Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015, Hiya 2016

Hello everyone!

I'm feeling quite sad as I write this because Christmas is officially over, it's now New Year's Eve and then it's 2016 and before you know it, it'll be Christmas again, but sadly it's no longer Christmas. I honestly have no idea where this year has gone, so much has happened and it feels like it was Christmas 2014 was just yesterday and I don't know how to feel about it. 

 I feel sad because 1) it's not Christmas anymore and 2) it was literally 2014 about a minute ago. However I am looking forward to 2016 when I'll be more focused on blog writing (get this - regular posts!) and I'll also be launching my beauty business (properly) that I will be running from home alongside working full time. I'm really excited about that because a) I've wanted to run a blog for ages and next year I'm going to put my all into it and b) I've had a Beauty-4-U for ages but have never had any motivation to do it properly. But this time it's going to be different and I'm going to put 100% into everything, even doing my hair in the morning, because when do I ever bother putting an effort into my hair? The answer is bascially never.

From selfies, to Berlin, to Amsterdam, to Christmas, to college girls, parties, to birthdays, to Chris and my family and Kaiser, here's some of my fave pictures and memories from 2015 (in no particular order) as shown to you via the power of Instagram photos.

 I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2016. xxx
 

 See you all next year, and may your 2016 be the worlds best time!


Love, Danielle xx

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

10 THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT STUDYING BEAUTY THERAPY

Hello everyone!

I've been feeling quite nostalgic recently about college, it's been a whole seven months since I left college and I miss it. I really do miss it. Working in a salon is not the same as learning at college and I would do about ten more years at college if I could get a massage and a facial every single week, I'd be living the dream. So I thought I'd share with you what you might want to know about studying beauty therapy....
(ft some of my fave pictures of me and the collage gals, and then just some major throwbacks!)

Jess' Bday Bash | Zoe's Bday Bash | NYE | Bea, Em and Dan go iceskating ♥
1. Your homework will include things such as 'growing hair'. In ALL areas. Sorry boys.

2. It will be a predominately female environment and there will be some moments in the first year, but you'll gerenally get over it in the second year.

3. You will become very close with your fellow classmates as you will have to see parts of them that you definitely wouldn't see if you were doing any other course... err hello bikini-line waxing.

4. If you master the art of epilation you will master the world... well basically.

5. People might look down at you when you say you're studying beauty therapy, but you'll get used to it.

6. You'll also find yourself telling people that there is deffo loads of science involved - and actually there is. Oh anatomy and physiology, I really don't miss you.

7. Beauty isn't just make-up and nails... there is SO much more to it then you could ever imagine.

8. When you study massage you technically can have a nap in your lesson when it's not your turn to work, which is always a wonderful thing - just make sure you work first!

9. Beauty Therapy opens the doors to sooooo many oppurtunities, hello salon, hello spa, hello mobile and oh, hello cruise ship? Yes please.

10. You are going to have the best job in the world, and making people happy is the most rewarding thing.

Dan & Zo at Christmas | Who doesn't love a lift selfie?! | Peace out. | #barerebs ♥
And here's all of us on our very last ever day at college. So emosh.





So that's it for this blog post, and if you're considering a career in beauty, there's just some things that ya might want to know and even if ya don't wanna become a beauty therapist there's a little nosy into what happens at college.
 I love my job and I'm so happy that I've found what I want to do with my life as a proper adult, scary.

Hope you enjoyed this post!


Love, Danielle xx



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Saturday, 7 November 2015

IT'S OFFICIALLY CHRISTMAS!

I know I'm not the only one who LOVES Christmas but I'm one of the few people that starts getting ready for it in OCTOBER. Which no one else really understands, but by this time of the year it's definitely autumnal, which means it's almost winter, which means it's almost Christmas and I am not joking when I'm about to say I've already had the Christmas CD in the car when it's been dark and cold and I've been driving home. I've only bought one Christmas present, but that's not the point, I'm ready for it to be Christmas, right now.

But now that we are in November it seems that everyone will soon be in Christmas mode after Bonfire Night is gone. There's just so many things to love about Christmas, buying presents, decorating your home, decorating the tree and just generally feeling festive, and here are my 5 top tips on how to have the best Christmas ever.

1. Start planning for Christmas as early as poss.
If you're anything like how I used to be, you'll leave Christmas shopping until the last possible moment (Christmas Eve I'm looking at you) and then it'll be a mad dash to get all your presents, the shop will be absolutely heaving because everyone is doing the same thing as you, and all the good presents will be already gone. But this year I have already bought my first Christmas present and next week, I'm planning to go shopping to get the rest. So you don't have to plan super early and start buying your Xmas pressies in the January sales, but October/November is a good time to start.

