22 November 2017

30 of the Best Black Friday Fashion Deals


It’s that time of year again - Black Friday is almost upon us! An American tradition following Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of November, the UK has hopped upon the Black Friday bandwagon for the last few years - and this year isn't any different.

It’s one of the most helpful shopping periods of the year for everyone, situated right before Christmas, so we can buy gifts for our loved ones for up to half the price of what we’d normally pay for them.

However, it’s especially loved by fashionistas nationwide, as it means that we can buy ourselves those cheeky early Christmas presents we’ve had our beady eyes on and lined up on our wishlists for weeks now.

Let us at ‘em!

Without further ado, here are 30 of the best Black Friday fashion deals. (You’re welcome!)


1. All Saints


30% off everything site-wide until Tuesday 28th November.

2. Amazon


Black Friday Preview began on Friday 17th November, with new deals being added to the site daily.

3. ASOS


New deals daily (up to 60% off shoes and accessories at the time of writing) but hinting to newsletter members that the best deals will go live on Black Friday.

4. Accessorize


30% off evening bags and 3-for-2 Christmas decorations at the moment.

5. Barbour


Free exclusive lambswool scarf that’s worth £34.95 when you spend £150 or more, both in-store and online from 12:01am on Black Friday.

6. Boohoo


30% off everything site-wide this Black Friday week.

7. Cheap Monday


25% off everything across the site from Friday 24th until Monday 27th November.

8. Dorothy Perkins


Up to 50% off selected items online until Monday 27th November.

9. Debenhams


"7 Days of Amazing Deals" is happening with 30% off every department currently, plus further daily discounts.

10. Dune


Up to 20% off everything, both in-store and online, during the Black Friday period.

11. Forever 21


40% off shoes and accessories as a "Black Friday Warm-up" and free delivery on orders over £50.

12. French Connection


Up to 50% off men's and women's clothing, 20% off tableware, and 3-for-2 gift sets which are ideal for family stocking fillers.

13. GAP


40% off everything that’s full price, excluding leather, suede, and cashmere, and a further 25% off sale items from Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th November.

14. H&M


Up to 40% off and free delivery on women’s fashion, with an extra 10% off for H&M club members.

15. Hobbs


20% off everything site-wide, with more deals added every day across different categories, until Monday 27th. 


16. Hunter


20% off everything at the moment for Black Friday, so time to purchase some of their famous, fashionable wellies perhaps?

17. Karen Millen


25% off everything in-store and online, with new deals being added to the sale daily, until Monday 27th November.

18. Levis


30% off everything at the moment which will change to 40% on Black Friday (early access to 40% off available to newsletter members).

19. Miss Pap


30% off everything and free delivery over £50 via Miss Pap’s website.

20. Miss Selfridge


50% off selected lines, both in-store and online, as part of their “Black Friday Preview” indicating there are more deals to come.

21. Motel Rocks


Up to 40% off everything site-wide, with further deals on actual Black Friday.

22. Nasty Gal


Up to 50% off everything on their site, including sale, with free next day delivery.

23. New Look


25% off footwear and accessories at the moment, as part of their "Black Friday Warm-Up".

24. Oasis


30% off selected winter warmers on their site presently, consisting of knits, dresses, and outerwear.

25. Office


20% off everything both in-store and online.

26. Pretty Little Thing


30% off everything except the Kourtney Kardashian collection, which has 50% off on Wednesday 23rd.

27. River Island


Up to 40% off selected lines site-wide, with an indication that there will be more deals on Black Friday.

28. Topshop


Up to 50% off, plus free worldwide delivery, from Wednesday 22nd until Monday 27th November.

29. Urban Outfitters


Buy one get one 50% off everything from Thursday 23rd until midnight on Sunday 26th November.

30. Warehouse


Up to 30% off some of their Autumnal favourites and best sellers throughout this Black Friday period.


Shopaholics, rejoice!
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16 November 2017

How to Perfect Wavy Hair All Year Round


It's officially autumn, the mornings are dark and chilly, and we don't even want to get out of bed - let alone have to mess with our hair before work or a long day of errand-running.

I totally get it.

This time of year, we just want to be able to get up and run out of the door last minute with minimal effort required. Oh, to be a Kardashian with our own team of hair stylists and make-up artists on hand everyday.

*Daydreams*

But, there is a hairstyle you can rock that only takes two minutes to complete, because you've done most of the hard work the night before.

Step forward, wavy hair.

You might have been fooled into thinking that wavy hair only looks good during the summer months, because it has that "just came from the beach" kind of appearance. But, I personally think that wavy hair looks awesome all year round.

