Monday, 15 December 2014

Birmingham Fish Market

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FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog
FashionFake, lifestyle blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Birmingham fish market, UK food blog

At the weekend we visited Liam's family in Birmingham and he finally showed me around the famous Birmingham fish market - I loved it so much that I decided to tell you guys about it! I've always wanted to go to the Birmingham fish market after Liam told me about all the variety of fresh fish available to buy there. I love fish and seafood so to me this sounded like heaven, if you're not a fan of fish and the smell of the sea - be warned.
You can smell the fresh seafood as you enter the hall which holds not only seafood but also fresh cuts of halal meat and spices from around the world. But I was most interested in the huge selection of the seafood and it didn't let me down: from salmon and tuna, to squid, mussels, sprats, cockles and whelks, oysters, eels, lobsters, prawns and all types of fish you can imagine  - it was all there for incredible prices. Even though we didn't buy anything to take away with us, we had some amazing seafood available to eat at the market which was delicious! Our quick lunch included whelks, cockles, winkles (which I had for the first time and although they were a little fiddly to get out it was worth it) and the best oysters I have ever tasted.
Next time we go to the fish market, I'm going to take a freezer bag and stock up on some of the yummy seafood - and definitely indulge in more of the delicious fresh food available to eat at the market! If you like food, and more importantly seafood, then take a weekend break and get yourself to the Birmingham fish market to enjoy some yummy oysters!



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas in Tartan From Primark

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Primark tartan dress
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Primark tartan dress
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Primark tartan dress
what i'm wearing: Primark dress, tights and necklace // JustFab boots* 

Yesterday I spent most of my day at Festival Place in Basingstoke doing my Christmas shopping. I popped into Primark for some stocking fillers and naturally just had to have a quick look at what's about. I found this cute tartan dress which I have been in love with for weeks but couldn't find in in a store near me - so I decided to treat myself and buy it as there were only two left on the shelf.
The dress is originally £10 but when I got to the till it showed up as £5 - amazing! Now I don't even feel bad about spending some money on myself when I'm supposed to be Christmas shopping for everyones presents :)

I think that tartan dresses are so adorable to wear around Christmas - I remember I had one I used to wear on Christmas when we lived in Denmark (I was a very adorable child, makes me wonder what happened in the process of growing up!). Tartan mini dresses are so easy to wear: I love mine with a pair of black opaque tights, ankle boots and minimal jewellery as I don't want the look to feel like it's "too much" with pattern and accessories.

So if you like this dress rush down to Primark to grab yours for a bargain £5! They have other colours too!




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Ready for the Christmas Ball - Jane Norman Sequin Maxi

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Jane Norman sequin maxi, evening dresses, Christmas party wear
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Jane Norman sequin maxi, evening dresses, Christmas party wear
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Jane Norman sequin maxi, evening dresses, Christmas party wear
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Jane Norman sequin maxi, evening dresses, Christmas party wear
what i'm wearing: Jane Norman sequin maxi // Just Fab clutch bag* // Topshop suede heels // Accessorize earrings

It's the second year now that I have been Liam's plus one to his works annual Christmas ball and I love it: it's really the only time of the year when I can wear a beautiful gown and get really dressed up. This year there was a James Bond theme to the evening so I wanted to find a dress that will suit and I already had an image in my mind of what I wanted - after so many dresses, I finally stumbled upon this Jane Norman number from House of Fraser. I absolutely fell in love, although with a dress like this there is always a slight chance that it might look tacky, especially if you only see it online so it was a little bit of a gamble.
When the dress arrived, it was too small. I ordered a size 8 following the HOF size guidelines, however when I received the dress it was actually measuring at a size 6 which I am NEVER going to fit into - so if you are thinking about buying this dress, I would suggest going up a size. I actually went for a size 12 in the end because the 8 measured so tiny that I didn't want to risk the size 10 being too tight and my thinking paid off as the size 12 fit perfectly.

The dress itself is absolutely stunning - it really accentuates your curves, or adds the illusion of curves if you have a more boyish figure - and it holds itself up extremely well: even after a whole night of dancing and jumping up and down to old school pop punk, it didn't budge once!
Styling the dress is so simple - less is more. With a statement dress like this, the last thing you want to do is take away the attention, or make yourself look like a Christmas tree by adding lots of jewellery. Opt for classic earrings, and/or a cocktail ring for jewellery and simple style shoes - I went for black to match my coat and my clutch bag. Et voila!

Don't forget to add some red lipstick for old school red carpet glamour and enjoy the party, Cinderella!




Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Gift - For Your Best Friend


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FashionFake, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog, Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skin Brightening Exfoliator review
FashionFake, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog, Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skin Brightening Exfoliator review

I think skincare as a present can be tricky sometimes – you have to get their skin type right and ensure that whatever product you choose will not cause any unwanted reactions. That’s why I think natural skincare which is suitable for sensitive skin is a great option, especially as a gift for your best friend. This Rio Rosa Mosqueta Skin Brightening Exfoliator contains rosehip, avocado, Shea butter and Golden Bamboo and is suitable for all skin types.

I have previously used Rio Rosa Mosqueta products and got on with them incredibly well – no difference with this exfoliator. Whilst getting rid of dead skin cells and brightening up your complexion, it also soothes and nourished the skin leaving your face bright and glowing. The exfoliating beads are small and very gentle on your skin and the winner for me was that it didn’t dry my skin out, even in the cold weather.

Treat your friends (or yourself!) to a product which will revive your skin after all those Christmas and New Year parties and step into 2015 fresh faced!




Christmas Gift - For Your Boyfriend

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The Book of Everyone review, FashonFake, lifestyle bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Christmas gifts for boyfriend
The Book of Everyone review, FashonFake, lifestyle bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Christmas gifts for boyfriend
The Book of Everyone review, FashonFake, lifestyle bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Christmas gifts for boyfriend
The Book of Everyone review, FashonFake, lifestyle bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Christmas gifts for boyfriend
The Book of Everyone* (price depending on cover style)

What to buy my boyfriend for Christmas this year? I know a lot of girls who find it very difficult to get their boyfriends gifts – Liam is just the worst because if he ever wants something he’ll just go and get it. When I found out about The Book of Everyone, I just had to tell you all about it because I think the concept is fantastic: The Book of Everyone is the perfect gift because it’s personalised, full of interesting facts and like any other book lasts forever!

You start off online where you create your book: first of all, pick who the book is for and then get customising the pages! What the book will do is pull up lots of interesting information about the person going from their date of birth like what happened on the day they were born, what was the movie blockbuster in the year they were born, what song topped the charts, etc... Really fun facts that kind of made me want to create my own book! You also have the opportunity to insert your own photos into some sections of the book – that was one of my favourite parts!

The Book of Everyone is also a part of a good cause – for every book that get sold, a gift of a book is given to an elderly person who may not receive a gift this year. This is a wonderful collaboration with Age UK!




Christmas Gift - For Your Mum

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Tales From The Earth jewellery, christmas present for mum
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK lifestyle blog, Tales From The Earth jewellery, christmas present for mum

Buying Christmas gifts for your mum can be tricky – especially if like mine she never tells you what she wants. There’s a few things that I always get her like a subscription to her favourite beauty box and a spa treatment, but I always like to surprise her with a couple of things she won’t be expecting. When I found out about the jewellery from Tales From the Earth, I thought it was a perfect gift for ma. The pieces from the collections are delicate, and come with a lovely message engraved in the jewellery. I also absolutely love the box in which this bracelet came in – it’s so cute!
I have chosen this silver bracelet with the message “an ocean of love” engraved on the inside – seas and oceans always make me think of my mum as she grew up by the sea and is also a water sign in the zodiac! But there are plenty of messages to choose from to make it really special to whoever you give this gift to.

If you do decide to give a piece of jewellery from Tales From the Earth to someone special this Christmas, tweet me and let me know what you have chosen! I’d love to see your picks!



Mixed Prints - Autumn/Winter Edit

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, fashion mixed print
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, fashion mixed print
what i'm wearing: Poppy Lux midi skirt* // Primark jacket // Boohoo.com over the knee boots (last year) // Topshop jewellery

You can tell that I have been raving about this metallic print midi skirt from Poppy Lux at Sugarhill Boutique and I have been styling it as a ready to wear piece for any occasion. In this post, I have styled it to fit a day at the office: with a smart printed jacket and over the knee boots for true winter style.
I love mixing prints - I think it's so fun and it brightens up an otherwise one dimensional, monochrome outfit. As long as you've got either the same colour palette or the same style of pattern - mix away! I love the suede look over the knee boots too - in this instance, the heel is so high that I'm not going to lie and tell you straight up that I struggle to walk around for a long time in them. And actually grip for dear life when I'm walking down the stairs!

Although I have styled this outfit to suit my office attire, it's also great for everyday wear and with a bit of added glitz and glam (like a statement necklace and a cocktail ring) you could easily wear this for after work drinks.