THE LEOPARD PRINT BOOTS

I am absolutely obsessed with these Leopard print boots from New Look at the moment!! They're a bold statement for me as pretty much all of the boots I own are black. I brought these when sitting on a sun lounger in Spain (thank god for free wifi and the ASOS app) and was a little worried they would be too "out there" for me. 

New Look - Leapard Print Boots

VANITY PLANET ULTIMATE SKIN SPA SYSTEM

I have had an electronic facial cleansing brush on my wishlist for about a year now. I've heard really good things about them but I couldn't justify spending over £100 on one. I've been saving up my Boots points all year trying to get enough points to purchase a Magnitone one.

I saw this video by Sharon Ferrell the other day and she was talking about the Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa System. I hadn't heard of this brand before and hadn't seen much about them. I read some reviews, watched some more videos and they seemed to have some really good reviews.

HALLOWEEN 2016

I don't really remember being into Halloween that much when I was younger. I remember going to a Halloween party that a neighbour threw, but I don't remember being overly bothered by it - my parents might disagree but I just don't remember it being a big deal in my house. My dad would decorate the porch each year and I remember having trick or treaters come to the door. Seeing what people were dressing up as was exciting. 

PRIMARK WINTER KNITS | PART 2

Jumper - Primark (similar here) | Jeans | Boots - Daisy Street (in black)
Following on from my previous post, I wanted to share another one of the Primark jumpers that I've brought recently. This one again I think was around £10 and it's my favourite one out of the three pink jumpers I brought. I really like the colour and it's really soft - they had other colours in this jumper which I'm considering going to purchase as they're super cosy.

PRIMARK WINTER KNITS | PART ONE

Jumper - Primark (similar here) | Jeans | Boots
I love Autumn/Winter for many reasons, the orange leaves, hot drinks, cosy nights in, warm and fluffy pj's, Christmas, gloves, fireworks and in case you haven't guessed it already - knitwear.

In the past month I have brought four jumpers - all from Primark. Primark have some seriously good knitwear at the moment. I always think Primark's Autumn/Winter range is their strongest - in fact, I think everyone's Autumn/Winter range is their strongest. Just because I much prefer the fashion trends in the Autumn/Winter - I love layers. I love layering up with jumpers, scarfs and a big coat.

Annoyingly I don't know the price of this jumper but I think it was around £10. 

TAKING TIME TO CHILL THE F*** OUT!!

Last night I was in need of a pamper evening. This week has been a really hard week at work. Add not feeling well into the mixture and by yesterday I was exhausted, unhapy and really stressed out. I just needed to not think about work for 5 minutes, chill out, be myself and rest. I know a pamper evening seems a little cliche, but today I feel more positive, awake and calm.

Tom spent the evening at his Mom's with his friend because they're fishing today, so I had the bed to myself. Usually I hate this, I can't sleep very well if he's not next to me but I loved it last night. I got to stay awake until midnight watching Pretty Little Liars, spread myself out all over the bed like a starfish and eat a tonne of Kinder Bueno.

I ran a bath, took my desk chair up to the bathroom and placed my laptop on it so I could watch Pretty Little Liars from the bath (please no one spoil the ending - I'm only on the third series).




A FEW HOLIDAY SNAPS

Last month Tom and I went on holiday to Benalmadena in Spain. It was perfect - we relaxed, ate so much tapas, sat in the sun and just completed unwound. I hadn't been to Benalmadena before but Tom used to go a lot when he was younger and he had spoken about how he'd like to take me there ever since we first got together. I fell in love with it and I already can't wait to go back!

With that being said, I thought I would share just a few photos from my holiday.



BEING DEBT FREE

Being debt free. That is something I never thought I would say. It's also something I'm sure I'll miss saying once I've got a house and a mortgage. But for now, I'm debt free and it's my biggest accomplishment so far.


I can remember being younger and always thinking "that is never going to be me". I used to hear stories from friends that I used to work with of how they were this much overdrawn and how they owed this much money on a store card and I always used to think "how did you let that happen?". Now I'm asking myself the same question. It's easy actually, it all got too much and I did the one thing that you really shouldn't do...

AKAMBA GARDEN CENTRE | A DAY OUT

The other week Tom and I went to Akamba Garden Centre in Shirley, Solihull. Neither of us had been before but I've heard some good things about the evening entertainment they do. We went thinking it would be somewhere nice to walk around on a Saturday afternoon whilst it was sunny but we didn't expect it to be so, epic.

