Thursday, 28 May 2015

Fashion: DKNY Shirt & Mini Skirt

A couple of weeks ago when I visited Bicester Village, I picked up this shirt from DKNY for only £29 down from possibly £79. The great thing about buying quite high end pieces is that the quality is excellent. The DKNY store was amazing and had some brilliant bargains especially with their handbags and purse. I love the print on this shirt and thought it would look great with my H&M leather skirt and some boots.
Shirt - DKNY
Skirt - H&M
Boots - Quiz
Bag - Primark
Keyring - River Island 

In other news, I've handed in all my University work and completed my degree. It's crazy how the past three years have flown by. Today, I'm heading to London with Alex. We don't really have a lot planned but I'm sure I'll be making a blog post about it. 



Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Beauty: Teeth Whitening

If you feel self-conscious about having stained teeth, you may have considered getting your teeth whitened. In recent years, an increasing number of people have chosen to undergo this treatment to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. If you are unsure as to whether the treatment is right for you, or you want to find out more about how it works, this need-to-know guide should help. 
Tooth whitening is a form a non-invasive, cosmetic dentistry that involves bleaching your teeth to make them brighter. The bleaching product works by gently breaking up the stain particles on teeth that are caused by food and drink to make them several shades lighter. For best results, the treatment should be carried out at a registered dental surgery, such as City Centre Dental Practice.
Teeth whitening is usually performed over several months using a bleaching gel and custom-made mouthguards. First, the dentist will make the trays using an impression of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. You will then be instructed on how to use the mouthguard at home by regularly applying the gel over a specified time frame, usually two to four weeks.The duration of the treatment will depend on how long the gel can be left on the teeth for.
Another common procedure that dentists use is laser whitening. This involves the teeth being painted with a bleaching solution and then treated with a laser light to speed up the whitening process. This procedure is generally more expensive than standard bleaching.
Teeth whitening is not permanent and the results will vary from person to person. For some, the teeth will return to their normal shade after a few months, while for others, it can last for up to three years. If you smoke heavily or regularly drink coffee, tea or red wine, the treatment will be less effective.
While there is a wide range of home whitening kits available online and in shops, there are risks involved with using these products. Not only are DIY kits less effective than professional treatments, they can also damage tooth enamel.
Many beauty salons also offer tooth whitening treatments, but if the procedure is not carried out by a registered dentist, not only can it put your oral health at risk, it is also illegal. One of the main dangers of being treated by unqualified staff is the mouthguard not fitting properly, which can cause the gel to leak into the mouth and result in blistering.
If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, check to make sure that your dentist is registered with the General Dental Council beforehand.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that your gums might be sensitive to the bleach, especially if your teeth are already sensitive. To reduce the possibility of sensitivity and gum problems, dental experts recommend using a milder bleach over a longer period of time. This will also help to produce a more natural look.
If you are unsure whether to have your teeth bleached, it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist. They will be able to tell you if the treatment is suitable, give you a better idea of what the results will be and properly inform you about any risks that may be involved.

Have you ever tried Teeth Whitening? Is this something you want to do?

*I was compensated for this article

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Travel: My Orlando Bucket-list #1

In under four short months I'm going to be jetting off to Orlando, Florida for my 21st Birthday. It's my first visit to Orlando and as a massive Disney and Harry Potter fan, I cannot wait. We are staying in a Walt Disney World hotel but plan to do a couple of other things as we are there for nearly three weeks. 
You might not know this but I am super organized when it comes to travelling. I love planning where to go, see and eat. I've already booked reservations in some amazing restaurants in Disney and have read a couple of guidebooks. I thought I would share twenty things I am desperate to do. 
1. See the Wishes show at Magic Kingdom (and all the other shows and parades!)
2. Meet Minnie and Mickey (Duh!)
3. Attend Mickey's-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
4. Have Lunch at Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom
5. Meet all the Disney princesses.
6. Attend Mickey's Backyard BBQ and dance with Mickey!
7. Attempt The Kitchen Sink Challenge at Beaches and Cream
8. Buy another pair of Minnie Ears
9. Buy a Mickey Mouse Balloon
10. Ride the Hogwarts Express
11. Drink Butterbeer
12. Purchase a wand from Olivanders
13. Meet the oh-so-famous Gaston (maybe challenge him to an arm wrestle)
14. Go on Safari in Animal Kingdom
15. Finally ride Rock n Roller after wussing out many times in Disneyland Paris
16. Go to the new I-Drive and Ride the Orlando Eye
17. Attempt drinking round the wold at Epcot
18. Go to the Kennedy Space Centre and meet an astronaut
19. Go to IHOP!
20. Shopping Spree in Sephora (and many other shops)

I may possibly do another in the future but If anyone has any suggestions on anything to see or do please leave them down below! 



Sunday, 24 May 2015

Food: Sunday Lunch at Malmaison, Birmingham

Back in March for Mother's Day, My family and I visited Malmaison which is located in The Mailbox. I've been a couple of times before and was really keen on taking my family. Malmaison offers a three-course menu for £20 (£30 on special occasions such as Mother's Day). Although there is a raised price for special occasions, my Mum and Grandma both was treated to complimentary champagne and several gifts to take home!
For Starter, we were explained to go to the Chef's Table which had different pastries, bread, cheeses, meats and soup of the day. We also ordered Waffles which were brought to the table. As a fussy eater I didn't get a great deal but there was a brilliant selection.
I love how many different options there is for Main Course! Not only does the menu feature the traditional Roast Beef and Chicken dishes, there is Burgers, Fish and also breakfast/brunch options. I can't resist a good Sunday Roast so I went for the Beef which was served with caramelized vegetables and a Yorkshire Pudding. The meal was absolutely delicious and so filling. 
I couldn't say no to desserts and there was a fantastic array of options from Sticky Toffee Pudding, Créme brúlée and I decided to go for the Mal hot chocolate. It's not your average hot chocolate but if you are a chocolate lover like me, you'll be in heaven. Vanilla ice cream, marshmallows and cream covered in melted chocolate. Incredible.
Malmaison is perfect for a special occasion or just treating yourself, It's quite on the expensive side but as the starter is help yourself and the portions are huge, it's really worth it. Booking is essential and I believe they book up quite quickly! You can find out more here.
If you are looking for some other delicious restaurant reviews, check out my Food Directory.

Have you ever been to Malmaison?


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