Or you can be well cheeky and buy all of your Christmas shopping online from the comfort of your own living room/bedroom where you can stay in your jammies, andnot even have to worry about brushing your hair - or if you don't have time to go to the shops this is a good one for you too.

2. Put your decorations up as early in December as you can.
If you struggle to get into the Christmas season and all of the festivities, putting your decorations up on the 1st December will just remind you, everyday, that it is infact Christmas soon and you wouldn't want to be a bah humbug now would you? Well I'll leave that up to you, but if you have multiple Santa's staring at your face when you're watching TV then it might be kind of hard not to feel festive.

3. Christmas jumpers are a must-have. 
It doesn't matter how old you are, you must have a Christmas jumper, the cringey-er, the better in my eyes. It's just so pleasing to wear an garmet that is literally screaming CHRISTMAS in everyone's faces. And if you have any Christmas Jumper parties coming up then it's always good to be prepared. Oh, and fyi, Primark has some well good Christmas jumpers that are tacky, Xmas-sy and just perfect.

But if you want a Christmas jumper but don't want to go all out, then you can get a slightly subtler Christmas jumper that has a Christmas-esque about it but it doesn't have flashy lights or a snowman that has a sticky-out knitted orange nose. I bought this one below two years ago from soinfashion and this isn't so in ya face kind of thing, oh and just excuse the hair - it was two years ago!
 
4. Make sure you have plenty Christmas food and drink.
You should deffo stock up on all of your Christmas food & drink before Christmas Eve, but it will probably be a good idea to store it all out of sight and forget about it until Christmas - cos when you're two thirds of the way through that tin of Roses before December 1st, you might start to regret it (we've all been there). If you're having all the fam around make sure you stock up on chocolates, cheese and biscuits, mince pies, bucks fizz and toast and paté... and if you have all of that.. I'll be round at two. 

5. Remember to have fun!
Sometimes Christmas can be stressful with all of the shopping, cooking and whatnot, so make sure that you relax during the festivities so that there's less arguements and less stressing so that you can actually enjoy Christmas and being with all of your fave peeps and have a Happy Christmas - eat lots, drink plenty, stay safe and have fun, cos you only get Christmas once a year.

It's not Christmas yet, but it's November so it's basically December, so it's basically Christmas.
But I hope you enjoyed my top tips on how to have the best Chrimbo.


Love, Danielle xx

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Monday, 26 October 2015

the travel diaries:A M S T E R D A M ❤️

Iamsterdam.



Last month, Chris and myself took a little trip to Amsterdam which was a pretty cool place to go. We arrived on Tuesday evening at 9:20pm and we flew into Schipol airport. We did infact book this holiday through Wowcher and although you get a good deal at a good price, the flight times and the airport choices aren't guaranteed as they can only allow you to spend something like a minimum of forty hours in your chosen destination. Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely little trip - but we both wished we could have gone for longer. We ended up flying from Southend Airport which was quite nice as we had been to Southend previously on Easter bank hol weekend so we knew the area (kind of) and it was the worlds smallest airport which was great considering I was feeling really anxious the night before about the whole airport and the flight and about packing my suitcase - which isn't really much to be worrying about like my family and Chris were telling me.

We got a taxi to our hotel which was the Best Western Blue Square and it was a really lovely hotel, but it was about €40 from the airport, which was fine because we did kind of expect to be paying that much - but if we had an earlier flight we could have gotten the bus or the tram which would have been much cheaper. The room was clean which is always a good thing but there was nothing special about it other than that it was a double bed rather than two singles. The lady on reception was very lovely and helped us with maps and where the nearest tram stop was and what trams that would take us into the centre. 

On the first night we checked in, dropped our bags and were basically straight back out, to catch a tram into the centre. The very first place we went was Burger King - and when you're on Slimming World, like me, you've wasted two days worth of syns... but I was on holiday so it doesn't count - because we were starving, having eaten lunch in the car and then a Nando's about 3 o'clock. Then we wandered the streets of Amsterdam until we stumbled across the Red Light District and that was definitely something different.
From L-R: Airplane selfie, 'English' breakfast, Sex Mesuem ft Converse, One of the many canals in Amsterdam




When people say there the girls are like mannequins in shop windows - they're not lying. We walked around and saw all of the women and we saw a few clubs showing sex shows, and both Chris and I decided that this was something that we wanted to do. So we paid €35 to watch one of the shows - and they were weird but it was a rather, enlightening experience shall we say haha?!

