Thursday, 27 April 2017

Trying out the Samsung S8 with Carphone Warehouse

Dear iPhone,

This is the hardest letter I have ever written, and I know you may hate me for this, but when we first met, I promised you that there would be no secrets between us.
Over the last two years, you have seen me at my best and you have seen me at my worst, (Forward facing camera from a low angle) and you have always been there for me.

Dearest iPhone, I fear that I may be about to cheat on you with a younger model. I have had my head turned by something exciting and new, and I fear that this could be the beginning of the end for us.

I have only met this model once, I wish I could say it was a chance meeting, but I was asked to go and met them, and, oh god, I am sorry, I was weak. In the heat of the moment, and with the offer of some food and alcohol, I readily agreed to go to meet them at The Alchemist in Leeds. I promise you, it was not a date. There were lots of people there, it wasn't an intimate thing between the two of us.

But I met this new model, you may have heard of it, it is the Samsung S8, and I was tempted. If I am honest, I am STILL tempted.

It isn't you, it is me. You have never let me down, even though we do have a bit of a battery issue, but we get through that by me carrying a battery pack everywhere and a spare lead, THAT is what a good team does for each other.

But this new model, phew, it has taken my breath away. You should see it, it is breathtaking. The smooth curves, the glossy finish, the 8MP front camera and the 12mp rear camera, as well as the 4K video recording, it just gives me something that I never knew was missing in our relationship.

I don't want to make comparisons between you but let us do just that.

The top picture is taken on the Samsung S8 and the bottom picture is on you, my beloved iPhone 6S

I do not mean to be unkind, but I have certain needs, and the Samsung S8 meets those photographic needs a lot more than you ever can I fear.

I was with friends when I met the new model, and all of them agreed that the Samsung S8 would make an excellent partner. We are all bloggers and if we concentrate on our photographic needs, then I am sorry, but S8 knocks it out of the park.

Can YOU add stickers to photos like this?

We both know that you can't.

Please do not beg, I am confused right now, I don't know what I want. You bring me so much joy with your Apple ways and we have been together for so long, I don't know if the Samsung S8 and I are compatible, I don't know if I could live with her Android ways after being nestled in the Apple Ecosystem for so long. I don't know if I am too old to try something new. But I can see my little face just lit up when I saw all the things that the S8 can do and I am not sure if we should have a break, just so I can see if myself and the Samsung S8 can make a real go of it.

Dear iPhone, I think I may be breaking up with you, I just don't know if you can fulfil my needs in the same way that the Samsung can.

I am sorry.

Much Love,

Ok, help me out here guys, what are your thoughts on this, I love my iPhone and everything it brings me but the Samsung S8 is superb, I loved trying it out. It is probably the only phone out there that could make me leave my Apple bubble. Who else has made the swap?

Let me know.

Small print, this post is part of a challenge to have the opportunity to take home a new Samsung phone. So SHOW ME SOME LOVE and comments, please.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Broken iPhone chargers, don't get your fingers burnt

Up until yesterday morning, I always charged my phone overnight, via my bedside lamp that has a USB charger in the back of it. Like most bloggers people, the thought of my iPhone dying halfway through the day fills me with the FEAR. I charge my phone overnight and then usually have it on charge at some point in the afternoon too.

Until yesterday morning, when I woke up to THIS.

It was absolutely white hot and the smell in the room was just absolutely awful, I quickly took the charger out of the USB and just felt SICK at the thought of what could have happened.

What if I was one of those people who stick their phone under their pillow?

Or what if one of my three children would have used that charger to charge up their phones? Leaving it plugged in for days on end without paying attention to it. It just really does not bear thinking about, does it?

When I posted the picture on Instagram, a lot of people commented, "Cheap charger, thats what happens when you buy a cheap charger" but I am pretty sure that this is not a cheap charger as we usually buy my chargers from Apple, or we get a new one with our new phones. In the last 4 years I know for definite that I haven't purchased a cheapo charger.

