Friday 29 November 2013

Brighton Stagette: The Stag do v.s The Hen do

Brighton Stagette*: a weekend of fun and frolics with some of my favourite bloggers? How could I say no! 

Eclipse Leisure, the stag night company invited 8 bloggers down to Brighton for the weekend for the full 'stag' experience. Oh, I was excited. I'd never been to Brighton before so I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. I met up with Georgina at the Victoria station before getting the train to Brighton to meet the others. We headed over to the St Jury's Inn, the hotel we were staying at and got our room keys and met Jamie, our guide for the weekend! 

Before we went we were asked to come up with cheeky/naughty stag names for each other to go on the back of each others t-shirts. I was given the task of coming up with Ellie's name. It was a tough one, but I got there eventually with a little help. I thought about the things she loves and if you read Ellie's blog or watch her videos then you will for sure know all about her love of Disney! Her favourite princess is Belle and while discussing it with my housemate Joe, he came up with Princess Belle-END! Genius! I can be so uninventive sometimes. I had also been texting Georgina and she asked me to send one over for her too - while mentioning one that her friends came up with - Orgy Georgie! I couldn't not send that one in could I? Georgina had the task of coming up with mine... Oh boy!

We got our T-Shirts and the name was revealed... 'Spunk and Wet Dreams'. Oh, Georgina! I wanted to kill her just a tad, but it was hilarious! We went up to our room and changed into the rather dashing atire - ready for our activity. We headed downstairs and met all the other bloggers. I knew the lovely Ellie already, she's one of my best blogging friends so it was super lovely to see her and the other blogger - it was so nice to meet them all! 

The activity was revealed - GO-KARTING! At first I didn't expect too much, but boy, I can't even tell you how much fun I had! The total highlight of the weekend. I want to do it again in a heartbeat... please, anyone? Let's race! I wasn't great at it, but I didn't care - it was that much fun! Ellie was the champion! 

We then headed back to the hotel to get ready. A sneaky bottle of wine for pre-drinks and 45 minutes later we were all down and ready to head off to the pub! We went for a quick drink before heading over to the Indian restaurant, Chaula's for dinner. We ordered, and were super excited for the food! Unfortunately, it took a super long time and left us running super late and the food left a lot to be desired... I wouldn't recommend! 

We then headed to Platinum Lace, a strip club. Well it wouldn't have been a stag do without one right? I'd never been before and it was definitely an experience but we didn't have time to stay long so it was a quick glass of bubbly and then we were off. 

We ended the night at Shoossh with quite a few shots and a bottle of vodka and mixers. We had our own VIP area so it was nice. A little empty when we got there but as the drinks flowed, so did the people. We finished the night with a cab to a Kebab shop and then walked back to the hotel. 

It was so much fun and was lovely to meet and see all of the other bloggers - Jayne, Gemma, Annie, Ronke, Tee and of course Ellie and Georgina. Head over to their blogs and follow them if you don't already - well worth a read! 

Since being at home and thinking about this post, it got me thinking about the comparisons to a Hen night. I was looking at a survey by Spa Breaks* and it said that the most popular activity on a Hen Night is something relaxing - like a trip to the spa and honestly this doesn't surprise me at all. It got me thinking a lot about which sort of thing I'd prefer - the crazyness of the go-karting or a relaxing day at the spa, and honestly I don't know! Perhaps I'd try and squeeze them both in? 

What would your idea hen/stag do be?

Lorna x


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Thursday 28 November 2013

Sponsored Video: Breast Cancer Awareness - The Tweeting Bra

Today on the blog I'm sharing a new Breast Cancer awareness campaign by Nestlé Fitness to bring awareness to the importance of self examination - the task we're always forgetting.They have come up with the campaign of the 'Tweeting Bra' to bring up this awareness with something we use a number of times daily - social media!

The 'Tweeting Bra' is the first bra that actually tweets - I know, I couldn't quite believe it myself either! They really have done everything now, haven't they... This bra is worn by the Greek celebrity Maria Bakodimou and every time she takes her bra off a tweet is posted to the @TweetingBra account to remind everyone about the super important task of self examination. 

