift:

If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I have a not-so-healthy handbag addiction. Designer bags are absolutely my thing; in my mind there's nothing better than saving up for something you'll keep for a long time. However, I completely understand the feeling of wanting a designer bag but not being able to afford it, so this bag from Zatchels is a great compromise.

This bag is the Empire Sugarcube - at a price of £80 it's still a luxury purchase and is something that you can keep and use for a long time, but without the price tag that you could expect from the likes of Kate Spade or Michael Kors. It lacks a few of the things you'd expect in a higher end bag like the fact it's not lined, but that doesn't bother me too much as it's great quality over all and looks expensive. Zatchels products also come with the wow-factor of a higher end bag as they arrive in a dust bag with a certificate of authenticity inside, so if you're giving this as a gift for someone that can't afford a high end bag, this is definitely something that will impress.

Plus Size Blogger Christmas Luxury Gift Guide Christmas Tree Reindeers

I hope this has helped inspire you if you're looking to treat someone special this Christmas. If you haven't already then make sure you check out my Affordable Gift Guide for tighter budgets, as I have some great options there too. Also stick around because tomorrow I'll be bringing you my Beauty Lovers Gift Guide, which is absolutely one of my favourite categories!

Is there something amazing I've missed out? Let me know your favourite luxury purchase in the comments below!

Love and Feathers, 
 The Owlet 💜 
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Affordable Gift Guide: Blogmas 2017

christmas affordable gift guide

Hey Owlets,

I've got a really exciting post for you today. I've always seen other bloggers doing gift guides so this year I decided to do my own- not just one in fact, but four - I never do things by half do I?!

Today I'm bringing you a few of my favourite affordable gift ideas that are guaranteed to wow whoever you're buying for. I've maybe done things a little differently, as I've actually tested every single thing in my gift guides so I can promise you that they're great, and they're all under £50 so won't break the bank. Now, time for the prezzies!

christmas affordable gift guide candles

Gift Idea: 
Candles

Who For: 
Mums, Friends, Female Relatives

How Much:
£24/ £10

Why This is a Great Gift: 

Candles are a nice simple gift when you don't know what to get someone, as I don't think I've never met someone that doesn't like them. They're great for anyone that loves home decor, enjoys nice scents or likes to take time to relax. There's a lot of different types so it's easy to make it a unique and thoughtful gift, and they cover such a range of price points from my beloved Ikea Vanilla Candle at 80 pence, to a giant Jo Malone candle at over £200 - it's up to you what you'd like to spend, although I'm not sure I could bring myself to burn anything from Jo Malone!

These are my two favourite candle options - the one on the left is an aromatherapy candle from Aequill. The full size is £24 with reduced price refills, and each candle is said to do something different - this one is to calm the heart and soften tension. My second candle option is a cheeky plug for my friend Krista's brand. Crystabelles combines aromatherapy and the healing power of crystals to create candles that help with different issues. Krista kindly gave me her "courage" candle just after I broke up with Adam - the combination of the tiger's eye crystal and fig and cassis scent is meant to help with emotional clarity, decision making and courage. It smells and looks beautiful, and I wasn't upset for long so I'm sure it helped!

christmas affordable gift guide

Gift Idea:
Pouches

Who For: 
Everyone!

How Much:
£17.50/£13.50

Why This is a Great Gift:

Okay forgive me, but I wasn't going to be able to do a gift guide without including an owl in there somewhere. These gorgeous pouches are from a brand called Santoro which is a luxury lifestyle brand that covers all things cute and kitch.... and also have an entire section for owl products on their site.  Ignoring the gorgeous owl staring at me (it's actually embroidered to look like feathers!), the reason I love these as a gift idea is because they're cute but also practical - they're perfect for anyone who travels a lot, is techy or someone who can never find anything in their bag (like me). At the moment I'm using the larger pouch for my makeup essentials while the smaller pouch lives in my bag holding SD cards, charging leads and power banks for working on the go.

christmas affordable gift guide

Gift Idea: 
Themed beauty products

Who For: 
Disney nerds & vintage addicts

How Much:
£7.99/£4.99

Why This is a Great Gift:

I know Beauty and the Beast has been everywhere this year, but when I saw these gorgeous rose bath petals I couldn't not include them! They're from a company called MAD BEAUTY who sell everything from Disney hand creams to Slush Puppie lip balms, but with how obsessed everyone is with Beauty and the Beast right now this was kind of a no-brainer. MAD BEAUTY products would be perfect for anyone that needs a bit of a pamper, is a Disney obsessive or loves all things vintage as they also have a stationary section on their site (which I actually left alone for once - are you proud of me??).

christmas affordable gift guide

Gift Idea:
Clip-on Phone Lenses

Who For:
Dads, tech junkies and photography nerds

How Much:
£19.99

Why This is a Great Gift:

Having loved photography for a long time I was always frustrated that I couldn't get a decent picture on my phone, and while I'd seen these lenses around for a while they always seemed like a bit of a fad, until this month when I got to try these amazing lenses from FireBox that, unlike so many others, worked incredibly well. The set comes with a wide angle, a macro and a fisheye lens and okay the fisheye is a bit novelty, but it's a bit of fun and the other two I've actually gotten a lot of use out of as more than just a gadget to play with. This pack is currently out of stock but they have the version with 5 lenses in, that has these three plus a telephoto and polarising lens that comes in a more professional looking kit (which I'm so tempted to buy as well because those extra two would be very handy!).

christmas affordable gift guide

Gift Idea:
Self-care Set

Who For:
Mums, Dads, friends or work colleagues.