The wire was ever so slightly damaged, at the top, you know, where every single bloody Apple charger seems to give way, but I NEVER, EVER expected to wake up to the smell of burning, end up with a scorched bedside table and a small blister on my finger.

But I just keep thinking it could have been SO much worse.

Today, I beg you. PLEASE look at your chargers, ALL of them, check them for damage and if they are damaged, THROW THEM AWAY. Replace them if you can but please, if your charger is damaged in any way.


I won't say that my house would have burnt down, if I hadn't have noticed it, I just don't know what would have happened. I don't want to EVEN think about it.

Has this ever happened to you?

How would you feel if you woke up to this?

Plus, let me know if you check your chargers. Can we have something good come out of this please?


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Entrance Music, music to enter to

Does anyone else find it REALLY hard to enter a room?

When I first moved from London to Leeds, I found going to events quite daunting when I didn't know anyone at all. (That changed quickly, Leeds bloggers are possibly the friendliest bunch you can hope to meet) To be honest, I was always a little anxious about going anywhere where I didn't know anyone, until I found myself some entrance music.


Ok, so we can't always be as awesome as Kesha but the one thing I found helpful when entering a room was having some entrance music, either playing on my phone via earphones, or having a kickass song in my head, giving me some confidence to kick ass and take names. (This may be a bit of exaggeration, more like giving me the confidence to kiss ass and take pics, but you get the drift?)

My main song of choice over the years has always been The Raconteurs, Steady As She Goes, or occasionally,  Killer Queen by Queen.

Before then, I would shake outside for at least 20 minutes, trying to build up the confidence to enter.

Now, I'm strutting. (well, not exactly but you know what I mean?)

So I'm asking today, do you have entrance music? Either to help you overcome anxiety or just because it gives you an extra boost of confidence?

If you do, what is your go-to tune?

If you don't and now I've got you thinking, what WOULD be the song you would love to enter a room too.

Let me know


Monday, 10 April 2017

Pampering Time with Q61

Like most women trying to balance a work life and home life, I RARELY get time to pamper myself so when I was invited down to Q61 in Leeds to experience their salon treatments and get some me time, I am not ashamed to say that I bit their hands off for the chance to relax and beautify myself. 

What can I say, I LOVE the idea of taking some time to really relax and unwind and be pampered but when push comes to shove, if I have an hour to spare, the chances are I am going to end up cooking a meal, tidying away some clothes or doing some homework. Taking the time to spoil ourselves comes WAYYYYYYYYYY down on the list and usually gets pushed further down when something new comes up, am I right? 

When my children was small, I considered being able to pee in peace, pampering. 

But now, well now I am older, wiser and totally understand the concept of ME TIME, even though I may not always be able to execute the idea, but an evening at Q61? 

I can make time for that. 

Lady having her nails done

Yes there were cupcakes, Is it even a blogger event if there are no cupcakes? 

There were also individual eyelashes being attached, nails being painted and pedicures. 

Now, I don't know how I got to 41 without having a pedicure but I was bricking it. I do not like my feet being touched, AT ALL, but in the spirit of trying to pamper myself, I sat in the booth and with only minimum screaming and slightly more giggling, I had my very first pedicure. 

I didn't kick the poor lady in the face either, everyone is a winner, right? 

Very wise words on the wall of Q61. 

Now let me take a second to tell you just how wonderful the people behind Q61 are, a husband and wife team, they started Q61 after Mrs Q61 had a bad experience and they both decided that they could do a lot better, trust me, they can. The salon is chic, welcoming and has a relaxing calm air about it. I genuinely wish everyone lived in Leeds so they could experience it. 


Plus, they had nice cupcakes.

camera on table

Are you even a blogger if you don't move the official photographers camera a fraction to the left to create a shot? 

eyelash extensions

Individual lashes being applied to the beautiful Jess. 

If you are based in Leeds, I HIGHLY recommend paying Q61 a visit, I will definitely be returning myself. You can check out their website here -> or go and say hi, when you pass them on Duncan St. 

