The Cost of a Date – ultimate dates*

Date night is the time where you put the outside world on hold and focus on just the two of you. Sometimes though dates can be expensive and it can be hard to find a good location or venue on a budget.

A trip abroad could definitely take your relationship to the next stage- together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke round engagement rings we advise you on making the most of your date no matter where you are in the world with hidden costs included:

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A trip to Rome
Rome is home to thousands of years worth of history and this could make your date one of education and discovery.

It’s also one for the football lovers-
If you’re a fan of football why not head to an A.S Roma game and put yourself in an electrifying environment? At the grand Stadio Olimpico you can buy a ticket for €100 (£88.02). Just make sure you’re both football fans before you go, as it’ll be slightly awkward if one of you is bored when surrounded by screaming fans…(been there, done that!)

It can be free and meaningful-
Rome on a budget is a thing as there are plenty of places that you can visit for free. Why not head to the Trevi Fountain and throw a penny in for good luck? Once you’re done you could take a stroll to one of the many cafes nearby so that you can sit and people watch to your heart’s content (minimal spend on a coffee not counted!)

A special cinema trip-

A trip to the cinema could be the perfect place to go if you’re not wanting to spend too much money. In Rome you can expect to pay €21 (£18.48) for your taxi and €57 (£50.17) for your meal for two in one of Rome’s fine restaurants. To top it all off you can expect to spend €17 (£14.96) on two cinema tickets.

A trip to London

London is full of culture, being home to different shops, restaurants and pubs that will make sure that there is never a dull moment! If you want to enjoy this city properly then you need to swat up on where to go- when it comes to dates in this city the world really is your oyster.

A touch of luxury-
If you like the finer things in life why not head to a luxury hotel in London and have afternoon tea? At £50 per person you and your date could enjoy tea, scones and sandwiches at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. If you are both feeling flush then why not also book a superior queen room at £690 a night?

A touch of knowledge-
Knowledge is key, and London is home to museums and galleries to account for all tastes. There are a lot of free museums in London for you both to visit such as The Natural History Museum. Once you’re done with the museums head over to Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This also isn’t too far from the Southbank where you can pick up some delicious street food or take in the great views all around you.

A cinematic paradise-
London is host to many movie premieres so you might just see the red carpet rolled out. If you’re not on the guest-list then why not take your date to the cinema for £23? If you get hungry you can always get a meal including wine and dessert for £66. Don’t forget to hit the bars on your way out- a pint will typically set you back £4.41 and a cocktail will cost £9 – not bad when you’re living it up in the capital and far cheaper than my home town!

A trip to Paris

Paris is known as the city of love so this makes it the perfect place for you to go to for a date. Tourists come from far and wide to have a great time with their significant other and this could be you too. Home to many of the world’s greatest writers and artists, Paris oozes chic everywhere you walk through its many streets.

Taking a date to new heights-
A trip to the Eiffel Tower might make this date the best you’ve ever been on – especially if you visit on Valentine’s Day where it’s shining against the black sky. On this day why not try booking in at 58 Tour Eiffel? It’ll cost you around €120 (£105.63) for each person, however and if you’d like a seat in the window to witness the spectacular views then you can pay the extra €30 (£26.41) to really take your romance to dizzying heights!

Budgeting in Paris-
Walking across some of the most beautiful bridges in Paris will be worth it especially if you’re on a budget – you’ll have a beautiful backdrop of Paris in the background of your pictures after all. Couples, as a symbol of their love for one another use padlocks and lock them to the Pont des Arts Bridge throwing away the key into the water.
It will probably be the cheapest date you’ve ever been on with locks only being a couple of euros each. Be warned though, as Paris officials are urging couples to stop so that the bridges can be protected; instead, why not take the lock home as a reminder of that great date you had together.

A romantic meal-
A nice restaurant in the city doesn’t have to cost the earth. A meal for two including wine and dessert will typically cost around €65 (£57.21). Afterwards, if you head over to the cinema it’ll cost you €20 (£17.60) each.

A trip to New York

The Big Apple offers something for everyone – with the theatres of Broadway, the neon-lit Times Square and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the possibilities really are endless.

A trip in the sky-
A private helicopter tour of New York’s famous landmarks will set you back around $1,500 (£1,184.40) so you’ll need to get saving if this sounds like the perfect date for you – but it will never be a date that you forget! With unparalleled views of the Empire State Building, the Stature of Liberty and Central Park though, this is the perfect date to get your heart’s racing. Hold on tight!

Recreating movie scenes-
We’ve all seen Central Park in a movie so why not recreate an iconic movie moment? You’ll be Audrey Hepburn in the making. Or, if you’re feeling peckish you could go to the restaurant featured in Where Harry Met Sally; you’ll be quoting lines from the film in no time! If that’s not enough, take a walk down to the financial district if you and your date want to feel part of the glamour and excitement of the Wolf of Wall Street. Just be careful, as it’s a jungle out there…

Let’s go to the movies!
You can’t leave NYC without going to the movies. Take your date at the typical cost of $28 (£22.11) each. Perhaps a meal would complement this date nicely? Including wine and dessert, you can expect a meal for two to cost you $111 (£87.66). After that, the two of you could paint the town red in some of Manhattan’s best rooftop bars. A cocktail will likely cost $14 (£11.06) and a pint of lager around $7 (£5.53). Enjoy!

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Cats&Coffee

So this post concludes my trio of outfit posts in collaboration with the fabulous Wearall and it just so happens that I was given another opportunity, this time to create a personalised top from YourDesign (who have a whole selection of personalised t-shirts to choose from) which when added together made for the perfect casual outfit. It’s also a debut post for my spur of the moment hair colour change- booked in to go for my usual pinky/red shade I made the snap decision to go, well, orange! I’m not 100% sure how much I love it at the moment, I think I’ll probably go back to red after this but it’s fun to have something to bright- especially given how bleached out my hair was looking prior to my trip to the hairdresser- it’s not usually this floofy but humid weather conditions and a disposition to frizz were against me.

