Are You On The List? | Book Review

 

You may have seen last week that I was part of the blog tour for the launch of Are You on the List? How to Become a Modern Socialite, if you missed it you can read it here. 

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Are You On The List? Is written by Kitty Brucknell, Lewis-Duncan Weedon, and Olivia Cox. All three share their tips and advice, you’ll find the book jam packed with fashion advice, makeup and hair tips, along with advice on how to act in different social situations.

Now you might remember Kitty from her X Factor days, but in this book she writes about buying vintage fashion, vintage fashion is still really popular at the moment, so knowing where to look is key. Kitty also talks about the time she bought a dress in a charity shop and wore it to an awards evening, she also gives hairstyle tutorials.

Olivia shares her tips on making a good first impression, from conversation starter to how to deal with forgetting someone’s name!

Lewis-Duncan Weedon talks about how to act when meeting the Queen, something we all need to know, just in case she decides to pop round for a cuppa! He also talks about how to organize an event, from finding the right location, to setting a theme.

I remember that when I was about 16, my mum bought me a similar book and I devoured all of the advice in it, even if some of it was on etiquette at fancy dinner parties I’ll never be going to!

The book is 200 pages long, so I can’t say too much about it without giving away everything, and then there’d be no need to buy a copy!

I would recommend Are You On The List? as a Christmas gift for young teenagers, someone aged 14-16. Someone who has dreams of becoming famous will love this book, it has all the advice they could need about looking their best and behaving appropriately in all situations, plus even if they don’t become famous the advice is still good stuff to take on board. I do have to say that my mum has had a look through it, and enjoyed reading it too, so it’s not just for the young ‘uns.

You can buy Are You On The List? from the So Vain Books website here and they also have a limited addition tote bag with a quote from Kitty Brucknell which you can buy here.

Will you be picking this up as a Christmas gift, or do you remember being given a similar book one year?

Beth x

Please note this post does contain affiliate links to the So Vain Books website.

The Library of Fragrance | Review

 

The Library of Fragrance - Orange Blossom

Today, I’m bringing you a review of a fragrance from The Library of Fragrance. At the end of October I was sent the Orange Blossom fragrance*, and I have been wearing it everyday since.

I really like that The Library of Fragrance do single scents which you can layer up to create your own signature scent. Most days I wear Orange Blossom on its own, and I have received compliments on it at work. Describing this fragrance is really easy as it is only one scent and does smell like Orange Blossom, it isn’t too strong and I very quickly forget that i’m wearing it. However I learnt that your nose stops registering scents once it gets used to them and it then focuses on registering other scents, so you may not be able to smell your fragrance but other people will pick up on the fact you are wearing it.

Orange Blossom - The Library of Fragrance

I took a trip into my local Boots to see what it would smell like with other fragrances in the range. I paired it with musk, and vanilla ice cream, I have also paired it with fresh ginger on the recommendation of Clare from The Library of Fragrance, which I really enjoyed. I’m definitely planning on picking up Fresh Ginger so that I can wear the combination on a regular basis.

On the Library of Fragrance website they have some information on how to Mix & Match the scents, and the best way to think about layering them.

You can buy The Library of Fragrance at Boots, where they’re on offer for 2 for £25 so you can buy one as a gift and pick one up for yourself, it’d be rude not to, right? There is also a bigger range of fragrances available direct on The Library of Fragrance website

Beth x

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Flapjack | Recipe

 

I have another recipe for you today, I’m bringing you some slightly healthier gluten free and dairy free flapjacks. The basic recipe I used was this one from Tesco Real Food but I made some changes which you can see below.

I’m on a bit of a health food kick at the moment and want to improve what I’m eating, so I decided to bake some of my own flapjack to snack on. It’s a recipe that is quick and easy to make, and results in a satisfying filling snack.

Gluten Free and  Dairy Free Flapjack Ingredients

Ingredients

115g Gluten Free Oats
75g Dairy Free butter (I used Pure Sunflower Spread)
75g Almond Butter
125g Honey
75g Dark Chocolate Chips (70% cocoa)
100g Demerara Sugar

You can switch in unsalted butter and standard porridge oats if you don’t need the gluten free or dairy free element to the flapjacks. I used standard porridge oats as I’m okay with oat gluten. You can also use golden syrup instead of honey.