I constantly get asked how I achieve my natural wavy hair look, so I thought I'd share my top tips in this post. You're welcome!


1. Wash and condition your hair as normal.

First thing's first, shampoo your hair and use a conditioner on it as normal. If you have thin hair, I recommend applying a volume-enhancing combo, or a shampoo or conditioner that caters primarily for hair that lacks thickness.

2. Use a repairing oil to nourish your hair.

Once you get out of the shower and you've brushed and towel-dried your hair, apply a repairing oil that will rehydrate your hair and enhance its natural shine. 

I can't survive without Moroccanoil and use a small five pence piece on my hair every time I wash it. It keeps my tresses nice and soft, as well as in a healthy condition.

3. Let your hair half-dry naturally.

I usually leave my hair to half-dry naturally. Or, if it's winter and it's freezing outside, I half-dry it with a hairdryer.

Either way, just make sure that your hair is only damp before the next step, and not sopping wet.

Nice one, pal.

4. Plait your hair.

Depending on your requirements for the end result, plait your hair accordingly. By this I mean: do French plaits if you want tighter, curlier waves, or normal pig-tail plaits if you want more carefree, loose-looking waves.

If you need a helping hand, simply call upon your roommate, Mum, neighbour - whatever works!

5. Leave your plaits overnight.

After plaiting my hair, I usually leave it overnight to dry. 

My tip here is not to unleash your sexy, new, wavy mane until it's completely dry. Sometimes I even leave my plaits in over two nights for a more defined wave.

6. Let down your hair and apply a smoothing cream.

Once you've taken out your plaits, simply run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves. Then, take a smoothing cream (I swear by VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Cream) and apply it through your tresses and across the top of your roots. 

This smoothing cream will eliminate any flyaways, as well as encourage curl prominence. 

7. Backcomb and style with hairspray to finish.

If your hair isn't looking as wavy as you hoped, no worries - you can backcomb it at the roots using a tail comb for added texture and oomph.

The final step is to spritz your hair with hairspray and then you're good to go!


It might be difficult to work out what works for you in terms of your ideal level of curl definition and overall aesthetic. But, once you do, it's so worth it!

And you might just find that you've found a wavy hair look that you can wear all year round.

#WavyHairWin

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9 November 2017

7 Things I Miss About England When I'm Away


It's been a while since I've been back in my home country. Over six weeks, in fact.

Why, I hear you ask?

Well, I'm across the pond. I'm in the USA visiting my American boyfriend, who lives in Green Bay. Come Saturday though, I'll be on that hairy plane back to Manchester.

Have I loved my time in Wisconsin? Oh, for sure. But do I look forward to coming home? You betcha.

Why? Simply put: there's no place like England. Am I right or am I right?

Here are 7 things I miss about England when I'm away.

1. The accents.

Yes, I love the American accent. And I love the amount of people I get asking me how I am, or telling me to have a great day, even when I've only headed to McDonald's for a cheeky Drive Thru McFlurry. 

Americans might be extremely friendly, with an accent that's wonderful on the ears, but I miss my dear Yorkshire folk.

I miss people greeting me with an "alright, mate" or "hey up, love". I miss being stared at in the street and how miserable people look on their morning commute. I even miss being completely left alone when I visit shops on my local high street or ride the train into the city.

But, most of all, I miss the wonderful English accents. We have such variety in our country with an array of interesting accents - and I cannot wait to hear them all again.

2. The food.

Sure, pancakes, doughnuts, burgers and junk food are all good. But, after a while, I start to long for pie and mash and Wetherby Whaler's famous fish and chips.

And don't get me started on Yorkshire roast dinners. They're pretty much a party in your mouth.

It's also really difficult to get a good cup of tea here. When you order tea in a coffee shop, you tend to get an iced, sweetened version that simply isn't right. It's quite a distressing experience.

Give me a good ol' Yorkshire brew any day.


3. The TV shows.

I might have my ol' buddy, ol' pal Netflix to keep me company whilst I'm over here, but what about the rest of the trashy TV shows that I know and love?

Made in Chelsea, Geordie Shore, TOWIE... I can't get them via Google, I've already tried.

Thank goodness I've got the Kardashians to keep me going, or I might just start having a nervous breakdown.

4. The supermarkets.

Every supermarket looks and feels like Costco over here.

Yes, our supermarkets are smaller (oh Tesco, you bae <3), but they have everything that we need. And, on the whole, food is so much cheaper to buy in UK supermarkets.

I mean, $6 for a gluten free loaf of bread? No thanks, pal.


