Christmas with Joe Browns

There is nothing better than a new set of pjams especially at this time of year, am I right?! There is something extra snuggly about a lovely new, soft set of sleepwear for the cosy nights in, snuggled up with hot chocolate and a good ol' Christmas movie. So when Joe Browns got in touch and asked if I wanted to be a part of their Xmas Instagram Campaign I jumped at the chance! They very kindly sent me a set of their amazingly festive winter pyjamas to review on my blog and Instagram and I honestly could not be more thrilled with this set.



The top piece is fairly simple with an adorable embroidered 'this is snow time to be awake' quote along the right bottom corner and a pretty little snowflake pattern on the left chest area. I'm also a fan of the miss matched coloured buttons which detail the collar and the most eye catching feature is without a doubt the insanely awesome Santa print on the arms which continues onto the bottoms.



The bottoms are the type that are cuffed at the ankle which I'm a huge fan of as they just add to the cosiness and it works a treat when paired with slippers. This design is to die for and better yet, the pjams are so comfy and super thick, amazing quality. You can grab yourself a set of these gorgeous pyjamas right here!

Joe Browns also stock some beautiful Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, I literally need everything! I can't wait to get cuddled up into these cosies tonight in front of Home Alone and a huge hot chocolate. This is what the festive season is all about after all! 

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

*This Joe Browns Pyjama set was gifted to me to review on my blog and Instagram @ellis_woolley

Free Prints Review

This year I have made more of an effort to get photos printed and make cute photo albums and scrapbooks with them. Its something I had been meaning to do for years since I had a stack of old photos from my childhood and of my parents when they were young. I was also watching a recent video from VelvetGh0st and she had also got some photos printed and put them together really nicely in a scrapbook which sparked me off so I ordered myself some more photos. I currently have a few photo albums on the go which need spaces filling and also, its fun to document life and perhaps one day show your children.


I had heard of 'FreePrints' and seen it advertised but was very sceptical since after all, how they they claim to send out free photos? Turns out, once you've signed up you're entitled to 40 free standard 6x9 prints each month. You pay a small postage fee but apart from that, you pay nothing. So I placed my order and threw a few more than 40 in for good measure which I had to pay a little extra for and waited. The ease of simply uploading them to the app via your phones camera roll was brilliant and so quick. 

My prints turned up a good week before they were due to (they give a delivery date once dispatched) and I couldn't wait to check out the quality. Now, I've ordered from quite a few photo printing companies now and FreePrints are definitely my new favourite. The photos are clear so long as the resolution is high enough, the colours are vibrant, sharp and the paper itself is thick quality and extremely glossy.


Even Instagram photos which are square come printed with a black boarder down two of the sides which makes them easy to crop but they also look professional if you were to keep them with the boarder. I cut some of mine down but some also look great left as they are. In the past when I've ordered Instagram photos, some companies have just blown them up so they distort and look rubbish so I'm super pleased that FreePrints do Instagram photos this way. I'm thrilled to bits with my prints and will be sure to check back into my app next month for another batch of free photos!

Thanks for reading :)

Ellis x

Primark - Fosse Park Leicester

Yesterday I headed for a much overdue trip to the new Primark at Fosse Park in Leicester and thought I'd cover my entire experience with a blog post. I felt like a mystery shopper taking extra note of the store layout and customer service but it was great to have a mooch around another store which wasn't my usual go-to.

First impressions - much better layout and despite being really short, I still found it easy to navigate around. I found this exceedingly difficult in the Oxford Street Primark in London so the Fosse Park store did well here. I also appreciated the lounge areas, which were in various corners of the store to have a little sit down when the shopping got a bit too much. A great dumping ground for bored boyfriends! 

The section I was most excited for was the home ware, but was disappointed in how typically sparse this area was. I've yet to find a Primark where there is a decently sized home section so if you're local store has one, drop me a comment! I did however spot a couple of shelves downstairs completely dedicated to stationery which was impressive, especially since there were bits from the Gabriella range which I have never seen before. There was also a whole row of Christmas home ware which kind of made up for the lack of it upstairs but I didn't spot anything I fancied. Regardless, it was nice to see Primark getting all festive and the range of colour schemes was awesome.

Clothes wise, there is an awesome range of jeggings and jeans which is something else I feel other stores lack, however this one didn't seem to have many tshirts and tops which is what the Nottingham store goes overboard with. There were however plenty of coats, a huge beauty section where everything also look fully stocked (a lot of stores beauty sections look like they've been ransacked!) and there was an enormous area completed dedicated to sweet treats and stocking fillers.

At the till, the staff were polite and chatty which in my experience is hard to come by especially in Primark. The lady who served me was really friendly as were the rest of the team serving other customers and the process was quick. Overall the entire store was tidy, well stocked and clean which was very refreshing to see and I hope it stays this way!

