Once again I have a post that will show you how you can save money.
I am in the middle of finding somewhere new to live and with Christmas just around the corner, any way I can save a little money is perfect for me right now.
Gratisfaction UK is a website that provides a number of options for you to get free or reduced priced items and services. They have three main sections on the site; freebies, flash bargains and voucher codes so you can try items out for free before you part with any money or if you already have something in mind that you want you can find voucher codes to save a bit.
The website is super easy to navigate and has 40+ categories for you choose from to narrow down what you are looking for. If you from electronics, gifts for him, pets and beauty to travel and apps.
I love that you are able to save on so many things that you would normally buy anyway so you’re not having random things you don’t need shoved down your throat. You can save or your normal grocery shopping, things for your children such as nappies or toys and it’s especially good for buying gifts for people with special categories to help make finding the perfect gift easy.
I personally like browsing the beauty items, being able to choose freebies and try them out to see how they work for me is fantastic and will save me buying full size products that I will get no use out of.
Being mostly a fashion blogger I obviously check out fashion deals and there are plenty! Definitely worth checking out the site and seeing how you can make it work for you.
I know it will come as a bit of a surprise but I am a complete foodie lol. For me there is so much to be said for foods with different textures and tastes. Over recent years I have tried to be more adventurous with my food choices and have started to try loads of different flavours. That is why when the chance came up to try Premium Foodbox I jumped at the chance.
I love subscription food boxes like this because they give me the chance to try food that I wouldn’t always think to try. It means I am forced to experiment with what I am eating and that is always exciting. It’s often so tempting to stick with foods that we know we’re going to like, because it’s easy and comfortable. However there’s a lot to be said for trying something new and this box helps with that.
The box itself arrived quickly and the items inside were packed well. As you can see from the photo there is a lovely range of items and I was excited to try so many of them. A lot of the items were really unusual and definitely items I wouldn’t think to try in a shop – Tango popcorn for example, but for me that is half the fun of trying a box like this!
I have heard a lot about raw baking on social media over recent months so I was excited to try the Raw Chocolate Golden Berries and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
I would always recommend boxes like this, for the simple factor of how exciting they are to try! I love getting a box and opening it while waiting to find out what is inside… it’s like a present every single month!
Have you ever tried any like this? What did you think?
About Premium Foodbox
“We are passionate about quality food and we love to share our passion with you. We are happy when we find premium ingredients, healthy snacks, unknown brands and lovely packagings. We want you to experience luxurious food every month without the need to actually source them. We know how hard it is to find the best products at one place. From now on you do not have to do anything, just subscribe and you can start enjoying best products every month.”
I love dressing up and wearing fancy dresses but when I’m shopping I’m usually looking for cute items that I am comfortable in and can wear on a daily basis.
I wanted a couple of new items that I could wear with leggings and trainers and still be really cute. They are definitely my favourite buys as I get much more wear out of them than I would a party dress.
This is the Jameela Jamil off the shoulder dress. it is definitely a more fancy day time dress which I like and would be a great piece to transition from day to evening if you had drinks after work etc.
This one has no stretch in the fabric and is a little tight on my tummy but still absolutely wearable for me. This one i love more than life, you know when you find an item and the fit is just perfect and its the most comfortable thing ever…. well this is that for me. its the Multi print jersey babydoll dress. On a normal day I like to be as comfortable as I can and this dress feels great, such an easy piece to wear and a really cute ditsy floral print.
Both of these dresses are listed as Simply be Party Dresses but they are definitely more day to day dresses for me. I am very much into wearing whatever makes you feel good and what suits your lifestyle and dresses like these are just perfect for me and mine.
You might have noticed that I have a bit of a shopping habit! Being a lover of fashion means that I am always looking for something new to wear or just window shopping to see what is out there. I love internet shopping because it means that everything is so accessible – I love being able to shop from the comfort of my own home, it makes life so much easier!
However, the temptation to shop is always there and my bank balance doesn’t always appreciate this! That is why I have recently tried to be more proactive when it comes to using voucher codes. When I discovered voucher codes I couldn’t believe that such a simple concept would save me money – it felt too good to be true!
