MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Personally, I think on days like Mother’s day and Father’s day the gifts you give your parents should be on the more sentimental side. Hand making them a card and/or some art work I think is the most touching thing you can give them as it’s 100% from you. However, if you still want to treat your mama to a little something special but aren’t sure what, here are my top 3 go to gifts…

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Earrings are probably one of my mums fave things to receive as a present (and mine too) so anything dangly and pretty is always a winner. Earrings are actually quite personal gifts, you’re picking out the pair you think will be loved by your mama and suit them the best judging them by the smallest of details. So when ya think about it there’s actually a whooooole load of thinking that goes into it, I know I spend ageeees picking out which earrings Mum would like the best.

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Flowers are ALWAYS a winner, you can never ever go wrong with buying your mama flowers. They’re such a simple yet beautiful and mega appreciated present.

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Now this one doesn’t apply to everyone but I know my mum has sooooooo much make-up (maybe a little too much) and it is everywhereeeee… I mean everywhere. So what could be better than a little organisation in her life? This makeup bag is soooo pretty, the pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I looooove it.

Jade x

REVIEW: TETLEY BOOST TEA

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Before trying these I’d never drank tea before(!!!) but now I’m ngl I’m pretty addicted… Lately I’ve been feeling really drained and tired so I thought I would try these out and see if they helped. I’m not sure if the effect is psychological or not but it’s doing something –  When drinking these I’ve noticed I’m definitely feeling less tired and more able to get on with some work which is great(!!) especially as exams are looming (not so great). The tea contains Vitamin B6, which helps the body turn food into energy as well as helping towards developing a healthy brain and body. My fave is the cranberry and elderflower one, it’s just that little bit more fruityyyyyyy than the other.

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Jade x

HP SPROCKET VS INSTAX MINI

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After hearing about the HP Sprocket I was dying to try it out and added it straight to the top of my christmas list (yes, this blogpost is a tad over-due) however I have to admit I’m not 100% convinced I love this product and I’m not sure if in fact I would of been better off buying a polaroid…

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Let’s start with the positives… The printer itself is no bigger than a smartphone and is SO lightweight so is mega easy to just throw in your bag and take out with you, which is great if you don’t fancy lugging around a considerably bigger polaroid camera. Taking approximately 40 seconds to print it’s super quick and(!!!!) the pictures double up as stickers which is really cool too.

One of the main reasons I’m a fan of this printer is the fun you can have on the app editing the picture you want to print, you can choose any photos from your Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (etc, etc…or just from your camera roll. Once you’ve imported it to the app you have the option to “enhance” the image, add a variety of filters, different boarders, text and stickers to your photo. My most used feature on the app has to be the boarders, I love adding the polaroid effect and I’m ngl it’s the main reason I wanted the printer in the first place. The stickers are another really fun element of the app, there’s different text slogans, shapes, accessories and more that you can add to your photo to mix it up a bit and make it a little more silly.

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Now the negatives… I was so disappointed with the quality of the photos when I first used the printer, especially after all the hype on social media I’d seen about how great it was. I’ve come to the realisation that the photos either come out ridiculously darker than they originally were OR they are unbelievably pixilated and grainy which is a massive let down. For the price you pay for the printer (£119.99) combined with the cost of the paper (£10 a pack) I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth it.

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Sooooo many of my friends have the Instax Mini polaroid camera and I’m starting to regret not getting one myself… Although, unlike the Sprocket you can never be sure what the pic is gonna come out like, there is a sense of spontaneity and uniqueness about it that I really love and I feel as though it makes the picture 10x more special and meaningful to have.

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The quality of the photos from the Instax is suuuuch(!!!) an improvement on the Sproket and that alone makes me almost certain that I should of got an Instax Mini instead. When looking at the cost the polaroid works out being a lot cheaper, the camera being £69.99 (from Argos) and the paper around £8-10 (pack of 10 on amazon).

I guess it depends what you want from the camera really, if you want to have fun with your pictures and add silly stickers and different boarders but aren’t worried about the quality then the HP Sprocket is definitely for you! If you aren’t so bothered about the extras and like me are just interested in good quality photos to capture your memories then I’m pretty sure the Instax Mini is more what you’re looking for.

Jade x

GINGHAM OBSESSED…

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I can’t get enough of gingham atm, I’m obsessed.. I’d even go as far as to say that gingham has the potential to be my new stripes… I know… Wowza. If you’d read my leather skirt post awhile back, you will of seen the gingham blouse I bought from Miss Selfridge which I absolutely love and ngl it’s probably my most worn item in my wardrobe right now… Sooooooooo, before people get sick of the sight of my current one I thought it was about time I invested in a second and switched it up a bit.

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This one is an ASOS own brand one and it is SO comfy. Maybe not a practical choice on a windy day as you can probably tell from the (extremely) windswept photos as it blows up 24/7 (cheers Doris) BUT I can feel this is going to become a staple piece in my wardrobe throughout spring and into summer.

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The top has this really lovely cut out detail on the back, I think this is a really nice way to make the top a little more interesting.

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Let’s talk jewellery – I’m a big fan of the leaf/hoop combo and this is what puts these earrings in my top 5 faves. I think they’re a great alternative to your typical hoop as they’re so dainty and detailed.

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While the weather is still pretty chilly I’ve been pairing this with my leather jacket from Miss Selfridge and the bag I’m using was actually my mums that she was going to get rid of (she crazyyyyyyy) but I quickly nabbed it before she had the chance… I think it’s from Topshop but I’m not 100% sure. You can’t really tell from the photo but it has a really funky chain strap that’s just makes the bag look 10x cooler. Of course I couldn’t not be wearing my converse, but I do also really love wearing this outfit with my black ankle boots to make it look a bit less casual.

Jade x

Some more gingham items I’m lusting over atm…

 

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