Friday 22 September 2017

What's Going On At Trinity Leeds Student Lock In 2017 This Year?


Welcome to a brand new blog post! Trinity Leeds Student Lock In is happening again very very, very soon and I thought that today I would talk to you all about it today! 

Trinity Leeds love to celebrate students coming to study at Leeds via the many universities and educational facilities that are within Leeds via putting on a student event for one night of the year which is filled with discounts, giveaways and freebies to ensure that students are introduced to the friendly shopping community of Leeds in a positive way. 

I thought that today I would tell you guys the events that are going on throughout the night which means that if you find something that you like the sound of and you're a student within Leeds then it means that you can go along, have a look and take advantage of the offer. 


360 Champagne & Cocktails
20% off
T&Cs: selected list of cocktails. No shots.
20% off
10% off skincare, haircare, cosmetics and more!
T&Cs: Exclusions TBC
10% off
T&Cs: Excluding sale items. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.
Buy one get one free and Boba jars 3 for £12.95.
20% off
20% off food and 2-4-1 cocktails
T&Cs: All day 26th September
Caffé Nero
Buy any food item and get a free hot drink
Centros Unico
1 free session when purchasing any package.
T&Cs: Excluding aesthetic medicine
Charles Tyrwhitt
10% off and 15% off suits
Chicago Rib Shack
30% off, happy hour on selected drinks, lucky dip
T&Cs: On food only, must have valid student ID, not to be used with other promotions. Lucky dip wth loyalty cards with any purchase.
Chip + Fish
£5 Haddock & Chips and £5 crispy chicken wrap & chips
Duck 'N Roll
Spend £10 get 20% off
25% off and discount voucher given with any piercing
T&Cs: exclusions apply.
Comptoir Libanais
25% off
Costa Coffee
10% off
T&Cs: closing at 8pm
Cote Brasserie
Offer cards and open all evening!
40% off food
T&Cs: All day 26th September.
10% off
T&Cs: With valid student ID only.
Open all evening
Dorothy Perkins
20% off
2% off on foreign currency
T&Cs: Valid with student ID
Giving out vouchers inclusive of a mixture of tickets, drinks and food.
Everything Everywhere
20% off live rental discount off contracts.
10% off
T&Cs: Excludes 2-for-1 deals and any other offers. 28 day return policy (exchange or gift card only)
Fraser Hart
10% off
T&Cs: Except Tudor watches and sale items.
Fuel Juice
50% off everything
50% off food and happy hour 50% off selected drinks/cocktails/bottles/wines
10% off and free Jelly Belly samples
20% off
Handmade Burger Co
25% off
T&Cs: Food only
15% off
T&Cs: All day 26th September
Hotel Chocolat
10% off
T&Cs: Valid on entire bill
Jack & Jones
25% off
T&Cs: Valid on everything apart from sale/ discounted. Exchange only.
Joe Delucci's
Buy one get one free smoothies & milkshakes
10% off
Krispy Kreme
£12.50 classic double dozen  and £1.50 upgrades
T&Cs: Valid with student ID only.
20% off
T&Cs: Full price items only
10% off full price purchases over £10
T&Cs: Full price items only
Love Aroma
20% off
T&Cs: Excludes sale items
20% off
10% off
T&Cs: With valid student ID.
Marks & Spencer
Sparks promotion and open all evening!
£1.99 vouchers up for grabs
50% off food and Propaganda DJ all night!
20% off and half price offers
Moss Bros
15% off
Models Own
Spend £20 and get 20% off, 5 for £20 on nail varnish, free gift for every customer and first 50 paying customers will receive a free gift set.
Mr Pretzels
£1 off pretzels
T&Cs: Excluding pretzel bits, sticks and pizza pretzels. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
My Cookie Dough
50% off
10 free meals!
T&Cs: Winning tables and times are picked at random in advance of the student evening, the competition will run between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, valid only on food - drinks are not included, winners will be notified at the point of payment.
New Look
20% off
50% off Selected departments!
10% off Lipsy
T&Cs: On lipsy range only
20% off all refresh handset plans and accessories
T&Cs: Must have access to uniday
20% off
20% off
T&Cs: Only valid with wristband or student discount card. Exclusions will apply. Discount not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not to be used on sales of gift cards.
Pho Cafe
25% off food and drink
Margherita 12” £5, Margherita 12” + soft drink £6.50, Pepperoni 12” + pint larger £9.95 and 25% off food menu, meal deal offers excluded
T&Cs: Only valid 26th September
Open all evening!
20% off
T&Cs: Only valid on 26th September
River Island
20% off
Roast & Conch
20% in the Café
T&Cs: Valid on entire bill
Rola Wala
50% off rolls and bowls and 20% off cards up for grabs
20% off full price shoes
10% off
T&Cs: With valid student ID only
TGI Fridays
2-4-1 cocktails and 10% off food bill
T&Cs: 10% off all night and 2-4-1 cocktails during 4.30pm - 6.30pm & 8pm - 10pm. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The Alchemist
20% off food and social media competition, with a chance to win a sharing cocktail!
T&Cs: Only valid with a student card or lock-in wristband and only available on day of event
The Botanist
20% discount cards and £50 bar tab competition
T&Cs: Valid until 26/10/17. Sign up to mailing list to enter the competition.
The Pen Shop
10% off.
T&Cs: Excludes repairs.
The Perfume Shop
15% off and free gift when you spend £40 or more after discount
T&Cs: whilst stock lasts, 1 per person.
20% off
20% off
10% off and free burrito/chips cards
T&Cs: With valid student ID
Trade Nation
20% off preowned purchase and 20% extra trade.
Trinity Kitchen- #FoodForAFiver
£5 meal deals from Pizzaluxe, Persian Kitchen, Steak Out, BakedInBrick, Chowdown StrEATery, Chicago Ribshack, Duck & Roll and Chip & Fish
Trinity Nails
20% off.
T&Cs: Discount can be used on all treatments.
Trinity News
Open all evening!
Urban Outfitters
20% off
T&Cs: Excluding some branded products
Victoria's Secret PINK
20% off
Victoria's Secret
20% off
Prize Wheel with voucher giveaways
20% off
T&Cs: Full price items only
Wasabi Albion St and Link Bridge
20% off
Watch Station International
50% off selected lines and 20% off all others. Goodie bags and drinks.
T&Cs: 20% off full priced prices lines only.
YO! Sushi
25% off.
T&Cs: Need to sign up while in store