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees, and line a tin.
Step 2. Melt the sugar, honey, butter, and almond butter in a pan then remove from the heat.
Step 3. Mix in the oats and allow to cool a little.
Step 4. Add in the chocolate chips. (Make sure it’s not too hot or your chocolate chips will melt like mine did!)
Step 5. Poor the mixture into the tin and level.
Step 6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
Step 7. Allow to cool for a few minutes and using a sharp knife mark out your flapjack pieces.
Step 8. Pop it in the fridge for 1-2 hours to allow it to firm up. Mine was super gooey!!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Flapjack

I’m eating a slice as I write this and it’s delicious! I was a bit sceptical about it as I’m not so keen on almonds but you can’t really taste them and it is a sweeter taste due to the sugar and the honey.

Let me know if you give this a try or do you have any similar recipes of your own?

Beth x

How to become a modern Socialite - Are You On The List? Blog Tour

 

Blog tour

We all know that I can’t resist having a drink, but one thing that I think is important is knowing your drink. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by asking for a drink that the barman doesn’t know how to make but that you also don’t know how to make so you can’t even give them instructions to make your favourite drink. In Are You On The List? Olivia Cox talks about throwing an epic house party, and lets be honest no house party is complete without cocktails.

For instance I love a mojito and although it’s a popular cocktail that any barman should know how to make, if for any reason they don’t I can easily give them instructions myself. It’s also a great recipe to make for house parties as it is so quick and easy, plus you can use any type of rum so grab whichever one has been sat in the back of the cupboard and make yourself a mojito. 

Mojito

Mojito:
Dark/Spiced/White Rum
Lime
Mint
Sugar Syrup
Soda Water
Crushed Ice

To make a mojito you need a highball glass and follow the steps below.

1. Clap the mint in the palm of your hands and put in the bottom of the glass.
2. Top and tail a lime and cut into wedges.
3. Squeeze the juice out of a wedge of lime on top of the mint and add half the lime wedges.
4. Add a splash of sugar syrup.
5. Fill the class 3/4 of the way with crushed ice.
6. Add 50ml of rum.
7. Top with soda water and stir well.
8. Add any extra ice if required.
9. Garnish with a little sprig of mint and a wedge of lime.

Olivia says: “The great thing about a cocktail is adding your own twist to it” (page 189)

Olivia is absolutely right and you can easily mix up a mojito and add your own twist to it when making it at home.

  • You can make ginger mojito by swapping out the soda water for ginger ale, it’s best with spiced rum.
  • Make a raspberry mojito by swapping sugar syrup for Chambord and adding fresh raspberries.

You need to be able to remember how to make your drink of choice so don’t choose something overly complicated, or one that includes obscure ingredients that you may not find in the local pub or in the supermarket!

I’ve really enjoyed reading Are You On The List? and there are many great tips in the books, ones that you can easily apply to life without the need to be a socialite. Kitty Brucknell talks about fashion, she has some great tips on the best places to find vintage clothes, and also shares that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. Lewis-Duncan Weedon shares his tips on networking, including how you can get yourself that invite to London Fashion Week! Olivia Cox talks throwing a house party, and gives tips on how to make a great first impression.

I think it’ll make a great Christmas present, my mum has had a flick through the book and found tips that she likes so a copy of it may just have to work its way to her stocking. I also know it’d be a great gift for teenage girls, so many of them look up to bloggers and Are You On The List? is full of fashion and makeup tips, some which I definitely wish I’d had as a teenager!

So Vain Books are also hosting a giveaway where you could win a copy of the book Are You On The List and also a tote bag with a quote form Kitty Brucknell.

If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won the giveaway or want to buy Are You On The List? or the limited edition tote bag as a Christmas gift you can do so on the So Vain Books website.

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Please note the giveaway is hosted by So Vain Books and when entering the Rafflecopter giveaway your details go to them and not to me.

Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs who are taking part in the blog tour, they’ll all be sharing their own stories or tips for you. 

The blog tour program:

Monday 17th: http://scarlettlondon.com/

Tuesday 18th: http://www.bethtinkerbell.co.uk/ and http://www.ilovejeans.com/

Wednesday 19th: http://www.fashionlollipop.com/

Thursday 20th: http://jenelectro.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://fashionfollowsher.com/

Friday 21st: http://www.chloepierre.com/

I will also be doing a review of the book next week, so come back for that if you want to know more!

 

Beth x

Please note this post includes affiliate links to the So Vain Books website.

Does God Have A Gender? | Thoughts

 

I was recently writing an assignment on the sociology of religion, looking at the representation of women. In my research I came across something Grace Davie said in 1994, she basically said that we attribute our preferred gendered characteristics onto God. For women these characteristics would be love, comfort and forgiveness, where as for men they would be characteristics of power and control. Reading this got me thinking about my own views of God.