With Christmas around the corner I will be getting some of my older relatives presents using some Marks and Spencer promo codes. Thankfully using voucher codes is really easy – just like using vouchers in a physical store. Now I never buy anything online without seeing what sort of discount code is out there first. To use them you simply enter the code at the checkout point of your order and it immediately takes your discount off of the total – sometimes it can be a percentage off and others it can be free postage. Either way it’s a way to save a few pennies and when it comes to shopping for things online, I need all the help I can get!
The good news is that there are loads of different codes out there so you don’t even have to use them just for fashion. Sites like My Favourite Voucher Codes have promo codes for a whole host of places I shop, I love that they also donate 20% of their profits to charity too. Online shopping for almost any product comes with the opportunity to use a discount code of some kind, so make sure you check for one the next time you shop online and let me know if it saved you any money.
Really quick post to show you guys a little something I bought recently..
Naomi of Diamonds & Pearls in collab with XL.Promodoro created a really cute slogan tee with a really good message. If you want to find out more about the idea and what it means to her, have a look at Naomi’s post here.
I’m going to leave you with some pics of me looking cute in my tee
How I Handle My Money?…
…Well I kinda don’t which is my biggest problem. I’m not bad with money but I’m not good with it either.
I’ve never been in money trouble or owed the bank anything. I’ve been in debt to a clothing catalogue a long time ago lol but looking at my blog that can’t really come as a surprise.
So… when I was approached to feature a loan company on my blog I was in two minds but in an attempt to educate myself provide information on a company to anyone in my situation that reads this, I’m going to give it a whirl.
Vivus loans is actually one of the best loan companies I could be writing about because they have a unique selling point that even I thought was pretty smart and its what stood out to me the most. First time users get a half price loan! One of the main reasons I have avoided loans in the past is the crazy interest, but with the half price deal its actually very appealing.
They boast a simple and quick service that provides a fast loan that is paid back in one lump sum in 10-41 days when you get paid; you can apply online and get an instant decision . They have a comprehensive website and a team of staff available to call, which I would strongly suggest making full use of if you are a green as me when it comes to borrowing.
This has always been something I feel should be taught in schools. Growing up I had so many friends that knew almost nothing about managing money and it’s something that is so so important to everyday life. Companies that provide payday loans really must be a life saver for people that get into the odd sticky situation when the next pay day just isn’t quite soon enough.
When dipping your foot into the world of borrowing it can be overwhelming at the best of times and I think people make rash decisions when the pressure is on and money is needed immediately. What I like about the positioning of Vivus is that the control is in the borrowers hands. You borrow only what you need and there are no hidden charges. This, along with the half price deal they have, makes it a stand out company in my eyes especially for first time borrowers who need short term financial help.
As you have probably gathered by now, I am no financial guru but all I will say is that you should find out as much as you can about who you are borrowing from and make sure you know everything about the loan you are getting so you don’t get any nasty surprises if you do decide to go ahead.
I hope this post is even a little bit informative.
All content and opinions in the post are my own despite the fact that the post is sponsored
There are a lot of sites popping up that give you access to multiple shopping sites in one place and I think its a great way to shop. As someone at the higher end of plus size, I very rarely even look at websites that don’t carry plus size items so I miss out on a lot of accessory items available from those places. I heard about a site called LoveTheSales and I thought I’d check it out to see of they had any plus size brands and to my surprise they do! This is always a pleasure to see as we are so often forgotten. Being able to shop for clothes and have access to non clothing items from brands that do not cater their clothing to plus size people, provides more opportunities to create great outfits.
They have items up to a size 32 available through the Simply Be Sale and also include other big name plus size brands including but not limited to Dorothy Perkins, Studio 8, Junarose and Frock and Frills curve.
I remember in my late teens going shopping with my friends to big shops like topshop and only being able to look at the bags and accessories and always being really bitter about it and subconsciously just counting it as a store that just isn’t for me but while browsing the lovethesales site I found myself constantly drawn to items in the Topshop Sale, specifically the handbags. The Topshop sale is incredible with massive reductions, I keep filling my basket with so many bags and then closing the window like a form of modern torture lol.
