Travelling is still something I think of as being months and months away, yet all of a sudden it’s in just over 2 months – WHAT!? I’m super excited but all of a sudden I feel totally unorganised and un prepared – my boyfriends already done a trial run of packing his bag . .  this . is . not . a . joke. So I thought I’d start keeping an eye out and gathering together the bits and bobs bearing in mind my travels – I’m not going full scale crazy . . I’ll leave that till the week before! So obviously, the first things I’ve started to collect for myself are totally useful and necessary for going on your travels. No, not a pac a mac or a silk sleeping bag liner . . a Scratch Map® poster, a lipstick, a notebook, a bikini and some Bali body. Yes, I could have got more practical pieces but a girls gotta look good on her travels because . . instagram. Not gonna get those poolside, sunset sipping on a cocktail shots without my Triangl on now am I?? I’m also pretty soppy and sentimental when it comes to things like this. No, not the bikini . . travelling. I love the take lots of pictures, keep receipts and just generally make sure I never forget a moment from my travels! This is why I had to get myself this notebook when I saw it in TKMaxx. . aka my favourite place to get any form of stationary. It’s the perfect journal to keep all of my travelling memories in! The scratch map poster is another great way of keeping track of your travels and remembering where you’ve been. What I love about this most is how damn good it looks, I’m pretty sure by now you know I’m all about the look! If this was an atlas with pins in, it would not get put up. The white and gold is beautiful and would make such a wonderful gift for someone who loves to travel or for yourself! My sister actually got her boyfriend a scratch map poster for his birthday and got it framed beautifully (without the glass!). Such a lovely gift and also for yourself. I love the idea of being able to see this on your wall as a constant reminder of where you’ve been and the memories you’ve had! I didn’t want to start scratching until I’ve been somewhere so I decided to just put arrows for now to show you guys! You can see the full list of where I’m going here! Obviously, I had to scratch it in some way shape or form though so I started with the UK I’ve been there! And all of the other places I’ve visited. Since scratching and physically seeing it I realised that actually I haven’t been to many places outside of Europe other than Bali! It’s made me even more excited to get out there and experience more of the world! Where have you been in the World? Where…

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Shopping

My Top 25 High Street Sandals

Good morning!! Today I thought I would do a slightly different kind of post to my usual shopping posts. Let me know if you like it or not!! I know how much of a struggle it is to find a good pair of sandals in the sea of shops on the high street. Usually the best ones have already gone by the time you actually want a pair and so the hunt begins! This is why I have put together my picks of the high street sandals, my top 25 to be exact! For each of the high street sandals I’ve added a little commentary of why I picked it and what I think about it so that you can see my thought process! Each image is clickable which will take you directly to the store it’s from and you can scroll through all 25 with the little arrows! My Top 25 High Street Sandals Make sure you let me know if you like this and I will do more! Also if there is a particular item you want me to do it with then let me know as well! Finally, one more thing I want you to let me know . . if you get any! I’d love to know if I’ve inspired you to make a purchase !! Theres a few in there I’ve got my eye on though I’ve already brought so many! I’ve also included some of the high street sandals I already own because obviously they are my top picks as I got them! Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with all of the latest posts and also I can’t deny it makes me super happy when you guys hit follow! You can also find me on youtube where I’m trying to make more of an effort – bare with me guys!

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Shopping

My Little Secret : Arch The Label Agency

So when I first confirmed this post with one of my favourite local stores and gems, I was so happy. Then I started waking up in the night and panicking – what if everyone buys all the stuff I want?! You have to understand that I live in a small town and this label agency is one heck of a gem that I don’t have many people to worry about buying the pieces I want. I simply save up and buy the pieces – theres no urgency.  I’m going to tell you anyway because I feel like you have to share good things, it’s not good to keep them for yourself! But please if a Gucci Dionysus comes in – I call shotgun! I’ve been round and picked out my top finds and for each shot I’ve listed below the image what sizes and prices the products featured are along with the brands and the style! Celine Box Bag : £1,250 // Rupert Sanderson Heels Size 6 : £190Paige Denim W29 : £60 (labels still attached) So Arch label agency is what I’m going on about (see their website here) except it’s definitely a label agency with a difference, largely because of the location – you won’t pay London prices. The pieces in store are ridiculously well priced and most are in amazing condition. You can have a look at the website to see what’s currently in store though only shoes, accessories and handbags are listed, you can also call the store on 01780 764746 where you can ask if a particular item’s in stock or talk about reserving or purchasing any of these items! 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Mix Jacket Small : £150 // Saint Laurent Monochrome Classic Duffle : £850 I cannot get over the price of this Phillip Lim jacket – £150 is what you’d pay for a leather jacket from Topshop!  I think it suits me pretty well too if I’m honest though I’m going to stop talking about preference because these are my top picks of the current stock and I can’t be shotgunning them all now can I? So we can just assume that I love each and every piece I’ve picked! Tory Burch Small Shoulder Bag : £180 Chanel Jacket Size 14 : £500 That’s right they’ve even got Chanel Jackets – 2 to be exact! I don’t want to keep repeating myself but ALADDINS CAVE!!!! Chanel Jackets, Celine Bags and half of it’s still got the labels on. I actually made a purchase myself whilst I was there which I will be revealing on my youtube channel this week so stay tuned/ subscribe! And also I’ll be doing another post on the bag, what fits inside and why I chose that one in particular! Saint Laurent Black Flat Pumps Size 5 : £190 // Celine Trapeze Bag : £950 Alexander Chastity Bag : £290 // Grey J Brand Jeans W25 : £60 //Joseph Silk Striped Top : £60Celine Tunic Dress Size 8 : £290 Givenchy Croc Stamped Antigona : £850 // Givenchy Size…

