Friday 22 December 2017

Keeping Out Of The Cold & Being On Twitter | Follow Friday

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that it would be best to do a Follow Friday post as I'm planning to take the next week off from the blog to spend time with my family/to enjoy the festive holidays so I thought that I would tell you who to follow during the holidays.

Michelle Walker

Okay, so Michelle might not be a blogger but she's been featured on this blog enough times now to be classed as a feature blogger so I thought that I would give some Christmas cheer and make sure you're al following her for tweets about anything and everything which includes the events that I take her along to, her everyday life, photography and Disney. Click here to follow her on Twitter (shes on private so definitely go follow her!) Click here to check out her photography.

Luke Sam Sowden

I'd follow Luke during the holidays because I'll probably be spending most of the holidays with him so it might be best to follow him to check out what we're both up to which you can do at the moment via checking out his YouTube channel as he has been doing Vlogmas at the moment. Luke's blog talks about things from a visually impaired point of view so instead of focusing on the aesthetics of items such as food, clothing and beauty, he talks about how they feel and what they smell/taste like. He also loves to do a good haul from time to time! Check out his YouTube channel here and his blog here. Check his Twitter out here.

Big Fashionista 

Kellie (also known as Big Fashionista via her blog) talks about things that are ticking on her mind no matter how controversial they are. She also loves to talk about clothing that she is loving at the minute (especially anything that has a sleeve/a print to it) and colourful things such as lipsticks. She has also created a post that can be found on her blog and social media which gives the links and numbers for the helplines that you can contact if you're feeling lonely this Christmas. Check out her Twitter and Blog.

Lucy Loves 

Lucy's blog and social media will keep you going from Christmas Eve all the way into the New Year as she talks about everything including home decor, lifestyle, fashion and food including all things plus size fashion so if you love a bit of that then you know exactly where to go. Her photography is always on point! Check out her Twitter and Blog.


Some of us love a bit of spook no matter what time of the year it is and if this includss yourself then Glitterbat's blog is for you. This blog talks all things lifestyle, beauty and fashion. They mainly talk about events and venues within Leeds such as Issho Leeds but also talks about other events that happen within the Yorkshire region such as Sheffield and much more. Check out her Twitter and Blog.

I hope that you check out all of these lovely people and have fun enjoying their content! 

Thanks for reading this loving blog post. I hope that you come back for another blog post!

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Treating Myself | Mini Christmas Wishlist

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new post! I thought that today I would talk to you guys about a few little things that I've been lusting over this festive period!

The first thing that I've been wanting is a new pair of Avaj underwear. Now I know that this sound ridiculous, but AVAJ kindly sent me a pair of their underwear after featuring them and sadly I lost them somewhere during my move to Leeds for University so I've been lusting over some of their underwear which I will hopefully pick up after Christmas Day itself as their products are comfy and honestly help me to feel that little bit more confident on days that I feel a little bit down in the dumps. The fun thing is that they're based in Leeds. I love their jockstraps and briefs.
Go and check out AVAJ to look at their amazing clothing and skincare.

I know that the line is Diamonds are a girls best friend but I feel that my best friend is shoes. I know that sounds slightly weird but I love picking up cute and quirky shoes and at the minute I am loving the Vans X Peanut range. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up some of the  shoes as I just love how cute they look.
Check out Schuh as they have a sale on at the moment.

Beauty is always on my mind and I love supporting local companies. I've been wanting to try out the Egg Nog range that is available at the minute so I'll hopefully get to check that out by Christmas or hopefully Boxing Day. I also love the Invigorate and Peppermint Cream range at Yorkshire Soap Company as the Invigorate helps me feel awake in the morning which is pretty difficult and the Peppermint Cream range makes me feel refreshed on those days that I feel a little bit meh.
Check out Yorkshire Soap Company to see if there's anything that you love the sound of .

What's on your wishlist for Christmas? Let me know down below! 

