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The Realisation Par Dupe Dress Of Dreams

So if you've been anywhere near my Instagram recently, you might have picked up that I've been on holiday recently. I hunted out just a little bit more summer by heading to Mallorca for five days and it was fabulous. Lots of sun, pool-time, reading, eating and drinking (it was with my Mum so nothing too wild!) and it was the final opportunity to wear my summer wardrobe. 

I've actually been pretty restrained when it comes to buying new clothes recently, but this one dress managed to slip through. I've been lusting over the Realisation Par dresses (like everyone else!) for some time now and was even considered picking one up when I was in the States a few months back but they were just too pricey for me to take the plunge. I kept looking out for good dupes and was either disappointed or just not quick enough - so when this Nobody's Child version popped up I was pretty thrilled. 

At just £32 it's over £100 cheaper than the Realisation Par number, and other than being just a little shorter than I'd like - I'm really pleased with it. It comes up a little small (at least it did for me), I'm a size 10-12 and the 10 was just a little too tight on the arms and across the back - so bear that in mind if you're going to pick one up for yourself. 

Dress - Nobody's Child // Boots - Aldo (similar) // Necklaces - Tidy Street General Store

Attention Brighton Film Fans

Sponsored post in association with American Express®

I think we can officially say that it’s autumn now, can’t we? I’ve brought out my jumpers, blankets and turned on my heating in my new flat for the first time – yup, it’s autumn. Like everyone else on the internet it seems, autumn holds a special place in my heart. The cooler temperatures, crunchy leaves on the ground and cosy evenings in bring me so much joy – plus cinema season starts up again in earnest.

I often find that in the summer I never make it to the cinema enough, but once the evenings start closing in and the Oscar-fodder begins to be released, it’s hard to keep me away. There’s something so nice about settling in for a little escapism with a good film and some popcorn, when it’s cold and rainy outside.

If you live in Brighton and you’re looking to bring in the cosy cinema season but fancy something a little bit special, then I have some excellent news – American Express and the BFI are bringing the 61st BFI London Film Festival to Brighton next month!

Being a Cardmember with American Express comes with a whole bunch of perks, including getting first dibs on BFI London Film Festival tickets, and for one night only you could too, here in Brighton.

On Wednesday 4th October, the Brighton Cineworld will play host to the glitz and glamour of the Opening Night gala of the Festival, with a screening of the European premiere of the film BREATHE along with a stream of the live red carpet fun before the film itself.
Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Andy Serkis’ directorial debut BREATHE is an inspirational true story of love without limits. After Robin (Garfield) is struck down with polio and paralysed, his wife goes against doctor’s advice to bring him home and through love and dedication supports him to transcend his disability. If you’re like me and you love trailers, you can watch it here. The film will be released across the UK and Ireland on 27th October.

If you’re not in Brighton, don’t worry! There are screenings across the country – see if one is coming to you and register for tickets here.

To register for limited* tickets to see the 61st BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala film BREATHE at Brighton Cineworld courtesy of American Express visit
Maximum 4 tickets per person. Subject to availability. Closing date 12pm, 27 September 2017.*Terms apply

I’ve already got my tickets, so I’ll see you there!

Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
Ticket Promoter: See Film First Ltd, 62-70 Shorts Garden, London WC2 9AH

Learning To Love My Smile

Let me tell you a little story about a girl and her relationship with her teeth. Yup. Probably not the sexiest of stories but you're here now so you might as well read on. Oh..spoiler alert, the girl is me. 

I grew up with a good set of teeth on me, no fillings as a kid and I always left the dentist happy and with my obligatory cheesy sticker. But then puberty happened (for me, awkwardly young but that's for another post) and along with dodgy skin, erratic moods and an uncomfortable trip to the M&S bra fitter, came wonky teeth. My teeth seemingly decided one day that being straight wasn't for them and they wanted to try a different angle. Trouble was, each tooth decided to try a different angle from the other - and my young smile was left looking like an absolute trainwreck.  

I then spent about 4 years learning how to smile with my mouth shut. I never mastered it, and basically ended up looking miserable and awkward (more so than a girl does naturally during puberty). I couldn't wait to get braces and after about 2 years of traintracks I had that magical moment where I finally had straight teeth. It was beautiful....and only lasted for a few years because stupid past Louise decided that wearing her retainer wasn't necessary. 18-year-olds are idiots. 