If you're a Leeds student and you attend your Freshers Fair then there is a chance of collecting a VIP wristband which gives you more freebies and great things! If you can't attend then you can get one via Trinity Leeds' Customer Service but they are first come first serve so you better be quick!

Which offers would you take advantage of? Let me know down below! 

I hope that you have enjoyed this student based blog post! I hope that you have enjoyed it and I hope that you come back next time for another blog post!

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Sunday 17 September 2017

The Best Freshers Events For Those Who Don't Like Clubbing


Welcome to a brand new blog post! I know that for some of the country, Freshers Week is nearly upon us and I thought that I would suggest some alternative events to go to if you're not completely keen on clubbing.

When anyone thinks of freshers, the first few things peoplethink about are eating noodles in your underwear, going out clubbing via a freshers event and the freshers flu... The only problem with that is that the stereotypes of freshers generalise students

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Welcome Events: 

No matter which University you attend, there will be a welcome event which might be in the form of something such as a tea party or a picnic to ensure that students can introduce themselves to others in a cool, calm environment. The fun thing about these events is that you're not normally in a closed off environment such as a club and there is normally some form of free food.

Shopping Centre Lock Ins

The fun thing about shopping centre lock ins are that you can have a good time, introduce yourself to where you're going to be getting probably a good amount of your possessions from and you get some great discounts and sometimes free food and goodies so why wouldn't you want to go! There is normally loud music but there is normally quieter areas of the shopping centre or the outside areas for when you want a breather!

