What’s in my Bag?

I ADORE ‘What’s in my bag’ posts, whether it be via a blog or YouTube. I think they’re what got me into reading blogs and following bloggers to be honest! I wonder who was the first person to post what was in their bag…?
I don’t know what it is about looking through the contents of someone’s bag that I love but I know I’ll never tire of them!

I have such a BAAAD handbag obsession. In any shop I go to, my favourite section is always the bag section. I find myself having to avoid it more often than not as I either cant afford another bag or my wardrobe just cant handle another one.
At the moment, I counted I have 11 bags… Yep. 11. I really should take a few to the charity shop as I haven’t used a few for a long time.

 

The Bag

Bag

I bought this little beauty from the lovelies at Boutique of Molly. I needed (I do actually mean need and not just want this time!) a bag that was cute enough to use on nights out when I’m all dolled up but also big enough for all my shiz.
Its called ‘Verona’ and you can find it HERE!! I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened up the little pink parcel it came in. It is beautifully made and is the perfect size for taking on a night out!
It has a small zipped compartment inside to fit in any spare change you may have or your fave lippy.

 

What’s inside?

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  1. Ted Baker Cilinir Micro Bow Card Holder
    My usual purse is wayyy too big to carry around on a night out and to be honest I only really use cards. I got this card holder for Christmas last year and it is just what I need on nights out or when I’ve got a small bag.
  2. Spotty Compact Mirror
    I must’ve bought this over 10 years ago from Claire’s Accessories. Little bit worn now but it does the job when out and about for checking my make-up hasn’t smudged!
  3. Inhaler
    Lifesaver. I have Cystic Fibrosis so basically my lungs (and other parts) are crap and I find it hard to breathe at times.
  4. Nivea Hydro Care Lip Protection with Pure Water & Aloe Vera
    My lips are ALWAYS chapped. I wish I had been blessed with beautiful soft, moisturised lips but nah.
  5. Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick – Simply Nude.
    One of my favourite go-to lipsticks. Goes with anything I’m wearing and just a lovely colour that suits my Snow White complexion.
  6. Boots Tissues.
    Like it says on the packet, “sniffles on the go”.
  7. Bayliss and Harding Hand Gel
    I always have to have hand gel on me. I have a low immune system due to being on steroid medication so I really don’t want to be catching all the bugs flying around. I picked up this Baylis and Harding one from Tesco and it smells gorgeous. The scent lasts ages as well!
  8. Escada perfume sample – Agua del Sol.
    I got this from Fragrance Direct when I bought an aftershave online for my boyfriend. They give you 2 samples with every order which is fab for discovering new scents!
    I don’t think they sell Agua del Sol anymore though…
  9. Ghost mini perfume
    I got this in a ‘Ghost’ gift set from the in-laws quite a while ago but only just getting round to using it. It’s another one of my favourite perfumes so always handy to have a little bottle in my bag.
  10. Insulin case
    I’m diabetic so need to take insulin before I eat meals. This little case holds my insulin and a few needles so I can inject myself.

 

Boutique of Molly

Boutique of Molly is an online shop which sells clothes and bags for really affordable prices. I’ve fallen in love with SO many items they have on there, I’m seriously having to restrain myself from buying literally everything!
I’m desperately wanting this playsuit for my cruise in August, next payday, it’ll be MINE! Hopefully it wont sell out before then… Look how cute it is!!!

playsuit

Camilla Playsuit

Pop on over to their site here and have a nosy! I’m sure you’ll find at least 5 things you’ll want! Even better, I have my own DISCOUNT code!!!! Use  ‘SEABREEZE20’  and you’ll get 20% off your order!!!

 

I hope you enjoyed nosing through the contents of my bag and definitely take a look at Boutique of Molly, they really do have some lovely things!!
I love my Verona bag and I know it’s going to stay in my wardrobe for a long time to come.

 

Livvy x

In collaboration with Boutique of Molly. I was given a discount code to buy the bag in exchange for a post featuring it.

Staybridge Suites, Liverpool – Hotel Review

This year for my birthday I actually didn’t want anything.
“WHAT?!” I hear you cry! Well I say that because I couldn’t think of anything I wanted or needed – I must be getting old ehh! Plus the fact that both me and my boyfriend are saving for a house and for our cruise later on in the year, I thought it best not to go big for my 29th…

So this year, I left my birthday completely in my Mr’s hands. Bit risky but hey, he’s got good form. He once organised a surprise weekend away in the Lakes for Valentines Day one year, it was beautiful!

