Under £100 LFW Wish List with Mallzee

Ok, so in true Laura style I am (fashionably) late to the whole London Fashion Week thing, it has indeed been and gone by now and I’m only just hitting publish on this post. I have no excuse other than this season the whole thing seemed to pass me by. There was nowhere near as much buzz about the shows across my most used social media channels and I couldn’t tell you the first thing about upcoming fashion and beauty trends right now despite usually having earmarked a few.

Anyway, I digress- that’s not at all what this post is about. This post is about me finally pulling together a wish list of items that I would have worn to LFW had I been attending that all together costs under £100. This is in association with Mallzee.

Mallzee is THE must have app for anyone who likes to shop. Available free from both the Apple and Android App stores Mallzee is a platform that brings you hundreds of brands from Boohoo and Zara to Allsaints and Missguided all in one place enabling you to create wish lists galore and then shop directly from the app! You can also sign up for handy alerts that will let you know when the price of an item you love drops in price or goes on sale and there is only one checkout process involved no matter how many brands you shop with.

The App is really well set out and easy to use, it’s basically Tinder for fashion! You can search by item, save your size details and get inspiration from specially curated feeds. It’s highly addictive and I spent rather a long time popping together my under £100 wish list- not because it’s complicated but because I just lost track of time browsing…oops!
Outfit wise I went for something somewhat trend led but still practical. I’d wear the H&M leather look dungarees as a base layer with perhaps a short sleeve tee underneath. Over those I’d wear this mesh embroidered detail dress also from H&M and toughen things up a bit more with these AX Paris chunky ankle boots and keep my hands free with the backpack from Zara. The whole outfit comes in at £95.96 leaving enough change to grab a coffee on the go…winner!
If you’re yet to discover Mallzee then I strongly suggest checking it out- as a bonus if you sign up with my referral code we each get £5 free to be used on a purchase of £5 or more, it really is a win-win situation!

My code is “LAURABU” so get signing up and get shopping!


Have an Appy Valentines Day

For those who choose to celebrate Valentines Day there is no denying that it can get expensive. Thankfully with the aid of our trust smartphones and the wide variety of apps available there are some easy ways to cut down on the costs- be it bagging a discount on a fancy meal or saving on the taxi home, it all adds up. Together with Vodafone I’m bringing you some of the best money saving apps on the market meaning that you can enjoy a date night without breaking the bank.

You may also remember that a while back I tested out the Vodafone brand Smart First 7 which can also save you a pretty penny. The Vodafone Smart prime 7 is a stylish, super-slim and easy-to-use smartphone that’s full of top-notch features for a ground-breaking price of just £16 per month or £70 Pay as you go.

On the apps and the first one is Vouchercloud (free on Android and iOS). This is an app I use regularly and you can get the best savings and offers available at your favourite restaurants straight to your phone. Simply search for the best savings available on Valentine’s Day in your area and you’ll be sent a discount voucher you can use at a number of nearby restaurants.

There’s also a huge range of online shopping vouchers and codes so you can impress your date with a gift too!

Next up we have TablePouncer (free on Android and iOS) which is perfect for those of you who are last minute with your plans. TablePouncer lets you book last-minute tables at top local restaurants – with savings of up to 65%. You can instantly book a table in just a few easy steps- simply search for restaurants offering deals in the area.

All the deals featured on the app are exclusive to TablePouncer so you won’t find them anywhere else.

Hotel Tonight (free on Android and iOS) is perfect if you’re whisking your date away this Valentines Day as with Hotel Tonight you can book last-minute hotel rooms in just 10 seconds – with 3 taps and a swipe the room is yours – perfect if you’re feeling spontaneous.

With Hotel Tonight you can make mid-week bookings and book longer staycations in locations all over the country – and every hotel is screened by the Hotel Tonight team beforehand to make sure you get the very best for your money.

Music lovers can use Dice (free on Android and iOS) to book tickets to the best gigs and theatre shows in town. Find tickets for performances from world famous artists such as Adele, Taylor Swift and Disclosure as well as up and coming artists such as Skott, The Amazons and Rex Orange County.

Dice only lists the very best in live music and theatre performances – all are handpicked by a research team with too many late nights on their CVs!

Last but not least we have Minicabit (free on Android and iOS). This app will get you the best taxi fares anywhere in the UK. It’s simple and afforable so you can ditch the tube, train or bus.

With Minicabit you can book anything from an airport transfer – if you’re off on a mini break – to a lift home in more than 40 cities across the UK. You’ll also find the best local mini-cabbies around so you can enjoy the benefits of their local knowledge – from short cuts to the congested areas to avoid.

Let me know if you end up using any of these apps and what you thought of them. Also if you have any money saving favourites that I’ve missed in this post then feel free to leave them in the comments below.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or paid for post. I just thought with Valentines Day looming that I’d share some of my favourite ways to save a few pennies in collaboration with Vodafone.

My Top Food & Lifestyle Apps with the Vodafone Smart First 7

It’s hard to imagine now a life without smartphones, I can still remember getting my first ever mobile phone at the age of 13 and how excited I was thinking I was the height of sophistication and yet it was so very basic that I wonder what purpose it ever served, even text messages were limited in character! These days, as much as I hate to admit it I would struggle to keep everything together without my trust iPhone in hand and it’s true what they say- there really is an “app for that”, even things you never thought you could need an app for!