It's super important, and I for one will put my hands up and admit that it isn't something that I do. Even after attend the BCA press day. I should, but I just forget. The tweets will pop up in your twitter feed, giving you a gentle reminder about it - which I think is something we could probably all do with!

Breast Cancer is actually the most common cancer in the UK - around 55,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. Early detection is so important as it means that the survival rates are improving and with constant new ways to help us remember to check like this, we really should have no excuses to take that minute out of our day every so often to just check. 

If you would like more information on the 'Tweeting Bra' campaign then head over to their websitetwitter or with the hashtag #tweetingbra where you can follow and keep up to date with the latest goings on with the 'Tweeting Bra'!

I've followed, will you? 

Lorna x

*This post features sponsored content from Nestlé Fitness but all of the views featured are my own


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Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Perfect Girls Night In?

I love a good girls night in. As a student it's pretty unexpected but I'm not going to lie, it's my total guilty pleasure. I love a good night out, but nothing beats that relaxing night in with the girls and waking up feeling totally relaxed and WITHOUT a hangover. Total bonus right? 

A survey by Ladbrokes Bingo showed that 70% of women prefer a girls night in* and I am not surprised in the slightest. My night in's are usually pretty impromptu because I live with 2 of my girlfriends, which probably means that they happen a little more often than they would if we planned them. Your probably wondering what my perfect girls night in would be? Well it changes often but the general recipe stays the same. BEAUTY... all the way.

The Beauty Treats

I think by now we will all know that I'm a little obsessed when it comes to beauty and what girls night would be complete with out some of it (and by some, I totally mean a lot). Skincare is a must; a good cleanse probably with my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and then on to the face masks. My favourite at the minute has got to be the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, but I am partial to a little bit of a change an with the winter coming around I absolutely love using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask as it's super hydrating and smells amazing!  

If we're really treating ourselves we will go for a hair treatment. I'm loving the Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer at the moment, a great pre-shampoo treatment. I would usually opt to put this on at the end of the evening while we're still chatting! 

Nails, nails, nails, nails! Could I be any more excited? With my extensive collection, we love to have a good rumble in my polish draw to discover a few shades! My picks today were some beautiful purples: Kolor Kubes in Berry Burst*, Topshop's Adrenalin and Jacava's Blackberry Fool*. If we're a bit stuck for time I love using Broadway Nails imPress nails* - press on nails that apply so easily. There is an amazing shade range and they last a super long time. I am super impressed by them after giving them a couple of goes. Usually a super short nail kinda girl but these have totally converted me. Perfect for the lazy beauty addict... The Kiss Nail Wraps* work just as well - I love using these on the accent finger on top of the imPress nails, easy application too!

The Entertainment

A good movie usually works best, perhaps a good ol' chick flick? I remember cracking out Mean Girls in one of our latest evenings. That film NEVER gets old. If we can't find a film we fancy then we'll usually just stick to watching the TV or browsing on the net. Or if all else fails we will talk...and talk... and talk... and talk. We're girls, we're allowed right?

The Food & Drinks

Potentially one of the most vital parts of a girls night in, very close to the beauty (and that's coming from a total beauty addict). We love a good glass of wine, White Zinfandel is my favourite or perhaps a cocktail. But if we're perhaps a little hungover from the night before we love to go for a cup of tea or a hot chocolate. Perfect to cuddle up with a blanket while watching a film. 

Snacks come next. We love a pizza just like the next man but if that's not what we go for... Popcorn is always there and Dina is Queen at making it! Sweet, Butter Salt, Salt & Pepper, Nutella... Whatever flavour you want, you name it - she can do it! Mmmm, popcorn. 

I love a good girls night and honestly, all this writing about it has made me super excited for the next. When are we having one girls? 

Would love to know what are your top tips for the perfect girls night in!

Lorna x


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Thursday 14 November 2013

Guest Post on Tea & Lead with my favourite A/W Nail Polish Shades

As a lover of nail polishes, when my lovely friend Alice from Tea & Lead mentioned she was needing guest posters I jumped at the chance to post about some of my favourite A/W shades. It was a tough decisions and I managed to whittle it down to my top 5 and have posted about them over on Tea & Lead here and have included some swatches for you all. 

Let me know what your favourite A/W shades are? I can always add a few more to my collection. A girl can never have too many nail polishes right? 

Lorna x


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