I just think it makes shopping more fun. A huge variety, and a lot more brands that you may not have ever heard of before, much more accessible. Definitely worth checking them out if your looking to put together an outfit or just want to shop a whole load of sales in one place.
I’m off on holiday to Vegas tomorrow morning and I have been looking for good stand alone pieces that need no accessories to be beautiful. As bloggers people often look to us for styling tips and ideas, something I do a lot in summer is rely on the beauty and features of the item I’m wearing to be the star.
I picked this beautiful and super bright summer dress from JD Williams because the ruffle feature becomes the focal point and I don’t have to faff about with too much accessorising, When I’m on holiday and even in the British summer I find extra layers and fiddly jewellery an annoyance.
So my biggest tip for styling in summer would be to pick some bold colours and/or bold prints or even items with fun details on them so you don’t have to style them if you don’t want to.something else that is a massive contributor to great summer looks but is a lot harder to come by than a pretty dress is CONFIDENCE! In this dress I have legs out, arms out, VBO and a whole ton of confidence. I have absolutely no desire to be baking in the summer sun all covered up and feeling uncomfortable and this dress is far too cute for me to want to hide it.
I’m obsessed with simple outfits and comfy shoes, especially during the summer months because for me comfort and cuteness is key. Simply be have a huge range of summer dresses up to a size 32 and are so worth checking out.
*this dress was kindly gifted to me, all tips and opinions are my own*
You Can Wear A Little Luxury
Over recent years the plus size fashion has really improved when it comes to fast, high street fashion. I have also noticed an increase in choice when it comes to styles such as vintage fashion and even bridal wear. However in my opinion, we’re still lacking a little.
For example luxury wear is something that I still struggle to find. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have the budget to be shopping for luxury items all the time but it would be nice to have the option to shop for items if and when I felt like it. That is why I got excited when I was offered the chance to write for David Nieper and saw that they offer exclusive silk dresses. Honestly speaking lots of their items wouldn’t fit me but the fact that they do up to a size 28 is great news.
In fact I do sometimes fit into size 28 items so rather than saying ‘U Can’t Wear That’, I’d like to try some of the items at one stage and see how myself and my body could make them work. As I am sure you have seen from previous social media and blog posts I often make smaller items work so I am pretty confident I could do the same here!
Not going to lie, I love comfy clothes and pyjamas when I am at home. I enjoy dressing up when I am out of the house, but at home I love comfort. I like the idea of doing this in luxury ladies dressing gowns, because then I get to feel dressed up whilst feeling comfortable. David Nieper do these up to a size 28, so they’d be fun to try!
If you’re a size 28 or under then I can only recommend that you give this brand a try. They’re a new one on me, but one that I’ll definitely be checking out sometime in the not to distance future. They’re not 100% my style – they come across as a more mature style than I am used to wearing, but it’d be fun to see what I could do with them.
Even if these items don’t fit me, I felt it was important to introduce them because I know often I assume I can’t wear certain type of items because of being plus size – and I love being proved wrong!
I’m off on my holiday in 3 days so I’ve been doing a lot of shopping for plus size swimwear. Simply be has been a huge surprise to me as they have a huge range of swimwear and beach wear. Usually I will go to a site, go to the swimwear section and the then once I’ve filtered by size I’m not left with my choice. To my surprise simply be had the most items available in the top size range than any other vendor I tried in the UK. I was very impressed and these are some of my favourite pieces;
1. Beach cover up
2. Beach playsuit
3. Palm bikini top
4. Palm bikini bottom
5. polka dot swimsuit
Looking back at my wishlist items now in just realised that they are all monochrome lol which makes me giggle because when I’m on holiday I use it as an opportunity to play with bright colours which is obviously not reflected here. I stand by my top picks though as they are all gorgeous pieces.
I’m not shy when I go on holiday and can often be found in a bikini simply be had many bikinis available and something I found really useful and impressive is that they have bikini tops in clothes sizes as well as ones by bra size. Having a K cup and a large back makes it near on impossible trying to find a bikini top to fit so I was able to buy bikini tops in a size 32.
I have some lovely pieces from their range and these are just some more that I would love to add to my collection.
Thanks for reading x