City Events
Sometimes, there's a city event going on which will consist of local and more well known businesses that come together for the day to show you what the city that you are studying in has to offer. These sort of events normally have businesses such as hairdressers, food and miuch more which means that you know what is around you without feeling like you're still in a unknown daze.

Vintage Fairs 

Going to a vintage fair might seem a bit out of date for a freshers fair but I think that it's a great thing for those who love vintage items and for those who want a good discount! As you get to roam, you're not in one enclosed space. It also means that you have the opportunity to meet likeminded students who like the same sort of things that you do!

Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know down below! 

I hope that you have enjoyed this student based blog post! I hope that you have a great day and I hope to see you next time for another amazing blog post!

Thanks for reading!
Jamie x

Friday 15 September 2017

Viewing The World In Three Different Colours | Specspost Home Trial


Welcome to a brand new blog post! Specspost were kind enough to let me try their Home Service that is available on their website and I thought that today I would talk to you guys about it.

Since 2009, SpecsPost has brought the convenience, choice, and value of internet shopping to thousands of happy customers via eyeware that Joboth in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

You can either purchase a pair of glasses or sunglasses via the Specspost website or if you're like me who is a little bit indecisive then you can choose three completely different pairs to try out before you decide on one to choose to keep.

I decided that I would choose three designs that I liked as after all it would be me who would be choosing which ones to keep.

The first pair that I chose were The Clooney Retro Look Glasses which have a round frame to them which gives the glasses a sort of retro feel towards them. The frame is made out of a mixture of plastic and acetate. I didn't choose them just due to the name. I chose these glasses due to the fact that I already wear quite roundish glasses so I thought that I would want to try something that is similar to what I'm used to but with a different sort of feel to them. I loved the contrast of the front of the frame compared to the sides!

The second pair that I chose were The Talented Mr Ripley Glasses. Obviously, these glasses are a homage to the 1999 film that shares the same title. I love these glasses as again they have a retro feel to them but I also love these glasses due to the size of them. I have never really gone for a big frame so I thought that it would be good to try so via these amazing pair of glasses.Again, these are a mixture of acetate and plastic but I kind of love that on glasses as sometimes all metal can irritate the face sometimes.

The last pair that I chose were the Stevie Opaque Grey Geek Glasses. Sounds like a mouthful but they are amazing! I've never worn grey glasses before so I was slightly hesitant at first. I know that they are basically the grey version of the the ones that I've talked about above but I think that Grey is such a good colour for the Autumn/Winter time.

I'm in the midst of choosing the pair of glasses that I want but which pair do you think that I should choose? Let me know down below! 

If you want to have a look on Specspost's website then click here.

Thank you to the guys over at Specspost for sending me the glasses to try as a part of their home trial service.

I hope that you've enjoyed this glasses based blog post. I hope that you come back next time for another blog post.

Thanks for reading!Jamie x

This blog post was in collaboration with Specspost. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Monday 11 September 2017

Travelling The Food World In One Single Step | Trinity Kitchen Supper Club


Welcome to a brand new post! The wonderful guys over at Trinity Kitchen invited myself and Luke over to try out the new vendors that are serving delicious food within Trinity Kitchen at the moment and I thought that today I would tell you all about it!

(Sorry if the pictures aren't great. I did these on my phone due to the weather being difficult to understand like normal British weather, I decided not to bring my DSLR.) 

If you havent heard of Trinity Kitchen then let me tell you all about it. Trinity Kitchen is an open plan food court within Trinity Leeds that serves a plethora of food from different cultures such as Vietnamese food from Pho, Italian Pizza's from Pizza Luxe, Mexican food in the form of Tortilla and much more. Every so often, Trinity Kitchen like to bring in six different street food vendors to give variety but to also ensure that new businesses are getting exposure

The five new vendors that are within Trinity Kitchen at the moment are Baked In Bricks, Steak Out, Thai Khrim, Persian Kitchen, Sela Bar and Chowdown Streatery. All of these vendors are here for 8 weeks so do go and check them out if you can!