It was about a 20 minute drive from my house and I can't believe I had never been before or heard more bout it.

It's an African/Caribbean themed garden centre which stocks loads of exotic plants and garden sculptures. You'll see from the photos I took, it was walking through a little jungle.

A CAMPING TRIP

A couple of weeks ago Tom and I went on a short camping trip to Penkridge. The campsite we went to was at Pillaton Hall Farm and it was a truly beautiful campsite. It has four fishing pools and we chose a pitch which looked over one of the bigger pools, perfect for Tom to spend his days fishing.


We got there on a Thursday and stayed until the Sunday. The Thursday we got there the weather was beautiful, it was so hot and sunny! After putting the tent up and setting up all the 'furniture' Tom did some fishing and I did a BBQ. The rest of the weekend was dull and rainy but that didn't ruin our weekend though, Tom still fished and I still sat under the umbrella next to him reading and taking pictures.

MY CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

The past couple of weeks I've been pretty lazy with my skincare routine and my skin is most certainly angry at me for it. I've always been prone to an angry spot or two, but for the past two months I've had the angriest of spots ever imaginable. The ones that nestle themselves right in there, wouldn't dare peep out in a head but shine so bright they let everyone know it's there.

I actually had one so bad on the side of my chin that my cheek actually swelled up - no joke! I've now got a swollen septum on my nose because one has decided to set up shop there for a bit. I've also got a cold, so sneezing and blowing my nose is agony at the minute. Feeling sorry for myself much?

Because of this, I've really knuckled down and I'm sticking to a routine that I really like at the minute so I thought I'd share it.

BIRCHBOX | JUNE

This month's Birchbox is by far my most favourite one yet. It's my favourite because of the actual box. Instead of the usual box with removable lid, June's box has a little draw that slides out containing 5 products.

BEAUTY HAUL


It's no secret that I'm obsessed with buying make up and skincare products. When we were in Barcelona we visited the NYX and KIKO stores and I couldn't help but buy stuff I really didn't need but definitely wanted. After that little treat, I couldn't help but continue to treat myself. 

3 NIGHTS IN BARCELONA


Last week Tom and I went to Barcelona with our best friends for 3 nights. We stayed in this beautiful apartment which was a short walk away from pretty much everything and had a brilliant time. The apartment was lovely, really clean and had everything we'd need. I didn't get photos of the apartment but the following two photos are of the view from the balcony in the living/dining room.

NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA


A lovely friend on mine, Beckie Eschle, wrote a blog post recently about reacting to negative comments and it got me thinking. Beckie is a lovely girl, I've known her for around 7 years now and she is beautiful, she has a big heart, she cares for people, she's kind and she's also incredibly brave and inspirational. She talks very openly on her blog about mental health and shares tips and tricks that are working for her in order to help others - that's pretty awesome in itself!!

When I read that someone left her negative comments, it made me really angry. If they knew her, they wouldn't even think of associating those comments with her. I know that negative comments are a regular thing on social media and I always thought it was amongst the younger community, those who are still in school. But from opening my eyes a little and reading comments on friends instagram accounts, youtube comments and blog comments, it's really not just the younger community. I've seen women in their 40's leave really vile, nasty comments to people who they don't even know.

MY 5 EASY TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY


Saving money was always been something I was never able to do. But after saving money to buy Tom's Christmas present last year I realised that it's really not as scary or as hard as what I thought it was.

Now that Tom and I are both saving for our own house, I've realised exactly where I've been going wrong all these years. Saving money really shouldn't be hard work and to be honest, I'm finding it really enjoyable at the moment. I like watching our savings increase, it's like we're just getting closer and closer to owning our own home.

I wanted to share 5 really easy tips that I've been using since we started saving. When I say really easy, I mean really easy!

A LITTLE UPDATE


It's been such a long time since I've sat at my laptop and been inspired to write a blog post. I don't really know why that is. Blogging is such a huge passion of mine, I absolutely love it. I wrote a blog post a few months back about finding love again with my blog, and I spoke about how I've grown up a lot since I started writing Tea An Toast and how I want my blog to grow up with me. Being totally honest, that's something I'm struggling to achieve at the moment. Does anyone else feel the same? If so, how do you overcome it?

