Travel: Copenhagen, Denmark

At the beginning of March my boyfriend and I went to Copenhagen for a few days, as part of my birthday present. We managed to get really cheap flights with EasyJet and stayed at the Hotel Kong Arthur. I couldn’t recommend the hotel enough. It was really lovely and location wise it was great. A short walk away from both the bus and metro as well as a lovely indoor food market, with the most amazing pain au chocolat!

I’d 100% recommend getting a Copenhagen Card, we purchased ours at the airport once we had cleared passport control. It gives you free access to loads of attraction as well as free travel across all bus, train and metro services. I think it cost us around £60 as we opted for the 72 hour card. I think it’s around £35 for a 24 hour card so it’s definitely worth working out which one is best for you.

We hadn’t looked into the Copenhagen Card (CHC) too much before purchasing but I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it if you are going to have full days of sight-seeing! When we went to Amsterdam a couple of years ago we took a canal tour and really enjoyed it, so when we saw that one was free with the CHC we were so happy. With a fabulously cheesy but informative voice-over in your chosen language, and a chance to take a look at all the sights, it’s well worth it. I’m sure it’s pretty expensive without a CHC too!

We visited various museums and castles as I don’t think you can go on a city break without diving into the history of the place. There are some beautiful buildings in Copenhagen my pictures just didn’t do them justice! The only museum we went to that I wouldn’t recommend was the National Museum of Denmark, we just didn’t find it interesting at all so ended up leaving and having a wander around Christiansborg Slot/Palace (100% recommend!!).

If you are a fan of Hans Christian Anderson and are a little childish (like me), you’ll love the museum dedicated to him. The exhibit showcases a huge selection of his best known stories and is interactive too. You can’t go to Copenhagen without taking a stroll (or a metro and then a stroll!) to see The Little Mermaid statue. Whilst this isn’t one of the worlds most exciting things to visit, you can’t go to Copenhagen without going to snap a few pics!

The Carlsberg Brewery is a must-visit and is again, included with your CHC! You get a couple of complementary drinks and are left to your own devices to walk around. Whilst it’s interesting as to how Carlsberg started etc my favourite was the room with all of the bottles Carlsberg sell/have sold, split by country! I also loved the stables, as horses played such a huge part in the process all those years ago, they still keep a small number at the brewery. We ended our tour with a beer and a game of table football in their on-site bar and a mooch in the gift shop. If we’d have taken more than a rucksack with us we would definitely have stocked up on glasses. They had some gorgeous single and sets of glasses and they were so cheap! Next time eh…

I’m one of the most laziest people you’ll ever meet, so whilst I love sightseeing, I’m a moaner. This paired with the fact that we decided to climb 400 stairs to the top of Vor Frelsers Kirkes tårn meant I was nearly dead! Especially as it definitely wouldn’t have passed in the UK due to Health and Safety! However, once we got to the top we got a lovely view of the whole of Copenhagen. It had started to rain and the wind was pretty strong, but it was still lovely, I can only imagine how nice it is in the sun!

We really wanted to go to Tivoli Gardens, but as we went in March, it wasn’t open. The old fashioned amusement park sounds amazing and if you are thinking of going, look to make sure it’s open before you book!

Whilst we usually want to explore the same places/visit the same things, we clashed when I said I wanted to go to Sephora. My boyfriend couldn’t understand why I wanted to go shopping whilst on holiday and why I had to visit before we left. I’d never been to Sephora before and although we can now get it online here (didn’t tell him that) I just needed to go. I did treat myself to one of their mascaras and a lipstick but I was impressed with how restrained I was. In return, we went to FC Copenhagen’s football ground so he could buy himself one of their football shirts. We were both gutted that the day after we got back FC Copenhagen played at the stadium as we would have loved to have gone!

On our final day we had an early evening flight so decided that would be the day we go to the zoo. We both love the zoo and although Copenhagen’s offering isn’t that big, you can easily spend a few hours there. I spent my remaining Krone on a few flamingo-related gifts to myself, oh yes!

I’d 100% recommend Copenhagen if you are looking for a city break. I’d say 2/3 full days is enough so a long weekend would be perfect. I’d love to know if you’ve been to Copenhagen or are thinking of going.