On the morning of my birthday I woke up to a cute text from my boyfriend saying to pack an overnight bag as we were off to Liverpool to stay in our favourite hotel! Perfect!

 

Staybridge Suites, Liverpool

This is our absolute favourite hotel we have stayed in, it was our 4th time here! I say hotel, but really they’re mini apartments.
Each room/apartment has kitchen facilities, a bathroom and depending on whether you go for a studio or suite, a bedroom. This place is fantastic for extended stays and for people who have to work away from home for a long period of time as it’s just like a home away from home.

Staybridge is part of a collection of chains that is owned by the company IHG. They own chains such as ‘Holiday Inn’, ‘Crowne Plaza’, ‘Hotel Indigo’ and ‘Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants’.

I actually didn’t realise IHG had that many Staybridge suites all over the world! They have hotels in; Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, The USA and the UK.
There are several Staybridge suites in the UK; Liverpool, London – Vauxhall, London – Stratford City, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.
I have only had the pleasure of staying in their Liverpool suites but my parents gave me money for a weekend away for my birthday, so we’re going to stay at their Birmingham suites in the very near future!

Instead of going out for dinner, my boyfriend thought he’d be all romantic and cook me dinner in our room using the kitchen facilities. So before check-in at 3pm we went to the supermarket and picked up a few bits for a curry.
If you are staying at Staybridge and find yourself with nothing in the fridge to eat, head to their ‘Pantry’! Its like a little mini shop where you can buy microwave meals, snacks and drinks. They even have toiletries and other useful things you may have forgotten to pack. Really is such a great thing to have in a hotel.

 

Arrival

We arrived at Staybridge, went straight to reception and the fantastic Guille was there to take care of us. He checked us in and took details of our car so we could park in their secure underground parking.
Since our last visit the hotel has had a bit of a refurb and it whilst it looked fab before, I love this new refurb more!


We got our key card from Guille and headed to our room on the top floor. Room 618.
How gorgeous is the set up in the lobby where the lifts are? I love that mirror!

hotel room

Excuse our bags!

hotel room view

Check out that view!

staybridge bed

How I wish I had that bed throw… and that wallpaper… and the pictures…

We opened the door and it was just like coming home…
My boyfriend had booked a studio suite this time and it’s just perfect for one night. I saw that the rooms have been refurbished as well as the main areas of the hotel. The new design is beautiful and I love the colours that they have used!

staybridge kitchen
The kitchen has everything you could ever need for your stay and includes a dishwasher, because after all, who wants to wash dishes whilst away?

When booking the room online my boyfriend also mentioned that it was my birthday. As a very kind gesture I was given a card and some chocolates as a present from Staybridge which I thought was so lovely! These were scoffed watching tv in bed that night haha!

chocolates

‘The Social’

When we checked in Guille told us that ‘The Social’ was on in the main breakfast area that evening from half 6 to half 7.
We have been to a couple of Staybridge social events in the past and were so pleased that we’d be able to go to another.

The hotel runs ‘The Social’ every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and its a chance to meet and chat to other guests. Each evening is hosted by a member of the Staybridge team, they’re ever so friendly and they come over for a chat too!
On previous stays we’ve loved chatting to Elaine, she does all in her power to make you feel welcome and take good care of you. This place is seriously full of amazingly friendly people, it’s one of the main reasons we like coming back so much!

On this occasion our host was Lisa and this was the first time we’d met her. She was lovely, kept our drinks topped up and asked about our plans for the night.
Staybridge Suites treat their guests like Kings and Queens and all the snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) served at The Social are completely FREE!

alcohol
My boyfriend and I love The Social and find it’s a great opportunity to meet people from all over world and learn about their culture. This occasion we spoke to people from Ireland, India and the Czech Republic! Love the new chairs too, Staybridge!

 

The rest of the evening…

After the Social we headed back to our room where my boyfriend got his cook on whilst I enjoyed a lovely warm shower using the luxurious products that were in the bathroom. The shower gel smelt gorgeous!

Everything in our suite was exceptionally clean and I watch Four in a Bed so I know what to look out for, haha!

I would’ve had a picture of my meal that my boyfriend made but I was just so hungry and relaxed after my shower that I scoffed it so fast it didn’t touch the sides!
Such a lucky duck to have a boyfriend who is an amazing cook! Ooh, that rhymed!

