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♡ Scotch Naturals Man of the Moment Nail Polish ♡
It’s best to avoid solvents in pregnancy so a water-based nail polish is an amazing choice.

Organic Extra Dark Seed & Bean Chocolate ♡
Because…chocolate is amazing.

♡ Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Raw Organic Coconut Oil ♡
Applying coconut oil is an amazing way to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy. My cousin moisterised with coconut oil after every shower & only has teeny tiny stretchmarks.

♡ Day Solution Moisteriser by Green People ♡
An alcohol-free moisturiser with Willow Bark extract, prebiotics and pineapple extract to tackle breakouts and dryness in pregnancy.

♡ Cute Reindeer Cushion by Fishpools ♡
Just cause…

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bohemian clothinBohemian style is a way of dressing that was once reserved for hippies and free spirits only, but it has since made its way into modern fashion as a steadfast staple. Where did boho fashion originate? This Fashionisers piece explains: “…the etymology of the word goes to the land of Bohemia… Longing for freedom and yearning to break all the accepted rules and dogmatic stereotypes of the world surrounding them, the carriers of these ideology created a very specific and, indeed, unique style…” And it is this unique style that now dominates the runways and all walks of life looking for fun fashion. For those who are new to the bohemian style game, there are some universal elements that characterise the look. Next time you want to nail “boho chic,” consider these main tenets of the trend:

♡ Find the Fabrics

When “boho-chic” comes to mind, so should “vintage.” Many bohemian pieces are reminiscent of lacey, psychedelic and free-flowing garments that once crowded the music festival scene circa the ‘60s and ‘70s. This “How-To” article from The Chic Fashionista states that you should look for “laces, floral, distressed looking leather bags, etc.”

♡ Pick out the Patterns

Many of the colours in bohemian style are natural. Think earthy tones like sage, beige and rust. So when searching the racks for the perfect gypsy-esque threads, look for things that look dip-dyed, feature Western-style stitching and Aztec patterns. Check out this post on Get Styled for a great roundup of inspiration photos.

♡ Mix Fits

Make sure that your boho-chic outfit is not too “boho” and not enough “chic.” What does that mean? Well, bohemian garments are known to be oversized, long and baggy. If you wear too many of these elements at once, you run the risk of looking frumpy. The easy fix is to mix your boho pieces with tailored fits. Flatter your shape with tighter pants underneath a flowing kaftan… And ta-da!

♡ Accessorise Like You Mean It

Perhaps the most important element of all when it comes to boho chic style is the addition of accessories. Feathers are a go-to motif for bohemian looks, and brassy metals should generously adorn your neck and wrists. “Boho-inspired beaded styles,” as noted in this lineup on Lyst, are a must-have when your outfit needs more colour.

♡ Stick to your Style

At the end of the day, the way you dress should be a reflection of you. If you don’t like the way something looks on you, don’t wear it! You don’t have to go full throttle on a fashion to wear the trend. Simply adding a couple bohemian elements to your existing style is enough to try the trend without compromising your sense of self; no need to wear all at once.

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The region of Tuscany is located on Italy’s western coastline, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea. Home to the beautiful capital city of Florence, Tuscany welcomes millions of visitors each year. With it’s world-renowned art and architecture, diverse cities and towns, and beautiful beaches, it’s easy to see why. When you visit Tuscany, here are five amazing things you have to do while you’re there:

1. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

One thing you absolutely have to do while you’re in Tuscany is see the Leaning Tower of PisaThe ‘lean’ in the bell tower was unintentional as it was caused by the soil it was built on. However, thanks to its tilt, it’s one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

2. Attend a wine tasting class

Tuscany is one of the world’s finest wine regions, so attending a wine class is an absolute must. Even if you aren’t a fan of wine, you’ll find an Italian wine lesson absolutely tantalizing. The type of class that you sign up for is up to you. Some involve wine tasting and others a tour of the vineyards. Some classes last for a couple of hours while others are a day long affair.

3. Eat like a local

If you want to experience the real Tuscany, you need to eat like a local. Instead of staying in a hotel, consider booking a  villa, so that you can eat wherever you like. For some beautiful villas, check out and have a browse. To find all the best places to eat, ask a local to point you in the right direction. When it comes to experiencing authentic Tuscan cuisine, if you dine in eateries made for tourists, you’ll find that the flavours have been muted.