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Outfit: Patterned Culottes

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Since I started uploading outfit posts not long after starting my blog, I’ve always stuck to taking the photos in my back garden. Therefore, being extremely jealous of anyone with the guts to step outside the comfort of their garden and snap their photos wherever they want. Whilst I don’t look as fancy as said bloggers who will happily stand in the middle of a street and get photographed, I feel pretty happy with myself having leaped out of my comfort zone.

Whilst in Liverpool visiting some of my favourite Liverpool bloggers, to talk future North West Bloggers plans I posed for the above. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Helena from Beaut Chic for taking these photos for me, whilst I was heckled by a passing taxi driver!

I’ve fallen in love with the culottes trend after buying a black pair a couple of weekends a go. Whilst on one of my many trips to Primark on my lunch break I spotted this gorgeous patterned pair. They were only £7 in the sale and after being torn about whether they suited me, I bought them, deciding I’d regret it if I didn’t. I’m SO happy I bought them as I think they look lovely with this teal top from River Island.

My shoes are a huge leap out of my comfort zone as 1. I hardly ever get my toes out (I hate feet) and 2. I didn’t think I could pull off the whole chunky heel thing. My sister picked these out when we went shopping in New Look the other week and as I was feeling rich (payday!!) and they were too wide for her, I snapped them up. When I tried these on in store I instantly fell in love as they seemed soooo comfy! Usually this is the case until you actually wear them out, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that these didn’t hurt my feet at all. They do have a small heel which is a big deal for me as I live in flats, but I couldn’t be anymore in love with these.

To finish it off I added the statement necklace and duster coat, both from Primark. I’m obsessed with this duster coat as it goes with everything – it will definitely be my go-to cover up this Summer. Especially as I like to rock black all year round! New Look and Primark are my favourite high-street brands, and they are killing it this spring/summer. It’s definitely worth going in if you are looking to update your wardrobe.

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Outfit: All Black Errrrything

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Where has ‘All Black Errrrything’ come from? Is it something the ‘kids’ say these days? If so I am totally down with them.

Anyway, in London last Saturday night, I wore the above. We went out for dinner and drinks and as I’m never in a million years a heels person, I went for the whole I’m so damn chic I don’t need heels look. I didn’t exactly pull that off, but I do love this outfit so much, any the shoes are so comfortable!

It’s all from Primark and everything bar the shoes are recent purchases. My favourite has to be the duster jacket/coat, I have seen this style on so many bloggers and have been lusting after one. Whilst in London last Saturday morning, we popped into Primark (you can’t just walk past) and it was like love at first sight, my eyes met it’s… sleeves? and I knew then that it was mine. That got weird.

Basically, I’m in love with this jacket and pretty much the whole outfit. It’s comfy and one of those ‘effortless but chic’ looks, ticks all the boxes for me!

Anyone else all about the comfort?

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Covet Me? Covet No Thanks 

I’ve been working in affiliate marketing since I finished University and whilst I think its a really good opportunity for bloggers to monitise their content, I haven’t written a post to say how.

In all honesty, it’s only worth it if you drive a fair bit of traffic to your blog. For anyone unsure of what affiliate links are, they are links from H&M for example that have some code added to them so the merchant (H&M) can track the activity. They’ll look at clicks, sales and revenue. They can them calculate conversion rate, average order value (AOV) etc.

The incentive in using these links? You’ll get paid commission based on how much revenue you drive, a Cost Per Aquisition Model (CPA). There are other models but generally fashion/beauty retailers stick to this one. It usually ranges from 1% – 10% but can vary depending on the merchants programme.

So you generate the link so it has tracking, post this on your blog or socials media channels and wait to see if anyone clicks/purchases from your recommendation.

I would recommend using an affiliate network such as Affiliate Window, I use this for both my own blog and work and find it the most user friendly. I don’t use it often on my blog, mainly because I don’t feel I generate enough traffic but it’s just good to see it from an affiliate side, rather than the clients I work with. There is a £5 signing up fee but you can get that back once you’ve generated enough commissions.

I only really use it for link building, as I’m clueless when it comes to code! You simply paste in the deeplink (a page that leads anywhere but the homepage) and it generates you a lovely link with all of the tracking code (you can track links to the homepage too). But they have a really good analytics suite so you can see who you are generated clicks/sales for and when.

It isn’t something bloggers need to do, whilst it’s helped me in my role at work I don’t feel it’s made any difference to my blog. But, if you are intrigued it’s well worth signing up, the geek in me loves seeing if anyone actually clicks on the links in my blog posts!