Anyway, this brings us to now. I'm not a big fan of my teeth, all I see when I look at them is wonkiness. I've looked at those fancy clear braces but they are just far too expensive, so when Enlighten got in touch to see whether I'd be interested in some professional whitening I jumped at the chance. 
Enlighten is a whitening course which is done mostly at home, with a tray and a course of whitening gel, and takes just over a month. You begin with a dentist appointment where you get a mold for your tray fitted. Your tray is what you'll wear at night with the whitening gel inside, and it's basically like a clear and thinner gum shield. The mold is done in the same way you'd get a gum shield, with that funky sticky gummy stuff being pushed around your teeth. It's not a fun experience but it's not bad in any way. These impressions are then sent away for your tray to be made and takes about 3 weeks. This 

My nearest dentist that used Enlighten whitening was Causeway Dental Practice in Horsham, but you can find your nearest practice on the Enlighten website. In total, you go for three appointments - the first is to get the impression done of your teeth which is used to make the tray, the second is to pick up the tray and go through how the process works and the third is after you've completed your at-home whitening where you have a final blast of whitening at the dentist. 

Before the treatment began, the dentist matched up my teeth to where they currently were on the white scale. I was actually quite surprised, but they were actually just a few shades away from the whitest. I was told that potentially I may not see that much of a difference, but you can see from the after shots that there was a definite improvement in whiteness - which I was really pleased with. 

The whole process was very simple, you are given two different tubes of whitening gel (one slightly stronger than the other) and every night you fill your tray with a little of the gel and wear it overnight. It's quite a strange feeling at first but I got used to it very quickly. In the morning you just rinse out your tray and brush your teeth like normal (you actually get a special tooth paste as well that is helpful for any sensitivity). You can eat and drink what you like, but it's recommended that you don't have things like black coffee and red wine so I tried to stay away from them. 
The dentist did warn me that over the two weeks I could experience some sensitivity, which I did on the last couple of days, but there are some handy 'sticks' included in the kit that contain a special gel that treats that well. 

All in all I was really impressed with the treatment and would recommend it if anyone was looking for whitening. It isn't cheap, at £700, but as in the UK we don't have options like Crest White Stripes (like in the US) then it really is the most effective route to go down for a whiter smile. 

Summertime Goals

So one big thing has happened in the last couple of weeks, I’ve exchanged and completed on my first ever flat. It’s a dinky studio flat in Brighton and I couldn’t love it more. In time, once I’ve unpacked all the boxes and got rid of the lurid green paint (y tho?!), I’ll certainly show you around but for now I thought I’d share with you some of my summer goals now I’m in my new place.

Rekorderlig Cider recently asked me to bring a little ‘lagom’ into my life to celebrate the fact they are coming to Brighton next month for an event where you can sample their ciders. You may have read about 'lagom' at the beginning of the year – it’s the Swedish notion of living a life in moderation, ‘not too much, not too little – just right’. It’s actually an ethos that I’ve been interested in the last couple of months, especially when it comes to my new flat. It would be easy to get over-excited and just splurge on all the most expensive things for my new place but instead I want to appreciate the fact that I own my own little space and just be content in that. To me, that seems to be what ‘lagom’ stands for – a kind of contented simplicity. 

The recent beautiful weather has got me so excited for the summer and I can’t wait to spend some amazing time in my beautiful city. Bearing in mind the ‘lagom’ way of life, here are my summer goals for the season.

1. Enjoy my new place

I can’t wait to enjoy simple things in my new place. With the summer heat wave on, I’ve been out and about lots but there’s nothing like coming back in the evening, putting on some Netflix and having a cold bev or two. Rekordlig Cider sent me a bunch of delicious ciders so I’ve had them stocked up in the fridge, they’re a refreshing god-send when it’s warm out – my favourites are Mango-Raspberry and Passionfruit.

2. Don’t buy everything all at once

I need to remember the simplistic contentment of ‘lagom’ when it comes to making my new flat my home – it’s so easy to go mad on buying lots of new things but really I need to remember what is important and keep level-headed. I’ll be trying to invest in fewer, but better quality pieces that will hopefully last me for years and years.

3. Get out in the sunshine

Although it’s exciting to have my new place, it is summer after all so I need to take advantage of all that Brighton offers. I’ll be relaxing on the beach, enjoying the park that is just down the road from my new flat (basically my new garden!) and sitting enjoying the sun in pub gardens. If you’re in Brighton and you fancy a free drink, Rekordlig Cider is going to be in town on 1st July at Jubilee Street – fingers crossed the sunshine stays around for that!

4. Appreciate those around me

Finally, I’m going to keep on remembering how lucky I am to have the lovely people around me. I’ve had so much support from so many friends, old and new, throughout these stressful few months that I’m going to spend the summer make sure they know how much they mean to me.

There’s a bunch of samplings happening all around the UK with Rekordlig where you can get your hands on some of their lovely cider – here are the dates:

Box Park Shoreditch, London – 15th June
Molson Coors HQ – 22nd June
High Street, Birmingham – 24th June
Gunwharf, Portsmouth – 30th June
Jubilee Street, Brighton – 1st July
Rose Lane, Canterbury – 2nd July
Queen Street, Cardiff – 6th July
Crown Square, Spinningfields, Manchester – 21st July

*This post was made in collaboration with Rekorderlig Cider*


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