If you want to see what I picked up, you can watch my latest haul video below :)



Thanks for reading and let me know if you've visited the Fosse Park Primark store :)

Ellis x

Bullying

This post is ridiculously personal and I probably shouldn't even write it at all but when something bothers me so much, I want to learn from it and try to help others.
This past week I've been targeted by an individual who has made me feel so stressed, worried, anxious and on edge that I've also ended up feeling embarrassed to have let them affect me so badly. This has nothing to do with blogging or YouTubing, in fact these are places I come to escape and talk to friendly, caring people.

In the past, I've suffered from eczema which hardly ever flares up now unless I'm in an extremely stressful situation. Even my worst anxiety attacks haven't resulted in a flare up so it goes to show how awful this person has made me feel now my skin is red raw, burning and flaky. I've also not been sleeping. Having just filmed my first YouTube video in two weeks, its obvious to me how little sleep I've been getting. I've been knocking back the Valerian Root and living off energy drinks because food has been making me feel even more sick. I eat everyday but its been a struggle. I look like a drug addict even with makeup, my eyes are swollen, my skin is raw and the cold that was beginning to disappear came back with a vengeance. 

When you're told you have no common sense, are a disappointment and should know better by someone who hardly knows you OR the situation they're judging, it feels like shit. And its even worse when a person is oblivious to how they're speaking, the words they choose or the tone used with them. When a person is unapproachable, twisting, awkward and has a personal vendetta against you, it makes it even worse. I'm unaware of anything I may have done to this person in the past to give them such a hatred towards me, but let me tell you, I must have really mugged them off in a previous life.

Moving onto my goal for this post, I want to try and not let words and opinions hurt me like they have done this week. This person is not loosing sleep over me, their skin hasn't flared up all over their body and they're sure as hell not struggling to keep a meal down. I'm also going to have to face this person a few hundred times more and in the very near future so its time to whack on my defensive invisible bubble and make things ping away rather than absorb all this negativity.


I'm angry and frustrated that one person has made me feel this way and its a bugger that I can't express more of whats happened here but I'm so done with worrying. I'm also done with forgiveness with this one individual because lets just say, this has been an ongoing problem for at least two years. Forgiveness is a great thing to practice and its also the healthy option, but in this case, I'm so done with forever forgiving someone who despises the air I breathe and for no reason. Its no surprise to me that I feel slightly better after typing up this post because this was my intention to begin with and one day, I hope to open up more about bullies and ways of dealing with them, both from experience and not. Right now its not wise but I will NOT let this person control my emotions anymore.

Thanks for reading,

Ellis x

*Image from Pinterest via theyallhateus.com

Why I Started Blogging

Its coming up to my blogs one year anniversary this December and it got me thinking back to this time last year and how terrified I was to start a blog. It was something I had attempted before and just never felt that into it, mainly because I thought that what I was writing was complete tripe that no one would be interested in. I had no knowledge of templates or coding, finding a 'niche' and above all I was dreading the days where family and friends would accidentally discover my posts.

Truth is, after about five months of blogging I felt much more comfortable. Thanks to Twitter, I've also made some online friends who I chat to regularly, we support each others blogs and I have positive high hopes for my blogs future.


But why did I start blogging? Like many people, I was inspired and the idea of creating a personal space to share your loves and document life was just so exciting to me. Back in the day I had a Piczo account and spent hours building my platform. Oh the cringe. I also wasn't aware of the brand opportunities and this year I have had the pleasure of working with a handful of lovely people and its built on my blogger experience and given me some much needed confidence. You learn as you go with blogging, sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. I've had one 'run in' with a brand I wasn't impressed with who violated my terms and slapped my face on social media false advertising their product but hey, lesson learnt. I've also experienced a couple of brands who are just out for free advertising from bloggers they assume don't have a clue what they're up to. We can spot you a mile off, be warned! But overall, brand opportunities have been awesome and I look forward to more.

Overall, my journey this year has developed me so much as a blogger and I'm very excited for next years opportunities. I've also inspired a friend to give blogging a go and positive feedback like that makes it so much better. Don't get me wrong, there have been weeks where I've felt pressured to get so many posts out on time or that my ideas weren't strong enough to warrant an entire post, but thats the point of it being your blog. You make them however long or short, witty or serious as you like. 


On 2nd August, I had surgery to repair a tendon in my hand that had been severed after a nasty washing up accident. I was out of action for two and a half months and during that time, my blog was there to keep me entertained, keep me socialising and it was also the silver lining to my trauma. I was able to spend more time developing my space, creating better content and mooching through other peoples blogs and giving my support. 

One of my favourites things about blogging most of all is the ability to look back over life events and feel like you're reliving them. I often flick back to my post on Dublin which was our honeymoon trip away and it always makes me smile remembering our time there. Blogging has also given me the confidence to start my YouTube channel which again, is something I had wanted to do for years and never had the confidence to take the plunge. I have just hopped over the 100 subscriber milestone which would never have happened if I hadn't have started my blog first. Funny old world isn't it?

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

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