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

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

Cutting The Denim,| Denham Jeansmaker Jason Denham Collection Event

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I was invited to the Denham Jeansmaker Jason Denham Collection Launch at their Leeds store so I thought that I would tell you all about it!

Denhams Jeanswear is known for creating amazing clothing items with the greatest quality possible via sourcing out the best materials for their clothes such as Italian Leather or English Denim which goes into their products such as their jeans which they are famously known for. Jason Denham is the founder of this business. He was born and raised within Newcastle, England. They have a store within Leeds but they are soon branching out to other parts of the UK including Manhester and York.

‘The Jason Denham Collection is a celebration of iconic styles that can be mixed-and-matched for everyday versatility,’ said Jason Denham, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, DENHAM the Jeanmaker. I gladly got to meet Jason on the day of the event who talked to me about the amount of effort and thought that Denhams Jeanswear put into creating an item of clothing that makes it ways to the stores around the world and the website which you can have a look at via clicking here.

The main key piece from the collection that I absolutely adored and probably will spend the rest of my life lusting over was the Sky Aviator Jacket. If I could then I would wear it with every outfit as it just looks amazing from the wool based collar to the leather jacket itself

Another outerwear product that I absolutely adored from the Jason Denham Collection was the Norton Blazer. This Blazer is also a part of a suit but I think that this item of clothing would look fabulous in either dressed up with a buttoned up shirt, a pair of Denham Jeans and some brogues or dressed down with a t-shirt, a pair of Denham Jeans and a pair of Chelsea Boots.

The last clothing item that I loved from this collection was the Razor Slim Fit Jeans - JDCMIEV. I have never heard of Razor Slim Fit Jeans before so that instantly drew me towards these but also the fact that the denim that makes these jeans is from the UK which made them even more special. Again, I believe that they would look great either dressed up or down and would be a great piece for your wardrobe.

I had a look at the rest of the amazing clothes that Denham sell which include shirts, t-shirts and women's clothing so there is something for everyone. I also got to enjoy some amazing drink and food whilst chatting to some of the amazing staff that work at Denhams in Leeds.

If you're in Leeds then please do check out the Denhams Jeansmaker store, which gives great style advice whilst serving amazing coffee and hot drinks and selling fabulous clothing, at the bottom of Briggate next to House Of Fraser.

Click here to have a look at the Denhams Jeansmaker's website. 

 Thanks to the staff of Denham Jeansmaker for putting on and inviting me to this event and to Jason himself for taking time out of his hectic schedule to come to the event and talk to us.

I hope that you've enjoyed this blog post and that you come back for another blog post soon!

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

This blog post was in return of goods or services. All views, opinions and ramblings within this post are my own. 

Monday 18 December 2017

Do You Believe In Snow Fairies With Magic Wands? | Lush Leeds Spa Christmas Event

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new post! How's your week going so far? Sorting everything out for Christmas? Let me know down below! I thought that today, I would talk to you guys all about the Lush Christmas Event that I was invited to a good couple of weeks ago.

We entered the store and walked into a Winter Wonderland via Fairy Lights. The only problem with this was trying to guide Luke around them as trying to get a tall blind person ducking under fairy lights whilst there were bowls of water about was a bit tricky. It also kind of triggered my anxiety sadly because I kept thinking that either one of us would end up catching them then they'd fall into the water and the whole store would be evacuated... Just me, haha?

Anyways, we grabbed a drink each and went to go smell some of the amazing bath products from the Christmas range. I loved the smell of Christmas Sweater which contains Ginger & Mustard Powders and Clove Bud Oil which gives the bath a spicy but warming scent. These ingredients are all stimulating which is great for those cold nights. It also has a wonderfully festive reindeer design engraved itnto it.

Star Light Star Bright is back this Christmas! This Bath Melt holds a special place in my heart. It's one of the first bath products from Lush that I fell in love with. I'm not sure if its because of the wonderful butters that are in this product, the scent or the fact that its covered in sliver lustre but I just love it! The scent consists of Lime, Ginger and Almond Oil which gives the product a spicy but fresh scent which I love at this time of year!