I don’t see God as having a gender and this is because we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:28) and therefore for different genders to exist God must encompass them all. It wouldn’t be right for me to attribute a gender to God without being given a sign from God as to which gendered pronouns should be used.

God does have power and control but I believe they are used out of Gods love for us. God doesn’t control everything I do, I have my own free will to make decisions for myself. Ultimately God will always direct me to the path I should be in life but doesn’t use power to control everything that I do. I have to be able to make my own decisions so that I develop as a person making mistakes and learning lessons whether that’s through a relationship or the job i have. If God hadn’t given us free will we wouldn’t be able to make mistakes, or learn lessons that are needed for our path in life. If God used power to control everything we did, we would be mindless droids

God knows how to make things seem like your own idea, which is when power and control are used. Ever since I was young I’ve wanted to be a teacher but until 2 years ago I always wanted to teach history. This was Gods way of preparing me for the path I was going to go on. If you didn’t know I’m going to be starting a Theology degree in September 2015. Theology is pretty much a history degree, but I’ll be looking at the history of Christianity and possibly taking a smaller look at the history of other religions. God has given me small steps to get to this point where I know that God wants me to study Theology, but I wouldn’t have been ready for it any earlier. My jobs in retail and internet marketing were decisions made by my free will and they helped me get ready for this next big step on my pathway.

God loves us all and will always forgive us, we were given free will to allow us to make mistakes. It wouldn’t be fair for God to not forgive us for using our free will when God gave it to us. Ye God may punish individuals for the decisions they made with their free will, but they will always be forgiven. We need punishment sometimes to help us understand the mistakes we’ve made, and to help us not make them again. In the same way that parents will punish their children by giving them time to reflect on what they’ve done, God does the same for us.

To round up my thoughts, I don’t think God has a gender but gendered stereotypical characteristics can all be applied to God.

These are obviously only some of my thoughts, and are just my opinion on the Christian God. Nothing I have said is right or wrong, we have to make our own decisions on these matters and decide for ourselves what we wish to believe.

I would be interested in hearing other peoples thoughts too.

Beth x

#Bloggerspjsday | OOTD

 

As you lovelies will probably know, today is Children in Need and this evening we will all be sat in front of the TV for hours on end watching the programme and raising money.

Well a few of us lovely bloggers have got together and decided to have a pj day! We all love a good excuse to not have to wear clothes. We’re all donating pennies to Children in Need and sharing with you our pj’s of choice.

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These are my real life pj’s which I am wearing all day, unless I need to go out and stock up on supplies. The pj’s are from Primark, my top is an actual top but the bottoms are pj’s. My Olaf top says ‘Some people are worth melting for’ all together now “awwww”.

I don’t think anyone else would actively put such awful pictures of themselves online, however I have no photographer on hand and it’s too much hassle setting my tripod up and trying to jump in front of the camera before the self timer goes off.

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If you can spare some pennies to donate to Children in Need then you can do so by texting BLOG74 then your chosen amount (£1, £2, £5, £10) to 70070 or visit https://www.justgiving.com/bloggerspjsday 

All the other bloggers involved are:

Rachel http://happylittlesyllables.co.uk / @rachelcdailey

Emily http://ems-trends.co.uk/ / @epblogging

Becca http://www.polkadotnotebook.co.uk / @becca_j_goddard

Amy http://www.cocktailsinteacups.com / @teacupcocktails

Kat http://www.henryskat.blogspot.co.uk/ / @henryskat2014

Jessica http://www.lookwhatigot.co.uk/ / @jd_lwig

Yasmina http://thejulyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/ / @itsyasminaa_

Doris dorislife.wordpress.com / @mzjaggah

Charlotte http://justmsmaxwell.com/ / @justmsmaxwell

Leona http://ohleona.blogspot.co.uk/ / @leonuhh

Are you doing anything today for Children in Need?

Beth x

The Body Shop Christmas | Event

 

Last Tuesday I was invited to go to The Body Shop in Leeds as they were holding an event to show off some of the new product launched for Christmas. As someone who loves Christmas there was no way I could resist going.

Being the excellent blogger I am, I forgot to take my camera with me and so the pictures in store were taken on my phone, hence the strange sizes.

On arrival we were greeted with a class of prosecco which is always lovely. We were then given the chance to look around the store at all of the products, with members of staff on hand to talk to us about the different products.

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Sets

I always love the Christmas gifts range at The Body Shop, I just think they’re so cute. Just look at the little polar bear!

