Mermaid Tales // Getting the Festive Season Started

It has been such a lovely weekend and I am feeling well and truly in the festive spirit. You may have read my weekend post after enjoying an extremely festive day at the Celtic Manor Resort on Saturday with Christmas Afternoon Tea, I had a lovely day. It was then topped of with an evening of Big Bang Xfactor, I love a bit of Big Bang and it always feel particularly festive, Frank Sinatra has to be one of my favs around the christmas season! Then I waited up until nearly midnight for David and Lauren (my bro and his gf) to arrive late after they had finished work and travelled down to Bristol from Wellingborough.

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After a late night catching up, we had a lazy morning with bacon and eggs and a slow start to the day, getting ready to head out with the dogs. We went up to Leigh woods again this weekend, it is one of my fav walks in Bristol. We walked for miles and wandered around most of the estate, chatting and giggling away. It makes me so happy to be visited by the family, when we were younger we didn’t always get on, but the older we get the more I really appreciate when I get to see them. I guess it is because we only get to see each other, maybe four or five times a year, we make the most of our time together.

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I made a little video of our time out in the woods, and our cheeky stop at The Cottage on the way home, for a real ale and an afternoon snack in the form of the best onion rings in the world! Then we headed home to cook a roast dinner and chill out with Xfactor results. The weekend isn’t over yet either, David and Lauren are staying until later today so were going to head out to Snuff Mills this morning for another long autumn walk.

Did you have a good weekend? Have you been making the most of the autumnal weather?

Emily

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Christmas Afternoon Tea at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport // #mycelticxmas

Today will officially be known as the day Christmas began. I have had such a wonderful day, full to the brim of festive goodness, cakes galore and mulled Pimms! I am feeling so festive right now, and it’s all thanks to the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, and their #MyCelticXmas blogger Christmas Afternoon Tea. It may only be mid November, but I am well ready for the festivities to begin, I want to make Christmas last as long as possible this year!

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I picked Megan up from Bristol station at mid day and we began our road trip over the bridge to Newport to The Olive Branch restaurant with the huge complex that is the Celtic Manor Resort. We got lost just driving in and finding the entrance. The was a cheerful vibe as we walked in to the grand lobby, to be greeted by India.

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India showed us, through the traditionally festive lounge area, to our private Christmas Afternoon Tea room. We joined another eight bloggers, all eagerly waiting to find out what the #mycelticxmas team had in store for us, and boy were we in for a treat!

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We were greeted by a team of very attentive hosts, and handed a glass of bubbly on arrival. As soon as we sat down, every single one of us got out our cameras and phones and started snapping away at the poinsettia and holly that lay beautifully along the length of the table. I was instantly thrown in to the magic of Christmas, feeling oh so festive and excitable. There was so much to photograph, I was in my element!

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We were served up mulled Pimms in the cutest little glass teapots with their own little jumpers. Then came the cake, ohhhhh the cake! Ohhhhhh ohhhhhohhhhh the cake!!! I can’t even put in to words to tell you HOW nice the cakes were! Just look at those cakes, the photos say it all.

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If your looking to get in the festive spirit, why not head over to the Celtic Manor Resort and boom your afternoon tea package with your friends or family. You get soooo much food, I even took home a doggy bag for Brad. If you can’t make it to go and actually taste the yumminess, don’t worry, they have recently launched a new blog with loads of recipes and interactive posts to enjoy.

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I have had such a fantastic day, and it really has kicked off the season to be jolly, oh boy am I jolly! Huge thanks to The Celtic Manor for inviting me along . P.s I made a video!!

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15 Steps to the Perfect Blog Post // Blogboss

I’m going to share with you the way that I find is best practice to create the best blog post you can, as quickly and easily as possible. In the first introductory post, I listed all the things you will need to achieve this.

1. It begins with a random idea, usually when I’m not sat in front of my laptop.

2. I grab my iPhone 6, who am I kidding!? I close down instagram and open up my WordPress app!

3. I compose the basic text for my blog in its rambling form and save it as a draft.

4. I reach for my camera and take a few photos (actually like nearly 30 before I get 3/4 good ones) of what ever it is that illustrates said text.

5. I take my SD card out and pop it in my card reader and plug it in to my iPad mini and import said 3/4 good photos. (It’s good practice to delete the photos your not going to use, but I’m in the habit of clogging up all storage devices I can lay my hands on!)

