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    Friday, 23 June 2017

    SHAKE UP YOUR FRIDAYS WITH FUNKIN COCKTAILS [+ GIVEAWAY]

    Do you remember a few weeks ago, I introduced you guys to the new Funkin Cocktail Shakers? You know these ones:

    Well if you live in London Zones 1 or 2, I have a really exciting competition to tell you about, where you could WIN everything you need for your very own cocktail party!

    Yep. Funkin Cocktails has teamed up with alcohol delivery service, Bevy Butler and Made in Chelsea’s Alex Mytton to bring the party to your after-work drinks, girly nights in and house parties in June.
    The trio are giving away free ‘party packs’ every Friday, bursting with everything you need to make delicious, bar-quality cocktails quickly and easily whatever the location.

    To enter all you need to do is is upload an image on Instagram of an event that needs shaking up using the hashtag #MAKEITSHAKE and tag @funkincocktails and @bevybutlers. The entries will then be judged on originality, humour and the sheer scale of boredom witnessed within each photograph.
    There will be 10 lucky winners each week who'll receive their very own party pack containing the new Funkin Cocktail’s cocktail shakers, a bottle of booze and a bag of ice delivered straight to their door. So you have EVERYTHING you need to make bar quality cocktails in the comfort of your own home.

    What's more, the lovely Funkin Cocktails team have also given me a special pack to giveaway to my London based followers. For your chance to win simply follow @ElleBloggs on Twitter or Instagram and RT this tweet here. Good luck!
    * This post was sponsored by Funkin Cocktails
    Always drink responsibly

    Tuesday, 20 June 2017

    HOW TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE GIRLY NIGHT IN

    You know you're getting old when you prefer 'nights in' with your friends to a night out on the town, right?

    Don't get me wrong - I love getting dressed up and going out with my gal-pals BUT I also really, really like staying in and not having to do my hair or make-up. PLUS staying in means you actually get a chance to catch up (and download all the juicy gossip).

    To make the most of your next girls night in, I've teamed up with SPAR wines to bring you my top tips for the ultimate girly catch up!

    SNUGGLY BLANKETS
    First up you need to build the perfect setting.

    It seems a bit weird saying to get the blankets out when it's about 30 degrees outside BUT there's nothing quite like getting in your PJs and snuggling up in front of the TV to gossip (amiright?)
    BOTTOMLESS BUBBLES 
    If your girls are anything like mine, you'll know that friends and prosecco are the perfect blend.

    Spar has a great new range of Prosecco's on offer which are also super affordable meaning you don't need to break the bank to have some bubbles with your besties.
    The SPAR Extra Dry DOC Prosecco is priced £9 and the SPAR Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco is £12. Both are incredibly fresh and crisp plus super high quality so make sure you have a few bottles on tap to really get the gossip flowing.
    TOP ENTERTAINMENT 
    Once you're done dissecting the people you used to go to school with's lives via their Facebook statuses AND caught up on what's happening in each other's lives, you'll need to stick on a box set (which you'll prob just talk over anyway)

    Some of my favourites on Netflix at the moment include: 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black (hello new series!) and my guilty pleasure Once Upon a Time. I'm always on the look out for new shows though so hit me up with suggestions in the comment box!

    TASTY SNACKS
    Probably the most important part. So of course, you'll need cheese - remember these babies?

    So make sure you whip some of those up BUT you'll also need chocolate and sweeties and crisps. and did I even mention pizza yet? Just order it all, because let's face it - calories don't count amongst friends.
    What more could you want for a night in with your girls hey? I'd love to hear your favourite ways to spend time with your mates below!

    * This post was sponsored by SPAR Wines

    Thursday, 8 June 2017

    GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERY KIND OF DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY (+GIVEAWAY)

    *This post has been sponsored by Braun. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
    How on earth are we in June already?

    This month is a bit of a mad one for me. I’ve got holidays and hen-dos, birthdays and parties and I’ve also got the one date in the calendar which I look at with mixed emotions: Father’s Day.

    I’m really lucky because I’ve had the privilege of having two dads in my life. My dad Graham, who has now sadly passed away, and also my incredible step-dad Mark, who has been a part of my life for the last 16 years.

    I think it’s so important to always mark Father’s Day – to celebrate the memory of my dad but also to give thanks for in the incredible relationship I have with my step-dad.

    SO, I’ve rounded up some great Father’s Day ideas so you can make the most of the day with your old man, whatever type of dad he might be!
    The Sporty Dad
    If your dad is sports mad, could you buy him tickets to a game? A rugby match that you could go to together or even just a kick around in the park with your brothers and sisters.

    Some of my best memories growing up revolve around the huge five-a-side games we used to have with my step-brothers and step-dad…I just won’t mention the time our cousin’s arm got broken.

    The Well-Groomed Dad
    If your dad is super sharp (or a bit dishevelled and you just want to drop a hint) you could treat him to some new grooming products.

    My boyfriend swears by his Braun beard trimmer which would make the ideal present for my step-dad. It comes with six different fittings depending on the look and style you want to achieve, plus it’s also so easy to use, you just charge it and it’s ready to go.
    Braun also has a great Wet and Dry Shaver if your dad is more clean-cut and prefers a traditional shave. It’s such a handy bit of kit as it cuts in straight lines, minimising irritation and can even go in the shower.

    The Dad No Longer Here
    It’s really easy to shy away from doing anything on Father’s Day when your dad is no longer here but I really do think it’s so important – and a big step in helping you come to terms with the loss.

    We mark Father’s Day for my dad by taking flowers to his grave, writing out a card and sharing stories to keep his memory alive.

    The Foodie Dad
    The best bit about any occasion like Father’s Day or Mother’s Day is getting to spend more time with your parents.

    You should never take for granted that little bit of quality time you spend together which is why I love buying experiences for people.

     If your dad is a big foodie, you could book to take him out to somewhere like The Soho Sanctum hotel, which offers a gent’s afternoon tea (serving scotch eggs and mini burgers rather than your traditional scones and sandwiches) or you could just get a date in the diary and cook for him. Make his favourite dinner and use the time to catch-up – little things like that often go down better than lavish nights out!

    I hope that’s given you some inspiration! Let me know how you’ll be celebrating Father’s Day with your dad this year. If you'd like to win a Braun Electric Shaver as a gift, enter the giveaway below