5. British fashion.

I can't believe that it's taken me until point number five to get onto the subject of fashion... I'm a fashion blogger and writer FFS!

But, it's true - us Brits are well-known around the world for our unique sense of style. We also like to dress nicely, even for a casual affair, whereas a lot of other countries just throw on whatevs for a cheeky trip to Nando's.

Also, street fashion is kind of a thing in England.

I miss being inspired by peeps just walking around our local shopping centre, and being able to nip to my favourite high street retailers whenever I want.

Topshop, H&M, New Look and Primark, you ma homegirls! I'll be back soon <3

6. The charm of the communities.

We might be a small country, but my-oh-my, are we mighty!

One massive thing that I've learned since I've been away this time around is: our little villages and towns have so much character.

Even in small communities, there's always things to do, nice walks you can take, and sights to see. You can't walk anywhere in the US. You literally have to drive to get to your local corner shop.

Well, actually. They don't have corner shops. Everything is on a much bigger scale.

The England communities might be more compact, but they're just so bloody cute! Our country has charm in abundance.

And we've got that nice to stuff to look at everywhere. You know, the quintessential English countryside. There's that.



7. My friends and family.

I love being away and getting to know a different place. This time to Wisconsin, in particular, I'll have been here for seven weeks in total. I'm practically living with my boyfriend, as he just moved into a new apartment on his own right before I got here. 

It's been great, but it's been a different experience - living like a local. But the one major thing that's missing?

The rest of my loved ones.

Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with my amazing boyfriend, but I sure as hell miss all my other crazies - and my dog.

Friends and fam-a-lam, I'm so excited to see you all!


If only I could mix my two worlds so that I could have everything and everyone I love in one place, then I'd be the luckiest gal in the world. Maybe one day, eh?

In the mean time, I'm looking forward to being back in my home country with my own kind. 

Because England is awesome. There's absolutely no doubt about it <3

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2 November 2017

5 of My Favourite Articles That I Wrote in October


Hey, guys!

If you're new to this blog - welcome. If you're a loyal reader - welcome back.

The latter will know that I recently started doing a round-up every four weeks of my favourite articles that I'd written as a freelance writer during that particular month. (If you missed the July, August and September instalments, catch up on them here, here and here.)

I'll also start including a little overview of how things are going with my business Dream Scribe for those who are interested! #freelancewriterclub

October was a great month for me and my biz. In fact, it marked six months since I started this whole freelance writing thang. And, I have to say, it's going swimmingly!

I actually had my first four-figure month (mini Mexican wave in celebration of me - a-woohoo) which is a milestone I'm so happy to have reached in such a short space of time.

I'm still writing primarily in the fashion and travel niches, but I've also branched out further into the lifestyle/happiness/self-help sector, which I hope will continue to progress. As a 27-year-old millennial woman who's been through a helluva lot (haven't we all?), I have plenty of stories to tell and tips to share on how we could all live our best lives!

Without further ado, here are 5 of my favourite articles that I wrote in October.

Fashion

1. How to Choose the Right Clothing for a Gift



With Christmas around the corner, I thought this article was very fitting for October's round-up. 

I don't know about you guys, but I really struggle with buying gifts for other people sometimes - especially when it involves clothing. In this article for Love to Know, I share my knowledge and expertise to make sure you purchase a clothing gift that your loved one will not only wear, but wear with pride.

Beauty

2. You're Going to Love These AW17 Beauty Trends



Sure, I love to explore fashion trends season upon season (check out my AW17 fashion trend round-up here), but I also adore seeing what's new in the world of beauty.

As an avid make-up lover, I was only too happy to write this trends-based article for fashion retailer Obsessory, which includes details from the AW17 designer runways. You're welcome, fellow beauty fanatics!

Dating and Relationships

3. Ladies, Chill Out! Let Him Miss You



My friends always tend to come to me with their dating and relationships problems. Why, I hear you ask? Well, they say that I give good advice.

One of my friends (who will remain She Who Shall Not Be Named) was recently making a lot of mistakes when it came to guys, bless her. She wasn't giving the guys that she was dating any opportunities to miss her. Therefore, she inspired this article for women's lifestyle magazine The Bolde, in the hope that other ladies out there will also benefit from it.

Mental Health

4. From Socialite to Recluse: Depression and My College Years



This article was an incredibly personal one for me to write. I was first diagnosed with depression during my university years, and I have battled with it on and off ever since.

I wanted to share my story through mental health community Sad Runner, solely for the reason that it might help someone out who currently in a similar situation as I was. 

Remember, depression is an illness and we must fight back!