We spent the rest of the evening eating snacks we’d bought, in bed, watching tv.
My boyfriend got a bit peckish later on and we discovered a card in our room informing us that we could use Deliveroo to order in a takeaway direct to our room. How awesome?! I looked on the Deliveroo app and found a dessert shop nearby called ‘Heavenly Desserts’ and I was SO tempted to order one… Next time maybe!

 

Breakfast

staybridge breakfast

After a very comfortable sleep, we woke up around 8am to get ready for breakfast. Breakfast is served in the same place that The Social is held and is included in the price of your stay.
There is everything you could ever wish for to eat for breakfast served in a self-serve, buffet style and there is also a member of staff at hand to help with any requests you may have.

My boyfriend opted to have a cooked breakfast and I just had toast. So exciting aren’t I?!
There are also a variety of juices, teas and coffees on offer. Again, self serve, but you can eat and drink as much as you want here and you don’t have to pay extra -fantastic! One guy we seen went up 4 times getting food!
My boyfriend enjoyed his breakfast and said everything was fresh and cooked perfectly. My toast was.. toast haha, not much you can say about toast is there? But yeah I enjoyed my breakfast too.

After breakfast we just sat for a while and chatted to each other and others around us before going back to our room to pack.
Check-out came around and it was time to say another farewell to our favourite hotel.

We both had a fantastic stay (again) and can’t wait to return once again to Staybridge Suites. Thank you for a wonderful birthday stay!
Watch out Staybridge Birmingham, you’re next!!!

 

 

Livvy x

 

 

 

 

I was not paid for my review and is entirely my own views.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery

I just had to write about these products as they COMPLETELY saved my hair!

In 2016 my hair started to die. Every time I went to wash it big clumps would fall out in my fingers, it was absolutely devastating and so scary. My long thick hair which always got compliments from everyone I met was reduced to a limp, dull, lifeless mess.

Over a year and a half I went through 4 different brands of shampoo and conditioner hoping that a change would do the trick but no, the clumps still kept falling and I dreaded every time my hair needed washing.

I went to my GP and asked if I could have blood tests to see if I was lacking any vitamins or to see if there were any problems with my hormones. The tests all came back fine.

So I racked my brains desperately trying to think what could be doing this. Was there anything I was doing to my hair that could cause this? Then it hit me, it had been staring me right in the face. I’d damaged my hair due to over 10 years of using straighteners on it.
It was a vicious circle. I always felt I had to straighten it because it was frizzy if I didn’t but every time I straightened I just caused more damage and of course more frizzy-ness.

So I went online and scoured the Boots website for shampoos and conditioners to help tame my frizz and try to fix the damage I’d done to my beautiful hair.
I read so many reviews you would not believe! Eventually I settled on a well-known brand, John Frieda Frizz Ease. I chose their Miraculous Recovery range as it claimed it would repair the look and feel of dry damaged hair and restore hair’s natural frizz defences.

 

The Products

I bought the shampoo, conditioner, intensive masque AND their crème serum. Can you tell I was desperate to save my hair?!

The shampoo and conditioner are both a pearlescent white colour and a nice thick consistency, which to me, says luxury all over it.

I use the masque once a week after shampooing my hair and leave it on for 5 minutes, letting it work its magic and then rinse it out.

I’m almost certain that this masque is the main product which has helped my hair most of all. I felt and saw a difference in my hair straight away after the first and every time I use it!

In the past, with other hair products I have used, I never saw any difference. But with these products and especially the masque, I do! And they all smell DIVINE.

After I’ve shampooed, conditioned/used the masque, I use the repairing crème serum on my damp hair and then leave my hair to air dry. I also use the serum over the next couple of days on my dry hair and it takes away any frizz that I might have due to being caught out in the rain or humidity. This stuff WORKS people!!! And it doesn’t leave any sticky residue in my hair either.

I’ve been using all these products for around 7 months now and my hair feels so nice again. Soft, shiny, bouncy and thankfully it’s beginning to get thicker again. Most importantly, I don’t get clumps of hair falling out anymore!!! Washing my hair is not so frightening once again, still an annoying job but thankfully not upsetting.

I have not been sponsored for this post, I just remember how I used to spend hours desperately searching for help with my hair hoping to find something that would save it.

 

 

Livvy x

 

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