Designer Brands For Cheaper With Xupes

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We all like looking good but in the current state of the economy it can be a bank breaker. I am always on the hunt to find great deals out there to deliver to you lovely readers and when I came across a designer website at discounted prices I just had to share. Even though Designer wear isn't really my thing I often lust after a bag, shoes or even watches just to upgrade my outfit that little further. Designer wear can also be an investment if you look after your items properly you can always sell them on when you need a little cash or even when you just don't dig them anymore. Lord knows I get bored of handbags quicker than the wind changes.

Xupes is the answer to getting cheaper quality items. Working in this beautiful building based in Bishops Strotford UK the Xupes team not only sell discounted pre owned designer goods but also source and sell goods for you too! A full range of over 7000 products are available which includes the essential for any designer lover from Handbags and jewellery to a second hand Rolex. Xupes even have an in-house watch maker who can ensure that the watches are cleaned and in top condition.  I never knew just how pretty a Rolex could be until I saw this Rose Gold one that Xupes stocks.

On the website it gives you the chance to buy outright or even have finance if there is that item you want badly but just can't foot the bill straight away. You can also contact them if you have the same item and are looking to sell. A fantastic way of finding and selling preloved designer wear. It doesn't stop at watches because if like me you always forget to put one on then you can browse handbags instead. I am talking quality brands such as the likes of Gucci, Chanel and Prada. I have always loved Chanel and wanted one of their bags I really love how high end and sophisticated their designs are. Even if the prices are way out of your range but you love to window shop and appreciate quality goods then have a browse of the pages upon pages of beautiful handbags on offer.

I love this orange quilted Chanel bag which is a new spin on the classic quilted design and really in this season for spring and summer colours. Other designers in the range include Gucci, Alexander McQueen and many more. If handbags and watches isn't where your love of designer goods stops Xupes also have antiques and art work available. Which can also be a great way to discover new artists or invest in a piece of art for your home, They have some beautiful pieces available ranging from pictures to sculptures in both modern and traditional styles.

Do you love preloved designer goods? Where is your favourite place to shop for them?


Reasons Why Santorini is the Greatest Greek Island

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If you're like me right now you will be lusting after a holiday. The Greek Isles are like nowhere else on earth, with the island of Santorini the crown jewel. This island, arguably one of the most beautiful in the world, is a must-visit when doing a tour of the islands of the Aegean Sea. Located approximately 120 miles to the southwest of the mainland of Greece, this island is situated within an archipelago that was formed through a volcanic eruption. If you are fortunate enough to visit this island paradise, be sure to take some time to see Akrotiri. This area, sometimes referred to as the Greek Pompeii, contains ruins dating back to the Minoan era! 
                                                        (Picture source)
The beaches of Santorini are nothing short of breath-taking, and the water of the Aegean Sea is perfect for swimming. In fact, the view of the island from the water is spectacular, as you will notice on the ferry out to Santorini. The beaches on the south end are quite popular, and often crowded. Try staying near the cliff backed beaches of Baxedes. There will be some shade, less people, and shallow waters for perfect wading. It is also much closer to the residential areas and are easily accessible. But do be sure to travel south, these beaches, Kamari is one excellent example, are world renowned for a very good reason!

The wines of Greece and Santorini are consistently growing in popularity, and a few of the vineyards that are located on the island have opened up public tours. Imagine sitting in one of the newly built tasting rooms and enjoying the majestic view while sipping on some of the wonderful, locally produced wines. Boutari and Koutsoyannopoulos are two wineries that welcome visitors. These vineyards have been around for centuries, and in addition to the fantastic wine, the inherent history lesson that comes along with the tours is always worthwhile.
In addition to Akrotiri, there are several other historical places of interest. Santorini isn't just beaches and shopping! One site that is definitely worth exploring is the Monastery of Profitis Ilias. This monastery is situated on the highest point of Santorini, and as you can imagine, the views are worth the trek. This monastic home was founded in 1711 by two monks, and the memory of Profitis Ilias is still revered to this day. During the days of the Turkish occupation, Ilias created a secret school within the monastery in order to continue to teach the outlawed Greek reading and writing. There is also a fascinating museum on the grounds that is worth a visit.

Volcanoes are also a significant part of the Santorini history and landscape. Nea Kameni, located a quick boat ride away, provides an opportunity to peer into a live, and at times smoking, volcano. The climb up is 430 feet and the experience is one of a kind. The volcano tours will take you up the volcano all the way to the rim, and if you are feeling daring you can walk all the way to the edge and have a look inside. Remember that this is a live volcano!

Summer is the best time to visit Santorini, and when staying on this island, a villa is the accommodation to seek. Choosing a Santorini luxury villa for your stay will give you a much different experience than staying in one of the hotels. Santorini is the type of vacation destination where you will want to be out exploring by day, and enjoying dinner al fresco, the more time outside the better. When staying in a villa, you have most all of the amenities of a hotel, but with the added bonus of privacy.

Have you ever been to Santorini?