Covet Me

This is where I get to this new ‘craze’ that’s hit the blogosphere, CovetMe. Where bloggers can earn vouchers from retailers for doing the same as I described from above. One of their, I’m assuming employees is all over blogging groups on Facebook claiming they will pay them in vouchers for simply sharing things on social media. Whilst this is correct, it’s so misleading and so many bloggers are firing across their email addresses to sign up.

Claiming to be the first ever platform that awards you with points when you share a product you love, or a picture of your style online their ‘members’ will receive 5 points every time someone clicks, and 250 for a member referral. Working on more of a CPC (cost per click) model, you can then trade in your points for vouchers. There are retailers through other affiliate networks who work on this model, but as I said it’s mostly CPA.

Potentially, it’s legit and worthy of your time, but who knows? I’d much rather put my trust in an affiliate network with really good analytics and cash payment.

Whilst I think it’s great that bloggers are starting to see a value in their content, I worry that there is no education on affiliate opportunities and therefore bloggers are jumping into opportunities like this because they are ‘invited’.

If you are joining/have joined, I’d be prepared to be that annoying person who people potentially unfollow. I know I won’t be tolerating being spammed with Covet Me links because you want your £10 ASOS gift card.

Like I said, I’m happy people are monitising content that they would be publishing anyway. But I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing the bloggers who are not in it for the freebies sharing things for the sake of a voucher.

Time to get familiar with the good old Twitter un-follow button I think.

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Travel: A Weekend in London

At the Weekend I was lucky enough to have a mini-break away in the capital with my boyfriend for his birthday. I say for his birthday, but the main reason we headed down South was for the FA Cup semi final. That is probably the last I’ll say about that as.. well I’m not an Aston Villa fan and therefore don’t want to replay that 90 minutes in my head again!

We headed down on Saturday morning, catching the 5:51am train from Chester (yes, that early) so we could make the most of our time there. We’d been to London a couple of years previous so didn’t feel the need to queue up for the London Eye, Madame Tussauds etc. Instead we opted for a stroll in the sunshine so I could snap away and enjoy the sights. We did pop into Churchill War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum, because we’re cultured and all that. I’d highly recommend it if you, like us are interested in history and learning a bit more about Churchill.

In the evening we met up with one of my friends from University and met her new boyfriend (we approve!). It was lovely to catch up with them, especially as they were visiting London too and we had no idea we’d end up there at the same time! A few drinks later we headed back to the hotel in preparation for the ‘big’ game. I said I would’t mention it again, so basically we went, enjoyed the initial atmosphere, watched the game and caught the train back to the wonderful North.

I hope reading that has given enough time for the rest to load…

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It’s annoying how the layout seems to squish photos, making them look awful – but there is my weekend in pictures! I’m going to pin these to one of my Pinterest boards – so check out my Pinterest and give it a follow here (shameless plug).

What is your favourite place to visit in London? We’re thinking of popping down again closer to Summer!

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The Emoji Struggle

  The Emoji Struggle Is Real

Yes, I am writing a post about Emojis, they are hugely important, right? I mean, how did we communicate before them?

In the new update which I was incredibly excited about, sassy gal (and the rest) is available in a number of different ethnicities. Hallelujah, the princess isn’t just blonde anymore and is now a true representation of me. Go brunette princess! However, what is with the luminous yellow skin tone? The ‘default’ setting for all emojis, NOBODY IS THAT COLOUR OK.

There is now FIFTEEN family emojis, WHY? I’m all for being inclusive and not wanting to miss anyone out but who even uses these emojis? Especially now they are bright yellow and come under the emojis that you can’t change… I’ve had enough of this politically correct update, just give me the emojis I need.

When I heard about the update I was thinking YES, UNICORN! YES, FINGERS CROSSED EMOJI. Nah, none of that – why would they develop an app with emojis people have been asking for, for months? If you ask me, we NEED a unicorn emoji and Apple need to give it to us! How many times do we NEED a fingers crossed emoji and feel as though our tweet/text/Facebook update is just inadequate without one. ALL THE DAMN TIME. I’d quite like a crisp emoji too, I love crisps.

Apple or whoever is in charge of our beloved emojis, bring us the emojis we desperately need for a happy online life. I’ll even do some market research for you. Fingers crossed for a unicorn emoji!

Someone else tell me they feel the emoji struggle!?