Family

5. 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Dad



Let's end this on a feel-good note, shall we?

Your Dad is one of the most significant and influential people in your life. In this article, I explore 10 subjects that you should ask your Dad about whilst you can. Trust me, it'll make you want to go give your Dad a big ol' hug. 


That's all for this month, folks! Hope you lovelies all had a fabulous Halloween and have an even better Bonfire Night!

Let the Christmas countdown begin.

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26 October 2017

5 of the Hottest Fashion Trends for AW17


Following on from the fun, playful fashion of the Spring/Summer 17 season, fall brings with it more of the same, with added drama and boldness.

If you thought SS17 was standout, think again. Whether you're an avid fashion follower, or like to dip in and out of the trends every now and again, I've got you covered.

Here are 5 of the hottest fashion trends for AW17.

1. Boy meets girl.


Androgyny is huge this season, with an abundance of designers rewriting the rules when it comes to designated female and male fashion.

Take inspiration from Burberry, who sent models down their catwalk in relaxed fit knitted jumpers, paired with long-length boyfriend blazers and tailored trousers. Or A.Kira Design, who sent both sexes down their runway in gender-neutral, oversized separates. 

Also, if you haven't invested in fall's key wardrobe staple (the grey check blazer) then I suggest you do so - pronto!

In fact, grey tailoring in general is hot right now. Whether you decide to rock it in the form of a head-to-toe suit a la Victoria Beckham, or just use your boyfriend's blazer to finish off your look a la Calvin Klein, this androgynous trend is cool and quirky - and packs a real fashion punch this fall. 


2. RED alert.


Although this prominent hue was featured in abundance at the A/W 17 shows, it was through a range of different shades and styles. Tomato red trouser suits reigned supreme at Givenchy and Gucci, whereas it was all about the brick red standout coats at Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

At the other end of the spectrum, burgundy and deep wines were taken to the next level at shows such as Preen and Max Mara, through oversized knits and accessories. Then, not for the faint-hearted, scarlet red sheer dresses were spotted at Alexander McQueen and Chloe.

If you’re not feeling brave, simply rock this fiery colour through key outfit accents, such as a belt or a scarf. However, if you’re up for it, wear the trend head-to-toe or through key wardrobe staples - and you’re guaranteed to be the ultimate lady in red this season.


3. Hippie chic.


Bohemian chic was showcased on designer catwalks for AW17 through an abundance of 60s and 70s style pieces that emulated the famous hippie vibe.

You can follow the lead of Bora Aksu's by wearing flat hats and crochet dresses this fall, wear long, floaty, printed dresses a la Mulberry, or even rock a tan shearling coat like Coach.

As well as clothing, designers were also keen to showcase tribal girl-style jewellery, through unique gemstones and pretty beading through bracelets and rings. It was all about stacking ‘em as high as possible in order to make the maximum amount of impact!

Simply channel your inner free spirit by throwing on a pretty floral dress, or paisley playsuit, with fringed boots, some form of shearling jacket and plenty of bohemian-style jewellery - for a look that screams sassy and carefree this fall.


4. Pink to make the boys wink.


This invigorating colour trend is an extension of the ice-cream pastel pink shades of the summer.

However, these powdery hues have been given a bit of a revamp. Not only did we see pretty pastel ruffled dresses at Emilia Wickstead and Lanvin, but we also saw neon pink tulle dresses at Molly Goddard. That’s right - pink just got more powerful!

If that isn’t enough, fuchsia is having a major fashion moment this fall. This bold hue was present through key pieces at Valentino, such as fuchsia coats, but was also rocked through full outfit ensembles at Emporio Armani and H&M. We also saw plenty of fuchsia trouser suits across many different designers.

The good thing about this AW17 colour trend is that any shade and any style goes - all you need is the confidence to let your outfit do the talking.


5. Sci-fi cool.


If you’re not into androgyny, and the grey check blazer everybody's going crazy for, you can go down a slightly different route and feature metallic grey in your closet (aka silver). Sci-fi looking silver dresses went hand-in-hand with the space theme at Chanel, complete with their very own rocket launchpad, whilst fluid lame evening dresses stood out for all the right reasons at Paco Robanne.

In keeping with this space-age look, we also saw glitter boots, metallic jackets and planet-inspired accessories at Christopher Kane and Mugler. Even Michael Kors got in on the action, showing off a long, flowing silver jumpsuit as their hero piece.

If you're still not sure, simply invest in clothing separates with exaggerated lines and loose structures that have been manufactured from a fusion of fabrics to successfully pull off ultimate sci-fi cool this fall.


Happy shopping!

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