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Lifestyle

Is it too late to start a new years resolution?

So I’m not exactly big on exercise and the only time I’ve ever stepped inside a gym is to use the tanning beds, so when Pink Soda offered me some sportswear it wasn’t the obvious choice. Obviously it looks good but I can’t just walk around wearing it and looking like I’m in a hurry en route to the gym can I . . or can I? Firstly, before I continue, no I still haven’t been to a gym and yes I did go for a Mcdonalds after shooting this. Half year resolution? So with the fact that I still haven’t set foot in a gym in mind, I ask, is it OK to set myself a half year resolution?? I know you can just choose to go to the gym whenever you want and decide to start a new habit or ditch an old habit but I feel like when I have a reason I stick to it. So this half year my resolution is to exercise more. When I say exercise, lets take this word very lightly. I have a sort of excuse if you will. I’ve got a lots of scarring on my lungs from a bad chest infection as a child, which means that I can’t do a lot of cardio – even swimming a length in a pool has me gasping! So I’ll exercise in my way. I’m going to do Yoga at least once a week and I’m contemplating joining classes. Although I prefer to do it in the comfort of my own home I feel like skipping a class will guilt me into sticking to it in a way that doing it at home never does! I’m also going to make sure I go on more walks. I actually love walking so so much and feel like any problem can be solved by going for a good walk. Lets go easy and say twice a week? Look I’m a beginner ok! I think it’s a great idea to take the time at the halfway point of the year and re asses your goals. I’m definitely going to sit down and take the time so set myself some new goals particularly for the blog! Shop my gear If you want to walk around in my Pink Soda gym gear looking busy and important then shop the look below! All photography by the wonderful Sue Crowe aka Mum *Top : Pink Soda *Bra : Pink Soda *Leggings : Pink Soda *Trainers : Nike *Phone Case : Richmond & Finch *Headphones : Urbanista Let me know if your also failing in this area and thinking of making a half year resolution! We can be in it together!!! Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with the latest posts! You can also follow me on instagram and snapchat for my day to day goings on and you may even see my implimenting my new resolution! Usernames for both are sineadcrowe

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Blogging Tips

The Blogging Bible – What I’ve Learnt So Far

So this is going to be one of the last blogging tip posts for a while. Well not completely the last, I just feel like there’s no point in me doing them every week just for the sake of it, I’d rather only post when I have something interesting and useful to say! So I thought I’d do one last post rounding up every single blog tips post I’ve done in the past, and I’ve called it The Blogging Bible. Growing your following 5 easy ways to build your following on Bloglovin’ How to use social media to build your blogs following How to build your Instagram following General Blogging Tips Blogging tips Q&A – Answering your questions 5 tips on being more productive How to make your blog post stand out 5 WordPress plugins all bloggers need 5 steps to a killer blog title Blogging tips – things I wish someone told me How to create the perfect flatlay How I edit my Instagram photos – this has changed slightly so let me know if you want an updated version of this!! Blogging tips : Getting started Blog Post Ideas What to do when bloggers block strikes 80 killer blog post ideas 80 more killer blog post ideas Earning from your Blog Media Pack – why you need it and what to include Affiliate Links – What they are and how to use them Building relationships between brands and bloggers SEO How to lower your bounce rate in 5 simple steps 5 ridiculously easy SEO tips Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ to keep up to date with everything and not miss the next blogging tips post – I’m sure there’ll still be more to come just maybe not weekly! If there is a particular blogging tips post you want me to do that I haven’t done then let me know and I will do it!! You can also follow me on snapchat (username sineadcrowe) to see me try products for the first time, blogger mail, mini hauls and the cutest puppy on earth!

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