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Outfit: Exposed Shoulders

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Remember a couple of weekends ago when we had glorious sunshine? It’s a distant memory but was the perfect day to snap a few outfit shots. I needed some new jeans after the ones I bought from New Look completely fell apart, and decided to try Primark. I’ve tried Primark in the past but they’ve released some new styles and seem to be rebranding their jeans collection. The Super High Waist Skinny seem to be a dupe for Topshop Joni Jeans which makes me so happy as I got fed up of paying nearly £40 for a pair of jeans that I’d have to replace after 3 months. These were £10 and although I know they won’t last as long, I don’t mind replacing these after a couple of months. The fit is lovely and as they’re super high waisted they skim over all of my lumps and bumps!

The top is from Next a while back but I love the exposed shoulders and how baggy it is. It’s casual but I think could be easily dressed up. As I love myself a bit of black I went with a black bag I bought from Primark a couple of months ago. I love this as not only do I think it looks great but it fits SO much in it. To finish it off and transition into Spring I went with these open toe/back heeled boots which I think are gorgeous. Sadly, I’ve had to return these as they were too small and they didn’t have my size waaaaa. These were also from Primark and they should still have them in your local store. I might have to venture into the one in Manchester on my lunch to find them again… but thats always dangerous as I always come out with more than I went in for!

Do you love these shoes?!

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MAC Cyber Dupes

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I know I’m not the only one who has a little collection of MAC lipsticks, I mean they just look amazing all together in their acrylic holder… am I right? I’m also not the only person who can’t help but get excited when they find a dupe for a MAC lipstick… and feel the need to own both even though they’re basically the same.

There are people who just don’t understand the whole lipstick collecting thing… ‘you already have that colour’ is quite possibly the most offensive phrase someone can come out with whilst lipstick shopping. However, I know it’s one fellow lipstick collectors have heard time and time again and we’ve all moved to shopping for lipsticks alone.

Welcome to the lipstick safe place, I mean I don’t have the biggest collection of lipsticks, but I do appreciate that you might need MAC Cyber and Smoked Purple based on the fact that they are different finishes, even if they are almost the same colour (I’ve explained this about 10 times since buying Smoked Purple last week).

Make way for the dupe(s) I have found for MAC Cyber, I’ll be honest and say that the one from Sephora was completely by accident. Whilst in Copenhagen earlier in the month I decided to treat myself to just one lipstick whilst browsing their amazing lipstick counter. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel room and swatched the two side by side I realised they were similar… they have their slight differences of course.

I know that a lot of people reading won’t be able to get hold of Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Bewitch which I can’t seem to find on site, but I think I paid around £10 and I actually reallllly like it and it’s cheaper than MAC Cyber at £15.50.

Because I really wanted to write this post about my Sephora find, I took it upon myself to have a look in Topshop for something similar, as it’s easier to get your hands on. I know a lot of people love Topshop lipsticks so I decided to make this my first. It’s in the shade Depth and was £8 – nearly half the price of a MAC one which is pretty good if you ask me. Also, if you have a student card you can get discount – it’s a no brainer really. It’s a little more sheer than MAC Cyber, but you can build it up and it’s gorgeous.

I’d take photos of these on my lips but I don’t think it’s needed and I’m far too lazy to faff around doing that. You’ll probably be able to find some selfies on my Instagram with various lipsticks on – if you fancy a stalk.

MAC Cyber Dupe

Top to Bottom – Topshop Depth | MAC Cyber | Sephora Bewitch 

Left – With Flash | Right – No Flash

Cyber has been my favourite lipstick since I bought it after Christmas and I’m actually scared I’ll run out soon! I wear it pretty much anywhere as it’s just perfect and although I’ll be getting out the lighter shades for Spring, I know I’ll still wear this most of the time! If you are looking for something a little cheaper the Topshop one is probably the next best thing, and for £8 you might as well give it a whirl.

What do you think of these dupes?

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Wish List: Trainers

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Nike Air Max – £120 | Nike Free 5.0 – £89.99 | New Balance Navy Pink – £64.99

Nike Free 5.0 – £84.99 | Adidas Zx Flux Decon – £84.99

Since I joined the gym in January I can’t stop obsessing over trainers. I’ve always judged people by their shoes (doesn’t everyone?!) but now I can’t stop wanting every single pair of trainers I see. I’ve come close to stopping people on the street and asking them what model/type their trainers are. Trainer rehab anyone?

Please tell me I’m not alone in my trainer obsession?

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