I was recently contacted by Vodafone about their super affordable smartphone- the Vodafone Smart First 7 which costs a mere £20 on pay as you go (which costs £15 per month so much cheaper than your standard contract). They offered me the loan of the device as a chance to explore the wide range of food and lifestyle apps available on the Google Play Store. Now I’m usually an out and out Apple girl but I was intrigued by the affordability of this model and also I was curious to see how the two rival app stores could compare.

So before I get on to the apps I’m loving a quick word on the phone itself- I’m genuinely amazed at the price of this. Whilst I might not be about to rush out and replace my iPhone with it I was impressed with how sleek it looks and how fast it runs. It doesn’t have a huge amount of memory (4gb internal but you can expand this with a memory card) but it has all of the features you’d expect from a smartphone and is very easy to use, making it perfect for anyone knew to the mobile technology world or if you’re on a budget but still want access to the benefits a smartphone can offer. Hats off to Vodafone for creating something so affordable that actually works!
I had a good play around on the google play app store which itself is user friendly and provides easy downloads. I’ve selected a few of my favourite food and lifestyle apps as despite not making any resolutions I do want to start off 2017 with good intentions!
The Headspace app is actually one I’ve been using for a while having had it recommended by a variety of health care professionals as well as friends. Initially it is free, you get a 30 day trial before needing to subscribe and in my opinion it’s worth it. The app uses proven meditation and mindfulness techniques to help you train your mind and gain some inner peace, all in 10 minutes a day to begin with. Well worth a download if you’re finding yourself feeling frazzled and stressed- I also find it great for managing anxiety.
Smart Recipes is a free app produced by the NHS to encourage smart food choices by providing family friendly easy to follow healthy recipes. It has over 160 calorie counted meal choices and helps you plan, organise and mix up your meals without spending a fortune.
Another free app I’ve been using for a while is Clue- Period Tracker and I find it invaluable. Since coming off of my pill my cycle has been irregular to say the least and I find inputting each period really does help me keep track not only of when my period is likely to arrive but also where I am in my cycle and when I am most likely to experience PMS symptoms (which is handy to warn other people to avoid me as I get majorly grumpy!). If you’re looking to start a family you can also use the app to track your most fertile days. I can’t recommend this app enough!
The Love Food Hate Waste is another easy to follow recipe app that aims to help you reduce the amount of food waste you generate (and thus save you up to £200 per year!) I’m making a huge effort at the moment to reduce how much food I waste and I really like the selection of recipes provided on this app as well as the ability to meal plan, create a shopping list and get help gauging portions which is something I really struggle with. Again this is a free app and one I use regularly.
Finally another mindfulness based app, Calm. Perfect for beginners the app offers guided meditation sessions ranging from 3 minutes long to 25 minutes. It covers a wide range of topics from anxiety through to gratitude with various programmes and exercises available.
All of these apps are also available on the Apple app store and I’ve been using them regularly on my iPhone- having had the chance to properly explore them I now wonder what took me so long!

I’d love to know what your favourite apps are, covering any topics…leave them in the comments below and let me know if you try out any of my suggestions.


my favourite apps

Ever since I got my i-pad I’ve been trying to make it my mission to explore as many apps as possible. I’ll admit I have pretty much failed miserably- there are just so many out there these days and probably if I owned an i-phone I would use more of them, my HTC is ok but does tend to be a bit less user friendly.
I do have a few firm favourites though, especially in the fashion/lifestyle category and I’m sharing them with you below…
Pose: I use this mainly for style inspiration (which I then do nothing with bar turn green with envy) but you can also use it to shop the look. It’s updated regularly with new styles which I love- I can’t be doing with things that only get updated once a month. Short attention span!
TopCashback is a must download for any self-respecting savvy shopper. You can use it whilst shopping both online and offline to get voucher codes, earn cash back and more. How much will you save?
My love for ASOS is no secret around these parts eh? My facebook reads like a shopping list and I am a daily checker of the new arrivals. This app makes that easy, too easy when I’m not at home. You’ll often find me on the boy’s sofa pretending to listen to him whilst actually checking what has just landed!
Instagram. Enough said. I use this both on my phone AND my iPad to over share my life.
MyFitnessPal is well known as a diet and weightloss app but I actually use it for the opposite purpose. Being in recovery and currently upping my meal plan consistently in a bid to get healthy and strong I use this at the end of the day to make sure I am on track and not in a deficit for the day. The database of foods on here is vast, and it’s very UK centric setting it apart from many of the other apps out there.
Oh ebay, my other shopping addiction. The ebay fashion app focuses specifically on the clothing side of the site, showcasing millions of listings world wide. I love.
After writing this post and having a browse of both the apple and HTC stores I’ve realised just how many more there are out there. I’m off sick today with a sickness bug and I am tempting myself browsing Dial-a-Phone looking for a fruit themed upgrade so I can get access to even more fantastic apps…I hate to say it but they do do it best.
What are some of your favourite apps?