The Body Shop Christmas Gifts

I know i’ll be getting at least one of The Body Shop gifts sets for Christmas like I do every year and I love them. Gift sets from The Body Shop are some of the only gift sets I will actually use. 

The Body Shop Christmas Range

They’ve also released 3 new scents for this Christmas, Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry, and Vanilla Brulee. I love the scent of all 3 though Vanilla Brulee is a little too sweet for me, but I can’t get enough of Frosted Cranberry, cranberry is one of my favourite Christmas scents so putting it in bath products is just perfect! The Vanilla Brulee did remind us of the Laura Mercier Honey Bath but at £10 it’s a much cheaper option.

If you love glitter then I recommend The Body Shop Sparklers which are a fragrance with glitter in, spray it into your hair for a festive sparkle. They’re a hit with children, Kellie from Big Fashionista brought her daughter to the event and she loved the spraklers!

They’ve also brought out a new fragrance Red Musk which is a spicy unisex fragrance with notes of cinnamon and tobacco. I have added it to my Christmas list, and almost regret not picking it up when I was at the event. I’m not a lover of sweet scents, and the spicy fragrance is just ideal for winter.

The Body Shop Haul

While I was at The Body Shop I couldn’t resist picking up a few pieces. From the new Christmas range I picked up the Frosted Cranberry shower gel, and also a lip balm both were £4 each. While I was there I spent time chatting with Robyn about skincare and picked up the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet and the Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil. I introduced them to my skincare routine immediately and my skin has never been so great. I also picked up the warming mineral mask as it has been on my wishlist for ages and i’ve just never got round to popping it into my basket.

Has anything from The Body Shop Christmas range caught your eye?

Beth x

RunKeeper | Fitness

 

Today I thought I would share with you another app I use when I’m out running. I use RunKeeper to track my runs, it shows you how far you’ve run, how long it took you, and also tells you what your fastest km was.

RunKeeper

RunKeeper uses GPS to track where you have been on your run, and shows you the route on a little map marking where each km you hit was. I find it really useful to take a look back at my routes and seeing which ones I ran the furthest and the quickest.

I’ll be honest I have recently got out of the habit of using it as I’m doing the same run each time, however using the app allows you to see improvements that you won’t generally notice yourself. For example I don’t time how long i’m out for, or how far I’ve run but if I use the app I can see how long I ran for and how far, which means as I do the same run I can see if I’m completing it in a shorter amount of time. Definitely just convinced myself to switch it on next time I go out for a run.

Another thing I really like about RunKeeper is that it tracks your elevation, so if you’re running up hill you can see how high you got. I just find it really interesting to see even though it’s not something I track but I imagine if you’re running on the fells then it would be really useful.

Run Keeper

RunKeeper is free to download and you don’t have to use it for running you could also use it for walking. The app also tracks how many calories you’ve burnt, which could be useful to some people. As you can see on the picture above I burnt 140 calories when I went out.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that every five minutes it announces the amount of time you’ve been out for and how far you’ve done. I find it to be a distraction, especially as I’m listening to music at the same time. I am also thinking of trying out the Nike+ Running app, so I’ll get back to you with how I think that one fares in comparison.

Do you use any apps to record your distance when out running or walking?

Beth x

Creating your own Lush Gift Set

 

I thought I’d share with you the gift I bought my best friend for her birthday last Monday. I went to Lush to buy her present and I’ll admit I was a little disappointed with the gift sets you can buy for £10. Now I know that they come wrapped up all lovely but you only get 2 products inside, so you’re paying a lot for that pretty wrapping.

Lush Birthday Gift

I decided to make a gift set of my own, just to see what you can create with £10. It doesn’t look as pretty as the ones ready to buy in Lush, but it does have a gift box and I got 3 products. My gift box came from Card Factory for £1.79  and is the perfect size to fit the three products in, and a bit of tissue paper to make it look a little nicer.

Lush Bath Products

What does my gift box contain? (from L-R)

Pop in the Bath - £2.95
Sakura – £3.35
Creamy Candy – £2.75

Total = £9.05 + Gift Box at £1.79 = £10.84

Don’t get me wrong, I love Lush but sometimes it works out better value to create a gift set of your own, rather than buying a ready made one. Plus a gift set you’ve made yourself will always be more appreciated as you’ve spent the time choosing the products rather than dashing in and picking up a ready made gift set.

Also last year Becky Bedbug created a table showing how much the Lush Christmas gift sets cost to buy and how how much it would cost to create your own, you can see it here. Just a little something to think about before you go out buying your Christmas presents.

Beth x