Boxcitement Out Of This World Unboxing and Review

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If you keep an eye on my You Tube you will have seen I unboxed an exciting subscription box from Boxcitement! If you missed it make sure you go on over and check it out and make sure you help a sister out by liking and subscribing. Remember my goals to grow my channels I want to speak to more of you all the time so lets get connected.

I found Boxcitement by using a cool service from Subscription Radar which is a website packed with all kinds of subscription boxes from beauty to food to crafty fun things. If you can think of it there is probably a subscription box there for you. You can even find tons of reviews of the different boxes before you pick one to try. If you love getting cool little surprises in the post then why not treat yourself or even pick up a crafting box to do with the little ones. I spent ages just looking at all the different boxes and I didn't realise there were so many out there! These boxes are also a great way of supporting small businesses and helping out the independent. A lot often collaborate with local artists to bring exclusive items that you can't buy anywhere in the shops.

The lovely team at Subscription Radar recommended I try Boxcitement after I told them all the different things that I love. Boxcitement is packed full of excursively designed stationary, jewellery, home ware and more. All my favourite sections to browse when I go shopping so I just knew that it was a box that I was going to have to try. You can even send a box as a gift if you are struggling to find the perfect item for someone, The box retails at £18 a month but there are lots of options to pay for a few months up front to make them even cheaper. Plus if you order you can get an extra 10% off with the code RADAR10 don't say I never look after you lovely readers.

Inside the out of this world box these are the goodies I got. I think my favourite has to be the little banner to the moon which I have put on my bookshelf to add a little bit of character and make home that bit more special. I love the moon so it makes me smile, I also love the handmade earrings they are really pretty and when I wore them to work I got lots of compliments.

I would definitely get this box again it was packed full of quirky and fun goodies and really good value for the money. You could even say it was Out of this world! Will you be giving Boxcitement a try?

box was gifted for review but all views are my own

Bags For The Adventurer with Mahi Leather

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It seems like I am on the eternal hunt for the perfect every day bag. I always seem to carry a lot around with me as I am shooting from one place to another and out the house for long days which means needing a good sturdy practical bag to take on my adventures. The problem with buying bags from the average high street retailer is even when spending around £50 the bag will ultimately not last that long. That's because a lot of high street store have to compromise to bring us quality which I learnt when I came across Mahi Leather.

Mahi are a brand that scream adventure and fun to me bringing together practical and stylish designs that I would definitely proud to rock everywhere I go. Mahi are an ethical brand who want to bring creators and customers together making sure that both parties get the best possible deal. With cutting out a middle sales person they are able to save so much on waste. All bags are made for the client from scratch meaning the leather used is only what is needed and waste is cut down dramatically, The cutting of waste saves money which then allows the quality to be increased. To me ethics of a company are very important and sometimes its so hard to find a designer quality item with a reasonable price tag and ethical standards, Also helping support the creator to get more money for their designs and craftsmanship is priceless.

I was even more impressed when I found out that for every bag sold $1.50 is given to FRANK water charity. So if you needed that little extra push in purchasing one of their amazing bags it helps an awesome cause and that is pretty rad in my books.They give heaps of information on the website about how the money helps the charity. I mean just imagine not even having clean water to drink and in exchange for helping the charity with your purchase you get a bag which will last you. The name for the company Mahi even comes from the name of the Mahi river. A lot of thought goes into this company and a lot of care and I can only imagine this is also transported into the actual product itself. Something that companies who mass produce products do not provide.

The time and dedication going into bags means that some little personal touches can also go into the design when it is being made. One of the ways they do this is even adding initials onto the bag where you can not only choose what you have but you can even choose the colour of the stitching for the initials. This is a handy feature to have on a bag if you are in school or travel a lot because then it will make your bag stand out that little bit more and be easy to spot amongst the sea of boring bags. The bags they have on offer are far from boring. There are a range of holdall and satchel type bags and even make up and wash bags. My Favourite is the Harvard satchel with a front pocket and classic fastening it really is a timeless piece.

While you're browsing the bags make sure to take a peak at Mahi's Instagram it is full of beautiful adventurous pictures that will fill you with inspiration to pack up their bags with essentials and hit the road to discover new places and begin your journey.

Will you join the adventure?

A day out exploring Matlock Bath

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With moving to new areas comes new adventures and new places to explore. Just down the road from my new house is a fantastic place called Matlock Bath. It's like a seaside town but instead of a sea there's a river. A road of arcades, fish and chip shops and sweet shops what more could a grrrl ask for? With Mama Kaos coming to visit we had the perfect excuse to potter down and show her around.

Matlock bath is all based along the river side and does have a very busy road but there is so much to do that you barely notice the road and on weekend especially Sunday it is full of Bikers, I love seeing all the different bikes and the bikers bring a fun and vibrant friendly atmosphere. You will know in an instant the bad rep the movies give bikers isn't true when you see a big burly man with his ice cream.

The street is full of amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and cool little craft shops. I was so excited to explore the arcades and play on 2p machines which are my weakness. I could play them all day. One arcade even has a small aquarium which we decided to have a look around. It only cost £2 to go in and we had a fun time looking at all the fish and then there is even a hologram room. You get your moneys worth and it may not be sea life centre but a fun addition for any family to add to their day. The little one just loves spotting all the different fish and for the adults at the end there's a little bit of history of Matlock bath which used to be a swimming pool and is now a huge fish pond that still attracts community spirit.