Skirt c/o Wearall (get it here) | Baseball tee c/o YourDesign | Trainers: Puma

I love a good slogan tee so being presented with the opportunity to create my own was fantastic. Out of the range that YourDesign offers I decided to go for a classic baseball tee, which costs a very reasonable £15 and emblazoned it with two of my favourite things in life- cats and coffee. You can select from a range of images and fonts from those on the YourDesign website or you can upload your own photos which also makes it a great gifting option. The whole process was really simple to do and delivery was quick so if you can’t find the slogan you’re looking for on the high street, or are looking for an extra special gift then I can’t recommend the service from YourDesign enough.

I have praise for Wearall as well, each and every item I’ve been sent by the brand has been great. Sizes do tend to be a bit on the small size so do bear that in mind, but again with swift delivery and plenty of special offers and discounts I strongly suggest heading over there for a new-season spend up.

This is me signing off for a week or so now- I’m off on holiday tomorrow- a week in The Highlands with my boyfriend and I couldn’t be more ready for the break!
Blogging will resume once I’m home and recovered and hopefully I’ll be feeling refreshed and full of new ideas for the blog as well as a whole host of new content from my trip away.

If you were designing your own slogan t-shirt, what would it say?

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Autumnal Embroidery

Allow me to join the bazillion people pondering out loud how on earth we find ourselves in September again- it wouldn’t feel so much of a shock, or shame if we’d had a noteworthy summer, but the fact the nights are drawing in and it’s looking decidedly grey and dull outside makes it feel more like a punishment. Still, it’s an excuse to change up one’s wardrobe I suppose and embrace a whole new colour palette- gone are the sugary sweet pastels, replaced instead with rich and earthy tones such as the beautiful berry shade that features in the second of my outfit posts in collaboration with Wearall.

Jeans c/o Wearall (get them here) | Tee: Primark | Sandals: Asda

Embroidery is the one trend I’m not ready to let die and I love everything about these jeans. From their perfectly relaxed fit through to the colour way of the details they tick all of my denim boxes and I’ve been wearing them to death. I’ve talked about autumn at the start of this post but actually these photos were taken over the August bank holiday (which granted us with some much needed sunshine!) after finally roping my boyfriend on board with the photography side of things. I think my blogging still bemuses him somewhat, but he’s a good egg and didn’t take much persuading.

The third and final instalment of my Wearall collaboration will be up on Friday, shortly before I clock out and head off on a week long break up in the Scottish Highlands. To say I need this is a massive understatement- just don’t mention the weather!

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Fashion: Have More to Spend on Your Wardrobe*

If you love fashion having just a few essential items in your wardrobe isn’t enough. You need options so that you always have something to wear no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going. Unfortunately, clothes and accessories cost money and you only have limited amounts of that. With other, maybe slightly more pressing expenses to take care of you might not have as much to spend on fashion as you’d like. But there are ways you can change that:

Decide If Quality or Quantity Is More Important

The first thing you should do is decide what matters most to you: quality or quantity. Do you want to have lots of clothes and accessories that might need to be replaced more often, or fewer, better quality items that will last longer? This helps you work out how you should be spending your money.

Create a Budget with Room for Clothes

A personal budget is always handy to help you keep on top of your money. Even though you mostly use it to work out how to pay your bills and buy food you can also include fashion in your budget. By making room in your budget to spend on clothes you can always make sure you can buy something new each month.

Change Your Saving Habits

Do you plan your savings and make an effort to avoid spending unnecessarily? If you just spend freely and cross your fingers for some savings at the end of the month, it might be time to change things.


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What To Do With Things That Won’t Fit In Your House*

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Let’s face it; not everything we have in our home really fits! Some things we keep in our home just because we like them being there and don’t want them moved and we hold sentimental value to a lot of things but in reality they just get in our way and clutter our homes- so what can we do about it? Well, if you carry on reading you’re going to find out what you can do with that extra stuff that’s in your house.

Get Storage Boxes

Some things we just can’t find it within ourselves to throw away. Whether it’s an old heirloom passed down through generations, or something your parents got you as a kid, we just can’t bring it upon ourselves to get rid of them! This is why you should really consider getting some storage boxes. These plastic boxes are cheap to buy and are very hard wearing- and the best bit about them is that they have a huge storage space inside them which you can take advantage of! They’re also very sturdy meaning that whatever you put inside them is going to be protected. Most plastic storage boxes are stackable too, meaning that you can put them on top of each other without worrying about any of them falling off!

Storage Facilities

Sometimes the stuff that we want to store is simply too large to keep at home. A garage is the perfect place for it but it could be getting damaged inside there so you need a viable alternative. This is where storage facilities come into play. They are essentially massive lockers for you to put stuff into, all you have to do is pay the rent on them and you’re set to go! This is an excellent option for things that are large and expensive because the storage spaces are huge, so for something that you want to keep but don’t have the room for it’s definitely an option you should look at.

Donating To Charity

This is a great way to get rid of some of the stuff you don’t need anymore and for an honourable cause. Charities all across the country ask for people’s old and unused items so that they can either sell them to make money for their cause or to actually give them away to people who need it most. Charities like oxfam regularly accept donations, so if you’ve got some items that you know not what to do with donate them to a good cause.

All of these things are going to save you room in your house your lost items are going to have somewhere to finally stay, whether it be small, old items that hide away in storage boxes for a few years until you get them out again, or for the big expensive ones that you just don’t have the room for! Decorating your house is also part of owning one, not just keeping it clean, so if you’re stuck for some ideas then read this!

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