Why I’m Buying Hip Hop Bling This Year*


I love to accessorise an outfit with a piece of jewellery or two, especially when going on a night out or attending a special occasion. As someone who loves fashion, I feel that accessories help to finish off an outfit and bring everything together. One of the best things about jewellery is that there are so many types available – this is great news because it means that whatever you’re looking for there is going to be something to suit you. As someone who has spent years navigating plus size fashion options, this is something really important to me, because I know how it can feel to wearing clothing you aren’t 100% happy with. The fact that there is are so many choices out there can only be a good thing – it means that everyone can wear what they want, when they want. 


Different Types of Jewellery  

Although not immediately my personal style, I have recently been starting to look for Christmas present ideas in an attempt to get organised early. One thing I have started to look for is hip hop jewelry and I am amazed at just how much is out there. If you love a bit of bling then you need to get your hands on some iced out chains because they tick the boxes perfectly. I like my jewellery more understated, however, when it comes to a bit of bling – hip hop jewellery really does have your back. What I love about this style of jewellery is that it really is a statement piece – it’s something that is going to stand out and make people look, which is perfect if that is the look you’re going for. I have my eye on some iced out pendants for a friend because I know that is the type of jewellery that they love – and the fact that there are some affordable options is great for me and my Christmas budgeting

Of course, if you are buying jewellery for someone else always consider their style and what they like, because something like this is a personal style choice and you don’t want to get it wrong. 

Do you buy jewellery as presents? What would you recommend?

4 Ways To Make Dinner Out With Friends More Fun*

Eating out with friends is one of my favourite things to do – whether that’s going for afternoon tea, tackling bottomless brunch or simply going for a beer and burger – it’s all fun! However, there are some definite ways to make it more fun – here are some tips. 

Go Somewhere New 

Trying new places is always fun – even a burger from one restaurant to another varies in style and taste. I love going to new places because it means that I can try something new – and even take some new photos for my social media. There are often different deals on at different times of the week at various places so definitely have a look at what each place is offering and see what day might suit you and your taste buds. 

Book in Advance 

I have always liked booking in advance, but now when places are restricting the number of people that are allowed in its even more important. After all, no one wants to go somewhere and then be turned away – because that just leads to choosing somewhere in a hurry and that is never a good idea. When looking at private dining rooms I tend to book via somewhere like Square Meal which makes it so easy to book into a range of places – it’s even a good way to browse through different dining options and picking somewhere. You can even see which places are child-friendly! 

Read Reviews 

If you are going to try somewhere new then reading reviews is definitely recommended. Social media and even places like Trip Advisor are great for this. Although you can go on a whim and try somewhere because you like the sound of their restaurant menu, realisti8cally you won’t know what you’re getting. Reading reviews or even asking friends for their recommendations helps to make sure that where you’re going is going to be what you like – and that is one of the best ways to make sure you have a great time.  

Get Friends Involved 

If you’re going out with friends then get everyone involved – people with have their own likes, dislikes and needs so make sure that you take that into account. You can ask friends to pick somewhere and get a different friend to pick each time so that you get a bit of variety the choice is yours. 

These past 18 months have been tough and being able to eat dinner out is a luxury that we weren’t able to do for a long time. As such, now that we can and it feels safer to do so I am going to grab every chance I get. Whether that is takeaway around a friend’s house or going somewhere for bottomless brunch I want to enjoy life and make the most of the opportunities we have – and for me that includes enjoying food out with friends. 

What things do you like to do with your friends? Any recommendations on places to eat? 

Check out my 5 tips for eating out with a toddler