Plum Snow was a new one that I was actually adoring. I've tried Plum Snow before via it's Shower Gel relative Plum Rain and I was a bit unsure with that but I think that this bubble bar is slightly more sweeter which makes me love it that little bit more. It's also quite a big size for a bubble bar! This product contains Osmanthus Absolute, Pettigrain Oil and Sicilian Mandarin Oil which gives this Bubble Bar a sweet yet zingy smell which is great for those long dark nights.

We then headed down to the Spa area with Jada to find out more about the Karma Spa Experience, If you want to find out more about the Karma Spa Experience then click here to read my post about the Karma Spa Event that happened at Lush Leeds Spa a while ago.

Mysef and Luke then talked to Katie and found out that we sadly had missed the chance to create two bath bombs so we decided to chat with Katie for a while and check out some of the new solid versions of products that are out for Christmas and the new Shower Gels.

The Solid version of Shower Gels and Shower/Body Conditioners are there for people that are on the go or for those who want to save some packaging. They are not a soap due to the ingredients that are packed in them but also because they actually lather up like a proper shower gel.

Due to moving into halls or the year, I have slowly being loving Shower Gels and Jellies from Lush more and more. Lush have released six shower gels this year which includes Bubbly, Snow Fairy, Rose Jam, Twilight, Santa's Christmas  and Berry Berry Christmas. I think that most Lush fans will hate me when I say I'm not the biggest fan of either Twilight or Snow Fairy. I can cope with Rose Jam every now and again but I normally forget to pick some up at Christmas due to the Rose Jam Bubbleroon and now the Body Spray. I love Santa's Christmas! If you like Santa Baby Lip Scrub or anything that smells of Cherry Cola then you will love this! I'm a bit confused as Berry Berry Christmas as I get Berries but I don't fully understand why this is under the Christmas range as it could be an all year round scent.

We said our goodbyes and left the event with Jada and Katie and walked towards the train station.

Have you tried any of the Lush Christmas range? Let me know down below! 

Click here to have a look at Lush and all of their products.

Thanks to the Lush PR staff for inviting myself and Luke to the event and for putting on this very fesive event.

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

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Going Loco For Coco | Coco's Beach Bar Trinity Leeds

Hey everyone!

Having a good day? Yes? No? Let me know down below! Today, I thought that I would talk to you all about an amazing event at a beautiful new bar that I went to a couple of weeks ago.

A dark pink cocktail with clear pieces of crushed ice in a large clear cylindrical glass in the middle of a light pink blow up Flamingo float on a light wooden table on a light background.

Coco's Beach Bar is the even more fruitier little sibling of Cabana (which if you haven't been to then click here and here to read my two posts about them) as the bar focuses more on tropical cocktails with a twist whereas Cabana focuses on giving amazing authentic Brazillian dishes and drinks. As you can tell by the name, the bar bases itself on a tropical beach. The best bit about Coco's is that all of the cocktails are £6, all of the shooters are £3 and most of the sharers are £10 from what I remember.

An overview of the bar including bright lights from above, rectnagular tables and light wooden chairs on a dark background. 

A long rectangular counter containing decorations including pink blow up flamingos with pictures of flamingos and green palm leaves danging off the side on a dark background. 

We walked through Trinity Leeds to find the beautiful beach which you can't miss as it has a bright white jetski outside it. Myself and Luke then entered the bar and sat down. After a couple of minutes, a bartender brought over Sprinkles Margaritas. I love Sprinkles and I love a good Margarita, every now and again, so I didn't see any downsides to enjoying this amazing drink. I mean I did instantly think of Ross Geller from Friends and the speech whilst everyone is drinking Margaritas whilst drinking them but ah well. This drink contains a normal Frozen Margarita with a rim of bright Sprinkles.