How Much:
£16.99

Why This is a Great Gift:

I feel like a lot of people see gift sets as a cop-out, but personally I think they're great because they're easy to buy/create but also easy to personalise for the recipient. For this I've included a personal favourite of mine which is Burt's Bag Of Treats from Burt's Bees, which I love because it's so gentle if you've got sensitive skin and the beeswax is amazing for really chapped lips or skin. There are also great options for guys, or you could buy a wash bag and add in products that you think they'd love - it's completely up to you how personal and how simple you make this gift, so it's a great option for both people you don't know well or someone very close to you.

christmas affordable gift guide

Gift Idea:
VR Headset

Who For:
Dads, Brothers, nerds and tech lovers

How Much:
£4.99!! (Was £19.99)

Why This is a Great Gift:

Every year my family and I like to have something to play with on Christmas Day, and this year Virtual Reality has been everywhere! Originally I wasn't that impressed, but more and more apps are coming out that you can use VR headsets with, and with YouTube introducing the ability to upload 3D video it makes it less of a 5-minute gimmick, and instead something really cool that everyone can have a go on! I love this one from Maplin because it's affordable, my phone doesn't slide around inside, it's comfortable and works well.

christmas affordable gift guide

So that's it for today's affordable gift guide - let me know what your favourite gift idea was, and if you have anything that I've not mentioned then let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned tomorrow for my Luxury Gift Guide if you fancy splashing out a little more this Christmas.

Love and Feathers, 
 The Owlet 💜 

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Christmas Tag: Blogmas 2017


Hey Owlets, 

HAPPY BLOGMAS!!!

If you don't know what that is, it's where a few brave (or mad) bloggers write a blog post every day of the festive season; no way am I going to manage that but I do have a lot of Christmas content planned. I decided today, to mark the first day that Dad won't tell me off for playing Christmas music, I thought I'd give you a bit of a preview of what I'm planning, as well as completing a Christmas tag blog post as a bit of an intro!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Follow Me To: Dinner at the Italian Embassy!

Ciao Gusto on Ocado Italian Food Week

Hey Owlets,

I feel like I've said this to you before but it doesn't get any less true each time - I know that I'm very lucky to be where I am as a blogger but there are occasions where I feel like "Someone pinch me" because no way can these amazing opportunities have come from chatting rubbish on the internet.

 But again this year I have something incredible to share with you - a trip to the Italian Embassy in London (I know, I think I've peaked!). Last week we were invited for dinner with the ambassador and Ciao Gusto to celebrate Italian Food Week, as well as a year of Ciao Gusto being in the UK. If you don't know what that is, it's a collection of small Italian brands, like San Benedetto who make the best iced tea I've ever tasted,  that got together to sell their products on Ocado in the UK.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Review: Afternoon Tea at Rofuto, Birmingham


Hey Owlets!

I'm back with another review for you today - this time it's afternoon tea at one my favourite places in the country.  Rofuto is hands down one of the most incredible restaurants to visit in Birmingham, not just for the food but for the incredible view. The restaurant is on the 16th floor of the Park Regis hotel on Broad Street (about a 15 minute walk from New Street station, or change trains and it's 5 minutes to Five Ways station which is almost opposite the hotel).  As if the view alone isn't enough, the restaurant is absolutely beautiful.

Friday, 10 November 2017

October In Pictures

Royal Caribbean Independence of The Seas Cruise Ship Holiday

Hey Owlets,

Long time no see! It feels like ages since I wrote my last month in pictures post, but I did so little in September that I decided it wasn't worth writing. However, October more than makes up for it as it's been absolutely incredible!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Review: The Bath Arms, Longleat



Hey Owlets,

Today I'm doing something a little different - I'm not quite sure how this happened but I seem to have fallen into reviewing a lot of restaurants recently - not that I'm complaining! Today's, however, is particularly special because I got to visit the beautiful Bath Arms in Longleat.

This is probably one of the more idyllic places I've been - we pulled up to the kind of building that personifies "cosy country pub". We then spent 10 minutes trying to find somewhere to park as despite it being a hotel and restaurant, there were only about ten parking spaces to satisfy both parts of the business. Considering it's in the middle of nowhere so you have no choice but to take the car, the parking situation was a bit of a pain. We managed to park nearby alongside a grass verge, and after Dad helped me out the car over what felt like a mountain, we headed inside.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Things Have Changed

Heartbreak Break Up Advice Plus Size Blogger

Hey Owlets,

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit light on the blog post front recently. Being honest, 2017 has been both one of the best years of my life, but also with only two months of the year left, it’s pretty much been a write off. 

When I went on the cruise, I was running away to escape life for a while and it worked. I came back and vowed that I would stay how I felt after two weeks of finding myself along the Mediterranean coast. Obviously though, that didn’t last and I was soon retreating back under the duvet because it was easier than facing real life.