Baked In Bricks

Cooking out of a converted Mini Cooper, so for anyone who wanted a kitchen in their car, it is possible! Baked By Brick deliver the best BBQ Chicken Tikka Wraps and wood-fired Neapolitan style pizza!

 I had one of their Chicken Tikka Wraps which came with your choice of salad which includes vegetables such as Cucumber, Lemon Juice and a choice of either Mint, Chilli Sauce or both. I had it with all the salad and Mint Sauce as I wanted to taste the Chicken more than anything therefore I thought that more spice would take away from it. The Chicken was tender and tasted exactly like lovely Chicken Tikka should do. The Salad added a fresh note against the warm Chicken and that Lemon Juice just gave it such a kick! I loved the fact that it came in a sort of Chapatti style wrap. I think that a couple of these and a beer or two would make the ideal Lunch!

Steak Out 

Meat lovers will be pleased to hear Steak Out is at Trinity Kitchen. Marinated with unique flavours and served sizzling steakhouse style on toasted brioche rolls, options range from The Texan with BBQ sauce and smoked bacon to The Eiffel with garlic mayonnaise and crispy onions.

Sadly, I really wanted to try one of Steak Out's offerings but sadly there was nobody there when I went to the vendor. I'm not sure why but I will definitely try them out when I can!

Sela Bar 

The next place on Trinity Kitchen's guest list is Sela Bar.

Local favourite Sela Bar will also be serving up their famous grilled cheese sandwiches with a range of toppings that will satisfy even the fussiest cheese fans.

Sadly, Luke is weird with Grilled Cheese's for some reason so I thought that as we're sharing then it would be best to stay away from it but they did some amazing Grilled Cheeses including one called Blue Balls which contained Meatballs and Stilton! The name is an odd one but it sounds like a pretty good combination as Cheese and Meat is always good!

Persian Kitchen: 

Persian Kitchen are arriving in Trinity Kitchen for their first residency. Get those taste buds tingling with their delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.

Again, sadly I didn't try this one but I did love the sound of an amazing stews and Middle Eastern food. If you want something to warm your insides up then I would definitely try these guys out!

Chowdown Streatery: 

Chowdown Streatery will also be joining the line-up, offering American-style street food made with locally-sourced produce. Make sure you try out their popular chilli dog and The Chowdown Burger.

I had a wonderful little chat with the owners of this vendor. We talked about all things sustainable and everything about Wales. Chowdown base all their food on being able to get their meat fresh and local to ensure that you know exactly what is going into your mouth. They also do a meal deal at £10 which is good as you're paying for quality not quantity. You can also try their Chowdown Platter which contains a little bit of everything for £10. I tried one of their Boston Burgers and I absolutely loved it! The Burger was tender and delicious and everything that was within the burget made the whole thing sing in the mouth! They also made me a special little cake which was Apple, Cinnamon and Caramel, I believe, and it was delicious! The Apple gave it texture, the Cinnamon gave it warmth and the Caramel added sweetness. I love Cinnamon so I definitely loved this!

Thai Khrim: 

Last on the Trinity Kitchen train is Thai Khrim.

Back by popular demand is Thai Khrim, whose fresh, hand-crafted Thai ice cream served with a mountain of toppings has proved such a hit that they are staying at Trinity Kitchen for the next two change-overs!

The whole process of making Ice Cream Rolls were a completely new thing for me. I decided to watch it whilst it was being made and it honestly looks like it takes many years to perfect this craft! The process included chopping a filling into the ice cream and ensuring that it was flat so it could be rolled up which included cleavers to get it fine as possible. The clanging of the cleavers sent me straight to the streets of Thailand! I had an Oreo and Hersheys Chocolate Ice Cream Rolls with Whipped Cream and a Brownie on top. The Brownie was wonderful and so was the Whipped Cream. The Ice Cream was sweet and had texture due to the Oreos but I think that due to the rolling it had made the ice cream hard which meant it took longer to eat without making an absilute mess of it. It is wonderful though and I do recommend trying them out just to watch the process of making it!