Two clear glasses filled with a clear frozen margarita with a rim of different coloured sprinkles with a black bowl of crackling in front on a light wooden table on a light background. 

A close up of a clear margarita in a clear glass with a rim of different coloured sprinkles with a black straw on a light background. 

When the Sprinkled Margarita's arrived, we also enjoyed some amazing Pork Scratchings. Yes, I know that Pork Scratchings aren't normally served on the beach but these were filled with spice and were super crispy so they went well with the coolness of the Margarita.

After the magical Margarita and nibbles, Cheeky Chilli Martini arrived at our table. This cocktail contains Gin, Grand Marnier, Apple Juice, Coconut Syrup and Chilli which is on the rim of the glass to look like devil horns. I'm not the biggest fan of Gin or Chilli so I wasn't that keen on the drink but I could see this being a favourite for someone who wants something different than a G&T this year but still wants to drink a little bit of Gin. I think that Gin and Apple Juice was quite a nice but different combination.

A bright orange cocktail in a clear glass with two slices of red chilli on the rim on a light wooden table on a light background. 

Carrying on from the 'Hot, Hot, Hot' theme, next up on the cocktail train was Flaming Passion. This cocktail contains Apple Juice, Vanilla Syrup, Lime Juice, Ginger, Mint, Vodka and Ginger Beer. I love anything that has Ginger Beer in so I was already sold on this but what I loved even more was the fact that it was topped off with half a Passion Fruit with a Brown Sugar Cube set on fire on top of it. I loved the fact that this drink was fresh from the Apple & Lime Juices but had a spicy kick to it due to the Ginger and Ginger Beer. Definitely one that I would drink again and again!

A tall hi-ball glass filled with a bright orange cocktail with a dark puple pasion fruit on top with a black straw next to a bowl of nachos in a bright silver metal bowl on a light wooden table on a light background. 

A close up of a bubbly cocktail with a purple skinned and orange interior passion fruit with a black straw in a tall clear glass on a light wooden table on a light background. 

We enjoyed this drink with some Nachos which I adored. I'm always a fan of Nachos as they're the perfect snack to pick apart with friends or family. I did take a few of the Jalapeno's off as I'm weird with spice but overall I loved these and they went well with the refreshing Flaming Passion drink.

Golden triangular Tortilla Chips with bright red Salsa, white Sour Cream and bright green Jalapenos in a silver metal bowl on a light brown table on a light background. 

Coconuts were the theme next/ We enjoyed the Bounty Hunter which if you love Bounty Chocolate Bars then you will definitely love this cocktail. It contains Vodka, Chocolate, Vanilla, Coconut and Cream. This drink is also served with a little Bounty Chocolate on the side of the drink which is served in a cute Coconut Cup. I love Coconut and Bounty's so this drink was definitely up my street. Even though the chocolate on the side would melt instantly, I'd definitely drink this at the beach on a holiday. I also think that this drink is great for the Christmas period as Bounty's are enjoyed at Christmas via the Celebrations Tub.

A creamy white cocktail with clear square pieces of ice with a black straw in a brown Coconut Shell inspired cup with a small Bounty Chocolate on the side of the cup on a light brown table on a light background. 

The next drink that we enjoyed was Pink Flamingo. The fun thing about Pink Flamingo is that it comes in a little Flamingo float which you expect on a beach and as Flamingos are such an Instagram trend, its a great drink to snap and share. This cocktail consists of Rum, Coconut Syrup and Orange Juice. This may sound simple but it is a delicious drink as the mix of Rum and Orange Juice creates a a slightly sour taste but then Coconut Syrup comes through and makes it a bit sweeter. We enjoyed Sweet Potato Fries with this drink and they were delicious. Honestly, I can eat Sweet Potato Fries all day!

A dark pink cocktail with clear pieces of crushed ice in a large clear cylindrical glass in the middle of a light pink blow up Flamingo float on a light wooden table on a light background.