THE BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN | SUTTON COLDFIELD

The other day as Tom and I drove into Sutton Coldfield to have a wonder around the shops and grab some lunch. As we were driving in we drove past The Brewhouse & Kitchen and I said to Tom how we needed to try this cool place soon. A week or so later and I get an email from them inviting us to come along for their launch event, cool huh?

It's really beautiful inside, very cosy and welcoming. After a cold walk from the car we obviously headed straight for the seats that were by the log fire.

As soon as you walk in you're surrounded and inspired by local and independent brewing, they even have their own micro brewery where they make their own beers and then name them after local surroundings and events.

We were given a free drink of our choice, I went for a cider (which I cannot remember the name of) and Tom went for the 004 Oaks, which he liked. As the evening went on they brought out samples of food which were accompanied by beers which compliments each dish. We had samples of fish goujons, onion rings, jerk chicken (best jerk chicken I've ever had) and brownies. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of beer but I must say, I was really enjoying the samples along with the food, they all went really well together.

The staff seemed to know their stuff, so if you do go don't be afraid to ask questions.The food on the menu was your classic 'beer' food, nothing adventurous but did sound delicious, reasonably priced as well. We were talking to a couple who had visited before and they said the portions were big so well worth the money.

Tom and I immediately said that we need to come back with or friends and try out the food. I'd highly recommend checking The Brewhouse & Kitchen out if you're around the Birmingham area.


PLACES WE VISITED IN 2015.


The other day Tom and I were talking about all the things we managed to do and see in 2015. Next month we will be celebrating one year of being together (n'aawww) and I feel like we've achieved so much in one year. We wanted to back to York for our anniversary but with the recent floods we're thinking of putting that on hold for the time being and head to Liverpool for the weekend instead.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, 2015 was such a great year for me and it's one that I'll look back on with great memories. We've already started planning some of the places we want to visit in 2016 and I thought I'd look back on some of the places we'd visited in 2015.

York
We spent 2 nights in York last year for Tom's birthday and we both fell in love with the beautiful city. 2 nights just wasn't long enough! On our way back we said that we'd have to return again soon and for a while now we've been saying we'll go for our anniversary. It was the first weekend away that we'd had together just the two of us (we'd been to Dublin in January with a large group of our friends - sadly I have no photos of that) so it holds quite a special place in our hearts.

Harry Potter Studios
Next up is the Harry Potter Studios (I wrote a blog post here). We went with my Mom and it was such a great day out. As we're all huge fans of the films we were geeking out the whole time!
Cambridge
We were lucky enough to stay in Cambridge for 2 nights courtesy of Travelodge. Although there were some beautiful sights, it was a little crowded as it was really sunny and I don't think we saw everything this city has to offer.

Stratford
One weekend in the summer, Tom absolutley amazed me by saying that he'd not been to Stratford or at least had not been the centre. I was shocked. Growing up my Dad would take us to Stratford every year in the summer, so it's somewhere I'm so familiar with. I absolutely love it there, I love the park, crazy golf, the butterfly farm, the activities, the pubs... the list goes on. So obvisouly, as soon as he said this we just had to go. We went for drinks by the canal, went for a boat ride and drank cider.

Egypt
Egypt was obviously our biggest adventure of 2015. The hotel we stayed in was beautiful and it was such a perfect "first holiday". I look back on this holiday with such fond memories, it was perfect.

Ludlow
Finally, we went camping with my family for a long weekend in Ludlow. I went camping every year when I was younger, it's one of my favourite things to do for a holiday. It's so fun, I love it so much! This was definitely one my highlights of 2015. My parents had the chance to get to know Tom a little better (it was so cute!), my Brother and Tom spent hours fishing together whilst us girls and my dad went around the shops. We went for a walk to the pub, walked around the river, spent the night under stars playing board games and getting merry. It was really nostalgic being away with my Dad and his wife camping and then to share and introduce that with Tom was just perfect.

We've also been to Dublin at the beginning of 2015 with a large number of our friends, we spent pretty much the whole time drunk in the bar of our hotel (we didn't even make it out) so I didn't get any pictures of that trip. We've been to other places around the West Midlands but don't have many pictures.

There are so many places we want to visit in 2016, we're currently looking at Spain for our summer holiday. I'd also like to Tom to Amsterdam as I loved it there when I went with my brother a few years ago. We have a list of places we're looking at going this year which is getting longer and longer by the day. First on our list is Liverpool. If you have any suggestions of where to visit, things to see, where to eat in Liverpool please let me know :)