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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Essential Summer Fragrances from High Street to High End -- Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Gold by Zara and White Musk Libertine by The Body Shop

So it’s now officially summer and I am a sucker for a good perfume to help you smell your best in the hot weather. I have decided to talk about my three favourites that vary in price so there will be something for every budget!

I will start with my all-time favourite fragrance and that is Daisy by Marc Jacobs (eau de toilette):
Scent- I think everything about this perfume is perfect; It’s fresh and floral but sweet and slightly musky. Personally I can really smell the violet, jasmine and vanilla tones in this fragrance.  I adore this scent and could wear it casually in the day or for a dresser event in the evening as it’s so versatile.

Staying power- This has by far the best staying power of the three. I find this will last all day on me starting off fresh and floral then then fading wonderfully into a sweet floral vanilla tone with a slight musk by the end of the day.

Price- This is definitely on the pricer end with 50ml starting around £50 and going up to around £70 for 100ml. I have included a link to boots whose prices seem to be the most consistent here.

Gold by Zara Women (eau de toilette):
Scent- This is more of an evening perfume for me and not one I would wear during the day as it is a slightly more mature scent. It has an earthy berry rich scent that carries extremely well. Zara gold is actually a perfect dupe for Paco Rabanne Lady Million and is one third of the price!

Staying power- Not fantastic but good for the price, the fragrance doesn’t really fade into any other notes just reduces in strength until it’s gone.

Price- Only £15 for 100ml! I’m afraid I can’t find this online to post a link, so you will have to pop into your local Zara and see if they stock it.

White Musk Libertine by The Body Shop (eau de parfum):
Scent- This perfume has lower undertones of musk covered by a beautiful sweet floral scent. This makes it a perfect summer perfume for those that like the earthiness of musks, but want something lighter and fresher.

Staying power- I have to be honest when it comes to all body shop fragrances I find they don’t stay on my skin for more than a few hours. I find their perfumes last much longer when on sprayed on to clothing, but do be aware of staining! I wouldn’t advise spraying onto anything white.  This perfume fades beautifully though and leaves you with a light sweet floral scent before completely fading.

Price- The cost varies on sizing and whether you buy an eau de toilette (10% aromatic essence) or eau de parfum (15-20% aromatic essence). Eau de parfum will last longer due to higher concentrations of oils and is more expensive. Prices range from £10 -£22, this Fragrance can be found online here.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

8 Photos of Happiness Tag

I have always wanted to start my own tag but never quite knew what to do it on. I particularly love looking at photos on other peoples blogs so came up with this idea ‘8 photos of happiness tag’.

Rules and explanation of this tag:
·         Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
·         Link the creator (Ariel’s little corner of the internet)
·         Post your 8 photos of happiness;
§  The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
·         Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking!
·         Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers!

So without further ado here are my 8 photos of happiness!

Horses hold a special place in my heart and the happiest times of my life are when I'm around them.
I am such a massive animal person, I am always at my happiest with my pets.

Here are my gorgeous rats Othello and Damascus, they never fail to put a smile on my face.

My sand sculpture from Aberystwyth, I spent hours doing this and was far too proud of myself! 

Baths and smoothies = heaven!

I adore flowers they always make me smile.

I went to university in Aberystwyth and one thing I loved while there was the beautiful sunsets with the starlings.
I adore afternoon tea and I am always happy when having tea and cakes with good friends.

I nominate the following lovely and talented bloggers to complete this tag!

Thank for reading!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award -- 2015

Thank you so much to the lovely Michelle at sugardustandstarlight for nominating me, I had so much fun answering the questions!

Let’s start with the rules, which help explain a little bit about what this nomination is about: 
   1 - Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link them in your post.
   2 - Answer the ten questions you have been sent.
   3 - Come up with 10 questions of your own.
   4 - Spread the love and nominate up to 10 bloggers!

1.  What is your favourite book and why?
This is difficult as I absolutely adore reading! I mean Harry Potter is obviously fantastic and I grew up reading the series, so that was an important part of my teenage years. But since I was asked for one book I am going to go for The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Why? Because this book simply has everything I could ever ask for; it’s nice and long, beautifully written, has fantasy, adventure and magic but most importantly it’s such a page turner, I could not put it down!

2.  What did you do today?
The start of my day wasn’t that exciting I sat for 2 hours waiting around for a second set of x-rays on my hand. I had broken it horse riding by getting thrown off with my left hand tangled in the reins, it was very painful!
The second half was more exciting though I went shopping with a friend and spent for too much on macaroons, even though I was meant to be getting clothing! I then spent the rest of my evening watching once upon a time while stuffing my face full of the macaroons. My favourite was the violet flavour, so good!