4. Splurge on gelato

As well as being famed for their delicious pizza and pasta dishes, the Italians are also renowned for their amazing gelato. Of all the places in Tuscany to buy Gelato, one of the best is the Marco Ottaviano Gelato Gourmet shop in Florence. It is made only with fruits and natural seasoning.

5. Visit Florence

Florence is the region’s most visited city. So while you are there, this is one place that you must visit. From Michelangelo’s statue of David to the cathedral, there are lots of amazing architecture to see in Florence. Take a look at Great Buildings to see where all the most amazing architecture is in the city. As well as being the home of some fantastic architecture, Florence also boasts some amazing bars, restaurants, and shops, too.

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I have previously written about how cutting bread from my lunch gave me more energy throughout the afternoon. As you may know, bread is a complex carbohydrate and being a complex carb, it takes more energy from the body to break down than other foods. And for me, eating bread at lunch can make me incredibly tired. And being tired, leads to me being uber unproductive (not great if you have tight deadlines to meet!) But - we can avoid this by eating foods that are nourishing and energising. We can start by fueling our bodies with pick-me-ups that are low in sugar, high in fat and high in protein. You could try replacing bread, crisps or chocolate with snacks that will boost your productivity as well as your health, take a look at this infographic and grab some ideas.

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We all have those days that feel like they will never end. The days where you are up to your eyeballs with things to do at work. Many of us will go home feeling annoyed and stressed, not taking the right precautions to making sure we unwind. It is really important to be able to find ways to relax. It is easy to throw off stress if you take the time to chill out. Here are some of the best ways you avoid going to bed stressed.

♡ Go out

Going out with some friends or family can help you to forget a stressful day. A few drinks at a local bar or a delicious meal at your favourite restaurant. There are plenty of things you can do to take your mind off the day’s events.

♡ Massage

Getting a massage will loosen you up and relax your muscles. Massage therapy is a really great way to reduce stress levels. There are many types of massages to choose from. The most common type is a Swedish massage. This is what most people think of when they think of massages. It involves circular kneading to relieve tension.

♡ Get off your feet

If you work in a job where you are on your feet all day, it is a good idea to put on some comfy trousers and put your feet up. If you have a kind partner or roommate, you could even ask them to give you a foot rub! Reflexology is the practice of massaging the feet to benefit other areas of the body. If it is done correctly, it can be really relaxing and rejuvenating.

♡ Run yourself a bath

As soon as you get home, run yourself a warm bath. You can get special bath gels which are designed to soothe aching muscles or relax you, depending on the type you use. Set up some candles, turn the lights off and get some soothing music to chill you out. You can also take the time to catch up on some reading. Whatever you do, just don’t think about the long day you have just escaped at work.

♡ Exercise

Many people find that exercise can be a great stress buster. A furious session at the gym might be enough to clear your head and lift your mood. Exercise releases endorphins which are said to increase your mood. The more you do, the better you will feel for it. Exercise classes like spin, circuit training or yoga are all great options.

♡ Do something you love

Most of us don’t have a lot of time for our hobbies. A great way to destress, however, is to come home and do something you enjoy. Take a few hours in the evening to write your future best-selling novel or paint that masterpiece.

♡ Watch boxsets

Sometimes after a hard day of thinking non-stop you want to veg out with some tv. Get yourself a Netflix subscription and enjoy catching up on your favourite drama or watching the latest blockbuster.

This post was contributed by Laura.

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Eating healthy meals can be hard when you are on the go. As you know, when you’re travelling you see so many supermarkets and coffee shops full of tempting chocolates, sweets, crisps & cakes. With so many temptations out there and it can feel impossible not to crack. The key to this process is staying on track and staying motivated. Take a read of these tips to help you along the way.

♡ Prepare your lunch the night before

If you eat out every lunch, it will cost you a fortune and never be all that good for you. Healthy options are quite scarce when it comes to buying lunch out. If you don’t have long, you may head to a supermarket and get a sandwich. Most of the time, packaged sandwiches are full of sauces rammed full of sugar and nasty preservatives. And – before you know it, eating healthier at lunch will become a habit and you will hardly have to consider what you eat at all.

♡ Write a meal diary

Do you know what you eat on a daily basis? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Few people realise what they eat each day. By making a note of what you eat throughout the day. In doing so, you will start to think about what you decide to eat and what you don’t.

