When I found out my work owed me £130, the first thing that entered my head was the New Look Summer Sale I saw online the other day. What better way to spend extra cash than on HUGE clothing savings, am I right?

I’m going to run through what I bought and how much I saved, because I quite enjoy reading these kinds of blogs myself. It feeds my frugalness.

Black Leather Elasticated Sling Back boots in black - £15.00 (RRP £34.99)
I’ve been wanting a pair of boots like these for ages, but just didn’t get round to buying a pair. I’ve actually only realised they’re real leather AFTER buying them, and I would never usually buy any leather products – I really should read the description of items before buying them. SO I am a little gutted by the material. I honestly thought they looked pleather anyway so it mustn’t be a very good leather, ha! Anyway, the style is very nice. The heel is a little big for me to wear regularly but I think with a pair of jeans and a cute tee, they will look perfect.

White Choker Neck Oversized T-shirt - £4.00 (RRP £9.99)
I’m quite a basic person. And basic people like me, like to get plain t-shirts with a tiny little detail like a choker because, it’s cute.. and this t-shirt is cute.  It would look great under a leather or khaki jacket and with either leggings or jeans. It would actually look pretty good with those black boots too. It’s 100% cotton and feels super soft, and it’s a floating material. It’s rather nice for the British summer weather. It has a v-neck front and is oversized so great for being a little airy but without being revealing.

Red Tie Dye Longline T-shirt - £6.00 (RRP £12.99)
I’m a little late jumping on the band wagon here and I’m fully aware tie dye was popular last year. I’ve actually never owned anything tie dye, and I liked how this t-shirt isn’t too “in your face”. It’s a mix of white and red-purple, and I think it looked the right amount of plain with a hint of colour. It has a rounded neckline and rolled up sleeves, which I think would look great with a pair of jeans and some heels, or even tucked into a skirt.

Lilac Off the Shoulder T-shirt - £5.00 (RRP £9.99)
I love having my shoulders out, I feel like it makes me look slimmer. And I like to show off the tattoos on my right arm so, any opportunity to wear clothes that look nice but show it off, I take it. I love how gentle this t-shirt looks with the very soft lilac colour and how casual it looked on the model. I think paired with some leggings and either boots or sandals, it will look ace.

Khaki Cargo Utility Trousers - £12.00 (RRP £24.99)
Now as I said before, I am pretty damn basic. I literally only wear plain jeans or leggings. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and buy something a little different. These khaki trousers seemed the way to go. They’re not too “out there” but can be dressed up or down easily with some heels or some flat boots. I like that the material is cotton, lyocell and elastane; so, they’re both comfortable and fairly stretchy – wear them to a buffet, yas!

Lilac Washed Skinny Jenna Jeans - £11.00 (RRP £24.99)
I wanted to push a little further out my comfort zone. These lilac jeans looked SO cute on the model, and they may not look great on me but I kinda love them. Purple is my favourite colour and this lilac is so soft and subtle. They’re also made from cotton, lyocell and elastane. With a pair of black boots and maybe that white choker tee… could make a sweet outfit.

Shell Pink Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder - £6.00 (RRP £12.99)
Like I said, I love me some shoulder showing off... another cold shoulder top! It’s viscose and polyester so not as soft as cotton but it’s still a comfortable wear. The description on the website say’s it’s pink; but it’s a brown/red/purple. I don’t see pink at all, but I still really like the colour. It’s quite large fitting, which is also something I tend to go for, so win-win.

Petite Yellow Ribbed V Neck Cold Shoulder Jumper - £10.00 (RRP £19.99)
This is something else I’ve been wanting for a long time but just didn’t get round to it for some reason. I absolutely love how mustard looks on other people and models; I was never brave enough to try it myself since I’m super pale. What better time to try new things than when they’re half price! It’s a really large knitted, ribbed jumper with a v-neck, AND cold shoulders – it’s everything I love in a jumper. It is quite rough to wear and it already arrived with a click in the knitting but I can look past that, I’ll still wear it nonetheless.

Grey Suedette Tube Sandals - £12.00 (RRP £25.99)
I’ve been needing a decent pair of sandals for the summer and for my holiday to Ibiza in August, but I’m very particular when it comes to shoes that I’ll wear for several days in a row. I have Plantar Fasciitis, so it’s hard for me to find the right sandals, because I can’t hide my special insoles inside them like I can with other shoes and boots. I needed some that aren’t too low heel, or too high. The heel on these are perfect and I love the little gold detail. The suedette (imitation suede) is soft and the colour will match most clothing for the summer, so I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of these!

Coconut and Rose Nourishing Body Oil - £2.00 (RRP £5.99)
Now I’m obsessed with all things coconut oil – I use it ALL the time. When I saw this oil was only £2 it was a “why not” moment. The oil smells AMAZING, and it really does soak in fast. I used it on my arms and got dressed straight away. There was no left-over residue and my skin felt silky soft. I’m very impressed New Look – well done!

Gold Metallic Marble iPhone 6 Case - £3.00 (RRP £6.99)
I don’t have a decent photo of this item so I took the photo from New Looks website. I am so gutted that my phone case arrived broken with a crack because it’s probably the favourite item I bought. It’s a gorgeous gold metallic case with black marble detail. It looked stunning. New Look have of course refunded me for this and it’s so sad that the item is now out of stock, so I’ll have to live with my Bambi phone case for a little longer. Had this not arrived broken, I would have been happy as Larry – it’s lush!