Have you been to Trinity Kitchen lately? If so then let me know what you had to eat from there and your thoughts on Trinity Kitchen! 

Thank you to the amazing staff that invited me to the Trinity Kitchen Supper Club and the wonderful vendors that were amazing when I had a chat with them and for the others that I didn't get to see as they all put in so much hard work!

I hope that you've enjoyed this food based blog post and I hope that you come back next time for another blog post!

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

This post is in collaboration with Trinity Kitchen. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Scrubbing Away The Dirt With Stones | St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub


Welcome to a brand new blog post! I bought the St Ives Blemish ControL Apricot Scrub a couple of weeks ago and I thought that it was time to tell you guys what I thought about it.

A white triangular bottle with St Ives in bold large black font with Blemish Control in smal bold white font in a orange strip with pictures of orange Apricots below it. 

'Blemish Control Apricot Scrub is a delicious scrub that smells of fuzzy apricots & helps reduce breakouts before they even occur. Made with 100% natural exfoliants (like walnut shell powder) for a deep cleanse.' - St Ives UK Website.

As it says above, this crub helps to reduce breakouts before they even occur via using things such as Walnut Shell Powder which sounds like such an abstract uigredient to use but making sure that the shells have been grounded into a powder means that the scrub won't be too harsh on the skin. It also contains Apricot Fruit Extract from the skin all the way to the stone to ensure that the product smells of Apricot but also helps to nourish your skin.

When using this product, it says to 'Squeeze a small sized amount of scrub onto your fingertips and massage onto damp skin. Spread in small circular motions, applying gentle pressure to wake your skin’s natural circulation. Work all over, right up to your hairline and onto the sides of your nose. When you’re done, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.' Applying pressure whilst massaging a scrub into your face sounds weird but it actually kinda works. It brings more blood up to the surface which in turn means that your skin will generate new cells quicker which will help to remove dead skin cells and help to encourage new beautifully looking skin. I leave it on for a minute or so after massaging due to how I like to apply scrubs but honestly the results that you get are worth doing anything for!

Obviously as this product is called Blemish Control and not Blemish Vanish, this product won't make your skin clear instantly but it stops spots from appearing before they appear and they definitely do that! This scrub makes your skin feel incredibly soft after using it too which is rare in a scrub.

This scrub is on the High level of the Exfoliant Factor which means that if you think that this one will be too harsh for you then St Ives do other scrubs which are a little bit more suited for you!

Click here if you want to look at St Ives and click here if you want to check out the pricing of this product via Superdrug,

What's your favourite scrub to use? Let me know down below!

I hope that you have enjoyed this beauty based blog post and I hope to see you next time for another blog post!

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

The images featured in this blog post are the property of St Ives and hae been used with their knowledge. 

Monday 4 September 2017

Seeing The Unexpected At The Farm | Emmerdale Studio Experience


Welcome to a brand new post! I was invited to the Emmerdale Studio Experience a while ago and I thought it would be time to tell you all about it.

Experience the drama at the former ITV studios at 27 Burley Road, as we take you on a guided journey into the world of Emmerdale.

We arrived at the studios which is located inside the Burley Road studios which are on the outskirts of Leeds City Centre. We entered the studios and was greeted by  the PR team. Once we had a little chat with them, we were taken to the Cafe area and was asked if we would like to sit down and have a drink whilst some of the other bloggers that were invited arrived. Myself and Luke went for a lovely cold Apple Juice whereas the marvellous Michelle went for a cold Orange Juice.