6. I open said photos in Afterlight, up the brightness, up the exposure (if necessary but always a teeny bit), increase the contrast and saturation as required and boom job done. Photo edited and saved to camera roll!

7. I open up my laptop and my wordpress dashboard and by the magic of the internet the blog is sat there waiting for me.

 

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8. I use my Photosync app on my iPad to send over the photos that are waiting to be framed by text, through the air in a blink to my laptop.

9. I open said files in Photoshop. Use a presaved action to resize the images to the exact size of my blog (1000px in my case) and save each one with the relevant meta data for the image. Eg “Bristol lifestyle Blog Mermaid Gossip Tuesday Treasures Outfit Post” or something like that.

10. I flick back to my wordpress dashboard and upload the photos to the blog post, making sure I copy and paste the image title in to the alt tag.

11.I insert the images, set the featured image, set the category and tag, and use Yoast to set my SEO keywords for the post and meta description. (Oops that’s kind of 5, buts it’s a step I take all at the same time in that order!)

12.Preview.

13.Save/Publish.

14.Open buffer.

15. Share several links to said post on Twitter via Buffer.

 

Emily
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LVL Lash Lift Review

Last week I went to see Kaycie at her salon to try out a new treatment that she has just added to the list of great beauty treatments she offers, which is an improved version of an lash perm, called LVL lash lift. Last year over the christmas period, I tried eyelash extensions, and although they look good when they are fresh I just didn’t get on with them for a number of reasons (namely I picked at them when they started to grow out and nearly went bald on one eye!) so I have been looking at alternative methods to achieve naturally long and curly looking lashes.

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Kaycie suggested I tried LVL lash lift and I was intrigued by the new process, having never had my eyelashes permed I thought it was worth a go, and I felt like I could do with a bit of a pampering.

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I’m no beauty therapist and I don’t know the exact process, but you can see some of the steps throughout the photos, which I was taking blind whilst lying on the bed with my eyes closed. It isn’t a painful process but it was a little uncomfortable, but it lasted about 45 mins, and in between whilst we were waiting for development times, Kaycie gave me a hand and head massage and we chatted through the waiting time. She also gave me an eyebrow wax and tint whilst I was in.

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I was very impressed at the result. My eyelashes actually aren’t that long but after the lash lift, it was very similar affect to having extensions on, although just not quite as long. Such a small change makes such a huge difference to my eyes, it really opened them up. Having teamed the lash lift with an eyebrow wax and tint, my face was looking all around tidier and fresher without the need for make up.

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I will be going back every 6 weeks to refresh the lift, I am tempted to have some lash extensions again but they are just such an up keep, so i’m sitting on the fence for the moment!

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A Day in The Life #2 // Blogboss

I started this sporadic and irregular series of A Day in the Life of a Blogger and #girlboss last week, because my day to day life is so varied and lots of people always ask me what I do with my time and others aren’t always clear of all the things I do, do (hehe Do Do!). For those of you that read my blog, you may think that’s all I do, but I run two other successful businesses and these are a huge part of my life and I wanted to include that and give you a realistic insight in to what my days consist of.

Like I said in my first of the series, I don’t know how regular these post’s are going to be, some days just wouldn’t make for any kind of reading, it would be 9am got up opened laptop and sat on the sofa 7pm shut laptop. YAWN! lol but yesterday was a long in varied day and a very productive day too.

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9am

Brad woke me up by bringing scrambled egg on toast to me in bed, love him.

It was a slow start, deliberating what I wanted to do for my Tuesday outfit post.

10am

Brad lit the fire (he was working from home too yesterday and distracting me) and I made tea, set my camera in my lounge and took some comfy shots of the dogs and I in my PJs.

10.30am

I edited the photo’s and started yesterday’s post.

12.45pm

Finished and Published post.

Made chicken soup for lunch (when I say “made” I opened a can and stuck it in a pan)

1.30pm

I answered some emails that were outstanding.

2.30pm

Tried to start on the website work I needed to finish for How I Partied, but couldn’t kick start myself.

3pm

Popped to the shop, walked the dog, had an early tea in the form of a cheese toastie.

5.30pm

Got focused on the How I Partied website changes to be made.

8.30pm

Started Kaycie Kyles move from Blogger to WordPress.

11pm

Finished as much as I could on Kaycie Kyles website and closed my laptop and went to bed!

 

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