I won't go into detail with them, but if you're in Amsterdam, I would highly recommend it just for the experience and the lols. We watched about 3 acts, and then decided at half 1 in the morning, it was probably time to go back to the hotel, so we got a snack from one of the many snack bars that are dotted around and got a taxi back which was around €25.

The next day we woke up quite late, but were out of the hotel by about half 11. We did say we wanted to get up early but I think we were both quite tired and wanted a little bit of lay in haha! We went into the centre again in search of some breakfast and we found a bar/restaurant that sold an English breakfast and headed in there. It wasn't a proper one but I suppose you can only get those over here! We then headed over to the Sex Museum which was again an experience that was full of so many giggles  and it was only €4 entry, which was quite reasonable and there was definitely alot to look at!


From L-R: A very pretty building in the centre, a very wet selfie by the canal, the Iamsterdam sign selfie ft the Rijksmuseum, aaand D is for Danielle

After that we went back to the Red Light District and I'm not entirely sure we were in the same place, it all looked so different and there was no signs or anything to say where we were - so probs were in wrong place aha! (although Chris is convinced he knew where we were) so would recommend doing that in the day time as well to see the difference and how well it's covered up - although when we got back Chris' cousin said that there were some in the day but unfortunately we didn't see any of those so maybe we could have done a little more exploring, but when we were at the RLD it started to rain which was annoying as it had been sunny up until then, wah!

We did the whole coffee shop experience, and Chris ate most of the space cake we were sharing, and I would recommend only one of you doing it at a time if you're only there for a short period as if I had had one aswell we both would have been too high to have any sort of direction or urgency (which Chris didn't have after about an hour of eating the cake!)

We walked down to Anne Frank's House but unfortunately that was closed on the Wednesday which was our only full day in Amsterdam which was a bit annoying but that was something I really wanted to do - guess we'll have to go back!

Then we got the tram to see the Iamsterdam sign near the Rijksmuseum after we had a pizza between us, and a few calorie high snacks (waffle for Chris, giant cookie for me), and the sign was pretty cool, although quite busy and full of tourists (us being two of them). Then we went back to the hotel and got some more chocolate, I was reading a book, Chris was watching Youtube videos and then we both fell asleep - so much for a wild time in Amsterdam haha!

The next morning was Thursday and we were flying at 9:55am so got a taxi at half seven in the morning, had breakfast at the airport and then flew home. The flight time was amazing, we were in the air for a total of 35 minutes and for someone like me who doesn't like flying it was amazing!

Overall I really enjoyed Amsterdam, but I wish it was for longer, and next time I wouldn't go through Wowcher and would book it directly myself - it was definitely an experience that I won't be forgetting anytime soon, and it certainly is different from living here... and oh, there's so many bikes!

I hope you enjoyed reading about Amsterdam and I've sold it to you well!
I know this post is late as I actually went to Amsterdam over a month ago, but never mind haha!


Love, Danielle xx



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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES ♡



Hello everyone!

So I thought that I'd get back into blogging and what better way than to start with this cookie recipe that creates bloomin' gorgeous tasting (& looking) cookies. I won't lie to you, this picture is making me crave them but sadly they're all gone now *sob*. But if it's making you crave them too then you'll probs want the recipe, so keep reading!

♥ CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES / OPTIONAL WITH SMARTIES! ♥

 

I N G R E D I E N T S

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g soft butter
  • 1 large egg
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g bar of chocolate (milk, dark or white- whatever your preference, I used milk!)
  • Packet of smarties (these are optional, I wanted to use them to decorate but mixed them in with the cookie batter and didn't have any left over to put on top - so if you want to do this I would recommend using two packets)
  • Packet of chocolate chips (can't remember how many grams it was but it was a standard packet!)
Oven Temperature: 180 degrees / Gas mark 4
Serves: 9 large cookies / 9+ if you make them smaller than I did! :)

R E C I P E


+ Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy
+ Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix those in together
+ Sieve the flour into the mix and fold it in (to do this I used a metal spoon.)
+ Take half of the chocolate and cut it up into small pieces.
+ Add the chocolate chips to the cookie mix along with the chocolate pieces that you've just cut up. Optional: Add smarties into the mix here as well - I did but you can't see them!
+ Spoon the cookies out onto a baking tray (I made quite big cookies, so I was able to make 9 but if you want smaller cookies then you can probably make some more.)
+ Cut the rest of the chocolate into small chunks and press them into the top of the cookies. Optional: If you want your cookies to look colourful use some extra smarties and press them into the top of the cookies aswell.
+ Place the cookies in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.
+ Take out of the oven and leave to cool... and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy making and eating them just as much as I did! 


Love, Danielle xx

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