3.  If you could have any pet, what would it be?
Ideally I would love my own horse, it’s almost impossible for me to have one in London, it’s just too expensive! Exotic animal wise I would love a Gray wolf, they are just stunning.

4.  What’s your current favourite song and why?
It’s not a current song but I recently re-watched beauty and the beast and I have been listening to the song ‘belle’ from it constantly (mush to the dismay of those living with me). Why? Because who doesn’t love a good heroine song from Disney.

5.  If you could give just one piece of advice for life, what would it be?
Do more of what makes you happy. Life is too short and you should enjoy every day as much as you can, nobody wants a life full of what ifs.

6.  Do you have a favourite quote and what is it?
‘The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.’-Walt Disney. I think it’s so easy for people to get caught up in trying to ‘fit in’ that they lose themselves. I truly believe a happier life is one when you are happy with who you are.

7.  What do you enjoy reading most in other people’s blogs?
I love hauls and favourites; I’m such a nosey person and love knowing what other people have bought!

8.  What’s your worst habit?
I can’t believe I’m admitting this on the internet but I have to check any bedroom I am sleeping in alone before I sleep. I don’t know what I’m looking for but I check the wardrobe, under the bed and behind the curtains, and then glance up to the ceiling. Crazy I know and yes I’m 23 but it’s become a bit of a habit now.

9.  What’s your favourite film and why?
I really can’t pick just one so I’m going for the fast and furious series. Why? I just love all the action, car stunts and the underlying theme of friendship running through it.

10.  How would you spend the perfect day?
My perfect day would be horse riding with friends through a flower lined forest followed by a nice long gallop on a tropical beach, ending with a BBQ and live music.

I nominate the following lovely and talented bloggers to complete this tag!

So here are my ten questions for my nominees!
1.       If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
2.       What would be your dream holiday?
3.       What’s your favourite type of blog post to write and why?
4.       Coffee or tea?
5.       If you had to be an animal for one day, what would you be and why?
6.       If you could suddenly become amazing at one skill, what would you pick?
7.       Favourite TV show at the moment and why?
8.       What’s your favourite snack or drink to have while blogging?
9.       If you could go back and visit your fourteen year old self, what advice would you give yourself and why?  
10.   Do you prefer books or films and Why?

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Healthy Quick and Easy Hummus Recipe

Summer is coming which means you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time out in the sun eating. So I have this quick and easy hummus recipe for you, perfect to take on all those summer picnics and impress your friends.

Hummus is so easy to make and once you know how you will never go back to shop bought!

-800g of tinned chickpeas usually two cans (leave some aside for garnish)
-8 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
-Juice from half a lemon
-2 tbsp of tahini
-2-3 cloves of garlic (if his is your first time making hummus try 2 first, the garlic is raw and comes out stronger than shop bought)
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Spring onion or coriander to garnish (optional)

Simply blend all your ingredients together and you are done! The hummus will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

This is a great basic hummus recipe as it can be easily adapted for different flavours by adding roasted garlic, coriander, red pepper, caramelised onions, paprika or chilli. Just experiment with it and have fun.

I absolutely adore hummus it’s packed full of protein and has great versatility, it’s great in sandwiches, on toast, as a dip or used in meals. I recently baked the hummus from this recipe on aubergine and it was delicious! See the photo below:

Serving suggestion - Hummus baked on aubergine with a balsamic carrot and cucumber salad.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Staying Safe When Drinking -- Ariel Answers

When you get to 18 in the Uk and 21 in America, you are legally allowed to drink and so will more than likely start to go out and drink with your friends. This is an exciting time but remember alcohol can inhibit your senses.

I have decided to write this article to help make sure you are able to have fun with your friends but still stay completely safe and hopefully avoid any stressful situations.

Staying safe:
~ Always keep an eye on your drink.
~ Never accept drinks off someone you don't know or don't trust. 
~ Remember you have no obligation to anyone. Drinking does lower your guard, it is not okay for someone to pester or touch you. If someone is making you uncomfortable let security know, they are there to help. 
~ Don't let anyone pressure you into drinking more than you want. Real friends will not stop being your friend simply because you said you've had enough. 
~ Avoid downing drinks, you will get very drunk very quickly without realising. Drink slowly and enjoy yourself.
~ Stick with your friends, you are safer in a group. 
~ Make sure before hand you know how to get back from the place you are going. There is nothing more stressful and dangerous than wandering around lost and intoxicated.
~ To avoid horrific hangovers have drinks with ice and drink a glass of water occasionally while out. Then when home have large glass before bed.  

Most importantly have fun and make plenty of memories with friends that you remember! 

Thanks for reading,