Are you a salon fan? WOULD YOU BE, if you got the time to spare? Let me know


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Mannequin Challenge with The White Rose #WRose20Years

I think we have all, at one time or another, wanted to have the opportunity to style some mannequins, haven't we? (Tell me it's not just me) and for the White Rose Shopping centre in Leeds, to help them celebrate their 20th Birthday, I was given the opportunity to do just that.

(I'm totally adding stylist to my Twitter bio and no-one can stop me) 

The Brief.

As The White Rose Shopping Centre was born in '97 I was given £97 per mannequin and asked to create style three mannequins, a male, a female and a child.

What I want to do was find a theme to tie all the mannequins together, without making them look as if they were all wearing the same outfit. For me, that had to be denim. I do love a good pair of jeans.

I do love a man in ripped jeans and a smart jacket, don't you? To me, it is just the nicest of outfits.

Look at him, he knows he looks glorious.

I took my youngest daughter along to help me get some style inspiration for the child mannequin.

The jeans actually have Mickey Mouse on them, so we teamed them with the headband to soften the look of the jacket a little. You cannot look threatening or 'ard when you have a pom pom headband, can you?

And we absolutely loved this backpack from New Look, we added the birdcage keyring from Claires Accessories because, why not?

The female mannequin was quite a challenge, I wanted it to complement the look of the male and female mannequins, without making it too samey, plus, who can resist a powerful female slogan T?

This TopShop T says Female Of The Future. Boom

Teamed with a bag from Primark no less.

Each outfit cost exactly £97, and I absolutely LOVED putting them together, I want to do more. I want to dress up random mannequins everywhere, it was so much fun. But it just goes to prove how you can get EVERYTHING you need from The White Rose shopping centre, I am a huge lover of doing all my shopping in one place. IN THE DRY.

Also, check out Lucinda from The Fashion Fictionary's mannequins.

and Bee from Queen Beady's mannequins too, HOW COOL ARE THEIRS!!!!!!!! 

What do you think of my looks? I had great fun putting them together and I know Bee and Lucinda did too, 

Let me know. 


Monday, 20 March 2017

Let's Hear It For The Sofa Desk

Let's face it, a pretty desk at home is wonderful for the 'Gram, but how many of you with a blogging desk end up covering your desk with clothes and working from the sofa?

I am sans desk, deskless, without a desk, I have no desk, and when I see people with beautiful desks that they work from, I turn a wonderful shade of green  just for a moment, before I remember, I HAVE A SOFA DESK.

The humble sofa desk comes with various optional extras, The sofa desk blanket is a popular bolt-on, as are the numerous sofa desk cushions that can also be artfully arranged onto the sofa desk making it into a sofa desk CAVE.

Even pets much prefer a sofa desk to a plain desk and there is a hell of a lot more room for pets on a sofa desk.

When I am at my sofa desk, I can put my feet up, I can curl up on my side, I can sit up straight if I choose, (this rarely happens) at a desk you are pretty restricted with your seating.

Ok, I will admit, my sofa desk can sometimes be taken over by other people (RUDE) I don't have as much storage as I would have, if I had a beautiful desk, and my stationery doesn't even have a HOME!! (Sad times, right?)

Would I have a desk if I had the room? HELL YES I WOULD.

Would I still blog from my sofa desk?

You know what, I probably would.

How about you?

Are you a desk or sofa desk kind of person?

Let me know


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Date Night, with tastecard

Now I don't know about you, but in my house, date night is special, with three children, two in their teens and one in their last year of primary school we don't get as many opportunities to spend time in each others company as we would like.

But when we DO get the chance............

A perfect date night in my opinion, HAS to include food. There is no room for negotiation here, I am having food, anything else you want to do, great. Want to go dance on tables? I am IN. Want to watch a movie? I will bring popcorn in my bag, (because NO-ONE can afford large drink, popcorn and a hot dog, oh and nachos) want to go and sit on the top of a hill, looking at the twinkling lights of the city below you and just spend time in each others company? I will do this as often as you like, but dear god, I WANT FOOD FIRST.