♡ Start saying “no”

When people try to tempt you (and they will), you need to use one magic word – no. Convince yourself that you don’t need to eat an extra slice of cake or some chips.

♡ Choose restaurants with healthier options

Try to eat at a restaurant with a healthier menu. If there are a limited choice of healthy options, avoid having chips as your main side. Often, you will be able to swap the fries for something a little less greasy for example, replacing the chips for a side salad or some vegetables to boost the amount of vegetables you eat each day.

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If you are a lover of all things natural and spiritual…this is your place to be. The Mind Body Soul Experience is a 3 day event held at Alexandra Palace on the 23rd, 24th or 25th of October. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and this year it will be offering a vast array of therapies, products and workshops focused on your wellbeing – AND I have 2 tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner!

You will be able to wander around and get your tarot cards read, see stage demonstrations, browse sustainable clothing, talk to a clairvoyant, try out natural beauty products, fill up on knowledge at lectures & workshops, get your om on at yoga, feel chilled during some aromatherapy, reiki, acupuncture and reflexology as well as the chance to indulge in nutritious foods and chocolates. If it’s your thing – you can even take part in a séance to communicate with the ghosts of the ‘People’s Palace’.

♡ Interesting exhibitors to look out for…
KamAlive - Raw chocolate that is free from any refined sugars, gluten, dairy and preservatives. Click to read about the benefits of raw chocolate.
The Konjac Sponge Company –  Award winning sponges with the purest Konjac and mineral rich extracts to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify skin (perfect for use on sensitive skin & on children and babies too!)
Mrs Millis – 100% Natural & Organic hair and skincare products that are also vegan and not tested on animals. You can also take a look at Mrs Milli’s new range of handmade crystal jewellery, ‘Soul Stones’,
Inspired Wellbeing Magazine – A magazine that is filled with inspiration & inspiration to help you focus on your health & wellbeing.
Spiritual Planet – Hand selected crystals and jewellery from around the world.
Salty Lamps – Manufacturers of Himalyan Crystal Rock Salt Lamps & crystal bath salts.

Download a programme here to see the full lowdown of timetables.

♡ Enter below…

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Terms & Conditions – Due to time restrictions the Mind Body Soul Experience giveaway in collaboration with Disguised by Zebras will commence on the 14th October 2015 and end on the 16th October 2015.

Good luck!

Amy xo

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The UK has just seen the most spectacular natural phenomenon in a long time. The Blood Moon that was visible over the country was a once in a generation event. The colours that were visible in the early hours of Monday morning were absolutely amazing. Many other parts of the world got to see it too.

It has made me think about some of the other spectacular sights we can witness too. Natural phenomena leave you in awe. So I’ve done my homework to find out more about the coolest spectacles for you to enjoy:

Blood Moon

This event occurred because the moon was at it’s closest point to the Earth since 1983. The strange and eery colour is visible thanks to the position of the Earth causing an eclipse. It’s called a supermoon eclipse because the Earth’s shadow is seen to be passing over it. At only 226,000 miles away at this point, it can also appear to be very big in the sky. Lunar eclipses occur every few years, but a supermoon eclipse with the Blood Moon effect is not due to be seen again until 2033.

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Aurora Borealis

This natural phenomena of green, blue and yellow lights can rarely be seen from the UK. But if you head to Norway or Finland you’ll be in the best place to see the Northern Lights almost all year round. The winter months of January to March are ideal because it is darker for more hours. It’s also a great time of year to make the most of the snow while you are there! The dancing light show is seen around the magnetic poles of our little planet. It is generated from electrically charged particles colliding with our atmosphere.

Shooting Stars

The effect of lights shooting across the sky can be caused by lots of things. Usually, debris, like meteors, hit the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. Effectively, you are seeing burning rock falling to Earth at great speed. In the UK, there will be a good chance of seeing a meteor shower from the Orionid meteor during the second half of October. The weather will need to be good and the darker your location, the better for a good show. For a super shower, head out on December 14th for the Geminid meteor shower. With a possible 100 shooting stars an hour, you should be in for a good show. Some people like to wish upon a shooting star, what will you wish for this Autumn?

This post was contributed by Laura.

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I always strive to be healthy in everyday life, but I know not everyone has time to do so. Or, at least, they think they don’t have any time. Looking after my wellbeing doesn’t take up a lot of time that could be better spent doing other things. It’s so easy to make healthy habits second nature, so I don’t even need to think about them. If you want to be healthier, but you believe you don’t have time to do it, here’s my quick guide to looking after yourself. You’ll start to feel happier and healthier in no time at all.