The staff gathered us all up and guided us to the cinema room. Once we were there, we were introduced to the two members of staff (Mark and Oliver) that would be looking after us for the duration of the night. We then sat down and watched a montage of the most dramatic and memorable moments from Emmerdale. After watching the footage, we discussed all things Emmerdale and found out that Emmerdale has been on the screens of the general UK public since 1972 and that it was called Emmerdale Farm up until 1989. (Comment down below if you remember it being called Emmerdale Farm!)

After the Cinema Room, we made our way to the Writer’s Room, which is where all of the story-lines within the amazing show that is Emmerdale begin. We were told that because Emmerdale is now on five times a week, that the staff at Emmerdale need a team of around twenty eight writers working on a storyline at any one time. We were then told how a story is actually made, including that they first plan and write out a brief description of the story, then they convert into a storyboard (where every shot has a little drawing to show whats going on with descriptions of things such as lighting, music etc.),which is drawn out by an illustrator. We were then shown a few of the schedules that were hung on the walls which showed when which storyline would happen, and who would be taking part in it, but sadly there weren’t any spoilers as these were schedules from a long while ago.

Next up was the Costume Department! This room holds a lot of the costumes that have been used on the show which is pretty obvious as its the Costume Room. We were allowed to look at and touch a few of them but a lot of them such as Annie Sugden’s original Pinny were cornered off or behind glass. We were also shown a couple of digital tablets which help them to ensure that the same outfits are worn on different days of filming to create equilibrium (normality) when a scene might require more than one day of shooting. We were also let into a little secret on how they age some of the outfits including that they run a car over jackets that are worn on set to make them look old and worn in and not brand new.

The Makeup Studio was next on the list! We were shown how they achieve some of the special effects like wounds and blood on characters when they've been in scenes that have required the makeup.

After a little trip to the Makeup Studio, we made our way to Props Department. We were shown everything from street and court signs, to some of the faux food from David’s shop, and even some of the framed pictures that they use in the house scenes. We even got to hold the brick that Cameron used to kill Carl with which was very light as it’s actually made from Polystyrene.

We then moved onto seeing a few of the sets and although most of the filming is done in their Studios down the road, they had meticulously recreated some of the sets for the Studio Experience.The first set we saw was Bernice’s Beauty Parlour, and as well as being told that they actually use a lot of real beauty products. We were also allowed to have a try of some of the tablets that control the lighting, and were set a challenge to see if we could get it right as they need to make it look as if natural light is coming through the fake windows for this particular set.

After visiting the infamous Beauty Parlour, we made our way to The Dingles’ Living Room. We were told that they make furniture and rooms look old by adding dust and dirt to them,. We were also shown how they film from different angles to best capture the expressions and reactions of the characters.

After visiting the Dingles, we made our way to the Editing Suite. We were told about how all the footage is edited to ensure that you’re always shown the most important parts whether that’s a person delivering an important line or a characters reaction.

We then moved onto a room that contained a model miniature version of the village, and were told that it’s used when they need to film some scenes from above, and that they all contain realistic details including windows, brickwork, and even gardens.

After this, we made our way to another Cinema Room. We were shown a video about how important Weather is to the show and how they use it to create drama. We were also told that they often have to battle the elements as they film six weeks in advance. Whilst we were watching the video, dry Ice and smoke started making it's way across the floor and filling up the room and then right at the end of the video two massive fans went off to mimic the great storms that can happen on the show.

We then finished everything off with a visit to The Woolpack. We were served some drinks and nibbles like mini Bangers and Mash and cones of Fish and Chips which were delicious.We then just sat, chatted, and sipped our drinks before we decided that it was time to head off. We went to the gift shop to pick up our pictures that were shot throughout the night, said thank you  and goodbyeto all of the amazing staff, and headed off back into Leeds to go home.

Do you watch Emmerdale? Have you been to the Emmerdale Studio Experience? Let me know down below! 
I hope that you have enjoyed this tour based blog post and I hope to see you next time for another blog post!

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

This blog post has been in return for a product or service. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own.