Which is where my tastecard comes in.

50% off or two-for-one deals means that my perfect date nights are even cheaper. (Does this mean I can spend more money on my outfit? It does, doesn't it? )

Pizza Express, Prezzo, Ask, even 2-4-1 on Papa Johns delivery. It is worth it for the pizza offers on their own.

(Well now I want pizza) 

In fact, I'm changing my mind. My perfect date night would involve STAYING IN AND EATING PIZZA and if my husband wants to join me.......... then that's ok too.

If you want more information on tastecard, check out the website I highly recommend taking a look, it has been one of those things that in the past I have just overlooked, but if food is your thing, you can save so much money by buying a tastecard, I have already saved more money than the outlay in a month.

What would be YOUR perfect date night?

Do you already have a tastecard?

Let me know what you think.

Who's up for pizza?

Let me know

*post contains PR samples

Friday, 10 March 2017

An #IdealGirlsNightIn with Ideal World

I love a good chit chat and tonight at 7.30pm, myself and quite a few other bloggers you know, will be putting on our PJs and having a #IdealGirlsNightIn on Twitter. (There may even be fluffy socks) 

There is a three hour "Girls Night" happening on Ideal World this evening and you can join us and watch along with on on

Sky 654
Freeview 22
Virgin 747
Freesat 812

or even via live stream at 

In the hour long twitter chat we are going to be talking about lots of different products that will be available, skincare, tanning and there will be attempts by me to try some different hairstyles as the evening goes on.

Picture of various items from Ideal World

Proper Corn

Tanning product

There will be questions that I hope we can answer and it is going to be a lot of fun,

Join us tonight at 7.30 for an #IdealGirlsNightIn

See you then


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Models Own, Leeds. new store in Trinity Leeds

Following on from the "Bottle Shop" Models Own have just opened a brand new STORE in Trinity Leeds, A STORE. Now I am a huge fan of the Bottle-shaped stands in shopping centres, but lets face it, a store where you can walk around, play with products and take a moment to surround yourself with fellow make-up fans? YES PLEASE.

Balloon with Models Own printed on it

I visited the new Models Own store last week to experience the store whilst it was closed, just me, quite a few other bloggers and fellow make up fans and the owners of Models Own, who can I just take a moment or two to say, are really, really, REALLY nice guys. They brought tears to my eyes with the talk of their love for cosmetics, what they have learnt along the way and also their brotherly love. I find it SO much easier to give all my money to companies with a heart. Models Own TRULY has a heart.

Lets talk about the store.

I think Models Own are best known for their Nail Varnishes, hence the Bottle Shops, but did you know how many more products Models Own create? A HUGE AMOUNT, you can cover your WHOLE face in purely Models Own if you so desire.

From the Supernatural Palette which is fast gaining cult status, to the beautiful gold sheen in the Sculpt and Glow highlight collection, you can find everything in you need/want/desire at Models Own.

Take a look at some of the imagery below.

bottles of Models Own Nail varnish

Lipstick display stand in Models Own Leeds

Lipstick Stand at Models Own Leeds Store

Stand of nude make up in Models Own Leeds Store

The Dare To Bare collection is just stunning. I can't wait to get just a hint of summer colour as this collection is just crying out to be worn in the sun. I have also fallen head over heels with everything in the Holochrome collection. HELLO Holochrome lipgloss.

The new store is now open in Trinity Leeds, if you aren't lucky enough to live in Leeds, check out where your nearest store or bottle shop is here

or you can purchase online here 

Are you a fan of Models Own? Whats your GO TO product? Mine is definitely the Sculpt & Glow palette.

Let me know


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I Believe In (Sinead) Pink Fairies with Lindy Bop

When this dress was first released, just a couple of weeks ago, I am not ashamed to admit that I purchased it just 15 minutes after receiving the email. Look at it, it is stunningly different. I like a style of dress that stands out and the Sinead really does that. 