Get Interested in Food

Food is important to your health and well-being, as we all know. We need it to survive, but we can’t just eat anything we want. You might think that your diet is currently fine, but making a few changes can make you realise that it could be much better. Getting interested in food and cooking will help you to become more conscious about what you put into your body. I think it’s an excellent idea to grow your own, which is a lovely and relaxing thing to do. You can buy some plants at Once you’ve planted them, many fruits and vegetables don’t need much looking after.

Make Exercise Incidental

Getting to the gym is hard. You don’t have the time or energy, and you hate doing to the gym anyway. While I think it’s important to have structured exercise, you can add to it by incorporating exercise into your daily routine. For example, if you usually take the lift at work, you could start using the stairs. Perhaps you could cycle to work instead of driving or getting the bus. Instead of packing your own lunch, leave work on your break and go for a walk to buy something. Although don’t get anything too unhealthy or expensive!

Give Sleep Priority

People underestimate how important sleep is if you want to be happy and healthy. If you’re not getting enough, it can affect both your physical and mental health. If you lack energy, have dry skin or are feeling grumpy, you might need to get to bed earlier. Try experimenting with different amounts of sleep to see how much makes you feel best. Remember not to oversleep too, as this can also have adverse effects on your mood.

Become an Early Riser

You might be getting enough sleep, but are you staying in bed until the very last second? Getting up earlier could be just the thing you need to do for a healthier lifestyle. When you get home in the evening, you probably often just eat dinner and collapse in front of the TV. But if you get up early, you can use the extra time to exercise, have a proper breakfast or take a slower route to work. Even just taking the time to read a book or pamper yourself can help to make you happier.

I don’t think that making your lifestyle healthier has to be hard. It won’t even take up a lot of your time if you do it in the right way.

This post was contributed by Laura.

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When we’re kids, a lot of us struggle to eat our veggies. I know I had the odd fussy moment or two. Perhaps it’s because we don’t like trying new things, our palette hasn’t developed or just because we know we can get away with it. Whatever the reason, veggie hatred is common among children. But by the time we’re adults, we should have grown out of it. Getting plenty of fruit and vegetables is essential if you want to have a healthy diet. So it’s important not to skimp on them. If you have trouble getting your five a day, here are my top tips for more vegetables in your diet.

Try New Things

Do you walk through supermarket aisles or watch TV wondering just what an artichoke even is? A lot of us might think we eat a lot of different foods, but it can turn out that our range of vegetables is quite limited. Try not to stick to peas, carrots and lettuce all the time. There’s a whole world of vegetables out there that wouldn’t have been available to use just a few decades ago, and they’re waiting for you to try them. Maybe you don’t like traditional British veg but it will turn out you love all things Asian. Next time you see a random vegetable you don’t recognise, pick it up and look for some recipes you can try it with.

Start Juicing

You might have heard about the juicing trend, which took root a few years ago and began to flourish. Many people swear on the principle that juicing fruit and veg extracts all their nutritional goodness. You can easily buy juicers online, and once you own one it could change your life. There are so many ways that you can make a drink out of your favourite fruits, vegetables and salad leaves. You’ll never get bored because you can juice whatever you like to create new recipes every day. As well as keeping your fruit and veg intake up, it helps you to stay hydrated too.

Be a Bit Lazy

Sometimes we can’t be bothered with eating out veggies because it’s just too much effort. Preparing them can take forever, especially if you’re not very quick with a knife. If you tend to avoid having to chop carrots and peppers as much as possible, there is an alternative. You’re allowed to be a bit lazy sometimes and buy pre-prepared vegetables. Sometimes it will be more expensive, such as if you get carrot batons instead of regular carrots. But many veggies are cheaper in a tin, like chopped tomatoes or chickpeas.

Turn Vegetables into Snacks

A lot of us eat fruit as a snack, whether it’s an apple, a banana or a slice of melon. But we don’t have vegetables as snacks quite as often. If you like a sweet snack, you can still have one in the form of a veggie. Peppers are quite sweet, especially red and yellow ones, and carrots can have a sweet bite to them too. Chop up some vegetables and make yourself a healthy dip for an easy snack.

This post was contributed by Laura.

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