If fish and chips are your jam then you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat but if not there is also pub grub and little cafes. There is even a chocolate shop who have a signature hot chocolate that is a must to try on my list. There is a little park for the kids to play in so you can even bring a picnic on a nice day. One of the things I was most excited about was finding a bomb cosmetics distributor and being able to browse the products in person as I had only ever really looked at them online before. I couldn't resist picking up a few goodies for myself but wanted a bit of everything.

Matlock bath has become one of our favourite places to go visit recently and we even went to Gulliver's recently which the boys loves!

Have you been to Matlock Bath?

Specs appeal Perfect glasses Walden review

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I have worn glasses since I was 2 years old but over the last few years I haven't been rocking specs and I thought it was time to break them out again because how awesome are girls in glasses and I always feel like they are super glam. Perfect glasses asked me if I would like to try a pair from their range and when I had a look at what was to offer I just had to say yes. Searching for glasses online takes away so much of the stress.

There are SO many frames to choose from for men and women you can even get complete glasses from as cheap as £9! I really loved the versatile range available in women's glasses with an amazing range of designer frames available as well as affordable but still very nice frames. I did fall a little bit in love with these Marc Jacobs frames.

The site is actually really easy to have a look around or if you know exactly the kind of frame you want you can narrow it down to the shape, colour and even material. Ever since a sunburn related incident on an American holiday I have so not been into metal frames so this function is something I really appreciate and saves you hours of scrolling through frames that are of no interest to you. That can make glasses shopping so frustrating and disheartening...trust me I have been doing this a while now. I instantly knew I wanted a cat eye inspired frame. I was really impressed to get a good selection of varying cat eye.

You can also use a nifty little trying on tool to see how the frames may look. I had loads of fun playing around with that. Sadly the Marc Jacobs were just a little out of my price range this time although Perfect Glasses have lots of great deals such as half price sales so just keep an eye on the website if you fall for a more expensive choice. I decided to go for something more affordable to see what the difference in quality would be like. They do a frame called the Walden collection which come in some beautiful and wacky colours but the pin up grrrl in me is always drawn to leopard print and a more neutral colour that can go with lots of things. At a pocket saving £29 I wasn't expecting too much. Then they arrived and I was super impressed.

I just adore the hints of blue in this frame it gives a subtle pop of colour. The frame is amazing quality as good as any other frame I have bought from any other glasses retailer at over double the price. They make me feel like a bit of a diva which I totally dig! They are also really comfortable and I had no problem with slipping because when you usually get glasses they are adjusted to your ears and so I wondered how this would work here but they are perfect for me!

As you can see I am very happy with my frames. Have you checked out perfect glasses?

*glasses were gifted for review but all opinions my own

Allbeauty WIshlist and Voucher Code!

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Payday is quickly coming up and boy has it been a long month! However don't let that make all your hard earned cash just fly straight back out the bank again. If your no stranger to the blog then you know how much I love a bargain. I think it is important to always look out for voucher codes to get that little extra off. Allbeauty is already a bargain of a website for anyone like me who loves make up! I thought I would share a few of my favourite beauty picks and treat you to a code so you can save even more.

Glamglow is the mask of all face masks and if you haven't stumbled upon a sample yet then why not try out this. It is a mega good price for a quality mask and this pot will last a long time. It would even make a fantastic gift for a loved one or even your favourite blogger *cough*. A bargain price at £36.95. Raved about by you tube make up artists like Wayne Goss who recently made a video about his thoughts on this mask.

You must have heard the hype about this foundation! Estee Lauder double wear is meant to be the go to for high coverage and long lasting. This usually retails at £31 but all beauty has it for £27.90 and with the voucher code from my favourite voucher codes,  you get even more off. Great for if you have tried this before and know your shade however I do suggest that if you haven't tried it before you go get a colour match first to avoid being disappointed. You can even get money off by going to   myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk/allbeauty.com so that will make it even cheaper! I can't resist a bargain like that.

Do you like doing your make up on the go? or even being able to just have a top up during the day. Handbags are getting smaller and smaller so these mini real techniques brushes are not only adorable but super handy to carry with you for the set of 3 it is £7.95. Also a great way to try out the brushes if you haven't used them before. I definitely need this handy trio as a handbag staple. 

Dior addict fluid stick a bargain price of £23.85. I love the design of the packaging and such bright colour designs this is defiantly on my wish list to try. I am all about that middle pink colour it really pops and brightens anyone's day. 
Another product I am dying to try is the Lancome juicy shaker which allbeauty retails at  £16.20. Again a sucker for the packaging and colours here and I just love Lancome products. 
All beauty also has men's products too which is a great place to pick up little valentines treats for the Mr in your life this Percy noble beard wax is just £11.99. I think that is a really affordable price and there are heaps to choose from.

Have you tried allbeauty? You can get even more of bargain by trying out My Favourite voucher codes offers for allbeauty.  Have a look and let me know what kind of items would be on your wish list!