The top half of the dress is a matte finish poly fabric rather than being stiff, which means it has quite a bit of give in the size. 

Unfortunately it doesn't come with wings, guess the secret is out, I am a fairy. 

The dress is currently still in stock in certain sizes and if your size is out of stock, hopefully it will be back soon. 

You can find the dress here -> Lindy Bop Sinead Pink Fairies Swing Dress and it is just £30

Big Fashionista in pink dress with wings

Big Fashionista in pink dress with wings

Big Fashionista in pink dress with wings

Big Fashionista in pink dress with wings

What do you think of the Sinead dress from Lindy Bop?

Let me know.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Homesense Leeds

Everyone knows about Homesense, don't they? I have spent plenty of hours in my lifetime browsing through my local Homesense, picking up one off items that I love.

That's the thing about Homesense though isn't it? You can't walk away from an item that you are not sure whether to buy, because you know that if you change your mind later and go back to buy it, it won't be there and they usually won't have another one. I don't know about you, but that kind of pressure makes me buy it immediately, I can't take that risk that I won't buy it, will regret it and will never be able to find another one. The FOMO is STRONG.

Last week, I was invited to take a look around the brand new Homesense that has just opened in Leeds. Now this Homesense is different from a lot of other ones in that it is ON THE HIGH STREET. Most Homesense stores are on retail parks, in fact I was told that this is only the second store to be on a high street. Leeds, we are blessed.

The new Homesense store in Leeds is set over two floors and is an Aladdin's cave of treasures. Did I know I wanted a bird cage when I walked into the store? No, I didn't. Did I walk out with a bird cage? Yes, yes I did and I am not even sorry.

From beautifully set out furniture,

furniture in a store

to statues and sculptures of anything you could ever wish to display in your home.

Shelf of ornaments

Perhaps your heart desires a silver dog?

Silver dog

or some storage woven out of paper?

paper waste basket

That is the true beauty of Homesense though, isn't it? You don't actually know what you want, until you see it and then you can think of nothing else. I WISH I had purchased the penguin wash basket that I shared on my Instagram on Wednesday, I truly do. but I didn't. And now it is lost to me forever.

Other things that I drooled over in the store were the pastel Le Crueset stoneware, a gorgeous silver velvet chair and notebooks. LOTS and LOTS of notebooks.

I think I am going to be a regular visitor to the new Homesense store in Leeds, it has opened up on the Headrow, in the old Clas Ohlesen store. I urge you to pay them a visit if you are in Leeds. Just save some of the good stuff for me, and LET ME KNOW if you see a penguin wash basket, I BEG YOU.

You can check out where your nearest store is at

Are you a Homesense fan? What have you been buying from there recently? Let me know.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Feline Fine In Lindy Bop Fashion,

I think it is safe to say that I have developed my "style" over the last few years. Give me a night out and a little while to get ready and I will come out looking good, smelling great and wearing a vintage-style outfit guaranteed to make you go, WOW.

I have been shopping more and more with Lindy Bop lately, (There is actually another post coming later in the week featuring MORE Lindy Bop-I'm not even sorry) Everything from their NEW IN section to their SALE section is full of such amazing show stopping pieces that I could go back to the website every day and I would still find more things to buy. I am loving all the full skirts on the site at the moment, there are so many different styles and colours to choose from. I usually wear them with a petticoat underneath, just to give them even more fullness, but they can easily be worn without.

Todays outfit is the "Cara" Pink Cat Border Print Swing Dress It is also available in a skirt, (I'm tempted) and if cats aren't your thing, then the Cara comes in different prints too. Check them out in the NEW IN section of Lindy Bop here ->

Big Fashionista leaving car

Big Fashionista exiting car

Lindy Bop dress

Big Fashionista wearing Lindy Bop Dress
Linda Bop,  "Cara" Pink Cat Border Print swing dress. £40 available in sizes 6-26.

Let me know what you think.

*This post contains a PR Sample

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