Sadly, we were filled with enough drink and food to last a lifetime but myself and Michelle rceieved a voucher for an amazing cocktail from Coco's so we went the week after to enjoy it. We both had an Island Life. which contains Vodka, Agave Syrup, Apple Juice, Grenadine, Raspberry & Passion Fruit Puree's. I love anything Passion Fruit but also I thought adding Agave Syrup was an interesting thing to do as I know a lot of cocktails contain a general sugar syrup. Raspberries in a Cocktail are always a fab thing as you get to find and eat the Raspberry itself.

A dark red liquid containing red Raspberries and dark Purple Passion Fruit with a clear straw in a brown Coconut Shell inspired cup on a light wooden table on a light background. 

We were also given a free Caipirinha due ti the staff training to make them. This contain wonderful Cachaca and Lime to create a refreshing cocktail. I loved it as it was bright, zingy and something great to drink before some amazing food to eat with great friends.

A tall clear glass containing a clear cocktail with clear crushed ice and green bits of Lime Zest at the bottom on a wooden table on a light background. 

Have you checked out Coco's Beach Bar? Let me know down below! 

Click here to find out more about Coco's.

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Coco's for having us and the wonderful staff at Trinity Leeds for inviting myself and Luke to the launch event.

I hope that you come back next time for another interesting blog post.

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Monday 4 December 2017

Playing For Peace All Around The World | The Body Shop Christmas Event

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post! The wonderful guys over at The Body Shop invited me to their Christmas Preview Event at their Briggate Flagship Store and I thought that I would talk to you all about it today.

A mixture of red, yellow and purple circular tubs with different shaped gift sets at the side including a golden rectangular one and a green patterned box on a light wooden table on a light background. 

The night began via gathering at the front of the Briggate store and going to the back of the store as the event was held in the meeting rooms that are normally meant for employees and other private things.

We started the night off by learning about the concept of the gifts for this years Christmas range. If you buy any of The Body Shops Christmas gifts then you will not only get a great gift set filled with amazing products for the body, but it's also a makeshift game board. Some of the giftsets even come with spinners! We also found out about the amazing Play For Peace. The Gift Sets also help the Play For Peace campaign that The Body Shop are running during the festive holiday period. Every gift set that you buy helps children to play in a safe place for a year.

After this, myself, Luke and Katie decided to have a play with the ranges that are available in stores for the Christmas period. Frosted Plum, Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chai. Out of all three, I loved Frosted Berries as I am a big fan of anything that is Berry scented or flavoured! If you're more of a floral sort of person then you will love Frosted Plum as I think that Plum has that sort of lightly floral yet still sweet scent to it. If you're more a Vanilla person then I'm sure that you will love Vanilla Chai! Personally, I'm not a big fan of it as I'm very difficult when it comes to Vanilla scented things.

We then chatted for a while, then ate some of the wonderful Vegan food that was available at the event including the Sweetcorn based Fritters that were available at the event as I think I ate far too many of them. (All students take advantage of free food though, dont they?!) We then went to go get our pictures taken at the stand which was in a corner of the spacious room. There were props to help the photo. I chose the bunny ears and pretended that I was giving Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman realness... Well, I can pretend that I did, okay?!

We then slowly made our way back round to the Briggate store and chatted and wandered around. This what meant for bloggers to get a full play of the new products and to pick up anything that they wanted from The Body Shop. We talked to Katie and Lizi before deciding to go home.

We received a wonderful goodie bag which included some of the new products including the Frosted Berries Hand Cream which if you want to know more about then comment down below.

Have you checked out any of the Christmas products including the Frosted Plum/Berries/Vanilla Chai products? Let me know down below!

Click here if you want to find out more about The Body Shop.

Thanks to the wonderful guys over at The Body Shop for inviting me to the Christmas Preview Event and also thanks to the staff at the Briggate store for putting on an amazing event.

Thanks for reading!
Jamie x

This blog post was in exchange of an invite to a bloggers preview event and was in exchange of products or services. All opinions and ramblings are my own.