In total I spent £83.00, which is an absolute bargain for how much I got. I saved an awful lot of money, and got some pretty awesome new clothes to try out, and I know for a fact I’ll wear most of them a lot. I’ll be uploading outfit photos as and when I wear them, so do check out my Instagram and follow me to be able to see those!

The Hoppings 2017

As a child, my favourite part of the summer was the arrival of The Hoppings every single June on the town moor in Newcastle. The loud music, ghost trains and smell of fried onions on burgers are so nostalgic to me. I actually think the smell of burger vans are one of my all-time favourite smells because of that memory. The second I smell it, my nostrils flare.. “I SMELL BURGERS”.

 My most favourite ride has got to be the Waltzer. I always went on these with my mum when I was younger and now me and Eric go on them all the time. Though I don’t always enjoy that I bash the back of my head on the metal seat every single time I’m on one, I never learn.

This year, to keep the annual tradition, Eric and I decided to go as a “date”. Although I’m unable to go on to bigger rides (terrible, terrible motion sickness), we still had so much fun. I could walk around the Hoppings for ages watching other peoples faces and reactions on the rides. Especially when you see kids, trying to be big and they absolutely poop themselves when they’re actually on the rides… I’m evil, I know!

I was determined to get a palm reading this year by Gypsy Rosa Lee but the queue was far too long and I’m far too impatient. So I settled for Gypsy Rosa Lee’s granddaughter (apparently). Big mistake. I was so unimpressed I found it more humorous than anything else. She basically told me a load of rubbish… £10 down the drain!

At least Eric made up for my disappointment by having a couple games of darts and winning me a teddy, so I called him Gypsy and he now lives with pride of place on my shelf. The look of the stall holders face when Eric accidentally stabbed a large hanging Scooby-Doo with the dart rather than the dart board made my night.

We finished off with raiding the £1 sweet stall; grabbing large bags of rock mishaps, candy floss and my customary sugar dummy, which I have also gotten every, single, year. I can’t help myself. Next year I must remember to buy my Nanna a coconut, this year I totally forgot, my bad! With the spare change we had a last ride, on the traditional Victorian carousel. I personally think they’re so beautiful, I’d totally hire one of those at my wedding, and ride it over and over again. So although I may not be the most daring person, the important part of the hopping’s has got to be the sweets and the waltzer anyway so, best evening ever in my books!

Walk It for Crohn's and Colitis UK 2017

This was the first time I've attended a charity event for myself - I pretty much always go to fundraisers around dogs (total animal lover). But after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in August 2016, I decided to do more for a charity that helped me so much, in my time of need. Crohn's and Colitis UK is the main charity helping the many families affected by these conditions around the UK.

Ulcerative Colitis is one of the main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the other form that's also well known is Crohn's Disease. IBD is a lifelong auto-immune disease (not to be confused with IBS), where your gut essentially attacks itself - it's quite painful, draining and overwhelming, but thankfully people can have their condition controlled by medication, or surgery.

Crohn's & Colitis UK Walk It at Leazes Park, Newcastle
It's a somewhat "invisable" illness, as there are lots of days where I appear absolutely fine, and then it just hits me like a tonne of bricks. People don't necessarily realise how much it affects my day to day life. Mostly, I choose to publicly display positive things in my life on social media.. rather than the amount of blood I've seen in the toilet that day. Yeah it's gross, but that's my life now.

From what I have heard it's also the first time Crohn's and Colitis UK have hosted one of their fundraising events in Newcastle, my hometown. As soon as I knew it was happening, I HAD to attend. My boyfriend, Eric, was super keen to get involved too. He's been supportive and there for me through all my tests, hospital appointments and diagnosis. I set up a Just Giving page straight away and started sharing it around. All our friends and family started donating and we're so grateful for their support.

The day itself was perfect.

We put our purple C&C tee's on and got Daisy the JRT ready to come along with us. The weather was far too hot for walking around a very bustling city center, and we were dripping by the end of it. But we had fun all the same. I particularly liked the addition of the large inflatable colon! When we finished we got cheered by the C&C team and given out medals and a bottle of water each. It was brilliant for kids, with floor games, face painting, stalls and of course more than enough port-a-loos considering the illnesses it was aimed at! Well done guys!

We relaxed on the grass afterward, seeing people finish, watching proud faces, children enjoying the inflatable colon and Daisy loving all the people attention for being cute. We continued to get donations after the event too, and we managed to raise £135 ourselves. I keep checking the C&C fundraiser page, and as I write this it stands at a whopping £253,542. 

They still have some more events around the UK coming up, so if there is a one nearby, get yourself involved. It's a great family day out for a great cause! As someone who is personally affected by these illnesses; I know how much the charity need these donations to carry on their awesome work for raising awareness, funding research and supporting those affected.

Thank you to Crohn's and Colitis for involving Newcastle in the event, I know Eric, Daisy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And a HUGE thanks to my friends and family for their support and kindness... Same again next year, right?